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Barcelona: El Balneario Casino "San Sebastian"
1 Barcelona: El Balneario Casino "San Sebastian"
Barcelona L. Roisin, Fotografo [ca. 1928] NO Unstated Softcover Good+ 
[oblong folio (9-1/2" x 12") with printed card covers; string-bound, split along spine with about 2/3 of the spine covering missing and some additional paper loss extending into the corners of the front cover, but with the double-hole-punched pages still firmly held together by the binding cord; otherwise, the covers are edgeworn and age-browned, but the interior photographic plates are clean and in excellent condition]. (photographs) A photographic souvenir booklet of this Barcelona resort/casino, which opened in 1928. There is a one-page introduction, in Spanish, and the remainder of the book is photographic. Although most of the 14 full-page sepia-toned plates are shots of empty rooms (the main Hall, the Brasserie, the Salon de Fiestas, etc.), meant to show off the opulence of the place, a number are "populated" with bathers, diners, etc., and give a good sense of the resort activity. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Contemporary French Drawings in Black and White and Color
2 Contemporary French Drawings in Black and White and Color
Philadelphia The Print Club of Philadelphia 1930 First Edition Softcover Good 
[moderately worn, slight loss of paper spine covering at both ends of spine, a bit of soiling to covers, general wear at edges and corners]. (37 full-page B&W facsimiles) Catalogue of an exhibition/sale held at The Print Club of Philadelphia from November 10 to 27, 1930. The artists whose works were featured include Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Juan Gris, Marie Laurencin, Amadeo Modigliani, Jules Pascin, Pablo Picasso, and Jacques Villon. Includes a price list, laid in, of the thirty items in the exhibition that were for sale; oddly, although there were more pieces by Henri Matisse on the for-sale list than any other artist (six, ranging in price from $150 to $1500), none are among the items pictured in the catalogue. (Each of the artists noted above is represented by at least one reproduced drawing.) Issued in a limited edition of 1500. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Diamond - Ruby - Emerald - Sapphire - Pearls & Other Precious-Stone Jewels [including the] Estate of the Late Mrs. Carl J. Schmidlapp - Public Auction, Thursday, October 3, 1968 (Sale Number 2739)
3 Diamond - Ruby - Emerald - Sapphire - Pearls & Other Precious-Stone Jewels [including the] Estate of the Late Mrs. Carl J. Schmidlapp - Public Auction, Thursday, October 3, 1968 (Sale Number 2739)
New York Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. 1968 Softcover Very Good+ 
[a little uneven fading to covers, short diagonal bend at bottom right corner of front cover, minor spotting to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Jewelry auction catalogue. Highlights noted on the title page include "two magnificent unmounted diamonds, pear and heart shapes; an important ruby and diamond necklace; an exquisite diamond Necklace, Harry Winston." Includes the "prices received" list, laid in. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Federico Cantú: Obra Realizada de 1922 a 1948 [limited edition, with original print]
4 Federico Cantú: Obra Realizada de 1922 a 1948 [limited edition, with original print]
Mexico City Editorial Asbaje 1948 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate browning to edges of covers and spine, minor creasing along top edge]. (B&W art reproductions) Catalogue of the early work of this Mexican painter, engraver and sculptor (1907-1989). Contains: brief introductions in Spanish (by Salvador Toscano) and English (by Luis Cardoza y Aragon); biographical data and a catalogue of his works (in both Spanish and English); and a section of black-and-white reproductions of 106 paintings and drawings. Limited edition of 1,500, containing a print of an original line engraving of a horse (with the print and the book itself both No. 52); this particular print is inscribed in pencil by the artist: "Para Angel Rosas / Federico Cantú / 1951." Laid in to the front of the catalogue is the calling card of that selfsame Angel Rosas, on which he has written a brief note to the recipient of the book. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Herman Wouk's War & Remembrance
5 Herman Wouk's War & Remembrance
