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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : SNATCHED.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : SNATCHED.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. First edition. An army veteran on the brink of madness and despair cleans his rifle – and then he loads it.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 131,(v)pp. Original pictorial wrappers; short tear, some wear, and slight splitting to spine; some creasing; a few slight marks; price stamps on front wrapper and half-title; a little shaken, but a serviceable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BABY, DON’T DARE SQUEAL.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BABY, DON’T DARE SQUEAL.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. The first book in the third series of Jansons – and the recipient of seventy-six local authority destruction orders by 1953 (Holland p.323) – a record even for Janson. A job interview in the opening pages which brings in discussion of Descartes, Plato, Nietzsche, Hume, Schopenhauer, and the Behaviourists was perhaps not the reason. Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Cool Sugar” in 1960.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade – one of his very best, with redhead in abandon and a filmy green negligee; price adjusted by silvering over the front wrapper; some very minor wear and mild creasing; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£125

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : DESERT FURY. “JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : DESERT FURY.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : DESERT FURY.

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : the variant with the Heade colour advertisement for the never-published “Woman Trap” on the lower wrapper. The final book in Janson’s Persian trilogy – “Mada herself will face the anger and punishment of her just but merciless father”. Evidence adduced at Janson’s trial suggests that the book may in fact have been written in whole or in part by Geoffrey Pardoe (1890-1953). The book concludes with a 6pp “Personal Letter” from Janson to his readers on the subject of science fiction and his forthcoming book, “The Unseen Assassin”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of an exotic and bejewelled brunette from the harem; slight chips at head and tail; front wrapper creased and lightly worn; a few faint marks; text very slightly tanned; but a good copy. Williams & Holland Specials C.

£50

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE FILLY WORE A ROD.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE FILLY WORE A ROD.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. Interesting in bringing into the plot the Basque game of Fron-Ton (pelota). Although the original Heade artwork (bosomy redhead in state of undress) was replaced before publication by a slightly toned-down but very knowing strawberry-blonde (again from Heade – see Holland pp.90-91) – the novel still managed to be the subject of eleven local authority destruction orders (Holland p.323). The penultimate book in the Third Series – later republished as “Lose This Gun” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1958.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and slight creasing; a few slight marks, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GUNSMOKE IN HER EYES.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GUNSMOKE IN HER EYES.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition. The tenth book in the series. “I was staying at John Parker’s place in Hollywood and it was a nice set-up. It was especially a nice set-up on account of Beryl ... Me and Beryl were rubbing along nicely together, just like a coupla dry sticks that keep on wanting to burst into flame on account of they’re getting so hot”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 124,[iv]pp. Oriiginal pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde, gun, heels and stockings – a design by “Ferrari” (Philip Montague Mendoza); some very minor wear and a touch of fraying; tiny nick to rear wrapper; a few slight creases; faint tanning to text, but otherwise a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : HOTSY, YOU’LL BE CHILLED.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : HOTSY, YOU’LL BE CHILLED.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition : the price altered to two shillings prior to publication by blocking out and overprinting, with some manuscript deletion on the spine. A prisoner is taken to see the governor – and is offered a job. The subject of twenty-three local authority destruction orders (Holland p.323).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical Reginald Heade startled and half-naked brunette; some light wear and mild creasing; some light spotting to outer leaves and rear wrapper, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : IT’S ALWAYS EVE THAT WEEPS.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : IT’S ALWAYS EVE THAT WEEPS.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. “I’m a hundred years old, I’ve lived a century in a few hours. I’m old enough now to understand my own stupidity, and the stupidity of others”. The last of the Janson titles to be published under his own S. D. Frances imprint.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a subdued design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957) – sobbing brunette showing her charms; slight wear at foot; a few spots, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LADY, MIND THAT CORPSE.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LADY, MIND THAT CORPSE.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. Originally published in 1948 and here in an early reprint – the second full-length Hank Janson title, and probably definitive in terms of fully establishing his modes of characterisation, gritty dialogue and overall style. “Sheila was disguised as a boy until another fella tried to strip away her pants. That started a rumpus which involved the important citizens”. The subject of forty-seven destruction orders from local magistrates.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (112)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a leggy blonde in stockings and disarray by Reginald Heade; some slight wear and bruising; a few marks; staples rusting; text a little tanned, but otherwise a very good and sound copy of an elusive early title.

