Detective Fiction

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£595



Sydney, Australia, Angus & Robertson, 1937.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

A scarce first edition by the Australian writer Upfield, set in a farming community in western Australia, featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) of the Queensland Police Force.

£125



Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1933.

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

Arresting jacket artwork on this first book edition featuring series character Michael Lanyard, aka The Lone Wolf. The story was previously serialised in The Red Book Magazine under the title 'The Lone Wolf's Breed'.

£175



London, Jenkins, [1921].

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, priced 2/.

An early dust-jacket, with wonderful jacket artwork.

£395



London, Stanley Paul, [1934].

First edition. 8vo. Publisher's compliments stamp to title; advertisements. Original black cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

All of the first editions by this author of crime fiction appear to be scarce - despite the wear to the jacket this is an attractive example, with a visually compelling jacket design.

£150



London, Ward Lock, 1934,

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Evelyn Charles Henry Vivian was the pseudonym of Charles Henry Cannell, a British editor and writer of fantasy, supernatural and detective novels and stories who also wrote using the name Jack Mann.

A Hubin-title featuring Inspector Head.

Rare in d/w.

Detective Fiction

Wade (Henry) A Dying Fall

£95



London, Constable, 1955.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6.

Equestrian murder mystery.

£525

London, Hodder & Stoughton, [c.1926]. Early H&S edition. Signed & inscribed by the author. 8vo. Original yellow cloth. Wonderfully inscribed edition of this title, originally published in 1917. Inscribed by the author: 'It is much easier to write books than inscriptions! The chief interest I have in "The Clue of the Twisted Candle" is that I used to think it was the best mystery story I had ever written.'

£450



London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1926].

First edition. 8vo. 8pp. advertisements at end. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6.

A rare book in the original first issue dust-jacket, with striking artwork.

Detective Fiction

Wallace (Edgar) White Face

£95

London, Hodder & Stoughton, [c.1930]. Early reprint. 8vo. Original yellow cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 3/6. A very good early printing of this key title by Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace, aka The King of Mystery Fiction.

£395

First edition.
London. Jarrolds, 1932
A very scarce locked room mystery interestingly not noted by Bob Adey in his seminal bibliography of Locked Room Murders. James Harold Wallis (1885-1958) was the author of a series of novels featuring New York detective Inspector Wilton Jacks.

£375

First edition, signed presentation copy.
London. Collins, 1941
Author’s first novel. Hubin listed. Set in the murky world of London nightclubs and narrated by Jimmy, a smart young policeman who loses his heart to Anna, a cabaret dancer. James Warren was the pseudonym of Robert Brendon, a British writer. Inscribed on the title-page.

£295



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1934.

First edition, reprint. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, with price sticker 2/6.

A darn decent copy of this difficult title to find in a contemporary jacket.

£695



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1935.

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

A very good first edition of one the of later, stand-alone titles by this crime writer.

£125



London, Herbert Jenkins, [1946].

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

A plot of diabolic ingenuity taxes Chief Inspector Stephen Rant of the Yard. Attractive jacket artwork.

£450



London, Fisher Unwin, 1927.

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

An important work by Thrilling Stories of the Railway author Canon Whitechurch, more famous perhaps for its insight into the author's working method as outlined in his preface. An uncommonly good example.

£120


and other Detective Stories
London, Chapman & Hall, 1895.

First edition. 8vo. Frontispiece. Original decorative cloth.

An uncommon and attractive collection of detective fiction stories, also featuring contributions by George Ira Brett (an early incarnation of 'Battle'), Roy Tellet and Brander Matthews. Listed in Greene & Glover, and Hubin.

£125



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1936.

First Omnibus edition. 8vo. Original oatmeal cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

An attractive edition comprising four stories, 'The Man with the Clubfoot', 'The Return of Club Foot', 'The Crouching Beast' and 'The Gold Comfit Box'.

£195



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1931.

First edition, stamped 'Publisher's file copy' on prelim. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

An attractive mid-period mystery novel by the author and journalist Valentine Williams, creator of 'Clubfoot'. Distinctly uncommon in the original dust-jacket. Murder and royal intrigue.

£195



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1922.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, with publisher's overlaid price 2/6 on spine.

An early title by the author and journalist Valentine Williams, distinctly uncommon in the original dust-jacket. Murder in the library gets the ball rolling.

£295



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1940.

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

Major Alexander Wallace continues to thrill with the exploits of Sir Leonard Wallace, Chief of Secret Service, in this forties first edition. Scarce in dust-jacket.

£200

First edition. Sequel to Pulitzer Prize winner, The Mclaughlins’ - difficult in d/w
London, Cassell, 1936
The story begins 6 months after the end of the first novel in December 1868. Two men have been found lynched. The story follows the attempts of the community to bring their murderers to justice, intertwined with the stories of Willy and his sister Jean and their reactions to the community's thirst for justice.

£495



London, Robert Hale, 1949.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8s6d.

A distinctly uncommon UK first edition of one of Woolrich's "black" titles, considered one of his best by many - a young wife attempts to prove her husband innocent of the murder for which he has been sentenced to die. The source for the 1946 film of the same name directed by Roy William Neill.

£195



London, Rich & Cowan, 1939.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

Visually intriguing jacket artwork, and a tale of espionage, treasure, murder, and at least one giant hunchback, of course.

£65



London & Melbourne, Ward, Lock, 1939.

First edition. 8vo. 6pp. advertisements. Original yellow cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

Jonathan Mansel, one of Dornford Yates' most popular characters, heads a small private organisation dedicated to the detection of serious crime "by methods sadly unavailable to the regular police". Uncommon in the jacket.