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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; 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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“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; a little chipped at extremities; covers a little marked; some creasing; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile item. No copy located in any major library worldwide. `

£50

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“CAPELLI, Ace” : DON’T DIE TOO SOON.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : DON’T DIE TOO SOON.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. “Both wore black overcoats, and black fedoras with snap brims. They looked like two black crows. On the table were two battered briefcases. Rio’s case held the barrel and the magazine, while Frank’s held the butt end of a Thompson sub-machine-gun” – campaigning newspaperman brutally shot down.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and creasing; lower wrapper a little dusty; staples rusted; some spotting of prelims and edges, but a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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“CAPELLI, Ace” : WOMAN TRAP.

“CAPELLI, Ace” : WOMAN TRAP.

London : Ralph Stokes for Gaywood Press, [ca.1952]. First edition. Lulu Ling was an “international spy who made Mata Hari look like a dame from the sticks”. Although Ace Capelli was used as a house name by various writers, this particular title is probably by Geoffrey Pardoe (1890-1953).
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn and somewhat creased; some marking and a short tear to lower wrapper; some spotting to edges and prelims; some internal creasing and tanning; a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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