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.

FLETCHER (J.S.). The Million-Dollar Diamond. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James’s, London S.W.1, 1923. Sm.cr.8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[218]+[vi]; red fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered dark brown on sides and spine. Very slight foxing of edges, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Hubin, p.149. Issued five years later in the U.S.A. as ‘The Black House in Harley Street’.
Ref: KRT113307


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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.

FLYNT (Josiah).The Rise of Ruderick Clowd By Josiah Flynt Author of “Tramping with Tramps,” Etc. New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903. Fine-screen half-tone frontispiece and five plates; pp.[viii]+370; black smooth cloth blocked in gilt and white on front cover and spine, ruled gilt, lettered white, on spine, lettered scarlet and white on front cover. Enamel a trifle rubbed and end-papers cracked at gutters; but a nice copy nonetheless.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The biography of a clever Irish-American bastard born in New York, who takes to crime. Written very much in the demotic New York manner of its time. From its somewhat episodic nature, it probably began life as a sequence of short stories. Hubin, p.150.

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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.

FOOTNER (Hulbert). The Whip-poor-will Mystery. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1935. Black buckram, lettered and with short rule scarlet on front cover, lettered scarlet and black through scarlet on spine. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise in general a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Hubin, p.151. By a Canadian author. Published in England the same year as ‘The New Made Grave’. Footner receives an honourable mention in Howard Haycraft’s ‘Murder for Pleasure’ (pp.162 and 219).
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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.

FORD (Florence). The ninth Candle. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, 1960. Cr.8vo, perfect bound; scarlet boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Front end-paper slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Hubin, p.152.
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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.

FORSYTH (Frederick). The Devil’s Alternative. Hutchinson of London, 1979. Lge.16mo; double-spread vignette title utilising verso of half-title; pp.479+[i (blank)]; dull greenish-blue cloth-textured boards blocked red on front cover and spine, blocked and lettered silver on spine; scarlet coated end-papers. Slight rubbing to silver on spine, but a virtually fine copy, in dust-wrapper.

GB £22.00

US $29.70



Ref: KRT113318


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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.

FRANCIS (Dick). Trial run. Michael Joseph, 1978. Double lge.post 16mo, perfect bound; very dark brown boards, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with map. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



Ref: KRT113326


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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.

FRANCIS (Dick). The Danger. London, Michael Joseph, 1983. Sm.demy 8vo; pp.[272]; black beaded-linen textured boards downlettered and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $13.50



ISBN 0 7181 2340 9
Ref: KRT118668


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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.

FREELING (Nicolas). The Seacoast Of Bohemia. Little, Brown and Company, 1994. Double lge.post 16mo; final blank; pp.[viii]+213+[iii]; dark maroon fine cloth textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine; dull pink end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Published at £15.99
Ref: KRT113329


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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.

FREEMAN (R. Austin). The Puzzle Lock. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1925]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece on supercalendared paper; other illustrations in text; pp.320; greenish grey fine-linen-grain cloth ruled blind on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Neatly recased, with new end-papers; one leaf slightly frayed at fore-margins, and presumably re-inserted; a little scattered foxing; but for these misfortunes, a nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


The correct first, the advertisements on the verso of the half-title listing nine titles starting with this one. ‘The Shadow of the Wolf’, published by the same publisher later the same year, is not included. Dr. Thorndyke short stories. Hubin, p.157. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.62, l.4, ‘e’ raised at end of line, and l.20, risen space between ‘at’ and ‘the’; p.285, l.5, risen space before ‘from’; p.318, last line, ‘o’ in ‘for’ printed too heavily.
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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.

FREEMAN (R. Austin). A Certain Dr. Thorndyke. By R. Austin Freeman Author of “The D’Arblay Mystery,” etc. Hodder and Stoughton, Publishers London, N.D. [1927]. 8pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; pp.310+[viii]+[ii]; light sky-blue buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram, gilt, on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


The correct first printing with nineteen titles listed on the verso of the half-title, starting with this one. The advertisements at the end begin with ‘No Other Tiger’ by A.E.W. Mason, also issued in 1927. This copy has been extra-illustrated by the insertion between the Contents and the fly-title to Book I. of a copy of a sepia photograph of a group including the author taken whilst he was Assistant Colonial Syrgeon of the Gold Coast Colony in 1888, and a half-tone photograph of an eighteenth century engraving showing Exchequer Court and King’s Bench Walk: both of them lightly tipped in at the gutter. Hubin, p.157
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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.

