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.

HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The talented Mr. Ripley. Coward - McCann, Inc., New York, 1955. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[iv]+252; black very fine linen-grain cloth, down-lettered and lettered green on spine. Two minute pressure dints to front board; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly scuffed dust-wrapper faded a little on spine and back panel.

The author's third novel under her own name. Hubin, p.204.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The Blunderer. Cresset Press, 1956. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.284; scarlet cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper. Scarce.

First English edition of a book published in America in 1954. Hubin, p.204. The author's second book under her own name.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The Two Faces of January. Heinemann, 1964. Double cr.16mo; bright light blue boards, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine. Very nice copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper slightly stained on back panel.

Precedes the American edition, which was published later the same year. The book was rejected by Harper & Row in the States, accepted by Heinemann in England, and then placed in America with Doubleday, this marking Highsmith's switch from Harper & Row. Forty pages were cut from the American edition, (1,320 lines), and page twelve heavily revised. She relates the story in ‘Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction', pp.122-3. The book was selected by the Crime Writers Association of England as the best foreign crime book of 1964 - and became a best-seller. Hubin, p.204.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The Glass Cell. Heinemann: London, 1965. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+249+[i (blank)]; charcoal cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper rubbed or lightly frayed at points.

The first English edition: published in America in 1964. Hubin, p.204.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). A Suspension of Mercy. Heinemann, 1965. Double cr.16mo; charcoal boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin. p.204. Published in America in the same year as ‘The Story-teller'.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Plotting And Writing Suspense Fiction. The Writer, Inc. / Boston / Publishers, 1966. Lge.double imp.16mo, in half-sheets; final blank; pp.[viii]+[150]+[ii]; navy blue cloth lettered gilt down spine; blue and white head and tail bands. Near fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The Tremor Of Forgery. Heinemann, 1969. Double cr.16mo; orange boards, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.204.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Ripley Under ground. Heinemann: London, 1971. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+[298]; lake cloth-textured boards ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Crease in paper covering of back board, due to an original binding fault, otherwise a fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.204. First English edition of a title published in America in 1970.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Ripley's game. Heinemann, 1974. Double demy 16mo; blank follows title-page; light puce boards, blocked, lettered, and ruled gilt on spine. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.204.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly murder. Heinemann, 1975. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at end; greyish-brown boards, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.204. Precedes American edition.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Little tales of Misogyny. Heinemann, 1977. Double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, all serving as end-papers; integral advertisement leaf follows final leaf of text; light brown boards, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition. Originally published in a German translation at Zurich in 1975. Not crime stories.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The Boy who Followed Ripley. Heinemann: London, 1980. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; blank before half-title, two at end; pp.[viii]+[292]+[iv]; light blue cloth-textured boards, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The fourth Ripley novel.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). The Black House. Heinemann, 1981. Tall lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks before half-title, two at end; pp.[x]+258+[iv]; steel-blue cloth textured boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Eleven short stories, nine of them previously unpublished anywhere, one reprinted from ‘Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine', and one reprinted from an English anthology. Precedes the American edition by some seven years.

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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Mermaids on the Golf Course And Other Stories. Heinemann: London, 1985. Narrow demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[vi]+233+[i (blank)]; scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy, in dust-wrapper with inch tear at fold of back flap unobtrusively repaired with ghost-tape on verso.

Eleven stories, four of them reprinted from magazines, the rest new. In our experience a difficult title.

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HOCKING (Joseph). The Case of Miss Dunstable. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1923]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; scarlet fine linen-textured cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered with publisher's initials scarlet through black on spine. Barely perceptible marking of covers, and very small scrape in cloth of back cover; [?] bookseller's ticket removed from front paste-down leaving slight scuff; otherwise a fine copy.

A series of pencilled comments on the front paste-down reads as follows: ‘Power, 1957 / Very scarce' ‘Rare - only 20 copies' ‘?Isued [sic] / Somerset / Taunton'. It is certainly the first copy we have seen, and is not mentioned in the 1924 edition of ‘Who's Who in Literature' among Hocking's works: but we are unable to substantiate the statement of the edition size. The verso of the half-title contains a panel listing ‘Joseph Hocking's Novels and stories' which gives twenty-one titles (‘The Girl who defied the World' to ‘Out of the Wreck'), but does not include this one. Hubin, p.207.

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HOCKING (Silas K.). Adventures of Latimer Field, Curate. Illustrated. London, Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, 1903. All rights reserved. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; integral frontispiece, and numerous illustrations in text; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[iv]+152 (including frontispiece)+[ii]+[ii]; diagonally very fine ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked pictorially black and gilt, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine. Very nice copy of a scarce title.

The probable joint first binding, otherwise similar copies being known in brown cloth. Copies in grey-green fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked in white on front cover instead of gilt, are probably secondary. Hubin, p.207.

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HOGARTH (Basil). Writing Thrillers For profit. A practical guide. A. & C. Black Ltd., 4, 5 & 6 Soho Square, March 1936. Post 8vo; Errata slip tipped in before Contents; integral advertisement leaf at end; green rough buckram, blocked with series monogram device very dark brown on front cover, lettered and blocked very dark brown on spine. Virtually fine copy.



