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.

CASPARY (Vera). Bedelia. Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1945. Blank before half-title, blank at end; deep blue-grey cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.72. The author's second novel. Her first, ‘Laura', was highly praised by J.B. Priestley, James Agate, and others.

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CAUDWELL (Vera). The Sole condition. John Long, Limited, 12, 13 & 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1926. Integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated Summer, 1926 (but with printer's date code 73 M. 4.26); fine linen grain carmine cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Not in Hubin. Thriller involving the thwarting and detection of a would-be murderer.

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CECIL (Henry). According To the Evidence. Chapman & Hall, 1954. Burgundy boards lettered gilt on spine; t.e. burgundy. Lower margin of three leaves slightly stained; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed and marked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.73.

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CHANCE (John Newton). The devil in Greenlands: A Small Matter of Life and Death. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Pp.288; black glazed cloth, lettered scarlet on spine; pale cream end-papers printed with sketch-map in black. Nice copy.

Hubin, p.75.

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CHANCE (John Newton). The knight And the castle. A DeHavilland Story. Macdonald & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, December 1946. Double post 16mo; orange-red cloth ruled and lettered black down spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.75.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). Red Wind: A Collection of Short Stories. Cleveland, The World Publishing Company, March 1946. Final blank; black buckram lettered black through red on front cover and spine, red on spine; t.e. red. Extremely fine in slightly scuffed dust-wrapper with one small tear.

Hubin, p.76; Bruccoli VIII-I. The first edition of this collection.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). Spanish Blood: A collection of short stories. Cleveland, The World Publishing Company, July 1946. Final blank; black buckram blocked red, lettered black through red on spine and front cover, lettered red on spine; t.e. red. Extremely fine copy in near-fine dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.76; Bruccoli IX-I. The first edition of this collection.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). The Little Sister. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1949. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; scarlet cloth over thin boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher's initials device, gilt, on spine. Fine, crisp, copy in creased dust-wrapper with several small chips, barely affecting the design, protected in a loose paper-backed, clear plastic chemise.

Hubin, p.75; Bruccoli, X - 1: precedes the American edition of the same year. The back panel of the dust-wrapper contains ‘An advance opinion By J.B.Priestley'.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). The Long Good-Bye. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1953. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[320]; maroon cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher's initials device, silver, on spine. Virtually fine copy in creased and torn dust-wrapper with several fairly small chips around the edges, protected in a loose paper-backed, clear plastic chemise.

Hubin, p.76; Bruccoli, XVI - 1a: precedes the American edition which did not appear until the following year.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). The Long Good-Bye. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1953. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[320]; maroon cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher's initials device, silver, on spine. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.76; Bruccoli, XVI - 1a: precedes the American edition which did not appear until the following year.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). Playback. Hamish Hamilton, 1958. Double cr.16mo; pp.[208]; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in price clipped dust-wrapper with one short closed tear.

Hubin, p.76; Bruccoli XVII-I. Precedes American edition.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). Playback. Hamish Hamilton, 1958. Double cr.16mo; pp.[208]; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Silver slightly dull on spine; one leaf foxed; inscription cut from upper corner of front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.76; Bruccoli XVII-I. Precedes the American edition.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). Raymond Chandler Speaking. Edited by Dorothy Gardiner And Kathrine Sorley Walker. Illustrated. Hamish Hamilton, 1962. Double demy 16mo; portrait frontispiece and four plates; dark blue and red finely mottled boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device, lettered, and with dotted rules, gilt, on spine. Very nice copy in chipped and creased dust-wrapper.

Not in Hubin; Bruccoli XIX-1a. The correct first, with the date on the verso of the title-page only, and not on the recto. Precedes the American edition. Includes some fiction, here first printed.

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CHANDLER (Raymond). The Notebooks Of Raymond Chandler And English Summer: A Gothic Romance. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. Edited by Frank MacShane. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977. Med.8vo; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; illustrations and facsimiles on text-paper; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; claret boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped and torn dust-wrapper.

