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Whatever Became Of...?: Fourth Series, Lamparski, Richard
61 Lamparski, Richard Whatever Became Of...?: Fourth Series
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. 1973 0-517-504251 / 9780517504253 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean book, minor wear to base of spine; jacket shows light surface-scratching and minimal handling wear]. (B&W photographs) More "then and now" photos and stories about a wide range of one-time celebrities -- about 100 in all, including Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, James Cagney, Evelyn and Her Magic Violin, Ish Kabibble, Zeppo Marx, Jerry Mathers, Mad Man Muntz, Maxie Rosenbloom, The Three Stooges, Doodles Weaver, and many more of the equally illustrious. Say what you will, these books are absolutely compulsive reading -- provided, of course, that you're old enough or hip enough to have actually heard of a lot of the subjects. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Great Dissenter: John Marshall Harlan, 1833-1911, Latham, Frank
62 Latham, Frank The Great Dissenter: John Marshall Harlan, 1833-1911
New York Cowles Book Company (c.1970) 0-402-14141-5 / 9780402141419 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj 
[book itself is nice and clean, with no discernible wear of any kind; jacket shows some wear at edges and extremities, a few tiny scrape marks on front panel]. (B&W photographs) A biography of the Supreme Court justice who in 1896 was the lone dissenter in the Plessy v. Ferguson case, in which the Court's decision validated legal segregation of public facilities in the United States for another half century, until it was overturned by Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. In his dissent, Harlan predicted that this particular decision would live in infamy (he was right about that), but although he made an appeal for a "color-blind Constitution," he also let on that he didn't care much for the Chinese, and didn't have a problem with preventing them from becoming U.S. citizens. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Memories: Sunshine and Shadows, Leger, Mabel Marsh
63 Leger, Mabel Marsh Memories: Sunshine and Shadows
[n.p.] Privately Published [1977] NO Hardcover Near Fine Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [mild bumped at edges/corners]. (maps) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Autobiography of a missionary who spent many years in China (ca. 1917-1945). "During our years in China we wrote regularly to family members at home. Unknown to us,Mother Leger kept our letters to her and when she pased on, her family gave them to us. In recent years I began rereading some of them and was surprised at how much had faded from my memory and I realized how little the children would probably remember of their childhood experiences. So the idea of using the letters as a basis for reconstruction of actual childhood life in China was born. [The book] was written exclusively with the children in mind and was in no way intended as a picture of missionary activities. The whole purpose was to give them some idea of their heritage and their early days in the Orient. That it was continued during the war years, after they were all home, was due to the fact that life under war conditions was so totally unlike anything any of us had known before that I felt I should give them a glimpse of conditions quite unknown to them." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Girl Who Had Everything: The Story of "The Fire and Ice Girl", Leigh, Dorian, with Laura Hobe
64 Leigh, Dorian, with Laura Hobe The Girl Who Had Everything: The Story of "The Fire and Ice Girl"
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1980 0-385-14331-1 / 9780385143318 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj photos) Helmut Newton / Richard Avedon 
[tight clean copy, minimal shelfwear, remainder spray to bottom edge else Near Fine; jacket has one small closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel, visible wear at top corners]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography of one of the world's first supermodels (before that term existed), who was also purported to be one of Truman Capote's primary inspirations for the character of Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (although similar claims have been made by and on behalf of others). Leigh was a fashion-industry icon in the 1940s and 1950s (as was her sister, Suzy Parker), and as this book demonstrates, an amazing number of top-flight photographers turned their lenses on her. In addition to the jacket-photo combo – the front by Helmut Newton, the rear by Richard Avedon (for Revlon's famous "Fire and Ice" campaign) – the book includes work by Irving Penn, Horst, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and Lord Snowden. (Be aware, by the way, that the rear jacket panel on the book club edition of this book is blank, no doubt due to a rights-clearance issue.) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Madame Sphinx, Lemestre, Marthe ("Martoune"); compiled by Antoine Giovanni & Michel Trécourt (trans. by Gale Strom)
