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2801 Reich, Edward, and Carlton John Siegler Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them
New York American Book Company (c.1937) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [good sound book, minor spotting to fore-edge, discoloration in gutters]. (B&W photographs, drawings, tables, charts, etc.) An amazingly comprehensive guide to all kinds of things that Mr. and Mrs. Consumer (depicted in an amusing collage that serves as the book's frontispiece) might be persuaded to buy, whether they actually needed them or not. The purpose of the book (put together, let's note, by two members of the Merchandising Department of Newtown High School in NYC) was not merely to help young folks become well-informed and efficient consumers, however, but also to educate a bunch of them to enter the world of business, in which they will be called upon to *sell* these very things to their fellow humans. From the introduction: "If all who contemplate a merchandising career will master the contents of this text, which includes information about all the more important material things sold by merchants, there will be much more effective salesmanship in our market places." (Know Your Products!) It really is thorough, too, covering textiles, wood, leather, paper, rubber, glass, china, metals, paints and varnishes, cosmetics, and even food. PETA alert: there's also a quite comprehensive chapter on the history, production, marketing and care of fur ("The Luxurious Fiber"). It's easy enough to dismiss this as a kind of consumerist brainwashing, but considering the amount of truly useful information it contains -- not to mention the fact that it was targeted at high school students (try finding anything so practical in today's curriculum) -- it's kind of an amazing book, all 526 pages of it. Why, it even advises you to "study the principles of art in relation to merchandise," because "as a salesperson, buyer, or consumer you will make a very serious mistake if you fail to consider goods from an artistic point of view. Good should not only be suited to your needs, durable, and honestly priced, but they should be works of art in their own way." Go ahead -- tell me the world wouldn't be a better place if everybody had learned *that* in school. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2802 Reilly, Patrick, M.D. (pseud. for Peter Rogers) A Private Practice [*SIGNED*]
New York Macmillan Publishing Company (c.1984) 0-02-604410-2 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Anthony Russo, Jackie Merri Meyer Signed by Author
[lightly shelfworn book, minor scrape at top edge of front cover, faint soiling to bottom page edges; jacket shows minor surface- and edge-wear]. INSCRIBED (to "Dear Abby") and SIGNED by the author (using both names) on the ffep; additionally laid in is a two-page handwritten note from the author to Abby, briefly explaining his motive for writing the book, and asking for her comments. The author, "now living the life of a normal, healthy, and successful pediatrician who practices in the Midwest," had been "an addict who for years had been consuming increasing quantities of tranquilizers and sleeping pills -- bringing on impotence, loss of memory, and impaired judgment. Yet he continued to function as a doctor, concealing his sickness from colleagues and patients alike. [This book] is the first inside look at how the pressure of a doctor's life can result in drug abuse -- an ever growing problem within the medical profession." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2803 Reiner, Annie Mind Your Head
Los Angeles Wilshire House (c.1990) 1-55713-103-1 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[book very slightly twisted on its axis (unnoticeable when it's sitting on the shelf), otherwise both book and jacket are clean and flawless]. "In this collection Annie Reiner strikes a balance between popular imagery and the intellect, a sense of time and place written in a unique style, but accessible to all. The poems in [this book] are a synthesis of well-turned imagery and cogent observations on the human condition. They address the fragility of love, the pathos of age, and even the poetry of other writers, like Rilke and Beckett. In all of these poems an unforced cadence bears the reader along, punctuated by striking metaphors. Annie Reiner is a poet and an artist who lives in Los Angeles." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2804 Reiter, B.P. The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1977) 0-397-01141-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
(price-clipped) [minor wear to bottom edge, brief inscription ("Merry Christmas 1977"; no names) on ffep, no other marks; jacket worn along front foldover, additional minor wear to spine extremities]. Novel about a high-spirited young resident, "Gypsy," serving an internship in the emergency room of a large municipal hospital. "Into the emergency room streams an unending, disorderly procession of junkies, winos, derelicts, pimps, and whores. Gypsy's task is to keep them breathing, sew them up, and drag them kicking and screaming back to health. Gypsy plunges into an on-the-job crash course to learn the things they never taught him in med school. Tender and grim, uproarious and terrifying, [the book] captures perfectly the lunatic reality of a big-city hospital. It's a very funny book. It may also break your heart." The photo of the author on the rear jacket panel denotes an amazing resemblance to his long-haired, gold-earring-wearing protagonist. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2805 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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2806 Renard, Maurice New Bodies for Old
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1923) 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [cloth shows a bit of wear at all edges, spine a little turned, slight bumping to all corners, teensy bit of fraying to bottom corners, one-time owner's signature on front pastedown, jacket blurb glued there as well, vintage bookseller's label (Hudson's Book Shop, Detroit) on rear pastedown; binding/hinges intact, internally clean]. Science-fiction-cum-horror novel, the author's first, originally published in France as "Le Docteur Lerne - Sous-Dieu" in 1908. An archetypal mad-scientist yarn, the book concerns a doctor who performs inter-species organ transplants, even on occasion dragging machinery and plants into the mix. The dedication is to H.G. Wells -- "I beg you, Sir, to accept this book." -- from whose work (perhaps specifically in this instance "The Island of Doctor Moreau") the author quite obviously took inspiration. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2807 Resnick, Rachel Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick
New York St. Martin's Press 1999 0-312-19889-2 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Scott Levine 
[tight clean copy, NO remainder mark, minor wear to bottom edge, a couple of tiny spots on top edge; jacket very slightly edgeworn]. "Rebecca Roth blows the Northeast, fleeing the ghost of her dead mother. Dreaming of fame as a filmmaker, hungry for love and sex, Rebecca drives to Edge City L.A., where, still haunted, her dreams mutate into nightmares. Hilarious, heart- blisteringly disastrous love affairs and degrading film jobs, encounters with stars and transients, a midget stuntwoman, a sacrificial cow. With relentlessly cinematic, jarring, and alluring prose straight out of the Hollywood wasteland, [the author] captures the bleak scene of 'glamourous' L.A. with dizzying grace." The author's first novel. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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2808 Resnik, Muriel The Girl in the Turquoise Bikini
