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£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.

£125



London, Ward, Lock & Co., [1929]..

'New and Revised Edition'. 8vo. Original green cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket.

Transportative jacket artwork on this vintage guide to car maintenance.

£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.

£450



London, Cassell, 1932.

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

An attractively jacketed edition of this work by US writer Katharine Brush, one of the most popular authors of her time, as well as one of most well-paid. 'Red headed woman! She went to New York; men looked at her, and say "Boy!"' (jacket). The book was adapted for the silver screen the same year, starring Jean Harlow as a woman who uses sex to advance her social position.

£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.

War, Invasion & Spy

Cable (Boyd) Between the Lines.

£275


First edition.
London, Grant Richards, 1915.

Accounts of trench warfare on the Western Front during WW1. Uncommon in the dust jacket especially one as good as this.

£150



London, Edward Arnold, 1948.

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

The second and final collection of ghost stories by retired civil servant and former governor of Ceylon Andrew Caldecott, distilling his lifelong fascination with the supernatural into simple yet remarkably disturbing stories, in a similar vein to publisher stable-mate M.R. James. The mundane becomes horrific, the everyday is unnerving...and the commonplace is terrifying.

£150



London, Edward Arnold, 1947.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7s6d.

The first of two collections of ghost stories by retired civil servant Caldecott, distilling his lifelong fascination with the supernatural into simple yet remarkably disturbing stories, in a similar vein to publisher stable-mate M.R. James. The mundane becomes horrific, the everyday is unnerving...and the commonplace is terrifying.

£950

Second English edition.
London. Richard Bentley, 1850
A very handsome copy of Calmet's influential work on angels, demons, spirits and vampires, originally published in French in 1746, first appeared in an anonymous English translation in 1759. This translation is taken from the two volume 1751 third edition, a much expanded and revised version, and the last to be corrected by Calmet himself. This is the second English edition and is rarely encountered in original binding.

£195


With a Preface by The Right Honourable Lord Buckminster
London & New York, G.P. Putnam, 1927.

First edition, signed by the author. 8vo. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

A rallying cry by this Quaker writer against capital punishment, outlaying the failures of the death sentence as a deterrent. Suitable jacket artwork by renowned British artist Frank Brangwyn.

Detective Fiction

Campbell (Alice) Juggernaut

£725



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.

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

The first edition of the author's first book, memorably transferred to the big screen in 1936, starring Boris Karloff.

£150


and Less Welcome Tenants
Sauk City, Wisconsin, Arkham House, 1964.

First edition, one of 2000 copies. 8vo. Original black cloth. Dust-jacket.

A fine first edition of this Cthulu mythos collection, the author's first book, published when he was only eighteen. Campbell (who also wrote under the House name Carl Dreadfield) spawned his own spin-off from Lovecraft's Cthulu, known as the Brichester Mythos.

£150



London, Hutchinson, [1935].

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10/6.

Land speed record holder, adventurer, treasure hunter and avid motor racer Sir Malcolm Campbell recounts his exciting life.

£395

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth with yellow spine label. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6. The second of two Buchanesque thrillers by Cannan, right down to the style of the jacket artwork. The author was well known for her detective fiction and children's stories.

£395

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1935. First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth with yellow spine label. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6. The first of two Buchanesque thrillers by Cannan, right down to the style of the jacket artwork. The author was well known for her detective fiction and children's stories.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Čapek (Karel) Krakatit.

£750


Translated by Lawrence Hyde.
London, Bles, 1925.

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

A great first edition in English of Čapek's novel about a secret explosive formulation and the trouble it causes, not least for its inventor, the chemist Prokop: "a rich and wildly imagined work, unusual in its almost orgiastic baroque exploration of power, sexuality, and guilt." (Bleiler). The wonderful art deco jacket artwork sets the mood perfectly! The original Czech edition was published the previous year.

£350


A Book of Romances, Fantasies, Whimsies, and Levities
Edinburgh & London, William Blackwood, 1900.

First edition. Publisher's presentation copy with blind-stamp to title. 8vo. Original dark green cloth lettered in gilt.

An author who turned his pen to various genres, including crime fiction and weird & supernatural. Rare.

£295



London, Collins Crime Club, 1958.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 10s6d.

Architecture + murder = classic stuff.

£120



London, Harper & Brothers, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth.

A solid first edition of Carr's first novel, of the locked-room subgenre. The work introduced his series character Henri Bencolin: "an impossible murder in a gambling club - the victim, seen to enter an empty room with all entrances under observation, is subsequently found there, beheaded" (Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers, p.146)

£195



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1944.

First edition. 8vo. Original grey-green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s.6d.

A Dr Fell title by this renowned master of the locked room mystery; Till Death do us Part is considered one of Carr's best novels, from his most creative period.

£395


and Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there
London, Macmillan, 1911.

8vo. Original red cloth lettered and stamped in gilt.

A pleasing copy of Alice's adventures, including sixteen colour plates by Tenniel.

£3,750



London, Macmillan, 1893.

Third edition, the suppressed 'sixtieth thousand' issue. 8vo. [xii]+224pp+[ii]. adverts. Original secondary binding red cloth, blind-stamped 'Presented for the use of Mechanics Reading Rooms etc.' to upper cover.

Very rare. This suppressed issue was, according to Carroll, riddled with printing production faults. The illustrations were over-printed, the pages badly folded and it led to him threatening to terminate his contract with publishers Macmillan:

'the book is worthless... much as I should regret the having to sever a connection now lasted nearly 30 years, I shall feel myself absolutely compelled to do so, unless I can have some assurance that better care shall be taken, in future, to ensure that my books shall be of the best artistic quality attainable for the money' (Letters p.995).

Only sixty copies had gone out when Carroll intervened. He asked Macmillan to destroy the remainder of the edition, which led to Through the Looking Glass being out of print until 1897. As mentioned in an 'Advertisement' inserted into the coeval edition of Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Carroll later changed his mind about destroying the remaining copies of this edition, and instead favoured rebinding it and distributing it to charitable institutions, which had been done with the very first suppressed Alice, and as is the case with this copy.

Prior to this copy, there were sixteen known copies of the 60th thousand issue which went to Mechanics Institutes, according to the census compiled by Dr Selwn Goodacre a few years ago. Compared to other copies recorded, this particular copy does seem to be in superior condition.

£250



London, Juvenile Productions, [1937].

Merlin Series' edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Lewis Carroll's classic for children, here illustrated by D.R. Sexton and issued for the Merlin Series.

£295



London, Victor Gollancz, 1939

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

A superb first edition of one of this prolific author's crime/thriller titles.

£295



London, Hamish Hamilton, 1953

First edition (preceding the first US edition by a few months). 8vo. Original burgundy boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 10s.6d.

Chandler's hard-boiled noir classic, defined by the author himself as "my best book". In 1955, the novel received the Edgar Award for Best Novel. It was later adapted as a 1973 film of the same name, updated to 1970s Los Angeles and starring Elliott Gould.