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.

FLETCHER (J.S.). The Queen of a day. T. Fisher Unwin, 1 Adelphi Terrace, 1907. Sm.cr.8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; scarlet buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram and elaborate branch and leaf pattern, blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; scarlet and white head and tail bands; t.e.g. Slight bubbling of spine; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.149, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is in fact a Ruritanian style adventure romance involving apparent rather than real crime, and a good deal of detection. In this copy the following misprints have been noted, issue significance, if any, unknown: p.135, l.6, ‘ne' for ‘he'; p.184, l.24, ‘he' for ‘her'; p.198, last line, ‘flipPantly'; p.212, l.10, ‘wil' for ‘will'; p.229, last line, ‘moustachois' for ‘moustachios'. The date on the title-page appears as ‘MCMVI' the last ‘I' being followed by what appears to be a risen quad. It ought, however, to read ‘MCMVII', the book having appeared in the Spring of that year.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The king Versus Wargrave. By J.S. Fletcher Author of "When Charles I. was King," "The Secret Cargo," Etc., etc. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1915. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece after a drawing by Shirley Davis; pp.320; vertically fine-ribbed leaf-green cloth, elaborately blocked blind, blocked and lettered black, on front cover and spine. A little scattered foxing, and a couple of corners turned, but in general a nice copy of a scarce war-time title.

Hubin, p.149

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Chestermarke Instinct. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House 40 Museum Street, W.C.1, 1918. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+307+[i (blank)]+[4]; deep moss green fine linen effect cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine faded, and two small faded spots on front cover; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.148

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FLETCHER (J.S.). Scarhaven Keep. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London and Melbourne, 1920. Pp.319+[i (blank)]; vertically streaked scarlet and white buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.149. A mystery story with some provincial theatrical background. In this copy the last line on p.315 lack an ‘m' at the start, probably as always; ll.14 and 15 on p.318 each have a dropped final letter; and there are numerous similar faults passim.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Markenmore Mystery. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James's, 1922. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.311+[i (blank)]+[viii]; dull blue fine linen grain cloth, pictorially blocked and lettered dark blue on front cover, lettered and blocked with publishers device dark blue on back cover and spine. Small darkened patch on back cover; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.149

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Mysterious Chinaman. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street, St. James's, London S.W.1, 1924. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.312+[viii]; light cerise fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered dark brown on sides and spine. Light marking of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.149. Issued in America in 1923 under the title ‘The Rippling Ruby'.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Safety pin. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street, St. James's, London S.W.1, 1924. Sm.cr.8vo; four leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.312+[viii]; dull lime green vertical stripe effect fine linen patterned cloth, blocked with publisher's name device on back cover, ruled, pictorially blocked, and lettered on front cover, lettered on spine, all black. Generally nice copy.

Hubin, p.149; this title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). Marchester Royal. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James's, London S.W.1 1926. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine-ribbed orange cloth, blocked and lettered brown on sides and spine; t.e. orange. Slight fading of brown on spine; otherwise a fine copy.

First Herbert Jenkins printing of a book originally published by Everett in 1909. Hubin, p.149, listing the Everett edition and an American edition published by Doran in the same year as this one.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Stolen Budget. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1926]. S.cr.8vo; blank at end; pp.318+[ii]; yellow-green fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine. Light foxing passim, but in general a nice copy otherwise.

The correct first printing, this being the first title mentioned in the advertisement panel on the verso of the half-title, the latest published of the nine other titles, ‘The Great Brighton Mystery', dating from 1925. Hubin, p.149. Issued in the U.S.A. the next year under the title ‘The Stolen Chancellor'.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Matheson formula. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. Title-page printed in brown and black; typographical note and 9pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; grey buckram lettered in red on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher's device in red on back cover; t.e. red. Slight marking of covers, and cloth of spine a trifle creased; otherwise a near-fine copy.

Hubin, p.149. Precedes the English edition. The advertisement leaves include the first printing of three pages of Fletcher's next book, ‘The Box Hill Murder'!

