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56530
Adams, Tom, & Julian Symons (Introduction by John Fowles)
Agatha Christie Cover Story
Paper Tiger, Limpsfield Surrey UK, 1981
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt upper board and spine titling; 144pp., with many colour illustrations. Mild wear; a small mark to the text block top edge; previous owner's name in ink to the half-title page. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Over 90 of Adams' highly individual cover paintings are reproduced here, accompanied by comments from crime writer Julian Symons, and with introductions and commentaries by Tom Adams himself.
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$30
89087
Allingham, Margery (Introduction by Alexander McCall Smith; Finn Campbell-Noman, illus.)
The Tiger in the Smoke - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2013.
Reprint, Royal octavo; hardcover, illustrated boards with gilt spine titling; 254pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; previous owner's name in ink. Near fine in a like slipcase. Regarded as the high point in Margery Allingham's oeuvre, "Tiger In The Smoke" is a deeply psychological and atmospheric look at the mind of a criminal. Holed up in a London church with the vicar as hostage, a killer plays a cat-and-mouse game with his prisoner while outside in the smoggy, fog-bound streets, London's finest seek to bring him to justice. A gripping and fascinating classic from one of the Grand Dames of Crime.
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$30
91843
Amis, Kingsley
The James Bond Dossier
Jonathan Cape, London, 1965.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling and embossed upper board decoration; 159pp., Appendices and Reference Guide. Minor wear; browned and spotted text block and page edges; a few scattered spots on endpapers. Black illustrated dustwrapper. Very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Flap corners clipped but price present.
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$60
202940
Block, Lawrence
Five Little Rich Girls
Allison & Busby Ltd., London, 1984.
First hardcover edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 144pp. Minor wear. Dustwrapper very lightly rubbed and edgeworn. Near fine. Previously published in a paperback edition in 1974 under the title 'Make Out with Murder'.
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$60
205265
Brown, Carter
Blonde on the Rocks - a Rick Holman Mystery The Carter Brown Mystery series
Horwitz Publications Inc. Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1964.
Second edition: octavo; paperback; 130pp., all edges dyed yellow. Moderate wear; mild browning; creasing. Good to very good.
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$25
38060
Burnett, W.R.
Little Caesar
Literary Guild, New York, 1929.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 308pp. Green cloth with yellow and black decorated boards, 308pp. Near fine. Also with Wings, a 20 page monthly periodical of the Literary Guild of America, Vol.3 No.6 June 1929 in fine condition; this pamphlet contains an article 'Why the Editorial Boards selected "Little Caesar"'.
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$70
91705
Chandler, Raymond
The High Window
Hamish Hamilton / George Jaboor, Melbourne, 1943.
First Australian edition. Hardcover, octavo; green boards with black spine titling; 236pp. Minor wear; board corners slightly bumped and mild wear to spine panel extremities; browned and spotted text block edges. Very good otherwise. Lacks original dustwrapper; now with replacement facsimile dustwrapper. Chandler's third book.
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$120
91707
Chandler, Raymond
The Long Good-Bye
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1953.
Second impression. Hardcover, octavo; red boards with silver gilt spine titling; 319pp. Minor wear; foxing to endpapers and half-title pages; toned and mildly spotted text block edges; board corners slightly bumped with small bump on head of spine. No dustwrapper. Very good otherwise.
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$45
50553
Chandler, Raymond
Playback - Raymond Chandler's Unknown Thriller The Screenplay
Harrap Ltd., London, 1985.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 168pp. Minor wear; slightly rolled; spine heel lightly softened. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$35
203735
Chandler, Raymond (Barry Day, ed.)
The World of Raymond Chandler In His Own Words
Alfred Knopf, New York NY, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover; 250pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New.
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$24
204274
Chandler, Raymond (Frank McShane, ed.; Edward Gorey, illus.)
The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler & English Summer - A Gothic Romance
Weidenfeld and Nicolson Ltd., London, 1977.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 113pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; very slightly fanned; text block top edge spotted. Price-clipped dustwrapper with tear to lower front corner; chipping and tiny missing segments to spine panel extremities and corners (now professionally repaired using archival materials); now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$20
211297
Chandler, Raymond (Memoir by John Houseman; Afterword by Matthew J. Bruccoli, ed.)
