16527
ALLINGHAM, Margery.
Hide My Eyes.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1958. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims spotted, o/w good in good price-clipped dustjacket with some closed tears.
$40
20067
ALLINGHAM, Margery.
Mr Campion's Clowns.
An Allingham Omnibus.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1967. First edition. Hardcover. A few faint spots on bottom edge, faint off-setting on rear endpaper, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket with slight rubbing on rear panel and a little worn at extremities.
Contains the novels: "Mystery Mile", "Coroner's Pidgin", & "More Work for the Undertaker".With a warm and informative memoir by the author's husband, Philip Youngman Carter, who also supplied the striking jacket for the book.
$90
14815
AMBLER, Eric.
The Night-Comers.
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London, William Heinemann 1956. First edition. Hardcover. Edges slightly spotted, o/w very good in good dustjacket with small repairs at head and tail.
$18
21295
BLACKWOOD, Algernon.
John Silence:
Physician Extraordinary.
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London, Eveleigh Nash 1908. First edition. Hardcover. Original rust-red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, with a gilt swastika on the bottom corner of the front cover. Edges and endpapers foxed, as well as some early and late pages, a few small tears at head and tail of the spine repairs, missing fly-leaf professionally (and imperceptibly) restored, o/w good in a protective archival jacket.
One of the author's highlights, along with "The Empty House" (1906) and "Strange Stories" (1929), and very scarce in the British first edition. A series of stories about a occult investigator, which Blackwood had originally planned as essays about his own psychic experiences, but fictionalised at his publisher's behest. In essence John Silence is Blackwood, and it is Blackwood's intense involvement with his fiction that makes it all so real and thus more terrifying. This copy lacks the 31 page ad catalogue found in some copies of the first edition.
$350
16512
BLATTY, William Peter.
Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane.
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London, Futura 1975. First edition.Paperback original. Edges slightly browned, o/w very good in protective glassine cover.
$15
24816
BUCHAN, John.
The Free Fishers.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1936. Reprint (two years after the first). Hardcover. Some light foxing on the endpapers, missing fly-leaf professionally restored, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears, a small triangular chip restored on the back panel, and a couple of brighter circles on the jacket where Australian price stickers have been removed, revealing the 3/6 UK price.
In a handsomely illustrated 'Yellow Jacket'.
$55
12879
BUCHAN, John.
Sick Heart River.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1941. First edition. Hardcover. A little flecking of the green cloth spine, neat ownership signature on the corner of the front paste-down, o/w fine in good dustjacket with some small professionally closed tears and a few restored chips (the largest being a fingernail size one at the head of the spine, just affecting the top of the letter "s" in the title).
An Edward Leithen thriller set in the Canadian North, the last book Buchan completed before his death, in an evocative jacket illustrated by Bip Pares.
$85
12397
BURNETT, W.R.
The Asphalt Jungle.
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London, Macdonald 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and a fingernail-size chip restored near the top of the spine (not affecting lettering).
By the author of "Little Caesar". This novel was made into a classic movie of the same name, directed by John Huston, and one of the first films to show a "caper" from the criminal's viewpoint. The UK edition (evocatively illustrated by Stein) is much less common than the US edition.
$350
24578
BURNETT, W.R.
Romelle.
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London, William Heinemann 1947. First edition. Hardcover. Bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a couple small closed tears and a little rubbing at the extremities.
A novel of the American underworld, with a female protagonist. The UK edition is less common than its US counterpart.
$75
13502
CAIN, James M.
Galatea.
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London, Robert Hale 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims spotted, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket with small repairs to head and tail.
The UK edition is considerably less common than its US counterpart.
$75
13424
CAIN, James M.
The Magician's Wife.
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London, Robert Hale 1966. First edition. Hardcover. Very good in like dustjacket.
$50
17085
CAIN, James M.
The Moth.
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London, Robert Hale (1950) First UK edition (from the Australian sheets). Hardcover. Edges and prelims slightly spotted, ownership inscription on fly-leaf, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a few closed tears, small repairs to head and tail of spine and rubbing on rear panel.
An interesting copy, bibliographically. The inscription is dated 12.12.'49. Hubin's bibliography of crime fiction states that the US edition was published in 1948, the UK edition in 1950. No mention is made of an Australian edition (not unusual, since the concentration is on London and New York). However, in the case of "The Moth", both UK and Australian editions were published by Robert Hale, and both were printed in Australia by Holland & Stephenson in Sydney. The Australian edition clearly states "First published in Australia in 1949" on the copyright page. The dustjacket carries no price notation. The British issue states "First published in Great Britain", but is undated. Its dustjacket carries a price of 10s.6d.net. This particular copy is possibly one of the British copies which somehow got mixed with the Australian ones, and missed the boat in late 1949. The British copies would not have arrived in the UK until early 1950, which explains Hubin's date. The Australian editions would have preceded the British ones, therefore, by a couple months. The interesting feature of this is the printing reversal; up until the mid-sixties many of Australia's books were printed in England and sent out here, often in slightly different forms. The opposite practice is quite uncommon.
$85
17086
CAIN, James M.
The Moth.
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London, Robert Hale 1949. First Australian edition. Hardcover. Edges and outer part of endpapers slightly foxed, bookseller's label on the bottom edge of the front paste-down, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and minor repairs.
