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41 Doyle, A. Conan The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales
Chicago E.A. Weeks & Company 1894 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Chicago: E.A. Weeks & Company, 1894. These ten tales by Doyle were first published by Longmans in 1890. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an early Pirate Edition (there is no publication date, but 1894 is generally agreed upon). Not common. Dark green cloth binding, with the spine and tips pebbled; gilt titling and decorations on the spine. Clean text; 263 pages; top-edge is gilt. There is a very faint signature on the FFEP. Paper stock is of a lower qual;ity, so all pages are tanned, but remains very readable. Wear to the head and foot (heavier at the foot). There is a small wormhole on the outside upper corner, affecting about 30 pages. Even with these defects, the book presents very well. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" Tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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42 Doyle, A. Conan The Mystery of Cloomber
New York R.F. Fenno & Company 1895 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: R.F. Fenno & Company, 1895. First published in England in 1888. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing of the First American Edition. Blue cloth binding, ruled on the cover; gilt lettering and decorations on the spine. Clean text; 250 pages, with six pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The publication date is the correct 1895, but without the pictorial binding of the True First; publisher's adverts indicate a uniform series was issued. Very small chip affecting the rear paste-down and endpaper. Mildly bumped, with wear to the margins of the spine. Light sunning around the edges. Not beautiful, but a solid reading copy of an interesting variant. No dustjacket. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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43 Doyle, A. Conan The Mystery of Cloomber
Chcago E.A. Weeks & Company 1895 First Trade. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Chcago: E.A. Weeks & Company, 1895. Doyle's third novel, originally published in 1889; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an uncommon American pirate edition. Red decorative cloth binding, with silver lettering and floral ruling on the front cover. Clean text; 206 pages. There is no publication date, but there is a contemporary previous-owner signature on the FFEP dated 1895. Mild bumping, a bit of soil (mostly on rear cover); spine slightly faded. A solid copy in an uncommon edition.. First Trade.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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44 Doyle, A. Conan The Return of Sherlock Holmes
London John Murray 1924 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: John Murray, 1924. These thirteen "adventures" were first published in 1905; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the thin paper edition (stated "This Edition on Thin Paper first issued..1924"). A scarce edition. Red cloth binding with nicely-decorated gilt on the spine; the front cover is ruled and has Doyle's initials in gilt. Clean text; 316 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear; red topstain. Bookplate on the front paste-down, with the owner's notation on the FFEP that it was read in August 1925; there is a second (different) signature as well, this one dated 1948. Some light fade around the margins and a slight lean. Close to a Near Fine copy. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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45 Doyle, Arthur Conan His Last Bow. A Reminiscence of Sherlock Holmes
New York George H. Doran Company 1917 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1917. Eight stories, as "recalled" by Doctor Watson. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Reddish-orange cloth binding with black titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 308 pages. The spine has darkened slightly and there is a bit of a splay; with typical surface soiling. Not the most beautifl, but a sound copy; and not common today. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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46 Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan The Story of Mr. George Edalji
London Grey House Books 1985 Limited Hardcover Fine Near Fine Signed
London: Grey House Books, 1985. First published as a pamphlet in 1907 and subsequently a "lost work." This is a Fine copy of an edition LIMITED to 1000 copies, with the text transliterated from a contemporary newspaper. Edited, with an Introduction, by Richard and Molly Whittington-Egan. Nicely bound in gray cloth with a red spine. Decoratively ruled, with titling on the spine in gilt. Clean text; 124 pages, with Notes, Introduction There is a "Special Investigation" by Doyle; "Letter" from Doyle; and "Statement of Case Against Royden Sharp." The first 100 copies of this book were signed and numbered, but this is out of that sequence. No dustwrapper; comes with a gray cloth slipcase. A very attractive edition of this scarce work.. Limited. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
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47 Ellroy, James The Black Dahlia
New York & London The Mysterious Press 1987 0892962062 / 9780892962068 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine Signed
New York & London: The Mysterious Press, 1987. This is the novel that really made Ellroy's reputation documenting the perverse world of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s. A Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing, September 1987. Lavender paper-covered boards with a black cloth spine; silver, gilt, and metalic purple lettering on the spine. Clean text; 325 pages. This copy has been SIGNED by the author on the Title Page. (Ellroy's signature devolved through the years into little more than a scrawl/scratch; this signature is of that sort - Quiercus believes it his, but cannot guarantee it due to the lack of any "points" to consider). Some light sunfade along the top edge and two faint spots on the fore-edge; else a Fine copy. The dustjacket has been clipped, else Fine condition; in an archival plastic protector.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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48 Ellroy, James White Jazz
New York Knopf 1992 0679414495 / 9780679414490 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Fine Signed
New York: Knopf, 1992. Near Fine copy (RM on top edge,else Fine) in an unclipped Fine DJ (As New condition). SIGNED by Ellroy under "Slash!" on FFEP. In plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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49 Erdman, Paul E. The Billion Dollar Sure Thing
New York Scribner's 1973 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York: Scribner's, 1973. First novel by the famed economist, winner of an Edgar Award. This is a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine, unclipped DJ (small spot on front flap, starting to tan). In an archival plastic cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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50 Fleming, Ian The Man with the Golden Gun
