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CHRISTIE, Agatha. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. New York: John Lane, 1920. 8o. Original cloth (slight wear to board edges, very minor light soiling). Provenance: Adrian Homer Goldstone (bookplate, sale, California Book Auction, 9 December 1981, lot 539). FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of the first Hercule Poirot.

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CHRISTIE, Agatha. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. New York: John Lane, 1920. 8o. Original cloth (slight wear to board edges, very minor light soiling). Provenance: Adrian Homer Goldstone (bookplate, sale, California Book Auction, 9 December 1981, lot 539). FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of the first Hercule Poirot. WITH THE FOLLOWING VOLUMES OF THE COMPLETE HERCULE POIROT SERIES, including short stories. Comprising: The Murder on the Links. London, [1923]. -- Poirot Investigates. London, [1924]. Queen's Quorum 71. -- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. London, [1926]. -- The Big Four. London, [1927]. -- The Mystery of the Blue Train. London, n.d. [1928]. -- Peril at End House. [1932]. -- Lord Edgware Dies. London, [1933]. -- Murder on the Orient Express. London, [1934]. -- Three Act Tragedy. London, [1935]. -- Death in the Clouds. London, [1935]. -- The ABC Murders. London, [1936]. -- Cards on the Table. London, [1936]. -- Murder in Mesopotamia. London, [1936]. -- Death on the Nile. London, [1937]. -- Dumb Witness. London, [1937]. -- Murder in the Mews. London, [1937]. -- Appointment with Death. London, [1938]. -- Hercule Poirot's Christmas. London, [1939]. PICTORIAL DUST JACKET. -- The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories. New York, 1939. -- One, Two, Buckle my Shoe. London, 1940. -- Sad Cypress. New York, 1940. -- Evil Under the Sun. London, [1941]. (Lacking dust jacket.) -- Five Little Pigs. London, [1942]. -- The Hollow. London, [1946]. -- The Labours of Hercules. London, [1947]. -- Taken at the Flood. London, [1948]. -- The Witness for the Prosecution and other stories. New York, [1948]. -- Mrs McGinty's Dead. London, [1952]. -- After the Funeral. London, [1953]. -- Hickory Dickory Dock. London, [1955]. -- Dead Man's Folly. London, [1956]. -- Cat Among the Pigeons. London, [1959]. -- The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. London, [1960]. -- Double Sin and Other Stories. New York, 1961. -- The Clocks. London, [1963]. -- Third Girl. London, 1966. -- Hallowe'en Party. London, [1969]. -- Elephants Can Remember. London, 1972. -- Poirot's Early Cases. London, 1974. -- Curtain. New York, [1975]. Together 40 volumes, FIRST EDITIONS or first American or English editions, 8o, original cloth; DUST JACKETS on all volumes after 1940 and as noted, generally good condition. Hercule Poirot: "One of the most famous of all detectives...the conceited, syrupy popinjay with the egg-shaped head and the handle-bar mustaches, the elderly Belgian whose 'little gray cells' are equally capable of intuitional flashes and deductive bull's-eyes...Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie's chef-d'oeuvre" (Queen's Quorum). (41)
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