Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ALAN (A.J. [i.e., Leslie Harrison LAMBERT].). A.J. Alan's Second Book. London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., N.D. [1932]. Pp.288; publisher's 40pp. text-paper catalogue at end of "books and novels of interest for the Autumn 1932" including an announcement of this title on p.25; blackish-brown fine buckram ruled blind, lettered scarlet, on front cover and spine. Very slight wear to extreme head and tail of spine, and cloth of spine lightened to dark brown; otherwise a very nice copy.

The correct first issue, with the catalogue dated Autumn, 1932. COPAC records only three copies, at the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales, but they all appear to have catalogues dated 1933. The present catalogue makes clear the correct date of publication. The author, a Bletchley Park cryptographer, senior naval intelligence officer, and magician (who was a member of the Magic Circle), became famous in England under the A.J. Alan pseudonym in the 1920s and 1930s as a pioneer of short stories specially written for broadcasting on the radio - and they may well have been the first stories to have been so crafted. Their convention was that of the personal reminiscence, delivered quite intimately, almost as though they were fireside chats, and Alan, a perfectionist about such things, went to a great deal of trouble to ensure that the illusion was not disturbed, reading from cards to prevent the rustling of paper being heard, and having a candle lit in case the light-bulb failed! His persona as evident from the text was that of a well-connected and knowledgeable upper middle-class man of the world, and they include a good deal of subtle humour and quiet irony relating to a background he assumes as common with his listener. With the exception of two rather beautiful children's stories, probably delivered around Christmas time, most of those in the present collection are criminous, and some detective. This volume is a good deal scarcer than his earlier book, ‘Good Evening Everyone' (which was largely made up of supernatural stories), possibly because of the delicacy of the binding. Hubin, p.4

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ALLEN (Trevor). Jade Elephants. Geoffrey Bles, Two Manchester Square, 1934. Blank, serving as paste-down precedes half-title; jade green cloth, blocked with publisher's device and lettered black on spine. Nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.6. Later issue, without true front end-papers, and with dust-wrapper bearing the price 2/6, and carrying a review.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). Flowers For the judge. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1936. Blank before half-title; pp.[x]+309+[i (blank)]; buff paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front cover and up spine; made up without end-papers. A near-fine copy.

Proof Copy, uncorrected, and differing in at least many minor respects from the published book. Light pencilled reader's notes on the front cover record the publication date and price as ‘August / - 7/6' and the opinion ‘A very good detective story.' Hubin, p.7; Haycraft, ‘Murder for Pleasure', p.186: the second of her ‘new style' detective stories, following the Haycraft cornerstone, ‘Death of a Ghost', in 1934. Detective: Albert Campion..

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). The Fashion in shrouds. William Heinemann Ltd, 1938. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+437+[iii]; yellow-green buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; light grey-green end-papers. Nice copy.

Hubin, p.7.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). Dance of the Years. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, London, W.C.1, 1943. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.222+[ii]; black fine-weave cloth, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

One of the author's rare non-genre novels.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). Coroner's pidgin. William Heinemann Ltd, 1945. Black cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered silver on spine; buff end-papers. Minor faults, but in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.6. An Albert Campion story.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). Take two At bedtime. Wanted: Someone Innocent; Last Act. The World's Work (1913) Ltd, Kingswood :: Surrey, 1950. Blank before half-title; two blanks at end; light blue cloth, lettered and with short rules black on spine. Spine a little faded, and with vertical crease; internally in general nice.

Two novelettes. Hubin, p.7. The first edition under this title, and the first English edition. First published in the U.S.A. in 1949 under the title ‘Deadly Duo'.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). The Mysterious Mr Campion: An Allingham Omnibus. 1963, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, one at end; pp.[iv]+505+[iii]; scarlet fine beaded linen-grain boards, blocked, lettered, and with double-ruled box, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with one short closed tear.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was Allingham's editor at Chatto & Windus. The first collective edition of three novels: ‘The Case of the Late Pig', ‘Dancers in Mourning', and ‘The Tiger in the Smoke', together with a seven page Introduction here first published, and a short story, apparently so. Each novel is provided with a brief authorial introduction, also new. ‘The Case of the Late Pig' here makes its first hard-cover appearance in England. The dust-wrapper is designed by the author's husband, P. Youngman Carter. Not listed in Hubin. The first Allingham Omnibus.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). The Mind readers. 1965, Chatto & Windus. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[256]; black cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The dust-wrapper was designed by Youngman Carter. First English edition, as is made clear by reviews of the American edition printed as stop-press on the front flap of the dust-wrapper. Hubin, p.7, listing the English edition first.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). The Mind readers. 1965, Chatto & Windus. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[256]; black cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Upper corners of boards a trifle bruised; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper strengthened internally with tissue.

