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HUME, Fergus W. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
London : 1888First UK edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the prolific dime novel author William J. Benners (1863-1940) on the half-title: "To Will J. Benners with best wishes Fergus Hume". Inscribed copies of Hume's works are extremely rare. This copy was later part of the library of Florence & Edward Kaye, both leading collectors of detective... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 126192
MORRISON, Arthur. The Red Triangle.
London : 1903First 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
WILLIAMS, Valentine. The Clue of the Rising Moon.
London : 1935First edition, first impression, of Williams's popular detective novel featuring Trevor Dene, a "young Detective Sergeant from Scotland Yard who has Holmesian powers of observation and deduction" (Twentieth Century Crime & Mystery Writers). Williams, initially a foreign affairs and war correspondent for The Daily Mail, was described by Harold Nicolson... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 127533
JONES, Kelvin I. The Sherlock Holmes Murder File.
New York : 1985First edition, first printing. This uncommon work details the deaths found in the Holmes canon in a "scholarly compendium". It is listed on WorldCat in only seven institutions worldwide, all in the US. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 117782
AMBLER, Eric. The Mask of Dimitrios.
London : 1939First edition, first impression, of this noted rarity, and particularly so in the jacket. Most of the first edition stock was destroyed during the Blitz when the Germans bombed the Hodder and Stoughton warehouse. This is Ambler's most famous work, and a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone in detective fiction. Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 126598
CHANDLER, Raymond. The Big Sleep.
London : 1939First UK edition, first impression, of Chandler's first book. The work was the basis for the 1946 Howard Hawks noir staple of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, with a screenplay co-written by William Faulkner. The US edition was published earlier the same year. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 135842
GABORIAU, Emile. The Mystery of Orcival.
London : 1929First Gollancz edition, first impression. Publisher's file copy with relevant markings to dust jacket and front free endpaper. The work was first published in French as Le Crime d'Orcival in 1867. The scarce and striking jacket declares: "Arnold Bennett gave it as his opinion in the Evening Stardard of the 3rd May 1928 that Gaboriau's The Mystery of... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 106159
[MONTGOMERY, Bruce.] CRISPIN, Edmund. The Long Divorce.
London : 1951First 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
CHESTERTON, G. K. The Secret of Father Brown.
London : 1927First edition, first impression in the 7/6 dust jacket, of the fourth instalment in Chesterton's Father Brown series. Quayle notes that Chesterton's psychological approach and his nuanced characters give his work a special importance in the genre, but that "Father Brown, whose most 'conspicuous quality was not being conspicuous', will be remembered... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138902
CHRISTIE, Agatha. The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
London : 1921First UK edition, first impression, of Christie's first novel and Poirot's debut. Inspired by the refugees she saw in Torquay, the poisons she encountered whilst working in a local hospital for the Voluntary Aid Detachment, and "challenged by her sister Madge, Agatha embarked on a detective story" in 1914. "Rejected by two publishers The Mysterious... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 128803
SHIEL, M. P. The Invisible Voices.
London : 1935First 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 bookstore in Seattle and sold... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 68836
JAMES, P. D. A Mind to Murder.
London : 1963Uncorrected 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 the Sunday Express's film and... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 130265
COE, Charles Francis. Swag.
New York : 1928First 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 "as Blonde Rosie (as Carole... Learn More£160.00
Stock Code: 44709
BERKELEY, Anthony, as A. B. Cox. Jugged Journalism.
London : 1925First 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 of cynical wit. The pieces... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 31316
BRAMAH, Ernest. Max Carrados.
London : 1914First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Josephine Mary Cockill with love from Ernest and Mattie Aug. 15, 1918". (A number of records note Bramah marrying a Lucy Maisie Barker in 1897, although other sources have her listed under the name Mattie, as here.) Inscribed copies of Bramah's works... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 120453
ECO, Umberto. Il nome della rosa.
Milan : 1983First edition, 11th printing, inscribed by the author on the title page to the American philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000), "A W.V.O. Quine grande maestro medievale, Umberto Eco", and with the recipient's ownership inscription to the half-title. This is a superb association copy.
Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000) was "a logician... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144936
LANSDOWNE, Andrew. A Life's Reminiscences. Scotland Yard.
London : First illustrated edition (originally published in 1890) of this decidedly uncommon and highly regarded police memoir. Lansdowne's book came out at a time when the police were being portrayed negatively in popular fiction: "Real detectives responded by trying to influence public opinion in their favour. Police officers had been forbidden by the Police... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 115177
AMBLER, Eric. A Coffin for Dimitrios.
New York : 1939First US edition, first printing. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, this work was first published in the UK in August of the same year as The Mask of Dimitrios. It has been described as "the book on which Ambler's reputation as 'the father of the modern spy novel', as he was acclaimed in 1975, still rests" (ODNB). Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 123522
DUKE, Winifred. Skin for Skin.
London : 1935First 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 this condition. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 106665
BROPHY, John. Flesh and Blood.
London : 1931First 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 Conal O'Riordan 7th February... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 60310
WILLEFORD, Charles. Understudy for Love.
Chicago : 1961First edition, first printing, of Willeford's sixth pulp work, featuring a striking cover typical of the influential paperback artist Robert Bonfils's designs, this copy in uncommonly bright condition. Bonfils (1922-2018) studied at the Kansas City Art Institute alongside artists such as Jackson Pollock and his erotic cover illustrations were a blueprint... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144847
SHIEL, M. P. Prince Zaleski.
London : 1895First edition, number seven in Lane's Keynotes series. The Keynotes Series, comprising 33 novels and short story collections, was published in a distinctive format, featuring Aubrey Beardsley's cover designs and embellishments, by John Lane between 1893 and 1897; Beardsley produced the designs for 22 Keynotes volumes while he was working on The Yellow... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137109
GRAFTON, Sue. 'A' is for Alibi.
New York : 1982First 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