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Don Tarquinio: A Kataleptic Phantasmatic Romance, Fr. Rolfe (Frederick Baron Corvo)
161 Fr. Rolfe (Frederick Baron Corvo) Don Tarquinio: A Kataleptic Phantasmatic Romance
London Chatto & Windus 1957 First Edition Thus Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear to book; jacket has a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine (no text loss), spine a little sun-tanned, minor soiling to rear panel, tiny tears at a couple of corners]. This book, "first published in 1905 and among the most remarkable of Fr. Rolfe's books, portrays one day in the life of a man of fashion in the era of the Borgia. Don Tarquinio tells the story himself for the edification of his son Prospero. Though its setting is sixteenth-century Italy, the book has a singularly timeless quality." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Bee: The Princess of the Dwarfs, France, Anatole
162 France, Anatole Bee: The Princess of the Dwarfs
London/New York J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. / E.P. Dutton & Co. 1922 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Charles Robinson 
(gilt pictorial boards; no dust jacket) [slight splitting/fraying to binding at lower front hinge, otherwise a nice clean book with just a bit of wear at the corners, some minor spotting on the rear cover; binding is intact (no broken hinges); one bookplate on front pastedown, another on the ffep, and a gift inscription on the verso of the frontispiece plate, reading "To Micky / Much love / from Mother" (see notes)]. Beautiful vintage children's book, with 17 full-color plates illustrated by Charles Robinson (all present, with tissue guards with printed captions intact); there are also small color illustrations affixed to the page at the heads of several chapters, and small line drawings sprinkled throughout the text. Pagination anomalies: the Chapter I plate, "She went to her room...", faces page 2, not page 1 as listed; the Chapter VII plate, "The dwarf drew the bridle...", faces page 37, not page 38. Additionally, four of the plates bear half-size rather than full-size illustrations. (NOTE re the gift inscription: "Mother" in this case was silent-film actress Jane Novak, the book having been presented to her daughter Mickell, known as "Micky.") 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Tap!: The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories, 1900-1955 [*SIGNED*], Frank, Rusty E.
163 Frank, Rusty E. Tap!: The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories, 1900-1955 [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow and Company, Inc. (c.1990) 0-688-08949-6 / 9780688089498 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean book with the faintest bit of shelfwear; jacket similarly nice, with only some minor scuffing to the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("Dear ______ / Keep on Tapping!") and SIGNED by the author in the upper left corner of the title page, his signature additionally dated 1991. The history of tap dancing in the 20th century, in the form of interviews conducted by the author with thirty dancers, among them: Willie Covan, Ruby Keeler, Peg Leg Bates, George Murphy, Fayard Nicholas, Hermes Pan, Shirley Temple, Bunny Briggs, Vilma Ebsen (Buddy's sister), Donald O'Connor, Jane Withers, Fred Kelly (Gene's brother), Gene Nelson, Peggy Ryan, Paul Draper, Ann Miller, and Cholly Atkins. Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Twenty-Seventh City [*SIGNED*], Franzen, Jonathan
164 Franzen, Jonathan The Twenty-Seventh City [*SIGNED*]
New York Farrar Straus Giroux 1988 0-374-27972-1 / 9780374279721 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino Signed by Author
[very light shelfwear, a trace of soiling to edges of text block and a teeny-tiny dampstain on the bottom edge (keep reading); jacket appears unblemished from the exterior, but there is a large black stain on the inside, apparently the result of the jacket having been slightly damp at some point, just enough for some of the black from the cloth binding to have transferred to it; however, the only visible sign of any of this is the aforementioned teeny-tiny dampstain on the bottom edge of the text block, and if you never take the jacket off the book, you'll never notice any of this]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Franzen's first novel, "a riveting work of suspense, an eerie fable of political life, a love story -- a sweeping and profoundly imaginative look at America in the late twentieth century." Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases, Frasier, David K.
