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“CARFAX, Val” : [COVER TITLE] BONDAGE OF LOVE.

“CARFAX, Val” : [COVER TITLE] BONDAGE OF LOVE.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. First edition. “Hang it all, Felicity, it’s a bit thick when I can’t kiss my own wife”. Marriage begins with some issues. In the “Snappy Novels” series, published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine splitting; diagonal crease to upper wrapper; staples rusted; text a little marked in places; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“FLANEUSE” : FLESH AND FOLLY.

“FLANEUSE” : FLESH AND FOLLY.

London : Phoenix Press, (1940). [Second edition]. Young Robbo Millingford is troubled – “the call of the Flesh was sounding loudly in his ears, and he only hoped that when he answered it, the response would not be inspired by Folly”. First published by Modern Fiction in 1929.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slightly chipped at foot; a few nicks, creases and a couple of short tears; a few internal spots and creases, but a good copy of an uncommon title. No copy of this edition (and only one copy of the earlier edition) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“LAMARTINE, Eugene” : STOLEN WEEKEND (WEEKEND ROMANESQUE).

“LAMARTINE, Eugene” : STOLEN WEEKEND (WEEKEND ROMANESQUE).

London : Phoenix Press, (1954). First edition. Agda wants a child but is unable to have one; her friend the beautiful Maryke does not want to spoil her figure. Although ostensibly a translation, no French edition is known and Eugene Lamartine is unknown to the Bibliothèque Nationale.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wear at tips; worn, creased, chipped and frayed; spine and front wrapper tape-repaired; staples rusted; text a little tanned, with some creases and a chip; an indifferent copy of a scarce book. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : BY REPUTE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : BY REPUTE.

London : Phoenix Press, [1949]. [Second edition]. Richard Ballard – tall, handsome, charming – a much-admired young author – returns to the Front in 1918 leaving behind his bride of two days. Originally published by Fiction Features in about 1930.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde sleeps peacefully, anguished man in chair – some light wear; minor splitting and creasing; text a little tanned, with a circular light brown mark to final leaves, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. No copy of any edition located in any major library worldwide.

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : DESIRE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : DESIRE.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1940]. [Second edition]. Handsome libertine and remittance man John Galway falls for a South Seas beauty. Originally published by Gramol in about 1930 and here published by Phoenix from their pre-1942 Elephant Road address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; a little worn, soiled, nicked, chipped and creased; a few internal marks and spots, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy of any edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE NIGHT BOAT.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE NIGHT BOAT.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. An edition published by Fiction Features in or about 1930 is rumoured, and an edition published by Phoenix from their pre-1942 Elephant Road address is known. The present edition was published from 47 Deacon Street. The night-boat from Southampton to Jersey is about to depart when the handsome Roderick Latour watches a slim, fur-clad, young woman anxiously get aboard at the last moment.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear; spine and two edges a little smoke-blackened; staples rusting; a few slight marks, but a reasonable copy. No copy of any edition located in any major library worldwide.

£30

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : SOCIETY SINNERS.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : SOCIETY SINNERS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. First edition. “The girl in the thin kimono panted the words of fury and defiance as she tore her lips away from the man in whose arms she lay writhing ...”. Published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and faint creasing; text lightly tanned; American price over-printed on upper wrapper, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. [Third edition] : issued from Phoenix’s post 1941 Deacon Street address. “A story of love that came too late to a woman of sin” – a tale also commencing with two contrasting impoverished writers on Fleet Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; some light wear and mild creasing; some mild spotting, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE WOMAN IN THE CASE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE WOMAN IN THE CASE.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. [Second edition]. “Helen Crosbie was a name that stood for all that was ultra-modern and daringly gay in the younger set in London society. Born and bred in unlimited luxury, the spoiled daughter of ambitious parents, she had attained a reputation for herself at twenty-two which Charteris considered little less than notorious” – but now suddenly she is left penniless. Originally published a little earlier, perhaps in 1948, with a cover design by Philip Simmonds, but here in a later design published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine chipped at extremities, with the loss of 1.5cm and one letter at foot; a few slight creases; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a good copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE WOMAN IN THE CASE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE WOMAN IN THE CASE.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. [Second edition]. “Helen Crosbie was a name that stood for all that was ultra-modern and daringly gay in the younger set in London society. Born and bred in unlimited luxury, the spoiled daughter of ambitious parents, she had attained a reputation for herself at twenty-two which Charteris considered little less than notorious” – but now suddenly she is left penniless. Originally published a little earlier, perhaps in 1948, with a cover design by Philip Simmonds, but here in a later design published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine lightly tanned and slightly chipped at foot; corner crease to front wrapper; faint fringe of discolouration at head; some creasing and a chip to first few leaves; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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“REVILLE, Paul” : POSSESSION.

“REVILLE, Paul” : POSSESSION.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. A poetic youth encounters a pretty and forward new maid at Southfields Farm.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead, cigarette, lighter; minor wear; a couple of minor nicks; faint diagonal crease to upper wrapper; a couple of marks, but overall a very good copy. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£75

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“VALOIS, Jean-Paul” – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : COLETTE CHÈRIE.

“VALOIS, Jean-Paul” – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : COLETTE CHÈRIE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. “A fascinating story of the modern Paris underworld with all the romantic and glamorous aspects of life with artist’s models and midinettes” from “one of the newest successes in modern French literature”. This and the rest of the authorial biography – poor boy from Montmartre, served with the Maquis, imprisoned by the Gestapo – is all a complete fiction. Valois was the pseudonym of Lisle Willis, ex-RAF English school-teacher, local councillor and prospective parliamentary candidate. Both he and his publisher, Edwin Self, were tried on bizarre obscenity charges in 1954 and, even more bizarrely, found guilty. Self went to prison, Willis heavily fined and barred for life from teaching (he went into television). For an excellent account of the whole affair see Steve Holland’s “The Big Panic : The Story of Edwin Self and Pedigree Books”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Leonard Potts; some wear and creasing; text lightly tanned but a good copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (Manchester) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE GIRL WHO SURRENDERED.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE GIRL WHO SURRENDERED.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. [Second? edition]. No earlier edition has been traced, but the book is evidently to some extent autobiographical and based on McKeag’s time in Germany in the early 1920s: an earlier edition is suspected, perhaps under another title.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear and creasing; a few tiny chips; staples lightly rusted; a few spots and small flaws; a serviceable copy. No copy (of any edition) traced in any major library worldwide.

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE SERPENT.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE SERPENT.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. First edition. “Doris Devereaux tossed her shingled, blonde head defiantly and there was a look of obstinacy in her deep blue eyes. Doris was a remarkably pretty girl” – and she wanted to go on the stage. Her bachelor uncle and guardian, himself not averse to the company of actresses and chorus girls, raises objections. Published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by H. W. Perl; lightly rubbed and creased, with a couple of tiny chips; staples rusting; text a little tanned, but a good, solid copy of a scarce book. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SILKEN DIVANS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SILKEN DIVANS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. First edition. As they arrive in Paris, Madge Bradley rather regrets having become travelling companion to the fat, ugly, flashily-dressed, and intolerably rich widow, Mrs Brent. Published by Phoenix from their mid-1940s Deacon Street address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead, pink heels, wine and cigarettes – a typical design by H. W. Perl – Hyman Woolf Perlzweig (1897-1952); minor wear; some creasing; staples a touch rusted; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy of a very uncommon title. No copy of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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