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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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LLOYD COLE
HERBERT, Benson, 1912-1991 :  HAND OF GLORY : STRANGE ADVENTURES IN THE PENNINES.

HERBERT, Benson, 1912-1991 : HAND OF GLORY : STRANGE ADVENTURES IN THE PENNINES.

London : Lloyd Cole, [ca. 1943]. First edition. Mysterious goings-on on Cauldron Snout – the mysterious remains of Celtic monuments, rocking stones, Druid circles, Bronze Age villages, and Roman camps are joined by a more modern and invisible mystery.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (32)pp on pink paper. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a grim design by H. W. Perl; a little rubbed and slightly soiled; staples rusting, but a good copy of a scarce and ephemeral item. Just a single copy (University of California, Riverside) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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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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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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MARGETSON, Stella, 1912-1992 : MISS SWINFORD REMEMBERS.

MARGETSON, Stella, 1912-1992 : MISS SWINFORD REMEMBERS.

Bognor Regis & London : John Crowther, (1943). First paperback edition. Her first book – a collection of fifteen very stylish stories, or “attractive cameos” – Miss Swinford of Madame Violette’s old-fashioned High Class Millinery shop at the wrong end of a seaside town recollects a lost romance in Paris before the Great War; Mr Flansham, the town councillor, conceives an unrequited and improbable passion for his young assistant, etc. Originally published in hardback in 1941.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an elegant design by Hicks; very lightly rubbed and slightly creased; a few minor marks, but a very good copy.

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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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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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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.

“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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“REVILLE, Paul” : TRIBULATION.

“REVILLE, Paul” : TRIBULATION.

London : Gramol Publications, (1930). First edition. A story which opens on a simmering Shaftesbury Avenue just before theatre time – “There were, too, the usual men of a type germane to the district after dark, aimless, like grim shadows; there were, too, the usual women of a type with aims that lead to nowhere, slowly moving shadows across the screen of night”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp.Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wrappers a little worn, nicked, and creased; inked price on upper wrapper; text a little tanned, with a corner chip not affecting text; staples rusting, but a good and serviceable copy of an uncommon title. No copy of this original edition located in any major library worldwide – and only two copies (Bodleian and British Library) of the later 1946 edition.

£40

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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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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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KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : AN ALIBI TOO MUCH.

KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : AN ALIBI TOO MUCH.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., [1946]. First edition. “I am quite certain,” the beautiful lady said, “that my husband did not commit suicide, no matter what the police say” – a case for the saturnine Meredith Jordan.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design probably by H. W. Perl; parts of spine and rear wrapper smoke-blackened; staples a little rusted, but otherwise a good copy. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library, and National Library of Wales) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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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. Just three copies (Bowling Green State, National Library of Scotland and Trinity College, Dublin, located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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JAMES MACMILLAN
EDWARDES, Blair : THE IMPATIENT MISS BLACKET.

EDWARDES, Blair : THE IMPATIENT MISS BLACKET.

London : James Macmillan, [1948]. First edition. A tale of murder and counterfeit at an English country house, which works well enough as a comedy of manners between tough crime reporter Mike Manstone, Inspector Clarke of the Yard (“Hack” and “Sleuth” to each other), and Manstone’s long-suffering girlfriend Jane. As a murder mystery it ranks nowhere. The cover artist was evidently not paid well enough to read the book (or perhaps paid more to ignore it) – the woman with the gun should be wearing a “concealing hood” and “a great shapeless garment” at the time.
Post 8vo (20cm). 96pp. Original stapled stiff card wrappers; acid-free tape repair and strengthening to spine beneath the dust-jacket; staples rusted and discoloured; a few spots, but a good copy in the attached dust-jacket – busty brunette, smoking gun, etc. – the jacket a little rubbed, worn, and discoloured by staples on lower wrapper. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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
MORLAND, Nigel, 1905-1986 : SHANGHAI STORY.

MORLAND, Nigel, 1905-1986 : SHANGHAI STORY.

London : Martin & Reid, [ca.1946]. First edition. Morland using his experiences as a journalist in the Far East with a mystery set in the weeks before Pearl Harbour.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 16pp. Original decorative stapled wrappers; wrappers a little worn, creased and slightly chipped; text a little tanned and creased, but a reasonable copy of a scarce a fragile item. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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STANLEY, George : MEN OF THE MIST.

