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“BARRY, Ray” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : DEATH DIMENSION.

“BARRY, Ray” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : DEATH DIMENSION.

London : Curtis Warren, [1952]. First edition. Robert Varden almost dies when his plane hits an electrical storm. When he awakes in hospital he has an invisible double. “An extraordinary and chilling fantasy” (Harbottle & Holland A244).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Theobald; spine worn and chipped at head and tail; wrappers a little rubbed and creased; price sticker on upper wrapper; some internal spotting and tanning, but a serviceable copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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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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BOWMAN, G.M. (Stanley Gerald Moore), 1901-1967 :  [COVER TITLE] FREDDIE AND THE FLAPPERS.

BOWMAN, G.M. (Stanley Gerald Moore), 1901-1967 : [COVER TITLE] FREDDIE AND THE FLAPPERS.

Dublin : Mellifont Press, [ca.1935]. First edition. Freddie Foulkes is a film-star, with a pleasant bachelor flat in the West End, a valet, and a smart little car – but he’s uncommonly shy with young women and it’s hampering his career. His producer, Elmer K. Stentor, discovers the golden-haired Joan Charter – “what she doesn’t know about flirting isn’t worth knowing”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; chipped at foot; further chips to wrappers, one substantial; a few slight creases, but a reasonable copy of a scarce book. No copy located in any major library worldwide – which is also the case with at least two further “Freddie” titles from Gerald Bowman.

£25

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BURLEIGH, Hilary : MURDER AT MAISON MANCHE.

BURLEIGH, Hilary : MURDER AT MAISON MANCHE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1958]. Second edition. Murder and mannequins in a grand Paris fashion house. First published by Hurst & Blackett in 1948.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and somewhat creased, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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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 189th 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; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy of an ephemeral item. There would not appear to be any copy of this edition in any major library worldwide.

£40

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : COCKTAIL PARTY AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : COCKTAIL PARTY AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books, [1948]. First edition. Six short stories, featuring inter alia the Palmont platinum case, Slim Callaghan, and a gigolo standing on the corner of Brook Street and Bond Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a breezy design by Reina Mary Sington (1924-2000); a little rubbed and slightly worn; small mark to fore-edge; staples rusted, but a good copy still. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : [COVER TITLE] THE GANG SMASHER AGAIN.

CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : [COVER TITLE] THE GANG SMASHER AGAIN.

London & Dublin : Mellifont Press, [1954]. Second edition. “Tortoni and the blind hunchback sat waiting ...” – waiting for revenge on John Martinson, the gang-smasher. Meanwhile prominent men are being murdred by old lags who then commit suicide. First published in 1938.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn and creased; a few minor marks and small flaws, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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DUPRÈS, Henri – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : PASSIONATE MOTH.

DUPRÈS, Henri – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : PASSIONATE MOTH.

Leicester : Beacon Publications, [1954?] First edition. About to be married to Sylvie, Rodney Cotton can’t stop thinking about the elfin chin and untamed hair of schoolgirl Ruthie in her absurdly short gym frock. A tense study of a disintegrating personality.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [ii],5-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine and edges somewhat smoke-blackened; one corner slightly chewed; text ill-printed with virtually no margin in places; staple rusted, but overall a good copy.

£30

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EAMES, D. : [COVER TITLE] SAY IT WITH VIOLENCE.

EAMES, D. : [COVER TITLE] SAY IT WITH VIOLENCE.

London : Bear, Hudson, (1944). First edition. “Steve and Judy Brabazon arrived in Santa Rica on a gala day. The presidential elections had gone off with a bang – in fact fifty-seven voters had been shot – and the rival presidents, both elected by overwhelming majorities, were addressing the crowded Plaza del Sol from opposite balconies ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (44)pp – covers included in pagination. Original photographic stapled wrappers – a disturbing image of blonde with knife under threat; a little worn, rubbed and scuffed, with loss of a few letters to text on lower wrapper; staples a little rusted, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just two copies (British Library and National Library of Wales) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“GILMOUR, R.” : THE KUKRI KILLER.

“GILMOUR, R.” : THE KUKRI KILLER.

London : Mellifont Press, [1957]. Second edition. “The papyrus taken from the tomb of Ra-Men, Prophet of Osiris, and said to be some original chapters from the Book of the Dead” has been stolen. First published in 1945.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slightly creased; small faint stain at upper corner, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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“GOODALL, Cedric” – [DOUTHWAITE, Louis Charles, 1878-1948] : DEATH BY APPOINTMENT.

“GOODALL, Cedric” – [DOUTHWAITE, Louis Charles, 1878-1948] : DEATH BY APPOINTMENT.

