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.

CREASEY (John). Look three ways At murder: A Story of Handsome West of the Yard. Hodder and Stoughton, 1964. Sm.cr.8vo format, perfect-bound; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.190+[ii]; carmine fine cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt, embossed with publisher's device, carmine-through-gilt, on spine. Publisher's label on front board, title-page and dust-wrapper (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a dust-wrapper fine apart from the label.

Publisher's File Copy, so designated by the labels. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 15s Net., this being altered by a publisher's label to 10/6 Net. Hubin, p.100

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CROCKETT (S.R.). Kid McGhie: A nugget of dim gold. With four illustrations. London, James Clarke & Co., 13 & 14 Fleet Street E.C., 1906. Advertisement leaf before half-title; half-tone frontispiece and three plates; pp.400; vertically ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Two pin-holes in cloth of lower joint; otherwise a fine copy.

The second issue, copies being known with a 32pp. text-paper publisher's Catalogue, not listing this volume, bound in at the end, and with the top-edges gilt, the others being rough-trimmed, not fullt trimmed as here. This title not in Hubin. Safe-cracking, burglary, etc. - with a ghost thrown in! There is no list of the plates, which are by E.F. Skinner (one of them being signed, one monogrammed). They are bound in to face pp.102, 192, and 322.

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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Sir John Magill's Last Journey. An Inspector French case. Published for The Crime Club Ltd., By W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London, 1930. Sm.cr.8vo; map on verso of Contents; pp.288; diagonally fine-ribbed orange cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Light foxing of edges and light dust-marking of back cover; otherwise a fine copy.

The first binding, later copies being in black cloth ruled and lettered scarlet. Hubin, p.102. In this copy the following errata and typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.16, l.23, dénoument' for ‘dénouement'; p.37, l.4, ‘on' for ‘of'; p.52, l.8, risen quad after ‘not'; p.60, l.31, ‘don't' for ‘didn't'; p.102, l.32, ‘turely' for ‘tirely'; p.107, l.22, ‘have' lacking before ‘hoped'; p.108, penultimate line, ‘abou' for ‘about' (no space); p.109, last line, ‘on' for ‘no'; p.113, last line ‘wasla ying' for ‘was laying' and ‘la y' battered; p.190, l.12, ‘sparcely' for ‘sparsely'; p.255, l.11, ‘or' for ‘of'.

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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Mystery On Southampton Water. London, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1934. Plan on text-paper follows title leaf; pp.319+[i (blank)]; faintly mottled pale blue fine weave glazed linen lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram black, on spine. Light sensitive cloth very slightly faded on spine and at edges of covers; otherwise a very fine, crisp, copy.

Hubin, p.102.

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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Found Floating. London, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1937. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.316+[iv]; faintly mottled pale grey-blue fine weave glazed linen lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram black, on spine; front end-papers printed with map in blue. Free end-papers foxed with light off-setting onto facing page; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.102. An Inspector French story.

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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Antidote to venom. By Freeman Wills Crofts. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London, 1938. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.288; mottled light blue fine linen, lettered black on front cover and spine; bright blue end-papers. Light sensitive cloth very slightly faded on spine and at extreme edges of covers, and slight spine roll; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy in slightly chipped and frayed pictorial dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.102. An Inspector French story. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.15, antepenultimate line, ‘council' for ‘counsel'; p.23, l.12, ‘cler' of ‘clerk', p.99, l.24, ‘t' of ‘anything', p.186, l.6, ‘a' of ‘as, p.192, l.19, ‘a' at start of line, p.202, l.21, ‘i' in ‘will', p.219, l.3, ‘i' of ‘details', p.220, l.17, ‘w' of ‘news', p.230, ll.8,9, and 10, ‘ch' in ‘scheme', ‘o' in ‘before', and ‘o' of ‘to', p.252, l.24, ‘T' of ‘There', all printed too heavily; p.128, ll. 22 and 23, ‘t' and ‘a' at start of line almost lacking; p.135, last line, full stop at end battered and dropped; p.211, l.4, first ‘e' in ‘efficiency', p.271, l.12, second ‘e' in ‘George's' both battered; p.228, l.28, improper spacing in ‘like'.

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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). The losing game. London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited, September 1941. Globe 8vo; pp.288; old mustard cloth, blocked and lettered with Boots' ‘ex-libris' on front cover, ruled and lettered on spine, all black. Nice copy.

The remainder issue, slightly trimmed down in size. Hubin, p.102. An Inspector French story. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been notes (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.124, l.33, ‘s' at start of line broken; p.130, l.25, ‘abuse' for ‘abuses'; p.138, antepenultimate line, ‘have' lacking before ‘helped'; p.206, penultimate line, risen quad between ‘sat' and ‘staring'; p.221, l.14, final ‘e' in ‘Reeve' battered.

