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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.


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.


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.


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


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’.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1933.

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

One of the harder Berkeley first editions to find in the original, correctly priced jacket, with the ominous hangman's gallows picked out against a black background - scarce in such condition.


First edition.
London, Paladin Press, 1951.

A novel set in the ruins of post war Berlin in which a war weary population live in cellars beneath the rubble of their devastated homes. Featuring the Wesen family, it provides a vivid depiction of the struggle between the Communists and the Free Democracy of the West for the possession of a bewildered people. Rare in jacket. No copies online at time of listing.


London & Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co., 1937

First edition. 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7'6.

A game leads to theft and murder, leaving Detective-Inspector Richard Courtenay with a quandary ...who was 'King Oscar'? A very attractive dust-jacket.


London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1953.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 9s 6d and with publisher's printed overlay to foot of front inside flap.

The Demolished Man was the first novel by Alfred Bester, who up until its publication had been best known for his Sci-Fi short stories. It was the first Hugo Award winner in 1953. Uncommon in such a nice example of the rather cool dust-jacket, very different from the more austere first US edition.


London & New York, Ernest Nister, [c.1890].

Oblong 4to. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards.

Comical verses by Nister's popular lyricist Clifton Bingham, perfectly illustrated by C.H. Thompson. Vintage Victorian children's book.


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.


London, Cassell, 1923.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 15/.

The early autobiography of legendary weird fiction author Algernon Blackwood, describing the author's life, adventures and misadventures in North America between his twentieth and thirtieth years. Uncommon in the dust-jacket. Precedes the US limited edition (1924).


First edition.
London, Macmillan, 1914.

A collection of three long tales and a couple of short stories. The weird fiction historian ST Joshi has acclaimed Incredible Adventures as possibly "the premier weird collection of this or any other century’’.


London, Macmillan, 1915

First edition, later impression, inscribed by the author on front free endpaper and with additional gift inscription from him mounted to same; 8vo. 8pp. advertisements; typed Blackwood poem loosely inserted. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt, t.e.g. Dust-jacket.

First published in 1909, this is at least the fourth reprint. The inscriptions seem to imply a correction on the author's behalf, the first inscribed to 'Miss Norton', the second 'Miss Naughton'.


London, Collins Crime Club, [1939].

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

Cool jacket artwork, depicting a man with a red briefcase hastening up some steps with the number '9', but not the story of a Chancellor of the Exchequer in panic, instead a departure from the crime fiction Blochman was more well-known for, into the murky world of espionage.


Portrait of an Immigrant
London, Cape, 1937.

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

A marvellously written fictionalised account of the author's wife's family's story of migration from Russia to East London, by the author of Jew Boy.


London, Methuen, 1928.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue clot. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

A nice copy of this work on conjuring, one of several titles in this field by Blyth.