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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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"COSTELLO, Pete" - [BELL, George, 1922-2006] : MURDER IN MINK.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [1953]. First edition. Minx, mink and murder. This was one of the five Edwin Self titles seized in a police raid on a shop in Maidstone in November 1953. Self was jailed for nine months on obscenity charges the following year, while the book's author, George Bell, received six months. The fact that Bell was a school-teacher, a father of three, and a youth-club leader, caused something of a furore in the press at the time. Difficult to see now what the fuss was all about: we might legitimately complain about the sexism (although in this case two of the women end up pretty well empowered), but hardly the virtually non-existent sex.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - "as sleek as a cat - and as dangerous as a tiger"; light rubbing and creasing; slight nick to spine; a touch of rusting to staples; a few faint marks and spots, but overall a very good copy.

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"DELMAINE, Georges Louis" : AFFAIR IN PARIS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. Ostensibly a translation of "Les Amants de Paris" by "one of the most exciting and glamorous" of modern French authors - but Delmaine appears to be as unknown to the Bibliothèque Nationale as he is to any of the major UK libraries.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a stylish and saucy but unsigned design; some light rubbing and wear; a few slight marks and short nicks; mild tanning of text, but a good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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"DELMAINE, Georges Louis" : INTIMACY.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. Art students in Paris - ostensibly a translation of "Les Amants de Paris" by "one of the most exciting and glamorous" of modern French authors - but Delmaine appears to be as unknown to the Bibliotheque Nationale as he is to any of the major UK libraries.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a stylish and saucy but unsigned design; some very light rubbing and wear; mild tanning of text, but overall a very good and clean copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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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] : 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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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.

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.

£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.

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 UK library.

£40

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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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