"D" is for Deadbeat (USED)

"D" is for Deadbeat

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He called himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he had for Kinsey was cut-and-dried: locate a kid who'd done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. It was only later, after he'd stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. John Daggett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident--death by drowning. Kinsey wasn't so sure.

Pulled into the detritus of a dead man's life, Kinsey soon realizes that Daggett had an awful lot of enemies. There's the daughter who grew up with a cheating drunk for a father, and the wife who's become a religious nut in response to an intolerable marriage. There's the lady who thought she was Mrs. Daggett--and has the bruises to prove it--only to discover the legal Mrs. D. And there are the drug dealers out $25,000. But most of all, there are the families of the five people John Daggett killed, victims of his wild, drunken driving. The D.A. called it vehicular manslaughter and put him away for two years. The families called it murder and had very good reason to want John Daggett dead.

Deft, cunning, and clever, this latest Millhone mystery also confronts some messy truths, for, as Kinsey herself says, "Some debts of the human soul are so enormous only life itself is sufficient forfeit"--but as she'd be the first to admit, murder is not a socially acceptable solution.

1st edition, 1st printing, ex-lib; dust jacket in protective cover. G/G

5000 Nights at the Opera (USED)

5000 Nights at the Opera

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Sir Rudolf Bing was the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera for 22 years (1950-72). The New York Times called this book "a witty, arrogant, forthright memoir." (NYT, October 22, 2972)

1st edition. Inscribed by author. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; spine has some wear and chipping; dark red cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

A Death in Belmont (Signed 1st edition)
A Death in Belmont (Signed 1st edition)

A Death in Belmont (Signed 1st edition)

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In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues.

On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo—the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimes—is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide—and ultimately are destroyed—in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket near fine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG+/VG+

A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago (USED)
A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago (USED)
A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago (USED)
A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago (USED)

A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago

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In 1921, Ben Hecht began writing a daily column for the Chicago Daily News, called "1001 Afternoons in Chicago," which were fictive sketches of Chicago’s bustling urban landscape of that time. A year later, 64 of these columns were compiled in a book with the same title.The columns in 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago are scruffy time capsules of an earlier Chicago, an era that is long gone but still recognizable to readers' imaginations. Michigan Avenue, Lake Michigan, street names such as Dearborn and Adams and LaSalle and Wabansia, places such as the Art Institute of Chicago—they're all here, sprinkled amid Hecht's nervous little haikus of urban life. He calls Chicago ‘a razzle-dazzle of dreams, tragedies, fantasies,’ and his tales capture gorgeous scraps of it, vivid vignettes starring businessmen and hobos and cops and socialites and janitors.

Covici-McGee Publishers, Chicago, 1922; 1st edition; illustrated paper covers; spine worn and creased, missing 3" from top; text clean. G-

A Woman Intervenes, or The Mistress of the Mine (USED)

A Woman Intervenes, or The Mistress of the Mine

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Robert Barr (16 September 1849 – 21 October 1912) was a Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. He emigrated with his parents to Upper Canada at age four and was educated in Toronto at Toronto Normal School. Barr became a teacher and eventual headmaster of the Central School of Windsor, Ontario. While he had that job he began to contribute short stories—often based on personal experiences—to the Detroit Free Press. In 1876 Barr quit his teaching position to become a staff member of that publication, in which his contributions were published with the pseudonym "Luke Sharp." Hal Hurst (1865–1938), illustrator, was an English painter, etcher, miniaturist, illustrator and founding member of the Royal Miniature Society.

New York and London: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1896. 1st ed.; profusely illustrated by Hal Hurst. No dust jacket; tan cloth with pick-axe design in brown, silver, and blue on cover; spine darkened; spine edges frayed; corners bumped; covers lightly soiled; former owner's bookplate on pastedown; front hinge weak; text clean. G-

A World of Love (USED)

A World of Love

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime. In A World of Love, an uneasy group of relations are living under one roof at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside. When twenty-year-old Jane finds in the attic a packet of love letters written years ago by Guy, her mother’s one-time fiance who died in World War I, the discovery has explosive repercussions. It is not clear to whom the letters are addressed, and their appearance begins to lay bare the strange and unspoken connections between the adults now living in the house. Soon, a girl on the brink of womanhood, a mother haunted by love lost, and a ruined matchmaker with her own claim on the dead wage a battle that makes the ghostly Guy as real a presence in Montefort as any of the living.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped; corners chipped; top of flaps tanned; green cloth with red and blue design and lettering on cover and spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

A Yankee Should Never Be Black (Signed 1st edition)

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Bascom Books, NY, 1973.  Signed by author.  VG/VG

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Pennyroyal / California Edition) (USED)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Pennyroyal / California Edition) (USED)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Pennyroyal / California Edition) (USED)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Pennyroyal / California Edition)

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Lovingly and meticulously restored from the manuscript and other sources, this text is the first to adhere to the author's wishes in thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation. It includes all of the first edition illustrations, which Mark Twain called "rattling good."

This edition of Huckleberry Finn is one of a continuing series of books the University of California Press has produced in collaboration with Barry Moser of Hampshire Typothetae. No slipcase; water damage to spine and inside edges of covers; binding tight; text clean and bright. G-

After Everest: An Autobiography
After Everest: An Autobiography
After Everest: An Autobiography
After Everest: An Autobiography

After Everest: An Autobiography (Inscribed 1st printing; includes signed letter)

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Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986) was the Tibetan mountaineer who led Sir Edmund Hilary to the top of Mount Everest in 1953. The two men became the first people to set foot on the summit of the world's highest peak. After Everest is Norgay's autobiography, as told to Malcom Barnes.

Vikas Publishing, New Delhi, India, 1977 first printing. Dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine torn and missing; bottom of spine chipped; top edges and corners creased and chipped; dark green cloth with yellow lettering on spine; area of fading at head of spine and top front cover; endpapers tanned; autographed signed letter laid in; inscribed on half-title; binding good; text clean. G+/G-

Afterthought: Pieces About Writing (USED)
Afterthought: Pieces About Writing (USED)

Afterthought: Pieces About Writing

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime London. She also wrote nonfiction essays, and this collection of reviews, prefaces, articles, and broadcasts is an astonishing display of the scope of Elizabeth Bowen's art.

London: Longmans, 1962. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; bottom corner of front flap clipped; head of spine and top corners chipped; maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers clean; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue

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W. H. Auden's last, longest, and most ambitious book-length poem won the Pulitzer Prize and inspired a symphony by Leonard Bernstein as well as a ballet by Jerome Robbins.

New York: Random House, 1947. 1st printing. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; 1/2" at top of spine missing; 1" tear at top left cover; corners chipped; front cover has some soiling in spots; dark green cloth with gilt lettering over maroon on spine; first 8 pages creased at top left; binding tight. G/G-

Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders

Age of Wonders

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“A marvelous and disturbing book . . . an experience both painful and joyous.”―Times Literary Supplement

The secure world of a well-established and apparently perfectly assimilated Jewish writer living in an Austrian town before World War II, disintegrates under the force of political and social realities that daily sanctify the old and endemic Austrian anti-Semitism. We learn what we learn through Bruno, the thirteen-year-old son of the family, whose spare and uninflected account discloses the slow onset of disaster. His father, a successful Austrian intellectual, refuses the implications of what’s happening and embraces the humiliating routines of Jewish self-hatred. To the vicious attacks on his writing and character, he adds his own voice until, with nothing left―not faith, not family, not dignity―he disappears. Thirty years later, the war long over, Bruno, at a low point in a childless marriage, responds to ambiguously positive inquiries about his father’s work, and travels from his home in Jerusalem to the Austrian town of his childhood. What he encounters in that town, “now clean of Jews,” means something more than confronting his own profound losses.

