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.

WATT (Findlay). Allanforth Commune: The Triumph of Socialism. The National Labour Press, Limited, Manchester & London, N.D. [1913]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+206; diagonally very fine ribbed deep scarlet cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight fading of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed presentation inscription, dated 1918, on the front end-paper. Well written Utopian novel, ending with an assassination. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. The Author's Preface is dated from Aberdeen.

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WELLS (H.G.). The First Men In the Moon. By H.G. Wells, Author of "Tales of Space and Time," "Love and Mr. Lewisham," And "Anticipations". London, George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, 1901. Line engraved frontispiece, with tissue guard, and eleven plates, in line or half-tone; final blank; pp.[viii]+342+[ii]; navy blue diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers faced black. Possible minute restoration to cloth at extreme top corner of spine (if so, it has been done too well for us to more than suspect it, even with a magnifying glass!); very slight dulling of gilt on spine; four fox-spots at top-edge of tissue, with very slight offsetting; nonetheless a virtually fine copy, unusual thus.

The first issue of four: the second issue having white end-papers, and the third and fourth issues being in buckram rather than diagonally ribbed cloth, with the blocking and lettering in blue or black rather than gilt. Locke's ‘Spectrum' p.226; Hubin, p.518, issue ‘A'. The American edition has precedence by about a month, but has a slightly shorter text.

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WELLS (H.G.). The First Men In the Moon. By H.G. Wells, Author of "Tales of Space and Time," "Love and Mr. Lewisham," And "Anticipations". London, George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, 1901. Line engraved frontispiece and eleven plates, in line or half-tone; final blank; pp.[viii]+342+[ii]; dull blue fine rough buckram, blocked and lettered dark blue on front cover and spine. Virtually fine copy, unusual thus.

The third issue of four: in buckram rather than diagonally ribbed cloth, with the blocking and lettering in blue rather than gilt or the later black, and with white instead of black faced end-papers. Locke's ‘Spectrum' p.226; Hubin, p.518, issue ‘C'. The American edition has precedence by about a month, but has a slightly shorter text.

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WELLS (H.G.). Twelve stories And a dream. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1903, Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated ‘20.09.03'; vertically-ribbed green cloth blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Front and back covers flexion-creased; fron end-papers a trifle used; a good copy, nonetheless.

Currey, p.526

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WELLS (H.G.). The food Of The gods And how it came to earth. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1904. Integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated 20.7.04; pp.[viii]+317+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically ribbed yellow green cloth, blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Fox-spot like mark on extreme upper corners of first few leaves; a very little scattered foxing passim; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.226; Currey, p.519: the first of three issues. As Locke notes, the author's initials on the covers are given as H.C.

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WELLS (H.G.). The war in the air: And particularly how Mr. Bert Smallways fared while It lasted. With illustrations by A.C. Michael. George Bell and Sons, 1908. Half-tone frontispiece, and fifteen plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+389+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; mottled light blue rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind, and with full colour paper onlay, on front cover, blocked with publisher's device and lettered blind, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine slightly faded; slight general wear to covers; a few leaves badly opened; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Printed at the Chiswick Press. Locke's ‘Spectrum', variant ‘B'; Currey, p.526, variant ‘B'. Precise sequence of issues of this title undetermined. There are at least six bindings, however, of which this, it seems generally agreed, is the second.

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WELLS (H.G.). The war in the air: And particularly how Mr. Bert Smallways fared while It lasted. With illustrations by A.C. Michael. George Bell and Sons, 1908. Post 8vo; half-tone frontispiece, and fifteen plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; mottled dark red buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, ruled blind, and with full colour paper onlay, on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; lower-edges uncut. Small, faint, mark on back cover; small corner of onlay chipped; some scattered foxing; in general effect, however, a crisp, bright, copy.

Printed at the Chiswick Press. Locke's ‘Spectrum', variant ‘C'; Currey, p.526, variant ‘D', red cloth version. Precise issue status of this variant undetermined. There are at least six bindings, of which this, it seems generally agreed, is not the first. It is, however, the handsomest, and the most expensive to produce!

