March2024

£1,250


Fifty years' experiences of a foreigner in the Chinese government service
London, Constable, 1931.

First edition. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket with mounted colour illustration, priced 21/-.

Inscribed on the half-title with the authors compliments, with the dedicatee's name and official Peking stamps beneath.

Children's Books

Barrie (J.M.) Peter Pan,

£250


or, The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.

First play edition. 8vo. Original blue boards with printed title label to spine and upper cover. Dust-jacket,

An uncommon edition in the jacket, which has done a great job of preserving the book beneath. Barrie's classic tale for children, re-rendered for the stage.

£425



London, Newnes, [c.1925].

Newnes' New Size Novels edition. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers, priced 1/-.

Rare soft cover edition of this classic werewolf title which has been described by Richard Dalby as possibly the definitive werewolf novel. First published by Eveleigh Nash in 1919.

£750



[London], Philip Allan, 1932.

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

The first collected edition of Edward Heron-Allen's works under the pseudonym Christopher Blayre. The author, a close friend of Bram Stoker, caused some controversy with his short story 'The cheetah-girl'.

£150



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1952.

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

An attractive first edition of the 11th Famous Five title.

£195



London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1956.

First UK edition, first hardcover edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Irish writer Moore's first pulp fiction foray under this pseudonym, one of seven such titles he subsequently disowned. Adapted into a 1958 film noir of the same name, directed by Jack Cardiff. Rare.

£150



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1938.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original green cloth.

The first UK edition of what is considered one of the best locked room mysteries of all time.

£275


A Diary of Tragic Adventure
London, John Murray, 1937.

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

The tragic true story of Edgar Christian, who, along with his cousin John Hornby and another companion, starved to death in the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic during an ill-fated expedition in the late 1920s. This edition had sections removed, possibly due to perceived implications of homosexuality, with a fuller version published in 1980 as Death in the Barren Ground.

£250



South Africa, The Automobile Association of South Africa, 1939.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 20/-.

An attractive guide to the then blossoming road routes that were opening up South Africa to the tourist.

£425



London, Ward Lock, 1935.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Signed by the author at the time of publication. A romantic tale with macabre elements.

£225



London, Heinemann, 1951.

First edition. 8vo. Original grey cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d, stamped 'overseas edition' to foot of lower panel.

First edition of Greene's meditation on love, hate and faith.

£375



London, Constable, 1953.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

The scarce third title in Hamilton's 'Gorse' trilogy.

£295



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1953.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 11s.

Hartley's famous novel about a young boy's summer at a friend's grand estate in Norfolk, where he becomes an unwitting messenger in a tragic love affair, encapsulated by the famous opening line: "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

£150



London, Gollancz, 1951.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 9/6.

The first appearance in book form of Langston's character of "Simple", first created for his Chicago Defender column in 1943.

£195



London, New York & Bombay, Longmans, Green,, 1906.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth extensively decorated in gilt to spine and upper cover.

A good example of this collection of fairy tales, one of Lang's twenty-five 'Rainbow Fairy Books'.

Detective Fiction

MacDonald (Philip) The Noose

£225



London, Collins Crime Club, n.d. [1931].

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original blue boards. Second issue jacket, priced 3/6.

One of the popular thriller series by Philip MacDonald featuring his amateur detective character Anthony Ruthven Gethryn. This was the first title to be published in the 'Collins Crime Club' series of detective and thriller fiction (the first impression can fetch in excess of £2,000), making this scarce early issue jacket an attractive alternative to collectors of crime classics.

War, Invasion & Spy

Maugham (W. Somerset) Ashenden,

£2,500


or, The British Agent
London, Heinemann, 1928.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt and with publisher's and author's device in black. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6 to spine.

A great copy, benefitting from some professional conservational work to the jacket, of the author's spy stories, based largely on his own undercover experiences in Europe & Russia. It is believed that initially there were 31 stories but 14 had to be destroyed on Churchill's orders as they were in breach of the Official Secrets Act. Many authors of spy fiction have acknowledged the importance and merit of this work over the years, including John Le Carré, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, Julian Symons and Raymond Chandler.

£295


or, the Pommeray Case.
London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1927].

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

Striking jacket artwork of on this uncommon "death ray" title.

Sexuality & Erotica

Nabokov (Vladimir) Lolita

£295

Jerusalem, Steimatzky's Agency for Olympia Press, 1955. Israeli edition. 8vo. Original wrappers. The first one-volume edition of Nabokov's controversial title, issued coevally to the Israeli hardback edition.

£325



London, Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark blue cloth with white illustration to upper cover.

An anthology of one of the best ghost story writers of the 20th century.

£225



London, Jonathan Cape, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 9s6d.

Paton's searing indictment of South African society, published on the eve of the South African government formally institutionalising apartheid, one of the best-known and most acclaimed works in South African literature.

Weird & Supernatural

Peterson (Margaret) Moonflowers

£625



London, Hutchinson, n.d. [c.1926].

First edition, '69th thousand'. 8vo. Original yellow cloth ruled and lettered in black. Dust-jacket, stating '71st Thousand' and priced 7s6d.

A nice example of an early printing of this scarce book which is very elusive in jacket. Romantic story set in East Africa with a vampire love interest.

£750



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1931.

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

Great jacket artwork by Hastain on this 'Jim Maitland' novel.

£195



London, Hutchinson, n.d. [c.1925].

Third edition. 8vo. Original pale blue cloth. Dust-jacket, with 4/- price sticker to spine.

A great collection of weird tales, described by Bleiler as "Excellent", no less.

£225



London, Collins Crime Club, [1939].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

An automobile accident strands Nero Wolfe and Archie in the middle of a private pasture - and a family feud over a prize bull.

£225



London, Michael Joseph, 1958.

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

An attractive first edition of these Judge Dee historical mysteries. The main character was based on a real 7th century detective.

£325



London, Hutchinson, [1935].

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

A handsome anthology, featuring contributions by Algernon Blackwood, Thomas Burke, F. Marion Crawford, James Hilton, M.R. James, Arthur Machen, and Dennis Wheatley himself.

£425



London, Collins Crime Club, 1943.

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

The first edition of an intense psychological thriller from the author of The Lady Vanishes.

£395


Edited by Haddon Whitaker
London, Whitaker, 1941.

Small 8vo. Original yellow pictorial wrappers.

An attractive example of one of the harder-to-find, war-time issues of Wisden's famous cricketing almanacks.

£225


Edited by Haddon Whitaker
London, Whitaker, 1942.

Small 8vo. Original yellow pictorial wrappers.

An attractive example of one of the harder-to-find, war-time issues of Wisden's famous cricketing almanacks.

£1,250



London, Adan & Charles Black, 1903.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth.

"Most of these stories originally appeared in The Captain... The rest are from the Public School Magazine. The story entitled 'A Shocking Affair' appears in print for the first time. 'This was one of our failures.'" - Preface.

£325



London, The Hogarth Press, 1941.

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

Virginia Woolf's famous account of a summer's day at a country house in the heart of England, where the villagers are presenting their annual pageant.