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BALDWIN, Faith, 1893-1978 : REHEARSAL FOR LOVE.

BALDWIN, Faith, 1893-1978 : REHEARSAL FOR LOVE.

London : Pocket Books (GB), (1951). Second British edition. “Powerful clash between two women for the men they love, a brilliant picture of New York’s glamorous penthouse society”. Originally published in the USA in 1940 and subsequently by Robert Hale in the UK.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [vi],(248),[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; all edges red; lightly used and slightly rubbed; crease to lower wrapper; mild tanning of text, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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CUNNINGHAM, Louis Arthur, 1900-1954 : SULTRY LOVE.

CUNNINGHAM, Louis Arthur, 1900-1954 : SULTRY LOVE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. News comes to Canada of Jeremy’s marriage in wartime London – passions erupt in those left behind. A tale from one of Atlantic Canada’s most prolific writers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a teasing design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; slight nick to lower wrapper, but otherwise an exceptionally good copy – clean, crisp and unworn. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : THE SILKEN LURE.

“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : THE SILKEN LURE.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, [1951]. First American edition. Vile seducer eventually pays for the sins of his youth. Originally published by Swan in 1941, and by Locker in the UK in 1949.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; a few tiny nicks to wrappers; a few faint signs of age and use, revised price sticker on upper wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SPOILED LIVES.

“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SPOILED LIVES.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1952). First American edition. Phil Langley must marry – pursued by three beauties – blonde, redhead and brunette – makes a fatal choice. Originally published as “Spoilt Lives” by Swan in 1941, and as “Spoiled Lives” by Archer in the UK in 1950.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an explanatory design by Reginald Heade; slight crease to spine; a couple of tiny nicks to wrappers, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

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“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : WHEN PASSION RULES.

“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : WHEN PASSION RULES.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. Sylvia is abandoned for Elsie, Battersea for Knightsbridge – “I am going to the woman who is not so straight-laced, who will give herself to me whether I marry her or not – And maybe her money is more important than her body! – Goodbye”! The author’s pseudonym is mis-spelt “Flannêche” on the title-page.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a woman in abandon from Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title; slight split at foot; circle of discolouration near the American price; a few minor marks; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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GOODCHILD, George, 1888-1969 : THE ETERNAL CONFLICT.

GOODCHILD, George, 1888-1969 : THE ETERNAL CONFLICT.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. [Second edition]. The Dudeneys need to find a rich husband for their extravagant daughter. First published under Goodchild’s “Jesse Templeton” pseudonym in 1925.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a languid design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; tiny chip to spine; short split at foot; a few slight marks and creases; a few leaves slightly creased, but otherwise very good. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition : the variant with the coloured advertisement for the never published “Blonde Dupe” on the lower wrapper. The most notorious and most scrutinised of the books in the 1954 obscenity trial, with Heade at his very best on the front cover, with a tenderness sometimes lacking. Evidently based on James M. Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, it is thought that the outline of the plot was supplied to Frances by Geoffrey Pardoe (Holland p.299). “Powerfully evokes the claustrophobic little café” (John Fraser).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a braceleted Heade blonde in lilac and an agony-or-ecstasy pose; slight tear and tiny scuff to spine; price alteration sticker on upper wrapper; a few slight marks; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in any major library worldwide. Williams and Holland 41.

£75

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : a secondary issue, with the advertisement for “Nyloned Avenger” on the lower wrapper – and without the Anne Shelton ‘Hank Janson Blues’ advertisements on the inner wrappers. “Amok” was first published in May 1953 and “Nyloned Avenger” in August of that year. Condemned man awaits execution, jailbreak with a psychopath and fiancee, etc. – one of the seven Janson books found to be obscene at the Old Bailey trial in January 1954 and subsequently banned. Janson’s publishers, Reg Carter and Julius Reiter, were given heavy fines and each sentenced to prison for six months – and although it is entirely possible that 100,000 copies were printed the book is now extremely rare. When Janson (Frances) himself came to trial in February 1955, he was acquitted on the grounds that some of the seven books (which Janson generally dictated rather than wrote) may have been written in whole or in part by the editor, Geoffrey Pardoe, who had died shortly after “Amok” was published in May 1953.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design but plainly by Reginald Heade (1901-1957) – bosomy and startled green-eyed brunette in clinging yellow; very lightly rubbed; staples rusting; upper wrapper a little creased; prelims lightly yellowed, but a good copy of a difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 47.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : ANGEL, SHOOT TO KILL.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : ANGEL, SHOOT TO KILL.

