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Where's the Rest of Me?: The Ronald Reagan Story, Reagan, Ronald, with Richard G. Hubler
81 Reagan, Ronald, with Richard G. Hubler Where's the Rest of Me?: The Ronald Reagan Story
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1965) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Ned Glattauer 
[solid clean copy, minor shelfwear, very light browning to page edges, small sticker shadow on ffep; jacket shows a little surface wear, minor wrinkling near bottom of front panel, diagonal crease at top front flap]. (B&W photographs) Self-serving political autobiography (although come to think of it, is there any other kind of political autobiography?), issued as part of the run-up to Reagan's successful 1966 run for Governor of California. The title derives from his most famous bit of movie dialogue, delivered in the 1941 film "King's Row" when his character discovers that his legs have been amputated after an accident. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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29 Years Among Prisoners (translated from Hebrew version, "I, Lova Jid"), Removsky, Semion
82 Removsky, Semion 29 Years Among Prisoners (translated from Hebrew version, "I, Lova Jid")
[n.p.] [Published By the Author] (c.1976) Unstated ed Softcover Near Fine 
[tight and clean, minor handling wear, one tiny tear at top left-hand corner of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs, drawings) Memoir by a Russian Jew who served time as a political prisoner in (and escaped from) several Soviet labor camps from 1927 to 1956. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Right Off the Chest [*SIGNED* to Mark Hellinger], Revell, Nellie
83 Revell, Nellie Right Off the Chest [*SIGNED* to Mark Hellinger]
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1923) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg, Rube Goldberg, others Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light external wear, faint spotting to covers]. (cartoons, B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To 'Mark' / Who can read between the / lines of this humble book. / Affectionately" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Why doesn't somebody make a movie out of this woman's life? The story of Nellie Revell (1873-1958) is one of those fantastic tales that have pretty much been lost to history. In an era when most women didn't work outside the home at all, she had several successful careers going simultaneously. Her mother's family were "circus people" and her father was a newspaper writer and editor (and later publisher), so she grew up in a kind of nexus between showbiz and journalism. She started writing for newspapers at the age of 16, but also soon found herself doing publicity work, first for an uncle's circus and later in vaudeville and the theatrical world. (She was also an actress for a time.) She worked all over the map as a reporter (Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco), and by all accounts held her own in the male-dominated newspaper world, insisting on covering hard news and refusing to have her work consigned to the "woman's page." (Among other distinctions, she was said to have been the first woman reporter to cover a professional prizefight, the famous Corbett-Fitzsimmons bout in 1897.) She finally landed in New York, where she became a popular columnist for the New York World, and later the Evening Mail. Her renown took yet another turn in 1919, when she suffered a spinal injury which left her hospitalized, in a concrete body cast, for four years. Broadway and Park Row got together to stage a benefit for her (she'd also suffered a financial disaster), and during the time of her confinement luminaries from both worlds pretty much beat a path to her bedside. In between receiving visitors, apparently, she wrote this book, which appeared just a few months after her release from the hospital in 1923. It's not really a memoir, so much as an anecdotal account of her life, with a great deal about her hospital confinement and her many well-wishers. One of the several delightful things about this book is the roster of noted cartoonists and illustrators who contributed artwork for it, including James Montgomery Flagg (who did the frontispiece), Rube Goldberg, Tony Sarg, T.A. Dorgan (TAD), Thornton Fisher, Harry Hershfield and others. And despite being fifty already, Nellie didn't exactly rest on her laurels after having survived this ordeal: she went on making news as a publicist and radio personality, published three more books, and lived to the ripe old age of 85. The book's introduction is by Irvin S. Cobb, and the inscribee was Broadway columnist (and later movie writer-producer) Mark Hellinger, who at the time this book was published was already a year into his own meteoric rise to journalistic fame (although because the inscription is undated we have no way of knowing exactly when the book was presented to him). Signed by Author 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Alphonse Bertillon: Father of Scientific Detection, Rhodes, Henry T.F.
