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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” :  DEAD ON TIME.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : DEAD ON TIME.

London : Ralph Stokes for the Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. “I was a construction gang foreman, not a private eye or a cop. I’ll admit that my one taste of hoodlums some weeks ago had whetted my appetite for the detecting racket ...” – 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 in a sprightly design by Leonard Potts (1902-1978); a little chipped at extremities; covers a little marked; some creasing; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile item. No copy located in any major library worldwide. `

£50

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“CAPELLI, Ace” –  [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GET ME HEADQUARTERS.

“CAPELLI, Ace” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GET ME HEADQUARTERS.

London : Bernard Kaye, [ca.1950]. First edition. The first of the “Ace Capelli” titles – a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), and later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others. Gangster Joe Keefe of Chicago stares at a prison sentence – not for the “killings, the dope running, the booze running, or the bank robberies” – but for income tax evasion. He heads for London.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (112)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by F.T.; some minor wear; a few edge-spots; staples just lightly rusted, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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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CLARK, Dorothy Park, 1899-1983 : THE WOMAN IN SHADOW.

CLARK, Dorothy Park, 1899-1983 : THE WOMAN IN SHADOW.

London & Manchester : Withy Grove Press, [1947]. First British edition. Murder mystery revolving around the horse-loving and dysfunctional Jordan family in Kentucky. The beautiful Tara Jordan fights to prove her innocence. First published as “Roll, Jordan Roll” in the USA. Cherry Tree 243.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original stapled wrappers; some minor wear and slight creasing, a few slight nicks, but a good copy.

£15

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“DELMAINE, Georges Louis” : LES FOLIES DE PARIS.

“DELMAINE, Georges Louis” : LES FOLIES DE PARIS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. “One of the most exciting and glamorous authors to depict life in modern Paris ... the fascinating world of beautiful artists’ models and dangerous demi-mondaines ... a new and glamorous world where excitement and passion rub shoulders with the treacherous apache and the shady boite de nuit”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish but unsigned design, almost certainly by Leonard Potts (1902-1978); somewhat worn and creased; chip at head of upper wrapper; back wrapper a little marked; text tanned; staples rusted; a few spots, but a serviceable copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MAGNETIC BRAIN.

“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MAGNETIC BRAIN.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Regular space travel has begun (in 1987) – a Martian brain-surgeon operates on a human salesman, endowing him with dangerous powers of thought reading.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; chipped at head; some wear and creasing; tape repairs to spine and rear wrapper; staples rusted; erased stamp on title-page, but a reasonable copy with a fine provenance, carrying the typed ownership inscription of the SF historian and authority Philip Harbottle on the first leaf. Numbered A111 in the Harbottle & Holland bibliography. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major European libraries.

£20

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“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : PASSION’S MISTRESS.

“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : PASSION’S MISTRESS.

London : Kaye Publications, [1953]. First edition. “Gaspard Luclaire was in the mood for love. His whole being ached for romance – but not the sordid kind ...”. He finds Nicolette at a village fete in North Africa.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, slightly chipped and somewhat creased, with a few short nicks; some spotting of edges, but a good copy. Pencilled ownership inscription. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : SHAMELESS.

“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : SHAMELESS.

London : Kaye Publications, [1953]. First edition. “Just think! All we have to do is play our cards well and – voila! – we are happily married and we settle down and forget this life. We ride about in luxurious limousines, we have a maid and afternoons we have tea with society, and a loving husband who just needs a little love now and again ...”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv], 9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and a few tiny flaws; some spotting of edges, prelims and rear wrapper; text lightly tanned, small date-stamp on half-title, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries.

£75

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LAWRENCE, Hilda, 1894-1976 : DEATH OF A DOLL.

LAWRENCE, Hilda, 1894-1976 : DEATH OF A DOLL.

New York : Pocket Books, (1948). First trade paperback edition. Christmas party and all the young women come dressed as rag dolls. Ruth Miller dies, but Mrs Sutton knew that he hadn’t jumped. Enter detective Mark East.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [viii],279,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges red; a liitle rubbed; slightly creased; mild tanning to outer edges of text, but a good copy.

£10

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PEARSON, E.V. : JUDGE NOT.

PEARSON, E.V. : JUDGE NOT.

