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 extremities are very subtly rubbed and creased. There is a minor moisture stain on the top edge of the text block, and the pages at the beginning have very light, small moisture stains in the top margins. Browned pages. The binding is tight. Item #36509
A Dell Book. Dell 488. Map Back. An Inspector Prike Mystery-Thriller. Cover painting by Robert Stanley. The intricately rendered scene-of-the-crime representations on the back of the Dell Map Backs made them popular and collectible. 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.'"