84 Rhodes, Henry T.F. Alphonse Bertillon: Father of Scientific Detection
New York Abelard-Schuman (c.1956) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[good solid copy with minimal shelfwear, light dust-soiling to top edge, tiny nick in cloth at front hinge; jacket a bit soiled, light wear along top edge, a couple of nicks in front hinge (one matching the nick to the book)]. (B&W plates) The first biography in English of the noted French policeman, who developed anthropometry, the first scientific method used by police for the identification of criminals. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Beatrice Cenci, Ricci, Corrado (translated from the Italian by Morris Bishop and Henry Longan Stuart)
85 Ricci, Corrado (translated from the Italian by Morris Bishop and Henry Longan Stuart) Beatrice Cenci
New York Liveright Publishing Corporation 1933 (c.1925) NO 1st Black and Gold Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by Arthur Zaidenberg 
[solid copy, very light spotting to covers, light shelfwear; jacket rubbed, edgeworn, small tears and minor paper loss at most corners, still quite presentable]. "The amazing story of one of the most tragic and one of the most lovely of Italian noble women of the sixteenth centur -- a century of cruel and vicious license. At the age of eighteen, Beatrice Cenci was imprisoned in a lonely castle by her father, and subjected to such treatment that she was led to procure his murder. After a year of precarious freedom, in spite of appeals to the Pope for clemency, she was arrested, tried, and put to death." Beatrice's travails have had a long afterlife in art and literature: Percy Bysshe Shelley based his 1819 verse drama, "The Cenci: A Tragedy in Five Acts," on the story, which has also been adapted for a number of novels, plays, and operas (by the likes of Stendahl, Alberto Moravia, Antonin Artaud, and others). It was also the basis for a 1969 Italian film by Lucio Fulci (with Adrienne Larussa as Beatrice), which had the charming British release title of "Perversion Story." (Per the dust jacket, this is a "complete unabridged one-volume edition," having been previously issued by Boni & Liveright in a two-volume edition in 1925.) 
Price: 30.00 USD
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George Mallory, Robertson, David
86 Robertson, David George Mallory
London Faber and Faber 1969 0-571-08759-0 / 9780571087594 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[quite a decent copy, spine turned, some shelfwear to bottom edge, light soiling to page edges; jacket shows some surface wear, light soiling to rear panel, very minor chipping at base of spine]. (B&W photographs, maps) Biography of the great mountaineer and all-around swell fellow (and possible first-conqueror of Everest, although the question is still debated), written by his son-in-law, who had access to all the family papers, and was thus able to follow his life "from boyhood in Cheshine and at Winchester, through years from 1905 to 1909 at Cambridge and the years of schoolmastering at Charterhouse, to a happy marriage, service in the First World War, and participation in the Everest Expeditions of the Twenties." It was on the last of the latter, in 1924, that he and his climbing partner disappeared; Mallory's frozen body was recovered 75 years later, and his exploits have been re-told and re-examined many times since, most recently by Sir Jeffrey Archer in his 2009 book "Paths of Glory." [NOTE that this copy of the book bears the following inscription on the ffep: "Robin & Elizabeth / from / David & Camille / March 1969." A previous owner (or seller) of the book added a pencil note below this: "Dedicated [sic] copy," but I have no evidence to support the conclusion that the "David" is the book's author; he was married at the time to Mallory's younger daughter Beridge (aka 'Berry'), so lacking further information, I think it's prudent to assume that this is a non-authorial inscription.] 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Robert Benchley: His Life and Good Times, Rosmond, Babette
87 Rosmond, Babette Robert Benchley: His Life and Good Times
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1970 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (frontispiece drawing) Gluyas Williams 
[very nice tight clean copy, absolutely no wear to book at all; jacket is similarly nice, with just a touch of sun-browning to the spine and along the left-hand edge of the front panel, faint sticker shadow at upper right-hand corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs, cartoons) Informal biography of the great wit and sometimes-actor. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Tales of 1,001 Iranian Days [*SIGNED*], Sarkissian, Henry A.
88 Sarkissian, Henry A. Tales of 1,001 Iranian Days [*SIGNED*]
New York Vantage Press (c.1981) 0-533-04476-6 / 9780533044764 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[no discernible wear to book; rear panel of jacket a little scuffed and soiled, tiny nick at top of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on a blank page preceding the half-title page. Episodic memoir by "an Armenian-born man who has spent nearly his entire life in Iran," specifically Tehran. "Beginning in the 1920s with the Copperfield-like account of his birth, the author spans fifty years of Iranian history with his anecdotes and life story." Laid in are two items: a handwritten note from the author to the book's inscribee (a newspaper critic who he hopes will review the book) and a mimeographed errata sheet. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Mufti and the Fuehrer: The Rise and Fall of Haj Amin el-Husseini, Schechtman, Joseph B.
