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Secrets of My Office by A Bill Broker (1863)

By: A Bill Broker, "Andrew Lovegood", Anonymous

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, John Maxwell: 1863

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89028

Condition: Good


Original blindstamped brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine relaid with new endpapers (late C20th). A few light marks on cloth, undated inscription on contents page, light foxing, now a tight copy: good. "I, Andrew Lovegood, as I choose to re-name myself and re-baptize myself, have in my time been a singularly successful gold-gatherer." View more info

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The Prime Minister (1908)

By: Agnus, Ormer [ie John Higginbotham]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1908

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 86083

Condition: Good


Illustrated. Original green cloth with blindstamped designs and small decorations in bright green on front board, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, gift inscription (1908) on front free endpaper, foxing, good. Unlike Agnus's rural fiction, The Prime Minister is a sensational novel of crime, love and politics set in Westminster and beyond. Hrolf Calladen, the Prime Minister in question, murders a blackmailer who is threatening to reveal his bigamy. View more info

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Fantomas Captured (1926)

By: Allain, Marcel [Translated and edited by A. R. Allinson]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Stanley Paul & Co.: 1926

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN1975

Condition: Good


Original deep maroon cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, front inner joint paper cracked (but joint tight), foxing spots, undated signature, good. The Fantomas Detective Novels were hugely popular crime stories, published in France in the early C20th. Fantomas is a vicious master-criminal (a thief, but also a killer), pursued by his nemesis, Inspector Juve, through some 32 novels by the Souvestre and Allain. And then in a further 11 by Allain alone (of whi... View more info

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An African Millionaire. Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay

By: Allen, Grant

Price: £5.00

Publisher: New York, Dover: 1980

Seller ID: VN0017

Condition: Fair


Paperback. Original illustrated card covers. Lightly scuffed on extremities, spine sunned, otherwise good. View more info

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What's Bred in the Bone

By: Allen, Grant

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, George Newnes: 1913

Seller ID: 03116

Condition: Very Good


Newnes Sevenpenny Novels. Undated [1913]. Frontispiece and decorated title page. Pocket edition in original light blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. A little browning on endpapers, otherwise a clean, tight copy: very good. A wild thriller, originally published by Tit-Bits, which won a £1,000 prize for the best novel in 1891. View more info

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The Activities of Lavie Jutt (1911)

By: Barclay, Marguerite & Armiger

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Stanley Paul: 1911

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 84083

Condition: Good


First Edition, late issue. Undated [1911]. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine and board edges sunned, light rubbing to hinges, undated signature on front free endpaper, good. Lavie, a plucky American heiress, is in London to be introduced to English Society by Lady Loamington. However, her new life turns out to be one of adventure: the episodic novel follows her "activities" which include crime and detective work. Publisher's catalogue for Octob... View more info

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The Sin of Olga Zassoulich

By: Barrett, Frank

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, 1900

Seller ID: VN0116

Condition: Fair


Undated copy, without title page (hence no date, no publisher). Probably around 1900. Textually complete, with a couple of loose pages tipped in. Dark brown leather over light brown cloth. Cloth worn on edges, some smudgy marks in text. A reading copy of this sensational novel of crime and Russian revolutionaries, which starts with the dramatic line "Wolves or Cossacks?" View more info

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Breaking the Shackles (1900)

By: Barrett, Frank [ie Frank Davis]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, John MacQueen: 1900

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 78025

Condition: Good


Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Cloth generally (but lightly) mottled and speckled, gilt lettering partially dulled/oxidised, trace of removed label on lower part of spine, a little pink staining on edge of first few leaves, light foxing, bookplate on front pastedown, good. Not in Wolff (who had 15 of Barrett's novels). View more info

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A Set of Rogues Namely Christopher Sutton, John Dawson, The Señor Don Sanchez del Castillo de Castelaña and Moll Dawson[.]Their Wicked Conspiracy, and a True Account of their Travels and Adventures[...] (1895)

By: Barrett, Frank [ie Frank Davis]

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1895

Edition: Colonial Edition

Seller ID: VN1672

Condition: Very Good


Macmillan's Colonial Library No. 233. Original undecorated green cloth. Light foxing on endpapers, otherwise very good. Historical crime novel, with an immensely long, mock eighteenth century title (I have only given about half of it above). View more info

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His Own Law (1914)

