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Called Back (1884)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Britsol, J. W. Arrowsmith: 1886

Seller ID: VN2639

Condition: Good


[Early reprint] Bristol Library, Volume I. Original brown cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a little foxing, very good. First issued as a Christmas Annual in 1883, this short thriller became a runway bestseller. View more info

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The Exploits of Kesho Naik, Dacoit (1912)

By: Cox, Sir Edmund C. [Sir Edmund Charles Cox]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Constable & Co.: 1912

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2542

Condition: Good


Original red buckram, blindstamped on front board, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, spine lettering oxidised to brown/black, a little foxing, good. The third of Cox's Indian crime books. Krishna, a minor character in John Carruthers Indian Policeman (1905) and The Achievements of John Carruthers (1911), here takes on the role of narrator, telling the story of an audacious bandit. NB. A variant binding: also issued in blue cloth. View more info

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The White Feather and Other Stories (1896)

By: Crawfurd, Oswald

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1896

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 84081

Condition: Good


Chapman's Story Series. Frontispiece. Original navy blue cloth with art-nouveau flower design on front board, lettered in gilt; pale blue endpapers with poppy designs incorporating publisher's initials in brown. Extremities lightly rubbed, tiny chips to head of spine, foxing spots, otherwise good. Contains the novel The White Feather and two short stories: Sonia & Professor Hoffmann's "Folly". View more info

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The Blacksmith of Voe (1887)

By: Cushing, Paul [ie Roland Alexander Wood-Seys]

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, William Blackwood & Sons: 1890

Seller ID: VN0996

Condition: Good


New Edition. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in red on front board, decorated in red and lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Trace of removed bookplate on rear board; bookplate of South African Public Library on front pastedown, their accession date stamp (31 August 1891) on title page with note in pen on verso, small stamp at head of first page of text. Cloth worn head/foot of spine, good reading copy. of a scarce title. A novel of village life in D... View more info

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The Story Behind the Verdict (1915)

By: Danby, Frank [ie Julia Frankau]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Cassell & Co.: 1915

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89059

Condition: Very Good


Coloured frontispiece. Original blue-grey cloth, lettered in gilt. Corners bumped, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, signature (1916), stamp on rear pastedown, spine a trifle dulled, otherwise good+. Nine linked crime stories. Listed in Hubin. Scarce. "Everybody both in and out of London...knew of the Keightley Wilburs. To begin with, their relationship was peculiar. To continue, so were they. Plutocrats...mother and son, yet lovers and intimate companio... View more info

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The Yellow Man (1900)

By: Dawe, Carlton

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co.: 1901

Edition: 2nd Edition

Seller ID: VN2703

Condition: Good


Early C20th rebinding in navy-blue cloth over beaded black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, crease on spine, signature (Japan, 1907) on front free endpaper, good. A good reading copy of this scarce title of intrigue. View more info

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The History of Godfrey Kinge (1896)

By: Dawe, W. Carlton [William Carlton Dawe]

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1901

Seller ID: 02898

Condition: Fair


Undated reprint, c1901. Original red cloth, with blindstamped designs on front board/spine: lettered in gilt. Small label for South African Public Library on rear board and their list of rules on front pastedown. Front free endpaper excised, acquisition stamp (June 1901) and handwritten note on verso of title page. A little foxing. No library markings on binding. An adventure novel by an Australian novelist: this story set principally in Devon and London. A decent readin... View more info

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Between the Lines (1901)

By: Delannoy, Burford

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1901

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 83061

Condition: Good


Yellowback, first edition, 2/- Copyright Novels. Illustrated. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed maroon cloth spine lettered in gilt. Corners rubbed, some speckling on spine, foxing spots, good. Todd [II, p.382]. Crime novel, listed in Hubin. "Quite on a level with Hugh Conway and Fergus Hume...There is enough plot for half a dozen railway novels..." (Press reviews of Delannoy's crime fiction) View more info

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Between the Lines (1901)

By: Delannoy, Burford

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1901

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 83062

Condition: Good


Yellowback, first edition, 2/- Copyright Novels. Illustrated. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed maroon cloth spine lettered in gilt. Spine darkened, edges rubbed, good. Todd [II, p.382]. Crime novel, listed in Hubin. "Quite on a level with Hugh Conway and Fergus Hume...There is enough plot for half a dozen railway novels..." (Press reviews of Delannoy's crime fiction) View more info

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Between the Lines (1901)

