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CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : CALLING WHITEHALL 1212.

CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : CALLING WHITEHALL 1212.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1952]. First edition. Warehouse fire in the London docks, insurance scam, American heiress, down-and-out acrobat, etc. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 275, issued in November 1952.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Eric Parker; spine worn at head and a little tanned; staple rusting, but otherwise a good copy of a fragile production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE NIGHT CLUB MYSTERY.

CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE NIGHT CLUB MYSTERY.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. Greedy solicitor, rich innocent, cocaine-addicted actress, London night-club, Sexton Blake. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 284, issued in March 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers; spine a little tanned; staples rusted, with minor marking; edges very slightly spotted, but a very good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE CASE OF THE SMUGGLED CURRENCY.

CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE CASE OF THE SMUGGLED CURRENCY.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. Travel agent who more than dabbles in black market currency needs to move money out of Paris. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 289, issued in June 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Eric Parker; spine lightly worn at head and a little tanned; staple rusting, but overall a good copy of a fragile production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE GIRL FROM TORONTO.

CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE GIRL FROM TORONTO.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. After the murder of her father, Judy Holland came to London – ruthless swindlers appear. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 296, issued in September 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers; spine a little tanned; staple rusted; edges spotted, but overall a good copy of a fragile production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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“DRUMMOND, John” – [CHANCE, John Richard Newton, 1911-1983] : THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED SQUARE.

“DRUMMOND, John” – [CHANCE, John Richard Newton, 1911-1983] : THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED SQUARE.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. Murder and mystery in a London square – a Sexton Blake tale. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 208, issued in January 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers in a design by Eric Parker; lightly worn; spine and edges lightly tanned; staples a little rusted, with a little marking, but a good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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“DRUMMOND, John” – [CHANCE, John Richard Newton, 1911-1983] : THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS.

“DRUMMOND, John” – [CHANCE, John Richard Newton, 1911-1983] : THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. Poacher finds murdered man and much money in the woods – a Sexton Blake tale. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 228, issued in December 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers in a design by Eric Parker; lightly worn; spine and edges a little tanned; top edge spotted; staples a little rusted, with a little marking, but a good copy of a fragile production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE CASE OF THE CRIME REPORTER.

HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE CASE OF THE CRIME REPORTER.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1949]. First edition. A Sexton Blake tale that commences in the Fleet Street office of “Crime Weekly”. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 205, issued in December 1949.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). (64)pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers in a design by Eric Parker; slightly split; spine and edges lightly tanned; staples a little rusted, with some marking, but a good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE MAN FROM SPACE.

HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE MAN FROM SPACE.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1952]. First edition. A Sexton Blake tale from Rex Hardinge – the Cold War, espionage, and the recovery of a golliwog with a secret from the repressed Baltic state of Litona. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 265, issued in June 1952.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker (1898-1974); spine and edges a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking, but a good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£20

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HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE SECRET OF THE FATED FAMILY.

HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE SECRET OF THE FATED FAMILY.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. Surgeon plans the perfect murder. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 286, issued in April 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 63,[i]pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers; some minor wear; spine and edges lightly tanned; staples a little rusted, with a minor marking, but a good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE LODGING-HOUSE MYSTERY.

HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1902-1990 : THE LODGING-HOUSE MYSTERY.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1954]. First edition. A Sexton Blake tale from Rex Hardinge – smash-and-grab raid on a jewellers in London’s Westbourne Green. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 306, issued in February 1954.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers; spine and edges a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking, but a good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : WITNESS TO THE CRIME.

HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : WITNESS TO THE CRIME.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. Captain Dack finds a dead man in the London Docks. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 210, issued in February 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; spine and edges a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE CASE OF THE DOPED FAVOURITE.

HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE CASE OF THE DOPED FAVOURITE.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1952]. First edition. “It is often the innocent who suffer most from the operations of cunning racecourse doping gangs, today’s greatest menace to the sport of kings” – Sexton Blake on the case. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 263, issued in May 1952.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; spine and edges lightly tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE THIEVES OF ALEXANDRIA.

HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE THIEVES OF ALEXANDRIA.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. The death of a seaman in Alexandria, the death of an old lady in Dorset – a Sexton Blake tale featuring Captain James Dack. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 301, issued in December 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). [ii],64,iii-[iv]pp – including wrappers, which have been utilised for the final page of the story. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; spine a little tanned and slightly rubbed; staples a little rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : DESTINATION UNKNOWN.

HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : DESTINATION UNKNOWN.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. Respectable Charles Stranway takes his wife to France in pursuit of a fortune – murder south of Arles. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 294, issued in August 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Eric Parker; spine lightly rubbed and a little tanned; staple a little rusted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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“JARDINE, Warwick” – [WARWICK, Francis Alister, 1902-1975] : THE SECRET OF CAPRI.

“JARDINE, Warwick” – [WARWICK, Francis Alister, 1902-1975] : THE SECRET OF CAPRI.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. “Johnny Clay, third mate of the tramp steamer London Ranger, gazed disconsolately through the window of his shabby little upstairs room in the Hotel Romolo, near the Naples waterfront, and surveyed the beautiful bay of Naples without enthusiasm ...”. A Sexton Blake tale from former secret agent Francis Warwick. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 209, issued in February 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; lightly worn and a little tanned; lower wrapper detached; staples a little rusted, with some marking; a reading copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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LONG, Derek : THE MYSTERY OF THE ITALIAN RUINS.

LONG, Derek : THE MYSTERY OF THE ITALIAN RUINS.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. The second of only two Sexton Blake stories from Derek Long – a burglar discovers a map – and a murder. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 224, issued in September 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; lightly worn and a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE RIDDLE OF THE RAJAH’S CURIOS.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE RIDDLE OF THE RAJAH’S CURIOS.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1949]. First edition. An English charter plane goes down near Rennes, Sexton Blake is called in. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 198, issued in August 1949.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; lightly worn and a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THOSE ON THE LIST.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THOSE ON THE LIST.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. Millionaire financier caught in an arms racket emerges from six years in prison – a Sexton Blake mystery from Anthony Parsons. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 211, issued in March 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; lightly worn and a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted; a few minor pinholes and creases to margins, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE RIDDLE OF THE PRINCE’S STOOGE.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE RIDDLE OF THE PRINCE’S STOOGE.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. Two London villains go in search of a blonde to trap a prince – a Sexton Blake mystery from Anthony Parsons. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 207, issued in January 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; lightly worn and a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE GREAT DOLLAR FRAUD.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE GREAT DOLLAR FRAUD.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. The Treasury ask Sexton Blake to investigate the disappearance of £100,000 in Threadneedle Street – their own investigators can find nothing amiss. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 217, issued in June 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Eric Parker; minor wear; spine and edges a little tanned; staple rusted, with some marking, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE CASE OF THE SPIV’S SECRET.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE CASE OF THE SPIV’S SECRET.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. The Hon. Gerald Corbishley’s father threatens to stop his allowance unless he gives up the beautiful Conchita. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 225, issued in October 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Eric Parker; minor wear; spine and edges a little tanned; staple rusted, with some marking, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE CASE OF THE JAPANESE CONTRACT.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE CASE OF THE JAPANESE CONTRACT.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1952]. First edition. Cotton mill in the north in financial difficulty. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 271, issued in September 1952.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; lightly worn and a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with very minor marking; a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE CASE OF THE MISSING SCIENTIST.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE CASE OF THE MISSING SCIENTIST.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1952]. First edition. A sequence of murdered women – and a top secret scientist goes missing. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 257, issued in February 1952.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned, but in a design by Eric Parker; minor wear; spine and edges a little tanned; staples rusted, with minor marking, but a very good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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PASSINGHAM, W.J. (William John), 1897-1957 : THE CASE OF THE ACE ACCOMPLICE.

