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Phantoms [*SIGNED*], Koontz, Dean R.
61 Koontz, Dean R. Phantoms [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1983) 0-399-12655-4 / 9780399126550 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg Signed by Author
[extremely light wear at spine extremities; jacket shows just a touch of wear at the top corners, otherwise flawless]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, for a charity auction: "For the LASFS auction -- / This tale about weird / events in Northeastern / California. As we all / know -- in real life, most / of the really good weirdness / is in the southern part / of the state. Dean R. Koontz / 5/23/89." Set in fictional Snowfield, California, formerly "a charming little town," now "a place of nightmares," as hundreds of the town's residents have completely disappeared, "and the worst is yet to come." (LASFS, by the way, is the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, claimed to be the oldest continuously operating science fiction society in the world; it was an 1939 offshoot of the Science Fiction League, founded in 1934 by pulp-magazine publisher Hugo Gernsback.) Signed by Author 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Another Country: Writings by and about Henry Kreisel, Kreisel, Henry (ed. by Shirley Neuman)
62 Kreisel, Henry (ed. by Shirley Neuman) Another Country: Writings by and about Henry Kreisel
Edmonton NeWest Press (c.1985) 0-920316-85-9 / 9780920316856 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[minimal wear, slight bend at top right corner of front cover, dark smudge mark on top edge]. (Western Canadian Literary Documents, no. 7) Series Trade PB "When Henry Kreisel was interned as an 'enemy alien' by the British in 1940 and sent to a camp in Canada, he began to keep a diary. [This volume] reprints his 'Diary of an Internment Camp' along with other personal writings that chronicle his transition from internee to Canadian novelist." Also includes poems, stories, personal essays, and letters. "An unpublished radio drama, two new stories, several critical essays about his novels, two interviews, and a bibliography of his writings complete a volume that is essential reading for Kreisel's many admirers." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Norma Shearer: A Life, Lambert, Gavin
63 Lambert, Gavin Norma Shearer: A Life
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1990 0-394-55158-3 / 9780394551586 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Keith Sheridan 
(price-clipped) [good sound copy, light foxing/soiling to edges of text block, former owner's name and address on ffep; jacket a little scuffed and surface-worn, but no tears or other blemishes]. (B&W photographs) Biography of "the First Lady of MGM" (or, with a little more edge, "Queen of the Lot"), whose favored status at the studio, often attributed (somewhat unfairly) to the power of her husband Irving Thalberg, culminated when at the rather advanced age of 33 she won the part of Juliet in the 1936 film version of "Romeo and Juliet," released mere days before Irving kicked the bucket. Lambert, one of the great Hollywood biographers, vividly portrays the drama and complexity of Shearer's life, as he chronicles how "she was unfailingly attentive to detail, demanding that her costumes, her makeup, and, above all, her scenes, be perfect," while at the same time navigating her "highly publicized, studio-sculpted" marriage to Thalberg, and maintaining her elegant image as the "dream studio wife." And far from fading away after Thalberg's death, she continued to exercise control over her life and career, pursuing choice roles, fighting with Louis B. Mayer over control of M-G-M stock, struggling with the difficulties of motherhood, etc. (Of course, she did retire from the screen at almost the moment she hit forty, in 1942, but never mind about that.) 
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Anyone Can Whistle: A Musical Fable, Laurents, Arthur (book), and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
64 Laurents, Arthur (book), and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) Anyone Can Whistle: A Musical Fable
New York Leon Amiel Publisher (A Carl Peek Book) (c.1976, 1965) Book Club Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, faint soiling to top of text block; jacket has a couple of tiny stains on the front panel, slight darkening/toning to spine]. (B&W photographs) yellowing to the mostly-white jacket]. Although roundly trounced by critics at the time of its Broadway opening in 1964 (and subsequently closing after just nine performances), this work's reputation has endured and improved in recent years, and it is now regarded as an influential modern classic. (The original cast featured Angela Lansbury, James Frawley and Lee Remick.) Includes original Book Club flyer (slightly water-damaged), laid in. 
