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.

£425

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.

£160

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.

£425

First UK edition. London. Heinemann, 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. In a 1974 review of a paperback reissue, The New York Times wrote that "nothing in the book has been diminished by time, including the sentiment of a bank robber named TDub Masefeld that bankers are 'thieves just like us.'"

£80

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].

£100

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].

£450

First edition.
New York Doubleday, 1932
A rare golden age title featuring Roger Sheringham, one of Berkeley’s serial detectives. Roger and Molly Dane have something of a surprise in their new house. When Roger explores the basement on return from their honeymoon, he discovers something odd with the flooring. Hoping to find buried treasure, he digs up the body of a woman instead.

£1,250

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.

-29%
£85 £60

Michael Joseph, London, 1950
first edition

The first of the Inspector Chucky titles.

£275

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

£180

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

£150

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

Detective Fiction

Brown (Alec) A Time to Kill.

£325

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

£195

First edition.
London. Hamish Hamilton, 1943

£275

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)

£225

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 .

£140

First edition. London. Collins, 1941

£125

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

£120

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

£295

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.

£475

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 www.classiccrimefiction.com, UK first editions in original jackets are rare especially this title.

£295

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.

£120

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

£550

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.

£295

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.

£250

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.

£225

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.

£495

First edition.
London, Cassell, 1937
A Perry Mason mystery in which our hero uncovers a network of intrigue and conspiracy with a rich voluptuous divorcee complicating the issue. All pre war Perry Mason titles in jackets are difficult and this is a very nice example.

£550

First edition.
London. Rich & Cowan, 1934
A very scarce Golden Age title which was reprinted within a month of first printing.

£150

Mills and Boon, London, 1937
First edition

£120

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.

£295

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

£975

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

£225

First edition.
London. Columbine Publishing Company, [?1940]
This is the correct first issue wrapper and rare as such. Titles published by this publisher are sought after due to their lurid jacket art of which this is a great example

£120

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

£150

Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1937
First Edition

£450

First edition.
London, Faber, 1937
A title featuring serial character Inspector Fenby. Born out of mutual antipathy, four bankers - The Murderers of Monty depicted on the front panel of the jacket - decide to create a company dedicated to the demise of an irritating auditing accountant.