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“BARRY, Ray” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : DEATH DIMENSION.

“BARRY, Ray” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : DEATH DIMENSION.

London : Curtis Warren, [1952]. First edition. Robert Varden almost dies when his plane hits an electrical storm. When he awakes in hospital he has an invisible double. “An extraordinary and chilling fantasy” (Harbottle & Holland A244).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Theobald; spine worn and chipped at head and tail; wrappers a little rubbed and creased; price sticker on upper wrapper; some internal spotting and tanning, but a serviceable copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“BARRY, Ray” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : OMINOUS FOLLY.

“BARRY, Ray” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : OMINOUS FOLLY.

London : Curtis Warren, [1952]. First edition. Jane and Dinah take the Jaguar to Spain looking for adventure, ignore the fisherman’s warning, and take an ill-advised short-cut to another dimension.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design attributed to Ray Theobald; some wear and creasing; staples rusted; a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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BERRY, Bryan (Roderick Bryan), 1930-1966 : FROM WHAT FAR STAR?

BERRY, Bryan (Roderick Bryan), 1930-1966 : FROM WHAT FAR STAR?

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1953). First edition : the wrappers issue. Security officer becomes suspicious of a physicist at the Spaceship Development Centre – “something had walked through walls all right – but certainly not a man”. Panther Book 40.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Gordon C. Davies; short splits at head and tail; short tear to upper wrapper; some marking and creasing; staples rusting, but a reasonable copy. No copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£20

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BERRY, Bryan (Roderick Bryan), 1930-1966 : THE VENOM-SEEKERS.

BERRY, Bryan (Roderick Bryan), 1930-1966 : THE VENOM-SEEKERS.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1953). First edition : the wrappers issue. In a low dive on Venus, the very beautiful Miss Banner is looking for a spaceman to pilot an off-the-record spaceship to Beta Centaurus. Chandleresque sci-fi. Panther Book 57.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by George Ratcliffe; large (4cm) chip at foot; some creasing and wear; staples rusting; a reasonable copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£15

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BOUNDS, Sydney J. (Sydney James), 1920-2006 : DIMENSION OF HORROR.

BOUNDS, Sydney J. (Sydney James), 1920-2006 : DIMENSION OF HORROR.

London : Panther Books, Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1953). First edition. Earthman teams up with green-haired Venusian girl and a creature from another dimension to save Earth and Venus from war and destruction. Sacrifice demanded.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by John Richards; torn and repaired at foot; a little marked, chipped and creased; staples much rusted; a reasonable copy of an enjoyable space opera. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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“BRACK, Vektis” : THE “X” PEOPLE.

“BRACK, Vektis” : THE “X” PEOPLE.

London : Gannet Press, [1953]. First edition. “In Earthcapital everything seemed normal. Earthpeople, in shining, multi-coloured flexmetal clothing, walked in the straight, spacious streets flanked by towering buildings of gleaming metal ...”. Saboteurs prepare the ground for an alien invasion.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Gerard Facey; light wear and some creasing; short nick to upper wrapper and tiny chip to lower; text a little tanned and creased, but overall a good copy. No copy located in any major UK library. Harbottle & Holland A21.

£40

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BULMER, H.K. (Henry Kenneth), 1921-2005 : EMPIRE OF CHAOS.

BULMER, H.K. (Henry Kenneth), 1921-2005 : EMPIRE OF CHAOS.

London : Panther Books, Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1953). First edition : the wrappers issue. “The story moves rapidly, out from the solar system to the far planets of Martell and Loris” – Captain Lance struggles alongside beautiful flame-haired Rusty Purcell for the mastery of the galaxy. Panther Book 69.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (158),[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; a little rubbed and somewhat creased; upper wrapper slightly frayed; a reasonable copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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BULMER, H.K. (Henry Kenneth), 1921-2005 : ENCOUNTER IN SPACE.

BULMER, H.K. (Henry Kenneth), 1921-2005 : ENCOUNTER IN SPACE.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1952). First edition. “And Man’s very brain, his most powerful weapon, which had brought him from the mud to the stars, was the thing that drew the Destromech on!” Panther Book 29.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers in a design by Gordon C. Davies; somewhat rubbed and worn; a few creases; staples rusting; text a little tanned, but a reasonable copy of a fragile item. Aside from a microform in the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£20

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BURKE, Jonathan (John Frederick), 1922-2011 : DEEP FREEZE.

BURKE, Jonathan (John Frederick), 1922-2011 : DEEP FREEZE.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1955). First edition. “When the men of the planet Demeter died out in space, the destiny of the human race was left to a group of women. Clare Monkton worked to establish a feminist world ...”. Panther Book 182.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (144)pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; some very minor rubbing and creasing, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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BURKE, Jonathan (John Frederick), 1922-2011 : REVOLT OF THE HUMANS.

BURKE, Jonathan (John Frederick), 1922-2011 : REVOLT OF THE HUMANS.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1955). First edition. “Mankind overcomes his parasitical alien oppressors in this excellent and suspenseful sequel to ‘Twilight of Reason’” (Harbottle & Holland A43). Panther Book 192.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (141),[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a rocket design by John Richards; short split a foot; a little rubbed, creased and soiled; staples rusting; a reasomable copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950 : THE GODS OF MARS.

BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950 : THE GODS OF MARS.

London : Pinnacle Books – W. H. Allen, [1953]. First British paperback edition. The second search for Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. First published in Chicago in 1918.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by James E. McConnell; a little rolled, creased and worn; text a little tanned; a reasonable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950 : LOST ON VENUS.

BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950 : LOST ON VENUS.

