First Edition of Rex Stout's Fer-De-Lance; Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
Fer-De-Lance: A Nero Wolfe Mystery.
Item Number: 72978
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc, 1934.
First edition of the first Nero Wolfe detective novel. Octavo, bound by Bayntun-Riviere Bindery in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition.
Fer-de-Lance is the first Nero Wolfe detective novel written by Rex Stout, published in 1934 by Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. The novel appeared in abridged form in The American Magazine (November 1934) under the title "Point of Death". The novel was adapted for the 1936 movie Meet Nero Wolfe. In his seminal 1941 work, Murder for Pleasure, crime fiction historian Howard Haycraft included Fer-de-Lance in his definitive list of the most influential works of mystery fiction. Columbia Pictures adapted the first Nero Wolfe novel for the screen in 1936, as Meet Nero Wolfe. Herbert Biberman directed a cast that included Edward Arnold as Wolfe; Lionel Stander as Archie Goodwin; John Qualen as Olaf, Wolfe's Scandinavian chef; and a young Rita Hayworth (then Rita Cansino) as Maria Maringola, who sets the story in motion when she asks for Wolfe's help in finding her missing brother, Carlo.