The Scapegoat

DU MAURIER, Daphne (author). The Scapegoat.

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DU MAURIER, Daphne (author). The Scapegoat. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1957.

8vo., publisher's red linson boards lettered gilt to spine, in the iconic Gollancz yellow letterpress dustwrapper; pp. [iv], 5-368; an uncommonly fresh and crisp copy, both externally and internally, without ownership inscription, in an untypically bright, price-clipped dustwrapper with none of the usual darkening or toning to spine, with just a trace of very light dusting, a couple of tiny nicks to spine heel, and a 1cm closed tear to top edge at lower flap fold.
First edition of this fine work of crime fiction by the master storyteller Daphne du Maurier. A vulnerable English academic meets his doppelganger while holidaying abroad. The opportunist French aristocrat gets his target drunk, swaps their identities, and disappears into the night leaving his victim to sort out his own financial and familial problems.