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The Murder on the Burrows - ECR Lorac - Author's First Book
Circa [1935] UK hardback LATER edition, published by Sampson Low in London
A VG book in publisher clipped and re-priced dust jacket
This is a full sized book, the same as the first and the jacket artwork is the same as the first
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square. Light knock to top edge top. Bright pages.
The jacket has nicks to spine ends as seen and some light shelfwear to edges small red mark to rear panel
Fantastic period artwork and a chance to acquire a full-sized copy of the author's first book.

A nice copy and with a 7/6 true first potenetially costing some 20x this amount, should one ever turn up, a rare and realistic opportunity
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Death Before Dinner - ECR Lorac
1948 UK first edition edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in unclipped 8/6, as called for, dust jacket
A tidy book, tight, square, no names or stamps etc
The jacket has small chip to front panel corner, light edge rubs, a couple of short closed tear, mark to rear panel

A bright and attractive copy, scarce in jacket and offered well below market value
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Fire in the Thatch - ECR Lorac
1946 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A VG book lacking dustwrapper
The book small neat name and date, no stamps etc,
Light fade to spine and and some light edge wear
A solid period copy and classic Golden Age crime
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Black Beadle - REVIEW COPY - ECR Lorac
[1939] UK first edition edition, SECOND ISSUE published by Collins Crime Club in London
This is a very rare official Collins review copy with their review emboss to page 250
Interestingly, despite being a review copy the book is undated, denoting second issue
A VG+ copy, exactly as the fist bar a date, no mentions of reprint etc, full size 'fat' book
Clean cloth and text block, no owner names.

A very scarce title but this especially collectable and of interest with the small publishers emboss to 'End' page
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Checkmate to Murder - ECR Lorac
[1947] UK first Crime Club paperback edition
A readers copy but still solid
Paper quality means it's age tanned
Bit of general wear etc

A rare out-of-print title
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The Sixteenth Stair - ECR Lorac
[1947] UK first Crime Club paperback edition
A good plus reading copy
The cheap paper has tanned and covers show some wear
Generally shows signs of age

A reading copy but uncommon
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Accident By Design - ECR Lorac
1950 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG indeed book in 1st isue 8/6 dust jacket
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square.
The jacket has ligh wear to spine ends, marks to rear panel
Light general age tan. Stunning jacket artwork

Rare in jacket and a solid copy
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Death Came Softly - ECR Lorac
1943 USA first edition edition, Mystery House - New York
A good plus reading copy sadly lacking dust jacket
Tight and solid book with no names etc
Fade to spine and occasional page tanning otherwise a nice copy
A reading copy and a rare title
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The Sixteenth Stair
1952 British hardback later edition published by Collins Crime Club in London
A solid vintage reading copy
The book shows no names or stamps, usual page tan
The wrapper has some wear to edges and loss to spine top

Synopsis ~ What this Books is About
THE Villa in St. John's Wood had remained unoccupied for many years, a lovely old house which in Jeremy Hazely's eyes enshrined the ghosts of dead lovers and held for him the far-off memories of a child's delight. But the peace of the old house was rudely disturbed when Timothy Broughton Hazely, an American kinsman of the Hazelys, went to St. John's Wood to see the family ghosts. On entering the villa he finds at the foot of the stairs the body of a man with his neck broken by an obvious fall. Inspector Macdonald, imperturbable, capable and intelligent as usual, plays a prominent part in this brilliantly told and flawless mystery, which must rank high among E. C. R. Lorac's novels.

