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The Wychford Poisoning Case - Anthony Berkeley
1926 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins in London
A large piece of the front endpaper had been torn out, presumablty removing a gift inscription
So the front endpaper has been professionally and sympathetically replaced
Comes with with PHOTOCOPY dust jacket
The book contents are remarkably clean and bright, no names or stamps etc
Tightly bound, some wear to spine ends and rubs to extremities
We are including, free of charge, a photocopy of a 1st issue 7/6 jacket

A rare book . . .
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The Poisoned Chocolates Case - SIGNED - Anthony Berkeley
A signed presentation copy from the author to his father !!!
1929 UK hardbackback first edition, first impression published by Collins in London
One of the most important Golden Age mystery books, the author's own favourite book and a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone
Signed on the endpaper by the author to his father " ?.G.C from A.B.C. 30.V.'29"
Probably the most important book we've offered for sale on this site

The book is tight and solid, clean pages no foxing. Some wear to front board foredge, light wear/mottling to boards

The jacket is priced 7/6 and is 1st issue. Chipped to spine corners and edge tips
Some tape repairs and associated marks

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Whilst one would prefer it to be in better condition it's worth mentioning were it so it would be several thousand pounds!
Overall I think this would be a cornerstone title in any serious collection and although I say it myself a genuine bargain
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The Second Shot by Anthony Berkeley
[1930] UK hardback 1st edition, 1st impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London London
A 1st issue book with PHOTOCOPY dust jacket
The book is tight and solid, tan to spine, light crease, map illustrated endpapers as called for
Overall a solid copy
We are including, free of charge, a photocopy of a 1st issue 7/6 jacket

An important and difficult to find title
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The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley
1937 UK paperback later edition - Penguin
An early period copy and rare thus

A truly classic Golden Age title and a very important book in the genre

A solid copy suitable for a reader
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Malice Aforethought - Francis Iles
1979 UK Pan paperback edition, London
A clean copy, minor wear to edges
Tightly bound and square
One of the greatest Golden Age crime fiction novels - a true highlight that must be read
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As for the Women - Francis Iles
1939 UK hardback first edition, second issue (blue cloth), Jarrolds, London
A VG++ book sadly without dust jacket
The book is without names, inscriptions or stamps etc, tightly bound and square
Clean contents and cloth, no foxing or paper tanning
A superb copy of a rare book, lovely and fresh
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Trial and Error - Anthony Berkeley
1947 UK first Penguin paperback edition, published in London
A rather nice copy
Tightly bound, much cleaner and brighter than normally seen

A superior copy
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The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley
1929 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins, London
A VG+ book sadly lacking dustwrapper
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps etc, tightly bound and square
True 1st issue, black cloth red lettering
A lovely copy of a rare and important Haycraft Queen Cornerstone
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The Silk Stocking Murders - Anthony Berkeley
1928 USA hardback first edition, first impression, Doubleday Crime Club, NY
A VG+ book in unclipped ($2.00) dustwrapper
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps etc, tightly bound and square
The jacket shows fading to spine and edges, minor edge wear
An exceptionally rare and early book in jacket
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Roger Sherringham and the Vane Mystery - Anthony Berkeley
1927 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins, London
A VG indeed book sadly lacking dustwrapper
The book shows small neat but inscriptions or stamps etc, tightly bound and square
True 1st issue, blue cloth red lettering, light rubs to edges and a little paper tanning
A nice copy of a very rare book
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Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley
1933 UK hardback 1st edition, 1st impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London London
A 1st issue book in 1st issue 7/6 original dust jacket
The book is tightly bound and square, neat name to endpaper, tan to spine, marks to front panel
The dust jacket would seem to have been supplied as it's slightly short top and bottom
Priced 7/6 as called for, wear to edges etc, light patch to spine

Although a supplied and imperfect jacket this is a very rare chance to own a jacketed first of this book
Also at a realistic price - were it not for the above there would be at least £1,000 on top of this price
Still a solid book and a bargain
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Top Storey Murder - Unique Copy - Anthony Berkeley
Publishers Own File Copy!
1931 UK hardback SECOND impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
1st May 1931 this published July 1931
Comes with with PHOTOCOPY dust jacket
The book has bump to rear board edge and text block, rest tight and solid
Hodder's own archive file copy stamp to pastedown and title page
We are including, free of charge, a photocopy of a 1st issue 7/6 jacket

A rare book full stop, this obviously unique, a true first would be very expensive so this is a real opportunity
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The Silk Stocking Murders - Signed Copy - Anthony Berkeley
Signed and dedicated by the author !
1928 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins in London
Signed on the endpaper "To G.B. Cox from The Author" I believe G.B. is the author's father
Comes with with PHOTOCOPY dust jacket
The book has mottling to boards as seen, spine worst, rest tight and solid
No other names or stamps etc
We are including, free of charge, a photocopy of a 1st issue 7/6 jacket

A rare book full stop, but this copy . . .
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see also our Anthony Berkeley Bibliography

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Brief Biography
BERKELEY, Anthony. Pseudonym for Anthony Berkeley Cox; also wrote as Francis Iles; A. Monmouth Platts. British. Born in Watford, Hertfordshire. 5 July 1893. Educated at Sher-borne School; University College, London. Served in the army during World War I. Married Helen Macgregor in 1932 (died). Journalist: contributor to Punch and The Humorist, London, and reviewer for John O 'London's Weekly, 1938, and, as Francis lies, reviewer, London Daily Telegraph, in the 1930's, Sunday Times, London, after World War II, and Manchester Guardian, later Guardian, from mid-1950's to 1970. Died 9 March 1971.

Series Characters
Roger Sheringham
Roger Sheringham, born in 1891, is a bit below average height, stocky and round-faced. He smokes a short-stemmed pipe with an over-large bowl, drinks beer and talks a lot usually nonsense. An Oxford graduate, Sheringham makes his living as the author of best-selling novels (with frequent forays into crime journalism) but is aware of his literary shortcomings and cheerfully sneers at his reading public. He is rude, vain, verbose, and offensive he is also extremely fallible. His creator says Sheringham was "founded on an offensive person I once knew because, in rny original innocence, I thought it would be amusing to have an offensive detective. Since he has been taken in all seriousness, I have had to tone his offensiveness down and pretend he never was." Early in his career, it seemed only Inspector Moresby could tolerate him. As Sherringham becomes more popular, Berkeley's approach becomes more serious and an effort is made to fit the amateur sleuth into the more conventional concept of a great detective.

Ambrose Chitterwick
One has heard of the least likely suspect; Ambrose Chitterwick is the least likely detective. Apart from an interest in criminology, Mr. Chitterwick is a blue-eyed, mild-mannered milquetoast of absolutely no physical or mental distinction. Somehow, he manages to solve crimes that baffle the professional police and his fellow amateur detectives.

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