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Horace Mann After Fifty Years
1 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). 
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Men Only (issue of June 1957) [cover: Gina Lollobrigida]
2 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. 
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Stars of the Movies and Featured Players
3 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. 
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The Hollywood Reporter (March 30, 1935, Section 2): 4th Annual Writers Number 1935
4 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." 
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The Hollywood Reporter (September 30, 1935; Section 2): 5th Anniversary Number
5 The Hollywood Reporter (September 30, 1935; Section 2): 5th Anniversary Number
First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover illustration) "Wentworth" 
(spiral-bound) [nice attractive copy, a few minor short creases in covers; spiral binding fully intact, no loose or missing pages]. (photographs, advertisements) Massive (440 pages, 10"x12"), elaborately-produced special issue of this Hollywood trade publication, jam-packed with ads (many in color and beautifully designed and printed) for studios, individual films, and filmmakers of all stripes. Although at first glance it might just appear like a larger-format version of the annual Film Daily Year Book, in fact there's not really much "reference" content in this publication, i.e. no lists of people's credits, film credits of the year, etc. What there is, instead, is a substantial amount of original editorial content -- no fewer than 70 articles on a fantastic variety of topics, penned by some of the movie industry's most notable names. Here's just a sampling: "Extra Girl Gets Her First Close-up" by Jean Harlow; "The Great Heresy" by Gene Fowler; "The Rover Girl in the Air" by Lillian Hellman; "Korda's Little League of Nations" by Robert Sherwood; "The ABC of Supervising" by Nunnally Johnson; "The Foreign Market" by Paul Kohner; "Between Melodies" by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; "New Talent Smothered" by Anita Loos; and (my favorite) "You, Too, Can Be a Comedian," by Laurel and Hardy. ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
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Edward Bond Letters, Volume I, (Bond, Edward) Stuart, Ian, ed.
6 (Bond, Edward) Stuart, Ian, ed. Edward Bond Letters, Volume I
Langhorne PA Harwood Academic Publishers (c.1994) 3-7186-5503-9 / 9783718655038 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(laminated boards; no dust jacket) [moderate rubbing/scuffing to covers, top corners very slightly bumped]. (Contemporary Theatre Studies, Volume 5) Series "Beginning in the 1980s Edward Bond's dissociation with the established theatre was inevitable as many leading theatre, such as the RSC and the Royal National Theatre, produced plays antithetical to his belief in a new and useful theatre. Consequently, most of Bond's latest plays were not staged in London but given performances in the regions or abroad. This separation from the London theatre as a venue for his latest work along with Bond's interest in other European productions has resulted in a number of letters written to students and theatre professionals to explain and comment on the plays. The present collection is a selection of these letters." The letter are organized under four headings: Acting and Directing; Theatre Events; Politics; and Productions. "From reading this book the reader will experience new insights into the influences, motivations and beliefs of ths often misunderstood playwright." Laid in is a program for the American premiere of Bond's play "Tuesday," presented at the Stella Adler Academy Theatre in Hollywood, in October-November 1994. 
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Complete Texts of the Kennedy-Nixon Debates, (Congressional Record)
7 (Congressional Record) Complete Texts of the Kennedy-Nixon Debates
Washington DC Congressional Quarterly Inc. 1960 Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[light handling wear only]. This is an assemblage, I guess you'd call it, of the relevant pages from four issues of Congressional Quarterly, in which were printed the full transcripts of the four debates between Presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, held on September 26, October 7, October 13, and October 21, 1960. The four sections have been neatly stapled together, and cumulatively present 28 double-columned pages of text (with a large red X drawn across the extra pages on which no debate text appears). These were, of course, "historic" events in every sense of the word -- the first televised Presidential debates, and considered a landmark of politics in the era of television -- but what's most striking is how they so little resemble what are laughingly called "Presidential debates" today. Whatever your opinion might be of either JFK or Nixon, to read these transcripts is to encounter thoughtful, articulate men, who express their ideas and positions in complete, coherent sentences -- in an atmosphere as different from the entertainment/reality-show/sporting-event bloviation we're subjected to these days as can possibly be imagined. 
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Mother Jones [magazine] (December 1989) [cover: Bart Simpson], (Foster, Douglas, ed.)
