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Last update 12/28/23 to the Home page.

I'm scaling down, so I will be listing many books from my collection.

I am negotiable and will consider trades on all books. If you see a book on EBAY that's not here, I can make a trade or sale here also.

If you are interested in one of the books you can contact me at: info@ruthvensattic.com for pictures or questions.

I started a NEW page of my favorite books.

Frankenstein

SOLD
FRANKENSTEIN by MARY SHELLEY - ILLUSTRATED by NINO CARBE 1932, Very rare in a very good dust jacket with only some minor chipping to the upper and lower spine. The dustjacket is wrapped in a protective sleeve to preserve it. Book is in very good, almost fine, condition. Spine is tight with only some minor fading and there is an inscription on inside cover.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

$3000 or Trade
Creature from the Black Lagoon Vargo Stratten 1st Edition Photoplay in Original Dust Jacket. Published 1954 by Dragon. The Book Condition is Good while the Dust Jacket Condition is only Good with old tape repairs and some chipping.

Ten Minute Stories

TRADED
TEN MINUTE STORIES by ALGERNON BLACKWOOD 1914. Signed by Blackwood to his friend Hiliare Belloc. The cloth boards are slightly soiled while the spine has tanned. There is heavy glue staining on the inside boards while the interior of the book is very good.

Nightseed

$450 or Trade
NIGHTSEED by H.A. MANHOOD Jonathan Cape 1928 1st Edition. The dust jacket is in very good condition with slight bumping to the corners and some soiling. The cloth seems slightly faded and toned around the edges but otherwise a very nice copy.

Carrion Comfort

$200 or Trade
PRESENTATION COPY CARRION COMFORT by DAN SIMMONS SIGNED. One of 75 copies. The book is in excellent condition.

Doctors Wear Scarlet

$100 or Trade
DOCTORS WEAR SCARLET by SIMON RAVEN. 1st Edition. The dust jacket is in excellent condition with slight wear to the edges. The book is in excellent condition.

Juggler

$100.00 or Trade
THE JUGGLER and the SOUL by HELEN MATHERS. 1897 Second Edition. The book is in good condition with some fading to the boards, especially the spine. The is slight foxing throught and some seperation of the boards.

Ghost Stories

$450 or Trade
GHOST STORIES by MICHAEL ARLEN 1927 W. Collins. 1st Edition. The book is in very good condition but the dust jacket is heavily chipped across the top and bottom of the front and missing 1" from the top and bottom of the spine. The rear of the dj is partially missing 1 1/2" across the top and 1/2" across the bottom. Very rare to find this book with a dust jacket at all.

Cabal

SOLD
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION CABAL by CLIVE BARKER. The book is in excellent condition.

The Silent House

$250 or Trade
THE SILENT HOUSE by JOHN BRANDON 1940 PHOTOPLAY, .

Shivers

$2500 or Trade
SHIVERS ed. Charles Birkin. #3 in the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1932. The dust jacket is in excellent condition with only very slight lose to upper spine and corners. There is a small paper label adheared under the title on the spine. Internally, the book is in very good condition with foxing throughout.

Veils of Fear

$500 or Trade
VEILS of FEAR by VIVIAN MEIK. Part of the the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1934. The dust jacket is in very good condition with slight lose to upper and lower spine and corners. Internally, the book is in very good condition with slight toning to page edges.

The Shadow on the House

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THE SHADOW on the HOUSE by MARK HANSOM 1935 William Godwin The book is lacking the full dust jacket but the front and rear flaps are pasted to the inside boards. The is an old owner's signature on the ffep and a lending library stamp on pages 9 and 254.

A Voice from the Dark

$500 or Trade
A VOICE from the DARK by EDEN PHILLPOTTS 1925 White House. This book was either published simultaneously with the MacMillan edition or by White House for MacMillan? The book is in very good condition with a 1" chip on the lower spine of the duct jacket.

