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A Girl of the Klondike, Cross, Victoria
201 Cross, Victoria A Girl of the Klondike
New York The Macaulay Company [n.d.; ca 1920] NO 1st U.S. ed Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[solid copy, but with some edge-soiling, a little insect-chewing along front hinge, small nicks at bottom of first dozen or so pages, "A81" written in ink at top of dust jacket and top of ffep; jacket soiled and stained, internally reinforced with brown paper, somewhat wrinkled (from moisture?) but not at all bad- looking]. Front panel illustration features a tough-looking woman in a fur hat and vest, standing in a barroom, wearing a holster with a pair of six- shooters. (Note that I am indicating this as a first U.S. edition based on the statement in the book: "A Girl of the Klondike is now issued in America for the first time by arrangement with the author.") 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A House on a Street, Curran, Dale
202 Curran, Dale A House on a Street
New York Covici-Friede (c.1934) NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [good only; a reading copy, shelfworn, soiling to covers and top edge, stains on spine, lettering on spine and front cover almost completely rubbed away; the hinges are intact but a little weak, and the book is internally clean]. Depression-era novel about a young businessman who loses his job in the 1929 Stock Market crash, and is reduced to working as the manager of a run-down New York rooming-house in Greenwich Village, near Washington Square. There he encounters and interacts (Grand Hotel-style) with an assortment of characters: a Japanese communist, an artist, an ex-actress, and so on. Footnoted in Rideout ("The Radical Novel in the United States") as one of eighteen novels centering on "a consideration of the process whereby a worker becomes class-conscious or a middle-class individual comes to identify himself with the proletarian masses." Hanna 869. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Death is So Fair, D'Alton, Louis Lynch
203 D'Alton, Louis Lynch Death is So Fair
New York Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1938 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, some mild soiling to top page edges, a little wrinkle in cloth at base of spine, old bookstore stamps on front pastedown]. A novel of the Irish Rebellion, which begins in Dublin on Easter Monday of the year 1916. "It is important to state that this is not merely another novel about the Trouble in Ireland; for [this book] has a universal application wholly apart from the incident of the Irish Rebellion." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Dagger, Dahlberg, Mary
204 Dahlberg, Mary Dagger
New York Duffield and Company 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, light shelfwear, very light soiling to cloth and page edges; jacket lightly soiled, worn along right-hand edge of front panel, a couple of tiny tears and associated creasing at bottom of front panel, a few tiny tears at spine ends but no significant paper loss, faint internal dampstain at bottom of rear panel]. I don't know about you, but this happens to me a lot: I read some jacket blurb about some long-dead-and-forgotten author, and absolutely CANNOT turn up any additional evidence that this person ever walked the earth. Case in point: "Mary Dahlberg was 'raised' on a Texas ranch. From the saddle she swung naturally into the cockpit of an airplane -- at the age of eighteen. When at home she frequently hops across the States in an amphibian plane. When not hunting in the north woods she is apt to be traveling in Egypt or China or England. Fokker recently invited her to be the woman member in the International bobsled handicap at St. Moritz. At the moment of writing, Mary Dahlberg is exploring by caravan the Arabian Desert." See what I mean? SO MUCH of that write-up would seem to indicate that one could run down SOMETHING, biographically, about this woman -- who, like her heroine in this pretty-obviously-autobiographical yarn, would seem to have been "the feminine counterpart of the Richard Harding Davis hero" -- and yet my research has turned up nada. (OK, so I haven't gone to Texas yet; give me time.) 
