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BLOOM, Ursula (Ursula Harvey), 1892-1984 : THE SECRET LOVER.

BLOOM, Ursula (Ursula Harvey), 1892-1984 : THE SECRET LOVER.

London & Letchworth : P. M. (Productions), [1947]. First paperback edition. The dull life of a humdrum bachelor of Gray’s Inn revealed as nothing of the sort by his secret diary – a “fascinating study of a man in love with Love”. First published by Hutchinson in 1930 and here in the Pyramid Books series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii],94pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – brunette, redhead and blonde – by Jan; wrappers a little nicked, chipped and creased; staples rusting; a few internal creases, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Ownership inscription of Helen Rust. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£20

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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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BOYD, Raymond : MURDER BY ARROW.

BOYD, Raymond : MURDER BY ARROW.

London : L. Miller & Son, [ca.1950]. First edition. Rugged and tweedy Michael Dane, barrister turned private investigator, arrives in a quaint old Surrey town for a holiday.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a few nicks, creases and faint marks; a few leaves slightly creased, but overall a very good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“BRANDON, Slim” : LAST RIDE FOR LOLA.

“BRANDON, Slim” : LAST RIDE FOR LOLA.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. Johnny Hogan tries to resurrect his gangster career after twenty years inside – the real identity of the man running the mobs comes as a shock. “Slim Brandon’s first gangster yarn is a terrific thriller of action and suspense and it takes him in one leap into the front line”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design of Lola in shock by “E. R.”; wrappers worn, torn, creased and chipped, with a crudely repaired tear; staples a little rusted; text slightly tanned; last leaf chipped, without loss; a poor but sound and serviceable copy of a scarce title. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£25

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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); 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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“CAPELLI, Ace” :  SAY YOUR PRAYERS, SISTER.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : SAY YOUR PRAYERS, SISTER.

London : Ralph Stokes for the Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. “There were seven names on the list from the commissioner, and one name on that list would have paid a million dollars to get hold of it. That name handled the new drug racket that was sweeping the town and threatening the whole of the States” – Ace Capelli was a house name used variously by Geoffrey Pardoe, Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) and Norman Lazenby. Although over thirty Capelli titles are known, only fourteen or so are represented in major collections.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-(116)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde in need of a prayer; spine frayed and defective, lacking almost half its length; hole to front wrapper, with the loss of a few letters; rear wrapper worn, darkened and creased; staples rusted; some internal marks and creases, but a serviceable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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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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“DARK, Johnny” – [NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983] : THE SQUEALER.

“DARK, Johnny” – [NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983] : THE SQUEALER.

London : Milestone Publications, (1954). First edition. “Lemme tell you about this dame. Sure, I know her, I know her damn well. It’s a long story, but mebbe there’s a moral in it somewhere. I meet up with some pretty hard-boiled babes in this reporting racket, but seldom a cookie like Mamie Debrowsky. She’s got everything: looks, shape, personality, but it ain’t just that”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and slightly creased; some spotting of edges and prelims; text lightly tanned; staples slightly rusted, but a good copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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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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EBERHART, Mignon G. (Mignon Good), 1899-1996 : DEADLY IS THE DIAMOND.

EBERHART, Mignon G. (Mignon Good), 1899-1996 : DEADLY IS THE DIAMOND.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1951]. First edition in book form – a classic novella from Mignon Eberhart, once ranked only just below Agatha Christie on a list of highest-paid and best-selling women authors – originally published in the American Magazine in 1942 – but here under its own name and with fine cover art by Bill Fleming. No. 7 in the short-lived sequence of thirty-six Dell Dime series.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [64]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed; staples a touch rusted; text a little tanned, but a very 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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FINN, Ralph L. (Ralph Leslie), 1912-1999 :  FREAKS AGAINST SUPERMEN.

FINN, Ralph L. (Ralph Leslie), 1912-1999 : FREAKS AGAINST SUPERMEN.

