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£325

First edition. London, Herbert Jenkins, 1939. The story concerns the exploits of a young British spy who tries to learn about a new electrically-driven torpedo developed by General Bratz, the Dictator of Cyrania. The book is notable for being one of the first to make reference to a death ray.

£425


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1935.

Featuring serial character Gilbert Larose The Poisoned Goblet tells of the efforts by a gang to kidnap the child of Lady Ardane. Fabulous dustwrapper art. A desirable title.

£395


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1940.

A Gilbert Larose mystery. An unknown assassin is at work in London and five people have already met their deaths. Rare. No copies online at time of listing.

£150

Mills and Boon, London, 1937
First edition

£120

early reissue (with '616' in small numerals printed on jacket spine), original red boards, very good, dust-jacket, rubbed at edges with some chipping and creasing, price and head of inside front flap clipped, 8vo, Ward, Lock & Co., 1935.

£295

First edition, Collins, 1941. Edwy Searles Brooks was a UK novelist who wrote under a number of pseudonyms including Berkeley Gray and Victor Gunn. This is a rare work from his canon. From the library of Anthony Lejeune.

Detective Fiction

Gray (Ruth) The Mouse

£975

First edition, London, Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. Rare London Knopf imprint, in the remarkable striking dust-jacket designed by Shaw.

£85


First edition.
London, Heinemann, 1955.

A tale of romance, gambling, revenge and redemption, subject to two film adaptations.

£425

First edition.
London, Heinemann, 1939
Basis of the 1945 film starring Lauren Bacall and Peter Lorre.

£395

First edition.
London. Heinemann, 1939
The basis for the 1945 film Confidential Agent, starring Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Katina Paxinou and Peter Lorre. In the book, the nationality of the agent is not stated; in the film, he is Spanish.

Modern Literature

Grier (Sydney) Writ in Water

£325

First edition.
Edinburgh & London. William Blackwood, 1913
very rare in dust-jacket, correctly priced at 6/- "It would need more than a ten years' change of date and a series of pseudonyms to conceal the fact that Sydney Grier has taken the events which happened in the Jamaica rising of the early 'sixties as her theme and Governor Eyre as her hero. " [Spectator, October 1913]

War, Invasion & Spy

Guthrie (Ramon) Parachute.

£275

First UK edition.
London. Gerald Howe, 1928
Ramon Guthrie was a poet, novelist, essayist, critic, painter and professor of French and comparative literature. Parachute was one of only two novels he wrote. It centres around two officers of the US Air Force who are convalescing in the small town of Berkenmeer during WW1. Rare in jacket.

£225

First edition.
London. Columbine Publishing Company, [?1940]
This is the correct first issue wrapper and rare as such. Titles published by this publisher are sought after due to their lurid jacket art of which this is a great example

Classic Literature

Haggard (H. Rider) Belshazzar

£250

Second impression, Stanley Paul, [1930]. The wrapper is unpriced but identical to first (which is priced 7/6 on spine) and list of titles on back panel. The lack of a price may imply it was a copy intended for export.

£350

First edition.
London. Hutchinson, [1926]
The continuing adventures of Allan Quatermain, set in the middle of the Dark Continent ruled by a huge, pale man with a strange knowledge of future events. One of two works published posthumously.

£110

First edition, first printing. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1936 'Radclyffe Hall has had the courage to set down the thoughts and conversations of her characters without censorship. Here is English as it is really spoken by the poor in cottage, field and inn' (dust-jacket) Dust-jacket by Edgar Holloway.

£475

First edition.
London. Dent, 1910
The author’s first short story collection containing some fine examples of ghost and horror stories including the much anthologised tale, ‘August Heat’ (Shadows in the Attic p.247).

£120

first edition, original blue cloth, dust-jacket, minor chipping to spine ends and corner, but overall a very good example, 8vo, H&S, 1931.

£150

Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1937
First Edition

£450

First edition.
London, Faber, 1937
A title featuring serial character Inspector Fenby. Born out of mutual antipathy, four bankers - The Murderers of Monty depicted on the front panel of the jacket - decide to create a company dedicated to the demise of an irritating auditing accountant.