London : Pinnacle Book – Mark Goulden, [1953]. First British paperback edition. “Leading my captors, but taking no part in the capture, were Moosko, the ongyan, and Vilor, the Thorist spy, who had together conceived and carried out the abduction of Duare from her quarters aboard the Sofal”. Originally published at Tarzana in 1935, with a London hardback in 1937.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 136pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by James E. McConnell; some wear, creasing and soiling; tiny chip at foot; lower wrapper rubbed and discoloured; text a little spotted and tanned; a serviceable copy. Just a single copy of this edition (Leeds) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950 : PIRATES OF VENUS.

BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950 : PIRATES OF VENUS.

London : Pinnacle Book – Mark Goulden, [1954]. First British paperback edition. “If a female figure in a white shroud enters your bedchamber at midnight on the thirteenth day of this month, answer this letter; otherwise do not”. Originally published at Tarzana in 1934, with a London hardback the following year.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [vi],(154)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – an unsigned design attributed to James E. McConnell; tiny chip and split at foot; a little rubbed; lower wrapper slightly marked; edges spotted, but otherwise a good copy. Just a single copy of this edition (Leeds) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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CAMPBELL, H.J. (Herbert James), 1925-1983 : BRAIN ULTIMATE.

CAMPBELL, H.J. (Herbert James), 1925-1983 : BRAIN ULTIMATE.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1953). First edition. “First one man, and then another and another, disappeared, so that their brains should serve this secret purpose, pulsing bodiless on that lonely asteroid” – “By turns scientific and mystical, it is one of Campbell’s better efforts” (Harbottle & Holland A54). Panther Book 86.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (157),[i],[2]pp.Original stapled pictorial wrappers in a design by John Richards; a little worn and slightly chipped; slightly rubbed and creased; staples a little rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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CAMPBELL, H.J. (Herbert James), 1925-1983 : ONCE UPON A SPACE.

CAMPBELL, H.J. (Herbert James), 1925-1983 : ONCE UPON A SPACE.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1954). First edition. High official rebels against Earth’s repressive regime – and there was a girl, clever, shrewd and daring – “Typical Campbell dystopia, filled with disturbingly grim and realistic medical and scientific details” (Harbottle & Holland A59). Panther Book 160.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (142),[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; slight wear and splitting at tips; some creasing; a couple of tiny chips; staples rusted; text a little tanned, but a good copy of a fragile item. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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CAMPBELL, John Wood, 1910-1971 – editor : STREET & SMITH’S UNKNOWN. VOL. III. NO. 4. JUNE 1940.

CAMPBELL, John Wood, 1910-1971 – editor : STREET & SMITH’S UNKNOWN. VOL. III. NO. 4. JUNE 1940.

London : The Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co., (1940). The British issue of the June 1940 ‘Unknown’, featuring Norvell W. Page, ‘But Without Horns’, Frederick Engelhardt, ‘The Kraken’, and Frank Belknap Long, ‘The Man from Nowhere’, with illustrations by Kolliker, F. Kramer, etc.
Crown 4to (24cm). 80pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a dramatic design by Edd Cartier (1914-2008); some wear; small nick and chip to upper wrapper; text a little tanned, but still a good copy of a fragile production.

£25

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“CHARLES, Neil” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : THE LAND OF ESA.

“CHARLES, Neil” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : THE LAND OF ESA.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition. Naked, mysterious and well-educated young woman fished out of the Mediterranean – the presentation of a golden clasp leads to another time.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Prega in full dress (almost); some light wear, slight scuffing and minor creasing; staples rusting, with slight discolouration, but overall still a very good copy. No copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£40

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[DE MILLE, James, 1833-1880] : A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER.

[DE MILLE, James, 1833-1880] : A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1888. First British edition : with advertisements dated 1887 and possibly pre-dating the New York edition published in 1888. A posthumously published novel from the Nova Scotian professor of classics and fantasy writer – lost world in a volcanically heated Antarctic, lost races of prehistoric people, plants and animals, and an utterly reversed moral order – “the outstanding example of the lost race subgenre” (Barron).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [2],viii,(292) + 32pp advertisements dated December 1887. Nineteen entertaining plates by Gilbert Gaul (1855-1919). Original pictorial enamelled cloth in a design of sea-monster, copper cylinder, etc.; spine just a touch darkened; faint wear and mild rubbing at extremities; slight spotting of edges; some light spotting to prelims, but otherwise very good.

£200

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“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : BEYOND THE FOURTH DOOR.

“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : BEYOND THE FOURTH DOOR.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1954]. First edition : the paperback issue. The second in the Corridors of Time trilogy – Magda and Dysart in pursuit of the thief of the symbolic jewel – a tenuous trail of radioactivity through time to follow. Panther Book 96.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers -a design by John Richards; some light wear at tips; short split at head; corner crease to lower wrappers; mild spotting and browning, but a good sound and serviceable copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) traced in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : CORRIDORS OF TIME.

“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : CORRIDORS OF TIME.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1953]. First edition : the paperback issue. The first in the Corridors of Time trilogy – Dysart and Magda know they must plunge into Time itself in pursuit of the avenging Kazan – four times the time-warp hurtles them to unknown dimensions. Panther Book 85.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers -a design by John Richards; worn at foot; wrappers slightly creased and a little frayed; a sound and serviceable copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) traced in the major UK libraries.

£20

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“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : EXILES IN TIME.

“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : EXILES IN TIME.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1954]. First edition : the paperback issue. Illegal excavations below the portals of time. The final volume in the Corridors of Time series – Panther Book 117.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by John Richards. A poor copy – worn at extremities; spine splitting; some creasing; text shaken. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) traced in the major UK libraries.

£15

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“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : INTERSTELLAR ESPIONAGE.

“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : INTERSTELLAR ESPIONAGE.

