Dark Parks Books & Collectibles
King Goshawk & The Birds. London: Macmillan & Co., 1926. First edition. Scarce. 319, 4p. Publishers illustrated brown cloth, title to spine, very minor shelf wear with minor rubbing at corners, spine ends slightly bumped, tiny ding at top edge of front board, else in excellent condition. Illustrated dust jacket, some soiling, minor shelf wear, two pieces of old tape at bottom of front cover and around spine, not much affect, still a very nice jacket. In protective mylar. First book of the Cuanduine trilogy of satirical fantasy, followed by The Spacious Adventures of the Man in the Street (1928) and Asses in Clovers (1933). Children’s books. Youth adult fiction. Fantasy. Science fiction. Irish tales. Celtic. Mythology. Fairy tales. Time travel.
Fantastic Tales or the Way to Attain - A Book Full of Pantagruelism Now For the First Time Into English. Carbonnek: Privately printed, 1923. Publishers vellum paper over blue boards, some rubbing to edges and corners, spine darkened with chip at head of spine, some minor dampstains and some foxing spots to start, p13-18 with some chipping/loss to outer edges, no affect to text. Signed on limitation page by author. Still, about very good copy at an affordable price. First US edition. Limited edition, numbered 685/1050 signed copies. Machen (1863-1947), Welsh author of the weird, supernatural, fantasy and horror. A large influence on writers such as H.P. Lovecraft and later authors like Neil Gaiman and Graham Joyce. DP26641 $40.00
Mystic Isles of the South Seas [and] White Shadows in the South Sea. [two volumes, one author inscribed]. New York: The Century Co., 1920 & 1921. First editions. Hardcover. Two separate volumes. White Shadows in the South Seas = publishers illustrated cloth, boards rubbed, inside front hinge cracked, author inscription to first blank “To Hildegarde Rudine(?) - the author wishes her romance made real. Frederick OíBrien”, minor chip to top of last endpapers, no affect. Mystic Isles of the South Seas = Publishers illustrated boards, some rubbing, back hinge starting, minor shelf wear, old owners name to first blank. No jackets. Overall, very good working copies. First editions. DP26653 $50.00
Mirbeau, Octave. Alvah C. Bessie, trans.
Torture Garden. [Le Jardin Des Supplices]. New York: Citadel Press, 1948. First Citadel edition. Hardcover. 253p. Publishers black cloth, title to spine, some rubbing at edges and minor wear to boards, spine is cocked, few pages with tiny chip at outer edge. Illustrated dust jacket with wear at edges, corners and spine, with repairs to verso inside, still looks nice in protective mylar. In protective mylar. At time of description we locate no other first Citadel editions, only the second printing of 1949. First published in 1899, Torture Garden is considered to be one of the most extreme books ever printed, especially in its time. The book is split into a narrative of two parts, the first is the unamed corrupt Frenchman (written as a narrator, which leaves the reader to go about as the character) who lives off the wealth of his politician friend - here we find Mirbeau in constant bashing of the government and bureaucracy. The second part leads the character to meet the fascinating Englishwoman Clara, who quickly enslaves him into an affair. She lures him to her exotic home of China and her Torture Garden, where torture is practiced as an art form in love, death, sex and depravity. People are skinned alive, blood flows from all orifices of prison inmates, cruel sex acts of pain and pleasure, death and debauchery, while the exotic garden is fed human compost. An underground classic long out of print - a deeply unsettling work of early horrific genius, the Godfather book to what would become known as “Splatter Punk” literature a century later, to the likes of Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and others. Horror. Torture. Romance. Gothic. Sex. Erotica. Bondage. French politics. Sadomasochism. Government. Corruption. DP26404 $50.00
Habit Is An Old Horse. Seattle: Dryad Press, 1986. Softcover. First edition, limited to 342 copies. 22, 1p. Publishers brown paper wraps, stapled, frontispiece photo of McCaffrey and her horse. One of 342 copies printed in wrappers. Fine copy. Released in conjunction with the authors Guest of Honor appearance at Norwescon 9, March 20-23, 1986 in Seattle. Short stories. Science fiction. Fantasy. Dragons. Pern. McCaffrey. DP25810 $75.00
Maugham, W. Somerset.
