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John M. Stahl [bilingual Spanish/English edition]
1 John M. Stahl [bilingual Spanish/English edition]
San Sebastián/Madrid Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián / Filmoteca Espańola 1999 84-86877-24-5 / 9788486877248 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[very slight bumping to lower extremities, about a 1/2" crack in top of spine (integrity of binding unaffected), no other significant wear]. (B&W photographs) Extensive survey of the career of Hollywood director John M. Stahl, best known for what were once called "women's pictures" (such as BACK STREET, IMITATION OF LIFE, MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, etc.), but who turned out at least one bona fide, undeniable masterpiece, the delirious 1945 Technicolor melodrama LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN. Issued in conjunction with a retrospective of the director's work at the 1999 San Sebastian International Film Festival, the book presents nearly two dozen articles, essays and critiques; contributors include Andrew Sarris, Joe Adamson, Jean-Loup Bouget, Bertrand Tavernier, Marshall Deutelbaum, and Miguel Marias. Also included are a complete "critical filmography" and a bibliography. All text is presented in both Spanish and English. As far as I'm aware this is the most extensive analysis of Stahl's ouevre ever published. ***NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Cab Calloway's Jive Jubilee of Songs; includes Cab Calloway's Original Jive Dictionary, (Calloway, Cab)
2 (Calloway, Cab) Cab Calloway's Jive Jubilee of Songs; includes Cab Calloway's Original Jive Dictionary
New York Mills Music, Inc. (c.1942) Unstated edition Stapled wraps Good 
[Good only, complete but in somewhat rough shape, with quite a bit of creasing and edgewear to the covers, spine roll, light pencil annotation here and there (including in the "Jive Dictionary" on the inside rear cover]. (2 full-page halftone photos in center spread) A collection of music and lyrics for 18 of Calloway's hit songs, including most of the tunes with which his name is usually associated: "Minnie the Moocher," "St. James Infirmary," "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal, You," "The Scat Song," etc. "Cab Calloway's Jive Dictionary," which was also published in a small pocket-size booklet, is here presented entirely on the inside rear cover of this 9x12-inch format publication, with a somewhat different selection of terms and definitions than in some of the smaller-format printings I've seen. (There are about 150 entries here, compared with about 200 in the other versions.) Sample entries in this compendium of etymological sublimity include: "GOT YOUR BOOTS ON -- you know what it is all about, you are wise"; "LAY YOUR RACKET -- To jive, to sell an idea"; "NEIGHO POPS" -- Nothing doing, pal"; "OFF TIME JIVE -- A sorry excuse, saying the wrong thing." This'll put you in the groove, baby! 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Art of Rosaleen Norton, with poems by Gavin Greenlees, (Rosaleen Norton; poems by Gavin Greenlees)
3 (Rosaleen Norton; poems by Gavin Greenlees) The Art of Rosaleen Norton, with poems by Gavin Greenlees
Sydney, Australia Walter Glover 1982 0-9593077-0-2 / 9780959307702 Second Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Rosaleen Norton 
[nice clean attractive book, slight bumping to top corners and top of spine, small bookseller's rubber-stamp at bottom corner of ffep; jacket similarly nice, with slight wrinkling at top of spine]. (B&W illustrations + 4 color plates) Reprint, with some added material, of the original 1952 limited-edition publication of erotic-occult illustrations by this New Zealand-born artist/witch who lived and worked primarily in Australia. Norton was a figure of considerable controversy during the 1940s and 1950s, but she was not simply a provocateur, as her art reflected her deeply-held pagan religious beliefs. However, its vivid depictions of gods, demons and other supernatural entities (often engaged in sexual acts) was a bit too much for the conservative society of her day, and resulted in both public protest and official approbation. In 1949, several of her paintings were removed from an exhibition in Melbourne, and she was subsequently (but unsuccessfully) prosecuted for violation of the country's obscenity laws. It was around this time that she and her companion/lover, Gavin Greenlees, met publisher Walter Glover, who hired them as his assistants and also arranged for the publication of the original edition of this book, in a limited edition of 500 copies. Glover was then charged with publishing an obscene book; the courts ultimately ruled that two of the illustrations ("The Adversary" and "Fohat") were indeed obscene, and had to be removed from all copies. (Quite a number of copies were also destroyed outright, especially by U.S. Customs officials.) During the 1950s she also became known as "the Witch of Kings Cross" (after the area in Sydney where she and Greenlees lived); openly declaring herself to be a witch (which was still illegal in New South Wales at the time), she led her own coven, made charms, and cast hexes to supplement her income as an artist. This reprint, published three years after Norton's death, contains a new introduction by Nevill Drury, and also includes four color plates that were not part of the original publication. 
