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    Stuart Palmer. Murder on Wheels. New York: Brentano's Publishers, 1932. First edition, association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Edwin Baird - / author and editor / from a young man / who is struggling to / become both -- / Stuart (Homicide Holmes) Palmer," dated April 15, 1932 and with a small doodle of a penguin. Octavo (7.5 x 5.125 inches; 189 x 130 mm.). [2, blank], [x], 307, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's light bluish-gray cloth, spine lettered in black, front board decoratively stamped in black; top edge of the text block trimmed, others untrimmed; plain endpapers; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.00. Spine just barely leaning; backstrip and board edges faintly dulled; light wear to the spine ends and corners; corners gently tapped; small divot to the upper edge of the rear board with a tiny tear to the cloth. Top edge of the text lightly dust-soiled; endpapers faintly discolored from binding glue. Dust jacket with the upper portion of the spine panel lacking (the width of the spine for about one and one-quarter inches from the upper edge); spine panel dulled; flap folds worn and nearly split, both just barely holding; light chipping to the fold edges, other minor edgewear; top of the flaps lightly tanned. A near fine copy in a good dust jacket. No auction records found in Rare Book Hub. Edwin Baird was a briefly tenured editor of the pulp Weird Tales, the magazine's first, where he published H. P. Lovecraft; he also edited crime pulps and wrote his own stories. (Jason Ray Carney, "Something That Swayed as If in Unison," collected in The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales, Lanham: 2015, p. 5). From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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