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“BANARTO, Bart” : DOUBLECROSS DAME.

“BANARTO, Bart” : DOUBLECROSS DAME.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. Gail Dreiser tires of her hoodlum – “he wasn’t even a good hoodlum; he owned a yellow streak wider than Broadway. He owned the push of a corpse”. Although an Edwin Self house-name, most of the Bart Banarto titles appear to have been written by Albert Edward Garrett (1917-1968).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Gail deploying her more obvious assets; slight wear at head; mild rubbing and creasing; a few minor marks, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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.

£75

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“BUXTON, Raymond” : NO GENTLE LADY.

“BUXTON, Raymond” : NO GENTLE LADY.

London : Modern Fiction, [1948]. First edition. A “Postman Always Rings Twice” type of tale, the lovely Carol married to ghastly filling-station proprietor Lem Spelter, passing-by Peter Willmore taking a job with them to pay his way. The book featured in a legal dispute between the publisher Edwin Turvey and his author Frank Dubrez Fawcett over who held the rights to the “Ben Sarto” pseudonym. Turvey’s case was that he had invented the name and could use it on any book he wished, Fawcett’s that he had written all the original Sarto titles and the name was clearly his. It was evidently Turvey s original intention to publish this as by “Ben Sarto”, a name given in larger letters on the cover than Buxton’s. The court case revealed that Buxton’s real name was Marsh, that the book had actually been written some years earlier, and that the foreword by “Ben Sarto” was initially written by Turvey and then cleaned up by Buxton/Marsh.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a redhead by H. W. Perl; a little rubbing and light wear; wrappers somewhat creased; staples rusting, but still a good copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“CAPELLI, Ace” : TRAPPED.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : TRAPPED.

London : Castle Books [ca.1954]. First edition. Published by Castle Books of Grays Inn Road, distributed by the Gaywood Press, and apparently the thirty-fourth “Ace Capelli” title – a writer (according to the publishers) being spoken of as a second Raymond Chandler. The Capelli name was originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), and later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed, slightly worn and creased, with some marks to rear wrapper; staples rusted, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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“COSTELLO, Pete” : MARIA BE MINE.

“COSTELLO, Pete” : MARIA BE MINE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1951]. First edition. The sultry Maria Stanmore – “Sultry? You wouldn’t find a hotter dame anywhere ... not this side of hell” – turns her attentions to New York vice cop Johnny Hendrick. It does not end well. An early Pete Costello title, with publisher Edwin Self operating from his earlier Grays Inn Road address. The Costello house-name was used by a number of Self’s stable of writers, including George Bell and Frederick Foden.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Maria does sultry in blue; somewhat worn and creased, with a few short tears; corner chipped from rear wrapper, with the loss of a couple of letters; staples rusted; some spotting of edges; a serviceable copy of a rare title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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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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“GORDON, Spike” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : UNHAPPY HOPHEAD.

“GORDON, Spike” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : UNHAPPY HOPHEAD.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [ca.1951]. First edition. Gangster client of ruthless defence attorney Stab Kelly is shot dead through his office window – two beautiful but wholly contrasting women are immediately involved. “Spike Gordon” was one of the new set of fictitious authors introduced by the Turveys at the height of their success – it is believed to mask the identity of John Russell Fearn.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – elegant redhead looks concerned about the dead man; a little rubbed, nicked, creased and very slightly chipped; staples rusted; text a little brittle and tanned, with a few chips; one leaf torn and slightly defective, with the loss of a handful of letters, but overall a good copy of a rare title. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£75

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“GRIFF” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : RACKETS INCORPORATED.

“GRIFF” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : RACKETS INCORPORATED.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1949]. First edition. “Here, in a tale of romance in the underworld of New York, famous American ace crime reporter ‘Griff’ makes his début to British readers and tears aside the veil that cloaks the activities of the callous racketeers who batten on human frailties”. McKeag launches the highly successful “Griff” pseudonym, later used by a variety of other authors beside himself. Reporter Bill Truscott knows at once that the sight of high-stepper Susette Delaine sitting alone at the Regency Bar of the Ritz-Deauville can only mean trouble.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – H. W. Perl – Hyman Woolf Perlzweig (1897-1952) – and an enigmatic blonde; spine slightly worn and darkened; a little worn, creased, marked, nicked and chipped; ink markings to front wrapper; staples rusted; a few small internal flaws, but a reasonable copy of major introduction to the genre – the first of the “Griff” novels. Just a single copy (British Library) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“GRIFF” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : RUB-OUT SPECIALITY.

