Moss Rose

1934, with the bookplate of Florence and Edward Kaye


Joseph Shearing, aka Marjorie Bowen, pseud. Gabrielle Margaret Vere Campbell


William Heinemann, London, 1934
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback bound in the original cloth with gilt titling to spine. 19 × 12.5cm, 340pp, [2].

Not signed as such but with the leather book plate of Florence and Edward Kaye, who collected together a distinguished library of crime and mystery books.

A superb psychological crime novel based on an unsolved murder of 1872. Set in Victorian London, this thriller centres around the murder of a prostitute and was filmed in 1947 with Peggy Cummins and Victor Mature.


A fair copy. The head of the spine is chipped, and both front and back hinges are cracked but the book remains well bound. The spine is sun-faded and the Kaye's bookplate has offset to the opposing page. Nevertheless, this remains a rare title in the first edition state.

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