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O01HF. Ashley, M, Who’s Who in Horror & Fantasy Fiction, 1st edition, Elm Tree/ Hamish Hamilton 1977, 8vo, blue cloth, 240pp. A useful reference work. Book plate to front pastedown, otherwise near fine in like d/w £3.50

O001. Beckford, W, Vathek, 1787, Four Square pbk. 1966, 122pp + advertisements. Classic novel featuring an Arab Caliph in search of the secrets of the universe. This version also contains explanatory notes. Covers a little edge-worn, spine leaning slightly. First and last pages a little spotted, text lightly tanned, otherwise clean and tight. Good + £1.50

O01AB. (Bligh Bond, F), Kenawell, W.W, The Quest at Glastonbury, 1st edition, Helix Press 1965, 8vo, quarter maroon cloth with gilt spine titles and oatmeal cloth boards, 14 + 318pp, with a frontispiece, many photographs and other illustrations in the text; the only major biographical study of  Frederick Bligh Bond, heavily featuring his psychically inspired archaeological excavations at Glastonbury abbey.  A couple of trivial marks to boards,  slight discolouration to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good + in very good (light wear to edges and slightly rubbed at top and bottom of front panel) d/w £15

O2A. Clark, F.C, Sketches of New England Life: Susan’s Obituary, 1st and only edition , Moshassuck Press 1996, 4to, polished dark green buckram, 4 + 196pp, with a frontispiece and 4 full page illustrations by Robert H. Knox and 2pp photographs (on ordinary paper). Edited, and with appendices by Kenneth W. Faig Jr. The text of a previously unpublished novel of New England life taken from a manuscript copy in the Brown University archives. The author’s nephew was H.P Lovecraft. The substantiual appendices give bibliographical and biographical imformation detailing the author’s close connections with Lovecraft and its reflections in the latter’s own fiction. A near mint copy of a scarce item of Lovecraftian interest, of which only 100 copies are known to have been printed £48

O3. Daniels, L, Living in Fear: A History of Horror in the Mass Media, Scribner's 1975, 4to, decorated mauve cloth, 8 +248pp incl. index, many photo illustrations, some full page. An entertaining look at horror in film, story, magazines, poetry, plays and comics. Includes a chapter on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and 8 short stories, including Machen, Lovecraft and M.R James. V. good + in like d/w £18

O3AB. Derleth, A, The Mask of Cthulhu, 1974, Grafton pbk. 1988, 204pp. Six tales based on Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Edges of text block lightly tanned, minor rubbing to edges of covers, contents clean and tight.  Very good £2

O3MM. Gooch, S, Alternative Persons: the Entries of Science Fiction and Myth, 1st and only edition thus, Bran’s Head stapled 8vo booklet, blue card covers lettered in black, 1+ 29pp; an examination of characters in science fiction and myth through the lens of Jungian archetypes and psychology, first published in Labrys no 1, 1978; spine fold slightly faded, minor spots to rear cover, print quality a little faint in places but all still perfectly readable, internally clean and tight, a very good copy of a very scarce item £20

O4B. Haining, P (editor), Weird Tales volume one, 1976, Sphere pbk. 1978, 238pp. A selection of stories from horror fantasy classic Weird Tales. Contributors include Robert E Howard, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, and Seabury Quinn. Reading crease to spine, some light edge wear to covers. Tiny dent to top of front cover causing slight indent at top of first few margins. Text lightly tanning. Good + £3

O4AA. Howard, R.E, Tigers of the Sea, Zebra Books pbk. 1975, 188pp, with 4 full page illustrations by Tim Kirk. Edited and introduced by Richard L. Tierney, and with his signature to title page. Fantasy novel in the Conan mould, introducing and featuring Cormac Macart. The first soft cover issue of the special illustrated edition. A couple of small ink annotations to margins, inside of covers and margins of first and last leaves spotted, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £2.50

O4BB. (Hubbard, L Ron), Miller, R, Bare-Faced Messiah, 1987, Slivertail Books 2014, 8vo, black cloth with silver titles to spine, 6 + 394pp. A controversial true story of the man behind Scientology. Tiny chip/ hole to front fold of dust wrapper otherwise near fine in like d/w £6

O6F. Lovecraft, H.P, Criticism of Amateur Verse: A Selection from the Critical Department of the National Amateur, 1st edition thus, Moshassuck Press 1998, 4to, stapled cover sheets, 96pp ( 48pp of text printed on one side of the leaf only), introduction by Kenneth W. Faig. Selections penned by Lovecraft between 1931 and 1935, and including a number of facsimiles. A few tiny pin head sized shallow indents to front cover sheet near staples otherwise fine £6

O6S. Lovecraft, H.P. & Others, The Ideal Amateur Symposium, 1st edition thus, Moshassuck Press, no date, c.1990s, 4to, 24pp (12pp text printed on one side of the leaf only), introduction by Kenneth W. Faig. Essays by Lovecraft, R.W Babcock, E.A Edkins and R.M Macauley; originally printed in The National Amateur volume 62, number 3 1940. Near fine £3.50