65 Lemestre, Marthe ("Martoune"); compiled by Antoine Giovanni & Michel Trécourt (trans. by Gale Strom) Madame Sphinx
New York Ballantine Books 1975 0-345-24636-5 / 9780345246363 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good+ 
[solid copy, light edgewear, faint browning to page edges, bookstore stamp inside front cover]. Mass Market PB "The roaring twenties, the raging thirties -- the intimate memoirs of the celebrated Parisian Madam who catered to the world's most famous clientele. She was the toast of the twenties from New York to Hollywood with a fabulous speakeasy that offered delights beond gin to the glittering elite from Clark Gable and Douglas Fairbanks to Valentino and Al Capone. She was the rage of Paris in the thirties, where her extravagantly posh brothel provided infinite entertainments for ambassadors and socialites, millionaires and artists, allies and enemies." (Also mentioned in the cover blurb are Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.) First published in France in 1974; this edition, the only U.S. printing as far as I know, is rather hard to find. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Mother Climbed Trees, Lindsay, Cynthia
66 Lindsay, Cynthia Mother Climbed Trees
New York Simon and Schuster 1958 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[nice clean copy, with no significant wear, just the slightest age-toning to the fore-edge; jacket lightly soiled, with a little abrasion along the right-hand side of the top edge of the front panel]. Somebody ought to write a history of the "my-whacky-parent(s)" memoir, which had its heyday from the 1930s through the 1950s (think "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Life with Father," and most anything with the words "Papa" or "Mama" in the title). I'm not sure when it began to be supplanted by the parent-as-monster confessional -- I haven't written the history, after all -- although I suspect that Gypsy Rose Lee's 1958 memoir dishing the dirt on Mama Rose (by then safely deceased and ready for her close-up) might have started the ball rolling in the direction of latter-day horror stories like "Mommie Dearest" and "The Kiss." Anyway, when said history is compiled, surely Cynthia Lindsay's account of her Life With Mother -- "about her childhood with assorted dogs, cats, horses, playboys and chorus girls, and about her teen-age years on skis, on skates, on high boards and under water" -- will be given its due a classic of the sub-genre. Her mom was, "depending on which period you caught her in, a vegetarian, an atheist, a student of the cults of the mysterious East. She climbed trees. She led Cynthia's budding psyche on a harrowing chase through fad and fancy and from coast to coast -- finally to Hollywood, where Cynthia's father was a well-known film director." (That would be Henry Hobart, if you must know, but he was a producer, not a director.) Actually, despite the book's packaging as a portrait-of-mother, it's in many ways more interesting as the author's memoir of her own life in Hollywood -- she was, among other things, a budding starlet (and Busby Berkeley chorus girl), a "junior writer," and a stunt girl. Her subsequent books included an astute and witty examination of Southern California life, "The Natives are Restless," and a reminiscence of her close friend Boris Karloff. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Emancipation of Angelina Grimké, Lumpkin, Katharine DePre
67 Lumpkin, Katharine DePre The Emancipation of Angelina Grimké
Chapel Hill The University of North Carolina Press (c.1974) 0-8078-1232-3 / 9780807812327 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[light soiling to bottom edge, a couple of diagonally-creased top page corners; jacket edgeworn, tiny tears at several corners, light soiling]. (frontispiece portraits) Biography of a 19th-century crusader who was a "driving force in the abolition [of slavery] movement before her marriage" (in 1838), and who later "came to be regarded as a foremost advocate of women's freedom." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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If a Man Be Mad, Maine, Harold (pseud. for Walker Winslow)
68 Maine, Harold (pseud. for Walker Winslow) If a Man Be Mad
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1947 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) [Joseph] Karov 
