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Iola Conklin: Her Book, (Conklin, Iola Schmidlapp) (Conklin, George W., ed.)
1 (Conklin, Iola Schmidlapp) (Conklin, George W., ed.) Iola Conklin: Her Book
Beverly MA Memoirs Unlimited (c.1996) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(1/4-bound, teal and rust cloth, gilt decoration on front cover; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [gift inscription on ffep from "Anne & George," the latter possibly George Conklin, although this is unconfirmed]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Privately- (and posthumously-) published memoir of Iola Schmidlapp Conklin (1872-1955) -- or, more properly, a partial memoir, since it covers only her early life and ends in 1891, following her courtship by (and proposal of marriage from) a young German banker -- which (per her son's Afterword, which briefly sketches the remaining 64 years of her life!) did not result in a marriage. (By rights the book should have been called "Iola Schmidlapp: Her Book," but let's not quibble. She ultimately married Mr. Conklin in 1906.) The narrative proper is largely concerned with the time her family lived in Europe (both in Germany and Italy), where her father had been advised to seek treatment for various chronic ailments. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Quant by Quant, (Quant, Mary)
2 (Quant, Mary) Quant by Quant
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1966 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[light soiling to top edge of text block, no other significant wear, one-time owner's ink signature at top of ffep; jacket a bit edgeworn, with remnants of an old (mostly removed) label on the front panel]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by the noted fashion designer, who opened a shop called "Bazaar" in London's King's Road in 1955 and, "unable to find the kind of clothes that she wanted for her shop, she started making them herself." She soon found herself in the vanguard of a revitalized British fashion industry, and by the early 1960s was already one of its top designers, and well on the way to becoming a fashion icon on a par with Chanel and Dior. Although claims once made for her as the inventor of the miniskirt have largely been discounted (including by Quant herself), she did give it its name, after her favorite make of automobile. She was appointed OBE at the age of 32, the same year this book was published in America; much later she wrote a second autobiography, published in 2011. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Carry Nation, Asbury, Herbert
3 Asbury, Herbert Carry Nation
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1929 First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [moderate wear to extremities, slight age-darkening to spine cloth, bottom rear corner bumped, vintage bookseller's label (Hathaway House Bookshop, Wellesley) on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the noted anti-saloon crusader, "the woman with the hatchet," described in the book's introduction as "the most industrious meddler and busy-body that even the Middle West, hotbed of the bizarre and the fanatical, has ever produced." (He also quotes her favorite description of herself, as "a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn't like.") In his Author's Note, he claims that "I have invented none of the dialogue in this book. All statements attributed to Carry Nation, or to anyone else, are from her own autobiography and other writings; from court and prison records; from letters, interviews and accounts of her activities published in magazines and newspapers during her lifetime; or, in a few instance, from the recollections of persons who knew her and saw her in action." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Footprints: An Autobiography, Astor, Brooke
4 Astor, Brooke Footprints: An Autobiography
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1980 0-385-14377-X / 9780385143776 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Gun Larson 
[very nice copy with no significant wear, would rate as Fine except for remainder spray to bottom edge; jacket shows light edgewear, minor soiling, a little scuffing near bottom of spine, unobtrusive one-inch closed tear at top front hinge]. (B&W photographs) Scarce memoir by the late Mrs. Astor (her second), recounting "her disastrous first marriage [to politician John Dryden Kuser]; her second [to Charles "Buddy" Marshall], a fairy-tale romance cut short by the early death of her husband; and her third, to Vincent Astor, one of the richest men in America." Thanks in large measure to outliving Mr. Astor, she became one of the world's most prominent philanthropists, administering the largesse of the Astor Foundation. She was the subject of a biography published just a few months before her death (in August 2007) at the age of 105. 
