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.

MOSLEY (Leonard O.). No More Remains. Michael Joseph, 14, Henrietta Street, W.C.2, 1936. Reddish brown fine weave cloth, blocked and lettered lemon on spine; lemon end-papers. Edges foxed, prelims. lightly so; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription to the publisher, dated ‘March 7, 1937', on the front end-paper. This title not in Hubin, and probably not criminous. It appears to be a science ‘faction' story involving plastic surgery.

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MOULTON (H. Fletcher). Without the Law: Being a Year from the Life of Lt.-Col. Richard Challoner, D.S.O. Arrowsmith, October, 1926. Plum buckram, ruled and lettered khaki on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's device khaki on front cover. Cloth very slightly snagged at extreme head and tail of spine; otherwise a near fine copy in chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.300, listing this title as of undetermined status. It in fact is a crime story culminating in a trial for murder.

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MURPHY (Ken). The wind In his fists. A Novel. 1969, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.283+[v]; tangerine cloth-textured boards lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Back paste-down bubbled due to an original production fault; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A murder is committed in a small, North-country town... A pschological study of the place and its people. Hubin, p.302

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MURRAY (David Christie). The Brangwyn Mystery. London, John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket. (All Rights Reserved). Integral advertisement leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.318+[ii]; light greenish-tan buckram blocked pictorially white, vermillion, and black, ruled black, lettered vermillion and black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Small hole in cloth at lower corner of spine unobtrusively made good; five letters of Author's name lacking on spine; some foxing of first two and last six leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.302: not issued in America.

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MURRAY (David Christie). In His Grip. London, John Long, Norris Street, Haymarket. All Rights Reserved, 1907. Post 8vo; 2pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end dated ‘June - Sept., 1907'; pp.320; navy blue buckram, ruled black, blocked black, white, and scarlet, lettered scarlet and black-outlined scarlet on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very faint foxing passim, but a nice copy.

A novel involving house-breaking and embezzelment, with side-glances towards the ‘new woman' - "Miss MacVeigh was in some respects a woman of the new sort - which is really very little else than a woman of the old sort under a veneer - and she had spent some time at Girton and Cambridge...." (p.28). Hubin, p.303; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.18, l.18, wrong font ‘H' in ‘He'; p.19, l.23, wrong font ‘a'; p.146, l.9, ‘night' for ‘might', l.16, raised full-stop at end of line; p.262, raised full-stop at end of last line; p.272, l.1, ‘overheard' for ‘overhead'; p.278, l.10, ‘befal' for ‘befall'.

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NESBIT (E.). The house With no address. London, George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., N.D. [April, 1914]. Double f'cap 8vo; final blank; pp.254+[ii]; orange-brown fine linen-grain cloth ruled and elaborately blocked blind on front cover, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked olive green on spine. A couple of small corners turned, but a very nice copy. Scarce.

First English edition under this title of a book issued in America under this title in 1909, and in England in the same year (by Alston Rivers) as ‘Salomé and the Head'. Hubin, p.304, not noting its earlier title in England. Published at 1/-.

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NICHOLS (Beverley). The Moonflower. Hutchinson, Stratford Place, 1955. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; lime green boards, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.306.

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NORMAN (James). Murder, Chop Chop. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, 1943. Sm.double cr.16mo; map frontispiece on verso of half-title; one full-page plan in text; red cloth, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Slight fading of covers; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper torn on back panel and repaired on verso with ghost tape.

Hubin, p.307. The first English edition of the author's first thriller, published in America in 1942. Set in China. A Gimiendo Hernandez Quinto story.

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O'DUFFY (Eimar). Head of a girl. Geoffrey Bles, Two Manchester Square, 1935. Red cloth ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Spine faded, and cloth worn a little at head and tail; rust-damage to margins of eight leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.309.

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OPPENHEIM (E. Phillips). The great Impersonation. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1920]. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.318+[ii]; slightly glazed, faintly mottled, pale grey very fine-linen-textured cloth, ruled and panelled black, embossed with lettering and short rule grey-through-black, on front cover, lettered and with short rule, black, on spine. Virtually fine copy.

The correct first printing, with nineteen titles listed under the heading Works by the Same Author on the verso of the half-title (‘The Pawns Count' to ‘Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat') this title not being included, and none of them published later than May, 1920 (‘Aaron Rodd, Diviner' and ‘Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat', both). According to the ‘English Catalogue of Books' the present title was published in October. Hubin, p.313.

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ORCUTT (William Dana). The balance: A novel of today. New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, 1922. Blank before half-title; vertically ribbed Cambridge blue cloth, ruled and elaborately patterned with blind embossing on a pressed out panel, blind, ruled and lettered black, on front cover and flat spine. Slight foxing of edges, and slight bowing of spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and creased pictorial dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription dated 20 March, 1922 on front end-paper, a TLS (eighty-five words) dated October 1930, and a privately printed Christmas card from the author and his wife dated 1931, loosely laid in. The front end-paper bears the bookplate of the recipient. Hubin, p.314, listing this title as of doubtful status. It is in fact a story involving forgery and murder, with, as it says on the blurb, "a criminal who cleverly defies detection". This title appears fourth of seven novels listed as by the same author on the verso of the half-title; the date of the inscription, however, makes clear that this is correct.