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HOLMAN (Hugh). Up This Crooked Way: A Sheriff Macready Detective Story. W. Foulsham & Co. Ltd., 1951. Navy blue cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Faded patch at extreme tail of spine; otherwise very nice in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.209. First English edition.

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HOOD (Christopher). The Mullenthorpe Thing. A Novel By Christopher Hood. 1971, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; blank follows dedication leaf; pp.192; light sky-blue beaded-linen-grain boards, downlettered, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly creased and nicked dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto and Windus: copies bearing her initials tend to be advance copies, sometimes differing in minor respects from the published books.

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HOPKINS (Linton C.). The Candle. Michael Joseph Ltd., 14, Henrietta Street, 1936. Brown fine-weave cloth, ruled and lettered lemon on spine; yellow end-papers. Edges foxed, prelims. very slightly so; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.211. Precedes the American edition by one year. Qualifies also as science fiction, since the story turns on the discovery (and detailed discussion of the manufacture), at the beginning of prohibition, of a substance bearing the same relation to alcohol as saccharine does to sugar - and which may be distributed for dilution, in pill form, as a concentrate. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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HORLER (Sydney). The 13th hour. A Chilling, Thrilling Murder Mystery. Illustrated with scenes From the photo-play: A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production Starring Lionel Barrymore and Jacquelin Gadson. The book of the film. The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd., N.D. [1928]. Double f'cap 16mo; blank serving as paste-down, and advertisement (publisher's ‘Foreword') leaf precede title-page; half-title not called for; four double-sided plates printed in sepia; advertisement leaf followed by two blanks serving as end-papers at end; maroon boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover. Gilt dull, chiefly on spine; headband torn at joints; poor quality paper embrowned throughout, especially in margins; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.212.

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HORLER (Sydney). The Murder Mask. A new novel of sensation And excitement. The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd., 66-66A, Great Queen Street, N.D. [1930]. Double f'cap 16mo; issued without half-title or true end-papers; publisher's Foreword precedes title-page, one leaf publisher's advertisements follows it; penultimate leaf of final gathering, serving as back free end-paper, printed with advertisements on recto; red net-grain paper covered boards ruled and blocked gilt on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Very nice copy. Rare thus.

Hubin, p.212. A spy story as well as a murder mystery: featuring Lance Woodhouse, Secret Service.

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HORLER (Sydney). A gentleman For the gallows. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1938. Integral advertisement leaf at end; light grey-blue cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram black on spine; deep sky-blue end-papers. Spine and edges of covers faded; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.211.

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HORLER (Sydney). The enemy Within the gates. Hodder and Stoughton, 1940. Sky blue cloth, lettered black on spine within black ruled box. A nice copy in torn and frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.211. Not issued in America.

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HORLER (Sydney). Marry the girl. A Comedy. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1945. Double cr.16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; orange cloth lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine, blocked and lettered black on back cover. Spine and one edge of covers slightly faded; cloth of sides very slightly bubbled; otherwise a fine copy.

Not criminous.

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HORLER (Sydney). Ring Up Nighthawk. London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited, May 1947. Pp.256; dull red cloth lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. Very fine copy in bright, minutely frayed, dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.212.

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HORLER (Sydney). Exit the disguiser. A ‘Tiger Standish' Adventure. London, Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1948. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.253+[ii (advertisements)]+[i (blank)]; red cloth, lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram, and lettered, black on spine. Slight foxing of covers; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.211, recording no American edition.

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HORNUNG (E.W.). The shadow of The rope. Chatto & Windus, 1902. Title-page printed in red and black; leaf blank except for publisher's woodcut device on recto, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated Jan.1902; pp.viii+341+[i (blank)]+[ii]; blue fine rough buckram, elaborately blocked black and white, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. Small damp-patch at tail edge of front cover; neat, well-nigh invisible, restoration to cloth at top of back joint; slight fading of spine; a prelims. and a few other leaves lightly foxed; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.

Hubin, p.212

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HORNUNG (E.W.). A thief in the Night. With a frontispiece by Cyrus Cuneo. Chatto & Windus, 1905. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; title-page printed in cerise and black; 10pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue, dated June 1905; diagonally fine ribbed bright green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

Raffles stories. Hubin, p.212.

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HORNUNG (E.W.). The Crime doctor. By E.W. Hornung, Author of "Raffles," etc. London, Eveleigh Nash, 1914. Pp.320; faintly mottled dark red rough-buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Inscription dated ‘27. 7. 14' partly erased from front paste-down, and free end-paper with faint vertical creases; otherwise a fine, bright, copy.

Short stories involving Dr. John Dollar, one of the earliest detectives to solve crimes by psychological means. This English edition, which is the true first, is scarce. Queen DSS, p.56; Hayward, p.82; Hubin, p.212.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). The wooden hand: A detective story. F.V. White and Co., Limited, 14 Bedford Street, Strand, 1905. Blank before half-title, blank at end; grass green patterned sand grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram on back cover, lettered on front cover and spine, in pink; lower-edges uncut. A little scattered foxing, but in general a nice copy. A scarce title.