(n.p.) Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. (c.1988) First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[the faintest trace of handling wear; essentially as-new]. (color photographs) Nicely-produced promotional booklet (9"x12") with fold-out pages, issued in conjunction with the 1988 ABC-TV miniseries adaptation of Wouk's sprawling World War II novel, itself a follow-up to his earlier book "The Winds of War," which had been a big-deal TV event five years before. Both programs were produced and directed by Dan Curtis, and starred Robert Mitchum as Captain Victor "Pug" Henry; the cast of this one also included Jane Seymour, John Gielgud, Polly Bergen, Victoria Tennant, Sharon Stone, Peter Graves, Ralph Bellamy (as FDR) and E.G. Marshall (as Dwight Eisenhower). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Horace Mann After Fifty Years
6 Horace Mann After Fifty Years
New York Horace Mann School for Boys 1937 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket, possibly as issued) [light handling wear, very slight bumping to top corners, one-time owner's name (Epstein) in pencil at top of ffep, a couple of pages diagonally creased at bottom corners; spine lettering heavily rubbed, barely readable]. From the front matter: "It is a pleasure to present to our friends, on the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the Horace Mann School, this publication, in which is set forth the history and the educational philosophy of the Horace Mann School for Boys." By 1937, the school's notable alumni already included Valentine Davies (author of "Miracle on 34th Street"), Morris Ernst (co-founder of the ACLU), Leland Hayward (agent and producer), Rockwell Kent (illustrator), Arthur Hays Sulzberger (New York Times publisher), Paul Francis Webster (songwriter), and William Carlos Williams (poet). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Life and Death in Hollywood
7 Life and Death in Hollywood
Cincinnati Zebra Picture Books (c.1950) First Edition Softcover Good+ 
[edgeworn, moderate external soiling, short diagonal creasing at bottom right corner of front cover]. (B&W photographs) Kind of a proto-"Hollywood Babylon" survey, largely photographic, of "the personal dramas of the fabulous figures behind the Hollywood legend." Although its cover blurb declares it a "sensational picture document of Hollywood's most turbulent years," unlike the Anger book, which came along fifteen years later, it stays on the polite side of good taste while still going over some of the same unsavory ground, e.g. the chapter entitled "The Dark Years," which covers the well-known Tinseltown scandals of the early 1920s (the Roscoe Arbuckle case, the William Desmond Taylor murder, the drug-related deaths of several stars, etc.). There are individual chapters devoted to D.W. Griffith, Mack Sennett, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin (the longest section, with somewhat disproportionate attention given to his marital and legal difficulties), Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo, and "The It Girls" (Clara Bow, Jean Harlow, and Rita Hayworth). It's a little shaky on the history -- they even get Griffith's death date wrong, only two years after it happened! -- but it's a passable summary of how certain Hollywood legends had already begun to tarnish, even during the so-called Golden Age. 
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Men Only (issue of June 1957) [cover: Gina Lollobrigida]
8 Men Only (issue of June 1957) [cover: Gina Lollobrigida]
London Proprietors, C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd. 1957 (Vol. 65, No. 258) Magazine Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover) Sherriffs 
[creasing and light wear to edges of covers due to slight overlap of text block; spine slightly turned, light external soiling]. (B&W photographs, cartoons, ads) Digest-sized publication, issued monthly for the amusement and titillation of the British male. Contains a mixture of light feature articles (on topics such as "Canoes Can Go Anywhere" and "Why I Hate Father's Day"), photographs of buxom but wholesome beauties (no nudity, in fact not even decent cheesecake, at least by American standards), and lots of cartoons (some captioned as stand-alone gags, others illustrating an article or story, but pretty much all featuring buxom beauties in mildly risque situations). The front cover of this issue touts a "What-To-Wear Guide For Men," supposedly a free 40-page booklet -- but not only is there no such thing, but there are also no signs of any such thing having been removed. (There's plenty of fashion advice, though.) The most notable article -- heralded by the caricature portrait of her on the front cover -- is a profile of Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Nixon Made Perfectly Clear
9 Nixon Made Perfectly Clear
