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£350



London, Chatto & Windus, 1932.

First edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth with blue spine section. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

T.H. White's first novel, a comedic study of various characters interacting in a Mediterranean hotel. The author is of course best known today for his Arthurian stories commencing with The Sword in the Stone.

£90



London, Leonard Parsons, 1925.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth ruled in pale green. Dust-jacket.

Set in the ethnically mixed Bohemian borderlands, Here Are Dragons tells the story of the inhabitants of a few small villages and their reactions to Czechoslovak independence. Scarce in the jacket.

£475



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1997.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original black boards lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced £16.99.

The first of three Bond films to be adapted and expanded into books by then-current Bond novelist Raymond Benson.

£95



London, Collins Crime Club, 1956.

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

Classic Hercule Poirot murder mystery, which sees the Belgian detective partnering the crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (who bears a certain resemblance to Agatha Christie).

£150



London, Collins Crime Club, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

A solid first edition of this Hercule Poirot title, featuring five cases set in an English country house at Christmas time.

£50



London, C. Arthur Pearson, 1920.

Second edition. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

Charming illustrated book on astronomy aimed at children.

Weird & Supernatural

Fleming (Ian) Moonraker

£575



London, Jonathan Cape, 1955.

First edition, second impression. 8vo. Original black boards lettered in silver.

The third James Bond novel by Ian Fleming.

Detective Fiction

Hayes (Michael) Broadcast

£135



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1940.

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

Very attractive artwork graces this tale set against the backdrop of the radio and dance orchestras.

Modern Literature

Hull (E.M.) The Sheik,

£95


A Novel
London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, n.d. [c.1925].

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

An attractive edition of this popular classic, which courted some controversy for its portrayal of sexual exploitation as a means to love.

£195



London & New York, John Lane, 1919.

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

A powerful fictional study on the impact of shell-shock.

£80



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1942.

Second edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, code 2445 to lower panel.

It's the First World War, and in a desperate game of bluff and counterbluff Biggles is sent to work for the Germans while secretly reporting back to the British.

£75



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1971.

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

The author's only departure from genre fiction, in his own words it "isn't everyone's cup of tea, to say the least". It certainly divided fans of his work, but for some in seen favourably in comparison with authors such as Iris Murdoch and even James Joyce.

£95



London, Peter Davies, 1929.

First Ardizzone edition. 8vo. Original dark pink cloth.

The first edition of Le Fanu's famous gothic and mystery stories to be illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.

£175



London, Chapmans, 1992.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original dark grey boards. Dust-jacket, priced £14.99.

The first of the internationally best-selling Commissario Brunetti mystery series, set in Venice, Italy.

£95



London, Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. [c.1931].

'Half-a-Crown New Series' edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

Great Hastain jacket on this uncommon work by the author of Phantom of the Opera. Set in Peru and the desperate race to prevent a human sacrifice.

£125



London, Herbert Jenkins, [1942].

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

Excellent jacket artwork on this tale of romance & adventure set in North Africa.

£95



London, Jarrolds, 1932.

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

The reader is called upon to make their own mind up about the morality of the protagonist.

£60



London, Constable, 1977.

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced £3.75.

West Country thriller by Roger Longrigg with a charismatic local character getting caught up with a protection racket organised by an old nemesis.

£175



London, Robert Hale, 1980.

First edition. Ex-Library. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker £5.95.

The second of the author's well-regarded historic mysteries to feature Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte.

African literature

Sachs (Wulf) Black Hamlet

£225



London, Geoffrey Bles, 1937.

First edition. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket, 10s6d.

"In Black Hamlet perhaps for the first time the soul of the negro is laid bare." (jacket blurb). A somewhat chilling psychoanalytical undertaking to delve into the mind of "John", a young man from Manyikaland who had moved to the city.

£475



London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1923.

First UK edition, first impression. 8vo. Original red cloth, rebacked preserving majority of original backstrip. Facsimile dust-jacket.

The rare first edition of the author's first book, featuring the debut appearance of Lord Peter Wimsey. The title was first published in the States, in 1923. Here accompanied by a facsimile dust-jacket.

£225



London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1925.

First UK edition, second impression ('Popular Edition'). 8vo. Original red cloth ruled and lettered in black.

An attractive second printing of the author's first book, featuring the debut appearance of Lord Peter Wimsey. The title was first published in the States, in 1923.

£175



London, MacGibbon & Kee, 1957.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 15s.

Short stories by the highly respected West Indian author Selvon, author of The Lonely Londoners. A hard book to find in the jacket.

£225


A Play in Three Acts
London, Heinemann, 1937.

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

The first edition of this play from the author of 101 Dalmatians. The original cast included James Mason, Cecil Parker, Peter Coke and Anne Firth.

£150



London, Constable, 1918.

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

An interesting perspective on the First World War, from a Prussian soldier-writer.

£125



London, Geoffrey Bles, [1937].

First edition. Small 4to. Original red cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 8s6d.

A further collection of 'true' ghost stories collected by Lord Halifax, a Victorian English Viscount with an interest in the supernatural.

£95


Volume 29. Number 4.
Indianapolis, Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 1937.

8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

Attractive issue of this important weird & supernatural periodical, featuring contributions by August Derleth, Robert Bloch, Edmond Hamilton and John Speer, amongst others.