War, Invasion & Spy

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London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1933.

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

Ronald Standish of the Secret Service steps up to assist Bulldog Drummond in this attractive first edition.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1933.

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

The first collection of stories focused on Ronald Standish of the Secret Service, by the creator of Bulldog Drummond.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1933.

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

Nautical fiction by an author with first hand experience of naval service. Includes an evocative account of a journey by sleeper train to the Orkney Islands in the period just before the Second World War.


Chatto & Windus, London, 1929 first edition  

War, Invasion & Spy

Ambler (Eric) Uncommon Danger


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1937.

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

A truly pleasing example of Ambler's second political thriller, notably scarce in the jacket, and especially in such condition.


First edition.
London, Harrap, 1943.

The authors imagine the consequences of a Nazi invasion ultimately defeated. A rare title listed in Bleiler but not in Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy.


London, Ernest Benn, 1929.

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

A spy thriller, previously serialised in The Daily Mail, "with the publication of the book Mr. Baxter will join the small and distinguished order of Shockers Extraordinary to the British Empire." (jacket blurb)


1914-18 Experiences of War Resisters.
London, Cobden-Sanderson, 1935.

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

An impressive roster of names avowed not to violently participate in war, including Siegfried Sassoon, Bertrand Russell and Olaf Stapledon.


First UK edition, Faber, 1936. Hans Schindler Bellamy (1901-1982) was a populariser of the unorthodox "Glazial-Kosmogonie" or "World Ice Theory" of the Austrian cosmologist Hans Hörbiger. Unfortunately, following his death his theories were embraced by the German far right and incorporated into National Socialism as a rejection of "Jewish" science. In this volume Bellamy describes Hoerbiger's theory in detail, and its application to world myths, and his subsequent books develop the theory in light of the Bible, the Atlantis myth, and the Tiahuanaco ruins.


First edition.
London, Paladin Press, 1951.

A novel set in the ruins of post war Berlin in which a war weary population live in cellars beneath the rubble of their devastated homes. Featuring the Wesen family, it provides a vivid depiction of the struggle between the Communists and the Free Democracy of the West for the possession of a bewildered people. Rare in jacket. No copies online at time of listing.


London, Herbert Jenkins, [1942].

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

The first of fourteen 'Tiger Lester' titles, written under the pseudonym "Don Betteridge", in an attractive dust-jacket.


London, Collins Crime Club, [1939].

First UK edition. Ex-Library. 8vo. Original burgundy cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s6d.

Cool jacket artwork, depicting a man with a red briefcase hastening up some steps with the number '9', but not the story of a Chancellor of the Exchequer in panic, instead a departure from the crime fiction Blochman was more well-known for, into the murky world of espionage.

War, Invasion & Spy

Blochman (Lawrence) Blow-Down


London, Collins, 1940.

First UK edition. 8vo. 3pp. advertisements. Original mauve cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8/3.

Attractive jacket artwork for this surprisingly uncommon and highly collectable British edition, combining international intrigue of German & American spies in Central America, with exotic backgrounds, humour and romance.


(A Detective-Inspector McCarthy Yarn). First Edition. Wright & Brown, n.d. [c.1941].

War, Invasion & Spy

Cable (Boyd) Between the Lines.


First edition.
London, Grant Richards, 1915.

Accounts of trench warfare on the Western Front during WW1. Uncommon in the dust jacket especially one as good as this.

War, Invasion & Spy

Cheyney (Peter) Dark Duet


London, Collins Crime Club, 1942.

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

A lovely first edition of this spy thriller novel by Cheyney. Two British counter-intelligence officers track a network of German agents which they learn is based out of Dublin.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1949.

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

'The scene...Brussels. The time...after the war. And the characters? Why, Tommy Hambledon, of course!' (jacket blurb). Espionage thriller.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1935.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. 8pp. advertisements. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

A very good first edition, first impression of this uncommon spy novel by G.Davison, part of a series that began in 1931 with The Man with the Twisted Face.


London, Jonathan Cape, 1966.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth with 'punched tape' strip to upper cover. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

A very good first edition of the fourth 'Harry Palmer' spy novel (although the character is never named in the books).

War, Invasion & Spy

Easton (John) Ferrol Bond.


