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"BROWN, Beth" : FOR MEN ONLY.
London : Jarrolds (Publishers) London, . First British paperback edition. "The revealing portrait of a bad woman" - the official state guide to Louisiana called it "a story of the restricted district of New Orleans". Originally published in the USA in 1930 and in London in 1931. Beth Brown, or Mrs John Barry as she was known in society, also wrote "Applause", "Lady Hobo", "Riverside Drive", "Universal Station", etc.
“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).
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"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).
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“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). Reported 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”.
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"HALLIDAY, Brett" - [DRESSER, Davis, 1904-1977] : COUNTERFEIT WIFE.
London : Jarrolds Publishers (London), [ca.1952]. First British paperback edition. Later published in French as 'Gin et Laudanum' - a Mike Shayne mystery: frightened little man at Miami airport pays Shayne over the odds for a ticket to New Orleans, and then there is the blonde who inspired the French title. Originally published in hardback in the USA in 1947, with a UK hardback from Jarrold's in 1950.
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[SHIEL, M.P. (Matthew Phipps), 1865-1947 &] TRACY, Louis, 1863-1928 : BY FORCE OF CIRCUMSTANCES.
London : Jarrolds Publishers, [ca.1938]. Fourth British edition. A murder mystery set in the Bridgwater area of Somerset, co-written by Shiel and Tracy and here issued under Tracy's name alone in Jarrolds' elusive and shortlived pre-war Jackdaw Crime series. Shiel's own copy, with the "Realm of Redonda" bookplate of John Gawsworth [Terence Fytton Armstrong, 1912-1970] recording the successive ownership of Shiel (King Felipe) and Gawsworth himself (King Juan). The novel was originally published under the pseudonym "Gordon Holmes" by Clode in New York in 1909 and by Mills & Boon in London in 1910. Gawsworth's initialled manuscript notes on the half-title, occasional pencilled annotations, and notes on a loosely inserted slip of paper, record the extent of Shiel's contribution (most if not all of pp. 37-160). The Prince Zaleski story later published as by Shiel and Gawsworth under the title "The Missing Merchants" was Gawsworth's reworking of the Shiel portion of this novel, incorporating substantial elements of the original text, and some of the annotation presumably relates to this reworking.
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