1st English edition; translated by Dalya Bilu. Signed by author in Hebrew. Embossed on endpaper "From the Library of David S. Ariel." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover. VG/VG

Albert (Signed 1st edition) (USED)
Albert (Signed 1st edition) (USED)

Albert (Signed 1st edition)

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Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, 1970. 1st edition, inscribed by the author on ffep; dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine has 1/2" tear; rear cover has 2" tear at bottom; evidence of repairs made with scotch tape; brown cloth with black lettering on spine; binding good; text clean and bright. VG/G-

An Eye for An Eye

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Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) was an American writer, particularly of science fiction; she has been referred to as the "Queen of Space Opera." She was also a screenwriter and a writer of crime fiction. An Eye for an Eye has been called a novel of nightmare revenge, and it was adapted for television as Suspicion series episode in 1958.

1st edition; published for the Crime Club by Doubleday & Company; "A Crime Club selection." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; 1/2" tear at head of spine and top of front cover; price clipped; black boards with red decoration and lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Anabasis, a poem translated by T.S. Eliot (USED)

Anabasis, a Poem Translated by T. S. Eliot

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St.-John Perse's great poem "Anabasis" was first published in France in 1924. It was translated six years later by T. S. Eliot for a British limited edition. After a leisurely fourteen-year percolation, it was brought out in America in 1938.

This first U.S. edition has a dust jacket in protective cover; 1" tear on rear cover; ink notes on rear cover; black cloth; endpapers tanned. G+/G

Animal  Farm  (1st  American  edition)
Animal  Farm  (1st  American  edition)
Animal  Farm  (1st  American  edition)
Animal  Farm  (1st  American  edition)
Animal  Farm  (1st  American  edition)
Animal  Farm  (1st  American  edition)

Animal Farm (1st American edition)

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1st American edition; dust jacket flap has original $1.75 price; dj in protective cover; minor shelf wear to edges and corners; black cloth; binding good; text clean. G+/G+

Animal Dreams (1st edition)

Animal Dreams (1st edition)

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Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman’s struggle to find her place in the world.

At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, “If you want sweet dreams, you’ve got to live a sweet life.”

Filled with lyrical writing, Native American legends, a tender love story, and Codi’s quest for identity, Animal Dreams is literary fiction at it’s very best.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; maroon cloth spine over orange boards with gilt decoration and lettering; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Asphalt Jungle

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William Riley (W.R.) Burnett (1899-1982) was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for his crime novel Little Caesar, the film adaptation of which was considered to be the first of the classic American gangster movies. Burnett's characters exist in a world of twilight morality — virtue can come from gangsters and criminals, malice from guardians and protectors. Above all his characters are human and this could be their undoing. In The Asphalt Jungle, published in 1949 and made into a movie in 1950, the most perfectly masterminded plot falls apart as each character reveals a weakness.


1st UK edition, published by Macdonald & Company, London, 1950; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; top edge shelf-worn; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers very lightly tanned; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Audrey Hepburn's Neck (USED)

Audrey Hepburn's Neck

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Offering a unique perspective and unusual insight into modern Japan and its wartime past, Audrey Hepburn's Neck is also a shrewd study of cross-cultural obsessions, and of erotic, romantic and familial love.
The American author Alan Brown crosses both racial and cultural lines to tell his story through the eyes of a young, handsome Japanese cartoonist, Toshiyuki ("Toshi") Okamoto, who traces his strong attraction to Western women bock to his ninth birthday, when his mother took him to see Audrey Hepburn in the movie "Roman Holiday."


Leaving behind a sad, silent childhood -- which was spent living in two rooms above the family noodle shop on an isolated peninsula in the far north of Japan -- Toshi moves to Tokyo to pursue his career. There he falls under the spell of three Americans: his best friend and confidante, the generous and extroverted Paul, a gay advertising copywriter who has plenty of his romantic mishaps with Japanese men; Jane, his glamorous but emotionally unstable teacher at the Very Romantic English Academy, with whom Toshi has a hazardous sexual affair; and, finally, the lovely and talented composer, Lucy, with whom Toshi falls in love.


The novel deftly moves back and forth between present and past, as Toshi explores his unhappy childhood, the reasons behind his mother's unexplained abandonment when he was eight years old, and her move to a seaside inn across the peninsula. As the novel draws to a close, tragic events, both public and personal, bring past and present together, revealing the painful truth of Toshi's parents' lives during World War II, and a secret in Toshi's own past that, in the end, gives him the strength and knowledge to confront the future.

1st edition, signed by author. Fine/Fine

Because the Night

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A botched liquor store heist leaves three grisly dead. A hero cop is missing. Nobody could see a pattern in these two stray bits of information–no one except Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins, a brilliant and disturbed L.A. cop with an obsessive desire to protect the innocent. To him they lead to one horrifying conclusion--a killer is on the loose and preying on his city. From the master of L.A. noir comes this beautiful and brutal tale of a cop and a criminal squared off in a life and death struggle.

1st edition; published by The Mysterious Press, New York, 1984; "A Lloyd Hopkins Novel of Suspense." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; light shelf wear; corners chipped; dark green cloth with silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Beguiled (Signed 1st edition)
The Beguiled (Signed 1st edition)

Beguiled (Signed 1st edition)

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Wounded and near death, a young Union Army corporal is found in the woods of Virginia during the height of the Civil War and brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. Almost immediately he sets about beguiling the three women and five teenage girls stranded in this outpost of Southern gentility, eliciting their love and fear, pity and infatuation, and pitting them against one another in a bid for his freedom. But as the women are revealed for what they really are, a sense of ominous foreboding closes in on the soldier, and the question becomes: Just who is the beguiled?

New York: Horizon Press, 1966. 1st edition. Inscribed by the author. Dust jacket in protective cover; top edge has some tears and creases; bottom rear corner missing; edges creased and worn; purple cloth over maroon boards; top edge faded; binding tight; text clean and bright; obituary of author laid in. G/G-

Behind that Curtain, A Charlie Chan Mystery

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Charlie Chan is in San Francisco for one week only – he absolutely must leave on Wednesday's boat to get back to Hawaii, where a new son awaits his return. Never mind that Sir Frederic Bruce, a former Scotland Yard detective he's only just met, but for whom he already has great respect, has been murdered at a dinner party he was attending. Never mind that Sir Frederic was hot on the trail of a fifteen-year-old mystery involving murder and a missing woman. Never mind that Chan catches twice as many clues as the bumbling San Francisco detective put on the case – he must get home to his son. But even Charlie Chan can't resist a challenge from a beautiful, intelligent woman like June Morrow, deputy district attorney and the lawyer in charge of prosecuting Sir Frederic's murder. One more week away from home should be plenty of time to catch a killer…

Published by Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; some shelf wear to edges; small area of front cover rubbed; orange cloth with stylized lettering on cover and spine; small decoration on spine; endpapers slightly foxed from dj flaps. G/G

Bend for Home (Signed 1st edition)
Bend for Home (Signed 1st edition)

Bend for Home (Signed 1st edition)

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A funny, direct, lively and moving account of growing up in small-town Ireland. Healy lovingly coaxes his childhood into being until, one day, his elderly mother hands him the coded diary he kept as a teenage tearaway and the uncut past burst in like a blast of raw air.

London: The Harvill Press, 1996; 1st edition; signed by the author; dust jacket and book in very good condition.

