First edition, first printing of The Doomsters by Ross Macdonald.
Octavo, 251pp, . Patterned purple paper boards, title printed on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Short closed tear to multiple pages in chapters 1-5, no impact to text block. Numerical stamp on front free endpaper. Faint rubbing to lower edge of boards. In the publisher’s near fine dust jacket, $2.95 on front flap, light rubbing along top edge, bright illustrations, an attractive example.
The Doomsters was the seventh book in the Lew Archer series. Macdonald felt that this work and The Galton Case (1959) were his most successful writing endeavors.