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In the Teeth of the Evidence - Dorothy L Sayers
1939 UK hardback 1st edition, 1st impression published by Victor Gollancz in London
A VG book in 1st issue restored 7/6 dust jacket
The book has some page tanning and scattered spotting to edges as seems usual with this title
Tightly bound with no owner names or stamps etc, lovely cloth and bright lettering
The jacket has had some light professional restoration chiefly to spine top and bottom, "IN THE" having been restored
All nicely done to archival standards and looks lovely on the shelf

Overall a nice copy of a classic and rare in jacket, very cheap at . . .
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The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L Sayers
1949 UK hardcover later edition, published by Gollancz in London
A VG book sadly without dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Clean contents and cloth

An absolute classic in the genre
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Strong Poison written by DL Sayers
1973 British paperback later edition. New English Library
A nice clean book
Clean tidy covers
Tightly bound, slight lean to spine

This one is a real classic, Lord Peter finds himself trying to prove that Harriet Vane didn't poison her lover . . . will she hang ?!
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Hangman's Holiday - Dorothy Sayers
1962 English Penguin paperback edition, London
A reading copy only, paper tanning and some wear to page edges
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc

A bargain reading copy only
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Striding Folly
1982 British softback later edition. New English Library
A lovely clean book
Clean tidy covers
Tightly bound and square,

Three Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, Striding Folly, The Haunted Policeman and Talboys
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Five Red Herrings
1990 United Kingdom soft cover later edition. Coronet
A bright attractive example
No names, inscriptions, minor paper tanning
Tightly bound and square, light rubs
Six suspects in a death but 5 are red herrings, PW has to decide which

A tidy book
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Busman's Honeymoon
1962 British first Penguin edition.
A solid copy, light wear to spine corner
Bit of age tanning
Tightly bound and square,
Lord Peter Wimsey gets married !! The last full-length novel and a classic
Great value with 398 pages !
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The Documents in the Case
1974 English paperback later edition. NEL
Very tidy reading copy
No names, inscriptions, some edge tanning
Tight and square,
Widely regarded as one of the authors most unusual tales
A very agreeable copy
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Unnatural Death
1976 UK softback new edition. New English Library
A VG+ copy
Clean tidy covers
Tightly bound and square, no paper taning, clean covers
PW investigates the death of Agatha Dawson and must make headway before he becomes the next victim !
A very acceptable example
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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
1970 English paperback new edition. NEL
A solid readers copy
No names, inscriptions, slight edge tanning
Tightly bound and square,
A unique case which takes Wimsey from London to Paris and eventually back again to the Bellona Club
A clean reading copy
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Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L Sayers
1973 UK softcover later edition. New English Library
A VG indeed copy
Clean tidy covers
Tightly bound and square,
Five people die before the Lord sorts things out - a less common title
A solid example
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Lord Peter Views the Body
1963 English Penguin paperback later edition.
A solid readers copy
No names, inscriptions, slight edge tanning
Tight, light rubbing to edges
An all time classic of Golden Age mystery fiction
A clean reading copy
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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club - Dorothy L Sayers
1947 UK hardback later edition, Gollancz, London
A solid book without dust jacket
No names or stamp[s, usual age tan to paper
A solid period reading copy
A classic early title
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Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L Sayers
1947 UK hardback later edition, Gollancz, London
A good only reading copy without dust cover
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
A bit of wear and paper tanning but still solid and a bargain period reading copy
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Whose Body - Dorothy L Sayers
1923 USA hardback first edition, first impression, Boni Liveright, London
True 1st issue, no 'inc' to title page
A VG book sadly sans dustwrapper
Small neat name but no inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
Cloth shows some rubbing and wear to edges
The authors first book, precedes the UK edition
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Strong Poison
1949 English Gollancz hardback later edition
A solid reading copy without dust jacket
No names, inscriptions,
Tightly bound and square,
A nice reading copy and classic Golden Age crime fiction
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Strong Poison - SIGNED
1932 UK hardback THIRD impression, Gollancz, London
Signed on the title page by the author
A VG+ book in VG indeed dust wrapper
Presented to the Detection Club by Sayers, Detection Club bookplate present
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The Jacket shows just some shallow loss and browning to spine
A unique book and a superb association copy
A very rare book in its own right, never mind signed and the bookplate
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Clouds of Witness
1974 English paperback later edition. NEL
A tight reading copy
No names, inscriptions, some edge tanning
Tightly bound and square,
The Duke of Denver is charged with Murder PW investigates
A clean reading copy
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The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L Sayers
1934 UK hardback first edition, SECOND (same month as first) impression, Gollancz, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped (7/6 on spine) dust wrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The Jacket shows just some minor wear to foredge and extremeties
A lovely clean copy featuring Lord Peter Wimsey
A very scarce book in jacket, exactly as the first but for '2nd Impression' on DW and in book
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In the Teeth of Evidence - Dorothy L Sayers
1939 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Gollancz, London
A near VG book without dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square,
Some scattered spotting and wear to cloth extrenities
Includes a Lord Peter story
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The Nine Tailors
1934 UK hardback First edition FIRST impression, Gollancz, London
In original 1st issue 7/6 dust jacket
The book is near fine, no names or inscriptions, clean and bright
The wrapper has been professionally restored to spine ends and tips, top 10 mm bottom very shallow
This has been professionally done by the world's leading exponent
A very important and exceedingly rare title in jacket
A superb clean and bright copy, priced to sell at well below market value
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The Documents in the Case - Dorothy L Sayers and Robert Eustace
1949 British hardcover later impression, Victor Gollancz, London
A VG+ book in nice dust cover
No names or stamps in the book, clean pages etc
The jacket has a little wear and fading
A solid copy and a less common title
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Unnatural death
1947 UK hardcover later edition, published by Gollancz in London
A VG indeed book complete with dust jacket
No previous owner inscriptions etc
Clean pages - tight binding
The jacket has some minor wear to extremities and a little fading
A nice period reading copy
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Whose Body ?
1947 English hardcover Tenth impression, Victor Gollancz, London
A VG book in dustwrapper
No names or stamps in the book, clean pages etc
The cover has a bit of wear but nothing drastic, usual fade to spine area
Overall a nice example
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In the Teeth of the Evidence written by author Dorothy Sayers
1948 UK hardcover later edition, published by Gollancz in London
A VG+ indeed book complete with tidy dust jacket
No evidence of past owner stamps etc
A really solid clean book
The jacket has some minor wear to extremities and a little fading
An attractive copy, especially given it is over 60 years old !
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Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L Sayers
1947 United Kingdom hardcover later edition, Victor Gollancz, London
A 'very good' book in dustwrapper
Solid book, pages clean as is cloth. Still feels tight
The jacket has some light wear to spine ends and a little fading to yellow
A chance buy read with that vintage feel - somehow feels different to reading a modern reprint
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Hangman's Holiday
1948 UK hardcover fifteenth impression, published by Gollancz in London
A VG+ book still retaining the original dustwrapper
Free of ownership inscriptions etc
A really solid clean book
The jacket has some minor wear to extremities and a little fading
An attractive copy, especially given it is over 60 years old !
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Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L Sayers
1945 English hardcover 15th impression, Victor Gollancz, London
A 'very good' book in dustwrapper
No names or stamps in the book, clean pages etc
The jacket has shallow loss to spine tips, minor wear and sun fade to yellow
A very tidy period feel reading copy
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see also our Dorothy L Sayers Bibliography

