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“BARCELONE, Georges” – [RAIS, Françoise] : PASS WORD (MOT DE PASSE).

“BARCELONE, Georges” – [RAIS, Françoise] : PASS WORD (MOT DE PASSE).

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1952]. First edition in English. Spy story with an English setting – kidnapped professor, atomic secrets, etc. First published in Paris the previous year.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very minor rubbing, but a very good copy.

£50

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CUNNINGHAM, Louis Arthur, 1900-1954 : SULTRY LOVE.

CUNNINGHAM, Louis Arthur, 1900-1954 : SULTRY LOVE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. News comes to Canada of Jeremy’s marriage in wartime London – passions erupt in those left behind. A tale from one of Atlantic Canada’s most prolific writers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a teasing design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; slight nick to lower wrapper, but otherwise an exceptionally good copy – clean, crisp and unworn.

£50

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“DU MONTESSE, Ruy” : PASSIONATE PURITAN.

“DU MONTESSE, Ruy” : PASSIONATE PURITAN.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1948]. [Second edition]. The tall, slender and blonde Lady Cynthia Collingwoode-Hepway goes husband hunting in Mayfair, elsewhere in London two other women go home. First published by Gerald G. Swan in 1941. The lower wrapper proclaims this to be the first book issued by the Archer Press: it is certainly far better written than most of their subsequent ouput.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [ii],5-(132)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; the American price over-printed on the upper wrapper now obscured by a sticker; “Printed in England” stamp on title; slight nick at foot; one leaf tanned; staples a touch rusted, but overall a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George H.] : WHEN PASSION RULES.

“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George H.] : WHEN PASSION RULES.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. Sylvia is abandoned for Elsie, Battersea for Knightsbridge – “I am going to the woman who is not so straight-laced, who will give herself to me whether I marry her or not – And maybe her money is more important than her body! – Goodbye”! The author’s pseudonym is mis-spelt “Flannêche” on the title-page.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a woman in abandon from Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title; slight split at foot; circle of discolouration near the American price; a few minor marks; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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GOODCHILD, George, 1888-1969 : THE ETERNAL CONFLICT.

GOODCHILD, George, 1888-1969 : THE ETERNAL CONFLICT.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. [Second edition]. The Dudeneys need to find a rich husband for their extravagant daughter. First published under Goodchild’s “Jesse Templeton” pseudonym in 1925.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a languid design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; tiny chip to spine; short split at foot; a few slight marks and creases; a few leaves slightly creased, but otherwise very good. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : VIRUS X : A PAUL VIVANTI STORY.

HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : VIRUS X : A PAUL VIVANTI STORY.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). [Second edition]. Paul Vivanti, the worst man in the world, “the most dangerous enemy the British Intelligence Departments had perhaps ever known”. Originally published in hardback in 1945.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126 [i.e.128]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; some very minor wear at tips; a few slight marks and small flaws; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy.

£20

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“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] :   COFFIN FOR A CUTIE.

“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : COFFIN FOR A CUTIE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. “Sam Case was brought up in a swamp cabin in Georgia. He was a rough kid who was used to finding things out for himself. This is the story of how he found out plenty ...”. Typical post-war pulp fare from one of the Archer Press stable and William Newton under one of his various pseudonyms, with a delicious Reginald Heade cover.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; US price sticker to top corner; a few slight nicks and creases; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. This edition not found in any major library worldwide.

£50

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : MIDNIGHT.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : MIDNIGHT.

London : Archer Press, [1952]. [Fourth edition]. Rich American woman starts to fascinate a rising young barrister – his wife is aghast. Originally published in 1928.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by David Wright (1912-1967); a few nicks; some creasing; faint bookshop stamp to upper wrapper; a few spots, but still a better than average copy.

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“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : TWO SMART DAMES.

