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Appleby Talking - Michael Innes
1954 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Gollancz in London
A VG+ book in VG indeed unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc, light afe tan to paper
Tightly bound and square, some tanning to top edge
The jacket shows shallow loss to spine bottom and only minor wear to extremities and a few minor shelf marks to rear panel

A solid copy of a very important Queens Quorum title
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Appleby On Ararat - Michael Innes
1941 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Gollancz in London
The author's rarest book!
A VG+ book in 1st issue 7/6 dustwrapper
The book is tight, square, no names or stamps etc, just light age tan to pages
The jacket has light shallow nibbling top bottom edge and very light shelf wear to extremities
Clean bright, much nicer than normally seen with this period of Gollancz jacktes
Overall a nice clean copy

A rare book in jacket and offered well below retail value
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Appleby and the Ospreys
1986 British first edition, first impression, Gollancz London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dust jacket
No previous owner names or stmaps etc
The jacket has no loss or tears, clean and bright

A nice clean and attractive example
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Death at the President's Lodging - Michael Innes
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Gollancz, London
A VG book sadly sans dustwrapper
The is a blind stamped emboss to rear pastedown stating 'Harrods Library London' no other stamps etc though
1st issue black cloth red lettering
Tightly bound and square, light rubbing around cloth
Clean contents and cloth - Original fold out map still present
The authors first book
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Lament for a Maker - Michael Innes
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Gollancz, London
A VG indeed book sadly lacking its dust jacket
1st issue black cloth red lettering
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps
Tight and square, clean tidy cloth
A nice copy of an important book in the genre
One of the Haycraft Queen Cornerstones
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Appleby Talking - Michael Innes
1954 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Gollancz, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust wrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square,
The jacket shows only minor wear to extremeties and a few marks to rear panel
A scarce and very important Queens Quorum title
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What Happened at Hazelwood - Michael Innes
1946 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Gollancz, London
A VG+ book in VG indeed unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions
Tightly bound and square,
The jacket displays minor loss to spine and front panel
A nice clean copy
A rare title especially in 1st state 7/6 jacket
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The Weight of Evidence
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Gollancz, London
A VG+ book in VG unclipped dust wrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square,
The jacket shows a couple of closed tears and minor shelf wear to edges
A rare book in its notoriously fragile dust jacket
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Going it Alone
1980 UK hardback first book club, BCA, London
A VG++ book in VG++ dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps
Tightly bound and square,
The jacket shows no loss or tears
Tax exile Gilbert Averell is spending some time in France, he is frustrated by the amount of time he has to spend out of the country so decides to swap passports with a friend who looks like him!
Just as the 1st edition but for publisher logos
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There Came Both Mist and Snow - Michael Innes
1960 British Penguin paperback later edition, London
A solid readers copy
No names, tight, usual age tannning

Synopsis ~ What this Book is About
John Appleby appears on the spot and his investigations derail the family and those connected to the incident almost more than the shooting itself. The author vivid portraits of the protagonists -such as Aunt Lucy, the vague crime author, and Mr Cudbird, shrewd brewer and canary-fancier

A solid reading copy
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The Weight of the Evidence
1964 UK Penguin paperback subsequent edition, London
A nice and decent copy
Little bit of age tannning but a solid example

Synopsis ~ What this Book is About
Meteorites rarely fall from the sky and even more rarely on the head of a lecturer in a university. Yet this was what happened to Professor Pluckrose of Nestfield University

An Appleby investigation
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The Appleby File - Michael Innes
1978 British Penguin paperback first edition published in London
A solid readers copy
Bit of light surface creasing

Appraisal by PD James
Michael Innes's ingenious and occasionally bizarre plots are well suited to the short story form, and this collection demonstrates all his highly civilized virtues: urbane wit, . a delight in eccentricity, high spirits and a style whose elegance as always makes it a solace'-P.O. James

A reasonable copy
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Old Hall New Hall
1965 UK Penguin paperback later edition printed in London
A nicer than normal copy
Very clean and tidy

