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Motels, Hotels, Restaurants and Bars: An Architectural Record Book, (Hornbeck, James S., senior editor)
21 (Hornbeck, James S., senior editor) Motels, Hotels, Restaurants and Bars: An Architectural Record Book
New York F.W. Dodge Corporation (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj 
[bumping and light fraying to cloth at base of spine, otherwise just a bit of wear to book at edges and corners; jacket soiled, semi-circular piece torn away from top right corner of front panel, various other small nicks and chips, mostly along top edge]. (B&W photographs, drawings, floor plans, etc.) "This informative new book presents for the first time in one place a detailed study of physical design in motels, hotels, restaurants and bars, and graphically shows the important relationship between good design and good business. Presented in these pages are 518 illustrations and plans of successful establishments, where well-planned and practical design has paid off in flourishing trade and satisfied clientele. Each case study is profusely illustrated with interior and exterior photographs, with detailed floor plans and structural diagrams also included." It should be noted that the examples chosen are international in scope, not confined merely to the U.S. If you are a fan of mid-century architecture and design, flipping through this book will make you swoon -- and then get all depressed that you can no longer go out and actually see some of these long-vanished gems, e.g. Carl's Sea Air Motel in Santa Monica (when U.S. 1 was still called the "Roosevelt Highway"). Several of the California motels featured here were photographed for this volume by Julius Shulman. 
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CARTOONIST PROfiles (March 1990), (Hurd, Jud, ed.)
22 (Hurd, Jud, ed.) CARTOONIST PROfiles (March 1990)
Westport CT CARTOONIST PROfiles Inc. 1990 (No. 164) Magazine Fine 
[nice clean copy with no significant wear]. (cartoon illustrations, B&W photographs) Featured in this issue: an article by cartoonist Jerry Scott, about the construction of a giant "Nancy" balloon for use in parades; an interview with Jay Kennedy, the Comics Editor of King Features Syndicate (including King's submission guidelines, in detail); an article by editorial cartoonist Jimmy Margulies, about publishing a book of cartoons; an interview with magazine cartoonist Glenn Bernhardt; a discussion about the creation of the then-new "Baby Blues" strip by its creators, Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman; a review of Chuck Jones's autobiography, "Chuck Amuck"; an article by Jake Vest, about his "That's Jake" feature; an article about his views on cartooning by "Beetle Bailey" creator Mort Walker. All this stuff is interesting, of course, but in some ways the coolest thing in this issue is almost a throwaway: a brief article about the first-ever class in the Character Animation Program at CalArts, accompanied by a full-page group photo of the class taken in April 1976, including a number of people who would go on to major careers in animation, notably Pixar founder John Lasseter and directors Brad Bird and John Musker. 
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King of the B's: A Retrospective of the Films of Edgar G. Ulmer [program/poster], (Krohn, Bill)
23 (Krohn, Bill) King of the B's: A Retrospective of the Films of Edgar G. Ulmer [program/poster]
Los Angeles UCLA Film Archives in association with Goethe Institute Los Angeles [1983] Ephemera Very Good 
[light handling wear, a little soiling to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Full program for a retrospective of the work of the now-acclaimed (but then still pretty obscure) B-movie master, Edgar G. Ulmer, held at UCLA from October 6 through December 15, 1983. This item, printed on both sides of an 18" x 23" sheet and folded into sixths, doubles as a poster: on one side is the primary graphic for the event (including a photo of Ulmer himself) and the schedule of film screenings, with brief credits and notes on each film; on the other is a brief but erudite essay about Ulmer's work by Bill Krohn, plus information on a series of four seminars held in conjunction with the film screenings. The first major retrospective ever presented of Ulmer's films, this was a watershed event in the modern revival and re-assessment of his ouevre; for my part, I remember with great pleasure the appearance, at the opening-night screening of DETOUR, of the film's screenwriter Martin Goldsmith (who also wrote the original novel) and Ulmer's widow and collaborator (as script supervisor) Shirley Ulmer. 
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Musée du cinéma Henri Langlois, (Langlois, Henri, Lotte Eisner, et al.)