Hubin, p.217. Not issued in America.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). The Black Patch. By Fergus Hume, Author of "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab," etc. London, John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket. (All rights reserved), [on verso of title:] 1906. Post 8vo; pp.integral advertisement leaf at end, included in the pagination, verso blank; pp.319+[i]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Complete Catalogue at end, dated June 1906, and listing this title as ‘Shortly'; carmine buckram ruled and blocked black and white, lettered black, black-outlined carmine, and black-outlined white, on front cover, gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine very slightly bubbled; barely perceptible lighter patch on back cover where circulating library label has been removed; very slight foxing of top- and fore- edges, and verso of integral advertisement leaf; owner's name on front end-paper; poor quality paper of Catalogue lightly embrowned; in effect a near-fine copy nonetheless. Scarce.

In this copy p.28, l.13, has wrong font ‘w' at start of line: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined. Hubin, p.216: not issued in America.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). The Yellow Hunchback. F.V. White & Co., Ltd., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, 1907. Sm.cr.8vo; bluish lavender rough buckram, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled box on front cover, lettered white on spine. Good reading copy only.

Hubin, p.217. Not issued in America.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). The spider. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1910. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and one plate; pp.304; 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, on text-paper; black buckram ruled and blocked blind, blocked red, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, blocked gilt on front cover. Some scattered slight marking and dusting, and a few corners turned; both plates frayed at extreme blank lower margins, and preseumably re-inserted; a very good reading copy, nonetheless.

Hubin, p.217. Not issued in America.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). The Jew's house. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1911. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; frontispiece printed in colour; pp.320; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, undated; black buckram, ruled blind, blocked blind and crimson, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Some foxing passim; a very good copy, nonetheless.

Hubin, p.216. Not issued in america.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). Mother Mandarin By Fergus Hume Auther of "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab," "The Top Dog," "The Pink Shop," "High Water Mark," "Across the Footlights," etc., etc. London, F.V. White & Co., Ltd., 17 Buckingham Street, Strand, W.C., 1912. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+312; black fine-beaded-linen-grain cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine. Some scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

Hubin, p.216. Not issued in America.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). Crazy-quilt. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece; pp.319+[i (blank)]; deep yellow-green beaded-linen-grain cloth embossed with publisher's monogram on blind-pressed oval panel on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered, black on front cover and spine. Front end-papers foxed, and fox-spots on a handful of leaves passim; two or three corners creased; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

The back-cover monogram is worthy of remark. We have seen it used on a handful of Ward, Lock titles from the 1890s onwards until the beginning of the 1920s. It is always impressed centrally at the tail-edge of the back board, and is always more deeply impressed than the other blocking, as though it has been done separately. It is not found on every copy of any of the titles on which we have seen it, and appears to be in fact quite rare. Evidently it has some significance, and we hypothesise that it may be a private mark designating a traveller's copy or a volume otherwise designated for in-house use. Hubin, p.216: not issued in America. In the present copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.40, l.8, risen quad before ‘go'; p.56, l.8, space at start of line and ‘a' for ‘at' later in line; p.64, l.17, full-stop at end of line too large; p.83, l.1, raised ‘i' at start of line; p.126, l.30, ‘t' in ‘to' missing at start of line; p.159, penultimate line, ‘n o' for ‘not'; p.162, l.30, risen quad before ‘Weld's'; p.171, l.24, broken ‘o' in ‘Cannock'; p.199, l.16, wrong font ‘p' in ‘up'; p.215, l.12, ‘an d' for ‘and' and l.21, ‘b edroom' for ‘bedroom'; p.218, l.17, ‘aun ' for ‘aunt'; p.249, l.1, broken ‘d' in ‘occurred' and l.15, broken ‘d' in ‘wouldn't'; p.271, antepenultimate line, ‘Jean' for ‘Jane'.

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HUME (Fergus[on Wright]). Fergus Hume's Last thriller: The Last Straw. London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publisher) Ltd., N.D. [1932]. Half-title with advertisement on verso for ‘The Mystery of a Hansom Cab' ("559 Thousand copies sold"); pp.288; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated Autumn 1932 (not mentioning this title); dull orange rough buckram, lettered dark green on front cover and spine. A little very light marking of covers; half-title and title leaves a trifle foxed at gutter; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's very scarce last book, published shortly after his death. Hubin, p.216. Not issued in America.

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HYDE (Theodore). After the execution. 1934, Eyre and Spottiswoode. Two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; light brown rough cloth, lettered black on spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.219. Not issued in America.

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INNES (Michael [i.e., J.I.M. Stewart].). Lament for a maker. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1938. Final blank; pp.286+[ii]; glazed black fine weave cloth, lettered scarlet on spine. Slight foxing of edges, and of extreme margins of two leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

An Appleby story. The author's scarce third book. Hubin, p.221; Haycraft, ‘Murder for Pleasure', pp.188-9: a Haycraft detective-fiction ‘cornerstone'.

