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The Murder At The Vicarage

By Agatha Christie

1930 - London - The Crime Club

7.5" by 5"; 254pp, [2]

 

 

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An extremely scarce detective novel by the bestselling crime author Agatha Christie.

A nice copy clean and bright, just a bit too worn on the spine to be very good but much better than usually seen.

This is the first edition, first imprint of this crime novel.

Unfortunately, though understandably lacking the extremely scarce original dustwrapper.

It is the first novel to feature Christie's famous elderly amateur detective, Miss Marple. Previously Marple had featured in some short stories published in The Royal Magazine and Story Teller Magazine. Marple was based on Christie's own step-grandmother and her cronies.

Another noteworthy quality of this title is that it was the very first Christie publication by The Collins Crime Club. The Crime Club was an imprint of William Collins and sons, who issued a total of 2,025 first edition crime novels and are eagerly sought. The popularity and success of the Crime Club lies in having Agatha Christie as one of their authors. There are only five Agatha Christie novels which have not been published by the Crime Club. William Collins and Sons had a contract with Agatha Christie from as early as 1926.

To the leaf opposite title page there are listed six previous Christie titles published by William Collins and not their imprint of The Crime Club, as they were not formed until 1930. To the rear there is one leaf of advertisements 'New 7/6 Detective Novels'. 

The Murder at The Vicarage follows the amateur detective Miss Marple in this whodunit novel. A story of the 'village mystery' genre, Marple solves the murder of despised villager Colonel Lucius Protheroe who is found murdered in the vicar's study. 

Agatha Christie is one of the most prolific crime writers of the twentieth century and . Her work consists of 66 detective novels, 150 short stories and 19 plays; she is the writer of the world's longest running play, The Mousetrap which has been on stage since 1952. Christie is also one of the bestselling novelists of all time and her works rank highly in the most-widely published books.   

CONDITION

In original cloth binding. Externally, generally smart with bumping to the head and tail of spine and extremities. Small loss to head of spine. Handling marks to boards, and some damp staining to front board due to water damage. Prior owner's signature to recto of front endpaper, W H h Seeling Xmas 1930. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with scattered spots throughout. Overall: GOOD.


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