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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. 'D' is for Deadbeat.
    GRAFTON, Sue. 'D' is for Deadbeat.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 76413

  2. Dead Man Blues.
    [WOOLRICH, Cornell; as] IRISH, William. Dead Man Blues.

    Philadelphia & New York : 1948

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 76454

  3. Violence.
    WOOLRICH, Cornell. Violence.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 76456

  4. The Devil's Novice.
    PETERS, Ellis. The Devil's Novice.

    London : 1983

    First edition. Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 76576

  5. 'E' is for Evidence.
    GRAFTON, Sue. 'E' is for Evidence.

    London : 1988

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 76409

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

    Boston and New York, : 1918

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 75657

  7. The Secret Meeting.
    RHODE, John. The Secret Meeting.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 75087

  8. Flying Finish.
    FRANCIS, Dick. Flying Finish.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 75053

  9. Pursuit of a Parcel.
    WENTWORTH, Patricia. Pursuit of a Parcel.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 75070

  10. Murder Must Wait.
    UPFIELD, Arthur. Murder Must Wait.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 75030

  11. Postmortem.
    CORNWELL, Patricia. Postmortem.

    New York : 1990

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 74281

  12. 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

  13. The Shadow of a Hair.
    MEADE, Dorothy Cole. The Shadow of a Hair.

    London : [1939]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 74226

  14. The Exploits of Elaine. A Detective Novel.
    REEVE, Arthur B. The Exploits of Elaine. A Detective Novel.

    London : 1915

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year. This was one of a series of novels (including The Forty-Nine Steps) that were formatted to fit into the breast pockets of British soldiers' uniforms. A rare book in dust jacket. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 73108

  15. The Voice from the Night.
    STERREY, Charles Ernest. The Voice from the Night.

    London : 1912

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 73117

  16. The Flame of the Khan.
    DIX, Maurice B. The Flame of the Khan.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression; copies in the dust jacket are notably scarce.Dix (1888-1977) was a prolific author who spent much of his life in Canada and contributed a number of thrillers to the Sexton Blake Library in the 30s. The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction describes The Flame of Khan as containing "fantastic elements, including a gem with... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 73119

  17. Ra-Ta-Plan-!
    OGBURN, Dorothy. Ra-Ta-Plan-!

    London : 1931

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the previous year. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 73128

  18. Hounded Down.
    [DURHAM, David.] VICKERS, Douglas. Hounded Down.

    London : [1935]

    Fourth edition, the first published under the name Vickers rather than the pseudonym David Durham. Originally published in 1923. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 73070

  19. Adventure Mysterious.
    MARLOWE, Francis. Adventure Mysterious.

    London : [1934]

    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy in the stylish four-colour jacket. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 73077

  20. The Case of the Blind Mouse.
    FREEMAN, Martin Joseph. The Case of the Blind Mouse.

    London : 1936

    Second edition. Originally published by Dutton in the previous year. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 73081

  21. The Theft of the Iron Dogs.
    LORAC, E. C. R. The Theft of the Iron Dogs.

    London : 1946

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 73089

  22. Blackshirt the Audacious.
    GRAEME, Bruce. Blackshirt the Audacious.

    London : [1935]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 73093

  23. The House of the Apricots.
    IMBER, Hugh. The House of the Apricots.

    Cambridge : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 73104

  24. 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

  25. Ganges Mud.
    THORNE, E. P. Ganges Mud.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 72913

  26. The St. Malo Mystery. A Novel.
    MASKE, John. The St. Malo Mystery. A Novel.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 72917

  27. The Green Lantern.
    [MOORE, Austin] MUIR, Augustus. The Green Lantern.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 72918

  28. As Strange a Maze.
    LEIGHTON, Florence. As Strange a Maze.

    London : [1935]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 72919

  29. The Black Opal.
    ALLAN, Luke. The Black Opal.

    Bristol : 1935

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 72922

  30. The Traitor.
    ALLAN, Luke. The Traitor.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 72926

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. Trial by Fury.
    RICE, Craig. Trial by Fury.

    1941

    First edition, first printing. A John J. Malone novel. A Haycraft-Queen "cornerstone." Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 69156

  34. 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

  35. Challenge. A Bulldog Drummond Novel.
    SAPPER [pseudonym of Herman Cyril McNeile]. Challenge. A Bulldog Drummond Novel.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression of the tenth Bulldog Drummond novel. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 68861

  36. [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

  37. 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

  38. Harness Bull.
    WHITE, Leslie T. Harness Bull.

    [1938]

    First UK edition, first impression. Published the year earlier in the US this book was the basis for the 1953 movie "Vice Squad". Learn More
    £140.00

    Stock Code: 62564

  39. The Simple Art of Murder.
    CHANDLER, Raymond. The Simple Art of Murder.

    New York : 1944

    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 January issue. In any case... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 62572

  40. 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

  41. Duane and the Art Murders.
    BENTON, John. Duane and the Art Murders.

    1939

    First UK edition, first impression. A review copy with the publisher's slip laid in. A detective novel in a Western setting and the follow up to Duane of the G-Men. Apparently no bandwagon was too full for Benton to jump on! Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 62551

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. The Man Who Had Too Much To Lose.
    STONE, Hampton. The Man Who Had Too Much To Lose.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 60113

  45. Man Made Angry.
    BROOKE, Hugh. Man Made Angry.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 51888

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. Black Alibi.
    WOOLRICH, Cornell. Black Alibi.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing of the book that was filmed as "The Leopard Man" in 1943. Learn More
    £2,400.00

    Stock Code: 50811

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

    Boston and New York : 1918

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 50816

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. Death in the House.
    BERKELEY, Anthony. Death in the House.

    1939

    First edition, first impression, a murder mystery set in the House of Commons. A stunning copy. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 49363

  57. 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

  58. The Sign of Four.
    DOYLE, A. Conan. The Sign of Four.

    London : 1890

    First edition. This copy has both internal issue points, "138" on the contents page is incomplete and appears as "13" and "wishes" is misspelt on p.56 as "w shed". However, these issue points are present in both the first and second issue of the first edition, the only way of determining between the two issues is by the binding. The second issue was... Learn More
    £3,975.00

    Stock Code: 48026

  59. Brighton Rock.
    GREENE, Graham. Brighton Rock.

    London : 1938

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 48052

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