Cosmopolitans. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1936. First edition. Hardcover. Publishers black cloth, elaborate gilt title to spine, minor shelf wear, front top corner edge bumped, text clean and crisp, edges toned, no affect, overall still an excellent copy. Illustrated dust jacket, minor shelf wear, some minor chipping to edges, bit of soiling to back cover, spine sunned as usual, inside flap corners with minor clips, price still intact, 2.50, overall still better than very good, and presents very well in new protective mylar. First edition, stated. Twenty-nine short stories written between 1924-1929, previously published in the magazine Cosmopolitan. DP26635 $90.00
The White Dragon. New York: Ballantine, 1978. First edition. 8vo. 497p. Publishers cloth, title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket. Head of spine slightly faded, else book and jacket near fine. Third book of The Dragon Riders of Pern series. Barron, Fantasy 4A-179. Fantasy. Science fiction. Dragons. DP25198 $50.00
The Great Law: Told Simply in Seven Visits. Erekstoke: Erekstoke Press, 1937. Hardcover. Publishers green cloth, some minor shelf wear, minor rubbing at corners and edges, title gilt to spine, pencil inscription to first blank, fully illustrated with folding plates as well, a unique work and curious work. Overall, still excellent. No jacket. Mysticism. Mysteries. Pyramid. Bible. Religions. Archaeology. Secrets. Mysteries. Judaica. Hebrew. Plays. Drama. Science. Stonehenge. Number of the Beast. 666. Philosophy. Occult. DP27678 $50.00
Niven, Larry & Steven Barnes.
The Barsoom Project. Signed Copy. London: Pan Books, 1990. First UK edition. Publishers black cloth, title gilt to spine, a trace of pencil note to top corner of first blank, near fine. Illustrated dust jacket, fine. An unread copy signed by Niven in black ink and Barnes in red ink, on the title page. In protective mylar. Fantasy. Science fiction. RPG. DP26100 $75.00
Pegasus in Flight. New York: Del Rey/Ballantine, 1990. First edition. Signed by author. Scarce. 8vo. 290p. Publishers quarter cloth, title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket. A fine copy. Signed by the author on title page. Fantasy. Science fiction. Dragons. DP25202 $65.00
MacDonald, John D.
The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything. London: Robert Hale, 1974. First hardcover edition. Rare. 207p. Publishers black cloth, title silver gilt to spine, a trace of pencil note to first blank, else a fine copy. Pictorial dust jacket, price-clipped inside flap lower corner, else fine. A beautiful copy. In protective mylar.
Fantasy. Thriller. Suspense. Mystery. DP25749 $60.00
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. New York: Del Rey, 1983. First edition. 8vo. 286p. Publishers quarter cloth, title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket. A fine copy in a near fine jacket, with minor crease at lower corner back flap. Fantasy. Science fiction. Dragons. Magic. DP25211 $25.00
Manning, Al G.
The Magic of New Ishtar Power. Signed by Author. New York: Parker Publishing Company, 1977. First Edition. 8vo. 229p. Publishers cloth, title in gilt to spine. Inscribed by author on first blank, “To Shirley with Light & friendship. Blessed by, Al Manning. Jan 9, 1979.” Price clipped pictorial dust jacket, with minor wear to edges, but still a very good plus jacket. We have found no other copies signed by the author available for sale. Manning (1927-2006), was the founder of the ESP (Extrasensory perception) Lab of Texas (formerly Los Angeles) and author of dozens of books on the occult and self help, mostly related to psychic powers. Occult. Ishtar. New age. Magic. Talismans. Witchcraft. Wicca. Self help. Psychic. ESP. DP25172 $100.00
The Renegades of Pern. New York: Del Rey, 1989. First edition. 8vo. 384p. Publishers quarter cloth, gilt title to spine, fine. Illustrated dust jacket, fine. Fine/fine. In protective mylar. Fantasy. Pern. Dragons. DP25295 $25.00
Golden Trillium. New York: Bantam, 1993. First edition. 8vo. 296p. Publishers quarter cloth, title gilt to spine, fine. Illustrated dust jacket, fine. Fine/fine. In protective mylar. Third and final book of the Trillium series written by masters Norton, Julian May, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. Fantasy. Magic.