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Page One of 1953: Yearbook of New York's Newspaper Men and Women, (The Newspaper Guild of New York)
4 (The Newspaper Guild of New York) Page One of 1953: Yearbook of New York's Newspaper Men and Women
New York Newspaper Guild of New York 1953 "20th Anniversary" Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover) Fred L. Packer 
(pictorial paper label on front cover; no dust jacket, as issued) [shelfwear and bumping to bottom edges, some fraying to cloth at top of spine, a few tiny stains adjacent to spine (on both front and rear covers)] (B&W photographs, cartoons, ads, etc.) Commemorative yearbook, issued to coincide with the "Page One Ball," an annual shindig at which the Big Apple's newspapermen (and probably a few women) gathered to make merry, give themselves awards, and generally congratulate one another for being, well, New York newspapermen, at a time when NYC boasted no fewer than seven daily papers. Numerous reporters and columnists contributed short pieces, many of a humorous nature, and quite a few having to do with the vicissitudes of the journalistic racket and/or aspects of New York life. The cover illustration is by Fred L. Packer, and among the cartoonists whose work appears in the book are Milton Caniff, Irving Hoffman, Bernard Seaman, Chic Young, and Virgil Partch (VIP). And of course there are the ads: product ads for cigarettes, airlines, restaurants, liquor, hotels, etc., and also numerous "tribute" ads, mostly from showbiz figures ("Best wishes from Sid Caesar," that sort of thing). This particular copy was personalized (via the gold-embossment of his name at the lower corner of the front cover) for film director Fred Zinnemann, and laid in is a presentation letter to him from Ted Nelson, Director of the Page One Ball; unfortunately, whoever did the cover-embossing omitted the final "n" from Zinnemann's name. The high spirits documented in this publication, unfortunately, didn't quite survive all the way to the end of 1953: on November 28, six of the city's seven daily papers went on strike (the photo engravers wanted a raise and better working conditions), and for eleven whole days readers had only the Herald Tribute available to them for their regular news fix. (NOTE that although the cover illustration references the "20th Anniversary," this would appear to be a reference to the Newspaper Guild of New York itself; I've found no evidence that this sort of commemorative "Page One" volume had been published prior to 1951. In any event, an OCLC search turns up less than a handful of library holdings of this publication.) 
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The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes [*SIGNED*], Aldridge, Alan
5 Aldridge, Alan The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes [*SIGNED*]
London Thames & Hudson 2008 0500093423 / 9780500093429 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[lovely copy, no discernible wear to book, the jacket showing only tiny traces of edge- and surface-wear]. (color illustrations, photographs, etc.) INSCRIBED ("For ____") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, with an additional small drawing of a spider dangling from the last letter of his signature. "This illustrated autobiography charts Aldridge's life as a graphic entertainer, covering his whole exuberant career from 1963 up to the present." The book incorporates hundreds of reproductions of his "imaginative designs and intoxicating, colour-rich images [which] captured and dreams and hallucinations of a generation." Aldridge's prodigious output, strongly identified with The Sixties yet stretching over nearly half a century, includes album covers (for the Who, Elton John, and others), posters, book covers, children's books, animation, and more. Signed by Author 
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Jenny Heysten's Career, Ammers-Küller, Jo van (translated from the Dutch by H. van Wyhe)
6 Ammers-Küller, Jo van (translated from the Dutch by H. van Wyhe) Jenny Heysten's Career
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. (c.1930) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[minor shelfwear, short tape stain at bottom of front pastedown; jacket edgeworn, with some shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, small surface-peel scar on front panel (probably from old price-sticker removal), a somewhat larger surface-peel scar on rear panel, general soiling and scuffing, old tape reinforcement across base of spine "One of the dangers of a stage career -- of how an actress confused her 'role life' with her real life and imperilled both, is the theme of this uncompromising novel." The author (1884-1966) began her writing career as a playwright, living and working in London from 1912 to 1921. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Surrender!: The Romance of a Woman's Soul, Anonymous
7 Anonymous Surrender!: The Romance of a Woman's Soul
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1924) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (frontispiece and dj) Delos Palmer, Jr. 