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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Silence for the Murderer. London, Hodder and Stoughton, January 1949. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.254+[ii]; lime green cloth ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram black on spine. Publisher defacements to front free end-paper and three pages of prelims. (v. note!); otherwise a very nice copy in slightly foxed dust-wrapper with publisher's ‘File Copy' rubber stamp on back panel.

The ‘defacements' are as follows: ‘Publisher's File Copy' rubber stamp and ink shelf-mark on front free end-paper; prominent note in purple ink scrawled across title-page: ‘Not to be used / for re-setting new / Edition. USE PAN EDITION', and on first page of text: ‘See title-page'; laid onto the verso of the half-title is a typed note dated 10th March. 1953 from H.J. Jones to a Mr. Stead, reading: ‘Following is an extract of a note from Mr. John. / MURDERERS MAKE MISTAKES / SILENCE FOR THE MURDERER. / This note is to say that Mr. Freeman Wills Crofts has made a good many, and important, corrections in the above titles for the editions which are going to appear in Pan Books. / You should, therefore, be particularly careful that it is understood that these are the revised versions, and that if either of them comes to be reprinted in Yellow Jacket editions, they should be checked against the Pan editions.' A number of small lower corners show evidence of folding, and may indicate the pages on which alterations have been made. Hubin, p.102, not noting the later revisions. An Inspector French story. The following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy, probably as always: p.19, l.1, broken ‘h' in ‘she'; p.24, l.27, dot lacking to ‘i' in ‘directly'; ‘i' in ‘believe' too heavy; p.59, l.13, raised ‘r' in ‘tragedy' (and several others on this page); p.82, l.16, inverted commas lacking at start of line; p.158, l.27, ‘reports' for ‘report'; p.165, l.10, ‘they're' for ‘they've'; p.173, l.18, full-stop too heavy after ‘out'; p.181, last line, ‘have' missing before ‘cut'; p.211, l.9, question mark leaning after ‘part'; p.227, l.16, ‘which' for ‘when'; p.231, last line, ‘h' too heavy in ‘had'; p.239, antepenultimate line, ‘if' for ‘is' and ‘or' lacking before ‘at'.

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CROMIE (Robert) and WILSON (T.S.). The Romance of Poisons: Being Weird episodes from life. By Robert Cromie Author of "The Crack of Doom," "A Plunge into Space," "The Lost Liner," "A New Messiah," etc., etc. In collaboration with T.S. Wilson. London, Jarrold & Sons, 10 & 11, Warwick Lane, E.C., (All Rights Reserved), 1903. Sm.cr.8vo, wire stitchhed; pp.271+[i (printer's imprint)]; light and dark pale greenish grey linen effect cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked and lettered scarlet, on front cover, lettered gilt, and red, on spine. Red lettering somewhat faded on spine and cloth of spine a little darkened; staples a trufle rusted; prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.102: not issued in America.

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DABBS (George H.R., M.D.). The Ladder of pain. Charles William Deacon & Co., 1905. Lge.post 8vo; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled white art linen lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Edges of covers slightly dusty, and gilt a trifle rubbed; otherwise a fine copy.

A scarce title, not in Hubin. A criminous phantasy novel, involving the international Anarchist conspiracy.

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DALMAN (Max). Death disposes. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, 1945. Crimson cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.107. Not issued in America.

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DALTON (Moray). The Stretton Darknesse Mystery. Jarrolds Publishers London Ltd., 1 & 2 Pleydell Court, 55 Fleet Street, E.C.4, N.D. [1927]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.288; charcoal fine-linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Two small worm-holes in cloth of back joint; otherwise a fine copy.

Centres on a vegetarian detective. Hubin, p.107.

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DALTON (Moray). Death in the cup. Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., N.D. [1932]. Sm.double cr.16mo; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end (listing this title among the new publications); black buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; cream end-papers. Fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.107. Not issued in America.

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DANIEL (Roland). The spider's web. Wright & Brown Limited, 1 Crane Court, Fleet Street, 1943. Final blank; blue rough cloth, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.108. Not issued in America.

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DANIEL (Roland). The hunchback of Soho. Wright & Brown Ltd., 1 Crane Court, Fleet Street, 1943. Double post 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; red smooth cloth, ruled and lettered black on spine. Very nice copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.108. Not issued in America.

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DAVEY (Jocelyn [i.e, Chaim Raphael]). The Undoubted Deed. 1956, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; printer's imprint leaf at end; pp.[252]+[i (blank)]+[ii]; magenta cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled holograph inscription on the front end-paper, together with a brief note relating to the volume. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus. The present volume is almost certainly an advance copy, and may differ in minor respects from the published volume. Hubin, p.110. The first Ambrose Usher novel.

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DAVEY (Jocelyn [i.e, Chaim Raphael]). The naked Villany. 1958, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; blank at end; pp.254+[ii]; pale sky blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus. The present volume is almost certainly an advance copy, and may differ in minor respects from the published volume. Hubin, p.110. The second Ambrose Usher novel.

