Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

RANKINE (John). Interstellar Two-five. Dennis Dobson, 1966. Lge.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; dark brown fine linen grain boards lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.355.

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RANKINE (John). Never the Same Door. Dennis Dobson, 1967. Lge.16mo; final blank, serving as pastedown; dark brown fine linen grain boards lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.355.

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RANKINE (John). Moons of Triopus. Dennis Dobson, 1968. Lge.16mo; dark brown fine linen grain boards lettered silver down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.355.

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RANKINE (John). The star of Hesiock. Dennis Dobson, 1980. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.217+[iii]; dark charcoal fine linen grain boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.



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RANSOME (Arthur). The stone lady, Ten little papers and two Mad stories. Published in London by S.C. Brown, Langham & Co., Ltd., and printed by The Lanthorn Press in 1905. Final blank; pp.181+[iii]; brown buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, others trimmed. Faint damp-mottling of sides; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's contemporary signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. The author's scarce second book. Not in Locke.

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RANSOME (Arthur). The stone lady, Ten little papers and two Mad stories. Published in London by S.C. Brown, Langham & Co., Ltd., and printed by The Lanthorn Press in 1905. Final blank; pp.181+[iii]; brown buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Nice copy.

The author's scarce second book. Not in Locke.

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READ (Herbert). The green child: A romance. William Heinemann Ltd, 1935. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[vi]+256+[ii]; lime green rough cloth, blocked by publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated very dark green. Nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.181, describing the end-papers as ‘black'. Locke notes the scarcity of the volume. An interesting novel, embodying the author's quietist philosophy. In this copy p.55, l.18 has the misprint ‘and' for ‘he'; p.139, l.2, ‘five of six' for ‘five or six': state or issue significance undetermined.

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REEVES (James). The path Of gold. Based on "The Water of Life" By The Brothers Grimm. Illustrated by Krystyna Turska. Hamish Hamilton, 1972. Final blank; illustrations at head of chapters; yellow wrappers printed red on front wrapper. One corner bruised; wrappers slightly creased; otherwise a fine copy.

Uncorrected Advance Proof on proofing paper.

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REYNOLDS (Mrs. Baillie). The relations And what they related: A series of wierd stories By Mrs. Baillie Reynolds (G.M. Robins Author of "Nigel Ferrard" (A Novel) "The Silence Broken," &c. With 16 illustrations By A.D. McCormick. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1902. Half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece and fifteen plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+314+[ii]; light olive green fine rough buckram, blocked gilt and dark olive green, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Some embrowning of end-papers; a little scattered light foxing associated with the plates; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

The only printing of this text, the second edition of 1914 being extensively revised and up-dated. One story, ‘The Heir-at-Law', appears only in this first edition. Wierd, mystery, supernatural, and ghost stories. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.12, 24, 48, 86, 122, 138, 144, 188, 210, 216, 246, 266, 282, 294, and 300, and are here so tipped in.

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REYNOLDS (Mrs. Baillie). The relations And what they related. New edition. Mills & Boon, Limited, 49 Rupert Street, London W., 1914. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+311+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, coded ‘13/1083'; crimson fine beaded-linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; a little scattered light foxing or spotting of margins; in general a nice copy. Scarce.

Not merely a reprint of the first edition of 1902, but extensively revised and up-dated. Also, one story, ‘The Heir-at-Law', is dropped and another, ‘The Roman Road', is substituted for it. Ghost stories. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. This is the correct first printing of the New Edition, the verso of the title-page bearing the words ‘Published by Mills & Boon, 1914', not ‘in 1914' as in later printings.

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RICE (Anne). The Mummy Or Ramses The Damned. A novel by Anne Rice. Ballantine Books . New York, 1989. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; decorative title-page and fly-title to each part; other decorations in the text; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+436+[iv]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, gold, red, and green, the front wrapper embossed with author's name and main title; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Faint vertical crease in spine, but a near-fine copy.

The correct first printing, bearing on the verso of the title-page the words ‘First Edition: June 1989' and the coding 10 to 1. Not issued in hardcover until the first English edition appeared a few months later.

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RICE (Ernest Spottswood). The secret of the Moon god: 2000 B.C.: Love and adventure in Yucatan 1920 A.D. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., Broadway House: 68-74 Carter Lane, E.C, [sic] 1924. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+232; vermilion fine linen-grain cloth, ruled blackish blue on front cover, ruled and lettered blackish blue on spine. Slight foxing of fore- and lower- edges, and first and last few leaves; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Set variously in Chicago and Yucatan, the book provides a strange mixture of museum and field archæology with American football, and contains lost race, science fantasy, and Atlantean elements. The author, evidently American, is listed as the author also of Tlacatecolotl, the Man Owl; or the Sacred Olla of the aztec High Priest and The Last of the Baldnobbers; a Story of the Ozark Mountains. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. In this copy the following misprints have been noted: p.27, ll.11-12, ‘for / for'; p.39, l.9, ‘passed' for ‘past'; p.131, l.13, ‘Covah' for ‘Covoh'.

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ROBERTS (Keith). The boat of fate: An historical novel. Hutchinson, 1971. Lge.16mo; orange wrappers printed black on front cover and down spine; end- papers printed with map in black. Wrappers a little creased and marked, but a fine copy internally.

