Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ADAMS (Frederic U.). The Kidnapped Millionaires: A tale of Wall Street And the tropics. Lothrop Publishing Company, Boston, 1901. Integral map frontispiece follows half-title; blank followed by 6pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically fine-ribbed bright reddish-brown cloth, pictorially blocked black, silver, and gilt, lettered silver and gilt, on front cover, pictorially blocked black, silver, and gilt, lettered gilt, on flat spine. Spine very slightly faded and with faint vertical crease; a little very light foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


With advertisements priced in U.S. dollars, but with ‘Entered at Stationers’ Hall’ on verso of title-page, the same printing having evidently been used for both the American and English issues. The only example of an American book we can remember seeing with the Stationers’ Hall notice, which was uncommon by this date even on English books. According to the English Catalogue of books, this American printing was issued in England at 6s. 6d. in December 1901, an English edition being published by Richards at 6s. in the following March. Hubin, p.2, adding to the information given above an English edition published by Kelly in 1901 (and presumably a piracy).
Ref: KRT112944


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ALBRAND (Martha). The story that Could not be told. London, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., 1956. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.190+[ii]; blue fine-linen-textured boards ruled, lettered, and blocked, gilt on spine. Rubber-stamp on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in period pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Published at 12s 6d net. Described by the publishers as an ‘international mystery thriller’. Set in West Germany. Hubin, p.4
Ref: KRT112945


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ALLINGHAM (Margery). Flowers For the judge. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1936. Blank before half-title; pp.[x]+309+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with genealogy in black. Some wear to covers; corner of back end-paper scuffed; text nice.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Hubin, p.7; Haycraft, ‘Murder for Pleasure’, p.186: the second of her ‘new style’ detective stories, following the Haycraft cornerstone, ‘Death of a Ghost’, in 1934. Detective: Albert Campion.
Ref: KRT112948


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

AMBLER (Eric). The Light of Day. Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto, 1962. Extra double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; blank at end; glazed dark blue fine-linen-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered white on spine. Four fox-spots on top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly torn and with faint ring-mark on back panel.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Filmed later as ‘Topkapi’. Hubin, p.7
Ref: KRT112960


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. John Creasey’s Mystery bedside book 1974: The Anthology of the Crime Writers’ Association Edited by Herbert Harris. King Crime, Hodder and Stoughton, London Sydney Auckland Toronto, 1973. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; rich green faintly moiré-effect fine-cloth-patterned boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt, embossed with publisher’s device rich green through gilt, on flat spine. Rubber-stamp on front paste-down and title-page; otherwise an extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


All stories either here first published or first collected. Contributors include Francis Clifford, Jeffry Scott, Michael Gilbert, Nigel Morland, Berkely Mather, John Taverner, Paul Tabori, Penelope Wallace, Josephine Bell, Rosemary Timperley, Elizabeth Lemarchand, etc.
Ref: KRT112972


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Murder Cavalcade By Mystery Writers Of America, Inc. Edited by Ken Crossen With a preface by Richard Lockridge. Hammond, Hammond & Company, 1953. Double post 16mo; acknowledgements leaf, with advertisements on verso, followed by two integral advertisement leaves at end; glazed rough black cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Includes stories by Derleth, Dorothy Hughes, Q. Patrick, Phoebe Atwood Taylor, Anthony Boucher, etc.
Ref: KRT112974


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Unguarded Hours: Ruth Rendell, The Strawberry Tree; Helen Simpson, Flesh and Grass. Pandora, London Sydney Wellington, 1990. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; three blanks at end; pp.[vi]+149+[vii]; sage green fine-cloth-textured boards down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, down-lettered sage-green through gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


The publisher’s file copy, rubber-stamped ‘Library copy / Unwin Hyman Limited / 15 — 17 Broadwick Street / London, W1V 1FP’ on front end-paper. ‘Pandora Press’ is an imprint of Unwin Hyman Limited. The following errata and typographical flaw have been noted in this copy: p.40, l.5, broken ‘r’ in ‘ran’; p.48, l.13, ‘refused’ for ‘refuse’; p.58, l.13, ‘it’ for ‘its’.
Ref: KRT117815


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ASKEW (Alice and Claude). Poison. London, Eveleigh Nash, 1913. Final leaf blank but for printer’s imprint on recto; pp.290+[ii]; navy blue buckram, pictorially blocked and lettered scarlet and scarlet-outlined navy blue on front cover, lettered scarlet on spine. A couple of light fox-spots on edges and first few leaves; otherwise a fine bright copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


A murder mystery culminating in a trial. A pencilled note on the front end-paper claims that it was filmed. Hubin, p.16. There was no American edition.
Ref: KRT117768


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

AUBREY-WILLIS (Mabel). Flower of Vengeance. Jarrolds Publishers London, Limited, 10 and 11 Warwick Lane, E.C [sic] 1925. Blank before half-title; Publisher’s Note leaf and fly-title follow title leaf; pp.303+[i (blank)]; cherry-red buckram, ruled, blocked and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Issued, according to the Publisher’s Note, in January 1925 as the tenth volume of Jarrolds’ Monthly Mystery Series. Hubin, p.440.
Ref: KRT112987


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BAILEY (H.C.). Mr. Fortune’s Trials. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1925. Publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 8pp., coded at end ‘425’; pp.vi+250; cream fine linen-textured cloth, ruled, blocked with three large dots, and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Small, faint, splash-mark at fore-edge of front cover; spine a little dust-darkened; a little very faint foxing internally; owner’s name in ink on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy of a title hard to find in acceptable condition because of the rough-textured cream cloth.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


Short crime stories, except for the last, “The Profiteers", which is rather a good ghost story. Hubin, p.20.

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Ref: KRT119967


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BAILEY (H.C.). The Golden fleece. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1925. Imprint leaf at end, blank on recto, followed by publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 8pp., coded at end ‘825’; pp.vi+248+[ii]; carmine-lake fine linen-textured cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Small, very slightly faded, patch at tail-edge of front cover, and edges a little foxed; inscription dated ‘Xmas 1925’ on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


A murder mystery set in England in 1750, involving the Young Pretender. This title not in Hubin.
Ref: KRT112990


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BAILEY (H.C.). The Master of Gray. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London and Melbourne, N.D. [1931]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; deep scarlet buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Very slight fading of spine, but a near-fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


A difficult title, and not detective, but a historical novel set in Scotland. The verso of the title-page lists five titles by Bailey, this being the last. The first two were detective novels published in 1930. A pencilled note on the front end-paper, ‘4/31’, apparently gives the month of publication, and may suggest that this was a review copy.
Ref: KRT112991


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BAILEY (H.C.). The sullen sky Mystery. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1935. Pp.320; scarlet cloth, lettered black on spine. Light foxing of edges and first and last few leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Hubin, p.20. The present binding is secondary, the primary binding being black buckram lettered orange on spine.
Ref: KRT112993


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BAILEY (H.C.). Dead man’s effects. London, Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1945]. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.207+[i (blank)]; black cloth blocked with publisher’s device and lettered silver on spine; cream end-papers. Light foxing of paste-downs; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper reinforced with brown paper on verso.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Hubin, p.19. The front flap of the dust-wrapper makes clear that this is the correct first printing. Published in the U.S.A in 1944 as ‘The Cat’s Whisker’.
Ref: KRT112995


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BAILEY (H.C.). The life sentence. London, Macdonald & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1946]. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.222+[ii]; light cerise cloth blocked and lettered silver on spine. A fine copy in chipped and rubbed dust-wrapper reinforced on verso.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Hubin, p.19.
Ref: KRT112996


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARNARD (Melville Clemens). The mystery Of the Sandal-wood box Being an adventure of Harlan Nims The amateur American Detective By Melville Clemens Barnard. 1907, Mayhew Publishing Co., Boston. Half-title not called for; fine-screen half-tone frontispiece and three plates by G.B. Hobbie; blank at end; pp.[x]+116+[ii]; horizontally fine-ribbed light brown cloth, pictorially blocked red and dark green, ruled dark green, lettered white on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Some chipping to enamel on front cover, otherwise a nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.23. In addition to the title story, pp.107 to 116 are occupied by another Harlan Nims short story: ‘The Cigar Butt’.

