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BARNARD, Allan, 1918-2007 – editor : CLEOPATRA’S NIGHTS : THE LIFE AND LOVES OF THE QUEEN OF EGYPT.

BARNARD, Allan, 1918-2007 – editor : CLEOPATRA’S NIGHTS : THE LIFE AND LOVES OF THE QUEEN OF EGYPT.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., (1950). First edition. Thirteen tales of Cleopatra from authors as diverse as Talbot Mundy, Emil Ludwig, E. Barrington and Theophile Gautier. Dell 414 – in mapback format.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 157,[iii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a sensuous design by Ray Johnson; all edges green; light rubbing and slight creasing, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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BROWN, Fredric (Fredric William), 1906-1972 : THE CASE OF THE DANCING SANDWICHES.

BROWN, Fredric (Fredric William), 1906-1972 : THE CASE OF THE DANCING SANDWICHES.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1951]. First edition in book form – a classic novella from the subtle and versatile Fredric Brown, originally published in “Mystery Book Magazine” the previous year – but here under its own name and with delicious cover art (quizzical brunette in low-cut red dress, furs and long red gloves) by the young Robert Stanley (1932-1997) – just at the outset of his career. No. 33 in the short-lived sequence of thirty-six Dell Dime series.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 64pp. Original stapled wrappers; just a hint of wear; small and faint crease to upper wrapper, but an excellent copy of a fragile production.

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EBERHART, Mignon G. (Mignon Good), 1899-1996 : DEADLY IS THE DIAMOND.

EBERHART, Mignon G. (Mignon Good), 1899-1996 : DEADLY IS THE DIAMOND.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1951]. First edition in book form – a classic novella from Mignon Eberhart, once ranked only just below Agatha Christie on a list of highest-paid and best-selling women authors – originally published in the American Magazine in 1942 – but here under its own name and with fine cover art by Bill Fleming. No. 7 in the short-lived sequence of thirty-six Dell Dime series.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [64]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slight creased; corner of title-page chipped, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£25

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“HALLIDAY, Brett” – [DRESSER, Davis, 1904-1977] : MARKED FOR MURDER.

“HALLIDAY, Brett” – [DRESSER, Davis, 1904-1977] : MARKED FOR MURDER.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., (1959). Third Dell edition – but the first with this stylish artwork by Robert McGinnis. “Tim, who’d always said he would die with a smile on his face – and a blonde in his arms” – Mike Shayne investigates. First published in 1945 and as a Dell mapback in 1948 – and here reissued as Dell D291.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a McGinnis blonde goes teapot; all edges green; light rubbing, wear and creasing; a good copy.

£15

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1946]. Second edition. A collection of four stories, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Originally published by Lawrence E. Spivak the previous year – but here enlivened with some fine cover art by Gerald Gregg (1907-1985) in his distinctive airbrush style and and the Dell 'mapback' of the streets of downtown San Francisco. Dell Mapback 129.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a design by Gerald Gregg; some minor wear and slight creasing; tiny nick to upper wrapper and opening leaves; a good copy.

£20

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CREEPING SIAMESE.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CREEPING SIAMESE.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1951]. First Dell edition. A collection of six short stories (including three Continental Ops), edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Originally published as Jonathan Press Mystery J48 the previous year – but here issued as a Dell 'mapback' and enlivened with some fine cover art by the young Robert Stanley (1932-1997) – just at the outset of his career. Dell Mapback 538.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a design by Robert Stanley; all edges blue; lightly rubbed; text a touch tanned, but a very good copy.

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“HEAD, Matthew” – [CANADAY, John Edwin, 1907-1985] : THE ACCOMPLICE.

“HEAD, Matthew” – [CANADAY, John Edwin, 1907-1985] : THE ACCOMPLICE.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1949]. First paperback edition. Perky leather skullcap, an odd gymnasium, monkey money, a wedding that makes no sense, amazing dancers, dried grasses and dead birds – a stylish thriller set in Paris from the art critic John Canaday under his Matthew Head pseudonym. Originally published in 1947. Dell 346 – in mapback format.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 240pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges green; some light wear and creasing; vertical crease to lower wrapper; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Stanford and Monash) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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KUMMER, Frederic Arnold, 1873-1943 : LADIES IN HADES.

KUMMER, Frederic Arnold, 1873-1943 : LADIES IN HADES.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1950]. First Dell edition. The famous bad women of history sit down to discuss love and life – Eve, Salome, Helen of Troy, Delilah, Cleopatra, Lucrezia Borgia, Anne Boleyn, the Queen of Sheba and others set the record straight. Originally published in 1928 as "Ladies in Hades : A Story of Hell’s Smart Set". Dell Mapback 415.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 158,[ii]pp. Six full-page illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges blue; just very faintly rubbed, but a very good copy.

£20

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MARSHALL, Rosamond, 1893-1957 : CELESTE THE GOLD COAST VIRGIN.

MARSHALL, Rosamond, 1893-1957 : CELESTE THE GOLD COAST VIRGIN.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1950]. First paperback edition. LA at the turn of the century – “Celeste’s mother, born and reared in London’s slums and a former lusty Barbary Coast queen, now operates a fashionable restaurant in Los Angeles which is a cover for less reputable activities. Honest in her own way, Dolly adores her daughter and tries to shield her from all sin, the world’s and her own”. Originally published simply as “Celeste” the previous year. Dell 382 – in the mapback format.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 236,[iv]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – Celeste prepares herself; all edges blue/green; just a hint of rubbing; very faint corner crease; first few leaves a little creased, with a couple of short tears, but in all other respects a very good copy.

£20

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TEVIS, Walter (Walter Stone), 1928-1984 : THE HUSTLER.

TEVIS, Walter (Walter Stone), 1928-1984 : THE HUSTLER.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., (1961). First paperback edition. First published in 1959 and here in paperback form to tie in with the celebrated 1961 film, with Paul Newman, Piper Laurie and Jackie Gleason, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 223,[i]pp. Original pictorial photographic wrappers – Paul Newman and Piper Laurie; all edges blue; a little worn and creased; a few tiny nicks, but a good copy.

£20

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[WOOLRICH, Cornell (Cornell George Hopley), 1903-1968] –

[WOOLRICH, Cornell (Cornell George Hopley), 1903-1968] – "IRISH, William" : MARIHUANA.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1951]. First separate edition. "A cheap and evil girl sets a hopped-up killer against a city" – a celebrated tale from the master of noir, here writing under his William Irish pseudonym – with one of the most famous of all pulp fiction covers – Bill Fleming’s haunting image of a drug-crazed green face smoking a reefer over the body of a green-eyed brunette in a clinging magenta gown. Originally published in "Detective Fiction Weekly" in 1941 and here issued as No. 11 in the short-lived series of Dell Dime novellas.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [64]pp. Original stapled wrappers; faint creasing; lightly rubbed; a few slight internal marks, but a very good copy of a fragile production. Contemporary ownership inscription and stamps of Joe Rozanski, who has also added a handful of manuscript page numbers. No copy found in any major UK library.

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