Uncorrected Proof Copy on proofing paper, together with proof end-papers. According to the front wrapper, scheduled for publication on 18th October 1971. Currey, p.419 lists the published book as also 1971.

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ROSE (F. Horace). The night Of The world. Duckworth, 1944. Final blank; light blue cloth lett- ered dark blue on spine. Near fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper strengthened on verso.

Locke, p.186, the variant in orange dust-wrapper, though in this case backing a different title in the ‘Studies in Theology' series from that recorded by Locke. No priority of issues known. Mystical adventure novel combining visions, a lost Oasis in Africa, an omnipotent being, and the later stages of World War Two. A book of above average merit, well-written, like most of Rose's.

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RUSHDIE (Salman). Grimus: A Novel. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1975. Double cr.16mo; pp.319+[i (blank)]; mauve cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down and on spine. Faint pressure dints in upper cover; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper very slightly nicked at extremities of spine.

The author's first book, and a curious cross between Joyce's Ulysses Dr. Who, and the final volume of the Gormenghast trilogy - with a faint stylistic memory here and there of somebody like Wilkie Collins! In this copy the following typographical flaws have been observed: p.114, l.19, broken ‘y' in ‘empty'; p.191, l.18, damaged ‘n' at end of line; p.263, l.8, damaged ‘t' in ‘it'.

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RUSSELL (Bertrand). Satan In the suburbs And other stories. Illustrated by Asgeir Scott. The Bodley Head, 1953. Tall double cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf followed by two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; black boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised, otherwise fine in slightly dusty dust-wrapper.

The first issue, ruled and lettered gilt, and with the two blanks present at the end.

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SARGENT (Pamela). The Shore Of Women. Chatto & Windus, London, 1987. Double lge.med.16mo; final blank; pp.[viii]+469+[iii]; faintly mottled dull blue fine linen-grain textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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SAROYAN (William). Tracy's Tiger With Drawings By Henry Koerner. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1952. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title, two at end; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[115]+[v]; orange cloth, blocked pictorially blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed; illustration on end-papers. Fine copy in slightly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

In our experience a scarce title.

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SELLINGS (Arthur). The Uncensored man. Dennis Dobson, 1964. Lge.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end; black boards lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.313.

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SELLINGS (Arthur). Junk day. Dennis Dobson, 1970. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; very dark brown boards, lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.313. Later issue, with the price clipped from the front flap of the dust-wrapper and a sticker substituted giving the altered price as £2.25.

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SERVICE (Robert W.). The master of the Microbe: A Fantastic Romance. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., Adelphi Terrace, 1926. Scarlet linen grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered black, on front cover and spine, blocked black on spine. Nice copy.

Not in Locke.

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SERVISS (Garrett P.). The Second deluge. Illustrated by George Varian. London, Grant Richards Ltd., Publishers, 1912. Cancel title leaf; half-tone frontispiece and three plates; final blank; pp.[x]+399+[iii]; light olive-green crinkle-grain cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy.

First edition, English issue: printed (including the cancel title) in America. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.192, records two undated issues of the English issue: one in blue cloth, similarly lettered, but with the fore-edges instead of the lower-edges uncut; and a remainder issue with all edges cut, "bound in boards coated with a green synthetic material". If Locke is correct in describing these issues as undated, they are both later re-issues: the present copy bears on the verso of the cancel title-leaf the words "Printed in the United States of America by Quinn & Bowden Co., Rahway, N.J., 1912". Copies are known, however, of both the binding in blue cloth and of a variant binding in dark olive green cloth with title-pages dated identically with that in the present volume. "One of my favourites among old science fiction" - Locke.

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SHANKS (Edward). Old King Cole. Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1936. Integral advertisement leaf at end; light red cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Scattered foxing, chiefly of edges; otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed and chipped dust-wrapper, darkened on spine.

Fantasy story with a contemporary setting, based on myth. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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SHAW (Bob). Orbitsville. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1975. Double cr.16mo; carmine boards, lettered gilt down spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.431. Review copy, with publisher's review slip loosely laid in. Scheduled for publication on 9 January.

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SHAW (Bob). Ship of strangers. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1978. Double cr.16mo; carmine boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title-page.

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SHECKLEY (Robert). Can you feel anything When I do this? Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1972. Lge.16mo; carmine boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition (v. Currey p.433).

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SHERRIFF (R.C.). The Hopkins manuscript By R.C. Sherriff Author of Journey's End, The Fortnight in September, Greengates, Etc., etc. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.352; mottled light greenish blue fine linen lettered dark blue on spine. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, but a nice copy.

Disaster novel looking back on the destruction of Europe from eight hundred years in the future. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.194, giving it a good write-up.

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SHIEL (M.P.). The purple cloud. Chatto & Windus, 1901. Title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. integral advertisements (signed ‘HH'), followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated May, 1901; pp.[iv]+[464]+4; mottled green rough buckram, blocked black, white, and greyish purple, lettered black and white, on front cover, blocked greyish purple and white, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. Cloth neatly restored at tail of spine; covers generally a little lacking in crispness; end-papers cracking and a trifle marked; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.196. Shiel's key title.

