In Other Worlds: fantasy, science fiction and beyond - 163
In this time of isolation, books have proven to be more than usually exciting companions. This year’s literature catalogue takes cue from Milton, who declared “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Hell of Heaven, a Heaven of Hell”. The selection celebrates literary space as a creative multiverse, and the power of the human imagination as force for remaking. From escapist fantasy to political dystopia, from gothic nightmare to spiritual quest, writers have dissolved the boundaries of the possible, reshaped the worlds we think we know, and travelled with us to wholly new galaxies.
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APOLLONIUS RHODIUS. Argonautica
Florence : 1496Editio princeps of the most important Greek epic of the 3rd century BCE, the definitive telling of the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. The Argonautica is the only epic before Virgil's Aeneid that can be compared with Homer in subject and extent and it is the first epic to give a prominent place to love. With the... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 136329
BECKFORD, William. [Vathek.] An Arabian Tale, from an unpublished manuscript:
London : 1786First edition. Beckford's Gothic oriental novel Vathek, was written in French between January and May 1782. This English translation by the literary scholar Samuel Henley was published first in June 1786, despite Beckford's express wish that the French edition should precede it. The latter was published in Lausanne in December 1786 (postdated 1787),... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 128808
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
BLACKWOOD, Algernon. The Listener and Other Stories.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, "S.E.P. from A.B. Nov. 1907". The Listener is Blackwood's second collection of supernatural fiction and focuses on stories of haunted houses. The collection includes the classic story "The Willows", considered "one of the classics of supernatural fiction... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 137183
BLACKWOOD, Algernon. Shocks!
London : 1935First edition, first impression, of Blackwood's "last full-scale original collection" (Ashley, p. 370), a gathering of 15 short stories of the supernatural by one of the masters of the genre. Bleiler singles out "A Threefold Cord", "Chemical", and "The Land of Green Ginger" as the best of the group and remarks that "Blackwood seems to have been obsessed... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 126704
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
BRYANT, Jacob; BLAKE, William (illus.) A new system, or, an analysis of ancient mythology:
London : 1773-76First edition of the work for which Bryant is most often remembered, complete with the rare first volume, of which ESTC locates only three copies, and the final plate by William Blake. "Bryant's importance to modern readers lies in the influence he had upon the poet and artist William Blake, who in his own time was generally considered mad. The many... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139708
BUCHAN, John. The Watcher by the Threshold.
Edinburgh and London : 1902First edition, first impression, first issue, with the publisher's catalogue dated 2/02; publishers' presentation copy, with their compliments stamp to the head of the title page. This early collection of Buchan's stories, the majority of which were first published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, is hard to find in collectible condition. The supernatural... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139726
BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice The Warlord of Mars
Chicago : 1919First edition, first printing, of the third book in Burroughs's Mars series. With an attractive example of the illustrated dust jacket, especially scarce surviving without restoration. Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 127912
BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. The Land that Time Forgot.
Chicago : June 1924First edition, first printing, and an exceptional example in an unrestored dust jacket. This fantasy adventure, the first in Burrough's Caspak trilogy, follows an errant First World War U-boat in its discovery of a lost world, a tropical crater-lake existing in a different evolutionary time-frame and filled with dinosaurs. Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 127902
BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. At the Earth's Core.
Chicago : 1922First edition, first printing, an exceptional example in the dust jacket. At the Earth's Core is the first novel in the Pellucidar series, a classic adventure in a long American tradition of hollow earth stories, uniting Burroughs's trademark jungle adventure with the pseudo scientific flair of Doyle's Professor Challenger and The Lost World. Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 127899
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
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
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
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
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
COCTEAU, Jean. Opium.