The Blue Dahlia A Screenplay
Elm Tree Books/Hamish Hamilton, London, 1976.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 139pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, 8 plates and many illustrations likewise. Mild wear; text block edges toned and top edge dusted. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$40
91429
[Chandler, Raymond] Williams, Tom
A Mysterious Something in the Light - Raymond Chandler A Life
Aurum Press, London, 2012.
Octavo hardcover; red boards with gilt spine titling; 386pp., monochrome plates. Minor wear; small bumps to head of board spine panel; minor scrapes and chipping at spine panel extremities. Very good to near fine otherwise and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$23
98832
Chesterton, G.K.
The Incredulity of Father Brown
Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1926.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with upper board titles and rules in red; 296pp., untrimmed. Mild wear; slightly rolled; spine extremities softened; text block edges lightly toned and spotted; mild offset to the endpapers; a small section of the fore-edge of pages 15-16 torn away, not affecting the text. Lacks dustwrapper. Very good.
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$200
200957
Child, Lee
Killing Floor
Bantam Press, London, 1997.
First UK edition: octavo hardcover; blue boards with silver gilt spine titling; 363pp. Lightly browned text block and page edges and mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$50
7872
Childers, Erskine (Introduction by Maldwin Drummond; Daniel Whistler, illus.)
The Riddle of the Sands - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1992.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, decorated cloth boards with gilt spine and upper board titling and decorations and endpaper maps; 296pp., top edges dyed red, with a monochrome frontispiece, 12pp. of plates and many illustrations and maps likewise. Minor wear. Near fine in a like brown slipcase.
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$30
79511
Childers, Erskine (John O'Connor, illus.)
The Riddle of the Sands: Imprint Society edition A Record of Secret Service, Recently Achieved; Introduction by Brig. E.F. Parker
The Imprint Society, Barre, MA, USA, 1971.
Quarto; hardcover quarter-bound in calf with decorated boards and gilt spine-titling; 261pp., on light olive-drab laid paper, top edge dyed red, with 4 maps, 4 double-page colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Some wear and scratches to the spine leather; otherwise fine in a like decorated slipcase. Limited edition: number 1311 of only 1950 copies. Signed by artist.
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$50
78634
Christie, Agatha
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding And a Selection of Entrees
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-type Press, London, 1960.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 255pp. Mild wear; boards lightly fanned; some light corner and edge bumping; text block edges mildly toned with some spots and top edge dusted; offset to the endpapers; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf; retailer's ink stamp to the rear pastedown. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn with some spots; sunning to the spine panel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
209359
Christie, Agatha
After the Funeral
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-type Press Ltd., London, 1953.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 192pp. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; mild softening and sunning to the spine extremities; offset to the upper board; top corners bumped; text block and page edges well toned; light offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; spine panel sunned; light chipping to the edges and flap-turns with a few small tears; some creasing; missing segments to the spine panel extremities text (now backed with replacement scans). Wrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film and archival-quality white paper. Good to very good.
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$45
98811
Christie, Agatha
At Bertram's Hotel Featuring Miss Marple, The Original Character as created by Agatha Christie
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-Type Press, London, 1965.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, faux quarter-binding with gilt spine titles; 256pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; spine extremities lightly softened; text block top edge lightly dusted. Price-clipped dustwrapper rubbed and lightly edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
209358
Christie, Agatha
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-type Press Ltd., London, 1968.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 255pp. Mild wear; mild softening to the spine heel; text block top edge lightly dusted; light offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; mild chipping to the spine panel heel; some light creasing to the flaps; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
63179
Christie, Agatha
A Caribbean Mystery Featuring Miss Marple The Original Character as created by Agatha Christie
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-Type Press Ltd., London, 1964
First edition: octavo; hardcover, faux quarter-binding with gilt spine titles; 256pp. Minor wear; slightly rolled; mild softening to the spine extremities; light spotting to the text block edges; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn with some marks; spine sunned; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
209360
Christie, Agatha
Crooked House
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-type Press Ltd., London, 1949.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 192pp. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; mild softening and sunning to the spine extremities; boards somewhat fanned; sunning to the board edges; corners bumped; text block edges spotted and top edge dusted; light offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; heavy chipping to the edges and flap-turns with a few small tears and associated creasing; missing segments to front and spine panels with some loss of images and text (now backed with replacement scans). Wrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film and archival-quality white paper. Good to very good.
