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The Venner Crime written by John Rhode
1933 UK hardback Odhams Press Edition London
A VG+ book with dust jacket
No names or inscriptions etc, tight square text block
The jacket has shallow chips to spine bottom, shelf marks to back panel fore-edge

A nicer copy than normally seen
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Vegetable Duck - John Rhode
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression published Collins Crime Club London
A VG++ book in VG++ price clipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc, tight and square
The jacket shows light shelf wear to edges, couple of minor marks, no real loss

A nice copy
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The Paddington Mystery - John Rhode
1929 UK hardback later edition published by Geoffrey Bles in London
This is a ful size, same format as first book.
A solid book in unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscription etc, tight and square, the paper is tanned as ever
The jacket shows brown ghost marks to spine, some shallow loss to spine ends, some general wear etc

A scarce 1920s period full-sized book, a bargain - especially when considering the cost of a jacketed 1st should one ever surface
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Death in the Hop Fields by John Rhode
1937 Albatross Crime Club first paperback edition.
Complete with original dust jacket and postcard !
Published, in English language - full UK 1st text, in Paris as a 'Copyright Edition'
A VG indeed book in dust jacket
The book is clean and tight, no real page tanning, card covers very clean and bright thanks to the rare jacket remaining present
A wrapper, shown in 2nd picture, has a bit of edgewear but still solid and tidy
A nice copy and a rare book and this example is a real collectors item (note Hopfields all one word on cover)

A rare John Rhode title in any edition, this one same years as 1st, with jacket and postcard . . .
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Night Exercise - John Rhode
1942 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG indeed price clipped dustwrapper
No names, inscription etc, tight and square
The jacket shows shallow chipping to spine and front panel, minor shelf wear to edges, faint splash to front panel

A very scarce title indeed
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Death on the Lawn - Publisher Complimentary Copy - John Rhode
1954 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Bles London
Publishers compliments copy, publisher slip on front endpaper
A VG book (pages tanned) in unclipped dustwrapper
Neat name to endpaper, tight and square, cheap paper has tanned
The jacket is chipped to front cover, spine end which goes to rear and front cover. Rubbing to edges
A rare book in jacket, don't think I've had one before, nice addition being a complimentary copy
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The Claverton Mystery written by John Rhode
1935 UK Collins Crime Club later edition pblished in London.
Size 120mm x 180mm x 30mm approx
A solid book, no names etc, tigh and square
The jacket is bright and very attractive, light wear to extrenmities and rubbed spot to rear panel and shallow chip
Overall a nice looking book

A rare opportunity to get a period copy in jacket
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The Davidson Case - John Rhode
1929 British hardhardback first edition, first impression published by Geoffrey Bles London
A VG+ book sadly without dust jacket
Publishers Review Copy ! Very special, has a Bles review slip dated 2 Jul 1929 inside
No names or inscriptions, tight and square and really solid book
A nice copy of a very rare book
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Shot at Dawn - John Rhode
1938 UK hardback later edition, Collins Crime Club London
A VG book in unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions etc, tight and square. Usual paper tanning. 7x4.5" approx
The jacket shows loss to spine rest clean and bright. Original classic Hastain artwork from the first
A very scarce title in wrapper
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The Venner Crime - John Rhode
1933 UK hardback Odhams Press Edition London
A VG book without its dust jacket
No names solid and tight
Cloth shows some fading to spine
A nice reading copy
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Bricklayer's Arms - John Rhode
1945 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book with VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc, tight and square
Bright cloth clean cloth,
The jacket is clean and bright with a little wear to extremities etc no real chips though
A particularly bright copy of a rare title
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Licenced for Murder
1958 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Bles London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
Small neat inscription to endpaper, tight and square
The jacket shows just a few minor edge rubs
A lovely copy of a scarce title and still has a publishers card laid loosely inside
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Death of an Author
1947 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Geoffrey Bles London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc, tight and square
The jacket has chip to spine corner, no lettering affected
A bright attractive copy
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They Watched By Night - John Rhode
1941 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG++ book in original VG++ unclipped first issue dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions etc, very clean contents and cloth, tight and square
The jacket is clean and bright, priced 8s as called for, just light shelf wear to extremities
Without doubt the nicest copy we have seen and rare thus
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Death Invades the Meeting - John Rhode
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG price clipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions etc, tight and square
The jacket shows no chipping, some age tanning to rear panel and flaps
A scarce title in wrapper
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Open Verdict - John Rhode
1956 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Bles London
A near fine book in VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc, tight and square
The jacket shows minor shelf wear to edges
A particularly clean and bright example and uncommon thus
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Twice Dead - John Rhode
1960 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Bles London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
Ni names or inscriptions, tight and square
The jacket shows minor rubs but no real loss
A nice clean copy and uncommon in jacket
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Men Die at Cyprus Lodge - John Rhode
1943 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
Neat name to endpaper, no inscriptions or stamps etc, tight and square
No paper tanning or foxing, unusually clean given the production quality
The jacket shows no real loss, minor wear to extremities, short closed tear to front and rear panel, very clean back panel
A particularly nice copy of a rare book in jacket
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The Ellerby Case - John Rhode
1927 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Geoffrey Bles London
Has 'Advanced Review Copy' slip laid loosely inside - you can't get more of a first than that !
A VG+ book sadly without dustwrapper
The original endpaper and pastedown are in full colour and replicate the front and rear panel of the dust jacket - a superb touch by Bles
No names or inscriptions, tight and square and really solid book
A rather nice copy of a very rare book
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Dead Men at the Folly by John Rhode
1932 UK hardback SECOND impression published 1 month after 1st by Collins Crime Club in London
A good copy only with a bit of wear etc to boards
Neat name to endpaper and number to endpaper
A full size 'fat' book, as the first bar cloth colour and second impression statement. Original map illustrated endpapers

A very scarce book in a UK edition and as near to a first as you can get
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The Alarm - John Rhode
1925 UK hardcover first edition, first impression published by Geoffrey Bles London
A VG (spine tanned) book sadly without dustwrapper
The original endpaper and pastedown are in full colour and replicate the front and rear panel of the dust jacket - a superb touch by Bles
No names or inscriptions, tight and square and really solid book
A few minor marks to boards and tan to spine, bit of scattered page tanning
A solid copy of a very rare book
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Brief Biography
RHODE, John. Pseudonym for Cecil John Charles Street; also wrote as Miles Burton. British. Born in 1884. Career Army Officer: Major, Military Cross. O.B.E. (Officer. Order of the British Empire). Died in January 1965.

John Rhode - The Characters
Dr Priestly
Professor of applied mathematics at a famed British university, Lancelot Priestley was forced to resign after a heated dispute with the university authorities. He is quite wealthy, however, and now devotes his time to the solving of problems by mathematical means. His chief delight is in the debunking of widely held theories through strict exercises of logic. His only recreation is to solve crime problems sometimes brought to him by Superintendent Hanslet as exercises in logic. He is completely indifferent to the human elements and to questions of justice. The aging mathematician is dry and academic, with little humor, but is a genial host.

Inspector Waghorn
James Waghorn is a Cambridge University graduate and a product of Metropolitan Police College, where he spent 15 months learning his trade. He was immediately granted the probationary rank of Junior Station Inspector at the tender age of 27. He is an honest and fair-minded person with a pleasant, open face, shrewd gray eyes, and an easy-going manner. At the end of his probationary period, Waghorn is promoted to Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department. His early successes (closely supervised by his superior, Superintendent Hanslet) are gained through his reliance upon Dr. Priestley, but time and experience sharpen his powers of investigation and deduction until he relies solely on his own skills.

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