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ACE
NOVAK, Robert, 1931-2009 : B-GIRL.

NOVAK, Robert, 1931-2009 : B-GIRL.

New York : Ace Books, (1956). First edition. Irene Molloy catches the eye of a jazz-trumpeter “and then, abruptly, the song changed, the notes went sour”. Ace S-174.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; just lightly rubbed, text slightly tanned, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (Madrid) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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ACE DOUBLES
ADAMS, Cleve F. (Cleve Franklin), 1884-1949 : SHADY LADY.

ADAMS, Cleve F. (Cleve Franklin), 1884-1949 : SHADY LADY.

New York : Ace Books, (1955). First edition. “He is far and away the best writer of the hard-boiled school” (Vincent Starrett). His last novel, completed by Robert Leslie Bellem. The original publication, published as an “Ace Double”, bound tête-bêche in “two books in one” format, with the first edition of “One Got Away” by paperback king Harry Whittington (1915-1989).
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 185 + 135pp. Original pictorial wrappers, the Shady Lady design attributed to Harry Barton, the other to Robert Emil Schulz; some rubbing, light wear and minor creasing; short split at head; text somewhat tanned; a good copy. Ownership stamps of W. A. Farek, Jr. on inside front covers.

£40

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[BURROUGHS, William (William Seward), 1914-1997] – “LEE, William” :  JUNKIE : BY WILLIAM LEE.

[BURROUGHS, William (William Seward), 1914-1997] – “LEE, William” : JUNKIE : BY WILLIAM LEE.

New York : Ace Books, (1953). First edition. His first book and a landmark of twentieth-century counterculture, written under a pseudonym in the aftermath of shooting dead Joan Vollmar, the mother of his son, in a drunken party game in Mexico City – “I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would never have become a writer but for Joan’s death ... I have had no choice but to write my way out”. The original publication, published as an “Ace Double”, bound tête-bêche in “two books in one” format, with an abridged reprint of Maurice Helbrant’s 1941 “Narcotic Agent”.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (150); (170)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the Helbrant artwork (handcuffs applied to sorrowful woman in undress with drug paraphernalia on table) clearly attributed to Al Rossi, and the Junkie artwork (man restrains blonde attempting to reach syringe) probably by the same hand; orange edges; a touch of rubbing and mild creasing, the creasing a touch more marked to the Helbrant cover; tiny and unobtrusive split at head; three small ink digits to Helbrant preliminary leaf, but overall a very good, firm and clean copy. Maynard & Miles A1a.

£400

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BEACON
“BARRY, Winchell” – [RIFKIN, Leo, 1916-2000] : SCARLET CITY.

“BARRY, Winchell” – [RIFKIN, Leo, 1916-2000] : SCARLET CITY.

New York : Beacon (Universal Publishing & Distributing Corp.), (1960). First edition. Politics, vice, and “You’ll never forget Lora!”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 155,[v]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges yellow; some very mild rubbing; a couple of internal creases, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (UCLA) located in major libraries.

£15

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THOMPSON, John Burton : NUDE IN THE SAND.

THOMPSON, John Burton : NUDE IN THE SAND.

[New York] : Beacon (Universal Publishing & Distributing Corp.), (1959). First edition. “A married woman – a secret lover – a remote bayou rendezvous ... Who was this strange voluptuous creature who performed erotic rites in the hot bayou sands?” – Well, according to Robert Deis (a.k.a. SubtropicBob) the woman on the cover is model Eva Lynd, and the artwork by Al Rossi. Beacon 253.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-190,[iv]pp. Original pictorial wrappers by Rossi; all edges yellow; a few very minor marks and slight scuffs; slight corner creasing; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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BELMONT
BODENHEIM, Maxwell, 1885-1954 : MY LIFE AND LOVES IN GREENWICH VILLAGE : COMPLETE AND UNCENSORED.

BODENHEIM, Maxwell, 1885-1954 : MY LIFE AND LOVES IN GREENWICH VILLAGE : COMPLETE AND UNCENSORED.

