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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

O01A. Blackwood, A, Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre, Spring Books 1967, 8vo, red cloth, 400pp. 23 stories, including Chinese Magic, The sacrifice, The Wings of Horus, and Initiation. Very slight fading to spine, minor soiling to covers in places. Tiny nick without loss to edge of half title. Contents clean and tight. V.good £3.50

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 The text of a previously unpublished novel of New England life taken from a manuscript copy in the Brown University archives.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

O4AF. Grant, K, Gamaliel: The Diary of a Vampire & Dance, Doll, Dance, 1st edition, Starfire Publishing 2003, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 158pp, with a coloured frontispiece and a few b/w illustrations in the text. Two further tales in Grant’s series of Nightside Narratives, the first of which takes the form of the diary of a woman trafficking with the Qlippothic realms; the second a tale of tantric sorcery. Hardly noticeable crease to upper corners of a very few leaves otherwise fine in very good (a little shelf rubbed, slight creasing to foot of rear panel) d/w £15

O4AG. Grant, K, Against the Light, 1st edition, Starfire 1997, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 120pp + advertisements. The first of Grant’s occult fiction published in single book form, and based upon the magical work of the Nu-Isis Lodge. Fine in like d/w £25

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

O4DD. Haining, P (editor), Weird Tales, 1976, 1st edition thus, Xanadu Publications 1990, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 264pp, with illustrations in the text. A wonderful selection from the pages of classic pulp fiction periodical Weird Tales during the 1930s- 1950s, including tales from H.P Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, and many others. Although the selection is the same as the 1976 Neville Spearman issue, unlike that edition, this revised issue consists of facsimile reprints from the original magazine, and includes all original illustrations. Edges of text block tanned otherwise near fine in very good (a little minor creasing to edges) d/w £15

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

O5. (James, M.R), Dalby, R & R.Pardoe (editors), Ghosts and Scholars: Ghost Stories in the Tradition of M.R James, 1st  edition, Crucible 1987, 8vo, grey-green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 272pp, with a few photographs and other illustrations in the text (some full page) + a frontispiece and 8pp plates, with an introduction by the editors and a foreword by Michael Cox. A splendid selection of supernatural tales in the ‘Jamesian’ mould including stories by R.H Benson, Ramsey Campbell, Lewis Spence, and Montague Summers, and featuring some wonderful original artwork. Also included are an essay by James on writing ghost stories and details of his 1930 ghost story competition. A lovely copy of an increasingly scarce book, fine in like d/w £60

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

O6L. (Lovecraft, H.P), Schweitzer, D, Lovecraft in the Cinema, 1st edition, Nickelodeon Graphic Arts Service 1975, 8vo, stapled printed mauve wraps, 24pp + advertisement leaf. Films and television adaptations of Lovecraft’s work. Spine fold slightly faded, vertical tear to top half of front wrapper, without loss and neatly repaired with clear tape on the blank verso, a couple of small labels to covers, minor spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Good + £6

O6M. (Lovecraft, H.P), Schweitzer, D, The Dream Quest of H.P. Lovecraft, 1st edition, Borgo Press 8vo pbk. 1978, 64pp. A concise critical study of Lovecraft’s fiction. Trivial faint soiling to covers, contents clean and tight. Very good £6

O6Q. (Lovecraft, H.P), Various, The Arkham Collector, number 4, Winter 1969, Cr8vo, stapled printed wraps, 36pp (pp. 89-124 of a continuous pagination including covers). Pieces by or related to Lovecraft, including R.H Barlow’s story Till all the Seas with Lovecraft’s revisions and corrections. A little minor spotting to wraps, contents clean and tight. Very good £5

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

O7A. Machen, A, Tales of Horror and the Supernatural, 1949, 1st edition, 4th printing, John Baker for the Richards Press 1970, 8vo,  red 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 Novel of the White Powder, The Innermost Light, and The Shining Pyramid. Minor spot to rear end paper otherwise near fine in very good (spine panel lightly faded, small soil mark to rear panel) d/w £25

O8. Morrison, A, Cunning Murrell: A Tale of Witchcraft and Smuggling, 1900, 2nd issue, Boydell Press 1977,  Cr8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 8 + 310pp. Novel based on the real life of James “cunning” Murrell, one of the last great Essex cunning men. Although Murrell’s papers were probably destroyed following his death in 1860, the novel is thought to be based on knowledge obtained through his son and provides a valuable insight into Murrell’s little known magical methods. Top edge of text block lightly spotted, internally clean and tight. Very good in like (spine panel very slightly faded) d/w £15

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

09BS. (Stoker, B) The Annotated Dracula, 1975, 1st British edition, New English Library 1976, 4to, black cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind stamped calligraphic title to front board, pictorial end papers, 27 + 362pp including index + a frontispiece and many illustrations in the text, with an introduction, notes and bibliography by Leonard Wolf. A rather splendid illustrated edition of Stoker’s classic vampire tale, reprinting the text of the first issue of 1897 together with extensive commentary, related appendices, maps and other relevant information. Faint  flaw to cloth, edges of text block lightly soiled, unobtrusive clear tape to foot of paste-downs where dust jacket was previously attached to book,  small unobtrusive scuff to top of front paste-down, ownership stamp to half title otherwise internally clean and tight, a near very good copy in good + (spine panel slightly faded, a little minor soiling in places, a couple of short closed tears, tape mark to foot of rear panel, slight chipping to surface layer along top edge in places) d/w £20

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