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Sum and Total of Now (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 Sum and Total of Now continues the story of Morris Bird III. It is the summer of 1948. Thirteen-year-old Morris Bird III lives in Cleveland with his parents and little sister. His mother aggravates him, his sister is a pain, and his father’s radio personality ego is out of control—as is Morris’s own body when in the presence of girls. But over in Columbus, his grandmother, Alice Anna Bird, is dying. She is the greatest influence on his life and cancer is stealing her away from him.
 
As his parents and aunts and uncles bicker over his grandmother’s belongings, young Morris distracts himself with the Cleveland Indians’ race for the pennant, Philip Marlowe stories, and the common daydreams of a teenage boy. But in the end, Morris must find courage and strength within to face the harsh reality around him—and the choices he must make . . . because he’s the only one who can.  Stephen King, who was a big fan of Don Robertson's novels, called this one "brilliant."

Signed first edition; dust jacket in protective cover; top and bottom of spine lightly chipped; blue cloth with image of bed embossed on front; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Sun Gold: A Story of the Hawaiian Islands

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Alice Cooper Bailey (1890-1978) was an American writer of children's books and articles. She is best known for her books Katrina and Jan and KimoSun Gold tells the story of a girl from New England who moves to Hawaii with her mother.

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1930. 1st ed. Beige cloth, brown stamped decoration on cover; bottom of spine frayed; head of spine dented; decorative endpapers; colored frontispiece; 4 full-page black & white illustrations in text; front hinge weak; gutter exposed between pages 102-103. G-

Sun: A Novel Told in 63 Woodcuts

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Frans Masereel (1889-1972) was a Belgian painter and wood engraver who illustrated books by Oscar Wilde, Emile Zola, and Leo Tolstoy. He was most widely known for his novels-without-words and for his antiwar woodcuts that appeared in magazines and newspapers in Europe in the early twentieth century.

This edition of Masereel's wordless novel, The Sun, comes in a box and includes 4 postcards with reproductions of Masereel's woodcuts, as well as a fold-out poster; box scuffed; right edge of box broken at corners; book, postcards, and poster in pristine condition. VG/G

Sunlight Dialogues (Signed 1st edition)

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Madman. Prophet. Magician. Hippie. Murderer. Who is the Sunlight Man?

In The Sunlight Dialogues, John Gardner's vision of America in the turbulent 1960s embraces an unconventional cast of conventional citizens in the small rural town of Batavia, New York. Sheriff Fred Clumly is trying desperately to unravel mysteries surrounding a disorderly, nameless drifter called "The Sunlight Man," who has been jailed for painting the word "LOVE" across two lanes of traffic, and who is later suspected of murder. The men battle over morality, freedom and their opposing notions of justice, leading each to find his own state of grace. Their conflict is mirrored in the community of middlebrow politicians and their church-going wives, Native Americans, working-class immigrants, farmers, soldiers, petty thieves, and even centenarian sisters too stubborn to die. Gardner's alchemy is existential: from the most raw, vulnerable, and conflicting characters in the American melting pot, he transmutes common denominators of human isolation and longing. With unnerving suspense, his acute ear for American speech, and permeated by his deep-rooted belief in morality, this expansive, sprawling, and ambitious novel is John Gardner's masterpiece: "A superb literary achievement," noted The Boston Globe.

Knopf, 1972, stated first edition.  Signed by Gardner on half title. Lacks dj.  Good+

Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish

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Sweeney Astray is Seamus Heaney's version of the medieval Irish work Buile Suibne. Its hero, Mad Sweeney, undergoes a series of purgatorial adventures after he is cursed by a saint and turned into a bird at the Battle of Moira. Heaney's translation not only restores to us a work of historical and literary importance but offers the genius of one of our greatest living poets to reinforce its claims on the reader of contemporary literature.

1st U.S. edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; previous owner signature on front pastedown; two lines of ink underlining on page iii of the introduction. G/VG

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Sweet Ruin (Signed)

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Tony Hoagland captures the recognizably American landscape of a man of his generation: sex, friendship, rock and roll, cars, high optimism, and disillusion.

University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. Inscribed by author on title page; top edge of text slightly crimped. G+

Take Three Tenses: A Fugue in Time

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A novel for adults, made into the film Enchantment in 1948, starring David Niven and Teresa Wright. The author explains: “This novel was the first in which I used a theme that has always intrigued me, Dunne’s Experiment With Time, i.e., that time is not consecutive, divided into past, present and future, but that these are all co-existent if only we could see it: if you are in a boat on a river you can only see the stretch on which your boat is travelling – a picnic party on the bank perhaps: a kingfisher diving. What you traversed before, passing willows, a barge tied up, cows in a field, as far as you are concerned, is gone; what lies around the next corner – a lock working, a man fishing – is hidden but, were you up in an aeroplane, you could see all these at once – the willows, the barge, the cows, the picnic party, the diving kingfisher, the lock, the man fishing. In 'A Fugue in Time' I have taken the part of being up in the aeroplane, seeing three generations of a family at once, all living in a house in London, their stories interweaving, as do themes in a fugue”

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges lightly worn; flaps and rear cover tanned; former owner's signature in ink on ffep; binding good; text clean. G/G

Talking Animals, illustrated by James A. Porter

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The Associated Publishers Inc., 1949, nod, 4to, b&w illustrations by James A. Porter, African folk tales and crafts by Wilfrid Dyson Hambly (1886-1962) curator of African Ethnology at Chicago natural History Museum.  VG/VG

James A. Porter, born in Baltimore in 1905, has been called the first African-American art historian. His 1943 book, Modern Negro Art, was the earliest comprehensive treatment of African-American art and remains a classic in its field. He attended public schools in the District of Columbia and later graduated from Howard University in 1927. He became an art instructor at the university and chairman of its art department, a position he retained until his death. TALKING ANIMALS is a rare example of children's illustration from this pillar of American art history scholarship.

