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BANTAM BOOKS
CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : FAST WORK AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : FAST WORK AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books, (1948). First edition. Five short stories, including 'The Tiger at Twelve'. Later republished as 'The Mystery Blues'.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Reina M. Sington; some minor wear; lightly creased; staples a little rusted, but a vry good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College Dublin) located on WorldCat.

£40

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ARTHUR BARKER
ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : GRIT AND POLISH.

ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : GRIT AND POLISH.

London : Arthur Barker, (1956). First paperback edition. “She was one of those volcanic brunettes who instantly and furiously erupt when brought into contact with blue mink overcoats or blond ski-ing instructors”. In the Barker Dragon Books series. Originally published in 1951.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (191),[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; just a hint of age and use; lower wrapper lightly marked, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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BARNARDO AMALGAMATED INDUSTRIES
JERVIS, Don : SUGAR-DADDY'S DIAMONDS.

JERVIS, Don : SUGAR-DADDY'S DIAMONDS.

London : Barnardo Amalgamated Industries, [ca.1948]. First edition. "Freddie Boyne, philosopher and criminologist, was at an age when reflections about good and evil automatically become reflections about Woman". The Barnardo imprint seems to have disappeared in the wake of a passing-off action brought against the company by Dr. Barnardo's Homes in 1949.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (64)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - bejewelled stawberry blonde; worn and a little split at foot; some discolouration and damp-staining to wrappers, showing only on lower wrapper and internally; some associated wrinkling of text, but a good copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major UK library.

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BUSH PUBLICATIONS
ROSA, Vicki : PALM BEACH PLAYGIRL.

ROSA, Vicki : PALM BEACH PLAYGIRL.

London : Bush Publications, 1948. First edition. "From the torrid atmosphere of Palm Beach, to the warm Atlantic seaboard, she was known as the PLAYGIRL. This strange being was the cause of many tragedies, and broken hearts". The first novel published by the firm that went on to become Brown, Watson Ltd.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and a little worn; lower wrapper damp-stained; staples rusted; a few leaves slightly soiled; uneven tanning of text; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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COLLINS
CROFTS, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957 : THE PIT-PROP SYNDICATE.

CROFTS, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957 : THE PIT-PROP SYNDICATE.

London : for The Crime Club, by W. Collins Sons & Co., [ca.1935]. First paperback edition. Seymour Merriman stops at the side of the road outside Bordeaux - his life about to change. Inspector Willis unravels one of Crofts' most popular tales. Originally published by Collins in 1922.
Crown 8vo (23cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a striking design; a little worn; slightly chipped and creased; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide on WorldCat.

£25

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COMYNS (PUBLISHERS)

"CLINTEN, Max" - [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001] : DON'T MAKE ME KILL.

London : Comyns (Publishers), [1953]. First edition. Vic Hanson took over the "Max Clinten" pseudonym from Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) at Frances's own request, regarding Hanson as the best of all the pulp writers. "A wallet with eleven bucks and some postcards which made my hair stand on end; a couple of reefers wrapped in tissue-paper; a nasty-looking claspknife; a little gold pencil; a tiny note-book full of phone numbers; a greasy pack of playing cards; a dirty handkerchief; a packet of sticky cough sweets; a pair of dice which felt as if they were weighted; a handful of small change and four keys on a ring ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - haughty redhead looks down her nose; some light wear, slight rubbing and faint creasing; indentations to upper where someone heavy-handed has used the book as a writing pad; staples slightly rusted, but overall a very good copy. Stamp of the newsagents A. E. Coupland & Son of 3 Carlton Street, Leeds, on final leaf.

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"STEEL, Dave" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LOVELY BUT DEADLY.

London : Comyns (Publishers), [1952]. First edition. Murder in White Lake City - a fresh title from the Hank Janson author under a new pseudonym, published under Reg Carter's newly acquired Comyns imprint. Probably written in collaboration with Geoffrey Pardoe. The lower wrapper advertises thirty-eight Hank Janson titles.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - brunette, bed, gun; some slight rubbing and minor wear at tips; very faint area of discolouration to lower wrapper; just a hint of rusting to staples, but a very good copy.

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COOPER BOOK CO.
HOWARD, Kent : SHOOTING MADE EASY.

HOWARD, Kent : SHOOTING MADE EASY.

London : Cooper Book Co., [1952]. First edition. "Meet Donovan. He's the biggest man in the business, the toughest an' best private eye in the State of California; finds 'em like a ferret an' breaks 'em apart with his bare hands".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original stapled wrappers - a design of diagonal orange stripes; staples rusting; a touch dusty; a few spots, but a very good copy.

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ALF COOKE
MACNEY, A. : A BANDIT IN PETTICOATS.

MACNEY, A. : A BANDIT IN PETTICOATS.

Leeds & London : Alf Cooke, [ca.1930]. First edition. Rudolph Blotton - the Blot of Park Lane and Throgmorton Street - is overheard scheming at a charity ball by Phyllis Hemley, "slender ray of loveliness".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Hill; worn at head, with loss of a few letters; extensive acid-free tape repairs to spine and lower wrapper; one corner nibbled - an indifferent but presentable copy. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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JOHN CROWTHER
HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : THE GREAT GAME.

HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : THE GREAT GAME.

Bognor & London : John Crowther (Thrillers), [1945]. Originally published as “McPhee : A Football Story” in 1923, then as “McPhee : Prince of Trainers” in 1930. The Downside directors receive a shock.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 94,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine a little tanned; lightly rubbed; staples rusting, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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CURZON PUBLISHING CO.

"LESTRANGE, Paul" : LOVE WAS FOLLY.

