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“CAPELLI, Ace” : BIG SHOT RACKETEER.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : BIG SHOT RACKETEER.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1952]. First edition. “When Lucky Nolan, ace racketeer, meets Josie Day, the blonde, angel faced babe with a body like plush and a heart like a rock ... sparks were sure fire. Josie was different from any dame Lucky had ever known and she had brains too”. Capelli was a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some rubbing, mild creasing and slight fraying; lower wrapper a little marked; a few edge spots; staples rusted, but overall a good copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

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"CAPELLI, Ace" : THE FIX.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition. "Heading San Francisco’s racket bosses was Jamie Riggs – Jamie and Pal Joey, the kid he had trained to think his way, and the guy he trusted with his shirt. These were the two closest pals in the game – until the night of the big fight when it didn't suit Jamie any longer".
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette spills from limo in a design by John Pollack (1918-1985); slight wear and nick at head; some wear and splitting at foot; scuff and tear tape-repaired on upper wrapper; staples rusting; some edge-spotting, but a reasonable copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in the major UK libraries.

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"GRECCO, Johnny" – [PARDOE, Geoffrey (Richard Geoffrey), 1890-1953] : DON'T CROSS ME, HONEY.

London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1952]. First edition. "You could tell from the look in Dawson Blane’s eyes that he knew he was going to die".
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; mild wear and tiny nicks at tips; some faint rubbing; just a hint of rust to staples; some spotting, but overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : BOUGHT LOVE.

“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : BOUGHT LOVE.

London : Kaye Publications, [1953]. First edition. Marian dreams and schemes in her bamboo-built bungalow – “An earthly paradise. But there was no money”. Despite the claims on the cover, “André Latour” was neither famous nor French.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wrappers a little creased, spotted and soiled; staples lightly rusted; text a little tanned and spotted, but a reasonable copy.

£25

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“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : FLAME OF DESIRE.

“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : FLAME OF DESIRE.

London : Bernard Kaye Agency, [1952]. First edition. The second of the “André Latour” titles – and one subjected to a destruction order by the courts. “It tells of a young girl, new to the erotic pleasures of the gay city of Paris – the most beautiful and at the same time the most wicked city in the world. It tells of her temptations, and how she falls a prey to the vices and lechery of an old roue”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictiorial stapled wrappers; faint wear at foot; faint creasing; tiny nick to lower wrapper; staples a little rusted, but overall still a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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"LATOUR, André" – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : THE PASSIONATE PRUDE.

London : Kaye Publications, [1953]. First edition. Edie the dancer, desperate to escape her East End background, prefers to be known as Stella.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear and lightly splitting at tips; crease to lower wrapper; very mild tanning of text, but otherwise a very good copy.

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"LATOUR, André" – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : SURRENDER.

London : Kaye Publications, [1954]. First edition. "I could have married anyone, and yet I had to marry him". Later in the year of publication, the publishers Bernard and Alfred Kaye were imprisoned on obscenity charges – another of the "André Latour" titles featuring in the trial.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear at extremities; staples rusting; uneven tanning of text; a few slight marks and spots, but otherwise a very good copy.

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"WINGRAVE, Josh" : THE BIG SIN.

London : Kaye Publications, [1954]. First edition. Shirley the failed illustrator takes to dancing – and is suddenly much in demand. This was one of the titles which featured in the obscenity trial of the publishers, Bernard and Alfred Kaye, leading to imprisonment for both later in 1954.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wrinkling to spine; some mild rubbing and wear; staples rusted; some minor marks and spots, but otherwise a very good copy.

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