London : New Fiction Press, [1949]. First edition. “She was just about mad enough to tear me into pieces, but sufficiently ladylike to confine herself to spoken criticism ... She went on cussing me out for almost three minutes without using one single cuss word. Most of the words had three or four syllables and lots of them I didn’t understand, but she used them with helluva lotta meaning”. Hank in Oregon – the penultimate book of the first series of Janson titles – the subject of forty-nine local authority destruction orders – and both Frances and a local bookseller were fined in Blackburn for publishing it and selling it (Holland p.126). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Outcast” in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv],[2]pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade of hands tightening a chain round the neck of a sumptuously endowed strawberry blonde; an indifferent copy – worn, nicked and creased; chipped at head and tail; rear wrapper defective and lacking a strip of over an inch (3cm) at head, with some loss of text; a few spots; staples a little rusted, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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] : THE BRIDE WORE WEEDS.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE BRIDE WORE WEEDS.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. The opening theme is one of judicial leniency, public opinion and newspaper responsibility – the book ran up thirty-five destruction orders by the end of 1953 (Holland p.323).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde in a black negligee surprised at her dressing table; a few slight marks and creases; staples rusted, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 22.

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. “She’d been sitting at the bar for half-an-hour and during that time she’d ordered and drunk three Martinis. That’s a lot of Martinis for a tight little package to consume in half-an-hour. Especially a dame who’s young as well as cute ...”. The second book in Janson’s fourth series – the subject of twenty-four destruction orders by various local authorities – and one of a number of books that several booksellers on the Isle of Man were prosecuted for selling in July 1953 (Holland pp.133-134).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957) – pained redhead in plunging green with blood on her hands; a few slight marks; faint crease on lower wrapper, but otherwise an excellent copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 38.

£100

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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] : 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 coloured advertisement for the forthcoming “Nyloned Avenger” 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; slightly rubbed, worn and a little scuffed and chipped; tiny bruise to fore-edge of opening leaves, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : DEATH WORE A PETTICOAT.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : DEATH WORE A PETTICOAT.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. Set in Mexico – and said to have a number of autobiographical elements from the author’s own life. The subject of seventy destruction orders from local magistrates across the country (Holland p.323).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette, body, gun – a design by Reginald Heade; some rubbing and wear at extremities, with tiny splits at head; a few minor marks; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 26.

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : the variant with the colour advertisement for “One Man in his Time” on the lower wrapper. The final book in Janson’s Persian trilogy – “Mada herself will face the anger and punishment of her just but merciless father”. Evidence adduced at Janson’s trial suggests that the book may have been written in whole or in part by Geoffrey Pardoe (1890-1953). The book concludes with a 6pp “Personal Letter” from Janson to his readers on the subject of science fiction and his forthcoming book, “The Unseen Assassin”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of an exotic and bejewelled brunette from the harem; lightly rubbed; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. Williams & Holland Specials C.

£75

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : the variant with the Heade colour advertisement for the never-published “Woman Trap” on the lower wrapper. The final book in Janson’s Persian trilogy – “Mada herself will face the anger and punishment of her just but merciless father”. Evidence adduced at Janson’s trial suggests that the book may in fact have been written in whole or in part by Geoffrey Pardoe (1890-1953). The book concludes with a 6pp “Personal Letter” from Janson to his readers on the subject of science fiction and his forthcoming book, “The Unseen Assassin”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of an exotic and bejewelled brunette from the harem; slight chips at head and tail; front wrapper creased and lightly worn; a few faint marks; text very slightly tanned; but a good copy. Williams & Holland Specials C.

