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Ten Little Niggers

by Christie, Agatha

Ten Little Niggers, later re-titled And Then There Were None, and also titled Ten Little Indians, is considered author Agatha Christie’s best and most ambitious work. The mystery novel has been adapted for both theatre and cinema and has remained highly influential in the mystery genre.

The novel is centered around a large murder mystery based on an infamous blackface minstrel song that describes a group of people who die under strange circumstances one by one. Due to the racist original title (1939), the book was re-titled And Then There Were None in 1940, and it was also published as (also overtly racist) Ten Little Indians in 1964.

The book’s original title is not the only reason it is a highly controversial piece of writing. Racism and orientalism are found throughout the novel, and some non-US publications still use versions of the original title.

And Then There Were None has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

First Edition Identification and Notes

Ten Little Niggers was first published in 1939 by The Crime Club. The book has an orange cloth cover and a distinctive green dust jacket illustrated by Stephen Bellman. Along with the racist title, the dust jacket features racist caricatures of black people being plucked one by one by an unknown white hand. The first edition also comes marked with a printed stamped seal bearing the phrase “Sign of a Good Detective Novel”.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

The first edition of this book published under the title And Then There Were None was first published in 1940 by Dodd, Mead, and Company.

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On May 12, 2020, Anonymous said:

This book was horrible to say the least. No true concept and a lot of spelling errors . To know this all this lady was this illiterate Doesn't cease to amaze me!

On Mar 26, 2020, a reader said:

Your children need to read this 10/10 best thing i have read with my little boy

On May 17, 2019, a reader said:

Great book funny children's book good for children

On May 17, 2019, a reader said:

A very well-written book very humorous perfect for children

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Ten Little Niggers

by CHRISTIE, AGATHA

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Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
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1939
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First Edition. Bookplate; light foxing and cloth fading; very good plus in a very good dust jacket with some tears and chips, th
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London: Collins, 1939. First Edition. Bookplate; light foxing and cloth fading; very good plus in a very good dust jacket with some tears and chips, the most serious of which is a triangular fingernail-sized one at the top of the front panel. A highly politically incorrect title even when published; the dust jacket compounded the sin with its illustration… Read more
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Ten Little Niggers

by Christie, Agatha

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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA
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1939
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Very Good
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First Edition
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London: Collins / The Crime Club, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing, second state with no date listed on copyright page. Very Good with light lean to spine, a bit of dust soiling, fading to cloth corresponding to jacket chips, and bumping to page corners. In a Very Good dust jacket with front flap… Read more
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Ten Little Niggers

by CHRISTIE, AGATHA

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Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
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1939
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First Edition. Very good or better; in a good or slightly better price-clipped dust jacket with chips, tears, soiling and creasi
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London: Collins, 1939. First Edition. Very good or better; in a good or slightly better price-clipped dust jacket with chips, tears, soiling and creasing. The unfortunately titled book was published in America as And Then There Were None, and re-issued as Ten Little Indians, which title is problematic itself these days. In any event, not only was this one… Read more
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Ten Little Niggers.

by Christie, Agatha

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Raptis Rare Books
Published
1939
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London: The Crime Club by Collins, 1939. First edition of the best-selling mystery novel of all time and Christie's personal favorite of all of her novels, released subsequently in the United States as And Then There Were None and so titled in all successive reprints. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with some expert… Read more
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Ten Little Niggers

by Agatha Christie

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Owl Creek Books
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1939
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Very Good+
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First Edition
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Original true First Edition with copyright 1939 by Collins under their The Crime Club Detective series. The repellent, racist title was taken from a minstrel song and for the American version released in 1940 was re-titled And Then There Were None from the last five words of the song. The dust jacket illustrated by Stephen Bellman, is original but has… Read more
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Ten Little Niggers

by Agatha Christie

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Brought to Book Ltd
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1942
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Fine
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4th Printing
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£250.00

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UK: The Crime Club, Collins, 1942. 4th Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good+. Ten Little Niggers by Agatha Christie Fourth Impression The Crime Club Collins 1942. A fine book. No inscriptions and contents completely unblemished throughout. Covers are bright and without bumping to corners. Spine completely unfaded. In original VG+ dust jacket that has an internal tape repair to front… Read more
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Sheltered Lives

by Oberndorf, Charles

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Zardoz Books
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1992
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fine
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9780553292480
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Bantam Press Books, 1992. 1st edition. fine. 1st Bantam 1992 edition paperback fine condition. In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
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The Bad Bunch

by Edson, JT

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Zardoz Books
Published
1979
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vg
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9780552078412
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Corgi Transworld Pub, 1979. paperback / softback. vg. Corgi 1979 edition paperback vg In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
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