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Bellboy Lover and Hobo (An Autobiography), Barton, William Bon
5 Barton, William Bon Bellboy Lover and Hobo (An Autobiography)
New York Vantage Press (c.1972) 0-533-00481-0 / 9780533004812 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[spine slightly turned, mild shelfwear, bottom corners lightly bumped, small bookstore sticker on ffep; jacket has small chip out at top of spine, mild soiling to rear panel, slight edgewear]. "The autobiography of a man who was orphaned by the Great San Francisco earthquake. Born in 1900, [the author] grew up to become a bellboy in many elegant West Coast hotels, a sometime hobo who rode the rails throughout much of the country, an inveterate lover of horses and a lover of many women ... he writes of these and other events fondly, in a simple prose style that presents his recollections vividly but without undue nostalgia." [And there really is no comma after the first word of the title -- so I can only clude that the author must have thought of himself as the "Bellboy Lover."] 
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Tad's Scrapbook - Lincoln's Boy; 200 cartoons of his father's day; Comments and Poems, including Alice in Wonderland! [*SIGNED*], Bauer, Charles J.
6 Bauer, Charles J. Tad's Scrapbook - Lincoln's Boy; 200 cartoons of his father's day; Comments and Poems, including Alice in Wonderland! [*SIGNED*]
Silver Spring MD Silver Spring Press (c.1978) 1st Edition (limited/numbered) Softcover Good+ Signed by Author
[moderate external soiling and shelfwear, covers a bit scuffed]. (cartoons, B&W photographs) INSCRIBED to a relative and SIGNED by the author, opposite the dedication page; also laid in is a postcard from the author to the inscribee (the postcard is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln). A fascinating collection of Civil War-era editorial cartoons, primarily depicting Abraham Lincoln -- not an actual reproduction of his son Tad's scrapbook ("We do not have that precious bit of Lincolniana"), but rather a creative re-imagining of what it might have been like, based on historical accounts of Tad's interest in caricatures of his father. The author's commentary accompanies the cartoons, which are all meticulously sourced and presented in chronological order. The last section of the book is a rather severely abridged version of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,' with reproductions of some of the original John Tenniel illustrations. The photo on the cover, by the way, is of the author's own son. [The title page states this to be copy #273 of an edition of 2,000.] Signed by Author 
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Milligan: The Life and Times of Spike Milligan, Behan, Dominic
7 Behan, Dominic Milligan: The Life and Times of Spike Milligan
London Methuen 1988 0-413-17670-3 / 9780413176707 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[book corners a little bumped, mild browning to page edges; jacket rubbed, surface-scratching, mild edgewear, one small tear at lower rear corner]. (B&W photographs) "What Dominic Behan has set out to do in this haunting and often hilarious account of [Milligan] is to write neither a formal biography, nor a criticial appraisal of the man and his work, but to present Milligan's story and his evolving personality as they emerge from a series of wide-ranging conversations he had with Spike Milligan over a period of several months during his seventieth year." 
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They All Hold Swords, Belfrage, Cedric
8 Belfrage, Cedric They All Hold Swords
New York Modern Age Books (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [soiling to top edge, but otherwise a good solid copy, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends]. Of several autobiographical works turned out by this critic-journalist-social activist, this comes the closest to a traditional memoir -- and is also the most explicit about how he, "the third son of an English gentleman," managed to somehow acquire a social conscience despite a privileged upbringing. He "tells, in terms of his personal life and in a rich satiric vein, how he finally made good his freedom from the samurai snobberies of his class, from the inequalities of English society, and from the place assigned him by birth in the British Empire. He tells how he became a newspaperman, a globetrotter, a writer on movies; how he starved in New York and grew fat in Hollywood; how London life began to repel him and how the air of America alone would let him breathe." (Well, until America threw him out, at least, during the McCarthyite Fifties.) [This latter quote, by the way, is from the book's dust jacket, which is NOT present on this copy.] 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Marie Antoinette, Bickley, Francis
9 Bickley, Francis Marie Antoinette