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Ref: KRT119917


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARON (Peter [i.e., Leonard Worswick Clyde]). Murder in wax By Peter Baron Author of The Opium Murders. New York, The Macaulay Company, 1931. Two leaves integral advertisements at end, last page blank; pp.316+[iv]; grey muslin-textured cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine; t.e pale grey. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First edition under this title, and first American edition: published in England in 1928 as ‘Jerry the Lag’. Hubin, p.24
Ref: KRT112997


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARR (Robert). A Rock in the Baltic. By Robert Barr Author of “The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont,” “Telka,” “In the Midst of Alarms,” “Speculations of John Steele,” “The Victors,” etc. Illustrated in Water-Colors by Hermann Heyer. [In red-ruled box:] A. Hamburger & Sons, Inc., Special edition, Los Angeles, Cal. [Beneath box:] New York and London, The Authors and Newspapers Association, 1906. Half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates, printed in colours; title-page (dated at the foot and on verso) printed in red and black; leaf of blue laid paper printed on recto in black with a Facsimile Page of the Manuscript signed by Barr, tipped-in after title leaf; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[3 (the printer having evidently allowed for a half-title)] — 321+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically ribbed bright lime-green cloth, lettered white, blocked with publisher’s initials gilt, on flat spine, ruled and blocked black, lettered and blocked white on front cover. Gilt oxydised on spine; white enamel slightly chipped, but less so than might be expected for this date; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


The correct first edition, preceding the English edition by a year; and the ‘Special Edition’ (issue), with the tipped-in facsimile of a leaf of Barr’s ms. Several variants of this ‘Special Edition’ are known for issue in different places (Elvira N.Y., St. Clements Michigan, Philadelphia, etc.) with the imprints added in the box of McGreevey-Sleght-DeGraff, The R.H. White Company, I.H. Brendinger, etc. Hubin, p.24, listing the trade issue. COPAC records the Cambridge copy only of this edition (apparently the ordinary issue), and four copies of a Canadian edition published in Toronto by McLeod & Allen in the same year. It was reprinted in 1906 by Grosset & Dunlap. Set largely in Russia.

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Ref: KRT119721


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BECKER (Stephen). The Chinese Bandit. 1976, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.demy 8vo format, perfect bound; (?)cancel title leaf; double-spread map on text-paper; biographical note leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[xii (including map)]+305+[i (blank)]+[ii]; grey cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


First English edition, printed in America. Because of the production method it is difficult to tell whether the title-leaf is in fact a cancel, but it shows slight differences in glueing from the other leaves (i.e., some adherence on the inner margin verso to the following leaf). If so, this is probably an English issue of the American first edition. Purchased by us from the publisher’s file, but without signs of provenance.
Ref: KRT113001


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BEEDING (Francis). There are Thirteen. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.271+[i (blank)]; dark red cloth ruled and lettered white on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher’s monogram white on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper stained a little on verso, and a trifle rubbed at extreme tail of spine.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The publisher’s file copy, only identified as such by a pencilled number on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.28. A General Granby/John Orton story.
Ref: KRT113010


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BELL (Josephine [i.e., Doris Bell Collier Ball]). Easy prey. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1959. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; carmine fine-cloth-textured boards blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Rubber-stamps on front end-paper (v.note); otherwise a fine copy in fine period pictorial dust-wrapper with publisher’s small label on spine.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, identified by one of the rubber-stamps; the other assigns it to the Publicity Dept. The label on the spine of the dust-wrapper bears a reference number. Hubin, p.28.

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Ref: KRT113017


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BELL (Josephine [i.e., Doris Bell Collier Ball]). The Fennister Affair. Hodder and Stoughton, 1969. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf, followed by blank, at end; pp.187+[i (blank)]+[i]+[iii]; glazed dark charcoal cloth-textured boards blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £22.00

US $27.28


Hubin, p.28.

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Ref: KRT113018


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BELL (Leslie). The Laughing fish. Meridian Books, [8 Garrick St.,] London [W.C.2], 1952. Pp.191+[i (blank)]; mottled light blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in slightly frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper repaired internally at head of spine.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.29.
Ref: KRT113019


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BELL (Neil [i.e., Stephen Southwold]). Ten Short stories. Golden Galley Press, [on verso of half-title:] Ltd., 11, Buckingham Street, Adelphi, London, W.C.2, September, 1948. Demy 8vo format, signed in fours, but 64pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering into white thin-card wrappers pasted as paste-downs into glazed white boards printed on back board with series advertisements in black and grey, on spine and front cover in green, black, and grey; half-tone portrait frontispiece after Douglas Glass. Very slight rusting of staples, but a nice copy. Almost certainly issued without a dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


No.2 in the series Clipper Books, issued under the editorship of R.L. Mégroz, at 3/6 net, the first three titles being advertised on the back board. The Author’s Preface, dated from Brixham, Dec., 1947, is here first printed, whilst one of the stories, ‘The Horse Dobbin’, is here first collected. Most if not all of the stories are either criminous or fantasy. This title, which is scarce, was missed by Hubin.
Ref: KRT113020


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BENSON (E.F.). The Blotting Book. London, William Heinemann, 1908. F’cap 8vo; pp.[ii]+255+[i (blank)]; green moiré cloth blocked with price, 2/6, blind within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, ruled bright gilt, blocked bright and matt gilt, embossed with lettering green through matt gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight spine roll and free end-papers embrowned on sides that face the paste-downs, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The first of an intended series of 2/6d books the second of which, ‘The Power of a Lie’ by Paul Bojer is advertised together with thirteen six shilling titles by Benson on the verso of the front end-paper. Later copies were in red cloth. Hubin, p.30
Ref: KRT117895


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BENTLEY (E.C.). Trent’s Last case. Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Leeds, Melbourne, and New York; Leipzig: 35 — 37 Königstrasse. Paris: 189, rue Saint-Jacques, N.D., [1913]. Double post 16mo; half-title not called for; full colour frontispiece; imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[ii]+375+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed pictorially pale yellow-green, in series style. Bookplate of Norman and Janey Buchan on front paste-down; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Hubin, p.31; Haycraft, pp.113-119, “‘Trent’s Last Case’ stands truly first among modern examples of the genre. It is one of the great cornerstones of the detective story". Haycraft tells how, after suffering rejection in England, the book was accepted for publication by the Century Company in New York, whereupon Bentley showed the ms. “to his friend John Buchan, then a partner in the firm of Nelson, for advice in finding a British publisher. Buchan . . . accepted it himself, and virtually simultaneous publication occurred on both sides of the Atlantic in March, 1913.” Issued as a volume in Nelson’s 2/- Series of New Novels.
Ref: KRT113022


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BENTLEY (E.C.). Elephant’s Work: An enigma. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; two integral advertisement leaves at end (verso of second blank); pp.252+[iv]; dark red cloth lettered and blocked with publisher’s monogram white on spine. Rubber-stamp and inked number on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in torn and frayed, but complete, dust-wrapper.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Bentley’s ‘shocker’, suggested originally by John Buchan, to whose memory the story is dedicated. Hubin, p.31
Ref: KRT113024


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BERGER (Thomas). Who is Teddy Villanova? Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1977. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pictorial half-tone title-page; quarter black cloth lettered gilt down spine, blue boards, ruled and blocked with author’s signature gilt on front board; t.e. blue, black end-papers; blue and white head and tail bands. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