[moderate shelfwear, light age-toning/soiling to edges of text block; jacket edgeworn, tiny bits of paper loss at extremities, a couple of short closed tears]. "Can love be divorced from sex? Is motherhood a part of the marriage contract? The anonymous author of this startling novel asks a question that every woman must answer! -- Has a wife the right to refuse motherhood?" These burning questions are embedded in the story of a "childless by choice" woman who "practically drives her husband into a passionate love-affair with a beautiful dancer," who forces the issues, you might say, by bearing him a child -- which of course then just complicates the heck out of everybody's life. 
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Love at the Mission, Baptist, R. Hernekin (pseud. for Ethelreda Lewis)
8 Baptist, R. Hernekin (pseud. for Ethelreda Lewis) Love at the Mission
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1938 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj drawing) E.E. Anthony 
[ex-department store library book, but marked as such only by multiple small library and "withdrawn" stamps on both pastedowns and endpapers, and with so little wear as to suggest that nobody ever actually checked it out and read it; the jacket is a bit edgeworn, with a few small tears, a rough surface-peeled spot near base of spine, a tiny stain on the front panel, and a vintage price-sticker (from City of Paris, San Francisco) on the rear flap]. "To the three rapidly maturing daughters of Pastor Oguey, isolation in a small mountain parish in South Africa meant the slow, relentless frustration of all the natural impulses. Mr. Baptist lives in South Africa. Because he knows its power over white men, he makes the reader feel the primitive, inscrutable, relentless strength of the African country almost as a visible presence." The book's essential topic is "the problem of miscegenation, but only of the mind" (as a contemporary reviewer put it), as the eldest of the three daughters "feels that terrible things have happened to her in her thoughts," and is determined to save her younger sisters from what was once melodramatically called "a fate worse than death." Unfortunately, her "twisted and thwarted and frustrated thinking," combined with the abstraction of her remote, scholarly father (who's engrossed in translating the Bible into the native language), eventually drives her mad. All the jacket blurb offers about the author is that "he lives in South Africa." That much was true, except for the "he" part: "R. Hernekin Baptist" was actually a pseudonym used by Ethelreda Lewis (most famous as the "as told to" author of the "Trader Horn" memoirs) for a handful of novels she wrote during the 1930s, of which this was the last. (She died in 1946.) Her previous "Baptist" book, "A Cargo of Parrots," had been a finalist in a novelette contest sponsored by Little, Brown & Co. in 1937. 
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Young Woman, Barnes, Carman
9 Barnes, Carman Young Woman
New York Claude Kendall & Willoughby Sharp, Inc. (c.1934) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[book lightly shelfworn, minor age-toning to edges of text block, spine very slightly turned; jacket is edgeworn, with some paper loss at spine ends, and has been extensively backed with brown paper reinforcing tape, with resultant wrinkling/creasing; front panel illustration still attractive in spite of these depredations]. A sequel to the author's first novel, "Schoolgirl," chronicling the further travails of its heroine, Naomi Bradshaw – now twenty, and having survived the boarding-school experience – as she tries to make her way in the Big Apple. It's about "her struggle to find her place in a world of changing values; her surrender, her subjugation, and her ultimate triumph in winning through to the new spiritual frontier of American womanhood." The jacket blurb puts Ms. Barnes in a direct line of descent from some guys named Fitzgerald and Hemingway, as a chronicler of "her generation, the ruined generation of the depression." This was the young author's fourth book, and followed her unsuccessful foray to Hollywood, which came about due to the success of "Schoolgirl," published when she was just 16. Under contract to Paramount, she failed to make her mark as either a writer or an actress. (For a very brief time, she was even touted as "the next Clara Bow" -- the actual Clara Bow then having begun her rapid decline from the heights of stardom -- although in fact her only on-screen appearance was in a brief dramatic scene in a promotional trailer made for a Paramount sales convention.) Her contract expired after six months, and she was sent packing, with an L.A. Times columnist commenting rather ruefully that "one feels a trifle sorry for the girl herself in all this, since her adventure seems to be leading nowhere." And that does seem to be pretty much where it led, at least in terms of literary output: she published only one more novel (in 1946) prior to her death in 1980. 
