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1 English Literature and History
London Sotheby's 2000 
First Edition. Sotheby's auction catalogue for a substantial collection of English literary items, including an archive and library of Dorothy L. Sayers, the Ronald Segal collection of English and American literature of mostly detective and crime fiction, a collection of books and manuscripts of Oscar Wilde, an important series of letters by Florence Nightingale, George Eliot, and others, a set of correspondence between Charles Dickens and a devoted Danish fan of his named Emmy Gotschalk, and more. With prices realized sheet laid in. Illustrated in black & white and color, many of which show some of the most terrific dust jackets. Fine in printed wrappers. The front cover is a sepia tinted photograph of Dorothy L. Sayers at her writing desk with one had holding a pen and the other petting her cute tabby cat. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2 BAXT, GEORGE Swing Low, Sweet Harriet
New York Simon & Schuster 1967 
First Edition. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with one tiny chip and some very minor shelf soiling. Author's second book. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 BIGGERS, EARL DERR The House Without a Key
New York Otto Penzler 1996 
An exact facsimile edition of the 1925 first edition as published by Bobbs-Merrill of this detective fiction classic, the first Charlie Chan novel, reproducing all the original interior pages as well as the binding and the striking and colorful dust jacket showing a lovely beach scene in Honolulu. Wonderfully realized. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 BLOCH, ROBERT The Scarf of Passion
New York Avon 1952 
Avon Special Edition. Not to be confused with the usual Avon Monthly issue, this is clearly marked on the front cover “An Avon Special”. Some tiny chipping at extremities of the points of the book block else very good used copy. Rare in this form. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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5 BURKE, JAMES LEE Cimarron Rose
London Orion 1997 
First Edition preceding the American edition. As new in dust jacket. Edgar Award winner. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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6 CAIN, JAMES M Love's Lovely Counterfeit
New York Knopf 1942 
First Edition, First Printing. Very good plus clean copy with one page at rear roughly opened in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a couple of tiny chips. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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7 CAIN, JAMES M. & GILBERT MALCOLM 79th Division Headquarters Troop - A Record
1919 
First Edition of James M. Cain Rare First Book. A history of Cain's army unit in World War I, printed in a tiny quantity exclusively for the members of his unit. Hardbound in full blue cloth with gilt-stamping. Inscribed in an unknown hand on the front free endpaper: “To Francis W. Kemble. With the best wishes of Headquarters Troop 79th Division.” Near fine clean copy with the gilt-stamping bright. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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8 CHANDLER, RAYMOND Backfire. Story for the Screen. Preface by Robert B. Parker
Santa Barbara Santa Teresa Press 1984 
First Edition. Proof copy so-stamped by the publisher for a limited edition of 326 copies printing this Chandler work for the first time. Fine. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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9 CHANDLER, RAYMOND Backfire. Story for the Screen. Preface by Robert B. Parker
Santa Barbara Santa Teresa Press 1984 
First Edition. Proof copy so-stamped by the publisher for a limited edition of 326 copies (the entire and only edition) printing this Chandler work for the first time. Fine. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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10 CHANDLER, RAYMOND Farewell, My Lovely
New York Knopf 1940 
First Edition. Very good copy with a little rubbing at extremities in an excellent facsimile dust jacket. Chandler's second classic Phillip Marlowe novel and the basis of the three film versions, one with Dick Powell and another with Robert Mitchum. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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11 CHANDLER, RAYMOND Raymond Chandler's Unknown Thriller. The Screenplay of Playback
London Harrap 1985 
First Edition - British. Robert B. Parker wrote the introduction. Very fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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12 CHANDLER, RAYMOND The Big Sleep
New York Knopf 1939 
First Edition. Advance reading copy in specially printed wrappers. The front cover reads: “IN 1929 WE GAVE YOU HAMMETT, IN 1934 WE GAVE YOU CAIN, IN 1939 WE GIVE YOU RAY CHANDLER AND THE BIG SLEEP. We predict that The Big Sleep will duplicate the success of The Thin Man and The Postman Always Rings Twice, and will promote it and advertise it accordingly. Read this copy now for your pleasure”. Paperbound. Some restoration to the spine by an expert paper conservationist, some rubbing, dust-soiling, and general wear as usual, else very good. Enclosed in a custom cloth box. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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13 CHANDLER, RAYMOND The Big Sleep
New York Otto Penzler 1996 
An exact facsimile edition of the 1939 first edition as published by Knopf of this detective fiction classic reproducing all of the original interior pages as well as the binding and the striking and colorful dust jacket. Mint in a mint dust jacket. Wonderfully realized. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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14 CHANDLER, RAYMOND The Finger Man
New York Avon 1946 
First Edition. Paperback original. Very good in wrappers. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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15 CHANDLER, RAYMOND The High Window
New York Knopf 1942 
First Edition. Ex-lending library copy with ink stamps and tape marks on the front and rear endpapers otherwise very good copy in an attractive facsimile dust jacket. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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16 CHANDLER, RAYMOND The High Window
New York Knopf 1942 
First Edition. The book is a near fine tight copy in an attractive dust jacket with a little darkening at spine, one half inch tear, a few minute random nicks and rubs at the extremities. Chandler's third Philip Marlowe mystery novel and the basis of the film, The Brasher Doubloon, starring George Montgomery. 
Price: 5500.00 USD
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17 CHARTERIS, LESLIE Daredevil
New York Crime Club / Doubleday Doran 1929 
First Edition - American - First Printing. Vintage previous ownership inscription on front free endpaper, a little spotting to the top edge else very good in a very good dust jacket with a few minor tiny chips and tears with the top and bottom edge of the interior of the jacket reinforced with tape. Very scarce in dust jacket. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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18 CHRISTIE, AGATHA A Caribbean Mystery
New York Dodd, Mead 1964 
First Edition - American. Near fine copy in a very good lightly used dust jacket with some sunning to the spine and a touch of rubbing to the front panel. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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19 CHRISTIE, AGATHA Cards on the Table
New York Dodd, Mead 1937 
First Edition - American. Very good lightly used copy with a split at the front hinge in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some creasing and small chips and slight darkening to the spine. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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20 CHRISTIE, AGATHA Cat Among the Pigeons
New York Dodd, Mead 1960 
First Edition - American. This was the office file copy of Agatha Christie's agent, Harold Ober Associates, with their ink stamp on the front flyleaf. Very good lightly used copy in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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