Price: 200.00 USD
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The White and Gold Lady, Daingerfield, Foxhall
205 Daingerfield, Foxhall The White and Gold Lady
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1927) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[nice solid copy, minor shelfwear, a couple of pages ragged at fore-edge from having been carelessly cut; jacket shows mild edgewear, a bit of soiling/rubbing, a couple of tiny edge-tears, ragged pull-tear across across mid-spine (no text affected)]. "This is a story of Kentucky of the eighties, of an exalted society that worshipped beauty in women and blood in horses, whose lives were ordered and arranged by the rules of a chivalry now half-forgotten. Into the quiet lives of the blue-grass aristocracy there penetrates a drama of passion, of love, whose effect is devastating and profound. Yet through tragedy and happiness runs the courage of the old order with all the soft color of southern romance." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Smart Cookie, Dauphine, Claude, and Laura Aumont
206 Dauphine, Claude, and Laura Aumont Smart Cookie
[New York] Elite Books, Inc. (c.1961) First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[front hinge starting to crack, otherwise a decent copy with only minor wear to extremities; jacket heavily edgeworn, short diagonal tear at upper left corner of front panel, a few other tiny tears and nicks, inverted-V-shaped wrinkle in front panel]. Trashy novel about "a girl who personifies sex," who flees from a rooming house in the slums of New York to Miami Beach to escape her sadistic stepfather and another abusive tenant, but soon discovers that "the exciting Playland of Glamour and Enchantment" is less glamorous and enchanting than she'd counted on. But not to worry, because she's determined "to stay there until she learns the real score and smartens up -- until she is finally transformed into a [wait for it....] SMART COOKIE!" 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Fatal Charm, Dauphine, Claude, and Laura Aumont
207 Dauphine, Claude, and Laura Aumont The Fatal Charm
(n.p.) Elite Books, Inc. (c.1961) 1st Edition (unstated) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[light wear at spine extremities, spine slightly turned, light browning to page edges; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, minor chipping at top of spine, a couple of small closed tears]. "Beau Tremaine -- a most handsome and cynical, middle-aged Libertine -- when desperate for money for his many diversified pleasures, organizes a bunch of glamorous and exciting females and males into a so-called 'health resort,' but which was nothing else, in reality, but a good excuse for a sex camp in wild and turbulent Reno, Nevada -- the gambling mecca of the entire country." Lest you think this is less than Literature, folks, here's the dedication: "To the memory of EMILE ZOLA -- who was the innovator of the original school of NATURALISM, in general, and the direct and burning inspiration which led to the modern school of JOE WEISS -- of THREE-DIMENSIONAL NATURALISM, in particular!" (What? You say you missed the Modern School of Three-Dimensional Naturalism, as embodied in the oeuvre of Mr. Weiss? Were you just not paying attention?) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Auctioning of Mary Angel, Dawson, Coningsby
208 Dawson, Coningsby The Auctioning of Mary Angel
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear and minor bumping to bottom edge, age-toning and light dust-soiling to page edges; jacket is edgeworn, with various small tears, minor paper loss at spine ends (no loss of text)]. This "romance of the modern marriage market" mostly takes the form of a discussion between debutante Mary and her bachelor uncle, who is permitted to read her diary, and struggles mightily to understand this ultra-modern girl's explanations of how she "taught her fleshy graces to mirror virtue and mask ribald deeds with the simper of innocence." (I hate it when they do that, don't you? Especially the simper.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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All-Wool Morrison, Day, Holman
209 Day, Holman All-Wool Morrison
New York Harper & Brothers 1920 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "H.J.P." 
[book and binding are sound, but with considerable foxing to the page edges and the first few pages, slight deterioration to cloth along the front hinge, and the original owner's name and town scrawled broadly across both the front pastedown and the ffep; the jacket is moderately edgeworn, with small tears and minor paper loss at several corners, soiling to the rear panel, light pencil scribbling on front panel]. Novel about a good-guy businessman/politician, the proprietor of a big woolen mill (and mayor of the town in which it's located) whose "passion was to make water power -- the 'white coal' of his state and city -- the property of the people and not a concession to be exploited by politicians." In fighting the good fight he not only comes up against a corrupt political machine and various other pernicious influences (Socialists, Bolsheviks, and the like), but also alienates the affections of his girl. (The title character's nickname derives from the saying "all wool and a yard wide," thought to have originated in the garment industry of the late 19th century as a term to refer to quality goods, but which also came into more general usage to mean a person who is sincere and honorable. Although the book's setting is an unnamed state, it can be noted that the author was a native (and apparently lifelong resident) of Maine, who held a long string of journalistic and editorial positions in that state and set much of his fiction there. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Maria, de Capite, Michael
210 de Capite, Michael Maria
