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Crime of the Fictional Variety

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  • Ursula Andress & Sean Connery in Bond Movie Dr No Large promotional photograph signed by Ursula

    Ursula Andress & Sean Connery in Bond Movie Dr No Large promotional photograph signed by Ursula

    Large colour promotional photograph signed boldly by Ursula Andress. 25cm by 20cm, no creases, excellent condition.

    Dr No the very first Bond Movie. Made in Jamaica, in 1962 and, financially successful making its money back more than sixty times.

    Introduced Swiss actress Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder. Her entrance onto the beach is remembered more for the white bikini than the song she was singing “Under the Mango Tree”. She happily admitted it was that bikini that made her career.

    Bond and Honey Ryder on the Beach with the Shells

    $190.00

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  • Arthur Conan Doyle Manuscript Letter 1902

    Arthur Conan Doyle Manuscript Letter 1902

    Legendary writer, creator of Sherlock Holmes and man of many talents Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) … he was knighted the year of this letter.

    A strong hand in black ink on watermarked paper headed Undershaw, Hindhead, Haslemere (in Surrey). Doyle had built Undershaw in 1897 a magnificent property, the layout of which was designed to assist his wife who was already very ill at the time. He remained there until 1907 the year after her death. Visitors at Undershaw included Virginia Woolf, Bram Stoker and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan was written in Play form in 1904)

    Undershaw was the place he wrote The Hounds of the Baskervilles which had been serialised and published the year before this letter, the last instalment being published in the prior month … the letter dated 28 V / 1902 in Doyle’s distinctive style.

    A polite note of apology the letter reads …

    “Dear Mr Crookenden … I returned last night from the Continent to find your interesting letter and enclosure awaiting me – by an error I had omitted to leave forwarding instructions at the club (the Athenaeum) and beg you to accept my apology for delay in answer. Very many thanks. Yours faithfully A. Conan Doyle” … with his distinctive device below

    Mr Crookenden surely Isaac Adolphus Crookenden who carried the name of his grandfather a great writer of Gothic Tales much admired my Doyle. In turn this Crookenden was the maternal grandfather of Lawrence (Larry) Olivier.

    A simple letter but nicely written with a bold signature on the letterhead of his grand country home where he had just completed “The Hounds”; addressed to an interesting character with an intriguing family background.

    Arthur Conan Doyle – Signed manuscript Letter

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  • Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1979. Translated from the French by Helen Thomson.

    Octavo, 154 pages, fine dust jacket, all in very good condition.

    Maigret investigates a murder as a favour to the examining magistrate. It gets more complicated than first expected. Private detective, Cavre, is shadowing his moves. Maigret is afraid Cavre will get the upper hand.

    Maigret not keen on competition.

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  • Three Beds in Manhattan – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Three Beds in Manhattan – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton London, a first English edition 1976. Translated from the French by Lawrence G. Blochman.

    Octavo, 186 pages, fine dust jacket, all in super condition.

    Two lonely people meet in Greenwich Village and a night filled with drink propels them into intimacy but they may be too afraid to believe a new life might have begun. Reality that is Simenon.

    The sensitive side of Simenon

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  • The Girl in His Past – A Maigret Novel by Georges Simenon

    The Girl in His Past – A Maigret Novel by Georges Simenon

    Translated from the French by Louise Varese. First UK edition published by Hamish Hamilton in 1976. Originally first published in France in 1951.

    Octavo, 155 pages, a very good copy in a fine dust jacket designed by Annie Bennett with the classic photograph of Simenon by Jerry Bauer on rear.

    A murder is committed in Paris and the perpetrator flees. Later in a village bar he calls the Police and confesses. A complex reasoning for the crime unfolds. He has killed his wife’s lover but was this really the reason or maybe the fisherman’s daughter who seduced him earlier in life set an usual seed of lust within him.

    A moving story by Simenon with Maigret the revealer.

    $40.00

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  • Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    A first edition published by Tudor, New York in 1932. Octavo, 245. Very good condition with a super period dust jacket.

    An intimate diary and many lovers at the heart of the murder of beautiful Laura Carlin.

    Wilson Collinson was quite a character. Also a successful playwright, his Red Dust was made into a movie starring Clarke Gabel. He penned some unusual titles … Expensive Women and Getting Gertie’s Garter are examples.

    Tape your fingernails!

    $60.00

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