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First edition. London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd 1925


First edition.
London. Hutchinson, [1940]
Part of the ‘First Novel’ series. Hutchinson’s First Novel Library would go on to publish a total of 139 titles in the series before ending in 1951, comprising first novels, often by authors using a pseudonym.


First edition, second impression first month as first state April 1935.
London. Collins, 1935
Stephen Maddock was a pseudonym used by prolific adventure and crime fiction writer JT Walsh born 1897 to 1952. He had two main series characters under this name: Inspector Slane and Timothy Terrel, the latter of whom appears in Conspirators in Capri. Very scarce in a jacket.

War, Invasion & Spy

Mahon (Terence) Cold Feet.


First edition. Publisher's 'New 1929 Novels' brochure loosely inserted.
London. Chapman & Hall, 1929
A rare First World War novel, especially so in such remarkable condition. Cold Feet details the exploits of a man court-martialled for cowardice and due to face the firing squad, only to redeem himself in saving his execution party from a German pilot.


25th impression.
London, Ernest Benn, 1931
A very rare example. There are no copies of this edition online let alone with a near fine wrapper. 


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1934.

Featuring series character Anthony Trent who goes man-hunting after a murder of a farmer and the sudden departure of a man and his wife but is also interested in the fantastic rumours of a strange creature - a ghastly phenomenon of nature - that was reported prowling about at night. Very scarce in a jacket


First edition, first issue binding.
London. Charles Griffin & Co, [1909]
Early Sci-Fi with a fin de siècle perspective on interplanetary voyaging across the solar system. A companion volume to his The Stolen Planet novel. In Bleiler.


First edition.
London. Cassell, 1958
Supernatural novel that served as the basis for the 1999 film of the same name.


First edition, first printing. Skeffington, 1933. A fantasy novel first published in book form in 1932 by Horace Liveright. The novel was originally serialized in six parts in the magazine Argosy in January 1932. Rare in dw.

Weird & Supernatural

Metcalfe (John) The Smoking Leg


London, Jarrolds, 1927. An early edition of Metcalfe's first published book, a collection of macabre tales, including the excellent 'Paper WIndmills'.


Translated by Madge Pemberton. First English edition. London, Victor Gollancz, 1928. An excellent first edition in English of this phantasmagoric classic of horror, suspense and dreamlike mysticism, replete with the superb dust-jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.


London, Macmillan and Co, 1940. First film tie-in edition.


First edition. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son Limited, [1932] An attractive early jacketed work on aviation, in the rare Leslie Carr (more well-known perhaps for his depictions of locomotives).


First edition.
London, Burke, 1962.

Uncommon in jacket.


First edition.
London, Cassell, 1935.

The Phantom Gunman is the author’s first crime novel and imagines what would happen if Chicago gangsters were to come over to London. Features serial character Mrs Pym. Exceptionally scarce in a jacket


First edition.
London, Methuen 1922
A Hubin listed mystery in the very elusive jacket which has some visual similarity to the jacket design of ‘Mysterious Affair at Styles’, Agatha Christie’s first novel, published two years earlier. John Moroso was a New York based writer who contributed to various publications in the 1910s and 1920s and also wrote a story about life in an east side New York City ghetto titled The Stumbling Herd, which was made into a silent film in 1926


First edition.
London, Blackie & Son, 1934
A rare Golden Age detective title centred on what happened to Simon Ewing at five minutes to five. Various people came and went and met face to face in his flat.


First edition. Collection of eighteen stories.
London, Longmans, 1930
"Short stories with an Egyptian setting, some of which are fantasy and weird, and some at least of which first appeared in magazines under the pen name of 'Abu Nadaar' ..." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 161. The title story was reprinted in POWERS OF DARKNESS (1934), one of Philip Allan's anthologies in the "Creeps" series. Rare in d/w


First edition, Lovat Dickinson, 1937. A scarce memoir of the Spanish Civil War from the American-born novelist, Helen Nicholson (Baroness de Zglinitzki), who was caught up in the conflict while visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Granada. Nicholson and her family were unabashedly supportive of Franco and the Nationalist. Rare in this condition and with the added association of being inscribed by the author’s daughter in the year of publication


First edition.
London. Neville Spearman, 1957
A well regarded collection of short stories mainly set in the American South and most of them among poor people. The short story that gives the book refers to statues popular in the Jim Crow-era Southern United States, depicting grotesque minstrel-like characters.