Brief Biography
SAYERS, Dorothy L(eigh). British. Born in Oxford, 13 July 1893. Educated at the Goldolphin School, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 1909-11; Somerville College, Oxford (Gilchrist Scholar), 1912-15, B.A. (honours) in French 1915. M.A. 1920. Married Oswald Arthur Fleming in 1926 (died, 1950). Taught modern languages at Hull High School for Girls, Yorkshire, 1915-17; Reader for Blackwell, publishers, Oxford, 1917-18; assistant at the Les Roches School, France. 1919-20; copywriter for Benson's advertising agency. London, 1921-31; full-time writer and broadcaster from 1931; Editor, with Muriel St. Clare Byrne, Bridgeheads series, Methuen, London, 1941-46. Vicar's Warden. St. Thomas's, Regent Street, London, 1952-54. and St. Paul's. Covent Garden, London, from 1954. President, Modern Language Association, 1939-45. and the Detection Club, 1949-57. Died 17 December 1957.

Dorothy L Sayers - The Characters
Lord Peter Wimsey
In 1890, Peter was born to Mortimer Gerald Bredon Wimsey, 15th Duke of Denver, and his wife, Honoria. The boy was educated at Eton and Balliol College, taking 1st class honors in modern history, in 1912. He also acquired affectations, an exaggerated Oxford manner, and a monocle. At this time, love and World War I came into Lord Peter Wimsey's life. He had planned to marry but he was about to enter the army, and felt it would be unfair to a wife if he came back from the war mutilated. When he returned to England on leave in 1916, he found the girl he foved had married another. He returned to the war and recklessly earned the Distinguished Service Order. He also nearly lost his life behind German lines. His experiences left him with what was then called "a nervous breakdown." He recovered and moved into a London flat There he pursued his interests in history, bibliophily, cricket, music (the piano and campanology), and criminology. In 1935, he married mystery writer Harriet Vane. A son, Bredon Delagardie Peter, was born to the couple the following year, and later they had twins. Lord Peter is attended by the ultimate valet, Bunter

Montague Egg
Less well-known than Lord Peter Wimsey but an astute thinker in his own right, Montague Egg is a mild-mannered commercial traveler. He is always ready with a bit of doggerel from "The Salesman's Handbook," or with the solution to the crimes that come his way.

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