The publisher's Production Office Copy, with their small label to this effect on the spine of the dust-wrapper. The dust-wrapper was designed by Youngman Carter. First English edition, as is made clear by reviews of the American edition printed as stop-press on the front flap of the dust-wrapper. Hubin, p.7, listing the English edition first.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). Mr Campion's Clowns: An Allingham Omnibus. 1967, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; map in text; two blanks at end; pp.507+[v]; scarlet fine linen-grain boards, blocked, lettered, and with double-ruled box, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled ownership inscription on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was Allingham's editor at Chatto & Windus. Published posthumously. The first collective edition of ‘Mystery Mile', ‘Coroner's Pidgin', and ‘More Work for the Undertaker'. Includes a seven page memoir and brief introductions to each novel by the author's husband P. Youngman Carter, who also designed the dust-wrapper. Not in Hubin. The third Allingham Omnibus.

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ALLINGHAM (Margery). The Allingham Minibus: More short stories. 1973, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.240; pale purple cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A Chatto & Windus file copy, with a note addressed to N[orah]. S[mallwood]. loosely inserted, confirming that this copy was supplied to her ‘from the bulk' [i.e., it is a copy as published, not a trial copy]. Hubin, p.6

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AMBLER (Eric). Judgment On Deltchev. Hodder and Stoughton, 1951. Sky blue cloth, blocked with author's monogram black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in minutely chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.7.

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AMBLER (Eric). The Night-comers. William Heinemann Ltd, 1956. Lge.double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; orange cloth blocked and lettered gilt on flat spine. Small rubbed and darkened strip at extreme tailband, and gilt lacking from a few letters of the imprint; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.7. Issued in America as ‘State of Siege'.

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AMBLER (Eric). A Kind Of Anger. The Bodley Head, 1964. Tall cr.8vo; blank before half-title, two at end; light blue boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.7.

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AMBLER (Eric). The Intercom Conspiracy. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970. Lge. double med.16mo; half-title with advertisement on verso, followed by leaf bearing by-line on recto, imprint on verso, and leaf bearing title on recto, copyright details on verso; final blank; grey boards blocked and lettered purple on spine; t.e. purple. Fine copy in badly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.7. The first English edition.

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AMBLER (Eric). The Levanter. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1972. Double demy 16mo; half-title with advertisement on verso, followed by leaf bearing by-line on recto, imprint on verso, and leaf bearing title on recto, copyright details on verso; grey boards blocked and lettered purple on spine; t.e green. Fine copy in badly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.7.

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AMBLER (Eric). Doctor Frigo. Weidenfeld and Nicolson London, 1974. Demy 8vo; half-title with advertisement and part of double spread title-page on verso; three blanks at end; pp.250+[vi]; dull blue cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Corner of back board a trifle bruised; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

In our experience a difficult title.

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AMES (D.L.). He found himself murdered. Gerald G. Swan, 1947. Double post 16mo; light bluish lilac cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-erapper.

Hubin, p.7. Apparently not issued in America. Later issue, bearing stickers reducing the price from 5/- to 2/6 net., and with a cancellation panel pasted over the original back panel of the dust-wrapper, bearing reduced price advertisements (in which this is designated a ‘reprint', though in fact sheets, binding, and dust-wrapper are all those of the first impression).

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ANTHOLOGY. The anatomy of Murder: Famous crimes critically considered by Members of the Detection Club. Helen Simpson, John Rhode, Margaret Cole, E.R. Punshon, Dorothy L. Sayers, Francis Iles, Freeman Wills Crofts. John Lane the Bodley Head, Bury Street WC1, London, 1936. Demy 8vo; pp.[viii]+335; yellow cloth lettered black on spine; t.e. greenish grey. Slight dusting of cloth; half-title and last leaf lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

The probable second binding, the first being of black buckram lettered in scarlet.

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ANTHOLOGY. Before Scotland Yard: Classic tales of roguery and Detection. Collected and arranged With an introduction By Peter Haworth, Senior lecturer in English, University of Bristol. Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1927. Royal blue buckram, ruled and lettered orange on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Back cover a little marked, and scratched, possibly where a library label has been removed; enamel on front cover very slightly chipped; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Tales from the Apocrypha, Herodotus, the Gesta Romanorum, Juan Manuel, French and German traditional stories, Thomas Murner, William Painter, and a few by relative moderns, including Defoe, Voltaire, Schiller, De Quincey, Mrs. Gaskell, and Dickens. A scarce anthology, foreshadowing that published by Gollancz in 1928 under the editorship of another Blackwell author, Dorothy L. Sayers.

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ANTHOLOGY. The best Detective stories Of the year: 1929. Faber & Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, 1930. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; black buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e dark blue grey. Slight wear to cloth at head of spine; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Stories by Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, Anthony Berkeley, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, G.A. England, J.S. Fletcher, Maurice Leblanc, E. Phillips Oppenheim, H. de Vere Stacpoole, Valentine, etc., mostly here first appearing in book form. Not in Hubin, or Sullivan - and presumably, therefore, rather scarce.

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ANTHOLOGY. Crime Writers. Reflections on Crime fiction by Reginald Hill, P.D. James, H.R.F. Keating, Troy Kennedy Martin, Maurice Richardson, Julian Symons, Colin Watson. Edited by H.R.F. Keating. Additional material by Mike Pavett. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1978. Double lge.f'cap 8vo, gathered in sixteens; double spread illustrated title, utilising verso of half-title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; white glazed card wrappers printed in olive, black, and scarlet, cut flush; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

Chapters on early crime fiction, Sherlock Holmes, Dorothy Sayers, Dashiell Hammett, Simenon and Highsmith, etc., etc., with excellent illustrations.

