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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1941). First edition. “There was a girl who worked in a dress factory. The working conditions were not uncommon – they could be summed up in one word – “sweated”. She left! ... Here, then, is the story of her life on the Road ... Too may Eilleens in this world, victims of sweated labour, escape only to become victims of still more terrible conditions”. Both author and publisher were found guilty of publishing obscene books at an Old Bailey trial in 1942, the present book characterised as “coarse and brutal”. The book was suppressed and Kelly heavily fined (£100 at 1942 prices).
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original wrappers; wrappers a little marked and scuffed; a few minor spots, but a good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy of this edition (Trinity College, Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide.

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JOPE-SLADE, Christine (Christiana Vernon), 1891-1942 : LOVE GROWS EVERYWHERE.

JOPE-SLADE, Christine (Christiana Vernon), 1891-1942 : LOVE GROWS EVERYWHERE.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1943). First paperback edition. Alison has to find work in the sports department of a large store after her father dies penniless. Love, intrigue, Coraline the mannequin, and fate in the Swiss Alps. Originally published in 1938.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly worn and creased; lower wrapper a little fingered; edges spotted, but a good and sound copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£15

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MILLS, Arthur (Arthur Frederick Hobart), 1887-1955 : PARIS AGENT.

MILLS, Arthur (Arthur Frederick Hobart), 1887-1955 : PARIS AGENT.

Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1947). First paperback edition. Never married Bay Stratton has a slightly mysterious role at the embassy in Paris – Miss Sims the mannequin tells him that “An ordinary, modern girl, who knew how to take care of herself, would make you nervous”. She’s right. Originally published by Collins in 1935.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Mills; some very minor chipping, creasing and marking, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£15

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“STERLING, Stewart” – [WINCHELL, Prentice, 1895-1976] : DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN.

“STERLING, Stewart” – [WINCHELL, Prentice, 1895-1976] : DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN.

Redhill : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1949). First British edition. An early title from Sterling, originally published in New York in 1943. An unusual waterfront story story featuring the New York Harbor Police.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some rubbing, wear and creasing; a few nicks; text a little tanned, but a fairly good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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SYMONDS, F. Addington (Francis Addington), 1893-1971 : MURDER OF ME.

SYMONDS, F. Addington (Francis Addington), 1893-1971 : MURDER OF ME.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1946). First edition. “My dear daughter Pearl : By the time you get this, you will be acquainted with all the apparent circumstances of my death. You will have heard that my body was found in a ditch off the Spaniards Road on Hampstead Heath; the coroner will have returned a verdict of Death from Natural Causes ... and that will be that. Nevertheless, my death was no more due to ‘natural causes’ than was that of the victims of, say, Crippen, Mahon or Major Armstrong. It was the inevitable climax to a deliberate plot; in a word – and a very ugly word – it was Murder”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rubbed and used; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fine and unusual murder mystery, which also appeared in French and Spanish translations. Contemporary (1946) ownership inscription. Just two copies (Antwerp and British Library) located in the world’s major libraries.

£30

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TRACY, Don (Donald Fiske), 1905-1976 : HOW SLEEPS THE BEAST.

TRACY, Don (Donald Fiske), 1905-1976 : HOW SLEEPS THE BEAST.

London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., (1941). First paperback edition. The shocking tale of an amiable young black man in the American south charged with the rape and murder of a white woman. Tracy was unable to find an American publisher and the book was first published in London by Constable in 1937.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original wrappers; some wear and splitting; upper wrapper a little spotted and dusty; text tanned, but a reasonable copy in the dramatic original dust-jacket – worn, soiled, split, creased and tape-repaired, but complete and a welcome survival.

£20

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