The Better Sort

Better Sort

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A collection of eleven of the author's most remarkable short stories. 1st edition; no dj; brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover; spine faded and dented; covers soiled; deckled edges; t.e.g.; page 423/424 torn, photocopied replacement laid in. G-

Between Wars and Other Poems

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Published by The Gehenna Press, Northampton, Mass., 1965. Limited edition, no. 293/500. Drawings by Leonard Baskin. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine and eges tanned; 1/2" at head of spine chipped away; covers lightly soiled; green cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright; page from The Massachusetts Review, volume 1, no. 2, February 1960, containing two poems by author laid in. VG/G

The Big Kiss-Off of 1944: A Jack Levine Mystery

Big Kiss-Off of 1944: A Jack Levine Mystery

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Searching for a chorus girl’s stag film, Jack LeVine stumbles on a sinister political plot
Like all chorus girls, Kerry Lane yearns to get her name on the marquee. After years of high-kicking, she lands a bit part in a Broadway smash hit which should lead to better things. The only thing holding her back is her past: specifically a series of stag films from her days as a struggling wannabe film starlet. When a blackmailer demands a payoff to keep them out of the public eye, Kerry comes to Jack LeVine. Stocky, sweaty, and bald, LeVine is a Jewish private detective who makes a living by being polite. But underneath his smile lies a bulldog. Lured by long legs and a roll of crisp twenties, LeVine takes Kerry’s case. But before he can speak to the blackmailer, the crook turns up dead. As LeVine hunts for Kerry’s pictures, he finds that the heart of this case is even uglier than greed, lust, or murder. It’s politics.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; head of spine chipped; covers lightly soiled; orange and white boards with black lettering; front free endpaper clipped; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

Blue Highways: A Journey into America (Signed 1st edition)
Blue Highways: A Journey into America (Signed 1st edition)

Blue Highways: A Journey into America (Signed 1st edition)

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.

William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map -- if they get on at all -- only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi."

His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

1st edition, 5th printing; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn and creased; cover soiled; corners chipped; blue cloth; edges faded. G/G-

Blue: The History of a Color

Blue: The History of a Color

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A beautifully illustrated visual and cultural history of the color blue throughout the ages

Blue has had a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now cite it as their favorite color. In this fascinating history, the renowned medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of blue from its rare appearance in prehistoric art to its international ubiquity today.

Any history of color is, above all, a social history. Pastoureau investigates how the ever-changing role of blue in society has been reflected in manuscripts, stained glass, heraldry, clothing, paintings, and popular culture. Beginning with the almost total absence of blue from ancient Western art and language, the story moves to medieval Europe. As people began to associate blue with the Virgin Mary, the color became a powerful element in church decoration and symbolism. Blue gained new favor as a royal color in the twelfth century and became a formidable political and military force during the French Revolution. As blue triumphed in the modern era, new shades were created and blue became the color of romance and the blues. Finally, Pastoureau follows blue into contemporary times, when military clothing gave way to the everyday uniform of blue jeans and blue became the universal and unifying color of the Earth as seen from space.

Beautifully illustrated, Blue tells the intriguing story of our favorite color and the cultures that have hated it, loved it, and made it essential to some of our greatest works of art.

-- "Choice"
The Book of Lies, Which is Also Falsely Called Breaks: The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo Which Thought is Itself Untrue (USED)

Book of Lies, Which is Also Falsely Called Breaks: The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo Which Thought is Itself Untrue (USED)

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The Book of Lies, originally published in 1913, consists of 93 chapters, each of which consists of one page of text. The chapters include a question mark, poems, rituals, instructions, and obscure allusions and cryptograms. The subject of each chapter is generally determined by its number and its corresponding Qabalistic meaning. As Crowley describes it: "This book deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance. It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive."

New York: Samuel Weiser, Inc. Reprint, with an additional commentary to each chapter. First published in 1913; revised edition 1952; sixth printing 1978. No dust jacket; black cloth; covers slightly warped; binding tight; text clean and bright. Scarce. G

Booked to Die: A Mystery Introducing Cliff Janeway (USED)

Booked to Die: A Mystery Introducing Cliff Janeway

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Booked to Die, the first book in John Dunning’s bestselling, award-winning Cliff Janeway series, is “a joy to read for its wealth of inside knowledge about the antiquarian book business and its eccentric traders” (TheNew York Times Book Review).

Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway may not always play by the book, but he’s an avid collector of rare and first editions. Bobby Westfall is a local bookscout, a gentle and quiet man who has sold enough valuable books to keep himself and his cats fed and housed. When Bobby is murdered, Janeway would like nothing better than to rearrange the suspect’s spine. But the suspect, local lowlife Jackie Newton, is a master at eluding the law, and Janeway’s wrathful brand of off-duty justice costs him his badge.

Turning to his lifelong passion, Janeway opens a small bookshop—all the while searching for evidence to put Newton away. When prized volumes in a highly sought-after collection begin to appear, so do dead bodies. Now Janeway’s life is about to change in profound and shocking ways as he attempts to find out who’s dealing death along with vintage Chandlers and Twains.

“One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read” (The Denver Post), Booked to Die is the first in the Cliff Janeway series. It is “a standout piece of crime fiction…Compelling page-turning stuff” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

1st edition, 4th printing; dust jacket shows minor wear; small closed tear at top of front cover on flap side; navy cloth over blue boards; lettering on spine in metallic blue; binding good; text clean. G+/G+

Bowen's Court (USED)

Bowen's Court

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime London. She spent her summers in her family’s country home, Bowens Court, which was built in the 1770's by Henry Cole Bowen and was located in Cork, Ireland. In this personal narrative, originally published in 1942, Bowen weaves together three centuries of Irish history with a chronicle of her family.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. 2nd edition in scarce dust jacket with photo by Pat English showing Elizabeth Bowen walking on the lawn at Bowen's Court in Ireland. Dust jacket in protective cover; price not clipped; spine edges lightly chipped; rear cover has light soiling near spine and along top edge; navy blue stamped cloth with gilt lettering and design on spine; endpapers clean; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)
The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)
The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)
The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)

Brave Bulls: A Novel

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One of Texas's true renaissance men, Tom Lea (1907-2001) was already a noted artist, muralist, and book illustrator when he published his first novel, The Brave Bulls, in 1949. This suspenseful story of bullfighting in Mexico, elegantly illustrated by the author, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by Time magazine as the best first novel of the year. It also won the Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, went through numerous reprints and translations, and became a 1951 movie starring Mel Ferrer and Anthony Quinn.

1st edition; title page painting and decorative drawings by author; dust jacket in protective cover; corners worn; head of spine creased; bottom of spine chipped; tear along edge of front flap; red cloth with decoration and lettering in black and gold; illustrated endpapers; endpapers have some foxing; front hinge weak; text clean. G/G-

Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)
Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)

Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)

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A New York Times bestseller, David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game focuses on one grim season (1979-80) in the life of the Bill Walton-led Portland Trail Blazers, a team that only three years before had been NBA champions.


A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his groundbreaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.The tactile authenticity of Halberstam's knowledge of the basketball world is unrivaled. Yet he is writing here about far more than just basketball. This is a story about a place in our society where power, money, and talent collide and sometimes corrupt, a place where both national obsessions and naked greed are exposed. It's about the influence of big media, the fans and the hype they subsist on, the clash of ethics, the terrible physical demands of modern sports (from drugs to body size), the unreal salaries, the conflicts of race and class, and the consequences of sport converted into mass entertainment and athletes transformed into superstars -- all presented in a way that puts the reader in the room and on the court, and The Breaks of the Game in a league of its own.

1st edition. Signed by author. Dust jacket in protective cover; small creases along top of front cover; one closed tear front spine edge; black cloth over gray paper boards; small area at top of spine and along front edge scuffed; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

Burning the Days : Recollection (Signed 1st edition)
Burning the Days : Recollection (Signed 1st edition)

Burning the Days : Recollection (Signed 1st edition)

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In this brilliant book of recollection, one of America's finest writers re-creates people, places, and events spanning some fifty years, bringing to life an entire era through one man's sensibility. Scenes of love and desire, friendship, ambition, life in foreign cities and New York, are unforgettably rendered here in the unique style for which James Salter is widely admired.

Burning the Days captures a singular life, beginning with a Manhattan boyhood and then, satisfying his father's wishes, graduation from West Point, followed by service in the Air Force as a pilot. In some of the most evocative pages ever written about flying, Salter describes the exhilaration and terror of combat as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, scenes that are balanced by haunting pages of love and a young man's passion for women.

After resigning from the Air Force, Salter begins a second life, becoming a writer in the New York of the 1960s. Soon films beckon. There are vivid portraits of actors, directors, and producers—Polanski, Robert Redford, and others. Here also, more important, are writers who were influential, some by their character, like Irwin Shaw, others because of their taste and knowledge.