New York : Belmont Books, (1961). First paperback edition. Memoirs of the poet, novelist and king of the bohemians, ghost-written by Samuel Roth and published six months after Bodenheim’s murder at a flophouse in Manhattan. "Living my life is the only art I know anything about".
Crown 8vo (18cm). 141,[iii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges yellow; a little rubbed and used; edges a little spotted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of an extraordinary book.

£20

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"FICKLING, G.G." – [FICKLING, Forrest & FICKLING, Gloria] : THE CASE OF THE RADIOACTIVE REDHEAD.

New York : Belmont Productions, (1963). First edition. An Erik March mystery – private eye meets curvaceous kook.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 141,[iii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges green; some light wear and minor creasing; slight darkening to spine; lower edge slightly damp-marked, with some staining to foot of text; a serviceable copy.

£20

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CARNIVAL BOOKS
“TUCKER, Joan”- [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : THE GIRL FROM MIMI’S [GIRL ON THE MAKE].

“TUCKER, Joan”- [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : THE GIRL FROM MIMI’S [GIRL ON THE MAKE].

New York : Hanro Corporation, (1952). First edition under this title. Lorena was cynical, lovely, smart, unafraid, tough and “where she came from, girls learned to know men inside out”. First published under the Joan Sherman pseudonym as “Girl on the Make” the previous year. Carnival Books No. 909.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). [ii],5-(130)pp. Original stapled wrappers; slight vertical crease; a few minor signs of age and use; text just a touch tanned, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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CHARIOT BOOKS
DAMON, Ray : BROADWAY BAIT.

DAMON, Ray : BROADWAY BAIT.

[New York] : Chariot Books, (1959). First edition. “Fame-crazed dolls” and “the perils, the pitfalls, the passion, and the vice, behind the footlights”. Also includes an extract from Victor Sardoux’s “The Queen of Sheba”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (180),[xii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some minor marking and minimal wear, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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CHECKERBOOKS
BLISS, Tip : THE BROADWAY BUTTERFLY MURDERS.

BLISS, Tip : THE BROADWAY BUTTERFLY MURDERS.

New York : Checkerbooks, (1949). First paperback edition. “The Tots Harland murder broke at nine-thirty Saturday morning. At ten-sixteen the job was in the reluctant hands of Captain MacAn”. First published in 1930 and here presented as the second in a series of “thriller-chillers” personally selected by Boris Karloff from his library.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Leon H. Leiderman featuring both Karloff and a murdered blonde; some wear and chipping to wrappers; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy.

£15

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CLEVELAND
“KENT, Larry” : HOMICIDE HELL : I HATE CRIME!

“KENT, Larry” : HOMICIDE HELL : I HATE CRIME!

Sydney : Cleveland Publishing Co., [1959]. First edition. “‘I always thought he was the toughest man I’d ever seen’, the fat man said. He beamed at me. ‘The title now goes to you, Mr. Kent’”. No 570 in the “I Hate Crime” series.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],5-(98)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and creased; text slightly tanned and brittle, with a few corner chips; a good copy of an attractive and uncommon title. Bar a Finnish translation, no copy of this individual title located on WorldCat.

£25

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COLLINS WHITE CIRCLE
SPILLANE, Mickey (Frank Morrison), 1918-2006 : I, THE JURY.

SPILLANE, Mickey (Frank Morrison), 1918-2006 : I, THE JURY.

Toronto : Collins White Circle Pocket Edition, (1948). The first paperback edition of his first book – the first ever Mickey Spillane – the first Mike Hammer – and something of a seismic moment in the annals of twentieth-century pulp, popular culture and the history of the paperback. Originally published in hardback in New York in 1947, the present edition precedes the New York Signet paperback edition (published December 1948) by a few months – and the first British edition by several years.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (192)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – blonde in red underwear (and matching shoes) faces down armchair gunman; all edges red; slightly rolled and slack; some wear at extremities, with short splits at head; some creasing to wrappers; slight crease and minor wear to half-title; text faintly browned, but overall still a presentable copy of a scarce and fragile production. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£100

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DETECTIVE HOUSE
“COOPER, Morton” – [FEINBERG, Morton Cooper, 1925-2004] : FRENCH MAID.