Stone : Curzon Publishing Co., [ca.1947]. First edition. Danny King can't see the man he has come to meet in the crowded West End cafe. In the Curzon Crime & Passion series, distributed by Murray & Nichols.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine rolled; staples rusted; lower wrapper lightly creased, but a very good copy of a scarce and ephemeral item. No copy traced in any major UK library.

£40

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WALTER EDWARDS

"CREED, Will" - [LONG, William, 1922- ] : DEATH WEARS A GREEN HAT.

London : Walter Edwards (Publishers), 1946. First British edition. Gossip columnist dead in Manhattan. Originally published in New York earlier in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original stapled wrappers in an attached dust-jacket in a striking design by Sinclair; a very good, sharp and clean copy.

£40

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ROSTEN, Leo (Leo Calvin), 1909-1997 : DARK CORNER : A NOVEL.

ROSTEN, Leo (Leo Calvin), 1909-1997 : DARK CORNER : A NOVEL.

London : Walter Edwards (Publishers), 1946. First British edition. The novella on which the classic 1946 Henry Hathaway film noir starring Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, etc., was based.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (96)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Griff; a little rubbed; short split at foot; upper wrapper very faintly spotted; light crease and some marking to lower wrapper; a few internal spots; a good copy of an uncommon title. Contemporary dated ownership inscription of G. W. Rollings of Larkwhistle Farm, Brimpton Common, Berkshire.

£25

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FEDERATION PRESS
“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] – editor : CRIMES OF LOVE AND PASSION : NUMBER ONE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] – editor : CRIMES OF LOVE AND PASSION : NUMBER ONE.

[London] : Federation Press, [1928?]. First edition. A scarce and early Paul Renin title, the first of a series of four, this issue containing two stories – Phillip Baker’s “Her Secret Lover” and Renin’s own “The Madcap of Paris”, described as “a true story of a mad little bohemian in the world’s wickedest city”. Dated from internal evidence – the Federation Press, here giving an address at Gramol House, became Gramol Publications in 1928, but Moritz & Chambers, who advertise on the lower wrapper from 80 York Road, appear not to have been at that address prior to that year.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design in red and black by Gordon Robinson; worn, dusty and rather creased, with a few minor internal flaws, but a reasonable copy of a fragile production. Just a single copy (Arizona) located in the world’s major libraries.

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"RÉNIN, Paul" - [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE SEVENTH NIGHT.

London : Federation Press, (1927). First edition. A great white yacht beneath a tropical moon - young Madeline is shocked by her beast of her husband, Lord Farlingham.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a design by George Peace Micklewright (1893-1951); a wreck of a copy - upper wrapper damaged and detached; spine crudely repaired with brown paper; lower wrapper chipped and dampstained; text tanned and brittle, with tears to several preliminary leaves; edges spotted. A copy without merit save that of being unrecorded - an edition unknown to Holland & Williams in their 1990 Renin checklist and untraced on WorldCat.

£25

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"VANE, Roland" - [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

London : Federation Press, (1926). First edition. Although better known in the Archer Press edition of 1949 with its Reginald Heade cover (almost universally regarded as the first edition), this early Vane - "the most daring exposure ever written of the world's wickedest city" - has a much longer history. The Federation Press, already here operating from Gramol House, later became the Gramol Press under the direction of Arthur Gray and Frederick Mowl - both of whom later suffered imprisonment in Wormwood Scrubs for transgressing the bounds of pre-war public decency with their racy publications. The lure of Montmartre, among the Apaches, black women and white men, gambling dens, tempting English girlhood, and more.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers - exotic dancer, sophisticated audience; a little worn and slightly chipped and creased; text a little tanned, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. No copy located in any major UK library.

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FICTION HOUSE
WEBB, C. Packham (Thomas Charles Packham), 1908-1973 : SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT.

WEBB, C. Packham (Thomas Charles Packham), 1908-1973 : SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT.

London : Fiction House, [1947]. First edition. A lorry-load of eggs is hijacked on the road out of London – post-war shortages, rationing, and the crimes of the times. In the Piccadilly Novels series.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; short tear to lower wrapper, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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WILLIAM FOSTER
AUDEMARS, Pierre, 1909-1989 : WHEN THE GODS LAUGHED.

AUDEMARS, Pierre, 1909-1989 : WHEN THE GODS LAUGHED.

Hounslow : William Foster Publishers, (1946). First edition. An early Hercule Renard tale from Audemars, born in London of Swiss parents and a dealer in watches and jewelry as well as the author of a sizeable number of novels.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (112)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; staples rusting; a few faint marks, but overall a very good copy. Only the British Library copy located on COPAC.

£40

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LEE, Norman, 1905-1962 : PERIL AT JOURNEY'S END.

LEE, Norman, 1905-1962 : PERIL AT JOURNEY'S END.

Hounslow : William Foster (Publishers), [1947]. First edition. Lee also wrote under the pseudonyms Mark Corrigan, Raymond Armstrong and Robertson Hobart, producing, inter alia, "Shanghai Jezebel" for Werner Laurie in 1951. His final novels first appeared in Australia.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and a little tanned; short split at foot; staples lightly rusted, but a good copy. Only the British Library copy located on COPAC.

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W. FOULSHAM & CO.
“ROSCOE, Mike” – [RUSO, Michael & ROSCOE, John] : A SLICE OF HELL.

“ROSCOE, Mike” – [RUSO, Michael & ROSCOE, John] : A SLICE OF HELL.

