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Better Left Unsaid, Daisy Princess of Pless; edited with an introduction and notes by Major Desmond Chapman-Huston
21 Daisy Princess of Pless; edited with an introduction and notes by Major Desmond Chapman-Huston Better Left Unsaid
New York E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1931 NO 10th printing Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy with moderate external wear, a couple of small smudges to front cover, tiny tears and light fraying at spine ends, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable, contemporary Christmas gift inscription (in pencil) on ffep, discoloration in gutters]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) The second memoir by this Welsh-born Edwardian society dame (born Mary Theresa Cornwallis-West), a member of the House of Hochberg, a wealthy Silesian royal family (Silesia is now part of Poland), who would go on to write a third (because life was just so full, y'know). Like its predecessor, it consists largely of reproduced entries from her diaries, in this case covering 1895 through 1914, with an additional chapter tacked on that sort of rushes through the postwar years, up to about 1924. (She had covered 1914-1918 in her previous book.) As befits the nonstop name-dropping throughout, the index runs 38 double-columned pages. (Published in England as "From My Private Diary.") 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Seven Times Seven: An Autobiography, Daviess, Maria Thompson
22 Daviess, Maria Thompson Seven Times Seven: An Autobiography
New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1924 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Sarah Eakin Cowan 
(no dust jacket) [spine very slightly turned, light wear to spine ends, spotting/foxing to top of text block]. (frontispiece portrait) Autobiography of the Kentucky-born writer and suffragette (1872-1924), published just a few months before her death, from heart failure. Her early education and professonal activity had been centered around painting (and to a lesser extent photography), but after a two-year sojourn in Europe (1902-1904) and a brief career as a teacher following her return to America, she turned to writing full-time, beginning with short stories. She published her first novel, "Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies," in 1909, and fifteen more followed over the next decade or so, until her health began to fail due to the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Near the end of her writing career, her work seems to have been "discovered" by the movies, as film versions of two of her novels and a play appeared in 1918. Although she doesn't write about any personal experiences with the film business (and in fact may well have not been directly involved) -- as opposed to the creation of a Broadway play based on her book "The Melting of Molly," to which she devotes quite a few pages -- she does seem to have taken on a bit of cinematic consciousness, so to speak, and has organized her life story into seven "reels," each consisting of seven years, more or less (hence the book's title) and consistently employs language suggesting that she's reviewing her life as one would a movie, e.g.: "Of what followed the tragedy I get only two pictures, mere flashes on the screen." Reprinted by Arno Press in their "Signal Lives" series in 1980, but scarce in the marketplace in any edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Histoire des Princes de Monaco: De Rainier I a Rainier III, de Bernardy, Francoise
23 de Bernardy, Francoise Histoire des Princes de Monaco: De Rainier I a Rainier III
Paris Librairie Plon (c.1960) NO Presumed 1st Softcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(wraps) [moderate edge/corner wear, a couple of small tears in jacket]. (fold-out geneaology) The story of the Grimaldi line; in French. Front cover illustration is a family portrait of Prince Rainer, Princess Grace, and their two children, the future no-goods. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Once There Was a Man: Napoleon, Delteil, Joseph (translated from the French by Lewis Galantière)
24 Delteil, Joseph (translated from the French by Lewis Galantière) Once There Was a Man: Napoleon
New York Covici-Friede 1930 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[a little wear to covers at top and bottom edges, one small dent in bottom edge of each cover; jacket has a couple of small chips at top edge of rear panel, a little browning to spine and rear panel]. The author "treats Napoleon as a mythological figure; like a boy in a fairy tale who carries in his heart a dream that is at once his supreme genius and his nemesis." The French title was "Il Etait Une Fois Napoléon"; the translator has apparently preserved the original text's "earthy and unique [style], one running with sap and crackling with colorful verbal explosions." You might want to wear a bib. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Memoirs of a Revolutionist, Figner, Vera
25 Figner, Vera Memoirs of a Revolutionist
New York International Publishers (c.1927) NO First American Edition Hardcover Good in Very Good dj 
[shelfworn, bumping/light fraying to corners, rear hinge cracked; jacket somewhat age-toned, scraped/scuffed along right edge of front panel]. (B&W plates) Autobiography of the noted Russian radical (1852-1942), born into aristocracy but radicalized in her youth. She eventually became one of the key members of the revolutionary group Narodnaya Volya (The Will of the People) and was an active participant in its paramilitary wing, whose most notable achievement was the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. "She tells of her arrest, her death verdict which was commuted to life imprisonment in the Schlusselburg Fortress, and those twenty years of solitary confinement which failed to break her body or dim her spirit." Released from prison into internal exile in 1904, Figner was permitted to leave the country after a couple of years but returned in 1915. Her memoir was translated into many languages and brought her worldwide fame, although by the time of its publication she had become disllusioned with the October Revolution (and critical of Stalin in particular). Uncommon in dust jacket. 
