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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. 134508comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. A Perfect Spy is le Carré's most autobiographical book. As the author himself has admitted, a large part of the novel is a thinly disguised account of his own early life. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 134508

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  2. 134506comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 134506

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  3. 134505comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 134505

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  4. 134503comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page and dated June 1993. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 134503

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  5. 134501comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 134501

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  6. 134502comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 134502

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  7. 131172comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Honi, who had the job of typing the damn thing, from, Erle Stanley Gardner". The recipient was Ruth "Honey" Moore, the youngest of the three Walter sisters who were Gardner's longtime secretaries, and to whom Gardner... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131172

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  8. 131746comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Stanley Simon best wishes Isaac Asimov". Stanley Simon was a New York-based book collector of science-fiction, thriller, and fantasy first editions. This classic of detective science-fiction, which Asimov later grouped as the first instalment in... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 131746

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  9. 130265comp
    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... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 130265

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  10. The D. A. Calls It Murder.
    First edition, first printing. A superb presentation copy, "To Jean - who writes 'em for me. With love, Erle. December 1936," with Gardner's full signature at the bottom of the page. Agnes Jean Bethell, Gardner's second wife, was also his secretary and assistant for nearly fifty years; the two were married in 1968, less... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 114270

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  11. Dark Hero.
    Signed limited edition. Number 48 of 250 copies signed by the author. Collins produced the limited edition to commemorate the author's twenty-fifth novel to be published by the firm over a period of ten years. Dark Hero is the fifth novel from Cheyney's Dark series, it was subsequently published in the US under the title... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103464

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  12. The Blue Hammer.
    First edition, first printing of the last 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 a autograph draft of the opening paragraphs of the novel, which are notably different to the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 99392

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  13. 49758comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 49758

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  14. 50950comp
    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

    Stock Code: 50950

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  15. Minute for Murder.
    First US Edition, First Printing. With the author's double signed presentation inscription the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 43597

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