Agatha Christie – Postern of Fate – First Edition 1973 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED to Christie’s house-keeper

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Agatha Christie – Postern of Fate – First Edition 1973 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED to Christie’s house-keeper

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£4,250.00

A first edition, first printing published by Collins in 1973. A near fine book in very good lightly edgeworn dust wrapper. Unclipped. SIGNED on the title page, “To Lily Belson/from/Agatha Christie/Oct 1973”.
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 by Collins in 1973. A near fine book in very good lightly edgeworn dust wrapper. Unclipped. SIGNED on the title page, “To Lily Belson/from/Agatha Christie/Oct 1973”.
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.