O6T. Lovecraft, H.P & Others, New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, 1980, 1st U.K edition, Grafton pbk. 1988, 335pp, edited by Ramsey Campbell. Includes Lovecraft and M.S. Warnes collaboration The Black Tome of Alsophocus and other Mythos stories by the editor, Stephen King, Brian Lumley, and others. Light reading creases to spine, edges rubbed, blank insides of covers browned, text clean and tight. Very good - £6

O6U. Lovecraft, H.P, Boy in Summer, Centenary edition, Moshassuck Press 1996, 8vo, stapled printed paper wraps, 4pp. Edition limited to 100 copies, with a signed presentation inscription by publisher Ken W. Faig to the inside of the front wrapper. Lovecraft’s reminiscences of a boyhood visit to Rhode Island in 1896. Minor marks to covers. Very good £3

O7. Machen, A, The Ritual and Other Stories, 1st edition, Tartarus Press 1992, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 + 2 + 286pp, with an introduction by R.B. Russell, edition limited to 300 copies, this copy unnumbered; a compilation of the author’s shorter supernatural stories, trivial rubbing to corners and spine ends, internally and externally clean and tight, lacking the distinctive dust wrapper but still a near fine copy of the first printing which is becoming scarce £35

O7A. Machen, A, Tales of Horror and the Supernatural, 1949, 3rd printing, John Baker for the Richards Press 1965, 8vo,  black cloth with silver titles to spine, 16 + 427pp, with an introduction by Philip Van Doren Stern. Fourteen of Machen’s finest supernatural tales, including The Great God Pan, The Novel of the Black Seal, The Innermost Light, and The Shining Pyramid. Minor soiling to edges of text block, minor spots to end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good + copy in like ( a little minor wear to edges) d/w £25

O7AF. Machen, A, The Secret Glory, 1922, 1st complete edition, Tartarus Press 1998, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 8 + 253pp, with a preface by Godfrey Brangham and an original frontispiece by David Johnson. A novel of mystical experience set against the background of the public school system, this new issue includes the final two chapters omitted from the original edition, and which were first published separately by Tartarus Press in 1991. Slight soiling to bottom edge of boards otherwise a near fine copy of this uncommon first complete issue of which only 500 copies were printed, in near very good (a little very faint spotting to the exterior panels, spine panel very slightly faded,  a couple of letters of spine title slightly rubbed) d/w £60

O7B. Michaud, J, The Quest of Ruru, 1st and only edition, U.M.A. Press 1948, 8vo, olive green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 291pp; a mystical novel set in ancient India, centred on the great spiritual quest of its title character and the rituals he undergoes whilst upon it. The book’s comparatively little known author was an occultist who knew Aleister Crowley, had a life-long interest in Rosicrucian and other esoteric themes, and was the founder and head of the Order of the Hidden Masters; a secretive London based occult society. A few minor spots to rear board, light bumping to upper corners, faint soiling to edges of text block, minor spots to end papers and the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy of a rare book in near very good (a few smallish chips to edges, a couple of small spots to rear pane, spine panel very slightly darkened) d/w £150

09AP. Poe, E.A, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919, Chancellor Press 1985, 4to, black cloth, 383pp + 24 plates and vignettes by Harry Clarke. 29 classic tales, including Morella, Ligea, the Pit and the Pendulem, , the Tell tale Heart, etc. A facsimile of the original edition. very slight mark to foot of front cover, otherwise a v.good +, clean, tight copy in like d/w £5

O10BB. Thompson, E.B (translator), The Complete Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, New Humanity Books 8vo pbk. 1990, 200pp; the first complete poetical translation of Khayyam’s Sufi masterpiece, Fitzgerald’s popular translation often being inaccurate and featuring less than one tenth of the original text; light rubbing to corners, a few faint marks to rear cover, trivial soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good £6

O10D. Tyson, D, Necronomicon, 1st edition, 1st printing, Llewellyn large 8vo pbk. 2004, 18 + 269pp, with many illustrations in the text. Another version of Lovecraft’s Necronomicon based on the fictional wanderings of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred. Top edge of text block slightly darkened, minor bumping to corners, internally clean and tight. Very good £5

O10E. Valentine, M (editor), Wormwood, number 11, 1st edition, Tartarus Press 8vo pbk. 2008, 4 + 92pp, with a few photographs in the text. The journal of classic fantasy fiction publisher Tartarus Press, featuring a series of essays and reviews within the genre, together with reprints of classic fantasy fiction; and including in this issue, Adam Daley’s essay on Austin Osman Spare. A very near fine copy £8

O11B. (Waite, A.E), Gilbert, R.A, A.E Waite: A Bibliography, 1st edition, Aquarian Press 1983, 8vo, black cloth, 192pp including index, with a frontispiece, foreword by Geoffrey Watkins, Signed by the author on the title page. An excellent and comprehensive work, the standard bibliography. Near fine in like d/w £10