Detective Fiction

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London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1930

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

Hubin-listed tale involving the escapades of a couple of multi-millionaires' sons who come up against a band of rum-runners.

No copies in commerce at time of listing.


London, Hutchinson, [1936].

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

One of only two murder-mysteries we could trace by this author, and published under Hutchinson's First Novel Library series (#46).


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1933.

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

The continuing adventures of arch deductionist Dr Thorndyke. A tricky first edition in the jacket.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1934.

First edition, second impression. 8vo. Original blind-tooled red cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 2/6.

An attractive early impression of this 'Yellow Jacket' Dr Thorndyke tale, bringing the good doctor's famous forensic mind to bear once more.


A Story of Crime by...Ex-Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard Author of "The Crime Club" [London], Collins Detective Story Club, n.d. [c.1930]. First edition thus. Small 8vo. Original near-black leather over limp boards, blocked in gilt. Originally published in 1913, and the source for the 1917 film of the same name. Froëst was apparently incredibly strong, and could tear a pack of cards in half and snap a sixpence "like a biscuit"...nice.


London, Longmans, Green, 1939.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker 3/6.

A very nice first UK edition of one of the later Pinkerton titles, distinctly uncommon in the jacket.


London, Longmans, 1945.

Third edition. 8vo. Original grey/green cloth. Dust-jacket, with 5/- price-sticker to inside front flap.

An attractive reissue of this classic London-based murder mystery.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1952.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 9/-.

A dramatic story of crime and detection featuring series character Inspector Gilbert Larose.


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1935.

Featuring serial character Gilbert Larose The Poisoned Goblet tells of the efforts by a gang to kidnap the child of Lady Ardane. Fabulous dustwrapper art. A desirable title.


First edition.
London, John Long, 1937.

A Hubin-listed murder mystery. The only one written by the author whose real name was Richard Henry Horsfield. It is set in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada and features an Eskimo detective called Nootka. A wealthy mining prospector enlists the help of nine other claim-stalkers, four of whom are subsequently murdered by methods as novel as they are gruesome. Two of them take place in ‘impossible’ circumstances. Very rare in jacket.


London, Rich & Cowan, 1936.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in yellow to spine. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 3/6.

An extremely rare title to find in the original, first issue dust-jacket; despite the conditional aspects noted, this copy still presents really well, with panels and spine still clean and bright, and internally without issue.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1944.

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

An uncommon '40s title, in better condition than normally found.


London, Wells Gardner, Darton, [c.1940].

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

Pulp fiction tale of an American gangster and his moll, by British author Kelly. Uncommon.


London, Wells Gardner, Darton, [c.1940]..

First edition. 8vo. Original printed wrappers and pictorial jacket.

An erotic "rewrite" of James Hadley Chase's No Orchids for Mrs Blandish, which once again saw the author in trouble with the British authorities. Scarce as subsequently withdrawn from circulation.


London, Wells Gardner, Darton, [c.1940]. First edition. 8vo. Original printed wrappers and pictorial jacket. The first pulp novel Kelly published under the name Darcy Glinto, whose queasy blend of sleaze, schlock and American-style hard-boiled narrative quickly garnered both popularity and notoriety.


Mills and Boon, London, 1937
First edition


London, Mills & Boon, 1929.

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

The first UK edition of this crime thriller; Mills & Boon today have a reputation for "romantic fiction", but they were early champions of several subsequently famous authors, including Jack London and P.G. Wodehouse.


London, Jarrolds, 1936.

'First cheap edition' (i.e. second edition). 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

A compelling 'true crime' collaboration between prolific crime fiction author George Goodchild and the biographer and critic Bechhofer Roberts, a.k.a. 'Ephesian'. First published in 1934.


London, Ward Lock, 1935

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket priced at 3/6 on front flap and also has tell tale 3 digits on spine indicating a slightly later issue.

Hubin listed title featuring the author's regular detective Insepctor Mclean and his rather fuller-witted assistant Sergeant Brook


London, T. Fisher Unwin, [1925].

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 3/6.

