Detective Fiction

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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.


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, Collins Crime Club, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s 6d.

A very attractive first edition of this murder mystery.


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, Collins Crime Club, 1970.

Uncorrected proof copy. 8vo. Original wrappers. Dust-jacket, ?price-clipped.

Collins proofs are distinctly uncommon.


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, Putnam, 1932.

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

Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of deaths climaxing in that of an oil magnate.