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Ecat 167 January 2018
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Limited Editions

Peter Carey - A Long Way from Home

The London Review of Books/Faber are producing 2 editions of Peter Carey's new book.
There will be 50 slipcased signed copies quarter-bound in orange leather with blue cloth sides. In addition there will be four facsimile pages of typescript and a photograph. The cost  of this edition will be £157 plus postage to me and postage to you.

There will also be 25 copies fully bound in the same orange leather, housed in a solander box and with an additional portfolio of eleven facsimile pages of textual and photographic ephemera together with some of the author's research correspondence. The cost of this edition will be £375 plus postage to me and postage to you.


Paul Muldoon - Superior Aloeswood

One of a limited edition of 100 signed copies (plus 25 hors de commerce) from the Enitharmon press. Fine hand-sewn paperback original in marbled covers.  £75.00


Part One - New Acquisitions, Imminent Arrivals and Selections from Stock.


Unless stated otherwise, all books are hardbacks or paperback originals, in fine condition and are first impressions of first UK editions. A fuller description will gladly be supplied on request. Most titles in this section are on view at timkcbooks.com

Entries with asterisks indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time, shown as signed for the first time or shown for the first time in Part One.

Alexievich, Svetlana: The Unwomanly Face of War. Penguin 2017. The Nobel prize winner's first book, originally published in a censored edition in Russia in 1985 and not translated into English (in a full, uncensored, edition) until 2017. Paperback original. £16.99

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Allen, Rachael & Jacotey, Marie: Nights of Poor Sleep. Test Centre 2017. One of 300 numbered copies. A collection of poems by Rachael Allen and illustrations by Marie Jacotey. Paperback original with the pages stapled together, but loose within the card covers. £15.00

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Barker, Nicola: H(a)ppy. Heinemann 2017.  The talented author's latest novel which  features multi-coloured printing. Winner of the Goldsmith's Prize. Signed by the author. £25.00.

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Bergin, Tara: The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx. Carcanet 2017. A new collection of poems. Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. £15.00

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***Carey, Peter: A Long Way from Home. Faber. The double Booker-winner's latest novel set in the 1950's during a trans-continental motor race. £17.99 Hoping for signed copies soon)

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***de Kretser, Michelle: The Life to Come. Allen & Unwin 2018. A new book looking at lonliness and other people.  £14.99

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***Dylan, Bob: The Nobel Lecture. Simon & Schuster 2017. £12.00

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***Egan, Jennifer:  Manhattan Beach. Corsair 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £20.00

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Flanagan, Richard: First Person. Chatto & Windus 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. £18.99

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***Frayn, Michael. Pocket Playhouse. Faber 2017. Signed by the author to the half title page. Small oblong format in boards as published. £12.99

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Freeman, John: Freemans - The Future of New Writing. Grove Press 2017. An anthology of 30 rising stars. Contributors include Mariana Enriquez, Sunjeev Sahota, Samanta Schweblin, Valeria Luisella and Ross Raisin. £10.99

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***Gower, Jon: Dreep. Three Impostors 2017. One of 300 numbered paperback copies. Volume 1 of the Wentwood Tales series inspired by Arthur Machen. £10.00

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Harkaway, Nick: Gnomon. William Heinemann 2017. Three years in the writing, a new novel from a multi-talented and genre busting author. Signed by the author, one of about 500 copies with orange edges that were signed for the publisher . £14.99.

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Hollinghurst, Alan: The Sparsholt Affair. Picador 2017. A first book for 5 years, this is only the author's sixth novel. Signed and dated by the author. £28.00

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Hutchinson, Ishion: House of Lords and Commons. Faber 2017. A first collection of poetry. £12.99

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***Ishiguro, Kazuo: My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs. Faber 2017. Small format paperback of the author's Nobel Lecture. £5.00

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Kang, Han: The White book. Portobello 2017. Signed by the author in English and Korean to the title page. £10.00

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***Kawakami, Mieko. Ms Ice Sandwich. Puskin Press 2017. Paperback original. £7.99

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***Kay, Jackie: Bantam. Picador 2017. Signed by the author. Paperback original. £22.00

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Krasznahorkai, Laszlo: The World Goes On. Tuskar Rock 2017. A novel translated into English for the first time. £14.99

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Lee, Tom: The Alarming Palsy of James Orr. Granta 2017. A first novel from a respected short story writer. £12.99