‘First printing’ on copyright page.
Ref: KRT113027


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BIGGS (John). Seven Days Whipping. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[vi]+248+[ii]; black buckram blocked with publisher’s device orange on back cover, lettered orange on spine. Very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First published in America in 1928. Hubin, p.33, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is a murder story, but of rather a phantasmagorical kind.
Ref: KRT113030


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BLAKE (Nicholas [i.e., C. Day Lewis].). Malice in Wonderland. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 48 Pall Mall, London, 1940. Two leaves integral advertisements at end, the verso of the second blank; pp.284+[iv]; scarlet cloth lettered black on spine; pale buff end-papers. Light damp-mottling of covers; inscription dated 1944 on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy, internally fine.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Hubin, p.36. A Nigel Strangeways story. The scarcest ‘Nicholas Blake’ in first edition form, according to Cooper and Pike.
Ref: KRT113034


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BLAKE (Nicholas [i.e., C. Day Lewis].). Minute For murder. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James’s Place, 1947. Pp.256; reddish orange cloth lettered black on spine; pale yellow end-papers. Nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Hubin, p.36. A Nigel Strangeways story.
Ref: KRT113035


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BRAMAH (Ernest [i.e., Ernest Bramah Smith]). The eyes of Max Carrados. London, Grant Richards Ltd., St Martin’s Street, 1923. Pp.319+[i (blank)]; chalk blue fine linen-grain cloth lettered black on front cover and spine. Very fine copy.

GB £470.00

US $582.80


Hubin, p.45; Haycraft, pp.77 — 9: “Wise, witty, gentle Max Carrados is one of the most attractive figures in detective literature".
Ref: KRT113056


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BRAMAH (Ernest [i.e., Ernest Bramah Smith]). The Specimen case. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1924]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.320; diagonally fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled and with blind-pressed panel embossed with lettering and short rule blind on front cover, lettered with short rule, black, on spine. Very slight fading of covers and slight foxing of prelims., edges, and last two leaves; otherwise a fine copy. A scarce title.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


"A collection of twenty-one stories which bridge, in the process of their writing, thirty years of life, might be expected to offer at least the element of variety” Bramah begins his Preface. He goes on to tell how, in his youth, he had dreampt of writing one perfect example in each genre... Includes several crime stories, several science-fiction or fantasy stories, one burlesque, a couple of Chinese stories, one Max Carrados story, etc., etc. Hubin, p.45; Haycraft, p.78. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.78, l.26, ‘you’ for ‘your’; p.85, l.26, raised space between ‘sense’ and ‘of’ (evidently inserted as an afterthought in a very tighth line); p.210, ll.17/18, ‘incomprehensively’ for ‘incomprehensibly’; p.249, l.11, battered ‘g’ at start of line; and p.298, penultimate line, ‘beggered’ for ‘beggared’.
Ref: KRT113057


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BRENNAN (Robert). The Toledo Dagger. John Hamilton Ltd., Publishers, N.D. [1927]. Double lge.post 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; violet cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Cloth slightly faded at head and tail of spine and corners; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and badly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.48. Priced at 7s. 6., but a later printing, with advertisements (on verso of last page of text, and on back of dust-wrapper) dating from 1933. A ‘locked room’ mystery, listed by Adey. Not published in America.
Ref: KRT113058


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BRODE (Robert). Empire Books: The Clue Of the Curious Cat. New York, 1935. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.253+[iii]; black fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked scarlet on front cover, lettered and blocked scarlet on spine; t.e. light red. Light, barely visible foxing of edges, and a few early margins foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in a frayed dust-wrapper with two or three small chips (the largest affecting the ‘S’ of the spine imprint).

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph presentation inscription (nine words) on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.50
Ref: KRT113060


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BROPHY (John). The Day they Robbed the Bank of England. A novel. 1959, Chatto and Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.222+[ii]; black and red mixed-weave effect cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper very slightly stained on back panel.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


With the author’s signed holograph inscription, dated May 1959, on the front end-paper to Norah Smallwood, his editor at Chatto and Windus. The first binding, later copies being in red cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered on spine in black. Hubin, p.51.
Ref: KRT113061


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BROPHY (John). The Day they Robbed the Bank of England. A novel. 1959, Chatto and Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.222+[ii]; red cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Near-fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


The second binding, earlier copies being in black and red mixed-weave effect cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Hubin, p.51, noting no variants.
Ref: KRT113062


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BALFOUR-BROWNE (E.M.G.). The Bettaley Jewels. London, Edward Arnold, 37, Bedford Street, Strand, (All rights reserved). N.D. [October, 1901]. Pp.[iv]+303+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated October, 1901; crimson vertically fine-ribbed cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled box[es] on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Publisher’s label on front cover (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine, unopened, copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the label. A story centred around a jewel theft, but involving a haunted house (unrationalised), a haunted hill-side (with option to rationalise), an abduction, a wicked mother, a ruined abbey, an ancient legend (that proves true), and sundry other elements of the Gothic. A rare example of an undated Arnold first edition, but published, according to the English Catalogue of books, in October 1901: the same date as the inserted catalogue, which lists this title, without reviews, under ‘New Novels’. The catalogue is of interest also as including a complete check-list of publications of the Essex House Press to that date, together with a prospectus of forthcoming publications. Not in Hubin. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted: p.40, l.7, ‘pannelling’ for ‘panelling’; p.49, l.9, risen quad before ‘stood’; p.101, l.1, ‘it’ for ‘he’; p.184, l.28, broken ‘f’ in ‘of’; p.242, risen furniture above headline; p.266, l.7, risen quad before ‘attempt’.
Ref: KRT113063


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BURKE (Thomas). Twinkletoes: A Tale of Chinatown. London, Grant Richards Limited, St Martin’s Street, 1917. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[214]+[ii]; light brown rough buckram, lettered dark brown on front cover, blocked and lettered dark brown on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight mottling of cloth on back cover; extensive light foxing; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


A tale involving forgery, murder, etc. This volume missed by Hubin, who presumably thought the title unpromising.
Ref: KRT113068


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BURKE (Thomas). Broken Blossoms: A Selection of Stories from “Limehouse Nights” By Thomas Burke Author of “Twinkletoes". London, Grant Richards Limited, St. Martin’s Street, 1920. Double f’cap 16mo; two blanks at front, three at back, the outermost serving as paste-downs; two advertisement leaves precede half-title; advertisement leaf with printer’s imprint on verso follows last leaf of text; pp.184+[2]+[vi]; light scarlet cloth-textured boards, ruled and lettered black on front cover and flat spine. Poor quality paper somewhat embrowned throughout, as is almost inevitable with this volume; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Hubin, p.58
Ref: KRT113069


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BURKE (Thomas). Murder at Elstree, Or Mr. Thurtell and His Gig. Longmans, Green and Co., London, New York, Toronto, March 1936. Post 8vo, printed on cream-toned laid paper; final blank; pp.[viii]+178+[ii]; cerise buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. cerise, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very slight fading of cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Probably the shortest of the many fictional treatments of the famous murder of Mr. Weare in 1823. Hubin, p.58: not issued in America.
Ref: KRT113071


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BURRAGE (A. Harcourt). Chu Tafu. Illustrated by W. Lindsay Cable. Wells Gardner. [sic] Darton & Co., Ltd., Redhill, Surrey, 1947. Sm.cr.8vo; decorated half-title; illustrated title-page printed in black and green; headpiece illustrations to the chapters; pp.213+[ii (advertisements)]+[i (blank)]; dark green buckram, lettered gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with pictorial design in light sea green. Fine copy in four colour pictorial dust-wrapper designed by Cable, this a trifle chipped and rubbed at edges.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