165 Frasier, David K. Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company, Inc. (c.2002) 0-7864-1038-8 / 9780786410385 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [nice clean copy, virtually as new, with just a tiny shallow dent in the bottom edge of the rear cover]. (B&W photographs) A cavalcade of self-destruction, culled from the obit columns of "Variety" from 1905 through 2000 but "also drawing attention from mainstream media"; each account is supplemented by the author's additional research into other sources. "Accidentally self-inflicted deaths are omitted, except for a few controversial cases. Each entry covers the person's personal and professional background, method of suicide, and place of burial, and in some instances includes statements taken from a suicide note." Given the inescapably morbid underpinnings (the evident scholarship and general seriousness of purpose notwithstanding), it's totally appropriate that the introduction has been provided by filmmaker-author Kenneth Anger -- which at first glance seemed a little gimmicky, until I read in the author's Preface that Anger's book "Hollywood Babylon" had literally "changed his life," and that he'd begun a long correspondence with Anger that led to a genuine friendship. (I also love that Anger begins his introduction with this admonition: "Lighten up.") Includes a bibliography, a very thorough name/title/subject index, and two appendixes: (1) a grouping of subjects by occupation; (2) an index by methods of suicide. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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God's Front Porch, Frings, Ketti
166 Frings, Ketti God's Front Porch
New York William Morrow & Company 1945 (c.1944) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, a bit of dust-soiling to top of text block, top rear corner bumped, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp on rear pastedown (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, California)]. Short novel (just 121 pages) about an American soldier, lying wounded and dying in a foxhole in Africa, who's whisked up to Heaven and given the chance to quiz God Himself about why He lets such horrible things as wars go on down below on earth. He's also concerned about the fate of his wife and their about-to-be-born baby back home, which God lets him observe via a telescope on His (you guessed it) front porch. Wartime fantasy-cum-claptrap, meant to be inspirational, I guess. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Homage to Blenholt, Fuchs, Daniel
167 Fuchs, Daniel Homage to Blenholt
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1936) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfwear, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends, bumping fraying at all corners, light stain at left edge of front cover, spine cloth a little faded, dust-soiling to top of text block]. Fuchs's second novel, the middle volume in his "Williamsburg Trilogy," centered around the Jewish-American community of that Brooklyn neighborhood. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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One World at a Time, Fuller, Margaret
168 Fuller, Margaret One World at a Time
New York The Century Co. 1922 First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [light bumping/slight fraying at several corners, a bit of wear at ends of spine, a bit of soiling to edges of text block; quite a decent reading copy]. "A romance of the Old South," per a contemporary listing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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New York in the 1930s, Fuller, Samuel
169 Fuller, Samuel New York in the 1930s
Paris Éditions Hazan (c.1997) 2-85025-534-3 / 9782850255342 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[a little edgewear to covers and corners, diagonal creases at bottom right corner of front cover and top left corner of rear cover]. (Pocket Archives) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Pocket-sized photo album of New York life and scenes in the 1930s, prefaced by a 40-page essay by Fuller, who had been a newspaper reporter and illustrator in the city before decamping to Hollywood. A lovely little book, even though it's a bit deceptive to present it as "by Samuel Fuller," since there's no evidence or indication that Fuller made any contribution to the selection or captioning of the photographs. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Ritorno al Tagliamento sul set di Addio Alle Armi [Return to Tagliamento: on the set of A FAREWELL TO ARMS], Gaberscek, Carlo
170 Gaberscek, Carlo Ritorno al Tagliamento sul set di Addio Alle Armi [Return to Tagliamento: on the set of A FAREWELL TO ARMS]
Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy Lignano per la Cultura 2006 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[very slight bump to bottom right corner, otherwise nice and clean, virtually as new]. (B&W photographs) A retrospective look at the on-location production of A FAREWELL TO ARMS, the 1957 David O. Selznick production that was the second film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel. The text is entirely in Italian, so I'm somewhat guessing at the content, but the book appears to be a kind of companion piece to a TV documentary produced by La Cineteca del Friuli, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the film's production. It's divided into two main sections: the first, written by Carlo Gaberscek, is entitled "Hemingway e il Friuli," and appears to be a history of the conception and writing of the novel and its subsequent transmutation into the film, with quite a bit of attention paid to Hemingway himself and his personal connection to the Friuli region of Italy; appended to this are notes and a bibliography. The second part of the book is a photographic portfolio, consisting primarily of scene stills from the movie (many featuring the stars, Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones), with a few off-camera shots thrown in for variety. A nicely-produced little book. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Captain Comes to Eden, Gardner, Ethel
171 Gardner, Ethel The Captain Comes to Eden
Philadelphia Dorrance & Company (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[corners bumped, moderate shelfwear, slight fading to cloth at top of spine, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, California); jacket rubbed and edgeworn, faded at spine, slight paper loss at both ends of spine, small tear at top of front panel, soiling to rear panel]. Uncommon comic novel about a once-magnificent but now hopelessly run-down old hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, occupied primarily by little old ladies whose incessant demands for renovations cause the manager to throw up his hands and tell them to "take the hotel and run it themselves." The ladies "are delighted and begin making wonderful plans, but their fun stops when a new manager arrives, a retired Navy man [who] knows nothing about hotel management and less about old ladies. He's convinced, however, that with Navy discipline, rigidly applied, he can manage both the hotel and the 'dratted females,' as he calls them. But the captain does not count on the subtle strength of women." Although very little seems to be made of the L.A. location -- virtually the whole thing takes place in the hotel itself, and after the Wilshire Boulevard mention on the first page there is scant reference to anything geographically or culturally specific (apart from one of the tenants being a retired actress) -- according to the jacket blurb the author was in the hotel business "in California," so one can reasonably presume that at least she was writing wherewhich she knew -- yet another victim, it would seem, of the "I could write a book" syndrome (another sure sign of which being that she apparently never wrote another one). 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Samuel Fuller, Garnham, Nicholas
172 Garnham, Nicholas Samuel Fuller
New York The Viking Press 1972 (c.1971) 0-670-61663-X / 9780670616633 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, slight bump to bottom rear corner but no other significant wear; jacket just a tiny bit rubbed on the rear panelwith just a trace of shelfwear to bottom edge; similar very minor edgewear to jacket]. (B&W photographs) Engaging, thematically-organized (rather than film-by-film) examination of the work of one of American cinema's true originals. "This book is a labour of love," says the author in his introduction, "a love born in the dark womb of Sunday afternoon moviehouses in rain-drenched provincial towns and the seedier areas of London. This book is a culmination of an odyssey whose islands are ancient cinemas named Rex, Imperial, Tolmer, whose sirens are named Fuller, Boetticher, Siegel, Ray, Mann and Aldrich. To see in those half-empty moviehouses, smelling of damp clothes and nicotine, above the heads of sheltering old-age pensioners the images of House of Bamboo, Pickup on South Street or Merrill's Marauders was to come face to face with a cinematic presence that demanded recognition. This book records the process of that recognition." Sounds to me like he's got it right. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Ego and the Centaur [*SIGNED*], Garrigue, Jean
173 Garrigue, Jean The Ego and the Centaur [*SIGNED*]
New York New Directions (c.1947) (see note) Hardcover Good in Poor dj Signed by Author
[shelfworn copy, with several bumped corners, dampstaining at both ends of spine and a bit along the bottom edges of the covers; jacket is age-browned, soiled, small bits of paper loss here and there, heavily water-stained along spine, partially split along rear hinge -- a bit of a fragile mess, frankly, held together only by a shiny new jacket protector]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the poet on the ffep: "For George Kirgo / 'While Shakespeare remains, literature is firm' / Jean Garrigue / Sept 3, 1942, in full-dress moonlight." The first book (and first full-length publication) by this Indiana-born poet, whose "life and work disappeared from critical and academic view" soon after her death at the age of 60 in 1972. That's per the unusually erudite Wikipedia writeup on her, which also posits that "Garrigue did not belong to a poetic school or movement, and asserted her intellectual, artistic, and emotional independence throughout her life," and notes that generally speaking (despite a moderate resurgence