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“DRAYTON, Ricky” – [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : HELL’S BELLES! COMPILED FROM POLICE AND PRESS RECORDS.

“DRAYTON, Ricky” – [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : HELL’S BELLES! COMPILED FROM POLICE AND PRESS RECORDS.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Prison riot in New Jersey.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – languid, bored and diaphanous redhead smokes a cigarette; some very minor wear; a few slight nicks and creases; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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; light wear; some creasing; lower wrapper a little marked; a few minor marks, but otherwise a very good copy. No copy located in the British Library.

£25

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"GRIDBAN, Volsted" - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MAGNETIC BRAIN.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Regular space travel has begun (in 1987) - a Martian brain-surgeon operates on a human salesman, endowing him with dangerous powers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear to tips; diagonal creases to upper wrapper; American price over-sticker on upper cover and USA copyright notice over-stamped on verso of half-title; text a little tanned, but a good copy.

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"HAMPTON, Mark" : RAW DEAL FOR DAMES.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. "It was a woman's body. She lay face down in the gutter ..." - the first of the handful of Scion titles produced under the "Mark Hampton" name. The introductory note presents him as a recently arrived American - so the name probably covers one of the regulars from the Scion stable.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - handsome woman in vampish pose - a design by Brab; some wear; some shallow chipping to upper wrapper; some soiling to lower; some light internal browning and creasing, but a reasonable copy.

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"HANSEN, Frank" - [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : LADY BE BAD!

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. "Hey, sailor!" he repeated. "How'ja like to buy the biggest damn diamond in the world?"
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - emphatic blonde in a design by Desein; faint creasing; staples rusted, but otherwise an exceptionally clean and almost unworn copy.

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“HANSEN, Frank” – [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : I’LL GET BY.

“HANSEN, Frank” – [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : I’LL GET BY.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. “Frank Hansen” runs into his old pal “Ricky Drayton” in a Port of London bar and the story emerges. Michael Barnes was the English name behind both allegedly American authors.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Roger Davis; some wear; wrappers a little creased, soiled and spotted; text a little tanned; some internal marks; a reasonable copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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"LINTON, Duke" - [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001] : KILLER BAIT.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. "Another violent and passionate chapter in the life of Al O'Toole, the famous private eye". Although the "Duke Linton" house-name was used by a number of different Scion writers, a contemporary American copyright registration records the author as Victor Hanson.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - blonde in fur stole by Roger Davis; faint vertical crease to upper wrapper; a touch bruised; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. Associated Booksellers of New York USA Copyright stamp on verso and 25-cent over-sticker on upper wrapper.

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"LUGAR, Hans" : YOU DON'T SAY!

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. "I rented the place, paid a quarter in advance, watched the guy paint my name on the door, and then waited. I waited all right. Waited until I'd run out of cash, run out of friends, and near run out of patience ...". The "Hans Lugar" Scion house-name was used for twenty or so titles by a variety of authors between 1950 and 1954 - principally by a writer only identified as Quinn.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - brunette with gun in a design by Gilmore; slight wear at tips; some creasing to corners; slight rusting to staples; mild edge spotting, but overall a very good copy. Stamps of the Bolton Book Exchange on upper wrapper and first leaf of text.

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NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : CAVES OF DEATH (A JUNGLE STORY FEATURING JACARE THE UNTAMED).

NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : CAVES OF DEATH (A JUNGLE STORY FEATURING JACARE THE UNTAMED).

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The second of Norwood’s ‘Jacaré the Untamed’ jungle novels. Two disgusting and depraved baddies escape from a prison camp in Peru and make off with the lovely Helen (Jane to Jacaré’s Tarzan) – “All a bit much – but the Turner cover is superb” (Harbottle & Holland A309).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine lightly discoloured and lacking 4.5cm at foot, with a taped repair; light creasing; short tear to title-page; text lightly marked and tanned, but a reasonable copy of a fragile and uncommon item. ‘Scion 60’ inked on title-page. Just two copies located in major libraries worldwide – neither in the UK.

£30

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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.

£50

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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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TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : JOURNEY TO MARS.

TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : JOURNEY TO MARS.

London : Scion, [1954]. First edition. Verrill needs to get to Mars where a spaceship is making ready for the Big Jump to the stars, but he is stranded on Venus without money, papers or weapons.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; worn, rubbed and creased; short nick to title-page; some internal repair and tightening; a reasonable copy of a notorious rarity. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£75

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