A couple to check if you are looking for the rare short stories by your favourite author and a series I have not come across previously.

Detective Monthly September 1956

Vol II No. 10 (British Edition)

Kenneth Robeson – Three Times a Corpse

Stanley C Vickers – Don Bird

H Wolff Salz – Invitation to Death

John Scott Douglas


Detective Monthly September 1956

In the shop £7.50 by mail in the UK £10


Larry Kent (protagonist not the author who is not mentioned) – Homicide Hell £3.00

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Larry Kent – Homicide Hell

In shop £2.50 By post (UK) £4.00


Manhunt Detective Monthly January 1954 ; Henry Kane, Richard S Prather (Shell Scott Story), Richard Dening, Harold Q Masur, Evan Hunter, Michael Fessier, Charles Beckman Junior, Emmanuel Winters, and Vincent H Gaddis –


Manhunt Detective Story Monthly January 1954 – English Edition

£5.00 in the shop – when I can open again. £7.50 within the UK using our postal service


Suspense Monthly February 1958 ; Hugh B Cave, Agatha Christie, Gerald Kersh, Charles Irving, Octavus Roy Cohen (what a great name), Simenon, Cornell Woolrich, Manning Coles, Ben Ray Redman, Michael Barker, Mignon G Eberhart, Gerald Bell and James Hadley Chase £2.50

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Suspense Monthly February 1958

In shop £2.50 In post (UK) 4


James Hadley Chase


Lay her among the lilies – James Hadley Chase

1953 Robert Hale reprint ex-library dj vg unclipped book vg- In shop £2.50, through post to UK £5.00



Shock Treatment – James Hadley Chase

1959 Robert Hale 1st edition dj vg unclipped book vg- (foxing on fore edge and on a number of pages) In shop £2.50 through post (UK) £5.00



An Ear to the GroundPanther£2.50
Believed ViolentPanther£2.50
Come Easy-Go EaseyPanther£2.50vg
Goldfish Have no Hiding PlaceCorgi£2.50
Hit and RunRobert Hale£2.50vg
Lady Here’s Your WreathJarrods£6.00vg
Lady-Here’s your WreathPanther£2.50vg-1961
Lay Her Among the LiliesPanther£2.50vg+
Miss hemingway Waves a HandPanther£4.00f
My Laugh Comes LastCorgi£2.50
No Orchids for Miss BlandishPanther£2.50vg1961
No Orchids for Miss BlandishPanther£2.50vg
Safer DeadRobert Hale£10.00vg1956
Strictly for CashPanther£5.00vg+
The Doll’s Bad NewsPanther£2.00
The Doll’s Bad NewsPanther£2.50
The Soft CentreCorgi£2.50
The Vulture is a Patient BirdPanther£2.50
The wary TransgressorPanther£5.00f1969
Tiger by the TailPanther£2.50
Trusted Like a FoxCorgi£2.50
We’ll Share a Doule FuneralCorgi£2.50
What’s Better than Money?Panther£2.50vg
You’ve Got it ComingPanther£2.50

I have not found a way to include a PayPal block that allows choice so unfortunately you will have to contact me by phone or e-mail to purchase any of the above, postage and package for a single paperback in UK is £2.00, it obviously gets cheaper (per copy) if you make multiple purchases.



Mirfield Official Guide 1971

Undated but about 1971, Seventh edition. Approx. 7”X5” 56 pages. The usual local adverts and potted history as well as the guide.

Fine edition £5.00

Mirfield by Isobel Schofield

1998 published by Kirklees Cultural Services. A 30 page booklet 8”X6” a well-illustrated little publication difficult to find nowadays.

Fine £5.00

With Scuffed cover £3.50

Looking Back at Mirfield – Frances Stott

Published by Greenfield House Publications in 2000 you would have thought there would still be a lot of copies about, but not the case. An A4 sized soft cover publication with 70 pages well produced. Extremely well illustrated and well written text.