London : W. Foulsham & Co., (1956). First British paperback edition. Johnny April’s latest case – “It’s the truth, I’d swear it on a stack of blondes”. First published in the USA in 1954, with a London edition in hardback in 1955.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; slight nick at foot; wrappers lightly rubbed and a little creased, but a good copy of a scarce title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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S. D. FRANCES

"DEL MARTIA, Astron" - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TREMBLING WORLD.

[London] : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition : the first issue, with the S. D. Frances imprint and advertisements demonstrably datable to 1949. An astronomer is summoned by the President of the World Council - is the earth breaking up in a spate of earthquakes from an extra-terrestrial cause?
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-128,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an unsigned design by Philip Montague Mendoza; slight wear; slight fraying to upper wrapper; lower wrapper with slight chip and light crease; staples lightly rusted, but overall still a very good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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GANNET PRESS

"BRACK, Vektis" : THE "X" PEOPLE.

London : Gannet Press, [1953]. First edition. "In Earthcapital everything seemed normal. Earthpeople, in shining, multi-coloured flexmetal clothing, walked in the straight, spacious streets flanked by towering buildings of gleaming metal ...". Saboteurs prepare the ground for an alien invasion.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an unsigned design by Gerard Facey; light wear and some creasing; short nick to upper wrapper and tiny chip to lower; text a little tanned and creased, but overall a good copy. No copy located in any major UK library. Harbottle & Holland A21.

£40

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MARK GOULDEN
HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT.

HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT.

London : Mark Goulden, [1950]. First edition. “The ‘hero’ is The Human Bat, a costumed psychotic who makes Batman appear almost normal” (Harbottle & Holland A235). The first of Home-Gall’s two Human Bat titles, the first in the “Caught in the Spider’s Web” series, and No. 1 in the Goulden Fantasy Library. The Human Bat takes on a robot spider criminal mastermind.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by R. S. Davis; some wear, creasing, light chipping and a few nicks; staples rusting; text a little brittle and tanned; a serviceable copy. Just two copies (British Library and Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£50

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HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT V THE ROBOT GANGSTER.

HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT V THE ROBOT GANGSTER.

London : Mark Goulden, [1950]. First edition. The second of Home-Gall's "Human Bat" titles and No. 2. in the Goulden Fantasy Library series. The Human Bat takes on an armed robot jewel thief.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a pictorial design by R. S. Davis showing the implacable foes; light wear to spine; some creasing; a few marks; staples rusting, but a good copy.

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GRAFTON PUBLICATIONS
O’SULLIVAN, J.B. (James Brendan), 1919- : CHERRY IN THE WINE-GLASS : AN ABBOTT AND BISHOP THRILLER.

O’SULLIVAN, J.B. (James Brendan), 1919- : CHERRY IN THE WINE-GLASS : AN ABBOTT AND BISHOP THRILLER.

Dublin : Grafton Publications, [1945]. First edition. Popular policeman is murdered in Tower City.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight darkening of edges; staple rusted, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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GRAMOL PUBLICATIONS

"REVILLE, Paul" : ENSLAVED.

London : Gramol Publications, [ca.1930]. First edition. Athelete, aesthete and superb physical specimen of a man is told he has only months to live - enter the languorous Tamah Sing. Phoenix published a Reville novel under the same title some twenty years later, but this appears to be a completely different work.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[ii],[2]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear at head and some very minor creasing, but a very good copy. No copy traced in any major UK library.

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WILDING, Elisabeth : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] PLAYTHINGS.

WILDING, Elisabeth : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] PLAYTHINGS.

London : Gramol Publications, [1933]. First edition : the variant with the Gypsy Dream Book advertisement (a design by H. W. Perl) on the lower wrapper. Maurice Lancaster returns from Saigon on the inheritance of his uncle's estate - a beautiful young Canadian woman is in residence.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by H. W. Perl; some wear; wrappers creased; lower wrapper slightly torn and chipped; staples rusted; a reasonable copy. Only a single copy (British Library - the variant with the What the Stars Predict advertisement on the lower wrapper) traced in the major UK libraries. Pencilled ownership inscription of E. Canto on first leaf.

£40

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GRANT HUGHES
KIRKHAM, Ronald : MADAME COURTESAN.

KIRKHAM, Ronald : MADAME COURTESAN.

London : Grant Hughes, 1947. First edition. Young French adventurer seeks passage to England and the court of Charles II - an unusual historical novel from Grant Hughes.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a typical H. W. Perl study; spine a little wrinkled and worn; a few spots; text a little tanned, but overall a good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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BARRINGTON GRAY
“COMMORDE, Ricky” : A DAME IS SNATCHED.

“COMMORDE, Ricky” : A DAME IS SNATCHED.

Leigh-on-Sea : Barrington Gray, [1952]. First edition. Ricky is soured by his five years in prison for a crime he did not commit – but now he sees a blonde with the type of nose he went for.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead pouts in blue; spine and edges partly scorched and blackened; some minor marking and wear; staples rusted, but a reasonable copy of a scarce production. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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PARDOE, Geoffrey (Richard Geoffrey), 1890-1953 : TRAFFIC IN SOULS.

PARDOE, Geoffrey (Richard Geoffrey), 1890-1953 : TRAFFIC IN SOULS.

Leigh-on-Sea : Barrington Gray, (1955). A reprint of the original 1952 edition. Case studies of “decoyed, soul-haunted women impressed into the service of the abominable White Slavers”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wrappers worn and partly split; some creasing; a few slight nicks; staples rusting; text lightly tanned and slightly creased; a reasonable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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GRAYLING PUBLISHING
WHEATLEY, Chris : DAMES, DIAMONDS AND DEATH!

WHEATLEY, Chris : DAMES, DIAMONDS AND DEATH!