New York Rodney Publications, Inc. (c.1972) First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[bottom right and top right corners slightly bumped, no other signficant wear]. (cartoon illustrations) A satirical A-to-Z look at Nixon and his policies, e.g.: "M is for Minorities. As a member myself of a minority -- the Republican Party -- I am only too familiar with the frustration, discrimination and oppression suffered by minority groups. Believe me when I say that if I had my way there would be no minorities." Possibly my favorite, not least because of its great resonance for today: "S is for Secrecy. In my first inaugural address, I vowed that mine would be an open administration. I could have kept that promise had it not been for a plot by the media to confuse the American people with facts." In all these illustrations (uncredited to any artist), Nixon is depicted at his absolutely shiftiest. At the bottom of the front cover is printed "For Campaign Contribution Only"; although it's not indicated exactly WHOSE campaign this was issued in support of, I can at least assure you that not one cent of the purchase price of this fine piece of political-historical detritus will ever get anywhere near the coffers of CREEP. (Look it up if you don't get the reference.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Sotheby's at Mitsukoshi: 1st, 2nd October 1969 [and] 3rd October 1969 [2-volume set]
10 Sotheby's at Mitsukoshi: 1st, 2nd October 1969 [and] 3rd October 1969 [2-volume set]
Westerham, Kent, U.K. Printed by Westerham Press; copyright Établissement Sotheby (c.1969) First Edition Softcover Good 
[first volume is VG+, with only light handling wear; second volume is Good only, due to water-stain on rear cover]. (B&W and color photographs) Catalogues for a 3-day auction held at Sotheby's Japan establishment, with "all lots flown with care to Tokyo by BOAC." The first two days covered four categories: Antiquities and Persian Pottery; European Decorative Paintings; Chinese and Japanese Works of Art; and European Arms and Armour. The final day was devoed entirely to Impressionist and Modern Paintings. Among the latter were works by Picasso, Renoir, Chagall, Gauguin, Monet, Dufy, Bracque, Matisse, Cezanne, Degas, Utrillo, Foujita, and many others -- kind of a who's-who of French Impressionism. NOTE: These will be sold as a pair only; don't even ask. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Stars of the Movies and Featured Players
11 Stars of the Movies and Featured Players
Hollywood The Hollywood Publicity Company, Inc. (c.1927) First Edition Softcover Poor 
[pretty beat-up, suitable for reference/research use only; rear cover detached, paper loss at corners of front cover and also corners of first few pages, water-staining to the rear endpapers (and affecting to some degree the last one-third or so of the book); on the bright side, there do not appear to be any missing pages]. (B&W photographs) Full-page portraits of 250 actors and actresses of the late silent era, arranged alphabetically. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Book of the Harvard and Radcliffe Clubs of Southern California; containing lists of their officers, directors, committees and members; and their by-laws and constitution
12 The Book of the Harvard and Radcliffe Clubs of Southern California; containing lists of their officers, directors, committees and members; and their by-laws and constitution
Los Angeles/Santa Monica The Harvard Club / The Radcliffe Club 1975 Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[light handling wear only]. "As a member of the Harvard Club and/or the Radcliffe Club of Southern California you have received this copy of the Directory of its Members. You should consider this Directory confidential for your own personal use. The names of members should not become available for advertising or commercial use." (A dire warning, issued from 42 years in the past. Govern yourself accordingly.) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Hollywood Reporter (March 30, 1935, Section 2): 4th Annual Writers Number 1935
13 The Hollywood Reporter (March 30, 1935, Section 2): 4th Annual Writers Number 1935
Hollywood The Wilkerson Daily Corp., Ltd. 1935 (Vol. XXVI, No. 23) Periodical Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[minor edgewear to covers, slight fading along bottom edge of front cover]. (advertisements) This special "Writers Number" of the erstwhile Hollywood trade paper features 22 short pieces of various types -- stories, playlets, mini-essays, anecdotes, humorous jibes, etc. -- contributed by both prominent and not-so-prominent screenwriters (or, in some cases, regular writers in town to scoop up some of that easy movie money). Featured writers include Philip Wylie, Nunnally Johnson, Edward Chodorov, Ralph Block, Melvin Levy, George Seaton & Robert Pirosh, Dwight Taylor, and Edwin Knopf. Among the more amusing pieces, at least at quick glance, are: "Mother Goose Flies High" by John B. Myers, using nursery rhymes as the inspiration for story pitches ("Little Bo Peep" as a starring vehicle for Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper, for