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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : I CAME – I SAW – I WONDERED.

London : Scion Distributors, [1954]. First edition. The half-title has been excised by the publishers and the Scion Distributors imprint pasted over the earlier Scion Ltd. on both title-page and final leaf – presumably a reflection of Scion’s internal wrangles and legal difficulties at that time. Strangely dressed stranger comes calling on a cold and wet February night on the outskirts of London – and sits down with a dictionary. Although the first two Volsted Gridban novels had been written by E. C. Tubb, subsequent Scion titles under this name all seem to have been written by the indefatigable John Russell Fearn.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; light wear; some creasing; lower wrapper a little marked; a few minor marks, but otherwise a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MOONS FOR SALE.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. We utilise only a fifth of our brain capacity – Harley Street specialist prepares to operate on his infant son to open up the other four-fifths.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a Ron Turner design; some light rubbing and creasing; staples rusting; a few minor marks, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Bodleian) located in major UK libraries.

£30

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"KENNEDY, Edgar Rees" – [JENNISON, John William, 1911-1980] : CONQUERORS OF VENUS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [1951]. First edition. Colonel Wayne Goodman prepares for a manned mission to Venus.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner (1922-1998); slight chip at foot; lightly dulled and slightly soiled; lightly rubbed and creased; staples rusted; text a little tanned, but a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : THE TEMPLE OF THE DEAD.

NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : THE TEMPLE OF THE DEAD.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The third of Norwood’s ‘Jacaré the Untamed’ jungle novels set in South America, where he himself had tried his hand at prospecting for diamonds. The Tarzan-like Jacaré battles with a native priestly sect.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner – Jacaré ejects the priests from the temple; a little worn and creased; 2.5 cm hole to lower wrapper; some browning and spotting, but a presentable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

SOLD

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : 2,000 YEARS ON.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Based on an earlier story called “Four Shall Avenge” – and the fourth of the Vargo Statten series. “‘Time does not really exist’, Professor Einwold had said ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned but a futuristic design by Ron Turner; a few minor marks and small flaws, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

£40

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

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Originally titled “Fool’s Paradise” and the second in the Vargo Statten series. The summer of 1980 has been the hottest in history and Ken is working on increasing the capacity of the Channel Tunnel.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned rocket design by Ron Turner; some very minor wear a tips; a hint of bruising; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE AVENGING MARTIAN.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Venus and its mighty scientific civilisation are dying, plans are made to take the air and the water from a neighbouring planet populated by strange creatures who “walk upright on two legs and possess round-shaped bodies crowned with queer furry mats”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; a little worn; somewhat creased and bruised; marks, chips and short tears to lower wrapper; text a little browned and soiled; a reasonable copy. Three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. A woman from Jupiter has the antidote to save mankind, but demands a mate to regenerate her race.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ron Turner; some light wear; upper wrapper with creasing and mild fraying; short split to lower wrapper; staples lightly rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce and ragile production. Just two copies (Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

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

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Scott and Nancy Andrews, chief investigators of the interplanetary deeps, pioneers of both Mars and Venus, now in 1980 encounter an inhospitable Mercury – except that it is covered in diamonds.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine lightly worn and a little browned; a few faint creases; staples a little rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE COSMIC FLAME.

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. “It was in the year 2,000 A.D. when nobody could any longer blame flying saucers on imagination or indigestion. They became apparent in June ...”..
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in an unsigned but typical Ron Turner design; slight spine crease; just a hint of rusting to staples, but overall a very good, clean and tight copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK Libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DEADLINE TO PLUTO.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. It is the year 2060 and a massive meteorite hits Pluto head on – Captain Mark Rapier is send to investigate.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a typical design by Ron Turner; staples a little rusted; a couple of tiny nicks and faint creases, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE G-BOMB.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. The elders of Mars covet the planet Earth. They have failed twice (1914-1918 and 1939-1946) to persuade humanity to destroy itself – time to unleash the Gravity Bomb.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a Ron Turner design; somewhat rubbed, worn, creased and slightly split; chipped at head; inked figures to upper wrapper; one leaf chipped, but a reasonable copy. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : INFERNO!

