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“CAPELLI, Ace” :  DEAD ON TIME.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : DEAD ON TIME.

London : Ralph Stokes for the Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. “I was a construction gang foreman, not a private eye or a cop. I’ll admit that my one taste of hoodlums some weeks ago had whetted my appetite for the detecting racket ...” – Ace Capelli was a house name used variously by Geoffrey Pardoe, Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) and Norman Lazenby. Although over thirty Capelli titles are known, only fourteen or so are represented in major collections.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a sprightly design by Leonard Potts (1902-1978); a little chipped at foot; some mild creasing; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but still overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. No copy located in any major library worldwide. `

£85

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“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : DAWN OF DARKNESS.

“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : DAWN OF DARKNESS.

London : Gaywood Press, (1951). First edition. Flying saucers come ever closer – and retaliate with radiation rays when attacked. “It’s a pity their rays hadn’t been aimed at Gaywood Press before this book was published” (Harbottle & Holland A91).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 98 [i.e.96]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Leroi Osborne; a little rolled, slightly worn, creased, and a little frayed; staples rusting; text lightly tanned, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£30

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“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : INTERSTELLAR ESPIONAGE.

“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : INTERSTELLAR ESPIONAGE.

London : Gaywood Press, (1952). First edition. The third and last of the Space Express titles, one of which appeared under the “Franz Harkon” pseudonym. A journey to Nebulae Sixty-Six in search of Crystonium, led by the coldly beautiful Dr Mena Diamenter. “Abject rubbish” (Harbottle & Holland A92).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],(9)-100pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Leroi (Robert Osborne); some wear; short split at foot; staples rusting; text lightly tanned; a good copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£15

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“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : SPACE PIRATES.

“DEL MARTIA, Astron” : SPACE PIRATES.

London : Gaywood Press, [1951] First edition. Spaceships on the scheduled services between Earth, Mars and Venus start being kidnapped. One of the three Space Express titles, one of which appeared under the “Franz Harkon” pseudonym.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Leroi (Robert Osborne); some minor wear; tiny nick to upper wrapper and opening leaves; a few slight creases, but a very good copy.

£25

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VISCONTI, Arnold : CORSAIR WENCH.

VISCONTI, Arnold : CORSAIR WENCH.

London : Gaywood Press, (1952). First edition. The second of the adventures of Carlos Lezama – the Black Pirate turns his back on seventeenth-century Paris, on luxury, and on love.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 95,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Stephen Chapman; spine a little worn and creased; staples a little rusted; two leaves creased and flawed in production, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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