SIMS, George. The Terrible Door. London: The Bodley Head, 1964.
8vo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spine, with purple and grey printed dustwrapper; pp. 176; a very good copy with occasional slight toning at the edges, not price clipped, with a loose printed note reading "With the compliments of Mr. George Sims".
A 'picaresque' first person novel about the adventures of the lecherous bookseller Robert Seldon. Drifting from place to place like an out of control blimp, the protagonist engages in what is (very probably) a mystery story - unfortunately, the merits of traditional narrative devices such as plot arcs are sacrificed for long passages in which every woman he meets drapes themselves languorously over the furniture, so I suspect we shall never know. George Sims, also an antiquarian bookseller, wrote several crime novels, of which this is the first.