Maigret and M. Labbé - Georges Simenon 1942 - Harcourt, New York - First American Edition Featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘Death of a Harbor-Master’ and Superintendent Labbé in ‘The Man From Everywhere’.

Death of a Harbor-Master’ is a gripping tale of lost identity – A distressed man is found wandering the streets of Paris, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The answers lead Maigret to a small harbour town, whose quiet citizens conceal a poisonous malice.
  ‘One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century... Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.’ —The Guardian.

‘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.

The first edition in English was published by George Routledge of London in 1941.

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. vi 312 [2]. In publisher’s dark red cloth, spine lettered in black, with a vignette of a smoking Maigret to the front board. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to upper corner of front flap, all flap corners with publisher’s decorative trim, and with gentle colour touch up to spine and front panel.
  Condition: In near fine dust jacket with gentle colour touch-up to spine and front panel, minor creasing to flap folds, and toning from former price sticker to front flap.   Ref: 110239   Price: HK$ 1,800