31Jan Seeking Supernatural / Horror / Weird Books for Upcoming Catalogue


We have an upcoming catalogue dedicated to the small publishers of the world who publish in the realm of horror, supernatural and weird fiction. We have a few dozen candidates but are looking to acquire titles from the following publishing houses:The Tartarus PressEgaeus PressCentipede PressAsh-Tree PressNight Shade BooksEx-OccidenteGhost Story PressMidnight…

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31Jan Reviews for January 2018


I haven't written a reviews post for a good few months, so let me start 2018 as I mean to continue it. Books first.I'll take a brief look at three of the books I've read in 2018 so far. I've read a few others, but nothing either great or poor,…

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17Jan Books Wanted - The Gollancz Rare Works of Imaginative Fiction Series


In 1963 and 1964, the great publisher of science fiction (and others) put together a short-lived series of books celebrating somewhat rare titles with reprints. Nine titles were published, each wrapped in the instantly recognisable yellow jacket.We thought it would be nice to put together a set of the books,…

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08Jan Matrix Collecting - An Alternative Method of Book Collecting


When I dismantled and sold my first collection nearly a decade ago it was nearly a decade old. When I look back, it was an unruly collection, with more than a smidgen of simple amassing. It was my first collection and I enjoyed it immensely. I enjoyed receiving the books.…

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07Jan A New Website Collecting Together Collections


I'd like to introduce you to a new website we've put together. We thought it would be nice to allow our clients and readers, and anyone really, to post photos of their book collections online. It's not for comment and it's entirely anonymous, just a place really to let people…

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30Nov Christmas Gifts for 2017 - Rare Books and First Editions


Rare books and first editions can make a memorable and thoughtful gift at Christmas. Whether it's a recipient's favourite childhood book, an introduction into book collecting for them or just a book you think they'd appreciate. The primary consideration for gift books though is condition. Signatures are nice too, as…

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07Nov A Word about Market Value


One thing that I've been hearing a lot about of late is market value, so I thought I'd take a moment to offer my take on how market value works in the rare book trade.1. Markets are many and varied.When most book collectors talk about market value, what they're actually…

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05Nov A Review of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley from the Tartarus Press


The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley first really came to my attention in a bookshop a couple of years ago where I saw it under the John Murray imprint. Knowing it had been published by the eminent Tartarus Press I picked it up to see what the story was. Sure…

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16Jun Reviews for June 2017


Let's start with books. I've read a few since the last review post. The one that stands out the most is Lloyd Arthur Eshbach's Over My Shoulder, a recollection of a few decades worth of science fiction publishing. I won't cover it here as it's a valuable resource and I…

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07Jun Things to be Aware of when Buying Rare Books


This is an article that shouldn't need to be written, but sadly it does. There are sharks out there, but thankfully most of them are amateurs and shunned by the professional trade. This is by no means endemic. It should also be noted that these issues have been around as…

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