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DODS, Mary Diana, otherwise Walter Sholto Douglas. Tales of the Wild and the Wonderful.
London : 1867Expanded second edition of this scarce collection of historically important fairy and mythic tales by a significant writer of the Romantic period. This title was first published anonymously in 1825 and though previously attributed to George Borrow has been confidently tied to the Scottish writer, under their birth name of Mary Diana Dods (1790-1830),... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145868
HAMMETT, Dashiell (ed.); H. P. Lovecraft, & others. Creeps by Night: Chills and Thrills.
New York : 1931First edition, first printing, in the rare dust jacket; preceding the UK edition published by Gollancz as Modern Tales of Horror in 1932. Bleiler comments that "the circumstances of the following anthology are not known, but Hammett was a very well-read man, and it is entirely possible that he assembled it". Recent research reveals that Arkham House... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 132150
BLAKE, William; ELLIS, Edwin John, & W. B. Yeats (eds.) The Works of William Blake.
London : 1893First edition, one of 150 large paper copies in the deluxe binding; there were also 500 copies in cloth. Yeats had "marked down William Blake as a master early on, and with Edwin Ellis produced a large-scale commentary on Blake's prophetic writings in 1893. While often erratic and idiosyncratic, it helped establish the importance of Blake's esoteric... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136158
MACDONALD, George. Works of Fancy and Imagination.
London : 1871First collected edition of the works of George MacDonald, a friend and mentor of Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and a pioneering figure in the development of English fantasy writing. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132658
HODGSON, William Hope. The Ghost Pirates.
London : 1909First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of Hodgson's landmark work, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "N. Rendall, Esq. from William Hope Hodgson - 'May we be friends e'en though we disagree'. Sept. 21st '09." Rare inscribed, with no other copies traced. Hailed as one of the best novel-length works of supernatural fiction... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 101607
WAITE, Arthur Edward. Belle and the Dragon.
London : 1894First edition, in bright condition, of this uncommonly found allegorical children's fantasy. The work, set in the mythic land of Ravendale, features lightly disguised versions of Waite and his cohort. In "all his work Waite presented himself as a non-denominational mystic", here named "the Mystic", and depicted at page 95 (ODNB). Copies have been traced... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141596
LAWRENCE, Margery. The Rent in the Veil.
London : 1951First edition, first impression. Margery Lawrence (1889-1969) was a prolific author and self-proclaimed Bohemian whose interest and adventures in Spiritualism influenced almost all of her output of short stories, poetry, detective, fantasy, and romance novels. Her first work, a book of poems, Songs of Childhood, and Other Verses was published by her... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 84684
DICK, Philip K. The Collected Stories.
Los Angeles, CA, Columbia, PA : 1987First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 64 of 100 copies with the author's signature mounted to the limitation leaf of Volume 1, this example cut from a cancelled cheque. A further 400 numbered copies were also released. This posthumous collection of Dick's works include a preface by the author adapted from a letter written in... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 131750
DICK, Philip K. The Collected Stories.
Los Angeles, CA, Columbia, PA : 1987First edition, first impression, signed limited issue. An unnumbered "presentation copy", with the author's signature mounted to the limitation leaf of Volume 1, from a total run of 100 signed copies. A further 400 unsigned copies were also released. This posthumous collection of Dick's works include a preface by the author adapted from a letter written... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 131931
DUNSANY, Edward Plunkett, Lord. Time and the Gods.
London : 1922Signed limited edition, number 61 of 250 copies, signed by Sime on each plate and by Dunsany on the preface. Only the first edition of 1906 and this 1922 edition contains illustrations by Sime. A close collaborator with Dunsany, Sime illustrated Dunsany's first book The Gods of Pegāna (1905) as well as a number of his later works. Time and the Gods,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128456
CURTIES, T. J. Horsley. St. Botolph's Priory; or, the Sable Mask.
London : 1806First edition of this Gothic novel, set on the Isle of Wight at the time of the English civil war, published by James Fletcher Hughes, the black sheep of the contemporary publishing world, whose output in the years 1806-7 outstripped even the Minerva Press, though he was bankrupt by 1811, having fallen out of step with a new taste for "proper" novels.... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 131950
CHAMBERS, Robert W. The King in Yellow.
