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The Sleeping Sphinx - John Dickson Carr
1947 UK hardback first edition, first impression published in London by Hamish Hamilton
A VG (scattered edge tanning) book in unclipped dust jacket
Tightly bound book, scattered foxing to edges, neat inscription to endpaper
The jacket has light edge wear, a few small pieces of white paper pointlessly reinforcing extremities to rear of jacket
Clean and bright with outstanding artwork by Hookway Cowles

Uncommon in jacket
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It Walks By Night - John Dickson Carr
1930 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Harper & Brothers in London
A near VG book sadly without dust jacket
Book has no names, stamps etc, tight and square, no blue mystery seal
Some light wear to edges, couple of pages creased but a solid copy
We are including as a complimentary gift a FACSIMILIE dust jacket
The author's first book, clearly very important and a bargain
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Till Death Do us Part - John Dickson Carr
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression published in London by Hamish Hamilton
A VG book sadly without dust jacket
Tightly bound, usual light page tan, small neat inscription to endpaper
A solid reading copy
A classic Dr Gideon Fell detective story
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Patrick Butler for the Defence Written By John Dickson Carr
1959 UK first Penguin paperback edition - published in London
A decent book, minor wear to edges, usual age tanning
Tightly bound, name to front cover
A solid reading copy

A scarce out of print book
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The Blind Barber - John Dickson Carr
1952 UK first Penguin paperback edition, London
A solid readers book, archival quality tape repair to spine
Tightly bound, usual tan
A solid reading copy
A classic Dr Gideon Fell mystery set aboard a trans-altlantic liner first published in 1934
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The Sleeping Sphinx
1962 UK first Pan paperback first edition, London
A lovely clean copy
Tight binding, square spine, clean covers, light paper tan as always
A Dr Fell mystery
A superior copy
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Till Death Do Us Part - John Dickson Carr
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hamish Hamilton, London
A VG book in VG unclipped dust jacket
Book has neat name, no stamps etc, clean and tight, bump to front board
The wrapper shows bump to front panel and minor rubs to extremities
Great jacket artwork by Hookway Cowles
A nice solid and attractive copy of a Dr Fell mystery
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The Hollow Man - John Dickson Carr
1951 UK first Penguin paperback edition, London
Covers and spine worn
Lean to spine
One of the greatest locked room mysteries of all time
A reading copy only
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It Walks By Night
1961 English Penguin paperback later edition, London
A solid readers copy,
Still tightly bound and straight, usual age tanning
A classic locked room mystery set in a Paris gambling house
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The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes - John Dickson Carr & Adrian Conan Doyle
1978 English paperback later edition, Sphere in London
A reading copy,
Tightly bound, clean and tidy, bit of page tanning
New stories featuring Sherlock Holmes
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The Nine Wrong Answers
1962 American paperback edition, Bantam
A worn reading copy only
Tightly bound but with wear to extremities and creases to covers etc
Worn but a scarce title
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The House at Satan's Elbow
1969 British Pan paperback 1st, London
A reading copy, price to front cover and small bookshop stamp inside
Some tanning as ever but still solid
Dr Fell and a locked room mystery
A reading copy
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The Emperor's Snuff Box - John Dickson Carr
1953 English Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A solid copy, some scattered spotting
Tightly bound,
A readers copy
Apparently the only author to baffle Agatha Christie !
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The Black Spectacles
1965 UK Four Square paperback edition, London
A worn reading copy only
Tightly bound, but rubbing to covers and some page tanning
Dr Gideon Fell, first published in 1939 and a less common title
A worn copy
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The Devil in Velvet
1957 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A respectable solid example
Still tight and solid , minor wear and a little tanning
A mystery set in London 1675 and highly acclaimed
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The Mad Hatter Mystery
1955 British Penguin paperback later issue, London
A good reading copy, some edge tanning to paper
Lean to spine, no names etc
A body is found at Traitor's Gate in London with a crossbow bolt in it !
A tidy readers copy !
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Scandal at High Chimneys
1962 UK Pan paperback 1st, London
A reading copy, rubs to covers, usual tanning
Still tight and solid though
A hunt for a murderer in Victorian London's backstreets
Nice period artwork
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Dark of the Moon
1970 English Corgi paperback first edition, London
A solid reading copy, light rubbing and some scattered tanning
Tightly bound,
Dr Fell is in South Carolina
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Below Suspicion - John Dickson Carr
1956 UK Pan paperback first edition, London
A clean copy, much nicer thna normal
Tightly bound, no names etc
Patrick Butler and Dr Fell !
A nice copy
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The Emperor's Snuff Box - John Dickson Carr
1953 UK Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A solid copy, minor wear to edges, tanning mark to front cover
Tightly bound,
A solid copy
A classic Dr Fell title
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Panic in Box C
1970 British Pan paperback 1st, London
A nice VG copy, some edge tanning to paper
Square spine and tightly bound, no names etc
Dr Fell has an intriguing voyage to America on board the RMS Illyria !
A rather nice example !
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The Dead Man's Knock
1961 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A clean copy, minor wear to edges,
Tightly bound
A clean readers copy of a scarce title
A Dr Fell mystery
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The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes - John Dickson Carr & Adrian Conan Doyle
1954 UK hardback first edition, first impression, John Murray, London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dust jacket
Book has no names, stamps etc, clean and tight
The wrapper shows only minor rubs to corners
An entirely new selection of short stories co written by Carr and Conan Doyle's son
A superior copy and rarely seen in this condition
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Below Suspicion
c1950 UK Thriller Book Club first edition, London
A VG book in VG unclipped dust jacket
Tightly bound and solid, no owner names etc
The jacket has short closed tear and light edge wear, superb artwork
The Rolls-Royce limousine—its owner, forbidden by law to run a small car, could have both limousine and chauffeur as 'expenses'—drew up before the prison gates. Inside it sat Mr. Charles Denham, the solicitor, and Mr. Patrick Butler, K.C., the barriste