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Lunde, Maja: The History of Bees. Scribner 2017. A first novel for adults from a Norwegian writer. A European best seller. £14.99

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McGregor, Jon: Reservoir 13. Fourth Estate 2017. Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize, winner of the Costa Novel award. Signed by the author to the title page. Bears the publisher's "Signed by the Author" roundel. True first as supplied by the publisher and not the Waterstone's edition.  £36.00

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Messud, Claire: The Burning Girl. Fleet 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. £22.00

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Michaels, Anne: All we Saw. Bloomsbury 2017. The author's fifth collection of poems. £16.99. Signed copies at a price to be confirmed should be available soon. Note, I need to invest in new image management software, so this title is not yet on the website.

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Michaels, Anne: Infinite Gradation. House Sparrow Press 2017.  A collection of short prose pieces.  Small format paperback original. £9.99

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Molina, Antonio Munoz: Like a Fading Shadow. Tuskar Rock 2017.  A novel featuring James Earl Ray while he was on the run following the assassination of Martin Luther King. £16.99

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***Norris, Barney: Turning for Home. Doubleday 2018. A new novel from the author of Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain. £14.99

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Persson, Russell: The Way of Florida.  Little Island Press 2017.  A collection of prose pieces. Signed by the author to the title page. £22.00

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***Pullman, Philip: The Book of Dust - Volume One: La Belle Sauvage. David Fickling Books/Penguin 2017. Signed by the author to a themed bookplate on the title page, plus a print in a sealed envelope. £45.00

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Ritter, Krysten: Bonfire. Hutchinson 2017. Signed by the author (with initals) on the title page. Lawyer Abby thought she had escaped her roots, but then a case takes her back. £12.99

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Riviere, Sam: Safe Mode. Test Centre 2017. An experimental ambient first novel from an established. £20 (exposed spine), £75 (limited edition hardback)

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St. Aubyn, Edward: Dunbar. Hogarth Shakespeare. In the latest in the series, the author provides his take on King Lear. Signed by the author. £22.00

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Saunders, George: Lincoln in the Bardo. Bloomsbury 2017. Winner of the MAN Booker Prize 2017. Signed and dated by the author. £100.00

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Shamsie, Kamila: Home Fire. Bloomsbury. A retelling of Antigone set in contemporary London. Signed by the author. Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. £25.00

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Sharma, Akhil: A Life of  Adventure and Delight. Faber 2017. Paperback original. Signed by the author. £15.00

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Sinclair, Iain: The Last London. Oneworld 2017. The author's last planned biography of his home city, this time concentrating on Brexit. Signed and dated by the author. £25.00

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Smith, Ali: Winter. Hamish Hamilton 2017. The author's second volume in the proposed season quartet.  Signed copies are due in. £28.00

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***Sok-Yong, Hwang. Familiar Things. Scribe 2017. Signed by the author (in English and Korean text) to the half title page. Paperback original. £16.00

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Taneja, Preti: We That Are Young. Galley Beggar 2017. One of a limited edition of 500 black flapped copies. Paperback original. Signed by the author. £15.00

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***Vaughan, Sarah: An Anatomy of a Scandal. Simon & Schuster 2018.  Signed by the author to the title page. £12.99

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***Waldrop, Rosmarie: White is a Color. Guillemot 2017.  Prose poetry. Fine small format in white boards. £10.00

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Weiner, Matthew: Heather, the Totality. Canongate 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. A debut novel from the scriptwriter of The Sopranos and Mad Men. £14.99



Part Two - Soon to Appear Books.


The following list is a round up of the main titles to be published in the UK in the next few months. Orders for these titles are now being taken. The books will be first printings, signed (when available) and sold at cover price where possible. However, I often have to buy in books at full price from reputable sources including literary festivals I attend, so please bear in mind that the prices below are for guidance and subject to confirmation. Additionally, the cover price and publication date may be changed by the publisher before publication. There may be a delay in obtaining signed copies of some titles, and in some cases copies may not be forthcoming.


