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The Lowlife, Baron, Alexander
1 Baron, Alexander The Lowlife
New York Thomas Yoseloff 1964 (c.1963) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[minimal shelfwear, slight fading to cloth near top of spine; jacket lightly edgeworn, spine slightly sun-browned, minor abrasions at top of spine]. Novel set in London's East End, centering around Harryboy Boas -- a quick-buck hustler in the mold of Pal Joey and Sammy Lee (it sez here) -- "combining the ear of a Damon Runyon, attuned to the sounds of Soho as Runyon was to Broadway, with the clear eye and warm heart of a compassionate observer." According to the jacket blurb, a movie adaptation was "now being filmed and the picture is expected to be released next fall" -- and yet, somehow, it wasn't. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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It's a Small World: All About Midgets, Bodin, Walter, and Burnet Hershey
2 Bodin, Walter, and Burnet Hershey It's a Small World: All About Midgets
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1934) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) Sochis 
[good sound copy, moderately shelfworn, some fading to cloth around edges of covers, very slight exposure of boards at bottom corners, dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket is pretty beat-up, with heavy edgewear, various tears and chips along top edge, old tape repair/reinforcement at both ends of spine, 2-inch split at bottom front foldover, etc.]. (B&W photographs) "A vivid, colorful record, telling every detail of the lives of midgets, from birth to death. It discusses the scientific basis for their diminutive stature, and the psychological and psychoanalytical consequences of their strange existence. The authors have spent years in collecting the material presented in this book, the first factual account of these fascinating and extraordinary folk." Illustrated with 32 photographs of little people, a number of them posing with various well-known big people: Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, J.P. Morgan, William S. Hart, Primo Carnera, President Warren G. Harding, etc. There are chapters devoted to Tom Thumb and the Singer Midgets, and to discussions of such topics as "Sex and the Midget," "Historical Midgets," and "Midgets in Love." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women, Child, Theodore
3 Child, Theodore Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women
New York Harper and Brothers 1895 (c.1894) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [slight bumping to bottom corners, light dampstaining to rear cover, minor stain at right edge of front cover; internally clean apart from some minor discoloration to endpapers; binding fully intact, top edge gilt] (full-page plates, line drawings) Historical survey of women's hairdos and bling throughout the ages. Contains chapters on Egypt, Asia, Athens, Rome, the Middle Ages, Florence, Venice, the Spanish Toque, the Eighteenth Century, and the Romantic Period, with a final chapter "On Jewelry and Ornaments." Frontispiece + 54 illustrations, a mixture of small line drawings and full-page plates. From the estate of legendary Hollywood makeup artist William Tuttle, with his stamped ownership signature on the front pastedown 
Price: 60.00 USD
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It's a Living: A Personalized Collection of Jewish Humor, Feder, Mark
4 Feder, Mark It's a Living: A Personalized Collection of Jewish Humor
New York Bloch Publishing Company 1948 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very light shelfwear to book, spine just slightly turned; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, minor paper loss at top of spine, tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel]. (pen and ink drawings) "This is not a joke book," states the author in his Preface. "I prefer to call it a personalized collection of anecdotes and experiences directly related to my work as an itinerant story-teller." The author had a syndicated newspaper column called "Live & Laugh," and from about the time this book was published until 1972 he served as the drama director of the Jewish Community Center in Cleveland. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Jack Benny: An Intimate Biography [*SIGNED*], Fein, Irving A.
