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£395



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.

£150


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.

£65



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.

£195



London, The National Magazine Co. Ltd, 1946.

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

A scarce first edition of this collection of the quirky and imaginative short stories by the Famous Five and Noddy creator.

£150



London, Methuen, 1945.

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

A good first edition of the sixth book in Blyron's St Clare's series.

£150



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1949.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, 6/-.

A cycling holiday leads the Famous Five into trouble. An excellent first edition.

£395



London, George Newnes, 1945.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

The third of the 'Naughtiest Girl' series by Enid Blyton, recounting the ongoing adventures & misadventures of Elizabeth Allen & chums at the progressive boarding school Whyteleafe. The series was rebooted in 1999 by British author Anne Digby. Due to the war-time production values the Blyton titles from the series are all tricky to find in good condition.

£325



London &c., Ward, Lock, 1914.

First edition. 8vo. Original blind-tooled green cloth lettered in gilt.

A fresh & bright first edition of this art-theft tale by Irish writer Bodkin, creator of Paul Beck and the bicycling lady detective Dora Myrl. A wonderful Velasquez painting is stolen from a house in County Galway.

£380


Translated by Geoffrey Sainsbury.
London, Hutchinson, 1956.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12/6 (i.e. second issue, with 10/6 clipped and 12/6 added).

First edition in English of this novel by Boileau & Narcejac, authors credited with creating an authentically French subgenre of crime fiction. Famously the basis for the 1958 Hitchcock film Vertigo, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak.

£275

London, Herbert Jenkins, 1932.  

£695



London, Chapman & Hall, 1927

First edition, second impression. Large 8vo. Tipped-in slip. Plates. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Inscribed by the author E.H. Bostock, most famous for the Glasgow Zoo and Circus on New City Road, as well as cinema and variety house interests in Paisley, Hamilton and Wishaw; he opened a cinema in the Zoo and Circus. His animals were internationally famous and appeared in such films as The Rajah's Sacrifice (1916).

The foreword notes: "Mr. Bostock has been called the Barnum of Britain. Judged by the magnitude and multitude of his enterprises, he may well claim the title, for he has been a pioneer of modern entertainment as well as a practitioner of older forms."

£130



London, Pawling and Ness Ltd., 1934.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. 1p. advertisements. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 3/6.

A rare title in the jacket: "The author served his apprenticeship to fiction in the highly imaginative school of boys' papers, and was for a time associated with the late Edgar Wallace." (jacket blurb)

£195


Ballooning Adventures
London, John Ouseley, 1908.

First edition. 8vo. Original green pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, a little chipped at head of spine.

An early dust-jacket, and an uncommon little book of ballooning adventures.

£175



London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1959.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, priced 16s.

A collection of science fiction and fantasy tales by Martian chronicler Bradbury, in attractive jacket by his long-time collaborator Mugnaini.

£250



London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

A collectable copy of this classic collection of short stories by Martian chronicler Bradbury, in attractive jacket by his long-time collaborator Mugnaini.

£225



London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 11s6d.

'You see,' said the Illustrated Man, 'these Illustrations predict the future. It's all right in sunlight. But at night the pictures move.' A great first UK edition of this Sci-Fi classic by Bradbury, with jacket artwork by John Minton no less.

£275



London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1951.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original light grey boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

More famously known as The Martian Chronicles, but with some varying content from the first US edition.

£795



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1924.

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

A great first edition of this collection of tales by Max Carrados and Kai Lung creator Bramah; includes his sci-fi story 'The War Hawks', a brief sequel to his only sci-fi novel, What Might Have Been: The Story of a Social War (1907). Rare thus.

£275



London, G. Bell, 1935.

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

Compelling Bip Pares artwork graces this detective fiction title by American author Dorothea Brady, recounting the experiences of three artists commissioned to portray a wealthy Frenchman's beautiful wife.

