London: William Heinemann, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover : pp. (4) 263 (1, blank) : red cloth boards lettered in gilt to spine : INSCRIBED on the title page to the author's mother : unclipped jacket.
Narrow strip of sunning to the head of the spine; tope edge of block toned; lower edge of block slightly marked, 5mm open tear to jacket at head of spine and 2mm at tail of spine. Near fine / very good. Item #3272
Dudley Raymond Barker (1910-1980) was a British journalist, editor and author of fiction, nonfiction, and literary essays. He was born in London and educated at Oxford and served in the RAF during WWII. He married Muriel Griffiths in 1935 and worked as a journalist and literary agent before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 1965. As well as writing under his own name he penned a series of crime fiction novels under the nom de plume Lionel Black and also a few as Anthony Matthews.
We deduce Barker was in the habit of sending inscribed first edition copies of titles published under his own name to his mother as this is the third such we have handled published between 1935 and 1956.