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$45
204635
Christie, Agatha
Curtain Poirot's Last Case
Collins Crime Club/William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London, 1975.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 221pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; spine extremities softened; text block edges lightly spotted; mild offset to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; light chipping to the flap-turns; some minor tears to the spine extremities with associated creasing; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
48856
Christie, Agatha
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
The Crime Club/William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London, 1962.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 256pp. Mild wear; slightly cocked; mild softening to the spine extremities and sunning to the spine heel; text block edges lightly spotted and top edge dusted; mild offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn with some marks; a large chip to the spine heel; spine sunned; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
48861
Christie, Agatha
Nemesis
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-type Press Ltd., London, 1968.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 256pp. Mild wear; very slightly rolled; light softening to the spine extremities; some small marks to the text block edges and top edge lightly dusted. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn with some scuffing; retailer's bookplate to the front flap; some chipping to the spine panel heel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$22
64433
Christie, Agatha
The Pale Horse
The Crime Club/William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London, 1961.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 256pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; mild softening to the spine extremities; text block edges lightly spotted and top edge a bit dusted; faint offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn with some minor insect damage; now backed by archival-quality white papers and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
209667
Christie, Agatha
Partners in Crime A light-hearted blend of thrills and suspense by the "Queen of Crime"
Great Pan/Pan Books Ltd., London, 1962.
First printing. Octavo; paperback; 203pp. Moderate wear; covers lightly worn; toned text block and page edges; retailer's contemporary price sticker to the front cover. Very good.
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$12
48858
Christie, Agatha
Third Girl
The Crime Club/William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London, 1966.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 256pp. Mild wear; mild softening to the spine extremities; text block edges lightly spotted and top edge mildly dusted; light offset to the endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; some small tears to the upper and lower panel edges; some creasing to the flaps; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
80578
Clancy, Tom
The Hunt for Red October
Collins, London, 1984.
First UK edition. Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; 479pp. Minor wear; a few spots to endpaper edges; toned and spotted text block edges. Illustrated black dustwrapper with red and white upper board and spine titling. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film First trade printing after the rather anomalous issue by the United States Naval Institute.
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$60
59797
Corris, Peter
The Dying Trade
McGraw-Hill, Sydney, 1980.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; brown boards with gilt spine titling; 229pp. Board edges faded to green with very minor wear and scraping; foxing to edges and corners of pastedowns and endpapers, browned and randomly spotted text block edges; illustrated dustwrapper sunned along spine and upper fore-edge corner (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good.
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$25
87094
Crais, Robert
Lullaby Town
Piatkus, London, 1992.
First UK edition. Hardcover, octavo; red boards with gilt spine titling; 295pp. Minor wear; foxing to endpapers and mild spotting to upper text block edges. Black illustrated dustwrapper; mildly rubbed, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Author's third book in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.
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$35
58927
Crais, Robert
The Monkey's Raincoat
Piatkus, London, 1989.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover; 201pp. Very faint spotting to text block edges; else fine in lightly worn dustwrapper with small scrape to upper corner of rear panel. Wrapper not price-clipped and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. First hardcover printing of Crais' first novel. The book inaugurated the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.
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$200
84013
Crais, Robert
Stalking the Angel
Piatkus, London, 1990.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover; 231pp. Light spotting to text block edges; else fine in lightly worn dustwrapper not price-clipped and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. First hardcover printing of Crais' second novel, the sequel to "The Monkey's Raincoat". The Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series continues...
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$80
206964
Cross, Amanda
Sweet Death, Kind Death
Victor Gollancz Ltd., London, 1984.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 177pp. Minor wear; spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$20
72171
Crumley, James
The Mexican Tree Duck
Warner Books, New York, 1993.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 247pp. Lightly scuffed dustwrapper. Very good to near fine otherwise.
