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The Black Tower, Seth-Smith, E.K.
61 Seth-Smith, E.K. The Black Tower
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1957) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj art) Robert Moynihan 
[nice tight copy, just a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has a bit of chipping at spine ends, a few tears/chips at bottom of rear panel, very light dampstain at top rear hinge, generally clean and attractive]. The tale, set in 15th-century England, of brothers Edmund and Jasper Tudor,"who gradually come to realize their true identity as a queen's sons." "All the color of the period and the wonder of history are re-created in this adventure of the founding of the line of great Tudor kings and queens." Frontispiece illustration by Nancy Sayer. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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David's Stranger [*SIGNED*], Shamir, Moshe (translated from the Hebrew by Margaret Benaya)
62 Shamir, Moshe (translated from the Hebrew by Margaret Benaya) David's Stranger [*SIGNED*]
London/New York/Toronto Abelard-Schuman 1965 (c.1964) 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hugh Marshall Signed by Author
[good solid copy, slight bumping to top corners; jacket lightly rubbed and a bit soiled, very slight paper loss at several corners]. INSCRIBED (in Yiddish) and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. [See note at end of this description.] Historical novel dramatizing the murder of Uriah the Hittite by King David, "the climax of one of the ageless dramas of the Old Testament." Scarce novel (also known as "The Hittite Must Die") by one of Israel's most distinguished men of letters, who died in August 2004. He worked in many genres -- including drama, children's literature, poetry, essays, and literary criticism -- but was perhaps best known for his historical novels, several of which are metaphorical examinations of problems facing modern Israeli society. Initially a leftist, his political views underwent a great change after the Six-Day War; he served in the Knesset (as a member of the Likud Party) from 1977 to 1981, but broke with the party over the decision to return the Sinai to Egypt, and subsequently was a co-founder of the right-wing Tehiya party. He was awarded the Israel Prize in 1988, in recognition of his contribution to Israeli literature. [NOTE regarding the authorial inscription: although I do not myself read Yiddish, a bookselling colleague has kindly provided me with confirmation that the inscription does, in fact, include the author's signature, and that it appears to have been described in New York City ("Manhattan") in 1967. Please contact me if you would like to receive a scanned image of the inscription prior to purchasing the book.] Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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South of Red River [*SIGNED*], Sherry, Sylvia
63 Sherry, Sylvia South of Red River [*SIGNED*]
London Hamish Hamilton 1981 0-241-10579-X / 9780241105795 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mon Mohan Signed by Author
[moderate shelfwear, small nick at bottom of each board, light foxing to top edge, top corners slightly bumped; jacket shows a little wear and minor wrinkling along top and bottom edges]. INSCRIBED ("For _________ / affectionately," and SIGNED and dated (3 January 1982) by the author on the half-title page. Historical novel, "set in Texas in 1840 during its brief spell as an independent republic after the Mexican war and the Alamo tragedy." The primary character is "General Sam, a tough, hard-drinking hero, based on General Sam Houston," and the story unfolds "against a background of rising Indian unrest and mistrust between the white settlers." According to the jacket blurb, "though based on historical fact and the memoirs of many settlers, this novel does not pretend to reconstruct history but gives the essential feeling of life at the time." Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Flight from Natchez, Slaughter, Frank G.
64 Slaughter, Frank G. Flight from Natchez
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1955 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Julian Paul 
[lovely, fresh copy, NOT the common book club edition, top corners bumped, date of original purchase written in red ink at top of front pastedown; otherwise book and jacket are both immaculate]. (endpaper maps) Historical novel set "at the close of the American Revolution, when England and Spain were at war along the lower Mississippi, [and] young Dr. John Powers, scion of an artistocratic but impoverished family, found himself in trouble with his Tory regiment in Pensacola. Unjustly dismissed after a pay-roll scandal, he made his way to Natchez, picking up en route an attractive, tough-minded Scottish girl, Faith Gordon, who became his 'wife' in name and for strategic reasons only." (NOT the common book-club issue, this is the true first edition (stated on copyright page), in an unclipped jacket with original price ($3.75) intact.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Double Quest, Sobol, Donald J.
