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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 which this title is one), after his collaborator's death). English editions are uncommon. 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 Secret Valley (1927)

By: Bailey, Elliot

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Geoffrey Bles: 1927

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2754

Condition: Very Good


Undated first (and only) edition, [1927]. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt. Binding clean and bright, paper, lightly tanned throughout, faint trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise very good. Front flap of original dustwrapper lying loose in book, with publisher's plot summary: "...two shots rang out, followed by a scream of fear or agony which made his blood run cold. Such was Brian's introduction to that Valley and to those who guarded its secret--The Giant and that distinguished savant, Dr. Mattolini..." Crime/mystery novel. Listed in Hubin's Crime Fiction. View more info

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The Activities of Lavie Jutt (1911)

By: Barclay, Marguerite [aka Olive Sandys, Countess Barcynska] & Armiger Barclay

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Stanley Paul: 1911

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 93046

Condition: Good


First Edition, late issue. Undated [1911]. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine and edges sunned, light rubbing to hinges, 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 October 1912 bound in at end. Listed in Hubin's Crime Fiction. Armiger Barclay was of Polish descent: his wife (born Marguerite Jarvis) went thr... 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: 04380

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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Clara Vaughan (1864)

By: Blackmore, R. D. [Richard Doddridge Blackmore]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington: 1880

Seller ID: 93020

Condition: Very Good


Sixth Edition. Late C19th brown leather over blue marbled boards; raised bands and green leather title label on spine; blue marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Lightly scuffed, undated signature on blank prelim, foxing on prelims, very good. Blackmore first novel is a sensation novel concerned with crime and detection, murder and vendetta. 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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The Countess Londa and Other Stories (1903)

By: Boothby, Guy

Price: £14.00

Publisher: London, John F. Shaw: 1906

Seller ID: VN2668

Condition: Good


Reprint. Frontispiece.Original illustrated red cloth; all edges gilt. Spine and board edges lightly sunned, paper faintly tanned, prize plate (1906) on front pastedown, good. A novel -- The Countess Londa -- and four short stories: Remorseless Vengeance, The Frog the Firm and the Fortune, The Gold That Glittered & The Man from New Orleans. View more info

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A Prince of Swindlers (1900)

By: Boothby, Guy

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1900

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 92102

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1900]. Illustrated. Original navy blue cloth on bevelled lettered in gilt on front board and spine. Spine ends scuffed, lettering grazed on front board, newer endpapers laid in (many years ago), good. The adventures of a gentleman thief and the detective pursuing him. But all is not as it seems... View more info

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A Prince of Swindlers (1900)

By: Boothby, Guy

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1900

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 92103

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1900]. Illustrated. Original navy blue cloth on bevelled lettered in gilt on front board and spine. Spine ends rubbed, with small nicks/splits, endpapers browned and chipped on inner joints, good-. View more info

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Wyllard's Weird (1885)

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

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co.: 1891

Seller ID: 93018

Condition: Good


Stereotyped Edition. Original red cloth, blocked in black with Braddon's "signature" across front board, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, cloth lightly marked, good. A murder mystery. 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

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Strangers and Pilgrims (1873)

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

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Tyler: 1875

Seller ID: 84061

Condition: Good


Stereotyped Edition. Undated (c1875). Late C19th rebinding in dark green leather over green cloth-covered boards. 1 mm loss of leather at head of spine, repair to top end of lower hinge, one gathering slightly proud, good. View more info

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During Her Majesty's Pleasure (1908)

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

Price: £40.00

Publisher: Leipzig, Tauchnitz: 1908

Edition: Copyright Edition

Seller ID: 85014

Condition: Good


Early C20th red leather over pink cloth covered boards, lettered in gilt on spine; green leaf-patterned endpapers. Scuffed on spine ends, with small chip on corner at head, otherwise good. Todd [4047]. First/only issue. Series half-title bound in. View more info

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Dead Sea Fruit (1868)

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

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Tyler: 1875

Seller ID: 86086

Condition: Good


Stereotyped Edition: W. Undated, c1875. Late C19th black leather over beaded black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Hinges rubbed with small repair at head of spine, good. A father and his son love the same woman. View more info

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The Venetians (1892)

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

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co.: 1893

Seller ID: 87017

Condition: Good


Stereotyped Edition. Rebound in blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners bumped, a few light marsk, inscriptions on front free endpaper and blank prelim, foxing, good. View more info