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“BARONI, Nick” : RED DOLL.

London : Curtis Warren, [ca.1951]. First edition. “I got a funny kind of a nose. I can smell dough a mile away. I can smell trouble, too. When I see the guy walk into my office in Chicago, I smell both ...” – “Nick Baroni” was a Curtis Warren house-name, first used by Frederick Tom Foden (1907-1982) and subsequently by various other writers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (1),[ii],4-111,[i]pp – including horticultural advertisements for both Flexible Earth and British Bamboo Groves. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a soulful design by the always elegant H. W. Perl; some very minor wrinkling and creasing, with a single short nick; staples slightly rusted, with tiny spots of discolouration, but overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

SOLD

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BUXTON, Raymond : MIDSUMMER MADNESS.

BUXTON, Raymond : MIDSUMMER MADNESS.

London : Modern Fiction, [1946]. First edition. Simple but handsome farmworker led astray by forward hussies – well written and in places almost erotic, which is more than can be said for most of the Modern Fiction output. Buxton was the author of “Broken Liebestraum” (1944), “No Gentle Lady” (1949), etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (64)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – combative and diaphanous woman in a design by H. W. Perl; rather worn, torn and frayed; cup mark on upper wrapper, tape repair to lower; staples rusting; some internal tears to gutter; an indifferent copy of a scarce title. The British Library has what is apparently a later edition with more pages, but no copies of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Who is she? Oh, come! You surely can’t tell me that you don’t know she’s the great Lulu Le Sainte?” – the lovely, famous and scandalous man-eater meets a confirmed woman-hater on a terrace in Monte Carlo. Inez Castello, author of half a dozen similar novels of the Bright-Young-Things period, was perhaps the London-born “actress” who took ship from Havana to New York under that name in 1920, but has otherwise eluded identification.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; cloth a little used and blotched; text a little marked and tanned, but a serviceable copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little worn and slightly smudged, with repairs to folds – but complete and attractive still.

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CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “When I first saw the yacht she was lying at anchor in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney Harbour” – a sharebroker yearns to return to the South Seas. Shanghaied on the yacht of the beautiful Virginia Mortimer, he is offered a thousand pounds to pilot the yacht on a secret mission.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 254,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; a few faint marks; edges and prelims a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking original dust-jacket – unsigned but by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little rubbed, nicked and slightly soiled, but still very good. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£100

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CUNNINGHAM, Paul : [DROP TITLE] TOAST TO SATAN.

CUNNINGHAM, Paul : [DROP TITLE] TOAST TO SATAN.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [ca.1946]. First edition. Nick and Joan come under rifle fire as they investigate a powerful speed launch on the Channel coast..
Crown 8vo (18cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – man crawls after a leggy blonde and typical Perl-girl by H. W. Perl; some minor creasing and marking; pencil marks to upper wrapper; short tear to lower wrapper; staples rusting; text tanned, with one leaf much creased, but overall still a very good copy of a rare and fragile item. Not recorded on the Holland & Williams Hamilton checklist – and no copy traced in any major library worldwide.

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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.

£20

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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. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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[FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949] – “HALWARD, Leslie” : DAMES IN DISTRESS.

[FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949] – “HALWARD, Leslie” : DAMES IN DISTRESS.

London : Grant Hughes, [ca.1948]. First edition. “He first noticed her in Sylvester’s Restaurant in the Strand, where he had gone for dinner. She was not young and not old – she might have been anywhere between the ages of twenty-five and thirty – and she was beautiful” – but Lance Knight (The Knight) is more interested in her companion, a criminal beyond the reach of the law, because his hobby is meting out justice to the untouchable.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (64)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; spine and edges smoke blackened; some wear at head; staples heavily rusted; a few marks, but the text largely unopened; a serviceable copy of a scarce book. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : DECEIT.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : DECEIT.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [ca.1946]. First edition. “Listen: it all started on account of a dame an’ a telescope – then one dame led to another and so on. There was Fay – cute but snooty – Cynthia, who was a regular dream thing; Margaretta, who got ‘cooled off’ too early; Amaris, who – well, you’ll find out about that baby! Then there were some funny – and dangerous – guys”. Firth in fine form with a tale that opens in New York’s Central Park.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by H. W. Perl; a poor copy – the wrappers and edges smoke-blackened, the spine chipped and partly defective, lacking a 4cm portion; wrappers creased; many text leaves darkened and soiled; some creased; a working copy of a very scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “OUT FOR THE COUNT”.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : “OUT FOR THE COUNT”.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), 1947. First edition. Newly found wealth, young love, deceiving men, arrest in Piccadilly Circus, and an act of questionable morality at the Chelsea Arts Ball. Firth in fine and rollicking form.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 194 (i.e.192)pp. Original blue boards, lettered in black; a touch sunned at tips, faint spine crease, but otherwise a very good copy in the charming dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – rubbed, a little creased, price-clipped, chipped at head, tail and corners, with a larger (4 x 2.5cm) portion missing from rear panel and some nicks and short tears, but substantially complete and a rare and fragile survival.