8 (Foster, Douglas, ed.) Mother Jones [magazine] (December 1989) [cover: Bart Simpson]
San Francisco Foundation for National Progress 1989 (Vol. 14, No. 10) Magazine Near Fine Illustrated by (cover) Matt Groening 
[nearly as new, with just a touch of wear at the spine ends; no address label, nor any sign that there ever was one]. The cover story of this magazine about "people, politics and other passions" is about the early career and rise to fame of cartoonist Matt Groening, who was just then poised for even more phenomenal success. The contents-page description of the article reads "The cartoonist who made angst-ridden bunnies funny brings his hostile humor to the tube" -- the "bunnies" line being a reference to the main character in the strip that first brought wide recognition to Groening's work, the angst-and-anxiety-ridden "Life in Hell." The LiH bunny (who I don't believe ever had a name) shares the cover with a character who was then about to rocket to animated-TV superstardom: the bratty-but-lovable Bart Simpson. "The Simpsons" had appeared, in somewhat cruder form, as short animated segments of "The Tracey Ullman Show" beginning in 1987, but it wasn't until December 1989 -- the very month this magazine appeared -- that Springfield's most famous dysfunctional family was given its own spin-off show, a move that was considered somewhat risky at the time. The cover posed the question of the moment: "Can Matt Groening's subversive humor survive prime time?" More than 27 years later, I think we have our answer. This was definitely one of Bart's earliest appearances on the cover of a national magazine -- possibly even the first, although this is unconfirmed. This issue of the magazine also contains a funny piece (with illustrations) by Lynda Barry, "The Telephone Call," about how a dog's throwing up set off a chain of events that caused a girl to be sent to a Catholic school, thereby ruining her life. But it's not all fun and sunshine: in true Mother Jones fashion there are also articles about the prospects for China's pro-democracy movement in the wake of Tianenmen Square, and about Silicon Valley's role in the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer (and how the electronics industry ignored one scientist's warnings about same). One last thing: a special "previews" section for Winter reading, including "a blueprint for writing the global novel" by Maxine Hong Kingston. All in all, a politically-infused cornucopia! 
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Mother Jones [magazine] (September 1989) [cover: Spike Lee], (Foster, Douglas, ed.)
9 (Foster, Douglas, ed.) Mother Jones [magazine] (September 1989) [cover: Spike Lee]
San Francisco Foundation for National Progress 1989 (Vol. 14, No. 7) Magazine Near Fine Illustrated by (cover photo) Antonin Kratochvil 
[nearly as new, extremely minor wear to the extremities; no address label, nor any sign that there ever was one]. (B&W and color photographs, ads, graphics) The cover story is about film director Spike Lee, and includes a long discussion and analysis of his then-current film was DO THE RIGHT THING. Also in this issue: a photo-essay, "Rites of Man," by Polly Brown; a tribute to journalist I.F. Stone; an article about Florida murderer Tom F. Sawyer; an article about the George H.W. Bush Administration's "too little, too timid, and too late" response to Tiananmen Squarecartoonist Matt Groening, who was just then poised for even more phenomenal success. The contents-page description of the article reads "The cartoonist who made angst-ridden bunnies funny brings his hostile humor to the tube" -- the "bunnies" line being a reference to the main character in the strip that first brought wide recognition to Groening's work, the angst-and-anxiety-ridden "Life in Hell." The LiH bunny (who I don't believe ever had a name) shares the cover with a character who was then about to rocket to animated-TV superstardom: the bratty-but-lovable Bart Simpson. "The Simpsons" had appeared, in somewhat cruder form, as short animated segments of "The Tracey Ullman Show" beginning in 1987, but it wasn't until December 1989 -- the very month this magazine appeared -- that Springfield's most famous dysfunctional family was given its own spin-off show, a move that was considered somewhat risky at the time. The cover posed the question of the moment: "Can Matt Groening's subversive humor survive prime time?" More than 27 years later, I think we have our answer. This was definitely one of Bart's earliest appearances on the cover of a national magazine -- possibly even the first, although this is unconfirmed. This issue of the magazine also contains a funny piece (with illustrations) by Lynda Barry, "The Telephone Call," about how a dog's throwing up set off a chain of events that caused a girl to be sent to a Catholic school, thereby ruining her life. But it's not all fun and sunshine: in true Mother Jones fashion there are also articles about the prospects for China's pro-democracy movement in the wake of Tianenmen Square, and about Silicon Valley's role in the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer (and how the electronics industry ignored one scientist's warnings about same). One last thing: a special "previews" section for Winter reading, including "a blueprint for writing the global novel" by Maxine Hong Kingston. All in all, a politically-infused cornucopia! 
