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£1,250



London, George Redway, [1888].

First edition, second issue. 8vo. Original blue pictorial cloth.

A repackaging of volume 3 of the scarce triple-decker Dreamland and Ghostland (1888) which includes five of the seven Conan Doyle short stories found in that collection (the first appearances by Conan Doyle in book form, preceding A Study in Scarlet). The sales were of the initial collection were poor and the publisher repackaged the sheets in separate volumes with new titles and bindings.

£395



London, Jonathan Cape, 1970.

First UK edition (following the cancelled the US edition of the same year). 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced £1.05.

Ballard's experimental novel, comprising a series of interlinked stories or chapters. The book was going to be published first in the USA, but publishers Doubleday & Company had the print-run destroyed due to fear of legal action from some of the celebrities depicted therein.

£300



London, Grant Richards, 1903.

Early edition. Small 4to. Original pictorial brown cloth.

Helen Bannerman (1862-1946) wrote this story during a long railway journey in India, and sent it to her two small daughters whom she had just left to be educated in her native Scotland. It was eventually published as the fourth title in the "Dumpy Books" series, in 1899, and its success apparently inspired the format of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" books. It is today quite a controversial juvenile, but since the original publication it has gone through countless printings and translations as well as sequels, imitations, and parodies.

£80



Penyffordd, Chester, Ash-Tree Press, 1996.

One of 400 copies. 8vo. Original dark red cloth. Dust-jacket.

A wonderful edition of Baring-Gould's 1904 title, here featuring an introduction by Richard Dalby.

Weird & Supernatural

Benson (E.F.) More Spook Stories

£1,950



London, Hutchinson, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, price removed from spine jacket.

The first edition of this collection of 13 short stories by Benson, comprising: "The Step", "The Bed by the Window", "James Lamp", "The Dance", "The Hanging of Alfred Wadham", "Pirates", "The Wishing-Well", "The Bath-Chair", "Monkeys", "Christopher Comes Back", "The Sanctuary", "Thursday Evenings", "The Psychical Mallards".

£675



London, Martin Secker, 1964.

First English edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 18s.

First English edition of the book that became the basis for 'The Planet of the Apes' films and the numerous spin-offs.

Weird & Supernatural

Bowen (Marjorie) Dark Ann

£450


and other stories
London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1927.

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

Rare collection of short stories, including a number of supernatural tales, with a focus on women trapped in damaging relationships. The title story 'Dark Ann' is regarded as on of the author's best ghost stories.

Weird & Supernatural

Bowen (Marjorie) Fond Fancy

£225


and other stories
London, Selwyn & Blount, [1932].

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

An attractive collection of Bowen's short stories, including her story 'The Intruder'.

£1,250


Stories from an old catalogue
London, Smith, Elder, 1916.

First edition, second impression. With loose 2pp. signed autograph letter from the author. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, remains of 6/- price sticker.

A great example of the first edition (albeit second impression) of this collection of historical tales, which includes two weird & supernatural tales, 'The fair hair of Ambrosine' and 'Gindetta's wedding night'. The accompanying autograph letter (mounted on card) from the author is dated 22nd May 1917, signed under her first married name, Gabrielle Costanzo (her husband Zefferino died in 1916 and this letter must have been written shortly before her second marriage to Arthur Long), and as 'Marjorie Bowen', referring to the collection: "… I think you will find another side of things in 'Shadows of Yesterday'. If these later stories partake too much of the character of a nightmare, it may be because they affect as moods of mine engendered by very terrible experiences of my own".

£450


and other stories of yesterday and to-day
London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1929.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth lettered in pale green.

A very good example of this rare collection of supernatural and historical short stories, including 'The Necromancers' (reprinted as 'The Incantation').

£750


and other tales
London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1929.

First edition. With loose autograph letter signed Gabrielle Long. 8vo. Original dark blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

An excellent example of this short story collection, accompanied by a 1pp handwritten letter, dated 11th June 1938, signed Gabrielle Long, addressed to a Sir Charles, thanking him for inviting her to a meeting " … the prospect is rather a formidable one. I can however speak with sincere gratitude of the London Library."

£225


A Historical and Intimate Description of its Chief Places of Interest
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Hankow, Yokohama, Kelly & Walsh, 1920.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth stamped in black and gilt.

A very good copy of this important essay on Peking in the 1920s, by an author who lived in China for many years and is well-regarded for her observations of Chinese life and history.

£395



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1926.

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

A very good first edition of this uncommon Buchan work, the third of five novels featuring his character Leithen, here entangled in a web of deadly superstition and danger on a small Greek island.

£150


A Book of Confessions
London, Thornton Butterworth, 1924.

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

Highly attractive example of the first edition of this novel by the author of Limehouse Nights. The work describes growing up in London's East End, and is often believed to be largely autobiographical, although the author would comment in later years, "this has been taken to be my personal story, but it is a mixture. A few passages here and there have some autobiographical basis, but the treatments is at five or six removes from the actual." Scarce in the jacket, let alone in such condition.

£150



London, Geoffrey Bles, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards lettered in red. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

The author's first novel, introducing her series character John Coffin, albeit in a less primary role than that he took on from the fourth book.

£375


or, Ghosts & Ghost Seers
London, Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1863.

'New Edition'. 8vo. Modern green cloth preserving original upper cover and part of original spine.