London : Gaywood Press, (1952). First edition. The third and last of the Space Express titles, one of which appeared under the “Franz Harkon” pseudonym. A journey to Nebulae Sixty-Six in search of Crystonium, led by the coldly beautiful Dr Mena Diamenter. “Abject rubbish” (Harbottle & Holland A92).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],(9)-100pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Leroi (Robert Osborne); some wear; short split at foot; staples rusting; text lightly tanned; a good copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : SPACE PIRATES.

“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : SPACE PIRATES.

London : Gaywood Press, [1951] First edition. Spaceships on the scheduled services between Earth, Mars and Venus start being kidnapped. One of the three Space Express titles, one of which appeared under the “Franz Harkon” pseudonym.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Leroi (Robert Osborne); some minor wear; tiny nick to upper wrapper and opening leaves; a few slight creases, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£25

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“DEL MARTIA, Astron” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TREMBLING WORLD.

“DEL MARTIA, Astron” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TREMBLING WORLD.

[London] : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition : the first issue, with the S. D. Frances imprint and advertisements demonstrably datable to 1949. An astronomer is summoned by the President of the World Council – is the earth breaking up in a spate of earthquakes from an extra-terrestrial cause? “A superior Fearn effort, well worth seeking out” (Harbottle & Holland A94).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-128,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Philip Montague Mendoza; slight wear; slight fraying to upper wrapper; lower wrapper with slight chip and light crease; staples lightly rusted, but overall still a very good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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DICK, Philip K. (Philip Kindred), 1928-1982 : LIES, INC.

DICK, Philip K. (Philip Kindred), 1928-1982 : LIES, INC.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1984. First edition of the complete and definitive text of “The Unteleported Man”, first published in “Fantastic” in 1964 and then in a 100-page paperback in 1966. The present version, rather more than doubling the original length, incorporates the lost pages, omitted text and the revisions Dick was working on at the time of his death.
Post 8vo (21cm). (200)pp. Original blue boards, blocked in gilt; a very good, bright, sound and clean copy in the original dust-jacket – price-clipped but otherwise very good indeed.

£40

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“ELLIOT, Lee” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : BIO-MUTON.

“ELLIOT, Lee” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : BIO-MUTON.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition : the wrappers issue. Scientists on an isolated island try to create a living entity from a synthetic biological structure, accidently opening a window in time and exposing themselves to the Forces of Darkness. The Watchers come to the rescue. “Compelling fantasy, with realistic characters, woven in Hughes’s unique style” (Harbottle & Holland A95).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design attributed to Gordon Davies; worn at foot; a little rubbed and darkened; staples rusted and discoloured, but overall a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., [1947]. First edition. The dystopian twenty-eighth century and the peoples of earth hypnotised into servitude, the Ebon Sphere of Surrey, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very minor wear and a tiny chip on lower wrapper, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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FLAMMARION, Camille (Nicolas Camille), 1842-1925 : URANIA : A ROMANCE.

FLAMMARION, Camille (Nicolas Camille), 1842-1925 : URANIA : A ROMANCE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1891. First British edition : in the primary binding, with the image of a balloon being swept up to the stars. An excursion to the outer limits of the universe, time travel, alien beings, telepathy, immortality, spiritualism, and life on Mars. “It is a ‘fairy tale of science’ which may be enjoyed as an extravaganza, even though it contains a great deal of serious information, a certain amount of profound thought, and a bigger quantity of ingenious speculation” (Morning Post, 19 January 1892). A highly influential translation by Augusta Rice Stetson of “Uranie” (Paris, 1889) – the translation and illustrations first appearing in New York in 1890.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],vi,(248) + 32pp inserted advertisements dated October 1891. Numerous atmospheric illustrations by De Bieler, Myrbach and Gambard. Original pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt and blocked in black and brown; slightly bruised; covers a little tanned and lightly soiled; a touch of wear at tips; some occasional spotting, but a good and sound copy of a difficult title.

£100

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FLECKER, James Elroy (Herman James Elroy), 1884-1915 : THE LAST GENERATION : A STORY OF THE FUTURE.

FLECKER, James Elroy (Herman James Elroy), 1884-1915 : THE LAST GENERATION : A STORY OF THE FUTURE.

London : New Age Press, 1908. First edition : the variant with all edges trimmed. His first work of fiction – the Wind of Time and a fantasy of the end of human life. The pictorial upper wrapper depicts apes making fire in the ruins of London.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 56,8pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered and decorated in purple; some minor rubbing and a little spotting, but a very good copy. A most attractive association copy, with the contemporary ownership inscription of fellow poet, Siegfied Sassoon. Clarke p.35. Locke (Spectrum) I.84.

£200

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“GARNER, Rolf” – [BERRY, Bryan (Roderick Bryan), 1930-1966] : THE INDESTRUCTIBLE.

“GARNER, Rolf” – [BERRY, Bryan (Roderick Bryan), 1930-1966] : THE INDESTRUCTIBLE.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1954). First edition. The final portion of the Resurgent Dust trilogy – the first spaceship to be built on Venus since the Golden Age – Lord Kennet of Gryllaar leads the dangerous expedition back to the Mother Earth of his forebears. Panther Book 104.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (159),[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a design by John Richards; chips at head, foot, and to upper and lower wrappers; a few marks and creases; a serviceable copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£15

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : I CAME – I SAW – I WONDERED.

“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : I CAME – I SAW – I WONDERED.

London : Scion Distributors, [1954]. First edition. The half-title has been excised by the publishers and the Scion Distributors imprint pasted over the earlier Scion Ltd. on both title-page and final leaf – presumably a reflection of Scion’s internal wrangles and legal difficulties at that time. Strangely dressed stranger comes calling on a cold and wet February night on the outskirts of London – and sits down with a dictionary. Although the first two Volsted Gridban novels had been written by E. C. Tubb, subsequent Scion titles under this name all seem to have been written by the indefatigable John Russell Fearn.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; light wear; some creasing; lower wrapper a little marked; a few minor marks, but otherwise a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MOONS FOR SALE.