Tanglewood Tales (USED)

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Tannhauser: A Dramatic Poem (USED)

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Ten Tales Tall & True (Signed 1st edition)

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Gray serves up a dazzling mixture of social realism, sexual comedy,science fiction, and satire here. A New York Times Notabale Book of the Year, this is a "highly imaginative" (Newark Star-Ledger) collection of stories from "one of the sprightliest and wittiest of living prose writers" (San Francisco Chronicle). Illustrated by the Author.

London: Bloomsbury, 1993. 1st edition. Signed by author. Dust jacket lightly worn at top edge; bright blue cloth with silver decoration on both front and rear covers; silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome

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"A unique work of. . . history, made all the more interesting by its relevance to the time in which we live."
--James R. Elkins, editor of Legal Studies Forum

In this timely study of the roots of terrorism, author Albert Borowitz deftly assesses the phenomenon of violent crime motivated by a craving for notoriety or self-glorification. He traces this particular brand of terrorism back to 356 BCE and the destruction of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus by arsonist Herostratos and then examines similar crimes through history to the present time, detailing many examples of what the author calls the "Herostratos Syndrome," such as the attempted explosion of the Greenwich Observatory in 1894, the Taliban's destruction of the giant Buddhas in Afghanistan, the assassination of John Lennon, the Unabomber strikes, and the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.

The study of terrorism requires interdisciplinary inquiry. Proving that terrorism cannot be the exclusive focus of a single field of scholarship, Borowitz presents this complex subject using sources based in religion, philosophy, history, Greek mythology, and world literature, including works of Chaucer, Cervantes, Mark Twain, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Terrorism for Self-Glorification, written in clear and direct prose, is original, thorough, and thought provoking. Scholars, specialists, and general readers will find their understanding of terrorism greatly enhanced by this book.

Tete-D'Or: A Play In Three Acts

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

Yale University Press, 1919. 1st edition. Translated from the French by John Strong Newberry. No dust jacket; dark gray cloth over gray boards; title and author on paper label on spine; front cover has one stained area; endpapers foxed; binding tight; some pages uncut; deckled edges; text clean. G

Texas Bird Adventures in the Chisos Mountains and on the Northern Plains

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1st edition, published by the Bird Research Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1940. Illustrated with field sketches and line drawings by George Miksch Sutton, photographs by author. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; two tiny tears on bottom of front cover; one 1/4" tear to top edge of rear cover; slight chipping to bottom edge of rear cover; front cover crease has 3/4" tear; blue prismatic cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

The Admirable Crichton (Star and Garter Edition) (USED)

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The Beguiled (Signed 1st edition)

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

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

The Better Sort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Brave Bulls: A Novel

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

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

The Butterfly

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

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

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

The Cat Jumps and Other Stories

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

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

The Cat Who Came for Christmas

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

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

The City: A Play

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

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

The Cocktail Party (1st American edition)

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

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

The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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

The Crile Cornball Collection of Fiction, Fact and Fantasy

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

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

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

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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

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

The Decameron (USED)

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The Devil and Daniel Webster, with five drawings by Harold Denison, limited edition signed by author and artist

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Countryman Press, Weston, VT, 1937, signed by artist and author, number 536/700.  Slipcase with paper label; stamped 536, indicating numbered copy; case has areas of soiling; label tanned; red cloth with gilt decoration and lettering; cover lightly soiled at top; binding tight; text clean. G+/G

The 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



The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate

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From director and cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company Peter Brook, The Empty Space is a timeless analysis of theatre from the most influential stage director of the twentieth century. Peter Brook draws on a life in love with the stage to explore the issues facing a theatrical performance—of any scale. He describes important developments in theatre from the last century, as well as smaller scale events, from productions by Stanislavsky to the rise of Method Acting, from Brecht’s revolutionary alienation technique to the free form happenings of the 1960s, and from the different styles of such great Shakespearean actors as John Gielgud and Paul Scofield to a joyous impromptu performance in the burnt-out shell of the Hamburg Opera just after the war. Passionate, unconventional, and fascinating, this book shows how theatre defies rules, builds and shatters illusions, and creates lasting memories for its audiences.

New York: Atheneum, 1968. 1st American edition. Dust jacket price clipped; top edges tanned; white embossed cloth with red lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

The Enchanted April (USED)

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The Enemies Within (Signed 1st edition)

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

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

The Exorcist (1st edition)

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

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

The Farm (1st illustrated edition)

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Louis Bromfield (1896 – 1956) was an American author and conservationist. A bestselling novelist in the 1920s, he reinvented himself as a farmer in the late 1930s and became one of the earliest proponents of sustainable and organic agriculture in the United States. He won the Pulitzer Prize, founded the experimental Malabar Farm in Ohio, and played an important role in the early environmental movement.

