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 In Other Worlds: fantasy, science fiction and beyond -  163

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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  1. Die Verwandlung [Metamorphosis].
    KAFKA, Franz. Die Verwandlung [Metamorphosis].

    Leipzig : 1915

    First edition, first printing. The first of Kafka's masterpieces was issued both in boards and, as here, in wrappers. Sales were unimpressive; after a year or so the numerous unsold copies were stamped on the title pages with the official stamp of the German censors. This copy has no stamp to the title page and is therefore of the original issue.
    With... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 138328

  2. Nights of the Round Table.
    LAWRENCE, Margery. Nights of the Round Table.

    London : [1926]

    First edition, first impression, of Lawrence's first collection of horror stories. The collection was reviewed at the time as "a remarkable compendium, exhibiting considerable sensitivity to the methods and concerns which were to remain central to the tradition of the English supernatural short story long after 1926" (Orlando). Margery Lawrence (1889-1969)... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 139274

  3. The Left Hand of Darkness.
    LE GUIN, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, first printing, signed by Le Guin on the title page. This Ace paperback edition precedes Walker's hardback that came out later in the same year. This science fiction classic was Le Guin's first major success, and a pioneering text in the field of feminist science fiction.
    Part of the Hainish cycle, it follows the adventures of a solitary... Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 140212

  4. Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; and City of Illusions.
    LE GUIN, Ursula K. Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; and City of Illusions.

    New York : 1966, 1966, 1967

    First editions, first printings, of Le Guins's first three book publications, each copy inscribed on the title page to the same family: "For Patrick Christopher also a first born and his parents Ursula K. Le Guin, 1987"; "For Celia, Greg, & Patrick Christopher with best wishes, Ursula K. Le Guin, 1987"; and "For Patrick Christopher, Celia, + Greg,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139753

  5. Earthsea.
    LE GUIN, Ursula K. Earthsea.

    London : 1977

    First omnibus edition, first impression, of the Earthsea trilogy, one of the most beloved fantasy series of the 20th century. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Richard Frahm, Ursula Le Guin".
    Le Guin first explored the world of Earthsea in her 1964 short story "The World of Unbinding", and the three main novels were... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 138002

  6. Tales of Wonder.
    LEWIS, M. G. Tales of Wonder.

    London : 1801

    First 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 is... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 121349

  7. A Voyage to Arcturus.
    LINDSAY, David. A Voyage to Arcturus.

    London : 1920

    First 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

  8. Devil's Tor.
    LINDSAY, David. Devil's Tor.

    London : 1932

    First 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... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 136486

  9. The Shunned House.
    LOVECRAFT, H. P. The Shunned House.

    Athol, Mass. : 1928

    First 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

  10. Works of Fancy and Imagination.
    MACDONALD, George. Works of Fancy and Imagination.

    London : 1871

    First 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

  11. [A Song of Ice and Fire:]
    MARTIN, George R. R. [A Song of Ice and Fire:]

    Atlanta, GA/Burton, MI : 2000-2015

    Deluxe 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... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 137883

  12. The Golem.
    MEYRINK, Gustav. The Golem.

    London : 1928

    First 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

  13. Lud-in-the-Mist.
    MIRRLEES, Hope. Lud-in-the-Mist.

    London : 1926

    First 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

  14. The Tale of Beowulf.
    MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt, translators. The Tale of Beowulf.

    Hammersmith : 1895

    First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, one of 300 copies printed on paper (a further eight copies were issued on vellum). Morris began his translation of the great English epic in 1893, based on a prose rendering by the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alfred J. Wyatt of Christ's College, with whom he consulted over a two... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 138925

  15. The Saga Library.
    MORRIS, William, & Eiríkr Magnússon (trans.) The Saga Library.

    London : 1891-1905

    First 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

  16. The Story of the Amulet.
    NESBIT, Edith. The Story of the Amulet.

    London : 1906

    First 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

  17. The Third Policeman.
    O'BRIEN, Flann. The Third Policeman.

    London : 1967

    First 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 time... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 137399

  18. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
    POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

    London : 1919

    First Clarke edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 106 of 170 copies signed by the illustrator and specially bound in full vellum. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a leading figure in the Irish arts and crafts movement, particularly noted for his work as a stained-glass artist. This book, with Clarke's imaginings of Poe's macabre Tales, was the first... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 137514

