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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
HarperCollins, [1991] 8vo., First Edition; original red cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Collects eight short stories, four of which appear here in book form for the first time. Includes one Poirot ('Yellow Iris') and one Parker Pyne (the title tale). (Book ref. 24945)
Harper Collins, [1991] 8vo., First Edition; original red cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Collects eight short stories, four of which appear here in book form for the first time. Includes one Poirot ('Yellow Iris') and one Parker Pyne (the title tale). (Book ref. 24792)
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Century, [2008] 8vo., First Edition; black cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 24687)
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Century, [2009] 8vo., First Edition; black cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The eighth novel in the Women's Murder Club sequence. (Book ref. 24528)
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Michael Joseph, [1950] 8vo., First Edition; black cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly chafed at extremities. Dustwrapper artwork by Patrick Gierth. Uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 24521)
William Hodge, [1948] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, title in red and black, and 16 plates and facsimiles; original series binding of red cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. Published in the series Notable British Trials. Scarce. (Book ref. 22231)
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William Hodge, [1948] 8vo., Second Impression, with a frontispiece, title in red and black, and 16 plates and facsimiles, free endpapers lightly spotted, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original red cloth, gilt back, an unusually bright, clean copy. Published in the series Notable British Trials. Published two months after the first edition. (Book ref. 21971)
Hodder & Stoughton, [1960] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 23866)
Muller, [1953] 8vo., First Edition, with 8 plates; original black cloth, backstrip lettered in green, backstrip lettering slightly faded (but entirely legible) else a very good, tight copy in unclipped but very worn dustwrapper. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. Vividly written histories of major 'scoops' by the most famous British investigative crime journalist of the 1950s. Here he covers Stanley Setty, Daniel Raven, Haigh, the Messina Gang, 'Russian Robert', the Antiquis murder and Heath. Presentation copies signed by Webb are notoriously rare. Extremely scarce with dustwrapper in any condition. (Book ref. 13534)
Hutchinson [for] The Crime Book Society, [1949] 8vo., Uncorrected Proof Copy; half-title and title lightly browned; original plain grey wrappers, very lightly dust-soiled and chafed at head and tail of backstrip, a very good, clean copy now safely preserved for the future in a custom-made solander case. (Book ref. 22094)
Routledge, 1926 4to., First Edition thus, with a frontispiece, half-title and title in blue and black, and 15 plates; original navy blue buckram, gilt back, red sprinkled edges, a very good, clean copy. An excellent reissue of Smith's fifth edition of 1719. (Book ref. 19325)
Routledge, [1987] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Detailed account of Joyce's life and propaganda broadcasts to Britain which led to his execution in 1946. (Book ref. 5376)
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, [1979] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations (one double-page and several full-page) in the text; brown cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Ottley, 11651. (Book ref. 16346)
Torchstream, [1949] 8vo., with a frontispiece, 31 plates depicting a great many illustrations, and 7 illustrations in the text; cloth, lower board moderately damp-marked else a good working copy. (Book ref. 6485)
Hodder & Stoughton, [1998] 8vo., First Edition; blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. SIGNED BY JILL PATON WALSH ON TITLE. The final Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, completed by Walsh from Sayers' papers following her death. (Book ref. 20278)
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Hutchinson, [2007] 8vo., First Edition; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dust-wrapper. (Book ref. 24188)
Hutchinson, [1989] 8vo., First Edition; original black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HER SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON TITLE. (Book ref. 16411)
Ward & Lock, 1856 8vo., First Edition, with engraved title-vignette, and numerous engraved illustrations (several double- or full-page) in the text, a few leaves moderately age-browned; contemporary brown cloth, upper board blocked with an elaborate floral frame in blind enclosing title in gilt, uncut, covers lightly age-marked else a good, firm copy. An unexpurgated, well-illustrated transcript of the twelve-day trial culminating in Palmer's conviction. Includes an index to witnesses, medical evidence and counsel. A cause celebre of the mid-nineteenth century which continues to excite legal debate to this day. Some idea of the popular notoriety of the Palmer case can be judged from Sherlock Holmes' remark in one of his most famous cases: 'When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge, Palmer and Pritchard were among the heads of their profession'. ('The Speckled Band'). (Book ref. 15428)
William Hodge, [1952] 8vo., Third Edition, with title in red and black, 10 plates, and 5pp of facsimiles in the text, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; red cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. First published in 1912. This edition retains the considerable revisions and amendments made by Watson in the second edition of 1922. (Book ref. 20309)
William Hodge, Edinburgh, [1926] 8vo., Second Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, title in red and black, 4 plates and a map, some moderate foxing throughout; original red cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a very good, clean copy. Published in the series Notable British Trials. The first edition appeared in 1914. (Book ref. 20310)