London : Grayling Press, [1951]. First edition. Diamond robbery goes wrong - man lies dead and somehow the lovely Delores is in the back of the getaway car.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine lightly tanned; minor wear and slight creasing; lower wrapper lightly spotted; some internal spotting, mainly to prelims and edges; a good copy.

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GUILD BOOKS
“LEE, Gypsy Rose” – [HOVICK, Rose Louise, 1911-1970] : THE STRIP TEASE MURDERS.

“LEE, Gypsy Rose” – [HOVICK, Rose Louise, 1911-1970] : THE STRIP TEASE MURDERS.

London : Guild Books (John Lane, for the British Publishers Guild), (1953). First British paperback edition – “an age-old method but a brand-new weapon”. Slanguage and burlesque from the eminent stripteuse – with a certain amount of assistance from the uncredited Georgiana Craig. Originally published in the USA as “The G-String Murders” in 1941, with a UK hardback edition under the present title in 1942.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; small chip at head; light wear and minor creasing; a good copy. Just two copies of this edition located in major libraries worldwide – neither in the UK.

£20

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ROBERT HALE

"CHASE, James Hadley" - [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : STRICTLY FOR CASH.

London : Robert Hale, (1953). First paperback edition. Casino on the Florida coast - "a whirlpool of suspense, intrigue, murder, and ruthless ambush". First published by the same publisher in 1951.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a little worn and soiled; some creasing; text a little tanned. No copy of this edition located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : THE CAGE.

HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : THE CAGE.

London : Robert Hale, (1954). First paperback edition. Beauty queen gets desperately involved in London’s dark world of crime. Originally published in hardback the previous year.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers - scary man looks at beautiful young woman. Some very slight wear and faint creasing; a few faint edge spots, but an attractive copy.

£15

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HAMPTON PRESS
HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : [DROP TITLE] WIDE GIRL.

HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : [DROP TITLE] WIDE GIRL.

[Southend] : Hampton Press, [1945]. First edition. The title-story - Beryl’s having trouble getting rid of Harold - and nine further short stories from the prolific Michael Hervey - “If you’re nervy, Don’t read Hervey!”
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a London street scene from J. Mace; staple rusted; a few faint marks, but otherwise a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the world’s major libraries.

£50

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HOLLYFIELD PRINTERS
MACEY, Clark : MILLION DOLLAR DAMES.

MACEY, Clark : MILLION DOLLAR DAMES.

London : Hollyfield Printers, [ca.1954]. First edition. Breaking out of New York's toughest penitentiary to get back to the captivating Lauren. Nominally published by their printers and distributed by the Gaywood Press.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],21-127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light creasing; a touch of wear; small mark to upper wrapper; lower wrapper trimmed short; staples lightly rusted, but a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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HUTCHINSON & CO.
LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE STOLEN STATESMAN.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE STOLEN STATESMAN.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [ca.1928]. A reprint of Le Queux's sensational tale of a "hushed-up mystery", which opens in Downing Street. Originally published in 1918.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 96pp. Original pictorial tri-colour stapled wrappers; a little worn and frayed with a few short tears and tiny chips; some slight spotting and tanning, but a good copy of a fragile production. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

£20

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JAY BOOKS
“GRAEME, Roderic” – [JEFFRIES, Roderic Graeme, 1926- ] : THE AMAZING MR. BLACKSHIRT.

“GRAEME, Roderic” – [JEFFRIES, Roderic Graeme, 1926- ] : THE AMAZING MR. BLACKSHIRT.

[London] : Jay Books, (1959). First paperback edition. “The famous cracksman laughs his way through a series of adventures ...” – a continuation of the Blackshirt series begun by the author’s father, Graham Jeffries, who wrote as Bruce Graeme. Originally published in 1955. No. 73 in John Creasey’s Jay Books Suspense series.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Giovanni Benvenuti; lightly rubbed; tiny nick; a few faint marks and creases, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (Trinity College, Dublin) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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KANER PUBLISHING CO.
FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., [1947]. First edition. The dystopian twenty-eighth century and the peoples of earth hypnotised into servitude, the Ebon Sphere of Surrey, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very minor wear and a tiny chip on lower wrapper, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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KEN PUBLISHING CO.
“RIGAN, Brad” : DROP DEAD  - SUCKER!

“RIGAN, Brad” : DROP DEAD - SUCKER!

London : Ken Publishing Co., [1953]. First edition. Private eye investigates a drug-racket which seems to be turning half the students of a famous American college into a bunch of hop-heads.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; somewhat worn; chips at head and tail; nicks and creases; inked price on upper wrapper; lacks lower half of lower wrapper, where a coupon has been cut out; text a little tanned; a working copy of a difficult title from one of the most obscure of all the mushroom publishers.

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CLIFFORD LEWIS & CO.

"LESTRANGE, Paul" : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] TAMED BY LOVE!

Stone : Clifford Lewis & Co., [1949]. First edition. "He just couldn't understand why women chased him. But any woman could have told him". In the "Passion Series" distributed by Murray & Nichols Ltd.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor wear; staples lightly rusted, but overall a very good copy. No copy traced in any major UK library.

£25

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JOHN LONG
WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : WHEN THE GANGS CAME TO LONDON.

WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : WHEN THE GANGS CAME TO LONDON.

London : John Long, [1938]. First paperback edition. The lovely and self-possessed Leslie Ranger goes to work for a grumpy old book-collector in Berkeley Square. Originally published in 1932 and here in Long’s new Four-Square Thriller series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 252,[iv]pp. Original decorative wrappers; some wear and splitting to spine; text a little shaken and slightly tanned, but a good copy.

