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BOUNDS, Sydney J. (Sydney James), 1920-2006 : DIMENSION OF HORROR.

BOUNDS, Sydney J. (Sydney James), 1920-2006 : DIMENSION OF HORROR.

London : Panther Books, Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), (1953). First edition. Earthman teams up with green-haired Venusian girl and a creature from another dimension to save Earth and Venus from war and destruction. Sacrifice demanded.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by John Richards; torn and repaired at foot; a little marked, chipped and creased; staples much rusted; a reasonable copy of an enjoyable space opera. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

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“BRYONY, June” : ENCHANTED LOVE.

“BRYONY, June” : ENCHANTED LOVE.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1948]. First edition. Stranger in town wants to paint the pretty girl with the flaxen hair and the beautiful fingers who works behind the food counter on the High Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); staples rusted, with some discolouration; text very slightly wrinkled, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Marguerite de Manell comes of age: she owns a great historic castle, but can’t afford to – she is living in a poky bed-sit and working as a shorthand typist.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); wrappers a little split; two repaired tears to rear wrapper, and one to upper wrapper; a reasonable copy of a fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

“BRYONY, June” : GLORIOUS ROMANCE.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Marguerite de Manell comes of age: she owns a great historic castle, but can’t afford to – she is living in a poky bed-sit and working as a shorthand typist.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); spine and edges a little smoke blackened; wrappers a little marked; staples rusted; a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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“BRYONY, June” : LOVE’S DILEMMA.

“BRYONY, June” : LOVE’S DILEMMA.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. The lovely Mavis Denton scores a notable success in the factory’s amateur theatricals – onwards to a screen test, but also moral danger.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); spine and edges a little smoke blackened; spine a little split; wrappers creased; rear wrapper and last leaf also partly blackened; staples rusted; a poor but serviceable copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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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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“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : OLD GROWLER AND ORBIS. SCIENCE FICTION MONTHLY NO. 9.

“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : OLD GROWLER AND ORBIS. SCIENCE FICTION MONTHLY NO. 9.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1951]. First edition. Almost the entire issue of the magazine is given over to this full-length story – a novella in the Deegan “Old Growler” series, a rather attractive British precursor of “Star Trek”. The final few leaves are given over to a quiz, a short piece on atoms, some science news, and a couple of short reviews (one for Asimov’s I, Robot).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 110,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by George Ratcliffe; spine a little worn and discoloured; wrappers rubbed and slightly creased; staples much rusted; text very faintly tanned, but a reasonable copy.

£20

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“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : CORRIDORS OF TIME.

“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : CORRIDORS OF TIME.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1953]. First edition : the paperback issue. The first in the Corridors of Time trilogy – Dysart and Magda know they must plunge into Time itself in pursuit of the avenging Kazan – four times the time-warp hurtles them to unknown dimensions. Panther Book 85.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers -a design by John Richards; worn at foot; wrappers slightly creased and a little frayed; a sound and serviceable copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) traced in the major UK libraries.

£20

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“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : BEYOND THE FOURTH DOOR.

“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : BEYOND THE FOURTH DOOR.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1954]. First edition : the paperback issue. The second in the Corridors of Time trilogy – Magda and Dysart in pursuit of the thief of the symbolic jewel – a tenuous trail of radioactivity through time to follow. Panther Book 96.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers -a design by John Richards; some light wear at tips; short split at head; corner crease to lower wrappers; mild spotting and browning, but a good sound and serviceable copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) traced in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : EXILES IN TIME.

“DEEGAN, Jon J.” – [SHARP, Robert George, 1902-1967] : EXILES IN TIME.

London : Panther Books – Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1954]. First edition : the paperback issue. Illegal excavations below the portals of time. The final volume in the Corridors of Time series – Panther Book 117.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by John Richards. A poor copy – worn at extremities; spine splitting; some creasing; text shaken. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) traced in the major UK libraries.

£15

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DENNIS, D.T. : ROMANTIC ECSTASY.

DENNIS, D.T. : ROMANTIC ECSTASY.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Wealthy playboy flies into London Airport after a year spent proving his worth in the mines of Africa – but Norma is still not impressed.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); some minor wear; a few slight marks; staples rusted and wrappers now detached, but a good copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : FUTURISTIC STORIES [COVER TITLE].

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : FUTURISTIC STORIES [COVER TITLE].

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1946]. First edition. One of just two known issues of this short-lived science fiction magazine – three stories – Firth’s “The Lords of Zorm” and “Laughter of the Gods”, the latter written under his “Earl Ellison” pseudonym, and “The Timeless Dimension” by “Rice Ackman”, almost certainly another Firth pseudonym.
Crown 4to (25cm). (48)pp. Frontispiece. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an extraordinary design by H. W. Perl; somewhat rubbed, worn and creased, with a couple of minor repairs to spine; staples rusted; title-page a touch dusty; text lightly tanned, with a few tiny nicks, but a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile publication. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£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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MORROW, Ann : MOONLIGHT IN VENICE.

MORROW, Ann : MOONLIGHT IN VENICE.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Ann gives the gondolier a charming smile, pats her auburn hair, and almost falls out of the gondola.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); wrappers lightly rubbed and slightly creased; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“WATTSON, Jean” : DANGEROUS BACHELOR.

“WATTSON, Jean” : DANGEROUS BACHELOR.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1949]. First edition. Sheena begins to think she has married beneath her – and the acute post-war housing shortage is not helping. Jean Wattson is thought perhaps to be a pseudonym of the author John F. Watt. Although not announced on cover or title-page, the last seventeen pages contain a separate story – “Flame of Desire” by Janice Talbot.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [32]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Brab; a few faint marks; staples rusted, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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