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WELLS (H.G.). The sleeper Awakes: A Revised Edition of "When the Sleeper Wakes". Thomas Nelson and Sons, N.D. [1910]. 16mo; frontispiece and decorated title-page on art paper; scarlet dotted line ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges, with one large fox-spot or stain affecting most edges at lower corner (insignificant on the individual leaves); otherwise a nice copy.

The first revised edition, and the first edition under this title; includes a Preface by Wells here first published. Currey, p.523; not mentioned by Locke.

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WELLS (H.G.). The world set Free: A story of mankind. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1914. 2pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements, undated; vertically ribbed green cloth blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Covers a little rubbed; front end-papers cracked and corner lacking from free end-paper; scattered foxing; a very good copy otherwise.

Currey, p.527; Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.228.

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WELLS (H.G.). The undying fire: A contemporary novel. Cassell and Company, Ltd, N.D. [1919]. Final blank, serving as paste-down; back free end-paper not called for; pp.[viii]+253+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dark green fine linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. A very nice copy.

Currey, p.526. The very scarce variant state of text, in which pp.141-2, 171-2, 225-6, and [247]-250 are cancels on thinner paper, l.11 on p.249 having the reading ‘crescent' as in the American edition. The front end-paper in this copy bears an inscription dated ‘Aug: 1919', suggesting that cancels were inserted into the earliest copies bound, but not into later copies. The book was published in May.

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WELLS (H.G.). The undying fire: A contemporary novel. Cassell and Company, Ltd, N.D. [1919]. Final blank, serving as paste-down; back free end-paper not called for; dark green fine linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Back pastedown and last two leaves foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.526.

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WELLS (H.G.). The undying fire: A contemporary novel. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne. [Added by rubber stamp:] R. Grant & Cia., 542 - Cangallo - 542, Buenos Aires. N.D. [1919]. Final blank, serving as paste-down; back free end-paper not called for; dark green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. A little very light foxing; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper chipped somewhat at head of spine.

A scarce binding variant, presumably produced for export, copies normally seen having the ruling, blocking, and lettering all in blind, apart from the title and author on the spine, which is in gilt. The present binding is very much more striking. The dust-wrapper also is slightly variant, being without the price ‘6/- net' on spine. Currey, p.526, recording no variants.

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WELLS (H.G.). Men Like Gods. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1923. Two blanks at end serving as end-papers; moss green fine linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper with small chip out of spine.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.226; Currey, p.521. Both declare this to be the probable second binding, stating that the probable primary one has the publisher's imprint on the spine in gilt instead of blind, as here. Neither gives a reason for supposing this, and we would question it: ‘The Soul of a Bishop' (1917), and the English issue of ‘The Undying Fire' (1919) both have the imprint invariably in blind. ‘The Secret Places of the Heart' (1922), on the other hand, in all its manifestations has the imprint in gilt. The blind imprint would seem to represent the earlier style.

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WELLS (H.G.). Men Like Gods. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1923. Two blanks at end serving as end-papers; moss green fine linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt on spine. A near-fine copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.226; Currey, p.521. Both declare this to be the probable first binding, stating that the probable primary one has the publisher's imprint on the spine in gilt rather than in blind, as in some copies. Neither gives a reason for supposing this, and we would question it: ‘The Soul of a Bishop' (1917), and the English issue of ‘The Undying Fire' (1919) both have the imprint invariably in blind. ‘The Secret Places of the Heart' (1922), on the other hand, in all its manifestations has the imprint in gilt. The blind imprint would seem to represent the earlier style.

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WELLS (H.G.). Men Like Gods. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1923. Two blanks at end serving as end-papers; moss green fine linen grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed and marked dust-wrapper.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.226; Currey, p.521. Both declare this to be the probable second binding, stating that the probable primary one has the publisher's imprint on the spine in gilt instead of blind, as here. Neither gives a reason for supposing this, and we would question it: ‘The Soul of a Bishop' (1917), and ‘The Undying Fire' (1919) both have the imprint invariably in blind. ‘The Secret Places of the Heart' (1922), on the other hand, in all its manifestations has the imprint in gilt. The blind imprint would seem to represent the earlier style.

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WELLS (H.G.). The treasure In the forest. The Piccadilly Novels. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, N.D. [1929]. Double f'cap 16mo; two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers, integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by blank serving as paste-down; pp.[iv]+244+[iv]; light grass green linen grain boards, ruled black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Some embrowning of poor quality paper, chiefly affecting extreme margins; otherwise a fine copy in slightly rubbed and frayed pictorial dust-wrapper.