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ORCZY (Baroness). The old man In the corner By Baroness Orczy, Author of "The Scarlet Pimpernel," etc. Illustrated by H.M. Brock. London, Greening & Co., Ltd., 1909. All Rights Reserved. Sm.cr.8vo; line engraved frontispiece and seven plates, on imitation art paper; pp.340; light blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, blocked pictorially black, scarlet, and flesh-pink, with a design by Brock, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. A little very slight foxing on a few leaves, but a virtually fine copy, nonetheless.

Probable early state of text. Haycraft, pp.71 - 2, and 303: a Haycraft ‘Cornerstone'; Queen's Quorum, 41; Hubin, p.314. In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted: p.73, battered type in last four lines and p.74, battered type in penultimate three lines (evidently the result of the same accident); p.[160], ‘A T' in drop-head broken; p.188, l.23, battered ‘c' at start of line; p.201, first three lines show a vertical strip of damaged type, evidently the result of a lead space having at some point fallen onto the forme, and been removed leaving an indentation (probably whilst the machine was being set up); p.301, l.25, broken ‘e' at end of line; p.320, penultimate line, broken ‘o' at end of line. Since another copy has been observed with all the faults here listed, but also with battered type on pp.131 and 138, the present copy is probably from an earlier portion of the print-run - though it is possible that other states, exhibiting more or less type-damage than these copies may also exist.

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ORCZY (Baroness). The old man In the corner By Baroness Orczy, Author of "The Scarlet Pimpernel," etc. Illustrated by H.M. Brock. London, Greening & Co., Ltd., 1909. All Rights Reserved. Sm.cr.8vo; line engraved frontispiece and seven plates, on imitation art paper; pp.340; light blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, blocked pictorially black, scarlet, and flesh-pink, with a design by Brock, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine a little faded, and some scattered foxing, heavy on one leaf; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

Probable later state of text. Haycraft, pp.71 - 2, and 303: a Haycraft ‘Cornerstone'; Queen's Quorum, 41; Hubin, p.314. In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted: p.73, battered type in last four lines and p.74, battered type in penultimate three lines (evidently the result of the same accident); p.131, last line, ‘fo' in ‘for' battered; p.138, l.7, ‘ble' in ‘table' battered; p.[160], ‘A T' in drop-head broken; p.188, l.23, battered ‘c' at start of line; p.201, first three lines show a vertical strip of damaged type, evidently the result of a lead space having at some point fallen onto the forme, and been removed leaving an indentation (probably whilst the machine was being set up); p.301, l.25, broken ‘e' at end of line; p.320, penultimate line, broken ‘o' at end of line. Since another copy has been observed without the battered type on pp.131 and 138, the present copy is probably not from the earliest portion of the print-run - though it is possible that other states, exhibiting more or less type-damage than these copies may also exist.

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ORCZY (The Baroness [Emmuska].). Castles in the Air: Being the Adventures of M. Hector Ratichon Retold by Baroness Orczy. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1921. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+298+[ii]; dark red linen, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in a minutely frayed pictorial dust-wrapper with two short tears on back panel.

Hubin, p.314: historical detective stories, linked by their central character.

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OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The Grierson Mystery. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1928. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[xii]+304+[iv]; blue buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of top-edges; back end-papers a trifle marked; otherwise a very nice copy.

A scarce title by Robert Louis Stevenson's stepson and sometime collaborator. Hubin, p.315.

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PAIN (Barry [i.e., Eric Odell]). The memoirs of Constantine Dix. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1905. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; leaf bearing printer's imprint on recto, blank on verso, followed by 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end, dated 1903 - 4; dove grey buckram blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle on back cover, lettered cream and dark grey, pictorially blocked cream, dark grey, and black on front cover and spine. Back cover a little rubbed or faded, spine tanned and with a scattering of small ink-splashes, front paste-down a little chipped and stained; otherwise in general a nice copy. Scarce.

Crime stories, written to cash in on the popularity of Hornung's ‘Raffles'. One, ‘Impersonation', involves morphia addiction. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaw have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.22, l.11, ‘initiated' for ‘initialled'; p.91, l.21, ‘there' for ‘their'; p.112, penultimate line, ‘believe' for ‘belief'; p.151, l.25, ‘Taverners' for ‘Taverner's' (or the reverse, l.26); p.153, penultimate line, ‘raised ‘e' at end of line; p.200, l.25, word (‘her') lacking after ‘marrying'. Haycraft, p.82; Hubin, p.317.

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PAIN (Barry [i.e., Eric Odell]). One kind and Another. London, Martin Secker, Number five John Street, Adelphi, 1914. Pp.[5]-308; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue dated January 1914, at end; light red fine rough buckram, ruled blind on sides, white on spine, blocked and lettered white on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. stained light red, fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading of spine, and two very small marks on corners of back cover; light foxing of end-papers, with slight off-setting onto facing page; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.317. Includes one murder story, and four interesting ‘Mr. Fish' detective stories, in which there is in fact no crime. In this copy the following Erratum has been noted (state or issue significance, if any, not known): p.254, l.7, ‘safe a church' for ‘safe as a church'.

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PARETSKY (Sara). Burn Marks. Delacorte Press, March 1990. Double med.16mo; pp.[xii]+340; quarter deep yellow cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device and imprint metallic red on spine, lettered metallic red outlined deep yellow down spine, light crimson board sides and end-papers; scarlet and yellow head and tail bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The sixth V.I. Warshawski novel.

