Agatha Christie – Hallowe’en Party – First Edition 1969 – SIGNED and DATED ‘All Hallowe’en’ to Christie’s housekeeper

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Agatha Christie – Hallowe’en Party – First Edition 1969 – SIGNED and DATED ‘All Hallowe’en’ to Christie’s housekeeper

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A first edition, first printing published in 1969. A near fine book without inscriptions marred only by a small patch of spotting to the front endpaper and some to the page edges. In a near fine unclipped wrapper minutely rubbed to the extremities with one small nick to the top of the rear panel. SIGNED on the title page ‘For Mrs Belson/From/Agatha Christie/Oct. 31st All Hallowe’en 1969’.
Lily Belson was the housekeeper at Winterbrook from 1953 when she was offered the post. Her daughter Mrs Paine recalls that her mother had only applied for the job because she was attracted by the flat on offer and was unaware of her prospective employers identity, “she had the shock of her life when she found out that it was Agatha Christie”.
Dame Agatha left Lily £2000 in her will – this was the largest cash bequest to any non-family member. Over 20 years she also gave Mrs Belson a signed first edition of each new novel.
Lily was Dame Agatha’s trusted companion through her declining years and who was with her at her death. On January 12 1976, after helping the frail 85 year old with her lunch, Mrs Belson was wheeling her into the sitting room when she peacefully died. Lily died in 1981.

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A first edition, first printing published in 1969. A near fine book without inscriptions marred only by a small patch of spotting to the front endpaper and some to the page edges. In a near fine unclipped wrapper minutely rubbed to the extremities with one small nick to the top of the rear panel. SIGNED on the title page ‘For Mrs Belson/From/Agatha Christie/Oct. 31st All Hallowe’en 1969’.
Lily Belson was the housekeeper at Winterbrook from 1953 when she was offered the post. Her daughter Mrs Paine recalls that her mother had only applied for the job because she was attracted by the flat on offer and was unaware of her prospective employers identity, “she had the shock of her life when she found out that it was Agatha Christie”.
Dame Agatha left Lily £2000 in her will – this was the largest cash bequest to any non-family member. Over 20 years she also gave Mrs Belson a signed first edition of each new novel.
Lily was Dame Agatha’s trusted companion through her declining years and who was with her at her death. On January 12 1976, after helping the frail 85 year old with her lunch, Mrs Belson was wheeling her into the sitting room when she peacefully died. Lily died in 1981.