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First Lady: My Thirty Days Upstairs in the White House, "Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield," as told to Patrick Dennis
1 "Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield," as told to Patrick Dennis First Lady: My Thirty Days Upstairs in the White House
New York William Morrow and Company 1964 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj Illustrated by (photographs) Cris Alexander 
[a bit of foxing to edges of text block, light shelfwear; jacket modeately edgeworn, some scuffing to front panel, light foxing to both flaps]. (B&W photographs) Elaborate, satirical faux-memoir purporting to present the "inside story of the ill-fated Butterfield Administration (March 4, 1909 - April 4, 1909)," as related by the nonagenarian widow of George Washington Butterfield, "America's most misunderstood statesman." Mrs. Butterfield, "patent medicine heiress, social leader, Nobel Prize winner and haunted hostess of the Executive Mansion for one cataclysmic month .... overlooks no niggling, inconsequential detail (no matter how inaccurate) in this dramatic account of her rise from genteel poverty in the sleepy little Southern town of Pellagra to sudden wealth; to romance and glamour on two continents (and the British Isles); to love, marriage and motherhood; and thence to the number one address of our nation -- The White House!" The book is extensively illustrated with staged "historical" photographs (172, count 'em) depicting Mrs. Butterfield (portrayed by actress-comedian Peggy Cass) and dozens of others. (Some of the other recognizable names and faces involved in these photographic hijinks are author Patrick Dennis, Kaye Ballard, Harold Lang, Dody Goodman, and Dagmar! -- the latter as "Gladys Goldfoil," whose dalliance with President Butterfield contributes to his precipitous downfall.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2 Adler, Larry Jokes and How to Tell Them
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1963 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Isadore Seltzer 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear; jacket mildly soiled, insignificant chipping at top of spine, tiny tear at top front corner]. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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My Life With Women: Confessions of a Domesticated Male, Armour, Richard
3 Armour, Richard My Life With Women: Confessions of a Domesticated Male
New York Mcgraw-Hill Book Company 1968 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Leo Hershfield 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light soiling to bottom edge; jacket shows minor edgewear, some diagonal creasing at corners of both flaps]. "Starting with the girl next door, who taught him the difference between the sexes when he was eight years old, [the author] tells of his troubles with women in high school, in college, and ever since. Armour was never the Great Lover. He was the Great Loser. Much as they may boast in public, many men will identify with him and laugh through their tears or cry through their laughter. It seemed impossible that this Utter Failure would ever marry. But, thanks to a curious set of circumstances, he did. Most of this book is about married life, viewed as only Richard Armour can view it. After being married thirty-five years, to the same woman, he thinks it is time to tell all, or almost all." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Nights with Armour [*SIGNED*], Armour, Richard
4 Armour, Richard Nights with Armour [*SIGNED*]
New York McGraw-Hill (c.1958) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Leo Hershfield Signed by Author
[some wear at heel of spine, bottom corners lightly bumped, otherwise a nice clean copy with a previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown; jacket has some edge/corner wear,a bit rubbed, front flap vertically creased]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep with a generic inscription ("All good wishes"). More "Lighthearted Light Verse." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Dear Animated Bust: Letters to Lady Juliet Duff, France 1915-1918, Baring, Maurice
5 Baring, Maurice Dear Animated Bust: Letters to Lady Juliet Duff, France 1915-1918
Wilton, Salisbury, U.K. Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd. 1981 0-85955-086-9 / 9780859550864 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Humphrey Stone 
