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The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1927 - John Murray, London - First Edition
The last of the original Sherlock Holmes books, being twelve cases for the great detective which had been published serially in The Strand Magazine, and collected here with a new preface by the author.

A sharp near fine copy, without any of the foxing usually encountered.

And so, reader, farewell to Sherlock Holmes! 
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The Speckled Band, An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1929 - Samuel French, London - First Edition, Fourth Impression. (‘French’s Acting Edition, No.2558.’)
Scarce early edition of Doyle’s gothic-themed Sherlock Holmes locked room mystery.. With five full page schematics for the stage plot, followed by the properties plot and the electric and lime plot at the rear of the book.

The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ had first appeared in Strand Magazine in February 1892, and was later collected as the eighth story in ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’. After Doyle’s successful stage adaptation of 1910, with the celebrated actor H.A. Saintsbury as Holmes and Claude King as Dr. Watson, it was committed to print by Samuel French in 1912. The play toured, and was also performed in America, with Saintsury returning in the London revival of 1921. 
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1905 - George Newnes Ltd., London - First Edition
With sixteen illustrated plates by Sidney Paget.

The murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair brings ‘The Great Detective’ back to life after the infamous events at the Richenbach Falls, commencing a search for the second most dangerous man in London. The ‘
Return’ is a collection of thirteen stories, among them some of the most interesting in the whole series - 'The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton' is a good example (which Doyle first called 'The Adventure of the Worst Man in London'). Four of the stories ('The Empty House', 'The Dancing Men', 'The Priory School' and 'The Second Stain'), were listed by Doyle in 1927 as being among his favourite Holmes episodes.

Housed in a felt-lined clamshell case of half dark blue morocco leather over matching cloth, titles in gilt
 
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The Trilogy of Desire: The Financier; The Titan; The Stoic. - Theodore Dreiser

1912 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Editions, first printings [October & K-M to copyright page of The Financier]
‘It is Mr. Dreiser's constant probing of the intertwined needs for money, art, glory, sex and so much else that makes "The Financier" the greatest of all American business novels.’ - The Wall Street Journal, 2012.

First editions Dreiser’s
Trilogy of Desire, also known as The Cowperwood Trilogy, telling the life story of Charles T. Yerkes, renamed Algernon Cowperwood by Dreiser, a Philadelphia securities manipulator and streetcar magnate. The Financier, in scarce and unrestored dust jacket

‘Dreiser laboriously researched the business practices and personal exploits of real-life robber baron Charles Yerkes to narrate Frank Algernon Cowperwood's early career in
The Financier, which explores the unscrupulous world of finance from the Civil War through the panic incited by the 1871 Chicago fire.’ (University of Illinois). Despite claiming complete ignorance about finance and an inability to make money, Dreiser presents a technical masterpiece. 
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The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

1894 - J. M. Dent and Co., London
A handsome four volume translation of Alexandre Dumas’s rousing adventure, illustrated with twelve engraved plates from drawings by Edmund Garrett.

‘Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you.’

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of ‘If’. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s.
 
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The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

1987 - The Mysterious Press, New York - First Edition
Based on the most notorious murder case in Hollywood. On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a vacant Los Angeles lot. The victim, raven-haired 22-year-old actress Elizabeth Short, makes headlines as the ‘Black Dahlia’ and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history.

‘A mesmerising study of the psycho-sexual obsession ... extraordinarily well written’ –
The Times.

The first in what became Ellroy’s ‘L.A. Quartet’ (the others being
The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz). 
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Oblique Strategies – SIGNED - Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt

1975Number 48 of 500 limited sets
‘Abandon normal instruments; Breathe more deeply; Consider different fading systems; Discard an axiom; (Organic) Machinery; Mute and continue...’

Just a few of the wonderfully creative and abstract instructions from Brian Eno’s dadaist mind game for music production, the original Oblique Strategies card deck, with ‘over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas’, created by Eno and his friend, artist Peter Schmidt.

A complete set of the scarce ‘Edition 1’, number 48 only 500, signed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, and housed in the original black box. A further two editions each were printed before the death of Peter Schmidt (1978 and 1979).

Oblique Strategies is most frequently associated with bands Eno produced during his mid to late 70s creative high point, including Talking Heads and Berlin-trilogy era Bowie. 
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The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

1993 - Farrar Straus Giroux, New York - First edition
‘A piercing first novel . . . lyrical and portentous.’ – The New York Times

The Virgin Suicides
announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters, beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighbourhood boys, commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. 
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