Special Editions and Rare Finds

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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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

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 in Las Vegas (1st paperback editioin)

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This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Popular Library, 1st paperback edition. Some creases; former owner's name in ink inside front cover.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1st paperback printing)

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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.

Popular Library, 1st paperback printing. VG

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 Stradman.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)

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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.

VG with tight binding, minimal wear to edges of cover and DJ, water stain at bottom of DJ spine, minimal yellowing to DJ.


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-

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1st edition, 1st printing, with 1st state dust jacket)

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In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls.

The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First edition, first printing ("A"). Dust jacket first state with no photographer's name; price intact; dj in fair condition with chips and tears; head of spine torn. Original tan cloth with red and black stamped spine; endpapers darkened; previous owner's bookplate on ffep; small stain at top of first 3 free endpapers. Binding tight; text clean. G/G-

Forty Singing Seamen and Other Poems

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Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1930; designed and decorated by Elizabeth MacKinstry; no dj; decorated boards with black cloth spine; paper label on spine rubbed; head of spine pulled; some tanning to covers; illustrated endpapers; binding good; text and illustrations clean and bright. G

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, illustrated by Lynd Ward

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Nearly 200 years ago, a teenager dreamt of a scientist who experimented with restoring life to the dead. Encouraged by her literary-minded friends, she expanded her fantasy into a gripping story that became the epitome of the Gothic novel. Mary Shelley's suspenseful narrative of a misbegotten monster's revenge resounds with compelling questions about ambition, responsibility, and other issues that continue to enthrall modern readers.

Acclaimed as both the first modern horror novel and the first science-fiction novel, Frankenstein has inspired numerous interpretations. This magnificently illustrated edition features the complete wood engravings by graphic artist Lynd Ward. A master of woodcut technique, Ward combined elements of Art Deco and German Expressionism in his images. His unusual perspectives and dramatic light-and-dark contrasts offer the perfect complement to Shelley's moody masterpiece.

New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1934. White cloth with color illustration on front and black lettering on spine; spine tanned and scuffed; very light fraying at top of spine; covers lightly soiled; endpapers tanned; binding tight; text and illustrations clean and bright. G+

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

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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)

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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-

Gentle Giants: A Book of Newfoundlands

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Gentle Giants: A Book of Newfoundlands is Bruce Weber's loving 1994 tribute to his beloved "Rowdy," the breed itself, and the owners that love them. If you own a Newf, or more aptly are or were owned by one of these saliva slinging bears, this book is for you. Impeccably designed and printed in gravure, it includes text by the author-photographer, the original poem "A Newfound Prayer" by Patti Smith, and brief quotes from Eugene O'Neill, Carl Sandburg, Will James, Zane Grey, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, and Joseph Conrad.

Bulfinch Press, 1994. 1st edition. Photo-illustrated boards with blue cloth spine; spine lightly faded; binding sound; text and photos clean and bright. VG

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

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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

Girl with the Golden Eyes [La Fille aux Yeux d'Or]

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The Girl with the Golden Eyes contains some of Balzac's most intense observations of 19th Century Parisian society. It tells the story of a beautiful young woman seduced by a servant of a secret society known as "The Thirteen."

This sumptuously-illustrated edition was privately printed at the "Sign of the Peacock" - The Peacock Press, Chicago, 1928. Translated by Ernest Dowson; illustrated by Donald Denton. No dust jacket/slip case; gilt decorated black cloth; edges lightly worn; endpapers tanned; deckled edges; thick paper; each full-page color illustration has a web-patterned gold tissue guard and is followed by same illustration in black and white; binding tight; text clean. G+

Give Us This Day

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Give Us This Day is a poetic and imaginative ode to the American farmer and to the bounty of the land which sustains us all. Illustrated with ten full-page drawings in chalk by the author, it is a glorification of agriculture by a nationally respected woodcut artist.

New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. 1st ed. Dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn and chipped; light red ink stain running vertically on front cover; evidence of tape repair at head of spine; rust cloth with navy blue lettering on spine; head of spine frayed; corners bumped; illustrated endpapers; binding good; text clean and bright. G/G

Goat Island Journal 1993 (Artist's Book)

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Limited edition artist's book; designed, printed, cut and bound by Carol Schwartzott; handset and printed letterpress by John P. Lathourakis of Tabula Rasa Press. Signed by artist and printer; no. 6 of 20 copies; fold-out; in handmade paper slipcase. VG

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 Age (1st edition)

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The Golden Age is a collection of Kenneth Grahame's reminiscences of childhood, notable for their conception of a world where children are locked in perpetual warfare with the adult "Olympians" who have wholly forgotten how it feels to be young - a theme later explored by J. M. Barrie and other authors.

1st U.S. edition, with the date of 1900 on the title page, but with a John Lane Copyright 1899, The University Press U.S.A. on the CR page. 18 black and white plates by Maxfield Parrish; no dj; maroon cloth with gilt design on cover; some shelf wear to top of spine and corners; former owner's bookplates on pastedown; t.e.g.; deckled edges; text clean. VG

Good Medicine: Memories of the Real West (USED)

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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)

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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-

Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (Signed 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 Greatest Thing That Almost Happened concludes the story of Morris Bird III. Now, at seventeen, he's on the verge of adulthood . . . and he's fallen in love. It's 1952 and the Korean War hangs over his head like a dangling sword, and his prickly, complicated relationship with his cold and silent father has never been satisfactorily resolved. When Morris's own mortality stares him in the face, he learns what it truly means to become a man.

Signed first edition; dust jacket in protective cover; light creasing along bottom of rear cover; flaps scotch-taped to endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (Signed 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 Greatest Thing That Almost Happened concludes the story of Morris Bird III. Now, at seventeen, he's on the verge of adulthood . . . and he's fallen in love. It's 1952 and the Korean War hangs over his head like a dangling sword, and his prickly, complicated relationship with his cold and silent father has never been satisfactorily resolved. When Morris's own mortality stares him in the face, he learns what it truly means to become a man.


