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"GRIFF" : FROM DANCE HALL TO OPIUM DIVE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1950]. First edition. Bullets, business and be-pop – better dead than dope-crazed – the "Griff" byline was first used by Ernest McKeag (1896-1974) in 1948, but became the most successful of the Modern Fiction pulp brand-names under various later authors. Lightning pace, crisp dialogue, casual violence, and seedy and salacious faux American settings are the common denominators. By 1950 most of the "Griff " titles, of which this is perhaps the most celebrated, were being written by the journalist, compiler of reference works and occasional Dickens scholar, Frank Dubrez Fawcett (1891-1968) and this is almost certainly his work.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead takes an injection in her thigh from corrupt brunette – a pair of man’s shoes suggestively by the couch; mild wear to tips; repaired splits to lower joint and spine; small initial on upper cover; crease to lower wrapper; staples a touch rusted; text a little tanned, but the wrappers and artwork unusually clean and fresh. Only the British Library copy located in the major UK libraries.

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"GRIFF" : TRADING WITH BODIES.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1950]. First edition. One of the most successful of the Griff titles – at least three different editions are known: the present copy, with 160 pages, the name and address of the printers (Craig Mitchell & Co.) given only in abbreviated form, and with advertisements consonant with a publication date of 1950, would appear to pre-date both the 128pp edition and the 110pp one. Chapter headings include Blondes Mean Trouble, White Slave Racket, When Crooks Fall Out, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blondes in underwear, whip, Mexican hat; some light wear; lower wrapper glue marked from the removal of the original cellophane wrapping; some mild browning and some spotting, but otherwise a very good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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"GRIFF" : NIGHT PATROL.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. The terrible death of a beautiful woman – "gangsterdom and vice, against the pulsating background of New York’s seamier streets".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stappled wrappers – shootout over a telephonist; spine a little rubbed and slightly worn; mild tanning to text, but overall a good and clean copy. Only the British Library copy located in all the major UK libraries.

£40

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"GRIFF" : THE CITY OF LOST WOMEN.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. Kidnappers prey on the Hollywood wealthy – inducing something "damn near to dithering fear".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – tough blonde, spilt glasses; slight puckering of spine; a few faint marks, but overall a very good, sharp and clean copy. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£75

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“GRIFF” – [BOYCE, David, 1916-1993] : SHOOT TO LIVE.

“GRIFF” – [BOYCE, David, 1916-1993] : SHOOT TO LIVE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. “Master-spies, gunhawks, mobsters, hoods, all the unsavoury characters of the underworld ... A young scientist is kidnapped. He carries badly wanted secrets in his brain ... the secrets of that most despicable of all forms of death ... germ warfare!”. Mark Freeman of the FBI is on the case. The “Griff” house name here being used by David Boyce.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Len Potts – redhead dragged into gunfight; some light creasing and marking; mild spotting of edges; inked “X” on title-page; occasional light browning and discolouration of text, but overall a very good copy of an elusive and fragile title. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major libraries worldwide.

£50

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"GRIFF" : THE QUICK OR THE DEAD.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953?]. First edition. A tale that opens in Acapulco, the story of the downfall of a "dope-raddled tramp who had once been a respected and respectable business woman" – protection racketeers, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde under threat; some very minor wear; some faint creasing; text lightly tanned; one short nick, but a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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