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Fire on the Mountain, Abbey, Edward
1 Abbey, Edward Fire on the Mountain
New York The Dial Press 1962 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(quarter-bound, red and yellow cloth; no dust jacket) [very slight bump to bottom front corner, light soiling to yellow portions of covers, previous owner's inked name at top of ffep]. Quite a decent copy of Abbey's third novel, about a New Mexico rancher who refuses to let his land be taken over and turned into a bombing range by the U.S. Air Force. Made into a 1981 TV movie starring Buddy Ebsen and Ron Howard. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Grasshopper Heart, Abercrombie, P.B.
2 Abercrombie, P.B. The Grasshopper Heart
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1961 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Galster 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, mild shelfwear, dampstain on top edge (not affecting interior of book), light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket soiled and moderately edgeworn]. "A delightful novel of love and infidelity," about a couple married for ten years who have "a natural, easygoing relationship that had weathered several minor affairs (for each of them) and that seemed somehow 'right' in their sophisticated milieu. By contrast, the marriage of their two closest friends, Emma and Stanley Bonsor, who lived in a seaside cottage with their two delightful sons, appeared on the verge of coming apart at the seams. For Emma was tired of their shabby-genteel existence and of her husband's hard-headed determination to do nothing to improve it." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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3 Abrahami, Izzy The Game
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1973 0-684-13024-6 / 9780684130248 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Aulicino 
[tight, clean copy, faint bumping at top of spine; jacket shows minor edge/corner wear, faint soiling, one small and slightly ragged tear at upper front left hinge, and a bit of scarring at that point also, from label removal]. The author's first novel,a satirical fable about a bored man who creates a game based on the happenings in the hundreds of other windows he can see from his own. Jacket blurbs by Anthony Burgess and Marshall McLuhan. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Elgar on the Journey to Hanley, Alldritt, Keith
4 Alldritt, Keith Elgar on the Journey to Hanley
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1979) 0-312-24214-X / 9780312242145 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Brian Knight 
[good solid copy, a bit of soiling to top edge, very lightly bumped at top rear corner but otherwise very nice; jacket shows just a bit of handling wear, wrinkling at top of rear flap, also seems trimmed so that it's just a tiny bit shorter than the book]. "Early in his career Edward Elgar, together with his much older wife, breaks a journey at Wolverhampton and meets Dora Penny, the young, beautiful, spirited daughter of a rector. A passion develops between them. With elegance and wit the novel traces the course of this relationship, which is shaped partly by genuine affinity, and partly by the egocentricity with which genius takes what it needs from life and protects itself from what it does not." The third in this author's series of novels about the English Midlands; preceded by "The Good Pit Man" and "The Lover Next Door." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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To Tojo from Billy-Bob Jones, Allen, William
5 Allen, William To Tojo from Billy-Bob Jones
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1977 0-395-25376-4 / 9780395253762 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Ned Glattauer 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, some fading to topstain near spine, faint wear to bottom edge; jacket worn along left-hand edge of rear panel, otherwise clean and bright]. "It is the wartime summer of 1945 -- the last American summer of innocence -- and this is the story of the wild misadventures of a family of Texas country folk come to the big city. In the case of 14-year-old Billy-Bob Jones and his Maw-and-Paw-Kettle-ish grandparents, the big city is Gainesville Port, Texas (pop. 82,823), and everything that can go wrong for them does." The author's first novel. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Rachel Papers [*SIGNED*], Amis, Martin
6 Amis, Martin The Rachel Papers [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1974 0-394-49143-2 / 9780394491431 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ray Cruz Signed by Author
[minor shelfwear to book, light foxing to page edges; jacket very clean, slightly faded at spine]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Amis's debut novel, "a sharp and exceedingly funny portrait of the adolescent male at his most arrogant and sex-obsessed, furious with things in general, erupting with wit and pimples." Signed by Author 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Shattered Glass, Ariss, Jean
7 Ariss, Jean The Shattered Glass
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1962 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Muriel Nasser 
[spine slightly turned, otherwise a nice clean copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket has a few nicks and tiny tears along top and bottom edges, light soiling to rear panel]. Second and final novel by this California writer, about a woman who, while recovering from her son's sudden death and separated from her husband, "finds herself falling in love with a young architect, a newcomer to their close-knit hillside community" -- only to discover, too late, that he is a self-destructive alcoholic. The author and her husband, artist Bruce Ariss, were members of the intellectual community of the Monterey Peninsula, and their home served as a meeting place for artistic and literary figures of the region, among them John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Charles Chaplin, Ed Ricketts (with whom she had an affair) and August "Gus" Gay. Her previous novel, "The Quick Years," was set in California's Napa Valley. [This book is featured in ReadInk's Catalog #2, "Skirts, in Jackets," available upon request.] 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Is That Your Best Offer?, Auerbach, Arnold M.
