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  • Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Rare Sun Dial edition. Published in 1942 and in very good condition for a war book.

    Roger Spain avenges his father’s death but it’s not easy.

    Thrilling complex plot – one of the best.

    When this book was published the author was an officer in SOE recruiting female spies, he thought they worked better alone than men who required companionship!

    $60.00

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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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  • The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    Published by Green Circle books, New York first edition 1932.

    Octavo, 255 pages in excellent condition bar some dust jacket chips. Classic period dust jacket design …. Well better than that!

    Author Robert Leitfred had also penned “The Corpse that Spoke” so this is not the first time he has tackled life after death.

    A wealthy playboy returns home to find he has been swindled out of his inheritance. The swindler dies in a car crash … but has he? … fast moving drama 1930’s style

    Double the suspense with “twice murdered”

    $80.00

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  • The Double – Edgar Wallace – 1928

    The Double – Edgar Wallace – 1928

    Published by Collier, New York 1928. Octavo, 304 pages with the striking period dust jacket designed by S Eldredge

    The strangest of murders with surgical overtones confronts Dick Staines our Cambridge educated detective

    Edgar Wallace was maybe Britain’s most prolific writer of crime novels. He was hugely successful and penned many plays and film scripts. He wrote the film adaptation of Hounds of the Baskervilles and King Kong

    1928 Wallace Double

    $60.00

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  • The Songs of Meleager – Frederick Rolfe  – Fine Private Press 1937

    The Songs of Meleager – Frederick Rolfe – Fine Private Press 1937

    A fine private printing for The First Edition Club by the Chiswick Press, London, 1937.

    Made into English with designs by Frederick Baron Corvo (Fr. Rolfe) in collaboration with Sholto Douglas. The excellent preface by A.J.A. Symons gives an excellent background to the talented Baron Corvo (one of his many pseudonyms) and the academic Sholto Douglas.

    A beautiful presentation designed by Christopher Sandford. Octavo, 132 pages. Text in original Greek to the left with translation facing. Gilt decorated green cloth covered binding, top edge gilt. Printed in Monotype Poliphilus Roman and new Hellenic Greek type on Eynsford Mill Toned Wove Had-made paper. The binding executed by the Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Co.

    Rolfe’s translation was based on that of Frederick Jacobs circa 1813. The work had been begun by Douglas … revised and improved by Rolfe to the point that they fell out over the matter. The illustrations had been prepared for a previous abandoned edition … seemingly Rolfe quarrelled there also. Testy chap.

    Melaeger was born in Gurada, Jordan in the 1st Century BC a time when Jordan was very much under the Greek influence. He lived in Kos later in life. He was the first to compile the epigrams of others, wrote satirical prose and sensual poetry.

    A beautiful unusual work – makes a perfect gift

    $160.00

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  • The Abbe Prevost – A Play by Helen Waddell – First Limited Numbered Signed edition – 1933

    The Abbe Prevost – A Play by Helen Waddell – First Limited Numbered Signed edition – 1933

    Superior production Published by Constable, London in 1933. Signed by the author and numbered 267 of a limited issue of 750 copies. Printed at the “Raven Press” in Harrow with a frontispiece engraved by Horace Walter Bray. Printed on thick cream paper rough cut to fore-edge, gilt to top. Original quarter velum over beige cloth covered boards. Gilt titles to front and spine.

    Very good condition … note on en paper inviting all communications to Miss Waddell’s agent at Lincoln’s Inn.

    A Play by esteemed Irish Playwright Helen Waddell, in a Prologue and Three Acts, over 57 pages, with Dramatis Personae of eight. The Prologue is set twenty years after the main events in the Library of the Chateau of the Prince de Conti. Act I is set in Lenski’s lodgings at the Hague in 173 and II and II in Prevost’s garret in Drury Lane, London in 1733.

    Abbe (Antoine Francois) Prevost (1697-1763) was a Benedictine Priest who fled France for London in 1728 after falling out with the Abbot. He became a teacher and writer and after a love affair with a pupil fled London for the Hague in 1730. There he met the beautiful Lenski (described by others as a lady of doubtful character) … got into trouble with creditors and fled back to London. It is these events which are the subject of this historical drama.

    Back in London, Prevost was briefly imprisoned for forgery. By 1735 he was forgiven by the Catholic faith and returned to Paris in 1735. A prolific writer, whilst all this was going on he published Manon Lescaut in 1731… one of Voyager’s favourites.

    A glimpse into the 18thC Life of Abbe Prevost

    $80.00

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