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"AIRD, Catherine" - [McINTOSH, Kinn Hamilton, 1930- ] : HENRIETTA WHO?

New York : Doubleday & Co. for The Crime Club, 1968. First American edition. The second Inspector Sloane mystery. The London first edition is nominated by Cooper & Pike (Detective Fiction) as the most difficult to find of all Aird's books.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 188,[iv]pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered on spine in silver; some marking and mottling to boards, but a good copy in the original Emanuel Schongut dust-jacket - a design in pale green, pink, black and white - lightly rubbed, faintly sunned, slightly nicked and price-clipped.

£20

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"AIRD, Catherine" - [McINTOSH, Kinn Hamilton, 1930- ] : PASSING STRANGE.

London : William Collins Sons & Co. (The Crime Club), (1980). First edition. Signed by Catherine Aird on the title-page. The ninth Inspector Sloan mystery. Motiveless murder at the flower show.
Post 8vo (21cm). 202,[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered across spine in gilt; slight marks on lower edge, but a very good copy in the original Colin Thomas dust-jacket - price-clipped and just slightly nicked at one corner.

£40

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AMBLER, Eric (Eric Clifford), 1909-1998 : THE STORY SO FAR : MEMORIES & OTHER FICTIONS.

AMBLER, Eric (Eric Clifford), 1909-1998 : THE STORY SO FAR : MEMORIES & OTHER FICTIONS.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1993). First edition. Autobiographical passages interspersed with some of the most interesting of his short stories.
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,(182)pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a few minimal signs of age and use, but a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket.

£20

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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.

AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1973). First edition. How Mr Hakim died - Amis in sparkling form with a book both a coming-of-age novel and a genuine murder mystery.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge pale green; a very good copy in a very lightly used and just faintly sunned dust-jacket.

£25

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ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : SKELETONS AND CUPBOARDS.

ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : SKELETONS AND CUPBOARDS.

London : William Heinemann, (1952). First British edition. A murder mystery with an English country-house setting.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],(224)pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt, blocked in blind on lower cover; a few faint marks; some light spotting, mainly of edges; a few leaves slightly bruised, but a very good and sound copy.

£25

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"BARRY, Charles" - [BRYSON, Charles, 1887-1963] : THE WITNESS AT THE WINDOW.

London : Methuen & Co., (1927). First edition. Inspector Laurence Gilmartin in Letchwyn Garden City.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(248),8pp. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in black across upper cover and spine; faint hint of rubbing; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good and bright copy.

£25

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"BARRY, Charles" - [BRYSON, Charles, 1887-1963] : A CASE DEAD AND BURIED (A GILMARTIN STORY).

London : Hurst & Blackett, (1938). The second impression of the original 1938 edition. Inscribed, signed and dated (1938) by Charles Barry on the half-title.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256),(64)pp. Original black cloth, lettered in red; very lightly marked on lower cover; lacks front free endpaper and preliminary blank; but otherwise a good, clean and sound copy.

£20

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"BLAKE, Nicholas" - [DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil ), 1904-1972] : A QUESTION OF PROOF.

London : William Collins Sons & Co. for The Crime Club Ltd., (1935). First edition. Nigel Strangeways' first case - drawing on the experiences as a prep-school master of the author, the poet C. Day Lewis.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 286,[ii]pp. Original orange cloth, lettered in black; slight and faint discolouration to upper quarter of spine; label removed from front endpaper, with small date stamp and shelf-marks remaining; endpapers a little tanned; a few slight marks, but a good copy of a scarce book.

£40

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"BLAKE, Nicholas" - [DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil ), 1904-1972] : HEAD OF A TRAVELLER.

London : for The Crime Club by Collins, (1949). First edition. Headless corpse found near the haunting and secret-ridden country house of a great poet - the stylish and enigmatic Nigel Strangeways investigates.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black; just a touch sunned; a few faint edge spots, but a very good copy.

£20

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"BRAHMS, Caryl & SIMON, S.J." - [ABRAHAMS, Doris Caroline, 1901-1982 & SKIDELSKY, Simon Jasha, 1903-1948] : SIX CURTAINS FOR STROGANOVA.

London : Michael Joseph, (1945). First edition. St. Petersburg, 1910 - Stroganoff promises his wife six curtains - another of the splendid ballet mysteries from Brahms and Simon.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Decorative endpapers. Original green cloth, lettered in silver; tiny patches of sunning where the jacket is damaged, but otherwise a very good copy in the original pictorial Rolf Gérard dust-jacket; lightly sunned, a little used, with a few small nicks and chips, but still good.