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$30
84251
Dibdin, Michael
Ratking
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1988.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 282pp. Offset to endpapers; heavy browning and spotting to the text block and page edges; previous owner's ink inscription to the rear pastedown. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed. Good.
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$40
209435
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
His Last Bow Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes
John Murray Ltd., London, 1954.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with upper board decoration; 305pp. Moderate wear; somewhat rolled; spine extremities softened; text block edges toned and top edge dusted; offset to the endpapers; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf; top joint cracked (but strong). Dustwrapper is a little rubbed and edgeworn with some toning and sunning; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$20
209436
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
The Sign of Four
John Murray Ltd., London, 1963.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with upper board decoration; 154pp. Moderate wear; somewhat rolled; spine extremities softened; text block edges toned and top edge dusted; mild offset to the endpapers; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown (with offset). Price-clipped dustwrapper is a little rubbed and edgeworn with some mild sunning; a small tear and some lacquer lifting to the top hinge near the spine head; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$20
91797
Ellroy, James
American Tabloid
Century, London, 1995.
First UK edition: hardcover, octavo; black boards with silver gilt spine titling; 587pp. Owner's name. Minor wear; lightly browned page and text block edges. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$40
91796
Ellroy, James
The Big Nowhere
Mysterious Press, New York, 1988.
First US edition: hardcover, octavo; quarter bound with blue papered boards and black cloth spine with silver gilt spine titling, blue endpapers; 406pp. Owner's name. Minor wear; binding slightly rolled; mild rubbing and fading to boards and edges; lightly spotted text block edges with a few marks. Mildly sunned dustwrapper. Very good and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$40
90116
Ellroy, James
White Jazz - inscribed, association copy
Borzoi Books/Alfred A. Knopf, New York NY, 1992.
First edition: Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with silver-gilt spine-titling and a silver-gilt upper board decoration; 351pp., untrimmed. Moderate wear; slightly rolled and spine crushed; text block top edge dusted; inscribed to Australian Peter Corris, 'Australia's best/? (illegible)/foremost mystery writer', by the author on the front free endpaper in ink. Dustwrapper well-rubbed and lightly sunned; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good.
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$150
203238
Evanovich, Janet
Three to Get Deadly
Hamish Hamilton Ltd./Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1997.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with metallic red spine titles; 300pp. Mild wear; spine extremities softened; text block and page edges toned. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
209361
Fleming, Ian
Goldfinger
Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1959.
Second impression: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and blind-stamped and gilt upper board decoration; 318pp. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; spine extremities lightly softened; text block edges lightly toned with some mild spotting and top edge dusted; very mild offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; very light chipping to the spine panel extremities; retailer's ink stamp to the lower panel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film; flap corners clipped but price present. Very good.
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$400
64363
Fleming, Ian
The Man with the Golden Gun
Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1965.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 221pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; text block edges lightly toned with some marks; light offset to the endpapers; old tape stains to the flyleaf and the last page of the text, with some offset. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; old price sticker to the front flap; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$175
97300
Gardner, Erle Stanley
The Case of the Negligent Nymph
The Thriller Book Club, London, 1957.
Hardcover, octavo; yellow boards with black spine titling; 206pp. Small stain on lower board corner; foxing to endpapers; toned and spotted text block and page edges; binding slightly rolled. Illustrated dustwrapper with tiny missing segments at spine panel extremities and corners; browned spine and some spotting on rear panel. Dustwrapper now protected in archival film with white paper backing. Very good.
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$25
91839
Gardner, John
For Special Services
Jonathan Cape & Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1982.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling; 254pp. Minor wear only; toned and spotted text block and page edges; rear panel of dustwrapper mildly rubbed and a small scrapes on corners, especially at spine panel extremities. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$45
91840
Gardner, John
Licence Renewed
Jonathan Cape & Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1981.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling; 270pp. Minor wear only; binding very slightly rolled; toned and spotted text block and page edges; mild sunning to dustwrapper spine. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$45
206389
Greene, Hugh & Graham (eds.) (Introduction by Graham Greene)
The Spy's Bedside Book
Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1957.