Not in Locke or Currey, though Currey records a much later American volume with this title, containing only the title story. The present volume includes nineteen stories, all reprinted from earlier collections. Issued as Volume 49 in The Piccadilly Novels series, the latest volume listed, on both the advertisement leaf and the dust-wrapper, being Volume 50. In this copy the text of the advertisement leaf has been wrongly imposed, so that the second page precedes the first.

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WELLS (H.G.). Mr. Blettsworthy On Rampole Island: Being the Story of a Gentleman of Culture and Refine-Ment who suffered Shipwreck and saw no Human Beings Other than Cruel and Savage Cannibals for several years. How he beheld Megatheria alive and made some notes of Their Habits. How he became a Sacred Lunatic. How he Did at last escape in a Strange Manner from the Horror And Barbarities of Rampole Island in time to fight in the Great War, and how afterwards he came near returning to That Island for ever. With much Amusing and Edifying Matter concerning Manners, Customs, Beliefs, Warfare, Crime, and a Storm at Sea. Concluding with some Reflec-Tions upon Life in General and upon these Present Times In Particular. 1928, Ernest Benn Limited, Bouverie House E.C.4. Pp.[288]; brown buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Almost imperceptible foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper designed by Sir William Orpen, R.A..

Locke's ‘Spectrum', pp.226-7; Currey, p.521.

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WELLS (H.G.). Mr. Blettsworthy On Rampole Island: Being the Story of a Gentleman of Culture and Refine-Ment who suffered Shipwreck and saw no Human Beings Other than Cruel and Savage Cannibals for several years. How he beheld Megatheria alive and made some notes of Their Habits. How he became a Sacred Lunatic. How he Did at last escape in a Strange Manner from the Horror And Barbarities of Rampole Island in time to fight in the Great War, and how afterwards he came near returning to That Island for ever. With much Amusing and Edifying Matter concerning Manners, Customs, Beliefs, Warfare, Crime, and a Storm at Sea. Concluding with some Reflec-Tions upon Life in General and upon these Present Times In Particular. 1928, Ernest Benn Limited, Bouverie House E.C.4. Brown buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Some light pencil scoring and notes; otherwise a fine copy.

Apparently Prof. Sir Cyril Burt's copy, an envelope addressed to him being loosely laid in by way of bookmark. The notes are presumably his. Currey, p.521.

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WELLS (H.G.). Mr. Blettsworthy On Rampole Island: Being the Story of a Gentleman of Culture and Refine-Ment who suffered Shipwreck and saw no Human Beings Other than Cruel and Savage Cannibals for several years. How he beheld Megatheria alive and made some notes of Their Habits. How he became a Sacred Lunatic. How he Did at last escape in a Strange Manner from the Horror And Barbarities of Rampole Island in time to fight in the Great War, and how afterwards he came near returning to That Island for ever. With much Amusing and Edifying Matter concerning Manners, Customs, Beliefs, Warfare, Crime, and a Storm at Sea. Concluding with some Reflec-Tions upon Life in General and upon these Present Times In Particular. 1928, Ernest Benn Limited, Bouverie House E.C.4. Brown buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Some light pencil scoring and notes; otherwise a fine copy.

C.E.M. Joad's copy, bearing his ownership inscription dated ‘Sept 1928' on the front end-paper. Currey, p.521.

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WELLS (H.G.). Private & confidential. This is the property of Mr. H.G. Wells and must be returned to 47 Chiltern Court, Clarence Gate, N.W.1. Whither mankind? A Film of the Future By H.G. Wells Based on his two books, The Shape of things to Come And The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind. For private circulation only. Copyright protected throughout the World, N.D., no place, no printer [c.1936]. Lge.post 4to, typeset, but printed on one side of the page only, nineteen unsigned gatherings (seventy-six leaves), unfoliated; half-title not called for; title leaf followed by leaf headed ‘THEME OF THE FILM / WHITHER MANKIND?', the following leaf being headed ‘ 1. / STILL INSCRIPTION' and being the beginning of the script; final leaf blank; wire-stabbed, and tipped into light drab wrappers, cut flush, stamped blind at top fore-edge corner of front wrapper, bottom fore-edge corner of back wrapper, with numeral (in this case ‘5'), so deeply impressed as to be visible at top or bottom of sheet almost throughout (the numeral on the back wrapper being upside-down), and at each opposing inner corner with a letter (in this case ‘F'); small label on front wrapper; end-papers not called for. Wrappers slightly chipped at head and tail of spine; label lacking, leaving slight trace; otherwise a very nice copy.

