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£350

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’.

£1,950



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.

£125


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.

£700



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.

£140



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.

£595



London, Cassell, 1930.

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

The first UK edition of the fourth Charlie Chan book by Biggers, who set out to create a character that was the opposite of the 'yellow peril' portrayal of Orientals as villains that was the trend at the time. Uncommon in the dust-jacket.

£325



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.

£750

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.

£225



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).

£125


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’’.

£350



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'.

£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.

£350



London, Robert Hale, 1979.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced £3.95.

Harder-boiled than most, PI Matt Scudder gets to grips with a death of an unlikely couple in Greenwich Village.

£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.

£75



Leicester, Brockhampton, [1948].

First edition. 4to. Original pictorial boards.

Uncommon 'forties Blyton title, charmingly illustrated by regular Blyton collaborator Eileen Alice Soper.

£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)

£375



London, Martin Secker, 1964.

First English edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 18s.

First English edition of the basis for 'The Planet of the Apes' franchise.

£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.

£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.

£75



London, Cobden-Sanderson, 1937.

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

Contributing to the lost city of Atlantis mythos, this work also includes an extensive Atlantean bibliography.

£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.

£395



London & Edinburgh, Chambers, [1925].

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial brown cloth.

The first book in Brent-Dyer's famous 'Chalet School' series, which would go on to span 45 years. Originally set in the Austrian Tyrol, the school relocated four times, first to the Channel Islands in 1939, then Herefordshire, Wales and Switzerland. A rare first edition.