London, Drane's, [1924].

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

Compelling jacket artwork graces this compilation of short stories, mostly of an Oriental bent. An uncommon imprint.


London, Bles, 1937.

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

Attractive first UK edition of this important work by the author of The Grand Hotel, set during the 1906 Dutch intervention in Bali.


Leicester, Brockhampton, [1948].

First edition. 4to. Original pictorial boards.

Uncommon 'forties Blyton title, charmingly illustrated by regular Blyton collaborator Eileen Alice Soper.


London, Ward, Lock & Co., [1929]..

'New and Revised Edition'. 8vo. Original green cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket.

Transportative jacket artwork on this vintage guide to car maintenance.

War, Invasion & Spy

Cheyney (Peter) Dark Duet


London, Collins Crime Club, 1942.

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

A lovely first edition of this spy thriller novel by Cheyney. Two British counter-intelligence officers track a network of German agents which they learn is based out of Dublin.


[The Under Dog; Blackman's Wood.]
London, The Readers Library, n.d. [1929].

First edition thus. Small 8vo. 2pp. adverts. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket.

A rare pre-1930s Readers Library title, combining a title by Agatha Christie and another by E. Phillips Oppenheim.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1949.

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

'The scene...Brussels. The time...after the war. And the characters? Why, Tommy Hambledon, of course!' (jacket blurb). Espionage thriller.


London, Skeffington, [1920].

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

Attractive first edition of this work by prodigious Irish author, who specialised in romantic novels set within the Irish sporting gentry.


London, Constable, 1935.

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

Suitably ominous jacket artwork on this uncommon first edition; one of at least three works by Scottish author Curle, better known today for his friendship with and works about Joseph Conrad.


[London], Collins, [1938].

First edition. 4to. Original tan cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

One of the more sought-after Disney books from its Golden Era, with no coeval American edition.


London, Putnam, 1908.

Sixth edition. 8vo. Original printed wrappers, priced sixpence.

An early edition of this classic of feminist theory, reflecting on women's economic reliance on men, first published in 1898. A landmark treatise in the struggle for gender equality.

War, Invasion & Spy

Hosken (Clifford) The Pretender


London, Harrap, 1930.

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

Striking jacket artwork on this tale of international intrigue, centring around the fictional Balkan country of Carpathia.


London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1943.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original pale blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

A very good first UK edition of this non-series title by the often under-appreciated Harry Stephen Keeler, deviser of the "webwork" plot concept.


London, Cassell, 1941.

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

The original Lassie novel, which led to numerous films and TV series, first published in Chicago in 1940. Uncommon in such nice condition.


London, The Houghton Publishing Co., 1933.

First edition. Initialled presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original blue cloth stamped in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

A known scarcity, especially in the extremely rare jacket and, as in this case, initialled & inscribed by the author. A great little collection of weird & supernatural tales by paranormal investigator Maby: "A rare work of uneven quality, dedicated to the unlikely combination of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe." (Shadows in the Attic, p.334)


A Prophetic Novel
London, Grayson & Grayson, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red.

A prophetic novel indeed, anticipating Churchill's anxiety at the potential readiness of Germany to have at its disposal long-range, high-speed bomber planes. The work was inspired by Stanley Baldwin's 1932 speech to the House of Commons in which he described the threat aerial bombing represented, and suggested that preemptive offence would be the only defence in such circumstances.


London, Heath Cranton, [1932].

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

Distinctly uncommon book about a cure for cancer by Hubin-listed author Hipshon, in great dust-jacket artwork.


being a record of travel in Southern Arabia. With an appendix on the rock inscriptions by A.F.L. Beeston.
London, Methuen, 1939.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 25s.

A very good first edition of Philby's account of his journey from Central Asia to the Indian Ocean, in his role as Ibn Saud's official advisor. An important work, notable for Philby being the first European to enter Abha, capital of Najran, the frontier district between the Wahhabis and the Yemenites, and the second to visit Shabwa, where he was the first to thoroughly examine the city's ruins.


London, Heinemann, 1929.

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

Written as a sequel to the original Freckles (1904), written by the author's mother Gene Stratton-Porter. The book was the basis for the 1942 film of the same name.


Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1933.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

Arresting jacket artwork on this first book edition featuring series character Michael Lanyard, aka The Lone Wolf. The story was previously serialised in The Red Book Magazine under the title 'The Lone Wolf's Breed'.

Detective Fiction

Wade (Henry) A Dying Fall


London, Constable, 1955.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6.

Equestrian murder mystery.


London, Michael Joseph, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in white. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 13s6d.

Conventional science fiction from the pen of Wyndham, comprising four chapters - a fifth chapter was added to subsequent editions.