The notoriously difficult first edition of the first book in the Blackshirt series, by a founding member of the Crime Writer's Association. Despite the chipping, the upper panel with its wonderful artwork is intact.


London, T. Fisher Unwin Ltd (Ernest Benn Ltd), 1927 [but 1928?]..

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, second impression (stated, and priced 3s.6d., with Benn imprint to spine).

The second of the author's famous 'Blackshirt' series, nothing to do with Oswald Mosley (or Rodney Spode), rather a 'Raffles'-esque character, author by day, cracksman by night. Early issues of the first and second titles are both known scarcities, especially in the jacket. The book itself has no impression indicated, suggesting it is the first; however, the list of works by the same author facing the title-page includes Passion, Murder and Mystery, which was not published until 1928 (BL). Benn & Fisher Unwin merged in 1926, and this title seems to have been absorbed into Benn's 3/6 Library in 1928 or 1929.

The last time this title surfaced at auction was in 2019, when it made $1875.


First edition, Collins, 1941. Edwy Searles Brooks was a UK novelist who wrote under a number of pseudonyms including Berkeley Gray and Victor Gunn. This is a rare work from his canon. From the library of Anthony Lejeune.

Detective Fiction

Gray (Ruth) The Mouse


First edition, London, Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. Rare London Knopf imprint, in the remarkable striking dust-jacket designed by Shaw.

Detective Fiction

Grey (Cecil) Spindrift


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1936.

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

A splendid first edition of this romantic novel about a young musical protégé's adventures.


London, Philip Allan, 1937.

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

A collection of short stories, drawn from the case-book of Gribble's series character Superintendent Anthony Slade.


London, Collins, 1940

First edition. 8vo. 3pp. advertisements. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7'6.

A very good first edition of this Ironsides title, distinctly uncommon in the original dust-jacket. Victor Gunn was one of several pseudonyms for Edwy Brooks, alongside his perhaps more well-known moniker 'Berkeley Gray'.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1947.

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 3s.6d.

A pleasing first edition of the twelfth novel in the author's "Ironsides" Cromwell series.


First edition.
London. Columbine Publishing Company, [?1940]
This is the correct first issue wrapper and rare as such. Titles published by this publisher are sought after due to their lurid jacket art of which this is a great example


London, Hutchinson, n.d. [c.1930].

Third edition (stated). Small 8vo. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 2/- and stating '5th Thousand'.

An early edition of this collaboration between the Hanshews, scarce in the original dust-jacket - with artwork by the illustrator Joseph Abbey.


London, Cassell, [1886].

First edition. 8vo. 16pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated '3 G. 8.86'.

A creative and productive author, Julian Hawthorne never sadly quite lived up to the literary pedigree inherited from his father, Nathaniel Hawthorne, but his fiction is engaging and often incorporates the sort of weird and sci-fi elements on which later subgenre fiction was predicated. This novel sees the author dallying rather with crime fiction, including mob-like figures, a bank robbery and the curse of opium addiction...


London, Cassell, 1945.

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

An intriguing psychological thriller by the author & philosopher H.F. Heard, author of The Ascent of Humanity (1929).


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1938.

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

An uncommon detective fiction title by the author most well-known for her historical romances, one of only eleven she wrote in this genre.

Ernest Fletcher's butler, his nephew Neville, and Helen North provide conflicting evidence about his untimely demise in a London suburb. Then a second murder is committed, giving a grotesque twist to a very unusual case.


London, Cresset, 1950.

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

A true original in crime fiction The Times

The first novel by Patricia Highsmith, and one of her most well-known and collectable titles in first edition, US or UK. Memorably adapted for the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock.


London, Hodder & Sttoughton, 1932.

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

Drums beat at night...and Professor Bastion hears the echo on Hampstead Heath (jacket)


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1931.

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

An very good first edition of one of Holt's best books.


First edition.
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1935.

A collection of four criminous short stories listed in Hubin, the eponymous first of which concerns the battle between Sir Harker Bellamy, the famous secret service chief known as ‘The Mole’ and The Priest’ a daring and resourceful foreign spy and plotter. Rare in such a well preserved jacket.