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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

Hans Carl Artmann | Under the Cover of a Hat & Green-Sealed Message | Quartet Books | 1986 | Hardback in jacket, price neatly inked out on front flap. | £50.00

Margaret Atwood | Interlunar | Jonathan Cape | 1988 | proof copy, light mark on outer edge, lower corner a little bowed | £20.00

Paul Auster | Mr Vertigo | Faber | 1994 | 1st in unclipped jacket, paper already tanned with age, front cover set v slightly forward, minor wear to edges of jacket | £20.00

Paul Auster | The New York Trilogy | Faber | 1987 | UK 1st in unclipped jacket, paper already tanned with age, spine lightly faded | £30.00

Clive Barker | The Damnation Game | The Leisure Circle | 1985 | Club edition in jacket. Paper of book has become tanned. Pale areas of jacket are becoming discoloured, including a largish patch in a blank area of the upper corner of the back cover. | £15.00

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

John Berger | Pig Earth | Writers and Readers | 1979 | 0906495059 First edition. A couple of long pressure marks on front brown cloth board, visible on dj but no tearing. Gift inscription on fep. Pages slightly foxed. Dj has slight wear to top and bottom edges, pressure marks on front as noted and one on back. | £35.00

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Robert Bloch | Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper | PROOF COPY | Subterranean Press | 2011 | £20.00

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

Richard Brautigan | In Watermelon Sugar | Jonathan Cape | 1970 | 0224618504 Proof copy. Unclipped dust jacket over card covers. Blurb on square of white paper pasted to front cover of book. Jacket is taller than cover underneath, & worn at edges with some loss around spine. Front cover of jacket is creased, & there is a fainter crease on card cover underneath & opening pages of proof. Back flap of jacket is marked PROOF ONLY & has a provisional publication date printed on it. A different publication date is rubber stamped on the flap. A significant copy of this beloved book. | £50.00

Anthony Burgess | Beard’s Roman Women | Hutchinson | 1977 | spine of unclipped jacket is a little sunned, there are a couple of closed tears & some creasing to the upper edge of the back cover, & the back flap is creased; the outer edge of the pageblock is foxed -First edition 091284007 | £10.00

William S. Burroughs | Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse | 1999 | original text & German translation printed back to back; light wear to cover & edge | £25.00

William S. Burroughs, Eric Mottram, Jim Pennington | Snack: Two Tape Transcripts | Aloes | 1975 | stapled pamphlet, some foxing to unlaminated card cover, I have noticed one instance of pencil underlining in the text | £30.00

Samuel Butler [published anonymously] | Erewhon, or Over the Range | Trübner & Co | 1872 | Third edition. A handsome copy, with minor external wear, & a little scrape to the rear pastedown. A later prospectus for the Cape edition of Butler’s works is loosely inserted. | £75.00

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

Robin Cook, writing as Derek Raymond | Dead Man Upright | Little, Brown | 1993 | Proof copy | £50.00

Robin Cook, writing as Derek Raymond | He Died with His Eyes Open | Alison Press | 1984 | 1st edition hardback in unclipped jacket – the book still looks good, but there are faint label traces on the front cover, & the outer edge of the front flap is creased, with a closed tear down about the first quarter of the crease; the paper is inevitably tanned with age & foxed on the upper edge | £200.00

Julio Cortazar | We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales | Harvill | 1984 | 0002719053 Hardback in clipped jacket. Paper tanned with age, a little foxing on edge. Overall, a good looking copy.| £30.00

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

D. A. F. de Sade | The Bedroom Philosophers | Olympia Press | 1965 | minor wear to cover & edge, front cover set a little forward | £15.00

D. A. F. de Sade | Justine or Good Conduct Well Chastised | Olympia Press | 1963 | light wear to cover; edge & white panel of spine foxed; what I assume to be a later price in francs is pencilled on the back cover | £25.00