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Ned's Girl: The authorised biography of Dame Edith Evans [*SIGNED*], Forbes, Bryan
26 Forbes, Bryan Ned's Girl: The authorised biography of Dame Edith Evans [*SIGNED*]
London Elm Tree Books / Hamish Hamilton 1977 0-241-89600-2 / 9780241896006 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear; jacket sunned and color-shifted at spine, otherwise bright and clean]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author (who refers to himself as "the child director") on the title page. Forbes, an actor-turned-producer/director, was also Dame Edith's literary executor. As such he was "the first person to have access to her papers," and produced this "memorable study, intimate without vulgarity, of a much loved woman who enriched all those who knew her, whether friends or strangers." Signed by Author 
Price: 16.00 USD
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A Solo in Tom-Toms [*SIGNED*], Fowler, Gene
27 Fowler, Gene A Solo in Tom-Toms [*SIGNED*]
New York The Viking Press 1946 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear, a couple of bumped corners, a couple of small dents in covers (one each) at fore-edge, previous owner's signature on front pastedown along with another previous owner's address sticker]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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A Song of Faith and Hope: The Life of Frankie Muse Freeman [*SIGNED*], Freeman, Frankie Muse, with Candace O'Connor
28 Freeman, Frankie Muse, with Candace O'Connor A Song of Faith and Hope: The Life of Frankie Muse Freeman [*SIGNED*]
St. Louis Missouri Historical Society Press (c.2003) 1-883982-41-3 / 9781883982416 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (cover design) Lucy Josey Signed by Author
[slight bump to one top corners; minor handling wear to jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Memoir by an African-American woman who endured discrimination while growing up in the Jim Crow-era South, and went on to a "career as a St. Louis civil rights attorney, winning a landmark victory in the area of fair housing. In 1964, she became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, leaving in 1979 to servwe as inspector general of the Community Services Administration. During these years, she was also St. Louis Housing Authority general counsel -- and los her job amid bitter controversy stirred up by a commission hearing in St. Louis County." Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Magnificent Kennedy Women, Friedman, Stanley P.
29 Friedman, Stanley P. The Magnificent Kennedy Women
Derby CT Monarch Books, Inc. 1964 NO 1st ed. (pbo) Softcover Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, mild soiling to covers, some shelfwear (and black marker line) to bottom edge]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God! and a Few Other Funny Things [*SIGNED*], Gelbart, Larry
30 Gelbart, Larry Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God! and a Few Other Funny Things [*SIGNED*]
New York Random House (c.1998) 0-679-42945-X / 9780679429456 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Spot Design Signed by Author
[immaculate copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page (all over it, actually), and dated in the year of publication. Memoir by the late, great comedy writer. Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Mr. Songman: The Slim Whitman Story, Gibble, Kenneth L.
31 Gibble, Kenneth L. Mr. Songman: The Slim Whitman Story
Elgin IL The Brethren Press (c.1982) 0-87178-587-0 / 9780871785879 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (cover design) Ken Stanley 
[nice-looking book, with very slight bumping to bottom corners, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a bit of surface wear, with a couple of tiny tears and associated creasing at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the country-western singer who had a successful career from the late 1940s onward (he toured with Elvis Presley in the mid-1950s), but who only became a household name (and a bit of a joke) in mainstream America when his "greatest hits" albums began to be packaged and sold via late-night TV commercials in the 1970s. Known for his smooth falsetto and high-pitched yodeling, he recorded dozens of albums and sold millions of records (120 million by his own estimate), and was popular in Europe as well as in the U.S.. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Colonel of Chicago, Gies, Joseph
32 Gies, Joseph The Colonel of Chicago
New York E. P. Dutton (c.1979) 0-525-08267-0 / 9780525082675 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) One + One Studio 
(price-clipped) [solid tight copy, minor soiling to front board; jacket shows no significant wear other than a crease along the right-hand edge of the front panel, the result of the jacket's having been re-centered on the book (having originally been applied somewhat off-center)]. (B&W photographs) Biography of Colonel Robert McCormick, legendary publisher of the Chicago Tribune. "Throughout his lifetime, controversy swirled around Colonel McCormick, the bitterest over his unyielding isolationism in the early years of World War II. He was denounced as a traitor and a Nazi. The liberal, internationalist press mocked him, calling him 'one of the greatest minds of the fourteenth century,' and he faced the possibility of arrest for allegedly revealing that the Navy had broken the Japanese code. How much was true and how much was the result of war hysteria? In dismantling the long-established image of Colonel McCormick, [the author] discovered a much more interesting one." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein [*SIGNED*], Gordon, Eric A.
