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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.
“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.
London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), . 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.
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“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.
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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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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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KEENE, Effie & OTHERS : THRILLING ROMANCES.
London : Twyn Barlwm Press (Bear Hudson – distributors), . 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.
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.
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SILK, Silvia : TWO MEN AND TRICIA.
London : Paget Publications, . First edition. Innocent and beautiful Tricia Duncan is confused by the two new men who arrive to run her disabled grandfather’s farm.
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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.
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