Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie.
Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1938. First U.S. edition. Hardcover. This is a first printing of the first American edition of one of Hercule Poirot’s most famous cases, Death on the Nile. This example is very good minus in a good plus dust jacket. The original illustrated, orange-bronze-colored cloth binding remains tight, featuring illustrations of waves, a pyramid, and a sphinx. There is some wear to the extremities, slight wrinkling to the spine, and some fading to the dark blue topstain. The contents are clean, bright, and free of markings with some transfer browning to the endpapers. The unclipped dust jacket retains its original “$2.00” front flap price. The jacket colors remain vibrant with only some minor toning to the spine. Nonetheless, the jacket shows wear, particularly to the extremities and flap folds, as well as some loss to the head of the spine affecting “AG” in the author’s printed name. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, clear, archival cover. Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the best-selling novelist of all time, most well known for her works of mystery featuring detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Born to a wealthy family in Devon, Agatha Christie spent her happy childhood within the pages of books, having taught herself to read at an early age. Following her father’s death she was sent to a finishing school in Paris. Upon her return to England in 1910 she found her mother ill so they set off to the warmer climate of Cairo for her recovery. This first experience in Egypt was a formative one for the future writer; archaeology, Egyptology, and the Middle East would serve as settings for many of her most famous works, this one prominent among them. Though Christie was writing through the 1910s and had a number of short stories published under pseudonyms, it would be a decade before her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published. This novel was also the debut of Christie’s most famous character, the fastidious and logical Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, who would be featured in 33 novels, more than 50 short stories, and one play. By the time Death on the Nile was published in 1937 Christie was a celebrated author and the release of a new Poirot mystery was a highly anticipated event. In Death on the Nile a peaceful Nile River cruise is interrupted by murder. Luckily the passengers include Poirot who logically winds up all of the clues for the reader in the novel’s final chapter. In 1978 the book was adapted into a feature film with a cast including Bette Davis, Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, and Angela Lansbury, and it will be adapted again in an upcoming film directed by Kenneth Branagh, scheduled for release in 2020. Agatha Christie was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1956 in honor of her contribution to British literature. Today Christie’s titles have sold over two billion copies, placing her behind only Shakespeare and the Bible in sales. Her play The Mousetrap has the longest continual initial run of any play, having been performed continuously in London’s West End since its opening in 1952. Item #005792

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