Detective Fiction

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London, Sampson Low, Marston, 1949.

First edition. 8vo. 1p. advertisement. Original faux-morocco red cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8s. 6d.

Vintage Morland, packed with thrills and told with easy humour.


First edition.
London, Cassell, 1935.

The Phantom Gunman is the author’s first crime novel and imagines what would happen if Chicago gangsters were to come over to London. Features serial character Mrs Pym. Exceptionally scarce in a jacket


First edition.
London, Methuen 1922
A Hubin listed mystery in the very elusive jacket which has some visual similarity to the jacket design of ‘Mysterious Affair at Styles’, Agatha Christie’s first novel, published two years earlier. John Moroso was a New York based writer who contributed to various publications in the 1910s and 1920s and also wrote a story about life in an east side New York City ghetto titled The Stumbling Herd, which was made into a silent film in 1926


First edition.
London, Blackie & Son, 1934
A rare Golden Age detective title centred on what happened to Simon Ewing at five minutes to five. Various people came and went and met face to face in his flat.


New York, Appleton-Century, 1932.

First edition. 8vo. Original yellow pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

One of the few Mundy titles to be serialised after publication in book-form. A Criminal Investigation Division of India caper, featuring Chullunder Ghose, and a Thuggee sect.

Talbot Mundy was an English writer of adventure fiction. Based for most of his life in the United States, he also wrote under the pseudonym of Walter Galt. Best known as the author of King of the Khyber Rifles and the 'Jimgrim' series, much of his work was published in pulp magazines.


First edition, Lovat Dickinson, 1937. A scarce memoir of the Spanish Civil War from the American-born novelist, Helen Nicholson (Baroness de Zglinitzki), who was caught up in the conflict while visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Granada. Nicholson and her family were unabashedly supportive of Franco and the Nationalist. Rare in this condition and with the added association of being inscribed by the author’s daughter in the year of publication


First edition.
London, Selwyn & Blount, 1929.

The evocative jacket has minor edgewear and a tiny amount of loss at bottom corner of front panel, price clipped but overall an excellent example. O’Donnell gathers together a number of unsolved mysteries associated with the River Thames. Rare in jacket. No copies at time of listing.


London, Marriott, 1930

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

Rare in dust-jacket.


First edition. London, Heinemann, 1928 Fifteen episodes of crimes studied by Rowland Hern and his Watson-like unnamed narrator with strong supernatural content.


A Series of Stories
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1936.

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

A collection of short stories by the 'Prince of Storytellers', in an attractive Bip Pares dust-jacket.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1939.

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

- a dead man in the bank strong room, rolls of brown paper and balls of string; empty, coffin-shaped boxes... An attractively jacketed edition of this tale by the 'Prince of Storytellers', with artwork by Bip Pares.


London, Hutchinson, [1925].

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

Seemingly a bizarrely scarce edition of this crime fiction title, with the BL and WorldCat only recording the Tauchnitz edition. It first appeared in serial form in Hutchinson's Magazine, 1924.


London, Stanley Paul, 1957.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, clipped but with price 6/6 present on inside flap.

Further Frampton frolics, the jacket here showing a few suspiciously red finger marks itself...


London, Stanley Paul, [1947].

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

Frampton of the Yard is back on the case following the mysterious disappearance of a friend in 'Dead End'.


First edition.
London. Cecil Palmer, 1931
Listed in Hubin.


London, Crime Book Society, 1939.

Pocket Edition. 8vo. Original blue & black printed wrappers.

A scarce weird novel concerning a lighthouse on the rocky coast of Cornwall which is reputed to be haunted. Two lighthouse keepers meet their death's in mysterious circumstances. This novel was made into a film called "The Phantom Light" in 1928. Australian writer Price is best known today for her book about British female ambulance drivers in WWI, Not so Quiet...


London, Nelson, 1935.

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

"A close-knit plot and first-rate story"...with Amazonians thrown in to boot. Scarce.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1938.

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

The first UK edition of the conjurer-turned-author Rawson's first book - uncommon thus in the rather nice jacket.


London, Robert Hale, 1957.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 10/6.

A very good first UK edition of this Inspector McKee novel by the American author Helen Reilly, who derived much of her work from her research into the New York Homicide squad.