Second impression: octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 256pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and other illustrations likewise. Mild wear; spine extremities softened and somewhat sunned; text block edges lightly toned and spotted; offset to the endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. On its first appearance in 1957, this book provoked a storm of interest, and perhaps unsurprisingly, 100 copies were bought by East German Intelligence. It answers questions such as , How can you hide messages in a boiled egg? and Why should you always put pepper in your Vodka in Russia. This classic anthology includes stories by some of the great writers on spying and many practitioners, including Ian Fleming, John Buchan, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Belle Boyd, Major Andre and William Le Queux as well as William Blake and D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Mann, all suspected of spying in three great wars.
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$35
46101
Haining, Peter
Agatha Christie - Murder in Four Acts A Centenary Celebration of "The Queen of Crime" on Stage, Film, Radio and TV
Virgin Books/W.H. Allen & Co. Plc., London, 1990 .
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 160pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; board edges lightly sunned. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel. Very good.
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$20
87344
Haining, Peter
The Golden Age of Crime Fiction The Authors, the Artists and their Creations from 1920 to 1950
Prion, London, 2002.
Quarto hardcover, dustwrapper; 216pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New. During the 100 years from the middle of the nineteenth century to the 1950s, every important element of crime fiction was created. Each type of detective was born and their style of detection established, from the police detective and the amateur sleuth, right up to the hard-boiled detective and on to the secret agent. This book is a lavishly illustrated history of this crucial time in what is perhaps the most popular literary genre. Featuring rare covers, plus classic illustrations and designs, 'The Classic Era of Crime Fiction' includes sections on Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, to explore the exciting cultural history behind crime fiction. For the first time crime enthusiasts can see how the famous (and infamous!) works of crime fiction were originally published and how unknown writers and illustrators were responsible for establishing a genre that became a cornerstone of popular culture.
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$25
84349
Haining, Peter (Ed.)
The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook With a Foreword by Peter Cushing
Treasure Press, London, 1986.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 128pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor spotting to the text block upper edge. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good to near fine.
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$17
97388
Heyer, Georgette
A Blunt Instrument
William Heinemann Ltd., London, 1954.
Reprint. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 288pp., top edges dyed brown. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; text block and page edges embrowned; retailer's ink stamp and bookplate to the front endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine and front panels; chipping to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns; spotting to the lower panel and flaps; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good.
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$25
43336
Highsmith, Patricia
Ripley's Game
Heinemann, London, 1974.
First UK edition. Hardcover, octavo, 482pp. Toned text block edges. Edge wear to price-clipped dustwrapper with scuffing. Otherwise good to very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$60
40786
Highsmith, Patricia
Ripley's Game
Alfred Knopf, New York, 1974.
First US edition. Hardcover, octavo, 267pp. Minor edge wear to price-clipped dustwrapper. Otherwise very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$40
65752
Hoeg, Peter (trans. F. David)
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Harvill, London, 1993.
First UK edition. Hardcover, octavo, 409pp. Minor wear only; one or two small spots on text block edges; else near fine in like dustwrapper and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$75
206969
James, P.D.
Death in Holy Orders
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 2001.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 387pp. Minor wear; toning to text block and page edges. Dustwrapper. Very good to near fine.
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$25
205403
James, P.D.
The Lighthouse An Adam Dalgleish Mystery
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 2005.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 323pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; mild wear to the spine head; small ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper rubbed and lightly edgeworn. Very good.
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$20
84424
Keating, H.R.F.
Sherlock Holmes The Man and His World
Thames & Hudson, London, 1979.
First edition. Small quarto hardcover; dark red cloth boards with gilt spine titling and gilt upper board insignia; 160pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; lightly toned text block edges with spotting on top edge. Near fine otherwise in like unclipped dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. If ever any life has begged biography it is perhaps that of Sherlock Holmes. Yet Holmes himself had a mordant dislike of publicity. He permitted only one individual, his friend Dr John H Watson to publish anything of his methods and his manner - and even then there was much that fell under an iron embargo. In writing this life of Holmes H.R.F. Keating has confined himself to the authenticated facts that Dr Watson alone was in a position to give the world and to them has added the facts of the historical and cultural events of Holmes day.