£15

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M. C. PUBLICATIONS
L’ARNAUD, D. : THE GILDED TRAP.

L’ARNAUD, D. : THE GILDED TRAP.

Glasgow : M. C. Publications, [ca.1948]. First edition. The double life of Broadway producer – and the fate of footlight-struck Sally Marshall.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little scuffed and soiled; small scorch-mark at head; American price over-stamped on upper wrapper; staples rusted; text a little marked and tanned; an indifferent copy. Just two copies located in major libraries worldwide, only one (National Library of Scotland) in the United Kingdom.

£15

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RAZIO, Rick : “BLONDIE BEG YOUR BULLET”.

RAZIO, Rick : “BLONDIE BEG YOUR BULLET”.

Glasgow : M. C. Publications, [1950]. First edition. “Blondes always get under my skin. Blondes destroy my caution and abolish my grey matter. I don’t fall for them I just flop. And then the dame stamps on me, of course”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor creasing and wear; opening sections tanned, but the remainder (on different stock) clean; a few slight creases, but overall a very good copy. American prices both stamped and inked on upper wrapper. Only a single copy (Trinity College, Dublin) located on COPAC.

£25

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T. T. MACDONALD & CO.

"VERNER, Gerald" - [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE GLASS ARROW : A TREVOR LOWE MURDER MYSTERY.

London : T. T. Macdonald & Co., [ca.1948]. [Second edition]. Hit-and-run incident disturbs the peace in rural West Dorling. Originally published by Wright & Brown in 1937.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; an indifferent copy, worn and split, with some creases and nicks to wrappers; text a touch tanned, but internally very good and a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

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JAMES MACMILLAN
WHITE, J. Eric : CUPID ON THE TRAPEZE AND OTHER STORIES.

WHITE, J. Eric : CUPID ON THE TRAPEZE AND OTHER STORIES.

London : James Macmillan, [ca.1948]. First edition. Nine stories in various settings, London, Russia, India, Constantinople, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original stapled stiff card wrappers; staples rusting; a few spots, but a very good copy in the attached dust-jacket, with a design from the title story – the jacket lightly rubbed and slightly nicked, but also very good. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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GORDON MARTIN
GORDON, Arthur, 1912-2002 : DANGEROUS TWILIGHT AND OTHER STORIES.

GORDON, Arthur, 1912-2002 : DANGEROUS TWILIGHT AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Gordon Martin Publishing Co., [1946]. First edition. Five stories, some evidently drawing on Gordon's wartime experiences in Germany, his time at Yale, and in England as a Rhodes Scholar.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (126),[ii]pp. Original stapled card wrappers; staples rusted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - a striking design in red and black by Griff. Only the British Library copy located on WorldCat.

£40

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MARTIN & REID

"McCALL, Vincent" - [MORLAND, Nigel, 1905-1986] : ELEVEN THRILLING MYSTERIES : AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT CRISP YARNS.

London : Martin & Reid, [1946]. First edition. Short mystery stories in a variety of settings - London, New York, Madrid, etc.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled wrappers - a design in purple and yellow on white; staples rusted, otherwise very good. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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L. MILLER & CO. (HACKNEY)

"WARE, Wallace" - [KARP, David, 1922-1999] : THE GIRL ON CROWN STREET [CRY, FLESH].

London : L. Miller & Co. (Hackney), [ca.1957]. First British edition. "Out of the slums of a great city comes this blistering novel of fury and fear, desire and treachery". First published by Lion Books in New York in 1953 as "Cry, Flesh" under the author's real name of David Karp. In the Banner Books series.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original stapled wrappers - a design by Wilding; light wear and some creasing; three tiny chips; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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MITRE PRESS
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.

£20

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F. M. MOWL
MONTAGUE, Joseph : THE CRATER OF KALA.

MONTAGUE, Joseph : THE CRATER OF KALA.

London : F. M. Mowl, [1934]. First British edition. A South Sea Island adventure - mystery island, fear and legend. Originally published in New York in 1925.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii],(126)pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly worn and a little marked; text a little tanned; occasional creases, but a good copy. Ownership inscription of H. A. Read on title-page. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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MODERN PUBLISHING CO.

"MAULE, Donovan" - [MAULE, Gerald Herbert (Donovan), 1899-1982 & MAULE, Mary Florence (Mollie), 1898-1984] : PHILIPPA SEES IT THROUGH.

London : Modern Publishing Co., [ca.1935]. First edition. Her secret service fiancé has disappeared and her typing bureau on St. Martin's Lane is struggling - but "There is no doubt about it, Philippa Dare certainly had pluck. Many a girl would have caved in long ago, and developed into a weepy-waily sort of female who went about with a mournful expression and a mouth that drooped at the corners - a nuisance to herself and all her friends". A crime thriller not listed by Hubin.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],(11)-166pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by George Peace Micklewright (1893-1951); light wear; lower wrapper wrinkled and partially discoloured; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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PENLEY, Norman : THE GIRL IN THE GREEN BERET.

PENLEY, Norman : THE GIRL IN THE GREEN BERET.

London : Modern Publishing Co., [1935]. First edition. "A story of a determined girl who loved her racing car, & an even more determined man who loved the girl but not the car".
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],(11)-166pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by George Peace Micklewright (1893-1951); light wear; some chipping to extremities; wrappers a little marked and discoloured; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Ownership inscription of H. A. Read on title-page. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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NEWBURY HOUSE PUBLICATIONS
DILLON, John : FROM DANCE HALL TO WHITE SLAVERY : STORIES OF ACTUAL EVENTS PLACES AND PERSONS ... THE DANCE HALL EVIL IN CHICAGO.

