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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. The Long Divorce.
    [MONTGOMERY, Bruce.] CRISPIN, Edmund. The Long Divorce.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression of the penultimate book featuring Oxford don and amateur sleuth Dr Gervase Fen, who first appeared in The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944) and next in Holy Disorders (1945). "Crispin's work is marked by a highly individual sense of light comedy, and by a great flair for verbal deception rather in the Christie manner" (Julian... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 106047

  2. The Gondola Scam.
    [GRANT, Jonathan.] GASH, Jonathan. The Gondola Scam.

    London : 1984

    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
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 105627

  3. Up The Garden Path.
    [STREET, Cecil John Charles.] BURTON, Miles. Up The Garden Path.

    London : 1941

    First edition, first impression. A Desmond Merrion mystery, published in the US the same year under the title Death Visits Downspring. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 105413

  4. The Smart Set Anthology of World Famous Authors.
    (HAMMETT, Dashiell.) RASCOE, Burton and Groff Conklin. The Smart Set Anthology of World Famous Authors.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing, which contains the first appearance for two Dashiell Hammett short stories, "From the Memoirs of a Private Detective" and "Green Elephant". The anthology also includes pieces from F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Jim Tully and many others. Learn More
    £285.00

    Stock Code: 105283

  5. Frolic Wind.
    OKE, Richard. Frolic Wind.

    London, : 1929

    First edition, first impression.

    Provenance: from the publisher's 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, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 105049

  6. The Jewel Mysteries.
    PEMBERTON, Max. The Jewel Mysteries.

    London : 1894

    First edition of this collection of ten detective tales featuring the jeweller Bernard Sutton as sleuth. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 105110

  7. The Thinking Machine.
    FUTRELLE, Jacques. The Thinking Machine.

    London : 1907

    First UK edition, first impression of this collection of stories marking the second appearance of Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen after The Chase of the Golden Plate (1906), and the first in which in which the detective "was allowed full scope to perform his feats of mental wizardry" (Quayle). The Thinking Machine was first published in the US earlier the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 104944

  8. Heir to Lucifer.
    [STREET, Cecil.] BURTON, Miles. Heir to Lucifer.

    London : 1947

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 104585

  9. Here Comes a Chopper.
    MITCHELL, Gladys. Here Comes a Chopper.

    London : 1946

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 104331

  10. The Emperor's Snuff-Box.
    CARR, John Dickson. The Emperor's Snuff-Box.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket with blurbs for five other Harper books on the rear panel. Generally considered as one of Carr's best novels, The Emperor's Snuff-Box was adapted into the 1957 film, That Woman Opposite, directed by Compton Bennett. Published simultaneously in the UK by Hamilton. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 104432

  11. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat.
    BURLEY, W. J. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 104028

  12. Wycliffe and the Schoolgirls.
    BURLEY, W. J. Wycliffe and the Schoolgirls.

    London : 1976

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 104030

  13. The Best Man to Die.
    RENDELL, Ruth. The Best Man to Die.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression. The fourth book in the author's popular Inspector Wexford series. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 104167

  14. Journey Into Fear.
    AMBLER, Eric. Journey Into Fear.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 103972

  15. Death in the Fifth Position.
    [VIDAL, Gore.] Edgar Box. Death in the Fifth Position.

    New York : 1952

    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
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 103557

  16. Public Ghost Number One.
    SOUTAR, Andrew. Public Ghost Number One.

    London & Melbourne : [1941]

    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103421

  17. Queens Have Died Young and Fair.
    [KEYNES, Helen Mary.] HUNTER, Clementine. Queens Have Died Young and Fair.

    London : [1947]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 103422

  18. Poison is Queen.
    MORRISSEY, J. L. Poison is Queen.

    London : 1950

    First Book Club edition, first impression, in the boldly designed jacket. First published the preceding year. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 103424

  19. The Cuckoo's Calling.
    [ROWLING, J. K.] GALBRAITH, Robert. The Cuckoo's Calling.

    London : 2013

    First edition, first impression, of Rowling's first pseudonymous novel, and signed on the title page as Galbraith, together with the hologram of authenticity. The first printing of the first edition ran to at least 1,500 copies, with a cover which features a quote from Val McDermid, while the back cover has quotes from Mark Billingham and Alex Gray.... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 101927

  20. The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars.
    BOUCHER, Anthony. The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing. Detective story featuring Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts, the Baker Street Irregulars. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 101445

  21. Odds Against.
    FRANCIS, Dick. Odds Against.

    London : 1965

    First edition, first printing. Author's 5th novel. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 101464

  22. The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811.
    JAMES, P. D., & T. A. Critchley. The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811.

    New York : 1986

    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
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 101543

  23. Mr. Polton Explains.
    FREEMAN, R. Austin. Mr. Polton Explains.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. The jacket front flap breathlessly reports a contemporary review: "Nowadays all is changed, Cabinet Ministers, Judges, University Professors and Bishops all openly admit that they read detective stories. What has caused this revolution in taste? I have no doubt of the answer and can give it by saying one name - Austin... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 101233

  24. Murder in the Willett Family.
    (KAUFFER, E. McKnight.) KING, Rufus. Murder in the Willett Family.

    New York : 1931

    First edition, first printing of the fourth novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 101048

  25. The Red Castle.
    BAILEY, H. C. The Red Castle.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first printing. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title. This copy with great provenance, having been gifted from the author to the private library of "The Detection Club", whose members included Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and many others. A scarce title in dust jacket. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 100842

  26. The Little Tales of Smethers.
    DUNSANY, Lord. The Little Tales of Smethers.

    London : 1952

    First edition, first printing in second state green cloth binding. A Bleiler listed fantasy novel as well as a Queen's Quorum title. Dunsany (1878-1957) was "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of the century; a writer of great originality and charm" (Bleiler). Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100855

  27. The Department of Queer Complaints.
    (CARR, John Dickson.) DICKSON, Carter. The Department of Queer Complaints.

    London : 1940

    First UK edition, first printing. Author's first book of short stories, seven of them featuring Colonel March of Scotland Yard. A Queen's Quorum title. Three of the author's other publications are Haycraft Queen Cornerstone titles. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 100873

  28. Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers!
    [PARGETER, Edith.] PETERS, Ellis. Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers!