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$25
49833
le Carre, John
The Naive and Sentimental Lover
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, 1971.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board decoration; 416pp., top edges dyed pink. Mild wear; some marks to the text block edges. Price-clipped dustwrapper is lightly rubbed with some mild edgewear (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good.
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$24
96863
le Carre, John
A Small Town in Germany
Coward-McCann Inc., New York NY, 1968.
First US edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and gilt upper board decoration; 366pp., top edges dyed brown, untrimmed. Moderate wear; slightly rolled text block edges well toned and spotted; offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is lightly toned; sunned along the spine panel; mild chipping to the flap turns and spine panel extremities; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
94423
le Carre, John
The Tailor of Panama
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1996.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 410pp., blue ribbon marker. Minor wear; toned text block and page edges and ribbon frayed at end. Very good to near fine otherwise with dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
77211
McCarthy, Cormac
No Country for Old Men
Alfred Knopf, New York, 2005.
First US edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling and untrimmed page edges; 309pp. Very minor wear only; a few faint spots on text block edges. Fine in unclipped dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$80
43418
Macdonald, Ross
The Blue Hammer
Alfred Knopf, New York, 1976.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 270pp. Minor scuffing to dustwrapper. Otherwise very good to near fine. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$40
43400
Macdonald, Ross
Sleeping Beauty
Alfred Knopf, New York, 1973.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 271pp. Slightly toned text block edges. Minor edge and corner wear to dustwrapper with chipping. Otherwise very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$40
200555
Mankell, Henning
Firewall A Kurt Wallander Mystery
The New Press, New York NY, 2002.
First US edition: octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with silver-gilt spine titles; 405pp. Minor wear; a couple of small marks to the text block top edge. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$35
90616
Mankell, Henning (Laurie Thompson, trans.)
Kennedy's Brain
New Press, New York NY, 2005.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; quarter bound with pale blue papered boards, black spine and gilt spine titling, green endpapers; 328pp. Minor wear; binding very slightly rolled; slight scuffing to lower board edges and corners; mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good to near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$25
99570
Mankell, Henning (Laurie Thompson, trans.)
The White Lioness
The New Press, New York NY, 1998.
First US edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling; 500pp. Very minor wear; very mild spotting to upper text block edges and slightly rubbed dustwrapper. Fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$60
99571
Mankell, Henning (trans. Ebba Segerberg)
One Step Behind
The New Press, New York, 2002.
Second impression. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with red gilt spine titling; 500pp. Very minor wear; very mild spotting to text block edges and lightly rubbed dustwrapper. Fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
99568
Mankell, Henning (trans. Steven T. Murray)
Sidetracked
The New Press, New York, 1999.
First US edition. Hardcover, octavo; red boards with gilt spine titling; 349pp. Very minor wear; very minor spotting to text block edges and slightly rubbed dustwrapper. Fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$60
98129
"Markham, Robert" (Kingsley Amis)
Colonel Sun A James Bond Adventure
Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1968.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and endpaper maps; 255pp. Mild wear; somewhat rolled; text block edges very mildly spotted; very light offset to the endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapper rubbed with mild edgewear and some sunning along the spine panel; light chipping to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$65
98855
Marsh, Ngaio
Opening Night
The Crime Club/Collins Clear-Type Press, London, 1951.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 256pp. Moderate wear; rolled; spine extremities sunned and softened; boards sunned along the edges; text block edges well toned; offset to the endpapers; previous owner's bookplate and pencilled name to the front endpapers. Dustwrapper well rubbed and edgeworn with chipping at the spine panel extremities; some creasing; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good.
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$40
56925
Mortimer, John (Paul Cox, illus.)
Rumpole - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1994.
