London, Hutchinson, 1939.

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

Apparently derived from a theatrical anecdote given to the author by George du Maurier, building upon the author's literary reputation for combining exciting incidents with psychological interest.


London, Grant & Murray, 1932.

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

One of the rarest books by Scottish journalist, poet and scholar of the occult Lewis Spence, who wrote many books on mythology, folklore and paranormal phenomena. He was also a prolific writer of fiction, especially in the genres of fantasy and horror.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1941.

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

Excellent jacket artwork on this the last criminous title by Goodwin; a fugitive tale and a rare book in the jacket.


London, Mills & Boon, 1925

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

Short stories some of them set in Ireland. Thirteen tales six featuring her recurring character Sandy Acland.

Dorothea Conyers was a prolific Irish novelist. Her books are romantic novels set among the Irish sporting gentry. Her output numbered some 40 titles.

A very difficult title to obtain in a wrapper


London, Collins, 1946.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Dust-jacket, priced 10s. 6d.

The first edition of Agatha Christie's personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of her most evocative novels.


London, Methuen, 1935.

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

An uncommon early work by Enid Blyton, which focuses on the sorts of real animals you may find on Britain's waysides across a collection of stories. Distinctly uncommon in the jacket.


London, Routledge, 1936.

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

Analysis of the socio-political future drawn up during an age of fear and anxiety by the journalist and author Langdon-Davies.


London, George Allen & Unwin, 1924.

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

...a most delightful picture of the 'interior' of a well-to-do Amsterdam printer-publisher's house (jacket blurb). A nice example of a 1920s dust-jacket, by the British painter, illustrator and linocut artist Dorothy Burroughes.


London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1938.

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

'Takes us from Australia to Hollywood and provides us with plenty of exciting and hilarious incident in addition to a romance that has a proper ending.'


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.


London, Heinemann, 1963.

First edition. 8vo. Original burgundy boards. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

The important consideration on the history and development of Ghana, by the Ghanaian politician, political theorist and revolutionary Kwame Nkrumah, who served as the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, having led the Gold Coast to independence from Britain in 1957.


London, Heinemann, 1964.

First edition. 8vo. Original green boards stamped in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 30s.

The debut novel of Rhodesian writer Wilbur Smith, increasingly scarce in such condition.

Modern Literature

Achebe (Chinua) Arrow of God


London, John Day, 1967.

First US edition. 8vo. Original purple cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced $5.50.

In this moving story Chinua Achebe catches perfectly the atmosphere of African village life, the beautiful proverb-laden language of the Ibo and their touching, strangely formal customs of worship and hospitality. (jacket)


early issue (stating 7th Thousand on title), some minor spotting, original red cloth, dust-jacket, some minor chipping to edges but overall a very good example, publisher's price sticker on spine, 8vo, Skeffington, [c.1930].


London, Collins, [1930].

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

A nice first edition of this romantic adventure in the fur country.


Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1948

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


Knap U Engels Op (Brush up your English)
London, Dent, 1941.

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

From the famous 'Brush Up' series.


First edition. Includes stories by, E.S. Knights, Hester Gorst, Elliott O'Donnell, John Ratho, Charles Lloyd and others. London, Philip Allan, 1933 In our experience the most elusive of the Creeps series with no copies currently for sale online.


First edition, inscribed by the author on the frontispiece.
London. Lincoln Williams, 1935
According to the Bear Alley blog the book is listed in the English Catalogue of Books as having appeared in February 1935 and it was listed under the pen-name "Trill". The publisher Lincoln Williams went into administration in July 1935 so the book probably wasn’t reprinted. Trill was a pen name for Harry C. Liebart according to Hubin. Very scarce in a jacket.


London, Hutchinson, 1937. One of the Inspector Williams novels, by an author also known for writing Sexton Blake titles.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1926

First edition. 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original dark red cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 3/6.

A great first edition, with enticing jacket artwork. The authors had previously collaborated on the The Forbidden Hour.


First edition, Collins, 1941. Edwy Searles Brooks was a UK novelist who wrote under a number of pseudonyms including Berkeley Gray and Victor Gunn. This is a rare work from his canon. From the library of Anthony Lejeune.


London, Jarrolds, 1935

First UK edition (Translation of Chateau en Limousin published in Paris in 1934). 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket.

Suzanne Marguerite Tinayre was a prolific French novelist and woman of letters. This was her only crime novel and is listed in Hubin.

It concerns the celebrated case of Madame Lafarge and whether she really murdered her husband nearly a century earlier.

Very scarce with only one copy cited by COPAC in the British library.


The experiences of a naturalist with the "St. George" Expedition
London, Hutchinson, [1926].

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket, priced 18/-.

A picturesque account of of travel on the yacht "St. George" among some of the little-known islands of the South Seas, from Easter Island to Rapa and the Marquesas.


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1933.

First edition. 8vo. Original pale blue cloth. Dust-jacket, price ablated from spine.

