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New Graves at Great Norne written by Henry Wade
1947 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Constable in London
A VG book with TWO dust jackets
The book is a decent copy, no names or stamps small mark/stain to top corner extending to rear panel
Tight binding and square spine.
The 1st jacket is unclipped with chips to corners and deep loss to spine bottom
The 2nd jacket is clipped, stain, mark to top corner, general edge rubbing, tape repairs to rear
The two jackets overlayed and in a removable film cover look better on the shelf than the description may suggest

A rare book and offered at a price that more than takes into account jacket condition
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Gold Was Our Grave - Henry Wade
1980 UK hardcover later edition published by Remploy
A VG+ book complete with unclipped dust jacket
The book is nice anc clean, no names or stamps etc
The wrapper has light shelf rubs to edges

Chief-Inspector John Poole is put in charge of the enquiry into Berrenton's ' accident '; and, as the shadow of a Bolivian gold mine falls across the Sussex manor and Harborough House in Lincoln's Inn Fields where Berrenton has his offices, the investigation switches to a clear case of murder.

A clean solid copy and rare in hardcover
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Heir Presumptive by Henry Wade
1935 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Constable in London
A VG++ book in LATER supplied 2/6 dust jacket
The book is very clean and bright, 1 small, neat previous owner stamp (John Ahlberg of Gothenburg)
Tight binding and square spine, complete with fold-out family tree
The jacket is from a later edition but features the original Youngman Carter artwork from the first
Chipped to spine ends, bit of edge wear and a couple of closed tears, still looks nice though

A very scarce book indeed, the jacket is a nice extra which we've not 'priced in'
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Here Comes the Copper - Henry Wade
1946 English Penguin paperback first edition, London
A good book with the ever-present page tanning to edges
No names etc, a solid book
Some light rubbing and wear to covers, still tight and square

An uncommon book in any edition
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A Dying Fall by Henry Wade
1955 English hardback first edition, first impression, published by Constable in London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped 7/6 dust jacket
A tidy book with clean cloth
Tight binding and square spine
The jacket has a bit of wear to edges

A nice solid copy
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The Missing Partners ~ Authors Own Copy ~ Signed by Henry Wade
The authors own copy which he presented to The Detection Club in London !
Detection Club bookplate to pastedown and inscribed by author to endpaper "Presented to The Detection Club by Henry Wade 1933"
1928 English hardback first edition, first impression, published by Constable in London
A VG indeed book in LATER 3/6 unclipped dust jacket
A nice solid book, tight and square, clean and tidy cloth
The jacket is 3/6 later issue, chipped to spine ends

A very special copy of the author's second book - a tremendous thing!
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No Friendly Drop - Signed - Very Special Copy - Henry Wade
1932 UK hardcover SECOND edition, revised only months after 1st, published by Constable in London
Presentation copy from the author to The Detection Club in London
Signed on the endpaper Presented to The Detection Club by Henry Wade 1933 also has the Detection Club bookplate
A VG book complete with price clipped dust jacket
The book is solid, clean pages and cloth, no names etc
The wrapper has chips to top of spine corners and some general edge wear, still clean and stunning artwork

A very rare book full stop, the true 1st in a jacket almost impossible and very expensive indeed.
This is a full size book etc, same format as the first and of course the inscription . . .
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Diplomat's Folly SIGNED by Henry Wade
1951 British hardcover first edition, first impression, published in Liondon by Constable
Signed, inscribed and dated on publication by the author to the Chief Constable of Buckinghamshire!
The book has the dust jacket design and lettering ghosted onto boards and some fading to edges, some scattered foxing
Tight binding and square spine
The jacket has a bit of wear to spine, unclipped, clean and tidy

Signed Wade is rare and a great inscription too
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The Duke of York's Steps - Very Special Copy - Henry Wade
1931 UK hardback later edition published by Constable in London
A Signed and Inscribed Presntation Copy to the Detection Club !
On the front endpaper, written by the author; "Presented to The Detection Club by Henry Wade 1933"
There is also the Detection Club bookplate on the front pastedown

