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

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

Diary  of  a  Witch
Diary  of  a  Witch

Diary of a Witch

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From rear cover: "The intimate story of Sybil Leek, world-famous medium, astrologer, ghost hunter, psychic and witch, revealed in fascinating detail and awesome candor in the most phenomenally spellbinding memoir of the decade!"

First printing mass market paperback. Price sticker affixed to upper right corner of front cover; spine is lightly creased, but binding is tight and covers are firmly attached; rear cover has two small scuff marks; inside covers toned with age; text clean. Scarce in such good condition. VG

Dine  Bahane  (Signed  1st  edition)
Dine  Bahane  (Signed  1st  edition)
Dine  Bahane  (Signed  1st  edition)

Dine Bahane (Signed 1st edition)

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University of New Mexico Press, 1984. 1st edition; inscribed by author on ffep; dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine chipped and creased; edges worn and creased; blue cloth with black lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/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


Down  and  Out  in  Paris  and  London
Down  and  Out  in  Paris  and  London
Down  and  Out  in  Paris  and  London
Down  and  Out  in  Paris  and  London

Down and Out in Paris and London

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This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

Scarce early edition, published by Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961. Dust jacket in protective cover; small vertical tears and chips; price clipped; orange cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers lightly foxed; former owner's name in ink on ffep; binding tight; text clean. G+/G+

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-

Dustoff:  The  Memoir  of  an  Army  Aviator  (Signed  1st  edition)

Dustoff: The Memoir of an Army Aviator (Signed 1st edition)

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Novosel, a Medal of Honor winning army aviator, has quite a story to tell. He started his military career before Pearl Harbor, enlisting in the Army Air Corps, talking himself into the aviation cadet program although he was too short. He flew in the Pacific near the very end of WWII, and signed on f

Presidio, 1999. 1st edition. Inscribed by author on ffep. Dust jacket in protective cover; front flap has light crease at bottom; black cloth with gilt letters on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

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