Signed first edition; dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine has small tear at top; edges chipped and tanned; some creases; red cloth over green boards; binding tight; text clean. VG/G

Greyfriars Bobby

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In real life, Greyfriar's Bobby was a Skye terrier who was made famous in 19th century Scotland for sitting on his master's grave for many years. He became so well known that the Edinburgh authorities built a statue of him. Atkinson's heartwarming 1912 novel is told from the point of view of the dog.

New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1912. First American Edition. Gray-blue cloth with gilt-encircled image of dog on cover; lettering in white, outlined in black, on cover; gilt lettering on spine; no dj; spine worn; covers lightly soiled; front hinge weak; frontispiece with tissue guard; text clean and bright. G

Gulag: A History

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The Gulag--the vast array of Soviet concentration camps--was a system of repression and punishment whose rationalized evil and institutionalized inhumanity were rivaled only by the Holocaust.
The Gulag entered the world's historical consciousness in 1972, with the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's epic oral history of the Soviet camps, "The Gulag Archipelago." Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, dozens of memoirs and new studies covering aspects of that system have been published in Russia and the West. Using these new resources as well as her own original historical research, Anne Applebaum has now undertaken, for the first time, a fully documented history of the Soviet camp system, from its origins in the Russian Revolution to its collapse in the era of glasnost. It is an epic feat of investigation and moral reckoning that places the Gulag where it belongs: at the center of our understanding of the troubled history of the twentieth century.
Anne Applebaum first lays out the chronological history of the camps and the logic behind their creation, enlargement, and maintenance. The Gulag was first put in place in 1918 after the Russian Revolution. In 1929, Stalin personally decided to expand the camp system, both to use forced labor to accelerate Soviet industrialization and to exploit the natural resources of the country's barely habitable far northern regions. By the end of the 1930s, labor camps could be found in all twelve of the Soviet Union's time zones. The system continued to expand throughout the war years, reaching its height only in the early 1950s. From 1929 until the death of Stalin in 1953, some 18 million people passed through this massive system. Of these 18 million, it is estimated that 4.5 million never returned.
But the Gulag was not just an economic institution. It also became, over time, a country within a country, almost a separate civilization, with its own laws, customs, literature, folklore, slang, and morality. Topic by topic, Anne Applebaum also examines how life was lived within this shadow country: how prisoners worked, how they ate, where they lived, how they died, how they survived. She examines their guards and their jailers, the horrors of transportation in empty cattle cars, the strange nature of Soviet arrests and trials, the impact of World War II, the relations between different national and religious groups, and the escapes, as well as the extraordinary rebellions that took place in the 1950s. She concludes by examining the disturbing question why the Gulag has remained relatively obscure, in the historical memory of both the former Soviet Union and the West.
"Gulag: A History" will immediately be recognized as a landmark work of historical scholarship and an indelible contribution to the complex, ongoing, necessary quest for truth.

Gutter in the Sky

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From the cover: "This is not the first time that thieves, murders, smugglers, pimps and whores have invested the pages of a novel. What makes this book unusual is that in it the underworld moves into literature as a legitimate segment of our society. Characters such as Divine, Mimosa, Darling and Gabriel have, hitherto, always appeared in the wrong, under a shadow which completely cut off their humanity from ours. With the publication of THE GUTTER IN THE SKY - the fastest selling book in Europe today - they appear justified in their own light. Chiefly because their author - who stepped out of a lifetime of imprisonment into international literary fame - is one of them and loves them as they are. Genet loves his extravert and intravert, sex-normal and sex-perverted criminals as much as Victor Hugo loved his saints. In the works of Genet the gutter suddenly appears before us in the full bloom of its natural colors."

Philadelphia: Andre Levy, 1955. Dust jacket in protective cover; edges lightly creased; gray cloth with gilt decoration on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Halo in Brass: A Paul Pine Mystery

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It started as a routine case for Paul Pine, just a job for a friend, the job of finding Laura Fremont, a girl who went to Chicago from Lincoln, Nebraska, and stopped writing her parents. But even before he left the land of the cornhuskers, Pine had been knocked cold and was involved in a murder.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; bottom inside corner of front cover missing; edges shelf worn and chipped; red cloth with gold lettering on cover and spine; water damage to inside rear cover. G-/G-

Hangsaman (1st UK edition)

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Shirley Jackson's chilling second novel, based on her own experiences and an actual mysterious disappearance

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946.

Shirley Jackson's second novel; 1st English printing, published in London by Victor Gollancz Ltd. Blue cloth, spine faded; head torn; corners rubbed and bent; gutter loose between pages 186-187; text clean. G-

Harold and Maude (1st edition)

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Nineteen-year-old Harold Chasen is obsessed with death. He fakes suicides to shock his self-obsessed mother, drives a hearse, and attends funerals of complete strangers. Seventy-nine-year-old Maude Chardin, on the other hand, adores life. She liberates trees from city sidewalks and transplants them to the forest, paints smiles on the faces of church statues, and "borrows" cars to remind their owners that life is fleeting-here today, gone tomorrow! A chance meeting between the two turns into a madcap, whirlwind romance, and Harold learns that life is worth living, and how to play the banjo. Harold and Maude started as Colin Higgins's master's thesis at UCLA Film School. He was working as a pool boy when Paramount purchased the script. The 1971 film, directed by Hal Ashby, bombed. But then this quirky, dark comedy began being shown on college campuses and at midnight-movie theaters, and it gained a loyal cult following. In 1997 it was selected for inclusion on the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. This novelization was published shortly after the film's release. Even fans who have seen the movie dozens of times will find this companion valuable, as it gives fresh elements to watch for and answers many of the film's unresolved questions. Colin Higgins was a screenwriter, director, and producer of films that included Harold and Maude, Silver Streak, 9 to 5, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He died in 1988.

First edition; dust jacket in protective cover; no tears; one very small crease at top corner of front flap; off-white cloth with red flower design on front cover and red lettering on spine; red endpapers; former owner name on ffep. VG/VG

Harpo Speaks!

