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The Pledge [*SIGNED*], Fast, Howard
81 Fast, Howard The Pledge [*SIGNED*]
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1988 0-395-48308-5 / 9780395483084 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Rogers Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep (signature only). Novel about a veteran foreign correspondent who is "plunged into the McCarthy madness, stripped of his career, abandoned by friends and colleagues, and railroaded into jail by a congressional committee." Any resemblance to the author's own life is not coincidental. (++) Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Shallow Man, Felske, Coerte V.W.
82 Felske, Coerte V.W. The Shallow Man
New York Crown Publishers Inc. (c.1995) 0-517-70035-2 / 9780517700358 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Corsillo/Manzone 
[nice tight clean copy with only minor shelfwear at base of spine; jacket a bit scuffed but still quite presentable]. The story of Nick Laws, hand model and party promoter. "Nick's world is a social network run by Thing, his generic name for gorgeous fashion models and other beautiful women. ... an elusive but fascinating arena populated by Bookers, Dromes, Donuts, Civilians, Snappers, 4B Girls, Guy, and, of course, Thing -- a world of fast-food romance, delicious sex, vicious grunge rock, and mind-boggling glamour. ... Welcome to Generation Face." (I believe this was slated to become a Major Motion Picture at some point a little while back. Can you say "turnaround"?) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Shallow Man [*SIGNED*], Felske, Coerte V.W.
83 Felske, Coerte V.W. The Shallow Man [*SIGNED*]
New York Crown Publishers Inc. (c.1995) 0-517-70035-2 / 9780517700358 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Corsillo/Manzone Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy with just the slightest bit of wear at base of spine; jacket shows faint surface wear, very minor wrinkling along top edge]. INSCRIBED humorously and rather extravagantly (covering the whole page) and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. The story of Nick Laws, hand model and party promoter. "Nick's world is a social network run by Thing, his generic name for gorgeous fashion models and other beautiful women. ... an elusive but fascinating arena populated by Bookers, Dromes, Donuts, Civilians, Snappers, 4B Girls, Guy, and, of course, Thing -- a world of fast-food romance, delicious sex, vicious grunge rock, and mind-boggling glamour. ... Welcome to Generation Face." (I believe this was slated to become a Major Motion Picture at some point a little while back. Can you say "turnaround"?) Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Back to China, Fiedler, Leslie A.
84 Fiedler, Leslie A. Back to China
New York Stein and Day (c.1965) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Owl Studio 
[good solid copy, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge and top of spine, light soiling to top edge; jacket shows mild wear at edges/corners, a couple of ragged closed tears at top of rear panel near spine]. "This is the story of Professor Baro Finklestone and his manifold disguises: handball player, boy revolutionary, avenging Marine, imaginary Japanese, adopted Indian, pacifist, and, as ever, a jerk, as he pursues a crucifixion that turns into a pratfall. Baro Finklestone wants to remain absolutely innocent even in middle age. He is haunted by the need to make personal amends for a vast range of evil, for Hiroshima, for instance, and for the oppression of the American Indian. His attempt to atone for the guilt of Hiroshima leads him to a method so absurd that it is bound to bring him the Happy Ending he neither desired nor deserved. He makes victims of others and of himself a clown." 
