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BARNES, Melvyn (Melvyn Peter), 1942- : BEST DETECTIVE FICTION : A GUIDE FROM GODWIN TO THE PRESENT.

BARNES, Melvyn (Melvyn Peter), 1942- : BEST DETECTIVE FICTION : A GUIDE FROM GODWIN TO THE PRESENT.

London : Clive Bingley / Hamden : Linnet Books, (1975). First edition. A narrative bibliography of the best of detective fiction, with the first English-language or first British editions identified.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (122),[ii]pp. Original boards; just a hint of bruising to tips, but a very good, bright and sound copy in a lightly marked dust-jacket.

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BINYON, T.J. (Timothy John), 1936-2004 : 'MURDER WILL OUT' : THE DETECTIVE IN FICTION.

BINYON, T.J. (Timothy John), 1936-2004 : 'MURDER WILL OUT' : THE DETECTIVE IN FICTION.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, (1989). First edition. A scholarly history of the fictional detective, from Dupin, Lecoq and Sherlock Holmes through to the moderns - with discussion of types, professional amateurs, amateur amateurs, policemen of various kinds, the private eye from Williams to Warshawski, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,166,[ii]pp. Original boards; very good in a very good dust-jacket.

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KEATING, H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011 - editor : WHODUNIT? A GUIDE TO CRIME, SUSPENSE AND SPY FICTION.

KEATING, H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011 - editor : WHODUNIT? A GUIDE TO CRIME, SUSPENSE AND SPY FICTION.

London : Windward, (1982). First edition. Essays on Crime Fiction and its Categories by Michael Gilbert, Reginald Hill, Keating himself, Jessica Mann, Hillary Waugh and others - on How I Write My Books by Eric Ambler, Len Deighton, Stanley Ellin, Patricia Highsmith, P. D. James, Keating again, and others, with a consumers' guide, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 320pp. Numerous illustrations. Original ivory boards, lettered in red; very good in the original Roger Pring dust-jacket - a little sunned at spine.

£20

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OUSBY, Ian (Ian Vaughan Kenneth), 1947-2001 : BLOODHOUNDS OF HEAVEN : THE DETECTIVE IN ENGLISH FICTION FROM GODWIN TO DOYLE.

OUSBY, Ian (Ian Vaughan Kenneth), 1947-2001 : BLOODHOUNDS OF HEAVEN : THE DETECTIVE IN ENGLISH FICTION FROM GODWIN TO DOYLE.

Cambridge : Harvard University Press, (1976). Third printing of the original 1976 edition. A thoughtful study of the early fictional detectives - with much on Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Emile Gaboriau, William Godwin, Edgar Allan Poe, William Russell (Waters), Eugène-Francois Vidocq, etc.
Royal 8vo (24cm). (xiv),194pp. Illustrations. Original cloth; very good.

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OUSBY, Ian (Ian Vaughan Kenneth), 1947-2001 : THE CRIME AND MYSTERY BOOK : A READER'S COMPANION.

OUSBY, Ian (Ian Vaughan Kenneth), 1947-2001 : THE CRIME AND MYSTERY BOOK : A READER'S COMPANION.

London : Thames & Hudson, (1997). First edition. A richly illustrated overview of the genre, with sections on the origins, the great detectives, the hard-boiled school, etc.
Crown 4to (25cm). 224pp. Illustrations throughout, many in colour. Original wrappers; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

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RODELL, Marie F. (Marie Freid), 1912-1975 : MYSTERY FICTION : THEORY AND TECHNIQUE.

RODELL, Marie F. (Marie Freid), 1912-1975 : MYSTERY FICTION : THEORY AND TECHNIQUE.

London : Hammond, Hammond & Co., (1954). First British edition. An interesting guide to literary craftsmanship from the well-known literary agent - with chapters on clues, suspense, taboos, plotting, etc. With an introduction by Maurice Richardson. "One of the most entertaining textbooks ever written" (Vincent Starrett).
Crown 8vo (20cm). xviii,(172),[ii]pp. Original boards; very good in a very lightly used and just slightly nicked dust-jacket.

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"SCOTT, Sutherland" - [HOWEY, William Clunie] : BLOOD IN THEIR INK : THE MARCH OF THE MODERN MYSTERY NOVEL.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., (1953). First edition. With much on John Dickson Carr, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Freeman Wills Crofts, Mignon Eberhart, Austin Freeman, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, C. Daly King, A. E. W. Mason, Ellery Queen, Mary Roberts Rinehart, etc. With a foreword by A. Beverley Baxter.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 200pp. Original boards; a very good copy in a just faintly creased dust-jacket. Neat 1960 ownership inscription of Roger Marshall on front free endpaper.

