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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. The Hollow.
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. The Hollow.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sir Leonard Woolley on the front free endpaper, "Len, with best wishes, from, Agatha, Xmas 1946". Sir Leonard and his wife Katharine were good friends of Christie and her second husband, the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan. Mallowan's archaeological career began as an assistant... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 117922

  2. The Looking-Glass War.
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Looking-Glass War.

    London : 1965

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author, "John le Carré aka David Cornwell, Cornwall, Spring 2007", on the title page. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140259

  3. Mrs McGinty's Dead.
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. Mrs McGinty's Dead.

    London : 1952

    First UK edition, first impression, of this Poirot mystery; this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Dorothy from Agatha". Dorothy North, daughter-in-law of the 12th Baron North, was a member of Christie's London inner social circle in the 30s. Her daughter, Susan and Christie's daughter, Rosalind were best friends in their 20s,... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 136239

  4. Red Harvest.
    HAMMETT, Dashiell. Red Harvest.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing, of Hammett's landmark first book, inscribed by the author, "Billy Greer Hobson, keep a notebook and pencil - the story of the other fellows' crime pays. Dashiell Hammett", in blue ink on the second blank. The recipient was William Greer Hobson (1924-1996), a bookseller from Phoenix, Arizona, whose father founded Hobson's... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 134723

  5. The Night Manager.
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Night Manager.

    London : 1993

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page and dated June 1993. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 136671

  6. The Big Bow Mystery.
    ZANGWILL, Israel. The Big Bow Mystery.

    London : 1892

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed on a preliminary blank:"From the author and publishers' with compls" (just slightly shaved by the binder), perhaps presented to the Gainsboro' & District Liberal Club, with their library label to front pastedown and first blank, library accession stamp on rear free endpaper (dated 4 March 1893). A Haycraft-Queen... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 106149

  7. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
    HUME, Fergus W. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

    London : 1888

    First UK edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the prolific dime novel author William J. Benners (1863-1940) on the half-title: "To Will J. Benners with best wishes Fergus Hume". Inscribed copies of Hume's works are extremely rare. This copy was later part of the library of Florence & Edward Kaye, both leading collectors of detective... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 126192

  8. The Galton Case.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Galton Case.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "March 1959. For Willard and Pidge, affectionately, Ken". Willard and Pidge were Santa Barbara neighbors, and a character named Pidge appears in another of the author's books. Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 50936

  9. Single & Single.
    LE CARRÉ, John. Single & Single.

    London : 1999

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 137461

  10. Double Death. A Murder Story.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) SAYERS, Dorothy, Freeman Wills Crofts, Valentine Williams, F. Tennyson Jesse, Anthony Armstrong, David Hume. Double Death. A Murder Story.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, of this collaborative detective story, written with members of the Detection Club, which was formed in 1930 by a group of British mystery writers. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 136024

  11. Aunt Jeanne.
    SIMENON, Georges. Aunt Jeanne.

    London : 1953

    First UK edition (third overall), first impression, inscribed "to Ralph, this very first book written in a house I love and he loves "factuellement", G. Simenon, Shadow Rock Farm, Lakeville 1955" to front free endpaper. Most certainly Ralph Ingersoll (1900-1985), an American writer, editor, and publisher, from whom Simenon bought Shadow Rock Farm in... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 135410

  12. The Secret Pilgrim.
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Secret Pilgrim.

    London : 1991

    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. First published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 134511

  13. A Mind to Murder.
    JAMES, P. D. A Mind to Murder.

    London : 1963

    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 the Sunday Express's film and... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 130265

  14. From This Dark Stairway.
    EBERHART, Mignon. G. From This Dark Stairway.

    Garden City, N.Y. : 1931

    First Crime Club edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "Dear Leila McKinley: It gives me pleasure to inscribe this to you because you have sent me your books and because of our happy meeting. I hope I shall see you in America sometime not too far-off. Sincerely, Mignon G. Eberhart. Nice, France - January 21, 1932".... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 126383

