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.

SIMS (George R.). His wife's revenge. London, Chatto & Windus, 1907. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.[ii]+[vi]+320; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, undated, but not listing this title; mottled deep scarlet rough buckram, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine slightly faded; front cover and top-edges a little marked; prelims. and two or three other leaves a little foxed; poor quality paper of Catalogue embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.379. A scarce title.

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SMITH (Wallace). Bessie Cotter. William Heinemann Ltd, 1935. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.viii+272; mottled pale green cloth, blocked with publisher's device in lake on back cover, lettered lake on spine. Two or three small slightly faded spots on covers; a little foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in a slightly chipped and frayed pictorial dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with matching paper.

Set in a Chicago brothel, and including two murders (one of a blackmailing police officer), but for some reason missed by Hubin, who does, however include another Wallace Smith title. Published in England in January 1935, the book was suppressed in April, after being the subject of a celebrated obscenity case. V. Alex Craig, ‘The Banned Books of England', pp.138-9. Morphine and cocaine play a small part in the plot.

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SOUVESTRE (Pierre) AND ALLAIN (Marcel). The Fantômas detective novels: A Royal Prisoner. London, Stanley Paul & Co., 31 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2, [1919]. Blank before half-title; cancel title leaf (v.note); final blank serving as paste-down; pp.[viii]+277+[iii]; greenish-blue fine-beaded linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered and blocked black on spine; lower-edges uncut. Some insignificant bubbling to cloth of back board and spine; small neat shelf-mark written on both front end-papers, in ink; otherwise a very nice copy.

First edition in English of a title originally published in French in 1912: English issue from American sheets, with a cancel title leaf on the same paper stock as the text and also printed in America. Though with the same number of pages and from the same setting of type, the American issue, which is dated 1918, appears to have been printed ‘twelve up' instead of ‘eight up' as here, and trimmed to a larger measure (6 3/4" x 7 3/4" instead of 4 3/4" x 7 3/4"). The Fantômas novels, a pulp-fiction phenomenon in pre-war France of which no fewer that thirty-two volumes appeared between 1911 and 1913, written collaboratively, with a further eleven published later, penned by Allain alone (Souvestre having died in 1913) - in which a series of audacious crimes are committed by a criminal who is a master of quick-change disguises, speaks in clichés, is the object of more than a little erotic interest to women, in particular Lady Beltham, who is magnetically attracted to him yet apparently repelled by his crimes, and is hunted obsessively throughout the series by his arch-enemy, Inspector Juve, who, it is hinted, may be his own brother - became something of a cult amongst contemporary French surrealists. The present title, which bears roughly the relation to detective fiction that a French comedy does to a play, we would regard as a sort of cross between Richard Marsh at his most romantic, and Anthony Hope at his most Ruritanian. ‘A Royal Prisoner' is said to be one of the scarcest in the English translation of the series in America, and the English issue - a presumably small import - is not more common. In the present copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted, the bibliographical significance of which is undetermined, though it may help to clarify the relationship between the English issue and the American one: p.54, l.1, ‘urgence' for ‘urgency'; p.59, l.19, ‘l' in ‘Pascal' defective; p.60, ll. 2 and 4, defective ‘r' in ‘are' and ‘e' in ‘Mlle'; p.70, l.12, ‘he' in ‘he' battered; p.71, l.12, ‘F' of ‘Fandor' battered; p.81, l.4, ‘really' for ‘rarely'; p.91, l.4, ‘G' of ‘Glotz' battered; p.122, last line, ‘y' of ‘gooseberry' battered; p.155, last line, broken ‘s' in ‘what's'; p.244, line break apparently lacking between ll.4 and 5. Also throughout ‘Madame Citron' (e.g.: p.17) is sometimes called ‘Madame Ceiron' (e.g.: p.116). Hubin, p.384

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SPAIN (Nancy). R In the month. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, 1950. Red boards lettered black on spine. Small fault affecting front free end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p. 384. A Miriam Birdseye novel.

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SPRIGG (C. St. John). The six queer Things. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's London S.W.1, 1937. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.312+[viii]; diagonally fine-ribbed deep orange cloth, blocked and lettered black with publisher's imprint device on back cover, lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram device, black, on spine. Marginal foxing of first and last few leaves; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper with several small chips about the edges.