First edition
London, Putnam, 1933.

Signed and inscribed by the author one month after publication (March 1933). A Hubin-listed secret service adventure set in London and India.


London, Robert Hale, 1952 [1953].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 9/6.

Good first UK edition of this tale of romance and espionage, 'a breath-taking romance loaded with the dynamite of military secrets and international intrigue.' (jacket blurb)


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1938.

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

An important work in the Bulldog Drummond canon, marking the transition from 'Sapper' to Fairlie. The two had worked on the story together, but McNeile died before it was finished, leaving Fairlie to take on the mantle.

War, Invasion & Spy

Fleming (Ian) Goldfinger.


First edition, first impression. London, Jonathan Cape, 1959. The seventh James Bond title.


London, Jonathan Cape, 1965.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original plain black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 18s.

A very decent first edition of the last full-length James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, in the plain second state boards. Under the heat of the Caribbean sun, Bond faces a seemingly impossible task: win a duel against Scaramanga, the Man with the Golden Gun, and regain M's trust.

War, Invasion & Spy

Gann (Ernest) Island in the Sky


London, Michael Joseph, 1945.

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

A very good first UK edition of aviator Ernest Gann's exciting, realistic aeronautic adventure set in the far north of Canada.


Written by himself. Foreword by Field-Marshal Earl Haig.
London, John Murray, 1924

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 15/-.

A scarce work in the original dust-jacket; an impressive autobiographical study by a man of equally impressive military standing, with a career spanning almost 35 years and seeing action in India, Africa and Sudan, as well as service in New Zealand and Cyprus. The foreword is by Field-Marshal Douglas Haig, a divisive figure in military history, garnering the unfavourable, and possibly unfair, moniker 'The Butcher of the Somme' for his strategic role in WW1.


London, Heinemann, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 15s.

A very good first edition of Greene's blackly comic espionage thriller, set amid the vice and squalor of pre-revolutionary Havana.


First edition.
London, Heinemann, 1939
Basis of the 1945 film starring Lauren Bacall and Peter Lorre.


First edition.
London. Heinemann, 1939
The basis for the 1945 film Confidential Agent, starring Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Katina Paxinou and Peter Lorre. In the book, the nationality of the agent is not stated; in the film, he is Spanish.

War, Invasion & Spy

Groom (Pelham) Whistling Wires


London, Andrew Melrose, [1935].

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

Compelling jacket artwork complements this uncommon tale of aerial combat and British pluck.

War, Invasion & Spy

Hosken (Clifford) The Pretender


London, Harrap, 1930.

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

Striking jacket artwork on this tale of international intrigue, centring around the fictional Balkan country of Carpathia.

War, Invasion & Spy

Household (Geoffrey) Rogue Male


London, Chatto & Windus, 1939.

First edition, cut signature of author affixed to front free endpaper. 8vo. Title printed in red & black within ruled border. Original purple cloth, spine lettered in silver. Lacking dust-jacket.

The first edition of the Bristol-born Household's most famous work, a classic of thriller fiction, with (an admittedly unnamed) Hitler firmly in the author's sights.


London, Museum Press, 1945.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black cloth with white skull to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

Striking jacket artwork on this murder-mystery with shady espionage overtones, set in New York.


London, Chapman & Hall, 1923.

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

Stunning jacket artwork by one of the greatest 20th century jacket artists, E. McKnight Kauffer. Given the condition of the book compared to the jacket we have to presume this is either a marriage or a case of the book and the jacket being kept apart, with the jacket filed away safely...

War, Invasion & Spy

Ladline (Robert) Stop That Man.


First edition.
London. Herbert Jenkins, 1940
Spectacular front panel artwork typical of Herbert Jenkins wrappers of that era. None of this writer's work was published in America and in my experience all of the UK first editions are difficult to find in jackets.


New York, William Sloane, 1957.

First US edition, first printing, inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. Dust-jacket, priced $3.50.

A great inscribed first US edition of the book that would become one of the most well-loved of the British war films (1958), starring John Mills. The inscription on the title-page reads, 'For "The Principal" To commemorate his 80th birthday and in hopes he will survive to see at least twenty more books published - Kipper - August 5th 1958' ('Kipper' being the author's nickname among friends).