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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.

MORTON (Anthony [i.e., John Creasey]). The Baron goes Fast. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1954. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.192; carmine-lake fine-beaded-linen-grain boards, blocked, lettered, and with short rule black on spine. Rubber-stamp on front end-paper and unobtrusive file number written on spine of dust-wrapper [v. note]; otherwise a fine copy in pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy with their stamp to this effect on the front end-paper. Published at the rather odd price of 7s. 3d. net. Hubin, p.299. Not published in the U.S.A. until 1972.
Ref: KRT119902


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MURPHY (David J.). Inspector Malone Sails in. Selwyn & Blount Ltd., London : New York : Melbourne : Sydney, Cape Town, N.D. [1947]. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.176; deep blue sheep-patterned boards lettered gilt on spine. Gilt very slightly dulled on spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper with two chips at lower edge barely affecting the pictorial design.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The correct first printing, this being the last book listed on the inside front flap of the dust-wrapper under the heading ‘Stanley Paul’s New Fiction’. Hubin, p.302, listing only this title: another, ‘Death Joins the Dance’ is mentioned on the dust-wrapper as an earlier publication. Not issued in America.
Ref: KRT113633


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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.

NEWMAN (Bernard). The spy in the brown Derby. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1945. Double cr.16mo; pp.176; dull light blue cloth lettered gilt up spine. Slight fading of spine and adjacent edge of back cover; otherwise a fine copy in a dust-wrapper similarly faded.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Hubin, p.305: a Papa Pontivy story carrying the publisher’s careful declaration on the dust-wrapper “which the author describes as a ‘comedy thriller’". It is also a decent detective detective novel, and a novel of ideas, concerning itself with possible socio-political developments in the post-war world in a way that leads one to speculate as to the possibility of propaganda inputs from the British Intelligence services! The cloth colour of this volume is notoriously fugitive — as is the yellow of the 1940s Gollancz dust-wrappers. The present example is quite good.
Ref: KRT113639


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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.

NEWMAN (Bernard). Moscow murder. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1948. Double cr.16mo; blank at end; pp.222+[i]; dull light blue cloth lettered gilt on spine. fine copy in a slightly frayed dust-wrapper only very slightly faded.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


Hubin, p.305: a Papa Pontivy thriller. The yellow of the 1940s Gollancz dust-wrappers is notoriously fugitive. The present example is surprisingly fresh.
Ref: KRT113640


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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.

OATES (Joyce Carol). Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl-gang. Macmillan, London, N.D. [1993]. Sm.double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.[vi]+313+[i]; iron grey cloth-textured boards down-lettered, and blocked with publisher’s initial, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


First English edition of a book originally printed privately in America by The Franklin Library in a signed edition, and also issued there in a trade edition by Dutton in 1993. Coded ‘1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2’ on verso of title-page — where it also manages to include a full publishing history of the American editions without giving a date for itself!
Ref: KRT113643


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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.

OPPENHEIM (E. Phillips). The Master mummer. Illustrations by F.H. Townsend. London, Ward Lock & Co Limited, 1905. Line engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and fourteen plates, on art-paper; two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.315+[i (blank)]+[iv]; mottled brick-red linen, ruled and blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, embossed with lettering, rules, and design brick-red through gilt, on front cover, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, embossed with rules and lettering brick-red through gilt, on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, others trimmed. Tissue guard foxed, and a few scattered fox-spots or light marks in text; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Ruritanian-ish romance set in England and France. Hubin, p.313: the first English edition, the American edition appearing in 1904. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.22, 32, 60, 86, 114, 136, 147, 169, 189, 199, 234, 259, 271, and 293, and are tipped in at those openings. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.29, l.1, ‘e’ battered at end of line; p.46, last line, irregular type; p.56, ll.16 & 17, ‘el’ of ‘quarrel’ and ‘duc’ of ‘introduction’ printed faint; p.75, l.11, ‘courtsy’ for ‘courtesy’; p.76, l.26, opening inverted commas not present at start of line; p.77, l.25, ‘worst’ for ‘worse’; p.90, page number, ‘9’ too heavy and ‘0’ faint; p.95, l.9, ‘e’ of ‘have’ broken; p.107, l.3, ‘r’ broken at end of line; p.117, l.9, ‘s’, and l.12, ‘o’, broken at start of line; p.128, l.17, semi-colon instead of comma after ‘you’; p.172, ‘l’ of ‘laughed’ printed faint, and l.32, wrong font ‘o’ in ‘companions’; p.180, l.8, ‘t’ of ‘anything’ printed too heavily, and l.9, ‘even’ for ‘ever’; p.189, l.23, ‘u’ of ‘suffered’ printed too heavily; p.234, l.28, ‘ee’ and ‘w’ on ‘see, we’ printed faint; p.237, penultimate line, comma lacking at end of line; p.238, l.9, ‘s’ of ‘whispered’ printed too heavily; p.309, last line, tail of ‘g’ of ‘generations’ broken.
Ref: KRT113645


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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.

OPPENHEIM (E. Phillips). Harvey Garrard’s Crime. Hodder and Stoughton Limited London, N.D. [1927]. Blank before half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; pp.309+[i (blank)]+[viii]+[ii]; dull light blue cloth, ruled blind on front cover, black on spine, blocked with monograms and lettered black on front cover and spine. Slight flexion crease to corner of back board; front blank lightly foxed, and small mark in paper of half-title (an original paper fault) with offsetting onto title leaf; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


The correct first printing with this title heading the list of Oppenheim’s novels both on the verso of the half-title and on the first page of the advertisements at the end. Hubin, p.313: the first English edition of a title issued in America the previous year.
Ref: KRT113646


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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.

ORCZY (The Baroness [Emmuska]). Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. By The Baroness Orczy, Author of “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” etc. With sixteen full-page illustrations by Cyrus Cuneo, R.I. Cassell and Company, Ltd., London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1910. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates; text-paper binder’s blank, followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. text-paper catalogue, printed in scarlet and black, dated ‘7/10’, at end; vertically ribbed cerise cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Some foxing of edges and first and last few leaves, and a little light scattered foxing elsewhere; otherwise a nice, bright, copy.

GB £150.00

US $186.00


This copy has the reading ‘sown’ for ‘sewn’ at l.20 on p.91, as in every copy we have seen. Hubin, p.314. Not published in America until 1976!
Ref: KRT113650


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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.

