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.

McBAIN (Ed). Ten Plus One: An 87th Precinct Inner Sanctum Mystery. Hamish Hamilton, 1964. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end; lemon yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in scarlet. Slight marking of wrappers, but a nice copy.

A proof copy of the first English edition. Hubin, p.265. Published in America in 1963.

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MACCLURE (Victor). The "crying pig" Murder. George G. Harrap & Co. Limited, London Bombay Sydney, 1929. Pp.287+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed yellow cloth ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Head- and tail- bands frayed; covers slightly marked; slight foxing, and one or two small stains; in general, however, a very good copy.

Hubin, p.266. The book is also known in an otherwise similar binding of scarlet buckram. Precedence undetermined.

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MACCLURE (Victor). Frontera. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, March 1937. Map, and 4pp. illustrations, on text paper; integral advertisement leaf at end (including self-caricature vignette of the author at his desk); blue cloth lettered black on spine and front cover; blue end-papers. Spine and edges of covers faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph inscription dated ‘22:III:37' on title-page. Adventure story. This title not in Hubin.

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McCUTCHEON (George Barr). The daughter Of Anderson Crow. With illustrations by B. Martin Justice. New York, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1907. Half-title not called for; inserted lithographic frontispiece in colours, included in pagination, and fourteen inserted plates in black and white, not so included; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.[viii]+346; horizontally fine-ribbed dove grey cloth, flat spine, blocked blind, lettered cream, on front cover and spine, and with cream lithographic onlay printed in colours with a design by Justice on front cover. Small private library stamp on front end-paper; but a virtually fine bright copy.

The author's first mystery story. Hubin, p.267

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MacDONALD (John D.). The deep blue Good-bye. Robert Hale Limited, 63 Old Brompton Road, 1965. Sm.double cr.16mo; black boards, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.268. First English edition. Published in America in 1964. The first Travis McGee story.

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MACDONALD (John D.). The Turquoise Lament. Robert Hale & Company, 1975. Double cr.16mo; black boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.268. First English edition. Published in America in 1973. A Travis McGee novel.

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MACDONALD (Ross). Sleeping Beauty. The Crime Club, Collins, 14 St James's Place, London, 1973. Crown 8vo, perfect bound; final blank; pp.253+[iii]; scarlet boards blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on flat spine. Fine copy.

Hubin, p.268. A Lew Archer story.

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[MACDONELL (A.G.).]. The Shakespeare Murders By Neil Gordon. Arthur Barker Ltd., 21 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, N.D. [1933]. Dove grey rough buckram, lettered green on front cover, blocked and lettered green on spine; lower-edges uncut. Light foxing of edges; otherwise a very nice copy. A scarce title.

A Peter Kerrigan story.

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MACINNES (Colin). Mr Love and Justice. Macgibbon & Kee, 1960. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.232; dull scarlet cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

The author's fifth book.

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McINTOSH (J.T. [i.e., James Murdoch MacGregor]). Take a pair of Private eyes By J.T. McIntosh Based on the television play by Peter O'Donnell. Frederick Muller, 1968. Extra double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[iv]+173+[iii]; dark brownish grey glazed linen-textured boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly rubbed and frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.271

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McKENNA (Marthe). Spying blind. Jarrolds Publishers (London) Limited, Paternoster House, [34,] Paternoster Row, E.C.4, (Founded in 1770), N.D. [1939]. Integral blank, followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; smooth deep yellow cloth, lettered brown on spine; light buff end-papers. Very light foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

Advance copy, with the publisher's review slip, giving the scheduled publication date as 16 Nov. 1939, loosely laid in. Hubin, p.271. Not issued in America. The adventures of a lady spy.

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McKENNA (Stephen). Tales of intrigue And revenge. Hutchinson & Co., N.D. [1924]. 48pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated Autumn, 1924; diagonally fine ribbed small-patterned deep pink cloth, ruled and panelled blind, lettered black on front cover and spine, ruled black on spine; lower-edges uncut. Near-fine copy.

