Seagull Library of Mystery and Suspense

W. W. Norton & Co. (New York, US)
Series dates: 1965-1968
Size: 6″ x 8.25″

Seagull Library of Mystery and Suspense consisted of 17 reprinted mystery and suspense classics published from 1965 to 1968. Titles included:

The Terror: A Fantasy, Arthur Machen, 1965
The Green Archer, Edgar Wallace, 1965
The Singing Bone, R. Austin Freeman, 1965
The Man in the Corner, Baroness Orczy, 1966
Lady into Fox, David Garnett, 1966
Death Walks in Eastrepps, Francis Beeding, 1966
Drink to Yesterday, Manning Coles, 1967
Phantom Lady, Cornell Woolrich, 1967
The Red Thumb Mark, R. Austin Freeman, 1967
The Cask, Freeman Wills Crofts, 1967
The Maracot Deep, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1968
The Big Clock, Kenneth Fearing, 1968
The Simple Art of Murder, Raymond Chandler, 1968
The Murderer’s Companion, William Roughead, 1968
Cold Harbour, Francis Brett Young, 1968
The Murder of My Aunt, Richard Hull, 1968
Defender’s Triumph, Edgar Lustgarten, 1968

Jackets are unique to each title, but follow a particular pattern where the illustration unique to each jacket is placed in a colored box surrounded by a black and then white band. At least one title, Chandler’s The Simple Art of Murder, has a different jacket design.

This copy of R. Austin Freeman’s The Red Thumb Mark is dated 1967 and priced at $4.50. The series name is indicated on the front of the jacket with a skull colophon, also included on the jacket spine. The front jacket flap provides an overview of the title.

The rear of the jacket offers a prospectus for the series and lists 9 of the 17 titles published in the series. The rear jacket flap provides a biography of the author, and indicates jacket design by Larry Lurin.

Solid cloth bindings with black typography and decorations include the series colophon and name on the front of the book.

The half-title page:

The title page:

The copyright page, with the 1967 copyright, a printing number line, and an indication that the book was published simultaneously in Canada by George J. McLeod, Ltd, Toronto.