First edition, first state of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
Octavo, 254pp, [2pp ads]. Red morocco, gilt trim. No additional printings listed. Title in gilt on spine, with five raised bands. Top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Publisher’s original cloth cover and spine bound in at rear. Solid text block, a touch of shelf wear, light toning to edge of text. A near fine example of a scarce first edition.
Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the best-selling novelist of all time, outsold only by The Bible and William Shakespeare. Murder on the Orient Express is one of thirty-three mystery novels by Christie that feature the fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.