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£395



London, Drane's, [1924].

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

An uncommon first edition of this collection published by an uncommon imprint. Many of the tales revolve around a consulting detective agency in Calcutta, as in the author's coeval work Benjamin & Co., and despite a tendency towards some rather "old school" jingoism and misogyny do include some rather wonderfully evocative sketches of colonial life in India.

£250


New Stories of Murder and Mystery
New York, Charles Scribners, 1928.

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

One of several anthologies compiled by the writer and socialite Lady Cynthia Asquith, herself known as an author of ghost stories. Uncommon in the original dust-jacket.

£350



London, Peter Davies, 1935.

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

The Ventriloquist, by E. Belasyse, is a much better crime story. It is written with a commendable simplicity, for one thing. If it is a first novel, it is unusually well planned and executed. The people are real." (Illustrated London News, vol.187).

£325



London &c., Ward, Lock, 1914.

First edition. 8vo. Original blind-tooled green cloth lettered in gilt.

A fresh & bright first edition of this art-theft tale by Irish writer Bodkin, creator of Paul Beck and the bicycling lady detective Dora Myrl. A wonderful Velasquez painting is stolen from a house in County Galway.

£350


A Book of Romances, Fantasies, Whimsies, and Levities
Edinburgh & London, William Blackwood, 1900.

First edition. Publisher's presentation copy with blind-stamp to title. 8vo. Original dark green cloth lettered in gilt.

An author who turned his pen to various genres, including crime fiction and weird & supernatural. Rare.

£50



London, John Murray, 1940.

Cheap Edition reprint. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/- with 2/6 price sticker overlaid.

A neat edition of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tale The Sign of Four, with the iconic dust-jacket.

£195



London, Heinemann, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 15s.

A very good first edition of Greene's blackly comic espionage thriller, set amid the vice and squalor of pre-revolutionary Havana.

£195


his travels and perils
London, S.O. Beeton, n.d. [1865/66].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth, gilt tooled spine.

The rare true first edition in book form of this adventure tale, serialised previously in Boys Own in 1865. Ward Lock took over Beeton in 1866 and republished the title that year under their own imprint.

£150



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.

£325



London, Constable, 1931.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth lettered in white. Dust-jacket, priced 2s.6d.

A first-class mystery... a story of dark doings, with a pleasant background of East coast life... (Daily Telegraph). Attractive jacket artwork, and a scarce first edition, here in a slightly later issue jacket.

Detective Fiction

Krymov (Vladimir) Count Azar

£225


A Cracksman Novel
London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1938.

First edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 3s 6d.

Russian aristocrat exile turns to crime in America, and elsewhere.

£150



London, Jonathan Cape, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 13s.6d.

A very good first edition of this murder mystery, featuring series character Miss Hogg and her faithful chum Milly Brown, and a lost manuscript by Emily Brontë... Austin Lee was a prolific author, also writing under the pseudonyms John Austwick and Julian Callender.

£185



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1935.

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

The last espionage novel by this prolific author who famously enjoyed the high-life. A rousing tale of the quest for world peace via the machinations of Italian Fascism.

£375

A Romance of the Soul London &c., Cassell, 1912. First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. A solid first edition copy of this occult tale by Australian author Rosa Praed, underlined eventually by the reformative qualities of Christianity.

£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.

£150



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1940.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8/3.

Great jacket artwork on this first edition, a story of love, passion, water rights and handsome cabelleros, set amongst the pampas of northern Argentina. Presented from the author to his wife at the time of publication.

£195



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.

£750



London, George Routledge, 1887.

8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

A rare, very good example of this sixpence "pulp" edition of Verne's SciFi classic.

£350


and other Fantasies and Stories
London, Francis Griffiths, 1901.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth.

An uncommon collection of short stories by a relatively obscure imprint, many of a magical or mysterious bent; the title tale is one of a dual existence, topical today perhaps given the talk of an avatar driven metaverse...

£295



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1934.

First edition, reprint. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, with price sticker 2/6.

A darn decent copy of this difficult title to find in a contemporary jacket.