Chicago & New York : 1895First edition of this collection of short stories, the second book from American author Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933). Bleiler called The King in Yellow "a mind destroying book" (Bleiler) and "one of the most important works of supernatural horror between Edgar Allan Poe and modern horror fiction" (Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction Writers, p. 739). Of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139919
L'ENGLE, Madeleine. [The Time Quintet:] A Wrinkle in Time;
New York : 1962, 1973, 1978, 1986, 1989First editions, first impression, inscribed and signed set, of the complete Time Quintet. A Wrinkle in Time, with a signed slip laid in, in the second state jacket (Newbery Prize sticker residue to front panel), together with signed or inscribed first impressions of the four sequential Time Quintet titles (an assembled set, with inscriptions to different... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 111206
WARNER, Rex. The Aerodrome. A Love Story.
London : 1941First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The Aerodrome was Warner's wartime dystopia, his third novel, in which he "reverted in part to a non-realistic, expressionist technique. Generally regarded as his best novel, this deeply gloomy work also sees human values collapsing before a rising tide of nihilistic materialism"... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136856
TIMLIN, William M. Untitled illustration for "The Building of a Fairy City".
Kimberley, South Africa, : 1939This magnificent signed illustration appears to be from Timlin's watercolor cycle The Building of a Fairy City, left unpublished upon his death in 1943. Timlin's "most significant expression of the world of fantasy, which formed a considerable part of his output, is to be found among his studies for The Building of a Fairy City, which flowed forth from... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 44516
DUNSANY, Lord. Selections from the Writings.
Dundrum : 1912First edition thus, first impression, one of 250 copies. Lord Dunsany, "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of the century" was a friend of W. B. Yeats's through their mutual involvement in the Abbey Theatre, where Dunsany's first contribution to the to the Irish theatre movement, The Glittering Gate, was performed in... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139300
BRADBURY, Ray. Two manuscript poems, inscribed: "So Run the Sands Back up the Glass" and "The East is Up".
[Los Angeles : 1961 & 1980]Presentation copies of two original manuscripts, both inscribed by the author to his old friend Douglas Menville, the science fiction and fantasy writer.
"So Run the Sands Back Up the Glass" is a corrected typescript dated 1961, and apparently unpublished, inscribed by the author on the recto, "For Doug, with my friendliest wishes - this original... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 127474
O'BRIEN, Flann. The Third Policeman.
London : 1967First edition, first impression, of this grimly comic "posthumous fantasy"; the protagonist of which is a murderer who, unknowingly, has himself been murdered, and finds himself in a warped alternate Ireland.
The surreal landscape, imbued with a sense of the literary weird, is signalled in the work by what Jorge Luis Borges called "games with... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 137399
NESBIT, Edith. The Story of the Amulet.
London : 1906First edition, first impression, of the concluding work in Nesbit's children's trilogy. Preceded by Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet, Nesbit's time-travelling narrative is notable for including a trip into the future, featuring Nesbit's vision of a socialist utopia in which H. G. Wells is venerated as a reformer. Nesbit was one of... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 140035
MIRRLEES, Hope. Lud-in-the-Mist.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, of this important fantasy novel by the Bloomsbury poet Hope Mirrlees (1887-1978), which "beautifully handles... Olde Englisshe folk culture in the mode later made popular by Tolkien" (Blieler). In 2011 Neil Gaiman described the work as "one of the finest fantasy novels in the English language... It is a little golden... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 112936
DUNSANY, Lord. Time and the Gods.
London : 1906First edition, first impression, of this influential fantasy text, with a four-page autograph letter signed from the author to William Roughead tipped-in to the front free endpaper, and Roughead's bookplate to the front pastedown. Roughead (1870-1952) was a Scottish lawyer and popular true crime author with whom Dunsany shared a long-held correspondence... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139315
ČAPEK, Karel. Továrna na absolutno. (The Absolute at Large.)
Brno : 1922First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the first blank to the young actress Táňa Čuprová (b.1900) and dated in the year of publication. The recipient is noted in the Czech National Theatre archives as having started work there in this year, going on to become art director from 1945. It was at the Prague National Theatre that Čapek's... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139802
BENSON, Edward Frederic. The Judgment Books.
London : 1895First edition. This supernatural work by Edward Frederic Benson demonstrates his ability as an "important, capable, and skilful Edwardian author of supernatural fiction" (Bleiler). Although best known for the social satires of his Mapp and Lucia novels his "stories of horror and the supernatural have remained consistently popular" (ODNB). This work... Learn More£1,450.00
Stock Code: 120535
VAN VOGT, A. E. The House that Stood Still.
