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THE WIDENING GYRE
New York: Delacorte, 1983.
Cloth & boards. Near fine, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket has soft ripples, else fine.
$14.95                          Book Number: 47764                          Order / Enquire



ALLEN, Grant
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), [2]. 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



AMIS, Kingsley (Ian Fleming)
THE JAMES BOND DOSSIER
London: Cape, 1965.
Octavo, black boards. Tidy ink owner name at top margin of front free endpaper, with ink date on the other side, soft creases at spine tips, else fine. The price-clipped black jacket has minute rubbing and tiny nicks at spine tips, else fine & bright.
$50.00                          Book Number: 34409                          Order / Enquire



AMIS, Kingsley (Ian Fleming)
THE JAMES BOND DOSSIER
London: Cape, 1965.
Octavo, black boards. Slight yellowing and mild foxing to page edges, quite minor foxing to endpapers; else fine, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket has two nicks to lower edges, minor rubbing to ends of spine folds and front flap fold; VG+ otherwise.
$50.00                          Book Number: 34533                          Order / Enquire



ANDERSON, Jessica
THE LAST MAN'S HEAD
London: Macmillan, 1970.
Yellow boards. Some skinning to the endpapers; text paper tanned, else a VG clean and unworn copy in a near fine price-clipped jacket. Crime novel set in Australia by a Sydney author, her second such.
$14.95                          Book Number: 29119                          Order / Enquire



BAWDEN, Nina
THE SOLITARY CHILD
New York: Lancer Books, 1966.
16mo, mass-market paperback original, Lancer Gilt-Edge Gothic 73-491. Book quite leaned; text paper toned as always; minor wear to spine tips; VG tight copy otherwise, no owner names. First published in the UK in 1956 in hardcover. Uncommon. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$10.00                          Book Number: 15923                          Order / Enquire



Bayard, Louis (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Pale Blue Eye
New York: HarperCollins (Harper Collins), 2006.
Fine in fine jacket. Inscribed by the author to a noted Canadian Native novelist " To______the Voice. Great working with you ! Lou Bayard". A crime novel about the murder of West Point Cadet Edgar Allan Poe.
$20.00                          Book Number: 35509                          Order / Enquire



BELL, Neil (pseud. of Stephen Southwold)
THE DISTURBING AFFAR OF NOEL BLAKE
New York: Putnam's, 1932.
Tan cloth lettered in black. pp (10), 262, [2]. Very soft crease to fore margin of first few leaves, else a fine, bright copy, no owner names. dust jacket has old internal tape repairs to short tears at spine tips & one outer corner; spine is only very lightly darkened, with mild wear at tips; crease to inner margin of front panel; fit a bit loose at flap folds; else a VG bright example, flap price intact, attractive.
$75.00                          Book Number: 28731                          Order / Enquire



Bloch, Robert
THE DEAD BEAT
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.
White cloth spine and black boards, red top page edges. Text paper tanned, as usual, else fine, red top edges bright, no owner names. Dust jacket has a short tear at top of front spine fold and front flap fold, else near fine. A nice copy of the author's next novel after his highspot PSYCHO.
$50.00                          Book Number: 24628                          Order / Enquire



Bloch, Robert
THE WILL TO KILL
New York: Ace Books, 1954.
Mass market paperback original, Ace S-67. A fine, crisp, uncreased copy, no owner names. "Was he to be 'Jack the Ripper' all over again?". Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$45.00                          Book Number: 34894                          Order / Enquire



BLOCK, Lawrence
WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES (Advance copy)
New York: Arbor House, 1986.
Advance Reading Copy in glossy pictorial card covers. Book a little leaned; soft corner creases to rear cover; VG. A Matt Scudder novel, set in New York City in 1975. More drinks drunk than in a Charles Bukowski novel, but much better writing.
$15.00                          Book Number: 10231                          Order / Enquire



BLOCK, Lawrence
THE BURGLAR WHO PAINTED LIKE MONDRIAN
New York: Arbor House, 1983.
Cloth and boards. Signed by the author on a label affixed to the front free endpaper, where in fact two signed labels were applied one atop the other (and have now come partially loose); label stain on rear free endpape, else fine in fine price-clipped jacket. A Bernie Rhodenbarr, burglar and art thief.
$35.00                          Book Number: 23720                          Order / Enquire



