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The Magic Casket written by R Austin Freeman
[1927] UK hardback first edition first impression, published by Hodder and Stoughton in London
A VG book sadly lacking dust jacket. We are including, free of charge, a photocopy of a 7/6 1st issue jacket as a complimentary gift
Neat inscription and 1927 date to endpaper with some off setting
Tight and square, light tan to cloth

A solid copy which looks great shelved in the PHOTOCOPY jacket(first issue blue cloth and black lettering)
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The Stoneware Monkey - R Austin Freeman
1938 British hardcover first edition first impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A VG++ book in 1st issue 7/6 dust jacket
No owner names or stamps etc
Clean cloth and solid binding, nice bright text block, no foxing
The jacket has no real loss, light shelf wear to edges, short closed tear to rear panel, light age tan to rear panel
A Dr Thorndyke mystery

A nice solid copy and a bargain at . . .
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The Red Thumb Mark
c1928 UK later edition, Hodder London
A VG indeed book sadly minus its dust jacket
Name and date but no inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square, occassional scattered spotting
A solid reading copy
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The Penrose Mystery - R Austin Freeman
1954 UK Pan paperback first edition published in London
A solid period copy
No names, inscriptions or stamps
paper tanned as usual, great period artwork
An uncommon edition
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Pontifex, Son and Thorndyke - R Austin Freeman
1931 British hardcover first edition first impression, Hodder & Stoughton, London
A VG+ book unfortunately without dust jacket
No owner names or stamps, some light paper tanning.
Clean cloth and solid square binding
Much nicer than H&S books of the period normally appear
A scarce book
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The Penrose Mystery - Freeman Wills Crofts
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A VG book sadly lacking dustwrapper
Samll neat contemporaneous name, no stamps etc
Tight and solid, minor shelf wear to cloth and extremities
A decent copy and uncommon
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The Penrose Mystery - R Austin Freeman
1937 UK third edition, Hodder London
A VG indeed book (light edge spotting),VG+ dust wrapper is particularly nice
Neat names but no inscriptions etc
A nice copy and particularly bright jacket
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A Certain Dr Thorndyke + Extra - R Austin Freeman
1927 UK first edition, first impression, Hodder London
A near VG book with front panel of dust jacket on endpaper
Tightly bound still, light wear to edges
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
The front panel from the original dust jacket is pasted onto the endpaper
A solid copy and nice to see the artwork for the wrapper, uncommon thus
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The Stoneware Monkey - R Austin Freeman
1952 UK third edition, Hodder London
A VG+ book in VG+ dust wrapper, unclipped
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
A very bright and fresh copy
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A Certain Dr Thorndyke
1944 UK later edition, Hodder London
A VG indeed book in VG indeed unclipped dust wrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
A scarce title especially in jacket
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Dr Thorndyke Intervenes
1935 UK third edition, Hodder London
A VG+ book, dust wrapper chipped to spine
Neat names and inscription
Not the best jacket but nice period artwork and rare
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Felo de Se ? - R Austin Freeman
1937 British hardcover first edition first impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A VG book sadly without dust jacket
A solid example, tight and square, light shelf rubs to extremities
No names or stamps and the like
A solid book and a bargain !
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As a Thief in the Night
1934 UK seventh edition, Hodder & Stoughton London
A Good only reading copy with no dustwrapper
Scattered spotting and marks to cloth
Neat name to endpaper, a full size thick format edition
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The Penrose Mystery - R Austin Freeman
1937 Enlish 3rd cheaper edition, H&S, London
A good book unfortunately no longer with dust jacket
No names, light wear, speckles to spine
A solid tidy reading copy and a bargain !
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Mr Polton Explains
1950 UK fourth edition, Hodder London
A VG book with no dustwrapper
No names etc, clean contents and cloth
A clean and tidy reading copy
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For the Defence Dr Thorndyke
1936 English later edition, Hodder London
A good book sadly with its dustcover
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square, occassional scattered spotting
A solid reading copy issued two years after the true 1st
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Felo De Se ? - R Austin Freeman
1937 UK hardback, first edition first impression, Hodder & Stoughton, London
A near VG book in 1st state 7/6 dust jacket
The book shows some general rubbing a wear to edges, light fade to spine
Tightly bound and square
The wrapper has had some NON-professional restoration to top and bottom edges and creases
Doesn't look too bad on the shelf
A solid looking copy of a Golden Age Thorndyke classic at an absolute bargain price!
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The Cat's Eye - R Austin Freeman
1923 UK hardback, first edition first impression, Hodder & Stoughton, London
A VG+ book sadly without dust jacket
The book shows no names or stamps etc, clean contents and cloth
Tightly bound and square
A particularly nice copy
An uncommon title, esecially in this condition
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When Rogues Fall Out - R Austin Freeman
1932 English hardcover first edition first impression, Hodder & Stoughton, London
A VG+ or better book unfortunately without dust jacket
There are no names or stamps and such like.
Unusually, the spine has retained colour and is still clean and bright as is the rest of the cloth
Tightly bound and square a particularly solid copy, just a little light tanning to paper
Much nicer than H&S books of the period normally appear
A pleasing copy indeed !
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The Surprising Experiences of Mr Shuttlebury Cobb - R Austin Freeman
1927 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder and Stoughton in London
A VG book sadly lacking dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps
Mottling to spine bottom, tightly bound and square
First issue brown cloth
A solid early Golden Age title and a bargain
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Brief Biography
FREEMAN, Richard Austin. Also wrote as Clifford Ash-down (with J.J. Pitcairn). British. Born in London, 11 April 1862. Apprenticed as apothecary; studied at Middlesex Hospital, London; qualified as Physician and Surgeon, 1887. Served in Royal Army Medical Corps, 1915-19: Captain. Married Annie Elizabeth Edwards in 1887; two sons. Assistant Colonial Surgeon, Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana), 1887-91; appointed Boundary Commissioner, 1891; invalided home 1891; Assistant Medical Officer. Holloway Prison, 1900; Port of London Authority physician. Settled in Gravesend, 1903; worked as private tutor, then after 1919 as self-employed writer. Member of the Council, Eugenics Society. Died 28 September 1943.

R Austin Freeman - The Characters
Dr John Thorndyke
Dr. Thorndyke is both doctor and lawyer, and his methods are more technical and specialized than those of the average detective. His procedure is to interrogate things rather than persons; the data he seeks are generally those which are apparent only to the eye of the medical practitioner. He searches for some fact of evidential value which can be demonstrated by physical methods and which constitutes conclusive proof of some essential point. Thorndyke's constant companion is his research kit, "the invaluable green case," with its collection of miniature instruments and array of chemicals. He is an expert in countless scholarly fields, including anatomy, archaeology, botany, Egyptology, and ophthalmology. His approach to a problem is painstaking and humorless. He is emotionally detached, though philanthropic. Exceptionally tall, strong, and athletic, Thorndyke has acute eyesight and hearing and unusual manual skill. He is the handsomest of all detectives, with a fine Grecian nose and classical features. He has no gifts of superhuman intelligence or intuition. His reasoning powers, however, are exceptional and he possesses a scientific imagination the faculty to perceive the essential nature of a problem before the detailed evidence comes to light. He is quiet, reserved, self-contained (even secretive), but kindly. He is addicted to dry humor and Trichinopoly cheroots. He was about 35 when he began his first case, 50 when he solved his last. Thorndyke's two satellites are Dr. Jervis,who has the task of recording the exploits of the famous detective, and Polton, his lab assistant. R. Austin Freeman was, himself, a doctor and used much of his medical background in his tales. He also personally conducted every experiment Thorndyke describes in his cases.

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