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Shooting Stars: The Rolling Stone Book of Portraits, Leibovitz, Annie, ed.; designed by Tony Lane
65 Leibovitz, Annie, ed.; designed by Tony Lane Shooting Stars: The Rolling Stone Book of Portraits
San Francisco Straight Arrow Books (c.1973) 0-87932-036-2 / 9780879320362 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[light soiling to covers, short corner-bend creases at both leading corners of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) A collection of 100 or so black-and-white shots of rock stars of the 1967-1973 era, structured as a set of mini-portfolios, with each of the 21 featured photographers making a one-page statement about his or her working methods (although Leibovitz herself is the only "her" in the otherwise all-male group), followed by a handful of examples of their work. Many are reproduced full-page; a few will register as "iconic"; and there's a smattering of nudity involved (including a full-page reproduction of a proof sheet of shots of Janis Joplin, and an full-frontal image of Duane Allman that you'll probably wish you could unsee). Plenty of the usual suspects show up -- the Grateful Dead, Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, Jagger, even a very young Michael Jackson -- along with those who's faded into obscurity. The photographers themselves are a pretty distinguished lot, including many of the finest workers in this particular field: in addition the Leibovitz herself, the others include Ed Caraeff, Michael Cooper (who committed suicide just before this book was published), Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, David Gahr, Herb Greene, Elliott Landy, Jim Marshall, Jim McCrary, Stephen Paley, Ethan Russell, Bob Seidemann, Norman Seeff, Peter Simon, Guy Webster, Thomas Weir, and Baron Wolman. I don't think it would be much of an exaggeration (speaking of iconic) to say that this group was collectively responsible for three-quarters of all rock album covers during the late 1960s and 1970s. 
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"Saturdee", Lindsay, Norman
66 Lindsay, Norman "Saturdee"
Sydney The Endeavour Press 1933 First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [well-worn book, staining to covers, bumping/light fraying/moderate wear to all corners, spine slightly turned, soiling to edges of text block, offsetting and light foxing to endpapers and pastedowns, one-time owner's signature on front pastedown; front pastedown also bear a vintage bookplate ("Dollking") and a bookseller's ticket/label (Dymock's Book Arcade Ltd., Sydney)]. The Australian artist-author's fourth novel, a coming-of-age story about three adolescent boys. Lindsay was involved with the establishment of the Endeavour Press imprint, of which this book was its first publication; I've also seen it stated that the book was illustrated with his drawings, but this appears to have only been true of the first British edition, issued by T. Werner Laurie in 1936. (Just to be clear: this copy of the book has no illustrations, with is consistent with all library catalog entries I've been able to locate, as well as with the pagination (259 pages, as opposed to 277 pages for the British edition).) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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She Walks in Beauty [*SIGNED*], Longstreet, Stephen
67 Longstreet, Stephen She Walks in Beauty [*SIGNED*]
New York Arbor House (c.1970) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon Studio, Inc. 
[light age-toning to edges of text block, a couple of tiny stains on fore-edge, tiny white spot on front board; jacket a little bit rubbed, with very minor wear at base of spine]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, beneath his lined-through printed name. The author "creates in this new novel the inner world of the cosmetics industry, as dramatized in the personal and public lives of two remarkable women, and the struggles within -- and between -- their executive suites." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Africa and the Marriage of Walt Whitman and Marilyn Monroe [*SIGNED*], MacAdams, Lewis
68 MacAdams, Lewis Africa and the Marriage of Walt Whitman and Marilyn Monroe [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Little Caesar Press (c.1982) First Edition Softcover Very Good Signed by Author
[top 1/2 inch of spine covering cracked and peeling away, shallow dent at top of front cover (also affecting the first few pages of the book), minor edgewear]. Trade PB INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page in 1984. Poetry (mostly) by the Los Angeles based poet/journalist/activist. Laid in is a small poster reproducing the book's front-cover (folded in quarters, approx. 10" x 15-1/2" full size). Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Photo Essay: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark, Mark, Mary Ellen; edited by Constance Sullivan and Susan Weiley
69 Mark, Mary Ellen; edited by Constance Sullivan and Susan Weiley The Photo Essay: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
Washington/London Smithsonian Institution Press (c.1990) 1-56098-003-6 / 9781560980032 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[very slight bumping to a couple of corners, minor sticker residue on rear cover, otherwise a nice clean book]. (Photographers at Work) Series Trade PB (color and B&W photographs) An interview with the photographer about her philosophies and working methods, prefacing several small groups of associated photos (usually 3-5 in a group) and a brief 2-page biography. The book contains 30 photographs, mostly in color. "I want to be a voice for the unfamous people," says Mark. "Whether it's a guy in Miami Beach who goes to a dance or it's someone who's dying in Ethiopia, they're the unfamous people that I care about. I feel a certain purity in them that's real, and I want to document their lives." 
