The Godwulf Manuscript - Signed - Robert B. Parker 1974 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition ‘Halfway through my steak I caught sight of myself in the mirror behind the bar. I looked like someone who ought to eat alone. I didn't look in the mirror again.’

A handsome, signed first edition of Robert Parker’s debut novel, featuring the introduction of the hard-boiled P.I, Spenser, as he investigates the theft of a fourteenth century manuscript from Boston University, the only clue being the bullet-riddled corpse of a former student...

The novel is credited with reviving popular interest in crime-fiction during the early 1970’s, primarily due to its unconventional protagonist, a pupil of the ‘school of hard knocks’, with little regard for rules, and even less for the cops.
  ‘The toughest, funniest, wisest, private eye in the field these days.’ - The Houston Chronicle

Reference: Herbert,
The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 325.

Octavo (21.9 x 14.4 cm). pp. [6] 186. In publisher’s light brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, decorated in dark brown to spine and front board, light brown endpapers, top edge stained red. Dust jacket priced ‘$5.95’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, spot to upper edge, and faint foxing to foredge, in very good plus dust jacket, top edge and spine ends with minor rubbing and marking.   Ref: 109009   Price: HK$ 4,000