Price: 9.50 USD
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Jacob's Son [*SIGNED*], Field, Ben
85 Field, Ben Jacob's Son [*SIGNED*]
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. (c.1971) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Larry Lurin Signed by Author
[spine slightly turned, faint soiling to top edge; jacket heavily sun-browned at spine and along top of front panel, with miscellaneous rubbing/soiling, a couple of tiny edge-nicks, vertical crease in front flap]. SIGNED and DATED (no inscription) by the author on the ffep. Novel about the son of a revered teacher and poet -- "a touching account of a young man of a generation ago seeking personal, physical, and psychic liberation." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Collector Collector [*SIGNED*], Fischer, Tibor
86 Fischer, Tibor The Collector Collector [*SIGNED*]
New York Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt and Company 1997 0-8050-5118-X / 9780805051186 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Evan Gaffney Signed by Author
[tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, very slight bump to bottom front corner, still a nice-looking copy, tight and clean; jacket has the tiniest nick to match the dent, faint soiling]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. In this novel, the author "turns a conventional boy-meets-girl story into a brilliant comic romp. The hero of Fischer's tale is a bowl that comes into the possession of a young, lovelorn London art appraiser named Rosa. Rosa's bowl is no ordinary piece of clay, however: it is a ceramic sage, an urn of uncommon erudition that has witnessed all of history's major convulsions -- revolutions, famines, massacres, wars -- and has survived more than four hundred breakages and three thousand thefts. By investing his bowl with soul, Fischer gives a hilarious, mantel-eye view of depravity and redemption, sex and lust, burglary and archaeology." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Bookshop, Fitzgerald, Penelope
87 Fitzgerald, Penelope The Bookshop
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company (A Mariner Original) 1997 (c.1979) 0-395-86946-3 / 9780395869468 4th printing Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, very light handling wear]. Trade PB "In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop -- the only bookshop -- in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers." 
Price: 4.00 USD
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Cold Mountain, Frazier, Charles
88 Frazier, Charles Cold Mountain
New York Atlantic Monthly Press (c.1997) 0-87113-679-1 / 9780871136794 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Gall 
[minor shelfwear to cloth at base of spine, otherwise a nice clean book; jacket just a bit rubbed, John Behrendt endorsement/blurb sticker NOT present (see notes)]. National Book Award-winning Civil War novel, basis for the 2003 movie of the same name, for which Renée Zellweger hauled in a Supporting Actress Oscar. This is the true first edition (stated)/first printing (full number line), with all called-for points (including "man-woman" misprint on page 25, line 16). NOTE that the circular label bearing the laudatory quote from John Berendt is not present on the front jacket panel, although we are not prepared to claim it was never there; in fact, if you look closely it's possible to detect an extremely faint shadow outline in the area where the sticker is typically found (this is as the book was received by us). 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Cold Mountain ["Uncorrected Manuscript" (advance proof), "ver 97.1.14"], Frazier, Charles
89 Frazier, Charles Cold Mountain ["Uncorrected Manuscript" (advance proof), "ver 97.1.14"]
New York Atlantic Monthly Press 1997 NO Uncorrected Proof Softcover Near Fine 
(printed glossy wraps) [a very nice copy, with just a touch of wear at the right-hand and bottom edges of the front cover, faint scuffing to front cover, tiny bends to bottom corners of two pages mid-book]. Uncorrected Advance Proof (labeled "Uncorrected Manuscript" on front cover, "ver 97.1.14" on title page) of the author's debut novel, which went on to win the American Book Award and subsequently to serve as the basis for a respectable but imperfect 2003 film adaptation written and directed by Anthony Minghella, with a Brit and an Aussie (Jude Law and Nicole Kidman) doing their best to pass as American Southerners, and a Texan (Renée Zellweger) doing her best to Act Up a Storm (and an Oscar). Laid in is a publisher's promotional letter to booksellers dated February 27, 1997, offering a $50 credit for a brief newsletter review plus an extra $30 if a photo of the book jacket is also used, along with the blank form necessary to apply for said credit. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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144 Piccadilly, Fuller, Samuel
90 Fuller, Samuel 144 Piccadilly