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PARETSKY (Sara). A V I Warshawski novel: Sara Paretsky: Total Recall. Hamish Hamilton, An imprint of Penguin Books, 2001. Med 8vo format, perfect bound; three blanks at end; pp.[xii]+414+[vi]; faintly mottled greenish turquoise fine cloth-textured boards, blocked silver, downlettered silver and greenish turquoise through silver, and with publisher's initials device, silver, on spine; gold head- and tail- bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The correct first printing, coded ‘1' on the verso of the title-page. Apparently issued simultaneously with the American issue which was published by the Delacorte Press.

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PELLEY (William Dudley). The Blue Lamp. The Fiction League, 61 East 11th Street, New York, 1931. Blank before half-title; advertisement leaf followed by two blanks at end; black buckram lettered green on front cover, blocked and lettered green on spine; t.e. green. Front end-paper removed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.322.

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PEMBER-HILLER (Guy). Run corpse, Run. Gerald G. Swan, 1946. Double post 16mo; two blanks before half-title, blank at end, serving as end-papers; scarlet faintly patterned sand grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.322. First English edition. Published in America in 1943.

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PENNY ([Mrs.] F.E.). The Malabar magician. London, Chatto & Windus, 1912. Sm.cr.8vo; title-page printed in black and red; pp.[viii]+344; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated 1911 at foot of first page; faintly mottled brick red fine rough buckram, blocked and lettered gilt, and with full-colour paper onlay designed by G.I. Penny, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy.

Hubin, p.323. With her earlier novel also set in India, The Romance of a Nautch Girl (Swan Sonnenschein & Co. Ltd., 1898), Mrs. Penny has some claim to have been the originator of the Agatha Christie type of detective novel.

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PHILLPOTTS (EDEN). All rights reserved. The Transit of The Red Dragon And other Tales. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, 1903. Title-page printed in olive green, blue, and black; final page integral advertisements; pp.319+[i]; vertically ribbed dark red cloth, with blind panel lettered, and blocked with border, all scarlet, on front cover, spine blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, gilt, and with blind panel bordered and lettered gilt; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, and gilt a little rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.326; Hinton, p.28. One of 2,000 copies. Issued as [Volume XLIII.] of ‘Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series'. With this volume the numbering was dropped, the series designation appearing at the tail of the spine and on the verso of the title-page, as usual, but without the addition of a volume number. Three novelettes, all concerned with jewels or buried treasure. Two are mysteries, and one is a historical tale; one is set on Dartmoor, one in the Netherlands, and one variously in London and Barbados: ‘The Heart of the Scorpion', ‘The Transit of the Red Dragon', and ‘The Mystery of the Toadstone'.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden) And BENNETT (Arnold). The sinews of war: A romance of London And the sea. T. Werner Laurie, Clifford's Inn, N.D. [1906]. Advertisement leaf before half-title; half-title and title printed in sea-green and black; pp.viii+344; vertically ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on front cover, within two gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e. green, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Front end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.326; Hinton, p.42. This copy has a full stop after ‘All rights reserved' on the verso of the title-page: Hinton records the book only without this full stop. According to Hinton also p.108 is always misnumbered 10: in the present copy it is correctly numbered, though the eight has slightly dropped. We hypothesise that this may characterise an early state of text. The title is misleading: the novel is a full-blooded detective murder story, not concerned with war.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The Red Redmaynes By Eden Phillpotts Author of "The Grey Room," &c. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, E.C., 1923. Post 8vo; 40pp. text-paper advertisements at end dated Autumn, 1923; pp.287+[i (printer's imprint)]; scarlet fine-linen-grain cloth, ruled blind, blocked black on front cover, ruled and blocked black on spine; lower-edges uncut. Insignificant fault to cloth of spine (an original production fault affecting the glaze); otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in clean dustwrapper with five short tears (2 - 3mm maximum) at head of spine and folds, and 1cm tear with associated creasing to head of back panel. A scarce title, even without dust-wrapper.

Haycraft, p.134; Hubin, p.326. The first English edition of a book published in America the previous year.

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[PHILLPOTTS (Eden)]. The thing At their heels By Harrington Hext. Thornton Butterworth Limited, 15 Bedford Street, London W.C.2, 1923. Blank before half-title; yellow cloth over very thin boards, lettered black on spine; top-edges trimmed, fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Small mark on lower corner of spine; cloth of sides a little bubbled due to an original binding fault; otherwise an extremely fine copy in a slightly frayed and very slightly marked dust-wrapper. Scarce.

Hubin, p.203; Hinton, p.112, but a later binding in a differently coloured cloth and without the blind-blocking and ruling on sides and spine. A late issue thus, the dust-wrapper bearing the imprint of Eyre and Spottiswoode, and the inside flap an over-sticker increasing the price. Issued in the Thornton Butterworth series (later taken over by Eyre & Spottiswoode) ‘The Crime Circle Novels'.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). "Found drowned". Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1931]. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; 24pp. publisher's catalogue at end; fine dotted-line-ribbed red cloth ruled blind on front cover, black on spine, lettered black on front cover and spine. Small nick in cloth at headband, and slight wear to spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton, p.157; Hubin, p.326.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). George and Georgina. A Mystery Story by Eden Phillpotts. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., London New York Melbourne Sydney Cape Town, 1952. Imp.16mo in half sheets; pp.240; daffodil yellow fine-cloth-textured boards lettered black on spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

A murder mystery set largely in Barbados. A very scarce late title. Hubin, p.326

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PLAYER (Robert). The ingenious Mr. Stone: Or The Documents in the Langdon-Miles Case. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1945. Double cr.16mo; final blank; blue cloth lettered and ruled gilt up spine. Small hole in blank due to an original paper fault; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a near-fine copy in very slightly faded and frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.328. The author's first detective story, pre-dating his second by some twentyfive years.

