GREAT SHORT STORIES OF DETECTION, MYSTERY AND HORROR. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1928. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-8  10-1229 [1230: blank] [1231: appendix] [1232: blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in orange. First edition, first printing. A 1231-page anthology collecting sixty-six 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. This Gollancz edition includes four more stories than its American counterpart published in 1929 by Payson and Clarke Ltd as THE OMNIBUS OF CRIME. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket (several short closed tears at edges) printed on red paper stock priced 8/6 on the spine panel. A lovely copy. (#164618).
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