[London] New English Library 1971 (c.1971) 0-450-01314-6 / 9780450013140 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[slight age-toning to page edges, but no significant wear; jacket spine lightly soiled, slight scrunching at spine ends]. Novel about a group of London hippies who barricade themselves inside a decaying Mayfair mansion and resist all efforts to evict them. The much more common American edition rather obscures what the photographic dust jacket of this U.K. printing makes explicit, which is that this was based directly on an actual event -- "ripped from the headlines," as Fuller might have put it. In September of 1969 a radical group known as The London Street Commune, formed to highlight concerns about rising levels of homelessness in London, took over a large house at the corner of Piccadilly and Park Lane (just across from Hyde Park); they occupied the building for six days before being forcibly evicted by the police. Fuller's literary conceit was to insert himself into the situation, "playing" the narrator, a cigar-smoking American film director (in London for a BFI retrospective of his films, no less) who gets involved with the squatters by accident. Unlike most of Fuller's books, it's not just a novelization of one of his own film treatments; as he tells it in his posthumously-published memoir, he actually had been in London when the occupation was taking place, had witnessed the initial break-in while out on a late-night walk, and with his "newspaperman's nose," had contrived to have a chat with the occupiers. "The disheveled squatters invited me to stay on," he wrote, "[and if] I hadn't had prior commitments, a wife, and a flight back to the States the next day, I would have." He subsequently got "damn mad" about the treatment accorded the squatters by the British media and the police, and knocked out a novel in which "an American film director very much like me participates in an illegal entry in London, then tries to bridge the generational gap by becoming the group's mascot and witness. The fictional 'me' does what I was tempted to do but couldn't, abandoning his hotel suite for a mattress on the floor with the flower children." (Fuller does not, however, mention that he'd ever had any notion of turning this yarn into a film.) 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Grendel, Gardner, John
91 Gardner, John Grendel
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1971 0-394-47143-1 / 9780394471433 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Emil Antonucci 
(price-clipped) [book itself has no discernible wear; jacket quite faded at spine (one of the chronic problems with this book), with a small black smudge at the upper left corner of the rear panel and a tiny razor-cut on the spine] "The first and most terrifying monster in English literature tells his own side (the true side) of the Beowulf story in this revisionist novel . . . comic, grotesque, at times very sad." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Nickel Mountain, Gardner, John
92 Gardner, John Nickel Mountain
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1973 0-394-48883-0 / 9780394488837 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Thomas O'Donohue; dj design, Earl Tidwell 
[very nice copy, no discernible wear to book at all; jacket just a bit faded at spine, a few tiny rubbed spots at a couple of corners]. (sepia-tone etchings) Gardner's sixth novel, an unconventional love story set in a small community in the Catskills in the 1950s, about a 42-year-old man who marries a 17-year-old girl who's pregnant with the child of a local boy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Heyday, Gascoigne, Bamber
93 Gascoigne, Bamber The Heyday
New York The Viking Press 1974 (c.1973) 0-670-36954-3 / 9780670369546 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Christina Gascoigne 
[light foxing to top of text block, slight fading to top edges of boards, no other significant wear; jacket has a few itsy-bitsy closed tears along top and bottom edges, minor surface-scraping surrounding base of spine]. Novel set in Edwardian England, about "an aspiring ingenue who in the summer of 1905 rushes happily into a third-rate repertory troupe that slogs peripatetically through the provinces under the magisterial eye of a thoroughly unreluctant dragoness named Mrs. Bandmann-Palmer (who, incidentally, has played the lead in Hamlet on a record four hundred Saturday nights)." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Lowest Trees Have Tops, Gellhorn, Martha
94 Gellhorn, Martha The Lowest Trees Have Tops
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1969 (c.1967) 0396058647 / 9780396058649 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Salem Tamer 
(price-clipped) [minor wear to bottom corners, otherwise a tight clean copy; jacket has a few tiny closed edge-tears, rubbing to rear panel, very slight browning to spine]. Novel set in a Mexican mountain village, about the relationships between "residents" (expatriate foreigners who "have come from near and far for the infinite variety of reasons that impel people to escape the dread advantages of civilization") and the native Mexican population, known as "dwellers." Among the former group are "three midwestern families who arrived seeking refuge from a stateside Red witch hunt." Gellhorn lived in a rented house in Cuernavaca for about four years in the late 1940s and early 1950s, a few years after her acrimonious split from Ernest Whatsisname, and drew on her happy memories of that time for this book. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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An Unfortunate Woman, Gifford, Barry
95 Gifford, Barry An Unfortunate Woman
San Francisco Donald S. Ellis / Creative Arts Book Company 1984 0-916870-73-1 / 9780916870737 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) James Brill Adams 