65 Sobol, Donald J. The Double Quest
New York Franklin Watts, Incorporated (c.1957) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Lili Réthi 
[very light dust-soiling to top edge, otherwise only a trace of shelfwear; jacket is clean and attractive, with minor wear and very slight paper loss at spine ends, a couple of tiny tears along top edge]. (line drawings) "An enthralling tale of mystery, adventure, and intrigue, told against the vivid background of medieval England," specifically the reign of King Henry II. The narrative hinges around one particular historical episode, the attempted invasion of England by the Flemish, who built a fleet of six hundred ships to accomplish this maneuver. "History is tantalizingly silent concerning [the invasion's] outcome. Part of this story is an attempt to solve through fiction the fascinating riddle of what happened to the Flemish fleet." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Sail the Dark Tide, Steward, Davenport
66 Steward, Davenport Sail the Dark Tide
Atlanta Tupper & Love (c.1954) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) John Stuart McKenzie 
[mild wear to book, bumped corners; jacket shows wear at edges/corners, some chipping at spine extremities]. A "nonpartisan novel" (obviously worth mentioning, to an Atlanta-based publisher!) set during the last days of the Civil War. "This is the story of a man and his ship. The man is Wyck Talburt, Southern-born former lieutenant of the United States Navy, the ship is the blockade-runner Wanderer, a gray ghost built to dare the combined might of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. ... There are no mansions and no magnolias in [the book]. In it are Southerners who opposed the war and Northerners who profited by it." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Bright Face of Danger; A Tale, wherein are related the adventures of Captain Francis Havenell, of Hookset Hundred in Henrico County, Virginia, during the days of Bacon's Rebellion, Sublette, C.M.
67 Sublette, C.M. The Bright Face of Danger; A Tale, wherein are related the adventures of Captain Francis Havenell, of Hookset Hundred in Henrico County, Virginia, during the days of Bacon's Rebellion
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1926 First Edition Hardcover Fair Illustrated by Rodney Thompson 
(no dust jacket) [worn book, bumping to all corners, front hinge cracked, binding loose, soiling/spotting to front cover, cloth somewhat faded at spine, etc.; it's readable, but don't expect more than that or you'll be disappointed] (B&W line drawings; frontispiece + 2 others) Historical adventure fiction, pretty well described by that lengthy subtitle. This copy of the book is of minor "Hollywood" interest, as it is stamped "Important! Return to Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Story Dept." on the ffep; also, on the front pastedown is written (in two versions, in different hands) the information that the book was once the property of the author's "personal representative," one Adelaide Wise Brown of Denver, Colorado. (Despite the Warner Bros. stamp, I find no evidence that this book was ever made into a movie.) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Torn Covenants, Swann, Lois
68 Swann, Lois Torn Covenants
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1981) 0684166348 / 9780684166346 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tim Gaydos 
[clean, tight copy, with a few tiny brown spots on top edge, traces of shelfwear at bottom of boards; jacket spine a little sun-faded, and the front panel has a fair amount of pen-point surface- scratching (no ink), not too noticeable through the Brodart jacket, and a minor diagonal crease in the front flap]. The author' s second novel (a sequel to her first, "The Mists of Manittoo"), which continues the story of the young Englishwoman, Elizabeth Dowland, and her Native American husband, Wakwa Manunnappu, and their struggles "to build a life together [in 1748 America] in a world bent on tearing them apart." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Interesting Times [*SIGNED*], Thompson, Joan
69 Thompson, Joan Interesting Times [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1981) 0-312-41914-7 / 9780312419141 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Zenko Onyshkewych Signed by Author
[clean & tight, lower front corner bumped; jacket lightly edgeworn and a bit rubbed in spots, short horizontal scape near top of front panel, small closed tear and associated creasing at top of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "The young people of a New England town go off to find their several destinies in the Great War." (That's World War I, for the history-challenged.) Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Wooden Woman, Townsend, Alexander
70 Townsend, Alexander The Wooden Woman
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1930 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bobritzky [Vladimir Bobritsky; signed "Bobri"] 
(price-clipped) [solid book, a bit of bumping and general wear to top and bottom edges, dust-soiling to top edge; jacket edgeworn, with a few light stains on the front panel, discolored section on spine]. Maritime horror novel about a haunted ship: "a sea story, a love story, and a ghost story in one." Dust jacket design credited to Bobritzky (Vladimir Bobritsky, aka "Bobri"). 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Carolina Corsair, Tracy, Don
71 Tracy, Don Carolina Corsair
New York The Dial Press 1955 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jules Gottlieb 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, light bump and slight crack to bottom front corner, brief gift inscription (non-authorial) at top of ffep; jacket edgeworn, several small tears, paper loss at several corners and at both ends of spine (but no loss of text)] Historical adventure novel about Blackbeard the Pirate (aka Edward Teach), "who ravaged the seas from Maine to Florida in the early 1700's. Corsair, murderer, rapist, Blackbeard established a legend which, for sheer grotesquerie, is unmatched in the annals of piracy." (And is it only me, or doesn't this dust-jacket depiction make him look like a close cousin of Rasputin?) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The General's Boss, Truman, Pearl S.
