In addition to publishing, we dealt secondhand books in Greenwich and Crystal Palace during the 1990s, and moved our business to Brighton in 1999. We have been trading from Snoopers Paradise at 7/8 Kensington Gardens for over twenty years. Our original stall was located by the turnstile entrance of this vast indoor market in the North Laine, and we relocated to a larger and more prominent space just behind the cash desk at the main entrance in 2017. We currently stock about 2000 books there, along with a selection of collectable tarot decks and the occasional spoken word CD.

Although we have shop premises, our online stock is stored separately in our warehouse & handled with all reasonable precautions. We are quarantining all new acquisitions for a minimum of three days before cataloguing and shelving them. Local customers are welcome to collect pre-ordered books from our locked display cabinet in Snoopers Paradise.

New In – May 2021

Murray Latham | Even from the Law | Hutchinson | Some wear & a little loss to edges of unclipped jacket. Top of spine of jacket is reinforced with clear tape on the reverse. Pale cloth cover, edge of pageblock & endpapers are all foxed. | £30.00

Theodora du Bois | Seeing Red | Collins Crime Club | 1955 | Unclipped cover still looks impressive, but is worn, with several closed tears to the top edge & some loss to the edges. There is an old price written in biro on the ffep. | £20.00

Philip Guston; Michael Auping | Philip Guston Retrospective | Royal Academy of Arts | 2003 | 9781903973493 Light wear to cover & edge | £50.00

Edmund Carpenter | Eskimo Realities | Holt, Rinehart & Winston | 1973 | 0030075769 No jacket, oatmeal coloured cloth cover is sunned at spine & edge, generally rather worn & marked. Outer edge of page block is heavily foxed on top edge, dustmarked on lower edge. | £30.00

Glyn Carr | A Corpse at Camp Two | Geoffrey Bles | 1955 | Ex-Boots Library copy, with sticker on front cover & label trace on rear pastedown. No jacket, spine creased & sunned. | £60.00

Paul Foot | Red Shelley | Bookmarks | 1988 | 0906224136 Inscribed by author on title page. Lettering slightly faded on spine, light wear to cover & edge, paper tanned with age, outer edge of pageblock foxed. | £25.00

Jim Harrison | Legends of the Fall | Collins | 1980 | 0002214415 In unclipped jacket. Outer edge of page block foxed. | £30.00

Seamus Heaney | Death of a Naturalist | Faber | 1966 | First edition, first impression of Heaney’s first collection. This is an ex-library copy in an unclipped dustjacket. The jacket is sunned at the spine & edge of cover, & has a library label & shelfcode on the spine. The book has the expected library markings, plus ticks against some items in the contents list, & traces of pencil marking & annotation on many pages. | £100.00

The Robert Moore Collection of Fine and Important Korean Ceramics. Thursday, October 16, 1986. | Christie’s New York | 1986 | Pressure marks on back cover of jacket where book has been used as a writing surface. Price list loosely inserted. | £35.00

Margaret Scherf | The Owl in the Cellar | Nimmo | Undated hardcover in unclipped jacket. The book itself has a lightly marked cover, name on front pastedown, lightly marked blurb page, foxed outer edge.The jacket still looks impressive, but is damaged, with loss to the edges & back cover. | £50.00

Robert Martin | A Key to the Morgue | Robert Hale | 1960 | Unclipped bright jacket. W. H. Smith Library label on front pastedown, but the book does not appear to have had significant use: it appears to be in very good condition apart from some blotchy foxing to the outer edge of the page block. Crossed out letters on ffep. Front cover set a little forward. | £20.00

Angus Hall | Devilday | Sphere | 1969 | Paperback first with moderately creased spine, some wear to edge of cover, lightly creased lower corner of back cover. Inscribed by author on title page. Owner’s name on ffep. | £75.00

Robert B. Parker | God Save the Child | Andre Deutsch | 1975 | 0233967036 First UK edition in unclipped jacket. A little wear to top edge of cover, outer edge of page block foxed. | £65.00

Andrei A. Znamenski [ed.] | Shamanism: Critical Concepts in Sociology. Volume II | Routledge Curzon | 2004 0415332486 Volume II only. No jacket, minor wear to cover & outer edge of pageblock, traces of pencilled stock code or similar on half title page. | £75.00

