London, Methuen, 1945.

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

A good first edition of the sixth book in Blyron's St Clare's series.


London, Macdonald, 1947.

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

An intriguing tale by this author of crime fiction, the title taken from a line by Pope, "What beckoning ghost along the moonlight shade Invites my steps and points to yonder glade?".


Some lessons in the science of shot gun shooting
London, Geoffrey Bles, 1925.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5s.

A practical guide to guns and shooting, by one of London's then leading gunsmiths. Scarce in the dust-jacket.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1933.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, second issue priced 2/6.

A superior example of this Secret Service thriller from the pen of the inimitable Corbett, "King of the one-line gaffe" (Rod Collins).


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957.

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

A very good first edition of this later and hard-to-find Freeman Wills Crofts title, featuring series character Chief Superintendent French, "the most human sleuth to be found in detective novels today" (Punch).


London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1930.

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

A scarce weird & supernatural 30s title, rare in the original dust-jacket, with its ominous play on "what the butler saw".

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.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1944.

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

An uncommon '40s title, in better condition than normally found.


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".


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.


The Story of a Boy...with an introduction by E.V. Lucas
London, Jonathan Cape, 1932.

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

Jefferies' famous "story of a boy", illustrated for the first time by Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard; uncommon in the original dust-jacket. Accompanied by original printed prospectus.


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.


London, W.H. Allen, 1983.

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

We are kept off balance throughout this icy, understand thriller...brilliant (Newsweek review).


London, Robert Hale, 1970.

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

Two headlong tales of intrigue, suspense and murder, by a master storyteller. Uncommon.


London, Robert Hale, 1972.

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

Travis McGee experiences the rough side of Southern hospitality...


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).


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.


London, Gollancz, 1950.

First UK edition, first impression. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 16/-.

A scarce first Gollancz edition of this harrowing account from the perspective of one of the black men accused of raping two white prostitutes in Alabama in 1931, written with the aid of author & journalist Earl Conrad, who had met Patterson during his time as Harlem Bureau Chief for The Chicago Defender. The title was reprinted very quickly to meet demand, and as a result first impressions are relatively scarce.

Detective Fiction

Shiel (M.P.) Prince Zaleski


London & Boston, John Lane; Roberts Bros,, 1895.

First edition. 8vo. Original purple decorative cloth.

One of the most well-known and collectable of Lane's important 'Keynotes' series, this being the seventh in the series, and the first of two appearances therein for the "King of Redonda" (the other being his influential work Shapes in the Fire, number XXIX). Aubrey Beardsley provided the title-page/cover designs and most if not all of the monogram key devices for the series up until vol.XXIII.

Prince Zaleski was Shiel's first published work, drawing inspiration in part from the detective tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and comprising three mysteries: "The Race of Orven", "The Stone of the Edmundsbury Monks", and "The S.S.", each to be solved by the eponymous Zaleski, an eccentric Russian nobleman living in exile in a derelict Welsh abbey.


Translated from the German by Huntley Paterson.
London, Harrap, 1931.

First UK edition, second impression. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

A superb copy of this gripping first-hand account of the German Zeppelin raids on England during the Second World War.