£25

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BRANCH, Pamela (Pamela Jean), 1920-1967 : MURDER'S LITTLE SISTER.

BRANCH, Pamela (Pamela Jean), 1920-1967 : MURDER'S LITTLE SISTER.

London : Robert Hale, (1958). First edition. Her fourth and last book.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 224pp. Original black boards, lettered in green and blocked in silver across spine; rubbed and faded; front hinge broken; library label removed from front pastedown; corner cut from front free endpaper; inked correction to the mis-set half title; stamp cleaned from title-page; date-stamp on rear endpaper; text clean and sound, but very much an apolegetic copy of an uncommon title.

£20

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BRANDON, John G. (John Gordon), 1879-1941 : DEATH IN 'D' DIVISION : AN A.S.P. STORY.

BRANDON, John G. (John Gordon), 1879-1941 : DEATH IN 'D' DIVISION : AN A.S.P. STORY.

London : Wright & Brown, [1943]. First edition. Gordon's monocled investigator, the Hon. Arthur Stukeley Pennington of Jermyn Street, finds a golden-curled damsel in distress.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 220,[iv]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a few slight marks, but a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket - a design by George Peace Micklewright (1893-1951) - manacled hands raised in supplication towards Old Scotland Yard - just lightly rubbed but also very good.

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BRIDGES, Victor (Victor George de Freyne), 1878-1972 : TROUBLE ON THE THAMES.

BRIDGES, Victor (Victor George de Freyne), 1878-1972 : TROUBLE ON THE THAMES.

London : Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), [1945]. First edition. A well-worked and thoroughly professional thriller, set in London and the Thames Valley on the eve of World War II - blackmail, espionage, kidnap, colour-blind naval commander and pretty Chelsea interior designer.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in lighter blue; slivers of sunning at tips, but a very good copy in the stylish pictorial dust-jacket - slightly chipped, a little tanned, splitting at some folds, but complete and still attractive.

£20

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CARR, John Dickson, 1906-1977 : THE SLEEPING SPHINX : A DR FELL DETECTIVE STORY.

CARR, John Dickson, 1906-1977 : THE SLEEPING SPHINX : A DR FELL DETECTIVE STORY.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1947). First British edition. The mystery of a man who comes back to London from the dead. Also published in New York the same year.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original navy cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few slight marks; a few spots to top edge, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the dust-jacket – a dramatic design by Harold Hookway Cowles (1896-1987) – with a few tiny marks and scuffs, but also very good. Hubin p.66.

£200

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"CHASE, James Hadley" - [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE WORLD IN MY POCKET.

London : Robert Hale, (1958). First edition. Four desperate men and a girl plan to rob an armoured truck.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 191,[i]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in red; a few faint spots to top edge, but a very good copy indeed, bright and sharp in the original Holt dust-jacket - just faintly sunned, but also very good indeed.

£40

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"CRISPIN, Edmund" - [MONTGOMERY, Robert Bruce, 1921-1978] : FEN COUNTRY : TWENTY-SIX STORIES.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1979. First edition. A fine posthumously published collection, with a foreword by Philip Larkin.
Post 8vo (21cm). 160pp. Original red boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the Gollancz yellow dust-jacket, printed in magenta and black - also very good indeed.

£40

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"DESPARD, Leslie" - [HOWITT, John Leslie Despard, 1895-1940] : THE MYSTERY OF THE TOWER ROOM.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [ca.1932]. An undated reprint, dating from the early 1930s, of the original 1925 publication. The first of the three "Leslie Despard" novels. Howitt had earlier used the pseudonym "John Leslie".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320pp. Original natural canvas, lettered and decorated in green; very faint darkening; mild browning of endpapers, but a very good copy.

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DIX, Maurice B. (Maurice Buxton), 1889-1977 : THIS IS MY MURDER.

DIX, Maurice B. (Maurice Buxton), 1889-1977 : THIS IS MY MURDER.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., (1938). First edition. Detective-Sergeant Frank Osborne of the CID waits for his girl on the corner of Jermyn Street - but his attention is distracted by the blonde in white and her red hat. An engaging crime novel from the Anglo-Canadian Maurice Dix.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 288pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in brown; mild creasing to spine; some spotting to edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy.

£40

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ELLROY, James (Lee Earle), 1948- :  L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.

ELLROY, James (Lee Earle), 1948- : L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.