By: Delannoy, Burford

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1901

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN1886

Condition: Fair


Yellowback, first edition, 2/- Copyright Novels. Illustrated. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed maroon cloth spine lettered in gilt. Corners spine-ends scuffed, foxing spots, lacks front free endpaper & frontispiece, good reading copy. Todd [II, p.382]. Crime novel, listed in Hubin. "Quite on a level with Hugh Conway and Fergus Hume...There is enough plot for half a dozen railway novels..." (Press reviews of Delannoy's crime fiction) View more info

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M. R. C. S. (1903)

By: Delannoy, Burford

Price: £45.00

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

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 88115

Condition: Very Good


Illustrated. Original dark green cloth with blindstamped decoration to resemble a door, title on gilt "nameplate" in centre; decorated in red and lettered in gilt on spine. Foxing on prelims, otherwise very good. Crime novel whose villain purports to be a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. View more info

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Entrapped (1904)

By: Diehl, Alice M. [Alice Mangold Diehl]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, John Long: 1904

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 91080

Condition: Good


Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Marked on bottom left corner of front board, endpapers browned, some foxing, good. View more info

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Records of Vincent Trill of the Detective Service (1899)

By: Donovan, Dick [ie James Edward Preston Muddock]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1899

Seller ID: 88053

Condition: Good


Original grey cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and yellow on front board, lettered in gilt on spine; flower-patterned endpapers. Corners bumped. light scuffing and marking on boards, wear to edges of endpapers and last leaf of catalogue. blank pelim excised, good. Publisher's catalogue for September 1898 bound in at end. View more info

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From Clue to Capture. A Series of Thrilling Detective Stories (1893)

By: Donovan, Dick [ie James Edward Preston Muddock]

Price: £50.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co.: 1893

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89008

Condition: Very Good


Undated first edition [1893]. Illustrated. Original grey cloth, lettered and illustrated in brown, black, gilt and silver. Lightly scuffed, Argentinian bookseller's stamp on front pastedown, very good. Crime stories View more info

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Lucia and Her Problem

By: Douglas, Amanda M.

Price: £12.00

Publisher: Glasgow, Cameron & Ferguson: 1900

Seller ID: 00717

Condition: Fair


Undated reprint, c1900. Late C19th mauve cloth over mauve/black mottled boards. No title appears on board or spine. Paper faintly browned and foxed/spotted throughout. A reading/working copy of this American novel, uncommon in a British edition; from an unusual Scottish publisher. View more info

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With the Unhanged (1887)

By: Dowling, Richard

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Swan, Sonnenschein & Co.: 1887

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 91002

Condition: Very Good


Recently rebound in dark green cloth, lettered in gilt. Clean, bright, now very good. Topp [IX, p.106]. Originally issued as a yellowback. A very scarce collection of grim stories, focussing on those who have deserved hanging for their crimes, but somehow escaped justice. View more info

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High-Water Mark (as Tinsley's Magazine Christmas Number for 1880) & My Darling's Ransom (as Tinsley's Magazine Christmas Number for 1881)

By: Dowling, Richard

Price: £150.00

Publisher: London, Tinsley Brothers: 1881

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 91095

Condition: Very Good


Two numbers bound (without original wrappers) in late C19th grey-green cloth, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. A few light marks, very good. Two short crime/mystery novels. Scarce. View more info

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The Phantom Car

By: Drew, Ronald

Price: £35.00

Publisher: Leeds & London, "Copyright: A. L. F. Cooke Ltd, Leeds & London": 0

Seller ID: VN2228

Condition: Fair


Frontispiece map "Harry's sketch of the way the Phantom car disappeared". Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in black. Spine lightly sunned, cracked along leading edge and gummed to text block; inner joints lightly cracked, fair. A phantom book! No records of this title on COPAC. No publisher or date given on title page (simply states "Printed and Published in the British Isles), but gives copyright information on verso. A short crime novel. View more info

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The Convict Colonel

By: Du Boisgobey, Fortuné

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Stanley Paul & Co.: 1920

Seller ID: 01697

Condition: Very Good


Reprint: The International Library, no date (c1920). Frontispiece. Original blindstamped navy blue cloth, decorated in gilt on spine. A crisp, bright copy, very good. View more info

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Trilby (1894)

By: Du Maurier, George

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Leipzig, Tauchnitz: 1894

Edition: Copyright Edition

Seller ID: VN1738

Condition: Very Good


Two volumes bound as one in late C19th green cloth over marbled boards. Spine tips scuffed, boards edges lightly sunned, a little faint foxing, undated signature on front free endpaper, very good. Todd [3026a/27a]. First issues: series half-titles bound in. Du Maurier's celebrated novel added two words to the English language: trilby -- the soft hat named after the heroine; and Svengali -- the archetype of a manipulative, mesmeric villain. View more info