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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. 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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  2. 60114comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "June 10, 1932. For my ultra-friend Irma Rowe, the one rare dealer of books who actually seems pleased in the dealing, - Max Miller". Rowe's ownership inscription dated 1932 is in gold to the upper board. Learn More
    £160

    Stock Code: 60114

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  3. 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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  4. 50941comp
    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

    Stock Code: 50941

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  5. 50938comp
    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

    Stock Code: 50938

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  6. 50937comp
    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... Learn More
    £2,200

    Stock Code: 50937

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  7. 50936comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "March 1959. For Willard and Pidge, affectionately, Ken". Willard and Pidge were Santa Barbara neighbors, and a character named Pidge appears in another of the author's books. Learn More
    £1,400

    Stock Code: 50936

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  8. 50933comp
    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... Learn More
    £2,200

    Stock Code: 50933

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  9. 44237
    First edition. Mystery of the theft of the Irish regalia in 1907. From the library of eminent crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Learn More
    £25

    Stock Code: 44237

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  10. 61824comp
    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

    Stock Code: 61824

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  11. 50811
    First edition, first printing of the book that was filmed as "The Leopard Man" in 1943. Learn More
    £2,400

    Stock Code: 50811

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  12. 50339comp
    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... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 50339

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  13. 48649comp
    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... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 48649

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  14. 48026
    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... Learn More
    £3,975

    Stock Code: 48026

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  15. 50215comp
    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

    Stock Code: 50215

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  16. 46434
    First edition, first impression. This is the author's copy with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Later issued as More Limehouse Nights. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 46434

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  17. 44709
    First edition. "This is a novel that is more than a novel. Romance is here; excitement, suspense, tensity!. But deeper than that are the amazing disclosures of criminal activities" (jacket blurb). Coe's previous works Me, Gangster and The River Pirate were both filmed by the Fox Film Corporation, the former with Carole Lombard... Learn More
    £160

    Stock Code: 44709

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  18. The Jewel That Was Ours.
    £35

    Stock Code: 23814

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  19. Winter Frost.
    £35

    Stock Code: 20141

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  20. A New Lease of Death.
    First Edition, First Impression. The author's third novel. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 43712

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  21. To Fear a Painted Devil.
    First edition, first impression. The author's second novel. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 43674

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  22. The Golden Pool.
    First edition, first impression. With the bookplate of the great mystery collector Adrian Goldstone to the front pastedown. Freeman's scarce first novel. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 38788

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  23. A Penknife in My Heart.
    £60

    Stock Code: 37708

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  24. A Rich Full Death.
    First Edition, First Impression of the author's second book. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 29328

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  25. 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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  26. 42844
    First Edition, First Impression. A review copy with the publisher's stamp to the title page and their review slip laid in. Learn More
    £220

    Stock Code: 42844

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  27. John Thorndyke's Cases.
    First edition, first impression. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 38853

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  28. Playback.
    First edition. An unrecorded state of the binding. This edition is known in two publisher's bindings red with silver lettering and red with yellow lettering the former being much commoner than the latter. This blue binding however may well be distinct to the batch of copies sent to Boots as was the case with Le Carre's first... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 22860

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  29. J is for Judgment.
    First Editions. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 17564

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  30. H is for Homicide.
    First Edition. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 17565

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  31. Jugged Journalism.
    First edition, first impression. Anthony Berkeley Cox wrote numerous and particularly highly regarded works of detective fiction under two pen names: as Anthony Berkeley, he took the British Golden Age detective novel to fresh heights, while as Francis Iles, he was a pioneer of psychological suspense fiction with a seasoning... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 31316

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