Written just before Bromfield's return from decades of living and writing in Europe,The Farm, published in 1933, traces several generations of a family's life on and around a piece of land in the Western Reserve, Ohio. Beginning with “The Colonel,” the patriarch of the MacDougal family, who first claimed the property, to the novel’s present, the 1930s, and the family's last owner of the property, Johnny, the Colonel's great grandson, Bromfield traces the interactions between the MacDougals, their neighbours, the nearby town, and the land itself.

1st illustrated edition; signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; edges chipped with some small tears; small hole in rear cover; black cloth with title on spine in green box; pictorial endpapers; front hinge weak; text clean and bright. G/G

The Giants (1st American edition)

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Upon an immense stretch of flat ground at the mouth of a river bathed in sunlight rises Hyperpolis. It stands there, surrounded by its four asphalt car-parks, to condemn us - a huge enveloping supermarket. Each of us will see ourselves reflected in the characters who move mindlessly about Hyperpolis, but The Giants is a call to rebellion. This bold and inventive novel is the work of a tremendously talented writer and both an intoxicating and exhilarating read.

New York: Atheneum, 1975. First American edition. Ex-library with minimal library markings; dust jacket in protective cover; scotch tape repair on rear flap; inside edges of flaps tanned; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding good; text clean. G/G

The Girls (1st edition)

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Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of wits who met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Ferber's novels generally featured strong female protagonists, although she fleshed out multiple characters in each book. She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons; through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the not-so-pretty persons have the best character.

In this 1921 novel, she introduces and develops three characters: Great Aunt Charlotte Thrift, age 74, and Charlotte's niece, Lottie Payson, 32, and Lottie's niece, Charley Kemp, 18.

1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; many tears and creases; rust cloth with black lettering on cover and spine; corners bumped; text clean. G/P

The Golfing Machine

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The Star System of G.O.L.F. (Geometricaly Oriented Linear Force); no dj; spine faded; bottom of spine bumped; binding good; text clean and bright. G+

The Heart of the Matter (1st edition)

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Graham Greene's masterpiece, The Heart of the Matter, tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity.

When Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen, he finds vital passion again yielding to pity, integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor—a vortex leading directly to murder. As Scobie's world crumbles, his personal crisis develops the foundation of a story by turns suspenseful, fascinating, and, finally, tragic.

"This copy of The Heart of the Matter is one of 750 copies of the first edition specially bound for distribution to friends of the Viking Press" No dust jacket; gray cloth with red and gold decoration and lettering; spine faded; top edge red; endpapers tanned; binding tight; text clean and bright. G

The High World

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Better known as the author and illustrator of the Madeline books for children, Austrian-born Ludwig Bemelmans also wrote for adults. Kirkus Reviews had this to say about The High World when it was published in 1954: Bemelmans' audience embraces the young and young at heart, and Holiday readers have been following this story of what happened in an Austrian Tyrol village when a hydroelectric plant changed the lives of its inhabitants. There are the Amreiners, a family of mountain herders headed by Tobias, a gentle poacher. There is the friendly gendarme who hesitates to call a halt on Tobias' activities. There are the Maybocks who keep the Inn, and the new plant official whose nasty temperament stands out against the inner goodness of the Tyroleans almost to the end. And the story comes to a climax when the newly constructed cable car plays its part in rescuing the mountain herders from an avalanche. Mountain worlds captured in text and pictures in Bemelman's characteristic style.

Dust jacket in protective cover; spine worn and missing 3" from bottom and 1" from top; edges worn; rear cover soiled; orang cloth with blue decoration on cover and white lettering on spine; pictorial endpapers; former owner's name in ink on ffep; binding good; text clean. G/G—

The History Man

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Malcolm Bradbury’s classic skewering of 1970s academia, hailed by the New York Times as “an encyclopedia of radical chic as well as a genuinely comic novel”

Among the painfully hip students and teachers at the liberal University of Watermouth, Howard Kirk appears to be the most stylish of them all. With his carefully manicured mustache and easygoing radicalism, Kirk prides himself on being among the most highly evolved teachers on his redbrick campus. But beneath Kirk’s scholarly bohemianism and studied cool is a ruthless, self-serving Machiavellian streak. A sociology lecturer who outwardly espouses freethinking nonconformity, Kirk is himself vain and bigoted, dismissing female students and colleagues while releasing vitriol against those who contradict him, particularly his clever, wayward wife, Barbara, the long-suffering mother of his two children.
 
A funny and incisive satire of academia and ideological hypocrisy, The History Man is one of Malcolm Bradbury’s most acclaimed novels and remains just as sharp and witty today as when it was first published.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976. 1st American edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; one small (1") tear at bottom of rear cover; top inside of flap foxed; blue cloth with red lettering on spine; top edge red; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

The Hotel

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Bowen’s first novel, The Hotel, is a wonderful introduction to her disarming, perceptive style. Following a group of British tourists vacationing on the Italian Riviera during the 1920s, The Hotel explores the social and emotional relationships that develop among the well-heeled residents of the eponymous establishment. When the young Miss Sydney falls under the sway of an older woman, Mrs. Kerr, a sapphic affair simmers right below the surface of Bowen’s writing, creating a rich story that often relies as much on what is left unsaid as what is written on the page. Bowen depicts an intense interpersonal drama with wit and suspense, while playing with and pushing the English language to its boundaries.

