Detective Fiction

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London, Sampson Low, Marston, [1935].

First edition. 8vo. Original dark pink cloth. Dust-jacket, with worn 5/ price-sticker over original 2/6 price.

A fun blend of murder mystery and the paranormal, with series character Detective-Inspector Hugh Collier teaming up with psychic Cosmo Thor to solve the crime. Striking jacket artwork, this an early issue of the jacket, correctly listing Dalton's The Black Death (1934) as her previous title.


London, Sampson Low, Marston, [1936].

First edition. 8vo. 8pp. advertisements at end. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket, early issue with 2/9 price-sticker on top of original 2/6 price.

A scarce classic of Golden Age detective fiction, in an attractive dust-jacket. The book is accompanied by a letter from publishing bureau Curtis Brown to the author Moray Dalton, date 1947, returning three of her titles due to a lack of take-up for reprint by various publishers.


London, Heinemann, 1939

First UK edition. 8vo. Not original publisher's cloth, some sort of library binding. Photographic dust-jacket correctly priced at 7s 6d on front flap.

Published in US as 'Poor, poor Yorick.' A Hubin-listed title involving the dumping of a corpse off the coast of Connecticut and the apparent suicide by poisoning of a hostess on the eve of divorce.

Frederick Clyde Davis (1902-1977) was an American pulp writer. He was educated at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and became a professional writer at the age of 22. Davis wrote several novels featuring his series detective, Professor Cy Hatch of which this is one.


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

Detective Fiction

Dehan (Richard) Shallow Seas


London, Thornton Butterworth, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. 1p. advertisements. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6.

A tale of espionage, romance and Eastern exoticism, set just before the outbreak of WWI. An excellent copy.


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.


A Judge Peck Mystery Story
London, George Newnes, [1936]..

First UK edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 2/6.

A stunning jacket on this first UK edition of Arkham House stalwart Derleth's second Judge Peck mystery, in which not one but three sons-in-law meet an unknown death. First published in the US in 1934. The splendid jacket artwork features a naked man on all fours, of course, holding a smoking gun.


London, John Hamilton, 1928.

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

From Hamilton's Sundial Mystery Library series; a departure from Hamilton's more usual aeronautical vibe, and a seemingly scarce first edition in the original dust-jacket. A chance encounter with a sinister Chinese Secret Society sees the protagonist tossed into a world of intrigue, with a dash of romantic peril for good measure.


London, Bles, 1935.

'Popular Edition', second printing. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 2/6.

Originally published in 1926, this attractive early edition in the Abbey jacket is a hard find; Dilnot was a journalist associated with true crime stories, in particular through his editorship of the Famous Trials series also published by Geoffrey Bles.


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


London, Robert Hale, 1989.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards lettered in silver. Dust-jacket, correctly priced £10.95.

A near fine first edition of the fourth title in Doherty's popular Hugh Corbett series.


London, Robert Hale, 1988.

First edition. Signed by the author on title-page. 8vo. Original black boards lettered in silver. Dust-jacket, correctly priced £11.50.

A near fine, signed first edition of Doherty's first book in his Matthew Jankyn series.


Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.
London, John Murray, 1917

First edition. 8vo. 6pp. advertisements. Original cloth.

A collection of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, including the titular short story, 'His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes'.


[pp.210-224 in The Strand Magazine, vol.LXV
London, Newnes, January - June 1923].

First edition. 4to. Publisher's bevelled pale blue pictorial cloth blocked in black & gilt.

An unsettling, cautionary Sherlock Holmes tale about drug-fuelled lust...and a certain amount of monkey business. Included in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927). Other authors present in this volume include P.G. Wodehouse (including 'Jeeves Takes Charge'), Aldous Huxley and E. Phillips Oppenheim.


[pp.288-298 in The Strand Magazine, vol.LXII]
London, Newnes, July - December 1921.

First edition. 4to. Publisher's bevelled pale blue pictorial cloth blocked in black & gilt.

Classic Sherlock Holmes, weaving deception to apprehend a jewel-thief and would-be murderer; one of only two Holmes stories written in the third-person. Included in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927). Other authors present in this volume include P.G. Wodehouse (including 'Clicking of Cuthbert'), Edgar Wallace and E. Phillips Oppenheim.


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 UK edition.
London. George Newnes Ltd, 1905
The first collected edition of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories that were originally published serially in the Strand Magazine in the UK and Collier's in the US.


London, John Murray, 1929,

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

Rare in dust-jacket.


London, John Murray, 1940.

Cheap Edition reprint. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/- with 2/6 price sticker overlaid.

A neat edition of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tale The Sign of Four, with the iconic dust-jacket.


Edinburgh & London, William Hodge & Company, Limited, 1927

First edition, inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket.

