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The Case of the Perjured Parrot
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The Case of the Perjured Parrot

By GARDNER, Erle Stanley

New York: William Morrow and Company, 1939. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with green lettering. 280pp. Very good. Binding slightly edgeworn and a tad rubbed; endpapers a bit age toned and smudged. A tight and decent first edition of the 14th "Perry Mason" mystery -- with interesting autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is a special heavy stock 5" X 3" card, signed boldly in black fineline by JAN MINER, who dates it 4 April 1977 at upper right. Miner (1917-2004) was a well-known actress of radio and stage who was one of three actresses who voiced Perry's secretary Della Street on the "Perry Mason" radio crime serial (1943-55) that preceded the television series -- though she will always be remembered as Palmolive dishwashing liquid spokesperson "Madge" in the enduring t.v. commercials that run from 1966 to 1992! Original Miner transmittal envelope serves as the ideal bookmark.

$95.00

Rex Cole, Junior and the Grinning Ghost

By CHAPMAN, Gordon

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Hardcover. Illustrations by John M. Foster. Small 8vo. Tan pebble-grained cloth with brown lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 208pp. Frontispiece, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear only. A tight and handsome reprint edition of the second title in this is 2-title-only juvenile series, both produced in 1931. The first title ("Rex Cole Jr. and the Crystal Clue") gave a 13-page excerpt from the second title at its conclusion and promised "Other titles in preparation," but alas this never came to pass. The true first edition (Barse & Co.) is quite scarce, especially in nice jacket, and even the G & D reprint in sharp jacket is seldom seen.

$55.00

The Man in Lower Ten
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The Man in Lower Ten

By RINEHART, Mary Roberts

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1909. Hardcover. Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy. Small 8vo. Green blind-ruled cloth with ivory lettering. 371pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, 3 full-page full-color plates. Very good. Mild edgeworn, with spine lettering heavily rubbed but front board lettering strong; endpapers a bit age toned; occasional foxing, small stains and smudges to some text pages. Tight and quite decent first edition of this prolific author's second book and one of her best mysteries. The Christy color plates and bright and striking.

$55.00

The Night Club Mystery: The Experiences of a Highly Unconventional Young Man Unexpectedly Brought Into Contact with Sinister Forces

By JORDAN, Elizabeth

New York: The Century Co, 1930. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Green cloth with blue spine lettering and black front board decoration. 314pp. Very good. Mild edgewear, with spine faintly sunned. A tight, nice first edition of this whodunnit by this unusual novelist, editor, critic and suffragette (1865-1947). Delightful front board graphic shows skull in hood sniffing a bubbly martini.

$40.00

Treasures of Darkness: A Mystery

By CLAUDY, Carl H.

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1933. Hardcover. Illustrations by F.T. Chapman. 8vo. Black cloth with orange lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 288pp. Color frontispiece, orange decorated endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with a few tiny corner chips. Exceptionally tight and lovely first edition of this volume in this publisher's "Junior Mystery Club," uncannily bright and sharp. The usually-absent jacket is not only present, but the circular cipher on the rear panel (which the text encourages you to "cut out... Stick a pin through the center, and place on top of larger circle") has not been defaced. Quite scarce as such.

$375.00

Streets of Shadow
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Streets of Shadow

By McFARLANE, Leslie

New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1930. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Lavender blind-embossed cloth with gilt lettering. 287pp. Very good. Mild edgewear, with spine and top edge sunned. Tight and decent first edition of the first stand-along mystery bt this Canadian writer (1902-77) best known for ghostwriting ("Franklin W. Dixon") many of the "Hardy Boys" mysteries. Scarce.

$95.00

The Affair of the Gallows Tree
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The Affair of the Gallows Tree

By CHALMERS, Stephen

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with red lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 289pp, (1p ad). Red decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Nonauthorial 1930 gift inscription on front flyleaf; jacket slightly edgeworn, with several tiny edge chips at corners. Handsome first edition of this "Crime Club" mystery involving "sudden death in the Klondike," with delightful jacket front panel graphics showing an angry vulture atop a tree in the foreground while a man hangs from a rope far below. Scarce.

$150.00

The Dragon Murder Case: A Philo Vance Story
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The Dragon Murder Case: A Philo Vance Story

By VAN DINE, S.S.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with red lettering. xii, 311pp, (6p ad). Map endpapers. Very good. Mild edge and corner wear. Tight, decent first edition of the seventh Philo Vance mystery. Lacks jacket, else a nice copy of an uncommon early Vance.

$75.00

The King Is Dead
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The King Is Dead

By QUEEN, Ellery

Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1952. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with black lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 250pp. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear, with spine lightly sunned and single tiny edge chip -- overall still quite fetching. A handsome, tight first edition. The tawdry, corny dust jacket art is as always delightful.

$55.00

The Green Turtle Mystery
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The Green Turtle Mystery

By QUEEN, Ellery. Jr.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1944. Hardcover. Illustrations by E.A. Watson. 8vo. Light green cloth with dark green lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 238pp. Line drawings. Near fine/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn and a tad rubbed. Handsome, tight first edition of this "Ellery Queen" spinoff meant for young adults. Rather uncommon. Great jacket graphics.

$55.00

Who Killed Pretty Becky Low
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Who Killed Pretty Becky Low

By CUNNINGHAM, A.B.

New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1951. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Tan paper over boards with black lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 222pp. Very good/very good. Two small tape removal abrasions on front and rear boards of mildly edgeworn binding with small inoffensive corresponding marks on front and rear flyleaves and same on front and rear jacket flaps; jacket otherwise exceptionally bright, clean and lovely. A tight and nice first edition of this cheesy whodunnit, a "Jess Roden Mystery" set in Kentucky featuring this homespun sheriff of Deer Lick. Jacket rear panel is a map of Deer Lick. Uncommon.

