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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BABY, DON’T DARE SQUEAL.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BABY, DON’T DARE SQUEAL.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. The first book in the third series of Jansons – and the recipient of seventy-six local authority destruction orders by 1953 (Holland p.323) – a record even for Janson. A job interview in the opening pages which brings in discussion of Descartes, Plato, Nietzsche, Hume, Schopenhauer, and the Behaviourists was perhaps not the reason. Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Cool Sugar” in 1960.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade – one of his very best, with redhead in abandon and a filmy green negligee; price adjusted by silvering over the front wrapper; some very minor wear and mild creasing; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£125

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CORRUPTION. “JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CORRUPTION.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CORRUPTION.

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : in the variant wrapper with the blue advertisement for the forthcoming “Silken Menace” on the rear panel. The last book of the fourth series and the first under the Top Fiction imprint – with a theme of a high-class call-girl racket being used to ensnare public officials, the book opens with an unusual corruption trial at which no defence is offered. Top Fiction Ltd. was a new company hurriedly formed by Reg Carter after police raids and seizures at the premises of the Janson publishers, printers and distributors in September 1953 (Holland pp.135-136). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Secret Session” in 1960.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade of a brunette in green with pink champagne and a long cigarette holder; some very minor wear; small indentation on front wrapper; staples a little rusted, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE FILLY WORE A ROD.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE FILLY WORE A ROD.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. Interesting in bringing into the plot the Basque game of Fron-Ton (pelota). Although the original Heade artwork (bosomy redhead in state of undress) was replaced before publication by a slightly toned-down but very knowing strawberry-blonde (again from Heade – see Holland pp.90-91) – the novel still managed to be the subject of eleven local authority destruction orders (Holland p.323). The penultimate book in the Third Series – later republished as “Lose This Gun” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1958.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and slight creasing; a few slight marks, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GUNSMOKE IN HER EYES.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GUNSMOKE IN HER EYES.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition. The tenth book in the series. “I was staying at John Parker’s place in Hollywood and it was a nice set-up. It was especially a nice set-up on account of Beryl ... Me and Beryl were rubbing along nicely together, just like a coupla dry sticks that keep on wanting to burst into flame on account of they’re getting so hot”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde, gun, heels and stockings – a design by “Ferrari” (Philip Montague Mendoza); some very minor wear and a touch of fraying; tiny nick to rear wrapper; a few slight creases; faint tanning to text, but otherwise a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : HOTSY, YOU’LL BE CHILLED.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : HOTSY, YOU’LL BE CHILLED.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition : the price altered to two shillings prior to publication by blocking out and overprinting, with some manuscript deletion on the spine. A prisoner is taken to see the governor – and is offered a job. The subject of twenty-three local authority destruction orders (Holland p.323).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical Reginald Heade startled and half-naked brunette; some light wear and mild creasing; some light spotting to outer leaves and rear wrapper, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : IT’S ALWAYS EVE THAT WEEPS.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : IT’S ALWAYS EVE THAT WEEPS.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. “I’m a hundred years old, I’ve lived a century in a few hours. I’m old enough now to understand my own stupidity, and the stupidity of others”. The last of the Janson titles to be published under his own S. D. Frances imprint.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a subdued design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957) – sobbing brunette showing her charms; slight wear at foot; a few spots, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : NYLONED AVENGER. “JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : NYLONED AVENGER.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : NYLONED AVENGER.

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : the variant state with the coloured advertisement for “Silken Menace” on the lower wrapper. Set in post-war Bonn and later republished under the Alexander Moring imprint as “Sultry Avenger” in 1959. The second and final book in the fifth series – the last of the pre-trial Hank Jansons – the three further titles announced as being in preparation were never to appear.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a haughty Heade strawberry-blonde looking down her nose; slight chip at head; a few slight nicks and creases; slightly heavier crease to rear wrapper; staples rusting, but still overall a very good copy of a difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SISTER DON’T HATE ME.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SISTER DON’T HATE ME.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition. A mystery phone-call from a voice like velvet to the Chicago Chronicle news-desk sets the wheels in motion. The first book in the Second Series – advertised as “the most sexciting best-sellers of today”. The subject of forty-four destruction orders from local magistrates (Holland p.320). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Prey for a Newshawk” in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (5)-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde bound and gagged; some minor wear; slight mark to spine; diagonal crease and a few other slight creases to front wrapper; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy of a scarce early title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SOME LOOK BETTER DEAD.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SOME LOOK BETTER DEAD.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. Hank is taken off a big story to fly to St. Louis – there is a reason. The scarce second book of the second series. The book attracted forty-nine destruction orders (Holland. p.322). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Play It Quiet” in 1962.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-128,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Heade blonde in bonds, heels and little else; some very minor wear to tips and edges; a touch of rusting to staples; a few trifling marks, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile publication. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORMENT FOR TRIXY.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORMENT FOR TRIXY.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. It begins as a quiet day at the Chicago Chronicle office – “This is a newspaper ... we gotta have news. We’ve gotta keep churning it out” – Hank goes in search of the mystery author of the latest ‘hot’ best-seller and ends in tracking down counterfeit dollar bills. The plot is interesting in incorporating his views on literary censorship and small-town prejudice – precisely the problems he was himself beginning to encounter. The Reginald Heade artwork – half-naked blonde roped to beam – was probably instrumental in drawing forty-one destruction orders from local magistrates (Holland p.322). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Suddenly It’s Sin” in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Heade blonde tied to a pole; tiny nick at head; some minor creasing and wear; staples a little rusted, but still a very good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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; light wear at head and tail; a couple of little nicks and creases to front wrapper; American price over-printed; text lightly tanned, but a good copy still. Just a single copy (British Library) of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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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 unmistakably by Leonard Potts; some minor wear; a few slight marks, creases, nicks and short tears; staples rusting, but a good copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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