Ultimately Burning the Days is an illumination of what it is to be a man, and what it means to become a writer.

Signed first edition in near fine condition.

The Butterfly (USED)

Butterfly (1st edition)

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James M. Cain (1892-1977) was a novelist whose "violent, sexually obsessed, and relentlessly paced melodramas epitomized the “hard-boiled” school of writing that flourished in the United States in the 1930s and ’40s. He was ranked with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as one of the masters of the genre. Three classics of the American screen were made from his novels: Double Indemnity (1936; film 1944), Mildred Pierce (1941; film 1945, TV miniseries 2011), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934; stage version 1936, films 1946, 1981)."  [https://www.britannica.com/biography/James-M-Cain].

The Butterfly tells the story of an Appalachian coal miner who has been separated from his family for years; his life is drastically changed and complicated as he seeks revenge when his daughter suddenly appears in his cabin, and he discovers the true identity of her illegitimate child.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges creased and chipped; beige cloth with green decoration and lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text bright. G/G

Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)
Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)
Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)

Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874

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Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) is widely considered the greatest American photographer of the nineteenth century and arguably the most influential artist of his era. He is best known for his pictures of Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Watkins made his first trip to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in 1861 just as the Civil War was beginning. His photographs of Yosemite were exhibited in New York for the first time in 1862, as news of the Union’s disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg was landing in newspapers and while the Matthew Brady Studio’s horrific photographs of Antietam were on view. Watkins’s work tied the West to Northern cultural traditions and played a key role in pledging the once-wavering West to Union.

Motivated by Watkins’s pictures, Congress would pass legislation, later signed by Abraham Lincoln, that preserved Yosemite as the prototypical “national park,” the first such act of landscape preservation in the world. Watkins’s photographs helped shape America’s idea of the West, and helped make the West a full participant in the nation. His pictures of California, Oregon, and Nevada, as well as modern-day Washington, Utah, and Arizona, not only introduced entire landscapes to America but were important to the development of American business, finance, agriculture, government policy, and science.

1st edition; published by Fraenkel Gallery, in association with Bedford Arts, Publishers, San Francisco. Essay by Peter E. Palmquist; dust jacket has very light scuffing; tan buckram with brown lettering on cover and spine; former owner's signature in ink on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys (Signed 1st edition - scarce!)

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys (Signed 1st edition - scarce!)

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NASA astronaut Michael Collins trained as an experimental test pilot before venturing into space as a vital member of the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions. In Carrying the Fire, his account of his voyages into space and the years of training that led up to them, Collins reveals the human tensions, the physical realities, and the personal emotions surrounding the early years of the space race.

Collins provides readers with an insider's view of the space program and conveys the excitement and wonder of his journey to the moon. As skilled at writing as he is at piloting a spacecraft, Collins explains the clash of personalities at NASA and technical aspects of flight with clear, engaging prose, withholding nothing in his candid assessments of fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin, and officials within NASA.

A fascinating memoir of mankind's greatest journey told in familiar, human terms, Carrying the Fire is by turns thrilling, humorous, and thought-provoking, a unique work by a remarkable man.

1st edition. Inscribed by author. Scarce. Foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh. Dust jacket in protective cover; top edges of flaps tanned; spine edges lightly creased; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; top edges slightly faded. VG/VG

The Cat Jumps and Other Stories (USED)

Cat Jumps and Other Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life in wartime London. This collection includes some of her best suspense stories, such as Tommy Crans, The Good Girl, The Disinherited, Her Table Spread, The Needle Case, and the title story.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1949; first published 1934; first published in the collected edition 1949; red cloth with gilt lettering and decorations on spine; book protected by plain red wrapper in mylar; decorative endpapers; frontispiece; binding slightly loose; text clean. G

The Cat Who Came for Christmas (USED)

Cat Who Came for Christmas

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A cat charms its way into a curmudgeon's heart one hilarious holiday season in this bestselling Christmas classic, the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1987. 1st edition; inscribed by author. Dust jacket has light shelf wear to edges and corners and crease the length of back cover; gutter exposed at bottom between title page and endpaper; text clean and bright. G/G

Catskill Flytier: My Life, Times, and Techniques (USED)
Catskill Flytier: My Life, Times, and Techniques (USED)

Catskill Flytier: My Life, Times, and Techniques

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Anglers and flytiers have been after Harry Darbee for years to write a book—a book, one of them requested, "full of memories and hopes, stories and trout talk, with some-thing of that hallowed mist that hovers around the Willowemoc and the Beaverkill." Finally, here it is! Not only does Darbee evoke the full cast of characters who earned for his native rivers their reputation as the cradle of American fly fishing, he also reveals the tricks and techniques that have made him and his wife, Elsie, two of the world's greatest flytiers. In Catskill Flytier, we meet Herman Christian, Edward R. Hewitt, and Roy Steenrod, who passed on the teachings of the legendary Theodore Gordon; the other pros who made their livelihood as flytiers in the Catskill style; the millionaire fishing-club members who became Darbee customers; the poachers who came by night—and some in broad daylight—to take the big trout out of the club waters; the conservationists who fought and are fighting to save the fish.

Signed first edition in DJ protector; dj has some chips along top and bottom edges; light soiling; brown cloth over tan boards; front endpapers lightly foxed; text clean; binding tight. VG/G

Charlie Chan Carries On

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The fifth of the Earl Derr Biggers Charlie Chan books books involves the Honolulu detective in a case of murder that stretches around the world, as members of a tour group are dying, one by one. Charlie's old friend Chief Inspector Duff from Scotland Yard comes to his rescue in this book. Duff is investigating the murder of Hugh Morris Drake, a sweet old man strangled in London's famous and exclusive hotel, Broome's. Drake is with a tour group encircling the globe. While Duff's ship is docked in Honolulu, the detective is shot and wounded by his quarry; though he survives, he is unable to continue with the cruise, and Chan takes his place on the ship to San Francisco, where finally the mystery is solved.

Bobbs-Merrill, 1930, assumed first edition with dj design (signed) by Mary Briggs, a bit tattered at top of spine.  VG/VG

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History (Signed 1st edition)

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The bestselling true story of a Texas congressman’s secret role in the Afghan defeat of Russian invaders is “a tour de force of reporting and writing” (Dan Rather).
 
A New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.
 
Charlie Wilson’s penchant for cocktails and beauty-contest winners was well known, but in the early 1980s, the dilettante congressman quietly conducted one of the most successful covert operations in US history. Using his seat on the House Appropriations Committee, Wilson channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to support a ragged band of Afghan “freedom fighters” in their resistance against Soviet invaders.
 
Weapons were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an outcast CIA operative named Gust Avrakotos, who stretched the agency’s rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of Washington to secret chambers at Langley, and from arms-dealers’ conventions to the Khyber Pass, Wilson and Avrakotos helped the mujahideen win an unlikely victory against the Russians.

New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. 1st edition, signed by author; dust jacket in protective mylar cover. F/F

Child of the Century

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Ben Hecht’s critically acclaimed autobiographical memoir offers incomparably pungent evocations of Chicago in the 1910s and 1920s, Hollywood in the 1930s, and New York during the Second World War and after.

1st printing; dust jacket in protective cover; spine creased and rubbed; head of spine chipped with small tears; corners chipped; edges creased and worn; black cloth over green paper; bottom edge worn; endpapers tanned; PON in ink to ffep, also later gift inscription dated 1975; pencil notes from beginning to page 50; binding good. G/G-

Chronicles of Bustos Domecq (USED)

Chronicles of Bustos Domecq

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Chronicles of Bustos Domecq is a collection of short fiction that Jorge Luis Borges wrote in collaboration with his fellow Argentinean, the novelist Adolfo Bioy-Casares. Their stories explore the playful, imaginative, and sometimes fantastic relationship between fiction and reality which Borges was to make his hallmark in works such as the famous collection of stories Fictions. His collaborator Casares was a writer, journalist, and translator best known for his science fiction novel The Invention of Morel.