Reprint. Octavo; hardcover, with silver gilt spine titles and upper board decoartaions; 362pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine in a slightly scuffed slip-case. "... Rumpole's appeal lay in the very idea of defence: here was a drinker and dreamer defending us all against injustice, the law's absurdity and our own mistakes. The part was played by Leo McKern, whose acting, Mortimer said, 'was where I hope my writing will be, about two feet above the ground, a little larger than life, but always taking off from reality'. Rumpole ran, rather raggedly at times, to a lengthy series of novels, collections of stories and TV series (the last novel appeared in 2007). In an aside Clive James summarised Rumpole as a small mercy for which he thanked heaven.... He wrote as easily as he talked, and his spell on the page sprang from the personality of the prose. Somewhere he describes his memories as 'illustrations of the vanished professional, middle-class world of England between the wars; or the snapshots of an only child who had, in those slow-moving days, much time to notice things'. His snaps were vivid. The two volumes of autobiography, in 1982 Clinging to the Wreckage, followed by Murderers & Other Friends in 1994, are less confessions than celebrations. He dodges in and out of strings of anecdote that between the lines reveal all he thinks you need to know of him, but nothing like the whole; their superficiality runs disingenuously deep. They are class acts. " - David Hughes
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$30
94977
Mosley, Walter
RL's Dream - signed by the author
Serpent's Tail, London, 1995.
Octavo; gatefold paperback; 267pp. Mild wear; text block and page edges toned and spotted; signed by the author in ink on the title page. Very good.
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$20
84387
O'Donnell, Peter
Modesty Blaise
Souvenir Press Ltd., London, 1965.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 224pp. Some mild spotting to the text block edges. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed with a tiny chip at the spine panel head; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$85
211574
Paretsky, Sara
Total Recall A V.I. Warshawski Novel
Delacorte Press/Random House Inc., New York NY, 2001.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with metallic-red spine titles; 414pp. Mild wear; text block top edge lightly dusted. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; spine panel head lightly chipped; creasing to the upper flap; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$23
211233
Pelecanos, George P.
The Sweet Forever: signed
Little Brown & Co., Boston, 1998.
First edition. Signed in ink by the author. Octavo hardcover; quarter bound brown boards with black spine and silver gilt spine titling; 298pp. Minor wear; mild spotting and a few marks to text block edges. Very good in lightly rubbed dustwrapper with a few spots to edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film).
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$30
78290
Reilly, John M.
Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers
The Macmillan Press Ltd., London, 1980.
Large thick octavo; hardcover, bound in faux leather with gilt spine-titling; 1568pp. Spine creased; corners bumped; text block edges lightly toned; some minor offset to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper rubbed with some creasing; minor chipping to the flap-turns; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The art of crime and mystery literature conceals a paradox. If we were not so captivated by the entertainment, we might pause to wonder how it can be that stories devoted to the spectacle of violent crime neither disturb nor horrify us. Thomas de Quincey in his essay 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts' was the first to note the aesthetic value of well-accomplished, and appropriately reported, homicide. Read today, de Quincey's essay confirms more than a century of fiction. Imaginary tales of crime provide a sensation of incongruity when victims meet their death in libraries, clubs and private houses, or they offer the satisfaction of probability when violence occurs in society's back alleys; but these accounts of murder engender no anxiety. In the same way, death by poison, strangulation, firearms, the blunt instrument, bladed weapons, explosives and bizarre devices illustrate the range of human invention available, on the one hand to culprits who spill the blood of family and friends for the simple motives of greed, hate, or lust, and on the other hand to killers who undertake murder as a simple job of work; but if the writing is skilful we appreciate the ingenuity more than the perversity. At once predictable in their formularized representation of crime and resolution and cunning in their craft, stories of crime and mystery could scarcely be more entertaining and less likely to remind their readers of the sin of Cain. This authoritative reference book provides detailed information on more than 600 English language writers of mystery fiction. Each entry includes a biography, a complete bibliography of the writer's works and a signed critical essay. In many cases the author comments on his or her own work. Also included are two appendices on nineteenth century mystery writers and on foreign language mystery writers.
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$40
206967
Rendell, Ruth
Talking to Strange Men - signed copy
Pantheon Inc., New York NY, 1987.
