Dead Man Manor by Valentine Williams (Hodder and Stoughton, 1st edition 1936) with dustwrapper
Dead Man Manor
Hodder and Stoughton, 1st edition 1936
The first book by Valentine Williams (1883-1946) featuring the tailor and amateur sleuth Horace B. Treadgold. This character would return in “Mr. Treadgold Cuts In” (1937) and “Skeletons Out of the Cupboard” (1946).
Hardback – publisher’s dark blue/black cloth with yellow title label to spine, in dustwrapper. pp. 316,  publisher’s title list. Size: 7.75 x 5.5 inches approx. (199mm x 135mm).
Original dustwrapper however having undergone some ‘restoration’ work at some time. Backing paper pasted to verso with some painting-in of the missing pieces – head and tail of spine which each extend to rear and front panels, upper corner of front panel, upper corner of rear panel, and various small areas of ‘touching-up’; rubbed, worn and creased with some flakiness to paper on folds; some grubbiness and staining to rear panel. Cloth a little rubbed and worn to extremities, especially to spine ends. Offsetting and foxing to endpapers; name in ink to front paste-down; paper-clip and old pencilled pricing impressions to upper corner of front free endpaper; some foxing to preliminaries and last few pages, occasional foxing throughout otherwise pages tanned but generally clean; some spotting to page edges.
Nonetheless, remains a reasonably nice copy and uncommon to find in its dustwrapper, albeit with some restoration work – displays well.
ref. The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery by Bruce F. Murphy (Palgrave, 2001)