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Deathblow Hill - Phoebe Atwood Taylor
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Gollancz in London
A VG+ book in 7/6 1st issue dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps etc, tightly bound and square, light page tan
The jacket has shallow wear to spine ends, slight tan, bookseller sticker removed from price on spine
Gollancz jackets of this period are notoriously fragile, and indeed rare, by those standards it's in solid condition

A very rare Asey Mayo mystery, even without jacket, the only copy we've ever seen let alone handled and offered at a "trade price"
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The Mystery of the Cape Cod Tavern - Phoebe Atwood Taylor
1935 English hardback first edition, first impression published by Eyre & Spottiswoode in London
A VG+ book complete with original dust jacket
Some information on the dust jacket: For many years it was thought to only exist unpriced.
So allowing booksellers to select their own price via adhesive sticker. Of the few copies known to exist, invariably they were unpriced and UK origin.
The copy in Cooper & Pike Vol I, for example, shows the mark on spine where the sticker was removed, the fake jacket seller also has an unpriced jacket.
Relatively recently I did hear of a copy with 7/6 printed on the spine, though in all my years collecting, trading and researching crime fiction I've yet to personally see one - every one I've heard of via collectors and dealers has been unpriced.

The book is free from stamps, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square, clean text block
The jacket, author name misspelled on spine, has tanned with age, closed tears to spine creases, shelf wear to edges

I've known the history of this book, and it's collector owners, for over two decades, right back to when it was originally bought for £1 at an antiques fair !
A rare book in jacket and a genuine bargain
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Punch With Care - written by author - Phoebe Atwood Taylor
1947 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in like 7/6 1st issue dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps etc, tightly bound and square, light page tan
The jacket has light wear to spine ends, slight tan to very edges, nice and bright with great artwork by Asta

A nice copy of an Asey Mayo mystery and uncommon in jacket
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Figure Away - An Asey Mayo Mystery - Phoebe Atwood Taylor
1938 English hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book sadly lacking original dust jacket
We are providing, free of charge, a colour photocopy of a 1st issue jacket
The book is free from stamps, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square
Clean contents and cloth
The PHOTOCOPY jacket has superb artwork by Alex Jardine and is a gift, not priced into the book
A rare book and a nice copy
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Banbury Bog - Phoebe Atwood Taylor
1939 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book sadly sans dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square
Touch of fade to spine as ever with CCC
A very difficult book to find in 1st issue cloth
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The Perennial Border - Phoebe Atwood Taylor
1942 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dust wrapper
Book shows no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square
The dust jacket shows just very shallow wear to spine top and minor shelf wear to extremeties
A nice 1 inch thick book with great jacket artwork by Stead
A nice clean copy and very scarce
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See also the pseudonym Alice Tilton

Brief Biography
TAYLOR, Phoebe Atwood. Also wrote as Freeman Dana; Alice Tilton. American. Born in Boston, Massachusetts. 18 May 1909. Educated at Barnard College (Lucille Pulitzer Scholar), New York, B.A. 1930. Married Dr. Grantly Walden Taylor, Full-time writer from 1931. Lived in Westoii. Massachusetts. Died 9 January 1976.

Phoebe Atwood Taylor - The Characters
Asey Mayo
The "Codfish Sherlock," as Asey Mayo is called, has never been far from the sea throughout his life. He made his first voyage on one of the last of the clipper ships. Subsequently, he sailed as steward, cook, or ordinary seaman before retiring to Wellfleet on the Cape Cod peninsula of Massachusetts. He is now man Friday for the town's wealthiest tycoon. Apparently, the job gives him enough time to drive cars at top speeds and to solve many local murders. In appearance, Asey Mayo is not impressive, since he is usually bedecked in old, worn clothing and walks with his tall, lean frame hunched over. His head is thrust forward, and his mouth often contains a wad of chewing tobacco. His appearance is deceptive; he is a detective with a profound knowledge of human nature and a remarkable record of deductive success.

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