First English edition. Published in America in 1976.

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CHANDLER (Raymond) and PARKER (Robert B.). Poodle Springs. G. P. Putnam's Sons New York, 1989. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.268+[iv]; quarter dull light blue cloth-textured boards lettered silver down and on spine, pale pink paper-covered sides; brownish black head and tail-bands; pale pink end-papers. Pen trial on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with minute scratch on back panel.

The correct first edition, with coding ‘1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10' on verso of title-page. Based upon and incorporating "The Poodle Springs Story", a novel left unfinished by Chandler at his death.

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CHARTERIS (Leslie). Prelude for war. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, 1938. Post 8vo; ‘Saint' vignette on half-title leaf (recto and verso), title-page, and last leaf of text; final page advertisements for The Saint Club; light blue smooth fine linen effect cloth, lettered black on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram black on spine; blue end-papers. Spine slightly faded, and large lower margins of covers lightly damp-stained; top-edges, half-title, and advertisement pages lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.77

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CHARTERIS (Leslie). The Happy highwayman. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, London, 1939. Pp.287+[i (advertisements)]; cerise cloth lettered within ruled box, gilt, on spine. Barely visible restoration to cloth at lower corner of back joint; gilt oxydised; small mark on back cover; interally a fine copy.

Hubin, p.77

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CHARTERIS (Leslie). The Saint In Miami: A new Complete novel. Hodder and Stoughton, February 1941. Pp.320; light blue rough buckram, lettered within ruled box dark blue on spine. Some slight fading of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.77: the first English edition.

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CHARTERIS (Leslie). The Saint in Europe. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; light blue cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Extremely fine copy in insignificantly frayed dust-wrapper.

Purchased from the publisher's file, but without sign of provenance. A variant binding, copies usually seen being in boards of a claret colour, with additional blocking and lettering on the front cover. This may conceivably be a trial binding. The dust-wrapper bears the price 6s Net. Hubin, p.77. The first English edition.

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CHARTERIS (Leslie). The Saint in Europe. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; claret cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered black on spine and front cover. Very nice copy in remains of dust-wrapper.

The usual binding. Copies are also known in boards of a light blue colour, without the blocking and lettering on the front cover. Hubin, p.77. The first English edition.

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CHASE (James Hadley [i.e., René Brabazon Raymond]). No Orchids For Miss Blandish. Jarrolds Publishers London Limited, Paternoster House, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 (Founded in 1770), N.D. [1939]. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.255+[i (Postscript advertisement leaf for ‘The Dead Stay Dumb' "to be published shortly")]; 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; grey cloth lettered black on spine. Slight darkening of spine; end-papers embrowned with off-setting onto facing page at front and back, and advertisements lightly embrowned; otherwise a very nice copy of a rare book.

During a telephone conversation with a British collector, Chase attributed the legendary scarcity of this book to the fact that only 200 copies of what was already a tiny print run escaped a pulping order for the paper drives at the outbreak of the second world war - and many even of those will presumably have gone into the library market and been read to bits. This copy, with 16pp. advertisements at the end, is of the correct first printing. Otherwise identical copies, without these advertisements, are reprints (and by 1948 over half a million copies had been sold!). "A brilliant piece of writing, with hardly a wasted word or jarring note anywhere." - George Orwell, ‘Raffles and Miss Blandish', Horizon, October, 1944. Hubin, p.78: precedes the American edition by more than three years. There are no errata, but many examples of raised or faintly printed type in this copy - some of the latter being probably inking errors and of no systematic significance, since the blind impress of an uninked letter is sometimes clearly visible as though it were raised type, whilst some of the former may in fact represent a wrong (bold) font (the mixture makes it difficult to tell). The following are samples only, and may prove useful in distinguishing later printings: p.25, l.18, ‘G' of ‘Get' printed too heavily; p.87, l.16, ‘J' of ‘John', l.17, first ‘p' in ‘kidnapped', ‘I' of ‘It', ‘for 5' of ‘for 500', ‘o-' of ‘to-day', l.21 ‘J' of ‘Justice', ‘n' of ‘in', and l.22 ‘m' of ‘man' all printed too heavily; p.90, l.27, comma after ‘now', ‘i' of ‘it', and second ‘e' of ‘been' printed too heavily; p.128, l.18, ‘t' of ‘too' so faintly printed as almost to be lacking; p.136, first line, raised comma at end of line; p.176, l.2, ‘l' of ‘Club' uninked and ‘C' too heavily printed. This copy was evidently printed from type, not stereos.