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"This is a riotous story which is reasonably mad and as accurate as a Marx brother can make it. Despite only a year and a half of schooling, Harpo, or perhaps his collaborator, is the best writer of the Marx Brother. Highly recommended." Library Journal

"A funny, affectionate and unpretentious autobiography done with a sharply professional assist from Rowland Barber." New York Times Book Review

Bernard Geis Associates, 1961, stated First Printing.  Dust jacket in protective cover; dj has tears and creases; spine tanned; covers soiled and scuffed; edges tanned; blue cloth spine over light blue boards speckled with red and yellow; gilt lettering on spine; spine edges pulled; hinges weak; binding floppy in middle; text and photos clean. G/G-

Harriet Tubman

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The Associated Publishers, 1943; green cloth scuffed, light internal staining.  Library markings otherwise.  Good-

Harv (Signed 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).


Although Robertson declares on his title page that Harv is a novel, its first chapter admits that the book is a loose collection of stories. In 40 anecdotes Harv describes the progress of his life from toilet training at age two to the blindness which forces him to return to diapers at age 65. In the meantime, he proposes to a prostitute who befriends him, falls into the grave at a funeral, saves kittens from freezing, and eventually marries the childhood girlfriend who knocked out two of his teeth. Harv frequently combines bawdy humor with nostalgia and tenderness. [Library Journal, 1985]

Cleveland: John T. Zubal, Inc. Publishers, 1985. Signed by author. F/F

Heat of the Day

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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 The Heat of the Day, Elizabeth Bowen brilliantly recreates the tense and dangerous atmosphere of London during the bombing raids of World War II. Many people have fled the city, and those who stayed behind find themselves thrown together in an odd intimacy born of crisis. Stella Rodney is one of those who chose to stay. But for her, the sense of impending catastrophe becomes acutely personal when she discovers that her lover, Robert, is suspected of selling secrets to the enemy, and that the man who is following him wants Stella herself as the price of his silence. Caught between these two men, not sure whom to believe, Stella finds her world crumbling as she learns how little we can truly know of those around us.

1st edition, second impression; no dj; small scuffed area on front cover; slight cant to binding; former owner's name on ffep; text clean. G

Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1st edition)

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Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.
 
“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again.”
 
Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson’s vivid account of his experiences with California’s most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, “For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work.” As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell’s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.

Second printing; dust jacket in protective cover; some scuffing and small closed tears; black cloth with silver embossed motorcycle and rider design on front cover; red and silver lettering on spine; binding good; text clean. G+/G

Herbert Huncke Reader

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Herbert Huncke's most enduring contribution to the Beat Generation was not his use of drugs or his easy attitude toward the law. What most captivated the Beats was his extraordinary ability to relate his life story in pared-down, unaffected prose. It inspired them to create a new type of literature, free of constraint and self-consciousness. Huncke's work is a vital part of Beat literature, but until now it has remained relatively unknown. The Herbert Huncke Reader includes the full texts of Huncke's long-out-of-print classics Huncke's Journal and The Evening Sun Turned Crimson, excerpts from his autobiography, Guilty of Everything, and a wide selection from his unpublished letters and diaries.

Hercules, My Shipmate

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The author of I, Claudius puts his own twist on the myth of the Argonauts’ quest for the Golden Fleece: “A tour de force . . . A richly tapestried epic” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
An inventive reimagining of the story of Jason and the Argonauts, this novel by renowned poet and classicist Robert Graves brings heroic figures of Hellenistic myth to life. Graves’s Jason is belligerent, energetic, and full of life, and the society Graves builds for him is outlandish and deeply invested in ancient cults.
 
Against this primitive, religious backdrop, the charismatic Jason assembles a crew and sets out to retrieve the sacred gold-trimmed fleece that is sacred to Zeus, and that has been stolen by worshippers of the Triple Goddess. Accompanying him is Hercules, a brave warrior known more for his brawn, and his astonishingly good luck, than his brains. Robert Graves builds a compelling world that sets Hellenistic magic and mystery in a surprisingly gritty, realistic setting, a fascinating read for fans of Greek mythology.
 
“A witty historical novel with much insider’s lore on cult and ritual.” —The New York Review of Books
 
“Richly readable, thoroughly classical yet individually interpreted, this is a labor of love important to students, culture-seekers and readers.” —Library Journal

New York: Creative Age Press, 1945. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine missing 1/2"; closed 2" vertical tear repaired on the inside with tape; edges creased and worn; corners bumped and chipped; tan cloth with turquoise and gilt on cover and spine; cover soiled; maps on endpapers; library stamp on ffep and rear pastedown; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Here Let Us Feast: A Book of Banquets

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The celebrated author of such books as The Art of Eating, The Cooking of Provincial France, and With Bold Knife and Fork, Fisher knows how to prepare a feast of reading as no other. Excerpting descriptions of bountiful meals from classic works of British and American literature, Fisher weaves them into a profound discussion of feasting.

She also traces gluttony through the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and claims that the story of a nation's life is charted by its gastronomy. M.F.K. Fisher has arranged everything perfectly, and the result is a succession of unforgettable courses that will entice the most reluctant epicure.

Viking Press, 1946. 1st edition. No dust jacket; blue cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; spine faded and scuffed; corners bumped; remnants of scotch tape on pastedown and ffep. G

Hermann Hesse Ephemera Collection

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This collection consists of correspondence and related ephemera between Harvey Buchanan, the late Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, and Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse.

Inventory:

  • 6 envelopes/small packets, each containing small, privately printed chapbooks of stories by Hesse, signed by Hesse. Some envelopes/packets also contain small watercolor postcards done by Hesse (1956-1960)
  • One small hardcover book, Hermann Hesse: Aquarelle aus dem Tessin, by Zwolf Farbige Bildtafeln (Baden-Baden; Woldemar Klein, 1955). Scarce in this hardcover edition. Dust jacket in original glassine wrapper; signed by Hesse on ffep; postcard signed by Hesse laid in. VG/VG
  • One folder of correspondence regarding Buchanan’s translation of Hesse’s "Morgenlandfahrt" and its serialization in Shenandoah magazine (1950-1957)
  • Miscellaneous items, including postcard from colleague and preprint of journal article. 