Manchester : T. A. & E. Pemberton, [1950]. First edition. The unspeakable Sir Adolph Potsinger is sensationally acquitted at the Old Bailey – but he dies the same day.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, chipped, nicked and creased; staples rusted; a few marks, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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HOWARD-BURLEIGH, Florence S. (Florence Susannah), 1888-1967? : LOVE DECIDES.

HOWARD-BURLEIGH, Florence S. (Florence Susannah), 1888-1967? : LOVE DECIDES.

London : Fiction House, [1954]. Second edition. Amateur theatricals in Cranley – Claude and Heather need to talk. Originally published in 1938.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, chipped and creased; title-page with short tear; text lightly tanned, but a good copy.

£15

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JOPE-SLADE, Christine (Christiana Vernon), 1891-1942 : LOVE GROWS EVERYWHERE.

JOPE-SLADE, Christine (Christiana Vernon), 1891-1942 : LOVE GROWS EVERYWHERE.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1943). First paperback edition. Alison has to find work in the sports department of a large store after her father dies penniless. Love, intrigue, Coraline the mannequin, and fate in the Swiss Alps. Originally published in 1938.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly worn and creased; lower wrapper a little fingered; edges spotted, but a good and sound copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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“KENT, Brad” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : THE FATAL LAW.

“KENT, Brad” – [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : THE FATAL LAW.

London : Curtis Warren, [1952]. First edition. Strange side-effects of a duplicating ray – instant travel by telepathy – a race against time to prevent a crime wave – “A weird and wonderful Hughes fantasy with a dreamlike atmosphere” (Harbottle & Holland A262).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Theobald; spine chipped, snagged and slightly repaired; wrappers a little nicked and creased; some internal spotting; staples rusting, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£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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LAWRENCE, Dorothy I. : SOLD IN ERROR.

LAWRENCE, Dorothy I. : SOLD IN ERROR.

London : Fiction House, [1947]. First edition. A box of matches bought on the Tottenham Court Road contains an inexplicable and mysterious slip of paper – an address in Lambeth leads to a packet of heroin. Writer Ken Shotter and girlfriend Molly Payne investigate. Piccadilly Novels No. 248.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a couple of very slight creases; a sprinkling of faint spots; text slightly tanned, but still an extremely good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“LE PAGE, Rand” – [BIRD, William Henry Fleming, 1896-1971] : WAR OF ARGOS.

“LE PAGE, Rand” – [BIRD, William Henry Fleming, 1896-1971] : WAR OF ARGOS.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition. “A story by the modern French master of Science Fiction” runs the strapline, although the eight or so “Rand le Page” titles produced by Curtis Warren all appear to have been written by British authors, in this instance by William Bird. The planet Argos has been under the Earth’s control for centuries, but now there is an uprising fuelled by telepathy.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design attributed to Gordon C. Davies; wrappers slightly chipped at head; a little worn and creased; staples rusted, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE FATAL FACE.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE FATAL FACE.

London : Hurst & Blackett, [ca.1930]. First paperback edition. First published in 1926 – “One has to take it from Mr Le Queux that the truth about the mystery around which this excellent story revolves was known only at Downing Street ... Lady Mignon of course, might have been poisoned by the drug that baffled the doctors ... But instead of that, she marries; and it is not the clever Paillard whom she marries; though she forgives him ...” (The Scotsman, 17th May 1926).
Demy 8vo (22cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slightly chipped and a little worn; some minor spotting and browning, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

London : Mellifont Press, [1934]. Second edition. Five Parisian mysteries – The Affair of the Blue Scarabs; The Clue of the Newspaper Paragraph; The Secret of the Gieboff Emerald; The Affair of the Avenue Malakoff, and The Holes in the Wall. Originally published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1920.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lurid design by H. W. Perl; chipped at foot; large chip to upper wrapper and some scuffing to lower; some creasing and tanning, but a serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO.

London : George Newnes, [1927]. An attractive paperback edition in Newnes’ sixpenny series. Tales from the tables – “There are a good many secrets of Monte Carlo which are never allowed to reach the public”. First published in 1899.
Demy 8vo (21cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a young woman perplexed, an older man alert; slight chips at tips; lightly worn and slightly frayed; staples rusted; text lightly tanned and with a few creases, but overall a good copy.

£20

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LYTTON, Jane : [COVER TITLE] LONESOME LOVER.

LYTTON, Jane : [COVER TITLE] LONESOME LOVER.

London : Streamline Publications [ca.1958]. Second edition. Country market gardener Bob Hexham is building his own house for the woman he loves – but she could become a famous singer. First published by Wright & Brown in 1955.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; split at head; vertical crease; a few nicks and creases, but a reasonable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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MILLS, Arthur (Arthur Frederick Hobart), 1887-1955 : PARIS AGENT.