33 Gordon, Eric A. Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1989) 0-312-02607-2 / 9780312026073 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[minor bumping/scuffing to bottom of book, but in all other respects a fresh, apparently unread copy; jacket similarly nice, with only some slight wrinkling to the spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To _____ - Keep on rocking the cradle!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep in the year of publication. "The first full-scale life-and-times biography of one of America's leading composers of the twentieth centur, the man who, according to Aaron Copland, made indigenous American opera possible. Along with Copland and Virgil Thomson, Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) attempted in the twenties to forge an authentic American classical music that was not just an importing of European traditions. Under the impact of the Great Depression in the thirties, Blitzstein turned to a more populist language and wrote opera that was more than an ornament and amusement for the rich and upper classes, opera that spoke to the common people of America, as Verdi and Puccini in their day had spoken to the common people of Italy." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Harold Letters, 1928-1943: The Making of an American Intellectual, Greenburg, Clement (ed. by Janice Van Horne)
34 Greenburg, Clement (ed. by Janice Van Horne) The Harold Letters, 1928-1943: The Making of an American Intellectual
Washington DC Counterpoint (c.2000) 1-58243-068-3 / 9781582430683 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, very minor bumping to bottom edge, NO remainder or other marks; jacket similarly nice, just a trace of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) "Clement Greenberg was, and remains, America's most perceptive, prescient, and influential art critic. More than any of his contemporaries he was alive to the genius of art in his time. Before all that, however, he was a young man burning to become an intellectual, to make what he called 'Important Discoveries' about art and culture and life. His confidant during these years -- and the only friend whose critical ear he trusted -- was Harold Lazarus, a classmate at Syracuse University and a future professor of English at Temple University. From 1928, when both were nineteen, until 1943, when they went their separate ways, the two exchanged honest, funny, and intimate letters. Here, in [this book], is the rare opportunity to join a great tastemaker as he begins to form his own taste, and as he grapples with his own understanding of life and the arts amidst the social, political, and cultural turbulence of the American 1930s. Above all, here is the excitement of youthful friendship, and the pain of being twentysomething with a world yet to win." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison, Greene, Joshua M.
35 Greene, Joshua M. Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison
Hoboken NJ John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (c.2006) 0-471-69021-X / 9780471690214 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Susan Olinsky 
[nice clean copy, very light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows a tiny bit of wear along top and bottom edges, a bit of rubbing and light scratching to surface]. (B&W photographs) "In this unique and intimate biography, [the author], who studied under Harrison's yoga teacher and recorded with the former Beatle, provides a moving portrait of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary people. In [the book], Greene draws upon surprising firsthand account and dozens of transcripts of little-known recorded conversations that enrich this riveting and authoritative book." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Growing Up at Grossinger's, Grossinger, Tania
36 Grossinger, Tania Growing Up at Grossinger's
New York David Mckay Company (c.1975) 0-679-50570-9 / 9780679505709 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice copy, remainder dot stamped on top edge, minimal shelfwear; jacket very faintly worn]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by a woman who came to live at the famous Catskills resort hotel at the age of eight in 1945 (her mother was a cousin of the famous Jennie Grossinger, who had opened the place in 1914), and found that "family life could be unpredictable and sometimes difficult in a household that catered to a thousand guests at its peak season. Famous for its fabulous cuisine, facilities, and star-spangled entertainment, Grossinger's has also long been noted as the place where many show business luminaries were launched. [The book] is a look through the eyes of a sensitive youngster at what some favorite celebrities were like when they let their hair down." (My favorite quote is from Damon Runyon, who called the resort "Lindy's with trees.") 