London : Mysterious Press (Random Century Group), (1990). First British edition. Signed by Ellroy in a title-page scrawl. His extraordinary exercise in powerful neo-noir - the basis of the award-winning 1997 film with Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, etc. "Shatters the boundaries of the contemporary crime novel" (Jonathan Kellerman).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],480,[viii]pp. Original white boards, blocked and lettered in silver; mild tanning of text, as always, but a very good copy indeed in the David Scutt dust-jacket, equally fresh and unworn.

£200

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FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : GREEN INK AND OTHER STORIES.

FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : GREEN INK AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [ca.1931]. A smaller format reprint of the original 1926 edition.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 312pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; endpapers a little tanned; edges a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking art deco dust-jacket - a little worn and with a neatly repaired tear.

£20

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FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : THE BOX HILL MURDER.

FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : THE BOX HILL MURDER.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1932]. The second printing of the 1931 London edition. A mystery that begins on Box Hill and ends in a chase through London's docklands. Originally published in New York in 1929.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; some spotting, mainly of edges; neat contemporary inscription; a few faint marks, but a very good and bright copy in the original dust-jacket - a pictorial design - red high heels, man in hat - a little sunned, somewhat worn, chipped and repaired, but with no significant loss.

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FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : A LOVELY DAY TO DIE AND OTHER STORIES.

FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : A LOVELY DAY TO DIE AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1984. First edition. Thirteen stories to thrill and chill, including "The Post-Graduate Thesis", etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (152)pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the yellow Gollancz jacket - just faintly sunned but also very good. Contemporary dated ownership inscription of Betsy Crabtree.

£20

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FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : DANGEROUS THOUGHTS.

FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : DANGEROUS THOUGHTS.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1991. First edition. A journalist escapes from his Middle Eastern kidnappers - his wife becomes even more alarmed.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket - just lightly sunned and with a faint bruise, but also very good. Small contemporary ownership inscription.

£15

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GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 :  DEATH AND THE WOMAN : A DRAMATIC NOVEL.

GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 : DEATH AND THE WOMAN : A DRAMATIC NOVEL.

London : The Favourite Publishing Co. / Lawrence Greening & Co. / Reveirs Bros., 1898. First edition : the second issue, with a cancel title-page dated 1898. A presentation copy, inscribed "à Monsieur le Dr. M. Duz hommage de l'auteur" and signed by Golsworthy. A psychological thriller which opens in an ill-favoured East End public house, the action alternating between the London docks and the fashionable West End - strange and haunted private detective, beautiful but very odd Ella Osborne, diamond thieves, etc. "A very shocking shocker" (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 25 May 1898). "We do not remember having read a book that possessed the quality of 'grip' in a greater degree" (Literary World). Although no earlier issue has been traced in any major library worldwide, and the book was specifically announced in the press as a new title in 1898, a hostile review in the Glasgow Herald (24 October, 1895), together with the cancel title-page, suggest the existence of a somewhat earlier issue, perhaps now lost.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 248,[ii]pp. Original pale yellow boards, with an unsigned cover design by Sydney Herbert Sime (1865-1941) - Ella disposes of a body; lightly rubbed and a little marked; lightly bruised, with a tiny chip to the lower board; internally a few trifling spots and faint creases, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just three copies located on WorldCat.

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GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 :  A CRY IN THE NIGHT : A TALE.

GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 : A CRY IN THE NIGHT : A TALE.

London : Greening & Co., 1899. First edition. A murder mystery set in the Surrey Hills - "A good example of the old 'shilling shocker' expanded to the size of an ordinary novel. We begin with the customary murder, for which, on this occasion, there at first seems even less motive than usual; then we have the false clues and the amateur detective; and at last the discovery of the criminal in an unexpected personage ... superior to many of its class" (Yorkshire Post, 11 July 1900). "The writing is exceptionally good for this class of literature" (Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, 14 July, 1900).
Crown 8vo (21cm). viii,388 + 24pp inserted advertisements dated October 1899. Original pictorial cloth in a flamboyant design of orange, black and white; lightly rubbed and slightly bruised; lower cover a little marked; lacks front free endpaper; front hinge cracking; a little shaken; text a little tanned and slightly brittle; a few leaves carelessly opened, but a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile production.

£200

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GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES : EARLY DETECTIVE STORIES.

GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES : EARLY DETECTIVE STORIES.

London : Bodley Head, (1970). First edition. A collection of thirteen stories featuring London detectives from the 1891-1914 period - by Clifford Ashdown, Guy Boothby, Ernest Bramah, William le Queux, Arthur Morrison, Baroness Orczy, Max Pemberton, etc. Selected and introduced by Sir Hugh Greene.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (352)pp. Original cloth; a touch bowed, but a very good copy in a price-clipped and lightly creased dust-jacket.

