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John Creasey First Editions & Hardbacks

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Because this author was so prolific we've split the pages into sections to make them more usable

First Editions ~ Collectable Hardbacks

Non Series Paperbacks & Minor Pseudonyms      Anthony Morton - The Baron      The Toff      Dr Palfrey      Gordon Ashe      Inspector West     

Thunder in Europe ~ Signed, Inscribed to Dennis Wheatley, Wrap-Round Band and Letter by John Creasey
A stunning book: Presentation copy from the author to fellow autor Dennis Wheatley
Long inscription on fly leaf from Creasey to Wheatley (mentioning Wheatley's wonderful library) signed and dated May 1936
Also included Typed letter, dated August 1936, signed from Creasey to Wheatley discussing Wheatley's help with one of his books and suggestions for another!
If that wasn't enough, Wheatley's bookplate is on the front pastedown and the original Crime-Book Society wrap-round band is still present

[1936] British hardcover first edition, 1st impression published by Melrose in London
A VG indeed book in 7/6 VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book is tight and solid, some scattered tanning to edges
Tight binding , square spine, clean cloth
The dust jacket has only light shelf wear to extremities, superb artwork and offered at a bargain price!

A stunning book, very rare in dust jacket alone, never mind the above, the talk of colllabortaion make it an important item bibliographically I'd suggest too
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The Toff and the Trip Trip Triplets - Written by Author - John Creasey
1972 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression published by Hodder in London
A near fine book in similar unclipped dust jacket
The book is very clean and bright, no names, stamps of tanning
The dust cover has no loss or tears, very clean and bright

A superb copy, hard to imagine a nicer one
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A Six for the Toff By John Creasey
1955 British hardcover first edition, 1st impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A Cricket Mystery!
A VG++ book in like unclipped dust jacket
The book is clean and solid, no names or stamps
Tight binding , square spine, clean cloth
The dust jacket has only light shelf wear to extremities, classic artwork by Jarvis

A particularly nice copy !
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The Man I Didn't Kill written by Norman Deane aka John Creasey
1950 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression published by Hurst & Blackett in London
A very good indeed book in similar publisher clipped dust jacket
The book is particularly clean, tight with no owner names etc, very tidy
The dust cover has some light edge wear , small chip to spine corner

A nice copy, great period artwork and a scarce book
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Three for Adventure - Michael Halliday
1937 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
The first book by 'Michael Halliday' and a very rare and early John Creasey
A VG+ book in 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book has no names or stamps, solid.
Tight binding , a few small spots to edges
The dust jacket has chip to spine top otherwise lovely, stunning artwork !

A very rare book in jacket, a nice fat 7/6 book, an important title and an absolute bargain !
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Inspector West Kicks Off written by John Creasey
1954 British hardback first edition, 1st impression published by John Long in London
A football based mystery involving Fulham Football Club
A VG+ book in similar publisher clipped and re-priced dust jacket
No previous owner inscriptions to the book or stamps etc
Covers, clean and bright, spine straight
The dust cover has no real loss, few rubs, light tan to spine, clean and tidy with woderful artwork

Inspector Wset discover famous football clubs are being used as cover for big criminal gangs !

A nice copy and the first I've handled, particularly collectable as a Football Mystery
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The Man I killed - Michael Halliday
1961 British hardback first edition, 1st impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dust cover
A very clean and tidy book
Tight binding and very clean, nice white paper, no owner names etc
The dust jacket is clean and complete, odd light rub

A lovely copy
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Double for Death - Gordon Ashe
1954 British hardback first edition, 1st impression published by John Long in London
A VG++ book in like unclipped dust jacket
There are no inscriptions to the book or stamps etc
Very clean cloth, tight and square, clean pages
The dust cover, has no loss, very light rubs and a few very minor shelf marks

Patrick Dawlish takes over the management of a West End shop to help a friend . . .

A lovely copy of a scarce book
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The Toff and the Lady - John Creasey
[1946] UK hardback first edition, 1st impression published by John Long in London
A VG book in VG publisher price clipped dust jacket
No previous owner names or stamps
Tight square, clean pages and boards, nicer than normal 'Wartime Economy Standard'
The dust jacket is complete, light rubbing and short closed tear. Clipped and publisher re priced at 9/-

A solid example and uncommon in jacket
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The Long Search - Gordon Ashe
1953 UK hardcover first edition, 1st impression, John Long, London
A VG++ to near fine book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Very clean cloth, tight and square, clean pages
The jacket has no loss, very bright very minor shelf rubs, light marks to rear panel

Patrick Dawlish investigates a missing wife who went to America - his own wife !!

A superb copy of a scarce title, cracking copy and a bargain !
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Make-Up for the Toff - John Creasey
1956 UK hardback first edition,first impression Hodder and Stoughton, London
A VG+ book in VG indeed unclipped dust jacket
The book has no names or stamps, tight, square, clean and bright
The dustwrapper has shallow loss to spine top and light edge wear
Great artwork by Jarvis
A picnic all goes horribly wrong

A nice clean copy and uncommon
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The Toff Takes Shares - John Creasey
1948 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression, John Long, London
A VG indeed book in unclipped dust jacket
No previous owner inscriptions etc
The jacket has chip to spine bottom and light shelf wear to edges
The Right Hon Richard Rollison finds he has a mysterious companion with him after hearing a muffled sneeze!

