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ADAMS, Cleve F. (Cleve Franklin), 1884-1949 : DECOY DOLL.

ADAMS, Cleve F. (Cleve Franklin), 1884-1949 : DECOY DOLL.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1956). First Australian edition. “She was a million-dollar mantrap with murder in her smile!” – although unequivocally claiming itself to be previously unpublished, this is in fact the third of the Rex McBride mysteries, originally published simply as “Decoy” in New York in 1941. “He is far and away the best writer of the hard-boiled school” (Vincent Starrett). No. 700 in the Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-113,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – murder in that smile; a little rubbed and creased, the creasing more severe on lower wrapper; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Adelaide and Otago) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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AXELROD, George, 1922-2003 : BLACKMAILER.

AXELROD, George, 1922-2003 : BLACKMAILER.

Sydney : Original Novels Foundation, (1953). First Australian edition. Smalltime publisher offered an unknown manuscript by a dead but famous (and very Hemingwayesque) author: plot thickens. A wise-cracking mystery from Axelrod originally published in New York in 1952 – the same year that his “Seven Year Itch” first played on Broadway. Phantom Book 532.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-129,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; wear to spine and a small chip at foot; some creasing, but a reasonable copy of a cheap production. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“FLAGG, John” – [GEARON, John] : THE PERSIAN CAT.

“FLAGG, John” – [GEARON, John] : THE PERSIAN CAT.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1955). First Australian edition. Gil Denby hunts down an English Nazi collaborator in Teheran – the deadly Claire Fayne. First published in New York in 1950. No. 624 in the Australian Phantom series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a copy of the Willard Downes design for the American edition; some minor rubbing and wear; small sticker removed from upper wrapper; a few slight creases, but a good copy. Just a single copy of this edition (National Library of Australia) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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GEARON, John : THE DEADLY WEB.

GEARON, John : THE DEADLY WEB.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1956). First Australian edition. “She was half angel, half devil – and she led him straight to hell!” – although explicity claiming to be an original work, this would appear to be Gearon’s taut post-war thriller “The Velvet Well” (1946) under a new name. No. 686 in the Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-129,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rubbed; chipped at head; rubbed and creased; short tears; text a little tanned, with occasional small flaws, but a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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GOLDTHWAITE, Eaton K. (Eaton Kenneth), 1907-1994 : THE SCARLET SPADE – [CUT FOR PARTNERS].

GOLDTHWAITE, Eaton K. (Eaton Kenneth), 1907-1994 : THE SCARLET SPADE – [CUT FOR PARTNERS].

Sydney : Original Novels Foundation, (1955). First Australian edition. Professonal Las Vegas gambler on the track of a murderer. First published in New York in 1951 as “Cut for Partners”. No. 651 in the Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-129,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a copy of the original design for the American Ace edition; a small chip at head; a little rubbed and scuffed; a few minor marks, but a good copy of a fragile production. Just a single copy (Adelaide) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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HUGGINS, Roy (1914-2002) : LOVELY LADY, PITY ME.

HUGGINS, Roy (1914-2002) : LOVELY LADY, PITY ME.

Sydney : Original Novels Foundation, (1953). First Australian edition. “To get where I was going you take any street in any direction, because I was going nowhere ...”. Huggins was later to create the well-known TV shows, “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “The Fugitive”, “The Rockford Files”, etc. Originally published in New York in 1949. Phantom Book No. 515.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-113,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers in an imitation of the 1951 Avon design; lightly rolled; spine a little rubbed and slightly nicked; some minor creasing; a few faint marks; a few internal spots, but a good copy. Just two copies of this edition (Adelaide and Monash) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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KANE, Frank, 1912-1968 : RED HOT ICE.

KANE, Frank, 1912-1968 : RED HOT ICE.

Sydney : Original Novels Foundation, (1956). First Australian edition. “She was an alcoholic blonde with a load of hot diamonds – a set-up for murder on the rocks!” – a Johnny Liddell mystery from the reliable Brooklyn writer, Frank Kane. Originally published in New York in 1955. Phantom Book 719.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-113,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; spine rubbed and lightly worn; faint vertical crease to upper wrapper and minor creasing elsewhere; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy of a cheap production. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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MERWIN, Sam (Samuel Kimball), 1910-1996 : MURDER IN MINIATURES.

MERWIN, Sam (Samuel Kimball), 1910-1996 : MURDER IN MINIATURES.

Sydney : Original Novels Foundation, (1955). First Australian edition. “It began in a waterfront dive in Shanghai ... a chain of murders that stretched right to New York City” – with a rich cast of characters, including Lana Tremaine, “social debutramp”. Originally published in New York in 1940. Phanton Book 645.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-129,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a little rubbed and rolled, with some minor wear; text a little tanned, but otherwise a good copy. Just a single copy (National Library of Australia) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“MILLER, Wade” – [WADE, Robert Allison, 1920-2012 & MILLER, H. Billy, 1920-1961] : THE KILLER.

“MILLER, Wade” – [WADE, Robert Allison, 1920-2012 & MILLER, H. Billy, 1920-1961] : THE KILLER.

Sydney : Original Novels Foundation, (1953). First Australian edition. Big-game hunter and safari-guide Jake Farrow hired to track down a murderer – tangled woods, trackless swamps, dens of vice, and “the denser jungles of women’s passions”. First published in New York in 1951. No. 693 in the Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-129,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a copy of the original design for the American edition; a little worn and a little creased, but a good copy of a fragile production. Just two copes (Monash and State Library of Victoria) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“MILLER, Wade” – [WADE, Robert Allison, 1920-2012 & MILLER, H. Billy, 1920-1961] : STOLEN WOMAN.