DILLON, John : FROM DANCE HALL TO WHITE SLAVERY : STORIES OF ACTUAL EVENTS PLACES AND PERSONS ... THE DANCE HALL EVIL IN CHICAGO.

London : Newbury House Publications, [ca.1950]. First British edition. Five thousand young women groomed annually in Chicago - ten case studies of young women caught up in the dance-hall evil, with suggestions for a solution. Originally published in Chicago in 1912.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Perk; light wear; some creasing; upper wrapper slightly frayed, but a good copy. No copy of any British edition located in any of the major UK libraries.

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NOVA PUBLICATIONS
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["WYNDHAM, John", 1903-1969] - "BEYNON, John" - : STOWAWAY TO MARS.

London : Nova Publications, (1953). [Second edition]. John Wyndham's second foray into science fiction, first published as "Planet Plane" in 1936 and here in a revised text, published under his John Beynon pseudonym as the first in the Nova Science Fiction Novels series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Gordon Hutchings. Light wear and some mild creasing; pencilled price to upper wrapper, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

£25

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STANLEY PAUL & CO.

"FABIAN, Warner" - [ADAMS, Samuel Hopkins, 1871-1958] : WEEK-END GIRL.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., [ca.1940]. First British paperback edition. Bright Young Things of New York in the Flaming Youth generation - Venetia Carr makes the business of being a woman pay, and pay well. Originally published in 1in the USA and by Paul in the UK in 1932.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (192)pp. Original wrappers; lightly used, with some spotting of edges; a good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - the jacket slightly dusty and lightly spotted. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

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PEDIGREE BOOKS
TRACY, Don (Donald Fiske), 1905-1976 : CAROLINA CORSAIR.

TRACY, Don (Donald Fiske), 1905-1976 : CAROLINA CORSAIR.

London : Pedigree Books, [ca.1958]. First British paperback edition. Tracy’s take on the legendary Edward Teach (1680?-1718), better known as Blackbeard – pirate, corsair, rapist and murderer. Originally published in New York in 1955, with a British hardback edition in 1956, and here under Edwin Self’s Pedigree imprint.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some splitting and wear, with old tape repair to upper joint; a few marks and slight creases, but overall a reasonable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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PILLAR PUBLISHING
HERBERT, Cyril : JUSTICE PEEPS OVER THE HANDKERCHIEF : AN ERNEST HOSTAGE STORY.

HERBERT, Cyril : JUSTICE PEEPS OVER THE HANDKERCHIEF : AN ERNEST HOSTAGE STORY.

Dublin : Pillar Publishing Co., [1946]. First edition. A young wife endures the flying bombs of the London blitz, her husband at war in Italy. One of several Ernest Hostage titles published by Pillar at about this time.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (79),[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and a touch dusty, but a very good copy.

£40

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POCKET BOOKS (G.B.)
BALDWIN, Faith, 1893-1978 : REHEARSAL FOR LOVE.

BALDWIN, Faith, 1893-1978 : REHEARSAL FOR LOVE.

London : Pocket Books (GB), (1951). Second British edition. "Powerful clash between two women for the men they love, a brilliant picture of New York's glamorous penthouse society". Originally published in the USA in 1940 and subsequently by Robert Hale in the UK.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [vi],(248),[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a design by Reginald Heade; all edges red; lightly used and slightly rubbed; crease to lower wrapper; mild tanning of text, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

£40

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BOUTELL, Anita (Anita Day), 1895-1972 : TELL DEATH TO WAIT.

BOUTELL, Anita (Anita Day), 1895-1972 : TELL DEATH TO WAIT.

London : Pocket Books (G.B.), (1950). First paperback edition. The witty and dangerous Miss Leo Thane reluctantly drives to the Cotswolds for the weekend. The first of her novels, first published by Michael Joseph in 1938.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [xii],142,[vi]pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a stylish design by Glyn Jones; all edges red; light wear and mild rubbing; a couple of tiny chips, but overall still a very good copy.

£25

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POCKET EDITIONS
STREET, Penny : [COVER TITLE] THE CHINESE BOTTLE.

STREET, Penny : [COVER TITLE] THE CHINESE BOTTLE.

London : Pocket Editions, [1944]. First edition. Jewel theft in a rather superior boarding-house near Hyde Park, run by a woman who never removes her hat, and Lady Tebbs, with her mysterious bottle of smelling-salts.
Foolscap 8vo (15cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; pncil mark on upper wrappers; staples very lightly rusted, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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WILLIAMS, Philip Claxton, 1913-1989 : HOYLAND INTERVENES.

WILLIAMS, Philip Claxton, 1913-1989 : HOYLAND INTERVENES.

London : Pocket Editions, [1945]. First edition. The second of the three Hoyland mystery titles by Philip Claxton Williams, otherwise poet and writer of verse drama. Two stories, "Under Fire" and "The Brickfields Mystery", the former set in the London blitz. Printed under the exigencies of paper rationing on a pink paper originally intended for some quite different use.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - skull in a hat, anxious brunette; a touch of rust to staples; a couple of small marks, but a very good copy.

£25

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POPULAR FICTION (LONDON) LTD.
BRYAN, Jan : A RIVER ROMANCE.

BRYAN, Jan : A RIVER ROMANCE.

London : Popular Fiction (London), [ca.1955]. First edition. Gail Martin visits her married sister in beautiful Barcaster - is her fiancé back in London just a little bit too 'steady'? No 304 in Popular Fiction's series of "Real Life Stories", which appears to have commenced in 1946.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slightly nicked and creased; staples lightly rusted; a good copy. No copy traced in any of the major UK libraries.

