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Gay Highway, Chase, Mary
161 Chase, Mary Gay Highway
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1933) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [ex-library book with typical markings (stamp and label on ffep, date due slip & pocket in back of book) but minimal wear (date due slip shows just one checkout); some light spotting to spine cloth and (less) on covers; no external library markings]. Uncommon novel, a romance (not gay-themed) about a young woman who goes on the road after her grandmother's death; at various points she visits a Western ranch, and gets involved with a traveling theatrical troupe. (I am uncertain about whether the author is the playwright Mary Chase ("Harvey," etc.), but I don't think so.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Young Wallingford, Chester, George Randolph
162 Chester, George Randolph Young Wallingford
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1910) Early printing Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by F.R. Gruger & Henry Raleigh 
(no dust jacket) [moderately-worn but still attractive book, slight bumping and very minor fraying at most corners, diagonal creasing and one small edge-tear in frontispiece plate, light soiling and age-toning to page edges, gilt lettering on spine and front cover still bright, binding intact]. (B&W plates) Second "Wallingford" book, a follow-up to the author's 1908 novel "Get-Rich-Quick-Wallingford." There would eventually be a total of five Wallingford books, and a handful of silent movies, although the stock market crash of 1929 might have been the effective death-knell for this character, described in the subtitle of the first book as "an American business buccaneer." (In real life, however, the type seems to have made a comeback in the last few years, wouldn't you say?) [NOTE that this book lacks the "bow and arrow" first-edition designator on the copyright page -- although the publishers themselves have stated that their usage of this symbol to indicate a first edition was not always adhered to. Most of the later printings of this title were issued by Grosset & Dunlap, so at any rate the Bobbs-Merrill imprint on this one marks it as closer to the original (first edition) issue.] 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Moon and the Thorn, Chute, B.J.
163 Chute, B.J. The Moon and the Thorn
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1961 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, minimal wear; jacket has a tiny peeled spot on front panel, minor wear at corners and spine ends]. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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The Easy Way, Cicellis, Kay; foreword by V. Sackville-West
164 Cicellis, Kay; foreword by V. Sackville-West The Easy Way
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1950) 1st U.S. ed.? Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Eisner 
[good solid copy, mild shelfwear, top edge a little dust-darkened, thin pen mark on bottom edge, a little soiling/sunning to cloth along top of rear cover; jacket has minor paper loss at top and bottom of rear hinge, ragged tear at top of rear panel, 1- inch split along top front hinge, front panel intact and quite attractive]. Short stories by a young Greek author (her first book), whom Miss Sackville-West in her Foreword predicts "will go very far -- a true discovery." [Edition disclaimer -- this book is "printed in Great Britain,"and has a plain rear panel, with no printed price anywhere (although a price in dollars, $2.50, is stamped on the front flap).] 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Dreamers, Clark, J. Bigelow
165 Clark, J. Bigelow The Dreamers
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc. 1945 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [mild bumping to several corners, a bit of soiling to edges of text block, almost-invisible dampstain/very slight rippling to bottom page edges in first part of book; jacket edgeworn and moderately soiled, all edges and folds internally reinforced with brown paper tape (very neatly done and invisible from the exterior)]. Uncommon novel about "some fugitives from war -- two Americans, an Englishman, an Italian, and a decent German baron -- whose lovely escape island [in the Mediterranean] is suddenly occupied by a goose-stepping detachment of Nazis." At first the men agree to be passively cooperative, and thus their pleasant lives are only minimally interrupted -- until the arrival on the island of a British spy. R.L. North, writing in The Saturday Review, opined: "Mr. Clark's mixture of breezy macabre isn't good history, even recent history, but it is a salutary gesture, aimed to cut the Nazi image down to size even at the moment when it seemed largest. It has a little of the flavor of bad taste, as gruesome jokes often do." [+] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Impatient Virgin [Photoplay title: The Impatient Maiden], Clarke, Donald Henderson
166 Clarke, Donald Henderson Impatient Virgin [Photoplay title: The Impatient Maiden]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (see notes) [1932] (c.1931) NO 1st printing thus Hardcover Good+ in Fair dj 
[some wear to bottom edges of covers and spine ends, slight bumping to bottom corners, light soiling to edges of text block, 1934 gift inscription (non-authorial) on front pastedown; jacket heavily edgeworn, small ragged chip at top of front panel, a little paper loss at lower right corner of front panel and at spine extremities, various scuffs, creases, etc.]. Cheap-ass photoplay edition (with only a single still, the frontispiece, depicting stars Lew Ayres and Mae Clarke), no doubt reflecting necessary Depression-induced economies at the time the book (and movie) appeared in March 1932. The whole production (of the book) seems to be a bit of an anomaly, in fact: nowhere on the book itself is Grosset & Dunlap credited (only on the jacket), with the title-page statement reading simply "Published by arrangement with The Vanguard Press." (The movie version, by the way, was directed by James Whale.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Young and Healthy, Clarke, Donald Henderson
167 Clarke, Donald Henderson Young and Healthy
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1931) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Vincentini 
[spine turned, moderate wear to cloth at extremities, slight bump to top front corner, vintage bookseller's label (Paul Edler & Co., San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket heavily edgeworn, various tiny chips and tears, wrinkling/creasing with minor paper loss at top of spine, soiling along edge of front flap]. Scrappy and moderately racy romance, of the sort that Clarke specialized in; this one is about a college student whose "only books are women's looks," but who decides to rough it for a time as a sea-going lumberman, before becoming a New York newpaper reporter (shades of the author himself). Cheap reprints of Clarke's many novels from this era ("Millie"; "Tawny"; "Confidential"; "Female"; "Alabam'"; "Impatient Virgin"; etc. etc.) are easy to find, but jacketed copies of the original editions (mostly published by Vanguard) are fairly uncommon. (The rear jacket panel has miniature black-and-white reproductions of the dust jackets on seven contemporary Vanguard Press novels, mostly of an equally trashy nature: "Bodies Are Dust," "Women Must Love," etc.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Heavens Above!, Claxton, Oliver
