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“CAPELLI, Ace” : THE FIX.

“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.

SOLD

“CAPELLI, Ace” –  [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GET ME HEADQUARTERS.

“CAPELLI, Ace” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GET ME HEADQUARTERS.

London : Bernard Kaye, [ca.1950]. First edition. The first of the “Ace Capelli” titles – a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), and later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others. Gangster Joe Keefe of Chicago stares at a prison sentence – not for the “killings, the dope running, the booze running, or the bank robberies” – but for income tax evasion. He heads for London.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (112)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by F.T.; some minor wear; a few edge-spots; staples just lightly rusted, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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] : ECSTASY.

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

London : Kaye Publications, [1952]. First edition. “She, Kay Martin, wealthy young society hostess whose mad escapades had filled the gossip columns of the glossy society magazines, was broke! It was there in black and white, although old Podgers had put it as kindly as possible ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very minor wear and slight creasing; a few light marks and spots; small date-stamp on half-title, but overall a very good copy. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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 roué”.
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.

£50

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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 roué”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor wear; tiny split at head; staples rusting, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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

“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] : PASSION’S MISTRESS.

“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : PASSION’S MISTRESS.

London : Kaye Publications, [1953]. First edition. “Gaspard Luclaire was in the mood for love. His whole being ached for romance – but not the sordid kind ...”. He finds Nicolette at a village fete in North Africa.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, slightly chipped and somewhat creased, with a few short nicks; some spotting of edges, but a good copy. Pencilled ownership inscription. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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

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

London : Kaye Publications, [1953]. First edition. “‘Just think! All we have to do is play our cards well and – voila! – we are happily married and we settle down and forget this life. We ride about in luxurious limousines, we have a maid and afternoons we have tea with society, and a loving husband who just needs a little love now and again ...”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv], 9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and a few tiny flaws; some spotting of edges, prelims and rear wrapper; text lightly tanned, small date-stamp on half-title, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production.

£75

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

“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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“MARKHAM, Steve” : PLAY IT SMART.

“MARKHAM, Steve” : PLAY IT SMART.

London : Bernard Kaye Agency, [1950]. First edition – the ninth of the Steve Markham titles, written for the most part by Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) and/or Geoffrey Pardoe. “If you ever want to knock anybody off, you hire the cold blooded Tweedy Twins ... but Lola fell heavily for Johnny Tweedy and she didn’t know till too late that Johnny spelt death, just by looking at you. Johnny’s brother Bill fell for Lola but he was too late ...”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Lola and the Tweedy Twins, possibly by John Pollack; short split at head; minor wear at foot, but a very good copy overall, with just a hint of rust to the staples. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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