Detective Fiction

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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.


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'.


London, Jenkins, [1921].

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

An early dust-jacket, with wonderful jacket artwork.


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.


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


London, Constable, 1955.

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

Equestrian murder mystery.


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.'


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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'.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.