First edition of The Dead Ringer by Fredric Brown.
Octavo, 224pp. Red cloth, title in black on spine and front cover. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, light wear to edges, a touch of foxing to top edge. Faint dampstain to lower edge of covers, not affecting text. Clean text throughout. In publisher’s first state dust jacket, $2.50 retail price on front flap, chipping to corners, some sunning to spine. A nice example of the author’s second crime novel.
Fredric Brown was an American science fiction, mystery, short fantasy and black comedy writer. His first novel, The Fabulous Clipjoint, won an Edgar Award for outstanding mystery novel. Another novel, The Screaming Mimi, was adapted into a film in 1958. He is widely considered one of the best Science Fiction Writers of the 20th Century. Fredric Brown died in 1972, having published over 100 works of fiction. Since his death, many of his early pulp novels have been republished and have found a cult following.