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INNES (Michael i.e., J.I.M. Stewart].). The journeying boy. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1949. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.325+[iii]; pinkish scarlet fine rough buckram lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper somewhat chipped on spine and now preserved in a loose paper backed clear plastic chemise.

Hubin, p.221.

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INNES (Michael [i.e., J.I.M. Stewart]). A private view. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1952. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[224]; scarlet fine linen-grain boards lettered gilt on spine; very pale yellow end-papers. Fine copy in slightly frayed and marked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.221

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INNES (Michael i.e., J.I.M. Stewart].). The long farewell: a detective story. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1958. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.206+[ii]; scarlet cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.221. An Appleby story.

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INNES (Michael [i.e., J.I.M. Stewart].). The new Sonia Wayward. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1960. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.192; scarlet cloth-textured boards, lettered black on spine. Very nice copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.221

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IRISH (William [i.e., Cornell Woolrich].). Phantom lady. London, Robert Hale Limited, 18 Bedford Square WC1, N.D. [1945]. Pp.256; black cloth, blocked silver, lettered green, on spine. Nice copy.

First English edition of a book published in America in 1942. Hubin, p.221.

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JACOBS (T.C.H.). Appointment With the Hangman. New York, 1936, The Macaulay Company. Final blank; fine linen grain scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, dark brown, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.222.

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JACOBS (W.W.). Sea Whispers. Illustrated by Bert Thomas. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited [Warwick Square,] London, N.D., [1926]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece printed in ochre and black, and eleven plates; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; marina blue buckram, ruled blind, lettered black, on front cover, lettered and ruled black, and blocked with publishers' monogram reversed out in circular black panel on spine. Brilliantly fine copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise (which makes it look perfect!). A difficult title anyway, but rare in dust-wrapper.

Lamerton, A18a: the correct first printing; Hubin, p.223; mentioned in Queen, D.S.S. Includes two murder stories, and four others involving con-men. In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted: p.73, l.16, ‘tur' of ‘returned' battered; p.114, last line, improper spacing between ‘o' and ‘v' in ‘over'; p.118, l.11, risen quad before ‘H' in ‘He'; p.104, l.12, ‘e' lacking from ‘little' at end of line (according to Lamerton the ‘e' is "dropped" - a fault he describes as being present in the 1928 reprint also - but Lamerton appears to use "dropped" where he means "lacking" throughout his bibliography. If he really means "dropped" in this instance, the present copy must represent an earlier state of text.).

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JAMES (P.D.). The Black tower. Faber and Faber, 1975. Double cr.16mo; grey boards lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

With a book label on the front end-paper bearing the signature of the author. Hubin, p.223.

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JAMES (P.D.). Death of an Expert Witness. Faber and Faber, 3 Queen Square, 1977. Double cr.16mo; scarlet boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title-page.

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JAMES (P.D.). Innocent blood. Faber and Faber, 1980. Crimson boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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JAMES (P.D.). The Skull Beneath The Skin. Faber and Faber, 1982. Double demy 16mo; black boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.



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JAMES (P.D.). [Cover title:] Bad language In church. [On back wrapper:] Published by The Prayer Book Society, St. James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill, London EC4, N.D. [1989]. A5 format, 4pp. wire-stitched into imitation art-paper wrappers, cut flush, coated outside in bright lime green and printed outside and on inside front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

Reprinted from "The Sunday Telegraph" of 14th February, 1988, to commemorate the Quatercentenary of the birth of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer on 2nd July 1489.

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JEPSON (Edgar) and LEBLANC (Maurice). Arsene Lupin. From the Play by Maurice Leblanc And Francis De Croisset. Mills & Boon, Limited, 49 Rupert Street, N.D. [1909]. Blank before half-title; 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated ‘13/807'; navy blue cloth lettered red on front cover, gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, inlaid oval half-tone portrait of Gerald du Maurier on front cover; lower-edges uncut. Minor faults, but a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.226. The verso of the title-page bears a notice of the book's copyrighting in America, dated 1909. First edition, later issue, the catalogue (which includes a notice of this volume, without reviews or the statement of reprinting given to some other titles in the same list) dating from 1913. The book in fact was never reprinted in this format.

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JEPSON (Edgar). The Gillingham Rubies. Hutchinson & Co., 1915. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated Spring 1915; dark red rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered cream, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Initial blank and edges of prelims. foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.226. Not issued in America.

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JEPSON (Edgar). The Dangerous twins. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James's, London, S.W.1, 1935. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.288; diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth ruled and lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine, blocked and lettered black on back cover. Very nice copy.

Hubin, p.226. Not issued in America.

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JEPSON (Edgar). The Pocket Hercules. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1938. 8pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; orange cloth lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine, blocked and lettered black on back cover. Spine and edges of covers faded; end-papers and adjacent leaves foxed; otherwise very nice.

Hubin, p.226.

