Description (any word)
Browse by Subject
Cinema: Biography
Cinema: History
Cinema: Periodicals
Crime and the Law
Fiction: Gay/Lesbian
Fiction: Historical
Fiction: Hollywood
Fiction: Modern Lit
Fiction: Mystery/Detective
Fiction: Vintage
Music and Dance
Television and Radio
The Odd and Unusual
Theatre and Plays

That's Not All -- More HERE!



Click on Title to view full description

Radar Targets, Bachman, Christian G.
41 Bachman, Christian G. Radar Targets
Lexington MA/Toronto Lexington Books / D. C. Heath and Co. (c.1982) 0-669-05232-9 / 9780669052329 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, possibly as issued) [minor bumping at top of spine, slight wear evident at several corners, a touch of fading to spine, bookseller's label on front pastedown, some light pencil-underlining and annotation on the first few pages and throughout the last couple of chapters]. (figures, tables, B&W photographs) Everything you might want to know about Radar Cross-Section Estimation and Control (Chapter 1), Passive Enhancement Techniques (surveyed in Chapter 2), Spatial Coverage of Radar Reflectors (Chapter 3), Radar Cross-Section Measurement Techniques (Chapter 4), and more, so much more, all the way to Radar Cross-Section Models in Detection (Chapter 9). When I acquired this book, there was a bookmark inserted at page 21, and there are apparently no pencil annotations from that point until the last couple of chapters; my deduction is that the previous owner just couldn't wait to see how it ended! 
Price: 35.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Sundays at 2:00 with the Baltimore Colts [*SIGNED*], Bagli, Vince, and Norman L. Macht
42 Bagli, Vince, and Norman L. Macht Sundays at 2:00 with the Baltimore Colts [*SIGNED*]
Centreville MD Tidewater Publishers (c.1995) 0-87033-476-X / 9780870334764 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[nice clean book, slight curling to upper right corner of front cover, bumped at base of spine, soft diagonal crease in rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by author Bagli on the half-title page; the inscription is to Mort Olshan, founder and publisher of "The Gold Sheet" and a pioneer in the sports betting information industry. "Thirty players, coaches, officials, and broadcasters talk about their lives and times with the Baltimore Colts from 1953 to 1984. Among them: Raymond Berry, Weeb Ewbank, Gino Marchetti, Tom Matte, Earl Morrall, Don Shula, and Johnny Unitas. Signed by Author 
Price: 45.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Goodbye Baby & Amen: A Saraband for the Sixties, Bailey, David, & Peter Evans
43 Bailey, David, & Peter Evans Goodbye Baby & Amen: A Saraband for the Sixties
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. 1969 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alan Aldridge 
(price-clipped) [a little shelfwear to book, top front corner bumped; jacket edgeworn, small tears at most corners, numerous vertical laminate-wrinkling lines, slight paper loss at top of spine; all in all a presentable although hardly pristine copy]. (B&W photographs) Photographic and prose portraits of the significant cultural figures of the "Swinging Sixties," specifically focusing on the London scene. One of the first eulogies for the decade that still haunts us, published when it hadn't quite entered its final death throes yet. ***NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 125.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
The Blue Cloak, Bailey, Temple
44 Bailey, Temple The Blue Cloak
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1941 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Samuel Bryant 
(price-clipped) [spine a bit turned, soiling to top edge of text block, some offsetting and light foxing to endpapers, one-time owner's name, address and purchase date in pencil on front pastedown; jacket shows some wear at edges and corners, one tiny tear at bottom of front panel]. This book "is more than a love story; it is a novel throwing into clear contrast the habits of life and thought of the Mid-West and of the East. Furthermore, it is an arresting analysis of one man's attempt to fit into his mature life the wild, bright dreams of his boyhood." The New York Times reviewer was impressed (albeit with a dash of condescension), noting that the author "has pulled off such a disarming job here that any one who did not like it and said so must feel like the hangman's daughter. If a child came running to you, wide-eyed, with a long tale of the wonderful animals and ships and fairies down in the orchard, you would be a brute not to believe and enjoy every word of the fantasy. If the real world is not really that of this charming novel, so much the worse for the world." The action begins in North Dakota, and later shifts to Harvard. 
