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New York, Gnome Press, 1953.

First edition, first printing, first state. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in brown to spine. Dust-jacket, priced $2.75.

The third & final volume in Asimov's epic Foundation trilogy, in which the secretly formed Second Foundation vies with a deadly mutant and the corrupt First Foundation. Uncommon in the jacket.


New Stories of Murder and Mystery
New York, Charles Scribners, 1928.

First US edition. 8vo. Original pictorial orange cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

One of several anthologies compiled by the writer and socialite Lady Cynthia Asquith, herself known as an author of ghost stories. Uncommon in the original dust-jacket.


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.


London, Duckworth, 1938.

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

...a critical and sympathetic picture of modern life and its social it better to escape, or to play one's part? (jacket)

Illustrated Books

Austen (Jane) Mansfield Park


London, Macmillan, 1897.

Illustrated edition. 8vo. Original gilt decorative cloth.

An attractive illustrated edition of Austen's most underrated work, with an introduction by Austin Dobson.


London, Edmund Ward, 1964.

First edition. Oblong 12mo. Original dark blue pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, priced 5/6.

First edition of the nineteenth book in the Rev. Awdry's famous 'Railway Series'.


London, Edmund Ward, 1967.

First edition. Oblong 12mo. Original dark-blue pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

First edition of the twenty-second book in the Rev. Awdry's famous 'Railway Series'.


London, Edmund Ward, 1963.

First edition. Oblong 12mo. Original pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

First edition of the eighteenth book in the Rev. Awdry's famous 'Railway Series'.


London, Edmund Ward, 1959.

First edition. Oblong 12mo. Original pale yellow pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

First edition of the fourteenth book in the Rev. Awdry's famous 'Railway Series'.


London, Gollancz, 1939.

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

Joshua Clunk makes his full-length novel debut in this work, having appeared previously in short stories only. The work also features a cameo by Bailey's other recurring character, Reggie Fortune.


London, Jonathan Cape, 1966

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket with artwork by Max Ernst.

A very good first edition of Ballard's typically leftfield vision of an African forest that turns all in its path to crystal.


London, Wright & Brown, [1936].

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

Classic stuff by Jean Barre, here writing under her own name rather than a pseudonym.


London, Wright & Brown, [1934].

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

Another attractive first edition by Wright & Brown, written by one of their more prolific authors.


A practical treatise in support of the assertion that the hand-writing of a person is an infallible guide to his character
London, William Rider, 1919.

Third edition, revised & enlarged. 8vo. Original cloth. Printed dust-jacket.

A scarce graphological work, particularly in the original dust-jacket and in such condition. The eldest daughter of an eminent London newspaper man, Rosa Baughan was a prolific writer on spiritualist subjects, including graphology, divination and the influence of the stars.


London, Bles, 1937.

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

Attractive first UK edition of this important work by the author of The Grand Hotel, set during the 1906 Dutch intervention in Bali.


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.


and other Tales of Adventure
London, Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. [c.1930].

Early edition. 8vo. Original red decorative cloth. Dust-jacket, no price.

A lovely copy of this compilation of stories by American novelist, playwright, and Olympic water polo player Rex Beach.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1932.

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

An attractive first edition of this uncommon title, in the distinctive Jenkins jacket by Abbey. The tale of a somewhat high-minded and presumptuous would-be match-maker, told in a humorous vein.


London, Peter Davies, 1935.

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

The Ventriloquist, by E. Belasyse, is a much better crime story. It is written with a commendable simplicity, for one thing. If it is a first novel, it is unusually well planned and executed. The people are real." (Illustrated London News, vol.187).

Detective Fiction

Bell (Josephine) Easy Prey


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 12s.6d.

A couple discover that their child-sitter served a prison sentence for child murder, something they cannot square with the individual in question, sparking their own investigation and the unravelling of some strange secrets.


1914-18 Experiences of War Resisters.
London, Cobden-Sanderson, 1935.

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

An impressive roster of names avowed not to violently participate in war, including Siegfried Sassoon, Bertrand Russell and Olaf Stapledon.


London, John Gifford, 1965. First edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 10s6d. A fine copy of this classic Inspector Littlejohn yarn...the case of the dead roulette player.


London, Gifford, [1949].

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

An intriguing dust-jacket complements this detective Inspector Thomas Littlejohn yarn.


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.

Weird & Supernatural

Bennett (Arnold) The Glimpse


London, Chapman & Hall, 1912.

'New and Cheaper Edition'. 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original cloth.

The first U.K. edition was published in 1909. One of only 2 fantasy titles written by Bennett, the other being The Ghost published in 1907.

According to Joshi, it is an elaboration of a short story of the same title and concerns Maurice Loring, a writer on music, who suffers a heart attack and appears to die. His soul leaves his body and experiences the wonders of the afterlife. Described as a 'unusual contribution to the literature of the cosmic'.


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 edition.
London, Hutchinson, [1928].

A collection of twelve ghost stories first published in Hutchinson’s Magazine. A classic of the genre.

Weird & Supernatural

Benson (E.F.) The Angel of Pain


London, Heinemann, 1906.

First UK edition, second impression. 8vo. Original pictorial yellow cloth.

A solid first edition, second impression, of this tale of the supernatural by Mapp and Lucia creator E.F. Benson.


and other stories
London, Cassell, [1920].

First edition. 8vo. Original decorative cloth, spine slightly sunned.

A very good copy of this collection by the creator of the Mapp & Lucia series, which includes, alongside the titular story alongside The Blackmailer of Park Lane, The Dance on the Beefsteak, The Oriolists In the Dark, The False Step and The Case of Frank Hampden. Some tales with supernatural tones.

19th century literature

Benson (E.F.) The Rubicon


London, Methuen, 1894.

First edition, first printing. 2 vols. 8vo. Original burgundy cloth lettered in gilt.

The true first edition of the second work by Mapp & Lucia creator E.F. Benson. We can trace no copies of the first edition at auction or in commerce, and only one copy clearly recorded in WorldCat (the British Library only has the Tauchnitz edition published the same year). This is the first printing, in two volumes and with the advertisements dated 'October 1893' and only listing Benson's first book, Dodo. Unfortunately, the work was not well received or commercially successful, despite publisher Methuen's best efforts, which included reprinting the work in one volume with spurious statements suggesting the books was so popular it had been through multiple impressions to meet demand... The story concerns Eva Grampton, who accepts a marriage proposal from the young aesthete Lord Hayes. When Eva meets the handsome Reggie, however, she begins to regret her decision...


London, Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd, 1928.

Early jacketed edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket.

A rare jacketed issue of this important work by Father Benson, lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable novel Lord of the World (1907). This collection of supernatural horror stories, originally published in various periodicals and later collected in book form, examines "that horrible sense of silence round about us, in which dreadful forces are alert and watching us."


London, Isbister, 1904.

First edition, fourth printing. Title printed in red & black. 8vo. Original dark blue cloth blocked in white to upper cover and lettered in gilt to spine.

An early printing of this famous collection of supernatural tales, recounted from the perspective of an old Roman Catholic priest.


London, Hutchinson, 1942

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket correctly priced at 8/6 on front flap.

A catastrophe novel in which a warring world is brought to its senses by a greater common enemy than Hitler (whom of course the Allies were fighting at the time of the book's publication) Blieler p21