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Adventures in Darkness: The Summer of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy [*SIGNED*], Sullivan, Tom
101 Sullivan, Tom Adventures in Darkness: The Summer of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy [*SIGNED*]
Nashville TN Nelson Books (c.2006) 0-7852-2081-X / 9780785220817 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Studiogearbox-dot-com Signed by Author
[very nice copy, essentially as-new; no discernible wear to book, jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("Thanks for your support") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Memoir by the author-entertainer, "alive with the brilliant detail of the sounds, the scents, the tastes, the feelings and the thoughts of the hysterically funny and poignant stories of Tom's eleventh year in 1950s New England -- the year he went to great lengths to force the worth to look past his disability." (Laid in is the menu from a 2007 reception and dinner for The Blind Childrens Center, possibly the event at which this book was signed.) Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45, Szpilman, Wladyslaw (translated by Anthea Bell)
102 Szpilman, Wladyslaw (translated by Anthea Bell) The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45
London Victor Gollancz 1999 0-575-06708-X / 9780575067080 1st (U.K.) edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Vivid 
[tiny bump to base of spine; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) First English-language publication of the memoir of classical pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who lived through the entirety of World War II amidst the ruins of Warsaw, thanks in part to the efforts of a German Wehrmacht officer, Wilm Hosenfeld. Written immediately after the war, the memoir was suppressed by the communist authorities in Poland for many years, and is published here alongside extracts from Hosenfeld's diary. "A testimony of the power of music, the will to live and the courage to stand against evil," it served as the basis for the 2002 film of the same name, for which director Roman Polanski won his first (and so far only) Academy Award. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Vanishing Evangelist [The Aimee Semple McPherson Kidnaping Affair], Thomas, Lately [pseud. for Robert V. Steele]
103 Thomas, Lately [pseud. for Robert V. Steele] The Vanishing Evangelist [The Aimee Semple McPherson Kidnaping Affair]
New York The Viking Press 1959 NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn book, some fraying to cloth at corners and spine ends, fading to spine cloth; should be considered a reading/reference copy only]. The first truly scholarly attempt to get down the basic facts about the notorious 1926 "kidnaping" of the flamboyant L.A. evangelist, drawing heavily on numerous sources, including: the transcripts of the related court proceedings (Aimee's preliminary hearing and the 1929 impeachment trial of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carlos S. Hardy, accused of improperly providing legal aid to McPherson); the personal "recollections of contemporaries of the evangelist, newspaper reporters, former associates, and others possessing special knowledge of the period and the personalities"; and a deep dive into "many newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and fugitive publications." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Wild Animal Man: Being the Story of the Life of Reuben Castang [*SIGNED*], Thompson, R.W.
104 Thompson, R.W. Wild Animal Man: Being the Story of the Life of Reuben Castang [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow & Company 1934 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [corners bumped, spine cloth browned/discolored, a little soiling to covers, some deterioration/fraying at top of spine; otherwise a decent, solid copy]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by Reuben Castang, at the New York World's Fair in 1939. A legendary trainer of circus animals, Castang worked for circus impresario Carl Hagenbeck, and also spent some time in Hollywood, training chimpanzees and other animals for the movies. The book's introduction is by Frank Buck, who considered it "not only a genuine pleasure, but a real duty to recommend this interesting book to every red-blooded boy in America." Signed by Biographee 
Price: 300.00 USD
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A Dozen and One, Tully, Jim
105 Tully, Jim A Dozen and One
Hollywood CA Murray & Gee, Inc. 1943 2nd printing Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [just a reading copy, with deterioration to cloth at spine and surrounding area, front hinge starting to crack, 1948 gift inscription (non-authorial) on front pastedown; internally clean, but's that the best that can be said for it]. Profiles of thirteen famous people, by the self-made author who was also one of the top hangers-on of his time (the 1920s and 1930s) and place (Hollywood, mostly). Profiled, sometimes insightfully, in this volume are: Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Jack Dempsey, Diego Rivera, George Jean Nathan, Wilson Mizner, James Cruze, Arnold Bennett, Tod Sloan, Paul Bern, Walter Winchell, Henry Armstrong, and H.L. Mencken. The introduction -- a brief profile of Tully himself -- is by Damon Runyon. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Joe Louis, Man and Super-Fighter, Van Every, Edward