Price: 35.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Trademarks of the 20's and 30's, Baker, Eric, and Tyler Blik
45 Baker, Eric, and Tyler Blik Trademarks of the 20's and 30's
San Francisco Chronicle Books (c.1985) 0-87701-360-8 / 9780877013600 3rd printing Softcover Near Fine 
[light handling wear only]. Trade PB (B&W and color reproductions) This book "presents a fascinating colletion of the most ingenious designs and devices ever to represent a commercial product or serve. These two remarkable decades were times of sloganism, radio jingles, and visual puns. In terms of graphic design, the trademarks bridges the simplistic naiveté of the early century with the studied sophistication of the Madison Avenue approach. [This] is a book for the graphic designer and commercial artist, and will delight the nostalgia buff and collector of Americana." 
Price: 15.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
The Secrets of Reading Character at Sight: How to Measure Your Powers and Increase Your Income, Balkin, Harry H.
46 Balkin, Harry H. The Secrets of Reading Character at Sight: How to Measure Your Powers and Increase Your Income
New York Blue Ribbon Books 1941 Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[a touch of wear to extremities, pocket on rear pastedown (see notes), generally a nice clean copy; jacket shows edgewear and light rubbing, minor paper loss at both ends of spine]. (pen and ink drawings) "This book explains simply the famous Balkin system of reading character at sight scientifically. It will show you exactly how to judge others accurately and tell at a glance whether they are dishonest, stubborn, generous, sensitive, thick-skinned, impatient, etc. and how to deal with them. Learn here how to make friends and how to know the people you meet every day; how to judge your own character, recognize your own natural talents and weaknesses and use them to advantage or correct them. Find your right vocation or your hobby -- the things you were meant to do best, and thus increase your income and your happiness." Ah, yes, your income -- and as we know, this system led to the creation of so many millionaires that Harry H. Balkin is a household name, even today. Uh-huh. (The pocket on the rear pastedown apparently once contained "The Famous Balkin Success Chart," blurbed on the front of the jacket. Alas, it's missing from this particular copy.) This seems to be a reprint of the author's 1938 book "How to Measure Your Powers and Increase Your Income" (used here as the subtitle); he had been writing various treatises on this topic since about 1919, which no doubt accounts for his system being "famous." Dust-jacketed copies seem to be uncommon -- no doubt because leaving the jacket on is a sure way to tip off anybody who sees you reading it to the fact that you might be analyzing THEIR character. 
Price: 60.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Livery Stable Days, Barnard, Upton
47 Barnard, Upton Livery Stable Days
San Antonio TX The Naylor Company (c.1959) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [bumping to base of spine resulting in slight cracking of binding at that point, otherwise just lightly shelfworn on the bottom edge, a touch of dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket lightly soiled, shows a little wear along the top edge, spine slightly browned with a couple of tiny stains]. (halftone photo frontispiece) "An authentic historical account of the day when the Livery Stable was one of the hubs of social activity in practically every American community. The arrival of the automobile erased the Livery Stable from the community picture, but here is the account of those almost forgotten times." The author had himself operated a livery stable, as well as having been a ranch hand, horse-trader, hotel proprietor, and salesman. 