Hubin, p.271.

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MacLEAN (Alistair). The way To dusty Death. Collins, 1973. Double lge.post 16mo; advertisement leaf follows half-title leaf; final blank; very dark brown boards, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.273.

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MacLEAN (Alistair). The way To dusty Death. Collins, 1974. Double lge.post 16mo; advertisement leaf follows half-title leaf; final blank; very dark brown linen-patterned boards, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in torn dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with clear tape.

Second impression. First published in 1973 (v. Hubin, p.273). Presentation copy, with the author's signed presentation inscription on the dedication page. The dedicatee's name has been crossed through and a further inscription added in another hand. In our experience Alistair MacLean presentation copies are uncommon.

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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.

MARRIC (J.J. [i.e., John Creasey]). Gideon's Day. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1955. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end (verso blank); pp.189+[i (blank)]+[ii]; carmine-lake fine-beaded-linen-grain-textured boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Publisher's rubber stamp on title-page (v.note); otherwise mint in pictorial dust-wrapper, mint apart from an unobtrusive file number on the spine.

As the blurb remarks: "a new kind of thriller". The Publisher's File Copy of the first book under the by-line ‘J.J. Marric'. Hubin, p.281.

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MARRIC (J.J. [i.e., John Creasey].). Gideon's River. King Crime: Hodder and Stoughton, 1968. Demy 8vo; last page publisher's advertisement; pp.[191]+[i]; black cloth-textured boards, downlettered, with ruled box, and publisher's device, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper very slightly rubbed at points.

Hubin, p.282

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MARSH (Ngaio). Scales Of Justice. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1955. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[256]; red cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered black on spine; end-papers printed with map in black. A nice copy in slightly dusty and very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.282. Issued to celebrate the Crime Club's Silver Jubilee as their 25th anniversary Choice.

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MARSH (Ngaio). Tied Up in Tinsel. The Crime Club, Collins, 14 St. James's Place, 1972. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.282.

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MARSH (Richard). Mrs Musgrave - And Her Husband. London, John Long, 6 Chandos Street, Strand, 1901. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a on recto precedes half-title; 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end dated April 1901, probably printed conjugate with the prelims., and thus integral; pp.[viii]+208+[viii]; scarlet buckram blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered black, and black-outlined-white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; laid end-papers. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine, and spine a trifle faded; poor quality end-papers embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

First John Long edition of a book originally published in the series ‘Pioneer Books' in 1894. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.283; Glover/Greene, 334, listing the 1901 edition as here.

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MARSH (Richard). The Strange Wooing Of Mary Bowler. With illustrations by Bernard Higham. London, C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., Henrietta Street, 1901. Extra cr.8vo; leaf blank except for signature mark ‘*' on verso precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates, all inserted, but included in the pagination; pp.[xii (including the frontispiece)]+[304 (including the three plates)]; vertically streaked light tangerine cloth, blocked pictorially chocolate, black, white, and grey, lettered black-outlined white, on front cover, lettered black-outlined white, and white, on spine. Barely detectable restoration to cloth of back joint; white enamel vanished from spine (leaving the imprint in blind, the rest black-outlined tangerine); light foxing of end-papers and edges; tissue evenly embrowned; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.283. Not published in the U.S.A. until 1929 (as ‘A Strange Wooing'). In this copy the last line on p.38 has the reading ‘hey' for ‘they' (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined).

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MARSH (Richard). The Twickenham peerage. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1902. Blank before half-title; blank, followed by publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated July 1902; pp.viii+309+[iii]; crimson rough buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Small mark on back board; light foxing of front blank, half-title, and edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first issue, with the earlier Catalogue: copies are also known with a Catalogue dated November 1902. The book was issued in October. A mystery story with strong fantasy elements, largely rationalised, adopting the method of Wilkie Collins' book ‘The Moonstone'. "Some of the things that he did - and a great many more that he wanted to do - were against nature. When I hinted that that was what I felt, he'd look at me in that queer way of his, and say that magic was knowledge and knowledge was magic; and that you'd only got to know everything to do everything." - p.197. Hubin, p.283. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted: p.100, l.10, ‘make take' for ‘may take'; p.148, l.25, ‘unconsciously' for ‘unconscionably'; p.157, l.8, closing single quote missing; p.160, l.33 and l.34, opening single quote missing; p.168, l.8, redundant comma after ‘up'; p.170, penultimate line, starting single quote missing; p.216, l.5, ‘I' for ‘he'; p.276, penultimate line, ‘seem' for ‘seen'; p.286, l.3, ‘no' for ‘not'.