E.P. Dutton & Co., 1976. Co-author Adolfo Bioy-Casares; translated by Norman Thomas DiGiovanni. Dust jacket in protective cover; flap edges tanned; black paper over cloth with silver lettering on spine. Binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture
Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture
Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture
Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture
Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture
Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture

Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture

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Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) was an American anthropologist. Her 1934 book, Patterns of Culture, was translated into fourteen languages and for years was used as standard reading material for anthropology courses in American universities. Benedict's theory of cultural relativism promoted the idea of studying and accepting different cultures for their unique traits. She felt it was wrong to look down on the customs or values of a culture different from one's own.

Benedict’s 1946 study of Japan is a revealing look at Japanese culture and how it differs from American culture, making The Chrysanthemum and the Sword essential reading for anyone interested in 1940's era Japan.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company; The Riverside Press, Cambridge. Scarce 1st edition (later printing); dust jacket in protective mylar cover; edges worn; green cloth stamped with gilt on cover and spine; front hinge cracked inside; deckled edges; one spot in middle of fore-edge. G/G

City  Lights  Journal,  Number  One
City  Lights  Journal,  Number  One
City  Lights  Journal,  Number  One
City  Lights  Journal,  Number  One

City Lights Journal, Number One

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City Lights Books, 1963. First issue; dedicated to e.e. cummings and William Carlos Williams; edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; edgs lightly scuffed; spine lightly creased; binding tight; text clean; dedication in ink on inside cover. VG

The City: A Play (USED)

City: A Play

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Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was the author of numerous plays and several volumes of poetry.

Yale University Press, 1920. 1st edition. Translated from the French by John Strong Newberry. Inscribed by translator. No dust jacket. Dark gray cloth over light gray boards; title and author on paper label on spine; covers lightly soiled; corners bumped; endpapers foxed; deckled edges. G-

Clan of the Cave Bear (1st Ed)
Clan of the Cave Bear (1st Ed)

Clan of the Cave Bear (1st Ed)

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An all-absorbing journey into man's possible past. Jean M. Auel, a storytelling genius, weaves a compellingly readable saga of human survival; an epic that transcends time and place. It is peopled with rich and complex characters who experience the full range of human emotions. All this makes for total involvement and believability in the light of today. A novel for all time.

Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

1st edition, 1st printing, with pristine dustjacket. 1980, Knopf. Fine.

Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

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In I, Claudius, Robert Graves began the story of the limping, stammering young man who is suddenly thrust onto the throne after the death of Caligula. In Claudius the God, Graves continues the story, detailing Claudius’s thirteen-year reign and his ultimate downfall. Painting the vivid, tumultuous, and decadent society of ancient Rome with spectacular detail, Graves provides a tale that is instructive, compelling, and difficult to put down for both casual readers and students of Roman history.

New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1935. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; 1" missing from head of spine; edges chipped and creased; corners chipped; black cloth with gold medallion on cover and gilt lettering on spine; endpapers tanned; fold-out family tree; binding tight; text clean. G/G-

The Cocktail Party (1st American edition)

Cocktail Party (1st American edition)

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A modern verse play about the search for meaning, in which a psychiatrist is the catalyst for the action. “An authentic modern masterpiece” (New York Post). “Eliot really does portray real-seeming characters. He cuts down his poetic effects to the minimum, and then finally rewards us with most beautiful poetry” (Stephen Spender).

1st American edition; dust jacket in protective cover; spine faded; covers lightly foxed; black cloth; endpapers tanned and lightly foxed; binding good; text clean. G/G

Collected Impressions (USED)

Collected Impressions

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer. While she is mostly known for her fiction, she also wrote numerous reviews, prefaces, and personal essays throughout her career. The pieces in Collected Impressions capture the breadth and depth of her engagement with literature past and present, ranging as they do from Flaubert and LeFanu to Woolf and Lawrence, with many obscure and illustrious names in between.

London: Longmans Green and Co., 1950. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine chipped; rear cover has 2.5" tear 1" from bottom, some scuffing, and a light blue stain stretching the width of the rear jacket 3" from the bottom; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; top edge blue; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G-

Collected Poems by Geoffrey Hill

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Hailed as "the best poet writing in England" (Michael Longley, The Guardian) and "a magnificent poet" (Poetry), Geoffrey Hill has produced powerfully mythic verse that distinguishes him as a contemporary poet in allegiance with the great tradition. Complex yet spare, Hill is a poet of despair and redemption whose work contains some of contemporary poetry's most powerful moments. This collection brings together for the first time the poems appearing in five previous books, including the acclaimed long poem The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Peguy; also here are three hitherto unpublished poems, Hymns to Our Lady of Chartres.

1st hardback trade edition, published by Andre Deutsch, 1986. Dust jacket in protective cover; no tears or creases, very clean; gray cloth with gilt lettering on spine; former owner's name on front pastedown; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/VG

The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (USED)
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (USED)

Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1913. 1st edition. No dust jacket; blue cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; t.e.g.; edges worn; corners bumped; covers scuffed; frontispiece with sepia portrait of poet; title page has shadow of portrait; hinges weak. G-

Cotswold Characters (USED)

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Courting of Susie Brown

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Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987) was an American writer, known for his portrayals of poverty, racism, and social problems in the South. His novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim. He wrote a total of 25 novels, 150 short stories, twelve nonfiction collections, two autobiographies, and two books for young readers. The Courting of Susie Brown, published in 1952, is a collection of short stories, featuring Caldwell's classic Southern characters and humor.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dj lightly chipped at spine. Green cloth with black lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Crank In The Corner
Crank In The Corner

Crank In The Corner

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Christopher Bush (1885-1973) was a British mystery writer. Ludovic Travers, his lanky, bespectacled economist turned private eye, has a knack for busting alibis. This 1933 thriller sees Travers on a train speeding through France while solving the murder of two members of his railway compartment.

Published by A.L. Burt Company by arrangement with Wm. Morrow & Co., 1933; no dust jacket; brown cloth with yellow lettering on cover and spine; edges frayed corners bumped; endpapers tanned; front hinge weak; text clean. G

The Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy (USED)
The Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy (USED)

Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy

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1st edition, limited to 300 copies bound by hand on Vicksburg Vellum Ivory, numbered and signed by the author, of which 250 are for sale; this copy is number 29; inscribed by author. Fine.

The Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy (with signed ephemera, including a poem by Helga Sandburg)
The Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy (with signed ephemera, including a poem by Helga Sandburg)
The Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy (with signed ephemera, including a poem by Helga Sandburg)

Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy (with signed ephemera, including a poem by Helga Sandburg)

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Inscribed by author; signed letters, poems and cards by author and his wife, Helga Sandburg, laid in.

Critical Path (Signed 1st edition)
Critical Path (Signed 1st edition)

Critical Path (Signed 1st edition)

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R. Buckminster Fuller is regarded as one of the most important figures of the 20th century, renowned for his achievements as an inventor, designer, architect, philosopher, mathematician, and dogged individualist. Perhaps best remembered for the Geodesic Dome and the term "Spaceship Earth," his work and his writings have had a profound impact on modern life and thought.

Critical Path is Fuller's master work--the summing up of a lifetime's thought and concern--as urgent and relevant as it was upon its first publication in 1981. Critical Path details how humanity found itself in its current situation--at the limits of the planet's natural resources and facing political, economic, environmental, and ethical crises.

The crowning achievement of an extraordinary career, Critical Path offers the reader the excitement of understanding the essential dilemmas of our time and how responsible citizens can rise to meet this ultimate challenge to our future.

1st edition, 2nd printing; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; spine faded; maroon cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on spine; pictorial endpapers; top edge and fore-edge lightly foxed; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Crome Yellow (1st edition)

Crome Yellow (1st edition)

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Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963) was an English writer who spent the latter part of his life in the United States. Though best known for Brave New World, he also wrote countless works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and essays. A humanist, pacifist and satirist, he wrote novels and other works that functioned as critiques of social norms and ideals. Aldous Huxley is often considered a leader of modern thought and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th century.

