Martin Stone's Forgotten Shelf book catalogue no. 5: Modern Literature Fantasy and Detective Fiction - November 1982. The macabre cover was hand-coloured by impecunious students and the image from the cover taken from a Marcel Schwob novel Coeur Double (Paris, 1891.) Martin, now an expat in Paris, is still going strong but has not done a catalogue since the 1980s. The dedication reads..
Thanks should go to Mr. D. Attoe of Wapping and Mr. Robin Summers for sterling excavation work in the compiling of this catalogue. A tip of the hat also to Iain Sinclair of Albion Village Books for light shed in some obscure bibliographic corners and to Skoob Books for the use of congenial office facilities beyond the boundaries of the East End.
There follows a poem by David Attoe, now a US expat and at that time poet, book collector and Ford Madox Ford expert. He later published a novel Lion at the Door (Little, Brown, 1989) which had a great succes d'estime, even carrying a blurb from Thomas Pynchon.
Little change from the turkeys
take a sift look at Priapus bones
splinter rinse with ferocious light
against old walls
in a cup of wine
in a septic tank
monk beats crucifix
no new songs for sale
will settle a deal
for the right price
house no meaning
hold no heat
but when the fury kneels to obey
dog-eared foxed and shaken
those bumped bent words
relinquish no authority
talons falcate beak dive
rip rat no news
plough wrecks seed on electric spike
surrendering furrows charge devil doctor magic
risers spit out form
craving new shape
1982 David Attoe
Here are a few of the books listed, the first being a great sleeper and probably worth several times the 1982 price - it looks like a classic Edwardian boy's book worth a fiver...
403. (URANIAN LITERATURE) NICHOLSON, J. G: In Carrington's duty-week. Ousely (1910): 1st ed. red pictorial cloth. Ink notation after prologue else a fine copy. Very scarce. £45
528. FITZERSE, Alfred: THE TRANCE OF FITZERSE: A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. London, Literary Society (1888): 1st ed. A few pages water-marked at top and fore-edges, lower cover slightly damp spotted, some foxing: good-VG tight copy of a scarce S.F. novel of suspended animation. £40
604. (THREE-VOLUME NOVEL) FOGERTY, J.: MR. JOCKO. Ward and Downey, 1891; 1st. ed. three vols., slate-blue cloth, lettered gilt, pictorially blocked in red gilt, fronts. vol. one, 16pp ads. at rear vol. three. A little light foxing throughout, small mark for-edge of upper cover vol. three; near fine set. Anti-clerical novel of Darwinian ideas, dedicated to Prof. T. H. Huxley; set in the circus world, its discussion of Mr. Jocko, an intelligent monkey, as the "missing link'" just tilts it into the science-fiction category. £115
608. WESTBRROK, H. W. and Lawrence GROSSMITH: The purple frogs. Heath Cranton and Ouseley (c.1910); 1st ed., purple cloth, gilt. Spine sunned and slightly worn at head, name on front endpaper else VG copy. Long, impenetrable vanity publication, with probable fantasy content, concerning an organisation for blackmailing the senders of confessional messages-in-bottles. A curious production, with six "illustrations" in music. £8