Mid September 2023

£850



London, Heinemann, 1937.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.

Excellent jacket artwork by the always fantastic Youngman Carter (Allingham's husband) graces this the eighth Campion title by Margery Allingham. A scarce and important first edition in the crime fiction canon.

£750



London, Chatto & Windus, 1900.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial blue cloth stamped in orange and black.

A classic of crime fiction, Bodkin's first book to feature a lady detective and an important work in this collectable subgenre. In later works, Myrl married his other famous detective hero Paul Beck, the "Rule-of-Thumb" detective.

£695



Chicago, Shasta Publishers, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $3.00.

Collection of seven stories. The title story is the basis for John Carpenter's classic science fiction movie The Thing. The striking dust jacket illustration is by Hannes Bok.

Sports & Pastimes

Chapman (Abel) Savage Sudan:

£195


Its Wild Tribes, Big-Game and Bird-Life
London & Edinburgh, Gurney & Jackson, 1921.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth lettered and stamped in gilt.

Chapman narrates his expedition from Khartoum to Uganda via the White Nile, detailing hunts from gazelle in Sudan to elephant near the Zeraf River. His adventures also include encounters with buffalo, hippo, and rhino near the Blue and Dinder Rivers.

Modern Literature

Clark (Alan R.) High Wall

£150



London, Michael Joseph, 1938.

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

Psychological novel transferred to the big screen in 1947, starring Robert Taylor.

£150



London, Gollancz, 1954.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 12/6.

A surprisingly uncommon De Vries edition.

£95



London, Cassell, 1948.

First UK edition. Small 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

A nice example of this Perry Mason title; to aid her sick boyfriend, Sally Madison tries to swindle wealthy Harrington Faulkner with a cure for his sickly exotic fish. However, things take a dark turn when the fish disappear and Faulkner is found dead.

£85



London, Cassell, 1949.

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

Attractive first UK edition of this Perry Mason title.

£275



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1929.

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

Mid-period Horler, distinctly uncommon in such condition.

£250



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1931.

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

An excellent first edition of this Horler title, rare in such condition.

£150



London, Hodder & Soughton, 1935.

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

A macabre flautist graces the jacket of this uncommon Horler title.

£595



New York, Alfred Knopf, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original patterned boards. Dust-jacket, priced $2.95.

An attractive first edition by an author ranked amongst the very best of American crime fiction. Detective Lew Archer is hired by Carl Hallman to investigate his wealthy parents' deaths. Delving into the corrupt world of the Hallman dynasty in Purissima, Archer uncovers political intimidation, treachery, and a family under threat from its own dark past. Uncommon.

£125



London, Charles Griffin, [1930s].

8vo. Original pale blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

A lovely copy of this sci-fi collection in the Verne vein; uncommon imprint.

£395


being a description of the Great South Desert of Arabia known as Rub' al Khali
London, Cassell, 1933.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth.

Philby embarked on notable journeys, most significantly across the 'empty quarter' in 1932, travelling by camel and car. He meticulously documented geographical and scientific data, secretly recording his findings at night, wary of his distrustful Arab companions.

£80



London, Museum Press, 1952.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10/6.

A nice UK first of this title, from a series of novels featuring Inspector Christopher McKee, head of the fictitious Manhattan Homicide Squad.

£95



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1950.

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

Best known for his Fu Manchu series, here Rohmer offers the reader a female villain, bewitching and hypnotising, but bent on world domination.

£85



London, The Leisure Library, [c.1936].

First UK edition, '29th thousand'. Small 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket.

An attractive UK edition, not least for the advertisement for 'Kolynos dental cream' on the jacket's lower panel.

Detective Fiction

Wallace (Edgar) Terror Keep

£60



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1937.

Reprint. Small 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket.

An attractively jacketed 'yellowback" of this Edgar Wallace work, originally published in 1927.

£85



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1932.

Early reprint. Small 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

A lovely copy of this Wallace title. Jesse Trasmere, a wealthy miser, unexpectedly leaves town, yet his body is later found in a locked vault. His nephew Rex has financial motives.

£125



London, Hodder & Stoughton, [c.1928].

Early printing. Small 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

An attractively jacketed 'yellowback" of this Edgar Wallace work, originally published in 1927.

£135



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.

First edition. Small 8vo. Original orange cloth. Early reprint dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

A first UK edition in early jacket of this classic Wallace thriller - Li Yoseph, a suspected rich smuggler, lives at Lady's Stairs; when Mark, Tiser, and Ann investigate Ronnie's death linked to Bradly, Yoseph vanishes.

Detective Fiction

Wallace (Edgar) The Joker

£125



London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1920s].

Early Printing. Small 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

An attractively jacketed 'yellowback" of this Edgar Wallace work from his Detective Sgt Elk series, originally published in 1926.

£250



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1925.

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

A great first edition. At first glance J G Reeder is an ordinary, slightly shabby little man with red hair, weak eyes, whiskers, square-toed boots and a chest protector cravat. However, working for the Public Prosecutor he finds plenty to stretch his extraordinary mind. Here are eight thrilling, highly original tales from one of the greatest talents ever applied to detective fiction.

£175



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1926.

Early printing. Small 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 3/6.

A mysterious stalker is revealed to be a detective protecting the interests of a young orphan from the machinations of a sinister countess...

£125



London, Hodder & Stoughton, [c.1928].

Early printing. Small 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

An attractively jacketed 'yellowback" of this Edgar Wallace work, originally published in 1926. The story provided the basis for the 1963 West German film The Curse of the Yellow Snake directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb and starring Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum.

£425



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1937.

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

The author's second 'Miss Silver' book, extremely uncommon in the original, artistically excellent, dust-jacket. A compelling tale of wrongful imprisonment and the pursuit for justice that eventually falls on the shoulders of Miss Silver to take up.

£65



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1944.

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

On New Year's Eve 1940, James Paradine accuses a family member of theft and is later found dead. Miss Silver must unravel the tangled web of family resentment to solve the mystery. Uncommon in jacket.

£250



London, Faber & Faber, 1932.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Second issue dust-jacket.

An unusually good example of the second issue jacket on this collection of essays by Wodehouse, a variant typographic version distinct from the Rex Whistler first issue.

£95


Prefatory Note by Lord David Cecil
London, Dent, 1952.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

An uncommon collection of weird tales, written by an ordained priest no less.