Detective Fiction

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Rare and collectable Detective Fiction titles, including first editions and other significant editions, often with striking dust-jackets. Authors ranging from the obscure, the pseudonymous and the classic, with titles from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and beyond.


First edition, inscribed by the author on the frontispiece.
London. Lincoln Williams, 1935
According to the Bear Alley blog the book is listed in the English Catalogue of Books as having appeared in February 1935 and it was listed under the pen-name "Trill". The publisher Lincoln Williams went into administration in July 1935 so the book probably wasn’t reprinted. Trill was a pen name for Harry C. Liebart according to Hubin. Very scarce in a jacket.


First UK edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1931
The story concerns Geraldi, a modern Robin Hood and Louise Asprey whose father is in hiding from the police after a murder he committed in self-defence. Rare title by Brand especially so with the jacket in such collectible condition.


First UK edition.
London. William Heinemann Ltd, 1937
Crime novel about small-time bank robbers, best known perhaps as the basis for the 1948 film They Live By Night, starring Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell. A 1974 Robert Altman film, starring Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall used the original title but deviated further from the original novel.


First edition.
London. Collins Crime Club. 1939
Author’s second detective novel and very rare in wrapper. The fabulous dustjacket art is unattributed.


early impression (stating '7th thousand' on title), contemporary ownership inscription on front pastedown, original green cloth, dust-jacket with price-sticker 2/- on spine, some minor rubbing, 8vo, Skeffington, [1932].

Detective Fiction

Basil (Don) Cat and Feather.


First edition.
London. Philip Earle, 1931
Cat and Feather represents one of the most notorious and egregious examples of plagiarism ever seen in UK publishing history. Its text is lifted nearly word-for-word from American Roger Scarlett's The Back Bay Murders, published in the US the previous year. As such it was never republished and so now is a very scarce item.


First edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1934
Francis Beeding was one of the classic Golden Age detective fiction authors and all of his prewar titles are difficult to obtain in a jacket especially one as good as this.


early issue (stating 7th Thousand on title), some minor spotting, original red cloth, dust-jacket, some minor chipping to edges but overall a very good example, publisher's price sticker on spine, 8vo, Skeffington, [c.1930].


First edition, signed presentation inscription from the author.
London. Chatto & Windus, 1900
A sharp and excellent copy of a rare book that rarely turns up in collectible condition, especially signed from the author.

£85 £60

Michael Joseph, London, 1950
first edition

The first of the Inspector Chucky titles.


(A Detective-Inspector McCarthy Yarn of the Crisis Year). First Edition. Wright & Brown, n.d. [c.1942].


(A Detective-Inspector McCarthy Yarn). First Edition. Wright & Brown, n.d. [c.1941].


First edition.
London, Wright & Brown, [1942]
Gordon Brandon, also known as John G Brandon had two main series characters. Arthur Stukeley Pennington and Inspector Aloysius McCarthy who features in The Transport Murders


First edition.
London. Collins, 1927
A very good example of this very elusive book in a jacket; a key title for any collector of Golden Age detective fiction. This was the third book to feature Brock’s most important series character, Colonel Gore, ex Indian Army who sets up a detective agency (Cooper and Pike p49).


First edition, in early (1928) jacket.
London. Collins, 1924
Author’s debut novel and the first to feature Colonel Gore. This and other books in the series are noted for their intricate plots.


First edition.
London. Collins, 1929
The fifth novel to feature Colonel Gore and rare in the fabulous jacket.


First edition.
London. Collins, 1928
The fourth title to feature Brock’s regular detective, Colonel Gore, ex Indian Army who sets up a detective agency (Cooper and Pike p49). An important Golden Age title.

Detective Fiction

Brown (Alec) A Time to Kill.


First edition.
London. Cape, 1930
Contains two short novels both with murder at their core. Rare in dust-jacket.


First edition.
London. Hamish Hamilton, 1943


An early reprint (217th Thousand) of this classic hard boiled Crime title.
London, Jarrolds, 1941
with a much more appropriately sleazy wrapper design than the original plain and boring one that adorns the first edition published in 1939. Rare and compelling .


First edition.
London. Collins Crime Club. 1942
A fantastic and unique association copy inscribed by Cheyney in year of publication to fellow author Dennis Wheatley and complete with Wheatley’s distinctive bookplate.


First edition. London. Collins, 1941


London, Hutchinson, 1937. One of the Inspector Williams novels, by an author also known for writing Sexton Blake titles.


First edition. John Long Limited, n.d. [1940].


First edition.
London. Sampson Low, 1932
Katherine Dalton Renoir ('Moray Dalton') began her career in crime fiction in 1924, after which she published twenty-nine mysteries, the last in 1951. The majority of these feature her recurring sleuths, Scotland Yard inspector Hugh Collier and private inquiry agent Hermann Glide. All of the prewar titles are difficult to find in a jacket especially one as good as this. Brilliant dust-jacket art.

Detective Fiction

Daly (Elizabeth) Night Walk.


First edition.
London. Hammond, Hammond & Co. 1950
Title featuring serial character, Henry Gammidge. Uncommon.


First edition.
London, Cassell, 1939
The story centres on the murder of Mr Norwitch found stabbed in an antiques shop. The author worked in an antiques store and clearly draws heavily on this experience. According to authoritative website, UK first editions in original jackets are rare especially this title.


Translated from the French by Maverick Terrell. First English edition, London, T. Werner Laurie, 1936. One of the prolific French author's whodunits. Dekobra (real name Maurice Tessier) was one of France's best-known authors during the interwar period, and several of his books were made into films.


First edition.
London. Robert Hale, 1945
Dorothy Cameron Disney (1903-1992) was an American writer who wrote 9 mystery novels.


Second edition, Newnes, 1893. A very good example of one of the cornerstones of detective literature, the first of two volumes of Sherlock Holmes issued by Newnes in this format, perfectly illustrated by Sidney Paget.


2/‘ series.
London. John Murray, 1937
An excellent jacketed edition of this Sherlock Holmes classic.


First UK edition.
London. George Newnes Ltd, 1905
The first collected edition of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories that were originally published serially in the Strand Magazine in the UK and Collier's in the US.


First edition of this issue. Second edition of book first published in 1889 as ‘Mysteries and Adventures’.
London, Walter Scott, 1892
This is the first edition of this issue in its original wrappers in plain brown decor. Later issues are in slightly more attractive colour illustrated wraps. Collection of seven short stories of which the first one is the ‘Gully’ Scarce.


First edition.
London. Arthur Baker, 1949
Curt Prentice drives across more than half a continent to kill Judd Mason in revenge for the deaths of his wife and brother-in-law. An uncommon pulp title by an author who became a Hollywood scriptwriter. Among the works for which Edgley became known are the scripts for many episodes of Perry Mason.


First edition.
London. Ward Lock, 1936
To a quiet West Country village comes Claude Weir, mystery man after which peace is transformed into horror. A very attractive example from the Golden Age era.


First edition.
London. Collins Crime Club. 1946
An attractive early example by this prolific Golden Age author. The story revolves around a party Cecily Lightwood is giving to her friends, mainly drawn from the literary and artistic world in which the clever and talented Cecily moved. That night she was looking particularly radiant as she received her guests. But somehow the party didn't seem complete. It was in danger indeed of falling rather flat. And all because of the absence of one man, Aubrey Ritter the playwright, who was Cecily's nearest neighbour, actually occupying the flat above. Where was Aubrey, who should have been the lion of the evening?