“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MOONS FOR SALE.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. We utilise only a fifth of our brain capacity – Harley Street specialist prepares to operate on his infant son to open up the other four-fifths.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a Ron Turner design; some light rubbing and creasing; staples rusting; a few minor marks, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Bodleian) located in major UK libraries.

£30

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [TUBB, Edwin Charles, 1919-2010] : FUGITIVE OF TIME.

“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [TUBB, Edwin Charles, 1919-2010] : FUGITIVE OF TIME.

London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. The ultimate dilemma of a futuristic world – all things are now possible, but the essential fuels are exhausted.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner; some very minor creasing and wear, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK Libraries.

£50

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“GRUEN, Von” – [HOLLOWAY, Brian] : THE MORTALS OF RENI.

“GRUEN, Von” – [HOLLOWAY, Brian] : THE MORTALS OF RENI.

London : Curtis Warren, (1953). First edition : the wrappers issue. The long-established Earth colony on the planet Reni has to be evacuated when its sun fails, abandoning the gentle and trusting Renians to their fate – but some Earth mortals decline to leave.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned but typical design by Gordon C. Davies; a little rubbed and creased; staples a little rusted; text a little tanned, but a good copy. Only a single copy (Liverpool) located in any major UK library.

£25

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HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT.

HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT.

London : Mark Goulden, [1950]. First edition. “The ‘hero’ is The Human Bat, a costumed psychotic who makes Batman appear almost normal” (Harbottle & Holland A235). The first of Home-Gall’s two Human Bat titles, the first in the “Caught in the Spider’s Web” series, and No. 1 in the Goulden Fantasy Library. The Human Bat takes on a robot spider criminal mastermind.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by R. S. Davis; some wear, creasing, light chipping and a few nicks; staples rusting; text a little brittle and tanned; a serviceable copy. Just two copies (British Library and Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£50

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HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : VIRUS X : A PAUL VIVANTI STORY.

HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : VIRUS X : A PAUL VIVANTI STORY.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). [Second edition]. Paul Vivanti, the worst man in the world, “the most dangerous enemy the British Intelligence Departments had perhaps ever known”. Originally published in hardback in 1945.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126 [i.e.128]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; some very minor wear at tips; a few slight marks and small flaws; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy.

£20

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : AFTER LONDON; OR, WILD ENGLAND.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : AFTER LONDON; OR, WILD ENGLAND.

London : Cassell & Co., 1885. First edition : with the earlier advertisements. Only about 1,000 copies were printed, some of which were for the American issue. Jefferies apocalyptic novel of the end of progress, the relapse into barbarism, and the triumph of nature – the familiar fare of science fiction ever since, but motifs then barely thought of – pre-dating the comparable “War of the Worlds” by thirteen years. “The deserted and utterly extinct city of London was under his feet”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (viii),442,[ii] + [8]pp advertisements dated March 1985. Original cloth – the variant ochre binding (as the Sadleir copy – Miller & Matthews B); a little rubbed and worn; cloth slightly marked and bubbled, and a little frayed at extremities; endpapers replaced; some mild spotting, mainly of endpapers; overall a good and clean copy of a difficult title. Miller & Matthews B22.1a. Sadleir 1302. Bleiler p.109.

£125

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KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : PEOPLE OF THE TWILIGHT.

KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : PEOPLE OF THE TWILIGHT.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., 1946. First edition. Professor Hayton discovers a gateway drug to an amazing and idyllic parallel world – but shatters the peace and happiness of the lost race. Probably the best of the self-published science fiction of the Romanian-born civil servant, also the author of “Balance Sheets Explained”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],188,[ii]pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in black; some spotting to edges and endpapers, but a very good, sharp and bright copy in the original dust-jacket – a design by H. W. Perl – lightly worn at tips, slightly rubbed, with a few nicks and spots, but also very good.

£50

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KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : THE SUN QUEEN.

KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : THE SUN QUEEN.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., 1946. First edition. “In a flash the Instantaneous Flight Machine was gone ...” – Roger Marshall and his girlfriend Joan Lorimer teleport themselves into a sunspot and find the Sun Queen engaged in a terrible war against the Black Knights and the evil superstition of the Rock God. “Many novel theories and ideas”.
Original tan boards, lettered in gilt; top edge a little spotted, but a very good, clean and bright copy in the H. W. Perl dust-jacket – a little rubbed, with a couple of tiny chips and short tears, but also very good.

£25

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“KENNEDY, Edgar Rees” – [JENNISON, John William, 1911-1980] : CONQUERORS OF VENUS.

“KENNEDY, Edgar Rees” – [JENNISON, John William, 1911-1980] : CONQUERORS OF VENUS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [1951]. First edition. Colonel Wayne Goodman prepares for a manned mission to Venus – two races to be found.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner (1922-1998); slight chip at foot; lightly dulled and slightly soiled; lightly rubbed and creased; staples rusted; text a little tanned, but a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“KENT, Brad” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : CATALYST.

“KENT, Brad” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : CATALYST.

London : Curtis Warren, [1952]. First edition. Writer and anthropologist moves to a remote cottage on Dartmoor – strange girl without memories found on the moor is frightened of the blue lichen. “This story marked the start of Hughes’s transformation from ‘straight-SF’ hackery to intriguing science-fantasy” (Harbottle & Holland A261).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design attributed to Ray Theobald; small chip at foot of spine extending to lower wrapper; some creasing to lower wrapper; staples a little rusted, but overall a very good copy. Just four copies located in major libraries worldwide – none in the UK.

£25

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“KENT, Brad” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : THE FATAL LAW.

“KENT, Brad” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : THE FATAL LAW.

