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    Maurice Dekobra. Pair of French Detective Fiction Novels. New York and London: Payson & Clarke Ltd.; W. H. Allen, 1929-[N.D. but 1952]. First edition and first UK edition. Serenade to the Hangman. New York: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1929. First edition, first printing stated. Octavo. 272 pages. Publisher's red decorated paper backed in black cloth with red-lettered spine; original illustrated dust jacket. Corners rubbed, moderate edgewear. Internally clean; text block somewhat toned, minor text block edgewear. Dust jacket with bellyband; moderate edgewear, chipping to head and foot of spine panel and corners, spine panel sunned, small closed tear to front panel, bellyband with several irregular open tears and paper loss along folds. Very good book with very good dust jacket.

    [Together with]: Operation Magali. Translated from the French by Philippa Kaye. London: W. H. Allen, [N.D. but 1952]. First UK edition. Octavo. 208 pages. Publisher's navy cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Very minor edgewear, spine partially sprung and somewhat cocked. Internally clean; minor soiling to edges. Dust jacket unclipped (8/6) minor edgewear, two small open tears to front panel affecting author's name, minor soiling to back panel. Very good book with very good dust jacket. The original French text won the Prix du Quai des Orfevre, an annual prestigious French literature award for police stories.


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