The Greek Coffin Mystery - Ellery Queen 1932 - Frederick A. Stokes, New York - First Edition The Greek Coffin Mystery is considered one of the earliest, most popular, confounding, brilliantly plotted classic whodunit mysteries of the Ellery Queen series, involving a dead and blind art dealer, a slain forger, a stolen priceless painting and the disappearance of a mysterious will from a New York townhouse full of suspects.’

A fine copy in the scarce dust jacket.
  Q is for Queen. Ellery Queen is a fictional detective regarded by many as the definitive American detective-hero, rivaling Nero Wolfe as the successor to Sherlock Holmes.

Ellery Queen, and later Barnaby Ross, was the pseudonym shared by the writing team composed of cousins Frederick Dannay and Manfred B. Lee. Together, the pair wrote four
Drury Lane mystery novels, starring a Shakespearean actor and detective, as well as the Ellery Queen mystery series. The pseudonym pair was all the rage in the 1920s and ‘30s, with one of the cousins, usually Dannay, donning a mask and appearing in public as Ellery Queen. The cousins carried on a fictional dialogue as Ross and Queen in print and ended the intrigue in 1932 when Ross was revealed to be Ellery Queen. Several years later, when the writers behind the pseudonyms were unmasked, the public was so enamoured of them that their work continued to enjoy great popularity for decades to come.

‘After Poe, I think it’s true that Ellery Queen was the most significant and important writer of mystery fiction in America.’ – Otto Penzler.

Provenance: Carl G. “Speed” Juisl (?).

Reference: Penguin Random House. Julian Symons,
100 Best Crime & Mystery Books, Sunday Times (1957).

Octavo. pp. xii [2 (map and plan)] 370. In publisher’s scarlet cloth lettered in black to spine, image of coffin blocked in black to front board with lettering in releief. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine with only very light rubbing to corners. In very good dust jacket, large closed tears to front panel and spine fold. wear to corners and spine ends, Spine ends and corners lightly worn. Previous owner signature on the front endpaper. Dust jacket edges worn; two large closed tears, one at the rear spine fold the other at the front flap fold, another, shorter, tear across the spine panel; all tears held by tape, the entire rear spine fold reinforced, as less than half still attached; a few soft diagonal creases across the front panel; occasional light soiling. A near fine copy in a good, but still presentable, dust jacket   Ref: 109089   Price: HK$ 9,800