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PLUM (Mary). The killing of Judge Macfarlane. 1930, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 6 Great New Street. Double cr.16mo; green cloth ruled and lettered black on spine. Slight wear to spine, otherwise a very nice copy in remainder issue dust-wrapper.

Issued as a volume of ‘The Crown Mystery Novels'. The dust-wrapper, however bears the price 2/6 and the series title: ‘The London Mystery Stories'. This is evidently correct as issued, and represents a cheaper or remainder re-issue of the first edition sheets, since the back of the dust-wrapper carries advertisements for the same list of series titles as appears on the verso of the half-title leaf. The dust-wrapper, which is otherwise fine, has at some point been neatly folded in four and tucked inside the book. Hubin, p.328. A John Smith story.

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POLLOCK (Channing). Synthetic Gentleman. Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, Publishers, New York, 1934. Pale blue-green rough cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine; t.e. brick red, fore-edges uncut. Spine faded, edges of covers slightly so; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph inscription, dated July 28 1934, on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.239

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PREEDY (George R. [otherwise Marjorie Bowen, i.e., Gabrielle Long]). No Way home: A Novel by George R. Preedy. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, London, June 1947. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.320; scarlet cloth over thin boards, lettered with short rule, white, on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher's monogram, white, on spine; cream end-papers. Fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.332, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is a murder mystery set in the nineteenth century, and based apparently on real events. Beautifully and sparely written.

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PRICHARD (H. Hesketh). November Joe, Detective of the Woods. Illustrated. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D. [1913]. Half-tone frontispiece; pp.323+[i (blank)]; bright scarlet fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked yellow, lettered white, on front cover and spine. Barely visible damp-spotting to front cover, affecting only the sheen on the cloth; first and last three leaves foxed, edges slightly so; otherwise a fine, bright, copy, with no fading to the cloth or chipping to the enamel. Scarce, especially thus.

"you must not forget that the speciality of a Sherlock Holmes is the every-day routine of a woodsman. Observation and deduction are part and parcel of his very existence." - p.13. Hubin, p.333; Haycraft, p.80; Queen's Quorum, 55.

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PUDNEY (John). The Accomplice: A novel. The Bodley Head, 1950. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.271+[i (blank)]; deep green rough buckram, ruled and lettered daffodil yellow on spine; t.e. green. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paperbacked clear plastic chemise.

Hubin, p.334, listing this title as of undetermined status: it in fact involves blackmail.

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QUEEN (Ellery [i.e., Frederick Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee].). The Siamese twin Mystery: A Problem in Deduction. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1934. Plan and illustrations in text; pp.288; violet cloth, lettered lime green on spine. Small faint clear tape marks on end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

First English edition: issued in America in 1933. Hubin, p.335

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QUEEN (Ellery [i.e., Frederick Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee].). The Chinese orange Mystery: A Problem in Deduction. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1934. Plan on verso of fly-title; final blank; pp.286+[ii]; black fine linen, lettered scarlet on spine. Insignificant tape marks on end-papers; slight foxing of edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Hubin, p.335.

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QUEEN (Ellery [i.e., Frederick Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee].). The Spanish cape Mystery: A Problem in Deduction. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1935. Pp.319+[i (blank)]; black fine linen, lettered scarlet on spine; end-papers printed with map in black. Insignificant tape marks on end-papers; light foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.335.

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QUEEN (Ellery [i.e., Frederick Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee].). Half-way house: A Novel in Five Parts. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1936. Pp.319+[i (blank)]; black fine linen, lettered scarlet on spine. Tape marks on end-papers; slight foxing of edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Hubin, p.335.

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QUEEN (Ellery). Ten days' wonder. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1948. Double cr.16mo; deep sky-blue cloth lettered gilt on spine. Spine and edges of covers slightly faded; gilt oxydised; otherwise a fine copy in faded dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.335.

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QUENTIN (Patrick). Family Skeletons. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1965. Extra double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[iv]+217+[iii]; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.335

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RAIKES (H. St.John) All rights reserved. Sesa. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co. Limited, 1901. Final page advertisements; pp.311+[i]; vertically fine ribbed dark red cloth, blocked and lettered scarlet on blind pressed panel on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt, and with blind-pressed panel bordered gilt, on spine. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

A classic murder mystery. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff. Issued as Vol.XL. of ‘Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series', the advertisements listing the series to Vol.XXXIX.

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READ (Piers Paul). The Upstart: A novel. An Alison Press Book, Secker & Warburg, London, 1973. Double demy 16mo; three blanks before half-title, four at end, the outermost serving as end-papers; pp.[xii]+299+[ix]; light sky-blue cloth-textured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in price-clipped dust-wrapper.

