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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : [DROP-TITLE] A COWARD AT HARCOURT.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : A COWARD AT HARCOURT [COVER TITLE].

London : Mitre Press, [1944]. First edition. “What the dickens is it, you chaps?” – it’s Eustace Green turning up for his first day at Harcourt College in tight velvet and a frilly silk collar. Firth very much in Frank Richards mode.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (16pp). Original two-colour pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; staples rusted, with resultant damage; a few spots, but otherwise a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : THIS IS MURDER, LADY.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : THIS IS MURDER, LADY.

London : Mitre Press, [1944]. First edition. The title story and six further short stories from Firth, including “Cyanide”, “Ace on the Spot”, “A Lady for the Hot Seat!”, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl – Hyman Woolf Perlzweig (1897-1952); just lightly bruised; staples a little rusted, but otherwise a very good and clean copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) traced in major libraries worldwide.

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HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : DEATH AT MY HEELS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES.

HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : DEATH AT MY HEELS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES.

London : Mitre Press, [1945]. First edition. Nine of Hervey’s very short stories – flashes and glimpses of a world now lost. Printed throughout on a curious khaki-coloured wartime paper shortages stock.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). (32)pp. Original pictorial self-wrappers; spine and edges darkened by smoke; staples a little rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and University of Western Australia) located in major libraries worldwide.

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STANLEY, George : GANGSTERS’ PARADE.

STANLEY, George : GANGSTERS’ PARADE.

London : Mitre Press, [1945]. First edition. Six cases from the career of Detective-Inspector Harry Bigger – “The Crime at Cranston’s Folly”; “The Brotherhood of the Black Elephant”; “The Missing Managers”; “The Mystery of Marston Manor”; “Dealers in Death”, and “The Mail Robbers”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 31,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl – Hyman Woolf Perlzweig (1897-1952); staples rusted, with some resultant discolouration and mild damage; faint corner crease, but otherwise a good copy.

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WARD, B.E.M. (Blanche Emily M.), 1922-2005) : MURDER AT THE PLAYHOUSE.

WARD, B.E.M. (Blanche Emily M.), 1922-2005) : MURDER AT THE PLAYHOUSE.

London : Mitre Press, [1946]. First edition. Wealthy theatrical producer buys a derelict but historic old theatre to salvage it and showcase Thelma Thornton, “star with the loveliest legs and worst temper in London”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (32)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl – Hyman Woolf Perlzweig (1897-1952); staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy.

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