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"BARONI, Nick" : RED DOLL.

London : Curtis Warren, [ca.1951]. First edition. "I got a funny kind of a nose. I can smell dough a mile away. I can smell trouble, too. When I see the guy walk into my office in Chicago, I smell both ..." - "Nick Baroni" was a Curtis Warren house-name, first used by Frederick Tom Foden (1907-1982) and subsequently by various other writers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (1),[ii],4-111,[i]pp - including horticultural advertisements for both Flexible Earth and British Bamboo Groves. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a soulful design by the always elegant H. W. Perl; some very minor wrinkling and creasing, with a single short nick; staples slightly rusted, with tiny spots of discolouration, but overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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BUXTON, Raymond : MIDSUMMER MADNESS.

BUXTON, Raymond : MIDSUMMER MADNESS.

London : Modern Fiction, [1946]. First edition. Simple but handsome farmworker led astray by forward hussies – well written and in places almost erotic, which is more than can be said for most of the Modern Fiction output. Buxton was the author of “Broken Liebestraum” (1944), “No Gentle Lady” (1949), etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (64)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – combative and diaphanous woman in a design by H. W. Perl; rather worn, torn and frayed; cup mark on upper wrapper, tape repair to lower; staples rusting; some internal tears to gutter; an indifferent copy of a scarce title. The British Library has what is apparently a later edition with more pages, but no copies of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Who is she? Oh, come! You surely can’t tell me that you don’t know she’s the great Lulu Le Sainte?” – the lovely, famous and scandalous man-eater meets a confirmed woman-hater on a terrace in Monte Carlo. Inez Castello, author of half a dozen similar novels of the Bright-Young-Things period, was perhaps the London-born ‘actress’ who took ship from Havana to New York under that name in 1920, but has otherwise eluded identification.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; cloth a little used and blotched; text a little marked and tanned, but a serviceable copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little wornd and slightly smudged, with repairs to folds – but complete and attractive still.

£50

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CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “When I first saw the yacht she was lying at anchor in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney Harbour” - a sharebroker yearns to return to the South Seas. Shanghaied on the yacht of the beautiful Virginia Mortimer, he is offered a thousand pounds to pilot the yacht on a secret mission.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 254,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; a few faint marks; edges and prelims a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking original dust-jacket - unsigned but by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) - a little rubbed, nicked and slightly soiled, but still very good. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£100

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CUNNINGHAM, Paul : [DROP TITLE] TOAST TO SATAN.

CUNNINGHAM, Paul : [DROP TITLE] TOAST TO SATAN.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [ca.1946]. First edition. Nick and Joan come under rifle fire as they investigate a powerful speed launch on the Channel coast..
Crown 8vo (18cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – man crawls after a leggy blonde and typical Perl-girl by H. W. Perl; some minor creasing and marking; pencil marks to upper wrapper; short tear to lower wrapper; staples rusting; text tanned, with one leaf much creased, but overall still a very good copy of a rare and fragile item. Not recorded on the Holland & Williams Hamilton checklist – and no copy traced in any major library worldwide.

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “CONCERTO FOR FEAR!” (FEATURING RED BENTON).

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “CONCERTO FOR FEAR!” (FEATURING RED BENTON).

London : Bear Hudson, 1945. First edition. Each time a certain point in the concert was reached, someone died. Red Benton and his whisky-loving accomplice Happy Harringay investigate. Bear Hudson No. 530.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a three colour design by H. W. Perl (1897-1952); some light wear and creasing; staples rusted; some internal creases and a few marks, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : [DROP-TITLE] A COWARD AT HARCOURT.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : [DROP-TITLE] A COWARD AT HARCOURT.

London : Mitre Press, [1944]. First edition. “What the dickens is it, you chaps?” – it’s Eustace Green turning up for his first day at Harcourt College in tight velvet and a frilly silk collar. Firth very much in Frank Richards mode.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (16pp). Original two-colour pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; staples rusted, with resultant damage; a few spots, but otherwise a good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) located in mjor libraries worldwide.

£40

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “OUT FOR THE COUNT”.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “OUT FOR THE COUNT”.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), 1947. First edition. Newly found wealth, young love, deceiving men, arrest in Piccadilly Circus, and an act of questionable morality at the Chelsea Arts Ball. Firth in fine and rollicking form.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 194 (i.e.192)pp. Original blue boards, lettered in black; a touch sunned at tips, faint spine crease, but otherwise a very good copy in the charming dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) - rubbed, a little creased, price-clipped, chipped at head, tail and corners, with a larger (4 x 2.5cm) portion missing from rear panel and some nicks and short tears, but substantially complete and a rare and fragile survival.

£25

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : SPAWN OF THE VAMPIRE.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : SPAWN OF THE VAMPIRE.

