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A Dram of Poison by  Charlotte Armstrong - First Edition - 1956 - from Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB (SKU: 21560)

A Dram of Poison

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A Dram of Poison

by Armstrong, Charlotte

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New York: Coward-McCann, Inc, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. 253pp. Burgundy cloth lettered in red on the spine. 1957 Edgar Award winner for best novel. Previous owner's name in pencil on the front free endpaper, barely a hint of wear to the lower edges. A bright, fine copy in very good dustjacket with mild wear to the edges, tiny chip and light fading to the spine panel. Dustjacket illustration by Rus Anderson. ; Octavo.


55-year-old poetry instructor Kenneth Gibson has remained a bachelor his whole life, but when he meets 32-year-old Rosemary, who seems helpless and alone, he decides to offer to help her by offering his hand. What he imagines to be a platonic relationship is interrupted when Rosemary blossoms under his care and Gibson begins falling in love with her. Then, just as Rosemary begins to reciprocate the feelings, the couple is involved in a car crash, making Gibson lame. His sister Ethel moves in to help the couple, but her meddling creates tension and drives them apart. Gibson resolves to kill himself with a dram of poison but then loses it, and the characters join together in search of the deadly vial. Edgar Award Winner for best novel in 1957. 

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Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
A Dram of Poison
Armstrong, Charlotte
Book condition
second hand
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First Edition
Coward-McCann, Inc
Place of Publication
New York
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Mysteries and Thrillers;

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About Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB

Parigi Books, established in 2006, is an independent antiquarian bookstore located in the heart of Schenectady, NY. We are open by appointment only.We buy and sell fine books and collectibles in all fields with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, comics and graphic novels. Our eclectic taste is reflected in the ample variety of items available, from significant titles from the 1500s on to original comic art, from collectible paperbacks to literary magazines. We carry in stock the best selection of Italian language graphic novels and comics you can find this side of the pond.As fairly strict graders who pay particular attention to collecting standards, we have been able to make thousands of customers happy over the years.Parigi Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), and the Independent Online Booksellers' Association (IOBA).


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