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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. Ellery Queen Omnibus.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) QUEEN, Ellery [pseud. of Frederic Dannay & Manfred Bennington Lee]. Ellery Queen Omnibus.

    London : 1934

    First UK edition, first impression of this collection of detective stories. First published in the US in 1930. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 93717

  2. The Talking Sparrow Murders.
    TEILHET, Darwin. The Talking Sparrow Murders.

    London : 1934

    First UK edition, first impression of this mystery novel set in Nazi Germany. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 93824

  3. Sandbar Sinister.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) TAYLOR, Phoebe Atwood. Sandbar Sinister.

    London : 1936

    First UK edition, first impression of the fifth Asey Mayo mystery. It was first published in the US in 1934. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 93830

  4. The Four Tragedies of Memworth.
    (KAUFFER, E. McKnight.) HAMILTON, Ernest. The Four Tragedies of Memworth.

    London : 1928

    First edition, second impression (two months after the first). A detective story, with the scarce illustrated jacket by E. McKnight Kauffer, from the brief period before the publishers adopted their signature yellow jackets. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page and front pastedown. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 93623

  5. Bull's Eye.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) KENNEDY, Milward. Bull's Eye.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Kennedy's first book to feature the private detective Sir George Bull. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 93634

  6. Death in a Deckchair.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) KENNEDY, Milward. Death in a Deckchair.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 93639

  7. Corpse Guards Parade.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) KENNEDY, Milward. Corpse Guards Parade.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression. One of Kennedy's earlier books - a light-hearted detective story. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 93640

  8. An Oxford Tragedy.
    MASTERMAN, J. C. An Oxford Tragedy.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, scarce in the jacket. An Oxford Tragedy is credited with sparking the popularity of crime novels in an Oxford setting. This is the publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown, from the archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 93672

  9. Death Under Gibraltar.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) NEWMAN, Bernard. Death Under Gibraltar.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 93681

  10. The Dusky Hour.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) PUNSHON, E. R. The Dusky Hour.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series, published in the US in 1941 under the title Death in the Chalk Pits. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £925.00

    Stock Code: 93696

  11. Death of a Beauty Queen.
    PUNSHON, E. R. Death of a Beauty Queen.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. This is the publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown, from the archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 93698

  12. The Dusky Hour.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) PUNSHON, E. R. The Dusky Hour.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series, published in the US in 1941 under the title Death in the Chalk Pits. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £925.00

    Stock Code: 93699

  13. Mystery of Mr. Jessop.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) PUNSHON, E. R. Mystery of Mr. Jessop.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 93700

  14. Mystery of Mr. Jessop.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) PUNSHON, E. R. Mystery of Mr. Jessop.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 93701

  15. Death Comes to Cambers.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) PUNSHON, E. R. Death Comes to Cambers.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 93705

  16. The Devil Drives.
    CHANCE, John Newton. The Devil Drives.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression of this thriller. The publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the title page. 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
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 93563

  17. The Murder at Charters.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) FETHALAND, John. The Murder at Charters.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper and the title page. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 93603

  18. The Eye in the Museum.
    [STEWART, Alfred Walter.] CONNINGTON, J. J. The Eye in the Museum.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression. This is the publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown, from the archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 93604

  19. Mystery of the Open Window.
    [MALLESON, Lucy Beatrice.] Anthony Gilbert. Mystery of the Open Window.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, scarce in the jacket. This is the publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page, from the archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 93616

  20. The Disturbing Affair of Noel Blake.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) [SOUTHWOLD, Stephen.] BELL, Neil. The Disturbing Affair of Noel Blake.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 93539

  21. Now Try the Morgue.
    TREVOR, Elleston. Now Try the Morgue.

    London : 1948

    First edition, first impression of this gangster novel written by the prolific author of The Flight of the Phoenix. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 92558

  22. Murder at the New York World's Fair.
    [TAYLOR, Phoebe Atwood.] Freeman Dana. Murder at the New York World's Fair.

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing. The heroine of this mystery is a convalescing widow in her late sixties whose adventure takes off as she stows away from her unsympathetic family on a train bound for the New York World's Fair. Random House commissioned Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909-1976) to write Murder at the New York World's Fair to accompany the much... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 92695

  23. 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

  24. Philo Gubb. Correspondence-School Detective.
    BUTLER, Ellis Parker. Philo Gubb. Correspondence-School Detective.

    Boston : 1918

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 91629

  25. Inspector Frost and Lady Brassingham.
    SMITH, Herbert Maynard. Inspector Frost and Lady Brassingham.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. The second in his series of seven crime novels featuring Inspector Austin Frost of Scotland Yard. An Anglican priest, Maynard also wrote a number of theological essays and books, focusing in particular on the Reformation. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 91230

  26. Inspector Frost in Crevenna Cove.
    SMITH, Herbert Maynard. Inspector Frost in Crevenna Cove.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. The fifth in his series of seven crime novels featuring Inspector Austin Frost of Scotland Yard. An Anglican priest, Maynard also wrote a number of theological essays and books, focusing in particular on the Reformation. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 91234

  27. The Star of Hollywood.
    STILGEBAUER, Edward. The Star of Hollywood.

    Cleveland : 1929

    First US edition, first printing; following the first edition in English published in 1927, and originally published earlier that year in Germany under the title Der Yankee. A mystery story set in the roaring twenties of starlets and drugs. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 91291