72 Truman, Pearl S. The General's Boss
New York House of Field, Inc. 1941 Unstated ed Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Louis Gates 
[good solid copy, minimal wear, top edge dust-darkened, a few spots on front pastedown and ffep, small bookstore stamp on front pastedown; jacket a bit edgeworn, a few small insect holes at rear flap foldover, minor chipping at top of spine]. "Reading [this book] is much like spending a vacation at an old Kentucky manor house. You cannot fail to respond to the warmth of Southern hospitality, and you will be sure to make many interesting and lasting friends. Your host, General Shelby, and the general's boss, a sixteen-year-old girl who recented inherited the estate of Cedarstone, will entertain you lavishly. It will be the most enjoyable and exciting vacation you ever spent--replete with outdoor sports, historical excursions, romance, secret passages, exciting adventures and all the other elements that go to make life more worthwhile. " [The copyright page states that "this book is the screen version of ' Cedarstone' [1937] by the same author." Not quite sure what that means, as there appears to be no record of a movie version under either title, nor is the book written in scenario or treatment form.] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Satan Came Also, Walker, Dorothy Pierce
73 Walker, Dorothy Pierce Satan Came Also
New York Liveright Publishing Corp. (c.1941) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[clean, solid copy, minor wear at extremities; jacket rubbed, edgeworn, rear panel moderately soiled, minor chipping/wrinkling at top of spine]. Novel set in Boston in 1721, with "the vigor and excitement of this lusty period of our early life portrayed in its full value. [The book] does not ruthlessly debunk nor does it too lightly gloss over the evils and prejudices of the early life in the colonies. Many outstanding American characters appear in this novel, Benjamin Franklin, Cotton Mather, Dr. William Douglass, and others. There is also described in very interesting detail the home life, slavery, social customs and the politics of the period." (The main theme of the book is a love story between "young Dr. Nathaniel Webb and his sweetheart Bethiah Rainford, a love that eventually overcomes the objections of her conservative brother, the Reverend Holdfast Rainford.") 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Thy Brother's Blood, Ward, Larry
74 Ward, Larry Thy Brother's Blood
Los Angeles Cowman Publications Inc. (c.1961) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lee Hooper 
(price- and corner-clipped) [ex-school library book w/minimal markings (just top edge stamp and pocket on rear fep) and some tape still stuck to covers where jacket had been affixed; tape was not attached directly to jacket, though, and although the jacket is somewhat soiled it still looks quite presentable in a new Brodart cover]. A novel of the Civil War. Endpaper illustration and small map depicting the Battle of Gettysburg. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Woe to Live On, Woodrell, Daniel
75 Woodrell, Daniel Woe to Live On
New York Pocket Books 1998 (c.1987) 0-671-00136-1 / 9780671001360 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover design) Brigid Pearson 
[nice copy, the faintest bit of edgewear to covers, some discoloration around perimeter of the inside front cover and inside rear cover, short diagonal crease at one top page corner]. Trade PB Civil War novel, set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri. Basis for Ang Lee's 1999 film RIDE WITH THE DEVIL. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Devil's Laughter, Yerby, Frank
76 Yerby, Frank The Devil's Laughter
New York The Dial Press 1953 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Harry Barton 
[lovely copy, the slightest touch of wear to spine ends; jacket similarly nice, with only minor surface wear and extremely light soiling to rear panel]. Historical novel set during the French Revolution, by the best-selling author who pretty much kept his African-American identity under the radar for much of his career. (This is NOT the very common book club edition; the jacket is unclipped, and bears the original $3.50 printed price.) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Treasure of Pleasant Valley, Yerby, Frank
77 Yerby, Frank The Treasure of Pleasant Valley
New York The Dial Press 1955 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jules Gotlieb 
[very nice copy, slight bumping to bottom corners (both book and jacket), otherwise appears almost new except for original date of purchase written in green ink at top of ffep, and the faintest bit of surface wear to the jacket]. Set in the California Gold Rush days, this is "the story of two young, Southern adventurers in that world gone mad with greed for gold. It is 1849 and life has come to a standstill for Bruce Harkness, younger son of a Carolina planter. His father's plantation can no longer support him; Jo Peterson, the woman he loved, has married another man. And so Bruce decides to set sail for California, only to discover, just as he is about to embark, that Jo loves him still though hopelessly bound to her husband." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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