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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” : 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.

£60

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CLARKE, Donald Henderson, 1887-1958 : THE REGENERATE LOVER [YOUNG AND HEALTHY].

CLARKE, Donald Henderson, 1887-1958 : THE REGENERATE LOVER [YOUNG AND HEALTHY].

New York & Chicago : Diversey Publishing Corp., (1948). First edition under this title. “Dick Raynor was a hellion with the girls. This handsome New England chap had time, money – and the youth to go with them ... a headstrong son of a staid family sowed his wild oats as no son of that family had ever sowed them before”. Originally published as “Young and Healthy” in 1931, but here in a revised edition for the Novel Library.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [ii],186,[iv]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – blonde in a champagne glass; a little rubbed and very slightly chipped at tips; text a little tanned, but a good copy.

£15

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : “YOU TOOK ME – KEEP ME”.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : “YOU TOOK ME – KEEP ME”.

London : Robin Hood Press, (1941) [but 1952]. [Second edition] : a variant state, with a 2/6 rather than 2/- cover price, and the cover tag-line reading “a sincere and gripping story”, rather than “the book that was nearly banned”. The other alternative state announced, “Like the public, Darcy Glinto himself and the present publishers, believe that ‘You Took Me, Keep Me’ is the best Darcy Glinto of them all”. First published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. in 1941, the book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Terry; a few faint marks; staples a little rusted; text lightly tanned, but still overall a very good and much better than average copy. Just a single copy (Trinity College, Dublin) of this 1950s edition located in major libraries, although the continuing presence in this edition of the original 1941 date may perhaps have confused cataloguers – but, in any event, only four major libraries worldwide have a copy of any edition.

£100

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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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KENNEDY, Van G. : THE PENALTY IS DEATH!

KENNEDY, Van G. : THE PENALTY IS DEATH!

London : Fiction House, [1946]. First edition. James Cracknell awaits his landlady’s supper by the fire – “What would Sylvia think of him, were she aware of his real profession? Locally regarded as ‘something-in-the-City’ what would be her reaction did she know his alias, Jimmy Crackles, which was known only to a necessary, exclusive few? To the fact that the wherewithal for his rent emerged from his exploits as a master cracksman? That much of his work resulted in benovolence for the needy would, he thought, carry little conviction ...”. Piccadilly Novels No. 237.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor rubbing and wear; staples a little rusted, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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KING, Philippa : WHEN MIDNIGHT CAME – .

KING, Philippa : WHEN MIDNIGHT CAME – .

London : C. Arthur Pearson, [1935]. First edition. “At last one of the employment agencies had sent her to Rudolph Meyer, who was in need of a secretary. Rudolph Meyer was something of a mystery. He had made his first appearance in London society two years before, and was supposed to have lived mainly in the East ...”. Published in 1935 in Pearson’s “Big Threepennies” series.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers – blonde looks apprehensive; some minor rubbing and wear; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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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MALIE, Frank : EVER LOVED.

MALIE, Frank : EVER LOVED.

London : A. A. Quin (Publishers), [ca.1952]. First edition. It’s 1912 and young Jim Starling is summoned to see the dictatorial boss of the London department store he works in. He is engaged to the boss’s secretary.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear, chipping, splitting and creasing, but a serviceable copy of a scarce book from the highly obscure “Quin Cover the World Publications”. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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“MARKHAM, Steve” : PLAY IT SMART.

“MARKHAM, Steve” : PLAY IT SMART.

London : Bernard Kaye Agency, [1950]. First edition – the ninth of the Steve Markham titles, written for the nost part by Stephen Frances (Hank Janson) and/or Geoffrey Pardoe. “If you ever want to knock anybody off, you hire the cold blooded Tweedy Twins ... but Lola fell heavily for Johnny Tweedy and she didn’t know till too late that Johnny spelt death, just by looking at you. Johnny’s brother Bill fell for Lola but he was too late ...”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],9-116pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – Lola and the Tweedy Twins, possibly by John Pollack; short split at head; minor wear at foot, but a very good copy overall, with just a hint of rust to the staples. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE MAN FROM CHINA.

PARSONS, Anthony, 1893-1963 : THE MAN FROM CHINA.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1949]. First edition. Tycoon flees riots in China leaving his wealth behind – a Sexton Blake mystery from Anthony Parsons. Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 203, issued in November 1949.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 64pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – unsigned but by Eric Parker; lightly worn and a little tanned; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

£10

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : FLAME.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : FLAME.

London : Harborough Publishing Co., [1951]. Second edition. Violinist the Great Danieli is adored by women – jealousy, hate, love, and revenge. Originally published by Swan in 1941.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unambivalent design by Reginald Heade; some minor wear and a couple of minuscule chips; slightly larger chip to rear wrapper; some discolouration to head of spine and top of rear wrapper; some rusting to staples; an American price stamped on upper wrapper and a “Printed in England” stamp on title-page, but a good and firm copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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SARLAT, Noah, 1918-1993 – editor : AMERICA’S CITIES OF SIN.