A novel involving gambling, prostitution, housebreaking, rape, forgery, etc., but no detection. Hubin, p.340. In this copy the following typographical errors occur: p.55, l.5, ‘struck' for ‘stuck'; p.89, l.23, ‘It' for ‘If'; p.111, l.19, ‘disasteful' for ‘distasteful'; and p.293, l.14, ‘taking' for ‘talking': probably as always.

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REES (Arthur J.). The moon rock. John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1922. Blank precedes half-title; fly-title precedes start of text; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[ii]+314+iv; olive green rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised on spine; slight spotting of covers; front pastedown slightly thinned by removal of label; otherwise nice.

Hubin, p.340. A murder mystery.

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REEVE (Arthur B.). The black hand: The adventures of Craig Kennedy, Scientific detective. Eveleigh Nash, 1912. Blank before half-title; advertisement on verso of last leaf of text, followed by two integral advertisement leaves; green rough buckram, ruled and lettered gilt, and with full colour printed paper onlay on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Lower fore-corners of boards slightly damp spotted; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.341; Queen's Quorum, 49. The author's second book, and the first Craig Kennedy title. Published in America in the same year as ‘The Silent Bullet'. Though it is nowhere stated on the book itself, issued as a volume in the series‘Nash's Two-Shilling Novels', and bound in series style.

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REMENHAM (John [i.e., John Alexander Vlasto]). The loom: A Mystery Story. London, Skeffington & Son, Ltd., Paternoster House - St. Paul's - E.C.4, N.D. [1933]. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title serving as end-papers; pp.256; brown rough cloth lettered black on front cover and spine. First and last few leaves and edges lightly foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy in a pictorial dust-wrapper chipped and torn a little at head and tail of spine, and preserved in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

Probable later issue: we suspect that the first issue will have had true front end-papers inserted before the blanks. The advertisements on the back panel of the dust-wrapper, however, star this as a ‘New Title'. A murder mystery set variously in the Malay States, London, and Ireland. Hubin, p.342. Not issued in America.

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REMENHAM (John [i.e., John Alexander Vlasto]). Seed of envy. London, Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1944]. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.191+[i (blank)]; apple green buckram, blocked with publisher's initial device and lettered black on spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed and chipped pictorial dust-wrapper.

The correct first issue. The advertisements on the back panel of the dust-wrapper are in two parts: the first headed ‘New Fiction' and the second ‘Published since January, 1944'. The present title appears in the first part. Hubin, p.342. Not issued in America.

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RENDELL (Ruth). Make Death Love Me. Hutchinson of London, 1979. Double demy 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt down spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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RENDELL (Ruth). The Bridesmaid. Hutchinson, 1989. One gathering double demy 16mo, wire-stitched; voucher leaf precedes half-title; pp.[2]+30; slightly large white card self-wrappers printed in full colour. Fine copy.

Promotional booklet issued (presumably) in advance of the first edition at a price of 35p. refundable against the purchase of this or one of four other titles. It includes the first 30pp. of the published book. In the present copy, the money back voucher is still present, not having been reclaimed. This booklet is already somewhat scarce - especially with the voucher still in place.

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[RENDELL (Ruth) writing as:] Barbara Vine. Asta's Book. Viking, 1993. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; half-title not called for; leaf bearing publisher's device on recto, advertisements on verso, precedes title-page; blank at end; pp.[viii]+437+[iii]; fine cloth-textured black boards, ruled, down-lettered, and lettered gilt on spine; black and white head- and tail- bands; end-papers coated buff and printed with ‘facsimile' in grey. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author (under her real name) on the title-page. First edition, trade issue: there was also a signed edition limited to 99 copies, specially bound. Ruth Rendell's other novels do not rise much above a good average. This is her masterpiece - and a fine novel not merely in genre terms, towering above her other fiction rather as The Old Wives' Tale and Clayhanger do that of Arnold Bennett.

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REYNOLDS (Mrs. Baillie). The girl from Nowhere. Hodder & Stoughton, London 1910. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+307+[i (blank)]+[iv]; apple-green buckram, full-colour onlay lettered in black to whole of front cover, spine lettered and blocked gilt. Vertical creases to cloth of spine; front paste-down a little scuffed and end-papers slightly cracked; blind ownership stamp to half-title; text fine and crisp.

A love-story intertwined with a thread of anarchism, set variously in London, Hampshire, and Siberia, and including some detective episodes, mostly seen from the viewpoint of the hunted. A well-written and very readable book. Not in Hubin.

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RHODE (John). Mademoiselle From Armentieres. Geoffrey Bles, Suffolk St., Pall Mall, 1927. Red linen grain boards ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked black on spine. Some embrowning of poor quality paper throughout; back end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.344.

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RHODE (John). The Venner crime. Odhams Press Limited, 1933. Dark red cloth lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded, and gilt oxydised, as usual with this series; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with two small chips.

Hubin, p.344. A Dr. Priestley story. Issued as volume five in Odhams "Passing Show" Library of New Fiction.

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RHODE (John). Vegetable duck. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 48 Pall Mall, 1944. Pp.192; scarlet cloth lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. Fine copy.

Hubin, p.344. A Dr. Priestley story.

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RHODE (John). The lake house. Geoffrey Bles, 52 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London, 1946. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.192; yellow cloth, ruled and blocked scarlet, lettered yellow through scarlet, on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered scarlet, on spine. A near-fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

A scarce title printed short under the post-war Economy Standard guidelines. Hubin, p.344. A Dr. Priestley novel.

