London, Various, 1943-1948. First Edition. First Impression. Paperback. 25 volumes. A diverse collection of 1940s paperbacks each in near fine to fine condition. Most have not been located in auction sales and are mostly the only copies currently available on the market. A detailed description is as follow:
1. A fine copy, wonderfully preserved. A small paperback. An uncommon collection of ghost stories. One small nick to lower edge, otherwise a wonderful copy, and that's barely worth mentioning. Five stories of the weird and supernatural [Locke, Spectrum I, p116];
2. A fine copy, well preserved and very uncommon. No copies at auction. Published in Astounding in the same year. Slight band of toning to the top edge, otherwise excellent. [Bleiler, p53, as SF];
3. A fine copy with a short tear to the top corner. Very well preserved. The author's first collection [Currey]. Collects together nine short stories on subjects as diverse as Cannibalism, Fantasy and Vampies [Locke, Spectrum I, p191]; 4. A fine copy. Collects together five short stories namely The Man Who Howled, The Lady in Suite 7, Tagriff's Cats, Murder from Far Away and Moon of Evil. Uncommon. Continues the adventures of Lucian Carolus. A little light wear, but a wonderful copy overall. [Bleiler, p11, as a collection of supernatural fiction]; 5. A fine copy. Very uncommon. A vaguely comic work vaguely science fictional (levitation!). A little trivial handling wear, but excellent condition for a 1944 chapbook; 6. A fine copy. Uncommon, particularly in this condition. A lovely copy. Part of Bantam / Todd's series of chapbooks which also included Wells' Ironclads and a couple of Dickens pieces. None online, none at auction and only one copy on COPAC, that being the BL copy. Illustration by Frank R. Grey; 7. A near fine copy. Paperback with card-reinforced wraps. Collects together seven shorts: The Death Ray Dictator; Mr Smith Seeks Adventure; Shaken Identities; Concerning Mummies; The Welsh Poet; The Busk of Emmanuel and Counterfeit.The Death Ray Dictator, set in a future 1960 , is the only SF story [Locke, Spectrum I, p212]. Some rust bleed from the staples, a little toning to the wraps and some residue from a price sticker; 8. A fine copy. Wonderful condition. Collects together six mysteries: Richard Westlake's Tongues of Death; Harold Kelly's Confession by Jury; Arthur Armstrong's The Doctor's Fingerprints; Sydney Denham's What Flynn Saw; Kent Barnett's The Man who Defied Gravity and Sydney Denham's The Disappearance of Mr Heavyside. Uncommon, not located on COPAC; 9. A near fine copy. Uncommon, no copies at auction or on COPAC. Collects together seven short pieces: Sidney Denham's The Prison of Sunset; J.D. Kerruish's The Country House Fire; Sidney Denham's The Last Chapter; Michael Harvey's Was it Murder?; Sidney Denham's The Wrong Ticket; Sidney Denham's Cast Iron Alibi and Arthur Armstrong's The Brain Machine. A little handling wear but nothing of note. A couple of spots to the inside front cover; 10. A fine copy. A few areas of trivial wear but very well preserved overall. Collects together five short pieces: All Details Supplied by Michael Hervey; The Eye Witness by Sydney Denham; Suspicion by Michael Hervey; Grounds for Appeal by Frank Bardon; The Experiment by Michael Hervey. Only one other copy located (the BL). Some rust offsetting from the staples; 11. A fine copy. Collects together Irving's Spectre Bridegroom, Poe's The Black Cat and Freeman's A Far-Away Melody. Rare. No copies located (at auction, on the market or on COPAC). The price has been obscured by a price sticker the ink of which has presumably faded. A wonderful little chapbook; 12. A fine copy. Lovely little piece. Collects together ten stories. Rare. Located on COPAC only at the BL. Small hole near the hinge where it's corroded, still a fine copy and wonderfully preserved; 13. A fine copy. 