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.


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].


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].


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, Cassell, 1933. 'Horror and adventure play equal parts in this story and the solution of the crime by Oceola Archer brings the story to a remarkable conclusion...' (jacket blurb)


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 .


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].


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 one volume edition, London, John Murray, 1929. A compilation of the longer Sherlock Holmes stories, rare in the original dust-jacket. Priced correctly at 7/6 on the spine. This copy was for export hence the labelling on the spine.


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.


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.


Mills and Boon, London, 1937
First edition


early reissue (with '616' in small numerals printed on jacket spine), original red boards, very good, dust-jacket, rubbed at edges with some chipping and creasing, price and head of inside front flap clipped, 8vo, Ward, Lock & Co., 1935.


First edition, Collins, 1941. Edwy Searles Brooks was a UK novelist who wrote under a number of pseudonyms including Berkeley Gray and Victor Gunn. This is a rare work from his canon. From the library of Anthony Lejeune.

Detective Fiction

Gray (Ruth) The Mouse


First edition, London, Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. Rare London Knopf imprint, in the remarkable striking dust-jacket designed by Shaw.


first edition, original blue cloth, dust-jacket, minor chipping to spine ends and corner, but overall a very good example, 8vo, H&S, 1931.


Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1937
First Edition


Ward Lock, London, 1946
first edition


Featuring the Dormouse. First UK edition. Robert Hale Ltd, 1943. A 'Dormouse' thriller.


First thus, Readers Library (early 1930s, COPAC says 1934 but this seems a little late). This was the first novel written by Frank King (originally published by Bles in 1927) and the second to be published by the Reader’s Library after the Ghoul. The story centres on Staups House, an isolated old manor somewhere in the north of England. One morning its owner, Amos Brankard is found murdered. A classic title with definite supernatural undertones.


First UK edition, Robert Hale Ltd, 1942. A 'Dormouse' thriller.