January 2018


Denton, Danny: The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow. Granta.  Rollicking debut from Ireland. £12.99

Eggers, Dave: The Monk of Mokha. Hamish Hamilton. A new novel from the talented author. £18.99

***McGregor, Jon: The Reservoir Tapes. Fourth Estate. A spin off from the author's Resevoir 13. £9.99 (assuming I can get hold of signed copies)

Nansubuga Makumbi, Jennifer: Nintu. Oneworld.  An alternative history of Uganda as seen through Kintu eyes. £12.99

Norminton, Gregory: The Devil's Highway. Fourth Estate. A 3000 year time span covering 3 linked narratives featuring an ancient rural road. £12.99

Slimani, Leila: Lullaby. Faber. First translation of the Prix Goncort prize concerning a power struggle between a family and their nanny. £12.99 Hoping for signed copies.

February 2018

Barnes, Julian: The Only Story. Jonathan Cape. Is life better with or without love? Paul determines this over his adult life. £14.99

Benedictus, Leo: Consent. Faber. A novel that requests the reader's consent before reading. £12.99

Boast, Will: Daphne. Granta. Romance causes Daphne to confront her medical condition.£12.99

Cassara, Joseph: The House of Impossible Beauties. Oneworld.  A novel set in the heyday of New York drag balls. £14.99

Crace, Jim: The Melody. Picador. To prove he has re-found his mojo, the author returns with a bang. £16.99

Drake, Alicia: I Love you Too Much. Picador. 13 year old people watcher Paul sees something he wishes he hadn't.  £12.99

Dunthorne, Joe: The Adulterants. Hamish Hamilton. A wry coming of age novel - except the age in this case is 30. £12.99

Gilbert, Zoe. Folk. Bloomsbury. A first novel looking at the lives of a generation creating their own folklore. £16.99

Helgason, Hallgimur: The Woman at 1000 Degrees. Oneworld. An elderly Icelandic womn look back at her life, fashioned as it was by her father's admiration of Adolf Hitler. £14.99

Kidd, Jess: The Hoarder. Canongate. A second novel rhat has received very warm advance praise. £12.99

Knausgaard. Karl Ove: Spring. Volume 3 in the author's seasonal quartet. £16.99

Lynch, David: Room to Dream - A Life in Art. Canongate. The film director's memoir and biography. £20.00

Martinez de las Rivas, Toby. Black Sun. Faber. A second full collection from a rising poet.  £11.99

Poulain, Catherine: Woman at Sea. Jonathan Cape. Life is tough for Lili  as the only woman on an Alaskan trawler. £16.99

Saadawi, Ahmed: Frankenstein in Bagdad. Oneworld. A macabre novel where random body parts are stitched together to form a complete corpse. £12.99

Smith, Zadie: Feel Free. Hamish Hamilton. A postponed collection of essays and non fiction pieces. £20.00

March 2018

Borodale, Sean: Asylum. Jonathan Cape. The respected poet's third collection. £10.00

***Caldwell, Chloe: Women. Fourth Estate. What happens when you go out with someone nearly twenty years older than you who already has a partner. £10.00

Cope, Wendy: Anecdotal Evidence. Faber. The poet's first collection for 7 years taking in subjects ranging from Eric Morecambe to John Cage. £14.99

***de Waal, Kit: The Trick of Time. Viking. A tragedy amongst Birmingham's Irish community set in the 1970's. £12.99

Evans, Diana: Ordinary People. Chatto & Windus. The authors second novel after an 18 year wait. £12.99

Gadney, R.J: Albert Einstein Speaking. Canongate. A story of the scientist told against the backdrop of a friendship with a young girl and European history. £17.99

Halliday, Lisa: Asymmetry. Granta. A debut novel of three unequal parts - hence the title. £14.99

Harvey, Samantha: The Western Wind. Jonathan Cape. A priest in medieval rural Somerset tries to explain and understand a suspicious death. £16.99

***Hensher, Philip: The Friendly Ones. Fourth Estate.  A state of the nation novel set in Sheffield. £14.99

***Houston, Alex: Love After Love. Faber. An adult take on the middle class adultery between a pair of psychotherapists. £12.99

Iweala, Uzodinma: Speak No Evil. John Murray. Author's first novel since Beasts of No Nation in 2006. £18.99

Millard, Will: The Old Man and the Sand Eel. Viking. An autobiographical accountof obsessive fishing. £14.99

Niffenegger, Audrey & Campbell, Eddie: Bizarre Romance. Jonathan Cape. The husband and wife team offer their take on graphic love. £16.99

