Plums in June

Our second June selection for 2021, including recently acquired volumes of The Strand containing Sherlock Holmes stories, a very good Hound of the Baskervilles, Readers Library editions, an early vampire tale and a rare Hugh Walpole anthology.


London, The Readers Library, n.d. [1933].

First edition thus. Small 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket, adverts printed to reverse.

An attractive pre-war edition, in good jacket.


With a Preface by The Right Honourable Lord Buckminster
London & New York, G.P. Putnam, 1927.

First edition, signed by the author. 8vo. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

A rallying cry by this Quaker writer against capital punishment, outlaying the failures of the death sentence as a deterrent. Suitable jacket artwork by renowned British artist Frank Brangwyn.


[pp.210-224 in The Strand Magazine, vol.LXV
London, Newnes, January - June 1923].

First edition. 4to. Publisher's bevelled pale blue pictorial cloth blocked in black & gilt.

An unsettling, cautionary Sherlock Holmes tale about drug-fuelled lust...and a certain amount of monkey business. Included in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927). Other authors present in this volume include P.G. Wodehouse (including 'Jeeves Takes Charge'), Aldous Huxley and E. Phillips Oppenheim.

Sexuality & Erotica

Gilson (Charles) Wild Metal


London, Jarrolds, [1932].

First edition, first printing. 8vo. 39pp. publisher's catalogue dated Spring 1932 at end. Original blue cloth, dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6.

A tale of sacred & profane love, by an author best known for his science fiction, adventure stories, and historical fiction books for children. This definitely a more adult venture.


London, The Readers Library, n.d. [c.1935].

First edition thus. Small 8vo. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket, with advertisements printed to reverse.

Originally entitled A Chink in the Armour; a scarce Readers Library edition, in fun jacket.


London, Collins, 1935.

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

Cult novel about a man who discovers his mother has been hiding his monstrous brother in the attic, the author's only dalliance within the fringes of Sci-Fi. Very scarce in the original Rex Whistler jacket.


London, Methuen, 1918.

First edition. 8vo. Original pale blue cloth, lettered in black.

An early and uncommon Sax Rohmer first edition, set in Egypt with the inscrutable Abu-Tabah taking on the villain role from Fu Manchu. The book is notable for introducing a more explicitly weird & supernatural element.


London, The Readers Library, n.d. [1939].

First edition thus. Small 8vo. Original cloth, gilt. Dust-jacket.

Film tie-in edition, written by the author of the original stage-play. Disturbing jacket artwork, especially for ailurophobics...