New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978. Single volume, measuring 9 x 6 inches: , 185, . Original red cloth spine lettered in black, orange paper boards, red endpapers, original clipped color pictorial dust jacket designed by 1979 Newbery winner Ellen Raskin, with no Newbery medal affixed. Pinpoint foxing to edges, lightest shelfwear, tape reinforcement to jacket verso. With: side-stapled Newbery and Caldecott Awards dinner program, measuring 9 x 7 inches: . Color pictorial wrappers designed by 1979 Caldecott winner Paul Goble. With: double-sided souvenir $1000 bill.
First edition of Ellen Raskin’s dizzying comic mystery, winner of the Newbery Medal for 1979. Samuel Westing, a reclusive millionaire, leaves an unconventional will, drawing an apparently random group of neighbors into a search for his own killer. “Who were these people, these specially selected tenants? They were mothers and fathers and children. A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake.” The Westing Game is accompanied by the original program for the 1979 Newbery and Caldecott Awards dinner, where Raskin received her medal, and a souvenir $1000 bill featuring “Uncle Sam” Westing, possibly the ticket to the event. A near-fine, unmarked copy of a classic novel, with scarce related ephemera.