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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DICKENS (Charles). Hunted down: A story, The Uncommercial traveller: A series Of occasional papers. Copyright edition. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1860. Sm.f'cap 8vo; half/series title precedes title-page, Contents leaf follows it. Disbound, but sewing sound; foxed throughout, and a few corners creased; a good copy only. Scarce.

Issued as Vol.536 of the Collection Of British Authors. The three preliminary leaves appear to have been printed along with the final leaf of text (signed ‘19'), as part of the same half-sheet. ‘Hunted Down', which was first published in the issues of ‘The New York Ledger' for August 20th and 27th, and September 3rd, 1859, here makes its first appearance in book form. This Leipzig printing may also precede the first periodical appearance of the tale in England in August 1860, and certainly precedes what is usually regarded as the first appearance of the story in a volume - its publication as part of a collection (‘The Lamplighter's Story; Hunted Down; The Detective Ploice; and Other Nouvelletes') by T.B. Peterson and Brothers of Philadelphia in 1861. Queens Quorum, 4: "Hunted Down is a fascinating tale of realistic detection, still technically rewarding to all students of the genre. Inspired by the career of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, the infamous poisoner, the story transforms real life into ‘exquisite' Victorian melodrama." ‘The Uncommercial Traveller' essays are here first collected. They did not appear in volume form in England until December 1860. The English edition has, apparently, at least minor differences from the present one in point of text, and also includes a Preface dated ‘December, 1860', which had presumably not been written when the Leipzig volume went to press.

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DICKENS (Charles). Hunted down: A story. By Charles Dickens. With some account of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, The poisoner. [Woodcut vignette of ‘The Fatal House, No.12, Conduit Street, W.'] London: John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, N.D. [1870]. Sm.f'cap 8vo; two leaves integral advertisements precede half-title, the first serving as paste-down; integral advertisement leaf at end headed ‘Very important new books. Special List for 1871', followed by eight leaves of inserted advertisements on thinner paper, the last serving as paste-down; pp.[iv]+89+[i (printer's imprint)]+[2]; pale green paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on sides and up spine in black. Very slight dusting of wrappers, and some scattered light foxing passim; unobtrusive tissued repair to inner margin of verso of first advertisement leaf; an exceptionally nice copy, nonetheless, of a scarce and very fragile book usually found, if at all, in rebound state.

Queen's Quorum, 4, denominating it ‘HQR' (i.e., as having Historical significance, Quality, and Rarity); Eckel, p.199, leaving the paste-downs out of his collation and consequently failing to realise that the front paste-down and the first of the terminal advertisement leaves are integral. The first English and first separate edition of a story originally serialised in the issues of ‘The New York Ledger' for August 20th and 27th, and September 3rd, 1859, and then in England in ‘All the Year Round', August 4th and 11th, 1860 (Eckel erroneously says ‘April'). The story was first collected in book form in Leipzip by Bernhard Tauchnitz in 1860 in a collection which also included the first appearance in book form of ‘The Uncommercial Traveller' sketches, and reprinted in a collection with other stories (‘The Lamplighter's Story; Hunted Down; The Detective Police; and Other Nouvelletes') by T.B. Peterson and Brothers of Philadelphia in 1861. Eckel seems not to have known of the Tauchnitz printing, and lists the Philadelphia printing as the first collected appearance. In this copy the hyphen is present at the end of the last line on p.[31], though it is rather faint: it has been absent in other copies examined, suggesting that this copy is probably from the earlier portion of the print run. All other typographical flaws noted have been the same in all copies examined, though the ‘S' in ‘EDWARDS' in the printers' imprint on p.[90] became progressively more battered as the printing progressed, suggesting sometimes by its occurrence with differing states of the hyphen on p.[31] a mixture of early and late printed sheets within a single print run: p.7, l.2, hyphen very faint at end of line, l.8, broken ‘w' in ‘winter'; p.23, l.7, full-stop instead of a comma at end of line; p.33, l.14, dot of ‘i' missing in ‘in'; p.36, l.4, ‘o' of ‘or' badly printed; p.40, l.10, second ‘s' in ‘less' broken; p.41, l.5, ‘P' in ‘People' battered; p.45, l.14, ‘p' of ‘proached' battered; p.47, l.4, ‘c' of ‘could' battered; p.49, ll.6 and 7, ‘p' of ‘op-' and ‘b' of ‘black' broken; p.60, last line, ‘y' of ‘always' broken; p.64, l.4, second closing inverted comma battered; p.65, last line, ‘t' of ‘about' battered and full stop lacking; p.70, l.4, hyphen very faint after ‘con'; p.86, last line, ‘o' of ‘you' broken; p.89, l.2, ‘h' of ‘her' broken.

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DILLWYN (E.A.). A burglary: Or, Unconscious influence. In three volumes. Tinsley Brothers, Catherine Street, Strand, 1883. 3 Vols. in one, as issued, sm.cr.8vo; half-titles not called for; pp.iv+236; iv+240; iv+[236]; diagonally fine ribbed cerise cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine. Recased, with new pale yellow end-papers, the original white free end-papers being preserved; slight wear to cloth at corners, and cloth at extreme head and tail of spine neatly restored with matching cloth; a very little foxing and dusting, chiefly affecting the first few leaves of volume one; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Hubin. Set in Wales. In this copy the full stop following the subtitle on the title-page to volume one has dropped considerably below the line; the first ‘1' of the page number to p.116 is virtually lacking.

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DONOVAN (Dick [i.e., J.E. Preston-Muddock]). Tracked and taken: Detective sketches. By Dick Donovan, Author of "Caught at Last," "The Man-Hunter," "The Man from Manchester," etc. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1890. Sm.globe 8vo; pp.[iv]+295; recent quarter brown linen, yellow paper covered sides printed with a design in brown, yellow paper spine label printed in brown. Nice copy. Scarce.

First edition. Issued upon first publication as a yellowback, at 2/-, and here rebound. The initials of the author's name are usually said to stand for ‘Joyce Emmerson', and so they appear in Wolff, the British Library Catalogue, COPAC, Hubin, etc., and this appears to have been sanctioned by himself. Richard Dalby however, on the basis of birth and death certificates, suggests that they in fact stand for ‘James Edward'. Originally his surname was simply ‘Muddock'. The ‘Preston-' (or ‘Preston', it appears variously) appears to have been an addition of the 1890s.

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DONOVAN (Dick [i.e., J.E. Preston Muddock].). Tracked to Doom: The story of A mystery and its unravelling. With six illustrations by Gordon Browne. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1892 [i.e., Autumn, 1891]. Wood-engraved frontispiece and five plates; pp.vi+250; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1891; light grey buckram blocked with publisher's monogram in black on back cover, blocked pictorially black and brown, lettered black-shadowed, black-outlined, brown, on front cover, lettered gilt and brown, blocked brown, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with orange-branch design in lime-green. Slight dulling of spine, and insignificant spotting to upper cover; two or three scattered fox-spots internally; but nonetheless a nice copy.

The earliest issue: with the catalogue dated October, 1891. Hubin, p.123. The initials of the author's name are usually said to stand for ‘Joyce Emmerson', and so they appear in Wolff, the British Library Catalogue, COPAC, Hubin, etc., and this appears to have been sanctioned by himself. Richard Dalby however, on the basis of birth and death certificates, suggests that they in fact stand for ‘James Edward'. Originally his surname was simply ‘Muddock'. The ‘Preston-' (or ‘Preston', it appears variously) appears to have been an addition of the 1890s.

