1947 The Silent Speaker Rex Stout First English Edition Original Dustwrapper For Sale
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The Silent Speaker
By Rex Stout
1947 - London - Collins; The Crime Club
7.5" by 5", 192pp.
A thrilling work of espionage, being Stout's first full-length Nero Wolfe novel since Where There's a Will in 1940.
First English edition, published by Collins for The Crime Club, a year after the first American.
Published just after World War II,the key plot elements reflect the lingering effects of the war: housing shortages and restrictions on consumer goods, including government regulation of prices. As well asthe conflict between a federal price regulatory body and a national business association, parallelling the conflicts between the Office of Price Administration and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Featuring the original illustrated dustwrapper.
In original publishers' cloth binding, with original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally, cloth is sound, with only some slight sunning to the head and tail of the spine. Dustwrapper is slightly worn, with slight marks, as well as chipping and occasional loss to the extremities. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean throughout, with the odd spot to the endpapers.Overall: VERY GOOD with a GOOD ONLY dustwrapper.
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