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[lcbc] Gardner, Erle Stanley [as ]A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. [Lam & Cool] First published in book form in January 1939. The first Donald Lam / Bertha Cool mystery, published January 1939. British title Lam to the Slaughter.

Cover image from William Morrow edition of 1939 [wm39.30] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New York: William Morrow, 1939. 281p. hardcover. First edition, published in January 1939. Cover image via wikipedia. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[hh39.36] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. [as] Lam to the Slaughter. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1939. 284ppp. hardcover. [References] WorldCat British Library [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[gd39.31] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1940. 281p. hardcover. Printed May 1940 [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
 
[tb42.32] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New York: Triangle Books, 1942. 281p. hardcover. Printed June 1942. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1943 [pb43.33] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New: Pocket Books, 1943. hardcover. Pocket Book No. 228. First Pocket Books printing September 1943. Also published as by Pocket Books of Canada, Montreal. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books UK edition of 1948 [pb48.370] Gardner, Erle Stanley. [as] Lam to the Slaughter. London: Pocket Books UK, 1948. mass market pbk. No B14. Date is a guess. Pocket Books UK was relatively short-lived; I believe fewer than a hundred titles. Cover image via LibraryThing. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1952 [pb52.114] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New York: Pocket Books, 1952. mass market pbk. 3rd printing September 1952. Cover image via LibraryThing. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1963 [pc63.116] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New York: Pocket Books, 1963. mass market pbk. 6th printing December 1963. Pocket Books No. 4606. 45 cents cover price. Cover image via LibraryThing. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Corgi Books edition of 1966 [co66.37] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. [as] Lam to the Slaughter. London: Corgi Books, 1966. 158p. hardcover. [References] WorldCat British Library [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Pocket Books edition of 1971 [pb71.115] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New York: Pocket Books, 1971. hardcover. Pocket Books No. 75599. 8th printing. 75 cents cover price. Cover image via LibraryThing. [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Quill edition of 1984 [qu66.34] Gardner, Erle Stanley as A. A. Fair. The Bigger They Come. New York: Quill, 1984. 205p. trade pkb. Isbn: 0688031374 A Quill Mystery Classic. "First revised edition". WorldCat gives date as 1966, but that can not be correct, particularly as they include the ISBN. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris
Cover image from Murder Room edition of 2014 [mr14.35] Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Bigger They Come. London: Murder Room, 2014. viii, 186p. trade pkb. Isbn: 1471908488 The Murder Room was an imprint of Orion, intended for ebooks, but this appears to have also appeared in print. [References] WorldCat [key word searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris [Isbn searches] Abebooks Amazon Biblio Alibris