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COHEN, Octavus Roy, 1891-1959 : DON’T EVER LOVE ME.

COHEN, Octavus Roy, 1891-1959 : DON’T EVER LOVE ME.

New York : Popular Library, (1951). First paperback edition. Cops break into an apartment looking for a corpse – but Lynn Sheridan is still very alive and very wet in her shower. Originally published in 1947. Popular Library 332.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges green; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£20

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LOOS, Anita (Corinne Anita), 1889-1981 : GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.

LOOS, Anita (Corinne Anita), 1889-1981 : GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.

New York : Popular Libary, [1948]. A fresh edition of the 1925 classic, here enlivened with a famous cover by Earle Kulp Bergey (1901-1952).
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (126),[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a blonde much leered at; all edges green; some very minor wear; faint creasing; small ink-mark on upper wrapper; slight nick to lower wrapper; small inked price and reference number on preliminary leaf; some light pencilled scribble to outer leaves, but a nice, bright copy still.

£25

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McDERMOTT, C.L. (Chauncey Lereign), 1922-1997 : A YANK ON PICCADILLY.

McDERMOTT, C.L. (Chauncey Lereign), 1922-1997 : A YANK ON PICCADILLY.

New York : Popular Library, (1952). First paperback edition. A fictionalised and very lively memoir of wartime London from a B17 bombardier-navigator in the US Air Force – “Piccadilly Circus in wartime was the only place I had ever known which exemplified such complete, universal lack of restraint, in which so many people so openly and frankly pursued the same libertine objectives”. Originally published in hardback in 1951. There was no British edition.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a lively bar-room scene, unsigned but stated on good authority to be by Earle Bergey (1901-1952); all edges green; some very minor creasing and rubbing; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy. Stamp of The Book Shack, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, on fly title. No copy found in any major UK library.

£25

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PACKER, Peter, 1906-1987 : BITTER FRUIT [WHITE CROCUS].

PACKER, Peter, 1906-1987 : BITTER FRUIT [WHITE CROCUS].

New York : Popular Library, (1952). First paperback edition. The London-born writer with a first novel – soldier home to London from the Great War, wife gone to the bad, daughter desperate, etc. First published in the USA as “White Crocus” in 1947, with a London edition in 1948. Popular Library 433.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 223,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – blonde, beret, bar; all edges green; some very minor rubbing; a few faint marks, but still a very good copy. Just two copies of this edition located in major libraries worldwide – neither in the UK.

£20

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REILLY, Helen, 1891-1962 : MURDER IN THE MEWS.

REILLY, Helen, 1891-1962 : MURDER IN THE MEWS.

New York : Popular Library, [1950]. First Popular Library edition. An Inspector McKee mystery, first published in 1931. "A man 'bumped off' in a Rolls-Royce on Fifth Avenue in the middle of a thunderstorm".
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers – an unnsigned design by Rudoph Belarski; some light rubbing, but a very good copy. Small date-stamp on front free endpaper and stamp of Vivian’s Swap-n-Shop of Project City, California, on title.

£20

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

[WOOLRICH, Cornell (Cornell George Hopley), 1903-1968] – "IRISH, William" : SIX NIGHTS OF MYSTERY.

New York : Popular Library, [1950]. First edition. Six short stories – "One Night in New York", "One Night in Chicago", etc. – five culled from pulp magazines, and one previously unpublished. Popular Library 258.
Foolscap 8vo. 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a design generally attributed to Rudolph Belarski (1900-1983) – cornered man shoots at redhead in strapless green; a little worn, darkened and rubbed; text lightly tanned, but a serviceable copy of a fragile production. Stamps of the Indian distributors, A. H. Wheeler & Co., with a price in rupees, on title-page.

£25

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