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The Mullenthorpe Thing.

By HOOD (Christopher).

A Novel By Christopher Hood. 1971, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; blank follows dedication leaf; pp.192; light sky-blue beaded-linen-grain boards, downlettered, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly creased and nicked dust-wrapper. Norah Smallwood’s copy, with her pencilled initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto and Windus: copies bearing her initials tend to be advance copies, sometimes differing in minor respects from the published books. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$12.91

The Place of dragons.
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The Place of dragons.

By LE QUEUX (William).

A mystery. By William Le Queux Author of “In White Raiment,” “If Sinners Entice Thee,” “The Room of Secrets,” etc. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1916. Half-tone frontispiece printed in sepia; pp.319+[i (blank)]; deep blue-green smooth linen, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Slight wear to extremities of spine; first and last few leaves, end-papers, and edges foxed; back free end-paper damaged by adherence to paste-down (an original binding fault); otherwise a nice copy. A scarce title possibly printed short because of paper shortages during the First World War, but one of Le Queux’s better titles, with an impenetrable mystery, well worked out. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.253, giving the title in error as ‘The Place of the Dragons’, and recording no American printing; COPAC lists the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and National Library of Wales copies only. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$64.57

Guy Garrick.
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Guy Garrick.

By REEVE (Arthur B.).

An Adventure with a scientific Gunman. By Arthur B. Reeve, Author of “The Silent Bullet,” “The Poisoned Pen,” “The Dream Doctor” And other “Craig Kennedy” and Guy “Garrick” Stories. Hearst’s International Library Co., New York, 1914. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; final blank; pp.[vi]+326+[ii]; light grey-blue fine dotted-diaper ribbed cloth, pictorially blocked black, lettered white within black single-rule blocked frame on front cover, lettered and with short rule white on spine. Short tear to cloth over back joint, but no weakness, and slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; ownership stamp on back of frontispiece and on three lower margins; otherwise a nice copy. The author’s first novel: a rather hasty concoction consisting frequently of ideas and passages from his short stories: the first and second paragraphs on p.108, for example repeat almost word for word two paragraphs on pp.276 - 277 of ‘The Dream Doctor’. Smith, American Fiction 1901 - 1925, R-137; Hubin, p.341. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$21.52

Rubbed out.

By BARNETT (Reginald).

By Reginald Barnett Author of “Police Sergeant C.21,” and “The Devil’s Whisper.” London: R.A. Everett & Co. (Ltd.), 42 Essex Street, Strand, W.C. Copyright) [sic], N.D. [1904]. Post 8vo; blank before half-title, 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[ii]+283+3; glazed pale yellow boards printed on spine in black and green in standard style, pictorially on front board in yellow, red, green, and brown, on back cover with Lifebuoy Soap advertisement in black; text-paper end-papers. Very slight rubbing to print of boards; poor quality laid paper lightly embrowned throughout; a very nice, crisp, copy, nonetheless of a scarce title. A horsey crime novel, issued apparently as a volume in the ‘Sporting Novels’ series and issued simultaneously in boards, as here, at 2/- and in cloth at 2/6. The front cover is designed by H. Bird. British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, and National Library of Scotland copies only on COPAC. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$107.63

I’ll get you for this.

By CHASE (James Hadley [i.e., René Brabazon Raymond]).

Jarrolds Publishers (London) Ltd, Founded in 1770, 47 Princes Gate, S.W.7, London New York Melbourne Sydney Cape Town, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; cerise cloth, lettered black on spine. Nice copy. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$3.93

Anderson Crow Detective.
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Anderson Crow Detective.

By McCUTCHEON (George Barr).

By George Barr McCutcheon Auther of “Brewster’s Millions,” “Truxton King,” “Sherry,” etc. Illustrated by John T. McCutcheon. New York, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1920. Blank before half-title, two at end; wood-engraved frontispiece and twenty-three tipped-in plates; pp.[x]+353+[v]; light sage-green fine-linen-grain cloth blocked and embossed blind on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Small, barely visible snag to inner margin of frontispiece (probably as issued); otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. According to a note in the author’s own copy, published 20th March, 1920. Queen, DSS, p.70; Blanck, 13551; Hubin, p.267. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$43.05

The twister.

By WALLACE (Edgar).