Fake spiritualism, murder, and worse... The last book by an author who is stated in the publisher's blurb to have been killed in action whilst fighting with the British battalion of the International Brigade in Spain. A late issue of the dust-wrapper with the publisher's small sticker on the spine reading ‘Including War 3/- Net Extra cost'. Hubin, p.386. Hubin does not suggest that the by-line was a pseudonym, but an early owner has written familiarly in pencil on the front end-paper "Chris Caudwell / His last book". In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.93, l.17, ‘forgot' for ‘forget'; p.108, l.11, wrong font ‘o' in ‘on'; p.135, l.4, wrong font ‘t' in ‘the'; p.278, l.12, redundant ‘had'; p.278, last line, battered ‘n' in ‘mustn't'.

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STAGGE (Jonathan). The Three Fears. Michael Joseph, 1949. Black cloth, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.387.

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STARRETT (Vincent). Murder in Peking. Walter Edwards, London, N.D. [1947]. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.224; pale grey rough cloth lettered and blocked with publisher's initial device red on spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.388: the first English edition of this novel in any form. Published in America in paperback as ‘The Laughing Buddha' in 1937 in a version with considerable unauthorised alterations made by its publisher, the original text being first published there under the present title in 1946. The English edition follows the original text. A rare volume from a publisher we have never otherwise encountered.

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STEEL (Kurt). Crooked Shadow: A Mystery Novel. Gerald G. Swan, 1945. Leaf blank except for signature mark ‘A' precedes half-title; light blue cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.388. First English edition. Published in America in 1939.

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STORY (Jack Trevor). The Trouble with Harry. London * New York, T.V. Boardman and Company Limited, 14 Cockspur Street, London, SW1, 1949. Lge.post 8vo; pp.One Hundred and Twenty-seven [sic]+[i (blank)]; pale greenish grey cloth, lettered black on spine. Slight patchy fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy in pictorial dust-wrapper chipped at head and tail of spine (with loss of word ‘The' and half of publisher's name), creased and with several chips at top and bootom edges of side-panels (not touching text or design) and worn on point of fold of front flap. Scarce, especially in anything resembling a dust-wrapper.

The author's first novel, later to be filmed by Hitchcock. The curious dust-wrapper design is evidently inspired by animated cartoons. Hubin, p.393

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STOUT (Rex). A Family Affair. A Nero Wolfe Novel. The Crime Club, Collins, 14 St James's Place, 1976. Perfect bound; final blank; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Minor faults, but a near fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.393. First English edition. Published in America in 1975.

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STRELKOVA (Irena). Theft from A provincial museum. Raduga Publishers, Moscow, 1985. F'cap 8vo, perfect bound; printed throughout in black and blue; ‘Request to Readers' leaf at end, inviting criticism (!); pp.382+[ii]; cream card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in full colour. Fine copy.

Translated by Robert Daglish. Includes an introduction by Sergei Plekhanov entitled ‘Sherlock Holmes, Volodya Kiselyov and Others' - on the comparative ethnology of the detective novel. Interesting as a picture of small-town provincial USSR: "Fomin [the police detective] halted on the steps of the hotel in a state of indecision. It was past nine in the evening. Too late to summon anyone to the militia station, too late to visit anybody at home. . . . The whole village was asleep and there was not a single light in the windows. These crooked streets were no place for a stranger. He could easily stumble into a hole or fall foul of a roaming dog that had been let off its chain. . . ." A world in which teenagers operate their own pirate radio stations, the building and riding of unlicensed motor bikes (one a child's scooter with a motor added!) is connived at by parents and police, what you have depends on who you know, and everyday public order is maintained principally by volunteers. An oddly convincing picture of a world so strange it would qualify as an alternative reality! in this copy the following errors are present, presumably as always: p.218, l.10, ‘Although' for ‘As though'; p.327, l.9, ‘nose' for ‘hose'; p.346, l.18, extra space at start of line.

