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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. 131172comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Honi, who had the job of typing the damn thing, from, Erle Stanley Gardner". The recipient was Ruth "Honey" Moore, the youngest of the three Walter sisters who were Gardner's longtime secretaries, and to whom Gardner... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131172

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  2. 132765
    First UK edition, first impression. This Hercule Poirot mystery was first published in the US earlier the same year under the title Funerals Are Fatal. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 132765

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  3. 132559
    The Thirty-Nine Steps..."> First edition, first impression, of Buchan's classic man-on-the-run shocker, in which Buchan adopts "a conscious pose in order to pastiche the tone of Edwardian English public life, the anxiety which accompanied complacency, its instinctive antisemitism, its male, public-school culture" (ODNB). The Thirty-Nine Steps... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 132559

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  4. The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes.
    First edition, first printing. This collection of 33 stories about Sherlock Holmes was written by writers other than Conan Doyle, and includes contributions from Vincent Starrett, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, J. M. Barrie, Mark Twain, and O. Henry. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 108239

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  5. 132155
    First edition, first impression, preceding the first US edition, which was released later in the same year. "The Little Sister is particularly remarkable for Marlowe's cleverly phrased and brutally honest self-evaluations" (ODNB). Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132155

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  6. 131746comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Stanley Simon best wishes Isaac Asimov". Stanley Simon was a New York-based book collector of science-fiction, thriller, and fantasy first editions. This classic of detective science-fiction, which Asimov later grouped as the first instalment in... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 131746

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  7. The Silent Speaker.
    First UK edition, first impression. A Nero Wolfe novel, originally published in the USA the previous year. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 97075

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  8. Prisoner's Base.
    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy of this Nero Wolfe mystery. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 87614

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  9. Murder in the Willett Family.
    First edition, first printing of the fourth novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 101048

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  10. 130265comp
    Uncorrected proof copy, inscribed by the author for fellow writer on the title page, "To Clive Hirschhorn with every good wish from the author, P. D. James". Hirschhorn, known primarily as a writer and critic, is also a keen book collector. Hirschhorn moved to London in 1963, the year of this work's publication, and was... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 130265

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  11. 130249
    First edition, first printing, of one of the greatest detective thrillers of the 20th century. The Maltese Falcon was adapted as a film noir in 1941, written and directed by John Huston, and featuring Humphrey Bogart in the lead role. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130249

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  12. 126352
    First edition of the author's second collection of short stories. The collection is particularly notable as the first printing in book-form of "The Rifle", first published in the Atlantic Souvenir in 1827. The story is cited by Queen's Quorum's: A History of Detective Fiction as an early example of detective fiction. Legget... Learn More
    £1,500

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  13. 127533
    First edition, first impression, of Williams' popular detective novel featuring Trevor Dene, a "young Detective Sergeant from Scotland Yard who has Holmesian powers of observation and deduction" (Twentieth Century Crime & Mystery Writers). Williams, initially a foreign affairs and war correspondent for The Daily Mail, was... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 127533

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  14. 127818
    First edition, first impression. The third of Buchan's Hannay novels, particularly scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 127818

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  15. 126631
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in the US the previous year. One of only two detective novels by Bester, the book is rarely found in its striking dust jacket. Learn More
    £350

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  16. 116487
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 116487

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  17. 125324
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of novels, including an early printing of Francis Iles's Malice Aforethought, one of the most significant murder mystery novels of the 1930s. The book, which was published in October 1931, also includes Naomi Royde-Smith's The Delicate Situation, L. A. G. Strong's The Garden,... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 125324

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  18. [Complete set of the Philip Marlowe novels.]
    All first editions, first printings. Chandler's first four novels were first published in America; the last three appeared first in the UK. Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 106986

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  19. 62572detail
    Galley sheets sent out in advance of publication to garner reviews. With the editor's typed cover letter to Vincent Starrett the noted author and collector of detective fiction. "If you find in any of this grounds for comment, we should like nothing better than to have a letter from you in our correspondence column in the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 62572

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  20. 119434
    A complete set of this well known collected edition, with three stories per volume. It includes all published crime novels up to 1970. Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 119434

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  21. 48052
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 48052

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  22. 106580
    First UK edition, first impression. The Gollancz archive copy with their ink-stamp to the front pastedown and title-page. The Door Between was originally published in the US earlier the same year by Frederick A. Stokes. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106580

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  23. 106897
    First UK edition, first impression. Published 3 June 1915, it was preceded by the American edition, released earlier the same year, on 27 February. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 106897

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  24. The Cuckoo's Calling. (Book)
    First edition, first impression, of Rowling's first pseudonymous novel, and signed on the title page as Galbraith, together with the hologram of authenticity. The first printing of the first edition ran to at least 1,500 copies, with a cover which features a quote from Val McDermid, while the back cover has quotes from Mark... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 101927

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  25. 117082
    First edition, first impression of the fifth novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series. Learn More
    £150