New York: Lincoln Mac Veagh, The Dial Press, 1928. 1st American edition of author's first novel. Black cloth with embossed decoration in middle of cover; orange paper label with title, author, publisher and publisher logo on spine; light purple foil endpapers with bird design; deckled edges; binding good; text clean. G

The Ideal, Genuine Man (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).

Stephen King was a big fan of Don Robertson, and he acknowledged that Robertson was one of his influences. In 1987, King published Robertson's novel The Ideal, Genuine Man through his Philtrum Press. In this later novel, Robertson tells the story of Herman Marshall, a retired truck driver who tries to cope with his wife's cancer and his own feelings of growing old.

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket suffers some minor scrapes. VG/VG


The Ideal, Genuine Man (1st edition, signed by Stephen King!)

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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).

Stephen King was a big fan of Don Robertson, and he acknowledged that Robertson was one of his influences. In 1987, King published Robertson's novel The Ideal, Genuine Man through his Philtrum Press. In this later novel, Robertson tells the story of Herman Marshall, a retired truck driver who tries to cope with his wife's cancer and his own feelings of growing old.

Great association copy! Inscribed to Earl Keyes by author; signed by Stephen King; includes two photos from a promotion party: one photo shows Don Robertson with Stephen King; other photo shows Earl Keyes and other guests. Earl Keyes was a Cleveland celebrity, known for being "Mr. Jingeling" at Christmas time. Dust jacket in protective cover; some foxing along edge of rear flap; green cloth binding; bottom edge of text and fore edge show some light soiling; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Incompleat Pogo (Signed with drawing by author)

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First edition, 3rd printing, signed with little drawing by Walt Kelly; edges lightly worn; spine edges slightly chipped and worn; front hinge weak; text clean. G+

The Kissed Corpse

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This mystery is the second to feature writer Asa Baker and police officer Jerry Burke, written by Davis Dresser using the pseudonym Asa Baker (more popularly known by his Brett Halliday name).

1st edition; published by Carlyle House Publishers, New York, 1939; "The New Jerry Burke Mystery." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; edges worn; green cloth with red letters and decoration; water damage stain on bottom edges of covers and bottom of spine; some stains in text. G-/G-

The Last of Uptake, or The Estranged Sisters

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A story about the last days of a great English mansion and its eccentric occupants, illustrated in color and black & white by Rex Whistler.

London: B.T. Batsford Ltd., [1942]. Dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn; corners bumped; top and bottom of spine chipped; rear cover has large tear on bottom; red cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding good; text clean. G+/G-

The Last September

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The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and their friends maintain a skeptical attitude toward the events going on around them, but behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, all know that the end is approaching—the end of British rule in the south of Ireland and the demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries. Their niece, Lois Farquar, attempts to live her own life and gain her own freedoms from the very class that her elders are vainly defending. The Last September depicts the tensions between love and the longing for freedom, between tradition and the terrifying prospect of independence, both political and spiritual.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. 1st Borzoi Edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; small (1/4") tear at head of spine; bottom edge creased and shelf worn; brown cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

The Last September

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The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and their friends maintain a skeptical attitude toward the events going on around them, but behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, all know that the end is approaching—the end of British rule in the south of Ireland and the demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries. Their niece, Lois Farquar, attempts to live her own life and gain her own freedoms from the very class that her elders are vainly defending. The Last September depicts the tensions between love and the longing for freedom, between tradition and the terrifying prospect of independence, both political and spiritual.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1948. First published 1929, first published in the collected edition 1948. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine faded; edges chipped; rear cover soiled; flaps tanned; green cloth with gilt decorations and lettering on spine; slight cant to binding; decorative endpapers; text clean. G/G

The Lenient Beast

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A Mexican-American cop must track down a psychotic killer terrorizing Arizona, in a taut suspense drama incorporating the viewpoints of five main characters.

1st edition; "A Guilt-Edged Mystery." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; minor shelf wear to edges; blue-gray cloth with black decoration and lettering on cover and spine; head and heel of spine worn; corners bumped; endpapers lightly foxed. G/G

The Literary Notebooks of Thomas Hardy (2 volumes)

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1st American edition, published by New York University Press. 2 volumes. Edited by Lennart A. Bjork. No dust jackets; blue cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright; both volumes like new. VG+

The Little Sister

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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's fifth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister, a movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure private eye Philip Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.

1st printing; Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dust jacket by Boris Artzybasheff; head of spine torn at author's first name; edges shelf worn; orange cloth with blue decoration on cover and lettering on spine; top of spine faded; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G-

The Long Good-Bye

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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

1st UK edition, published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1953; no dj; maroon boards with silver lettering on spine; inscription in ink on ffep; endpages lightly foxed; text clean and bright. G

The Lost Steps

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A disillusioned and wearied man tries to find a new way of life in the upper reaches of a great South American river. Carpentier tells the story of his search, his adventures, his findings, and his final achievement of decision.

First American edition, translated from the Spanish by Harriet De Onis. Dust jacket art by Paul Rand; dj in protective cover; spine tanned; spine edges chipped; small area on front cover scuffed; green cloth over dark green paper boards; gilt decoration on cover and spine; silver lettering on spine; top cover edges faded; endpapers tanned; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean. G/G

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

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

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

The Mint: A Day-Book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with Later Notes by 352087 A/c Ross

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“When in 1922 T.E. Lawrence enlisted in the ranks of the R.A.F. under the name of John Hulme Ross, he was in a strange physical and mental state as the result of his war experiences. Upon the discovery of his identity he was discharged, but was allowed to re-enlist two and a half years later, this time using the name of Shaw, under which he had meanwhile served in the Tank Corps.