By: Barrett, Frank [ie Frank Davis]

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1914

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 86081

Condition: Good


Coloured frontispiece. Original blindstamped green cloth, lettered in black. A few light marks on boards, light foxing, good. A wildly improbable crime novel set in Cornwall. Features a cunning one-eyed hunchback with his own submarine. View more info

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Who is John Noman? (1887)

By: Beckett, Charles Henry

Price: £55.00

Publisher: London, Cassell & Co.: 1888

Seller ID: 84067

Condition: Good


Yellowback, reprint, Cassell's American Library of Fiction. Undated [1888]. Original pictorial paper-covered boards; spine and front board blue-black rather than yellow or white. Spine ends rubbed, some chipping along hinges, undated signatures on prelims, otherwise good. Topp [VII, p.205] states first American and first British editions were both 1887. Publisher's catalogue code dated 5G.7.88 bound in at end. View more info

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A Specialist in Crime (1904)

By: Bolton, George G.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Grant Richards: 1904

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2376

Condition: Good


Original pale green cloth, lettered and illustrated in black. Spine lightly sunned and ends bumped, corners rubbed, a few light marks, inscription (1906) on front free endpaper, good. View more info

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The Adventures of Mr Wellaby Johnson (1914)

By: Booth, Oliver

Price: £45.00

Publisher: Bristol & London, J. W. Arrowsmith & Simpkin, Marshall ect: 1914

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: VN2480

Condition: Good


Original green moire cloth, lettered in gilt; all edges gilt. Spine considerably sunned, a little foxing, good. Inscription on front free endpaper reads: "Mrs M. Harris with the compliments of the Author. Oliver Booth, May 1914". A series of adventures, largely comic in nature, with some criminous content. The book is listed in Hubin's Crime Fiction. View more info

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The Fascination of the King (1897)

By: Boothby, Guy

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1897

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN1365

Condition: Good


Original navy-blue cloth on bevelled boards: inset illustration on glazed paper on front board, lettered in gilt. 4 illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. Corners rubbed, inscription in pencil (1897) on front free endpaper, stamp on front pastedown, edges of free endpapers nicked, some foxing, good. View more info

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Love Made Manifest

By: Boothby, Guy

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co: 1899

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2021

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1899]. Original navy-blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered and decorated in gilt. Lightly scuffed, nicks , small chips and some fraying to spine ends, gilt dulled on spine, fair/good. View more info

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The League of Twelve (1903)

By: Boothby, Guy

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, F. V. White & Co.: 1903

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2510

Condition: Good


Frontispiece. Original blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt. Spine and board edges sunned, a couple of tiny holes in cloth on spine, small chips to cloth on spine ends, short split to cloth at head of spine, fair to good binding: contents lightly foxed but otherwise tight. A crime novel featuring love at first sight, and innocent girl held captive, a mysterious disappearance, and attempted political assassination. View more info

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The League of Twelve (1903)

By: Boothby, Guy

Price: £14.00

Publisher: London, F. V. White & Co.: 1903

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2511

Condition: Good


Frontispiece. Original blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt. Spine and board edges sunned, cloth chipped on spine ends, bookplate on front pastedown, fair to good binding: contents lightly foxed but otherwise tight. A crime novel featuring love at first sight, and innocent girl held captive, a mysterious disappearance, and attempted political assassination. View more info

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Dead Love Has Chains (1907)

By: Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Hastngs, Sensation Press: 2001

Seller ID: 78076

Condition: Good


Illustrated white card. A few specks and spots, bookplate, good. View more info

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One Fatal Moment and Other Stories & At the Shrine of Jane Eyre (2001)

By: Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Hastings, Sensation Press: 2001

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN1402

Condition: Good


Edited with an Introduction by Jennifer Carnell. Contains the 8 short stories which were originally published in book form as the third volume of Braddon's three-decker novel All Along the River. When the novel came to be reprinted in one volume the stories were dropped and not reprinted until the current edition. Also contains the essay "At the Shrine of Jane Eyre". The short stories are: One Fatal Moment, It is Easier for a Camel, The Ghost's Name, Stapylton's ... View more info

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Sons of Fire

By: Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Simpkin, Marshall, & Co.: 1900

Seller ID: VN1801

Condition: Good


Undated reprint, c1900. C20th rebinding in green cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt. Paper faintly tanned, otherwise clean, tight: very good. View more info