£25

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : STUDIO REVELS.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : STUDIO REVELS.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1946]. First edition. Girl from a sweat shop responds to a modelling advertisement – the “inside story” of Greenwich Village – “queer, crazy characters, torn from a page of life, the riotous studio parties, the life of a professional model, and the excitement of the hunt for a crazed strangler”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; small chip at foot; spine and edges a little darkened; lower wrapper slightly discoloured; a few marks; staples rusted, but a good copy of a difficult title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : STUDIO REVELS.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : STUDIO REVELS.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1946]. First edition. Girl from a sweat shop responds to a modelling advertisement – the “inside story” of Greenwich Village – “queer, crazy characters, torn from a page of life, the riotous studio parties, the life of a professional model, and the excitement of the hunt for a crazed strangler”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; wrappers a little creased and slightly discoloured; edges smoke-blackened; staples rusted; slight adhesion damage to title-page, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : STRANGE HUNGER.

HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : STRANGE HUNGER.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1946]. First edition. Wealthy young inventor summons together the best brains in the world to propose a new World Union – a pertinent and interesting science fiction title not listed by Harbottle & Holland.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by H. W. Perl; lacks spine; edges smoke blackened, with a few associated internal marks; staples rusted, but a serviceable copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

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HUTTON, W.R. (William Richard), 1913-1998 : BROADWAY RACKET.

HUTTON, W.R. (William Richard), 1913-1998 : BROADWAY RACKET.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1946]. First edition. Tim Regan’s wife abandons him on the same day that the police are tipped off about his planned bank robbery – five years on he emerges from prison. A rather more literate text than the usual Hamilton fare.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 62,[ii]pp (the final advertisement leaf soliciting manuscripts for pulp publishers Grant Hughes). Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; spine chipped and frayed; rear cover and edges smoke blackened, with some light associated internal marking; staples rusted; text lightly tanned; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian & Cambridge) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : THE SUN QUEEN.

KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : THE SUN QUEEN.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., 1946. First edition. “In a flash the Instantaneous Flight Machine was gone ...” – Roger Marshall and his girlfriend Joan Lorimer teleport themselves into a sunspot and find the Sun Queen engaged in a terrible war against the Black Knights and the evil superstition of the Rock God. “Many novel theories and ideas”. For more on Hyman Kaner, see my Bookhunter on Safari blog-post for 7th July 2016.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii],204,[ii]pp. Original tan boards, lettered in gilt; top edge a little spotted, but a very good, clean and bright copy in the H. W. Perl dust-jacket – a little rubbed, with a couple of tiny chips and short tears, but also very good.

£25

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“LACROIX, Ramon” : EROS LOOKS DOWN.

“LACROIX, Ramon” : EROS LOOKS DOWN.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1952]. First edition. “Waiting in Piccadilly Circus; waiting for what cynical Eros on his pedestal might send her, stands Jenny Stewart, cast by cruel turns of Fortune’s wheel into the company of fallen women ...”. The London night-club scene exposed as respectable Jenny falls prey to the procurers. Ramon Lacroix was a house name used, inter alia, by Ernest McKeag, Norman Lazenby, etc.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Hyman Perl (1897-1952); spine chipped at foot and with some lateral tears; some marking and creasing; a few leaves slightly chipped, without loss, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

London : Mellifont Press, [1934]. Second edition. Five Parisian mysteries – The Affair of the Blue Scarabs; The Clue of the Newspaper Paragraph; The Secret of the Gieboff Emerald; The Affair of the Avenue Malakoff, and The Holes in the Wall. Originally published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1920. Mellifont 252.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lurid design by H. W. Perl; chipped at foot; large chip to upper wrapper and some scuffing to lower; some creasing and tanning, but a serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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MARLOWE, Francis, 1870-1944 : THE HATTON GARDEN MYSTERY.