FREEMAN (R. Austin). Dr. Thorndyke Intervenes. London, Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., 1933. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.317+[iii]; light blue-grey rough-effect buckram lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Slight fading to spine and edges of covers; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.91, l.2, ‘th at’ for ‘that’; p.112, last line, broken ‘s’ in ‘said’; p.114, l.1, broken ‘s’ in ‘surprised’, l.3, broken ‘e’ in ‘gentle’; p.149, penultimate line, broken ‘e’ in ‘made’.Hubin, p.157
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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.

FREEMAN (R. Austin). The Penrose mystery. London, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1936. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.317+[iii]; light grey-blue cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; t.e. not stained. A little very slight fading to the very photo-sensitive cloth, as is almost inevitable with this title, and some barely visible foxing to edges; otherwise a very nice copy in later (1940) pictorial dust-wrapper slightly chipped at head of spine, and strengthened at head and tail of spine with ghost-tape.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


An early state of text combined with a later state of the binding: p.43, l.18, the ‘a’ of ‘actor’ is unbroken; p.248, l.8, the ‘i’ in ‘if’ is only very slightly battered; and p.267, antepenultimate line, there is no risen space after ‘to’; the top-edges are here plain, however: in earlier issued copies they are stained grey-blue. (The remaining typographical flaws generally observed are present in this copy, but may be without significance in terms of state: p.273, l.25, ‘g’ of ‘glumly’ slightly battered; p.279, l.4, ‘a’ in ‘a’ too heavily printed; p.288, l.29, ‘t’ slightly battered at start of line’; p.296, last line, dropped ‘h’ in ‘he’). The pictorial dust-wrapper has been added from the slightly smaller ‘Thorndyke Library’ reprint of 1940. The original dust-wrapper was non-pictorial. Hubin, p.157
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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.

FREEMAN (R. Austin). Felo de se? London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1937. 5pp. integral advertisements at end; mottled light grey-blue Sundour cloth, lettered on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher’s monogram, black, on spine; marina blue end-papers. Cloth of spine faded; edges of covers slightly so; unobtrusive repair to cloth over back joint; internally a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.149, l.29, single instead of double inverted commas at start of line; p.154, l.30, ‘lookin g’ for ‘looking’; the risen quad on p.103, l.1, after ‘So’ and on p.260, antepenultimate line, before ‘away’, present in some copies are not present here.
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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.

FREEMAN (R. Austin). The Stoneware monkey. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1938 [i.e., January 1939]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and one plate; pp.288; mottled light blue fine-weave cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram and lettered reddish brown on spine; light blue end-papers. A fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper with triangular chip at tail of spine removing the letters ‘HODDE’ of the imprint.

GB £350.00

US $472.50


The dust-wrapper bears the price ‘7/6 Net’ on the spine, whilst the spine and front panel carry the legend ‘The 1939 Thorddyke Novel’. This is correct: the volume was published according to the English Catalogue of Books, in January 1939 — though it may in fact have been available just before Chistmas 1938. Hubin, p.157. A Dr. Thorndyke story. The plate is tipped in to face p.38. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.17, last line, ‘y’ of ‘presently’, p.42, l.10, ‘d’ of ‘dark’, p.46, last line, ‘g’ in ‘though’ broken; p.136, antepenultimate line, hair printed across ‘fic’ of ‘difficulties’; p.153, l.25, second ‘a’ in ‘acquaintance’ broken; p.166, l.1, raised hyphen at end of line, ll.19 — 23, hair printed across ‘d’, ‘r’, ‘b’, ‘w’, and ‘a’ in successive lines; p.171, l.4, hair printed across ‘fr’ of ‘from’, p.174, ll.23 — 4, ‘he’ of ‘when’ and ‘p’ of ‘opened’, and p.179, ll.14 — 16, ‘h’ of ‘think’ an ‘b’ of ‘by’; p.193, l.6, battered ‘t’ in ‘rather’; p.200, l.20, broken ‘I’; p.257, l.16, ‘o’ in ‘only’, p.270, l.29, ‘C’ of ‘Certain’ battered; p.276, l.32, battered ‘f’ in ‘found’, l.33, broken ‘p’ in ‘possible’; p.279, antepenultimate line, broken ‘i’ in ‘devised’; p.287, l.34, ‘unfounded’ for ‘unwounded’.
Ref: KRT113341


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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.