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CHASE (Kip). Killer Be killed. London, Hammond, Hammond & Company, 1963. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; scarlet cloth, blocked and with embossed lettering blind, on front cover, blocked and letterred yellow on spine. Light mottling of front cover; otherwise a very nice copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper with clean Boots label on front panel.

Hubin, p.78. Not issued in America.

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CHATTERTON (E. Keble). Sea spy: A naval novel. Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., N.D. [1937]. Publisher's inserted 56pp. catalogue at end, dated Spring 1937 (advertising this book under the proposed title ‘Secret Messenger'); salmon red cloth, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, black on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed and creased dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.78. Not issued in America.

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CHESNEY (Weatherby [i.e., C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne)]). The Tragedy of the Great Emerald. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1904. Contents leaf a single inset; blank at end; pp.vi+309+[iii]; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated March 1904; deep red coarse linen blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine a little dull, and two or three fox-spots on fore-edges, but in general a nice copy of a scarce book.

Hubin, p.78. This copy has the reading ‘Parisian' for ‘London' at p.213, l.18,: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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CHESTERTON (G.K.). The wisdom of Father Brown. With a colour frontispiece by Sidney Seymour Lucas. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1914. Full-colour frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[viii]+[312]; dark blue fine-linen-grain cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Tissue embrowned and mostly lacking; slight darkening to spine; small greasy mark on lower-edges of two gatherings, slightly extending onto extreme margins; otherwise a virtually fine, crisp, copy. Scarce thus.

The second of the five ‘Father Brown' collections of short stories, and together with ‘The Innocence of Father Brown', published in 1911, the best, as Haycraft (p.75) remarks, ‘from a detectival standpoint'. He picked the earlier volume as a ‘cornerstone' on grounds of date. Hubin, p.79; Sullivan, 32, noting two variant bindings of the 6/- English issue: as this, in dark blue cloth, matching the deposit copy; and in an otherwise similar light blue cloth. Copies in other bindings belong either to the ‘Colonial Edition', published at 3/6d, the ‘Canadian Edition', published at 50c, or the later English ‘Cheap Edition', published at 2/-. All copies of the original setting bear the printer's date ‘9 - 1914' on the outer fold of each gathering, though whether it is always visible or not depends on the accuracy with which the gatherings were folded. In the present copy it is visible on gatherings F, G, I, K, L, and [Q], only. As Sullivan notes, the last story in the index is numbered ‘2', not ‘12' in all copies. To this may be added two errata which also seem always to be present: p.115, l.19, reads ‘had been' for ‘had not been'; and p.281, l.16, ‘you' for ‘your'. The present copy, however, is without the signature mark ‘Q' at the foot of p.241, which has been present in other copies we have seen, and given that it is here associated with the probable first binding, it may characterise an early state of text.

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CHESTERTON (G.K.). The Man Who Knew Too Much And other Stories. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1922. Blank before half-title, blank at end; blue-green cloth, ruled and lettered dark blue on front cover, lettered dark blue on spine; lower edges uncut. Spine faded and a little bubbled; flexion crease in back cover; slight foxing of end-papers and edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Sullivan, 55. Hubin, p.79. ‘The Five of Swords' from this volume was described by the author in 1929 as his best short story.

