Maigret and M.Labbé - Georges Simenon 1941 - George Routledge & Sons Ltd., London - First Edition in English Inscribed ‘Pour M. E.Bayley amicalement’ by the translator, Stuart Gilbert, in year of publication.

Featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘
Death of a Harbour-Master’ and Superintendent Labbé in ‘The Man From Everywhere’.
  ‘If Agatha Christie holds the title of Queen of Crime, its male counterpart belongs indisputably to Georges Simenon’ - Helen MacLeod, BMC.

‘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, over which broods the massive presence of his detective,Jules Maigret. 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.

‘Simenon’s own wit, suavity, and mastery of style are beyond question’ - Miriam Allen deFord.

‘One of the few really distinctive and original detective creations of recent years’ - Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure (1941).

Maigret ‘really
is the stories, in a way that is not true of any other detective’. - Symons, Bloody Murder.

References: 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 pp. vi [2] 311 [1]. In publisher’s grey cloth, spine lettered in blue. Dust jacket priced 8s. net. to lower edge of rear flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light foxing to first and last few pages and page edges, in very good dust jacket, light spotting to panels, colour touch up and restoration to spine and front panel   Ref: 109691   Price: HK$ 12,000