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£150



London, Arthur Gray, [1934].

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 3/6.

Great jacket artwork on this rare, Hubin-listed title.

£95



London, Allison & Busby, 1980.

First edition. 8vo. Original black board lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced £13.95.

The second anthology by Trinidadian author C.L.R. James, including essays such as "The Making of the Caribbean People," "Black Power," and a tribute to his friend and cricketer "Learie Constantine". These anthologies encapsulate the breadth and depth of James' political intellect, from the stories he wrote in his 20s through to his later writings written in his 70s and 80s.

War, Invasion & Spy

Johns (W.E.) Sky Fever

£195



London, Latimer House, [1953].

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

"Here are tales for all moods, blending adventure with sentiment and revealing once again that Captain Johns knows how to cater for the older reader as well as for boys and girls." (jacket blurb)

Detective Fiction

Kane (Henry) Triple Terror

£175



London, T.V. Boardman, 1958.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original orange boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Three more capers for Peter Chambers, Kane's most prolific character. Kane also wrote the movie adaptations for Ed McBain's 87th Precinct's Cop Hater and The Mugger.

Detective Fiction

Kemp (Harold) Murder Humane

£95



London, Hammond, Hammond, 1947 [1948].

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

The first book to feature series character Detective Inspector Jimmy Brent, investigating the murder of a successful auctioneer and estate agent.

£125



London, Hammond, Hammond, 1953.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth stamped in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 9s6d.

A superb UK edition of an elusive title, featuring series character Elisha Macomber, a chairman of the Board of Selectmen and an amateur detective on Penberthy Island (reminiscent of Martha's Vineyard). The plot involves a murder during a fishing competition called the Bass Derby.

Modern Literature

Leadbeater (C.W.) Starlight:

£200


seven addresses given for love of the star
Adyar, Madras, India, Theosophical Publishing House, 1917.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth.

An important work by a key figure in early 20th century spiritualism, and in Theosophy in particular; discoverer of Krishnamurti, no less.

£195



London, MacGibbon & Kee, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 15s.

Classic coming-of-age novel set in 1950s London, following the journey of a young photographer and the "absolute beginners" generation. Adapted for film in 1986, featuring Bowie's song inspired by the book.

£750



London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1960.

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

Famous post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel by American author Walter M. Miller Jr., first published in 1959. A Catholic monastery preserves the remnants of humanities scientific knowledge following a nuclear holocaust. Scarce.

£250



London, Hutchinson, 1961.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 16s.

The first novel by Nigerian author Onoura Nzekwu, later republished by Heinemann as part of the important African Writers Series. The novel has been compared to Achebe's No Longer at Ease.

Weird & Supernatural

Owen (Walter) The Cross of Carl

£195



London, Grant Richards, 1931.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards lettered in white. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

An intriguing weird & supernatural tale, born from opiates taken by the author during a convalescence - elements include automatic writing and Christian allegory, set against an often brutally described backdrop of war... Rare.

£95



London, Jarrolds, n.d..

Early edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 2/- at spine with further 1/- price to upper panel.

Uncommon edition of the title that introduced the character of Moris Klaw, an eccentric and insightful 'dream detective'. Klaw solves mysteries using a curious method known as 'odic thought transference', which involves him sleeping on a cushion or item related to the crime to receive impressions about the events. Nice example of relatively unknown Youngman Carter artwork.

£195



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1939.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

Interesting, and uncommon example of alt-history fiction relating to Hitler and WW2, but in this case actually written and published coeval to the time of the events. Rare in jacket.

Detective Fiction

Shrog (Jim, pseud.) Hag Wood

£195



London, A.H. Stockwell, [1936].

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6 on spine.

Weirdly rare and difficult-to-attribute title, set largely in Northumberland but with a sojourn to Morocco; one of two books written under this 'pseudonym'. Pleasingly puzzling and Hubin-listed.

£225



London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1972.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue board lettered in silver. Dust-jacket, priced £1.60.

Classic weird science fiction from Clifford D. Simak, featuring telepathic robots and a familiarly named Friar.

£125



London, Hutchinson, 1952.

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

Satirical farce by prolific journalist, socialite and novelist, Nancy Spain.

£150



London, Sampson Low, 1937.

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

A rather smashing dust-jacket and an uncommon murder-mystery title.

£135



London, Peter Davies, 1952.

First edition. 8vo. Original light brown cloth. Dust-jacket, 10s6d.

The author's last novel, featuring her famous Inspector Alan Grant, published posthumously.

£195



London, Melrose, 1937.

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

Uncommon edition of this murder-mystery about a string of rubies - the famous 'Blood of Buddha'.

£150



London, Alston Rivers, [1905].

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth with red zigzag line down upper cover and lettered in gilt.

Military fiction by Brigadier-General Arthur Frank Umfreville Green CMG DSO, a senior British Army officer in World War I and author of several publications.

£95



London, Cassell, 1957.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black boards lettered in silver. Dust-jacket, priced 12/6.

Hardboiled noir fiction by the author of Dead Calm.

£95



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12/6.

Some of Wodehouse's most famous characters congregate in this later Wodehouse first edition.

£150



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1946.

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

The misadventures of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, an irrepressible dreamer and eternal optimist. In a stroke of unlikely fortune, Ukridge inherits a sizeable sum of money, leaving him with more pounds than sense.