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    Rex Stout. Fer-De-Lance. A Nero Wolfe Mystery. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., [1934]. First edition of the first Nero Wolfe novel. Octavo. [iv], [1]-313, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's full black cloth, front board and spine lettered in gilt. In the original publisher's dust jacket with the "Book of the Month Club" sticker, as issued. Minor rubbing to cloth binding. Faint erasure markings on front free endpaper, some mild offsetting on half-title and facing page. Some rubbing, mild edgewear to jacket, with a few short tears (creased and closed). Mild thumbsoiling to rear jacket panel, as well as a later penciled price. A bright, fine copy, not usually found in this condition. Housed in modern clamshell case. A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone.

    More Information: Nero Wolfe was possibly the best and most eccentric (as well as the largest) detective from the golden age of detective literature. His creator, Rex Stout (1886-1975) was a prolific writer, who wrote thirty-three novels and thirty-nine novellas featuring Wolfe and his energetic assistant, Archie Goodwin, as well as many other works. In 1959, Stout received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

    Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, pp. 376-377.

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