New York : 1950First edition, first printing, of the author's fifth book; one of van Vogt's more elusive titles: not listed in Locke's Spectrum of Fantasy, despite his "large holding" of the author's work. Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 100477
PRAGNELL, Festus. The Green Man of Kilsona.
London : First edition, first impression, of this "science fiction adventure story set on a world within an atom" (Locke). The work was first published in the pulp magazine Wonder Stories from July to September 1935 as The Green Man of Graypec, the same title used for the US edition released in 1950. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 113286
CLARKE, Arthur C. Against the Fall of Night.
[Hicksville, NY] : 1953First edition in book form, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page "To Timothy Maclaren from Arthur C. Clarke". Clarke's pioneering work of science fiction originally appeared as a novella in the November 1948 issue of the magazine Startling Stories. In 1951 Clarke revised and expanded the text, for publication in the present book-form... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138965
DUNSANY, Edward Plunkett, Lord. The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders.
London : 1950First edition, first impression in the second issue binding (the first issue being black cloth). From the author's library, inscribed as such by Dunsany's wife on the front free endpaper, and dated 1958. In this work Colonel Polder's is put under a spell causing him to live the life of variety of animals, and a short time that of a jinn. Dunsany (1878-1957)... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 110365
LEWIS, C. S. The Screwtape Letters.
London : 1942First edition, first impression. Taking the form of a series of letters between an experienced devil and a subordinate, The Screwtape Letters addresses numerous questions of Christian theology. Though the book sparkles with wit, Lewis found its composition difficult and unpleasant: "The strain produced a sort of spiritual cramp... It almost smothered... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 132223
SMITH, Edward E. The Vortex Blaster.
Hicksville, NY : 1960First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to the publisher on the front free endpaper, "To my friend Marty Greenberg - with the hope that this new relationship of publisher and writer will make even deeper the friendship that has lasted so long, Edward E. Smith, PhD". Smith originally worked as a food scientist, and became... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 82267
LONG, Frank Belknap. The Hounds of Tindalos.
Sauk City : 1946First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Richard Hughes, With great admiration for the high excellence and artistry of his stories in a related medium. Frank Belknap Long, New York, February 24, 1946".
The recipient of this work is believed to be American Comic Group writer and... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 119634
ARABIAN NIGHTS; BURTON, Richard F. (trans.) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
London : 1897The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights in English, Burton's was... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131161
LOVECRAFT, H. P. Two books from Lovecraft's classical reference library,
New York : 1898-9 and 1896H. P. Lovecraft's own classical reference copies from his library, each volume with his ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper: Greek Civilization with "H. P. Lovecraft, Providence, R.I.", and the Latin Literature volumes with his name and fastidious manuscript shelf marks "16:46 / 525:1" and "16:46 / 525:2". There is also an additional... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 139230
LEWIS, M. G. Tales of Wonder.
London : 1801First edition, this copy in a handsome contemporary binding and somewhat later gifted by Lord Chandos Leigh (17911850), poet and school-friend of Lord Byron, to his nephew Frederick Leigh Colvile (18191886), author, antiquary, and Warwickshire vicar. The book has the recipient's bookplate and is inscribed, "from my uncle Chandos Leigh".
This... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 121349
LINDSAY, David. A Voyage to Arcturus.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, of this "remarkable work". The first edition of Lindsay's classic novel was printed in a run of 1,250 copies, with around 500 to 600 copies released in the first issue binding as here, with gilt lettering and ruling to spine (Bleiler). Lindsay's most famous and influential work, A Voyage to Arcturus is "a metaphysical... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139374
BELLAMY, Edward. Looking Backward 2000-1887. [Together with:] Equality.
Boston : 1888 & 1897First editions, first printings, of Bellamy's enormously popular Looking Backward 2000-1887 and its sequel Equality. First issue of Looking Backward with the misprint "wore" in line 8 on page 210 and the J. J. Arakelyan slug on the copyright page; Equality in the rare first-issue dust jacket. Looking Backward 2000-1887 established Bellamy's utopian... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 137673
GODWIN, William. Mandeville.
