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1 Blackburn, JohnA Ring Of Roses. 20030
Jonathan Cape: London. 1965.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Thriller with sf elements.

Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket.

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2 Blackburn, JohnA Scent Of New-Mown Hay. 38980
Secker & Warburg: London. 1958.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Spy thriller with sf trappings: the author's first book. Published in the US in 1966 as a Lancer paperback as THE RELUCTANT SPY. Scarce UK hardcover (the US edition issued the same year is much more common).

''(1923-1993) UK writer and antiquarian book dealer, author of many novels whose ambience of Horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf, often simultaneously; he was a sophisticated, commercial exploiter of Equipoise in fantastic fiction. Early books, such as his first, A SCENT OF NEW MOWN-HAY (1958; vt The Reluctant Spy 1966), A Sour Apple Tree (1958), Broken Boy (1959) and A Ring of Roses (1965; vt A Wreath of Roses 1965), tend to manipulate the patterns of espionage and thriller fiction to buttress and ultimately provide explanations for tales whose effects are fundamentally akin to Gothic horror and fantasy. Ex-Nazis often crop up in these books, as in the first, where a German scientist spreads around the world a mutated plague-bearing fungus boasting both the eponymous aroma (which provides early warning to its female victims) and the capacity to Shapeshift; the protagonist of this novel, General Charles Kirk, reappears in several later otherwise unconnected tales'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Inked name on front free endpaper, page edges a little browned, else a fine copy in a fairly good dustjacket with shallow chipping along the top spine edge and chipped (2cm x 2cm) bottom spine edge, dust-soiling to rear (white) panel and wear at corner tips.

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3 Blackburn, JohnA Sour Apple Tree. 38981
Secker & Warburg: London. 1958.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Spy thriller: the author's second book.

''(1923-1993) UK writer and antiquarian book dealer, author of many novels whose ambience of Horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf, often simultaneously; he was a sophisticated, commercial exploiter of Equipoise in fantastic fiction. Early books, such as his first, A Scent Of New-Mown Hay (1958; vt The Reluctant Spy 1966), A SOUR APPLE TREE (1958), Broken Boy (1959) and A Ring of Roses (1965; vt A Wreath of Roses 1965), tend to manipulate the patterns of espionage and thriller fiction to buttress and ultimately provide explanations for tales whose effects are fundamentally akin to Gothic horror and fantasy. '' John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition.


Page edges browning and a little spotted, a near fine copy in a G/VG dustjacket with shallow chipping along the spine edges and several corner tips.

Price: 35.00 GBP
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4 Blackburn, JohnColonel Bogus. 38984
Jonathan Cape: London. 1964.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Spy thriller.

Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket.

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5 Blackburn, JohnMister Brown's Bodies. 10858
Jonathan Cape: London. 1975.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
''UK writer and antiquarian book dealer, author of many novels whose ambience of horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf. However, though his use of sf situations is often ingenious, and though even his most straightforward novels are prone to internal generic mutations from one form to another, it would be unduly stretching matters to describe the author as a genuine sf writer'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Price: 15.00 GBP
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6 Blackburn, JohnThe Cyclops Goblet. 18018
Jonathan Cape: London. 1977.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Mystery/thriller.

''throughout Blackburn's more routine work, however, it is often the case that what seem to be sf plot devices on introduction turn out to be explicable in terms of contemporary science by the story's close, or are McGuffins like the atom-bomb conspiracy in The Face of the Lion. Though his use of sf situations is often ingenious, and though even his most straightforward novels are prone to internal generic mutations from one form to another, it would be unduly stretching matters to describe Blackburn as a genuine sf writer'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

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7 Blackburn, JohnThe Face Of The Lion. 10044
Jonathan Cape: London. 1976.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Thriller/horror novel.

''author of many novels whose ambience of horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf: he tended to use themes from espionage and thriller fiction to buttress and ultimately provide explanations for tales whose effects were fundamentally gothic horror and fantasy. Ex-Nazis often cropped up in these books, and even in later stories, like THE FACE OF THE LION (1976), which again (characteristically) deals with abominable disease, loathsome though by now rather elderly SS officers make their dutiful bows'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for rubbing to the (black) dustjacket.

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