The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl, Derr

The House Without a Key is a novel that was written in 1925 by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the first of the Charlie Chan mysteries written by Biggers. The novel, which takes place in 1920s Hawai'i, spends time acquainting the reader with the look and feel of the islands of that era from the standpoint of both white and non-white inhabitants, and describes social class structures and customs which have largely vanished in the 21st century.

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First published in 1925 by Bobbs-Merrill in Indianapolis, First Editions, First Printings are without the bow & arrow on copyright page.

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House without a key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1925
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1st Edition
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Bobbs Merrill, 1925 First Edition, First Printing, without the bow and arrow colophon printed on the copyright page. A beautiful copy with minor wear to the spine. The binding is tight, with no cocking, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with a nice inscription from previous owner on front endpaper.… Read more
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HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

by BIGGERS, Earl Derr

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1933
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1933. BIGGERS, Earl Derr. THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. [By the] Author of Seven Keys to Baldpate, etc...New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [c. 1930]. First Grosset and Dunlap Edition from first edition sheets. 8vo., red cloth, lettered in black, top-edge stained green. Slightly darkened just along the joints, with two negligible spots of faint… Read more
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HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1930
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1930. Fine. BIGGERS, Earl Derr. THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. [By the] Author of Seven Keys to Baldpate, etc...New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [c. 1930]. First Grosset and Dunlap Edition from first edition sheets. 8vo., red cloth, lettered in black, top-edge stained green. Overall, a near fine, bright, tight copy. The first edition of this title is almost… Read more
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The House Without a Key (True First Edition)

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1925
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First edition
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True First Edition, First Printing, without the bow and arrow colophon printed on the copyright page. This is the first appearance of Charlie Chan. Set on the Big island in Hawaii
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The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1925
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The House Without A Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1989
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1989 Franklin Mystery Library. Near fine. Seems unread. Tight square spine, clean crisp pages, no writing or marks, no folded page corners. Covers clean, corners are square. Gilt page edging shows a small faint scratch keeping book as fine/like new.
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The House Without a Key.

by BIGGERS, Earl Derr.

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Spine tanned; a few spots to cloth. Tight and sound.
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Indianapolis:: Bobbs Merrill Company,, [1925].. First edition, first printing.. publisher’s cloth (lacks the jacket). . Spine tanned; a few spots to cloth. Tight and sound.. 8vo,. The Adrian Goldstone copy, with bookplate.
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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1996
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The House Without a Key

by BIGGERS, EARL DERR

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1996
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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

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1925
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New York: Grosset & Dunlap. 1925. Hardcover. Very Good in boards. Owner inscription to FEP. Owner name to front pastedown. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original binding. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .
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The House Without a Key (Charlie Chan Mysteries)

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The House Without a Key: Large Print

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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2019
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The House Without a Key

by Derr Biggers, Earl

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The House Without A Key

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Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books Ltd.. Very Good with no dust jacket. (1925) 1975. Reprint. Hardcover. 316 pages. Charlie Chan Mysteries, No. 1. The House Without a Key is the first of the Charlie Chan mysteries written by Biggers. The novel is remarkable in two respects. First, although Chan is ostensibly the detective, his role in the book… Read more
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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1979-12
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The House Without A Key

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1989
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The House Without a Key

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The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1974
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The House Without a Key (The First Edition Library)

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The House without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1979
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9780899660813
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The House Without a Key

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1925
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Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1925. Reprint.. Hardcover. Very Good. The first Charlie Chan novel. Set in Honolulu. The novel was written by Biggers at the Halekulani hotel on Waikiki Beach which features a restaurant named "House Without a Key." Good. Lacking dust jacket. Light fading to spine. Slight spine lean. Tear to top margin beginning with page 303.… Read more
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The House Without a Key (The First Edition Library)

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The House Without a Key: Large Print

by Earl Derr Biggers

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The house without a key,

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1925
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The House Without a Key: Large Print

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The house without a key [Hardcover]

by Earl Derr Biggers

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2016
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8888000304128
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2016. Hardcover. New. {Size: 14.34 x 22.59 cms} Lang: - English, Pages 324. Reprinted in 2016 with the help of original edition published long back . This book is Printed in black & white, Hardcover, sewing binding for longer life with Matt laminated multi-Colour Dust Cover, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed… Read more
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The House Without a Key: Charlie Chan Mystery

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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2008
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9780897335799
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The House Without A Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1989
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The House Without A Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The house without a key

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2016. Paperback. New. {Size: 13.34 x 21.59 cms} Lang: - English, Pages 324. Reprinted in 2016 with the help of original edition published long back . This book is Printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life with Matt laminated multi-Colour Soft Cover {HARDCOVER EDITION IS ALSO AVAILABLE}, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per… Read more
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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Myster (Charlie Chan Mysteries)

by EARL DERR BIGGERS

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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery (Charlie Chan Mysteries)

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The House Without A Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1989
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VG. Cloth, hardcover. Issued without DJ. Crisp copy. Gilt cover. Frontis. by Wm. Liepse mystery The Franklin Library Franklin Center, PA 1989 Reprint ed. 9 x 6", 231 pp., The first in the Charlie Chan mystery series, first published in 1925. Light spotting to rear cv. & nick to top edge.
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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1940
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The House Without a Key

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1926
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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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The House Without a Key

by Biggers,Earl Derr

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1989
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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1989
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The House Without a Key

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1940
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House Without a Key

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The House Without a Key (Charlie Chan)

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1977
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9780893870157
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The House Without A Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The House Without A Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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The House Without a Key [Charlie Chan # 1] by Earl Derr Biggers (1974-05-03)

by Earl Derr Biggers

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The House Without a Key (Mint Editions)

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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