The Rasp.

  • Macdonald, Philip
  • London: W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd 1928


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8vo, pp. 127, [1]. Original colour-printed card wrappers. Poor-quality paper somewhat toned. Wrappers a little creased and soiled, spine covering a bit chipped, small area of loss to foot.


A fragile Collins sixpenny paperback, probably the first paperback edition of the first novel by prolific thriller writer Philip Macdonald, and the first to feature his series detective character Anthony Gethryn. The distinctive green wrappers reuse part of the artwork from the jacket of the 1924 first edition, this style having been used by Collins between c.1928 and 1935. Interestingly, it is not branded a Crime Club book despite being advertised as such on the final page - Collins Crime Club launched in 1930 as a hardcover imprint so this may represent a transitional period in Collins' branding of their crime books. The Rasp was adapted for the screen in 1932 by director Michael Powell.

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