London : Curtis Warren, [1952]. First edition. Strange side-effects of a duplicating ray – instant travel by telepathy – a race against time to prevent a crime wave – “A weird and wonderful Hughes fantasy with a dreamlike atmosphere” (Harbottle & Holland A262).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Theobald; spine chipped, snagged and slightly repaired; wrappers a little nicked and creased; some internal spotting; staples rusting, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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KNEALE, Nigel (Thomas Nigel), 1922-2006 : QUATERMASS AND THE PIT : A PLAY FOR TELEVISION IN SIX PARTS.

KNEALE, Nigel (Thomas Nigel), 1922-2006 : QUATERMASS AND THE PIT : A PLAY FOR TELEVISION IN SIX PARTS.

Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, (1960). First edition. The last of the Professor Bernard Quatermass plays – broadcast in 1958-1959 (emptying the pubs on the night of the final episode) – and here making its first appearance in book form. Penguin 1449.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (188),[iv]pp. Plates (stills from the television production). Original pictorial wrappers; some light wear; some marking to lower wrapper and edges; text lightly tanned, but a good copy.

£20

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KNEALE, Nigel (Thomas Nigel), 1922-2006 : THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT : A PLAY FOR TELEVISION IN SIX PARTS.

KNEALE, Nigel (Thomas Nigel), 1922-2006 : THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT : A PLAY FOR TELEVISION IN SIX PARTS.

Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, (1959). First edition. The first of the Professor Bernard Quatermass plays – broadcast in the summer of 1953 and here making its first appearance in book form. Penguin 1421.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (192)pp. Plates (stills from the television production). Original wrappers; some light wear; scribbled initials on upper wrapper; a few marks; text faintly tanned, but a good copy.

£20

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KNEALE, Nigel (Thomas Nigel), 1922-2006 : QUATERMASS II : A PLAY FOR TELEVISION IN SIX PARTS.

KNEALE, Nigel (Thomas Nigel), 1922-2006 : QUATERMASS II : A PLAY FOR TELEVISION IN SIX PARTS.

Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, (1960). First edition. The second of the Professor Bernard Quatermass plays – broadcast in 1955 (with John Robinson, Hugh Griffith, etc.) and here making its first appearance in book form. Penguin 1448.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (174),[ii]pp. Plates (stills from the television production). Original pictorial wrappers; some light wear and slight marking; text lightly tanned, but a good copy.

£15

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“LE PAGE, Rand” – [BIRD, William Henry Fleming, 1896-1971] : WAR OF ARGOS.

“LE PAGE, Rand” – [BIRD, William Henry Fleming, 1896-1971] : WAR OF ARGOS.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition. “A story by the modern French master of Science Fiction” runs the strapline, although the eight or so “Rand le Page” titles produced by Curtis Warren all appear to have been written by British authors, in this instance by William Bird. The planet Argos has been under the Earth’s control for centuries, but now there is an uprising fuelled by telepathy.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design attributed to Gordon C. Davies; wrappers slightly chipped at head; a little worn and creased; staples rusted, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“LORRAINE, Paul” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DARK BOUNDARIES.

“LORRAINE, Paul” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DARK BOUNDARIES.

London : Curtis Warren, (1953). First edition. The water of Mars sold as a potion for long life – havoc between the Intelligentsia and the Normals, inferior human stock exported to synthetic worlds, then the Great Red Spot of Jupiter complicates matters.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design attributed to Gerald Facey; some wear and splitting at foot; light rubbing and slight creasing; a few minor marks and spots; just a touch of rust to staples, but a good copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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LOWNDES, Robert W. (Robert Augustine Ward), 1916-1998 – editor : FUTURE : COMBINED WITH SCIENCE FICTION STORIES. NO. 1.

LOWNDES, Robert W. (Robert Augustine Ward), 1916-1998 – editor : FUTURE : COMBINED WITH SCIENCE FICTION STORIES. NO. 1.

Leicester : Thorpe & Porter, [1951]. The first issue of a new American Science Fiction magazine from Doc Lowndes and Columbia Publications – here in the British issue, with the wrappers and outer leaves modified for the UK market. Novellas and short stories by James MacCreigh, Wallace West, Richard S. Shaver, Edwin James, H. B. Fyfe and William Morrison, with some striking illustrations by Virgil Finlay, Fawcette, Milton Luros, Peter Poulton and others. With an introduction by James Blish.
Crown 4to (26cm). (3)-(98)pp. Illustrations, advertisements, etc. Original pictorial wrappers – a full-on design by Milton Luros (1911-1999) to illustrate ‘The Genius-Beasts’; slight split at head; small tape-repair at foot; some minor wear; a few slight nicks and tiny flaws, but overall in very good condition.

£25

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“LUIGI, Belli” – [BLEECK, Gordon Clive, 1907-1971] : MASTER-MIND MENACE.

“LUIGI, Belli” – [BLEECK, Gordon Clive, 1907-1971] : MASTER-MIND MENACE.

Manchester : Sydney Pemberton, (1950). First British edition. Mind-borrowing criminality from an Australian (Sydney) writer, originally a railway signalman, who at his peak was turning out a short novel every fortnight under at least nineteen different pseudonyms. His diaries and records are held by the National Library of Australia. Also published in Australia in August 1950.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial wrappers; light wear and short split at foot; bruising, creasing and short tear to lower wrapper and final few leaves, but a good and clean copy. Only a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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“MANNHEIM, Karl” : VAMPIRES OF VENUS.

“MANNHEIM, Karl” : VAMPIRES OF VENUS.

Manchester : World Distributors / Sydney Pemberton, (1950). First edition. The sequel to “When the Earth Died” – Plato and Helen, last survivors of Earth, travel across the Flamless Fire. In the World Fantasy Classic series. We take it that this is not the work of the eminent sociologist Karl Mannheim (1883-1947).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some light wear and some splitting; a few minor marks, but a good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£30

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“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : THE BRAINS OF HELLE.

