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1819 - Printed for T. M'Lean, London
Four finely bound volumes of what many consider to be the first true novel in Western literature, illustrated with 24 hand-colored engraved plates by John Heaviside Clark.

Inspired by his ever expanding library of books on chivalry, our hero Don Quixote, with his anointed squire Sancho Panza, sets off on his adventures, and the windmill-chasing antics of Don Quixote have continued to delight for over four centuries.
 
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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 costs of France... a vivid and fascinating tale.” –
The Straits Times, Singapore 1937.

With the publisher’s catalogue to the rear advertising a number of Chatterton’s non-fiction maritime titles, as well as this book under the proposed title ‘Secret Messenger’ [see page 42 of catalogue].
 
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Letters of Anton Pavlovitch Tchehov to to Olga Leonardovna Knipper - Anton Chekhov, Constance Garnett (translator, editor)

1926 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition in English
Dear actress, I shall answer all your questions...’

Finely bound and with a mounted photograph of Tchehov and his wife, the actress Olga Leonardovna Knipper. The first complete authorised version in English of this collection which begins with ‘
A Few Words About Tchehov’ by Olga Knipper-Tchehov, followed by 434 letters and telegraphs to Olga.

‘They met in September 1898 at a reading of his controversial new play,
The Seagull. He was 38, she had just turned 30. He was a celebrated writer, she was a charismatic young actress in a fledgling theatre company. The story spans six short years, in which they play evolving roles - first as playwright and actress, then as lovers, then as husband and wife, and finally as invalid and caretaker, until Chekhov's untimely death at the age of 44.

Most of that time they spent apart by necessity - she in residence at the Moscow Art Theatre, he in exile in Yalta, suffering from consumption. Even when they were together during the summers, his ever-declining health marred the quality of their reunions. And yet they shared more than a full lifetime of love and theatre.

Those brief years are chronicled in a unique correspondence, consisting of roughly 400 letters each. Born of their enforced separation, the correspondence spans five of those six years (1899-1904) and a remarkable period in theatre history - the birth of the Moscow Art Theatre and its production of Chekhov's four major plays, all starring Olga.’ – Carol Rocamora,
The Guardian  
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The Urgent Hangman - Peter Cheyney

1938 - Collins, London - First Edition
Dennis Wheatley’s copy, inscribed by Peter Cheyney ‘To my good friend Dennis’ and dated ‘14. 6. 38’. With Wheatley’s illustrated bookplate.

A near fine copy of the first ‘Slim Callaghan’ novel, in fine and thus rare dust jacket.

Cheyney’s action-filled and action filled plots ran counter to the comfortable murder mysteries of the time, and Slim Callaghan was, like his American hard-boiled cousins, cynical tough and marginally mannered.
 
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The Hound of Death and Other Stories - Agatha Christie

1933 - Odhams Press Limited, London - First Edition
A lovely copy in the bright sharp dust jacket by Dermonay depicting a sinister green hound, against a background of a ruined convent. Scarce in this condition.

'Twelve thrilling, chilling, mysteries.' (
The Observer ). Twelve unexplained phenomena with no apparent earthly explanation… A dog-shaped gunpowder mark; an omen from 'the other side'; a haunted house; a chilling séance; a case of split personalities; a recurring nightmare; an eerie wireless message; an elderly lady's hold over a young man; a disembodied cry of 'murder'; a young man's sudden amnesia; a levitation experience; a mysterious SOS. To discover the answers, delve into the supernatural storytelling of Agatha Christie… 'The acknowledged queen of detective fiction.' (The Observer)

Includes
Witness for the Prosecution, Christie’s courtroom drama, which has become one of her most adapted and best known stories. It has been adapted for film multiple times, including the 1957 Billy Wilder directed movie starring Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton, and for stage, as well as TV and radio..... ‘Leonard Vole stands trial for the murder of his beneficiary, and even his wife insists he is guilty…’ 
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Incendiary - SIGNED - Chris Cleave

2005 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
‘An al-Qaeda bomb attack on a London soccer match provides the tragicomic donnée of former Daily Telegraph journalist Cleave's impressive multilayered debut: a novel-length letter from an enraged mother to Osama bin Laden. Living hand to mouth in London's East End, the unnamed mother's life is shattered when her policeman husband (part of a bomb disposal unit) and four-year-old son are killed in the stadium stands.’ – Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Arguably the strangest epistolary novel ever written’ –
Newsweek.

True first and limited edition issued two weeks before the trade edition. Signed by the author and with a typed note of thanks. Unfortunately, it was published on the 7 July 2005, the day of the London bombings and most of the major bookshops removed it from their shelves.
 
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Carrington’s Cases - J. Storer Clouston

1920 - William Blackwood and Sons, London - First Edition
‘I don’t believe there is any business in the world in which a man gets more puzzlers as to what is his duty, than in mine.’ said Carrington. ‘In the kind of private work I do, I’m constantly up against the nastiest snags, but one generally has to toughen one’s hide and go ahead anyway.’

Presented with a charmingly illustrated front cover, this Queen's Quorum thriller features the adventures of the wonderful F.T. Carrington, the monocled young private detective ‘with a round, ingenuous, very agreeable face... a little neatly trimmed moustache’ – the inquiry agent, as he preferred to call himself. He tackles crimes and mysteries such as misplaced spouses, haunted houses, and medical misnomers, all done with Clouston’s trademark talent for absorbing plot, balanced with his deft hand for humour.

‘One of the most sought-after collections of detective short stories’ – Eric Quayle,
Detective Fiction. 
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