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Modern Literature

Armah (Ayi Kwei) Fragments

£395



Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1970.

First US edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $5.95.

A very good first edition of Ghanaian author Armah's second novel, recounting the experiences of a Ghanaian man's return to Ghana after an education in the US.

£375



London, Martin Secker, 1964.

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

First English edition of the basis for 'The Planet of the Apes' franchise.

£450



London, Cassell, 1932.

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

An attractively jacketed edition of this work by US writer Katharine Brush, one of the most popular authors of her time, as well as one of most well-paid. 'Red headed woman! She went to New York; men looked at her, and say "Boy!"' (jacket). The book was adapted for the silver screen the same year, starring Jean Harlow as a woman who uses sex to advance her social position.

£295



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1939.

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

Classic whodunnit murder-mystery by an author often better remembered for his spoonerisms and malapropisms, unfairly perhaps.

£225



London, Putnam, 1932.

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

Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of deaths climaxing in that of an oil magnate.

£1,750


A Novel of Cornwall
London, Ward Lock, 1945.

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

The book that started it all... also one of the most attractive dust-jackets from the series. Sales of the novel increased by 205% after the premiere of the 2015 television adaptation.

War, Invasion & Spy

Groom (Pelham) Whistling Wires

£150



London, Andrew Melrose, [1935].

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in yellow. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Compelling jacket artwork complements this uncommon tale of aerial combat and British pluck.

£95


An Amusement
London, Secker, 1927.

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

The first edition of the second book by US journalist & writer John Gunther, seemingly preceding the first US edition.

£135


An Arabesque
London, Williams & Norgate, 1926.

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

First English edition, translated from the Swedish. Cleverly combines modern mystery with an Arabian Night's kind of vibe.

£750


A Romantic Novel in Honour of the Passing of a Great Race
London, Jonathan Cape, 1933.

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

The first UK edition of Hemingway's first long work, a satirical treatment of pretentious writers; here with an introduction by David Garnett.

£750



London, Jonathan Cape, 1934.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth. Dust-jacket, price obscured by ink.

Hemingway's third collection of stories, six of which are first appearances.

£425



London, Skeffington, [1929].

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, with publisher's 3/6 price-sticker to spine.

An attractive first edition and an uncommon book in the jacket. Detective Philip MacCray is on the case to solve the murder of an archaeologist recently returned from the Orient.

Detective Fiction

Marsh (Richard) The Goddess:

£495


a Demon
London, F.V. White, 1900.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark brown cloth lettered in gilt and with inset red image to upper cover.

A first person account by John Ferguson of his friend Edwin Lawrence's brutal murder, the beautiful woman who dropped through his window on the same night and the subsequent quest to solve the murder.

War, Invasion & Spy

McKenna (Marthe) Set a Spy

£150



London, Jarrolds, [1937].

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

Attractive first edition - the British Empire is in danger after a dubious disarmament policy, with the threat of war looming large on the horizon...

£225



London, Faber, 1932.

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

A very good first edition of an intriguing sci-fi title with Christian apologetical overtones.

Modern Literature

Reid (Forrest) Demophon.

£250


A Traveller's Tale
London, Collins, 1927.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown buckram. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A "little odyssey" by one of Ireland's most popular authors.

£225



London, Hutchinson, [1929].

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

A curious thriller revolving around a mysterious death ray - one of only three books published by this author.

£125


A tale of love and adventure in Western China
London, The Sheldon Press, [c.1925].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/d.

A scarce book in the original dust-jacket.

Bram Stoker Birthday

Stoker (Bram) Dracula

£550



New York, Grosset & Dunlap,, [c.1927].

First stage play edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket.

A great edition of Stoker's gothic masterpiece, issued to tie-in with the Broadway adaptation starring Bela Lugosi in his first major English-speaking role.

£4,950


Comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring (first edition, fourth impression); The Two Towers (first edition, second impression); The Return of the King (first edition, first impression).
London, George Allen & Unwin, 1955.

First editions, mixed impressions, vol.III p.49 with sagging text and number '4'. 3 vol., 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jackets.

A really nice first edition set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece of fantasy fiction, the single most impactive work of this genre, and one that continues to inspire to this day, for example with the new Amazon series 'The Rings of Power'. The jackets here are clean and bright, and have done a splendid job of protecting the books beneath.

Modern Literature

Wadsley (Olive) Racing Pace

£125



London, Cassell, 1933.

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

A yearning for 'volcanic love' sees Veronica Manners travelling to South America, in this pleasingly jacketed first edition.

£195



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1931.

First edition, stamped 'Publisher's file copy' on prelim. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

An attractive mid-period mystery novel by the author and journalist Valentine Williams, creator of 'Clubfoot'. Distinctly uncommon in the original dust-jacket. Murder and royal intrigue.