24 (Langlois, Henri, Lotte Eisner, et al.) Musée du cinéma Henri Langlois
Paris Editions Cinémathèque Française 1984 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[bottom right corner moderately bumped, very slight corner crease at upper right corner of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W and color photographs) Extensively-illustrated guide to the numerous treasures gathered (some would say hoarded) by Henri Langlois (1914-1977) during his long and sometimes controversial tenure as director of the Cinémathèque Française, which he had co-founded with Georges Franju and Jean Mitry in 1936. The text, entirely in French, contains: an introduction by his longtime colleague, the German-French film critic, historian and archivist Lotte Eisner; an article about Langlois by Glenn Myrent and Georges-Patrick Langlois; and two articles by Langlois himself, "300 années de cinématographie" and "60 ans d'Art Cinématographique." The photograph of Langlois on the rear cover is by Henri Cartier-Bresson. 
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Tijuana Shopping News - issue of April 22, 1938, (Luna, Ruben D., owner and publisher)
25 (Luna, Ruben D., owner and publisher) Tijuana Shopping News - issue of April 22, 1938
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Ruben D. Luna 1938 (Number 159th) Stapled wraps Very Good 
(bound with a single staple in the center of the spine) [age-browned and somewhat fragile due to cheap pulp paper, but otherwise in quite nice shape, with just one little tear at the rear hinge, and a diagonal section across the top corner of the front cover that's a little extra-browned]. (advertisements) 12-page advertising handout, touting the many excellent (and duty-free) bargains to be had by "Mr. Tourist" in the fine shopping emporia just over the border in Tijuana. Issued with "the approval of the Tijuana National Chamber of Commerce," the array of goods advertised in its pages runs the gamut: Oriental rugs, lounging robes, briar pipes, cashmere sweaters, French perfumes, German cameras, silk and rayon pajamas, Swiss watches, and more! The entire issue consists of advertisements, except for the editorial/advisory matter (explaining, among other things, the $100 limitation on goods to be taken back into the U.S.) which appears on the front page under the headline "Tijuana Offers the Best Merchandise," and promises that the reader/shopper will find in the city "a veritable Exposition of articles from all parts of the world which can be obtained at prices astoundingly low." There are large ads for Mexicali Beer (advising the buyer to accept no imitations, and to "have bottles opened in your presence"), a bookstore called "Cultura" (offering "Spanish translations of the best foreign writers"), the Original Caesar's Cafe and Restaurant, and of course a couple of marriage and divorce bureaus. An ephemeral publication if there ever was one (and the survival of a never-been-folded example is all the more remarkable); an OCLC search turns up absolutely nothing, although it's entirely possible that there are special collections holdings, in Mexico or elsewhere, of this publication. But I wouldn't bet my last tamale on it. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Filmmakers Newsletter (October 1974) [cover: CALIFORNIA SPLIT], (Mallow, Suni, and H. Whitney Bailey, eds.)
26 (Mallow, Suni, and H. Whitney Bailey, eds.) Filmmakers Newsletter (October 1974) [cover: CALIFORNIA SPLIT]
New York SunCraft International Inc. 1974 (Vol. 7, No. 12) Magazine Very Good+ 
[minor wear to extremities, light rubbing to covers]. (B&W photographs, ads) This issue's highlights include: an interview with director Robert Altman about the making of his film CALIFORNIA SPLIT, with an additional sidebar interview entitled "An Altman Sampler," in which he speaks about other topics and films, notably M*A*S*H and IMAGES; an interview with Tony Frangakis about the making of his film PHOS, a 20-minute religious-themed drama shot entirely in Greece (with Greek actors and dialogue), although intended for American audiences; and a fairly lengthy interview with master matte artist Albert Whitlock. As usual with this publication, the bulk of the magazine is devoted to techy news of interest to filmmakers (much of it concerning 8mm and videotape formats), product reviews, reviews of technical film books, etc. There's also quite a long recap of that year's Cannes Film Festival, by Betty Jeffries Demby. 
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Zap Comix, No. 5, (Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, and others)
27 (Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, and others) Zap Comix, No. 5
[Berkeley CA] Apex Novelties [1970] First Edition Comic Book Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, slight dog-earing and short diagonal creasing at bottom right corner of front cover; binding (staples) intact; graded by book standards, not comic-book guidelines]. (comic strip/cartoon drawings) Contents include: "Those Fabulous Furry Frreak Brothers" by Gilbert Shelton; "Bludgeon Funnies!" by Robert Williams; " "Lester Gass: The Midnight" by S. Clay Wilson; "Mr. Natural" by R. Crumb; "Wonder Wart-Hog's Believe It or Leave It!" by Gilbert Shelton; "Ruby the Dyke Meets Weedman" by S. Clay Wilson; "The Adventurres of Fuzzy the Bunny" by Robert & Charles Crumb; "Coochy Cooty in 'Docil Days'" by Robert Williams. (50 cent cover price, denoting the first printing.) 