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CHESTERTON (G.K.). The incredulity Of Father Brown. Copyright edition. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1926. F'cap 8vo; series title precedes title-page; half-title not called for; cream wrappers printed outside in black; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Name written on upper margin of front wrapper; slight general wear to wrappers; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as Volume 4739 of the Tauchnitz Edition. Not in Sullivan. The back wrapper is dated November 1926. The English edition was published in June.

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CHESTERTON (G.K.). The secret of Father Brown. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1927. Blank at end; black linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough- trimmed. Back end-papers slightly cracked, and carefully reglued; otherwise very nice.

Sullivan, 71. Hubin, p.79.

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CHESTERTON (G.K.). The scandal of Father Brown. Cassell And Company, Limited, 1935. Brick-red buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Near fine.

The remainder binding, with the spine lettered from type, but an early state of this, an error in the titling being corrected by over-blocking.

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CHEYNEY (Peter). I'll say she does! Collins, 14 St. James's Place, 1945. Old cream cloth, lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. Very nice copy in torn dust-wrapper tissued on verso.

Hubin, p.79. A Lemmy Caution story.

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CHEYNEY (Peter). Try anything Twice. A Novel. Collins, 14 St. James's Place, 1948. Old cream cloth, lettered black on spine. Very nice copy in frayed and minutely chipped price clipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.80.

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CHEYNEY (Peter). No ordinary Cheyney. Faber and Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, London, 1948. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.315+[v]; violet cloth lettered gilt on spine. Slight fading of cloth; otherwise a fine copy in frayed, slightly chipped, and internally repaired dust-wrapper.

Short stories with some true crime, etc. An uncommon title. Hubin, p.80

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CHILDERS (Erskine). The Riddle of the sands: A record of secret service Recently achieved. Edited by Erskine Childers Author of ‘In the ranks of the C.I.V.'. With two maps and two charts. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1903. Large folding map frontispiece, one large folding chart, one inserted map, one inserted chart; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; black buckram, blocked white on front cover, lettered white on spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine lettering darkened, as almost always, but here still patchily bright; end-papers slightly cracking; small inscription erased from front end-paper, leaving slight thinning; large white (?)library label removed from back paste-down, leaving gum and paper traces at inner margin; early prelims. and four other leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy. Enclosed in a folding quarter crushed morocco case.

Hubin, p.80, recording no American edition before 1915. An important Cornerstone of modern espionage fiction, and a notoriously difficult and fragile book.

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CHILDERS (Erskine). The riddle of The sands: A Record of Secret Service. T. Nelson & Sons, London and Edinburgh, N.D. [June, 1910]. Double pott 16mo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece and conjugate decorative title-page on art-paper; four maps on text-paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.382 (excluding title leaf)+[ii]; scarlet dotted-line-ribbed cloth, ruled, and blocked with publisher's monogram device, blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered and blocked gilt on spine.

Issued as a volume of ‘The Nelson Library' at 7d. Includes a ‘Preface to the Present Edition' here first printed, in addition to the original Preface from the 1903 edition.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The mysterious affair At Styles: A detective Story. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York: John Lane Company, 1921. Caramel buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight wear to cloth at tail of spine; erasures leaving slight thinning, inscription (dated March 1921), and two light vertical creases on front free end-paper; very slight cracking of front end-papers; short tear in one fore-margin, not approaching text; a little foxing, chiefly of last few leaves; nonetheless an unusually nice, bright, copy of a cheaply produced book, not calculated to survive well.

