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“AIRD, Catherine” – [McINTOSH, Kinn Hamilton, 1930- ] : PASSING STRANGE.

“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.

£25

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ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : HIDE MY EYES.

ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : HIDE MY EYES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1958. First edition. “It begins with murder on a rainy night in a cul-de-sac off London theatreland. Who were the strange couple in the country bus, certain witnesses of the crime?” – Inspector Luke and Mr Campion – a left-hand glove, a lizard-skin lettercase, a museum of oddities and a blood-chilling dump in the East End. The present copy once belonged to the family of the girl depicted on the dust-jacket – apparently Margery Allingham’s niece – in a photograph taken by Margery Allingham’s sister Joyce and incorporated into the collage design by her husband, Youngman Carter.
Post 8vo (21cm). (220)pp. Original orange boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch of bruising and fading; endpapers lightly tanned; top edge a little spotted, but a good copy in the Carter dust-jacket – just lightly nicked and used, with a faint touch of spotting on the rear panel.

£100

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ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : CARGO OF EAGLES.

ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : CARGO OF EAGLES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1968. First edition. Her final book, finalised from her manuscript after her death (at her request) by her husband, Philip Youngman Carter. A young woman doctor is bequeathed a house on an Essex estuary – anonymous letters, ton-up tearaways, an angry farmer, a shifty solicitor, an aged poet – and Albert Campion. “The seedy, half-alive village explodes into violence like a fire-cracker”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (224)pp. Double-page map by Youngman Carter. Original violet boards, lettered in gilt; a hint of bruising and faint sunning; a few slight spots, but a very good copy in the striking Carter dust-jacket – just faintly creased but also very good.

£50

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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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AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : CRIME OUT OF MIND.

AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : CRIME OUT OF MIND.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1956). First edition. Dagobert and Jane in the Austrian Tyrol – the seventh in this fine series of wickedly witty murder mysteries.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original maroon boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; faint bruise at foot, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Jarvis dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£75

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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 : DESPAIR AND DELIGHT.

ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : DESPAIR AND DELIGHT.

London : Constable & Co., (1939). First edition. “Old Miss Grierson had had her social flowering in the days when a man was a man and was properly rated as such by the ladies. In the year 1908, or thereabouts, one man, however weedy and inefficient, was considered the equal of at least three highly gifted and beautiful women ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(302)pp. Colour extra-title by Toby. Original light green cloth, ruled and lettered in blue; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting of edges, but a very good and bright copy.

£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. “Everything about old Lady Ellonby, from her long nose to her black walking-shoes, was decisively sharp and pointed” – 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.

£20

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BAYLY, A. Eric (Arthur Eric Cochrane), 1879-1900 : THE SECRET OF SCOTLAND YARD : A MYSTERY.

BAYLY, A. Eric (Arthur Eric Cochrane), 1879-1900 : THE SECRET OF SCOTLAND YARD : A MYSTERY.

London : Sands & Co., 1900. First edition. A rare, early and entertaining murder mystery which opens with a young “unofficial investigator” in an office off Fenchurch Street. Anonymous letter, overheard telephone call, strange visitor, cab-ride to an empty house beyond Ealing Common, a corpse handcuffed to an insensate young man – “a maze of mysteries”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(240),[viii]pp. Original pictorial cloth, blocked in black, yellow and grey in an atmospheric design of watcher by the window, the rooftops of London beyond; some light wear and a few marks; mild tanning of endpapers; a little shaken and slack; some minor marks and creases, but otherwise a good copy of a highly difficult title.

£125

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“BELL, Josephine” – [BALL, Doris Bell Collier, 1897-1987] : THE PORT OF LONDON MURDERS.

“BELL, Josephine” – [BALL, Doris Bell Collier, 1897-1987] : THE PORT OF LONDON MURDERS.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., (1947). A reprint of the original 1938 edition. “Wapping. Tugs and barges on the river. A west-end shop that deals apparently in nothing but lingerie. Women who sell their souls for something in a little screw of paper ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],278pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good, crisp and bright copy, in a very lightly rubbed, slightly chipped and faintly darkened dust-jacket.