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FLETCHER (J.S.). Murder at Wrides Park: Being Entry Number One in the Case-book of Ronald Camberwell By J.S. Fletcher. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London Bombay Sydney, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[vi]+[276]+[vi]; diagonally fine-ribbed mustard yellow cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Slight dustmarking of covers and a few small spots internally, but in general a nice copy.

The first Ronald Camberwell mystery. Hubin, p.149. The following errata have been noted in this copy (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.201, l.11, ‘housekeepr' for ‘housekeeper'; p.234, last line, ‘windws' for ‘windows'.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Borgia Cabinet. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James's, London S.W.1, 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, unnumbered but the first three mentioned on the verso of the half-title as though continuing the numbering of the text; pp.[320]; diagonally very fine-ribbed orange cloth blocked and lettered on back cover with publisher's imprint device, ruled and lettered on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's initials device, on spine, all black. Slight foxing of edges, otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

A Detective-Inspector Charlesworth murder mystery. Hubin, p.148: the first English edition of a book published in America in 1930.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). Murder of the Ninth baronet: Being Entry Number Four in the Case-book Of Ronald Camberwell. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London Bombay Sydney, 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; stub of excised leaf follows title-page (v. note); final blank, of paper of a different stock, but in fact integral (v. note); pp.[4]+7-[258]+[ii]; orange cloth blocked black on front cover, blocked black, lettered orange through black on spine. Nice copy.

Gathering [A] consists of seven leaves, a stub following the title-page being conjugate with[A5] (pp.11-12). It was presumably intended to print the ninth leaf of the final gathering, Q[1] as the eighth leaf of the first gathering, but this for some reason was not done, and Q[1] appears as conjugate with the blank [Q10], both of these leaves being of paper from a different stock, outwardly similar but laid instead of wove in texture. The first leaf of the final gathering proper, which ought to be Q2, is signed ‘Q*'. Hubin, p.149. A scarce late title.

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FORMAN (Miles). Buchanan's Wife. Illustrated by Will Grefe. London, Ward Lock & Co Limited, 1906. Text-paper advertisement leaf precedes half-title; frontispiece and nine half-tone plates; 4pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper tipped in at end; pp.[ii]+320+[iv]; black very fine rough buckram, blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, embossed blind, with recessed panel bearing full-colour paper onlay, on front cover, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine. Some foxing, more or less confined to margins; ownership inscription: ‘Amber Hall Margate' on upper margin of Contents leaf and one fore-margin; otherwise in general a nice copy of a scarce title.

A well-written but melodramatic story involving robbery, wounding with intent, and blackmail. There is no list of illusttrations, but they are here bound in to face pp.42, 62, 92, 164, 186, 210, 238, 258, and 314. This title not in Hubin, who lists only a title dating from 1914. An American edition was published the same year.

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FOWLER (Sydney, i.e., Sydney Fowler Wright). The end of the Mildew gang. Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1944. Final blank; deep pink fine weave cloth, lettered black up spine. Fine copy in minutely chipped and slightly torn pictorial dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.154. An Inspector Cauldron story.

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FOX (Sebastian [i.e., Gerald Bullett]). One Man's Poison. 1956, Chatto & Windus. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+211+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Though it is without signs of ownership, this copy was purchased from the publisher's file - a note which is of interest only in view of the fact that the back panel of the dust-wrapper bears two reviews of the volume: from the ‘Times Literary Supplement' and from ‘The Times'. We assume them to have been advance notices, or at least communicated to the publishers in advance. Hubin, p.154.

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FRANCIS (Dick). Nerve. Michael Joseph, 1964. Double post 16mo; final blank; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front wrapper and down spine; made up without end-papers. Very slight marking of wrappers, but a near fine copy.

Uncorrected proof copy. The front wrapper bears a faint rubber stamp ‘27 Jan 1964', presumably the date of the completion of these proofs. Hubin, p.155. The author's second novel.

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FRANCIS (Dick). Odds Against. Michael Joseph, 1965. Lge.double cr.16mo; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front wrapper and down spine; made up without end-papers. Pressure-dint in back wrapper, affecting in lessening degree the two or three adjacent leaves; otherwise, slight marking of wrappers, but a near fine copy.

Uncorrected proof copy. Hubin, p.155. The author's fourth novel.

