London / Sydney: The Crime Club / Collins, 1942. 1st Australian edition, octavo, pp.vi, 198, prev. owner's inscr to upper t.p., sl. cocked, lacking ffep, front hinge starting, pages tanned (as usual for war-time publication), bookseller's ticket (Book Lovers' Book Store, Perth) to lower front paste-down, original orange cloth bds. in lightly chipped and closed tear to lower price-clipped protected d.j., with some fishing to rear. Very good condition.
Very scarce first Australian edition published same year as first US and UK editions. Collins to lower book spine and 'The Crime Club' to lower d.j. spine. A list of author's 3 latest titles on rear d.j. flap, all printed in 1941 with no references to subsequent printings. The novel features the author's fictional amateur detective, Miss Marple. Item #99470
Price (AUD): $700.00 Other currencies