New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1950. Paperback. 192pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Very good. The wraps are subtly age-toned, creased and rubbed. There are several closed tears in the paper at the spine ends along the folds. The longest tear is 3/4" long. The top third of the first page has been torn out, but tucked in. Browned pages. Item #36472
A Dell Book. Dell 355. Map Back. A Basil Willing Murder Story. Numerous well-known authors had their books reprinted as Dell Map Backs such as Rex Stout, David Dodge, Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett. According to William H. Lyles, author of Putting Dell on the Map: A History of the Dell Paperbacks, "Dell achieved more variety than any of its early competitors. It did so, at first, with an instantly identifiable format of vibrant airbrushed covers for its predominantly genre fiction, varying 'eye-in-keyhole' logos, maps on the back covers, lists of the books' characters, and 'tantalizer-pages.'"