London: Peter Davies, 1951. First Edition, Stated Third Printing. Hardcover octavo (19 x 12.5cm); pp. (222); red cloth covered boards; black embossed illustration on the front board and black lettering on the spine; family trees on endpapers; blue, green, yellow and black illustrated dust wrapper.
Head and tail of spine gently pushed; spine a little sunned; minor spine lean; a touch discoloured at head and tail, along edges and around corners; edges and corners a little abraded; corners gently bruised; top edge of text block dust toned, top and fore edges lightly foxed; ffep a touch tender at gutters; black and white reproductions of King Richard III and Henry VII are tipped in on the verso of the ffep and on the first blank page, unclear whether this is how the book was originally published or has been done by a previous owner;internally, pages a shade toned, endpapers slightly more so; spotting to endpapers; occasional spotting throughout, mostly contained to the first few pages and the outer margins; previous owner's handwriting on page 2. Dust wrapper is unclipped with 9s 6d printed price in the bottom corner of the front inner flap; spine is very faintly sunned but still bright; chips, tears and creases to wrapper; 10mm chip out of the head of the spine, 10-20mm chip out of the tail; rubbing along hinges and edges; small chips to corners; 50mm divet to the top of the front cover, 40mm tear next to the head of the spine, 45mm tear at the bottom corner; two tears (5 & 10mm) at the top of the rear cover; back cover lightly scuffed; tape repairs to verso. Item #1319
Josephine Tey (1896-1952) was the pen name of the Scottish author Elizabeth MacKintosh. The Daughter of Time is one of six in a series of novels that follows the investigations of Inspector Alan Grant. It was voted the greatest mystery novel of all time by the British Crime Writers' Association in 1990 and number four in The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time by the Mystery Writers of America. The plot follows Grant's investigation into the alleged crimes of Richard III.