  19. His Dark Materials.
    PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.

    London : 1995-1997-2000

    First editions, first impressions, signed in each volume by the author on the title page. Northern Lights has the first issue points on the jacket: 12.99 price, "Point" to the spine panel, and 7-9 Pratt Street to the rear flap; it also has the Carnegie Medal sticker, sometimes taken to be a sign of later state.
    Pullman's epic trilogy of... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 137828

  20. The Green Child.
    READ, Herbert. The Green Child.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression, of art-critic Herbert Read's only novel, uncommonly found in such bright condition. The Green Child is "part adventure story, part contribution to utopian literature" in which "the fantastic element is borderline science fiction" (ODNB; Bleiler). The work contrasts two examples of potential utopian societies;... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 38508

  21. Red Mars; Green Mars; Blue Mars.
    ROBINSON, Kim Stanley. Red Mars; Green Mars; Blue Mars.

    London : 1992-1996

    First editions, first impressions, Red Mars signed and inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "K. S. Robinson, for Peter, best, Stan, Birmingham 1992" on the title page, and the subsequent two volumes each signed by the author on the title pages. This trilogy is already a science-fiction classic, with Red Mars praised... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 139538

  22. Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery.
    SEABORN, Capt. Adam (pseud.) Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery.

    New York : 1820

    Rare first edition, first impression, of the book rightly considered the first science fiction novel written by an American. Published two years after Frankenstein, the book utilizes the hollow earth theory of John Cleves Symmes Jr. to create the first in a long line of hollow-earth lost race fiction.
    Captain Adam Seaborn is a pseudonym in keeping... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 135743

  23. The Tempest.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest.

    London : [1926]

    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

  24. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.

    London : 1908

    First 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 enchanting illustrations of Arthur Rackham with one of the most magical of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 127364

  25. The Faerie Queene.
    SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queene.

    London : 1751

    First complete and first illustrated edition, including Thomas Birch's Life; Spenser's letter to Walter Raleigh; commendatory verses; numerous dedicatory verses by Spenser; an exact collation of the two original editions of 1590 and 1596 which combine to give the first complete text in one edition including the fragment of Book VII; a glossary; and... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 132657

  26. Odd John.
    STAPLEDON, Olaf. Odd John.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression, first issue, with advertisements dated May 1935 ("535"); here a review copy, with the publisher's presentation slip loosely inserted. One of Stapledon's most significant novels, the protagonist a super-intelligent Nietzschean Übermensch, developing the themes of Beresford's Hampdenshire Wonder of 1911. The... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138977

  27. Dracula.
    STOKER, Bram. Dracula.

    New York : 1899

    First U.S. edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Lady Errington from Bram Stoker 31.05.08". Lady Frances Helena Errington (d. c.1935) was the wife of Sir George Errington (1839-1920), 1st baronet, Dublin-born MP for Longford (1874-1885), High Sheriff of Tipperary (1888) and Wexford (1901). Errington was a prominent... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 121627

  28. 112445
    TIMLIN, William M. The Ship that Sailed to Mars: a Fantasy.

    London : [1923]

    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

  29. The Hobbit, or there and back again.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Hobbit, or there and back again.

    London : 1997

    First edition illustrated by Alan Lee, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page and additionally inscribed "to Lukas, with best wishes, Alan Lee" on the front free endpaper with a large original pencil sketch of Gandalf. Lee's illustrations for Tolkien's Middle Earth epics first appeared in the 1991 edition of The Lord of the Rings.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139294

  30. Voyages et avantures de Jaques Masse.
    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

  31. Five Weeks In A Balloon;
    VERNE, Jules. Five Weeks In A Balloon;

    New York : 1869

    First edition in English, first printing, of this African balloon adventure, which marked Verne's first English-language book publication. Verne's highly successful "fantastical tale meshes together aspects of early science fiction with a highly individualised mode of colonial discourse" (McLaughlan, p. 109). Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 137272

  32. The Haunted Island.
    VISIAK, E. H. The Haunted Island.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, of this fantastical first debut novel from Edward Harold Physick (1879-1972), featuring pirates, ghosts, and wizards. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138834

  33. Strange Houses of Sleep.
    WAITE, Arthur Edward. Strange Houses of Sleep.

    London : 1906

    First edition, sole impression, number 16 of 250 copies, each signed by the author. Strange Houses of Sleep collects the esoteric poetry (including a lengthy verse drama on the holy grail) of A. E. Waite (1857-1942), popularly known for his creation of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. "Through his critical and historical studies of occultism in all its forms,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139766