London : Gaywood Press, [1950]. First edition. Finn was a prize-winning short story writer before being tempted by the pulp publishers Gaywood to produce some sex-and-space science fiction potboilers for their new series. The present tale sees the world decimated by the “Sickness”, a mutant new race of supermen, etc., and (perhaps against the odds) is a thoroughly competent example of the British sci-fi of the period. Finn is also remembered for his football books and his childhood autobiography “Grief Forgotten : The Tale of an East End Jewish Boyhood”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 123,[v]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a lurid design by Leroi; a little worn and creased, with some slight nicking to spine, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Stamp of Goodwins Librarie’s [sic] Exchange of Lincoln on half-title. Just two copies located in major UK libraries.

£50

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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 : 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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[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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“FLANEUSE” : FLESH AND FOLLY.

“FLANEUSE” : FLESH AND FOLLY.

London : Phoenix Press, (1940). [Second edition]. Young Robbo Millingford is troubled – “the call of the Flesh was sounding loudly in his ears, and he only hoped that when he answered it, the response would not be inspired by Folly”. First published by Modern Fiction in 1929.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slightly chipped at foot; a few nicks, creases and a couple of short tears; a few internal spots and creases, but a good copy of an uncommon title. No copy of this edition (and only one copy of the earlier edition) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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FLYNN, T.T. (Thomas Theodore), 1902-1978 : IT’S MURDER!

FLYNN, T.T. (Thomas Theodore), 1902-1978 : IT’S MURDER!

London : Robin Hood Press, (1950). First paperback edition. Born in Indianapolis, Flynn led an itinerant life as sailor, salesman, cab-driver and railroad worker. Better known for his westerns (he wrote “The Man from Laramie”), the present tale of racketeer Ruby Reeves and his Broadway actress mistress Ruane Royce appears only to have been published in the UK. It also appeared in hardback in the same year under the associated Hector Kelly imprint.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by Molo; spine, edges and parts of wrappers smoke-blackened; text a little tanned, but a reasonable copy.

£25

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1941). First edition. “His work was sabotage; his recreation women”. Gangsters, Nazi spies and mistresses in East Coast America. The book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (156),[iv]pp. Original wrappers; a few very minor marks, but an excellent copy of the true first edition in the original dust-jacket – reclining blonde, smoking gun – the jacket with just minimal wear. Just a single copy (Cambridge) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£250

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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] : ALL FOR A DAME.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ALL FOR A DAME.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. First edition. Two gangsters fall out over Carol Marinska, she of the “pale, creamy complexion, the red full lips looking like an advert for a top-class line in lipstick”, “the big, soft, dreamy eyes”, and “her voice. Most of the talk about music in dames’ voices is hooey. Not the music in Carol Marinska’s”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead in green looks wary; small chip at head; slight split at foot; covers a little creased, marked and discoloured; staples rusted, but a good and internally clean copy of a rarity. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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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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GRAHAM, Ella : THE MAN WITH TWO WIVES.

GRAHAM, Ella : THE MAN WITH TWO WIVES.

London : C. Arthur Pearson, [ca.1933]. First edition. Lord Inchmere encounters a frail, beautiful and penniless flower-girl on the corner of Piccadilly. In the “Pearson’s 4d Novels” series. Undated, but a cheaper threepenny edition appeared in 1934.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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GRIBBLE, Leonard (Leonard Reginald), 1908-1985 : THE SECRET OF TANGLES : A SUPERINTENDENT SLADE STORY.

GRIBBLE, Leonard (Leonard Reginald), 1908-1985 : THE SECRET OF TANGLES : A SUPERINTENDENT SLADE STORY.

London : W. H. Allen, [ca.1950]. A paperback edition of a crime classic originally published by Harrap in 1933 – translated into both French and German and one of the works included in the Odhams Press “Four Great Mystery Novels” in 1948. The action opens on a quiet street in Ealing.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [128]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine a little worn and chipped; upper wrapper creased, with a long repaired tear; staples slightly rusted; text a little tanned; but a serviceable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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“HALLIDAY, Brett” – [DRESSER, Davis, 1904-1977] : KILLERS FROM THE KEYS.