First US edition: octavo; hardcover, quarter bound in cloth with silver gilt spine titling; 280pp. Minor wear; signed author's bookplate. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$25
207819
Simenon, Georges (Lyn Moir, trans.)
Maigret Hesitates
Helen and Kurt Wolff Books/Harcourt Brace & World Inc., New York NY, 1970.
First US edition: octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with blind-stamped upper board title and black endpapers; 184pp., top edges dyed orange. Moderate wear; rolled; spine extremities softened; some marks to the text block edges. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn with some marks to the upper panel; chipping to the spine panel extremities; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Very good.
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$30
209363
Sova, Dawn B. (Foreword by David Suchet; Introduction by Mathew Prichard)
Agatha Christie A to Z The Essential Reference to Her Life & Writings
Facts On File Inc., New York NY, 1996.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 400pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine extremities lightly softened; some bumping to the boards. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn with some light creasing; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$24
35735
Tanner, Lt-Col. William ('Bill')
The Book of Bond or Every Man His Own 007 With Reversible Bookjacket for Work in the Field
Jonathan Cape, London, 1965.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 111pp. Spotting to upper text block edges; else fine in like dustwrapper; not price-clipped; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This copy exhibits a minumum of wear and is in truly remarkable condition. "A glorious guide to easy Do-It-Yourself Bondmanship... Authoritatively compiled by Bill Tanner - M's No. 2 and a close friend of Bond's for many years. Instant 00... how to look... what to wear, eat, drink and smoke... and how to acquire a Bondswoman of your very, very own! Kingsley Amis used the pseudonym Lt.-Col. William ('Bill') Tanner for this book. In Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, Bill Tanner is M's chief of staff and a recurring character throughout the series. Amis, a close friend of Fleming's, was also responsible for two other works related to the James Bond series. In 1965, he wrote The James Bond Dossier, a collection of essays on the book and film series, and in 1968, under the pseudonym Robert Markham, he wrote the Bond novel Colonel Sun.
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$300
56924
Tey, Josephine (Paul Hogarth, illus.; Introduction by Antonia Fraser)
The Franchise Affair - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2001.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling and decorated boards; 254pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 9 plates likewise. Near fine in a like slipcase. Robert Blair was about to knock off from a slow day at his law firm when the phone rang. It was Marion Sharpe on the line, a local woman of quiet disposition who lived with her mother at their decrepit country house, The Franchise. It appeared that she was in some serious trouble: Miss Sharpe and her mother were accused of brutally kidnapping a demure young woman named Betty Kane. Miss Kane's claims seemed highly unlikely, even to Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, until she described her prison - the attic room with its cracked window, the kitchen, and the old trunks - which sounded remarkably like The Franchise. Yet Marion Sharpe claimed the Kane girl had never been there, let alone been held captive for an entire month! Not believing Betty Kane's story, Solicitor Blair takes up the case and, in a dazzling feat of amateur detective work, solves the unbelievable mystery that stumped even Inspector Grant.
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$30
85113
Togawa, Masako (Simon Grove, trans.)
A Kiss of Fire
Chatto & Windus Ltd., London, 1988.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 245pp. Minor wear; mild toning to text block edges. Minimal wear to dustwrapper edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$18
36892
Walling, R.A.J.
Mr. Tolefree's Reluctant Witnesses
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1937.
Reprint. Hardcover, octavo, 310pp. Foxed preliminaries, spotted text block edges, minor wear; very good in dustwrapper worn at edges, some light creasing, chipping, small segment missing from tail of spine panel. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive archival film and white paper backing.
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$35
201186
Westlake, Donald
The Ax
Warner Books, New York, 1997.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; red boards with gilt spine titling; 273pp. Mild wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$25
211551
Westlake, Donald E.
Drowned Hopes A Dortmunder Novel
Mysterious Press, New York, 1990.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; quarter bound blue papered boards with turquoise cloth spine and orange spine titling, blue endpapers; 422pp. Upper board edges scraped; small dye mark on dustwrapper verso - head of spine; browned text block and page edges with faint offsetting to front endpaper. Very good in like dustwrapper with slightly sunned spine and mild edgewear.
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$25