Little, Constance & Gwenyth. The Black Gloves (First Edition, Signed) (The Crime Club, Garden City, NY, 1939.)

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Little, Constance & Gwenyth. The Black Gloves (First Edition, Signed)
The Crime Club by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Garden City, NY, 1939.

Binding: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good- Condition. Size: 7.5"-8" - Small Octavo (Sm. 8vo). 265 pages. Stated First Edition. Signed by Authors.

A rare copy because of its inscription and signatures of both authors: "Best regards to | [name] | [sig of Constance] | [sig of Gwenyth]." Constance and Gwenyth Little were called the “queens of the wacky cozy” since their mysteries were written as screwball comedies or, as the girl-detective blogger describes their work, a “cozy blend of vintage murder and madcap comedy.” As the crossexaminingcrime blogger put it, “It is hard to not have fun when reading a Little mystery, as they’re always such great adventures.”

The Australian-born sisters wrote 21 mysteries, all but the first of which had “Black” in the title (the first was "The Grey Mist Murders"). The “Black” series began in 1938 with "The Black-Headed Pin" and finished in 1953 with "The Black Iris." All were published by Doubleday’s Crime Club in the U.S. and Collins in the U.K (often with the author shortened to Conyth Little in the Collins editions) (Hubin (1984), Crime Fiction, 1749-1980). "The Black Gloves" was their second mystery in the series.

 Text block is tight and unmarked, though the pages have toned with age. The front and rear paste-downs have darkened from the glue. Something (probably an earlier price) has been marked out with a marker at the top of the front free end paper and there is a stamp from an earlier bookseller at the middle top of the page, above the inscription and signatures of the authors. Top edge is stained blue, the other edges are clean, neat and free of foxing.

Very Good-minus hardcover bound in yellow cloth over boards with blue design and title on front cover and spine. Tips have worn through to the boards (a bit more on the bottom corners than the tops). A couple of small (1/8") cuts at the foot of the spine. No foxing in this copy.

Clearly labeled *facsimile* dust jacket in mint condition and protected by a clear protective sleeve.

Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 0 oz. Category: Crime Fiction; Murder -- Fiction; United States; 1930s; Mystery Fiction. ISBN: No ISBN. Inventory No: 1147.
PRICE: $US 175.00