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The Lowlife, Baron, Alexander
10 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. 
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A History of the Business Man, Beard, Miriam
11 Beard, Miriam A History of the Business Man
New York The Macmillan Company 1938 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Martinot 
[nice clean tight copy with no significant wear; jacket has a couple of tiny edge-tears, shallow chipping at top of spine, teensy-weensy chip at bottom of rear panel]. Miriam Beard (1901-1983), described by one scholar as "the maverick daughter of Progressive reformers Charles and Mary Beard," apparently wrote just two books in her life: "Realism in Romantic Japan" (1930) and this one, jacket-blurbed as "an attempt in a new direction -- the biography of a type, instead of an individual." A dense and ambitious work, it sought "to present an assemblage of facts about the development of the business man and his influence on the rest of society," and is regarded as the first international cultural history of the businessman. The New York Times reviewer thought it a "brilliant and stimulating book." Later updated and published in a two-volume paperback edition by the University of Michigan Press in the 1960s. The handful of copies currently online are (a) worn, and (b) jacketless; this one is neither, and the book and jacket are both in quite nice condition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The Ten Pleasures of Marriage; and the second part, The Confession of the New Married Couple, Behn, Aphra (attributed to)
12 Behn, Aphra (attributed to) The Ten Pleasures of Marriage; and the second part, The Confession of the New Married Couple
New York William Godwin, Inc. 1933 NO Privately Printed Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj 
[soiling to top of text block, otherwise a good solid copy with only light shelfwear, a little discoloration to endpapers, old price sticker (from The Broadway) on rear pastedown; jacket moderately edgeworn, scuffing to front panel, somewhat faded at spine, a few small closed tears and small nicks, small puncture tear in spine]. "An acute and well turned satire, which like the Urquhart and Motteux translation of Rabelais, helped to renew in England the robust vitality of humor which had been repressed under the commonwealth. It is redolent of English middleclass life in the days before our grandfaterhs decided that the human body is obscene and its functions deplorable. It presents the domestic side of everyday activity under James II which was only hinted at by diarists such as Pepys, pamphleteers such as Swift, and poets such as Donne." According to the jacket blurb on this edition, the authorship is "problematical but is generally accepted to be the work of Aphra Behn, the first English woman to earn a living by her pen." Behn's works have received much academic attention in modern times. Before becoming a full-time writer, she had been (among other things) a spy for Charles II during the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665-1667). The interest of Virginia Woolf, who devoted a section of "A Room of Her Own" to Behn, was an early factor in the ascent of her literary star, which was additionally aided by her reputation as a sexually liberated (and bisexual) woman. The racy jacket on this edition is seldom seen. 
