Original holograph manuscript of the third Francis Pettigrew novel. Written in black or blue ink on 418 leaves of white or blue paper with copious emendations and pagination by the author. Further editorial / typist's notes in pencil to some margins. Complete. The first 13 chapters are bound in 11 sections with a clip at the upper left corner of each, the remainder loose leaves. The text of novel is written on the recto of previously used paper much of it relating to the author's legal career, but with fascinating and pertinent material including two autograph letters signed from fellow crime writer E. C. R. Lorac, one inviting him to join The Detection Club; a partial carbon typescript of Hare's play "The Murder At Warbeck Hall" which he would later develop into the 1951 novel "An English Murder"; several letters from W. G. Gore (Hare's typist) written during the process of converting the novel from manuscript to typescript; a typed letter signed on Detection Club notepaper from fellow crime writer E. R. Punshon requesting payment for Hare and guests' attendance at a Club dinner; a typed letter from Hare's publisher Faber and Faber. The leaves are toned with occasional creasing, foxing, marginal nicks and finger marks as to be expected from a working manuscript, the binding clips are rusted. Still in excellent condition and beautifully presented in a purpose made black cloth chemise and slipcase.
The third novel to feature the amateur sleuth, Francis Pettigrew, published by Faber and Faber in 1949. Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (1900-1958) was a distinguished barrister and later Judge, taking the name Cyril Hare by combining his London home, Cyril Mansions in Battersea, with Hare Court where he worked in the chambers of Roland Oliver. He began writing crime fiction at the age of 36 producing 8 well regarded novels before his tuberculosis related death aged just 57 - at the peak of his career as a judge, and at the height of his powers as a master of the whodunit. In 1946, on the invitation of E. C. R. Lorac he became a member of The Detection Club, that written invitation recycled in Chapter II of this holograph manuscript.
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