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London: Heinemann, 1992.
Grey boards. Usual yellowing to text paper, else fine in fine jacket.
$15.00 Book Number: 44006 Order / Enquire
THE COCKATRICE BOYS (proof copy)
New York: Tom Doherty, 1996.
Advance uncorrected proof. Mauve card covers printed in black. Fine. Fantasy novel.
$15.00 Book Number: 2006 Order / Enquire
THE KINGDOM AND THE CAVE. Illustrated by Dick Hart
London & New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1960.
Octavo, beige boards, spine stamped in red (later issue binding, first was black cloth, spine lettered in bronze). Small shallow bump to lower inner corner of rear cover and to lower edge of front cover, very nearly fine otherwise, clean, no owner names. The dust jacket is only fair; with a thumbnail-size chip at foot of spine, smaller chip, tears, at head of spine, large chip to upper outer corner of rear panel; one inch tear at upper inner corner of front panel; short creased tears at top edge of rear panel; colours still bright, flap prices intact. This was Aiken's first novel, written at age 17, and third published book overall, a magic & mystery story for younger readers. Quite scare in first edition.
$150.00 Book Number: 35448 Order / Enquire
MICE & MENDELSON. Illustrated by Babette Cole. Music by John Sebastian Brown
London: Cape, 1978.
Brown boards. A fine, fresh copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has price clip with new publisher price sticker raising the price to 3.95 GBP, else fine. Excellent copy of the collection of Midnight Park stories featuring Mr Mendfelson, the Orkey Pony and Bertha and Gertrude, the piano-playing field mice.
$25.00 Book Number: 39672 Order / Enquire
A WHISPER IN THE NIGHT: tales of terror and suspense
New York: Delacorte, 1984.
Cloth & boards. Fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has minute nicks, small creases, at spine ends, else fine, flap price intact. Review copy with slip laid in. 13 stories. Previously published in the UK, with different content.
$15.00 Book Number: 39680 Order / Enquire
ALDISS, Brian W.
THE SALIVA TREE and other strange growths
London: Faber, 1966.
Octavo, green cloth (first issue binding). Yellowing to page edges, two cloth bubbles at top margin of front cover, small skinned spot on front free endpaper, else VG, no owner names. Price clipped jacket has very small chips and short tears at corners of spine ends; some minor soiling; circular impression to front panel scarcely noticeable externally; VG otherwise, colours bright, still attractive in appearance. A collection of 10 stories - the title story won a 1965 Nebula Award for best novella.
$45.00 Book Number: 35443 Order / Enquire
ALDISS, Brian W.
THE BRIGHTFOUNT DIARIES. Illustrated by Pearl Falconer
London: Faber, 1955.
Blue cloth. Light sunning at foot of spine, bookplate inside front cover, very small corner crease to six leaves, else fine. Pink dust jacket spine has very shallow chip at foot, small tears at head, bit of rubbing to folds; large chip to bottom margin of rear panel; VG otherwise, flap price intact. The author's first book, his diary as an assistant in a bookshop in a Oxford which had first appeared in installments in "The Bookseller".
$25.00 Book Number: 44001 Order / Enquire
THE BRITISH BARBARIANS: a hill-top novel
London / New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head / Putnam's, 1895.
Narrow octavo, green pictorial cloth stamped in white on front and rear cover, spine lettered in gilt with decoration in white. pp (xxiv), 202 + 14, 16 ads. Cover duplicating title page illustration by Aubrey Beardsley, key device with "G.A." incorporated on rear cover, spine, and verso of title leaf, also by Beardsley. Fore and bottom page edges untrimmed. Spine has an indentation at centre, cloth creases at ends, bump to lower outer corners of covers; cloth bubble on front cover; page edges yellowed; front free endpaper has soft corner crease, 1896 ink name, minor foxing; in all, a VG tight and unworn copy. Long Introduction by Allen in which he talks about the difficulties of serial publication of novels, mainly the publishers' desire to avoid offense to any reader, and explains why he wants to call the novels in which he has a free hand and which see book publication first, his "hill-top" novels. No. 21 in the publisher's Keynote Series. A satirical novel exposing present-day societal defects by way of an anthropologist from the future who time travels to study what seems to him a savage tribe in an English suburb. Bleiler (1978) p. 4. Reginald 194.
