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"BANARTO, Bart" : DAMES PLAY DUMB. BY BART BARNATO.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1951]. First edition. Nicky Folan is released from jail looking for vengeance. An early Bart Banarto title, here using the variant Barnato spelling, and with Edwin Self operating from his earlier Grays Inn Road address. Although an Edwin Self house-name, most of the Banarto titles appear to have been written by Albert Edward Garrett (1917-1968).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – lippy brunette in an improbably engineered pale yellow top; spine unevenly discoloured; some light fraying and creasing; staples heavily rusted, with resultant damage; mild spotting of edges, but a reasonable copy.

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"COSTELLO, Pete" : BOWERY BLONDE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1951]. First edition. "I felt like something had gone wrong with my breath. No dame had ever got me that way before ...". An early Pete Costello title, with Edwin Self operating from his earlier Grays Inn Road address. The Costello house-name was used by a number of Self’s stable of writers, including George Bell and Frederick Foden.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (5)-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde in blue casts an appraising eye; mild tanning of text and faint rusting of staples, but a very good copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major UK library.

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"COSTELLO, Pete" : REDHEADS SPELL DANGER.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. Sinuous mystery woman shoots flabby man: "That murder had been building up for a long time, and was never solved – officially. I could tell you something about it. I'll start at the beginning...". An early Pete Costello title, with Edwin Self operating from his earlier Grays Inn Road address. The Costello house-name was used by a number of Self’s stable of writers, including George Bell and Frederick Foden.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead quietly smoulders; some trifling wear and wrinkling; shallow fringe of light spotting to outer edge of upper wrapper; a few edge spots; traces of rust to staples; a few minor production flaws to corners, but overall a very good copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major UK library.

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“DELMAINE, Georges Louis” : AFFAIR IN PARIS.

“DELMAINE, Georges Louis” : AFFAIR IN PARIS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. Country-bred innocent gets a job in Paris – “the fascinating world of beautiful artists’ models and dangerous demi-mondaines”. Ostensibly a translation of “Les Affaires de Paris” by “one of the most exciting and glamorous” of modern French authors – but Delmaine appears to be unknown to the Bibliothèque Nationale.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish and saucy but unsigned design, probably by Len Potts; a few very minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good copy indeed – clean, bright and sound. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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"KENNEDY, Edgar Rees" – [JENNISON, John William, 1911-1980] : CONQUERORS OF VENUS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [1951]. First edition. Colonel Wayne Goodman prepares for a manned mission to Venus.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner (1922-1998); slight chip at foot; lightly dulled and slightly soiled; lightly rubbed and creased; staples rusted; text a little tanned, but a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“LAVELLE, Marc”- [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CURVES SPELL DEATH.

“LAVELLE, Marc”- [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CURVES SPELL DEATH.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. Three hoodlums bust into the apartment of naked and beautiful newspaper-woman Venetia Maynard.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – raven-haired Venetia looks apprehensive; minor wear at tips; wrappers slightly chipped and frayed; slight discolouration to outer edges, but a reasonable copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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"LAVELLE, Marc"- [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : PARIS AFTER DARK.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. Something of a hybrid from Lisle Willis, crossing between the staple gangster and faux French lines – "the proud, flaunting beauté of her superb breasts sparkled as much as the blade of the knife in the darkness".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a hint of wear at tips; some mild rubbing; interior tear to final leaf, but overall a very good copy. No copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

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NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

London : Pedigree Books (Edwin Self), (1961). First edition. “Here, for the first time, is a serious book written about teenagers, by a teenager and in a language that has delighted teenagers in America and Britain. It is written mainly in the now famous Kookie-talk” – the story of Fenella the clinker from way out – “Orbit strictly unknown. Destination nowhere!” – a cult classic of the beat generation, with a seven-page glossary of Kookie-talk for “Bods from Squaresville”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by M. Atkinson; wrappers rubbed, lightly worn, slightly creased and a little split; minor discolouration in places, but a reasonable copy. Just five copies located in major libraries worldwide – only one (British Library) in the UK.

£50

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TRACY, Don (Donald Fiske), 1905-1976 : CAROLINA CORSAIR.

TRACY, Don (Donald Fiske), 1905-1976 : CAROLINA CORSAIR.

London : Pedigree Books, [ca.1958]. First British paperback edition. Tracy’s take on the legendary Edward Teach (1680?-1718), better known as Blackbeard – pirate, corsair, rapist and murderer. Originally published in New York in 1955, with a British hardback edition in 1956, and here under Edwin Self’s Pedigree imprint.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some splitting and wear, with old tape repair to upper joint; a few marks and slight creases, but overall a reasonable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“VALOIS, Jean-Paul” – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : BIENAIMÈE.

“VALOIS, Jean-Paul” – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : BIENAIMÈE.

London : Edwin Self, [ca.1955]. First edition. “Her inexperience of life coupled with her awakening sense of her own beauty and fascination lead her into dangerous paths ...”. Interesting in that although an earlier Valois title had been involved in Self’s trial on obscenity charges in 1954, the present title was openly issued from his post-prison address. The text is virtually identical to that of “Lovers of Montmartre” by “Michel Lesage”, published a few years earlier, although toned down a little in places and with an altered ending.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some mild splitting and wear; tiny corner missing from upper wrapper; a few creases, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CHERE AMIE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. "A fascinating story of the modern Paris underworld with all the romantic and glamorous aspect of life with artist’s models and midinettes". One of the earliest "Valois" titles and frankly hilarious in its Franglais – "The température inside the room seemed to leap hundreds of degrees! The air was électrique, so that even Danielle Javenne could feel it in the garde-robe ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, creased and slightly chipped; text lightly tanned; staples slightly rusted, but a good copy.

£40

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“VALOIS, Jean-Paul” – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CONFESSIONS OF CORINNE.

“VALOIS, Jean-Paul” – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CONFESSIONS OF CORINNE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. “Throbbing, pulsating, completely alive in every part of its being, the kind of body over which empereurs have fought and kingdoms have been lost”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128p. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some rubbing, wear and slight splitting to spine; wrappers a little creased and soiled; text a little tanned; a touch of rust to staples; a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : GIRL OF THE BOULEVARDS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. Ostensibly a translation of "La Belle Corinne : Fille des Boulevards".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design in the distinctive style of the un-named artist who produced most of the Corinne covers; some light wear and wrinkling; text lightly tanned; staples a touch rusted; a few slight internal marks, but overall a very good copy. No copy traced in any major UK library,

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