New York The John Day Company (c.1943) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [spine very slightly turned, light staining/rippling to spine cloth, one tiny puncture-tear in spine; agency label and rubber-stamp on ffep (see notes)]. Autobiographical novel, set in the Italian immigrant community of Buffalo, New York. According to a contemporary review of the book, it "portrays the life of a sensitive second-generation girl married early to a domineering husband who takes from the American environment only a belief in success, with money-getting as his supreme goal." This copy was the recipient of a little Hollywood attention, as evidenced on the front endpaper, which bears a label from the Myron Selznick & Company agency and is also rubber-stamped "Property of Vanguard Films, Inc." -- in other words, it passed from the orbit of one Selznick (Myron) into the domain of another (David O.), and apparently out the other side again, without ever becoming an actual movie. The author -- not to be confused with the contemporary novelist Mike DeCapite -- published two more novels, "No Bright Banner" (1944) and "The Bennett Place" (1948). In 1947 he joined the United Nations as an information officer, and died in a car accident in Mexico City in 1958, at the age of 42. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Far Enough: A Story of the Great Trek, de Kalb, Eugénie
211 de Kalb, Eugénie Far Enough: A Story of the Great Trek
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company (c.1935) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[good solid book, light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edges of covers, very slight bumping at top corners; jacket has shallow ragged chip at base of spine, tiny nick at top of spine, light wear at extremities]. Epic novel set "against the ever shifting background of the Great Boer Trek into the Transvaal," focused on the fortunes of Teda van der Weg, "a character who would have been accepted as an equal by the women of America who carried their gentleness and spiritual greatness across the early American frontier." The American-born author (a graduate of Smith College) spent a great deal of time among the Dutch in South Africa, researching the book. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Career for Jennifer, de Leeuw, Adele
212 de Leeuw, Adele Career for Jennifer
New York The Macmillan Company 1941 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj and illustrations) Cateau de Leeuw 
[a nice clean solid copy, with just a hint of shelfwear; jacket lightly soiled/rubbed, a couple of insignificant tears at top edge, tiny stain at upper right-hand corner of front panel, a few little scuff marks on spine]. Juvenile novel about a teenage girl who rescues a cat, which turns out to belong to a world-famous woman photographer -- who, to show her appreciation, offers to teach Jennifer all about photography, and in so doing helps her launch a career. "Here is a story of grim determination to find economic security in a world of specialization, but Jennifer isn't altogether grim -- managing many good times, delightful friendships, and ending with a romance!" Jacket art and illustrations by Cateau de Leeuw. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Earth to Earth, Dehan, Richard (pseud. for Clotilde Inez Mary Graves, aka Charlotte Graves)
213 Dehan, Richard (pseud. for Clotilde Inez Mary Graves, aka Charlotte Graves) Earth to Earth
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company [1916] Probable 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate external wear, some dust-soiling to page edges, light foxing to fore-edge, one-time owner's initials and date and place of purchase all floridly-rendered in pencil on ffep; hinges and binding fully intact]. A collection of 25 stories by the Irish author (1863-1932), who wrote under this pseudonym for nearly half a century. According to her obituary, sixteen of her plays were produced in London and New York between 1887 and 1913; she also wrote dozens of novels, among which the best known was probably "The Dop Doctor" (1910), a novel of the Boer War. Another source notes that she was known for her "humorous novels and stories of witchcraft and pagan religions." The present collection includes a number of tales set in a somewhat bohemian section of London, and featuring a character called The MacWaugh, "a huge Scotchman with rugged features and a soft heart, given to helping the friendless and to the inordinate consumption of whisky" (per a contemporary review). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Parade Ground, Deitrick, Jaquelin (pseud. for Marion Rolfe Johnson Deitrick)
214 Deitrick, Jaquelin (pseud. for Marion Rolfe Johnson Deitrick) Parade Ground
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy with light external soiling, shelfwear to bottom edge including slight exposure of boards at corners, tiny nick in spine cloth at front hinge, very slight bumping/fraying to top corners, one-time owner's signature on ffep]. The author's debut novel, described by a contemporary reviewer as "a grim and depressing story of the childhood and early married life of Janet Custis, born of army parents, [whose] life is in perpetual revolt against the gossiping, bridge-playing, hypocritical society in army posts." In rebellion against this way of life, "she learns to drink, marries a Second Lieutenant to escape from home, studies dress designing in New York to escape from army wifehood, runs away from the sordidness of Greenwich Village, and fails again to adjust herself to life in a military station." All of which would seem rather at odds with the book's dedication: "To my mother and father, who are steadfast in their devotion to the Army and in their affection for their many sincere friends in the Service, I loyally dedicate my book." Love that "loyally," which puts a little edge on a largely unflattering depiction of Army life. The dedication also clearly indicates that the author was what would eventually be called an "army brat," and that one might therefore reasonably surmise that the unhappiness of the novel's protagonist, if not necessarily a direct projection of her own experience, at the very least was rooted in her close observation of others in that life. No biographical information is to be had on the author, it seems, although it might be worth noting that she returned to the subject of an "army marriage" in a subsequent novel, "Tomorrow the Accolade," published in 1938 under a variant pseudonym, "Janet Deitrick." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Passion Lighting the World, Dekobra, Maurice (translated from the French by Neal Wainwright)