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DAVEY (Jocelyn [i.e, Chaim Raphael]). A Treasury Alarm. 1976, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; blank at end; pp.229+[iii]; electric blue cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The fifth Ambrose Usher novel.

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DE CRESPIGNY (Mrs. Philip Champion). The eye of Nemesis. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1931. Violet faintly textured buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered scarlet on spine. Slight wear to boards on lower edges at corners; light foxing of prelims., edges, and last leaf; otherwise a very nice copy in chipped and badly frayed and creased dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.114. Not issued in America.

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DEIGHTON (Len). Billion-dollar Brain. Jonathan Cape, 1966. Double cr.16mo; blue boards blocked white on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed in black and red. Very nice copy in used dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.114.

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DEIGHTON (Len). Close-up. Jonathan Cape, 1972. Double lge.post 16mo; final blank; black linen-grain boards blocked and lettered silver on spine; t.e. red; black end-papers; red and green headband. Colour faded on top-edges, otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.114.

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DEIGHTON (Len). Spy story. Jonathan Cape, 1974. Lge.post 8vo; black boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine; crimson end-papers; t.e. mauve. Fine copy in very slightly imperfect dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.114.

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DESMOND (Hugh). The strangler. Wright & Brown Ltd., 1 Crane Court, Fleet Street, 1947. Sm.double cr.16mo; scarlet cloth, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped and torn dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.118. Not issued in America.

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DIGNAM (C.B.). The sons of seven. John Hamilton Ltd., Publishers, N.D. [1928]. Double post 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; violet cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Covers patchily faded; edges and end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy in chipped and slightly creased dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.120. Not issued in America. Priced at 7s. 6d., but a later printing, with advertisements (on verso of last page of text, and on back of dust-wrapper) dating from 1933.

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DIX (Maurice B.). The Kidnapped scientist: An adventure of the Trio of Mount Street. Ward Lock & Co., Limited, 1937. Scarlet buckram, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in very slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.122. First edition sheets, but a late issue with dust-wrapper advertisements dating from 1939.

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DONOVAN (Dick [i.e., J.E. Preston-Muddock].). The Knutsford Mystery. London, F.V. White & Co. Ltd., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1906. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+312; vertically fine-ribbed dark red cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Gilt oxydised on spine, and slightly dulled on front cover; prelims. and last two leaves foxed, and very slight foxing to edges; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.123. Not issued in america. The initials of the author's name are usually said to stand for ‘Joyce Emmerson', and so they appear in Wolff, the British Library Catalogue, COPAC, Hubin, etc., and this appears to have been sanctioned by himself. Richard Dalby however, on the basis of birth and death certificates, suggests that they in fact stand for ‘James Edward'. Originally his surname was simply ‘Muddock'. The ‘Preston-' (or ‘Preston', it appears variously) appears to have been an addition of the 1890s.

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DOUGLAS (George [i.e., George Douglas BROWN].). The House With the Green shutters. John Macqueen, Hastings House, Norfolk Street, Strand, 1901. Half-title and final leaf of text both single insets; verso of last leaf bearing printer's imprint; pp.[vi]+329+[i]; mottled dark green rough buckram, blocked pictorially bright green and white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight bruising to cloth at head and tail of spine, but a nice copy.

The very scarce first issue, with an integral title-page giving the publisher's address as Hastings House, Norfolk Street, Strand, and the final singleton leaf bearing the printer's imprint on verso. The publisher moved shortly after the book was published, and the first gathering with its conjugate last leaf was reprinted: copies usually seen having a cancel title-page bearing the address as ‘49 Rupert Street, W.', and the printer's imprint on the verso, the cancel last leaf bearing on the verso reviews. The other two cancels are not obvious, except that the title and dedication leaves are conjugate in the first issue, the half-title and title leaves in the second. Hubin, p.124, listing, amazingly (or perhaps not, given its mid-nineteenth century small-town Scottish setting, and the failings of its English publisher,) no American edition; Wolff, 878, giving no details as to issue status; CBEL, III, p.542: this being the book that got Douglas his listing there. George Douglas Brown, 1869-1902, not to be confused with any other George Douglas, only published two books, under two different pseudonyms. The first was a juvenile, which disappeared without trace; but the present title became, in England, a justly famous and much reprinted book, gracing the lists successively of firms such as G.A. Morton, Nelson, Newnes, Harrap, and Benn. It was recently serialised by the B.B.C. Macqueen, a small and short-lived firm, appear to have issued only the first two or three printings. An atmospheric story giving a fine impression of the place and time in which it is set, and working up slowly to a great, well-prepared, and very credible climax of murder, concealment, and multiple suicide. In the present copy the following typographical faults have been noted, state or issue significance, if any, unknown: p.72, l.22, ‘t' lacking at start of line; p.227, l.15, ‘t' it ‘it' broken, and almost lacking; p.257, l.7, broken ‘f' in ‘of'; idem, l.11, broken ‘d' in ‘bated'.

