Marquand, John P
It's Loaded Mr Bauer
A UK first edition, first impression. Undated, but 1949 ( Hubin ). No US equivalent.
Wrapper : The evocative period wrapper on this copy is bright and complete. It is unclipped, showing the price 8/6 on the inside flap. The front panel is bright, unfaded and bold. It shows gentle wear at the edges and slight nicking at the corners. The spine is clean and bright. The green lettering of the author's name has faded, as has the spine's yellow background. The spine ends are gently worn. The back panel is clean and bright, showing a thin band of fading along the spine crease. Looks sharp in protective plastic.
Book : The book is square and very tight. The boards are clean, if gently faded at the edges. The corners are sharp. The spine has faded, the spine ends are bruised. The pages are clean. No foxing. The closed page edges are dusty and a little dulled. The binding is solid and without cracked hinges. There are no loose or dog-eared pages. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. A nice copy in a protected wrapper.
Publisher: Robert Hale