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Head of a Traveller - Nicholas Blake
1949 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in unclipped (8/6 as called for) dustwrapper
Very small neat name to endpaper, no stamps etc, tight and square binding
The jacket has chipping to spine ends and light shelf rubs edges, looks nice and bright.

A nice copy of a classic Nigel Strangeways mystery and a pleasing format being a slightly fatter book than normal for the period
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The Case of the Abominable Snowman - written by author - Nicholas Blake aka C Day Lewis
1941 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book in 7/6 unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc, small neat and innocuous, bookseller stamp to pastedown, light paper tan, tight and square
Jacket has shallow chips to spine ends, white on spine has tanned as usual, light edge wear, overall solid.

A nice solid and tidy copy and a scarce nice 'fat format' 7/6 book offered well below retail value
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Nicholas Blake - SIGNED - The Whisper in the Gloom
1954 USA stated first edition, Harper, New York
Signed and inscribed by C. Day Lewis on the endpaper
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
The book is clean and solid, as is the jacket with some light wear to edges
A rare signature
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The Private Wound
1968 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book has no stamps or names etc, tight and square
Clean contents and cloth
Jacket shows light edge rubs but no loss or tears
A solid clean copy and great value !
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Blake Nicholas - Malice in Wonderland
1947 UK hardback 4th impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust wrapper
A nice copy and a viable alternative to the very rare and expensive first impression
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The Sad Variety - Nicholas Blake
1964 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc
Jacket shows closed tear and minor edge rubbing
A clean attractive copy. Now out of print
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The Case of the Abominable Snowman - Nicholas Blake
1941 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc, clean contents and cloth, tight and square
Jacket has had some restoration to spine ends and tips. This has been superbly done by the worlds leading exponent.
A lovely copy of a rare book, the restoration is virtualy unnoticeable from the outside
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The Whisper in the gloom - Nicholas Blake
1954 English hardcover first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book sadly without dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square with clean contents and cloth
A solid copy with just a little edge tanning
Would take a jacket
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There's Trouble Brewing - Nicholas Blake
1937 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG (scattered foxing) book in price clipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions etc, clean bright cloth, tight and square
Jacket has chipping to spine ends and some general wear to edges.
A solid copy of a very uncommon book in jacket and priced well below retail value
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Nicholas Blake Paperbacks & Reading Copies

The Case of the Abominable Snowman - Nicholas Blake
1954 UK first Penguin Paperback edition published in London
A solid and tidy copy
No names etc, nice and tight with usual age tanning

A solid copy and an absolute classic crime fiction title
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Blake Nicholas - A Question of Proof
1955 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A tight and square book, usual age tan

A tidy and solid copy of the authors first mystery book
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There's Trouble Brewing - Nicholas Blake
1956 UK Fontana paperback first edition, London
A solid reading copy
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square with some rubbing to edges and covers etc
A reading copy
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The Smiler with the Knife - A Question of Proof
1975 English Fontana paperback edition published in London
A tight book, clean and tidy

The shadow of fascism is falling across the face of Europe, but the men and women of England believe that the/ are free from this menace. Georgia Strange ways, a brilliant and intrepid explorer, believes it too-until she comes across the English Banner, a secret organisation dedicated to the overthrow of the British government and the setting up of a right-wing regime. Time is running out as Georgia sets out on what is to be the darkest and most perilous journey of her life-the search to uncover the identity of the man determined to be England's first fascist dictator.

A nice copy and not a common title in the real world
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Nicholas Blake - The Widow's Cruise
1961 UK Fontana paperback first edition
A clean, tightly bound and attractive period copy. Now out of print
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Brief Biography
BLAKE, Nicholas. Pseudonym for Cecil Day Lewis. British. Born in Ballintubbert, Queen's County (now County Laois). Ireland, 27 April 1904; brought to England in 1905. Educated at Wilkie's Preparatory School, London. 1912-17; Sherborne School. Dorset, 1917-23; Wadham College, Oxford, 1923-27, B. A. 1927. M. A. Served as an Editor in the Ministry of Information, London, 1941-46. Married 1) Mary King in 1928 (divorced. 1951), two sons; also one other son; 2) Jill Balcon in 1951, one daughter and one son. Assistant Master, Summer Fields School, Oxford, 1927-28; Master, Larchfield School, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, 1928-30, and Cheltenham Junior School, Gloucestershire, 1930-35; reader, John Lehmann Ltd., publishers, London, 1946; readerfrom 1946, and Director from 1954, Chatto and Windus, publishers, London. Professor of Poetry, Oxford University, 1951-56; Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1964-65. Clark Lecturer, 1946, and Sidgwick Lecturer, 1956, Cambridge University; Warton Lecturer, British Academy, London, 1951; Byron Lecturer, University of Nottingham, 1952; Chancellor Dunning Lecturer, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 1954; Compton Lecturer, University of Hull, Yorkshire, 1968. Member, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1962-67: Chairman of the Poetry, later Literature, Panel. Honorary Fellow, Wadham College, 1968. D. Litt: University of Exeter; 1965; University of Hull, 1970; Litt.D.; Trinity College, Dublin, 1968. Fellow-1944, Vice-President, 1959, and Companion of Literature, 1965. Royal Society of Literature; Honorary Member, American Academy, 1966; Member, Irish Academy of Letters, 1968. C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire), 1950. Poet Laureate, 1968. Died 22 May 1972.

Series Characters
Nigel Strangeways
Nigel Strangeways is a young private investigator with sandy colored hair which droops over his forehead, causing him to resemble an overgrown prep school boy. He is six feet tall and has short-sighted blue eyes. He spots and falls in love with the attractive explorer, Georgia Cavendish. After their marriage, the Strangeways live in London, in a comfortable flat facing a 17th century square. When war clouds gather over Europe, the couple purchase a house in rural Devonshire. Georgia is killed during World War II, and Nigel is understandably depressed. His eventual recovery is hastened by a romance with sculptress Clare Massinger.

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