Price: 65.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
From the City, from the Plough [*SIGNED*], Baron, Alexander
48 Baron, Alexander From the City, from the Plough [*SIGNED*]
London Jonathan Cape 1948 5th impression Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Signed by Author
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, spine a little turned; jacket moderately worn, one-inch tear with a bit of paper loss at bottom front hinge, a few other tiny tears, spine somewhat browned, light overall soiling]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ________ / With all good wishes, / Alexander Baron / 21/11/48"; quite an uncommon signature, it would seem. The British author and sometime screenwriter's first novel, based on his own experiences in World War II; it follows the actions of a fictional battalion of the British Army in the weeks leading up to the D-Day invasion and during the Normandy campaign. Signed by Author 
Price: 125.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
You and Me, Babe [*SIGNED*], Barris, Chuck
49 Barris, Chuck You and Me, Babe [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper's Magazine Press (c.1974) 0-06-120342-4 / 9780061203428 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sheila Berger Signed by Author
[spine slightly turned, very light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows some surface rubbing INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep: "BRANDON / HOPE YOU LIKE IT / CHUCK BARRIS." The first book by the game-show entrepreneur (and, to hear him tell it, CIA-employed assassin), an offbeat love story about the "ambitious, all but unemployable son of a Queens chiropodist," who sets his sights on marrying a woman with a nice trust-fund income, but to his consternation ends up actually falling in love with her, and marrying her "for herself instead of her money" after the trust fund is cut off by her parents. More than thirty years later, Barris substantially rewrote and expanded the book and re-published it as "The New You and Me, Babe." Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
War in Heaven, Barry, Philip
50 Barry, Philip War in Heaven
New York Coward-McCann (c.1938) 2nd impression Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj 
[a decent solid copy, light soiling and age-tanning to edges of text block, light shelfwear, old tape marks on endpapers; the jacket has some shallow chipping and a couple of small tears along top edge, and appears to have been slightly trimmed along the top and bottom edges (since it's about 3/16" shorter than the book itself)]. The noted playwright's only novel, about "one memorable evening in the lives of a number of vaudeville artists." He also adapted the book for a dramatic version, "Here Come the Clowns," which opened on Broadway in December 1938; although it wasn't exactly a smash hit (it closed the following February after just 88 performances), Barry didn't have much time to brood about since, since the biggest success of his career, "The Philadelphia Story," opened the very next month and ran for a full year. Somewhat uncommon. 
Price: 50.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Born to Be Bad: Postcards from the Great Trash Films, Volume II, Barson, Michael, comp.
51 Barson, Michael, comp. Born to Be Bad: Postcards from the Great Trash Films, Volume II
New York Pantheon Books (c.1989) 0-679-72555-5 / 9780679725558 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[virtually as new, with just a touch of handling wear]. Trade PB (color reproductions) Oversize-postcard size reproductions (approx. 5"x8") of one-sheet posters or lobby cards from 31 B-movie classics, including TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE, DETOUR, GUN CRAZY, CRY BABY KILLER, BLONDE SAVAGE, PRIVATE HELL 36, and so forth. The follow-up to a previous compilation, "Lost, Lonely, and Vicious." 
Price: 12.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South During the 1950's, Bartley, Numan V.
52 Bartley, Numan V. The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South During the 1950's
Baton Rouge Louisiana State University Press (c.1969) 0-8071-0848-0 / 9780807108482 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear to book, previous owner's commercial bookplate on front pastedown; jacket a little edgeworn, a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) A history of the early Civil Rights era in the South, focusing not directly on the movement itself but rather on the fight put up against it by the segregationist/white supremacist elements in the region. In the book, blurbed as "the first scholarly work to deal definitively with the politics of southern resistance to public school desegregation," "the author views southern politics and race relations broadly, defining the basic patterns while at the same time recognizing the immense variety of attitudes in the region. As an examination of the opposition to social change, the study focuses on the more conservative aspects of southern politics." 
Price: 25.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Harrah's Automobile Collection [limited/numbered edition] [*SIGNED*], Batchelor, Dean, with photography by John Lamm
53 Batchelor, Dean, with photography by John Lamm Harrah's Automobile Collection [limited/numbered edition] [*SIGNED*]
Pontiac MI GP Publishing 1984 0-917473-00-0 / 9780917473005 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket; full leather, in slipcase, as issued) [just a touch of wear to the spine extremities, and note that the limitation/signature page at the front of the book seems to have been tipped in rather sloppily, and would probably come loose if you gave it a good tug (so, don't); the slipcase has just a touch of wear along the bottom edge and a couple of faint scuff marks, hence also Near Fine]. (B&W and color photographs) SIGNED on the limitation page (stating this to be #246 of 500 copies) by the author and photographer, and also by Clyde Ware (author of the Introduction) and Phil Hill (author of the Foreword). Elaborately-produced and lavishly-illustrated book about the amazing collection of vintage automobiles assembled by gambling magnate Bill Harrah, founder of Harrah's Hotel and Casino, and open for public visitation in Reno, Nevada. There are three primary sections of the book: (One) "The Operation of Harrah's Automobile Collection," including a biography of Harrah himself, who died in 1978; (Two) "The Great Cars of Harrah's Automobile Collection"; and (Three) "A Tour of Harrah's Automobile Collection"; as well as a complete list of all 1,464 vehicles owned by the Collection at the time of Harrah's death. NOTE that although the limitation page states that the book "includes a photographic portfolio and a lifetime pass to the collection," neither of those things is present with this copy. FURTHER NOTE: pictured with this listing is the slipcase; if you'd like a shot of the book itself, please inquire. AND YET ONE MORE NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order. Signed by Collection of Signatures 
Price: 150.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
An Atlas of the Surgical Techniques of Oliver H. Beahrs, Beahrs, Oliver H., Paul D. Kiernan, and John P. Hubert Jr.