£20

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TEMPEST, Dawn : THE DIVIDED HEART.

TEMPEST, Dawn : THE DIVIDED HEART.

London : Popular Fiction (London), [ca.1954]. First edition. Lotus-eating Jill Tresmand left penniless after the suicide of a crooked trustee. No. 279 in Popular Fiction's series of "Real Life Stories", which appears to have commenced in 1946.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and tanned; very slightly creased; staples lightly rusted; a good copy. No copy traced in any of the major UK libraries.

£20

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TEMPEST, Dawn : STAIRWAY TO THE STARS.

TEMPEST, Dawn : STAIRWAY TO THE STARS.

London : Popular Fiction (London), [ca.1948]. First edition. The beautiful Jean Silver nurses a broken heart as she returns to the uncertainties of post-war England after four years with the Waafs. In Popular Fiction’s series of “Real Life Stories”, which appears to have commenced in 1946.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine and edges smoke-darkened; corner chip to wrappers; triangle of lower corner discolouration to text; an indifferent copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£10

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POYNINGS PRESS
CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : NIGHT CLUB.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : NIGHT CLUB.

Henfield : Poynings Press, (1945). First edition. We begin with a gentleman with nerves - and move on to the girl with a gun. The Silver Ring Club, Bruton Street, Berkeley Square, Regent Street and London in the rain.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (68)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a stylish design by RMS; a little marked and slightly worn; some scribbles on lower wrappers; staples a little rusted, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located on WorldCat.

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A. A. QUIN (PUBLISHERS)
CLEWES, Dorothy (Dorothy Mary), 1907-2003 : STORMY HEARTS.

CLEWES, Dorothy (Dorothy Mary), 1907-2003 : STORMY HEARTS.

London : A. A. Quin (Publishers), [ca. 1951]. First British edition. First published in the USA in 1944 - Dorothy Clewes, a Nottingham-born author rather better known for her children's books, here with a tale of a country doctor and his new wife in a market town forty-five miles from London.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear; short split at foot; a little marked and creased; staples rusted with resultant discolouration; a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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REGENCY PRESS
WARD, Blanche : HER SECRET HUSBAND.

WARD, Blanche : HER SECRET HUSBAND.

London : Regency Press, [1946]. First edition. Mousy Sally Sinclair, shorthand typist in the City with a flatlet in Chelsea, dreams of romance - and then she meets a film star.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii](33),[i]pp - wrappers included in pagination. Original stapled pictorial wrappers; a touch of rusting to staples; some mild wrinkling to text, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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SENTINEL PUBLICATIONS
MILLER, Sutro : GHOST STORIES.

MILLER, Sutro : GHOST STORIES.

London : Sentinel Publications (London), (1947). First edition. Six short stories, including “The Man who Hated Open Windows”, “The Little Green Man”, etc.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 80pp. Original stapled wrappers; slightly rubbed; rear wrapper creased, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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JOHN SPENCER & CO.

"BARONI, Max" : WREATH FOR A LADY.

London : John Spencer & Co. (Publishers), [1959]. First edition. Mike Torlin investigates strange happenings at a Chicago carnival ground - then a girl is shot with slugs from her own shooting gallery.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers. Final advertisement leaf roughly removed; some wear and creasing; some spotting to edges; a reading copy.

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"DIAMOND, Brett" - [BOUNDS, Sydney James, 1920-2006] : A COFFIN FOR CLARA.

[London : John Spencer & Co., ca.1950]. First edition. An early crime thriller from Syd Bounds, here using the Spencer 'Brett Diamond' house-name. Clara Bowman, New York 'society girl gone wild', gets mixed up with protection-racketeer King Logan, rival gangster Sylvester Shapirro, the murderous blond Waldemar twins, a harem of doped lovelies, etc. Later republished as 'Carla's [sic] Revenge'.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (7)-116pp - lacking title-page, a portion of which has been neatly cut and pasted on to a plain, commercially produced, standard 'Exchange Your Books' cover, evidently intended to deflect the attention of the authorities, who were increasingly seizing the more lurid pulps and prosecuting the newsagents and booksellers who stocked them. Contemporary wrappers; title in manuscript on spine; wrappers a little spotted and creased; edges spotted; a few internal chips and small flaws; a reasonable copy of a genuinely rare book, in an interesting, curious and unusual contemporary binding. No copy at all located on WorldCat.

£40

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GERALD G. SWAN

"RÉNIN, Paul" - [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : OUTRAGE.

London : Gerald G. Swan, [1941]. First edition. "I call her The Scarlet Woman because I loved her in a way I dread to recall, because all love is colour and - to me at least - scarlet is the most significant of all the burning emotions Laura Sedbury aroused in me ...".
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a chaste beach scene by E. Fenn; faint wear at foot; tiny nick to upper wrapper; staples replaced with thread; overall a very good copy. Bookseller stamp of Irving & Greenwood, "magazine specialists", and price stamp on upper wrapper.

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TEMPEST PUBLISHING CO.
LISLE, Michael : I'LL HIRE THE HEARSE.

LISLE, Michael : I'LL HIRE THE HEARSE.

Bolton : Tempest Publishing Co., [1950]. First edition. "He was near on fifty, I'd say. Small, slack body, stained fedora, soiled linen. He eased his way into the office, and gave me a scared, hesitant look ...". Michael Lisle is perhaps a pseudonym of Lisle Willis (1919-1988).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii],126pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Brab - blonde takes care of herself with a bottle; a little worn and slightly creased; upper wrapper nicked and chipped; lower wrapper slightly nicked a lightly soiled; a reasonable copy.