£20

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GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE CROOKED COUNTIES : FURTHER RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE CROOKED COUNTIES : FURTHER RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

London : Bodley Head, (1973). First edition. A collection of thirteen stories from before the Great War - crime in the shires - by M. McD. Bodkin, Ernest Bramah, Dick Donovan, J. S. Fletcher, Jacques Futrelle, Fergus Hume, Arthur Morrison, Victor L. Whitechurch, etc. Selected and introduced by Sir Hugh Greene.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (318),[ii]pp. Original boards; a few faint edge spots, but a very good copy in a slightly nicked dust-jacket.

£20

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"HILL, Headon" - [GRAINGER, Francis Edward, 1857-1927] : THE GOLDEN TEMPTRESS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1924. First edition. "That's how the blighters pitch their flap-doodle" - American millionaire pursued by assassins, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original stone pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in dark blue; just slightly rubbed; tiny nick to spine; a few faint marks; mild tanning of endpapers; a few minor flaws, and signs of age and use, but a very good copy still. Neat contemporary ownership inscription of G. R. Fordham.

£25

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HORNUNG, E.W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921 : A THIEF IN THE NIGHT : FURTHER ADVENTURES OF A. J. RAFFLES CRICKETER AND CRACKSMAN.

HORNUNG, E.W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921 : A THIEF IN THE NIGHT : FURTHER ADVENTURES OF A. J. RAFFLES CRICKETER AND CRACKSMAN.

New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905. First American edition : in the primary (pictorial) binding. The third of the Raffles titles - a collection of ten stories. Published contemporaneously with the London edition, the American edition is much the more attractive of the two, with a dramatic pictorial cover of a hansom cab in the moonlight, as well as nine additional atmospheric plates by Cyrus Cuneo (1879-1916), which did not appear in the British edition.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],372,[iv]pp. Frontispiece and nine plates by Cuneo. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in red, yellow and white; very lightly rubbed and just a touch worn at corners; rear endpaper lightly tanned; a touch shaken, but still a very good copy - the white moon of the cover almost entirely devoid of the usual flaking.

£150

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HORNUNG, E.W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921 : MR. JUSTICE RAFFLES.

HORNUNG, E.W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921 : MR. JUSTICE RAFFLES.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1909. First edition. “Raffles had vanished from the face of the town ... That was on the Tuesday before the ’Varsity Match”. The final appearance of the amateur cracksman, cricketer and gentleman thief – and the only full-length novel to feature him.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(316),[iv]pp. Original blue pictorial cloth, blocked in red and black and lettered in gilt and red; a few slight marks; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy.

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HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1832 : THE JADE EYE.

HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1832 : THE JADE EYE.

London : John Long, 1903. First edition. Jack Tyson completes his painting of Salome, modelled by an unconventional, mysterious and highly ambitious young woman. Although Hume never quite repeated the public success of his "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab", he could craft a murder mystery as well as any of his contemporaries.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320 + (32)pp inserted publisher's catalogue. Original pictorial enamelled red cloth, with a striking design by JAD; a few faint signs of age and use; endpapers a little tanned; a few faint spots; a touch shaken, but a very good copy.

£200

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"IRONSIDE, John" - [TAIT, Euphemia Margaret, 1866-1945] : THE CALL-BOX MYSTERY.

London : Methuen & Co., (1923). First edition. Secret intelligence papers arrive on the eve of his wedding, but Carling does not trust his chief's lovely young wife. Later published in the USA as "The Phone Booth Mystery".
Crown 8vo (20cm). vi,(232),8pp. Original blue cloth, ruled in blind on upper cover; ruled and lettered in black across upper cover and spine; a few slight flecks and marks; edges spotted; very slight browning of endpapers, but a very good and bright copy.

£25

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LEIGHTON, Marie C. (Marie Connor), 1865-1941 & LEIGHTON, Robert, 1859-1934 : CONVICT 99 : A TRUE STORY OF PENAL SERVITUDE.

LEIGHTON, Marie C. (Marie Connor), 1865-1941 & LEIGHTON, Robert, 1859-1934 : CONVICT 99 : A TRUE STORY OF PENAL SERVITUDE.

