New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, Inc., 1930. First American Edition. Stunning copy of Christie's novel marking the debut of Miss Jane Marple, a literary rival to her character Hercule Poirot, who would become the world's best-known female detective. Christie's prototype for Miss Marple was her character Caroline Sheppard, middle-aged spinster and sister to Dr. Sheppard, the narrator of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. "Christie made Jane Marple older than Caroline Sheppard, a bit of a gossip, kind but shrewd and, above all, someone who always succeeded where others, usually the police, failed" (Wagstaff & Poole, p.64). A superb copy of an important debut in the genre. Hubin, p.80; Wagstaff & Poole, p.68; APG 015b. Item #3972
First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); sage green cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in dark green on spine and front cover; map endpapers; grayish-green topstain; dustjacket; [vi],319,pp. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, unrubbed and vibrant in color, but neatly split along the rear flap fold.