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FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : JOHN THORNDYKE’S CASES. RELATED BY CHRISTOHER JERVIS, M.D. AND EDITED BY R. AUSTIN FREEMAN ...

FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : JOHN THORNDYKE’S CASES. RELATED BY CHRISTOHER JERVIS, M.D. AND EDITED BY R. AUSTIN FREEMAN ...

London : Chatto & Windus, 1909. First edition. Introduced in Freeman’s preface as "a somewhat new departure in this class of literature" – as indeed it was. Dr Thorndyke, first of the modern forensic detectives, here appearing in eight stories, including "The Anthropologist at Large" and "The Blue Sequin". A Haycraft-Queen "cornerstone" of detective fiction.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),288pp + 32pp inserted catalogue dated September 1908. Ten plates – six atmospheric studies by Henry Mathew Brock (1875-1960) and four "micro-photographs" of the evidentiary specimens. Plan. Facsimiles. Original pictorial cloth; a few faint marks; some very mild rubbing and wear; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good copy of a major contribution to the field.

£400

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FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : THE PENROSE MYSTERY.

FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : THE PENROSE MYSTERY.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1936). First edition : the first issue, with the top edge stained blue. Wealthy collector of antiquities disappears after a hit-and-run – Thorndyke investigates.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 317,[iii]pp. Original pale blue cloth, lettered in black; just a hint of rubbing and sunning, but a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a typographic design in green and cerise on white – also just faintly rubbed and very lightly sunned, but an excellent copy – the highly fugitive colours of the jacket surviving remarkably well.

£500

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