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£225



London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1972.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue board lettered in silver. Dust-jacket, priced £1.60.

Classic weird science fiction from Clifford D. Simak, featuring telepathic robots and a familiarly named Friar.

£275



London, Rapp & Whiting, 1969.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket.

Simak's flight of Wisconsin whimsy, but a great read nevertheless, in which time travel has allowed goblins, dinosaurs, even Shakespeare to coexist...

£195



London, Gollancz, 1964.

First UK edition. Ex-library. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

The first UK edition of Simak's sci-fi classic, about a lonely immortal farmer who man & maintains a way station for aliens in Wisconsin, winner of the Hugo prize for that year.

£160



London, Constable, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

A charming work on all drinks effervescent, by the highly renowned wine writer André Simon.

Weird & Supernatural

Sinclair (May) Uncanny Stories

£525

Third edition.
London, Hutchinson, Not dated but likely to have been published in the 1920's.
Illustrations by Jean de Bosschere. Uncanny Tales was first published in the UK in 1923. An important collection of supernatural

£95


A story of love in the desert
London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1922.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

A very good first edition of this Egyptian tale by travel writer Douglas Sladen.

£95



Cleveland & New York, The World Publishing Company, 1946.

Tower Books edition, first printing. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Compelling jacket artwork on this UK edition of American author Sloane's dalliance with sci-fi horror.

£175


A Tale of Cosmic Adventure
Pennsylvania, Fantasy Press, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $3.00.

'No single phrase can adequately describe "Triplanetary". It might be termed a Galactic Romance, or a Cosmological Fantasy, since it is a work of the imagination with the cosmos as its background. But above all else, it is a story, a story of thinking beings, human, super-human, and alien.' (dust-jacket blurb)

£150



Boston, Page, 1927.

First edition, first printing. 8vo. Original blue cloth with inset colour illustrations. Dust-jacket, neatly price-clipped.

Smith's third book continuing the Pollyanna series created by Eleanor Porter, who died in 1920. Smith was the first Black teacher in Boston Public Schools.

£450



London, Heinemann, 1964.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards stamped in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 30s.

The debut novel of Rhodesian writer Wilbur Smith, increasingly scarce in such condition.

£795


First edition.
London, Collins Crime Club, 1930.

This is one of the first 3 books published by the Collins Crime Club when it launched in 1930. The wrapper of Bowery Murder is identical to the first edition except for the price of 3’6 on the spine. An innovative story in that it is written in newspaper form. It tells the story of a trial of front-page importance in the headlines and news stories of other papers.

£375



London, Skeffington, 1932

8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket priced at 2/6 on spine with '5th Thousand' on spine. Skeffington often used such wording to give the impression of sales success.

UK author, prolific between the Wars, specializing in thrillers (often with Oriental villains) and mysteries. The Sound-Machine is centred around a revolutionary machine that destroys by sound vibration (Blieler p.183).

A stunning example of a book that rarely turns up in a jacket especially one as superb as this.

£50



London, Collins Crime Club, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

An excellent first edition of the second novel by this founder-member of the Crime Writers' Association.

£395



London, Hutchinson, [1936].

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 3/6.

Soutar's series character Phineas Spinnet ups the ante in this tale of murder and Egyptology. Jacket scarce in such fine condition.

£475



London, Ward & Lock, [?1860].

?First UK edition, possibly first book edition. 8vo. Contemporary half calf.

A hugely popular novel at the time of publication, originally serialised in The New York Ledger in 1859. The story centers on Capitola Black, a playful and audacious orphan girl who, after a series of circumstances, comes to live with her wealthy but unloving uncle in Virginia. Capitola is a tomboyish and adventurous heroine, often dressed in male attire, and she manages to survive numerous threats from a sinister villain named Black Donald who has connections to her mysterious past. Notable for its unusual treatment of gender and race issues for the time, presenting a strong, independent female character as its protagonist and incorporating discussion of the abolitionist movement. Southworth's portrayal of Capitola was significant during a time when the women's suffrage movement was gaining momentum in America.

We can trace no copies of this particular edition, at auction or in institutions - a reference to an edition published by Ward & Lock can be found in Bent's Monthly Literary Advertiser for September 1859. The Fleet Street imprint here suggests the edition was at least printed prior to 1878.

£395



New York, Norton, 1975.

First US edition. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $6.95.

The first US edition of this important play by the Nigerian playwright, novelist and Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. Written whilst Soyinka was in exile in England, the work is notable for its extensive use of Yoruba proverbs, with which the author was very familiar. A Netflix adaptation is due out later this year.