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DONOVAN (Dick [i.e., J.E. Preston Muddock].). From Clue To Capture: a series of thrilling detective stories. With numerous illustrations By Paul Hardy and others. London, Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1893]. Integral frontispiece and numerous illustrations in text, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+320; mottled three-tone grey rough buckram, blocked black, khaki, and silver, lettered black, and black-outlined khaki, on front cover and spine. Slight darkening of spine; slight chipping of free end-papers; ink ownership inscription dated 29/8/93 on verso of half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.123. An exception, as the inscription makes clear, to the general rule that Hutchinson dated their first editions in the 1890s: according to the English Catalogue of Books, the second edition appeared in 1895. The initials of the author's name are usually said to stand for ‘Joyce Emmerson', and so they appear in Wolff, the British Library Catalogue, COPAC, Hubin, etc., and this appears to have been sanctioned by himself. Richard Dalby however, on the basis of birth and death certificates, suggests that they in fact stand for ‘James Edward'. Originally his surname was simply ‘Muddock'. The ‘Preston-' (or ‘Preston', it appears variously) appears to have been an addition of the 1890s.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The Firm of Girdlestone: A romance of the unromantic. By A. Conan Doyle Author of "Micah Clarke," "The Captain of ‘The Polestar,'" etc. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1890. Half-title not called for; pp.viii+399+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted catalogue, 32pp. at end, dated January, 1890; claret patterned sand-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered very dark green on front cover, lettered gilt, blocked very dark green, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with orange-branch design in light lime-green. Barely visible restorations to cloth of spine, and cloth of spine very slightly faded; slight cracking to end-papers, and free end-papers patchily faded; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy

With the earliest date of the catalogue. The issue in which the ampersand in the imprint on the spine is somewhat compressed and upright, the top loop being very narrow (roughly 1mm at widest to the outside edges of the gilt) and reaching the same height as the apex of the centre strokes of the ‘W', whilst the straight tail of the extended downstroke reaches the bottom edge of the very dark green blocking: this is sometimes said to be characteristic of the earliest binding. Sadleir, 743, describing a copy with the January catalogue, as here; Wolff, 1903, describing a copy with the catalogue dated September 1891 and end-papers he describes as ‘buff'; Green & Gibson, A6 a., recording copies with the catalogue dated January or April 1890. Since the book was published on 15th April, it seems likely that copies with the January catalogue were bound up before the April catalogue had become available, rather than that stocks of the April catalogue became exhausted and the January catalogue was fallen back upon as a reserve. All the authorities quoted describe the blocking on the front cover and spine as ‘black' - which it so nearly is as to suggest no actual variant as being involved. Sadleir describes the cloth colour as ‘claret', which it is with this copy, and Wolff does not disagree; Green & Gibson describe it as ‘maroon', which we take to be more brownish. Since the slight fading to the spine of the present copy has left it in places maroon, we would suggest that Green & Gibson were describing from a slightly faded, or perhaps a dusty, copy. They also describe the colour in which the design of the end-papers is printed as ‘yellow' - which again suggests fading. Both, however, may be real variants - particularly if they worked from a copy with an April catalogue. This seems possible, since they also describe the trimming as "all edges roughly cut", which is certainly not the case here (but is so unusual as to be almost certainly an error!). Green & Gibson alone mention the binding point, but do not describe it in detail, saying merely that in later copies "the ampersand . . . and its alignment are different". This title not in Hubin, although much of it is concerned with the planning and execution of a murder, and there is some detection.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The sign of four. By A. Conan Doyle. Author of ‘Micah Clarke,' ‘The Firm of Girdlestone,' ‘The Captain Of the Polestar,' etc., etc. London: Spencer Blackett, Milton House, 35, St. Bride Street, E.C., 1890. (All rights reserved). Frontispiece after Charles Kerr, with tissue guard, tipped in; pp.[iv]+283+[i (blank)]; dark red diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers faced black. Neat, barely visible restoration to cloth at head of spine, and end-papers unobtrusively strengthened at gutters; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first issue, with the imprint of ‘Spencer Blackett's Standard Library' on the spine, rather than the later ‘Griffith Farran & Cos Standard Library' and with black faced end-papers rather than the later brown. This copy is without the inserted 32pp. publisher's catalogue dated October 1890 at the end that is present in some copies (and which, as the book was published somewhere between the 1st and the 15th October, was probably not ready when the earliest copies were bound), and has the erratum ‘13' for ‘138' on the Contents page, as with the British Library deposit copy (date-stamped 18 Oct). The misprint ‘w shed' for ‘wished' on p.56 is present in all copies. Green & Gibson, A7a.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The gully of Bluemansdyke, And other stories By A. Conan Doyle, Author of "Micah Clarke," "The White Company," "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," etc. London: Walter Scott, Ltd., 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, N.D. [On front cover:] 1893 [i.e., 1892 (v. note)]. Med.16mo in half sheets; first gathering apparently a cancel (v. note); three leaves integral advertisements at end (for ‘The Novocastrian Series', ‘Great Writers. A new series of critical biographies', ‘The Camelot Series', ‘The Canterbury Poets', and ‘Vols. I. to XXIV. now ready...Wilson's Tales of the Borders'); pp.249+[i (blank)]+[vi]; white thin card wrappers lined with yellow paper, cut flush, printed lithographically in colour: on back wrapper with advertisements in black (for ‘New England Library. Cloth, gilt top, 2s. each'), up spine in black with price, title, and price, on front wrapper pictorially in dark brown, dull dark blue, and sepia, lettered in dull dark blue, and with image of shilling piece dated 1893 in brown (lettering white through brown, and brown-outlined white) in top left-hand corner, and printed on inside back wrapper in black with advertisement for ‘Ibsen's famous prose dramas'. Corner of front wrapper creased, back wrappers dusty and with creases to fore-edges, sympathetically rebacked, with remaining fragment of backstrip laid on; otherwise in general a nice copy.

