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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.
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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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; minor creasing; lower wrapper with "2/6" price stamp and inked initial; overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - handsome woman in vampish pose - a design by Brab; some wear; some shallow chipping to upper wrapper; some soiling to lower; some light internal browning and creasing, but a reasonable copy.

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LISLE, Michael : I'LL HIRE THE HEARSE.

LISLE, Michael : I'LL HIRE THE HEARSE.

Bolton : Tempest Publishing Co., [1950]. 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).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii],126pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Brab - blonde takes care of herself with a bottle; a little worn and slightly creased; upper wrapper nicked and chipped; lower wrapper slightly nicked a lightly soiled; a reasonable copy.

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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; 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 UK library.

£40

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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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"WATTSON, Jean" : DANGEROUS BACHELOR.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. 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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Brab; slight marking and small scuff to lower wrapper; staples rusted, but otherwise very good. Only the British Library copy found on COPAC.

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WEBB, Peter, 1914- : DANCING WITH DANGER.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Brab; slight darkening to foot of spine and outer edges; small scuff to lower wrapper; staples slightly rusted; text lightly tanned, with a few small marks and creases, but overall still a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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