Melbourne ; London ; Toronto: William Heinemann, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover : pp. [iv] 283 [1 blank] : inscribed by author at title page, ''For Sidney Elliot, with best wishes from Dudley'' : purple cloth boards : argent to spine : unclipped illustrated dust jacket.
Head and tail of spine gently pushed; age toned edges; foxing to top edge; front hinge a little split at half-title page; verso of jacket age toned; head and tail of jacket spine chipped. Very good / good. Item #3585
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.