  15. The Black Camel.
    BIGGERS, Earl Derr. The Black Camel.

    Indianapolis : 1929

    First edition, first printing, in the first state dust jacket. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Harold Carew, May we meet frequently over another glass of the 'light' - and elsewhere - Earl Derr Biggers, Pasadena, June 16, 1929". This is a review copy inscribed a week before the official publication date of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 123513

  16. Crime in Corn-Weather.
    ATWATER, Mary M. Crime in Corn-Weather.

    Boston : 1935

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Atwater on the front free endpaper: "'I hope you'll like it.' Mary M. Atwater, May 1935". Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 122353

  17. Max Carrados.
    BRAMAH, Ernest. Max Carrados.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Josephine Mary Cockill with love from Ernest and Mattie Aug. 15, 1918". (A number of records note Bramah marrying a Lucy Maisie Barker in 1897, although other sources have her listed under the name Mattie, as here.) Inscribed copies of Bramah's works... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 120453

  18. The Belsingtons.
    YOUNG, Robert Zetetic. The Belsingtons.

    London : 1935

    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... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 113156

  19. The Gondola Scam.
    [GRANT, Jonathan.] GASH, Jonathan. The Gondola Scam.

    London : 1984

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown ("To dear Mary, with love from the author, Jonathan Gash.") and signed by him on the title page. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 105627

  20. The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811.
    JAMES, P. D., & T. A. Critchley. The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811.

    New York : 1986

    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Eddie Woods, with every good wish. P. D. James." The book was first published in the UK in 1971. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 101543

  21. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.
    GULIK, Robert van. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.

    Beirut : 1958

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Met al onze beste wensen voor 1959! Robert en Francis Beyruth, Dec. '58" ("With all our best wishes for 1959!"). This is one of just 200 copies printed for the author and privately distributed as a Christmas gift to his friends. Laid-in is a photograph of... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 100038

  22. The Blue Hammer.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Blue Hammer.

    New York : 1976

    First edition, first printing, of the final Lew Archer novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Harris Seed. One of the best friends, and the best lawyer, a writer ever had. Ken." Laid-in is an autograph draft of the opening paragraphs of the novel, which are notably different to the published version, offering... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 99392

  23. John Carstairs: Space Detective.
    LONG, Frank Belknap. John Carstairs: Space Detective.

    New York : 1949

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author "For David M. Speaker With the cordial regards of Frank B. Long Newark, May 5, 1958" on the front free endpaper. David M. Speaker was a fellow writer of science-fiction stories. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 96460

  24. 'A' is for Alibi.
    GRAFTON, Sue. 'A' is for Alibi.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, first printing of the author's first novel in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery series. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to screenwriter Jessica Niblo: "For Jessica - 'same time next series', best wishes. 10/1/14." Grafton and Niblo worked together on the program Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which ran... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 95475

  25. Black Sheep, Run.
    SPICER, Bart. Black Sheep, Run.

    London : 1952

    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to a Morton, the same name as the formal dedicatee, on the front free endpaper: "Dear Morton, herewith the British versionnot so pretty, but cheap enough to sell, Bart, NY 52". Black Sheep, Run was originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 95489

  26. The Case of the Horrified Heirs.
    GARDNER, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Horrified Heirs.

    New York : 1964

    First edition, certified first copy to be printed. Dedication copy inscribed by the author to his close friend, scientist John Glaister on the front free endpaper: "To my friend, John Glaister, D. Sc., M.D., F.R.S.E., this first copy ever to come from the printers and binders (see certificate on the following page). With all good wishes, yours, Erle... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 91710

  27. Journey Into Fear.
    AMBLER, Eric. Journey Into Fear.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "Mort Chambers, from Eric Ambler, Los Angeles, 1970". Mortimer Chambers was Professor of Ancient History at the University of California. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 90534

