Dark Parks Books & Collectibles
Tassel, George W. Van.
The Council of Seven Lights. Los Angeles: Devorss & Co., 1958. First edition. With 4 fold-out plates. 156p. Publishers blue buckram, gilt title to cover and spine, minor rubbing at bottom edges, no affect, text crisp and clean, near fine. Illustrated dust jacket with minor edge wear and rubbing, very minor chipping, few short clean tears at lower margin of cover, price of 3.50 intact, still about near fine, a beautiful copy of a scarce book in jacket, possible variant binding. Science. Religion. Comparative religion. Soace. Polarity. Astrology. Alien abduction. Extra-terrestrials. Aliens. Mysticism. Occult. Telepathy. UFO. Metaphysics. DP20365 $300.00
Dracula. [First photoplay edition with facsimile dust jacket]. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, . Publishers red cloth, minor bump and rubbing to corners, fraying at spine ends, some minor soiling to boards. Pages 13-15 with minor repair to inner top margin, no text affect, pages 345-348 with very minor repair to lower outer margin, no affect, a few pages with very minor soiling, overall still a very good working copy. Facsimile dust jacket, slightly trimmed at top of front cover, else near fine, in new protective mylar. Copyright date states 1897 however this is indeed the 1931 first photoplay edition issued to coincide with the release of the Dracula film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi. A Dark Parks favorite, priced to go and very affordable. With four b&w photograph plates from the 1931 Universal film starring Bela Lugosi. Considered to be one of the greatest novels of all time, and without a doubt one of the greatest supernatural and horror novels of all time, Bram Stokers Dracula was first printed in 1897. In 1924 the work was adapted as a stage play and in 1927 Bela Lugosi lead the play as Dracula on Broadway. The 1931 Universal Pictures film was adapted from the play. Bela Lugosi would play the lead role and had instant fame. The success of the film spawned numerous horror films from Universal, all of which are now classics.
A Scatter of Stardust. London: Dennis Dobson, 1976. First hardcover edition. 8vo. 119p. Publishers cloth, title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket, fine. Fine/fine. In protective mylar. Science fiction. Fantasy. DP25280 $30.00
Billy. Signed by author. New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1990. First edition. 317p. Publishers cloth over boards, gilt title to spine, minor shelf wear. Illustrated dust jacket, about fine with minor toning, as usual. Signed by author in black ink on title page. In protective mylar. Horror. Suspense. Thriller. DP25595 $25.00
Saunders, Richard W.
High Points. Author Inscribed. Cambridge: University Press of Cambridge, December, 1923. First edition. Hardcover. 78p. Publishers quarter calf over marbled boards, spine rubbed with some chipping, minor shelf wear at corners, text is clean and about near fine. Printed in red and black Humanistic type. Inscribed by author in old ink on first blank “To- Hildegarde & Julian, my good friends with sincere regards from Richard W, Saunders Jan 14, 1924”. We locate no available copies of this book for sale, or elsewhere at time of description. First edition. Limited # 71 of 100 copies printed. Very rare. We find little information on Saunders at time of description, we believe he is the same man that was comptroller for Famous-Players-Lasky Corporation (motion picture and distribution company, 1916-1933, that later became Paramount Pictures. Julian Johnson (inscription) was chief story editor for Fox studios in the 1920s and 1930s. DP26605 $150.00 Private press. Typography. Philosophy. Essays. Poems. Poetry. Saint Augustine. Movie industry. Film industry. Famous Players-Lasky. Paramount Pictures.
Death Of A Doxy. London: Collins, 1967. First UK edition. 192p. Publishers red cloth, title to spine, spine caps and corners minor bump, outer text block toned, bit of foxing to edges, small foxing spot to title, else excellent copy. Illustrated dust jacket, very minor shelf wear, few tiny clean tears at edges, some soiling, else about near fine considering. In protective mylar. Crime. Detective. Mystery. DP25916 $45.00
Shadowmancer. Signed Copy. London: Faber & Faber, 2003. First hardcover edition. Special edition. 308p. Publishers cloth title gilt to spine. Illustrated dust jacket. Signed by author on title page in black ink. Fine/Fine. In protective mylar. First hardcover edition and first Special Edition, with previously unpublished final chapter and forward by the author. Magic. Witchcraft. Superstition. Occult. Horror. Fantasy. Young adult books. DP25550 $50.00
The Long Loud Silence. New York: Rinehart & Co., 1952. BC edition. 8vo. 217p. Publishers cloth, title to spine, very minor chipping to top edge. Illustrated dust jacket, inner flap corners clipped. Overall, a nice copy. In protective mylar. Science fiction. Apocalypse. DP25225 $30.00
The Old Man And Mr. Smith. New York: Arcade, 1990. First US edition. 261p. Publishers cloth over boards, very minor shelf wear to edges, tiny ding to top of text block, with little affect to few pages top edge denting, else near fine. Illustrated dust jacket, fine. A scarce book. In protective mylar.