£15

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“BELL, Josephine” – [BALL, Doris Bell Collier, 1897-1987] : A FLAT TYRE IN FULHAM.

“BELL, Josephine” – [BALL, Doris Bell Collier, 1897-1987] : A FLAT TYRE IN FULHAM.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1963). First edition. A Jaguar car is stolen at London airport, but a flat tyre in Fulham disrupts a planned wage-snatch in Wandsworth. The abandoned car is impounded – and then the body is found.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original boards; just a hint of bruising; minor mark to front endpaper, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Von Briesen dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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

“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.

£20

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

“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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BOOTH, Charles G. (Charles Gordon), 1896-1949 : KINGS DIE HARD.

BOOTH, Charles G. (Charles Gordon), 1896-1949 : KINGS DIE HARD.

London : Hammond, Hammond & Co., (1949). First edition. “The plane crash-landed in the desert in a raging sandstorm ...” – an Anatole Flique novel, copyrighted in 1948, published in January 1949 and apparently never published in the USA.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original blue-green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; spine slightly sunned through jacket, but a very good and sound copy in the original Stein dust-jacket – a design in black, yellow, green, blue, pink and purple – just a little sunned, very lightly worn at tips, and just slightly nicked.

£25

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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 curtain-calls – 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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“BRAMAH, Ernest” – [SMITH, Ernest Brammah, 1868-1942] : THE EYES OF MAX CARRADOS.

“BRAMAH, Ernest” – [SMITH, Ernest Brammah, 1868-1942] : THE EYES OF MAX CARRADOS.

London : Grant Richards, 1923. First edition. “The Virginiola Fraud”, “The Missing Actress Sensation”, and seven further mysteries featuring the all-seeing blind detective of Richmond.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (320)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; just a hint of rubbing and darkening, a couple of tiny marks, but a very good and sound copy.

£150

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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 mystery – agony aunt falls from her fifth-floor office window.
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 apologetic copy of a very uncommon title.

£20

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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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“BRUCE, Jean” – [BROCHET, Jean, 1921-1963] : A COFFIN FOR ISA.

“BRUCE, Jean” – [BROCHET, Jean, 1921-1963] : A COFFIN FOR ISA.

Paris : City Press, 1954. First edition in English. A mystery from the popular French writer, with excursions into existentialism – “I’m telling you Sartre’s a jerk!”. Originally published as “Un Sarcophage pour Isa” the previous year and here in a translation by Lowell Bair.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (222),[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rubbed and a little used; a few minor marks; UK price sticker on upper cover, but a good copy. Just a single copy of this edition (Bibliothèque Nationale) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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BUSH, Christopher, 1885-1973 : THE PERFECT MURDER CASE.

BUSH, Christopher, 1885-1973 : THE PERFECT MURDER CASE.

London : William Heinemann, (1929). First edition. His second detective novel – a smartly constructed and much admired locked-room mystery – all the suspects with flawless alibis.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],312pp. Plan. Original black cloth, lettered in yellow; a few minor signs of age and use; some slight marks and spots; very mild tanning of endpapers; slight production flaw to front endpaper, but overall a very good copy.

£100

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“CARMICHAEL, Harry” – [OGNALL, Leopold Horace, 1908-1979] : A SLIGHTLY BITTER TASTE.

“CARMICHAEL, Harry” – [OGNALL, Leopold Horace, 1908-1979] : A SLIGHTLY BITTER TASTE.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1968). First edition. Quinn of the “Morning Post” gets drunk at a party. A young woman called Carole rescues him, but her friends turn out to be strange. Murder follows.
Crown 8vo (21cm). 256pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; just a touch bruised; some spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in the original black, white, red and purple dust-jacket – lightly sunned and very lightly used.