ORCZY (Baroness [Emmuska]). The Man in Grey: Being Episodes of the Chouan Conspiracies In Normandy during the First Empire. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1918. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+311+[i (printer’s imprint); chocolate fine rough buckram, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Front paste-down slightly scuffed by removal of label, and gilt a little dulled on spine as usual with this book; otherwise a very nice copy of a difficult war-time title.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The printer’s imprint is coded ‘F140.518’. Hubin, p.314; Queen, DSS.
Ref: KRT111346


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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.

ORVIS (Kenneth [i.e., Kenneth Lemieux]). Night Without Darkness. 1965, Chatto & Windus. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[224]; drab cloth textured boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Hubin, p.315
Ref: KRT113652


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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.

PACKARD (Frank L.). Jimmie Dale and The blue envelope murder. Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City, 1930, New York. Blank before half-title; leaf relating to ‘Crime Club’ at end (verso blank); pp.[xii]+289+[i (blank)]+[ii]; black smooth cloth lettered scarlet on front cover and spine; t.e. light red; end-papers coated pale lemon. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


‘First edition’ on verso of title leaf. Hubin, p.316
Ref: KRT113654


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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.

PARKER (Robert B.). Pastime. G.P. Putnam’s Sons New York, 1991. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf follows half-title; half-tone vignette on title; pp.223+[i (blank)]; quarter rust-brown cloth-textured boards, smooth crocus-yellow paper covered board sides; yellow head- and tail- bands; scarlet end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper creased just a little at edges.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The correct first printing, coded 1-10 on verso of title-page. Printed on acid-free paper. There was also a limited edition.
Ref: KRT113659


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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.

PEMBERTON (Max). White Motley. With a Frontispiece by A.C. Michael. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, N.D. [February, 1913]. Full-colour frontispiece; pp.viii+340; mottled dark brown rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Hubin, p.322; this title not in Wolff. First English edition of a title originally published in America: in 1912, according to the copyright notice in this edition, in 1911 according to Hubin. Aviation — and fraud, etc. The frontispiece is a fanciful picture of a monoplane against a background of the Alps.
Ref: KRT113662


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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.

PHILLIPS (Conrad). The siren and The centaur. John Langdon Limited, N.D. [1947]. Double post 16mo; black cloth, blocked with author’s signature gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt across and up spine. Very nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription, dated from Hove, 1947, on the front end-paper. With the author’s corrections and revisions in pencil throughout the text (and on the dust-wrapper!). A detective story, involving robbery, prostitution, and murder, set in Soho. This title not in Hubin.
Ref: KRT113664


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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.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). A shadow passes. Being third and last part Of the Book of Avis. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1934. Two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+308+[iv]; glazed black fine-weave cloth, lettered pale green on front cover and spine; t.e. purple, fore-edges uncut. Extremely fine copy in striking pictorial dust-wrapper with one insignificant chip at point of fold to front flap.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


The first American edition of a book first published in England in 1918. ‘Published January, 1934’ on verso of title leaf. Complete in itself, but the third part of a trilogy of which ‘Bred in the Bone’ and ‘Witch’s Cauldron’ are chronologically the earlier parts, though they were written subsequently. The series was not completed until 1934. Hubin, p.326
Ref: KRT113669


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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.

PLUMMER (T. Arthur). Who fired the Factory? Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., London New York Melbourne Sydney, N.D. [1947]. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.208; smooth iron grey boards, lettered black on spine. Fine in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


An Andrew Frampton story. Hubin, p.328. Not published in America. A murder mystery. A beautiful period dust-wrapper.
Ref: KRT113673


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PLUMMER (T. Arthur). The Silent four. Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., London :: New York :: Melbourne :: Sydney, N.D. [1947]. Double post 16mo; pp.240; dull light blue linen-textured boards, lettered black on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper stained at extremities of spine, back panel, and on verso by old clear tape strengthening now removed, the wrapper being now protected by a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


An Andrew Frampton story. Hubin, p.328. Not published in America. A murder mystery. A beautiful period dust-wrapper, the pictorial front panel being unaffected by the slight staining.
Ref: KRT113674


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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.

POST (Melville Davisson). The corrector Of destinies: Being tales of Randolph Mason as related By his private secretary, Courtlandt Parks. New York, Edward J. Clode, Publisher, 1908. Blank serving as pastedown, and conjugate half-title, precede title-page printed in scarlet and black; integral blank at end; pp.[2]+vi+302+[2]; scarlet buckram, blocked black, enamelled white, lettered black and gilt, on front cover, lettered and blocked black, enamelled white, on spine. Pastedown blank cracked a little at gutter; white enamel slightly rubbed on front cover, and somewhat chipped (but rather less than usual) on spine (v. note).

GB £85.00

US $105.40


The first binding, later copies having the front cover lettered all in black — and here, correctly, without a front free end-paper. (Copies sometimes turn up that have been ‘improved’.) The enamel on the spine is always chipped, and usually lacking entirely (unless it too has been ‘improved’). In the present copy it is about 80% present (looks like a photograph of Mars, but white, with the north pole and a few craters showing scarlet!) The third volume of Randolph Mason short stories, reprinting material first published in Pearson’s Magazine in 1907 — 8. Queen, DSS, p.90; Haycraft, p.94, incorrectly recording this title as dated 1909; Hubin, p.330. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (significance of state, if any, undetermined): p.19, l.17, ‘mme’ of ‘hammered’ battered; p.49, penultimate line, ‘m’ of ‘me’ broken; p.79, l.2, ‘u’ of ‘Balduc’ broken; p.151, l.4 of text, ‘d’ of ‘and’ battered; l.19, wrong fount ‘d’ in ‘directed’; p.176, l.11, first ‘s’ in ‘shops’ faintly printed; p.198, ll.21, 23, and 25, first letter battered; p.202, l.16, ‘s’ of ‘peasants’ faintly printed; p.207, l.12, second ‘d’ in ‘handed’ broken; p.210, l.9, ‘s’ in ‘spoke’ faintly printed; p.212, last line, ‘p’ of ‘upon’ broken; p.231, running head, risen shoulder to first letter; p.237, l.22, ‘d’ of ‘laid’ battered; p.247, running head, risen shoulder to first and second ‘A’; p.256, l.23, ‘nc’ of ‘incurable’ battered; p.293, l.26, ‘ly’ of ‘uously’ battered; and p.301, l.12, ‘i’ dropped at start of line.
Ref: KRT113676


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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.

