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Detective fiction

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to novels and short stories centring on the investigation of a crime by a detective figure. Early examples include "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", Bleak House, and The Moonstone, as well as the practitioners of the golden age of detective fiction – Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, et al. – and their modern successors.

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  1. 116372

    The Honourable Schoolboy.

    First edition, first impression, with scarce first issue annotated map endpapers. This is the second instalment in the Karla trilogy, following Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and preceding Smiley’s People. In 1977 it won the Gold Dagger award for the best crime novel of the year. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116372

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  2. 116306

    The Hound of Death and Other Stories.

    The Hound of Death was first published by Odhams Press in 1933, it was then republished by Collins in 1936 priced 3/6. This printing is in the “new 2/6 uniform edition of the detective novels of Agatha Christie”. The latest title listed on the rear panel is Dumb Witness first published in 1937. This specific edition is not commonly found. The collection includes one of her most famous stories “The Witness for the Prosecution”, the basis of the 1957 film and a two-part BBC drama for Christmas 2016. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: [1937?]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116306

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  3. Doctor Syn:

    Doctor Syn:

    A Tale of the Romney Marsh.
    First edition, first impression, in the presumed first binding with the spine lettered in gilt. The author's first book - a swashbuckling tale of brandy and tobacco smuggling set in the badlands of 18th century Kent. Interestingly ODNB fails to mention that Russell Thorndike (1885-1972) - brother of Dame Sybil - adapted Doctor Syn for his "smuggling melodrama" of the same name, staged at the Lyceum in 1927; perhaps because of his use of "Thorndyke" and not "Thorndike" (a parallel with "Syn" and "Sin"). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115896

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  4. In a Lonely Place.

    In a Lonely Place.

    First UK edition, first impression; first published in the US in 1947, the basis of the classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in 1950. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: London & Brussels

    Stock Code: 115877

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  5. The Valley of Fear.

    The Valley of Fear.

    With a frontispiece by Frank Wiles.
    First UK edition, first impression. Widely considered one of the best illustrations of the Holmes-Watson relationship, this last Holmes novel was well received by the wartime public. Published 3 June 1915, it was preceded by the US edition, released earlier the same year, on 27 February. This copy is from the library of Adrian Homer Goldstone (1897-1977), book collector and bibliographer of Arthur Machen and John Steinbeck. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114302

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  6. The D. A. Calls It Murder.
    signed

    The D. A. Calls It Murder.

    First edition, first printing. A superb presentation copy, "To Jean - who writes ‘em for me. With love, Erle. December 1936," with Gardner's full signature at the bottom of the page. Agnes Jean Bethell, Gardner's second wife, was also his secretary and assistant for nearly fifty years; the two were married in 1968, less than two years before he died. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114270

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The Belsingtons.
    signed

    The Belsingtons.

    First edition. Uncommon, just four locations on Copac, BL, NLS, NLW, Oxford, no additional copies on OCLC. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To Myrtle from Bob, R.Z. Young". Rather clumsy "detective" tale. Young was the author of another novel, The Roadman's Son, of the previous year, which is all we have been able to ascertain about the writer. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113156

    Signed: Yes

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  8. The Mad Hatter Murder.

    The Mad Hatter Murder.

    First edition, first impression of this detective novel by Grierson Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 112979

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  9. The Red House Mystery.

    The Red House Mystery.

    First edition, first impression of the author's only mystery novel. Rare in the jacket. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip loosely inserted. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112974

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  10. [The first six Mark Treasure novels:]
    signed

    [The first six Mark Treasure novels:]

    Unholy Writ; Treasure by Degrees; Treasure up in Smoke; Murder for Treasure; Copper, Gold & Treasure; Treasure Preserved.
    First editions, first impressions, apart from Treasure Preserved, which is a first US edition, first printing. Presentation copies inscribed by the author to a close friend and his wife. The inscription in Treasure by Degrees is a thank-you for "research assistance": "For Bill who was a mine of information on Minsky's - and Doris who never knew Bill had been to Minsky's - but does now. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1976; 1977; 1978; 1980; 1982; 1983

    Published: London & New York

    Stock Code: 112855

    Signed: Yes

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  11. To Catch A Thief.

    To Catch A Thief.

    First edition, first printing. Basis for the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 112438

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  12. Sparkling Cyanide.

    Sparkling Cyanide.

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year under the title Remembered Death. Learn More
    £775

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112048

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  13. The Secret Adversary.

    The Secret Adversary.

    First edition of her second published novel, the first of the five Tommy and Tuppence books, published in book form in January 1922. Like its predecessor, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary was first published as an unillustrated serialisation in The Times weekly edition (The Weekly Times) as a complete and unabridged text in 17 instalments from 12 August to 2 December 1921. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111726

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  14. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111585

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  15. The Bottle Party.

    The Bottle Party.

    First separate edition, first printing. It was first published the preceding year in the UK in the Strand Magazine. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 111571

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  16. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.
    First edition in book form, first impression. The Hound was Sherlock Holmes "comeback" novel after his shocking demise on the Reichenbach Falls stunned his loyal Victorian readership. When first serialised in the Strand Magazine in 1901 it was an "unprecedented success", with queues at the publisher's office and throughout the country. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111144

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  17. 110763

    The Black Arrow:

    A Tale of the Two Roses.
    First UK edition, published two months after the US edition. With the front and spine panel of the original cloth bound in at rear. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1888

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 110763

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  18. The Long Good-Bye.

    The Long Good-Bye.

    First edition, first impression of the seventh Philip Marlowe novel. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110736

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  19. The Haunted Lagoon.

    The Haunted Lagoon.

    First edition, first printing of the 21st book in the Dana Girls series. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 110385

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  20. The Little Tales of Smethers.
    signed

    The Little Tales of Smethers.

    First edition, first printing, in the green second issue binding (the first issue being in black cloth). From the author's library, inscribed as such by Dunsany on the front free endpaper, and dated 1958. A Bleiler listed fantasy novel as well as a Queen's Quorum title. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110363

    Signed: Yes

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