Edinburgh : 1817First edition of "one of Godwin's most extraordinary works" (Locke, p. 278). Mandeville, Godwin's fourth novel, is a gothic work set in the time of the English Civil War. Godwin wrote this, often considered his darkest novel, surrounding the time of his daughter Mary's official marriage to Percy Bysshe Shelley on 30 December 1816. Three days after the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139646
VOLTAIRE. Micromegas: a Comic Romance.
London : 1753First edition in English of Voltaire's Micromegas, a significant work of proto-science fiction, detailing the visit of giants from Saturn and Sirius to earth, and their derision at mankind's wars, religions, and pretensions. The novella was first published in French the previous year, and is probably the first instance of aliens visiting Earth in fiction,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139036
MARTIN, George R. R. [A Song of Ice and Fire:] A Game of Thrones; A Clash of Kings; A Storm of Swords; A Feast For Crows; A Dance of Dragons.
Atlanta, GA/Burton, MI : 2000-2015Deluxe signed limited edition, set "K" of the rare deluxe issue of only 52 lettered sets, each title signed by the author and illustrators, and additionally remarqued (a small original illustration added by hand) by the respective illustrators on the limitation leaf, the first five works of the Song of Ice and Fire cycle. There were also 500 numbered... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 137883
GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins - GRAHAME, Kenneth. Dream Days.
New York & London : 1899First US edition. This copy is from the library of prominent American author and humanist Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), with her ownership inscription, "Gilman", to the front free endpaper. A lovely association copy between two disparate yet key writers of the period; Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon, which is included in this collection, is often... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 130102
EWERS, Hanns Heinz. Alraune.
New York : 1929First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the illustrator with an original signed drawing in pencil and green pen to the second half-title, signed "for Dunninger, Mahlon Blaine 1936", depicting a demon pulling a mandrake-like woman from a hat.
The recipient Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975) was one of the foremost magicians and mentalists... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 123320
ARABIAN NIGHTS; GALLAND, Antoine (trans.) Les mille & une nuits.
Paris : 1881Limited edition, from a stated issue of 10 copies printed on japon (this copy unnumbered); a further 170 copies were issued printed on Holland paper, 20 on China paper, and 20 on Whatman paper. The publishing company Librairie des bibliophiles was founded by Damase Jouast (1834-1893) to publish exceptional editions of the great works of French and world... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130843
GOREY, Edward. Gorey World.
San Francisco : 1996First edition, first printing, number 65 of 150 copies signed by Edward Gorey.
The related material includes:
1. The Fantod Pack (1995) publication flyer, with monochrome illustration on recto and publisher's information on verso.
2. American Book Collector, two issues (May/June and November/December 1985), both including a Gorey... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141503
LOVECRAFT, H. P. Marginalia.
Sauk City, WI : 1944First edition, first printing, of selected writings covering the author's entire writing life. The fourth title published by Arkham House, this volume "contains a good deal of work, a good deal of associational data, and a plethora of information about the late great master of the macabre" (Foreword). Included are "The Mysterious Ship", written when... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 122073
HUGHES, Ted. Tales From Ovid.
London : 1998First edition, signed limited issue, signed by the author; this is the binder's copy, marked "0/5". The signed limited edition consisted of 310 copies, of which 10 were reserved for the author. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138031
HALDANE, J. B. S. My Friend Mr Leakey.
London : 1937First edition of this collection of fantasy stories for children by the eminent British scientist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892-1964). Haldane was chiefly distinguished for his work in genetics, but also contributed to many other fields of science, ranging from cosmology to the physiology of diving. His intention in writing the book about Mr Leakey,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 134918
L'ENGLE, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
London : 1963First UK edition, first impression, of the first instalment in the Time Quintet. A Wrinkle In Time is an important and classic children's fantasy work by Madeline L'Engle (1918-2007), originally aimed at young female readers but with major crossover appeal. Upon publication, it won numerous awards, including the 1963 Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 135806
OPIUM FANTASY - LIGNE, Charles-Joseph de (attrib.) Voyage à Visbecq.
[Brussells? : ca.1794]Original manuscript of an extraordinary dreamlike fantasy which describes an opium-induced journey to the centre of the earth. The existence of the novel remained unknown for more than 200 years until it was discovered in a Parisian bookshop and published in 2007 with a long essay by Éric Lysøe (see below).