£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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“CHARTERIS, Leslie” – [YIN, Leslie Charles Bowyer, 1907-1993] : FEATURING THE SAINT.

“CHARTERIS, Leslie” – [YIN, Leslie Charles Bowyer, 1907-1993] : FEATURING THE SAINT.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1931. First edition. Three novellas – “The Logical Adventure”, “The Wonderful War” and “The Man Who Could Not Die”.
Crown 8vo. (320)pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; just lightly sunned; slight nick at head of spine; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy of an early title.

£40

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

“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] : THE CASE OF THE GILDED FLY.

“CRISPIN, Edmund” – [MONTGOMERY, Robert Bruce, 1921-1978] : THE CASE OF THE GILDED FLY.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1944. First edition. His rare first book – later published in the USA as “Obsequies at Oxford”. Gervase Fen making his first appearance in a witty and classical locked-room mystery with some theatrical types in wartime Oxford.
Crown 8vo (183 x 120mm). (160)pp. Plan. Bound, without half-title, in an elegant recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; wartime paper lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in an attractive binding.

£200

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

“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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“CUNNINGHAM, E.V.” – [FAST, Howard Melvin, 1914-2003] : THE CASE OF THE ONE-PENNY ORANGE.

“CUNNINGHAM, E.V.” – [FAST, Howard Melvin, 1914-2003] : THE CASE OF THE ONE-PENNY ORANGE.

London : André Deutsch, (1978). First British edition. Stamp-dealer found murdered – karate, roses and zen. A Masao Masuto mystery – “here he is at his incomparable best” (Louis Untermeyer).
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],(160)pp. Original orange boards, blocked and lettered in black; some spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a photographic design by James Jackson, lettered in orange and white – also very good.

£20

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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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DODGE, David (David Francis), 1910-1974 : BULLETS FOR THE BRIDEGROOM.

DODGE, David (David Francis), 1910-1974 : BULLETS FOR THE BRIDEGROOM.

London : Michael Joseph, (1948). First British edition. His third James Whitney mystery – tax-expert sleuth and the glamorous Kate. Originally published in New York in 1944.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (224)pp. Original black cloth, lettered across spine in silver; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a pictorial design in blue and black on white – price-clipped by the publisher and with a revised price over-printed on flap – worn and repaired but substantially complete.

£20

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“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE CHRONICLES OF MICHAEL DANEVITCH OF THE RUSSIAN SECRET SERVICE.

“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE CHRONICLES OF MICHAEL DANEVITCH OF THE RUSSIAN SECRET SERVICE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1897. First edition. “The name of Dick Donovan is well-known. He has not a rival who can touch him in his own particular line, and these ‘Chronicles’ will probably take rank as the best Detective Stories ever written. But apart from their literary merit they deal with some very remarkable phases of crime, not the vulgar, sordid crime of the gutter and the slum, but crime considered as a fine art ...” (Edinburgh Evening News, 16th January 1897). Nine Michael Danevitch stories, including “The Mysterious Disappearance of a Million Roubles”, “A Modern Borgia”, “The Merchant of Riga”, etc., together with the novella, “The Clue of the Dead Hand”, featuring the Edinburgh detective Peter Brodie.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],[vi],304 + 8,32pp advertisements, the latter dated February 1897. Original blue cloth, elaborately blocked and lettered in silver; some light wear at extremities; endpapers a little cracked; slight tear to one advertisement leaf; a few spots, but a good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of Isabel Vernon.

£100

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“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE RECORDS OF VINCENT TRILL OF THE DETECTIVE SERVICE.

