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£195


and Other Stories
London, Jonathan Cape, 1976.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket, priced £3.50.

An attractive, albeit ex-library, copy of this important collection of Ballard stories, in the distinctive wrap-around Bill Botten jacket.

£1,200



London, Lehmann, 1949.

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

First edition of Bowles' famous novel, following an American couple, Port and Kit Moresby, as they traverse the North African desert, confronting existential despair and the void of human existence. Published in 1949, the novel is pivotal for its bleak portrayal of post-war disillusionment and its exploration of alienation, themes that resonated deeply in mid-20th-century literature.

Modern Literature

Camus (Albert) The Plague

£495



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1948.

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

First English edition of Camus' account of the Algerian town of Oran overtaken by a deadly epidemic, forcing its inhabitants to confront existential despair and the absurdity of human suffering. The story explores themes of isolation, morality, and the human condition.

Modern Literature

Castello (Inez) Man-Eater

£95



London, Arthur Gray, [1934].

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

Striking jacket artwork on this seemingly uncommon title.

African literature

Clark (John Pepper) Poems

£750



Ibadan, Mbari Publications, 1961.

First edition. 8vo. Copyright stamp to verso of title. Original pictorial wrappers, barcode sticker to foot of spine.

The Nigerian author's first published book of poetry, scarce in such condition. Clark (1935 - 2020) played an important role in the evolution and dissemination of African literature, not least as the co-editor of the Pan-African magazine Black Orpheus.

£600



Ibadan, Mbari Publications, 1961.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

The Nigerian author's first published dramatic work, scarce in such condition. Clark (1935 - 2020) played an important role in the evolution and dissemination of African literature, not least as the co-editor of the Pan-African magazine Black Orpheus.

£250



Boston, Little, Brown, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original light brown cloth stamped in blue. Dust-jacket, priced $2.50.

Fabulous jacket artwork on this book, recounting the author's experiences during an anthropological expedition to Ethiopia and Arabia, 1933-1934. The author's career suffered something of a nose-dive when he got caught up in complicated arguments about racial history subsequently.

Weird & Supernatural

Crawford (L.I.) The Spirit Walks

£95



London, Ernest Benn, 1933.

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

Intriguingly uncommon title, in attractive jacket.

£85



London, Macgibbon & Kee, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown boards. Dust-jacket, priced 18s.

First edition by Nigerian/Jamaican author Dawes, a partly autobiographical account of a love affair with the Jamaican language and landscape that also interrogates the racial politics of the 1950s & 1960s, and the search for self in a world divided by class.

£495



London, Putnam, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket.

Seven Gothic Tales showcases Blixen's range and depth beyond her famed autobiographical piece Out of Africa. While the latter presents an intimate view of colonial Africa, Seven Gothic Tales takes readers on a different journey into the realms of the macabre, mystical and romantic, something which had intrigued the author from a young age. Rex Whistler's characteristic artwork lends itself perfectly.

£395



London, Thornton Butterworth, 1935.

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

The criminologist Cyrus K. Mantel investigates a serial decapitator.

£85



London, Gaywood Press for S.D. Francis, [1951].

First edition. 8vo. Original luridly-pictorial stapled wrappers.

One of the splendidly salacious 'Hank Janson' titles, uncommon in the original wrappers and in such good condition. Frances enjoyed great success with his hardboiled US-style thrillers written under this pseudonym, opening the way for a variety of copycat British authors writing in a similar vein, but they did also court controversy when a murder supposedly inspired by one of the Hank Janson titles led to the publishers being taken to court and successfully prosecuted for obscenity (the author managed to avoid a similar fate on it seems a technicality).

£85



London, Gaywood Press for S.D. Francis, [1950].

First edition. 8vo. Original luridly-pictorial stapled wrappers.

One of the splendidly salacious 'Hank Janson' titles. Frances enjoyed great success with his hardboiled US-style thrillers written under this pseudonym, opening the way for a variety of copycat British authors writing in a similar vein, but they did also court controversy when a murder supposedly inspired by one of the Hank Janson titles led to the publishers being taken to court and successfully prosecuted for obscenity (the author managed to avoid a similar fate on it seems a technicality).

£85



London, Gaywood Press for New Fiction Press, [1952].

