Maigret Travels South - Georges Simenon 1940 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition in English Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘Liberty Bar’ and ‘The Madman of Bergerac’.

In ‘
Liberty Bar’ Inspector Maigret loses himself in coastal luxury—and danger—in this devastating mystery set on the French Riviera. Dazzled at first by the glamour of sunny Antibes, Maigret soon finds himself immersed in the less salubrious side of the Riviera as he retraces the final steps of a local eccentric.

In ‘
The Madman of Bergerac’ a distressed passenger leaps off a night train and vanishes into the woods. Maigret, on his way to a well-earned break in the Dordogne, is soon plunged into the pursuit of a madman, hiding amongst the seemingly respectable citizens of Bergerac.

He recalled his travelling companion’s agitated sleep—was it really sleep?—his sighs, and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks . . . An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his cheeks.’
  ‘Georges Simenon (1903-89), one of the true giants of the novel, has earned through the fecundity of his imagination and his devotion to his craft the right to be termed a genius. Apparently equally indifferent to critical scorn or praise, impervious tothe shifting currents of literary fashion, disdainful of pretentious philosophising or didacticism, Simenon has resolutely gone his own way, followed his unique vision, creating a body of work with the power and inevitability of life itself. Like Balzac or Dickens or Faulkner, he has staked out his own bleak territory of the human heart, a world of passion and violence, suffering and disorder... One of the most important novelists of his time, and certainly one of the major writers of detective fiction; his detective stories belong among the finest examples of the genre and, like other great detective stories, deserve serious critical study.’ - Reilly, Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers.

Published the same year as the first English edition (George Routledge of London, 1940).

References: Penguin Random House (web). Herbert,
Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 276, 415. Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure, 108. Symons, Bloody Murder, 143. Reilly,Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (1980), 1548.

Octavo (book size 20.9x14.1cm), pp. [2] vi 308 [4]. In publisher’s purple cloth, spine lettered in white, with a vignette of a smoking Maigret to the front board. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to upper corner of front flap, all corners with publisher’s decorative trim, and with gentle colour touch-up to spine ends and top edge of front panel.
  Condition: in near fine dust jacket with gentle colour touch-up to spine ends and top edge of front panel, light wear to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 110236   Price: HK$ 4,000