The Mystery Woman

$400 or Trade
The MYSTERY WOMAN by MRS. CAMPBELL PRAED 1913 1st Edition.
"On a personal level she (Nancy Harward) and Praed developed a closer relationship than either had known previously. Their relationship was deeply satisfying--transcending ordinary human bonds. For Praed it represented the coming together of her spiritual searching with her quest for personal and psychic fulfilment. Harward was her "twin soul." Praed professed to know nothing of the physical aspects of lesbian relationships, but undoubtedly theirs was an all-consuming emotional relationship. Harward's role as Praed's helper extended to providing Praed with material she had written, which Praed then rewrote and which was published under her name. The most obvious example was Praed's book The Mystery Woman (1913), which was based on "The Oracle," a novel written by Harward and submitted unsuccessfully to publishers. An infinitely more experienced writer, Praed made improvements to the story, and her name and reputation eased its way into print. The praise by The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) of the author's ability as a "social satirist" indicated Praed's hand in the novel, the main theme of which was "occult phenomena." Though Praed had written about occult subjects before, her writing became more deeply influenced by occult theory and practice under the influence of Harward's overwhelmingly mystic nature." --From Gale.com

The book is in very good condition with some scuffing to boards slight foxing internally and some pencil writing on ffep. Without dust jacket.

Tom Sawyer

$1750.00 or Trade
THE ADVENTURES of TOM SAWYER by MARK TWAIN Chatto & Windus 1st edition 1876. The book is EX LIBRARY. The book has been rebound with brown Leather spine and corners and marbled boards, end papers, a feps. Internally, there a library stamp on the title page. There are several close tears, 2 ink marks, a few missing corners, dog-eared corners, foxing, and finger smudges throughout- none affecting the text.

The Witchcraft Reader

$2000 or Trade
THE WITCHCRAFT READER by PETER HAINING (editor). Signed by Richard Matheson, Robert Block, A.E van Vogt, and Ray Bradbury. The book is in excellent condition.

London After Midnight

$3250 or Trade
LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT by MARIE COLLIDGE-RASK. 1st Edition Photoplay in Original Dust Jacket. Published 1928 by Grosset & Dunlap. The Book Condition is Very Good while the original DJ has been expertly restored.

The Horror Omnibus

$250 or TRADE
THE HORROR OMNIBUS 1st Edition 1939 Original DJ. The dust jacket has very minor chipping along the top, bottom, and edges. These is old tape reinforcement on the inside of DJ and upper corner in front. Internally, the book is in very good condition.

The Devil's Mansion

$150.00 or Trade
THE DEVIL'S MANSION by REX JARDIN 2st edition 1931. The dust jacket has some fading and chips to the upper front, spine, and rear corners. Internally, there is an inscription of the ffep and slight foxing to the edges.

The Night Wind Howls

$600.00 or Trade
THE NIGHT WIND HOWLS by FREDERICK COWLES 1st edition 1938. The dust jacket is FACSIMILE. The boards have some fading with a faded spine. Internally, the book is in very good condition with very slight foxing.

Nightmare Farm

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Nightmare Farm Jack Mann 1st Edition 1937. The book is in very good condition with the usual age wear.

The Moonstone

$450.00 or Trade
THE MOONSTONE by WILKIE COLLINS 1st edition 1868 Harper. The boards are in good condition with some edge wear to the cloth, bumped corners, and a few missing chips to the spine. There is an old bookstore sticker on the inside board and and owners inscription in pencil on the title page. These is some foxing and staining to the pages. One of the first, if not the first, detective "Who Done It" mysteries.

A Taste for Honey

$100.00 or Trade
A TASTE for HONEY by H.F. HEARD 2st edition 1941 Vanguard Press. The dust jacket is in very good condition with old cellophane tape on the corners and upper and lower spine. The dust jack is priced at $200. Internally, the is a clean with only minor tanning.

King Kong

$8000 or Trade
King Kong Edgar Wallace 1932. 1st Edition Photoplay in Original Dust Jacket. The original DJ has been expertly restored. The book is in very good condition with some fading to the boards.

The Subjugated Beast

$700.00 or Trade
THE SUBJUGATED BEAST by R.R. RYAN 1st edition 1939 Herbert Jenkins. The book is in good condition with what appears to be water spotting to the boards- but the books does not have any water damage. Comes with a FACSIMILE dust jacket.

Alas, Babylon

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ALAS, BABYLON by PAT FRANK 1st edition 1959 Lippincott. The dust jacket is in excellent condition with only very slight creasing to the upper spine. The book is in excellent condition.

Apparitions

$400.00 or Trade
APPARITIONS; or, THE MYSTERY OF GHOSTS, HOBGOBLINS, and HAUNTED HOUSES by JOSEPH TAYLOR. 2st edition 1815 Lackington, Allen, and Co. The book is rebound in brown quarter calf with feathered paper and brown calf corners. The book is in excellent condition, with very mild soiling, for being over 200 years old.

