Detective Fiction

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, such as Agatha Christie, with titles from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and beyond.

£125



London, Skeffington, 1952.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s.

Uncommon first edition by Australian author Aldous; a plausible suicide fails to convince all parties, leading to the chivalrous involvement of a comic-strip artist friend and potentially deadly consequences. Locked room mystery (Adey p43).

£1,495



New York, Dodd, Mead, 1938.

First US edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00

The first US edition of this Poirot novel, reflecting Christie's experiences travelling in the Middle East with her husband, the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan. The main settings are Jerusalem and Petra.

£2,250



New York, Dodd, Mead, 1933.

First US edition (UK Lord Edgware Dies). 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in black. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

An attractive first US edition of this key Poirot title, published first in the UK, in the same month, under the title Lord Edgware Dies.

£85



London [&c.], Hutchinson, 1957.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 11/6.

One of the later Inspector Saturnin Dax titles by this prolific author, with contemporary gift inscription from the author to 'Bill' Bayliss.

£125



London, Sampson Low, 1945.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A surprisingly tough Dalton first edition to locate, in English at least.

£375



London, John Long, 1907.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements. Original red pictorial cloth.

An attractive example of this rare first edition, a medical detective thriller.

£375



London, The Bodley Head, 1924.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red blind-tooled cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Attractive English edition of this uncommon title by Swedish author Heller, translated by Pauline de Chary.

£350



New York, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1942.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in blue to spine. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

The first edition of this title by William Anthony Parker White, aka Anthony Boucher, writing under the pseudonym he adopted from a 19th century serial killer. The jacket is stylistically similar to the contemporary Knopf editions of Chandler.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1944.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s6d.

Jocular Ellie McKay, of the Yard, and his book-selling friend Gilkison, happen in on the murder of a cussed old codger, bibliomaniac Hatt Baildon.

Detective Fiction

Baum (Vicki) Secret Sentence

£250



London, Geoffrey Bles, 1932.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original pale blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

The first UK edition of this work by prolific Austrian author Baum.

£125



London, Collins, 1953.

First edition. 8vo. Original mauve boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

The author's first book; a classic murder mystery which will keep you guessing until the final pages.

£75



London, John Gifford, 1976.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced £2.50.

A British travel group is stranded in France when the tour conductor is shot, and the bus driver is accused of murder. Luckily, Inspector Littlejohn is holidaying nearby and is on hand, both to interpret the annoyed tourists and to solve a baffling double crime.

£125



London, Thrilling Book Club, 1942.

First book club edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

The second Littlejohn title, published the same year as the first edition by John Gifford. Scarce.

£195



London, John Gifford, [1949].

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

An Inspector Littlejohn story.

£125



London, Frederick Muller, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Attractive jacket artwork on this uncommon, and untypical, detective fiction title.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1968.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

The first UK edition of the author's third "cat" murder-mysteries.

£195



London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1956.

First UK edition, first hardcover edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Irish writer Moore's first pulp fiction foray under this pseudonym, one of seven such titles he subsequently disowned. Adapted into a 1958 film noir of the same name, directed by Jack Cardiff. Rare.

£150



London, Geoffrey Bles, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards lettered in red. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

The author's first novel, introducing her series character John Coffin, albeit in a less primary role than that he took on from the fourth book.

£1,750



New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1934.

First edition (stated on copyright page). 8vo. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

The first edition of this classic of US crime literature, widely recognised as an outstanding novel of the 20th century. The jacket is price-clipped, but the titles listed on the back panel conform to the first printing, and the inside front flap includes the disclaimer about no cheaper printings being issued before Spring 1935.

£150



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1938.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original green cloth.

The first UK edition of what is considered one of the best locked room mysteries of all time.

£125



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1940.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original grey cloth.

Macabre murder mystery by one of the great Golden Age authors, uncommon.

£395



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1950.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Contains Chandler's essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of eight classic Chandler mysteries.

£350



London, Hutchinson, [1935].

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

Attractive first edition of this important anthology, featuring Anthony Berkeley, John Dickson Carr, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and many many more of the biggest names in crime fiction.

£175



London, Cassell, 1926.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth blocked in red. Later issue jacket, priced 3/6.

An uncommonly good jacket, albeit not first issue, on this highly collectable Father Brown first edition: Father Brown 'unravels the tangled skein of crime with entire success, and does it with convincing common-sense logic'.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

Classic Hercule Poirot murder mystery, which sees the Belgian detective partnering the crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (who bears a certain resemblance to Agatha Christie).

£125



London, Collins, 1954.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

An attractive first edition example of this 1950s Agatha Christie, set largely in Morocco.

£1,575


A New Poirot Mystery
New York, Dodd, Mead, 1936.

First US edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

First USA edition of this excellent Hercule Poirot novel, satisfyingly televised by the BBC in 2018 with John Malkovich as the moustachioed detective.

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket.

A nice first edition of this Hercule Poirot title, featuring five cases set in an English country house at Christmas time.

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

A solid first edition of this Hercule Poirot title, featuring five cases set in an English country house at Christmas time.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1962.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

An appealing first edition of this Miss Marple staple.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1955.

8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6s.

Attractive jacketed edition of this murder-mystery with supernatural elements.

£225



London, Alston Rivers, [1932].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

"This thrilling novel deals with the ever threatening Red Menace..." (jacket blurb).

£150



London, Collins, 1922.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered and ruled in red.

Uncommon first edition of this pre Inspector French title.

£125



London, Herbert Jenkins, n.d. [c.1925].

Early printing. 8vo. Original red cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

Great jacket artwork on this early printing of one of six titles Goodchild published under the name 'Alan Dare', originally published in 1924. The title was reissued under Goodchild's name by Newnes in 1934.

£150



London, Macmillan, 1977.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced £3.50.

The scarce third Inspector Morse title.

£175


comprising: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle; The Adventure of the Speckled Band; The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor; The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
London, George Newnes, 1892.

Together in The Strand Magazine, vol.III January to June. 4to. Bound in contemporary half calf, spine gilt.

Including several of the most famous Sherlock Holmes adventures, in their original first appearance.

£95



London, Skeffington, n.d..

Early printing, stating '6th Thousand' on jacket spine. 8vo. Original olive cloth. Dust-jacket, with price rather dramatically excised from spine.

An early printing of the US author's first book.

£125



London, Skeffington, n.d..

Early printing, stating '7th Thousand' to title-page. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

Originally published in 1929, sometimes subtitled Or How the Squid Got Besuckered, introduces a villain known as the Crimson Query because he leaves, Zorro-like, a sign of his machinations. In this case, a bright red question mark. All in all, this hard-to-find detective story stands alongside the more horrific novels Eadie is known for.

£275



London, Arthur H. Stockwell, [1929].

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

A very good first edition of an elusive crime thriller, especially in the jacket.

£195



London, Faber & Faber, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

22 murder stories that only appeared in periodical form before.

£125



London, Francis Aldor, [1946].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

"Miss Fenisong knows her New York backgrounds very well, as she shows in this exciting story of what happened in Brooklyn Heights when the family from Gramercy Park moved over." (jacket blurb)

£145



London, Ward Lock, n.d. [c.1930].

8vo. Original red cloth lettered in black.

An early edition of this interesting yarn about two ex-jailbirds threatened by a blackmailing detective. Originally published in 1919.