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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.

£50

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“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George H.] : THE SILKEN LURE.

“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George H.] : THE SILKEN LURE.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, [ca.1952]. 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 H.] : SPOILED LIVES.

“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George H.] : 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.

£40

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“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George H.] : WHEN PASSION RULES.

“FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre” – [DAWSON, George H.] : 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.

£50

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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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HARLING, Robert, 1910-2008 : THE PAPER PALACE.

HARLING, Robert, 1910-2008 : THE PAPER PALACE.

London : Pan Books, (1958). First paperback edition. A classic Fleet Street novel from the raffish editor and typographer. Originally published by Chatto & Windus in 1951.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (252),[iv]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957), here using his real name of Cy Webb (Reginald Cyril Webb). Lightly rubbed and worn; mild spotting of edges, but a good copy.

£20

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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 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).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a braceleted Heade blonde in lilac and an agony-or-ecstasy pose; tiny chips at tips; short tear and very faint crease to upper wrapper, the tiny tear continuing to first few leaves; a few faint spots, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) recorded in any major library worldwide. Williams and Holland 41.

£125

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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 : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition. “If you’re the kinda guy that gets a kick out of Scenery, you’d have got your bellyfull travelling alongside me from California into 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). (3)-124,[iv],[2]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade of hands tightening a chain round the neck of a sumptuously endowed strawberry blonde; some minor wear to tips; staples a little rusted; faint yellowing to parts of upper wrapper, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 11.

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BLONDE ON THE SPOT.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BLONDE ON THE SPOT.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. An early reissue of this rare first series title – originally published in June 1949 and here with seven further titles listed, indicating a date of issue early in 1950.
Foolscap 8vo. 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade – goggle-eyed blonde in stockings, heels and skimpy blue tied to chair; very lightly used and just faintly rubbed; some mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy. Only the British Library copy located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 7.

£75

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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.

£125

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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] : 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.

£100

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“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 were 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; light wear and faint creasing; short split at head; staples a little rusted; pencilled marks againt list of earlier titles, 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.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GUN MOLL FOR HIRE.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GUN MOLL FOR HIRE.

London : S. D. Frances, [1948]. First edition. The scarce third book of the first series – a somewhat gothic tale, reintroducing Patricia Hale from “Lady Mind that Corpse”, with a plot involving madness, incarceration and the opium racket.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (5)-115,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical Reginald Heade design of pert, perky and leggy blonde with gloves, ribbons and gun; minor wear and slight creasing; slight nick to lower wrapper; some spotting, mainly of outer leaves and edges, but a very good copy of one of the most difficult titles. Market Bookstall of Lancaster label on upper wrapper and stamp on lower wrapper. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 3.

£100

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

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

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition : the price altered to two shillings prior to publication by the addition of an over-sticker on the upper cover and 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; just a hint of wear and fraying; tiny split at head; a few faint marks to the lower wrapper; mild tanning of text, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 27.

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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 Reginald Heade design – sobbing brunette showing her charms; very lightly rubbed; a few faint marks and creases, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 28.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE JANE WITH GREEN EYES.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE JANE WITH GREEN EYES.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. With a theme of racial hatred in Mississippi, the book attracted twenty-seven destruction orders from local magistrates, although the book was found not to be obscene in the courtroom at Stockton-on-Tees.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a statuesque Reginald Heade redhead; somewhat worn and creased, with a few tiny chips and a couple of short tears; text lightly spotted and tanned; a reasonable copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries. Williams & Holland 19.

£50

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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; a hint of rubbing; faint creasing to spine and corners; tiny splash mark on lower wrapper, but a very good copy indeed. 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. 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; a few very faint signs of age, but a very good copy indeed. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 42.

£60

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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; just a hint of rubbing and few faint marks, but a very good copy indeed. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 18.

£75

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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; some minor wear and faint creasing; tiny chip at foot, but overall a very good copy of a scarce 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 ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an Amazonian Heade redhead in unlikely attire; some mild creasing; a few faint marks on lower wrapper, but a very good and clean copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 21.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LOLA BROUGHT HER WREATH.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LOLA BROUGHT HER WREATH.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. A reporter goes missing – the extraordinary Tania Yaniavitchgrodoski gets in touch.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 126pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Heade brunette in clinging gold; some wear; taped repairs at head and tail; a few creases; text a little tanned, but a good copy of a difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 20.

£75

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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.

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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] : PURSUIT.

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : the first issue, with the lower wrapper listing forty-four earlier Janson titles, three of those 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.
Crown 8vo. 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde shrieking as she looks backwards; some minor rubbing and wear, staples just a touch rusted, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 44.

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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; lightly rubbed and faintly creased; a few faint marks, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 34.

£100

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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 without the Anne Shelton advertisements 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; lightly worn, wrinkled and a little sunned; staples a little rusted, but still overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide. Williams & Holland 49.

£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. Williams & Holland 12.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SMART GIRLS DON’T TALK.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SMART GIRLS DON’T TALK.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition. The fifth book of the first series, published in April 1949. Hank admires both Muriel and the statue of a campaigning journalist.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (7)-117,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde kneels in supplication; some wear; slight chips at tips and corners; staples badly rusted; a reasonable copy of a very difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the world’s major libraries. Williams & Holland 5.