106 Van Every, Edward Joe Louis, Man and Super-Fighter
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1936 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[moderately worn copy, somewhat uneven dust-soiling to top edge, small white paper remnants stuck to book at bottom of both front and rear covers (apparently from dust jacket having been slightly water-stuck to book at some point); jacket heavily edgeworn, a bit of paper loss at spine ends and several corners, considerable surface wear to spine (although the lettering has all survived)]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Early-career bio of the Brown Bomber, published the year before he first took the heavyweight crown away from "Cinderella Man" James Braddock in a June 1937 bout in Chicago. He went on to successfully defend his title against all comers, relinquishing it only upon his retirement in 1949. Not the prettiest copy you're ever likely to find, but a book rarely found in its dust jacket at all, so let's not be too choosy, shall we? 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Danton's Inferno: The Story of a Columnist and How He Grew, Walker, Danton
107 Walker, Danton Danton's Inferno: The Story of a Columnist and How He Grew
New York Hastings House (c.1955) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Milton Marx 
[top corners lightly bumped, bottom corners also lightly bumped and just a teensy bit split, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket edgeworn, various small chips and tears, soiling, etc.]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by the longtime New York Daily News columnist, who covered the Broadway beat for the paper from the mid-1930s until his death in 1960. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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108 Welk, Lawrence, with Bernice McGeehan This I Believe [*SIGNED*]
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1979) 0-13-919092-9 / 9780139190926 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[tight clean copy, faint wear to bottom edge; light surface wear to jacket]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To / __ _______ / + ______ / its a great / pleasure having / you with our / Musical Family") and SIGNED ("Lawrence") by the author on the ffep. The title says it all; don't miss the detailed explanation of "the Welk Freedom System" in the back of the book. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Houdini: A Definitive Bibliography: A Description of the Literary Works of Harry Houdini, Weltman, Manny
109 Weltman, Manny Houdini: A Definitive Bibliography: A Description of the Literary Works of Harry Houdini
Van Nuys CA Finders/Seekers Enterprises (c.1991) Revised Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[nice copy, faint smudging on front cover, extremely light bumps at a couple of corners]. (facsimile reproductions) Despite the title, the author admits in a brief preface that "it is really not completely definitive." Still, it represents twenty-five years of dedicated research, and is very nicely done. Divided into five sections: Books, Pamphlets, Articles; Houdini's Reports on Variety Acts in The New York Dramatic Mirror; Harry Houdini's Articles Published in M-U-M (Magazine of The Society of American Magicians); Red Magic Section of The New York World, edited by Harry Houdini; Posthumous. Author Walter B. Gibson has also provided a Foreword, and there is a nice center section reproducing a number of advertisements for Houdini, all from the author's collection. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies, Wertheim, Arthur Frank, ed.
110 Wertheim, Arthur Frank, ed. Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies
Norman/London University of Oklahoma Press (c.1992) 0-8061-2357-5 / 9780806123578 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[tight, clean, as-new copy; very faint surface rubbing to jacket]. (B&W photographs) The book "features the humorist's writings and poignant observations on society during World War I and the Roaring Twenties. Included in this unique collection are two of Rogers' most popular books, 'The Cowboy Philosopher on the Peace Conference' and 'The Cowboy Philosopher on Prohibition.' In selections from his weekly articles and 'The Illiterate Digest,' Rogers lampoons the leading figures of the day, from Henry Ford and William Jennings Bryan to Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Alaska and the Job , Wilcox, Paul L.
111 Wilcox, Paul L. Alaska and the Job
Boston Branden Press (c.1976) 0-8283-1603-1 / 9780828316033 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj  
[good solid copy, minor wear at spine ends, very light staining to page edges; jacket shows some staining/discoloration along edges and on rear panel]. "As Manager of Heavy Construction in Alaska for a large international construction firm, [the author] was witness to the great military buildup taking place in Alaska in the late 1950's. [This book] is mainly about people. Native Aleuts and Eskimos; sourdoughs and Cheechakos who have made Alaska their home; banking emperors and military giants; bargirls and town drunks; pilots, preachers, jack-of-all-trades, and even a nameless corpse -- each has a proper place in Wilcox' icy, windswept tapestry."  
