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THE INCIDENTAL BISHOP: a novel
New York: Appleton, 1898.
Small octavo, light green pictorial cloth stamped in red, black, and gilt. pp vi, 306, (8, ads), . Spine and page edges a bit tanned, light spotting to covers, just a little leaned, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Number 238 in Appleton's Town and Country Library. UK edition was Pearson, 1898. In Hubin (marginal criminous interest). Part I (pp 1-127) is set in Australasia, Part II in England.
$150.00 Book Number: 42681 Order / Enquire
MISS CAYLEY'S ADVENTURES. With illustrations by Gordon Browne
London: Grant Richards, 1899.
Squarish octavo, dark blue illustrated cloth stamped in gilt, top edges gilt. pp (x), 330, (2, ads) + frontispiece with tissue guard. 79 other good illustrations in text. Spine has a diagonal crease, with partial splits to folds neatly repaired; tiny ink inscription at front; rear cracked inner hinge neatly repaired; tissue guard yellowed and foxing with slight offset onto title page; soft corner crease to title and following leaf; VG otherwise, clean and unworn, now tight in the binding, which shows Miss Cayley with one foot upon a ball, a cane or umbrella over one shoulder, one arm akimbo, looking quite competent and determined. "In these 12 connected 'adventures', Lois Cayley, another resourceful young Girton graduate and amateur detective, makes a tour of the world. Usual cast of confidence-tricksters and cads, and travelogue detail. Early chapters have a bicycling theme. Notable, together with Hilda Wade, as a pioneer work in the female-detective genre." - Peter Morton. AMICUS locates a few copies of the 1899 US edition as well as several copies of the second printing of this UK edition, but no copies of the first printing, although the Fisher Library at UT has a copy inscribed by the author to his father (!). Chapter three, "The Adventure of the Inquisitive American", has quite a bit of cycling content (and illustrations).
$250.00 Book Number: 43382 Order / Enquire
MICHAEL'S CRAG. With over Three Hundred and Fifty Illustrations in Silhouette by Francis Carruthers Gould and Alec Carruthers Gould
Chicago: Rand, McNally, c1893,
Variant in red buckram stamped in gilt with ornament on spine and front cover, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed, title page in red and black. pp (3)-242, . Spotting to covers, mainly in margins; light rubbing to joints; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; else a VG clean, bright and tight copy, no owner names. Made from plates of the London: Leadenhall Press, 1893, first edition. A novel with criminous elements set in Cornwall. Hubin II p. 11. Canadian-born author.
$50.00 Book Number: 43907 Order / Enquire
BROWN, Horace, 1908-96
THE PENTHOUSE KILLINGS
Toronto: Export Publishing Enterprises, 1950.
16mo, illustrated card covers. pp157, . News Stand Library paperback original 17A. Small chip at foot of spine; short abrasion and small corner crease to front cover; else a crisp near fine copy. Horace Brown was a newspaper reporter and editor, a script writer for the CBC in the late 1930s and early 1940s, a publisher (Global Publishing Company), a writer of short stories, plays, and novels, and for twelve years a Toronto city alderman (who once slapped future mayor John Sewell). Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$35.00 Book Number: 43001 Order / Enquire
BRYAN, Michael (Brian Moore)
MURDER IN MAJORCA. By Michal Bryan (pseud. of Brian Moore)
New York: Dell, 1957.
Dell pbo A145. Book a bit leaned, covers crease, two small ink annotations at top of first page; a good, tight copy. The sixth and last paperback potboiler crime novel by the acclaimed Northern Irish / Canadian / American author.
$35.00 Book Number: 42119 Order / Enquire
THE HEART OF UNAGA
New York: A.L. Burt, no date,
1920s reprint from plates of 1920 Putnam's edition. Green cloth stamped in gilt. , 441 pp. Ink name on front free endpaper, light rubbing to spine tips; VG tight copy otherwise. Set in the Canadian Northwest. Some criminous elements ( features Inspector Allenwood of the RCMP). Hubin p. 101.