of interest in her work during the 1980s) her work has been neglected by most anthologists, and "continues to escape the notice of the traditional critical establishment, with its preference for a classical simplicity and clarity, and of the more recent feminist critics, to whom she makes no overt appeal." [NOTES: (1) I can't absolutely confirm this as a first printing, as a couple of the books listed on the rear jacket flap appear to have first been published by New Directions a little later than 1947. (2) This copy of the book contains the Errata slip, laid in at page 55, correcting the omission of four lines and three stanzas of the poem "Marriage Is a Mystery of Joy." (3) The inscribee, George Kirgo, was a longtime film and TV writer who served as President of the Writers Guild of America, West, from 1987 to 1991.] Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Family Crisis, Gass, Sherlock Bronson
174 Gass, Sherlock Bronson Family Crisis
New York Reynal & Hitchcock 1940 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, light shelfwear, minor dust-stain to bottom of text block, slight fading to spine cloth, rubber-stamped bookseller's name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.), vintage bookplate on ffep]. The titular "crisis" was basically the author's family life and business during a five-year period from 1895 to 1900, during which his father, following a run of bad luck and failed ventures in Chicago, tried to make a go of a commercial laundry establishment in Dayton, Ohio, enlisting his wife and three sons in the effort to keep it afloat in the face of various trials and tribulations (equipment malfunctions, a fire, labor union troubles). The verdict of the New York Times critic was that while "the writing is without any particular beauty or distinction, it has clarity and directness [and] presents a sufficiently vivid picture of a special phase of American life at the close of one industrial period and the beginning of another and a very different one, the end of little businesses with few employes, the coming of big business and big unions." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Spirite, Gautier, Théophile (translated by Arthur D. Hall)
175 Gautier, Théophile (translated by Arthur D. Hall) Spirite
Chicago/New York Rand, McNally & Company 1890 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket; top edge gilt, "Acme" devices on spine (gilt) and front cover (embossed in black)) [shelfworn along bottom edge but otherwise a good sound copy, binding/hinges fully intact, slight bumping to corners, some wear to cloth at spine ends, minor dampstaining to top edges of several illustration plates (no impact on actual illustrations)]. (frontispiece + 15 B&W plates) Novel about a man's obsessive romance with a beguiling ghost, originally published in France in 1866 (subtitled "nouvelle fantastique"), and subsequently in the U.S. by D. Appleton in 1877. (A slightly later issue of the Rand, McNally edition appeared in 1898 (per the Library of Congress record) under the title "Stronger than Death.") Gautier (1811-1872), a critic, poet, journalist and dramatist, was an influential figure in 19th-century Parisian literary circles, and also a noted cat-lover. Two interesting aspects of this printing: (1) It appears to be a different translation from the 1877 Appleton edition; no translator is credited on that book, but the present volume contains a dedication page specifically for this translation, dated Chicago, July 1, 1890. (2) The "Acme" decorative devices embossed on both the spine (in gilt) and front cover (in black, almost invisible on the very dark blue cloth), which would seem to indicate that this a slightly later issue of the book, by a different distributor (all the internals reference Rand, McNally only). In any event, an uncommon printing/binding for this title. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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New Heaven New Earth, Gaye, Phoebe Fenwick
176 Gaye, Phoebe Fenwick New Heaven New Earth
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1932 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, binding intact, mild bumping to bottom corners, light dust-soiling to top of text block, small bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.), shadow of previous owner's erased name on ffep]. Novel about a group of immigrants of varied backgrounds and nationalities who are bound for America, each in search "of a new opportunity, of a new liberty of the spirit or of the body, of escape from family worries, intimate obsessions or ruined careers, of freedom for the varied impulses of the soul which the older countries of the earth had confined by necessity or long custom." (You know: "Grand Hotel" on an ocean liner.) Quite scarce. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Pocahontas and the Elders: A Folkpiece in Four Acts, Geddes, Virgil
177 Geddes, Virgil Pocahontas and the Elders: A Folkpiece in Four Acts
