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DescriptionFreeman Wills Crofts. Group of Three Sealed Mysteries. New York: 1929-1932. First U. S. edition.
Freeman Wills Crofts. The Purple Sickle Murders. An Inspector French Detective Story. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1929. First U. S. edition. Octavo. , 284,  pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine and front stamped in purple; all text block edges trimmed; original illustrated dust jacket. Spine ends pushed and worn; purple stamping at backstrip faded just a shade, with crease running vertical length of spine; mild rubbing and occasional spot-soiling to boards, visible only in raking light; soft crease bisecting rear board, with bump to lower corner exposing board a tiny bit; wear along bottom edges. Mild age toning to text block; specks of foxing along edges; uneven discoloration at front free endpaper; front portion of seal tipped between pages 194 and 195, remainder tipped to rear free endpaper, with fore-edge panel sunned and folded over. Rubbing to jacket; mild wear to ends of jacket spine panel; handful of nicks and tiny tears with associated creasing at edges of front panel; flap folds creased and worn; creasing and rumpling toward edges of flaps. Near fine.
[Together with:] Mystery in the English Channel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931. First U. S. edition. Octavo. , 299,  pages. Publisher's dark blue cloth, spine and front lettered in red; all text block edges trimmed; original illustrated dust jacket. Foot of spine pushed; trace of wear along bottom edges; lower corners tapped. Text block very softly age toned, particularly at edges; top edge dust-soiled; speck or two of staining at remaining edges; previous owner signature to front free endpaper; line with tipped edge of blue paper seal at rear free endpaper, seal otherwise absent. Chipping at ends of jacket spine panel and folds, with short splits or tears starting at head and feet of folds; general mild dulling and rubbing, with occasional spot of thumbsoiling, to exposed panels of jacket; nicking and short tears along edges of front and rear panels. Near fine book in a good jacket.
[And:] Double Death. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1932. First U. S. edition. Octavo. [viii], 303,  pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine and front lettered in red; all text block edges trimmed; original illustrated dust jacket. Spine ends pushed; some light soiling to boards, visible primarily in raking light; trace of wear along edges; text block very softly dulled, particularly at edges; a few tiny spots of soiling at front endpapers; line with tipped edge of green paper seal at rear free endpaper, with a bit of loss to surface of paper toward upper and fore-edge of leaf; front panel of seal still tipped to page 221. Light rubbing to jacket, with scratch at spine panel, short tear at head of front panel fold, and soft creasing to rear panel fold and flap folds. Very good.
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