A VG book in price clipped dust jacket
The book has no other names etc - tight and square
The jacket has some wear to and tan to spine and light shelf wear to other edges, classic Morton Sale artwork

A solid copy and a truly fabulous item for any collector
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The Litmore Snatch
1957 English hardback first edition, first impression, published by Constable in London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dust jacket
The book is tight and square, clean contents and cloth, light spotting to top edge
No names etc - a solid copy
The jacket has light wear to edges - looks nice and has great period artwork

A very scarce book in jacket - the only one I've handled
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The Verdict of You All
1947 British Penguin paperback later edition
A solid reading copy
No names etc, covers a little worn and marked
Still tightly bound
Inspector Dobson of the Yard investigates
An uncommon title and classic Golden Age
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Mist on the Salting - Henry Wade
1935 UK hardback second popular edition, Constable, London
A VG book in VG dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
The jacket has some light edgewear and a closed unobtrusive tear
A full-sized format, nice fat book, same size as the 1st
A very rare book with stunning Youngman Carter jacket artwork. A first would certainly command a 4 figure sum, were one ever to surface
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Constable Guard Thyself ! - Henry Wade
1934 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Constable, London
A VG book in 7/6 original dust jacket
The jacket has considerable loss, as can be seen. We have place a photocopy of a spine & front panel under to improve the look on the shelf
The book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
It is a shame about the jacket, but it is exceptionally rare
A very scarce book indeed and priced very much to reflect the DJ condition
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The Missing Partners - Henry Wade
1928 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Constable, London
A VG+ book sadly lacking dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
Clean contents and cloth
A nice clean copy
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No Friendly Drop - Henry Wade
1931 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Constable, London
A VG indeed book, from the Homer Goldstone collection
We are supplying free of charge a COLOUR PHOTOCOPY of a 1st issue dw
This is complimentary and not priced into the book
The book has no names, inscriptions, Goldstone bookplate to pastedown, tighly bound and square,
A poison mystery featuring Inspector Poole of Scotland Yard
A very scarce book indeed
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The Dying Alderman - Henry Wade
1930 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Constable, London
A VG book in COLOUR PHOTOCOPY dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
Clean contents and cloth, blue cloth lighly faded to spine
The facsimilie wrapper is from a 1st issue jacket and is a complimentary gift and not 'priced in'. The site address is not actually on the cover
The story revolves around the discovery of a dying alderman actually found at the municipal council table
A rare book
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Released for Death
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Constable, London
A VG indeed book sadly lacking dust jacket
We are supplying free of charge a COLOUR PHOTOCOPY of a 1st issue dw
This is complimentary and not priced into the book
The book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
A very scarce book indeed
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Here Comes the Copper - Henry Wade
1946 English Penguin paperback first edition, London
A good book with the ever-present page tanning to edges
Neat owner name to title page
Some light rubbing and wear to corners, still tight and square
An uncommon book in any edition
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Gold Was Our Grave - Henry Wade
1954 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Constable, London
A VG+ book unfortunately missing dust jacket
A solid clean book - nice bright condition

Chief-Inspector John Poole is put in charge of the enquiry into Berrenton's ' accident '; and, as the shadow of a Bolivian gold mine falls across the Sussex manor and Harborough House in Lincoln's Inn Fields where Berrenton has his offices, the investigation switches to a clear case of murder.

A rare book as a UK first and I don't believe it was published in paperback
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The Verdict of You All - Henry Wade
1926 English hardback first edition, first impression, published by Constable in London
A solid book with a few minor marks to boards
Neat owner name and date to front freee endpaper
Still tight and square with clean contents
The author's first mystery novel and a very important title
A solid honest copy priced well below market value
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Bury Him Darkly - Henry Wade
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Constable, London
A VG book unfortunately missing dust jacket
The book has no names etc - tight and square, light tan to paper
Fold-out map to rear still attached and clean - a nicer copy than normal when compared to similar vintage Wade's

A scarce book
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Be Kind to the Killer - Henry Wade
1952 UK hardcover first edition, first impression published by Constable in London
A VG book complete with unclipped dust jacket
The book is solid, clean pages and cloth, no names etc
The wrapper has some chipping around spine ends, no lettering affected, short closed tears and general rubs to extremities

