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£95



London, Herbert Jenkins, n.d. [1930s].

"Fifteenth Large Edition". 8vo. Original pictorial green cloth. Dust-jacket.

A lovely little book on cocktails, released by Wodehouse's publisher Jenkins - perfect complement to any Wodehouse collection.

£125



London, Skeffington, 1952.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s.

Uncommon first edition by Australian author Aldous; a plausible suicide fails to convince all parties, leading to the chivalrous involvement of a comic-strip artist friend and potentially deadly consequences. Locked room mystery (Adey p43).

£395



London, Cassell, [1887].

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial blue cloth, priced 2 shillings.

Sensationalist lit in the spirit of H. Rider Haggard. Uncommon.

Weird & Supernatural

Benson (E.F.) Spook Stories

£250



London, Hutchinson, [1928].

First edition. 8vo. Original burgundy cloth.

Benson's sixth collection of stories, featuring 12 tales.

£450



London, Faber & Faber, 1959.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, priced 15s.

The first UK edition of US author Blish's Hugo Prize winning Sci-Fi classic, notable for being one of the first in this genre to try and involve religious theory.

£750

London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954. First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 9s6d. A very good first UK edition of one of Bradbury's most famous novels. Montag discovers the profound power of books in a dystopian society where they are banned and burned. His journey leads him to question authority and seek knowledge, ultimately rebelling against oppressive censorship.

£450


Sport, Legend, and Natural History in Cape Colony
London, Longmans, Green, 1889.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original cloth decorated and lettered in gilt.

Bryden was an English solicitor, athlete and sportsman, playing rugby for England in 1874. He was a keen hunter and naturalist and travelled widely. He then became a professional author writing about wildlife and his hunting experiences, as evidenced here.

£1,495



New York, Dodd, Mead, 1938.

First US edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00

The first US edition of this Poirot novel, reflecting Christie's experiences travelling in the Middle East with her husband, the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan. The main settings are Jerusalem and Petra.

£2,250



New York, Dodd, Mead, 1933.

First US edition (UK Lord Edgware Dies). 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in black. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

An attractive first US edition of this key Poirot title, published first in the UK, in the same month, under the title Lord Edgware Dies.

£250



London, Methuen, 1907.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements dated September 1907 at rear. Original red cloth lettered and stamped in gilt to spine.

A very good first edition of Conrad's exploration into the life of a London shopkeeper and secret agent, Adolf Verloc, whose involvement in anarchist activities leads to a tragic and explosive downfall. The novel explores themes of political terrorism, betrayal, and the disintegration of personal and social bonds.

£85



London [&c.], Hutchinson, 1957.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 11/6.

One of the later Inspector Saturnin Dax titles by this prolific author, with contemporary gift inscription from the author to 'Bill' Bayliss.

Children's Books

Dahl (Roald) The Gremlins

£550


from the Walt Disney production
London & Glasgow, Collins, [1944]..

First UK edition. 4to. Original cloth-backed boards with illustration to upper cover.

A very good first UK edition of Roald Dahl's first book, that launched his career as a writer of nuanced children's literature. The story builds on an RAF legend of mischievous/malicious sprites that hamper the missions of fighter & bomber pilots during the Second World War.

£125



London, Sampson Low, 1945.

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

A surprisingly tough Dalton first edition to locate, in English at least.

£250



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1938.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s6d.

The first UK edition of this weird tale by American author and educationalist Shellabarger. The Montenera Inn is an old tavern with an evil reputation. When the indomitable Mrs. Lee leases it to support her family, she tells neighbors that she isn't interested in nonsense of that sort. However, when faced with a mysterious theft and attempted murder, she has to wonder if the inn's reputation is justified.

£375



London, John Long, 1907.

First edition. 8vo. Advertisements. Original red pictorial cloth.

An attractive example of this rare first edition, a medical detective thriller.

£135



London, George Allen & Unwin, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 16s.

Compelling insight into the Kuwait of today, or at least of the 1950s, by a woman writer.

£195



London, Travel Book Club, 1938.

Travel Book Club edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Robert Edison Fulton's solo round-the-world tour on a two-cylinder Douglas motorcycle between July, 1932 and December, 1933.

£195



London, W.H. Allen, 1954.

Fifth printing. 8vo. Original charcoal boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12/6.

An insight into homosexual society in London.

Sexuality & Erotica

Goodwin (John) A View of Fuji

£85



London, Spearman, 1963.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

"A story classical in its simplicity of a tragic homosexual love affair set in Japan between a middle-aged American and a young Japanese." (jacket blurb)

£85



London, Fortune Press, n.d. [?1947].

Reprint. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Not overtly sexual, the work instead focusses on the nature of attraction in an all-male environment. Fortune Press was a pioneering publisher of gay literature. Originally published in 1936.

£375



London, The Bodley Head, 1924.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red blind-tooled cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Attractive English edition of this uncommon title by Swedish author Heller, translated by Pauline de Chary.