instance); "The Bard Comes Back" by Charles Kenyon, in which William Shakespeare pops around to the First National studios to see how they're handling their adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; "Zolly Gets Africa" by Jeffrey Dell, a brief snapshot of Zoltan Korda and his methods of filming in Africa; and "How Long is This Going On?" by Nunnally Johnson, a brief playlet mocking the "widely-publicized behavior of non-professionals in the vicinity of Hollywood." Also includes a credits section, "Writers and Their Work for 1934" (with a separate, smaller section for British writers). Most of the writers whose work is contained in this issue seem to have also taken out advertising space (one suspects a quid pro quo at work) to tout their most recent credits and/or works in progress, announce which studio they're under contract to, and just basically demonstrate that they're ready, willing and able to scribble. This was, of course, a highly competitive (and highly lucrative) time to be a writer in Hollywood -- and it's in that regard it's interesting to note, on page 36, a full-page ad for H.N. Swanson, Inc., an agency that had opened just four months earlier with the stated intent to handle only writers and story properties, and could already brag that "during the past few weeks we believe we have sold to the studios more plays, novels and original stories than any other Hollywood agency." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Those War Women, by One of Them
14 Those War Women, by One of Them
New York Coward-McCann 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[a bit of wear to book extremities, small attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown; jacket worn and rubbed, with shallow chipping along top edge, light spotting/soiling]. "This anonymous diary of a woman participant in the A.E.F. [American Expeditionary Force] is a peculiar human document that must stand with others of the great war. The writer who has woven her staccato series of ten years ago into a formal and continuous record will stir a thousand memories of Bordeaux, Tours, Paris, Le Mans, Malo, for the men and women who were there -- and for their friends." In a Postscript (placed at the front of the book), the author explains how the book was assembled from her letters and diaries, rediscovered by her family years after the fact. She relates how she showed the book, in manuscript, to "a man whose literary judgment I value highly. He said it was trivial and squalid. It is. We were trivial. The things through which we passed were squalid. War performed no miracle in them or us." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Broken Link, "Cornet"
15 "Cornet" The Broken Link
London Geoffrey Bles 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [lightly bumped at corners, faint dampstain at bottom right corner of front cover, small bookseller stamp at bottom corner of front pastedown; jacket worn and torn across top edge, several small tears elsewhere, moderate soiling overall]. "'Cornet' (the nom de guerre of a distinguished officer in the late Indian Army) is well known to readers of Blackwood's Magazine for his stories of life and sport on the North-west Frontier. This is his first book. The title bears a nostalgic reference to the old days when British officers came to know intimately the Pathan tribesmen and often formed deep friendships founded on a common love of hunting and adventure, and this book, which successfully evokes the spirit of the country and its people, has so many good stories that it will appear not only to those who know India but to many others." Sounds rather like imperialist fantasy-porn, if you ask me; wonder how many Indians were feeling nostalgic for "the old days" along about 1951? 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Mark Hanna's "Moral Cranks" and--Others: A Study of To-day, "Mul" [William H. Muldoon]
16 "Mul" [William H. Muldoon] Mark Hanna's "Moral Cranks" and--Others: A Study of To-day
Brooklyn NY George F. Spinney Company 1900 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [some soiling/spotting to page edges and spine, rear hinge just starting, minor bumping to several corners]. (B&W photo frontispiece portrait of author) An examination of the then-current state of American politics, particularly with regard to the influence of Socialist ideology. Mark Hanna, whose quote disparaging a political opponent as a "moral crank" inspired the book's title, was a prominent Republican businessman and politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from 1897 to 1904 and was a close confidant and advisor to William McKinley both before and during his Presidency. (His relationship to and influence over McKinley has been compared to that of Karl Rove with respect to George W. Bush.) 
