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Prize Stories of 1951: The O. Henry Awards, Brickell, Herschel, ed.
81 Brickell, Herschel, ed. Prize Stories of 1951: The O. Henry Awards
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [slight bumping to all corners, but otherwise a good sound clean book; jacket a little edgeworn, with a few small nicks at both ends of spine, a couple of small closed tears]. The 33rd annual collection of the year's best short stories by American authors, selected from American magazines; in most instances, this volume represents the first hardcover or anthologized appearances of these stories. Each story is prefaced by a brief (half-page) biographical sketch of its author. This year's bumper crop included stories by: Eudora Welty ("The Burning," this year's second-prize winner); Truman Capote ("The House of Flowers," the third-prize winner); William Faulkner ("A Name for the City"); John Cheever ("The Pot of Gold"); Evan S. Connell Jr. ("I Came from Yonder Mountain"); Frank Rooney ("Cyclists' Raid," the basis for the 1953 movie THE WILD ONE); John Hersey ("Peggety's Parcel of Shortcomings"); Carson McCullers ("The Sojourner"); Arthur Miller ("Monte Saint Angelo"); and Jean Stafford ("A Country Love Story"). A pretty distinguished lot, indeed -- although you may have noticed that I didn't list the year's FIRST-prize winner. Alas, as is so often the case with such awards, the top prize went to a writer whose career never really caught fire, and who is little-remembered: Harris Downey, for his story "The Hunters." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Lulu in Hollywood, Brooks, Louise
82 Brooks, Louise Lulu in Hollywood
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1982 0-394-52071-8 / 9780394520711 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Gerald Huerta 
[slight bump to top rear corner, a couple of tiny dents in top edges of covers, light foxing on top of text block; jacket shows only minor surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Collection of seven autobiographical essays by the screen legend. Although (as amply demonstrated by Barry Paris's exceptional biography of the author) Brooks sometimes had a slippery grasp on the facts -- and had reason to be evasive on a variety of topics -- this is essential reading for anyone interested in this most fascinating of actresses. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Brick Foxhole, Brooks, Richard
83 Brooks, Richard The Brick Foxhole
New York/London Harper & Brothers (c.1945) Third Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Hoffman 
[minor shelfwear, very slight bumping to top corners; jacket has minor paper loss at top of spine (no text affected), small closed tear at bottom rear hinge]. The screenwriter/director's first novel, about a psychotic, anti-Semitic ex-GI; basis for the noted film noir CROSSFIRE, starring Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, and Gloria Grahame. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Gallery, Burns, John Horne
84 Burns, John Horne The Gallery
New York/London Harper & Brothers (c.1947) Later Printing (K-W) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) from a photograph by Nathan Roger Knaster 
[good sound copy, very slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket has shallow chips at top of front panel and top of spine, small tears with minor paper loss at front corners]. Novel depicting military life (including its homosexual aspects) in Allied-occupied North Africa and Naples in 1944. The author's first book, it was both critically and commercially successful at the time of its original publication, but its enduring reputation rests mostly on its frank depiction of gay life, particularly the 28-page chapter entitled "Momma," which takes place in a gay hangout for soldiers and civilians in Naples. From Wikipedia: "Without sentimentality, Burns explored the average man's resentment of the military, his struggle to assert his individuality within the complex war effort, the tension between officers and enlisted men, the psychological effects of dislocation, economic and social inequality between the Americans and those they defeated, the experience of homosexual military personnel, and the popular life of Naples in 1944 under the Allied occupation." Gore Vidal wrote of the book, in 1965: "Of the well known books of the war, I have always thought that only Burns's was authentic." Burns himself, alas, had flamed out long before Vidal's assessment: after publishing two more novels, neither of them successful, he died in 1953 at the age of 36. (The "K-W" code dates this printing to October 1947; the book was published in June of that year.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Strange Gift, Bushnell, Adelyn
85 Bushnell, Adelyn Strange Gift
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1951) First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[considerable shelfwear to bottom edge and spine ends, spine slightly turned; jacket edgeworn, small tear/chip at top of spine, vertical crease down middle of spine]. Novel, set in Massachusetts and Maine, about a young woman whose mother is a fake psychic -- while she herself is the real thing. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Butterfly, Cain, James M.