[no siginficant wear to book, light spotting/foxing to edges of text block, one-time owner's name on ffep; jacket lightly rubbed, with faint soiling]. Letters home from a Royal Flying Corps staff officer stationed on the Western Front during World War I -- eccentric, whimsical, and sometimes just plain weird, written as "a civilising distraction from the mental and physical discomforts of the war, written to someone who may have missed a good deal of the subtleties, but who has done us all the favour of fostering the flow." (This someone, Lady Juliet Duff, is described in the book's introduction as "not an obviously appropriate recipient for epistolary fireworks....not even clever or well-educated....although she hid her ignorance quite amiably behind a wall of vagueness. [Ouch.] Nor was she accounted much of a beauty by her contemporaries, though both Baring and [Hillaire] Belloc thought her lovely. Her gift was that of sympathy; she was a good listener.") Among the myriad delights presented by these letters is the fact that Baring managed to sign each and every one with a different (made-up) name: Quesnay de Beaurepaire, Edwin Clayhanger, Gorner Grat, Paul not Saint nor Esterhazy nor Herbert, Fana la Tulipe, Rex Poode, Keith of Ravelstone, and on and on in endless inventive profusion. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Four Children for the Doctor, Barkins, Evelyn
6 Barkins, Evelyn Four Children for the Doctor
New York Frederick Fell, Inc. (c.1955) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, top corners slightly bumped, light dust-soiling to top edge, a touch of fading to cloth at top of spine, small bookstore stamp at bottom corner of front pastedown; jacket shows general wear at edges, small tears at a couple of corners, soiling to rear panel, spine title quite faded]. The author got a lot of literary mileage out of her experiences as "the glamorous young wife of a busy Westchester physician," this being her fourth book about the having and raising of his kids. In this one, her pregnancy with #4 occasions much concern and attention from the existing trio, and numerous allegedly hilarious situations arise from the parents' "varied and unsuccessful attempts to distract their offspring from a strange and sudden passion for obstetrics that threatens to engulf the entire family." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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At a Venture, Bennett, Charles A.
7 Bennett, Charles A. At a Venture
New York Harper & Brothers 1924 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by Clarence Day, Jr. 
[solid copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, dust-soiling and rubbing to red topstain; jacket has numerous chips (especially at spine, including loss of most of book title), and is split at rear hinge, but front panel is substantially complete and still attractive]. (20 full-page line drawings) Humorous essays by "a philosopher by profession, a humorist by nature, a New Englander by residence, an Oxford man by education, and an Irishman by birth." (That's just one guy, not five.) The author's "topics range from the jazz orchestra of the future to the next war." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Book of Jonah, Newly Revised, Blechman, R.O.
8 Blechman, R.O. The Book of Jonah, Newly Revised
New York Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1997 1-55670-548-4 / 9781556705489 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by the author 
[nice clean copy, no discernible wear to book; tiny scrape to jacket near bottom right-hand corner]. (cartoon sketches) The eccentric cartoonist's re-imagining of the story of Jonah (including the Whale episode). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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9 Briggs, Joe Bob The Cosmic Wisdom of Joe Bob Briggs
New York Random House (c.1990) 0-394-58890-8 / 9780394588902 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice copy, clean and tight, no remainder or other marks; jacket shows minimal surface wear, short diagonal crease at top of front flap]. "After years of preparation as the world's most famous drive-in movie critic, [the author] has decided to solve all of the world's problems. He's getting up out of his La-Z-Boy recliner and branching out into politics, sex, war, international finance, and, yes, the mind of God." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Maggie of the Suicide Fleet; as written from the log of Raymond D. Borden, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R., Buranelli, Prosper
10 Buranelli, Prosper Maggie of the Suicide Fleet; as written from the log of Raymond D. Borden, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1930 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by Herb Roth 