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RHODE (John). The lake house. Geoffrey Bles, 52 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London, 1946. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.192; yellow cloth, ruled and blocked scarlet, lettered yellow through scarlet, on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered scarlet, on spine. Light dusting and foxing of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

A scarce title printed short under the post-war Economy Standard guidelines. Hubin, p.344. A Dr. Priestley novel.

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RHODE (John). The paper bag. Geoffrey Bles, 52 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, 1948. Double cr.16mo; yellow buckram, blocked red, ruled and lettered yellow through red on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered red on spine. Nice copy in frayed, chipped, and slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.344. A Dr. Priestley story.

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RICE (Alice Hegan). A romance of Billy-goat hill. With illustrations by George Wright. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, September 16, 1912. Half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; pp.[iv]+[315]+[i (printer's imprint)]; mottled grass-green rough buckram, ruled and lettered black, blocked black, white, pink, and pale yellow on front cover, lettered and with ruled box gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. A little barely visible foxing; one plate slightly proud due to an original binding fault; nonetheless a virtually fine copy.

A murder mystery, culminating in a trial. Set in Kentucky, and by an American writer. The American edition was copyrighted in 1912, but the very specific date given here on the verso of the title-page leads us to suppose the English edition either to have been published first or simultaneously with the American one. Not in Hubin, whose curiosity was presumably discouraged by the title. There is no list of plates, but they are here tipped in to face pp.12, 44, 60, 76, 110, 208, and 308.

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RICHARDSON (Frank). 2835 Mayfair. T. Werner Laurie, Clifford's Inn, N.D. [1907]. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title page, advertisement leaf at end; title-page printed in black and green; lime green and white mixed-weave coarse buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Gilt rubbed on spine, and covers generally a little used; some light foxing; a very good copy only.

Hubin, p.345

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RINEHART (Mary Roberts). Miss Pinkerton: An Omnibus of Detection by Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Buckled Bag; Locked Doors; Miss Pinkerton; Haunted Lady. Cassell & Company Ltd, 1959. Double lge.post 16mo; blank before half-title, two at end; black boards blocked and lettered silver on spine. Some foxing; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Not listed in Hubin. Apparently the only edition of this collection.

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ROBERTS (S.C.). Holmes & Watson: A miscellany. Geoffrey Cumberledge, Oxford University Press, 1953. Final blank; errata slip tipped in before Preface; dark green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of end-papers, otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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ROBERTSON (Colin). Two must die. A Peter Gayleigh story. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1946. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; brown rough cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.349. Not issued in America.

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ROCHESTER (Geo. E.). Buzzards' roost. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, Hutchinson House, N.D. [1955]. Post 8vo; light brown boards, lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.351. Juvenile. Not issued in America.

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ROHMER (Sax [i.e., Arthur Sarsfield Ward]). The Quest Of The sacred Slipper. C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., May 1919. Double f'cap 16mo; two blanks before half-title, one at end, serving as end-papers; two integral leaves of commercial advertisements at end (verso of second blank); light violet fine linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked blind, lettered black on spine. Spine and edges of covers faded; cloth slightly bubbled on sides, and worn very slightly at head and tail; front end-paper slightly cracking; corner torn from upper margin of half-title page; small stain on fore-margins of prelims.; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.352.

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ROHMER (Sax [i.e., Arthur Sarsfield Ward]). The trail Of Fu Manchu. Cassell And Company Ltd, London, Toronto, Melbourne And Sydney, 1934. Pp.320; black rough cloth ruled, blocked, and lettered brownish red, decorated and lettered black through brownish red, on spine. Very slight foxing of edges, but virtually a fine copy.

A scarce title. Hubin, p.352

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RUSHTON (Charles [i.e., Charles Rushton Shortt]). Bloody with Spurring. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, London S.W.1, 1939. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.288; diagonally very fine ribbed orange cloth blocked and lettered with publisher's imprint device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's initials device, black, on spine. End-papers and edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in a frayed dust-wrapper with three or four inch-deep chips about the side panels.

Hubin, p.358

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SABATINI (Rafael). Turbulent Tales. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., London :: New York :: Melbourne :: Sydney, 1946. Double cr.16mo; pp.224; black cloth lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy in used dust-wrapper.

Hubin, 360; Queen's Quorum, 101.

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SANDERS (Bruce). Tawny menace. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, N.D. [1948]. Double post 16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine rib effect orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram device, and lettered black on spine; light buff end-papers. Some foxing of edges; otherwise fine in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.362. ‘First printing' on verso of title-page.

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SAUNDERS (Hilary St. George [relict of ‘Francis Beeding']). The Sleeping Bacchus. Michael Joseph, 1951. Double post 16mo; charcoal boards, blocked red and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine. End-papers foxed; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.364. Not issued in America.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). Great short stories Of detection, mystery And horror. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1928. Double cr.16mo; black buckram lettered red on spine; pp.[1232]. Rebacked, with the original back-strip laid on; small mark on front cover; a fine copy internally.