Fantasy. God. Satan. Adventure. DP25902 $40.00
Frankenstein. [First photoplay edition with facsimile jacket]. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Hardcover. Publishers red cloth, fraying to spine ends minor tearing at top of spine, some rubbing and wear to corners, boards with minor soiling, front inner hinge cracked, repaired and holding strong. A few pencil and pen notes throughout, little affect. First blank with small contemporary ink date at top, Jan. 23,1932. Facsimile dust jacket, near fine in new protective mylar. A highly sought after edition priced to go at a very affordable price. A Dark Parks favorite. With seven b&w photo plates from the Universal film starring Brosi Karloff. Shelley's Frankesntein is considered one of the greatest novels ever writtem, and at the top of the horror and science fiction genres of literature. The first photoplay edition, coincided with the release of the Universal Pictures film in 1931 was directed by James Whale and starred Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein and Boris Karloff as The Monster. Karloff went on to become the greatest horror actor of the next several decades and was cast in hundreds of films. DP28254 $250.00
The Dreaming Jewels. New York: Greenberg, 1950. First edition. Authors first novel. 8vo. 217p. Publishers cloth, title to spine, slightly sunned at top edge, and very minor foxing to text block edge, else fine. Illustrated dust jacket, extremities slightly rubbed and spine faded, as usual for this book, else near fine. Overall, a nice copy. In protective mylar. Science fiction. Fantasy. DP25222 $75.00
Day of the Guns. New York: Dutton, 1964. First edition. 192p. Publishers orange cloth, very minor rubbing at edges and corners, still about near fine. Pictorial dust jacket with minor shelf wear, some light rubbing/cracking at edges, small clean tear at top of spine/front cover, still very good plus. In protective mylar. Crime. Detective. Spy. Adventure. DP25998 $25.00
Koko. Signed copy. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988. First edition. 562p. Publishers cloth over boards, gilt title to spine, some minor shelf wear and rubbing to edges, near fine. Illustrated dust jacket, fine. Overall, a near fine copy. Signed by author in blue ink on first half-title. In protective mylar. 1989 World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel. Horror. Thriller. Suspense. Mystery. DP25599 $30.00
Harvest Home. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. First edition, stated. 401p. Publishers black cloth, gilt title to cover and spine, a near fine copy with just a hint of shelf wear, tiny trace of pencil note at top of first blank. Illustrated dust jacket, tiny crease at top of inside flap, still near fine. A beautiful copy, scarce in this condiition. In protective mylar. Following Tryon’s “The Other”, his first and instant horror classic, this second novel is almost just as good - and a precursor to Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn”. Horror. Thriller. Suspsense. DP25973 $40.00
Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography of Terror Cinema, 1931-1939. Jefferson: McFarland, 1996. First edition. Publishers black cloth, gilt title to spine and cover, tiny bit of shelf wear, else in fine condition. No dust jacket, as issued. A fantastic and in depth filmography of horror films from 1931-1939 including of course the original Universal Monster films, as well as some more obscure films. Horror. Horror films. Movies. Film. Universal Monsters. DP26378
East of Eden. New York: Viking Press, 1952. First edition, “second printing before publication”. Hardcover. 602p. Publishers green cloth, title to spine, very minor shelf wear, spine ends with very little bump, top of spine with some minor wear, two pages 227/228 & 229/230 with short clean tears to inner margin top and bottom, professionally repaired with no text affect, bit of rubbing to boards, overall still an excellent copy. Illustrated dust jacket with some minor wear to corners and edges, couple minor tears at spine corners (see pictures), a few small worm holes, not much affect at all, overall the jacket presents better than very good and is not price-clipped. A scarce copy of this short run second printing before publication, first edition. And with the minor repairs, this book is up for sale at a very affordable price for one whom might not ordinarily be able to afford this Steinbeck classic. First trade edition, “Second printing before publication September 1952”. We find this particular printing more rare than the true first printing. This second printing is still considered a first trade edition being it was printed before publication - it’s difference being blurbs on back cover instead of Steinbeck photo and “bight” correction to p281, line 38. Also a scarce copy of this printing in its original jacket, 4.50 price intact. DP26627 $225.00
Stephens, Reed (pseudo Stephen R. Donaldson).
The Man Who Risked His Partner. New York: Ballantine, 1984. First hardcover edition. First US edition. 282p. Publishers black cloth, title gilt to spine, very minor shelf wear to edges and spine ends, a hint of finger soiling at outer text block, near fine. Illustrated dust jacket, tiny nick at bottom cover edge at spine, else about fine. Very nice copy of a scarce book. In protective mylar. Mystery. Crime. Suspense. DP25895 $35.00
Smith, Lady Eleanor.