[moderately shelfworn book, light bumping to bottom corners, spine slightly turned; jacket edgeworn, a little browned at spine, worn at spine ends, one tiny chip at bottom of front panel, small tears with very minor paper loss at front corners]. (line drawings) The true story, more or less, of the U.S.S. Margaret, the most notorious ("the worst," in the author's words) of the many private vessels that were pressed into service for submarine patrol by the U.S. Navy during World War I. A former pleasure yacht, the Maggie "was an old, old lady, never built to go out of sight of land, even in her youth, and when she got to sea her troubles began. Her recruits were all farmers and when her wheel came off in the steersman's hand he hardly had sense enough to be astonished. Maggie was equipped with depth bombs, but she could never use them; she was so slow that if she dropped one she couldn't get away from the explosion. All during the war she was sent places but she never kept a date. The story of her adventures and those of the crew who had a fondness for the damsels of the Azores, is an amazing tale of much excitement and more humor." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Possible Side Effects, Burroughs, Augusten
11 Burroughs, Augusten Possible Side Effects
New York St. Martin's Press 2006 0-312-31596-1 / 9780312315962 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd 
[lovely clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows a teensy bit of surface wear, very minor wrinkling along top of front panel]. A collection of autobiographical essays/stories/rants, "approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughterr, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Whimsey Report; or, Sex Isn't Everything, Cummings, Parke
12 Cummings, Parke The Whimsey Report; or, Sex Isn't Everything
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company 1948 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by Al Piane 
[lightly bumped at several corners, stray pencil smudge on fore-edge, contemporary gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, minor tears and dog-earing along top edge, light soiling, browing at flap edges, short diagonal crease at top corner of front flap]. (cartoon illustrations) Humorous "survey" of human behavior, in which the author and his crack team of researchers (a Professor Tewksbury of State University -- which state, the author never found out -- and Al, a guy recruited at a local tavern) discovered "that men sweep crumbs under rugs; boggle at cleaning out attics; refuse to get up and close the window when thunderstorms come at midnight; think their wives can't drive well or make good coffee. Women, on the other hand, interrupt their husband's reading of the paper; sleep with curlers; snore; like hot baths and hate showers." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Handies and Footsies, Dunn, Bob
13 Dunn, Bob Handies and Footsies
Racine WI Whitman Publishing Co. (c.1936) Unstated edition Softcover Good Illustrated by the author 
[worn but intact copy, small piece missing at bottom right-hand corner of front cover and first few pages, small tear at top of front cover (also extending slightly into first few pages), pages browned with age but not brittle; one-time owner's name and date in pencil at top inside front cover]. (cartoon drawings) Wacky cartoon drawings illustrating a sort of variant form of charades, in this case focused exclusively on acting out "familiar phrases and popular sayings," e.g.: "Hip, Hip, Hooray"; "Shuffle Off to Buffalo"; "Starting from Scratch"; you get the idea. Bob Dunn achieved some small measure of fame later in his career as writer/artist of the syndicated feature "They'll Do It Every Time," which he took over after the death of its creator, Jimmy Hatlo, in 1963. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Lady Addle at Home, Dunn, Mary
14 Dunn, Mary Lady Addle at Home
London Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1945 NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [some wear and fading to cloth at base of spine, top corners bumped, light general wear, faint bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.)]. (B&W photographs) The second (of two) Lady Addle books, gently satirical faux memoirs in which the fictional Lady Blanche Addle (née Coot), daughter of the 13th Earl of Coot, gushingly details the utterly mundane details of her utterly uninteresting life as a member of the British upper crust, with the humor (and the book really is quite funny) arising from Lady A's obliviousness to her own pomposity. This volume is actually less a memoir than a compendium of Lady A's culinary and household tips, each one more ridiculous (and hilarious) than the next. (For all the fun-poking that's going on, though, there's a distinct undertone of stiff-upper-lip making-do-ness throughout, with numerous references to wartime food shortages and other deprivations, and recipes for things like "fishless fishcakes" (involving seaweed and cold cooked potatoes) and "marmalade without oranges or sugar.") The illustrations are genuine Victorian-era photographs, with an occasional bit of doctoring (to give The Princess Pansy of Splasche a lazy eye, for instance). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Mutt and Jeff Big Book, Fisher, Bud