“MILLER, Wade” – [WADE, Robert Allison, 1920-2012 & MILLER, H. Billy, 1920-1961] : STOLEN WOMAN.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1953). First Australian edition. “Just below the border is a strange land where no business, and no individual, is completely legitimate. That’s where Burke took the strange magnetism he had for women ...”. First published in New York in 1950. No. 533 in the Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-129,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a simplified copy of the original design for the American edition; somewhat rolled; a little rubbed and slightly creased; small chip from lower wrapper; two leaves loose, but a good copy of a fragile production. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“RONNS, Edward” – [AARONS, Edward Sidney, 1916-1975] : COWL OF DOOM – [DEATH IN A LIGHTHOUSE].

“RONNS, Edward” – [AARONS, Edward Sidney, 1916-1975] : COWL OF DOOM – [DEATH IN A LIGHTHOUSE].

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1954). First Australian edition. Peter Willard awakes in the apartment of beautiful woman he has never seen before, a bullet wound in his scalp – and three years of his life missing. Originally published in New York in 1938 as “Death in a Lighthouse”. Phantom Book 618.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rolled; a little worn; small chip to upper wrapper; a few slight creases; a few spots, but still a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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“RONNS, Edward” – [AARONS, Edward Sidney, 1916-1975] : DON’T CRY, BELOVED.

“RONNS, Edward” – [AARONS, Edward Sidney, 1916-1975] : DON’T CRY, BELOVED.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1953). First Australian edition. “There was a hint of accent in her husky voice that baffled him. She was a woman, perhaps too much a woman ... Her price was high. She put her bargain on the line. Betray his country – and she was his for a lifetime”. Originally published in New York in 1952. Phantom Book 520.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-129,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a reworking of the Barye Phillips design for the American edition; somewhat worn and creased; upper wrapper chipped at lower corner; lower wrapper a little grubby; a few nicks and short tears; an indifferent copy. Just a single copy (National Library of Australia) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“SABER, Robert O.” – [OZAKI, Milton K., 1913-1989] : THE DEADLY BLONDE – [THE AFFAIR OF THE FRIGID BLONDE].

“SABER, Robert O.” – [OZAKI, Milton K., 1913-1989] : THE DEADLY BLONDE – [THE AFFAIR OF THE FRIGID BLONDE].

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1953). First Australian edition. “Johnny Adams wasn’t mad. He’d changed identity with Laughton and and thereby got his quarter-million-dollar business and his beautiful young wife. But now he wanted out ...”. First published in the USA in 1950 as “The Affair of the Frigid Blonde”. No. 525 in the Australian Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-(129),[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a copy of the design for the American edition; a little worn and creased; some internal marks and spots; a couple of leaves a touch loose, but a reasonable copy. Just two copies of this edition (Adelaide and National Library of Australia) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“SABER, Robert O.” – [OZAKI, Milton K., 1913-1989] : TOO YOUNG TO DIE.

“SABER, Robert O.” – [OZAKI, Milton K., 1913-1989] : TOO YOUNG TO DIE.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1956). First Australian edition. “A wrongway blonde and a private eye in a violent murder mix-up!” – although unequivocally claiming itself to be previously unpublished, this was first published in New Jersey in 1954. No. 693 in the Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-113,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – threatened blonde in a copy of the original Walter Popp design for the American edition; lightly rubbed; a few faint creases, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (Adelaide) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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STOKES, Manning Lee, 1911-1976 : THE WOLF HOWLS MURDER.

STOKES, Manning Lee, 1911-1976 : THE WOLF HOWLS MURDER.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1955). First Australian edition. Barnabas Jones, private eye in St. Louis, is about to give up – but a new client turns up. First published in New York in 1945. No. 666 in the Australian Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-113,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; chip at foot; somewhat worn and creased; text a little tanned; a few slight internal flaws, but a reasonable copy of a scarce book. No copy of this edition located in major library worldwide.

£15

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TAYLOR, Samuel W. (Samuel Woolley), 1907-1997 : HOLIDAY IN HELL – [THE GRINNING GISMO].

TAYLOR, Samuel W. (Samuel Woolley), 1907-1997 : HOLIDAY IN HELL – [THE GRINNING GISMO].

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1954). First Australian edition. Wealthy young Hank Oates is contacted by a dead man. First published in New York in 1951 as “The Grinning Gismo”. No. 617 in the Australian Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-130pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rubbed and worn; a little rolled; some spotting, but a good copy of a scarce book. No copy of this edition located in major library worldwide.

£20

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THAYER, Lee (Emma Reddington Lee), 1874-1973 : MURDER IS OUT.

THAYER, Lee (Emma Reddington Lee), 1874-1973 : MURDER IS OUT.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1955). First Australian edition. “Everett Marston lay face down on the carpet of his library. He had a bullet hole in his back and he was very dead” – Peter Clancy and Wiggar investigate. Originally published in New York in 1942. No. 629 in the Australian Phantom Books series.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). (3)-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear; a little rolled; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership inscription of R. A. Weyland.

£25

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WHITTINGTON, Harry, 1915-1989 : YOU’LL DIE NEXT.

WHITTINGTON, Harry, 1915-1989 : YOU’LL DIE NEXT.

Sydney : Phantom Books – Original Novels Foundation, (1955). First Australian edition. Exactly why has the beautiful Lila married the very ordinary Henry Wilson? First published in New York the previous year. Phantom Book No. 668.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). [ii],5-113,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a little rubbed, lightly worn and slightly scuffed, but a reasonable copy of a fragile production.No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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