A rare book full stop - let alone in dust jacket
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The Verdict of You All - SIGNED & INSCRIBED to Valentine Williams by Henry Wade
1926 British hardback first edition, first impression published by Constable in London
Signed on the half title "Valentine Williams from the author"
There then follows a 4 line inscription referring to a "talk on Detective Fiction" with what appears to me to be a reference to a shared World War I experience in 1918 ?!?
Some off-setting/tanning marks to prelims but rest clean and tidy, no dust jacket
Tidy cloth, tight binding and square spint

A wonderful association item, signed to another crime fiction author and a very interesting inscription, wonderful and a bargain!
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The Hanging Captain by Henry Wade
1932 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Constable in London
A near VG book complete with LATER dust jacket
The book is solid, bit of tanning and splash to endpaper, orange cloth and black lettering as called for, no names or stamps etc
The wrapper is supplied and from a later edition, same as first bar titles to rear panel and a couple of lines of text to front flap
It's got loss to spine and front panel and is price clipped

A financially very viable option, a true first in, albeit later, original jacket
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Bury Him darkly - PROOF COPY - by Henry Wade
1936 English Publishers Advance Copy or Proof Copy printed by Constable in London
An incredibly rare item!
The text block is the true 1st edition text block complete with map to front and fold out map to rear. Boards are thick stiff binders cardboard
A 1st issue, 7/6 to inside flap, dust jacket is fixed to boards complete with front and rear flaps free
Tight binding and square spine, clean bright book, no names or stamps etc
The 'jacket' has a bit of wear to edges, small loss to spine bottom

It's hard to imagine a rarer Henry Wade item, if there is one I haven't seen it,a cornerstone for a Wade collector and a bargain
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Too Soon to Die by Henry Wade
1953 English hardback first edition, first impression, published by Constable in London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dust jacket
A clean solid book with neat contemporaneous inscription to endpaper
Tight and squarely bound
The jacket has a bit of wear to spine ends and extrenities

I've never offered a jacketed copy for sale before
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The High Sheriff - SIGNED - Henry Wade
1937 UK hardback first edition, first impresion, published by Constable in London
Signed on the front endpaper by the author
William ? / from / Henry Wade / (Henry Aubrey Fletcher) Very rare to see him sign both pseudonym and real name
The book has a foxing type stain to REAR endpaper as seen in image
Sadly no dust jacket. Light fade to spine and a little age wear and tan
Some light rubbing and wear to covers, still tight and square

A rare book anyway but signed thus, probably a one-off chance and a bargain!
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The Duke of York's Steps - by Henry Wade
1929 UK first edition, first impression published Constable in London
A first edition book in later supplied dust jacket
The book has a few marks to boards and light shelf wear
Tight binding and square spine, clean text block, light tan, no names or stamps etc
The jacket is supplied from a later 4th printing book
Some chipping nad wear to spine ends, age tan and some rubbing
The jacket is a complimentary gift and is not priced in

Very rare true 1st issue book, the jacket is a real bonus
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Brief Biography
WADE, Henry. Pseudonym for Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher,6th Baronet. British. BorninSurrey, lO September 1887. Educated at Eton College; New College, Oxford. Served in the First Battalion, Grenadier Guards, 1908-20, and fought in World War I: mentioned in despatches (twice); Distinguished Service Order; Croix de Guerre; also served in Grenadier Guards, 1940-45. Married 1) Mary Augusta Chilton in 1911 (died, 1963); four sons and one daughter; 2} Nancy Cecil Rey-nolds in 1965. Succeeded to the baronetcy, 1937. Justice of the Peace and County Alderman for Buckinghamshire; High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. 1925, Lieutenant in the Body Guard of the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms, 1956-57. Commander, Royal Victorian Order. Died 30 May 1969.

Henry Wade - The Characters
Inspector John Poole
In his time, John Poole was a fine example of the new breed of policeman, college educated and police-school trained. He rose from the ranks to become the youngest inspector in the Criminal Investigation Department of New Scotland Yard. After a series of successful investigations (1929-53}, Poole was promoted to Chief Inspector.

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