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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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“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 : Robin Hood Press, [ca.1949]. [Second edition]. “His work was sabotage; his recreation women”. Gangsters, Nazi spies, and mistresses in East Coast America. Originally published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. in 1941, the book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May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. Although retaining the original 1941 date, the present edition from the Robin Hood Press (established in 1946) is manifestly somewhat later and roughly datable from the lower wrapper advertisement for a Bryn Logan western published in 1949.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight snag to head; some minor wear; some creasing; a few marks, nicks and spots; a good copy of a key title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : “ – ONE MORE NICE WHITE BODY”.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : “ – ONE MORE NICE WHITE BODY”.

London : Robin Hood Press, 1950. First edition. “To the mortuary janitor it was just one more nice white body. To Tim Bray it was the body of the girl he had loved”. Bray investigates Dr Gruner and his rather special maternity clinic – “an old racket, but a new angle”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight wear at foot; a few minor creases; text lightly tanned, but overall still a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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

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

Robin Hood Press, [1950]. Second edition. “Fiendish drug-orgies shock America”. Originally published By Wells Gardner in 1941, but almost certainly withdrawn from sale in the wake of the Old Bailey obscenity trial in May 1942. Although undated, the present copy has a small and neat date-stamp of October 6th 1950 on the title-page, presumably representing a date of acquisition.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very mild rubbing and wear at tips; slight crease; a few faint marks just a hint of rusting to staples, but still overall a very good copy of a seldom-seen title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : LADY – DON’T TURN OVER.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : LADY – DON’T TURN OVER.

London : Robin Hood Press, 1952. Third edition. The first of the Darcy Glinto series – “Clare Holding went to a night club, but she didn’t go back home. Her parents had a card from her to say she was on holiday” – Kelly’s archetypal White Slave kidnap novel – withdrawn from sale by the publishers on first publication in 1940 after a prosecution for alleged obscenity and hefty fines for both publishers and author. “If this is too Tough for you to read, then – Lady – Don’t Turn Over”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; front wrapper lightly creased; a hint of tanning to the foot of the text, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy of this edition (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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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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