Modern Literature

Jacobs (W.W.) Sea Whispers

£195

First edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1926
Nautical short stories. Very rare in dust-jacket.

£275

First edition, Blackwood, 1909. Author’s presentation copy to Dame Helen Balfour Paul, a member of the Scottish aristocracy whose bookplate also adorns the front endpapers. The book is a collection of short stories some with both criminous content. Rare. Sir Christopher Nicholson Johnston (Lord Sands) was a member of the Scottish political elite and was briefly an MP during World War One. He was an expert on Church Law and represented the Church of Scotland on many occasions.

£600

First US edition. New York. The Macmillan Company, 1936 Something fearsome stalks the Hammand family, who call in the aid of ‘Supersensitive’ Luna Bartendale, who unravels an ancient ancestral curse with looming lycanthropy, a soupçon of Satanism and a cryptographic conundrum to boot, all set against the backdrop of the Sussex South Downs. Widely regarded as one of the best werewolf novels, brought to the big screen by 20th Century Fox in 1942 (retitled in Britain as The Hammond Mystery).

£135

Featuring the Dormouse. First UK edition. Robert Hale Ltd, 1943. A 'Dormouse' thriller.

£325

First edition thus.
London. Reader's Library, [1934 according to COPAC but could be earlier]
Death by poisoning in a locked bedroom at Staups, an isolated manor house on the Yorkshire Moors. Weird elements, a supposedly cursed jewel and sacrificial knives looted from the temple of Aztec descendants living in Central America, Author’s first crime novel, published in the UK by Bles in 1927.

£110

First UK edition, Robert Hale Ltd, 1942. A 'Dormouse' thriller.

Detective Fiction

King (Rufus) Murder de Luxe.

£1,500

First UK edition of author's first book.
London. Leonard Parsons, 1927
Very scarce. Many of King’s books were not published in the UK.

-30%
£180 £126

Sampson Low, London, [1935] first edition A Jerry Scant title.

£200

First edition.
London, Newnes, 1935
A collection of fantasy short stories described by the publisher as ‘tales of the super-real rather than the supernatural, or if you will, fairy tales for grown ups’ Knowles was an Australian author who later settled in Lonson and wrote a series of fantasy story short story collections including The Street of Queer Houses and other Tales. Rare in dustjacket.

£125

First UK edition. Translated by Denys Oglander. London, Cobden-Sanderson, 1936. Striking 3 tone Modernist jacket design including naive cursive lettering. Elisabeth Arsenieff, a young girl belonging to an impoverished family in Berlin, misses by chance the opportunity of marrying the man she really loves, and marries instead one who helps her to a triumphant career as a pianist. Long afterwards, too late, she meets the first man again, and sees her whole life as " nothing but an entr'acte between two concerts." Uncommon in jacket.

War, Invasion & Spy

Ladline (Robert) Stop That Man.

£295

First edition.
London. Herbert Jenkins, 1940
Spectacular front panel artwork typical of Herbert Jenkins wrappers of that era. None of this writer's work was published in America and in my experience all of the UK first editions are difficult to find in jackets.

£225

First Crime Circle Edition.
London. Thornton Butterworth, 1935
Fabulous stylistic dustjacket art by Bip Pares.

£350


First edition.
London, Bodley Head, 1955.

A decent copy of the sixth published book of the Chronicles of Narnia, though the first chronologically.

£125


First edition, ‘7th thousand’.
London, Skeffington, [1932].

Skeffington often used ‘7th thousand’ label on title page to try and show that their titles were in high demand so this is not necessarily a reprint. A Hubin-listed mystery featuring the author’s serial character, detective-crook Jimmy Traynor.

£125

First edition.
London. Philip Allan, 1925
Anthology covering amongst other things murders, mutinies, maroonings and other tales of horror on the high seas. Scarce in jacket.

£450

London: Selwyn & Blount Limited, . Not dated. early issue (c.1932}.
The first edition of this book was published in 1931.
Contains 16 weird stories from Weird Tales and other sources. Includes the first book publication of H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Rats in the Walls.'