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An African Millionaire - Grant Allen

1897 - Grant Richards, London - First Edition
A bright sharp copy of what is considered to be the first work to feature a criminal protagonist, and the first great gentleman rogue of mystery fiction - Colonel Clay.

‘Wealthy, confident and handsome, Charles Van Drift is not accustomed to being swindled and his brush with Colonel Clay both rattles and infuriates him. As his South African diamond fortune takes hit after hit from the quick-witted master of disguise, Allen leaves even the reader guessing: who can you trust? Van Drift grows more suspicious of those around him and a few too many misguided accusations shake the millionaire's confidence. Colonel Clay is in his head.’
 
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The Night-Comers - Eric Ambler

1956 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of this thriller set in Southeast Asia. 'The Night-Comers' covers 24 critical hours in a military coup d'etat. Published in America as 'State of Siege'. Filmed by Rank in 1959.

Written by Ambler on his return from travelling through Southeast Asia.

Batik style patterned dust jacket designed by Judith Bledsoe.
 
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Mr. Fortune Explains; Case for Mr. Fortune; Mr. Fortune Wonders; Shadow on the Wall - H. C. Bailey

1930 - Ward, London - First Editions
Three first editions of these short story collections, together with the first full length novel, Shadow on the Wall, all featuring Doctor Reggie Fortune, a remarkable detective whose rotund frame conceals a razor-sharp mind and a fighting spirit. ‘Scotland Yard’s foremost pathologist, a master of forensic evidence, whom nothing escapes’. A true champion of the oppressed, Fortune will never let a murderer escape justice—whether his victim was royalty or the lowest of the low.

Mr. Fortune Explains: Eight ‘explanations’ - The Picnic, The Little Milliner, The Wedding Ring, The Football Photograph, The Rock Garden, The Silver Cross, The Bicycle Lamp,and The Face in the Picture.

Case for Mr. Fortune: Eight ‘cases’ - The Greek Play, The Mountain Meadow, the Pair of Spectacles, The Bunch of Grapes, The Sported Oak, The Oak Gall, The Little Dog, and The Walrus Ivory.

Mr. Fortune Wonders: Eight stories - The Cigarette Case, The Yellow Diamonds, The Lilies of St Gabriel’s, The Gipsy Moth, The Fairy Cycle, The Oleander Flowers, The Love Bird, and The Old Bible. 
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The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont - Robert Barr

1905 Circa - George Bell & Sons, London and Bombay - First Colonial Edition
The rare first collection of Eugène Valmont mysteries, the most successful literary French detective of his era, and the first in a long line of humorous detectives. Created not by a French writer but by a Scotsman who had grown up in Canada and returned to the UK to forge a literary career, founding The Idler magazine together with Jerome K. Jerome in 1892.

Although Robert Barr’s
Eugène Valmont has Sherlock Holmes-like qualities, he is ‘a much more tongue-in-cheek creation’. ‘The title of the book seems ironic. We see very few of his triumphs. The very first story explains why he has had to leave France to avoid becoming a laughing stock and, in the rest of the tales, he fails far more often than he succeeds. Yet none of these setbacks ever daunts him or dents his supreme self-confidence. ‘I have had my failures of course,’ he acknowledges but he remains a happy egotist. Whether dealing with a gang of anarchists in ‘The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower’ or flirting with the supernatural in ‘The Ghost with the Club-Foot’, his sense of style and his almost Poirot-like conceit never desert him.’ (Nick Rennison, from the preface to the Gaslight Crime edition).

It appears this ‘First Colonial Edition’ was published by George Bell in 1905, the year before the ‘First Edition’ of Hurst & Blackett. The adverts included are dated July 1905 and September 1905. Although it contains the same short stories, the titles and chapter headings match those of the 1906 American edition, and those of the original stories printed in
Windsor Magazine and Pearson’s Magazine in 1904-5. 
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1954 - John Gifford Ltd., London - First Edition
A fine example, featuring Inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard.

The true first edition with publisher's name to title page (Book Club editions stated 'Thriller Book Club Edition' as publisher to title page instead of Gifford), and in the elusive true first issue dust jacket with 'John Gifford' to the tail of the spine (the 'Gifford' lettering is covered over for the ‘Thriller Book Club’ dust jacket which used matching illustrations, but advertised other ‘Thriller Book Club’ titles, and did not have a price on the front flap.
 
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The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley

1929 - W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London - First Edition
A rare near fine first edition of this highlight of 1920’s crime fiction, and according to Julian Symons in Bloody Murder, 'one of the most stunning trick stories in the history of detective fiction'.

Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle – six amateur but intrepid detectives – to consider the case. The evidence is laid before the Circle and the members take it in turn to offer a solution. Each is more convincing than the last, slowly filling in the pieces of the puzzle, until the dazzling conclusion.

‘A notable tour de force with no less than six separate solutions, and a veritable textbook of the literature’. – Howard Haycraft,
Murder for Pleasure. 
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Death in the House - Anthony Berkeley

1939 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A rare Berkeley title.

‘Lord Wellacombe, Secretary of State for India, dies whilst giving a speech to introduce a new bill on the floor of the House of Commons. His untimely demise looks like a stroke, but is it mere coincidence that a threat on his life had been made? The bill needs to be passed, but is anyone brave enough to defy the threats and risk potential murder?’

Enter Lord Arthur...
 
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Trial and Error - Anthony Berkeley

1937 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
Dedicated to P. G. Wodehouse.

‘Non-descript, upstanding Mr Todhunter is told that he has only months to live. He decides to commit a murder for the good of mankind. Finding a worthy victim proves far from easy, and there is a false start before he settles on and dispatches his target. But then the police arrest an innocent man, and the honourable Todhunter has to set about proving himself guilty of the murder.’
 
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