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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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“CARSON, Bart” – [MACONACHIE, William] : CHAMPAGNE AND CHOPPERS.

“CARSON, Bart” – [MACONACHIE, William] : CHAMPAGNE AND CHOPPERS.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1951]. First edition. “I got biggity once, when I figured I was a real night club baron. I quit rum and coke and started using a little champagne. Well, I guess it had no link-up really, but before I knew where I was choppers [tommy-guns] were blasting around me...”. Later published in the USA as “Dope Doll” by “Steve Harrigan”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a sparkling design by John Pollack; some wear and light marking and fraying; a few internal marks and creases, but a good copy. Only a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

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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] : 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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EAGLE, John : RECKLESS JOURNEY.

EAGLE, John : RECKLESS JOURNEY.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), 1947. First edition. Newspaper editor and private investigator arrive at a country inn with a peculiar landlord – reporter Miss French has gone missing.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an elegant design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); a little worn and split; spine and edges smoke blackened; a few minor marks, but a serviceable copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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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] – “FIRTH, Sheila A.” : ORCHID LADY.

[FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949] – “FIRTH, Sheila A.” : ORCHID LADY.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1948?]. First edition. A charming tale which opens in Petticoat Lane on a Sunday morning and the prettiest girl in the market is serving jellied eels. Firth here using the name of his daughter, Sheila Ann Firth (1945-2018), as one of his many pseudonyms. Also includes an additional story – “Her Next-Door Rival”, by Eve Calvert.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); a little marked and worn; staples rusted and paper damaged; a reasonable copy of a scarce item. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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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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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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