Horror & Gothic

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£225

First edition. Includes stories by, E.S. Knights, Hester Gorst, Elliott O'Donnell, John Ratho, Charles Lloyd and others. London, Philip Allan, 1933 In our experience the most elusive of the Creeps series with no copies currently for sale online.

£195


First edition.
London, Hutchinson, [1928].

A collection of twelve ghost stories first published in Hutchinson’s Magazine. A classic of the genre.

£275

London, Herbert Jenkins, 1932.  

£150



London, Edward Arnold, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8s6d.

The second and final collection of ghost stories by retired civil servant and former governor of Ceylon Andrew Caldecott, distilling his lifelong fascination with the supernatural into simple yet remarkably disturbing stories, in a similar vein to publisher stable-mate M.R. James. The mundane becomes horrific, the everyday is unnerving...and the commonplace is terrifying.

£150



London, Edward Arnold, 1947.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s6d.

The first of two collections of ghost stories by retired civil servant Caldecott, distilling his lifelong fascination with the supernatural into simple yet remarkably disturbing stories, in a similar vein to publisher stable-mate M.R. James. The mundane becomes horrific, the everyday is unnerving...and the commonplace is terrifying.

£475

First edition.
London, John Lane. The Bodley Head, 1928
A scarce novel of fantasy involving the supernatural and the devil. No copies on line.

£2,950


and other stories
London, Frederick Muller, 1936.

First edition. 8vo. Original pale cloth lettered in green to spine. Dust-jacket, unpriced but listed as one of the 3/6 series.

Ghost Stories would be an inadequate description of Mr. Cowles' book of weird and occult tales. Satanism and witchcraft, vampires and demonism, possession and black magic, are the ingredients of this volume. (jacket blurb); notoriously hard to find in the jacket, especially in such condition - this possibly an issue intended for sale overseas, without price. An interesting author, rediscovered in the 1970s by Richard Dalby and Hugh Lamb and brought back to public attention.

£395



London, Chatto & Windus, 1896,

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth.

A collection of ghost stories. All of them are set in Europe, usually the protagonist is an American traveller. As far as the uncanny goes, he's one of the founding fathers. One of the stories, "The Dead Valley" is one of the most troubling and memorable settings you are likely to be encounter in horror and dark fantasy,

Rare. No copies online at time of listing.

£175

Fifth printing, Putnam, 1948. An attractive early printing of this famous compilation of tales by Karen Blixen, under her pen name of Isak Dinesen.

£580



London, Ward, Lock & Co., n.d. [c.1880].

Early edition. 8vo. p. advertisements. Original plum cloth.

A very early issue of the first English edition of this classic lycanthropic tale, translated from the original French by Frederick Amadeus Malleson. The work was originally published in 1876, under the Ward, Lock & Tyler imprint. Rare thus in the original cloth.

£175



London, C.Arthur Pearson, 1916.

First abridged edition. Small 8vo. Original dark grey cloth blocked in black.

An attractive abridgment of the weird & supernatural tales of psychic detective Flaxman Low, written by mother & son team 'E. & H. Heron'. The stories first appeared in Pearson's Magazine (1899). Hesketh was a prolific turn-of-the-century author, creator of then then very popular sadistic bandit character Don Q., as noted by Bleiler now "deservedly forgotten".

£350



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1983.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced £7.95.

The famous ghost story that inspired film, television, stage and audio adaptations. Scary stuff.

£75



London, Robert Hale, 1956.

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

A semi-gothic thriller set largely in Victorian London, by a prolific writer and biographer. The book, like many of Hooke's, was subsequently made into a film, The Gypsy and the Gentleman (1958).

£325



London, Quality Press, 1946.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 10/6.

An eye-catching first edition recounting the adventures of a ghost hunter. Scarce.

£795



London, Edward Arnold, 1911.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth with bat illustration.

The continuation to Montague Rhodes James' Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), featuring many ghostly gems, including 'The Tractate Middoth', televised in 2013 by Mark Gatiss for the BBC.

£475



London, Edward Arnold, 1919.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth with spider-web design.

A gem from the golden age of Gothic horror, these spine-tingling tales by Montague Rhodes James would satisfy even the most demanding need for ghoulishly "Excellent Stories" (Bleiler).

Horror & Gothic

King (Frank) The Ghoul

£150



London, Nimmo, n.d. [1940s].

Popular reprint edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket.

An attractive and collectable edition of King's classic of modern horror, memorably transferred to the big screen in 1933 starring Boris Karloff.

Horror & Gothic

King (Frank) The Ghoul

£795



New York, G. Howard Watt, 1929.

First US edition, first printing. 8vo. Original grey cloth lettered in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced $2.00.

A rare edition of this classic of ghoulish horror, especially in the correct first issue dust-jacket with correct number of reviews and price.

Horror & Gothic

King (Frank) The Ghoul.

£750



London, Geoffrey Bles, [1926],

First edition. Signed & inscribed by the author. 8vo. Original cloth.

Signed and inscribed by the author on front endpaper with this distinctive, flourishing signature.

The basis for the movie of the same name starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger and Ralph Richardson (making his movie debut)

Extremely scarce signed and inscribed by the author.

£5,500



London, Tinsley Brothers, 1867.

