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My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller [includes "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (see notes)] [*SIGNED*], Miller, Patsy Ruth
41 Miller, Patsy Ruth My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller [includes "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (see notes)] [*SIGNED*]
[n.p.] O'Raghailligh Ltd. (c.1988) 0-929127-01-3 / 9780929127019 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean book with no discernible wear; jacket has some minor wrinkling/creasing along top edge of front panel and bottom edge of rear panel]. (Ackerman Archives Series, Vol. III) Series (B&W photos, other illustrations) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ____ / With best wishes / from / Patsy Ruth Miller / Dec 3, 1988." Autobiography of the silent screen actress, best remembered for her role as "Esmeralda" in the 1923 version of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, opposite Lon Chaney. Introduction by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. This memoir was belatedly "discovered" in 2016 by writer Richard Brody, who wrote a laudatory piece in The New Yorker headlined "A Brilliant, Unknown Memoir About Classic Hollywood," in which he praised Miller's "seeming total recall, a photographic and phonographic memory that vigorously and artlessly conjures an era and its conflicts through the accretion of surprising details and precise, incisive observations." (He fails to mention, however, that this handsome and hefty volume is actually two books in one, the second half consisting of Philip J. Riley's "reconstruction" of THE HUNCHBACK, essentially a reproduction of the original annotated script of the film's director, Wallace Worsley, along with much of the film's original promotional material, numerous stills, etc.) Laid in to the book is the program issued in connection with a screening of THE HUNCHBACK at which Ms. Miller was in attendance, presented by Hollywood Heritage on the same date as her inscription. Signed by Author 
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On Board with the Duke: John Wayne and the Wild Goose [*SIGNED*], Minshall, (Captain) Bert, with Clark Sharon
42 Minshall, (Captain) Bert, with Clark Sharon On Board with the Duke: John Wayne and the Wild Goose [*SIGNED*]
Washington DC Seven Locks Press 1992 0-929765-13-3 / 9780929765136 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[flawless book, as-new with no discernible wear; jacket has one tiny closed tear at bottom corner of rear panel (very unobtrusive), otherwise very nice]. (B&W and color photographs) INSCRIBED generically and SIGNED by the author on the title page. An intimate and well-illustrated memoir of John Wayne's life aboard his "favorite retreat and proudest possession." The 'Wild Goose' was a former U.S. Navy minesweeper that had been converted to a private yacht, and was purchased by the Duke in 1963. "During the last sixteen years of his life, Wayne spent much of his leisure time aboard the yacht cruising off Mexico, the Pacific Northwest and Catalina. The 'Wild Goose' came to dominate his life in a way that only his family and work had done before." The author joined the crew of the boat as a deckhand in 1963, and eventually "ended up not only as Wayne's last skipper, but as his friend and confidant," who here provides "a revealing look at a complex and fascinating man." Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech, Randolph, Vance, and George P. Wilson
43 Randolph, Vance, and George P. Wilson Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech
Norman University of Oklahoma Press (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj 
[good solid book, moderate wear to extremities, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket is a bit on the tattered side, with numerous tears and chips, browning at spine, etc. (jacket is now protected by a new clear mylar cover)]. "In this delightfully written and entertaining book, Vance Randolph, who first visited the Ozark country in 1899, and his collaborator deal with the speech of these hill people who live in their shacks 'down in the holler.' [They] deal with many phases of Ozark speech, including pronunciation, grammar, Early English survivals, taboos and euphemisms, the use of Ozark dialect in fiction, unusual words and meanings, and sayings and wisecracks, and conclude with a word list of further expressions. The narrative style of the book enables the reader to gain a true picture of the customs, superstitions, and philosophy of the hill people -- to observe, in fact, a way of life that is now rapidly disappearing with the encroachment of twentieth-century civilization." (And this, note, was more than sixty years ago!) 