MARLOWE, Francis, 1870-1944 : THE HATTON GARDEN MYSTERY.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “At the end of an evening spent in the West End of London this man found his mind a complete blank as to the events of an hour of it, and he discovered in his possession, inexplicably, a parcel of diamonds that represented a fortune. How, where, and with whom, had he spent the mystery hour?” – Philip Granger is soon mixed up with Doc Summers, bland and ambassadorial king of crime (drawn from the life), but the beautiful Olive is intent on saving him.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original orange cloth, lettered in black; small and faint band of discolouration at foot of spine; a few edge-spots; text lightly tanned; a couple of nicks and small flaws, but a good copy of an uncommon title – in the striking original dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – the jacket a little worn, and lightly creased and sunned, with a few repaired splits and a tear, but complete and attractive still.

£200

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NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Someone once said that the parties in Hollywood sounded like school treats compared to those given by Maisie Bellamy” – film critic Peter Day knows everyone in the Elstree set – young Lucinda Carey does not. Conflicts between love and career, “the glamour of the film world; written with first-hand knowledge”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (250),[ii]pp. Original jade cloth, lettered in black; a few minor marks, but a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little sunned, label neatly removed, but very lightly used and bright and attractive. Just two copies (British Library and New York) located in the world’s major libraries.

£125

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POPULAR FICTION (LONDON) LTD. – publishers : THE GYPSY DREAM BOOK : 1001 DREAMS EXPLAINED.

POPULAR FICTION (LONDON) LTD. – publishers : THE GYPSY DREAM BOOK : 1001 DREAMS EXPLAINED.

London : Popular Fiction (London), [ca.1946]. First edition under this precise title, but presumably related to similar works under similar titles popular in both England and the United States since the middle of the nineteenth century, and in particular “The Gypsy’s Dream Book” published by London pulp publisher F. M. Mowl in 1933. Dream themes explained in a dictionary of topics from “abroad” to “youth” – “to dream that you are doing accounts is not a lucky dream”, “it is more fortunate to dream of hens than other chickens”, etc. Published from Popular Fiction’s 1942-1949 address at 47 Deacon Street.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a brooding seer from H. W. Perl (1897-1952); spine a little chipped and frayed; edges darkened; lower wrapper dusty; staples rusted, but a reasonable copy of a fragile production. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : DESIRE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : DESIRE.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1940]. [Second edition]. Handsome libertine and remittance man John Galway falls for a South Seas beauty. Originally published by Gramol in about 1930 and here published by Phoenix from their pre-1942 Elephant Road address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; a little worn, soiled, nicked, chipped and creased; a few internal marks and spots, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy of any edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : PASSION.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : PASSION.

London : Modern Fiction, [ca.1942]. [Second edition]. Ian Desbro heads off to America to make his fortune – he can’t see it, but sophisticated Maud Lefroy doesn’t love him, while simple Nora Lorrimer does. A title originally published by the Federation Press in the mid-1920s, and later in about 1946 by the Lockers, but here with a distinctly passionless H. W. Perl cover in an unrecorded wartime edition from Edwin and Irene Turvey at their 1941-1943 North View Parade address in North London.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde unimpressed by a man’s attentions in a design by H. W. Perl; an indifferent copy – worn, creased and chipped; lacking over an inch (3.5cm) at foot of spine; upper staple rusted; pencilled ownership inscriptions of a Mrs Pike; text subject to intermittent pale yellow staining and creased in places, but a serviceable copy of an extremely rare book. No copy of any edition located in any major library worldwide.

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. [Third edition] : issued from Phoenix’s post 1941 Deacon Street 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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; some light wear and mild creasing; some mild spotting, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“SARTO, Ben” –  [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

London : Modern Fiction, [ca.1943]. First edition : the variant with the plain lower wrapper. The United Ladies’ Club of Chicago – Dynamite Doll, Slappy Sal (not to mention her husband Jelly the Fish), Velvet Vi, Reno Doreena – but Anna Toplitski craves the “sharp, puncturing kiss” of the hypodermic syringe. It has become apparent from the details of the May 1949 “passing off” High Court hearing before Mr Justice Romer, in which Fawcett and his publisher, Edwin Turvey, sued each other over the rights in the “Ben Sarto” name, that many of the Sarto titles were first published considerably earlier than has previously been supposed. Evidence produced at the trial over the surrender of rights in reprints suggests that the present title must have been in print prior at some time prior to the summer of 1944.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design of a blonde in clinging green; some very minor wear and creasing; a couple of short tears; the predominantly white wrappers lightly marked, with some faint splashing to lower wrapper; staples a little rusted, but overall a very good copy of a fragile production.