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SWAN (Annie S.). The mystery of Barry Ingram. With a frontispiece by Christopher Clark, R.I. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1910. Blank before half-title; superb full-colour frontispiece with tissue guard; blank followed by inserted 16pp. publisher's fiction list dated 3/10 at end; royal blue cloth ruled blind and lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Insignificant tear in cloth of tailband; inscription on front end-paper; early prelims., last leaves of catalogue, and edges slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

This title not in Hubin.

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SWIFT (Benjamin). The death man. Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1908. Blank before half-title; black buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice.

Hubin, p.396.

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SYMONS (Julian). The Killing of Francie Lake. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1962. Sm.cr.8vo, perfect bound; scarlet boards blocked with publisher's device and lettered black on spine. Very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.397.

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SYMONS (Julian). The man who Killed himself. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1967. Cr.8vo (but signed both as 8vo and 16mo); red wrappers, cut flush, paper label printed in black on front wrapper; made up without end-papers. Slight spotting of fore-edges and blank verso of last leaf; otherwise a nice copy.

Uncorrected Advance Proof copy, on proofing paper. The scheduled publication date and price (‘4 Sept 16/-') have been written in ballpoint on the upper margin of the label. Hubin, p.397 records the volume as having appeared in the same year.

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SYMONS (Julian). A Three pipe problem. [Crime Club medallion] Collins, St James's Place, 1975. Lge.post 8vo; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.397. Inscribed on the front end-paper of this copy is a note, possibly by an agent: ‘February 75 / Myst. Guild'. The American edition appeared in the same year.

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SYMONS (Julian). Something Like A Love Affair. Macmillan, London, 1992. Double demy 16mo, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp[viii]+179+[v]; cream faintly linen-textured boards, lettered black down spine; text-paper end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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‘TAFFRAIL' (Commander Taprell Dorling, D.S.O. Royal Navy). Pirates. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, N.D. [1929]. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; purple buckram, ruled blind, lettered white, on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram, ruled, and lettered white on spine. Very slight fading and marking of covers, and enamel chipped a little at head of spine; otherwise a fine copy in torn dust-wrapper chipped a little at head and tail of spine.

Hubin, p.397, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is a modern tale of piracy in the South China Seas, and of the measures taken for its suppression, in particular by the British navy. The criminous content is large, but of an unusual sort. A curiosity of the volume is that though the publisher's have not seen fit to date it, they list on the verso of the title-page an analytical table of all of the author's other works, complete with their dates of first publication! The dust-wrapper describes the present title as ‘new'.

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TEMPLE (Paul [i.e., Francis Durbridge and J.D.R. McConnell (a.k.a. Douglas Rutherford)]). The Tyler Mystery. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1957. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (advertisement)]; glazed beaded-fine-linen-textured dark maroon boards, ruled, lettered, and blocked, gilt on spine. Publisher's rubber-stamp on front end-paper (v. note); small mark on extreme fore-margins at one opening; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and very slightly chipped pictorial dust-wrapper. Scarce.

The Publisher's File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. The first ‘Paul Temple' novel, later reprinted as by Francis Durbridge. Based on the world famous radio series, dating back to 1938, though this story had never been broadcast. Hubin, p.400

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TEMPLER (John). Jaggers Air-detective. Illustrated by D.L. Mays. Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1936. Frontispiece in full colour, and four black and white illustrations in the text; light brown buckram blocked brown on front cover and spine, lettered brown on spine. Very nice copy.

Juvenile. Not in Hubin. V. Henty Society Bulletin, Vol.3, No.24, p.12, for a commendation of this volume.

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THOMAS (Alan). The Stolen Cellini. Ernest Benn Limited, 1931. Double post 16mo; final blank; black buckram, blocked and lettered orange on front cover and spine. Very nice copy in rubbed and slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper bearing publisher's (somewhat chipped) advertisement stickers on spine and front panel designating this as ‘A Benn's Thin Paper Novel'.

Hubin, p.401. Not published in America until 1932.

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THOMSON (A.A.) And CARY (Falkland L.). Murder At the ministry. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3, Duke of York Street, St. James's, N.D. [1947]. Integral advertisement leaf at end; scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device, ruled, and lettered black on spine; very pale buff end-papers. Fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

‘First Printing' on verso of title-page. Hubin, p.403. Not isued in America.