Collection is in cardboard enclosure; all items in Good to Very Good condition.

High Sierra

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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. High Sierra, published in 1940 and made into a movie in 1941 starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart, tells the story of notorious criminal "Mad Dog" Roy Earle.

1st edition; gorgeous dust jacket with drawing by Bob Smith; dj in protective mylar cover; 1" tear at head of spine; spine creased; edges and corners shelfworn; orange cloth with blue decoration and lettering on cover and spine; edges darkened; covers lightly soiled; endpapers foxed; text clean. G-/G- 

History of the Standard Oil Company (Scarce!)

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Very rare first edition of the groundbreaking exposé of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Trust by journalist Ida Tarbell. This seminal example of muckraking first appeared as a nineteen part serialization in McClure's Magazine and is credited with the hastening of the breakup of Standard Oil, which was found to be in violation of antitrust laws.

New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1904. Two volumes; red cloth; blind stamped on cover; gilt lettering on spine; head and tail of spine beginning to fray; covers lightly soiled; bookplate of former owner on pastedown; text clean and bright. VG

Hollywood and LeVine

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A trip to the West Coast lands Jack LeVine in a tangled Hollywood murder web
After nearly a decade of churning out hits, Warner Bros. screenwriter Walter Adrian wants a raise on his weekly $2,500 salary. He thinks a thousand dollars more is fair—but the studio’s counteroffer is low, and dropping fast. Something is wrong, and he thinks it may have to do with communism. Though he insists he isn’t a Red, Adrian has no way of proving it. He flees to New York to ask the advice of high school buddy Jack LeVine, private eye. LeVine is broke, and has no sympathy for his wealthy friend, but he agrees to fly West to investigate his old classmate’s trouble. When he arrives, Adrian hangs dead from the gallows at the Western set on the Warners’ backlot. Behind his friend’s death LeVine finds a shadowy Cold War conspiracy, and a city far darker than anything Hollywood puts on screen.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; price clipped; minor shelf wear to spine and bottom front edge; red boards with white cloth spine, black lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Horses I Have Known

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Fourteen short stories capture the quirky and peculiar behavior of horses, both good and ornery. You'll meet buckers, tricksters, and trusted partners: Bearcat is not just a plain crazy hardheaded bucker...but a wise, coolheaded cross between a whirlwind and a ton of brick, Joker is full of old nick and plenty of snorts, and Little Eagle is the seeing eye for a blind cowboy. First published in 1940, Horses I Have Known contains some of Will James' most acclaimed short stories.

World Publishing; Forum Books Edition, 1st printing, 1945; dj protected; top and bottom of spine chipped; top edge chipped; covers lightly soiled and tanned; red cloth with black lettering; water damage to bottom of spine and spine edges of covers; the red color from cloth binding has stained inside bottom of spine of dust jacket; binding good; text clean; illustrated by author. G/G

Hotel Splendide

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Best known as the author/illustrator of the Madeline books, Ludwig Bemelmans worked in top hotels such as the Ritz during his younger years. This collection of autobiographical stories depicts Bemelmans' life at the Hotel Splendide -- a thinly disguised version of the Ritz Hotel.

New York: The Viking Press, 1941. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; two light creases on front cover near text edge; head of spine and top corner slightly chipped; gray cloth stamped in blue; all edges orange; pictorial endpapers; illustrated throughout by the author; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

How It Was (Signed 1st edition)

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From the dust jacket: "The vibrant, spirited woman who was married to Ernest Hemingway for fifteen years now gives us the whole story of her life, and of their life, in a book whose concreteness and immediacy make us know--make us understand--how it was. She gives us the person she was: her Huck Finn childhood, growing up in a sunny clapboard house in a small Minnesota town, summering on lakes and rivers with her handsome, iconoclastic, adored father...her years as a reporter (in Chicago, working for the toughest woman's-page editor in the business; in London, for Lord Beaverbrook; in Paris, for Time)...her brief marriage to an Australian newspaperman... Her first glimpse of Hemingway (she's at lunch with Irwin Shaw. Ernest ambles over: "Introduce to me to your friend, Shaw"). And two short meetings later: "I don't know you, Mary. But I want to marry you." ...Their first days in Paris. Mary enthralled by him, yet nervous, "feeling the heat of his exuberance melting my identity away"...Their first fight (Marlene Dietrich pleads for him: "He is good. He is responsible. He's a fascinating man. You could have a good life, better than being a reporter.") ...Their marriage in Cuba...The Finca where they lived their "own special crazy good life" (guests in endless relays, feasts, the halcyon days fishing aboard their beloved Pilar, nonstop talk, nonstop daiquiris)...Their compromises and quarrels and lovings... Ernest at the race track, showering Mary's baffled, puritanical mother with his winnings...Mary, helping as best she could through the turmoils that marked the writings of ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES, THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, and A MOVABLE FEAST...."

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; edges tanned; black cloth; pictorial endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

How to Wrap Five Eggs, Japanese Design in Traditional Packaging

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Traditional Japanese packaging is an art form that applies sophisticated design and natural aesthetics to simple objects. In this elegant presentation of the baskets, boxes, wrappers, and containers that were used in ordinary, day-to-day life, we are offered a stunning example of a time before mass production. Largely constructed of bamboo, rice straw, hemp twine, paper, and leaves, all of the objects shown here are made from natural materials. Through 221 black-and-white photographs of authentic examples of traditional Japanese packaging—with commentary on the origins, materials, and use of each piece—the items here offer a look into a lost art, while also reminding us of the connection to nature and the human imprint of handwork that was once so alive and vibrant in our everyday lives.