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The California Quarterly (Summer 1953) [special issue re SALT OF THE EARTH], (Wilson, Michael, et al.)
28 (Wilson, Michael, et al.) The California Quarterly (Summer 1953) [special issue re SALT OF THE EARTH]
Los Angeles The California Quarterly, Inc. 1953 (Vol. II, No. 4) Periodical Good 
[moderately worn copy, lightly dampstained along spine; a good reading/reference copy, but no more]. (B&W photographs) Special issue devoted to the film SALT OF THE EARTH, including: the complete screenplay of the film, by Michael Wilson; an article by producer Paul Jarrico and director Herbert Biberman, discussing the conception and production of the film; "Reflections on a Journey," by Rosaura Revueltas, the film's star; an 8-page section of production stills; "From a Crew Member's Diary: On Location"; an account of the production by Juan Chacon, president of the local mine workers' union who also had a role in the film. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Spring 1952 Selections (Volume IX) [Adventures in Two Worlds; The Gabriel Horn; Duveen; Out of Africa; East Side General], A.J. Cronin, Felix Holt, S.N. Behrman, Isak Dinesen, Frank G. Slaughter
29 A.J. Cronin, Felix Holt, S.N. Behrman, Isak Dinesen, Frank G. Slaughter Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Spring 1952 Selections (Volume IX) [Adventures in Two Worlds; The Gabriel Horn; Duveen; Out of Africa; East Side General]
Pleasantville NY The Reader's Digest Association (c.1952) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Robert Fawcett, Henry Pitz, Edward Shenton, Ed Vebell 
[solid clean copy, minor wear to extremities, very slight bump to bottom rear corner, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's name/address stamp on both pastedowns, ffep and title page (enough already!); the jacket is slightly edgeworn and lightly rubbed, with tiny tears and a teensy bit of paper loss at a couple of corners, a bit of creasing in the middle of the rear panel]. Vol. 9 The ninth volume in the RDCB series, with the Spring 1952 issue of "News of The Reader's Digest Condensed Book Club" (8 pages) laid in. This edition contains condensed versions of four popular books of the day -- "Adventures in Two Worlds" by A.J. Cronin, "The Gabriel Horn" by Felix Holt, "Duveen" by S.N. Behrman ("illustrated with 10 famous art masterpieces reproduced in full color"), and "East Side General" by Frank G. Slaughter -- as well as what's called a "brief condensation" of the Isak Dinesen classic "Out of Africa," but is really just an episode entitled "Kamante and Lulu." Each of these is accompanied by a one-page profile (with small portrait drawing) of its author. Interesting to note that just two years into the series, they had already cut the per-volume subscriber's price from $1.89 to $1.88 (plus 12 cents postage). Long the bane of used bookstores and objects of derision from "serious" readers, these volumes nonetheless have been a fixture on the publishing landscape for close onto seventy years now (the name was changed to the slightly more snooty-sounding "Reader's Digest Select Editions" in 1997). Jacketed copies of the earlier volumes in the series are surprisingly scarce, perhaps because many of their original owners considered the decorated spines of the books themselves to be "classier"-looking than the printed jackets, and therefore discarded the latter. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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"Mister Abbott", Abbott, George
30 Abbott, George "Mister Abbott"
New York Random House (c.1963) 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jason Kirby 
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, spine very slightly turned, miniscule bump to top front corner; jacket shows just a bit of edgewear, tiny puncture-tear in rear panel, a few tiny nicks and tears (rendered unobtrusive by new jacket protector)]. The "uninhibited autobiography of the celebrated Broadway showman," published when he was a mere child of 76, marking the 50th anniversary of his first appearance on Broadway. According to the jacket blurb he was then about to direct his 104th Broadway show -- and little did the world know that he would just keep on going, living -- and working -- to the ripe old age of 107. His final credit as director was on a short-lived revival of his own play "Broadway" in 1987, just shy of his 100th birthday (he had also directed the original production in 1927), but in the final weeks of his life he was still busy, working on proposed revivals of two of his biggest hits, "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees." 
