Matthew Silverman - Victor CanningLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1937, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the head of the spine and top corners. Leans slightly. Gently faded at the spine of the binding. Pages lightly age-tanned, more so to the blanks.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the title page — without provenance.
From the cover: “After leading us on three most delectably wild-goose chases,Victor Canning has apparently decided that there is something to be said for the staying in one place. Matthew Silverman is no peripatetic hero but the likeable editor of the Swanbridge Messenger, and Swanbridge is just one of those small country towns that look so very tranquil as you pass through them at thirty m.p.h. but are the globe itself to their inhabitants. Matthew lives his life amid the humours and griefs and rivalries of his little town, and has his own share of problems — those children of his wanting to go their own way, and the competition of another newspaper which is not bound by the traditions of quiet restraint and faithful service that characterise the Messenger. But though his is a quieter life, there is about Matthew the quality of humanness which made Mr. Finchley so lovable.”