$50.00

The Whispering Master
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The Whispering Master

By GRUBER, Frank

New York: Rinehart & Company, 1947. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blue paper over boards with orange spine lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 188pp. Near fine/good plus. Jacket slightly edgeworn and inoffensively dampstained. A tight, handsome first edition of this "Murray Hill Mystery" -- the tenth (out of 18) "Johnny Fletcher Mystery." Gruber (1904-69) was a prolific pulp fiction writer who penned a great many detective and Western novels.

$55.00

Brothers of Silence

By GRUBER, Frank

London: T.V. Boardman & Company, 1962. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Orange paper over boards with black spine lettering and decoration, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 191pp. Very good/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn and a bit rough at head of spine, one edge trimmed so about ¼" inch shorter than book height; binding bears two tape stains each on front and rear boards and corresponding marks on age toned pastedown leaves. Tight and fairly attractive first U.K. edition of this mystery involving "the buried wealth of Attila the Hun." #400 in the "American Bloodhound Mystery" series.

$25.00

The Etruscan Bull
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The Etruscan Bull

By GRUBER, Frank

New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1969. Hardcover. 8vo. White cloth spine with black spine lettering and black patterned paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 191pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket slightly edgeworn and a tad rubbed. A tight and nice first edition of Gruber's last book -- boldly inscribed and signed by the author in green ink on front flyleaf (though recipient has forcefully scribbled out "To" and name in blue ballpoint): "With the best / wishes of / Frank Gruber." Gruber titles are rarely found signed, especially this final volume. Gruber (1904-69) was a prolific pulp fiction writer who penned a great many detective and Western novels.

$95.00

The Circular Staircase
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The Circular Staircase

By RINEHART, Mary Roberts

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1908. Hardcover. Illustrations by Lester Ralph. Small 8vo. Olive green ribbed cloth with red lettering and black pictorial stamping. 362pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, 6 full-page plates. Very good. Binding a bit edge- and cornerworn, with spine faintly rubbed and discolored area on rear board -- else internally tight and clean. Nice first edition of the prolific writer's first book, and while it satisfies all proper points ("September" on copyright page) the frontispiece is not color but black and white, thus a variant state. Neatly tipped to front flyleaf is a fine heavy stock 3" X 5" card boldly inscribed and signed by her in black fountain pen: "Very cordially yours / Mary Roberts Rinehart."

$150.00

And Then There Were None
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And Then There Were None

By CHRISTIE, Agatha

New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1940. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Tan cloth with orange lettering. 264pp. Very good. Binding (only) faintly age toned, with occasional foxing, else internally tight and near fine. A tight, attractive first U.S. edition of what is generally considered the bestselling mystery of all time and one of the world's bestselling books. With choice autograph twist: Tipped to the front flyleaf are signatures (each dated) from one of the stars of the first (1945) film version and one of the stars of the third (1974) film version, each fine and each on matching special heavy stock 5" X 3" cards. At top is renowned Australian-British actress JUDITH ANDERSON (1897-1992), who played "Emily Brent" in 1945 -- she signs large and bold in blue fineline, adding "Oct 10 -- 70" at upper right. Below this is Czech-British actor HERBERT LOM (1917-2012), who played physician "Edward Armstrong" in 1974 -- he signs large and bold in blue ballpoint, adding "Sept. 72" at upper right. A unique copy of a surprisingly scarce volume -- and laid in are the two perfect bookmarks: The original transmittal envelopes for these signatures.

$300.00

The Greek Affair

By GRUBER, Frank

New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1964. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 224pp. Near fine/very good. Faintest bit of jacket edgewear and rubbing. Quite tight and really handsome first edition of this archeological mystery. Gruber (1904-69) was a prolific pulp fiction writer who penned a great many detective and Western novels.

$35.00

Red Wind: A Collection of Short Stories
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Red Wind: A Collection of Short Stories

By CHANDLER, Raymond

Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1946. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with muted pink lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 253pp. Very good/good plus. Text block moderately, typically age toned; jacket a bit edgeworn, with edge chips at top of rear panel and at head and tail of spine -- though front panel graphics are bright and superb. A tight, quite nice first edition -- the "Tower Books Edition" containing five short stories first published in cheesy pulp magazines of the day: the title tale, "Blackmailer's Don't Shoot," "I'll Be Waiting," "Goldfish" and "Guns at Cyrano's." As jacket front panel proclaims, "Superb Short Stories of Crime and Adventure by the Author of The Big Sleep."

$75.00

Crime Scene Sketches: Reproduced in Fac-Simile from the Pen and Ink Drawings in the Note Book of a Private Enquiry Agent
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Crime Scene Sketches: Reproduced in Fac-Simile from the Pen and Ink Drawings in the Note Book of a Private Enquiry Agent

By HANRATTY, Thomas F., and KING, Daniel P. (editors)

N.p.: Privately Printed, 1976. Paperback. Wide 8vo. Stiff terra cotta wrappers and brown plastic comb binding. 4pp, (35pp). Numerous floor plans and maps. Fine. Tight and attractive first edition of these descriptions and visuals for well-known Sherlock Holmes crime scenes, limited to 100 numbered copies (this #28). At top of title page King inscribes in black fineline large and bold "To Richard S. Oldberg / With All Good / Sherlockian Wishes. / 27 April 1977," he and co-editor Hanratty both signing below this. Uncommon and lovely.

$50.00

Koko

By STRAUB, Peter

New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth spine with green, red and silver lettering and black paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 562pp. Very good/near fine. Remainder mark on outer page edges; circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on copyright page. A tight, attractive first edition of this thriller set in post-war Vietnam.

$25.00

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