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Called Back (1884)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Britsol, J. W. Arrowsmith: 1885

Seller ID: VN2638

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. Rubbed on spine ends, lightly grazed on boards, good. First issued as a Christmas Annual in 1883, this short thriller became a runway bestseller. View more info

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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 Azure Hand (1917)

By: Crockett, S. R. [Samuel Rutherford Crockett]

Price: £9.00

Publisher: Turiff, Ayton Publishing: 2017

Seller ID: VN3033

Condition: Good


Original blue card wrappers. Text block very lightly wavy, otherwise a clean, tight unread copy. Paperback re-issue of Crockett's scarcest title: a crime novel. With an introduction by Cally Phillips. originally produced as a print-on-demand book, this is an actual copy. 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 Derbyshire, with a murder as the mainspring of the plot. 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 companions living together in a rare and perfect sympathy. Keightley wrote plays, poems, essays, professed Socialism and practised th... 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 reading copy of a scarce title. 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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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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Thurtell's Crime. The Story of a Strange Tragedy (1906)

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

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, T. Werner Laurie: 1905

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 94093

Condition: Fair


Undated first edition [1905. Original blue-grey cloth with impressionistic illustration and lettering in black and white. Small nicks and chips on corners and spine ends, some marks and light sunning; contents tight with some foxing spots: thus only fair/good. 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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A Baffling Quest (1891)

By: Dowling, Richard

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Ward & Downey: 1892

Edition: First One-Volume Edition

Seller ID: 92170

Condition: Very Good


Original red cloth with raised design: alternating squares of flowers and blanks; grey-and-white patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, signature of front free endpaper, very good. Scarce. Crime story originally serialised in Cassell's Saturday Journal. View more info

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Tinsley's Magazine Christmas Numbers for 1880 & 1881. High-Water Mark & My Darling's Ransom

By: Dowling, Richard

Price: £75.00

Publisher: London, Tinsley Brothers: 1881

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 94067

Condition: Good


Two Christmas numbers bound (without original wrappers) in late C19th grey-green cloth, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. A few light marks, good. Two short crime/mystery novels. Scarce. 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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The Millbank Case. A Mystery of To-day (1905)

By: Eldridge, G. D [George Dyre Eldridge]

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Eveleigh Nash: 1907

Edition: First English Edition

Seller ID: 03726

Condition: Very Good


Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. A few spots on front board, trace of plate on front pastedown, very good. A crime novel set in the New England state of Maine. The original sub-title had, indeed, been A Maine Mystery of To-day. View more info

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The Chronicles of Cardewe Manor (1891)

By: Farmer, Lucy

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co.: 1891

Seller ID: VN2692

Condition: Good


Idle Hour Series. Undated, c1891. Frontispiece. Dark grey cloth spine lettered in gilt, with blue title label; dark green and gilt boards with blindstamped designs; grey and white patterned endpapers. Extremities scuffed, edges of spine label chipped, child's doodling (with spirograph) on 3 prelims. Doodles apart, a good copy of this collection of twelve crime/mystery stories originally published in Cassell's Family Magazine. The narrator/heroine is (at least initially) a lady's maid in service to Mrs Cardewe of Cardewe Manor. View more info

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Out of the Darkness (1897)

By: Fendall, Percy & Fox Russell

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Smith, Elder & Co.: 1897

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2851

Condition: Very Good


Original fine-ribbed royal blue cloth, lettered in gilt, with small blindstamped art-nouveau design around title on front board, black endpapers. Lightly scuffed, very good. The story of a femme fatale and forbidden passions: when Sir Eustace Bevan QC falls seriously ill, he needs the loving care of his beautiful wife Angela. Unfortunately she is less than pleased as she has recently acquired a hot-blooded Spanish lover, Gonzalo.... View more info