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  • NO MOURNING FOR THE MATADOR. by Ames, Delano (1906-1987)
    Ames, Delano (1906-1987)
    NO MOURNING FOR THE MATADOR.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Ives Washburn, (1953) dj. Hardcover first edition - The seventh Jane and Dagobert Brown mystery - they lightheartedly head off to Spain for some much needed rest - only to discover themselves once again embroiled in murder when they attend a bullfight in Barcelona and the matador is killed. 191 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in tan cloth in a very good dust jacket (some light toning to the pages, small chip to bottom edge of front cover of dust jacket, original price of $2.50 still present) .

    Book ID: 78283
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  • THE WRONG MAN. by Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    THE WRONG MAN.

    Edition: First edition.

    Garden City, NY: Published for The Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1945. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel featuring lawyer Joshua Clunk and Inspector Underwood. Although Bailey was an English writer, the US edition preceded the UK. 252 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (faint remnants of a bookstore stamp on front endpaper, light edgewear to the dj., original price of $2.00 still present on front flap)

    Book ID: 54862
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  • THE WRONG MAN. by Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    THE WRONG MAN.

    Edition: First edition.

    Garden City, NY: Published for The Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1945. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel featuring lawyer Joshua Clunk and Inspector Underwood. Although Bailey was an English writer, the US edition preceded the UK. 252 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in red cloth in very good dust jacket (light edgewear to the dj., original price of $2.00 still present on front flap)

    Book ID: 73986
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  • DRAWBACK TO MURDER: A Christopher Storm Mystery. by Barber, Willetta Ann and R. F. Schabelitz.
    Barber, Willetta Ann and R. F. Schabelitz.
    DRAWBACK TO MURDER: A Christopher Storm Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947, dj. Hardcover first edition - Sixth mystery featuring Christopher "Kit" Storm, an unofficial artist-detective who uses his sketch pad to make drawings at the scene of the crime to assist the New York Homicide Squad solve a series of slayings among a group of young models and artists. Illustrated with more than 40 of his sketches. 292 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (previous owner's stamp on front endpaper, offsetting and toning to the endpapers and pages, some overall edgewear to the dj, original price of 2.50 still present)

    Book ID: 78122
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  • THE HOUSE OF STRANGE SECRETS: A Detective Story. by Bayly, A. Eric.
    Bayly, A. Eric.
    THE HOUSE OF STRANGE SECRETS: A Detective Story.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1899. Hardcover first edition - A vintage mystery complete with "attempted murder, secret passages, strange and blood-curdling noises, escaped convicts, old gentlemen with strange secrets, and two amateur detectives who are the lovers." 262 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in stamped olive green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover (lettering on spine rubbed, but still legible, hinges cracking, but binding is still sturdy.)

    Book ID: 50004
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  • THE CASE OF THE DEMENTED SPIV. by Bellairs, George.
    Bellairs, George.
    THE CASE OF THE DEMENTED SPIV.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1950. dj. Hardcover first edition - An Inspector Littlejohn mystery. 179 pp. Dust jacket art by Arthur Hawkins, Jr.

    Condition: Good in good dust jacket (discoloration from tape on endpapers, dj is price-clipped with a new publisher's price stamped on flap, minor edgewear.) Overall a decent copy of this vintage mystery.

    Book ID: 55150
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  • TIME TO CHANGE HATS. by Bennett, Margot.
    Bennett, Margot.
    TIME TO CHANGE HATS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1946. dj. Hardcover first edition - Set right after the end of World War II, this novel combines humor with a complicated plot surrounding a murder of an Australian woman, featuring John Davies, a veteran and would-be detective looking to get experience. 282 pp.

    Condition: Good only in a good dust jacket (some pencil notations to rear endpaper, overall edgewear the the dj)

    Book ID: 72116
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  • THE CAMDEN RUBY MYSTERY. by Bliss, Adam (pseudonym of Robert F. Burkhardt & Eve Burkhardt)
    Bliss, Adam (pseudonym of Robert F. Burkhardt & Eve Burkhardt)
    THE CAMDEN RUBY MYSTERY.

