Weird & Supernatural

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£450



London, Rider, 1912.

First edition. 8vo. Original blind-tooled purple cloth.

A rare work of a weird & supernatural bent, Egyptian mummies, reincarnation, ghosts, that sort of thing... Winifred Graham was a a prolific author, though this title was the only one of hers to make it into Bleiler's Guide to Supernatural Fiction (and he was not exactly gentle with it therein!). Distinctly uncommon.

£350

First edition.
London. Hutchinson, [1926]
The continuing adventures of Allan Quatermain, set in the middle of the Dark Continent ruled by a huge, pale man with a strange knowledge of future events. One of two works published posthumously.

Weird & Supernatural

Hamel (Frank) Human Animals.

£895



London, Rider, 1915

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket correctly priced at 6/- on spine.

Paraphrasing the book's preface....''From the abundant records and traditions dealing with the curious belief that certain men and women can transform themselves into animals, the author has collected a number of instances and examples which throw fresh light on the subject both from the point of view of folklore and occultism''

There are chapters on the ''Bush-Soul," on human souls in animal bodies, on animal dances, the "Were-Wolf Trials," on witches, on cat and cock phantoms, on the "Phantasmal Ghost" as well as bird-women.

The book is uncommon without a jacket, it is genuinely rare with one. A remarkable survival.

Rare in jacket.

£400



London, Saxon, [1898].

First edition. 8vo. 7pp. advertisements. Original decorative dark brown cloth.

The true first edition of this oft overlooked classic of supernatural fiction, republished by the University of Tampa press in 2006, as part of their 'Insistent Visions' series. The author was better known under the alias 'Cheiro', for his books on palmistry and related subjects. Rare.

£475

First edition.
London. Dent, 1910
The author’s first short story collection containing some fine examples of ghost and horror stories including the much anthologised tale, ‘August Heat’ (Shadows in the Attic p.247).

Weird & Supernatural

Heard (Gerald) The Great Fog

£195


and Other Weird Tales
London, Cassell, 1947.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped and with publisher's '4/6 Cheap Edition' sticker to upper panel.

A collection of mysterious and weird tales, by an author who numbered among his close friends Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood, and whose work was compared favourably to that of H.G. Wells and Conan Doyle: "He plays as daringly with the test tubes of science as did the early H.G. Wells...Mr. Heard is a new master in this field..." (New York Times).

£1,200



London, Selwyn & Blount, [1920].

First edition, [one of 500 copies]. 8vo. Original boards with printed paper spine label. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

A rather remarkable copy of Hope Hodgson's first published verse collection, scarce in such condition and the original dust-jacket: "...most of what [Hodgson] wrote in this kind is here published for the first time. And in his poems, as in his prose, it is the mystery, the strength, the cruelty, the grimness and sadness of the sea the most potently appeal to him... For him the voices of the sea are the sighing or calling of its multitudinous dead, and there are lines in which he hints that one day he, too, will be called down to them..." A. St John Adcock's introduction. The attraction of Davy Jones' locker was not the author's demise ultimately however, instead he died in action during the First World War.

£1,250



London, Stanley Paul, 1909.

First edition. 8vo. Original (variant) blue cloth.

A key work in Hope Hodgson's canon, here in a seemingly unknown variant binding (the normal is red cloth, with green also being recorded). The tale recounts a ship crew's strange & terrifying experience as their reality comes into contact with an alternative, darker mirror world. Bleiler was a huge fan of Hope Hodgson, calling his novels "visionary accounts that have no real parallels in English literature". Of this particular title he noted:

"One of the great sea novels. highly original in detail and well done. Although it is overshadowed as visionary horror by the more spectacular The House on the Borderland and The Night Land, as a work of art, it is finer." (The Guide to Supernatural Fiction).

A revised version of the ending was anthologised, under the title "The Silent Ship".

£2,700



London, Stanley Paul, 1909.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements. Original green cloth.

A superb first edition of this key work in Hope Hodgson's canon, here in the seemingly less common green cloth, as opposed to red (no priority being definitively established). The tale recounts a ship crew's strange & terrifying experience as their reality comes into contact with an alternative, darker mirror world. Bleiler was a huge fan of Hope Hodgson, calling his novels "visionary accounts that have no real parallels in English literature". Of this particular title he noted:

"One of the great sea novels. highly original in detail and well done. Although it is overshadowed as visionary horror by the more spectacular The House on the Borderland and The Night Land, as a work of art, it is finer." (The Guide to Supernatural Fiction).

A revised version of the ending was anthologised, under the title "The Silent Ship".

£795



London, Eveleigh Nash, 1916.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements. Original cloth.

Two poems and eight short stories, mostly of darkly supernatural nautical themes inspired by the author's own time at sea. "Long neglected, unappreciated, one of most important formative influences in modern tale of supernatural horror." (Bleiler). Very rare.

Weird & Supernatural

Hume (Fergus) A Son of Perdition:

£450


An Occult Romance
London, Rider, 1912.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in gilt.

A dalliance with the supernatural, from the author of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886). Rare.

Weird & Supernatural

Kellino (Pamela) A Lady Possessed

£125



London, Robert Hale, 1943.

First edition, second printing, signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket.

The first reprint of the author's second novel, inscribed by the author: "To R J Minney with my best wishes Pamela Kellino". A nice association copy, presented by the author & actor Pamela Kellino to a prominent film-maker and film-producer. Kellino was married to the actor James Mason, and they developed a screen treatment from this novel together, both going on to also act in the actual film (1952). The book was subsequently published in America under the title Del Palma.