15 Fisher, Bud Mutt and Jeff Big Book
New York Cupples & Leon Company (c.1926) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by the author 
(pictorial paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [moderate external soiling (mostly to rear cover), some intermittent exposure of boards at corners and along top and bottom edges, binding intact but rear hinge starting to give a little, vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco) on rear pastedown]. (cartoon drawings) Collection of comic strips featuring the erstwhile but usually-argumentative buddies, whose newspaper adventures had commenced in 1907. "Mutt and Jeff" (originally titled "A. Mutt") was the first successful daily multi-panel strip to feature recurring characters, and continued in syndication until 1983. Among its many multi-media spin-offs was a series of almost 300 animated silent films, which coincidentally stopped being produced the same year this book (the first of only two M&J "Big Books") appeared. (In the beginning, Mutt was a compulsive gambler and Jeff was an inmate of an insane asylum(!), and they bonded over their mutual love of horse racing.) 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Famous Fimmales With Odder Ewents From Heestory, Gross, Milt
16 Gross, Milt Famous Fimmales With Odder Ewents From Heestory
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1928 First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by the author 
(no dust jacket) [a decent copy, shelfwear to bottom edge, binding cracking in middle of book, top front corner bumped, spine darkened and a bit soiled]. (cartoon drawings) Not-quite-Yiddish versions of the lives and exploits of Halan from Troy, Lady Godiwa, Loocritchia Borgia, etc., along with "heestorical" accounts of other episodes, e.g. "How It Got Inwanted Tenksgeeving Day," "An Antidote from De Bustun Tippotty," etc. Effrytink you knowed iss ronk. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Rhymes for the Irreverent [*SIGNED*], Harburg, E.Y.
17 Harburg, E.Y. Rhymes for the Irreverent [*SIGNED*]
New York Grossman Publishers (c.1965) 0-670-59734-1 / 9780670597345 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Seymour Chwast Signed by Author
[no discernibile wear to book; jacket has a narrow discolored strip along the top of the front panel, otherwise quite nice]. (B&W cartoon drawings) INSCRIBED ("Peace") and SIGNED by Harburg on the ffep. Humorous doggerel by the renowned lyricist ("The Wizard of Oz"; "Finian's Rainbow"; etc.). Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Cutie: A Warm Mamma, Hecht, Ben, and Maxwell Bodenheim
18 Hecht, Ben, and Maxwell Bodenheim Cutie: A Warm Mamma
New York Boar's Head Books 1952 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj 
[moderate shelfwear, a little dust-darkening to top edge; jacket browned at edges, spine, and 1" strip along top of front panel, and a couple of small edge-tears along top edge have been internally tape-repaired]. Bodenheim, in his preface, calls this "a satire on ultra-prudish hypocritical censors and assailers of sexual candor and incisiveness in literary and pictorial work -- both official and amateur apostles of so-called cleanliness and righteousness." (The original publication of this piece was in 1924, in various issues of the Chicago Literary Times, co-edited by Hecht and Bodenheim.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Laughing Willow: Verses and Pictures, Herford, Oliver
19 Herford, Oliver The Laughing Willow: Verses and Pictures
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1918) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by the author 
[light wear to edges of paper-covered boards, minor soiling to top page edges; jacket has one tiny chip at top of front panel, water-staining along spine and near bottom right corner of front panel, short closed tear at top of rear panel]. pen & ink drawings) "To see the Kaiser's Epitaph / would make a weeping willow laugh." Humorous doggerel by the writer/illustrator sometimes referred to as "the American Oscar Wilde," much of it thematically related to World War I ("The Air Raid"; "Marching to Berlin"; "The Touching Ballad of General von Beers"; etc.). Uncommon in jacket. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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20 Hewes, Cady (Bernard DeVoto) Women and Children First
Boston Houghton Mifflin Co. 1957 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, but bottom front corner worn through (exposed board), tiny tear in binding at top of spine; jacket a bit rubbed, moderate edge/corner wear, a couple of tears and some paper loss at top of spine]. Suburban humor of the Fifties. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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