Looking Back at Mirfield

Published by Greenfield House Publications in 2000 you would have thought there would still be a lot of copies about, but not the case. An A4 sized soft cover publication with 70 pages well produced. Extremely well illustrated and well written text. Through the post to UK addresses 12.00


Fine £20.00

Mirfield Past and Present by Denis Kay & Stuart Metcalfe



Mirfield Past and Present by Denis Kay & Stuart Metcalfe

Published in 1992 by Mirfield Rotary Club. 8”X8” 48 pages softcover. Illustrations on every page with explanatory text. Price includes UK P&P


A History of Mirfield – By H N Pobjoy

Published by the Ridings Publishing Company in 1969 a 220 page 10”X8” hard back illustrated with line drawings and is indexed. It was seen as the “definitive” history of Mirfield for a long time, though obviously a personal thing I always thought it too “Churchy”. I was more frustrated by the fact that Pobjoy had access to a large amount of interesting material. He does not mention one of my ancestors who was a Mirfield resident who was hung at York for “Clipping and Coining” (a fact I did not mention when I stood for the council in Mirfield).


Old Mirfield Days Old Mirfield Ways – FG Pilling

Old Mirfield Days Old Mirfield Ways – FG Pilling

44 page booklet privately published in 1977 For sale in my shop for £5.00 by post in UK £7.50


Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club Journal 1912 Vol IV No.12

The Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club Journal 1912

First thought, walking round Yorkshire, but no this is Yorkshiremen rambling round the world, and under it. On the Gringa, The Aurora Borealis, An attempt on Kamet, a Desert ride in the Sinai, Mere Gill, Fell Beck above Gaping Gill and more. 90 pages, 7 illustrations and two plans, originally sold for two shillings plus 3d postage. Here’s inflation for you, I am asking for £10 plus £2.50 postage (in UK).


The Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club Journal 1912

90 pages as above. Price below includes UK P&P



This is only a small proportion of Astounding, an even smaller proportion of the Science Fiction Digests I still need to catalogue. I am hoping that search engines can find the contributors I have listed, I also hope I remember where I put them in the shop. The prices listed are shop prices from a while ago and I can’t recall what logic I was using. I think I can send a digest through the post for £4.00, that is purchase price plus p&p for UK sales.