London & Edinburgh T.N. Foulis 1912 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[moderate wear at spine ends, top page edges somewhat dust-darkened, bookplate on front pastedown and one-time owner's name on half-title page (see notes); jacket darkened at spine, minor paper loss at spine ends, shallow chipping and slight crinkling at top of rear panel]. (Romantic Lives) Series (20 mounted plates in color and B&W) One of this publisher's "Romantic Lives" series, five volumes of popular biography about "beautiful and famous women and chivalrous men" (although apparently Bonnie Prince Charlie was the only one of the latter to make the cut; the others included in the series were Nell Gwyn, Mary Queen of Scots, and Lady Hamilton). This one is a particular delight to flip through, as it's entirely illustrated by small mounted portrait plates of Marie, twenty in all, reproduced from various engravings, paintings, etc. This particular copy was once owned by silent-movie actress Jane Novak, as evidenced by her bookplate on the front pastedown and her ownership signature on the half-title page. (Also, and rather oddly, the dust jacket is printed on the verso of the dust jacket for an entirely different book: "Hunting Songs, with Other Poems & Verses" by George J. Whyte-Melville. The British Library Catalogue records no such exact title, although the same publisher had issued Whyte-Melville's "Hunting Poems" in 1911; might this "recycling" be an attempt to salvage some use from a mis-printed jacket for that book? Or perhaps the book was re-titled after the jacket had been printed, thus rendering it unsuitable. Where's the Dust Jacket Detective Squad when you need them?) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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I Ring Doorbells, Birdwell, Russell
10 Birdwell, Russell I Ring Doorbells
New York Julian Messner, Inc. 1939 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Martinot 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows only minor edgewear, faint soiling, a couple of tiny tears at top of spine]. Memoir by ace reporter-turned-Hollywood publicist. At the time of the book's publication, he had only recently gone to work for David O. Selznick (he handled the publicity on GONE WITH THE WIND), so this book primarily focuses on his early career as a newspaperman, during which he covered numerous sensational stories, among them the execution of Ruth Snyder and Lindbergh's departure for Paris. He went on to a long career in Hollywood, working for (among others) Howard Hughes on THE OUTLAW -- for which he devised what has been called "a sales campaign of unbridled vulgarity," centered around Jane Russell's anatomical endowments. Foreword by Gene Fowler. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Days to Be Happy, Years to Be Sad: The Life and Music of Vincent Youmans, Bordman, Gerald
11 Bordman, Gerald Days to Be Happy, Years to Be Sad: The Life and Music of Vincent Youmans
New York/Oxford Oxford University Press 1982 0-19-503026-5 / 9780195030266 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sandy Kaufman 
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, faint soiling to page edges; jacket shows very light wear along top edge, a couple of tiny scrape marks at upper right-hand corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the composer of "Tea for Two," "Sometimes I'm Happy," and numerous other popular tunes, whose 1925 musical "No, No, Nanette" was the biggest musical comedy hit of the decade. As revealed in this biography, Youmans "was a true child of the Lost Generation -- afflicted by tragedy, burdened by his accomplishments, drawn to hedonism and drink -- a difficult and demanding character straight out of a Fitzgerald novel who ultimately destroyed much of his later music and drove himself to despair." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Moonage Daydream: The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust, Bowie, David (text); photographs by Mick Rock
12 Bowie, David (text); photographs by Mick Rock Moonage Daydream: The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust
New York Universe Publishing 2005 (c.2002) 0-7893-1350-2 / 9780789313508 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[virtually as new, with just a slight bump to the top rear corner and a trace of wear at the base of the spine; jacket is flawless]. (B&W and color photographs) This book "is the most complete, detailed exploration of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest greations: Ziggy Stardust. Featuring more than 600 photographs from Mick Rock's vast archive, [the book] takes the reader from the early English concerts where Ziggy and the Spiders from Mars made their name, to Ziggy's final swansong, the flamboyant 1980 Floor Show. Alongside Mick Rock's reflections on these incredible images, David Bowie adds his own thoughts: discussing Ziggy's origins and giving unprecedented insight into the stratospheric two-year career of his alter-ego. Mick Rock's camera caught more of the Ziggy legend than any other and followed Bowie into hotel rooms and dressing rooms, on the road and socializing with musicians and friends including Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger. Also included are formal studio sessions for the Pin Ups album sleeve and the four pioneering music videos that Mick directed and filmed for Bowie." ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom [*SIGNED*], Brauen, Yangzom
13 Brauen, Yangzom Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press 2011 0312600135 / 9780312600136 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Angela Goddard 