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The King: A Biography of Clark Gable [*SIGNED*], Samuels, Charles
44 Samuels, Charles The King: A Biography of Clark Gable [*SIGNED*]
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1962) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder, Inc. Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped and a bit worn, very slight bumping to top corner, light age-toning to edges of text block; jacket shows a little edgewear, tiny tears at a couple of corners of the front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. The first biography of Gable to appear after his death in 1960 at the age of 59. Signed by Author 
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Politics and Cinema, Sarris, Andrew
45 Sarris, Andrew Politics and Cinema
New York Columbia University Press (c.1978) 0-231-04034-2 / 9780231040341 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Laiying Chong 
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, minor browning to cloth at top of spine, no other discernible wear; jacket has a couple of internal tape-repairs, minor wear to extremities]. This selection of Sarris's reviews and essays, mostly dealing with politically-themed films from 1971 through 1978, "explores the often adversary relationship between political reality and film illusion in the recent cinema [and] in the vital social issues surrounding Watergate, the Hollywood blacklist, and the renewed interest in Nazi Germany. Sarris dismantles many of the film industry's questionable attempts at political relevance, reserving his praise for the few ideologically honest films that can survive his careful scrutiny." Among the individual films discussed at some length are THE CANDIDATE, THE GODFATHER, STATE OF SIEGE, THE SORROW AND THE PITY, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE and HEARTS AND MINDS; also included are reviews of Norman Mailer's book on Marilyn Monroe and Richard Schickel's book about Douglas Fairbanks and American celebrity. 
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The Third Ear [*SIGNED*], Siodmak, Curt
46 Siodmak, Curt The Third Ear [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1971) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Dean Ellis Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [book very slightly bumped at a couple of corners, small and extremely light stain on top edge; jacket slightly yellowed, with a few short edge-tears (with internal tape-repair), small tear with minor paper loss at top front hinge, one-inch split at bottom rear hinge]. INSCRIBED ("To Dana and Cubby Broccoli / with kind thoughts") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, who has also added "Three Rivers 1982" beneath his signature. Suspense novel about a neurobiologist whose yoga experiments lead him into a realm of "chemically induced ESP," which gives him the ability to listen in on the thoughts of others. "But his optimistic hopes of world harmony quickly fade in the ensuing din of hypocrisy, lies, and deceit; the 'idealistic' politicians, scientists, industrialists, and humanitarians who approach him for the secret are seeking not international cooperation but mental dictatorship." The co-inscribee, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, was best known as the producer of the James Bond films. Signed by Author 
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Earth-born; a novel of the plantation, Snyder, Howard
47 Snyder, Howard Earth-born; a novel of the plantation
New York/London The Century Co. (c.1929) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Rutledge 
[ex-rental library book, label on front pastedown but otherwise unmarked as such, light shelfwear, faint soiling to edges of text block; jacket age-browned and edgeworn, a bit of shallow chipping along bottom edge, some paper loss at both ends of spine and a couple of corners, tiny piece missing from middle of rear hinge, light staining at bottom of rear panel]. A novel that "takes us among the daily rounds of plantation negro life," by yet another of those authors (they were seemingly all over the place in the 1920s) who "understands the plantation negro as few white men have ever done." The dialect-dialogue is, as usual, awkwardly rendered -- "You's sho some crazy gal, Lindy, to git yo'se'f 'gaged to dat old parson. Sho must like to hoe cotton an' nuss chilluns." That sort of thing. -- and the jacket-blurb writers pulled out all the stops in emphasizing the story's "scenes of sinful love, barbaric revelry, and ecstatic religious fervor," not to mention the "crude joys, dark superstitions, primitive cruelties, and weird tragedies." (Pejorative-adjective much?) The author seems to have been a bit of a wunderkind: the Library of Congress has him born in 1909, which would have made him only twenty when this book was published, and only eighteen at the time his first novel, "Dirt Roads," appeared in 1927. Those would appear to have been his only two published books -- but intriguingly I've uncovered another Howard Snyder, also born in 1909, who was one of Jack Benny's writers for many years, and who was killed in a car accident in 1963. Same guy? Only further research will tell. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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A Whip for the Woman; being (perhaps a little unexpectedly) an impartial account of the present state of the novel market, and intended to be a guide for all literary aspirants, Straus, Ralph
