A Nero Wolfe mystery. A UK first edition, first impression.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is bright and complete. It is unclipped. The front panel is bright and unfaded, showing gentle wear to the top and bottom edges and slight nicking to each of the corners. The spine is bright and unfaded. It is lightly nicked, rubbed and scuffed at the ends. The white back panel is slightly soiled. It is gently worn at the top and bottom edges. Looks sharp in protective plastic.
Book : The book is square and very tight. The boards are clean - there are slithers of fading to the spine ends and similarly to the top edge of the front board. The corners are sharp. There is a touch of gentle bruising to the spine ends. The pages are clean. No foxing. The closed page edges are unmarked - along with the text block, they are inconsequentially dulled. No dog-eared pages. The binding is solid - no cracked hinges. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. A nice copy in a protected wrapper.
Publisher: Collins ( Collins Crime Club ), 1947
Condition: Very Good ++. Wrapper: Very Good +