The Four Defences - J. J. Connington 1940 - Little, Boston - First American Edition Featuring Mark Brand.   J. J. Connington (1880-1947) was the pseudonym of the eminent British chemist Professor Alfred Walter Stewart, whose detective novels attain a high degree of technical ingenuity.

First American edition, with ‘First Edition’ and ‘Published August 1940’ stated on copyright page. First published in the same year by Hodder and Stoughton, London.

References: Reilly, ’
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 347. Cooper & Pike, ‘Detective Fiction’, 94.

Octavo (book size 19.8x13.6cm), pp. [6] 290. In publisher’s purple-blue cloth spine and front panel lettered in yellow, top edge trimmed. Dust jacket priced ‘$2.00’ to upper corner of front flap. Jacket with a very small amount of colour touch up along edges and folds of front panel and spine.
  Condition: Fine with the exception of some blooming to front and rear endpapers, in near fine dust jacket, vertical crease to spine, and a very small unnecessary amount of colour touch up along edges and folds of front panel and spine   Ref: 110328   Price: HK$ 3,000