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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. 99378
    First UK edition, first impression, of Chandler's first book, with the scarce jacket. It was adapted into the 1946 film of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 99378

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  2. 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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  3. [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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  4. 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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  5. Farewell My Lovely.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108211

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  6. 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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  7. 104158
    First edition, first impression, preceding the first US edition. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 104158

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  8. The Lady in the Lake.
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in America in 1943. The fourth of Chandler's novels featuring Philip Marlowe. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 98321

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  9. Playback.
    First edition. An unrecorded state of the binding. This edition is known in two publisher's bindings red with silver lettering and red with yellow lettering the former being much commoner than the latter. This blue binding however may well be distinct to the batch of copies sent to Boots as was the case with Le Carre's first... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 22860

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