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    Agatha Christie. Pair of Dodd, Mead & Company Books. New York: 1941 and 1942. First U. S. editions.
    Agatha Christie. The Patriotic Murders. A Poirot Mystery. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1941. First U. S. edition. Octavo. [10], 240, [6, blank] pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine and front lettered in black; fore-edge untrimmed, top edge stained red; original illustrated dust jacket. Spine skewed; spot of soiling and speck of loss to surface of cloth at bottom of backstrip; wear to edges and joints of binding; boards rubbed; top edges darkened just a shade; cloth worn through at bottom corners. Text block slightly dulled; top edge darkened with a handful of tiny scratches; bottom edge rubbed with a few small stains; penciling effaced from front free endpaper and rear pastedown; bottom corner of text block bumped, causing some soft creasing to numerous pages; previous dog-earing and mostly marginal spot- and thumb-soiling scattered throughout. Chipping at spine and flap fold ends, with series of short tears at ends of panel folds and at edges of front and rear panels, most closed, including one approximately 2.5 inches long at head of rear panel fold; exposed panels fairly rubbed and soiled; creasing to folds resulting in slight weakening of paper and small areas of color loss, with tiny hole at rear panel fold; flaps clipped. Verso tanned; tape repairs at spine ends. Very good.

    [Together with:] Murder in Retrospect. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1942. First U. S. edition. Octavo. [6], 234 pages. Publisher's greenish-blue cloth, spine lettered in dark blue with hourglass ornament, front stamped in dark blue with publisher's device; fore-edge untrimmed, others trimmed; original illustrated dust jacket. Slight lean to spine; spine ends softly pushed and worn; mild discoloration to front joint; minor wear and bumping to bottom edges; corners bumped, upper corners less so than lower. Text block faintly yellowed; top edge dust-soiled; bottom edge slightly scuffed with some mild darkening and a few specks of brown soiling; discoloration at joints from binder's glue; previous owner signature at front free endpaper; upper front corner of text block slightly bumped, causing some soft creasing at page corners; occasional small spots of soiling scattered throughout. Crease running vertical length of spine panel; light rubbing to panel folds and rear panel; soft creasing to flap folds; flaps clipped. Very good.

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