Mid-December 2023


London, Walter Scott, 1899.

First edition. 8vo. Original red gilt-pictorial cloth.

A bright attractive copy of this mournful reflection on British society at the turn of the century, by a then well-known socialist, novelist and campaigner.


London, Chatto & Windus, 1893 [1900]. First edition, later issue. 8vo. Publisher's catalogue at end dated January 1900. Original green cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. A collection of sixteen unconventional tales from the pen of the author of The Woman Who Did, including the title tale set in Jamaica, and 'The Abbé's Repentance'.


London, Dobson, 1963.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original dark brown boards. Dust-jacket.

Originally published in magazines between 1956 and 1958, with the exception of the closing poem, 'Rejection Slips', which was original to the collection.


London, Odhams, [1919].

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth.

A notoriously rare collection, including the tale 'The housekeeper', subsequently republished as 'The Confession of Beau Sekforde'.


London, Hurst & Blackett, [1926].

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in black and blocked in blind.

A scarce collection, not in listed in Shadows in the Attic nor Locke's Spectrum of Fantasy 1 to 3.

Victorian Literature

Caird (Mona) The Wing of Azrael


Melbourne, Petherick, 1889.

'Colonial Edition'. 8vo. Original decorative boards.

An attractive edition of this important novel highlighting the author's perceived failings within modern marriage, and rape within wedlock. Published the same year as the three-volume British edition. The work, like its non-fiction predecessor Marriage by the same author, whipped up a storm of controversy in the UK, only being eventually eclipsed by murders in Whitechapel by a certain Jack the Ripper.


London, Hutchinson, [1938].

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

A very attractive first edition by the woman who not only married Dennis Wheatley but also convinced him to take up writing. "A riot of romance set in the most glamorous town in Europe," according to the publisher's preferred jacket blurb.


London, Hutchinson, [1937].

First edition. 8vo. Contemporary lending-library cloth. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker of 2/- to spine.

"A romantic story of impulsive youth", according to the rather lovely dust-jacket's blurb.


comprising: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle; The Adventure of the Speckled Band; The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor; The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
London, George Newnes, 1892.

Together in The Strand Magazine, vol.III January to June. 4to. Bound in contemporary half calf, spine gilt.

Including several of the most famous Sherlock Holmes adventures, in their original first appearance.


Translated by G.F. Monkhood
London, Literary Press, n.d..

8vo. Original red cloth, spine gilt.

An attractive jacketed edition of Gautier's Le Roman de La Momie, originally published in 1858, a historical novel set in Ancient Egypt, which features the Biblical Exodus.


London, Herbert Jenkins, n.d..

'Popular Edition'. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/-.

A lovely early reissue of this classic, "the story of a mother's vengeance".


London, Lincoln Williams, 1934.

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

A scarce science fiction title, published under a distinctly uncommon imprint. The title is referenced in the checklists of Bleiler and Reginald.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1923.

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

"A brilliant story of intriguing mystery with a most refreshing novelty of situation. I have never read a book so impregnated with fragrant odours." (The Bookman, 1923).


Edinburgh & London, William Hodge, 1924.

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

An uncommon collection of stories with a unifying theme of 'movement', written by a Scottish judge.


Durban, South Africa, Knox Publishing Company, n.d. [1942].

8vo. Original green cloth.

An interesting volume regarding the queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, great royal wife to Pharaoh Akhenaten.


London, Sampson Low, Son, & Martson, 1869.

First UK edition. 8vo. Publisher's advertisements at end. Original brown cloth lettered and ruled in gilt.

The first UK edition of this collection of ghostly tales, published the year after the author's most well known work, The Gates Ajar, one of the best-selling works on spiritualism of all time.


New York, Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1965.

'Berkley Medallion Edition', first edition in English. 8vo. Rebound in contemporary cloth with original wrapper bound in.

One of the more collectable titles published by Berkley, who cut their teeth on paperback editions of Sci-Fi and Weird modern classics. This represents the first appearance in English of these tales by 'Jean Ray'.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1917.

First edition. 8vo. Original pale red cloth stamped in black. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

An early collection of war tales by the original 'Sapper', extremely uncommon in the original jacket.


London, Heinemann, 1966.

First edition. 8vo. Original terracotta boards. Dust-jacket, priced 30s.

The first volume of Scott's famous 'Raj Quartet'.


London, Heinemann, 1938.

First edition. 1½ page autograph letter from the author tipped in at front. 8vo. Original orange-brown cloth lettered in gilt.

A superb association copy: Roughead's writings inspired the Shearing novel The Fetch (dedicated to him). The book is notable for containing the ghost story 'They Found my Grave' not available elsewhere in the reprint collections issued in the author's lifetime. Edward Wagenknecht was exuberant about this ghost story in his essay on Marjorie Bowen (Seven Masters of the Supernatural), praising its 'atmosphere of evil'.


and what they undertook
London, Sands & Co., 1898.

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

A collection of stories told over seven days by various narrators, including a longer, nautical tale, 'The Voyage of the Lethe', told by a barber. Other tales include intriguing titles like 'Wanted, a Corpse,' 'The Witch's Dance,' and 'The Spoiled Spell,' many with some modest supernatural content. A rare book by the author of the 1912 weird mystery novel, The Mummy.