First edition, English issue. Hubin, p.81. Hubin's entry is somewhat confusing, since he fails to distinguish between the English and American incarnations of John Lane. According to her agent's records, Agatha Christie sold the copyright of this novel to John Lane The Bodley Head, the English firm, by a contract dated January 1st, 1920. The Bodley Head then transferred the copyright to the American John Lane Company, presumably in order to safeguard the American rights. The volume seems to have been typeset in America in accordance with the then prevailing requirements for establishing American copyright, the English issue being printed in London by William Clowes and Sons, Ltd., from electrotype plates. It was published in England in February 1921, and this is the year that appears on the title-page, though the verso of the title bears the date 1920, which was the year of registration of the copyright in America. The precise date of publication of the American issue is uncertain, but it was definitely printed in advance of the Clowes issue, since an imported copy of the American issue, in the American binding, was sent to the British Library as the deposit copy, despite the fact that no such copies, or sheets, were ever imported for sale in England. The accession date on this deposit copy is 28th October, 1920. A cheap edition was published in America by Grosset and Dunlap shortly after its publication by The John Lane Company, and a further Lane edition appeared in 1926, concomitant with the appearance of a cheaper Bodley Head edition in England. Shortly after this The [American] John Lane Company went bankrupt, and the copyright was transferred to Dodd, Mead, and Co., who published their own edition in 1927. This is the edition recorded by Hubin, apparently as the first American edition! The author's very scarce first book, and the work in which Hercule Poirot was introduced.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The man in the Brown suit. John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1924. Lge.16mo; blank before half-title; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; fawn fine linen grain cloth blocked and lettered dark brown on front cover and spine; t.e. brown. Faint vertical creasing of spine, and expert, almost invisible, restorations to cloth of joints; pictorial portion of dust-wrapper laid on to front free end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy of one of the scarcest Agatha Christie titles.



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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The secret of Chimneys. John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1925. Sm.double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pale blue fine linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Minor faults, but a good copy of a scarce title.

Hubin, p.82. The last Agatha Christie title to be published by John Lane.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The murder of Roger Ackroyd. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1926. Diagonally fine ribbed navy blue cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, scarlet on spine. Neat restoration to cloth at head of spine; small light stain affecting extreme blank upper fore-corners of some leaves; one or two other faults; but in general effect a nice, crisp, copy.

The first issue: with ‘David' instead of ‘Davis' on p.68, and ‘M. Hammond' instead of ‘Mr. Hammond' on p.212. The first Agatha Christie title to be published by Collins. Hubin, p.81.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The big four. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1927. Post 8vo; diagonally fine ribbed navy blue cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, scarlet on spine. Very slight damp-marking of back cover; spine a little darkened and enamel very slightly chipped; internally a fine copy.

Hubin, p.81.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The seven Dials mystery. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1929. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; fine linen grain light blue cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine a little used, and frayed slightly over back joint; edges and some leaves a little foxed; a very good copy.

Hubin, p.82. The second binding.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Partners in Crime. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1929. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; black buckram, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Slight general wear to covers; inscriptions removed from front end-papers leaving slight thinning; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.82: "17 short stories about Tuppence and Tommy, disguised as a novel, the second half of which was reprinted separately as: The Sunningdale Mystery, Collins, 1933.".

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The mysterious Mr. Quin. W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1930. Black buckram, ruled and lettered red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Cloth frayed a little at head of spine, and a little rubbed on back cover; erasures from end-papers leaving slight thinning; prelims. and last two leaves foxed; a very good copy only.

Hubin, p.81.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The Hound of death And other stories. Odhams Press Limited, London, W.C.2, 1933. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end; pp.[iv]+247+[v]; cerise cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised on spine; very slight marking and fading of cloth; edges foxed, some margins slightly so; a better than average copy, nonetheless.

The first issue, later copies being in boards. Hubin, p.81

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Cards on the Table. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 48 Pall Mall, 1936. Final blank; orange cloth lettered black on spine. Spine faded, sides slightly dusty, small library label removed from front cover leaving brighter patch; otherwise in general a nice copy.



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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Death on the Nile. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, forty-eight Pall Mall, 1937. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; scarlet cloth, lettered black on spine. Light foxing of edges, half-title, and advertisement leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.81. A Hercule Poirot story.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Hercule Poirot's Christmas. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1939. 3pp. integral advertisements, followed by blank, at end; orange red cloth lettered black on spine. Half-title, final blank, and edges a little foxed; covers slightly faded; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.81, gives the date of the English edition as 1938, the American as 1939. The present volume, however, is of the correct first edition. It seems to have been issued for the Christmas market of 1938, but dated ahead.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The hollow. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James's Place, London, 1946. Pp.256; scarlet cloth lettered black on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and marked dust-wrapper, somewhat faded on spine.

