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    First Edition of Francis' Second Novel, Signed by the Author

    Dick Francis. Nerve. London: Michael Joseph, [1964].

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Twelvemo. 237 pages.

    Publisher's gilt-stamped green cloth. Binding very slightly cocked. Page edges foxed, as usual. Pages slightly toned, but clean. Some toning and light foxing to dust jacket; a few nicks along edges, primarily at folds, with some short tears that have been repaired on the reverse with tape. Price of "16s" is intact at lower front flap; rear flap is blank. A near fine copy in a lightly worn jacket.

    The second novel by former British champion jockey Dick Francis, set, as all his thrillers are, in the world of professional horse racing. From the front flap: "Despair, suicide and obsessive hatred - mixed well with humour, love, and horses - brew up into a story of a battle between one man's nerve and another man's cunning." Surprisingly scarce in a signed first edition.

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