5 Fein, Irving A. Jack Benny: An Intimate Biography [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1976) 0-399-11640-0 / 9780399116407 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Cheryl Asherman Signed by Author
[minimal wear to book, spine very slightly turned; jacket has small tears and slight paper loss at all corners of spine, two short closed tears and associated horizontal crease at bottom of front panel, moderate wear at edges and corners]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For my dear old friends / ______ and ______ / With love and deep / affection for many years of / laughs -- and friendship -- / Irving / 5/2/76." "A warm and intimate portrait of the quintessential humorist of an age [by his] personal manager, and with an introduction by George Burns. It's all here -- the best anecdotes of a half century in show business, the enduring friendships with stars as well as everyday people, his long and happy marriage to Mary Livingstone." Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Pocahontas and the Elders: A Folkpiece in Four Acts, Geddes, Virgil
6 Geddes, Virgil Pocahontas and the Elders: A Folkpiece in Four Acts
Chapel Hill NC M.A. Abernethy 1933 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light shelfwear, very slight bumping to spine ends and bottom corners; jacket in nearly perfect condition, with just a small abrasion near top of spine, tiny smudge line on front panel]. Historically-based "folkpiece," probing "the motives of the people in America's first colonial settlement. From the familiar legend of Pocahontas, together with much unknown and previously unused material, [the playwright] has constructed a biting play: for America a new kind of historical play, pertinent in its irony and implications, very American, and a challenge to the theatre." Geddes, a native of Nebraska, was a poet and critic as well as a playwright; he spent some time in Paris in the 1920s, and after returning to the U.S. was very active in the American theatre scene, including a stint as co-director of the Federal Theater Project's experimental section. His best-known work as a playwright is probably "Native Ground" (a 3-play cycle), written in 1932 but most notably produced in New York by the WPA's Federal Theatre Project in 1937. (A flyer advertising that engagment, at the Venice Theatre, is laid in to this copy of the book.) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Castrato, Goldman, Lawrence Louis
7 Goldman, Lawrence Louis The Castrato
New York The John Day Company (c.1973) 0-381-98232-7 / 9780381982324 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[spine very slightly turned, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, one-time owner's signature at top of ffep; jacket shows just light surface wear, thin black smudge across lower edge of spine]. "Set against the dazzling courts of Madrid and Vienna, the glamorous opera houses of London, Paris, and Rome, [this novel] is the story of Carlo Broschi, detta Farinelli, who actually was the most celebrated musical figure of his time. A male soprano with a bell-like voice which captivated men and women alike, Farinelli began life as a simple Italian peasant. The cruel mutilation which enabled him to sing in the choir of a Benedictine monastery preserved a voice of rare beauty -- a gift which would carry him from an obscure Italian conservatory to the heights of European society." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman, Grant, Barry Keith
8 Grant, Barry Keith Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman
Urbana/Chicago University of Illinois Press (c.1992) 0-252-06208-6 / 9780252062087 First Edition Softcover (softcover issue) Fine 
[nice as-new copy, no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In this close textual analysis of the cinematic ouevre of America's most innovative documentary filmmaker, [the author] argues that Frederick Wiseman's work is animated with a rare aesthetic intensity. [He] examines Wiseman's concerns with documenting institutional failure in his early films and his expansion of these ideas to cultural and psychological dimensions. He also pays particular attention to Wiseman's strategies for involving and implicating the spectator in the institutional processes." Includes: filmography; individual awards; retrospective screenings; selected bibliography; index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The First to Awaken, Hicks, Granville, with Richard M. Bennett
9 Hicks, Granville, with Richard M. Bennett The First to Awaken
New York Modern Age Books 1940 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[good sound copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight bumping to top corners; jacket edgeworn and moderately soiled, small chip at top front hinge, 2-inch tear and associated creasing at bottom of rear panel, light staining to flaps, etc.] "A novel of the year 2040," in which "a typical American of our time takes advantage of a scientific experiment to sleep for a century," and when he wakes up he discovers, among other things, that "he recognizes with satisfaction the triumph of human intelligence." (I wish I could think that that's the direction we're heading in, but in fact I think Mike Judge's 2006 film IDIOCRACY will prove to be a better prognostication of our future.) Hicks, an influential Marxist literary critic throughout the 1930s, famously broke with the Communist Party in 1939 over the Hitler-Stalin alliance, and declared himself a democratic socialist. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Preacher, Holmes, Garett
10 Holmes, Garett The Preacher
New York Robert Speller Publishing Corp. (c.1937) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "Werner"[?] 
