Element, 2004. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. "From his hugely popular and personal readings to his hit televised explorations, Derek has dealt with some of Britain's most notorious spirits and conducted countless hauting investigations. The sceptics are being silenced. Believers are being blinded by the light. What will YOU find when you enter the psychic adventures of Derek Acorah?" (jacket). Includes descriptions of encouters with Ghosts (including Jack the Ripper's victims, King Charles I, Mary Queen of Scots, and more). Black paper wrappers gilt title to front panel and blue/white title to spine. Photographic portait of Acorah to front and spine panels. Minor scuffing to panels and very minor wear to edges, else fine. Pristine interior with tight binding. 253 pages. MYTH/042205. Near Fine.
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New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1986). Hardcover. Presentation copy SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Blue paper backed yellow cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Inscription on front free end page reads " To George, Hope you like this book. I look forward to meeting you. Jerome Charyn." Else is clean and bright. White illustrated dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. One small closed teat to bottom edge of front panel of dust jacket. Index, 304 pages. NY/061611. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Wyndham Books, 1981. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. In red cloth backed brown paper covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Slight fading to top edge of boards. In illustrated black DJ with tow tiny chips to top edge of DJ. Small brown stain to top edge of textblock. Interior pristine. 286pp. OCC/072606. Very Good in Very Good dj.
Baltimore: Flying Fox Press, 2017. Paperback. 1 of 25 copies, initialed and numbered by the artist. Linocut of an imaginary serpent-bird printed archivally in dark green ink on tan paper. Printed at PaperBase with Sarah Robbins. Thirty-seven additional copies were printed for the Guild of Book Workers "Bird in Hand" annual collaborative project. Ten percent of each sale will be donated to Bat Conservation International. Size: 8 x 8 inches. PRI/090117. Fine.
Towson, MD: Susannah Horrom, 2014. Paperback. Limited to 25 copies. Initialed and numbered by the artist. First trade edition. A detailed drawing of a creature that is filled with "lost things" such as keys, phones, pets, money, flashlights, time, weight, and even Atlantis. This drawing was created as part of a collaborative project sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers. The first printing of this map was issued exclusively for other participants in the Atlas Project 2014 in an edition of 40. From the artist's statement: "I lose things all the time. I put down a pen, sewing needle, phone, etc. - turn my head for a second - and BAM - gone. Sometimes these mysterious disappearances are due to my clepto cats, but are largely inexplicable. What is taking my eyeglasses, spare change, flashlights, postage stamps, and half of my socks? My husband? Aliens? or more likely - a giant worm-dragon-monster that lives underground and sends up tentacles to steal my stuff..." This trade edition is inkjet printed on archival paper from the original pen and ink drawing. Includes card with artist's statement and brief biography. 8.5 inches x 21 inches. PRI/123114. Fine.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., . Hardcover. First Edition. Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965) was a well-known writer about the super-natural, and primarily known for his works about ghosts. Ex-library from the Washington Club with the club's bookplate to the front pastedown, embossed stamp to title page, and removed libary pocket to rear endpapers. Bound in black cloth with title and author to spine. Title on spine is faded and rubbed. Heavy wear to corners and spine ends with board exposed. Short closed tear to bookcloth along rear joint. Light rubbing to boards. Aside from library markings and a pencil notation to the front endpaper, the interior is clean. Very good condition. 280 pages including index. OCC/062122. Very Good.
New York: Rider and Company. Hardcover. First Edition, third impression. With seven photographic plates produced in half tone. This exploration of the British Isles includes "ghostly phenomena of every variety - elementals, vampires, phantom motor lorries and coaches, phantom heads, headless ghosts, evil and dangerous ghosts, ghosts of various colours, frightful and frightening ghosts, benign and lovely ghosts, a formidable array of denizens of the other worlds ... [with] a touch of O'Donnell's inimitable sardonic humour" (jacket). Black cloth boards with white title to spine. Slight bumping to corners and minor wear to edges and hinges. Minor rubbing to book cloth. Even browning to interior pages. In illustrated blue, black, and red jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Browning to spine panel of jacket. Minor wear to edges of jacket including a few short closed tears. 192 pages. Horror. OCC/062022. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Frederick A Stokes Company. Hardcover. No date. Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965) was a well-known writer about the super-natural, and primarily known for his works about ghosts. He even claimed to have seen one when he was five years old. This book includes stories about mysterious rooms in the UK and America - rooms of portraits, garages, school rooms, cellars, torture rooms, haunted rooms, rooms with monstrous people, and more. Light green cloth covered boards with dark green title to spine. Browning to spine, wear to edges of boards and corners, and minor rubbing to boards. Even toning to interior pages. 282 pages. OCC/062122. Very Good.
Sutton Mandeville, England: Perdix Press, 1978. Softcover. One of 100 copies printed. Seventy were for the fourth exchange of the Society of Private Printers and thirty for private circulation. A charming small collection of 16 verses that were taken from the Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book of 1955, compiled by the nursery rhyme scholars Iona and Peter Opie. The pages are sewn into light cream wrappers with the title and decoration in blue on front cover. Hand set in 10 point Bembo and printed on a Columbian press by Walter Pattridge. In fine condition. 2.5 x 4.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/112717. Fine.
London: Hutchinson and Co, (1936). Hardcover. A somewhat scholarly examination of the existence of ghosts intermingled with ghost stories and personal experiences. The author cites evidence drawn from other cultures and relevant popular authors such as Lafcadio Hearn and Arthur Machen. Bound in the original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to spine and minor wear to corners. Sllight bow to boards. Foxing to fore-edge and to interior pages with text. Includes 16 illustrations issued on a white glossy paper stock. 288 pages plus 20 pages of publisher's ads. OCC/062122. Very Good.
London: Harold Shaylor, 1930. Hardcover. Illustrated. First Edition. C.J.S. Thompson (1862 - 1943) was an English author and physician who wrote books on alchemy, poison, magic, folklore, and more. He also wrote a novel under the pseudonym "Creswick J. Thompson. Bound in the original tan striped cloth covered boards with dark brown title to spine and front board. Browning to spine and spots of foxing to boards. Even toning to interior pages with occasional small spots of soiling (mostly to margins). Scattered foxing to early and late pages. 331 pages. OCC/062122. Very Good.
Philadelphia, London: Courage Books, (1991). Hardcover. Thin 4to. Unearthly tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, M.R. James, Edith Nesbit, Ambrose Bierce, and others. Very good black illustrated glossy paper covered boards with white title to spine. Offsetting from jacket to endpages, else clean interior. Color illustrations on every page. Very good illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine. Minor wear to edges of jacket and a few scuff marks to rear panel. 56 pages. CHILD/102209. Very good in very good jacket.