  34. The Aerodrome. A Love Story.
    WARNER, Rex. The Aerodrome. A Love Story.

    London : 1941

    First 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

  35. Lolly Willowes,
    WARNER, Sylvia Townsend. Lolly Willowes,

    London : 1926

    First 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... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139081

  36. The First Men in the Moon.
    WELLS, H. G. The First Men in the Moon.

    Indianapolis : 1901

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "To Miss Healey with kindest regards from H. G. Wells". Elizabeth Healey was a fellow student of Wells at the Normal School (later Royal College) of Science, South Kensington, London, and a long-term friend and correspondent. The American edition of The First... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 138945

  37. The Sword in the Stone.
    WHITE, T. H. The Sword in the Stone.

    London : 1938

    Rare original page proofs for The Sword in the Stone, with a manuscript annotation to the title page, bound with the original wrappers. The Sword in the Stone is "a delightful blend of medieval lore and humorous commentary and in many ways the finest light fantasy of the century" (Bleiler). It was the most significant contribution... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 138836

  38. The Day of the Triffids.
    WYNDHAM, John. The Day of the Triffids.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression, of Wyndham's science fiction classic. "His story of the perambulating vegetable menace which takes over a Britain stricken with blindness was an immediate success. The inferior MGM film version (1963) starred Howard Keel, and a BBC television adaptation appeared in 1981. The novel sold as well and steadily as a Penguin... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 90298

  39. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.

    London : 1889

    First edition, first issue, a major literary association copy, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To the poet of the North Countrie, Joseph Skipsey, with the author's kind regards". In addition, Yeats has made minor corrections to the text on four pages. The inscription shows Yeats's admiration for the Newcastle pitman poet, whom he honours... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 140222

  40. The Secret Rose.
    YEATS, W. B. The Secret Rose.

    London : 1897

    First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine, scarce in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, bringing together the two key loci of his imagination: the Celtic folklore of his native Ireland, and the alchemical mysteries... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135709

  41. Creatures of Light and Darkness.
    ZELAZNY, Roger. Creatures of Light and Darkness.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. Among Zelazny's recurring themes are world mythologies, including Chinese, Christian, Hindu, Navajo, etc. Creatures of Light and Darkness borrows from Egyptian mythology. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138661

  42. [Vathek.] An Arabian Tale, from an unpublished manuscript:
    [BECKFORD, William.] [Vathek.] An Arabian Tale, from an unpublished manuscript:

    London : 1786

    First 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... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 128808

  43. Lyrical Ballads, with a few other poems [including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"].
    [COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, &] William Wordsworth. Lyrical Ballads, with a few other poems [including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"].

    London : 1798

    First edition, the earliest obtainable issue of the collection of poems which inaugurated the Romantic movement in English literature and poetry, and one of the most celebrated of all collaborative literary works. Though he is not credited, Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is printed here for the first time, alongside three other of his... Learn More
    £11,500.00

    Stock Code: 137732

  44. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
    [DE QUINCEY, Thomas.] Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

    London : 1822

    First edition in book form of the author's iconic first book. First published in the London Magazine, September-October 1821, Confessions was a groundbreaking and influential text, presenting an account of the author's hallucinations, ecstasies, and torments as a result of taking opium. It was the first book in English to deal in detail... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 136014

  45. The Fairy Mythology.
    [KEIGHTLEY, Thomas.] The Fairy Mythology.

    London : 1828

    First edition, first issue, of this influential anthology of fairy tales and lore by the Irish writer Thomas Keightley (1789-1872). It is a notably international survey, with chapters on Persian and Arabian romance, the Icelandic Sagas and Eddas, Scandinavian elves, dwarves, and mermaids, German, Swiss, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, Finnish, Slavic,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137746

  46. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
    [SWIFT, Jonathan.] Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.

    London : 1726

    True 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 strong elements of political satire perhaps intrigued the contemporary... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 130055

  47. A Voyage to the Moon: with some Account of the Manners and Customs, Science and Philosophy, of the people of Morosofia, and other Lunarians.
    [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 : 1827

    First 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 author... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 110261

  48. The Castle of Otranto, a story.
    [WALPOLE, Horace] The Castle of Otranto, a story.

    London : 1765 [but 1764]

    First edition of this mock tale of medieval horror which initiated the vogue for Gothic romances. "Impressive theatrical effects included a gigantic heavenly helmet with magical powers, a bleeding statue, a sword that could only be borne by fifty men, an anchorite whose flesh had melted away to leave only an animated skeleton, and a portrait that strode... Learn More
    £8,000.00

    Stock Code: 139678

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