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Conan Doyle:
The Strand Magazine: Vols III, IV, V, & VI: which include the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, stories vii to xxiv, including Silver Blaze and The Final Problem.

London: Newnes, 1892 & 1893. First editions. A very good run in the original blue pictorial cloth over bevelled boards: bindings clean and firm, spine ends puckered, gilt spine titles a little rubbed. There is occasional light foxing to the pages of Vols IV-VI. Vol III, unusually, has no foxing. Some endpapers tanned and friable, and one is marked with a biro X: no other marks noticed. Many interesting items besides Holmes: for example, Nansen's article in Vol VI, 'Towards the North Pole'. Very nice set. Very Good.
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Price: £545.00


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A. Conan Doyle: illustrations by Sidney Paget:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

London: George Newnes Ltd, 1895. Forty-first thousand. [vi], 343pp. Original pale green craquelure-patterned endpapers. Contents clean: foxing to prelims. Early ownership name rubber-stamped to front free endpaper, partially offset to pastedown. Stained inner hinges professionally repaired with Japanese tissue. In the original smooth blue cloth titled in gilt and with the small Newnes street scene in black to the front. Boards fairly bright, spine rather darkened: upper corners slightly blunted, string-pull indentations to edges of front board, and top edge of spine has benefited from a small indiscernible professional repair. Has 'cucaine' for cocaine at p.133. A very nice square copy. Very Good.

Price: £280.00


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A. Conan Doyle: illustrations by Sidney Paget:
The Last Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Being a new edition of his 'Memoirs'.

London: George Newnes Ltd, 1897. Twenty-seventh thousand. [vi], 296pp, 12 adverts. Original pale green floral-patterned endpapers. Contents clean: some toning or foxing to endpapers. Early ownership name rubber-stamped to front free endpaper, partially offset to pastedown. Stained inner hinges professionally repaired with Japanese tissue. In the original smooth green cloth titled in gilt and with the small Newnes street scene in black to the front. Boards bright, spine gilt very dulled: upper corners slightly blunted, and top edge of spine has benefited from a small indiscernible professional repair. A very nice square copy. Very Good.

Price: £200.00


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Barry Pain:
The Memoirs of Constantine Dix.

London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1905. First edition. [vi], 206, (ii), [8]. Neat early ownership name to front pastedown. Endpapers faintly tanned. Some foxing to prelims, and to adverts at back. Text very clean though spotting to the text block edges encroaches a little (c.2mm). In the original binding of grey pictorial cloth, bright, clean and sharp, with some mottling to the grey on the spine. A lovely copy. Very Good+.

Price: £100.00


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Sir Alexander Bannerman:
The Man with the Rubber Soles.

London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. [1920]. First edition. 320pp. Contents clean, with some fore-edge foxing and a few spots in text. Original binding of bright red cloth boldly lettered in black. Clean, firm, bright copy. Scarce Secret Service novel, involving the use of currency destabilization as a weapon. Very Good.

Price: £50.00


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Philip MacDonald, G.D.H. & M. Cole, Hulbert Footner, Virgil Markham:
The Sixth Crime Club Omnibus: Rope to Spare, Death of a Star, Dead Man's Hat, Song of Doom.

London: The Crime Club Ltd, by Wm. Collins Sons, 1934. First edition thus. Ex-Library copy. Over a thousand pages, well-printed, on good paper - and clean, except for about 20 which have either idle ink marks (mostly in the margins), a library stamp to the corner, some minor soil mark, or, in two cases, a small tear. Endpapers toned, with some soiling, and with a modern armorial bookplate to the front pastedown, library labels to the facing endpaper, and a library stamp to the rear pastedown. In the refurbished sturdy library binding of an attractive smooth brick-red cloth, spine titled in gilt, and with two faint library numbers in white. The MacDonald and Markham stories are rare. A surprisingly congenial copy.

Price: £85.00


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Dorothy L. Sayers:
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.

London: Gollancz, 1935. First 2/6 edition. 285pp. 1935 ownership name to front endpaper. Contents very clean, with slight toning, and slight nose from the ageing fibre. In original binding of red cloth, titled in black: boards bright and clean, corners good, some fading to the spine. A very nice early copy. Very Good+.

Price: £140.00


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Dorothy L. Sayers:
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Penguin #5.