Precedes the UK edition. The two editions share the same attractive dustjacket artwork, quite different to that used on the US edition. The black, white and green illustration is signed "CWB", Cecil W. Bacon, an English artist who produced many posters and dustjackets, including quite a few of the latter for crime fiction published in England in the 1940s and 1950s.
$125
20082
CAIN, James M.
Serenade.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1938. Second impression. Hardcover. Edges and prelims foxed, endpapers less so, bookseller's label on front paste-down, very small ownership inscription (from the year of publication) on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with slight foxing, rubbing and wear mainly on rear panel, slightly worn at head and tail of spine.
Cain's second novel, filmed in 1956. The US first comes in 3 variant dustjackets (same design, different colours), all quite different to this UK jacket, which has a black background, with pink and white lettering and illustrations of musical instruments, signed "Aufseeser" at the bottom corner.
$100
12549
CARR, John Dickson.
The Dead Man's Knock.
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London, Hamish Hamilton 1958. First edition. Hardcover. Small ownership signature on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears, slight soiling and a thumb-nail size stain on rear panel.
A Dr. Fell detective novel, in a Biro-designed dustjacket.
$150
24790
CHANDLER, Raymond.
The Little Sister.
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London, Hamish Hamilton 1949. First edition (precedes the US edition). Hardcover. Orange/pink cloth uniformly mottled and lightly faded on the spine, though the gilt lettering is still strong and clear, all natural aging with this edition (not exposure damage), top edge very slightly foxed, o/w very good in good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears and small professionally restored chips, with some non-acidic archival tape removed from the verso of the jacket, and one strip of the same sound and almost undetectable tape left on the outside of the jacket at the front fold.
An attractive and presentable copy (though not in truly 'collectible' condition), in the handsome jacket signed CWB (Cecil W. Bacon, 1905-1992, a British illustrator who did some fine jackets for crime novels, notably the British first of Chandler's ""A Simple Art of Murder"").
$450
16179
CHESTERTON, G.K.
The Innocence of Father Brown.
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London, Cassell & Co. 1912. Second printing, less than a year after the first. Hardcover. Original dark-red cloth, spine and front cover gilt. Endpapers and prelims slightly foxed, some occassional light foxing through the text, front hinge strengthened with archival tissue, contemporary inscription on the corner of the fly-leaf, spine cloth slightly mottled, o/w good in an added archival jacket.
With eight splendid full-page plates by Sydney Seymour Lucas (the American edition has 7 plates by Will Foster). A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, and the first of five Father Brown books.
$150
24904
CHILDERS, Robert Erskine.
The Riddle of the Sands.
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London, Blackie 1961. First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a touch of rubbing along the top edge.
Illustrated in b/w by Peter Dunbar, with a colour jacket by Faith Jaques. A handsome (and unabridged) edition of a maritime suspense classic. In the publisher's Chosen Books series.
$30
26567
CHRISTIE, Agatha.
Ten Little Niggers.
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London, Collins The Crime Club 1941. Third printing (April, 1941--the first was in November 1939, the second in January 1941). Hardcover. Original orange cloth, spine lettered in black. Lacks dustjacket. Edges very slightly foxed, a little spotted mottling of the cloth, mainly on the back panel, spine background a little faded, o/w very good in an added archival jacket.
One of the author's mystery highlights, and certainly the most controversially titled. An early printing in clean square shape, with no tears or wear.
$200
20999
CLEARY, Jon.
The Phoenix Tree.
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London, Collins 1984. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
A novel about spies, set in Japan during the closing months of WWII.
$14
12881
CONDON, Richard.
Prizzi's Honour.
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London, Michael Joseph 1982. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge faintly soiled, o/w fine in fine dustjacket.
Made into a movie of the same name, starring Jack Nickolson and Kathleen Turner.
$17
21412
CREASEY, John.
The Missing Monoplane.
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London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co., (1947). First edition. Hardcover. Very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears and light wear at the extremities.
A boy's adventure novel set in India and the Himalayas. Profusely illustrated in b/w by "Galg".
$20
13285
CRICHTON, Michael.
The Terminal Man.
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New York, Alfred A. Knopf 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Signature on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with light stain at head and tail of spine and slight rubbing on white background.
$18
16054
CRUMLEY, James.
The Last Good Kiss.
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New York, Random House 1978. First edition. Hardcover. Small remainder mark (Random House logo) on top edge where there is a small area of light foxing, o/w very fine in very fine dustjacket.
$75
14733
CUSSLER, Clive.
Vixen 03.
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New York, The Viking Press 1978. First edition. Hardcover. Edges very slightly spotted, o/w fine in good dustjacket with a small repair to centre of front cover and a couple inch wide stain on the front dustjacket flap, showing more on the verso than the recto.
$18
25507
DAVIES, Robertson.
Murther & Walking Spirits.
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London, Sinclair-Stevenson 1991. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket.
$15
17018
DEIGHTON, Len.
Close-Up.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1972. First edition. Hardcover. A few spots of foxing on the fore-edge, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
$15
17023
DEIGHTON, Len.
SS-GB :
Nazi-Occupied Britain 1941.
