Title: The Dark House
Author: Warwick Deeping
Year: 1941 (First Edition)
Publisher: Cassell and Company Limited
Book Condition: Good/Fair
Jacket Condition: Fair
Description: Dr. John Richmond, a promising surgeon, finds it necessary to join a two-man GP practice in the seaside town of Southfleet after his brother's investments go sour. The senior member of the practice at Prospect House – noted fort its brass bell handle in the shape of a clenched fist – he runs the practice with his colourful junior partner, Dr. Burgoyne. Conditions of Richmond's employment include not smoking in public, not being seen in a pub or without his top hat, and that no married female patient make love to him or he to her.
The jacket is in fair condition, with many nicks and tears, but is basically complete with no major losses. The book itself is in good condition for its age. The boards have become cocked and no longer sit straight. Incredibly, the pages are completely free from foxing, despite having been printed on War Economy paper. They are also clean and unmarked. Unfortunately, 20 or so have small dog-ears in their lower corners, and one has a small nick. Of particular interest is a Voice of Britain propaganda statement (illustrated with b&w logo) on the rear flap: "In every part of the world you can hear broadcasts direct from Great Britain. In every part of the world truthful news has steadily defeated the Axis campaign of lies and slander[…]".
Extremely rare to find in dust jacket.
Measures 19.5 cm × 12.5 cm (7.8″ × 5″). Small 8vo. 407 pp.