A solid period reading copy
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The Theft of the Iron Dogs - ECR Lorac
1946 UK hardcover first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A poor book sadly lacking its dustwrapper
Clean contents, cloth badly worn to spine
Pages all tight and solid
A poor copy suitable only for reading
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Relative to Poison - ECR Lorac
1948 USA hardback first edition, Doubleday , New York
A near VG reading copy lacking dustwrapper
The book has, no stamps etc, age tanning to paper
A solid period copy and an uncommon title
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Let Well Alone
1954 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square
The jacket shows only light rubs to extremeties
A superb copy of a very scarce book in jacket
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Murder on a Monument
1961 UK hardback later edition, Collins Crime Club
A VG+ book in VG price clipped dust jacket
Previous owner initials to endpaper
Jacket show some wear and loss to edges
A clean tidy copy
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Murder in the Mill Race - ECR Lorac
1952 English hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
The book has a small neat name to endpaper but no stamps etc, tight and square
The jacket shows light wear to spine ends
A nice bright copy with stunning cover artwork and very scarce
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Fell Murder - ECR Lorac
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A VG+ book in VG unclipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square
The jacket has minor chips and browning to spine
The 2nd impression is incredibly common but this true 1st is actually quite scarce
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Murder of a Martinet -
1951 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square
The jacket chips to spine corner and minor rubs to edges
A nice copy of a scarce book in jacket
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Rope's End Rogue's End -
1942 UK hardcover first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG book sadly lacking its dustwrapper
Clean contents and cloth (some fading)
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square
A very scarce title indeed
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Checkmate to Murder - ECR Lorac
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A good only book lacking dustwrapper
The book shows no names or stamps etc,
Fade to spine and general wear
A copy suited to the reader rather than the collector
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Case in the Clinic - ECR Lorac
1941 English hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A VG+ book in price clipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square. Nice 1 inch thick spine so not the thin format, inbetween size.
The jacket shows minor wear to extremities, so tanning to rear panel, couple of short closed tears
This is a very rare book, the only copy we have ever seen and far rarer than many of the 1930s titles
Most collectors will be well aware that paper shortages made 1941 books amongst the rarest of any period
A true highlight book with the added bonus of superb artwork by Stead
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Death on the Oxford - ECR Lorac
ND c1934 English hardback later edition, London
A near VG book in 3/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book is 'fat' full size format as 1st. no names or stamps etc, tight and square
The jacket shows loss to spine ends, wear to edges and price label removal to reveal 3/6 price on spine
Original Frank Sheruiin cover art, extremely rare, priced at about 10% of a true first, a very viable alternative to the all but impossible to find true 1st
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Crook O Lune
1953 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
Stain to 2 pages otherwise a VG indeed book in VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square
There is a stain to 2 pages which does not show when the book is viewed externally
The jacket has minor wear to spine ends and extremities. Still very clean and bright
It's a shame about the stain, which is very much reflected in the price, a very rare book in jacket
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Crook O Lune
1953 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club , London
A reading copy without dustwrapper
The book shows no stamps, tight and square
Light wear to cloth etc
A first edition but priced as a solid reading copy only
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Bats in the Belfry - Signed & Inscribed by the Author to Her Mother
1937 UK first edition edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
Front pastedown has 3 line inscription by Lorac stating when published and where written, signed ECR Lorac
Endpaper, "Beatice Rivett" followed by 8 line inscription mentioning the writing of the book and signed "Carol"
Beautifully written in ink

A near VG book sadly without dust jacket
A solid book no other names or stamps etc
Some light rubs and wear, tan to orange spine as ever with CCC of this period

A very rare book as a first edition - let alone . . . a very special item
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Dangerous Domicile - ECR Lorac
1957 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Collins Crime Club in London
This copy was bought from the auction of the library of author Hammond Innes, though it's not marked thus
A VG++ book in 1st isue 10/6 dust jacket
The book shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square.
The jacket has no loss, nicve and clean
Light general age tan. Great jacket artwork by Randell

A lovely copy
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Still Waters - ECR Lorac
1949 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Collins Crime Club in London
A near VG book in 1st issue unclipped 8/6 dust jacket
The book has scattered foxing to edges and prelims, shows no names or stamps etc, tight and square.
The jacket has nicks to spine ends as seen and some light shelfwear to edges
Fantastic period artwork

A rare book in jacket and priced hugley below retail value, a great buy for somebody who has an unfoxed book without jacket
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We are always interested in buying books by this author ECR Lorac Books Wanted

Brief Biography
ECR Lorac. Pseudonym for Edith Caroline Rivett; also wrote under the name of Carol Carnac. British. She was born in Hendon, London.in 1894 and was educated at South Hampstead High School; Central School of Arts and Crafts. London. Member of the Detection Club. Died 2 July 1958.

Series Characters
Chief Inspector Macdonald
The quiet, virtually faceless Chief Inspector Macdonald is a supremely competent Scotland Yard man. He is generally assigned to assist the authorities of the provincial counties in unravelling baffling local murders.

Also See Carol Carnac and also our ECR Lorac Bibliography may also be of interest

If you like this author then you may also like the following

Anthony Gilbert     Christopher Bush     Nicholas Blake     Agatha Christie    

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