PRENTIS (John H[arcourt].). The case of Doctor Horace: A study of the importance Of conscience in the Detection of crime. New York, the Baker and Taylor Companny, [March,] 1907. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; half-tone frontispiece after Rollin Crampton, with tissue guard; pp.[ii]+268+[ii]; vertically fine-ribbed brownish scarlet cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked cream, blocked black, embossed with lettering cream-shadowed brownish scarlet, on front cover, lettered cream on spine. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine and spine enamel present only as very faint traces on a couple of letters; slight rubbing of cream enamel on front cover; a couple of insignificant marks and two short tears in margins, otherwise a very nice copy internally.

GB £22.00

US $27.28


Allowing the improbability of the initial situation, a most interesting and unusual ‘murder’ story in which we follow both the planning and arrangement of the crime and the detection, seeing the how the police officer concerned comes to recognise the existence and appreciate the meaning of apparently insignificant clues in a very convincing and realistic way by a process of thinking himself through the commision of the crime from the point of view of the man committing it. Hubin p.332: apparently the author’s only detective novel. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.107, l.2, ‘aad’ for ‘and’; p.201, last line, ‘be’ for ‘he’; pp.35/6, l.14 (and curiously, backing each other in position in the line), broken ‘d’ in ‘loitered’, broken ‘B’ in ‘But’; p.53, l.19, battered type in ‘viously’; p.105, l.7, broken ‘e’ in ‘ferocity’; p.113, l.6, broken ‘l’ in ‘like’; p.116, l.17, broken ‘l’ in ‘Chelsea’; p.153, l.8, broken ‘f’ in ‘face’; p.215, last line, broken ‘l’ in ‘language’; p.221, l.17, broken ‘l’ in ‘marshaling’; p.239, antepenult, second ‘l’ broken in ‘filled’; p.242, l.15, broken ‘n’ in ‘any’; p.264, l.1, broken ‘l’ in ‘Wallace’.
Ref: KRT113678


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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.

PRICHARD (K. and H. Hesketh). The Cahusac Mystery By K. and H. Hesketh Prichard, Authors of “Don Q,” etc. London, William Heinemann, 1912. Half-title and final leaf of text both single insets (and presumably printed conjugate, completing a half-sheet); pp.vi+3-340; 16pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, on thinner paper; brown fine-beaded-linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s initials device, blind, in centre of back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. End-papers lightly foxed, top- and fore- edges very slightly so, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Advance copy, with publisher’s ‘Presentation Copy’ stamp in blind on upper margin of title-page. Hubin, p.73, giving Hesketh Prichard’s first name as ‘Vernon’. The curious pagination is evidently correct, a further leaf of prelims. having been allowed for. Certain damaged type recurs at intervals throughout, and is not recorded here. Apart from that the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy (significance, if any, undetermined): p.3, second ‘M’ of ‘MALCOLM’ clogged in chapter heading; p.18, l.1, clogged ‘f’ in ‘for’, l.3. ‘o’ of ‘how’ largely lacking; p.19, ‘B’ of signature mark broken; p.27, l.17, word, probably ‘to’, lacking after ‘door’; p.41, l.16, full-stop instead of comma after ‘himself’ (this is probably a damaged comma, however, as it recurs: other examples are found on p.73, antepenultimate line, after ‘man’, and p.112, l.3, after ‘her’); p.48, l.10, ‘rose’ for ‘risen’; p.64, ‘VI’ of chapter number battered; p.152, l.11, ‘told’ for ‘cold’; p.169, l.1, ‘make’ for ‘makes’; p.171, l.8, ‘S’ of ‘Surely’ battered; p.198, risen furniture at foot of page; p.232, l.14, second ‘c’ of ‘Cahusac’ badly battered; p.258, l.15, first stroke of ‘v’ thickened in ‘love’; p.271, risen furniture at foot of page.
Ref: KRT113679


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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.

QUEEN (Ellery [i.e., Frederick Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee].). The door between: A Problem in Deduction. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937. Pp.287+[i (blank)]; black fine linen, lettered scarlet on spine. Tape marks on end-papers; otherwise a very fine, crisp, copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Hubin, p.335.
Ref: KRT113685


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QUEEN (Ellery [i.e., Frederick Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee].). The dragon’s teeth: A Problem in Deduction. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Black glazed cloth, lettered scarlet on spine. Some wear to covers; large light greasy stain affecting prelims., and lower margins of first and last gatherings. As a reading copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Hubin, p.335.
Ref: KRT113686


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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.

QUEEN (Ellery). The origin of evil. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1951. Double cr.16mo; final blank; red cloth, lettered black on spine. Nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.335. Issued the same year as the American edition.
Ref: KRT113688


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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.

QUEEN (Ellery). Inspector Queen’s Own case. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1956. Final blank; red boards lettered gilt on spine. Small mark on spine; bookseller’s large stamp and two numerals on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Hubin, p.335. Published the same year as the American edition.
Ref: KRT113689


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QUEEN (Ellery [i.e., Frederick Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee].). The House of Brass. The New American Library, [N.Y.,] 1968. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; biographical note leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[viii]+210+[i]+[iii]; lemon inverted sand-grain boards, blocked and lettered scarlet on spine; t.e.scarlet, fore-edges uncut; red and yellow head and tail bands. Slight bruise towards tail of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Hubin, p.335.
Ref: KRT113690


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QUENTIN (Patrick). The man in the net. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1956. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.222+[ii]; scarlet boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Hubin, p.335
Ref: KRT113691


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QUENTIN (Patrick). Suspicious Circumstances. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1957. Double cr.16mo; pp.[224]; scarlet boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Hubin, p.336
Ref: KRT113692


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RANDAU (Carl) and ZUGSMITH (Leane). The visitor. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1945. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+119+[v]; mottled light blue cloth, up-lettered and blocked yellow on spine. Fine copy in minimally frayed and slightly faded and marked dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.338: the first English edition of a title issued in America in 1944. The front panel of the dust-wrapper reads, somewhat illogically: “It is our opinion that this is an exceptional detective story. What is a matter not of opinion but of fact is that it is exceptionally short. We mention this because, with the present paper shortage, we do not want to sell too many copies — and the public is alleged to be so stupid as to dislike short books.” Possibly they meant ‘pulp too many copies’! The novel was dramatised by Kenneth White in the same year.
Ref: KRT113695