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JOHNS (Captain W.E.). The spy flyers. By Captain W.E. Johns, Author of "The Camels are coming," "Fighting Planes And aces" Illustrated by Howard Leigh. London, John Hamilton Ltd, 1933. Sm.cr.8vo; full-colour frontispiece and four half-tone plates; pp.236; publisher's catalogue, 40pp., on thinner but better paper inserted at end; pale violet rough cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's device gilt on spine. Some slight embrowning of poor quality paper throughout; plate to face p.150 lacking; short tear to blank upper margin of pp.169-70; otherwise a nice copy of a very difficult title.

The correct first edition sheets, dated at the foot of the title-page, but with a later issue of the catalogue, which lists this title as volume 14 in ‘The Ace Series', the latest title listed being number 56. The catalogue is not without interest in itself, as it illustrates a large number of rare dust-wrappers. Counter-espionage, involving a good deal of detection. Hubin, p.227. In this copy the following typographical faults have been observed (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.23, dropped letter at start of last three lines; p.128, l.11, ‘fi' lacking at start of line; p.210, l.14, ‘anything,any way' for ‘anything, anyway'.

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JOHNSON (Denis). Angels. Chatto & Windus, The Hogarth Press, London, 1984. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[x]+209+[v]; medium blue cloth-textured boards, downlettered, lettered, and with rule, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with yellow wrap-around flash.

First English edition. Rape, robbery, murder: ending on death-row. The first novel of a writer best known as a poet. The flash records comments by Robert Stone (‘Johnson is a first-class American writer') and John Le Carré (‘I have not been so impressed by a first novel in years')

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KEATING (H.R.F.). Inspector Ghote Caught in meshes. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St James's Place, 1967. Post 8vo, perfect bound; scarlet boards printed with over all butter muslin pattern in green, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.232.

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KEATING (H.R.F.). The Strong man. Heinemann, 1971. Double demy 16mo; yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed in red and black. Very slight creasing and marking of wrappers; reader's notes on front wrapper and relevant sketch map on back wrapper; otherwise virtually a fine copy.

Uncorrected proof copy. Hubin, p.232, listing this title as of doubtful status. It is in fact a political adventure novel.

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KEATING (H.R.F.). Death & the Visiting Firemen. Published for The Crime Club by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1973. Lge.12mo; red rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, black, down spine; uncut fore-edges; red and white head and tail bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.232. First American edition. Published in England in 1959.

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KEATING (H.R.F.). Filmi, Filmi, Inspector Ghote. The Crime Club, Collins, 14 St James's Place, London, 1976. Extra.cr.8vo, perfect bound; pp.191+[i (blank)]; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; pale cream end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with small nick on back panel.



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KEATING (H.R.F.). Inspector Ghote Draws a Line. The Crime Club, Collins, 1979. Extra.cr.8vo format, perfect bound; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; pale cream end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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[KEATING (H.R.F.). Death of My aunt [by] C.H.B. Kitchin. New Introduction by H.R.F. Keating. The Hogarth Press, London, 1986. Extra cr 8vo format, perfect bound; biographical note leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; two blanks at end; pp.[iv]+[248]+[iv]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and grey-lilac; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Fine copy.



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KEEPING (Tempest). Pearls: A tale of adventure and romance Of The south seas. Eldon Press Limited, [66,] Curzon Street, Mayfair, 1935. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; green rough cloth, ruled black on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine, green through black on front cover. Light stain on fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and dusty dust-wrapper.

This title not in Hubin. An adventure story involving the theft of the plan of a pearl bed.

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KENEALY (Arabella). King Edward Intervenes. A Novel. London, John Long, Limited, Norris Street, Haymarket (All Rights Reserved), 1910. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.[372]; publisher's inserted 20pp. catalogue at end (paged 3-22, but starting with this title); dark red rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Covers worn, but sound; front free-end-paper lacking, back one torn; some marginal spotting and marking in text: as a reading copy.

Hubin, p.236: the only mystery novel by an author best remembered for her New Woman fiction (‘Dr. Janet of Harley Street', etc.), and this book likewise has much around that theme, discussing in its many aspects the question stated on p.85: "Which was woman's higher and intrinsic function? Self-dependence, utility and self-sufficiency. Or reliance upon man for protection against life's cruder, harsher, facts, thereby calling out his strength, his resources, his chivalry and tenderness, while leaving her free to preserve and to further develop her finer, delicate and inspiring qualities." This novel appears to come down on the latter side.

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KENT (John). Give me liberty. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, London and Melbourne, 1939. Pp.287+[i (blank)]; pale tan cloth, lettered, blocked, and ruled black on spine. Very light foxing of spine and edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Winner of the £250.00 Prize offered in 1939 by the Daily Mirror for the best thriller, this fact being noted on the spine. ‘John Kent' appears in person in the book, and it seems possible that the name may be a pseudonym. Oddly, not in Hubin.