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SHIEL (M.P.). The Lord of the Sea. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1929. Black buckram, lettered pale green on spine. Slight wear to head of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Heavily revised. The first edition thus of a book originally published in 1901.

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SHIEL (M.P.). Above All Else. Lloyd Cole, Rolls Chambers, 89, Chancery Lane, 1943. Two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; red cloth, lettered black down spine. A nice copy.

First English edition. Published in America in 1933 as ‘This Above All'. Fantasy novel involving extended life-spans.

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SHIEL (M.P.). Xelucha And Others. Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin, 1975. Sm.cr.8vo format, perfect bound; colophon leaf at end; pp.viii+243+[i]; glazed black cloth, lettered on and down spine in gilt; black and white head- and tail- bands; grey end-papers. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Planned before Shiel's death in 1947, but only now first published, the author revised the title-story specially for inclusion in this collection. Four thousand copies of this volume were printed.

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[SHIEL (M.P.).]. The Pillar of light By Louis Tracy. Illustrations by T. Peddie. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1905. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; dark green linen flecked light green, blocked and lettered gilt, ruled and blocked blind, on front cover and spine, full-colour printed paper onlay recessed on front cover. Slight general wear to covers; some foxing and slight dusting; a good copy only.

The plates illustrate pp.47, 91, 108, 145, 169, 236, and 263, and in this copy are bound in at those points. Revised for this edition by M.P. Shiel.

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SHORTER (Dora Sigerson). The Country-house Party. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1905. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[iv]+300; unbleached art-canvas, ruled red on sides and spine, lettered black on front cover and spine. End-papers and first and last few leaves foxed; unusual circulating library label on front paste-down; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

Short stories linked by brief discussions, told by the guests at a country house. Includes three ghost stories and one mildly occult (vision of the future shown through a crystal ball), and several that are in some degree criminous. The book begins however with several stories discussing the nature of ‘woman' (with some rference to the ‘new woman'), before losing its way. Not well written, and generally rather false in tone. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.17, l.2, broken ‘e' in they; p.84, l.8, risen space after ‘no'; p.203, last line, wrong font ‘t' in ‘spirits'; p.232, penultimate line, risen space after ‘cloak'; p.236, l.19, risen quad at start of line; p.252, l.3, broken ‘h' in ‘she'.

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SHUTE (Nevil). What happened to The Corbetts. William Heinemann Ltd., N.D. [1939]. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+267+[i (blank)]; hammered ivory boards, flat spine, printed on front board in black and orange. Slight dusting and rubbing of boards and slight spine roll; internally virtually fine.

One of a total edition limited to 1,000 copies "for special distribution only." Future war novel: aerial bombing of Southampton by an unnamed enemy leads to the disruption of the sewerage system and consequent epidemics of cholera and typhoid. Intended as a warning in case of a coming war . . . . Not in Locke.

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SILVERBERG (Robert). Dying inside. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1972. Lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; light crimson boards, lettered black down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title-page. Currey, p.437. The correct first printing, with the code ‘A-10.72 (V)' on verso of title-page.

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SILVERBERG (Robert). At Winter's End. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1988. Double med.16mo; pp.[xii]+404; buttercup yellow cloth textured boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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SIMAK (Clifford D.). Time And Again. 1951, Simon and Schuster, New York. Double cr.16mo; two blanks, and leaf bearing publisher's symbol precede title-page, five blanks at end, outermost blanks serving as pastedowns; half-title not called for; quarter crimson cloth, blue-grey boards, lettered dark blue-green on spine and front cover. Very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.448.

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SIMAK (Clifford D.). Destiny Doll. Science Fiction. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1972. Double cr.16mo; final blank; dark blue boards, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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SIMS (Geo. R.). Two London fairies. London, Greening & Co., Ltd., 1906. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; final blank; pp.[viii]+222+[ii]; publisher's inserted 52pp. catalogue, printed in red and black and dated ‘Season 1905-6', at end; grey rough buckram, blocked black and white on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine, and with ruled box black on spine. Slight fading of covers; otherwise a nice copy. A scarce title.

A socialist novel with a fantasy frame. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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SMITH (E.E. ‘Doc'). The Second novel of the Lensman Series: First Lensman. W.H. Allen, 1971. Lge.16mo; bright green morocco grained boards lettered white down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

‘First English edition', so stated on copyright page. This is incorrect, however, since an edition was published in England by T.V. Boardman and Co. Ltd. in 1955.

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SMITH (E.E. ‘Doc'). The Fifth Novel of the Lensman Series: Second Stage Lensmen. W.H. Allen, A division of Howard & Wyndham Ltd, 1972. Final blank; navy blue boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The publisher seems undecided as to the correct title, providing the reading ‘Lensman' on the dust-wrapper, as well as in the list of titles as given in earlier volumes in the series. ‘First English edition', so stated on copyright page. This may be incorrect, however, since an edition may have been published in England by T.V. Boardman and Co. Ltd. c. 1955, along with other titles in the series.