    London : 1976

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 100901

  29. Young Robin Brand Detective.
    CROFTS, Freeman Wills. Young Robin Brand Detective.

    London : 1947

    First edition, first impression of the author's only children's mystery book. Scarce. Bookplate to front free endpaper: Douglas Charles Harrod (1910-1994), former senior lecturer in pharmacy at King's College, London. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 100772

  30. The Heretic's Apprentice.
    [PARGETER, Edith.] PETERS, Ellis. The Heretic's Apprentice.

    London : 1989

    First edition, first impression of the sixteenth novel in the Cadfael Chronicles. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 100662

  31. Dark Hero.
    CHEYNEY, Peter. Dark Hero.

    London : 1946

    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
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 100205

  32. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.
    GULIK, Robert van. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.

    Beirut : 1958

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Met al onze beste wensen voor 1959! Robert en Francis Beyruth, Dec. '58" ("With all our best wishes for 1959!"). This is one of just 200 copies printed for the author and privately distributed as a Christmas gift to his friends. Laid-in is a photograph of... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 100038

  33. The Case of the Singing Skirt.
    GARDNER, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Singing Skirt.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 99873

  34. The Blue Hammer.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Blue Hammer.

    New York : 1976

    First edition, first printing, of the final 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 an autograph draft of the opening paragraphs of the novel, which are notably different to the published version, offering... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 99392

  35. The Case of the Worried Waitress.
    GARDNER, Erle Stanley. The Case of the Worried Waitress.

    London : 1966

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 99281

  36. The Crooked Hinge.
    CARR, John Dickson. The Crooked Hinge.

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing of this Dr Gideon Fell mystery, a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone title. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 99083

  37. The Beast Must Die.
    [LEWIS, Cecil Day.] BLAKE, Nicholas. The Beast Must Die.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. "Day Lewis's hero Strangeways was a real innovation, a truly literary detective rather than one of those given quotations to spout. The best of his pre-war cases, and perhaps Blake's most successful book, is The Beast Must Die (1938)" (Julian Symons, Bloody Murder, From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History,... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 98267

  38. The Lady in the Lake.
    CHANDLER, Raymond. The Lady in the Lake.

    London : 1944

    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in America in 1943. The fourth of Chandler's novels featuring Philip Marlowe. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 98321

  39. The Moonstone.
    COLLINS, Wilkie. The Moonstone.

    1992

    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1868. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 98364

  40. The Red Triangle.
    MORRISON, Arthur. The Red Triangle.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, of the final Hewitt novel. Morrison (1863-1945) is best remembered for A Child of the Jago (1896), based on his experiences growing up in London's East End. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 96975

  41. Mystery from the Air.
    [PRITCHARD, John Laurence.] John Laurence. Mystery from the Air.

    London : [1934]

    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
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 96736

  42. Who Killed Robin Cockland?
    LUCK, Peter (pseud.) Who Killed Robin Cockland?

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 96744

  43. Above The Law.
    [GOWING, Sidney Floyd.] GOODWIN, John. Above The Law.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression of this crime novel. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 96748

  44. Redbeard.
    KNIGHT, L. A. Redbeard.

    London : [1935]

    First edition, first impression of this murder mystery. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 96752

  45. John Carstairs: Space Detective.
    LONG, Frank Belknap. John Carstairs: Space Detective.

    New York : 1949

    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
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 96460

  46. 'A' is for Alibi.
    GRAFTON, Sue. 'A' is for Alibi.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, first printing of the author's first novel in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery series. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to screenwriter Jessica Niblo: "For Jessica - 'same time next series', best wishes. 10/1/14." Grafton and Niblo worked together on the program Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which ran... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 95475

  47. Black Sheep, Run.
    SPICER, Bart. Black Sheep, Run.

    London : 1952

    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
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 95489

  48. Death of A Bridge Expert.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) NICOLET, Charles Cathcart. Death of A Bridge Expert.

    London : 1933

    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
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 94585

  49. Death to the Spy.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) NEWMAN, Bernard. Death to the Spy.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Uncommon. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 94587

  50. Maginot Line Murder.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) NEWMAN, Bernard. Maginot Line Murder.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression of this murder mystery. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper and the title page. Uncommon. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 94589

  51. Murder Yet To Come.
    (DETECTIVE FICTION.) MYERS, Isabel Briggs. Murder Yet To Come.

    London : 1930

    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US the preceding year, winning the Stokes-McClure Detective Story Competition (1929). Briggs Myers wrote only two detective stories, of which this is the first. She is best known today as the co-creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator model, based on Carl Jung's theory of personality types,... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 94592

  52. Murder Party.
    BORDEAUX, Henry. Murder Party.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression.

    Provenance: from the publisher's 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, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 94778

  53. Nerve.
    FRANCIS, Dick. Nerve.

    London : 1964

    First edition, first impression. Francis's second novel. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 94400

  54. No Through Road.
    DRUCE, Clifford J. No Through Road.

    London : 1935

    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
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 94290

  55. The Bath Mysteries.
    PUNSHON, E. R. The Bath Mysteries.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. A gruesome mystery from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series, and published in the US in 1942 under the title The Bathtub Murder Case. 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... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 93706

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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

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