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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE DEAD STAY DUMB.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE DEAD STAY DUMB.

London : Jarrolds (Publishers) London, [ca.1944]. His second book, first published in 1939 and here in an early paperback edition advertising that the book had already reached its 190th thousand copies. “A nightmare tale of the life and death of Dillon, American gangster ... This book is all it should be: fast, tough, sexy and exciting. I give him full marks” said the publisher’s reader. Not everyone agreed: “Too rough a story to hold any pleasure except perhaps for one of Hitler’s S.S. troopers”, reported the “Birmingham Daily Post” (16 January 1940).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Dolan; spine nicked and chipped; wrappers chipped, slightly split, and a little creased, with repaired tears to corners; text a little tanned; a reasonable copy. There would not appear to be any copy of this edition in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE FAST BUCK.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE FAST BUCK.

London : Robert Hale, (1954). First paperback edition. Only the jewel-thief knows where the loot is – how to spring him from jail. First published in 1952.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a stylish design by Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); slight nick and flaw at foot; corner crease to lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£15

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : HIT AND RUN.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : HIT AND RUN.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. We don’t know why the lovely Lucille wants so badly to learn to drive; why the blood-stains on the Cadillac are on the wrong side; or why the patrol officer was run over on a lonely beach road. Originally published the previous year under the “Raymond Marshall” pseudonym.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a blonde and a candle by John Pollack (1918-1985); some very minor rubbing and wrinkling; tiny hole in lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£15

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – “MARSHALL, Raymond” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : LADY – HERE’S YOUR WREATH.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – “MARSHALL, Raymond” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : LADY – HERE’S YOUR WREATH.

London : Jarrolds Publishers (London), [ca.1943]. First paperback edition (83rd thousand). Reporter witnesses an execution – a clue precipitates him into a network of crime and murder – meets and marries the beautiful Mardi – “the end comes like the crack of a whip”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Campbell; slight bruise and short tear at head; a few marks and nicks, but overall a good copy. No copy of this paperback edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£30

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

London : Jarrolds (Publishers) London, [ca.1941]. First published in 1939 and here in a very early paperback edition advertising that the book had already reached its 164th thousand copies. George Orwell’s famous “Raffles and Miss Blandish” essay appeared in “Horizon” in 1944 and propelled the book to an even greater level of notoriety, while the 1948 film, although only passed for screening after extensive cuts, caused national outcry, subsequently leading to an apology from the head of the British Board of Film Classification for having failed to protect the public. “Once or twice in a generation someone writes a book that establishes a new standard in literature; a book that starts a new trend of fashion; a book that everyone knows and talks about and which several million people read. And one which certainly must be included in that class is the world-famous ‘No Orchids for Miss Blandish’” (Sunday Dispatch).
Crown 8vo (18cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers over thin card – a design by Merlin; chipped at foot of spine, with the loss of a few letters; lacks inner front flap of the wrappers; some minor marks, nicks and creases, with a short tear to the upper wrapper, but a good and sound copy. There would not appear to be any copy of this edition in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

London : Jarrolds (Publishers) London, [ca.1941]. First published in 1939 and here in a very early paperback edition advertising that the book had already reached its 189th thousand copies. George Orwell’s famous “Raffles and Miss Blandish” essay appeared in “Horizon” in 1944 and propelled the book to an even greater level of notoriety, while the 1948 film, although only passed for screening after extensive cuts, caused national outcry, subsequently leading to an apology from the head of the British Board of Film Classification for having failed to protect the public. “Once or twice in a generation someone writes a book that establishes a new standard in literature; a book that starts a new trend of fashion; a book that everyone knows and talks about and which several million people read. And one which certainly must be included in that class is the world-famous ‘No Orchids for Miss Blandish’” (Sunday Dispatch).
Crown 8vo (18cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers over thin card – a design by Merlin; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy of an ephemeral item. There would not appear to be any copy of this edition in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

London : Jarrolds (Publishers) London, [ca.1954]. A fresh edition of the notorious title first published by Jarrolds in 1939. Although both Chase and his publishers had been heavily fined at the Old Bailey for publishing obscene books in 1942, the stage-play of ‘No Orchids’ successfully opened in that same year. The present edition offers a revised text based on the play. George Orwell’s famous ‘Raffles and Miss Blandish’ essay appeared in ‘Horizon’ in 1944 and propelled the book to an even greater level of notoriety, while the 1948 film, although only passed for screening after extensive cuts, caused national outcry, subsequently leading to an apology from the head of the British Board of Film Classification for having failed to protect the public. “Once or twice in a generation someone writes a book that establishes a new standard in literature; a book that starts a new trend of fashion; a book that everyone knows and talks about and which several million people read. And one which certainly must be included in that class is the world-famous ‘No Orchids for Miss Blandish’” (Sunday Dispatch).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges red; a little rubbed and lightly worn; a few spots, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NOT SAFE TO BE FREE.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NOT SAFE TO BE FREE.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. Starlet strangled to death in a hotel lift at the Cannes Film Festival. Originally published in 1958.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a typical blonde by John Pollack (1918-1985); lightly worn and slightly split; diagonal crease to upper cover; text a little tanned but a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£10

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : SAFER DEAD.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : SAFER DEAD.

London : Robert Hale, (1956). First paperback edition. Staff writers for a monthly crime magazine investigate the strange disappearance of an unknown showgirl in small town America. Originally published in 1954.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a typical blonde by John Pollack (1918-1985); slight rubbing, creasing and wear; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£15

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : STRICTLY FOR CASH.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : STRICTLY FOR CASH.

London : Robert Hale, (1953). First paperback edition. Casino on the Florida coast – “a whirlpool of suspense, intrigue, murder, and ruthless ambush”. First published by the same publisher in 1951.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a little worn and soiled; some creasing; text a little tanned. No copy of this edition located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THIS WAY FOR A SHROUD.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THIS WAY FOR A SHROUD.

London : Robert Hale, (1955). First paperback edition. Famous movie actress brutally murdered by racket boss – but no witness has ever lived to give evidence against him. First published in 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; redhead in green, champagne, cigarette, etc.; light wear; splits at head and tail of spine; slight crease to lower wrapper, but a good copy. Just a single copy (Monash) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE WORLD IN MY POCKET.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE WORLD IN MY POCKET.

London : Robert Hale, (1958). First edition. Four desperate men and a girl plan to rob an armoured truck.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 191,[i]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in red; a few faint spots to top edge, but a very good copy indeed, bright and sharp in the original Holt dust-jacket – just faintly sunned, but also very good indeed.

£40

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : YOU FIND HIM – I’LL FIX HIM.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : YOU FIND HIM – I’LL FIX HIM.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. American journalist in Rome is asked to look after his boss’s daughter – she ends up dead in Sorrento and he has no alibi. First published under the “Raymond Marshall” pseudonym in 1956.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a John Pollack blonde; chip at foot of spine; some mild wear; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£10

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