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He Who Whispers. A Dr. Fell Mystery Story - John Dickson Carr

1946 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition of this ‘locked room’ murder mystery featuring the large pince-nez wearing, pipe smoking Dr Gideon Fell, who applies the full weight of his knowledge and education (B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, M.A. from Oxford, and law degree from Edinburgh) to the challenge presented...

‘The master of the ‘Locked Room’ murder mystery, prolific American author John Dickson Carr (1906-77), who also wrote under the names ‘Carter Dickson’, ‘Carr Dickson’, and ‘Roger Fairbairn’, was a highly regarded member of the ‘Golden Age’ sect, his complex, plot-driven stories concentrated on the puzzle of the story rather than the fast-paced tough-guy violence purveyed by his contemporary pulp hacks. Carr modelled his major detective - overweight lexicographer Dr Gideon Fell - on G.K. Chesterton. The stories see the eccentric Fell solving ‘impossible’ crimes, where the victim is usually discovered, not only with doors and windows locked from the inside, but with multiple impediments.’ [BMC]
 
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - with - Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], Bruno Rollitz after John Tenniel (illustrators)

1932 - Limited Editions Club, New York - Each copy is number 1300 of a 1500 limited edition
With the signature of the ‘Original Alice’ to Through the Looking Glass.

The Original Alice’ is Alice Hargreaves née Lidell, for whom Lewis Carroll originally wrote the books. In 1932, during the celebrations of the centenary of Carroll’s birth, Alice, who had lived a peaceful life in the south of England for many years, suddenly became a public figure. Her most notable and watched action was a trip to New York to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University, at which time she was invited to sign this work, something that in the past she had been extremely reluctant to do.

These two finely bound limited editions where published to mark that centenary, with Tenniel’s original illustrations re-engraved on wood, and the typography and binding designed by Frederic Ward who has signed
Adventures.

‘Whilst
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were intended for children “fresh from God’s hand”, it is equally enthralling and delightfully magical for adults as they follow Alice on her vibrant adventures escorted by her famous companions. Who can possibly not have been carried away into the fantastically crazy world of the Mad Hatter? Or never have heard of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Who cannot have been struck by Carroll’s love for sophisticated play with words?’

‘Tenniel’s illustrations perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement. They were an integral part of creating Alice’s fairytale world and are without doubt some of the best-known images, indelibly etched into the memory of countless children.’ – Stephanie Chan.
 
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The Hunting of the Snark, An Agony in Eight Fits - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], Henry Holiday (illustrator)

1876 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition
‘Just the place for a Snark!’

A finely bound first edition of the author’s magnificent nonsense verse, the tale of the Bellman and his crew’s strange voyage in search of a Snark, and featuring an unlikely cast of characters drawn from his other works,
Jabberwocky and Through the Looking Glass Wonderfully illustrated with nine imaginative woodcuts by Henry Holiday.

‘The Hunting of the Snark is a poem over which an unstable, sensitive soul might very well go mad.’ - Martin Gardner, The Annotated Snark. 
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - together with - Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], John Tenniel (illustrator)

1870 - Macmillan and Co., London - Early Edition, First Edition
“Whilst Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were intended for children “fresh from God’s hand”, it is equally enthralling and delightfully magical for adults as they follow Alice on her vibrant adventures escorted by her famous companions. Who can possibly not have been carried away into the fantastically crazy world of the Mad Hatter? Or never have heard of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Who cannot have been struck by Carroll’s love for sophisticated play with words?.” - Stephanie Chan.

A finely bound pair, in which Tenniel’s illustrations, 42 in
Wonderland and 50 in Looking-Glass, perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement. 
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The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

1939 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.’

Chandler's first book and the introduction to the world of the famed private eye, Philip Marlowe, and established Chandler as the master of the 'hard-boiled' detective novel. The basis for the 1946 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and an endless source of private eye quotes.

It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in’.

A lovely bright copy, and absolutely no sign of restoration, rare and honest as you can expect this ‘dust jacket’ to be in a world where its going out of style (apologies). Housed in a custom clamshell cloth case. 
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Sea Spy. A Naval Novel - E. Keble Chatterton

1937 - Hurst & Blackett, London - First Edition
First edition in the rare and evocative dust jacket. Chatterton was one of Britain's best-known yachtsmen and maritime writers in the early part of the century.

‘Mr. Keble Chatterton has the art of the sea story at his finger tips and in “Sea Spy” he has combined a fast moving plot with plenty of thrills and action. John Trevenna, late of His Majesty’s Navy, is persuaded by his old chief, now the head of a new department of the Secret Service to give up a pleasure cruise in his one-man yacht, and use it instead to follow the activities of one Zouleki and his henchman Ptemnoff round the coasts of France... a vivid and fascinating tale.” –
The Straits Times, Singapore 1937. 
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The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond - G. K. Chesterton

1937 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A superb copy of G. K. Chesterton's final “collection”, eight detective stories, published after his death in 1936. The main characters in the book are Mr. Pond, his friend Captain Peter Gahagan, a romantic and impulsive Irishman, and a well-known government official, Sir Hubert Wotton.

‘ …he was curiously like the pond in the garden. He was so quiet at all normal times, so neat in shape and so shiny, so to speak, in his ordinary reflections of earth and sky and the common daylight. And yet I knew there were some queer things in the pond in the garden. Once in a hundred times, on one or two days during the whole year, the pond would look oddly different; or there would come a flitting shadow or a flash in its flat serenity; and a fish or a frog or some more grotesque creature would show itself to the sky. And I knew there were monsters in Mr. Pond also: monsters in his mind which rose only for a moment to the surface and sank again. They took the form of monstrous remarks, in the middle of all his mild and rational remarks. Some people thought he had suddenly gone mad in the midst of his sanest conversation. But even they had to admit that he must have suddenly gone sane again. . . 
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Four Faultless Felons - G. K. Chesterton

1930 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A fine copy in a rare fine example of the dust jacket designed by Arthur Hawkins.

Four stories bound together by a basic paradox. The stories are ‘
The Moderate Murderer’, ‘The Honest Quack’, ‘The Ecstatic Thief’, and ‘The Loyal Traitor’.

‘Dazzling reading from cover to cover.’ –
The New York Times. 
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