The book was originally issued between the 1st and 15th of March 1890 in paper wrappers at 1/- and in cloth at 2/- as part of The Novocastrian Series, under the title ‘Mysteries and Adventures' (v. Green and Gibson, A4a, who manage both to quote the dates above and to ascribe it to ‘[1889]' - but volume 24 of Wilson's ‘Tales of the Borders', referred to as ‘now ready' in the integral advertisements was not published until early 1890.). The volume did not sell, and some of the original sheets were worked off, minus the advertisements, in a double volume with another title in the series, ‘Oak bough and Wattle Blossom', in 1891 (Green and Gibson, A4a.i.) Green and Gibson describe this issue as involving ‘the remaining sheets'. They then go on to list another issue of the original sheets, made in 1892 (Green and Gibson, A4b), without noting that as the title had been changed to ‘The Gulley of Bluemansdyke' and a note added to the half-title, some of the leaves at least have to be cancels. Offsetting onto the half-title of the present copy from p.16 would seem to indicate that the whole of the first gathering had been reprinted. That the whole book had not been at this point is indicated by the original advertisements still being retained, including the advertisement of the abandoned ‘Novocastrian Series', and the now out-of-date advertisement for Wilson's ‘Tales of the Borders' in twenty-four volumes, the series having since been re-issued in double volumes as twelve. The present title was reprinted later with different advertisements, Green and Gibson recording no fewer than five impressions with variant wrappers and cloth bindings. Under A4b Green and Gibson describe a copy in yellow wrappers printed in dark red and with different advertisements on the back wrapper (for "‘The World of Cant' 100th thousand"), and without the shilling piece on the front wrapper. Under A4b.i they describe a similarly bound copy of the reprint, with the back cover advertising "‘The World of Cant' 120th thousand". Under A4b.ii they descibe a copy of the reprint bound in covers resembling those of the present copy, except that they describe them as yellow. Since they also describe them as ‘pictorially blocked and titled in blue, white, brown', one suspects them of an error: the wrappers of the present copy are white but lined with yellow paper. It is unlikely that a yellow wrapper will have been printed in white. Probably these wrappers are as ours. Green and Gibson had never come across a copy of the original printing bound in wrappers with the shilling piece on the cover, and had no reason for suspecting the order they suggest. They state, however, that the volume was published on June 4th 1892, presumably from an advertisement in the publisher's circular, and it was certainly advertised at about this date since the English Catalogue also says ‘June'. Both the title-page and all of the versions of the wrappers, however, include "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" amongst Doyle's published books: but this, according to Green and Gibson (p.53) was not published until 15th October 1892, and since it is from a different publisher as well it seems unlikely that it would have been included amongst Doyle's notable books before it had appeared. We must question therefore whether the present title were issued - or even whether the cancels had been prepared - before the Autumn of that year - and it would have been normal practice at the time to date a book published in at least October onwards with the next year's date. Further, Walter Scott were fairly consistent in dating the original issues of their books, but removing the date from reprints. They usually dated the title-page, not the wrappers, but the present instance is anomalous in being not a new book, but a new title. It is also unusual in having the date on the wrapper involved with the price. One suspects that they felt some degree of schitzophrenia about whether they should date or not, and whether they should continue dating once the book had become definitely a reprint - and the two different series of wrappers were the result. Since they both of them occur in conjunction with original sheets and with reprinted ones, it is probably impossible to deduce now an order of precedence, and it looks as though both series of wrappers were in fact in use at the same time. The present volume, which is certainly from the original sheets, and therefore precedes Green and Gibson A4b.i, should probably find a place as a variant of A4b. This title, however, is scarce in any form, whilst the original issue in the ‘Novocastrian Series' is virtually unobtainable. Hubin, p.125, listing the original issue as 1889; the British Library Catalogue records no copy of an English printing at all, but only a later edition printed in Germany. Includes besides the title story: ‘The Parson of Jackman's Gulch', ‘My Friend the Murderer', ‘The Silver Hatchet', ‘The Man from Archangel', ‘That Little Square Box', and ‘A Night among the Nihilists'.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The adventures Of Sherlock Holmes. George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street and Exeter Street, Strand, 1892. Sm.roy.8vo; num- erous illustrations in text; bevelled pale marina blue buckram, blocked and lettered black, lettered gilt, and black outlined gilt on front cover, lettered, ruled, blocked, and panelled gilt, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, on spine; a.e.g.; white end-papers printed with blossom and leaf design in grey. Slight rubbing and damp-spotting of covers, and two or three very small pressure dints on back board; a little, almost imperceptible, foxing, and faint damp- staining of blank lower corners of last half dozen leaves; in general, however, a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's contemporary business card, bearing his brief, signed, holograph presentation inscription, laid on to the front paste-down. The first state of the binding, lacking the words ‘Southampton Street' from the signboard in the Strand Library device on the front cover, and with grey printed floral end-papers; the first state of the text, with the reading ‘Violent Hunter' in the last sentence on p.317. Hubin, p.125; De Waal, 520; Green & Gibson, A10.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrations by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street and Exeter Street, Strand, 1894 [i.e., 13th December, 1893]. (All rights reserved). Sm.roy.8vo; frontispiece on text-paper precedes half-title; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+279+[i (blank)]; bevelled dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered black, lettered gilt, and black outlined gilt on front cover, lettered, ruled, blocked, and panelled gilt, ruled and lettered black, on spine; a.e.g.; white end-papers printed with apple blossom design in lime green. Spine somewhat dull; marginal damp-staining affecting prelims. and last few leaves; short tear in upper margin of frontispiece neatly repaired without tissue; some scattered foxing and dusting, mostly very light; in general a nice copy.

Issued as Volume 3 of ‘The Strand Library'. Hubin, p.125; De Waal, 596; Green & Gibson, A14, recording this variant of the end-paper pattern only as printed in grey.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrations by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street and Exeter Street, Strand, 1894 [i.e., 13th December, 1893]. (All rights reserved). Sm.roy.8vo; frontispiece on text-paper precedes half-title; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+279+[i (blank)]; bevelled dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered black, lettered gilt, and black outlined gilt on front cover, lettered, ruled, blocked, and panelled gilt, ruled and lettered black, on spine; a.e.g.; white end-papers printed with peacock's feather design in orange. Spine somewhat dull; gilt a trifle rubbed on lower-edges; some scattered foxing, mostly very light; in general a nice copy.

Issued as Volume 3 of ‘The Strand Library'. Hubin, p.125; De Waal, 596; Green & Gibson A14.

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[DOYLE (Sir Arthur Conan).]. The "Sunlight" Year-Book For 1898. A treasury of useful information of value to All members of the household. Including The calendar and kindred matter, universal History, geography, army and navy, science, Literature, fine arts, architecture, Commerce, agriculture, medical, Sports and pastimes, The household, Port Sunlight, Etc. Also Story by Conan Doyle. With Portraits and numerous illustrations. Port Sunlight: Lever Brothers, Limited, N.D. [1897]. Lge.16mo; issued without true end-papers, the outside leaves of the first and last gathering serving instead; maps and numerous illustrations in the text; red cloth lettered in black on back cover (with an advertisement for Sunlight Soap), black and black-outlined dark marina green on spine, black-outlined yellow and dark marina green, and black, on front cover; blocked in dark marina green and black on front cover, dark marina green, black, and yellow on spine. Light damp-marking of back cover; very slight uniform embrowning of poor quality paper; in general a very nice copy of a rather delicate book. Scarce thus.

Includes a murder story, "Burger's Secret", by Conan Doyle, which was specially written for this volume. First issue, with dark marina green instead of grey blocking and numbering on front cover and spine, the blocking and lettering of the back cover advertisement entirely fresh and sharp, leaf [B1], bearing an advertisement for Sunlight Soap, present as front paste-down, and [B2], bearing a prominent ‘come on' for the competitions, the closing date for which was February 15th, 1898, serving as front free end-paper.

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[DOYLE (Sir Arthur Conan).]. The "Sunlight" Year-Book For 1898. A treasury of useful information of value to All members of the household. Including The calendar and kindred matter, universal History, geography, army and navy, science, Literature, fine arts, architecture, Commerce, agriculture, medical, Sports and pastimes, The household, Port Sunlight, Etc. Also Story by Conan Doyle. With Portraits and numerous illustrations. Port Sunlight: Lever Brothers, Limited, N.D. [1897]. Lge.16mo; issued without true end-papers, the outside leaves of the first and last gathering serving instead; maps and numerous illustrations in the text; red cloth lettered in black on back cover (with an advertisement for Sunlight Soap), black and black-outlined grey on spine, black-outlined yellow and grey, and black, on front cover; blocked in grey and black on front cover, grey, black, and yellow on spine. Light damp-marking of back cover; very slight uniform embrowning of poor quality paper; one or two light pencil notes, chiefly on diary and competition sections; but complete, and in general a nice copy of a rather delicate book. Scarce thus.