Dragonheart. Signed Copy. New York: Del Rey, 2008. First edition. 538p. A near fine copy with just minor bump to spine caps, signed by author on title page. Illustrated dust jacket, fine. In protective mylar. Fantasy. Pern. Dragons. DP25932 $35.00
Did Jesus Live 100 Years B.C. ? An Enquiry Into the Talmud Jesus Stories, The Toldoth Jeschu, and Some Curious Statements of Epiphanius - Being a Contribution to the Study of Christian Origins. London: Theosophical Publishing, 1903. First edition. 440, p. Publishers green cloth, gilt title to cover and spine, minor shelf wear, minor wear at corners and spine caps, very small ding at top edge of cover, no affect. Hinges starting, but still very good, interesting and humorous contemporary pencil notes to first blank about the book “Pages of the book are little less than insane. When the catalog of the 100 worst books shall finally be made up this book will be at head of the list....”. Text clean and crisp. Scarce first edition. Jesus Christ. Talmud. Christianity. Mysticism. Esoterica. Occult. Yeschu. Jeschu. Christian origins. Christian science. Philosophy. Theosophy. Theology. Epiphanius. Jews. Judaica. Hebrews DP20342 $80.00
Always Go First Class. New York: Random House, 1962. First edition. Scarce. 213p. Publishers decorated blue cloth over boards, title to spine, spine ends with minor bump and bit of fading, trace of old pencil price to top of first blank, else a near fine copy. Illustrated dust jacket, tiny bit of wear at spine ends with bit of soiling, some minor fading, else still about near fine. A beautiful copy of a scarce book, more so in this condition. In protective mylar. Authors first novel. Adventure. Travel. Mystery. DP25921 $25.00
The Ragged World: A Novel of the Hefn on Earth. [Signed copy]. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991. First edition. Publishers cloth, gilt title to spine, very minor shelf wear, some very minor foxing to outer text block, still about near fine. Illustrated dust jacket, near fine. Signed by author in black ink on first title page. In protective mylar. Science fiction. Fantasy. Aliens. Hefn. DP27016 $25.00
Damia. New York: Ace/Putnam, 1992. First edition. Signed by author. 8vo. 336p. Publishers quarter cloth, title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket. A fine copy. Signed and dated “30 June 1992” by the author on the title page. Sequel to Rowan. Fantasy. Science fiction. Dragons. DP25201 $50.00
Niven, Larry & Steven Barnes.
The Barsoom Project. Signed copy . New York: Ace, 1989. First hardcover edition. 340p. Publishers cloth over boards, about fine. Illustrated dust jacket, very minor shelf wear with tiny bit of rubbing at corners and spine ends, near fine. Signed by Niven on title page. In protective mylar. Fantasy. Science fiction. RPG. DP25781 $65.00
Hail, Hail, The Gangs All Here! London: Hamilton, 1971. First edition. First Uk edition. 210p. Publishers blue cloth, minor shelf wear to edges, slight toning to outer edges, minor bump to spine caps, old pencil note to first paste-down, else excellent copy. Illustrated dust jacket, very minor shelf wear to edges, a little more so at corners and spine caps, some toning, else close to near fine. In protective mylar. Scarce copy.
