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Remember me [original U.K. title: Honey Out of the Rock], Collard, Barbara
101 Collard, Barbara Remember me [original U.K. title: Honey Out of the Rock]
New York Funk & Wagnalls Company (c.1954) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Edward Meshekoff 
[light wear to book's extremities, a little age-toning to edges of text block; jacket chipped at top of spine and at lower left corner of front panel, with light staining and a bit of edgewear]. The first book by this British writer, about the intense friendship between two very different women, one of whom is thrust into a deep and devastating introspection after the other meets a violent death. Per the jacket blurb, the author had had a somewhat unsettled childhood, but had wanted to be a writer since the age of twelve, and had "consigned a number of tentative books and plays to the dust-bin" before completing this one (which was first published in England under the title "Honey Out of the Rock"). She proceeded to make up for lost time, following up this novel with three more in just a few years -- after which she then apparently just stopped writing (or at least publishing). Maybe she burned out, or maybe -- given that she already had three children with her husband, novelist/journalist/poet Hubert Nicholson -- her subsequent literary silence was due to nothing more complicated than a decision, or a need, to devote more time to her family. (Interesting to note that when Mr. Nicholson died in 1996, she was referred to as "novelist Barbara Collard" in at least one obituary, but it wasn't even made plain whether or not she had survived him.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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One Night with Nancy, Collison, Wilson
102 Collison, Wilson One Night with Nancy
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1933) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) Loederer 
[book itself is in very nice shape, tight and clean with only minimal shelfwear; the jacket, unfortunately, has a large and somewhat jagged piece torn out at the top of the front panel (taking part of the title with it and extending down a bit into the illustration), also a tiny chip at the bottom of the front panel, a one-inch tear at the bottom rear hinge, and some moderate wear to the extremities]. A risqué "sex mystery without a serious moment -- a highly comic boudoir baffler." The plot, as it unfolds, involves "the sad decay of several marital blisses; neck-kissing in a hammock; the midnight affairs of a puritan hostess; prowlers in the garden with intentions of questionable innocence; the popular pastime of peeking in Nancy's window; the indiscretions of butler and maid; even the importance of the tassel of a dressing gown." The author was a successful playwright who scored his first big hit with "Up in Mabel's Room" in 1919; his later play, "Red Dust," became the basis for the notoriously racy pre-Code film of the same name in 1932, and he also wrote the novel "Dark Dame," which introduced the character of Maisie, featured in a series of M-G-M films and a radio series, all starring Ann Sothern. 
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The Manchurian Candidate, Condon, Richard
103 Condon, Richard The Manchurian Candidate
New York McGraw-Hill Book Company (c.1959) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bernard Krigstein 
[a presentable copy, a bit of wear to extremities, small discolored (tanned) strip on bottom edge of text block, light age-toning to top of text block; jacket has small tears and a bit of paper loss at several corners, some shallow chipping at top of spine, small surface-scrape blemish near bottom of front panel (which sort of blends in with the jacket illustration)]. Classic novel about a brainwashed Korean War vet who's been programmed for assassination. One of those happy cases where the film version and the book have achieved almost equal stature, well deserved in both instances. [Note that this copy has the full blue cloth binding, generally identified as the first edition/first printing point, with white lettering on the spine and "12401" stamped in white at the lower right corner of the rear cover. The jacket is unclipped, and bears the original $4.50 printed price.] 
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Little David; play in one act, Connelly, Marc
104 Connelly, Marc Little David; play in one act
New York Dramatists Play Service 1937 First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[light external wear only]. (Playable Short Plays) Series "An unproduced scene from 'The Green Pastures,' suggested by Roark Bradford's 'Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun.'" According to an introductory note, this scene was omitted from "The Green Pastures" due to time limitations, and was first published in the September 1930 issue of Hearst's International Cosmopolitan magazine, with the subtitle "the act which the author loved most." The back of the book contains descriptions of nine other titles in the publisher's "Playable Short Plays" series, which was edited by Glenn Hughes, Director of the Division of Drama at the University of Washington. 
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The Traveler; comedy in one act, Connelly, Marc
105 Connelly, Marc The Traveler; comedy in one act
New York Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (c.1939, c.1926) 1st printing thus Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[light browning to covers, especially along spine; tiny bend at bottom corner of one page]. This short play, set in the smoking compartment of a Pullman Car, "was first produced privately before the Dutch Treat Club, New York, in 1928. Its first professional production was in 'The Third Little Show' (produced by Dwight Deere Wiman and Tom Weatherly) at the Music Box, New York, June 1, 1931," with Ernest Truex and Edward Arnold as its principal players. (The copyright page also indicates that the version as published here in 1939 was "revised.") Contemporary critic Hugh Layne, writing in The Billboard, was pretty harsh in his verdict of the 1931 production: "Marc Connelly's skit about a city sap who takes a trip from Grand Central to 125th street via train is about as unfunny and exaggerated a situation as this reviewer has seen in months." The Variety reviewer was no kinder, judging it "much too long, [at] 14 minutes," and adding that it was "said to have been a picture [movie] short in four minutes and that is all it's worth, if that." (Ouch. Maybe notices like this were why Connelly saw fit to revise it!) 
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Crashing Thru: My Life History, Connelly, [James Leo] "One Eye"
106 Connelly, [James Leo] "One Eye" Crashing Thru: My Life History
Dayton OH (published by the author) (c.1934) First Edition Stapled wraps Fine 
[beautiful clean copy with no discernible wear; looks like it's been living in a box in the dark since 1934]. (B&W halftone photos, cartoon illustrations) 16-page (including covers) promotional booklet, measuring 8-1/2" x 11-1/4", touting the amazing life and "career," if you can call it that, of the self-proclaimed-and-promoted "Worlds Champion Gate Crasher." Connolly, who had a bit of a rough young life (death of both parents and his sister by the time he was ten years old, most of his childhood spent in an orphanage, etc.) and lost an eye in some unspecified manner when he was 18, apparently decided that his life's ambition was to "see everything worth seeing and never pay a dime." So -- he started figuring out creative ways to crash prize-fights, horse races, baseball games, political conventions, etc., and became world-famous (if he does say so himself) doing it. Most of this booklet, printed in two-column format, consists of reprints and reproductions of news items, sports column entries, cartoons, photos, etc., all documenting his gate-crashing exploits. He even did a little Hollywood acting, with small roles in THE BARKER (1928) and BE YOURSELF! (1930). Quite a character! Today he'd no doubt have a blog, a YouTube channel, and a full line of branded merchandise. 
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Drawn and Quartered: Paul Conrad: The Best Political Cartoons [*SIGNED* slipcased edition], Conrad, Paul; texts by Richard C. Bergholz
107 Conrad, Paul; texts by Richard C. Bergholz Drawn and Quartered: Paul Conrad: The Best Political Cartoons [*SIGNED* slipcased edition]
New York Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1985 0-8109-1291-0 / 9780810912915 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[book is flawless but for a thin vertical line (discoloration of some sort) running up the middle of the ffep; jacket a teensy bit scrunched at top front corner, minor surface wear; slipcase lightly scuffed but still in nice condition]. (cartoons) SIGNED boldly by Paul Conrad on the ffep. More than 240 examples of the work of one of the greatest political cartoonists. "Arranged in eight sections, covering everything from gun control to the Watergate scandal to President Reagan's misguided 1985 visit to the German cemetery at Bitburg, the cartoon are accompanied by Conrad's own one-line captions and, when necessary, by a longer caption filling in the historical background behind a story." Signed by Author 
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The Politics of Ernest Hemingway, Cooper, Stephen
108 Cooper, Stephen The Politics of Ernest Hemingway
Ann Arbor MI UMI Research Press (c.1987, 1985) 0-8357-1799-2 / 9780835717991 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [as-new book, with no discernible wear]. (Studies in Modern Literature, No. 71) Series A scholarly examination of how Hemingway's political views were formed and then expressed both through his fiction and in his public actions and statements. 
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Our New Music: Leading Composers in Europe and America, Copland, Aaron
109 Copland, Aaron Our New Music: Leading Composers in Europe and America
New York/London Whittlesey House / McGraw-Hill Book Company (c.1941) 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Monnamaker[?] 
[solid clean book, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket shows some wear at extremities, short closed tear at top front hinge, small tear and a few tiny nicks at top edge of rear panel]. The great American composer, in his second book, "shows first of all how contemporary music grew naturally out of the work of such masters as Moussorgsky and Debussy, through Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Hindemith, to the work of younger Americans like Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, and Marc Blitzstein. The book offers a brilliant panorama of fifty years of new music [and] also provides an introduction to the formative ideas of the period, and a survey of recent and current trends." Copland also discusses many individual European composers, and includes "a special section devoted to six outstanding Americans, together with a discussion of Carlos Chavez and a review of certain aspects of Mr. Copland's own career as a composer." (The six American composers are: Charles Ives, Roy Harris, Roger Sessions, Walter Piston, Virgil Thomson, and Marc Blitzstein.) The book's last chapter, entitled "Music in the Films," expresses his thoughts about the nature and technique of film scoring, which at the time of writing he had done just twice for Hollywood features: for OF MICE AND MEN and OUR TOWN (although in his essay he doesn't really discuss his own work on either one). 