  28. Will to Survive.
    SALTER, Elizabeth. Will to Survive.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression, of the author's second book, a murder mystery set in the Australian outback. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 89096

  29. The Filigree Ball:
    GREEN, Anna Katherine. The Filigree Ball:

    Indianapolis, IN : 1903

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to American First Lady Edith Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "Mrs. Roosevelt, Compliments of Anna K. Green Rohlfs. March 23rd 1903". Additionally inscribed by Mrs. Roosevelt to her son on the front pastedown, "For Kermit from Mother". Anna Katherine Green's first novel, The Leavenworth Case,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 83721

  30. The Surprising Experiences of Mr. Shuttlebury Cobb.
    FREEMAN, R. Austin. The Surprising Experiences of Mr. Shuttlebury Cobb.

    London : [1927]

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "J. T. Dalladay, with greetings from his friend R. Austin Freeman, 24th April 1927". Freeman lived for much of his life in Gravesend, Kent, and J. T. Dalladay was deputy head and head master at Gravesend Grammar School between 1893 and 1907. This... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 82976

  31. The Bishop Murder Case.
    VAN DINE, S. S. The Bishop Murder Case.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Mr & Mrs Grover C Seymour, with cordial regards, S. S. Van Dine, New York 1929". Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 82574

  32. Cressida: No Mystery.
    LOWNDES, Belloc. Cressida: No Mystery.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "'The past is Death's, the future is thine own' Shelley. A favourite quotation of Marie Belloc Lowndes. August 19, 1928". Uncommon, particularly so in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 80971

  33. The "Canary" Murder Case.
    VAN DINE, S. S. The "Canary" Murder Case.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, specially bound for the author and inscribed by him on an early blank leaf, "To Norbert L. Lederer with apologies for the instrument whereon was placed music stanza. With gratitude, also, and affection. S. S. Van Dine. New York". With Lederer's bookplate. The recipient was a composer and noted chess... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 77345

  34. The Flood.
    RANKIN, Ian. The Flood.

    Edinburgh : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Ian Rankin. Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 76626

  35. The Widening Stain.
    (KAUFFER, E. McKnight.) [BISHOP, Morris.] JOHNSON, W. Bolingbroke. The Widening Stain.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Bill Upson, with might even have been involved - W. Bolingbroke Johnson". The author began to write his real name and crossed it out after the first two letters of "Morris". The recipient of this copy was William Hazlet Upson, the creator the popular character Alexander... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 73994

  36. Conspiracy.
    [VAHEY, John George Hazlette.] PROUDFOOT, Walter. Conspiracy.

    London : [1933]

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Geoffrey & Marian Moy with all the best love from the author. JV 12 Sept 33". Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 72911

  37. The Strange Will.
    KEELER, Harry Stephen, & Hazel Goodwin. The Strange Will.

    1949

    First edition, first impression. With both authors' signed joint presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Countess de Valance de la Barre from the authors Hazel Goodwin Keeler and Harry Stephen Keeler April 1950". Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 69150

  38. The Steeltown Strangler.
    KEELER, Harry Stephen. The Steeltown Strangler.

    1950

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "With the kindest wishes of the author Harry Stephen Keeler". Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 69152

  39. The Invisible Voices.
    SHIEL, M. P. The Invisible Voices.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Harold Taves from M. P. Shiel. Christmas, 1935. 'L'Abri', New Rd., Worthing Rd., Horsham, Sussex, England." Taves was a correspondent of Shiel's who worked with the poet Edward Doro to sell Shiel's novels to Hollywood. He later owned a bookstore in Seattle and sold... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 68836

  40. [Complete set of the novels to 2001.]
    FRANCIS, Dick. [Complete set of the novels to 2001.]