£50

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : the variant with the silhouette advertisement on the lower wrapper, listing fifty-five Janson titles, four still in preparation, and the Anne Shelton “Hank Janson Blues” adverts on both inner wrappers. The final book in Janson’s Persian trilogy – “Mada herself will face the anger and punishment of her just but merciless father”. Evidence adduced at Janson’s trial suggests that the book may have been written in whole or in part by Geoffrey Pardoe (1890-1953). The book concludes with a 6pp “Personal Letter” from Janson to his readers on the subject of science fiction and his forthcoming book, “The Unseen Assassin”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of an exotic and bejewelled brunette from the harem; wrappers lightly worn and slightly creased, but overall a very good and sound copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland Specials C.

£50

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

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

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. Interesting not least for a fascinating tongue-in-cheek passage at the end of the first chapter where a forward young woman lectures Hank on spanking, perversion, frustration and sublimation.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade – willowy redhead at her dressing-table looks over her shoulder at a hatted man caught in her hand-mirror; minor wear at tips; staples a little rusted; tiny crease to title-page, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 17.

£50

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

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

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. A tale that begins with black-market penicillin (with a sideline in cocaine) and includes a fiendish if improbable character known as Torquemada. The penultimate book in Janson’s second series – and the subject of forty-two destruction orders by various local authorities (Holland p.323).
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical Reginald Heade design of manacled blonde in wisp of purple and golden sandals – a variant with the price in yellow rather than white; a little light wear and creasing; lower wrapper a little spotted; a few slight internal marks and spots, but a very good copy of an extremely scarce and fragile production. Only the British Library copy located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 23.

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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] : 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; a little worn, marked, creased and frayed; lacks rear wrapper; text lightly tanned, but a serviceable reading copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : KILL HER IF YOU CAN.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : KILL HER IF YOU CAN.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. The elusive final book of the third series – an explosion in an apartment block in Chicago – Hank investigates.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde menace points her gun directly at the reader; some rubbing and light wear; occasional mild browning, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 36.

£75

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. Hank picks up an unusual hitchhiker en route to Chicago. Also features fellow reporter Sheila Lang. One of the seven books featured in the 1954 trial – and the subject of eighteen local authority destruction orders (Holland).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-128,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a baleful, wide-eyed and full-mouthed Heade redhead; an indifferent copy – a little worn, creased and split; lacking 4cm at foot of spine; a serviceable copy only. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 42.

£25

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE LADY HAS A SCAR.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE LADY HAS A SCAR.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. A nicely observed murder tale that commences with a failed playwright turned theatre-critic – and a party at the house of the successful playwright who has undermined him. The book rattled up thirty-two destruction orders from local magistrates. Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Sentence for Sin” in 1960.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a saucy blonde wench in lilac lifts her skirts – a design by Reginald Heade; some very minor creasing and edge-wear; more pronounced diagonal crease to lower wrapper; a few slight spots, but a very good copy – the staples clean and without rust. Stamps of Jones the Bookseller of Clitheroe Market on lower wrapper and verso of title-page. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LADY, MIND THAT CORPSE.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LADY, MIND THAT CORPSE.

London : S. D. Frances, [1948]. First edition. The second full-length Hank Janson title, and probably definitive in terms of fully establishing his modes of characterisation, gritty dialogue and overall style. “Sheila was disguised as a boy until another fella tried to strip away her pants. That started a rumpus which involved the important citizens ...”. The subject of forty-seven destruction orders from local magistrates.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (5)-111,[v]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a leggy blonde in stockings and disarray in a design by Reginald Heade; tiny chip at foot; some creasing to wrappers; staples a little rusted; a few faint marks, but a good and sound copy of an elusive early title. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 2.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LADY TOLL THE BELL.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LADY TOLL THE BELL.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. “Every year there’s fifty-five thousand people listed as missing in Chicago alone ... That’s why I’m writing this story. The inside story of Judge Pearson. Not the story of what happened to him when he disappeared. But the much more revealing story of what happened earlier and why Judge Pearson disappeared at all”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an Amazonian Heade redhead in unlikely attire; small repaired tear to spine; some mild creasing; a few faint marks on rear wrapper, but a good and clean copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Stamp of Greens Milk Bar in Salford on half-title.