Includes a murder story, "Burger's Secret", by Conan Doyle, which was specially written for this volume. Second issue, with grey instead of dark marina green blocking and numbering on front cover and spine, the blocking and lettering of the back cover advertisement somewhat fuzzy, being from a worn brass, leaf [B1], bearing an advertisement for Sunlight Soap, excised, and [B2] pasted down instead to obscure the prominent ‘come on' for the competitions, the closing date for which was February 15th, 1898.

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DU BOISGOBEY (Fortuné). Le Collier d'acier. Paris: E. Plon et Cie, Imprimeurs-Éditeurs, Rue Garancière, 10, 1883. Half-title present; pp.[iv]+297+[i (blank)]; contemporary quarter red roan, purple ribbon-embossed sides, spine ruled and lettered gilt. External joints cracked, cloth faded, and worn over corners; first three leaves foxed; scattered light pencilled notes (by an English reader); otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.128, recording the English translations of 1886 and 1891.

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DU BOISGOBEY (Fortuné). Du Boisgobey's sensational novels III. The day of reckoning. In two vols. London: Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1885. 2 Vols., double globe 16mo, sewn; advertisements on verso of half-title in each volume; 4pp. integral advertisements at end of volume two; pp.[192]; 188+[iv]; scarlet wrappers printed in black, cut flush, the back cover bearing publisher's advertisements; light blue-green end-papers printed with publisher's advertisements in black. Paper of spines more or less lacking; back covers a little chipped and scuffed at spine; otherwise a fine copy of a delicate book.

The series advertisements on the verso of the half-titles list fifteen titles in the series as already published, this being the latest, whilst another four are in preparation. It would appear that all of these titles were in fact issued during the course of 1885, together with at least one other, the numbering not reflecting the order of issue. Sadleir 3453/3, recording only a copy of the ‘Thirtieth Thousand' dated 1887; Hubin, p.127.

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DU BOISGOBEY (Fortuné). Du Boisgobey's sensational novels XV. The Angel of the chimes. Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1886. Double globe 16mo; advertisements on verso of half-title; pp.188+[iv (advertisements)]; crimson wrappers printed in black, cut flush, bearing commercial advertisements on back cover; powder blue end-papers printed with publisher's and commercial advertisements in black. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy of a delicate book.

Sadleir 3453/15; Hubin, p.128, recording numerous translations in England and America under a variety of other titles, but no appearance of this title (and, presumably, translation) before 1903.

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DU BOISGOBEY (Fortuné). Du Boisgobey's sensational novels XXIV. The red band. In two vols. The only unabridged translation. Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1887. 2 Vols., double globe 16mo, wire-stitched; advertisements on verso of half-title in volume one; pp.[204 (last page blank)]; 186+[ii (publisher's advertisements)]; crimson wrappers printed in black, cut flush, the back cover bearing commercial advertisements; very pale green end-papers printed with publisher's and commercial advertisements in black. Paper of covers rubbed or scuffed a little in places; otherwise a fine copy of a delicate book.

Sadleir 3453/24, recording a copy with blue end-papers, which is almost certainly of an earlier issue; Hubin, p.127, recording only the abridged Maxwell edition (and its American counterpart) of the same year. Despite being wire-stitched, both volumes have been stabbed for sewing through.

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DU BOISGOBEY (Fortuné). Du Boisgobey's sensational novels XXVII. The red camellia. Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1887. 2 Vols., double globe 16mo; advertisements on verso of half-title in each volume; pp.188; 180 (last page blank); crimson wrappers printed in black, cut flush; powder blue end-papers printed with advertisements in black. Paper of spines a trifle chipped at head and tail bands, and rubbed a little at extreme edges; red colouring on sides a little rubbed; otherwise a fine copy of a delicate book.

Sadleir 3453/27; Hubin, p.128.

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DU BOISGOBEY (Fortuné). Fickle heart! +2(+2C+2oeur volant!) A Novel of Love and Racing. Translated by Sir Gilbert Campbell, Bart. Sole authorised copyright translation. John and Robert Maxwell, Milton House, [35,] St. Bride Street, Ludgate Circus, And Shoe Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [1887]. (All rights reserved.) 2 vols. bound in one, as issued, paginated and signed continuously, extra f'cap 8vo, wire-stitched; half-title not called for, nor prelims. to second volume; wood-engraved frontispiece by Edmund Evans after S. Hodson, with tissue guard; advertisement for ‘The Parisian Library' on verso of title leaf; Contents leaf to both volumes follows title leaf; pp.384; diagonally very fine ribbed violet-blue cloth, very elaborately blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, blocked bright and matt gilt, lettered gilt and violet-blue through gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spine slightly darkened; neat rubber stamp of small circulating library on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

The only English translation of this title. According to the ‘English Catalogue of Books', issued in 1887, apparently simultaneously, in cloth, as here, at 2/6d, as a ‘yellowback' at 2/-, and as two separate volumes at 1/- each. According to the advertisement on the verso of the title leaf, which records this as the last title listed by du Boisgobey, issued as two separate volumes, in cloth at 1/6d. each, and ‘In Appropriate, Illuninated Covers' [i.e., wrappers] at 1/- each. The relationship between the several issues are unclear, but we assume from the advertisement that the two volume issue probably had precedence. Sadleir, 3649/8, listing this title only from an advertisement, and evidently being unaware of either the 2/- or the 2/6d. issues. Sadleir had only two of the eight titles in his collection, and unfortunately does not give collations for either of them. It would have been pleasant to know whether the edition in two separate volumes was continuously paginated and signed, like this. Not in Wolff, who had three other titles of the series in the yellowback version: both collate like this - which doesn't come as a surprise. Hubin, p.127, giving the date in error as 1890.

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[DUFFY (Bella)]. Winifred Power. A Novel. In three volumes. Richard Bentley and Son, 1883. Half-titles not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end of volumes two and three; [iv]+292; [iv]+[302]+[ii]; [iv]+[302]+[ii]; brown buckram decorated in black and orange on spine and front cover, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with a floral pattern in green. Head and tail of spine a little frayed, hole in cloth of spine in volume one, piece chipped from head of spine in volume two, and index leaf lacking; ownership inscription faintly visible on two titles; otherwise in general a nice copy.

in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 1944. The story involves the criminous career of a baronet, which is brought to light only as he is dying, or posthumously; and a good deal of detective work by a would-be blackmailer, which turns out to have been unnecessary and fruitless. A curious variant on the detective story, the chief interest centering in the characters, one of whom is a bibliomaniac who at one point displays his treasures. Detective: Ralph Mercer, adventurer.

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[EGAN (Pierce, the elder).]. A Complete History and development of all the extraordinary circumstances and events connected with the Murder of Mr. Weare, together with the Trial at Large; including the Speeches of Counsel - Examination of Evidence - Defence, &c. &c. A Faithful Picture of all the Fashionable "Modern Hells" and "Black-Legs" of the metropolis, with Sketches of the Principal Individuals who frequent them, whether in the Character of "Greeks" or "Pigeons." An exposition of the Frauds practised - the Immense Sums Won and Lost, and the calamitous Events to which this System of Nefarious Villany has in many instances led. Comprising most curious and highly interesting details, furnished from original and authentic sources: With a view to deter the Young and unwary Novice from this Vortex of Vice and Misery. The whole forming a genuine series of Gambling Biography. Published by Jones and Co., 1824. Frontispiece with tissue guard, four other copperplate engravings, and three aquatints by H. Alken; pp.[1]-60; [5]-72; 61-266; [1]-74; recent half red calf, spine with flat raised bands, tooled blind, black label, marbled boards. Fingered throughout; plates foxed; but a very good copy. Scarce.

