signed first edition
1972 · New York
by SMITH, Martin
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1972. First Edition. First Printing. Signed bookplate laid-in. Octavo (21cm); red cloth covered boards titled in black the spine; Red Mask Mystery publisher's device, in black, on the front cover; dustjacket; 191pp. Foxing to the textblock, and inside covers about Near Fine. The dustjacket is unclipped (priced $4.95) with mild soil; dampstain to lower spine and moderate foxing to verso; Very Good+.
Author's second book. "When Saint Stephen's Crown (the Royal Crown of Hungary) is set for display at St. Patrick's Cathedral before being returned to Budapest, church authorities, the NYPD, and the UN persuade antique dealer and goldsmith Roman Grey to assume responsibility for the priceless relic...As a Gypsy with no powerful friends, he's the perfect scapegoat should the crown disappear." (from the dustjacket).
(Inventory #: 53891)