'Cheap edition' The first Lucian Carolus story. Uncommon. Leaves toned, a little edge wear but nothing else of note. Presents very well. Possibly preceded by a bound edition from Robin Hood Press [Locke, Spectrum I, p23]; 14. A fine copy. Uncommon. Only one copy located on COPAC. As well as Fourth Dimension, the stories Power Plant by Lee Gregor [Milton Rothman], Ephony's Spectacles by Clarence Granoski, Sir Mallory's Magnitude by S.D. Gottesman [C.M. Kornbluth], Baby Dreams by Allen Warland [Donald Wollheim?] and Caridi Shall Not Die by Walter Kubilius are included. The title story was first published in 1926 in Gernsback's Science and Invention. Slight lean. Very trivial handling wear. [Locke, Spectrum I, p63]; 15. A fine copy. Uncommon. Located at the BL and Oxford. 'Cheap edition'. SF disaster fiction. [Locke, Spectrum I, p25]; 16. Two volumes. Uncommon. Fine condition. Some signs of handling and ageing, but still very well preserved. Collects together a number of short pieces: The Guide by Irene Amesbury; Call of the Pool Goddess by John C. Craig; The Room Without Windows by W. P. Cockcroft; The Bride of Yum-Chac by Henry Rawle; The Fulfilment by Alexander O. Pearson; Sir Rodney Keeps a Date by Andrew Ringwood; The Window by Winifred M. Carnegie; Binker's Ghost by A. C. Bailey. Volume two collects: The Sack by Winifred M. Carnegie; The Dancing Dolls by John Body; The Black Caduceus by S. G. J. Ouseley; The Hands by V. J. Hanson; Self and Shadow by A. C. Bailey; The Forbidden Village by W. P. Cockcroft; Flashback by Henry Rawle; Far Enough by Ian Avon; Brain Storm (uncredited); 17. Near fine. Uncommon. Some light handling wear to the edges, spine toned. Uncommon, one copy on COPAC. Previously published in Gernsback's Science Wonder Quarterly. Interplanetary SF [Locke, Spectrum I, p187]. Also includes The Gentle Brain (1940) by Raymond Z. Gallun [as Arthur Allport]; Polar Doom (1940) by Otto Binder and Earl Binder [as John Coleridge]; Package of Power (1940) by David C. Cooke; Space-Ship Derby (1940) by Milton Kaletsky; 18. Near fine. Some toning. Uncommon. Two copies in COPAC (Cockroft's name is mispelt on the cover as Cockcroft, the BL and Oxford have replicated this). Interplanetary SF concerning a parasite picked up on Mars [Locke, Spectrum I, p54]; 19. Near fine. Uncommon. Some glue marks to the front hinge where it's pulled away a little. Rear wrap toned. Collects: Absolute Zero (1943) by Sidney Denham; The Silent Ray (1943) by Arthur Armstrong; William Wilson (1839) by Edgar Allan Poe (variant of William Wilson: A Tale); The Mysterious Mansion (1934) by Honor? de Balzac (trans. of La Grande Bret?che 1832); Prelude to Madness (1943) by Michael Hervey; Third Finger, Left Hand (1943) by Edward Martell; The Trial for Murder (1865) by Charles Dickens (variant of To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt); Venom (1943) by Sidney Denham; The Cask of Amontillado [Fortunato] (1846) by Edgar Allan Poe; The Werewolf (1839) by Frederick Marryat (variant of The Werewolf (excerpt: chapter 39 of The Phantom Ship)); The Mortal Immortal (1833) by Mary Shelley; The Devil His Due (1943) by Sidney Denham; 20. Near fine. A little rubbed. Uncommon. Illustration by Frank R. Grey. SF Story about a totalitarian state of the future [Locke, Spectrum I, p117]; 21. Four volumes. Near fine. A little rubbed to the edges, some wear to the spine tips. Each volume uncommon. Short story collections. [7058, Hyraxia Books].