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Esquire: The Magazine for Men (January 1965), (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by Tennessee Williams, Saul Bellow, Irwin Shaw, and others]
10 (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by Tennessee Williams, Saul Bellow, Irwin Shaw, and others] Esquire: The Magazine for Men (January 1965)
Chicago Esquire, Inc. 1965 NO (Vol. LXII, No. 1; whole no. 374) Magazine Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, a couple of tiny cracks in spine (integrity of binding not compromised); original publisher's "issue highlights" label affixed to front cover]. (B&W/color photographs, ads, etc.) The most notable pieces in this issue are "Mama's Old Stucco House," a previously unpublished story by Tennessee Williams, and "A Wen," a play in two scenes by Saul Bellow. The cover photo gallery (featuring the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lewis, Barry Goldwater, Herman Munster, Lyndon Johnson, and other notables of the day) promotes the 4th annual installment of the magazine's long-running "Dubious Achievement Awards" feature, which was snarkiness at its finest before "snarky" was even a word. Other articles/features: a profile of New York Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle, by Irwin Shaw; "Death as a Game," a treatise on how to be a mystery writer, by Michael Innes; a feature on movie producer Joseph E. Levine's crash diet; "Boss Ladies," an article profiling four women in executive positions, with a full-page color photo of each (the four are: Mildred Custin, president of Bonwit Teller; Phyllis Jackson, a literary agent; Helen Van Slyke, president of House of Fragrance; and Eleanor Kilgallen, a vice-president of Music Corporation of America); an article, "The American Painter as a Blue Chip," illustrated with color photos of Andy Warhol (shopping for soup cans!), Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers, and others. 
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Esquire: The Magazine for Men (December 1959), (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Dorothy Parker, and others]
11 (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Dorothy Parker, and others] Esquire: The Magazine for Men (December 1959)
Chicago Esquire, Inc. 1959 NO (Vol. LII, No. 6; whole no. 313) Magazine Very Good 
[rubbing to covers, small tear in right edge of front cover, another small tear and just a bit of paper loss at bottom of rear cover adjacent to spine]. (B&W/color photographs, ads, etc.) An exceptionally rich issue of this generally exceptional magazine. For starters, there are six pieces of fiction in English ("Mink Snopes" by William Faulkner; "End of a Relationship" by Alberto Moravia; "I Don't Need You Any More" by Arthur Miller; "Wake Before Bomb" by Wright Morris; "The Man Who Looked Like Jesus" by Howard Fast; "Actress with Red Garters" by Allan Seager), and another in translation: "A Revenge" by Thomas Mann (written when he was 24). Also notable: "Tribute to a Designer," about William Addison Dwiggins, by Alfred A. Knopf; "Un Petite Drame," a hitherto unpublished one-act play by George Bernard Shaw (called here "the first written" by him, dating to 1884); pictorial essays "The Comden-Green Film Festival" and "The Dark World of John Barrymore" (the latter being reproductions of a number of drawings and sketches by the actor); "Footnotes on [F. Scott] Fitzgerald" by his secretary Frances Kroll Ring; an essay by Irwin Shaw, "The Passing of the Four Seasons"; an article about Julia Moore, "The World's Worst Poet"; a short poem by Emperor Hirohito of Japan; an essay, "The Flowering Dream; notes on writing" by Carson McCullers; and book reviews by Dorothy Parker, who praises James Purdy and his latest book, "Malcolm." And there's more, 382 pages in all, weighing in at just over 2-1/2 pounds. 
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Motels, Hotels, Restaurants and Bars: An Architectural Record Book, (Hornbeck, James S., senior editor)
12 (Hornbeck, James S., senior editor) Motels, Hotels, Restaurants and Bars: An Architectural Record Book
New York F.W. Dodge Corporation (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj 
[bumping and light fraying to cloth at base of spine, otherwise just a bit of wear to book at edges and corners; jacket soiled, semi-circular piece torn away from top right corner of front panel, various other small nicks and chips, mostly along top edge]. (B&W photographs, drawings, floor plans, etc.) "This informative new book presents for the first time in one place a detailed study of physical design in motels, hotels, restaurants and bars, and graphically shows the important relationship between good design and good business. Presented in these pages are 518 illustrations and plans of successful establishments, where well-planned and practical design has paid off in flourishing trade and satisfied clientele. Each case study is profusely illustrated with interior and exterior photographs, with detailed floor plans and structural diagrams also included." It should be noted that the examples chosen are international in scope, not confined merely to the U.S. If you are a fan of mid-century architecture and design, flipping through this book will make you swoon -- and then get all depressed that you can no longer go out and actually see some of these long-vanished gems, e.g. Carl's Sea Air Motel in Santa Monica (when U.S. 1 was still called the "Roosevelt Highway"). Several of the California motels featured here were photographed for this volume by Julius Shulman. 
