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Arthur Gask

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We are Golden Age mystery specialist so permanently seek pre 1942 books in jacket
As we are UK based we usually seek only British editions - please do Contact Us


Brief History - Biography

Arthur Gask is now, very sadly, a largely forgotten crime fiction writer. Very little information seems to be available about the man and his work. Research shows there is even some uncertainty as to his actual birth date. It is possible he was Australian, certainly the was there at the conclusion of his life. His books primarily featured only one returning character, one Gilbert Larose. His published work began in 1923 and he continued up until the time of his death in 1951. For all that time he remained with the same publisher, Herbert Jenkins. This was something to be grateful for as all the books were uniform in nature and benefited greatly from some evocative dust jacket artwork. It is the illustrated covers which make them still of interest to collectors today.
A Sample of Books Wanted

The Secret of the Garden
The House on the Island
The Hangman's Knot
The Grave Digger of Monks Arden
The Vengeance of Larose

Anything pre 1942

Any signed first editions regardless of date range

General Requirements
We do sometimes buy early jackets with books or former library copies with nice jackets
Complete collections or association items.
UK first editions only please.

Payment - Prices Paid
We are renowned for paying very competitively.
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Final Word
Although very few people now remember this author, thanks to the internet and a hand full of collectors
his name continues to live on. It is at times like this one wishes for more information so as to redress
the lack of knowledge about an author who wrote so many good books.