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BOWMAN, G.M. (Stanley Gerald Moore), 1901-1967 :  FREDDIE AND THE FLAPPERS [COVER TITLE].

BOWMAN, G.M. (Stanley Gerald Moore), 1901-1967 : FREDDIE AND THE FLAPPERS [COVER TITLE].

Dublin : Mellifont Press, [ca.1933]. First edition. Freddie Foulkes is a film-star, with a pleasant bachelor flat in the West End, a valet, and a smart little car – but he’s uncommonly shy with young women and it’s hampering his career. His producer, Elmer K. Stentor, discovers the golden-haired Joan Charter – “what she doesn’t know about flirting isn’t worth knowing”. Mellifont 12.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; chipped at foot; further chips to wrappers, one substantial; a few slight creases, but a reasonable copy of a scarce book. Pencilled ownership inscription on first leaf. No copy located in any major library worldwide – which is also the case with at least two further “Freddie” titles from Gerald Bowman.

£20

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BRANDON, John (John Gordon), 1879-1941 : A SCREAM IN SOHO.

BRANDON, John (John Gordon), 1879-1941 : A SCREAM IN SOHO.

London : Mellifont Press, [1953]. Second edition. “In that inexpressibly comfortable little Soho cafe, the Cafe Milano, owned and managed by that dignified Italian lady, the Signora Lucia Spadoglia, Inspector McCarthy sat and waited”. Soho in the blackout. Originally published by Wright & Brown in 1940 and issued in the British Library Crime Classics series in 2014. Mellifont M5.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial photographic wrappers; a poor copy – brittle, chipped, tanned and frayed. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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BURLEIGH, Hilary : MURDER AT MAISON MANCHE.

BURLEIGH, Hilary : MURDER AT MAISON MANCHE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1958]. Second edition. Murder and mannequins in a grand Paris fashion house. First published by Hurst & Blackett in 1948. Mellifont M49.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and somewhat creased, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£10

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CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE GANG SMASHER AGAIN [COVER TITLE].

CLEVELY, Hugh (Hugh Desmond) 1897-1964 : THE GANG SMASHER AGAIN [COVER TITLE].

London & Dublin : Mellifont Press, [1954]. Second edition. “Tortoni and the blind hunchback sat waiting ...” – waiting for revenge on John Martinson, the gang-smasher. Meanwhile prominent men are being murdred by old lags who then commit suicide. First published in 1938. Mellifont M15.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn and creased; a few minor marks and small flaws, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : UNDERGROUND.

FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : UNDERGROUND.

London : Mellifont Press, [1948]. Originally published in the UK by Collins in 1929, and subsequently reissued as “Mystery Underground” – an ordinary clerk boards a train at King’s Cross as prospective knight errant. Mellifont 140.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; an indifferent copy – worn and shaken, with splits, creases and nicks. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“GILMOUR, R.” : THE KUKRI KILLER.

“GILMOUR, R.” : THE KUKRI KILLER.

London : Mellifont Press, [1957]. Second edition. “The papyrus taken from the tomb of Ra-Men, Prophet of Osiris, and said to be some original chapters from the Book of the Dead” has been stolen. First published in 1945. Mellifont M41.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slightly creased; small faint stain at upper corner, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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KING, T. Stanleyan : THE ROSY DEATH [COVER TITLE].

KING, T. Stanleyan : THE ROSY DEATH [COVER TITLE].

Dublin : Mellifont Press, [ca.1933]. First edition. “The Duke of Bodmin, multi-millionaire, sportsman, statesman, in immaculate evening dress, covered by a light overcoat, strolled down Park Lane, along Piccadilly, across St. James’s Street, acknowledging many salutations, for he was one of the handsomest and most popular men in England”. Only those familiar with the news that is not in the newspapers – those who make the news instead of reading it – know that he has just returned from Moscow on a secret and unofficial government mission. A Scarsdale Waring detective thriller. Mellifont 10.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slightly chipped and creased; small tape repair to upper wrapper; lower wrapper spotted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. No copy located in any major library worldwide. Not listed by Hubin.

