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DESIRABLE ITEMS FOR DISCRIMINATING COLLECTORS OF ADVENTURE, MYSTERY AND MELODRAMA.  ALL PRICES INCLUDE THE COST OF SHIPPING (USPS) AND HANDLING. VINTAGE ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS; ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NEW LISTINGS WILL BE ADDED FREQUENTLY, SO COME BACK OFTEN!


POPULAR WESTERN, August 1947, Louis L’Amour

Another “Thrilling Group” title, this one began later than the others but established itself early on as a vehicle for dependable if second-rank Westerns. This issue features several recurring characters, the most prominent being Louis L’Amour’s Ranger Chick Bowdrie, in his fifth of many appearances in Popular Western. L’Amour was already a skilled and prolific […]

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HIDEAWAY, 1952 Uni-Book sleaze digest

HIDEAWAY, by Peggy Gaddis, Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation, 1952. Uni-Book #21. An original novel credited to Peggy Gaddis, queen of the love pulps, but possibly ghosted by another writer. Its theme of adulterous romance anticipates the “sleaze” paperbacks then beginning to achieve great popularity, especially in mass-market paperbacks. Condition: About Fine. No specific defects, […]

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MAKE MINE A SHROUD, British crime digest reprint, Heade cover

MAKE MINE A SHROUD, by Michael Storme, 1952, Leisure Library #4. American reprint of British crime digest, using the original’s cover art by the great Reginald Heade. An imitation of the American hardboiled style, written in first person present and unintentionally hilarious. Condition: Minor cover creasing is evident (but not obvious). Paper is lightly yellowed […]

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THE AMERICAN GUN MYSTERY, Ellery Queen, 1940s digest reprint

THE AMERICAN GUN MYSTERY, by Ellery Queen. Mercury Mystery #164, undated (but mid ’40s). Lawrence Spivak-published digest reprint of Queen’s 1933 novel originally issued in hard covers by Stokes. One of the liveliest early EQ mysteries, set at a rodeo in New York City. Condition: Very Good Plus to Near Fine. No major defects, just […]

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Curt Siodmak, RIDERS TO THE STARS, 1954, signed

New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. 1st edition, in wraps. Signed by Siodmak on title page. Novelization of his 1953 screenplay for Ivan Tors-produced SF film. Condition: Fine. Clean, tight, square copy, obviously unread. Would grade higher but for slight bumping to bottom corner of back cover. Still an outstanding book, especially as signed by author. […]

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Curt Siodmak, DONOVAN’S BRAIN, 1943 digest edition, signed

New York: American Mercury, 1943. First edition thus, in wraps. Signed by Siodmak on title page. The author’s best-known work, this mystery-horror yarn was serialized in Black Mask prior to hardcover publication by Knopf. Lawrence Spivak’s Mercury Mystery digest series gave the yarn its first paperbound publication; mass-market paperback editions followed some years later. Condition: […]

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THE NINE BEARS, Edgar Wallace, British “railway edition”

Beginning in 1929 and throughout the ’30s, London-based Ward, Lock & Co. published a series of paperbound novels that were slightly larger than digests but smaller than magazines. These pulp-paper “railway editions” (so named because they were sold mostly in train stations to commuters) were time-killers by such popular authors as E. Phillips Oppenheim, H. […]

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THE JUST MEN OF CORDOVA, Edgar Wallace, British “railway edition”

The third of Wallace’s Three Just Men novels, this paperbound edition was printed some time in the ’30s. Condition: VG. Minor wear and soiling to paper covers, small chip missing from spine head, reader’s crease on front cover, lightly yellowed but supple text block. PRICE INCLUDES SHIPPING AND HANDLING TO DOMESTIC U. S. BUYERS. NO […]

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JACK O’JUDGMENT, Edgar Wallace, British “railway edition”

One of Wallace’s early vigilante heroes, a masked and caped avenger who sets himself against an organized band of blackmailers. This edition of the 1920 novel was printed some time in the ’30s. Condition: VG Plus. Reader’s crease to front cover and very minor soiling on right edge, otherwise a sharp copy. PRICE INCLUDES SHIPPING […]

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