SARLAT, Noah, 1918-1993 – editor : AMERICA’S CITIES OF SIN.

New York : Lion Books, (1951). First edition. Prostitution – Dope – Torso Murders – campaigning city-by-city journalism by various hands: New York; Brooklyn; Baltimore; Havana; Washington; Eloy; San Bernadino; Hollywood; Tia Juana; Ybor City; Panama City; Galveston; Montreal; Calumet City; Kansas City.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; slight wear at tips, but a very good copy.

£20

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : THE OLDEST PROFESSION.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : THE OLDEST PROFESSION.

London : Modern Fiction, [1952]. First edition. “As usual with Sarto books, it is the result of personal observation, plus access to police records and secret news files ... an innocent young girl from the country finds herself caught up in the toils of a Manhattan exploiter – with tragic results. One big, breath-catching thrill from first word to last, but shot with sadness and regret”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Len Potts; slight wear at tips; creases, a short tear and some slight discolouration to rear wrapper; text a little tanned, but still overall a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Monash) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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“SEMPLE, Gordon” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : CUE FOR PASSION.

“SEMPLE, Gordon” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : CUE FOR PASSION.

Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1947). First British edition. “Mrs. Roger Laurence was reading a French novel in the upstairs sitting room when Miss Gorham entered. Mrs. Laurence had been waiting impatiently for Miss Gorham, and had been perturbed by the brazen hussy’s tardiness ...”. Originally published in the USA in 1945.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear, creasing and some ; staples a little rusted; text a little tanned, with some occasional creases, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just three copies of this edition (British Library, Northumbria University, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“SHANE, Mark” – [NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983] : THE LADY BITES THE DUST.

“SHANE, Mark” – [NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983] : THE LADY BITES THE DUST.

London : Comyns (Publishers), [1952]. First edition. “It is one dirty night, as black as the hobs of hell, and a dismal drizzle is sifting down, although the temperature is high and the air close. The streets are practically deserted, and downtown there is scarcely a sound out of doors apart from the hiss of tyres on the glistening road surfaces and the gurgling of rainwater along the streaming gutters. San Francisco on a rainy night ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear and splitting; repaired tears to front wrapper and half-title; staples much rusted; some mild discolouration; and indifferent copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just three copies (Bodleian, British Library, and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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TALBOT, Michael : PERILOUS PASSIONS.

TALBOT, Michael : PERILOUS PASSIONS.

New York : Valiant Publications, (1959). First edition. “Violence, murder and worse followed hard on the heels of her kisses ...”. Bedtime Books No. 956.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 186,[vi]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some minor wear and light creasing; text a little tanned, but a good copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£20

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

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

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. “After what you have done to me ... kill me!” is the teaser tag on the cover – a torrid tale of girlish indiscretion, marital disillusion, passion and deceit. “The wages of sin are sometimes even worse than death” sententiously adds the back cover. Somewhat incongruously set in a respectable London suburb – Wimbledon, I think, from memory (McKeag was living in Clapham at the time) – but this versatile author in top form, abetted by a sensational cover-design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957), finest of all the pulp-artists – and one of his very best.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title and copyright sticker on verso; a few faint signs of age; text a touch tanned, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just two copies (British Library and Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

£125

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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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“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WOMAN WITH A PAST.

“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WOMAN WITH A PAST.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1949). First edition. Muriel surveys Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe – “She was undeniably pretty, with her strangely bluey-greenish eyes that looked out so bewitchingly from beneath long, curving lashes; the wealth of auburn hair that cascaded like a fountain of flame over her shoulders ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a man implores a haughty Muriel; a little rust to the staples; a few slight creases; text very slightly tanned, but overall a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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WILMOT, Eileen, 1904-1973 : LOVE IN PERIL.

WILMOT, Eileen, 1904-1973 : LOVE IN PERIL.

London : Fiction House, [1947]. First edition. “I was there when it all happened. Gradually, horror deepened and death and mystery surrounded me ... in our quiet community we saw murder as horrible and puzzling as anything written about in detective novels”. Piccadilly Novels No. 249.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear at tips; a little rubbed and slightly marked; text lightly tanned, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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WILMOT, Eileen, 1904-1973 : LOVE IN THE TROPICS.

WILMOT, Eileen, 1904-1973 : LOVE IN THE TROPICS.

London : Fiction House, [1946]. First edition. “Gillian Meredith lay in bed and stared at the faded wallpaper with a dull feeling that something was intensely wrong with the world ... No need to scramble over dressing and bolt a hasty and inadequate breakfast! She was out of work! It was not a pleasant prospect ...”. Piccadilly Novels No. 243.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and creased; staples rusted; text lightly tanned, but still overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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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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