Carr, John Dickson, writing as "Carter Dickson."
THE DEPARTMENT OF QUEER COMPLAINTS.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1940. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 1-241 [242: blank], original red cloth, spine panel stamped in black, top edge stained red, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough-trimmed. First edition. Collects eleven stories, including good unrationalized weird tales. The author's first book of short stories. Seven of eleven stories feature Colonel March of Scotland Yard, head of the Department of Queer Complaints. "Carr used Jamesian techniques and references in a number of novels and short stories, "Blind Man's Hood" is utterly Jamesian ..." - Pardoe, The James Gang, p. 6. Day, The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 25. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Queen's Quorum #94. Hubin (1994), p. 234. A fine copy in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing, mainly to corners and spine ends, small closed tear to lower front panel and two tiny tears upper spine end. An attractive copy of an important book which is very difficult to find in superior condition. (#125388).