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FRANCIS (Dick). Slay-ride. Michael Joseph, 1973. Double cr.16mo; grey-fawn boards, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.155.

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FRANCIS (Dick). In The Frame. Michael Joseph, 1976. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; two blanks at end; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.



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FRANCIS (Dick). Risk. London, Michael Joseph, 1977. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[252]+[iv]; dark charcoal cloth-textured boards, downlettered, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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FREELING (Nicolas). Tsing-Boum. a novel. Hamish Hamilton, 1969. Double cr.16mo; final blank; lavender boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine; t.e. yellow. Boards lightly damp-marked; otherwise a near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.157.

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FREELING (Nicolas). Castang's City. Heinemann, 1980. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; lemon boards, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published at £5.95.

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). The eye of Osiris: A detective romance By R. Austin Freeman, Author of "The Red Thumb Mark," etc. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D. [1911]. Printer's imprint on verso of last page of text; 8pp. integral advertisements at end (continuing the signatures); pp.[viii]+303+[i]+[viii]; light brown linen, blocked black, green, white, and dark brown, lettered white, and black, on front cover, blocked green and black, ruled green, lettered dark brown, black, and green, on spine, all with an Egyptian motif. Small rub-hole in cloth of front joint, cloth over back joint unobtrusively repaired, and lettering of title and imprint a little rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

The first (and rather delicate) binding - of which, according to the author, only 150 copies were produced. Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. From the library of Florence & Edward Kaye, with their small book-plate on the front paste-down. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). A silent witness By R. Austin Freeman Author of "The Red Thumb Mark" "The Unwilling Adventurer" "The Eye of Osiris" Etc. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, 1914. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.328; dark red fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight dulling of gilt, and insignificant cracking to back endpapers, but nonetheless a nice copy, internally fine.

The poor quality war-time gilt on this volume is notoriously liable to oxydise: on this copy it is mostly fairly bright. Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.37, l.13, wrong font ‘v' in ‘have'; p.68, l.30, ‘os' for ‘of'; p.71, l.1, risen space before ‘in'; p.76, ll.11 and 12, risen quads at start of line; p.77, l.25, risen quad at start of line, and l.29, risen space before ‘assume'; p.81, antepenultimate line, risen quad at end; p.84, penultimate line, risen quad at start; p.93, l.1, faint risen space before ‘as'; p.108, l.30, risen spaces before first ‘I' and before ‘said'; p.120, penultimate line, risen space before ‘occasional'; p.131, l.3, risen space before ‘now'; p.134, last line, dropped ‘e' at end; p.137, l.14, wrong font ‘n' in ‘existence'; p.141, last line, risen space before ‘station'; p.148, l.4, ‘n' battered in ‘ensued'; p.157, l.3, second ‘d' in ‘compounded' battered, and l.4, ‘or' in ‘for'; p.200, ll.2-5, slightly damaged type at start of lines; p.203, last line, dropped ‘f' at start; p.205, penultimate line, risen quad at start; p.[209], l.20, wrong font ‘u' in ‘much'; p.210, l.36, ‘ Ihold' for ‘I hold', and ‘I' battered; p.211, l.12, ‘f' of ‘of' very faint; p.213, l.13, ‘r' broken in ‘never'; p.279, l.14, risen quad at start of line; p.283, l.28, risen space before ‘highly'; p.296, antepenultimate line, risen space before ‘them'; p.300, l.29, risen space before ‘defect'; p.310, l.36, hyphen lacking at end; p.324, l.2, ‘n' too heavy and ‘d' partly lacking in ‘cylinder'.

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). The Great portrait mystery. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D. [1918]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.318; light grey-green fine-linen-effect rough buckram blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Insignificant damp-blemish to edge of back cover, and light embrowning of poor quality war-time paper as is almost inevitable with this title; nonetheless an unusually nice, crisp, copy.

