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Dark Rainbow [original U.K. title: Their Rainbow Had Black Edges], Butler, Gerald
141 Butler, Gerald Dark Rainbow [original U.K. title: Their Rainbow Had Black Edges]
New York Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (c.1945) NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) H. Lawrence Hoffman 
[slight bumping to bottom corners, no other significant wear, cute vintage bookplate on ffep, vintage bookseller's label (Ream's, York, Pa. and Lancaster, Pa.) on rear pastedown; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, minor surface wear to front panel]. The first of the author's books to be published in the U.S., "a powerful, poignant novel which describes the dramatic disintegration of one individual, a soldier, under the pressure of war." Uncommon in both the British and American editions. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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For This My Mother Wrapped Me Warm, Caesar, Eunice Lee
142 Caesar, Eunice Lee For This My Mother Wrapped Me Warm
New York D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc. (c.1947) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [wear to and bumping to bottom corners (exposing board at one corner), inked date on front pastedown, ffep top corner clipped; jacket has a bit of paper loss at top corners and top of spine, a few small closed tears, spotting/soiling to rear panel]. Novel about a woman torn between the two men she loves. She's engaged to "the wellbred, refined Mark Richards," but "the thought of Laramie King, moody, passionate and unkempt, lingered in her mind." It's always the unkempt ones, isn't it? 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Mark of the Hunter [*SIGNED*], Caesar, Gene
143 Caesar, Gene Mark of the Hunter [*SIGNED*]
New York William Sloane Associates (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Walter Ferro Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [solid clean copy, mild shelfwear, publisher's sticker on ffep indicating this to be a "specially autographed edition"; jacket moderately edgeworn, a few small tears, faint dampstain along left edge of front flap, nothing too serious]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "This dynamic, contemporary novel is set against the natural background of Northern Michigan's wild hinterland. It tells of Marty Jevons' search for a purpose in life and a woman to love. [With a rifle?] Marty is a young Marine veteran. The savage streak that most of us camouflage so carefully is his reason for living." Probably best not to bring that up on the first date. Signed by Author 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Wife Wanted; an unusual human story [*SIGNED*], Callahan, Robert E.
144 Callahan, Robert E. Wife Wanted; an unusual human story [*SIGNED*]
New York Authors Press 1940 3rd printing Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [worn but intact copy, slight fading to spine cloth, bumping to all corners, fraying to cloth and some exposure of boards at bottom edge, several small gouges in rear cover, small bookseller's rubber stamp inside, one-time owner's name at top of title page]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "To Marie Vasgard / with good luck wishes / Robert E. Callahan / 1947." As nearly as I can make out the plot of this somewhat overwrought novel, it has to do with a man who places hundreds of "lonely hearts" advertisements in newspapers around the country, in order to investigate and expose the matrimonial bureaus (matchmaking rackets sometimes referred to in the book as "love cults") that take advantage of lonely women looking for mates. He has undertaken this project to fulfill the wish of his now-deceased wife, and through it he also apparently hopes to achieve some sort of spiritual enlightenment. The chapter contents are laid out like those of popular fiction of an earlier era, e.g.: "Chapter 22: His Mind Goes Back -- Deep Sympathy -- Joins New Cult -- More Letters -- Another Racket." (The book is set in Los Angeles, and in one chapter our protagonist visits a "movie school" and describes its fraudulent machinations.) Basis for the 1946 movie of the same name, which starred Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh, Robert Shayne, and Veda Ann Borg. <> 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Ringed with Fire, Campbell, Alice
145 Campbell, Alice Ringed with Fire
New York Random House (c.1942) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) E. McKnight Kauffer 
[spine slightly turned, minor soiling to covers; jacket shows wear at edges and spine ends, vertical crease along front hinge, a couple of small closed tears, a little writing on rear panel]. "A novel of spies and a gigantic Fifth Column plot," set in England during the Blitz. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Cry for Happy, Campbell, George
146 Campbell, George Cry for Happy