An excellent anthology, ranging through the literature of the ancient East, Greece, and Rome, down to modern times. The editor's Introduction, a scholarly short history of detective fiction, occupies pp.9-47. Gilbert, A7.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.) and EUSTACE (Robert [i.e., Dr. Eustace Robert Barton]). The Documents in the case. London, Ernest Benn Limited, 1930. Printer's imprint on verso of last leaf; pp.287+[i]; black buckram blocked and lettered in scarlet on front cover and spine. Slight marking of covers and cloth just a little rubbed over the joints; end-papers damp-stained; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

Hubin, p.365; Gilbert A10a; Haycraft pp.136 and 304: a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). Strong poison. Victor Gollancz Limited, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1930. Black buckram, lettered crimson on spine. Slight marking of end-papers, but a nice copy.

Hubin, p.366; Gilbert, A11.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). The Five red herrings. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1931. Black buckram, lettered crimson on spine; end-papers printed with map in black. Cloth of front board slightly flexion creased; otherwise nice.

Hubin, p.365; Gilbert, A12a.1. Published in America as ‘Suspicious Characters' in the same year.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). The Nine tailors: Changes rung on An old theme In Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1934. Half-tone frontispiece after W.J. Redhead; plans in text; printer's imprint on verso of last leaf; pp.[351]+[i]; glazed black fine linen, lettered scarlet on spine. Barely visible restoration to cloth of back joint; two light fox-spots on inner margin of title-page and two other leaves; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy.

From the library of Tage la Cour, with his ‘Sherlock Holmes' bookplate, designed by Alex Secher, on the front paste-down. One of the scarcer Dorothy L. Sayers titles. Hubin, p.365; Gilbert A19a; Haycraft, pp.135 and 304: a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). Gaudy night. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1935. Pp.483+[i (blank); glazed black cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Glaze a little rubbed on back cover and spine, and gilt oxydised; otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy.

Hubin, p.365; Gilbert, A21a. A Lord Peter Wimsey story.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). Busman's honeymoon A love story With detective interruptions. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937. Extra cr.8vo; epigraph leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.446+[ii]; black cloth, lettered khaki on spine. Half-title and epigraph leaf foxed; back end-paper creased; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.365; Gilbert, A25. A Lord Peter Wimsey story.

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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). In the teeth of the Evidence And other stories. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Final blank; black buckram, lettered scarlet on spine. Slight foxing of edges, but a near-fine copy.

Hubin, p.365. Seventeen stories, two about Lord Peter Wimsey, five about Montague Egg, the rest non-series. This copy has the misprint "attended it" for "attended to" at l.4 on p.8; "Bernard Whipley" at l.5 on p.71, but "Henry" at l.3 on p.75; ";" for ":" at l.16 on p.57; and "gardeo" for "garden" at l.17 on p.269; on p.249 l.18 reads "hurriedly absorbing something", which is recalled on p.252 as "sipping whisky and soda" - these errors noted in pencil in a very small neat hand (?possibly the author's).

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SCHMALZ (Flora). The Constable's stories. With Illustrations by W.H. C. Groome. London, Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 3, Paternoster Buildings, E.C. And 44, Victoria Street, S.W., 1903. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and four full-page illustrations, unbacked, but on text-paper and all included in the pagination; final blank; pp.181+[iii]; glazed boards printed lithographically in colours. Minute chip to paper at top-edge of front board, not approaching printed area, and minute chips to paper covering at head and tail of spine, exposing three-sixteenths of an inch or less of the underlying cloth; paste-downs foxed; poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; nonetheless a very nice, bright, tight, copy. Scarce.

Issued as a volume of the ‘Chatterbox Library' and designed apparently to give a rounded picture of a policeman's work, from detection and the catching of thieves, to helping out at a fire, and dealing with abandoned babies. Juvenile, but not markedly so, and competently written. Not in Hubin.

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SCOBIE (Alastair). Kangaroo Shoots man. Cassell, And Company Ltd., 1949 (printer's imprint coded ‘F.1148'). Greyish fawn rough cloth lettered scarlet on spine. Fine in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.366. Not issued in America.

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SHECKLEY (Robert). The Game Of X. Jonathan Cape, 1966. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; smooth cream boards printed in black on front cover and spine. Very nice copy in marked dust-wrapper with one two inch tear.

Hubin, p.371. First English edition. The dust-wrapper of this volume forms an essential supplement to the cover design, and it is apparently intended that it should be moistened to produce its effect - though this we do not recommend!

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SHERRARD (Robert H.). An Underground Mystery By Robert H. Sherard Author of "Jacob Niemand," "The Ghost's Revenge," etc. London, Digby, Long & Co., 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1903. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+312+[iv]; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, pictorially blocked black and cream, ruled and lettered black, on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Light foxing to front end-papers; poor quality paper lightly embrowned; insignificant single worm-hole affecting some leaves at gutter of lower margin; otherwise a nice copy, the pictorial front cover very bright and fresh.

A well-written romantic murder mystery, very much of its period, involving, as the title implies, the London underground railway. The cover design depicts passengers waiting on a station platform. Hubin, p.372. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.17, penultimate line, risen space after ‘over'; p.229, peneltimate line, risen space after ‘he'; p.233, l.11, broken ‘n' in ‘assuring'; p.238, l.23, ‘Halloway' for ‘Holloway'; p.248, l.2, risen space after ‘people'; p.267, l.7, risen space after ‘he'.