Ballerina. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1932. First US edition. Hardcover. Publishers green cloth, title to cover and spine, very minor shelf wear, bit of sunning to edges, pages clean and crisp, overall excellent. Illustrated dust jacket, some wear to edges and corners, minor loss at top of spine (see pictures) and some tearing at flap edges, minor tear on back cover, repaired, back inside flap with flattened crease, still overall jacket presents very good, in new protective mylar. A scarce book. First US edition. Ballerina was made into the 1941 film The Men in Her Life starring Loretta Young. DP26628 $150.00
Ballerina. Dance. Dancing. Movies, Film. Romance.
Summer Sketches. Northridge: Lord John Press, 1992. First Edition. Limited Edition. Signed. 4to. x, 121p. Publishers leather with gilt title to spine and gilt signature on front cover. Minor shelf wear, no affect, otherwise a fine copy. Fully illustrated. Limited edition. Publishers copy to match deluxe edition of only 200 copies printed. Signed by Simmons. Horror. Art. Artwork. Travel. DP25170 $100.00
Teague, Robert L.
The Climate of Candor. A Novel of the 1970s. New York: Pageant Press, 1961. First edition. Rare. 198p. Publishers cloth, title to spine, very minor shelf wear, bit of rubbing at lower edge, a hint of a ding at top edge, else about near fine. Illustrated dust jacket, minor shelf wear to edges, cracking at head of spine with minor loss, little bit of loss at corners, still over all very good plus, and excellent condition for this very rare book. In protective mylar.
Science fiction. Prophecy. Apocalypse. DP25797 $45.00
The Moon is Down. [True first edition]. New York: The Viking Press, 1942. Publishers blue cloth, blind stamped to cover and title to spine, minor bump to spine ends, inner margins of endpapers with light browning, “Annie Laurie Williams” film agent ink-stamp to bottom of first blank, else book is clean and crisp, about excellent. Illustrated dust jacket with some minor chipping/rubbing to corners, small piece lacking at bottom of spine (see pictures), inside flaps not clipped, 2.00 price present, overall very good plus and presents well in new protective mylar. A chance to own an original first edition of a classic Steinbeck at a very affordable price. First edition. True first edition with “First published in March 1942” and the period between talk and this - on page 112.
The Day The Sea Rolled Back. New York: Windmill, 1979. First edition. 138p. Publishers orange cloth, title to spine, spine ends slightly bumped, else a fine unread copy. Illustrated dust jacket, very minor rubbing at front corner and top of spine, inside front flap with tiny nick/crease at edge, near fine. In protective mylar. Not price-clipped (uncommon). Mystery. Pirates. Adventure. DP25924 $45.00
McElligot's Pool. New York: Random House, 1947. First edition, second state. Rare. Publishers green cloth, with closed-mouth fish on cover, title to spine, minor shelf wear to edges. Ink gift inscription to first free end-paper and a child’s note on both end-papers. Illustrated dust jacket, price-clipped with child’s tracing of title in ink on cover, and a single word on back cover, very minor shelf wear rubbing to edges, tape repair to verso dj edges. Internally, there are no markings to the actual text and illustrations. Overall, a very good copy (see photos) of a very scarce and valuable Dr. Seuss book. In protective mylar. A chance to have a rare Dr. Seuss book, in good shape at a very affordable price. Closed mouth fish to cover and 4-line copyright, lists 4 books on back, 1937-1940. Seuss’s first book since 1940, delayed due to his military service. Seuss. Children’s books. Juvenile. Humor. Cat in the Hat. Theodore Geisel. DP25307 $150.00
Sailing Through China. Signed Limited Edition. London: Michael Russell, 1983. First edition. 64p. Publishers blue cloth, illustrated lable on cover, title in gilt, about fine. Signed by author and illustrator on limitation leaf at front. In protective mylar. China. Travel. Adventure. DP25957 $50.00
A Child’s Night Dream. Advanced Uncorrected Proofs. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997. First Edition. Advanced Reader's Copy. 8vo. Softcover. 237p. Publishers paper wraps. Fine. With letter from the publishers. Advanced reader’s copy, uncorrected, with some corrections tipped in. Fine condition. Oliver Stone’s first novel, a semi-autobiography of his youth. Biography. Film. Sex. Violence. Vietnam. Thriller. Suspense. DP25117 $30.00
Magic Terror. New York: Randon House, 2000. Signed by author. 8vo. 335p. Publishers quarter cloth, title gilt to spine. Illustrated dust jacket, in protective mylar. Fine/Fine. Signed on title page by author. Seven short stories of magic and terror. Horror. Magic. Supernatural. Thriller. Autograph.
Ishmael. London: Turret Books, 1972. First Edition. Only 100 copies printed, authors first book. 8vo. 21p. Publishers paper wraps. Signed and numbered on verso of first page in blue ink. Unread copy. Pristine condition. Beautiful. Housed in a custom made paper case with hand written title on front. Fine. Limited to 100 copies, this copy numbered 11. Extremely rare. Authors first book, a volume of twelve poems.
Horror. Poetry. Thriller. Suspense. Mystery. Stephen King. DP25095 $350.00