Glyn Daniel – Welcome Death: the dedication copy

Glyn Daniel was a Welsh scientist and archaeologist who taught for many years at Cambridge University. His first detective novel, The Cambridge Murders, was published in 1945 under the pseudonym Dilwyn Rees, and enjoyed considerable success. Welcome Death, which appeared nine years later under his own name, was his only other venture into the genre. The book was dedicated to his friend, Villiers David, a poet, painter and novelist. This particular copy was the “dedication copy”, presented by the author to the dedicatee. It is accompanied by a letter in which Daniel enthuses about David’s work. The inscription is fascinating, as Daniel modestly explains exactly what he thinks is wrong with his book….