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Pick Up the Pieces, "North 3-1" (pseud. for Emerson D. Owen)
17 "North 3-1" (pseud. for Emerson D. Owen) Pick Up the Pieces
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy with minimal shelfwear, small light scuff mark to top edge (noticeable as whiteish mark on black topstain), one-time owner's signature on ffep, bookseller's label (Lewis & Sons, Denver) on rear pastedown; jacket shows light soiling, a few tiny tears, very slight paper loss at top of spine]. "For years [the author] was a patient in state asylums and private sanitariums for the insane. Now a successful business executive, he tells of his incredible comeback -- and reveals the practices of institutions for the insane in an amazing story, the stark recital of a modern Inquisition." Owen, a one-time newspaper reporter and editor who got into the ad/pub game following his service in the First World War, eventually became the editor/manager for the "Hotel Red Book" and publicity director for the American Hotels Association. It's unclear from his book exactly when his asylum interlude(s) took place -- he just plunges right in, and takes the reader along for the ride -- but it's perfectly clear, as he puts it himself, that he's "not the ordinary sense. I am a drunkard." 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Sky Birds (April 1933), (A.A. Wyn, ed.) (T.W. Ford, Arch Whitehouse, Joe Archibald, et al.)
18 (A.A. Wyn, ed.) (T.W. Ford, Arch Whitehouse, Joe Archibald, et al.) Sky Birds (April 1933)
New York Magazine Publishers, Inc. 1933 (Vol. XII, No. 3) Magazine Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover) Frank Tinsley 
[minor foldover at right side of front cover, otherwise a nice clean solid copy with only light wear, one tiny tear at top of front cover]. Novel: "Wing Warriors" by T.W. Ford. Novelette: "Canyon of Crashes" by Arch Whitehouse. Stories and features include: "Kilt in Action" by Joe Archibald; "Blue Flare Below" by James Perley Hughes; "The Kite-Conqueror" (about WWI RAF pilot Richard Bernard Munday); "Spandau Snare" by F.E. Rechnitzer; "'Plane Dope" by Arch Whitehouse (about WWI German pilot Bruno Loerzer). [Note the inverted swastika on the front cover, "the symbol of good magazine reading."] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Journal of the University Film Association (Spring 1979) [special issue: Economic and Industry History of the American Film], (Allen, Jeanne Thomas, guest editor)
19 (Allen, Jeanne Thomas, guest editor) The Journal of the University Film Association (Spring 1979) [special issue: Economic and Industry History of the American Film]
Houston TX University Film Association 1979 (Vol. XXXI, No. 2) Journal Very Good+ 
[light external soiling, soft vertical crease in front cover (unobtrusive), a little dog-earing at top edge of rear cover, subscription mailing label on rear cover]. An exceptionally rich selection of scholarly articles on various aspects of American film history. Contents: "Copyright and Early Theater, Vaudeville and Film Competition" (Jeanne Thomas Allen); "Vitascope/Cinematographe: Initial Patterns of American Film Industrial Practice" (Robert C. Allen); "The Role of the Western Film Genre in Industry Competition, 1907-1911" (Robert Anderson); "Hollywood's Conversion to Color: The Technological, Economic and Aesthetic Factors" (Gorham A. Kindem); "The Collapse of the Federated Motion Picture Crafts: A Case Study of Class Collaboration" (Ida Jeter); "Hollywood, the National Recovery Administration and the Question of Monopoly Power" (J. Douglas Gomery); "Sherlock Holmes: Genre and Industrial Practice" (Mary Beth Haralovich). Also includes a review of the book "A History of Motion Picture Color Technology" by Roderick T. Ryan. 
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International Photographer (April 1948) [cover: Irene Dunne in I REMEMBER MAMA], (Aller, Herbert, ed.)
20 (Aller, Herbert, ed.) International Photographer (April 1948) [cover: Irene Dunne in I REMEMBER MAMA]
Hollywood International Photographers, IATSE Local 659 1948 (Vol. XX, No. 4) Magazine Near Fine Illustrated by (cover photo) Gaston Longet 
[very light wear along spine, otherwise unblemished]. (B&W photographs) Monthly magazine of the Hollywood photographers' union. The primary feature of this issue is a six-page photographic layout regarding George Stevens's film I REMEMBER MAMA, shot by Gaston Longet and including four full-page location shots taken on the streets of San Francisco. There is also a lovely full-page portrait of actress Ann Blyth, photographed by Ray Jones. Other articles in this issue include: "Landscape Photography," by Edwin Broomer; "Ambassador from Hollywood," an article about photographer Max Munn Autrey; "Television Topics," by W.S. Stewart; "Presentment of Psyche in Photographic Practice," by M.B. Paul. 
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