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Far Morning [*SIGNED*], Bell, Mary Hayley
13 Bell, Mary Hayley Far Morning [*SIGNED*]
London/Melbourne/Toronto Heinemann 1962 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj and illustrations) Molly Blake Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped, boards bowed slightly outwards; jacket has a ragged closed tear and tiny chip at top left of front panel, a couple of tiny nicks at bottom of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For ______ / For beside his bed / sometimes! / With love / Mary." Uncommon book, which resembles a children's book but isn't. It tells the story of a five-year-old boy who "goes to a world above the clouds, across the River of Analgesia, where he meets other 'Chooldren' -- children who have returned across the River, or who have not yet been born," and is described as "an allegory woven about the questions which have always vexed mankind: birth and death, suffering and compassion, eternity." The author (1911-2005), the wife of actor John Mills and the mother of actress Hayley Mills, was a playwright and novelist who is probably best known for her second novel, "Whistle Down the Wind," which was made into the 1961 film of the same name -- which starred Hayley, then on her way up the ladder of child stardom. Signed by Author 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Bonjour Monsieur Lewis, Benayoun, Robert
14 Benayoun, Robert Bonjour Monsieur Lewis
Paris Eric Losfeld Editeur 1972 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[slight curling to right edge of front cover, slight bumping/corner creasing at outer corners Trade PB (B&W photographs) A comprehensive survey, in French, of the career of the comedian whose elevated reputation in France as a great artist of the cinema has long puzzled many Americans -- and a key work for the understanding of that adulation. The author, a Moroccan-born literary and film critic, was one of Lewis's most enthusiastic admirers, and his book has been described as "a classic example of French intellectuality, when the critical faculty is expressed in the form of a declaration of love and an aesthetic manifesto." Lewis biographer Shawn Levy called it "a cornucopia of praise...part scrapbook, part wacky French theoretical treatise, part exacting factual encyclopedia," and it certainly is the latter, incorporating not only a complete filmography (inlcuding many TV credits) but a discography as well. The book was published the year after Lewis had played a triumphant live engagement (his first ever on the Continent) at the famous Paris music hall l'Olympia -- during which engagement, Levy reports, "a dazed Robert Benayoun lingered around Jerry's hotel for the whole of the comic's stay in Paris" -- but at a time, somewhat ironically, when his career as a moviemaker had virtually come to an end. (This is not to say that he was inactive, exactly, only that none of his post-1972 film as either director or actor is worthy of inclusion with his best work -- with the possible exception of his performance in Martin Scorsese's KING OF COMEDY.) It was said (again by Levy) that Lewis kept a case of copies of the book, which has never been translated into English) in his office. Benayoun also championed other American film comedians: among his other published books were volumes about Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, and Woody Allen. 
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Which Way?, Benson, Theodora
15 Benson, Theodora Which Way?
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1932 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[light shelfwear to bottom edge of rear cover, otherwise a solid clean book that appears to have never been read; jacket shows some scraping and surface-chipping along edges and at spine ends]. Theodora Benson (1906-1968), the daughter of Godfrey Rathbone Benson (aka Lord Charnwood), a British author, academic, Liberal politician and philanthropist, the author made a name for herself in the late 1920s and 1930s for her tales of "a cynical world of failed romance, lost ideals, social foibles, and ruthless self-seeking." This novel, her fourth, revolves around "three letters, three invitations, three choices," all for events on the same weekend, all received by Claudia, the book's protagonist, on her 22nd birthday -- and representing her "three prospective lives to which these are the key." Benson later wrote thrillers, short fiction and travel books, and worked as a ghostwriter on official speeches during World War II. As with her other early works, this book is fairly uncommon (more so in the American edition, more so yet in jacket). 
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The Spinner of the Years, Bentley, Phyllis E.
16 Bentley, Phyllis E. The Spinner of the Years
New York Rae D. Henkle Co., Inc. (c.1929) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "MSE" [?] 
[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, very slight bumping to top corners; jacket has small tears and occasional minor paper loss at most corners, light surface rubbing and moderate soiling]. An early novel by this English author, "a story of maternal greed and simplicity and their effect on the lives of the children of two widows." Among the quotes from British reviews lifted for the American jacket blurb is one positing the novel as "reminiscent in its passion and power of the Bronte Sisters" (what, all of them?) -- rather an interesting observation in light of the fact that Ms. Bentley, later in her writing life, became something of a Bronte scholar, turning out no fewer than three biographical books about the clan. (She, like they, hailed from Yorkshire, which may have had something to do with it.) Prior to her breakthrough novel, "Inheritance," published in 1932, Bentley's books weren't particularly successful and are quite scarce today; this one, in fact, was the first of her works to be published in America. (The New York Times reviewer even mistakenly referred to it as her first novel.) 