London : F. M. Mowl, [ca.1934]. Second edition. “A powerfully written story” (Hampshire Telegraph, 21st June 1929) – a well-bred, mysterious, young widow living in a Derbyshire village, the vicissitudes of her daughter’s life, etc. – “One of the finest novels published recently” (Hull Daily Mail, 11th June 1929). Originally published in hardback in 1929 and here in undated ninepenny paperback form from Frederick Matthew Mowl’s 1932-1936 Duke Street address.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an early design by H. W. Perl (1897-1952); wrappers worn and a little chipped, with some nicks and short tears; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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“PERRELLI, Nick” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : PRIVATE EYEFUL.

“PERRELLI, Nick” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : PRIVATE EYEFUL.

London : Milestone, (1953). First edition. “The missing negatives were important right enough – a photographic record of the archives the Crime Commission had prepared for their next strike at the underworld ... Perrelli at the peak of his ability to chill and to thrill”. Although the “Nick Perrelli” name was used by various authors, American copyright records note this title as the work of George H. Dawson.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and creasing; a few spots, but a very good copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£125

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : BY REPUTE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : BY REPUTE.

London : Phoenix Press, [1949]. [Second edition]. Richard Ballard – tall, handsome, charming – a much-admired young author – returns to the Front in 1918 leaving behind his bride of two days. Originally published by Fiction Features in about 1930.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde sleeps peacefully, anguished man in chair – some light wear; minor splitting and creasing; text a little tanned, with a circular light brown mark to final leaves, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. No copy of any edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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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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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : SUSANNE DE PARIS.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : SUSANNE DE PARIS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1952]. [Third? edition]. “She came to Paris when she was twelve, but how, where from, with what intent – not even the wisest know, not even the most selective memories can recall. Susanne just came, and perhaps it was more suitable thus, for to think of this wild, untamed, altogether lovely little devil – as she certainly was – having a conventional home, a mother to grieve over her misdoings, a father to reprimand, brothers and sisters to scorn and quarrel – why, it was sheer nonsense”. Published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address. Holland & Williams (1990) make no mention of this edition, but suggest the existence of both a Gramol edition from the late 1920s and a Popular Fiction edition of 1951: no copy of either has been traced, but a variant of this Phoenix edition, with a different and possibly earlier cover is now known.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Vibart; some light wear; wrappers a little creased and slightly nicked; staples rusted; a few minor marks and creases, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. No copy of this or any other edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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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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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DE-CREATION.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DE-CREATION.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Brilliant scientist has a car accident on the way to London from Godalming – and meets a tramp who knows too much and issues a warning. “Esau Jones was just a wandering tramp who loved his beer and the country air. But Esau also had the ability to work miracles, which led to problems ... one of the best Statten novels” (Harbottle & Holland A136).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Roger Davis; a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Liverpool and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major European libraries.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : SCIENCE METROPOLIS.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : SCIENCE METROPOLIS.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. “Set in a future when time travelling is commonplace ... the story of a population in deadly peril from a Jovian super scientist who has vowed vengeance on Humanity for the destruction of his home world” (Harbottle & Holland A163).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Philip Mendoza; spine lightly tanned and puckered; some creasing; one short tear to wrappers; erasure from front wrapper; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a good copy. Receipt stamps on verso of front wrapper and first page of text. Just three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and Trinity College, Dublin) located in the major European libraries.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : A TIME APPOINTED.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : A TIME APPOINTED.

London : Scion Distributors, (1954). First edition. “Thirty million miles out on her maiden voyage to Venus, a space liner encounters the baleful power of a long-extinct race of scientists ... a dreadful legacy that will destroy the Solar System unless it can be stopped in time” (Harbottle & Holland A166).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; chipped at head; some wear and discolouration to spine; some rubbing and creasing; a couple of nicks, but a good and serviceable copy. Exchange label of Cornock’s bookshop in Leeds on preliminary leaf. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in the major European libraries.

£20

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WORTHING, Alan :  SLAVES OF THE FOOTLIGHTS [COVER TITLE].

WORTHING, Alan : SLAVES OF THE FOOTLIGHTS [COVER TITLE].

London : Aldine Publishing Company, [1929]. First edition. Christobel Lavaine chances across another actor down on his luck in the Warwickshire countryside. Aldine 4-1/2d Novels No. 8.
Pott 4to (21cm). [64]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some chipping, splitting and wear; small repair at foot; wrappers a little discoloured; staples rusted; text a little brittle and browned, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and Monash) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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