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MARSH (Richard). The Death Whistle. London, Anthony Treherne & Co., Ltd., 3 Agar Street, Strand, W.C., 1903. Two binder's blanks tipped in after front end-papers (v. note); integral blank at end; pp.[510]+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled box[es] on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Very light marginal embrowning of poor quality paper more or less throughout; otherwise a nice copy. A scarce title from a small publisher.

An well written mystery story with an incidental tinge of the occult, and an excellent example of its period. Hubin, p.283; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The tapes onto which the gatherings are sewn appear in this copy between the second end-paper and the first binder's blank, and since the paper of both end-papers and binder's blanks is identical we are led to suppose that the binder's blanks here present are anomalous, being in fact a duplicate set of front end-papers included by mistake. The following typographical errors have been noted in this copy, state or issue significance, if any, undetermined: p.209, l.27, small cap. ‘v' in ‘I've'; p.211, l.21, wrong font ‘o' in ‘moving' and again for the second ‘o' in ‘room'; p.230, l.15, hyphen lacking at line-end.

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MARSH (Richard). A duel. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1904. Pp.viii+324; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end dated July 1904; publisher's 4pp. list and Order Form for ‘Methuen's Popular Novels', dated Summer 1904, loosely laid in between front end-papers as issued; faintly moiré vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very light, and mostly very slight, foxing affecting some half-dozen or so leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

A murder story involving the forging of a will. Hubin, p.283; this title not in Wolff. Not issued in America.

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MARSH (Richard). In the service Of love. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1906. Blank before half-title; pp.viii+335+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated March 1906; scarlet art-linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight foxing of edges; front end-paper scuffed towards gutter by rmoval of label; otherwise a near-fine copy.

An ebullient murder mystery, with good characterisation, and an unforgettable villain! Hubin, p.283. In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.112, l.28 and p.123, l.6, ‘euphoniously' for ‘euphemistically'.

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MARSH (Richard). A Woman Perfected. London, John Long, Norris Street, Haymarket. (All Rights Reserved), 1907. Integral advertisement leaf at end, included in the pagination; pp.320; vertically fine-ribbed deep scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine. Some very light damp-spotting of covers, but a near-fine copy.

A detective story showing very much the influence of Dickens. This title not in Hubin. P.222, l.24, in this copy has a broken ‘t' at the end of the line: state or issue significcance, if any, undetermined.

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MARSH (Richard). The Lovely Mrs. Blake. With a Frontispiece by Evelyn Lomax. Cassell and Company, Ltd., London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1910. Blank before half-title, blank at end; full colour frontispiece with thin-paper guard; ppviii+[342]+[ii]; publisher's inserted catalogue, 16pp., at end, printed in red and black and coded ‘Fiction-7/10'; pale blue rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Some foxing of first few leaves and edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

A straight mystery story. Hubin, p.283. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, unknown): p.34, l.11, wrong font ‘c' at start of line; p.201, l.1, ‘s' lacking at start of line; p.248, last line extends beyond left margin; p.277, l.14, ‘efficient' for ‘sufficient'; p.313, wrong font page number (bold face).

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MARSH (Richard). A master Of deception. With a Frontispiece by Dudley Tennant. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1913. Blank before half-title; frontispiece printed in full colour; Contents leaf preceding first page of text and text-paper blank following last leaf of text both single insets; pp.[viii]+336+[?ii]; 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end coded ‘Fiction - 6.12.'; vertical fine linen-grain scarlet cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine. Nice copy.