John Long, Limited, 34, 35, & 36 Paternoster Row, [January,] 1928. Light crimson fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Very nice copy. Kiddle W173. The correct first printing, dated 1928 on verso of title and at end of text, and with eleven titles (‘Flat 2’ - ‘The Man from Morocco’) on verso of half-title; but Kiddle’s secondary binding, differentiated from the first by the presence of blind rules on the front cover. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$57.40

Mr. Fortune’s Trials.
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Mr. Fortune’s Trials.

By BAILEY (H.C.).

Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1925. Publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 8pp., coded at end ‘425’; pp.vi+250; cream fine linen-textured cloth, ruled, blocked with three large dots, and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Small, faint, splash-mark at fore-edge of front cover; spine a little dust-darkened; a little very faint foxing internally; owner’s name in ink on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy of a title hard to find in acceptable condition because of the rough-textured cream cloth. Short crime stories, except for the last, “The Profiteers”, which is rather a good ghost story. Hubin, p.20. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$50.22

The lady and The burglar: A Fantastic Romance By Edgar Turner Author of “The Girl with Feet of Clay”.
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The lady and The burglar: A Fantastic Romance By Edgar Turner Author of “The Girl with Feet of Clay”.

By TURNER (Edgar).

Frontispiece by Oscar Wilson. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, New York and Melbourne, N.D. [1904]. Advertisement leaf, blank on verso, precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.294; bright violet buckram, ruled and blocked white, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. White enamel rubbed from head of spine, and spine a trifle dulled and faded and with vertical wrinkle near foot; small closed tear to fore-margin of half-title; otherwise a nice copy. A humorous, but very readable novel of burglary, imprisonment, and the subsequent attempts of the thieves to recover a box of stolen jewels from the place where they had buried it, which in the mean time has been built-over and become the site of a non-conformist chapel. According to the English Catalogue of books this title was published in May, 1904. COPAC records only three copies, to all of which it assigns the date [1905] this being presumably the point at which the publishers got around to sending the deposit copies. Hubin, p.410, giving the same date as ourselves. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$57.40

Partners Of the night.
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Partners Of the night.

By SCOTT (Leroy).

By Leroy Scott Author of “The Walking Delegate,” “Counsel for the Defence,” etc. Illustrated by Dalton Stevens. New York, The Century Co., [October,] 1916. Three blanks before half-title, two at end; half-tone frontispiece and seven plates, on art-paper, all included in the pagination; pp.[xviii]+361+[v]; black rough buckram lettered orange on front cover and spine, and with small orange triangle blocked on spine. Very slight rubbing to enamel of front cover; some cracking of end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy. An episodic semi-hard-boiled novel about police corruption in New York, well written and with many good twists and turns, published originally in the Metropolitan Magazine. Hubin, p.367; Smith, ‘American Fiction 1901 - 1925’, S-211. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$57.40

Samuel Lyle Criminologist.
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Samuel Lyle Criminologist.

By CRABB (Arthur).

By Arthur Crabb. Illustrated by S.C. Coll. New York, The Century Co., 1920. Line frontispiece and three plates; blank at end; pp.[viii]+347+[iii]; sage green fine buckram, lettered and with short rule, black, on spine, lettered black on front cover. Vertical flexion crease to back board; small chip to blank lower fore-corner of pp.135-6; otherwise a fine copy. Queen, DSS, p.28; Hubin, p.98; Smith, ‘American Fiction 1900-1925’ C-854. Eleven short stories. Copies are also known in red cloth. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$28.70

By a Vanished hand.

By FEENY (Alfred).

By the late Alfred Feeny. With portrait. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1906. Half-tone portrait frontispiece from a photograph, with tissue guard; pp.318+[ii (blank)]; light- and mid- grey-green linen-patterned cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover. Light foxing to prelims., otherwise a fine copy. A posthumous volume containing five short stories reprinted from Christmas Numbers of the ‘Birmingham Daily Post’: The Man in the Blue Spectacles; The Colonna Peril; The Mystery of the Round House; A Strange Step-Mother; and A Drama in the Air. Includes two locked room mysteries, whilst the final story has strong SF elements (in particular an anti-gravity gas), though these are not strictly speaking integral to it. The first story has been badly edited and appears to omit a couple of episodes vital to the sense. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$28.70

The Man in Evening Clothes.
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The Man in Evening Clothes.

By SCOTT (John Reed).

