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It Walks By Night - John Dickson Carr

1930 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First edition, first impression
First edition of John Dickson Carr’s first novel, and introducing the flamboyant Parisian juge d’instruction, Henry Bencolin.

First edition, first impression, in blue cloth with light blue lettering, copyright page stating ‘
First Edition’ and with correct first impression code of 'A-E'.

This is ‘A Harper Sealed Mystery’ - the gimmick employed by Harper & Brothers between 1929 and 1934, in which a yellow tissue paper certificate was wrapped around the final pages that revealed Whodunnit. If the seal was unbroken the purchaser could return the book for a refund. In this copy the remnants can be seen attached to the rear pastedown, so no refund.
 
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Price HK$ 2,000