View 1 of Lot 80. Freeman Wills Crofts | The 12.30 from Croydon, 1934, inscribed to the author.
View 1 of Lot 80. Freeman Wills Crofts | The 12.30 from Croydon, 1934, inscribed to the author.
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Freeman Wills Crofts | The 12.30 from Croydon, 1934, inscribed to the author

Estimate:

300 - 500 GBP

Freeman Wills Crofts | The 12.30 from Croydon, 1934, inscribed to the author

Freeman Wills Crofts | The 12.30 from Croydon, 1934, inscribed to the author

Estimate:

300 - 500 GBP

Lot sold:

630

GBP

Freeman Wills Crofts


The 12.30 from Croydon. London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1934


FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO THE AUTHOR BY THE PILOT H.J. HORSEY ("To the author | from | H.J. Horsey. | Commdr 'Hengiat' | G-AAXE | 8.2.34") on front free endpaper together with newspaper and magazine clippings laid down, 8vo, original blue cloth lettered in black, DUST-JACKET, minor spotting and browning, spine slightly faded, slightly soiled dust-jacket with loss to head and foot of spine


Melvyn Barnes in Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (London, 1980) notes that this novel "...can be regarded as a successful attempt to go rather deeper, and to show us the workings of a murderer's mind..."


This copy is inscribed by the pilot Herbert John ("Horse") Horsey (1899-1941). He was a pilot in the First World War and, in 1924, became a founder-pilot of Imperial Airways. He later served in the Second World War. It is assumed he provided aviation advice for the plot of this novel.


PROVENANCE

Freeman Wills Crofts (presentation inscription); The Alexis Galanos Collection