A murder story involving a personable and attractive psychopath, very well observed and drawn. Hubin, p.283. In this copy the following errata have been observed (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.141, l.21, ‘depositions' for ‘dispositions'; p.225, l.1, ‘understand' for ‘understands'; p.296, l.15, ‘w' lacking in ‘were'.

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MARSH (Richard). Justice - suspended. London, Chatto & Windus, 1913. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; title-poage printed in light maroon and black; pp.[ii]+vi+407+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, coded on first leaf ‘[912]'; light maroon fine-weave cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed; bookmark advertisement for Law Union & Rock Insurance Company Limited (cream card printed on both sides in brown) loosely laid in as issued. Some uniform fading to cloth of spine; fore-edges very slightly foxed; poor quality paper of Catalogue embrowned; otherwise a very nice copy.

One of Marsh's more entertaining stories. Hubin, p.283: not issued in America. In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance unknown): p.30, l.24, opening instead of closing inverted commas; p.91, l.15, raised full stop at end of line; p.118, l.14, ‘allocate' for ‘arrogate'; p.221, l.28, ‘world' for ‘word'; p.231, l.15, raised comma at end of line; p.238, l.19, ‘not' lacking before ‘feel'; p.340, l.20, ‘his' for ‘her'.

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MARSH (Richard). Molly's Husband. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1914. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.viii+342+[ii]; dark green fine-linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Very slight fading of spine; extensive very light foxing of edges and first and last few leaves; nonetheless, a very nice copy.

One of Marsh's more curious fictions: a sort of cross between a detective novel and a Ruritanian adventure story, with slight science-fictive elements. Hubin, p.283, recording this title as of undetermined status. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.12, l.25, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.16, l.8, ‘in' of ‘information' virtually lacking; p.51, l.7, second ‘he' should read ‘she'; p.68, ‘6' in page number lacking, ‘8' faint; p.81, l.19, ‘your' for ‘his'; p.106, l.12, second ‘her' should read ‘his'; p.130, l.5, raised comma at end of line; p.146, l.26, ‘trouble' for ‘troubles'; p.148, l.26, ‘let' for ‘let out' or ‘let drop'; p.149, l.1, raised ‘t' at end of line; p.161, penultimate line, wrong font ‘p' in ‘pretences'; p.165, l.7, raised ‘i' at start of line; p.183, l.13, raised ‘e' at end of line; p.193, l.20, raised ‘t' at start of line; p.205, l.24, raised ‘f' at end of line; p.223, l.3, raised ‘s' at start of line; p.229, l.5, raised ‘t' at end of line, and in l.12, dropped ‘r'; p.248, l.3, raised ‘l' at end of line and raised comma at end of penultimate line; p.253, l.8, dropped ‘l' at end of line and three lines from foot, raised ‘j' at start of line; p.263, ll.7 and 16, raised full stop at end of line; p.264, l.16, raised comma at end of line; p.272, l.5, raised ‘s' at end of line and l.18, raised comma; p.290, l.25, raised ‘l' at start of line; p.293, l.22, raised comma at end of line, and l.25, raised hyphen; p.315, l.10, raised hyphen at end of line; p.317, ll.10 and 12, dropped letter at end of line; p.319, l.1, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.324, last line, ‘i' lacking in ‘is'; p.325, l.14, raised ‘i' at start of line.

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MARSH (Richard). His love or his Life: A romance. London, Chatto & Windus, 1915. Advertisement leaf before half-title; title-page printed in cerise and black; integral leaf publisher's advertisements followed by publisher's inserted Catalogue at end, dated Oct.1913 [sic!]; light and dark scarlet mottled fine linen, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, and insignificant damp-spotting of sides; slight silver-fish damage to paste-downs; Catalogue slightly embrowned; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.283 listing this title as of undetermined status: it is a murder mystery involving a trial, and also, very nearly, a hanging - the contemporary procedures of which are described in some detail. The following errata have been observed in this copy (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.[60], l.3, ‘iustructions' for ‘instructions'; p.177, l.13, ‘alone' for ‘along'; p.204, l.12, ‘been' for ‘been in'; p.237,l.16, ‘on' for ‘by'; p.269, l.28, ‘feeling' for ‘feelings'.