48 Straus, Ralph A Whip for the Woman; being (perhaps a little unexpectedly) an impartial account of the present state of the novel market, and intended to be a guide for all literary aspirants
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1932) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (frontispiece plate) Low; (dj) Calman 
(corner-clipped, although printed price is still present) [good solid book, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, vintage price sticker from San Francisco department store The White House on rear pastedown; jacket lightly worn along bottom of front panel and at both ends of spine, short tear with minor paper loss at top rear foldover]. (frontispiece caricature, photo, facsimile ads The book is "the story of a novel, from the moment it is conceived in the author's brain until it reaches the reviewers' hands. Mr. Straus ... writes as novelist, publisher, and literary critic, exploiting every side of his experience with irresistible relish, contradicting himself in the cheeriest fashion, and generally providing a feast of amusement fresh in flavour, wittily spiced, and completed with the sauce of worldly wisdom to give life and meaning to the ingenuities of a brilliant practical joke." Pretty funny stuff in 1932, and although some of the in-jokes will be lost on today's readers, there remains a good deal of eternal truth about the publishing world, the vicissitudes of celebrity, the degradations of the marketplace, and so on. Straus (1882-1950) was a prolific novelist and biographer, with a special interest in Charles Dickens, about whom he wrote at least four books. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Exiled: Story of an Armenian Girl, Tavoukdjian, Serpouhi
49 Tavoukdjian, Serpouhi Exiled: Story of an Armenian Girl
Takoma Park, Washington DC Review and Herald Publishing Assn. (c.1933) Unstated edition Softcover Very Good 
[general wear and external soiling, slight bumping and dog-earing at corners of all covers, some wear along spine, one-time owner's pencil signature on inside front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photo frontispiece, line drawings) One of numerous survivor narratives chronicling the suffering and horrors suffered by the Armenian people during the genocidal attacks perpetrated on them during the last years of the Ottoman Empire. This little book, apparently intended primarily for younger readers, appeared the same year as Franz Werfel's novel "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh," an international best-seller that's generally regarded as the book that first made a broader public aware of the extent of the Armenian Genocide. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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"Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s, Verswijver, Leo
50 Verswijver, Leo "Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company, Inc. (c.2003) 0-7864-1129-5 / 9780786411290 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[a little curling to the front cover, otherwise nice and clean with just minimal handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The interviewees: actors Pat Boone, Jeff Corey, Beverly Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Jane Greer, Janet Leigh, Joan Leslie, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Luise Rainer, Paula Raymond, John Saxon, Jane Withers, and Jane Wyatt; producers/directors Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Stanley Kramer, Vincent Sherman, Robert Wise, and Fred Zinnemann. The interviews, conducted by the author (a Belgian schoolteacher), aren't presented in Q&A-transcript form, but rather as often-lengthy quotes dropped into brief career essays on each individual; each entry is padded out a bit with notes and a filmography. Includes a 2003 letter from the author to director-interviewee Vincent Sherman, from whose estate this book was acquired, laid in. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Curse of the Tarniffs, von Keyserling, (Count) Edouard (translated by Arthur J. Ashton)
51 von Keyserling, (Count) Edouard (translated by Arthur J. Ashton) The Curse of the Tarniffs
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1928) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Carroll C. Snell [?] 
[light wear to extremities, slight bumping to top of spine; jacket mildly edgeworn and lightly soiled, spine a bit faded, short split at bottom rear foldover]. "The story of three women contending for a handsome aristocrat." Originally published in Germany in 1903, as "Beate und Mareile," those being the names of two of the women who have their hearts broken (or, perhaps, cursed) by Count Gunther von Tarniff. The author in his heyday was at the forefront of German literary Impressionism; a number of his books were translated into English in the late 1920s, about a decade after his death. 