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Overkill and Megalove [*SIGNED*], Corwin, Norman
110 Corwin, Norman Overkill and Megalove [*SIGNED*]
Cleveland/New York The World Publishing Company (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[clean and flawless book; jacket very nearly so, with just a touch of handling wear]. INSCRIBED to friends and SIGNED by the author twice on the ffep, in 1963 and again in 1966 (to the same couple, "George and Jo," as yet unidentified by my research), the later inscription making humorous reference to "the occasion of the first teletransmission between Stradella and Linda Flores," likely a reference to their respective Brentwood households. "In a sequence of poems and parodies couched in the idiom of our times, [Corwin] addresses himself to all men -- including the men who shape our destiny; but mainly to the issue of nuclear war -- or peace. Crying out against the dangers of fallout, Mr. Corwin demonstrates the urgent need for peace and harmony in this troubled era." Signed by Author 
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Private Lives: An Intimate Comedy in Three Acts, Coward, Noel
111 Coward, Noel Private Lives: An Intimate Comedy in Three Acts
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. (c.1930) Fourth Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, minor pencil annotations in text (see notes), signature of actress Ona Munson on ffep; jacket somewhat edgeworn, a few tiny tears and nicks at top and bottom edges of rear panel]. Frothy comedy about a divorced couple who rekindle their romance after meeting up by chance while each is on the honeymoon of their second marriage. Basis for the 1931 film adaptation starring Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, and Reginald Denny. NOTE that the pencil annotations in the text appear to be centered around the lines for the character "Sibyl" at the beginning of the play and "Amanda" later on; I find no evidence that actress Ona Munson (whose ownership signature appears on the ffep) ever played either role. 
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R. Crumb's Head Comix, Crumb, R.
112 Crumb, R. R. Crumb's Head Comix
New York Simon & Schuster (A Fireside Book) 1988 0-671-66153-1 / 9780671661533 First Edition Thus Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by the author 
[a little bit of unobtrusive soft creasing to the front cover, very slight bends at corners of front cover]. Trade PB (cartoon illustrations) The "Twenty Years Later" edition of the R. Crumb classic, first published in 1968. Includes a new introduction "by the 'head' himself," in which he recounts tales of his early attempts to make it as a commercial artist, how two "certified lunatics" convinced him to move to San Francisco in 1967, the Haight-Ashbury scene, sex and drug use, hitchhiking across the country, being hired by Ralph Ginzburg (in Chicago) to draw comic strips, trying to sell his work in New York, then returning to San Francisco to start work on the first issue of Zap Comix (published in February 1968) and how it made him "a minor cult hero" by the fall of 1968. And as one of the characters in the back-cover illustration sez, "Dis is de stuff, baby!" -- Mr. Natural, Fritz the Cat, Schuman the Human, et al. 
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Tribute to Mary Pickford, Cushman, Robert B. (apprecation, critical notes and filmography)
113 Cushman, Robert B. (apprecation, critical notes and filmography) Tribute to Mary Pickford
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute Theatre 1970 First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[some age-toning at edges, light soiling to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) 20-page booklet (including covers), issued in conjunction with a Mary Pickford film series -- the first such retrospective of her work, I believe -- presented by the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, in conjunction with the Mary Pickford Foundation. In addition to the Appreciation, it also includes a one-page essay on Pickford's Biograph shorts, and notes on nine feature films: THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1917); REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (1917); STELLA MARIS (1918); DADDY LONG-LEGS (1919); POLLYANNA (1920); LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY (1921); SPARROWS (1926); MY BEST GIRL (1927); and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1929). There is also a full filmography, although crammed onto two pages and therefore with only minimal credits. Miss Pickford had no greater fan than Robert Cushman (1946-2009), author of the textual material in this booklet, who would go on to a long career as the photograph curator at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library -- which also happens to be the archival repository of the Mary Pickford papers and (thanks in large measure to Mr. Cushman's efforts) home to the most comprehensive collection of Mary Pickford photographs in the world. 
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The Suburban Whirl, and Other Stories of Married Life, Cutting, Mary Stewart
114 Cutting, Mary Stewart The Suburban Whirl, and Other Stories of Married Life
New York The McClure Company 1907 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Alice Barber Stephens 
(decorated olive cloth; no dust jacket) [slight fading at spine, otherwise an attractive book with only light shelfwear; small tear in top edge of frontispiece tissue guard]. (B&W plates) The author, who died in 1924 (and is not to be confused with her daughter, Mary Stewart Cutting Jr., who died in 1928), was a novelist and short story writer whose work presented, in the words of her N.Y. Time obituary, "important ideas in her rendering of the little things of everyday existence." OCLC records her as the sole author of or a contributor to about a dozen books, both novels and story collections; most of her short domestic-life stories appeared first in McClure's Magazine. The decorative binding on this book was designed by T.M. Cleland. 
