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Dance on the Tortoise, Patton, Marion
81 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. 
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The Chieftain: A Story of the Nez Perce People, Payne, Robert
82 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
83 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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Naked City: The Television Series [*SIGNED*], Rosin, James
84 Rosin, James Naked City: The Television Series [*SIGNED*]
Philadelphia The Autumn Road Company (c.2008) First Edition Softcover Fine Signed by Author
[very nice, as-new book, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. Episode guide to the noted crime series (inspired by the 1948 feature film), which ran for four seasons on ABC-TV between 1958 and 1963. (It began as a half-hour show, with 39 episodes airing during its first year, after which it was cancelled by the network; re-tooled as an hour-long series, it returned to the air after a year's hiatus, eventually logging an additional 99 episodes over three seasons.) The book is pretty standard-issue in terms of format: each episode is treated on a single page (often with a large bottom margin), with producer/writer/director/cast credits only, and a plot synopsis. The introductory section relies heavily on excerpts from interviews with cast members and creative personnel, mostly conducted by the author over the phone, and a section following the episode guide proper gives brief "biographies" of twenty individuals involved with the show (mostly just laundry lists of their film and TV credits). Alas, as is too often the case with such tomes, there is no name or title index, which significantly compromises the book's ready-reference utility. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Robert Cain, Russell, William
85 Russell, William Robert Cain
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1942) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, but with much external soiling to yellow cloth-covered boards; "Property of Vanguard Films, Inc." stamped on both endpapers and several other pages, ffep bears a label from the Myron Selznick & Company Agency]. Novel of a young misfit in a small Mississippi town, where the racial injustice he despises eventually breaks his spirit. His best friend is a mixed-race man who marries a white woman. For some reason the American edition of this book is a good deal less common than the British edition, published two years later. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Last Exit to Brooklyn, Selby, Hubert Jr.
86 Selby, Hubert Jr. Last Exit to Brooklyn
New York Grove Press, Inc. (c.1964) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Roy Kuhlman 
[presentable copy, book lightly shelfworn, minor soiling/age-toning to edges of text block; jacket lightly soiled, tiny tears at a few corners, very slight paper loss at spine ends, tiny surface-gouge near bottom left corner of front panel, a couple of diagonal creases in front flap]. Selby's stunning debut novel, about "the dispossessed and downtrodden of the contemporary urban world," existing in "a world of violence, terror and despair, where crime is not an occasional intruder by a constant, everyday fact of existence." Filmed in 1989 by director Uli Edel, the movie version provided a breakthrough role for actress Jennifer Jason Leigh as the tough streetwalker Tralala. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Patterns: Four Television Plays with the Author's Commentaries [Patterns; The Rack; Old MacDonald Had a Curve; Requiem for a Heavyweight], Serling, Rod
87 Serling, Rod Patterns: Four Television Plays with the Author's Commentaries [Patterns; The Rack; Old MacDonald Had a Curve; Requiem for a Heavyweight]
New York Simon and Schuster 1957 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Korn 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, slight bumping to bottom corners, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket slightly browned at spine, a couple of tiny abrasions to front panel]. (B&W photographs) Four of the renowned TV dramatist's most successful (pre-Twilight Zone) teleplays, with approximately 5-6 pages of commentary on each; also includes an introductory essay, "About Writing for Television." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Cosmetic Effects [*SIGNED*], Sinclair, Clive
88 Sinclair, Clive Cosmetic Effects [*SIGNED*]
New York Viking 1990 0-670-83341-X / 9780670833412 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Neil Stuart Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, minimal handling wear, top corners slightly bumped; jacket just a teensy bit rubbed]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "for ____ & ______ / with admiration & / love from / Clive Sinclair / Chelsea, Summer 2000." "A novel about terrorism and infidelity that manages to be simultaneously hilarious, apocalyptic, and erotic. It tells the story of Jonah Isaacson, who lectures in film at the University of St. Albans," who discovers the glories of powdered rhinoceros horn -- "not only the greatest aphrodisiac he's ever had, but something that shatters the framework of his own reality so much that he will never, ever be the same." Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre [*SIGNED*], Skal, David J., and Elias Savada
89 Skal, David J., and Elias Savada Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre [*SIGNED*]
New York Anchor Books 1995 0-385-47406-7 / 9780385474061 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) C'MON 
[very nice copy, appears unread, with no discernible wear; jacket shows of a smidge of surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by both authors on the title page, with an added inscription to a friend by author Savada. The first full-length biography of the director of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, DRACULA, FREAKS and other classics. "The authors chronicle Browning's turn-of-the-century flight from an eccentric Louisville family into the world of carnival sideshows (where he began his career literally buried alive) and vaudeville, his disastrous first marriage, his rapid climb to riches in the burgeoning silent film industry, and the alcoholism that would plague him throughout his life. Browning's legendary collaborations with Lon Chaney, Sr., and Bela 'Dracula' Lugosi are explored in depth, along with the studio politics that ended his career after the bizarre circus drama FREAKS -- a cult classic today -- proved to be one of the biggest box-office disasters of the early thirties." Fully one-third of the book is taken up by a very detailed filmography of Browning's work. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Meredith Willson: The Unsinkable Music Man [*SIGNED*], Skipper, John C.