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MARSH (Richard). Love in fetters. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1915. Blank before half-title; printer's imprint with coding ‘F22,5.615' on verso of last leaf; pp.[2]+vi+319+[i]; dark red fine-linen-textured cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Gilt a little dulled on spine, and insignificant rub-hole in cloth of back joint, but a nice copy of a scarce title.

A love story with incidental murders, kidnapping, false imprisonment, coining, sharping, etc., etc. . . Hubin, p.283, listing it as of undetermined status; this title not in Wolff. Not issued in America. In this copy the following typographical faults and erratum have been noted: p.98, l.7, battered ‘a' at start of line; p.126, l.14, ‘gave' for ‘give'; p.209, l.14, battered ‘e' at end of line.

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MARSH (Richard). The great Temptation. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., Adelphi Terrace, 1916. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.382+[ii]; dull dark blue fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Small pressure dint in front board (probably from a pencil point); otherwise a nice copy.

Published posthumously. Hubin, p.283; this title not in Wolff.

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MARSH (Richard). On the jury. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1918. Imprint page at end; pp.[iv]+299+[i]; publisher's 36pp. catalogue at end, dated at foot of p.31 ‘6/7/17', the remainder blank, and the last two leaves forming the end-papers; fine beaded linen grain scarlet cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Two or three leaves and edges very lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy, the catalogue, including end-papers, unopened.

Criminous short stories, published posthumously. Marsh, who died in 1915, managed to continue publishing new titles regularly, at least as late as 1920! This title is a scarce one, not listed either in Hubin or in Wolff.

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MARTIN (A. Richard). The death of The claimant. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1929. Scarlet linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Very slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, but a near fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.284

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MARTYN (Wyndham). Capture. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, 1940. Tangerine cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's monogram black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram device, and lettered, black, on spine. Near fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Later issue dust-wrapper with sticker reducing the price to 5/- (from 7/6d.) on spine. Hubin, p.285. Not issued in America.

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[MASEFIELD (John).]. Daughters Of Ishmael By Reginald Wright Kauffman. London, Stephen Swift & Co Ltd, 10 John Street Adelphi, 1912. Cancel title leaf; two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.[xvi]+396+[iv]; dark purple fine beaded-rib linen-effect buckram blocked bind on front cover with all-over arrow-and-book design and with large blind-pressed panel, embossed with ruled frame blind and lettered gilt, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight dulling of spine; edges and prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

First English edition of a book published in America c.1910 under the title "The House of Bondage". The English edition was issued in December 1911 with an integral title-leaf, and dated ahead. During the course of 1912 Stephen Swift and Co. Ltd. removed from 16, King Street, Covent Garden to 10, John Street, Adelphi, the cancel title being supplied, as here, to record the new address. After the demise of this short-lived publishing firm at the end of the same year, the book was taken over by T. Werner Laurie, who published the ninth impression in May 1913. A powerful, if depressing, novel dealing with prostitution, graft, Tamany Hall politicians, kidnapping, rape, murder, and the like - inwoven into a social critique of the mechanical effects of capitalist economics, poverty, and the abuses of small-scale democracy. Its chief interest for the England of to-day might be as a warning against electing mayors and other local government officials! Much of the novel is set in brothels or otherwise concerned with prostitution in its many forms and with the white slave trade. Includes an eight page Preface by John Masefield dealing with the contemporary organisation of prostitution in England, which is here first published. Not in Handley-Taylor. In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.146, penultimate line, ‘r' of ‘remember' separated, badly battered, and almost lacking; p.177, l.31, battered ‘h' in ‘then'; p.242, last line, wrong font ‘ro' in ‘grow'; and p.330, l.25, ‘on' for ‘one'.