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ANTHOLOGY. Danger: Great stories of Mystery and suspense From The Saturday Evening Post Selected by the editors of The Saturday Evening Post. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1968. Double demy 16mo; three blanks at end; red boards lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition. Stories by Agatha Christie, Robert Standish, Philip Wylie, William Faulkner, Gerald Kersh, Geoffrey Household, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Fatal Fascination By Nigel Balchin, C.S. Forester, Eric Linklater, Christopher Sykes: A choice of crime. Hutchinson of London, 1964. Double cr.16mo; pp.200; black and white mixed weave effect boards, blocked with publisher's device and ruled gilt on, lettered crimson and gilt down, spine. Top-edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy in creased, torn, and internally repaired dust-wrapper. Uncommon.

True crime, largely historical.

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ANTHOLOGY. A magnum of Mysteries. Best prize stories From twelve years of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Selected and with an Introduction by Anthony Boucher. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Final blank; red boards lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Includes stories by William Faulkner, Borges, ‘Nicholas Blake', Charteris, Carr, La Farge, Edgar Pangbourne, Margery Allingham, Ellery Queen, etc. First English edition.

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ANTHOLOGY. Murder Ink: Revived, Revised, Still Unrepentant, Perpetrated by Dilys Winn. Workman Publishing, New York, October 1984. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; numerous illustrations on text-paper; final blank; pp.[XVI]+398+[ii]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside and on inside front cover in colours, on inside back cover in black and white; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Fine copy.

Originally published in 1977, the present updated edition includes more than forty new authors, fifty new articles, and a new and original mystery story, ‘The Tainted Tea Tragedy': a mixture of text, pictures, and, on the inside front cover, an olfactory clue (a picture of an overturned tea-cup with the caption "scratch and sniff the spill" - we recommend care in doing this, having tried a minute scratch ourselves: it's very smelly!) Contributors include K.C. Constantine, Simon Brett, Catherine Aird, Edward Gorey, P.D. James, Julian Symons, Ed. McBain, Colin Dexter, H.R.F. Keating, Gladys Mitchell, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. My best thriller. An anthology of stories Chosen by Their own authors. Faber & Faber Limited, September 1933. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; mottled light red cloth, lettered black on spine. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and sides just a trifle marked otherwise a nice copy.

Contributors include Francis Beeding, J.D. Beresford, Victor Bridges, Thomas Burke, Agatha Christie, J. Jefferson Farjeon, Bruce Graeme, Sydney Horler, F. Tennyson Jesse, A.E.W. Mason, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Baroness Orczy, Max Pemberton, J.B. Priestley, Sax Rohmer, "Sapper", Dorothy L. Sayers, J.C. Squire, H. de Vere Stacpoole, Valentine Williams, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Queen's awards: Fifth series. The Winners of the Fifth Annual Detective Short-Story Contest Sponsored by Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Edited by Ellery Queen. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1952. Double cr.16mo; Acknowledgements leaf followed by blank at end; red boards ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

First English edition. Published in America in 1950. Includes stories by John Dickson Carr, Stanley Ellin, Margery Allingham, Q. Patrick, John D. MacDonald, J. Cameron Smith, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Rumours and hoaxes: Classic tales of fraud and Deception. Collected and arranged With an introduction By Peter Haworth, Senior lecturer in English, University of Bristol. Oxford, Basil Blackwell, N.D. [1928]. Publisher's note slip tipped in between pp.vi and vii; blue rough buckram, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine slightly faded; prelims. a trifle foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Tales from Homer, Apuleius, the Gesta Romanorum, by Margaret of Navarre, Juan Manuel, Thomas Murner, William Painter, Robert Greene, Sacchetti, etc., etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Sporting Detective stories Edited by Ellery Queen. Faber & Faber Limited, 1946. Final blank; dark green buckram, lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Nice copy in badly chipped and torn dust-wrapper, strengthened on verso.

Includes stories by Ellery Queen, E.C. Bentley, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, E.W. Hornung, George Allan England, Ernest Bramah, Dorothy L. Sayers, etc. Not in Sullivan or Hubin. Many of the stories are here first collected, and it appears possible that some are not otherwise to be found in volume form.

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ANTHOLOGY. The third Mystery Bedside Book. Edited by John Creasey And selected from fact and fiction written By acknowledged "experts in crime". Hodder & Stoughton, 1962. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; numerous illustrations on text-paper; advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; bronze and black mixed-weave-effect boards, panelled gilt-outlined black, blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Margery Allingham, Peter Cheney, Agatha Christie, Lewis Stedman, James F. Wood, Josephine Bell, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.M. stewart, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. To the Queen's taste: A Collection of the Best Detective and Crime Stories Published in the first four years of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Edited by Ellery Queen. Faber and Faber Limited, 1949. Blank before half-title, blank at end; mottled pale lime green cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on spine. Nice copy.

