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THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS.
Edition: Facsimile edition - first thus.
London: Harper Collins, (2007) dj. Hardcover - First printing of this facsimile edition of this early Christie novel, a story of multiple assumed identities, originally published in 1925. Includes the wrap-around band publicizing these facsimile editions. 205 pp. ISBN: 978-0-007265213.
Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket. Although published relatively recently, these editions, complete with the priced advertising band, are relatively uncommon on the market.Book ID: 85502More details Price: $85.00
SCOOP & BEHIND THE SCREEN.
Edition: First US printing.
New York: Harper & Row, (1983) dj. Hardcover first edition - Two "long-lost" short novels originally written in 1930 and 1931 and designed to be broadcast. While they were published as serials in the BBC's weekly periodical, The Listener, they have never before been published in book form, written by 8 members of the Detection Club: Christie, Sayers, E.C. Bentley, Anthony Berkeley, Ronald Knox, Freeman Willis Crofts, Hugh Walpole, and Clemence Dane. Introduction by Julian Symons. 182 pp. ISBN: 0-06039031X.
Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.Book ID: 74213More details Price: $20.00
HE WOULDN'T KILL PATIENCE.
Edition: First printing.
New York: The Hampton Publishing Company / William Morrow, 1944. Hardcover first edition - A scarce classic locked room mystery from the Golden Age of detective fiction, featuring Sir Henry Merrivale and his long-time associate, Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters and set against the backdrop of blackouts and bombings in the early days of the London Blitz. "Patience" is tree-snake from Borneo, and when it appears that Benton, the director of the Royal Albert Zoological Gardens has committed suicide, his daughter is sure that he did not do it, because "he wouldn't kill Patience."
Condition: Very good in salmon-colored boards - some light toning to the page, but otherwise a tight, clean and straight copy. No dust jacket.Book ID: 83388More details Price: $75.00
ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE MURDERS: Tales of Perfidious Albion.
Edition: 2nd printing.
New York: Mysterious Press, (1988) dj. Hardcover - "Classic Crime Fiction Of Britain's Upper Crust" edition and with an introduction by Thomas Godfrey. Includes stories by Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, John Dickson Carr, Dorothy Sayers Margery Allingham, P. D. James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, Ngaio Marsh, R. Austin Freeman, Christianna Brand and more. 348 pp. ISBN: 0-892963557.
Condition: Good (binding cracked before half title page, gift inscription) in a near fine dust jacket.Book ID: 79054More details Price: $12.50
Edition: First printing.
London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1945. Hardcover first edition - An early mystery novel featuring Detective Inspector John Appleby - the title refers to a railroad station. It is in this novel that a young Appleby becomes engaged to the sculptor Judith Raven. Printed on very thin wartime paper. 152 pp.
Condition: Very near fine in a very near fine example of the distinctive yellow, red and black dustjackets used by Gollancz (uncommon in the first edition and especially so in this condition.) .Book ID: 70880More details Price: $100.00
DEATH BY REQUEST.
Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.
London: Hogarth Press, (1984). Reissue of the only crime novel published by this married couple (she is best known for her works of translation) but one with the typical twists and turns of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Originally published in 1933, this edition includes a new Introduction by Patricia Craig and Mary Cadogan. The Hogarth Crime Series focuses on re-issuing both unjustly forgotten crime novels and those justly famous from this era. 340 pp. ISBN: 0-701219130.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.Book ID: 66639More details Price: $12.50