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SPEIGHT (T.W.). The Strange experiences Of Mr Verschoyle, Told by himself And edited by T.W. Speight. Chatto & Windus, 1901. Advertisement leaf before half-title; integral leaf bearing publisher's device, followed by 8pp. publisher's advertisements on text paper, and 32pp. inserted catalogue dated Sept.1900, at end; vertically ribbed dark blue cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Numerous minor faults, but a sound reading copy, nonetheless.

Fantasy novel of a man who is given the power to leave his body - and steals someone else's. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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STABLEFORD (Brian). Rhapsody in Black. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1975. Pp.160; black boards blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in a very slightly frayed and rubbed dust-wrapper

First English, and first hardcover edition; also the first appearance of this text, which differs in respect of some 8,000 words from that of the 1973 Daw edition. Currey, p.466.

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STACPOOLE (H. de Vere). The sunstone. Hutchinson & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., London, N.D. (1936). Globe 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[3]-287+[i (blank)]; faintly mottled light brown fine-weave cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Barely perceptible foxing of edges; small pale stain on one page; otherwise a fine copy in creased and frayed dust-wrapper with three small holes in spine.

Remainder issue, bound up for sale by Smith's, the front cover blocking being their ‘Ex Libris' design. The spine of the dust-wrapper bears their reduced price label of 1/- beneath the original price of 7/6. The odd pagination is evidently correct, at least for this issue, the seventh leaf of the first gathering being a single inset. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Clute & Nichols, p.1150: weird fantasy.

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STAPLEDON (W. Olaf). Last and first men. A story of the near and far future. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1930. Publisher's inserted catalogue at end dated ‘630' at foot of last leaf; dark blue buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges, otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.467; Locke's ‘Spectrum', pp.204-5. Copies are also known without the catalogue.

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STAPLEDON (W. Olaf). Last and first men. A story of the near and far future. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1930. Pp.[xii]+355+[i (printer's imprint)]; dark blue buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. A nice copy.

Currey, p.467, noting copies with a publisher's catalogue dated ‘630' inserted at end, adds: "Presumed later copies lacking publisher's catalogue have been reported." This copy has a bookplate on the front paste-down bearing an inscription dated ‘Jany 16th 1932', which may be evidence: we know of no certain grounds, however, for the presumption. Locke's ‘Spectrum', pp.204-5, listing a copy with the catalogue.

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STAPLEDON (Olaf). Star maker. Methuen & Co. Ltd. London, 36 Essex Street Strand W.C.2, 1937. Extra cr.8vo; pp.xii+339+[i (printer's imprint); sky-blue Sundour cloth lettered purple on spine. Slight dulling of covers and slightly brighter patch on front cover where small Boots library label has been removed; otherwise a nice copy.

The first binding and the first state of text. Currey, p.468; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.205.

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STAPLEDON (Olaf). Sirius: A fantasy of love and discord. 1944, Secker & Warburg. Double post 16mo; light brown cloth, blocked and lettered dark brown down spine. Front free end-paper and half-title leaf lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

Currey, p.467; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.205, recording that 6,000 copies were printed.

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STAPLEDON (Olaf). Death into life. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; leaf before half-title excised, apparently before publication, and not included in the pagination; pp.vi+159+[i (printer's imprint)]; orange brown cloth, lettered black on spine; cream end-papers. Slight marking of covers; front free end-paper removed; otherwise a nice copy.

Currey, p.467, giving no details of collation; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.204, not mentioning the excision, but giving the same pagination as here. One of the more difficult Stapledon titles.

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STAPLEDON (Olaf). A man divided. Methuen & Co. Ltd. London, 36 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+187+[i (printer's imprint)]; red-chocolate buckram lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.467, giving no details of the binding; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.205, describing the cloth colour as ‘maroon', which is another way of putting it, to our mind less accurate, though the cloth colour might possibly have varied slightly between rolls. In our experience, a difficult title.

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STAPLEDON (Olaf). The opening of The eyes. Edited by Agnes Z. Stapledon. With a Preface by E.V. Rieu. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1954. Green boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published posthumously.

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STAPLEDON (Olaf). 4 Encounters With an Introduction By Brian Aldiss And an Afterword By Richard Kirby. Bran's Head Books Ltd, [on verso of title:] 91, Wimborne Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex, 1976. A5 format 8vo; pp.[viii]+111+[i (blank)]; grey hammered fine-linen-textured boards, lettered gilt on front cover. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A scarce title: part of the text was accidentally omitted, and it was withdrawn shortly after publication. It remains, however, the only printing of the text. Not in Currey; Locke, p.204. A curiosity of the volume is that the pagination proper starts with the last page of the Introduction, the fly-title to the first story appearing on the verso.

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[STAPLEDON (Olaf).]. The Calendar of Garden Operations Based on the original work Compiled by the late Sir Joseph Paxton, M.P. Enlarged Edition adapted to the requirements of Cottage gardeners, Allotment holders, And Amateur gardeners. By members of the Staff of the Gardeners' Chronicle. Published for the Gardeners' Chronicle, Ltd., By H.G. Cove, at the Offices, 41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C., 1904. Double cr.16mo, wire-stabbed; 10pp. publisher's integral advertisements precede title-page; 8pp. integral commercial advertisements at end; numerous illustrations on text-paper; green wrappers printed in black and red, cut flush; issued without end-papers. Nice.

