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Early Mysteries

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1 Adams, Samuel Hopkins Average Jones
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1911 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket M. Leone Bracker 
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1911. Adams (1871-1958) was a muckraking journalist as well as a novelist; he also wrote more "risque" works under the pseudonym "Warner Fabian." This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, a Queen's Quorum title. Olive decorative cloth binding, titled and stamped with red and white; white titling on the spine. Clean text; 345 pages. Contemporary (1913) gift inscription on the FFEP. Mildly bumped; some stains/abrasion on the rear cover. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by M. Leone Bracker. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2 Barr, Robert From Whose Bourne
New York & London Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers 1896 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Franklin M. Gregory 
New York & London: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, 1896. A supernatural mystery by the Scottish/Canadian newspaperman Robert Barr (1849-1912), who also wrote under the pseudonym "Luke Sharp." Friends with Conan Doyle, he also wrote two Sherlock Holmes parodies. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition, an uncommon book. Tweedy green cloth binding with silver titling on the spine; titling and decorated (a man with two ghostly companions) in silver on the front cover. Clean text; 210 pages; topstain is also silver. Frontis and two other illustrations by Franklin M. Gregory. Faint contemporary signature on the FFEP. Spine slightly darkened. In an archival plastic protector. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Franklin M. Gregory. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 Benson, E.F. The Blotting Book
New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1908 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1908. A prolific author known for supernatural melodramas, Edward Frederick Benson (1867-1940) also penned mysteries; his "Mapp & Lucia" series has been revived for television. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Brick red cloth binding, titled in white on the spine and front cover. Decorated on the front in black and light blue. Clean text; 255 pages. Very mild rubbing and bumping; a few spots on the edges. The binding is very bright, presenting nicely.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 Bridges, Victor [Victor George deFreyne] A Rogue By Compulsion. An Affair of the Secret Service
New York & London G.P. Putnam's Sons 1915 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket John H. Cassel 
New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1915. Although Victor Bridges (the pseudonym of Victor George deFreyne, 1878-1972) had a long and prolific career writing detective fiction, this is an uncommon title. A Near Fine copy. Dark blue cloth decorative binding, nicely blindstamped in a floral theme; gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 354 pages, with a six-page catalogue in the rear. Color frontis illustration by John H. Cassel. Hints of bumping and with a very slight lean; else a Fine copy. Quite an attractive book; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by John H. Cassel. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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5 Delannoy, Burford The Margate Mystery
New York Brentano's Publishers 1901 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Brentano's Publishers, 1901. An early mystery by British author Adolphus Eugene Judge (1856-1931) under his pseudonym of Burford Delannoy. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. A scarce title. Maroon cloth binding with titling on the front cover and spine in gilt. Clean text; 309 pages. Very bright and clear. Slight bumping, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 Donovan, Dick From Clue to Capture. A Series of Thrilling Detective Stories
London Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Limited 1893 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Paul Hardy et.al. 
