Collins Crime Club

Collins Crime Club first editions and other rare books published for the Collins Crime Club series. Including works by Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Hulbert Footner and Anthony Gilbert.

£225



London, Collins Crime Club, 1937.

First edition. 8vo. Rebound in full orange buckram.

A handsomely rebound edition of Christie's crime classic.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1951.

First UK edition, first impression. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket.

The Cape Code town of Quanomet us in fervent due to a stupendous pageant of American history taking place. Attractive jacket artwork.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1944.

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

Jocular Ellie McKay, of the Yard, and his book-selling friend Gilkison, happen in on the murder of a cussed old codger, bibliomaniac Hatt Baildon.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1968.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

The first UK edition of the author's third "cat" murder-mysteries.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1956.

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

Classic Hercule Poirot murder mystery, which sees the Belgian detective partnering the crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (who bears a certain resemblance to Agatha Christie).

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket.

A nice first edition of this Hercule Poirot title, featuring five cases set in an English country house at Christmas time.

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1960.

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

A solid first edition of this Hercule Poirot title, featuring five cases set in an English country house at Christmas time.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1962.

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

An appealing first edition of this Miss Marple staple.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1955.

8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6s.

Attractive jacketed edition of this murder-mystery with supernatural elements.

£225



London, Collins Crime Club, [1939].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

An automobile accident strands Nero Wolfe and Archie in the middle of a private pasture - and a family feud over a prize bull.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1951.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket, no price.

Uncommon and attractive UK edition of this legal crime thriller by Tillett.

£425



London, Collins Crime Club, 1943.

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

The first edition of an intense psychological thriller from the author of The Lady Vanishes.

£395



London, Collins Crime Club, [1939].

First UK edition. Ex-Library. 8vo. Original burgundy cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s6d.

Cool jacket artwork, depicting a man with a red briefcase hastening up some steps with the number '9', but not the story of a Chancellor of the Exchequer in panic, instead a departure from the crime fiction Blochman was more well-known for, into the murky world of espionage.

£750

First edition, in early (1928) jacket.
London. Collins, 1924
Author’s debut novel and the first to feature Colonel Gore. This and other books in the series are noted for their intricate plots.

£295



London, Collins Crime Club, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 10s6d.

Architecture + murder = classic stuff.

War, Invasion & Spy

Cheyney (Peter) Dark Duet

£250



London, Collins Crime Club, 1942.

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

A lovely first edition of this spy thriller novel by Cheyney. Two British counter-intelligence officers track a network of German agents which they learn is based out of Dublin.

£185



London, Collins Crime Club, 1953.

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

A poisoned nursery rhyme leads detective Miss Marple to untangle a web of deceit and murder within a wealthy family, uncovering dark secrets along the way.

£60



London, Collins Crime Club, 1952.

8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6s.

Attractive edition of this murder-mystery with supernatural elements.

£325



London, Collins Crime Club, June 1932.

First edition, second impression. 8vo. Original dark cloth.

A group of friends known as the Tuesday Night Club gathers together regularly to share and solve mysterious cases. Each member takes turns presenting a baffling puzzle or crime for the others to unravel. Miss Marple, a seemingly frail and unassuming elderly lady, surprises everyone with her keen observation skills and sharp intuition as she uncovers the truth behind each enigma...

£225



London, Collins Crime Club, 1951.

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

A very good first edition of this tale of international intrigue and deadly peril.

£225



London, Collins Crime Club, 1951.

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

A very good first edition of this tale of international intrigue and deadly peril.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1945.

First edition, third impression. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 4s6

Mrs Warrander uncovers the truth behind a murder during an undergraduates' dance.

£325



London, Collins Crime Club, 1942.

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

A compelling murder mystery set amongst the old sugar plantations of Louisiana. Uncommon.

£575



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!

£1,450

First edition. London. Collins, 1927 ‘[a] swift-moving thriller...gives 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.

£180


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:

£295


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.

£195



London, Collins Crime Club, 1944.

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

An uncommon '40s title, in better condition than normally found.

£75



London, Collins Crime Club, 1970.

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

Collins proofs are distinctly uncommon.

£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.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1946.

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

An uncommon first edition in the jacket; a government official's investigations into an engineering company's failing business leads to murder...

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1946.

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

A fascinating mystery set against a backdrop of the beautiful Fell country of Lunesdale in Lancashire.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1948.

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

An interesting collaboration, recounting the misadventures of a Jekyll & Hyde New York socialite.

£75



London, Collins Crime Club, 1965.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. Dust-jacket, priced 16s.

The first UK edition of this example of US hardboiled 'tec fiction, featuring recurring protagonist Lew Archer.

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1945.

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

The first edition of the Scottish author's first novel, featuring former CID detective David Stanners. Uncommon in the jacket.

£275

First edition, second impression first month as first state April 1935.
London. Collins, 1935
Stephen Maddock was a pseudonym used by prolific adventure and crime fiction writer JT Walsh born 1897 to 1952. He had two main series characters under this name: Inspector Slane and Timothy Terrel, the latter of whom appears in Conspirators in Capri. Very scarce in a jacket.

Detective Fiction

Marsh (Ngaio) Colour Scheme

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1943.

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

A murder mystery, set in a thermal spa in the author's home country New Zealand.

£600



London, Collins Crime Club, 1940.

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

An uncommon first edition, featuring Marsh's series character Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard.

£675

London, Collins Crime Club, 1939. First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth lettered in black. Dust-jacket, without price (Colonial issue?) A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone, and a scarce first edition in the original jacket. This is the eighth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and the third novel in which Alleyn's love interest, the painter Agatha Troy features, hastening the imminent departure of Nigel Bathgate (Alleyn's "Watson").

£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.

£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.