“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE RECORDS OF VINCENT TRILL OF THE DETECTIVE SERVICE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1899. First edition. Sixteen short stories, including “The Spell of the Black Siren”, “A String of Famous Pearls”, “The League of Death”, “The Forged Cheque”, etc. “Mr. Dick Donovan is well known as a writer of clever detective stories. ‘The Records of Vincent Trill’ (Chatto) is as good as any that he has given us. Vincent Trill was no ordinary detective ... It is of course another matter whether it is desirable to encourage the public interest in the records of crime and criminals, but one can hardly blame Mr. Donovan for giving his readers what they want” (St. James’s Gazette, 17th May 1899).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],[vi],(286),[ii] + 32pp inserted advertisements dated September 1898. Original pictorial cloth; a little rubbed and slightly bruised; a few minor marks and spots, but a good copy.

£125

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“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : “JIM THE PENMAN” : THE LIFE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST ASTOUNDING CRIMINALS THAT HAVE [sic] EVER LIVED.

“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : “JIM THE PENMAN” : THE LIFE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST ASTOUNDING CRIMINALS THAT HAVE [sic] EVER LIVED.

London : George Newnes, 1901. First edition. “Leave me woman; for heaven’s sake, leave me; do not taunt me into madness ...” – a taut thriller from the enduringly popular Southampton-born writer who also went by the name of Joyce Emmerson Preston Muddock.
Crown 8vo (20cm). vi,378pp. Original decorative cloth gilt; lightly rubbed and marked; endpapers lightly tanned, but still an attractive copy. Partially removed contemporary school prize-label on front paste-down. Hubin p.120.

£40

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EDWARDS, Martin (Kenneth Martin), 1955- : ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE.

EDWARDS, Martin (Kenneth Martin), 1955- : ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE.

London : Judy Piatkus (Publishers), (1991). First edition. His first crime novel and the first appearance of Harry Devlin, the increasingly admired Liverpool solicitor and sleuth. His estranged wife found murdered, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],242pp. Original maroon boards, blocked and lettered in gilt on spine; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in the original Ken Leeder pictorial dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : PERIL IN THE PYRENEES.

FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : PERIL IN THE PYRENEES.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1946). First edition. “Looking back on it all, I cannot believe that it happened, though I have tangible proof that it did. It seems now like a long drawn-out dream; or, more accurately, a nightmare ...” – the lives of fellow-travellers on the same coach become entangled.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original orange cloth, lettered in black; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good sound and bright copy in the colourful dust-jacket (a design by. S. J.) – the jacket price-clipped, just lightly rubbed at extremities and a little spotted on the lower panel and flaps. Contemporary (February 1947) ownership inscription of J. P. Farnley neatly pasted over, with a related manuscript date on rear endpaper.

£50

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“FERRARS, Elizabeth” – [BROWN, Morna Doris MacTaggart, 1907-1995] : THY BROTHER DEATH.

“FERRARS, Elizabeth” – [BROWN, Morna Doris MacTaggart, 1907-1995] : THY BROTHER DEATH.

London : HarperCollins (The Crime Club), (1993). First edition. A letter from Scotland demanding maintenance payments triggers a murder.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 182,[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very goodindeed in the original dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£20

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FITZGERALD, Kevin (Kevin Columba), 1902-1993 : QUIET UNDER THE SUN : A STORY FOR A JOURNEY.

FITZGERALD, Kevin (Kevin Columba), 1902-1993 : QUIET UNDER THE SUN : A STORY FOR A JOURNEY.

London : William Heinemann, (1953). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed, signed and dated (1953) by Fitzgerald. “I came back to my flat an hour before my normal time and entered my sitting-room at the moment poor Edwards was being shot by a gloved man in a stocking mask” – trusted head of government department engaged on secret work disappears – traps, betrayals, Spanish bandits, and the sinister brotherhood of Los Pobrecitos Locos – the Poor Little Crazy Ones.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(212)pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; device in blind on lower cover; faint spine crease; mild spotting of edges, but a good and sound copy.

£20

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FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : FALSE SCENT.

FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : FALSE SCENT.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1924. First edition. “Stevenege, who in spite of his comparative youth, was already a man of achievement and further promise in the Criminal Investigation Department, was one of those wise persons who cherish a hobby ...”. A mystery with a Yorkshire setting from Joseph Smith Fletcher, journalist and crime-writer of the Golden Age.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (312),[viii]pp. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in black; edges a little spotted, but a very good, bright and firm copy.

£25

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FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : THE SAFETY PIN.

FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : THE SAFETY PIN.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [ca.1926]. The third printing of the original 1924 edition. Stranger found dead near the house of Mrs Champerowne the mayor – with one of her safety-pins.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original pale green pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in darker green; slight darkening to lower part of spine; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight spots, but a very good copy in the original pictorial Frank Marston dust-jacket – rather worn and lacking the lower third of spine and a sizeable piece of the lower panel, but with the upper panel complete.

£20

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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 shilling reprint of the original 1926 edition. Fifteen short stories of mystery and crime, including “High Art”, “The Price of Precision”, “Deposit 224”, etc.
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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“GILBERT, John” – [HARRISON, John Gilbert, 1912-2003] : THE FLY PAPER.

“GILBERT, John” – [HARRISON, John Gilbert, 1912-2003] : THE FLY PAPER.

London : Arthur Barker, (1961). First edition. Hate, revenge and death – Janine (fatally tender), Samuel Boone (tycoon with conscience), and Kovas (communist seeking revenge) – Peter and Janine drawn into an inescapable cycle.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original green cloth, lettered in black; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the Eileen Walton dust-jacket – just lightly worn at extremities and slightly marked on lower panel, but also very good.

£20

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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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HASTINGS, Macdonald (Douglas Edward Macdonald), 1909-1982 : CORK AND THE SERPENT.

HASTINGS, Macdonald (Douglas Edward Macdonald), 1909-1982 : CORK AND THE SERPENT.

London : Michael Joseph, (1955). First edition. The third of the five Montague Cork titles from the broadcaster – the insurance man solves crime in racing circles on the Berkshire Downs.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; boards a little marked; endpapers a little spotted; but a nice and bright copy in the original Wildsmith dust-jacket – a pictorial design in black, green and blue on white – very lightly used.

£20

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HAWES, James, 1960- : A WHITE MERC WITH FINS.

HAWES, James, 1960- : A WHITE MERC WITH FINS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1996). First edition. His much admired first novel – four ne’er-do-wells, the memorable Suzy the Black Widow, plastic guns, the IRA, the white Merc, and a bank heist.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(282)pp. Original red boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; mild tanning of edges, but a very good copy in the Tracey Winwood dust-jacket – also very good.

£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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HOROWITZ, Anthony, 1955- : THE MAGPIE MURDERS.

HOROWITZ, Anthony, 1955- : THE MAGPIE MURDERS.

London : Orion Books, (2016). First edition. A dark take on the vintage crime novel – the author’s manuscript tells a second and more compelling story.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],200,[iv]pp. Original boards; very good in the Sinem Erkas dust-jacket – the jacket just slightly used at foot.

£15

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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 Rebekah Salt, an unconventional, mysterious, and highly ambitious young woman, who may know something about a missing jewel. 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 anyone – “centres round a priceless gem which formed the centre of the single eye of an Indian idol, and which with the idol itself has been stolen from the temple ... holds the reader’s attention rivetted until the time comes when he elucidates the marvels he has so cleverly imagined ... We can promise our readers a rare treat ...” (Irish Independent, 23rd February 1904).
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.

£125

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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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“LIVINGSTON, Kenneth” – [STEWART, Kenneth Livingston, 1894-1972] : THE DODD CASES.

“LIVINGSTON, Kenneth” – [STEWART, Kenneth Livingston, 1894-1972] : THE DODD CASES.