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1958) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Galdone 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, slight wear to cloth at spine ends; jacket has a few tiny nicks and chips along the top edge, but presents very well in new jacket protector]. Novel about six U.S. Navy men (members of the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Unit), stationed in Tokyo during the Korean War, who become partners in a geisha house -- "as wild, delightful, charming, bittersweet, and satisfying a yarn as ever was told about the United States Navy." Hollywood went a little geisha-happy in the late 1950s and early 1960s (cf. THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, THE BARBARIAN AND THE GEISHA, THE GEISHA BOY, MY GEISHA); the 1961 movie made from this book, starring Glenn Ford and Donald O'Connor, came rather late in the cycle (if it can be called a cycle). The book is unaccountably scarce in the hardcover issue; does this movie have a cult following that I don't know about? I seem to recall that it was kinda cute when I saw it on TV as a kid, but suspect it would be insufferable today. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Merry Merry Maidens, Carlisle, Helen Grace
147 Carlisle, Helen Grace The Merry Merry Maidens
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1937) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, dust-soiling to page edges, slight fraying at several corners, discoloration to endpapers, light stain at top of front cover, telephone number written on rear pastedown]. Novel tracing the lives of six high school girlfriends from 1917, told through the memories of one, now (twenty years later) a middle-class Bronx housewife. According to a contemporary reviewer, the characters were "hand-picked to represent the past two decades of life in New York City." Thus, one girl becomes a world-famous actress; another is a frustrated concert singer who finds fulfillment in teaching music; one is a boyfriend-stealer who lives to regret her actions; another marries a Russian engineer and "finds satisfaction in being solemn about the future of the Soviet Union"; and of course there's a career woman. Purchase of the movie rights by David O. Selznick was announced several months before the book's publication, but despite the efforts of a number of screenwriters (among them Mary McCall Jr. and Budd Schulberg), no movie ever reached the screen. (++) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Blossoming Year, Carpenter, Bruce
148 Carpenter, Bruce The Blossoming Year
New York Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. (c.1952) First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good dj 
[general overall wear, extensive pencil notes on rear fep; jacket worn at edges/corners, approx 1"x1" piece missing at top left of front panel, a little paper loss at spine ends]. "The author writes searchingly of a young girl's emotions, and entertainingly of the manners and customs of a middle-class New England family whose growing concern is to get the girls happily married." Set partially in New York, specifically Greenwich Village. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Consider the Daisies, Carrick, Gertrude
149 Carrick, Gertrude Consider the Daisies
Philadelphia/New York J. B. Lippincott Company (c.1941) NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [decent copy, moderate wear at extremities, top edge dust-darkened, spine cloth browned, a little soiling to covers]. The adventures of a group of students at Vassar. Rather breathlessly written, but by no means superficial or insubstantial; the milieu is vividly drawn, in considerable detail. (No doubt the author was an alumness; the dedication is "to the kids still in college now; to the friends I made there; and to the few special people who always knew I would someday write and sell a novel.") 
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Consider the Daisies, Carrick, Gertrude
150 Carrick, Gertrude Consider the Daisies
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1941) NO 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) "Laune"[?] 
[nice copy, minimal shelfwear, a couple of tiny stains on bottom edge, minor dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows moderate surface- and edge-wear, light soiling to rear panel, tiny pull-tear in spine, small tear at top rear hinge and slight wear at spine ends]. The adventures of a group of students at Vassar. Rather breathlessly written, but by no means superficial or insubstantial; the milieu is vividly drawn, in considerable detail. (No doubt the author was an alumness; the dedication is "to the kids still in college now; to the friends I made there; and to the few special people who always knew I would someday write and sell a novel.") 
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Backstage [on jacket: Back Stage], Cary, Melbert
151 Cary, Melbert Backstage [on jacket: Back Stage]
New York House of Field Inc. (c.1938) NO Unstated ed Hardcover Good in Poor dj 
[soiling and uneven fading to cloth, soiling to page edges, ffep removed with consequent weakening of front hinge; jacket is edgeworn with various small tears, but downgraded to "Poor" due to large piece (about 1/6 of total area) missing from bottom right-hand corner of front panel (taking most of the author's name with it)]. "A love story 'tis true, but unlike any other -- not the love of man for woman, of parent for child, or friend for friend; none of these, but a passionate all-consuming love of daughter for mother, as inversion of material instinct as it were." Takes place against "a background that extends from the theatre of New York and London of the present day, to the life and tragic death of Joan of Arc [wonder how they worked that in?] more than five hundred years ago." The author is described on the jacket as a New York corporate lawyer who had also dabbled in politics, written a number of books, and served as president of a large hospital; I'm not sure if this is the same "Melbert Cary" (Jr.?) who was also a noted Connecticut printer/publisher during this period. 