Non-fiction, but included as an excellent example of the kind of extended sensationalised reporting that preceded the development of the detective story. For the next stage v. [?MAGINN] "The Red Barn" below.

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FARJEON (B.L.). Samuel Boyd Of Catchpole Square: A mystery. London, Hutchinson and Co, 34, Paternoster Row, 1899. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+389+[iii]; red rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. A nice copy.

Probable first issue: with all edges trimmed instead of being left uncut, but in a slightly heavier buckram than the issue usually seen, and with wove end-papers of good quality instead of very poor quality laid ones. Hubin, p.140; Wolff, 2147, not distinguishing issues; one of only about half a dozen one volume titles lacking from the extensive Sadleir collection.

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FARJEON (B.L.). Samuel Boyd Of Catchpole Square: A mystery. London, Hutchinson and Co, 34, Paternoster Row, 1899. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+389+[iii]; red rough fine buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Poor quality end-papers embrowned; scattered foxing; in general a near nice copy.

Probable second issue: with all edges uncut instead of being trimmed, but in a slightly lighter buckram than in copies sometimes seen, and with laid end-papers of poor quality instead of good quality wove ones. Hubin, p.140; Wolff, 2147, not distinguishing issues; one of only about half a dozen one volume titles lacking from the extensive Sadleir collection.

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THE FIRST TRUE DETECTIVE NOVEL?


FELIX (Charles) [i.e., Charles Warren Adams]. The Notting Hill mystery. Compiled by Charles Felix Author of ‘Velvet Lawn' Etc. From the papers of the late R. Henderson, Esq. London: Saunders, Otley, and Co., 66 Brook Street, W., 1865 [i.e., December, 1864]. (All rights reserved.) Post 8vo; half-title and frontispiece plan on text-paper precede title-page, author's Advertisement and two leaves of Contents follow it; one wood-engraved facsimile in text; publishers' 16pp. advertisement on toned paper of ‘The Brown Book For 1865', followed at end by their inserted 16pp. catalogue dated December, 1864; pp.[xii (including frontispiece]+284; bevelled dark chocolate buckram, ruled blind on sides, blocked with publishers' monogram device blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Almost undetectably re-cased, but with buff end-papers instead of the original black-coated ones (which are still just visible at the edges of the front paste-down); slight wear to corners of boards; leaf H3 badly opened, with some chipping to blank top margin; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Enclosed in a custom box. Rare.

Structured as an elaborate and complex report by a private detective to an insurance company this novel includes plans facsimiles depositions and enclosures of original documents - just about anything in fact that any later detective novel managed to include. The detection moreover is of a Thorndyke-like completeness. In manner the book has quite a suggestion about it of Wilkie Collins: first published in ‘All the Year Round' in 1862 - 3 it followed ‘The Woman in White' by some two years or so and preceded ‘The Moonstone' by some five or six. One character is very like Count Fosco but in a more developed form - which may be merely coincidence as he has a strong suggestion about him also of Svengali - who did not appear for another thirty years. The method is similar to both the Collins novels but this is a necessary function of the form. The story is a sensational one involving mesmerism and the relationship between twins and has about it elements of science fiction. The suggestion has been made that ‘Felix' may have been John Recliff but it is now pretty well established that the author was in fact Charles Warren Adams the owner by this date of the firm that published it in book form. The following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy state or issue significance if any undetermined: p.33 l.5 second ‘l' broken in ‘naturally'; p.34 l.6 broken ‘c' in ‘congratulate'; p.54 l.5 first ‘e' in ‘mesmerism' broken; p.63 last line risen space before first word; p.76 l.20 ‘were' for ‘where'; p.177 l.1 raised comma at end of line; p.192 penultimate line ‘possibly' for ‘possible'; p.263 l.6 ‘ideosyncracies' for ‘ideosyncrasies' and l.18 ‘ideosyncracy' for ‘ideosyncrasy'; p.269 l.7 ‘exciteable' for ‘excitable'.

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[FENN (George Manville).]. Begumbagh: A tale of the Indian Mutiny, And other stories. W. & R. Chambers, London and Edinburgh, 1885. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.192; duck egg blue crushed morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, red on front cover and spine, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded, and covers just a trifle dusty; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.9, recording only a later edition. Issued anonymously, but recorded as being by Fenn in later Chambers' catalogues.

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FENN (George Manville). The Mynns' Mystery. Frederick Warne and Co., 1890. Green glazed boards printed in red and black. Boards worn, end-papers cracked; nice internally.

The first English edition. The American edition is dated 1889, which may well have been the year of issue of this since it was customary at this date with books published late in the year in England to date them ahead. A volume in Warne's Library of Fiction. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.143; Glover/Greene, 178. According to Glover/Greene, a reprint: "First published the same year by Warne in dark green cloth." Their copy, however, is in yellow boards: ours, which is dated and bears no signs of its being a reprint, is in green.

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FENN (George Manville). Sawn off: A tale of a family tree. With portrait of the author. Henry and Co., Bouverie Street, E.C., 1891. Series title, and portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; maroon buckram, blocked white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, in series style; end-papers coated black. Very slight cracking of end-papers; tissue foxed at edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued in March 1891 as the second volume in the series ‘The Whitefriars Library of Wit and Humour', under the general editorship of W.H. Davenport Adams. Includes two stories: ‘Sawn Off' and ‘The Gilded Pill'. The first issue, the final gathering, ‘15', here consisting of four leaves, and the volume being without terminal advertisements. In the second issue a further four page gathering is tipped in, signed ‘16', the first page bearing series, and the rest publisher's, advertisements; in a third issue gathering ‘15' is extended to eight leaves, the last four bearing series advertisements. The present copy carries on the verso of the title leaf an advertisement for the first three volumes in the series, scheduled respectively for February, March, and April. Hubin, p.143; not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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FENN (George Manville). Sawn off: A tale of a family tree. With portrait of the author. Henry and Co., Bouverie Street, E.C., 1891. Series title, and portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, signed ‘16'; pp.viii+232+[iv]; maroon buckram, blocked white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, in series style; end-papers coated black. Neat restoration to cloth at head of spine; white enamel rubbed on front cover; slight cracking of end-papers; tissue foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued in March 1891 as the second volume in the series ‘The Whitefriars Library of Wit and Humour', under the general editorship of W.H. Davenport Adams. Includes two stories: ‘Sawn Off' and ‘The Gilded Pill'. The second issue, gathering 15 consisting of four leaves and being followed by two conjugate leaves of integral advertisements at end, signed 16. In the first issue, gathering ‘15' consists likewise of four leaves, but the volume is without terminal advertisements. In the third issue gathering ‘15' was extended to eight leaves, the last four bearing series advertisements. The present copy carries on the verso of the title leaf an advertisement for the first three volumes in the series, scheduled respectively for February, March, and April. Hubin, p.143; not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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FENN (George Manville). Sawn off: A tale of a family tree. With portrait of the author. Henry and Co., Bouverie Street, E.C., 1891. Series title, and portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; maroon buckram, blocked white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, in series style; end-papers coated black. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; ownership signature on series title; a little scattered very light marking and dusting in text; in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.143. Issued in March 1891 as the second volume in the series ‘The Whitefriars Library of Wit and Humour' under the general editorship of W.H. Davenport Adams. Includes two stories: ‘Sawn Off' and ‘The Gilded Pill'. The third issue, the final gathering consisting of eight leaves.