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Webster's Bridge: Thirty-Six Cartoons by H.T. Webster; with some unsolicited advice on How Not to Play Bridge, by William Johnston, Webster, H.T., and William Johnston
52 Webster, H.T., and William Johnston Webster's Bridge: Thirty-Six Cartoons by H.T. Webster; with some unsolicited advice on How Not to Play Bridge, by William Johnston
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1928 (c.1924) 4th printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by H.T. Webster 
[nice clean book with just a trace of wear to lower extremities; jacket also clean and attractive, with one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel and very slight paper loss at bottom right corner of front panel]. (cartoon drawings) Says the author in his Foreword: "I am hoping that what I have here written about how not to play bridge will have as much value, as what has been written on how to play it. In any event Mr. H.T. Webster's humorous pictures in this little volume illustrate the evils of playing bridge badly and the violations of auction etiquette much more vividly and humanly than any mere words could do." Webster was best known for his creation of Caspar Milquetoast (aka "The Timid Soul"), who he described as "the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick," and who made regular appearances in Webster's cartoon feature in the New York World and, later, the Herald-Tribune. A very nice example of the uncommon dust jacket. 
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Strictly Dishonorable [Photoplay Edition], Weil, Joseph (from the play by Preston Sturges)
53 Weil, Joseph (from the play by Preston Sturges) Strictly Dishonorable [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1931) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Skrenda 
[nice tight clean copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket well-worn at folds, front hinge split about one-third up from bottom, minor paper loss at spine extremities, light spotting on front panel]. (4 B&W film stills) Photoplay Edition, a novelization of Preston Sturges's play of the same name (his first big success, a hit on Broadway in 1929), issued to coincide with the release of the 1931 Universal film adaptation starring Paul Lukas and Sidney Fox. Illustrated with four stills from the film (frontispiece + 3 in text). The original Sturges play, thanks to his subsequent fame, remains fairly easy to find today (it was reprinted in a 1988 anthology of "lost" plays), but this particular novelized adaptation is relatively scarce. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Tethered Bubble, Weyant, Fanny Lee
54 Weyant, Fanny Lee The Tethered Bubble
New York/London The Century Co. (c.1930) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[solid clean book with light wear at spine ends, very slight bumping to a couple of corners, vintage bookseller's label (Newbegins, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket moderately edgeworn, with a few tiny nicks along the bottom edge]. Novel set in "a well-known woman's college in the year 1897, a time when 'higher education for females' was still a warmly debated topic." The book's protagonist, the youngest member of the faculty at "Brythley," feels that "some life and glamour may be found outside the college walls [and] stumbles upon love more suddenly and powerfully than she, in her innocence, had believe possible, [but her] romance is thorny and beset with dangers." Brythley is quite likely modeled after Vassar, where my research shows that the author was a member of the Class of 1898 (although this fact isn't noted anywhere on the book itself). The author seems to have written just three books: two titles for juvenile readers in the 1910s, and then this one; OCLC records only nine library copies in the U.S. and the U.K. -- one of them being at Vassar (aha!). (I also also found a copy of a history of Vassar offered for sale online that had her bookplate in it -- double aha!) And speaking of tethered bubbles: a 1926 newspaper article reported the then 3-year-old secret marriage of the author (née Fanny Lee McKinney) to one A. Garfield Weyant, a traveling auditor for the Lackawanna Railroad, after a 15-year romance -- the announcement of which had to be delayed until both the bride's mother and father (who "insisted his daughter remain at home") had kicked the bucket. 
