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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.

First edition identification and notes

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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The House Without a Key (Inscribed)

Biggers, Earl Derr

Indianapolis (1925): Bobbs-Merrill Company. First Edition. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. first printing (without the bow & arrow on copyright page), publisher's tan cloth, printed in green. INSCRIBED in the year of publication to Tod Ford, III, with his name stamp on FEP. Light wear at extremities, small light stain, barely visible, at top of gutter, not into any text. Penzler, p. 10.

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House without a key

Biggers, Earl Derr

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. Overall, a stunning copy lacking the rare dustjacket. We are interested in buying a copy of this title with the First Printing dustjacket!!!. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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Price: $1,500.00


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HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

BIGGERS, Earl Derr

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 soil to front board; minor offsetting to endpapers. Overall, a near fine, bright, tight copy, in a dust jacket with the same illustrations as the first printing, mildly darkened at the spine, and which bears a few small spots of damp, a two inch tear at the rear fold, and a small scuffed lacuna at mid-point; otherwise, the jacket shows minor chipping, nicking to the edges, with just slight soil & rubbing overall; the front panel illustration is still quite fresh and pleasing. The first edition of this title is almost impossible to obtain in collector's condition.

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Price: $325.00


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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY Franklin Library

Earl Derr Biggers

Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library. 1989. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Book accented in 22kt gold gilt decoration. All edge gilt, hubbed spines. Part of The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces. ; Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY Franklin Library

Biggers, Earl Derr

Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library. 1989. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Book accented in 22kt gold gilt decoration. All edge gilt, hubbed spines. Part of The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces. ; Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

Earl Derr Biggers

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 impossible to obtain in collector's condition.

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The House Without a Key (Charlie Chan, Book 1)

Earl Derr Biggers

Popular Library, 1986-09-01. First Thus. Paperback. Used:Good.

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House Without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Grosset & Dunlap. Correct first edition, first printing without the bow and arrow colophon on the copyright page. Original orange clloth. . Near Fine. Hardcover. 1925.

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Price: $200.00


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The House Without a Key

Earl Derr Biggers

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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Price: $270.00


The House Without a Key.

BIGGERS, Earl Derr.

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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Price: $125.00


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The house without a key(Charlie Chan series #1)

Earl Derr Biggers

2017-02-22. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $109.79


The House Without a Key

Earl Derr Biggers

2015-03-04. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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

Earl Derr Biggers

2008-05-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $98.01


The House Without a Key

Earl Derr Biggers

2015-03-04. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $87.63


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The house without a key(Charlie Chan series #1)

Earl Derr Biggers

2017-02-22. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The House Without a Key [Charlie Chan # 1]

Earl Derr Biggers

1974-05-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $79.17


The House Without a Key

BIGGERS, EARL DERR

New York: Otto Penzler, 1996. An exact facsimile edition of the 1925 first edition as published by Bobbs-Merrill of this detective fiction classic, the first Charlie Chan novel, reproducing all the original interior pages as well as the binding and the striking and colorful dust jacket showing a lovely beach scene in Honolulu. Wonderfully realized.

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Price: $75.00


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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

Biggers, Earl Derr

New York: Grosset & Dunlap. 1925. Hardcover. Very Good in boards. Owner inscription to FEP. Owner name to front pastedown. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery

Biggers, Earl Derr

Chicago Review Press, 2008. Paperback. New. 8 x 5 cm.

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The House Without A Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

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 is fairly small. He does figure out the solution to the case, but it is at the same time as Winterslip, and it is the Bostonian who has the honor of collaring the murderer. Second, the novel's portrayal of the Chinese, specifically Charlie Chan, is forward-looking for its era. The Bostonians find it hard to accept a Chinese detective on the case, but the locals know him by reputation and show him respect. While, some of the descriptions evince some of the stereotypes of the day, Chan is portrayed sympathetically, as an equal to the whites that surround him. .

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The House Without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Franklin Mystery. Used - Like New. Like New condition.

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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery

Earl Derr Biggers

Buccaneer Books Inc, 1979-12. Library Binding. Good.

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

Earl Derr Biggers

2008-05-03. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $35.79


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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery

Biggers, Earl Derr

Chicago Review Press, 2008. Paperback. New. 8 x 5 cm.

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The House Without A Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library, 1989. Hard Cover. Fine. 8vo. The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces. 231 pp. The frontispiece is a black-and-white painting by William Liepse was reproduced from The Saturday Evening Post, March 7, 1925, edition. A.e.g.

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The House Without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

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. Text is effected on page 307/308 but is still all readable. Very light toning to text. 12mo. 316 pp. Hardcover in orange cloth boards.

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The House without a Key (A Charlie Chan Mystery)

Biggers, Earl Derr

Bibliotech Press. Hardcover. 161895332X Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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The House Without a Key (The First Edition Library)

Biggers, Earl Derr

Bobbs-Merrill, 1990. Hardcover. New. Facsimile of 1952 edition. Hardcover in slip case. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily.

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The House Without a Key (The First Edition Library)

Biggers, Earl Derr

Bobbs-Merrill, 1952. Hardcover. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.

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Price: $28.39


House Without a Key (Franklin Masterpieces of Mystery Collection)

Biggers, Earl Derr

Franklin. New with No dust jacket as issued. 1989. Hardcover. This specific faux leather hardback book is in new condition with a hard board cover that has sharp edges and corners and has a tight binding. The pages are clean, crisp, unmarked and uncreased. We package all books in custom cardboard book boxes for shipment and ship daily with tracking numbers.; This book is part of the Franklin Masterpieces of Mystery Collection; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 231 pages .