£50

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. The first book in the fourth Janson series – Sheila Lang comes back into his life. The subject of twenty-two destruction orders from local magistrates (Holland p.323).
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a full-lipped Reginald Heade brunette with a candle; very faint creasing to spine; a few tiny spots to lower wrapper, but a very good copy indeed. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 37.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : NO REGRETS FOR CLARA.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : NO REGRETS FOR CLARA.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. A very early reprint of the elusive fourth book in the first series – printed by the Progressive Press rather than Furnack Ltd. and listing fourteen titles as published. “When gangsters blow a bank and the heat is on, they’re not inclined to stand on ceremony ... Clara learned a thing or two and that’s why she had no regrets”. The subject of twenty local authority destruction orders. Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Rave for a Roughneck” in 1962.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-112,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Heade blonde under restraint – champagne and cleavage; slight wear at foot; slight creasing; a touch of browning; staples rusting, but a good copy of a difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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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] : PURSUIT.

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : a secondary issue, with none of the forty-four earlier Janson titles listed on the lower wrapper shown as still being in preparation. Published in January 1953 – the subject of twenty-three local authority destruction orders – and one of the seven books featured in the January 1954 obscenity trial of the publishers and distributors. At the subsequent February 1955 trial, Frances himself was acquitted on the grounds that some of these books, including the present title, may have been written in whole or in part by the editor, Geoffrey Pardoe, who had died in May 1953. Later republished as “Flight from Fear” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1958.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde shrieking as she looks backwards; just a hint of creasing to spine, staples just a little rusted, but a very good copy indeed. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. A reflective and anxious Janson waits for Sadie in a deserted cafe. The first New Fiction Press Janson to risk a return to the exotic Heade covers – although he was apparently asked to tone down the image (Holland p.90). Even so, the book managed to attract twenty-eight destruction orders (Holland p.323). It was later republished as “Don’t Cry Now” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1957 and as “Delicious Danger” under the Roberts & Vinter imprint in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of dreamy beauty in fabulous head-dress and long gloves, with champagne and cigarette; some creasing; spine rubbed and reinforced with tape, but a reasonable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 34.

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

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

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : the variant with the advertisements for the sheet-music of the Anne Shelton recording (Summer 1953) of the “Hank Janson Blues” on the inner wrappers. The first novel of the never-completed final “Continental” series – a change of scene brings Janson to Amsterdam and an entanglement both with the lovely Helga and a gang of Iron Curtain smugglers. The lower wrapper reproduces the cover of the planned but never published “Perfumed Nemesis”. Later republished under the Alexander Moring imprint as “Silken Snare” in 1959.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of rapturous blonde in clinging blue; some minor wear; a few faint marks; staples a little rusted; lower wrapper lightly spotted; a little bruised, but a very good and bright copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide. Williams & Holland 49.

£100

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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] : SLAY-RIDE FOR CUTIE.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SLAY-RIDE FOR CUTIE.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition : collates as the British Library copy – the variant printed by the Middlesex & Herts Press. The final book of the first series, published in November 1949 – and the subject of twenty-seven local authority destruction orders (Holland p.322).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-127,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade strawberry-blonde in stockings and wrap fiddles with her suspenders; spine a little creased; some very minor wear; staples a little rusted; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide, Williams & Holland 12.

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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] : SUSPENSE.

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition : a bibliographically complex title – the text appearing in at least three different settings, of which this appears to be the earliest, with the present title still listed as “in preparation” on the verso of the title-page, but in an evidently later printing of the wrappers, listing forty-eight numbered Janson titles and three specials on the lower wrapper – six titles marked as being in preparation. “I replaced the receiver, dug down in my desk drawer for the bottle of rye that helps prevent a guy get moody when everyone else is tucked up nice and comfortable in their warm beds, drew the cork with my teeth and hygienically sloshed the raw liquor around my teeth and gargled with it.”. The book was subject to seventeen destruction orders by various local authorities (Holland p.323).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade – anguished redhead on a bulky telephone; a little worn, creased and slightly split; neat repair at foot; a few marks, but a good copy of a difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 43.