£125



London, Hutchinson, 1952.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

Satirical farce by prolific journalist, socialite and novelist, Nancy Spain.

Weird & Supernatural

Spanner (E.F.) The Sea Ghouls.

£225



London, Sampson Low, Marston, [1932].

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. 32pp. publisher's catalogue listing this title at 7/6. Original black cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker 3/6 indicating second issue.

An appealing copy of this scarce work to find in the jacket, even with the second issue price-sticker as here; a borderline sci-fi title, with a nautical flavour.

Inscribed on the title-page, 'A.T. Wall. With the Author's kind regards & compliments. E.F. Spanner.'

£175



London, Macmillan, 1961.

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

The first edition of Mrs Spark's most famous work, introducing one of 20th century literature's most iconic, and complex, characters - at once admirable and sinister, benevolent and conniving.

£495



London, Macmillan, 1961.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue/green cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

"Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me." A very good first edition of Muriel Spark's most famous novel.

£135



London, Macmillan, 1961.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue/green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 13s6d.

"Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me." A first edition of Muriel Spark's most famous novel.

£875



London, Grant & Murray, 1932.

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

One of the rarest books by Scottish journalist, poet and scholar of the occult Lewis Spence, who wrote many books on mythology, folklore and paranormal phenomena. He was also a prolific writer of fiction, especially in the genres of fantasy and horror.

£225



London, Rider, [1928].

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 10/6.

Lewis's well known work on the secret rites and traditions of Ancient Britain, illustrated with plates.

Modern Literature

Spencer (H.A.) Reparation

£250



London, John Bale, Sons & Danielsson, 1935.

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

Great jacket artwork and an uncommon imprint. Largely set in South Africa during second half of 19th century, the story revolves around the experiences of the Reverend John Hawksley.

£425



New York, Dutton, 1947.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.50.

The first edition of Spillane's I, the Jury, introducing the world to Mike Hammer. The book drew on the hard-boiled 'private investigator' tradition pioneered by Black Mask magazine in the 1930s. By 1980, seven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction titles in America were written by Spillane.

£75


from Breakfast to Supper
London, Routledge, 1923.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, priced 2s6d.

A practical cookery book aimed at the smaller household, uncommon in the original jacket.

£475



London, Greening, 1903.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth.

A very good example of this uncommon sci-fi title, "which contains two Prehistoric SF novellas plus a similar short tale, each set in a different Asian civilization prior to the founding of China; these stories are made available to the modern world by use of a Time Viewer." (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction).

£325



London, Hurst & Blackett, [1927].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket correctly priced at 7/6 on spine.

Basis for a 1931 American Oscar winning pre-code film that tells the story of an alcoholic defence attorney in San Francisco who must defend his daughter's ex-boyfriend on a charge of murdering the mobster she had started a relationship with, whom he had previously achieved an acquittal for on a murder charge. Starred Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, and Clark Gable

A very rare book into film title especially in such exceptional condition. Adela Nora Rogers St. Johns (1894-1988) was an American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She wrote a number of screenplays for silent movies but is best remembered for her groundbreaking exploits as "The World's Greatest Girl Reporter" during the 1920s and 1930s.

£95



London, John Gifford Ltd, [1938].

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

A distinctly hard-to-find title by the creator of The Black Pilgrim.

£95



London, Alston Rivers, 1929.

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

Attractively jacketed 'twenties title; a tale of financial dishonesty and torrid passion that comes good.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Stapledon (Olaf) Odd John.

£395


A Story between Jest and Earnest
London, Methuen, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped and with wartime price sticker '3/-' to inside front flap.

Stapledon's famous take on the Übermensch idea, in the even more famous "odd" dust-jacket. Rare in such condition.

£95



London, John Murray, 1940.

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

An important work in which the author describes her travels in the late 1930s through what is now Yemen and depicts the culture of the region.

£575



London, John Murray, 1937.

First UK edition, second enlarged edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 12s 5d.

Scarce in the dust-jacket. This 'second edition' builds considerably upon the Baghdad edition of 1932, including the addition of ten sketches.

£175

First edition.
London, 1937
a tale about the seething money markets of the City.

Detective Fiction

Starr (Richard) Lover Abroad

£95



London, Herbert Jenkins, 1939.

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

Attractive jacket artwork by a prolific jacket artist of the period, Eugene Hastain. A tale of a proposal of marriage as a business deal, that leads to jealousy and hate...

£95



London, Sampson Low, [1938].

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

Attractive jacket artwork on this story of literal kidnapping.