“HALLIDAY, Brett” – [DRESSER, Davis, 1904-1977] : KILLERS FROM THE KEYS.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., (1962). First paperback edition. “Sloe Burn was her name – if you can believe it”. A Mike Shayne mystery, set in Miami. Dell 4476.
oolscap 8vo (17cm). 159,[i]pp. Original wrappers – a design by Robert McGinnis; all edges green; spine a little sunned; lightly rubbed and slightly creased, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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[HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1905-1990] – “CAPSTAN” : MURDER OF A MUSICIAN [COVER TITLE].

[HARDINGE, Rex (Charles Reginald), 1905-1990] – “CAPSTAN” : MURDER OF A MUSICIAN [COVER TITLE].

London : Paget Publications, [1949]. First edition. Death aboard the luxury liner which large and loud Tim McGee had a hunch about and stowed away on to be near Janet Masani.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an elegant design by “Brab” – Oliver Gilmore Brabbins (1912-1973); a little worn and creased; spine and parts of edges smoke blackened; rear wrapper a little soiled; staples rusted; a few minor marks, but a serviceable copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“HOBAIN, Pierre” : SAVE ME FROM MYSELF (VOLE MON COEUR, VOLE!)

“HOBAIN, Pierre” : SAVE ME FROM MYSELF (VOLE MON COEUR, VOLE!)

Leigh-on-Sea : Barrington Gray, (1957). Second edition. Humble girl from the cottage is enlisted as a companion for the rich girl from the big house. Ostensibly a translation from the French, but no French edition is recorded. First published in 1954.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [112]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a few tiny nicks; wrappers lightly creased; inked price on upper wrapper; a few slight marks, but overall still a very good copy. No copy of any edition located in major libraries worldwide. Exchange stamp of “Watermans Books Stores” of Brighton on rear wrapper.

£30

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HUGHES, Denis (Denis Talbot), 1917-2008 : MOON WAR.

HUGHES, Denis (Denis Talbot), 1917-2008 : MOON WAR.

London : Curtis Warren, [1951]. First edition. A vast force of spaceships is spotted in the outer galaxy, aliens from Gamma 7 have taken a base on the moon – “a ghastly space opera mish-mash” (Harbottle & Holland A239).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Theobald; minor wear at foot; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Exchange stamp of “Goodwins Librarie” of Lincoln on title-page.

£25

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

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

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : in the variant wrapper with the coloured advertisement for the forthcoming “Nyloned Avenger” on the rear panel. The last book of the fourth series and the first under the Top Fiction imprint – with a theme of a high-class call-girl racket being used to ensnare public officials, the book opens with an unusual corruption trial at which no defence is offered. Top Fiction Ltd. was a new company hurriedly formed by Reg Carter after police raids and seizures at the premises of the Janson publishers, printers and distributors in September 1953 (Holland pp.135-136). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Secret Session” in 1960.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade of a brunette in green with pink champagne and a long cigarette holder; slightly rubbed, worn and a little scuffed; and chipped; tiny bruise to fore-edge of opening leaves, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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

