London: Hamish and Hamilton, 1948. Later printing. Hardcover. 208pp. Duodecimo [19cm]. Bright red cloth over boards with the title and author printed in black ink on the spine. Corners and edges very lightly bumped and rubbed. Orange price clipped dust jacket with six tiny chips. Pages and dust jacket beginning to tan. Very good / Very good. Item #59263
From dust jacket flap: At the estate called Despard Park, Miles Despard died and was buried in the private crypt beneath the Chapel. Under his pillow when he died, there was a string tied into nine knots. Because of a dead cat and a silver cup, Mark Despard believed that his uncle had been poisoned. The crypt was opened. No person had touched the stoneswhich sealed it up. There was no other way into the crypt. And yet the body was missing from the coffin, and in its place there was a string tied into nine knots. It was not the only impossible thing which happened in the quiet woods, as Edward Stevens could testify. Magic had come there, and a dead woman out of the past.