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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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GATES, H.L. (Henry Leyford), 1880-1937 : THE AUCTION OF SOULS : THE STORY OF AURORA MARDIGANIAN, THE CHRISTIAN GIRL WHO SURVIVED THE GREAT MASSACRES.

GATES, H.L. (Henry Leyford), 1880-1937 : THE AUCTION OF SOULS : THE STORY OF AURORA MARDIGANIAN, THE CHRISTIAN GIRL WHO SURVIVED THE GREAT MASSACRES.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1960]. "Compelling, Gripping, True!". Originally published in the USA in 1918 as "Ravished Armenia", with various British editions from 1919 onwards. The present edition can be approximately dated by the lower wrapper advertisement for Alvin Gladstone Bennett's "Because They Know Not" (1959).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight wear and chipping at tips; upper wrapper slightly creased; staples rusting, otherwise a very good and partially unopened copy. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

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PHILIPPE, Edouard : FOOLS' PARADISE (PARADIS DES FOLIES).

PHILIPPE, Edouard : FOOLS' PARADISE (PARADIS DES FOLIES).

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1953]. First edition. Willem Oolst, the chauffeur, does not care for his thoughtless and selfish employer. A story datelined Malines, 1952. Although ostensibly a translation, no French edition is known.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed, bruised, marked and creased; staples rusted; text a little tanned, but a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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"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] : LONDON'S NIGHT HAUNTS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1949]. "Piccadilly, Leicester Square, The Strand and similar West End resorts are often the outer edge of a circle which has, at its centre, some of the worst dens of vice and licentiousness in Europe. For the emissaries of evil are many ...". Originally published by the Federation Press in 1927.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an unsigned design, but almost certainly by John Pollack; worn, a little chipped and slightly split at head and tail; a few slight marks, but otherwise a good copy of a rare and fragile production. No copy of any edition traced in the major UK libraries.

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"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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear; lower wrapper and spine lightly discoloured; staples rusting; a few slight marks, but a reasonable copy. No copy of any edition located in any major UK library.

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

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1940]. [Second? edition]. The preface is dated 1930, but no earlier edition has been traced. Published from Phoenix's pre-1942 Elephant Road address. "Heaven alone knew why Stella Marling - a millionairess in her own right - had come to live at Milford Haven, that lonely spot on the the extreme west of Wales. Or, perhaps, one should say that Heaven and Stella knew ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - gent takes advantage of a first-class carriage; some wear, creasing, splitting and fraying; lower wrapper soiled; text lightly tanned, with some creases, etc.; a serviceable copy. No copy of any edition located in any major UK library.

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

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1940]. [Second? edition] : published from Phoenix's pre-1942 Elephant Road address and pre-dating both the Locker and Archer editions. A great white yacht beneath a tropical moon - young Madeline is shocked by her beast of her husband, Lord Farlingham.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a reworking by H. W. Perl of the original G. P. Micklewright design for the 1927 edition; faint chipping at tips; short tape-repaired tear to upper wrapper; a few nicks and minor marks, but overall a good copy. Bookseller stamp of Irving & Greenwood, "magazine specialists", and price stamp on upper wrapper. No copy of this Phoenix edition located in any major UK library.

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"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; a few minor signs of age and use; American price overprinted on upper wrapper, but a very good copy. No copy located in any major library on WorldCat.

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

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. [Second edition] : issued from Phoenix's post 1941 Deacon Street address. A story that commences 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" : ENSLAVED.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. First edition : Gramol had published a Reville novel under the same title some twenty years earlier, but this is a completely different work. "Who ever heard of a respectable business man of Streatham who caught the 'eight-thirty' every week-day jumping out of the accepted groove"? Mid-life crisis as one does just that after visiting Chinatown.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by H. W. Perl; wrappers rubbed, creased and heavily tape-repaired at spine; staples rusted; internally some mild tanning and a few creases. A reading copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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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.

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 UK library.

£40

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