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First edition.
London. Collins, 1927
A very good example of this very elusive book in a jacket; a key title for any collector of Golden Age detective fiction. This was the third book to feature Brock’s most important series character, Colonel Gore, ex Indian Army who sets up a detective agency (Cooper and Pike p49).


First edition, in early (1928) jacket.
London. Collins, 1924
Author’s debut novel and the first to feature Colonel Gore. This and other books in the series are noted for their intricate plots.


First edition.
London. Collins, 1929
The fifth novel to feature Colonel Gore and rare in the fabulous jacket.


First edition.
London. Collins, 1928
The fourth title to feature Brock’s regular detective, Colonel Gore, ex Indian Army who sets up a detective agency (Cooper and Pike p49). An important Golden Age title.

Detective Fiction

Brown (Alec) A Time to Kill.


First edition.
London. Cape, 1930
Contains two short novels both with murder at their core. Rare in dust-jacket.


First edition, first impression, publisher's presentation copy.
London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1902
An early collection of weird and supernatural short stories many of them set in Scotland.


Second English edition.
London. Richard Bentley, 1850
A very handsome copy of Calmet's influential work on angels, demons, spirits and vampires, originally published in French in 1746, first appeared in an anonymous English translation in 1759. This translation is taken from the two volume 1751 third edition, a much expanded and revised version, and the last to be corrected by Calmet himself. This is the second English edition and is rarely encountered in original binding.


First edition.
London. Hamish Hamilton, 1943


First edition. London. Collins, 1941


First edition.
London, John Lane. The Bodley Head, 1928
A scarce novel of fantasy involving the supernatural and the devil. No copies on line.


First edition.
London, Hutchinson, 1922
Jacket showing panorama of Venice skyline where the novel, a romance, is largely set. Fabulous wrapper art.


London, Hutchinson, 1937. One of the Inspector Williams novels, by an author also known for writing Sexton Blake titles.


First edition.
London, Putnam, 1936
A very elusive political satire in which a Scottish shirt maker - Andrew McAndrew - corners the market for political shirts. In the novel the author satirises the symbolic power of the shirt with garments whose actual colour imbue the wearer with a political attitude. What’s not to like about a novel that pokes fun at Oswald Mosley’s Fascist Blackshirt movement.

Weird & Supernatural

Crowe (Catherine) The Weir-Wolf


1st printing contained within Volume 3 of Hogg’s Weekly Instructor (pages 184-189).
London, Hogg's Weekly Instructor, 1846
The volume contains many articles, stories and poems as was the nature of the periodical but primarily it is the inclusion of the important first printing of Catherine Crowe's 'The Story of a Weir-Wolf' that makes this desirable. It is a 'Witch Trial' story of the sufferings of a maiden who is wrongly accused of Lycanthropy. This story is arguably wrote the first werewolf short story by a female. It was reprinted in The Best Werewolf Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Werewolf Anthology but its first appearance was in this volume. Two years after “A Story of a Weir-Wolf” was published Crowe published a collection she titled “The Night-Side of Nature, or Ghosts and Ghost-seers.” An attractive addition to any collection of gothic and/or supernatural fiction.


First American edition. Very rare in the original dust-jacket.
New York. E.P. Dutton & Company, 1923
‘A swiftly-moving, brightly-colored picture of the hectic career of a man and a woman who have taken the fatal plunge into narcotism’ (jacket) The first American edition of Aleister Crowley’s classic work on drug use, addiction and methods of recovery, considered by many to be in large part based on the author’s own experiences. Crowley's own recreational drug usage, and resultant struggles with addiction, are well known, particularly his dalliances with heroin. In a similar vein (pun intended) to other prolific pioneers of narcotic-fuelled expansion of the consciousness such as Huxley and Kesey, Crowley made a study of drugs and their effects upon the body & mind, experimenting widely, and wildly, upon himself. This was the first published novel by Aleister Crowley, preceded by the Collins UK edition of 1922 (terrifyingly scarce in the original dust-jacket). The American edition is very different in design, the disturbing red blood splatters on black background a suitably harrowing harbinger of the book’s contents. The work also features the first published reference to the Abbey of Thelema, the temple and spiritual centre founded by Aleister Crowley and Leah Hirsig in Cefalù in 1920.


First edition.
London. Sampson Low, 1932
Katherine Dalton Renoir ('Moray Dalton') began her career in crime fiction in 1924, after which she published twenty-nine mysteries, the last in 1951. The majority of these feature her recurring sleuths, Scotland Yard inspector Hugh Collier and private inquiry agent Hermann Glide. All of the prewar titles are difficult to find in a jacket especially one as good as this. Brilliant dust-jacket art.