London : Methuen & Co., (1933). First edition. “The Case of the Chiswick Butler”, “The Mannering Murder” and four further mysteries solved by the Holmesian Cedric Dodd. The American edition is said to have introduced the phrase “better the devil you know” to the United States.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],250,8pp. Original orange cloth, ruled and lettered in black; some very minor wear, creasing and a few marks, but a good copy.

£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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MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : MYSTERY AT GENEVA : AN IMPROBABLE TALE OF SINGULAR HAPPENINGS.

MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : MYSTERY AT GENEVA : AN IMPROBABLE TALE OF SINGULAR HAPPENINGS.

London : W. Collins Sons & Co., (1922). First edition. The mysterious disappearance of the President of the League of Nations. Rose Macaulay in fine and witty form with her only mystery novel and its tongue-in-cheek introduction – “As I have observed among readers a tendency to discern satire where none is intended, I should like to say that this book is simply a straightforward mystery story, devoid of irony, moral or meaning”.
Crown 8vo (180 x 120mm). [vi],(260),[vi]pp. Bound in an attractive later half blue morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; lightly sunned; slight browning of edges, but otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of Sylvia Carpenter.

£250

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MARTIN, J. Wallis (Julia Wallis) : DANCING WITH THE UNINVITED GUEST.

MARTIN, J. Wallis (Julia Wallis) : DANCING WITH THE UNINVITED GUEST.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (2002). First edition. Her powerful fourth crime novel – mystery, parapsychology and madness on the Northumberland moors.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 246,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in gilt; a very good copy in a just lightly used dust-jacket.

£20

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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. Hubin p.292. Wolff 4940 – a later edition only.

£40

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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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[MUIR, Augustus (Charles Augustus Carlow), 1892-1989] – “MOORE, Austin” : BIRDS OF THE NIGHT. BY AUSTIN MOORE.

[MUIR, Augustus (Charles Augustus Carlow), 1892-1989] – “MOORE, Austin” : BIRDS OF THE NIGHT. BY AUSTIN MOORE.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1930]. First edition. “For quick action and thrilling mystification Austin Moore’s novel ... will be hard to beat. Mr Moore starts off in Paris, comes to London, and, with a wealth of ingenious plotting, involves Molly Langton in a seemingly hopeless maze of adverse circumstances. Forged banknotes, secret formulae, poison gas – they are all here ...” (Dundee Courier, 31st October 1930). Later republished under Muir’s own name.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 310,[viii],[2]pp. Original light blue cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a few slight marks; endpapers lightly tanned; some spotting of edges, but still a very good copy.

£20

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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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NEWMAN, G.F. (Gordon Frank), 1944- : YOU NICE BASTARD.

NEWMAN, G.F. (Gordon Frank), 1944- : YOU NICE BASTARD.

London : New English Library, (1972). First edition. Jack Manso, head of the firm, Terry Sneed, corrupt detective, etc. – a chilling and sobering fiction (with a glossary of underworld slang) dedicated to Ronnie, Reggie and Charlie, and Charlie and Eddie, and Frankie, and Billy.
Post 8vo (21cm). 348,[iv]pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; text faintly tanned as usual, but a very good copy in the original photographic dust-jacket by Klepth – just very lightly rubbed at extremities and with one short nick. With the ownership stamp of Bill Norman.

£25

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PARETSKY, Sara, 1947- : DEADLOCK : A V. I. WARSHAWSKI MYSTERY.

PARETSKY, Sara, 1947- : DEADLOCK : A V. I. WARSHAWSKI MYSTERY.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1984. First British edition. The second Vic Warshawski mystery – the unexplained death of her cousin.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],252pp. Original red boards lettered in gilt; a very good copy indeed in the Gollancz yellow dust-jacket, lettered in black and cerise – price-clipped but also very good.

£25

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POWELL, Lester, 1912-1993 : A COUNT OF SIX : A NOVEL.

