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Someone in the Dark by Derleth, August

Sauk City WI: Arkham House, 1941. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. True first edition of this second book from Arkham House, containing Derleth's favorites of his weird fiction shorts up to this date. One of 1115 copies of this version. Sho…

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American Etchers Volume IX (9): Troy Kinney (limited, with extra engravings) by Kinney, Troy; introduction by Charles Lemon Morgan

One of seventy-five copies of the limited edition of this collection of etchings by Kinney, with an original etching of Ruth St. Denis. Book is as new, but the box in which it is contained is missing a small portion of the edge (visible in the picture). I…

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Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, The by Heinlein, Robert A

New York: Putnam, 1966. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good/good. Heinlein's fourth and last Hugo winner. A reasonable copy: jacket rubbed, missing a small portion near the spine affecting the T in "The". Gold printing on spine somewhat ta…

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Always Comes Evening by Howard, Robert E

Sauk City WI: Arkham House, 1957. First edition. Howard's first collection of poetry. Like Kipling, Howard was a first-rate doggerelist, an uncommon skill (many people do it badly). This is one of the 536 copies that has the title running up the spin…

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Dark Carnival by Bradbury, Ray

Bradbury's first book, a short story collection, in the first UK edition, inscribed October 29 1977. A nice copy: some wear and small tears to the jacket (by Michael Ayrton, one of a fairly small number of fantasy artist/authors to do a cover for another …

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Conquest of Space, The by Ley, Willy

A nice copy in a price-clipped jacket with minor wear at the spine. Inscribed by Ley to Nathan Weinberg, dated Sept 1 1949 (book publication is listed as Sept 1949 on verso of title page). No mention of later printings, as was standard for Viking first pr…

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So Vile a Sin by Aaronovitch, Ben, and Kate Orman

Last published of the Virgin series of Doctor Who New Adventures -- number 56 of 61 by internal chronology. Virgin continued with New Adventures featuring Bernice Summerfield, but this one includes The Doctor. Quite scarce at this point. This is a clean c…

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Modern Masters of Etching 2: James McBey (with TLS, more) by Malcolm C. Salaman

A solid copy of this edition of reprints of 12 plates by McBey, who was one of the more influential figures of the rise of etchings in the early 20th Century. The pages on this copy are moderately foxed; foxing does not affect the rectos of the tipped-in …

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Hung Lou Meng: or, The Dream of the Red Chamber Book 1 by Joly, H. Bencraft (translator); Cao Xequin (uncredited)

First English translation, from the Victorian era, of what is probably the best known classical Chinese novel. An exceedingly scarce book: this copy is complete, though the paper cover is barely holding on and the spine is quite bare. This is volume 1 of …

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Weird Tales vol 37 (Sept 43 -July 44) by D. McIlwraith, ed. (Lovecraft, Wellman, Quinn, Bok, Derleth and others)

Bound volume of six wartime issues of this classic pulp magazine. Includes several tales of Jules de Grandin by Seabury Quinn, stories of John Thunstone by Manly Wade Wellman, some of Lovecraft's Herbert West stories, Derleth's "The Trail of Cthulhu", poe…

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Noose, The by MacDonald, Philip

Collins White Circle Pocket Edition #228. Great 1940s cover! Colonel Anthony Gethryn must prove a man innocent of a murder he's been convicted for in only 5 days. MacDonald was a great practitioner of the mystery-suspense genre; his books remain readable,…

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Morbid Taste for Bones, A A Mediaeval Whodunnit by Peters, Ellis

London: Macmillan, 1977. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/fine. A very nice copy of the first Brother Cadfael novel. In this book Edith Pargeter combined her excellent historical novel abilities with her nom-de-plume Ellis Peters' well-constructed my…

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Irish Guards in the Great War, The (2 volumes) by Kipling, Rudyard

The Outward Bound edition.: two volumes As nice a pair of copies as one is likely to see, in the original glassine protective wrappers (no printing on them; some small closed tears, one long closed tear on rear of one volume). Top edges gilt (dusty); orig…

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Taran Wanderer by Alexander, Lloyd

One of the truly great coming-of-age stories, and a difficult book to find in the first edition (so stated on verso of title page; no later printings listed). This copy is signed by Alexander on the half-title. The book has some foxing on the top edge, an…

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Giver, The by Lowry, Lois

Advance uncorrected proof (frequently referred to as an ARC, advance reading copy, and several other names) of this important YA novel. These are sent to reviewers and bookstores to try to drum up support for a new title, and usually include publication i…

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