A pleasing first edition of this collection of short stories by 'Sapper', featuring the character Ronald Standish as chief protagonist (appearing previously only in 'The Saving Clause' (1927) and 'Tiny Carteret' (1930)). Sapper of course most well-known for creating Bulldog Drummond.


in testimony of the divinity of Christ: with scripture illustrations and remarks
York, for the author, 1825.

Third edition. Special presentation copy from the author. 8vo. 19th century cathedral binding with blind & gilt tooling, marbled fly leaves.

A special presentation copy of this work on divinity, with a calligraphic plate mounted to front fly leaf signed by the author, dedicated to Lord Eldon for his work in extolling the virtues of Christianity.


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


London, Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1939.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original pink cloth. Dust-jacket, neatly price-clipped.

A very good example of this attractively jacketed first UK edition of this Mars title by Tarzan-creator Burroughs.


London, Heinemann, 1960.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original burgundy cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 16s.

A very good example of the distinctive first UK edition of Harper Lee's famous novel.


London, Cassell, 1920

First edition. 8vo. Original light brown cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 8/6 net on spine.

An Allan Quatermain novel, direct sequel to The Ivory Child. An interesting way of resurrecting the character of Allan away from the period and Africa of his day.

Rare in jacket.


London, Harrap, 1939. First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, price from inside flap removed by clumsy tear. An uncommon dust-jacket by jacket legend Youngman Carter, in better condition than normally found.


First edition.
London, Cassell, 1917.

A collection of eleven tales, one of which is a locked room mystery and two of which have definite weird content. Not mentioned by Bleiler. “The Mystery of Howard Romaine” involves the disappearance of a coffin and a body from a locked room (Adey p.300) The Cuckoo Clock" is a tale of delirium involving the transmigration of a soul into a cuckoo clock. "The Fatal Fairy" is about a man who kidnaps a fairy at dawn, whereupon it turns into a monstrous baby vulture -- until he releases it a day later. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree was an English actor and theatre manager. This collection appeared in the year of his death. Very scarce in jacket.


London, John Murray, 1929,

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

Rare in dust-jacket.


First edition, in early reprint wrapper priced at 2/6' (the first issue was priced 7/6').
London. Duckworth, 1925
A novel about the Irish ‘revolution’ in 1916.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1933.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, second issue priced 2/6.

A superior example of this Secret Service thriller from the pen of the inimitable Corbett, "King of the one-line gaffe" (Rod Collins).


London, Ernest Benn, 1929.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth stamped in orange. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

A spy thriller, previously serialised in The Daily Mail, "with the publication of the book Mr. Baxter will join the small and distinguished order of Shockers Extraordinary to the British Empire." (jacket blurb)


London, Heath Cranton, [1932].

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

Distinctly uncommon book about a cure for cancer by Hubin-listed author Hipshon, in great dust-jacket artwork.


First edition thus.
London. Reader's Library, [1934 according to COPAC but could be earlier]
Death by poisoning in a locked bedroom at Staups, an isolated manor house on the Yorkshire Moors. Weird elements, a supposedly cursed jewel and sacrificial knives looted from the temple of Aztec descendants living in Central America, Author’s first crime novel, published in the UK by Bles in 1927.


London, Hurst & Blackett, [1949].

First UK edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

A great first UK edition of this biblio yarn inspired by the notorious literary forger Thomas J. Wise, by a prolific US author.


London, Edmund Ward, 1963.

First edition. Oblong 12mo. Original pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

First edition of the eighteenth book in the Rev. Awdry's famous 'Railway Series'.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1953.

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

A poisoned nursery rhyme leads detective Miss Marple to untangle a web of deceit and murder within a wealthy family, uncovering dark secrets along the way.


London, Gollancz, 1936. First UK edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6. An uncommon Asey Mayo tale and the first time we have encountered it in a jacket.


London, Michael Joseph, 1954.

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

The 27th title in Mitchell's long-running series featuring the psychoanalyst and amateur sleuth Mrs Bradley.

Detective Fiction

Dehan (Richard) Shallow Seas


London, Thornton Butterworth, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. 1p. advertisements. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced at 7/6.

A tale of espionage, romance and Eastern exoticism, set just before the outbreak of WWI. An excellent copy.


London, Ward, Lock, 1901.

First edition, full-page autograph inscription from the author to the blank recto of the frontispiece. 8vo. 4 plates, 12pp. advertisements. Original pictorial cloth.

An appreciative, borderline fawning, gift inscription from the trade unionist and Liberal-Labour politician, T.R. Threlfall, to the Sir George Alexander Cooper, 1st Baronet.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1934. First edition, first impression. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, colonial issue, with original wrap-around. One of the key '30s Jeeves titles, in a great, bright example of the original Abbey jacket, with "Herbert Jenkins' Colonial Library" to spine and the original belly-band, declaring "For the first time the incomparable Jeeves in a long complete novel" - extremely uncommon!


