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1 Keeler, Harry Stephen The Case of the Jeweled Ragpicker
New York Phoenix Press 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Fair Fair Ex-Lending Library 
Gird your loins and lay in some concoction produced by the genius of modern chemistry, because you have before you a reading experience from a writer unlike any other in the world of the written word (unless you count the world of the written word in poetic form, as delivered by the incomparable William McGonagall, in which case we're talking a tie). The incomparable Keeler presents us with the unsolved murder of a "shabby ragpicker who was killed with a dagger inlaid with precious jewels, and then deposited, dagger and all, in the seedy hostelry known as the Hotel Romanorum," thirty years whereafter "an employee of Angus MacWhorter's Mammoth Motorized Shows found a clue to the slaying, and set out to solve a puzzle which had been given up as insoluble before he was born." Blue cloth w/black spine lettering, 256 pages. Wear to corners/spine ends, moderate cloth soil, five small letters ink-stamped to top edge, dusty edges, lending library stamp to front pastedown, another to first end paper, hinges split, mild dampstaining to top edge of first end paper, in price-clipped dust jacket w/light wear to top edges, handling wear/crinkling, lending library sticker to front panel, some dampstaining. The bottom inch of the jacket has been cut off (this is because there was a semi-protective sleeve on the jacket -- which I have discarded -- but it was an inch shorter than the jacket, so some idiot at the lending library presumably trimmed the jacket to fit -- no wonder I drink). An uncommon title in any condition, and moreso in a jacket, even one that's only seven-eighths there. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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