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.
I had difficulty in choosing what covers to use, I have a strong feeling that the Amorous Captive cover is not historically accurate, the slave masters shoes don’t seem practical.
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.
This is only a sample of the books I listed last night, I chose these to demonstrate the variety of books I stock. We had just finished watching a documentary on the writing of Doctor Zhivago when I picked up the book for listing.
Kenneth Bulmer – Mary Shelly – Walt Morley -Boris Pasternak the less common titles are by Froeman, Brent and Clements.