£40

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SWEETIE, HOLD ME TIGHT.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SWEETIE, HOLD ME TIGHT.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. The third book of the second series – a tale of a black man framed for murder, a gangster with a harem of branded women, etc. Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Come Quickly Honey” in 1960.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-127,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of blonde displaying ample and highly visible charms; lower wrapper announcing “Torment for Trixy” as about to be published; spine a little worn and somewhat split; some mild creasing to wrappers; staples rusted; mild tanning of edges; a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 15.

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. Hank Janson in the mid-west, a story of racial tension cleverly handled. The subject of twenty-one local authority destruction orders (Holland p.323).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – pouty and voluptuous redhead in green by Reginald Heade; some minor wear and creasing to spine; a few faint spots to title-page, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 39.

£50

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS DAME DIES SOON.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS DAME DIES SOON.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. The last of Janson’s second series – the plot building from a nicely observed argument with a waiter. The subject of fifty-eight local authority destruction orders (Holland p.323) – presumably the result of the eye-popping embonpoint of Reginald Heade’s cover. Later republished as “Too Soon to Die”.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – buxom blonde by Heade; spine rubbed and a little worn; some very minor creasing; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 24.

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

London : S. D. Frances, [1948]. First edition : a variant on thicker stock and with the price printed on the upper wrapper in blue rather than black. Although Frances had used the Hank Janson pseudonym twice before on unrelated books, this is the elusive first book of the first series of Hank Jansons proper, where author and hero become one – it was also the beginning of his extraordinary collaboration with the cover artist, Reginald Heade (1901-1957). Although published in an edition of 10,000 copies (Holland pp.59-61), the subsequent destruction orders imposed by various local authorities and the notoriety that attached to the 1954 and 1955 obscenity trials have made this a scarce book.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a fine design by Reginald Heade of an alluring blonde, strapless and with an incredible cigarette holder; a little worn and creased, with some slight chipping; price stamped on upper wrapper; tape-marks on verso of upper wrapper; staples just lightly rusted; a good copy of a difficult title. Only the British Library copy located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 1.

£125

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

London : S. D. Frances, [1948]. First edition : a variant with the price printed on the upper wrapper in blue rather than black. Although Frances had used the Hank Janson pseudonym twice before on unrelated books, this is the elusive first book of the first series of Hank Jansons proper, where author and hero become one – it was also the beginning of his extraordinary collaboration with the cover artist, Reginald Heade (1901-1957). Although published in an edition of 10,000 copies (Holland pp.59-61), the subsequent destruction orders imposed by various local authorities and the notoriety that attached to the 1954 and 1955 obscenity trials have made this a scarce book.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a fine design by Reginald Heade of an alluring blonde, strapless and with an incredible cigarette holder; spine chipped; tape repair to gutter of rear wrapper; some nicks, short tears and creases; staples a little rusted – a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile item. Ownership inscription on back wrapper. Only the British Library copy located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 1.

£75

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : in the earlier variant wrappers, listing six titles as “in preparation” and just three “specials”. Hank Janson of the Chicago Chronicle and the case of a good man turned sour by a false conviction. The book became the subject of nineteen destruction orders from local magistrates and was one of the books featured in the January 1954 Old Bailey obscenity trial – as a result of which both the publisher and distributor were sentenced to prison. This gave rise to a question in the House of Commons as to how many copies had been bought for distribution to the armed services – and the slightly evasive response that a small quantity had been purchased by the NAAFI.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a sultry blonde in clinging lilac by the incomparable Reginald Heade; lightly worn; small chip and slight split to spine; lower wrapper a little soiled; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library – no longer held in the secret “Suppressed Safe” but still with a “Private Case” shelfmark) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. “The guy was dead. Horribly dead. As dead as a stone gargoyle and just as ugly ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a tender Reginald Heade design of a distraught young woman almost in a golden gown; lacks half-title; slight wear at tips; some very minor creasing, but otherwise a very good copy of a scarce book. Just two copies (British Library and Melbourne) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 40.

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“MORELLI, Spike” –  [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] :   COFFIN FOR A CUTIE.