Detective Fiction

Daly (Elizabeth) Night Walk.


First edition.
London. Hammond, Hammond & Co. 1950
Title featuring serial character, Henry Gammidge. Uncommon.


First edition.
London, Cassell, 1939
The story centres on the murder of Mr Norwitch found stabbed in an antiques shop. The author worked in an antiques store and clearly draws heavily on this experience. According to authoritative website, UK first editions in original jackets are rare especially this title.


Translated from the French by Maverick Terrell. First English edition, London, T. Werner Laurie, 1936. One of the prolific French author's whodunits. Dekobra (real name Maurice Tessier) was one of France's best-known authors during the interwar period, and several of his books were made into films.


First edition, in early reprint wrapper priced at 2/6' (the first issue was priced 7/6').
London. Duckworth, 1925
A novel about the Irish ‘revolution’ in 1916.


Fifth printing, Putnam, 1948. An attractive early printing of this famous compilation of tales by Karen Blixen, under her pen name of Isak Dinesen.


First edition.
London. Robert Hale, 1945
Dorothy Cameron Disney (1903-1992) was an American writer who wrote 9 mystery novels.


Second edition, Newnes, 1893. A very good example of one of the cornerstones of detective literature, the first of two volumes of Sherlock Holmes issued by Newnes in this format, perfectly illustrated by Sidney Paget.


2/‘ series.
London. John Murray, 1937
An excellent jacketed edition of this Sherlock Holmes classic.


First UK edition.
London. George Newnes Ltd, 1905
The first collected edition of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories that were originally published serially in the Strand Magazine in the UK and Collier's in the US.


First edition of this issue. Second edition of book first published in 1889 as ‘Mysteries and Adventures’.
London, Walter Scott, 1892
This is the first edition of this issue in its original wrappers in plain brown decor. Later issues are in slightly more attractive colour illustrated wraps. Collection of seven short stories of which the first one is the ‘Gully’ Scarce.

War, Invasion & Spy

Easton (John) Ferrol Bond.


First edition
London, Putnam, 1933.

Signed and inscribed by the author one month after publication (March 1933). A Hubin-listed secret service adventure set in London and India.


First edition.
London. Arthur Baker, 1949
Curt Prentice drives across more than half a continent to kill Judd Mason in revenge for the deaths of his wife and brother-in-law. An uncommon pulp title by an author who became a Hollywood scriptwriter. Among the works for which Edgley became known are the scripts for many episodes of Perry Mason.


First edition.
London. Ward Lock, 1936
To a quiet West Country village comes Claude Weir, mystery man after which peace is transformed into horror. A very attractive example from the Golden Age era.

War, Invasion & Spy

Fleming (Ian) Dr No


The first paperback edition of the fifth James Bond novel. Pan Books Ltd, 1960.

War, Invasion & Spy

Fleming (Ian) Goldfinger.


First edition, first impression. London, Jonathan Cape, 1959. The seventh James Bond title.

War, Invasion & Spy

Fleming (Ian) Live and Let Die


The first paperback edition of the second James Bond novel. Pan Books Ltd, 1957.

War, Invasion & Spy

Fleming (Ian) Moonraker


The first paperback edition of the third James Bond novel. Pan Books Ltd, 1958.


First edition. London. Collins, 1927 ‘[a] swift-moving a vivid picture of life in New York’s underworld.’ (jacket blurb) A very good, unsophisticated example of this title by prolific Canadian author [William] Hulbert Footner, listed in Hubin but wrongly dated as 1929 (the date of the first US edition) therein. We could find no copies of this the true first edition on WorldCat’s database for institutional holdings. Exceedingly scarce in the original dust-jacket. From the collection of Adrian Homer Goldstone, 1897-1977 (bookplate). Goldstone was a renowned Californian book-collector, particularly well know for his bibliographies of Arthur Machen and John Steinbeck, both of which were published through the University of Texas.

Weird & Supernatural

Fortune (Dion) The Goat-Foot God.


First edition.
London. Williams & Norgate, 1936
An original novel in which the 15th and 20th centuries meet with uncanny results, due to the invocation of Pan. This work is of special interest to students of magic and the Western Mystery Tradition.


First edition. Author’s first novel.
London, Constable, 1935
This is an exceptional novel about ordinary people. Each of the central characters lives in the same tenement building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, an area inhabited by Jewish immigrants. Rare in d/w.