168 Claxton, Oliver Heavens Above!
New York The John Day Company (c.1933) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "Jay" 
[some foxing to fore-edge, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket edgeworn and age-toned, internally reinforced along spine with brown paper tape, tiny chip at bottom of front panel Satirical novel "of how two shades, Charles Dewclark and one Duffy, release themselves from a penance of wandering in space before entering the gates of Heaven. Their many adventures concern their effort to avoid the boredom of eternity, and at the same time accomplish an escape from the punishment of humanity." The first and only novel by this onetime journalist and sometime-New Yorker staffer; his only other book was a children's book about a circus elephant, "Remus," published in 1939. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Strangers Were There: Selected Stories, Clayton, John Bell
169 Clayton, John Bell The Strangers Were There: Selected Stories
New York The Macmillan Company 1957 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ronald Clyne 
[book is moderately shelfworn, no serious problems; jacket shows wear at corners/edges, a few small tears, minor paper loss at spine ends]. "This posthumous selection of related short stories reveals all of [the author's] principal gifts -- of narrative power, of compassion, of insight, of lyric strength -- and suggests the major literary figure he would have become. Though they display a lively versatility in subject, mood and treatment, all the stories are unified by their setting -- the Virginia town of Colonial Springs, the valley hamlets and the mountains beyond." The author had published three novels prior to his death in 1955 at the age of 49. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Rain Every Day, Clements, E.H.
170 Clements, E.H. Rain Every Day
New York E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1941 First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid but shelfworn book, some light staining to lower portion of rear cover; vintage bookseller's "remnant" (price markdown) label on rear pastedown (Woodward & Lothrop)]. Novel about a genius writer and his family, trying to live a quiet life on their farm in Cornwall, while numerous literary establishment types from London try to finagle him into the limelight, in the hope that some of his consequent fame and (especially) fortune will rub off on them. I wonder if they knew there was a war on? 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Song-Bird, Cleugh, Sophia
171 Cleugh, Sophia Song-Bird
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company (c.1930) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[solid clean copy with just minor shelfwear; jacket a little edgeworn, one small closed tear at bottom of front panel, minor paper loss at top spine corners, wrinkling and small stress lines at top of spine, one tiny chip at top of rear panel] Novel of an aspiring opera singer who falls in love and elopes with the son of a noble Spanish family, heedless of "the danger of incurring the hatred of his mother, the all-powerful Doņa Juanita -- a hatred that was to pursue her in her dazzling career as an opera singer, and to play such havoc with her personal life." I've seen it stated that the author, who was English but lived in the U.S. from 1911, may have done a bit of screenwriting under another name; she was slightly showbiz-adjacent (her husband was a minor stage actor named Dennis Cleugh, who died suddenly at age 35 in 1928), so it's not a completely outlandish idea -- just unconfirmed, at least by me. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Dead Ground, Clewes, Howard
172 Clewes, Howard Dead Ground
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1946 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[nice solid copy, mild shelfwear, bottom rear corner bumped; jacket edgeworn, minor chipping at base of spine, small triangular piece missing at top of spine]. 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Swag, Coe, Charles Francis
173 Coe, Charles Francis Swag
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1928) Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [lightly worn book, spine slightly turned, slight bumping to a couple of corners]. Proto-hardboiled novel about a small-town boy who lights out for the (unnamed) big city, falls in with a bad crowd, and turns to a life of crime. Coe was a prolific writer of magazine fiction (for both the slicks and the pulps); this tale was first published as a 6-part serial in The Saturday Evening Post. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Another Time, Another Place, Coffee, Lenore
174 Coffee, Lenore Another Time, Another Place
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. (c.1955) NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) David Soshensky 
(price-clipped) [no significant wear to book, minor dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket a little edgeworn and lightly soiled, a bit of paper loss at spine extremities]. Scarce first novel, about an American woman newspaper columnist in wartime London, by a veteran screenwriter who wrote dozens of films beginning in the 1920s -- including several notable 1940s Bette Davis pix, among them the immortally trashy BEYOND THE FOREST. This novel was the basis for the 1958 film of the same name, which starred Lana Turner and a young Sean Connery. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The Great Bear, Cohen, Lester
175 Cohen, Lester The Great Bear