“COOPER, Morton” – [FEINBERG, Morton Cooper, 1925-2004] : FRENCH MAID.

New York : Detective House, (1954). First edition. “The story of a girl from Paris who brought her French ways into a house of secret passions”. Cameo Book No. 339.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Herb Tauss; wrappers lightly worn; rear wrapper slightly marked; some internal spotting, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“GILL, Elisabeth” – [OGILVIE, Elisabeth, 1917-2006] : YOUNG SINNER.

“GILL, Elisabeth” – [OGILVIE, Elisabeth, 1917-2006] : YOUNG SINNER.

New York : Detective House, (1953). First edition. “A fisherman’s daughter changes from girl to woman in one flaming hour of unforgettable passion”. Cameo Book No. 333.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ray Pease; wrappers a little rubbed and creased; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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EXOTIC

"SHERMAN, Joan"- [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : SUZY NEEDS A MAN.

New York : Astro Distributing Corporation, 1950. First edition. "That’s the kind of girl Suzy is ... A seductive spideress whose favorite pastime is luring likely prospects into her luxurious parlor". Here in the Exotic Novel series and later published as "Thrill-Me Suzy" and just plain "Suzy".
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (3)-128,[ii]pp. Photo illustrations "specially posed by professional models". Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Suzy looks bored, man looks happy; some wear and creasing; a few minor internal marks and spots, but a reasonable copy.

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GRAPHIC
WHELTON, Paul, 1894-1953 : UNINVITED CORPSE : WOMEN ARE SKIN DEEP.

WHELTON, Paul, 1894-1953 : UNINVITED CORPSE : WOMEN ARE SKIN DEEP.

Hasbrouck Heights : Graphic Publishing Co., (1950). First paperback edition. “Pleasantly occupied with a drink and a girl who liked to turn cartwheels, Garry Dean did not realize at first that the inebriated fellow guest on the day-bed was actually a corpse containing more than a few ice-pick holes ...”. First published in a longer version as “Women are Skin Deep” in 1948. Graphic Books 24.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges green; some mild rubbing; slight crease; a few tiny internal flaws, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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LION
SHELLEY, Mary (Mary Wollstonecraft),  1797-1851 : FRANKENSTEIN.

SHELLEY, Mary (Mary Wollstonecraft), 1797-1851 : FRANKENSTEIN.

New York : Lion, (1953). First Lion edition. “The greatest horror story of them all” – Mary Shelley’s celebrated tale, first published in 1818 and here published complete and unabridged with dramatic 1950s cover art.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 222,iipp.Original pictorial wrappers; all edges yellow; wrappers lightly creased, but a good copy.

£25

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NEWS STAND LIBRARY
HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963 : TOMCAT IN TIGHTS.

HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963 : TOMCAT IN TIGHTS.

Toronto : News Stand Library, (1950). First Canadian edition. “Kip Clenin was a tomcat ... His soul was free, and he liked his liquor and women the same – only the liquor had to be good”. Broadway press-agent meets Greta the blonde taxi-dancer. First published in the USA in 1936.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 157,[iii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some light wear and creasing; text a little tanned, but otherwise very good.

£20

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POCKET

"PAGE, Marco" – [KURNITZ, Harry, 1909-1968] : FAST COMPANY.

New York : Pocket Books, (1943). First paperback edition. "Rare Books and Raw Murder Mix". Originally published in 1938 – and made into a film starring Melvyn Douglas the same year, a sequence of events that led to the former reporter Harry Kurnitz becoming a witty and stylish Hollywood screenwriter (Hatari, Pretty Baby, Shadow of the Thin Man and many more).
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [iv],204pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Leo Manso (1914-1993); all edges red; spine a little worn and lightly sunned; a reasonable copy.

£20

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"PAGE, Marco" – [KURNITZ, Harry, 1909-1968] : THE SHADOWY THIRD.

