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If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them (A Methuen Playscript)

If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them (A Methuen Playscript)

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"This is a comedy set in a cemetery, a ribald satire on prejudice. In it Johnny Speight lampoons the dubious logic and unlovely self-interest that lie behind a whole spectrum of British social, religious and political attitudes, ranging from liberal to reactionary. It is both a funny and an uncomfortably accurate play from the author of the television series, Till Death Us Do Part."

Softcover; creased, soiled, spine worn; water damage to bottom inside corner of covers and text; ink and highlighting throughout text; ink notes on inside rear cover; former owner's name in ink on first page. Scarce. G-

Indecent Pleasures: The Life and Colorful Times of William Targ (USED)

Indecent Pleasures: The Life and Colorful Times of William Targ (USED)

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Dust jacket in protective cover; minimal wear to dj; black cloth spine over beige cloth; binding good; text clean. VG/VG

James Dean: A Biography (USED)
James Dean: A Biography (USED)

James Dean: A Biography (Vintage paperback)

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The first book-length biography of James Dean to appear after his death, written by a friend (and former UCLA classmate). Issued simultaneously in both paperback and hardcover. This is the Ballantine Books vintage paperback, 1956, in good condition.

Jewel Merchants: A Comedy in One Act
Jewel Merchants: A Comedy in One Act

Jewel Merchants: A Comedy in One Act

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James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles-lettres. Cabell was well-regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken, Edmund Wilson, and Sinclair Lewis. His works were considered escapist and fit well in the culture of the 1920s, when they were most popular.

His 1921 play, The Jewel Merchants is set in early sixteenth-century Tuscany and explores the moral lassitude and selective ethics of a coterie of businessmen. It's a thoroughly entertaining look at a past culture that is sure to tickle readers' funny bones.

New York; Robert M. McBride & Company, 1921. Limited edition, no. 589 of 1,040. Brown cloth with gilt decoration on cover; spine lettering faded; endpapers tanned; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean. G+

Kurt  Weill:  An  Illustrated  Life

Kurt Weill: An Illustrated Life

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Examining the life of Kurt Weill, this text explores the phases of the composer's life, from his childhood as the son of a cantor in the Jewish section of Dessau, Germany, to his renunciation of Germany in 1933. It also looks at his emigration to America (1935) and his premature death (1950). Yale University Press, 1995. 1st edition; dust jacket has water damage to rear cover; binding good; text clean. VG/G
Lithographs of Chagall 1962-1968 (USED)
Lithographs of Chagall 1962-1968 (USED)
Lithographs of Chagall 1962-1968 (USED)
Lithographs of Chagall 1962-1968 (USED)

Lithographs of Chagall 1962-1968

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The third volume of the Chagall Lithographs Catalog Raissone.

1st U.S. edition; published by Boston Book and Art Shop, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts.  Printed in France.  Translated from the French by George Lawrence. Notes and Catalogue Fernand Mourlot and Charles Sorlier. Original Lithograph frontis. Dust jacket in protective cover; small tear at front bottom right corner; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Making of a Book at the Officina Bodoni: Twelve Woodcuts by Frans Masereel (USED)
The Making of a Book at the Officina Bodoni: Twelve Woodcuts by Frans Masereel (USED)
The Making of a Book at the Officina Bodoni: Twelve Woodcuts by Frans Masereel (USED)
The Making of a Book at the Officina Bodoni: Twelve Woodcuts by Frans Masereel (USED)
The Making of a Book at the Officina Bodoni: Twelve Woodcuts by Frans Masereel (USED)

Making of a Book at the Officina Bodoni: Twelve Woodcuts by Frans Masereel

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Two-page introduction followed by 12 full page woodcuts. Mardersteig's commentary is printed on each facing page. One leaf of contents. One of 300 copies printed at the Officina Bodoni. Masereel's woodcuts (which first appeared in the 1929 "Operation of a Hand Press") are printed from the original woodblocks.

Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1973.Scarce and near fine.

Nureyev:  An  Autobiography  with  Pictures

Nureyev: An Autobiography with Pictures

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New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1963. 1st American edition. Photos by Richard Avendon, Michael Peto, Anthony Circkmay, and others; introduced by Alexander Bland. Dust jacket lightly soiled; small closed vertical tear on rear cover near spine; blue cloth embossed with design of dancers on front cover; silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean. VG/VG

One Act Play Magazine, Vol. 2, Number 4, October 1938: Plays by Luigi Pirandello and Langston Hughes (USED)

One Act Play Magazine, Vol. 2, Number 4, October 1938: Plays by Luigi Pirandello and Langston Hughes

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Published by Contemporary Play Publications; Volume II, no. 4, October 1938. Contents: Plays: "The Jar," Luigi Pirandello; "Don't You Want To Be Free," Langston Hughes; Television Script: "It's Really Quite Simple," Harold L. Anderson; Film Sequence: "Blockade," John Howard Lawson; Departments: Music in the Theatre - One Act Opera, Paul Rosenfield; The Theatre, John W. Gassner. Wraps, stapled; covers have water stains, remnants of tape; corners creased; spine missing 1" from bottom; tear at top of spine/front cover; pages slightly tanned. G-

Out of Darkness: Cleveland Que Sera Sera

Out of Darkness: Cleveland Que Sera Sera

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Senator Nicholas J. Ferris has always prided himself on doing what is right. Which is why he opposed the F.O.R.C.E. Act, which allows the police to act without concern for civil rights. When he comes to Cleaveland, Ohio, to open an agency to help victims of sexual abuse, he finds himself battling Agents of the F.O.R.C.E Act after a police shooting. One agent who may be on his side or not is Angie, a Latina with issues of her own. Of course there is also the urban legend of a shadow that devours criminals, which may be all too true.