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Beware of the Trains - Edmund Crispin
1953 UK first edition, first impression published in London by Victor Gollancz
The book tight, square and solid, light paper tan, as usual with Golancz
No names or stamps etc
The jacket has light and shallow chips to spine ends and light shelf wear to extremities.

These period Golancz titles are notoriously fragile and this is nicer than normally seen

A very rare book, especially in jacket, the only one I've ever seen
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The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
1946 UK first edition, first impression published by Gollancz in London
A VG+ book in unclipped 7/6 dust jacket
The book is tight and square, clean tidy, small very neat owner name and date
The jacket has some short tape repairs to outside of the jacket
Spine ends and tips, they have been there some years and have not got any of the acidic browning

A very important and collectable book, also a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone with the tape not looking as bad as it may sound

A solid copy offered hugely below retail price, chance for a bargain
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Buried for Pleasure - written by author - Edmund Crispin
1961 English Penguin paperback later edition, London
A tight solid reading copy
Light age tan but overall nice

Gervase Fen was standing for Parliament when he went to a village with the charming name of Sanford Angelorum. The election campaign was exciting enough, but Fen found himself in the midst of the Scotland Yard investigations of a poisoning case, with even more mysterious happenings continually taking place.

A nice tidy copy
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The Case of the Gilded Fly
1965 Four Square softcover edition published in the United Kingdom - London
A nice clean example
Tight, square and clean

Even as Nigel ran for the door which led backstage, he knew it was too late. Even as he ran up the little flight of stone steps, the blood pounding in his ears, he heard the shattering, sickening thud which seemed to shake the whole theatre. In two leaps he was up into the electrician's gallery and had reversed the switch. The curtain slid up again as the others clambered over the orchestra pit towards the shapeless thing that lay below.

A bright solid copy
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Holy Disorders - Edmund Crispin
1960 English Penguin paperback later edition, London
A solid book with the usual paper tanning
Solid binding
A mystery with a University backdrop

A solid period copy
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Love Lies Bleeding
1954 Penguin paperback 1st edition published in the United Kingdom - London
A solid reading copy, lean to spine with ever-present page tanning
A tight solid book

THE headmaster sighed. It was, he recognized, a plaintive and unmanly noise, but for the moment he was quite unable to suppress it. He apologized. 1 The heat... * he explained, and waved one hand limply in the direction of the windows, beyond which a good-sized lawn lay parching in the mid-morning sun. 'It's the heat.' As an excuse, this was colourable enough. The day was torrid, almost tropical, and even in the tall, shady study, its curtains half drawn to prevent wood and fabric from bleaching, the atmosphere was too oppressive for comfort. But the Headmaster spoke without conviction, and his visitor was not deceived.

A period reading copy
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The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
1965 English paperback later edition, London
A particularly nice copy
No names etc, tight and square
An absolutely classic Gervase Fen Oxford University connected mystery

A nice tidy copy
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Frequent Hearses
1965 British Four Square softcover edition, London
A particularly nice copy
No names or stamps etc
Tight, square and clean
Inspector Humbleby joins Professor Gervase Fen for another murder mystery
A bright solid copy
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Swan Song - Edmund Crispin
1955 English Penguin paperback first edition published in London
A solid readers copy.
Usuual period paper tanning, small name inside

The trouble began with the marriage of a young operatic singer and a writer on crime - for out of the covetousness, pride, lust, and anger that this caused in the heart of one man came forth the deeds that lead to death. To the rescue (for the crime lakes place in Oxford) charges Gervase Fen, Professor of English Language and Literature. Pompous, self willed, insouciant, he solves the mystery - despite the deliberate hindering of his colleague Wilkes.

A solid bargain reading copy
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The Long Divorce - Edmund Crispin
1958 British Penguin softcover 1st edition, London
A good plus book with a little light paper tanning
No names or stamps etc
Lean to spine but still tight
Professor Gervase Fen visits a village incognito to investigate a mystery
A bright solid copy
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Holy Disorders - Edmund Crispin
1945 English first edition, first impression published in London by Victor Gollancz
The authors second book in 1st issue 7/6 dust jacket
The book tight, square and solid, usual, and inevitable, period paper tanning and light spotting
No names or stamps etc
The jacket has light and shallow chips to spine ends and light shelf wear to extremities. Usual tan to spine and scattered tanning spots

The war time paper quality used for the book and jacket make crisp copies all but unheard of

A solid copy of a very collectable and a bargain!
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Synopsis
Edmund Crispin was born in 1921 of Scots-Irish parentage. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' and St John's College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. He has been a pianist, o/ganist, and conductor since the age of fourteen and was for two years an assistant master at a public school. He travelled a certain amount before the war, particularly in Germany, where he totally failed to prognosticate the subsequent course of events. Edmund Crispin's real name is Bruce Montgomery, and he is a composer as well as a writer. His recreations are swimming, excessive smoking. Shakespeare, the operas of Wagner and Strauss, idleness, and cats. His antipathies are dogs, the French Film, the Renaissance of the British Film, psychoanalysis, the psychological-realistic crime story, and the contemporary theatre. His favourite detective novelist is John Dickson Carr.

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