THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS. John Buchan.

THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS.

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1915. 2 pp undated ads. Original light blue cloth.

First Edition of Buchan's best-known book, the classic mystery that has withstood the test of time both as a book and as a film. This was the first of Buchan's five mysteries to feature the detective Richard Hannay (the others being GREENMANTLE, MR. STANDFAST, THE THREE HOSTAGES and THE ISLAND OF SHEEP). The tale was of course the basis for one of Alfred Hitchcock's most highly-regarded early films, released in 1935.

This was a cheaply-produced wartime book (price one shilling), with the result that it is now usually encountered in miserable condition. This near-fine copy, however, is unusually clean, with scarcely any wear or soil other than a very faint, deft repair at the head of the spine. Atypically, the delicate endpapers remain firm and uncracked; as always, the cheap wartime paper is a little browned in the margins. Blanchard A32. Item #14126

Price: $1,150.00

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