The text is written in the first... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 139702
HAGGARD, H. Rider. Allan Quatermain,
London : 1887First edition, publisher's presentation copy, with a leaf from a diary signed by the author, his wife Mariana Louisa, Charles James Longman, his wife Harriet Anne, and Maria and Alice Cope, and a publisher's compliments slip completed in manuscript loosely inserted. This copy is number 105 of 112 large paper copies issued of Haggard's sequel to King... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139815
JÓKAI, Mór. Fekete Gyémántok.
Pest : 1870First edition in the original Hungarian of Jókai's futuristic novel, translated into English in 1896 as Black Diamonds.
A prolific and popular writer, and one of the most important Hungarian novelists of the 19th century, Jókai has been compared to both Dickens and Scott. He authored more than a hundred books, not only novels, but also short... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 142757
HEARN, Lafcadio. Some Chinese Ghosts.
Boston : 1887First edition of this stylised retelling of ancient Chinese legends by Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn. The present work is one of his earliest writings and the only one about China and its folklore. It was published the year he was sent by magazine Harper's to the French West Indies as a correspondent for two years.
In 1890, at 30, Hearn... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 139801
GLOAG, John. Manna.
London : 1940First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "G. L. Pilkington from the author. Mar. 1940". The recipient was Geoffrey Langton Pilkington (18851972) chairman of the glass manufacturers Pilkington, for whom Gloag worked as a board member (Sadar, p. 95). Gloag (1896-1981) was a prolific science... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137210
GOREY, Edward. Amphigorey Also.
New York : 1983First trade edition, first printing, signed by Gorey on the title page. This work gathers 17 of Edward Gorey's stories, including The Utter Zoo, The Epiplectic Bicycle, L'Heure bleue, The Glorious Nosebleed, and The Stupid Joke. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 141358
ZAMYATIN, Yevgeny. We.
New York : 1952First complete edition in the original Russian, first printing, of this seminal work of dystopian science fiction. Taking its title from Bakunin's phrase - "I don't want to be I, I want to be we" - the novel takes place in the totalitarian One State of the future, and takes the form of a diary of spaceship engineer D-503, relating his struggle with... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139693
PORTER, Jane. Thaddeus of Warsaw.
London : 1803First edition of Porter's first acknowledged novel, a significant work that "ranks with Mrs Radcliffe's Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne as a super-rarity among Gothic Romantic novels" (Sadleir 1972). The first edition is held by only one of the six legal deposit libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland (the National Library of Scotland); WorldCat... Learn More£19,750.00
Stock Code: 122901
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
London : 1866First published edition, with the earlier pale blue endpapers (rather than the more usual dark green).
The book was originally printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in June 1865, but Dodgson heard that the book's illustrator John Tenniel was dissatisfied with its quality, so he suppressed the whole edition of 2,000 copies. The book was entirely... Learn More£39,500.00
Stock Code: 136032
ČAPEK, Karel. Krakatit.
London : 1925First edition in English, first impression, publisher's presentation copy with tipped-in slip before the half-title reading "with Mr Geoffrey Bles's Compliments". Capek's science fiction novel, first published in Prague in 1924, centres on the invention of a catastrophically potent explosive, named to echo the devastating volcanic eruption of Krakatoa.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136864
WARNER, Sylvia Townsend. Lolly Willowes,
London : 1926First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Lolly Willowes is Warner's first novel and rarely found signed. In the work Laura "Lolly" Willowes leaves her life as a "professional aunt" in London for independence in the village of Little Mop where "she is initiated into the local witch cult and has intellectual conversations... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139081
TYSSOT DE PATOT, Simon. Voyages et avantures de Jaques Masse.
Bourdeaux [i.e. The Hague] : 1710 [i.e. around 1714]First edition of this early utopian novel, "the best-known of all the radical philosophical novels of the Early Enlightenment" and which "surpassed practically every other work of philosophical fiction of the age for notoriety" (Israel, pp. liii and lvi). The novel details a Frenchman shipwrecked off South Africa - the co-ordinates are given as 60E/44S,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 123204
LINDSAY, David. Devil's Tor.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, of Lindsay's magnum opus, the fifth and final novel published in his lifetime. In Devil's Tor, "the central characters realise that they are the last representatives of an ancient spiritual force which must renew itself through their marriage. Lindsay here subverts the reader's novelistic expectations by revealing all... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 136486