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New York, Alfred A. Knopf 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Random House remainder mark on bottom edge, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
One of Deighton's best novels, an alternate-world convincingly portrayed.
$15
11848
DEXTER, Pete.
God's Pocket.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Page edges slightly browned, o/w fine in fine dustjacket with the top edges of the flaps a little foxed, and a small stain line at the head of the spine (showing only on the verso).
First novel by the author who won the National Book Award in 1988 for "Paris Trout".
$45
22077
DIBDIN, Michael.
The Last Sherlock Holmes Story.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1978. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket with just a touch of fading on the spine (affecting neither lettering nor illustration).
British crime writer's controversial first novel, a wonderfully imaginative confrontation between the famous sleuth and Jack the Ripper. The UK edition is quite scarce and enhanced by an evocative wrap-around jacket design by British artist, Tom Adams. This copy's jacket bears the price of 3.95 pounds, rather than the 4.95 pound sticker found on later issues.
$300
12129
DICKEY, James.
Deliverance.
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London, Hamish Hamilton 1970. First edition. Hardcover. Faint foxing on fore and bottom edges, o/w fine in fine price-clipped dustjacket.
Poet's first novel, a survival thriller. The dustjacket design of the UK edition is different to the US, but equally striking.
$40
14884
DODGE, David.
The Lights of Skaro.
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London, Michael Joseph 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers lightly spotted, offsetting on endpapers, ownership signature on fly-leaf, o/w very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket with spotting on rear panel.
By the author of "To Catch a Thief". The UK edition is considerably scarcer than the US counterpart.
$45
22444
DOYLE, Arthur Conan (compiled and with an introduction by John Michael Gibson and Richard Lancelyn Green).
Uncollected Stories.
The Unknown Conan Doyle.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1982. First edition. Hardcover. Bookseller's label on the front paste-down and a neat ownership signature on the top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a couple neat professionally closed tears.
A collection which brings together 33 stories by Doyle, 10 of them never identified before as those of the author.
$45
27211
DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan.
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories (&) Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Long Stories.
Two volumes complete.
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London, John Murray/ John Murray & Jonathan Cape 1971/1973. Reprints. Hardcover. Edges slightly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
A handsome well-bound pair containing all of Holmes, in a easily readable format.
$55
26457
EBERHART, Mignon G.
Five of My Best.
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London, Hammond, Hammond & Co., 1950. Second printing. Hardcover. Some offsetting to endpapers, o/w very good in like dustjacket (price-clipped, with small sticker with Australian price added to flap), with a few tiny closed tears.
A scarce edition of five short mystery novels: Bermuda Grapevine, Deadly is the Diamond, Murder Goes to Market, Strangers in Flight, & Express to Danger. In a jacket designed by Stein.
$75
13274
ELLROY, James.
The Big Nowhere.
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New York, The Mysterious Press 1988. First edition. Hardcover. Very fine in like dustjacket.
$40
11179
ENGEL, Howard.
The Suicide Murders.
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Toronto/Vancouver, Clarke, Irwin & Co. 1980. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in fine dustjacket with one closed tear.
Author's first novel, and the first Cooperman mystery.
$40
16662
FAGYAS, M.
The Devil's Lieutenant.
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London, Anthony Blond 1970. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge spotted, o/w fine in fine dustjacket designed by Barbossa.
An interesting crime novel set during the last days ot the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
$12
14532
FALKIRK, Richard (pseudonym of Derek Lambert).
Beau Blackstone.
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London, Eyre Methuen 1973. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge slightly spotted, faint erasure mark on corner of fly-leaf, o/w fine in fine dustjacket.
The third adventure of the Bow Street Runner, good historical fiction.
$18
20447
FAULKNER, William.
Intruder in the Dust.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1949. First edition. Hardcover. Edges slightly foxed, top edge with some additional spotting, bookseller's label on bottom of front paste-down, tiny (quarter inch) round paper repair to corner of fly-leaf, some offsetting to endpapers, o/w very good in good/fair price-clipped dustjacket with some small closed tears and many tiny repairs to insect damaged paper. Overall a still presentable copy.
A novel which "can be read as a detective story, a humorous idyll, an outraged exhortation to Southern society, a parable of modern life." A work published the year before Faulkner won the Nobel Prize.
$85
15964
FEARING, Kenneth.
The Big Clock.
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London/Sydney, The Bodley Head/Australasian Publishing 1947. First Australian edition. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers lightly foxed, light off-setting to endpapers, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a 1" repair at top corner of front panel, a few closed tears, rubbing and wear at extremities.
A classic mystery. Made into a Paramount film in 1947 with Charles Laughton and Ray Millard.
$100
21085
FINNEY, Jack.
From Time to Time.
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New York, Simon & Schuster 1995. First edition. Hardcover. Remainder dot on bottom edge, o/w very fine in like dustjacket.
Sequel to "Time and Again".
$15
12345
FINNEY, Jack.
Time and Again.
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London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1980. First edition. Hardcover. Bookseller's tiny label on the front paste-down, o/w fine in fine price-clipped dustjacket just a little darkened at the spine.
Illustrated with b/w photographs. A classic time-travel novel set in New York in the 1880s.
$85
16652
FOLLETT, Ken.
Triple.
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London, Macdonald General Books 1979. First edition. Endpapers slightly foxed, o/w fine in fine dustjacket.