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KERNAHAN (Mrs Coulson). Ashes of Passion. London, John Long, Norris Street, Haymarket, (All Rights Reserved), 1909. Integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated March 1909, at end; pp.336 (including advertisement leaf); publisher's slip printed in scarlet tipped in after Contents, as issued; deep scarlet rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule black, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Spine a trifle tired; almost invisible restoration to cloth of back joint; poor quality end-papers lightly embrowned, with offsetting onto half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

Presetation copy, with the author's holograph inscription on the front end-paper: "To / my beloved Boy / G.K. Bettany / from his mother / The Author . . . June 20.09". Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff (who lists her under Bettany), nor Hubin. A story involving robbery and murder. The tipped in slip reads: "Mr Algernon Charles Swinburne wrote of one of Mrs Coulson Kernahan's novels:- "I am reading it with much interest. It seems to me very powerful." The letter, which referred to her 1885 novel "The House of Rimmon" is quoted (more correctly) by Wolff in a note to his entry 474.

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KERNAHAN (Mrs. Coulson). The wireless call. London: The Epworth Press, J. Alfred Sharp, 1930. Frontispiece printed in colour; final blank; pp.174+[ii]; light brown linen, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper mended with white paper on verso.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Hubin (who lists her under Bettany); Hubin, p.237, listing this title as of undetermined status: it involves the theft and attempted theft of jewels.

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KIRK (Laurence). Whispering tongues. William Heinemann Ltd., 1934. Blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper by P. Youngman Carter.

Hubin, p.240.

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KIRK (Laurence). Mushrooms On Toast. William Heinemann Ltd, 1938. Blank before half-title; mottled pale green cloth, lettered silver on spine; buff end-papers. Edges, first and last few leaves, foxed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Short stories, including at least two murder stories. Hubin, p.240, listing this title as of doubtful status.

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KITCHIN (C.H.B.). Death Of my aunt. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[248]; orange red buckram lettered gilt on spine. Some fading and dulling of covers; one or two small corners creased; otherwise a nice copy.

Woolmer, 199; Hubin, p.240

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KITCHIN (C.H.B.). Crime at Christmas. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1934. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; scarlet cloth, lettered black on spine. Fine copy.

Hubin, p.240; Woolmer, 341.

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KNEESHAW (John W.). Gold or dross? Illustrated by J.A. Symington. London, S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 & 9, Paternoster Row, E.C., N.D. [1902]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece; four half-tone plates, inserted, but included in the pagination; pp.330; publisher's inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end; brick red smooth cloth, ruled and pictorially blocked brown, black, and white, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled black and yellow, blocked gilt, yellow, black, and brown, lettered gilt-outlined black, and gilt, on spine; end-papers faced peach. Front end-paper lacking, otherwise in general a nice copy.

The correct first printing: on paper of an excellent quality, with no tendency to embrown. Despite the publisher and author, not a juvenile, but a mildly improving young adult novel involving forgery, robbery with violence and personation of a surgeon. There is no list of plates, but they form pp.51/2, 99/100, 169/70, and 285/6. In this copy l.24, p.107, has the reading ‘that' for ‘than', probably as always. Not in Hubin.

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KNOX (Ronald A.). The viaduct Murder. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1925. Map tipped in before first leaf of text; scarlet fine linen grain cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Virtually fine copy.

Hubin, p.242. The author's first crime novel, and a Haycraft/Queen cornerstone. The correct first printing, bearing the printer's code ‘1124' at end of text.

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KNOX (Ronald A.). The three taps: A detective story without a moral. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., 1927. Pp.[viii]+248; orange-brown small-patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Prelims. and edges a little foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.242.

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KNOX (Ronald A.). Double cross purposes. London, Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1937. Two integral leaves bearing plans follow title-leaf; two leaves integral advertisements followed by blank at end; pp.314 (including the plans)+[iv]+[ii]; light grey-blue linen lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram on spine; bright blue-green end-papers. Small rubbed or faded patch on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's last detective novel, and possibly his scarcest. A Miles Bredon story. Hubin, p.242. Not issued in America.

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LANG (Andrew). The Disentanglers. With illustrations by H.J. Ford. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, New York and Bombay, 1902. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and six plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; natural unglazed fine linen, pictorially blocked red and black on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine; end-papers faced black. Small light mark on back cover; half-title and advertisement leaf as always embrowned at edges by contact with end-papers; leaves facing plates a little foxed as usual with this title; otherwise an unusually nice copy, the delicate red spine blocking, which is very prone to fade, here fresh and bright.

A Queen D.S.S. title; Hubin, p.246, noting no American edition; not in Locke's ‘Spectrum of Fantasy'. The two longest stories have highland Gaelic settings: the ‘Adventure of the Miserly Marquis' being a detective story somewhat of the ‘locked room' type; the ‘Adventure of the Canadian Heiress' a scientific detective story; one other involves a murder. The third longest story is the purest science fantasy, involving the capture by zoological expeditions of living specimens of supposedly long extinct, or previously unrecorded, animals, and an unknown tribe of natives who can kill over long distances by a species of astral projection. Two other stories involve hypnotism. For copyright reasons, the volume was typeset in America, though no regular edition appears to have been published there, the present volume, according to the colophon, being printed in Aberdeen from American plates. The following misprints have been noted in this copy: p.282, l.25, ‘cau' for ‘can'; and p.320, third line from foot, ‘Emir's' for ‘emu's'. They are probably without issue significance.