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SHIEL (M.P.). The Lost Viol. Edward J. Clode, Publisher, New York, 1905. Title-page printed in orange-brown and black; pp.[vi]+309+[i (blank)]; cerise smooth cloth, blocked matt and bright gilt, and green, lettered bright gilt, on front cover, blocked matt and bright gilt, lettered bright gilt, on spine; lower-edges uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; pale cream end-papers. Very slight wear to extreme head and tail of spine (3 - 4mm); small light mark on fore-margins of two leaves; otherwise a fine, bright, copy.

Precedes the English edition by some three years. On this copy the spine imprint reads ‘E.J. Clode'. In some copies it reads ‘Edward J. Clode'. The latter is thought to have precedence. A story involving theft, kidnapping, and, apparently, murder told largely through the diary entries of two of the three main characters, the adoption of this device encouraging Shiel to subordinate his distinctively quircky style to the needs of the characterisation, and producing as a result what in our opinion is one of his better books. A delightful heroine and an excellent villaness both presented largely from within. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (significance of state, if any, undetermined): p.8, ll.7/8 second ‘us' redundant; p.40, l.17, ‘thing' for ‘think'; p.89, l.14, broken ‘a' in ‘came'; p.99, l.6, ‘s' of ‘as' printed faint; p.109, l.15, ‘H' of ‘Hannah's' battered; p.151, l.20, ‘t' of ‘set' broken; p.168, antepenultimate line, first ‘e' of ‘letter' broken; p.268, l.5, risen shoulder before ‘e' of ‘our' at start of line; p.270, l.11, ‘muling' for ‘mewling'; p.291, last line, ‘on' slightly battered at start; p.305, penultimate line, broken ‘p' in ‘puffs'; p.306, l.8, broken ‘t' at start of line.

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SHIEL (M.P.). How The old woman Got home. The Richards Press Ltd., Publishers, 1927. Half-title not called for; blank before title-page, serving as paste-down; pp.336; vertically ribbed glazed sky-blue boards, lettered black on front cover and spine. Spine a little darkened and marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.373. Presumably a remainder issue. The ‘blank' is certainly a blank and not a half-title, and it is certainly integral: being conjugate with [A]8.

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SHIEL (M.P.). Prince Zaleski And Cummings King Monk. Mycroft & Moran, Sauk City Wisconsin, 1977. Sm.cr.8vo format, perfect bound; frontispiece by Bob Arrington on verso of half-title; colophon leaf, blank on recto, at end; pp.[vi]+220+[ii]; glazed black cloth lettered gilt on and down spine; yellow-and-black head- and tail- bands; grey end-papers. An unopened copy in the original shrink-wrap package.

First edition of this collection. Includes the three Zaleski stories first published in ‘Prince Zaleski' in 1895, plus ‘The Return of Prince Zaleski', and the three Cummings King Monk stories from the 1911 collection, ‘The Pale Ape'. Four thousand copies of this volume were printed.

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SIMENON (Georges). Maigret travels South. Translated from the French by Geoffrey Sainsbury. George Routledge & Sons Ltd, Broadway House: 68-74 Carter Lane, 1940. Blue cloth lettered black on spine. Very slight fading of spine, and slight rubbing of cloth at extreme head and tailbands; a near-fine copy, nonetheless.

Hubin, p.375. Includes two novels:'Liberty Bar'; and ‘The Madman of Bergerac', both here first translated. Both were published in France in 1932.

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SIMENON (Georges). Lost moorings. Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert. George Routledge & Sons Ltd., Broadway House: 68-74 Carter Lane, 1946. Double post 16mo; light brown cloth lettered black up spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.377. Issued as a volume in ‘The Simenon Series', a fact only stated on the dust-wrapper.

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SIMENON (Georges). Lost moorings. Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert. George Routledge & Sons Ltd., Broadway House: 68-74 Carter Lane, 1946. Double post 16mo; light brown cloth lettered black up spine. Very light foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.377. Issued as a volume in ‘The Simenon Series'.

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SIMENON (Georges). Black rain. Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited, Broadway House: 68-74 Carter Lane, 1949. Double post 16mo; light yellow cloth lettered black up spine. Very light foxing of free end-papers; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.376. Includes ‘The Survivors' (a murder mystery), and ‘Black Rain', a mystery involving the capture of an anarchist bomber. The latter was published in America in 1947 as a separate volume; the former is here first published in English.

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SIMENON [(Georges)]. Maigret And the Burglar's wife. Translated From the French by J. Maclaren-Ross. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1955. Double cr.16mo; pp.160; dull light blue cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher's initials device and lettered gilt on and down spine. Gilt slightly dull; otherwise a nice copy in nicked and slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.375. The French edition was published in 1953 as ‘Maigret et la Grande Perche'.

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SIMENON (Georges). Le fils. Presses de la Cite, [Paris], 1957. Lge 16mo; two blanks serving as end-papers, half-title, and leaf bearing author's name, precede title-page; fly-title to Table, Table leaf, advertisement leaf, and imprint leaf followed by four blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; maroon boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight wear to boards, otherwise a fine copy in torn dust-wrapper.

First edition, ordinary issue. Hubin, p.377.

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SIMENON (Georges). Le train De Venise. Roman. Presses de la Cite, Paris, 1965. Lge.16mo; blank before half-title; advertisement leaf followed by imprint leaf at end; cream linen-grain boards ruled, blocked, and lettered red on spine; red end-papers. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

First edition, ordinary issue. Hubin, p.378.

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