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Behind That Curtain [Photoplay Edition], Biggers, Earl Derr
17 Biggers, Earl Derr Behind That Curtain [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1929] (c.1928) First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[book is moderately shelfworn, with some light-colored spotting at the bottom corner of the front cover, a little fading to cloth along top edge of front cover; jacket edgeworn and lightly soiled, tiny chip at top of front panel, large chip (about 1.5" x .5") at base of spine]. (4 B&W film stills) "Photoplay Edition" issued as a tie-in to the "all talking" 1929 Fox Film release of the same name, starring Lois Moran and Warner Baxter, which has the distinction of being the first Charlie Chan film adaptation produced by Fox, the studio that would subsequently continue the Chan series into the 1940s. It wouldn't be quite right to call it a "Charlie Chan film," though, since at this point in his cinematic development Chan himself was still relegated to minor-character status (and, for the third time, was played by a different non-Chinese actor). This is all more than a little ironic, since the jacket flap text of this edition highlights Chan, "whose popularity has grown -- and Charlie himself would put it -- with unbearable force." (However, indicative of his reduced role in the film itself, Chan does not appear in any of the four stills chosen the accompany the text.) Fox finally got wise to the box-office potential of the character in 1931, when it cast Swedish-born actor Warner Oland in the role in CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON; Oland went on to start in 15 more films in the series prior to his death in 1938. 
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The Chinese Parrot, Biggers, Earl Derr
18 Biggers, Earl Derr The Chinese Parrot
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1926) Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, slight fraying and tiny exposure of cloth at top front corner but no other significant wear, "OFFICE FILE COPY" stamped on top of text block, with some related pencil annotation on the ffep; jacket is lightly soiled and moderately edgeworn, with a few tiny nicks and tears]. The second Charlie Chan adventure. In this one, he travels from Honolulu to a California ranch to investigate the murder of a Chinese ranch cook. This was the first of the Chan novels to be filmed -- twice, in fact: by Universal in 1927, with the Chan character (played by Sojin, the first in a long line of non-Chinese actors to essay the role) relegated to supporting status; and again by Fox in 1934, in the Warner Oland series. The novel also has a "Hollywood fiction" element, as at one point in the narrative a film crew shows up for a location shoot. This is the "Madison Square Books" edition, circa late 1930s, with the rear jacket panel bearing a list of 24 other books in the series. 
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The House Without a Key, Biggers, Earl Derr
19 Biggers, Earl Derr The House Without a Key
New York Grosset & Dunlap [ca.1926] (c.1925) Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, spine slightly turned; jacket edgeworn, with small tears (minor paper loss) at spine extremities]. Early reprint of the mystery novel which introduced the character of detective Charlie Chan, who within a few years would become a popular movie character. Although he's the detective on the case (a murder that takes place in Honolulu) and actually does solve the murder, Chan isn't really the "star" of the book; that distinction belongs to a dude from Boston named John Quincy Winterslip, a relative of the murdered man. (It wasn't until the third book in the series, "Behind That Curtain," that the publishers finally wised up, featured Chan in the jacket art, and blurbed the book as "A Charlie Chan Mystery." (Further evidence that publishers didn't quite yet see the Chan character as a marketing hook is that although the rear-jacket text promotes both this book and the second in the series, "The Chinese Parrot," neither of the blurbs actually mentions Chan, nor does the jacket-flap copy.) Even the movie adaptation of this book, a 10-chapter serial released in 1926, relegated Chan to a secondary role -- although movie-makers returned to the well in 1933 and used the book as the basis for CHARLIE CHAN'S GREATEST CASE, one of the feature films starring Warner Oland, best-known of the screen Chans. (The jacket art on this edition, by the way, is identical with that of the Bobbs-Merrill first edition.) 
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Revelation, Birabeau, Andre (translated by Una, Lady Troubridge)
20 Birabeau, Andre (translated by Una, Lady Troubridge) Revelation
New York The Viking Press 1930 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj 
[solid copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, moderate age-toning to page edges, a little spotting to top edge; jacket heavily chipped at top of spine and top corners, a couple of smaller chips along bottom edge, staining/spotting to rear panel, etc.]. Originally published in France in 1924 as "La débauche," this novel about a devoted mother who only discovers her son Dominique's homosexuality following his death in an automobile accident: "She finds some love letters. Then comes the appalling revelation: the letters are not from a woman, but from a man." The rest of the novel basically follows "her lonely struggle, her determination to guard her terrible secret [HER terrible secret!] even from her husband," all of which eventually leads her to seek out "the monster" who had been her son's lover. Cited in Slide, "Lost Gay Novels," pp. 21-24, who calls it the first novel to discuss homosexuality from a mother's perspective. And isn't it more than a little odd to have this mother's expressions of her homophobic loathing ("utterly worthless degenerate," that sort of thing) translated into English by Radclyffe Hall's longtime lesbian lover? 
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