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Behind Closed Doors (1888)

By: Green Anna Katharine

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1890

Seller ID: VN1767

Condition: Good


Undated early reprint of this American detective novel. Original red cloth on bevelled board, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, with small chips/frays on spine ends, bookplate on verso of front free endpaper, paper faintly browned, good. View more info

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Three Thousand Dollars

By: Green, Anna Katharine

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Boston (Mass), Richard G. B adger, The Goreham Press: 1910

Seller ID: VN1251

Condition: Fair


Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed grey cloth, lettered and decorated in yellow and orange. Spine dulled, small brown stain on bottom corners of all pages (text unaffected), damp mark on lower corner of rear board. A good reading copy of this mystery/crime novel. 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

Seller ID: 83017

Condition: Very Good


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 Matter of Millions (1890)

By: Green, Anna Katherine

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1890

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: VN1819

Condition: Very Good


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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The Rome Express (1907)

By: Griffiths, Arthur

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, L. C. Page: 1907

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: VN2627

Condition: Good


Original fine-ribbed cream cloth, lettered and illustrated in red, black and white. Lacks frontispiece. Corners scuffed/rubbed, some light marks on text, inner joint papers lightly cracked (joints tight), good only. View more info

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Criminals I Have Known (1895)

By: Griffiths, Major Arthur

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1895

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 86062

Condition: Good


Illustrated. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; publisher's brown-and-white monogrammed endpapers. Spine sunned and rubbed at foot, a few marks on cloth, light foxing, armorial bookplate of John Rashleigh on front pastedown, good. Sixty-two stories and sketches of criminals and crime. View more info

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Tales of a Government Official (1902)

By: Griffiths, Major Arthur

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, F. V. White & Co.: 1902

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89038

Condition: Very Good


Original orange cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, owner's signature (1905) at head of front board and (1907) on front free endpaper, otherwise very good. Griffiths was H. M. Inspector of Prisons from 1878 to 1896, and had a lifelong interest in crime and criminology. The stories in this volume are based on his own experiences: "Moving episodes in town and country; gaol outbreaks, affrays, assaults; escapes... View more info

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Tales of a Government Official (1902)

By: Griffiths, Major Arthur

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, F. V. White & Co.: 1902

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89120

Condition: Fair


Original orange cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Board edges speckled, small holed on spine, bookplate on front board: fair to good. Griffiths was H. M. Inspector of Prisons from 1878 to 1896, and had a lifelong interest in crime and criminology. The stories in this volume are based on his own experiences: "Moving episodes in town and country; gaol outbreaks, affrays, assaults; escapes that have succeeded or failed; sente... View more info

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A Modern Siren (1896)

By: Harvey, Julian

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, John Long: 1896

Seller ID: VN0988

Condition: Good


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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Old Myddleton's Money (1874)

By: Hay, Mary Cecil

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Tyler: 1875

Edition: First One-Volume Edition

Seller ID: 81073

Condition: Good


Late C19th beaded blue-green binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Light scuffing, otherwise very good. Mystery-thriller. Who murdered Old Myddleton? Who will inherit his fortune? And who is the handsome stranger who asks a lot of questions..? View more info

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The Arundel Motto (1871 as The Arrandel Motto)

By: Hay, Mary Cecil

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Tyler: 1877

Seller ID: 85112

Condition: Very Good


First Thus. Recently rebound in black cloth with bold, large gilt lettering on spine; blue endpapers; all edges stained blue. A little light foxing, very good. Topp [II, p 173] incorrectly identifies this as the first edition. The novel (Hay's first) was originally published in three volumes as The Arrandel Motto by "Mark Hardcastle", by T. Cautley Newby in 1871. Hay revised the title spelling (and possibly the text) for this one volume edition of 1877. View more info

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Clues, or, Leaves from a Chief Constable's Note Book (1889)

By: Henderson, William

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier: 1889

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89026

Condition: Good


Original green cloth, lettered and illustrated in black; decorated endpapers with publisher's booklists. Spine ends scuffed, inner joint papers cracked, but tight: good. The half-title reads: Clues. Real Detective Stories. View more info

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The Dis-Honourable (1896)

By: Hennessey, J. D. [John David Hennessey]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co.: 1896