Chapel Hill NC M.A. Abernethy 1933 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light shelfwear, very slight bumping to spine ends and bottom corners; jacket in nearly perfect condition, with just a small abrasion near top of spine, tiny smudge line on front panel]. Historically-based "folkpiece," probing "the motives of the people in America's first colonial settlement. From the familiar legend of Pocahontas, together with much unknown and previously unused material, [the playwright] has constructed a biting play: for America a new kind of historical play, pertinent in its irony and implications, very American, and a challenge to the theatre." Geddes, a native of Nebraska, was a poet and critic as well as a playwright; he spent some time in Paris in the 1920s, and after returning to the U.S. was very active in the American theatre scene, including a stint as co-director of the Federal Theater Project's experimental section. His best-known work as a playwright is probably "Native Ground" (a 3-play cycle), written in 1932 but most notably produced in New York by the WPA's Federal Theatre Project in 1937. (A flyer advertising that engagment, at the Venice Theatre, is laid in to this copy of the book.) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Queen's Panetelas, George, Crosby
178 George, Crosby The Queen's Panetelas
New York/London D. Appleton-Century Company 1935 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [uneven fading to cloth on both front and rear covers, light dust-soiling to top of text block, original jacket flaps affixed to front and rear pastedowns, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, California) on front pastedown]. A Graustarkian burlesque of European politics, "a lively and hilarious potpourri of wit, satire, and sophistication -- a tale of Kings and Queens and Princes, of modern dictators and munitions salesmen, of panetela cigars and tenor-tubas, of love-making that is unconventional, of political intrigues and fantastic wars. Yet behind the mad, carefree humor of Mr. George's amazing novel, and behind the laughable posturings of his characters, there is a sly, satanic innuendo -- cruel at times -- upon the petty bickerings of modern Europe, the pomposities of its potentates, the inhumanities of its wars." The Los Angeles Times reviewer astutely observed that "there is plenty of nonsense; and that happens to be why, handled as it is, the buffoonery becomes painfully real. One recoils from a civilization containing such idiots; and one has but to read the newspapers to find worse idiots, and no less dangerous." As true today as it was in 1935, if not more so. Apparently this was the author's only published book. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Jitter Run, Germann, Robert F.
179 Germann, Robert F. Jitter Run
New York The Hampton Publishing Company (distributed by William Morrow & Co.) 1944 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by Elsa 
[moderate shelfwear, slight deterioration of cloth at spine ends, faint bookseller's rubber-stamped name at bottom of front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, Calif.); jacket a bit soiled, several small nicks and tiny chips along top edge]. (pen and ink drawings) The outrageous adventures of a stereotypical Southern plantation clan, "a dubious family of devious ways passionately devoted to a life of uselessness." The Los Angeles Times reviewer was unabashedly enthusiastic: "Written with a completely straight face and skillfully plotted, the novel is a remarkable tour de force that never lets the reader down, either in its humor or its absolutely impossible plausibility. Uproariously recommended!" This appears to have been the author's only published book; a New York City native, he was in the Army at the time of its publication. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Patchwork Time, Gibbons, Robert
180 Gibbons, Robert The Patchwork Time
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1948 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) George Salter 
[boards very slightly bowed outwards, tiny shallow dent in top of front cover; jacket has one tiny chip at top of front panel, very slight paper loss at top of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. The Alabama-born author's second (and apparently last) book, "essentially a novel about Johnny Somers, a frightened young man who suddenly finds himself in a strange world of baffling mazes and tortuous paths; and yet, even more starkly real, it is the heart-breaking story of the pitiable, likable people of a small Southern town." If that jacket-blurb quote seems a little oblique, it didn't prevent the New York Times reviewer from sussing out the real subject of the novel: "Sex is the catalyst in this story of a small Southern town, its small Southern inhabitants, and the small young man who comes to teach history to its high school students. It is by way of sex that the contributing characters are presented and fathomed, that wrongs are righted, revenges taken, and maturity attained, and that the central drama develops. The total effect is roughly that of a detective story of sex -- pace fast, dialogue thin-lipped, and plenty of suspects." Gibbons had received the publisher's "Fellowship in Fiction" award in 1942; his first novel, "Bright is the Morning," was published the following year. After this one appeared, he seems to have faded off the literary scene. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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