Who Knocks

$250.00 or Trade
WHO KNOCKS Edited by AUGUST DERLETH. 1st edition 1946 Rinehart. The book is in excellent condition with very slight chipping to the spine and a thin razor slice to the front of the dust jacket above the S in Knocks.

Wylder's Hand

$300.00 or Trade
WYLDER'S HAND by LE FANU. First British one-volume edition. 1903 Downey. The book is in very good condition with very slight edge wear and curled edges to the boards. Internally there slight toning to the page edges.

Panics

$2000 or Trade
PANICS ed. Charles Birkin. Part of the core of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1934. The dust jacket is in very good condition with some lose to the lower front corners and some creasing. Internally, the book is in very good condition with some toning throughout.

Powers of Darkness

$1200 or Trade
POWERS of DARKNESS ed. Charles Birkin. Part of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1934. The dust jacket is in very good condition with some lose to the corners and edges. Internally, the book is in very good condition with some toning throughout.

The Strange Papers of Doctor Blayre

$2500 or Trade
THE STRANGE PAPERS of DOCTOR BLAYRE by CHRISTOPHER BLAYRE. Part of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1932. The dust jacket is in excellent condition with professional restoration. Internally, the book is in very good condition with some foxing and toning throughout.

Nightmares

$1250 or Trade
NIGHTMARES ed. CHARLES BIRKIN. Part of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1932. The dust jacket is in very good condition with some lose to the corners and edges. Internally, the book is in very good condition with some toning throughout.

Mysteries of Asia

$400 or Trade
MYSTERIES of ASIA by THE SHEIKH A ABDULLAH. Part of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1934. The dust jacket is in very good condition with a large chip missing from the lower spine and some lose to the corners and edges. Internally, the book is in very good condition with some toning throughout.

Horror on the Asteroid

$1200 or Trade
HORROR on the ASTEROID by EDMOND HAMILTON. Part of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1936. The dust jacket is in very good condition with a closed tear on the lower front and water stain to the lower spine. There is slight lose to the corners and edges. Internally, there is an ex libris sticker to the ffep, otherwise the book is in very good condition.

The Devil of the Depths

$1200 or Trade
DEVIL OF THE DEPTHS by JACK McLAREN. Part of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1935. The dust jacket is a FACSIMILE. The boards are slightly faded and worn on the edges. Internally, there is an inscription on the inside front board, otherwise the book is in very good condition with some foxing and toning throughout. In the last 25 years I have only seen this title come up for sale only 3 or 4 times.

The Three Freaks

$1200 or Trade
THE THREE FREAKS (retitled reprint of THE UNHOLY THREE) by TOD ROBBINS. Part of the Creeps Series. 1st Edition 1935. The dust jacket is a FACSIMILE. The boards are slightly faded and worn on the edges with a library mark on the spine. Internally, there is an ex libris sticker to the inside board and a fade stamp to the ffep, otherwise the book is in very good condition with some foxing and toning throughout. Rarer than The Devil of the Depths, in the last 25 years, I have only seen this title come up for sale only 3 times.

Her Ways are Death

$2500 or Trade
HER WAYS are DEATH by JACK MANN 1st Edition 1940. The dust jacket has creasing along the top, a large chip missing from the lower spine, and wear and small chips along the flap edges. The book is in very good condition with the usual age wear, foxing, and a small owner's stamp on the inside front board. Very Rare in any condition Dust Jacket

The Ninth Life

Contact or Trade
THE NINTH LIFE by JACK MANN. 1st Edition 1939. The dust jacket is in very good condition with chipping to the lower spine, edges, and is brown paper backed. There is slight rubs to the face around the word 'LIFE'in the title. Internally, the boards are very good with slight fading to the spine, otherwise the book is in very good condition.

Psycho

$2250 or Trade
PSYCHO by ROBERT BLOCH. First edition First printing with signature Laid-in. 1959. Very Good in an unclipped dust jacket with a small chip to upper spine, slight rubbing to the dust jacket surface, light edge wear to the corners. Internally, the book is Very Good with the usual toning to pages.

Collected Ghost Stories

$1300 or Trade
THE COLLECTED GHOST STORIES OF M.R. JAMES 1931 1st Edition First Printing. The dust jacket is in very good condition with Chipping to the upper and lower spine. The book is in near fine condition.

The Body Snatchers

$1900 or Trade
THE BODY SNATCHERS by JACK FINNEY 1955 FIRST EDITION. The dust jacket is in Very Good unclipped condition with slight creases and very slight chipping to the upper and lower spine. the Book is in Very Good to Near Fine condition.

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