First Edition for the United States published by Harper and Row in 1967, after the original Japanese edition of 1965.  Written by Hide Yuki Oka, foreword by George Nelson, photography by Michikazu Sakai.  Traditional elegant designs for packaging ordinary objects in Japan reflect their time and culture.  4to, 203 pages, full page illustrations in exquisite black and white, dust jacket with protective cover, glossy white with blind embossing on front hardcover, bump to right lower edge, interior fine.  VG/VG.

Humanities

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John Vassos (1898-1985) was an industrial designer and artist whose designs helped define the shape of radio, television, broadcasting equipment, and computers. He is best known for creating the iconic turnstile for the Perey company, which is still in use in some subway stations. He also designed radios and televisions for RCA.

Vassos gained acclaim as an illustrator before he was an industrial designer, and his iconic subjective illustrations were influenced by cinema and reflected cubist and constructivist, geometrical styles. They were often in black and white gouache (opaque watercolor) and well suited for reproduction in mass media.

Humanities, published in 1934, features his masterful illustrations with text by his wife, Ruth Vassos. 1st edition; no dust jacket; blue cloth with black lettering; front has areas of tanning from sun damage; spine edges frayed; corners bumped; binding good; text clean and bright. G+

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Hunt for Red October (1st edition, 2nd printing)

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Tom Clancy's rich imagination and his remarkable grasp of the capabilities of advanced technology give this novel an amazing ring of authenticity. It is a thriller with a new twist, a "military procedural" with an ingenious, tightly woven plot that revolves around the defection of a Soviet nuclear submarine--the USSR's newest and most valuable ship, with its most trusted and skilled officer at the helm.

A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The entire Soviet Atlantic Fleet is ordered to hunt down the submarine and destroy her at all costs. The Americans are determined to find her first and get her safely to port in the intelligence coups of all time. But the Red October has a million square miles of ocean to hide in and a new silent propulsion system that is impossible to detect. Or is it?

Her daring and cunning captain, Marko Ramius, thinks so. The commander of the Soviet's fastest attack submarine, however, is confident that he will find his prey. And Bart Mancuso, the aggressive commander of the U.S. Navy attack sub the Dallas, is counting on the sensitive ears of his resourceful young sonar operator to identify Red October's unique sound print and track her down.

The nerve-wracking hunt goes on for eighteen days as the Red October stealthily eludes her hunters across 4,000 miles of ocean. But just short of Ramius's objective, his submarine converges with the others in a rousing climax that is one of the most thrilling underwater scenes ever written. Can the start of all-out war be avoided? The outcome is clear only on the very last pages.

Naval Institute Press, 1st edition, 2nd printing, 1984. Dust jacket in protective cover; red cloth with white lettering on spine. VG/VG

I Am Not Spock (1st mass market paperback)

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Leonard Nimoy, the actor, recounts his experiences acting the role of Mr. Spock, Star Trek's unflappable Vulcan, his reactions to his fame, and his continuing identification with Spock

Del Rey, 1977, first Ballantine Books edition. Mass market paperback.  VG++

I Love You I Love You I Love You

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While better known as the author and illustrator of the Madeline books for children, Ludwig Bemelmans also wrote for adults. This collection of quirky, semi-autobiographical stories about travel, life, and love, is illustrated by the author.

New York: The Viking Press, 1942. 1st edition. Illustrated throughout by the author. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; price clipped; head of spine and top corners chipped; spine faded; yellow cloth stamped in pink; top edge pink; pictorial endpapers; endpapers tanned; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG-/VG-

Iconologia

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Baskin's illustrated essays are his homage to the artists for whom he feels not only kinship but a deep and singular dedication. These are his companions, his exemplars in the lonely agony of creation, and each portrait seemingly imbues him with the attributes of his subject. Written in a style as complex and idiosyncratic as his art, the essays offer Baskin's insights into the spirit and passion of figures from Rembrandt to Eakins, Anne Allen to Paula Modersohn Becker. Though technical details, biographical facts, and quotes from authorities are included, the book is an intense and essentially personal celebration of creativity at times so strangely religious that it might best be described as a book of devotions. Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum Lib., New York (Library Journal, 1988)

1st U.S. edition; dust jacket lightly soiled; spine lightly faded; red cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and spine; edges slightly faded; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Idylls of the King

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New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1902; 31 illustrations in photogravure reproduced from the original designs of Gustave Dore; reprint of the original Moxon folio edition; Margaret Armstrong cover design in gilt on navy blue cloth; light shelf wear; corners lightly bumped; front hinge weak; text clean and bright. G

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

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

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

In Memory of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems

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Not only was Frank O'Hara (1926-1966) one of the most important American poets of his generation, he was also intimately involved with the art world of the 1950s and 1960s, a time when New York had become the cultural capital of the world. As an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara organized a series of important exhibitions, notably of the work of Franz Kline and of Robert Motherwell. In Memory of My Feelings explores this key period in modern art by presenting artists who were associated with O'Hara and whose seminal works are reflected in his poetry.

Limited edition, number 981/2500; published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1967; 30 poems illustrated by 30 artists, on gathered sheets in portfolio and slipcase as issued; top of slipcase soiled; front and top of slipcase lightly foxed; light foxing on cloth edge of front cover; inside is clean and bright. G+/G

In Our Terribleness (Some Elements and Meaning in Black Style)

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Amiri Baraka was a poet and co-founder of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960's. He collaborated with photographer Fundi (Billy Abernathy) to create In Our Terribleness, a poetic-photographic essay that "both re-creates and defines black life for the black reader" (New York Times, February 14, 1971). This unique book combines elements of poetry, photography, and art. As Ron Welborn wrote in the New York Times, "Couched in the language of the streets and intoned with the rhythms of jazz, it is both an expression and evocation of the rudiments of blackness."