90 Skipper, John C. Meredith Willson: The Unsinkable Music Man [*SIGNED*]
Mason City IA Savas Publishing Company (c.2000) 1-882810-05-8 / 9781882810055 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) James V. Zach Signed by Author
[lovely, as-new copy, with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. The first full-length biography of the composer of "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (although Willson himself wrote three quasi-memoirs over the course of his career). Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Mostly Off-Guard!: The Photography of Hal Sloane [*SIGNED*], Sloane, Hal
91 Sloane, Hal Mostly Off-Guard!: The Photography of Hal Sloane [*SIGNED*]
Palm Springs CA Hall/Sloane Publishing (c.2006) 0-9638683-3-0 / 9780963868336 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice copy, presents as-new, with just a touch of edge- and surface-wear to the jacket]. (B&W and color photographs) SIGNED by the author/photographer on the title page. "An eclectic personal chronicle of people, places and events of the last half of the 20th Century." Sloane's career as a photo-journalist and musical event producer stretched over four decades, and in addition to a bunch of celebrity photography he also covered such historic events as the neo-Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois, in 1978, and the restul of Ethiopian Jews from refugee camps in Sudan in 1985. It's a bit of a stretch, though, to claim (as does the jacket blurb) that "his eclectic body of work echos such photographic icons as Annie Liebowitz [sic] and Cartier-Brisson [sic]." (And seriously: if you're going to invoke such distinguished names as a kind of left-handed compliment to yourself, it really is a good idea to at least spell their names correctly.) Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Topper: A Ribald Adventure, Smith, Thorne
92 Smith, Thorne Topper: A Ribald Adventure
New York Grosset & Dunlap [ca.1933] (c.1926) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[good sound copy, minor bumping and fading to cloth at spine ends, age-toning and light dust-soiling to edges of text block, light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket moderately worn, light stain on front panel, a little fading to spine, shallow chipping at spine ends (with partial loss of title at top of spine)]. Early reprint of Smith's best-known work, a comic novel about "beautiful ghosts and harried commuters," that spawned several popular movies and a 1950s television sitcom. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Sewers of Gold, Spaggiari, Albert (translated by Martin Sokolinsky)
93 Spaggiari, Albert (translated by Martin Sokolinsky) The Sewers of Gold
London Granada Publishing Limited 1979 0-246-11131-3 / 9780246111319 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[bottom corners moderately bumped, otherwise a nice clean book with minimal wear; jacket shows some wear at extremities, particularly some rubbing and dog-earing to the top corners]. (B&W photographs, map) True-crime account of "the most audacious bank robbery of the century," perpetrated on a Société Générale bank in Nice, France, in July 1976. The author was "the mastermind behind the caper, [an] adventurer and dreamer, who pulled it off and got away." He was briefly captured later that year, but soon escaped from jail; although eventually sentenced to life in prison in absentia, Spaggiari remained at large until his death, reportedly "under mysterious circumstances," in 1989. Three feature films (two French, one British) have been inspired by the robbery. The original title of the book, published in France in 1978, was "Les égouts du paradis." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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More Than a Store: Frederick & Nelson, 1890 to 1990, Spector, Robert
94 Spector, Robert More Than a Store: Frederick & Nelson, 1890 to 1990
Bellevue WA Documentary Book Publishers Corporation 1990 0-035503-08-0 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[previous owner's signature on ffep, no other significant wear to book (see notes about annotation); jacket shows light surface wear, has a small closed tear that's been internally tape-repaired at top of front panel]. (B&W and color photographs, facsimiles) Self-congratulatory company history of Seattle's famous department store, a vital part of the community since its founding in 1890, in the aftermath of the Great Seattle Fire. Although its owner at the time of publication, David A. Sabey, rhapsodizes in the book's Foreword about "look[ing] forward to our second century," 'twas not to be: as written in by the book's previous owner at the bottom of the Foreword page (and again on the last page of the text), the store went out of business circa 1993. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Rare Coin Score, Stark, Richard (pseud. for Donald E. Westlake)
95 Stark, Richard (pseud. for Donald E. Westlake) The Rare Coin Score
Greenwich CT Fawcett Publications, Inc. (Gold Medal d1803) (c.1967) First Edition Softcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover) Robert McGinnis 
[slight spine roll, light edgewear to covers, a touch of browning to page edges]. Mass Market PB The ninth entry in the "Parker" series, in which he gets embroiled in the world of high-end numismatics. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Phil Stern: A Life's Work, Stern, Phil; with essays by Patricia Bosworth, Nat Hentoff, and Herbert Mitgang
96 Stern, Phil; with essays by Patricia Bosworth, Nat Hentoff, and Herbert Mitgang Phil Stern: A Life's Work
