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ANTHONY, John : JUST OUTSIDE EUSTON : ROMANTIC NOVEL.

ANTHONY, John : JUST OUTSIDE EUSTON : ROMANTIC NOVEL.

Manchester : T. A. & E. Pemberton – distributors, [1947]. First edition. A dentist takes a room at the quiet Rossmore Private Hotel near Euston Station – and meets the lovely Mary Sebright.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; tiny nick at foot; staples rusted, but overall a a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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BISHOP, Cecil (Cecil Clayforth), 1877-1951 : [COVER TITLE] TERROR COMES TO LONDON.

BISHOP, Cecil (Cecil Clayforth), 1877-1951 : [COVER TITLE] TERROR COMES TO LONDON.

London : Western Press, (1944). First edition. Newspaper magnate Mervyn Crowley has risen to the top suddenly and suspiciously – then the death threat arrives. A thriller from former C.I.D. man Cecil Bishop.
Crowm 8vo (18cm). [ii],49,[i]pp – wrappers included in pagination. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a dramatic design in orange and purple; staples rusted; some wear and creasing; split to spine; a few marks; tiny hole to one leaf, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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BOLTON, Jack : THE CUP-TIE CHALLENGERS.

BOLTON, Jack : THE CUP-TIE CHALLENGERS.

London : Curtis Warren, 1949. First edition. Young Bill Manley prepares for his first game for Milford United – a once-great club when his father was the star, but now rooted at the foot of the second tier.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor creasing; mild signs of age and wear; staples rusting; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Marguerite de Manell comes of age: she owns a great historic castle, but can’t afford to – she is living in a poky bed-sit and working as a shorthand typist.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); wrappers a little split; two repaired tears to rear wrapper, and one to upper wrapper; a reasonable copy of a fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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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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CARR, Kathryn : [COVER TITLE] SUBSTITUTE PRINCESS.

CARR, Kathryn : [COVER TITLE] SUBSTITUTE PRINCESS.

London : C. Arthur Pearson, [ca.1950]. First edition. Nurse Gwyneth Ross longs for romance as she works in the Military Hospital at Kleinstadt in the British Zone of post-war occupied Germany. An early un-numbered title in Pearson’s once popular “Glamour Library”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some mild rubbing and slight wear; one nick and a few creases; short tear to one leaf, but overall a very good copy. Although the British Library has a set of the Glamour Library books, this title not individually traced in any major library worldwide.

£15

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THIS WAY FOR A SHROUD.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THIS WAY FOR A SHROUD.

London : Robert Hale, (1955). First paperback edition. Famous movie actress brutally murdered by racket boss – but no witness has ever lived to give evidence against him. First published in 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; redhead in green, champagne, cigarette, etc.; light wear; splits at head and tail of spine; slight crease to lower wrapper, but a good copy. Just a single copy (Monash) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NOT SAFE TO BE FREE.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NOT SAFE TO BE FREE.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. Starlet strangled to death in a hotel lift at the Cannes Film Festival. Originally published in 1958.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a typical blonde by John Pollack (1918-1985); lightly worn and slightly split; diagonal crease to upper cover; text a little tanned but a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library.

£10

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“COOPER, Morton” – [FEINBERG, Morton Cooper, 1925-2004] : FRENCH MAID.

“COOPER, Morton” – [FEINBERG, Morton Cooper, 1925-2004] : FRENCH MAID.

New York : Detective House, (1954). First edition. “The story of a girl from Paris who brought her French ways into a house of secret passions”. Cameo Book No. 339.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Herb Tauss; wrappers lightly worn; rear wrapper slightly marked; some internal spotting, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “CONCERTO FOR FEAR!” (FEATURING RED BENTON).

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “CONCERTO FOR FEAR!” (FEATURING RED BENTON).

London : Bear Hudson, 1945. First edition. Each time a certain point in the concert was reached, someone died. Red Benton and his whisky-loving accomplice Happy Harringay investigate. Bear Hudson No. 530.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a three colour design by H. W. Perl (1897-1952); some light wear and creasing; staples rusted; some internal creases and a few marks, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“GILL, Elisabeth” – [OGILVIE, Elisabeth, 1917-2006] : YOUNG SINNER.