£325

First edition thus.
London. Reader's Library, [1934 according to COPAC but could be earlier]
Death by poisoning in a locked bedroom at Staups, an isolated manor house on the Yorkshire Moors. Weird elements, a supposedly cursed jewel and sacrificial knives looted from the temple of Aztec descendants living in Central America, Author’s first crime novel, published in the UK by Bles in 1927.

£295



London, Robert Holden, 1926.

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

A second collection of weird tales by the author of The Street of Queer Houses. Uncommon, especially in the original dust-jacket.

£150



London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1923.

8vo. Original cloth.

A rare imprint of this classic collection of dark & gothic tales by a master of the genre, Sheridan Le Fanu.

Weird & Supernatural

Le Fanu (J. Sheridan) The Watcher

£1,795


and other weird stories
London, Downey, n.d. [1894].

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial grey cloth blocked in silver & black.

A rather wonderful copy of this famous compilation of weird tales by the leading author of all such things from the 19th century, with the cover decorations still bright and the covers clean. This collection has been perfectly illustrated throughout by the author's son Brinsley. For fans of detective fiction, the volume also includes 'Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess', considered by Bleiler as probably the first 'locked room' mystery.

Weird & Supernatural

Leyton (Patrick) Haunted Abbey

£650



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1936.

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

A partly occult novel based on an Abbot's legacy curse dating back to the time of Henry VIII. Rare in the original, first impression dust-jacket.

£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.'

£295


or The Transmutations
London & Boston, John Lane & Roberts Bros, 1895.

First edition. Small 8vo. Original decorative cloth.

A very good first edition of the 19th volume in Lane's influential 'Keynotes' series, with decorative elements by 1890s illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. Machen's episodic novel is a masterpiece in weird horror fiction, and would go on to influence Cthulu creator H.P. Lovecraft significantly.

£250



London, George Newnes, 1894.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements, patterned endpapers. Original decorative cloth.

A collection of linked stories of a supernatural bent, originally published serially in The Strand, here collected for the first time. The author would go on to garner relative acclaim for his Haggard-esque Under the Naga Banner (1896), and lost-race tale The Great Green Serpent (1926).

£575

25th impression.
London, Ernest Benn, 1931
A very rare example. There are no copies of this edition online let alone with a near fine wrapper. 

£120



London, Methuen, 1902.

First edition. 8vo. 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end (dated July 1902). Original red cloth with gilt decoration and lettering at spine and upper cover.

A very good copy of this important work by The Beetle author Richard Marsh (aka Richard Bernard Heldmann).

£220


and Mr. Ely's Engagement
London, James Bowden, 1899.

First edition. 8vo. Frontispiece, 12pp. advertisements. Original green pictorial cloth blocked in black & white, lettered in gilt to spine, partly uncut.

An excellent first edition of this work by the author of the oft underrated gothic classic The Beetle.

£250



London, skeffington, 1896.

First edition. 8vo. Title printed in red & black. Original blue cloth with red & design.

A rare work of sci-fi interest, with themes involving Hypnosis, experiments in Medicine, and reanimation of the dead.

£250

First edition.
London. Cassell, 1958
Supernatural novel that served as the basis for the 1999 film of the same name.

Weird & Supernatural

McKenna (Stephen) Superstition

£325



London, Hutchinson, [1932].

First edition. 8vo. 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated Autumn 1932. Original claret cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6.

The danger of a demoniacally loving woman, as suggested by the somewhat startling jacket artwork.

£95



London, Philip Allan, 1936.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth.

An uncommon first edition, written by 'Geoffrey Aylett' creator Vivian Meik, an Indian-born author. A 'Yellow Peril' classic.

Weird & Supernatural

Metcalfe (John) Foster-Girl

£295



London, Constable, 1936.

First edition, first printing. 8vo. Original green boards. Second printing dust-jacket, price-clipped but with 3/6 price on spine.

One of the finest works by an author known for his ability to "build up a unique sense of unease" (Brian Stableford, St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers, 1998).

Weird & Supernatural

Metcalfe (John) The Smoking Leg

£350

London, Jarrolds, 1927. An early edition of Metcalfe's first published book, a collection of macabre tales, including the excellent 'Paper WIndmills'.

£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.

£250



New York, Appleton-Century, 1935.

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

"Perhaps the most intensely mythic and symbolic of all Mundy's work." (Taves, Philosophy Into Popular Fiction: Talbot Mundy and The Theosophical Society)

Talbot Mundy was an English writer of adventure fiction. Based for most of his life in the United States, he also wrote under the pseudonym of Walter Galt. Best known as the author of King of the Khyber Rifles and the 'Jimgrim' series, much of his work was published in pulp magazines.

£350



Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1921.

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

The first edition of an important anthropological work on the cult of Wicca, which despite in large part being discredited by many (inevitably male) historians is now considered by some anthropologists as having some potentially considerable intuitive and historical merit.

£250

First edition. Collection of eighteen stories.
London, Longmans, 1930
"Short stories with an Egyptian setting, some of which are fantasy and weird, and some at least of which first appeared in magazines under the pen name of 'Abu Nadaar' ..." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 161. The title story was reprinted in POWERS OF DARKNESS (1934), one of Philip Allan's anthologies in the "Creeps" series. Rare in d/w

£275



London, Longmans, 1960.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original orange boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 16/-.

One of only two novels written by this all-too-often over-looked American author, more prolific as an author of short stories. Crammed full of overwhelming religious themes and dark imagery, the work is one of the best examples of the "Southern Gothic" subgenre.

£95



London, Methuen, 1914.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth gilt.

A humorous tale in which magic beans from the East give Alfred Burton an uncompromising devotion to truth and beauty.

£300



London, Cassell, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in yellow.

Atmospheric novel of mystery and weird pagan horror, set in Ireland. Very scarce.