Author's second novel under his own name.
$15
24789
FRANCIS, Dick.
For Kicks.
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New York, Harper & Row 1965. First edition. Hardcover. A very tiny tear at the foot of the spine cloth professionally (and undetectably) repaired, o/w fine in good dustjacket with some small closed tears and wear at the extremities, one long closed tear (4 inches) on the front panel, and a restored piece (3 inches by 1) on the top of the back panel. All repairs done professionally, making the jacket clean and presentable (not truly 'collectible' condition, though the unfaded spine and unclipped front flap are points in its favour).
The third novel by Francis, a story about a young Australian horseman brought to England to be an "insider" in detecting a equine drugging scam. In a handsome Frederick Banbery jacket.
$150
15786
FRANCIS, Dick.
Twice Shy.
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London, Michael Joseph 1981. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket with a price-sticker mark on the front flap.
$12
16645
FRANCIS, Dick.
Whip Hand.
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London, Michael Joseph 1979. First edition. Top edge slightly spotted, faint erasure mark on fly-leaf, o/w fine in fine dustjacket.
Winner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for fiction.
$15
23793
FRANCIS, Dick.
Whip Hand.
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London, Michael Joseph 1979. First edition. Signed (inscribed) by the author. Hardcover. A touch of foxing on the edges, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Boldly and warmly inscribed by Francis on the fly-leaf to an Australian barrister, "Bill, Very best wishes from Miss P. & me! Christmas 1979". With a London House for Overseas Graduates compliments slip laid in, signed by the the Fellowship Secretary, possibly the intriguing Miss P.
$75
16464
GARDNER, John.
Licence Renewed.
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London, Jonathan Cape/Hodder & Stoughton 1981. First edition. Edges very slightly foxed, o/w fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears and light rubbing.
First "James Bond" novel by Gardner.
$20
27187
GODFREY, Thomas (editor).
Murder for Christmas.
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London, Michael O'Mara Books 1987. Reprint. Edges lightly browned, otherwise very good in like dustjacket.
A collection of twenty-five stories by various authors, including Woody Allen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ngaio Marsh, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dorothy L.Sayers. Edited and with an introduction by Thomas F. Godfrey. Illustrated with b/w drawings by Gahan Wilson.
$15
13431
GOLDMAN, William.
Magic.
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New York, Delacorte Press 1976. First edition. Light foxing on fore-edge, o/w fine in like dustjacket with a few tiny closed tears.
$20
10624
GRAFTON, Sue.
I Is For Innocent.
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London, Macmillan 1992. First edition. Spine slightly canted, o/w very fine in like dustjacket.
$20
13538
GREENE, Graham.
The Honorary Consul.
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London, The Bodley Head 1973. First edition. Fore and bottom edges and endpapers slightly spotted, o/w very good in very good dustjacket with some wear at the edges.
$20
16672
GREENE, Graham.
The Human Factor.
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Sydney, The Bodley Head in Australia 1978. First Australian edition. Edges slightly spotted, o/w very good in very good dustjacket slightly browned on the spine and top edge.
$15
15914
GREENE, Graham.
Our Man in Havana.
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London, Heinemann 1958. First edition. Hardcover. Fore and bottom edges noticeably foxed, bookseller's label on front paste-down, small ownership signature on fly-leaf, o/w good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and foxing on back panel.
$40
20645
GREENE, Graham.
Triple Pursuit.
A Graham Greene Omnibus.
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New York, Viking Press 1971. First edition thus. Hardcover. A few spots of foxing on fore-edge, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears, creases and wear mainly at edges, small light pink stain on front panel.
Three complete books in one volume: "This Gun for Hire", "The Third Man", "Our Man in Havana". A well-bound handsome edition.
$50
11664
GROGAN, Emmett.
Ringolevio:
A Life Played for Keeps.
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London, Heinemann 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Edges slightly spotted, o/w very good in very good dustjacket with a few closed tears.
"Ringolevio" is a violent New York street game; this book is an autobiography set in the American underground. Illustrated with photographs. The UK edition precedes the US by six years.
$60
21223
GRUBB, Davis.
The Night of the Hunter.
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New York, Harper & Brothers 1953. First edition. Hardcover. Very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a couple small repairs to the head and tail of the spine (not affecting lettering).
Author's first book, filmed memorably in 1955, directed by Charles Laughton.
$150
11292
GRUBB, Davis.
The Watchman.
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London, Michael Joseph 1962. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims foxed, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a few small closed tears, light foxing on the rear panel, and half inch repair at the head of the spine (not affecting any lettering).
A book that has been described as "part mystery, a Western, a Gothic, a folk novel, and a Southern novel". In a graffic jacket design by Geoffrey Hart.
$45
16698
HALL, Adam.
The Sinkiang Executive.
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London, Collins 1978. First edition. Edges slightly marked, stains on edges of free endpapers, library stamp on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
The seventh "Quiller" novel. The stamp on the fly-leaf is from the R.A.F. base library at Abingdon, England, so is not out of place in an aeronautical thriller.
$20
16723
HALL, James.
Bones of Coral.
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London, Heinemann 1991. First edition.
Fine in fine dustjacket.
$15
14763
HANSEN, Joseph.