[nice copy, virtually as new, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just a touch of surface wear, still presents beautifully in new jacket protector]. (B&W and color photographs, map) SIGNED by the author on the title page, and uncommon thus. "A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao's Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom." Includes a full-size advertising card for the book, laid in (the same size as the book, reproducing the front-cover photograph on one side). [According to the copyright page the book was "originally published in different format in Germany by Heyne Verlag under the title Eisenvogel."] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Prince and I, Buschow, Rosemarie
14 Buschow, Rosemarie The Prince and I
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1981 (c.1979) 0-385-17111-0 / 9780385171113 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Dave Christensen 
[minimal shelfwear to book itself, tiny dent in top edge of front cover; jacket has a small chip at top of spine, a couple of small tears at base of spine]. "The true story of the young German woman who, while governess to the Saudi Arabian royal family, participated in the circumstances surrounding 'Death of a Princess.'" (The reference here is to a controversial 1980 British TV docu-drama that depicted the public execution of a Saudi princess and her lover for adultery.) The author "spent two years as a governess to Prince Abdul Azis, grand-nephew to King Khalid of Saudi Arabia," and draws on that experience to reveal "what life is like for the lonely, luxury-loving princesses whose incalculable wealth buys everything except the love they desperately desire." (Ms. Buschow was fictionalized as the character "Elsa Gruber" in the film, and depicted by actress Judy Parfitt.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Cocktails and Camels, Carol, Jacqueline [later Jacqueline Cooper]
15 Carol, Jacqueline [later Jacqueline Cooper] Cocktails and Camels
New York Appleton-Century-Crofts (c.1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Ruth Brooks 
[good solid copy, moderate shelfwear, light soiling to page edges, small stain near bottom of fore-edge; the jacket is lovely (had been long protected with a jacket cover, now replaced), bright and fresh-looking, with just a trace of soiling to the rear panel]. Uncommon memoir, "a wonderfully gay love letter to Alexandria, Egypt," written by a young Lebanese girl who grew up there before World War II. "With an irreverent touch she gives an account of her school days in a hilariously archaic convent which frowned on all sports as immodest except for mountain climbing which was practiced in the basement. Then there was the new English girls' college which baffled the Lebanese society of Alexandria." Her life changed radically with the coming of World War II, when Alexandria was "overrun with British and American troops [and] charity called for entertaining convalescent soldiers," one of whom, an American captain, the author ended up marrying. She then "stepped into a new world of subways, no servants, and American-style housework -- a world for which her preparation consisted of a faultless education on nineteenth century French literature, perfect French, very English English, and fair Arabic." (The jacket blurb, in that wonderful high-concept way, further describes the book as "a Lebanese My Sister Eileen.") Many years later, the author, under the name Jacqueline Cooper, wrote and illustrated several bi-lingual children's books. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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In My Own Fashion: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*] , Cassini, Oleg
16 Cassini, Oleg In My Own Fashion: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1987) 0-671-62640-X / 9780671626402 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj  
[solid copy, minor shelfwear but with some light brown staining to top edge; jacket very nice, internally dampstained at bottom edge surrounding spine, but this is completely invisible from the exterior, and the book itself is unaffected]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("to ________ / Where are you? / I miss you") and SIGNED ("Oleg") by the author on the ffep. The author, "European aristocrat, member of cafe society, celebrity Hollywood costume designer, personal couturier to Jacqueline Kennedy, confidant of JFK, husband of Gene Tierney, fiance of Grace Kelly, and force behind a business empire, tells the story -- the full story -- of his life." Signed by Author  
Price: 25.00 USD
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King of Rome: A Biography of Napoleon's Tragic Son, Castelot, Andre (translated from the French by Robert Baldick)
17 Castelot, Andre (translated from the French by Robert Baldick) King of Rome: A Biography of Napoleon's Tragic Son
New York Harper & Brothers (c.1960, 1959) 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Consuelo Joerns 
[lovely copy, tight and clean with just the slightest bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows very light wear along top edge]. (B&W plates) Biography of Napoleon's son by Marie Louise, oldest daughter of the Emperor of Austria, whose birth was the cause for great celebration in Paris. However: "When the boy was three years old Napoleon again went off to war. But the tide was turning, and Marie Louise took the child and hurried home to Vienna. He never saw his father or France again." 