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 78048

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1896]. Original olive brown cloth with wavy-line blocking on front board, lettered in gilt. Small scratch to front board, front free endpaper tipped in, good. A crime story, concerned with the death of Constant M'Watt, and set in Queensland. Hennessey was an Australian writer (although born in England). The Dis-Honourable was his first novel. View more info

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The Queen of Night (1896)

By: Hill, Headon [ie Francis Edward Grainger]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1899

Seller ID: 84085

Condition: Very Good


Yellowback, 2/- Copyright Novels. Undated [1899]. Frontispiece. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed blue cloth spine lettered in gilt. Light edgewear, very good. Topp [II, p.362]. Mystery thriller set on board the ship of the title. View more info

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The Queen of Night (1896)

By: Hill, Headon [ie Francis Edward Grainger]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1899

Seller ID: 84086

Condition: Very Good


Yellowback, 2/- Copyright Novels. Undated [1899]. Frontispiece. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed maroon cloth spine lettered in gilt. Light edgewear, corners rubbed, paper chipped on corners of front board, good. Topp [II, p.362]. Mystery thriller set on board the ship of the title. View more info

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Sir Vincent's Patient (1914)

By: Hill, Headon [ie Francis Grainger]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1914

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 87015

Condition: Very Good


Original blindstamped black cloth with repeated pattern of small red rectangles on front board and spine. Lightly scuffed, some foxing spots, very good. £36.00 View more info

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By a Hair's-Breadth. A Romance of the Russian Terror (1897); The Duke Decides (1903); The Avengers (1906); Millions of Mischief. The Story of a Great Secret (1905)

By: Hill, Headon [ie Francis Grainger]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Various: 1907

Seller ID: 87115

Condition: Very Good


By a Hair's-Breadth. A Romance of the Russian Terror (1897). Paperback: Cassell & Co., 1907. Bound with: The Duke Decides (1903). Paperback: Cassell & Co., 1906. Bound with: The Avengers (1906). Paperback: Ward, Lock & Co., nd. Bound with: Millions of Mischief. The Story of a Great Secret (1905). Paperback: Ward, Lock & Co., nd. Four Edwardian paperbacks bound as one (without original wrappers) in beaded maroon binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Gilt lettering ox... View more info

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John Horsleydown; or, Confessions of a Thief: Written by Himself and Revised by Thomas Little Holt (1860)

By: Holt, Thomas Littleton

Price: £60.00

Publisher: London, Ward & Lock: 1860

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 84092

Condition: Fair


Mid C19th rebinding in brown binder's cloth. Boards lightly marked, lacks title label on spine, foxing spots throughout, fair/good. Criminal confessions: whether this is a genuine confession or (more likely) fiction; and whether Holt is Horsleydown (or vice versa) is unclear. Originally a yellowback: Topp lists it under Horsleydown (mis-spelled), and Sadleir under Holt. View more info

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Confessions of a Ticket-of-Leave Man Written by Himself (1860 as John Horsleydown; or, The Confessions of a Thief Written by Himself, and Revised by Thomas Littleton Holt)

By: Holt, Thomas Littleton

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, James Blackwood: 1865

Seller ID: 87074

Condition: Good


Undated, reprint , c1865. Illustrated. Original dark green cloth, blocked in black and gilt; yellow endpapers. Corners scuffed, a few specks and spots on pages, a little shaken, good. A confession of many amazing crimes ("How we robbed the Great Western Railway", "How we robbed the Bank of England", "How we robbed Louis Napoleon Bonaparte"). Originally issued as a yellowback and included by Sadleir [3522] in his section on "Detection, Criminol... View more info

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The Secret of Wardale Court and Other Stories (1894)

By: Hope, Andree [ie Annie Jane Harvey]

Price: £50.00

Publisher: London, Wilsons & Milne: 1894

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 87023

Condition: Very Good


Original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt. Minimal scuffing, light foxing, very good/near fine. Two short novels: The Secret of Wardale Court & Princess Ariane -- and two shorter pieces: Beneath the Dark Shadow & Lady Loraine. Mystery, secrets, murder, vendetta, execution... Hope/Harvey was also the author of Vyvyans: or, The Murder in the Rue Bellechassse (1893). View more info