Gardner, Erle Stanley - The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom
A Perry Mason mystery. A SIGNED US first edition, first impression.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is complete, if a little tired. It is unclipped - showing the price $2.50 on the inside flap. The front panel is unfaded, showing rubbing, nicking and surface creasing to the edges. There are chips out of each of the four corners. The spine is fragile. There is loss at the base of the spine. The head of the spine is held together by the Brodart that protects the jacket. The lettering is intact. The back panel shows creasing, scuffing and rubbing to the extremities.
Book : The book is square and tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are clean. The corners are gently bruised. The spine is unfaded. The spine ends are bruised. The text block is clean. No foxing. The closed page edges are slightly dulled. No spotting. There are no dog-eared or loose pages. The binding is solid. No cracked hinges. This copy has been SIGNED and dedicated by Erle Stanley Gardner to the title page. The dedication reads : To Robert P Brittain with kindest regards from the author with special reference to the foreword. Your work in assisting our international friendship founded upon a mutual respect was as outstanding as your instruction in the field of criminology. My best. Yours, Erle stanley Gardner February 1949. The recipient was Doctor R P Brittain, from the University of Glasgow - a doctor, criminologist and barrister. Brittain was lecturing in Harvard on Homicide Investigation and ( as he notes in the foreword ) Gardner attended the seminars while he was writing this book. In the foreword Gardner states : ...Brittain ..was not only a mine of information as to practical detective work on this side of the water, but was able to furnish the latest information as to British and European police methods of crime detection. A nice association.