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

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

Katherine Dunn | Geek Love | Hamish Hamilton | 1989 | 0241126274 UK first edition in unclipped jacket. Spine of jacket is slightly faded. | £100.00 

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Marguerite Duras | The Little Horses of Tarquinia | Calder | 1960 | Good UK 1st in unclipped jacket | £40.00

Marguerite Duras | Suzanna Andler | John Calder | 1975 | Noticeable crease on spine but binding remains firm. Slight wear to cover, paper tanned. Text clean and unmarked. Contains Suzanna Andler, La Musica & L’Amante Anglaise. | £25.00

Francis Durbridge | The Case of the Twisted Scarf | Dodd, Mead | 1961 | U.S. 1st edition in jacket. The front cover design of the jacket looks very impressive indeed, but the spine is rather worn with light blotchy marking, & the front flap is priceclipped. The binding underneath is bright, with a little wear at the edges. Overall, a handsome copy. | £75.00

Lawrence Durrell | The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea | Faber | 1969 | 0571052045 1969 printing of the collected edition. The publishing information page states “First published in this edition 1969”, but I believe the novels were first collected in 1962, the date of the collection’s copyright & Durrell’s preface. Whatever, this is a very handsome copy in an unclipped jacket, with a very little foxing to the outer edge of the page block, minimal dustmarking to the lower edge, & some erased initials (or maybe a stock code) at the upper corner of the ffep. | £75.00

Eca de Queiros | The Sin of Father Amaro | Carcanet | pictorial boards, no jacket, a little wear to edge of pageblock & front endpaper, spine very very lightly sunned | £15.00

Hal Ellson | Reefer Boy | Neville Spearman | 1955 | 1st edition. Hardback in jacket. Front cover looks great, plain back cover has been exposed to damp at some time, & is noticeably crinkled, although there is no problem with the book’s cover beneath it. | £50.00

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

Ron Goulart | The Hardboiled Dicks | Boardman | 1967 | hardback in unclipped jacket; white jacket is lightly marked, most evidently at top corner of front cover/spine; outer edge of pageblock is foxed | £20.00

Knut Hamsun | Mothwise | Gyldendal | n.d. | some wear to cover, most evident on spine, name on ffep, light offset from illustrations in book | £30.00

Chester Himes | Pinktoes | Olympia Press | 1961 | cover worn & intermittently faded, spine creased, some wear to edge, original price of 15 N. F. printed on back cover | £30.00

Herbert Huncke | The Herbert Huncke Reader| 1997 | hardback in jacket, minor wear to cover & edge, ready to post in UK | £50.00

Aldous Huxley | Proper Studies | Chatto & Windus | 1927 | First edition in unclipped jacket. Diagonal closed tear at very top of front cover. Short tear backed with tape at bottom of fold of front cover/spine. Some loss to jacket at extremities of spine. | £50.00

Aldous Huxley | Those Barren Leaves | Chatto & Windus | 1925 | First edition in jacket, extra spine label at back of book. Edge of pageblock foxed. Pale jacket is worn & marked, with a crumpled tear at the bottom of the fold of back cover/back flap. | £50.00

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

Jack Kerouac | Desolation Angels | Andre Deutsch | 1966 | UK 1st edition, no jacket, cover worn, outer edge foxed. | £50.00

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg [reader] | Mexico City Blues (242 Choruses) | Shambhala | 1996 | Kerouac’s text read by Ginsberg. Two cassettes in rather worn slipcase. Tapes appear to be in mint condition, but have not been tested by me. | £20.00

Jack Kerouac | San Francisco Blues | Pacific Red Car | 1991 | light wear to cover & edge | £30.00

James T. Jones | A Map of Mexico City Blues | Southern Illinois | hardback in jacket | £25.00

Gerald Nicosia | Memory Babe | Grove Press | 1983 | first printing in unclipped jacket; some wear to edges of jacket, most evident at the extremities of the spine; top edge of pageblock foxed | £20.00

