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"AMBLER, Dail" - [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : A CURTAIN OF GLASS.

London : Merit Books, [1954]. First edition. A Danny Spade story in hardback - a midnight call from Leanda Ireland brings Danny across the Atlantic to Europe to pit his wits against evil Elwin Rickaby, snakelike Jacob Zealous, glitter-eyed Rital Khan - and hypnotic Fay, the unknown quantity. Betty Williams was among the most glamorous, unexpected and toughest of the mid-century pulp writers, and under her 'Dail Ambler' and 'Danny Spade' personas became one of the most successful of them all. Merit Books was a shortlived offshoot of Milestone Publications, aimed partly at moving into 'respectable' hardback publishing. The present book was one of its first batch of titles.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 176pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; spine a touch dulled; a few slight marks; edges a little spotted, but a nice copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - slightly worn and chipped, with a couple of tears on the lower panel. Contemporary (1955) ownership inscription of Melvyn R. Williams.

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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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"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 Nol Grison. Number 118 in the Srie Noire series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 184,[iv],[4]pp - including integral endpapers. Original black and yellow boards; worn and slightly split; text tanned; an indifferent copy. No copy traced in any major UK library.

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"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.

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