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O01AP. Arnott, J, The House of Rumour, 1st edition, Sceptre 2012, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 + 403pp. An occult novel set during the second world war featuring, amongst others, Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons. Signed by author on the title page. Fine in like d/w £12

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

O01BA. Bates, B, The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer, 1983, BCA 1984, 8vo, black cloth with silver titles to spine, 208pp.  A novel based on the author’s researches into the psychology and shamanism of the Anglo-Saxons. Spine leaning slightly otherwise a very good clean copy in like d/w £2.50

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 The text of a previously unpublished novel of New England life taken from a manuscript copy in the Brown University archives.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

O4A. Grant, J, Lord of the Horizon, 1st edition, Methuen 1943, Cr8vo, yellow cloth with spine titles and decoration in red, pictorial title page in blue and black, 8 + 292pp. A novel set in ancient Egypt. Edges of text block soiled, minor foxing to first and last few leaves and occasional margins, text clean and tight. Very good – in like (some light edge-wear, a few minor marks, rear panel lightly soiled) d/w £8

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

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

O5A. Khayyam, O, The Rubaiyat, Avenel, no date (c.1970), 8vo, brown hard covers with gilt titles and decoration to spine and front board, 158pp, translated by Edward Fitzgerald, with full page illustrations by E.J Sullivan. Perhaps the most famous of all Sufi mystical poems, and despite Fitzgerald’s translation not being considered the most accurate, it does have a certain charm. Covers lightly marked in places, gift inscription to front end paper, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £2.50

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

O6G. (Lovecraft, H.P), Weird Tales: H.P. Lovecraft in “The Eyrie”, 1st edition, Necronomicon Press 1979, Square 8vo, stapled pictorial wraps, 83pp, edited by S.T. Joshi & Marc A. Michaud.  A compilation of letters relating to Lovecraft’s work reprinted from Weird Tales’ The Eyrie. Spine fold very slightly darkened, small soil mark to fore-edge, slightly affecting margins of a couple of leaves, text clean and tight. Scarce. Very good £25

O6H. Lovecraft, H.P, Autobiography: Some Notes on a Nonentity, 1st edition thus, Arkham House 1963, Cr8vo, stapled printed wraps, 17pp, annotated by August Derleth, one of only 500 copies printed. The first stand alone publication of the most substantial of Lovecraft’s autobiographical fragments, originally issued in Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1943). Covers a little foxed, light spotting to first and last couple of leaves but textually clean and tight. Scarce. Very good - £30

O6J. (Lovecraft, H.P), The Lovecraft Collector, 1st edition, Necronomicon Press 1977, square 8vo, grey stapled printed wraps, 14pp, number 144 of a limited edition of 500 copies. A reprint of the three issues of the short lived periodical dedicated to the collection of Lovecraft’s early published works that first appeared in January to October 1949. Spine fold and near edges slightly darkened, crease to upper corner of front wrapper, contents clean and tight. Very good £10

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

O6N. (Lovecraft, H.P), Faig Jnr., K.W, H.P Lovecraft: His Life, His Work, 1st edition, 1st printing, Necronomicon Press 1979, square 8vo, stapled pictorial wraps, 36pp + 4pp plates. A brief biographical sketch with extensive chronologies of Lovecraft’s life and work. Minor bump to top corner otherwise a near fine copy of the uncommon first issue £15

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

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

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

O11D. Williams, C, All Hallows Eve, 1945, 1st edition, 4th printing Faber 1947, Cr8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 240pp. An esoteric novel, based, at least in part, on the author’s experiences within the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Spine ends lightly rubbed, a couple of trivial marks to front board, minor marks to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. A very good copy in good + (Spine panel very slightly faded, some edge-wear with a few nicks and one chip to top of front panel near spine) d/w £8