Philadelphia: The Curtis Publishing Company, 1937. First Edition. First appearance in any format of this Hercult Poirot novel, which Christie considered to be "one of the best of her 'foreign travel' books and with principal characters who seemed to her 'to be real and alive'" (Wagstaff & Poole, p.130). Poirot, Colonel Race, and an assorted cast of characters find themselves on a Nile cruise on the SS Karnak, along with a well-known agitator and murderer, who succeeds in killing three passengers before Poirot cracks the case. Each installment features illustrations throughout by Henry Raleigh, and the serialization precedes the UK edition published by Collins by nearly 6 months. Basis for the forthcoming film directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, and Branagh himself as Hercule Poirot. Hubin, p.79. Item #4665
Eight quarto issues (34.75cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 132; 116; 112; 112; 112; 108; 100; 96pp; illus. June 19th issue shows some light wear to extremities, else Near Fine. Remaining issues all show light wear and handling, scattered dust-soil, foxing, short tears, faint creases, and occasional stains; June 5th and 12th issues bear original recipient's address labels on front wrappers, the former with some more pronounced foxing along edges of same; Very Good to Very Good+.