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1970. Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Fundi (Billy Abernathy). 1st printing. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; creased with several tears, some repaired with scotch tape; 1/2" at head of spine missing; corners worn; black cloth with silver lettering on spine; bottom corners bumped; gift inscription facing page 5; all elements intact, including mirror on page 5; text clean and bright. Scarce. G+/G-

In Touch with Space and Other Poems

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Privately published by The Phillips Exeter Academy Press, 1967; softcover with original glassine wrapper; inscribed by author on ffep. VG

Iron Man

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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.

Iron Man features tough fighter Coke Mason. He’s got a great left hook, and he can take the punishment. His manager George Regan knows all his strengths and weaknesses—hell, they’ve known each other since they were kids--and uses them to his advantage to get Coke fired up before every fight. Coke is headed for the top. But he’s got one weakness that Regan can’t use—Coke’s love for Rose, his manipulative wife. Rose has Coke twisted around her finger so tight, Coke can’t see straight. But that doesn’t bother Coke. Whatever Rose wants is okay with him. Until suave hustler Paul Lewis enters the scene, with a proposition of his own.

1st printing, published by The Dial Press, New York, 1930; powerful dust jacket by Edna Reindel; dj in protective mylar cover; spine and corners chipped; top edges of dj foxed; blue boards with gilt lettering on spine; spine faded; top front corner has small water stain; inscription on front free endpaper; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G-

It Walks By Night

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John Dickson Carr's first novel is a brooding locked room mystery that takes place in Paris. In the smoke-wreathed gloom of a Parisian salon, Inspector Bencolin has summoned his allies to discuss a peculiar case. A would-be murderer, imprisoned for his attempt to kill his wife, has escaped and is known to have visited a plastic surgeon. His whereabouts remain a mystery, though with his former wife poised to marry another, Bencolin predicts his return. Sure enough, the Inspector's worst suspicions are realized when the beheaded body of the new suitor is discovered in a locked room of the salon, with no apparent exit. Bencolin sets off into the Parisian night to unravel the dumbfounding mystery and track down the sadistic killer.

1st edition; no dj; amateur repair to ffep. G-

It's Me O Lord: The Autobiography of Rockwell Kent

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Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was an American painter, printmaker, illustrator, writer, and adventurer. It's Me O Lord is the full autobiography of his exciting life, and it is filled with his incredible illustrations. As an added bonus, a 21-page booklet titled An Index to the Paintings and Illustrations in Rockwell Kent's It's Me O Lord, compiled by Robert Rightmire in 1997 is included with this book.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; some chips and small tears at top edge and corners; front cover has small white and blue splotches on lettering; price clipped; inside front flap has small rust stain; two areas of rust stains on ffep and two areas of rust on rear free endpaper; former owner bookplate on ffep; ink notes made on reare free endpaper; front hinge weak; text clean. G/G

Jackpot: The Short Stories of Erskine Caldwell

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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. Jackpot is a collection of 75 of Erskine Caldwell's best stories, featuring his genius, humour, earthy characters, and the intimate feel of the landscape of the American South.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; corners clipped; top of spine torn; small tears on back cover and back flap repaired with yellowed scotch tape. Dark blue cloth with silver lettering on cover and spine; endpapers browned; gutter torn at title page. G/G-

James Dean: A Biography

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

James Dean: A Biography (Scarce!)

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The first book-length biography of Dean to appear after his death, written by a friend (and former UCLA classmate). Issued simultaneously in paperback, this is the much scarcer hardcover printing. Many years later, Bast published another book, "Surviving James Dean," that touched on certain aspects of the actor's life that were a little too sensitive to be aired in the 1950s. The striking jacket photo of Dean (by Roy Schatt) is also reproduced inside the book. VG/VG

Jewel Merchants: A Comedy in One Act

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

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

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

Jim and Mr. Eddy, A Dixie Motorlogue

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A travelogue recounting Jackson and his wife's roadtrip from Washington, DC, through the Jim Crow South in the late 1920s, documenting their experiences as Black travelers in large cities and small communities across the South. The Associated Publishers, 1930; bookplate of Howard University Library. Good+

John Lennon en Flagrant Delire

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Short stories and poems, and line drawings, often surreal and always nonsensical. The book is notable in that it was the first solo Beatle project in any form.

Simon and Schuster, 1964; in French; illustrated by John Lennon; no dj; cover has photo of John Lennon; spine edges chipped and worn; corners bumped and worn; binding good; text clean and bright. G

Joining Charles 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 during wartime. This collection of short stories is her fifth book.

London: Constable & Co., 1929. 1st edition; no dj; red cloth with blue lettering on cover and spine; spine scuffed with some spotting; top rear edge of spine frayed; front endpapers have two small stains at bottom; small areas of foxing throughout. G-

Journals & Letters of the Little Locksmith

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New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1946. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; front flap clipped; spine tanned; minor shelf wear to edges; green cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine; pictorial endpapers; binding good; text clean. G/G

Journals of Arnold Bennett

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London: Cassell and Company 1932. 1st edition. Edited by Newman Flower. Volume I: 1896-1910; Volume II: 1911-1921. Volume 1 has frontispiece of author; Volume 2 contains four illustrations reproduced from Arnold Bennett's own sketches in his War Journal. Both volumes have dust jacket in protective mylar covers; both dust jackets have minor shelf wear and some warping; gray cloth with gilt on spine; bindings tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Jule

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A first edition with VG dust jacket of one of Henderson's only two novels. George Wylie Henderson was born in 1904 in Warriorstand, Alabama, an unincorporated area of Macon County. He attended the limited and segregated rural school. He went to Tuskegee Institute, where he learned printing as a trade. Henderson moved to New York in the Great Migration and supported himself as a printer for the New York Daily News, also becoming associated with writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Henderson lived in New York City until his death.
Creative Age Press, Inc, NY, 1946. VG/VG

Kiner's Korner: At Bat and On the Air - My 40 Years in Baseball

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The behind-the-scenes story of the wild twenty-five year odyssey of the New York Mets, including their 1986 championship season, as well as an account of the broadcaster's own baseball career.