Gravedigger.
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New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1982. First edition. Fine in very good dustjacket.
A "David Brandstetter" mystery.
$20
13104
HARRIS, Robert.
Fatherland.
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London, Hutchinson 1992. First edition. Hardcover. Spine slightly canted, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
British journalist/historian's first novel, a tour-de-force alternative universe story set in Berlin in 1964, with Hitler and the Nazi super-state still alive.
$100
23279
HAYES, Joseph.
The Desperate Hours.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1954. First edition. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, with a bookseller's small stamp on the bottom hinge corner of the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a small (fingernail-size) price-sticker abrasion on the top corner of the front panel.
The author's first novel, in a rather striking (uncredited) jacket design. Filmed in 1955 with Bogart and Frederic March in lead roles.
$20
16705
HIGGINS, George V.
The Digger's Game.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1973. First edition. Good in good dustjacket.
$15
14004
HIGGINS, George V.
Penance for Jerry Kennedy.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1985. First edition. Handsome bookplate on front paste-down, o/w fine in fine dustjacket slightly darkened on the spine.
$15
25388
HIGHSMITH, Patricia.
The Glass Cell.
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London, Heinemann 1965. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims a little foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small restored pieces (the largest being less than half inch long).
In a jacket designed by M. Mohan.
$75
16706
HIGHSMITH, Patricia.
Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes.
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London, Bloomsbury 1987. First edition. Top edge slightly foxed, o/w very fine in like dustjacket.
$20
11717
HILL, R. Lance.
Nails.
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London, Souvenir Press 1975. First edition. A few faint blemishs on the rear endpapers, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Canadian thriller writer's first book. This British edition has an illustrated dustjacket, quite different to the rather plain Canadian edition published the previous year.
$15
26604
HILL, Reginald (writing as Patrick RUELL).
Urn Burial.
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London, Hutchinson 1975. First edition. Hardcover. Edges slightly foxed, with a little foxing and offsetting to the endpapers, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
Author's fourth novel under this name, a crime story set amid the Bronze Age and Roman ruins of remote Cumberland.
$60
10622
HIMES, Chester.
Blind Man With a Pistol.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1969. First edition. Hardcover. A few tiny indentations at the bottom corner of the front paste-down, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Laid in is an interesting typewritten letter which appears to be from the British publishers. It mentions the book's release date and the fact that Himes will be in London at the time, as well as giving a short biography and assessment of him. Attached to the letter is an earlier article on Himes, from the Sunday Times, dated 5.5.68.
$150
16717
HIMES, Chester.
The Heat's On.
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London, Frederick Muller 1966. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims spotted, corner of fly-leaf professionally restored, o/w good in good dustjacket with a few closed tears.
A Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones novel. The first British edition is less common than its American counterpart and the Alison & Busby reprint.
$50
13937
HOUSEHOLD, Geoffrey.
The Europe That Was.
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New York, St.Martin's Press 1979. First edition. Top edge very faintly spotted, o/w fine in fine dustjacket with a very small closed tear on rear flap.
A collection of short stories.
$20
26518
HUME, Fergus.
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
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New York, G.W. Dillingham (1910). Reprint. Hardcover. Original light-tan cloth, spine lettered in dark-brown, front lettered and decorated in the same. Some light soiling, and some wear at the head and tail of the spine professionally repaired, a handsome period bookplate on the front paste-down, o/w good in an added archival jacket.
Early hardcovers of Hume's masterpiece are rather uncommon.
$100
27746
HUNTER, Stephen.
The Master Sniper.
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London, Heinemann 1980. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
American thriller writer's first book, and still one of his highlights. A fine, collectible copy of the British first.
$100
16729
INNES, Hammond.
The Mary Deare.
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London, Collins 1956. First edition. A few spots on edges, o/w very good in very good dustjacket with slight soiling on rear panel.
Author's most famous novel, filmed in 1959 as "The Wreck of the Mary Deare", with a script written by Eric Ambler.
$15
27126
JAMES, P.D.
Cover Her Face.
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London, Penguin Books 1989. First paperback edition. Signed by the author on the title-page, dated 19/11/92. Fine in an added archival jacket.
$50
21362
JAMES, P.D.
Original Sin.
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London, Faber & Faber 1994. Second printing. Fine in like dustjacket.
$15
28473
KANE, Harry.
Edge of Panic.
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London, T.V. Boardman 1951. First edition. Hardcover. A touch of offsetting on the endpapers, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a little rubbing at the extremities and a few small professionally closed tears.
American-born Kane was a prolific author of the hard-boiled school in the post-pulp era, known for a somewhat eccentric prose style, alternating staccato dialogue with some florid, wacky descriptive passages. Kane's first book, "A Halo for Nobody" was published in 1947, and though he was well served by his American publisher, Simon & Schuster, who published his first four books in hardcover, he soon found himself relegated to the paperback publishers (Avon, Lancer, Belmont etc.) in the U.S., while in the UK he continued to be published in hardcover by Boardman for a time, with the brilliant illustrator Denis McLoughlin providing jackets with great period artwork.
$125
16479
KANE, Henry.
Run for Doom.
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London, T.V. Boardman & Co 1960. First edition Hardcover. A few spots of foxing on edges, off-setting and a bit of foxing to endpapers, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears, wear at extremities and a little rubbed at the top of the spine.