Hubin, p.157: not listing an American edition. Includes two Dr. Thorndyke stories of ‘The Singing Bone' variety, and five others - of which one is a ghost story involving bookselling, and another a fantasy story. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undertermined): p.17, l.4, hyphen shortened at end, and l.5, full-stop raised at end; p.41, l.11, ‘apre liminary' for ‘a preliminary' and l.14, raised ‘i' at start; p.57, l.24, risen space after ‘reign'; p.62, l.15, ‘mid dle' for ‘middle'; p.74, l.23, risen space after ‘was'; p.91, l.20, ‘i' of ‘into' lacking; p.104, l.13, ‘r' of ‘whereas' lacking; p.110, last line, ‘t' of ‘tenancy' lacking, rest of word faint and extending to left of justified start of line; p.133, l.4, ‘a' of ‘Bobham' badly defective; p.139, l.6, hyphen lacking at end; p.143, l.23, raised ‘s' in ‘was'; p.174, l.19, dropped ‘i' at start; p.175, l.24, raised ‘s' at end; p.180, l.6, raised comma at end of line; p.197, last line, raised full-stop at end; p.228, l.4, second ‘s' of ‘suggestion' so faintly printed as to be barely visible, l.6, dropped ‘i' at start; p.230, l.3, dropped hyphen at end; p.239, l.18, dropped inverted comma at start; p.249, l.11, dropped ‘t' at start; p.253, l.7, raised ‘l' at start; p.257, last line, raised ‘r' at end; p.258, l.13, raised comma at end; p.262, l.13, raised hyphen at end; p.263, l.2, battered full-stop at end, and l.15, dropped ‘i' at start; p.264, l.2, dropped ‘t' at start; p.266, l.6, raised ‘j' at start; p.267, last line, dropped hyphen at end; p.287, l.6, dropped ‘e' at end; p.293, l.18, broken ‘y' in ‘twenty' (there is a good deal of broken or badly printed type passim, that has been ignored).

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). The Shadow of the Wolf. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1925]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.320; light red buckram, ruled blind, lettered black, on front cover and spine. Some barely perceptible fading to cloth of spine and edges of covers; light foxing to prelims. and last few leaves; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. The correct first printing, with ten titles on the advertisements backing the half-title, leading with this one. The light red cloth is very prone to fade: this copy is unusually bright and nice. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.95, penultimate line, ‘i' of ‘into' battered; p.109, l.28, ‘assumption' for ‘assumptions'; p.118, l.10, four faintly risen quads at end of line; p.154, l.26, ‘m' of ‘from' broken; p.196, l.5, ‘e' slightly dropped at start of line; p.314, l.1, ‘h' slightly battered at start of line.

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). The Penrose mystery. London, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1936. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.317+[iii]; light grey-blue cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; t.e. grey-blue. Cloth of spine and edges of covers faded, as is almost inevitable with this very photo-sensitive cloth; otherwise a fine crisp copy in dust-wrapper very slightly frayed at head of spine, and dusty on back panel.

A later state of text combined with the first state of the binding, and therefore a first issue bound up from sheets printed towards the middle or end of the original print run. The following typographical flaws have been noted in this copy, which are not present in some other copies seen: p.43, l.18, ‘a' of ‘actor' broken; p.248, l.8, battered ‘i' in ‘if'; p.267, antepenultimate line, risen space after ‘to'; but the top-edges are here stained grey-blue, whilst in later-issued copies they are plain. The following typographical flaws appear in all copies seen, and are possibly without significance: p.273, l.25, ‘g' of ‘glumly' slightly battered; p.279, l.4, ‘a' in ‘a' too heavily printed; p.288, l.29, ‘t' slightly battered at start of line'; p.296, last line, dropped ‘h' in ‘he'. Hubin, p.157

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). Felo de se? London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1937. 5pp. integral advertisements at end; mottled light grey-blue Sundour cloth, lettered on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's monogram, black, on spine; marina blue end-papers. Slight fading and marking of covers; light foxing of prelims. and advertisements; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.103, l.1, risen quad after ‘So' (not present in some copies); p.149, l.29, single instead of double inverted commas at start of line; p.154, l.30, ‘lookin g' for ‘looking'; p.260, antepenultimate line, risen quad before ‘away' (not present in some copies).