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The House Without A Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

New York: Grosset & Dunlap Maroon hardback with black print on spine and front. Very slight fraying to ends of spine; bumping to edges and corners of boards; general shelf wear to boards. Boards in Fair condition. Page are tight; clean/unmarked but very browned. 316 pages. Copyright stated as 1925 but this edtion states no print year but "produced under wartime condition" so will assume a print during the 1940's. DJ has large pieces missing and is mostly good for the garbage. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hard Cover. Good/Poor.

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The House Without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Franklin Center, Pa.: The Franklin Library. Gift Condition! clean, tight, square, no markings, gilded lettering and page edges . Very Good. Hardcover. Reprint. 1989.

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The House without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library 1989. (Leatherbound) 231pp. Fine, no dust jacket. 8vo. Leather with gilt decorations on front and back panels; gilt titles on spine with ribbed compartments; gilt edges; patterned endpapers. There is a personal library blind stamp to 'The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces' page and to the secondary half title page, which is not paginated. A fine copy, pages unopened. A Franklin Mystery..

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

Biggers, Earl Derr

Chicago Review Press. PAPERBACK. 0897335791 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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

EARL DERR BIGGERS

Academy Chicago Publishers, 2008-10-01. Paperback. Used:Good.

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The House Without A Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

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

Biggers, Earl Derr

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good/poor. Grosset & Dunlap edition, with partial dust jacket. Clean orange cloth boards with green lettering on cover and spine. No fraying. Binding is tight, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Previous owner first name neatly penned on front free endpaper. 316 pages. Front panel and flap and 3/4 spine is present; rear panel and flap is missing. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover.

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The House Without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. G/G. Softcover. Book: rubbing & edgewear; bumped corners; discoloration/stains on cover; yellowing; inside otherwise overall clean & sound. DJ present but w/ large chips, tears, stains, heavily tape repaired, creases, etc. 316 pages

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The House Without a Key

Biggers,Earl Derr

Franklin Library, 1989. small area on the foredge with some loos of gilt else a fine copy. Reiissue. Hardback. Near Fine/No Dw as Issued. Hardcover.

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The House Without a Key

Earl Derr Biggers

Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1989. Hardcover. Octavo; VG/Hardcover leatherette; Green spine with gold text; Light shelf wear, covers are strong and clean; Binding solid; Gilded text block exterior, text block clean; 231 pp. FP New Rockville Stock.

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Price: $18.75


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The House Without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

New York: Triangle Books. Good with no dust jacket. 1940. Reprint Edition. Hardcover. Green cloth with black lettering, 316 pp. Triangle Books edition June 1940. Spine a bit cocked with some sunning, corners bumped, minor edge wear, some rubbing. Some tanning, especially to margins, but text is clean and unmarked. A solid copy. "Dan Winterslip was the wandering black sheep of a respectable Boston family. He settled near Honolulu after having made big money abroad -- but no one knows how or where his cash appeared. No one still alive, anyway. When Dan Winterslip is found on his veranda cot with a knife in his heart, there is no shortage of suspects for the Honolulu police department. There is his brother Amos, who had hated and avoided Dan for over thirty years. There is his nephew John Quincy, just off the boat from Boston, who has failed to dispose of an incriminating sea-chest. And there is a mysterious old shipmate from his seagoing days, recently arrived from points west, who had unpleasant memories to recall. In his debut, master detective Charlie Chan sifts through a mountain of odd clues to arrive at a bizarre conclusion to a mystery from America's Golden Age of crime fiction."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall .

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The House Without a Key

Earl Derr Biggers

London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1926. Book. Good,some Foxing. Green Buckram. 1st Uk Edition. olive green cloth with gilt on spine and front, foxed but a very solid tight copy. All of our books are in the shop, and are 'real' books. We try to post the same day as the order. Descriptions are conservative. Postage rates may be lower than ABE estimate, please use Ask Bookseller a Question to confirm availability and postage cost, use [Ask Bookseller a Question] option below to confirm availability and get accurate postage quote for this item (the amount quoted is for an 'average' hard-cover book of up to 1kg in weight).

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Price: AU$25.00
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The House without a Key (A Charlie Chan Mystery)

Biggers, Earl Derr

Bibliotech Press. PAPERBACK. 1618953311 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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The House Without a Key (Charlie Chan)

Earl Derr Biggers

Curtis, 1977. Pages: 231; Weight: 1lb 1.3oz; Size: 9.4" x 6.3" x 1". Jacket is price clipped, worn and lightly chipped, book cover has bumped corners, hinges are soft, inscription on front endpaper, otherwise clean, unmarked, tight. . Good. Hard Cover. . . .

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The House Without A Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Lector House. PAPERBACK. 9353442508 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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The House Without A Key

Earl Derr Biggers


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The House Without a Key (Charlie Chan Series)

Earl Derr Biggers

Popular Library, 1986-09. Paperback. Good.

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A HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

Biggers, Earl Derr

New York: Triangle Books, 1940. 316 pp. Green cloth covers with black lettering on spine. Cover corners bumped and rubbed, edges rubbed, light scuffing to cover faces. Spine rippled, spine ends are bent. Green page edges. Interior pages brown, otherwise clean and tight. Book in VG condition.. Cloth. Very Good. Size: Approx. 5 " x 7 1/2". Mystery.

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The House Without a Key: Charlie Chan Mysteries

Earl Derr Biggers

P.F. Collier, 1925. Hardcover. Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Some staining and a little damage to the covers; pages are yellowed; a solid book overall. Musty from storage but will lessen with time. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Standard Weight. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 169071. .

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The House Without A Key

Biggers, Earl Derr

Paperback. Very Good.

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Price: £7.85
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