First edition. 8vo. Original luridly-pictorial stapled wrappers.

One of the splendidly salacious 'Hank Janson' titles. Frances enjoyed great success with his hardboiled US-style thrillers written under this pseudonym, opening the way for a variety of copycat British authors writing in a similar vein, but they did also court controversy when a murder supposedly inspired by one of the Hank Janson titles led to the publishers being taken to court and successfully prosecuted for obscenity (the author managed to avoid a similar fate on it seems a technicality).

£85



London, Gaywood Press for New Fiction Press, [1952].

First edition. 8vo. Original luridly-pictorial stapled wrappers.

One of the splendidly salacious 'Hank Janson' titles. Frances enjoyed great success with his hardboiled US-style thrillers written under this pseudonym, opening the way for a variety of copycat British authors writing in a similar vein, but they did also court controversy when a murder supposedly inspired by one of the Hank Janson titles led to the publishers being taken to court and successfully prosecuted for obscenity (the author managed to avoid a similar fate on it seems a technicality).

£85



London, Gaywood Press for S.D. Francis, [1950].

First edition. 8vo. Original luridly-pictorial stapled wrappers.

A 'Hank Janson' title, uncommon in the original disturbingly salacious wrappers and in such good condition. Frances enjoyed great success with his hardboiled US-style thrillers written under this pseudonym, opening the way for a variety of copycat British authors writing in a similar vein, but they did also court controversy when a murder supposedly inspired by one of the Hank Janson titles led to the publishers being taken to court and successfully prosecuted for obscenity (the author managed to avoid a similar fate on it seems a technicality).

£195



Calcutta, Thacker, Spink, 1897.

First edition. 8vo. Blind-stamped 'with the author's compliments' to title-page. Original green cloth, gilt.

Seemingly scarce book on horses and horse-training from the Punjab.

£225



London, Will Goldston, [1921].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth blocked in gilt. Dust-jacket.

The first edition of this comprehensive work on the ventriloquist's art, by a then leading British proponent of the artform. Scarce in the jacket.

£350



London, Gollancz, 1939.

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

Published in 1939 as the world was teetering on the brink of global war, the novel describes how the nations of the world, previously bent on destroying each other, band together to meet a common catastrophe. The story takes place in West London where the main character, Edgar Hopkins, writes his own narrative about a lunar catastrophe in which the moon collides with the Earth.

£135



London, Macmillan, 1961.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue/green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 13s6d.

"Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me." A first edition of Muriel Spark's most famous novel.

£85



London, Faber & Faber, 1937.

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

Set in India and Burma on the eve of WWII, this novel is less an adventure story and more a character-focused study echoing Conrad's Heart of Darkness. It tackles themes of mortality, cultural clash, and supernatural elements. While featuring moments of action, its real strength lies in its emotional and thematic depth, earning it a place alongside works by Kipling, E.M. Forster and Paul Scott.

£495



London, Collins, 1939.

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

The second book in White's series 'The Once and Future King'. It continues the story of the newly crowned King Arthur, his tutelage by the wise Merlyn, his war against King Lot, and also introduces the Orkney clan.

£575



Ibadan, Mbari Publications, 1964.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

Inspired by the songs and verse traditions of the author's native Ewe people, this marked the publishing debut of the Ghanaian poet and author Williams, also known as Kofi Awoonor. Uncommon in this condition.

£225



London, The Black and White Publishing Company, [1909].

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial boards, smartly rebacked in later blue cloth.

A scarce 'future war' title, with only seven copies seemingly recorded in institutional holdings and no auction records we could trace. The work first appeared in serial form the same year: "...a relatively late Battle of Dorking tale, The Great Raid: A Story of Britain's Peril (13 February-15 May 1909 Black and White; 1909), with the German Invasion of Britain being narrated with a clear apprehension of the nature and possibilities of a Future War in Europe. Unusually for novels of this type during these years, there are hints of trench warfare." (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction). The author was a journalist and author of ten works of popular fiction. Presumed particularly rare in the original boards.

£1,950



London, Hogarth Press, 1929.

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

A great example of the first edition of Woolf's literary essay, famous for its insightful look at gender inequality, particularly in the arts. It calls for better conditions and opportunities for women writers.