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    Group of Ten Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone Books. London and New York: [1868-1950]. Various editions, predominantly firsts, including Trent's Last Case, inscribed by the author to his wife.

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    Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. First U. S. (and first illustrated) edition. Tall octavo. 223, [1, blank] pages; numerous in-text illustrations. Publisher's purplish-brown pattered cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards ruled in blind. Backstrip dulled; light edgewear. Very faint tidemarks to endpapers. Very good. According to T. S. Eliot, "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels."

    [Together with:] Mary Roberts Rinehart. The Circular Staircase. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1908]. First edition. Octavo. [6], 362 pages; frontispiece and several illustrated plates inserted throughout. Publisher's dark brownish green cloth, spine and front board lettered in red and stamped in black. Bottom edge and crown worn; joints rubbed; long diagonal ripple to rear board; black stamp and red lettering on front board partially worn. Light marginal soiling; occasional minor over-opening. Very good. Source for the famous play, The Bat, that inspired several films, including The Bat Whispers starring Chester Morris, released in 1930 and an inspiration for Bob Kane's Batman.

    [And:] R. Austin Freeman. The Singing Bone. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1912]. First edition, with misprinted quotation mark on the title-page. Octavo. [viii], 312 pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front board lettered in black. Backstrip faintly dulled; cloth mottled; board edges lightly worn with a few minor tears to the crown. Hinges starting; endpapers discolored; previous owner signature and indentations from pencil writing since erased on the front endpaper. Good. Queen's Quorum 52.

    [And:] E. C. Bentley. Trent's Last Case. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1913. First edition, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To my Wife / From EC Bentley," with several marginal markings in pencil throughout the text. Octavo. [2, title-leaf], 375, [1, blank] pages; frontispiece. Publisher's blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt and stamped in blind, front board lettered and elaborately stamped in blind. Backstrip dulled; joints and edges worn; boards somewhat soiled; corners bumped. Newspaper clipping featuring author's portrait affixed to front pastedown with offsetting opposite; occasional minor over-opening. A very good copy with an excellent association. Housed in a over-sized morocco clamshell case.

    [And:] Arthur Conan Doyle. The Valley of Fear. New York: George H. Doran Company, [1914]. First U. S. edition (and true first, preceding the English edition). Octavo. 320 pages; frontispiece and six additional illustrated plates inserted throughout. Publisher's red cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt. Spine just slightly leaning; spine ends and corners lightly worn; small splash to the bottom of the front board. Bookseller's ticket to the front free endpaper. Near fine.

    [And:] Arthur Conan Doyle. His Last Bow. London: John Murray, 1917. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 305, [1], [6, ads] pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, front board ruled in blind. Spine just barely leaning; backstrip very faintly dulled; spine lettering lightly tarnished (much less so than often seen); board edges lightly rubbed; corners softly bumped. Front hinge starting; endpapers discolored. Very good.

    [And:] Dorothy L. Sayers. Whose Body? New York: Boni and Liveright, [1923]. First edition, title-page in second state with "Inc." after Boni and Liveright. Octavo. [viii], 272 pages. Publisher's light grayish blue cloth, spine and front board lettered and ruled in dark blue. Backstrip lightly dulled with some faint brownish soiling; board edges rubbed. Penciled signature erased from front endpaper. Near fine.

    [And:] Arthur Conan Doyle. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. London: John Murray, 1927. First edition. Octavo. 320 pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, front board ruled in blind. Backstrip faintly dulled; spine lettering slightly tarnished; spine ends and corners lightly worn; corners softly bumped. Endpapers discolored. Very good.

    [And:] John P. Marquand. No Hero. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. First edition. Octavo. [iv], 281, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's yellow cloth, spine lettered in black, front board stamped in black outlining text, in restored original dust jacket. Binding foxed; backstrip faintly darkened. Endpapers and page edges lightly foxed. Dust jacket restored at spine ends and fold edges as well as along the rear flap fold; spine panel faintly dulled; rear panel lightly soiled; flaps faintly foxed with some light discoloration. A very good sophisticated copy. The first appearance of Mr. Moto.

    [And:] Raymond Chandler. The Simple Art of Murder. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. First edition. Octavo. x, 533, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's light brownish gray cloth, spine and front board lettered in orange and tooled in yellow; top edge stained orange; in original dust jacket. Board edges faintly discolored; trace light soiling; corners softly bumped. Front hinge cracked. Dust jacket spine panel dulled, edges lightly worn; marginal creasing to rear panel. Very good. Bruccoli A9.1.a. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones. From the KoKo Collection.

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