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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] – editor : CRIMES OF LOVE AND PASSION : NUMBER ONE.
[London] : Federation Press, [1928?]. First edition. A scarce and early Paul Renin title, the first of a series of four, this issue containing two stories – Phillip Baker’s “Her Secret Lover” and Renin’s own “The Madcap of Paris”, described as “a true story of a mad little bohemian in the world’s wickedest city”. Dated from internal evidence – the Federation Press, here giving an address at Gramol House, became Gramol Publications in 1928, but Moritz & Chambers, who advertise on the lower wrapper from 80 York Road, appear not to have been at that address prior to that year.
“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE SEVENTH NIGHT.
London : Federation Press, (1927). First edition. A great white yacht beneath a tropical moon – young Madeline is shocked by her beast of her husband, Lord Farlingham.
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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.
London : Federation Press, . First edition : with a copyright date of 1924 and issued from the publishers’ pre-1925 Fetter Lane address. “A story of love that came too late to a woman of sin” – a tale also commencing with two contrasting impoverished writers on Fleet Street. With a 3pp authorial preface quoting from Omar Khayyam omitted in later editions.
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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : NIGHT HAUNTS OF PARIS.
London : Federation Press, (1926). First edition. Although better known in the Archer Press edition of 1949 with its Reginald Heade cover (almost universally regarded as the first edition), this early Vane – “the most daring exposure ever written of the world’s wickedest city” – has a much longer history. The Federation Press, already here operating from Gramol House, later became the Gramol Press under the direction of Arthur Gray and Frederick Mowl – both of whom later suffered imprisonment in Wormwood Scrubs for transgressing the bounds of pre-war public decency with their racy publications. The lure of Montmartre, among the Apaches, black women and white men, gambling dens, tempting English girlhood, and more.
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