Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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£225



London, Faber, 1963.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original orange cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 18s.

Science fiction short stories by a leading British light of the genre, inscribed to his 'Aunt Bodger'.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Asimov (Isaac) Foundation

£575



London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1953.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s 6d.

The first of Asimov's influential science fiction series, a cornerstone of modern speculative fiction. The UK edition came out two years after the US.

£425



New York, Gnome Press, 1952.

First edition, first printing, second state. 8vo. Original pale green/blue boards lettered in black. Second/early issue dust-jacket, priced $2.75.

The first edition of the second volume in Asimov's epic Foundation trilogy, one of the original monumental works of science fiction. Here in the second state binding and early issue dust-jacket, an attractive copy.

£1,500



New York, Gnome Press, 1952.

First edition, first printing, first state. 8vo. Original red boards lettered in black. Dust-jacket, correctly listing 26 titles on lower panel and priced $2.75.

The first edition of the second volume in Asimov's epic Foundation trilogy, one of the original monumental works of science fiction. Here in the correct first issue dust-jacket, in pleasing condition.

£1,500



New York, Gnome Press, 1953.

First edition, first printing, first state. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in brown to spine. Dust-jacket, priced $2.75.

The third & final volume in Asimov's epic Foundation trilogy, in which the secretly formed Second Foundation vies with a deadly mutant and the corrupt First Foundation. Uncommon in the jacket.

£250



London, Jonathan Cape, 1966

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket with artwork by Max Ernst.

A very good first edition of Ballard's typically leftfield vision of an African forest that turns all in its path to crystal.

£100

Stories of Several Worlds. First edition, Heinemann, 1938.

£125



London, Hutchinson, 1942

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket correctly priced at 8/6 on front flap.

A catastrophe novel in which a warring world is brought to its senses by a greater common enemy than Hitler (whom of course the Allies were fighting at the time of the book's publication) Blieler p21

£140



London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1953.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 9s 6d and with publisher's printed overlay to foot of front inside flap.

The Demolished Man was the first novel by Alfred Bester, who up until its publication had been best known for his Sci-Fi short stories. It was the first Hugo Award winner in 1953. Uncommon in such a nice example of the rather cool dust-jacket, very different from the more austere first US edition.

£375



London, Martin Secker, 1964.

First English edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 18s.

First English edition of the basis for 'The Planet of the Apes' franchise.

£195


Ballooning Adventures
London, John Ouseley, 1908.

First edition. 8vo. Original green pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, a little chipped at head of spine.

An early dust-jacket, and an uncommon little book of ballooning adventures.

£175



London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1959.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, priced 16s.

A collection of science fiction and fantasy tales by Martian chronicler Bradbury, in attractive jacket by his long-time collaborator Mugnaini.

£250



London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

A collectable copy of this classic collection of short stories by Martian chronicler Bradbury, in attractive jacket by his long-time collaborator Mugnaini.

£275



London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1951.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original light grey boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

More famously known as The Martian Chronicles, but with some varying content from the first US edition.

£795



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1924.

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

A great first edition of this collection of tales by Max Carrados and Kai Lung creator Bramah; includes his sci-fi story 'The War Hawks', a brief sequel to his only sci-fi novel, What Might Have Been: The Story of a Social War (1907). Rare thus.

£75



London, Cobden-Sanderson, 1937.

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

Contributing to the lost city of Atlantis mythos, this work also includes an extensive Atlantean bibliography.

£295



London, Harrap, 1937,

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

Brunngraber was a German industrial designer and author. In Radium he speculates about near-contemporary cornering of the radium market causing problems in a hospital using it as a medicine cure cancer.

Rare in jacket. An important sci-fi title.

£325

London, Methuen, 1939. First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, cheaper issue jacket correctly priced 4s.6d. A scarce edition of this the third title in Burroughs' 'Pellucidar' series, set in a hollow earth environment. Wonderful jacket artwork.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Čapek (Karel) Krakatit.

£750


Translated by Lawrence Hyde.
London, Bles, 1925.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

A great first edition in English of Čapek's novel about a secret explosive formulation and the trouble it causes, not least for its inventor, the chemist Prokop: "a rich and wildly imagined work, unusual in its almost orgiastic baroque exploration of power, sexuality, and guilt." (Bleiler). The wonderful art deco jacket artwork sets the mood perfectly! The original Czech edition was published the previous year.

£150



London, Gollancz, 1961.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Yellow printed dust-jacket, priced 16/-.

Classic sci-fi by one of the undisputed masters of the genre, in the striking Gollancz jacket.

£250



London, Frederick Muller, 1955.

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

A pioneering tale of lunar colonisation by a master of the sci-fi genre.

£150



London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1954.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8s.6d.

The first published collection of Clarke's short stories.