3 vols. First edition. 8vo. Half-titles all present. Publisher's dark orange blind-tooled cloth, lettered in gilt to spines. Housed in modern morocco-backed cloth solander box.

The best example of this rare, Hubin-listed three decker by Irish author Sheridan Le Fanu that we have ever seen, extremely uncommon in the original cloth and in such condition. The story itself features the Gothic tropes and elements one would expect from the author of Uncle Silas (1864) and In a Glass Darkly (1872), a crumbling family pile, hidden romance, suspicious death, a looming inheritance and dangerous ambition.

£450

London: Selwyn & Blount Limited, . Not dated. early issue (c.1932}.
The first edition of this book was published in 1931.
Contains 16 weird stories from Weird Tales and other sources. Includes the first book publication of H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Rats in the Walls.'

£150



London, The Readers Library, n.d. [c.1935].

First edition thus. Small 8vo. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket, with advertisements printed to reverse.

Originally entitled A Chink in the Armour; a scarce Readers Library edition, in fun jacket.

£200

First edition. London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd 1925

£525



New York, Doubleday Doran, 1942.

First US edition (published in the UK as Uneasy Freehold). 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced $2.50.

An attractive first edition of this important ghost story, written by Irish writer and historian Dorothy Macardle. This US edition bears the same title as the subsequent film and stage versions; the 1944 film version was quite groundbreaking in that it did actually treat the supernatural elements in a horror context, something previously shied away from in mainstream cinema.

£975



London, Collins, 1935.

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

Cult novel about a man who discovers his mother has been hiding his monstrous brother in the attic, the author's only dalliance within the fringes of Sci-Fi. Very scarce in the original Rex Whistler jacket.

£480


A Mystery
London, Skeffinton & Son, 1898.

Fourth edition. 8vo. Title printed in red & black, frontispiece and 3 plates, patterned endpapers. Original dark pictorial cloth lettered in gilt & black.

An early edition, in very good condition, of the author's most well-known title, a classic of Gothic horror.

"In 'The Beetle' Marsh introduces the supernatural entity known variously as 'The Oriental', 'The Woman of Songs' or 'The Beetle'. This malignant, deformed creature is inhabited by the soul of an ancient Egyptian princess...[and] can turn at will into an insect, or alternatively into a man or a woman or an enigmatic amalgam of both." - Richard Dalby, Book and Magazine Collector No. 163 (1997).

£3,000

Translated by Madge Pemberton. First English edition. London, Victor Gollancz, 1928. An excellent first edition in English of this phantasmagoric classic of horror, suspense and dreamlike mysticism, replete with the superb dust-jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.

£475



London, Eveleigh Nash, 1914

First edition, signed and inscribed by author on half title. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Elliott O'Donnell was a prolific author known primarily for his books about ghosts.

Rare in jacket and especially signed.

£1,250



London, Denis Archer, [1932].

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

Sinisterly appealing jacket artwork graces this scarce first edition in jacket; classic horror stuff, with a clergyman possessed by the devil. Genuinely rare.

£250



London, Faber, 1945.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth. dust-jacket, 9s6d.

An uncommon anthology of ghost tales published by Faber, including authors such as Wilkie Collins and Rudyard Kipling.

£975



London, Cassell, 1936.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black cloth with red spine label. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

A rare Sax Rohmer edition, in which an ancient Egyptian secret intriguingly like atomic power is unleashed. Distinctly hard to find in the original dust-jacket.

Horror & Gothic

Stoker (Bram) Dracula

£450

New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1927. Stage play tie-in edition. 8vo. 1p. advertisements (listing 14 titles). Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, with publisher's catalogue printed on reverse. Issued to coincide with the hugely successful stage adaptation of Stoker's classic of horror originally published 30 years earlier, which took to the Broadway stage in 1927, this is one of the most visually arresting editions of Dracula. The play starred Bela Lugosi in his first major English-speaking role, with Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing, roles the actors reprised for the famous 1931 film version.

£1,250

and other weird stories London, Routledge, [1921]. First edition, 13th impression. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker 2/-. A superb example of this rare dust-jacket, distinctly uncommon in such condition. Stoker's posthumously published Dracula story, taken from an unpublished episode from an early draft of Dracula.

£275



London, Rider & Co., [c.1925].

20th edition. 8vo. Original light green cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket.

A very good copy of this scarce edition in the original jacket, published by Rider & Co. The Lady of the Shroud followed in the partly epistolary tradition of Dracula, set in the Land of the Blue Mountains on the Dalmatian coast.

£2,750



London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1891 [but 1890].

First edition. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original red cloth stamped in gilt and bordered in blind.

A rare beast, Stoker's first novel, published on the 18th of November 1890, with the title post-dated 1891. Preceding Stoker's most famous work Dracula by 6-7 years, this adventure novel concerning the discovery of lost treasure and the crown of the legendary king of the snakes is set in Western Ireland, and contains some interesting subtle gothic notes foreshadowing the author's later works.

Inscribed on the half-title, 'G. Biggs from Bram Stoker 20.11.90', under which someone, probably G.Biggs, has helpfully also noted in pencil, '2 days after publication'.

£250



London, The Fortune Press, 1933.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth. Yellow dust-jacket, printed in black, price-clipped.

The first edition of this collection of ghost stories, compiled and edited by the lycanthophile Montague Summers; uncommon in the dust-jacket.