One of two anthologies of supposedly true ghost stories by Crowe, originally published in 1848 and considered one of the first serious collections of this sort. Rare.

£475


An essay toward an autobiography of a race concept
New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1940.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $3.00.

An important work, regarded in part as one of the first scientific treatises in the field of American sociology. The title refers to his hope that African Americans were passing out of the darkness of racism into an era of greater equality.

£975


The Negroes in the Making of America
Boston, Mass., The Stratford Co., 1924.

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

An important work by the American sociologist, socialist, historian, and Pan-Africanist civil rights activist Du Bois, highlighting the unique contributions of African-Americans in building the United States.

£675


Original stories illustrating posthumous personality and character... Sole Edition
London, Roxburghe Press, [1894].

First edition. 8vo. Title-page printed in green. Original green cloth.

Scarce edition of weird stories: "...these blood-curdling tales are published on a novel plan. The fiction has never been serialised; during the continuance of the copyright no other edition will appear; there will be no sale after the last day of March, 1895. Every reader is thus made a participator in two advantages, for all the matter is fresh, and it is quite certain that the book can be safely purchased for presentation- if a friend's hair is to be turned into quills. And now a few words with regard to Phantasms. It may be judged from this engaging title that apparitions play at hide-and-seek among these pages. Only two of the stories are free of shudders, and we think we may venture to say that there are few readers, however jaded, however distant from the habit of shivering over bogies, who will not go somewhat mincingly to bed after spending the midnight with Mr. Wirt Gerrare." (The Literary World, vol.LI, 1895)

£4,500


and other Ghost Stories
London, Edward Arnold, 1925.

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

A rather remarkable example of the first edition of this collection of ghost stories by the author of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, extremely uncommon in such condition. "An excellent supernatural collection." (Shadows in the Attic)

£85


Tales of Supernatural Terror
Penyffordd, Chester, Ash-Tree Press, 1996.

First edition. One of 500 copies. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket.

The author's second collection of supernatural tales, preceded by Under the Crust (1993). Introduction by Ramsey Campbell.

Weird & Supernatural

Malden (R.H.) Nine Ghosts

£225



Penyffordd, Chester, Ash-Tree Press, 1995.

One of 300 copies. 8vo. Original dark red cloth. Dust-jacket.

A fine copy of this attractive Ash-Tree Press edition of Malden's famous ghost stories, originally published in 1943.

Weird & Supernatural

Marsh (Richard) The Haunted Chair

£60


and other stories
Ashcroft, British Columbia, Ash-Tree Press, 1997.

First edition. One of 500 copies. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket.

A collection of 18 stories of horror and the supernatural by Richard Marsh, brought together for the first time under the editorial safe pair of hands of Richard Dalby.

£225



London, Collins, 1957.

First edition. 8vo. Publisher's review slip loosely inserted. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 16s.

Mason's most well-known work, inspired by the time he spent at the Luk Kwok Hotel in 1956 and the prostitution services he observed offered there.

Weird & Supernatural

Nesbit (E.) In the Dark

£55



Ashcroft, British Columbia, Ash-Tree Press, 2000.

One of 500 copies. 8vo. Original dark red cloth. Dust-jacket.

A collection of 21 stories with introduction by E.F. Nesbit, with a bibliography of story sources by Hugh Lamb. This edition expands on the 1988 paperback edition.

£295



London, Heath Cranton, 1937.

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

A novel about an ex-army man who becomes a gentleman thief in the Raffles mode.

£825



London, Ernest Benn, 1933.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth.

"An excellent witchcraft novel, arguably Bowen's best work in the genre." (Shadows in the Attic)

£150



London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1945.

Second edition. 4to. Original cloth lettered in green. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

An attractive example of the second edition of Peake's first published book, the first edition mostly being destroyed in a warehouse bombing during the blitz. Peake's reworking of the images for this edition included colour for the first time. Rare in such condition.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Peake (Mervyn) Titus Alone

£150



London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

The third and final volume in Peake's fantasy masterpiece, The Gormenghast Trilogy.

£595



London, Heinemann, 1934.

First edition. Autograph letter from the author (as Shearing) tipped in at front endpapers. 8vo. Original pink cloth.

A murder mystery, based on the unsolved murder of Harriet Buswell in 1872. The autograph letter from Bowen to the Scottish lawyer and keen amateur criminologist William Roughead is dated December 1939, and mentions a book of his published that same year, Neck or Nothing.

£150


compiled from the recollections of the reverend Roland Batchel, vicar of the parish
Penyffordd, Chester, Ash-Tree Press, 1996.

One of 400 copies. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket.

Originally published in 1912, "...Swain's tales share many features with those of James' and draw on the friends' common interests and antiquarian studies. They are however rather milder in tone and regularly incorporate a playful humour not often found in James' work. The tales relate the adventures of a fictionalized version of the author, Mr Batchel, Rector of Stoneground parish. Although by today's standards, readers may find Swain's stories rather lacking in supernatural horrors, their subtle qualities become apparent on re-reading, and many find Mr Batchel one of the most enduring creations of English ghost fiction." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic

£250

London, Michael Joseph, 1959. First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 13s6d. The first edition of Waterhouse's famous story of a Yorkshire lad's dreams to become a comedy writer in London, and the fantasy world he has built up around himself. Often aligned with the 'angry young men' literary movement of the sixties.