THE OMNIBUS OF CRIME. New York: Payson and Clarke Ltd, 1929. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-1177 [1178: colophon] [1179-1184: blank] [note: last three leaves are blanks], original decorated black cloth, spine stamped in orange, top edge stained orange. First U.S. edition. Published in Britain as GREAT SHORT STORIES OF DETECTION, MYSTERY AND HORROR. 1177-page anthology collecting sixty-two stories. "Gigantic, very well chosen collection of stories dealing with crime and the supernatural. An excellent historical introduction on the evolution of the detective story." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1443. "Splendid anthology ... Sayers's introduction has become a classic in its own right, being the best short sketch of a general nature on the subject of mystery-detective fiction." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-85. "A cornerstone volume ..." - Barzun and Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime 2778. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-175. Signature of an early owner on the front free endpaper. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with light rubbing along folds and small abrasion at upper edge of rear panel affecting three letters of "Introduction" in first line of the publisher's blurb. Copies of this book in jacket are uncommon and this is a superb example, the finest we have seen. (#158451).
"First printing August 1929" on copyright page.