A solid copy of a rare book with fabulous period artwork
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No Need to Die - as Gordon Ashe
1956 UK hardback first edition,first impression published by John Long in London
No the picture isn't wrong ! This is a very interesting item.
A first edition text block by John Long but bound in boards for Hutchinson, the boards for John Montgomery's Mr Sparrow. It is also complete with the wrong jacket !
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust cover
The book has no names or stamps, tight, square, clean and bright
A Johnny Elmes thriller

A very interesting item for a collector or a reading copy of a scarce book if you prefer
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Holiday for Inspector West - John Creasey
1946 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression, Stanley Paul, London
A VG indeed book in unclipped dustwrapper
The book is sold and tidy
The jacket has loss to spine bottom and general edge wear
An Inspector Roger West mystery

Uncommon in jacket and something of a bargain
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The Mists of Fear - John Creasey
1955 UK hardcover Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG+ book in VG+ dust jacket
NO names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Still tightly bound with clean cloth and pages
The dust jacket has some wear to spine ends and light shelf wear to extremities
A Palfrey mystery

A lovely clean period copy
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The Toff on Ice
1946 British hardcover first edition, 1st impression, JOhn Long, London
A VG+ book in VG+ publisher price clipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Clean cloth, tight and square, clean pages
The jacket has some light and shalow edge wear and looks attractive
Richard Rollison cheers himself up by searching for a poisoner !

A solid copy
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Holiday for Inspector West - John Creasey
1946 British hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression, Stanley Paul, London
A solid reading copy lacking dust jacket
Neat name and address, clean and tightly bound
An Inspector Roger West mystery
Bargain reading copy
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Parcels for Inspector West by John Creasey
c1956 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition published London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
No owner names, tight and solid
The jacket has chip to cpine corner, light shelf wear, very attractive artwork

Synopsis
Inspector Roger West of the Yard is faced with a most puzzling case. For apparently no reason the father of an ordinary family is murdered. He soon connects the mystery with the continuous robberies of mail bags from the Post Office .... and all the clues seem to point to the disappearance of a vital key

An attractive period copy
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A Promise of Diamonds - as Gordon Ashe
1965 UK hardback first edition,first impression published by John Long in London
A VG book in VG unclipped dust cover
The book has no names or stamps, tight, square, clean and bright
The dustwrapper has some light scattered rubbing but no real loss or damage as such
A Patrick Dawlish thriller
A tidy and solid example
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The Toff and the Deep Blue Sea - John Creasey
1955 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression, Hodder and Stoughton, London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps
Lovely clean and fresh book
The jacket has only very minor edge wear, exceptionally clean and bright
The Toff hits the Riviera acting as an agent for a friend - classic Richard Rollison !
A really nice copy, hard to realistically expect better
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A Kind of Prisoner - John Creasey
1954 UK hardcover first edition, 1st impression, Hodder & Stoughton, London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
NO names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Still tightly bound with clean cloth and pages
The dust jacket has some wear to spine ends and light shelf wear to extremities
The 29th Department Z mystery
A nice solid copy and fabulous cover artwork
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The Toff at the Fair - John Creasey
1954 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression, Hodder & Stoughton, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
No previous owner names or stamps
Tight square, clean pages and boards, few light foxing spots to top edge
The dust jacket is clean and bright, light rubbing and short closed tear to rear
A clean and bright copy, uncommon in jacket
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Sample
THE mood of the men was gay. Behind them was triumph on a field of green against fifteen stalwarts of a southern county, and they celebrated this triumph simply. The hotel which had welcomed them for the night was old; it almost deserved to be called 'quaint'. None of the bedrooms had running water, for this was a half-way spot between today's game and tomorrow's, and in the rural wilds of the west country. The landlord was as old-fashioned as his hostelry. In the parlour, set aside for the players, was a large barrel on a trestle, and behind it were rows of pewter tankards. Nearby were bottles for those lesser men who preferred spirits. The room was full of smoke and noise when the door opened to admit a tall, lean, good-looking man, whose looks had suffered that afternoon. His left eye was turning brown, but an old-fashioned remedy applied by mine host had reduced the swelling. Miller, the captain, waved a giant's hand. "Come on, Rollison, we've been waiting for you." Rollison grinned, "Not waiting with nothing to do, I see." A foaming tankard was thrust into his hand. "Thanks. Is everybody happy?" "No complaints," said Miller. "That's fine. I'm afraid——" "Ahoy, Roily!" called a small man with a powerful voice, smoothing down a mop of fair curly hair. "Come here, you old sinner." Rollison waved him away, and the curly-haired man got up and came towards him, grinning broadly. At one of his comments several men laughed, and most were grinning and looking towards Rollison.

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