Detective Fiction

Remenham (John) Arsenic


Rare crime title, all other copies I have seen of this title are described as ‘7th Thousand’.
London, Skeffington, [1930 according to COPAC]
Reasonable to assume this was a publisher gimmick to show titles were popular.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1935.

Sixth impression. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 2/6.

Classic Dr Priestley territory here courtesy of genre master Rhode.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1935.

Sixth impression. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 2/6.

Classic Dr Priestley territory here courtesy of genre master Rhode.


London, Geoffrey Bles, 1935.

'Popular Edition', second printing. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker '5/-' on spine.

A decent, early edition of this the second appearance of armchair detective Lancelot Priestley, who featured in a long-running series of novels during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.


New York, Dodd, Mead, 1941.

First US edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

A mysterious beam of light wreaks havoc in this Dr Priestley novel. Nice jacket artwork.


London, Geoffrey Bles, 1935. Popular edition first reprint. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 4/6 (second issue?). An uncommon early issue of this rare Rhodes title, originally published in 1928, the jacket featuring the original classic artwork by well-known artist Abbey; one of this prolific author's earliest books, set against a yachting culture backdrop.


London, Geoffrey Bles, 1957.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 12/6.

A superior copy of this uncommon crime fiction first edition.


London, Collins Crime Club, May, 1938.

Ninth impression. 8vo. Paperback. Dust-jacket, with 'Crime Club 6d'.

Rhode's novel is centered around the great annual motor rally at Torquay. Fog, car "crash" and and an erroneous verdict of accidental death leads to a murder investigation.


London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1939.

First UK edition, first impression, stamped 'Special Presentation Edition' on copyright page. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red to spine. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s. 6d. net.

The first UK edition of the author's first book. Amateur sleuth Jake Justus is on the case in this Chicago lakeside murder-mystery, and a large amount of alcohol is apparently consumed... Scarce in the original dust-jacket.

'Craig Rice' was a pseudonym for Georgiana Ann Randolph (1908-1957). J. Randolph Cox notes in Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (London, 1980) that "...the warmth and humanity in her writing were matched by a sense of form and discipline all her own. She never forgot that the primary purpose of the detective story was entertainment."


A Story of Crime
[London], Collins Detective Story Club, n.d. [c.1930].

First edition thus. Small 8vo. Original near-black leather over limp boards, blocked in gilt.

A disappearing corpse, a supernatural theory, and a genuinely shocking finale... This title was originally published in 1907 as 2835 Mayfair, before being brought back to life for Collins' Detective Story Club, one of the first 12 classic crime books chosen for the series.


A Story of the Baccarat Club
London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1929].

First edition. 8vo. Blind-stamped presentation copy to front free endpaper. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6.

One of the more decidedly criminous titles by Irish author Jessie Louisa Rickard, one of the founders of the Detection Club in 1930. Moody artwork by the artist John Morton-Sale.


London, Jenkins, 1959.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 12/6.

Dr Fu Manchu gets busy on the Tibetan border, much to the concern of the Western allied intelligence agencies...


London, Cassell, 1944.

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

Given it is a War-time production this is a surprisingly good first UK edition of this later but uncommon Sax Rohmer title.


London, Cassell, 1933

'Popular edition'. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, priced at 2/6.

An attractive copy of this early issue (the first UK edition was published the year before), from the creator of the sinister Dr Fu Manchu. The villainous & nebulous Yu'an Hee See does battle with Scotland Yard's Dawson Haigh against a backdrop of Limehouse, Marseilles, the Mediterranean and the Near East, with a vast fortune of gold at stake...


First UK edition.
London, Robert Hale, 1944.

Collection of short stories (here presented in the form of a novel) featuring Major Baruk, an Anglo-Arab soldier detective, most with Middle East settings. Uncommon in jacket.


London, W. Foulsham, 1955.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 9/6.

Throught Redheads and a Funeral, taking in San Francisco and Kansas City, "Yes, it's Johnny April again and the fastest, slickest story you'll read in a long, long time." (jacket blurb). An uncommon 'Mask Mystery' by publishers Foulsham.


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1937.

Signed and inscribed in the year of publication to John Gawsworth on the front endpaper describing Suicide Alibi as ‘’not another little classic but it will serve!’’ Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong, better known as John Gawsworth, was a British writer, poet and compiler of anthologies, both of poetry and of short stories. A very scarce locked room mystery involving the shooting of a publisher in a room under observation (Adey p275) Very desirable especially with such a fabulous association.