BOOTHBY, Guy
THE FASCINATION OF THE KING
Chicago & New York: Rand, McNally, (c1896),
Octavo. Dark blue cloth with colour pictorial cover label, spine gilt lettered. pp 288. Mild rubbing to spine tips and outer corners, yellowing to page edges, corner creases to one leaf, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. An adventure novel set in the East Indies. Not in Hubin. Did this US edition precede the UK (Ward, Lock, 1897)? The copyright notice is in the name of Rand, McNally,
$50.00                          Book Number: 29348                          Order / Enquire



BOOTHBY, Guy
THE RED RATíS DAUGHER. Illustrated by Henry Austin
London: Ward, Lock, 1899.
Octavo, dark blue bevel edges cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. pp 384 + frontispiece with tissue guard and 3 other plates. Nicks and mild rubbing to spine tips; light rubbing to outer corners; some flaking to the decoration at top of front cover; inner hinges cracked but firm; slight yellowing to page edges and endpapers, foxing to the tissue guard; small ink name at front; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. An adventure novel about the hunt for a Russian political prisoner, set in the art world of Paris. Hubin (1994) p 88. Loder, Australian Crime Fiction, p. 23.
$65.00                          Book Number: 32605                          Order / Enquire



BOOTHBY, Guy
A TWO-FOLD INHERITANCE. Illustrated by Graham Wilson
London: Ward, Lock, 1903.
Octavo, dark blue bevel edge cloth lettered in gilt, decorated in white and gilt. Pp 328 + frontispiece with tissue guard and 3 other plates. Light rubbing to spine tips and rear joint; small rubber stamp at rear of Fraser Book Bin, Vancouver, BC ("Over a million books") else a VG+ clean, bright and tight copy, no owner names. Loder, Australian Crime Fiction p. 23 ("Marginal in Hubin. Involves pastoral life on the Diamantina")
$85.00                          Book Number: 32606                          Order / Enquire



BOOTHBY, Guy
BUSHIGRAMS
London: Ward, Lock, (no date), 1897.
Octavo, blue pictorial bevel edge cloth gilt, with pictorial label on front cover, pp (viii), (295), (1), (16, ads) + frontispiece with tissue guard and 7 other plates, all edges trimmed. Minor rubbing to spine tips, corners, joints; lacking front free endpaper; ink ownership inscription on half-title page; scattered foxing, mainly to early leaves; page edges yellowed; else a VG + bright, clean and tight copy. A collection of 19 short stories, some criminous, one supernatural ("With Three Phantoms"). Hubin II p 86.
$60.00                          Book Number: 32957                          Order / Enquire



BOOTHBY, Guy
BUSHIGRAMS
London: Ward, Lock, (no date), 1897.
Nicks to spine tips; 1.5 cloth split top of front joint neatly repaired; tanning to page edges; crease to title leaf; small brown spot to fore margin of pp vii-viii; light rubber stamp on rear pastedown; a few light damp spots to front cover, with flaking to three letters; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. A collection of 19 short stories, some criminous, one supernatural ("With Three Phantoms"). Hubin II p 86.
$39.95                          Book Number: 32958                          Order / Enquire



BOOTHBY, Guy
THE LEAGUE OF TWELVE
London: F.V. White, 1903.
Octavo, red cloth, front cover lettered in blind, spine in gilt. pp (ii), 252. Spine lightly sunned, with most of the gilt flaked away; yellowing to page edges and endpapers; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. A scarce crime novel, in Hubin. NLA locates four copies in Australian libraries
$125.00                          Book Number: 32960                          Order / Enquire



BOOTHBY, Guy
THE KIDNAPPED PRESIDENT. Illustrations by Stanley L. Wood
London: Ward, Lock, 1902.
Octavo, dark blue bevel edges cloth gilt lettered, decorated in red. p 308, (12, ads) + frontispiece with tissue guard and three other plates. Yellowing to page edges; slight rubbing to joints and foot of spine; light marks to covers; bit of foxing early and late and to pages adjacent to the plates; some flaking to the red stamping; else a very good copy, clean, tight & unworn, no owner names. Loder, Australian Crime Fiction, p. 23. Set in South America.
$60.00                          Book Number: 42385                          Order / Enquire



BRAMAH, Ernest
THE WALLET OF KAI LUNG
New York: Doran, no date.,
Early printing (no Doran monogram to verso of title leaf) of the 2nd (and nicest) US edition. Orange cloth with blue paper spine label, colorful pictorial boards, orange cloth corner tips. Rubbing and tiny chips to top edge of spine label; page edge s yellowed; else a fine copy, no previous owner marks, covers clean and unrubbed. First Kai Lung book, it was first published London and Boston in 1900, with the first Doran printing in 1923.
$35.00                          Book Number: 11656                          Order / Enquire



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