$20.00 Book Number: 21394 Order / Enquire
THE HOUND FROM THE NORTH
Toronto: Copp Clark, 1904.
Made from US sheets. Grey pictorial buckram stamped in pink, blue, black, red & blind, lettered in red. 344 pp + frontispiece with tissue guard. Spine darkened, lightly rubbed; light cover soiling; Toronto, 1904, ink inscription on front free endpaper and Contents leaf; chip and tear to the tissue guard; tanning to the endpapers; damp stain to lower rear cover, rear endpapers, frontispiece, tissue guard, and title leaf; else a VG tight copy. Peel 1767. Criminous interest, in Hubin.
$15.00 Book Number: 21748 Order / Enquire
DE MAR, Paul (pseud. of Pearl Foley)
THE GNOME MINE MYSTERY: A Northern Ontario Mining Story.
London: John Hamilton, 1933.
Octavo, green cloth, spine gilt lettered. (256) pp. Spine faded but lettering still quite clear; green top page edges faded; else a VG jacketless copy of this scarce Canadian crime novel. Watters p. 289. Hubin p. 226.
$50.00 Book Number: 20997 Order / Enquire
DORRANCE, James French
NEVER FIRE FIRST. A Canadian North-west Mounted Story
London: The Modern Publishing Co., no date,
Red boards. pp (vi), 7-184. Minor foxing to page edges; offset tanning to inner margin of free endpapers; else fine and bright, no owner names. Colourful jacket (art by Cockerton) depicts a woman on snowshoes with her pistol drawn facing a Mountie with his pistol drawn. Red spine slightly sunned, with a small chip at foot and nick at head; soft creases and small tear to lower margin of rear panel; else fine, front panel very bright, 5/- flap price intact. US author. Hubin p. 121. First US ed was in 1924, first UK was in 1936. This is the second UK edition, ca early 1950s? No copies of this edition located on AMICUS. Not in Peel, but should be.
$40.00 Book Number: 43387 Order / Enquire
THE YELLOW CIRCLE
Toronto: Macmillan, 1937.
Brick cloth stamped in yellow. brick top page edges. pp , 315, . Very light spine sunning; ink name & address to front free endpaper; else a fine, jacketless copy. Watters p. 289. A Richard North Mystery, New York setting. South Asian peril story.
$20.00 Book Number: 17986 Order / Enquire
THE WHIP-POOR-WILL MYSTERY.
New York: Harpter, 1935.
Black cloth lettered in red. (iv), 338 pp. A fine copy, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket has chips and a tear to spine tips, with loss of some lettering at foot; shallow chip along front flap fold; short tears and a chip to rear panel; old internal stains; fair. An uncommon crime novel by this Canadian author, scarce in any sort of jacket. Hubin p. 148. Maryland setting.
$95.00 Book Number: 21034 Order / Enquire
THE WHIP-POOR-WILL MYSTERY.
New York: Harper, 1935.
Black cloth stamped in red. Cigar store rubber stamps on front endpapers, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy.
$30.00 Book Number: 21304 Order / Enquire
THE ALMOST PERFECT MURDER. A Case Book of Madame Storey.
New York: Caxton House, 1939.
Reprint edition (first was Lippincott, 1937). Black cloth stamped in yellow. 319 pp. Text paper tanned, else fine. Dust jacket has slight rubbing, very small chips, to spine tips; else near fine, most attractive. A collection of five detective stories. Watters p. 289.
$36.75 Book Number: 21691 Order / Enquire
THIEVES WIT. An Everyday Detective Story.
New York: A.L. Burt,
Ca. 1920s reprint from plates of the Doran, 1918, first edition. Khaki cloth stamped in black. 345, [1, blank], [6, ads] pp. Endpapers tanned from paste action; occasional foxing in text; else fine. Dust jacket has a two inch tear to front panel; shorter tears elsewhere; a few tiny chips; VG or better otherwise, quite attractive. Watters p. 291.