Power, Chris: Mother. Faber. A debut collection of short stories set in various counties. £10.00

***Ryan, Donal. From a Low and Quiet Sea. Doubleday. Three men travel to rural Ireland from the troubles in Syria. £12.99

Thayil, Jeet: The Book of Chocolate Saints. Faber.  The author's second novel - his first was MAN Booker shortlisted.  This one is an imagined biography of a middle-aged artist. £12.99

Welsh, Irvine: Dead Men's Trousers. Jonathan Cape. The four main Trainspotting characters are bag. However, only three will make it to the end of the book. £16.99

Wood, James: Upstate. Jonathan Cape. A father and his 2 grown-up daughters try to bond. £14.99

***Ybarra, Gabriela: The Dinner Guest. Harvill Secker. An autobiographical novel about the kidnapping of the author's grandfather by the Basque Separatists ETA. £14.99

April 2018

***Ball, Jesse: Census. Granta. First UK publication of a young American author.   £12.99

***de Waal, Kit: The Trick to Time. Viking. A young Irish woman has interesting times in '70's Birmingham. £12.99

***Fischer, Tibor: How to Rule the World. Corsair. A documentary film maker is looking for his big story. £16.99

Forna, Aminatta: Happiness. Bloomsbury. A novel set in London's West African community. £18.99

Kushner, Rachel: The Mars Room. A novel following Romy Hall at the start of a long prison sentence and the world she has left behind. £16.99

Levy, Deborah: The Cost of Living. Hamish Hamilton. The author's memoir of being a difficult woman in difficult times. £12.99

Logan, Kirsty: The Gloaming. Harvill Secker. A new title from a rising Scottish author. £12.99

Miller, Madeline: Circe. Bloomsbury. A novel from the Orange prize winner set in ancient Greece. £18.99

Nesbo. Jo: MacBeth. Hogarth Shakespeare. Norway's foremost crime writer takes on The Scottish play. £20.

Peace, David: Patient X. Faber. A novel about the life of Ryunosuke Akutagawa - author of Rashomon and other works.  £14.99

Salam, Anbara: Things Bright and Beautiful. Fig Tree. A first novel inspired by living for half a year on a South Pacific island. £14.99

Scott, Richard. Soho. Faber. A debut collection drawing on London's Soho for inspiration. £10.99

***Shriver, Lionel: Property. Borough Press. A first collection of short stories. £14.99

***Tremain, Rose: Rosie. Chatto & Windus. A combined memoir of childhood and remembrance of a different England. £14.99

***Walsh, Joanna: Break.Up Tuskar Rock. The novel of the manuscript that won the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship. £12.99.

Wood, Lucy: The Sing of the Shore. 4th Estate. A collection of Cornish-set short stories. £14.99

May 2018

***Cusk, Rachel: Kudos. Faber. The third part of the author's series.  £20.00

Healey, Emma: Whistle in the Dark. Viking. A second novel from a winner of the Costa First Novel award. £12.99

Kavenna, Joanna: Tomorrow. Faber. As the millennium edges closer, guru Guy Mathias's experiment is cause for concern. £12.99

Mackintosh, Sophie: The Water Cure. Hamish Hamilton. A prize winning short story writer's debut novel about extreme survival. £12.99

Ondaatje, Michael: Warlight. Jonathan Cape. A novel set in 1945 London at the tail end of the war featuring a pair of teenage siblings. £16.99

***Powers, Kevin: A Shout in the Ruins. Sceptre. A look at the violence of war. £16.99

Trevor, William: Last stories. Viking. The short story writer's final collection - published posthumously. £14.99

Vargas Llosa, Mario: The Neighbourhood. A detective novel set  in Peru in the 1990's - a period of corruption and turbulence. £18.99

June 2018

***Dunmore, Helen: Girl, Balancing and other Stories. Hutchinson. A posthumous collection of short stories. £18.99

Gunn, Kirsty: Caroline's Bikini. Faber. A novel tackling the awkward subject of unrequited love  across the generation gap. £16.99

***Laing, Olivia: Crudo. Macmillan. A part autobiographical and fictional novel from an acclaimed non fiction author. Price to be confirmed.