New York : 1932First edition, first printing. Based on his addiction to, and recovery from, opium in 1929, "this highly personal chronicle-cum-essay is really another White Paper, for Cocteau is putting on the table all the documents for and against opium. He explains that initially under the drug's spell he had lived some of his finest hours, during which he opened... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 135702
CONRAD, Joseph, & Ford M. Hueffer. The Inheritors:
New York : 1901First edition, first printing. Signed boldly by Joseph Conrad on the half-title. Although The Inheritors is "generally regarded as a science fiction tale of a group of people from another, apparently parallel, world who call themselves The Dimensionists" (Locke) it is also related to Heart of Darkness (serialised 1899, published in book form 1902) in... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 117097
CONSTANTINE, Murray. Swastika Night.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Written under the pseudonym Murray Constantine by British writer Katharine Burdekin, the novel takes place in a fascist dystopia where the Nazis and the Empire of Japan have conquered the world, described by John Clute as "a scathing feminist anatomy of war, sexism and power". Burdekin's pseudonym, adopted from 1934,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137494
DANTE ALIGHIERI. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.
Dublin : 1785First edition, rare, of the first appearance of Boyd's translation of Dante, considered superior to the blank verse translation of 1782 by Charles Rogers, and preceding by 17 years Boyd's own completion of the Divine Comedy (1802), which would be the first published completion in English. This Dublin edition is the true first, preceding the London edition... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 136911
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
DICK, Philip K. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
New York : 1965First edition, first printing, of this novel nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965. This copy has the bookplate of major Australian sci-fi collector Ronald E. Graham (1908-1979), illustrated by Virgil Finlay. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 131740
DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan. The Lost World.
London : First edition in book form, first impression, of Conan Doyle's classic prehistoric adventure novel, following its serialization in the Strand Magazine earlier that year. "His sense of the glory and nonsense of scientific advance found happy resolution in The Lost World (1912), where academic vendetta at its most ludicrous continually punctuates a thrilling... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138994
DRAKE, Leah Bodine. A Hornbook for Witches: Poems of Fantasy.
Sauk City, Wisconsin : 1950First edition, first printing, of the first book of American poet Leah Bodine Drake (1904-1964), a contributor to Weird Tales. Of the edition of 553 copies, 300 were given to the author and 253 for the trade, the small issue making it one of the scarcer of the Arkham House publications, here in exemplary condition. An audiobook by the same name was... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138972
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
DUNSANY, Lord. The Blessing of Pan.
London : 1927First edition, first impression. Lord Dunsany was "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of the century; a writer of great originality and charm" (Bleiler). The Blessing of Pan, "one of a great number of modern fantasies that champion paganism against Christianity" is "light and ironic in tone" and describes the gradual... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132841
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
FERRAR, William M. Artabanzanus: The Demon of the Great Lake.
London : 1896First edition, sole impression, of this rare early Australian novel, an allegorical fantasy set in Tasmania. The author William Ferrar was born in Dublin in 1823, and settled in Australia by 1842, briefly in Sydney and then in Tasmania. Letters from Ferrar to the publisher, Elliot Stock, suggest around 500-600 copies being published, with around half... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 136859
GONNE, Maud, (illus.); YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page, and with an original initialled drawing in black ink on the front free endpaper (an expanded version of the ornament printed on p. 20.) Edith Maud Gonne (1866-1953) was one of the boldest figures of the Irish Literary Revival; a suffragette and artist, she remains best known... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137680
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
HEINLEIN, Robert A. Methuselah's Children.
Hicksville, NY : First edition, first printing, in the first issue binding and dust jacket. The publisher's file copy, inscribed by founder Martin Greenberg on the verso of the front free endpaper, "Gnome Press file copy, Martin Greenberg". The Gnome Press, founded by Greenberg and author David Kyle in 1948, was one of the most important science fiction presses of the... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 82256
HODGSON, William Hope. The House on the Borderland and other novels.
Sauk City : 1946First collected edition, first printing. The volume comprises four of Hodgson's novels, none of which had previously been published in the US in book form: The House on the Borderland, The Boats of the "Glen Carrig", The Ghost Pirates, and The Night Land. Hodgson is considered "one of the most important formative influences in modern tales of supernatural... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118711
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
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
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
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
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
LOVECRAFT, H. P. ["Dagon", in] The Vagrant.