FROME (David [i.e., Mrs. Zenith Brown]). Mr. Pinkerton and The old angel. Longmans, Green and Co., London, New York, Toronto, 1939. Advertisement leaf, blank on recto, precedes half-title; pp.288; lime green fine-linen-grain boards, lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked black on spine. Slight fading to spine; first and last few leaves and edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Apparently published simultaneously with the American edition, which was entitled ‘Mr. Pinkerton at the Old Angel’. Hubin, p.158; v. Haycraft, pp.209 — 10. We suspect the present binding of being secondary.
Ref: KRT118214


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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.

GASH (Jonathan [i.e., John Grant]). The Judas Pair. Collins, St James’s Place, London, 1977. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.210 [sic]; scarlet fine cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt on spine. Minor faults, but a generally good copy in a very nice dust-wrapper.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


The author’s second book and first Lovejoy novel. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.13, l.9, ‘H’ of ‘He’d’ battered, l.14, ‘And’ badly battered; p.[32], l.23, ‘paramounts’ for ‘paramours’; p.63, l.2, first ‘o’ in ‘oozy’ dropped; p.68, l.23, raised ‘o’ at end of line; p.98, l.16, ‘y’ in ‘you’d’ badly broken; p.112, l.22, irregular type in ‘else’; p.117, l.6, raised ‘o’ at end of line; p.196, l.25 of Chapter XVII, dropped first ‘e’ in ‘enquiries’; p.201, l.22, ‘get’ for ‘got’.
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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.

GASH (Jonathan [i.e., John Grant]). The great California game: A Lovejoy Narrative. Century, London Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1991. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; pp.[vi]+216+[ii]; grey-green cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s initial device, gilt, on spine. Very light marginal embrowning of poor quality paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $44.55



Ref: KRT113354


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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.

GASH (Jonathan [i.e., John Grant]). Die Dancing. Macmillan, 2000. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[viii]+344; black fine-cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Signed and dated ‘23rd June, 2000’ by the author on the title-page. In this copy the following erratum has been noted (significance, if any, undetermined): p.252, l.25, ‘oncerned’ for ‘concerned’.
Ref: KRT113355


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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.

GOLDIE (Bertha Barre). The signature. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1937. Final blank; light brown rough buckram, blocked and lettered dark brown on front cover and spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Hubin, p.171. Not issued in America. Hubin lists this title as of undetermined status. It deals with the consequences of an act of forgery, including ultimately an attempted murder, but it is not a detective novel.
Ref: KRT113360


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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.

GOODCHILD (George). Q33. Odhams Press Limited, 1933. Two blanks before title-page, serving as end-papers; half-title not called for; final blank serving as paste-down (back free end-paper not called for); maroon cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Edges a little foxed, gilt dulled, spine faded; otherwise a nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £16.00

US $21.60


The first issue. Hubin, p.173.
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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.

GRAEME (Bruce [i.e., Graham Montague Jeffries]). Alias Blackshirt. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London    Bombay    Sydney, 1932. Final blank; pp.277+[iii]; orange buckram blocked black on front cover and spine, embossed with design and lettering orange-through-black on spine. First and last few leaves and edges lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The fourth ‘Blackshirt’ title. Hubin, p.175. In this copy the thirteenth line of the list of titles on the verso of the half-title has the reading ‘Alarie’ for ‘Alaric’: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.
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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.

GRAEME (Bruce [i.e., Graham Montague Jeffries]). Without malice. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., London :: New York :: Melbourne :: Sydney, N.D. [1946]. Short cr.8vo; pp.[164]; pale brown cloth, lettered very dark green on spine. A virtually fine copy in rather torn and frayed dust-wrapper with two largish chips not seriously affecting the pictorial design: now preserved in a loose paper-backed plastic chemise.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


The second binding, the first having dark green lettering also on the front cover. Hubin, p.176. Not issued in America. The back panel of the dust-wrapper advertises this title under the heading ‘Hutchinson’s New fiction’.
Ref: KRT113366


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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.