From the library of William Clibbett Stapledon, Olaf's father, and bearing on the inside front wrapper his elaborate pictorial bookplate designed by Olaf in September 1904. A scarce example of Olaf Stapledon's work as artist.

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[STAPLEDON (W. Olaf).]. It isn't done Or The future of taboo among The British islanders By Archibald Lyall. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., Broadway House, 68-74 Carter Lane, E.C., 1930. Pott 8vo; 20pp. publisher's series advertisements, on text-paper, at end; very dark brown glazed boards, paper label on front cover, and on spine. In general a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the ‘To-day and To-morrow' Series. From the library of Olaf Stapledon, and bearing his signature on the front end-paper.

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STEPHENS (James). The Crock of gold. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street, London, 1912. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; two leaves text-paper advertisements at end (the first and last page blank); pp.[2]+[vi]+[312]; faintly mottled emerald green rough fine buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Barely visible restoration to cloth of spine; inscription on front end-paper; small inscription removed from blank, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', but one of the landmarks of twentieth century fantastic literature. The issue with advertisements included at the end, with pointed, rather than rounded, ornaments on the spine and front cover, and with the imprint at the tail of the spine 4mm in height.

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STEWART (Mary). The Crystal Cave. Hodder and Stoughton, 1970. Double lge.post 16mo; pp.464; black beaded linen-patterned boards, blocked with publisher's device black-through-gilt and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. pale cerise; dove grey end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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STOKER (Bram). The Mystery of the Sea. William Heinemann, 1902. Integral title-page; integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by 32pp. inserted publisher's catalogue (not dated); pp.[xii]+498+[ii]; very dark green linen, ruled pale green, blocked pale green and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind, on back cover. End-papers foxed; single fox-spot affecting three leaves; otherwise virtually fine. Unusual thus.

The first issue, the title-page integral and bearing on the verso the statement: ‘All rights reserved / This Edition enjoys copyright in / all countries signatory to the Berne / Treaty, and is not to be imported / into the United States of America'. In the second issue the title-page was a cancel bearing an amended copyright notice. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 6584, not noting the issue point.

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STOKER (Bram). The Mystery of the Sea. London, William Heinemann, 1902. Cancel title-page; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank, followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue (not dated); pp.[xii]+498+[ii]; very dark green linen, ruled pale green, blocked pale green and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind, centrally on back cover. Gilt a little rubbed; single small fox-spot on fore-margin of title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

The second issue, with a cancel title-page bearing on the verso the words: ‘All rights reserved / This Edition enjoys copyright in all / countries signatory to the Berne / Treaty, and has been copyrighted in / the United States of America by / Bram Stoker, 1902.' In the first issue the title-page is integral and bears on the verso a notice differently lineated but otherwise identical up to the word ‘Treaty'. It then goes on: ‘and is not to be imported / into the United States of America'. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 6584, not noting the issue point.

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STOKER (Bram). The Jewel of Seven Stars. William Heinemann, 1903. Vignette on title-page; final blank; red cloth blocked blind and gilt on front cover, blocked blind on back cover, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Reading copy only.

Not in Locke's 'Spectrum' or Wolff.

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STOKER (Bram). The man. William Heinemann, 1905. Pp.viii+436; red cloth panelled blind, lettered gilt, on spine and front cover, gilt rule on spine, blocked centrally with publisher's device blind on back cover; lower-edges uncut. Covers used; otherwise a nice copy.



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STOKER (Bram). Lady Athlyne. William Heinemann, 1908, Advertisement leaf before half-title; final blank; dark red cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight embrowning of end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed inscription on the front end-paper, dated ‘19. 6. 08'. One of the most difficult Stoker titles, and not in Locke's Spectra or Wolff.

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STOKER (Bram). The Lady of the Shroud. William Heinemann, 1909. Pp.[iv]+367+[i]; dark red cloth, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Covers marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke ‘Spectrum', p.207 (the same copy).

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STOKER (Bram). The Lair of the White Worm. William Rider and Son, Limited, 1911. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates, all in colour; 4pp, integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; pp.324+[iv]; vertically-ribbed red cloth blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine and front cover. Spine worn at corners and back cover a little marked; otherwise a very nice copy.

Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.207.

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STOKER (Mary Brooke). The gilded lizard. MacDonald & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., October 1946. Lge.16mo; blank before half-title; pale green cloth lettered dark green, lettered, ruled, and decorated light-through-dark-green on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper. Scarce.

"As is appropriate to a relative of Bram Stoker, celebrated creator of ‘Dracula', the author of this strikingly original first novel has set her scene in the remoteness of the European hinterland." - publisher's blurb.

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STONIER (G.W.). The Memoirs Of A Ghost. Grey Walls Press, 1947. Globe 8vo; pp.[vi]+109+[i (blank)]; black buckram, lettered gilt and outline gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with small chip at tail of spine.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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SWAFFER (Hannen). When men talk Truth And other stories. Rich & Cowan Ltd, 25 Soho Square, 1934. Post 8vo; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; midnight purple buckram, lettered sky-blue on spine. Cloth of covers considerably bubbled; edges foxed, and prelims. slightly so; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription, dated ‘May 29, 1936', in bold pencil on the front end-paper. Stories of ghosts and the supernatural. The author's first volume of fiction. Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.209, listing an otherwise similar copy with t.e. purple. The present issue is presumably secondary.