“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : THE BRAINS OF HELLE.

London : Gannet Press, [1953]. First edition. “Chev Markham landed on the tiny planet of Helle and felt bored as soon as he entered the spaceport hotel bar. It was always the same ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Gerald Facey; a touch pinched at head, some trifling wear, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£50

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“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : THE BRAINS OF HELLE.

“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : THE BRAINS OF HELLE.

London : Gannet Press, [1953]. First edition. “Chev Markham landed on the tiny planet of Helle and felt bored as soon as he entered the spaceport hotel bar. It was always the same ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Gerald Facey; worn at tips; tiny chip to one corner; a few leaves lightly spotted; text slightly tanned, but overa a good copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : CAVES OF DEATH (A JUNGLE STORY FEATURING JACARE THE UNTAMED).

NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : CAVES OF DEATH (A JUNGLE STORY FEATURING JACARE THE UNTAMED).

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The second of Norwood’s ‘Jacaré the Untamed’ jungle novels. Two disgusting and depraved baddies escape from a prison camp in Peru and make off with the lovely Helen (Jane to Jacaré’s Tarzan) – “All a bit much – but the Turner cover is superb” (Harbottle & Holland A309).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine lightly discoloured and lacking 4.5cm at foot, with a taped repair; light creasing; short tear to title-page; text lightly marked and tanned, but a reasonable copy of a fragile and uncommon item. ‘Scion 60’ inked on title-page. Just two copies located in major libraries worldwide – neither in the UK.

£30

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NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : THE TEMPLE OF THE DEAD.

NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : THE TEMPLE OF THE DEAD.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The third of Norwood’s ‘Jacaré the Untamed’ jungle novels set in South America, where he himself had tried his hand at prospecting for diamonds. The Tarzan-like Jacaré battles with a native priestly sect.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner – Jacaré ejects the priests from the temple; a little worn and creased; 2.5 cm hole to lower wrapper; some browning and spotting, but a presentable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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“REED, David Vern” – [LEVINE, David, 1924-1989] : THE THING THAT MADE LOVE [THE METAL MONSTER MURDERS].

“REED, David Vern” – [LEVINE, David, 1924-1989] : THE THING THAT MADE LOVE [THE METAL MONSTER MURDERS].

[New York] : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1951]. Second edition in book form. “No woman could survive such harrowing ecstasy” – a classic pulp production, originally published as “The Metal Monster Murders” in “Mammoth Detective” in 1944, then as “I Thought I’d Die” by Ideal. Uni-Book No. 15.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde looks harrowed – a design attributed to Robert Stanley (1918-1996); tiny chip at foot; lightly rubbed and a little scuffed; faint pencil markings to upper wrapper; some discolouration to inner wrappers and outer leaves; an indifferent copy.

£25

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“REED, Van” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : HOUSE OF MANY CHANGES.

“REED, Van” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : HOUSE OF MANY CHANGES.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition : the wrappers issue. “When creation which is contrary to all the accepted laws of Nature springs directly from Genius in the grip of Evil the results may well take a form so terrible as to be beyond human understanding ...”. Mad scientist, laboratory horror, allegorical fantasy – “charmingly bizarre” (Harbottle & Holland A268).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a perplexed design attributed to Gordon C. Davies; chipped at head (2cm), with minor chip at foot; some rubbing and light creasing; staples badly rusted; a serviceable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“ROMILUS, Arn” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : BRAIN PALAEO.

“ROMILUS, Arn” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : BRAIN PALAEO.

London : Curtis Warren, (1953). First edition. Telepathy developed, but a time-space gap opens up and an evil half-brain, half-robot, life form is listening in. “A gorgeously screwy Hughes interdimensional space fantasy” (Harbottle & Holland A273).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design attributed to Gordon C. Davies; short split at head; some rubbing and creasing; staples rusted, but a reasonable copy. Bookseller stamp of McGills, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, on title-page. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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SMITH, Frederick L. – editor : HAEMOGOBLIN. NO. 1.

SMITH, Frederick L. – editor : HAEMOGOBLIN. NO. 1.

Irvine : Alan Mackie for the Newlands SF Club, [1954]. The first issue of this shortlived Scottish science fiction fanzine. Includes short stories by Peter Hennessey and Alan Mackie, as well as contributions from J. T. McIntosh, Ethel Lindsay, Kenneth F. Slater, Matt A. Elder, Bob Lindon (on Aldous Huxley), etc., with some dramatic artwork by Brian Miller.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 28pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; staples rusted, with resultant discolouration and holing, but otherwise a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : 2,000 YEARS ON.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : 2,000 YEARS ON.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Based on an earlier story called “Four Shall Avenge” – and the fourth of the Vargo Statten series. “‘Time does not really exist’, Professor Einwold had said ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned but a futuristic design by Ron Turner; a few minor marks and small flaws, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : ANNIHILATION.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : ANNIHILATION.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Originally titled “Fool’s Paradise” and the second in the Vargo Statten series. The summer of 1980 has been the hottest in history and Ken is working on increasing the capacity of the Channel Tunnel.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned rocket design by Ron Turner; some very minor wear a tips; a hint of bruising; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE AVENGING MARTIAN.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE AVENGING MARTIAN.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Venus and its mighty scientific civilisation are dying, plans are made to take the air and the water from a neighbouring planet populated by strange creatures who “walk upright on two legs and possess round-shaped bodies crowned with queer furry mats.”
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; a little worn; somewhat creased and bruised; marks, chips and short tears to lower wrapper; text a little browned and soiled; a reasonable copy. Three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : BLACK BARGAIN.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : BLACK BARGAIN.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. A woman from Jupiter has the antidote to save mankind, but demands a mate to regenerate her race.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ron Turner; some light wear; upper wrapper with creasing and mild fraying; short split to lower wrapper; staples lightly rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce and ragile production. Just two copies (Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : BLACK-WING OF MARS.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : BLACK-WING OF MARS.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. A still-living specimen of giant Martian moth threatens destruction on earth.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a famous design by Rix (John Richards); some marking, creasing and light wear; lower wrapper insect damaged and very slightly defective at foot; text a little tanned; staples a little rusted, but a serviceable copy of a classic title. Faint stamps of the Collector’s Shop in Market Street, Kettering, on upper cover and title, with the “Reader’s Security Form” filled in in pencil by William Howard of Burton Latimer. Aside from a microform in the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : CATACLYSM!