£195



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d

A very nice first edition of this sinister sci-fi novel, by ex Merchant Seaman Frank Crisp.

£85



London, Gollancz, 1971.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original burgundy boards. Dust-jacket, priced £1.60.

Dick's metaphoric tale of a depressed individual with a flair for healing ceramic objects and his encounter with the God-like alien the Glimmung. Originally published in the US as a paperback, followed by a US book club edition in 1970.

£120



London, W.H. Allen, 1978.

First edition. Ex-Library. 8vo. Original blue boards lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced £3.25.

An uncommon first edition from the Tom Baker era 'Doctor Who', by one of the authors most famously associated with the series; it is probable many copies went into the public library system.

£195



London, Ward Lock, 1935

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket price clipped. Three digits at base of spine indicates this is an early reprint.

Hubin listed title with strong sci-fi overtones in which an Oriental cadre of secret masters aspire to immortality through imbibing an elixir of unknown provenance, and by using advanced technology to preserve themselves. They threaten the world, but are defeated in the end (Blieler p61, the only title by this author listed).

£95



London, Nelson, 1926.

First edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

African adventure revolving around the hunting for ivory. Featured in Reginald's Science fiction and fantasy literature.

£125


The Story of Adams and Eva
London, Duckworth, [1928].

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

A rather wonderful oddity, both in terms of the jacket artwork and the contents. Bleiler in his Science-fiction, the early years found it particularly worthy of attention, calling it a 'glib and frothy account of doings among the British upper crust', before outlining the strange plot that involves a disintegrating universe and part of the Italian Tyrol being blasted off into space to form a new Eden. He finishes noting, 'The scientific nonsense might cause a reader to wonder whether the book is an elaborate exercise in irony and paradox, but author's purpose seems to be societal. In any case, the book is almost unreadable. One marvels that it has been perpetually reprinted.' One to step back and admire more then, perhaps.

£595



London, Allen & Unwin, 1932.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker 4/6.

The author's first published novel, a compelling sci-fi work reminiscent of the best works of H.G. Wells and Olaf Stapledon (a friend of Gloag). The story is of a race of cat people who harness the power of time-travel to visit our planet on multiple occasions, including the 'beginning of the great war of 1999, and the results of that war 400 and 10,000 years later', as well as Jerusalem a few days after the crucifixion. A rare work in the jacket, let alone inscribed; the author has inscribed this copy on the front free endpaper, 'John Gloag October 4th 1932. (Publication night at the Read's).'

£120



London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 12s6d.

An intriguing combination of authors: "Each of the three 'tales of imagination' in this book is by a master of the art, and there is enough incident and invention in each of them to surpass most full-length novels." (jacket blurb). The Peake tale Boy in Darkness features Titus, from the Gormenghast books.

£395



London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1919.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements. Original blue cloth ruled in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s.

A very good early dust-jacket, uncommon thus. This collection of tale comes from the pen of Scottish author Gerald Grogan, author of the sci-fi novel A Drop in Infinity (1915); the author was killed in the First World War, in 1918.

£225



London, Gollancz, 1963.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 13/6.

A truly lovely, bright example of this Gollancz edition, comprised of two related novellas and featuring the first appearance of a 'generation ship' in sci-fi.

£180



London, Gollancz, 1963.

First edition in book-form (preceding the US edition by a year). 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 13/6 and with small printed number to foot of lower panel.

The true first edition of this two-part Sci-Fi novel by US writer Heinlein. Rightly considered a classic of science fiction, and one of the key works in the 'generation ship' subgenre.

£325



London, Jarrold, 1896.

First edition. 8vo. Original gilt-stamped dark green cloth.

A tantalising tango with Sci-Fi elements by the insanely prolific author of Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886). A really nice copy, to boot.

£150



London, Duckworth, 1939

First edition. Large 8vo. Publisher's white cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6 on front flap, overprinted with 4/6.

The first novel by the writer described by Ronald Bryden as "the most exasperatingly gifted writer in England". Hyams was a translator and author, active in various genres, fiction and non-fiction, from before World War Two. Although not widely known for his speculative work, he published several novels of Sci-Fi interest. The Wings of the Morning is a discussion novel in the style of the scientific romance set as a future war novel whose description does not very accurately anticipate the reality to come. This was his first novel written when he was 28 years old. Rare. No copies of any kind for sale at time of listing.

£165



London, Sampson Low, Marston, [1937].

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

The only work of sci-fi from an author normally associated with more sedentary works on transport; this Lost Race tale set in the Yukon Territory, 'within a caldera heated by volcanic action, a technologically advanced but priest-ridden civilization of "white Indians", originally from ancient Egypt, uses its helicopter-like airships and strange Weapons to attempt to protect its gold from the outer world.' (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction).