24 September 2002
GARDNER, Erle Stanley (1889-1970). The Case of the Velvet Claws. New York: William Morrow, 1933.
8o. Original cloth (head of spine fraying); pictorial dust jacket by Gorska (portion of front flap cut away affecting last paragraph, spine panel ends chipped, some rubbing to extremities), bright. Provenance: Florence & Edward Kaye (morocco bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue (dust jacket), of the first Perry Mason mystery. "Perry Mason--criminal lawyer. Remember that name. You'll meet him again. He is going to be famous" (dust jacket).
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