Stories by Dashiell Hammett, M.G. Eberhart, S.J. Perelman, Agatha Christie, Roy Vickers, Eric Ambler, E.C. Bentley, G.K. Chesterton, Michael Arlen, John Dickson Carr, Simenon, Leblanc, James M. Cain, Ben Hecht, James Hilton, C.S. Forester, Francis Iles, Somerset Maugham, etc., etc., as well as a fascinating introduction by the editors.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Under Dog By Agatha Christie And Blackman's Wood By E. Phillips Oppenheim. The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd., 66-66A Great Queen Street, Kingsway, London W.C.2., N.D. [1929]. Double f'cap 16mo; blank serving as paste-down, and editorial Foreword leaf precede title-page; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf, and blank serving as paste-down, at end; light cerise boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Back board a little scuffed at lower fore-corner, and with small slightly faded spot; poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; early ownership inscription faintly visible on title-page; otherwise a nice copy in dust-wrapper with three or four small chips.

Hubin, p.82 and 313. There was no book-form printing of the Christie (Hercule Poirot) story in America until 1951; the Oppenheim has apparently never been collected there. The title of the volume, according to dust-wrapper and covers, is ‘Two New Crime Stories'.

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ARCHER (Robert [i.e., Robert Vern deWard]). The case of the Vanishing women. Gerald G. Swan, London, 1950. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank, serving as paste-down; pp.205+[iii]; light grey-blue cloth blocked with publisher's initials device dark blue on front cover, lettered dark blue on front cover and spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

By the author of ‘Death on the Waterfront'. Hubin, p.12: first English edition of a book published in the U.S.A in 1942. Hubin does not identify the author's real name: we have to thank his grand-daughter both for this information and for telling us that he also wrote under the name of Robert Platt - another pseudonym not identified by Hubin.

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ARMSTRONG (Anthony). The poison trail. A Jimmie Rezaire story. Ernest Benn Limited, July 1932. Double f'cap 16mo; grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in blue and black on front cover and up spine, in black on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. Nice copy.

Hubin, p.13.

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ARMSTRONG (Martin). The butterfly. A Novel. Collins, 48 Pall Mall, 1941. Final blank; bright purple cloth, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight patchy fading of covers; otherwise a nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Not in Hubin: but a murder story.

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ASIMOV (Isaac). More Tales of The Black Widowers. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1977. Double cr.16mo; final blank; light crimson boards lettered gilt down spine. Poor quality paper, very lightly embrowned at margins; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition. Published in america in 1976. The final story, written to justify Asimov's membership of The Baker Street Irregulars, deals with the ‘real' Sherlock Holmes, and the possible contents of a treatise by his arch-adversary, Professor Moriarty.

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AUSTEN-LEIGH (Lois). The Haunted farm. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James's, 1932. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth blocked and lettered black on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on spine. Fine copy.

Hubin, p.17.

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AVRACH (Joseph). Murder In Oil. John Westhouse, 1948. Double cr.16mo; light blue rough cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.18. Not issued in America.

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BAILEY (H.C.). Mr. Fortune Wonders. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1933. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; red buckram; light buff end-papers. Slight marking of covers and fading of spine; one corner worn; edges and a few leaves slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.20.

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BAILEY (H.C.). Dead man's effects. London, Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1945]. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.207+[i (blank)]; black cloth blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver on spine; t.e.black; cream end-papers. Columbo distributor's rubber stamp on back free end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.19. The front flap of the dust-wrapper makes clear that this is the correct first printing. Published in the U.S.A in 1944 as ‘The Cat's Whisker'.

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BARR (Robert). Young Lord Stranleigh. Illustrated by Gilbert Holiday. London, Ward Lock & Co Limited, 1908. Frontispiece and fifteen half-tone plates; 16pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; pp.302+16+[ii]; black very fine rough buckram, blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, embossed blind, with recessed panel bearing full-colour paper onlay, on front cover, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine. Lacking the frontispiece, this having been replaced by the plate listed for p.22; two other plates with cellotape tape marks on inner margin; some scattered light foxing; otherwise in general a nice copy. As a reading copy.

The first binding: later copies were bound in decorated blue cloth and do not have the onlay. A very readable and amusing novel, concerned both with financial chicanery and kidnapping, robbery with violence, etc., aimed at the same ends. This English edition, which is the true first, is scarce. This title not in Hubin or Wolff; not in Sadleir.

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BARSTOW (Stan). B-movie. Michael Joseph, London, 1987. Extra lge.post 8vo; pp.[175]+[i (blank)]; dull brown beaded-linen-grain cloth lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in near-fine dust-wrapper.



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BATCHELOR (Denzil). The Man Who Loved Chocolates. Heinemann, 1961. Final blank; scarlet boards lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.26.

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BAWDEN (Nina). The Solitary Child. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1956. Red boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Very faint foxing of covers and prelims.; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.26.

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BEEDING (Francis). Death walks in Eastrepps. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, 1931. Final blank; pp.318+[ii]; dull light blue rough buckram, blocked with author's monogram and lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, black, on spine; cream end-papers printed with plan (front) and diagram (back) in black. A brilliantly fine, crisp, copy.

Hubin, p.28; a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

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BEEDING (Francis). Mr. Bobadil. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1934. Blank before half-title; light blue smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, black on spine. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.28.

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BEEDING (Francis). Death in four Letters. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1935. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; light blue smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, black on spine; t.e. blue; blue end-papers. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.28.