GRAHAM (Winston). The sleeping Partner. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. Extra cr.8vo; pp.223+[i (publisher’s advertisements)]; navy blue glazed fine-beaded-linen-textured boards, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine. Publisher’s rubber-stamp on title-page, and unobtrusive reference number inked on spine of dust-wrapper (v.note); otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in a fine period pictorial dustwrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.177
Ref: KRT113371


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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.

GRAHAM (Winston). Greek fire. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.254+[ii]; brown fine beaded-linen-grain-textured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Publisher’s rubber-stamp on title-page (v. note); otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. This copy has a publisher’s sticker on the inside front flap of the dust-wrapper reducing the price from 12s. 6d. to 6/- (Publisher’s file copies acted as reference copies for the current stages of a book’s development). Hubin, p.177
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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.

GREEN (Anna Katharine). The Millionaire baby. By Anna Katharine Green Author of The Filigree Ball, The Leavenworth Case, Etc. With Illustrations by Arthur I. Keller. Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merril Company, Publishers, January 1905. Half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; title-page printed in red and black; blank, followed by 18pp. integral advertisements at end (on text-paper and the first leaf forming a title to the rest); green fine-dotted-line-ribbed cloth, blocked gilt and red, lettered gilt-outlined red, and red, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Minute restoration to cloth at tail of spine (a 2mm strip), and front end-paper lacking; one opening spotted in margins; a few small corners creased; in general effect, however a very nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $27.00


Begins with the offer of a US $50,000.00 reward for a missing child. The story was produced by Selig some ten years as a silent film starring Frederick Hand. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped-in to face pp.90, 168, 192, 268, and 320. Hubin, p.180

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Ref: KRT119707


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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.

GREEN (F.L.). Ambush For the Hunter. London, Michael Joseph, 1952. Double cr.16mo; pp.[272]; greenish grey cloth blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £20.00

US $27.00


Hubin, p.180. The author’s last book, published the year before his early death.
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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.

GREEN (F.L.). Mist On the Waters. London, Michael Joseph, 1948. Double cr.16mo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; black cloth lettered and blocked silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £21.00

US $28.35


Hubin, p.180. Loosely laid is the original wraparound flash declaring the volume to be ‘Book Society Recommended’. The flash is complete apart from one small chip, but is in three pieces.
Ref: KRT118064


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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.

HAMMETT (Dashiell). The Life of Dashiell Hammett [by] Diane Johnson. Chatto & Windus, The Hogarth Press, London, 1984. Double med.16mo; portrait frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous illustrations in the text; two blanks at end; pp.[iii]-[xxii]+344+[iv]; yellow-orange cloth-textured boards lettered down and on spine and with short rule, all gilt. Dust-wrapper slightly chipped at top-edge of back panel; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Includes a good many letters, etc., here first published.
Ref: KRT113394


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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.

HARRIS (Richard, K.C.). Auld Acquaintance. By Richard Harris, K.C. Author of “Illustrations in Advocacy,” etc. London, Edward Arnold, 1904 (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; final blank; pp.viii+[326]+[ii]; 8pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end, dated April, 1904; mottled pale straw-coloured fine linen blocked pictorially black, lettered scarlet, on front cover, ruled scarlet, lettered black, on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight darkening of spine; publisher’s label on front cover (v. note); upper third torn from one leaf of catalogue; otherwise an extremely fine, crisp, copy of a scarce title.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


The publisher’s File Copy, with their label to this effect on the front cover. Short stories, according to the author, founded on family documents and traditions: “All the characters in this volume were real; the people were not fictitious but lived and were either known to or known of by the writer” — Preface, p.iii. One of the consistent family characters introduced is ‘Lady Christmas.... proprietor and editor of the ‘New Woman’s Magazine’.... the inventor of an extraordinary machine called “The New Woman", who was destined to crush out the old Adam wherever found...” — p.2. One story involves a serial killer, another a confidence trickster; the rest are non-criminous, one including an account, said to be contemporaneous, of Johnson, Boswell, and Goldsmith dining in the Middle Temple, one the visit of a child with its mother to Goldsmith, and another a duel in which Henry Fielding and Garrick are involved. Not in Hubin, though the two criminous stories might have qualified it. A subtly witty book, perhaps written too drily for the general taste. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted, probably as always: p.41, l.26, ‘d’ of ‘stood’ broken; p.145, l.28, raised ‘a’ in ‘are’; p.179, l.18, ‘s’ of ‘said’ broken; p.209, l.17, second opening inverted comma dropped before ‘The’; p.218, last line, ‘t’ battered at end of line; p.260, last line, risen space after ‘black’; p.280, l11, final ‘e’ of ‘guarantee’ printed faintly.
Ref: KRT113396


