DEATH SERVES AN ACE. Helen Wills, Robert Murphy.

DEATH SERVES AN ACE

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. First Edition. First and only novel by Wills (1905-1998), the legendary Californian who for nine years held the top position in women's tennis (1927-1933, 1935, 1938), winning 31 Grand Slam tournament titles during her career and being heralded by The New York Times as "arguably the most dominant tennis player of the 20th century." A tennis-themed mystery featuring a five-time women's champion who drops dead on the court. Hubin, p.440. Item #2379

First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); teal cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in dark purple on spine and front cover; purple topstain; dustjacket; [6], 317, [1]pp. Light wear to upper and lower board edges and base of spine, offsetting from binders glue to pastedowns and endpapers, with a small spot of discoloration to topstain; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), with light shelfwear to rear panel; a bright, very Near Fine example.

Price: $450.00

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