Hubin, p.81

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Come, tell me how You live By Agatha Christie Mallowan. With sixteen illustrations and a map. Collins, 1946. Map on verso of half-title; four double-sided plates; red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Gilt oxydised on spine; front end-paper cleanly removed; half-title lightly stained; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Travel, autobiography, archaeology.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Crooked house. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James's Place, 1949. Scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, black on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper badly chipped on front panel.

Hubin, p.81.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). They came To Baghdad. Published for The Crime Club, By Collins, St James's Place, London, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; orange red cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Bold ink name on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

One of two variant bindings, the other being of scarlet cloth. Hubin, p.82.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). They came To Baghdad. Published for The Crime Club, By Collins, St James's Place, London, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

One of two variant bindings, the other being of orange cloth. Hubin, p.82.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). A Pocket Full Of Rye. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1953. Red cloth blocked and lettered black on spine. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a fine copy in chipped and dusty dust-wrapper with strips of clear tape on the inner flaps.

Hubin, p.82.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1962. Double cr.16mo; red boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in chipped and torn dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.81.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). A caribbean Mystery Featuring Miss Marple The Original Character As created by Agatha Christie. Published for The Crime Club, By Collins, 1964. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; scarlet boards, printed with rule and cloth grain pattern black on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of edges; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly marked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.81.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Third Girl. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1966. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; pp.[256]; scarlet boards printed with over all butter-muslin pattern in green, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.82. A Poirot story.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Passenger to Frankfurt. An Extravaganza. The Crime Club, Collins, 1970. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Small mark on front cover; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.82.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Nemesis. The Crime Club, Collins, 1971. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.81. A Miss Marple story.

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CHRISTIE (Agatha). Elephants Can Remember. The Crime Club, 1972. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.81. A Poirot story.

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CHRISTOPHER (John [i.e., Christopher Samuel Youd]). Scent of White Poppies. London 1959, Eyre & Spottiswoode Ltd, 22 Henrietta Street, WC2. Final blank; line vignette on title; pp.190+[ii]; black cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Faint crease in corner of front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper. Scarce.

Murder story involving opium smuggling into England. Hubin, p.82

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CLAMP (H.M.E.). Behind the paragraph. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26, Bloomsbury Street, 1939. Orange Sundour cloth, blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver on spine; lemon end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper darkened a trifle on spine.

Not in Hubin. Master-spies.

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CLANDON (Henrietta). Power on the scent. Geoffrey Bles, Two Manchester Square, 1937. Sm.double cr.16mo; scarlet buckram, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Slight spine roll; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and dusty dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.83. Not issued in America.

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CLIFFORD (Francis). The Naked runner. Hodder and Stoughton, 1966. Green boards, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, gilt on spine; t.e. orange. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.85.

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CLOUSTON (J. Storer). Carrington's Cases By J. Storer Clouston, Author of ‘The Spy in Black,' ‘Simon,' ‘The Lunatic at Large,' etc. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1920. All rights reserved. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+280; light red buckram, pictorially blocked and lettered black, lettered light red through black, on front cover, lettered black on spine. Very fine, crisp, copy.

Queen's Quorum, 65; Hubin, p.86, recording no American edition.

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COBB (Belton). The secret of Superintendent Manning. Longmans, Green and Co., 1948. Sm.double cr.16mo; light crimson cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper minutely chipped at head and tail of spine.

Hubin, p.86. Not issued in America.

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COBURN (Andrew). Company Secrets. Secker & Warburg, 1982. Double demy 16mo; three blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; black boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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COE (Charles Francis). Gunman. Mundanus Ltd, Victor Gollancz Publisher, 1930. Double cr.16mo; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; blank at end; yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed in red and black on front and back, in black on spine. Light stain on front wrapper and wrappers faded at spine and edges; poor quality paper very slightly embrowned at extreme margins; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.88, not listing an American edition. The only title by Coe not to have appeared first in America.

