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FER-DE-LANCE 1934 First Edition Dust Jacket

These FER-DE-LANCE cover scans are from Seth Fidel’s Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (USA) (1934) First Edition Facsimile Dust Jacket.
Thanks Seth!

1934 FDL Front Cover Dust Jacket

1934 FDL Front Cover Dust Jacket

1934 FDL Back Cover Dust Jacket

1934 FDL Back Cover Dust Jacket

FER-DE-LANCE 1934 First Edition Dust Jacket Intro

FER-DE-LANCE
By
REX STOUT

FER-DE-LANCE introduces, in a technique that will command the interest of every lover of detective fiction, the fascinating, eccentric figure of Nero Wolfe, in a dazzling story of crime. Immured in his office and utterly static, this lethargic fat man had a power belonging to few investigators before him to sweep through the most labyrinthine and inscrutable mysteries with complaisant ease and without disturbing his ritual of huge meals, regular hours, of being incommunicado among his exotic greenhouse flowers and perpetual guzzling of beer; a power which this barrel of a man modestly ascribed to his “feeling for phenomena.”

(Continued from front flap)

By his temperament, his super-psychology and his admirable wit, Nero Wolfe distinguishes himself, a master among sleuths, unequaled since Philo Vance stepped up beside Sherlock Holmes.

A college president was quietly buried in state. Wolfe abruptly sent Archie, his affable secretary and third eye, out to bet the District Attorney ten thousand dollars that an exhumation and a through autopsy would reveal a needle and traces of poison in the stomach of the deceased educator. The wager was a simple means of getting the body dug up. When the newspapers broke the story and when a second autopsy showed Wolfe to be right, excitement erupted all over the place.

From the outset of this excellent adventure, Wolfe is entertaining as consistently as he is amusing. An artist and a man of leisure, he startles clients, manoeuvers suspects and manipulates crime itself to his unalterable convenience.

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GAMBIT – 1962 First Edition Hardback

Gambit 1st Edition Hard Back Dust Jacket - 1962

Gambit 1st Edition Hard Back Dust Jacket - 1962

Gambit - Hard Back Dust Jacket - 1962 - Inside Text

Gambit - Hard Back Dust Jacket - 1962 - Inside Text

This is a First Edition Hard Back printed in 1962.

OCR Scan of the front flyleaf:

$3.50
GAMBIT
A Nero Wolle Novel
by REX STOUT
In Rex Stout’s latest full-length mystery, the victim is a mental freak-a man capable of successfully playing a dozen simultaneous chess games against first-rate players while he himself is out of sight of any of the boards. It is while thus engaged that he is killed. A millionaire-his opponent in more realms than chess-is accused, and Nero Wolfe is given what appears to be the most hopeless case he and Archie Goodwin have ever tackled. You need know nothing about chess to follow this tale, but some understanding of beautiful mothers and daughters will help. We believe that Gambit will surely be counted among the two or three finest full. length mysteries produced by Rex Stout and, hence, one of the great works in the whole genre.
JACKET DESIGN BY BILL ENGLISH
THE VIKING PRESS Publishers of The Viking Portable Library 625 Madison Avenue. New York 22. N. Y.

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