London : Grant Richards, 1898. First edition. Laurence Gray, young man of humble background from Blackburn made good, is wrongfully arrested for murder on the day of his engagement to the beautiful Geraldine Lucas. On the one hand a powerful indictment of the penal system, on the other "a chaotic conglomeration of sensational incidents, flung together in an inartistic fashion" (Dundee Advertiser, 12 May 1898).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),316,[iv]pp. Frontispiece and seven dramatic plates by the always entertaining Stanley Llewellyn Wood (1866-1928). Original pictorial mustard cloth, reproducing one of the Wood plates; spine a touch darkened; endpapers slightly cracking; a few minor marks and spots, but still an attractive copy.

£100

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE BROADCAST MYSTERY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE BROADCAST MYSTERY.

London : Robert Holden & Co., [1924]. First edition. The usual Le Queux fare - Sir Hugh Sassari, criminal mastermind of Berkeley Square, Master of the World with strange and appalling powers - but some interesting and informed background on the very early days of broadcasting and the BBC. The action opens in the "artistic studio" of the British Broadcasting Company in York.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 285,[iii]pp (including integral endpapers). Original blue cloth; some mild rubbing; a few faint marks; some spotting, mainly to edges and prelims, but a very good and still bright copy. Small contemporary bookseller's label of Philip, Son & Nephew of Church Street, Liverpool, at rear.

£40

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LEON, Donna, 1942- : BLOOD FROM A STONE.

LEON, Donna, 1942- : BLOOD FROM A STONE.

London : William Heinemann, (2005). First British edition. Signed by Donna Leon on the title-page. Death of an illegal immigrant in Venice - Commissario Guido Brunetti finds more to it.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],276,[iv]pp. Endpaper maps. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few very faint signs of use, but a very good copy in the Richard Dunkley dust-jacket - also very good.

£25

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LYALL, Gavin (Gavin Tudor), 1932-2003 : THE CONDUCT OF MAJOR MAXIM.

LYALL, Gavin (Gavin Tudor), 1932-2003 : THE CONDUCT OF MAJOR MAXIM.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1982). First edition. The second of the Harry Maxim novels - "Mr Lyall saunters down the corridors of power and the alleys of pugilism with laconic grace and a steady aim" (from the original Sunday Times review).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (256)pp. Original dark green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; edges a little spotted, but a very good copy in the original Melvyn Gill dust-jacket, lettered in green and white - also very good.

£20

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MILLER, Agnes : THE COLFAX BOOK-PLATE : A MYSTERY STORY.

MILLER, Agnes : THE COLFAX BOOK-PLATE : A MYSTERY STORY.

London : Ernest Benn, 1927. First British edition. Reputedly the only murder mystery ever written to revolve around a bookplate. Some feisty and attractive women characters, a dashing British bookseller and a great deal of zest, but somewhat nonsensical on bookplates. Originally published in New York the previous year.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],312,[iv],[2]pp. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a touch of wear; splash mark on upper cover; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting of edges, but otherwise very good.

£25

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MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : THE DORRINGTON DEED-BOX.

MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : THE DORRINGTON DEED-BOX.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., [1897]. First edition. The unscrupulous Dorrington, con-man and private detective - six short stories including the horse-racing mystery "The Case of Janissary".
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],308,[iv]pp. Frontispiece and fifteen plates by Stanley L. Wood, Sydney Cowell and others. Original decorative red cloth over bevelled boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a little rubbed; endpapers browned, that at front rejointed, at rear a little cracked; a little shaken and slack; two plates loose, another re-inserted; some marks, spots, creases and small flaws, but a good copy of a difficult title. Label of the West Riding County Library on front endpaper and stamp on final advertisement leaf.

£100

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MUIR, Augustus (Charles Augustus Carlow), 1892-1989 :  THE SILENT PARTNER.

MUIR, Augustus (Charles Augustus Carlow), 1892-1989 : THE SILENT PARTNER.

London : Methuen & Co., (1929). First edition. "As soon as he heard the crash, and felt the lurch and quiver of the ship, the man in deck-cabin number seven threw aside the bed-clothes and, pulling on a dressing-gown, went quickly across to the flat trunk that lay in the corner. It had three heavy locks, and for each one he used a differently shaped key ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (256)pp. Original blue boards, lettered and ruled in black; just a hint of rubbing to tips; very mild tanning of endpapers; a few edge spots, but overall a very good, bright and sound copy.

£25

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MURDOCK [VAN DEVENTER], E.M. (Emma), 1853-1914 : THE DIAMOND COTERIE : A DETECTIVE STORY.

MURDOCK [VAN DEVENTER], E.M. (Emma), 1853-1914 : THE DIAMOND COTERIE : A DETECTIVE STORY.

London : Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co., [ca.1891]. An undated reissue of the British edition, originally published by Ward, Lock & Co. in 1887, but here with the addition of James Bowden to the title-page imprint (the upper wrapper retaining the original imprint). The shadowy nineteenth-century American woman crime-writer was most often published under her “Lawrence Lynch” pseudonym, but here appears under her genuine maiden name with a tale of the theft of a trove of diamonds. First published in Chicago in 1884 as by Lawrence L. Lynch.
Post 8vo (21cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – now with an additional plain outer wrapper; a little worn and slightly chipped and frayed; text a little tanned and brittle; a few nicks and chips, but a reasonable copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. An ex-library copy, with the occasional stamps of Paddington Public Library.

£50

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MURRAY, David Christie, 1847-1907 : THE BRANGWYN MYSTERY.

MURRAY, David Christie, 1847-1907 : THE BRANGWYN MYSTERY.

London : John Long, (1906). First edition. A scarce Edwardian murder mystery from the war correspondent turned novelist. An old man well-known in London and sinfully rich disappears off the face of the earth. A drunken journalist identifies the body seven years later and decides to investigate - then changes his mind. Belle Molloy, whose Irish lilt tends to lapse into broader brogue, and her beautiful young friend Miss Lilian Lee also feature.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 318,[ii] + (32)pp inserted advertisements dated June 1906. Original pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and enamelled in red, white and black on upper cover; just lightly rubbed and a touch bruised; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of Arthur Garratt.

£125

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“PATRICK, Michael” : TOMMY HAWKE : DETECTIVE.

“PATRICK, Michael” : TOMMY HAWKE : DETECTIVE.

London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1939). First edition. Tommy joins his uncle’s detective agency, but it is less interesting than he thought until a valuable diamond is stolen from a Suffolk country house. Tommy poses as a guest, but it is not until the end of the cricket match that the mystery is unravelled. The first of three Tommy Hawke novels – Michael Patrick’s identity is uncertain, but he appears to have some connection with Leonard R. Gribble (1908-1985), author of “The Arsenal Stadium Mystery” (1939).
Post 8vo (21cm). (256)pp. Colour frontispiece, reproducing the jacket artwork. Original cloth – an attractive design in jade and black; a touch of sunning at tips, where the jacket is slightly chipped; some spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a design by Nina Miller Davidson (1895-1957) – cricket match, safe-breaker, etc. – price-clipped, lightly marked, slightly chipped at extremities and foot of lower panel, but substantially complete and a welcome and attractive survival. December 1941 ownership stamp of P. Hitchman of 6 Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells – possibly Percy Hitchman (1890-1944).

£50

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"RHODE, John" - [STREET, Cecil John Charles, 1884-1964] : THE VENNER CRIME.

London : Odhams Press, (1933). First edition. Dr. Priestley solves "the trickiest and most dangerous problem of his career".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 248pp. Original red-purple cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a little marked; gilt blocking dulled (as usual); edges and endpapers a little spotted, but a good and sound copy in the striking original dust-jacket - a design in black, yellow and white - a little worn and chipped, with some neat repairs.

£25

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"RHODE, John" - [STREET, Cecil John Charles, 1884-1964] : A. S. F. THE STORY OF A GREAT CONSPIRACY.

London : Geoffrey Bles, (1949). His first novel - originally published in 1924. Published in the USA as "The White Menace" and dealing with the drug trade, "the terrible increase in the cocaine habit", "the supine ignorance of the authorities", etc. "Something of a period piece to be cherished" (Barzun & Taylor).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original red cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; a few slight marks and faint spots, but a very good copy in a just slightly rubbed, slightly torn and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£15

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“SMITH, Shelley” – [BODINGTON, Nancy Hermione, 1912-1998] : BACKGROUND FOR MURDER.

“SMITH, Shelley” – [BODINGTON, Nancy Hermione, 1912-1998] : BACKGROUND FOR MURDER.

London : Gerald G. Swan, (1942). Her first crime novel – and we meet the curious investigator Jacob Chaos. Murder in a madhouse – Dr Royd has been killed and any number of people had good cause.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (224)pp. Plan. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; front free endpaper neatly excised; text a little tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking original dust-jacket – a little trimmed, slightly marked and very lightly worn and nicked, but also very good.

£50

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STIVENS, Dal (Dallas George), 1911-1997 : THE WIDE ARCH.

STIVENS, Dal (Dallas George), 1911-1997 : THE WIDE ARCH.