“GILL, Elisabeth” – [OGILVIE, Elisabeth, 1917-2006] : YOUNG SINNER.

New York : Detective House, (1953). First edition. “A fisherman’s daughter changes from girl to woman in one flaming hour of unforgettable passion”. Cameo Book No. 333.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Pease; wrappers a little rubbed and creased; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“HARVEY, Gene” – [HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963] : CUTIE (PASSION’S SLAVE).

“HARVEY, Gene” – [HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963] : CUTIE (PASSION’S SLAVE).

New York : Star Guidance, (1950). First edition under this title. “From the moment that Drusilla said ‘I do’, she knew that she didn’t”. Originally published as “Passion’s Slave”, but here in a re-titled and revised version. Venus Book No. 108.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (3)-130pp. Numerous photo illustrations of highly posed models. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde about her business in a design by Rudy Nappi; lightly rubbed; a few slight marks and small flaws; occasional fringe of faint discolouration to margins, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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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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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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KEENE, Effie & OTHERS : THRILLING ROMANCES.

KEENE, Effie & OTHERS : THRILLING ROMANCES.

London : Twyn Barlwm Press (Bear Hudson – distributors), [1948]. One of the seven issues of this Bear Hudson publication – three illustrated short stories: “Holiday Queen” by Effie Keene; “One Girl’s Secret” by Frances Ferry, and “Her Gypsy Lover” by Veronica Slater.
Crown 4to (24cm). 32pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); soine and edges a little smoke blackened; insect damage to rear wrapper, with a small hole penetrating into the final eight text leaves, with the loss of a few letters; staples rusted; a servicable copy of an attractive publication. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“KENT, Larry” : HOMICIDE HELL : I HATE CRIME!

“KENT, Larry” : HOMICIDE HELL : I HATE CRIME!

Sydney : Cleveland Publishing Co., [1959]. First edition. “‘I always thought he was the toughest man I’d ever seen’, the fat man said. He beamed at me. ‘The title now goes to you, Mr. Kent’”. No 570 in the “I Hate Crime” series.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],5-(98)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and creased; text slightly tanned and brittle, with a few corner chips; a good copy of an attractive and uncommon title. Bar a Finnish translation, no copy of this individual title located on WorldCat.

£25

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“LACROIX, Ramon” : SEDUCTION.

“LACROIX, Ramon” : SEDUCTION.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [ca.1952]. First edition. A novel set in the ruins of post-war Hamburg, as Ilsa decides to smoke her last cigarette – and wants a man to light it.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – young woman in green examines a puppet on her knee – a design, probably by H. W. Perl, previously used on an earlier Modern Fiction title (“Lost Love” by Henri Duprès) and here crudely adapted; wrappers used, worn, scuffed, creased and a little marked, with some chipping; some minor internal browning and discolouration, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“NARRAN, Bree” – translator : CRISP STORIES (VOLUME 3).

“NARRAN, Bree” – translator : CRISP STORIES (VOLUME 3).

London : Camden Publishing Co., [ca.1950]. A fresh edition of a Camden Publishing favourite first published at least twenty-five years earlier. Twenty-two “of the most entertaining and amusing short stories, from the work of famous French authors, translated into excellent English”. Includes “A Domestic Episode”, “A Lady’s Trick”, “Yellow Stockings”, “Innocence”, etc. It is not clear whether in this instance the translator “Bree Narran” was the Australian author-publisher William Nicholas Willis (1858-1922), or his son and successor of the same name (1898-1960).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wrappers a little marked, nicked, chipped and creased; lower wrapper a little discoloured; a few internal marks and spots, but a good copy. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) of this post-war edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

London : Pedigree Books (Edwin Self), (1961). First edition. “Here, for the first time, is a serious book written about teenagers, by a teenager and in a language that has delighted teenagers in America and Britain. It is written mainly in the now famous Kookie-talk” – the story of Fenella the clinker from way out – “Orbit strictly unknown. Destination nowhere!” – a cult classic of the beat generation, with a seven-page glossary of Kookie-talk for “Bods from Squaresville”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by M. Atkinson; wrappers rubbed, lightly worn, slightly creased and a little split; minor discolouration in places, but a reasonable copy. Just five copies located in major libraries worldwide – only one (British Library) in the UK.

