Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Neglected Authors: E. X. Ferrars

We give you E.X. Ferrars. Neglected no more.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop
sally@mysteriousbookshop.com


E.X. FERRARS

Elizabeth Ferrars (as her books are by-lined in England) was a prolific author of the classic British detective story who never quite achieved the top level, probably due to the fact that she did not develop a series character. However, in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, she was described as the "writer who may be the closest of all to Agatha Christie in style, plotting and general milieu," and the Washington Post described her as "a consummate professional in clever plotting, characterization and atmosphere."

Alive & Dead, Garden City, Doubleday, 1975. First US edition. Fine in dust jacket with light soiling, else fine. $15.00

Answer Came There None, NY, Doubleday, 1993. First US edition. Slight bump to top edge, else fine with minor rubbing to bottom of dj spine. $17.00

Beware of the Dog, NY, Doubleday, 1993. First US edition. Inscription on front endpaper, else fine in price-clipped dust jacket. $10.00

Blood Flies Upwards, Garden City, Doubleday, 1977. Ex-library; overall very good in like jacket. $7.50

Cheat the Hangman, Garden City, Doubleday, 1946. Ex-library with usual flaws; good in good jacket. $12.50

Count the Cost, Garden City, Doubleday, 1957. First US edition. Very good in boards. Name on front endpaper, light sunning to spine. $10.00

The Crime and the Crystal, London, Collins, 1985. First edition. Bottom of spine crushed, else fine; closed tear at top of dj spine, light wear to edges, imprints on front panel. $16.95

The Cup and the Lip, Garden City, Doubleday, 1976. First US edition. About fine in near fine jacket with two small closed tears. $15.00

Danger from the Dead, Garden City, Doubleday, 1992. First US edition. Fine in about fine jacket. $16.50

Death of a Minor Character, Garden City, Doubleday, 1983. First US edition. About fine in about fine jacket. $15.00

Depart This Life, Garden City, Doubleday, 1958. First US edition. Very good in boards. Inscription on front pastedown/endpaper, spine lightly sunned. $8.50.

Designs on Life, Garden City, Doubleday, 1980. First US edition. Top of spine crushed, else fine in jacket. $20.00

The Doubly Dead, Garden City, Doubleday, 1963. First US edition. Very good in boards. Inscription on front pastedown/endpaper. $8.50

Drowned Rat, Garden City, Doubleday, 1975. First US edition. About fine in near fine jacket with 1" closed tear at top of rear panel. $15.00

Enough to Kill a Horse, Garden City, Doubleday, 1955. First US edition. Fine in very good jacket with wear to extremities. $10.00

Experiment with Death, Garden City, Doubleday, 1981. First US edition. Fine in jacket with minor wear at top of spine. $15.00

Fear the Light, Garden City, Doubleday, 1960. Fair in fair jacket. Front endpaper torn out. $6.00

Foot in the Grave, Garden City, Doubleday, 1972. Very good in boards. Check marks on Previous Titles page. $8.50

Frog in the Throat, Garden City, Doubleday, 1980. First US edition. About fine in very good jacket with wear to extremities. $15.00

Furnished for Murder, London, Collins, 1957. First edition. Very good in boards. $10.00

Hanged Man’s House, Garden City, Doubleday, 1974. First US edition. Fine in near fine jacket with light wear to top and bottom of spine, small puncture at hinge. $17.50

A Hobby of Murder, NY, Doubleday, 1995. First US edition. Fine in fine jacket. $18.95

Hunt the Tortoise, London, Collins, 1950. First edition. Bookplate, else very good in boards. $8.50

I, Said the Fly, London, Hodder, 1945. Fair in boards. $10.00

I Met Murder, London, Collins, 1985. First edition. Near fine in near fine jacket. $17.50

Kill or Cure, Garden City, Doubleday, 1956. First US edition. Good in boards. Rubbing to spine. $6.50