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Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s, McGilligan, Pat, ed. and intro.
70 McGilligan, Pat, ed. and intro. Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s
Berkeley/Los Angeles/Oxford University of California Press (c.1991) 0-520-05666-3 / 9780520056664 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy with no significant wear, blemished only slightly by short diagonal creases at the top corners of several pages (apparently inflicted by a former owner unfamiliar with the concept of a "bookmark"); jacket a teensy bit rubbed, with a minor wrinkle along the top edge of the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) A follow-up to the editor-interviewer's earlier compilation of insightful screenwriter interviews, this volume focusing on a somewhat later generation. The interviews, each of which is accompanied by a brief but informative introduction and a list of the subject's screen credits, are with Leigh Brackett, Richard Brooks, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Garson Kanin, Dorothy Kingsley, Arthur Laurents, Ben Maddow, Daniel Mainwaring (aka novelist "Geoffrey Homes"), Walter Reisch, Curt Siodmak, Stewart Stern, Daniel Taradash, and Philip Yordan. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Beyond Hell, McKenna, Stephen
71 McKenna, Stephen Beyond Hell
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1932 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[water-staining along fore-edges of front and rear covers (interior of book not affected), otherwise just lightly shelfworn; jacket shows staining (internal but with some bleed-through) matching stains on book, a few small chips along bottom edge, a number of scratches on front panel, a bit of wrinkling and very shallow chipping along top edge, internally tape-reinforced along top edge]. Novel set in the then-slightly-near future (1940), about "a sociologist with radically advanced ideas" who had set up a penal colony on a remote Pacific island, with an inmate population comprised of "the worst types of criminals." The theory was that "they would finish their lives, segregated completely from the rest of the world, in a happy and normal manner" -- rather a weird sort of Utopia, but what do you expect from a radical sociologist? -- but the result instead (surprise!) was mutiny and revolt, a situation made worse by an untimely earthquake. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Sandcastle, Murdoch, Iris
72 Murdoch, Iris The Sandcastle
London Chatto & Windus 1957 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Charles Mozley 
[minor shelfwear to bottom edge, light age-toning to edges of text block, spine very slightly turned, lower rear corner bumped; jacket edgeworn, very slightly darkened at spine, with various tiny nicks and small tears, a bit of paper loss at several corners, missing about 1/4-inch at top of spine (barely affecting "The" in title)]. Murdoch's third novel, about an affair between a married, middle-aged schoolmaster and a young artist. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Footloose in Arcadia: A Personal Record of Jack London, George Sterling, Ambrose Bierce, Noel, Joseph
73 Noel, Joseph Footloose in Arcadia: A Personal Record of Jack London, George Sterling, Ambrose Bierce
New York Carrick & Evans, Inc. (c.1940) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [light wear and minor bumping to book's extremties, a bit of soiling/spotting to top edge of text block; jacket spine faded and lightly soiled, various nicks and tiny chips along top edge, old internal brown-tape reinforcement at a couple of places along top edge, small tear and associated creasing and slight paper loss at bottom right corner of front panel]. The author, "a newspaperman and playwright, was an intimate of that strange coterie which flourished spectacularly in and around San Francisco in the nineties [that's the 1890s] and the early years of [the 20th] century. [He] early acquired, from his newspaper training, the habit of taking copious notes of what he saw and heard, and the result is a memoir which recreates men and scenes with astonishing vitality." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Reminiscentiae of the Senior Class 1962 [Norwalk High School yearbook], Norwalk [Connecticut] High School
74 Norwalk [Connecticut] High School Reminiscentiae of the Senior Class 1962 [Norwalk High School yearbook]
South Norwalk CT T. O'Toole & Sons 1962 Hardcover Very Good+ 
(padded hard covers; no dust jacket, as issued) [light external soiling, minor annotations within (no autographs or inscriptions)]. (B&W photographs) Typical high school yearbook of the period, with individual portrait photos of faculty, staff, and senior class members -- in fact, it very much is the SENIOR class yearbook, with the lower classfolk not even rating a mention (although many of them are presumably pictured in some of the many, many group photos of clubs, sports teams, etc.) There is no personalization in this particular copy (not even an ownership signature), although whoever owned it was keeping track of one thing for at least a few years after graduation: written next to about 15 or so of the senior class pictures is the single annotation "Married." (Also, not surprisingly, integration had barely gotten a toehold in Norwalk: out of the 335 senior class members depicted, there are four African-American students and one Asian guy.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Murder for the Millions: A Harvest of Horror and Homicide, Owen, Frank, ed.