From his notes, many times re-written and revised, he constructed The Mint – ‘an iron, rectangular, abhorrent book,’ he called it, ‘one which no man would willingly read.’ It does not correspond to that description. In the main it is a highly subjective account of Lawrence’s life in the R.A.F. Though resentfully critical of the treatment to which he and other recruits were subjected, it is not self-pitying. It is often robustly entertaining, and the character sketches are brilliant examples of Lawrence’s literary skill. He had an acute ear for conversation: in fact, some of the dialogue so faithfully records habitual barrack-room words that it has been deemed inadvisable to reproduce them in the ordinary edition of the book.” (From book flap)

London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges tanned; flaps clipped; blue cloth; spine head frayed; corners bumped; binding good; text clean and bright. G/G

The Negro and His Songs

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The Negro in Business

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Hertel Jenkins & Co, 1907 (nod). Interior vg, but binding is heavily damaged, though intact. Poor.

The Negro in Sports (Revised Edition)

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With Black and white illustrations throughout. The Associated Publishers Inc, Washington, DC, 1949 (1939) Revised Edition. This is a scarce title in series of publisher's books.  VG/G+

The New Order

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Arthur Szyk (1894–1951) was one America's leading political artists during World War II, when he produced hundreds of anti-Axis illustrations and cartoons in aid of the Allied war effort. Throughout his career he created art in the service of human rights and civil liberties—in his native Poland, in Paris where he was trained during the 1920s, and in America, the country he adopted in 1940. Settling in the United States, Szyk announced, “At last, I have found the home I have always searched for. Here I can speak of what my soul feels. There is no other place on earth that gives one the freedom, liberty and justice that America does.” (Library of Congress)

Published within Szyk's first year of permanent residence in the United States, The New Order, contains selections of cartoons and caricatures originally published in the New York newspaper, PM. The book was published in July 1941, five months before the United States entered War War II, and many of the cartoons reflect Szyk's optimism that it would end soon. The title page for this book bears the caricatures of Hermann Goering, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister of Japan, that appeared in the pages of PM on Sunday, January 19, 1941. (Library of Congress)

1st edition; no dust jacket; olive cloth; covers lightly soiled and scuffed; endpapers tanned; four spots of stains on copyright page and foreword page; illustrations bright. G

The Owl Papers

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Everything you ever wanted to know about owls, from behavior to history and mythology, all written in the author's engaging and accessible style. With gorgeous illustrations by Leonard Baskin, this 1st edition volume is a very special gift for any fan of these nocturnal birds of prey.

Dust jacket in protective cover; price clipped; one small tear at bottom of front cover; lightly soiled; white cloth over blue boards; spine very lightly foxed; front cover has embossed illustration of owl; illustrated endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

The Painted Bird (Inscribed by author)

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The classic novel of a boy’s struggle for survival in WWII Poland, from the National Book Award–winning author of Steps and Being There.
 
“In 1939, a six-year-old boy is sent by his anti-Nazi parents to a remote village in Poland where they believe he will be safe. Things happen, however, and the boy is left to roam the Polish countryside. . . . To the blond, blue-eyed peasants in this part of the country, the swarthy, dark-eyed boy who speaks the dialect of the educated class is either Jew, gypsy, vampire, or devil. They fear him and they fear what the Germans will do to them if he is found among them. So he must keep moving. In doing so, over a period of years, he observes every conceivable variation on the theme of horror” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. With sparse prose and vivid imagery, it is a story of mythic proportion and timeless human relevance.
 
“One of the best . . . Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity.” —Elie Wiesel, The New York Times Book Review

The new edition, complete & revised with an introduction by the author, 1976.  Florid inscription with drawing on flyleaf, signed on half title. Dust jacket in protective cover; light shelf wear; corners chipped; olive cloth with silver lettering on cover and spine; text edges lightly tanned; binding good; text clean and bright. VG/G+

The Parthian

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Decius, the son of a captured Roman centurion, has been raised in the Parthian city of Carrhae after the Parthians decisive victory over the Romans at the Battle of Carrhae. Decius’s family has prospered throughout Decius’s youth to achieve relative prominence within the Parthian Empire. With Decius’s family and the Parthian Empire ever threatened by the specter of a renewed Roman invasion, Decius's father has trained him as a warrior archer since youth and instructed him in the tactics of war. Now a man, Decius joins the Parthian ranks as the Roman threat materializes. But when a chance encounter leads Decius to investigate the Parthian temple of the powerful and mysterious priests of Ahriman, he uncovers a dangerous secret that endangers his family from within the Parthian Empire as much as any Roman legion on the battlefield. His response to that secret sparks an adventure that will take him as far as Rome in the West and Cathay in the East.

Set in the period between 50 B.C. and 17 A.D., “The Parthian” is as much a historical study as it is an exciting saga. Vic Hurley’s vivid narrative provides a factual examination of various ancient cultures; from their military tactics and power structures to their religions, domestic roles and views of women. While “The Parthian” appeals both to readers seeking historical knowledge and those seeking a compelling story, it is an ideal novel for those seeking both.