This title not in Hubin, who lists no Burrage titles later than 1900. Juvenile, like all Burrage fiction titles.
Ref: KRT113075


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CAIN (James M.). The moth. London, Robert Hale Limited, 18 Bedford Square WC1, N.D. [1950]. Pp.356; cerise cloth lettered gilt on spine. Corner clipped from front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


First English edition (so described, without date, on verso of title-leaf) of a book published in America in 1948. This edition printed in Australia. Hubin, p.62
Ref: KRT113076


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CAMP (John). The Fool’s Run. Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1989. Sm.demy 8vo format, perfect bound; decorated title-page printed in grey (actually half-tone black) and black; blank followed by biographical note leaf, colophon leaf, and blank, at end; pp.[x]+254+[viii]; quarter pinkish-red fine-weave rough cloth down-lettered and lettered black on spine, grey-flecked white board sides; black head- and tail- bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Computer corporate espionage. Sent to Chatto and Windus as a sample and bearing a sticky-note with their name attached to the front end-paper: possibly therefore an advance copy.
Ref: KRT113078


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CHANCE (John Newton). Screaming fog. Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1944]. Double post 8vo; final blank; deep sky blue silk weave cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device and lettered black on spine. Inscription on front end-paper, dated ‘Christmas 1944’; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper badly chipped on spine.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The dustwrapper lists this title among Macdonald’s ‘New Fiction’. Hubin, p.75. The book was published in America in 1946 under the title ‘Death Stalks the Cobbled Square’.
Ref: KRT113088


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CHANCE (John Newton). The red knight. London, Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1945]. Lge.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; black cloth blocked and lettered red on spine. Inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Hubin, p.75.
Ref: KRT113089


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CHANCE (John Newton). The red knight. London, Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 19 Ludgate Hill, E.C.4, N.D. [1945]. Lge.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; black cloth blocked and lettered red on spine. Nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Hubin, p.75.
Ref: KRT113090


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CHANDLER (Raymond). Playback. Hamish Hamilton, 1958. Double cr.16mo; pp.[208]; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Faint pressure dint on front cover; otherwise a nice copy in chipped and used dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Hubin, p.76; Bruccoli XVII-I. Precedes the American edition.
Ref: KRT113098


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CHANDLER (Raymond). Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler. Edited by Frank MacShane. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1981. Double med.16mo; blank precedes half-title with portrait frontispiece on verso; two blanks at end; pp.[2]+xx+501+[v]; black cloth blocked with publisher’s initials device and down-lettered silver on spine; black head and tail bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


First edition, English issue from American sheets.
Ref: KRT113102


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CHANDLER (Raymond) and PARKER (Robert B.). Poodle Springs. G. P. Putnam’s Sons New York, 1989. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.268+[iv]; quarter dull light blue cloth-textured boards lettered silver down and on spine, pale pink paper-covered sides; brownish black head and tail-bands; pale pink end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Signed by Parker on the front end-paper. The correct first edition, with coding ‘1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10’ on verso of title-page. Based upon and incorporating “The Poodle Springs Story", a novel left unfinished by Chandler at his death.
Ref: KRT113103


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CHANDLER (Raymond) and PARKER (Robert B.). Poodle Springs. Macdonald, 1990. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.268+[iv]; dull light blue cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down and on spine. Publisher’s small rubber stamp beneath flap of dust-wrapper on back end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper with small snag to laminate on fore-edge of front board.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First English edition of a title published in America in 1989. Based upon and incorporating “The Poodle Springs Story", a novel left unfinished by Chandler at his death. The rubber stamp states that this copy was damaged in the warehouse “and is now being sold at a special price.” The damage can only consist of the 3/16th by 1/8th inch snag to the laminate, which does not extend to the underlying paper. The dust-wrapper, however, would seem to be a proof, bearing neither price nor ISBN, but having a blank white panel on the back which ought probably to contain both. The book looks to us like a pre-production copy put into stock by a thrifty publisher! In our experience a difficult title to find, most copies having gone to the library trade.
Ref: KRT113105


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CHARTERIS (Leslie). The saint Sees it Through. Hodder & Stoughton, Limited    London, July, 1947. Pp.256; light blue rough buckram blocked and lettered very dark blue on front cover, lettered, blocked with publisher’s monogram, and with short rule very dark blue on spine. Slight fading of covers, and lettering a little rubbed, but a very nice copy internally.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Hubin, p.77: first English edition of a title published in America in 1946.
Ref: KRT113109


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CHARTERIS (Leslie). Saint Errant. London, Hodder & Stoughton, August, 1949. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement on verso of last leaf of text; final blank; pp.253+[i]+[ii]; pale sky-blue cloth, blocked black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine, crisp copy in a dust-wrapper that is slightly frayed at head of spine and lacks a quarter inch strip from top-edge of most of front panel.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Hubin, p.77: the first Engllish edition.
Ref: KRT113110


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CHASE (James Hadley [i.e., René Brabazon Raymond]). I’ll get you for this. Jarrolds Publishers (London) Ltd, Founded in 1770, 47 Princes Gate, S.W.7, London New York Melbourne Sydney Cape Town, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; cerise cloth, lettered black on spine. Nice copy.

GB £2.75

US $3.41



Ref: KRT120127


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CHASE (James Hadley [i.e., René Brabazon Raymond]). The flesh of the Orchid. A continuation of No Orchids for Miss Blandish. Jarrolds Publishers (London) Ltd, Founded in 1770, 47 Princes Gate, S.W.7, London New York Melbourne Sydney Cape Town, N.D. [1948]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[192]; yellow fine rough cloth, lettered black on spine. Prelims. and edges lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper lacking an 1/8th inch strip at the head of the spine and with a couple of minute chips.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Hubin, p78.
Ref: KRT113114


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CHASE (James Hadley [i.e., René Brabazon Raymond]). You’re lonely When you’re dead. Robert Hale Limited, 18 Bedford Square London W.C.1, 1949. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.251+[i (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]; black fine linen blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with street-plan in blue. Poor quality gilt oxydised to green on spine; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper darkened on spine and chipped a little at head (not touching lettering or design), and with a couple of closed tears on front panel.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


The front flap of the dust-wrapper correctly bears the price ‘8/6 net’. Hubin, p.78
Ref: KRT118581


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CHASE (James Hadley [i.e., René Brabazon Raymond]). Strictly for cash. Robert Hale Limited, 18 Bedford Square London W.C.1, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.254+[ii]; dark charcoal cloth blocked and lettered brown on spine. Near fine copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Hubin, p.78: not issued in America until 1973.
Ref: KRT113115


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CHESTERTON (G.K.). The incredulity Of Father Brown. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1926. Pp.[viii]+[296]; black fine linen grain cloth, ruled and panelled blind, blocked and lettered red, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered red, blocked with publisher’s device blind, on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Sides a little damp-spotted, and vertical crease in spine; internally a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Hubin, p.79; Sullivan, 63. 7,500 copies were printed.
Ref: KRT113120


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CHEYNEY (Peter). Dance Without music. A Mystery Novel. Collins, 14 St. James’s Place London, 1947. Pp.[192]; pale yellow linen lettered black on spine. Small, faint, mark at tail-edge of back cover, but a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper frayed and chipped a little at lower edges and with a couple of two-inch tears.