Synopsis ~ What this Book is About
A University mystery: Here is another mystery tale, based on the detection of crimes long since forgotten, it's all up for grabs and the winner will take all, especially the beautiful Olivia Jory.
Review: 'Most enjoyable. One of the author's liveliest

A decent copy
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Death at the President's Lodging - Michael Innes
1959 British Penguin paperback later edition, London
A nicer than normal example
No names, tight, slight lean some of the usual tannning
The author's very important first book and a classic
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The Secret Vanguard
1958 British Penguin paperback first edition, London
A good reading example
Name inside, tight and square, some of the usual tannning
A clean reading copy
A book collector is found dead in his library with a copy of Dante's Purgatory open beside him
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Carson's Conspiracy - Michael Innes
1986 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A very good copy
No names etc, clean and tidy covers and contents
A decent solid example
Sir John looks into the case of a supposedly rich business man and a dubious kidnapping
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An Awkward Lie
1974 UK Penguin softcover first edition, London
A VG book
Neat stamp inside, solid and clean
A tidy example
Appleby and Sergeant Howard look into a case with a golfing background, there was a corpse and now it has gone !
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A Family Affair - Michael Innes
1972 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A very good copy
Tidy stamp inside, clean and bright
A nice copy
Appleby gets interested in a case whilst dining with his son in Oxford, it involves five elaborate and daring art hoaxes
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The Ampersand Papers - Michael Innes
1980 UK Penguin softcover , London
A VG book
Notations to previous books page
A tidy example
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The New Sonia Wayward
1964 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A very good copy
Usual paper tanning
A decent copy
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Money from Holme
1966 UK Penguin paperback , London
A VG book
Light wear to covers and some page tanning
A tidy example
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From London Far
1962 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A very good copy
Usual paper tanning, lean to spine
A decent copy
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Appleby on Ararat
1961 UK Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A VG book, neat stamp to half title page
Slight lean to spine
A tidy example
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Silence Observed - Michael Innes
1964 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A very good copy
Lean to spine,
A nice clean example
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The Journeying Boy written by Michael Innes
1964 British Penguin softcover subsequent edition, London
A nice and decent copy
Bit of light wear and age tan but still solid

Reviews
'I relished every word of this superlative extravaganza - Norman Blood in Time and Tide
Michael Innes has surpassed himself - New Statesman

Classic stuff
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Brief Biography
INNES, Michael. Pseudonym for J(ohn) I(nnes) M(ackintosh) Stewart. British. Born in Edinburgh, 30 September 1906. Educated at Edinburgh Academy; Oriel College, Oxford (Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize, 1929; Bishop Fraser's Scholar, 1930), B.A. (honours) in English 1928. Married Margaret Hard-wick in 1932 (died, 1979); three sons and two daughters. Lecturer in English, University of Leeds, Yorkshire, 1930-35; Jury Professor of English, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1935-45; Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast, 1946-48; Student (i.e.. Fellow) of Christ Church, Oxford, 1949-73, now Emeritus; Reader in English Literature, Oxford University, 1969-73. Walker-Ames Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, 1961. D. Litt.: University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. 1962; University of Leicester, 1979; University of St. Andrews. Scotland, 1980

Michael Innes - The Characters
John Appleby
John Appleby has had a liberal education but has also been through intensive training in a modern police college. His is clearly a schooled, but still free, intelligence. He aiso possesses the useful habits of contemplation, poise, and force-fulness. He even marries well, albeit for love' his bride being an attractive, talented sculptress named Judith Raven. Appleby rises rapidly through the ranks, solving many difficult cases which garner him considerable publicity. He is appointed Assistant-Commissioner of Scotland Yard and is even knighted. When he retires after serving as Commissioner of Metropolitan Police for all of London, it is not to a life of inactivity. While Sir John and Lady Judith finally get to relax and do some traveling, they often find a murder which can only be solved by his special talents.

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