    Edition: Vintage reprint.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c 1931.). Hardcover - A "locked room" mystery (although in this case, the door was actually open), the first of three mysteries written using this pseudonym by the husband and wife team of Robert and Eve Burkhardt (they also wrote many more mysteries under the name Rob Eden.) 314 pp plus 6 pp of publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good+ in red cloth with black lettering (usual light toning to the pages.) Red tinting to top edge.

    Book ID: 56762
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  • AN APPLE A DAY. by Brinton, Henry.
    Brinton, Henry.
    AN APPLE A DAY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Ives Washburn, 1959. dj. Hardcover first edition - Murder at a family reunion on a small island off the coast of Cornwall, as narrated by a doctor who is married to one of the daughters in the family. 223 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68802
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  • THE RED GATE. by Burke, Richard.
    Burke, Richard.
    THE RED GATE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., (1947) dj. Hardcover first edition - A Fingerprint Mystery. When the wealthy judge is murdered, his young wife, a former cigarette girl, becomes the only suspect. 225 pp.

    Condition: Good in red cloth in a good dust jacket (spotting on a few preliminary pages, sunning to spine of dj, overall rubbing, tape reinfrorcement to the interior of the dj at the top of the spine. Original price of $1.98 still present.

    Book ID: 76503
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  • DEATH AT ASH HOUSE (original title: This Undesirable Residence.) by Burton, Miles (pseudonym of Cecil John C. Street)
    Burton, Miles (pseudonym of Cecil John C. Street)
    DEATH AT ASH HOUSE (original title: This Undesirable Residence.)

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1942. dj. Hardcover first edition - A Crime Club selection. An Inspector Arnold mystery, published in the UK as 'This Undesirable Residence.' An uncommon title by this writer (who also wrote mysteries under the name of John Rhode.)

    Condition: Pencilled notation indicating that this was from a store's lending library - stamp of store on endpaper, but no other markings. The dustjacket was originally covered by an old-style protector with black edges - and these black edges left some marks on the endpapers. Otherwise the book is in very good condition and the dustjacket is in exceptionally good condition - bright and attractive with only the slightest bit of fading to the red on the spine, and a small amount of dampstaining visible on the upper corner of the front flap.

    Book ID: 17567
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  • NAKED TO THE GRAVE. by Carmichael, Harry.
    Carmichael, Harry.
    NAKED TO THE GRAVE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Saturday Review Press, (1973) dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery featuring insurance assessor John Piper and his friend, crime reporter Quinn. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-8415-02323.

    Condition: Overall good condition in a near fine dust jacket (peeled spots on boards from tape removal, discoloration on front endpaper)

    Book ID: 61446
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  • SAINT OVERBOARD. by Charteris, Leslie.
    Charteris, Leslie.
    SAINT OVERBOARD.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Triangle Books, (1942). Hardcover - Novel featuring Simon Templar aka 'The Saint' - 'the Robin Hood of modern crime.' 298 pp.

    Condition: Good only in beige cloth with red lettering, drawing on front cover (severe tanning to the pages), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74925
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  • FEAR COMES TO CHALFONT. by Crofts, Freeman Wills
    Crofts, Freeman Wills
    FEAR COMES TO CHALFONT.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1942) dj. Hardcover first edition - An Inspector French mystery, set an English country house. A rather unfortunate -but quite scarce - copy of the true first edition of this classic novel from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. 239 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in light blue cloth (cocked spine, ring on front cover, some foxing to the edges of the textblock, usual toning to the pages, and to the spine), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63096
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  • TERROR AT COMPASS LAKE. by Davis, Tech (Edgar Davis, 1890-1974)
    Davis, Tech (Edgar Davis, 1890-1974)
    TERROR AT COMPASS LAKE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: The Crime Club, Inc./Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1935. Hardcover first edition - Author's first mystery, a "locked room" novel introducing private investigator Aubrey Nash, who is called in to investigate the murders of a stock broker and his chauffeur."The prow mark of boat on a sandy beach leads to the unraveling of a death that was neither murder, suicide nor natural death." Bound in black cloth with a spine with black text on red panel. Frontipiece house plan. 322 pp.

    Condition: Good only - some wear to the covers (with several small indentations), corners slightly bumped, etc - but overall a straight, tight and very readable copy of an uncommon vintage mystery, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77688
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  • HUNT WITH THE HOUNDS. by Eberhart, Mignon G.
    Eberhart, Mignon G.
    HUNT WITH THE HOUNDS.

    Edition: Detective Book Club reprint.

    New York: Walter J. Black, (c 1950.) dj. Hardcover - A novel of mystery and murder in the Virginia fox hunting country, 198 pp. As is usual with Black reprints, the dust jacket art reproduces the original.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some spotting to the top edge of the textblock, chips to edges of the dj.)

    Book ID: 53840
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  • A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE. by Fitt, Mary.
    Fitt, Mary.
    A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1947). Hardcover first edition - A novel of "action, intrigue and suspense" set at an English country mansion. 210 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (small chips to dj, corners of flaps clipped)

    Book ID: 72121
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  • THE INCONVENIENT BRIDE. by Fox, James M. (pseudonym of Johannes Matthijs Willem Knipscheer, 1908-1989)
    Fox, James M. (pseudonym of Johannes Matthijs Willem Knipscheer, 1908-1989)
    THE INCONVENIENT BRIDE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Coward-McCann, (1948). Hardcover first edition - Rather hard-to-find novel featuring private investigator John and Suzy Marshall (who have been described as suburban California wannabees of Nick and Nora) by this writer who emigrated from the Netherlands at the beginning of World War II and began writing hard-boiled crime fiction. The dog - a great Dane named Khan - saves the day, but this is still a fun read. A Gargoyle Mystery. 186 pp.

    Condition: Very good minus in a good dust jacket (corners bumped, dust jacket has rubbing and wear along all the folds and edges, price-clipped, a few chips - but basically intact) .

    Book ID: 68738
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  • DR THORNDYKE INTERVENES. by Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    DR THORNDYKE INTERVENES.

    Edition: Fourth printing (originally published in 1933.)

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1950.) dj. Hardcover - Mystery featuring the eccentric scientific detective, Dr. Thorndyke. A title in the Yellow Jacket series. 317 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some toning to the pages, faint number stamped on copyright page, tape ghosts on endpapers.) Still quite uncommon in dust jacket even in later printings.

    Book ID: 49999
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  • DR. THORNDYKE'S CASES. by Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    DR. THORNDYKE'S CASES.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1931. Hardcover first edition - Contains eight Doctor Thorndyke stories. 312 pp.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with black lettering and small illustration on front cover, cream and green endpapers (some fraying to the top of the spine.), lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 49697
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  • THE MYSTERY OF 31 NEW INN. by Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    THE MYSTERY OF 31 NEW INN.

    Edition: First thus.

    Bath: Lythway Press, (1970.) dj. Hardcover - A reprint of this classic mystery featuring the eccentric scientific detective, Dr. Thorndyke, originally published in 1912, and quite uncommon even in this later edition. 318 pp plus 7 pp of publisher's advertisements. ISBN: 0-85046-1197.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket with a wraparound illustration.

    Book ID: 49758
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  • THE CASE OF THE LAZY LOVER. by Gardner, Erle Stanley.
    Gardner, Erle Stanley.
    THE CASE OF THE LAZY LOVER.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Morrow, (1947.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A classic Perry Mason mystery. cover artwork by Barye Phillips. 250 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket, with some edgewear to ends of spine, small chip at bottom of front cover , but the original price of 2.50 still present, and the front cover is overall bright and attractive.

    Book ID: 73685
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  • THE DEEPER SCAR. by Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    THE DEEPER SCAR.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1927. Hardcover first edition - Romantic suspense novel set on a remote volcanic island off the coast of South America. The hero, David Shirlow, has a face terribly scarred from the gas warfare of the great War, but the deeper scar is the way in which it affected him emotionally. 280 pp.

    Condition: Very good in charcoal gray cloth with red lettering (spine somewhat cocked, a few pages opened carelessly with chips to the outer margin)

    Book ID: 61547
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  • THIEVES' HONOR. by Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    THIEVES' HONOR.

    Edition: 2nd edition..

    London: Mills & Boon, Limited, (1926). Hardcover - An early thriller by this prolific and popular author in the years between the wars. A review of one of his books described them as "Sheer melodrama . . . no end of excitement--cumulative excitement, with thrill following thrill, clear to the end of the last page. It didn't happen, of course not. And it just never could happen. And it isn't literature--not even a forty-second cousin to literature,. . But, all the same, once in a blue moon, we need to be jostled out of the work-a-day rut into complete forgetfulness of US and our small concerns. You'll smile at the book while you read it--but just try putting it…

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    London: Mills & Boon, Limited, (1926). Hardcover - An early thriller by this prolific and popular author in the years between the wars. A review of one of his books described them as "Sheer melodrama . . . no end of excitement--cumulative excitement, with thrill following thrill, clear to the end of the last page. It didn't happen, of course not. And it just never could happen. And it isn't literature--not even a forty-second cousin to literature,. . But, all the same, once in a blue moon, we need to be jostled out of the work-a-day rut into complete forgetfulness of US and our small concerns. You'll smile at the book while you read it--but just try putting it down unfinished. It's by Sinclair Gluck." This book of stolen jewels lives up to that hype -within just the first few pages, there are already a murder, an attempt to frame the hero, a car chase and fatal accident - and that is all while still in upstate New York, before taking off for China. 288 pp plus 16 pp of publisher's ads.

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    Condition: Very good in pale green cloth with black lettering on spine and front cover, no dust jacket..

    Book ID: 72571
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  • THE MILLIONAIRE BABY. by Green, Anna Katharine.
    Green, Anna Katharine.
    THE MILLIONAIRE BABY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1905. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery by the writer considered the "mother" of the American mystery.

    Condition: Very good in dark green cloth with red and gilt decorations.

    Book ID: 72138
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  • THE CIRCULAR STUDY. by Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    THE CIRCULAR STUDY.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1900. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery novel by the first American woman to write detective fiction, set in New York City and featuring detectives Ebenezer Gryce and Mrs. Amelia Butterworth. The first book listed by Barzun and Taylor in "A Catalogue of Crime" which selects 90 classic mysteries published between 1900-1975. 289 pp plus 6 pp of publisher's ads.

    Condition: Near fine in very bright and attractive first state binding of dark green cloth with black swirling design and gilt lettering (prev owner's name dated 1900)

    Book ID: 58730
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  • THE MYSTERY OF THE HASTY ARROW. by Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    THE MYSTERY OF THE HASTY ARROW.

    Edition: First Canadian edition.

    Toronto: William Briggs, 1917. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery novel by the first American woman to write detective fiction, set in New York City and featuring detectives Ebenezer Gryce and Caleb Sweetwater. Illustrated by H. R. Ballinger with a frontispiece and seven inserted glossy plates. Printed from the US sheets. 412 pp.

    Condition: Very good in olive green cloth with darker green lettering and orange arrow on front cover (two small bumps to side of spine)

    Book ID: 61602
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  • INITIALS ONLY . by Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    INITIALS ONLY .