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Nell Gwyn, Chesterton, Cecil
18 Chesterton, Cecil Nell Gwyn
London & Edinburgh T.N. Foulis 1912 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minor wear to cloth at spine ends, bookplate on front pastedown and one-time owner's name on half-title page (see notes); jacket has shallow chipping/wrinkling along bottom edge, slight darkening at spine, a couple of vertical creases (showing as white lines) in rear panel]. (Romantic Lives) Series (20 mounted plates, including four in color) One of this publisher's "Romantic Lives" series, five volumes of popular biography about "beautiful and famous women and chivalrous men" (although apparently Bonnie Prince Charlie was the only one of the latter to make the cut; the others included in the series were Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots, and Lady Hamilton). Illustrated by small mounted portrait plates of the naughty Nell, her family and various intimates -- twenty in all (plates, not intimates), reproduced from various engravings, paintings, etc. This particular copy was once owned by silent-movie actress Jane Novak, as evidenced by her bookplate on the front pastedown and her ownership signature on the half-title page. (Also, and rather oddly, the dust jacket is printed on the verso of the dust jacket for an entirely different book: "The English Character" by Spencer Leigh Hughes, issued by Foulis the same year. A paper-conservation measure, I presume.) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Houdini: The Untold Story, Christopher, Milbourne
19 Christopher, Milbourne Houdini: The Untold Story
New York Pocket Books 1970 (c.1969) 0-671-77169-8 / 9780671771690 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good+ 
[nice tight clean copy, minor edgewear, diagonal crease across bottom corner of rear cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) 
Price: 5.00 USD
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I'd Live It Over [*SIGNED* with related ephemera], Cloman, Flora
20 Cloman, Flora I'd Live It Over [*SIGNED* with related ephemera]
New York Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (c.1941) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (frontispiece) John Singer Sargent Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped and very slightly frayed, otherwise a nice copy with no other significant wear; jacket has small tears and minor paper loss at a few corners, one small closed tear and associated short crease at top of front panel, light soiling (including a fingernail-size ink blot) to rear panel]. (B&W photographic plates) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To -- / Estelle L_____ / with fond memories / of the happy times we / have spent together / Flora Cloman / May 1st 1941." As she tells it in this memoir, the author's life was "both romantic and dramatic," ranging "from the pioneer days of her girlhood through the time she spent in mining camps here, in South Africa and Mexico, the years in army posts in America and the Philippines, her four years at the American Embassy in London, to the tours with her husband on diplomatic missions to Australia and New Zealand." (The husband was Colonel Sydney A. Cloman (1867-1923), a West Point graduate who had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army.) Included with this book are three items of ephemera, all of which reflect a bit further on the friendship that lay behind the inscription: (1) a postcard from the author to the book's inscribee, postmarked from Salt Lake City on July 28, 1943, stating that she's en route to San Francisco (per an added pencil annotation, this was "Flo's last trip out to see us all in California"); (2) a small photograph of the author in her home, with a personal inscription on the reverse (and again, an added note dating it as "Xmas 1943" and also noting that this was "the year she died"; and (3) a scribbled note, on a small piece of paper dated "May 14," that appears to be a draft of a note sent by Estelle to Flora, thanking her "for your dear book & the inscription there." (At some point on all three items, Mrs. Cloman either signs herself or is referred to as "Flippin" or "Flippins," obviously a nickname.) The frontispiece portrait (also reproduced as the jacket illustration) is a charcoal portrait of Mrs. Cloman, done by John Singer Sargent in 1911. Signed by Author 
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