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

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : the variant state with the coloured advertisement for “One Man in his Time” on the lower wrapper. Published in August 1953 and the second and final book in the fifth series – the last of the pre-trial Hank Jansons – the three further titles announced as being in preparation were never to appear. Set in post-war Bonn and later republished under the Alexander Moring imprint as “Sultry Avenger” in 1959.
Crown 8vo. 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of haughty strawberry-blonde looking down her nose; lightly rubbed and very slightly creased; some wear at foot; back wrapper a little marked and frayed; staples a little rusted, but a good copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library – a different variant) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition. A complex tale of telepathy, grave-robbing, missing woman and suicide. A reference in a footnote on p.18 to Portsmouth’s May 1953 Coronation Ideal Home and Trades Exhibition dates the publication fairly precisely, even if slightly distracting from the Chicago setting.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – alarmed blonde in golden gown tied by a rope – a design by Reginald Heade; lightly rubbed; staples rusting; small chip to final advertisement leaf, but still overall a very good copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. First edition : in the slightly later variant wrappers, listing four titles as “in preparation” and five “specials”. Hank Janson of the Chicago Chronicle and the case of a good man turned sour by a false conviction. The book became the subject of nineteen destruction orders from local magistrates and was one of the books featured in the January 1954 Old Bailey obscenity trial – as a result of which both the publisher and distributor were sentenced to prison. This gave rise to a question in the House of Commons as to how many copies had been bought for distribution to the armed services – and the slightly evasive response that a small quantity had been purchased by the NAAFI.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a sultry blonde in clinging lilac by the incomparable Reginald Heade; lightly worn and a little creased; small chip and slight split to spine; a few faint marks; staples a little rusted, but overall still a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library – no longer held in the secret ‘Suppressed Safe’, but still with a “Private Case” shelfmark) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“JEROME, Owen Fox” – [FRIEND, Oscar Jerome, 1897-1963] : THE CORPSE AWAITS.

“JEROME, Owen Fox” – [FRIEND, Oscar Jerome, 1897-1963] : THE CORPSE AWAITS.

Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1948). First British edition. Ex-cop George Robin opens a detective agency with a sharp-tongued and opinionated receptionist-cum-secretary. First published in New York in 1946.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a little worn and creased; a few marks; short tear to front wrapper; rear wrapper a little wrinkled and slightly discoloured; a reasonable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“KARTA, Nat” : A GUY NAMED JUDAS.

“KARTA, Nat” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : A GUY NAMED JUDAS.

Glasgow : Muir-Watson, [1952?]. First edition. The second in the Dana Dallas series – “This episode in his career took place before he became a private eye. Which goes to show that the first fight any guy has in this life is the one with himself”. This Nat Karta is known to have been written by Norman Lazenby (with thanks to Tom Lesser for information on that point).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an all-action scene – man, hat, gloves, gun; smiling redhead in lilac on the floor clutching a note; suspicious looking type in a red shirt in denial; a little marked; some wear and creasing; staples a little rusted; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a good copy of a book of this type. Book Centre stamp on upper cover; stamps and inked price of the Popular Book Centre, Shepherds Bush Road, on half -title. Contemporary (1953) ownership inscription of R. Love. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“LAMARTINE, Eugene” : STOLEN WEEKEND (WEEKEND ROMANESQUE).

“LAMARTINE, Eugene” : STOLEN WEEKEND (WEEKEND ROMANESQUE).

London : Phoenix Press, (1954). First edition. Agda wants a child but is unable to have one; her friend the beautiful Maryke does not want to spoil her figure. Although ostensibly a translation, no French edition is known and Eugene Lamartine is unknown to the Bibliothèque Nationale.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wear at tips; worn, creased, chipped and frayed; spine and front wrapper tape-repaired; staples rusted; text a little tanned, with some creases and a chip; an indifferent copy of a scarce book. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“LANG, King” – [GRIFFITHS, David Arthur] : GYRATOR CONTROL.

“LANG, King” – [GRIFFITHS, David Arthur] : GYRATOR CONTROL.

London : Curtis Warren, [1951]. First edition. The “Leinster Principles” are adopted after the conclusion of the Earth/Mars wars, but one of Leinster’s assistants steals the secret of the gyrator control and offers it to the Martian warlords. The Curtis Warren “King Lang” house-name here in the capable hands of one of their readers, David Arthur Griffiths.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Theobald; light nick at head; some light rubbing and creasing; staples a touch rusted, but overall a very good copy. Eight copies located in major libraries worldwide, but just two in the UK (British Library & Liverpool). Bookseller’s stamp of Goodwins Librarie’s [sic] Exchange of Lincoln on title-page. Harbottle & Holland A216.