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). Felo de se? London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1937. 5pp. integral advertisements at end; mottled light grey-blue Sundour cloth, lettered on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's monogram, black, on spine; marina blue end-papers. Cloth of spine faded; edges of covers slightly so; unobtrusive repair to cloth over back joint; internally a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.149, l.29, single instead of double inverted commas at start of line; p.154, l.30, ‘lookin g' for ‘looking'; the risen quad on p.103, l.1, after ‘So' and on p.260, antepenultimate line, before ‘away', present in some copies are not present here.

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FREEMAN (R. Austin). The Jacob Street Mystery. London Hodder and Stoughton Limited, March 1942. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.286+[ii]; light sky-blue horizontally broad-ribbed cloth blocked with publisher's initials device and lettered black on spine. Slight patchy fading of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's last book. Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. Though we describe the cloth as ribbed it has more the appearance of a plain cloth laid onto a lightly corrugated board: an effect that we have not to our recollection seen elsewhere. The book contains a brief statement of what can only be the author's own working method when considering plots (p.256): "‘I used to occupy myself in the study of hypothetical cases. I would consider how a particular crime could be planned and executed with the greatest security against detection; and, when I had established the principles, I would apply them by working out in detail an imaginary crime. Then I would study this crime to discover its weak points and the signs by which it might be recognised in real life...'" In the present copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.12, l.26, ‘a' of ‘and' printed very faint; p.37, l.15, ‘noiseless tenor' for ‘quiet tenor' (though this may be for euphony in the context); p.243, l.10, ‘v' of ‘sleeves' broken.

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FREEMANTLE (Brian). Charlie Muffin. Jonathan Cape, 1977. Double cr.16mo; black boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light orange yellow. Back end-paper roughly removed; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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FREEMANTLE (Brian). Clap hands, Here comes Charlie. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1978. Lge.double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; dark brown boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered down spine gilt; t.e. pale blue-green. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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GALLON (Tom). A rogue in love. Hutchinson & Co., 1900. Half-title not called for; dark red cloth, ruled black, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight wear to tail of spine; end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.161.

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GALLON (Tom). Rickerby's folly. Methuen & Co., 1901. Blank before half-title; blank at end, followed by 48pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated July 1901; crimson cloth, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. End-papers and prelims. foxed, and slight scattered foxing elsewhere; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.161

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GALLON (Tom). The Mystery of John Peppercorn. Hutchinson & Co., 1902. Publisher's 8pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated September, 1902; diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, panelled dark red on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.161.

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GALLON (Tom). Lagden's Luck. Bristol, Arrowsmith / 1905 / London, Simpkin, Marshall. Sm.cr.8vo; title-page printed in vermilion and black; pp.[304]; vertically fine ribbed cerise cloth blocked and lettered scarlet on blind-pressed panel on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt, and with blind-pressed panel, on spine. Slight dulling of spine; two or three scattered fox-spots; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the half-title page. Issued as a late (and unnumbered) volume in ‘Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series'. Hubin, p.161, listing this title as of undetermined status: it is in fact a mystery story involving murder and the theft of a large diamond.

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GARDNER (Erle Stanley). The case of the Smoking chimney. Cassell and Company Ltd., 1945. Brownish red cloth ruled and lettered black up spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.163. First English edition. Published in America in 1943.

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GARDNER (Erle Stanley). The Case of The Fugitive Nurse. Heinemann, 1959. Double post 16mo; final blank; black boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt very slightly dull; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and darkened dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.162. First English edition. Published in America in 1954.

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GARDNER (Erle Stanley). The Case of The Gilded Lily. Heinemann, 1962. Double cr.16mo; final blank; very dark brown boards blocked blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Small scratch on back board; otherwise fine in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.162. First English edition.

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[GASH (Jonathan), i.e. John Grant.]. Streetwalker. The Bodley Head, London, 1959. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.191+[i (blank)]; black cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked and very slightly marked dust-wrapper.

The author's anonymous first book, identified as such to Dr. Stan Speck, with whom he worked in Libya. Scarce to-day in dust-wrapper. Not in Hubin, who presumably failed to identify it as fiction: it was published with some pretence of being the genuine autobiography of a London prostitute. Gives a good picture of Soho in the fifties.

