[AVON MURDER MYSTERY MONTHLY]. Murder of the Month and Murder Mystery Monthly. Numbers 1-49. New York: Avon Book Company, [1942-50].
Together 49 volumes, 12o. Some illustrated, by various artists including Howard Simon, William Frost, Jack Deckter. Original color pictorial wrappers (occasional light rubbing or creasing), very good to fine condition.
THE COMPLETE AVON MURDER MYSTERY MONTHLY SERIES, issues were published consecutively (but never monthly) until 1947, the last 3 volumes were sporadic. MANY FIRST EDITIONS; comprising: CAIN, James M. Double Indemnity. Illustrated by William Frost. No. 16. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. The basis for director Billy Wilder's 1944 masterpiece. -- CHANDLER, Raymond. Five Murderers. No. 19. (Final text leaf loose.) FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. Queen's Quorum 99. -- CAIN, James M. The Embezzler. Woodcuts by Jack Deckter. No. 20. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. -- CHANDLER, Raymond. Five Sinister Characters. No. 28. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. -- WOOLRICH, Cornell ("William Irish") If I Should Die Before I Wake. No. 31. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. -- BABCOCK, Dwight V. Hannah Says Foul Play. No. 38. FIRST EDITION. -- COXE, George Harmon. Flash Casey...Detective. No. 39. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. -- BURNETT, W.R. High Sierra. No. 40. -- WOOLRICH, Cornell ("William Irish"). Borrowed Crime. No. 42. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. -- CHANDLER, Raymond. The Finger Man. No. 43. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. -- CAIN, James M. Love's Lovely Counterfeit. No. 44. Cover art by Don Milsap. -- And 38 others including works by Edgar Wallace, Frank Gruber, Georges Simenon, Rex Stout, Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, et al. A complete list is available on request. (49)