[previous owner's signature at upper corner of front pastedown, otherwise a tight copy with no discernible wear; jacket has just the teensiest bit of wear at a couple of corners]. A woman in her late fifties, finding in difficult circumstances after a lifetime of misfortunes, recalls "her fabulous -- and not so fabulous -- glamorous life with 'the boys,' the big shot racketeers of 1940's Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Cuba and Florida [including' Ben [Bugsy] Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Reata and others." Errol Flynn pops up as a character, too. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Night People, Gifford, Barry
96 Gifford, Barry Night People
New York Grove Press 1992 0-8021-1538-1 / 9780802115386 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) iT 
[very nice copy, tight/clean/unread, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit rubbed on the rear panel]. Four related novellas comprising a "road map of the American nightmare." The book "reaches even deeper into the vision of our world that Barry Gifford has painted in his earlier novels, and its pure light is often shocking. Yet no matter how odd, innocent, evil, or downright unearthly his characters are, Gifford dives into their souls, finds the truth of their lives, and delivers it to us with the energy and economy of a Picasso ink drawing." (All right, fine, but are we allowed to refuse delivery?) 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Salvage, Gillott, Jacqueline
97 Gillott, Jacqueline Salvage
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1969 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alex Gotfryd 
[spine somewhat turned, minor edge-soiling; jacket shows wear at top/bottom edges, minor stain on back edge]. "This startlingly perceptive novel records the few hours a man and a woman spend together. He would be her lover for the night but wants to know who she is. She offers her body, but it is all she can offer because she wears anonymity like a cloak -- her own identity seems to be slipping away. She is a wife and a mother and it is not enough; she hears echoes of another world, another time, another place." A first novel by the author, described on the jacket as "the first woman reporter on I.T.N. television." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Modern Love, Glass, Leslie
98 Glass, Leslie Modern Love
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1983) 0-312-54090-6 / 9780312540906 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Bradley Clark 
[minor wear at extremities, very minor scrunching to a few top page corners, bookplate on ffep; jacket lightly edgeworn, tiny tears at upper corners, light dampstain along right-hand edge of front panel, minor diagonal creasing at bottom corner of rear flap]. "Breaking up and falling in love again gets even harder when you're past thirty. [The author] writes of lovers, parents, marriage, divorce, and children; all the longing, heartache, and joy of modern love are here in this wry and sensitive romantic novel for grown-ups." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Sisters, Goodwin, Suzanne
99 Goodwin, Suzanne Sisters
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1984) 0-312-72748-8 / 9780312727482 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paolo Pepe 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows minor wear at a couple of corners, small closed tear at bottom front hinge]. "A novel of love and war in the classic tradition, [this book] is a brilliant and penetrating work set in England during the Second World War. Americans, New Zealanders, Free French -- they were all attracted to the Tyrrell girls. Ostensibly free spirits, the three sisters longed for an end to the miseries of wartime; for a day when there would be no rationing and no blackouts, no terrifying nights huddled under the table -- no agonized waiting for telegrams they hoped would never arrive." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Benjamin grabbed his Glicken and ran: an autobiography, Gordon, Fred
100 Gordon, Fred Benjamin grabbed his Glicken and ran: an autobiography
New York Harper & Row (c.1971) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (cover photo) C.P. Noyes 
[solid copy, light soiling to covers and page edges, black remainder stripe on top edge; jacket shows light surface/edge wear, very minor chipping at spine ends, some creasing to both flaps]. "This first novel introduces a young writer whose imagination offers a unique literary and visceral experience," and purports to be the autobiography of one "Benjamin Hackett -- frightening, fascinating, dangerous, lovable, a twenty-three-year-old living on the edge of madness -- [who] tries to explore the most remote corners of his mind." His instrument is his notebooks, in which he "talks about himself and pours out his deepest anxieties and most horrible thoughts, as well as medieval fantasies of great beauty. He [also] becomes enmeshed in a novel called 'Glicken On, Baby, It's Now' -- a futuristic fantasy about Lex Baker, a superhero of the 21st century assigned to save the world from Operation Suffocate, an evil plot...." Well, you get the idea: the author was evidently smoking some serious weed. (The unusual wrap-around jacket design features a photo of the author; because the blurb is actually printed on the inside, this jacket will NOT be provided with a Brodart protector as is my usual practice.) 
Price: 16.00 USD
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