London: for the Crime Club by Collins, 1959. [Detective stories] FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.192. Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine, illustrated dust-jacket by William Randell unpriced for export. Some toning, jacket with a few minor nicks, one chip to foot of spine. Very good. A series of cases case for the eccentric oversized New York armchair detective Nero Wolfe. The mysteries of Rex Stout were cited as an influence by thriller writer Ian Fleming, being mentioned by name in the James Bond novels (read by 007 and frowned upon by M). Item #54324
Cooper and Pike; Detective Fiction pp.277-281. Gilbert, p.624.