By John Reed Scott, Author of “The Cab of the Sleeping Horse,” “The Colonel Of the Red Huzzars,” “The Unforgiving Offender,” “The Duke of Oblivion,” etc. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London, The Nickerbocker Press, 1917. Half-title not called for; binder’s blank and integral advertisement leaf printed on verso precede full-colour frontispiece after E.L. Crompton, bound in, with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[vi]+387+[i (blank)]+[4]; pinkish red rough buckram ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very nice copy. A scarce late title, and apparently the author’s last book, the novel begins as though it is to be a humorous spoof crime story: but that is actually no more than characterisation of the narrator, the younger son of an English lord, with a diplomatic position in Washington, a fascination with gemstones, and not enough money to support his lifestyle. He takes to crime, but much of the novel is concerned with another, much more ambitious jewel-thief with whom he becomes unwillingly involved and whom he eventually helps to track down. The book ends on a note of romance. Hubin, p.367; COPAC records copies at the British Library, Oxford, and the National Library of Wales only. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$64.57

Confessions of A Detective.
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Confessions of A Detective.

By LEWIS (Alfred Henry).

By Alfred Henry Lewis Author of “The Boss,” “The President,” “The Sunset Trail,” etc., etc. Illustrated by E.M. Ashe. New York, A.S. Barnes & Company, 1906. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; pp.[xii]+280; vertically-fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered, with short rule, white, blocked emblematically gilt on spine, lettered white, blocked emblematically gilt, on front cover. Recased, preserving the original end-papers but with unobtrusive strengthening at hinges; white enamel slightly dusty on spine, and lacking from publisher’s name at tail; a few leaves with some staining more or less confined to margins, and one opening with heavier staining and associated tissued repair to inner margin; in general effect, however, a nice copy. Hubin, p.255; Queen’s Quorum 36: “the author of the celebrated Wolfville stories introduced Inspector Val, a ‘hickory knot’ of a man. The five tales are mostly in the romantic pattern of the day; but underlying the romance is a tough realism far ahead of its time. The first story in the book, told in real-life style, can be interpreted as a precursor of the hardboiled school minus the present-day preoccupation with sex.” The first story, in a very different style from the rest, is in fact very much more that Queen suggests: it is a social exposeé and criticism of the Tammany Hall system of graft then prevalent in New York, and details the gradual corruption of an honest police officer, concluding: “I was ‘stuck up’ as though by a footpad. It was pay three thousand dollars or go without your promotion. The public should have protected me from that; it didn’t, and — like the man with the footpad’s pistol to his ear — I did the best I could. I paid; and got the promotion to which I was entitled without paying, but would never have received in any other way.... The public should take the police out of politics. It should abolish these mayor-appointed commissioners, and give the Force a permanent head — somebody whose place can’t be taken from him by the politicians. That’s the only way.... the very ordinances are passed by the City Council, not to protect the city, but to promote graft.” (pp.69 - 70 and 73). One of the tales, ‘The Man Who Flew’ is a science-fiction detective story. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$28.70

The Dream Doctor: The New Adventures of Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective.
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The Dream Doctor: The New Adventures of Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective.

By REEVE (Arthur B.).

By Arthur B. Reeve Author of “The Silent Bullet,” “The Poisoned Pen,” etc. Illustrated by Will Foster. New York, Hearst’s International Library Co., 1914. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.[iv]+379+[i (blank)]; vertically-fine-ribbed deep cerise cloth, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on spine, blocked and lettered bright red, blocked gilt, on front cover. Three insignificant fox-spots to fore-edges and stains to three or four margins, but a very nice, crisp, copy. The third Craig Kennedy title. Detective short stories, many involving inventions that were certainly science-fictive at the time, and some of which are so still. The volume includes “The Dream Doctor”; “The Soul Analysis”; “The Sybarite”; “The Beauty Shop”; “The Phantom Circuit”; “The Detectaphone”; “The Green Curse”; “The Mummy Case”; “The Elixir of Life”; “The Toxin of Death”; “The Opium Joint”; “The Dope Trust”; “The Kleptomaniac”; “The Crimeometer”; “The Vampire”; “The Blood Test”; “The Bomb Maker”; “The ‘Coke’ Fiend”; “The Submarine Mystery”; “The Wireless Detector”; “The Ghouls”; “The X-Ray ’Movies’”; “The Death House”; and “The Final Day”. Craig Kennedy was at one time America’s most popular detective in books, magazines, and silent films, and no American author of any type sold better then in the UK. In World War I, Reeve was asked by the American government to create a scientific laboratory for detecting spies, and his work led to the creation also of the earliest police laboratories in America. Hubin [1979], p.341; Reginald , 12092; Bleiler [1948], p.232. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$78.93

The fighting Scouts.
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The fighting Scouts.

