Ellery Queen. The Detective Short Story, A Bibliography by Ellery Queen. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1942. First edition, limited to 1,060 copies, of which 1,000 copies were for sale. This copy is inscribed by Ellery Queen (the pseudonym of Fred Dannay) to Gertrude E. Larson, secretary of famed collector Ned Guymon, with Guymon's well-known "skull and claw" bookplate. Octavo. 145 pages. Publisher's red cloth binding and dust jacket with $4.00 price. Jacket has a few tiny nicks and a darkened spine. Else, a fine copy of, as the blurb on the front cover states, "the first bibliography of the detective short story ever written...the only work of its kind in the world."

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    Index. Publisher's red cloth binding with printed paper label on spine and dust jacket with $4.00 price. Some leaves unopened. Minor toning to pages. Binding very slightly cocked; very minor fading to spine ends of cloth.

    Edward T. "Ned" Guymon (1900-1983) was perhaps the most prominent and influential collector of detective fiction of the twentieth century, amassing one of the largest collections of Mystery and Detective Fiction in the world. He was close friends with many of the leading authors, including Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Fred Dannay who wrote under the name "Ellery Queen."

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