Detective Fiction

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London, Constable, 1924.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6, with publisher's 'file' sticker to spine. Publisher's promotional card loosely inserted.

A tale of mild villainy and opportunism featuring a parasitical couple on the fringes of cosmopolitan society. Attractive jacket artwork by A. Mary Ryland.


London, Stanley Paul, 1953.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped with price sticker of 6/-.

An uncommon first edition thriller by an enigmatic author.


Second Series
London, Gollancz, 1931.

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

The second (of three) anthologies of genre stories presided over by Lord Peter Wimsey creator Dorothy L. Sayers. Uncommon in jacket.

Detective Fiction

Shiel (M.P.) Prince Zaleski


London & Boston, John Lane; Roberts Bros,, 1895.

First edition. 8vo. Original purple decorative cloth.

One of the most well-known and collectable of Lane's important 'Keynotes' series, this being the seventh in the series, and the first of two appearances therein for the "King of Redonda" (the other being his influential work Shapes in the Fire, number XXIX). Aubrey Beardsley provided the title-page/cover designs and most if not all of the monogram key devices for the series up until vol.XXIII.

Prince Zaleski was Shiel's first published work, drawing inspiration in part from the detective tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and comprising three mysteries: "The Race of Orven", "The Stone of the Edmundsbury Monks", and "The S.S.", each to be solved by the eponymous Zaleski, an eccentric Russian nobleman living in exile in a derelict Welsh abbey.


First edition.
London, Collins Crime Club, 1930.

This is one of the first 3 books published by the Collins Crime Club when it launched in 1930. The wrapper of Bowery Murder is identical to the first edition except for the price of 3’6 on the spine. An innovative story in that it is written in newspaper form. It tells the story of a trial of front-page importance in the headlines and news stories of other papers.


London, Skeffington, 1932

8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket priced at 2/6 on spine with '5th Thousand' on spine. Skeffington often used such wording to give the impression of sales success.

UK author, prolific between the Wars, specializing in thrillers (often with Oriental villains) and mysteries. The Sound-Machine is centred around a revolutionary machine that destroys by sound vibration (Blieler p.183).

A stunning example of a book that rarely turns up in a jacket especially one as superb as this.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1958.

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

An excellent first edition of the second novel by this founder-member of the Crime Writers' Association.


London, Hurst & Blackett, [1927].

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

Basis for a 1931 American Oscar winning pre-code film that tells the story of an alcoholic defence attorney in San Francisco who must defend his daughter's ex-boyfriend on a charge of murdering the mobster she had started a relationship with, whom he had previously achieved an acquittal for on a murder charge. Starred Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, and Clark Gable

A very rare book into film title especially in such exceptional condition. Adela Nora Rogers St. Johns (1894-1988) was an American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She wrote a number of screenplays for silent movies but is best remembered for her groundbreaking exploits as "The World's Greatest Girl Reporter" during the 1920s and 1930s.


London, John Gifford Ltd, [1938].

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

A distinctly hard-to-find title by the creator of The Black Pilgrim.


London, Alston Rivers, 1929.

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

Attractively jacketed 'twenties title; a tale of financial dishonesty and torrid passion that comes good.


First edition.
London, 1937
a tale about the seething money markets of the City.

Detective Fiction

Starr (Richard) Lover Abroad


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1939.

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

Attractive jacket artwork by a prolific jacket artist of the period, Eugene Hastain. A tale of a proposal of marriage as a business deal, that leads to jealousy and hate...


Chicago, Covici-McGee, 1924.

First edition, first printing, signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, correctly priced $2.00.

Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Mrs Edward F. Jordan Greeting! Vincent Starr".

"In the whimsically sardonic title given by Mr. Starrett to his collection of short stories, one receives a hint of the curious nature of the tales that make up the volume. Grotesque, fantastic, bizarre..." (jacket blurb)


London, Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1934.

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

One of sherlockophile Starrett's honest & clever continuations of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Detective Fiction

Stout (Rex) Gambit


London, Collins Crime Club, 1963.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original orange boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

A chess tournament murder provides a puzzle for Nero Wolfe.

Detective Fiction

Stout (Rex) How Like a God


New York, Vanguard Press, 1929.

First edition. 8vo. Original purple cloth with gilt spine. Dust-jacket, priced $2.50.