By WALLACE (Edgar).

By Edgar Wallace Author of “Smithy and the Huns,” “Four Just Men,” etc. London, C. Arthur Pearson, Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C.2., February, 1919. Sm.f’cap 8vo; blank serving as paste-down precedes half-title, 3pp. integral advertisements at end (for ‘Pelmanism’), the last serving as pastedown; pp.[viii]+116+[iv]; sage-green fine-linen-patterned cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine, blind on front cover; issued without true end-papers. Slight rubbing to tail-edge of spine; paper lightly embrowned throughout; inscription on half-title; otherwise a very nice copy. Printed on a very thick, rough, war-time stringency paper, here only lightly embrowned. Kiddle W55: the correct first printing. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$121.98

The Baron goes Fast.

By MORTON (Anthony [i.e., John Creasey]).

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1954. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.192; carmine-lake fine-beaded-linen-grain boards, blocked, lettered, and with short rule black on spine. Rubber-stamp on front end-paper and unobtrusive file number written on spine of dust-wrapper [v. note]; otherwise a fine copy in pictorial dust-wrapper. The Publisher’s File Copy with their stamp to this effect on the front end-paper. Published at the rather odd price of 7s. 3d. net. Hubin, p.299. Not published in the U.S.A. until 1972. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$114.80

New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903.
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New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903.

By FLYNT (Josiah [i.e. Josiah Flynt Willard]).The Rise of Ruderick Clowd By Josiah Flynt Author of “Tramping with Tramps,” Etc.

Fine-screen half-tone frontispiece and five plates; pp.[viii]+370; black smooth cloth blocked in gilt and white on front cover and spine, ruled gilt, lettered white, on spine, lettered scarlet and white on front cover. Enamel a trifle rubbed and end-papers cracked at gutters; but a nice copy nonetheless. The biography of a clever Irish-American bastard born in New York, who takes to crime. Written very much in the demotic New York manner of its time. From its somewhat episodic nature, it probably began life as a sequence of short stories. Hubin, p.150. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$57.40

Atherton).
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Atherton).

By Du PUY (William

Uncle Sam Detective. By William Atherton Du Puy Author of “Uncle Sam’s Modern Miracles,” “Uncle Sam, Wonderworker”. With four illustrations by S. Edwin Megargee, Jr. New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, [on verso of title:] 1916. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; pp.[xvi]+247+[i (blank)]; black very fine diaper cloth, blocked and lettered beige, lettered black-through beige, on front cover, lettered beige on spine. Small patch of silver-fish damage to centre of back joint; slight edge-wear; otherwise a very nice copy. From the library of the noted collectors of detective fiction Florence & Edward Kaye, and with their small leather bookplate on the front paste-down. Hubin, p.129; Queen, DSS, p.37: an early police procedural concerned with the work of the but recently inaugurated FBI. One of several variants of the binding, otherwise similar copies being known blocked and lettered in blue, in navy blue cloth blocked and lettered beige, and in navy blue cloth lettered in beige and blocked in silver. There seems to be no established precedence, though according to a statement made by the publisher in 1928 the present copy, which bears a copyright notice on the verso of the title-page, but no printing history, is of the correct first printing. (V. H.S. Boutell, ‘First Editions of To-day and How to tell them’, p.59.) All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$57.40

The Tower Hill Mystery.
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The Tower Hill Mystery.

By WILSON-BARRETT (A.).

By A. Wilson-Barrett Author of “The Silver Pin,” “Justus Wise,” “The French Master,” etc. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1912. Half-tone frontispiece after Ernest Prater; pp.320; publisher’s catalogue, 16pp, on slightly thinner paper at end, not listing this title; vertically fine ribbed dark yellow-green cloth elaborately blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine and front cover. Blank lower fore-corner of one leaf foxed; but virtually a fine copy. A Justus Wise story. Hubin, p.24. The correct first printing: later copies are not dated. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$64.57

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