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"I Say No" (1884)

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus, 1886


New Edition. Late C19th brown beaded cloth, with (presumably) original leatherwork replaced at later date by brown fabric; pale brown card endpapers. Light browning on prelims, good. View more info

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A Book of Strange Sins (1893)

By: Kernahan, [John] Coulson

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1894


Fourth Impression. Original dark green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt. Minimal scuffing, light foxing, otherwise a clean, tight, bright copy: very good. View more info

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A Difficult Problem (1900 as A Difficult Problem: The Staircase at the Heart's Delight and Other Stories)

By: Green, Anna Katherine

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1903


First English Edition. Frontispiece. Original maroon cloth with decorative border blocked in pink, lettered in gilt. Spine faintly sunned, a little foxing, very good. Collection of detective/crime stories: A Difficult Problem, The Gray Madam, The Bronze Hand, Midnight in Beauchamp Row, The Staircase at the Heart's Delight, The Hermit of --- Street. View more info

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A Double Scoop (1924)

By: Cable, Boyd [ie Ernest Andrew Ewart]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co., 1924

Edition: 1st Edition


Undated first edition [1924]. Publisher's remainder binding: maroon cloth, with blindstamped borders on boards, and art-nouveau flower designs on spine, lettered in gilt. Lettering on spine oxidised, otherwise very good. Semi-humorous crime novel (listed in Hubin). Chuck Summers pursues clues to the disappearance of William Goodenough, through Australa and the Far East. Cable/Ewart wrote two crime novels and a collection of short stories (his best known works relate his... View more info

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A Hidden Chain (1894)

By: Russell, Dora

Price: £30.00

Publisher: New York, Rand, McNally, 1896


Original blindstamped green cloth, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt.Lightly scuffed, otherwise a clean, tight, bright American edition of this novel by Northumbrian novelist Dora Russell, first published in London in 1894. A late sensation novel, blending romance with crime and mystery. View more info

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A Lady in Black (1896)

By: Warden, Florence [ie Florence Price]

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, F. V. White & Co., 1897


Early reprint edition. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, framed and decorated in black, lettered in gilt on spine. Cloth sunned with wear on spine ends and hinges, remains of circulating library label on front board, signatures on front free endpapers, a good reading copy. A handsome young woman, Mrs Dale, arrives in a quiet country village, but she harbours a "horrible secret" -- what has she done with (or to) her husband? View more info

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A Lawful Crime: A Story of To-Day (1899)

By: Kent, Edward

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Leadenhall Press, 1899

Edition: 1st Edition


Unattributed silhouette illustrations. Original pale blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine yellowed, front inner joint paper just starting to crack, good. The heroine is imprisoned in an attempt to force her into an illegal marriage. Listed in Hubin. View more info

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A Lost Leader (1906)

By: Oppenheim, E. Phillips [Edward Phillips Oppenheim]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1906

Edition: First Edition


Original red cloth with blindstamped framing; titles in gilt within decorative gilt frame on front board. Spine faintly sunned, rubbed on top edge of rear board, corners scuffed, moderate foxing throughout, otherwise a bright copy, good. A novel of political and romantic intrigue in high places. View more info

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A Matter of Millions (1890)

By: Green, Anna Katherine

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons, 1890

Edition: First British Edition


Late C20th rebinding in navy blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, A few faint marks, bookplate on front pastedown, very good. View more info

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A Modern Siren (1896)

By: Harvey, Julian

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, John Long, 1896


Original fine-ribbed maroon cloth, lettered in gilt; green patterned endpapers. Spine tips rubbed, W. H. Smith's Subscription Library plate on front pastedown, inner joint paper chipped (but joints tight) good. A late sensation novel dealing with adultery. View more info

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A People's Man (1915)

By: Oppenheim, E. Phillips [Edward Phillips Oppenheim]

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co., 1915

Edition: 1st Edition


Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. LSome sunning and speckling on cloth, inner joint papers lightly cracking (but joints tight), good. Publisher's announcements (Autumn 1914) and catalogue (dated 25/9/14) bound in at end, but copyright page states "First Published 1915", while the American copyright date is given below at 1914. A confusion caused by the habit of publishers (like Methuen) who liked to issue a book for the Christmas market... View more info

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A Rogue's Life from His Birth to His Marriage

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £10.00

Publisher: New York, Peter Fenelon Collier, 1900


The Works of Wilkie Collins, Volume 30. Undated, c1900. Original dark green cloth. Cloth chipped at head of spine, otherwise good. Also contains two short stories: Miss Dulane and My Lord, Mr Policeman and the Cook. View more info

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A Secret Service Being Strange Tales of a Nihilist (1896)

By: Le Queux, William

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1896

Edition: 2nd Edition


Second edition. Frontispiece. Original dark green cloth, lettered and decorated in red and black (gilt lettering on spine); black endpapers. Front board damp-marked along right side with some roughness along edge; some evidence of old damp damage to edges of front endpaper; similar but much less marked on lower corner of rear board. Text clean and in good order. Fair only: a reading copy. 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


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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A Social Highwayman & A Professional Beauty (1896/1895)

By: Train, E. P. [Elizabeth Phipps Train]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1898

Edition: First British Edition


Undated first edition [1898]. Illustrated. Original illustrated brown cloth. Spine lightly sunned, corners bumped, inner joints cracked, bookplate on rear board, otherwise good. Confessional crime fiction, listed in Hubin. Both stories had their original English publication in Beeton's Christmas Annuals. View more info