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MASKE (John). The Saint-Malo Mystery. A Novel. Rich & Cowan, Ltd., [27,] Maiden Lane, Strand, 1933. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; carmine buckram, blocked with author's monogram black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Cloth somewhat bubbled; edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.285. Not issued in America.

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MASON (A.E.). At the Villa Rose. Hodder and Stoughton, London 1910. Pp.viii+311+[i (blank)]; deep red rough buckram, ruled yellow, lettered white, on front cover, ruled yellow, lettered gilt on spine. Early prelims. foxed, and barely visible damp-spotting of back cover; an unusually nice copy nonetheless of a book that tends not to survive well.

The primary binding. The first Inspector Hanaud title, and Mason's masterpiece in the genre. One of the finest detective novels ever written - if you like to have all the clues! Haycraft, p.303: a ‘cornerstone'; Hubin, p.285; Wolff, 4622, describing a later issue in a simpler binding of ‘pale blue linen flecked with white; lettered in black on front [cover] and in gold on spine".

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MASON (A.E.W.). The sapphire. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1933. Blank before half-title; Cambridge blue linen lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Extremely fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.285.

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MASON (A.E.W.). The sapphire. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1933. Blank before half-title; Cambridge blue linen lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Cloth of spine faded, and worn very slightly at head and tail; end-papers and prelims. foxed; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.285.

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MASON (A.E.W.). The House in Lordship Lane. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, January, 1946. Pale marina green rough buckram, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed and spotted dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.285. The final Hanaud novel.

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MASON (Howard). The Red Bishop. Michael Joseph, 1953. Double post 16mo; black boards, blocked red, blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.285.

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MATSCHAT (Cecile Hulse). Murder at the Black Crook. Cassell And Company, Ltd., London, Toronto, Melbourne and Sydney, 1945. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+170+[ii]; sea-green fine rough buckram lettered gilt up and on spine. Nice copy.

First English edition of a title published in America in 1943. Hubin, p.287. The only detective title by this author to be published in England.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Ashenden Or The British agent. London, William Heinemann, Ltd., 1928. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+304; dull greenish blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine. Cloth of spine just a trifle dulled, very slightly rubbed at extreme headband, and with small, barely perceptible restoration to extreme tail; inscription dated 28/5/28 on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Toole Stott, 24; Hubin, p.288; Queen's Quorum, 78.

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MEADE (L[illie]. T[homas], i.e., [Elizabeth Thomasina, later Mrs. Toulmin Smith, and EUSTACE (Robert)].). Silenced. Illustrations by Sidney Paget And Gordon Browne. London, Ward Lock and Co Limited, 1904. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates in half-tone or line; pp.320; bevelled vertically fine-ribbed navy blue cloth, lettered and pictorially blocked gilt on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine; good quality laid-paper end-papers. Boots blind-stamp on front cover, unobtrusive because of the gilt blocking; a little scattered foxing more or less confined to margins or edges; chip to one blank lower margin; front endpapers unobtrusively strengthened at gutter with binder's tissue, for no obvious reason; otherwise a nice copy.

Scarce. Short stories: ‘Silenced'; ‘The Man who Disappeared' (originally published with ‘Robert Eustace' given as co-author); ‘Spangle-winged'; ‘Followed'; ‘The Mystery of Susanna Tankerville' (a Clifford Halifax story); ‘The Blue Laboratory' (a science-fiction detective story). There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.41, 61, 113, 142, 167, and 184, and are here bound in at those openings. Hubin, p.289; not in the extensive Wolff collection of this author; Locke, ‘Spectrum', Christmas Annual 2002.