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SWAIN (E[dmund].G[ill].). The Stoneground Ghost tales Compiled from the rocollections of The Reverend Roland Batchel, Vicar of the parish. By E.G. Swain. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., 1912. Pp.[viii (not paginated)]+187+[i (printer's imprint)]; bright light blue rough buckram, pictorially blocked black and grey, ruled and lettered black, on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Light foxing to end-papers and edges; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

A collection of nine ghost stories dedicated to Swain's friend M.R. James. "Swain's tales share many features with those of James, and draw on the friends' common interests and antiquarian studies. They are however rather milder in tone and regularly incorporate a playful hunour not often found in James' work. The tales relate the adventures of a fictionalised version of the author, Mr. Batchel... Although by today's standards, readers may find Swain's stories rather lacking in supernatural horrors, their subtle qualities become apparent on re-reading, and many find Mr. Batchel one of the most enduring creations of English ghost fiction." - Wilson, ‘Shadows in the Attic', p.468; Ashley, ‘Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction', p.170; Bleiler, ‘Guide to Supernatural Fiction, 1571; Locke, ‘Spectrum I', p.209; Sullivan (ed.), Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p.419; Bleiler (1948), p.263; Bleiler (1978), p.190; Reginald, 13908. In this copy, probably as always, the following typographical flaws have been noted: p.145, l.9, improper spacing in ‘unwell'; p.159, l.21, risen space before ‘insist'.

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SYLVESTER (John). Master of the World. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1949. Half-tone frontispiece by Day; red cloth lettered black on spine. A fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Juvenile. Post atomic story of the harnesing of cosmic rays.

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THEMERSON (Stefan). Professor Mmaa's Lecture. With a preface by Bertrand Russell. Gaberbocchus, 1953. Blank before half-title; advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; numerous illustrations on text paper and end-papers by Franciszka Themerson; black cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; green end-papers printed in black. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper with wrap-around flash (this slightly foxed). A distinctly scarce title.

The flash, which gives great prominence to Russell's name, makes clear that the book is a novel. Russell recommends the book as a "massive, impressive, imaginative, and grimly amusing" work "belonging to a recognised genre of which the best known example is ‘Gulliver's Travels.'" Locke, p.211.

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THOMAS (D.M.). The Flute- Player A novel by D.M. Thomas. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1979. Double demy 16mo; vignette on title-page; pp.[192]; deep sage green cloth-textured boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The author's first novel and winning entry in the 1978 Gollancz and Pan/Picador Fantasy Competition. The first seventy-two pages are printed on a slightly whiter paper stock than the rest.

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THORNE (Guy [i.e., C. Ranger Gull]). First it was Ordained. By Guy Thorne, Author of "When it was Dark," "A Lost Cause," etc. Illustrations by Frances Ewan. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1906. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and two plates; pp.384; blackish-brown smooth cloth blocked white and blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, half-tone onlay on front cover in recessed panel printed in black and (apparently) very pale brown. White blocking on spine a trifle rubbed, but a virtually fine copy.

Not in Bleiler or Locke's ‘Spectra'; Hubin, p.403, listing it as of undetermined status. A crime novel involving the Hindu religion and the rationalised occult, with a secondary story concerned with the falling birth-rate [sic] and criticising those who would encourage contraception. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped-in to face pp.270 and 314, being marked in each case for the page following.

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THURSTON (Katherine Cecil). The Mystics. With illustrations [by George Gibbs]. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1907. Seven inserted plates included in the pagination, and bearing page numbers; pp.[ii]+208; 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue, dated ‘4/07', at end; black buckram, lettered white on front cover and spine. Half-title page and final page of catalogue embrowned by contact with the end-papers; lacking the plate at pp.151-2; otherwise in general a nice copy.

The half-title is conjugate with the title-page, the dedication leaf which follows being a single inset. That this is correct is suggested by the embrowning on the half-title page, as well as by the pagination of the volume which allows only for two preliminary leaves. There is no list of plates, but they are called for by the pagination at pp.25-6, 47-8, 65-6, 93-4, 125-6, 151-2, and 175-6. The book tells of the attempt of a pretended Prophet to defraud a sect of mystics who await a real prophet, through the secret possession of their sacred book. Only very marginally occult.

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TODD (Ruthven). The Lost Traveller. The Grey Walls Press, 4 Vernon Place, London W.C.1, 1943. Sm.cr.8vo; frontispiece by John Craxton on verso of half-title, printed in black and grey-green, and tail-piece printed in black; pp.[160]; black fibne-weave book-cloth lettered gilt down spine. Gilt oxydised to green; slight damp-marking of lower-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and very slightly damp-stained dust-wrapper by Craxton.

The author's second novel and third book. A surrealist fantasy. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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TODD (Ruthven). Space Cat. Illustrated by Paul Galdone. Chatto & Windus, London, 1955. Double pott 8vo; blank at end; numerous half-tone illustrations in text, mostly full-page, all included in the pagination; pp.[vi]+[72]+[ii]; laminated white smooth boards, printed in light blue-green and black; issued without dust-wrapper. Fine copy.