A very good copy. Inscribed by the author, one presumes, thus: 'To dear Winifred, with much love from an affectionate old friend Winnie, in remembrance of her visit to Station House. June 1927.' An easy to find book, but very uncommon both inscribed and in jacket. Contains a novel and two shorter pieces.


London, John Crowther, 1946

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth stamped in silver. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6.

A superior copy of this uncommon first edition by the enigmatic Mary Durham, present in the correct first issue dust-jacket. The story features the author's serial character Chief Inspector York.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1936.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

Quite cool woodcut-style artwork adorns this first UK edition's jacket. Eberhart is an interesting author of detective fiction, not least for her ability to extend the same basic premise over nearly forty volumes!


London, Robert Hale, 1952.

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

An attractive first UK edition, packed with thrills, romance, mystery, and suspense.


London &c., Cassell, 1913.

First edition. 8vo. 4pp. advertisements. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

The first chapter of Mr. Edge's story is enough to indicate the mystery which is to be unravelled, and every succeeding chapter makes the mystery deeper until the final elucidation... (The Bookseller, Vol. 60, 1914).

An early detective fiction title, in a remarkably excellent pre WW1 dust-jacket. Exceptionally scarce, with only six copies recorded by WorldCat, and no copies in trade or at auction that we could trace.


First edition.
London. Arthur Baker, 1949
Curt Prentice drives across more than half a continent to kill Judd Mason in revenge for the deaths of his wife and brother-in-law. An uncommon pulp title by an author who became a Hollywood scriptwriter. Among the works for which Edgley became known are the scripts for many episodes of Perry Mason.


London, The Literary Press, [c.1930].

First edition thus. 8vo. Original green cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 2/-.

An early edition of this well-known Hollywood murder mystery, made into a 1929 film with Chester Conklin.


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.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1941.

First UK edition. 8vo. 4pp. advertisements. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

A hugely prolific author, producing more than 80 books; Farjeon was the brother of the children's writer Eleanor Farjeon and the playwright Herbert Farjeon.


London, The Bodley Head, 1947

First UK edition, first impression. 8vo. Original red cloth, Dust-jacket.

The first British edition of the American author's most famous novel, originally appearing in abridged form in The American Magazine (October 1946). The work was adapted into film three times, and in 2006 was reprinted 'New York Review Books Classics' series.


London, Hutchinson, [1933].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, with ?publisher's price-sticker 2/6 overlaid on original price.

A good+ copy of this title, uncommon in US or UK edition - the author is well-known for his sport-related crime novels, including 70,000 Witnesses.


The Case of the Murdered Band Leader
London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1939.

First UK edition. 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original teal cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s6d.

Set in the glittering background of an ultra-modern night club in San Francisco, peopled by famous stars, Sudden Silence has an interest rivalled only by the strangeness of its incidents. (jacket).


London, Ward Lock, 1919.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original green cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

An excellent copy of this uncommon first edition, especially rare signed and in the original dust-jacket. British-born journalist and novelist Fletcher us considered to be one of the foremost detective fiction writers of his day.


London, John Long, [1934].

First edition. 8vo. Original coth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7s 6d on front flap.

A Hubin-listed title featuring author's serial investigator, Anthony Bathurst this time called to the city of Antwerp to solve the strange puzzle set by the sinister "League of Matthias'' - a problem which is brought to the peak by the murder of Inspector Rawlinson.

Very elusive in a jacket.


First edition. London. Collins, 1927 ‘[a] swift-moving a vivid picture of life in New York’s underworld.’ (jacket blurb) A very good, unsophisticated example of this title by prolific Canadian author [William] Hulbert Footner, listed in Hubin but wrongly dated as 1929 (the date of the first US edition) therein. We could find no copies of this the true first edition on WorldCat’s database for institutional holdings. Exceedingly scarce in the original dust-jacket. From the collection of Adrian Homer Goldstone, 1897-1977 (bookplate). Goldstone was a renowned Californian book-collector, particularly well know for his bibliographies of Arthur Machen and John Steinbeck, both of which were published through the University of Texas.


More Madame Storey Mysteries.
London, Collins Crime Club, 1933

First edition, second impression (i.e. first Cheap Edition, published the same month as the first). 8vo. 4pp. advertisements. Original orange cloth lettered in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 3'6 (1st Cheap Edition).

A very good copy of this compilation of short stories by the prolific author Hulbert Footner, featuring his well-known protagonist Madame Rosika Storey. Scarce in the dust-jacket. Preceding the US edition by four years.

Detective Fiction

Footner (Hulbert) The Viper:


Further Crime Investigations of Madame Storey.
London, Collins Crime Club, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth (red issue). Dust-jacket, second state, correctly priced 3/6.

The ongoing exploits of Footner's serial character, the brilliant lady detective, Madame Storey, set in Paris. The second issue jacket is to a wholly different design than the first, and as a result considered highly collectable.