“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : COFFIN FOR A CUTIE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. “Sam Case was brought up in a swamp cabin in Georgia. He was a rough kid who was used to finding things out for himself. This is the story of how he found out plenty”. Typical post-war pulp fare from the Archer Press stable, with William Newton under one of his various pseudonyms, and a delicious Reginald Heade cover.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price stamp to top corner; pasted in copyright notice on verso of half-title; very faint crease to rear wrapper; text slightly tanned, but an exceptionally unworn and fresh copy. This 1950 edition not found in any major library worldwide.

£100

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“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] :   COFFIN FOR A CUTIE.

“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : COFFIN FOR A CUTIE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. “Sam Case was brought up in a swamp cabin in Georgia. He was a rough kid who was used to finding things out for himself. This is the story of how he found out plenty”. Typical post-war pulp fare from the Archer Press stable, with William Newton under one of his various pseudonyms, and a delicious Reginald Heade cover.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price sticker to top corner; a few slight nicks and creases; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. This 1950 edition not found in any major library worldwide.

£75

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“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] :   TAKE IT, AND LIKE IT.

“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : TAKE IT, AND LIKE IT.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. Brutal gangster Alex Raza is on the run from the law – a young girl becomes involved. First published by Archer in the UK in 1950. Spike Morelli was originally the name of a character in Forrest R. Brown’s western “Powdersmoke Trail” (1938).
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; just a touch of rubbing and wear, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (Bowling Green State) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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

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

London : Harborough Publishing Co., [1951]. Second edition. Violinist the Great Danieli is adored by women – jealousy, hate, love, and revenge. Originally published by Swan in 1941.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unambivalent design by Reginald Heade; some minor wear and a couple of minuscule chips; slightly larger chip to rear wrapper; some discolouration to head of spine and top of rear wrapper; some rusting to staples; an American price stamped on upper wrapper and a “Printed in England” stamp on title-page, but a good and firm copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : A FORTNIGHT’S FOLLY.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : A FORTNIGHT’S FOLLY.

London : Harborough Publishing, [ca.1950]. A married man holidays alone at the expensively luxurious Moorland Hotel on Dartmoor. Originally published by Fiction Features in or about 1929, with various subsequent editions.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette surprised among the rocks – the earlier state of the design by Reginald Heade, before the young woman’s covering was made more generous; some minor wear; chipped corner to rear wrapper; staples a touch rusted; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy. American price over-stamped on front wrapper and “Printed in England” stamp on half-title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : MEN WOMEN LOVE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : MEN WOMEN LOVE.

London : Harborough Publishing Co., [1949]. [Third edition]. “John Mannering latest idol of the London stage, stood alone before the sweeping scarlet curtains and smiled upon the wildly applauding multitude”. Originally published by Fiction Features some twenty years earlier.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (3)-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design from Reginald Heade; some light wear; a minor crease; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. American price overstamped on upper wrapper and “Printed in England” stamp on title-page. Only a single copy of this edition (Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : £OVE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : £OVE.

London : Harborough Publishing, [ca.1950]. Originally published by Fiction Features in 1929, with subsequent editions from Gerald G. Swan, and the Archer Press. Journalist meets a slim, immaculate and handsome man at Paddington Station.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; a hint of rubbing, mild tanning of text, but a very good copy indeed. American price overstamped on upper wrapper, and “Printed in England” stamp on half-title. Just a single copy of this Harborough edition (Bowling Green State) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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

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

Stoke-on-Trent : R. & L. Locker, [1949]. [Second edition]. The Reverend Silas Hoskin gives the Sunday sermon to his restive Cornish parishioners. Although the related Harborough imprint is given on the spine, only the Locker imprint appears within the book.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (3)-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a sultry redhead from Reginald Heade; just a hint of wear, but a very good copy indeed. American price overstamped on upper wrapper, “Printed in England” stamp on title-page, and copyright label on verso. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

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“REVERE, Jeanette” : PLAYTHING OF PASSION.

“REVERE, Jeanette” : PLAYTHING OF PASSION.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. “If it’s only amusement you want, why don’t you get some other woman” – possessive passion of a ruthless lover. First published by Archer in the UK in 1950.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a tousled redhead in Reginald Heade’s best style; small chip to spine; tiny nick to lower wrapper, but otherwise a very good, bright and clean copy. Only a single copy of this edition (Bowling Green State University) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“ROSS, Gene” –  [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : CURVES CAUSE TROUBLE.