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Ladies and Gents, Caspary, Vera
152 Caspary, Vera Ladies and Gents
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1930] (c.1929) Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[slight deterioration to binding at spine ends, otherwise a solid clean book with only minor shelfwear; jacket has a one-inch chip at top right corner of front panel, additional chipping at bottom of rear panel, a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine, rubbing/scuffing on spine and front panel]. First novel by the Chicago-born author who turned out over twenty novels during her career (plus a bunch of plays and screenplays), but is ultimately remembered almost entirely for just one: "Laura." This early work tells "the saga of a shimmy shaker -- little Rosina Monticelli, who rose from the obscurity of a carnival show to become the Sweetheart of American Vaudeville and the Queen of Musical Comedy." The book's copyright page declares it a "Second printing August 1929," but that's likely a holdover from the original plates; the fact that the front jacket flap blurbs Caspary as the author of "White Girl" and "Music in the Street" dates this reprint more accurately as 1930 or possibly even 1931. Very scarce in any edition, even jacketless; this reissue jacket reproduces the art of the first edition jacket, with the exception of the addition of a front-panel slug plugging "[The] White Girl." [Note that at least one source I consulted states that "The White Girl" was published in January 1929, and implies that "Ladies and Gents" was written first but wasn't published for two years because of a "publishers delay," whatever that means; the latter assertion is obviously incorrect, however, which in turn makes me dubious about that January 1929 date -- especially since the copyright page on this edition (again, probably printed from the Century Company plates) dates the first printing as July 1929.] 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Monkey God, Casserly, Gordon
153 Casserly, Gordon The Monkey God
New York Sears Publishing Co. [n.d.; ca 1933] 1st U.S. ed Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice clean tight copy, mild corner wear, faint soiling to top edge, slight age-toning of pages; jacket text pasted to ffep]. Novel about an Englishman who lived in the Indian jungle with a tribe of monkeys. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Two on Safari, Chamberlain, George Agnew
154 Chamberlain, George Agnew Two on Safari
Indianapolis/New York The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1935) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, top corners lightly bumped, slight darkening to spine cloth]. Adventure novel about an American who gets involved in leading a safari in South Africa. One of this popular author's harder-to-find books. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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What the Sweet Hell?, Chamberlain, Peter
155 Chamberlain, Peter What the Sweet Hell?
New York Henry Holt and Company 1935 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [decent copy, minor foxing around edges of endpapers, hinges a little tender but not cracked or split, paper spine label a bit rubbed but still completely readable, a few pages near end of book slightly scrunched at top corners]. Short stories by a British writer, in a somewhat hard-boiled vein, as the title suggests. As the New York Times critic observed, "in tone they are much more American than British. They have a vigor and directness, even an occasional brutality, which one rarely finds among the author's countrymen." The author subsequently turned out two novels, although this book was apparently his only American publication. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Joan Kennedy, Channon, Henry
156 Channon, Henry Joan Kennedy
London Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [spine a little turned, light bumping to corners, moderate shelfwear, old bookseller's stamp on front pastedown, remnant of vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown; gilt spine lettering still strong and bright, front cover lettering is embossed and may never have had gilt (at least there's no trace of it now)]. The first of two novels (both uncommmon) by this American-born writer and, later, politician (whose nickname was "Chips"), who went to school in England and eventually came to detest American society. His views were decidedly capital-C Conservative, and his 1933 marriage to the daughter of an Earl helped him get elected to the House of Commons in 1935. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Neville Chamberlain (and his appeasement policies toward Hitler), and served in the British government during World War II. His rather candid diaries of the 1930s and 1940s were published in the 1960s. 
