New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956.
First Edition. Hardcover. 8 5/8" X 5 7/8". xx, 268pp. Moderate edgewear to unclipped dust jacket, with small tears to top edges, small dampstain to rear panel, and shallow chipping to head and tail of spine. Bound in red cloth with spine backed in black and lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding, with rubbing to corners and bumping to head and tail of spine. Binding is firm and sound. Pencilled date to front free endpaper, else pages are clean and unmarked. A handsome first printing of this guide to writing mysteries by the Mystery Writers of America, including Anthony Boucher, Fredric Brown, John D. MacDonald, and many more. Very good + / good. Item #3656