Publication: G P Putnam's Sons, 1938, New York
First edition. Blue cloth slightly faded at the spine, else a near fine copy in the elusive dust jacket with restoration to the bottom edge where an eighth of an inch of paper loss has been replaced. The first Great Merlini novel in which the detective character "solves a series of New York City murders that occur in surroundings where magicians proliferate, bookish references to the occult accumulate on every hand, and the detective novel form is gently mocked." A Haycraft/Queen mystery selection and a bright attractive copy. Housed in a cloth clamshell case with dust jacket front cover picture on the front and titles in white on the spine.
Inventory Number: 48621