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CALDWELL, Erskine (Erskine Preston), 1903-1987 : MIDSUMMER PASSION AND OTHER STORIES.

CALDWELL, Erskine (Erskine Preston), 1903-1987 : MIDSUMMER PASSION AND OTHER STORIES.

New York : Avon Publishing Co., (1948). First edition of this selection of fifteen stories, written between 1931 and 1940 and earlier collected in “Jackpot”. Includes “The Swell-Looking Girl”, “Saturday Afternoon”, etc. Avon 177.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [ii],125,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – an unsigned desgn by Ann Cantor; all edges red; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£20

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CAIN, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977 : DOUBLE INDEMNITY.

CAIN, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977 : DOUBLE INDEMNITY.

New York : Avon Book Co., (1943). First separate edition. Originally serialised in an abridged form in "Liberty" before the war, this story on which the famous 1944 Billy Wilder film (scripted by Raymond Chandler) was based did not appear in book form until 1943, when it appeared in hardback as one of three stories published by Knopf in "Three of a Kind" and here as Murder Mystery Monthly 16. Cover and illustrations by William Frost.
Post 8vo (20cm). [ii],11-128pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers – couple flee from railway lines, bandaged foot and crutch; just lightly rubbed and very slightly chipped; faint creasing; text very lightly tanned and with a few faint creases; a few spots to inner wrappers, but still a very good copy.

£125

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CHANDLER, Raymond (Raymond Thornton), 1888-1959 : FINGER MAN AND OTHER STORIES.

CHANDLER, Raymond (Raymond Thornton), 1888-1959 : FINGER MAN AND OTHER STORIES.

New York : Avon Publishing Co., (1950). Second edition. Four early stories – “Finger Man” (1934), “Smart-Aleck Kill” (1934), “The Bronze Door” (1939) and “The Simple Art of Murder” (1944) – originally published in book form as Murder Mystery Monthly 43 in 1946 – and here redesigned and in pocket format. New Avon Library 219.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [ii],153,[v]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – blonde in luck at the roulette table; all edges red; minor wear at tips; a little rubbed; slight creasing, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library. Bruccoli VII-2.

£20

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LONDON SPY MURDERS [THE STARS ARE DARK].

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LONDON SPY MURDERS [THE STARS ARE DARK].

New York : Avon Book Co., (1944). First American paperback edition. British intelligence and Nazi spies – “written by the only successful British follower of Hammett”. New Avon Library No. 49. Originally published in the UK as “The Stars are Dark” in 1943.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [iv],11-196,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; spine a little sunned, with short split at foot; text a little tanned and brittle, but a reasonable copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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WEIDMAN, Jerome, 1913-1998 : WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

WEIDMAN, Jerome, 1913-1998 : WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

New York : Avon Publishing Co., (1950). First paperback edition. “Martha Mills was a brunette spitfire whose anatomy was her strong point. She had kept a Broadway show running by hard work and the aid of a scanty costume ...”. First published in 1938, but here “specially revised and edited for Avon Books”. Avon 241.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 251,[v]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges red; some light wear and minuscule chipping; text lightly tanned, but overall still a very good copy.

£20

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[WOOLRICH, Cornell (Cornell George Hopley), 1903-1968] – “IRISH, William” : I MARRIED A DEAD MAN.

[WOOLRICH, Cornell (Cornell George Hopley), 1903-1968] – “IRISH, William” : I MARRIED A DEAD MAN.

New York : Avon Publishing Co., (1949). First paperback edition. “Oh, yes, the summer nights are pleasant in Caulfield. But not for us”. Originally published in hardback the previous year, but without the gloriously literal artwork of the present edition.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 187,[v]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges red; small repair at foot; very faint damp-stain to lower wrapper, with just mild impact on last leaf, edges, and reverse of upper cover; one slight nick, but otherwise very good. Just a single copy (Kent State) of this edition traced in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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