First edition.
London, Selwyn & Blount, 1929.

The evocative jacket has minor edgewear and a tiny amount of loss at bottom corner of front panel, price clipped but overall an excellent example. O’Donnell gathers together a number of unsolved mysteries associated with the River Thames. Rare in jacket. No copies at time of listing.


First edition. London, Heinemann, 1928 Fifteen episodes of crimes studied by Rowland Hern and his Watson-like unnamed narrator with strong supernatural content.


3 volumes, first editions, first issue Titus Groan. London, Eyre & Spottiswode, 1946-59 A very attractive set of Peake's magnum opus, Titus Groan is especially hard to find in the first issue dust-jacket. The work was not originally planned as a trilogy, and would've been continued but for the author's deteriorating health.


First edition (one of c. 300 copies only).
London. Henry J.Drane, 1906
Contains ten weird and supernatural short stories which includes, The Spider, The Pool, The Will of Luke Carlowe, The Wedding Guest, The Soul of Nina Ventrix, The Bulb, Purple Eyes, A Hundred Year's Dead, A Dead Man's Bargain and The Compact. The Weird O' It is considered to be of legendary rarity in the supernatural genre. Henry J. Drane produced books in very small print run editions and it is likely that there would have only been around 300 copies of this book originally. It has been suggested that there are three variants of the book known. Copies exist in red, pale green and cream cloth although priority is not known. In 2000, Midnight House of Seattle republished a hardcover edition of "The Weird o’ It," limited to 460 copies.


First edition.
London. Cecil Palmer, 1931
Listed in Hubin.


First edition.
London, Robert Hale, 1936.

A psychological thriller set in colonial India. Rare.

Detective Fiction

Remenham (John) Arsenic


Rare crime title, all other copies I have seen of this title are described as ‘7th Thousand’.
London, Skeffington, [1930 according to COPAC]
Reasonable to assume this was a publisher gimmick to show titles were popular.


London, Elkin Mathews and Marrot Ltd, 1929. An attractive first UK edition by a renowned American author of horror & mystery fiction.


First UK edition.
London, Robert Hale, 1944.

Collection of short stories (here presented in the form of a novel) featuring Major Baruk, an Anglo-Arab soldier detective, most with Middle East settings. Uncommon in jacket.

Weird & Supernatural

Rohmer (Sax) The Bat Flies Low


First edition.
London, Cassell, 1936
An adventure novel with supernatural features using one of the author’s favourite themes, Ancient Egypt. Very rare in a wrapper. The first copy we have handled.


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1940.

Inspector Shelley investigates a murder committed on the threshold of the home of a famous newspaper proprietor.


First edition.
London, Herbert Jenkins, 1937.

Signed and inscribed in the year of publication to John Gawsworth on the front endpaper describing Suicide Alibi as ‘’not another little classic but it will serve!’’ Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong, better known as John Gawsworth, was a British writer, poet and compiler of anthologies, both of poetry and of short stories. A very scarce locked room mystery involving the shooting of a publisher in a room under observation (Adey p275) Very desirable especially with such a fabulous association.

Weird & Supernatural

Ryark (Felix) A Strange Land.


First edition.
London. Hutchinson, 1908
Irish author whose real name was Jane Barlow. A Strange Land is a lost race tale whose protagonist, penetrating a mysterious mist in a tiny boat, comes across the land in question, which is not described in much detail.

Modern Literature

Schaefer (Jack) Shane.


First UK edition.
London. Andre Deutsch, 1954
Key item for any ‘book into film’ collector.


First edition. London. Samuel Walker, 1948 Concerns exploits of spooks hired out for hauntings by the Spectral Agency, written by the author of the beloved Wopsy books. Priced at 10s 6d.


First edition.
London. Gollancz, 1939
Published in 1939 as the world was teetering on the brink of global war, the novel describes how the nations of the world, previously bent on destroying each other, band together to meet a common catastrophe. The story takes place in West London where the main character, Edgar Hopkins, writes his own narrative about a lunar catastrophe in which the moon collides with the Earth.