MILLS, Arthur (Arthur Frederick Hobart), 1887-1955 : PARIS AGENT.

Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1947). First paperback edition. Never married Bay Stratton has a slightly mysterious role at the embassy in Paris – Miss Sims the mannequin tells him that “An ordinary, modern girl, who knew how to take care of herself, would make you nervous”. She’s right. Originally published by Collins in 1935.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Mills; some very minor chipping, creasing and marking, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“MOLYNEAUX, C.B” – [BROWN, Charles Molyneux, 1891-1964] : DEATH CALLED TWICE.

“MOLYNEAUX, C.B” – [BROWN, Charles Molyneux, 1891-1964] : DEATH CALLED TWICE.

Manchester : T. A. & E. Pemberton, [1949]. First edition. “Old man Rutledge, as Tony Lantz called him, had been a whiz of a detective in his day, and had built himself a regular medieval castle up here in the Catskills when he went into retirement” ... the floodlights are still on come the morning. One of three murder mysteries written by the Memphis writer under this pseudonym – none apparently published in the United States.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor rubbing and slight creasing; a few minor marks; staples a little rusted, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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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PETERSON, Elisabeth : ONCE A SINNER.

PETERSON, Elisabeth : ONCE A SINNER.

London : Mellifont Press, [1958]. Second edition. Fiery redhead Judith Brand quits the farm in Canada to return to England – there’s another woman aboard who is almost her double, and the woman in the adjacent cabin has the Westerhouse Diamond hidden in it. Originally published in 1944.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and slight creasing; one short tear to upper wrapper; text lightly tanned, but a nice copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“REEVE, Christopher” – [WEBB, Dorothy Anna Maria, 1875-1957] : THE GINGER CAT.

“REEVE, Christopher” – [WEBB, Dorothy Anna Maria, 1875-1957] : THE GINGER CAT.

London : Mellifont Press, [1955]. First paperback edition. The mystery of a savage jewel theft and murder in Paris unravels in the quiet of the cathedral close in Carchester – home of the “Ginger Cat” – the lissom redhead Judith Trevenna – one of the red Trevennas. Originally published by Collins in 1929.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Skelton; a little rubbed, creased and worn; text lightly tanned, with a few slight creases, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“RICHARDS, Frank” – [HAMILTON, Charles Harold St. John, 1876-1961] : [COVER TITLE] THE TERROR OF THE TONG!

“RICHARDS, Frank” – [HAMILTON, Charles Harold St. John, 1876-1961] : [COVER TITLE] THE TERROR OF THE TONG!

London : Amalgamated Press, [1936]. First edition. Harry Wharton, Bob Cherry, Hurree Jamset Ram Singh, the immortal Billy Bunter, and the rest of the Greyfriars Remove in an extraordinary Chinese adventure. Schoolboys’ Own Library No. 271.
Pott 4to (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine reinforced with tape; some minor wear, creasing and slight spotting; staple rusted, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£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.

£20

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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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STANLEY, George : MEN OF THE MIST.

STANLEY, George : MEN OF THE MIST.

London : Martin & Reid, [1946]. First edition. Gangsters with identical frozen faces who bring their own mist with them appear in London to the consternation of Special Branch.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 62 [i.e. 60]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little fingered and slightly creased, but a good copy of a fragile item. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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STREET, Penny : [COVER TITLE] THE CHINESE BOTTLE.

STREET, Penny : [COVER TITLE] THE CHINESE BOTTLE.

London : Pocket Editions, [1944]. First edition. Jewel theft in a rather superior boarding-house near Hyde Park, run by a woman who never removes her hat, and Lady Tebbs, with her mysterious bottle of smelling-salts.
Foolscap 8vo (15cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; pncil mark on upper wrappers; staples very lightly rusted, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

London : Streamline Publications, [ca.1955]. Second edition : a variant with a cover price of 1/- and an advertisement for eleven romance stories on the lower wrapper. “Through the curse of a tortured slave, a terrible fate threatened every male Craig”, but there is nothing supernatural about the bullet which killed Roger Craig. Inspector Brummel has been looking for a clue for years. First published by Wright & Brown in 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; very slightly frayed; staples rusteda little worn and creased; a few minor marks and small flaws, but otherwise a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

VERRON, Robert : THE CURSE OF CRAIG’S END.

London : Streamline Publications, [ca.1955]. Second edition : a variant with a cover price of 9d and an advertisement for Apal on the lower wrapper. “Through the curse of a tortured slave, a terrible fate threatened every male Craig”, but there is nothing supernatural about the bullet which killed Roger Craig. Inspector Brummel has been looking for a clue for years. First published by Wright & Brown in 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little chipped, creased and frayed; staples rusted; some internal spotting, but a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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