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Called Back (1884)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Nash & Grayson: 1930

Seller ID: 03511

Condition: Good


Undated reprint, c1930. Original pinky-red cloth. Spine lightly sunned, small label on front pastedown, good. Conway's first thriller was a huge success, but the author died very young without really fulfilling his potential. View more info

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Living or Dead? (1886) & A Family Affair (1885)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1886

Edition: Colonial Edition

Seller ID: 84065

Condition: Very Good


Two volumes bound as one in late C19th maroon leather over maroon cloth; raised bands and gilt titles on spine. Light scuffing, foxing on prelims, otherwise very good. After making his name with a series of short "shilling shockers" Conway turned to writing of two substantial, full-length novels in the last year of his tragically short life. Living or Dead? and A Family Affair were both originally published as three-deckers -- but posthumously. View more info

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A Family Affair (1885)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Leipzig, Tauchnitz: 1885

Edition: Copyright Edition

Seller ID: 90026

Condition: Very Good


Two volumes in late C19th turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; yellow endpapers, with labels for Anthony Newnham's Tauchnitz Collection on pastedowns. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, light foxing, very good. Todd [2357a/58]. First issues; series half-title bound in. The first of Conway's three full-length novels, originally issued as a three-decker. Much influenced by Wilkie Collins. View more info

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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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Link by Link (1886)

By: Courteney, Cecil

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Bevington & Co: 1886

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 92068

Condition: Good


Original light brown cloth on bevelled boards, with decorative bands in black head/foot of front board and spine, ruled and lettered in gilt; leaf-patterned endpapers. A little scuffed, boards slightly bowed, browning on endpapers, otherwise good. Scarce murder mystery: listed in Hubin. View more info

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The Secret of the Hollow Tree (1898)

By: Covertside, Naunton

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Digby, Long & Co.: 1898

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 92053

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1898]. Original sage green cloth, lettered and illustrated in black, red and orange; green patterned endpapers. Corners scuffed, three nicks to cloth at foot of spine, undated signature on front pastedown, good. A murder mystery set in Wales. 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 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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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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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