New York: Fleet Publishing Corporation, 1960. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn; flaps and rear cover foxed; dark gray cloth with gilt lettering on spine; edges worn; corners bumped; endpapers foxed; text clean. G/G

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) (Signed 1st edition)

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A loosely formed autobiography by Andy Warhol, told with his trademark blend of irony and detachment

In The Philosophy of Andy Warhol—which, with the subtitle "(From A to B and Back Again)," is less a memoir than a collection of riffs and reflections—he talks about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, and success; about New York, America, and his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; about his good times and bad in New York, the explosion of his career in the sixties, and his life among celebrities.

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975, First Edition BCDE, signed with Warhol's trademark "Aw" initials in black marker that bleeds through to copyright page; dust jacket in protective cover; very minor scuffing and slight scuffing at head of spine; orange cloth over yellow boards with Warhol's signature "Aw" embossed in black on front cover; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Purple Parasol (USED)

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The Ravishing of Lol Stein

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The Ravishing of Lol Stein is a haunting early novel by the author of The Lover. Lol Stein is a beautiful young woman, securely married, settled in a comfortable life—and a voyeur. Returning with her husband and children to the town where, years before, her fiancé had abandoned her for another woman, she is drawn inexorably to recreate that long-past tragedy. She arranges a rendezvous for her friend Tatiana and Tatiana’s lover. She arranges to spy on them. And then, she goes one step further . . .

Translated by Richard Seaver. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; small closed tear on rear cover; red cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Right Stuff (Collectible)

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From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made The Right Stuff a classic.

Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979. 1st edition, 1st printing. New York. Clean and bright dustjacket and interior. Some slight rubbing to DJ edges, comes with archival mylar jacket protector. VG/VG

 

The Shelbourne Hotel

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life in wartime London. She also wrote evocatively about Ireland, and in The Shelbourne Hotel, she takes readers on a tour through the history of the famous Dublin landmark. Looking out on Dublin as if from the windows of the Shelbourne, and then turning inward to witness the impact of events on the hotel, its guests, and staff, Bowen paints a picture of what was, in the hotel's earlier days, the second city of the Empire, then the battleground of Irish independence and civil strife, and eventually the capital of a republic.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951. 1st American edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; very light shelf wear to top of spine; rear cover lightly tanned; green cloth over green and white spotted paper boards; gilt lettering on spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Sheltering Sky

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A landmark of twentieth-century literature. Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans' incomprehension of alien cultures leads to the ultimate destruction of those cultures. A story about three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky explores the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

Fourth printing. A New Directions Book. Dust jacket in protective cover; 4" tear from bottom of spine; 1/2" tear at top of spine; top edge missing; edges tanned; brown cloth; top edge of spine creased; rear cover scuffed; endpapers tanned with remnants of pasted paper; rear hinge weak; text clean. G/G-

The Subterraneans (1st mass market paperback edition)

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Written over the course of three days and three nights, The Subterraneans was generated out of the same ecstatic flash of inspiration that produced another one of Kerouac's early classic, On The Road. Centering on the tempestous breakup of Leo Percepied and Mardou Fox--two denizens of the 1950s San Francsico underground--The Subterraneans is a tale of dark alleys and dark rooms, of artists, of visionaries.

The Time of Friendship

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Bowles first short story collection after THE DELICATE PREY (1950). "The preoccupations which have marked his fiction - the illuminations and deceit of friendship, the shifting line between illusion and reality, the energies of youth and the sadnesses of age, the transformations in the psyche induced by kif smoking - are all present with a force and vision which, at times, brings the reader to his own borders of perception."

Stated first edition, short stories.  VG/VG

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Uncorrected proof) (USED)

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Extremely rare US reviewer's uncorrected proof of Kundera's most beloved novel. Harper & Row, 1984. Complete with wrappers (yellowed edges) and typed publisher's pitch letter tipped in. Includes reviewers pencil notes on front endpaper and title page, including the amusing "I can't imagine anyone enjoying this book though some might love it."

The Understudy (Signed 1st edition)

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Elia Kazan's fourth novel explores the complex relationships between a successful actor, dying of cancer and drug abuse, and his understudy.

Stein and Day Publishers, 1975; 1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; spine and corners have minor shelf wear; white cloth over rust cloth with gilt on cover and spine; binding good; text clean and bright. G/G

The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners

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With the world a harsh and cruel place and an enemy out to get you if he can, courtesy will not make you rich overnight but by degrees it makes others feel good and this in turn will make you feel even etter ... With more and more folk from the wrong side of the tracks, it is important to make more room at the bottom. The Unexpurgated Code takes plain folk through the useful rules of social climbing.

Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1975. First printing. With drawings by the author. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine tanned; green cloth over brown boards; spine and top edges faded; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

The Untouchables

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The famous FBI investigator describes the ways in which his hand-picked agents destroyed the powerful empire of Al Capone.

Popular Library, mass market paperback, 2nd printing 1959.  G+

The Untouchables, as told by their leader Eliot Ness

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The famous FBI investigator describes the ways in which his hand-picked agents destroyed the powerful empire of Al Capone.