“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : TWO SMART DAMES.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1949). First edition. Private-eye Shaun O’Malley’s partner gets killed. Enter Elvira, “a girl with a nice figure, a nasty mind, and a husband too fond of the booze” – but Louisa’s pretty smart too.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lively design by John Pollack (1918-1985); American price sticker on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; minor wear at tips; slight vertical crease to upper wrapper; small spot to lower wrapper; half-title browned at foot; slight tear to one leaf, not reaching text, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : “LADY, THROW ME A CURVE”.

“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : “LADY, THROW ME A CURVE”.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. The beautiful Carole comes calling on private-eye Shaun O’Malley.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette at the bar by John Pollack (1918-1985); American price sticker on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; wear at tips; neatly repaired short tear to spine and upper wrapper; text a little tanned, but a better than average copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A VIRGIN.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A VIRGIN.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. A Nick Cranley tale – Nick waits for a redhead and is mistakenly given a large envelope.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by John Pollack; some wear at extremities; some light creasing; revised price deeply pencilled on upper wrapper; a few edge-spots; staples rusting; text a little dusty in a few places; a good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE BEAUTIFUL.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE BEAUTIFUL.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1949). First edition. Mrs Cranley has become suspicious.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); some chipping to spine; some creasing; slight nick to lower wrapper; a few slight marks and spots; staples rusting, but a good copy.

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE DANGEROUS.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE DANGEROUS.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. Nick Cranley hunts down a boyfriend for ten dollars a day and a few stolen moments – “beautiful dames and ugly corpses”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); some wear at head; some creasing; a couple of edge-spots; staples a little rusted, but overall still a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the world’s major libraries.

£75

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1951] First edition. “All that unfaithfulness had brought me to the bottle ...”. A Nick Cranley tale.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; slight wear at head; short split at foot; wrappers lightly creased; text lightly tanned; a few spots, but otherwise a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1949]. Second edition of an early Vane, first published in 1926. “The most daring exposure ever written of the world’s wickedest city” – the lure of Montmartre, among the Apaches, black women and white men, gambling dens, tempting English girlhood, and more.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design apparently by Reginald Heade; some very minor wear, a tiny nick and a few faint creases; a few edge spots; one staple a little rusted, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WHITE SLAVES OF NEW ORLEANS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WHITE SLAVES OF NEW ORLEANS.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). [Second edition]. Ostensibly a second reprint of the original 1949 edition, but this edition has 128pp – the original edition only 96pp.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; slight wear at head; small patch of discolouration at foot; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title; a few faint marks and creases; text a little tanned, but overall a very good and still crisp copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WILLING SINNER.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WILLING SINNER.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1952]. First edition. “Joan, like most modern young women of the post-war period, was a fully self-assured young person, ambitious, and full of belief in herself to achieve her ambitions” – Peter’s rather a dear, but doesn’t quite get it.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title and copyright sticker (misleadingly dated 1950) on verso; a little wear at foot; spine a little tanned; a few nicks to lower wrapper; a few minor marks and slight creases; text a touch tanned, but a good copy. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SIN STAINED.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SIN STAINED.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. “After what you have done to me ... kill me!” is the teaser tag on the cover – a torrid tale of girlish indiscretion, marital disillusion, passion and deceit. “The wages of sin are sometimes even worse than death” sententiously adds the back cover. Somewhat incongruously set in a respectable London suburb – Wimbledon, I think, from memory (McKeag was living in Clapham at the time) – but this versatile author in top form, abetted by a sensational cover-design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957), finest of all the pulp-artists – and one of his very best.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title and copyright sticker on verso; a few faint signs of age; text a touch tanned, but a very good copy indeed, crisp and bright.

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“VINCENT, Slim” : DAMES ARE NO DICE.

“VINCENT, Slim” : DAMES ARE NO DICE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1951]. First edition. Slim is offered a job in a gambling club. “He made with the words like as if he had been dragged up to spout from an Episcopalian pulpit ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – full abandon in noose from Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; GB copyright label (dated 1950) on verso; just a hint of rubbing; a few faint marks; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy indeed – crisp, clean and bright.

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