£50

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SISTER DON’T HATE ME.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SISTER DON’T HATE ME.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition. A mystery phone-call from a voice like velvet to the Chicago Chronicle news-desk sets the wheels in motion. The first book in the Second Series – advertised as “the most sexciting best-sellers of today”. The subject of forty-four destruction orders from local magistrates (Holland p.320). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Prey for a Newshawk” in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (5)-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde bound and gagged; some minor wear; slight mark to spine; diagonal crease and a few other slight creases to front wrapper; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy of a scarce early title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SOME LOOK BETTER DEAD.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SOME LOOK BETTER DEAD.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. Hank is taken off a big story to fly to St. Louis – there is a reason. The scarce second book of the second series. The book attracted forty-nine destruction orders (Holland. p.322). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Play It Quiet” in 1962.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-128,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Heade blonde in bonds, heels and little else; some very minor wear to tips and edges; a touch of rusting to staples; a few trifling marks, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile publication. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORMENT FOR TRIXY.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORMENT FOR TRIXY.

London : S. D. Frances, [1950]. First edition. It begins as a quiet day at the Chicago Chronicle office – “This is a newspaper ... we gotta have news. We’ve gotta keep churning it out” – Hank goes in search of the mystery author of the latest ‘hot’ best-seller and ends in tracking down counterfeit dollar bills. The plot is interesting in incorporating his views on literary censorship and small-town prejudice – precisely the problems he was himself beginning to encounter. The Reginald Heade artwork – half-naked blonde roped to beam – was probably instrumental in drawing forty-one destruction orders from local magistrates (Holland p.322). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Suddenly It’s Sin” in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Heade blonde tied to a pole; tiny nick at head; some minor creasing and wear; staples a little rusted, but still a very good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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L’ARNAUD, D. : MARION’S DILEMMA.

L’ARNAUD, D. : MARION’S DILEMMA.

Glasgow : M. C. Publications, [ca.1948]. First edition. “The lights in the window of the Ralph Rolland Detective Agency had just gone out”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, creased and with some light repaired splitting; rear wrapper a little soiled at foot; text edges unevenly discoloured; but a sound and serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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L’ARNAUD, D. : “SANDRA”.

L’ARNAUD, D. : “SANDRA”.

Glasgow : M. C. Publications, [ca.1948]. First edition. Music critic spellbound by tall, slender, lovely and mysterious pianist – “a creature of another world”. This obscure and probably pseudonymous writer, author of at least half a dozen titles for M. C. Publications, here has his or her name mis-spelt “L’Aurnaud” on the title-page.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear and faint spotting to spine; rear wrapper a little nicked and creased; staples slightly rusted; text very lightly tanned and lightly bruised in places, but a good and serviceable copy of an uncommon Scottish title. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“LINKLATER, J. Lane” – [WATKINS, Alexander William, 1892-1971] : SHE HAD A LITTLE KNIFE : A SILAS BOOTH MYSTERY.

“LINKLATER, J. Lane” – [WATKINS, Alexander William, 1892-1971] : SHE HAD A LITTLE KNIFE : A SILAS BOOTH MYSTERY.

London : W. Foulsham & Co., (1951). First British paperback edition. “She was beautiful. That in itself was a good enough reason for Silas Booth to watch her. Apart from that, he had received a mysterious telephone call asking him to keep an eye on her because – she carried a knife. It was an antique knife which many people would have paid dearly to possess, and two of them did pay – with their lives ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 192pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Tony Castle; little worn and creased, slightly chipped and split; slight marking to rear panel; text spotted and a little tanned, with a few small chips and slight creases; a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] – editor : CRIMES OF LOVE AND PASSION : NUMBER THREE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] – editor : CRIMES OF LOVE AND PASSION : NUMBER THREE.

[London] : Federation Press, [1928?]. First edition. A scarce and early Paul Rénin title, the third in a series of four, this issue containing three stories – Renin’s own “Dorothy Jordan, The Siren of Old Drury”, together with Godfrey Varne’s “Thomas Griffiths Wainewright. The Man Who Cheated the Gallows”, and David Lyndon’s “The Penge Mystery” (the Harriet Staunton murder). 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 rear wrapper from 80 York Road, appear not to have been at that address prior to that year.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (32)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a pictorial design in red and black; scuff to front wrapper where a small label has been removed with only partial success; wrappers a little dusty and slightly marked; staples rusting; text a little tanned, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile survival. Just two copies (Kent State and Arizona) located in the world’s major libraries, neither in the UK.

£40

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE WOMAN IN THE CASE.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE WOMAN IN THE CASE.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. [Second edition]. Young Mayfair socialite left penniless. Reported to have originally been published by Modern Fiction in 1948, although no copy of this edition has been traced. Published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine lightly tanned and slightly chipped at foot; corner crease to front wrapper; faint fringe of discolouration at head; some creasing and a chip to first few leaves; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : LADIES OF THE RED LAMP.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : LADIES OF THE RED LAMP.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. “Love, luxury, and lust in Latin America” – the white slave trade exposed. Originally published by Archer in the UK in 1950.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a saucy trio of chorus girls from Reginald Heade; small chip at head; repairs to spine splits; some light wear; small corner chip to front wrapper; larger chip to back wrapper, but overall still a good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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