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The Case of the Velvet Claws by  Erle Stanley GARDNER - First Edition - 1933 - from Lorne Bair Rare Books (SKU: 52741)

The Case of the Velvet Claws

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The Case of the Velvet Claws

by GARDNER, Erle Stanley

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New York: William Morrow and Company, 1933. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in red on spine and front cover; red topstain; [vi],310pp. Modest wear and soil to cloth, a few vertical ridges to spine, some board exposure to upper and lower board edges, with hinges cracked and re-glued at some early date, and some scattered staining to margins; Good to Very Good, lacking the rare dustjacket. The first Perry Mason novel, and one of the great debuts in American crime fiction. "The mainspring of this first of the Perry Mason tales is a blackmail sheet. A woman tries to get Mason to buy its silence. Her husband is murdered, she is suspected, then Perry as well" (Barzun & Taylor 941). A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title, and basis for the 1935 William Clemens film of the same name, starring Warren William and Claire Dodd. HUBIN, p.163.


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The Case of the Velvet Claws
GARDNER, Erle Stanley
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First Edition
William Morrow and Company
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New York
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Modern Fiction; Mystery, Crime, and Detective Fiction;

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