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London, Sampson Low, 1949.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s6d.

Dave Lee was shot dead as he rode the Joyland ferris wheel. As hard-boiled private investigator Max Thursday stalked Dave's killer, he encountered … a high-powered sob sister, the sadistic king of a gambling syndicate, and a delicate, sphinx-like girl who packed a.38 revolver.


London, Sampson Low, 1949.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s6d.

When a phony count, a weird artist, and a dazzling blond beauty relentlessly dog his footsteps, hard-hitting private investigator Max Thursday knows his charming personality isn't the attraction.


London, Sampson Low, 1953.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial boards and matching dust-jacket.

A good copy of this title from the 'Cherubs' series of books, uncommon in the dust-jacket. Hodgetts was most famous as the creator of the character Toby Twirl, a Rupert-the-bear-esque character based on a soft toy owned by the illustrator for the series, Edward Jeffrey.


London, Sampson Low, [1933].

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

A very good first edition of this uncommon title, on which this author's reputation primarily resides.


A Novel
London, Sampson Low, [1934].

First edition, "File Copy". 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

The last novel by this insanely prolific Cornish writer, author of the best-selling 'improving story' Her Benny (1879). Wonderful jacket artwork.


London, Sampson Low, [c.1931].

Early issue. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, referencing this title and Knight's 'The Pawn' [1931] on lower panel, with official price-sticker '5/-' on spine and lower panel.

The author's first book, inscribed by the author to 'Miss Digger', thanking her for help and support. The adventures of Jerry Scant, a gipsy, who unwittingly becomes involved with an international gang of smugglers.


London, Sampson Low, [1938].

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

Attractive jacket artwork on this story of literal kidnapping.


London, Sampson Low, 1937.

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

A rather smashing dust-jacket and an uncommon murder-mystery title.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Verne (Jules) Abandoned


London, Sampson Low, [c.1920].

8vo. Original red pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

An attractive jacketed edition of this mysterious islands tale by Verne.


London, Sampson Low, 1878.

First UK edition. Publisher's catalogue at end. 8vo. Original brown cloth decorated in gilt & black.

The first edition in English of Verne's sci-fi classic of a comet's collision with the earth which bears away part of the planet, and its inhabitants. This translation alters the text considerably with additions and emendations, paraphrases dialogue, and rearranges material, although the general thread of the story is followed. The translation was made from the serial version of the novel, published January to December 1877.