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BEEDING (Francis). The eight crooked Trenches. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1936. Frontispiece on verso of half-title; four other illustrations on text-paper; navy blue buckram, panelled yellow, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, navy blue through yellow, on spine. Fine copy.

With the inserted advertisement for the Sun Life Assurance Society loosely laid in, as issued. Hubin, p.28. A Colonel Granby story.

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BEEDING (Francis). The Nine waxed faces. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, 1936. Blank before half-title; light blue smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked with small diamond and publisher's monogram, and lettered, black on spine; blue end-papers. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.28. A Colonel Granby story.

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BEEDING (Francis). Hell let loose. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1937. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; light blue smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, black on spine; blue end-papers. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.28. A Colonel Granby story.

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BEEDING (Francis). The big fish. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1938. Light blue smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, black on spine; blue end-papers. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.28.

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BEEDING (Francis). Eleven Were brave: A novel of present history. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. Final blank; pp.286+[ii]; sky-blue buckram lettered within ruled panel black on spine. Small damp-faded patch on front cover; otherwise a fine copy in a slightly frayed dust-wrapper designed by Bip Pares. Scarce thus.

A Colonel Granby story. Hubin, p.28

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BEEDING (Francis). There are Thirteen. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.271+[i (blank)]; dark red cloth ruled and lettered white on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram white on spine. Fine copy in somewhat frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.28. A General Granby/John Orton story.

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BEEDING (Francis). There are Thirteen. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1946. Red cloth ruled and lettered white on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram white on spine. Fine.

Hubin, p.28. A General Granby/John Orton story.

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BELL (Josephine [i.e., Doris Bell Collier Ball]). Death in clairvoyance. Longmans Green and Co, 1949. Two blanks at end; green cloth lettered gilt on spine. Large corner of title-page faintly creased; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and badly frayed dust-wrapper strengthened with tissue on verso.

Hubin, p.28. Inspector Steven Mitchell/David Wintringham.

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BELL (Josephine [i.e., Doris Bell Collier Ball]). The whirlpool. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1949. Blank before half-title; black cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in frayed, torn, and slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

Not a detective title.

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BELL (Josephine [i.e., Doris Bell Collier Ball]). Double doom. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1957. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; blue boards blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed and torn dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.28.

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BELLOC (Hilaire). The missing Masterpiece: A novel By Hilaire Belloc With forty-one drawings By G.K. Chesterton. London :: Arrowsmith :: W [sic] C.1, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece on verso of half-title, and forty full-page illustrations in the text; pp.319+[i (blank)]; milk chocolate rough cloth, lettered cream on spine; t.e. milk chocolate. Very nice copy.

Hubin, p.29; Sullivan, 623

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BENTLEY (Nicolas). The Tongue-Tied Canary. Michael Joseph, 1948. Sm.double cr.16mo; black cloth, blocked with publisher's device and lettered scarlet, panelled yellow, on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.31. The author's first novel.

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BENTLEY (Nicolas). The Floating Dutchman. Michael Joseph, 1950. Double cr.16mo; blank at end; black cloth blocked and lettered silver on spine. Virtually fine copy in frayed, slightly chipped, and torn dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.31.

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BENTLEY (Nicolas). Third Party Risk. Michael Joseph, 1953. Double cr.16mo; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver on spine. Very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.31.

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BERROW (Norman). Words have wings. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1946. Sky blue rough cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Cloth patchily faded; otherwise a fine copy in rubbed, frayed, and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.32. Not issued in America.

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BIGGERS (Earl Derr). Behind That Curtain. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, 1928. Two blanks at end; pp.[x]+337+[v]; diagonally fine ribbed lemon yellow cloth, lettered purple on front cover, blocked and lettered purple on spine. Slight wear to extreme tail of spine; lettering on spine faded to very pale pink; otherwise a very nice copy with the pictorial front panel of the dust-wrapper lightly tipped in before the half-title.

Hubin, p.33

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BINDLOSS (Harold). The secret Of the reef. By Harold Bindloss, Author of "The Impostor," "The Trustee," "Hawtree's Deputy." etc. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1914. Full colour lithographic frontispiece of men in diving suits with tissue guard; pp.320; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, not dated and not including this title; dull olive green buckram ruled and blocked black on front cover on spine, and with small gilt ornament on spine; full colour lithographic onlay on front cover duplicating frontispiece. Small nick to cloth at tail of spine, and onlay very slightly rubbed. Gilt to two letters of title a little rubbed on front cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

This title, which involves fraud and the recovery of bullion from a wreck, is not in Hubin. COPAC records the Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland and National Library of Wales copies only.

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BLACK (Ladbroke [i.e., Lionel Day]). The wager. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1927. Blank before half-title; printer's imprint leaf at end, blank on recto; pp.[viii]+246+[ii]; scarlet fine linen-textured boards ruled and letered black on front cover and spine, blocked black on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight foxing of edges, but a near-fine copy.

A ‘Ruritanian' adventure story. This title not in Hubin.

