24 September 2002
CARR, John Dickson (1906-77). It Walks by Night. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930.
8o. (Short marginal tear to half-title, Harper's seal removed.) Original blue cloth; pictorial dust jacket (slight edgewear, very light even browning).
FIRST EDITION of Carr's first published novel, beginning the career of one of detective fiction's most prolific and influential writers. Henri Bencolin makes his debut solving the "locked room" decapitation of the Duc de Saligny. Though paying obvious debts to Poe and others, it was Carr who truly founded the subgenre of locked room mysteries.
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