This copy from the library of Frank Wells (?hence the ‘F'), and bearing on the lower corner of the title page the inscription ‘Copy No.5 / Frank Wells / Digswell Watermill / Welwyn / Herts', possibly in the author's hand. The inside front wrapper bears the (presumably later) pencil signature ‘Christopher Brumel'. One of probably not more than a dozen or so copies privately printed for the author's use.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Croquet player: a story. 1936, Chatto & Windus. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title; printer's imprint leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[x]+[82]+[ii]+[ii]; black-marbled green buckram, pale green paper spine label; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in slightly dusty dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled initials on the front end-paper, and one small pencilled symbol in the text, apparently querying a point of grammar. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus. Books so initialled were generally (perhaps always) advance copies, and sometimes differed in minor respects from the published volume. Currey, p.517; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.225, describing the spine label as white.

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WELLS (H.G.). All aboard For Ararat. Secker & Warburg, 1940. Light brown cloth blocked and lettered royal blue down spine; t.e. blue. Fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper designed by John Farleigh.

Presentation copy to Herman Ould, with the author's initialled holograph inscription on the half-title page.

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WESTALL (Robert). Break of dark. 1982, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+[183]+[v]; deep scarlet cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Wierd, and ghost, stories, etc.

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WESTERMAN (Percy F.). The Flying submarine. James Nisbet & Co., Limited, 22 Berners Street, W, 1912. Blank before half-title; frontispiece in full, but delicate, colour, with tissue guard, and four half-tone plates in sepia, all by John de Walton; 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements, on text-paper, at end; bluish lilac rough buckram, blocked pictorially black, white, and yellow, lettered black outlined yellow, on front cover, ruled and with embossed lettering black, blocked black, white, and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with marbling in green. Two or three very small faded spots on covers; very slight foxing of edges; a fine, bright copy, nonetheless.

Juvenile. According to the advertisements, the book was issued simultaneously at 3s.6d. and at 4s., the latter issue having a.e.g.

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WHITE (James). The Dream Millennium. Michael Joseph, 1974. Post 8vo format, perfect bound; blank before half-title, blank at end; black boards lettered silver across and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the title-page. Currey, p.531. Published on 14th June 1974, simultaneously with the American edition, which was paperback.

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WHITE (T.H.). The sword In the stone. Collins, 48 Pall Mall, 1938. Black cloth lettered white on spine. Prelims. and edges a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Currey, p.534.

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WHITE (T.H.). The sword In the stone. Collins, 48 Pall Mall, 1938. Black cloth lettered white on spine. Covers worn, end-papers and outside leaves foxed; a very good copy otherwise.

Currey, p.534.

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WHITE (T.H.). The Ill-made knight. With decorations by the author. Collins, 1941. Lge.post 8vo; numerous illustrations in the text; pinkish red Sundour cloth, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine a little faded; a very little light foxing; in general a nice copy.

First English edition (V. Currey, p.533). The more expensive of the two variant cloths, and hence, presumably, the first binding. This copy has an ownership inscription dated 1941 on the front end-paper.

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WHITE (T.H.). The Ill-made knight. Collins, 1941. Lge.post 8vo; numerous illustrations in the text; reddish brown cloth, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy.

First English edition (V. Currey, p.533). The cheaper of the two variant cloths, and hence probably the later binding. Michael Moorcock's copy, with his ‘Pierrot' book label on the front paste-down.

