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OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : MR. MARX'S SECRET.

OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : MR. MARX'S SECRET.

London & Sheffield : Sir William Leng & Co., [1899]. First edition. An early Oppenheim rarity – a novel published in wrappers as The Weekly Telegraph Novel No. 2 – and not to appear in the regular Ward, Lock hardback edition for another ten years.
Royal 8vo (26cm). 96pp. Original pictorial grey stapled wrappers, with design and lower cover advertisements in red and black; some minor wear and a few slight marks and small chips; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy of a scarce and ephemeral item. Only a single copy (Manchester) located in major UK libraries.

£250

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OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : AMBROSE LAVENDALE, DIPLOMAT.

OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : AMBROSE LAVENDALE, DIPLOMAT.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1928]. First paperback edition. A scarce collection of ten short stories, with Ambrose Lavendale and Suzanne de Freyne. Originally published in 1920 – and here in Hodder’s large format Yellow Ninepenny series.
Demy 8vo. 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; spine rolled; wrappers lightly nicked and chipped and a little marked; edges spotted, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile survival. This edition not listed by any major UK library.

£25

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OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : CHRONICLES OF MELHAMPTON.

OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : CHRONICLES OF MELHAMPTON.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1928]. First edition. “The Remarkable Astuteness of Police-Constable Chopping” and nine further stories of middle-England.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 316,[iv]pp. Original orange-yellow cloth, lettered and decorated in black and green; edges a little spotted; spine very slightly creased; more serious vertical crease to lower cover, but still a presentable copy.

£20

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OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : MYSTERIOUS MR. SABIN.

OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : MYSTERIOUS MR. SABIN.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., 1930. First paperback edition. “They sat at a little round table in the brilliantly-lit supper-room of one of London’s most fashionable restaurants. Around them were the usual throng of well-dressed men, of women with bare shoulders and flashing diamonds, of dark-visaged waiters, deft, silent, swift-footed. From the balcony outside came the low, sweet music of a German orchestra played by master hands ...”. Oppenheim’s early political intrigue featuring “Monsieur Sabin”, the French monarchist, first published in 1898, and here in a charming 1930 large-format paperback edition with pictorial cover and period advertisements.
Demy 8vo. 128pp. Original stapled wrappers in a design by Abbey – Sabin and the Duchess crouch grimly over a besuited body; wrappers a little creased, nicked and chipped, with slight loss at foot of spine; text a little spotted and tanned, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile survival. This edition not listed by any major UK library.

£25

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OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : THE EVIL SHEPHERD.

OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : THE EVIL SHEPHERD.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1930]. First paperback edition. A legal tale of a satisfied barrister – “a triumph in the mode of high make-believe” (Barzun & Taylor). Originally published in 1922 – and here in Hodder’s large pre-war format yellow Ninepenny series, with a striking cover design by Bip Pares.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a Pares head in blues, black and white – lightly used, with some minor wear and creasing, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : CURIOUS HAPPENINGS TO THE ROOKE LEGATEES : A SERIES OF STORIES.

OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : CURIOUS HAPPENINGS TO THE ROOKE LEGATEES : A SERIES OF STORIES.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1937). First edition. The five beneficiaries of an unexpected windfall from a murdered man – and what befell.
Crown 8vo. (288)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered across spine in black; a few faint marks, a few slight spots, but a very good copy.

£25

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