“GRIFF” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : RUB-OUT SPECIALITY.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. First edition. “When Jinx Engels got a glim of the blonde in the mink coat in the foyer of the Blue Orchid he stopped dead on the sidewalk and took another gander through the plate-glass swing doors. It was Marilou all right. Then his grey matter side-stepped and took an eight-year flash-back. He remembered her when last he had seen her ...”. McKeag with a lively early title in the “Griff” series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by John Pollack; some light wear; a few nicks; some inked marking to front wrapper; rear wrapper a little nicked and frayed, but still overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“GRIFF” : TRADING WITH BODIES.

“GRIFF” : TRADING WITH BODIES.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1950]. First edition. One of the most successful of the Griff titles – at least three different editions are known: the present copy, with 160 pages, the name and address of the printers (Craig Mitchell & Co.) given only in abbreviated form, and with advertisements consonant with a publication date of 1950, would appear to pre-date both the 128pp edition and the 110pp one. Chapter headings include Blondes Mean Trouble, White Slave Racket, When Crooks Fall Out, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blondes in underwear, whip, Mexican hat; a little worn and chipped; some creasing; staples very slightly rusted; some mild browning and spotting, but overall a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“GRIFF” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : GOODBYE TOMORROW.

“GRIFF” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : GOODBYE TOMORROW.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1951]. First edition. “I’m surprised you didn’t join the police force,” she said. I’d squatted on that springy, tubular metal chair she’d indicated. “I was always bottom of my class. But that ain’t low enough for the I.Q. the dicks insist on. And I couldn’t match up to their high standard of dishonesty and corruption”. Rich private eye for kicks Don Danby takes on an insurance case.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and slight creasing; a few marks to rear wrapper; staples rusted, but generally a very good copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“GRIFF” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CROOKED COFFINS.

“GRIFF” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : CROOKED COFFINS.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1952]. First edition. “If a guy is a private eye, which is the other word for private detective or inquiry agent, he oughta keep his hands off his lady clients, if any. Tonio Folari didn’t do that” – and Maria Speratta is quick to teach him a lesson. “You just can’t leave off, once you start. You go hurrying, thirsty. You lose sleep. You miss your love-date. But you get forgiven when you say: ‘I’ve been reading Crooked Coffins’. Yes, folks – this book does that to you – and everybody”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by Leonard Potts; spine chipped in places; wrappers rubbed, nicked and creased; rear wrapper and final few leaves a little torn, without loss; staples rusted; some light spotting and browning, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. An enthusiastic “yes” inscribed on half-title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“GRIFF” : DEVIL’S DAUGHTER.

“GRIFF” : DEVIL’S DAUGHTER.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1952]. First edition. “They say that the Devil was in cahoots with Uncle Sam at the time when Pittsburg got built. I’d not know, but I’m not denying that the gory, upleaping flames of the great blast furnaces, and writhing, unearthly-yellow glows of the steel ovens look mighty like it”. Well-off private eye Don Danby has a body fall on him soon after he arrives.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a striking design of green-eyed redhead above a shoot-out; spine a little chipped; wrappers rubbed and a little creased; but a good and serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“GRIFF” : YOU PAY THE PRICE.

“GRIFF” : YOU PAY THE PRICE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1952]. First edition. Man hits an abandoned parked car on his way to Chicago – it’s riddled with bullets and a dead blonde falls out. Then a spray gun is planted in his car.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 110,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical Leonard Potts design; slightly chipped; wrappers a little worn and frayed; a few minor internal flaws, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“GRIFF” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : BULLETS FOR SNOOPERS.

“GRIFF” – [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : BULLETS FOR SNOOPERS.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. Con-men, pimps, gamblers, gun-men and their women gather in a bar in San Francisco and talk of an escape from Alcatraz. The “Griff” house-name was used by at least half a dozen authors, but the present title is attributed to William Simpson Newton.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Leonard Potts – redhead, fat man, man in a hat starts shooting; some minor wear; front wrapper creased; with some slight creasing elsewhere; text a little tanned in places, but otherwise a nice copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“GRIFF” : THE SILVER KEY.