£30

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LARIAR, Lawrence, 1908-1981 : FRIDAY FOR DEATH.

LARIAR, Lawrence, 1908-1981 : FRIDAY FOR DEATH.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1951). First British paperback edition. Skip-tracer needs to find his wife’s murderer to prove his own innocence – with a cast of “artists, models, gamblers, skip-tracers, free-living and free-loving girls”. First published in hardback in New York in 1949 and London in 1950.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Denis McLoughlin; a little worn, creased and slightly split; revised price over-stamp; opening leaves a little marked, but otherwise a good copy. Just a single copy (Sydney) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide. TVB Books 102.

£15

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“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : PARIS HONEYMOON.

“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : PARIS HONEYMOON.

London : Kaye Publications, [1954]. First edition. The beautiful Renate dreams of escape from her tawdry life on a tropical island. Lorenzo, a handsome visitor, offers her an opportunity.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; somewhat worn, chipped, and creased; a few internal marks, chips and spots, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide. The present example has been furnished with a neatly made and lettered home-produced modesty jacket.

£25

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“LESTRANGE, Paul” : WILD WEEK-END! [COVER TITLE].

“LESTRANGE, Paul” : WILD WEEK-END! [COVER TITLE].

Stone : Curzon Publishing Co., [1948]. First edition. “A handsome young bachelor comes back to his lonely house at dusk and finds a strange and very lovely gitl crooning in his bath. A guest arrives, and the bachelor and his glamorous gatecrasher have to pose as man and wife. Then the fun becomes really lively”. In the “Passion Series”, distributed by Murray & Nichols.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and very slightly creased; very faint fringe of discolouration to some lower edges, but a good copy of a rare and fragile survival. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“LINDSAY, Perry” – [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : SHAMELESS WOMAN.

“LINDSAY, Perry” – [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : SHAMELESS WOMAN.

New York : Knickerbocker Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition under this title. Originally published in 1948 as “Sin Cinderella” – “After ten sybaritic years as Randolph Chesney’s mistress, Mona Andrews had been given a generous settlement and a firm farewell. And though she bore no love for the aging millionaire, Mona resented being cast aside and yearned for vengeance”.
Pott 4to (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some minor rubbing; wrappers a little brittle and chipped; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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[MACDONALD, Philip, 1900-1980] – “PORLOCK, Martin” :  MYSTERY IN KENSINGTON GORE.

[MACDONALD, Philip, 1900-1980] – “PORLOCK, Martin” : MYSTERY IN KENSINGTON GORE.

London : Literary Press, [ca.1936]. First paperback edition. Macdonald with a London mystery under his Martin Porlock pseudonym. Originally published by Collins in 1932, and soon translated into German and Spanish. “This week I urge on your attention Martin Porlock’s Mystery in Kensington Gore ... Mr. Porlock is simply surging to the front wave of mystery concocters. Speed, surprises and fine sleuthing for your money – he hands you them all!” (Daily Herald, 10th March 1932).
Crown 8vo (18cm). [ii],251,[i],[2]pp – including integral endpapers. Original pictorial wrappers (with flaps); some light rubbing, splitting and wear, but a very good copy of an ephemeral pre-war production. Gift inscription dated Christmas 1940 on title-page. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“MARKHAM, Steve” : THE MALTESE MOB.

“MARKHAM, Steve” : THE MALTESE MOB.

London : Art Publicity, [1950]. First edition. “Vince Lorentz was the counterfeit racket king of the New York mobsters. And he handled the two boys whose names spread terror throughout the States – the Gessina brothers, Johnny and Mike. They were the Maltese shiv boys – the artists with the knives”. The Markham pseudonym was used by both Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) and Geoffrey Pardoe.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial wrappers; an indifferent copy – chipped at head and tail; wrappers a little soiled; front wrapper trimmed at fore-edge, with two triangular cut-outs (not affecting lettering); rear wrapper missing lower corner, with some loss; text a little tanned and spotted; a serviceable copy of a scarce title. Just two copies (Oxford and Dublin) found in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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POPULAR FICTION (LONDON) LTD. – publishers : THE GYPSY DREAM BOOK : 1001 DREAMS EXPLAINED.