Price: 35.00 USD
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With Naked Foot, Hahn, Emily
37 Hahn, Emily With Naked Foot
Indianapolis/New York The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1934) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [book is slightly faded at spine, otherwise solid and clean with light age-toning to page edges; jacket has a somewhat jagged rip in spine (with a bit of paper loss, not affecting any text), and is split about halfway down the front fold, with several associated diagonal creases in the top right section of the front panel] Hahn's fourth book and second novel, drawing on her experiences living with a pygmy tribe in the Belgian Congo for two years in the early 1930s. She had previously published "Congo Solo," a nonfiction account of her time there, but here she spins the tale of a native woman, Mawa, and her relationships with four successive white "husbands" (for whom she served as a combination housekeeper and mistress), one of whom is the father of the mixed-race son to whom she is most devoted. Of the four men, it's ironically the one she calls "Mr. Good," an American schoolteacher, who was "worst of all" -- not because he abused her (he didn't), but because he didn't understand her. A modern reader's eyes will need some adjustment for the casual use of the n-word, but in general Miss Hahn stays true to the jacket blurb claim that she presents "not only the white man's angle, but the black woman's, most of all the black woman's," seeing her protagonist "through new eyes, honest, sympathetic and humorous, clouded with neither prejudice nor sentimentalism." Nonetheless, the Kirkus reviewer commented that "many conservative readers will find this study of Mawa and her sex life, not according to their taste." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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An Anthropology of Everyday Life: An Autobiography, Hall, Edward T.
38 Hall, Edward T. An Anthropology of Everyday Life: An Autobiography
New York Doubleday 1992 0-385-23744-8 / 9780385237444 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Anthony Loew 
[nice tight clean copy, very light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows minor scuffing/soiling]. Memoir by the author of the groundbreaking 1959 book "The Silent Language," who went on to become "a world-renowned expert in intercultural communication, sought after by government agencies, businesses and universities throughout the world for his expertise in interpreting the hidden meanings behind what people are saying to one another. [In this] remarkably candid and personal book, he tells the story of the first fifty years of his fascinating life." 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Let Freedom Ring, Hammond, Hilda Phelps
39 Hammond, Hilda Phelps Let Freedom Ring
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1936) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[lightly bumped at corners (board slightly exposed at one top corner), fading to cloth at edges and spine, slight deterioration to binding at top of spine, light dampstain to rear cover, binding solid, internally clean; jacket edgeworn, shallow chipping along top edge, minor paper loss at both ends of spine, some discoloration to rear panel]. Mrs. Hammond, in her day, was a shining star on the Louisiana political scene. As founding chairwoman of the Women's Committee of Louisiana, she spearheaded a vigorous campaign against the corrupt political machine of Governor (later U.S. Senator) Huey Long. (It was something of a family feud, in fact, as there was also bad blood between Long and her husband, New Orleans attorney Arthur B. Hammond.) She even traveled to Washington to personally lobby Senators who were investigating charges of fraud and voter intimidation that had been lodged against Long, but although she garnered a lot of publicity for her efforts, they were ultimately of little effect. At one point, disgusted at what she felt was the undeserved amiability and deference being shown to Long and his associates by his fellow Senators, she memorably remarked "I ask you, is the United States Senate afraid of Huey Long?" Ultimately, their long-running feud was rendered moot by the assassination of the Kingfish in September 1935. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Wunschloses Unglück [in German], Handke, Peter
40 Handke, Peter Wunschloses Unglück [in German]
Salzburg Residenz Verlag (c.1972) 3-7017-0029-3 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[minor foxing to page edges, otherwise a good solid copy; jacket moderately edgeworn, some wrinkling along top and bottom edges of rear panel]. Early work by this highly-regarded Austrian author, written and published in reaction to the suicide of his mother the previous year. In the words of one critic, Handke "shows us a both intimate and distant view of the emotional poverty that obviously prevailed in his family" while also showing the reader "a well-embedded rage over this heritage of poverty, inhibition and unsolved problems that his mother left for him, but at the same time, there is an ambivalence, since this is the very conflict that makes him a writer." ( The title of the English translation, published in 1975, was "A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story.") [NOTE re edition: although I'm unfamiliar with Austrian publishing conventions (and don't read German), I assume that the designation "1.-25. Tausend" on the copyright page indicates that this particular book was part of the first printing of 25,000 copies and is, thus, the true first edition of this title. If someone informs me otherwise, I'll gladly amend my description.] 
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