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BLAKE (Nicholas [i.e., C. Day Lewis].). A Question of proof. Published for The Crime Club Ltd., By W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1935. Integral advertisement leaf at end; orange cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine. Back cover rather spotted; advertisement leaf lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

A Nigel Strangeways story. The first ‘Nicholas Blake' title, and rather scarce. Hubin, p.36; Haycraft, ‘Murder for Pleasure', pp.190-1

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BLAKE (Nicholas [i.e., C. Day Lewis].). The beast must Die. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 48 Pall Mall, 1938. Integral advertisement leaf at end; orange red cloth, lettered black on spine. Slight mottling of covers; pictorial front panel of dust-wrapper, and flap carrying blurb, laid onto front end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.36. A Nigel Strangeways story. The fourth ‘Nicholas Blake' title, and rather scarce.

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BLAKE (Nicholas [i.e., C. Day Lewis].). The Widow's Cruise. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, St. James's Place, London, 1959. S.cr.8vo, perfect bound; pp.192; scarlet cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered black on spine; very pale yellow end-papers. A few scattered tallow stains, and some creased corners; in general a near-nice copy, nonetheless.

Hubin, p.36. A Nigel Strangeways story.

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BLAKE (Nicholas [i.e., C. Day Lewis].). The Private Wound. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, St James's Place, London, 1968. Extra cr.8vo, perfect bound; pp.223+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Very light foxing of top-edges (barely noticeable on other edges); otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.36.

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BLAKESTON (Oswell). Fingers. Illustrations by Herbert Jones. Published by Gaberbocchus, 1964. Blank precedes page bearing blurb; half-title not called for; double spread title-page, utilising verso of blurb leaf; fly-title precedes start of text; prelims. on milky coffee coloured paper; illustrations in the text; publisher's advertisement leaf at end; white card wrappers printed outside in black and red; issued without end-papers. Very slight wear to wrappers, otherwise a fine copy.

A murder mystery. This title not in Hubin.

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BOLT (Ben [i.e., Ottwell Binns]). The Green Lantern. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London and Melbourne, 1935. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.316+[iv]; red cloth blocked and lettered black on spine. Some light foxing, chiefly affecting first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper chipped a little at foot of back panel (with loss of one word of imprint).

Hubin, p.40

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BOLT (Ben [i.e., Ottwell Binns]). The empty house Mystery. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1936. Integral advertisement leaf at end; scarlet cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.40. First edition sheets, but in the secondary binding and dust-wrapper, dating from 1939.

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BOLTON (George G.). A Specialist in Crime. Grant Richards, 1904. Blank before half-title; pale green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Spine worn; crudely recased; front end-paper lacking; inscription on upper margin of half-title page; text in general nice. As a reading copy.

Hubin. p.40.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). My Indian Queen. Illustrated by Harold Piffard. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1901. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates; pp.319+[i (printer's imprint); bevelled bluish purple buckram, blocked with a repeated art nouveau design gilt, lettered white, on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Small corner cut from half-title; othertwise a brilliantly fine copy.

A good example of the extravagant and effective style of binding adopted, for some reason, by most of Boothby's publishers - and seen, so far as we are aware, on the books of no other author. The white enamel, even though recessed into the boards and not laid on, is necessarily delicate, and fine copies such as the present one are rare. Hubin, p.41, listing this title as of doubtful status: it is an eighteenth century adventure story of the usual type, set variously in England and India.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). ‘Farewell, Nicola'. Illustrated by Harold Piffard. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1901. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled dark blue buckram, with recessed panel bearing an onlay printed in full colour, lettered black, on front cover, ruled gilt, lettered black-on-white, and white, on spine; a.e. uncut. White enamel more or less absent from spine, and spine slightly worn at head and tail; end-papers and tissue foxed; othertwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.41.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Mystery of the Clasped Hands. With Illustrations by A. Wallis Mills. London, F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1901. Half-tone frontispiece and three plates; pp.68+73-324; bevelled violet buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut; laid paper end-papers. Spine and adjacent edge of back cover faded; front end-papers strengthened at joints almost invisibly with tissue; otherwise a nice copy.

A Jacob Burrell murder mystery, ending with a trial. In our experience one of the scarcer Boothby titles. Hubin, p.41

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BOOTHBY (Guy). A Cabinet Secret. With Illustrations by A. Wallis Mills. F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1901. Frontispiece and three plates; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; purple bevelled buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; spine and edges of covers slightly faded; very poor quality paper embrowned in extreme margins throughout, as is almost inevitable with this title; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.41

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BOOTHBY (Guy). My Strangest Case. With a Frontispiece by L.J. Bridgman. Boston, L.C. Page & Company, 1901. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; red buckram, ruled black, blocked gilt, black, white, and drab, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e.g., red head and tail bands. Slight general wear to covers; end-papers a little cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.41. The English edition was dated the following year.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). My Strangest Case. Illustrated by Harold Piffard. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, New York and Melbourne, 1902. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.315+[i (blank)]+[iv]; bevelled navy blue buckram, blocked gilt and green on front cover and spine, lettered gilt and embossed with lettering navy blue through gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed. Gilt just a trifle rubbed at head and tail of spine; some foxing passim., as usual with this volume, and a few leaves opened just a little roughly; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.44, 55, 102, 163, 192, 211, and 272, and are here so bound in. Hubin, p.41. Probably published in the autumn of 1901, and dated ahead: the American edition was dated 1901, however, and may precede.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Curse of the Snake. With frontispiece by A. Wallis Mills. F.V. White & Co., Ltd., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1902. Frontispiece; purple bevelled buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover, publisher's monogram blind on back cover; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Slight general wear to covers; front end-papers cracked; back free end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.41

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Kidnapped president. Illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1902. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled blue buckram, embossed scarlet, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. A fine bright copy.

