The Cursing Stones Murder - George Bellairs (Pseud. Harold Blundell) 1954 - John Gifford Ltd., London - First Edition A near fine and rather elusive first edition of this Isle of Man based murder mystery featuring inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard.

The true first edition with publisher's name to title page (Book Club editions stated 'Thriller Book Club Edition' as publisher to title page instead of Gifford), and in the elusive true first issue dust jacket with 'John Gifford' to the tail of the spine (the 'Gifford' lettering is covered over for the ‘Thriller Book Club’ dust jacket which used matching illustrations, but advertised other ‘Thriller Book Club’ titles, and did not have a price on the front flap.
  Harold Blundell (1902-82), who wrote under the pseudonym of George Bellairs, was a British crime writer and bank manager born in Heywood, near Rochdale, Lancashire, who settled in the Isle of Man on retirement. He wrote more than 50 books, most featuring the series' detective Inspector Littlejohn. He also wrote four novels under the alternative pseudonym Hilary Landon

References: Reilly,
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (1980), 94.

Octavo (book size 19.1 x 13 cm), pp. 255 [1]. Publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced 9s. 6d. net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, some offsetting to free endpapers, rubbing to gilt on tail of spine, in very good plus dust jacket, short closed tear to rear panel, and wear to head of spine.   Ref: 109524   Price: HK$ 1,800