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Game Without Rules - Michael Gilbert
1968 British hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder and Stoughton in London
A VG++ indeed book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
Small neat owner name to endpaper, light offset to endpapers
Tightly bound and square, clean and tidy cloth
The wrapper has light shelf wear to edges, clean and bright

A nice copy of what is, in our experience, a scarce title
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Smallbone Deceased -The Rarest Posssible Michael Gilbert Book ?
A publishers advance proof copy produced for proof reading and error correction prior to publication of first edition.
Given the title is the rarest Gilbert book, this is far rarer !
1950 Hodder & Stoughton in London
Clean text block still tightly bound
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Paper covers are dated by H&S October 28th 1949 with small hand typed label saying SMALLBONE on spine
Chipping around spine corners and a little edge wear
Other than an original manuscript it's hard to imagine a rarer and more collectable item by this author
Massively cheaper than a first in jacket as well !
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Death in Captivity - Michael Gilbert
1952 British hardcover first edition, first impression, Hodder London
A VG indeed book complete with unclipped 10/6 dust jacket
No previous owner names or stamps, a little foxing to spine end of top edge and endpapers
Tightly bound and square, clean and tidy cloth
The wrapper has some shelf wear rubbing to edges and spine, still looks clean and bright

Overall a solid copy of a book that seldom turns up in jacket
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Smallbone Deceased - Michael Gilbert
1950 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A VG book in 8/6 unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, light scattered edge tanning
The jacket has light wear to spine ends, edges and tips, still clean and bright.
The rarest book by the author, indeed one of renowned rarity in the crime fiction genre
A nice solid copy and priced very much ot sell
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Sky High - Michael Gilbert
1955 English hardcover first edition, first impression,Hodder London
A near VG book sadly missing it's dust jacket
Neat name to endpaper and pastedown
Tightly bound and square, clean contents
Light marks to cloth, bumped to tips
A solid copy of a very scarce book and well below market value
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Death Has Deep Roots - Michael Gilbert
1951 UK hardback first edition, first impression,Hodder and Stoughton, London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The dustwrapper has had some professional restoration of the very highest standard
Chiefly to spine ends and tips. It is only noticeable on close inspection the overall effect being superb
The author's rarest book and a rare opportunity at this price
A solid copy
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Fear to Tread - Michael Gilbert
1953 UK hardback first edition, first impression,Hodder London
A VG book with no dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps. A neat previous owner bookplate
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
A clean copy
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The Long Journey Home - Michael Gilbert
1996 English paperback edition published by Gainsborough in London
A nice clean and bright reading copy
No names or inscriptions etc
A few light rubs
Classic MG and all for less than the cover price in 1996 !
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Death in Captivity - Michael Gilbert
1974 UK paperback later edition, Coronet, London
A n copy
No names etc, minor rubbing and wear
Tightly bound and square,
Murder in and Italian POW camp where prisoners are building a tunnel

A solid reading copy of an early title
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The Doors Open
1963 UK Reset paperback edition,Hodder London
A VG indeed book, usual paper tanning
Nice to see the Bip Pares artwork on the cover
Tightly bound and square
A solid copy of a 'period feel' book !
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Smallbone Deceased
1974 UK Penguin paperback first edition London
A VG copy
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, minor creases to covers
One of the auhtors most famous titles
A nice clean copy
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Death has Deep Roots
1954 UK first Pan paperback edition, London
A clean copy
Tightly bound and square
A nice bright collectors copy, now out of print
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Death Has Deep Roots
1951 UK hardback first edition, first impression,Hodder London
A VG+ book sadly lacking its dust wrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps but small initials to pastedown
Tightly bound and square, a little scattered spotting
An uncommon early title
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Trouble - Michael Gilbert
1987 USA stated first edition, Harper
A near fine book in near fine dust wrapper
No names etc
If there are known issue points, please contact us for clarification
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Black Seraphim - SIGNED - Michael Gilbert
1983 UK hardback first edition, first impression,Hodder London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust wrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The jacket shows no loss or tears
Signed on the title page by the author
A nice clean copy and a scarce signature
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Trouble - Michael Gilbert
1987 UK hardback first edition, first impression,Hodder, London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dust jacket
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The dustwrapper shows no losss or tears
A thriller involing the smuggling of explosives destined for the IRA and the efforts of MI5 and the SAS.
A tidy copy
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Fear to Tread
c1953 UK hardcover book club edition, Thriller BC, London
A VG indeed book sadly without its dustwrapper
Neat name to endpaper
Tightly bound and square,
Clean cloth, some tanning to page edges
A clean reading copy of an early title
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The Curious Conspiracy - Michael Gilbert
2002 English first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust jacket
No names or inscriptions etc
The wrapper has no loss or tears
A collection of short stories brough together for the first time
A lovely as new copy and a scarce title
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Close Quarters - Michael Gilbert
1947 UK hardback first edition, first impression,Hodder London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The jacket shows sliver of loss to spine otherwise clean complete and bright, clean rear panel.
To the rear there are 2 needless strips of reinforcing paper, cannot be detected externally
The authors rare first books
A nice clean copy with superb Bip Pares cover artwork
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Brief Biography
GILBERT, Michael (Francis). British. Born in Billinghay, Lincolnshire, 17 July 1912. Educated at St. Peter's School, Sea-ford. Sussex; Blundell's School. 1926-31; University of London, LL.B. (honours) 1937. Served in the Royal Horse Artillery in North Africa and Europe, 1939-45: mentioned in despatches. Married Roberta Mary Marsden in 1947; five daughters and two sons. Articled Clerk, Ellis Bickersteth Aglionby and Hazel, London, 1938-39. Solicitor, 1947-51, and since 1952. Partner, Trower Still and Keeling, London. Legal Advisor, Government of Bahrain. 1960. Series Editor, Classics of Detection and Adventure, Hodder and Stoughton, publishers. London. Founding Member. Crime Writers Association, 1953. C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire), 1980

Michael Gilbert - The Characters
Samuel Behrens & Daniel Calder
Two middle-aged Britishers, Samuel Behrens and Daniel Calder, were recruited as spies in the 1930'sand have had a long career, considering the risks in their profession. Mr. Behrens, the elder of the two, was born in 1910 and educated at London University and at Heidelberg, where he specialized in European languages. He taught in Germany from 1929 through 1939 but was a British spy during the last six years of this career. He remained in British espionage service after World War II, merely shifting his focus to accommodate a new enemy in a colder war. His hobbies are beekeeping and chess. Mr. Calder was born in 1913 and educated at Salisbury and at the University of Perugia in Italy. He remained in Europe as a Reuters correspondent, assigned to such capitals as Athens, Budapest, Baghdad, and Bucharest from 1932 through 1939. However, from 1935, he, too, was in the service of Ml 6, the British spy group. He has also continued in this organization, working smoothly with Mr. Behrens, who lives in nearby Lamperdown, Kent, when they are not traveling. Calder's hobbies are firing small arms and playing the cello whenever time permits.

Chief Inspector Hazelrigg
Red-faced, bulky Chief Inspector Hazelrigg has an even disposition but, once in a while, his gray eyes freeze in fury. Rising in the ranks from constable, Hazelrigg has more than 30 years of experience, ranging from cases involving fascist organizations attempting to subvert the British government in the late 1930's to cases in his post-World War 11 specialty- black market crime. No matter what his assignment, Hazelrigg is dedicated. A cat in his office sometimes lies at his feet while Hazelrigg naps.

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