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Tijuana Shopping News - issue of April 22, 1938, (Luna, Ruben D., owner and publisher)
13 (Luna, Ruben D., owner and publisher) Tijuana Shopping News - issue of April 22, 1938
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Ruben D. Luna 1938 (Number 159th) Stapled wraps Very Good 
(bound with a single staple in the center of the spine) [age-browned and somewhat fragile due to cheap pulp paper, but otherwise in quite nice shape, with just one little tear at the rear hinge, and a diagonal section across the top corner of the front cover that's a little extra-browned]. (advertisements) 12-page advertising handout, touting the many excellent (and duty-free) bargains to be had by "Mr. Tourist" in the fine shopping emporia just over the border in Tijuana. Issued with "the approval of the Tijuana National Chamber of Commerce," the array of goods advertised in its pages runs the gamut: Oriental rugs, lounging robes, briar pipes, cashmere sweaters, French perfumes, German cameras, silk and rayon pajamas, Swiss watches, and more! The entire issue consists of advertisements, except for the editorial/advisory matter (explaining, among other things, the $100 limitation on goods to be taken back into the U.S.) which appears on the front page under the headline "Tijuana Offers the Best Merchandise," and promises that the reader/shopper will find in the city "a veritable Exposition of articles from all parts of the world which can be obtained at prices astoundingly low." There are large ads for Mexicali Beer (advising the buyer to accept no imitations, and to "have bottles opened in your presence"), a bookstore called "Cultura" (offering "Spanish translations of the best foreign writers"), the Original Caesar's Cafe and Restaurant, and of course a couple of marriage and divorce bureaus. An ephemeral publication if there ever was one (and the survival of a never-been-folded example is all the more remarkable); an OCLC search turns up absolutely nothing, although it's entirely possible that there are special collections holdings, in Mexico or elsewhere, of this publication. But I wouldn't bet my last tamale on it. 
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Zap Comix, No. 5, (Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, and others)
14 (Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, and others) Zap Comix, No. 5
[Berkeley CA] Apex Novelties [1970] First Edition Comic Book Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, slight dog-earing and short diagonal creasing at bottom right corner of front cover; binding (staples) intact; graded by book standards, not comic-book guidelines]. (comic strip/cartoon drawings) Contents include: "Those Fabulous Furry Frreak Brothers" by Gilbert Shelton; "Bludgeon Funnies!" by Robert Williams; " "Lester Gass: The Midnight" by S. Clay Wilson; "Mr. Natural" by R. Crumb; "Wonder Wart-Hog's Believe It or Leave It!" by Gilbert Shelton; "Ruby the Dyke Meets Weedman" by S. Clay Wilson; "The Adventurres of Fuzzy the Bunny" by Robert & Charles Crumb; "Coochy Cooty in 'Docil Days'" by Robert Williams. (50 cent cover price, denoting the first printing.) 
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Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Spring 1952 Selections (Volume IX) [Adventures in Two Worlds; The Gabriel Horn; Duveen; Out of Africa; East Side General], A.J. Cronin, Felix Holt, S.N. Behrman, Isak Dinesen, Frank G. Slaughter
15 A.J. Cronin, Felix Holt, S.N. Behrman, Isak Dinesen, Frank G. Slaughter Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Spring 1952 Selections (Volume IX) [Adventures in Two Worlds; The Gabriel Horn; Duveen; Out of Africa; East Side General]
Pleasantville NY The Reader's Digest Association (c.1952) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Robert Fawcett, Henry Pitz, Edward Shenton, Ed Vebell 
[solid clean copy, minor wear to extremities, very slight bump to bottom rear corner, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's name/address stamp on both pastedowns, ffep and title page (enough already!); the jacket is slightly edgeworn and lightly rubbed, with tiny tears and a teensy bit of paper loss at a couple of corners, a bit of creasing in the middle of the rear panel]. Vol. 9 The ninth volume in the RDCB series, with the Spring 1952 issue of "News of The Reader's Digest Condensed Book Club" (8 pages) laid in. This edition contains condensed versions of four popular books of the day -- "Adventures in Two Worlds" by A.J. Cronin, "The Gabriel Horn" by Felix Holt, "Duveen" by S.N. Behrman ("illustrated with 10 famous art masterpieces reproduced in full color"), and "East Side General" by Frank G. Slaughter -- as well as what's called a "brief condensation" of the Isak Dinesen classic "Out of Africa," but is really just an episode entitled "Kamante and Lulu." Each of these is accompanied by a one-page profile (with small portrait drawing) of its author. Interesting to note that just two years into the series, they had already cut the per-volume subscriber's price from $1.89 to $1.88 (plus 12 cents postage). Long the bane of used bookstores and objects of derision from "serious" readers, these volumes nonetheless have been a fixture on the publishing landscape for close onto seventy years now (the name was changed to the slightly more snooty-sounding "Reader's Digest Select Editions" in 1997). Jacketed copies of the earlier volumes in the series are surprisingly scarce, perhaps because many of their original owners considered the decorated spines of the books themselves to be "classier"-looking than the printed jackets, and therefore discarded the latter. 