New York: Arbor House, 1987. Signed first edition.  Dust jacket in protective cover; white cloth spine over blue boards with blue and red lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean. VG/VG

King of the Confessors (Signed 1st edition)

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King of the Confessors is Thomas Hoving's gripping account of the extraordinary events surrounding the Metropolitan Museum of Art's purchase, in 1963, of the magnificent medieval carved walrus ivory cross that the Museum calls 'The Cloisters Cross', but Hoving calls 'The Bury St Edmund Cross'.

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket has very minor shelf wear to spine; maroon cloth over beige boards; gilt lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Kitty: An Autobiography (Signed 1st edition)

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Singer, movie star, actress, wife of the late playwright and director Moss Hart, and a regular on To Tell the Truth, Kitty Carlisle Hart relates stories of the joys and heartbreaks that have shaped her indomitable spirit. Black-and-white photos. 

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; red cloth over tan boards; binding tight; text clean and bright. Like new. VG/VG

Known World (Signed 1st edition)

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From National Book Award-nominated author Edward P. Jones comes a debut novel of stunning emotional depth and unequaled literary power

Henry Townsend, a farmer, boot maker, and former slave, through the surprising twists and unforeseen turns of life in antebellum Virginia, becomes proprietor of his own plantation―as well his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart at their plantation: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love under the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend household, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave “speculators” sell free black people into slavery, and rumors of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years.

An ambitious, courageous, luminously written masterwork, The Known World seamlessly weaves the lives of the freed and the enslaved―and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery. The Known World not only marks the return of an extraordinarily gifted writer, it heralds the publication of a remarkable contribution to the canon of American classic literature.

Inscribed first edition in near fine condition.

Last Flight

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Amelia Earhart's own story of her flight around the world, which ended in her tragic disappearance somewhere in mid-Pacific. As she completed each stage of her journey, Earhart sent back personal letters and her diaries, which have been compiled and arranged by George Palmer Putnam.

Original red cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; dust jacket has light foxing on flaps, in protective mylar cover. End papers have decorative maps; photographs throughout. VG/G

Let Us Have Faith

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The woman whose life story is a demonstration of the power of faith, here makes eloquent plea for the evaluation and perpetuation of faith. ""Faith is thought directed toward good, and like all thought-power, it is infinite"", she says. She defines her conception of God, not a dictator-God, but a God of love and tolerance; she shows how faith can be acquired, and how it is America's responsibility to affirm its existence and to rely on faith to combat a totalitarian world.

New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1940; 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges chipped and worn; green cloth; edges slightly faded; binding tight; text clean. G+/G-

Letters of Charles Baudelaire to His Mother, 1833-1866

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"Of this edition of the Letters of Charles Baudelaire to His Mother, translated by Arthur Symons, and printed in England by Mssrs. R. Clay & Sons, Ltd., Bungay, Suffolk, 675 numbered copies have been issued, of which 50 copies numbered 1-50 have been printed on English hand-made paper and specially bound; this copy is number 202." John Rodker, Publisher. No date. Dust jacket in tissue wrapper; small tear at top of front cover; bottom of spine missing 1/2"; corners and edges chipped; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers tanned from tissue wrapper; residue from bookplate on pastedown; deckled edges; small circular stain near gutter on pages 72-73. G/G-

Life in an English Village: Sixteen Lithographs by Edward Bawden

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1st edition; "A King Penguin Book"; King Penguin Books, no. 51, published in 1949. Small hardcover book with illustrated covers; spine intact with slight tanning; corners slightly bumped; 31 pages of text + 16 original colored lithographs. VG

Lithographs of Chagall 1962-1968

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The third volume of the Chagall Lithographs Catalog Raissone.

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

Little Book of Necessary Nonsense

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New York & London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1929. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn and chipped; price clipped; red cloth with gilt lettering and design on front cover and lettering on spine; head of spine lightly frayed; corners bumped; illustrated endpapers; endpapers lightly tanned from jacket flaps; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Little Locksmith (1st edition)

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This early 20th century memoir of a woman’s faith in the face of debilitating disease is a “remarkably un-self-pitying book remains poignant and truthful” (Publishers Weekly).
 
“You must not miss it . . . It is the kind of book that cannot come into being without great living and great suffering and a rare spirit behind it.” —The New York Times
 
In 1895, a specialist straps five-year-old Katharine Hathaway, then suffering from spinal tuberculosis, to a board with halters and pulleys in a failed attempt to prevent her from becoming a “hunchback” like the “little locksmith” who does odd jobs at her family’s home. Forced to endure her confinement for ten years, Katharine remains immobile until age fifteen, only to find that none of it has prevented her from developing a deformity of her own.
 
The Little Locksmith charts Katharine’s struggle to transcend physical limitations and embrace her life, her body, and herself. Her spirit and courage prevail as she expands her world far beyond the boundaries prescribed by her family and society: she attends Radcliffe College, forms deep friendships, begins to write, and in 1921, purchases a house of her own that she fashions into a space for guests, lovers, and artists. Revealing and inspirational, The Little Locksmith stands as a testimony to Katharine’s aspirations and desires—for independence, love, and the pursuit of her art.
 
“A powerful revelation of spiritual truth” —The Boston Globe
 
“Katharine Butler Hathaway . . . was the kind of heroine whose deeds are rarely chronicled . . . [She took] a life which fate had cast in the mold of a frightful tragedy and redesign[ed] it into a quiet, modest work of art.” —The New Yorker.

New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1943. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine chipped; top edges and corners chipped; cover soiled; spine tanned; flap clipped; light orange cloth with green decoration and lettering on cover and spine; cover faded; endpapers tanned; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Local Color

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Local Color was the third published book by the American author Truman Capote, released in the Fall of 1950. It includes notes and sketches about persons and places, including travel journal-style essays on cities and countries Capote had lived in or visited. 