75 Owen, Frank, ed. Murder for the Millions: A Harvest of Horror and Homicide
New York Frederick Fell 1946 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, some external soiling (mostly to rear cover), top rear corner bumped, very slight fraying at bottom front corner]. Anthology of 37 short stories, "the ultimate in murder. No mere morsel of blood is this, but a veritable banquet, for between the covers of this large volume lurk murderers who have performed their evil deeds in every field -- regicide, parricide, fratricide, homicide or simple strangulations. Authors represented include Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich, Nicholas Blake, Damon Runyon, Ellery Queen, Sax Rohmer, John Collier, C.S. Forester, James M. Cain, George Harmon Coxe, Leslie T. White, and Vincent Starrett. The last piece in the book (and singled out in the introduction) is "Mind Over Murder" by Nelson Bond, claimed to be "the first appearance of a radio script in a collection of mystery stories." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Paesanos, Pagano, Jo
76 Pagano, Jo The Paesanos
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1940 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by (decorations) Fritz Kredel 
(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, top edge of text block a little dust-darkened, tiny rip in cloth at top of spine]. Ten short stories centering around Italian-American immigrants in California. The author had a fairly good run as a screenwriter from 1938 on, shifting his focus over to TV in the late 1950s. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Gold is the Colour of Blood, Patterson, Robert
77 Patterson, Robert Gold is the Colour of Blood
London Frederick Muller Limited 1961 (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice book, with no discernible wear, one-time owner's signature on ffep is the only blemish; jacket very lightly spotted on front panel]. Thriller about a newspaperman who tracks a Nazi spy after the latter is released from prison, in the belief that he will lead him to a million dollars that was stashed away by the Nazis during World War II. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Dance on the Tortoise, Patton, Marion
78 Patton, Marion Dance on the Tortoise
New York Lincoln MacVeagh/The Dial Press 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [a clean, sound copy, with light bumping/fraying to all corners, slight exposure of boards at bottom corners, small bookseller's stamp on front pastedown]. Lesbian-themed novel, one of a number of such works that followed in the wake of the 1928 publication and subsequent notoriety of Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness." This one relates "the story of the friendship of two young women, teachers in a girl's school, and their relations with an older woman, the Principal of the school. Half-way through the book one of the young women, Helene, dies. There is a mystery about her death, which Lydia, her friend, does not understand until a year later, but during this period Helen's influence plays a part in the drama of Lydia's friendship for Miss Endriham, the Principal of the school. What makes the book so original is the psychological undercurrent, the exquisite quality of the writing, and the emotional intensity and suspense." [Quoted from the dust jacket, NOT present on this copy.] Very little is known about the author, who was also a poet and book illustrator (generally under the name Marion Patton Waldron); this appears to have been her only novel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Chieftain: A Story of the Nez Perce People, Payne, Robert
79 Payne, Robert The Chieftain: A Story of the Nez Perce People
New York Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Al Orbaan 
[light shelfwear to bottom edges of boards, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket a bit dampstained at bottom corner of rear panel and rear flap, a bit of wrinkling and surface damage to rear panel, small closed tear and small chip (no loss of text) at top of rear panel]. Historical novel of the Old West, centering around Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe, and the tribe's conflicts with the settlers who came into the Oregon Territory after the completion of the transcontinenal railroad in 1869. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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So I've Heard: Notes from a Migratory Music Critic [*SIGNED*], Rich, Alan
80 Rich, Alan So I've Heard: Notes from a Migratory Music Critic [*SIGNED*]
Pompton Plains NJ Amadeus Press 2006 1-57467-133-2 / 9781574671339 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Clare Cerullo Signed by Author
[very nice copy, no significant wear to either book or jacket]. SIGNED and DATED (July 2006) by the author on the ffep. "Gleaned from [the author's] four decades of concert-going, opera-going, and record-listening on both the East and West Coasts, this volume is a collection of his music criticism, or 'journalistic adventures,' as Mr. Rich describes it." Includes reminiscences and/or ruminations on Leonard Bernstein, John Cage, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Glenn Gould, and David Helfgott. Rich (1924-2010) wrote for numerous publications during his career, including The New York Times, Newsweek, California magazine, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Opera News, and LA Weekly. Signed by Author 
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