First edition, first printing. Publisher's original pale blue cloth with black titles to the spine, in the Denis McLoughlin illustrated dustwrapper. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm and the cloth fresh. The contents with a large rhyming gift inscription to the front endpaper are otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the very good or better lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper that is a little wrinkled at the lower edge. Not price-clipped (7s 6d net to the front flap).

The author's first book and the basis for the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe and Shirley MacLaine. This scarce UK first edition precedes the US first printing by a year.

Stock code: 20412


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London: T. V. Boardman.


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