London, Herbert Jenkins, 1940.
The second of the novels featuring amateur female detective Jane Carberry. Rare in jacket. No copies online at time of listing.
Sports & Pastimes
London, Putnam, 1935.
First English edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket.
Big-Game Hunting in Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda. Uncommon in the jacket.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1948.
First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.
A very good example of this uncommon cricket-related crime novel, which invites the reader to solve the crime by following the clues.
London, Gollancz, 1936. First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6. An uncommon Asey Mayo tale and the first time we have encountered it in a jacket.
London, Collins Crime Club, 1945.
First UK edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.
A very good UK first edition of this Asey Mayo novel.
London, Stanley Smith, 1936.
First edition. 8vo. Original dark blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 3/6.
Attractive, somewhat menacing dust-jacket artwork graces this tale published under an uncommon imprint.
London, Columbine Publishing Co, 1939. The world-renowned detective Grant Rushton takes on his most sinister foe yet, High Priestess of the terrible cult of the Voodoo, Marie Galante.
Sexuality & Erotica
London, T. Werner Laurie, 1933.
First UK edition, 'limited to one thousand copies privately printed for subscribers only...' 8vo. Publisher's prospectus loosely inserted. Publisher's cloth.
A story of the intermediate sex...this is the story of a beautiful, sensitive youth, born into that twilight zone so little understood by a world sympathetic alone to virility in its men. (publisher's prospectus)
An important Gay American novel, originally published in New York two years earlier: "Andre Tellier has written, with frankness and sensitiveness, the story of Armand Bironge, from his first youthful emotional awakening to his shocking, cataclysmic end..." (Publishers Weekly, 1948).
London, Hurst & Blackett, .
First UK edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6 and with Colonial Issue price sticker to spine.
Striking jacket artwork and very good condition make this UK first a compelling copy for collectors of the Peter Clancy novels.
London, Hurst & Blackett, .
First UK edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.
A great first UK edition of this biblio yarn inspired by the notorious literary forger Thomas J. Wise, by a prolific US author.
London, Robert Hale, 1946.
First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.
From a series of titles recounting the adventures of Big Dragon and Co., difficult in the original jacket.
Horror & Gothic
Tales of Thrill and Horror Selected and Arranged By Christine Campbell Thomson. First edition. London, Selwyn & Blount,  This is No 9 in the Famous Not At Night Series of books.
A Study of the Detective Story
London, Wm Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1931.
First edition. Large 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red with red top-stain to text block. Dust-jacket with wraparound photographic artwork, correctly priced at 7/6.
First edition, described by Ellery Queen as "the most ambitious treatise on the detective story written in the, language" before Haycraft (In the Queen's Parlor, p.131).
"Despite the universal appeal of detective fiction, only recently has serious attention been paid to its technique. It is surely high time that criticism 'placed' detective fiction and officially recognised the conscientious craftsmanship that beguiles our leisure hours" (Foreword).
First edition, 2 volumes,
London, Sampson Low, 1888
A Haggardesque tale written in collaboration with a female novelist presumably drawing on Thomson’s own experiences in Central and Eastern Africa. Thomson was a Scottish geologist and explorer who played an important part in the Scramble for Africa. Ulu is his only work of fiction and very rare in commerce.
War, Invasion & Spy
London, Ward, Lock, 1901.
First edition, full-page autograph inscription from the author to the blank recto of the frontispiece. 8vo. 4 plates, 12pp. advertisements. Original pictorial cloth.
An appreciative, borderline fawning, gift inscription from the trade unionist and Liberal-Labour politician, T.R. Threlfall, to the Sir George Alexander Cooper, 1st Baronet.
London, Jarrolds, 1935
First UK edition (Translation of Chateau en Limousin published in Paris in 1934). 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket.
Suzanne Marguerite Tinayre was a prolific French novelist and woman of letters. This was her only crime novel and is listed in Hubin.
It concerns the celebrated case of Madame Lafarge and whether she really murdered her husband nearly a century earlier.
Very scarce with only one copy cited by COPAC in the British library.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
London, Hodder & Stoughton, .
First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.
An uncommon "Lost Race" title, notable also for the rather smashing jacket artwork by well-known illustrator J. Morton Sale.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
or There and Back Again
London, George Allen & Unwin, 1968.
Third edition, fourth impression. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket.
A truly nice copy of the third edition of Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece for children, an enduring classic of 20th century literature.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
, Readers Union, 1960.
