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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 that have succeeded or failed; sentences borne by the wrong people; great frauds that failed; wild schemes of vengeance for ... 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; sentences borne by the wrong people; great frauds that failed; wild schemes of vengeance for wrongs real or fancied; restitution m... View more info

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Mysteries of Police and Crime (1898)

By: Griffiths, Major Arthur

Price: £65.00

Publisher: London, Cassell & Co.: 1902

Seller ID: 91096

Condition: Near Fine


[Reprint]. "Profusely illustrated". Three volumes in early C20th maroon leather over crimson cloth, lettered in gilt on spines. Light scuffing, otherwise very good/near fine. True crime stories. Griffiths was an Inspector of H. M Prisons, and wrote about crime and criminals both in non-fictional and fiction forms. A very heavy set which will require additional charges for delivery by courier. 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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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: 93120

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, good. Crime novel, listed in Hubin. Hennessey was an Australian writer (although born in England), and the novel -- the author's first -- is set in Queensland. 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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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 oxidised, stamps for Lynn Briggs Temperance Hotel, Louth, on front free endpaper, otherwise very good. Four crime and adventure... 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

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The Strange Cases of Mason Brant (1916)

By: Hopkins, Nevill Monroe

Price: £35.00

Publisher: Philadelphia & London, J. B. Lippincott Company: 1916

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2329

Condition: Very Good


Four illustrations in colour. Variant binding: original red cloth lettered in white (other copies have white lines on front board and a gun in white on the spine). Spine sunned, some light foxing, very good. Three detective stories: the first set in London, the second two in America. Uncommon View more info

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The Silent Gate: A Voyage into Prisons (1900)

By: Hopkins, Tighe

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Hurst & Blackett: 1900

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 92092

Condition: Very Good


Title page printed in red and black. Original pale green cloth, illustrated (prison warder and door) in black, lettered in gilt. Corners scuffed, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, a little faint foxing, very good. Inscription on front free endpaper reads: Mrs Leaf with the sincere regards of Tighe Hopkins, September 1 1900. Eleven stories of imprisonment, prisoners, criminals and their families. View more info

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The Fever of Life

By: Hume, Fergus

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Richard Edward King: 1900

Seller ID: VN1226

Condition: Fair


"New Edition". Undated reprint, c1900. Original grey green cloth, with impressed art-nouveau flower design on front board. Both board edges damp-marked, paper lightly browned throughout, bookplate on front pastedown. A reading copy of a scarce title. View more info

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The Island of Fantasy (1892)

By: Hume, Fergus

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Richard Edward King: 1900

Seller ID: 04084

Condition: Good


Undated reprint (c1900). Original grey green cloth, with blindstamped flower on front board, brush-stroke lettering in gilt. Gilt dulled, spine sunned, paper lightly browned, but still a tight clean copy, good. View more info

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A Traitor in London (1900)

By: Hume, Fergus

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, John Long: 1900

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2862

Condition: Fair


Original illustrated red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Rear board extensively damp-marked, short tears on ends of hinges, endpapers browned, fair only. A reading/working/binding copy only. View more info

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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886)

By: Hume, Fergus W[right]

Price: £75.00

Publisher: London, Hansom Cab Publishing Company: 1887

Seller ID: 89027

Condition: Fair


One Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Thousand. Undated, c1887. Bound (without original wrappers) in simple (probably amateur) green cloth with double yellow endpapers; title hand-written on front board. Small chip to cloth at head of spine; title page and final leaf have tears to edges (text unaffected); staples rusted, thus only fair. Hume's first book and a runaway bestseller; issued as a paperback and rarely surviving in anything like good (or better) condition. View more info

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The Crime of Christmas Day. A Tale of the Latin Quarter (1885)

By: Hunter, Peter Hay

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Edinburgh & London, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier: 1895

Seller ID: 84093

Condition: Very Good


Pocket Edition. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt; brown-and-white patterned endpapers. Minimal scuffing, very good. Short crime novel, issued in a specific series from this publisher called "The Pocket Edition". View more info

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Nine Points of the Law (1903)

By: Jackson, Wilfred Scarborough

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, John Lane: 1903

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 04208

Condition: Good


Original grey cloth, illustrated (a train and a suitcase) in brown; lettered in gilt. Light discolouration to bottom of rear board, small circular stamp on front pastedown, good. Crime novel: listed in Hubin. The adventures of Richard Wayzgoose, a bank clerk who is inadvertently involved with a burglary. View more info

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The Wandering Romanoff (1898)

By: Kennedy, Bart

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Thomas Burleigh: 1898

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 04415

Condition: Very Good


Title page printed in red and black. Original fine-ribbed black cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine faintly sunned, light foxing, very good. Kennedy's second novel, a melodrama set in the Alaskan goldfields, involving Russian nihilists and the illegitimate son of Tsar Alexander II View more info