Lot 79

MISCELLANY – Edgar WALLACE (1875-1932).  The Four Just Men. London: The Tallis Press, 1905. 8vo. Half title, folding wood-engraved frontispiece, competition slip at end (frontispiece and competition slip detached, some spotting). Original tan cloth (some staining, extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: W. H. Smith & Son (blindstamp). The competition slip, which is present but detached, and not completed, offers a prize of £500 for ‘the explanation of the killing of Sir Philip Ramon.’ With 10 other miscellaneous books, including Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’ Urbervilles (London, 1895, new edition), Rudyard Kipling’s Stalky & Co. (London, 1899, FIRST EDITION), Winston Churchill (1871-1947, American novelist)’s Mr. Crewe’s Career (London, 1908), Alfred Leete’s Schmidt the Spy and his Messages to Berlin (London, 1916), G. K. Chesterton’s Heretics (London, 1919, FIRST EDITION), A. P. Herbert’s Plain Jane (London, 1927, illustrations by  Anna K. Zinkeisen, FIRST EDITION), Dorothy L. Sayers’ Even the Parrot (London, 1945, 3rd ed.) and Alistair Cooke’s Christmas Eve (London, 1952, illustrations by Marc Simont). "A great collection. Alistair Cooke's Christmas Eve should not be missed, nor should Dorothy Sayers, Chesterton and AP Herbert By the way, it's not THE Winston Churchill. I was fooled too!!" (H.B.).

Estimate: £200-£300