£180

(A Detective-Inspector McCarthy Yarn). First Edition. Wright & Brown, n.d. [c.1941].

£95


Book of the Play by John G. Brandon & Geo. Pickett.
London, Readers Library, August 1928..

First edition, third printing. Small 8vo. Original gilt-tooled cloth. Dust-jacket.

An attractive early printing of the first edition of this neat Readers Library title, published to trade on the success of the play by Brandon & Pickett. The play was subsequently made into a film, in 1929, which saw the Library reissue the work. The striking dust-jacket is by a relatively unknown illustrator, Kenneth Romney Towndrow, who undertook several remarkable jacket commissions around this time. The story is very much in the "Yellow Peril" vein; the film itself sadly not a great success.

£125


Book the Play & Film. Illustrated Edition
London, Readers Library, 1930.

Fifth printing. Small 8vo. Original gilt cloth. Dust-jacket.

An attractive early printing of the first edition of this neat Readers Library title, published to coincide with the coeval film version.

£750

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.

£175


Translated... by Felix W. Crosse.
London, Alfred A. Knopf, 1928.

First edition in English. 8vo. Original green cloth with white title label to spine. Dust-jacket.

The first English language edition of Brod's first major novel. The translation of the title has been criticised by many, as the eponymous protagonist does not achieve redemption on his path to God. Uncommon.

Detective Fiction

Brown (Alec) A Time to Kill.

£325

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

£195



London, Macdonald, 1947.

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

An intriguing tale by this author of crime fiction, the title taken from a line by Pope, "What beckoning ghost along the moonlight shade Invites my steps and points to yonder glade?".

£95



London, Peter Davies, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket, priced 13s6d.

Ace private detective Carolus Deene is on the case in the village of Gladhurst.

£295



London, Harrap, 1937,

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Brunngraber was a German industrial designer and author. In Radium he speculates about near-contemporary cornering of the radium market causing problems in a hospital using it as a medicine cure cancer.

Rare in jacket. An important sci-fi title.

£275



London, Constable, 1931.

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

Tales of Chinatown and Limehouse: "horrible, ironical, whimsically aloof"

£325

London, Methuen, 1939. First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, cheaper issue jacket correctly priced 4s.6d. A scarce edition of this the third title in Burroughs' 'Pellucidar' series, set in a hollow earth environment. Wonderful jacket artwork.

£125



London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1925].

First UK edition, first printing. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7'6.

An excellent first UK edition of this collection of nine stories by American writer Struthers Burt, author of the non-fiction, intriguingly entitled account The Diary of a Dude Wrangler (1924). Burt's papers are housed at Princeton University.

£225



London, Collins Crime Club, 1958.

First edition. Ex-Library. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

One can almost forgive the library markings here given how nice the jacket is! An uncommon first edition by 'Miles Burton', aka 'John Rhode'.

£140



London, Collins Crime Club, 1957.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange boards. Dust-jacket.

Collectable first edition by 'Miles Burton', aka 'John Rhode', "an exciting tale of oriental ingenuity and revenge" (jacket blurb).

£250



Garden City & New York, The Crime Club, Inc., Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1936.

First US edition (published in the UK as Death in the Tunnel). 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

An early title in the author's Desmond Merrion and Inspector Henry Arnold series, investigating murder on board a train in the Blackdown Tunnel.

£250


A Mystery Story
Garden City, The Crime Club, Inc., Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1940.

First US edition (published in the UK as Murder in the Coalhole). 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $2.00.

Merrion drew a picture of a murderer with dust; coal dust, coke dust, road dust... A tale of dust, this one free of any angels & daemons, by Cecil Street and under his nom de plume Miles Burton; Street, as John Rhode, was also creator of Dr Priestley.

£125



London, MacDonald, 1946.

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

A Ludovic Travers Mystery Novel. Bush wrote sixty-three novels, all of which featured his series characters Ludovic Travers and Superintendent Wharton.