POPULAR FICTION (LONDON) LTD. – publishers : THE GYPSY DREAM BOOK : 1001 DREAMS EXPLAINED.

London : Popular Fiction (London), [ca.1946]. First edition under this precise title, but presumably related to similar works under similar titles popular in both England and the United States since the middle of the nineteenth century, and in particular “The Gypsy’s Dream Book” published by London pulp publisher F. M. Mowl in 1933. Dream themes explained in a dictionary of topics from “abroad” to “youth” – “to dream that you are doing accounts is not a lucky dream”, “it is more fortunate to dream of hens than other chickens”, etc. Published from Popular Fiction’s 1942-1949 address at 47 Deacon Street.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a brooding seer from H. W. Perl (1897-1952); spine a little chipped and frayed; edges darkened; lower wrapper dusty; staples rusted, but a reasonable copy of a fragile production. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE NIGHT BOAT.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE NIGHT BOAT.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. An edition published by Fiction Features in or about 1930 is rumoured, and an edition published by Phoenix from their pre-1942 Elephant Road address is known. The present edition was published from 47 Deacon Street. The night-boat from Southampton to Jersey is about to depart when the handsome Roderick Latour watches a slim, fur-clad, young woman anxiously get aboard at the last moment.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear; spine and two edges a little smoke-blackened; staples rusting; a few slight marks, but a reasonable copy. No copy of any edition located in any major library worldwide.

£30

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RICHARDS, Rex : TOO LATE TO WEEP.

RICHARDS, Rex : TOO LATE TO WEEP.

London : Brown, Watson, (1952). First edition. A group of men separated from their wives in wartime rediscover themselves as “gallant, witty gentlemen”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine slightly nicked and chipped; spine and edges slightly smoke-blackened; a few marks to rear cover; staples rusted, but internally clean and sound. Just a single copy (British Library) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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ROBINS, Denise (Denise Naomi), 1897-1985 : SEPARATION.

ROBINS, Denise (Denise Naomi), 1897-1985 : SEPARATION.

Hounslow : William Foster (Publishers), (1947). A reprint of the original 1946 publication. A young mother torn between two loves – for her invalid daughter and her soldier-husband posted abroad. “A revealing, heart-searching study, written in inimitable style, of the emotional stresses, the longings, patience and faithfulness imposed by enforced separation during and after the war”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (80)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by BF; some wear; spine and edges slightly smoke-blackened; staples rusted; a few marks; some internal creasing and wrinkling; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title.

£10

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ROEBURT, John, 1909-1972 : JIGGER MORAN.

ROEBURT, John, 1909-1972 : JIGGER MORAN.

Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1948). First British edition. The first of the much-admired Jigger Moran books, originally published in New York in 1944 and which also appeared as “The Case of the Tearless Widow” and “Wine, Women and Murder”. Roeburt won the Edgar Allan Poe award in 1948.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Reginald Mills; spine and edges smoke-blackened; slight discolouration of rear wrapper, but a sound copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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ROYER, Louis-Charles, 1885-1970 : BEWITCHED.

ROYER, Louis-Charles, 1885-1970 : BEWITCHED.

London : Harborough Publishing Co., (1952). First edition in English of “Les Ensorcelées” (originally published in 1944 as “Vaudou : Roman de Moeurs Martiniquaises”). Royer was the author of “L’Amour chez les Soviets” (1932) and other similar works.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by David Wright; spine a little chipped, with a few small holes; wrappers slightly frayed and a little creased, but a good copy. Just three copies of this edition (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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STANDISH, Walter : DON’T SELL ME CHEAP!

STANDISH, Walter : DON’T SELL ME CHEAP!

