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“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : I’LL FRY YET.

“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : I’LL FRY YET.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. “You know what a small town is like, everybody knows everybody else’s business, and the routine for the transportation of dough from the bank to the railroad was so ordinary that nobody bothered even to think about it” – until someone does. Although the author of some forty “Ross Angel” titles, Cresswell has so far evaded further identification, but he was presumably the Donald Cresswell living with Leila Cresswell at 5 New Row in Covent Garden in 1948 and later in Hampstead.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Gomez; some minor wear; slight chipping and light creasing; a few minor marks; a few edge-spots, but otherwise very good. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : MISGUIDED ANGEL.

“ANGEL, Ross” – [CRESSWELL, Donald] : MISGUIDED ANGEL.

London : Scion, (1954). First edition. “When you watch watch a racketeer drive by in his de luxe Packard, a hotsy blonde by his side; watch him light his five-dollar cigar with a gold-plated lighter; watch, in the biblical phrase, the wicked flourish like the green bay tree and turn back to your own sleazy duplex in the Bronx, it is enough to make any guy think” – “One of the fastest moving gangster thrillers ever to hit the bookshops”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; tiny chip at foot; some very minor wear and creasing; staples rusted, but a very good clean and sound example. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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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.

“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 of thought reading.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; chipped at head; some wear and creasing; tape repairs to spine and rear wrapper; staples rusted; erased stamp on title-page, but a reasonable copy with a fine provenance, carrying the typed ownership inscription of the SF historian and authority Philip Harbottle on the first leaf. Numbered A111 in the Harbottle & Holland bibliography. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major European libraries.

£20

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“HAMPTON, Mark

“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!

“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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“LINTON, Duke” – [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001] : KILLER BAIT.

“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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“LINTON, Duke” – [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : WAS SHE POISON?

“LINTON, Duke” – [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : WAS SHE POISON?

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Duke is swimming with a blonde and a redhead in the Gulf – and then their friend (the brunette) gets shot. Duke Linton was a Scion house-name, but American copyright records give the authors of the present title as Victor John Hanson and Herbert Victor Lowe – the first presumably Victor Joseph Hanson.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and a little creased and bruised; tiny nicks and chips; text lightly tanned; faint stamp of a Vancouver bookseller on title-page, with an American copyright stamp on verso; American price over-sticker on upper cover, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just a single copy (Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“LUGAR, Hans” – [MAX, George & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : MIDNIGHT SISTER.

“LUGAR, Hans” – [MAX, George & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : MIDNIGHT SISTER.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. “Adrienne Allan – wealthy deb and top-entry in the Social Register – believed it was her own life that was being threatened, believed that her own personal maid had been killed in error, believed that she was really the intended victim of that peculiarly vicious hit-and-run murder. But these hot-buttered members of the old aristocracy disliked publicity ...” – “Hans Lugar” was a Scion house-name used by a variety of writers between 1950 and 1954, but an American copyright registration gives the authors of the present work as George Max and Herbert Victor Lowes (i.e. Lowe).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – “the gruesome undermining of a nation’s decencies”; slight chip at foot; some minor wear; a few tiny nicks; text slightly browned at outer edges, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“LUGAR, Hans” : YOU DON'T SAY!

“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.

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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.

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“PERRELLI, Nick” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : WHO TOLD THE BELLE.

“PERRELLI, Nick” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : WHO TOLD THE BELLE.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. “Sometimes you can open a window and still feel normal; sometimes you are not so sure”. The startling clatter of a machine-gun outside disturbs the peace of a newspaper office.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a dreamy-eyed redhead by Renul; lightly worn and somewhat creased; short split at foot; text lightly tanned; but still overall a good copy of a scarce and fragile survival. Just three copies located in major libraries worldwide – just one in England.

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

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

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Married couple return from a maiden voyage to Venus to find the Earth stopped in time – “A well-written and fascinating exploration of the ‘frozen time’ theme, usually confined to short stories” (Harbottle & Holland).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ron Turner; minuscule chipping to spine; a few trifling signs of age and use, but a very good copy. 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] : SCIENCE METROPOLIS.

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

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. “Set in a future when time travelling is commonplace ... the story of a population in deadly peril from a Jovian super scientist who has vowed vengeance on Humanity for the destruction of his home world” (Harbottle & Holland A163).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Philip Mendoza; spine lightly tanned and puckered; some creasing; one short tear to wrappers; erasure from front wrapper; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a good copy. Receipt stamps on verso of front wrapper and first page of text. Just three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and Trinity College, Dublin) located in the major European libraries.

£40

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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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“VOGEL, Hans” –  [AMBLER, Dail, 1919-1974 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : JITTERY DAME.

“VOGEL, Hans” – [AMBLER, Dail, 1919-1974 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : JITTERY DAME.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Chicago gangland boss has a stunning new girlfriend – but his colleagues haven’t been told. Although earlier “Hans Vogel” titles had mainly been written for the Glasgow publisher John Watson by Norman Lazenby, after Watson sold the rights in the name to Scion in 1952 authorship becomes less clear. In this instance, a contemporary American copyright registration attributes the work to Dail Ambler and Herbert Victor Lowes (i.e. Lowe) – Dail Ambler was the regular pseudonym of Betty Williams, also known by her married name of Betty Uelmen, who under her “Dail Ambler” and “Danny Spade” personas, became one of the most successful of all of the British pulp-writers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette, gun, bed – a design by Roger Davis; lightly worn and a little creased; short nick to upper wrapper; a few faint marks and spots; text lightly tanned; faint stamp of a Vancouver bookseller on title-page, with American copyright stamp on verso; American price over-sticker on upper cover partially removed, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just three copies (Bodleian, National Library of Scotland and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“ZORÉ, Hyman” – [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : COVER THAT CORPSE.

“ZORÉ, Hyman” – [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : COVER THAT CORPSE.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. “The dame must’ve have let herself in with a key she’d swiped from the receptionist downstairs. I could have told her to get the hell out of it, but I didn’t” – action, suspense, dames, liquor and more. Scion took over the “Hyman Zoré” name from Muir-Watson of Glasgow in 1952 and it was subsequently used by a number of Scion regulars. American copyright records give the authors of the present title as Victor John Hansen and Herbert Victor Lowe – the first presumably Victor Joseph Hanson.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – red-headed corpse just about covered; some light wear; upper wrapper a little creased and scuffed; staples heavily rusted, with discolouration and some damage; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a difficult title. American 1953 copyright stamp on verso of title. Just three copies (Bodleian, National Library of Scotland and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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