£50

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CHICAGO DAMES.

London : Modern Fiction, [ca.1943]. First edition : the variant with the plain lower wrapper. The United Ladies’ Club of Chicago – Dynamite Doll, Slappy Sal (not to mention her husband Jelly the Fish), Velvet Vi, Reno Doreena – but Anna Toplitski craves the “sharp, puncturing kiss” of the hypodermic syringe. It has become apparent from the details of the May 1949 “passing off” High Court hearing before Mr Justice Romer, in which Fawcett and his publisher, Edwin Turvey, sued each other over the rights in the “Ben Sarto” name, that many of the Sarto titles were first published considerably earlier than has previously been supposed. Evidence produced at the trial over the surrender of rights in reprints suggests that the present title must have been in print prior at some time prior to the summer of 1944.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design of a blonde in clinging green; a little worn, marked, and slightly creased; a couple of short tears; the predominantly white wrappers a little soiled; staples rusting; title-page creased, but a reasonable copy of a fragile production.

£40

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

London : Modern Fiction, [1947]. First edition. A murder in the Otis Restaurant – a revenge killing by a strange young man.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design; some minor wear and creasing; a few slight marks; staples rusting; text faintly tanned, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

London : Modern Fiction, [1947]. First edition. A murder in the Otis Restaurant – a revenge killing by a strange young man.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design; some minor wear and creasing; lower wrapper lightly marked; text slightly tanned, but a very good copy. Stamps of Simonite’s Book Exchange Service of Cannock Market on first few leaves and (very faintly) on upper wrapper. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS HAS A DAUGHTER.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS HAS A DAUGHTER.

London : Modern Fiction, [1948]. First edition. Playing with his own name, Fawcett gives us cheapstore dressmaker Frank Driffield Tawfitt, who has taken a shine to the mysterious and alluring new partner in Manhattan’s Paradise Restaurant – Miss Otis has gone incognito.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – woman, gun, allure – a design by H. W. Perl; just a touch of wear to tips; a couple of tiny creases; staples rusted and discoloured, but otherwise a very good and clean copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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SHARP, L.G. : LILAC LADY : A ROMANCE.

SHARP, L.G. : LILAC LADY : A ROMANCE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1935]. First edition. Historical romance set at the time of the Civil War – Anthony St. Cloude aspires to the hand of the lovely Enid Derrer, the “Lilac Lady” of Essex. Mellifont 3129.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; wrappers a little creased; repaired tear to lower wrapper; slight adhesion damage to final leaf, but a good copy. Gift inscription dated February 1936 on title-page. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SILKEN DIVANS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SILKEN DIVANS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. First edition. As they arrive in Paris, Madge Bradley rather regrets having become travelling companion to the fat, ugly, flashily-dressed, and intolerably rich widow, Mrs Brent. Published by Phoenix from their mid-1940s Deacon Street address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead, pink heels, wine and cigarettes – a typical design by H. W. Perl – Hyman Woolf Perlzweig (1897-1952); minor wear; some creasing; staples a touch rusted; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy of a very uncommon title. No copy of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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WILDING, Elisabeth : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] PLAYTHINGS.

WILDING, Elisabeth : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] PLAYTHINGS.

London : Gramol Publications, [1933]. First edition : a variant with the Gypsy Dream Book advertisement (a design by H. W. Perl) on the lower wrapper. Maurice Lancaster returns from Saigon on the inheritance of his uncle’s estate – a beautiful young Canadian woman is in residence.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; some wear; wrappers creased; lower wrapper slightly torn and chipped; staples rusted; a reasonable copy. Only a single copy (British Library – a variant with a What the Stars Predict advertisement on the lower wrapper) traced in major libraries worldwide. Pencilled ownership inscription of E. Canto on first leaf.

£40

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