194001£1.00Harl Vincent – Lester del Rey – D L James – EE Smith
194008£0.50Lester del Rey – A E van Vogt – John Berryman – Philip St John – Clifford D Simak -Harry Walton
194010£1.00Harry Bates – Theodore Sturgeon – Malcolm Jameson – L Sprague de Camp
194205£1.00A E van Vogt – Isaac Asimov – Alfred Bester
194210£2.00Anthony Boucher – Lester del Rey
194302£2.50Van Vogt – Cartmill – Ross Rocklynne – R M Williams
194307£2.00Clifford D Simak – A E an Vogt – Marion Henry – P Schyler Miller – Henry Norton – John Pierce
194404£2.50George O Smith – A E Van Vogt – Lewis Padgett
194406£2.00George O Smith – Malcolm Jameson – Lester del Rey – Fritz Leiber – Isaac Asimov
194408£2.50Wesley Long – PS Miller – CD Simak – Fredric Brown – Roby Wentz – CS Geier
194704£2.00Hal Clement – Philip Latham – Lewis Padgett – A Bertram Chandler – A E van Vogt
194708£2.50Jack Williamson – Anderson & Waldrop – William Tenn – Pendalton Banks
194712£1.00A E van Vogt – Chan Davis – Raymond F Jones – William Tenn – H Beam Piper – O W Hopkinson
194802£2.00Jack Williamson – Poul Anderson – Edward Grendon – Isaac Asimov – Anthony Boucher
194804£1.00Clifford D Simak – A E van Vogt – Bernard I Kahn – Alfred Coppel – Michael Yamin – Murray Leinster
194808£2.50UK Ed – G O Smith – Eric Frank Russell – A Bertram Chandler – OW Hopkinson – Jack Vance – Murray Leinster – Will F Jenkins
194902£1.00George O Smith – Rene Lafayette – Peter Phillips – John B MacDonald – Arthur C Clarke – A Bertram Chandler
194909£2.00Rene Lafayette – Eric Frank Russell – Christopher Youd – M C Peasee – Theodore Sturgeon – Burt MacFadyen
194910£2.00A E Van Vogt – Rene Lafayette – Poul Anderson & Gergen – Theodore Sturgeon – H B Fyfe
195002£2.00Poul Anderson – HB Fyfe – Raymond P Jones – Arthur C Clarke – W MacFalane – Theodore Sturgeon
195006£2.50L Padgett – JA Winter – Isaac Asimov – Peter Phillips – W Macfarlane – Judith Merril
195012£2.50Lawrence O’Donnell – Edwin James – Ford McCormack – Eric Frank Russell – Robert A Heinlein
195104£2.00Fritz Leiber – Wilmar H Shiras – William Morrison – H B Fyfe – J J Coupling
195108£2.00F L Wallace – Raymond F Jones – Frank Quattrocchi – Murray Leinster – Kris Neville
195112£2.00Eric Frank Russell – Isaac Asimov – Gordon R Dickson
195203£2.00H Beam Piper – Frank M Robinson – Alan E Nourse
195204£2.00Harry Stine – Walter M Miller – JA Meyer
195208£2.00Cyril Judd – Jack Williamson – Matthew M Cammen – Jack Thomas – Gallun & Bixby
195209£2.00Walter M Miller – Raymond F Jones – Julian Fane – Cyril Judd
195212£2.00Jim Brown – Chad Oliver – Michael Shaara – Mark Clifton
195302£2.00Thomas Wilson – A Betram Chandler – Walter M Miller
195303£2.50Isaac Asimov – Walter M Miller – M C Pease
195304£2.50Eric Frank Russell – Isaak Asimov – Gene L Henderson
195305£2.00Raymond F Jones – Issac Asimov – Robert Donald Locke
195306£2.00Poul Anderson – E B Cole
195309£2.00Hal Clement – Dye & Smith – Alan E Nourse – Lester Del Rey
195310£2.00Robert Moore Williams – Algis Budrys – Irving E Cox – Hal Clement
195311£2.50Lee Correy – F M Robinson – Philip K Dick – Lee Cahn – Charles E Fritch – Hal Clemant
195319£2.00Hal Clement – Dye & Smith – Alan E Nourse – Lester Del Rey
195402£2.50Clifton and Apostolides – Padgett – Burdrys – R F Young – Katherine MacLean
195404£2.50Tom Goodwin – Issac Asimov – Ralph Williams – James White – Mark Reynolds and Fredric Brown
195412£1.00Randall Garrett – Robert Abernathy – Winston Marks – Morton Klass – Poul Anderson – Gotthard Gunther
195504£2.50Budrys – Powers -Bentley – Banister – Reich – Anderson -Clifton – Riley
195901£2.50Simak – Paul Ash – R Garrett – Rog Phillips – Jay Williams
196005£2.50McIntosh – Leinster – Garrett – Anvil – Sanders – Budrys –

Astounding Science Fiction

I don’t know how this works but let me know what issue you want the price includes UK P&P.


CHILDREN’S Annuals and such

The Railway Album by E S Wolff

Sampson Low and Marston . Pictorial Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. A fascinating book on railways around the world for the younger reader. A bias towards British railways and probably dating form the 1950s. 8.25″ x 10″ with 156pp on sale in the shop for £2.50


The Railway Album – E S Wolff

A Typical 50’s Christmas present with probably better and more illustrations than expected. The price below includes UK P&P


Travel Ways By Land Sea and Air by G G Jackson and others

Published by Raphael Tuck (probably in the 30’s) illustrated by Bernard Way and T Cuneo, B&W illustrations throughout with a coloured frontispiece.192 pages. This copy has been owned by a very careful child (probably boy) In the shop for £2.50

Travel Ways By Land Sea and Air by G G Jackson

Worth it for the frontispiece alone. The price below includes UK P&P


Fun and Frolic Toy Book – Redcap Series 11 Published Charles H Kelly

28 pages b&w and coloured illustrations. Repairs to spine, book plate 2nd prize won by Winifred Whitaker in 1921 at St Oswolds Sunday School, complete with no marks that I can see. In the shop £2.50.