London, Robert Hale, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 12/6.

A semi-gothic thriller set largely in Victorian London, by a prolific writer and biographer. The book, like many of Hooke's, was subsequently made into a film, The Gypsy and the Gentleman (1958).


First edition.
London, Heinemann, 1939
Basis of the 1945 film starring Lauren Bacall and Peter Lorre.


London, Gollancz, 1961.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Yellow printed dust-jacket, priced 16/-.

Classic sci-fi by one of the undisputed masters of the genre, in the striking Gollancz jacket.


Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.
London, John Murray, 1917

First edition. 8vo. 6pp. advertisements. Original cloth.

A collection of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, including the titular short story, 'His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes'.


London, Philip Allan, [1927].

First edition. 8vo. Original sage boards with printed spine label. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

An analysis of the societal need for syncopated dance as evidenced by the popularity of jazz in the 1920s, by self-described music lover Robert William Sigismund Mendl.


London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1967.

First edition. 8vo. Original purple boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

A very good first edition of the first book by Lemarchand, introducing CDI Tom Pollard and his assistant Sergeant Toye of Scotland Yard.


Sydney, Australia, Angus & Robertson, 1937.

First edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth.

A scarce first edition by the Australian writer Upfield, set in a farming community in western Australia, featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) of the Queensland Police Force.


London, Collins Crime Club, 1931

First edition. 8vo. 2pp. advertisements. Original dark orange cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket spine priced 3/6, with further 1/- sticker.

'The name "Charles Pearce"...to whisper it after dark is to start a horde of wild imagings...all that makes the flesh creep and the hair stand on end...a repulsive creature to look upon; a colossal braggart; a gifted musician; a murderer - a dwarf in stature and a Samson in strength; the perfect burglar; and a man with an irresistible attraction for women...' (publisher's blurb).

A very good first edition in early issue jacket with the sinister artwork by V. Asta bright and clean to upper panel.

Detective Fiction

Grey (Cecil) Spindrift


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1936.

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

A splendid first edition of this romantic novel about a young musical protégé's adventures.


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.


London, Geoffrey Bles, 1935.

'Popular Edition', second printing. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker '5/-' on spine.

A decent, early edition of this the second appearance of armchair detective Lancelot Priestley, who featured in a long-running series of novels during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.


New York, Farrar & Rinehart, 1940.

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

An excellent first edition of this the second work by Daly, an often under-appreciated author these days; her serial character Henry Gamadge is a bibliophile and expert on rare books & manuscripts, no less!


London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.

First edition. Small 8vo. Original orange cloth. Early reprint dust-jacket, priced 3/6.

A first UK edition in early jacket of this classic Wallace thriller - Li Yoseph, a suspected rich smuggler, lives at Lady's Stairs; when Mark, Tiser, and Ann investigate Ronnie's death linked to Bradly, Yoseph vanishes.

Horror & Gothic

King (Frank) The Ghoul


New York, G. Howard Watt, 1929.

First US edition, first printing. 8vo. Original grey cloth lettered in black. Dust-jacket, correctly priced $2.00.

A rare edition of this classic of ghoulish horror, especially in the correct first issue dust-jacket with correct number of reviews and price.


London, Ward Lock & Co., c.1882-84.

Early English edition. 8vo. Publisher's adverts to rear. Original decorative cloth blocked in black & gilt.

This copy dates from sometime between 1882 and 1884 based on the title page. Ward, Lock & Co. did not open an office in New York at 10 Bond Street until June of 1882. In November of 1884 that office moved to 31 Bond Street. The first edition of Stories of the Rhine was published by Ward, Lock & Tyler in 1875, and in addition to stating "Ward, Lock& Tyler" on the title page, it would only have their earlier address of Warwick House, Salisbury Square. Ward, Lock & Tyler became Ward, Lock, & Co, in 1877.

Collection of short stories, set in the late 18th century and in the 19th century, most with a weird element including 'The Buried Treasure' where the treasure of Gontran the Miser is found by supernatural means. All Victorian editions of Erckmann-Chatrian titles are uncommon especially in original cloth.


London, Robert Hale, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in green with silver stamped logo to spine. Dust-jacket correctly priced 10s 6d.

One of the last novels by Cicely Sibyl Alexandra Dick-Erikson under the pseudonym Alexandra Dick (she also wrote as Frances Hay), a story of murder & satanism. Uncommon.

War, Invasion & Spy

Groom (Pelham) Whistling Wires


London, Andrew Melrose, [1935].

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

Compelling jacket artwork complements this uncommon tale of aerial combat and British pluck.


London, Methuen,, 1932.

Second edition. 8vo. 8pp. advertisements. Orange cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 3/6.

A handsome early edition of this follow-up to The Sheik (1919). Hull is credited with setting off a major and hugely popular revival of the "desert romance" genre of romantic fiction, helped by the Rudolph Valentino film adaptations.

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