The true first edition of the first published book by Rex Stout, a surprisingly significant work in the context of 20th century literature, both as a pioneering work of psychological fiction and as the first work of the modern period to utilise "second-person" narrative. A far cry perhaps from the detective fiction Stout would go on to be known for, the work is comprised of sixteen chapters, interlinked by italicised passages representing the progressive psychological perspective. The book was published by The Vanguard Press, created in 1926 to take advantage of a $100,000 grant from the left-wing Garland Fund; Rex Stout served as president of the press from 1926 until 1928. The excellent jacket artwork is by the well-known artist Winfred Earl Lefferts, who would go on to do jacket artwork for several of Stout's Nero Wolfe titles, including The League of Frightened Men (1935), The Rubber Band (1936) and The Red Box (1937).


London, Collins Crime Club, 1958.

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

Three stories that see series characters Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin tested to the limits of their ingenuity. An excellent example of the jacket.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1949.

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

Striking jacket artwork on this collection of three Nero Wolfe tales; uncommon.


First edition.
London. Collins, 1938
Fourth novel to feature photographer and detective Barney Gantt. Gantt finds his most elusive subject, camera-shy millionaire Jesse Jordon, dead and gets mixed up with the most obvious suspect.


London, Rich & Cowan, [1948].

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

Stephen Conway keeps a promise to a dead army buddy to show Alexander Dean, the renowned playwright and mystery writer the manuscript of his play.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1945.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s6d.

Stage school murder; an uncommon Collins Crime Club, by a former director of Methuens, no less.


First edition. London. Wright & Brown, 1935 Set in Burma, the story concerns the British manager of the ruby mines of Mogok has been away, attempting to track down a leopard that had been attacking livestock. He returns to discover his stand-in at the office lying dead on the floor, the safe door open and its contents stolen. Very scarce in jacket.


London, Collins, 1961.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark blue boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 15s.

The first of two books by Alistair MacLean under the pseudonym Ian Stuart. Important scientists and their partners go missing after responding to a newspaper advertisements.


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1940.

The second of the novels featuring amateur female detective Jane Carberry. Rare in jacket. No copies online at time of listing.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

A very good example of this uncommon cricket-related crime novel, which invites the reader to solve the crime by following the clues.


London, Gollancz, 1936. First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6. An uncommon Asey Mayo tale and the first time we have encountered it in a jacket.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1945.

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

A very good UK first edition of this Asey Mayo novel.


London, Stanley Smith, 1936.

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

Attractive, somewhat menacing dust-jacket artwork graces this tale published under an uncommon imprint.


London, Columbine Publishing Co, 1939. The world-renowned detective Grant Rushton takes on his most sinister foe yet, High Priestess of the terrible cult of the Voodoo, Marie Galante.


London, Hurst & Blackett, [1937].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6 and with Colonial Issue price sticker to spine.

Striking jacket artwork and very good condition make this UK first a compelling copy for collectors of the Peter Clancy novels.


London, Hurst & Blackett, [1949].

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

A great first UK edition of this biblio yarn inspired by the notorious literary forger Thomas J. Wise, by a prolific US author.


A Study of the Detective Story
London, Wm Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1931.

First edition. Large 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red with red top-stain to text block. Dust-jacket with wraparound photographic artwork, correctly priced at 7/6.

First edition, described by Ellery Queen as "the most ambitious treatise on the detective story written in the, language" before Haycraft (In the Queen's Parlor, p.131).

"Despite the universal appeal of detective fiction, only recently has serious attention been paid to its technique. It is surely high time that criticism 'placed' detective fiction and officially recognised the conscientious craftsmanship that beguiles our leisure hours" (Foreword).


London, Jarrolds, 1935

First UK edition (Translation of Chateau en Limousin published in Paris in 1934). 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket.

Suzanne Marguerite Tinayre was a prolific French novelist and woman of letters. This was her only crime novel and is listed in Hubin.

It concerns the celebrated case of Madame Lafarge and whether she really murdered her husband nearly a century earlier.

Very scarce with only one copy cited by COPAC in the British library.


London, Michael Joseph, 1969.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced £1.50.

One of Mitchell's crime capers featuring architect Timothy Herring.


London, Elkin Mathews and Marrot, 1931.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7s6d.

An attractively stylised jacket by D.V. Barry, on a murder mystery by American adventurer, stage actress, novelist and screenwriter Virginia Tracy.


First edition.
London, Cassell, 1917.

A collection of eleven tales, one of which is a locked room mystery and two of which have definite weird content. Not mentioned by Bleiler. “The Mystery of Howard Romaine” involves the disappearance of a coffin and a body from a locked room (Adey p.300) The Cuckoo Clock" is a tale of delirium involving the transmigration of a soul into a cuckoo clock. "The Fatal Fairy" is about a man who kidnaps a fairy at dawn, whereupon it turns into a monstrous baby vulture -- until he releases it a day later. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree was an English actor and theatre manager. This collection appeared in the year of his death. Very scarce in jacket.