“GRIFF” : THE SILVER KEY.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. “The chronicle of three days of terror in the life of the District Attorney’s Chief Investigator, Shaun O’Riordan. Murder gone mad aptly describes that searing melodrama of the law-and-order brigade’s fight against one of the most indecent corruptions that ever polluted a fair city ... In the process he met some people of very curious characteristics, including several very lovely ladies”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear; colour touched up at foot; staples rusted; a few leaves printed a little faintly, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“HORGAN, McCall” : THE NIGHT FEELS AWFUL LONELY.

“HORGAN, McCall” : THE NIGHT FEELS AWFUL LONELY.

London : Editorial Services, [1957]. First edition. Horgan is hired by Motion Picture International to buy off a scandal magazine which has a sizzling story on their million-dollar actress – then the man who runs the magazine is found dead. Number 11 of a dozen or so McCall Horgan “Glamour Mysteries” published in 1957-1958.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [3]-130pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some mild rubbing and slight wear; a few faint marks, but overall a very good, clean, and sound copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“LAVELLE, Marc” – [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CALL ME SUGAR!

“LAVELLE, Marc”- [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CALL ME SUGAR!

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. Raven-haired Belle Marsden wants to leave one strong, muscular and powerful man, for another, even more brutal, who has just come out of prison.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a poor copy, worn, creased and chipped; lacks rear wrapper entirely; staples rusted; one leaf torn and defective, with the loss of a number of words; final leaves nicked and a little spotted, but a working copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“MADISON, Rick” : LOOK OUT FOR LOUELLA.

“MADISON, Rick” : LOOK OUT FOR LOUELLA.

London : John Spencer & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. “Her body is her meal ticket ... and she never goes hungry”! “Rick Madison” was a house-name used by both Sydney James Bounds (1920-2006) and Lisle Willis (1919-1988).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a distinctive design by John Pollack (1918-1985); some chipping, wear, and creasing; some internal spotting; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : SOHO SPIVS.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : SOHO SPIVS.

London : Modern Fiction, [1948]. First edition. “These ‘spivs’, as they are named, have no identity cards, no ration books, no clothing or other coupons of legal acquisition. They are, in a civic sense, outlaws”. Post-war London memorably evoked as swell-looking “Yorkshire Alice”, popular with thieves and con-men, is knifed to death in a Soho alley. Correspondence from 1947 between Fawcett and his publisher, Edwin Turvey, reveals that the original manuscript was mislaid for a time, but that Fawcett was paid £33 for this “very good Sarto indeed” and Perl probably £5 for the cover.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a redhead in blue by H. W. Perl; slightly chipped and somewhat creased, with a few short nicks and tears; failed tape repair to front wrapper; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“SHANNON, Brad”- [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001] : SO MANY DEAD.

“SHANNON, Brad”- [HANSON, Victor Joseph, 1920-2001] : SO MANY DEAD.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. “I had one hand on the wheel and the other on Annette. I was plastered and the feel of her made me crazier still ... then there was a sudden note of alarm in Annette’s cries as the car did a buck and a wing on the edge of a ditch ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Gomez; some minor wear and spotting; a couple of slight chips to rear wrapper; staples a little rusted; a few spots to text, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1951]. First edition. “The steady mumble jumble of the speeding train vibrates every nerve in my noggin just as if some wise-guy had shoved a juke-box down my earhole ... All that unfaithfulness had brought me to the bottle”. A Nick Cranley tale.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical design by Reginald Heade; some very mild rubbing and creasing; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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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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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. First edition. Pretty secretary Claire Norton, orphaned in the war, sexually harassed from her last job, lands a new position with celebrated author “John Mallory” – who turns out to be a Joan Mallory, with a handsome artist nephew. Passport required for a new world of Biarritz, Cauterets, Pau and the Pyrenees.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an H. W. Perl blonde seemingly inspired by Marlene Dietrich; lightly rubbed; tiny chip at foot; 3cm chip to the slightly dusty rear wrapper, with the loss of a few letters; text lightly tanned, with some faint spotting to the outer leaves; but a good copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (British Library) traced in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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“ZORÉ, Hyman” : OLD NEW YORK.

“ZORÉ, Hyman” : OLD NEW YORK.

Glasgow : Muir-Watson, [1951]. First edition. Small-town beauty Topaz Gellhart surrenders herself to an itinerant artist and now knows she must experience little old New York. Meanwhile, Jek Arminos, New York gang boss, drives pretty Sally Armour to suicide.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light marks, some creasing, and a little wear, but a better than usual copy of a Muir-Watson publication. Just two copies (Bodleian & National Library of Scotland) found in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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