86 Cain, James M. The Butterfly
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1947 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sol Immerman 
[nice tight copy, slight dust-darkening to top edge of text block but no significant wear; jacket shows a little wear along spine, at spine extremities, and at top right corner of the front panel, plus some minor soiling to rear panel]. Good hard-boiled Cain stuff: "It is the story of a farmer, and of the daughter who came back to him years after he had almost forgotten her, and of the wife who had deserted him, and of the man who had stolen his wife. It is, inevitably, swiftly paced, suffused with passion, knife-like in its descriptive power." It's also another marker on Cain's low slow slide into near self-parody, a good read but one that gives you the feeling you've been over this ground before. Almost as interesting as the novel itself is the author's somewhat cranky 13-page preface, in which he not only discusses the genesis of this particular story, but also issues various disclaimers ("I belong to no school, hard-boiled or otherwise") and devotes a good deal of time to debunking the idea that he was influenced in any way by Ernest Hemingway (he says he's 6 years and 21 days older than E.H., for one thing, and also that he'd "done a mountain of writing, in newspapers and magazines, including dialogue sketches, short stories, and one performed play, before [Hemingway] appeared on the scene at all"). So there! He also has some choice words to say about his experiences in Hollywood, including taking issue with "Eastern critics" who claimed that he had been "eaten alive by pictures." Speaking of which, decades later this very book WAS eaten alive by Hollywood, and burped up as BUTTERFLY (1982), starring Pia Zadora, Stacy Keach, and (oh dear) Orson Welles. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Back to Treasure Island, Calahan, Harold Augustin
87 Calahan, Harold Augustin Back to Treasure Island
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1935) 17th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by L.F. Grant 
[nice clean book, lightly worn at extremities; ditto the bright and colorful jacket, with a tiny nick at the bottom of the front panel and a tiny chip at the bottom left corner of the rear panel]. (10 full-page pen & ink drawings) This sequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, "which transports us back to Treasure Island and introduces us again not only to Jim Hawkins, the Squire and Dr. Livesey, returned to Treasure Island for the remainder of the hoard, but also to Long John Silver and Black Dog and many more of our pirate friends." (This printing, bearing a $3.95 price on the jacket, probably date from the late 1950s or early 1960s.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Real James Dean Story, Callahan, Mary, ed.
88 Callahan, Mary, ed. The Real James Dean Story
Greenwich CT Fawcett Publications, Inc. (c.1956) (Vol. 1, No. 1) Magazine Good Illustrated by (cover photo) Sanford Roth 
[a sound, but worn, copy]. (B&W photographs) 64-page magazine-format biography/tribute to Dean, issued the year after his death, but with all the elements of the cult already in place. Among the more interesting feature articles are: "My Friend, Jimmy" by Robert Hinkle (the actor's dialogue coach on GIANT); "The Jimmy Dean I Dated" by Lori Nelson; "The Dean I Knew" by Sal Mineo; and "A Friend, a Fan, a Fighter" by Hedda Hopper. Includes sections devoted to each of his three major feature films (EAST OF EDEN, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and GIANT), his various girlfriends, his childhood and youth in Indiana, etc. Lots and lots of photos, including many off-camera shots, mostly uncredited. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Balthus, Camus, Albert (text)
89 Camus, Albert (text) Balthus
New York Pierre Matisse Gallery [1949] First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[light handling wear only]. (B&W reproductions) Catalogue for an exhibition of paintings (and a couple of drawings) by this Polish-French modern artist, mounted at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York in March 1949. The catalogue lists and reproduces 26 works, dated from 1928 through 1949, plus an additional four drawings (created for an edition of "Wuthering Heights") on the full-size fold-out covers; included is one of his more notable early works, "La toilette de Cathy" ("Cathy Dressing"), which had been shown at the first exhibition of his work, in Paris in 1934. The Pierre Matisse Gallery was the first to show Balthus's work in America, and handled his work from 1938 through 1977, although the artist himself never visited the U.S. The introductory essay by Camus is three pages in length. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Fall, Camus, Albert (translated from the French by Justin O'Brien)