In a vibrant McLoughlin dustjacket. Bloodhound Mystery No. 302.
$150
13288
KEATING, H.R.F.
Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His World.
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New York, Charles Scribner's Sons 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Small quarto. Fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated.
$20
23251
KEELER, Harry Stephen.
Thieves' Nights.
The Chronicles of Delancey, King of Thieves.
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London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1931. First edition (or early reprint). Hardcover. Edges and endpapers just slightly foxed, with a half dozen pages early and late more so, o/w very good in good dustjacket with some wear at the extremities and a few closed tears and restored chips ( the tops of two letters in "Thieves" affected), as well as a fingernail restored piece at the lower part of the spine, where the price was excised early on, and a small round bookseller's label is attached to the bottom right corner of the front panel.
A scarce mystery novel by this American thriller writer, in a striking uncredited jacket featuring a front panel with green eyes in a black background, and the title/author credits set in a net of coiled ropes.
$75
14851
KEMELMAN, Harry.
Tuesday The Rabbi Saw Red.
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London, Hutchinson 1974. First edition. Edges slightly foxed, o/w very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket.
$20
13908
KEMELMAN, Harry.
Wednesday The Rabbi Got Wet.
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Richmond, Victoria, Hutchinson of Australia 1976. First edition. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with slight wear at extremities.
$15
16749
KENNEDY, William.
Billy Phelan's Greatest Game.
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New York, Viking 1978. First edition. Hardcover. Edges lightly spotted, endpapers faintly so, o/w very good in like dustjacket slightly rubbed and worn at extremities, with a few tiny closed tears at the head of the spine.
By the author of "Legs" and "Ironweed" (Pulitzer Prize). Published 6 years later in the UK, and only in paperback.
$40
14565
KENNEDY, William.
The Ink Truck.
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New York, Viking 1984. Second edition. Fine in fine price-clipped dustjacket.
Author's first novel.
$20
10473
KENNEDY, William.
Legs.
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New York, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 1975. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge faintly foxed, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a few closed tears, small repairs at the head and tail of the spine, and some light soiling.
A novel of the twenties based on the life of the legendary gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond, by the author who won a Pulitzer Prize for "Ironweed".
$40
23810
KIRST, Han Hellmut.
A Time of Scandal.
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London, Collins 1973. First edition. Hardcover. Top and fore edges a little foxed, some light offsetting to the endpapers, a neat ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
A crime/suspense novel set in Munich before the Olympic Games. Translated by J. Maxwell Brownjohn.
$40
13258
LAMBERT, Gavin (editor).
The Dangerous Edge.
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New York, Grossman Publishers 1976. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge slightly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears.
Perceptive essays on Wilkie Collins, A. Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, John Buchan, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, George Simenon, Raymond Chandler, and Alfred Hitchcock.
$15
26040
LATIMER, Jonathan.
Sinners & Shrouds.
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London, Methuen 1956. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a few small closed tears and a couple small restored chips (quarter inch in size) at the head of the spine (not affectiing lettering) and a smaller chip at the tail.
In a one of the wonderful pictorial jackets which Pat Marriot created for most of the British editions of this American crime writer.
$60
21124
LEONARD, Elmore.
Dutch Treat.
3 novels.
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New York, Arbor House (1985). First edition, Uncorrected Proof copy. Signed by the author. Very good in slightly rubbed wrappers in a protective archival jacket.
Though the title-page notes an introduction by George F. Will, it obviously wasn't ready for the proof and isn't included here. The three novels are: "Mr Majestyk", "Swag", and "The Hunted". The publication month of December is crossed out on the cover, and November written in. Though 1977 is noted on the copyright page, that date refers to publication of one of the included novels, not the date of this collection which was published in 1985.
$75
26292
LUDLUM, Robert.
The Ludlum Triad:
The Holcroft Covenant, The Matarese Circle, & The Bourne Identity.
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London, Grafton 1989. First edition thus. Hardcover. Top slightly foxed, other edges a little toned, small ownership signature on the top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
An early and attractively bound Ludllum omnibus, published years before such publications became ubiquitous and poorly done. With a 6 page informative introduction by the author, for this edition.
$50
21212
McCLURE, James.
The Steam Pig.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1972. Second printing. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
A very clean copy of the "Golden Dagger" award-winning novel, the first to feature the South African detective team of Kramer and Zondi.
$40
26309
MACDONALD, Gregory.
Fletch.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1976. First edition. Hardcover. Previous owner's signature on the back endpaper, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
The first Fletch novel of what was to become an entertaining spoof detective series, featuring the multi-layered Irwin Fletcher. Filmed with a light touch rather successfully in 1986 with Chevy Chase as Fletch. Scarce in both US and UK editions. Macdonald won the Edgar for Best First Mystery for this title.
$150
26240
MACDONALD, John.
The Best of Travis McGee:
Darker Than Amber, The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper, & Dress Her in Indigo.
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London, Robert Hale 1985. First UK (and first hardcover) edition. Hardcover. Top and fore edge just slightly tanned, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
The first McGee omnibus, a handsome and well-bound edition.
$115
26281
MACDONALD, John D.
Cinnamon Skin.
