Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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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).


A Myth Retold
London, Geoffrey Bles, 1956.

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

A very good copy in unclipped jacket, a "full flush of inspiration. it was certainly [Lewis's] most unexpected book, and his greatest tour de force; to many readers, and probably to himself, his best work of fiction (even if Perelandra remained his favourite)" (Green & Hooper, C. S. Lewis: A Biography, 1974)


London, John Hamilton, 1936.

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

A rare dust-jacket. One of this author's less common and more interesting titles, a Mad Scientist's attempts to block off the sun's rays and cause the end of the world. Produced for Hamilton's Sundial Mystery Library series.


London, Digby, Long, 1910.

First edition. 8vo. 3pp. advertisements. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt.

An uncommon book by Richard Marsh, author of gothic horror classic The Beetle (1897), the title tale here reflecting his talent for anticipating the impact of new technology. Only a handful of copies recorded in institutional holdings.


First edition, first issue binding.
London. Charles Griffin & Co, [1909]
Early Sci-Fi with a fin de siècle perspective on interplanetary voyaging across the solar system. A companion volume to his The Stolen Planet novel. In Bleiler.


First edition, first printing. Skeffington, 1933. A fantasy novel first published in book form in 1932 by Horace Liveright. The novel was originally serialized in six parts in the magazine Argosy in January 1932. Rare in dw.


First edition.
London, Burke, 1962.

Uncommon in jacket.


London, Faber, 1932.

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

A very good first edition of an intriguing sci-fi title with Christian apologetical overtones.


London, Macmillan, 1928

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly price of 7/6 on front flap.

Satirical science fantasy of a visit to another planet and the second volume of Eimar O'Duffy's Cuanduine (Spectrum of Fantasy p168)

Uncommon in a jacket. No copies for sale online currently.


London, Heath Cranton, [1932].

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

Distinctly uncommon book about a cure for cancer by Hubin-listed author Hipshon, in great dust-jacket artwork.


London, Vawser & Viles, 1947

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

Four stories for children, two fantasy: 'Death Swamp' (impregnated with radium) and The Lake under London (subterranean lake filled with monsters)

Uncommon in jacket.


New York, Frederick A. Stokes, February, 1910.

Second edition. 8vo. Original red pictorial cloth.

The second edition of this weird sci-fi tale of Egyptologists and suspended animation, published within one month of the first edition. Scarce.


London, Hutchinson, [1929].

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

A curious thriller revolving around a mysterious death ray - one of only three books published by this author.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1930].

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6 (second impression?).

Very good example of this early sci-fi title, described by Bleiler as 'Cheap thrills, combined with over-writing and a low-level romance. Commercial fiction of an uncreditable sort.' Admittedly only after he has gone to considerable length to outline the plot with a somewhat ghoulish enthusiasm. 'Mad genius' trope.


First edition.
London. Gollancz, 1939
Published in 1939 as the world was teetering on the brink of global war, the novel describes how the nations of the world, previously bent on destroying each other, band together to meet a common catastrophe. The story takes place in West London where the main character, Edgar Hopkins, writes his own narrative about a lunar catastrophe in which the moon collides with the Earth.


London, Rapp & Whiting, 1969.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket.

Simak's flight of Wisconsin whimsy, but a great read nevertheless, in which time travel has allowed goblins, dinosaurs, even Shakespeare to coexist...


London, Gollancz, 1964.

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

The first UK edition of Simak's sci-fi classic, about a lonely immortal farmer who man & maintains a way station for aliens in Wisconsin, winner of the Hugo prize for that year.


London, Frederick Muller, 1954.

First edition. Tall 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, publisher's price-sticker 10/6.

Attractive first edition presenting a step-by-step presentation on space exploration, blending scientific accuracy and artistic skill.


London, Greening, 1903.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth.

A very good example of this uncommon sci-fi title, "which contains two Prehistoric SF novellas plus a similar short tale, each set in a different Asian civilization prior to the founding of China; these stories are made available to the modern world by use of a Time Viewer." (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction).

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Stapledon (Olaf) Odd John.


A Story between Jest and Earnest
London, Methuen, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped and with wartime price sticker '3/-' to inside front flap.