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THORNDYKE (Russell). Doctor Syn: A tale of the Romney marsh. Thomas Nelson and Sons, July 1915. Sm.imp.16mo in half sheets; pp.352; blue-grey buckram ruled and lettered white on front cover, ruled and blocked white, lettered gilt, on spine; light greyish fawn end-papers. Virtually fine copy.

The author's first book, preceding the next by some fourteen years - though the next Dr. Syn book was not to appear for some twenty. Thorndike's name here appears spelled with a ‘y' instead of the ‘i' used later. In this copy p.34 l.17 has the point after ‘Mrs' raised above the line.

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THORNDIKE (Russell). The amazing quest Of Doctor Syn. Rich and Cowan, Ltd., 37 Bedford Square, 1938. Post 8vo; black buckram, blocked with author's monogram gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Gilt slightly dull on spine; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Presentation copy, bearing the author's holograph inscription to W.G. Foyle (signed ‘Russell') on the title-page. Hubin, p.403.

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THORNE (Guy [i.e., Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger-Gull].). The gentleman From nowhere. London: The Modern Publishing Company, N.D. [c.1929]. 16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end, serving as paste-downs; pp.254+[ii]; bright tangerine fine-linen-patterned boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in pictorial dust-wrapper (designed by P. Micklewright) with two or three short tears and several small chips to edges, barely affecting the design. Scarce, especially thus.

The only edition of a sensational murder mystery probably reprinted from a periodical: Ranger-Gull died in 1923. Hubin, p.403, guessing the date of this volume as ‘193?'. The back panel of the dust-wrapper lists this as no.1 of 12 titles announced as for issue ‘Each 2/- net'. At least five of them are reprints, whilst three others appear to be first English editions, the original dates of appearance in book form of these eight ranging from 1899 to 1925, the latest of these (‘The Man with the Seared Hand' by John G. Rowe) providing an earliest limiting date for the present volume. From the general appearance of the book, however, we would guess the later 1920s as a more probable date of issue than the 1930's suggested speculatively by Hubin, and have opted therefore for 1929. In this copy l.20 on p.62 lacks the inverted commas at the start of the line: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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TREECE (Henry). Killer In Dark Glasses. Faber and Faber, 1965. Two blanks at end; brown cloth lettered gilt down spine. Covers slightly warped; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.407.

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TRENT (Paul). The golden rat. Ward, Lock & Co., Ltd., 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.317+[i (blank)]; light crimson buckram ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

Presentation copy, signed by the author on the title-page, and with his three line holograph inscription dated ‘April 1 1935' on the half-title page. Hubin, p.407, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is in fact a criminous and detective thriller involving also the Soviet Russian espionage service (OGPU).

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TRENT (Paul). The Island murder. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1934. Light red buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Near-fine copy in frayed and not too badly chipped pictorial dust-wrapper

Hubin, p.407. Apparently not issued in America.

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TRENT (Paul). A Modern Portia: The Romance Of a Woman Barrister. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1938. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; scarlet buckram, blocked and lettered black on spine. Slight foxing of edges, otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.407. Apparently not issued in America.

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VACHEL (Horace Annesley). Experiences Of a Bond street jeweller. Cassell, And Company, Limited, London, Toronto, Melbourne, And Sydney, 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[x]+309+[i (printer's imprint)]; cerise rough buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

Hubin, p.413, giving the date, in error, as 1912. The present copy bears on the verso of the title leaf the legend: ‘First published 1932': nor does the English Catalogue of Books list it earlier.

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VAN DINE (S.S.). The dragon Murder case. A Philo Vance story. Cassell and Company Ltd., 1934. Dull blue buckram ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Covers string marked, and gilt very slightly rubbed; slight foxing of edges, and one or two foremargins; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.414. First English edition.

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VAN GULIK (Robert). The emperor's pearl: A Chinese Detective Story By Robert Van Gulik With eight illustrations Drawn by the author in Chinese style. Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto, 1963. Sm.double cr.16mo; two leaves at front and back bearing double spread illustration by the author on facing surfaces, serve as end-papers; eight illustrations by the author and a plan all on text-paper and included in the pagination; pp.[iv]+184+[i (Postscript)]+[iii]; dull dark blue-green cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.415

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VERNER (Gerald). Thirsty Evil. A detective story. John Westhouse, 1945. Sm.cr.8vo; yellow green buckram lettered gilt down spine; end-papers printed with map. Half-title foxed, edges slightly so; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wraper.

Hubin, p.416. A Peter Chard story. Not issued in America.

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VERRON (Robert). The county club Murder. Wright & Brown Ltd., 1 Crane Court, Fleet Street, 1948. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; scarlet cloth, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.416. Not issued in America.

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VICKERS (Roy). A murder for A million. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street, St. James's, London, S.W.1, 1924. Pp.320; light red fine linen patterned cloth blocked and lettered with publisher's imprint device black on back cover, pictorially blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Very slight dust-marking of boards, but a virtually fine copy.

The author's fourth title under his own name. Hubin, p.417.

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VICKERS (Roy). The Life between. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James's, London, S.W.1, 1938. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end (said on the verso of the half-title to continue the numbering); pp.288; diagonally fine-ribbed orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's imprint device on back cover, ruled and lettered on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's initials device on spine, all black; small post-card advertisement for ‘First Mortgage Co-operative Investment Trust Ltd.' loosely laid-in between pp.188 and 189, as issued. Extremely fine copy in slightly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

The dust-wrapper is of the second issue, dating from 1939, and bearing the price 3/6 net on the spine instead of 7/6 net, as in the first issue. Hubin, p.417

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VINE (Barbara [i.e., Ruth Rendell]). Gallowglass. Viking, 1990. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; half-title not called for; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; pp.[viii]+[296]; black fine-beaded cloth-textured boards, ruled, down-lettered, and lettered, gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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WALLACE (Edgar). The Four just men. London, The Tallis Press, 21 Temple Chambers, 1905. Sm.cr.8vo; large folding frontispiece; tipped-in perforated numbered competition slip present at end; mustard buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Light foxing of prelims., and frontispiece creased at fore-margin; otherwise a very nice copy: unusual thus.

Hubin, p.421; Kiddle, W63: the correct first issue. Kiddle distinguishes issues but not states. Copies have been observed, however, with the competition slip present as a leaf tipped in before the back end-paper or with the slip serving as the back free end-paper and conjugate with the pastedown. Both states have been observed with the ‘t' of ‘Smithy' on the title-page broken, but copies with the slip serving as the end-paper have also been observed with the ‘t' unbroken; and copies of the second issue, in which the competition leaves have been replaced by text giving the solution, the competition slip/end-paper has been excised, and a coloured illustration pasted over the competition notice on the front cover, also have the ‘t' unbroken. Copies in the first state have been observed with serial numbers running as high as 7010 (though they probably go much higher); whilst a copy in the second state has been seen with the serial number 24615. The present copy is in the first state. The serial number is 6841. Wallace's first mystery story, and an outstanding locked room murder. Adey, 1127.

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WALLACE (Edgar). The Four just men. London, The Tallis Press, 21 Temple Chambers, 1905. Sm.cr.8vo; large folding frontispiece; back free end-paper with perforated numbered competition slip on recto; mustard buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Lacking the frontispiece; some scattered light foxing, heavier on early leaves; a very good copy otherwise.

Presentation copy with the printed Compliments slip of J. Bannister Howard and J.B. Mulholland of the King's Theatre, London, dated October 8th, 1906, on the front paste-down. We suspect that this may have been the opening night of a dramatic version. Hubin, p.421; Kiddle, W63: the correct first issue. Kiddle distinguishes issues but not states. Copies have been observed, however, with the competition slip present as a leaf tipped in before the back end-paper or with the slip serving as the back free end-paper and conjugate with the pastedown. Both states have been observed with the ‘t' of ‘Smithy' on the title-page broken, but copies with the slip serving as the end-paper have also been observed with the ‘t' unbroken (as here); and copies of the second issue - in which the competition leaves have been replaced by text giving the solution, the competition slip/end-paper has been excised, and a coloured illustration pasted over the competition notice on the front cover - also have the ‘t' unbroken. Copies in the first state have been observed with serial numbers running as high as 7010 (though they probably go much higher); a copy in the second state has been observed with the serial number as high as 24615. The present copy is in the second state, but interestingly the serial number is 5284 - lower than that of many first state copies. Given the fact that the competition had ended before the date at which the present complimentary copies were issued - the second issue with the solution replacing the competition slip being made, according to Kiddle, in June 1906 - it must seem at least possible that these Theatre copies may represent yet a third issue, prepared as a special binding order for the occasion, with the slips freshly re-printed and the machine numbered serial numbers restarted from a randomly low figure (5000, say): this being possible since duplication of numbers would no longer be of significance. It remains to be explained how serial numbers were originally allocated, but if the present copy be not of a separate issue it looks as though the nature of the slip must vary arbitrarily with the binding batch. Wallace's first mystery story, and an outstanding locked room murder. Adey, 1127.

