“A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT”: FIRST EDITION OF GAUDY NIGHT, IN SCARCE DUST JACKET
SAYERS, Dorothy L. Gaudy Night. London: Victor Gollancz, 1935. Octavo, original black cloth, original yellow printed dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of one of the last detective novels written by Sayers, one of the few to feature both Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey and mystery writer Harriet Vane, extremely scarce in original printed dust jacket.
“Gaudy Night was the next to the last of Dorothy Sayers’ remarkable string of detective novels” and one of only several to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane with Sayers’ erudite leading detective, Lord Peter Wimsey. “Sayers was widely regarded as one of the most erudite writers of detective fiction [and] one of the leading authorities on the history” of the genre (New York Times). Praised as “a remarkable achievement” (Barzun & Taylor 2944) and “originally intended as a nonmystery novel, Gaudy Night explores the role of women in society, especially the academic community” (Steinbrunner & Penzler, 353). Number 18 in Mystery Writers of America’s 100 Top Mystery Novels of All Time. Without extremely scarce belly band. Hubin, 365. Reilly, 1300. Yaakov & Greenfieldt, 583.
Book fresh and nearly fine with light marginal and fore-edge foxing; dust jacket extremely good, with small clear stain to front panel and only a few short closed tears to extremities. A near-fine copy, quite desirable in the scarce just jacket.