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MEADE (L.T.). The passion of Kathleen Duveen. Stanley Paul & Co, 31 Essex Street, Strand, W.C., 1913. Integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title; two integral advertisement leaves followed by publisher's inserted 48pp. catalogue at end, dated November, 1913; fine beaded linen grain scarlet cloth, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. A little scattered very light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

A melodramatic story of murder, with some detection, and more than a hint of the Gothick, set, for the most part, in contemporary Kerry. From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, with their small book-label on the front paste-down. This title not in Hubin. In this copy p.241, ll.22-3 has the readings ‘either . . . or' for ‘neither . . . nor'. Issue significance, if any, unknown. Written at a moment of flux, when the leisured ways of the Victorian and Edwardian upper classes had not yet accommodated themselves to the usages of the modern world, the book has in places some sociological interest. We cannot, for example, remember elsewhere having met the expression "he sent a telephone", much as at another time "he" might have "sent a telegram" - the operation being one necessarily to be conducted between servants, since the recipient could neither be presumed to be ‘at home', nor at the beck and call of a machine!

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MERRETT (Charles H.). Hidden lives: A Detective Story. John Long, Limited, 34, 35, & 36 Paternoster Row, 1929. Final blank; fine linen grain carmine cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in torn dust-wrapper rather chipped on front panel.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. The correct first printing, with ‘Copyright, 1929' on verso of title-page, and ‘1929' in the Publisher's and Printer's imprint at end of text - this double dating being a feature of all John Long books of the period, re-prints having a later date at end of text. Hubin, p.290. Not issued in America.

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MEYER (Nicholas). The Seven Per Cent Solution. Being a reprint from the Reminscences of John H. Watson, M.D. As edited by Nicholas Meyer. Hodder and Stoughton, 1975. Demy 8vo; rich green boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight flexion crease in front board; otherwise a fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.291. First English edition.

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MILLAR (R.). Half a corpse. 1935, Eyre and Spottiswoode. Two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pale fawn rough buckram, lettered dark brown on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.292. Not issued in America.

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MILLS (Carley). A Nearness Of Evil. A novel. Coward McCann, Inc., New York, 1961. Double lge.post 16mo; double spread title-page utilising verso of half-title; quarter grey cloth, charcoal boards, spine lettered down and with short rule cerise. Fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription dated ‘April 12th 1961' on the front end-paper. Apparently the dedication copy. Hubin, p.293

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MILNE (A.A.). The red house Mystery. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1922. Pp.[viii]+211+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's 8pp. Catalogue at end on thinner paper, not listing this volume, at end; light green fine-linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered blind on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very slight mottled fading to front cover, and two minute nicks to extreme head of spine; insignificant foxing to prelims.; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine copy.

Haycraft pp.151 and 304: a ‘Cornerstone'. Gathering 13 consists of two leaves, with gathering 14 between them.

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MITCHELL (Gladys). Lament for Leto. London, Michael Joseph, 1971. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.223+[i (blank)]; bright brown cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, down-lettered and lettered, gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.294

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MITFORD (Bertram). The Heath Hover Mystery. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne, and Toronto, 1911. Half-tone frontispiece by A. Forester, with tissue guard, and two plates; pp.320; 16pp. text-paper advertisements at end; black buckram, lettered gilt, elaborately blocked blind on front cover and spine, full colour onlay on front cover. Nice copy.

A very scarce Bertram Mitford title: occult, unrationalised, and an occult murder mystery, rationalised, full of excellent idiomatic speech giving a far better impression of how educated people spoke at the time than is found in most novels. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped in to face pp.18 and 213. In this copy the following typographical flaws and errata have been noted (state or issue significance undetermined): p.18, penultimate line, risen quad between ‘for' and ‘speech'; p.32, l.9, risen quad between ‘cottages' and ‘referred'; p.33, l.4, risen quad between ‘"' and ‘And'; ditto, p.38, l.9; (there are many other instances of risen quads); p.67, l.18, battered ‘t' at line end; p.79, l.1, broken ‘N' at start of line; p.110, l.2, ‘surrounding' for ‘surroundings'; p.116, l.3, ‘pattenrs' for patterns' and l.14, battered inserted commas at start of line; p.128, last line, single inverted comma at start instead of double; p.201, antepenultimate line, broken ‘a' in ‘appeal'; p.212, l.1, ‘patient' for ‘patent'; p.238, l.7, wrong font ‘d' in ‘side'; p.259, l.29, ‘underly' for ‘underlie'; p.273, last line ‘Meilan' for ‘Melian'; p.301, l.15, ‘well' for ‘will'. Hubin, p.295

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MOISEIWITSCH (Maurice). She, the accused. William Heinemann Ltd, 1956. Blank before half-title; dark green buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Near fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.295.

