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“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : I’LL FRY YET.

“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : I’LL FRY YET.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. “You know what a small town is like, everybody knows everybody else’s business, and the routine for the transportation of dough from the bank to the railroad was so ordinary that nobody bothered even to think about it” – until someone does. Although the author of some forty “Ross Angel” titles, Cresswell has so far evaded further identification, but he was presumably the Donald Cresswell living with Leila Cresswell at 5 New Row in Covent Garden in 1948 and later in Hampstead.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Gomez; some minor wear; slight chipping and light creasing; a few minor marks; a few edge-spots, but otherwise very good. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : MISGUIDED ANGEL.

“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : MISGUIDED ANGEL.

London : Scion, (1954). First edition. “When you watch watch a racketeer drive by in his de luxe Packard, a hotsy blonde by his side; watch him light his five-dollar cigar with a gold-plated lighter; watch, in the biblical phrase, the wicked flourish like the green bay tree and turn back to your own sleazy duplex in the Bronx, it is enough to make any guy think” – “One of the fastest moving gangster thrillers ever to hit the bookshops”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; tiny chip at foot; some very minor wear and creasing; staples rusted, but a very good clean and sound example. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“CAPELLI, Ace” : DON’T DIE TOO SOON.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : DON’T DIE TOO SOON.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1953]. First edition. “Both wore black overcoats, and black fedoras with snap brims. They looked like two black crows. On the table were two battered briefcases. Rio’s case held the barrel and the magazine, while Frank’s held the butt end of a Thompson sub-machine-gun” – campaigning newspaperman brutally shot down. Ace Capelli was a house name used variously by Geoffrey Pardoe, Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) and Norman Lazenby. Although over thirty Capelli titles are known, only fourteen or so are represented in major collections.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and creasing; parts of rear wrapper a little nicked and soiled; staples rusted; some spotting of prelims and edges, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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“CAPELLI, Ace” :  SAY YOUR PRAYERS, SISTER.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : SAY YOUR PRAYERS, SISTER.

London : Ralph Stokes for the Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. “There were seven names on the list from the commissioner, and one name on that list would have paid a million dollars to get hold of it. That name handled the new drug racket that was sweeping the town and threatening the whole of the States” – Ace Capelli was a house name used variously by Geoffrey Pardoe, Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) and Norman Lazenby. Although over thirty Capelli titles are known, only fourteen or so are represented in major collections.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-(116)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde in need of a prayer; some light wear and creasing; spine and part of rear wrappper lightly discoloured; small puncture, without loss, to cover and first few leaves; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good and serviceable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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“CHARLES, Neil” – [HOLLOWAY, Brian] : PLANET THA.

“CHARLES, Neil” – [HOLLOWAY, Brian] : PLANET THA.

London : Curtis Warren, (1953). First edition. Carelessness sends the rocket-ship Ventura on its way to Tha a day too early – short-crewed and with three civilians on board, one a woman. Tha turns out to be inhabited by “a vastly superior race of corporate beings” – creatures planning to evacuate their world and invade another.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design variously attributed to both Gerald Facey and Ray Theobald; some light wear and slight creasing; staples rusted; a few minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“DELANEY, Mickey” : I GO FOR THAT.

“DELANEY, Mickey” : I GO FOR THAT.

London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “‘I’ve come to have a look at your birthmark, babe. Get your clothes off fast ...’. This is the typical approach of Brett Stoggart, special agent, counter-espionage, F.B.I. Especially when he is looking for a highly coveted formula ... Here is a supercharged case of mistaken identities, conflicting loyalties, involving dangerous young women who can be secretive, yet generous to a fault. In fact, several faults”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – supercilious redhead almost in lilac on the telephone; some minor wear and some creasing; a few marks and spots; a hint of rusting to staples; but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£100

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“KARTA, Nat” : A GUY NAMED JUDAS.

“KARTA, Nat” : A GUY NAMED JUDAS.

Glasgow : Muir-Watson, [1952?]. First edition. The second in the Dana Dallas series – “This episode in his career took place before he became a private eye. Which goes to show that the first fight any guy has in this life is the one with himself”. This Nat Karta title is reported to have been written by Norman Lazenby.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an all-action scene – man, hat, gloves, gun; smiling redhead in lilac on the floor clutching a note; suspicious looking type in a red shirt in denial; a little marked; some wear and creasing; staples a little rusted; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a good copy of a book of this type. Book Centre stamp on upper cover; stamps and inked price of the Popular Book Centre, Shepherds Bush Road, on half -title. Contemporary (1953) ownership inscription of R. Love. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : MAN MAD.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : MAN MAD.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. A fresh edition of a Rénin title which appears to have been first published in 1943. Playwright Bruce Austin hurtles across a London street to prevent a young prostitute from throwing herself under the Charing Cross bus. Published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; chipped at extremities; a little spotted and creased; mild discolouration at head of opening leaves; text a little tanned in places; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies of any edition and just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : SECRET LOVERS.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : SECRET LOVERS.

London : Verlock Press, [ca.1955]. Third edition. Emily French the pretty maid, Ralph Thornton her employer, and Mrs Thornton is breakfasting in bed with yet another of her headaches. “Emily nodded, her dark eyes approving her master’s strong, bearded face. She was thinking how much more attractive a man of forty could be to a girl of her type than so many of the coarse and immature boys one met on the Promenade on Saturday nights”. Originally published by Swan in the late 1930s, with a post-war Locker edition, with this Verlock edition not recorded by Holland & Williams.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and slight creasing; some spotting to edges and prelims; a touch of rust to staples; small date-stamp on half-title, but overall a very good copy. Only a single copy (Swan, British Library) of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : TOMBSTONES ARE FREE TO QUITTERS.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : TOMBSTONES ARE FREE TO QUITTERS.

London : Modern Fiction, [1947]. First edition. Nice young couple up against racketeers in the New York garment trade.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear; a few short nicks and tears to wrappers; staples a little rusted, but still overall a very good and clean copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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