Early April 2024

African literature

Abrahams (Peter) Mine Boy

£325



London, Dorothy Crisp, [c.1946].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s 6d.

First published in South Africa in 1946, Peter Abrahams' classic novel Mine Boy exposed South Africa's fledgling racial apartheid system and townships to the world - and its wisdom, vividness and political power endures to this day.

£325



London, Dorothy Crisp, [1943].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

The first edition of this early work by one of the most influential and prominent South African writers, a "powerful novel of a Zulu boy, and of the struggle between an English woman and her husband of Boer descent when this war began." (jacket)

£195


and other stories
[London], Hurst & Blackett, [1927].

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

A very good first edition of these light-hearted, often comical tales. Scarce in jacket.

£375



London, Odhams, [1919].

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth.

A notoriously rare collection, including the tale 'The housekeeper', subsequently republished as 'The Confession of Beau Sekforde'.

Modern Literature

Bowen (Marjorie) The Pagoda

£395


(Le Pagode de Chanteloup)
London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1927].

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

An exceptional first edition of this uncommon work by prolific author Bowen, known for her weird & supernatural works and her historical/romantic fiction.

£225



Edinburgh & London, William Blackwood & Sons, [c.1918].

Reprint/?second edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 1/-.

An attractive jacketed edition of Buchan's collection of tales with weird & supernatural elements.

£250



London, Faber & Faber, 1932.

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

Attractive Dorothea Braby artwork on this first UK edition of Capek, originally published in Czech in 1928-29.

£395



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1950.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Contains Chandler's essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of eight classic Chandler mysteries.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1962.

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

An appealing first edition of this Miss Marple staple.

£175


and other stories of War and Sport
London, Smith, Elder, 1900.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements at end. Original red pictorial cloth lettered in gilt.

A very good first edition of this collection of stories by the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

£275



London, Arthur H. Stockwell, [1929].

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

A very good first edition of an elusive crime thriller, especially in the jacket.

£195


A Personal Remembrance
London, Duckworth, 1924.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A personal remembrance of the author Joseph Conrad, by the author Ford Madox Ford. Uncommon in the dust-jacket.

£195



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1901.

First edition. 8vo. Title printed in red & black. Original red cloth lettered & decorated in gilt.

An early title by this once hugely popular writer, an English author of popular romances, and a poet and children's writer.

£295



London, Heinemann, 1928.

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

A splendid example of the first UK edition, seemingly considerably scarcer than its US counterpart. A murder mystery novel and early predecessor to Silence of the Lambs, with a cold-hearted doctor helping a man bent on finding his brother's murderer.

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Original price was: £375.Current price is: £300.



London, New English Library, 1976.

First edition. 8vo. Original grey boards lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

A fine first edition of one of the key titles by Herbert, famously author of The Rats and The Fog.

£395



Leicester, Brockhampton, 1968.

First edition. 8vo. Original burgundy boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10/6.

The mystery of a remote island in the Bay of Bengal offers a fresh mission for Biggles and chums.

£175



Leicester, Brockhampton, 1966.

First edition. 8vo. Original pale turquoise boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10/6.

Biggles is on the track of international gun-runners. A very good first edition.

£325



Leicester, Brockhampton, 1966.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket, priced by 10/6.

Mystery and drama in India challenge Biggles & co.

£325



Leicester, Brockhampton, 1967.

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

Biggles on the trail of a jewel thief. A very good first edition.

£125



London, Methuen, 1926.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth with imprint Burns Oates to foot of spine. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A lovely first edition of this satire on the spiritualist movement of the 1920s: a radio enthusiast finds a way to communicate with spirits using wireless.

£595



London, Wright & Brown, 1936.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth lettered in black to spine.

The rare first edition recounting the first case of Mann's series character Gregory George Gordon Green.

£325



London, Dent, 1954.

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

An attractive first edition of the famous 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood, by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for the stage.

Detective Fiction

Truss (Seldon) Gallows Bait

£125



London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1934.

Crime Circle Novels edition. 8vo. Original pale blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6 to spine with additional price sticker to inside front flap for 3/6.

Striking jacket design by Lee Elliott; the title was first published in 1928.

£225



London, Collins, [1927].

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

A modern reworking of the Arabian Nights by popular Irish author Tynan - scarce in the jacket.

£2,750


Translated by Geo. M. Towle
Boston, James R. Osgood and Company, 1873.

First illustrated US edition, first state, with the title page dated '1873'. 8vo. Original brown pictorial cloth blocked in black and stamped in gilt.

A beautiful, fully illustrated edition of one of Verne's most recognisable and acclaimed works. This edition is bound from the sheets from the British edition (Gilbert & Rivington, printers), with Osgood's American title-page.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Verne (Jules) For the Flag

£295



London, Sampson, Low, Marston, 1897.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth illustrated in gilt, white and black.

A patriotic novel by Jules Verne, part of his Voyages extraordinaires series.

£575


A Tale of Mystery and Marvel
London, Sampson Low, Marston, [1914].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original green pictorial cloth.

The fifth book in Verne's Voyages extraordinaires series, a dark and foreboding tale.

£125



London, Newnes, n.d..

Early reprint. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

An attractively jacketed edition of this crime thriller, originally published in book form under the pseudonym David Durham in 1925.

£125



London, Thornton Butterworth, 1936.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, 'overseas edition' printed to spine.

An attractive first edition in Bip Pares jacket of Philip Neville Walker Taylor's naval crime thriller set against the backdrop of South Africa.

£225



London, Hutchinson, n.d..

25th thousand. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

The novel of Edgar Wallace's famous play told by Robert Curtis.

£175



London, Skeffington, [1950].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in red to spine. Dust-jacket, clipped to inside front flap but with price 6/- present.

The first UK edition of Walton's occult horror based in New England, published in 1945 as the first volume in 'The Library of Arkham House Novels of Fantasy and Terror'. Uncommon in the jacket.

£195


and particularly how Mr. Bert Smallways fared while it lasted
London, George Bell & Sons, 1908.

First edition. 8vo. Variant of second state binding in red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, with inset colour illustration to upper cover.

An attractive first edition of Wells' remarkable anticipation of aerial warfare, here in the considerably scarcer red cloth variant binding of the second state.

£125


with drawings by Low, Matt, Horrabin and others and a foreword by Oliver Baldwin.
London, Philip Allan, [1930].

First edition. 8vo. Original yellow boards. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

Humorous reflections on the leading British politicians of the day, illustrated by the well-known caricaturists of the era.

£225



London, John Hamilton, [1938].

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

Attractive jacket artwork graces this uncommon 'thirties title, featuring recurring characters Arnold Keene and Bernard Young.

£275



Philadelphia, Lippincott, [1925].

First US edition. 8vo. Original beige cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

The first title published under this pseudonym, originally published as The Mystery of the Evil Eye (1925). Serialised weekly in Flynn's between 29 November 1924 and 3 January 1925.