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REEVE (Arthur B.). The Dream Doctor: The New Adventures of Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective. By Arthur B. Reeve Author of “The Silent Bullet,” “The Poisoned Pen,” etc. Illustrated by Will Foster. New York, Hearst’s International Library Co., 1914. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.[iv]+379+[i (blank)]; vertically-fine-ribbed deep cerise cloth, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on spine, blocked and lettered bright red, blocked gilt, on front cover. Three insignificant fox-spots to fore-edges and stains to three or four margins, but a very nice, crisp, copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The third Craig Kennedy title. Detective short stories, many involving inventions that were certainly science-fictive at the time, and some of which are so still. The volume includes “The Dream Doctor"; “The Soul Analysis"; “The Sybarite"; “The Beauty Shop"; “The Phantom Circuit"; “The Detectaphone"; “The Green Curse"; “The Mummy Case"; “The Elixir of Life"; “The Toxin of Death"; “The Opium Joint"; “The Dope Trust"; “The Kleptomaniac"; “The Crimeometer"; “The Vampire"; “The Blood Test"; “The Bomb Maker"; “The ‘Coke’ Fiend"; “The Submarine Mystery"; “The Wireless Detector"; “The Ghouls"; “The X-Ray ’Movies’"; “The Death House"; and “The Final Day". Craig Kennedy was at one time America’s most popular detective in books, magazines, and silent films, and no American author of any type sold better then in the UK. In World War I, Reeve was asked by the American government to create a scientific laboratory for detecting spies, and his work led to the creation also of the earliest police laboratories in America. Hubin [1979], p.341; Reginald , 12092; Bleiler [1948], p.232.

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REEVE (Arthur B.). A Craig Kennedy mystery: The Kidnap Club By Arthur B. Reeve Author of The Golden Age of Crime, Craig Kennedy Listens In, Exploits of Elaine, The Treasure Train. New York, The Macaulay Company, 1932. Blank before half-title, five at end; pp.238+[x]; deep pink buckram, blocked and lettered yellow on front cover and spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper with three-eighths of an inch chip across width of spine at head (barely touching printed area), and with author’s name and publisher’s device faded on dust-wrapper spine.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Hubin, p.341
Ref: KRT113699


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RENDELL (Ruth). A Sleeping Life. Hutchinson of London, 1978. Double demy 16mo; two blanks before half-title, three at end; pp.[iv]+[182]+[vi]; salmon pink wrappers, cut flush, lettered black on front wrapper and down spine; made up without end-papers. Some barely perceptible fading to wrappers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Uncorrected proof copy on proofing paper. The front wrapper gives the provisional publication date as ‘8.5.78’ and the provisional price as ‘£4.25’. An Inspector Wexford novel.
Ref: KRT117789


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RENDELL (Ruth). The Tree of Hands. Hutchinson, 1984. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; pp.[269]+[iii]; black boards blocked with publisher’s device and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: KRT113703


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RENDELL (Ruth). Live Flesh. Hutchinson, LondonMelbourneAucklandJohannesburg, 1986. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.272; dull blue fine beaded linen-grain textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered silver down and on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: KRT113704


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RENDELL (Ruth). Talking to Strange men. Hutchinson, LondonMelbourneAucklandJohannesburg, 1987. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.[iv]+300; dull blue fine beaded linen-grain textured boards, ruled, blocked with publisher’s device, downlettered and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: KRT113705


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RENDELL (Ruth). The Veiled One. Hutchinson, London Melbourne Auckland Johannesburg, 1988. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+[278]+[ii]; black beaded-linen-grain boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: KRT113706


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RENDELL (Ruth). The Bridesmaid. No [in ink:] 271 [in type:] in a limited edition of 500. Hutchinson, LondonSydneyAucklandJohannesburg, 1989. A5 format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.298+4; glazed white card self-wrappers, front wrapper cut flush, back wrapper with folding flap, printed on front cover, spine, and flap in black and scarlet, on back wrapper in black. Near-fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Uncorrected proof, so designated on the front wrapper. One of an edition limited to only 500 numbered copies issued for promotional purposes to the book trade and media in advance of the published volume, from which it differs slightly at least in respect of format and the number of pages it contains.
Ref: KRT113708


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RENDELL (Ruth). Kissing The Gunner’s Daughter. Hutchinson, London Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1992. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[vi]+345+[i (blank)]; black fine cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s device gilt on spine; scarlet and white headband; light scarlet end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


A Chief Inspector Wexford mystery.
Ref: KRT113709


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RENDELL (Ruth). Simisola. Hutchinson, London, 1994. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf, blank on verso, follows half-title with advertisements on verso; Acknowledgement leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[viii]+323+[i (blank)]+[i]+[iii]; dark puce cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine; black end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The correct first printing, with ‘1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2’ on verso of title-page. A Chief Inspector Wexford mystery.
ISBN 0 — 09 — 179161 — 8
Ref: KRT113711


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RENDELL (Ruth). Adam and Eve and Pinch me. Hutchinson, London, 2001. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf, blank on verso, follows half-title with advertisements on verso; blank at end; pp.[vi]+375+[iii]; dull grey-green cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine; dark grey-green end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The correct first printing, with ‘1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2’ on verso of title-page. There was also a paperback issue.
ISBN 0 — 09 — 179434 — X
Ref: KRT113712


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RENDELL (Ruth). The Babes in the Wood. Hutchinson, London, 2002. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf, blank on verso, follows half-title with advertisements on verso; biographical note leaf, blank on verso, and dedication leaf, follow title-page; blank at end; pp.x+323+[iii]; black cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine; black end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The correct first printing, with ‘1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2’ on verso of title-page. Page ‘x’, which is blank apart from the page number, is the only leaf of the prelims. to be numbered! There was also a paperback issue. A Chief Inspector Wexford mystery.
ISBN 0 — 09 — 179446 — 3
Ref: KRT113713


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RHODE (John). The Venner crime. Odhams Press Limited, 1933. Dark red cloth lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded, and gilt oxydised, as usual with this series; otherwise a fine copy in chipped, creased, and torn dust-wrapper strengthened on the verso with tissue.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Hubin, p.344. A Dr. Priestley story. Issued as volume five in Odhams “Passing Show” Library of New Fiction.
Ref: KRT113716


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RHYS-WILLIAMS (Juliet [i.e., Evangeline Glyn]). Forty-nine chances. Rich & Cowan, London New York Melbourne Sydney Cape Town, N.D. [1947]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; very dark grey-green buckram lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with triangular chip (1” x 1 1/2") at top of front panel (barely touching design).