Sydney : Angus & Robertson, (1958). First edition. Laid in on front free endpaper is a label signed, dated (1970) and inscribed by Dal Stivens. Successful barrister, attractive mistress, allurement and murder for murder's sake.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viiii],208pp. Original dark blue boards, lettered in gilt; lightly bruised, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - a design in grey, pink, black and white - just very slightly rubbed, a touch sunned, slightly nicked and with mild spotting on lower panel.

£20

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STONE, Clara, 1892- : DEATH IN CRANFORD.

STONE, Clara, 1892- : DEATH IN CRANFORD.

London : Hutchinson & Co., (1959). First edition. A presentation copy, warmly inscribed, signed and dated (1959) by the author - with a reference to "my dear friend" in the text and "with many thanks for her help and advice". Her first and only novel - a highly literate country village murder mystery by a trained researcher.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Crown 8vo. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in blue and white; boards a little marked; edges spotted, but a good copy in the Freda Nichols dust-jacket - a pictorial design in pink, black and grey - lightly worn and a little marked. Hubin p.383.

£20

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STORY, Jack Trevor, 1917-1991 : THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY.

STORY, Jack Trevor, 1917-1991 : THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY.

London : Howard Baker, (1970). First illustrated edition. Story's first published novel - the black comedy on which the Hitchcock film was based - originally published in 1949 and here with illustrations by George Maas.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(122)pp. Illustrations. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the original Ken Freeman pictorial dust-jacket - a little rubbed, creased and sunned.

£10

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TAYLOR, Andrew, 1951- : AN OLD SCHOOL TIE.

TAYLOR, Andrew, 1951- : AN OLD SCHOOL TIE.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1986. First edition. The fourth William Dougal and James Hanbury novel - Hanbury plans to marry into respectability.
Post 8vo (21cm). (184)pp. Original red boards; very good indeed in the original yellow, black and cerise dust-jacket - price-clipped, but otherwise also very good indeed.

£20

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TAYLOR, Andrew, 1951- : FREELANCE DEATH.

TAYLOR, Andrew, 1951- : FREELANCE DEATH.

London : Victor Gollancz, (1987). First edition. The fifth William Dougal mystery - murder and the Jacobite guinea.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original red boards; tiny edge spot, but a very good indeed in the original Eleni Michael dust-jacket - a design in red, yellow, black and white - price-clipped, but otherwise also very good indeed.

£20

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“TRENT, Paul” – [PLATT, Edward, 1872-1946] : A MODERN PORTIA : THE ROMANCE OF A WOMAN BARRISTER.

“TRENT, Paul” – [PLATT, Edward, 1872-1946] : A MODERN PORTIA : THE ROMANCE OF A WOMAN BARRISTER.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., (1938). First edition. Doctor Lomax is a known proponent of euthanasia. One morning his mother, suffering from an incurable illness, is found dead. Conclusions are drawn. His fiancée is young barrister Octavia Bayne. In the days before Platt gave up the law to become a writer, it was in his office that Count Esterhazy dictated the confession which unravelled the Dreyfus Affair.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 316,[iv]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; some minor fading; some spotting, mainly of prelims and edges, but otherwise a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket – tanned at spine, price-clipped, a little rubbed, lightly worn, slightly creased, nicked and a little split and chipped, but still an attractive survival. Gift inscription dated 1947 and small blurred stamp on front free endpaper.

£75

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VICKERS, Roy (William Edward), 1899-1965 : FOUR PAST FOUR.

VICKERS, Roy (William Edward), 1899-1965 : FOUR PAST FOUR.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [ca.1932]. A reprint in Jenkins' "Shilling Library" format. Clare Charters, famous actress, and a question over the timing of her husband's death. First published in 1925.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 312pp. Original orange boards, lettered, ruled and decorated in black; a little worn, slight nick at head of spine; but a nice copy in the original dust-jacket - shadow of a gun on a clock-face - rubbed, chipped and slightly repaired but still attractive.

£15

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WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE FOUR JUST MEN.

WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE FOUR JUST MEN.

London : Tallis Press, 1905. First edition. His first thriller - the assassination of the Foreign Secretary. Launched in a blaze of publicity Wallace could not afford, the front cover advertises a total of £500 in prizes to anyone capable of solving the final mystery. The present copy has the original numbered competition slip (detached but present) and an earlier owner has typed out and inserted the solution as it appeared in a subsequent edition, with the pictorial label from that edition.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 224,[ii]pp. Folding frontispiece. Perforated competition slip. Original amber cloth, lettered in black; spine a touch sunned, with just a hint of wear at tips; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but a very good and still bright copy. Bookplate of L. E. Alderman.

