New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975. Hard Cover. First Edition. 167 pp. Subtitle: "A Perverse Mystery." Handsome dark brown cover is lettered on spine in metallic copper. Pictorial dj is unclipped. Jacket designed by Wendell Minor features a parrot on front, deep orange lettering front and spine. There is a small soiled line along lower dj flap which appears to be a damp stain. No effect on book. Book has warm brown eps. A book at the same time "brilliant, bizarre, funny, and frightening." Fine / Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. Quarter leather. First Edition. 310 pp + 6 pp ads. 8vo. Quarter leather binding with burgund leather, burgundy and blue marbled paper on covers. Wear and flaking of leather at hinges and spine, most of the spine leather has been lost. Bumping and scuffing to boards, losses at corners and edges. Endpapers lightly stained with piece of spine laid in, previous owner's name in pencil on first free endpaper. Interior clean. Early detective fiction. Scarce in this early edition in any condition. Good.
Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 1886. Hard Cover. First Edition. 363 pp. + 5 pp. pub ads. Purple cover is stamped on front with black rules, corner designs, and title. Scuffed and occasionally faded cover has bumped and worn corners. Spine is faded, any title obscured, and is worn at both ends. Light blue eps soiled. Binding is good. Text block uniformly aged. A scarce title. Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. Hard Cover. First Edition. Scuffing and wear to cover boards, sunning to spine has darkened slightly, small tears at head and foot, losses to bumped corners. Slighlty shaken in boards, Ex-Library with college library stamp on first free endpaper, foot of text block and tear to rear first free endpaper where card pocket was removed. Slight yellowing of paper due to age. Made into two separate films, the 1934 version starring Edward Arnold, Claire Dodd and George Raft; the 1942 film noir version starred Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1905. Hard Cover. First. 326 pp. Front cover has decoration and lettering in red and bright gilt. Spine has bright gilt lettering. Covers and spine are aged, soiled and edge-worn. Spine ends are bumped and worn. Corners are bumped and rubbed. Text is slightly aged, but crisp. Very Good.
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 290 pp. 8vo. Light scuffing to dust jacket, now in mylar cover. Minor spotting to cover boards, previous owner's name in ink on first free endpaper. Clean within.
A first printing of Leon's elusive second installment in the Guido Brunetti series. Very Good / very good.