New York : Pocket Books, (1949) First paperback edition. Dave Calder hired to solve the disappearance of a heavily insured violin. Owner then murdered – list of suspects reads like a telephone directory. First published in 1946.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [viii],214,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a stylish design by Harvey Whitney Kidder (1918-2001); all edges red; a touch of light wear; text slightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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PYRAMID
“SEMPLE, Gordon” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : RECKLESS PASSION – [THE PRICE OF PASSION].

“SEMPLE, Gordon” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : RECKLESS PASSION – [THE PRICE OF PASSION].

New York : Almat Publishing Corp. (Pyramid Books), (1949). First paperback edition. “Grace Marcal had a body no man could resist. Trouble was, she used it indiscriminately” – Grace heads to Mexico. Originally published as “The Price of Passion” in 1947. Pyramid Books 12.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges red; lightly rubbed; upper wrapper with diagonal creases; lower wrapper slightly marked; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of an uncommon title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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RED CIRCLE
“HARVEY, Gene” – [HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963] : LEG ARTIST.

“HARVEY, Gene” – [HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963] : LEG ARTIST.

New York : Red Circle Magazines, [1949]. First paperback edition. Sales-girl becomes star cover girl, goes to her head. Originally published in 1942.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a suitably leggy design; all edges red; just a hint of wear; slight corner crease; lower wrapper lightly marked, but overall still a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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PETERS, Royal : BODY OR SOUL.

PETERS, Royal : BODY OR SOUL.

New York : Red Circle Magazines, [1949]. First paperback edition. Beautiful young heiress shipwrecked on desert island with two rather different men. Originally published in 1935.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a torrid design by Charles Andres (1913-2008); some minor wear; short tear to lower wrapper; a touch shaken; a couple of marks, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“SCOTT, Anthony” – [DRESSER, Davis, 1904-1977] : CARNIVAL OF LOVE [MARDI GRAS MADNESS].

“SCOTT, Anthony” – [DRESSER, Davis, 1904-1977] : CARNIVAL OF LOVE [MARDI GRAS MADNESS].

New York : Select Publications, (1949). First paperback edition. “All Barbara Dorn wanted was a week of fun” – “She left the dull life she knew. She left her family. She left behind the man who lovee her. She left them all for one glorious mad fling ...”. Originally published as “Mardi Gras Madness” in 1934. Red Circle Book No. 13.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a lively design by Ray Johnson; some minor rubbing and wear; crease to lower wrapper, but a very good copy. Small label and mark of John T. Pratt of Delaware. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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SUPERIOR
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS : MARIJUANA MURDER.

SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS : MARIJUANA MURDER.

Toronto : Superior Publishers, [ca.1950]. First edition – evidently a British issue, with the advertisement leaves all relating to products issued by the Empire Mail Order Agency of London. Nine “authentic police cases – every story true” – giving a sensational and powerful anti-drug message, but evidently at least based on real murders which took place in the United States between 1938 and 1946.
Post 8vo (20cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slightly chipped; lower wrapper and final leaves with light crease and faint stain to upper margin, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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VENUS

"BELLAMY, Harmon" – [BLOOM, Herman Irving, 1908-1992] : HARD-BOILED! (STRUGGLE).

New York : Star Guidance, (1950). First Venus Books edition. "She made love her business" – originally published as "Struggle" in 1935. Venus Book No. 110.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (3)-130pp. Photo illustrations of highly posed models. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde about her business; lightly rubbed; a few slight marks, but an acceptable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major libary worldwide.

£50

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“HARVEY, Gene” – [HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963] : CUTIE (PASSION’S SLAVE).

“HARVEY, Gene” – [HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963] : CUTIE (PASSION’S SLAVE).

New York : Star Guidance, (1950). First edition under this title. “From the moment that Drusilla said ‘I do’, she knew that she didn’t”. Originally published as “Passion’s Slave”, but here in a re-titled and revised version. Venus Book No. 108.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (3)-130pp. Numerous photo illustrations of highly posed models. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde about her business in a design by Rudy Nappi; lightly rubbed; a few slight marks and small flaws; occasional fringe of faint discolouration to margins, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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