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Water Flowing Home; poems [*SIGNED*], Alexie, Sherman
31 Alexie, Sherman Water Flowing Home; poems [*SIGNED*]
Boise ID Limberlost Press 1996 0-931659-25-6 / 9780931659256 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[very nice copy, slightly bumped at both ends of spine, with just a couple of tiny smudges on the rear cover]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, additionally dated in his hand "8/28/96 / Seattle." The Colophon states that the book was "letterpressed in an edition of 500 copies," and additionally specifies that 100 copies had been numbered and signed by the author; this copy, however, was signed independently of that group, and is not numbered. Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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A Walk on the Wild Side, Algren, Nelson
32 Algren, Nelson A Walk on the Wild Side
New York Farrar, Straus and Cudahy 1956 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photograph) Arthur Shay 
[good sound copy, very slight deterioration of binding at top of spine, minor dust-soiling to edges of text block; jacket shows only light wear and a bit of browning at edges, a teensy bit of paper loss at a couple of corners]. Algren's novel based on his youthful experiences in New Orleans, a book that "wasn't written until long after it had been walked," as he put it. "That was through what remained of old Storyville in 1931." 
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And So to Bed, Anderson, C.W.
33 Anderson, C.W. And So to Bed
New York Loring & Mussey (c.1935) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by the author 
(no dust jacket) [slight bumping/fraying to bottom front corner, otherwise a nice clean solid book]. (cartoon illustrations) Full-page gag cartoons of a somewhat risque nature. The first book by this author/illustrator (full name Clarence William Anderson), who later became well known for his books about horses, which he also illustrated. 
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Stories from the Nerve Bible: A Retrospective 1972-1992 [*SIGNED*], Anderson, Laurie
34 Anderson, Laurie Stories from the Nerve Bible: A Retrospective 1972-1992 [*SIGNED*]
New York HarperPerennial (c.1994) 0-06-095050-1 / 9780060950507 1st Edition (softcover issue) Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
[nice clean copy with just minimal wear and a bit of smudging to the bottom edge, but with about a 3" wrinkle/crease extending diagonally from the bottom of the front cover upwards, and affecting almost the entire book (meaning that every page has that same crease, although somewhat less pronounced towards the end of the book); it would appear that somebody attempted to fold the entire book, and this front-to-back crease is all they achieved; honestly, although it's noticeable it's not that obnoxious]. Trade PB (B&W & color photographs, facsimiles) INSCRIBED ("To _____ ! / Hello from") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Sort of an artistic memoir by the artist-composer-musician, covering the first two decades of her multi-faceted career as a creative artist. From the introduction: "This book is not an autobiography. It's a collection of the various voices I've used to speak for me. Some of them speak foreign languages or stutter. Others mutter, complain, lecture, and yell. Some sing. And I've written them down, trying to bring them back to life." Signed by Author 
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Anne of the Thousand Days, Anderson, Maxwell
35 Anderson, Maxwell Anne of the Thousand Days
New York William Sloane Associates, Inc. (An Anderson House Book) (c.1948) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alan Haemer, from the Hans Holbein portrait 
[moderate wear to book, ink-staining at bottom of fore-edge; jacket browned at edges, with some uneven fading to front panel, title nearly faded away on spine, a few tiny nicks along top edge]. "The story of Anne Boleyn from the time when King Henry first came to claim her to the time when she is awaiting her execution." The original Broadway production starred Rex Harrison (who won a Tony) and Joyce Redman as Henry and Anne; in the 1969 film version the roles were taken by Richard Burton and Genevieve Bujold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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King-Hunger, Andreyev, Leonid (translated from the Russian by Eugene M. Kayden)
36 Andreyev, Leonid (translated from the Russian by Eugene M. Kayden) King-Hunger
Boston Richard G. Badger 1911 (Vol. XXII, No. VI; Winter 1911) Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket; paper spine and front cover labels) [small stain at lower left front cover near spine, light dampstain at left top edge of front cover, slight cracking of spine covering at both ends of spine; "Property of The Theatre Guild, Inc., Garrick Theatre, N.Y.C." stamped on ffep]. (Poet Lore Plays) Series Russian play, issued in a periodical entitled "Poet Lore." In addition to the text of the play itself, this volume also contains: "The Significance of Maeterlinck's Bluebird," an essay by Emily S. Hamblen, and "The Gate of Wishes," a short play by Mary MacMillan. Of note: this copy bears a colorful vintage bookseller's label on the rear pastedown -- one of the most attractive I've ever seen -- from the legendary New York bookshop The Sunwise Turn, located at 2 East 31st Street. This establishment, described by one contemporary observer as "the prototype of all great-hearted bookshop experiments in a metropolis," and by a later writer as "high minded, eclectic, and expensive," was opened in 1916 by two ladies named Madge Jenison and Mary Mowbray Clarke, with an unusual business model: to survive not on foot traffic but rather through soliciting the patronage of fifty well-heeled individuals who would each buy $500 worth of books a year. The proprietors also did a little publishing (of works by Rainer Maria Rilke, Alfred Kreymborg, Lord Dunsany, and others), hosted readings, and sold textiles, artwork, and stationery in addition to books. At some point it relocated from its original place on East 31st Street to a spot just opposite Grand Central Station, at which time it was described as "a beacon of elite taste in the city’s most public location." The enterprise was bought, and the store closed, by Doubleday & Co. in 1927. (There is actually a book about the shop, "Sunwise Turn," written by Ms. Jenison in 1923.) 