£100

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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; minor wear; vertical crease to upper wrapper; tiny hole to lower wrapper; a few marks, but a very good copy of a scarce title. Contemporary bookseller’s stamp of Harman’s on the Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, on lower wrapper. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 14.

£75

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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.

£75

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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.

£40

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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” by Alexander Moring in 1958.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – buxom blonde by Heade; spine lightly worn; lower wrapper a little spotted; a few minor marks and small flaws, but 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] : TORMENT.

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition. A complex tale of telepathy, grave-robbing, missing woman and suicide. A reference in a footnote on p.18 to Portsmouth’s May 1953 Coronation Ideal Home and Trades Exhibition dates the publication fairly precisely, even if slightly distracting from the Chicago setting.
Crown 8vo. 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – alarmed blonde in golden gown tied by a rope – a design by Reginald Heade; some minor wear, rubbing and mild creasing; unobtrusive bookseller’s stamp on upper wrapper crossed through, with a more obtrusive pencilled price just touching image; staples rusting; a few minor marks, but still a very good copy. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 46.

£50

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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; a little worn and creased; lower wrapper slightly frayed; some mild discolouration; staples rusted; occasional faint yellowing and creasing to text; a good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 16.

£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. 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 Commions 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; faint creasing to upper wrapper; lower wrapper a little soiled; a good copy. Stamp of the Brook Half Price to Exchange of 468 Leeds Road on title-page. 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. Williams & Holland 45.

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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; slight wear at tips; lower wrapper lightly tanned and slightly creased, with short repaired tear; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce book. Just two copies (British Library and Melbourne) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 40.

£75

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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 one of the Archer Press stable and William Newton under one of his various pseudonyms.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial staplede wrappers – cutie on a coffin from Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; GB copyright label (1950) on verso of half-title; tiny chips at foot and and corners; a few faint marks; text lightly tanned and slightly bruised at one corner; overall still a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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

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

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. “Eddie Callao came up the hard way, from the filth of a Chicago back street ... Then, into his life came a dame of his own breed”. Although there was presumably an English edition, perhaps under a different title, this has not been traced.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a blonde in red from Reginald Heade; a little warped and wrinkled from damp; some minor wear; small scuff to upper wrapper; larger scuff and a pronounced crease to lower wrapper; text a little tanned; a reading copy. Just a single copy (Bowling Green State) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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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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“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] :   THIS WAY FOR HELL.

“MORELLI, Spike” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : THIS WAY FOR HELL.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. “When dames get tough anything can happen” – a Shaun O’Malley mystery. Although there was presumably an English edition, perhaps under a different title, this has not been traced.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a green-eyed redhead with a gun from Reginald Heade; a touch of wear to tips; a hint of rusting to staples, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bowling Green State University) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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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 – a lady surprised by Reginald Heade. Small chip at foot; lower wrapper nicked and creased; a handful of spots, but otherwise a very good copy. American price overstamped on upper 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. Only a single copy of this edition (Bowling Green State University) 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.

£40

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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; light wear to tips; some light creasing, slightly more pronounced on lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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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 H.] : DAME IN MY BED.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : 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.

£50

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : HOT DAMES ON COLD SLABS.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : 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. 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 H.] : MAKE MINE A SHROUD.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE A SHROUD.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First American edition. The first in the Nick Cranley series – “a never-ending vortex of excitement ... tough mobs ... police that mean business; and gals that mean business too – but not the same kind”. First published by Archer in the UK in 1949.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a dramatic design by Reginald Heade; a hint of rubbing; a couple of corner creases; text lightly tanned; staples slightly rusted, but overall a very good copy. No copy of any edition traced in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1951] First edition. “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. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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; short split at head; light wear and some creasing; lower wrapper a little nicked and wrinkled, 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] : PICK-UP GIRL.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : PICK-UP GIRL.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. Juvenile delinquency, good time girls, “the first false step which places her virtue in jeopardy”. Subsequently published by Archer in the UK in 1953.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a roadside redhead from Reginald Heade; just a hint of wear; staples rusting, but overall a very 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] : WHITE SLAVE RACKET.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WHITE SLAVE RACKET.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. A dancing school is the perfect blind for enticing and entrapping young women. Subsequently published by Archer in the UK in 1953.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a tortured blonde from Reginald Heade; just a touch of wear at tips; some faint creasing, but a very good copy. Just three copies of this edition (Hofstra, Bowling Green State and Pittsburg) located in major libraries worldwide – none in the UK.

£40

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WHITE SLAVES OF NEW ORLEANS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WHITE SLAVES OF NEW ORLEANS.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). [Second edition]. Ostensibly a second reprint of the original 1949 edition, but this edition has 128pp – the original edition only 96pp.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; slight wear at head; small patch of discolouration at foot; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title; a few faint marks and creases; text a little tanned, but overall a very good and still crisp copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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

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

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1952]. First edition. “Joan, like most modern young women of the post-war period, was a fully self-assured young person, ambitious, and full of belief in herself to achieve her ambitions” – Peter’s rather a dear, but doesn’t quite get it.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title and copyright sticker (misleadingly dated 1950) on verso; a little wear at foot; spine a little tanned; a few nicks to lower wrapper; a few minor marks and slight creases; text a touch tanned, but a good copy. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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