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Idle Hands, Charles, Edward (pseud. for E.C.E. Hemsted)
157 Charles, Edward (pseud. for E.C.E. Hemsted) Idle Hands
Boston/New York Lothrop, Lee and Shephard Company 1936 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [light external soiling and moderate shelfwear, small vintage bookseller's rubber stamp (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, California) at bottom corner of front pastedown]. English novel, about something or other -- artists, some kind of school, people having affairs with one another, the staff of an art magazine. (Do you have any idea how hard it is to synopsize a novel when you can't find any reviews, and the dust jacket is missing? I'd read the darn thing if I had time, but alas.) The author was a longtime educator, who taught in Japan, China, India and England; his most famous book was "The Sexual Impulse," published in England in 1935, which led to the prosecution of his publishers for obscenity. Is it worth noting that the publishers misspell their own name on the title page and copyright page ("Shephard" instead of "Shepard")? They got it right on the binding 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Shadow of a Hero, Chase, Allan
158 Chase, Allan Shadow of a Hero
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1949 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Charles Lofgren 
[light wear to book, slight fading to cloth along top and bottom edges, small vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, California) at bottom corner of front pastedown; jacket has tiny tears at several corners, some edgewear and minor wrinkling along bottom edge, a handful of tiny nicks and closed tears]. Novel about a newspaper's book editor who starts looking into the background of Arnold Kelleher, one of his city's upstanding (and recently-deceased) citizens, regarded as a hero for his role in recovering a kidnapped child, and discovers a great disparity between the myth and the man. His quest for the truth takes him "behind the front of a political machine, [as he] unlooses the stench of past misdemeanors in which Kelleher had had more than a small part, [and] interviews those on whom his treacheries had had a lasting effect. [He] learns of Kelleher's many secret vile and vicious actions, learns too the reason for his own lasting fear and hatred of the man." (Kirkus Reviews) The author had an interesting career arc (if that's the term): newspaper reporter in the 1930s, novelist in the 1940s, a brush with the anti-communist witch-hunters in 1953 (he was interviewed privately but never called before HUAC itself), a stint as a Hollywood TV writer for about a decade (ca. 1954-1964), and finally a researcher and writer of books about medicine. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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East River, Chase, Borden
159 Chase, Borden East River
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company (c.1935) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Samuel Bernard Schaeffer 
[quite a decent copy, moderately shelfworn and with some smudging and marking to the cloth (mostly on the back cover), but nice enough that's it a bit of a shock to discover (from the rear endpaper) that it was once a lending library book (see notes); jacket is lightly soiled, some wear at edges and corners, neat internal tape-reinforcement at top of spine, all in all very well-preserved and quite attractive]. First novel by this New York-born writer, who went on to a long and successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter. Derived from his personal experience as a "sandhog" working on the construction of the Holland Tunnel, the book was sold to the movies prior to its publication and adapted for the 1935 film "Under Pressure," directed by Raoul Walsh for Fox. Chase himself had a hand in the screenplay, which also had some (uncredited) additional dialogue supplied by Billy Wilder, (It's often stated, erroneously, that Chase's book "Sandhog" was the basis for that film -- apparently by people with a tenuous grasp of chronological principles, since that book, although it does trod the same thematic ground, wasn't published until several years after the release of the film. The confusion no doubt arises from the fact that "East River" was itself actually entitled "Sand Hog" prior to its publication, although by the time it was serialized in Argosy in October/November 1934 it already bore its final title. Interestingly, the Argosy version was presented as having been co-authored by Chase and Edward Doherty. No doubt there's a story there; Doherty, an established journalist and newspaperman, occasionally served as a ghostwriter for.) 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Sandhog, Chase, Borden
160 Chase, Borden Sandhog
Philadelphia The Penn Publishing Company (c.1938) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Nat Little 
[light shelfwear, very slight deterioration to binding at top of spine; jacket is heavily edgeworn, soiled, shallow chipping along top edge, large chip at bottom of rear panel (no loss of text)]. The second book that the author managed to squeeze out of his experience on an East River tunnel gang. (The first, "East River," was published in 1935.) This book is often cited erroneously, by the chronologically-challenged, as the source for the 1935 Raoul Walsh film UNDER PRESSURE, which was actually based on "East River," which at one time (prior to its publication) was actually called "Sand Hog." Confused? Maybe you need both books, to help you sort it out. (Yes, I have a copy of "East River," too.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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