Fun and Frolic Toy Book

Price below includes p&p in UK


Cheeryble Book

Collins’ Clear-type Press, London & Glasgow. Pictorial Boards. Condition: vg. No Jacket. Harry Rountree and Others (illustrator). [122] pages, illustrated. A sound book in worn boards, front cover illustrated with princess in a sedan chair. Colour frontis . One full-page colour plate, tipped in, by “Harry” = Rountree?, ‘Up in a Balloon’ 3 bears in a balloon basket, Many b/w illustrations in text, several probably by Rountree. Most pages are VG except for slightly worn edges, a couple have very slight markings (that do rub out). Undated but owners plate indicate about 1920. In the shop £5.00


Cheeryble Book

Price below includes UK P&P


The Outdoor Story Book – Blackie

Undated but inscription for Christmas 1924. Very bright but with very slight dust marks on some pages (easily removed) for sale in the shop for £1.50


The Outdoor Story Book

The Price below includes UK P&P


Every Girl’s Annual

Title page missing in what is otherwise a nice clean book dedication Christmas 1925 in shop for £1.00


Every Girl’s Annual

Price below includes P&P within UK


SPEN VALLEY – Local History – Cleckheaton – Heckmondwike – Liversedge

I have collected books and ephemera of Spen Valley, and Yorkshire for many years. A number of these publications are difficult to find. Some I am more than reluctant to part with so I have decided to compile a reading list and to mention when I have copies for sale.


Heckmondwike Urban District Official Handbook 1967

46 pages of adverts, photographs, history and facts and stuff


Heckmondwike Urban District – Official Handbook 1973

42 pages handbook. Adverts, photographs and official information


A History of Quakerism in Liversedge and Scholes by David Blamires

Privately published, undated 48 pages with some illustrations. Price below includes UK Postage. In shop £5.00


Heckmondwike in Times Past – Margaret M Wood

Heckmondwike in Times Past – Margaret M Wood. Undated Countryside Publication 48 pages of very interesting but poor quality illustrations. £5.00 The Price below includes UK Postage


Images of England SPEN VALLEY compiled by Norman Ellis

First printed in 2001 by Tempus 23cm X 16cm a 128 page soft cover book with two illustrations per page and accompanying text. Obviously as the images of the title are photographs the history it covers are mainly from 20th century. Though it is crammed full of photographs, many of which I have not seen in any other publications, there are copious notes that add much to the illustrations. A well put together addition to any Spen Valley collection. The Price below includes UK P&P In the shop £10.00


THE CLECKHEATON BRANCH – Mirfield – Heckmondwike – Low Moor

Branchlines of the L & Y R No. 4 Author : Dilnot, John Publication Year : 1986 publisher : L&Y Railway Society Binding : paperback 33pp, photographs, drawings, diagrams, map, track plans, tables.

I have one copy for sale for £12.50

A History of Hartshead by Mabel Ferrett

A 16-page booklet undated but well-illustrated with line drawings. A good very brief, but comprehensive local history start. I have a copy available for £2.50

History of the SPEN VALLEY 1780 – 1980 – Douglas Hird

Hird Douglas - History of the Spen Valley

An essential book for any Spen Valley collection. Published in 1985 written by Douglas Hird who spent 25 years as a reporter in the Spen Valley.  Up until being nine year old he attended Brighton Street Junior and Infants School, but moved out when his family emigrated (to Dewsbury).