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DOUGLAS (George [i.e., George Douglas BROWN].). The House With the Green shutters. London, John Macqueen, 49 Rupert Street, W., 1901. Cancel half-title and title, (a conjugate pair) tipped in; dedication leaf (presumably a cancel) and final leaf of text both single insets, the latter being a cancel with ‘Some Press Opinions' of the book on verso; pp.[vi]+329+[i]; mottled dark green rough buckram, blocked pictorially bright green and white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Small restoration to cloth over back joint, but a nice copy otherwise.

The second issue, the first having an integral title-page (conjugate with the dedication leaf) giving the publisher's address as Hastings House, Norfolk Street, Strand, and a final leaf with the publisher's imprint on the verso instead of reviews. The publisher moved shortly after the book was published, the first gathering with its conjugate last leaf was reprinted, and copies usually seen have a cancel title-page and other leaves, as here. The date given is the same in both issues. Hubin, p.124, listing, amazingly (or perhaps not, given its mid-nineteenth century small-town Scottish setting, and the failings of its English publisher,) no American edition; Wolff, 878, giving no details as to issue status; CBEL, III, p.542: this being the book that got Douglas his listing there. George Douglas Brown, 1869-1902, not to be confused with any other George Douglas, only published two books, under two different pseudonyms. The first was a juvenile, which disappeared without trace; but the present title became, in England, a justly famous and much reprinted book, gracing the lists successively of firms such as G.A. Morton, Nelson, Newnes, Harrap, and Benn. It was recently serialised by the B.B.C. Macqueen, a small and short-lived firm, appear to have issued only the first two or three printings. An atmospheric story giving a fine impression of the place and time in which it is set, and working up slowly to a great, well-prepared, and very credible climax of murder, concealment, and multiple suicide. In the present copy the following typographical faults have been noted, state or issue significance, if any, unknown: p.72, l.22, ‘t' lacking at start of line; p.227, l.15, ‘t' it ‘it' broken, and almost lacking; p.257, l.7, broken ‘f' in ‘of'; idem, l.11, broken ‘d' in ‘bated'.

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DOYLE (Adrian Conan) and CARR (John Dickson). The exploits Of Sherlock Holmes. John Murray, 1954. Double cr.16mo; red boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt Slightly darkened on spine; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.125; De Waal, 5758.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The hound of the Baskervilles: Another adventure of Sherlock Holmes. By A. Conan Doyle, Author of "Micah Clarke," "The White Company," "Rodney Stone," "Uncle Bernac," etc. London, George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, 1902. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and fifteen tipped-in plates by Sidney Paget; pp.[viii]+[259]+[i (blank)]; mottled, vertically streaked, light and dark scarlet cloth, lettered, ruled, and blocked, gilt, blocked pictorially black and gilt, on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on flat spine. Blind ownership stamp of Derrick Hunt on front end-paper; small label marked in ink ‘33X' on back paste-down; otherwise a nice copy in insignificantly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper (v. note). Scarce in dust-wrapper.