90 Camus, Albert (translated from the French by Justin O'Brien) The Fall
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1957 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Henri Cartier-Bresson 
[only minor wear to book, but with a big scrawly unreadable pencil signature (previous owner's, I guess) on the ffep, also some discoloration to a few pages from a laid-in leaf (left in place); jacket shows general wear, soiling, a few small tears, minor paper loss at spine ends]. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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More About All About Eve, Carey, Gary; a colloquy with Joseph L. Mankiewicz
91 Carey, Gary; a colloquy with Joseph L. Mankiewicz More About All About Eve
New York Random House (c.1972) 0-394-48248-4 / 9780394482484 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Edith Dreikurs 
[light shelfwear to book, faint soiling to top edge of text block; jacket has a small closed tear at the top front hinge, minor wrinkling along top edge of front panel, long vertical crease in rear flap, no other significant wear]. "Within these pages, in the course of a colloquy with Gary Carey relevant to the times and circumstances of the writing and directing of ALL ABOUT EVE, Joseph L. Mankiewicz covers -- and uncovers -- a fascinating panorama of his 'twenty-year stretch' (as he puts it) in Hollywood; of the 'tribal customs, taboos and rituals indigenous to its Major Studios and their indentured inhabitants. 'I am never quite sure,' says Mankiewicz, ' whether in commenting upon matters relating to film and film-making, I speak merely as one of the Oldest Whores on the Beat -- or as an Elder Statesman of the Cinema. It is entirely possible that both are the same side of a coin with identical sides.'" Also includes the complete screenplay of the film, which was based on a short story by Mary Orr. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Russian Revolution as I Saw It, Carter, Mark
92 Carter, Mark The Russian Revolution as I Saw It
Los Angeles Wolfer Printing Co. (c.1959) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, possibly as issued) [some minor scuffing to covers, slight wear to gilt spine lettering]. (B&W photo frontispiece author portrait) From the author's Foreword: "My youth was spent in Russia -- highlighted by the most cataclysmic upheaval of modern times -- the Russian Revolution. I was born in Czarist Russia. I lived through the aborted revolution of 1905, the Kerensky Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution of October, 1917, and witnessed the coming of communism to the largest country on earth. If [my story] will add a footnote to history, if it will bring into focus a greater awareness of the beginnings of communism, the effort expended in writing it will not have been in vain." (He departed Russia in December 1920, and after spending about eight months in Constantinople, came on to America.) The book is both historical and anecdotal, with nearly 60 short chapters (ranging in length from 1 to 10 pages) in a 248-page book; many are devoted to well-known personalities and events, but there are also numerous interesting topics covered such as: "Vladimir Chenkin, The 'Jack Benny of Russia'"; "Cooperative Workers from New York"; "Michael Rudeman, the Anglo-American Tobacco Trust Agent"; etc. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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From One China to the Other, Cartier-Bresson, Henri (photographs), and Han Suyin (text)
93 Cartier-Bresson, Henri (photographs), and Han Suyin (text) From One China to the Other
New York Universe Books (c.1956) First American Edition Hardcover Good in Poor dj 
[book shows some discoloration (browning) to cloth, moderate shelfwear, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; the jacket is a real mess, primarily due to a large piece missing from the top of the front panel, although there are plenty of other small tears and chips, some laminate puckering/peeling, etc. -- all in all, not a pretty sight, sorry]. (B&W photographs) "The picture diary of one of today's most brilliant roving photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, who lived in China from December 1948 to September 1949. In those eventful and often dangerous months he watched from close at hand the withdrawal of the Nationalist government and the inrush of the Communist armies. He caught these events on the fly and came back from China with an unbiased graphic document of enduring historical interest." The author of the text, novelist Han Suyin, "prefaces the book with a sensitive evaluation of the 'Chinese experiment' [and] points to the differences between the two eras and infers what course China's evolution may take." 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Italian Hilltowns [*SIGNED*], Carver, Norman F. Jr.