Last Will and Testament, Garden City, Doubleday, 1978. First US edition. About fine in very good jacket with wear to extremities, light staining on front panel. $15.00

The Lying Voices, London, Collins, 1954. First edition. Very good in boards. Bookplate. $8.50

The March Hare Murders, Garden City, Doubleday, 1949. First US edition. Fair. Staining to cloth, pages tanned. $10.00

Murder Among Friends, London, Collins, 1946. First edition. Very good. $10.00

Murder Anonymous, Garden City, Doubleday, 1978. Very good in very good jacket. Residue on front and rear pastedown where flaps where glued, reciprocal to jacket. $7.50

Murder Moves In, Bath, Lythway, 1973. Ex-library in jacket. Fair. $6.50

A Murder Too Many, NY, Doubleday, 1988. First US edition. Fine in fine jacket. $15.95

Neck in a Noose, Garden City, Doubleday 1943. First US edition. Very good. Fraying to extremities, slight darkening to spine. $15.00

Ninth Life, London, Collins, 1965. First edition. Near fine. $10.00

No Peace for the Wicked, NY, Harper, 1966. First US edition. Very good in very good jacket. Flaps previously glued to boards with residue remaining. Reciprocal residue on flaps. $7.50

The Other Devil’s Name, NY, Doubleday, 1987. First US edition. Fine in fine jacket. $15.00

Rehearsal for Murder, N.Y., Doubleday, 1941. First edition. Fine in dust jacket with trifling wear at spine tips. Uncommon in such fine condition. $75.00

Root of all Evil, Garden City, Doubleday, 1984. First US edition. Fine in fine jacket. $15.00

Seeing Double, Garden City, Doubleday, 1962. Ex-library in jacket. Fair to good $6.50

The Seven Sleepers, NY, Walker, 1970. Ex-library with usual flaws. $7.50

Sleep of the Unjust, NY, Doubleday, 1991. First US edition. Fine in fine jacket. $16.00

Sleeping Dogs, Garden City, Doubleday, 1960. First US edition. Very good in boards. Staining to cloth, pages clean and tight. $10.00

Smoke Without Fire, NY, Doubleday, 1991. First US edition. Else fine in else fine jacket. Small stain at top edge of hinge, else fine in dust jacket with small tear and puncture to top of spine, else clean and bright. $13.50

Something Wicked, Garden City, Doubleday, 1984. First US edition. Near fine in very good jacket. Check marks on Previous Titles page, small closed tears at top edges. $15.00

The Swaying Pillars, NY, Walker, 1968. First US edition. Near fine in near fine jacket. Name and date on front endpaper, slight darkening to spine ends. Light rubbing to jacket extremities. $15.00

Thinner Than Water, Garden City, Doubleday, 1982. First US edition. Fine in about fine jacket with some light wear to extremities. $15.00

Thy Brother Death, NY, Doubleday, 1993. First US edition. Fine in fine jacket. $17.00

Trial by Fury, NY, Doubleday, 1989. First US edition. Fine in near fine jacket with light rubbing to top and bottom of spine. $14.95

Unreasonable Doubt, London, Collins, 1958. First edition. About fine in very good jacket. Top of spine crimped. Small chip at top of dj spine, small tears at bottom edge of front panel and top corner of rear, very light stain on front panel. $20.00

Witness Before the Fact, Garden City, Doubelday, 1980. First US edition. Name/date on front endpaper, else about fine in dust jacket. $10.00

Woman Slaughter, NY, Doubleday, 1990. First US edition. Fine in fine jacket. $14.95

Zero at the Bone, London, Collins, 1967. First edition. Very good. $10.00

1 comment:

Katharine A. Russell said...

Thanks so much for this tip about an author similar to Agatha. My cousin loves this style of mystery and finding somebody new will give her a whole new avenue of ready pleasure! And me new ideas for birthday and Christmas gifts . . .