[light shelfwear, rear hinge a little weak, mild age-toning to top edge of text block, small bookseller's stamp (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach) on front pastedown; jacket is edgeworn with a few tiny nicks, visible wear at spine extremities, shallow chip at top of front panel near spine]. Novel tracing the long life of sacrifice endured by a Baptist minister. He starts his career in a small rural community "whose inhabitants are as strange in their actions as they are in appearance and speech," and in which his tenure seems to consist largely of dealing with scandal, violence, madness and death (you know, typical small-town stuff). After twelve years, he moves on to another assignment, and in THAT town the main thing that seems to be going on is his son's coming under the romantic/sexual influence of a woman twenty years his senior; later, he goes off for some missionary duty in China and other foreign lands, finally returning home for a well-deserved retirement, only to witness, "this time in the circle of his immediate family, one more scene of madness and murder, marking a fitting finale to the sordid intrigues, the heartbreaks and the misery, that too often come with the acquisition of great wealth." (That last bit is a reference to his son, who's become a wealthy man in the interim, not the poor preacher-man himself.) This was apparently the only published novel by Garett Holmes (a woman, by the way), although the rear jacket blurb stated that she was "already at work on a sequel," which frankly is a little hard to imagine, given that (spoiler alert!) by the end of this book most of the interesting characters are dead. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Rivers to the Sea: An American Story [*SIGNED*], Hubbard, Lucien
11 Hubbard, Lucien Rivers to the Sea: An American Story [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1942) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Martinot Signed by Author
[light wear to extremities, slight deterioration of cloth at top of spine; jacket very browned at spine, minor paper loss at spine ends, a couple of other tiny nicks and tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For Frank, in / appreciation of a friendship / which means much to me / Lucien Hubbard / April 30, 1942." "Unashamed and unrepentant, [this novel] primarily tells a tale -- a tale of the Mississippi-Ohio rivers, with suspense, climaxes, and even such unfamiliar things as a hero and a villain. Frankly fictional, it is rooted deeply in American history." Set in 1811, it involves an adventurous journey downriver from Pittsburgh to New Orleans, where "the love story of the young hero at the two girls in his life reaches a surprising conclusion." Hubbard had been in the movie business since the late 1910s, transitioning from writer to producer along the way (his most famous credit, then and now, was as the producer of WINGS in 1927, although he had dozens of other credits), but by the time this novel (his first and only) appeared he was winding down his film career. Given his background and the circumstances, however, one can't help but wonder if this yarn, "based on the life of Nicholas Roosevelt and his first steamboat to puff down the Mississippi River," might have begun its life as a film project he couldn't get off the ground. In any event, it's pretty scarce. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Farewell to Youth, Jameson, Storm
12 Jameson, Storm Farewell to Youth
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1928 First American Edition Hardcover Third Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[moderately shelfworn, light bumping to bottom corner, some dark smudging to spine cloth, one-time owner's signature on front and rear endpapers (the former on a small label which is affixed to the ffep); attractive stylized acket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, slight fading at spine]. A young fellow returns from the War to find his wife has been unfaithful while he was at the front, and now wants a divorce. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Moloch [*SIGNED* by the jacket illustrator and dedicatee], Livingston, Marjorie
13 Livingston, Marjorie Moloch [*SIGNED* by the jacket illustrator and dedicatee]
London Andrew Dakers Limited 1942 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Fay Pomerance Signed by Illustrator
[moderate shelfwear, spine a little turned, top front corner bumped, fading to cloth at top of spine; jacket shows wear and very shallow chipping along top edge, minor paper loss at lower left corner of front panel and at top of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by Fay Pomerance, illustrator of the dust jacket, and also the person to whom the author has dedicated the book "in affectionate appreciation of her co-operation and understanding." (See below.) An unusual (and uncommon) wartime fantasy novel, about a two young men who meet untimely, war-related ends -- Vereker, an RAF pilot who's shot down in combat, and Carl, a half-German half-English Jew who's tortured to death in a concentration camp -- and team up in the afterlife to "sally forth on a quest, to destroy the idol of the World, the traditional Moloch, to whom through the centuries the Earth has offered the profane