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ABRAM, Arthur : BADGE OF SHAME.

ABRAM, Arthur : BADGE OF SHAME.

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1952]. First edition. “Whirling in a maelstrom of sex and bloody intrigue ... Ruthlessly hunted through the byways of Manhattan, the subways of Brooklyn, the alleys of Coney Island”. Uni-Book No.24.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). [ii],125,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design attributed to Walter Popp (1920-2002); wrappers a little creased; chip at foot; lower wrapper nicked; text spotted in places and a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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APPEL, H.M. (Herman Milton), 1892-1957 : BRUTAL KISSES (THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER).

APPEL, H.M. (Herman Milton), 1892-1957 : BRUTAL KISSES (THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER).

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1952]. Second paperback edition. “Mazie Callahan should never have been brought home to the old farm in Bear Valley”. Originally published as “The Farmer’s Daughter” in 1936 and here abridged for publication in the Uni-Book series. Uni-Book No. 29.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; corner clipped from upper wrapper; some light wear and creasing; small chip to title-page; text lightly tanned, but overall a reasonable copy. Just a single copy (Bowling Green State) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“BRENNING, L.H.” – [HUNTER, Alfred John, 1891-1961] : WOMAN OF PARIS – [CABARET].

“BRENNING, L.H.” – [HUNTER, Alfred John, 1891-1961] : WOMAN OF PARIS – [CABARET].

New York : Universal, 1953. First edition under this title. Possibly the same book as “Parisian Adventure”, first published in London in 1934 (Hunter was a British writer and the story opens at Victoria Station) – but certainly an adaptation of “Cabaret”, published by Greenberg in the USA in the same year. Paris after dark – Marie Delorme, midnight madonna; Monsieur Durand, the Satan behind the scenes; Charles Marteau, rat in a plush sewer, and other memorable characters. Uni-book No. 51.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a sultry redhead from Walter Popp (1920-2003); small chip at foot of upper wrapper, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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CARRUTHERS, Margaret : ANOTHER MAN’S WIFE [BONDAGE].

CARRUTHERS, Margaret : ANOTHER MAN’S WIFE [BONDAGE].

New York : Universal, [1953]. First paperback edition. “She fanned his emotions to white heat – but she was his boss’s wife” – an “explosive theme” handled with “taste and understanding”. Originally published as “Bondage” in 1934. Uni-Book No. 59.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Bernard Safran (1924-1995); spine a little worn at foot and slightly sunned; staples a touch rusted; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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DRAKE, H.B. (Henry Burgess), 1894-1963 :  SLAVE SHIP [CAPTAIN OF THE JEHOVAH].

DRAKE, H.B. (Henry Burgess), 1894-1963 : SLAVE SHIP [CAPTAIN OF THE JEHOVAH].

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1952]. First edition under this title. “All the shocking brutality of the old slave trade” – plus love, lust, magic, greed and mutiny. Originally published as “Captain of the Jehovah” in 1936. Uni-Book No. 35.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 43,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and slightly creased; lower wrapper slightly marked, and with a numeric stamp, but overall still a very good copy. Just a single copy (Hofstra) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“FOSTER, Gerald” – [GIFFORD, James Noble, 1898-1957] : THE FIEND [LUST].

“FOSTER, Gerald” – [GIFFORD, James Noble, 1898-1957] : THE FIEND [LUST].

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1952]. First edition under this title. “Daring portrayal of degeneration among derelicts, hobos, passionate tarts and simpering half-men” (Jack Woodford). Originally published as “Lust” in 1934, but here adapted and re-titled. Uni-Book No. 26.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little bruised and slightly creased; a few faint marks, but a good copy of a difficult title. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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“GRANT, Richard” – [CLARKE, Joseph Calvitt, 1887-1970] : EURASIAN GIRL.

“GRANT, Richard” – [CLARKE, Joseph Calvitt, 1887-1970] : EURASIAN GIRL.

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1952]. First paperback edition. Three men with very different motives pursue Selene, “a girl of mixed blood and mysterious background – exotic, warm-hearted, exquisitely alluring”. In his other life, Dr Clarke had worked with Helen Keller and was the founder of the Christian Children’s Fund. His papers are at the University of Virginia. Originally published in 1935. Uni-Book No. 30.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Warren King; a little used and worn; some faint creases and minor nicks and chips, but overall a good copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£30

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“HARRAGAN, Steve” – [MACONACHIE, William] : KISS OF THE DAMNED.

“HARRAGAN, Steve” – [MACONACHIE, William] : KISS OF THE DAMNED.

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1953]. First American edition. “She tried everything in the book, and a few chapters that haven’t been added yet. Guess they must be saving them for the next edition” – “Steve Harragan’s novels are the fastest things in fiction – the first books to break through both the sex and the sound barrier”. Originally published in the UK as “Dames Scare Easy” by “Bart Carson” – here in a revised version, both author and hero now named Steve Harragan, who has also acquired an eye-patch. Uni-Book No. 47.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; split at spine; a few tiny nicks and chips; wrappers a little creased – a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“HARRAGAN, Steve” – [MACONACHIE, William] : THE SHAYNE DAME.