GB £15.00

US $18.60


The front flap of the dust-wrapper correctly bears the price ‘8s. 6d. net’. Hubin, p.79
Ref: KRT118582


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CHRISTIE (Agatha). They Do It With Mirrors. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1952. Red cloth blocked and lettered black on spine. Edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped, frayed, and foxed dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Hubin, p.82.
Ref: KRT113145


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CLIFFORD (Francis). Drummer in the Dark. Hodder and Stoughton, London Sydney Auckland Toronto, 1976. Narrow double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.[viii]+183+[i (blank)]; navy blue linen-textured boards blocked with publisher’s device and down-lettered gilt on spine. Very light foxing of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: KRT113157


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COLE (G.D.H.) and COLE (Margaret). The Blatchington Tangle. By G.D.H. and Margaret Cole. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Sydney Auckland, 1926. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+311+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iv]; diagonally fine-ribbed dull bluish purple cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, blocked with publisher’s initials device and lettered scarlet on spine. Edges foxed, and some scattered foxing passim; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Haycraft, pp.142-4; Hubin, p.89. The joint author’s third novel.
Ref: KRT113162


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COLE (G.D.H.) and COLE (Margaret). Poison in the Garden suburb. By G.D.H. and Margaret Cole Authors of “The Murder at Crome House,” “The Blatchington Tangle,” etc. London 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow Sydney Auckland, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.vi+273+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[viii]; black buckram ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Half-title lightly foxed; very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Haycraft, pp.142-4; Hubin, p.89. The joint author’s seventh novel.
Ref: KRT113164


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COMPTON (Herbert). The Palace of spies: An Episode. London, A. Treherne & Co., Ltd., 3 Agar Street, Strand, 1903. Extra cr.8vo; pp.295+[i (publisher’s advertisements)]; black buckram blocked pictorially in scarlet, green, and white, lettered white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing to end-papers, with offsetting onto facing page, but a very nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the half-title page dated ‘2/4 03’. A well-written detective novel set in Regency London and centering about the Character of Princess Charlotte. A handsome looking volume, but probably in fact a bound proof (v. below notes to pp.154 and 158). Hubin, p.91. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.49, l.1, second ‘e’ in ‘George’ broken; p.36, l.3, risen space after ‘where’; p.59, l.3, ‘v     oice’ for ‘voice’; p.61, l.9, ‘n’ of ‘ordinary’ sloping sideways; p.70, l.4, ‘yo’ at start of line printed too heavily; p.90, l.32, risen space after ‘ago’; p.97, l.5, space at start of line, and ‘tome’ for ‘to me’; p.125, l.2, ‘grow’ for ‘grown’; p.147, ll.27 and 28, ‘B’ and ‘a’ raised at start of line; ll.30/31 ‘she’ reduplicated; p.154, ll.20 and 21, ‘i’ of ‘in’ displaced to line above, and ‘i’ of ‘taking’ lacking: these faults noted by proofing marks; p.157, l.12, risen space before first ‘and’; p.158, l.37, ‘l’ of ‘letter’ lacking: this noted by proofing mark); p.161, l.14, ‘wr’ote’ for ‘wrote’ (the inverted comma raised from the line below which thus opens with a single instead of a double inverted comma); p.171, l.6, ‘moom’ for ‘moon’; p.179, l.3, risen space after ‘no,’; p.181, l.39, ‘v’ in ‘leave’ dropped and badly broken; p.183, l.24, ‘woman’ for ‘women’; p.196, first nine lines slightly indented, l.10, ‘Princes     s’s’ for ‘Princess’s’, l.12, ‘t’ of ‘but’ dropped and improperly spaced, l.14, ‘o’ of ‘could’ broken, dropped, and improperly spaced; p.198, l.2, ‘tounge’ for ‘tongue’; p.206, l.8, full-stop lacking after ‘conjecture’; p.211, l.4, ‘f’ at end raised level with line above; p.[222], l.18 of text, ‘linament’ for ‘lineament’; p.227, l.30, ‘junctions’ for ‘injunctions’; p.252, l.8, ‘wae’ for ‘was’; p.261, penultimate line, ‘f’ of ‘fête’ badly broken; p.287, l.5, ‘contigent’ for ‘contingent’; p.292, l.29, first word slopes upward at margin, l.30, first two letters raised, ll.31 and 32, second word raised, ll.33 — 7, type dropped at start of line.
Ref: KRT117763


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COOPER (Dominic). Men at Axlir. A fiction concerning the case of Sunnefa J¢nsd¢ttir. 1978, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.286+[ii]; light blue cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


A mystery set in eighteenth century Iceland, based on a real crime. The author’s third novel. This copy was purchased by us from the publisher’s file, but is without signs of provenance.
ISBN 0 7011 2293 5
Ref: KRT113171


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CORNWELL (Patricia). Cause Of Death. Little, Brown and Company, 1996. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp[x]+342; black fine-linen-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s initials device and lettered copper on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Published with the same date as the American edition, possibly simultaneously. There was also a soft-cover issue. In this copy the following errata have been noted, probably as always: p.183, l.26, ‘strudier’ for ‘sturdier’; p.186, l.13, ‘know’ for ‘known’; p.219, l.15, ‘unclear’ for ‘nuclear’.
Ref: KRT113177


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CORNWELL (Patricia). Unnatural Exposure. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1997. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; printed throughout in black and half-tone grey; two blanks at end; pp.[x]+338+[iv]; quarter scarlet fine-weave cloth, downlettered metallic blue on spine, hammered dull light blue boards, lettered on front board metallic blue; black and white head and tail bands; scarlet end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


The correct first printing, with ‘1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2’ on verso of title-page. In this edition the words ‘at it’ occur inline 26 on p.222 instead of line 14, and is correctly printed: in the English edition it appears as ‘as it’. The differencein lineation may suggest a slight difference in text. The dust-wrapper is dated on the front flap ‘9707’.
Ref: KRT113178


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CORNWELL (Patricia). Point Of Origin. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1998. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; printed throughout in black and half-tone grey; pp.[xii]+356; quarter dark reddish brown fine-weave cloth, lettered and with horizontal rule, gilt on spine, red boards, lettered gilt on front board; black head and tail bands; dark red faintly hammered end-papers. Tendency of spine to form a point when the book is opened, due to a design fault of the binding; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


The correct first printing, with ‘1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2’ on verso of title-page. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.179, l.27, ‘g’ in ‘again’ printed faintly; p.267, antepenultimate line, ‘a’ of ‘absences’ printed faintly; p.293, ll.14, 15, 16, 24, ‘w’ in ‘would’ve’, ‘i’ in signal, printed faintly, first ‘e’ in ‘someone’ broken, and first ‘e’ in ‘opened’ broken; p.294, l.28, ‘m’ in ‘my’ printed faintly. The dust-wrapper is dated on the front flap ‘9807’.
Ref: KRT113180


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CRABB (Arthur). Samuel Lyle Criminologist. By Arthur Crabb. Illustrated by S.C. Coll. New York, The Century Co., 1920. Line frontispiece and three plates; blank at end; pp.[viii]+347+[iii]; sage green fine buckram, lettered and with short rule, black, on spine, lettered black on front cover. Vertical flexion crease to back board; small chip to blank lower fore-corner of pp.135-6; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Queen, DSS, p.28; Hubin, p.98; Smith, ‘American Fiction 1900-1925’ C-854. Eleven short stories. Copies are also known in red cloth.

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Ref: KRT119973


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CRANKSHAW (Edward). The Creedy Case. Michael Joseph, 1954. Double cr.16mo; black cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Not in Hubin.
Ref: KRT113182


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CREASEY (John). The Fighting fliers. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., N.D. [1938]. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and one plate; pp.[vi]+250; scarlet linen-textured cloth, lettered and with short rule, black, on front cover and spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly chipped pictorial dust-wrapper (signed ‘S.D.’) torn a little about tail of spine. A scarce title, especially in dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Agrees with the British Library, Oxford, and National Library of Scotland deposit copies in being undated. There are no others on COPAC. Not listed in Hubin. There is no list of plates, but the illustration is here bound in to face p.130.