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HERON-MAXWELL (Beatrice) and EASTWICK (F.E.). The fifth Wheel. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1916. Full-colour frontispiece with tissue guard; cancel title-page; pp.319+[i (blank)]; dark green buckram, embosseded with publisher’s monogram blind on blind oval panel on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Neat restoration to cloth at lower corner of back joint; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


A murder mystery, set in Hampshire. Hubin does not record this title. We do not know the reason for the cancel title, but suspect that publication may have been delayed, and the year altered in consequence. The book was published in May 1916. The case of this copy was made too wide for the text, evidently allowing for the insertion of a catalogue that was never in fact included, possibly because of the growing paper shortage during the first world war. In this copy the following errata and typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undertermined): p.40, l.6, wrong font ‘l’ at start of line; p.86, l.27, ‘d’ of ‘down’ at start of line dropped; p.120, l.4, dropped ‘d’ at end of line; p.138, l.13, ‘something’ for ‘nothing’; l.14, ‘h is’ for ‘he is’; p.191, first line of epigraph, ‘sen’ for ‘sent’; p.251, l.19, ‘mine’ for ‘mind’; p.292, l.17, dropped ‘l’ at end of line.
Ref: KRT113400


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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.

HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Those Who Walk Away. Heinemann: London, 1967. Pp.[vi]+[250]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in sea-green and black; made up without end-papers. Slight darkening of wrappers, and very slight wear to head and tail of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Uncorrected Proof Copy, so designated on front wrapper. The front wrapper bears a publisher’s rubber stamp giving the date of publication as ‘13 FEB 1967’. Hubin, p.204. In this copy the second ‘N’ in ‘LONDON’ on the title-page is broken at the foot of the second vertical.
Ref: KRT113407


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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Those Who Walk Away. Heinemann: London, 1967. Pp.[vi]+[250]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in sea-green and black; made up without end-papers. Slight darkening and light foxing of wrappers, and very slight wear to head and tail of spine; asterisk inked on front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Uncorrected Proof Copy, so designated on front wrapper. Hubin, p.204. In this copy the second ‘N’ in ‘LONDON’ on the title-page is broken at the foot of the second vertical.
Ref: KRT113408


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HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Those Who Walk Away. Heinemann, 1967. Pp.[vi]+[250]; dark charcoal boards blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine in very slightly marked and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Hubin, p.204.
Ref: KRT113409


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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.

HIGHSMITH (Patricia). Found in the Street. Heinemann: London, 1986. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at ens; pp.[vi]+[277]+[v]; dull light blue cloth-textured boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $36.45



Ref: KRT113418


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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.

HILTON (James). We are not Alone. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1937. Pp.[iv]+[219]+[i (blank)]; cerise smooth cloth blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Fine, crisp, copy in the striking and atmospheric Bip Pares dust-wrapper very slightly rubbed at points of spine, and with small scuff affecting upper panel of dust-wrapper, but barely touching the design.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


The story of a small-town doctor who is eventually wrongly hanged for the murder of his wife. This title not in Hubin.
Ref: KRT113419


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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.

HOCKING (Silas K.). Adventures of Latimer Field, Curate. Illustrated. London, Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, 1903. All rights reserved. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; integral frontispiece, and numerous illustrations in text; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[iv]+152 (including frontispiece)+[ii]+[ii]; diagonally very fine ribbed brown cloth, blocked pictorially black and gilt, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine. End-papers slightly splitting and a little shaken; otherwise in general a nice copy. A scarce title.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


The probable joint first binding, otherwise similar copies being known in scarlet cloth. Copies in grey-green fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked in white on front cover instead of gilt, are probably secondary. Hubin, p.207.
Ref: KRT117914


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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.