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The Marriage Playground; photoplay title of The Children, Wharton, Edith
55 Wharton, Edith The Marriage Playground; photoplay title of The Children
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1929] (c.1928) First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[minor wear to extremities, light age-toning to top edge of text block; jacket shows a little wear and very shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, an array of tiny horizontal scrape marks along right edge of front panel, 2-inch tape-repaired tear at top of rear panel]. (8 B&W film stills) Photoplay Edition (movie tie-in) for the 1929 Paramount film, the first talkie version of a Wharton novel (there had been three silent films made from various of her books) and an early starring role for Fredric March (who appeared in no fewer than seven films that year). A fairly uncommon photoplay edition. Another film version of the novel was made many years later (1990), co-starring Ben Kingsley and Kim Novak, but it received only a limited release in Europe and none at all in the U.S. 
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Damn Right I've Got the Blues: Buddy Guy and the Blues Roots of Rock-and-Roll, Wilcock, Donald E., with Buddy Guy
56 Wilcock, Donald E., with Buddy Guy Damn Right I've Got the Blues: Buddy Guy and the Blues Roots of Rock-and-Roll
San Francisco Woodford Press 1993 0-942627-13-X / 9780942627138 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, minor edgewear to covers]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) A biography of guitarist-singer Buddy Guy, a composite portrait consisting primarily of numerous interview quotes (from Guy himself and other music luminaries such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Bill Wyman, Jeff Beck, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon and others). Foreword by Eric Clapton. Illustrated with more than 120 photographs (many by Rick Siciliano). 
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The Siege of Trencher's Farm, Williams, Gordon M.
57 Williams, Gordon M. The Siege of Trencher's Farm
New York William Morrow and Company 1969 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Lydia Rosier 
[a touch of foxing/spotting to top edge of text block, otherwise a nice clean book with only minimal shelfwear; jacket lightly rubbed, but unusual in that it has suffered almost none of the laminate-puckering that is quite common (at least in my experience with this book)]. "A novel of violence and riveting suspense," best (and somewhat unfairly) known as the basis for the 1971 Sam Peckinpah film STRAW DOGS, starring Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered academic who gets in touch with his Inner Beast after his wife is brutally raped by a bunch of rural Cornwall lowlifes (a scene, incidentally, that was not in the book). Author Williams has been widely quoted regarding his dislike for the film (which at the time of its initial release he called "neo-Nazi crap"); Peckinpah apparently returned the sentiment, once referring to the novel as "this rotten book." The book itself has gotten some proper respect, though, having once landed on a list of "100 Best Scottish Books of All Time." 
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Their Ships Were Broken, Wright, Constance
58 Wright, Constance Their Ships Were Broken
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. (c.1938) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[clean, solid copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket has some very shallow chipping along the top edge, a couple of tiny tears and associated creasing at bottom edge of front panel] A novel set against the background of the international opium trade in the 1830s. The author "pictures life in the native quarters, aboard the fast-sailing opium clippers, in the English and American business houses in Canton where the young men were hopeful Anthony Adverses, and the women were scarce -- none of them allowed nearer than the Portuguese port of Macao. Eccentric missionaries, epicurean merchants, sea captains, and supercargoes, and one or two women of rich personality, are presented with all the vividness of the unusual and exciting world in which they figure." Originally published in England in 1937; one British reviewer noted that "in the old records of the East India Company and the archives of the early American traders, [the author] has discovered a vein of the authentic stuff of which good yarns are spun, and she has spun one of the best," further lauding the book for "breathing the very spirit of adventure and romance, [and being written] in a style remarkable for its mastery of detail." 
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Grierson on Documentary, {Grierson, John} Hardy, Forsyth, ed., with American notes by Richard Griffith and Mary Losey
59 {Grierson, John} Hardy, Forsyth, ed., with American notes by Richard Griffith and Mary Losey Grierson on Documentary
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1947) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[very slight bumping to a couple of corners, light age-toning to top edge of text block; jacket moderately worn at edges and extremities, front panel a little rubbed]. A collection of the film writings of the pioneer British documentarian John Grierson. 
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