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McCUTCHEON, George Barr. Anderson Crow Detective. NY, Dodd Mead 1920. Octavo green cloth. Some browning, mostly at the ends; quite a good copy. Au$50

First edition.


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$100000 Reward [Hyakumandoru no Kensho]. Tokyo, Shunkodo 1920 (Taisho 1920). Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper printed in red and black and colour illustrated dustwrapper (the spine of this insect nibbled); two photo plates and illustrated title. Stab holes indicating this had been in some outer binding; natural browning of the paper; an outstanding copy. An owner's seal and brushed inscription inside the front cover and on the back cover suggests this is some kind of file copy. Au$475

A pulpish film edition in Japanese translation of the 1920 serial thriller $1,000,000 Reward starring Lillian Walker. The film itself is lost and from what I can figure out not much more than production credits and a partial list of chapter headings survives in English. This book is near as lost, I can find only one record of another copy - not in a library.


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[Miezaru Te] The Invisible Hand. Tokyo, Shunkodo 1921 (Taisho 10). Octavo publisher's colour colour illustrated wrapper; four photo illustrations on two plates. Stab holes indicating this had been in some outer binding; natural browning of the paper; an outstanding copy. Au$400

A pulpish film edition in Japanese translation of the 1920 Vitagraph serial thriller The Invisible Hand starring the then Latin idol Antonio Moreno. The serial was not, despite what some authorities will tell you, a western. The film itself is lost and from what I can figure out not much more than production credits and a list of chapter headings survives in English. This book is near as lost, I can't find any record of another copy.


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Maruo Shiyo. [Mei Tantei Setsu-Mei Kurabe Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Omoshiro Kurabu 1926 (Taisho 15). Colour broadsheet 55x79; some marks, splits in folds and small holes. Used but not bad. On the back is a monochrome baseball game that looks dull. Au$300

Maybe not the best copy of this captivating detective sugoroku but since I can't trace another copy I won't take the chance on waiting for a better one. This was the new year gift from the magazine Omoshiro Kurabe - the Interesting Club.


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FREEMAN, R. Austin. The Surprising Adventures of Mr Shuttlebury Cobb. London, Hodder [1927]. Octavo publisher's decorated brown cloth. A few spots on the edges and the first couple of leaves but a rather good, bright copy. Au$75

First edition.


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ROLLINS Jr., William. Midnight Treasure. NY, Coward-McCann 1929. Octavo, very good in publisher's red cloth and dustwrapper (a couple of tiny chips from the bottom of the dustwrapper spine). Au$90

First edition of Rollins' first novel, a murder mystery narrated by a boy but not for kids; the dustwrapper blurb calls him 'kin to Huck Finn'. I gather Rollins was something of a bohemian rabble-rouser, better known for his labor novels; I picture him leaning against certain Paris and Greenwich Village bars in a seaman's jersey.


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ROGERS, Ben. [ie Roger Pugh?]. The Vengeance of the Tong. London, Modern Publishing [193-?]. Octavo publisher's boards and dustwrapper (this a bit frayed frayed with a largish chip from the spine top). A rather good copy. Au$200

Only edition of this splendid yellow peril thriller. The usual searches find only the British Library copy. Grubby reading copies can be found but once you've seen the cover what's left to read?


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ARLEN, Michael. Man's Mortality. A story. London, Heinemann 1933. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth and dustwrapper. Au$40

First edition of Arlen's dystopian science fiction and one of his least successful books. Set fifty odd years in the future, world hegemony is in the hands of a mutli-national company that got its start with a world changing invention in aviation.


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Yamashita Kishi(?) [Sekai Mirai-Sen Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shogaku Gonensei 1937 (Showa 12). Colour broadside 54x789cm. Minor signs of use, quite good. Au$400

Despite the grim colour scheme - a feature of the late thirties - this is a heart-racing view of future war. It was the new year gift from the elementary school magazine for 5th graders, Shogaku Gonensei.


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KEELER, Harry Stephen. Cheung, Detective. London, Ward Lock 1938. Octavo publisher's cloth and mildly frayed dustwrapper. A few spots around the edges, pretty good. Au$300

First edition, the American - dated the next year - was called Y. Cheung, Business Detective. Cheung - well educated, young and thoroughly American - is noteworthy for not being too overt a caricature - unlike the black landlady Mrs Tubbs - and he does get the girl who is half white at the end. No, it doesn't stand up to scrutiny but it was a big step up from Charlie Chan and Mr Moto.


