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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. 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

    Stock Code: 126352

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Insecurity.
    First edition, first impression. A novel of Fleet Street. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 108752

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Second Front-First Spy.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 108639

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

    Stock Code: 107838

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  17. 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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  18. Put Out That Star.
    First edition, first impression of this detective story featuring the series characters John Piper and Quinn. It was published in the US under the title Into Thin Air. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107842

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  19. We Shot An Arrow.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front panel of the jacket and the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 106781

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  20. Skin for Skin.
    First edition, first impression, the Gollancz archive copy with their ink-stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and to the front pastedown. A scarce work of detective fiction, incorporating elements of true crime, scarce with just nine copies in libraries worldwide, and exceedingly hard to find in anything approaching... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 106665

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  21. Journey Downstairs.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first novel, the publisher's retained copy with their ink-stamp to the front pastedown and dust-jacket front panel. R. Philmore was the pseudonym of Herbert Edmund Howard (1900-63), and his protagonist, an amateur detective named C. J. Swan, was reputedly based on his close... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 106575

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  22. Wheels in the Forest.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front panel of the jacket and front pastedown. Pseudonyms used by John Richard Newton Chance (1911-1983) throughout his prolific career included John Lymington, John Drummond, David C. Newton, Desmond Reid,... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106304

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    First edition, first impression, second issue jacket. A collection of stories, essays and articles written by the members of the Detection Club, including Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 108852

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  24. Secrets Can't Be Kept.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108729

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  25. Night's Cloak.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108707

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  26. The Gondola Scam.
    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

    Stock Code: 105627

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    First edition in English, first impression. It was first published in French earlier the same year as Fantômas en Danger. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 108024

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  28. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Eddie Woods - Enjoy! Lawrence Block" on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107396

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  29. Death—by Appointment.
    First edition, first impression one of Corbett's later mysteries. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 108245

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  30. The Sleeping Sphinx.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105108

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  31. Murder Must Appetize.
    Revised edition, number 218 of 280 copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation page from a total edition of 3,250 copies. Keating's "connoisseurs' guide" to detective fiction was first published in 1975. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107871

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  32. Here Comes a Chopper.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 104331

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  33. Raymond Chandler: A Descriptive Bibliography.
    £175

    Stock Code: 104188

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  34. Wycliffe and the Schoolgirls.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 104030

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  35. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104028

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  36. Death in the Fifth Position.
    First edition, first printing. The first of Vidal's three books featuring Peter Cutler Sargeant II; it was followed by Death Before Bedtime and Death Likes It Hot. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 103557

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  37. Poison is Queen.
    First Book Club edition, first impression, in the boldly designed jacket. First published the preceding year. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 103424

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  38. Queens Have Died Young and Fair.
    £150

    Stock Code: 103422

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    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

    Stock Code: 101543

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  40. Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers!
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 100901

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  41. Dark Hero.
    First edition, first impression of the fifth novel from Cheyney's Dark series, which was subsequently published in the US under the title The Case of the Dark Hero. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 100205

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  42. The Case of the Singing Skirt.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 99873

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  43. The Heretic's Apprentice.
    First edition, first impression of the sixteenth novel in the Cadfael Chronicles. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 100662

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  44. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.
    First edition, first impression of this Judge Dee story, and one of just 200 copies printed for the author and privately distributed as a Christmas gift to friends of Van Gulik and his wife, Francis. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Met al onze beste wensen voor 1959! Robert en Francis Beyruth,... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 100038

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  45. The Case of the Worried Waitress.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 99281

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  46. The Case of the Fiery Fingers.
    First UK edition, first impression. The 37th instalment in the Perry Mason series, originally published in the US in 1951. Learn More
    £55

    Stock Code: 99277

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  47. Figure Away.
    First UK edition, first impression, colonial issue, with the price of 3s, rather than 7s. 6d, printed on the front flap of the dust jacket. The tenth Asey Mayo mystery, it was originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 95834

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  48. The Case of the One-Eyed Witness.
    First edition, first printing, of this Perry Mason story, 36th in the series. Learn More
    £55

    Stock Code: 99133

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  49. The Flood.

    The Flood.

    Edinburgh: 1986

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Rankin, with Noughts and Crosses game drawn below, on the title page. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 97940

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  50. Who Killed Robin Cockland?
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 96744

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    First edition, first impression of this crime novel. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 96748

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  52. Redbeard.

    Redbeard.

    London: [1935]

    First edition, first impression of this murder mystery. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 96752

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  53. John Carstairs: Space Detective.
    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

    Stock Code: 96460

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  54. The Man Who Walked With Death.
    First American edition. Murder mystery novel featuring the character Brett Carstairs. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 89686

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  55. Mystery from the Air.
    First edition, first impression of this crime novel. Pritchard (1885-1968) was a mathematician and author, who also published some books on aeronautics under his full name. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 96736

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  56. Black Sheep, Run.
    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

    Stock Code: 95489

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  57. Death to the Spy.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Uncommon. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 94587

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  58. Death of A Bridge Expert.
    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US the preceding year. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Uncommon. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 94585

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  59. Nerve.
    First edition, first impression. Francis's second novel. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 94400

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  60. No Through Road.
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 94290

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