  28. A Kind of Anger.
    AMBLER, Eric. A Kind of Anger.

    New York : 1964

    First US edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 90673

  29. Little Caesar.
    BURNETT, W. R. Little Caesar.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing, of the author's landmark first book. With the book label on the front free endpaper of novelist and playwright Derek Marlowe who wrote the best-selling novel A Dandy in Aspic (1966). Scarce in dust jacket. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 90678

  30. The Dead Ringer.
    BROWN, Fredric. The Dead Ringer.

    New York : 1948

    First edition, first printing, of the author's second Am and Ed Hunter novel. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 90529

  31. 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

  32. Three Tales of Hamlet.
    HEPPENSTALL, Rayner, & Michael Innes. Three Tales of Hamlet.

    London : 1950

    First edition, first impression, of the authors' three short pieces original written as radio plays and intended to "solve the Hamlet problem in orthodox detective fashion" (front flat blurb). Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 89897

  33. The Man Who Walked With Death.
    HORLER, Sydney. The Man Who Walked With Death.

    New York : 1931

    First American edition. Murder mystery novel featuring the character Brett Carstairs. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 89686

  34. Six Against the Yard.
    ALLINGHAM, Margery; Anthony Berkeley; Freeman Wills Crofts; Fr. Ronald Knox; Dorothy L. Sayers; Russell Thorndike. Six Against the Yard.

    London : [1936]

    First edition, first impression. 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 of the flaws in the criminal scheme by the recently-retired detective George W. Cornish of Scotland Yard. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 89246

  35. The Documents In The Case.
    SAYERS, Dorothy L., & Robert Eustace. The Documents In The Case.

    London : 1930

    First Edition, first impression, a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. One of only 1,000 copies. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 89267

  36. The Galton Case.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Galton Case.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing, of the eighth novel in the Lew Archer series. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 89020

  37. 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

  38. When Rogues Fall Out.
    FREEMAN, R. Austin. When Rogues Fall Out.

    London : 1932

    First edition, a rare advance copy in the advance dust jacket lacking text on the lower panel and flaps. The book features Freeman's "medical jurispractitioner" Dr John Thorndyke, one of the first forensic detectives in literary history. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 88638

  39. Prisoner's Base.
    STOUT, Rex. Prisoner's Base.

    New York : 1952

    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy of this Nero Wolfe mystery. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 87614

  40. The Mystery of Angelina Frood.
    FREEMAN, R. Austin. The Mystery of Angelina Frood.

    London : [1924]

    Second edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Colonel W. Lawrence Gadd, with cordial greetings from his old friend, the author, R. Austin Freeman, 11th December 1939". Gadd was a Dickensian scholar and one of the authors of A Dickens Dictionary. He was quoted in the early Freeman biography In Search of Dr. Thorndyke.... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 86495

  41. The Secret of Annexe 3.
    DEXTER, Colin. The Secret of Annexe 3.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 86610

  42. Before the Fact.
    [BERKELEY, Anthony; as] ILES, Francis. Before the Fact.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression; rare in the jacket, which prints Gollancz's sensational list of the possible identities of "Francis Iles", including E. M. Forster, R. Austin Freeman, Patrick Hamilton, Aldous Huxley, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, Eden Phillpotts, Osbert Sitwell, Hugh Walpole and H. G. Wells. Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 86219

  43. Malice Aforethought.
    [BERKELEY, Anthony; as] ILES, Francis. Malice Aforethought.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression; the rare hardback issue (shortly after, but much scarcer than, the paperback issue of the same year). Dennis Wheatley's copy, with his illustrated bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 86220

  44. Six Against the Yard.
    ALLINGHAM, Margery; Anthony Berkeley; Freeman Wills Crofts; Fr. Ronald Knox; Dorothy L. Sayers; Russell Thorndike. Six Against the Yard.

    London : [1936]

    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 of the flaws in the criminal... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 86243

  45. A Case to Answer.
    LUSTGARTEN, Edgar. A Case to Answer.

    London : 1947

    First UK edition (published as One More Unfortunate by Scribner's in the US in the same year), first impression, of Lustgarten's debut crime novel. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 86248

  46. Stacked Cards.
    PHILLIPS, Dare. Stacked Cards.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 85540

  47. The Jewel That Was Ours.
    DEXTER, Colin. The Jewel That Was Ours.

    London : 1991

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 85192

  48. 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

  49. Trial and Error.
    BERKELEY, Anthony. Trial and Error.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first printing. One of the Haycraft Queen Cornerstone books. The printed dedication is to P. G. Wodehouse. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 83487

  50. The Floating Admiral.
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. The Floating Admiral.

    London : [1931]

    First edition, first impression. A collaborative novel by twelve mystery authors including Christie (who contributes chapter five), John Rhode, and Dorothy L. Sayers, and with a prologue by G. K. Chesterton. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone book, and rare in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 82975

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. The Heaven-Sent Witness and other stories.
    FLETCHER, J. S. The Heaven-Sent Witness and other stories.

    New York : 1930

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 82041

  54. 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

  55. The Yellow Overcoat.
    ACRE, Stephen. The Yellow Overcoat.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 80458

  56. Death at His Elbow.
    WALSH, J. M. Death at His Elbow.

    London : 1941

    First edition, first impression. Uncommon, particularly in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 80475

  57. The Drowning Pool.
    MACDONALD, John. The Drowning Pool.

    London : 1952

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1950. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 78428

  58. 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

  59. The Flood.
    RANKIN, Ian. The Flood.

    Edinburgh : 1986

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

    Stock Code: 76626

  60. 'B' is for Burglar.
    GRAFTON, Sue. 'B' is for Burglar.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 76411

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