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AUCTION: 27-June-2019: 4 lots of Christie's at PBA

On 27-June-2019, Pacific Book Auctions is having sale 677 - Fine Literature With Mystery And Detective Fiction. Four lots of Agatha Christie books are on offer. Note: all selling prices will have a 20% buyer's premium added to it. Estimates do not include this buyer's premium.

Lot 17

Lot 17: 1st edition US Dodd Mead in jacket of The Boomerang Clue (Why Didn't They Ask Evans in the UK). Very good condition. Estimate: $300 - $500. Opinion: A mildly desirable 1933 book with an unfortunate name change. Estimate seems appropriate. This book often shows up for sale, so quite common.

Lot 18

Lot 18: Eight US titles, mostly without jackets, a few with. A few oddities here that can be quite desirable so not sure why they bundled this group. Includes:

Murder in Mesopotamia: 1936. Aquamarine cloth, in clipped dust jacket (Ed: and spine with large chip).

The Patriotic Murders. 1941: Red cloth, in dust jacket. (Ed: and spine with large chip).

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories. 1948: Red cloth, in dust jacket.

The Secret Adversary. 1922: Orange cloth.

Poirot Investigates. 1925: Orange cloth.

The Man in the Brown Suit. 1924: Brown cloth.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles. 1926: Green cloth. (Ed: Dodd version)

The Secret of Chimneys. 1925. Purple cloth

Of these The Mysterious Affair At Styles is uncommon as it is the first Dodd Mead printing of her first book. Three Blind Mice is also fairly uncommon in a very good jacket. Estimate: $800 - $1,200. Opinion: Most of these early Dodd's are quite common and show up often, but as a package likely to sell at the low end of the estimate as there's not a huge resale market for them.

Lot 19

Lot 19: Murder In Retrospect, in jacket. Estimate: $300-$500. Opinion: This is quite a collectible copy as it is the true first edition (preceding the UK's Five Little Pigs), so for those who want true first printings this is a necessary acquisition. As such it has good long term collectability.

Lot 20

Lot 20: Seven titles of mixed US and UK editions, but Regatta Mystery appears to be inaccurately described. Items are as follows:

Mrs McGinty's Dead. London: The Crime Club, 1952: Red cloth, in dust jacket. First Edition.

The Regatta Mystery. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1939. Orange cloth, in dust jacket, First American Edition (Ed: Jacket is a Grosset and Dunlap reprint, so unsure if the book is a reprint too but clearly not accurately described).

Murder in Three Acts. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1934. Orange cloth. First American Edition.

Hercule Poirot Master Detective. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1936. Beige cloth. First American Edition.

13 at Dinner. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1933. Red cloth. First American Edition.

Partners In Crime. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1929. Blue cloth stamped in orange. First Edition.

They Came to Baghdad. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1951. Green cloth, in dust jacket. First American Edition.

Estimate $500-$800. Opinion: Regatta Mystery would have been the gem of this collection as not published as such in the UK, so shame its rare DJ is a reprint. Nothing that rare or resellable here for dealers, so likely to sell at low end of range.

Check back later and total sale prices (incl. buyers prem.) will be added.

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