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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1941). First edition. “There was a girl who worked in a dress factory. The working conditions were not uncommon – they could be summed up in one word – “sweated”. She left! ... Here, then, is the story of her life on the Road ... Too may Eilleens in this world, victims of sweated labour, escape only to become victims of still more terrible conditions”. Both author and publisher were found guilty of publishing obscene books at an Old Bailey trial in 1942, the present book characterised as “coarse and brutal”. The book was suppressed and Kelly heavily fined (£100 at 1942 prices).
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original wrappers; wrappers a little marked and scuffed; a few minor spots, but a good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy of this edition (Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.

London : Robin Hood Press, 1950. Second edition. “She was Irish and her hot blood could not submit to the steamy confinement of a machine shop and the baiting of the vicious old forewoman. She cut loose ...”. First published in 1941 – both author and publisher were found guilty of publishing obscene books at an Old Bailey trial the following year, the present book characterised as “coarse and brutal”. Kelly was heavily fined (£100 at 1942 prices) and remanded in custody until payment had been made.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original stapled wrappers – the less common and presumably earlier pictorial variant, with the again presumably earlier price of 2/- in brown (rather than 2/6d in blue in a white circle); minor chip at foot; wrappers very slightly frayed, with a chip to the lower one; staples rusted, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just four copies of this edition (Bodleian, British Library, National Library of Scotland, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.

London : Robin Hood Press, [ca.1949]. [Second edition]. “His work was sabotage; his recreation women”. Gangsters, Nazi spies, and mistresses in East Coast America. Originally published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. in 1941, the book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942. Although retaining the original 1941 date, the present edition from the Robin Hood Press (established in 1946) is manifestly somewhat later and roughly datable from the lower wrapper advertisement for a Bryn Logan western published in 1949.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight snag to head; some minor wear; some creasing; a few marks, nicks and spots; a good copy of a key title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : “YOU TOOK ME – KEEP ME”.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : “YOU TOOK ME – KEEP ME”.

London : Robin Hood Press, (1941) [but 1952]. [Second edition] : a variant state, with a 2/6 rather than 2/- cover price, and the cover tag-line reading “a sincere and gripping story”, rather than “the book that was nearly banned”. The other alternative state announced, “Like the public, Darcy Glinto himself and the present publishers, believe that ‘You Took Me, Keep Me’ is the best Darcy Glinto of them all”. First published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. in 1941, the book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Terry; a few faint marks; staples a little rusted; text lightly tanned, but still overall a very good and much better than average copy. Just a single copy (Trinity College, Dublin) of this 1950s edition located in major libraries, although the continuing presence in this edition of the original 1941 date may perhaps have confused cataloguers – but, in any event, only four major libraries worldwide have a copy of any edition.

£100

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : YOURS TRULY, HOODLUM.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : YOURS TRULY, HOODLUM.

London : Robin Hood Press, 1953. [First? edition]. Lugs Cortesi, slum-rat with an underwear fetish, junkies, brothels, etc. An earlier edition published by Wells Gardner has been inferred, but the evidence is a little sketchy and the publishers’ edition statement (first published in 1953) is quite explicit. It may be possible that a Wells Gardner edition was announced but pulled from publication in the wake of the 1942 trial.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wear at tips; wrappers marked and a little creased; staples lightly rusted; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : PROTECTION PAY-OFF.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : PROTECTION PAY-OFF.

London : Alexander Moring, [ca.1956]. First edition. “The biggest blow-up Chicago had ever known” – “There had been a time when Sid had been known as the Stiff on account of his resemblance to a corpse”. Other titles listed on the lower wrapper had originally been published 1952-1953 under Reginald Carter’s earlier Comyns imprint: he took over the Alexander Moring name on his release from prison in 1955.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 140,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor wear; a few marks; slight nick to upper wrapper; lower wrapper lightly discoloured, but a better than average copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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