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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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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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Dorothy L. Sayers:
Clouds of Witness.

London: Ernest Benn, 1929. First reprint. 288pp. Contents very fresh and clean. Faintly-pencilled 1934 ownership name to front endpaper, easily erased. Firm, in the orginal binding of red cloth. Boards bright, faintly mottled, spine red faded, black titling clear: corners nearly sharp, spine ends slightly puckered. A very nice copy: scarce Benn edition. Very Good+.

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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:
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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Henry Wade:
The Verdict of You All. Penguin #216.

Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1939. First Penguin edition. 246pp, +[10] adverts. Contents clean and unmarked, pages a little tanned, closed top edge darkened. Firm, in the classic green and white crime livery, strikingly fresh and bright. Conserved in the price-clipped dust jacket, which has the publishers' list on the back. The jacket is generally bright, with minor marks, slight toning and a stain to the spine, some scuffing to the edges, and the front flap fold is repaired with archival tissue. A very nice copy. Near Fine in VG dust-jacket.

Price: £35.00


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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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Ngaio Marsh:
Death in Ecstasy. Penguin #249.

Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1940. First Penguin edition. 248pp + (8) adverts. Pages tanned, with occasional slight spotting. In the classic green and white livery, very clean, with faint browning to spine, and slightly marked at the head. Conserved in its original dust jacket: The dust jacket is in very good order, faintly toned, with a few brown marks to the Jaeger advertisement on the back and a 5mm closed tear to the bottom of the lower joint. The first owner has, as invited, excised from the corner of the rear flap the 'reading case label': this, trimmed and crumpled, has been found inside the book. However, he has also neatly stuck the flaps down onto the inside of the covers, so my description of the covers themselves is necessarily based on an imperfect view, looking down the back (as is my photograph). Very nice copy. Very Good+ in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £40.00


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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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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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Agatha Christie:
The Agatha Christie Collection: the complete set of 85 volumes.

London: Agatha Christie Ltd / Planet Three Publishing Network Ltd, n.d. [2001-2005]. Hardcover set, apparently unread: boards (with smooth plasticated surface of various colours) carrying a small illustration, with black spines, and all titled in gilt. All are 8 x 5.25 ins, clean, bright and firm, with occasional small bumps and minimal imperfections due to handling and storage. As issued, without jackets. All the crime, plus the autobiography. Lovely set, fiendish plots ! Near Fine.
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