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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “CONCERTO FOR FEAR!” (FEATURING RED BENTON).

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “CONCERTO FOR FEAR!” (FEATURING RED BENTON).

London : Bear Hudson, 1945. First edition. Each time a certain point in the concert was reached, someone died. Red Benton and his whisky-loving accomplice Happy Harringay investigate. Bear Hudson No. 530.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a three colour design by H. W. Perl (1897-1952); some light wear and creasing; staples rusted; some internal creases and a few marks, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : [DROP-TITLE] A COWARD AT HARCOURT.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : [DROP-TITLE] A COWARD AT HARCOURT.

London : Mitre Press, [1944]. First edition. "What the dickens is it, you chaps?" – it’s Eustace Green turning up for his first day at Harcourt College in tight velvet and a frilly silk collar. Firth very much in Frank Richards mode.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (16pp). Original two-colour pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; staples rusted, with resultant damage; a few spots, but otherwise a good copy.

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : SPAWN OF THE VAMPIRE.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : SPAWN OF THE VAMPIRE.

London : Bear, Hudson, [1946]. First edition. "High in the Transylvanian Alps, close by a small village called Safnia, stands the mighty grey-walled castle of the Grafshens ..." – the ever-versatile Firth presents Jerry Liddon, "English, bronzed, clear-eyed and fair-haired" and his new half-Rumanian bride, "tip-tilted nose and dark, glossy hair", married in Bucharest and Safnia-bound. What could possibly go wrong? This archetypal Bear, Hudson publication also includes Frank Griffin’s "All Set for Murder".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an evocative design by H. W. Perl; a little worn, creased and chipped; lower wrapper a little spotted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce title. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£150

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