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1 Selections from the American Mystery Fiction Collection of Dr. Robert O. Robinson
Santa Barbara, CA Pepper & Stern 1989 
First Edition. Paperbound. Scarce catalogue of Dr. Robert O. Robinson's superb collection of American mystery, crime, suspense, espionage, and detective fiction. Finely printed and illustrated, with 834 individually priced items. Among the illustrations is an advance reading copy of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, the inscription in a presentation copy of Playback by Chandler, and an original manuscript for Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key signed twice by the author and with a signed presentation letter from him as well. Fine in printed wrappers. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2 AMBLER, ERIC Cause For Alarm
New York Knopf 1939 
Early later printing. Very good copy with some minor wear to the cloth at the corners in a chipped and dust soiled dust jacket with the front flap separated at the fold and a 5” split to the rear flap fold with the same art work design as that of the first edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 AMBLER, ERIC The Night-Comers
London Heinemann 1956 
First Edition. Near fine bright copy with a minor hint of shelf wear and a tiny tear at the top of the front hinge in a very good dust jacket with a few shallow chips, light rubbing, and a tiny bit of tape residue at the top of the front flap. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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4 APPEL, BENJAMIN Four Roads To Death
New York Knopf 1935 
First Edition. About fine in a bright dust jacket, small rubbed spot on spine, with some rubbing at extremities. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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5 ARMSTRONG, CHARLOTTE Catch-as-Catch-Can
New York Coward-McCann 1952 
First Edition. Very good lightly used copy in a very good dust jacket with some light dust soiling, slight fading to the spine, and some dampstaining to the top edge of the rear panel, the front interior flap, and one short tear. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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6 ARMSTRONG, CHARLOTTE The Better to Eat You
New York Coward-McCann 1954 
First Edition. Very good plus copy with minor shelfwear and some light offsetting to the rear endpapers in a very good dust jacket with some light dust soiling and slight fading to the spine and with some small chips and a tear at the top of the crease of the rear flap. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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7 ARMSTRONG, CHARLOTTE The Witch's House
New York Coward-McCann 1963 
First Edition. Near fine copy with a trace of edge wear in a very good dust jacket with some slight darkening to the spine, a barely noticeable trace of staining to the bottom edge, and some tiny edge nicks. The story of a modern day witch who takes a young university professor captive. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 ASHDOWN, CLIFFORD - R. AUSTIN FREEMAN - JOHN J. PITCAIRN The Adventures of Romney Pringle
Philadelphia Oswald Train 1972 
Second printing of the First American Edition. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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9 BABCOCK, DWIGHT A Homicide for Hannah
New York Knopf 1941 
First Edition. Very good plus copy with a touch of edge wear. A murder mystery set in Hollywood during the Christmas holidays. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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10 BABCOCK, DWIGHT V The Gorgeous Ghoul
New York Knopf 1941 
First Edition. Near fine very lightly used copy without dust jacket. This detective novel marks the second appearance of the character Hanna Van Doren, the first female hardboiled detective in American literature. As Babcock depicts her: “You wouldn't guess it from looking at her - because she had the face of an angel - but Hannah Van Doren thrived on murder.” The timing of Ms. Van Doren's debut on the literary scene is interesting, as it comes at the beginning of World War II when many women were assuming the professional roles that had been left behind by the departed soldiers. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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11 BABSON, MARIAN Murder At the Cat Show
New York St. Martin's 1972 
First Edition - American. Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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12 BABSON, MARIAN Murder At the Cat Show
New York St. Martin's 1972 
First Edition - American. Fine in dust jacket. A delightful tale of feline celebrities, feral tigers and fatal results. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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13 BAILEY, H.C A Clue For Mr. Fortune
Garden City Crime Club/Doubleday Doran 1936 
First Edition - American, First Printing. Bookplate. A used and slightly worn copy in an excellent facsimile dust jacket. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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14 BALLINGER, BILL S The Fourth of Forever
London Boardman 1963 
First Edition - British. Ex-library copy lacking front free endpaper with stamp in a very good dust jacket. Mystery novel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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15 BAXT, GEORGE The Noel Coward Murder Case
New York St. Martin's Press 1995 
First Edition. Review copy with the publisher's dated information sheet laid in. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A mystery novel with Noel Coward in New York in 1935 getting sleuthing in the worlds of nightclubs and gangsters. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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16 BEAUMONT, CHARLES & JOHN TOMERLIN WRITING AS KEITH GRANTLAND Run From the Hunter by Keith Grantland
London T.V. Boardman & Co. 1959 
First Edition - British. An ex-library copy with the usual stamps and markings. Slightly used copy with very slight foxing in a used dust jacket with some offsetting to the interior, fading and creasing to the spine, dust soiling to the rear panel, and edge wear. American Bloodhound Mystery No. 273. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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17 BEEDING, FRANCIS Eleven Were Brave
New York Harper 1941 
First Edition. Very good lightly used copy with some minor rubbing to the cloth in a lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some chipping and tears and fading to the spine. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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18 BEEDING, FRANCIS The Nine Waxed Faces
New York Harper 1936 
First Edition. Ownership signature dated 1938. Near fine copy with minor evidence of a label removed from the rear pastedown in a lightly used dust jacket with some chips and tears and with fading to the spine. A mystery novel set in 1936 Europe with political intrigue and secret organizations. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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19 BENARD, CHERYL Moghul Buffet (ISBN: 0374211795 / 0-374-21179-5)
New York Farrar, Straus, Giroux 1998 
First Edition. Fine copy in a fine dust jacket. A detective novel set in Peshawar, Pakistan. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 BIGGERS, EARL DERR Behind That Curtain
Indianapolis Bobbs Merrill 1928 
First Edition. A Charlie Chan mystery. Very good with some soiling to the covers in a very good lightly used, price-clipped dust jacket with some small tears. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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