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ASHTON, Charles (Charles Henry), 1884-1968 : STONE DEAD.

ASHTON, Charles (Charles Henry), 1884-1968 : STONE DEAD.

London : Mellifont Press, [1944]. Second edition. A country-inn mystery from photographer, war-hero, silent movie star and ultimately crime-writer Charles Ashton. Originally published by Robert Hale in 1939.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor wear, lightly tanned and slightly bruised, but overall a very good copy of a fragile production. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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BOWMAN, G.M. (Stanley Gerald Moore), 1901-1967 :  [COVER TITLE] FREDDIE AND THE FLAPPERS.

BOWMAN, G.M. (Stanley Gerald Moore), 1901-1967 : [COVER TITLE] FREDDIE AND THE FLAPPERS.

Dublin : Mellifont Press, [ca.1935]. First edition. Freddie Foulkes is a film-star, with a pleasant bachelor flat in the West End, a valet, and a smart little car – but he’s uncommonly shy with young women and it’s hampering his career. His producer, Elmer K. Stentor, discovers the golden-haired Joan Charter – “what she doesn’t know about flirting isn’t worth knowing”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; chipped at foot; further chips to wrappers, one substantial; a few slight creases, but a reasonable copy of a scarce book. No copy located in any major library worldwide – which is also the case with at least two further “Freddie” titles from Gerald Bowman.

£25

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BURLEIGH, Hilary : MURDER AT MAISON MANCHE.

BURLEIGH, Hilary : MURDER AT MAISON MANCHE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1958]. Second edition. Murder and mannequins in a grand Paris fashion house. First published by Hurst & Blackett in 1948.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and somewhat creased, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : [COVER TITLE] THE GANG SMASHER AGAIN.

CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : [COVER TITLE] THE GANG SMASHER AGAIN.

London & Dublin : Mellifont Press, [1954]. Second edition. “Tortoni and the blind hunchback sat waiting ...” – waiting for revenge on John Martinson, the gang-smasher. Meanwhile prominent men are being murdred by old lags who then commit suicide. First published in 1938.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn and creased; a few minor marks and small flaws, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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CORBETT, James, 1887-1958 : RED FARM MYSTERY.

CORBETT, James, 1887-1958 : RED FARM MYSTERY.

London : Mellifont Press, [1942]. Second edition. Caleb Denvers, owner of the picturesque Red Farm, is universally hated and feared. Corbett has developed something of cult following for the infelicities of his style, his utter lack of medical knowledge, and the implausability of his plots. Originally published by Herbert Jenkins in 1935.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear; tiny chip to upper wrapper; short splits at head and tail; gutter tear to last leaf, but otherwise a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : UNDERGROUND.

FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : UNDERGROUND.

London : Mellifont Press, [1949]. Originally published in the UK by Collins in 1929, and subsequently reissued as “Mystery Underground” – an ordinary clerk boards a train at King’s Cross as prospective knight errant.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; an indifferent copy – worn and shaken, with splits, creases and nicks. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“GILMOUR, R.” : THE KUKRI KILLER.

“GILMOUR, R.” : THE KUKRI KILLER.

London : Mellifont Press, [1957]. Second edition. “The papyrus taken from the tomb of Ra-Men, Prophet of Osiris, and said to be some original chapters from the Book of the Dead” has been stolen. First published in 1945.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slightly creased; small faint stain at upper corner, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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KING, T, Stanleyan : [COVER TITLE] THE ROSY DEATH.

KING, T, Stanleyan : [COVER TITLE] THE ROSY DEATH.

Dublin : Mellifont Press, [ca.1935]. First edition. “The Duke of Bodmin, multi-millionaire, sportsman, statesman, in immaculate evening dress, covered by a light overcoat, strolled down Park Lane, along Piccadilly, across St. James’s Street, acknowledging many salutations, for he was one of the handsomest and most popular men in England”. Only those familiar with the news that is not in the newspapers – those who make the news instead of reading it – know that he has just returned from Moscow on a secret and unofficial government mission. A Scarsdale Waring detective thriller.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slightly chipped and creased; small tape repair to upper wrapper; lower wrapper spotted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. No copy located in any major library worldwide. Not listed by Hubin.