Green & Gibson A26. Green & Gibson describe the dust-wrapper as "Grey ... blocked and titled scarlet as on covers with ‘6/=' in place of the question mark and circle on spine. Publisher's advertisements on the lower cover for the four-volume Souvenir Edition of the Sherlock Holmes stories on the upper flap for Newnes' Thin Paper Editions (six titles) and on the lower flap for Recent Fiction (ten titles)." The present dust-wrapper which was unknown to Green & Gibson differs from this. It is printed in black on a hard cream hammered paper and is without the advertisements the decoration and the illustration but otherwise in point of text and rules is identical to that described by Green & Gibson (including the ‘6/=' and the imprint ‘GEORGE / NEWNES / . LTD .' on the spine). The first copies of the book delivered to the publishers will almost certainly have been sent out as advance and review copies but the regular dust-wrappers might not have been ready at this point since they appear to have been printed from the brasses made for blocking the covers and these may still have been in service at the bindery. The portion of the intended design that could be set from type (the lettering and rules) has here been used instead and printed in black upon the present paper stock neither the colour the paper nor the advertisements having as one might suppose yet been decided upon. The book was never reprinted in hardcover by Newnes - nor in fact was this first printing ever quite sold out 3285 sets of unbound sheets being transferred to Smith Elder and Company in September 1907 2894 of which were issued with new preliminary leaves in 1908 at 3/6d. The book was never reprinted at its original price. It would appear therefore that the present dust-wrapper must represent either a proof or an early state issued probably with the advance copies. Copies in this dust-wrapper should be treated however with extreme caution: a handful of them appeared on the American market in the early 1980s and were almost certainly since there was more than one either forgeries or fakes. Green & Gibson had not at that point been published and there was no description available of the genuine dust-wrapper as issued (an example of which is preserved in the Bodleian Library). It is not known from what the forger worked. Certainly it was not a copy of the issued dust-wrapper or he would have used red ink printed it on grey paper and reproduced the whole of the front cover blocking instead of just the bulk of it. But was it no more than simply a lucky guess that led him to reproduce the front and spine of the cover correctly (including the placing of the price and the suppression of the ruled circle which might logically have contained it) - apart from the omission of the cover illustration? or did he work from an actual original that was in an early state? English dust-wrappers in the nineteenth century had usually been printed either in dark blue or black. With few exceptions it was only about 1900 that they started sometimes to be printed in red (the early ‘elephant head' Kiplings are the first we know of) and a printer might naturally have used either blue or black no special instructions having been given to the contrary. Generally also they reproduced the cover blocking (as opposed to enamelling) exactly since they were expected to be thrown away by a bookseller before he put the book upon display and there was little point therefore either in specially designing them or going to the expense of having a block made for the printing: if they reproduced the cover design they could be printed from the brasses used to block the book. The forger did not make this assumption: he assumed that the part of the design that could not be printed from type had not been used and though if he had no original he must have had a block made from the covers of the book he cut out the part of the blocking that contained the illustration. The conclusion is perhaps in favour of the probability rather that instead of altering the front cover design unnecessarily - and at the same time correctly guessing the alterations to the spine - he worked from an original that was in an early state. At this period in England dust-wrappers on review copies authors' copies presentation copies and books sold by direct marketing survive far more readily than those on volumes that passed through the retail trade though the latter predominate vastly in quantity and it is by no means improbable that a dustwrapper from an advance copy of ‘The Hound' should have survived. That it should have differed from that on the published book is also not improbable: we have in our own collection a copy of Leonnard Merrick's book ‘The Position of Peggy Harper' (1911) in a dustwrapper printed plainly with lettering and rules which bears on the front panel in place of an illustration the printed legend ‘Proof dust-wrapper'. If there were a proof dust-wrapper of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles' however and it was used as the basis of the forgery how may we distinguish it now from examples of the latter? The answer would seem to be that we cannot if we have only a single example to look at: we need to have at least three copies one of which is different in some way - and in this regard the best determinant is likely to be paper stock. No guarantees can be made with respect to the present copy!

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The return of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated by Charles Raymond Macaulay. New York, McClure, Phillips & Co., 1905. Title leaf, one plate, and pp.187 - 208 only, wire-stabbed and bound into brown cloth onto the front cover of which has been laid the panel from the front cover of the first edition, smooth dark brown cloth, blocked yellow, blocked and lettered black. Cloth onlay damp-stained at fore-margin, and one corner dampstained throughout.

A sample of Green & Gibson, A29c: precedes the English edition by one month. The present oddment is interesting because of the colour and texture of the cloth, Green & Gibson only recording copies in ‘black ribbed cloth blocked and titled in yellow and rust-red' and ‘dark blue ribbed cloth' with a plain front cover. The book was never reprinted by this publisher, who sold the rights in 1906 to Doubleday, Page, and Company.

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(A. Conan). The valley of Fear. By A Conan Doyle Author of "The White Company," "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "Sir Nigel," etc. With a frontispiece by Frank Wiles. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, S.W., 1915. (All rights reserved). Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+306+[vi]; red fine-diaper cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Working copy only.

Hubin, p.125; Green & Gibson, A39a: first English edition, published, according to Green & Gibson, on the 3rd of June, the American edition, which differs from it textually in minor respects, having appeared on the 27th of February.

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(A. Conan). The valley of Fear. By A Conan Doyle Author of "The White Company," "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "Sir Nigel," etc. With a frontispiece by Frank Wiles. London, G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1915. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements printed in brown, followed by 16pp. inserted catalogue for ‘Bell's Indian & Colonial Library', at end, dated April 1915; pp.[viii]+306; scarlet linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered blind, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Prelims. foxed, and tissue slightly creased; very small ink-spot on front cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

This title is included in the dated catalogue as available, but it has not yet been assigned a series number. Hubin, p.125; Green & Gibson, A39b describing a copy that appears to be without the Contents leaf and lacks the inserted catalogue at end, that they describe as being in ‘pink cloth'. The first English edition, Colonial issue, published, according to Green & Gibson, on the 3rd of June (the same day as the English edition), the American edition, which differs from it textually in minor respects, having appeared on the 27th of February.

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DOYLE (Arthur Conan). His last bow: Some reminiscences Of Sherlock Holmes. John Murray, 1917. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; deep pink fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight wear to cloth at head of spine; slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

Green & Gibson, A40a; Hubin, p.125.

