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FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., [1947]. First edition. The dystopian twenty-eighth century and the peoples of earth hypnotised into servitude, the Ebon Sphere of Surrey, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very minor wear and a tiny chip on lower wrapper, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : I CAME – I SAW – I WONDERED.

London : Scion Distributors, [1954]. First edition. The half-title has been excised by the publishers and the Scion Distributors imprint pasted over the earlier Scion Ltd. on both title-page and final leaf – presumably a reflection of Scion’s internal wrangles and legal difficulties at that time. Strangely dressed stranger comes calling on a cold and wet February night on the outskirts of London – and sits down with a dictionary. Although the first two Volsted Gridban novels had been written by E. C. Tubb, subsequent Scion titles under this name all seem to have been written by the indefatigable John Russell Fearn.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; light wear; some creasing; lower wrapper a little marked; a few minor marks, but otherwise a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MOONS FOR SALE.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. We utilise only a fifth of our brain capacity – Harley Street specialist prepares to operate on his infant son to open up the other four-fifths.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a Ron Turner design; some light rubbing and creasing; staples rusting; a few minor marks, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Bodleian) located in major UK libraries.

SOLD

“LORRAINE, Paul” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DARK BOUNDARIES.

London : Curtis Warren, (1953). First edition. The water of Mars sold as a potion for long life – havoc between the Intelligentsia and the Normals, inferior human stock exported to synthetic worlds, then the Great Red Spot of Jupiter complicates matters.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 159,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design attributed to Gerald Facey; some wear and splitting at foot; light rubbing and slight creasing; a few minor marks and spots; just a touch of rust to staples, but a good copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : 2,000 YEARS ON.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Based on an earlier story called “Four Shall Avenge” – and the fourth of the Vargo Statten series. “‘Time does not really exist’, Professor Einwold had said ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned but a futuristic design by Ron Turner; a few minor marks and small flaws, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

SOLD

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : ANNIHILATION.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Originally titled “Fool’s Paradise” and the second in the Vargo Statten series. The summer of 1980 has been the hottest in history and Ken is working on increasing the capacity of the Channel Tunnel.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned rocket design by Ron Turner; some very minor wear a tips; a hint of bruising; text a little tanned, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE AVENGING MARTIAN.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Venus and its mighty scientific civilisation are dying, plans are made to take the air and the water from a neighbouring planet populated by strange creatures who “walk upright on two legs and possess round-shaped bodies crowned with queer furry mats”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; a little worn; somewhat creased and bruised; marks, chips and short tears to lower wrapper; text a little browned and soiled; a reasonable copy. Three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : BLACK-WING OF MARS.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. A still-living specimen of giant Martian moth threatens destruction on earth.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a famous design by Rix (John Richards); some marking, creasing and light wear; lower wrapper insect damaged and very slightly defective at foot; text a little tanned; staples a little rusted, but a serviceable copy of a classic title. Faint stamps of the Collector’s Shop in Market Street, Kettering, on upper cover and title, with the “Reader’s Security Form” filled in in pencil by William Howard of Burton Latimer. Aside from a microform in the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : CATACLYSM!

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : CATACLYSM!

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Young provincial Martin Clegg has long suspected he has a twin in the constellation of Orion – girlfriend and psychiatrist are sceptical.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by “Zero” (Philip Montague Mendoza); described as being in “near fine bright condition” by the Long Island “specialist” from whom I bought it – but it’s not: spine tanned and worn; faint price over-stamped on upper wrapper; lower wrapper and title-page discoloured at edges by badly rusted staples; text a little tanned; a serviceable copy only. Three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE CATALYST.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Scott and Nancy Andrews, chief investigators of the interplanetary deeps, pioneers of both Mars and Venus, now in 1980 encounter an inhospitable Mercury – except that it is covered in diamonds.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine lightly worn and a little browned; a few faint creases; staples a little rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : DEADLINE TO PLUTO.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. It is the year 2060 and a massive meteorite hits Pluto head on – Captain Mark Rapier is send to investigate.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a typical design by Ron Turner; staples a little rusted; a couple of tiny nicks and faint creases, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE G-BOMB.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. The elders of Mars covet the planet Earth. They have failed twice (1914-1918 and 1939-1946) to persuade humanity to destroy itself – time to unleash the Gravity Bomb.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a Ron Turner design; somewhat rubbed, worn, creased and slightly split; chipped at head; inked figures to upper wrapper; one leaf chipped, but a reasonable copy. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : INFERNO!