215 Dekobra, Maurice (translated from the French by Neal Wainwright) Passion Lighting the World
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1933) 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) "Maxwell" 
(price-clipped) [nice solid copy, minor wear to bottom edge; jacket a little faded at spine, horizontal creasing at top of front panel, still bright and colorful]. "Who was Nadia Brasiloff? What was her past? To all appearances she was the companion to Madame Brenney, Andre's mother. But she was more than that. Deep fires smouldered within the warm beauty of this woman; greed, ambition, passion and courage. To a dying man she gave undying pleasure and swift, killing cruelty. With all the artistry of a famous courtesan she lured him, frenzied him, and exalted him -- but never sated him. Through excess of sexual passion she killed him." Well, if you gotta go... 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The "Charm" Girl, Delaney, Edward
216 Delaney, Edward The "Charm" Girl
New York Liveright Publishing Corporation (c.1935) First Edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by William Hameister 
(blue cloth with paper label on front cover; no dust jacket) [spine a little turned, modest wear to spine ends, light foxing on endpapers]. "The SCREAM-LINE correspondence of a radio charmer and her girl friend" (per the jacket blurb, not present on this copy), this is an amusing and topical entry in the primarily American sub-sub-genre of the epistolary comic novel that might be described as "letters from a (not-so) dumb gal (or guy)." (The vein was notably tapped by Ring Lardner ("You Know Me Al"), and really started flowing after the success of Anita Loos' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in 1925.) This saga's protagonist is Della Dean, "a simple girl from Alicedale, Virginia," who wins a nationwide contest and goes off to the Big Apple, where she wins fame and notoriety and lots of male attention by hawking Bubble Flakes Face Soap on the radio. "Intimately illustrated" with cartoon drawings rendered in a sort of low-rent New Yorker "sophisticated" style (dames in clingy outfits, usually in the company of mustachioed middle-aged men). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Marriage Racket, Delmar, Vina
217 Delmar, Vina The Marriage Racket
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1933 (c.1931) NO Reprint Hardcover 3rd Printing (stated) Good in Very Good dj 
[fading and wear to cloth at top edge (board exposed at top edge of front cover), spine cloth somewhat mottled, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket worn/torn/creased at bottom of front panel, minor paper loss at several corners, small chip at top of spine]. Novel about a vaudeville dancer who quits showbiz for the security of a "respectable" marriage to a widower, but gets more than she bargained for (including a 15-year-old stepdaughter). Things do not go well: "It took her a few years, and it cost her a number of dangerous false steps, to learn just what was expected from husband, son, and lover -- the three most important people in her life." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Marriage Racket, Delmar, Vina
218 Delmar, Vina The Marriage Racket
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1933, 1931) NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [ex-circulating library book, lightly stamped as such on both pastedown and endpapers, with an additional "withdrawn" stamp over each library stamp and a catalog number and date at the upper corner of front pastedown; generally a solid used copy, bumped at several corners, spine slightly turned; also bears an original vintage price sticker on the rear pastedown, from "City of Paris Book Shop," a noted San Francisco shop (the stamping indicates that the book had been part of that store's circulating library)]. Novel about a vaudeville dancer who quits showbiz for the security of a "respectable" marriage to a widower, but gets more than she bargained for (including a 15-year-old stepdaughter). Things do not go well: "It took her a few years, and it cost her a number of dangerous false steps, to learn just what was expected from husband, son, and lover -- the three most important people in her life." (Quote from the dust jacket, NOT present on this particular copy of the book.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Village Tale, deMeyer, John
219 deMeyer, John Village Tale
Philadelphia/New York J. B. Lippincott Company (c.1938) NO Unstated ed Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, moderate shelfwear; jacket edgeworn, a bit soiled, mild chipping along top edge, minor paper loss at top of spine, one small closed tear at top of front panel]. "The scene is an isolated village on the coast of Maine. The life of the villagers is narrow; seldom do they leave the community, and they have little interest in what takes place elsewhere. Sis Forrest, the minister's son, is cast in a different mold. Sensitive, and better educated than his neighbors, he is filled with a desire to see the world, to get away from petty bickerings, gossip and jealousy. A young New Yorker, who comes to the village to write a novel based on Maine life, meets Sis and, sensing that the young man himself has a story to tell, persuades him to write a book." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Poison Arrow, Dennis, Jefferson
220 Dennis, Jefferson The Poison Arrow
New York Fortuny's (c.1940) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [moderately shelfworn but still solid copy, previous owner's name taped to ffep, top edge dust-darkened; jacket edgeworn, moderately soiled, spine sunned, minor paper loss at top of spine and top left corner of front panel]. Review copy, with publisher's slip laid in. " The thrilling adventures of a daring youth in the cities and jungles of Peru," this being "Pancho Bustamonte, a student at the Colegio of Callao [ who] mingles with Indians,foreigners, revolutionaries, and all the other people who find a refuge in the South American country." The author "spent several years among the scenes he describes and among the people of whom he writes." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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