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DRUCE (Hubert). Henry Cassland: His personal narrative of The Thames-side murder. Edited by Hubert Druce. London :: Andrew Melrose, 3 York Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1911. Pp.[iv]+316; black fine-weave cloth, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. ‘HUBERT' blocked a little too heavily on spine, with consequent slight damage to cloth; small blank corner chipped from pp.9 - 10; a very little scattered light foxing, chiefly of first and last few leaves; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.

The philosophical story of a carefully-planned murder, told from the viewpoint of the murderer, and culminating in a trial, not of himself: almost a riposte to R. Austin Freeman's ‘Singing Bone' stories, which were appearing serially at about the same date. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.52, l.14, ‘quatity' for ‘quantity'; p.108, l.9, ‘y w' of ‘my waistcoat' damaged; p.118, l.6, ‘u' of ‘paused' printed too heavily; p.122, l.3, ‘litle' for ‘little'; p.123, l.9, ‘r' of ‘repeated' printed too heavily; p.167, l.19, ‘f' in ‘wife' broken; p.294, last line, risen space after ‘the'; p.296, l.16, uneven type in ‘share'; p.313, l.10, enlarged full-stop after ‘spoken'. Hubin, p.126, recording this as the author's only title: he may well have been a barrister.

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DU MAURIER (Daphne). Rebecca. Victor Gollancz Limited, 1938. Final blank; black cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Covers dull; pastedowns slightly dampstained; edges, end-papers, first and last few leaves, foxed; a very good copy only, in trimmed and frayed dust-wrapper rubbed a little on spine and stained on back panel.

Hubin, p.128. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

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DUNNETT (Ninian). Restless Natives. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1985. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[vi]+149+[v]; dull light red cloth-textured boards, down-lettered, lettered, and ruled gilt on spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The author's first novel, filmed in the same year. The author's screenplay version was chosen by David Puttnam as winner of the Lloyd's Bank National Screenwriting Competition.

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DUNSANY (Lord, i.e. Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron). The little tales Of Smethers and Other Stories. Jarrolds Publishers (London) Ltd, 1952. Grass green boards lettered black on spine. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Biro.

Hubin, p.129; Queen's Quorum, 109. The second binding.

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DURAS (Marguerite). L'Amante anglaise. Translated from the French by Barbara Bray. Hamish Hamilton, 1968. Olive brown boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First edition in English. The French edition appeared in 1967. Not in Hubin.

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DURBRIDGE (Francis). The World of Tim Frazer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1962. Advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; green boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed and marked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.130.

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DURHAM (Mary). Keeps Death his court. A John Crowther Publication, 1946. Double post 16mo; half-title not called for; black cloth, blocked macabrely silver on front cover, lettered silver up spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.130. Not issued in America.

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DURRENMATT (Friedrich). The Pledge. Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. Jonathan Cape, 1959. Blank before half-title, blank at end; scarlet boards blocked black on spine, lettered black on spine and front cover; t.e. yellow. Yellow of edges slightly faded; back end-papers a trifle marked; otherwise a very nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

First edition in English. Published in Germany in 1958. Hubin, p.128.

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EBERHART (Mignon G.). Wings of fear. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James's Place, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; scarlet cloth, lettered black on spine; light buff end-papers. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.132. First English edition. Published in America in 1945.

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EBERHART (M.G.). Jury of one. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James's Place, 1961. Sm.cr.8vo, perfect bound; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.132. First English edition. Published in America in 1960.

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EBERHART (M.G.). Nine o'Clock Tide. Collins, 1978. Cr.8vo format, perfect bound; red boards, flat back, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Issued as a Crime Club novel First English edition. Published in America in 1977.

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EDINGTON (A.C. & Carmen). The monkshood Murders. Published for The Crime Club Ltd., By W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1931. Diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled black on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Slight foxing of prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.133.

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ELDER (Michael). The phantom In the wings. John Murray, Fifty Albemarle Street, 1957. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.167+[i (blank)]; scarlet boards lettered white on front cover, blocked and lettered white on spine. Very slight foxing of half-title and edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.134. Mystery story with a theatrical setting, written by an actor.

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ELLIN (Stanley). The Man From Nowhere. Jonathan Cape, 1970. Final blank; brown boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Corner of front end-paper creased; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published in America in the same year as ‘The Bind'. Hubin, p.135.

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ELLIOTT (William J.). Mystery of me...? Gerald G. Swan, 1944. Sm.cr.8vo; violet smooth cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Extreme tips of spine faded; erasure from front end-paper, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.135. Not published in America. Thriller set in a nudist colony. This volume is itself something of a mystery: the verso of the title page bears the statement ‘First Published 1944', the binding style is that used by Swans at that date (but not later, apparently, than 1946), the dust-wrapper advertisements are for books published not later than 1943, but the analytical list of works by the same author on the verso of the half-title leaf includes several that were first published later than 1944 - in one case as late as 1947. Since the list includes one title, ‘Captain Lion', which apparently was never published at all, we assume it to be intended as advance publicity for novels which at that date were merely being planned, and had not as yet been written!

