THE TERRIBLE DOOR.
London: The Bodley Head, (1964) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first novel by this dealer in rare books and manuscripts, a world he exploits to the full in several of his thrillers including one which features Robert Seldon, an English bookseller who has been offered a large sum of money to find the correspondence of an eccentric writer with rather unusual sexual tastes - the "terrible door" of the title is the door into the past. In the obituary he wrote for Sims, Anthony Rota called this "virtually a roman-a-clef, various characters being based on adaptations or amalgams of well-known book-trade figures of the day." While he might have remained primarily an antiquarian bookseller, Sim was elected a member of the famous Detection Club. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper (simply "for Jim from George." 176 pp.