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“AMBLER, Dail” – [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : THE LADY SAYS WHEN : A DANNY SPADE STORY.

“AMBLER, Dail” – [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : THE LADY SAYS WHEN : A DANNY SPADE STORY.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Among the most glamorous, unexpected and toughest of the stable of pulp-fiction writers who wrote for Scion was Betty Williams, also known by her married name of Betty Uelmen, who under her “Dail Ambler” and “Danny Spade” personas, became one of the most successful of all of the British pulp-writers. With some experience of Hollywood, she later found some notoriety for the storyline and screenplay of perhaps the most interesting of the British teen rebellion, beatnik and coffee-bar movies, released in 1960 as “Beat Girl” in the UK and “Wild for Kicks” in the USA, and starring Adam Faith, David Farrar, Shirley Anne Field, Gillian Hills, Christopher Lee, Peter McEnery, Oliver Reed, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Brab – elegant brunette, gun peeps from purse; some wear at foot and one corner; some creasing to wrappers; American price sticker overlaid on upper cover; some spotting to final leaves, but a fairly good copy of a fragile production.

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“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Marguerite de Manell comes of age: she owns a great historic castle, but can’t afford to – she is living in a poky bed-sit and working as a shorthand typist.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); wrappers a little split; two repaired tears to rear wrapper, and one to upper wrapper; a reasonable copy of a fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE FAST BUCK.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE FAST BUCK.

London : Robert Hale, (1954). First paperback edition. Only the jewel-thief knows where the loot is – how to spring him from jail. First published in 1952.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a stylish design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); slight nick and flaw at foot; corner crease to lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£15

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HADLEY PUBLICATIONS : GAIETÉ.

HADLEY PUBLICATIONS : GAIETÉ.

London : Hadley Publications, [ca. 1950]. First edition. “Calling all wolves!” – seven Parisian stories, ostensibly by Celeste Chamard, Henri Jacquet, Pierre Guichon, Alix Breziab, Estelle Pichet, Adele d’Arcy and Blanche Loubier.
Crown 4to (25cm). 32pp. Illustrations and photographs. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); minor creasing; lower wrapper with “2/6” price stamp and inked initial; overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major library Worldwide.

£40

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MAURICE HALL PUBLICATIONS : HUG : A CARESS MAGAZINE.

MAURICE HALL PUBLICATIONS : HUG : A CARESS MAGAZINE.

New York, Los Angeles & London : Maurice Hall Publications, [ca. 1950]. First edition. Stories from Robert Kingston (2), Anne Frazer, Janice Temple, Lester Kearns and Frederick Foden. The New York and Los Angeles of the imprint appear to represent wishful thinking.
Crown 4to (25cm). 32pp. Illustrations and glamour photographs. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); minor rubbing and one slight crease; small mark and “2/’6” price-stamp on upper wrapper; overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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KEENE, Effie & OTHERS : THRILLING ROMANCES.

KEENE, Effie & OTHERS : THRILLING ROMANCES.

London : Twyn Barlwm Press (Bear Hudson – distributors), [1948]. One of the seven issues of this Bear Hudson publication – three illustrated short stories: “Holiday Queen” by Effie Keene; “One Girl’s Secret” by Frances Ferry, and “Her Gypsy Lover” by Veronica Slater.
Crown 4to (24cm). 32pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); spine and edges a little smoke blackened; insect damage to rear wrapper, with a small hole penetrating into the final eight text leaves, with the loss of a few letters; staples rusted; a servicable copy of an attractive publication. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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MORROW, Ann : MOONLIGHT IN VENICE.

MORROW, Ann : MOONLIGHT IN VENICE.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Ann gives the gondolier a charming smile, pats her auburn hair, and almost falls out of the gondola.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Brab; one corner a little creased; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Only the British Library copy found on COPAC.

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WARD, Blanche : WANDERING GIRL.

WARD, Blanche : WANDERING GIRL.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [ca.1946]. First edition. Selma Langston, pretty as a picture, does not care for her job selling dresses to fat women. Also included in this typical early Hamilton production is a second short story, “Dangerous Lover” by Christine Waverley.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers, a stylish design by Brab; wrappers slightly chipped and creased at upper corner; some creasing throughout; staples rusted, but a good copy of a scarce title. Not listed by Holland &Williams. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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