[solid copy with moderate wear to top and bottom edges, offsetting to endpapers, ownership signature of writer Sanora Babb on ffep; jacket has some shallow chipping along top edge and at spine ends (no loss of text), one 2-inch closed tear at top of rear panel, a few other tiny tears]. Harrowing autobiographical narrative by an alcoholic whose "heavy drinking quickly dissolved into a hazy world of double scotches when he had money and rubbing alcohol when he didn't. Failure (marriage and career), jail, Bellevue, AA -- all contributed to "the slow realization that he was drifting closer and closer to insanity." He eventually took what has to be considered a very unlikely cure: he decided to go to work as an attendant in a series of mental hospitals, where he discovered not only "how badly alcoholics need medical care and skilled psychiatric treatment" (which I kinda think he MUST have known already), but also observed "a vicious caste system...a shocking shortage of doctors....[and] that cruelty and fear are the main weapons used to keep patients in check." Of particular interest is a passage in the latter part of the book in which he describes his experiences in an unnamed Veterans Administration facility, where he is shocked at the inhuman treatment being given to veterans of both World Wars; this is possibly one of the earliest published accounts to indicate the problems within the VA system. Relatively little is known about the author, who issued only two other books in his lifetime, "Man in Paradise" (1941), a novel set in contemporary Hawaii, and "The Menninger Story" (1956), about the founder of the Menninger Clinic. In "If a Man Be Mad," he quite understandably goes to some lengths to change names and generally obscure the straight facts of his life, but a little research turns up some fascinating vignettes here and there. Henry Miller, who knew him in Big Sur, described him as "the man who could write like a breeze," and opined that "in another society, one more receptive, more tolerant, more 'reverent' of misfits and outcasts, he might have become another Gorky. .... His problem was....not to master the literary craft but to master his own abysmal hunger for limitless experience." (There is also a disquieting account of the brief acquaintance between Winslow and poet Weldon Kees, who met in Denver in 1939, in James Reidel's biography of Kees, "Vanished Act.") 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger, Marchand, Philip
69 Marchand, Philip Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger
New York Ticknor & Fields 1989 0-89919-485-0 / 9780899194851 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Marc Cohen 
[nice clean copy, light tanning to page edges; moderate surface wear to jacket, no rips or tears]. (B&W photographs) Biography of "the most unlikely prophet of the sixties," a controversial and enigmatic figure whose work nonetheless "underlies any serious discussion of the effect of the media on our lives." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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His Majesty, the Queen [The Frank Marino Story] [*SIGNED*], Marino, Frank, with Steve & Cathy Marks
70 Marino, Frank, with Steve & Cathy Marks His Majesty, the Queen [The Frank Marino Story] [*SIGNED*]
Ocala FL MSW Publishing Co. 1997 0-9640903-4-1 / 9780964090347 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice copy, as new, clean and unread; jacket shows mild surface-scratching, "Autographed Copy" sticker on front panel, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of rear flap]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author in wild, unreadable celebrity fashion on the ffep (not many copies escaped unsigned, I'm betting). Autobiography of, and extended commercial for, the self-proclaimed "World's Most Famous Female Impersonator!" A cover blurb by Joan Rivers proclaims that "He does me better than I do." My question would be: does the world need a better Joan Rivers? (Apparently at one time she didn't think so, since according to the jacket text she sued him, but settled out of court.) Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Education of Carey McWilliams, McWilliams, Carey
71 McWilliams, Carey The Education of Carey McWilliams
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1979) 0-671-22876-5 / 9780671228767 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Anne Winslow 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, remainder stamp on bottom page edges, otherwise a solid and unmarked copy; jacket has one tiny nick at top edge of front panel, minor dog-earing at top edge of rear panel, slight fading at spine]. Memoir by the veteran journalist/author/lawyer, a significant figure in the Los Angeles cultural and political scene during the 1930s and 1940s, before moving to New York to work for The Nation (he served as its editor from 1955 to 1975). His 1946 book "Southern California Country" remains a must-read classic about L.A. and environs, and his numerous other works chronicling various manifestations of social injustice in our society made him, per the jacket blurb, "the conscience of America," a man who "has demonstrated an uncompromising dedication to truth and justice." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Red Azalea [*SIGNED*], Min, Anchee
72 Min, Anchee Red Azalea [*SIGNED*]
New York Pantheon Books (c.1994) 0-679-42332-X / 9780679423324 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Marjorie Anderson Signed by Author