1st edition; New York: Julien Messner, 1957.  Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped; edges lightly worn; red cloth with black lettering on spine; binding tight; head of spine slightly pulled; text clean and bright. G+/G

The Western Reserve: The Story of New Connecticut in Ohio (Signed 1st edition)

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1st edition; signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; many small tears along edes; corners chipped; edges worn; red cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; edges worn; maps on endpapers; deckled edges; binding good; text clean. G/G-

The Works of Mr. Francis Rabelais, Doctor in Physick Containing Five Books of the Lives, Heroick Deeds & Sayings of Gargantua and His Sonne Pantagruel (USED)

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The Worm Ouroboros: A Romance

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This is the book that shaped the landscape of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. When The Lord of the Rings first appeared, the critics inevitably compared it to this 1922 landmark work. Tolkien himself frankly acknowledged its influence, with warm praise for its imaginative appeal. The story of a remote planet’s great war between two kingdoms, it ranks as the Iliad of heroic fantasy.

In the best traditions of Homeric epics, Norse sagas, and Arthurian myths, author E. R. Eddison weaves a compelling adventure, with a majestic, Shakespearean narrative style. His sweeping tale recounts battles between warriors and witches on fog-shrouded mountaintops and in the ocean’s depths—along with romantic interludes, backroom intrigues, and episodes of direst treachery. Generations of readers have joyfully lost themselves in the timeless worlds of The Worm Ouroboros.

New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1926. 1st American edition. Illustrated by Keith Henderson. No dust jacket; black cloth; edges worn; corners bumped and frayed; lettering on spine faded; decorative endpapers; former owner's bookplate affixed to pastedown; hinges weak; text clean. G

This Is My Own

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This autobiography of American artist Rockwell Kent focuses on the period from 1928 to 1939, when he lived in Au Sable Forks, New York, in the Adirondacks.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; top edge of spine and part of front cover missing; edges worn and chipped; rear cover has small holes, creases, and scuffs; most of rear flap missing; white cloth with navy blue decoration and lettering on cover and lettering on spine; spine and edges foxed; endpapers tanned; former owner's name in ink on front pastedown; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Three Days (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).

The Three Days, published in 1959, was Robertson's first novel, and it is also the first book in his Civil War trilogy. The other two books are By Antietam Creek (1960) and The River and the Wilderness (1962).

Signed 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; flaps tanned; white cloth over gray boards; cover has design in blue and red showing three cannons firing from right edge; spine has red and blue lettering; binding good; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Three of a Kind

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

Three of a Kind, published in 1944,contains three short novels in one volume: Career in C Major, The Embezzler, and Double Indemnity.

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Thurso's Landing and Other Poems

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Liveright Inc, NY, 1932, First Edition.  No dust jacket; black cloth over pale pink paper; cover soiled; 2 short tears at top of spine; gilt decoration on front cover; interior clean, unmarked and tight. G

Tiger Among Us

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Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) was an American writer, particularly of science fiction. She has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera, and she was also a screenwriter, who worked on an early draft of The Empire Strikes Back. Brackett also wrote crime fiction, and this 1957 thriller has been called "a novel of unrelenting suspense."

1st edition, published for the Crime Club by Doubleday & Company, Inc.; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; price clipped; dj covers lightly rubbed and soiled; gray cloth with red lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Tisza Tales (USED)

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To Heal and to Build: The Programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson (Signed 1st edition)

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First edition; Inscribed on half-title page: "For Marshall and Mable Wright with our appreciation and warm wishes ~ Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson Christmas 1968."  Lady Bird appears to have written the inscription, with each having signed their own name.  A green satin ribbon with presidential seal is laid in, as well as a small calling card in envelope, with the name printed as "The President and Mrs. Johnson." Dust jacket in protective cover; very minor shelf wear; flap edges tanned; dark blue cloth with gilt lettering; slight fading on top of front cover; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

To Rule the Night: The Discovery Voyage of Astronaut Jim Irwin (Signed 1st edition)

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A thrilling account of one of the greatest adventures of all time: man's journey to the moon. Irwin not only recounts his voyage to the moon, he also tells an inspiring story of his personal journey to faith in God.

1st edition; signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; edges lightly worn; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Traveling at Home

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The fifteen poems and one essay included here, personally selected by Wendell Berry from among his previously published work, quietly and joyously celebrate the enduring satisfactions of good work and a happy home.

Traveling at Home opens with “A Walk Down Camp Branch,” an essay in which the author reveals his special sensitivity to nature and his rural Kentucky community. Next are poems from 1957 to 1982 in which Berry establishes his enduring themes—the contemplation of the individual’s place within community and the interdependence of all things. In conclusion is a group of the Sabbath poems in which the poet speaks with reverence and humility of the pains and joys of relationships with the land, with family, and with passing generations.

Originally published as a limited edition in 1988, Traveling at Home pairs Mr. Berry’s eloquent writings with John DePol’s exquisite woodcuts. It is one of the most beautiful presentations of this well-loved writer’s work.

North Point Press, 1989. 1st Trade Edition. VG

Treasury of Sea Stories, compiled by Gordon C. Aymar, illustrated by Rockwell Kent

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New York: A.S. Barnes & Company, 1948. Dust jacket in protective cover; edges chipped and creased; spine faded; top of spine and inside corner of rear cover torn; flap edges and rear cover foxed; green cloth with white lettering on cover and spine; endpapers lightly foxed and tanned; gift inscription in green ink on ffep; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Tree of Smoke (Signed 1st edition)

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Named A Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Slate, The National Book Critics Circle, The Christian Science Monitor. . .

Tree of Smoke is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA--engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In the words of Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, Tree of Smoke is "bound to become one of the classic works of literature produced by that tragic and uncannily familiar war."

Signed first edition in near fine condition.