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"Mister Abbott", Abbott, George
16 Abbott, George "Mister Abbott"
New York Random House (c.1963) 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jason Kirby 
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, spine very slightly turned, miniscule bump to top front corner; jacket shows just a bit of edgewear, tiny puncture-tear in rear panel, a few tiny nicks and tears (rendered unobtrusive by new jacket protector)]. The "uninhibited autobiography of the celebrated Broadway showman," published when he was a mere child of 76, marking the 50th anniversary of his first appearance on Broadway. According to the jacket blurb he was then about to direct his 104th Broadway show -- and little did the world know that he would just keep on going, living -- and working -- to the ripe old age of 107. His final credit as director was on a short-lived revival of his own play "Broadway" in 1987, just shy of his 100th birthday (he had also directed the original production in 1927), but in the final weeks of his life he was still busy, working on proposed revivals of two of his biggest hits, "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees." 
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Forrest J Ackerman, Famous Monster of Filmland, Ackerman, Forrest J
17 Ackerman, Forrest J Forrest J Ackerman, Famous Monster of Filmland
Pittsburgh Imagine, Inc. 1986 0-91137-05-X First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[just the tiniest bit of handling wear, very slight fading to top right corner of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W and color photographs, graphics) Sort of a memoir by the Ackermonster, in the form of an account of the birth of his most notable (and influential) creation, "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine, and its development through its first fifty issues. Jam-packed with great illustrations (including an 8-page color section), anecdotes, film facts, bad puns, and so on, the book was consciously "designed in the style of the early FMs but written on a level for those of us who were youngsters in the 50s and 60s (less puns, that is)" and is just as much fun to read as an average issue of Famous Monsters of that era -- which is to say, a lot. Ackerman, who died in 2008, had an enormous influence on young film fans (including yours truly) who devoured his magazines and internalized his infectious love for the sci-fi/horror genre -- and who often went on to become important writers or filmmakers themselves. (Forry published a "Volume II" follow-up in 1991, covering the history of issues 51 through 100 of the magazine.) 
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Water Flowing Home; poems [*SIGNED*], Alexie, Sherman
18 Alexie, Sherman Water Flowing Home; poems [*SIGNED*]
Boise ID Limberlost Press 1996 0-931659-25-6 / 9780931659256 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[very nice copy, slightly bumped at both ends of spine, with just a couple of tiny smudges on the rear cover]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, additionally dated in his hand "8/28/96 / Seattle." The Colophon states that the book was "letterpressed in an edition of 500 copies," and additionally specifies that 100 copies had been numbered and signed by the author; this copy, however, was signed independently of that group, and is not numbered. Signed by Author 
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A Walk on the Wild Side, Algren, Nelson
19 Algren, Nelson A Walk on the Wild Side
New York Farrar, Straus and Cudahy 1956 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photograph) Arthur Shay 
[good sound copy, very slight deterioration of binding at top of spine, minor dust-soiling to edges of text block; jacket shows only light wear and a bit of browning at edges, a teensy bit of paper loss at a couple of corners]. Algren's novel based on his youthful experiences in New Orleans, a book that "wasn't written until long after it had been walked," as he put it. "That was through what remained of old Storyville in 1931." 
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And So to Bed, Anderson, C.W.
20 Anderson, C.W. And So to Bed
New York Loring & Mussey (c.1935) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by the author 
(no dust jacket) [slight bumping/fraying to bottom front corner, otherwise a nice clean solid book]. (cartoon illustrations) Full-page gag cartoons of a somewhat risque nature. The first book by this author/illustrator (full name Clarence William Anderson), who later became well known for his books about horses, which he also illustrated. 
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