54 Beahrs, Oliver H., Paul D. Kiernan, and John P. Hubert Jr. An Atlas of the Surgical Techniques of Oliver H. Beahrs
Philadelphia W.B. Saunders Company 1985 0-7216-1602-X / 9780721616025 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice and clean, essentially as new with no discernible wear]. (B&W drawings, author photo) From the Foreword: "Drs. Kiernan and Hubert were surgical residents when they conceived the idea of putting together an atlas based on the surgical techniques of one of their mentors, Dr. Oliver H. Beahrs, truly a master surgeon, who recently retired from the active staff of the Mayo Clinic after performing some 25,000 operations." Working from their own notes while residents on Dr. Beahrs's service, and "with the addition of expert commentary from Dr. Beahrs," the resulting text "not only emphasizes what is to be done but also details how it is to be done and defines the role of each member of the surgical team. Dr. Beahrs' techniques are based on an exact knowledge of anatomy and reproducible methods of exposure, mobilization, resection, and reconstruction for each operative procedure." A total of eighteen different types of surgery are thus explained, from "Thyroidectomy and Modified Radical Neck Dissection" to "Total Proctocolectomy with Brook Ileostomy or Continent Ileostomy." I'd say that Dr. Beahrs really got around (the human anatomy), so to speak. ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 125.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Who Fought and Bled, Beebe, Ralph
55 Beebe, Ralph Who Fought and Bled
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [nice clean solid copy, with just a bit of shelfwear to the bottom edge, attractive private-library bookplate on front pastedown; jacket is edgeworn, with tiny tears and minor paper loss at several corners, a little creasing, 2-inch tape-repaired closed tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel, vertical creasing to front flap, a few nicks to edges of rear panel]. Two of the land campaigns of the War of 1812 furnish the setting for this novel. "It is chiefly the story of the Ohio country and Michigan Territory, and the campaigns of the Western Army against the British at Detroit--and across the river at Sandwich in Canada- -and also at Frenchtown. Both attempts by the Americans resulted in disaster--disaster at Detroit because of the faint-heartedness (or worse) of the commanding officer, General Hull; at Frenchtown because of sheer carelessness and ignorance." 
Price: 75.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
The Revolt: Story of the Irgun, Begin, Menachem
56 Begin, Menachem The Revolt: Story of the Irgun
New York Henry Schuman (c.1951) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[good sound copy, light shelfwear, bottom rear corner heavily bumped (which has affected many of the book's pages, giving them a soft diagonal crease at the bottom corner); jacket moderately edgeworn, slightly darkened along spine, a couple of tiny tears at top of front panel, very slight paper loss at spine ends, small chip at upper left corner of rear panel, soiling to rear panel]. The future Israeli Prime Minister's memoir of his role, as commander-in-chief of the underground army known as the Irgun Zvi Leumi, in the struggle to drive the British out of Palestine, which "opens in a Soviet camp in Siberia, where Begin was imprisoned in 1940 [and] closes with the birth of the new state of Israel" in 1948. 
