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“BARNATO, Bart” : RACKETS AND DAMES.

“BARNATO, Bart” : RACKETS AND DAMES.

London : Edwin Self, [ca.1951]. First edition. “Bart Barnarto grew up on the sidewalks of the East side of New York. He learned the facts of life in a hard and vicious school – and writes as he has lived – brutally, truthfully and without fear of the public enemies whose evil lives he exposes” – an early Barnato title published from Edwin Self’s original Grays Inn Road address. Barnato (occasionally Barnarto) was a house-name dreamed up for his stable of writers by Self when he set up independently in 1951: most of the titles appear to have been written by the very much London-born Albert Edward Garrett (1917-1968).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – probably by John Pollack; a few nicks, creases and small marks; tiny chips to spine; rear cover defective – lacking most of its upper half; staples a little rusted; text lightly tanned; slight scuffs to last leaf, but a passable copy. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“BARONI, Nick” : NIGHT CLUB MOLL.

“BARONI, Nick” : NIGHT CLUB MOLL.

London : Curtis Warren, [ca.1950]. First edition. “Gilda’s voice sounded as stonecold dead as Johnny Morgan was. She had just entered the room, The Midge hot on her tail. None of the boys screening the bloody mess on the couch moved. None of them met her grey eyes. Except Chummy Ricketts, and he didn’t like what he read there”. “Nick Baroni” was a Curtis Warren house-name, first used by Frederick Tom Foden (1907-1982) and subsequently by various other writers, but although over twenty “Baroni” titles are known, perhaps eight by Foden, just one has been located in major libraries worldwide.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – “Read how the girls of the underworld take the lid off Manhattan”; some nicks creases and slight marks; front cover slighly defective at foot; rear cover more seriously defective, lacking about 20% towards the fore-edge (a complete back cover is supplied in facsimile); staples a little rusted; text very slightly tanned, with some mild discolouration in places; one leaf creased; a passable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“BOCCA, Al” – [WINTER, Bevis, 1918-1985] : “DEAD ON DELIVERY”.

“BOCCA, Al” – [WINTER, Bevis, 1918-1985] : “DEAD ON DELIVERY”.

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. “From the rich, colourful, hazardous records of a tough sanguinary career, Bocca has word-sculpted a series of engrossing, punch-laden novels in which the element of raw-life reality throbs with violent insistence”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original stapled wrappers – blonde on the telephone by Gomez; some very minor wear; crease to front wrapper, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile title. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

“CHASE, James Hadley” – [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH.

Toronto : Harlequin Books, (1951). First Canadian edition. “Once or twice in a generation someone writes a book that establishes a new standard in literature; a book that starts a new trend of fashion; a book that everyone knows and talks about and which several million people read. And one which certainly must be included in that class is the world-famous ‘No Orchids for Miss Blandish’“ (Sunday Dispatch). Harlequin Book 108.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 174,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges red; some minor wear and creasing, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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ELLSON, Hal (Harold), 1910-1994 : I’LL FIX YOU : A REALISTIC NOVEL OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.

ELLSON, Hal (Harold), 1910-1994 : I’LL FIX YOU : A REALISTIC NOVEL OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.

London : Pedigree Books, (1958). First British edition. Ellson using his experiences as a social worker and recreational therapist to chart juvenile delinquency. First published in the USA in 1956.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some minor wear; faint scratch to rear wrapper; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries.

£25

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

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

London : Robin Hood Press, 1953. [First? edition]. Lugs Cortesi, slum-rat with an underwear fetish, junkies, brothels, etc. An earlier edition published by Wells Gardner has been inferred, but the evidence is sketchy and the publishers’ edition statement (first published 1953) is quite explicit. It may be possible that a Wells Gardner edition was announced but pulled from publication in the wake of the 1942 trial.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design probably by Leonard Potts; somewhat worn, creased and chipped; lacks lower wrapper; text lightly tanned, but a serviceable copy of a very uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : BLONDE, CUTE AND WICKED [DAINTY WAS A JANE].

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : BLONDE, CUTE AND WICKED [DAINTY WAS A JANE].

London : Alexander Moring, [1956]. First edition under this title. A Glinto curiosity – gangster Dainty Sabina turns out to be a woman. The action commences with a stick-up in the Long Bar at the Sandy Hook Hotel on 53rd. Originally published as “Dainty was a Jane” in 1948.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very minor wear and creasing; staples rusted; text a trifle tanned, but a very good copy still. No copies of this edition located in any major library worldwide (and only two of the earlier edition – Bodleian and British Library).

£75

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : BORN TO DIE [STRAIGHT-UP GIRL].

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : BORN TO DIE [STRAIGHT-UP GIRL].

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. First edition under this title. Originally published as “Straight-Up Girl” in 1949 – “Maybe it would be nice and romantic and real story-book stuff if I could tell the world that Coral Follett was in a class by herself as far as looks and shape was concerned. Well, it’s just too bad, but as far as looks and shape went, Coral Follett was just another judy” – but she’s a straight-up girl and wants to save hoodlum Les Meaker from both himself and the police.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; chipped at head and tail; a little worn and slightly creased; staples a little rusted, but a good copy of a scarce title. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£50

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

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

London : Robin Hood Press, 1947. First edition. “Searchlight beams from the famous revenue cutters stabbing out of the blackness. The chase! The grim stutter of machine guns! The pile-up! The blaze!”. Greek gangster rules the Atlantic waterfront – “Carrie’s father challenged him. But the Greek won. Donovan went to the ‘chair’. Yet that was only part of the revenge ... Carrie was to become his mistress ... But Carrie was different. She would and did fight him on his own terms”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 140,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Hofbauer; some wear and mild discolouration; staples rusted; text faintly tanned, with faint fringes of damp-staining in places, but a reasonable copy of a scarce title. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“SARTO, Ben” : TOO BAD FOR SUSIE.

“SARTO, Ben” : TOO BAD FOR SUSIE.

[Leicester] : Hermitage Publications, [1948]. First edition. Susie escapes from the white slave traffic of Soho, but Detective Officer Maurice, Special Branch, tracks her down via an aunt in Edgbaston to an estate agent’ s office in Birmingham. It is a question of murder. “Ben Sarto” was the regular pseudonym of Frank Dubrez Fawcett (1891-1968), but it is not at all clear whether the four extremely rare Sarto titles published by Hermitage in 1947-1948 and distributed by Thorpe & Porter were actually by him.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 114 (i.e.112)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor rubbing, slight creasing and light wear; staples a touch rusted; press creases to a couple of leaves, but a very good, clean and sound copy of a scarce and fragile production. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£100

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“VANE, Brett” : ALWAYS A DAME.

“VANE, Brett” : ALWAYS A DAME.

London : Curtis Warren, [ca.1950]. First edition. Set in Los Angeles – Dulcie Friede, “a well-bred girl with a background of dough ... a girl in a million – like Cleopatra, Juliet and Betty Grable”, falls in with a man just out of jail and looking for recompense. “Brett Vane” was a Curtis Warren house-name, first used by Frederick Tom Foden (1907-1982) and subsequently by various other writers, including Norman Lazenby (1914-2003). Although fifty or so Brett Vane titles are known, over half by Foden, only six are to be found in major libraries worldwide.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – unsigned but looking uncommonly like Betty Grable as envisioned by H. W. Perl; some nicks, creases and slight marks; small chip to spine; a chip and two holes to back wrapper – one minor, but the other about 5cm x 2.5cm (1-3/4” x 1”); staples rusted; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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