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BELOVE, B., M.D. The Split Atom Last human pair on earth The whirling of ideas. Boris Ackerman, Los Angeles 1946. Octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrapper (torn & touch chipped); 478pp, illustrations (as is the dustwrapper) by the 'talented, imaginative artist, Joseph Creaturo'. Au$50

Headed on the dustwrapper: 'An amphibian novel' - and from the foreword: 'The author has hewn a new path in literature. It is an amphibian creation - a link between fiction and non-fiction.' An exuberantly crazed book, seething with unintelligible and indigestible lumps of polemic.
B. Belove (pictured on the back of the d/w with what I suspect is a World War I photo in uniform looking worryingly like Himmler) was a pioneer of Steinach's and Lorenz-Doppler's methods of gland rejuvenation. He mixes his rejuvenation theories with interstellar mysticism and atomic cataclysm in such an uncontrolled process and prose that it is really almost the perfect response to the shock of the bomb.


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Minamimura Takashi. [Jido Taiho-ki]. Original illustration for a double page spread in Shonen magazine. n.p. [195-?] Illustration in ink and gouache on two cards, each 32x22cm. Tape marks on the backs. Au$500

Minamimura is best known for his outer space and apocalyptic monster and alien illustrations but it's clear he could work happily with any new wizzbang invention. And what could be better than this FBI automatic crook catcher for banks? How many bank robbers would it catch before they stood a foot or two to the right?


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ELLIOTT, R.C. Sabotage. Leigh-on-Sea, Barrington Gray [1956?]. Octavo colour illustrated wrapper (a bit used) with most of the necessary ingredients: a mushroom cloud, a jet liner and a scientist at microscope but being English the scientist is an elderly man and there is no siren. Au$30

'An 'Atomic Age' thriller' the cover tells us, starring 'Blast' Furnace, a "new and revolutionary character in THRILLER fiction." This he is not. Elliott seems to have been a specialist in racing thrillers before the war, the BM has a number of these. Atoms and the cold war have given him a new theme but his career in these years is hard to trace. This is the only post war thriller known to Hubin and I don't know whether Blast ever battled any more atom spies.


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Minamimura Takashi. Original illustration for a double page spread in Shonen magazine. n.p. c1960? Illustration in ink and watercolour on two sheets of card, each 27x18cm with most of the right panel cut away for the text block. Taped onto a translucent sheet; a couple of editorial notes. Au$600

Minamimura is best known for his outer space and apocalyptic monster and alien illustrations but destruction by any high-tech means was right up his alley. Here is a fine bit of cold war Japanese atomic apocalypse art by one of the masters. Forget the background geography, that's Tokyo Tower crumpling. Tokyo Tower and the first successful intercontinental missile flight both date to 1958.


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Minamimura Takashi. - [Robotto Kaiju - Saibogu Kaiju]. Original illustration for the magazine Shonen. n.p. [c1960?]. Illustration in ink and watercolour on card 27x20cm, tapemarks in the margins. Lettering and inset illustration pasted on. Au$950

Minamimura was the master of apocalyptic aliens, monsters and outer space. No-one does devastation, cars and trains flying like debris and crumbling skyscrapers with more relish. A useful annotated diagram of our robot-cyborg monster is inset - the text can be read on a photocopy of the finished magazine page that comes with this. The pasted inset robot is a revision: held up to the light we can see a much bulkier monster underneath. Minamimura calls this a cyborg monster which might date it to after May 1960 when 'cyborg' was supposedly first used by Clynes & Kline in a paper for the Space Flight Symposium and reported in the New York Times.


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MOSER, Inspector Maurice ... late of Scotland Yard. The Modern Detective; or Shadows & Shadowland & the Crime Investigator. Vol. 1., No. 1. [all published?]. London, March 9, 1898. 31x25cm publisher's printed wrapper; 20pp; illustrations in half-tone and line. Minor signs of use; rather good. Au$300

All published it seems and rare.Worldcat finds one entry for this one issue and I can't add to that. I would have thought the 1890s was a fine time to start a detective magazine but I suspect a deeper purse than The Modern Detective displays was necessary. Even prizes for a new design of handcuffs and for the solution to the theft of Lady Lackington's jewels could not spur sales enough to justify a second number. Not even the appearance of The Misadventures of Sheerluck Gnomes by a T.P. Stafford.
Inspector Moser (late of Scotland Yard) published a book or two of ostensible real life stories from his time at the yard a few years earlier and an article on handcuffs in the Strand in 1894 but vanishes into the shadowland of literary hacks after this.


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