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[GILBERT (Anthony, i.e., Lucy Beatrice Malleson). The man Who was London By J. Kilmeny Keith. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Sydney Auckland, 1925. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[vi]+330; scarlet fine linen-patterned boards, ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's initial device black on spine. Tiny rubbed patch in paper covering of spine, and edges foxed; small stains on the opening of pp.168/9 obscuring all or part of about eleven letters of text; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

A rationalised supernatural, gothic, murder mystery with a contemporary setting. The author's first novel, preceded only by some verse. Remainder issue: a neat pencilled note on the front paste-down records it as having been purchased for ‘3/6 / 1 - 1 - 34'. Hubin, p.234. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (significance interms of state, if any, undetermined): p.16, antepenultimate line, ‘His' for ‘Her'; p.38, l.6, wrong font ‘v' in ‘conversation'; p.122, l.1, ‘we' in ‘power' slightly battered; p.180, l.15, ‘e' in ‘case' printed too heavily; p.223, last line, ‘o' in second ‘to' battered; p.234, l.17, ‘e' of ‘edification' slightly battered; p.243, l.4, ‘re' of ‘here' raised, and l.12, first ‘d' in ‘did' raised; p.271, l.27, full-stop instead of comma after ‘did'.

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GILBERT (Anthony [i.e., Lucy Beatrice Malleson]). Die in the dark. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James's Place, 1947. Post 8vo; scarlet cloth, lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. Very nice copy.

Hubin, p.168. Published in America in 1948 as ‘The Missing Widow'.

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GILSON (Major Charles). The Whispering Joss: A tale of mystery and Adventure. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1932. Frontispiece in colour; light brown fine linen grain cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine copy in slightly dusty dust-wrapper chiped on back panel.

Juvenile.

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GOODCHILD (George). The man Who wasn't. Herbert Jenkins, Limited, 3 York Street, St. James's, London, S.W.1, 1924. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; brownish orange fine linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's imprint device on back cover, lettered and pictorially blocked on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's initials device on spine, all dark brown. Virtually fine copy.

Hubin, p.173, listing this title as of undetermined status. It in fact the story of a fugitive wanted for bank robberies, with a price on his head. Set in the Yukon. Issued in the series ‘Herbert Jenkins' Green Label Novels'.

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GRAEME (Bruce [i.e., Graham Montague Jeffries]). The return of Blackshirt. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., (Ernest Benn Ltd.), Bouverie House, Fleet Street, 1927. Black buckram ruled and lettered reddish brown on front cover and spine. Covers a little dull and marked; one or two small marks internally; but a very good copy.

The second ‘Blackshirt' book. Hubin, p.176. In this copy the following errata have been noticed (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.59, l.32, ‘she' for ‘he'; p.72, l.21, ‘awhile' for ‘a while'; p.80, l.19, broken ‘b' in ‘break-'; p.162, l.30, battered ‘d' in ‘would'; p.183, l.27, ‘p' of ‘person' very faintly printed.

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GRAEME (Bruce [i.e., Graham Montague Jeffries]). Without malice. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., London :: New York :: Melbourne :: Sydney, N.D. [1946]. Short cr.8vo; pp.[164]; pale brown cloth, lettered dark green on front cover and spine. Long inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

The first binding, later copies being without the lettering on the front cover. Hubin, p.176. Not issued in America. The back panel of the dust-wrapper advertises this title under the heading ‘Hutchinson's New fiction'.

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GRAEME (Bruce [i.e., Graham Montague Jeffries]). The way out. Hutchinson, Stratford Place, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; scarlet cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt slightly dull; otherwise a nice copy in creased and frayed dust-wrapper strengthened with tissue on verso.

Hubin, p.176. Not issued in America.

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GRAEME (Roderic [i.e., Roderic Jeffries]). Blackshirt Wins the trick. Hutchinson, Stratford Place, 1953. Crimson boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.176. Not issued in America.

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GRAHAM (Winston). The Little walls. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1955. Extra cr.8vo; pp.252; maroon cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Publisher's rubber-stamp on verso of half-title (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in a virtually fine dust-wrapper with publisher's label on spine.

The Publisher's File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp; the spine-label bears their manuscript reference number. Hubin, p.177

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GRAHAM (Winston). The Little walls. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1957. Light blue boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Near fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the front end-paper. Reprint. Originally published in 1955. V. Hubin, p.177.

