INNES, Hammond. Dead and Alive. London: Collins, 1946.
8vo., original plum publisher's cloth, lettered in silver to spine; original unclipped pictorial dust wrapper (7s. 6d net); pp. 158, [ii]; cloth with a few white marks to boards; the odd spot inside and the pages ever-so-slightly toned, but altogether a superior copy, in jacket which has retained much of its original brightness, a little shelf worn to lower panel with a small red smudge, and light creasing to folds, still near-fine.
First edition, boldly signed by the author to the title page.
Another mystery from the canon of Hammon Innes, the renound British writer best known for his supernatural thrillers. This, his third book written under his new publisher (Collins), was composed as he was demobbed from the position of Major, just after he completed an arduous skiing course in the Italian Dolomites.
This post-war novel is based on his own experiences as a Major in Italy, and follows the story of two men who, back from overseas service, attempt to salvage the wreck of a landing craft washed up on the shores of Cornwall. Think myserious quests, greedy racketeers, and 'the vice-laden cities and primitive hill villages of Italy'.
Surprisingly scarce signed.