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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] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

London : Jarrolds (Publishers) London, [ca.1941]. First published in 1939 and here in a very early paperback edition advertising that the book had already reached its 164th thousand copies. George Orwell’s famous “Raffles and Miss Blandish” essay appeared in “Horizon” in 1944 and propelled the book to an even greater level of notoriety, while the 1948 film, although only passed for screening after extensive cuts, caused national outcry, subsequently leading to an apology from the head of the British Board of Film Classification for having failed to protect the public. “Once or twice in a generation someone writes a book that establishes a new standard in literature; a book that starts a new trend of fashion; a book that everyone knows and talks about and which several million people read. And one which certainly must be included in that class is the world-famous ‘No Orchids for Miss Blandish’” (Sunday Dispatch).
Crown 8vo (18cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers over thin card – a design by Merlin; chipped at foot of spine, with the loss of a few letters; lacks inner front flap of the wrappers; some ninor marks, nicks and creases, with a short tear to the upper wrapper, but a good and sound copy. There would not appear to be any copy of this edition in any major library worldwide.

£50

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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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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : YOU FIND HIM – I’LL FIX HIM.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : YOU FIND HIM – I’LL FIX HIM.

London : Robert Hale, (1959). First paperback edition. American journalist in Rome is asked to look after his boss’s daughter – she ends up dead in Sorrento and he has no alibi. First published under the “Raymond Marshall” pseudonym in 1956.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a John Pollack blonde; chip at foot of spine; some mild wear; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£10

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE DEAD STAY DUMB.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE DEAD STAY DUMB.

London : Jarrolds (Publishers) London, [ca.1944]. His second book, first published in 1939 and here in an early paperback edition advertising that the book had already reached its 190th thousand copies. “A nightmare tale of the life and death of Dillon, American gangster ... This book is all it should be: fast, tough, sexy and exciting. I give him full marks” said the publisher’s reader. Not everyone agreed: “Too rough a story to hold any pleasure except perhaps for one of Hitler’s S.S. troopers”, reported the “Birmingham Daily Post” (16 January 1940).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Dolan; spine nicked and chipped; wrappers chipped, slightly split, and a little creased, with repaired tears to corners; text a little tanned; a reasonable copy. There would not appear to be any copy of this edition in any major library worldwide.

£25

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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 : 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 : 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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“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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“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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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 : DESIRE (LE DÉSIR).

ROYER, Louis-Charles, 1885-1970 : DESIRE (LE DÉSIR).

Hanley : Harborough Publishing Co., (1950). First edition in English. Originally published in Paris in 1942.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – naked blonde in fur stole from David Wright; some minor wear and creasing; a few internal spots, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Partial book-exchange stamp at foot of upper wrapper.

£50

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CITY OF SIN.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CITY OF SIN.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1952]. First edition. Rena falls for a European, but “she hadn’t seen anything of the world further east than Minneapolis”. Sarto “tears the veil from the activities of the army of White Slavers”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127.[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – unsigned, but evidently a design by Len Potts; spine chipped, darkened and split; wrappers a little marked and creased; edges a little spotted; text a little tanned; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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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