The book is well illustrated and has an index. Overlaps a bit with Peel but brings us well into 20th century. Unlike Thompson, this is a very entertaining read (written by a journalist and not a Librarian, not that I have anything against librarians that is). It does have many interesting facts that you will not find elsewhere. Not as detailed as some of the SV personal memoirs, but in some way more entertaining for that.

It is getting much harder to find. I only have one copy for sale, at £30.00

SPEN VALLEY – Reading list

The SPEN VALLEY a local History by Thomas William Thompson

Published in 1925 it originally appeared in the Heckmondwike Herald in column format, the deal done was to not take payment for in cash, but the type should be used to publish a limited edition in book form. That is why the book has very wide margins.
Thompson was the Librarian in Heckmondwike Library I don’t think he had any formal training as an Historian. The book is 355 pages long and usefully has an index but no illustrations. Overfull of lists of men, in some cases with questionable merit as to the reason for inclusion. The book for the most part looks to the History of the Spen Valley through the lens of the History of England with not a great deal of real “local” content, unless you count the lists of men.
I must admit I didn’t get off to a good start when he seemed to imply that prior to the Roman Conquest the Valley was inhabited by tribes of Hunter Gatherers, he seems to have missed the Bronze and Iron age altogether. I must excuse a lot of his opinions as writing in the 20’s the “Dark Ages” were still dark. He is very skimpy on two themes that are very much of Spen Valley History, the Luddites and Chartists.
Whatever my views, if you are seriously into Local History you need to read this book. If you are building a Spen Valley Book collection you need to own one.
I currently have a copy for sale for £45

SPEN VALLEY in old picture postcards by Gillian Cookson

Published by European Library, Netherlands written Gillian Cookson in 1988 this a 8”X6” hard back is much more than it says on the tin. Yes, it is based on 76 postcards, but each is backed up by research from a highly skilled professional historian who adds commentary to each card that is readable informative and interesting.

The Gate Hangs High – Mildred Coldwell

Published in 1987 by Kirklee s Council an account of her growing up in the Spen Valley between the Wars. Well written illustrated by Barbara Ellis.

The Brontes in the Spen Valley – Mabel Ferrett

Originally published as Shirley Country in 1973 revised in 1997 102 pages Illustrated by Stanley Chapman with an index. My irrational antipathy to the cult of the Brontes has prevented me from reading this but having read other works by Mabel I have no doubts about readability.

A Short History of Hartshead Church by Mabel Ferrett 1993

A 16 page booklet with line drawings £2.50

Christ Church Liversedge 1816 – 1966 (£2.50)

Spenborough Official Handbook 1947/48

96 pages, water damage to the bottom of all the pages, does not obscure text or photographs just distracts from the booklet. Price includes P&P for UK destinations



A Pictorial History of the Huddersfield & District Police Force

A Pictorial History of the Huddersfield & District Police Force – By Steve Holberry

Print City. Soft Cover, 200x210mm. Huddersfield Police Force from the earliest records to the present day. 82pp plus covers. Illustrated in black and white. Very Good. Price below includes UK P&P


Huddersfield Norman Culley, 1939. Blue cloth with printed title to front cover. Not dated, but the drawings are dated 1938 and 1939. With 25 pencil drawings. The collage distorts the illustrations as most are landscape format. A nice tidy copy for £10.00


The Second Book of Huddersfield – A Sketch Book

Huddersfield Norman Culley, 1939. Blue cloth with printed title to front cover. Not dated, but the drawings are dated 1938 and 1939. With 25 pencil drawings. The collage distorts the illustrations as most are landscape format. Price below includes UK P&P


Dodie Smith – Bonnet Over the Windmill


Bonnet Over the Windmill – Dodie Smith

1937 first edition with unclipped but chipped dustjacket and book with no inscriptions with very slight foxing on ffep vg/vg+ Price below includes UK P&P


Mary Angela Dickens

Smike & Dotheboys Hall and other stories

Tiny Tim – Oliver Twist – Pip’s Adventure

As retold by Mary Angela Dickens illustrated by Harold Copping, published by Raphael Tuck undated £2.50 each.

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