Crime. Detective. Mystery. DP25919 $30.00
Killashandra. Signed copy. New York: Del Rey, 1985. First edition. 303p. Publishers cloth over boards, gilt title to spine, fine. Illustrated dust jacket, near fine with just a hint of shelf wear at top edge. Signed by author in black ink on title page. A beautiful copy. In protective mylar. Signed copies of this book are rare. Signed at Barnes & Noble, Encino CA, Aug.2004. Fantasy. Science fiction. DP25587 $45.00
Puppet on a Chain. New York: Doubleday, 1969. First edition. 281p. Publishers cloth with just a hint of shelf wear at edges and spine ends, very minor rubbing at back board, near fine. Illustrated dust jacket, very minor shelf wear at edges and corners, tiny bit of cracking at head of spine and top inside back flap, near fine. In protective mylar. Excellent copy. Suspense. Thriller Crime. Spy. DP25848 $25.00
Splatter Movies. Breaking the Last Taboo: A Critical Survey of the Wildly Demented Sub-Genre of the Horror Film that is Changing the Face of Film Realism Forever. [Signed and numbered by author]. New York: Fantaco Enterprises, 1981. First edition. Signed by author and numbered 1245 of 1500 printed. 4to. 157p. An excellent copy, with a very small chip to back corner, and minor shelf wear, as usual to black covers. Fully illustrated in black and white photos. An excellent sourcebook for the true horror fan. Horror. Gore. Film. Movies. Horror films. Horror movies. Shock. Terror. DP25166 $50.00
McCammon, Robert R.
They Thirst. Arlington Heights: Dark Harvest, 1991. First Edition. Signed by author. 8vo. 412p. Publishers red grain cloth, title gilt to spine. Illustrated dust jacket in protective mylar. With publishers slipcase. Fine/Fine. Signed by author and artists on limitation page. A beautiful copy of a scarce book. Deluxe Limited Signed Edition. Only 500 copies printed, this copy numbered 45. Horror. Vampires. Dracula. Monsters. Nosferatu. Undead. DP25123 $150.00
McCammon, Robert. [Afterward]. Joe R. Lansdale. Stephen Gallagher. John Farris.
Night Visions 8. Arlington Heights: Dark Harvest, 1990. First Edition. Signed by Lansdale and McCammon. 8vo. 255p. Publishers maroon boards, title in gilt to spine. Illustrated dust jacket. Fine/Fine. Signed on half title by Lansdale, and by McCammon on title page. In protective mylar. Illustrated by Paul Sonju. All original short stories of horror by some of the masters of the genre. The afterward is by Robert McCammon.
Horror. Thriller. Suspense. Anthology. Night Visions. DP25089 $50.00
Mediums Rare. Baltimore: Cemetery Dance, 2000. First Edition. One of only 52 copies, signed by author and artist. 8vo. 124p. Publishers cloth, gilt title to boards and spine. Pictorial dust jacket. Fine/Fine. In leather-bound, felt-lined traycase. Book in protective mylar. One of only 52 lettered copies. Very rare. Contains additional full page color plate not included in any other edition. Deluxe Signed Edition. Limited lettered copy, “LL” of 52 copies printed. Matheson’s entertaining dramatization of incidents in the world of psychic history.
Horror. Supernatural. Paranormal. Psychics. Parapsychology. Metaphysics. DP25093 $175.00
Iron Cage. New York: Viking Press, 1974. First Edition. 8vo. 288p. Publishers black cloth, silver gilt title to spine. Head of spine slightly bumped, else near fine. With illustrated dust jacket, near fine. In protective mylar. Science fiction. Fantasy. DP25036 $40.00
Venzgyllyn, The Revelation of a Soul. Prologue and Part I. Oxford: Shakespeare Head Press, 1930. First Edition. A limited edition of 250 printed for the author. 4to. , 51p. 1/4 cloth, blue pasteboard cover with paper label on front. Dust jacket with rough edges.Bookplate of Roger Senhouse on front pastedown endpaper, and two manuscript notes to the same, regarding this book. This is the only part that was printed. It is a verse-drama set in the island of Thade. Religion. Thade. Shakespeare. Religion. Fine printing. DP20068 $50.00