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STEWART, R.F., 1936- : - AND ALWAYS A DETECTIVE : CHAPTERS ON THE HISTORY OF DETECTIVE FICTION.

STEWART, R.F., 1936- : - AND ALWAYS A DETECTIVE : CHAPTERS ON THE HISTORY OF DETECTIVE FICTION.

Newton Abbot & North Pomfret : David & Charles, (1980). First edition. With much on H. C. Bailey, Anthony Berkeley, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Emile Gaboriau, James McGovan, Edgar Allan Poe, Dorothy L. Sayers, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (352)pp. Original boards; a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket.

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SYMONS, Julian (Julian Gustave), 1912-1994 : BLOODY MURDER. FROM THE DETECTIVE STORY TO THE CRIME NOVEL : A HISTORY.

SYMONS, Julian (Julian Gustave), 1912-1994 : BLOODY MURDER. FROM THE DETECTIVE STORY TO THE CRIME NOVEL : A HISTORY.

Harmondsworth : Viking, (1985). Second edition : an extensively revised and augmented version of the original 1972 classic study of the genre.
Demy 8vo. (262),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in metallic red; very good indeed in the original black, red and white dust-jacket, just faintly sunned.

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SYMONS, Julian (Julian Gustave), 1912-1994 : BLOODY MURDER. FROM THE DETECTIVE STORY TO THE CRIME NOVEL.

SYMONS, Julian (Julian Gustave), 1912-1994 : BLOODY MURDER. FROM THE DETECTIVE STORY TO THE CRIME NOVEL.

New York : Mysterious Press, (1993). Third American edition : a revised and augmented version of the original 1972 classic study of the genre, adding a highly interesting 36pp "Postscript for the Nineties".
Demy 8vo (22cm). [xiv],(350),[iv]pp. Original boards; just very slightly bruised, but a very good copy in a just lightly used and slightly nicked dust-jacket.

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TURNER, E.S. (Ernest Sackville), 1909-2006 : BOYS WILL BE BOYS : THE STORY OF SWEENEY TODD, DEADWOOD DICK, SEXTON BLAKE, BILLY BUNTER, DICK BARTON, ET AL.

TURNER, E.S. (Ernest Sackville), 1909-2006 : BOYS WILL BE BOYS : THE STORY OF SWEENEY TODD, DEADWOOD DICK, SEXTON BLAKE, BILLY BUNTER, DICK BARTON, ET AL.

London : Michael Joseph, (1957). Second edition. The first appearance of this revised and updated version of Turner's 1948 classic refresher course in popular literature for boys - from the bloods and penny-dreadfuls on. This revised edition includes fresh material on the American dime novel.
Post 8vo (21cm). (278),[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original cloth gilt; endpapers slightly tanned; a few slight creases, but a very good copy in the original Broom Lynne dust-jacket - just lightly used, slightly marked and a little tanned.

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TURNER, E.S. (Ernest Sackville), 1909-2006 : BOYS WILL BE BOYS : THE STORY OF SWEENEY TODD, DEADWOOD DICK, SEXTON BLAKE, BILLY BUNTER, DICK BARTON, ET. AL.

TURNER, E.S. (Ernest Sackville), 1909-2006 : BOYS WILL BE BOYS : THE STORY OF SWEENEY TODD, DEADWOOD DICK, SEXTON BLAKE, BILLY BUNTER, DICK BARTON, ET. AL.

London : Michael Joseph, (1975). Third edition. The first appearance of this revised and updated version of Turner's 1948 classic refresher course in popular literature for boys - from the bloods and penny-dreadfuls on. This revised edition includes fresh material taking the saga to the age of the super-hero.
Post 8vo (21cm). (280)pp. Illustrations. Original boards; a very good copy in the original Broom Lynne dust-jacket - price-clipped, but otherwise very good.

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WATSON, Colin, 1920-1983 : SNOBBERY WITH VIOLENCE : ENGLISH CRIME STORIES AND THEIR AUDIENCE.

WATSON, Colin, 1920-1983 : SNOBBERY WITH VIOLENCE : ENGLISH CRIME STORIES AND THEIR AUDIENCE.

London : Eyre Methuen, (1979). Second edition : a slightly revised version of Watson's interesting 1971 study of the crime story as the mirror of its times and social attitudes.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 256pp. Illustrations. Original mauve boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the original Norman Mansbridge dust-jacket - a design in cream, red, yellow, black and white - very good and unworn.

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