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WALLACE (Edgar). Bosambo Of the river. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1914. Lithographic frontispiece in colour, with tissue guard; pp.304; 16pp. publisher's inserted text-paper advertisements at end, not mentioning this title; black buckram elaborately embossed blind on front cover and spine, lithographic onlay in colour on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Near-fine copy.

Kiddle, W22: the correct first issue, in black rather than maroon or red cloth, and with the inserted catalogue. Hubin, p.420. Short stories involving Sanders. There was no American edition.

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WALLACE (Edgar). The thief in The night. The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd., N.D. [1928]. (?)Double f'cap l6mo; ‘Foreword' on verso of front end-paper; half-title not called for; 5pp. integral advertisements at end; maroon boards blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight general wear to boards; gilt dull on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Kiddle W165. The correct first issue, with all the points mentioned by Kiddle. Hubin, p.422.

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WALLACE (Edgar). The India-rubber men. Hodder and Stoughton, Publishers, N.D. [1929]. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; light blue rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered and blocked with author's monogram black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Spine slightly faded; half-title and final leaf of advertisements lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.421. Kiddle, W84. The correct first printing.

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WALLACE (Edgar). The Golden Hades. W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1929. Numerous illustrations on text-paper; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; black buckram, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Inscription erased from front paste-down, leaving slight thinning; otherwise very nice.

Hubin, p.421. Kiddle, W71. Not issued in America.

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WALLACE (Edgar). The iron grip. The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd., 66-66A, Great Queen Street, Kingsway, London, W.C.2, N.D. [November 1929]. (?)Double f'cap l6mo; ‘Foreword' on verso of front end-paper; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf follows title leaf; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.188+[ii]; maroon boards blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Gilt a little dull on spine; slight spine roll; otherwise a nice copy.

The twelfth novel by Wallace to appear in ‘The Readers Library' series. Kiddle W85. The correct first issue, with all the points mentioned by Kiddle. Hubin, p.422. Not issued in America.

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WALLACE (Edgar). Edgar Wallace: A short autobiography. This is a popular edition of the book published In 1926 under the title of "People". Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, N.D. [1929]. Final blank; rough fawn cloth, ruled blind, blocked red and (with Wallace's signature in) black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Spine slightly darkened, and some light staining of back cover; back end-paper creased; otherwise a fine copy.

First edition under this title. Signed by the author on the front end-paper.

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WALLACE (Edgar). White face. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [June 1930]. Double cr.16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.312+[iv]; mustard yellow cloth, lettered and with short rule, black, on front cover, blocked and lettered black and with ruled circle blind on spine. Very slight foxing of fore- and lower- edges; otherwise a very fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper, strengthened internally.

A bibliographical puzzle: in yellow cloth, with the circle on the spine in blind not red, undated, with 42 titles listed on the verso of the half-title, and with a dust-wrapper giving the price as 3/6. According to Kiddle (W180) the first printing was in blue cloth, had the date ‘MCMXXX' on the title-page, listed 41 titles on the verso of the half-title, and was published at 7/6d. However, also according to Kiddle, it was published in July. The present copy has an undoubtedly contemporary inscription on the front paste-down dated ‘June, 1930'. Add to this the fact that Hodder & Stoughton did not normally date their Wallace first editions (and do not seem to have dated any other of the 7/6d blue cloth issues); regularly included the next Wallace title to be published in the list on the verso of the half-title of their 3/6d editions but not their 7/6d ones (in this case ‘The Clue of the Silver Key' which came out in blue cloth, undated, at 7/6d, in October); regularly published one lower-price Wallace first edition in the fore-part of each year (‘The Ringer', February 1927; ‘Again the Three Just Men', March 1928; ‘Again the Ringer', April 1929) and that this was their first 1930 title; and one begins to suspect that this 3/6d edition of ‘White Face' may in fact narrowly have precedence. By the apparent thirteen month schedule of the other books detailed above, it ought in fact to have appeared in May.