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The author’s only detective novel. Hubin, p.344
Ref: KRT113721


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RINEHART (Mary Roberts). Alibi for Isabel And other stories. Cassell and Company Ltd., 1946. Final blank; light brown cloth lettered black up spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed and rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Hubin, p.347. First English edition.
Ref: KRT113724


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SAYERS (Dorothy L.) and EUSTACE (Robert). The Documents in the case. London, Ernest Benn Limited, 1930. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.287+[i (printer’s imprint)]; black buckram blocked and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Minor faults, but in general a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Haycraft, pp.136 — 7: “not only a superlative example of the medical detective story, but a graceful tribute in its narrative method to Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Moonstone’". A Haycraft ‘Cornerstone’. Hubin, p.365; Gilbert A10a.
Ref: KRT117762


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SAYERS (Dorothy L.). In the teeth of the Evidence And other stories. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Final blank; black buckram, lettered scarlet on spine. A nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Hubin, p.365. Seventeen stories, two about Lord Peter Wimsey, five about Montague Egg, the rest non-series. This copy has the misprint “attended it” for “attended to” at l.4 on p.8; “Bernard Whipley” at l.5 on p.71, but “Henry” at l.3 on p.75; “;” for “:” at l.16 on p.57; and “gardeo” for “garden” at l.17 on p.269; on p.249 l.18 reads “hurriedly absorbing something", which is recalled on p.252 as “sipping whisky and soda".
Ref: KRT113743


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SCOTT (Leroy). Partners Of the night. By Leroy Scott Author of “The Walking Delegate,” “Counsel for the Defence,” etc. Illustrated by Dalton Stevens. New York, The Century Co., [October,] 1916. Three blanks before half-title, two at end; half-tone frontispiece and seven plates, on art-paper, all included in the pagination; pp.[xviii]+361+[v]; black rough buckram lettered orange on front cover and spine, and with small orange triangle blocked on spine. Very slight rubbing to enamel of front cover; some cracking of end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


An episodic semi-hard-boiled novel about police corruption in New York, well written and with many good twists and turns, published originally in the Metropolitan Magazine. Hubin, p.367; Smith, ‘American Fiction 1901 — 1925’, S-211.

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SCOTT (John Reed). The Man in Evening Clothes. By John Reed Scott, Author of “The Cab of the Sleeping Horse,” “The Colonel Of the Red Huzzars,” “The Unforgiving Offender,” “The Duke of Oblivion,” etc. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London, The Nickerbocker Press, 1917. Half-title not called for; binder’s blank and integral advertisement leaf printed on verso precede full-colour frontispiece after E.L. Crompton, bound in, with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[vi]+387+[i (blank)]+[4]; pinkish red rough buckram ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


A scarce late title, and apparently the author’s last book, the novel begins as though it is to be a humorous spoof crime story: but that is actually no more than characterisation of the narrator, the younger son of an English lord, with a diplomatic position in Washington, a fascination with gemstones, and not enough money to support his lifestyle. He takes to crime, but much of the novel is concerned with another, much more ambitious jewel-thief with whom he becomes unwillingly involved and whom he eventually helps to track down. The book ends on a note of romance. Hubin, p.367; COPAC records copies at the British Library, Oxford, and the National Library of Wales only.

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SHIEL (M.P.). Prince Zaleski And Cummings King Monk. Mycroft & Moran, Sauk City Wisconsin, 1977. Sm.cr.8vo format, perfect bound; frontispiece by Bob Arrington on verso of half-title; colophon leaf, blank on recto, at end; pp.[vi]+220+[ii]; glazed black cloth lettered gilt on and down spine; yellow-and-black head- and tail- bands; grey end-papers. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First edition of this collection. Includes the three Zaleski stories first published in ‘Prince Zaleski’ in 1895, plus ‘The Return of Prince Zaleski’, and the three Cummings King Monk stories from the 1911 collection, ‘The Pale Ape’. Four thousand copies of this volume were printed.
Ref: KRT113750


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SHIEL (M.P.). Prince Zaleski And Cummings King Monk. Mycroft & Moran, Sauk City Wisconsin, 1977. Sm.cr.8vo format, perfect bound; frontispiece by Bob Arrington on verso of half-title; colophon leaf, blank on recto, at end; pp.[vi]+220+[ii]; glazed black cloth lettered gilt on and down spine; yellow-and-black head- and tail- bands; grey end-papers. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First edition of this collection. Includes the three Zaleski stories first published in ‘Prince Zaleski’ in 1895, plus ‘The Return of Prince Zaleski’, and the three Cummings King Monk stories from the 1911 collection, ‘The Pale Ape’. Four thousand copies of this volume were printed.
Ref: KRT113750


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SPARROY (Massicks). The Listening Woman. Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1932. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+[294]+[ii]; cerise fine-linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with insignificant chip at upper corner of back panel, not affecting printed area.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


‘Published May, 1932’ on verso of title-page. First American edition of a title published in England by Faber & Faber in the same year. The dust-wrapper design is by Dorothea Braby, who also produced illustrations for the Golden Cockerel Press. The author’s first novel. Hubin, p.384
Ref: KRT113765


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SPEIGHT (T.W.). Ursula Lenorme: Lady Companion: Being a Record of certain Experiences indited By Herself, and edited By T.W. Speight. London, Digby, Long & Co., 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1909. Advertisement leaf, blank on recto, precedes half-title; advertisements on verso of half-title; pp.320; vertically fine-ribbed purple cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, lettered and blocked gilt on front cover and spine. Spine a fraction darkened, and with insignificant vertical crease; front free end-paper lacking; end-papers and edges foxed, and a little scattered foxing elsewhere; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a scarce title.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Five linked novelettes within a romantic frame. The fourth involves fraud, the fifth the detection of a robbery: the rest are not criminous. Deafness (and signing) plays a part in the plot of the first story, failing vision in the second. Hubin, p.385; not in Sadleir; this title not in Hubin.
Ref: KRT117921


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SPILLANE (Mickey). The Deep. A Novel. Arthur Barker Limited, 20 New Bond Street, 1961. Sm.double cr.16mo; three blanks at end, serving as end-papers; navy blue boards blocked and lettered yellow on spine. Fine in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Hubin, p.385.
Ref: KRT113766


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STEWART (Mary). Airs above the Ground. Hodder and Stoughton, 1965. Double extra cr.16mo; final blank; pp.254+[ii]; glazed dark blue cloth-textured boards, panelled light blue, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.391
Ref: KRT113771


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STEWART (Mary). The Gabriel Hounds. Hodder and Stoughton, 1967. Double extra cr.16mo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; glazed moss-green cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device gilt, lettered gilt and scarlet, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Drug production and smuggling (hemp, opium, heroin). Hubin, p.391
Ref: KRT113772


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STORY (Jack Trevor). Albert rides Again. Allison & Busby, 1990. Double demy 16mo; pp.[viii]+168; black fine cloth-textured boards, down-lettered, blocked with publisher’s device, and lettered, gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: KRT113774


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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.

