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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.


London, Hurst & Blackett, [1937].

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, [1949].

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, Longmans, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 35/.

The famous account of the author's five year stay in the Empty Quarter.


London, Dent, 1954.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8s6d.

An attractive first edition of the famous 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood, by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for the stage.


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.


London, A.D. Innes, 1898.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth lettered & ruled in gilt.

One of three books drawing upon the author's experiences in Fiji and the South Sea Islands, where he had been based during his Colonial service. Short stories including some weird content.


Tales of Thrill
and Horror Selected and Arranged By Christine Campbell Thomson. First edition. London, Selwyn & Blount, [1933] 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.


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.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1930].

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.


Comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring (13th impression); The Two Towers (10th impression); The Return of the King (9th impression).
London & Boston, George Allen & Unwin; Houghton Mifflin, 1963-62.

First edition, mixed impressions. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jackets, priced 21s.

An attractive first edition set of Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece, enjoying yet another renaissance now with the new Amazon series, The Rings of Power.


Comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring (first edition, fourth impression); The Two Towers (first edition, second impression); The Return of the King (first edition, first impression).
London, George Allen & Unwin, 1955.

First editions, mixed impressions, vol.III p.49 with sagging text and number '4'. 3 vol., 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jackets.

A really nice first edition set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece of fantasy fiction, the single most impactive work of this genre, and one that continues to inspire to this day, for example with the new Amazon series 'The Rings of Power'. The jackets here are clean and bright, and have done a splendid job of protecting the books beneath.


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.


First edition.
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, [1935]. 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.


Sydney, Australia, Angus & Robertson, 1937.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

A scarce first edition by the Australian writer Upfield, set in a farming community in western Australia, featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) of the Queensland Police Force.


London, Cassell, 1935.

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

A very pleasing first edition of this classic Vachell title.

Modern Literature

Vaidya (Suresh) Kailas


London, The Queensway Press, 1937.

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

An important work in the context of Indian English fiction, recounting the life of three generations in a family of high-caste Brahmins.


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, Hogarth Press, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, 7s6d.

The first edition of Van der Post's first novel, published under the aegis of Leonard & Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press. The work was considered significant at the time due to its perspective on race relations in South Africa. An attractively jacketed first edition.


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.


Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1933.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

Arresting jacket artwork on this first book edition featuring series character Michael Lanyard, aka The Lone Wolf. The story was previously serialised in The Red Book Magazine under the title 'The Lone Wolf's Breed'.


Early edition, Likely rebound copy of original paperback edition and rare as such.
London, Ward Lock and Tyler, 1876

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Verne (Jules) Abandoned


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.


Likely rebound copy of original paperback edition
London, Sampson Low, 1876
Author's Illustrated Edition