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London, Collins 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Page edges slightly tanned, remainder star on the bottom edge, ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w fine in like dustjacket (export variant, without price).
The 20th Travis McGee adventure.
$18
11863
MACDONALD, John Ross.
Find A Victim.
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London, Cassell 1955. First edition. Hardcover. Bookseller's ticket on bottom of fly-leaf, o/w very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears and slight rubbing along the edges.
Cassell's "Crime Connoisseur" books of this period have wonderfully designed dustjackets with the trademark fingerprint on the spine.
$175
20936
MACDONALD, Ross.
The Goodbye Look.
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London, Collins, 1969. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
$40
12155
MANN, Patrick.
Dog Day Afternoon.
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London, Hart-Davis, MacGibbon 1975. First edition. Hardcover. Edges slightly spotted, o/w fine in fine dustjacket.
Novel about two incompetent bank robbers, filmed memorably in 1975 with Al Pacino and Chris Sarandon.
$45
11086
MARTIN, L.W. & LYNRAVN, N.S.
Murder on Mount Capita.
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Sydney, Angus & Robertson 1944. First edition. Edges browned slightly, o/w good in good dustjacket noticeably rubbed, with some professionally restored piece (none affecting illustration or lettering) and a few closed tears.
Australian crime novel, uncommon in jacket.
$50
26311
MONAGHAN, David.
Smiley's Circus:
A Guide to the Secret World of John le Carre.
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London, Orbis 1986. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated with maps and b/w photographs.
$20
21301
MORRISON, Arthur.
The Hole in the Wall.
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London, Methuen 1902. First edition. Hardcover. Original blue-green ribbed cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Some very light foxing on the endpapers and prelims, a few tiny tears at head and tail of the spine professionally repaired, neat presentation inscription from the year of publication on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
Morrison (1863-1945) is today best remembered for his 'realist' tales of East End life in London, collected in "Tales of Mean Streets", and for his novel "A Child of the Jago". However, he wrote a small number of crime novels and short stories as well (well-received, but overshadowed somewhat by the tales of Sherlock Holmes which appeared at the same time). "The Hole in the Wall" is a master work, and rather scarce in the true, British first edition. With a 40 page Methuen ad catalogue (dated August, 1902).
$450
26486
PARKER, Robert B.
Looking for Rachel Wallace.
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Loughton, Essex, UK, Piatkus 1982. First edition. Hardcover. Page edges just slightly toned, o/w very fine in like dustjacket.
A bibliomystery of sorts, which involves publishing, feminism and the cost of fame, one of the best Spenser novels. Rather scarce in the UK edition.
$150
22427
RANKIN, Ian.
Mortal Causes.
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London, Orion 1994. First edition. Hardcover. Very fine in like dustjacket.
An Inspector Rebus novel.
$165
12492
ROSTAND, Robert.
The Killer Elite.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1974. First edition. Hardcover. Top and fore-edge faintly foxed, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a closed tear and slight wear at edges.
Author's first novel. Filmed with James Caan and Robert Duvall 1975.
$60
27667
SIMON, David.
Homicide:
A Year on the Killing Streets.
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Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1991. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a little oxidization on parts of a couple letters on the front panel.
$55
24886
SMITH, Martin (Cruz).
Gypsy in Amber.
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London, Arthur Barker 1975. First edition. Signed (inscribed) by the author Hardcover. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, o/w very good in a good dustjacket with a couple of small professionally closed tears at the head of the spine and a small (inch and a half in diameter) inoffensive stain at the top corner of the back panel, flap price 2.25 net pounds intact.
The author's first book, a crime/horror thriller , in a handsome illustrated black, white and red dustjacket, published years before he become famous as Martin Cruz Smith. This copy is inscribed by the author on the fly-leaf to a friend, ""To George--In memory of Trinity days & other things. Regards, Martin Smith, Manly, Australia 27.1.'79."" A scarce item these days, doubly so nicely inscribed.
$400
12582
SMITH, Wilbur.
Cry Wolf.
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London, Heinemann 1976. First edition. Hardcover. Some very light foxing on the top edge, o/w fine in very good price-clipped (re-priced with sterling sticker by publisher) dustjacket with some light rubbing at the extremities.
A copy clean and square, on good quality paper.
$65
10608
STARRETT, Vincent.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.
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London, Ivor Nicholson & Watson 1934. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers faintly foxed, o/w very good in good/fair dustjacket with some closed tears, rubbing and a couple major professional repairs, one at the head of the spine (no loss of lettering) and a 2 inch one at the bottom corner of the front panel (with the loss of part of the author's surname).
Illustrated.
$150
23254
STOUT, Rex.
Royal Flush:
The Fourth Nero Wolfe Omnibus.
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New York, Viking 1965. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few small (quarter inch) closed tears.
A handsome edition, in a jacket by Bill English, containing two full-length novels, "Fer-de-Lance" and "Murder by the Book" and one threesome "Three Witnesses".
$185
22861
STOUT, Rex.
Some Buried Caesar.
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London, Tom Stacey 1972. First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine in very good dustjacket with green background slightly faded to blue-green along the flap fold-ins.
An early classic Nero Wolfe novel, in an attractive well-bound format, on quality paper.
$100
20519
SYMONS, Julian (commentary).