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  26. Six Against the Yard.
    First edition, first impression, a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Stamped on the title page in purple ink "With the Publisher's Compliments". An interesting variation on the conventional detective fiction anthology, in which the six authors contribute stories featuring supposedly foolproof murders, each followed by an exposition... Learn More
    £6,250

    Stock Code: 86243

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  27. 117782
    First edition, first printing. This uncommon work details the deaths found in the Holmes canon in a "scholarly compendium". It is listed on OCLC in only seven institutions world-wide, all in the US. Learn More
    £50

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  28. Odds Against.
    First edition, first printing. Author's 5th novel. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 101464

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  29. The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars.
    First edition, first printing. Detective story featuring Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts, the Baker Street Irregulars. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 101445

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  30. 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... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 114270

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  31. The Mad Hatter Murder.
    First edition, first impression of this detective novel by Grierson. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 112979

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  32. 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... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 113156

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  33. Masters of Mystery.
    First edition. "Despite the universal appeal of detective fiction, only recently has serious attention been paid to its technique. It is surely high time that criticism "placed" detective fiction and officially recognised the conscientious craftsmanship that beguiles our leisure hours" (Foreword). Study described by Ellery... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 111577

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  34. 110771
    First edition, first impression, with a rule underneath the word "contents" on the contents page. With the spine panel of the original binding bound in at rear. A fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 110771

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  35. While She Sleeps.

    While She Sleeps.

    New York & London: 1940

    First US edition, first printing. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 107123

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  36. Farewell My Lovely.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108211

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  37. Design for Murder.
    First edition, first printing of the author's third and final novel. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 107269

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  38. Knaves & Co.
    First edition thus. A collection of mystery stories with sporting settings, previously published only in newspapers and magazines. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107247

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  39. An Expensive Place to Die.
    First edition, first impression. With the top secret transit docket loosely inserted. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 107242

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  40. .
    First edition, first impression, of the author's second Dr Audley novel. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107121

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    First edition, first impression. Scarce with the jacket. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 107118

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  42. 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

    Stock Code: 111571

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  43. The Little Sister.
    First US edition, first printing. Originally published in the UK earlier the same year. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 107104

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  44. Insecurity.
    First edition, first impression. A novel of Fleet Street. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 108752

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  45. Charteris Royal.
    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page, front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108730

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  46. Second Front-First Spy.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 108686

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  47. Second Front-First Spy.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 108639

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  48. The Strange Case of Harriet Hall.
    £250

    Stock Code: 105647

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  49. The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars.
    First edition, first printing. With a typed note signed by the author to fellow mystery write Veronica Parker Johns laid-in, in which he reflects on her short story, The Homecoming, that it was "a damned good story, which assuredly as an editor I would buy, but a little less strikingly individual. And your greatest virtue... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 108299

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  50. Death Comes Laughing.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107838

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  51. Original manuscript: What No Woman Knows.
    The original manuscript of Bell's novel, accompanied by the first edition, inscribed by Bell on the third page: "Original manuscript of my novel What No Woman Knows. Begun Feb. 1, 1955 & finished March 2, 1955. Neil Bell, Brixham, Devon. April 1955." Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 110233

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  52. Death Starts a Rumour.
    First edition, first impression. Kathleen Freeman was a classical scholar who used the pseudonym Mary Fitt for her Inspector Mallet series of detective novels; she also wrote fiction under the names Stuart Mary Wick, Clare St. Donat and Caroline Cory while retaining her own name for her academic publications. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 107244

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  53. Call the Yard!
    First US edition, first printing of the second title in the Inspector Williams series, following Fraser Butts In. Originally published in the UK by Hutchinson the previous year under the title "Hell to Pay!" Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 107077

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  54. The Ghost of Truth.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front free endpaper, title page and front panel of jacket. Pseudonyms used by John Richard Newton Chance (1911-1983) throughout his prolific career included John Lymington, John Drummond, David C. Newton, Desmond Reid, and Jonathan Chance.... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 106993

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  55. The Gambler.
    First edition, first impression of this crime novel. Malleson also wrote prolifically under the pseudonym of Anthony Gilbert. The publisher's retained copy with their inkstamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106310

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  56. The Death-Riders.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their inkstamp to the front panel of the jacket and front pastedown. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106303

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    First edition, first impression of the penultimate book featuring Oxford don and amateur sleuth Dr Gervase Fen, who first appeared in The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944) and next in Holy Disorders (1945). "Crispin's work is marked by a highly individual sense of light comedy, and by a great flair for verbal deception rather... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 106047

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  58. The Judson Murder Case.
    First Crime Circle edition, first impression. Uncommon in the dust jacket by designer Ethel "Bip" Pares, recognised for her work in the science fiction genre and particularly for the jackets for Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton and Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon. The book was first published in 1933. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 105426

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  59. Up The Garden Path.
    First edition, first impression. A Desmond Merrion mystery, published in the US the same year under the title Death Visits Downspring. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 105413

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  60. The Jewel Mysteries.
    First edition of this collection of ten detective tales featuring the jeweller Bernard Sutton as sleuth. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 105110

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