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    [Cornell Woolrich]. Group of Three William Irish Short Story Collections. Philadelphia: [1946-1949]. First editions.

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    [Cornell Woolrich]. The Dancing Detective. [By] William Irish (pseudonym). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, [1946]. First edition. Octavo (7.25 x 4.875 inches; 185 x 125 mm.). 271, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's light pinkish-orange cloth, spine lettered and stamped in dark grayish-blue; all edges of the text block trimmed; plain endpapers; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.00. Backstrip very faintly dulled; base of the spine gently pushed; top edge of the boards somewhat soiled. Top edge of the text block slightly dust-soiled. Dust jacket bottom edge very lightly worn, with a tiny chip to the bottom of the spine panel; flap folds slightly creased; rear panel rubbed. Near fine.

    [Together with:] Dead Man Blues. [By] William Irish (pseudonym). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1948. First edition. Octavo (7.25 x 5 inches; 186 x 127 mm.). 224 pages. Publisher's light bluish-green paper-covered boards, spine lettered and stamped in blue; all edges of the text block trimmed; plain endpapers; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.50. Spine just barely askew; front board very lightly soiled near the joint; spine ends and bottom corners with a touch of wear. Top edge of the text a little dusty; endpapers just barely discolored along the hinge from binding glue; margins very faintly tanned, pages still quite supple. Dust jacket very lightly rubbed, with minimal color loss on the front panel; edges very lightly worn, particularly at the spine ends and edges of the folds; spine panel dulled just a shade. Near fine. "Fire Escape," originally published as "The Boy Cried Murder" in Mystery Book Magazine (March 1947), is the source for Ted Tetzlaff's exceptional 1949 thriller, The Window (RKO Radio Pictures, 1949), starring Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale.

    [And:] The Blue Ribbon. [By] William Irish (pseudonym). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, [1949]. First edition. Octavo (7.3125 x 5 inches; 185 x 127 mm.). 219, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's light brown cloth, spine lettered and stamped in dark blue; all edges of the text block trimmed; plain endpapers; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.50. Spine ends and corners with only a touch of wear; barely perceptible darkening to a couple spots in the joints. Top edge of the text block very lightly dust-soiled. Dust jacket just barely rubbed on the rear panel with some minimal wear to the bottom of the spine panel. Nearly fine. Short story collections, each part of Lippincott's Main Line Mysteries series. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.



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