Churston Ferrers, South Devon: April 6, 1960. Near Fine.
Single pale beige sheet, with the accompanying pale beige envelope. Handwritten by Christie in blue ink and signed "Agatha Christie Mallowan". Near fine, with a horizontal crease at the page fold, else fine; envelope with a hint of tape residue to the recto, a few minor smudges to the recto, light wear at the opening. Overall, a clean and pleasing piece, with a nice bibliographic reference. In this letter, Christie writes to Samuel Y. Tupper, Esq., in response to a question he asked about the publication of her novel Lord Edgware Dies, a murder mystery featuring her famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The novel in question was originally published in the United Kingdom by Collins Crime Club in September 1933 under the aforementioned title, and Christie notes that it was published "by Penguin in a cheap edition not very long ago." She also explains that the story was published under the title Thirteen at Dinner in the United States, both in its serialized format in The American Magazine and in book form by Dodd, Mead and Company.