Detective Fiction

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Detective Fiction

Creasey (John) Sons of Satan

£95



London, John Long, 1947.

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

Dr Palfrey tackles dubious friars, a giant and "the Testament of Evil" in this cruise-ship caper.

Detective Fiction

Creasey (John) The Flood

£120



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1956.

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

A rather topical Dr Palfrey adventure, as floods begin to besiege the world...

Detective Fiction

Creasey (John) The Sleep

£75



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1964.

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

A very good first edition of this later Dr Palfrey tales, by one of the most prolific authors in the crime/thriller genre.

£120



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 12/6.

A very good first edition of this later and hard-to-find Freeman Wills Crofts title, featuring series character Chief Superintendent French, "the most human sleuth to be found in detective novels today" (Punch).

£450



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1941.

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

Inspector French investigates a poisoning in this uncommon first edition. The handwritten note to the jacket spine refers to the American edition.

£275



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1926

First edition. 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original dark red cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 3/6.

A great first edition, with enticing jacket artwork. The authors had previously collaborated on the The Forbidden Hour.

£120



London, John Hamilton, 1927.

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

From Hamilton's Sundial Mystery Library series. "An experiment in sensational fiction in which careful and detailed character drawing comes second to an absorbing plot." (jacket blurb)

£120



London, Constable, 1935.

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

Suitably ominous jacket artwork on this uncommon first edition; one of at least three works by Scottish author Curle, better known today for his friendship with and works about Joseph Conrad.

£250



London, Faber & Gwyer, 1926

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6 on spine.

In this Hubin-listed murder story, the author shows the placid life of Minden Town disturbed by a mysterious tragedy. The mystery remains a mystery almost to the very end of the book. A rare and early Faber crime title.

£400



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.

£400



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.

£395



New York, Farrar & Rinehart, 1940.

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

An excellent first edition of this the second work by Daly, an often under-appreciated author these days; her serial character Henry Gamadge is a bibliophile and expert on rare books & manuscripts, no less!

£250



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.

£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.

£135



London, Gerald Swan, [1943].

First UK edition, published for the 'Ace American Thrillers' series. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

An uncommon first UK edition, originally published in the US in 1940. The second of three well-regarded murder mysteries by Dean, set amongst the world of antique dealing.

Detective Fiction

Dehan (Richard) Shallow Seas

£120



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.

£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.

£975


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.

£495



London, Macmillan, 1975.

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

A distinctly uncommon example of the first edition of the first Inspector Morse novel, notoriously hard to find in such good order, the text-block terribly prone to browning, and the book often turning up after being through the public library system, something this copy has thankfully been spared!

£600



London, Macmillan, 1977.

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

A very good first edition of the scarce third Inspector Morse title.

£150



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.

£95



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.

£120

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

£125



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.

£195



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.

£175


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'.

£250


[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.

£250


[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.

£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.

£700

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.

£525



London, John Murray, 1929,

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

Rare in dust-jacket.

£50



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.

£125


...'New Edition'
London, Smith, Elder,, 1913.

8vo. Original red cloth lettered in gilt.

An attractive, early edition of the second novel to feature the wonderful Sherlock Holmes.

£750



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.

£95



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.

£325



London, Collins Crime Club, 1942.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, neatly price-clipped.

A compelling murder mystery set amongst the old sugar plantations of Louisiana. Uncommon.