£50

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NOVAK, Robert, 1931-2009 : B-GIRL.

NOVAK, Robert, 1931-2009 : B-GIRL.

New York : Ace Books, (1956). First edition. Irene Molloy catches the eye of a jazz-trumpeter “and then, abruptly, the song changed, the notes went sour”. Ace S-174.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; just lightly rubbed, text slightly tanned, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (Madrid) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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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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RISDON, Marian : THE MASQUERADE.

RISDON, Marian : THE MASQUERADE.

London : Fiction House, [1942]. First edition. A foggy night in a London park – “beastly murder” followed by “a second utterly heartless crime. From a quiet, uneventful life as companion to an eccentric aunt, Diana Barry finds herself precipitated into this turmoil”. Swift-moving adventure, moving to the Riviera. Piccadilly Novel No. 193.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde, gloves, gun; a few faint marks and slight creases; staples a touch rusted, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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ROYER, Louis-Charles, 1885-1970 : KHAM THE DANCER.

ROYER, Louis-Charles, 1885-1970 : KHAM THE DANCER.

London : Harborough Publishing Co., [1953]. First edition in English. Pascal Battisti from Laos needs urgently to speak to the director of the Mining Research Company – but then he is murdered. Originally published in Paris as “Kham la Laotienne” in 1935.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design probably by David Wright; inked mark on upper wrapper; some creasing and wear; staples a little rusted; some marks and spots, but a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A HARLOT.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A HARLOT.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1952). First American edition. Private eye Nick Cranley “up to his big ears again in luscious lovelies and trigger-happy hooligans”. First published in England in 1949.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by John Pollack; spine worn and slightly split; small chips to upper wrapper; larger chips and some mild creases to rear wrapper; text tanned, with some light creasing, but overall a good copy. Just one copy (Bowling Green State) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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SYMONDS, F. Addington (Francis Addington), 1893-1971 : MURDER OF ME.

SYMONDS, F. Addington (Francis Addington), 1893-1971 : MURDER OF ME.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1946). First edition. “My dear daughter Pearl : By the time you get this, you will be acquainted with all the apparent circumstances of my death. You will have heard that my body was found in a ditch off the Spaniards Road on Hampstead Heath; the coroner will have returned a verdict of Death from Natural Causes ... and that will be that. Nevertheless, my death was no more due to ‘natural causes’ than was that of the victims of, say, Crippen, Mahon or Major Armstrong. It was the inevitable climax to a deliberate plot; in a word - and a very ugly word - it was Murder”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rubbed and used; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fine and unusual murder mystery, which also appeared in French and Spanish translations. Contemporary (1946) ownership inscription. Just two copies (Antwerp and British Library) located in the world’s major libraries.

£30

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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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“TUCKER, Joan”- [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : THE GIRL FROM MIMI’S [GIRL ON THE MAKE].

“TUCKER, Joan”- [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : THE GIRL FROM MIMI’S [GIRL ON THE MAKE].

New York : Hanro Corporation, (1952). First edition under this title. Lorena was cynical, lovely, smart, unafraid, tough and “where she came from, girls learned to know men inside out”. First published under the Joan Sherman pseudonym as “Girl on the Make” the previous year. Carnival Books No. 909.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). [ii],5-(130)pp. Original stapled wrappers; slight vertical crease; a few minor signs of age and use; text just a touch tanned, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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WEBB, C. Packham (Thomas Charles Packham), 1908-1973 : SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT.

WEBB, C. Packham (Thomas Charles Packham), 1908-1973 : SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT.

London : Fiction House, [1947]. First edition. A lorry-load of eggs is hijacked on the road out of London – post-war shortages, rationing, and the crimes of the times. In the Piccadilly Novels series.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; short tear to lower wrapper, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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