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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. Just three copies (Bodleian, Iowa, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“SPADE, Danny” – [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : A LA CASSEROLE! (THE DAME PLAYS ROUGH).

“SPADE, Danny” – [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : A LA CASSEROLE! (THE DAME PLAYS ROUGH).

[Paris] : Gallimard, (1952). First edition in French. Originally published by Scion in 1950 and here in a French translation (from the ‘American’) by Noël Grison. Number 118 in the Série Noire series. “I’ve had to read this in French, in the prestigious Série Noire. It comes through as a perfectly competent, first person, Gold Medalish narrative of a New York private-eye (called Danny Spade), who lets a sexy blonde pick him up at the outset for a ‘simple’ meeting with someone that results in his being knocked out and waking up beside a murdered man” (John Fraser).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 184,[iv],[4]pp – including integral endpapers. Original black and yellow boards; worn and slightly split; text tanned; an indifferent copy. Just a single copy (Bibliothèque Nationale) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“SPADE, Danny” – [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : THE LADY LIKES TO SIN.

“SPADE, Danny” – [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : THE LADY LIKES TO SIN.

London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. Although the Danny Spade pseudonym appears on the front cover and title-page, there is a glamour shot of the author under another of her pseudonyms as “Miss Dail Ambler, playwright, novelist and ex-Hollywood screen writer” on the lower wrapper. 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). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead looks decidedly sinful; some light rubbing and faint wear; staples rusted, causing a spot of discolouration to spine; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. No copy traced in any of the major libraries worldwide.

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