SYMONS (Julian). The Colour of Murder. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, St James’s Place, London, 1957. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; scarlet fine cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Hubin, p.397. The author’s seventh detective novel.
Ref: KRT113779


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SYMONS (Julian). The Progress of A Crime. Published for The Crime Club By Collins, St James’s Place, London, 1960. Sm.cr.8vo, perfect bound; scarlet boards blocked with publisher’s device and lettered black on spine. Nice copy in slightly frayed, marked, and torn dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Hubin, p.397.
Ref: KRT113780


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SYMONS (Julian). Death’s Darkest Face. M, Macmillan, London, 1990. Demy 8vo; illustrations in text; pp.272; maroon cloth-textured boards blocked gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: KRT113784


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TEILHET (Darwin L.). The fear makers. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1946. Double post 16mo; deep sky-blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt up spine. Fine copy in very slightly nicked and faded dust-wrapper.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Hubin, p.399. First English edition. Published in America in 1945.
Ref: KRT113787


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THEROUX (Paul). The Family Arsenal. A novel by Paul Theroux. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1976. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; pp.[vi]+[311]+[iii]; black coarse-linen-textured boards down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s initials device silver on spine. Very nice copy in laminated dust-wrapper with laminate a trifle fraying at corners of flaps.

GB £50.00

US $62.00



Ref: KRT113790


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THORNDIKE (Russell). The Vandekkers. Thornton Butterworth Limited, 15 Bedford Street, London, W.C.2, 1929. Integral advertisement leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.318+[ii]; light scarlet vertical beaded-linen-grain cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher’s device on sides, and lettered on front cover, blind, ruled blind, lettered black, on spine. Very light mottling of sides, otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. Scarce.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The author’s third novel, following ‘Dr. Syn’ published in 1915, and ‘The Slype’ in 1927. Hubin, p.403
Ref: KRT118760


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THORNDIKE (Russell). The water witch. Thornton Butterworth Limited, 15, Bedford Street, London, W.C.2, 1932. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.317+[i (advertisements)]+[ii]; scarlet vertical faint herring-bone patterned cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered blind on front cover, lettered black on spine. Pinhead sized hole in cloth over front joint; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Hubin, p.403, recording this title as of undetermined status. It is in fact a detective story involving jewel theft, murder, blackmail, and attempted murder, set partly at sea, and making use of a flying-boat. In this copy a typographical error, ‘make’ for ‘wake’ at l.1, p.307, has been corrected in ink.
Ref: KRT113794


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TRACY (Louis). The Sirdar’s sabre: Being for the most part The adventures of Sirdar Bahadur Mohammed Khan. London, F.V. White and Co., Limited, 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1905. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[2]+[x]+241+[iii]; scarlet faintly moiré fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram black on back cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


‘Colonial Edition’, so stamped at the tail-edge of the front cover, but from the same publisher and bearing the same date as the English edition. Such colonial issues were generally intended to be published simultaneously with the English editions, and because of time factors were usually taken from the earliest portion of the print run, and bound up in advance of the regular edition. The present title, which consists of a series of linked stories of crime, mystery, and adventure, is rare in any issue or edition. This title not in Hubin.
Ref: KRT117896


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TURNER (Edgar). The lady and The burglar: A Fantastic Romance By Edgar Turner Author of “The Girl with Feet of Clay". Frontispiece by Oscar Wilson. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, New York and Melbourne, N.D. [1904]. Advertisement leaf, blank on verso, precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.294; bright violet buckram, ruled and blocked white, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. White enamel rubbed from head of spine, and spine a trifle dulled and faded and with vertical wrinkle near foot; small closed tear to fore-margin of half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A humorous, but very readable novel of burglary, imprisonment, and the subsequent attempts of the thieves to recover a box of stolen jewels from the place where they had buried it, which in the mean time has been built-over and become the site of a non-conformist chapel. According to the English Catalogue of books this title was published in May, 1904. COPAC records only three copies, to all of which it assigns the date [1905] this being presumably the point at which the publishers got around to sending the deposit copies. Hubin, p.410, giving the same date as ourselves.

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VANCE (Louis Joseph). The private war Being the truth about Gordon Traill: His personal statement. Edited by Louis Joseph Vance, Author of “Terence O’Rourke, Gentleman Adventurer". With four illustrations by George W. Lambert. London, E. Grant Richards, 1906. Blank and advertisement leaf precede half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; final blank; pp.[2]+[x]+[370]+[ii]; scarlet smooth cloth, blocked pictorially black, grey, and white, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Some mottled darkening to back cover; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £34.00

US $42.16


A well-written novel of the ‘Thirty-nine Steps’ variety, but somewhat earlier. Apparently seriallised in the U.S.A. in 1905, and published there in volume form in the same year as this English edition. This title not in Hubin. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.18, l.22, ‘a’ dropped out at end of line; p.102, l.24, ‘open’ for ‘opened’; p.229, antepenultimate line, raised space before ‘that’; p.310, l.17, ‘rail’ for ‘hail’; p.331, l.3, hyphen lacking at end of line.
Ref: KRT113802


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VANCE (Louis Joseph). The Bronze bell. London, Grant Richards, 1909. Final blank; pp.350+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed dark navy blue cloth, blocked blind and gilt and with blind-pressed panel on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Fore- and lower- edges foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Hubin, p.414: published in America in the same year.
Ref: KRT113803


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VAN DINE (S.S.). The Scarab murder case. A Philo Vance story. Cassell and Company, Ltd., London, Toronto, Melbourne and Sydney, 1930. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; one large folding plan; other illustrations in text; pp.[341]+[iii]; dull purple rexine, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth nicked at head and tail of spine; slight foxing of prelims. and last two leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Hubin, p.414
Ref: KRT113804


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VAN WYCK MASON (F.). The Deadly orbit mission. Robert Hale, 1968. Uncorrected proof copy; pale green wrappers, the front wrapper printed in black. Wrappers slightly faded, otherwise very nice.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Hubin, p.286. The first English edition. The publisher’s ink-amended rubber stamp on the front wrapper gives the date of publication as September.
Ref: KRT113807


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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.