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MONSARRAT (Nicholas). The Nylon Pirates. Cassell, London, 1960. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+[314]; blackish brown cloth textured boards, ruled and lettered white on spine. Nice copy in slightly torn and chipped dust-wrapper from which the price has been somewhat raggedly excised.

Hubin, p.296

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MORDEN (T.R.). Steps in mystery. London, Stanley Smith (Publishers) Ltd., 59 New Oxford Street, W.C.1, 1935. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+264; faintly mottled bright blue cloth blocked with publisher's monogram device, lettered, and with short rule, black, on spine. Virtually fine copy.

From the library of Anthony Berkeley [Cox] / Francis Iles, and with his pencilled shelf-mark ‘O1 ABFI' on the front end-paper. A rare title from a small publisher. Hubin, p.297. Not issued in America.

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MORRIS (Gouveneur). Yellow men And gold. London, Eveleigh Nash, 1912. Cancel title-page mounted on a stub (v. note); imprint leaf, verso blank, followed by publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue, at end (v. note); green rough buckram lettered gilt on front cover and spine; gilt-framed panel on front cover bearing full-colour lithographic pictorial onlay signed ‘S.E. Scott'; lower-edges uncut. Gilt slightly oxydised, and small hole in cloth of back joint; end-papers and prelims. foxed; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

Issued upon first publication as the twenty-fourth volume in the series ‘Nash's Two-Shilling Novels', this being the last of the twenty-four noted in the catalogue as published, and the only one listed without reviews. A further nine titles are announced "to be published between January and May 1912". This was a publisher's experiment: the volumes are described as being "Exactly like 6/- Novels in size quality and appearance", and "Recognisable everywhere by their green cloth covers on which are coloured medallions." This last statement would seem to support the often-made assertion that English booksellers were still at this date expected to throw away the dustwrappers. According to the ‘English Catalogue of Books' the present volume was scheduled for issue in December 1911. We hypothesise that publication may for some reason have been slightly later than intended, and this would provide a reason for the cancel: advance copies having an integral title-page with the earlier date. A criminous adventure novel, but not a detective novel. Not in Hubin.

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MORRISON (Arthur). The hole In the wall. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1902. Pp.viii+348; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated September 1902, listing this title without reviews; vertically fine ribbed green cloth, lettered within ruled panels, gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Light foxing of prelims., edges, and one or two other leaves; some corners turned; small dark brown mark on fore-edge of back end-paper and two or three leaves of catalogue; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

Hubin, p.299

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MORRISON (Arthur). The green eye of Goona: Stories of a case of tokay. By Arthur Morrison, Author of ‘The Red Triangle,' etc. London, Eveleigh Nash, 1904. All Rights Reserved. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+310+[ii]; mottled light blue fine rough buckram, ruled blind and white, blocked pictorially greyish-lilac and white, lettered lime green, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Small mark on back cover; insignificant flexion-crease of front cover; a little light foxing of first few leaves and final blank; in general nonetheless a nice copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.299. Linked short stories involving a jewel theft, murder, etc.

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MORRISON (Arthur). Divers vanities. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1905. Short post 8vo; pp.viii+356; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end dated September 1905; vertically fine ribbed leaf-green cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight damp-marking of covers; prelims. foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 4939, recording the usual issue. Though in the correct cloth and with the correct date of the advertisements, a somewhat puzzling copy without a publisher's imprint on the spine, with gilt rules at head and tail of spine, and with the lettering not enclosed in boxes, as in the issue normally seen. We can only suspect it of being an advance copy. A scarce title. Stories of pickpockets, thieves, etc., with some occult.

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