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Pugilistica, The History of British Boxing - Henry Downes Miles

1906 - John Grant, Edinburgh - First Edition Thus
Three volumes of the most comprehensive history of 18th and 19th century boxing ever produced.

First published in 1880, and then with added illustrations for this set of 1906. The illustrations include sixty-one full page plates, two folding plates, and numerous in-text sketches.
 
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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories - Flannery O'Connor

1955 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition, in Second State Dust Jacket
‘…nine stories about sin, with my compliments…’ – Flannery O’Connor

First edition of Flannery O’Connor’s enigmatic short story collection, in bright second state dust jacket. Told with her quintessential Southern Gothic vision. The figures she paints in the landscape – farmhands, conmen, embittered intellectuals, bigots, Bible salesmen and killers – are all equally vivid; and the bold and complex situations they find themselves in, even more so.
 
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The English Patient - Signed - Michael Ondaatje

1992 - Bloomsbury, London - First Edition, First Printing (complete number line 10 through to 1)
A fine signed first edition of this Ondaatje’s Booker Prize winning novel. Basis for the 1996 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas, which won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

With unsettling beauty and intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II.

‘A rare and spellbinding web of dreams’. -
Time Magazine. 
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“Skin O’ My Tooth” – Inscribed to the Detection Club - Baroness Orczy

1928 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A unique and important association copy, in the scarce dust jacket. A gift from Baroness Orczy to the ‘Detection Club’, whose founder members include Anthony Berkeley, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Freeman Wills Crofts. Baroness Orczy was initiated into the club in 1930.

Inscribed ‘
The Detection Club, With the author’s compliments, Emmuska Orczy, Montecarlo 1932’, and with the club library’s pictorial bookplate to the front pastedown.

Short stories featuring Patrick Mulligan aka Skin O’ My Tooth, the sharp Irish lawyer who is rather unkindly described as ‘
fat and rosy and comfortable as an Irish pig, with a face as stodgy as a boiled currant dumpling. His hair, I believe, would be red if he gave it a chance at all, but he wears it cropped so close to his bulky head that he looks bald in some lights’. 
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Lady Molly of Scotland Yard – Inscribed to the Detection Club - Baroness Orczy

1928 April - Cassell and Company, London - Second Impression of the popular edition
A unique and important association copy. A gift from Baroness Orczy to the ‘Detection Club’, whose founder members include Anthony Berkeley, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Freeman Wills Crofts. Baroness Orczy was initiated into the club in 1930.

Inscribed ‘
The Detection Club, With the author’s compliments, Emmuska Orczy, Montecarlo 1932’, and with the club library’s pictorial bookplate to the front pastedown.

In a rare example of the dust jacket which is scarce in any of the early editions. Containing 12 short stories about Lady Molly Robertson-Kirk, one of the early female sleuths who fictionally joins the police force to head up the ‘Female Department of the Yard’, a decade before women were actually allowed to join.
 
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Murder Abroad - Inscribed to the Detection Club - E. R. Punshon

1939 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
Fine first edition in a superb example of the delicate Gollancz jacket, with excellent provenance, a gift from Punshon to the Detection Club, (he became a member in 1933), in which Punshon has written on the front endpaper ‘The Detection Club’, it also contains the illustrated bookplate of the Detection Club library.

‘Perhaps the victim had not been unconscious but had known her fate, had sent upwards from the black pit a cry that none but murderers had heard.’

The thirteenth novel to feature detective Bobby Owen, in which he sets off on a working holiday to France, charged with finding out what happened to Miss Polthwaite’s diamonds (
Dean Street Press).

“What is distinction?... The few who achieve it step – plot or no plot – unquestioned into the first rank. We recognised it in Sherlock Holmes and in
Trent’s Last Case, in The Mystery at the Villa Rose, in the Father Brown stories, and in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time.” – Dorothy Sayers. 
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It Might Lead Anywhere - Inscribed to the Detection Club - E. R. Punshon

1947 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First American Edition
First American edition with excellent provenance, a gift from Punshon to the Detection Club, (he became a member in 1933), in which Punshon has written on the front endpaper ‘The Detection Club’ with their address ‘12 Kingly St. W.1.’, it also contains the illustrated bookplate of the Detection Club library.

Give me gossip or Sherlock Holmes, and I take gossip every time. The detective’s first aid and ever present help in time of doubt.’

Why should anyone want to murder a man like Alfred Brown? Yet slain he was, in his own home and with a poker. (
Dean Street Press). The 22nd Bobby Owen mystery.

“What is distinction?... The few who achieve it step – plot or no plot – unquestioned into the first rank. We recognised it in Sherlock Holmes and in
Trent’s Last Case, in The Mystery at the Villa Rose, in the Father Brown stories, and in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time.” – Dorothy Sayers. 
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Music Tells All - Inscribed to the Detection Club - E. R. Punshon

1948 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
First edition in the delicate Gollancz jacket, with excellent provenance, a gift from Punshon to the Detection Club, (he became a member in 1933), in which Punshon has written on the front endpaper ‘The Detection Club’ with their address ‘12 Kingly St. W.1.’, it also contains the illustrated bookplate of the Detection Club library.

”Gets on your nerves, doesn’t it? I mean, that playing of hers. I’ve never heard anything like it.”
“I haven’t either,” Bobby said.


The 24th novel to feature Bobby Owen (now ‘temporary-acting-junior-under-deputy-assistant-commissioner’ of the C.I.D.) whose incessant piano playing seems to jar on everyone, and Bobby Owen even wonders if the recent murder of a stranger might have been provoked by it (
Dean Street Press).

“What is distinction?... The few who achieve it step – plot or no plot – unquestioned into the first rank. We recognised it in Sherlock Holmes and in
Trent’s Last Case, in The Mystery at the Villa Rose, in the Father Brown stories, and in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time.” – Dorothy Sayers. 
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