Tom Adams' Agatha Christie Cover Story.
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Limpsfield, Surrey, UK, Paper Tiger 1981. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. Remainder star on bottom edge, o/w fine in like dustjacket with a couple small professionally closed tears.
Illustrated. Introduction by John Fowles, for whom Adams has designed many beautiful dustjackets, including those on the first editions of "The Collector", "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "The Magus". Adams is also well known for the illustrated covers for Agatha Christie's novels (in Pan paperbacks from 1962 on), over 90 in all. Each colour illustration has an interesting comment by crime writer Julian Symons and Adams himself.
$45
26340
TAYLOR, Andrew.
An Air That Kills.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1994. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket (possibly export issue, without price on the flap).
First in the Lydmouth crime series.
$50
21203
THOMAS, Ross.
Spy in the Vodka. (Published earlier in the US as "The Cold War Swap").
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1967. First edition. Hardcover. Top and fore edges faintly foxed, bookseller's small label on the bottom hinger corner of the front paste-down, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a touch of wear at the extremities.
American spy/crime writer's first book, published in the U.S. as "The Cold War Swap". The snappier-named UK edition sports a grey, yellow and orange jacket, the front panel an illustration of a bissected beaker of vodka entwined with barbed wire.
$150
22936
THOMPSON, Jim.
The Getaway.
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London, W.H. Allen 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, o/w very good in fine dustjacket with three small professionally closed tears.
One of Thompson's highlights, filmed in the same year as the publication of this British first edition, the film directed by Sam Peckinpah, and starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, and Ben Johnson. The first US edition was published earlier, but only in paperback form. This hardcover edition with its attractive illustrated jacket, red spine unfaded, and flap price intact, is now uncommon.
$375
25822
THOMSON, H. Douglas (edits).
The Mystery Book.
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London, William Collins (circa 1935). Reprint. Hardcover. Bookshop label on the front paste-down, a little offsetting of the endpapers, o/w fine in like dustjacket with the spine background a little faded (not affecting lettering)
A huge and well-selected anthology of about 1100 pages, with a b/w frontispiece, b/w vignette drawings of the authors beside a small biographical entry. Stories by H.G. Wells (his novel "The Invisible Man" included, complete), Rohmer, Stoker, A.C.Doyle, Poe, W.W. Jacobs and many others. Uncommon in fine condition.
$50
26392
UPFIELD, Arthur.
The Lake Frome Monster.
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London, William Heinemann 1966. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with just a touch of rubbing on the front and back panels, and two tiny closed tears at the back flap fold-ins.
An unusually bright and clean copy, with no foxing and the spine colours (black, red, and green) unfaded.
$80
27479
UPFIELD, Arthur.
The Mystery of Swordfish Reef.
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London, William Heinemann 1960. First edition. Hardcover. Edges slightly foxed, with a little offsetting to the endpapers from the jacket flaps, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in a good price-clipped dustjacket with some small closed tears and small restored chips, with rubbing at the extremities.
Jacket illustrated by Bill Morden.
$45
11936
VIDAL, Gore (Writing as Edgar BOX).
Death Likes It Hot.
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London, William Heinemann 1955. First edition. Hardcover. Top and fore edges a little foxed, o/w very good in very good dustjacket with a few closed tears and small repairs (unclipped, with sterling price 10s6d net intact).
Vidal wrote three crime novels using this pseudonym.
$65
27553
WENTWORTH, Patricia.
The Brading Collection.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1952. First edition. Hardcover. A little toning to the page edges, o/w fine in very good dustjacket (price intact at 10/6 net) with a little cloth colour transfer to the verso and a mark and some mild wrinkles from a removed bookshop price label on the back panel.
The seventeen Miss Silver mystery.
$100
27266
WENTWORTH, Patricia.
The Case of William Smith.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Some scattered foxing, just on the endpapers, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, a couple fingernail-size faded areas at the head and tail areas of the spine cloth (in the two places where there had been small missing pieces of the jacket), o/w very good in a good price-clipped dustjacket with some small professional repairs to tears and a couple restored pieces, with five letters of the publisher's name at the tail restored.
The 14th "Miss Silver" crime story, and very uncommon in its handsome (uncredited) jacket.
$185
27223
WENTWORTH, Patricia.
The Ivory Dagger.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1953. First edition. Hardcover. Edge quite foxed, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, short gift inscription on the fly-leaf, o/w good in good price-clipped dustjacket with some professionally closed tears and a few restored chips (the largest a fingernail-size piece at the tail which also restores one letter in the publisher's name).
Uncommon in jacket, which in this case is evocatively illustrated by Jarvis.
$150
22147
WEST, Morris.
The Clowns of God.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1981. First edition. Signed by the author on the title-page, with no other inscriptions. Hardcover. Very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears.
$75
24905
WESTERMAN, Percy.
The Percy Westerman Omnibus:
The Pirate Submarine, Captain Cain, & The Flying Submarine.
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London, Nisbet (1932). First edition. Hardcover. Thick octavo (900 pages). Very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears.
Three complete novels, in a well-bound handsome edition, in the scarce dustjacket.
$100
26197
WESTLAKE, Donald E.
Bank Shot.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
Filmed in 1974 with George C. Scott and Joanna Cassidy.
$50