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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THEY NEVER SAY WHEN : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THEY NEVER SAY WHEN : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1944. First edition. A Slim Callaghan tale – Mlle Juliette de Longues can speak so much basic English with her eyes she can afford to be dumb – but she is good. Irana Favely knows she is good. Paula Denys doesn’t care if she’s good.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original sand cloth, blocked and lettered in green; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – lightly worn and nicked, slightly creased, but complete and attractive still. Neat contemporary ownership inscription.

£50

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LONDON SPY MURDERS [THE STARS ARE DARK].

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LONDON SPY MURDERS [THE STARS ARE DARK].

New York : Avon Book Co., (1944). First American paperback edition. British intelligence and Nazi spies – “written by the only successful British follower of Hammett”. New Avon Library No. 49. Originally published in the UK as “The Stars are Dark” in 1943.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [iv],11-196,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; spine a little sunned, with short split at foot; text a little tanned and brittle, but a reasonable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1944. First edition. "The women, of course, dress superbly, move like angels, are as beautiful as diamonds and, with one notable exception, behave abominably". An early Cheyney 'dark' novel of counter-espionage.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; a touch bruised; a few edge-spots, but a very good and sound copy in the original atmospheric pictorial dust-jacket – ruby-lipped brunette in green stares us down – lightly rubbed and just very slightly worn at head. Contemporary (1944) gift inscription.

£50

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : ADVENTURES OF JULIA.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : ADVENTURES OF JULIA.

Henfield : Poynings Press, (1945). A reprint of the original February 1945 edition, dated September of the same year. “Perhaps at this stage of the game you ought to know that I am thirty-five years of age. I have Titian red hair, my figure is considered to be good, and I have medals for knowing my way about. And if you want any further information you won’t get it”.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (31),[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and lightly marked; staples rusting, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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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; lightly rubbed and a touch faded; staples a little rusted, but a 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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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : SINISTER ERRAND.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : SINISTER ERRAND.

London : Collins, 1945. First edition. "There is no bad Cheyney. Some Cheyney is only better than other Cheyney" – Michael Kells and an errand involving the mysterious 'Auntie', the alluring Janine, the beautiful Mrs Vaile, and the delightful and unfortunate Alison Fredericks.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; a hint of wear at head; a tiny bruise; slight spotting of top edge; small label removed from title-page, but a good copy in a lightly marked but very good dust-jacket.

£40

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DARK HERO.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DARK HERO.

London : Collins, 1946. First edition. Rene Berg, ex-Chicago gunman, awakens in a German concentration camp. His greatest moment awaits.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; some spotting to edges and endpapers, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – lightly worn, and with a couple of minor scuffs and a little dustiness to the lower panel.

£40

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DATE AFTER DARK AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DATE AFTER DARK AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Polybooks, (1946). First edition. “Date after Dark”, which opens in a London air-raid, and three further stories, all featuring Slim Callaghan.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design in green, pink and black by Reina Mary Sington (1924-2000); some wear and creasing; wrappers a little soiled; staples rusted, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£35

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : A SPOT OF MURDER AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : A SPOT OF MURDER AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Polybooks, (1946). First edition. “A Spot of Murder” and four further stories, including “Blackout”, all featuring Slim Callaghan.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design in green, orange and black by Reina Mary Sington (1924-2000); some minor wear and marking; some creasing; a couple of nicks; staples rusting, but overall a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : A MATTER OF LUCK AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : A MATTER OF LUCK AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books (Todd Publishing Group), (1947). First edition. “Peter Cheyney’s knowledge of the night haunts of London is extensive ans has provided him with the material ...” – a collection of six short stories, including “The Peacock Fan” and “The Black Mantilla”.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Winslade; staples a little rusted; wrappers slightly rubbed and with some slight nicking and creasing; lower wrapper lightly marked, but good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DANCE WITHOUT MUSIC : A MYSTERY NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DANCE WITHOUT MUSIC : A MYSTERY NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1947. First edition. A new private detective in Caryl Wylde O'Hara – and the story of Leonora Ivory, Alexis Ricaud and his heroin-addicted wife, Esmeralda, etc. "A perfect case, probably the most perfect case that Mr. Cheyney, with as good an eye for a pretty plot as for a pretty woman, has ever devised". Set mainly in London, with excursions to Maidenhead, the Sussex coast and Torquay.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; a very good copy in the original pictorial Winslade dust-jacket – frightened brunette in long white gown and gloves – complete if a little worn, torn and creased, with some taped repairs.

£15

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : COCKTAIL PARTY AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : COCKTAIL PARTY AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books, [1948]. First edition. Six short stories, featuring inter alia the Palmont platinum case, Slim Callaghan, and a gigolo standing on the corner of Brook Street and Bond Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a breezy design by Reina Mary Sington (1924-2000); a little rubbed and slightly worn; small mark to fore-edge; staples rusted, but a good copy still. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : ESCAPE FOR SANDRA.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : ESCAPE FOR SANDRA.

London : Todd Publishing Co., [1948]. Second edition. “Not a mile from Piccadilly Circus is the Green Turtle Club ... You could get most things there. If you had the money and you liked the things the Green Turtle supplied”. Originally published in 1945.
Demy 8vo (21cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and very slightly creased; staples rusted, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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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 in major libraries worldwide.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : LADIES WON'T WAIT : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : LADIES WON'T WAIT : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1951. First edition. "She was standing under the awning outside Maxime in the Rue Royale, young, beautiful, English, a woman of extraordinary grace and strange allure ... Kells never saw her again – alive".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 252,[iv]pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in silver; a few spots; a few tiny creases; mild tanning of endpapers, but otherwise a very good and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – price-clipped by the publisher, with an over-printed 6/- price, just lightly worn and slightly nicked.

£25

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : VELVET JOHNNIE AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : VELVET JOHNNIE AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Collins, 1952. First edition. Seven posthumously published short stories, with a memorial tribute by Viola Garvin.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in dark green; top edge a touch dusty, but otherwise a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – cool blonde in pearls – just very lightly used and with a short tear at head of upper panel. Contemporary (1952) ownership inscription of Stephen I. Laszlo on contents page – Stephen Istevan Laszlo (1907-2005).

£15

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