A nice clean period copy
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The Waxworks Murder
1959 UK Pan paperback later edition, London
A clean copy, minor wear to edges, usual age tanning
Tightly bound, no names etc
A more than satisfactory reading copy
A period classic !
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He Who Whispers - John Dickson Carr
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A nicer than normal copy
Tightly bound, minor tan
A particularly nice copy

A classic Dr Gideon Fell title first published in 1946
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Till Death Do Us Part Written By John Dickson Carr
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition - published in London
A superior copy
Tightly bound, light tan
A vintage copy much nicer than normally seen

A scarce out of print book
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Poison in Jest by John Dickson Carr
1961 UK Penguin paperback later edition published in London
A decent copy, tight binding and spine etc
Bit of tanning as ever

Rossiter solves the Quayle murders

A solid period reading copy
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See also the pseudonym Carter Dickson

Brief Biography
CARR, John Dickson. Also wrote as Carr Dickson; Carter Dickson; Roger Fairbairn. American. Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 30 November 1906. Educated at the Hill School; Haverford College. Pennsylvania, 1928; studied abroad. Married Clarice Cleaves in 1931; three children. Lived in England. 1932-48; wrote for the BBC during World War II. Reviewer. ElleryQueen's Mystery Magazine, 1969-77. President, Mystery Writers of America, 1949. Recipient: Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine award (twice); Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award. 1949. 1969, and Grand Master Award, 1962. Died 27 February 1977.

for more information please see our John Dickson Carr Bibliography

Series Characters
Dr Gideon Fell
A lumbering giant, Dr. Gideon Fell weighs in excess of 250 pounds. His face is wondrous: bright red, with an enormous mustache and tiny, sharp eyes. His eyeglasses, clamped firmly on his small nose, are anchored by a broad, black ribbon. He wears a shovel hat and a tent-tike cape, usually carries a large, red handkerchief and two crutch-handled walking sticks. He formerly lived in the North of England, but is now in London, at 1 Adelphi Terrace. Gideon Fell is partial to beer, tobacco, mystery stories, building houses of cards and telling jokes (he is surprised when people laugh). When he talks, he rumbles and wheezes loudly. The only cases which interest him are those involving locked rooms and other apparent miracles. Fell appears to be based on John Dickson Carr's mentor, G. K. Chesterton.

Henri Bencolin
The sardonic Henri Bencolin has been called the foremost police official and the most dangerous man in Europe. He resembles Mephistopheles; his black hair, parted in the middle, twirls up like horns. His eyes gaze inscrutably and the hooked eyebrows point downward. He has high cheek-bones, an aquiline nose, a small mustache and a pointed black beard. He has an official position with the Paris Police, juge d'in-struction, but has accepted fees for solving cases in his spare time. His exploits are narrated by Jeff Marie, a journalist. There is a legend about Bencolin, believed throughout Paris, which says that when he habituates the more questionable cafes of the city, dressed in evening clothes, someone is in danger. When he wears an ordinary sack suit, he is out for pleasure alone. He likes to drink beer, smoke cigars, and listen to the loudest jazz, sitting obscurely in a gloom of colored lights under thick tobacco smoke. Proprietors and waiters effusively bow and offer champagne. However, when he wears the familiar cloak, top-hat, and silver-headed walking stick, and when there is a slight bulge under his left arm - that means trouble and he is avoided. Bencolin knows Parisians like their detectives to be picturesque.

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