First edition of Agatha Christie’s The Hound of Death and Other Stories.
Octavo, 247pp. Red cloth, title stamped in black on spine with a trace of gold, publisher’s logo stamped in gold. First edition with “Copyright 1933” only on copyright page. Solid binding, spine ends and lower corners lightly bumped, toning to spine with some minor discoloration to covers. Intermittent foxing to interior and along page ends, otherwise text clean and free of notations. Original publisher’s dust jacket, bright colors, toning to interior with some small tears along spine ends, large piece missing along bottom edge of back panel. A nice example.
Not available for purchase in shops, The Hound of Death and Other Stories was one of six promotional books obtained by collecting coupons found in the publisher’s weekly magazine, The Passing Show. Unlike Christie’s detective novels, many of the short stories found in this collection have a supernatural theme. Among the stories is the first book appearance of “The Witness for the Prosecution,” which was later adapted for film and television.