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.

£75



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.

£195


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.

£250


[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

£95



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.

£150



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.

£975



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.

£150



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.

£250



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...