Price: 100.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Little Ol' Boy; a play in three acts [*SIGNED*], Bein, Albert
57 Bein, Albert Little Ol' Boy; a play in three acts [*SIGNED*]
New York/Los Angeles Samuel French (c.1935) Unstated edition Softcover Good 
[moderately worn copy, two unsightly stains at left side of front cover (bleed-through from rusty staples binding the text block), some discoloration to spine; no markings in text]. Drama set in a boys' reformatory in the American Southwest. According to the copyright page, the play was first copyrighted in 1929 under the title of "Road Out of Hell," and was "revised and rewritten [in] 1933." The Foreword by Barrett H. Clark gives a good deal of biographical information on the playwright (described as a "short, stocky, lame young man"), who had himself served a term in an institution like the one depicted in his play, and about his early struggles to get his work produced (which is also pitched as something of an indictment of the New York theatre establishment and their resistance to radical new plays and playwrights). This particular drama had a brief Broadway run (12 performances) in April/May 1933, with a cast that included Garson Kanin, Lionel Stander and Burgess Meredith, under the direction of Joseph Losey. Bein is credited with the "original story" of a 1939 RKO B-movie called BOY SLAVES that seems to mine the same vein, being about juvenile "road kids" imprisoned in a forced labor camp. 
Price: 25.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
The Madness in Sports: Psychosocial Observations on Sports [*SIGNED*], Beisser, Arnold R.
58 Beisser, Arnold R. The Madness in Sports: Psychosocial Observations on Sports [*SIGNED*]
New York Appleton-Century-Crofts (c.1967) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Poor dj Illustrated by (dj design) Carol Fishman Signed by Author
[solid copy, light shelfwear, some irregular fading to cloth due to missing pieces of dust jacket, pencilled commentary at top of page 174, faint evidence of erased pencil notes at various other places throughout text; jacket is heaviy rubbed and somewhat tattered, with considerable paper loss at top and bottom of front panel and at base of spine, various other chips and tears]. SIGNED and DATED (Mar. 8, 1968) by the author on the ffep. "Now a noted psychiatrist has written a brilliantly perceptive study of the factors underlying this potent force in our national life. Dr. Beisser's new book encompasses the entire scope of the sports world, [examining] not only the athlete but the audience as well. A large portion of this book consists of case studies. All but one of these deal with professional or highly skilled amateur athletes whose problems are closely related to an excessive dependence on sports. In discussing these cases Dr. Beisser examines thoroughly the positive as well as the destructive aspects of sports." Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
My Husband's Friends, Bellamann, Katherine
59 Bellamann, Katherine My Husband's Friends
New York/London The Century Co. (c.1931) NO First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [well-worn reading/reference copy only, heavy wear (including exposure of boards at bottom edge), ffep missing, 3-inch rip in spine cloth along rear joint, fraying to cloth at spine ends, rear hinge cracked, possibly ex-library (some pencilled due-dates on rear endpaper, but no other markings)]. Novel by the wife of Henry Bellamann (the author, most notably, of "Kings Row"), to whom it's dedicated. Apparently her only solo foray into fiction, it's the story of a wife whose "long effort to be something to [her husband] was nothing more than the story of her own soul's travail." Following Henry's death in 1945, she completed the "Kings Row" sequel ("Parris Mitchell of Kings Row") which he had been working on, and subsequently took up writing poetry. 
Price: 20.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Pearl Diver's Luck, Benham, Clarence
60 Benham, Clarence Pearl Diver's Luck
New York W.W. Norton & Company (c.1950) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[solid clean book except for some minor white staining to both the front and rear covers; jacket lightly dampstained along the bottom edge of the rear cover (probably the source of the aforementioned staining), one-inch ragged piece missing from top of spine, one-inch closed tear and associated diagonal creasing at bottom of front panel, some edgewear here and there]. "Forty-odd years ago [the author] was a young man looking for adventure. So he tried his hand at diving with the pearling fleets in the waters of Torres Straits, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Solomon Islands -- and found adventure aplenty." While engaged in this activity "he had narrowly escaped from encounters with sharks, sting rays, and a playful baby whale; had experienced temporary paralysis from working too long as too great a depth; had seen many another diver killed through the carelessness of his handler; had freed a native girl from slavery; and had an underwater fight to the death with a Jap diver. Not all his time was spent below, of course, and Benham was sociable fellow who relished his fellow men, white and brown. He worked with them, he yarned with them, sometimes he fought with them, and he made merry with them on Thursday Island." Originally published in Australia by Angus & Robertson, as "Diver's Luck." 
Price: 30.00 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
< PREV  1 2   3  4 5 6 7 8 9 10  NEXT >   Skip 10 >>

Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to
Copyright©2018. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by