POWELL, Lester, 1912-1993 : A COUNT OF SIX : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1948. First edition. Powell’s popular radio private eye, the Irishman Philip Odell, makes his first appearance in book form – a thriller set in the American Zone of post-war Germany – the hunt for the six scientists who know the secret of Hitler’s bacteria gas.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 192pp. Original burgundy cloth, lettered in silver; cloth a little marked and splashed; edges slightly spotted; slight nick to one leaf, but a good copy of a difficult title.

£20

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PUNSHON, E.R. (Ernest Robertson), 1872-1956 : THE ATTENDING TRUTH.

PUNSHON, E.R. (Ernest Robertson), 1872-1956 : THE ATTENDING TRUTH.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1952. First edition. Owen of the Yard investigates the murder of an unassuming commercial traveller in Pending Dale – “What is distinction? ... in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time” (Dorothy L. Sayers).
Cown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy of an elusive book in the Gollancz yellow dust-jacket – price-clipped, a little spotted and with a few tiny nicks, minuscule chips and a couple of short tears, but otherwise itself very good.

£75

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RANKIN, Ian (Ian James), 1960- : DEATH IS NOT THE END : AN INSPECTOR REBUS NOVELLA.

RANKIN, Ian (Ian James), 1960- : DEATH IS NOT THE END : AN INSPECTOR REBUS NOVELLA.

London : Orion Books, (1998). First edition. “Damon Mee was last seen in a blurred security video on the dance floor of a Kirkcaldy night club ...”. One of the “Criminal Records” series of novellas, edited by Otto Penzler.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],73,[i]pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in silver; just a hint of tanning, but a very good, bright and firm copy in the dust-jacket – equally very good.

£20

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

“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.

“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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SHERWOOD, John (John Herman Mulso), 1913-2002 : THE SUNFLOWER PLOT.

SHERWOOD, John (John Herman Mulso), 1913-2002 : THE SUNFLOWER PLOT.

London : Macmillan London, (1990). First edition. Signed by John Sherwood on the title-page. A Celia Grant mystery – nothing what it seems in an Elizabethan garden.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (192)pp. Original green boards, lettered in silver; very faint and narrow strip of fading at foot; text just a little browned; but still a very good copy in the original photographic Paul Grant dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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SHERWOOD, John (John Herman Mulso), 1913-2002 : BONES GATHER NO MOSS.

SHERWOOD, John (John Herman Mulso), 1913-2002 : BONES GATHER NO MOSS.

London : Macmillan London, (1994). First edition. Academic disappears in the Loire Valley – Celia Grant investigates.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],(204)pp. Original holly green boards, lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the original pictorial dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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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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SPILLANE, Mickey (Frank Morrison), 1918-2006 : THE LONG WAIT.

SPILLANE, Mickey (Frank Morrison), 1918-2006 : THE LONG WAIT.

London : Arthur Barker, (1953). First British edition. “You’ve probably never been suspected of embezzling a bank of two hundred thousand bucks, or of murdering a D.A. I was suspected of having done both”. His fifth novel, originally published in the USA in 1951 and turned into a film in 1954, starring Anthony Quinn, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (208)pp. Original blue boards, ruled and lettered in orange; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket – just lightly rubbed and edge-worn, but also very good.

£40

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“STANLEY, Guy” – [GUY, Stanley, 1945- ] : DEATH IN TOKYO.

“STANLEY, Guy” – [GUY, Stanley, 1945- ] : DEATH IN TOKYO.

London : Michael Joseph, (1988). First edition. His first book – high finance, extortion and the Tokyo underworld.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(278),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very good in the original pictorial Alun Hood dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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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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SWAN, Gerald G. (Gerald George), 1902-1980 – publisher : [COVER TITLE] DETECTIVE 1946 ALBUM.

SWAN, Gerald G. (Gerald George), 1902-1980 – publisher : [COVER TITLE] DETECTIVE 1946 ALBUM.

