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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. One More Unfortunate.
    First US edition (published as A Case To Answer by Eyre & Spottiswoode in the UK in the same year), first printing, of Lustgarten's debut crime novel, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Alan, with great affection as always, Edgar, September 1947". This copy has review clippings for A Case to Answer pasted... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 86249

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  2. 73081
    Second edition. Originally published by Dutton in the previous year. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 73081

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  3. 73070
    Fourth edition, the first published under the name Vickers rather than the pseudonym David Durham. Originally published in 1923. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 73070

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  4. The Heaven-Sent Witness and other stories.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 82041

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  5. Death at His Elbow.
    First edition, first impression. Uncommon, particularly in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 80475

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  6. The Yellow Overcoat.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 80458

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  7. The Drowning Pool.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1950. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 78428

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  8. 82975
    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

    Stock Code: 82975

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  9. 80440
    First edition, first impression. This famous piece of detective fiction is notable for being an early example of interactive media, as the identity of the murderer was withheld pending the result of the competition between readers to solve the mystery. Cash prizes were on offer totalling the huge sum of 500. By some accounts... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 80440

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  10. The Flood.

    The Flood.

    Edinburgh: 1986

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Ian Rankin. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 76626

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  11. 76405comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 76405

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  12. 75657
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 75657

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  13. 75087
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 75087

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  14. 75070
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 75070

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  15. 75053
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 75053

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  16. 75030
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 75030

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  17. 73119
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 73119

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  18. 73117
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 73117

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  19. 73104
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 73104

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  20. 73089
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 73089

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  21. 72926
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 72926

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  22. 72922
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 72922

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  23. The Devil's Novice.
    First edition. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 76576

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  24. 72918
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 72918

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  25. 72917
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 72917

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  26. 72913
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 72913

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  27. 76413
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 76413

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  28. 76411
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 76411

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  29. 76409
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 76409

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  30. 74226
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 74226

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  31. 73093
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 73093

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  32. 73077
    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy in the stylish four-colour jacket. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 73077

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  33. 72919
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 72919

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  34. 74281
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 74281

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  35. 73128
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the previous year. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 73128

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  36. 73116comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the frontispiece, "Ys sincerely "Trill" (Harry C. Liebert) Feb. 1935". Not in Hubin. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 73116

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  37. 73108
    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

    Stock Code: 73108

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  38. [Complete set of the novels to 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

    Stock Code: 68434

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  39. The "Canary" Murder Case.
    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... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 77345

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  40. Challenge. A Bulldog Drummond Novel.
    First edition, first impression of the tenth Bulldog Drummond novel. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 68861

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  41. The Widening Stain.
    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... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 73994

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  42. 69150comp
    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

    Stock Code: 69150

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  43. 69152comp
    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

    Stock Code: 69152

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  44. 68836comp
    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... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 68836

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  45. 72911comp
    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

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  46. The Man Who Had Too Much To Lose.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 60113

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  47. 51888
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 51888

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  48. 50948
    £375

    Stock Code: 50948

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  49. 50816
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 50816

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  50. 50810
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 50810

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  51. 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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  52. 63229comp
    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... Learn More
    £360

    Stock Code: 63229

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  53. 49365comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 49365

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  54. 62710comp
    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

    Stock Code: 62710

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  55. 62559comp
    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "For Robert O. Robinson - this was Santa Fe back in those days. Perhaps some remember. Very best Dorothy B. Hughes". From the notable Ingle Barr collection with the bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 62559

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  56. 62551
    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

    Stock Code: 62551

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  57. 46433
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 46433

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  58. 46147
    First edition, first impression. Rare in dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 46147

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  59. 60310comp
    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... Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 60310

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  60. 62564
    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

    Stock Code: 62564

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