HOCKING (Silas K.). Adventures of Latimer Field, Curate. Illustrated. London, Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, 1903. All rights reserved. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; integral frontispiece, and numerous illustrations in text; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[iv]+152 (including frontispiece)+[ii]+[ii]; grey-green fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine. Light staining to cloth of front cover; end-papers a little foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Almost certainly a secondary binding, copies also being known in scarlet or brown diagonally very fine-ribbed cloth with the front cover blocked in gilt instead of white. Hubin, p.207.
Ref: KRT117915


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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.

HORLER (Sydney). Heart cut diamond. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1929]. Two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.316+[iv]; mustard-yellow buckram, lettered and pictorially blocked black, lettered with publisher’s initials mustard-yellow through black, on front cover, blocked with ruled diamond scarlet, lettered black, on spine. Slight dusting of covers, and a couple of small rub-holes in cloth of front joint unobtrusively repaired with matching cloth; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


The correct first printing, the verso of the half-title listing eleven novels by Horler starting with this one and ending with ‘The Mystery of No.1’, and this title not appearing in the advertisements at the end. Hubin, p.211.
Ref: KRT113426


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HORLER (Sydney). Checkmate. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1930]. Two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.315+[i (blank)]+[iv]; mustard-yellow buckram, lettered and ruled black on front cover, blocked with ruled diamond scarlet, lettered black, on spine. Top and spine edge of back cover very slightly dusty; first and last few leaves a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The correct first printing, the verso of the half-title listing eighteen novels by Horler starting with this one and ending with ‘The Mystery of No.1’, and this title not appearing in the advertisements at the end. Hubin, p.211.
Ref: KRT113427


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HORLER (Sydney). The spy. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.319+[i (blank)]; light blue fine linen grain cloth lettered and with short rule black on front cover and spine. Slight fading of spine, and covers just a trifle marked; otherwise a nice copy, fine internally.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Hubin, p.212. Not issued in America.
Ref: KRT113429


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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.

HORLER (Sydney). Huntress of death. Hodder and Stoughton Limited., 1933. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[288]; light greenish blue buckram, lettered and with short rule black on front cover, lettered, blocked, and with publisher’s monogram, black, on spine. Two or three fox-spots on edges; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


Hubin, p.211. Not issued in America.
Ref: KRT113430


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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.

HORLER (Sydney). Virus x: A Paul Vivanti story. Quality Press Ltd, Publishers / 18 Adam Street, Adelphi, 1945. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.159+[i (blank)]; pale blue cloth lettered dark blue on front cover and up spine. Some very slight embrowning of poor quality paper; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper torn a little at head of one fold.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Hubin, p.212; Bleiler, 1948, p.152. Not published in America. A Secret Service story with some token SF interest.
Ref: KRT113434


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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.

HORLER (Sydney). Ring Up Nighthawk. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, May 1947. Red cloth lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. Spine and adjacent edges of covers slightly faded, probably by damp; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Hubin, p.212.
Ref: KRT113436


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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.

HORLER (Sydney). Exit the disguiser. A ‘Tiger Standish’ Adventure. London, Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1948. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.253+[ii (advertisements)]+[i (blank)] at end; light red cloth lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher’s monogram, and lettered, black, on spine. Rubber-stamps on front end-paper and title-page (v. note), and end-papers lightly embrowned; top-edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


The Publisher’s File Copy, the front end-paper and title-page bearing a rubber-stamp and a hand-written reference number to this effect, and the front end-paper a rubber-stamped date ‘25 OCT 1948’, this being presumably the date of publication (though the verso of the title-page reads ‘First printed, August, 1948 / Copyright by Sydney Horler, 1948). Hubin, p.211, recording no American edition.
Ref: KRT113437


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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.

HORLER (Sydney). Master Of Venom. London, Hodder and Stoughton, May 1949. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement on last leaf of text, integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.254+[ii]; cerise cloth, lettered white on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram, white, on spine. Rubber-stamp on front end-paper ( v. note); otherwise a fine copy in near-fine dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.211, not recording an American edition. An H. Emp (‘Rope’) story.
Ref: KRT113439


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