London : Gerald G. Swan, [1945]. First edition. Twenty-four short crime stories – by Ian Begbie; Leslie Berkly; Don Black (2); Douglas Blair; Leslie Bussey (2); G. M. Byrne (2); Michael Dare; Hal Drummond (Blondes Ain’t So Dumb); John Eagle; Dora Garnett; Ronald Horton; Maurice G. Hugi; Dallas Kirby; Peter Larcombe; Norman Lazenby (Red Scarf Murder); Clifford Lewis (Man Hunt); G. H. Lister (Murder at Noon); O.J.Q.; Rex Ransley; Shelley Smith (Death of an Artist), and Leopold Spero.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (128)pp. Illustrations. Original cloth-backed thin pictorial boards; some slight rubbing and wear; some minor internal damage to gutter at front and rear, but a good copy of an uncommon production. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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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 : PEOPLE : A SHORT AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : PEOPLE : A SHORT AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1926]. First edition. Wallace looks back – and forward – “We were the poor who were not satisfied with our poverty ... newspaper-boy, cabin-boy, soldier, journalist, writer – what next”? It is worth noting of Wallace that at least 165 films had been made from his books by 1965, that he wrote the original script of “King Kong”, and that in one year at the height of his fame a quarter of all the fiction bought in England came from his pen.
Post 8vo (21cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt and ruled in gilt and blind; lightly worn; mark at foot of spine; prelims and edges spotted; a little shaken; corner cut from front free endpaper; a serviceable copy. Pencilled contemporary inscription giving a date of December 1926.

£20

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WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE TERRIBLE PEOPLE.

WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE TERRIBLE PEOPLE.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1926]. First edition : the first issue, listing just twenty-one titles on the verso of the half-title – and in the primary binding, without the crimson circle and signature device. “Harry the Lancer came into Burton Street Station to show his ‘brief,’ for he was out of Dartmoor only that Monday, having served twenty-one months short of seven years ...”.
Crown 8vo. 308,4pp. Original yellow cloth, ruled, lettered and blocked in black; lightly worn and a little dulled and scuffed; edges and endpapers spotted; somewhat shaken; a serviceable copy. Faint contemporary ownership inscription unusually positioned on lower edge.

£20

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WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : EDUCATED EVANS.

WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : EDUCATED EVANS.

London : W. Collins Sons & Co., [ca.1930]. A reissue, with a cancel title-page, of the second edition published by Collins in 1929. Thirteen tales of Educated Evans, the cockney tipster – “Saturday night in High Street, Camden Town, and the lights were blazing and the tram bells clanging dolefully ...”. First published in 1924.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (252),[iv]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good, bright and sound copy. With the ownership inscription of Douglas Nairn of Elmslea, Dundee, as well as the small bookseller’s ticket of Mrs MacGregor of the Dundee Book Mart.

£20

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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.

£20

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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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WARRINER, Thurman, 1904-1974 : DEATH’S DATELESS NIGHT.

WARRINER, Thurman, 1904-1974 : DEATH’S DATELESS NIGHT.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1952). First edition. The third of the Mr Ambo, Scotter and the Archdeacon series of mysteries – the unlikely trio (and the wonderful Lottie) in the Alpes Maritimes.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original red-pink cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; a few faint marks, endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – lightly rubbed, a couple of small nicks and a tiny chip to lower panel, but also very good.

£25

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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 edges; 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.

£1,250

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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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WHITE, R.J. (Reginald James), 1905-1971 : A SECOND-HAND TOMB.

WHITE, R.J. (Reginald James), 1905-1971 : A SECOND-HAND TOMB.

London : Macmillan & Co., (1971). First edition. Scholarly murder mystery set on an archaeological site on the east coast of England.
Post 8vo (21cm). (222),[ii]pp. Plan. Original lemon-yellow boards, ruled and lettered in black; very good in the original pictorial Bentley-Farrell-Burnett dust-jacket – price-clipped by the publisher and with a revised price over-sticker – and just very lightly marked and nicked.

£20

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