War, Invasion & Spy

Tolstoy (Leo) War and Peace.


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.


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


"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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

Modern Literature

Le Clercq (Tanaquil) Mourka.


The Autobiography of a Cat
London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1965.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original purple boards. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

A fictional biography of a feline, space-bound Nureyev, by American ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq.


London, Hutchinson, [1923].

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A lovely copy of this exercise in literary biography.


London, Duckworth, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original red buckram. Dust-jacket, priced 15s.

An indepth examination of four cases of the paranormal, by two Society for Psychical Research stalwarts.


London, Mills & Boon, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Attractive jacket artwork on this Mills & Boon title.


London, Hutchinson, [1940].

First edition, first impression. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original dark grey cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 9/6.

First edition of this 'Gregory Sallust' title, inscribed from the author, 'For E.W. Sheppard With best wishes from Dennis Wheatley'. Sheppard could possibly by the military historian, who was certainly writing around the same time.


London, Faber & Faber, 1936.

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

The first UK edition of US author Saroyan's second book, a short story collection. In excellent Barnett Freedman illustrated dust-jacket.


London, Faber & Faber, 1956.

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

A Professor Daly title by prolific Irish author Eilís Dillon.


London, John Miles, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Attractive jacket artwork on this charming thirties title.


A Tale of London and Paris
London, T. Werner Laurie, [1909].

First edition, early printing. 8vo. Original blue pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/-.

A rare jacket on this title by a prolific English actress and writer, who wrote many novels under this stage name.


London, Faber & Faber, 1935.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, priced 2s6d.

Heath was cookery correspondent of The Queen from 1938-64 and wrote over seventy books between 1932 and 1968. His first book was Good Food (1932).


London, Blond, 1964.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original grey boards. Dust-jacket, priced 30s.

The first UK edition of Genet's account of a man's journey through the Parisian underworld. A major influence on the Beat Generation, with its free-flowing, highly poetic language mixed with argot/slang, and its celebration of lowlifes and explicit descriptions of homosexuality.

Modern Literature

Kafka (Franz) The Trail


London, Secker & Warburg, 1945.

First edition thus. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

The first edition published by Secker & Warburg - the first UK edition was published by Gollancz in 1937.


London, Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1894.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth.

A very good first edition of this collection of detective stories by Arthur Morrison, featuring the titular Martin Hewitt, a private detective who uses his powers of observation and deduction to solve crimes. A Queen's Quorum Cornerstone.


London, Andrew Melrose, n.d..

First edition, third impression. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, '4/-' price sticker to spine.

One of the best 'Department "Z"' titles by this prolific author.


London, Frederick Muller, 1938.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red to the spine. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

Inspector Maddock of Scotland Yard is first introduced to fans of crime fiction in this now uncommon first edition.


London, Travel Book Club, 1939.

Travel Book Club edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Rather lovely jacket artwork on this thrilling account of exploration of one of Russia's least forgiving regions.


London, Alston Rivers, 1928.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

A vividly depicted account of peasant and farm life on the Isle of Man.


Edinburgh, Grant & Murray, 1933.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Striking jacket artwork on this Jacobite era murder mystery. Uncommon.


London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1876. Author's Edition. 2 vols. 8vo. Original printed pictorial wrappers. A genuinely attractive pair of this rare wrappered edition of Verne's subaquatic classic.