Huxley launched his career as a novelist with this 1921 effort in which a student named Denys spends his holiday in an English country house located in the small town of Crome. Denys encounters many unusual residents, including a girl who quickly steals his heart. Not one of Huxley's major efforts, this is mostly for laughs.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1921; 1st edition; no dust jacket; yellow cloth; spine tanned; paper label with title and author chipped and missing top 1/3; covers soiled; endpapers foxed; deckled edges. G-

Curse in the Colophon (Signed 1st edition)

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Classic bibliomystery by the well-known Bible scholar about a lost Byzantine library. The Curse in the Colophon was Goodspeed's only novel. The author inscribed this copy in 1936 to Jesse H. Shera, well-known librarian and professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Chicago: Willett, Clark & Company, 1935. 1st edition. Inscribed by author. No dust jacket; blue cloth; spine faded; endpapers tanned; binding good; text clean and bright. G

Dark Hazard (USED)

Dark Hazard

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William Riley (W.R.) Burnett (1899-1982) was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for his crime novel Little Caesar, the film adaptation of which was considered to be the first of the classic American gangster movies. Burnett's characters exist in a world of twilight morality — virtue can come from gangsters and criminals, malice from guardians and protectors. Above all his characters are human and this could be their undoing. Dark Hazard, published in 1933 and made into a movie in 1934, tells the story of Jim Turner, a gambler, and his wife.

New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1933. 1st printing. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped and creased; edges worn; water stain along top edge of dj; blue cloth with green illustration of greyhound racing dog wrapping around covers and spine; pictorial endpapers; deckled edges; binding good; text clean. G+/G

Day in the Dark and Other Stories

Day in the Dark and Other Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime London. A Day in the Dark collects twenty stories, four of which appear here for the first time in a book and one ("Hand in Glove") for the first time in a collection of Bowen's fiction.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges worn; corners chipped; gray cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

Dead Zone (1st edition)

Dead Zone (1st edition)

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A supernatural thriller that plunges the reader into the fate awaiting all mankind -- The Dead Zone.

A #1 New York Times bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind—a “compulsive page-turner” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems.

When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. With “powerful tension that holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet” (The Houston Post), The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges have some small closed tears and chipping; price clipped; black cloth spine over black boards; gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (USED)

Death and Life of Great American Cities

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A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.

1st edition, 3rd printing; dust jacket in protective glassine wrapper that has sun damage, but jacket itself is clean and undamaged; black cloth with dark red brick design on covers and gold and red lettering on spine; top edge slightly faded; binding good; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Death of a Perfect Wife: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

Death of a Perfect Wife: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

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Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiance on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges (the diabolical Scottish mosquito) descend on the town.

Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's fish-and-chips-loving men are up in arms. Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime-the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

1st edition. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover. VG/VG

Demon Lover and Other Stories
Demon Lover and Other Stories

Demon Lover and Other Stories

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The Demon Lover and Other Stories by Elizabeth Bowen was first published in Britain in 1945. In 1946, the collection was published in the United States under the title Ivy Gripped the Steps and Other Stories. Without exception, reviewers greeted it enthusiastically, praising it for what was described in the New Yorker as “a completely successful explanation of what war did to the mind and spirit of the English people.” Today, “The Demon Lover” is probably the most anthologized of Bowen’s short stories, and critics claim that it reflects some of Bowen’s greatest strengths as a writer.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1952. First published 1945, First published in the collected edition 1952. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine faded; top edges lightly worn; crease at bottom of front cover; rear cover lightly soiled; dark green cloth with gilt lettering and decorations on spine; decorative endpapers; frontispiece; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

The Donkey Inside (USED)
The Donkey Inside (USED)

Donkey Inside

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Best known as author of the “Madeleine” stories, Ludwig Bemelmans combined his experiences from several trips to South America during the late ‘30s/early ‘40s in this charming, semi-fictional travelogue. As the first-person narrator, Bemelmans remains a bemused observer confronted by an improbable array of characters that include the scion of an old Quito family, whose plans for a happy marriage were dashed when his parents discovered one of his fiancee’s ancestors had been a servant--400 years earlier--and a half-Jewish Austrian doctor who can’t understand how “Adolf” could force an old comrade like himself into exile. This tongue-in-cheek narrative evokes the old images of the romantic lands “South of the Border.” (L.A. Times, November 4, 1990). Illustrated in Bemelmans' recognizable style.

New York: The Viking Press, 1941. 1st edition. Illustrated by the author. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; spine edges have very light wear; rear cover lightly soiled; light yellow cloth stamped in red; all edges red; 4 double-page color plates; pictorial endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG


Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

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When devoted Anglophile Helene Hanff is invited to London for the English publication of 84, Charing Cross Road—in which she shares two decades of correspondence with Frank Doel, a British bookseller who became a dear friend—she can hardly believe her luck. Frank is no longer alive, but his widow and daughter, along with enthusiastic British fans from all walks of life, embrace Helene as an honored guest. Eager hosts, including a famous actress and a retired colonel, sweep her up in a whirlwind of plays and dinners, trips to Harrod’s, and wild jaunts to their favorite corners of the countryside.

A New Yorker who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, Helene Hanff delivers an outsider’s funny yet fabulous portrait of idiosyncratic Britain at its best. And whether she is walking across the Oxford University courtyard where John Donne used to tread, visiting Windsor Castle, or telling a British barman how to make a real American martini, Helene always wears her heart on her sleeve. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street is not only a witty account of two different worlds colliding but also a love letter to England and its literary heritage—and a celebration of the written word’s power to sustain us, transport us, and unite us.

1st edition. Dust jacket has evidence of water damage to bottom; spine edges chipped; front flap clipped; red cloth over red paper boards; top edge red; endpapers have British flag; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G-

Early Stories

Early Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her fiction about life in wartime London. This book combines two collections of short stories: Encounters (first published in 1923) and Ann Lee's and Other Stories (published in 1926).

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; inside top edges tanned; edges lightly shelf worn; corners lightly chipped; light purple cloth with silver decorations and lettering on spine; front endpapers lightly tanned; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

Ebony  Flame  (Limited  edition)
Ebony  Flame  (Limited  edition)
Ebony  Flame  (Limited  edition)
Ebony  Flame  (Limited  edition)

Ebony Flame (Limited edition)

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Vincent Starrett (1886-1974) was a book collector, author, bibliographer, and a Sherlock Holmes scholar. He has been referred to as part of Chicago's "literary renaissance” and has written or edited more than 50 books of essays, criticism, fiction, biography, poetry, and bibliography. Ebony Flame, published in 1922, was Starrett's first published collection of poetry.

Chicago: Covici-McGee, 1922. Limited edition, numbered copy, no. 331/350, signed by author. No dust jacket; black cloth spine with paper label; decorated paper boards; top edge toned with age; spine head frayed; decorated endpapers; binding good; text clean. G

Egg  Tree  (1st  edition)
Egg  Tree  (1st  edition)
Egg  Tree  (1st  edition)
Egg  Tree  (1st  edition)
Egg  Tree  (1st  edition)

Egg Tree (1st edition)

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950. 1st edition; winner of the 1951 Caldecott Medal; dust jacket in protective cover; 2" missing from top of rear cover near spine; small (1/2") tear at bottom of front cover; spine edges chipped and worn; corners chipped; green cloth with black decoration and lettering on cover and spine; endpapers tanned; binding good; text clean and bright. G+/G


Ellen Foster: A Novel

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"Filled with lively humor, compassion, and intimacy."
—Alice Hoffman, The New York Times Book Review


"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy." With that opening sentence we enter the childhood world of one of the most appealing young heroines in contemporary fiction. Her courage, her humor, and her wisdom are unforgettable as she tells her own story with stunning honesty and insight. An Oprah Book Club selection, this powerful novel has become an American classic.

Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's Citation for Fiction.

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1987. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; top edge lightly creased; tan cloth with white lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Enchanted April

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Encounters: Stories (USED)
Encounters: Stories (USED)

Encounters: Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her fiction about life during wartime London. This book is the first American edition of her first collection of short stories, originally published in London by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1923.

New York: Boni and Liveright Publishers, [1924]. Dark blue cloth with geometric design and lettering in gilt on cover; edges worn; corners bumped; slight cant to binding; decorative endpapers in red and green foil; deckled edges; rear hinge weak; gutter exposed between pages 144-145; text clean. G

The Enemies Within (Signed 1st edition)
The Enemies Within (Signed 1st edition)

Enemies Within (Signed 1st edition)

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A playwright needs PI Albert Samson to find a thieving Broadway producer in this “fast, funny and brilliant series” from the Shamus Award–winning author (The Wall Street Journal).
 
After a Florida vacation spent at the horse races—turning a measly profit of eighty-two cents before expenses—private detective Albert Samson is back in slushy, freezing Indy, where, thankfully, it’s a short walk from his living room to his office door. One night, he opens it to find a hesitant stranger in an overcoat. With some prodding from the PI, Bennett Willson admits he wants Samson to strong-arm the Broadway producer who stole his play.
 
When it turns out that the cleverly crafted story is as bogus as the client himself, Samson blows the lid off a simmering brew of hatred and revenge—leaving his own life hanging in the balance.
 
Written by a Shamus Award–winning author who “has brains and style,” this crime novel follows the beloved midwestern detective in his most bizarre case yet (Los Angeles Times).
 
The Enemies Within is the 3rd book in the Albert Samson Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

1st edition; signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; white cloth spine over yellow-green textured boards; gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Eva Trout, or Changing Scenes (USED)

Eva Trout, or Changing Scenes

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depiction of life in wartime London. Eva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen’s last novel, epitomizes her bold exploration of the territory between the comedy of manners and cutting social commentary.

Orphaned at a young age, Eva has found a home of sorts in Worcestershire with her former schoolteacher, Iseult Arbles, and Iseult's husband, Eric. From a safe distance in London, her legal guardian, Constantine, assumes that all's well. But Eva's flighty, romantic nature hasn't entirely clicked with the Arbles household, and Eva is plotting to escape. When she sets out to hock her Jaguar and disappear without a trace, she unwittingly leaves a paper trail for her various custodians–and all kinds of trouble–to follow.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968. 1st edition of Bowen's final novel. Dust jacket in protective cover; price clipped at bottom of front flap; dark green cloth with gilt decorations and lettering on cover and spine; top edge light green; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Evergreen Review, Volume 3, number 10, November-December 1959: works by Samuel Beckett, Cynthia Ozick, Henry Miller, et al.

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Evergreen Review, Volume 4, Number 11, January-February 1960: works by William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Jean-Paul Sartre, et al.

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Evergreen Review, Volume 4, Number 15, November-December 1960: works by LeRoi Jones, Samuel Beckett, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, et al.

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The Exorcist (1st edition)
The Exorcist (1st edition)

Exorcist (1st edition)

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Inspired by a true story of a child's demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine slightly creased; small closed tear at front top near spine; front top corner chipped with 1" closed tear running vertically; maroon cloth spine over marron boards; silver lettering on spine; slight cant to binding; text clean and bright. G+/G

Fairy Tale (Signed 1st edition)
Fairy Tale (Signed 1st edition)
Fairy Tale (Signed 1st edition)

Fairy Tale (Signed 1st edition)

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Once upon a time, Erich Segal wrote a book called Love Story, which brought him much success and no little fame. This was his first Fairy Tale.

Once upon a time, a young and innocent hero set forth on a quest. It lead him to the lair of a wicked villian, the sort of man from whom you wouldn't buy a used car. And yet, our hero did buy a used car and lived happily ever after. Which is why this is a fairy tale. (©1973 Karen Segal (P)2018 Karen Segal)

Signed 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; some creases; rear top edge chipped; red cloth with orange cloth spine; inscribed on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Fallen Angel

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Marty Holland, born Mary Hauenstein, was an American screenwriter and author of pulp novels. Holland began her career as a typist in Hollywood and wrote several short stories for pulps. Her first novel, Fallen Angel, was published in 1945 and immediately adapted into the 1945 film of the same name.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dj corners clipped; head and tail of spine chipped; edges worn; small area of front cover rubbed; back cover soiled; orange cloth with dark blue lettering on cover and spine; small areas on pastedowns and endpapers show evidence of scotch tape; small bookseller's stamp in upper corner of front facing endpaper; rough cut paper; text clean and bright. G/G

Fatal  Interview:  Sonnets  (1st  edition)
Fatal  Interview:  Sonnets  (1st  edition)

Fatal Interview: Sonnets (1st edition)

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Description from the flap: "Freshness and vitality, a poignant understanding of the human heart in love, distinguish this new volume of sonnets by one of America's most popular and most distinguished poets. Extraordinary richness of emotion, a depth of thought and feeling place it among the finest collections in modern English poetry. The reader feels that here is an unconquerable personality, a heart which faces life with an untiring eagerness to taste all of its sorrows and all of its joys. In this sonnet sequence Miss Millay demonstrates her mastery of rhyme and rhythm, bringing to the classic form a color and a splendor all her own. This is a book which no lover of poetry should miss."

New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1931. First edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine and top rear edge chipped with some small tears; top front corner chipped; edges toned; spine toned; black cloth spine and corners over brown paper boards with title and author on paper label on spine; binding tight; text clean. VG/G

Father Goose: The Story of Mack Sennett (USED)
Father Goose: The Story of Mack Sennett (USED)

Father Goose: The Story of Mack Sennett

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Story of motion picture producer and director Mack Sennett. After acting for a time under the direction of D.W. Griffith, Sennett became associated in 1912 with the Keystone Company, where he produced his famous slapstick films known as "Mack Sennett comedies." Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin were two of the stars who worked for him.

New York: Covici Friede Publishers, 1934. 1st edition. No dust jacket; green cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; very minor shelf wear; bookplate on ffep; frontispiece portrait; deckled edges. G+

Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail '72 (1st edition)
Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail '72 (1st edition)

Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail '72 (1st edition)

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From the legendary journalist and creator of “Gonzo” journalism Hunter S. Thompson comes the bestselling critical look at Nixon and McGovern’s 1972 presidential election.

Straight Arrow Books, 1973, stated first edition. Illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Dust jacket in protective cover; some creases and small closed tears; black boards with embossed image of skull on cover; white lettering on spine; corners bumped; head of spine pulled; top edge foxed; binding good; text clean and bright. G/G

Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys : An American Saga (Signed 1st edition)
Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys : An American Saga (Signed 1st edition)
Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys : An American Saga (Signed 1st edition)
Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys : An American Saga (Signed 1st edition)

Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys : An American Saga (Signed 1st edition)

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Chronicles the story of three generations of the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, beginning in 1863 with the baptism of John Francis Fitzgerald and closing with the inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in January 1961. This copy is a scarce first edition (2nd printing) inscribed by the author.

This copy is a scarce first edition (2nd printing) inscribed by the author. Tight binding, minimal wear to edges of cover and DJ, water stain at bottom of DJ spine, minimal yellowing to DJ; slight tanning to front endpapers due to newspaper articles being laid in; front hinge weak. G/G


Flowering Plum and the Palace Lady, Interpretations of Chinese Poetry

Flowering Plum and the Palace Lady, Interpretations of Chinese Poetry

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1st edition; pristine dust jacket in protective cover. Fine/Fine

For the Time Being - A Christmas Oratorio: And "The Sea and the Mirror"

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New York: Random House, 1944. 1st printing.

One Volume contains two of Auden's long poems: "For the Time Being - A Christmas Oratorio" and "The Sea and the Mirror - A Commentary of Shakespeare's The Tempest." Previous owner has laid in "Christmas 1958" poem by Auden.