London: Penguin Books, 1935. First Penguin printing. Lacking original green and white covers! In very basic DIY red cloth boards supplied by Penguin for self-binding, with hand-written spine title in gilt. However, the text block has benefited from the protection: it is nice and square, and the contents are clean, with slight signs of handling to the first few pages, and small corner spots to pp58-63. Worth rebinding to your taste, perhaps. Contents VG+, cover - no!.

Price: £30.00


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Dorothy L. Sayers:
Busman's Honeymoon.

London: Gollancz, 1937. Second impression before publication. 446pp, [1]. First owner's name to front endpaper. Contents fine: fresh and clean. In the original binding of black cloth, rubbed, spine titling largely eroded. Fraying at heads of joints, small snag at foot of spine, and tips of corners slightly blunted. Good firm copy with some external wear. Good.

Price: £60.00


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Ferguson, Rachel:
The Brontės went to Woolworth's [The Brontes went to Woolworths]. Penguin #245.

Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1940. First Penguin printing. 182pp +[10] adverts. Very good copy in dustjacket. Pages slightly toned but otherwise clean and unmarked and intact only with foxing to inner surface of covers. In smart orange-and-white penguin livery, moderate foxing apparent to white areas, otherwise bright and clean, with a small split to base of lower joint. The unclipped DUSTJACKET has a small triangular chip to the base of the slightly browned spine, some scuffing at the head, some splitting to the folds, and some foxing to the white areas on the front. A very nice copy. Very Good in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £45.00


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Anthony Gilbert:
The Black Stage.

London: The Crime Club / Collins, 1945. First edition. 192pp. 1945 gift inscription to front pastedown. Small stain to base of gutter throughout book. One or two small spots elsewhere, contents otherwise very good. In the original binding of red cloth, spine titled in black. Firm, slightly bumped, and rather soiled. VG-.

Price: £35.00


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Ralph Arnold:
Jenkin's Green.

London: Heinemann, 1953. First edition. [iv], 246pp. Contents very clean. Free endpapers tanned. In the original binding of bottle-green cloth, spine titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm, corners sharp. Very nice copy. Near Fine.

Price: £25.00


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Patricia Wentworth:
Ladies' Bane. [Inscribed copy]

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1954. First edition. 256pp. Front free endpaper inscribed diagonally in biro: 'C. Percival. / Xmas. 1954. / Patricia Wentworth', starting at the top left and finishing at bottom right of the page. Contents clean. Endpapers tanned, prelims have a couple of faint foxing spots, and there is a faint mark to the closed fore-edge of the text block. In the original light red cloth-textured binding, spine titled in black, clean and firm. Spine ends blunted, and small knock to tip of one corner. In a protected unclipped pictorial first edition dust jacket taken from another copy. This is fairly clean and bright, with some scuffs to the edges, some fraying with minor loss at spine ends and corners, and a small closed indentation tear to the spine surface. Good copy: Wentworth signed or inscribed copies are rare. VG in G dust-jacket.

Price: £220.00


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Joan Dering:
Number Two, North Steps.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1965. First edition. 189pp. Contents very fresh and clean. In the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean and bright, corners sharp, spine ends slightly blunted. In the protected unclipped dust jacket, very fresh, clean and bright to the pictorial front and the spine, with light soiling only to the white back panel, which advertises other novels. A lovely copy. Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket.

Price: £60.00


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John Wainwright:
Coppers Don't Cry.

London: Macmillan, 1975. First edition. 222pp. Unread copy from storage. Contents pristine. Pale foxing to closed edges. In the original brown cloth-textured binding titled in black, clean and bright, corners sharp. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, very fresh, with a 1cm closed tear to head of upper joint. Exceptional copy. Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket.

Price: £20.00


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Alan Hunter:
Gently to a Sleep.

London: Cassell, 1978. First edition. Mint unread copy emerging for the first time from a contemporary Cassell's box. 172pp. In the original black cloth-textured binding titled in silver, sharp and fresh, in new condition. In the unclipped pictorial dust jacket, crisp and immaculate, with faint age-related variegation to the black of the rear panel (not discernible in photo). No other signs of age or wear. Brilliant archive-quality copy. Mint in Mint dust-jacket.

Price: £42.00


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Dorothy L. Sayers:
The Lord Peter Wimsey Collection. [Whose Body?, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, The Five Red Herrings, The Nine Tailors.]

London: Octopus Books, 1990. 709pp. Appears unread. Pages very clean and unmarked, but slightly tanned. In the original light blue pictorial boards: very bright and clean, corners sharp: red spine title slightly faded. Very nice copy of an uncommon edition. Near Fine.

Price: £30.00


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