Price: 8.50 USD
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Lillian Wald: Angel of Henry Street, Williams, Beryl
112 Williams, Beryl Lillian Wald: Angel of Henry Street
New York Julian Messner, Inc. (c.1948) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Edd Ashe; dj design by Cirlin 
[a bit of wear to cloth at spine ends, otherwise a tight clean book; jacket is clean and attractive, despite a jagged chip at top of spine (not affecting any text) and an almost-invisible two-inch split at bottom front foldover]. (B&W line drawings) Biography of the nurse-activist who co-founded the Henry Street Settlement on New York's Lower East Side, to provide health care and other services to immigrants and the poor, and is generally regarded as the founding mother of community nursing in the United States. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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And There I Stood with My Piccolo, Willson, Meredith
113 Willson, Meredith And There I Stood with My Piccolo
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1948 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Bill English, T. Hee 
[good solid copy, faint dampstain on top edge (with very light bleeding into top of a few dozen pages), some mild spotting/scuffing to front cover, very faint dampstain at top of rear cover; quite a nice example of the easily-worn (and in any case rather scarce) dust jacket, with just a couple of tiny tears and a very shallow chip at top of spine (no text affected)]. The first of the popular composer's several memoirs, this one with a great deal about his childhood in Mason City, Iowa -- which of course served as the primary model for " River City" in "The Music Man." [This copy is a 1948 printing (date on title page), but lacks the "First Edition" statement, and is thus a slightly "later printing," as noted.] The front cover of the book itself bears a small caricature of the author, by Disney artist T. Hee, embossed in silver (identical to the lower illustration on the dust jacket). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The White King of La Gonave, Wirkus, Faustin, and Taney Dudley
114 Wirkus, Faustin, and Taney Dudley The White King of La Gonave
Garden City NY Garden City Publishing Co., Inc. (c.1931) NO Reprint Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[minimal shelfwear, very light foxing to fore-edge, very slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket shows a little edgewear, tiny ragged closed tear at bottom rear hinge, light soiling to rear panel]. (Star Books) Series (B&W photographs) "The true story of the sergeant of Marines who was crowned King on a voodoo island." One of the white-folks-encountering-voodoo yarns that were all the rage in the wake of William Seabrook's popular 1929 book "The Magic Island," which introduced the reading public (at least in America) to the subject of voodoo in general, and the story of Faustin Wirkus in particular. As Seabrook himself explains, in the Introduction to this volume, the tale of Wirkus's 1925-1929 "reign" over "ten thousand primitive Negroes on a tropical island" so caught the public's imagination that "within a few months, while perhaps a hundred thousand people had heard of Seabrook and voodoo, at least ten million people had heard of Wirkus and La Gonave." (La Gonave, by the way, aka Gonāve Island, is on the west side of Haiti, in the Gulf of Gonāve, west-northwest of Port au Prince.) 
Price: 150.00 USD
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They Call Me Coach [*SIGNED*], Wooden, John, as told to Jack Tobin
115 Wooden, John, as told to Jack Tobin They Call Me Coach [*SIGNED*]
Waco TX Word Books 1976 (c.1972) 0-87680-305-2 / 9780876803059 5th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, light bumping to bottom corners; jacket lightly edgeworn and a bit rubbed, slightly color-shifted at spine, small closed tear at bottom right-hand corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("Thank you, _______, for your interest in this coach / Best wishes,") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally dated 10/11/76 in his hand. Inspirational memoir by the legendary UCLA basketball coach (named "Greatest Coach of All Time" by The Sporting News in 2009), who led the team for 27 years, including to ten national championships in the last 12 years prior to his retirement in 1975. If only he'd coached for Notre Dame, he might have been a serious candidate for sainthood. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan, [Tynan, Kenneth]  Lahr, John, ed.
116 [Tynan, Kenneth] Lahr, John, ed. The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan
New York Bloomsbury 2001 1-58234-160-5 / 9781582341606 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photos) Snowdon 
[nice clean copy, no significant wear, very light browning to page edges; jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) "Irreverent, indiscreet, wildly funny, sad, shocking and inspiring, the legendary diaries of Kenneth Tynan are above all compelling literature. For over three decades, on both sides of the Atlantic, Tynan was at the hot center of the theater and film worlds. He knew everybody; and everybody wanted to know him. His diaries -- so resplendent with griefs and gossip -- bear superb witness to the fame he courted and the price he paid for it." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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