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. A lone space machine returns to earth with the single survivor of the exploration fleet – his colleagues all dead on the desolate wastes of Pluto.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned rocket design by Ron Turner; some wear at tips; a few faint marks; staples rusting, but otherwise a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN FROM TO-MORROW.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Meteorites with rivets light up a Sussex night, a curious stranger rescues sparky young journalist Glenda Carlyle from unwanted attentions in an alley off Fleet Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine a little tanned, worn and slightly torn; some rubbing and scuffing; lower wrapper a litle discoloured; staples rusted; a poor copy. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN OF TWO WORLDS.

London : Scion, [1953]. First edition. London department store salesman gets struck by freakish lightning in the Lake District – with curious effects.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; a little worn, rubbed and slightly split; upper wrapper creased, nicked and a little chipped; lower wrapper a little discoloured, with two short tears; staples lightly rusted, but a reasonable copy of a scarce title. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MULTI-MAN.

London : Scion Distributors, (1954). First edition. Research biologist develops cellular human duplicates – even Scotland Yard is powerless, save for one man.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; some wear; wrappers nicked and creased; short tears to lower wrapper; mild spotting of edges; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE NEW SATELLITE.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The planet Mercury disintegrates, the solar system starts breaking up – and then the moon turns red.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – unsigned but a stylish spaceman design by Ron Turner; some very minor signs of age and use; mild tanning of text, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RENEGADE STAR.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. “At first it was only a smudge on the face of infinity ...” – a runaway star threatens the solar system.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner; cheap paper-stock lightly spotted in places (as always), but a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. In the near future of June 1963, a wedge of stars suddenly becomes too bright to observe with the naked eye.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112 pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a striking design by Ron Turner; some minor wear and light creasing; tiny chip to lower wrapper; a few slight marks, but a very good copy of a fragile and ephemeral item. Aside from the British Library copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£30

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

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

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. An attempt to make a model artificial sun for the London Planetarium (now at Greenwich in the year 2,000) has unexpected consequences ...
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a powerful design by Ron Turner (signed with initials); a very good copy, clean and bright.

£50

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

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Chestnut-haired and starry-eyed Lucy Grantham is sentenced to to the entropy globe by a disappointed mad scientist suitor ...
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a stylish design by Ron Turner; some wear to tips; spine a little darkened; some marking and creasing; some browning and spotting, but a good copy of a difficult title. Aside from a microform at the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : WANDERER OF SPACE.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Anchored between Mars and Jupiter in the year 2150, the royal space cruiser Starwind awaits a royal event. Queen Maylion of Earth is about to give birth to a future king or queen.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ron Turner; some wear; some creasing; shallow chips to upper wrapper; staples rusted and discoloured; a few small internal flaws, but a reasonable copy. Aside from a microform at the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : WEALTH OF THE VOID.

London : Scion, (1954). First edition. “That a planetoid of solid gold might exist in the Solar System is not beyond scientific possibility ... Here is a story of human longings, of greed overmastering finer sentiments, and behind it all the implaccable [sic] edicts of space ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ron Turner; some minor wear and slight creasing; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Dr Royd needs a guinea-pig to try out his Brain Scanner – a device to strip away the past to achieve a vision of the future.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a striking design by Ron Turner; some wear; short nicks and splits; some marking anf creasing, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£25

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TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : CITY OF NO RETURN.

TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : CITY OF NO RETURN.

London : Scion, (1954). First edition. Klaglan – the ancient, mysterious and forbidden city of Mars – Halmar the Guide, Lorna the dancer from Venus, and the man called Smith try to penetrate its crystal walls.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ronald Turner; some light wear, rubbing and slight creasing; a few faint marks; text a little tanned, but overall still a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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