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ELLIOTT (William J.). Spun silk. Gerald G. Swan, 1947. Double post 16mo; blank before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; light bluish lilac rough cloth, blocked with publisher's device and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper strengthened on verso.

Hubin, p.135. Not issued in America.

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EUSTACE (Robert). A Human Bacillus: The Story of a Strange Character. By Robert Eustace, Part Author with L.T. Meade of "The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings," "The Sanctuary Club," "The Sorceress Of the Strand," "The Gold Star Line," "The Last Square," etc. etc. London, John Long, Norris Street, Haymarket, 1907. (All Rights Reserved.) Integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated June - Sept., 1907; pp.[318]+[ii]; crimson buckram, ruled grey-green, pictorially blocked black and grey-green, lettered black-outlined grey-green and black, on front cover, lettered and with ruled box, gilt, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut; laid-paper end-papers. Some very light marking to covers, and end-papers a trifle embrowned; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

From the library of the House of Commons, with an identificatory ‘HofC' written in ink on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.137, giving the real name of the author alternatively as either Eustace Rawlins or Robert Eustace Barton.

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FAIR (A.A. [i.e., Erle Stanley Gardner]). You Can Die Laughing. Heinemann, 1958. Final blank; pp.vi+207+[iii]; black cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Near-nice copy in frayed and lightly soiled dust-wrapper.

First English edition of a title published in America in the previous year.

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FAIRLIE (Gerard). They found each other. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, June, 1946. Scarlet cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's monogram black on spine, lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine copy in frayed and torn dust-wrapper.

By the the real-life original of Sapper's ‘Bulldog Drummond', and continuator of the series after Sapper's death, this novel is said to have been based upon his own experience during the Second World War. It is not, however, a ‘Bulldog Drummond' book. Hubin, p.139. Apparently never issued in America.

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FAIRLIE (Gerard, ‘Following Sapper'). Calling Bulldog Drummond. Hodder & Stoughton, St. Paul's House, London E.C.4, August 1951. Last page bearing advertisement; light cerise boards ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.139.

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FAIRLIE (Gerard). The Reluctant Cop: The Story, and the Cases, Of Detective Superintendent Albert Webb (Late of Scotland Yard). London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1958. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece; pp.191+[i (blank)]; royal blue fine-weave cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Rubber-stamp on front end-paper (v. note) with slight offsetting onto paste-down and front flap of dust-wrapper; otherwise a mint copy in pictorial dust-wrapper, also mint apart from an unobtrusive file number on spine. Scarce.

The Publisher's File Copy, so designated by the rubber stamp. A very humanly convincing biography told largely in the subject's own words. Includes an Index.

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FARJEON (B.L.). The mystery Of The Royal Mail. Hutchinson & Co., 1902. Publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, dated September, 1902; diagonally fine ribbed very dark green cloth, recessed red paper onlay on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with ruled box gilt on spine. Paper onlay lacking; end-papers rather stained; text nice. As a reading copy.

Hubin, p.140, recording no American edition; Sadleir, 858; Wolff, 2156.

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FARJEON (J. Jefferson). The oval table. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James's Place, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; salmon red cloth, lettered black on spine; pale yellow end-papers. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.141. Not issued in America.

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FARJEON (J. Jefferson). Castle of fear. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James's Place, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; scarlet boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped, frayed, and darkened dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.140. Not issued in America.

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FARNOL (Jeffery). Murder by nail: Being an episode in the career of Jasper Shrig of Bow Street With particulars of His highly original methods in The Wrybrook Case Set down by Ed. Brandonleigh, Gent. And edited by Jeffery Farnol. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., N.D., [1942]. Sm.cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+329+[i (blank)]; deep reddish pink fine linen, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Single fox-spot on fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in pictorial dust-wrapper with several chips about edges (not substantially affecting the design).

Apparently the correct first printing, the dust-wrapper blurb describing this as his "latest romance", the back flap bearing a "London Calling" advertisement correct for the date, and the advertisements of Farnol's works on the back flap and the verso of the half-title not including this title. Hubin, p.141

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FARNOL (Jeffery). My lord Of Wrybourne: Being An account of His further perils, Grief and joy. Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., 1948. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.viii+280; scarlet rough cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine copy.

A story involving kidnapping and murder, with some detection by law officers. A Sgt. Jasper Shrig story. This title not in Hubin.

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FARNOL (Jeffery). The ninth earl. Sampson Low, 25 Gilbert Street London W1, 1950. Sm.double cr.16mo; carmine cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. A fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.141. Not issued in America. A Sgt. Jasper Shrig story.