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Chemical Pink [*SIGNED*], Arnoldi, Katie
37 Arnoldi, Katie Chemical Pink [*SIGNED*]
New York Forge/Tom Doherty Associates 2001 0-312-87450-2 / 9780312874506 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Dennis Brack Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [book is flawless; jacket shows just the tiniest bit of surface wear to the front panel, long vertical crease in front flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "To _________ / Remember, it's fiction. / All the best, / Katie Arnoldi / 3/3/01." The author's first novel, "a novel of obsession" about an unwed mother from Georgia who moves to California to reinvent her life via body-building, and falls under the influence of a rich guy for whom she "is his sexual ideal, the raw material from which he will shape his masterpiece." Signed by Author 
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Evidence-Based Technical Analysis: Applying the Scientific Method and Statistical Inference to Trading Signals, Aronson, David
38 Aronson, David Evidence-Based Technical Analysis: Applying the Scientific Method and Statistical Inference to Trading Signals
Hoboken NJ John Wiley & Sons (c.2007) 0-470-00874-1 / 9780470008744 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Pro-Art Graphic Design 
[nice tight clean copy, both book and jacket virtually flawless, with no evidence that anybody has used this book to make a killing in the market -- yet!]. (Wiley Trading Series) Series (figures, charts, etc.) This hefty tome "examines how you can apply the scientific method, and recently developed statistical tests, to determine the trur effectiveness of technical trading signals. Throughout these pages, expert David Aronson details this new type of technical analysis that -- unlike traditional technical analysis -- is restricted to objective rules, whose historical profitability can be quantified and scrutinized. Grounded in objective observation and statistical inference, EBTA is the approach to technical analysis you need to succeed in your trading endeavors." (Oooh, it's even got its own acronym!) Given the current attitude of the American political ruling class to such arcane notions as the "scientific method," or anything "evidence-based," though, I can't help but wonder if this book has outlived its sell-by date.) 
Price: 45.00 USD
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East River, Asch, Sholem (translated by A.H. Gross)
39 Asch, Sholem (translated by A.H. Gross) East River
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1946) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Haberstock 
[light shelfwear, very slight bumping to top corners; jacket is edgeworn, minor paper loss at spine ends]. This novel, set on a single street of New York's East Side, depicts the struggles and hardships of the Jewish immigrant community during the early years of the 20th century. "Forty-eighth Street from First Avenue to the River was in those days a warren of old houses and tenements, occuped by a polyglot collection of nationalities and religions such as no one neighborhood in any other city had ever gathered together. Polish, Russian and German Jews were there, and Irish, Italians, Germans, Catholics and Lutherans, in a bewildering mixture, separated by their diverse origins and by mountains of prejudice, yet somehow united by common interests, enforced intimacy, and the struggle to survive." This was probably the author's most widely-read novel, at one point even reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic, Auiler, Dan
40 Auiler, Dan Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic
New York St. Martin's Press 1998 0-312-16915-9 / 9780312169152 3rd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj 
[spine slightly turned, bottom front corner and base of spine bumped; jacket shows just a bit of surface wear, tiny wrinkle at top of front panel]. (B&W/color photographs) "An in-depth re-creation of the making of Hitchcock's signature thriller." Foreword by Martin Scorsese. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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