94 Carver, Norman F. Jr. Italian Hilltowns [*SIGNED*]
Kalamazoo MI Documan Press, Ltd. 1979 0-932976-00-9 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[good sound copy, very slight soiling to bottom edge of front cover, no other significant blemishes; jacket has one small closed tear at top of front panel, a couple of surface-scratches, dog-earing and minor paper loss at top of spine extending just a bit into front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "for __________ -- from / an admirer of your beauty / and your talent / Norman F. Carver Jr. / 12/79." "An important new book by a photographer and architect whose previous books are classics in their fields. [This] book covers all regions of Italy, with particular emphasis on little-known places where we can still glimpse a way of life and an atmosphere hardly changed in hundreds of years. These photographs may be among the last records of this important period in urban history as many of the towns are now increasingly abandoned or ravaged by change. The author first examines the significance of the folk architecture in general and its implications for a modern urbanized world. He then demonstrates this significance with perceptive photographs and commentary as he explores the integration of architecture, man, and landscape in the Italian hilltown." Laid in is some ephemera related to the book. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Duke Steps Out [*SIGNED*], Cary, Lucian
95 Cary, Lucian The Duke Steps Out [*SIGNED*]
London Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd. [1930] 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Very Good- Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [a bit of soiling to covers, spine slightly turned, small black mark on top edge of text block, front hinge cracked but not split, light foxing to ffep]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To His Grace, Eddie, / Duke of Collinsville / with the compliments / of the author / Lucian Cary / December 23, 1930." Comic novel about a young prizefighter who decides to return to college, partly to please his wealthy parents and partly to win the heart of a co-ed for whom he's fallen hard. Originally published serially in The Saturday Evening Post (August 4 - September 8, 1928), the yarn was filmed by M-G-M with William Haines and Joan Crawford; the movie (an early talkie) was released in April 1929, more or less concurrently with the appearance of the hardcover edition from Doubleday, Doran (which, somewhat weirdly, was put out as a regular novel rather than as any kind of photoplay edition or other direct tie-in with the film). The character was featured in a follow-up SEP short story, "The Duke Intervenes" and another serialized novel, "The Duke Comes Back" (1933), which in turn was the basis for a second "Duke" film, this time produced in a more low-rent district, by Republic Pictures in 1937. (And, not being a studio to let a good story property go un-strip-mined, Republic made yet another version just twelve years later, under the title DUKE OF CHICAGO.) Signed by Author 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Spero (Volume 1, Issue 1), Casement, Douglas, ed.
96 Casement, Douglas, ed. The Spero (Volume 1, Issue 1)
Flint MI The Fenian Head Centre Press (c.1965) (Vol. 1, No. 1) Stapled wraps Very Good 
[moderate age-toning and light soiling to covers, bumped at top right corner]. (drawings, graphics, photographs) The first issue of this short-lived literary magazine (near as I can determine there was only one additional issue before it folded), stated in the front as "A Limited Edition of 500 Copies," the present item being No. 157. Contributors included William S. Burroughs, Diane DiPrima, Paul Goodman, LeRoi Jones (before he was Amiri Baraka), John Sinclair, Philip Whalen, and numerous others. There are two tipped-in contributions, both present and in excellent condition: Burroughs's "The Coldspring News" ("All the News That Fits We Print"), faux-dated September 17, 1899, and Carl Linder's poem "Hurricane; A Spectacle for Antonin Artaud." Missing, alas, is the Jonathan Williams booklet "Petite Country Concrete Suite," which was originally in the stapled-on pocket on the inside front cover (the pocket itself is present). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Indo-Aryan & Hindi: Eight Lectures originally delivered in 1940 before the Gujarat Vernacular Society, Ahmedabad, Chatterji, Suniti Kumar
97 Chatterji, Suniti Kumar Indo-Aryan & Hindi: Eight Lectures originally delivered in 1940 before the Gujarat Vernacular Society, Ahmedabad