8 Auerbach, Arnold M. Is That Your Best Offer?
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1971 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj) John Alcorn 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, marred only by some soiling/spotting to top page edges; jacket moderately worn, a couple of tiny edge tears, soiling/scuffing to rear panel]. "A novel about literary lions, money and love; a witty novel about New York's chic publishing world, the people in it, and the impact of a naive colelge girl upon them. Claire Franklin, an attractive literary agent, suddenly finds herself both employer and substitute mother of Amy Larkin, an intense Bennington freshman who is spending her work period in New York." First novel by a long-time writer for radio, theatre, TV, and movies; hard to resist the assumption that some of the book's characters (including "a too-successful novelist, a wheeling-dealing editor, an underground film-maker, and an author who's a best seller in spite of himself") might have their origins in real folks. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Fuel-Injected Dreams, Baker, James Robert
9 Baker, James Robert Fuel-Injected Dreams
New York E.P. Dutton (c.1986) 0-525-24417-4 / 9780525244172 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) James Wang 
[nice tight copy, both book and jacket show only minor handling wear]. The late author's first novel, a "gothic, intense and erotic" tale of an L.A. disc jockey who becomes drawn into the world of Dennis Contrelle, a brilliant rock composer of the '60s and '70s who has subsequently become " a recluse in a world guarded by high walls and savage servants." (The usual disclaimers aside, Phil Spector is said to have been the inspiration for Contrelle. I couldn't possibly comment.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Union Street, Barker, Pat
10 Barker, Pat Union Street
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1983 (c.1982) 0-399-12880-8 / 9780399128806 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Judith Kazdym Leeds 
[very nice copy, tiny bit of fingertip-smudging on top of text block nearest spine, but no real wear to book itself; jacket shows just minimal surface wear and the faintest bit of soiling]. "Union Street could be any street, anywhere. But in this powerful novel it lies at the heart of a city in the industrial Northeast of England, a wasteland of decaying streets and partly demolished houses. Set in the winter of 1973, a cold winter of unemployment, the year of the coal miners' strike, this is the story of seven women -- and their men -- who lived on that street." The first published novel by this future Man Booker Prize-winner, it was officially the source for the 1990 American film STANLEY AND IRIS, starring Jane Fonda and Robert DeNiro, the last movie directed by Martin Ritt; however, the only real connection between book and movie seems to reside in the name of the character played by Jane Fonda, "Iris King," who was one of the seven working-class women whose interlinked stories are told in the book. (The characters and relationships were otherwise almost wholly invented for the movie; plus the setting was changed from Northeastern England to Connecticut, so there's that. But not to worry: the book's still in print, and the movie has receded into obscurity.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Glass Slippers Always Pinch, Bawden, Nina
11 Bawden, Nina Glass Slippers Always Pinch
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company 1960 (c.1959) NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Wladislaw Finne 
[nice tight copy, appears unread, no discernible wear to book; jacket show minor wear at extremities, small tear and associated crease at top of spine]. Uncommon novel about a suburban London girl who "has all the makings of an Angry Young Woman [but] unfortunately, she is plagued with that most debilitating of characteristics for a young lady with a mission in life: she has a sense of humour. This affliction, when coupled with her unfailing propensity for doing all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons, cannot fail but produce calamitous results." Bawden's prolific output was divided almost evenly between books for adults and for children. [I was going to call this the "First American Edition," but my research has been unable to turn up any trace of a British edition, rather odd considering the novel's setting and the author's nationality.] 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, Bechard, Gorman
12 Bechard, Gorman The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
New York Carol Publishing Group (c.1991) 0-8065-1263-6 / 9780806512631 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Alex Gross 
[nice copy, very faint dust-soiling to top edge, no significant wear; jacket shows light surface wear only, very minor wrinkling at bottom corner of rear panel]. Very funny novel about the Second Coming -- except it's not Jesus Christ who shows up on earth, but his kid sister, Ilona Ann Coggswater, born in Cooperstown, New York, in 1970, who reveals herself as the Daughter of God at the age of 18. "Her principal passions in life are the Mets, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Costello, and drinking Tab. Her message to the world -- She's decided to keep it simple this time -- is Be Kind." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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One for My Baby [*SIGNED*], Bessie, Alvah
13 Bessie, Alvah One for My Baby [*SIGNED*]
New York Holt, Rinehart and Winston (c.1980) 0-03-053851-3 / 9780030538513 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, slight fading to black cloth at top of spine; jacket shows light handling wear only]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED (in the year of publication) by the author on the half-title page. Novel about a nightclub that's a "pocket of nonconformity" in the conformist 1950s, by the novelist and blacklisted screenwriter, one of the original Hollywood Ten. The club in the novel is modeled in large part after San Francisco's "hungry i," where Bessie worked for many years as a stage manager and lighting technician following his release from prison in 1951. Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Alamo House: Women Without Men, Men Without Brains, Bird, Sarah