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Ref: KRT118879


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CREASEY (John). A kind of prisoner. The 29th Adventure of Department Z. Hodder and Stoughton, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (publisher’s ‘John Creasey’ device)]; dull cerise fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front paste-down (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a period pictorial dust-wrapper with one short closed tear at head of spine strengthened with tissue on verso.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.99. Published two years later in America as ‘The Beauty Queen Killer’.

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Ref: KRT113187


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CREASEY (John). A Beauty For for Inspector West. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (advertisements)]; dull cerise fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered black on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front paste-down and title-page (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy in a period pictorial dust-wrapper with one short closed tear on front panel.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.99. Published two years later in America as ‘The Beauty Queen Killer’.

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Ref: KRT113188


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CREASEY (John). The flood. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1956. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (advertisements)]; glazed scarlet fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on title-page (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy in a period pictorial dust-wrapper with a single vertical crease on front panel, close to the spine.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Possibly a bound proof: the dust-wrapper looks hand-folded. Published at 10s 6d Net. Hubin, p.100. The seventh Dr. Palfrey novel, not published in America until 1969.

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Ref: KRT113189


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CREASEY (John). The Black Spiders. The 30th story of Department Z. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; pp.191+[i (advertisement)]; scarlet fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on half-title page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a mint pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.99. Not published in America until 1975.

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Ref: KRT113190


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CREASEY (John). Accident for Inspector West. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1957. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; pp.191+[i (advertisements)]; dull mid-green fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine period pictorial dust-wrapper with unobtrusive ink number on spine.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. A particularly atmospheric dust-wrapper illustration. Hubin, p.99. Published two years later in America as ‘Hit and Run’.

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Ref: KRT113191


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CREASEY (John). Find Inspector West. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1957. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; pp.192; dull blue fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on half-title page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine period pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.100.

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Ref: KRT113192


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CREASEY (John). The Toff and The stolen tresses. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1958. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; blank before half-title; pp.[ii]+190; carmine fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt on spine; laid-paper end-papers. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front blank (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in a fine period pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. The dust-wrapper has been preserved by the publisher in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise, but bears an offset from the rubber-stamp on the front flap, the dust-wrapper having evidently been folded by mistake over the front free end-paper whilst the ink was wet. We suspect that this copy may be a bound proof: the end-papers, though evidently original, are anomalous, and we are curious also as to whether the book as published had the blank leaf at the front rather than the back: in which position it appears in all similar Hodder and Stoughton volumes we have seen, generally being used for an advertisement. Hubin, p.101.

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Ref: KRT113193


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CREASEY (John). The mountain Of the blind. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1960. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; pinkish carmine fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram, gilt, on spine. Faint rubber-stamp and ink number on title-page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper fine apart from unobtrusive inked number on spine. A scarce title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.100. Not issued in America. A thriller set in Central Africa, and not including any of his series characters, this title seems not to have sold well — and perhaps been printed short.

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Ref: KRT113195


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CREASEY (John). A rocket For the Toff. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1960. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect-bound; pp.192; carmine fine cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt (with gun, publisher’s monogram, and imprint) gilt, on spine. An extremely fine copy in a fine pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Purchased from the publisher’s file, but without sign of provenance. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 12/6 Net. The first issue both of binding and dust-wrapper. Hubin, p.100

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Ref: KRT113196


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CREASEY (John). A rocket For the Toff. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1960. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect-bound; pp.192; maroon fine cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked (with gun, publisher’s monogram, and imprint) gilt, on spine. Faint rubber-stamp and biro number on half-title (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Published at 12s 6d net. A variant binding, probably the primary one, copies also being known in light lime-green cloth-textured boards, lettered and ruled purple, embossed with publisher’s device light lime-green-through purple, on spine. Hubin, p.100
Ref: KRT113197


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CREASEY (John). A rocket For the Toff. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1960. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect-bound; pp.192; light lime-green cloth-textured boards, lettered and ruled purple, embossed with publisher’s crown device (and no gun or imprint) light lime-green-through purple, on spine. Faint rubber-stamp and biro number on title-page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated on the title-page; there are also faint traces of a pencilled note relating, apparently, to printing details for a later edition, having been erased from the front end-paper. A publisher’s label has been attached to the front end-paper recording a price decrease for this title from 12/6 to 7/6 Net. A variant binding, probably, in view of the label and the later publisher’s device, secondary — though possibly also a trial binding kept for reference rather than a published issue. Hubin, p.100
Ref: KRT113198


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CREASEY (John). Death In cold print. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1961. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect-bound; pp.192; dull scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, gilt, on spine. Faint rubber-stamp and ink number on half-title; otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine period pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 12/6 Net, this being reduced by a label to 7/6 Net. Hubin, p.101. Published in America in 1968 as ‘The Toff and the Toughs’.

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Ref: KRT113199


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CREASEY (John). The Toff And the teds. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1961. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect-bound; pp.192; deep scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, black, on spine. Small bruise to front cover; vertical crease in back end-paper; faint rubber-stamp and ink number on half-title; otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine period pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 12/6 Net. Hubin, p.101. Published in America in 1968 as ‘The Toff and the Toughs’.

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Ref: KRT113200


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CREASEY (John). Leave it to The Toff. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1963. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect-bound; pp.191+[i (advertisement)]; deep scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, black, on spine. Faint rubber-stamp and ink number on half-title; otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine period pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 12/6 Net. Hubin, p.100

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Ref: KRT113201


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CREASEY (John). The inferno: A Dr. Palfrey Story. Hodder and Stoughton, 1965. Sm.cr.8vo format, perfect-bound; biographical note leaf at end, with advertisement on verso; pp.190+[ii]; glazed maroon cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt, embossed with publisher’s device, maroon-through-gilt, on spine. Publisher’s label on front board, title-page and dust-wrapper (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a dust-wrapper fine apart from the label.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the labels. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 16s Net. Hubin, p.100

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Ref: KRT113203


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CREASEY (John). The executioners: A new story of ‘Roger West of the Yard’. King Crime. Hodder and Stoughton, 1967. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (blank)]; scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, down-lettered, and blocked gilt, embossed with publisher’s device, scarlet-through-gilt, on spine. Publisher’s label on front board, title-page and dust-wrapper (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a dust-wrapper fine apart from label.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the labels. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 16s Net. Hubin, p.100

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Ref: KRT113204


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CREASEY (John). Stars For The Toff. King Crime. Hodder and Stoughton, 1968. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; glazed maroon cloth-textured boards, down-lettered, and blocked gilt, embossed with publisher’s device, maroon-through-gilt, on spine. Rubber-stamp on front paste-down, half-title, and title-page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamps. Priced on the dust-wrapper at 18s Net. Hubin, p.101

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Ref: KRT113205


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CREASEY (John). The blight. A Story of Dr. Palfrey. Hodder and Stoughton, 1968. Sm.cr.8vo; Biographical Notes leaf at end; pp.189+[i (blank)]+[ii]; dull light blue cloth-textured boards, lettered white, blocked with publisher’s device dull light blue through white panel, on spine. Publisher’s rubber-stamp on front paste-down and title-page (v. note); otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber stamps. This copy has a risen space at the start between the last two lines on p.67. Hubin, p.99.