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : CATACLYSM!

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Young provincial Martin Clegg has long suspected he has a twin in the constellation of Orion – girlfriend and psychiatrist are sceptical.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by ‘Zero’ (Philip Montague Mendoza); described as being in ‘near fine bright condition; by the Long Island ‘specialist’ from whom I bought it – but it’s not: spine tanned and worn; faint price over-stamped on upper wrapper; lower wrapper and title-page discoloured at edges by badly rusted staples; text a little tanned; a serviceable copy only. Three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE CATALYST.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE CATALYST.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Scott and Nancy Andrews, chief investigators of the interplanetary deeps, pioneers of both Mars and Venus, now in 1980 encounter an inhospitable Mercury – except that it is covered in diamonds.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine lightly worn and a little browned; a few faint creases; staples a little rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE COSMIC FLAME.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE COSMIC FLAME.

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. “It was in the year 2,000 A.D. when nobody could any longer blame flying saucers on imagination or indigestion. They became apparent in June ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in an unsigned but typical Ron Turner design; slight spine crease; just a hint of rusting to staples, but overall a very good, clean and tight copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK Libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DE-CREATION.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DE-CREATION.

London : Scion, (1952) First edition. Brilliant scientist has a car accident on the way to London from Godalming – and meets a tramp who knows too much and issues a warning.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Roger Davis; minor wear and slight creasing; a few marks; inked numeral on title-page, but a very good copy. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DEADLINE TO PLUTO.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DEADLINE TO PLUTO.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. It is the year 2060 and a massive meteorite hits Pluto head on – Captain Mark Rapier is send to investigate.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a typical design by Ron Turner; staples a little rusted; a couple of tiny nicks and faint creases, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE G-BOMB.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE G-BOMB.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. The elders of Mars covet the planet Earth. They have failed twice (1914-1918 and 1939-1946) to persuade humanity to destroy itself – time to unleash the Gravity Bomb.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a Ron Turner design; somewhat rubbed, worn, creased and slightly split; chipped at head; inked figures to upper wrapper; one leaf chipped, but a reasonable copy. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : INFERNO!

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : INFERNO!

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. A lone space machine returns to earth with the single survivor of the exploration fleet – his colleagues all dead on the desolate wastes of Pluto.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned rocket design by Ron Turner; some wear at tips; a few faint marks; staples rusting, but otherwise a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE INTERLOPER.

“STATTEN, Vargo” - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE INTERLOPER.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. “The scare headlines concerning the possibility of a tri-planetary war between Earth, Mars, and Venus, came to a head on July 9, 1987. On this date diplomatic relations with Venus ceased to exist and Ambassador Kenneth Hargraves made the 60-million mile journey home ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a striking design by ‘Ferrari’ (Philip Montague Mendoza); some light creasing; tiny chip at foot - larger chip to rear wrapper; light rusting to staples, but overall a pretty good copy of an uncommon title. Stamp of the P & P Book Exchange, Hastings, on preliminary leaf. Just two copies (Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE INTERLOPER.

“STATTEN, Vargo” - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE INTERLOPER.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. “The scare headlines concerning the possibility of a tri-planetary war between Earth, Mars, and Venus, came to a head on July 9, 1987. On this date diplomatic relations with Venus ceased to exist and Ambassador Kenneth Hargraves made the 60-million mile journey home ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a striking design by “Ferrari” (Philip Montague Mendoza); a little worn, creased and slightly frayed; chipped at tips, with short tear at foot; staples rusted; a reasonable copy. Just two copies (Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN FROM TO-MORROW.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN FROM TO-MORROW.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Meteorites with rivets light up a Sussex night, a curious stranger rescues sparky young journalist Glenda Carlyle from unwanted attentions in an alley off Fleet Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine a little tanned, worn and slightly torn; some rubbing and scuffing; lower wrapper a litle discoloured; staples rusted; a poor copy. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN IN DUPLICATE.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN IN DUPLICATE.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Playboy millionaire with a demanding girl-friend has an alien doppelganger.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; shallow and tiny chip at foot; some very minor creasing; staples lightly rusted, but a very good and otherwise clean copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN OF TWO WORLDS.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN OF TWO WORLDS.

London : Scion, [1953]. First edition. London department store salesman gets struck by freakish lightning in the Lake District – with curious effects.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; a little worn, rubbed and slightly split; upper wrapper creased, nicked and a little chipped; lower wrapper a little discoloured, with two short tears; staples lightly rusted, but a reasonable copy of a scarce title. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MULTI-MAN.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MULTI-MAN.