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

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

Ursula le Guin | City of Illusions | Victor Gollancz | 1971 | UK 1st edition in unclipped jacket. Ex-library copy with expected marks & signs of use, front cover set forward. Dust jacket is in lovely condition except for offset marks from the tape used to secure its protective cover. | £50.00

Pierre Louys, M. S. Goneid [tr.] | Aphrodite | No imprint | 1948 | Pale card cover is worn & marked, with a long split down the lower quarter of the crease of the back cover/spine. Name on ffep, little portion, corresponding to the edge of a thumbnail, missing from top margin of ffep. | £20.00

Wolf Mankowitz | Laugh Till You Cry | Dutton | 1955 | First edition in unclipped jacket; a handsome copy | £15.00

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

Richard Matheson | What Dreams May Come | 1979 | UK 1st. Hardback in unclipped jacket, name on ffep. | £60.00

Eimear McBride | A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing | Galley Beggar Press | 2013 | Printed by Clays, so presumably a second impression. Adam Mars-Jones quote on sticker on front cover. Cover lightly scuffed. | £20.00

Richard McBride | Memoirs of a Natural-Born Expatriate | Alan Swallow | 1966 | paperback with some wear to cover & edge | £30.00

James Meek, Duncan McLean | Safe / Lurch | Clocktower Press | 1990 | Stapled pamphlet, bumped at top of spine. | £15.00

Stanley Middleton | A Man Made of Smoke | Hutchinson | 1973 | 0091150612 Midway edition, bound in card with a dustjacket. The jacket is unclipped, but is in rather fragile condition at the very top of the spine, where it has been discreetly backed with tape. There is some offset from the flaps on the first & last pages of the book. The book is slant, with the front cover set forward. | £15.00

Henry Miller | Black Spring | Obelisk Press | 1938 | Second Edition. Printing of October 1938. Price has been obscured on front flap & back cover, & replaced by an updated publisher’s price stamped on back page. | £40.00

Henry Miller | Gallery One: Henry Miller Water Colours. Reopening exhibition 1st March-24th March 1956. | Gallery One | 1956 | Folded sheet with an introductory note (presumably by Victor Musgrave), a list of the 17 paintings by Miller shown in the front room, & a further list of the 11 paintings by other artists shown in the rear room (including the young Gillian Ayres). A further sheet reprints an article from the Times of March 12 1956: “The Novelist as Painter: Further Episode in Gallery One”. The front of the main sheet is marked, with a little tea splash on one upper corner & a paint or ink mark beside the title. A row of numbers (prices in guineas?) has been lightly written alongside the list of Miller’s watercolours. The Times offprint has old light crease marks from being folded into quarters at some time, & the exposed edges are somewhat worn. | £50.00 

Henry Miller | The World of Sex | Olympia Press | 1957 | lower edge dustmarked, spine a little worn & foxed | £25.00

Lawrence Durrell | The Happy Rock: about Henry Miller | Village Press | 1973 | lower edge slightly bumped | £15.00

Michael Fraenkel | The Genesis of The Tropic of Cancer | Village Press | 1973 | exaggeratedly tall & narrow book is very slightly bowed, lower edge of cover is a little sunned | £15.00

Knud Merrild | All The Animals in The Zoo: about Henry Miller | Village Press | 1973 | exaggeratedly tall & narrow book is very slightly bowed | £15.00

Alfred Perles | My Friend Henry Miller | Neville Spearman | 1955 | at first glance, a very good hardback in unclipped jacket – but the book shows traces of being pored over & lived with: there are a few pencil markings in the margin, what look like light cigarette singe marks in the top corner of a couple of pages, a light splash at the edge of one page of the bibliography | £30.00

Emil Schnellock | Just a Brooklyn Boy: about Henry Miller | Village Press | 1973 | lower edge of cover is very slightly sunned, a little wear to corners, plain white back cover is marked | £10.00