£75



London, Secker & Warburg, 1957.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 15s.

"In this highly original picaresque novel, the atonal harmonies of the modern world are expressed with mastery." (jacket blurb). Gay fiction, by the author of The Castrati in Opera (1956).

£350



New York, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1942.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in blue to spine. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

The first edition of this title by William Anthony Parker White, aka Anthony Boucher, writing under the pseudonym he adopted from a 19th century serial killer. The jacket is stylistically similar to the contemporary Knopf editions of Chandler.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Kahn (Alec) The Menace of X

£195



London, Newnes, 1936.

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

Sci-fi crime thriller aimed at a younger audience.

£575


Translated by Winifred Ray
London, Geoffrey Bles, 1933.

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

The scarce first English edition of this compelling blend of science fiction, horror and utopian fantasy, revolving around a hunchbacked scientist's attempts to become master of the world by removing all memory. Listed in Bleiler and Locke.

£95


A Journey Through Modern Turkey
London, Travel Book Club, 1938.

Travel Book Club Edition. 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. Dust-jacket.

"When Lilo Linke explores a country she sets out with only a few pounds in her pocket, relying on her ability to make friends, her love for simple people and her unflinching courage to open all doors for her." (jacket blurb)

£195



London, Reinhardt, 1956.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

The first collected edition of short stories by the author of I am Legend (1965).

£150


Translated by John Colville
London, Duckworth, 1938.

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

"Here is the first great novel of the Spanish Civil War." (jacket blurb).

£95



London, Methuen, [1908].

Early edition. 8vo. Advertisements dated February 1908. Original pictorial red cloth lettered in gilt to spine.

A handsome copy of this early edition of Mitford's adventure tale, originally published in 1904.

Weird & Supernatural

Powell (Frank) The Wolf-Men.

£350


A Tale of Amazing Adventure in the Under-World
London [&c.], Cassell, 1906.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial green cloth lettered in gilt.

Published six years before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, this Verne-inspired lost-world novel concerns a werewolf-like race living in the hollows of the earth.

£175



London, Lovat Dickson, 1935.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original green cloth with black spine label. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

Oil and the Tropics provide the backdrop for this uncommon title.

£125



London, Collins Crime Club, 1944.

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

Jocular Ellie McKay, of the Yard, and his book-selling friend Gilkison, happen in on the murder of a cussed old codger, bibliomaniac Hatt Baildon.

£195


A Romance from Shakespeare's Play
London, Alston Rivers, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7s6d.

A respectful retelling of Shakespeare's play, drawing upon old Scandinavian accounts and sources.

£250


The Interpretation
[London], J. Burns, [1889].

Sole issue. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers.

An attractive and scarce little work relating to Rider Haggard's masterpiece of fantastical fiction.

£135



London, Walter Scott, 1899.

First edition. 8vo. Original red gilt-pictorial cloth.

A bright attractive copy of this mournful reflection on British society at the turn of the century, by a then well-known socialist, novelist and campaigner.

£1,250



London, George Redway, [1888].

First edition, second issue. 8vo. Original blue pictorial cloth.

A repackaging of volume 3 of the scarce triple-decker Dreamland and Ghostland (1888) which includes five of the seven Conan Doyle short stories found in that collection (the first appearances by Conan Doyle in book form, preceding A Study in Scarlet). The sales were of the initial collection were poor and the publisher repackaged the sheets in separate volumes with new titles and bindings.

£395



London, Longmans, Green, 1887.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers, bound in later boards-backed cloth.

Lang & Pollock's presumably affectionate parody of Rider Haggard's She. Lang (of the Fairy Tale multi-coloured books fame) and Haggard worked together on subsequent projects.

£250



London, Hutchinson, [1935].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

A hard to find anthology in the original jacket; the collection includes contributions by Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Violet Hunt, Oliver Onions and others.

African literature

Abrahams (Peter) Mine Boy

£325



London, Dorothy Crisp, [c.1946].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s 6d.

First published in South Africa in 1946, Peter Abrahams' classic novel Mine Boy exposed South Africa's fledgling racial apartheid system and townships to the world - and its wisdom, vividness and political power endures to this day.

African literature

Abrahams (Peter) Mine Boy

£450



London, Dorothy Crisp, [c.1946].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s 6d.

First published in South Africa in 1946, Peter Abrahams' classic novel Mine Boy exposed South Africa's fledgling racial apartheid system and townships to the world - and its wisdom, vividness and political power endures to this day.

£325



London, Dorothy Crisp, [1943].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

The first edition of this early work by one of the most influential and prominent South African writers, a "powerful novel of a Zulu boy, and of the struggle between an English woman and her husband of Boer descent when this war began." (jacket)

£475



London, Dorothy Crisp, [1943].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

The first edition of this early work by one of the most influential and prominent South African writers, a "powerful novel of a Zulu boy, and of the struggle between an English woman and her husband of Boer descent when this war began." (jacket)