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LEACH (Christopher). The send-off. 1973, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[104]; scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, blocked and down-lettered gilt, letterred gilt, on spine. Fine copy in laminated dust-wrapper slightly scored and peeling over back gutter.

Hubin, p.248.

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LEBLANC (Maurice). Arsene Lupin Versus Holmlock Shears. Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos. Grant Richards, 1909. Blank before half-title; publisher's 16pp. catalogue at end, on text paper, dated Spring 1908; dark red cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

Hubin, p.249. The first edition in English of a book originally published in Paris in 1908 under the title ‘Arsene Lupin contre Herlock Sholmes', and subsequently reprinted in both England and America under a variety of titles.

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LE CARRE (John). The Looking- Glass War. Heinemann, 1965. Lge.double cr.16mo; black boards, ruled and lettered silver on spine. Very light foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper faded on spine.

Hubin, p.249.

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LEIGHTON (Marie C.). Justice! Ward, Lock, & Co., Limited, 1910. Publisher's 16pp. catalogue on text paper at end; vertically ribbed cerise cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine. Very good copy.

Hubin, p.251. Not issued in America.

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LEINSTER (Murray). Murder Will out. John Hamilton Ltd., Publishers, N.D. [1932]. Double cr.16mo; issued without back end-papers, the final leaf, printed with advertisements on recto, serving as paste-down; scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Edges and last leaf a trifle foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.251; Currey, p.268. Precedes the American edition. Leinster's third book.

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LEINSTER (Murray). Wings Of chance: A Murder Mystery. John Hamilton Ltd., Publishers, N.D. [1935]. Light blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device and lettered black on spine. Cloth nicked at head and tail of spine, and spine faded; end-papers and facing pages embrowned; a few scattered fox-spots on edges and first few leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.251; Currey, p.270. First English edition, and first edition under this title. The author's first book, published originally in America in 1930 under the title ‘Scalps'.

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LENEHAN (J.C.). Deadly Decree. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street, St. James's, 1936. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device black on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and with publisher's device, black, on spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper with peeling tissue laminate.

Hubin, p.251. Not issued in America. The dust-wrapper is a late issue, bearing a reduced price sticker on the spine.

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LE QUEUX (William). The under- Secretary. Hutchinson & Co., 1902. Title-page printed in red and black; 6pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, dated September, 1902; diagonally fine ribbed crimson cloth, panelled white within gilt ruled box, and lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight marking of covers; some foxing, particularly of front end-papers and first few leaves; a very good copy, near nice.

Hubin, p.253. Not issued in America.

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LE QUEUX (William). The Seven Secrets. Hutchinson & Co., 1903. Diagonally fine ribbed cerise cloth, panelled white, lettered, and with ruled box, gilt, on front cover, panelled blind, lettered, and with ruled box, gilt, on spine; tan end-papers. Cloth of spine a trifle faded; front free end-paper lacking; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.253. Not issued in America.

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LE QUEUX (William). Treasure Of Israel. London, Eveleigh Nash, Fawside House, 1910. Four facsimiles in text; pp.viii+311+[i (blank)]; green buckram-surfaced linen, lettered gilt on spine, blocked and lettered gilt and with oval full-colour lithographic onlay on front cover; lower-edges uncut. Slight wrinkling to cloth of spine, light foxing to first and last few leaves and edges, and N7 and 8 opened a little roughly; otherwise a nice copy.

First English edition of a book issued in America in 1909. An excellent criminous bibliomystery that might well have served as the model for ‘The Da Vinci Code'. Issued as a volume in the series ‘Nash's Two-Shilling Novels': a fact nowhere stated on the book itself, but recorded from a catalogue present in a later volume of the series. Not in Hubin.

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LE QUEUX (William). Hushed up! A mystery of London. Eveleigh Nash, 1911. Final blank; pp.318+[ii]; 8pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated Autumn 1911; green buckram-surfaced linen lettered gilt and with gilt outlined recessed panel with lithographic full-colour paper onlay on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Gilt oxydised on spine; some foxing, more or less confined to prelims. and last leaves; one leaf with trimming fault to blank fore-margin made good without use of tissue; uninterpretable rubber-stamp on lower edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the series ‘Nash's Two-Shilling Novels': a fact nowhere stated on the book itself, but recorded from a catalogue present in a later volume of the series. Hubin, 252.

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LE QUEUX (William). Annette of the Argonne: A story of the French front. London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, Paternoster House, E.C., 1916. Sm.cr.8vo.; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated January, 1916; pp.236; cobalt blue buckram ruled and lettered black on spine. A nice copy.

Listed in the catalogue as ‘At 2/- net An entirely new story...' this was obviously expected to have a large circulation. For some reason - perhaps because of its popular nature and inexpensive production - it is a scarce title to-day. Hubin, p.252. The catalogue makes clear that it is concerned with espionage - the heroine's lover being a German spy.