Trouble in July

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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.

In Trouble in July, published in 1940, a small Southern town lynches a falsely accused man in “some of the most . . . human and terrifying pages Caldwell has written” (Richard Wright, author of Native Son). When word spreads through Julie County that Sonny Clark, a black man, has assaulted Katy Barlow, a white woman, the man’s fate is sealed. With frightening speed, authorities and an outraged mob align to apprehend Clark and condemn him without trial. By the time Barlow confesses that no crime occurred, it is too late. Told from the multiple perspectives of victim and victimizers as well as passive onlookers, Trouble in July depicts in harrowing detail the tragic ignorance of individuals who fail to understand their roles in a hateful miscarriage of justice.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dj flaps clipped; some shelf wear on spine and edges. Gray cloth with white lettering on cover and spine. Binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

True Stories, Volume One (Signed with original sketch)

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Derf creator of the graphic novels Trashed, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks and the international bestseller, My Friend Dahmer presents the best of his True Stories from the long running The City comic strip, as seen in Best American Comics. These timeless tales of urban oddness will surprise and amuse, and make for many WTF moments. It's like Humans of New York, but somewhat stranger. Pressure... Pressure...

Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes

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A landmark autobiography in terms of opening the eyes of Americans to the plight of the industrial revolution, Twenty Years at Hull House has been applauded for its unflinching descriptions of the poverty and degradation of the era. Jane Addams also details the grave ill-health she suffered during and after her childhood, giving the reader insight into the adversity which she would re-purpose into a drive to alleviate the suffering of others.

The process by which Addams founded Hull House in Chicago is detailed; the sheer scale and severity of the poverty in the city she and others witnessed, the search for the perfect location, and the numerous difficulties she and her fellow activists encountered while establishing and maintaining the house are detailed.

Eventually, after years of work, Hull House became a shining example of how intervention in the poorest slums could have remarkable results for the families concerned. Children who regularly attended Hull House enjoyed education and opportunities for creativity. Many went on to experience a prosperous adulthood thanks to the skills and tutoring they gained at the house.

Today, Jane Addams is held as a great example of a pioneering spirit, whose social work and social assistance were greatly inspiring to the reforming administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The model Addams established with Hull House was imitated widely; by 1922, over five-hundred settlement houses had been founded across the United States.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910. 1st edition, 3rd printing. Frontispiece; 11 full-page plates; many illustrations in the text. Dark red cloth with paper illustration inlaid on cover; gilt lettering on cover and spine; t.e.g.; spine slightly worn at top and bottom; corners slightly bumped; front hinge slightly loose; rear endpapers discolored in hinge; text clean and bright. G+

Twice Over Lightly: New York Then and Now (Signed 1st edition)

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The first lady of American theatre, Helen Hayes, and the prolific and witty writer, Anita Loos, set out to discover all five boroughs of the real New York with the intention of getting people out of their ruts and exploring their own environments.

1st edition, signed by both Helen Hayes and Anita Loos; dust jacket unclipped; very minor creasing at head of spine; turquoise cloth; pictorial endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Ugly Ways: A Novel

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Three sisters return to their southern hometown after the death of their difficult, demanding mother, in a novel by the author of Baby of the Family.

In life, Esther Lovejoy was an intolerable mother. She raised her daughters with an iron fist, browbeat her husband into submission, and insisted they call her Mudear (an abbreviation of Mother Dear). As adults with successful careers, Betty, Emily, and Annie Ruth have scattered across the country to avoid Mudear’s influence. But now it’s time to lay her to rest, and the Lovejoy sisters have returned to Mulberry, Georgia, to pay their last respects.
 
What they discover is that while Mudear may be dead, she is far from gone. With a large dose of compassion and a generous splash of humor, Tina McElroy Ansa serves up a powerful tale of family secrets and the ways our scars make us stronger.

New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993. Inscribed by author. Dust jacket in protective cover; very light small spot on fore-edge of text; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

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Uncle Silas, subtitled "A Tale of Bartram-Haugh", is a Victorian Gothic mystery-thriller novel by the Irish writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Despite Le Fanu resisting its classification as such, the novel has also been hailed as a work of sensation fiction by contemporary reviewers and modern critics alike. It is an early example of the locked-room mystery subgenre, rather than a novel of the supernatural (despite a few creepily ambiguous touches), but does show a strong interest in the occult and in the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist, philosopher and Christian mystic.

London: The Cresset Press, 1947. 1st edition. With an introduction by Elizabeth Bowen. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges lightly worn; top corners lightly chipped; top of flaps tanned; blue cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine; binding good; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Under the Hill

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Under the Hill is an unfinished erotic novel by Aubrey Beardsley, based on the legend of Tannhäuser. The first parts of it were published in The Savoy and later issued in book form by Leonard Smithers. In 1907, the original manuscript was published and entitled The Story of Venus and Tannhäuser. A version completed by John Glassco was published in 1959

1st edition. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; rear flap has crease; otherwise, dj pristine; blue cloth with silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Valuable Books on the Negro, Associated Publisher catalog (no date)

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A 16pp catalog issued by The Associated Publishers, Inc, likely in the early 1950s. The cover states the aim of the publisher "The Plan: The publications of the Associated Publishers are planned to cover in the form of textbooks and popular treatises every phase of Negro life and history. The aim here is to make possible the publication and circulation of valuable books on the Negro not acceptable to most publishers."