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Stigma, Ballin, Hugo
41 Ballin, Hugo Stigma
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1928) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light wear and very slight fraying to cloth at a couple of corners, light spotting to top page edges]. Novel about a mother and daughter, set in Colorado, San Francisco, Arizona, and New York. The author had already been a well-known muralist prior to spending nearly ten years (1917-1925) working in the film industry, first as an art director for Goldwyn Pictures, later as a producer/director/writer under his own company banner. By the time this novel appeared, he had quit the movie biz and returned to his artistic endeavors; several of the murals he produced in his later career can still be seen at various Los Angeles locations. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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At the Back of Beyond, Barlow, Jane
42 Barlow, Jane At the Back of Beyond
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1902 NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(pictorial cover, no dust jacket) [front hinge starting, but generally a solid, if worn, copy; soiling to rear cover, a bit of white splotching on front cover and along bottom edges, one-time owner's signature on ffep]. Stories with an Irish setting. The author's other titles include "Irish Idylls," "A Creel of Irish Stories," "From the Land of the Shamrock," etc. -- you get the idea. This is one of her less common titles. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Schoolgirl, Barnes, Carman
43 Barnes, Carman Schoolgirl
New York Horace Liveright 1929 5th printing Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) "Sugar" 
[light shelfwear, minor soiling to top edge; jacket well-worn, with various small tears, nicks, creasing, soiling, etc.] The first novel by Carman Barnes, based on her own experiences in various Southern boarding schools, was published when she was 16 ("just a schoolgirl herself") and helped make her into a bit of an overnight sensation. Before she hit nineteen, she had already published a second novel, collaborated on a stage adaptation of "Schoolgirl," and been whisked off to Hollywood under contract to Paramount as a writer -- and was soon (so the story went) tapped for potential stardom as well. One news item, from early 1931, reported that she was ensconced in a hillside bungalow "writing her own story -- the story in which she will appear in the capacity of star.") For about ten minutes, she was even touted as "the next Clara Bow" (although that seems to have been just a part of the studio's campaign to keep the troublesome Miss Bow in line), but in fact her only on-screen appearance was in a brief dramatic scene in a promotional trailer made for a Paramount sales convention, nor did she ever achieve a writing credit of any sort. Her contract expired after six months, and she was sent packing, with an L.A. Times columnist commenting rather ruefully that "one feels a trifle sorry for the girl herself in all this, since her adventure seems to be leading nowhere." On her way to Nowhere, though, she at least did exactly what many a frustrated writer did following an abortive Tinseltown experiences: she wrote a "Hollywood novel," "Mother, Be Careful!", published in 1932. After one more novel ("Young Woman," a "Schoolgirl" follow-up), she wasn't heard from again until coming out with one final novel in 1946. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Eyes of India, Baronti, Gervé
44 Baronti, Gervé Eyes of India
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1925) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[light wear to cloth at spine ends, a bit of dust-soiling to top edge, faint (mostly erased) pencil signature on ffep; jacket has one small closed tear at top of front panel, spine a bit color-shifted, minor surface wear]. "To call this really excellent novel the most accurate picture of Indian life to be published since Kipling introduced us to India is not to exaggerate. It is amazingly truthful, frank and honest -- and it presents the Eastern viewpoint with startling freshness," although "some there are who may not agree with its thesis." The author, per a New York Times article from 1926, was born in Egypt to an Italian father and an Egyptian mother, had "lived all her life in the Orient," and had written "several books," including this one. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Swiftest Thing in Life, Barre, Jean
45 Barre, Jean The Swiftest Thing in Life
New York H.C. Kinsey & Company, Inc. 1932 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[good solid clean book, minor shelfwear only; jacket has small tears and minor paper loss at a couple of corners, fading to spine, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of front panel]. An Italian prince, his wild and irrepressible brother, an English beauty, her impudent and possessive American lover, an artist, and more! "A really fresh experience among romantic novels." Ten bucks off the price if you can identify the dust jacket artist. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Three Roads from Paradise, Barretto, Larry