Purchased from the publisher's file, but without signs of provenance. Juvenile.

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TODD (Ruthven). Space cat Visits Venus. Illustrated by Paul Galdone. Chatto & Windus, London, 1956. Double pott 8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A' before half-title; blank at end; numerous half-tone illustrations in text, mostly full-page, all included in the pagination; pp.[vi]+[88]+[ii]; light blue linen-textured boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The publisher's Production Office Copy, so inscribed in pencil on the front end-paper. Juvenile.

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[TOLKEIN (J.R.R.).]. Essays and studies By members of The English Association Vol.XIV. Collected by H.W. Garrod. Oxford At The Clarendon Press, 1929. Demy 8vo; four integral advertisement leaves followed by blank at end; pale green buckram ruled blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Besides ‘Ancrene Wisse and Hali Meidhad' by Tolkein, includes David Nichol Smith on Johnson's ‘Irene', Janet Spens on Charlotte Bronte, etc.

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TOLKIEN (J.R.R.). The Two Towers: Being the second part of The lord of the rings. George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red; cream end-papers. Covers somewhat used; front end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.



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TOLKIEN (J.R.R.). Smith Of Wootton Major. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes. George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1967. Demy 16mo, printed in half-sheets; frontispiece on verso of half-title, vignette on title-page, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[64]; white glazed boards printed in black, red, and olive, flat spine. Fine copy.

Currey, p.477. Issued without dust-wrapper.

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TOLKIEN (J.R.R.). Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: A selection edited by Humphrey Carpenter With the assistance of Christopher Tolkien. George Allen & Unwin, 1981. Double demy 16mo; facsimile frontispiece; brown boards lettered gilt down spine; t.e. brown. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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TOWNSEND (John). The rocket-ship Saboteurs. 1959, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; numerous illustrations in the text signed ‘Ionicus'; pp.[iv]+167+[v]; mulberry cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Juvenile. A sequel volume was interplanetary. Purchased by us from the publisher's file, but without signs of provenance.

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TUBB (E.C.). Ten from tomorrow. Rupert Hart-Davis, 1966. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; dull blue boards lettered across and down spine, and with rule, gilt. Fine copy in very slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title-page. Currey, p.486.

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TUBB (E.C.). Escape Into Space. Science Fiction. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1969. Double post 16mo; two blanks at end; maroon boards blocked with publisher's monogram device, ruled, and lettered silver gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title-page. Currey, p.483.

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TUBB (E.C.). A scatter of Stardust. Dennis Dobson, 1976. Double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, final blank, these serving as end-papers; black boards lettered silver down spine. A fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title-page. First English and first hardcover edition. Currey, p.486.

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TUCKER (Wilson). The Time Masters. Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1973. Lge.16mo; cerise boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition of the complete text.

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AUZIAS-TURENNE (Raymond). The last of the Mamoths. By Raymond Auzias-Turenne. A new edition. London, Chatto & Windus, 1913. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' before half-title; cancel title-page on thinner paper, tipped in; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end dated Sept.1906; pp.[2]+vi+307+[i (blank)]+4; light red cloth ruled and elaborately blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Some very light damp-marking of back cover; light foxing of edges and prelims.; poor quality paper of Catalogue embrowned; otherwise a fine copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum' p.215. Locke's first issue binding, and with the earliest advertisements, but a re-issue with a cancel title-page giving the author's altered name: it appears on the covers simply as ‘Turenne'.

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VANCE (Jack). The Eyes Of the Overworld. Ace Books, Inc., N.Y., 1966. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; glazed wrappers printed in full colour. Extreme corner of front and back wrappers creased, otherwise a near fine copy.

This copy, which is dated on the verso of the title, bears the words ‘First Book Publication' on the front wrapper. The undated copy not bearing this legend recorded by Currey (p.498) as the first edition is presumably in fact a reprint. The present copy, like Currey's, was published at 45c.

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VANCE (Jack). The moon moth And Other stories. Dennis Dobson, 1975. Lge.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; black linen grain boards lett- ered silver down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

First edition under this title, first English and first hardcover edition. Currey, p.499. Appeared in America under the title The World Between and other Stories.

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VAN VOGT (A.E.). The voyage of The Space Beagle. London, Grayson & Grayson Ltd., 16 Maddox Street, W.1, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; scarlet cloth lettered black on spine. Spine slightly faded, and some damp-fading of back cover; internally fine.

First English edition of a book published in America in 1950.

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VAN VOGT (A.E.). The Weapon Makers, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1954. Orange boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy.

First English edition of a book originally published in America in 1947 and reprinted with revisions in 1952. This English edition, which is not mentioned by either Currey or Locke, presumably has the revised text.

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VAN VOGT (A.E.) and HULL (E. Mayne). The Winged Man. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1967. Lge.16mo; final blank; maroon boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Good ex-library copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition (v. Currey, p. 496).

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VAN VOGT (A.E.) and HULL (E. Mayne). The Sea Thing And other stories. Science Fiction. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1970. Lge.16mo; final blank; blue boards ruled and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.494. The first edition under this title, and the first hardcover edition of this collection.