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A Burnt Child, Dagerman, Stig (translated from the Swedish by Alan Blair)
115 Dagerman, Stig (translated from the Swedish by Alan Blair) A Burnt Child
New York William Morrow & Company [1950] First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) "TR" 
[moderate shelfwear to book, light dust-soiling and minor spotting to top edge; jacket has small tears at several corners, a little nick at bottom of front panel, spine a little browned]. "The first of this talented young Swedish writer's books to appear in English, [it is] the story of the powerful and complex emotional struggles of a twenty-year-old boy who, after the death of his mother, finds himself overwhelmed by his feelings not only of grief, but of hatred, jealousy, love and vengeance." The author's third novel (originally published in 1948), it all sounds pretty grim, but no more so than his own life: after a long struggle with depression and writer's block, he committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 31. His books are still in print today, however, his works and legacy kept alive by the Stig Dagerman Society and by his daughter Lo Dagerman. 
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Way of Life, Daly, Muriel
116 Daly, Muriel Way of Life
New York/London D. Appleton-Century Company 1940 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[light wear to bottom edges and spine ends, slight fading to cloth at top of spine; jacket lightly soiled, tiny puncture-tear in spine (internally tape-repaired), a couple of little edge-nicks]. A novel of English society, "peopled with a group of characters as fresh and original as the story itself" -- all English types except for a "crafty Italian peasant," Rosa Moro, "the villainess of the piece but not very villainous. This London-born author's first novel, "The Ants' Nest," was well-reviewed in 1938, but this one (her second) seems to have also been her last; given the dates, and her stated profession at the time of the book's publication (she was "correspondent to the Italian Riviera to The London Times"), one naturally wonders if she made it through the war OK. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life: A Hollywood Master of Music for the Movies, Danly, Linda, ed.
117 Danly, Linda, ed. Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life: A Hollywood Master of Music for the Movies
Latham MD/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1999 0-8108-3582-7 / 9780810835825 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[nice tight clean book, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (Filmmakers, No. 66) Series (B&W photographs) "A comprehensive survey of the career of one of Hollywood's most oustanding composers of film music, [which] provides numerous perspectives, ranging from the personal to the critical, about one of the most important musical figures of the twentieth century. The bulk of the book consists of a transcript of the American Film Institute's oral history interview with Friedhofer himself, conducted by Irene Kahn Atkins in 1974. The book also contains: an introduction by Tony Thomas; "A Portrait of Hugo Friedhofer" by Linda Danly; reproductions of Friedhofer's correspondence with film music columnist Page Cook; an "Epilogue" by Gene Lees; an "In Memoriam" by fellow composer David Raksin; and a complete filmography. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Year is a Round Thing, Davis, Helene Ebeltoft
118 Davis, Helene Ebeltoft The Year is a Round Thing
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1938 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Raymond Lufkin 
(no dust jacket) [light wear to extremities, a little soiling to edges of text block, spine slightly turned, spine cloth a little darkened]. (pen and ink drawings) The author, in what was apparently her only book, tells of her childhood in Norway, "so far north that it lay within the Arctic Circle." The New York Times reviewer commented that the book "has its roots deep in the soil of a civilization and as such is to be treasured and remembered." Quite uncommon. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio System [*SIGNED*], Davis, Ronald L.
119 Davis, Ronald L. The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio System [*SIGNED*]
Dallas Southern Methodist University Press 1993 0-87074-358-9 / 9780870743580 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, virtually as new with faint handling wear only]. Trade PB (B(&W photographs) INSCRIBED to noted film director Vincent Sherman and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A history of the golden age of the Hollywood studio system, drawing heavily on the hundreds of oral history interviews conducted by the author at SMU. Signed by Author 
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Color, Ebony, Day, Helen Caldwell
120 Day, Helen Caldwell Color, Ebony
New York Sheed & Ward 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj design) Johannes Troyer 
[moderate shelfwear, bookplate of Gerard Manley Hopkins on ffep (with one-time owner's signature in top margin); jacket very faded (title on front panel is virtually unreadable), extensive shallow chipping at edges, general soiling, etc.]. "What is it like to be born of parents who are highly educated, but unbelievably poor, to be a child taught to be religious because your parents consider some religion a good thing (though of course by no means so important as worldly success), and what is it like to find at eleven that your parents, both of whom you love dearly, are going to be divorced? And last but not least, what is it like to be colored and made to feel it from childhood on?" This is the story told by the then-23-year-old author, written while she was confined to a sanatorium with tuberculosis (like she didn't have enough going against her already). The point of the book is "to tell the story of a Negro in American society and to point out that the entire problem of racism can be reduced to a misunderstanding and misapplication of Christian principles." (Sounds pretty much like today, when most of the misunderstanding and misapplication of Christian principles is committed by the people most loudly proclaiming themselves to be Christians.) 
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