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“CAPELLI, Ace” : DAMES LIKE DOUGH.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : DAMES LIKE DOUGH.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition. “Steve Ready had a sweet set up in Seattle. He had a loyal gang, a good pal in Wal – and Carole. And Carole was more than something, apart from being a two timing little broad. The racket was foolproof. But Steve was not top man”. Capelli was a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; minor rubbing; lower wrapper lightly discoloured; a touch of rusting to staples; one section lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good, clean copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Bowling Green State) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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"CAPELLI, Ace" : THE FIX.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition. "Heading San Francisco's racket bosses was Jamie Riggs - Jamie and Pal Joey, the kid he had trained to think his way, and the guy he trusted with his shirt. These were the two closest pals in the game - until the night of the big fight when it didn't suit Jamie any longer".
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - brunette spills from limo in a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); slight wear and nick at head; some wear and splitting at foot; scuff and tear tape-repaired on upper wrapper; staples rusting; some edge-spotting, but a reasonable copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in the major UK libraries.

SOLD

"CAPELLI, Ace" : DON'T DIE TOO SOON.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. Campaigning newspaperman brutally shot down with a tommy-gun.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good, clean copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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"CAPELLI, Ace" : SAY YOUR PRAYERS, SISTER.

London : Ralph Stokes, [ca.1952]. First edition. "There were seven names on the list from the Commissioner, and one name on that list would have paid a million dollars to get hold of it. That name handled the new drug racket that was sweeping the town and threatening the whole of the States ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-(116)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; worn at extremities, with some loss of lettering; scuff to upper wrapper, with again loss of lettering; some creasing; lower wrapper a little discoloured and scuffed; staples rusting; some internal browning and creasing; a serviceable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

SOLD

“CAPELLI, Ace” : WOMAN TRAP.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : WOMAN TRAP.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. Lulu Ling was an “international spy who made Mata Hari look like a dame from the sticks”. Although Ace Capelli was used as a house name by various writers, this particular title is probably by Geoffrey Pardoe (1890-1953).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn and somewhat creased; some marking and a short tear to lower wrapper; some spotting to edges and prelims; some internal creasing and tanning; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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