$150.00 Book Number: 41816 Order / Enquire
London: Jonathan Cape, 1976.
Octavo, green boards. Fine copy, green top page edges lightly sunned at inner margin. Price-clipped jacket has tiny rubbed spot to rear spine fold, else fine, no yellowing to white spine lettering. An alternative world historical novel - the Protestant Reformation never happened and England is still Catholic. Pringle 100 SF # 80. Pringle Ultimate SF #10. Winner of the 1977 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
$24.95 Book Number: 4905 Order / Enquire
ANDERSON, Poul and Gordon R. Dickson
New York: Gnome Press, 1957.
Stated "First Edition". Red boards, spine lettered in black. pp (6), (185). Text paper yellowed, as always; mild rubbing to foot of spine; else fine. Pink dust jacket has a tiny chips at foot of spine and outer corners; tiny nicks at head of spine; sticker shadow over the $3.00 printed flap price; else fine, no fading. Jacket and text illustrations by Edd Cartier. Later issue binding (third?) not noted by Currey in the revised edition of his SFF bibliography. Gordon R. Dickson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1923, and moved to the US in 1937. This was his third book (first in hardcover). A collection of 6 Hoka stories, including "The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound," a Sherlockian pastiche.
$40.00 Book Number: 44714 Order / Enquire
London: Cape, 1928.
Yellow cloth, spine lettered in green. 128 pp. Some foxing to binding and page edges; tanning to inner free endpapers from binding materials; tanning to pp 40-41 from laid in publisher's reply card; nice clean and u nworn copy otherwise, no owner names. Cream non-pictorial dust jacket has small chips to tips of tanned and rubbing spine; panels have some tanning; VG otherwise, flap price intact. A future drama. "A play dealing with the Chemical Warfare Menace. The time is 1950, the protagonist Harber Mansleeve, leader of the world revolt against the threat of a war of extermination...We believe that this play marks the first time that the threat of Poison Gas, and means to suppress its use, have been frank ly discussed." - jacket flap. Bleiler p. 5.
$25.00 Book Number: 19563 Order / Enquire
ASIMOV, Isaac, Charles G. Waugh, and Martin H. Greenberg, editors
ISAAC ASIMOV PRESENTS THE BEST HORROR AND SUPERNATURAL OF THE 19TH CENTURY
New York: Beaufort Books, 1983.
Mustard boards. Remainder dot on lower page edges, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.
$15.00 Book Number: 43818 Order / Enquire
THE COLD CASH WAR
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1977.
Blue boards. Fine copy. Purple jacket has a chip at head of spine, one inch tear to front panel, VG otherwise. A future novel about financial collapse brought about by the multinationals. (This is fiction??) Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 4-29. - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516- 1985, p. 380. Uncommon.
$15.00 Book Number: 43814 Order / Enquire
ORYX AND CRAKE
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003.
Grey boards. pp (xii) 378, (2). Fine in fine jacket, with Gller Prize finalist sticker on front panel. A post-apocalypse novel about man-made environmental disaster.The novel was short-listed for the Booker, Orange, and Giller prizes.
$15.00 Book Number: 43980 Order / Enquire
YEZAD: a romance of the unknown
Bridgeport, CT: Co-operative Publishing Company, 1922.