London : Bear, Hudson, [1946]. First edition. “High in the Transylvanian Alps, close by a small village called Safnia, stands the mighty grey-walled castle of the Grafshens ...” – the ever-versatile Firth presents Jerry Liddon, “English, bronzed, clear-eyed and fair-haired” and his new half-Rumanian bride, “tip-tilted nose and dark, glossy hair”, married in Bucharest and Safnia-bound. What could possibly go wrong? This archetypal Bear, Hudson publication also includes Frank Griffin’s “All Set for Murder”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an evocative design by H. W. Perl; a little worn, creased and chipped; lower wrapper a little spotted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce title. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£150

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“LACROIX, Ramon” : EROS LOOKS DOWN.

“LACROIX, Ramon” : EROS LOOKS DOWN.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1952]. First edition. “Waiting in Piccadilly Circus; waiting for what cynical Eros on his pedestal might send her, stands Jenny Stewart, cast by cruel turns of Fortune’s wheel into the company of fallen women ...”. The London night-club scene exposed as respectable Jenny falls prey to the procurers. Ramon Lacroix was a house name used, inter alia, by Ernest McKeag, Norman Lazenby, etc.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Hyman Perl (1897-1952); spine chipped at foot and with some lateral tears; some marking and creasing; a few leaves slightly chipped, without loss, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

London : Mellifont Press, [1934]. Second edition. Five Parisian mysteries – The Affair of the Blue Scarabs; The Clue of the Newspaper Paragraph; The Secret of the Gieboff Emerald; The Affair of the Avenue Malakoff, and The Holes in the Wall. Originally published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1920.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lurid design by H. W. Perl; chipped at foot; large chip to upper wrapper and some scuffing to lower; some creasing and tanning, but a serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Someone once said that the parties in Hollywood sounded like school treats compared to those given by Maisie Bellamy” - film critic Peter Day knows everyone in the Elstree set - young Lucinda Carey does not. Conflicts between love and career, “the glamour of the film world; written with first-hand knowledge”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (250),[ii]pp. Original jade cloth, lettered in black; a few minor marks, but a very good copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) - a little sunned, label neatly removed, but very lightly used and bright and attractive. Just two copies (British Library and New York) located in the world’s major libraries.

£125

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : DESIRE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : DESIRE.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1940]. [Second edition]. Handsome libertine and remittance man John Galway falls for a South Seas beauty. Originally published by Gramol in about 1930 and here published by Phoenix from their pre-1942 Elephant Road address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; a little worn, soiled, nicked, chipped and creased; a few internal marks and spots, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy of any edition located on WorldCat.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. [Second edition] : issued from Phoenix’s post 1941 Deacon Street address. A story that commences with two contrasting impoverished writers on Fleet Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; some light wear and mild creasing; some mild spotting, but overall a very good copy. No copy of any edition located in any major UK library.

£25

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. [New edition]. The United Ladies’ Club of Chicago – Dynamite Doll, Slappy Sal (not to mention her husband Jelly the Fish), Velvet Vi, Reno Doreena – but Anna Toplitski craves the “sharp, puncturing kiss” of the hypodermic syringe. Originally published in 1947 (with a plain lower wrapper).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design of a blonde in clinging green; some very minor wear; the predominantly white wrappers lightly marked, with some faint splashing to lower wrapper; but overall a very good copy of a fragile production.

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. First edition. A murder in the Otis Restaurant – a revenge killing by a strange young man.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design; some minor wear and creasing; a few slight marks; staples rusting; text faintly tanned, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS HAS A DAUGHTER.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS HAS A DAUGHTER.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. First edition. Playing with his own name, Fawcett gives us cheapstore dressmaker Frank Driffield Tawfitt, who has taken a shine to the mysterious and alluring new partner in Manhattan’s Paradise Restaurant – Miss Otis has gone incognito.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – woman, gun, allure – a design by H. W. Perl; just a touch of wear to tips; a couple of tiny creases; staples rusted and discoloured, but otherwise a very good and clean copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS THROWS A COME-BACK.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS THROWS A COME-BACK.

London : Modern Fiction, [1947]. First edition. An early title in the Miss Otis series – the “ritzy racketeer”. One of the most memorable characters in all the pulp fiction of the period. “An experienced dame, you would say, looking at Miss Otis in her sun parlor; a dame who had got ‘it’ in overweight quantities”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Miss Otis in a genial and languid pose by H. W. Perl; some very minor wear and faint marking to the predominantly white wrappers; slight creasing to lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy of a scarce title. Just two copies traced in the major UK libraries (Bodleian and British Library).

£125

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WILDING, Elisabeth : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] PLAYTHINGS.

WILDING, Elisabeth : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] PLAYTHINGS.

London : Gramol Publications, [1933]. First edition : a variant with the Gypsy Dream Book advertisement (a design by H. W. Perl) on the lower wrapper. Maurice Lancaster returns from Saigon on the inheritance of his uncle’s estate – a beautiful young Canadian woman is in residence.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; some wear; wrappers creased; lower wrapper slightly torn and chipped; staples rusted; a reasonable copy. Only a single copy (British Library – a variant with a What the Stars Predict advertisement on the lower wrapper) traced in major libraries worldwide. Pencilled ownership inscription of E. Canto on first leaf.

£40

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