New York Boni & Liveright 1927 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [minor shelfwear to bottom edge, green topstain somewhat uneven, spine lettering a bit dulled but still easily readable]. Novel set in 1880s Chicago, about a wheat speculator and his domination of the Chicago Board of Trade, aka "The Pit" (also the subject of Frank Norris's classic 1903 novel of that title). The protagonist's brother, a powerful department store owner, had been the subject of the author's first novel, "Sweepings," published in 1926 and adapted twice for the movies during the 1930s, with Cohen himself doing a bit of screenwriting during that decade. Of "The Great Bear," the New York Times critic wrote that "as a dramatization -- or better still, a 'humanization' -- of American business, its force and content cannot be denied," despite its having been overwritten: "There are too many exclamation points [and] too much verbal hairiness to make it first-rate." (I'll leave you to discover for yourself what "verbal hairiness" looks like on the printed page.) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Apple Must Be Bitten, Colby, Fanny
176 Colby, Fanny The Apple Must Be Bitten
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1944 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[solid copy, some fading to cloth along top and bottom edges, light dust-soiling to top edge, old seller's price rather crudely obliterated on ffep, numerals "45" partially erased but still visible on front pastedown; jacket somewhat scuffed and edgeworn, shallow chipping at top of spine and bottom edge of rear panel, old tape repair to bottom rear hinge, internal tape-reinforcement across top of spine]. "Vivid, fast-moving novel of a modern marriage. The conflict between Maggie and Ned Harvey is rooted in the basic resentment of one sex toward the other." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Moon in the West, Collins, Bertrand
177 Collins, Bertrand Moon in the West
New York Liveright, Inc. (c.1933) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [shelfworn, bumping/fraying at most corners, small tear in cloth at top of spine, uneven fading to cloth, small bookseller's rubber stamp on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, California))]. Novel about an aspiring novelist, Stephen, who returns to New York after a couple of years in Mexico, has a manuscript rejected by publishers, and intends to head off to Paris to recharge his creative batteries and also to catch up with his old friend Tony, who has inherited a large fortune and is a talented musical comedy composer to boot, but who (per a contemporary review) "prefers to make his friends among a tawdry crowd of vulgarians." Stephen lingers in New York for a while, though, and soon develops a crush on Tony's wife, while also eventually discovering that Tony is cheating on said wife with Stephen's cousin. Taking notes? Me neither. Also per the reviewer: "Mr. Collins crowds his canvas with portraits of the aristocratic rich and mere plutocrats. With a few exceptions, the portraiture is very good, indeed. These people behave and talk in character, but they talk too much and their conversation is not sufficiently brilliant or profound to palliate dragging action." Caveat emptor, as the French would say. According to the review I dredged up, this was the author's first novel, but an OCLC search turns up at least two earlier works -- but none later, suggesting that this one may have been his third strike. (I might also observe that as of this writing only one other copy of this book is being offered online, for $199 by some idiot Amazon seller.) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Idolaters, Collins, Dale
178 Collins, Dale Idolaters
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [spine cloth a bit faded, otherwise a good solid book with just light shelfwear, small vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, California) at bottom corner of front pastedown]. Adventure novel set in the South Seas (specifically the Dutch East Indies), with an unusual protagonist: "Mr. Dave," a dwarf, described in the text as "The World's Most Small and Most Premier Contortionist." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Blonde Baby, Collison, Wilson
179 Collison, Wilson Blonde Baby
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1931 NO Reprint Hardcover 3rd Printing (stated) Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy with minor wear, very slight deterioration to cloth at spine ends; jacket shows some edgewear, one tiny shallow chip at top of rear panel, still bright and attractive]. Small-town girl from Ohio wins the "Perfect Leg Contest" and sets off to make it big in the Big Apple. She falls in love with a "a hard-drinking, smart-setter with millions," who also happens to be (uh-oh) married -- but wait! "Is it the same old story? You'll be surprised. [The book] refutes the fictional theory that New York is a Brazen Monster, that all blondes and gold diggers, that there are no virgins left; for this story is the saga of a virgin." The book follows the by-then well-worn epistolary formula, being told in letters home from Cassandra (our heroine) to her mom. Adapted for the 1932 Columbia film THREE WISE GIRLS, directed by William Beaudine, with blonde baby Jean Harlow as Cassandra and Mae Clarke and Marie Prevost as her pals. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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I Have Been Little Too Long, Colver, Alice Ross
180 Colver, Alice Ross I Have Been Little Too Long
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1935 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(A.L. Burt dust jacket) [good solid copy, light foxing to fore-edge, spine very slightly turned, Christmas gift inscription from 1936 on ffep; jacket shows wear along top and bottom edges, various tiny tears and chips, slight fading to bottom half of spine with slight bleed-over onto front panel]. "An absorbing novel of modern marriage and divorce," in which a couple splits up, with each one taking custody of the child of the same gender. [NOTE that although the dust jacket is a later issue (A.L. Burt Company), the book itself bears the Dodd, Mead imprint on both the title page and the spine.] 
Price: 65.00 USD
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