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GRAY (Berkeley). Killer Conquest. Collins, 1947. Post 8vo; lake cloth, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Virtually fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.178. Not issued in America.

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GRAYSON (Rupert). Gun cotton: A romance of secret service. Eveleigh Nash, & Grayson, 1929. F'cap 8vo; light sky-blue cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine. Mottled fading of covers; prelims. lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.179. Not published in America until 1936.

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GREEN (Anna Katharine). The house of the Whispering pines. Eveleigh Nash, Fawside House, 1910. Bright green rough buckram, full colour onlay on front cover outlined with wide gilt rules, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

Advance copy with the publisher's pencilled note of publication details on upper margin of title-page (‘Published Thursday 23rd June 2/- net'). Though it is nowhere stated on the book, issued as a volume in the series ‘Nash's Two-Shilling Novels', and bound in series style. Hubin, p.180.

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GREENE (Graham). The third man And The fallen idol. William Heinemann Ltd, 1950. Final blank; black slightly grainy buckram surfaced cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; tan end-papers. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.181.

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GREENE (Graham). The third man And The fallen idol. William Heinemann Ltd, 1950. Final blank; black slightly grainy buckram surfaced cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; tan end-papers. Near fine copy.

Hubin, p.181.

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GREENE ([Sir] Hugh). The American Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes. Edited and Introduced by Hugh Greene. The Bodley Head, 1976. Double demy 16mo; final blank; lake boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light cerise; iron grey end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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GREENE (L. Patrick). Major hazards. John Hamilton, 32 Bloomsbury Street, N.D. [1932]. Orange boards, blocked and lettered black on spine. Slight foxing of edges; inscription obliterated on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in badly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.181. Not issued in America.

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GRIERSON (Edward). The Massingham Affair. 1962, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Purchased from the publisher's file, though without signs of provenance. The book was filmed as a B.B.C. Television serial. Hubin, p.183.

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GRIERSON (Edward). A crime Of one's own. 1967, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.222+[ii (blank)]; light sea-green cloth-textured boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The spine lettering is somewhat eccentric! Purchased from the publisher's file, though without signs of provenance. A bibliomystery, involving .007. Hubin, p.183.

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GRIERSON (Francis D.). Secret Judges. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, N.D. [1925]. Scarlet buckram, ruled blind, lettered black on front cover and spine. Nice copy in badly chipped and torn dust-wrapper designed by Gordon Robinson.

Hubin, p.183. A Sims and Professor Wells novel. Presentation copy from the author with a long signed holograph inscription dated ‘March 1925' on front end-paper.

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GRIERSON (Francis D.). The Cowards' club. Thornton Butterworth Ltd, 1937. Double cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf at end; light red cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered black on front cover and spine. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.183. A Commissaire Patras novel. Issued as a volume in The Crime Circle series. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page.

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GRIERSON (Francis). Out of The ashes. Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.292; dark blue linen lettered scarlet on spine; t.e. dark blue. Very nice copy in torn and minutely chipped dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

Hubin, p.183. A Superintendant Andrew Ash story.

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GRIFFITHS (Major Arthur). A Woman of Business. London, John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1904. Final page advertisements; pp.[335]+[i]; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Front end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.184

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GROGAN (Walter E.). The 10.12 express. A novel. Sisley's Ltd., London, N.D. [August, 1907]. Pp.[iv]+[327]+[i (blank)]; mustard buckram ruled and pictorially blocked scarlet, lettered black, on front cover, lettered black and scarlet on spine (title and author only); fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. End-papers embrowned, and unobtrusively strengthened with tissue in a couple of places; nonetheless a virtually fine copy.

