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"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.
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.
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"HAMPTON, Mark" : RAW DEAL FOR DAMES.
London : Scion, (1952). First edition. "It was a woman's body. She lay face down in the gutter ..." - the first of the handful of Scion titles produced under the "Mark Hampton" name. The introductory note presents him as a recently arrived American - so the name probably covers one of the regulars from the Scion stable.
LISLE, Michael : I'LL HIRE THE HEARSE.
Bolton : Tempest Publishing Co., . First edition. "He was near on fifty, I'd say. Small, slack body, stained fedora, soiled linen. He eased his way into the office, and gave me a scared, hesitant look ...". Michael Lisle is perhaps a pseudonym of Lisle Willis (1919-1988).
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.
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MORROW, Ann : MOONLIGHT IN VENICE.
London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), . First edition. Ann gives the gondolier a charming smile, pats her auburn hair, and almost falls out of the gondola.
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.
"WATTSON, Jean" : DANGEROUS BACHELOR.
London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), . First edition. Sheena begins to think she has married beneath her - and the acute post-war housing shortage is not helping. Jean Wattson is thought perhaps to be a pseudonym of the author John F. Watt. Although not announced on cover or title-page, the last seventeen pages contain a separate story - "Flame of Desire" by Janice Talbot.
WEBB, Peter, 1914- : DANCING WITH DANGER.
London : Paget Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition. Detective-Inspector Jim Martinson in a dance-hall in industrial Framcastle, mystery caller, murder or not, cards with green dragons, sinister gang, etc.
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