we buy modern first editions

If you have modern first editions that you would like evaluated with a mind to sell, do please contact us! We are happy to advise on any 18th, 19th & 20th century books you own, especially but not exclusively those that fall within the genre fiction categories of Detective Fiction, Weird & Supernatural Fiction, Horror & Gothic Fiction and Science Fiction & Fantasy.

books to sell?

We are always looking to buy first or other significant editions of English & American Literature, particularly titles from the Weird & Supernatural, Horror & Gothic, Science Fiction & Fantasy and Detective Fiction genres.

 

New Arrivals

War, Invasion & Spy

Tolstoy (Leo) War and Peace.

£250


Translated and with an introduction by Rosemary Edmonds
London, Folio Society, 2006.

Folio Society first deluxe edition, one of 1750 numbered & specially bound copies. Large 8vo. Bound in full morocco blocked to a design by Jeff Clements. Presented in original buckram drop-back box.

A handsome edition of Tolstoy's Russian classic set during the Napoleonic Wars.

£250



London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, [1926].

?Third UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room is a mystery novel which blends elements of detective fiction with a touch of Gothic atmosphere. One of the first locked-room mystery novels, it was first published serially in France in the periodical L'Illustration from September 1907 to November 1907, then in its own right in 1908, with the first UK edition published by Arnold in 1909. Early jacketed editions such as this are distinctly uncommon.

Children's Books

Cowan (Peter) Toy Knights

£90


"The Other 100 Years War"
Kington, Herts, Roundtower Design, 2004.

First edition. Oblong 4to. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket.

A well-researched and enjoyable history of toy soldiers. Cowan was a well-respected toy soldier & knight maker himself, trading under various names, including Kingcast.

£150



New York, Macmillan, 1914.

First edition, first printing. 8vo. Original decorative pale blue cloth lettered in white.

A collection of short stories from the author of The Call of the Wild.

£85

London, Michael Joseph, 1964. First edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, priced by 16s. A very good copy of this murder mystery first edition.

£150



London, Jonathan Cape, 1963.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original red boards with black 'rubber stamp' to upper cover. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

A good first edition of the second 'Harry Palmer' spy novel (although the character is never named in the books), that began with The IPCRESS File (1962).

American Literature

Finney (Jack) House of Numbers

£75



London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1957.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12/6.

Prison escape excitement from the author of The Body Snatchers.

£750



London, Methuen, 1938.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

First UK edition of the fourth of Burroughs' novels to be set in the interior world of Pellucidar.

£2,500



London, Eveleigh Nash, 1913.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements. Original blind-tooled red cloth.

The first collected edition of Hope Hodgson's occult detective Carnacki's adventures.

£150



London, Jonathan Cape, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 9s6d.

Paton's searing indictment of South African society, published on the eve of the South African government formally institutionalising apartheid, one of the best-known and most acclaimed works in South African literature.

£125



London, Chatto & Windus, 1929.

First edition. 8vo. Original marbled boards. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

The third novel by the author of Kingdoms of Elfin.

American Literature

Fast (Howard) Freedom Road

£95



London, Bodley Head, 1946.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s6d.

The first UK edition of Fast's examination of the lives of former slaves during the Reconstruction era in the States.

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Agatha Christie first edition

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie first editions make for an excellent area of rare book collecting. The Queen of Crime’s long career as an author of high quality crime fiction ensures there are various levels of value, which means collectors of her first editions can start with the later, generally more affordable first editions of her crime fiction titles, and build their way toward the more expensive first editions from the 1920s & 1930s.

Many of Dame Agatha’s first editions feature excellent dust-jacket artwork. The American first editions of Agatha Christie are often clad in truly lovely dust-jackets, very different in style to their UK counterparts, and can also provide a more affordable option for collectors than the UK first editions.

Some collectors like to focus on one of her famous serial characters, including Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot of course. Whatever your poison, you should be able to start building a collection relatively quickly.

Agatha Christie also wrote under a pseudonym, ‘Mary Westmacott’, and these titles are also not easy to find in first edition, especially in the dust-jackets

Agatha Christie @ Lycanthia Rare Books

£1,495



New York, Dodd, Mead, 1938.

First US edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00

The first US edition of this Poirot novel, reflecting Christie's experiences travelling in the Middle East with her husband, the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan. The main settings are Jerusalem and Petra.

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

A solid first edition of this Hercule Poirot title, featuring five cases set in an English country house at Christmas time.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

Classic Hercule Poirot murder mystery, which sees the Belgian detective partnering the crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (who bears a certain resemblance to Agatha Christie).

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1955.

8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6s.

Attractive jacketed edition of this murder-mystery with supernatural elements.

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket.

A nice first edition of this Hercule Poirot title, featuring five cases set in an English country house at Christmas time.

£60



London, Collins Crime Club, 1952.

8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6s.

Attractive edition of this murder-mystery with supernatural elements.

£750



London, Collins, 1929.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original near black cloth blocked in red.

A thrilling tale of deception and intrigue unfolds as a group of young adventurers stumble upon a deadly secret connected to the enigmatic Seven Dials Club.

£185



London, Collins Crime Club, 1953.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket.

A poisoned nursery rhyme leads detective Miss Marple to untangle a web of deceit and murder within a wealthy family, uncovering dark secrets along the way.

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