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First edition, inscribed by the author on the frontispiece.
London. Lincoln Williams, 1935
According to the Bear Alley blog the book is listed in the English Catalogue of Books as having appeared in February 1935 and it was listed under the pen-name "Trill". The publisher Lincoln Williams went into administration in July 1935 so the book probably wasn’t reprinted. Trill was a pen name for Harry C. Liebart according to Hubin. Very scarce in a jacket.


First edition.
London & Edinburgh. W & R Chambers, 1909
A very good plus copy of this attractive and collectible Edwardian juvenile interplanetary novel.


First UK edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1931
The story concerns Geraldi, a modern Robin Hood and Louise Asprey whose father is in hiding from the police after a murder he committed in self-defence. Rare title by Brand especially so with the jacket in such collectible condition.


First edition, in the original very scarce pictorial dust-jacket.
London. Heinemann, 1915
An excellent example of this collection of stories, some of them supernatural, most satirical, including the title-tale recounting the adventures of an elephant that travels first class on ship to New York, attended by an attractive private nurse. Listed in Bleiler.


Chatto & Windus, London, 1929 first edition  


First UK edition.
London. William Heinemann Ltd, 1937
Crime novel about small-time bank robbers, best known perhaps as the basis for the 1948 film They Live By Night, starring Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell. A 1974 Robert Altman film, starring Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall used the original title but deviated further from the original novel.


First edition. Includes stories by, E.S. Knights, Hester Gorst, Elliott O'Donnell, John Ratho, Charles Lloyd and others. London, Philip Allan, 1933 In our experience the most elusive of the Creeps series with no copies currently for sale online.


First edition.
London. Collins Crime Club. 1939
Author’s second detective novel and very rare in wrapper. The fabulous dustjacket art is unattributed.


First edition.
London. Gollancz, 1934
Novel about a doctor in a small town, written by one-time house physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Uncommon.


early impression (stating '7th thousand' on title), contemporary ownership inscription on front pastedown, original green cloth, dust-jacket with price-sticker 2/- on spine, some minor rubbing, 8vo, Skeffington, [1932].

Detective Fiction

Basil (Don) Cat and Feather.


First edition.
London. Philip Earle, 1931
Cat and Feather represents one of the most notorious and egregious examples of plagiarism ever seen in UK publishing history. Its text is lifted nearly word-for-word from American Roger Scarlett's The Back Bay Murders, published in the US the previous year. As such it was never republished and so now is a very scarce item.


First edition. London, The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1930. One of the wonderful BBC Handbooks, in attractive dust-jacket.


First edition. London, The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1931. One of the wonderful BBC Handbooks, in attractive dust-jacket.


First edition. London, The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1932. One of the wonderful BBC Handbooks, in attractive dust-jacket.


First edition. London, The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1933. One of the wonderful BBC Handbooks, in attractive dust-jacket.


First edition. London, The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1928. The first of the wonderfully evocative BBC Handbooks, in clever E McKnight Kauffer dust-jacket.


First edition. London, The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1929. The second of the splendidly evocative BBC Handbooks, in clever E McKnight Kauffer dust-jacket.


C. Arthur Pearson, London, 1923 [but later] Early issue of this weird title by Christopher Beck (a.k.a. T.C. Bridges), prolific author of boys' fiction from 1899 onwards.


First edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1934
Francis Beeding was one of the classic Golden Age detective fiction authors and all of his prewar titles are difficult to obtain in a jacket especially one as good as this.


First UK edition, Faber, 1936. Hans Schindler Bellamy (1901-1982) was a populariser of the unorthodox "Glazial-Kosmogonie" or "World Ice Theory" of the Austrian cosmologist Hans Hörbiger. Unfortunately, following his death his theories were embraced by the German far right and incorporated into National Socialism as a rejection of "Jewish" science. In this volume Bellamy describes Hoerbiger's theory in detail, and its application to world myths, and his subsequent books develop the theory in light of the Bible, the Atlantis myth, and the Tiahuanaco ruins.


Stories of Several Worlds. First edition, Heinemann, 1938.


early issue (stating 7th Thousand on title), some minor spotting, original red cloth, dust-jacket, some minor chipping to edges but overall a very good example, publisher's price sticker on spine, 8vo, Skeffington, [c.1930].


First edition, Heinemann, 1900. A pleasing first edition of this early novel by the creator of Mapp and Lucia.


First UK edition, Collins, 1926. A jazz age title about a novelist, Henry Blackstone ‘who has never attained the wide popularity to which his gifts entitle him’ whose travails make him ‘vulnerable to, and ripe for the crisis which comes when he meets Mrs Thurlow’.


All of Berrow’s pre war titles are notoriously scarce in dustjacket. London, Ward Lock,


First edition, Macmillan, 1913. Author’s presentation copy to Louis Parker. Louis Napoleon Parker was an English dramatist, composer and translator. Signed ‘from AB (author)’ on front end paper. Very rare survival in a jacket especially inscribed.


First edition. A key title for Blyton collectors.
London, Methuen, 1946
A very attractive copy of the first book in the Malory Tower series.


First edition, signed presentation inscription from the author.
London. Chatto & Windus, 1900
A sharp and excellent copy of a rare book that rarely turns up in collectible condition, especially signed from the author.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1932.  


First UK edition.
London. Secker & Warburg, 1964
Basis for the Planet of the Apes film series.

£85 £60

Michael Joseph, London, 1950
first edition

The first of the Inspector Chucky titles.


First UK edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942
The fourth Dr Kildare novel rarely encountered in the first edition jacket.


First UK edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940
Front panel shows scene from 1939 MGM film of the same name. Rare.


(A Detective-Inspector McCarthy Yarn of the Crisis Year). First Edition. Wright & Brown, n.d. [c.1942].


(A Detective-Inspector McCarthy Yarn). First Edition. Wright & Brown, n.d. [c.1941].


First edition.
London, Wright & Brown, [1942]
Gordon Brandon, also known as John G Brandon had two main series characters. Arthur Stukeley Pennington and Inspector Aloysius McCarthy who features in The Transport Murders