3 vol., the Readers Union edition. 8vo. Maps. Original cloth. Dust-jackets.
The sole impression published by the Readers Union, sold to members at a price of 12s., presumably in December 1960 in time for Christmas.
Translated by F.A. Voigt
London, Chatto & Windus, 1932.
First English edition. 8vo. Original red cloth.
A nice first English edition of this the first novel by Jewish Viennese author Torberg, originally published in 1930, an "outcry against an outdated pedagogy" (The Routledge Encyclopedia of Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century).
London, Michael Joseph, 1969.
First edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced £1.50.
One of Mitchell's crime capers featuring architect Timothy Herring.
London, Elkin Mathews and Marrot, 1931.
First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7s6d.
An attractively stylised jacket by D.V. Barry, on a murder mystery by American adventurer, stage actress, novelist and screenwriter Virginia Tracy.
London, Cassell, 1917.
A collection of eleven tales, one of which is a locked room mystery and two of which have definite weird content. Not mentioned by Bleiler. “The Mystery of Howard Romaine” involves the disappearance of a coffin and a body from a locked room (Adey p.300) The Cuckoo Clock" is a tale of delirium involving the transmigration of a soul into a cuckoo clock. "The Fatal Fairy" is about a man who kidnaps a fairy at dawn, whereupon it turns into a monstrous baby vulture -- until he releases it a day later. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree was an English actor and theatre manager. This collection appeared in the year of his death. Very scarce in jacket.
A romance of the air London, Wright & Brown, . First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket. A passionate predecessor to the "Mile High Club"...? An excellent dust-jacket, regardless.
London, Ward Lock, 1917.
First edition. Publisher's File Copy. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth, with publisher's file copy label to upper cover. Dust-jacket, with publisher's file copy label to upper panel.
A truly wonderful first edition by Australian author Lilian Turner, enhanced by being the publisher's file copy. Jackets from this period are scarce, especially in this condition, and in this case the jacket has preserved the book beneath splendidly.
London, Faber & Faber, 1954.
First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 12s.6d
The tale of a small boy who wanders into the heart of a fantastical African forest, the dwelling place of innumerable wild, grotesque and terrifying beings. A key work of modern African literature, a companion-piece to Tutuola's first book The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952).
London, Faber & Faber, 1955.
First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth, spine gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6.
A departure from the Nigerian author's previously preferred first person narrative, Tutuola's Simbi and the Satyr of the Dark Jungle was his third book, an imaginative tale with a theme of slavery that runs through it. The main gift inscription here is interesting, written by one 'David', asking "Does this represent the beginning of a West African literature?".
and his dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads' Town
London, Faber & Faber, 1952.
First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.
"This astonishing story…was written in English by a West African, and is in part the product of African folk-lore, stimulated by European inventions." (jacket).
A very good copy of this debut novel by Nigerian author Amos Tutuola, the first African novel published in English outside of Africa, praised by Dylan Thomas as "brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching". Tutuola's works, often drawing upon Yoruba traditions & folklore, were well received in the UK & US (far more than they were originally in his home country), drawing international acclaim and helping open up African writing to a wider audience.
Given the recent prices achieved by this and other similar works by African authors at auction it seems probable that we are experiencing something of a, possibly overdue, reappraisal & resurgence of interest in these writers.
The jacket is designed by the well-known artist & illustrator Barnett Freedman.
Weird & Supernatural
London, Digby, Long, .
First edition. 8vo. Original red decorative cloth.
Two stories of the weird and the supernatural. A True Incident in the Life of Father Lucas, and The Unsolved Mystery of Grimston Hall. Scarce. [Listed in Spectrum of Fantasy. vol.1]. A very scarce and elusive book. Scottish author, poet and spiritualist, was a member of the Chambers family of publishers, and the eldest daughter of Robert Chambers, editor of Chambers' Journal.
War, Invasion & Spy
First edition, Constable, 1937. A WWI novel documenting the record of over four years’ occupation by the German army as experienced by dozens of the inhabitants of the occupied districts of northern France. Rare in dw.
London, Heinemann, 1935.
First UK edition. 8vo. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6. With publisher's review slip loosely inserted.
A poetic novel from the pen of influential US poet, writer and educationalist Van Doren.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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, [c.1898].
'New and Cheaper Edition'. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth.
An attractive early edition of this classic adventure tale by Verne, originally published in English in 1895.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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.