New York powerHouse Books 2003 1-57687-188-6 / 9781576871881 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(in slipcase) [a very nice copy, with just a slight bump to the top front corner of the spine and the tiniest bit of external soiling to the slipcase]. (B&W and color photographs) Retrospective survey of the work of the noted photographer, divided into three thematic sections: World War II; Jazz; Hollywood. The latter is by far the largest, comprising more than half the book, and widens its scope a bit to include Las Vegas (as in: The Rat Pack). PLEASE NOTE that additional postage will be requested for this very heavy book if shipping to a destination outside the U.S. (Domestic Media Mail shipping is at no charge.) ALSO NOTE that the apparent blue-ish area in the scanned image is a scanner glitch, and does not appear on the slipcase itself. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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America Goes to the Movies: 100 Years of Motion Picture Exhibition, Stone, Barbara
97 Stone, Barbara America Goes to the Movies: 100 Years of Motion Picture Exhibition
North Hollywood CA National Association of Theatre Owners 1993 0-9638653-0-7 / 9780963865304 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book nice and clean with no discernible wear; jacket shows only minor wrinkling here and there along edges, tiny tears at rear corners]. (B&W and color photographs) "Spiced with the personal anecdotes of motion picture exhibitors, [this book] captures the broad sweep of American moviegoing with a highly readable and engaging style. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and memorabilia culled from the personal scrapbooks of veteran movie showmen and others, this book is a lively chronicle of all the way Americans have enjoyed going to the movies." Bibliography; index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Lesbia Brandon; [together with] an historical and critical commentary [by Randolph Hughes] being largely a study (and elevation) of Swinburne as a novelist, Swinburne, Algernon Charles (and Randolph Hughes)
98 Swinburne, Algernon Charles (and Randolph Hughes) Lesbia Brandon; [together with] an historical and critical commentary [by Randolph Hughes] being largely a study (and elevation) of Swinburne as a novelist
London The Falcon Press 1952 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[foxing to edges of text block, offsetting to endpapers, moderate shelfwear, light spotting to covers; jacket has old tape reinforcements/repairs at all corners, and has also been laminated (on top of the tape repairs!)]. This fat book (583 pages) "is a twofold volume: it contains a novel by Swinburne, the most important of his numerous unpublished writings, and a book by Mr. Randolph Hughes which is a study of this work and also of Swinburne as a novelist in general, in which capacity he is virtually unknown." Per Wikipedia, Swinburne (1837-1909), better known for his poetry, verse drama, and criticism, was "obsessed with lesbianism." According to Jeannette Foster in her study "Sex Variant Women in Literature," this work (on which Swinburne toiled during much of the 1860s) wasn't even intended to be a novel per se, but rather a "narrative in mixed prose and verse" which was edited for publication by Langdon (Randolph?) Hughes, working from a manuscript and galley proof that had spent "a half-century in the possession of the notorious rare-book dealer and literary forger, Thomas Wise" before making its way into the British Museum. I've seen the novel described as "pornographic," and by Victorian standards it probably is: the eponymous protagonist character commits "slow suicide by opium," and the book contains another character, Leonora Harley, "a beautiful but vulgar and stupid demi-mondaine" allegedly based on Adah Isaacs Menken. However, the suggestive title aside, Swinburne's plan to "incorporate a lesbian element in the story" was apparently never realized. Foster concludes her analysis by observing that Swinburne "worshipped the repressed, intense and melancholy Lesbia, and despised Leonora, the bisexual wanton." 
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Beggars of Life [Photoplay Edition], Tully, Jim
99 Tully, Jim Beggars of Life [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1928] (c.1924) 1st printing thus Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, one small dent in top edge of each cover, one-time owner's name and date of purchase on ffep]. (4 sepia-toned film stills) Tully's breakthrough book typecast him forever as the "hobo author," although he rejected the label, always making the distinction among hobies, tramps, drifters, and "road kids," and insisting that his youthful wanderings put him in the latter category. An American classic, it remains his most famous book -- not least because of the 1928 movie version, in conjunction with which this "Photoplay Edition" was issued. The film -- one of only two to be based on a Tully book -- was directed by William Wellman and starred Richard Arlen, Wallace Beery, and Louise Brooks. Brooks spent the majority of the film disguised as a boy; she is depicted in three of the four stills that illustrate the text of this edition. Included with the purchase of this book will be a copy of my illustrated booklet "The Dozen and One: A Field Guide to the Books of Jim Tully." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Amnesia Motel [*SIGNED*], Wannberg, Scott
100 Wannberg, Scott Amnesia Motel [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Dance of the Iguana Press (c.1993) First Edition Stapled wraps Fine Illustrated by (cover art) Ulises Lopez Signed by Author
[lovely copy, in as-new condition]. SIGNED and DATED by the author on the half-title page. Twenty short poems by Wannberg (1953-2011), a longtime fixture on the Los Angeles poetry scene, known not only for his own work but for his enthusiastic recommendations of books to customers of the famous L.A. bookstore Dutton's, where he was employed for many years. One of the pieces, "Cassavetes," is a tribute to the film director John Cassavetes. Signed by Author 
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