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 The text of a previously unpublished novel of New England life taken from a manuscript copy in the Brown University archives.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O7AA. Machen, A, Strange Roads/ With the Gods in Spring, 1923, 1st edition thus, Green Round Press 1990, small 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to front board, marbled end papers, 55pp, with illustrations in the text and a new preface by Rita Tait, number 6 of a hand numbered limited edition of 350 copies; two articles from the 1920s on life in Gwent reflecting the landscape that influenced many of the author’s supernatural stories. Faint water stain around lower corner of front board otherwise a near fine copy of this uncommon item £15

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

O9RT. Saurat, D, Literature and the Occult Tradition: Studies in Philosophical Poetry, 1st edition, Bell 1930, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 8 + 246pp including index, with a signed presentation inscription from the author to surgeon Victor Negus on the front end paper. The occult literature treated includes the work of Edmund Spencer, H.P Blavatsky, and the Cabala. Spine faded and rubbed at ends, boards lightly soiled in places and faded at joints, light foxing to end papers, minor spots to first and last couple of margins, text clean and tight. A good + copy of the uncommon original issue, and signed copies are very scarce £30

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