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FENN (Geo. Manville). A crimson crime. By Geo. Manville Fenn Author of ‘The Master of the Ceremonies' ‘The White Virgin', ‘Double Cunning' etc. London, Chatto & Windus, 1899. Advertisement leaf, blank on verso, precedes half-title; title-page printed in vermilion and black; pp.viii+359+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated June 1899, listing this title as ‘Shortly'; mottled sea-green linen, blocked light crimson, black, silver, and pale-green, lettered black-outlined crimson, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A little very light rubbing to silver and gilt blocking; pp.59 - 60 badly opened, with one small chip to blank fore-margin and several small tears, repaired without use of tissue and not obtrusive; a couple of leaves of the Catalogue badly opened; in general, however, a nice copy of a scarce title.

Hubin, p.143. One of Fenn's better-written adult titles. There was no American edition. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.92, risen furniture between running-title and text; p.144, l.8 of text, full-stop lacking at end of line; p.150, l.21, ‘f' raised at start of line; p.158, l.24, raised comma at end of line; p.241, l.27, ‘h' of ‘with' battered; p.280, l.1, ‘m' in ‘me' battered; p.281, l.31, ‘f' in ‘if' broken; p.285, l.10, second ‘l' lacking in ‘tell'.

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FORFAR (William Bentinck). Pentowan: Or, The adventures of Gregory Goulden, Esq., And Tobias Penhale. A Cornish Story. Helston: R. Cunnack, Market Place; London: W. Kent and Co., 51, Paternoster Row, 1859. Demy 8vo, in half sheets; half-title not called for; pp.viii+256; chocolate bead-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated very deep yellow. Rebacked, preserving two-thirds of original backstrip; extensive very light foxing; otherwise nice.

A rare provincially published novel, printed in Helston. Set in the years 1810-11, chiefly in Cornwall, but also in part in London, the story involves burglary, and, inevitably, smuggling, including detective work and trials for both, as well as having some tin-mining interest. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Hubin.

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FORRESTER (Andrew, Jun.). The Revelations Of a Private detective. Never before published. Ward and Lock, 158, Fleet Street, 1863. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.320; contemporary half natural calf, dark red spine label, marbled sides; sprinkled burnished edges; end-papers faced fawn. Calf a little peeled, and split at head of back joint, but without general weakness; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.153. Due to a miscalculation on the part of the typesetter, the arrangement of type on the last two leaves of the volume is extremely cramped.

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FORRESTER (Andrew, Jun.). Secret service; Or Recollections Of a City detective. Never before published. Ward and Lock, 158 Fleet Street, 1864. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+314; contemporary half natural calf, dark red spine label, marbled sides; sprinkled burnished edges; end-papers faced fawn. Calf a little worn; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.153.

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[FULLER (James Franklin).]. Doctor Quodlibet: A Study in Ethics, by the author of "Chronicles of Westerly," "John Orlebar," "Culmshire Folk" etc. The Leadenhall Press, Ltd., 1894. Blank leaf and 8pp. integral advertisements precede half-title page; title printed in red and black; 16pp. publisher's catalogue at end; quarter blue buckram, grey boards, front boards lettered in black and gilt, spine in gilt; fore- and lower- edges uncut. End-papers and edges foxed; otherwise a fine unopened copy.

Marginal mystery, incorporating a trial and conviction for theft.

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GABORIAU (Émile). Marie de Brinvilliers (Les amours d'une empoisonneuse). From the French of Emile [sic] Gaboriau Author of "File no.113," "Monsieur Lecoq," "The Slaves of Paris," "The Mystery of Orcival," "Other People's Money," "Within an Inch of His Life," "The Widow Lerouge," "The Clique of Gold," "The Downward Path," etc. London, George Routledge and sons, Limited, Broadway, Ludgate Hill; Glasgow, Manchester, and New York, N.D. [1888]. Double demy 16mo, printed in double columns; single inset half-title and text-paper advertisement leaf at end both probably printed conjugate with the final gathering of text, completing the half-sheet; pp.[ii]+107+[i (blank)]+[ii]; light yellow paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in red, brown, black, and green from woodblocks, after the manner of a yellowback, in black on back and inside wrappers with commercial advertisements, lettered black up spine; issued without end-papers. Wrappers dusty and front wrapper a little chipped at edges, barely affecting printed area; backstrip mostly lacking; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

According to an advertisement on the verso of the title-page issued as a volume in ‘Routledge's Detective Series', all the Gaboriau titles of which, however, according to the terminal advertisements, were included also in the series ‘Routledge's Sixpenny Unabridged Novels', of which the ‘Detective Series' presumably therefore formed a sub-set. No.318 of the ‘Unabridged Novels' series. The first English appearance of the novel under this title, its first separate publication in England, and probably also the first appearance of this translation: Vizetelly may have included a translation of the same novel in a combined volume with ‘Peril of His Life' in 1885 under the title ‘Intrigues of a Poisoner' - though this we have not seen. Large format paperbacks from this period are now extremely difficult to find.

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GALLON (Tom). Tatterley: The story of a dead man. 1897, Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row. Final blank; pp.VIII+330+[ii]; rose madder coarse buckram, blocked, lettered, and embossed with letering, blind, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered rose madder through gilt on spine; top- and lower- edges uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Covers slightly faded; half-title removed; otherwise a nice copy.

Printed in Holland. Hubin, p.161; not in Sadleir or Wolff. The author's first book, which became something of a best-seller. Uncommon in the first edition.

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GALTON (Theodore Howard). Madeleine de S. Pol. A Glimpse of Worcestershire At the dawn of the nineteenth century. Burns and Oates, 1881. Integral blank, followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end; pp.206+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed greyish fawn cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Prelims. and final blank foxed, edges slightly so; front end-papers very slightly cracked; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Hubin or Wolff. A story involving a jewel robbery and two murders, with some detection, based upon real events. Originally published in a magazine, the book issue was made posthumously. Printed on antique toned paper.

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GILBERT (William). De profundis: A tale of the social deposits. Alexander Strahan, Publisher, 148, Strand, 1865. 2 Vols. in one, as issued; cancel half-title and title leaves (the former printed on verso with the words ‘POPULAR EDITION, IN ONE VOLUME', both omitting reference to volume numbers), and Contents leaves to both volumes, bound in at start of volume one; half-title and title leaves to volume two, correctly in this issue, not bound in; pp.[2]+iv+[ii, paged iv]+268; [252]; bevelled violet sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated very dark green. Covers a little dull; tipped on label removed from front end-paper leaving small scuff marks; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition, second issue. William Gilbert, father of W.S. Gilbert, is best remembered today as the author of ‘Shirley Hall Asylum' (v. Sadleir, 962). The present title is apparently rather scarce, and is neither in Sadleir nor Hubin. The only Strahan title recorded by Sadleir was also two volumes in one - but lacked two pages. A story of murder and robbery, the minute amassing of evidence in the course of a police investigation, and, finally, a trial. An interesting feature of the structure is that one of the two accused is in fact not guilty - and the police investigation is followed by another - an account of the (successful) efforts of his friends to overset the apparent evidence against him. In this copy the word ‘he' appears at the end of l.19 on p.99 of volume one instead of at the end of the following line.