VICKERS (Roy). Four past Four. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James’s, London, S.W.1, 1925. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.312+[viii]; lime green fine linen patterned cloth blocked and lettered with publisher’s imprint device black on back cover, pictorially blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered and with publisher’s initials device, black, on spine. Slight rubbing of spine imprint and device; old inked price on front paste-down; but a virtually fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The author’s fifth title under his own name. Hubin, p.417: not published in America until 1945.

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Ref: KRT113811


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VICKERS (Roy). The Radingham Mystery. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street, London, S.W.1, N.D. [1928]. Pp.311+[i (blank)]; deep orange cloth blocked and lettered with publisher’s imprint device black on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s initials device, black, on spine. Slight mottling of covers, but a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Hubin, p.417.

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VICKERS (Roy). The Whispering Death. Jefferson House, New York, 1947. Pp.[vi]+186; pale brown buckram lettered black on and down spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


First American edition of a book published originally in England in 1932 under the by-line ‘John Spencer’.

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Ref: KRT113815


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VICKERS (Roy). Six came to dinner. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 Duke of York Street, St. James’s, London, S.W.1, N.D. [1948]. Sm.double cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.254+[ii]; orange cloth blocked and lettered with publisher’s imprint device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s initials device, black, on spine. Fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


"First printing” on verso of title-page. Hubin, p.417. A Hugh Stanton story.

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Ref: KRT113816


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VICKERS (Roy). Maid To Murder. New York, 1950, The M.S. Mill Co., and William Morrow And Company. Double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+250; fawn buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered red on spine. Faint cracks in surface of buckram at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Hubin, p.417. Published in England by Faber in the same year as ‘Murdering Mr. Velfrage’.

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Ref: KRT113817


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VICKERS (Roy). Murder In Two Flats. M.S. Mill Co., and William Morrow & Co., New York, 1952. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[vi]+215+[iii]; grey-green fine-linen-textured boards, lettered, ruled and down-lettered red on spine. Large piece torn from final blank and back free end-paper, otherwise a fine copy in creased, minutely chipped, and slightly frayed dust-wrapper with two tears reinforced with ghost-tape on verso.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Hubin, p.417. Published in England in the preceding year. A Hugh Stanton story.

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VICKERS (Roy). Gold and wine. Walker & Company, New York, 1961. Double extra cr.16mo; two blanks at end; pp.220+[iv]; pinkish-red linen blocked with publisher’s device and lettered black down spine. Faint mark on fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The first American edition of a book published in England in 1949. Hubin, p.417

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Ref: KRT113819


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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.

WALLACE (Edgar). The keepers of The king’s peace. Illustrated by Maurice Grieffenhagen. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1917. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and nine plates; pp.303+[i (printer’s imprint); publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, not listing this title; green beaded-linen-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Minute rub-hole (1 x 3mm) in cloth over back joint; inscription (dated ‘Christmas 1917’ on front end-paper) otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Short stories involving Sanders and Bones, published in November 1917. Hubin, p.421; Kiddle, W.91: the correct first. Also known in blue cloth. There was no U.S. edition.
Ref: KRT117893


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WALLACE (Edgar). The fighting Scouts. By Edgar Wallace Author of “Smithy and the Huns,” “Four Just Men,” etc. London, C. Arthur Pearson, Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C.2., February, 1919. Sm.f’cap 8vo; blank serving as paste-down precedes half-title, 3pp. integral advertisements at end (for ‘Pelmanism’), the last serving as pastedown; pp.[viii]+116+[iv]; sage-green fine-linen-patterned cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine, blind on front cover; issued without true end-papers. Slight rubbing to tail-edge of spine; paper lightly embrowned throughout; inscription on half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Printed on a very thick, rough, war-time stringency paper, here only lightly embrowned. Kiddle W55: the correct first printing.

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Ref: KRT119972


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WALLACE (Edgar). The twister. John Long, Limited, 34, 35, & 36 Paternoster Row, [January,] 1928. Light crimson fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Kiddle W173. The correct first printing, dated 1928 on verso of title and at end of text, and with eleven titles (‘Flat 2’ — ‘The Man from Morocco’) on verso of half-title; but Kiddle’s secondary binding, differentiated from the first by the presence of blind rules on the front cover.
Ref: KRT120535


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WALLACE (Edgar). The Gunner. London, John Long, Limited, 34, 35 & 36 Paternoster Row (All Rights Reserved), 1928. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.285+[iii]; pinkish red fine linen grain cloth ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; pale buff end-papers. Small darkened patch on back cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Kiddle, W79: the correct first printing, dated 1928 both on the title-page and at the foot of the last page of text; and the first binding, ruled in blind rather than black on the front cover. Hubin, p.421
Ref: KRT113825


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WALLACE (Edgar). Again the three Just men. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [March, 1928]. Diagram in text; pp.320; yellow buckram blocked black, lettered yellow-through-black, black, and black-outlined yellow on front cover, blocked red, lettered black and black-outlined yellow on spine. Covers very lightly rubbed; very slight wear to cloth of spine a head and tail; slight foxing of edges; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


Kiddle, W5. The correct first printing, with thirty-three titles listed opposite the title-page (‘The Double’ — ‘The Law of the Four Just Men’), and the correct first binding, of yellow cloth with a red circle on the spine.
Ref: KRT113826


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WALLACE (Edgar). Again the ringer. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, N.D. [1929]. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.315+[i (blank)]+4; mustard yellow buckram, blocked red, lettered black on front cover and spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Hubin, p.420. Kiddle, W4. The correct first printing.
Ref: KRT113828


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WARDEN (Florence [i.e., Florence Alice Price James]). Sir Penywern’s Wife. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1915. Full colour frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.319+[i (blank)]; vertically fine ribbed leaf green cloth ruled and elaborately blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Labels removed from front end-papers leaving slight damage; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


