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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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MOWBRAY, Julia : A WOMAN AT BAY.

MOWBRAY, Julia : A WOMAN AT BAY.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1945]. Second edition. Mona travels up to Scotland to find out what’s happened to her lover – and finds him marrying another woman. He doesn’t get to go on honeymoon. Originally published by Andrew Melrose in 1937 and here put out in a fresh edition by Phoenix from their post-1941 Deacon Street address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, creased and soiled; some light staining and discolouration to leaves at rear; piece torn from one leaf and pinned back into place; a reasonable copy of a scarce book. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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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 on WorldCat.

£40

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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. No copy of any edition located in any major UK library.

£25

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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]. Young Mayfair socialite left penniless. Reported to have originally been published by Modern Fiction in 1948, although no copy of this edition has been traced. Published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight wear and splitting to spine; small bruise to fore-edge; American price overprinted on upper wrapper, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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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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“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.

£50

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