Roy Campbell [tr.] | Poems of Baudelaire: les Fleurs du Mal | Harvill | 1952 | First edition in unclipped jacket. Jacket is ragged at edges, missing lower part of spine; red cloth cover underneath is sunned at exposed areas of spine. Paper tanned with age, outer edge of pageblock foxed. Still a handsome copy, despite these faults. | £30.00

Adrian Daintrey | I Must Say | Chatto & Windus | 1963 | First edition, no jacket. Front cover set a little forward, light foxing to outer edge of page block. | £50.00

Charlotte Mew; Val Warner [ed., intr.] | Charlotte Mew: Collected Poems & Selected Prose | Carcanet | 2003 | 9781857547061 Very light external wear. | £30.00

Charlotte Mew; Val Warner [ed.] | Charlotte Mew: Collected Poems & Prose | Virago | 1982 | 0860682234 Minor wear to cover, paper tanned with age. | £25.00

Patrick Eliot; Bill Hare; Andrew Wilson | Boyle Family | National Galleries of Scotland | 2003 | 9781903278437 Rather worn copy with sunned spine, bumped lower corner, signed by all four members of the Boyle Family. | £50.00

Frances Spalding [intr.] | The Kitchen Sink Painters | Mayor Gallery; Julian Hartnoll | 1991 | Outer edge of pageblock quite heavily foxed; edge of plain back cover sunned. | £35.00

Alan Bowness [ed.] | Alan Davie | Lund Humphries | 1967 | Pictorial cover rather worn, but still looks impressive | £90.00

Luciano Caramel | Medardo Rosso | South Bank Centre | 1994 | 185332115X Outer edge of pageblock foxed, heavily at the top. Light wear to cover, back cover slightly sunned. | £27.50

Alasdair Gray | Lanark | Braziller | 1985 | 0807611085 First US edition. A handsome copy in unclipped jacket. The spine of the jacket is very lightly sunned, with a little closed tear at the top edge. There are a few light pressure marks & some foxing on the back cover. The outer edge of the pageblock is foxed, & the lower edge of the boards shows some wear. | £50.00

April 2021

J. P. Donleavy; Arland Ussher [intr.] | The Ginger Man | Neville Spearman | 1956 | First edition, no jacket. Boards are a little worn, lightly sunned on spine. 1956 ownership signature on front pastedown, edge of pageblock foxed. Still a nice copy to handle & read. | £18.00

Russell Hoban | Riddley Walker | Jonathan Cape | 1980 | First edition in clipped jacket. Jacket still looks handsome, but the red lettering on the spine has faded & there is a short closed tear at the top left corner of the spine. Paper has darkened with age, with some foxing to outer edge of pageblock. | £20.00

James Gould Cozzens | Michael Scarlett | Robert Holden | 1927 | First UK edition in unclipped jacket. There is a little loss to the top of the jacket’s spine, & a short closed tear at the top of the fold of the spine/front cover. The red boards underneath have become rather mottled. There is a little wear to the front hinge, but the binding remains firm. Altogether, a handsome copy. | £75.00

Fyodor Dostoevsky; S. Koteliansky & J. Middleton Murray [trs.] | Pages from the Journal of an Author | Maunsel | 1916 | First edition. Gilt lettering on cover remains bright. | £40.00

Stuart Evans | Centres of Ritual | Hutchinson | 1978 | 0091330505 First edition in unclipped jacket: spine very lightly sunned;a couple of small pressure marks to back cover. Edge of pageblock & edges of endpapers foxed. Previous owner’s personal blindstamp on half title page. | £30.00

Adam McLean [ed.] | The Magical Calendar | Magnum Opus | 1980 | Second edition of the first title in the Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks series. Minor wear to card covers, name on ffep. | £100.00

Lois Phillips | Lieder Line by Line | Duckworth | 1979 | 0715609734 Hardback in clipped jacket, lower edge of boards rubbed. Previous owner’s name & a note on the ffep, indicating that the book was bought specifically for a performance of “Winterreise” – the text of “Winterreise” has indeed been carefully marked up, with one ink correction to the German text, & numerous pencil alterations to the English text on the facing pages. I would describe this intervention as interesting rather than irritating, but would downgrade the book from “very good” to “good” because of it. | £40.00

Alexander Baron | From the City, from the Plough | Jonathan Cape | 1948 | Fourth impression in year of first publication. At first glance, a good to very good copy, lacking its dustjacket. But closer inspection reveals the traces of removed labels on the front & back pastedowns & a small light splash mark in the lower margin of the first page of text. The edges of the cover are rubbed, & the outer edges of the pageblock are foxed. | £30.00

