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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE LONGER BODIES.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE LONGER BODIES.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1930. First edition : in the primary binding of black cloth. “Great-aunt Puddequet was reputed to be enormously wealthy. It was also a tradition in the family that she was extraordinarily mean ...” – her third Mrs Bradley murder mystery – and one of the scarcest.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (288)pp. Family tree. Plan. Sketch. Original black cloth, lettered in orange; a few minor marks and light bruises; endpapers tanned; slight spotting of edges, but a very good copy of a difficult title.

£200

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE LONGER BODIES.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE LONGER BODIES.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1930. First edition : in the primary binding of black cloth. “Great-aunt Puddequet was reputed to be enormously wealthy. It was also a tradition in the family that she was extraordinarily mean ...” – her third Mrs Bradley murder mystery – and one of the scarcest.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (288)pp. Family tree. Plan. Sketch. Original black cloth, lettered in orange; a touch sunned; faint spine crease; upper and lower covers flecked; endpapers tanned; edges spotted; slight flaw to rear endpaper, but a decent copy of a difficult title.

£125

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : ST. PETER’S FINGER.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : ST. PETER’S FINGER.

London : Michael Joseph, (1938). First edition : in the variant (and almost certainly secondary) binding of orange cloth, lettered in black.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (352)pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered on spine in black; spine worn, lightly sunned, marked and somewhat frayed; a little marked; labels removed from endpapers, with some slight holing; not an appealing copy, but clean, sound and serviceable within.

£20

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : MERLIN’S FURLONG.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : MERLIN’S FURLONG.

London : Michael Joseph, (1953). First edition. The death of a wealthy art-collector, of a university professor with an interest in witchcraft, and of one of the latter’s students – Mrs Lestrange Bradley investigates.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 224pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in gilt; spine lettering a little dulled; very faint tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy indeed in the original B. G. Yates dust-jacket – a pictorial design in purple, red, green and white – just lightly worn at tips, but otherwise very good.

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : FAINTLEY SPEAKING.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : FAINTLEY SPEAKING.

London : Michael Joseph, (1954). First edition. “If an impecunious author had not accidentally intercepted a telephone call, the mysterious case of Miss Faintley might have defied even Mrs Bradley’s efforts at solution ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge a touch dusty, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the Peter Rudland dust-jacket – just lightly rubbed, with a short tear to one corner, but otherwise very good.

£100

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : WATSON’S CHOICE.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : WATSON’S CHOICE.

London : Michael Joseph, (1955). First edition. Murder at a Sherlock Holmes party – “a memorable plot, straightforward prose, and no nonsense. A honey of a book” (Barzun & Taylor).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (240)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; covers faintly marked; faint spotting of edges; some spotting of endpapers; but a good copy in the original red, white and black dust-jacket – very lightly used, price-clipped, and a little browned and spotted on verso, but otherwise very good.

£25

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE TWENTY-THIRD MAN.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE TWENTY-THIRD MAN.

London : Michael Joseph, (1957). First edition. Murder on the volcanic island of Hombres Muertos – The Island of Dead Men. Dame Beatrice interrupts her holiday to investigate her eccentric fellow guests.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (248)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a little rolled; spine lettering a little dulled; slight press-flaw to a couple of leaves, but a good copy in the Kenneth Farnhill dust-jacket – a design in purple, light blue, black and white – price-clipped, very slightly rubbed and a just little tanned. Neat name “Smith” on front free endpaper.

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE LIGHT-BLUE HILLS.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE LIGHT-BLUE HILLS.

London : The Bodley Head, (1959). First edition. Search for missing man in Yugoslavia, Greece and the Aegean, mysterious fellow-travellers, etc. In the Earlham Library series.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Map by Leo Vernon. Original light blue boards, ruled and lettered across spine in black and blue; some mild discolouration to boards; edges a little spotted, but a good and sound copy in the original Don Higgins dust-jacket – a pictorial design in shades of blue – price clipped and just very lightly worn.

£25

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[MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983] –  “TORRIE, Malcolm” : BISMARCK HERRINGS.

[MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983] – “TORRIE, Malcolm” : BISMARCK HERRINGS.

London : Michael Joseph, (1971). First edition. Timothy Herring inherits a house of mystery on the east coast – crime and skulduggery from Gladys Mitchell under her “Malcolm Torrie” pseudonym.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (232)pp. Original grey-black boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; slight press-flaw to margins of a few leaves, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the original John Storey dust-jacket (white, black, gray) – also very good. Hubin p.396.

£40

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : A HEARSE ON MAY-DAY.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : A HEARSE ON MAY-DAY.

London : Michael Joseph, (1972). First edition. Strange goings-on in an English country village – folklore unhallowed by custom elsewhere – “a cosy read only to those of sound mind sitting by a good fire and a well-lighted room and, preferably, not alone or late at night”. Dame Beatrice solves the case.
Post 8vo (21cm). 222,[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very mild spotting of top edge, but a very good copy in the monochrome David Pether dust-jacket – just lightly tanned at outer margins, but also very good.

£50

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE MURDER OF BUSY LIZZIE.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE MURDER OF BUSY LIZZIE.

London : Michael Joseph, (1973). First edition. A respectable don and his family visit the remote island of Great Skua, a haunt of suspected gun-runners. Murder, witches, ornithologists, and Dame Beatrice is supposedly writing her memoirs.
Post 8vo (21cm). (214)pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; very mild bruise at foot of spine, but a very good copy indeed in the Richard Murby dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£50

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : WRAITHS AND CHANGELINGS.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : WRAITHS AND CHANGELINGS.

London : Michael Joseph, (1978). First edition. A very mixed group – believers, sceptics, hoaxers, and at least one criminal – go ghost-hunting in Norfolk. Manifestations, quarrels and murder – Dame Beatrice investigates.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original turquoise boards, lettered in gilt; a few tiny marks, but a very good copy in the Nigel Mynheer dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly tanned, but also very good.

£50

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE DEATH-CAP DANCERS.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE DEATH-CAP DANCERS.

London : Michael Joseph, (1981). First edition. Folk-dancer killed on the Yorkshire moors – Dame Beatrice investigates.
Post 8vo (21cm). 192pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in silver; the faintest hint of bruising, but otherwise very good indeed in the Graham Rogers dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : COLD, LONE AND STILL.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : COLD, LONE AND STILL.

London : Michael Joseph, (1983). First edition. Comrie and Hera embark on a long Scottish walk to test compatibility prior to marriage – corpse soon found – and then another. Dame Beatrice investigates.
Post 8vo (21cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original olive boards, lettered in gilt lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in the Graham Rogers dust-jacket – also very good. Leeds University Library cancellation stamp hidden below flap of jacket.

£50

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