46 Barretto, Larry Three Roads from Paradise
New York Caxton House, Inc. 1939 (c.1933) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[minor shelfwear, some soiling and age-toning to page edges, cute vintage bookplate on front pastedown (with light verse pleading for the book's return to its owner); jacket is worn at edges and corners, short diagonal closed tear at top right corner of front panel, some minor paper loss at spine ends (taking away part of "Three" at top of spine title)]. A tri-generational story of a New York family, beginning in "the era of gas lamps and hansom cabs," and framed in part as the story of their home, "which in the beginning is an aristocratic brownstone front on a quiet street, [but is] destined to become a speakeasy, and subsequently a house of ill repute." (Originally published by Farrar & Rinehart in 1933.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Mediocrat, Bartley, Nalbro
47 Bartley, Nalbro The Mediocrat
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1928 NO Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(in A.L. Burt reissue dust jacket) [minimal shelfwear, top corners a bit bumped; jacket edgeworn, a bit of paper loss at spine ends, a few small edge-tears]. Proto-feminist novel that grapples with the burning question: "Is there a new kind of woman coming to disturb our homes -- a woman who lives by making war on her kind? Has the freedom won by the 'old-fashioned suffragist' been taken over by a new 'emancipated' type who ignore women's duties while demanding women's privileges? Hilda Reynolds was forced to believe so. She had created for her husband, her three boys, and her flapper daughter, a household where there was a spirit of sportsmanship and loyalty. Perhaps she did 'wear hats that would have caused a civil war,' but she was a good mother and a good citizen. Then Vesta took the house next door, and Hilda's quiet, happy life was rudely shattered." The author (1888-1952) had been a newspaper reporter at age nineteen and also wrote magazine fiction; she published her first novel in 1917 and subsequently wrote one or two books every year until 1934. (NOTE that the book itself bears the Doubleday, Doran identification inside and out, but is encased in an A.L. Burt reissue dustjacket.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Long Walk, Barton, Betsey
48 Barton, Betsey The Long Walk
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1948) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj design) Riki Levinson 
[some wear to book at spine ends, small bookstore stamp on front pastedown; jacket heavily worn, spine sunned, irregular fading to front panel, small pieces missing at top corner of front panel and top corner of rear panel near spine, top half-inch of spine missing, crescent-shaped stain on front panel, various small tears along bottom edge, etc.]. The author's first novel, set in a veteran's hospital. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Relics and Angels, Basso, Hamilton
49 Basso, Hamilton Relics and Angels
New York The Macaulay Company 1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) C.C. Snell 
[good solid book, light wear at spine extremities, one-time owner's name and address on front pastedown; jacket moderately edgeworn, especially at spine ends]. The author's first novel, the story of a young member of "an old and cultured Creole family surprised by the new machine civilization." A journalist and an early contributor to the important New Orleans-based literary journal "The Double Dealer" (along with William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Robert Penn Warren, Djuna Barnes and many others), Basso later became a prominent magazine editor, working for The New Republic, Time, and (for 17 years) The New Yorker. He published eleven novels in all, and remains a highly-regarded (if lesser-known) figure of the Southern Literary Renaissance. His most successful and best-known novel was "The View from Pompey's Head," published in 1954 and adapted into the film of the same name the following year. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Catherine Foster, Bates, H.E.
50 Bates, H.E. Catherine Foster
New York The Viking Press 1929 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) [Frank] Dobias 
[light shelfwear only, one-time owner's signature at top of ffep; jacket somewhat age-toned, with a few tiny tears and minor paper loss surrounding top of spine, short tears at bottom hinges, one additional tiny closed tear at top of front panel]. Bates's second published novel, "the story of a woman's passionate love for her husband's romantic and shiftless brother. There are three major characters, Catherine -- Charles, her husband -- and Andrew, the lover. Their story is acted out against the background of the English countryside ablaze with the beauty which Catherine sees and feels so keenly and which she longs to share with someone else." The Spectator called it a "drowsy and beautiful book [in which] the writing throughout is exquisite." Reissued in the 1980s, but all printings of the original edition (U.S. or U.K.) are hard to come by. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Charlotte's Row, Bates, H.E.