“HARRAGAN, Steve” – [MACONACHIE, William] : THE SHAYNE DAME.

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, 1953. First American edition. “You won’t put down The Shayne Dame until you’ve finished it – and you wouldn’t put Miss Shayne down either if you ever laid eyes on her”. A Hollywood starlet mystery, originally published in the UK as “Curves Mean Danger” by “Bart Carson”. Uni-Book No. 52.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear, creasing and minor scuffing; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“HARRAGAN, Steve” – [MACONACHIE, William] : SMUGGLED SIN – [PHONE FOR A HEARSE].

“HARRAGAN, Steve” – [MACONACHIE, William] : SMUGGLED SIN – [PHONE FOR A HEARSE].

New York : Universal, 1953. First American edition. “She had diamond dust in her eyes – lust in her heart – amd Steve in her arms”. First published in the UK in slightly different form earlier in 1953 as “Phone for a Hearse” by “Bart Carson”. Uni-Book No. 46.
Foolscap 4to. 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear; short tears; some chips and creasing; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy. Ownership inscriptions dated 1961 in two places. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“JORDAN, Gail” – [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : UNLEASHED WOMAN – [DARK PASSION].

“JORDAN, Gail” – [DERN, Erolie Pearl Gaddis, 1895-1966] : UNLEASHED WOMAN – [DARK PASSION].

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1952]. First paperback edition. Ellen Lancaster “wanted to know more about love than she could learn from books” – on holiday in the wild Carolina Hills. Originally published as “Dark Passion” in 1950 and here in a revised version as Uni-Book No. 28.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; chipped at extremities; wrappers a little worn and frayed; text a little nicked and tanned; a serviceable copy. Just two copies of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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LAWRENCE, Ann : HOYDEN OF THE HILLS [SHE WANTED MORE].

LAWRENCE, Ann : HOYDEN OF THE HILLS [SHE WANTED MORE].

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1952]. First paperback edition. “Men teased her, trapped her, tricked her – But she gave them better thans she got!” – originally published in 1933 as “She Wanted More”. Uni-Book No. 36.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and mild creasing; price inked in lower corner; date stamp on top edge, but overall a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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MARTIN, Charles N. (Charles Morris), 1891-1954 : RAW PASSION.

MARTIN, Charles N. (Charles Morris), 1891-1954 : RAW PASSION.

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1951]. First paperback edition. “The girl was a menace! Even to a slim, sure-shooting rider out of Texas – and the fastest man with a lariat that side of the Rockies”. Originally published in 1936 as “Tie-Fast Hombre” as by Chuck Martin and here “especially adapted for your reading pleasure”. Uni-Book No. 16.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and creasing; a couple of minuscule chips; text a little soiled in places, with a few minor chips and flaws; a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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MITCHELL, Francis (Francis Orville), 1907- : DIRT FARM.

MITCHELL, Francis (Francis Orville), 1907- : DIRT FARM.

New York : Universal, (1953). First edition. “Amid these fields grew the fruits of paradise – and strange evils flourished like rank weeds!” – Uni-Book No. 51.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a few minor nicks and small creases; text lightly tanned; but overall a very good and clean copy. Just a single copy (Vanderbilt) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“REED, David Vern” – [LEVINE, David, 1924-1989] : THE THING THAT MADE LOVE [THE METAL MONSTER MURDERS].

“REED, David Vern” – [LEVINE, David, 1924-1989] : THE THING THAT MADE LOVE [THE METAL MONSTER MURDERS].

[New York] : Universal Publishing & Distributing, [1951]. Second edition in book form. “No woman could survive such harrowing ecstasy” – a classic pulp production, originally published as “The Metal Monster Murders” in “Mammoth Detective” in 1944, then as “I Thought I’d Die” by Ideal. Uni-Book No. 15.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde looks harrowed – a design attributed to Robert Stanley (1918-1996); tiny chip at foot; lightly rubbed and a little scuffed; faint pencil markings to upper wrapper; some discolouration to inner wrappers and outer leaves; an indifferent copy.

£25

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“SEMPLE, Gordon” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : RESORT HOSTESS.

“SEMPLE, Gordon” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : RESORT HOSTESS.

New York : Universal Publishing & Distributing, (1952). First edition. “Alice Baker was the resort’s chief attraction. Until she gambled on passion – and lost!” – set in Colorado. Uni-Book No. 34.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear; light creasing; a few marks and nicks; staples rusted; last few leaves slightly torn, without loss; a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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WALL, Evans (Evans Spencer), 1886-1963 : RIVER WOMAN [RIVER GOD].

WALL, Evans (Evans Spencer), 1886-1963 : RIVER WOMAN [RIVER GOD].

New York : Universal, [1953]. First paperback edition. “Her love was like the floodtide, turbulent, tempestuous, uncontrollable ...” – “more than a stirring saga of the mighty Mississippi”. Originally published in 1934 as “River God” and here re-titled and revised. Uni-Book No. 50.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and creasing to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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