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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THEY NEVER SAY WHEN : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THEY NEVER SAY WHEN : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1944. First edition. A Slim Callaghan tale – Mlle Juliette de Longues can speak so much basic English with her eyes she can afford to be dumb – but she is good. Irana Favely knows she is good. Paula Denys doesn’t care if she’s good.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original sand cloth, blocked and lettered in green; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – lightly worn and nicked, slightly creased, but complete and attractive still. Neat contemporary ownership inscription.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1944. First edition. An early Cheyney “dark” novel of counter-espionage – the all-wise Quayle, Shaun O’Mara, Ricky Kerr – “The women, of course, dress superbly, move like angels, are as beautiful as diamonds and, with one notable exception, behave abominably”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; a touch bruised; a few edge-spots, but a very good and sound copy in the original atmospheric pictorial dust-jacket – ruby-lipped brunette in green stares us down – lightly used, with a few short nicks, but also very good.

£25

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1944. First edition. “The women, of course, dress superbly, move like angels, are as beautiful as diamonds and, with one notable exception, behave abominably”. An early Cheyney “dark” novel of counter-espionage.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; a touch bruised; a few edge-spots, but a very good and sound copy in the original atmospheric pictorial dust-jacket – ruby-lipped brunette in green stares us down – lightly rubbed and just very slightly worn at head. Contemporary (1944) gift inscription.

£25

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : I’LL SAY SHE DOES!

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : I’LL SAY SHE DOES!

London : Collins, 1945. First edition. Lemmy Caution is now attached to U. S. Army Intelligence in Paris and needs to track down two suspected enemy agents – Marceline du Clos and an American called Varley. The trail leads to the quiet Sussex countryside.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; just a hint of bruising, but a very good and sound copy in the pictorial dust-jacket – the jacket with a few faint marks, but only minimal wear, and also very good.

£50

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : NIGHT CLUB.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : NIGHT CLUB.

Henfield : Poynings Press, (1945). First edition. We begin with a gentleman with nerves – and move on to the girl with a gun. The Silver Ring Club, Bruton Street, Berkeley Square, Regent Street and London in the rain.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (68)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by RMS; lightly rubbed and a touch faded; staples a little rusted, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the world’s major libraries.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DARK HERO.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DARK HERO.

London : Collins, 1946. First edition. Rene Berg, ex-Chicago gunman, awakens in a German concentration camp. His greatest moment awaits.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; some spotting to edges and endpapers, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – lightly worn, and with a couple of minor scuffs and a little dustiness to the lower panel.

£40

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DATE AFTER DARK AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DATE AFTER DARK AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Polybooks, (1946). First edition. “Date after Dark”, which opens in a London air-raid, and three further stories, all featuring Slim Callaghan.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design in green, pink and black by Reina Mary Sington (1924-2000); some wear and creasing; wrappers a little soiled; staples rusted, 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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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : “G” MAN AT THE YARD : A LEMMY CAUTION STORY.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : “G” MAN AT THE YARD : A LEMMY CAUTION STORY.

Henfield : Poynings Press, (1946). First edition. Lemmy Caution comes to London in pursuit of Esmeralda Vandellin, but needs help from Scotland Yard.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 122pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in yellow; boards rubbed and worn, but a serviceable copy in the striking dust-jacket by Reina Mary Sington (Reina Bull) (1924-2000) – the jacket worn, chipped and missing an inch at the head of the rear panel, but a welcome survival.

£25

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : TIME FOR CAUTION.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : TIME FOR CAUTION.

Hounslow : William Foster (Publishers), (1948). Second edition. Fourteen short stories. Originally published in 1946, but here with fresh cover design by saucy seaside postcard artist Bob Wilkin.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; worn, chipped and creased; staples rusted; a few edge spots; a reasonable copy of a fragile item. Just two copies of this edition located in major libraries.

£10

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : A MATTER OF LUCK AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : A MATTER OF LUCK AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books (Todd Publishing Group), (1947). First edition. “Peter Cheyney’s knowledge of the night haunts of London is extensive and has provided him with the material ...” – a collection of six short stories, including “The Peacock Fan” and “The Black Mantilla”.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Winslade; staples a little rusted; wrappers slightly rubbed and with some slight nicking and creasing; lower wrapper lightly marked, but good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DANCE WITHOUT MUSIC : A MYSTERY NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DANCE WITHOUT MUSIC : A MYSTERY NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1947. First edition. A new private detective in Caryl Wylde O’Hara – and the story of Leonora Ivory, Alexis Ricaud and his heroin-addicted wife, Esmeralda, etc. “A perfect case, probably the most perfect case that Mr. Cheyney, with as good an eye for a pretty plot as for a pretty woman, has ever devised”. Set mainly in London, with excursions to Maidenhead, the Sussex coast and Torquay.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; a very good copy in the original pictorial Winslade dust-jacket – frightened brunette in long white gown and gloves – complete if a little worn, torn and creased, with some taped repairs.

£15

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LADY IN TEARS AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LADY IN TEARS AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books, (1948). First edition. The title story, featuring Slim Callaghan, and three further stories culled from earlier collections – “You Can’t Hit a Woman”; “A Set-Up for Psychology”, and “Death in the Lift” (wrongly headed “Death in the Boat” in the text).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by C. Macdonald; lightly worn and slightly marked; a couple of tiny nicks; staples rusting, but a good copy of an uncommon book. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : COCKTAIL PARTY AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : COCKTAIL PARTY AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books, [1948]. First edition. Six short stories, featuring inter alia the Palmont platinum case, Slim Callaghan, and a gigolo standing on the corner of Brook Street and Bond Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a breezy design by Reina Mary Sington (1924-2000); a little rubbed and slightly worn; small mark to fore-edge; staples rusted, but a good copy still. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DARK WANTON : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : DARK WANTON : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1948. First edition. One of Cheyney’s “Dark” series, with Everard Peter Quayle, “that poker-faced and most secretive of secret agents”, Vincente Callao, fashionable dance-band leader, the lovely Aurora Francis, and the enigmatic Antoinette Brown.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – the jacket lightly worn, slightly creased, with a couple of nicks and a short tear.

£20

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : YOU CAN CALL IT A DAY : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : YOU CAN CALL IT A DAY : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1949. First edition. Johnny Vallon is a tough egg, just returned from war service in the east to team up with Chennault’s Investigations of Long Acre. It begins with a Bacardi and a woman wearing Narcisse Noir perfume – and then Joe Chennault is found dead.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly worn and slightly creased.

£20

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : ONE OF THOSE THINGS : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : ONE OF THOSE THINGS : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1949. First edition. Irish private enquiry agent, Terence O’Day – an afternoon at Plumpton Races – a tip about a horse, and another about a woman – the very beautiful and very dangerous Merys Vanner.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – men appraise blonde at bar – the jacket just lightly worn, slightly nicked, and a little spotted on the verso.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : LADIES WON'T WAIT : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : LADIES WON'T WAIT : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1951. First edition. “She was standing under the awning outside Maxime in the Rue Royale, young, beautiful, English, a woman of extraordinary grace and strange allure ... Kells never saw her again – alive”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 252,[iv]pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in silver; a few spots; a few tiny creases; mild tanning of endpapers, but otherwise a very good and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – price-clipped by the publisher, with an over-printed 6/- price, just lightly worn and slightly nicked.

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