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VAN VOGT (A.E.). The Far-Out Worlds Of A.E. Van Vogt. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1973. Post 8vo format; dark blue boards, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered silver on spine; pale cream end-papers.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the title-page; and with the publisher's review slip, giving the publication date as 26th April 1973, loosely laid in. Currey, p.492. The first hardcover edition. A paperback edition appeared in America the same year. In the present copy pp.38, 43, 54, 55 have damaged page numbers.

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VAN VOGT (A.E.). Empire of the Atom. New English Library, Times Mirror, 1975. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; light blue boards flecked with black in imitation of mixed weave cloth, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the title-page. First English edition, hardcover issue. A paperback issue was also made, apparently simultaneously. Published in America in 1957 (V. Currey, p.492).

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VERNE (Jules). Yesterday and Tomorrow. Translated from the French by I.O. Evans, F.R.G.S. London, Arco Publications, 1965. Extra double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.188+[iv]; very dark brown cloth-textured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper. Scarce.

Seven short stories and one lecture, all either here first collected or here first translated into English. The basis of the collection is Verne's posthumous volume ‘Hier et Demain', but two of the stories in that volume are here omitted, and four pieces added from other sources. Three of the stories are science fiction. Includes a brief introduction and notes by the translator. Issued as the forty-first volume of ‘The Fitzroy Edition of Jules Verne'. Printed in Belfast.

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VINES (Sherard). Return, Belphegor! Wishart, 1932. Post 8vo; imprint leaf at end; pale lake buckram, lettered orange on spine. Small original binding fault affecting tail of spine; light foxing of edges and end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

The story of an attempt to solve the unemployment problem amongst demons by reconverting humanity to faith. Not in Locke.

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VONNEGUT (Kurt, Jr.). Cat's Cradle. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Lge.16mo; blank before half-title, two blanks at end; red boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in used dust-wrapper.

First English edition (V. Currey, p.503).

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WALPOLE (Hugh). All souls' night: A book of stories. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street, London, 1933. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+[xii]+369+[i (printer's imprint)]+2; vertically fine ribbed leaf-green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine. Two or three small fox-spots on front end-paper; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper. In our experience a scarce title - especially thus.

The first issue, with [ii]+[xii] instead of [xii] pages of prelims., in vertically fine ribbed leaf-green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine, instead of reddish-brown cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine, and with the dust-wrapper bearing printed on the inner flap the price 7/6d. Includes ‘The Silver Mask', ‘The Staircase', ‘Tarnhelm: or, The Death of my Uncle Robert', ‘Seashore Macabre', ‘The Little Ghost', etc. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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WALTERS (Hugh). Passage to Pluto. Faber and Faber Ltd, 1973. Blank before half-title; blue boards lettered and blocked gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.



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WALTERS (Hugh). Murder on Mars. Faber & Faber, 1975. Blank before half-title; brown boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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WARNER (Rex). The Wild goose Chase. A novel. Boriswood, September 1937. Final blank; blue cloth, lettered yellow on spine and front cover; lower-edges uncut. Covers faded; lettering chipped from spine; cloth of front board a trifle damp-stained; prelims., last few leaves, and edges slightly foxed, otherwise internally a nice copy.

The first issue, the lower-edges being untrimmed. A modern imaginary voyage: allegorical and Utopian.

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WARNER (Rex). The Wild goose Chase. A novel. Boriswood, September 1937. Final blank; blue cloth, lettered yellow on spine and front cover. Slight foxing of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Later issue, the lower-edges being trimmed. A modern imaginary voyage: allegorical and Utopian. The blurb of the dust-wrapper wins our all-time prize for the most off-putting ‘come-on' ever produced. It is a wonder that any copies were sold at all!

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WARNER (Sylvia Townsend). The Cat's cradle-Book. 1960, Chatto & Windus, London. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; printer's imprint leaf at end (verso blank); pp.[iv]+[186]+[ii]; mottled lime-green Sundour cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. pink. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

"From generation to generation, says Miss Townsend Warner, mother cats have told their kittens stories - stories as traditional, as widely known, and as moral as Cinderella or Red Riding Hood. Since the ethical standards of a cat are not precisely those of a man, human readers, now presented with a selection of fifteen such narratives, will not always discover the morals quite where they might expect them. On the other hand, they will be gratified at finding a great many human beings. Anthropology has long been a compulsory study for cats." - publisher's blurb. Quite apart from the feline origin of these stories, transcribed by one who understands it, several of them are fantasies.

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WARNER (Sylvia Townsend). Kingdoms Of elfin. 1977, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pale brown boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Beginning of inscription on front end-paper, and blurb marked up in pencil to indicate that it should be justified (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in very slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

Purchased by us as a duplicate from the publisher's file, and conceivably a trial version of the dust-wrapper - though the alteration may in fact relate to some later printing. Given the source of the volume, the inscription, which reads ‘For La', may perhaps be authorial, though we have no example of the author's writing handy to check it against.

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WARNER (Sylvia Townsend). Kingdoms Of elfin. 1977, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pale brown boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly darkened dust-wrapper.



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