[Athol, MA] : November 1919First appearance in print of Dagon, the first of Lovecraft's tales to introduce a Cthulhu Mythos element by way of the sea deity Dagon. The Vagrant was an amateur press magazine specialising in the supernatural produced by William Paul Cook between 1915 and 1927, with a total of 15 issues. This issue also contains Cook's critical review of Lovecraft,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131926
LOVECRAFT, H. P. The Shunned House.
Athol, Mass. : 1928First edition, first printing, of Lovecraft's first book, one of 100 bound in black cloth and distributed by Arkham House in 1961, from an edition limited to 300 copies only. "One of a handful of copies" (Currey) complete with the uncancelled original 1928 Cook copyright statement, the Arkham House copyright label pasted to the verso of the title, and... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 136540
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
MEYRINK, Gustav. The Golem.
London : 1928First English language edition, first impression, of this masterpiece of European fantasy fiction, from the German original first published in book form in 1915 by Kurt Wolff, Leipzig. Meyrink is considered "perhaps the foremost modern writer of supernatural novels... who used the subject matter of contemporary occultism in a highly individual, metaphysical... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 105402
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
MORRIS, William, & Eiríkr Magnússon (trans.) The Saga Library.
London : 1891-1905First editions, first impressions, scarce found as the complete set, and more usually in sorry state. The culmination of Morris's interest in the medieval literature of Iceland, the Saga Library was translated and edited by Morris together with his friend and scholar Eiríkr Magnússon (1833-1913) and sought to make the material more accessible to an... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139302
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
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
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
POE, Edgar Allan. Tales.
New York : 1845First edition, first printing, with the New York imprint, one of 1,500 copies issued; this copy with the half-title present. Poe's Tales is "the first important book of detective fiction, the cornerstone of cornerstones in any readers' or collectors' guide, the highest of all highspots: The 1845 edition includes for the first time in book form... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 136458
ROSSETTI, William Michael - GILBERT, William. Shirley Hall Asylum: or, the Memoirs of a Monomaniac.
London : 1863First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, with his ownership inscription dated 1865, of this very scarce imaginary study of hypothetical psychoses. At once a gothic-fantastical Victorian novel and a serious psychiatric investigation, Shirley Hall Asylum tells the stories of various inmates of a lunatic asylum from the point of view of an escapee... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 108827
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest.
London : First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 70 of 520 copies numbered and signed by Rackham; in the scarce dust jacket. This handsomely produced gift book pairs the enchanting illustrations of Arthur Rackham with one of the most magical of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138799
SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
London : 1908First Rackham edition, sighed limited issue, number 983 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist and released for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. This handsomely produced gift book pairs the illustrations of Arthur Rackham with one of the most magical of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 127364
SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
London : 1726True first edition of Swift's masterpiece, Teerink's A edition, with the first state frontispiece. The first state frontispiece has the inscription beneath the portrait, which in the second state was placed around the portrait; a third state is a retouched version of the second.
"The clandestine business of getting into print a pseudonymous... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 130055
TIMLIN, William M. The Ship that Sailed to Mars: a Fantasy.
London : First edition, first impression. Born in Northumberland, Timlin (1892-1943) began his art training in the north east of England but completed it when his parents emigrated to South Africa, where he studied art and practised as an architect. The Ship That Sailed to Mars is his only published book, a fantastical illustrated gift book that rivalled those... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 112445
TUCKER, George. ATTERLEY, Joseph, pseud. A Voyage to the Moon: with some Account of the Manners and Customs, Science and Philosophy, of the people of Morosofia, and other Lunarians.
New York : 1827First edition of a scarce lunar imaginary voyage, and notably early piece of American science-fiction. A Voyage to the Moon was written by George Tucker, an American lawyer born in Bermuda, appointed by Thomas Jefferson in 1825 as professor of moral philosophy at the University of Virginia.
In A Voyage to the Moon, "the hero and pseudonymous... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 110261
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
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
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