London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Limited, 1893. Originally a character in his mystery novels, "Dick Donovan" was adopted as the pseudonym of J.E. Preston Muddock (1843-1934) after his Glasgow detective became so popular as to rival Sherlock Holmes. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, a collectioon of twelve short stories. An uncommon title. Gray decorative cloth binding, stamped in black, silver, and gilt. Clean text; 320 pages. Illustrated by Paul Harvey and others. There is no publication date, but bibliographers seem to agree on 1893. Minor rub at the head and foot of the spine and a slight splay.There is darkening to the upper part of the spine and front cover. A solid and still attractive copy. In an archival plastic protector. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Paul Hardy et.al.. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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7 Doyle, A. Conan A Study in Scarlet and A Case of Identity
Chicago Geo. M. Hill Co. 1896 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Chicago: Geo. M. Hill Co., 1896. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an early pirate edition of one of Doyle's most famous stories. Maroon cloth binding; blindstamped with a four-leaf clover on the front cover; ruled on the spine, with gilt titling. There is no publication date; Hill was founded in 1893, and bankrupt by 1902. This book is usually dated from 1893 to 1898. Clean text; 232 pages, with top-edge in gilt. There is hardly any wear to the covers; a bit of very mild rub perhaps. The text is tanning but remains nicely clear; the front hinge is starting, but remains quite strong. An attractive book that presents very well. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 Doyle, A. Conan A Study in Scarlet. The First Book About Sherlock Holmes
London, Melbourne and Toronto Ward, Lock & Co., Limited 1910 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London, Melbourne and Toronto: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1910. This small-format edition features a scarlet binding with Holmes and his smoking pipe on the front cover. This illustration is found on several of Ward, Lock's editions, and is rather famous on its own; they were the first publisher of this famous tale (in 1888) and were handsomely rewarded by owning the copyright. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing, with no publication date. Quercus estimates the date as 1910-20, and awaits further information. Clean text; 255 pages; frontis illustration. Some toning to the text due to inferior paper stock. The spine has faded to brown; there is surface soiling, and a crease to the front cover. Still, the book presents well and remains attractive. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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9 Doyle, A. Conan Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
New York/London Harper & Brothers Publishers 1904 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York/London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904. First published in 1894; this is Volume Three only of the set. First illustrated edition. Red cloth binding; titled and decorated on the spine in gilt. Clean text; 259 pages. Frontis portrait and seven others. Light bumping; spine rubbed at top and bottom; slight lean; some mottling on the rear cover.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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10 Doyle, A. Conan My Friend the Murderer
New York George Munro's Sons, Publishers 1898 First Thus Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
New York: George Munro's Sons, Publishers, 1898. This is a Very Good copy of the publisher's "Favorite Series" that was "Issued Daily" and cost ten cents. Rare. Contains three stories by Doyle: "The Man from Archangel." "That Little Square Box," and "John Huxford's Hiatus." Softbound in a light green paper with titling in black on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 171 pages, with a one-page advert detailing the series titles. Rear cover has adverts both obverse and reverse. Light chipping and creasing around the edges. A well-preserved copy of a fragile publication. . First Thus. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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11 Doyle, A. Conan My Friend the Murderer. The Man from Arcangel. That Little Square Box. John Huxford's Hiatus
New York George Munro's Sons 1893 Later Printing Hardcover Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: George Munro's Sons, 1893. An early collection of Doyle's stories; "My Friend the Murderer" was published in England in 1889. This is a Good (Plus) copy of a scarce AMERICAN PIRATE EDITION. Nice decorative brown cloth binding, noted as the "Crescent Edition" on the front cover; silver titling on the spine. Clean text; 194 pages. No publication date, but circa 1893-96. Contemporary (1899) signature on the FFEP. While the exterior binding is in nice condition, the cheap paper textblock is tanned and stiff. Please note the condition issue. Quercus offers this book as an artifact to the "Doyle Completist" - not to a reader. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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12 Doyle, A. Conan The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
London Smith, Elder & Co. 1910 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Sidney Paget 
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1910. First published in 1894 this famous collection of storiesis published here is a "New Edition." An uncommon to scarce title thus. Very Good condition. Red cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 248 pages. Frontis illustration and 24 others by Sidney Paget (1860-1908) , whose work defined Holmes in the pages of the "Strand" magazine. Darkened on the spine and around the edges, gilt slightly dulled; minor soiling. A solid copy of this classic. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Sidney Paget. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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13 Gaboriau, Emile Caught in the Net