Cothburn O’Neal | The Gods of our Time | Anthony Gibbs & Phillips | 1962 | UK first edition – unclipped jacket looks impressive, despite some wear to edge; spine is scuffed, with a little loss to one corner; predominantly white back cover is rather marked & worn; outer edge of pageblock is dusty & foxed; old price or stock reference number in ink on ffep – First edition | £10.00

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

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Spiro Peterson | The Counterfeit Lady Unveiled | Anchor | 1961 | Cover worn, though front cover design still looks good, back cover creased, edge foxed. | £20.00

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

Laura (Riding) Jackson | Lives of Wives | Carcanet | hardback in unclipped jacket | £20.00

Laura (Riding) Jackson | A Trojan Ending | Carcanet | Spine & edge of jacket faded, diagonal crease down spine of hard cover (apparently a binding fault, rather than later damage), otherwise in very good condition | £20.00

Paul Ritchie | Confessions of a People Lover | Calder & Boyars | 1967 | First edition in unclipped jacket. Price has been crossed through in pencil on front flap. Jacket is worn at the edge, with a little loss. White background of jacket is foxed, as is outer edge of page-block. | £30.00

Alain Robbe-Grillet | Snapshots and Towards a New Novel | John Calder | 1965 | First British edition. Very good hardback, a little faded at extremities of spine & with an ownership signature on ffep, in good jacket. Jacket is unclipped, but has suffered some loss at the edges & is worn, with a little loss, along the creases of the spine: its predominantly white background areas are rather rubbed & marked. | £100.00

Sax Rohmer | The Green Eyes of Bast | Cassell | 1922 | First print of “popular edition” (original publication was 1920, with a further printing that year). Worn pocket edition with embossed design on cover & decorated spine, name on ffep, paper foxed. | £20.00

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

Delmore Schwartz | Successful Love | Corinth | 1961 | cover rather grubby & worn, outer edge of pageblock worn, no problem with text pages | £10.00

M. P. Shiel | Prince Zaleski | Cedric Chivers Portway | 1967 | Hardback in jacket, both in vg condition. | £20.00

Iain Sinclair | Buried at Sea | Worple Press | 2006 | 43/50, signed on title page, handwritten text by author on half title page, various inserts | £40.00

Iain Sinclair | Downriver | Random House | 1993 | hardback in jacket, 2nd impression of US 1st edition, inscribed by author on half title page | £40.00

Iain Sinclair | The Kodak Mantra Diaries | Albion Village Press | 1971 | There is a distinct wobble to the profile of this tall thin ringbound publication. The outer edge of the front cover is marked, & there is some wear to the edge, most evidently at the corners. Still an impressive artefact. No problem with text pages. | £60.00

Iain Sinclair | Radon Daughters | Jonathan Cape | 1994 | 1st edition in jacket, inscribed by author on title page, flyer for reading by Sinclair loosely inserted | £50.00

Iain Sinclair | Suicide Bridge | Albion Village Press | 1979 | 1st edition, signed by author on title page | £150.00

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

Iain Crichton Smith | Consider the Lilies | Gollancz | 1969 | third impression in price clipped jacket; closed tear at lower edge of fold of back flap | £15.00

Terry Southern & Mason Hoffenberg | Candy | Putnam | 1964 | ninth printing in priceclipped jacket | £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

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

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Cornell Woolrich (as William Irish): I Wouldn’t be in Your Shoes. Hutchinson, nd (1946). Contents: I Wouldn’t be in Your Shoes; Last Night; Three o’Clock; Nightmare; & Papa Benjamin. No dustjacket, cover lightly worn, most evidently on spine & at lower corner of spine/front cover, where cloth is a little frayed, very light trace of erased pencil writing (a signature or similar) on ffep. £50.00

Cornell Woolrich, Ellery Queen [intr.] | The Ten Faces of Cornell Woolrich | Boardman | 1966 | UK 1st. Hardback in jacket. Price has been crossed out in ink on front flap of jacket. White background of jacket is foxed, as are endpapers. The logo on the spine of the book is rather faded. | £20.00