Calcutta Firma K. L. Mukhopadhyay 1960 2nd Edition, Revised and Enlarged Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean book, top corners very slightly bumped, no other significant wear; jacket has a very tiny tear at top right corner of front panel, plus a small tape mark in the same area]. From the author's introduction to the Second Edition: "The first series of these lectures, on the Evolution of Indo-Aryan, is a development or continuation of my views on the history of the Aryan speech in India as put forward in my 'Origin and Development of the Bengali Language' which was published in 1926. In the second series, I have sought to indicate the importance and significance of the Hindi speech in present-day India, and while discussing the nature and history of Hindi, I have put in a case for a Simplifie[d] Hindi and for an Indo-Roman Script for Hindi and other languages of India." Originally published in 1942, this second edition is "thoroughly revised and with some additions; and its point of view in certain matters has been modified. The work became popular as a hand-book for the subject in many parts of India and abroad, and Gujarati and Hindi translations of it have appeared." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women, Child, Theodore
98 Child, Theodore Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women
New York Harper and Brothers 1895 (c.1894) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [slight bumping to bottom corners, light dampstaining to rear cover, minor stain at right edge of front cover; internally clean apart from some minor discoloration to endpapers; binding fully intact, top edge gilt] (full-page plates, line drawings) Historical survey of women's hairdos and bling throughout the ages. Contains chapters on Egypt, Asia, Athens, Rome, the Middle Ages, Florence, Venice, the Spanish Toque, the Eighteenth Century, and the Romantic Period, with a final chapter "On Jewelry and Ornaments." Frontispiece + 54 illustrations, a mixture of small line drawings and full-page plates. From the estate of legendary Hollywood makeup artist William Tuttle, with his stamped ownership signature on the front pastedown 
Price: 60.00 USD
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They Still Call Me Junior: autobiography of a child star; with a filmography [*SIGNED*], Coghlan, Frank "Junior"
99 Coghlan, Frank "Junior" They Still Call Me Junior: autobiography of a child star; with a filmography [*SIGNED*]
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company (c.1993) 0-89950-762-X / 9780899507620 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Signed by Author
(no dust jacket, as issued) [light rubbing to covers, no other significant wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the half-title page (no inscription). Coghlan's film career began in 1920; although never quite a star of the highest magnitude, he was quite popular and worked continuously into the 1940s, then went off-screen to serve in the U.S. Navy for about twenty years (often in some kind of liaison or supervisory capacity for motion pictures and TV programs involving the Navy). After retiring from active duty, he picked up his acting career again, appearing on TV (in both commercials and regular programming) and occasional feature films (including THE SAND PEBBLES and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS). Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Man in the Crowd: Confessions of a Sports Addict [*SIGNED*], Cohen, Stanley
100 Cohen, Stanley The Man in the Crowd: Confessions of a Sports Addict [*SIGNED*]
New York Random House (c.1981) 0-394-50875-0 / 9780394508757 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Aulicino Signed by Author
[book itself is tight and clean, with no discernible wear; jacket also quite nice, with just a couple of tiny external nicks (one at top of spine, the other at top right corner of front panel), and several vertical creases in the rear flap]. INSCRIBED in 2004 "to _______ & _____ -- / All the best, / Love" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. An acknowledged classic of sports literature, this "wonderfully evocative memoir of [the author's] lifelong fascination with the world of sports [is] much more than that. It is also a nostalgic remembrance of decades past, and the way life was lived in simpler times." A later (revised) edition of the book placed the emphasis on New York baseball, which is fair enough, but the book also discusses various football games, the second Joe Louis-Billy Conn fight in 1951, the college basketball scandals of the same year (about which Cohen wrote another classic book, "The Game They Played"), and Muhammad Ali's loss to Joe Frazier in 1971. Cohen is also very astute in his observations about the relationships between politics and the sporting world during the Vietnam War. Signed by Author 
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