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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE INVASION OF 1910 : WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE SIEGE OF LONDON.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE INVASION OF 1910 : WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE SIEGE OF LONDON.

London : Eveleigh Nash, 1906. First edition. A fictional tour-de-force from Le Queux with an exhaustively researched account of an all too plausible German invasion – communication beyond Beccles cut off, further landings at Hull and Goole, desperate fighting in Essex, Colchester abandoned, the Battle of Epping, the Fall of London, revolts in Shoreditch and Islington, etc. Le Queux was aided by “a number of the highest authorities on strategy”, including Field Marshall Earl Roberts, former Commander in Chief, who provides an introductory letter, as well as the naval historian Herbert Wrigley Wilson, who contributes the chapters on the fighting at sea. Originally serialised in the “Daily Mail”, with questions asked in the House over the need to suppress it, the book became an extraordinary international success, translated into multiple languages.
Post 8vo (21cm). [2],xiv,550,[ii]pp. Numerous maps and plans. Facsimiles. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt and blocked in blind; a few slight marks; a touch sunned; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting of edges and prelims, but overall a very good copy of one the best and most famous examples of the imaginary invasion genre. Contemporary ownership inscription of George W. H. Crook and faint W. H. Smith blind-stamp on front free endpaper.

SOLD

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE BROADCAST MYSTERY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE BROADCAST MYSTERY.

London : Robert Holden & Co., [1924]. First edition. The usual Le Queux fare – Sir Hugh Sassari, criminal mastermind of Berkeley Square, Master of the World with strange and appalling powers – but some interesting and informed background on the very early days of broadcasting and the BBC. The action opens in the “artistic studio” of the British Broadcasting Company in York.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 285,[iii]pp (including integral endpapers). Original blue cloth; some mild rubbing; a few faint marks; some spotting, mainly to edges and prelims, but a very good and still bright copy. Small contemporary bookseller’s label of Philip, Son & Nephew of Church Street, Liverpool, at rear.

£40

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE DOUBLE SHADOW.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE DOUBLE SHADOW.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [ca.1928]. An attractive paperback edition in Hodder’s ninepenny series. A story which opens on the night war is declared in 1914 – Roger Heronsgate has just become engaged earlier that day to Lady Enid Halliford. First published in 1915.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rolled, worn, chipped, nicked and creased; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Pencilled inscription dated 1928. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE FATAL FACE.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE FATAL FACE.

London : Hurst & Blackett, [ca.1930]. First paperback edition. First published in 1926 – “One has to take it from Mr Le Queux that the truth about the mystery around which this excellent story revolves was known only at Downing Street ... Lady Mignon of course, might have been poisoned by the drug that baffled the doctors ... But instead of that, she marries; and it is not the clever Paillard whom she marries; though she forgives him ...” (The Scotsman, 17th May 1926).
Demy 8vo (22cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slightly chipped and a little worn; some minor spotting and browning, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO.

London : George Newnes, [1927]. An attractive paperback edition in Newnes’ sixpenny series. Tales from the tables – “There are a good many secrets of Monte Carlo which are never allowed to reach the public”. First published in 1899.
Demy 8vo (21cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a young woman perplexed, an older man alert; slight chips at tips; lightly worn and slightly frayed; staples rusted; text lightly tanned and with a few creases, but overall a good copy.

£20

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE SEVEN SECRETS.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE SEVEN SECRETS.

London : Selwyn & Blount (1928), [ca.1930]. An attractive paperback edition in Selwyn & Blount’s Super Sixpenny Series. Classic whodunit – wealthy Londoner murdered – Was it the young wife? Her beautiful sister? One of the servants? Secrets in every corner of the house. First published in 1903.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly chipped at tips; wrappers slightly worn and creased, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE STOLEN STATESMAN.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE STOLEN STATESMAN.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [ca.1928]. A reprint of Le Queux’s sensational tale of a “hushed-up mystery”, which opens in Downing Street. Originally published in 1918.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 96pp. Original pictorial tri-colour stapled wrappers; a little worn and frayed with a few short tears and tiny chips; some slight spotting and tanning, but a good copy of a fragile production. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

London : Mellifont Press, [1934]. Second edition. Five Parisian mysteries – The Affair of the Blue Scarabs; The Clue of the Newspaper Paragraph; The Secret of the Gieboff Emerald; The Affair of the Avenue Malakoff, and The Holes in the Wall. Originally published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1920. Mellifont 252.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lurid design by H. W. Perl; chipped at foot; large chip to upper wrapper and some scuffing to lower; some creasing and tanning, but a serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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