£40

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LAMBERT, Rosa, 1891-1957 & LAMBERT, Dudley, 1880-1955 :  MONSIEUR FAUX-PAS.

LAMBERT, Rosa, 1891-1957 & LAMBERT, Dudley, 1880-1955 : MONSIEUR FAUX-PAS.

London : Mellifont Press, [1943]. [Fourth edition]. The first of the four Glyn Morgan mysteries written by Rosa Anstruther Graeme and Dudley Davies Lambert, who married in London in 1911. Originally published by Wishart & Co. in 1928, and subsequently reprinted under the title "Death Goes to Brussels". It was apparently published in France as "Mr. Misstep".
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight wear and short split at foot; corner creases to wrappers; mild rusting of staple; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy.

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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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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE WHITE GLOVE.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE WHITE GLOVE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1939]. A fresh edition in paperback of Le Queux’s 1915 story – Cecil Mylne is a most charming man and a ripping tennis player – but there are rumours and he may not be quite the man to marry Alwyn’s sister.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn, with a split and short tear to front wrapper; a few slight marks and spots, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy of this edition (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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PETERSON, Elisabeth : ONCE A SINNER.

PETERSON, Elisabeth : ONCE A SINNER.

London : Mellifont Press, [1958]. Second edition. Fiery redhead Judith Brand quits the farm in Canada to return to England – there’s another woman aboard who is almost her double, and the woman in the adjacent cabin has the Westerhouse Diamond hidden in it. Originally published in 1944.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and slight creasing; one short tear to upper wrapper; text lightly tanned, but a nice copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

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“REEVE, Christopher” –  [WEBB, Dorothy Anna Maria, 1875-1957] : THE GINGER CAT.

“REEVE, Christopher” – [WEBB, Dorothy Anna Maria, 1875-1957] : THE GINGER CAT.

London : Mellifont Press, [1955]. First paperback edition. The mystery of a savage jewel theft and murder in Paris unravels in the quiet of the cathedral close in Carchester – home of the “Ginger Cat” – the lissom redhead Judith Trevenna – one of the red Trevennas. Originally published by Collins in 1929.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Skelton; a little rubbed, creased and worn; text lightly tanned, with a few slight creases, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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SHARP, L.G. : LILAC LADY : A ROMANCE.

SHARP, L.G. : LILAC LADY : A ROMANCE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1935]. First edition. Historical romance set at the time of the Civil War – Anthony St. Cloude aspires to the hand of the lovely Enid Derrer, the “Lilac Lady” of Essex.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; wrappers a little creased; repaired tear to lower wrapper; slight adhesion damage to final leaf, but a good copy. Gift inscription dated February 1936 on title-page. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“VERNER, Gerald” –  [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE ANGEL.

“VERNER, Gerald” – [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE ANGEL.

London : Mellifont Press, [1943]. Second edition. Jimmy Holland, son of a wealthy member of the cabinet, shocks his father by becoming “a common policeman” (or at least a detective inspector). Originally published by Wright & Brown in 1939.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; split across spine near staple; light wear and short split at foot; light creasing and tanning, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“VERNER, Gerald” – [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE CLUE OF THE GREEN CANDLE.

“VERNER, Gerald” – [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE CLUE OF THE GREEN CANDLE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1957]. Third edition. Successful crime writer needs 40,000 words by Saturday morning and it’s already Wednesday – and his feckless brother desperately needs £2,000. Originally published by Wright & Brown in 1938, with an earlier Mellifont edition in 1944.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and marking; text a little tanned, but a good copy. Ownership inscription on upper wrapper. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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WOOD, Andrew, 1890-1967 : MURDER AT THE WISHING WELL.

WOOD, Andrew, 1890-1967 : MURDER AT THE WISHING WELL.

London : Mellifont Press, [1944]. First edition. Advocate Adam Napier – “Hanging Adam” – interrogates a frightened farmer on a forgery charge in the High Court of Justiciary, Edinburgh.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and fraying to spine; mild creasing and tanning, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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