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GLANVILLE (Ernest). The fossicker: A Romance of Mashonaland. Chatto & Windus, 1891. Frontispiece with tissue guard and vignette title-page, by Hume Nisbett; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated Sept., 1891; pale blue buckram, blocked brown, flesh, and black on front cover and spine, lettered black outlined flesh on front cover, black and gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with orange branch design in lime green. Spine faded and a trifle rubbed; end-papers insignificantly scuffed; half-title a little marked and embrowned by contact with end-papers; catalogue embrowned; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Not in Hubin. Locke, ‘Spectrum', records only another title by this author, published in 1920, but with a similar setting. Set in Southern Africa, this novel is at once a mystery story, involving a disappearance, blackmail, wrongful conviction, and murder, and a lost-race adventure story.

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GRANVILLE (Charles). A Sapphire Ring. John Murray, 1895. Pale green cloth, blocked on front cover blue and gilt, lettered gilt; lettered dark green on spine; white end-papers printed in green; a.e. uncut. A near-nice copy, very nice internally.

Apparently the dedication copy, the printed text of the Dedication leaf being supplemented by an initialled inscription in the author's holograph. A romance with a slight structure of mystery and detection, but entirely non-criminous. Detectives: Richard Campion, gentleman; Baron Prosper, financier. Hubin, p.178, not noting it as of doubtful status.

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GREEN (Anna Katharine [Mrs. Charles Rohlfs].). The Forsaken inn. Copyright. George Routledge and Sons, Limited, 1890. Diagonally fine ribbed bevelled marina blue cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blind on front cover; t.e.g. Spine slightly faded and gilt just a trifle rubbed; very slight light foxing of end-papers and prelims.; otherwise a fine copy.

An unusual murder mystery. Hubin, p.180. As is indicated by the word ‘copyright' on the title page, this precedes the American edition. Issued as volume 27 in ‘Routledge's Hearth & Home Library'. The volume number does not appear on the book.

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GREEN (Anna Katharine [Mrs. Charles Rohlfs].). The doctor, His wife And the clock. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1895. Narrow f'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece on art paper, with tissue guard, and conjugate illustrated title-page by Aubrey Beardsley, follow half-title; letterpress title-page bearing copyright notice on verso; printer's imprint on verso of last page of text; unglazed buff paper wrappers, printed with the publisher's initials device blind through black roundel on back wrapper, with design by Beardsley in black, and lettering in reddish-brown on front wrapper, lettered reddish-brown on spine; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Paper of spine a little chipped at head and tail (not affecting lettering), and spine lettering slightly rubbed; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.180; Wright, 4650; Lasner, 75B, noting that the Beardsley illustration is recycled from a poster for Unwin's children's books. An Ebenezer Gryce story. Haycraft, p.84: "Aside from ‘The Leavenworth Case', perhaps the best of the Gryce stories". Printed on paper watermarked ‘PSEUDONYM LIBRARY' - to which it obviously could not belong, though it shares its format - there is no indication of this English edition having series status: the American edition, published by Putnam, was issued as as volume III. of The Autonym Library. The copyright notice in the present copy suggests either that it was published in advance of the American edition, or else, more probably, simultaneously with it.

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GREEN (Anna Katharine (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs).). The doctor, His wife And the clock. G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 27 West Twenty-third Street : London, 24 Bedford Street, Strand, The Knickerbocker Press, 1895. Narrow f'cap 8vo; blank, half-title, and integral frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; Cambridge blue cloth, blocked and lettered dark blue on front cover and spine; t.e. burnished red. Slight darkening of spine, but a near-fine copy.

Hubin, p.180; Wright, 4650. An Ebenezer Gryce story. Haycraft, p.84: "Perhaps the best of the Gryce stories". Issued as volume III. of The Autonym Library. Despite the dual imprint, the English edition was issued by T. Fisher Unwin.

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GREENWOOD (James). Chronicles Of the "Crooked" club. Ward and Downey, 12, York Street, Covent Garden, 1890. Half-title not called for; possibly lacking blank or leaf of integral advertisements at end; white wrappers, the front wrapper printed pictorially in black red and green, the back wrapper printed with commercial advertisement in green. Rebacked with cloth at an early date, and with new (?or added) end-papers; small tear in one inner margin neatly repaired with binder's tissue; a little very light dusting or fingering, and one or two small light stains; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy of a scarce title.

Not in the British Library Catalogue, Hubin, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'. Stories of robbery, housebreaking, murder, blackmail, etc., with no detective interest, told, sometimes obliquely, by the perpetrators. Includes also one science fiction story, of an experimental blood transfusion, resulting in the transference of criminous personality traits from the donor to the recipient, and two rationalisable supernatural stories, one of a man being made sober, upright, and respectable, by the belief that he had made a pact with the Devil, and the other involving supposed witchcraft. The stories are all reprinted from a magazine, the publisher having not, unfortunately, bothered to preserve their original order. Issued as a volume in the series ‘Ward & Downey's Shilling Library of Fiction', a yellowback series not listed by Sadleir.

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GREET (Mrs. [Dora Victoire]). Mrs. Greet's Story of the [embossed illustration of a Golden Owl]. Illustrated by Ambrose Dudley. 1892-3, Published by The Leadenhall Press, Ltd., 50 Leadenhall Street. Double Pott 8vo, printed throughout in black on rich brown paper; half-title not called for; leaf bearing epigraph precedes frontispiece; frontispiece, and twenty-three plates, printed in black with half-tone grey backgrounds on white paper in imitation of charcoal drawings highlighted with chalk, and laid onto inset leaves of text paper; pp.[viii]+271 (excluding plates)+[i (printer's imprint)]; diagonally fine-ribbed blue-green cloth, text-paper label on front cover and spine, printed in black and gold; text-paper end-papers; natural linen marker. Small corner chipped from front end-paper; minute scattered pressure dinting of back cover; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.181, giving the author's second name as ‘Victoria'. It is given as Victoire at the end of the text. Printed throughout in double columns. One of the more interesting productions of the Leadenhall Press, the illustrations in particular being extremely effective.

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GREET (Mrs. [Dora Victoire]). Mrs. Greet's Story of the [embossed illustration of a Golden Owl]. Illustrated by Ambrose Dudley. 1892-3, Published by The Leadenhall Press, Ltd., 50 Leadenhall Street. Double Pott 8vo, printed throughout in black on rich brown paper; half-title not called for; leaf bearing epigraph precedes frontispiece; frontispiece, and twenty-three plates, printed in black with half-tone grey backgrounds on white paper in imitation of charcoal drawings highlighted with chalk, and laid onto inset leaves of text paper; pp.[viii]+271+[i (printer's imprint)]; diagonally fine-ribbed blue-green cloth, text-paper label on front cover and spine, printed in black and gold; text-paper end-papers; natural linen marker. Spine label chipped at corners; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.181, giving the author's second name as ‘Victoria'. It is given as Victoire at the end of the text. Printed throughout in double columns. One of the more interesting productions of the Leadenhall Press, the illustrations in particular being extremely effective.

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GRIFFITHS (Major Arthur). Criminals I have known. With illustrations By G. Gulich. Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1895. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; scarlet buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, and with short gilt rule on spine; a.e. uncut; pale green coated end-papers printed with publisher's rose-tree design in grey-green. A nice copy.

Hubin, p.184, recording no American edition. Short stories.

