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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.

£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.

£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.

£95



London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1976.

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

A very good first edition of this continuation to the Saint series originally created by Leslie Charteris.

£95



London, Longmans, Green,, 1923.

First edition. 8vo. 4pp. advertisements. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 6/-.

A very good example of this early jacketed work set in Dartmoor, Devon. The adverts at the back are all related to West Country tales, including My Lady of the Moor by John Oxenham, which features none other than Beatrice Chase as the heroine.

£250



London and New York, Harper & Brothers, 1905.

First edition. 8vo. 4pp. advertisements. Publisher's claret cloth blocked in black to upper cover and lettered in gilt to spine.

An uncommon collection of mystery short stories imbued with the supernatural, from the creator of Father Brown. Includes 'Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown' which some have suggested predicts the concept of an alt-reality game. Each story focusses on a person who makes his living by some unusual means (the "queer trade" of the title). To gain admittance one must have invented a unique means of earning a living and the subsequent trade being the main source of income.

£1,800



London, Cassell, 1926.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth blocked in red.

An uncommonly good example of this highly collectable Father Brown first edition: Father Brown 'unravels the tangled skein of crime with entire success, and does it with convincing common-sense logic' (dust jacket).

£140

First edition. London. Collins, 1941

£250



London, Collins Crime Club, 1950.

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

An attractive first edition of an increasingly tricky book to find in the jacket. The 50th Christie book published, featuring the redoubtable Miss Marple.

£50



Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1948

First Penguin edition. 8vo. Original green & white wrappers.

£195



London, Collins Crime Club, 1936,

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth.

£60



London, Collins Crime Club, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 12s6d.

Classic Hercule Poirot murder mystery, which sees the Belgian detective partnering the crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (who bears a certain resemblance to Agatha Christie).

£180



London, Collins Crime Club, 1937.

First edition, first printing. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

A solid first edition of this classic Hercule Poirot title, a difficult book to find in good order.

£50



London, Collins Crime Club, n.d..

Collins 2/- issue. 12mo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket.

A neat early edition of this Agatha Christie classic.

£2,500

London, Collins Crime Club, 1942. First UK edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped. An excellent first UK edition of this rare wartime title biblio murder mystery. When the Bantrys wake to find the body of a beautiful, young stranger in their library, Dolly Bantry knows there's only one person to call - her old friend Miss Marple...

£450


and other stories.
London, Collins Crime Club, 1936

First Collins edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in red.

A very good copy of this collection of twelve stories by the Queen of Crime, many with a supernatural twist. This Collins Crime Club edition was published after the 1933 Odhams edition, but is surprisingly more uncommon; presumed to be the export issue in this binding.

£550



London, John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1925.

First edition. 8vo. Modern dark green half morocco with marbled boards, spine label red morocco, lettered in gilt.

A handsomely rebound first edition of this Agatha Christie classic. The novel introduces the characters of Superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent.

£250



London, Collins Crime Club, 1951.

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

A pleasing copy of this Agatha Christie first edition, a hard dust-jacket to find in such condition due to its proneness to fading and marking. The story itself builds upon Christie's own excursions alongside her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, and is more of a spy novel than a whodunnit.

£175



London, Collins Crime Club, 1951.

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

A good first edition of this tale of international intrigue and deadly peril.

£575



London, Collins Crime Club, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth lettered in black.

At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to die...time to call in Hercule Poirot.

£150


Some lessons in the science of shot gun shooting
London, Geoffrey Bles, 1925.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5s.

A practical guide to guns and shooting, by one of London's then leading gunsmiths. Scarce in the dust-jacket.