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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” –  [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GET ME HEADQUARTERS.

“CAPELLI, Ace” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : GET ME HEADQUARTERS.

London : Kaye Publications, (1953). First edition. Gangster Joe Keefe of Chicago stares at a prison sentence – not for the “killings, the dope running, the booze running, or the bank robberies” – but for income tax evasion. He heads for London. Capelli was a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light creasing and minor wear; a few spots; staples a touch rusted, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“DELLA, Lew” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : LIFE IS SHORT.

“DELLA, Lew” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : LIFE IS SHORT.

London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. The headlines ran “Nude Dame Snatched from Bath”, “Socialite Disappears”, “Dresses at Point of a Gun”, “Bandit Hands her Scanties”, “It was Awful says Maid”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – green-eyed blonde under threat; some minor wear and light creasing; staples rusted; a few slight marks, but a very good copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£100

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“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MAGNETIC BRAIN.

“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MAGNETIC BRAIN.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Regular space travel has begun (in 1987) – a Martian brain-surgeon operates on a human salesman, endowing him with dangerous powers of thought reading.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; chipped at head; some wear and creasing; tape repairs to spine and rear wrapper; staples rusted; erased stamp on title-page, but a reasonable copy with a fine provenance, carrying the typed ownership inscription of the SF historian and authority Philip Harbottle on the first leaf. Numbered A111 in the Harbottle & Holland bibliography. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major European libraries. Harbottle & Holland A111.

£20

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : KILL HER IF YOU CAN.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : KILL HER IF YOU CAN.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. The elusive final book of the third series – an explosion in an apartment block in Chicago – Hank investigates.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade blonde menace points her gun directly at the reader; some rubbing and light wear; occasional mild browning, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 36.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LILIES FOR MY LOVELY.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LILIES FOR MY LOVELY.

London : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition. The sixth book of the first series – Janson in Des Moines, Iowa – “She was a dead dame. But that took an awful lot of believing because folk just don’t die that way ... So that started everything, including a lotta misery for June and a live guy winding up in a coffin that was due for cremation”.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). (3)-(126),[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a striking design by Reginald Heade – green-eyed redhead with jade ear-rings shrieks; lightly rubbed and very slightly worn; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good, bright and clean copy. Bookseller’s stamp of James Preston of Blackburn on rear wrapper. Only the British Library copy recorded in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 6.

£125

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : NYLONED AVENGER.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : NYLONED AVENGER.

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : the variant state with the coloured advertisement for the never-to-be-published “Dainty Dynamite” on the lower wrapper. Set in post-war Bonn and later republished under the Alexander Moring imprint as “Sultry Avenger” in 1959. Published in August 1953 and the second and final book of the fifth series – the last of the pre-trial Hank Jansons – the three further titles announced as being in preparation were never to appear.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a haughty Heade strawberry-blonde looking down her nose; some wear, mild chipping and light creasing; staples rusted; a few slight marks, but a very good copy of a difficult title. Just a single copy (British Library – a different variant) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. A reflective and anxious Janson waits for Sadie in a deserted cafe. The first New Fiction Press Janson to risk a return to the exotic Heade covers – although he was apparently asked to tone down the image (Holland p.90). Even so, the book managed to attract twenty-eight destruction orders (Holland p.323). It was later republished as “Don’t Cry Now” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1957 and as “Delicious Danger” under the Roberts & Vinter imprint in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of dreamy beauty in fabulous head-dress and long gloves, with champagne and cigarette; some creasing; spine rubbed and reinforced with tape, but a reasonable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 34.

£40

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

London : S. D. Frances, [1948]. First edition : a variant with the price printed on the upper wrapper in blue rather than black. Although Frances had used the Hank Janson pseudonym twice before on unrelated books, this is the elusive first book of the first series of Hank Jansons proper, where author and hero become one – it was also the beginning of his extraordinary collaboration with the cover artist, Reginald Heade (1901-1957). Although published in an edition of 10,000 copies (Holland pp.59-61), the subsequent destruction orders imposed by various local authorities and the notoriety that attached to the 1954 and 1955 obscenity trials have made this a scarce book.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a fine design by Reginald Heade of an alluring blonde, strapless and with an incredible cigarette holder; spine chipped; tape repair to gutter of rear wrapper; some nicks, short tears and creases; staples a little rusted – a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile item. Ownership inscription on back wrapper. Only the British Library copy located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 1.

£75

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

London : New Fiction Press, [1953]. A fresh edition of the original 1948 publication – the price now raised to two shillings, and with forty-two later Janson titles listed as already published on the rear wrapper. Although Frances had earlier used the Hank Janson pseudonym on unrelated books, this is the first book of the first series of Hank Jansons proper, where author and hero become one – it was also the beginning of his extraordinary collaboration with the cover artist, Reginald Heade (1901-1957). The destruction orders imposed by various local authorities and the notoriety that attached to the 1954 and 1955 obscenity trials have made all the early editions scarce.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 111,[i]pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a fine design by Heade of an alluring blonde, strapless and with an incredible cigarette holder; some spotting and mild browning to wrappers; very minor creasing; text a little tanned, but otherwise a very good copy of a fragile item. No copy of this edition and only the British Library copy of the 1948 edition located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 1.

£50

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORRID TEMPTRESS.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : TORRID TEMPTRESS.

London : George Turton (Publishers), [1959]. First edition. Journalist Hank gets beaten up investigating a spate of industrial strikes and disputes – then a union boss’s secretary comes to see him – “There can be something very revealing about the way a dame puts herself into a chair”. Printed in Paris.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers; a few minor signs of use, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Bibliothèque Nationale and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : PASSION’S MISTRESS.