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WHITE (T.H.). The once And future king. Collins, St. James's Place, 1958. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[viii]+677+[iii]; blue cloth lettered and with taper rule gilt on spine. Slight foxing of end-papers; one or two light fox-spots elsewhere; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.533. The first state of the dust-wrapper, with the advertisement for ‘King Arthur's Avalon' by Geoffrey Ashe on the back panel. The Arthurian tetralogy, complete. The first volume, ‘The Sword in the Stone' is here revised, and has two new chapters; the second, ‘The Witch in the Wood' has here been entirely re-written, and is re-titled ‘The Queen of Air and Darkness'; the third volume, ‘The Ill-Made Knight', is largely unaltered; and the fourth, ‘The Candle in the Wind', is here first published in book form. A most important edition, now difficult to find in dust-wrapper, presenting White's Arthurian epic in its final form.

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WILLIAMS (Charles [i.e., Walter Stansby]). Descent into Hell. Faber and Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, London, 1937. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.305+[iii]; turquoise Sundour cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Slight marking to cloth; otherwise a fine copy. Uncommon.

Olaf Stapledon's copy, with his signature on the front end-paper. Novel of the supernatural. Locke, Spectrum, II, p.116; Currey, p.540; Bleiler (1948), p.287; NCBEL, 3: 772.

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WILLIAMS (Charles [i.e., Walter Stansby]). All hallows' Eve. Faber & Faber Limited, 1945. Final blank; red silk weave cloth, lettered gilt down spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Very nice copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

This title not in Locke.

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WILSON (Angus). The old men at The zoo. Secker & Warburg, 1961. Lge.16mo; brown boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. A fine copy in the dust-wrapper.



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WOLLHEIM (Donald A.). Two dozen Dragon eggs. Dennis Dobson, 1977. Lge.16mo; black fine linen textured boards lettered silver down spine. Silver slightly mottled, otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.548. First English and first hardcover edition.

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WRIGHT (S. Fowler). Elfwin: A Romance of History. Longmans, Green and Co., New York, Toronto, 1930. Blank before half-title, blank at end; black linen grain cloth, lettered deep pink on front cover and spine, blocked deep pink on spine; t.e. cerise. Front end-paper slightly marked; otherwise a nice copy in frayed and darkened dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the front free end-paper. Michael Moorcock's copy, bearing his floral bookplate and small ownership label on the front paste-down. First American edition, published the same year as the English edition (V. Currey, p.559). Not in Locke.

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WYLIE (Philip). The disappearance. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1951. Lge.16mo; red cloth lettered black up spine. Nice copy.

First English edition. Published in America in the same year (V. Currey, p.562). Wylie is perhaps best known for writing the original Superman novel (‘Gladiator', 1930).

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[WYNDHAM (John), i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]. Planet plane [by] John Beynon. Newnes, N.D. [1936]. Re-bound ex-Boots library copy; with the half-title and one final blank, but lacking two blanks before the half-title and one at end, serving as end-papers. Covers a little used; text clean and in general very nice. Scarce.

Currey, p.222. The author's third book, and the last before ‘The Day of the Triffids' in 1951.

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WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). The Day Of the Triffids. Michael Joseph, 1951. Sm.double cr.16mo; vignette on half-title; final blank; green cloth lettered, blocked with publisher's device, and ruled, silver, on spine. Lower-edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy in torn dust-wrapper marked a little on back panel, preserved in a loose paper-backed plastic chemise.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.237; Currey, p.221. Differs textually from the American edition which was published in the same year. The author's first book under the ‘John Wyndham' by-line.

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WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). The Chrysalids. Michael Joseph, 1955. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.239+[i (blank)]; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Small stain on back end-paper; otherwise a near-fine copy in slightly spotted dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.221; Locke, ‘Spectrum III', p.87.

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WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). The Seeds of Time. Michael Joseph, 1956. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.253+[iii]; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of lower-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper with one small chip.

Currey, p.222; Locke ‘Spectrum II', p.119.

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WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). The Midwich Cuckoos. Michael Joseph, 1957. Sm.double cr. 16mo; black boards blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in a dusty and slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.222; not in Locke's Spectra.

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WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). Trouble with lichen. Michael Joseph, 1960. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.190+[ii]; black boards ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.222

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WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). Consider her ways & others. Michael Joseph, 1961. Sm.double cr.16mo; dark brown boards ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device gilt on spine. Near fine copy in torn dust-wrapper strengthened on verso.

Currey, p.221; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.237.

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YATES (Dornford). The stolen march. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1930. Pale green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine and front cover. Inscription on front end-paper; light foxing of prelims. and final leaf; spine slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

Fantasy.

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