sacrifice of human lives. Their unique condition [i.e. being dead] enables them to chat with St. George, whose sword is drawn for England, in Parliament Square; to listen to a debate in the House of Commons and observe other mundane affairs in the revealing light of stark reality." Jacket illustrator Fay Pomerance (1912-2001) was a noted British-Jewish artist, who "experienced spiritual visions, which informed her dreamlike iconography and complex narratives," and who through her art was very concerned with questions of evil and redemption. Sounds like the perfect person to illustrate this particular dust jacket. The author (1893-?), a clairaudient, psychic writer and lecturer, delved often into the realm of fantasy, and is probably best known for her "Karmic Destiny" trilogy, published between 1944 and 1948, dealing with Atlantis and reincarnation. Signed by Illustrator 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Psyche, Lou˙s, Pierre; with a conclusion and notes by Claude Farrčre
14 Lou˙s, Pierre; with a conclusion and notes by Claude Farrčre Psyche
New York Covici, Friede 1931 (c.1928) Later Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) Majeska [Henriette Stern; uncredited] 
[book lightly shelfworn, miniscule bumping to top front corner; jacket is a bit of a mess, with the striking front panel illustration intact but otherwise some wear and paper loss to the spine (which has also been clumsily tape-repaired along the front hinge), light soiling, a bit of paper loss at corners of rear panel]. Somewhat louche French novel (translation uncredited), "a poem in prose to the eternal beauty and ecstasy of the flesh, a romantic celebration of that physical love which approaches and merges with the sublime." The book was left unfinished at the time of the author's death in 1925, but "his friend Claude Farrčre, working from his own intimate knowledge of the story, gleaned from many conversations with Lou˙s, finally completed it and brought about its publication." It was initially published in the U.S. by Covici, Friede in 1928, in a limited edition with illustrations by the somewhat enigmatic Mme. Majeska (real name, Henriette Stern), a theatre and film costume designer who employed her best Aubrey Beardsley-esque style to illustrate a number of similarly exotic books in the 1920s and 1930s; despite the jacket-blurb claim that the book "is here presented in an attractive format, and without deletion from the original edition," this particular 1931 printing did in fact eliminate the in-text illustrations (perhaps they meant something else by "the original edition"), although the publisher did retain one of her drawings (uncredited) to adorn the front jacket panel. (Too bad about the clumsily-done tape repair to the front jacket hinge; not my doing!) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller [includes "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (see notes)] [*SIGNED*], Miller, Patsy Ruth
15 Miller, Patsy Ruth My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller [includes "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (see notes)] [*SIGNED*]
[n.p.] O'Raghailligh Ltd. (c.1988) 0-929127-01-3 / 9780929127019 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean book with no discernible wear; jacket has some minor wrinkling/creasing along top edge of front panel and bottom edge of rear panel]. (Ackerman Archives Series, Vol. III) Series (B&W photos, other illustrations) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ____ / With best wishes / from / Patsy Ruth Miller / Dec 3, 1988." Autobiography of the silent screen actress, best remembered for her role as "Esmeralda" in the 1923 version of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, opposite Lon Chaney. Introduction by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. This memoir was belatedly "discovered" in 2016 by writer Richard Brody, who wrote a laudatory piece in The New Yorker headlined "A Brilliant, Unknown Memoir About Classic Hollywood," in which he praised Miller's "seeming total recall, a photographic and phonographic memory that vigorously and artlessly conjures an era and its conflicts through the accretion of surprising details and precise, incisive observations." (He fails to mention, however, that this handsome and hefty volume is actually two books in one, the second half consisting of Philip J. Riley's "reconstruction" of THE HUNCHBACK, essentially a reproduction of the original annotated script of the film's director, Wallace Worsley, along with much of the film's original promotional material, numerous stills, etc.) Laid in to the book is the program issued in connection with a screening of THE HUNCHBACK at which Ms. Miller was in attendance, presented by Hollywood Heritage on the same date as her inscription. Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech, Randolph, Vance, and George P. Wilson
16 Randolph, Vance, and George P. Wilson Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech
Norman University of Oklahoma Press (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj 
