London: Faber and Faber, 1972.
First Edition. Hardcover. 8 3/4" X 5 5/8". 254pp. Moderate wear to unclipped dust jacket, with sunning, toning, and edgewear. Red cloth over boards, with spine lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding, firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Small stain to fore-edge, probably blood. A very presentable first printing of this history of the murder mystery. "Beginnning with the earliest exponents of the genre, Mr. Symons traces its evolution in the hands of such masters as Wilkie Collins, Poe, Conan Doyle and Chesterton; he examines the influenc eof the French roman policier, and keeps a knowledgeable and watchful eye on developments on the other side of the Atlantic. Full justice is done to the Godlen Age of the twenties and thirties, and the rapid changes that have taken place since the war are fully charted: the orthodox detective novel beloved by dons and maiden aunts has given way to the police or crime novel with its greater emphasis on psychological motivation than on the setting of purely intellectual puzzles" (front flap). Very good / very good. Item #4566