Philadelphia: The Curtis Publishing Company, 1935. First Edition. First appearance in any format of this Hercule Poirot novel, "set in that area of Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which used to be called Mesopotamia and features murder on an archaeological expedition. Poirot again features as the visitor with the necessary skills to solve the murder mystery, probably because Christie did not want to invent a new detective and thought that Poirot with his myriad connections and language skills would look distinctly less out of place than Jane Marple" (Wagstaff & Poole, p.118). Each installment features illustrations throughout by F.R. Gruger, and the serialization precedes both the UK (Collins) and US (Dodd, Mead) publication of the novel by 8 months. Hubin, p.80. Item #4664
Six quarto issues (34.75cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 120; 100; 104; 88; 112; 108pp; illus. December 14 issue with some light wear, else Near Fine. Remaining issues all show modest wear and handling, some oxidation to staples, occasional scattered dust-soil or foxing, small tears and attendant creases; three issues with contemporary address labels; November 9 issue with a few small losses and contemporary date stamps along upper edge of rear wrapper; rough wear along two edges on rear wrapper of November 16 issue; Very Good or better.