London : Brown Watson, (1952). First edition. Ace crime reporter Steve Jackson ordered to take a vacation to escape the attentions of mobster Spike Mortani, but is soon in trouble again when he rescues a beautiful night-club singer from a hoodlum.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers brunette in red, gunman in shadow; a little worn; spine, rear cover and edges blackened with smoke; minor smoke darkening to some leaves; staples rusted, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE CATALYST.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE CATALYST.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Scott and Nancy Andrews, chief investigators of the interplanetary deeps, pioneers of both Mars and Venus, now in 1980 encounter an inhospitable Mercury – except that it is covered in diamonds.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine lightly worn and a little browned; a few faint signs of age and use, but a very good copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in any major UK library.

£30

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TICKNER, F.C. : MURDERERS THREE.

TICKNER, F.C. : MURDERERS THREE.

London : D. P. [Danceland Publications] Ltd., [1946]. First edition. In a little Hampshire village a printing works is on fire, while at the other end of the village the lights are ablaze for a fashionable twenty-first birthday party. One of half dozen or so murder mysteries from Tickner published in Danceland’s “Crime Doesn’t Pay” series 1944-1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a dramatic photographic design; wrappers a little split, chipped, scuffed and frayed; staples rusted through; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries.

£20

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SILKEN DIVANS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SILKEN DIVANS.

London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1946]. First edition. As they arrive in Paris, Madge Bradley rather regrets having become travelling companion to the fat, ugly, flashily-dressed, and intolerably rich widow, Mrs Brent. Published by Phoenix from their mid-1940s Deacon Street address.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead, pink heels, wine and cigarettes – a typical design by H. W. Perl – Hyman Woolf Perlzweig (1897-1952); minor wear; some creasing; staples a touch rusted; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy of a very uncommon title. No copy of any edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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WATSON, James & WATSON, John : WATSONS’ MODERN SHORT STORIES [COVER TITLE].

WATSON, James & WATSON, John : WATSONS’ MODERN SHORT STORIES [COVER TITLE].

Glasgow : J. Watson, [1943]. First edition. Two stories from James Watson – “One of Our Aircraft is Missing” and “Twins”, and two from John Watson – “Workmates” and “Hogmanay”. I take the latter to be the John Watson who founded the Muir-Watson publishing house in Glasgow after wartime service in the R.A.F. – here with a first attempt at publishing.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 16pp. Original stapled wrappers; a few marks; staples rusted through; but a good copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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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WILLIS, W.N. (William Nicholas), 1858-1922 : WHITE SLAVES OF LONDON.

WILLIS, W.N. (William Nicholas), 1858-1922 : WHITE SLAVES OF LONDON.

London : Camden Publishing Co., [1949]. A reprint of an early Willis title, first published in 1912. A classic account, both lurid and journalistic, of young women being lured into prostitution in London’s West End as well as being trafficked abroad. With prefatory letters by the Bishop of London, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Birmingham, Florence Booth, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 176pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, chipped and creased; slightly larger chip to rear wrapper; text a little tanned, but a good copy.

£40

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“ZORÉ, Hyman” – [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : COVER THAT CORPSE.

“ZORÉ, Hyman” – [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001 & LOWE, Herbert Victor, 1916-1991] : COVER THAT CORPSE.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. “The dame must’ve have let herself in with a key she’d swiped from the receptionist downstairs. I could have told her to get the hell out of it, but I didn’t” – action, suspense, dames, liquor and more. Scion took over the “Hyman Zoré” name from Muir-Watson of Glasgow in 1952 and it was subsequently used by a number of Scion regulars. American copyright records give the authors of the present title as Victor John Hansen and Herbert Victor Lowe – the first presumably Victor Joseph Hanson.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – red-headed corpse just about covered; some mild rubbing; spine worn and flaking, with some small bald patches; staples rusted, but clean and sound within; a serviceable copy of a difficult title. Just three copies (Bodleian, National Library of Scotland, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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