CHRISTIE, Agatha. The Mousetrap and other plays. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1978.
8vo; cream buckram boards with lettering in blue to spine; with original dustwrapper; p. 659; slight crack approximately 1cm long to foot of spine; wrapper is price clipped and has the odd mark, otherwise fine.
First edition thus, and first anthology including the longest running play in the world, with introduction by Ira Levin. Levin was an American playwright and novelist, most famous for his horror Rosemary's Baby and thriller The Stepford Wives . Inscribed by Levin to actress Marian Seldes, who appeared in his play The Mousetrap , adapted from Christie's work. Inscription reads: "Merry Christmas, Marian! Love Ira 12/78".
As well as The Mousetrap, this volume also contains:
Ten Little Indians,
Appointment with Death,
Witness for the Prosecution,
Go back for Murder.
Until the appearance of this volume, only two of Christie's plays had appeared in anthologies, the rest having been in acting editions only.