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Ref: KRT113206


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CREASEY (John). The Unbegotten: The 30th Story of Dr. Palfrey. Hodder and Stoughton, London Sydney Auckland Toronto, 1971. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.189+[iii]; bright brown cloth-textured boards lettered and blocked gilt, and embossed with publisher’s device bright brown through gilt, on spine. Rubber stamp and ball-point number on front paste-down and title-page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamps. Hubin, p.101

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Ref: KRT113207


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CREASEY (John). The Voiceless Ones: The 32nd book of Dr. Palfrey. Hodder and Stoughton, London Sydney Auckland Toronto 1973. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.190+[ii]; black fine cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt, embossed with publisher’s device, black-through-gilt, on spine. Rubber-stamp on front paste-down and title-page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a mint pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamps. Priced on the dust-wrapper at £1.75 Net. Hubin, p.101

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CROCKETT (S.R.). Kid McGhie: A nugget of dim gold. With four illustrations. London, James Clarke & Co., 13 & 14 Fleet Street E.C., 1906. Advertisement leaf before half-title; half-tone frontispiece and three plates; pp.400; publisher’s inserted 32pp. text-paper Catalogue at end, not listing this title; vertically ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. A near-fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


The first issue, copies being known without the Catalogue, with all edges fully trimmed, and with the top-edges plain. This title not in Hubin. Safe-cracking, burglary, etc. — with a ghost thrown in! There is no list of the plates, which are by E.F. Skinner (one of them being signed, one monogrammed). They are bound in to face pp.102, 192, and 322.
Ref: KRT113209


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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Inspector French And the Cheyne mystery. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Sydney Auckland, 1926. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed dark bluish-purple cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram device scarlet on spine. A little very light foxing of fore- and lower- edges; otherwise a very fine, crisp, copy.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


Hubin, p.102. The author’s fifth book, and the second Inspector French title.
Ref: KRT113211


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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Inspector French and The Starvel tragedy. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Sydney Auckland, 1927. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed dull dark bluish-purple cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled, blocked, with publisher’s device, and lettered, scarlet on spine. Virtually fine, crisp, copy.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


Hubin, p.102. The author’s sixth book, and the third Inspector French title.
Ref: KRT113212


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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). The Box office murders: An Inspector French case By Freeman Wills Crofts, Author of “The Sea Mystery,” “Inspector French And the Starvel Tragedy,” etc. London 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow Sydney Auckland, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.250+[vi]; black buckram, ruled and blocked scarlet on front cover and spine. A handful of small and very faint fox-spots on edges; otherwise a brilliantly fine, crisp, copy.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


A difficult title, especially thus. An unusual mystery in which the criminals are known almost from the start, but the puzzle is the nature of their crime. Hubin, p.102. An Inspector French story. There is almost no type damage in this copy, but at pp.129, ll.27-9, p.182, ll.29 — 32, and p.190, l.8, a hair has fallen across the type, and printed; on p.187, the antepunultimate line, has the erratum ‘then’ for ‘than’: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.
Ref: KRT113213


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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Mystery In the Channel. Published for The Crime Club Ltd. By W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.284+[iv]; diagonally fine ribbed deep orange cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine. Light foxing of edges and prelims., and a little scattered very light foxing elsewhere; otherwise a virtually fine, crisp copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The first binding, the second being of black cloth ruled and lettered in red. Hubin, p.102. An Inspector French story. The following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.60, l.12, ‘the efore’ for ‘therefore’; l.22, the ‘u’ in ‘injury’ so faint as almost to be absent; l.32, ‘grin ed’ for ‘grinned’; p.64, l.1, ‘Ne whaven’ for ‘Newhaven’; p.71, l.30, ‘s’ in ‘reconstruction’ very faint; p.74, l.7, ‘sligh ly’ for ‘slightly’; p.83, l.3, ‘b oke’ for ‘bloke’; l.14, first ‘l’ of ‘million’ very faint; l.16, ‘i’ of ‘might’ broken, l.22, ‘therefor ’ for ‘therefore’ and ‘r’ of ‘partners’ very faint; p.103, l.30, ‘tony’ for ‘tiny’; p.207, l.30, ‘hortly’ for ‘shortly’ (no space for ‘s’); p.239, l.1, ‘stove’ for ‘stave’; there are in addition numerous examples of letters either damaged or printed too lightly or too heavily.
Ref: KRT113215


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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Crime at Guildford. Published for The Crime Club Ltd. By W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London, 1935. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.315+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iv]; deep orange linen lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine, crisp, copy.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Hubin, p.102. An Inspector French story. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined:) p.26, l.10, ‘d’ in ‘bad’ slightly battered; p.29, l.22, battered ‘T’ in ‘Then’; p.33, l.19, broken ‘b’ in ‘be’; p.70, l.32, ‘f’ in ‘of’ battered; p.86, l.32, ‘or’ for ‘of’; p.101. l.9, downstroke of ‘h’ in ‘himself’ battered; p.127, l.6, broken ‘l’ in ‘angle’; p.146, l.21, ‘of’ for ‘or’; p.205, penultimate line, battered ‘t’ in ‘the’; p.235, l.11, battered ‘m’ in ‘more’; p.235, l.16, broken ‘a’ in ‘after’; p.267, l.31, broken ‘h’ in ‘he’; p.279, l.16, battered ‘h’ in ‘he’; p.280, l.1, battered ‘t’ in ‘get’.
Ref: KRT113217


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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). The loss of the “Jane Vosper". Published for The Crime Club By Collins 48 Pall Mall, London, 1936. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.316+[iv]; orange cloth lettered black on spine. A fine, crisp, copy.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Hubin, p.102: an inspector French story. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.53, l.28, broken ‘y’ in ‘Jeffrey’; p.78, l.13, ‘David’ for ‘Davis’; p.89, l.19, ‘e’ in ‘we’ battered; p.97, l.22, ‘w’ in ‘would’ battered; p.115, l.6, ‘u’ of ‘up’ and ‘s’ of ‘Mrs’ battered; p.201, l.17, broken ‘h’ in ‘the’; p.233, last line, wrong font ‘o’ in ‘so’; p.257, l.13, ‘n’ of ‘naturally’ battered; p.259, l.22, first ‘h’ in ‘though’ broken; p.260, l.7, ‘a’ at start of line battered; p.264, last line, ‘g’ in ‘give’ battered; p.272, l.13, broken ‘t’ in ‘it’; p.276, l.7, ‘er’ in ‘fisherman’ battered and l.12, ‘h’ in ‘handed’ broken.
Ref: KRT113218


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CROFTS (Freeman Wills). Young Robin Brand, Detective. University of London Press Ltd, Warwick Square, London, E.C.4, January 1947. Full-colour frontispiece (somewhat out of register), and three plates, by Kenneth Inns; numerous black and white illustrations in the text; pp.[vi]+218; sky-blue cloth blocked pictorially on front cover, lettered on spine, dark blue. Slight fading of cloth, and edges a little foxed; blank lower corners chipped from two leaves, and strip torn from two lower margins, without loss of text; otherwise a nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper preserved within a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Juvenile. Advertised on the dust-wrapper as ‘the first title in a new series — Junior Novels by Famous Authors’. Three other titles are advertised as planned. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped in to face pp.50, 146, and 202. An Inspector French story. This title not in Hubin. In this copy the comma after ‘Ltd’ on the title-page is broken: state or issue significance undertermined.
Ref: KRT113222


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DAVEY (Jocelyn [i.e., Chaim RAPHAEL]). Murder In Paradise. 1982, Chatto & Windus, London. Short demy 8vo format, perfect bound; half-title not called for; pp.224; scarlet smooth boards blocked gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly faded on spine.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


First edition, English issue: printed and bound in the U.S.A. and hence presumably a relatively small importation. Coded ‘10     9     8     7     6     5     4     3     2     1’ on verso of title-page. An Ambrose Usher Mystery, set in the Caribbean.
ISBN 0 7011 3906 4
Ref: KRT113234


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DAVIS (Howard Charles). Child witness. Jarrolds . London, 1957. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; red cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in very slightly frayed and torn tost-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The author’s third crime novel. Hubin, p.111
Ref: KRT113235


