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The Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers

1904 - Smith, London - Fifth Impression [First published in 1903]
A nice copy of this sailing and espionage classic, scarce in any early edition. Written when Childers, an accomplished yachtsman, was thirty years old. Childers, who served in the Royal Navy during World War I, wrote this as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defences, Winston Churchill later gave the book the credit for persuading public opinion to fund vital measures against the German naval threat.

Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, Robert Erskine Childers DSC [1870-1922] was shot by an Irish Free State firing squad in 1922 for smuggling guns, after having fought in the Boer War, and serving as a Major in Naval intelligence during the First World War. His son later become the fourth President of Ireland.

Illustrated with two maps [one folding] and two charts.
 
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Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

1934 - Published for The Crime Club Ltd. by W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of this legendary title. One of the greatest locked-room mysteries, with one of the most original solutions.

A crowning point in Christie's career, and probably her most high profile title, helped to that prominence by the success of the 1974 film of the same name, featuring among its cast stage and screen luminaries such as Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, John Gielgud, and Ingrid Bergman, the last of whom won an Oscar for her performance in the film. About to be adapted again (2017) with Kenneth Branagh directing and starring as Hercule Poirot, together with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
 
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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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1956 - Folio Society, London - First Edition Illustrated by Lamb
Elegantly bound and finely illustrated edition of what is considered to be one of the first murder mystery titles ever written, with twelve full page lithographs by influential artist and illustrator Lynton Lamb.

‘The best men are not consistent in good—why should the worst men be consistent in evil?’

Hailed by Margaret Oliphant as
‘a new beginning in fiction’. The Woman in White is a dazzling display of literary prowess, causing a flurry of excitement upon its publication. By the time the novel had finished its first print run, Collins was earning a yearly income of over £10,000 pounds. It features a cast of unforgettable characters, including the plain, but brilliant ‘spinster’ Marian Halcome, and the nefarious Count Fosco, whose schemes and plots have earned him a place among the ranks of the best fictional villains.

The book has since been adapted into countless radio-shows, screenplays, television series, and movies, and is listed by The Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writer’s Association,
The Telegraph, Julian Symons, and Haycraft Queen as one of the best Crime/Mystery Novels. 
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Tales of Hearsay - Joseph Conrad

1925 - T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, London - First Edition
A posthumous collection of four stories - The Warrior's Soul; Prince Roman; The Tale; and The Black Mate. 
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The Man With Nine Lives - Signed - James Corbett

1938 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in First Issue Dust Jacket
A near fine signed first edition, of one of Corbett’s detective novels, featuring Victor Redmayne. Rare signed and with the eye-catching dust jacket.

In the heart of London a man was shot at from his motorcar. The fact that the victim was not killed was of small importance to Victor Redmayne who witnessed the affair. Murder had been attempted; and as a result of his own investigations, he was involved in a highly thrilling adventure.’ (from the dust jacket) 
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The House of Lost Identity - and - The Haunted Jester - Donald Corley

1927 - Robert M. McBride & Company, New York - First Editions
“Far away on some dark road, the young man rode, in pouring rain, and often cold and penniless, eagerly asking of every one he passed where the Elixir of youth might be found...”

Two volumes adorned in the scarce and stunning gold dust jackets. Corley’s tales of mystery and wonder have become celebrated for their spin on traditional fairy-tale motifs, amplifying them with darker, sinister elements... along with occasional comedy.

Drawing influences famed myths and legends from Persia, Ireland, China and Greece, both volumes are profusely illustrated throughout with the author’s own Harry Clarke-esque illustrations, and include a foreword by American sci-fi writer, James Branch Cabell.

From the library of the infamous Joseph Alexander Sadony, philosopher-scientist, inventor and poet, whose Michigan based ‘Educational Research Laboratories’ at ‘Valley of the Pines’ studied the power of the mind...
 
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