PASSINGHAM, W.J. (William John), 1897-1957 : THE CASE OF THE ACE ACCOMPLICE.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. Body in the Thames, ghost ship, diamond robberies, and a Thameside pub called The Marquis of Grimsby. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 298, issued in October 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Eric Parker; spine tanned; staple rusted; a few minor marks, but overall a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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“REID, Desmond” – [BROWNE, Noel] : CONTRACT FOR A KILLER.

“REID, Desmond” – [BROWNE, Noel] : CONTRACT FOR A KILLER.

London : Fleetway Publications, (1960). First edition. Sexton Blake in New York – “The radio played in the room. A soft sound. Sweet and gentle. Flies buzzed, blood-drunk, against the slatted blinds. Others squatted on what had once been a man ...”. Sexton Blake Library, Fourth Series, No. 463, issued in November 1960.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by S. H. Blofeld; slight scuffs to wrappers; a few faint spots, but otherwise a very good copy of a fragile production.

£15

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STAGG, James (Gilbert John), 1918-1996 : TIME FOR MURDER.

STAGG, James (Gilbert John), 1918-1996 : TIME FOR MURDER.

London : Amalgamated Press, (1959). First edition. “Shelley Glanville was the type of girl everybody looked at ...” – murder on the Isle of Wight. Sexton Blake Library, Fourth Series, No. 428, issued in April 1959.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 61,(iii)pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by David Wright; some very mild wear; staple rusting; a few trifling marks and spots, but a very good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production.

£15

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TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE MYSTERY OF THE RIO STAR.

TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE MYSTERY OF THE RIO STAR.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. Young English football star lured abroad – a case for Sexton Blake. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 230, issued in December 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker (1898-1974); very minor wear; spine and edges a little tanned; staples a little rusted, with some marking, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE CASE OF THE NAVAL DEFAULTER.

TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE CASE OF THE NAVAL DEFAULTER.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1950]. First edition. Sailor ashore – his girl taken up by a spiv – but she knows Sexton Blake. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 219, issued in July 1950.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker (1898-1974); some very minor wear; spine and edges a little tanned; staples rusting, with a little marking, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE CASE OF THE BOGUS BARON.

TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE CASE OF THE BOGUS BARON.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1952]. First edition. A Sexton Blake tale here in the hands of Walter Tyrer – “It frequently happens that the gaiety of high life offers such attractions some people cannot resist. A young woman of ambition saw such an opportunity in a person of title but it led to untold trouble”. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 276, issued in November 1952.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker (1898-1974); spine and edges tanned; staples a little rusted, with minor marking and slight damage to lower wrapper, but a good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE SECRET OF THE SNOWS.

TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE SECRET OF THE SNOWS.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. Suspicious death on an Arctic expedition. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 282, issued in February 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker (1898-1974); some minor wear; spine and edges a little tanned; staples rusting, with slight marking, but a very good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE CASE OF THE NAVAL STORES RACKET.

TYRER, Walter, 1900-1978 : THE CASE OF THE NAVAL STORES RACKET.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1953]. First edition. Sailors on shore leave are robbed of their back-pay. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 287, issued in May 1953.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Eric Parker (1898-1974); some minor wear; spine and edges a little tanned; staple rusting, with some marking, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£15

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“WILLIAMS, Richard” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORMENT WAS A REDHEAD.

“WILLIAMS, Richard” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORMENT WAS A REDHEAD.

London : Fleetway Publications, (1962). First edition. Tinker goes to Hatton Garden to escort the diamonds – redhead awaits – the Sexton Blake mantle here taken over by the author of the ‘Hank Janson’ tales. Sexton Blake Library, Fourth Series, No. 498, issued in April 1962.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 61,(iii)pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by Jean Chapman; some very mild wear; a few faint spots; staple rusting; back wrapper a little discoloured, but otherwise a very good copy of a fragile and ephemeral production.

£15

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