$40.00 Book Number: 21710 Order / Enquire
FRY, Pamela, 1917-
THE WATCHING CAT
London: Peter Davies, 1960.
Navy boards, pp (224). Covers a bit bowed, light foxing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has nicks and short creased tear at head of spine, VG+ otherwise, flap price intact. Canadian author's second of two crime novels, a gothic inflected tale set in Montreal. Fry was an editor at McClelland & Stewart 1975-71, and worked with Sinclair Ross, Farley Moway, and Ernest Buckler, as well as edited Atwood's THE EDIBLE WOMAN. She emigrated to Montreal from London at age eleven and lived there for many years, at some point returning to London for a time. Scarce.
$65.00 Book Number: 47626 Order / Enquire
HARDIN, Peter (pseudonym of Louis Charles Vaczek)
THE FRIGHTENED DOVE
New York: Scribner's, 1951.
Octavo, grey cloth. pp (vi), 192, (2). Fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has light rubbing at ends of lightly darkened spine; narrow abrasion to upper outer corner of front panel, VG otherwise, flap price intact. A mystery novel partially set in Montreal. Canadian author. Watters p. 408.
$35.00 Book Number: 33747 Order / Enquire
LEATHER, Edwin, 1919-2005
THE VIENNA ELEPHANT
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1977.
Black cloth and grey boards. , 278,  pp. Near fine, no owner names. Price-clipped black jacket has slight rubbing, small tears, white spine lettering yellowed, VG generally. Hubin (94) p. 490. Canadian-born author's first thriller novel, published in the UK in 1978. Sir Edwin was born in Toronto, educated at Trinity College School in Port Home and graduated from RMC in 1937. He fought with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and Toronto Scottish and Royal Canadian Artillery during WWII. He served as a Conservative MP in England and as Governor of Bermuda. This thriller novel involves a "lost" Fabergé pink elephant stolen by the Nazis which resurfaced in Vienna.
$20.00 Book Number: 42903 Order / Enquire
LUND, T. (Trygve Lund)
UP NORTH. A Tale from Northern Canada.
London: T. Werner Laurie, 1929.
Octavo, yelllow cloth stamped in black. pp 253, (1), (2, ads). Spine lightly darkened, bit of foxing to page edges and to text (mainly early and later), VG copy otherwise, no owner names. Watters p. 330. Hubin p. 256. Peel (2003) 3455. An uncommon RCMP novel, set in the Canadian Northwest.
$75.00 Book Number: 35109 Order / Enquire
LUND, T. (Trygve Lund)
THE MURDER OF DAVE BRANDON. A Story of the Royal North-West Mounted Police.
London: T. Werner Laurie, 1931.
Light orange cloth stamped in black. 244, [12, ads] pp. Spine darkened with a vertical crease; covers soiled; scattered light soiling in text; corner crease to front cover; chemical odour of cloth cleaner (will dissipate in time); just a good, sound copy. Watters p. 330. Hubin p. 256. A classic Mountie tale - a lumber forman in the frozen north shot by a half-breed and doggedly tracked and brought to justice by the lads in red. Uncommon.
$25.00 Book Number: 44940 Order / Enquire
MACKIE, John (1862-1939)
THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND: a story of the wild North West. Second edition
London: Unwin, 1895.
Second UK printing (first was in 1894). Octavo, brown pictorial cloth stamped in red, gilt and silver. pp 244. Book leaned; front cover a little bowed; foxing to endpapers; tiny wear spots to spine ends; else a fine, bright copy. Set in the Cypress Hills of Southern Saskatchewan. RCMP interest. Mackie was a Scot who was himself a member of the NWMP 1888-93. Though he returned to England, his many novels all had Canadian settings. Skene-Melvin p 140. Peel 2160. AMICUS locates Unwin editions in only three libraries (OLU, LAC, UT).
$75.00 Book Number: 44915 Order / Enquire