Blue cloth gilt. pp (8), 463, Glossary at rear. Spine concave, bit darkened, worn at ends; lacking the front free endpaper, front inner hinge neatly repaired; damp stain with colour loss to rear cover; page edges yellowed; just a good, sound copy, now tight in the binding. Bleiler (1978) p 13. Reginal 00688. "Highly eccentric romance of reincarnation, which includes an account of the colonization of the Moon by near-perfect humans of Mars and the unhappy circumstances of the descent of our ancestors to Earth." - Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-4. . "Mixture of the occult, philosophy and science fiction in which a flight to an advanced Mars is undertaken" - Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy (1980). A sound reading copy of an uncommon book.
$15.00 Book Number: 43815 Order / Enquire
BALFOUR, Andrew, Sir, 1u873-1931
THE GOLDEN KINGDOM: Being an Account of the Quest for the same as described in the Remarkable Narrative of Doctor Henry Mortimer, contained in the Manuscript found within the boards of a Boer Bible during the Late War, and edited with a Prefatory Note
Boston: L.C. Page, 1903.
Green pictorial cloth stamped in black, white, and copper. pp (4)-424, 5, ads, [1, blank[, 2, ads + folding frontispiece map printed in red & black and one other folding map, both on thin paper. Spine lightly darkened with mild wear at ends; frontispiece has one small corner chip, one fold repaired on blank recto with clear archival paper tape; yellowing to page edges; three small ink digits to rear pastedown; else a VG bright and tight copy, no owner names. A lost race adventure novel, about the discovery of a kingdom of coloured people ruled by whites in Central Africa. Great Apes. "So realistic is most of its detail that it could be mistaken for an historical novel." - Clarkson, SF in America 1870-1930s no. 037. Not in Reginald. In Bleiler (1948) but not in the 1978 ed. Balfour was a noted Scottish medical author and tropical medicine specialist
$45.00 Book Number: 27413 Order / Enquire
THE DAY OF CREATION (Canadian proof)
Toronto: Lester & Orpen, Dennys, 1987.
ADVANCE UNCORRECTED PROOF in white card covers printed in black. (vi), 254, (6, blank) pp. Some faint cover soiling; small corner crease to two leaves; minor use; VG. Simultaneous (or nearly so) with the UK edition, the Canadian edition preceded the US edition. This badly printed proof would have been done in a very small print run. Blurbs on rear cover by Graham Greene, Angela Carter, William Boyd, Doris Lessing, and Michael Moorcock. One of Pringle's 100 best modern fantasy novels in a very scarce issue.
$25.00 Book Number: 5885 Order / Enquire
CHAINS. Translated from the French by Stephen Haden Guest
London: Cape, 1925.
Octavo. Two volumes, red cloth, spines gilt lettered. Spines lightly sunned; private owner rubber stamp and 1928 ink name to front endpapers of each volume; yellowing to endpapers; else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless pair. Not in Bleler. Reginald 859. "French writer, best known for his strongly realistic fiction, especially that concerning WWI. Les enchaînements (1925; trans as Chains in 2 vols US) attempts - like many novels from the first third of the century - to present a panoramic vision of mankind's prehistory and history, in this case through the trancendental experiences of a single protagonist who is stuck by his significant visions while in the middle of a staircase." - Clute, Ency. of SF. Reginald 859. 1.5 kg parcel
$34.95 Book Number: 27282 Order / Enquire
THE THIEF OF ALWAYS: a fable (signed ARC)
New York: HarperCollins (Harper Collins), 1992.
Advance reading copy in pictorial card covers with flaps. Vertical crease to fore margin of first two leaves, else fine. Inscribed by the author in a large hand on title page to literary agent and screenwriter Stanley Colbert Set from the uncorrected proof, with only 7 illustrations of the 26 in the published book.
$25.00 Book Number: 33133 Order / Enquire
Toronto: Collins Canada, 1987.
Advance reading copy. Thick octavo, red card covers. pp (12), 732. Made from UK sheets, with the London title page. VG copy. Books One, Two, and Three (cover says Parts 1-4). Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$20.00 Book Number: 42332 Order / Enquire