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  • The Chiffon Scarf – Mignon Eberhart – First Edition 1940.

    The Chiffon Scarf – Mignon Eberhart – First Edition 1940.

    1940 First Edition published by The Sun Dial Press, New York. Octavo, 301 pages, some dust jacket chips otherwise a really good copy of a hard to come by period mystery.

    More murders than Midsummer. A triangular love affair complicates a situation rife with horror! A test flight to check the performance of a new engines leaves two dead. With many a weapons about but what about “The Chiffon Scarf”?

    Nebraska born Mignon Eberhardt (1899-1996) was probably America’s most successful female mystery writer during her lifetime and she wrote from the 1920’s into the 1980’s. Winner of many awards her novels compared with Agatha Christie in terms pf plot, characterisation and dramatic effect …

    1940 First Edition – Sensational Mystery

    $50.00

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  • The Four-Legged Lottery – Frank Hardy – 1958

    The Four-Legged Lottery – Frank Hardy – 1958

    As we are reminded jacket front by the author of Power Without Glory.

    Octavo, published by the Australasian Book Society with permission from Werner Laurie, London same year as the London first 1958. 224 pages, very clean with like dust jacket. A very good copy albeit ownership signature on free end paper.

    A book about crime and the criminal element and the goings on at the race track. A very Australian novel full of Australian character … some of the dodgy variety! Super ending.

    Frank Hardy loses none of his established grit down the race track.

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    $30.00

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  • The Nature of Crime – Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Hueffer (Ford) – First Edition 1924

    The Nature of Crime – Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Hueffer (Ford) – First Edition 1924

    An unusual novel the third and final collaboration between Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford. Originally written in 1909 but only published until June 1924 … Conrad was to die in August that year.

    Published by Duckworth, London. Octavo, 119 pages, a short, pointed story. Preface by Conrad, one of the last things he penned. And, another Preface by Ford Madox Ford. Both particularly interesting writing about the effects of their collaboration [Conrad didn’t like Madox Ford’s choice of verbs]. A particularly good copy in a rather fine dust jacket.

    Described by Conrad as a “Fragment” … it is a short read … we agree with Conrad’s conclusion that it is well honed and written to be read out loud for dramatic effect. They did this to each other in its crafting.

    The unnamed protagonist tells his story through a series of letters to a love interest. The protagonist, a lawyer, has committed a crime, the embezzlement of trust funds over and extended period. He becomes more inwardly affected as time goes by … the letters become more frequent, and his deteriorating moral stance leads him downwards. Likely echoes difficult periods in Conrad’s early life and makes for a powerful intense drama.

    An unusual novel from the Conrad / Madox Ford co-operative … when alone read out loud!

    $40.00

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  • The Book and The Brotherhood – Iris Murdoch – First US Edition 1987

    The Book and The Brotherhood – Iris Murdoch – First US Edition 1987

    A first US edition of Iris Murdoch’s substantial and powerful novel published by Viking, New York in 1987.

    Large octavo, 607 pages, printed on heavy stock paper, Complete dust jacket, with some sunning, very clean inside. A heavy book, would require an Overseas supplement. Very good condition.

    A suspense novel with a romantic element, characters develop to a depth rarely achieved. Violence, passion, hatred, a duel and even murder have their place.

    Iris Murdoch at the top of her game with The Brotherhood.

    $25.00

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  • Not Proven – Bruce Graeme – First Edition 1935 – Scarce

    Not Proven – Bruce Graeme – First Edition 1935 – Scarce

    Very scarce first edition crime novel from 1935 published by Hutchinson, London.

    Part of the Superintendent Stevens and Inspector Pierre Allain series .. and following on from his novel of earlier in 1935 … Satan’s Mistress.

    Octavo, 286 pages and one page catalogue. Red cloth covered boards with black designs and titling to front and spine, a pretty good dust jacket. A very good copy of a near impossible to get first edition.

    Bruce Graeme was a “nom de plume” of Graham Montague Jeffries (1900-1982).

    Rare crime first edition 1935.

    $50.00

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  • The Ship that Died of Shame – Nicholas Monsarrat – First Edition 1959

    The Ship that Died of Shame – Nicholas Monsarrat – First Edition 1959

    A first edition from the author of “The Cruel Sea”. This collection of short form stories is named after the longest of them .. “The Ship that Died of Shame” also made into a film at the Ealing Studios.

    Octavo, 228 pages, published by Cassell, London in 1959. A super clean copy.

    The last four pages consist of a “Postscript” in which the talented Monsarrat describes the inspiration behind each stories .. each an interesting anecdote in itself, and a good clue to any would be writer.

    Regarding the Shameful Ship the origins “a small naval “get-together” club in London. The principle function of this shoddy establishment was to serve as a meeting place for ex-naval types who needed an excuse for getting boozy, who couldn’t find jobs, and who hoped meanwhile to sell each other life insurance. Among them I met a man from the same corvette as me in 1940. He offered me a job smuggling brandy and watches from France in a converted gun-boat. I decided to become a civil servant instead. My friend subsequently jailed”.

    Other stories include .. the Dinner Party; The Thousand Islands Snatch; The Reconciliation; The List; Licensed to Kill etc … really quite varied and all entertaining.

    First Edition Monsarrat Collection in Unusually Good Condition

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