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GRIFFITHS (Major Arthur). A girl of grit. John Milne, 12 Norfolk Street, Strand, 1898. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; crimson buckram, blocked with publisher's device, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Covers a trifle marked, and with some mottled fading; front pastedown slightly chipped; poor quality paper, a little embrowned throughout, more heavily so on end-papers, first and last few leaves, and margins; end-papers, and two or three leaves of text a little foxed; in general, considering the original cheap production standard of the book, a nice copy.

Hubin, p.184, adding from the later American edition a sub-title not present in the English original: ‘A Story of the Intelligence Department'.

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GRIFFITHS (Major Arthur). Mysteries of Police And Crime: A general survey of wrongdoing And its pursuit. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1898. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; 14pp. (?ex 16) publisher's catalogue dated 7G-11.98 at end of volume one; 16pp. publisher's catalogue dated 7G-10.98 at end of volume two; vertically fine-ribbed dark blue cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Small library label removed from each upper cover, leaving faint traces; end-papers renewed and cracked in volume one, original, but cracking, in volume two; otherwise in general a nice set.

Queen DSS: "The most important history of real life crime ever published." The edition in three volumes was issued later.

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GRIFFITHS (Major Arthur). Ford's Folly, Ltd. By Major Arthur Griffiths, Author of ‘The Chronicles of Newgate,' ‘The Rome Express,' Etc., etc. London, John Macqueen, Hastings House, Norfolk Street, Strand, 1900. Map frontispiece with tissue guard; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+325+[iii]; milk-chocolate buckram, ruled black, lettered black, and black-outlined scarlet, blocked black, white, and scarlet, on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. End-papers and tissue embrowned with light off-setting; three or four scattered fox-spots passim; but a nice copy nonetheless.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 2804, describing a copy the cloth of which had probably darkened; Hubin, p.184

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GUNTER (Archibald Clavering). Miss Dividends: A novel. Copyright. George Routledge and Sons, Limited, 1892. Post 8vo; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; yellow glazed boards, printed in red, black, and green; endpapers printed with commercial advertisements in black. Minor wear to tail edge of spine and lower corners; ownership inscription dated ‘Dec 12 ‘92' on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; Hubin, p.186, listing this title as of doubtful status: it is certainly criminous. Set amongst the Mormons of Utah. The English edition carries the same date as the American one; given the ‘Copyright' note on the title page, it presumably either has precedence or was issued simultaneously with it.

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HAGGARD (H. Rider). Mr. Meeson's will. With sixteen illustrations. Spencer Blackett, Successor to J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 35 St. Bride Street, E.C., 1888. Lge.demy 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; tissue guard to frontispiece; integral blank, followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end, dated October, 1888; scarlet buckram, blocked pictorially black, lettered gilt-outlined black, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Some light marking of covers; gilt of imprint rubbed; small hole in cloth over front joint; inscription dated April 13th., 1889 on upper margin of half-title; otherwise an unusually nice copy of a book seldom seen in acceptable state.

Scott, 9a; Sadleir, 1090; Glover/Green, 228; Hubin, p.187. The first published issue, with the October 1888 Catalogue and the Spencer Blackett imprint on the spine, but with end-papers coated black. A few copies, including the author's copies, are known with floral end-papers, but these are believed to represent a trial or advance state.

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HAGGARD (H. Rider). Mr. Meeson's will. With sixteen illustrations. Spencer Blackett, Successor to J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 35 St. Bride Street, E.C., 1888. Lge.demy 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; tissue guard to frontispiece; integral blank, followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end, dated October, 1888; crimson buckram, blocked pictorially black, lettered gilt-outlined black, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and very slightly frayed at head; otherwise an unusually nice copy of a book seldom seen in acceptable state.

Scott, 9a; Sadleir, 1090; Glover/Green, 228; Hubin, p.187. The first published issue, with the October 1888 Catalogue and the Spencer Blackett imprint on the spine, but with end-papers coated black. A few copies, including the author's copies, are known with floral end-papers, but these are believed to represent a trial or advance state.

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HAGGARD (H. Rider). Mr. Meeson's will. With sixteen illustrations. Spencer Blackett, Successor to J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 35 St. Bride Street, E.C., 1888. Lge.demy 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; integral blank, followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end, dated October, 1888; crimson buckram, blocked pictorially black, lettered gilt-outlined black, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Small, faint, mark on back cover; spine a little dull and damp-spotted, and with two small scratches in cloth; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a book seldom seen in acceptable state.

Scott, 9a; Sadleir, 1090; Glover/Green, 228; Hubin, p.187. The first published issue, with the October 1888 Catalogue and the Spencer Blackett imprint on the spine, but with end-papers coated black. A few copies, including the author's copies, are known with floral end-papers, but these are believed to represent a trial or advance state.

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HAGGARD (H. Rider). Mr. Meeson's will. With sixteen illustrations. Spencer Blackett, Successor to J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 35 St. Bride Street, E.C., 1888. Lge.demy 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; integral blank, followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end, dated October, 1888; crimson buckram, blocked pictorially black, lettered gilt-outlined black, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and very slightly frayed at head; otherwise an unusually nice copy of a book seldom seen in acceptable state.

Scott, 9a; Sadleir, 1090; Glover/Green, 228; Hubin, p.187. The first published issue, with the October 1888 Catalogue and the Spencer Blackett imprint on the spine, but with end-papers coated black. A few copies, including the author's copies, are known with floral end-papers, but these are believed to represent a trial or advance state.

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HAGGARD (H. Rider). Mr. Meeson's will. With sixteen illustrations. Spencer Blackett, Successor to J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 35 St. Bride Street, E.C., 1888. Lge.demy 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; tissue guard to frontispiece; integral blank at end; crimson buckram, blocked pictorially black, lettered gilt-outlined black, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Cloth of spine slightly used, and gilt of imprint largely lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.187. The second issue: without a publisher's catalogue, and with the Griffith, Farran & Co. imprint on the spine. In our experience, very much scarcer than the first issue.

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HANNAN (Charles). The Captive of Pekin; Or A swallow's wing. Illustrated by A.J.B. Salmon. Jarrold & Sons, 10 and 11 Warwick Lane, 1897. Frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; 37pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.363+[37], wire-stitched; vertically ribbed daffodil yellow cloth, blocked with ‘Chinese' designs black on back cover, black and red on front cover, gilt on spine, ruled red, lettered red, and gilt-outlined black, on front cover, lettered red and black on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; cream coated glazed end-papers printed florally in grey. Spine slightly faded; staples very slightly rusted; very light foxing of prelims.; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Hubin. A story involving kidnapping and attempted extorsion from an Englishman travelling in China, and the detection of his whereabouts, and rescue.

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HARDY (Francis H.). The Mills of God. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1897. 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by blank at end; vertically ribbed cerise cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated black. Edges, prelims., and blank foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

A story, set in America, involving small-scale misappropriation, a minor robbery, and the attempted armed robbery, with torture, of a train carrying one and a half million dollars. Criminous, but not detective. Not in Hubin, or Wright.

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HART (Frank). When passions rule: A Romance. Digby, Long & Co., Publishers, 18, Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [1897]. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated August 1897 (advertising this title as ‘At Press'); diagonally fine ribbed grey-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and lower- edges uncut; end-papers printed florally yellow-green. Slight general wear to covers, and spine dull; end-papers embrowned on backs, with offsetting onto facing pages; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Hubin or Wolff. Detective crime story involving the purloining of a will.

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