Undated, 1850s but certainly mid-Victorian. Half-leather binding, five raised bands and gilt titling to spine. Marbled paper covered boards. 35 × 25.5cm. This is a bound collection of nearly 40 polkas, the dance that originated in Bohemia in the 1830s and 1840s, and which hit London in 1844 becoming a fashionable dance. This collection reflects the craze for it (at the time known as Polkamania). The polkas here are, with details including title, composer and publisher, though none are dated, a lot of them have finely lithographed covers, and two are signed by the composer. Comprising: 1. The Caroline Polka by Jullien (with composer's stamped signature). Cover depicting lady on horseback (colour). Published by Jullien, 9pp. 2, La Figlia del Reggimento Polka by Jullien after Donizetti (with composer's stamped signature). Cover with lady and French Napoleonic soldiers (colour). 11pp. 3. The Myrtle Polka as Danced by Mme Flora Fabbri, c  JM where who is he? The rapperndt omposed for the Piano Forte by Theodore Lekaert. Published by H Tolkien (J The R R Tolkien's grandfather's brother). 5pp. 4. The Waverley Polka, Quadrilles by Charles W Glover. Cover depicting Scottish figures from different ages with cast names underneath (b&w). Published by Leoni Lee. 6pp. 5. The Vale Royal Polka for the Piano Forte by A Saqui (with composer's stamped signature). Cover printed in green and gilt. Published by John Campbell. 5pp. 6. Polka de Venise (from Balfe's opera The Daughter of St Mark) arranged for the piano forte by Charles Coote. Published by Chappell. 5pp. 7. The Serenader's Polka on the Ethiopian Melodies by Charles Coote. Colour cover in wonderfully stylised Victorian typography. Published by Chappell. 4pp. 8 The Bohemian Polka by Herrman Koenig. Colour lithographed cover showing Bohemian dancers. Published by Jullien and with stamped publisher's signature. 6pp. 9. The Butterfly Polka, Danced by Master Forrest & Miss Frampton at the Theatre Royal in The Butterfly's Ball by John Barnard. Published by C Jefferys. 4pp. 10. Oakey's Star Polka as Performed by Weippert's Band. Blue starburst design to cover. Published by H Tolkien. 5pp. 11. The Drum Polka by Jullien (with composer's stamped signature). Colour cover showing a drummer boy in military uniform. Published by Jullian.7pp. 12. La Gorlitca, Danse Livonienne et La Cracovia(danced at the Annual Batchelor's Ball, Cheltenham, 1851). Published by C Hale, 3pp. 13. The Sturm Marsch Galop by Wellington Guernsey. Published by C Jefferys. 4pp. 14. The Stable Call Polka by J G Jones. Cover depicting stable hands and horse. Published by Joseph Williams. 5pp. 15. The Earl of Dublin Polkas by Ricardo Linter. Colour cover of the Earl's coat of arms. Published by D'Almaine. 5pp. 16. The Trab, Trab Polka by Jullien (with composer's stamped signature). Cover titled in green text. Published by Jullien. 9pp. 17. The Very Last Polka by Francois Bernard. A wonderful cover of a moonlit city street. Published by Duff & Hodgson. 7pp. 18. La Narcisse Polka by A Woodford. Published by Cramer, Beale & Co. 4pp. 19. The Magic Polka by Alfred Tolkien (another of J R R Tolkien's grandfather's brothers). Wonderful colour cover with gilt decoration, showing fantasy creatures in foliate scrolls. Published by H Tolkien. 5pp. 20. The Swedish Star Polka by Theodore Treakell. Lithograph of Jenny Lind to cover. Published by H Tolkien. 5pp. 21. The Osborne Polka by Theodore Treakell (Signed by the composer, not stamped), cover showing Osborne House. Published by Chas Jefferys. 22. The Alice Polka by Johann Strauss. Published by Robert Cocks. 5pp. 23. The Helena Polka by Charles D'Albert. Colour cover lithograph of an infant in Royal crest (Probably Victoria's third child). Published by Chappell. 7pp. 24. Crochet Polka by A GHohstein. Colour cover in printed crochet design in blue and gilt. Published by Hime & Addison. 5pp. 25. The Drahotinka & Koljnska Polkas by P Pavini. Published by Addison & Hodson. 5pp. 26. The Last of the Fairies, A Polka by Henriech Augusta Vesti. Wonderful lithograph of a fairy lady by a pond. Published by H Tolkien. 6pp. 27. What's That? A Stop Polka by Montgomery. Published by C Jefferys. 4pp. 28. The Inniskilling Polka (dedicated to Col. Willoughby Moore & the Officers of the Regiment) by McCarroll, signed by the composer to the border (not stamped). Published by McCarroll of righton. 4pp. 29. The Schottisch for the Piano Forto by W T Best. Published by Chappell. 3pp. 30. Jenny Lind Mazurka by Herr Kronin. B/W cover of Jenny Lind. Published by D'Almaine. 5pp. 31. The Emerald Isle (Irische) Quadrille for the Piano Forte by Joseph Labitzky. Cover printed in green. Published by Robert Cocks. 13pp. 32. The English Quadrille by Jullien (with composer's stamped signature). Cover with border of oak leaves and acorns. Published by Jullien. 11pp. 33. British Navy Quadrille by Jullien, melodies selected from the works of Dibdin, Sheil, Callcott etc. (with composer's stamped signature). Published by Jullien. 8pp. 34. The Fontainbleau Quadrilles by Ricardo Linter. Ornately decorated colour cover cover with country house, peacocks etc. Published by D'Alamine. 5pp. 35. Ethiopian Quadrilles by Henry Oakey. Cover in black and white with Ethiopian musicians making the letters. Published by H Tolkien. 7pp. 36. The Masaniello Quadrille by Jullien (with composer's stamped signature). Colour cover lithograph of Masaniello reaching for his dagger to protect a lady. 9pp. 37. The Palmyra Quadrille by Jullien (with composer's stamped signature). Colour cover of a performing horse and lady. Published by Jullien. 7pp. 38. Le Prophete (Quadrille) by Jullien (with composer's stamped signature). Colour cover depicting a royal man in crown with lady at his feet. 9pp. 39. The Jeannette and Jeannot Quadrille by Charles W Clover. Cover with five engraved vignettes. Published by C Jefferys. 7pp.


London, Houghton, 1932.

First edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth lettered & blocked in black. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A very attractive example of this Hubin-listed title.


London, Cecil Palmer, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A great jacket on this tale of a newly-wed couple who decide to take on the role of coffee planters in India's Mysore district.


and his dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads' Town
London, Faber & Faber, 1952.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

"This astonishing story…was written in English by a West African, and is in part the product of African folk-lore, stimulated by European inventions." (jacket).

A very good copy of this debut novel by Nigerian author Amos Tutuola, the first African novel published in English outside of Africa, praised by Dylan Thomas as "brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching". Tutuola's works, often drawing upon Yoruba traditions & folklore, were well received in the UK & US (far more than they were originally in his home country), drawing international acclaim and helping open up African writing to a wider audience.

Given the recent prices achieved by this and other similar works by African authors at auction it seems probable that we are experiencing something of a, possibly overdue, reappraisal & resurgence of interest in these writers.

The jacket is designed by the well-known artist & illustrator Barnett Freedman.


and other novels of terror
London, Gollancz, 1966.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 30/-.

An essential Lovecraft collection, selected and with an introduction by August Derleth.


London, Methuen, 1920.

Second edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/-.

Four brilliant men have died mysteriously - and the only clue is the carved tail of a golden scorpion, left beside their bodies. Classic stuff from the creator of Fu Manchu. First published in 1919.


or the Three Religions of China
London, Partridge, 1886.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth highlighted and lettered in gilt.

"Giving an account of the mythology, idolatry, and demonolatry of the Chinese". Attractive pictorial cloth binding.