London : Scion Distributors, (1954). First edition. Research biologist develops cellular human duplicates – even Scotland Yard is powerless, save for one man.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; some wear; wrappers nicked and creased; short tears to lower wrapper; mild spotting of edges; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE NEW SATELLITE.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE NEW SATELLITE.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The planet Mercury disintegrates, the solar system starts breaking up – and then the moon turns red.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – unsigned but a stylish spaceman design by Ron Turner; some very minor signs of age and use; mild tanning of text, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RED INSECTS.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RED INSECTS.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Ena and Nick inherit a spooky house in the Home Counties – “All we need now is Boris Karloff”, says Nick. Ena’s late uncle was a reclusive entomologist – what can possibly go wrong?
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by ‘Zero’ (Philip Mendoza); some wear, especially at foot; one corner lightly bruised; some mild creasing; a few slight marks; staples lightly rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RENEGADE STAR.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RENEGADE STAR.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. “At first it was only a smudge on the face of infinity ...” – a runaway star threatens the solar system.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner; cheap paper-stock lightly spotted in places (as always), but a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : SPACE WARP.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : SPACE WARP.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. In the near future of June 1963, a wedge of stars suddenly becomes too bright to observe with the naked eye.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112 pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a striking design by Ron Turner; some minor wear and light creasing; tiny chip to lower wrapper; a few slight marks, but a very good copy of a fragile and ephemeral item. Aside from the British Library copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE SUNMAKERS.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE SUNMAKERS.

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. An attempt to make a model artificial sun for the London Planetarium (now at Greenwich in the year 2,000) has unexpected consequences ...
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a powerful design by Ron Turner (signed with initials); a very good copy, clean and bright.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TIME BRIDGE.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TIME BRIDGE.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Chestnut-haired and starry-eyed Lucy Grantham is sentenced to to the entropy globe by a disappointed mad scientist suitor ...
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a stylish design by Ron Turner; some wear to tips; spine a little darkened; some marking and creasing; some browning and spotting, but a good copy of a difficult title. Aside from a microform at the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TIME TRAP.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TIME TRAP.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Revellers leaving a party drive inadvertently into a fourth dimension to the south of London.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Roger Davis; slight wear at tips; corner crease to upper wrapper; corner cut from title-page; some mild tanning, but otherwise a very good copy. Only a copy at Liverpool and a microform in the Bodleian located in major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : TO THE ULTIMATE.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : TO THE ULTIMATE.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. The XM-12 exploration space machine finds a new artificial planet beyond Mercury. Based on Fearn’s celebrated pre-war short story “Mathematica”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Gordon C. Davies; light creasing and furling; text a little tanned; one leaf chipped, but overall a very good copy. Aside from a microforms in the Bodleian and National Library of Scotland, no copies located in any major UK library.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : WANDERER OF SPACE.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : WANDERER OF SPACE.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Anchored between Mars and Jupiter in the year 2150, the royal space cruiser Starwind awaits a royal event. Queen Maylion of Earth is about to give birth to a future king or queen.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ron Turner; some wear; some creasing; shallow chips to upper wrapper; staples rusted and discoloured; a few small internal flaws, but a reasonable copy. Aside from a microform at the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : WEALTH OF THE VOID.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : WEALTH OF THE VOID.

London : Scion, (1954). First edition. “That a planetoid of solid gold might exist in the Solar System is not beyond scientific possibility ... Here is a story of human longings, of greed overmastering finer sentiments, and behind it all the implaccable [sic] edicts of space ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ron Turner; some minor wear and slight creasing; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : ZERO HOUR.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : ZERO HOUR.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Dr Royd needs a guinea-pig to try out his Brain Scanner – a device to strip away the past to achieve a vision of the future.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a striking design by Ron Turner; some wear; short nicks and splits; some marking and creasing, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£25

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TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : CITY OF NO RETURN.

TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : CITY OF NO RETURN.

London : Scion, (1954). First edition. Klaglan – the ancient, mysterious and forbidden city of Mars – Halmar the Guide, Lorna the dancer from Venus, and the man called Smith try to penetrate its crystal walls.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ronald Turner; some light wear, rubbing and slight creasing; a few faint marks; text a little tanned, but overall still a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : JOURNEY TO MARS.

TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : JOURNEY TO MARS.

London : Scion, [1954]. First edition. Verrill needs to get to Mars where a spaceship is making ready for the Big Jump to the stars, but he is stranded on Venus without money, papers or weapons.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; worn, rubbed and creased; short nick to title-page; some internal repair and tightening; a reasonable copy of a notorious rarity. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£75

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TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : WORLD AT BAY.

TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : WORLD AT BAY.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1954). First edition. Earth starving while cheap energy is unavailable – atomic research outlawed by the League of Peace. Rogue scientists launch an experiment. Panther Books 110.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (159),[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by John Richards; a little rubbed and creased; some short nicks and tiny chips; internal tape repair to upper wrapper; a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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WRIGHT, S. Fowler (Sydney Fowler), 1874-1965 :  THE DWELLERS.

WRIGHT, S. Fowler (Sydney Fowler), 1874-1965 : THE DWELLERS.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1954]. First paperback edition. The sequel to Fowler Wright’s “The Amphibians”, originally published in 1929 under the title “The World Below”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; some wear and tear; some creasing; inked price on upper wrapper; a few internal marks and spots; a reasonable copy.

£20

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WRIGHT, S. Fowler (Sydney Fowler), 1874-1965 :  THE WORLD BELOW [THE AMPHIBIANS].

WRIGHT, S. Fowler (Sydney Fowler), 1874-1965 : THE WORLD BELOW [THE AMPHIBIANS].

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1953]. First paperback edition. “‘Applied science’, said the Professor, ‘is always incredible to the vulgar mind’”. A classic of future-world fiction, originally published as “The Amphibians” in 1925.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by John Richards; tiny chips at tips; a little worn and creased, but a good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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[“WYNDHAM, John”, 1903-1969] – “BEYNON, John” : STOWAWAY TO MARS.

[“WYNDHAM, John”, 1903-1969] – “BEYNON, John” : STOWAWAY TO MARS.

London : Nova Publications, (1953). [Second edition]. John Wyndham’s second foray into science fiction, first published as “Planet Plane” in 1936 and here in a revised text, published under his John Beynon pseudonym as the first in the Nova Science Fiction Novels series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Gordon Hutchings. Light wear and some mild creasing; pencilled price to upper wrapper, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

£25

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