£200

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WALPOLE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Seymour), 1884-1941 : THE KILLER AND THE SLAIN : A STRANGE STORY.

WALPOLE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Seymour), 1884-1941 : THE KILLER AND THE SLAIN : A STRANGE STORY.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1942. First edition. A Jekyll and Hyde type tale of possession - largely set in the darkened streets of wartime London.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(258)pp. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and blind; a few slight edge spots, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - a design in red, white and black - lightly tanned, very slightly worn, with a few small nicks and chips, and with a tape-repaired tear on lower panel.

£25

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WALSH, J.M. (James Morgan), 1897-1952 : SPIES IN SPAIN.

WALSH, J.M. (James Morgan), 1897-1952 : SPIES IN SPAIN.

London : Odhams Press, [1938]. A reissue of the book first published by Collins the previous year with the additional sub-title "The Story of a Freelance Spy". A thriller from "the Australian Edgar Wallace" with a Spanish Civil War setting - a tunnel to Africa under the Straits of Gibraltar, Colonel Ormiston of the Secret Service investigates.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],252,[ii]pp - including integral endpapers. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; spine lettering a touch dulled; edges somewhat spotted, but a very good and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - just very slightly nicked and chipped.

£20

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"WARREN, Vernon" - [CHAPMAN, George Warren Vernon, 1925-1996] : NO BOUQUETS FOR BRANDON.

London : John Gifford, (1955). First edition. Another in the once popular series of hard-living Mark Brandon private detective novels - "She was dark, fat and fifty and she waddled into my office one sunny afternoon like a warship under full steam ...".
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few faint marks, endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket - lightly worn and slightly nicked at extremities.

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“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER.

“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER.

London : J. & C. Brown & Co., 1856. First edition. The very first appearance in fiction of a Scotland Yard detective, indeed the very first English detective – stories by ‘Waters’ of the Yard, the narrator invented by journalist William Russell – the very first English detective stories. Originally published in Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal between 1849 and 1852, with some of the stories appearing in book form in New York in 1852, the present publication is the first appearance of all eleven, with a final twelfth tale not previously published.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (310)pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece, engraved by George Measom (1818-1901), later knighted for his charitable work. Original pictorial boards, a dramatic yellowback design in red and black; rebacked with a neat paper spine replacing the fragile lost original; some rubbing and wear; internally a few small marks, spots and slight creases, but overall an attractive copy of a cornerstone of the genre.

£1,500

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“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER / [FIRST AND] SECOND SERIES.

“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER / [FIRST AND] SECOND SERIES.

London : J. & C. Brown & Co. / London : W. Kent & Co., 1856-1859. First edition. The very first appearance in fiction of a Scotland Yard detective, indeed the very first English detective stories. Originally published in Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal between 1849 and 1852, with some of the stories appearing in book form in New York in 1852, the present publication is the first appearance of all eleven, with a final twelfth tale not previously published. Bound together with the present copy is the scarce Second Series of 1859 – a further eight stories by ‘Waters’ of the Yard, the narrator invented by journalist William Russell.
Two volumes, bound as one. Foolscap 8vo (157 x 98mm). (310); [viii],262pp. With the half-title to the second volume, but the variant without the frontispiece sometimes found in vol.i. Bound in a neat contemporary half calf, banded and ruled in gilt; sprinkled edged; some mild rubbing and light wear, a few spots to prelims, but a very good copy of a cornerstone of the genre. With a contemporary W. H. Smith blind stamp on title and the contemporary ownership inscription of C. W. Williams Wynn – Charles Watkin Williams Wynn J.P. (1822-1896), Oxford educated barrister and M.P. for Montgomeryshire for nearly twenty years.

£1,500

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WATSON, Colin, 1920-1983 : BLUE MURDER.

WATSON, Colin, 1920-1983 : BLUE MURDER.

London : Eyre Methuen, (1979). First edition. Crusading journalist uncovers scandal in Flaxborough.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (160)pp. Original brown boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the original Ian Butterworth dust-jacket - also very good.

£25

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WORSLEY-GOUGH, Barbara (Barbara Kathleen), 1903-1961 : ALIBI INNINGS.

WORSLEY-GOUGH, Barbara (Barbara Kathleen), 1903-1961 : ALIBI INNINGS.

London : Michael Joseph, (1954). First edition. Her first murder mystery - murder before cricket.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (240)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the original Freda Nichols dust-jacket - a design in green, pink, khaki and black on white - with a faint inked date on spine, but otherwise just very slightly nicked and fingered.

£20

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