Hugh MacDiarmid | Second Hymn to Lenin and Other Poems | Stanley Nott | 1935 | First edition, no jacket. Yellow cloth cover is a little worn & marked. 1935 ownership signature on ffep. A few page numbers noted in pencil on rear pastedown. | £50.00

Joan Henry | Yield to the Night | Gollancz | 1954 | First edition in price-clipped jacket. There is some loss at the corners & extremities of the spine, & a long split along the fold of the spine/back cover has been closed with a strip of sellotape on the visible side of the jacket. | £40.00

Joan Henry | Yield to the Night | Panther | 1965 | Paperback with striking cover, which still looks impressive despite some general wear, most evident at the edges of the spine. The spine is creased, & there is a short split at the top of the join of the spine/front cover. There is a small portion of paper missing from the outer margin of p.19, which does not intrude upon the printed area of the page – I can’t tell whether this is a production fault or fingernail damage. | £35.00

Frank Herbert | Dune | Chilton | No jacket, red boards. Only publication date given is 1965, but this is sadly not the first printing. Cover is a little worn & lightly bumped at front lower corner, outer edge of pageblock is dustmarked. | £50.00

Alan Riddell | Typewriter Art | London Magazine Editions | 1975 | 0900626992 Unclipped dustjacket is worn & badly scuffed, with what looks like some damage from a label having been clumsily removed. The pale cover of the book itself has picked up a few small marks, & is a little worn at the extremities of its spine. | £1,000.00

Joanna Drew; Michael Harrison; David Attenborough | Miniature African Sculptures from the Herman Collection | Arts Council of Great Britain | 1985 | 0728704544 Predominantly white cover rather worn & marked, impression of old pencilled price on first page. | £100.00

Malcolm Haslam | William Staite Murray | Crafts Council | 1984 | 0903798794 Faint impression of old pencilled price on ffep. | £40.00

Peter Davies | Bratby | Old Bakehouse Publications | 2002 | 9781874538745 Signed by author. | £35.00

H. S. Ede | Alfred Wallis, 17th July to 11th August 1962, Piccadilly Gallery | William G. Ridler | 1962 | Eight page stapled catalogue for the second gallery exhibition of Wallis’s work, following one shared with Christopher Wood in 1950, consisting of an introduction by Ede, an unsigned biographical note, three black & white reproductions of his paintings, & the list of 52 works on display. A typed price list for 10 of the paintings is loosely inserted.The top edge of the catalogue is a little crinkled. | £50.00

Jill Cook | Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind | British Museum Press | 2013 | 9780714123332 In unclipped jacket. Minor wear to jacket. Top edge of pageblock lightly foxed. | £90.00 

A. de C. Williams | The Marlborough Struwwelpeter | The Times Office Marlborough | N.D. | Very worn copy. Boards & backstrip are damp marked, as are corresponding areas of pastedown & endpapers. Corners are bowed. Binding still holds, but looks shaky. However, the book is complete & the colours of the illustrations are still bright. | £100.00

Upton Sinclair | The Jungle | Vanguard Press | 1927 | No jacket, cover lightly marked. Upper edge of cover rather worn, some loss at very top of spine. Narrow portion of outer edge of p.285 creased, probably a production fault rather than later damage, does not affect text area. | £30.00

John Bratby | Brake-pedal Down | Hutchinson | 1962 | First edition. No jacket, edges of cover rather worn, most evidently at spine. Outer edge of pageblock foxed, front cover set a little forward. | £50.00

John Bratby | Brake-pedal Down | Hutchinson | 1962 | Proof copy in paper wraps. Spine rather crinkled, outer edge of pageblock foxed, lower edge of pageblock dustmarked, some wear to corners. | £40.00

Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautreamont; Alexis Lykiard [tr.] | Lautreamont’s Maldoror | Allison & Busby | 1970 | 0850310210 First edition of Lykiard’s translation. Dust jacket is price clipped, lightly sunned on spine & edge. There are a couple of closed tears to the upper edge of the back cover of the jacket, & the top edge of the jacket has been inconspicuously reinforced with clear tape on its reverse side. There is a faint trace of a small label on the front endpaper. The outer edge of the page block, & the pages at its extremities, are foxed. NB. The colours of the jacket are considerably paler than they appear in my photo. | £100.00