Stapledon's famous take on the Übermensch idea, in the even more famous "odd" dust-jacket. Rare in such condition.


London, Grey Walls Press, 1943.

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

An attractive first edition of this surreal semi-SciFi title by Scottish author Todd, renowned for his writings on the artist & poet William Blake. Published in England in 1943 by the Grey Walls Press in an edition of 1000 copies because of paper shortages, it received little circulation, although the few critics who saw copies praised it highly. The first edition has subsequently become a known rarity.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1930].

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

An uncommon "Lost Race" title, notable also for the rather smashing jacket artwork by well-known illustrator J. Morton Sale.


Comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring (13th impression); The Two Towers (10th impression); The Return of the King (9th impression).
London & Boston, George Allen & Unwin; Houghton Mifflin, 1963-62.

First edition, mixed impressions. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jackets, priced 21s.

An attractive first edition set of Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece, enjoying yet another renaissance now with the new Amazon series, The Rings of Power.


Comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring (first edition, fourth impression); The Two Towers (first edition, second impression); The Return of the King (first edition, first impression).
London, George Allen & Unwin, 1955.

First editions, mixed impressions, vol.III p.49 with sagging text and number '4'. 3 vol., 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jackets.

A really nice first edition set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece of fantasy fiction, the single most impactive work of this genre, and one that continues to inspire to this day, for example with the new Amazon series 'The Rings of Power'. The jackets here are clean and bright, and have done a splendid job of protecting the books beneath.


Early edition, Likely rebound copy of original paperback edition and rare as such.
London, Ward Lock and Tyler, 1876

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Verne (Jules) Abandoned


London, Sampson Low, [c.1920].

8vo. Original red pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

An attractive jacketed edition of this mysterious islands tale by Verne.


Likely rebound copy of original paperback edition
London, Sampson Low, 1876
Author's Illustrated Edition


London, Sampson Low, 1878.

First UK edition. Publisher's catalogue at end. 8vo. Original brown cloth decorated in gilt & black.

The first edition in English of Verne's sci-fi classic of a comet's collision with the earth which bears away part of the planet, and its inhabitants. This translation alters the text considerably with additions and emendations, paraphrases dialogue, and rearranges material, although the general thread of the story is followed. The translation was made from the serial version of the novel, published January to December 1877.


London, George Routledge, 1887.

8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

A rare, very good example of this sixpence "pulp" edition of Verne's SciFi classic.


London, Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington, 1887.

First English edition. 8vo. Plates; 1p. advertisement and 32pp. publisher's catalogue (correctly dated October 1886). Original pictorial pale blue cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in brown & white, gilt edges.

A bright and clean first UK edition of this classic sci-fi yarn by French maestro Jules Verne, originally published in France as Robur-le-Conquérant. The story was made into a 1961 movie, Master of the World, with Vincent Price as Robur.


A real curiosity for Verne collectors. A key title with each volume issued by a different publisher.
London, Ward Lock (vol 1) Sampson Low (vol 2) 1876


London, Readers Library 'Crime Series', [1929].

First edition. Small 8vo. Original gilt-tooled red cloth. Dust-jacket.

An attractive copy and edition of these two Wallace tales, here published in book-form for the first time. Although attached to the Readers Library Crime Series, the first tale is decidedly Science Fiction. Uncommon thus.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1931

First edition. 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original dark orange cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket spine priced 3/6, with further 1/- sticker.

'The name "Charles Pearce" whisper it after dark is to start a horde of wild imagings...all that makes the flesh creep and the hair stand on end...a repulsive creature to look upon; a colossal braggart; a gifted musician; a murderer - a dwarf in stature and a Samson in strength; the perfect burglar; and a man with an irresistible attraction for women...' (publisher's blurb).

A very good first edition in early issue jacket with the sinister artwork by V. Asta bright and clean to upper panel.


London, WM. Collins Sons & Co, Ltd By The London Book Co. Ltd., [1934]
A film tie in Issued around the same time of the release of the film adaptation of The Invisible Man which was filmed by Universal Pictures Ltd. Uncommon in wrapper.


London, Michael Joseph, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in white. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 13s6d.

Conventional science fiction from the pen of Wyndham, comprising four chapters - a fifth chapter was added to subsequent editions.