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1911. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery novel by the first American woman to write detective fiction, set in New York City and featuring detectives Ebenezer Gryce. Sometimes referred to as "the mother of the detective novel," Green ""stamped the mystery genre with the distinctive features that would influence writers from Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle to contemporary authors of suspenseful 'whodunits.' In addition to creating elderly spinster and young female sleuths, Green's innovative plot devices included dead bodies in libraries, newspaper clippings as "clews," the coroner's inquest, and expert witnesses. (Kathy Hickman, "Sisters in Crime Hit the Local Library.") This book begins with a couple walking back to their hotel struck by the strange…

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    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1911. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery novel by the first American woman to write detective fiction, set in New York City and featuring detectives Ebenezer Gryce. Sometimes referred to as "the mother of the detective novel," Green ""stamped the mystery genre with the distinctive features that would influence writers from Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle to contemporary authors of suspenseful 'whodunits.' In addition to creating elderly spinster and young female sleuths, Green's innovative plot devices included dead bodies in libraries, newspaper clippings as "clews," the coroner's inquest, and expert witnesses. (Kathy Hickman, "Sisters in Crime Hit the Local Library.") This book begins with a couple walking back to their hotel struck by the strange behavior of a man who had darted out from the hotel, and washed his hands in the snow, before taking off down the street, just as a heiress staying in the hotel is found murdered. - Color frontispiece by Arthur I. Keller. 356 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in embossed red cloth with ivory lettering on spine and front cover (slight spine slant, shelfwear to bottom edge, lower corner of one leaf torn, not affecting the text)

    Book ID: 69590
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  • TENANT FOR DEATH. by Hare, Cyril [pseudonym for Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark].
    Hare, Cyril [pseudonym for Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark].
    TENANT FOR DEATH.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (1946.) dj. Hardcover - Early printing of this author's first mystery, an Inspector Mallett detective story, originally published in 1937. P. D. James named one of Hare's later novels, 'Tragedy at Law.' as one of her five favorite dectective stories and the book she considered the best English legal crime novel - however, all of Hare's books are well-worth reading, and most are classics in their own right. 200 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket. - a little fading to the edges of the cloth, the dustjacket has a loss of about 3/4 of an inch at the top of the spine, but the striking front cover illustration by Victor Reinganum is still bright and attractive.

    Book ID: 34721
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  • HOUSE OF SUDDEN SLEEP. by Hawk, John.
    Hawk, John.
    HOUSE OF SUDDEN SLEEP.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: The Mystery League, Inc. , 1930. dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery featuring assistant district attorney Rodney Colt. One of several titles issued between 1930-1933 in this interesting publishing experiment. From the back cover: ''The Mystery League, Inc., is a publishing house formed after many months of careful study, through the co-operation of the United Cigar Stores Company of America and affiliated companies to supply the self-evident, nation-wide demand for the best in books of mystery and detection, at a price never before attempted in publishing history for NOT REPRINTS, BUT NEW WORKS NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED IN THIS COUNTRY. . . This, the Third Selection, is by the well known John Hawk, and is the only new…

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    New York: The Mystery League, Inc. , 1930. dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery featuring assistant district attorney Rodney Colt. One of several titles issued between 1930-1933 in this interesting publishing experiment. From the back cover: ''The Mystery League, Inc., is a publishing house formed after many months of careful study, through the co-operation of the United Cigar Stores Company of America and affiliated companies to supply the self-evident, nation-wide demand for the best in books of mystery and detection, at a price never before attempted in publishing history for NOT REPRINTS, BUT NEW WORKS NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED IN THIS COUNTRY. . . This, the Third Selection, is by the well known John Hawk, and is the only new book by this author to ever sell, except in reprint editions, for less than $2.00.'' Perhaps because the country was in the midst of the Great Depression, this venture failed, despite the low price of 50c and the attractive bindings and dust jackets. Notable for the striking art dec dust jacket illustration by "Gene" (Eugene Thurston) 288 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in black silk cloth with green lettering in a very good dust jacket (slight spine slant, some discoloration to verso of dj)

    Book ID: 48333
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