STANLEY, George : MEN OF THE MIST.

London : Martin & Reid, [1946]. First edition. Gangsters with identical frozen faces who bring their own mist with them appear in London to the consternation of Special Branch.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 62 [i.e. 60]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little fingered and slightly creased, but a good copy of a fragile item. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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WALTERS, Leonard : YELLOW STREAK.

WALTERS, Leonard : YELLOW STREAK.

London : Martin & Reid, [1946]. First edition. There’s a puzzle about a racing driver who never wins a race.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (31),[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled self-wrappers; staples a little rusted, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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L. MILLER & CO. (HACKNEY)
MILLER & SON LTD., L. – publishers : [COVER TITLE] NO REFUGE FROM FEAR.

MILLER & SON LTD., L. – publishers : [COVER TITLE] NO REFUGE FROM FEAR.

London : L. Miller & Son, [ca.1950]. First edition. Set in New York in wartime: vital blueprints go missing – Daisy Hamilton blames herself for being careless with the keys.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and a little creased; staple rusting; leaves in latter part damaged and frayed at foot, without affecting text; an indifferent copy of an apparently unrecorded title – no copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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"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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MUIR-WATSON
“ZORÉ, Hyman” : MIND MY INNOCENCE.

“ZORÉ, Hyman” : MIND MY INNOCENCE.

Glasgow : Muir-Watson, [1951]. First edition. “As a matter of cockeyed fact, a lot of guys had kissed her just lately. And they hadn’t stopped at kissing!” – the “Hyman Zoré” pseudonym was first invented and used by John Watson of Muir-Watson before being taken over by Scion in 1952.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a white silhouette on red and yellow; a little marked and chipped; lower wrapper chipped and frayed; some dampstaining and softening to outer leaves; an indifferent copy of a scarce title. Just two copies (Bodleian and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide. Stamp of the Wells Park Bookshop of Sydenham on half-title.

£30

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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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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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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.

SOLD

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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A. A. QUIN
HENRY, Jack : AFTER MIDNIGHT.

HENRY, Jack : AFTER MIDNIGHT.

London : A. A. Quin (Publishers), [ca.1952]. First edition. “In the high street of the quaint old town of Lewes, fifty miles or so from London, stands a grim and formidable building. It is one of H. M. Prisons – Lewes Jail” – an underling awaits the release of the “Prince” of the London underworld on an August morning in 1947.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear, creasing and chipping; small piece missing from lower wrapper, with slight loss of advertisement text; staples rusted; but a reasonable copy of a scarce book from the highly obscure “Quin Cover the World Publications”. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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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 major libraries worldwide.

SOLD

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.

SOLD

"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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STREAMLINE PUBLICATIONS
LYTTON, Jane : [COVER TITLE] LONESOME LOVER.

LYTTON, Jane : [COVER TITLE] LONESOME LOVER.

London : Streamline Publications [ca.1958]. Second edition. Country market gardener Bob Hexham is building his own house for the woman he loves – but she could become a famous singer. First published by Wright & Brown in 1955.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; split at head; vertical crease; a few nicks and creases, but a reasonable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

London : Streamline Publications, [ca.1955]. Second edition : a variant with a cover price of 1/- and an advertisement for eleven romance stories on the lower wrapper. “Through the curse of a tortured slave, a terrible fate threatened every male Craig”, but there is nothing supernatural about the bullet which killed Roger Craig. Inspector Brummel has been looking for a clue for years. First published by Wright & Brown in 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; very slightly frayed; staples rusteda little worn and creased; a few minor marks and small flaws, but otherwise a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

London : Streamline Publications, [ca.1955]. Second edition : a variant with a cover price of 9d and an advertisement for Apal on the lower wrapper. “Through the curse of a tortured slave, a terrible fate threatened every male Craig”, but there is nothing supernatural about the bullet which killed Roger Craig. Inspector Brummel has been looking for a clue for years. First published by Wright & Brown in 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little chipped, creased and frayed; staples rusted; some internal spotting, but a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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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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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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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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