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1913 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket John Sloan 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913. Gaboriau (1832-1873} was a pioneer of the detective novel. His detective was quite popular until Sherlock Holmes arrived on the scene. This is a Very Good copy of a reprint edition, translated from the French "Le Chantage." Red ribbed cloth binding, titled in gilt on the spine; gilt decoration featuring a mask and two daggers on the front cover. Clean text; 365 pages. Top-edge is gilt. Frontis illustration by John Sloan. Bumped corners, spine faded with the gilt dulled (still readable); some faint stains on the covers. A solid copy and still a fun read today.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by John Sloan. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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14 Gaboriau, Emile The Honor of the Name
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1904 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Bayard Jones 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. Gaboriau was a pioneer of detective fiction, quite popular until his characters were eclipsed by the masterful Sherlock Holmes. Translated from the original French "L'honneur du nom." Red cloth binding, ruled, with a stamped logo on the front cover; titling on the spine in gilt. Clean text; 585 pages. Frontis illustration and three others by Bayard Jones. Bumped, rubbed at the head of the spine. Spine has faded (but gilt remains bright) and has a small spot. A solid copy, and an enjoyable read today.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Bayard Jones. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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15 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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16 Green, Anna Katherine [Katharine] The Mill Mystery
New York & London G.P. Putnam's Sons 1886 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1886. Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) is often cited as (possibly) the first American woman to write detective fiction. She established many of the features that have become standard in crime fiction, and was a strong influence on Agatha Christie. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. A rare title. Bright red cloth binding with ruling and titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 389 pages; with one page publisher advert and a second page steamship company advert in the rear. The paste-downs and first endpaper in front and rear are adverts for "The Knickerbocker Novels" and "The Transatlantic Novels." Previous-owner signature on FFEP. Textblock is bright, clear, and supple. Slight lean, touch of rub to corners, and two professionally-mended tears on the rear cover. A superior copy. In an archival [plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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17 Hornung, E.W. Dead Men Tell No Tales
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1899 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. Ernest William Hornung (1866-1921), who was A.C. Doyle's brother-in-law, was most famous as the author of th "A.J. Raffles" series of short stories that have been adapted several times for film or TV. This romantic mystery was one of his few novels. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Light green cloth binding with fancy gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 276 pages, plus four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Top edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Previous-owner signatures in pencil on the FFEP and Title Page. No dustjacket.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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18 Jackson, Charles Ross Quintus Oakes. A Detective Story
New York G.W. Dillingham Company 1904 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: G.W. Dillingham Company, 1904. An early manor-house mystery not by an English author. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition ("Issued March 1904"). Variant green cloth binding with titling and decorations in black on the front cover (oak leaves, a mask, and a revolver). Clean text; 318 pages. Mild soil, spot on rear cover; corners are rubbed but not bumped; some spotting on the fore-edge. A solid copy.. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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19 Jenks, George C. & Carlyle Moore Stop Thief!
New York The H.K. Fly Company Publishers 1913 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket James Montgomery Flagg, Raymond L. Thayer 
New York: The H.K. Fly Company Publishers, 1913. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Decorative blue cloth binding with a fleeing thief on the front cover in black, red, and white; titling on the spine in white. Clean text; 301 pages. Distinguished by a colour frontis illustration by James Montgomery Flagg; three others within by Raymond L. Thayer. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Rubbed a bit at the margins; spine titling rubbed with some loss. Nevertheless, a decent copy that presents well. Lacking a dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. Illus. by James Montgomery Flagg, Raymond L. Thayer. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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20 Lynch, Lawrence L. (E. Murdoch Van Deventer) Against Odds. A Detective Story
London Ward, Lock & Co., Limited 1895 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1895. Written under a male pseudonym by one of the first woman authors to earn her living as a mystery writer. Emma Murdoch Van Deventer, who may not have existed either. Evidently an American where her books were first published, but little or no biographical data seems to be available. First published in 1894; this is a Very Good copy of an undated English Later Printing, from perhaps a year or two later. Blue cloth binding, with an exceptional decorative presence. The front cover features a policeman holding a gent by gunpoint; the title is in red, the illustration in black, white, and orange. It is noted as By the Author of "Shadowed by Three" etc. The spine is titled in gilt, with a man and a woman (the author?) in black, white, and red. Clean text; 312 pages. Small bookplate on the front paste-down and the bookseller chop opposite on the FFEP. Mild bumping, spine darkened; with a slight lean. In an archival Plastic protector.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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