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"GOODWIN, John" - [GOWING, Sidney David, 1877-1943] : BLACKMAIL.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1910]. First edition. Kenneth Thorne, self-made merchant prince, handsome bachelor of Grosvenor Square and Cornhill, has eyes only for his typist. Daily Mail Sixpenny Novel No. 109.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 4,vi,170pp. Decorative title by Garth Jones and three dramatic plates by Ernest Francis Sherie (1869-1929). Original pictorial wrappers - a striking design by Gil; worn at foot, with partial loss of series number; short split at head; upper wrapper slightly nicked and creased; lower wrapper spotted; a good and sound copy of a scarce, fragile and rather handsome production. Just a single copy (British Library) traced in the major UK libraries.

£50

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HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE AFFAIR OF THE SPIV'S SECRET.

HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE AFFAIR OF THE SPIV'S SECRET.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1948]. First edition. "It was what the gossip columns called brilliant, this clientele; for the Kyros Club was no hole-and-corner dump. It was London's most scintillating and expensive dancing-cum-restaurant club ... There were enough diamonds in the Kyros that night to make the directors of de Beers green with envy - perhaps ...". Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 170, issued in June 1948.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers - unsigned but by Eric Parker; spine lightly worn at tips and a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

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HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAP.

HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAP.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1946]. First edition. "The three men had been sitting a long time in the Soho Cafe. They sat there because for two of them the surroundings summoned up, as much as was possible to heavy-handed London, old memories ...". Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 113, issued in February 1946.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 96pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers - unsigned but by Eric Parker; spine a little tanned, and worn at foot; lower wrapper a little marked and slightly torn; staples rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE LOOT OF PAKISTAN.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE LOOT OF PAKISTAN.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1948]. First edition. Sexton Blake and Tinker enter the political arena. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 164, issued in March 1948.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers - unsigned but by Eric Parker; a little tanned; staples rusted, with a little marking; edges a little spotted, but a very good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

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TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE MOTOR-COACH MYSTERY.

TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE MOTOR-COACH MYSTERY.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1948]. First edition. "Sexton Blake had just entered his house in Baker Street and started to mount the stairs ..." Blake and Tinker here in the hands of Walter Tyrer - murder in Soho. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 173, issued in August 1948.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers - unsigned but by Eric Parker (1898-1974); spine and edges tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking, but a good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

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“WENTWORTH, Charles” : [DROP TITLE] WIDE AWAKE FOR WEMBLEY!

“WENTWORTH, Charles” : [DROP TITLE] WIDE AWAKE FOR WEMBLEY!

London : Amalgamated Press, (1931). First separate edition. The Crusaders use a haunted house as their training headquarters for their F. A. Cup campaign – “rousing yarn of football and mystery”. No. 281 in the “Boy’s Friend Library” series, originally published in “Boy’s Realm” in 1928. Charles Wentworth was a house-name used by several Amalgmated Press writers.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear at foot; some marking; staple rusted, with some internal holing, but a good copy of a fragile item. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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