A scarce late title by the author of ‘The House on the Marsh’. This title neither in Sadleir nor the extensive Wolff collection of Florence Warden; Hubin, p.425, recording this title as of undetermined status: it is a mystery story turning on blackmail, with the odd death thrown in.
Ref: KRT113835


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WEBB (Charles). The Wilderness effect. A Novel by Charles Webb. 1982, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.238+[ii]; grey-green cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: KRT113837


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WENTWORTH (Patricia [i.e., Nora Amy Dillon Turnbull]). The Case of William Smith. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.254+[ii]; bright jade green cloth, lettered black on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram black on spine. Rubber-stamps and ink numbers on front end-papers and title-page (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper with unobtrusive number written on the spine.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamps. The fourteenth ‘Miss Silver’ book. Hubin, p.431. The first English edition of a title published in America in 1948. The following erratum and typographical faults have been noted in this copy: p.72, l.6, ‘he tu’ battered; p.129, last two lines, risen quads before ‘accept’, ‘You’, ‘have’, ‘kept’, ‘a’, and ‘good’; p.148 last line, risen quad before ‘as’; p.150, l.34, the third ‘I’ battered; p.153, l.2, risen quad before ‘convinced’; p.209, l.11, improper spacing between ‘m’ and ‘a’ in ‘made’; p.220, l.9, risen quads before ‘and’ and ‘up’; p.244, l.16, ‘retraint’ for ‘restraint’; p.252, l.30, risen quad before ‘saw’.

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Ref: KRT113840


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WENTWORTH (Patricia [i.e., Nora Amy Dillon Turnbull]). The Benevent treasure. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.222+[ii]; light maroon fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on title-page (v. note), and slight marking to fore-margin of half-title due to brush with rubber-stamp; otherwise a fine copy in the pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. The twenty-sixth ‘Miss Silver’ book. Hubin, p.431. The first English edition of a title published in America in 1954.

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Ref: KRT113841


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WENTWORTH (Patricia [i.e., Nora Amy Dillon Turnbull]). The Listening Eye. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.255+[i (advertisement)]; blue-black cloth, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt on spine. Light rubber-stamp and ink number on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy in the pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. The twenty-eighth ‘Miss Silver’ book. Hubin, p.431. The first English edition of a title published in America in 1955.

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Ref: KRT113842


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WENTWORTH (Patricia [i.e., Nora Amy Dillon Turnbull]). The Allington Inheritance. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1960. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, blank on recto; pp.222+[ii]; dull dark blue fine-cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front end-paper, and rubber-stamp on title-page (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in the minutely nicked and creased dust-wrapper with rubber-stamp on back panel.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp on the end-paper; those on the title-page and dust-wrapper identify it as a Publicity Dept. copy. The thirty-first ‘Miss Silver’ book. Hubin, p.431. The first English edition of a title published in America in 1958.

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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.

WHEATLEY (Dennis). Bill for The use of a body. Hutchinson of London, 1964. Extra cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.221+[ii (verso blank)]; black and red mixed weave effect horizontal herringbone patterned cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with maps in dark red. Three minute holes in surface of back cover; otherwise a very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Hubin, p.433: a Julian Day story.
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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.

WHELTON (Paul) Call the Lady Indiscreet. London, Francis Aldor, [on verso of half-title:] 1946. Double cr.16mo; half-title with copyright information on verso; two blanks at end serving as end-papers; pp.188+[iv]; dull purple rough buckram lettered gilt up spine. One leaf opened a little roughly (it had missed the binder’s knife); otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper very slightly rubbed at edges.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Apparently published simultaneously in England and America, the dust-wrapper declaring it to be ‘A Crime Club New York Selection’. The dust-wrapper is of the second issue, bearing a small label on the spine reducing the price from 8/6 nett to 2/-. Hubin, p.433
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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.

WHITE (John Manchip). The Garden Game. 1973, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title, two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+212+[iv]; dull ligt blue-green cloth-textured boards, lettered, with taper-rule, gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Hubin, p.435. The third in the series of White’s ‘Extravagant Tales’, for the second of which, ‘The Game of Troy’ Edmund Crispin compared him to Poe.
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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.

WILCOX (Collin). Long Way Down. Random House, New York, 1974. Advertisement leaf before half-title; biographical note leaf followed by blank at end; quarter black boards, orange-red board sides, blocked blind on front board, ruled and lettered silver down spine. Agent’s stamp on front end-paper and upper margin of title-page, otherwise an extremely fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Hubin, p.437.
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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.

WILLS (Ronald). A questing owl detective story: Live Bait By Ronald Wills. Wingate, London & New York, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[239]+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth lettered with short rule and blocked with series device, black, on spine; antique-toned end-papers. Virtually fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The dust-wrapper design is by Herbert Spencer. Hubin, p.440. Not issued in America. The author’s first detective story.
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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.

WILSON-BARRETT (A.). The Tower Hill Mystery. By A. Wilson-Barrett Author of “The Silver Pin,” “Justus Wise,” “The French Master,” etc. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1912. Half-tone frontispiece after Ernest Prater; pp.320; publisher’s catalogue, 16pp, on slightly thinner paper at end, not listing this title; vertically fine ribbed dark yellow-green cloth elaborately blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine and front cover. Blank lower fore-corner of one leaf foxed; but virtually a fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


A Justus Wise story. Hubin, p.24. The correct first printing: later copies are not dated.

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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.

WOOD (Andrew). The four pitiful People. Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., N.D. [1947]. Sm.double cr.16mo; deep marina green cloth lettered black on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.443. Not issued in America. The dust-wrapper lists this title amongst Hurst & Blackett’s ‘New novels’.
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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.

WOOD (Sally). Murder Of a Novelist. Gerald G. Swan, 1946. Double cr.16mo; sky-blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Hubin, p.444. First English edition. Published in America in 1941.
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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.

ZANGWILL (Israel). The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes. London, William Heinemann, 1903. Pp.[viii]+396; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, not listing this volume; reddish orange patterned-sand-grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, green, on back cover, blocked and lettered green on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Minor faults, but a very good copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The tenth volume issued in this standard format, including eight stories and novelettes, the longest of them, ‘The Big Bow Mystery’ being a detective story. Zangwill, in a Prefatory Note declares: “This volume    .    .    . embraces my newest and oldest work.” It is in our experience uncommon. This title not in either Sadleir or Wolff.
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