March 2021

Antoine-Joseph Pernety | An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art | Weiser | 1976 | 0877282374 In unclipped jacket. Some neat underlining & marginal annotation in red pencil by a previous reader with evident practical interest in the text. | £30.00

Ernst Junger; George Steiner [intr.]; Stuart Hood [tr.] | On the Marble Cliffs | Penguin | 1970 | 0140029850 Minor wear to cover, outer edge of pageblock tanned, old price inked on main area of front cover, initials on reverse of front cover. Text pages in very good condition. | £50.00

February 2021

M. M. Pattison Muir | The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry | Newnes | 1902 | Attractive pocket edition with lightly marked cover, front cover set a little forward, faint traces of a bookplate having been removed from the front pastedown. | £50.00

C. J. S. Thompson | The Lure and Romance of Alchemy | Harrap | 1932 | First edition. Spine faded. | £100.00

Peter Linebaugh | The London Hanged | Verso | 2006 | 9781859845769 light external wear | £17.50

R. C. Olby; G. N. Cantor; J. R. R. Christie and M. J. S. Hodge [eds] | Companion to the History of Modern Science | Routledge | 1990 | 0415019885 Edges of page block slightly dustmarked, v light wear to dj. | £34.00

January 2021

Christine Brooke-Rose | A ZBC of Ezra Pound | Faber | 1971 | 0571091350 First edition in unclipped jacket. White back cover of jacket is a little rubbed and marked, and the spine and edge of the front cover are lightly faded. Name on ffep. | £20.00

Rupert M. Grant | Irenaeus of Lyons | Routledge | 1997 | 9780415118378 Name on ffep, pencil marking on at least four pages, back cover scratched. | £20.00

December 2020

Andrew Crozier & Tim Longville | A Various Art | Carcanet | 1987 | 9780856356988 Lower edge of jacket lightly marked, spine faded. Outer edge of pageblock a little dustmarked & foxed. Outer tip of one page folded over. | £25.00

William Carlos Williams | The Build-up | Macgibbon & Kee | 1969 | First UK edition in unclipped jacket. A handsome copy, with a couple of rather unsightly clusters of foxing on outer edge of pageblock. | £30.00

Dominik Wujastyk | The Roots of Ayurveda | Penguin | 2001 | 9780140436808 Minor wear to cover & edge. Paper becoming tanned. | £15.00

Leonard E. Barrett | The Rastafarians | Heinemann, Sangsters | 1982 | 0435894587 Light wear to cover. | £20.00

Alan Jacobs | Ramana, Shankara and the Forty Verses | Watkins | 2002 | 9781842930427 Paper becoming tanned at edge. | £25.00

Michael P. Carroll | Madonnas that Maim | Johns Hopkins | 1992 | 9780801842993 Dustjacket worn, cover lightly marked, ink ticks against items in index. | £15.00

Rex Warner | The Aerodrome | John Lane The Bodley Head | 1941 | First edition with publisher’s review slip loosely inserted, no jacket. | £500.00

Sylvia Townsend Warner | A Garland of Straw | Chatto & Windus | 1943 | Second impression, no jacket. Cover is sunned at spine & outer edge, some wear to extremities of spine & corners of cover. Previous owner’s name & rubber stamp on ffep. | £50.00

Brian Aldiss | Frankenstein Unbound | Centipede Press | 2016 | 9781613471739 Numbered limited edition signed by Aldiss, Michael Moorcock, and Thomas Walker. | £90.00 Also an ex-shop display copy, with some external wear. | £75.00

Herbert Marcuse | Eros and Civilization | Routledge & Kegan Paul | 1956 | First British edition, inscribed by Marcuse to an unknown recipient on the first page (With sincere regards / Herbert Marcuse / August 19, 1956). A photocopy of the Political Preface to the 2nd edition has been loosely inserted at the front of the book. The book itself is in excellent condition, but the unclipped jacket is worn, with loss to the top of the front cover, and closed tears to its lower edge. | £1,250.00

John Cowper Powys | Owen Glendower | Cedric Chivers | 1974 | 0855949392 An excellent copy in unclipped jacket, top edge of pageblock foxed. | £40.00


The lists below give a snapshot of our older stock. We have more books available online and in our stall, but this gives a reasonable impression of our range and interests. Please contact us if you are interested in any of these titles, and we will then confirm their availability, and send you a PayPal invoice.

Paperbacks & Pulps
Poetry / Drama