New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955.
First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. 8 1/4" X 5 3/4". 152pp. Moderate edgewear to unclipped dust jacket designed by Helen Borten, with very small tears at extremities, faint dampstain to rear panel near tail of spine, and light soiling. Double jacketed, bottom jacket in similar condition, with scratching to front panel. Red cloth over boards, with spine backed in black and lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding, with bumping to extremities, and very faint small dampstain to rear board near tail of spine. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A quite handsome first American printing of this existential, philosophical classic of crime fiction by Friedrich Durrenmatt, the first of his books to be published in the United States. Very good / very good. Item #3599