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HOGES [i.e. HODGES], Carl G., 1902-1964 : CRIME ON MY HANDS.

HOGES [i.e. HODGES], Carl G., 1902-1964 : CRIME ON MY HANDS.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. Second British edition. Comic book publisher killed and then a private eye’s partner murdered before he can testify against the mob and people in high places. Originally published in New York and by Comyns in the United Kingdom in 1951 – but here under Reginald Carter’s later Moring imprint.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; vertical crease to upper wrapper; a few faint marks and signs of use, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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

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

London : Alexander Moring, (1958). First edition. Hank receives a tip-off – an old-fashioned duel at dawn in a park in Chicago – the girl in the flame-red frock “gently moistened her lips, almost as though her mouth was watering”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a little rubbed; faint crease to lower wrapper, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Bibliothèque Nationale) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : HELL’S ANGEL.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : HELL’S ANGEL.

London : Alexander Moring, [1956]. First edition. Janson in Florida.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; spine a little tanned; small scuff to upper wrapper; lower wrapper a little marked; text tanned at edges, with some occasional deeper discolouration; a serviceable copy. Just four copies (Bodleian, British Library, Melbourne and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : [SADIE, DON’T CRY NOW] DON’T CRY NOW.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : [SADIE, DON’T CRY NOW] DON’T CRY NOW.

London : Alexander Moring, [1957]. First edition under this title of the work originally published in 1952 by the New Fiction Press as “Sadie, Don’t Cry Now”. The pose – the long gloves, the cigarette, and the glass of champagne of the original Reginald Heade artwork remain, although much re-worked. The not-so-dumb blonde turns the tables.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; just a hint of rubbing, but a very good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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

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

London : Alexander Moring, (1959). First edition under this title of a work originally published as “Silken Menace” by Top Fiction Press in 1953. The original artwork by Reginald Heade has been reworked – the hair less abandoned, but the gown now strapless.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some very minor wear; lower wrapper with a few spots and faint diagonal crease; text a little tanned, and with faint discolouration in a few places, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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

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

London : Alexander Moring, (1958). First edition. A newspaper stunt brings together some old-time bootleggers.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some very minor wear; slight discolouration and creasing to lower wrapper, but still a very good copy. Just three copies (Bibliothèque Nationale, British Library and V&A) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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

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

London : Alexander Moring, [1957]. First edition. Janson back at the Chicago Chronicle newsdesk – but disillusioned and at a low ebb.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a smart brunette in off the shoulder pink; lightly worn and slightly tanned; final advertisement leaf a little creased; a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : [SWEETHEART, HERE’S YOUR GRAVE] SITUATION – GRAVE!

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : [SWEETHEART, HERE’S YOUR GRAVE] SITUATION – GRAVE!

London : Alexander Moring, (1958). First edition under this title. Made and printed in France under the Moring imprint, but originally published by Frances in 1949 as “Sweetheart, Here’s Your Grave!” – an early Janson, set in Hollywood – the action switching from studio to marijuana den, and with intimations of the making of a snuff movie.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a leggy design quite different from that of the earlier edition; lightly rubbed, with some faint creasing; lower panel faintly sunned; text lightly tanned, but overall an acceptable copy. Just two copies (Bibliothèque Nationale and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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

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

London : Alexander Moring, [1957]. Second edition. Originally published in 1952 by the New Fiction Press. The artwork is a very close copy of the original Reginald Heade cover – adjusted to suit the Moring format.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; mild tanning to text, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“SHANE, Mark” – [NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983] : JAIL & FAREWELL.

“SHANE, Mark” – [NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983] : JAIL & FAREWELL.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. [Second edition]. Red Miller, reformed con-man turned private eye, witnesses an old pal fall to his death in a police siege. In a secret pocket inside the dead man’s shirt is a book – “I had more than a vague idea that the book was old, very old – and maybe valuable”. Bookseller gets murdered. Some other “guys claimed to be antiquarian booksellers, but didn’t know Aristotle from a hole in the ground”. Originally published in 1953 under Reg Carter’s earlier Comyns imprint, but here under the Moring imprint he acquired on his release from prison in 1955.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some minor wear; upper wrapper with some creasing and a repaired 4cm tear, but otherwise a very good and clean copy. No copy of this Moring edition located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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