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COLE (G.D.H.) and COLE (M[argaret].). Superintendent Wilson's holiday. By G.D.H. and M. Cole. London 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow Sydney Auckland, 1928. Pp.[vi]+282; black buckram ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Small scratch (4mm) on back board; faint mark on front end-paper; Times Book Club label on back paste-down; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

From the library of Adrian Goldstone, with his pictorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Queen's Quorum, 77; Haycraft, pp.142-4; Hubin, p.89. The joint author's sixth novel.

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COLE (G.D.H.) and (Margaret). Dead Man's watch. G.D.H. & Margaret Cole. Published for The Crime Club Ltd., By W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.250+[vi]; diagonally fine-ribbed orange-red cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine. Virtually fine copy.

Haycraft, pp.142-4; Hubin, p.89. The joint author's eleventh novel.

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COLLINS (Gilbert). The Phantom tourer. Geoffrey Bles, Suffolk Street, Pall Mall, July 1931. Two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; red cloth ruled and lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked black on spine. End-papers and facing leaves foxed; slight cracking of back end-papers; otherwise a fine copy in badly frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.90. A Hugh Carding title.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). A terribly Strange bed. Gabriel's marriage. The Holerth Press, 46, Fleet St., N.D. [1924]. Med.16mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; title-page a cancel, tipped on to a stub; pp.72; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed in black; issued without end-papers. Apart from the title-page, with light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise fine.

Issued as volume 52 of The Holerth Library. First edition of this collection, (?)second issue. The cancel title-page, which is on paper of a slightly different stock from the rest of the volume, bears a Vienna printer's imprint; the rest of the volume none at all. The longer first story, which originally appeared in 1852, has been credited with the introduction of the first fictional police officer.

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COMPTON (Herbert). The undertaker's field; Or, Murder will out. Bachelor and Benedict, 53 Parliament Street, Westminster, 1906. Frontispiece, and seven plates by W.G. Johnson, J.L.C. Booth, and Frank Fowler; pp.[316]; 20pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end; bright blue buckram, blocked black and pale blue, lettered pale blue, and black outlined pale blue, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. End-papers, half-title, catalogue, and edges foxed; otherwise an extremely fine copy.

Hubin, p.91. A sensational story of murder and the working out of a hereditary curse. Not issued in America. A beautiful example of period cloth. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.37, 86, 126, 154, 206, 226, and 295, and in this copy are so bound in.

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COMYN (Bruce). Wicked Thomasin Carey: A Novel. London, Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 19, Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1943]. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; pp.224; lemon cloth lettered and blocked with publisher's initial device scarlet on spine. Fine copy in near-fine dust-wrapper.

A historical murder story that becomes lost-race, the protagonists being captured in Africa by a race of Amazons (‘a state run by women for women' - blurb). An early example of perfect binding, in fine state. Not in Hubin.

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CONNELL (Vivian). The Chinese Room. Secker & Warburg, 1943. Final blank, serving as paste-down; lemon cloth, lettered scarlet on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

This title not in Hubin. "A new kind of mystery story of the mind" - publisher's blurb.

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CORBETT (James). Wednesday at noon. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, London, S.W.1, N.D. [1942]. Integral advertisement leaf at end; diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device, ruled, and lettered, black on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.95. Not issued in America.

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CORBETT (James). The hound of death. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, London, S.W.1, N.D. [1944]. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device, ruled, and lettered, black on spine. A fine copy in dust-wrapper rubbed a trifle at points.

Hubin, p.95. Not issued in America.

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CORBETT (James). Death is my shadow. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, London, S.W.1, N.D. [1947]. Sm.double cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf followed by two blanks at end, serving as end-papers. Fine copy.

‘First Printing' on verso of title leaf. Hubin, p.95. Not issued in America.

