Detective Fiction

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£150


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.

£395


A Novel
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1931.

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

Considered one of Oppenheim's best works, opening with a fantastic description of the boring life of Mr Peter Cradd,and the transformation he undergoes when he inherits a fortune. A useful insight into middle class life in England in the thirties, and the dreams of downtrodden... A nice Bip Pares jacket to boot.

£150



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.

£295



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.

£75


The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
London, Gerald Howe, 1937.

Second printing thus. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

An attractive edition of the famous tale by Pitt, called The String of Pearls; or, The Fiend of Fleet Street (1847). Here with an introduction by the playwright Montagu Slater, famous for his work with Benjamin Britten.

£100



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...

£100



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'.

£200

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

£225



London, Eldon, [1951].

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

Excellent jacket artwork graces this Anthony Adams crime thriller by American writer Pratt, originally published in the States under the author's pseudonym Timothy Brace.

£225



London, Eldon, [1951].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

Excellent jacket artwork graces this Anthony Adams crime thriller by American writer Pratt, a.k.a. Timothy Brace.

£150



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...

£250



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.

£925



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.

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1940.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth.

The first UK edition of the third of four mysteries featuring The Great Merlini, a stage magician and Rawson's favorite protagonist.

£75



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

£150

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.

£195



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.

£195



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.

£250



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.

£225


A Mystery Story
London, Geoffrey Bles, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, price neatly excised from spine.

The jacket's menacing photographic artwork enhances this early Dr Priestley title. An uncommon book in the original jacket.

£395



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.

£275

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.

£280



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.

£75



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.

£575



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."

£85


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.

£300


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.

£125



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...

£195



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.

£95



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...

£250


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.

£650



London, Geoffrey Bles, 1932.

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

"...the case of a country clergyman who happens to be a homicidal maniac..." (jacket blurb). The first crime thriller by Vulliamy, writing as Anthony Rolls.

£150



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.

£795


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.

£175



London, Herbert Jenkins, [1942].

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

Thankfully not a suspiciously precognitive account of the Town Called Alice author's demise! Great jacket artwork though.

£125



London, Columbine Publishing Company Ltd, 1939

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket 5/- overprice although original price of 3/6 is still visible on the spine.

From the publisher's blurb: 'Delia Romney was born to sin and she elected to make that the way of her life. She murdered without remorse. She sold herself without hesitation or contrition.'

A typically risqué and sensationalist story from a small publishing house well known for both its racy plot lines and lurid dust-jackets.