Moshfegh, Ottessa: My Year of Relaxation. Jonathan Cape. A year spent under the supervision of the worlds's worst psychiatrists. £14.99

***Roupenian, Kristen: You Know You Want This. Jonathan Cape. A debut collection of short stories. £12.99

Thompson, Sam: Jott. JM Originals. Authors second novel, set in the mental hospitals of 1935 London..  £10.99

July 2018

***de Bernieres, Louis: So Much Life Left Over. Harvill Secker. A sequel to The Dust that Falls from Dreams.  £16.99

***Homes, A M: Days of Awe. Granta. A collection of black and comic short stories. Price to be confirmed.

***Sjon: Codes 1962. Sceptre. A typically fabulous fiction, involving a Jewish family fleeing the Nazis to Iceland. £18.99

August 2018

***Barker, Pat: The Silence of the Girls. Hamish Hamilton. A new take on The Iliad. Price to be confirmed.

***Edugyan, Esi: Washington Black. Serpent's Tail. A young slave boy finds himself appointed personal servant to an eccentric sugar plantation owner. £14.99 (re-scheduled).

***Knausgaard, Karl Ove: The Fruits of my Labour. Harvill Secker. The final part. £17.99

***Miller, Andrew: Now We Shall be Entirely Free. Sceptre. A soldier escapes from the Napoleonic wars to the Hebrides. £18.99

September 2018

***Atkinson, Kate: Transcription. Doubleday. The story of a wartime female agent. Price to be confirmed.

***Boyd, William: Love is Blind. Viking. A love story set in France and Russia.  Price to be confirmed.

***Faulks, Sebastian: Paris Echo. Hutchinson. The history of France is explored through the eyes of an American academic and a Moroccan teenager. £20.00

***Hanif, Mohammed: Red Birds. Bloomsbury. A black satire on the contemporary world order. Price to be confirmed.

October 2018

***Marias, Javier: Berta Isla. Hamish Hamilton. A secret agent is compromised by his work as a secret agent and his marriage. Price to be confirmed.

***Offill, Jenny: American Weather. Granta. A librarian struggles the modern American world. Price to be confirmed.

***Perry, Sarah: Melmoth: Serpent's Tail. A novel inspired by gothic writing of the 1820's. £16.99


***Entries with asterisks indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time or for the first time in Part One or have been modified.

Part Three - Recent acquisitions of older titles. Note, non-core genre titles may not be found on the website, but are available on ABE at the time of writing.

Crossing, William: The Old Crosses of the Dartmoor Borders. Commin 1892.  Dark green cloth boards with gilt lettering to the spine. The frontispiece is detached and has newspaper attached to the reverse. Other cuttings also affixed.  All plates present. Very good. Lacks dustjacket. £75.00

Duhig, Ian: Archbishop Mar Jacobus Remembers The Baron. Turret Books 1988.  A single poem printed on folded card with a cover illustration by Judi Benson. Fine. £12.00

Fainlight, Ruth: Twenty One Poems. Turret Biiks 1973. One of 500 copies, the first 100 being signed. This is number 74. Fine in fine dustjacket. £24.00

Fowles, John: The Tree. Little Toller 2016. Introduced by William Fiennes. An essay drawing on the author's experiences with trees. Published 11 years after the author's death. Fine in fine dustjacket. £16.00

Kennedy, Ludovic: Murder Story - A Play in Three Acts. Gollancz 1956. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author (With Much Love, Ludovic) to the title page. Near fine with foxing to the top edge in very good dustjacket with wear to the edges and corners.  £12.00

Lewis, Roy: The Extraordinary Reign of King Ludd. Patten Press 1990. First edition, first printing. Laid in is a letter from the author to Jessica Mann (the book came from her late husband's library). Near fine with  dusty top edge in near fine dustjacket. £80.00

Lindsay, David: The Haunted Woman. Tartarus Press 2006. First edition, first printing thus, a re-issue of the 1922 Methuen edition. One of 300 copies. Near fine with an ex libris label to the front pastedown in very good dustjacket. £20.00

Lovecraft, H.P: Dagon and Other Macabre Tales. Arkham House 1965. First edition, first printing thus. Very good in black boards. Ex libris label affixed to front endpaper. Lacks dustjacket. £24.00

Reid, Forrest: Denis Bracknel. Faber 1947. First edition, first printing thus. Very good in blue boards. Lacks dustjacket. £24.00

Steadman, Ralph: No Room to Swing a Cat. Andersen Press 1989. Fine in pictorial boards. £16.00




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