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CORBETT (James). The Somerville case. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, London, S.W.1, N.D. [1949]. Sm.double cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf at end; orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device, ruled, and lettered, black on spine. Three minute pressure dints in spine; otherwise a fine copy in badly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.95. Not issued in America.

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CORNWELL (Patricia). The Body Farm. Little, Brown and Company, 1994. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; order form present at end (unused); pp[x]+324+[ii]; black very-fine-linen-textured boards, blocked with publisher's initials device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published with the same date as the American edition, possibly simultaneously. There was also a soft-cover issue.

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CORNWELL (Patricia). Unnatural Exposure. Little, Brown and Company, 1997. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; printed throughout in black and half-tone grey; two blanks at end; pp.[x]+338+[iv]; black fine-cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher's initials device and lettered silver on spine. Small bruise to one corner; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published with the same date as the American edition, possibly simultaneously. There was also a soft-cover issue. In this copy the following erratum has been noted, probably as always: p.122, l.14, ‘as it' for ‘at it'.

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CORNWELL (Patricia). Black Notice. Little, Brown and Company, 1999. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; title-page printed in black and half-tone grey, epigraph leaf printed in half-tone grey; three blanks at end; pp.[viii]+415+[vii]; black cloth-textured boards, lettered and blocked with publisher's initials device, gilt on spine; black end-papers. A fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.

In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.147, l.9, ‘the' lacking before ‘e-mail'; p.288, l.23, ‘L'Embarcadére' for ‘L'Embarcadère' [?]; ‘hæm...' is spelled ‘hem....' throughout.

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CORNWELL (Patricia). The Last Precinct. Little, Brown and Company, 2000. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; title-page printed in black and half-tone grey; three blanks at end; pp.[viii]+449+[vii]; black cloth-textured boards, lettered and blocked with publisher's initials device, gilt on spine; black end-papers. A fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.

In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.280, l.1 of text, no opening inverted commas at start; p.331, l.7, ‘hemophiliac' for ‘hæmophiliac'.

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CORNWELL (Patricia). The Scarpetta Factor. Little, Brown, 2009. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; printed in black and half-tone grey throughout; advertisement leaf followed by three blanks at end; pp.[x]+494+[vii]; black cloth-textured boards, lettered and blocked with publisher's initials device, silver on and down spine; black end-papers. A fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.

In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.[49], l.2 of text, ‘She' for ‘She'd'; p.226, l.21, ‘he' for ‘she'; p.297, l.2. ‘intensely' for ‘intently'.

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CREASEY (John). Carriers of death: A Department Z Story. Andrew Melrose Ltd., Paternoster House, 1937. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated Spring, 1937; black buckram, blocked with author's signature yellow on front cover, lettered yellow on spine. Very slight damp-spotting of sides, and slight warping of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.99. Not published in America until 1972.

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CREASEY (John). The Mystery flight. Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., N.D. [1937]. Tall cr.8vo; frontispiece and one plate; red cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Some dusting and fading of covers; corners a little bruised; slight wear to cloth on bottom edge of back board; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce early title.

Not in Hubin. Neither are the seven other titles by Creasey listed on verso of half-title leaf: The Miracle ‘Plane; The S.O.S. Flight; The Air Marauders; The Mystery ‘Plane; Blazing the Air Trail; The Treasure Flight; Jungle Flight Mystery.

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[CREASEY (John).]. Career for the baron [by] Anthony Morton. Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., N.D. [1946]. Double cr.16mo; black buckram lettered red on spine. Nice copy.

Hubin, p.300. Not published in America until 1950.

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CREASEY (John). Inspector West Alone. The 10th story of "Inspector West" London, Evans Brothers Limited, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.240; glazed pale orange linen blocked and lettered black on spine. Virtually fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.100. Not published in the U.S.A. until 1975.

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CREASEY (John). Death of a racehorse: A New Story of ‘Handsome' West Of the Yard. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1959. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; carmine boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of edges, back end-papers, and last three leaves; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper darkened a litle on spine.

Presentation copy, with the author's fourteen word signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.100. Not published in America until 1962.

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