First edition of 5 Against the House by Jack Finney.
Octavo, 221pp. Black cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid binding, spine ends lightly bumped, black smudge along bottom edge of text block. Lower corner of pages 23-24 torn with part of text missing. In publisher’s illustrated dust jacket, retail price of $2.95 on front flap, chipping to spine ends and corners, wear along front flap fold, black stains along interior bottom edge of front panel and front flap, crease near lower corner of back flap fold.
Author’s first novel and the basis for the 1955 film noir of the same name, starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak and Brian Keith.