New York New American Library 1965 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: New American Library, 1965. The 13th in Fleming's great series, and the last one he completed and published posthumously. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition (stated First Printing). Black paper-covered boards, with spine lettering in silver, red and gold, with the golden gun continuous across rar, spine, and front; a rather striking design indeed (design by the Paul Bacon Studio). The dustjacket is unclipped; there is some very faint smudging, some creases to the flaps, and two chips (the one on the front cover almost appears to be another of the "bullet holes" in the jacket's design!). In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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51 Fleming, Ian You Only Live Twice
New York New American Library 1964 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
New York: New American Library, 1964. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (stated First printing). Lime green cloth binding with Fleming's signature stamped on the front cover;red lettering on the spine. Clean text; 240 pages. Previous-owner information on the front paste-down; red topstain faded to pink; a tight and square volume, but with some light mottling around the margins. The dustjacket is price-clipped and shows edgewear, with some small chips and closed tears; white jacket shows its light soiling. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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52 Gale, Zona Romance Island
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill 1906 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Hermann C. Wall 
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1906. Zona Gale (1874-1938) was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama (1921). This is a Very Good copy the First Edition of her first book, a mystery/adventure novel. Very good condition; olive cloth binding with decoration in orange and white. Clean text; 394 pages. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Hermann C. Wall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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53 Grant, Linda Lethal Genes
New York Scribner 1996 0684826534 / 9780684826530 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Signed
New York: Scribner, 1996. Mystery author's fifth novel, featuring her character Catherine Sayler. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition in an unclipped, Fine dustjacket. It has been SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the Title Page. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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54 Grant, Linda Vampire Bytes
New York Scribner 1998 0684826755 / 9780684826752 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Signed
New York: Scribner, 1998. Mystery author's sixth novel, featuring her character Catherine Sayler. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition in an unclipped, Fine dustjacket. It has been SIGNED by the author on the Title Page. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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55 Green, Anna Katherine [Katharine] The Filigree Ball: Being a Full and True Account of the Solution of the Mystery Concerning the Jeffrey-Moore Affair
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1903 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket C.M. Relyea 
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1903. Green (1846-1935) is considered to have invented many of the conventions of the modern detective novel, and is often cited as the first woman to write in the mystery/detective genre. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition; first printing (with "March" on the copyright page). Green cloth binding, decorated on the front cover in red and gilt; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 418 pages, with 22 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Frontis illustration by C.M. Relyea. Bumped; with rubbing at the margins. A bit loose in feel, but remains sound. Previous owner has stamped name on both front and rear paste-downs. No dustjacket.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by C.M. Relyea. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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56 Greenleaf, Stephen Book Case
New York William Morrow 1991 0688076696 / 9780688076696 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: William Morrow, 1991. Seventh in the author's John Marshall Tanner series. Near Fine copy has tiny stain bottom edge. Unclipped DJ has some wrinkling & tiny closed tears at edges. In plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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57 Hammett, Dashiell The Adventures of Sam Spade and other Stories
Cleveland & New York The World Publishing Company 1945 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Cleveland & New York: The World Publishing Company, 1945. "Seven dramatic stories by the author of 'The Maltese Falcon.'"This is a Near Fine copy of the First Tower Books Edition, First Printing, January 1945 (stated). Not a common book. Red cloth binding with blue lettering on the spine and the Tower Mystery logo of a bat on the front cover. Clean text; 189 pages. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP. The wartime paper is tanning; some rubbing to the head and foot of the spine, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is Very Good, lightly faded and with two chips on the spine (head and foot). In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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58 Hanshew, Thomas W. Cleek, The Man of the Forty Faces
New York A.L. Burt 1913 Rep[rint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: A.L. Burt, 1913. This mystery features an ongoing character from Scotland Yard. Originally published by Doubleday Page in 1912, this is a Very Good copy of a Reprint edition. Maroon cloth binding, gilt lettering on the spine, and a great decorative cover - featuring 40 faces, we presume - tipped on. Clean text Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Rep[rint.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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59 Higgins, George V. The Digger's Game
New York Knopf 1973 0394483162 / 9780394483160 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Near Fine 
New York: Knopf, 1973. The author's second book, continuing his masterful tale of the Boston underworld. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition (stated). Variant red cloth binding with author's initials on the front cover in gilt; spine lettering is gilt. Clean text; 214 pages, very bright and fresh. The front endpapers and the first four pages have a small closed tear at the top of the page, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket has been clipped, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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60 Higgins, George V. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
New York Knopf 1972 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good 
New York: Knopf, 1972. The author's first book, a ground-breaking mystery from Boston. This is a Very Good (Plus) of the First Edition. Light blue cloth binding with gilt decoation (a spider web) on the front cover; gilt lettering on the spine. Showing some fading around the edges. Clean text; 183 pages, very bright and fresh. The dustjacket, a striking design by Hal Siegal, is unclipped and Very Good, showing some chipping and creasing at the margins; creasing on the flaps. In an archival plastic protector Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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