New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1945. Paperback. 288pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Good. The covers are mildly creased, and the laminate of the covers is starting to peel away along the edges. Very slight spine slant. The blue on the text block edges has faded a bit. The hinges are abraded, and the text block is just beginning to pull away from the spine at the rear. Browned pages. Item #36514
A Dell Mystery. Dell 136. Map Back. A Nurse Keate Murder Mystery. 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.'"