14 Bird, Sarah Alamo House: Women Without Men, Men Without Brains
New York W. W. Norton & Co. (c.1986) 0-393-02323-0 / 9780393023237 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Vivienne Flesher 
[nice tight copy, faint soiling/shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket clean and attractive, with one unobtrusive closed tear at top rear corner (at foldover)]. Comic novel of a Texas sorority house, "a woman's hilarious answer to Animal House" -- Secrets of the Yee-Haw Sisterhood, perhaps? -- based on the author's own undergraduate experiences at UT-Austin. Her second book (and first hardcover) to be published under her own name; for a time, she also had a parallel career as a romance novelist under the pseudonym "Tory Cates." (Her subsequent work has included several novels, one of which, "The Boyfriend School," she also screenplayed under the title DON'T TELL HER IT'S ME.) [This book is featured in ReadInk's Catalog #2, "Skirts, in Jackets"; ask for it by name or number.] 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Against Heaven's Hand, Bishop, Leonard
15 Bishop, Leonard Against Heaven's Hand
New York Random House (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Abner Graboff 
[solid copy, light spotting to top edge, minor shelfwear; jacket worn at edges and extremities, a few tiny tears, some wrinkling/creasing at top of front panel]. "The plane, like all planes, had two sharply separate groups: the crew and the passengers. This plane was even more sharply separated -- the passengers were blind. When the plane crashed in the wilds of the Northwest, most of the passengers and all of the crew were killed. The seven passengers who were left were blind." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Peep Show, Black, David
16 Black, David Peep Show
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1986 0-385-27416-5 / 9780385274166 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Honi Werner 
[nice tight clean copy, top rear corner lightly bumped, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows only faint handling wear, one small and almost-invisible closed tear at bottom left-hand corner of front panel]. "A startling showdown between the sixties and the eighties in which Portnoy meets Lolita, at last. It is the story of five people caught in a web of obsession that reaches back into the honky-tonks of the 1800s, the burlesque shows of the 1920s, the free-love communes of the 1960s, and the nocturnal world of 1980s after-hours clubs." Jacket blurbs by Tim Cahill, Madison Smartt Bell, Robert Ward and others. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Old Glory and the Real-Time Freaks: A Children's Story and Patriotic Goodtime Book with Maps, Blum, Ralph
17 Blum, Ralph Old Glory and the Real-Time Freaks: A Children's Story and Patriotic Goodtime Book with Maps
New York Delacorte Press (c.1972) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[minimal shelfwear to book, minor soiling to bottom edges of boards; jacket scuffed and lightly soiled, slight fading to spine, short diagonal corner-creases in front flap]. Novel about a 17-year-old who spends his summer writing a letter to his unborn grandson, "a 'map' of what it was like to be that age a hundred years ago." The author is described in the jacket blurb as having "traveled a lot, tripped a lot, and written a lot" (part of said tripping having occurred when he was "a paid volunteer for early experiments with hallucinogens," supposedly having last taken LSD in 1954). For this novel, he "has drawn on his vast store of knowledge of American Freakdom." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Dog That Was and Was Not -and- The Double Guarantee: Two Surrealistic Tales, Boas, Maurits I.
18 Boas, Maurits I. The Dog That Was and Was Not -and- The Double Guarantee: Two Surrealistic Tales
New York Frederick Fell, Inc. (c.1969) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [very slight bump to bottom corners, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket is rubbed and scuffed, slightly faded at spine, crimped and a bit worn at spine ends]. "Here are two half-romantic, half-symbolic tales that will hold the reader and almost certainly puzzle him. Both are set in England -- rich in description and atmosphere. Both center around young men -- cheerful, talented, friendly -- who are caught by accident in a web of peculiar circumstances, strange characters and unpredictable events." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A Thousand Imitations, Bonime, Florence
19 Bonime, Florence A Thousand Imitations
New York Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. (c.1967) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) James and Ruth McCrea 
[moderate shelfwear and light soiling to bottom edge; jacket is almost flawless, with just one tiny crease at bottom right-hand corner of front panel]. Novel about four NYC couples, by an author (it sez here) who was "married to a psychoanalyst, and lives in Greenwich Village." A native of the Bronx, she had gone to work at age 16 in the advertising business, and in the 1960s and 1970s was a teacher of fiction writing at the New School for Social Research. (Featured in our Catalog #2, available upon request.) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Farewell Summer, Bradbury, Ray
20 Bradbury, Ray Farewell Summer
New York William Morrow (c.2006) 0-06-113154-7 / 9780061131547 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tom Lau 
[book is clean and flawless; ditto the jacket, except for a very slight rippling, caused by its having previously been encased in a paper-lined jacket protector (now replaced with an unlined cover), which has stretched it out just a teensy bit]. A sequel to Bradbury's semi-autobiographical 1957 novel "Dandelion Wine" -- and, as it turned out, also his last published novel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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