[nice clean book with no discernible wear, but with the front hinge just barely starting to split at the bottom; jacket shows slight handling wear, minor scuffing to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page; below her signature is what appears to be an undecipherable scrawl, although perhaps to the trained eye it means something. "The story of a young woman's emotional and political education in the last year's of Mao's China." Signed by Author 
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Hair on a Cue Ball: The Hair-raising Adventures of a Hollywood Writer, Monett, Negley
73 Monett, Negley Hair on a Cue Ball: The Hair-raising Adventures of a Hollywood Writer
New York Exposition Press (A Banner Book) (c.1955) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[bumped and slightly cracked at bottom corner of front cover, one-time owner's ink signature on ffep, otherwise tight and clean with no significant wear; jacket lightly edgeworn, small tear at top right-hand corner of front panel, small horizontal scrape on spine]. "The real, unvarnished facts, the revealing story about hair, presented authentically in a humorous autobiography [in which] facts are blended with fancy" -- one of the "fancies," perhaps, being the author's bona fides as a "cinema, radio and TV writer," given that any credits he may have achieved in this line of work seem to have completely eluded all the standard reference sources. The rear-jacket blurb (presented in the form of two jokey and clearly fake newspaper articles) calls him a "notorious radio and TV writer [with] a long record having served time in the San Francisco News as a feature editor; in NBC and CBS in San Francisco as a writer-producer [and] in Hollywood as a writer-producer before waging a spectacular escape climaxed by a stretch as a hair-grower." Indeed, the "Hollywood Writer" subtitle notwithstanding, it's the last-named occupation that this book is exclusively concerned with: "through a mixup at a personnel consultant's office, [the author] goes to work for a large chain outfit offering special hair and scalp treatments; in a short time the reformed writer winds up running the Montreal office, and that is where the funfest begins. Between zany clients and zanier operators working for him, our hero finds himself in the middle of some really zany situations." (It's zany, got that?) Although he avers in his introduction that he's changed the names of individuals and of the company he worked for, he also lauds said company for having been successful with hair restoration or the cleanup of scalp disorders in "millions of cases." Finally, he hopes the reader will "look upon me as a reporter [who] has actually witnessed the story, the story of the growth of hair." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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A Beautiful Mind, Nasar, Sylvia
74 Nasar, Sylvia A Beautiful Mind
New York Simon & Schuster (c.1998) 0-684-81906-6 / 9780684819068 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Timothy Hsu 
[a very nice copy, slight bump to top of spine with resultant crimping of binding (not the sort of thing you'd even notice unless you took the jacket off and looked for it), no other significant wear; jacket shows only the slightest surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., "a mathematical genius whose brilliant career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize." Source for the much-lauded movie (the Academy Award-winning "Best Picture" of 2001) directed by Ron Howard, with Russell Crowe as Nash. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Julian Nava: My Mexican-American Journey [*SIGNED*], Nava, Julian
75 Nava, Julian Julian Nava: My Mexican-American Journey [*SIGNED*]
Houston Arte Publico Press (c.2002) 1-55885-364-2 / 9781558853645 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) James F. Brisson Signed by Author
[nice clean copy with very slight wear at spine ends; jacket shows just a tiny bit of creasing and wear along top and bottom edges, minor puncture wound near bottom of rear hinge]. (Hispanic Civil Rights series) Series (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "To _____________, / With my best wishes, / Julian Nava / May 30, '08." Memoir by "one of the most renowned and distinguished elder statesmen of the Hispanic community of the United States. The child of poor Mexican immigrants, Nava rose through years of hardship and hard work to achieve what no other Latino in the United States had achieved before him: Nava became the first Mexican American to serve as ambassador to Mexico. [He was also] a civil rights activist during the height of the Chicano Movement; he also became the first Mexican American to serve on the Los Angeles school board when it was embattled, facing the challenges of school walkouts and boycotts, desegregation, bilingual education, and a series of issues brought on by the changes in education during the 1970's." Signed by Author 
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Out of Their Darkness, Niemann, Robert L.