89 Schechtman, Joseph B. The Mufti and the Fuehrer: The Rise and Fall of Haj Amin el-Husseini
New York/London Thomas Yoseloff (c.1965) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[lovely copy, clean and tight, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit rubbed, minor wrinkling at bottom of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The story of "perhaps the most spectacular political figure in the Middle East during the years between the First and Second World Wars" and "his unholy alliance with Nazism" and the Axis powers. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Looking Back: Memories of Youth 1910-1930, Schnitzer, Ewald W.
90 Schnitzer, Ewald W. Looking Back: Memories of Youth 1910-1930
[n.p.] The Phenix Offset Printing [n.d.] Presumed 1st Softcover Near Fine 
[minimal handling wear; clean inside and out]. (B&W photographs) The author was born in Leipzig, Germany, and grew up in a fairly privileged milieu (he describes his family as being of the "higher bourgeoisie"). The memories chonicled in this small book (62 pages) are largely of his school days in Leipzig, Cologne, and later as a fellow at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), as well as various travels around the world. Although there is no overt homosexual content, the author dwells quite often on a number of strong bonds that he formed with various other (male) students, and notes as well that his adolescent relationship with his father was difficult (there is reference to regular canings for misbehavior at school). Take that for what it's worth. The subtitle is slightly inaccurate, as his reminisences actually go up to 1933, when he returned from his time at Rochester, observed the changes in the country due to the Nazi takeover, and subsequently left, not to return until after World War II. There is relatively little about Nazi Germany per se, although he does relate an anecdote about seeing Hitler at a college rally at Leipzig, prior to his rise to power. He also recounts having been present at the world premiere in Leipzig of the Brecht/Weill opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny," and witnessing the Nazi-inspired riot that followed. Various letters from some of his male friends are included, as well as some bits of poetry (including his own). 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Tramping to Failure: An Autobiography, Shastid, Thomas Hall
91 Shastid, Thomas Hall Tramping to Failure: An Autobiography
Ann Arbor MI George Wahr, Publisher to the University of Michigan 1937 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [nice copy, binding strong, minor dust-soiling to top edge, light wear at base of spine, one small scrape mark at bottom edge of front cover, attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown]. (B&W photographs, sketches) Rather strange "autobiography" by this Illinois-born doctor (A.M., M.D., LL.B., Sc.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.P., etc.), a 503-page mishmash of medical anecdota, family history, anti-war musings, accounts of his travels (the "tramping" of the title), and so on. He attended medical school at Harvard in the 1890s, and went on to practice in both his hometown of Pittsfield and in Galesburg (lengthy chapters are devoted to his life in both places). By 1937 he had settled into retirement, more or less, in Duluth, Minnesota, in an imposing-looking house which he dubbed "Tramp's Rest." The author of several novels and several anti-war tracts, he was also a major contributor to the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the American Encyclopedia of Ophthalmology; as it turned out, he still had another, even more massive, volume of so-called autobiography in him, "My Second Life," published three years before his death in 1947. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Peaches Point, Shepard, Timothy
92 Shepard, Timothy Peaches Point
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company (c.1976) 0-690-01168-7 / 9780690011685 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice tight copy, very minor shelfwear; jacket has minor edgewear, pinky-sized chunk missing at top of rear panel]. "The summer world of the irascible T.H. Shepard and his clan," by one of his grandchildren. Review copy, with publisher's slip and promotional flyer laid in. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Naked Truth, Sheridan, Clare
93 Sheridan, Clare Naked Truth
New York Harper & Brothers 1928 NO Later Printing Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [reading copy: corners bumped/worn, spine turned, cloth torn/fraying at base of spine, wrap-around paper label missing several pieces (all text present) on spine segment]. (B&W photographs) Memoirs of the noted sculptor/journalist/bohemian. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Life and Times of a Saloon Singer [*SIGNED*], Short, Bobby, with Robert Mackintosh
94 Short, Bobby, with Robert Mackintosh The Life and Times of a Saloon Singer [*SIGNED*]
New York Clarkson Potter/Publishers (c.1995) 0-517-59564-8 / 9780517595640 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jane Treuhaft Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, faint shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight bump to top of spine; jacket has one tiny closed tear and minor associated creasing at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. The autobiography of "the Astaire of saloon singers, an internationally admired symbol of style and glamour," offering "a vivid, clear-eyed picture of what it was like to be young, talented, and black in the nightclub world of the thirties, forties, and early fifties." Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Meredith Willson: The Unsinkable Music Man [*SIGNED*], Skipper, John C.
