Have you noticed how many women feature on the covers when very few appeared in the stories in this period?
#1 Vol 1 1958 £10.00 CM CORNBLUTH – Calvin M Knox – Algis Budrys
#2 Vol 1 1958 £7.50 Jerry Sohl – James Blish & Phil Barnhart – Robert Randall
The Brontes – published in Bradford by Arthur Dobson in 1968 originally published as Thornton and the Brontes. by William Scruton £2.50
Smoky. Apparently the story of a horse. by Will James a Puffin reprint (I do have earlier copies available) £2.50
Dennis Wheatley – The Fabulous Valley £2.50
The Undersea Adventure – Philippe Diole £2.50
Edgar Wallace – Again Saunders – £2.50
Whilst moving books to allow the window fitters to fit a window, my wife and I were overjoyed when we found a five pence piece, only to have our celebrations cut short when we realised it was a Dutch five cent. To exasperate matters it was pre Euro.
However this story has a happy ending because about an hour later we did find a real 5p.
The end of this story is that the windows and door have been renewed. All I need to do now is put all the books somewhere that might allow customers into the shop. A couple of weeks at the very most optimistic.
I have 6747 (99% pre 1972) books catalogued and am happy to do a search if you are looking for something.
Jack Webb – The Broken Doll – a Signet 1st £5.00
Charlie Wells The Last Kill – a Signet 1st £6.00
John Creasey – a poor copy but I have listed it because the cover is rare- The Toff Takes Shares under JJ Marric Gideon’s Week and Gideon’s March both vg+ at £2.50
Bill S Ballinger – The Tooth and the Nail – a Signet 1st at £5.00
Peter Malloch – Tread Softly, Death Jay Suspense £4.00
Rex Stout – Out She Goes – Collins Crime Club or A White Circle Crime Club £5.00
Baynard Kendrick – Murder Made in Moscow (who would have thought it) – 122 in the Saint Mystery Library £5.00
Not sure what to call this genre. Is Hard Boiled still in use?
Peter Cheyney; Dangerous Curves, White Circle are not exactly in the first division of cover design. I have too many Cheyney in stock to list, so if you are looking for something please contact me. I do try to check my email from time to time.
John P Marquand;
James Hadley Chase;
From Conan to Prehistoric man, come to think of it not probably all that far. The rarest book today is Edgar Mowrers – Germany Puts the Clock Back – the first Penguin Special and on a different vein HG Wells – The Cone. The Arabs in History by Bernard Lewis is also a rare title. Not that any of the other books are common in these formats.
I always did like their covers, what I didn’t realise was how many rare titles they had printed. Take the Simenon for example, though it may have been published under another title, this is the only UK paperback I can find.
Probably because of the time (50’s & 60’s) World Distributers (don’t know where the “L” comes from) seem to have done a lot of second world war related titles both fiction and non-fiction. John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is notable because of the James Dean cover, Frankenstein and Swingin Dors are also not that easy to get hold of.
I can’t put a payment button up as the prices vary, so you will have to contact me if any of the titles interest you. I have, up to date catalogued 6,648 paperbacks, and though I am slowly working through a stock check, I am 95% confident that I know where most of the books listed are.
I also have a very large number of SF digests, not counting the 50 foot of paperbacks, but I have not got round to cataloguing them yet.
A real mixture as these are newly catalogued as opposed to items from a stock check. Including Freeman Wills Croft, PD Ballard, Ferguson, Poul Anderson and Eric Frank Russell among others.