76 Niemann, Robert L. Out of Their Darkness
Encino CA The Koji Press (c.1985) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book is flawless, tight and unread; jacket has a mild vertical scratch (almost unnoticeable unless the light reflects off it) running up the middle of both the front and rear panel, also a tiny pockmark in the middle of the front panel (also just about invisible except at a certain angle)]. (B&W photographs) "In 1961, while completing a two-year assignment in Japan as a writer for the U.S. Army Broadcasting and Visual Activity (psychological warfare), [the author] initiated a humanitarian campaign to restore the sight of needlessly blind Japanese children. In the final five months of his tour of duty, his group sponsored 315 sightless persons for medical treatment. At that time there were no eye banks in Japan for corneal transplants. Through his endeavors, a foundation was created to offer sight to those who were correctably blind, and a drive was started to establish nationwide eye banks. Through the programs [the author] helped bring about twenty-five years ago, more than 18,000 previously blind persons now see. / This is a true story based on [his family's] experience. Their motivation sprang from the personal strife the family encountered durings its two years in Tokyo... In particular, the initial anti-Americanism and resistance to Niemann's campaign from some school and government officials were disheartening factors as he pursued his goals... Life for this American family in the Orient was not one of stereotypic cherry blossom/shoji-door tranquility." 
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For the Prosecution: Miss Deputy D.A. [*SIGNED*], Olender, Terrys T.
77 Olender, Terrys T. For the Prosecution: Miss Deputy D.A. [*SIGNED*]
Philadelphia/New York Chilton Company Book Division (c.1961) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alice Gripman Signed by Author
[ffep somewhat roughly cut out, but otherwise a good solid copy with a bit of wear at the corners, front corners lightly bumped; jacket also a bit worn at extremities, with a couple of unobtrusive closed tears, light scuffing to spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED in 1975 and SIGNED (first name only) on the half-title page by the author, who also has added "Miss Deputy D.A." below her signature. The author secured a spot on the staff of L.A. District Attorney Buron Fitts in 1932, eventually becoming the first woman deputy district attorney to try major felony cases in Los Angeles County. Although termed an "autobiography," the book is limited in scope to her early career and her tenure with the D.A.'s office, which ended in 1937. Within that frame, however, she discusses her career as a prosecutor in forthright detail, with an emphasis on "her struggle against masculine -- and, surprisingly, some feminine -- opposition." (Fitts himself, who was denied a fourth term as D.A. by voters in 1940, contributed a jacket blurb for Olender's book, in which he rather amusingly states that "while I hate to believe all that [she] has written about me, I'm afraid it's all true.") Ms. Olender subsequently went into private practice in L.A., but the only reference of any kind to her later life or activities appears to be a single photo of her at the 1960 U.N. Seminar on Human Rights and Criminal Law. (I can report from personal experience, however, that she was still kicking around as late as the early 1980s -- and from my very limited encounter with her, I'd say she was still quite a firecracker, even then -- elderly and crippled, but mentally right on the beam.) Signed by Author 
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Page by Page [*SIGNED*], Page, Ruth; edited and with an introduction by Andrew Mark Wentink
78 Page, Ruth; edited and with an introduction by Andrew Mark Wentink Page by Page [*SIGNED*]
Brooklyn NY Dance Horizons (c.1978) 0-87127-102-8 / 9780871271020 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (front cover painting) André Delfau Signed by Author
[nice unworn copy, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket has a few short closed tears and associated creasing, color-shifting to spine with a little bleed-over to front panel, shallow chip at top rear hinge]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED to actress Lois Nettleton "with my sincere admiration" and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Page was a dancer and choreographer who achieved great renown for her creation of ballets with uniquely American themes. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Einstein Lived Here, Pais, Abraham
79 Pais, Abraham Einstein Lived Here
Oxford/New York Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press 1994 0-19-853994-0 / 9780198539940 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Will Shaman 
[beautiful, as-new copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) An examination of Albert Einstein's life through the perspective of his status as an international celebrity, which was "largely the result of attention by the media, as the author has documented by delving in newspaper and magazine archives." 
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Viva Villa!: A Recovery of the Real Pancho Villa -- Peon...Bandit...Soldier...Patriot, Pinchon, Edgcumb; assisted in research by Odo B. Stade
80 Pinchon, Edgcumb; assisted in research by Odo B. Stade Viva Villa!: A Recovery of the Real Pancho Villa -- Peon...Bandit...Soldier...Patriot
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1933) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid book, lightly shelfworn, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable]. (B&W photographs, endpaper maps) A biography of the Mexican bandit-revolutionary; source for the 1934 MGM film starring Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo and Fay Wray. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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