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WALLACE (William). Tales of mystery And crime. By William Wallace (Sometime Undersheriff and Deputy Coroner for the County of Leicester). With a Foreword by George Pleydell Bancroft, Esq. (Barrister at Law and Clerk of Assize to the Midland Circuit, 1913-1946. Edmund Ward, 16 New Street, Leicester, N.D. [c.1948]. Final blank; lime green cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded (which is probably inevitable); edges, end-papers, half-title, and last two leaves slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in pictorial dust-wrapper. Rare.

With the author's signed inscription, dated ‘Sept 1948' on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.422. Four long stories: one set in Yorkshire in 1862; one in the middle ages; one, involving a trial for murder, at the turn of the present century; and the fourth, with a supernatural background (and a rationalised solution), involving a double murder in the organ loft of York Minster, set in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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WALTON (Mrs. O.F.). The lost clue. By Mrs. O.F. Walton Author of ‘Doctor Forester,' ‘A Peep behind the Scenes,' etc. With illustrations by Adolf Thiede. London, The Religious Tract Society, 4 Bouverie St. and 65 St. Paul's Churchyard, E.C., 1910. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and three plates; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, listing this volume, without reviews, as the lead title; pp.[ii]+310+[viii]; diagonally very fine ribbed milk chocolate cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; double-spread pictorial end-papers printed in black. Slight general wear to covers, but a very good copy.

Apparently the first hard-cover and first illustrated edition: published in October, 1910, price 2s. net. According to the English Catalogue of Books a paperback edition was published in October, 1909, at 6d. A detective story of sorts, turning on the theft of a document that would reveal the hero's true identity. Not in Hubin. In this copy p.288, l.13, has the reading ‘scenes' for ‘scene' (significance of state or issue, if any, undetermined).

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WARDEN (Florence [i.e., Florence Alice Price James]). The Real Mrs Daybrook. John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1906. Scarlet buckram, ruled black, blocked black and white, lettered black-outlined white, and black, on front cover, lettered black on spine; lower-edges uncut. Nice copy.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff. Hubin, p.425, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is in fact a murder mystery.

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WATSON (H.B. Marriott). The privateers. With eight illustrations by Cyrus Cuneo. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, 1907. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated October 1910; vertically ribbed navy blue cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine and front cover; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Some foxing of edges and first few leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.427.

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WEBB (Geoffrey) and MASON (Edward J.). Dick Barton Special Agent By Geoffrey Webb and Edward J. Mason Script writers to the B.B.C. Drawings by George Mitchell. By arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation. Contact Publications Limited, N.D. [1950]. Double cr.4to; half-title not called for; coloured frontispiece; numerous black and white illustrations on text-paper; quarter blue cloth, glazed boards printed with illustrations in full colour; cream end-papers printed with illustrations in colours. Slight general wear to covers; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Not in Hubin. Three of the nine stories are based upon scripts broadcast already in this cult B.B.C. radio (Home Service) melodrama series of the late 1940s and early 1950s, the rest predate the scripts. All are here first published.

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WELLES (Orson). Mr. Arkadin. W.H. Allen, 1956. Double cr.16mo; final blank; scarlet boards, lettered black on spine. Some very minor faults, but in general a nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.430.

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WHEATLEY (Dennis). [Cover title:] Dennis Wheatley Presents A New era in Crime fiction: A murder mystery Planned by J.G. Links. Murder Off Miami. Published for the Crime-Book Society by Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 32-36 Paternoster Row, London, E.C.4, N.D. [1936]. Demy 4to file, buff wrappers printed in blue and red, containing ‘facsimile' documents printed in various colours on various types and sizes of paper, as well as other mounted evidence, relating to the police investigation of a supposed murder; punched and tied through with red ribbon. Wrappers slightly marked, and a little creased and frayed at large edges; the solution seal opened; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.433.