1st printing. Dust jacket in protective cover; unclipped; edges worn; corners chipped; spine tanned; black cloth over black & white paper boards; corners bumped; endpapers tanned; binding tight; text clean. G+/G

Lonely Crusade

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A classic of African-American fiction, Chester Himes's tale of a young black man who becomes a union organizer during WWII examines major problems in American life: racism, anti-Semitism, labor strife, and corruption.

"Mr. Himes undertakes to consider the everpresent subconscious terror of the black man, the political morality of American Communists, the psychology of union politics, Uncle Tomism, and the relationship between Jews and Blacks. The value of this book lies in its effort to understand the psychology of oppressed and oppressor and their relationship to each other."--James Baldwin

"A better story about a young black man who become a union organizer at a west coast airplane factory during World War II. The tragedy of this particular man is a psychological one, a growing despair over being black which hamstrings him in every human relationship."--The New Yorker

"Mr. Himes can write with power and effectiveness."--New York Times

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; price clipped; head of spine chipped; corners bumped; dark orange cloth; embossed design on cover; gilt design and lettering on spine; binding good; text clean. G/G

Lonesome Boy

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 A lonely river boy with a silver trumpet follows his music through a series of wondrous and strange adventures. Illustrated throughout by Feliks Topolski.

1st edition. Blue cloth with design and lettering in light blue on cover and spine. G+

Lonesome Traveler (1st mass market paperback edition)

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In his first frankly autobiographical work, Jack Kerouac tells the exhilarating story of the years when he was writing the books that captivated and infuriated the public, restless years of wandering, during which he worked as a railway brakeman in California, a steward on a tramp steamer, and a fire lookout on the crest of Desolation Peak in the Cascde Mountains.

Lost in America

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Singer, a Nobel Prize-winning author, reminisces about leaving his friends in Poland in the 1930's, coming to America to join his brother in New York, and his experiences in this strange new land.

Limited to 500 copies signed by Isaac Bashevis Singer and contains a numbered colored print signed by Raphael Soyer; this is no. 176/500. Maroon cloth in red slipcover; illustrated endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright; slipcase has three tiny white spots near top of spine. Fine/VG+

Love and Money

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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. Love and Money, published in 1954, tells the story of a successful writer who falls for a beautiful restless woman, while almost wrecking his career.

1st edition. Beautiful dust jacket by Arthur Shilstone; dj in protective mylar cover; edges chipped and worn. Gray cloth with blue lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Signed 1st edition)

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Paul Gallico's haunting novel is the saga of a little British traveling circus stranded in Spain.

1st edition; signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; former owner's signature in ink on half-title; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Mad With Much Heart

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Gerald Butler (1907-1988) was a British crime, mystery, thriller, and pulp writer. Mad with Much Heart, his third novel, was the basis of the 1951 film On Dangerous Ground, which starred Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan.

1st American edition, featuring a beautiful dust jacket by I.N. Steinberg; dj in protective mylar cover; edges shelfworn and browned; green cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover; top edge of front cover discolored; small area on top edge of rear cover discolored; endpapers foxed; binding tight; text clean. G/G

Madman's Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts

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One of the finest American wood engravers of the twentieth century and an outstanding artist of any era, Lynd Ward (1905-1985) created a series of fantastic visual novels. The powerful imagery and psychological intensity of his wordless works have elicited comparisons to the writings of Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe, and they have exercised an enormous influence over latter-day graphic novelists.

Mad Man's Drum consists solely of Ward's woodcuts, telling its story through imagery alone.
Ward's hauntingly rendered works have been honored with such prestigious awards as the Library of Congress Award, the National Academy of Design Print Award, the New York Times Best Illustrated Award, the Caldecott Medal, and the Regina Award.

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. 1st edition; no dust jacket; black white illustrated boards with black cloth spine; title in paper inset on spine; spine edges very slightly bent; corners bumped; black endpapers; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean. G+

Make a Wish (Signed 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).

Make a Wish, published in 1978, was called Robertson's most personal book to date. The book revolves around Philip Moore, a news commentator for an Ohio television station and a public figure whose concerns are largely private. Grace McElroy is a private citizen—or was; until she committed a horrifying public act that made her at once a household name and Phil's private obsession. Phil's story unfolds through -a series of six strikingly down-to-earth vignettes of contemporary life. Grace's story is revealed in a powerfully affecting play about a woman who murders her own children. The lives of Phil and Grace touch briefly. A sudden, shattering climax in the final novella depicts the public reaction to Grace's crime, and Phil's fascination with her.

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Map of Another Town: A Memoir of Provence

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'I was a brash newcomer to it, and yet when I first felt the rhythm of its streets and smelled its ancient smells, I said, 'Of course,' for I was once more in my own place, an invader of what was already mine.'

M.F.K. Fisher moved to Aix-en-Provence with her daughters after the Second World War. In Map of Another Town, she traces the history of this ancient and famous town, known for its tree-lined avenues, pretty fountains and ornate façades. Beyond the tourist sights, Fisher introduces us to its inhabitants: the waiters and landladies, down-and-outs and local characters all recovering from the affects of the war in a drastically new France.

A companion piece to The Gastronomical Me, in this memoir Fisher finds herself alone, older and with two small children to care for, while at the same time discovering a sense of belonging and acceptance. This is an intimate portrait of a place, which is also a self-portrait. As Fisher writes: 'Here before me now is my picture, my map, of a place and therefore myself.'

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1964. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; edges lightly chipped; spine tanned; purple cloth; edges faded; pictorial endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Map of the World

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Pen /Hemingway Award-winning novelist Jane Hamilton follows up her first success, The Book Of Ruth, with this spectacularly haunting drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; spine and rear cover very lightly soiled; maroon cloth over tan paper boards; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Marguerite De La Roque: A Story of Survival

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Elizabeth Boyer's historical novel is based on an actual survivor's story. Marguerite and her elderly nurse are left to die on a island off the coast of Canada.

Novelty, Ohio: Veritie Press, 1975. 1st edition; inscribed by author on ffep. Dust jacket in protective cover; rear cover scuffed; edges worn and creased; blue cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G-