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LE QUEUX (William). Mysteries of a Great city: Being the reminiscences of Monsieur Raoul Becq, ex-sous-chef of the Süreté Génerale of Paris. Edited by William Le Queux. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1920]. Pp.256; bright green fine linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Some foxing of top-edges, and a single fox-spot on fore-edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

From the library of Tage la Cour, with his ‘Sherlockian' bookplate on the front paste-down. This is the correct first issue, undated, and agreeing with the British Library deposit copy. An issue in red cloth and printed on poorer paper is sometimes seen, bearing the date 1920. That is the first cheap reprint. Queens Quorum, 63.

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LOCKE (James). The stem of the Crimson dahlia. T. Fisher Unwin, Adelphi Terrace, 1908. Post 8vo; frontispiece printed in full colour and laid on to tipped-in non-text-paper blank; title page printed in scarlet and black; dark purple buckram, ruled red, blocked red and green, lettered green, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. A fine copy.

Not in Hubin. A story of murder and international intrigue (England v. Russia) involving Bulgaria.

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LONG (E. Laurie). Double banked. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, 1940. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; old cream cloth, blocked and lettered dark brown on spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

This copy bears on the verso of the title-page above the statement of printing the publisher's rubber stamp reading ‘Special Presentation Edition'. Hubin, p.260. Not issued in America.

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LOWNDES (Mrs. Belloc). The Uttermost Farthing. William Heinemann, 1908. Moire fine-pattern-ribbed blue-green cloth, lettered green through matt gilt, blocked matt and bright gilt, on spine and front cover, blocked with the price (2/6) in blind on back cover; lower-edges rough-trimmed. End-papers lightly foxed, and a little scattered foxing in text; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy from the author with her signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Issued as a volume of ‘Heinemann's Shorter Novels', and bound in series style. Hubin, p.263.

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LOWNDES (Mrs. Belloc). The lodger. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1913. Publisher's catalogues, 8pp. on text-paper, dated Autumn 1913 and listing this title on p.6, followed by 32pp. (last page blank), dated July 1913, at end, not mentioning this volume; pp.[iv]+311+[i (printer's imprint)]; light cobalt blue fine-linen-grain cloth lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed. Cloth of sides a trifle rubbed, that of spine darkened a little and showing a faint vertical crease, and slight wrinkling towards the head; bookplate on front end-paper; one or two small marks to text, but internally in general a nice copy.

Haycraft, p.81: "a masterly fictional analysis of the Jack-the-Ripper murders"; and a Haycraft "Cornerstone". A difficult book to find, particularly in anything approaching decent state, probably because its unfortunate date of publication led to its being printed short, and also because it is printed upon puff-paper, which tends to pick up dust rather easily. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (significance of state, if any, undetermined): p.3, last line, risen quad after ‘under'; p.13, l.24, risen spaces after first to fourth words; p.96, last line, ‘d' very much raised at end of line and partly lacking; p.118, last line, risen space after ‘A'; p.163, last line, risen quad at start of line; p.184, penultimate and last lines of quotation, risen space after ‘one', and risen quad at end of line; p.229, l.21, ‘swiftly' for ‘slowly'; p.258, last line, risen space after ‘a'; p.303, risen space after ‘C' of ‘CHAPTER' in heading.

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LOWNDES (Mrs. Belloc). Bread of Deceit. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, E.C., N.D. [1925]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.312; publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue at end dated Autumn, 1925, advertising this novel, without reviews, as ‘new'; scarlet fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Very slight dust-marking of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.263, recording this title as of undertermined status. It is a murder story, though the publisher plays this down in the advertisement, saying that it is also "a close, convincing study of post-War London Society."

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BELLOC-LOWNDES (Mrs.) "Thou Shalt Not Kill" Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., Paternoster Row, London E.C.4, N.D. [1927]. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; blank, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue dated Spring 1927, at end; pp.286+[ii]; deep sky blue fine linen-textured cloth, ruled blind, lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. In this copy the ‘u' of ‘Publishers' on the title-page has printed very faint: state or issue significance, if any, unknown. Hubin, p.263 recording no American edition.

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LOWNDES (Mrs. Belloc). Letty Lynton. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[vi]+344+[ii]; blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight marking and bubbling of covers; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.263

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LOWNDES (Mrs. Belloc). Jenny Newstead. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[vi]+335+[iii]; dark blue buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Edges foxed; a very little light foxing elsewhere; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.263. The second issue, published at 3/6d: a fact evidenced by the dust-wrapper which both bears that price on the spine and avertises on the back panel and back flap ‘A selection from Heinemann's 3s. 6d. Library. Each Cr.8vo. Cloth. Three-colour wrapper'. The present wrapper is in fact only black and yellow. The front flap bears extracts from a review.

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LOWNDES (Mrs. Belloc). And call it Accident. Hutchinson & Company, N.D. [1939]. Publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated internally 1939; black fine weave glazed cloth, lettered light brown on front cover and spine. Light foxing of edges, prelims., and last few leaves of catalogue; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. First English edition. Published in America in 1936. Hubin, p.263.

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LYALL (Gavin). Shooting script. Hodder and Stoughton, 1966. Final blank; dark blue boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.264.

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