“LATOUR, André” – [SOWMAN, Gordon William, 1918-1982] : PASSION’S MISTRESS.

London : Kaye Publications, [1953]. First edition. “Gaspard Luclaire was in the mood for love. His whole being ached for romance – but not the sordid kind ...”. He finds Nicolette at a village fete in North Africa.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-132pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a liitle worn, slightly chipped and somewhat creased, with a few short nicks; some spotting of edges, but a good copy. Pencilled ownership inscription. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£60

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“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [WARD, B.] : PIRATES OF CEREBUS.

“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [WARD, B.] : PIRATES OF CEREBUS.

London : Gannet Press, [1953]. First edition. Magoth escapes from the Penal Asteroid of Halma – he has discovered a way to speed up evolution and intends to seize control of the Four Planets. “While biographical information is sparse, one fact remains extremely plain: Ward must rate as the all-time worst-ever SF author! ... He displays a stunning lack of astronomical knowledge that makes the book compulsive reading – in the hope that it can’t get any worse! But it does ... Possibly the worst SF novel ever published” (Harbottle & Holland A306).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ray Theobald; an indifferent copy – worn and creased; acid-free tape repairs and strengthening to spine and wrappers; lower wrapper discoloured and missing one corner; text tanned; some insect holing to lower blank margins through second half of book, but a serviceable copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just six copies located in major libraries worldwide – none in the UK.

£30

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PEARSON, E.V. : JUDGE NOT.

PEARSON, E.V. : JUDGE NOT.

London : F. M. Mowl, [ca.1934]. Second edition. “A powerfully written story” (Hampshire Telegraph, 21st June 1929) – a well-bred, mysterious, young widow living in a Derbyshire village, the vicissitudes of her daughter’s life, etc. – “One of the finest novels published recently” (Hull Daily Mail, 11th June 1929). Originally published in hardback in 1929 and here in an undated ninepenny paperback form from Frederick Matthew Mowl’s 1932-1936 Duke Street address.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an early design by H. W. Perl (1897-1952); wrappers worn and a little chipped, with some nicks and short tears; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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“PERRELLI, Nick” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : PRIVATE EYEFUL.

“PERRELLI, Nick” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : PRIVATE EYEFUL.

London : Milestone, (1953). First edition. “The missing negatives were important right enough – a photographic record of the archives the Crime Commission had prepared for their next strike at the underworld ... Perrelli at the peak of his ability to chill and to thrill”. Although the “Nick Perrelli” name was used by various authors, American copyright records note this title as the work of George H. Dawson.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and creasing; a few spots, but a very good copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£125

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

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

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. Brilliant scientist has a car accident on the way to London from Godalming – and meets a tramp who knows too much and issues a warning. “Esau Jones was just a wandering tramp who loved his beer and the country air. But Esau also had the ability to work miracles, which led to problems ... one of the best Statten novels” (Harbottle & Holland A136).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Roger Davis; a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy. Just two copies (Liverpool and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major European libraries.

£40

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

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

London : Scion, (1952). First edition. “Set in a future when time travelling is commonplace ... the story of a population in deadly peril from a Jovian super scientist who has vowed vengeance on Humanity for the destruction of his home world” (Harbottle & Holland A163).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Philip Mendoza; spine lightly tanned and puckered; some creasing; one short tear to wrappers; erasure from front wrapper; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a good copy. Receipt stamps on verso of front wrapper and first page of text. Just three copies (Bodleian, Liverpool and Trinity College, Dublin) located in the major European libraries.

£40

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

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

London : Scion Distributors, (1954). First edition. “Thirty million miles out on her maiden voyage to Venus, a space liner encounters the baleful power of a long-extinct race of scientists ... a dreadful legacy that will destroy the Solar System unless it can be stopped in time” (Harbottle & Holland A166).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner; chipped at head; some wear and discolouration to spine; some rubbing and creasing; a couple of nicks, but a good and serviceable copy. Exchange label of Cornock’s bookshop in Leeds on preliminary leaf. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College, Dublin) located in the major European libraries.

£20

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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SINFUL SISTERS.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SINFUL SISTERS.

Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First American edition. June and Lorna share a London flat – Lorna shameless, mercenary and sordid, her sister quite the reverse – “sinister side-streets of Soho and the garish glamour of London night clubs”. Originally published by Archer in the UK the previous year. Archer Book 52.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Reginald Heade in top form; spine lightly discoloured in a couple of places; minor creasing to upper wrapper; a touch of rust to the staples, but still a very good copy. Just a single copy (Bowling Green) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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WORTHING, Alan :  SLAVES OF THE FOOTLIGHTS [COVER TITLE].

WORTHING, Alan : SLAVES OF THE FOOTLIGHTS [COVER TITLE].

London : Aldine Publishing Company, [1929]. First edition. Christobel Lavaine chances across another actor down on his luck in the Warwickshire countryside. Aldine 4-1/2d Novels No. 8.
Pott 4to (21cm). [64]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some chipping, splitting and wear; small repair at foot; wrappers a little discoloured; staples rusted; text a little brittle and browned, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (British Library and Monash) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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“ZORÉ, Hyman” : SAVAGE SIREN.

“ZORÉ, Hyman” : SAVAGE SIREN.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. “He was just an absent-minded guy of a professor, an amateur star-gazer in the Arizona mountains, sweeping the sky by night with his big telescope and doing mathematical calculations by day. At any rate that was how he showed. But his telescope was just a front ...”. Scion took over the “Hyman Zoré” name from Muir-Watson of Glasgow in 1952 and it was subsequently used by a number of Scion regulars, including Vic Hanson, Bevis Winter and Norman Lazenby.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little chipped and somewhat creased; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile title. Just two copies (Bodleian and Trinity College Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£60

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