[good solid book, moderate wear to extremities, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket is a bit on the tattered side, with numerous tears and chips, browning at spine, etc. (jacket is now protected by a new clear mylar cover)]. "In this delightfully written and entertaining book, Vance Randolph, who first visited the Ozark country in 1899, and his collaborator deal with the speech of these hill people who live in their shacks 'down in the holler.' [They] deal with many phases of Ozark speech, including pronunciation, grammar, Early English survivals, taboos and euphemisms, the use of Ozark dialect in fiction, unusual words and meanings, and sayings and wisecracks, and conclude with a word list of further expressions. The narrative style of the book enables the reader to gain a true picture of the customs, superstitions, and philosophy of the hill people -- to observe, in fact, a way of life that is now rapidly disappearing with the encroachment of twentieth-century civilization." (And this, note, was more than sixty years ago!) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The King: A Biography of Clark Gable [*SIGNED*], Samuels, Charles
17 Samuels, Charles The King: A Biography of Clark Gable [*SIGNED*]
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1962) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder, Inc. Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped and a bit worn, very slight bumping to top corner, light age-toning to edges of text block; jacket shows a little edgewear, tiny tears at a couple of corners of the front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. The first biography of Gable to appear after his death in 1960 at the age of 59. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Politics and Cinema, Sarris, Andrew
18 Sarris, Andrew Politics and Cinema
New York Columbia University Press (c.1978) 0-231-04034-2 / 9780231040341 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Laiying Chong 
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, minor browning to cloth at top of spine, no other discernible wear; jacket has a couple of internal tape-repairs, minor wear to extremities]. This selection of Sarris's reviews and essays, mostly dealing with politically-themed films from 1971 through 1978, "explores the often adversary relationship between political reality and film illusion in the recent cinema [and] in the vital social issues surrounding Watergate, the Hollywood blacklist, and the renewed interest in Nazi Germany. Sarris dismantles many of the film industry's questionable attempts at political relevance, reserving his praise for the few ideologically honest films that can survive his careful scrutiny." Among the individual films discussed at some length are THE CANDIDATE, THE GODFATHER, STATE OF SIEGE, THE SORROW AND THE PITY, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE and HEARTS AND MINDS; also included are reviews of Norman Mailer's book on Marilyn Monroe and Richard Schickel's book about Douglas Fairbanks and American celebrity. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Third Ear [*SIGNED*], Siodmak, Curt
19 Siodmak, Curt The Third Ear [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1971) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Dean Ellis Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [book very slightly bumped at a couple of corners, small and extremely light stain on top edge; jacket slightly yellowed, with a few short edge-tears (with internal tape-repair), small tear with minor paper loss at top front hinge, one-inch split at bottom rear hinge]. INSCRIBED ("To Dana and Cubby Broccoli / with kind thoughts") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, who has also added "Three Rivers 1982" beneath his signature. Suspense novel about a neurobiologist whose yoga experiments lead him into a realm of "chemically induced ESP," which gives him the ability to listen in on the thoughts of others. "But his optimistic hopes of world harmony quickly fade in the ensuing din of hypocrisy, lies, and deceit; the 'idealistic' politicians, scientists, industrialists, and humanitarians who approach him for the secret are seeking not international cooperation but mental dictatorship." The co-inscribee, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, was best known as the producer of the James Bond films. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Exiled: Story of an Armenian Girl, Tavoukdjian, Serpouhi
20 Tavoukdjian, Serpouhi Exiled: Story of an Armenian Girl
Takoma Park, Washington DC Review and Herald Publishing Assn. (c.1933) Unstated edition Softcover Very Good 
[general wear and external soiling, slight bumping and dog-earing at corners of all covers, some wear along spine, one-time owner's pencil signature on inside front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photo frontispiece, line drawings) One of numerous survivor narratives chronicling the suffering and horrors suffered by the Armenian people during the genocidal attacks perpetrated on them during the last years of the Ottoman Empire. This little book, apparently intended primarily for younger readers, appeared the same year as Franz Werfel's novel "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh," an international best-seller that's generally regarded as the book that first made a broader public aware of the extent of the Armenian Genocide. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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