95 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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Forever is a Hell of a Long Time; an autobiography, Stauffer, Teddy ("Mr. Acapulco")
96 Stauffer, Teddy ("Mr. Acapulco") Forever is a Hell of a Long Time; an autobiography
Chicago Henry Regnery Company (c.1976) 0-8092-8089-2 / 9780809280896 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[light wear to extremeties, minor soiling to fore-edge, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a little wear at edges and corners, tiny tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom rear foldover]. (B&W photographs) "As Europe's most famous bandleader, Teddy Stauffer came to the United States at the beginning of World War II. When his visa ran out, he was stranded, destitute, in the border town of Tijuana for nine months -- until, near defeat, in desperation, he fought his way back to independence in Mexico City and finally found paradise in the charming fishing village of Acapulco. There he built and managed La Perla, featuring the high divers of Quebrada, the Casablanca nightclub, and the resort's first discotheque, Tequila a Go-Go." The book is dedicated to 150 women -- identified, in gentlemanly fashion, by their first names only (Alberta to Zayne). Among the friends about whom he writes are Faith Domergue and Hedy Lamarr (two of his five wives), Rita Hayworth, Maurice Chevalier, Ray Milland and Errol Flynn. [The LoC cataloging data on the copyright page states that the book is a translation from the German edition, although no translator is credited.] 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Lanza: His Tragic Life [*SIGNED*], Strait, Raymond, and Terry Robinson
97 Strait, Raymond, and Terry Robinson Lanza: His Tragic Life [*SIGNED*]
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1980) 0-13-523407-7 / 9780135234075 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hal Siegel 
[nice tight book, very slight bumping at spine ends, two pages slightly scrunched at top corners; jacket moderately rubbed at edges, one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the co-author (Robinson), over a lengthy inscription to a friend on the ffep: "This is a sad story - about a superstar - who had it all - & then let it get away." Robinson, described on the jacket flap as "Lanza's closest friend, associate and confidant," met Lanza when he was hired by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer to keep the actor/singer in condition. Here he spills the dope on Lanza's "tempestuous life and mysterious death" -- the latter actually posited as "not only puzzling, but sinister," with Robinson making "a convincing case for his belief that Lanza, who had encounters with the Mafia throughout his career, finally pushed his mobster acquaintances -- in this case, Lucky Luciano -- too far." (Or maybe Luciano just didn't like opera.) Includes discography and a list of Mario Lanza fan clubs (five of 'em!). Signed by One Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Kassai: The Story of Raoul de Premorel, African Trader, Stuart, Reginald Ray
98 Stuart, Reginald Ray Kassai: The Story of Raoul de Premorel, African Trader
Stockton CA Pacific Center for Western Historical Studies (c.1975) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [tight clean copy, very light shelfwear, minor scuffing to front cover]. (B&W photographs) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Adventures in Darkness: The Summer of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy [*SIGNED*], Sullivan, Tom
99 Sullivan, Tom Adventures in Darkness: The Summer of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy [*SIGNED*]
Nashville TN Nelson Books (c.2006) 0-7852-2081-X / 9780785220817 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Studiogearbox-dot-com Signed by Author
[very nice copy, essentially as-new; no discernible wear to book, jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("Thanks for your support") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Memoir by the author-entertainer, "alive with the brilliant detail of the sounds, the scents, the tastes, the feelings and the thoughts of the hysterically funny and poignant stories of Tom's eleventh year in 1950s New England -- the year he went to great lengths to force the worth to look past his disability." (Laid in is the menu from a 2007 reception and dinner for The Blind Childrens Center, possibly the event at which this book was signed.) Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45, Szpilman, Wladyslaw (translated by Anthea Bell)
100 Szpilman, Wladyslaw (translated by Anthea Bell) The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45
London Victor Gollancz 1999 0-575-06708-X / 9780575067080 1st (U.K.) edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Vivid 
[tiny bump to base of spine; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) First English-language publication of the memoir of classical pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who lived through the entirety of World War II amidst the ruins of Warsaw, thanks in part to the efforts of a German Wehrmacht officer, Wilm Hosenfeld. Written immediately after the war, the memoir was suppressed by the communist authorities in Poland for many years, and is published here alongside extracts from Hosenfeld's diary. "A testimony of the power of music, the will to live and the courage to stand against evil," it served as the basis for the 2002 film of the same name, for which director Roman Polanski won his first (and so far only) Academy Award. 
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