“ROSS, Gene” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : CURVES CAUSE TROUBLE.

New York : Leisure Library, (1953). First American edition of “Lady, Throw Me a Curve”, originally published by Archer in 1950. The beautiful Carole comes calling on private-eye Shaun O’Malley. The Reginald Heade cover was not used on the UK edition.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a supercilious blonde from Reginald Heade; spine and top edge unevenly smoke-blackened; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but a serviceable copy. No copy found in any major library worldwide.

£20

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STEINBECK, John (John Ernst), 1902-1968 : SWEET THURSDAY.

STEINBECK, John (John Ernst), 1902-1968 : SWEET THURSDAY.

London : William Heinemann, (1958). First British paperback edition. The sequel to “Cannery Row”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 256pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957), here using his real name of Cy Webb (Reginald Cyril Webb). Lightly rubbed; tapemarks and scuffs to inner covers, but a good copy.

£20

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : DAME IN MY BED.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : DAME IN MY BED.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First known edition : although the book records an earlier (UK) Archer Press copyright date of 1950, there appears to be no trace of an earlier UK edition, which is not listed in the Holland checklist. Soft-mouthed dames and hard-eyed gamblers, thrills, chills and frills – the usual Nick Cranley scenario.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lively design by Reginald Heade; slightly worn at head and chipped at foot; wrappers slightly worn and chipped; text lightly tanned, but still a good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Indiana) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : HOT DAMES ON COLD SLABS.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : HOT DAMES ON COLD SLABS.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First American edition. Three women from the Mid West head for the big city (Chicago) in search of husbands – they find the price is steep. “Nightclubs, cars, bedrooms, undressings, confrontations, beatings, shootings, leerings. An America of the mind” (John Fraser). Originally published by Archer in the UK in 1950.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an iconic design by Reginald Heade; just a touch of rubbing and wear; a few faint marks and creases; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy. Just a single copy of this edition (Bowling Green State) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1951]. First edition. “The steady mumble jumble of the speeding train vibrates every nerve in my noggin just as if some wise-guy had shoved a juke-box down my earhole ... All that unfaithfulness had brought me to the bottle ...”. A Nick Cranley tale.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; slight wear at head; short split at foot; wrappers lightly creased; text lightly tanned; a few spots, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : TIPTOE THRO’ A GRAVEYARD.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : TIPTOE THRO’ A GRAVEYARD.

London : Harborough Publishing Co., [1953]. First edition. Ambulance chasing and insurance fraud with Molly Pykeron and a Cadillac in Miami.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a redhead unmistakeably by Reginald Heade; somewhat worn and creased; rear wrapper a little spotted; staples rusted, but a serviceable copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : LADIES OF THE RED LAMP.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : LADIES OF THE RED LAMP.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. “Love, luxury, and lust in Latin America” – the white slave trade exposed. Originally published by Archer in the UK in 1950.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a saucy trio of chorus girls from Reginald Heade; small chip at head; repairs to spine splits; some light wear; small corner chip to front wrapper; larger chip to back wrapper, but overall still a good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SINFUL SISTERS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SINFUL SISTERS.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. June and Lorna share a London flat – Lorna shameless and mercenary, her sister quite the reverse – “sinister side-streets of Soho and the garish glamour of London night clubs”. Originally published by Archer in the UK the previous year. Archer Book 52.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Reginald Heade in top form; spine lightly discoloured in a couple of places; minor creasing to upper wrapper; a touch of rust to the staples, but still a very good copy. Just a single copy (Bowling Green) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SIN STAINED.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SIN STAINED.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. “After what you have done to me ... kill me!” is the teaser tag on the cover – a torrid tale of girlish indiscretion, marital disillusion, passion and deceit. “The wages of sin are sometimes even worse than death” sententiously adds the back cover. Somewhat incongruously set in a respectable London suburb – Wimbledon, I think, from memory (McKeag was living in Clapham at the time) – but this versatile author in top form, abetted by a sensational cover-design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957), finest of all the pulp-artists – and one of his very best.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title and copyright sticker on verso; a few faint signs of age; text a touch tanned, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£125

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