£25

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LAMBERT, Rosa, 1891-1957 & LAMBERT, Dudley, 1880-1955 :  MONSIEUR FAUX-PAS.

LAMBERT, Rosa, 1891-1957 & LAMBERT, Dudley, 1880-1955 : MONSIEUR FAUX-PAS.

London : Mellifont Press, [1943]. [Fourth edition]. The first of the four Glyn Morgan mysteries written by Rosa Anstruther Graeme and Dudley Davies Lambert, who married in London in 1911. Originally published by Wishart & Co. in 1928, and subsequently reprinted under the title “Death Goes to Brussels”. It was apparently published in France as “Mr. Misstep”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight wear and short split at foot; corner creases to wrappers; mild rusting of staple; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy.

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : MYSTERIES OF A GREAT CITY.

London : Mellifont Press, [1934]. Second edition. Five Parisian mysteries – The Affair of the Blue Scarabs; The Clue of the Newspaper Paragraph; The Secret of the Gieboff Emerald; The Affair of the Avenue Malakoff, and The Holes in the Wall. Originally published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1920. Mellifont 252.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 64pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lurid design by H. W. Perl; chipped at foot; large chip to upper wrapper and some scuffing to lower; some creasing and tanning, but a serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“REEVE, Christopher” – [WEBB, Dorothy Anna Maria, 1875-1957] : THE GINGER CAT.

“REEVE, Christopher” – [WEBB, Dorothy Anna Maria, 1875-1957] : THE GINGER CAT.

London : Mellifont Press, [1955]. First paperback edition. The mystery of a savage jewel theft and murder in Paris unravels in the quiet of the cathedral close in Carchester – home of the “Ginger Cat” – the lissom redhead Judith Trevenna – one of the Red Trevennas. Originally published by Collins in 1929. Mellifont M21.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Skelton; a little rubbed, creased and worn; text lightly tanned, with a few slight creases, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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SHARP, L.G. : LILAC LADY : A ROMANCE.

SHARP, L.G. : LILAC LADY : A ROMANCE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1935]. First edition. Historical romance set at the time of the Civil War – Anthony St. Cloude aspires to the hand of the lovely Enid Derrer, the “Lilac Lady” of Essex. Mellifont 3129.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by H. W. Perl; wrappers a little creased; repaired tear to lower wrapper; slight adhesion damage to final leaf, but a good copy. Gift inscription dated February 1936 on title-page. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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“VERNER, Gerald” – [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE ANGEL.

“VERNER, Gerald” – [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE ANGEL.

London : Mellifont Press, [1952]. Third edition. Jimmy Holland, son of a wealthy member of the cabinet, shocks his father by becoming “a common policeman” (or at least a detective inspector). Originally published by Wright & Brown in 1939 and by Mellifont in 1943. Mellifont 4300.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; split across spine near staple; light wear and short split at foot; light creasing and tanning, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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“VERNER, Gerald” – [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE CLUE OF THE GREEN CANDLE.

“VERNER, Gerald” – [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE CLUE OF THE GREEN CANDLE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1957]. Third edition. Successful crime writer needs 40,000 words by Saturday morning and it’s already Wednesday – and his feckless brother desperately needs £2,000. Originally published by Wright & Brown in 1938, with an earlier Mellifont edition in 1944. Mellifont M44.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and marking; text a little tanned, but a good copy. Ownership inscription on upper wrapper. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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WOOD, Andrew, 1890-1967 : MURDER AT THE WISHING WELL.

WOOD, Andrew, 1890-1967 : MURDER AT THE WISHING WELL.

London : Mellifont Press, [1944]. First edition. Advocate Adam Napier – “Hanging Adam” – interrogates a frightened farmer on a forgery charge in the High Court of Justiciary, Edinburgh. Mellifont 4320.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and fraying to spine; mild creasing and tanning, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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