Dust jacket in protective cover; small tears at head and heel of spine; corners chipped; navy blue paper over white cloth; gilt lettering on spine; endpapers tanned; signature of former owner in ink on pastedown; bleed-through of glue from repair between pages 3-6;  G/G-

Freydis and Gudrid (USED)

Freydis and Gudrid

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Boyer's "documentary novel" tells the story of Freydis and Gudrid, two women joining the Norse migration to Vinland, North America.

Novelty, Ohio: Veritie Press, 1976. 1st edition; signed by author on ffep. Dust jacket in protective cover; top edge lightly creased; blue cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War (USED)

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War

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Vividly reminiscent of the goings-on at Sterling Cooperthe late nights, the three-martini lunches, the sex on couches, and, of course, the actual work of plugging productsthis is the story of what Madison Avenue was really like in the ’60s. A worldwide bestseller when first published in 1970, this frank, irreverent, and hilarious memoir is a one-of-a-kind cult classic.

1st printing. Edited by Charles Sopkin. Dust jacket in protective cover; gray cloth with yellow lettering on spine; former owner's name stamped on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Frontiersmen: A Narrative (Signed)
Frontiersmen: A Narrative (Signed)

Frontiersmen: A Narrative (Signed)

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The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and strove to turn back the growing tide of whites. These frontiersmen are the subjects of Allan Eckert's dramatic history.

Against the background of such names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Arthur St. Clair, Anthony Wayne, Simon Girty and William Henry Harrison, Eckert has recreated the life of one of America's most outstanding heroes, Simon Kenton. Kenton's role in opening the Northwest Territory to settlement more than rivaled that of his friend Daniel Boone. By his eighteenth birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance, his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.

Yet there is another story to The Frontiersmen. It is equally the story of one of history's greatest leaders, whose misfortune was to be born to a doomed cause and a dying race. Tecumseh, the brilliant Shawnee chief, welded together by the sheer force of his intellect and charisma an incredible Indian confederacy that came desperately close to breaking the thrust of the white man's westward expansion. Like Kenton, Tecumseh was the paragon of his people's virtues, and the story of his life, in Allan Eckert's hands, reveals most profoundly the grandeur and the tragedy of the American Indian.

No less importantly, The Frontiersmen is the story of wilderness America itself, its penetration and settlement, and it is Eckert's particular grace to be able to evoke life and meaning from the raw facts of this story. In The Frontiersmen not only do we care about our long-forgotten fathers, we live again with them. Researched for seven years, The Frontiersmen is the first in Mr. Eckert's "The Winning of America" series.

Signed Second Printing in DJ protector, DJ in Very Good condition, some edge rubbing and small paper loss at top corners. VG/VG

Gabriel Tolliver: A Story of Reconstruction

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New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1902. 1st edition. No dust jacket; red blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; edges frayed; corners bumped; evidence of repair to front hinge; inscription to former owner in ink on ffep; t.e.g.; deckled edges; text clean. G-

George Crile: An Autobiography

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Internationally acclaimed as a surgeon and brilliant researcher, particularly in the therapy of shock, Dr. George Crile was one of the dynamic personalities of our time, both in private and professional life. Following his death in 1943, Grace Crile brought together her husband's voluminous autobiographical writings to form this illustrated, two-volume work, adding important sidelights on a distinguished career that included experiences in two wars, travels through Europe and Asia, expeditions to Africa and Alaska, and association with notables in both medical and non-medical fields.

1st edition, inscribed by Grace Crile; 2 volumes; volume 2 has dj in protective mylar cover; dj has many tears, but all text is legible; red cloth with black and gilt decoration on spines; binding tight; text clean and bright.

Giles Goat-Boy or, The Revised New Syllabus (USED)

Giles Goat-Boy or, The Revised New Syllabus

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In this outrageously farcical adventure, hero  George Giles sets out to conquer the terrible  Wescac computer system that threatens to  destroy his community in this brilliant  "fantasy of theology, sociology, and sex" (Time).

1st edition. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; rear cover stained at top; small sticker affixed to author photo on jacket rear; black cloth; text clean and bright. G/G

God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of "Academic Freedom" (USED)

God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of "Academic Freedom"

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"For God, for country, and for Yale... in that order," William F. Buckley Jr. wrote as the dedication of his monumental work—a compendium of knowledge that still resonates within the halls of the Ivy League university that tried to cover up its political and religious bias. 

In 1951, a twenty-five-year-old Yale graduate published his first book, which exposed the "extraordinarily irresponsible educational attitude" that prevailed at his alma mater. The book, God and Man at Yale, rocked the academic world and catapulted its young author, William F. Buckley Jr. into the public spotlight. Now, half a century later, read the extraordinary work that began the modern conservative movement.

Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1951. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; 1/4" missing from head of spine; 1" missing from bottom of spine; edges worn; corners chipped; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; spine head and tail faded from sun in two areas where jacket is torn; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G-

Golden  Compass  (His  Dark  Materials,  Book  One)  (1st  edition))
Golden  Compass  (His  Dark  Materials,  Book  One)  (1st  edition))
Golden  Compass  (His  Dark  Materials,  Book  One)  (1st  edition))
Golden  Compass  (His  Dark  Materials,  Book  One)  (1st  edition))

Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book One) (1st edition)

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1st American edition; dust jacket in protective cover; no visible defects to dj; dark blue cloth over dark blue boards; covers scuffed; spine has areas of rubbing; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/VG+

Gossamer  (Signed  1st  edition)
Gossamer  (Signed  1st  edition)

Gossamer (Signed 1st edition)

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"Walter Lorraine Books" Signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; very small closed tear at top of rear cover; gray cloth with embossed design on cover and silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Great Battles of the World (USED)
Great Battles of the World (USED)

Great Battles of the World

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American author Stephen Crane began writing early in life, and was already a published author by the age of sixteen. Among Crane's best known works is The Red Badge of Courage, which was influenced by his own experiences in military school and personal contact with Civil-War veterans. Crane died in 1900 at the age twenty-eight of tuberculosis, but had a significant and lasting impact on twentieth-century literature, influencing early modernist writers such as Ernest Hemingway.

Great Battles of the World, published in 1900, is a book in which Crane discusses some of the most famous battles that he researched.

Illustrated by John Sloan. Red cloth, embossed decoration and lettering in gilt and silver on cover; gilt lettering on spine; t.e.g.; small spot on top of fore-edge; hinges weak. G

Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1st edition)
Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1st edition)

Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1st edition)

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Don Robertson was a true Clevelander. He was born and raised in Cleveland, and after stints in the Army and one year at Harvard, he returned to Cleveland and attended Case Western Reserve University for one year. He then became a reporter and columnist for The Plain Dealer (1950-1955 and 1963-1966), The Cleveland News (1957–1959), and The Cleveland Press (1968–1982). He wrote 18 published novels, most of which took place in Cleveland and the fictional town of Paradise Falls, Ohio. Robertson is probably best known for his trio of novels featuring Morris Bird III: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1965), The Sum and Total of Now (1966), and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1970). Set in Cleveland between 1944 and 1953, each of the three novels revolves around a major event in the city’s history: the East Ohio Gas explosion, the Indians winning the pennant, and the Korean War. Reviewers compared the trilogy to the works of Mark Twain, Booth Tarkington and J. D. Salinger.

The first of the Morris Bird III trilogy, The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, takes place on a quiet autumn afternoon in 1944, when nine-year-old Morris Bird III decides to visit a friend who lives on the other side of town. He grabs the handle of his red wagon and, with his little sister in tow, begins an incredible pilgrimage across Cleveland . . . and out of childhood forever. Set against the backdrop of one of the worst industrial disasters in American history, Don Robertson's enduring, beloved masterwork is a remarkable story of destiny, bravery, and responsibility.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges chipped and creased; head of spine has 1" piece missing from top; red cloth with black image of wagon embossed on front bottom; endpapers lightly tanned; former owner's name in pencil on ffep. G/G-