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WHEATLEY (Dennis). The Black Baroness. A Novel. 32nd Thousand. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, N.D. [c.1948]. Double post 16mo; red cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine copy in slightly creased dust-wrapper.

With the author's signed five line inscription on the title-page, and a T.L.S. to the inscribee, c.110 words, dated 22nd May, 1950, tipped on to the back end-paper.

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WHITE (Ared). The spy net. Eyre & Spottiswoode, Publishers Limited, 6 Great New Street, 1931. Blank before half-title; slate purple rough buckram, ruled and lettered yellow on spine. Sides slightly mottled and spine uniformly faded to green; otherwise a fine copy in slightly faded dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.434. The cloth of this volume is highly photo-sensitive.

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WHITECHURCH (Victor L.). The canon in Residence. T. Fisher Unwin, 1904. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; leaf bearing printer's imprint on recto, blank on verso, followed by blank at end; scarlet buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram and elaborate foliage pattern, blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on spine; t.e.g.; red and white head and tail bands. Slight general wear to covers; end-papers neatly strengthened with matching paper; in general a nice copy otherwise. Scarce.

An oblique story of a bank robbery, and the author's key title, but for some reason not in Hubin, who lists only one title before 1912.

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WILLIAMS (G. Mountford). Silk rope. Gerald Duckworth & Co., Ltd., 3 Henrietta Street, London, W.C.2, 1947. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.224; dull brown beaded-linen-grain-textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.

Hubin, p.438. A murder mystery. The author's only detective novel.

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WILLIAMSON (Mrs. C[harles].N[orris].). The girl who had Nothing. Illustrations by John Cameron. London, Ward Lock & Co Limited, 1905. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and eleven half-tone plates; pp.255+[i (blank)]; blackish brown buckram ruled orange, blocked pictorially orange, brown, and pale green, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

A striking pictorial cloth. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.30, 40, 42, 65, 117, 127, 149, [214], 226, 240, and 254, and are tipped in at those openings: that to face p.214 is erroneously numbered ‘261', but is here correctly placed. Whether this is an issue point or not, we cannot say, but if it is it obviously characterises an early state. Hubin, p.439

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WILSON (Colin). The Janus Murder Case. Granada, London, Toronto, Sydney, New York, 1984. Sm.demy 8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; pp.[2]+235+[iii]; glazed scarlet fine morocco textured boards, lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A Chief Superintendent Saltfleet story.

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WREN (Lassiter) and McKAY (Randle). The Baffle Book. Illustrated with diagrams And charts. Published for The Crime Club, Inc., By Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1928. Double Pott.8vo; numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.[x]+1-201; 85-[1]; fly-title to ‘Answer Section' at end; very dark brown buckram, blocked and lettered scarlet on front cover, lettered scarlet down spine. Buckram surface of back cover lightly rubbed; otherwise a nice copy, the score-sheets and answer-boxes unused.

Hubin, p.446. A more conventional precursor of the Wheatley ‘Crime Dossiers'. The answer section is printed upside-down at the end.

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WREN (Percival Christopher). Mysterious Waye: The story of "The unsetting sun". John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1930. 8pp. integral advertisements at end (signed on first leaf ‘CC'); rough scarlet cloth, blocked with Wren's signature and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt faded on spine, and very slight wear to cloth over back hinge; p.207 disfigured by partial offsetting from p.208 of the next sheet printed - the result looking at first sight like a jarred impression; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

The author's own copy, bearing his armorial Ex Libris bookplate, and a thirteen word signed presentation inscription in his hand, on the front end-paper. One leaf bears a brief pencilled note, also apparently in the author's holograph. Hubin, p.446.

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[WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). Foul play Suspected [by] John Beynon. George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C.2, N.D. [1935]. Dark green horizontally-straight-grained morocco cloth lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised, end-papers slightly foxed, and one or two small stains in text; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a scarce book.

Currey, p.221. The author's second book, published in the same year as his first.

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YOUNG (Eric Brett). Dancing Beggars. J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1929. Final blank; apple green buckram lettered light blue on front cover and spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper designed by Wallace Smith.

Hubin, p.448. By the younger brother of Francis Brett Young.

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