Detective Fiction

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£125



London, MacDonald, 1946.

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

A Ludovic Travers Mystery Novel. Bush wrote sixty-three novels, all of which featured his series characters Ludovic Travers and Superintendent Wharton.

Detective Fiction

Campbell (Alice) Juggernaut

£725



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.

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

The first edition of the author's first book, memorably transferred to the big screen in 1936, starring Boris Karloff.

£395

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth with yellow spine label. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6. The second of two Buchanesque thrillers by Cannan, right down to the style of the jacket artwork. The author was well known for her detective fiction and children's stories.

£395

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1935. First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth with yellow spine label. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6. The first of two Buchanesque thrillers by Cannan, right down to the style of the jacket artwork. The author was well known for her detective fiction and children's stories.

£295



London, Collins Crime Club, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 10s6d.

Architecture + murder = classic stuff.

£120



London, Harper & Brothers, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth.

A solid first edition of Carr's first novel, of the locked-room subgenre. The work introduced his series character Henri Bencolin: "an impossible murder in a gambling club - the victim, seen to enter an empty room with all entrances under observation, is subsequently found there, beheaded" (Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers, p.146)

£195



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1944.

First edition. 8vo. Original grey-green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s.6d.

A Dr Fell title by this renowned master of the locked room mystery; Till Death do us Part is considered one of Carr's best novels, from his most creative period.

£295



London, Victor Gollancz, 1939

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

A superb first edition of one of this prolific author's crime/thriller titles.

£295



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1953

First edition (preceding the first US edition by a few months). 8vo. Original burgundy boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 10s.6d.

Chandler's hard-boiled noir classic, defined by the author himself as "my best book". In 1955, the novel received the Edgar Award for Best Novel. It was later adapted as a 1973 film of the same name, updated to 1970s Los Angeles and starring Elliott Gould.

£95



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1976.

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

A very good first edition of this continuation to the Saint series originally created by Leslie Charteris.

£1,800



London, Cassell, 1926.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth blocked in red.

An uncommonly good example of 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' (dust jacket).

£140

First edition. London. Collins, 1941

£250


[The Under Dog; Blackman's Wood.]
London, The Readers Library, n.d. [1929].

First edition thus. Small 8vo. 2pp. adverts. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket.

A rare pre-1930s Readers Library title, combining a title by Agatha Christie and another by E. Phillips Oppenheim.

£50



Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1948

First Penguin edition. 8vo. Original green & white wrappers.

£60



London, Collins Crime Club, 1956.

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

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

£180



London, Collins Crime Club, 1937.

First edition, first printing. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

A solid first edition of this classic Hercule Poirot title, a difficult book to find in good order.

£50



London, Collins Crime Club, n.d..

Collins 2/- issue. 12mo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket.

A neat early edition of this Agatha Christie classic.

£450


and other stories.
London, Collins Crime Club, 1936

First Collins edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red.

A very good copy of this collection of twelve stories by the Queen of Crime, many with a supernatural twist. This Collins Crime Club edition was published after the 1933 Odhams edition, but is surprisingly more uncommon; presumed to be the export issue in this binding.

£550



London, John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1925.

First edition. 8vo. Modern dark green half morocco with marbled boards, spine label red morocco, lettered in gilt.

A handsomely rebound first edition of this Agatha Christie classic. The novel introduces the characters of Superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent.

£250



London, Collins Crime Club, 1951.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8s.6d.

A pleasing copy of this Agatha Christie first edition, a hard dust-jacket to find in such condition due to its proneness to fading and marking. The story itself builds upon Christie's own excursions alongside her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, and is more of a spy novel than a whodunnit.

£295



London, Collins, 1946.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 10s. 6d.

The first edition of Agatha Christie's personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of her most evocative novels.

£65



London, Robert Hale, 1983.

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

A fine copy of this later work by the novelist and screenwriter T.E.B. Clarke (1907-89), one of the few Brits to win Best Original Screenplay Oscar, for his script for The Lavender Hill Mob.

£225



London, Longmans, 1937.

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

Murder and political intrigue at the Home Office...

£125

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

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1945.

First edition, third impression. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 4s6

Mrs Warrander uncovers the truth behind a murder during an undergraduates' dance.

£395



London, Collins, 1923.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark blue cloth blocked in orange. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6 (later issue).

The first edition of the author's first novel, in an early issue jacket (1930s), introducing Superintendent Henry Wilson. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

£250



London, Wright & Brown, [1935].

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

The first aviation mystery by a master of the [sub]genre.

£195



London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1939.

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

The first edition in book form of a story that was made famous by a successful West End play.

£225



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1933.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, second issue priced 2/6.

A superior example of this Secret Service thriller from the pen of the inimitable Corbett, "King of the one-line gaffe" (Rod Collins).

£60



London, Herbert Jenkins, [1950].

First edition. 8vo. Original orange boards blocked in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8/6.

'Flung into the dark maelstrom of conspiracy and death, Detective-Inspector Anderson, of New Scotland Yard, faced the most difficult case of his career...' (jacket blurb)

A lovely first edition of this crime caper, by an author often better remembered today for his interesting turn of phrase!

Detective Fiction

Corbett (James) Gallows Wait

£55



London, Herbert Jenkins, [1947].

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

An attractive first edition by the productive James Corbett, from Jenkins' 'House of the Green Label' series.

£250



London, Herbert Jenkins, [1932].

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, with publisher's 3/6 price-sticker on top of original 2/6 price.

A scarce early title by this prolific author, who wrote over forty novels, often with a flair for unusual phrasing that would be lucky to escape the editor's blue pencil these days.

£295



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1941.

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

'"The case of the century" was how the Press described the weird mystery that centred around "The Bat" - a ghoul of the air who, in his efforts to perfect an almost incredible invention, swooped down to kill without mercy". (jacket). A very good first edition, uncommon in the jacket.

£60



London, Herbert Jenkins, [1949].

First edition. 8vo. Original orange boards, lettered in black. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

Quite a lovely dust-jacket.

£295



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1939.

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

Classic whodunnit murder-mystery by an author often better remembered for his spoonerisms and malapropisms, unfairly perhaps.

£295



London, Skeffington, [1930].

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

Crime fiction by an intriguing author: born in Russia with Yiddish as his first language, Cournos moved to London in 1912 where he engaged in anti-communist activism, notably via his pamphlet London under the Bolsheviks: A Londoner's Dream on Returning from Petrograd (1919); he also enjoyed some success as an Imagist poet, but garnered more renown for his novels and short stories under the Courtney pseudonym - today he is perhaps best known for his failed relationship with Dorothy L. Sayers, an unhappy experience recounted by both authors (Strong Poison by Sayers (1930) and The Devil Is an English Gentleman by Cournos himself in (1932)).