The scarcer of the two variant bindings, copies also being known with the embossed design in white. In the advertisemennts at the end the publisher draws attention to the ‘special and original designs' used for Boothby's covers. The present one, in this scarlet version, is striking. The plates face pp.149, 239, and 246. Hubin, p.41

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Kidnapped president. Illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1902. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled blue buckram, embossed white, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges, end-papers, prelims., and one or two other leaves; otherwise a fine bright copy.

The commoner of the two variant bindings, copies also being known with the embossed design in scarlet. The plates face pp.149, 239, and 246. Hubin, p.41

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The League of twelve. With frontispiece by E. Fairhurst. F.V. White and Co., Limited, 14 Bedford Street, Strand, 1903. Frontispiece; bevelled violet buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover; lower-edges rough trimmed. Very light foxing of edges, and pages facing frontispiece; otherwise virtually a fine copy. In our experience one of the more difficult Boothby titles, decidedly uncommon in anything resembling fine state.

Hubin, p.41.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). Connie Burt. Illustrated by Oscar Wilson. Ward Lock and Co Limited, N.D. [1903]. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; frontispiece with tissue guard, and two plates; bevelled navy blue buckram, blocked white and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. White enamel lacking from spine; tissue embrowned; two or three leaves foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.155, and 234. Hubin, p.41, listing this title as of doubtful status: it in fact involves a murder and robbery, with a consequent police investigation. Set partly in Australia. Not issued in America.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). A Bid for freedom. Illustrations by Henry Austin. London, Ward Lock and Co Limited, 1904. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.348+[iv]; bevelled dark blue buckram, ruled and blocked white, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Small corner of front end-paper chipped and re-attached; light foxing of final advertisement leaf; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless.

Hubin, p.41; this title not in Wolff. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.116, 171, and 304, and are tipped in to face the even pages at those openings.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Lady of the Island. With Twelve Illustrations by A.T. Smith. John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1904. Frontispiece and eleven plates; two integral advertisement leaves at end; bevelled violet cloth, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight foxing of edges; poor quality end-papers embrowned; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus.

The first binding: with bevelled boards. Hubin, p.41. Short stories, including both fantasy and crime.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Lady of the Island. With Twelve Illustrations by A.T. Smith. John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1904. Frontispiece and eleven plates; two integral advertisement leaves at end; violet buckram, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine faded, and cloth a little frayed at head and tail; a little foxing; otherwise a very good copy.

The second binding, the first having bevelled boards. Hubin, p.41. Short stories, including both fantasy and crime.

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BRADDON (George). The dog it was That died. Peter Garnett Ltd, 76 Marlybone High Street, 1948. Post 8vo; mottled light teak glazed cloth, blocked with publisher's device red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Fine copy in torn and internally repaired dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.44. Not issued in America.

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BRADDON (M.E.). During Her Majesty's Pleasure. Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 182, High Holborn, W.C., 1908. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; lavender cloth lettered white on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded, and a few leaves lightly foxed; otherwise nice.

Sadleir, 282, recording only an imperfect copy. The Sadleir copy is in dark grey cloth. Hubin, p.44.

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BRADDON (M.E.). "Beyond these Voices". London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1910. Sm.cr.8vo; title-page printed in black and greenish-grey; pp.[iv]+[374]; scarlet beaded linen-grain cloth, ruled white, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; slight foxing of edges, but in general a nice copy of a very scarce late title.

Hubin, p.44; Sadleir, 270; Wolff, 626, listing a copy with the title-page printed in black and dark green, not greenish-grey as here, with a final blank, and with advertisements dated ‘Spring 1913' at end. The present copy agrees with the Sadleir copy in having no advertisements and being without the final blank, leaf 2B1 being a single inset. Wolff's hypothesis that the Sadleir copy lacked a final blank is evidently wrong, and we hypothesise that the Wolff copy represents a later printing. Wolff, who should certainly have known, comments apropos the present title: "MEB's last books are very scarce, this one perhaps the scarcest."

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BRADSHAW (Olive). Dead Man's Booty. The Diamond Press, Limited, 10 Adam Street, Adelphi, 1927. Double post 16mo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; quarter orange buckram, light blue-grey buckram sides, lettered black on spine, blocked with author's signature, lettered, and with ruled box, dark blue on front cover. Top edge of back board scraped, and back board just a trifle marked; otherwise a fine copy in insignificantly chipped, torn, and creased dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.45. Issued as a volume in The Savoy Library. Not published in America.

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BRIDGE (Ann [Lady Mary Dolling Saunders O'Malley]). The Dangerous Islands. 1964, Chatto and Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; sky-blue cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Novel of scientific espionage. Hubin, p.48. First English edition.