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FENN (G. Manville). A meeting Of Greeks And the tug of war. By G. Manville Fenn Author of "The Master of the Cere- Monies," "The Parson o'Dumford," etc. London: S.H. Bousfield & Co. Ld, Norfolk House Norfolk Street W.C. 1902. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece signed ‘C.H.S.'; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+309+[iii]; horizontally-streaked pale- and sea- green linen-patterned cloth, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered whiteon front cover, lettered white on spine. Some flaking to spine lettering as is almost inevitable with this white paint, and some neat restoration; otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce adult title from a small publisher.

"When Greek met Greek - then came the tug of war." A story involving the sinking of a ship for the insurance money, something resembling murder, etc. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Hubin; Wolff, 2198, recording an otherwise similar copy in a binding of ‘slate blue linen flecked with white'. The present cloth colour is more appropriate to the subject and the illustration and we suspect it of being primary. The white on the spine of the Wolff copy, also, appears not to have flaked, which is suggestive: we think of the the two bindings of Kipling's ‘Just So Stories' of the same year in which the white paint on the spine of the first issue of September 1902 flaked so rapidly that it was replaced with a less white, but far more durable enamel, for the printings of October and November. In this copy p.296, l.10 has the reading ‘it it' for ‘it was': state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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FENN (George Manville). Blind Policy. London, John Long, 13 & 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1904. Post 8vo; two integral advertisement leaves at end (the second blank on verso); pp.[316]+[iv]; faintly moiré vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Extensive light damp-marking of sides (not affecting gilt); otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce book.

Hubin, p.143. A bibliomystery involving coining, robbery, and murder, with a tinge of science-fiction. One of Fenn's scarce, late, adult novels.

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FISCHER (Bruno). Kill to fit. Quality Press Ltd. Publishers / 18 Adam Street, Adelphi London, W.C.2, 1949. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks at end serving as end-papers; pp.187+[v]; scarlet cloth lettered in gilt. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Advance copy, bearing a publisher's label on the front end-paper reading: ‘Not for sale. Sample complete copy' (two other alternatives, ‘proof copy' and ‘manuscript' crossed through). Hubin p.146 lists no British edition earlier than 1951. The American edition was published in 1946.

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FITT (Mary). Death and The Pleasant Voices. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, 1946. Double cr.16mo; very dark grey cloth, blocked and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in minutely nicked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.146. An Inspector Mallett story.

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FITT (Mary). ‘There are more ways Of killing ...'. Michael Joseph, 1960. Double cr.16mo; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly darkened on spine.

Hubin, p.146.

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FLEMING (Ian). The Diamond Smugglers. With an Introduction by ‘John Blaize' Formerly of the International Diamond Security Organization. Jonathan Cape, 1957. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; eight double-sided plates; three maps on text-paper; black boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device, and lettered white across and down spine. Fine in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Campbell, 16007A1, erroneously describing the cloth-textured boards as cloth (he does this for all entries).

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FLEMING (Ian). You Only Live Twice. Jonathan Cape, 1964. Double cr.16mo; leaf bearing blurb precedes half-title; pp.[256]; black boards blocked with Japanese characters gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher's initials device, lettered on and down spine, silver; end-papers printed with wood-veneer design in brown. Faint mark on top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.147; Campbell, 12007A1, erroneously describing the cloth-textured boards as cloth (he does this for all entries).

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FLEMING (Ian). The man with the Golden gun. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1965. Final blank; pp.221+[iii]; white wrappers printed in light olive green and black, cut flush; made up without end-papers. Slight spine roll and very slight wear to paper at lower corner of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Uncorrected Proof copy on proofing paper. Campbell, 13007 Note. Differs from the published book in at least numerous minor respects of design and some of punctuation, etc. We have not attempted to check the text in detail.

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FLEMING (Ian). The man with the Golden gun. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1965. Final blank; pp.221+[iii]; black cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed on facing surfaces with an over-all pattern in light green. Nice copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.147; Campbell, 13007A1, erroneously describing the cloth-textured boards as cloth (he does this for all entries). The present copy is of the variant recorded by Campbell, the end-papers being printed in light green. The book is also known with white end-papers.

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FLEMING (Ian). The man with the Golden gun. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1965. Final blank; pp.221+[iii]; black cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper unobtrusively strengthened on verso.

Hubin, p.147; Campbell, 13007A1, erroneously describing the cloth-textured boards as cloth (he does this for all entries). The present copy is of a variant not recorded by Campbell, the end-papers being plain white.

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FLEMING (Ian). Octopussy And The Living Daylights. Jonathan Cape, 1966. Blank before half-title; very dark brown boards, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered gilt up spine; mock elephant hide end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.147; Campbell, 14007A1, but a later issue, with the original price of 10s. 6d. net corrected by an over-sticker reading ‘16s net / IN UK ONLY / 80p net' - i.e., probably the second issue, and dating from c.1970-71.

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FLEMING (Joan). You can't believe Your eyes. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 14 St. James's Place, 1957. Scarlet boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Very slight bruising of boards at edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.148.

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