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The Stolen Millionaire - Seldon Truss
1929 "Overseas Edition" UK hardback first edition, first impression published in London by Thornton Butterworth
A VG indeed book in unclipped dust jacket
The book is basically the rare UK first in jacket simply with "Overseas Edition" on the spine instead of "7/6"
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc. Tightly bound and square, light scatered tanning to edges
The publishers competition fly leaf has been neatly removed and partially added verso title page, a neat job
The jacket has a couple of chips to spine ends etc, some general edge wear, great artwork by Bip Pares

A rare book let alone in jacket and one which would attract a much higher price were it simply to have 7/6 on the spine
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Rooksmiths - Unique Copy - with extra - Seldon Truss
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
The copy from Hodder's Archive - publishers very own file copy from 1936!
A VG (stain to cover) book in 7/6 dustwrapper,
As well as the orignial jacket there is also a partial dust jacket (spine and front panel) from their archive of artwork
The book has the Hodder file number to endpaper
Tightly bound and square, stain to front panel and spine bottom as seen, textblock unaffected.
The jacket a bit of edge rubbing and marks but no real loss, 7/6 on spine as called for (interestingly the partial is unpriced)

A unique copy of an already very rare book, also benefits from Bip Pares artwork
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One Man's Death - Seldon Truss
1960 UK hardback first edition, first impression published in London by Robert Hale
A VG indeed book in VG unclipped dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc. Tightly bound and square, light scatered tanning to edges
The jacket has a couple of short closed tears, light edge wear, great artwork

A Chief Inspector Gidleigh mystery

With most copies going to public libraries this copy is rare in collectable condition
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Escort to Danger - Unique Copy - Seldon Truss
1935 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
The copy from Hodder's Archive - publishers very own file copy from 1935 !
A VG book in 7/6 dustwrapper, note; NOT a partial jacket from the archive
The book has the Hodder stamp and file number 6863 to endpaper
Tightly bound and square, a clean solid copy
The jacket a bit of edge rubbing but no real loss, small acid-free archival tape repair to rear of jacket
The file number 6863 is netaly written in blue on spine

A unique copy of an already very rare book, also benefits from Bip Pares artwork and map illustrated endpapers
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The Man Who Played Patience - Seldon Truss + Extra !
1937 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A VG book in 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
As well as the original dustwrapper there is also a partial DJ, the front panel and spine which comes from Hodders own archive - fabulous !
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc. Tightly bound and square,
The jacket has a little rubbing and wear to edges, stunning Bip Pares artwork

THE MAN WHO PLAYED PATIENCE —is Petri Rossmann, who lies under sentence of death for murder. His accomplices are unknown to the police, and their continued safety depends on whether he will squeal on them. Knowing this, they start a campaign to bring pressure on Mr. Widmore, the Home Secretary, to reprieve Rossmann, and a series of mysterious and apparently irrelevant crimes is committed with this one end in view. It is Fear, the most powerful stimulus in human affairs, that drives them on and on to fresh and more desperate excesses, culminating on the day of execution in a plan of almost fantastic dimensions such as could only be conceived by men who were really feeling the rope about their own necks.

A very rare book in jacket, add to that the extra bonus of Hodder's very own partial jacket and you've got a special book
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Draw the Blinds - Seldon Truss + Extra !
1936 British hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A near VG book sadly without dustwrapper
Included with this book is Hodder's own refernce copy of the jacket from their archive. It is the front panel and spine of an original dust jacket.
No previous owner names and marks etc, map illustrated front pastedown and endpaper by Bip Pares
Tightly bound and square,bit of wear to the cloth

THE Honourable Philadelphia Hemstone heard the almost shattering trill of the telephone bell at her elbow without moving a muscle of her hard old face. Martha, the general maid, came clumping all the way from the kitchen to answer the summons, for nothing would ever induce Miss Hemstone to do so herself. She regarded the telephone as an essential but menial instrument for the direct use of servants only. "It's his lordship, ma'am," Martha said, wide-eyed with surprise. Miss Hemstone's features grew still harder. " My compliments to Lord Harnley, Martha, and I am unable to speak to him." The message was duly repeated. " His lordship says he'd be glad if you'd change your mind, ma'am." " I am not in the habit," retorted Miss Hemstone grimly, " of changing my mind." The maid hesitated. " Sounds 'n a rare to-do, ma'am. Worried about something. I'd say———" she hesitated again. Miss Hemstone's lips tightened. No further sound issued from them. From her lap she picked up the newspaper she had been reading. " I see," she remarked with complete detachment, " that another convict has been allowed

A rare book and what with the publishers partial jacket a special item
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Turmoil at Brede - Seldon Truss
1931 USA hardback first edition, first impression, mystery League, New York
A VG+ book sadly without dust wrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square,
A nice clean copy
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Escort to Danger - Seldon Truss
1935 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A near VG book sadly without dust wrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square,
Cloth has rubbing and tanning
A reading copy of a very scarce title
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Murder Paves the Way - Seldon Truss + Extra !
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder and Stoughton in London
A VG+ book sadly without dustwrapper
Included with this book is Hodder's own refernce copy of the original jacket from their archive. It is the front panel and spine of an original dust jacket.
No previous owner names and clean contents
Tightly bound and square, bright blue cloth

A unique item and surely a bargain for any collector
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Sample
The Home Secretary is Annoyed
BETWEEN the folds of drawn curtains in the austerely furnished bedroom of the Right Honourable Arthur James Widmore, P.O., His Majesty's Secretary of State for Home Affairs, the early morning sunlight intruded. And Mr. Widmore stirred uneasily. Never a sound sleeper, this wealthy but misogynistic minister had passed a more than ordinarily bad night. He glanced crossly at his watch. Six a.m. was no hour for His Majesty's Ministers to arise. Setting his thin lips peevishly, Mr. Widrnore was about to turn over to his other side when he heard the telephone bell ring downstairs. It was, of course, the business of the maids or of his secretary to answer this untimely summons, but the bell continued to trill with annoying persistence, betraying the outrageous somnolence of all within the Home Secretary's house save the Home Secretary himself. Mr. Widmore sat up and stretched out to the extension instrument by his bedside. " Good morning, Mr. Widmore," said a gentlemanly voice over the wire.

THE HOME SECRETARY IS ANNOYED " Who is it ? What do you want ? " barked Mr. Widmore angrily. " Dear me," replied the voice, " you do not seem to have passed a very good night, Mr. Widmore. Did you have bad dreams ? " Mr. Widmore clicked his teeth savagely and prepared to cut off the impertinent inquirer. But the next sentence checked him. " Bad dreams about Petri Rossmann, Mr. Widmore ? "

The Home Secretary frowned. It was a strange question for the unknown to ask. Anonymous telephone calls, however, were no novelty to him and he never sacrificed his dignity by tolerating them. " I cannot continue this conversation," he said coldly. " If you have no other business beyond that of asking unwarranted questions." Again Mr, Widmore prepared to replace the receiver. But again the gentlemanly voice checked him. It was a most courteous voice, with just a faint note of mockery in it^ " Don't ring off, please, Mr. Widmo/e. That question was by no means the object of my calling you at so unseasonable an hour." " Then may I ask," snapped Mr. Widmore, " what is the object of this impertinence ? " " To impart information, sir. You will be interested to know that we still regard Rossmann's fate as a matter for your careful consideration."

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