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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CITY OF SIN.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CITY OF SIN.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1952]. First edition. Rena falls for a European, but “she hadn’t seen anything of the world further east than Minneapolis”. Sarto “tears the veil from the activities of the army of White Slavers”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127.[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – unsigned, but evidently a design by Len Potts; spine chipped, darkened and split; wrappers a little marked and creased; edges a little spotted; text a little tanned; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

SOLD

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS THROWS A COME-BACK.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS THROWS A COME-BACK.

London : Modern Fiction, [1947]. First edition. An early title in the Miss Otis series – the “ritzy racketeer”. One of the most memorable characters in all the pulp fiction of the period. “An experienced dame, you would say, looking at Miss Otis in her sun parlor; a dame who had got ‘it’ in overweight quantities”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Miss Otis in a genial and languid pose by H. W. Perl; some very minor wear and faint marking to the predominantly white wrappers; slight creasing to lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy of a scarce title. Just two copies traced in the major UK libraries (Bodleian and British Library).

£125

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. [New edition]. The United Ladies' Club of Chicago – Dynamite Doll, Slappy Sal (not to mention her husband Jelly the Fish), Velvet Vi, Reno Doreena – but Anna Toplitski craves the “sharp, puncturing kiss” of the hypodermic syringe. Originally published in 1947 (with a plain lower wrapper).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design of a blonde in clinging green; some very minor wear; the predominantly white wrappers lightly marked, with some faint splashing to lower wrapper; but overall a very good copy of a fragile production.

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : DUCHESS OF DOPE.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : DUCHESS OF DOPE.

London : Modern Fiction, [1948]. First edition. Man returns to Idaho from the mountains of Chile to find his sweet young wife has killed herself having become a dope addict: an exposé of the American morphine, heroin and cocaine rackets. “Then there was Jacqueline; tall, slant-eyed, raven-haired, fiery, dynamic; packing a flashlook that would burn up almost any guy with desire. They called her ‘The Duchess of Dope’ ...”. One of the most successful of all the Modern Fiction titles.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a wide-eyed, leggy and blood-stained Jacqueline in a design by H. W. Perl; some wear; short tears to upper wrapper; lower corner chewed; a few minor marks, but a good copy of a difficult title. Only the British Library copy located in all the major UK libraries.

SOLD

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. First edition. A murder in the Otis Restaurant – a revenge killing by a strange young man.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design; some minor wear and creasing; a few slight marks; staples rusting; text faintly tanned, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS HAS A DAUGHTER.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS HAS A DAUGHTER.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. First edition. Playing with his own name, Fawcett gives us cheapstore dressmaker Frank Driffield Tawfitt, who has taken a shine to the mysterious and alluring new partner in Manhattan’s Paradise Restaurant – Miss Otis has gone incognito.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – woman, gun, allure – a design by H. W. Perl; just a touch of wear to tips; a couple of tiny creases; staples rusted and discoloured, but otherwise a very good and clean copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS BLOWS TOWN.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS BLOWS TOWN.

London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “Miss Otis made her most queenly, most voluptuous entrance ... Leo, not being versed in politeness, just slewed in his chair and gaped in open admiration. He had never seen the Otis before, at least in anything of a close-up”. First featured in “Miss Otis Comes to Piccadilly” in 1946, the Otis was the most fatal of femmes fatales and here appears in the “slickest Otis opus to date”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – Mabie Otis in disarray; lightly rubbed; minor wear at head; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. No copy traced in any major UK library.

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS DESIRES.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS DESIRES.

London : Milestone Publications, (1954). First edition. The seventh in the new series of Miss Otis titles – Mabie Otis covets a unique seven-thousand dollar Russian sable wrap.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (126),[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers (title misspelt 'disires’ on spine; slight chip at head; mild rubbing; a touch of dustiness; text a little tanned; a few leaves with small chips, but a better than average copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

SOLD

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS MAKES HAY.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS MAKES HAY.

London : Milestone Publications, (1954). First edition. “The Otis prowess with her pearl-handled gat preserves her scorching personality – she’s a combination of guts and glamour, a gal who leaves 3-D pictures in the memory”. The eighth in the new series of Miss Otis titles.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; mild wear; a few marks and small spots, but overall a very good copy. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£75

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