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DAVIS (Richard Harding). The Scarlet Car. The Princess Aline. Illustrated. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1911. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; final blank; pp.[viii]+230+[ii]; horizontally light and dark streaked red cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on flat spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Apparently the first combined edition of two novellas published first in 1906 and 1895 respectively. ‘The Scarlet Car’ is listed by Hubin, p.212.
Ref: KRT113236


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DEIGHTON (Len). Spy Hook. Hutchinson, London Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1988. Double demy 16mo; pp.[iv]+267+[i (blank)]; light scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, downlettered, blocked with publisher’s device, and lettered, silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


The first novel in the ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’ trilogy.
Ref: KRT113241


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DEXTER (Colin). The jewel That was Ours. M, Macmillan, London, 1991. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; plan and facsimiles in text; final blank; pp.[x]+275+[iii]; blue-black cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down and on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


A Chief Inspector Morse story.
Ref: KRT113243


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DIMENT (Adam). The dolly dolly spy. Michael Joseph, 1967. Double extra cr.16mo; pp.[191]+[i (blank)]; hammered puce cloth-textured boards, panelled black within ruled box, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s device, all silver on spine. Single fox-spot on fore-edges; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The author’s first book. Hubin, p.120.
Ref: KRT113245


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DONAHUE (Jackson). The Confessor. Arthur Barker Limited, 20 New Bond Street, 1963. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Back end-papers very slightly cracking; otherwise a fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.123
Ref: KRT113247


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DOYLE (Adrian Conan). Tales of Love and Hate. John Murray, Fifty Albemarle Street, 1960. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[190]+[ii]; scarlet cloth textured boards blocked and lettered white on spine. Fine copy in very ‘period’ pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Oddly, not in Hubin.
Ref: KRT113252


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Du PUY (William Atherton). Uncle Sam Detective. By William Atherton Du Puy Author of “Uncle Sam’s Modern Miracles,” “Uncle Sam, Wonderworker". With four illustrations by S. Edwin Megargee, Jr. New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, [on verso of title:] 1916. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; pp.[xvi]+247+[i (blank)]; black very fine diaper cloth, blocked and lettered beige, lettered black-through beige, on front cover, lettered beige on spine. Small patch of silver-fish damage to centre of back joint; slight edge-wear; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


From the library of the noted collectors of detective fiction Florence & Edward Kaye, and with their small leather bookplate on the front paste-down. Hubin, p.129; Queen, DSS, p.37: an early police procedural concerned with the work of the but recently inaugurated FBI. One of several variants of the binding, otherwise similar copies being known blocked and lettered in blue, in navy blue cloth blocked and lettered beige, and in navy blue cloth lettered in beige and blocked in silver. There seems to be no established precedence, though according to a statement made by the publisher in 1928 the present copy, which bears a copyright notice on the verso of the title-page, but no printing history, is of the correct first printing. (V. H.S. Boutell, ‘First Editions of To-day and How to tell them’, p.59.)

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DURHAM (David [i.e., Roy Vickers]). Hounded Down. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1923]. Double cr.16mo; decorated title-page; pp.288; light caramel fine linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered black, lettered light caramel through black, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Slight marking of covers, otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Roy Vickers second book under this by-line, and his fourth book. It was reprinted under his own name in 1935. A detective Inspector Rason story. Hubin, p.130. The following erratum and typographical faults have been noted in this copy (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.118, last line, ‘u’ in ‘muttered’ battered; p.137, last line, ‘ec’ battered in ‘recount’; p.151, last line, ‘e’ broken at end of line; p.175, l.11, ‘m’ in ‘bedroom’ broken; p.177, l.5, broken ‘a’ at end of line; p.197, l.20, battered ‘n’ in ‘main’; p.207, l.22, ‘and’ for ‘am’; p.243, l.22, ‘found’ battered; p.268, l.1, dot of ‘i’ missing in ‘slip’; p.271, l.25, broken ‘l’ in ‘along’; p.274, l.2, broken ‘e’ in ‘meet’.
Ref: KRT113261


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DURHAM (Mary). Cornish Mystery. Detection. A John Crowther Publication, 1946. Double cr.16mo, printed on grey paper; blank before half-title, blank at end, serving as paste-downs; pp.[ii]+227+[iii]; scarlet cloth, lettered gilt up spine. Small snag in cloth at top back corner of spine; otherwise a nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped pictorial dust-wrapper (designating the contents “Thriller").

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Hubin, p.130. Not issued in America.
Ref: KRT113262


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DURHAM (Mary). Crime insoluble. John Crowther (Thrillers) Ltd., 1947. Two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+296+[iv]; orange cloth lettered in gilt on spine (apparently from type). Fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


An inspector York murder mystery. Hubin, p.130
Ref: KRT113264


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EBERHART (M.G.). Five passengers From Lisbon. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James’s Place, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; scarlet cloth, lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. Nice copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Hubin, p.131.
Ref: KRT113267


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EBERHART (M.G.). Hunt with the Hounds. Published for The Crime Club By Collins 14 St. James’s Place, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; scarlet cloth blocked with publisher’s device and lettered black on spine. Small rubber stamp on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Hubin, p.132. First English edition. Published in America in 1950.
Ref: KRT113268


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FAIRLIE (Gerard). Captain Bulldog Drummond. By Gerard Fairlie Following Sapper. Hodder & Stoughton, Limited: London, August 1945. Sm.cr.8vo; vignette on title-page; pp.256; pale lime green cloth ruled and blocked blind on front cover, blocked blind, ruled and lettered black, on spine. Some foxing of edges; otherwise a very nice copy in minutely chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The second Bulldog Drummond title written wholly by Fairlie. Hubin, p.139.
Ref: KRT113277


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

FAIRLIE (Gerard). Macall Gets curious. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1959. Sm.cr.8vo, perfect bound; integral advertisement leaf at end (verso blank); pp.190+[ii]; moss green beaded-linen-grain boards, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine. Rubber stamp on front end-paper (v.note); otherwise a mint copy in pictorial dust-wrapper mint apart from an unobtrusive file number on spine.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated on the front end-paper. The picture of Macall on the front panel, though younger, bears a curious resemblance to the picture of the author on the inside back flap! The fifth Macall book. Hubin, p.139: not issued in the U.S.A.
Ref: KRT113281


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

FEENY (Alfred). By a Vanished hand. By the late Alfred Feeny. With portrait. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1906. Half-tone portrait frontispiece from a photograph, with tissue guard; pp.318+[ii (blank)]; light- and mid- grey-green linen-patterned cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover. Light foxing to prelims., otherwise a fine copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


A posthumous volume containing five short stories reprinted from Christmas Numbers of the ‘Birmingham Daily Post’: The Man in the Blue Spectacles; The Colonna Peril; The Mystery of the Round House; A Strange Step-Mother; and A Drama in the Air. Includes two locked room mysteries, whilst the final story has strong SF elements (in particular an anti-gravity gas), though these are not strictly speaking integral to it. The first story has been badly edited and appears to omit a couple of episodes vital to the sense.
Ref: KRT119958


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

FERGUSON (W.B.M.). The Pilditch puzzle. Liveright Inc Publishers, New York, 1932. Final blank; pp.[3]-288+[ii]; black glazed buckram, ruled and lettered red on front cover and spine; t.e. Burgundy, fore-edges uncut. Small damp-splash affecting colour of top edges; early inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a virtuallly fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper with ghost-tape strengthening to verso at head and tail of spine, and on recto at tail-edge of back panel.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


This title not listed by Hubin, though it is a murder mystery. The odd pagination is certainly correct.
Ref: KRT113290


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS DETECTIVE FICTION CATALOGUE, File K: Twentieth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

FERRARS (Elizabeth). Witness Before The Fact. Collins, St James’s Place, London, 1979. Extra double cr.16mo, perfect bound; final blank; pp.194+[ii]; scarlet cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered, gilt, on flat spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: KRT113291


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