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BRUNNER (John). Good men do Nothing. Hodder and Stoughton, 1970. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf at end, recto included in the pagination; pp.191+[i (blank)]; blackish brown fine cloth textured boards, blocked with publisher's device on, and lettered gilt down, spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Espionage: the second Max Curfew novel. Hubin, p.55

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BUDD (Jackson). A Convict Has Escaped. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, 1941. Half-title not called for; old cream linen effect buckram, blocked and lettered scarlet on spine; pale yellow end-papers. Slight foxing of end-papers, first two leaves, and edges; otherwise a fine copy in internally strengthened dust-wrapper, very slightly marked at tail of spine.

Hubin, p.56. Not issued in America.

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BUDD (Jackson). John Lisbon, Agent. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26, Bloomsbury Street, 1942. Greyish old-cream fine linen effect buckram, blocked and lettered crimson across and down spine; cream end-papers. Fine copy in slightly snagged dust-wrapper tissued on verso.

Hubin, p.56. Not issued in America.

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BULLETT (Gerald). The Jury. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1935. Blank before half-title; cream cloth, blocked on spine, lettered on spine and front cover, in dark green; t.e. dark green. Near fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper complete with publisher's wraparound flash.

Hubin, p.57.

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BURKE (Thomas). The pleasanteries of Old Quong. Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1931. Advertisements on verso of last page; pp.[viii]+279+[i]; bright orange buckram blocked and lettered dark blue on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in beautiful pictorial dust-wrapper with one small and unobtrusive chip (1/4" x 3/16") where it least matters in terms of the design. Very scarce in dust-wrapper.

A later volume by the author of ‘Limehouse Nights', including several murder stories. In this copy the following erratum and typpographical fault have been noted, state or issue significance, if any, undetermined: p.64, l.27, improper spacing between ‘a' and ‘r' in ‘cared'; p.153, l.17, ‘passiou' for ‘passion'.

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BURKE (Thomas). Dark nights. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, N.D. [1944]. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.154+[ii]; diagonally fine rib-effect orange cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on back cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on spine. Slight and very light foxing of end-papers and edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.58. Limehouse stories. One of two variant bindings, copies also being seen in very fine linen grain brownish orange cloth. Precedence undetermined.

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BURKE (Thomas). Dark nights. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, N.D. [1944]. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.154+[ii]; very fine linen grain brownish orange cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on back cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on spine. Small corner chipped from front end-paper, and end-papers slightly marked at gutters; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and chipped dust-wrapper, lacking part of back flap.

Hubin, p.58. Limehouse stories. One of two variant bindings, copies also being seen in diagonal fine rib effect orange cloth. Precedence undetermined.

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BURNETT (W.R.). Little Men, Big World. Macdonald, 1952. Double post 16mo; black cloth, blocked and lettered yellow on spine. Light foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in chipped, creased, and scuffed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.58. First English edition. Published in America in 1951.

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CAMERON (Don). White For a shroud. T.V. Boardman & Company Limited, N.D. [1949]. Double post 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; glazed crimson fine linen patterned boards, lettered black on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.62. First English edition of a book published in America in 1947. The only mystery novel by this author to be issued in England.

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CAMPBELL (Harriette R.). The Porcelain Fish. William Heinemann Ltd., 1937. Blank before half-title, blank at end; errata slip tipped in before p.1; dark charcoal smooth cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; dull red end-papers. Fine copy in price-clipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.63. Published the same year in America as ‘The Porcelain Fish Mystery'.

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CAMPBELL (Reginald). Coffin For A Murderer. Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1947. Sm.double cr.16mo; light crimson cloth, lettered dark blue across and up spine. Very nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.63. Not issued in America.

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CAPES (Bernard). The house Of many voices. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Adelphi Terrace, 1911. Sm.cr.8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; title-page printed in vermilion and black; blank at end; pp.313+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dull reddish-brown rough buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Gilt a little rubbed on spine, and stain on front cover; internally a nice copy. Scarce.

A not unsuccessful attempt to write a modern Gothic. Beautifully written, with a delicate sureness of ear in depicting voice and character. Capes' gift is to make the improbable seem natural - added to which he does some very difficult things - as conveying for example the conversation of a supposed deaf-mute... Hubin, p.64. This copy has the reading ‘sttretching' for ‘stretching' at l.8 on p.164: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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CARR (John Dickson). The Third Bullet And other stories. Hamish Hamilton, [90 Great Russell St.,] 1954. Sm.double cr.16mo; publisher's note slip laid on to title-page over imprint; two blanks at end; blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.67. The American edition was issued in the same year. The present copy is a variant issue, presumably secondary, the laid on slip on the title-page reading ‘Special Edition For The book clubs, 121 Charing Cross Road, London WC2' the address of W. & G. Foyle]. The sheets, casing, and dust-wrapper all bear the imprint of Hamish Hamilton, and are clearly those of the original edition (i.e., the first issue).

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CARR (Jolyon). Murder in the Dispensary. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's London S.W.1, 1938. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device black on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's device, black, on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper with large piece torn from tail of spine.

Hubin, p.67. The author's first mystery novel. Not issued in America.

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