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RAYER, F.G. (Francis George), 1921-1981 & OTHERS : WORLDS AT WAR.

RAYER, F.G. (Francis George), 1921-1981 & OTHERS : WORLDS AT WAR.

Bolton : Tempest Publishing Co., [1950]. First edition. Four stories - Rayer's "Fearful Barrier"; "Masque" by Somerset Draco; "Dodie Slammed a Door" and "The Cleverjacks and the Moonstalk" by E. R. James, and "Scapegoat" by Edward Hannah.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Holden; slight chipping at tips; some creasing; short tears to upper wrapper; text lightly tanned; a serviceable copy. Ownership inscriptions of Gerald Steadman on upper wrapper and verso of half-title, with his pencilled notes on a preliminary leaf.

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D. C. THOMSON & CO.
SOSKICE, Juliet (Juliet Catherine), 1880-1943 : A GAY ROVER.

SOSKICE, Juliet (Juliet Catherine), 1880-1943 : A GAY ROVER.

London : D. C. Thomson & Co., [1931]. First edition. Soskice was Ford Madox Ford's younger sister, best remembered for her "Chapters from Childhood : Reminiscences of an Artist's Granddaughter" (1921), but here with a tearful romance - "Nevertheless, a few months later Rhoda and her sister, pretty, wilful Phyllis, dressed in deep mourning, sat motherless and friendless, alone in the threadbare little room". Red Letter Novels No. 270.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). 160pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers - masher in striped tie seemingly wearing lipstick; lightly rubbed; mild tanning of text; a touch of rusting to staples, but a very good copy of an extremely rare book. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£200

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U. T. B.
BURTON, Edmund : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] RUBIES OF ELEPHANTA : A STORY OF EASTERN ADVENTURE.

BURTON, Edmund : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] RUBIES OF ELEPHANTA : A STORY OF EASTERN ADVENTURE.

London : U.T.B., [ca.1945]. First edition. "Since resigning from a brilliant career in the Bengal Cavalry, Captain Bainbridge had settled down in the Malay Peninsula, where he had purchased an estate some twenty-five miles up country from Singapore".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly marked and slightly creased; staples a touch rusted; a few slight spots, but a very good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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UNITED ANGLO-AMERICAN BOOK CO.
LYTLE, H.M. (Hal Mcleod) : TRAGEDIES OF THE WHITE SLAVE : TRUE STORIES OF THE WHITE SLAVERY TAKEN FROM ACTUAL LIFE, EACH ONE DEALING WITH A DIFFERENT METHOD BY WHICH WHITE SLAVERS HAVE LURED INNOCENT VICTIMS TO DESTRUCTION.

LYTLE, H.M. (Hal Mcleod) : TRAGEDIES OF THE WHITE SLAVE : TRUE STORIES OF THE WHITE SLAVERY TAKEN FROM ACTUAL LIFE, EACH ONE DEALING WITH A DIFFERENT METHOD BY WHICH WHITE SLAVERS HAVE LURED INNOCENT VICTIMS TO DESTRUCTION.

London : United Anglo-American Book Co., [ca.1950]. First British edition. "The lives of 5,000 young girls are laid upon the altar of lust every year in the city of Chicago alone". Originally published in Chicago in 1909.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an abandoned design by Perk; wrappers lightly spotted with a couple of faint creases; staples lightly rusted, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

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UTOPIAN PUBLICATIONS
ROBINS, Denise (Denise Naomi), 1897-1985 : KISS OF YOUTH.

ROBINS, Denise (Denise Naomi), 1897-1985 : KISS OF YOUTH.

London : Utopian Publications, [ca.1945]. First paperback edition. First published by Nicholson & Watson in 1937.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Rob; some creasing; lower wrapper lightly discoloured, with a short nick; some internal spotting and browning, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any of the major UK libraries.

£25

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WESTERN PRESS
BISHOP, Cecil (Cecil Clayforth), 1877-1951 : [COVER TITLE] TERROR COMES TO LONDON.

BISHOP, Cecil (Cecil Clayforth), 1877-1951 : [COVER TITLE] TERROR COMES TO LONDON.

London : Western Press, (1944). First edition. Newspaper magnate Mervyn Crowley has risen to the top suddenly and suspiciously – then the death threat arrives. A thriller from former C.I.D. man Cecil Bishop.
Crowm 8vo (18cm). [ii],49,[i]pp – wrappers included in pagination. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a dramatic design in orange and purple; staples rusted; some wear and creasing; split to spine; a few marks; tiny hole to one leaf, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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WORLD FILM PUBLICATIONS
CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : MEN OF TWO WORLDS : THE BOOK OF THE FILM.

CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : MEN OF TWO WORLDS : THE BOOK OF THE FILM.

London : World Film Publications, 1946. First edition. A "Book of the Film" adaptation by E. Fisher of an original story with dialogue by Joyce Cary, adapted via the Herbert Victor and Thorold Dickinson screenplay. Illustrated with stills and studio portraits (Phyllis Calvert, Eric Portman and some seldom seen black actors).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (78)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and slight creased; text a little browned throughout, more heavily and unevenly on opening leaves, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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DENNIS YATES

"BLAYNE, Sebastian" - [HUCKINS, Janet, 1911-1981] : GAY GHASTLY HOLIDAY.

London : Dennis Yates, [1956]. First British edition. "Every embrace of love had the shadow of death over it". Originally published as a Gold Medal book in the USA in 1951 - with same artwork (by Barye Phillips).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; just lightly rubbed, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

£20

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