51 Bates, H.E. Charlotte's Row
New York Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith [1932] NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy, very slight bumping to bottom corners, vintage price sticker (The White House) at upper corner of rear pastedown; jacket lightly soiled, a handful of tiny nicks in bottom edge of rear panel]. An early work by Bates, "a novel of life in the poor quarter of an industrial town" in the English Midlands, the titular street being "a narrow cul-de-sac surrounded by factories, breweries, and sordid streets of houses." According to at least one critic, this was the book with which the author really began to find his voice, drawing on his family history and his own Northamptonshire upbringing. Although the book is stated as "Printed in Great Britain," it's marked as the first American edition by the dual-publisher imprint on the jacket as well as at the base of the spine on the book itself (the British edition states Jonathan Cape only), the $2.00 printed price, and blurbs for two other Cape & Smith books which appeared in early 1932. (The book itself bears no date, but a January 1932 publication date was announced in the New York Times, which ran its review on February 21.) This edition would appear to be considerably less common than the U.K. issue, especially in the jacket. Bates's books have inspired a couple of dozen film and television adaptations, but this novel is not among those brought to the screen. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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In Another Country, Bayley, John
52 Bayley, John In Another Country
New York Coward-Mccann, Inc 1955 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, slight dust-darkening to top edge, top of spine lightly bumped/faded, faint bookseller's stamp on front pastedown; jacket worn along hinges, a few tiny tears/chips, slight paper loss at top of spine and at a couple of corners, old price sticker on rear flap]. The author's first novel, set in Germany during the Allied occupation immediately following World War II, and dealing with conflicts between the members of a British Intelligence Unit. The author was the devoted husband of the late Iris Murdoch, whose literary fame ultimately eclipsed his own, and has published a pair of moving memoirs ("Elegy for Iris" and "Iris and Her Friends") of their years together. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Intruder, Beaumont, Charles
53 Beaumont, Charles The Intruder
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1959) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ronald Clyne 
(price-clipped) [slightly bumped at bottom corners, otherwise a nice clean copy with minor shelfwear; jacket has a number of small chips along top and bottom edges and at top of spine]. The fantasy author's "serious" book, a small-racist-Southern-town novel that served as the basis for a remarkably effective low-budget, shot-on-location film adaptation by Roger Corman, released in 1961, with William Shatner as a rabble-rousing outsider who comes into town and makes a whole lotta trouble for everybody. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Galloping Down, Beckwith, Brainerd
54 Beckwith, Brainerd Galloping Down
New York/London The Century Co. (c.1931) NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) "Jay" 
[very nice condition, tight and clean with no discernible wear, vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges, a few tiny edge-tears along bottom edge, one-inch closed tear at top rear hinge]. Novel set in Ireland, about the revolt of a young man against the heritage represented by his father, a "stiff-necked old baron" who's the last of the Kilgannon line. "For six hundred years the Kilgannons of Ireland had leagued with the Devil and drunk to his glory. Three things they had loved, and all too well -- the heart of a horse, the body of a woman, and the neck of a bottle." In this "dashing, mad-paced, gallantly written story," "drunken father and fighting son wage a stirring battle of character." (Pour me a pint -- I feel a John Ford movie coming on.) The author, a bit surprisingly, was an American -- born in Oregon, educated in California and at Yale, he was quoted in a 1959 L.A. Times article as saying that "horses have been a part of my life as long as I can remember." (At the time he was working in the publicity department at Hollywood Park and hosting a morning radio show about horse racing.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The House of Dr. Edwardes, Beeding, Francis
55 Beeding, Francis The House of Dr. Edwardes
New York A.L. Burt Company (c.1928) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, light wear to bottom edge, bumped at base of spine, spine slightly turned; jacket has tiny tears and minor paper loss at most top corners, still quite presentable]. Suspense novel set in a "private asylum for the mentally deficient." Later served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 thriller SPELLBOUND, with Gregory Peck as the man whose innermost torment is expressed in a memorable Salvador Dali-designed dream sequence. Very difficult to find in any sort of a dust jacket; I believe this uses the same art as the first American (Little, Brown) edition, but I've never seen one of those because it's super-damn-rare, as opposed to this one, which is only kinda-sorta rare. (Even the primary supplier of facsimile dust jackets seems to have been unable to track down an example of the first, since the one he offers is the Burt edition.) 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Hell Let Loose, Beeding, Francis (pseud. for John Leslie Palmer and Hilary Aiden St. George Saunders)