    1962-2001

    First editions, first impressions. Of the 39 volumes, ten are signed or inscribed by the author and all are handsomely bound in deep green morocco. Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 68434

  41. Gammon and Espionage.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Gammon and Espionage.

    1938

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the verso of the half-title, "To W. G. Tucker, whose friendship & good advice has been helpful to me on so many occasions, Nicolas Bentley". Tipped-in on the front pastedown is a typed and signed letter from Bentley to Tucker thanking him for "help in my rabbit dilemma" and suggesting that... Learn More
    £360.00

    Stock Code: 63229

  42. Complete set of the Kay Scarpetta series.
    CORNWELL, Patricia. Complete set of the Kay Scarpetta series.

    New York : 1990-2010

    First editions, first printings. Each copy signed on the title page by the author. The Cornwell/Scarpetta bookplate is loosely inserted into the first title. Also included with this set is a 14 karat gold Scarpetta lapel pin. This set includes the cook book and all 18 Scarpetta novels published up to 2010. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 62710

  43. Sinners and Shrouds. An Inner Sanctum Mystery.
    LATIMER, Jonathan. Sinners and Shrouds. An Inner Sanctum Mystery.

    New York : 1955

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Mat and Margaret - from your star boarder of many years standing - Jack Latimer". Learn More
    £240.00

    Stock Code: 61824

  44. Flesh and Blood.
    BROPHY, John. Flesh and Blood.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression. With the extensive presentation inscription of the book's dedicatee to the front free endpaper, "My dear Walter de la Mare, It is not sheer vanity that leads me to send you this book, but the feeling that you will value and enjoy its beauty and its subtlety, to say nothing of its fun. Yours Conal O'Riordan 7th February... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 60310

  45. The Barbarous Coast.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Barbarous Coast.

    New York : 1956

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "For Stretch and Pidge, with affection, and with the hope that you won't take my title too seriously. Ken, May 1, 1956". Stretch and Pidge were Santa Barbara neighbors, and a character named Pidge appears in another of the author's... Learn More
    £2,200.00

    Stock Code: 50937

  46. Black Money.
    MACDONALD, Ross. Black Money.

    New York : 1966

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, to the front free endpaper "Xmas 1965, For Stretch and Pidge affectionately, Ken". Stretch and Pidge were Santa Barbara neighbors, and a character named Pidge appears in another of the author's books. Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 50938

  47. The Far Side of the Dollar.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Far Side of the Dollar.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "Feb. 8, 1965 Santa Barbara. For Stretch, with affectionate good wishes". Stretch was a Santa Barbara neighbour. Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 50941

  48. The Chill.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Chill.

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "For Stretch with admiration and affection, Ken". Stretch was a Santa Barbara neighbor of the author. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 50950

  49. The Doomsters.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Doomsters.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "January 22, 1958. For Stretch and Pidge, cheerful people, in the hope that this story won't depress them unduly. Affectionately, Ken". Stretch and Pidge were Santa Barbara neighbors, and the name Pidge appears in one of the author's... Learn More
    £2,200.00

    Stock Code: 50933

  50. The Ten Green Brothers.
    MACVICAR, Angus. The Ten Green Brothers.

    London : [1936]

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Mr and Mrs Neil MacKay with kindest regards, from Angus MacVicar 30/4/36". Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 50215

  51. Detective Story. A play in three acts.
    KINGSLEY, Sidney. Detective Story. A play in three acts.

    New York : 1949

    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "For Billy Hammerstein who helped launch this - Gratefully Sidney Kingsley Nov. 4. 1949". With the recipient's bookplate to the front pastedown. William Hammerstein was the son of the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, he was a theatrical producer in... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 50339

  52. The Harder They Fall.
    SCHULBERG, Budd. The Harder They Fall.

    New York : 1947

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 49758

  53. The Levanter.
    AMBLER, Eric. The Levanter.

    London : 1972

    Proof copy printed on rectos only, page size 25 mm wider than the first edition. Bound for Ambler in the style of the first edition. Together with a copy of the first edition. Inscription to half-title "Corrected proofs, Eric Ambler 18 April 72", with his autograph corrections throughout, subsequently inscribed on title page "Tony Godwin from his friend... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 48649

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