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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE GIRL WHO SURRENDERED.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE GIRL WHO SURRENDERED.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. [Second? edition]. No earlier edition has been traced, but the book is evidently to some extent autobiographical and based on McKeag’s time in Germany in the early 1920s: an earlier edition is suspected, perhaps under another title.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear and creasing; a few tiny chips; staples lightly rusted; a few spots and small flaws; a serviceable copy. No copy (of any edition) traced in any major library worldwide.

£50

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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.

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

London : Federation Press, (1926). First edition. Although better known in the Archer Press edition of 1949 with its Reginald Heade cover (almost universally regarded as the first edition), this early Vane – “the most daring exposure ever written of the world’s wickedest city” – has a much longer history. The Federation Press, already here operating from Gramol House, later became the Gramol Press under the direction of Arthur Gray and Frederick Mowl – both of whom later suffered imprisonment in Wormwood Scrubs for transgressing the bounds of pre-war public decency with their racy publications. The lure of Montmartre, among the Apaches, black women and white men, gambling dens, tempting English girlhood, and more.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – exotic dancer, sophisticated audience; lightly worn at extremities; a little creased; small chip and short tear to lower wrapper; text lightly tanned; small hole to half title, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy of this edition (University of South Carolina) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. "These exposures may shock you". First published in the UK in 1926 and reissued by Archer in 1949.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned and somewhat stagey design generally attributed to Reginald Heade; tiny chip at head; a couple of tiny creases, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

£25

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1949]. Second edition of an early Vane, first published in 1926. “The most daring exposure ever written of the world’s wickedest city” – the lure of Montmartre, among the Apaches, black women and white men, gambling dens, tempting English girlhood, and more.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design apparently by Reginald Heade; some very minor wear, a tiny nick and a few faint creases; a few edge spots; one staple a little rusted, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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] : 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 indeed, crisp and bright.

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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, mercenary and sordid, 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; a touch of wear to tips; some loss of laminate to outer edges of lower wrapper, but otherwise very good. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : VICE RACKETS OF SOHO.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : VICE RACKETS OF SOHO.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. "Get that muck scrubbed off your face and take those glad rags off. I'm not having any of my daughters roaming the streets at this time of night" – innocent young woman caught up in a "vast vortex of vice". Originally published by Archer in the UK the previous year. Archer Book 35.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – sex, drugs and probably rock-and-roll from Reginald Heade in one of his best-known designs; slight wear at extremities; short split at head; minor creasing; some faint marking to lower wrapper, but overall still a very good copy.

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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.

£50

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