An excellent detective murder mystery, well-plotted and with good characterisation, but not listed in Hubin. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.1, last line, ‘ed' battered in ‘started'; p.9, l.3, ‘h' of ‘with' battered; p.21, running title, ‘T' of ‘THE' battered; p.29, antepenultimate line, ‘nt' of ‘contrived' battered; p.48, l.1, ‘brigh t' for ‘bright'; p.78, l.30, ‘f' of ‘confusion' battered; p.118, l.17, full-stop raised at end of line; p.140, l.10, full-stop lacking after ‘soldier'; p.148, l.14, ‘r' of ‘for' battered; p.171, l.6, ‘y' of ‘ways' printed too heavily, the rest too faintly; p.195, penultimate line, ‘d' of ‘and' broken; p.251, l.12, ‘u' of first ‘you' and l.13, first ‘a' in ‘unalterably' printed too heavily; p.276, last line, ‘h' in ‘with' battered; p.301, ‘3' of page number defective.

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GROOM (Pelham). Temperamental Journey. Jarrolds Publishers (London) Limited, 47 Princes Gate, N.D. [1947]. Double post 16mo; light brown boards, lettered black on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.84. Not issued in America.

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HADDOW (Denis). Hanged by a thread. First Novel Library, No. 118. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1947]. Double post 16mo; crimson cloth, lettered black on spine. Very slight fading at head and tail of spine; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and badly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.187. Not issued in America.

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HALLIDAY (Michael [i.e., John Creasey]). Murder At End House. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1955. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.189+[i (advertisements)]+[ii]; cerise fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front end-paper (v.note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper with unobtrusive ink number on the spine.

The Publisher's File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.189. Nut published in America.

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HAMILTON (Patrick). The west pier. Constable publishers London, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.308; navy blue fine cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered silver on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper with several small chips at points and one larger one (30mm x 60mm maximum) at tail-edge of front panel.

The first Gorse book. Hubin, p.190. Scarce, especially in the dust-wrapper.

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HAMILTON (Patrick). Mr Stimpson And Mr Gorse. Constable publishers London, 1953. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.356; navy blue fine cloth-textured boards ruled and lettered silver on spine; t.e. dark blue. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.190. Scarce, especially in the dust-wrapper.

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HAMILTON (Patrick). Unknown Assailant. Constable, 1955. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; blue boards, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, silver down spine. Poor quality paper very lightly embrowned at extreme margins; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed price-clipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.190. The author's very scarce last book, and the third of the series dealing with ‘the abominable' Ernest Ralph Gorse.

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HAMILTON (Patrick). Unknown Assailant. Constable, 1955. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; blue boards, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, silver down spine. Poor quality paper very lightly embrowned at extreme margins; otherwise a very nice copy in fray- ed, torn, chipped, and stained dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.190. The author's very scarce last book, and the third of the series dealing with ‘the abominable' Ernest Ralph Gorse.

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HARE (Cyril [i.e., Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark]). An English murder. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1951. Blank before half-title, two at end; pp.235+[v]; red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Small mark on back cover; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.193

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HECHT (Ben). Actor's Blood. New York, Covici Friede Publishers, 1936. Sm.lge.post 8vo; pale oatmeal coarse buckram, lettered blind on front cover, panelled red, lettered pale oatmeal through red, and red, on spine; t.e. red. Very slight marking of covers; end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.199. Short stories, mainly criminous and/or supernatural.

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HENRY (Michael). Murder in the Old jail. John Hamilton Limited, Publishers, N.D. [1938]. Lime green boards, lettered black on spine. Fine copy in creased dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.201. Not issued in America.

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HERBERT (Cyril). How Dark Are The Dunes. An Ernest Hostage story. Dublin, Pillar Publishing Co., Limited, 33 Lower O'Connell Street, N.D. [1946]. F'cap 8vo, wire stabbed; white wrappers printed dark blue on back wrapper and down spine, printed salmon and light and dark blue on front wrapper. Wrappers creased and dusty; some foxing; some corners creased; one leaf slightly torn, one torn across, without loss. A good reading copy, nonetheless, of a scarce edition.

Set, apparently, in Ireland, this is presumably the first edition. Hubin, p.202 lists six titles by this author, including the present one, all as published by Mitre in 1946. Including the present title, the advertisement on the back wrapper of the present volume lists only four. Hubin would appear to give the reverse order of publication.

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HICHENS (Robert). That which is Hidden: A novel. Cassell And Company, Limited, 1939. Sq.lge.post 8vo; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

An obliquely written detective story involving murder. Hubin, p.203.

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