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Death on My Left - With Wrap Round Band - Philip Macdonald
1934 UK hardback third impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
Complete with the original wrap-round promotional "1st Cheap Edition" band
A full size fat book as the first, published 1 year later, black cloth with gilt lettering
The book is tight and square, no names etc
The jacket has short closed tear to rear panel, light rubs to spine corners, clean and bright

A rare book and a wonderful alternative to the true first (should one ever turn up) at a fraction of the price
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The List of Adrian Messenger - Philip Macdonald
1960 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Herbert Jenkins in London
A VG++ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
The book is free from names or stamps, clean pages, square spine
The jacket has small chip to rear panel and light rubbing to edges, unclipped at 13/6 as called for

In my experience, a much scarcer book than the date may suggest.
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X v Rex - Philip Macdonald
1955 UK first Penguin paperback edition published in London
A nicer than normal period copy
Light tan and very slight lean
A scarce book and nice enough to suit the collector as well as reader

Originally published in 1933 under the pseudonym of Martin Porlock
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The Link - Philip Macdonald
c1933 UK hardcover early edition published by Collins Crime Club, London
A near VG book sadly sans dust jacket
Full size format, same as first
The cloth has a few marks and scratches etc
Tight and sqaure with no names or inscriptions
THE LINK deals with the strange case of Sir Charles Grenville, recorded by one Michael Lawless, as likeable an Englishman as the author has yet created. He was in the saloon of The Moon at Samsford on the evening when Sir Charles' body was brought in by a villager. Shot through the head—obviously murdered.

A solid very early period copy
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The Noose - Philip Macdonald
1975 UK hardcover later edition, Collins Crime Club, London
Spine faded on jacket otherwise VG
Books is nicel and clean
A solid reading copy and a bargain
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The Rynox Mystery - Philip Macdonald
1933 UK hardback sixth impression, Collins, London
A VG indeed book lacking its dust jacket
NO names or inscriptions etc, some fade tospine
Mr FX Benedik, who is heavily insured, is found shot dead in his study
A nice clean reading copy
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The Wraith
1934 UK hardcover fourth impression, Collins, London
A VG indeed book lacking its dust jacket
NO names or inscriptions etc, some fade tospine
For the first time Gethryn relates a tale in the first person, enabling us to see how the great detective's mind works! A body in a manor house sounds like a good, if not surprising, place to start
A nice clean reading copy
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X v. Rex
1955 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
Pages edges slightly darkened as usual
Some minor shelf wear to extremities
Still tight and square, a nice clean copy
First published 1933 under the name Martin Porlock
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The Crime Conductor
1959 UK Fontana paperback first edition, London
Pages edge tanned, as ever
Covers show some wear
Still tight and square, nice cover artwork
A scarce out of print title, a reading copy
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The List of Adrian Messenger
1963 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
Pages edges slightly darkened as usual
Some minor shelf wear to extremities
Still tight and square, a reading copy
A Anthony Gethryn mystery
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Rope to Spare - Philip Macdonald
c1936 UK hardcover later edition, Collins Crime Club, London
Spine faded otherwise VG
Neat name and date, 1936, to pastedown
Still tight and square, occasional light spotting
A scarce title
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The Nursemaid Who Disappeared - Philip Macdonald
1938 UK hardcover first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG book sadly sans dust jacket
The cloth has a few minor marks etc
Tight and sqaure with no names or inscriptions
True 1st issue and a very scarce book
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Death & Chicanery - Philip Macdonald
1963 UK first edition, first impression, Jenkins, London
A VG+ book in VG unclipped dustwrapper
Book has no names etc, clean and tight
The jacket has chip & closed tear to rear panel, sunning to spine
A scarce title with a notoriously fragile laminated jacket
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Likeness of Exe - Philip Macdonald
1929 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins, London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped 7/6 on spine dust wrapper
NO names, inscriptions or stamps etc
The jacket shows no real loss, minor shelf wear to extremities
A very rare book and a remarkable copy (appears to be non criminous)
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The Rasp - Philip Macdonald
c1927 UK hardcover later edition published by Collins Crime Club, London
A VG book sadly lacking dust jacket
The book has no names or stamps etc
Tight and square - a solid copy, gold top edge and decent quality paper
Nice attractive format from the Pocket Detective Series - 4.5 x 7 inches approx
The author's first book
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Brief Biography
MacDONALD, Philip. Also wrote as Oliver Fleming; Anthony Lawless; Martin Porlock. British. Born in 1899; grandson of the writer George MacDonald. Served in a cavalry regiment in Mesopotamia during World War I. Married the writer F. Ruth yoward. After World War I, trained horses for the army, and was a show jumper; moved to Hollywood in 1931 and worked as a scriptwriter and Great Dane breeder. Recipient; Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1953, 1956. Died in 1981.

Philip Macdonald - The Characters
Colonel Anthony Gethryn
It was about 1885 that a son was born to an English squire and to a Spanish mother who had been a dancer, actress, and painter. Apparently the boy, Anthony, inherited his mother's versatility, for he excelled both in studies and sports at Oxford. Later, he painted and wrote. In his younger days, Gethryn was a shade over six feet tall, weighed about 175 pounds, had black hair and a very dark complexion. He rose from private to colonel during his World War I career. He had been wounded but returned to duty in the Secret Service. After the war, he went to the country to live quietly on an inheritance and to write a novel. He was called upon to solve a local murder and soon acquired a reputation with Scotland Yard, and an attractive wife named Lucia. He enjoys riding and traveling through the countryside.

Dr Alcazar
Ellery Queen once had described Dr Alcazar as 'a Sherlock Holmes' and an Arsene Lupin crammed simultaneously into the same pair of pants." Although this self-styled clairvoyant functions as a detective, he is, nonetheless, also a charlatan. The Doctor (a title, incidentally, to which he has no right!) is first encountered on the midway of a small circus in California. He is giving readings into the future for as little as 50ft. Alcazar's appearance is impressive: tall, graceful, lean. His face is of "extraordinary pallor; his dark eyes, large and lustrous and glowing. His black, well-tended hair, impressively gray at the temples, surmounted an Olympian brow... ." He uses his detective skills to make accurate guesses about the people who come to him for readings. This is far from lucrative, so he decides to turn his talents to solving a crime for which a reward has been offered. Success leads him to contemplate setting up business as a private investigator, aided by his weight-guesser friend, the loyal Avvie du Pois.

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