56 Beeding, Francis (pseud. for John Leslie Palmer and Hilary Aiden St. George Saunders) Hell Let Loose
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1937) Reprint Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice copy, square and solid, faint shelfwear at top and bottom edges; jacket edgeworn, various small tears, still attractive]. "Against an authentic background of war-torn Spain, [the author] tells of a struggle for a tremendously important military secret -- pitting the secret agents of four nations against one another and ranging in his story from Madrid to Seville, from underground dugouts to airplanes above the battle lines." One of numerous thrillers by this pseudonymous authorial team to feature Colonel Alastair Granby, D.S.O., of the British Intelligence Service. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Sand Castle, Beith, Janet
57 Beith, Janet Sand Castle
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1936 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn book, slight bumping to top corners, spine cloth a bit darkened/discolored, small bookseller's label (A.H. Esch & Co. Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta) at bottom corner of front pastedown]. Novel spanning the 1880s to the 1930s, about two brothers from the Scottish Highlands who go into commerce in the mills of Manchester. They end up falling in love with the same girl, but one of them goes off to the Boer War, so that takes care of that problem -- but with a couple of hundred pages yet to go. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Abide With Me, Belfrage, Cedric
58 Belfrage, Cedric Abide With Me
New York William Sloane Associates (c.1948) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj) "Meek" 
(price-clipped) [a bit of staining to the rear cover and at the top right corner of the front cover, one-time owner's fancy "ex-libris" stamp on ffep, vintage bookseller's label (Levinson's, Sacramento) on rear pastedown; jacket is edgeworn/rubbed/lightly soiled, with a bit of paper loss at spine ends, pink title lettering on gray spine faded almost to the point of unreadability]. An epic satire of the American funeral industry. Published, oddly enough, in the same year as Evelyn Waugh's "The Loved One," it has remained undeservedly in the shadow of that more notorious work. Belfrage (also a Brit, though politically about as far to the left of Waugh as possible) tells the saga of the Hope Family, an undertaking dynasty, founders of "the first combined mortuary and cemetery in that section of the United States," The Vale of Hope, ultimately franchised nationwide as The Vales Inc. A funny, caustic book -- and in this bookseller's opinion, an overlooked minor classic. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Breed of Basil, Bell, Thomas
59 Bell, Thomas The Breed of Basil
New York Robert M. McBride & Company 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[nice clean book, appears unread, a bit of wear to spine ends and bottom corners, bottom rear corner bumped; jacket has some minor chipping at spine ends, one-inch closed tear and associated creasing at top of rear panel, irregular light dust-soiling to rear panel]. "The hero of this romance is a man on horseback, vigorous young Brian, Duke of Malvern in Illyria. Illyria is the kingdom of earth, empire of the illusions essential to human happiness; the arena, therefore, of youth's battle for his dreams." The author's very uncommon first novel, a piece of pseudo-historical-fictional frivolity that doesn't suggest that in another ten years or so he'll write an important proletarian novel, "Out of the Furnace," set in the steel mills of the Pittsburgh area, where he had worked himself as a young man. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Dancing Lady, Bellah, James Warner
60 Bellah, James Warner Dancing Lady
New York A.L. Burt Company (c.1932) Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[quite a decent copy, light foxing to fore-edge, spine very slightly turned; jacket has a few tiny chips along top edge, minor soiling to rear panel, itsy-bitsy hole near right edge of front panel]. Gotta Dance!! The story of a child of the tenements, a born hoofer who "stepped and stamped her way through the night clubs and the burlesque wheel to Broadway glory," attracting all sorts of men along the way -- the vaudeville small-timer who discovered her, the hard-drinking tabloid newspaperman, the theatrical impresario, the millionaire playboy. Basis for the 1933 MGM film starring Joan Crawford, notable for the film debut of both Fred Astaire and early film appearances by both Nelson Eddy and the Three Stooges! (Not as a team -- but what an act that would have made, eh?) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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