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. A lone space machine returns to earth with the single survivor of the exploration fleet – his colleagues all dead on the desolate wastes of Pluto.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned rocket design by Ron Turner; some wear at tips; a few faint marks; staples rusting, but otherwise a very good copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

SOLD

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN FROM TO-MORROW.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Meteorites with rivets light up a Sussex night, a curious stranger rescues sparky young journalist Glenda Carlyle from unwanted attentions in an alley off Fleet Street.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; spine a little tanned, worn and slightly torn; some rubbing and scuffing; lower wrapper a litle discoloured; staples rusted; a poor copy. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£20

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN IN DUPLICATE.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Playboy millionaire with a demanding girl-friend has an alien doppelganger.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; shallow and tiny chip at foot; some very minor creasing; staples lightly rusted, but a very good and otherwise clean copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : MAN OF TWO WORLDS.

London : Scion, [1953]. First edition. London department store salesman gets struck by freakish lightning in the Lake District – with curious effects.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; a little worn, rubbed and slightly split; upper wrapper creased, nicked and a little chipped; lower wrapper a little discoloured, with two short tears; staples lightly rusted, but a reasonable copy of a scarce title. Aside from the Liverpool copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MICRO MEN.

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. On a dull November day in London Ward Benson works on the Immortality Machine – his assistant Fay Denham has doubts.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a stylish design by Ron Turner; short tear at head; chipped at foot; a little marked and creased; text lightly tanned, but a presentable copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in all the major UK libraries

SOLD

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MULTI-MAN.

London : Scion Distributors, (1954). First edition. Research biologist develops cellular human duplicates – even Scotland Yard is powerless, save for one man.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; some wear; wrappers nicked and creased; short tears to lower wrapper; mild spotting of edges; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE NEW SATELLITE.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The planet Mercury disintegrates, the solar system starts breaking up – and then the moon turns red.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – unsigned but a stylish spaceman design by Ron Turner; some very minor signs of age and use; mild tanning of text, but overall a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and National Library of Scotland) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : PETRIFIED PLANET.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : PETRIFIED PLANET.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Married couple return from a maiden voyage to Venus to find the Earth stopped in time – “A well-written and fascinating exploration of the ‘frozen time’ theme, usually confined to short stories” (Harbottle & Holland).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Ron Turner; minuscule chipping to spine; a few trifling signs of age and use, but a very good copy. Aside from a microform at the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RED INSECTS.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. Ena and Nick inherit a spooky house in the Home Counties – “All we need now is Boris Karloff", says Nick. Ena’s late uncle was a reclusive entomologist – what can possibly go wrong?
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by “Zero” (Philip Mendoza); some wear, especially at foot; one corner lightly bruised; some mild creasing; a few slight marks; staples lightly rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Only the Bodleian copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RENEGADE STAR.

London : Scion, (1951). First edition. “At first it was only a smudge on the face of infinity ...” – a runaway star threatens the solar system.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner; cheap paper-stock lightly spotted in places (as always), but a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : SPACE WARP.

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. In the near future of June 1963, a wedge of stars suddenly becomes too bright to observe with the naked eye.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112 pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a striking design by Ron Turner; some minor wear and light creasing; tiny chip to lower wrapper; a few slight marks, but a very good copy of a fragile and ephemeral item. Aside from the British Library copy and a microform at the Bodleian, no copies located in any major UK library.

£30

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE SUNMAKERS.

“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE SUNMAKERS.

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. An attempt to make a model artificial sun for the London Planetarium (now at Greenwich in the year 2,000) has unexpected consequences ...
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a powerful design by Ron Turner (signed with initials); a very good copy, clean and bright. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : WANDERER OF SPACE.

London : Scion, [1950]. First edition. Anchored between Mars and Jupiter in the year 2150, the royal space cruiser Starwind awaits a royal event. Queen Maylion of Earth is about to give birth to a future king or queen.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design attributed to Ron Turner; some wear; some creasing; shallow chips to upper wrapper; staples rusted and discoloured; a few small internal flaws, but a reasonable copy. Aside from a microform at the Bodleian, no copy located in any major UK library.

£25

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : ZERO HOUR.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Dr Royd needs a guinea-pig to try out his Brain Scanner – a device to strip away the past to achieve a vision of the future.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a striking design by Ron Turner; some wear; short nicks and splits; some marking and creasing, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£25

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