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1961 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sydney Butchkes 
[a bit of wear and slight bumping to spine ends, otherwise a sound, clean copy; jacket moderately soiled and edgeworn, color-shifted at spine (all text still easily readable), small tear in spine]. "A sophisticated novel about an American couple who spent a summer in Europe in circumstances calculated to try the happiest marriage," namely following their teenage son and his girlfriend The author later scored a big success on Broadway with her 1964 play "Any Wednesday," subsequently filmed in 1966, and this book made it to the screen in 1968, as "How Sweet It Is!" with James Garner and Debbie Reynolds. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2809 Revell, Nellie Right Off the Chest [*SIGNED*]
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: 100.00 USD
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2810 Reyes, Luis, and Peter Rubie Hispanics in Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of Film and Television
New York/London Garland Publishing, Inc. 1994 0-8153-0827-2 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear aside from some rubbing to the rear jacket panel]. (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 1761) Series (B&W photographs) "Covers the history of Hispanics in Hollywood, including a complete A-to-Z listing of motion pictures; a guide to Hispanics on network television; a special section on Zorro and the Cisco Kid; and biographies of Hispanic actors, actresses, directors, producers, and other behind-the-scenes people. [The book] is lavishly illustrated with black and white photographs and movie posters." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2811 Reynolds, Clay The Vigil
New York St. Martin's/Marek (c.1986) 0-312-84639-8 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Jane Zwinger 
[solid clean copy, top corners bumped, small dent in bottom edge of rear cover but otherwise very little wear; jacket shows some edgewear, small tears at several corners, some creasing at bottom right-hand corner of front panel, small chip at top of rear panel near spine]. A first novel "of subtle and profound psychological suspense," about "a woman and her sexy teenage daughter [who] stop over in a tiny Texas town to wait for repairs on their car. The daughter disappears; the mother sits on a park bench, determined to wait until her child reappears -- a vigil that takes days, months, years." 
Price: 16.00 USD
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2812 Reynolds, Paul R. The Middle Man: The Adventures of a Literary Agent
New York William Morrow & Company 1972 068800119X First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Peter Bradford 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, light fading to boards along bottom edge; jacket shows a little edgewear, mild scuffing/rubbing]. "An often funny and often revealing account of America's literary and motion picture great, near-greats and ingrates. An irresistible storyteller, the author, who has known almost everyone worth knowing, has delightful tales to tell about Hemingway, Robert Benchley, Morris L. West, William Shirer, Richard Wright, Howard Fast, DeWitt Wallace, Malcolm X, Irving Wallace, H.G. Wells, Alfred Knopf, and dozens more." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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2813 Reynolds, William Moving Targets; a Nebraska Mystery
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1986) 0-312-55072-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Marc Cozza 
[nice copy, tight and clean, extremely shallow dent at bottom of front cover (the sort of thing that many dealers would overlook and call "Fine"); jacket has some minor wrinkling at bottom edge of front panel, very faint surface wear]. The second in the author's "Nebraska" series -- that's the protagonist's name, but the story also takes place in Omaha, and the author (at least at that time) lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which might as well be. Nebraska, I mean. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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2814 Rhinehart, Luke The Dice Man
New York William Morrow & Company 1971 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin 
[very nice book with no significant shelfwear, but with a tiny red ink mark on the bottom edge of the text block, no doubt a remainder mark but smaller and less obnoxious than usually seen; the jacket is similarly nice-but-not-quite-perfect, blemished only by an itsy-bitsy tear at the bottom of the rear panel and a short diagonal crease at the bottom corner of the front flap]. A truly whacked-out novel, the "fictional autobiography" of a brilliant but bored young psychiatrist who embarks upon what he calls "diceliving," the essence of which is that he lets a roll of the dice be the determining force for his own actions, thus becoming "history's first randomly multiple personality." Once a genuine cult novel, its reputation (and sales) have grown steadily since its original publication, and in recent times it's actually achieved something resembling literary acclaim, although it's sometimes hard to know whether or not that, too, is just part of some gigantic cosmic put-on (as when a British men's magazine purportedly named it the "Novel of the Century," which I've seen reported but haven't actually confirmed). In any event, the author (born George Cockcroft) has played it to the hilt, not only turning out a couple of sequels but also cannily manipulating his own public image as a sometime-recluse. I think it's also worth considering that much of the online "information" about this novel is traceable back to the author's own website. Govern yourself accordingly. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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2815 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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2816 Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer) Vic and Sade: The Best Radio Plays of Paul Rhymer
New York The Seabury Press (c.1976) 0-8164-9284-0 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[a solid copy, but with a dampstain affecting the bottom corners, front and rear, of both the jacket and the book; almost no effect on the book's pages, though, except for a minor stain at the bottom corner of the rear endpaper and the last text page]. These classic radio scripts are, quite simply, laugh-out-loud funny -- and occasionally so insanely imaginative as to border on the surreal. As Jean Shepherd puts it in his insightful foreword, "great reputations exist in the theater or the novel on far less profound and effective work that Rhymer's. In fact, he probably wrote more funny lines in one month of daily scripts than the combined output of five of the leading playwrights of modern times." He also notes that "these works were written to be performed, and yet in spite of that they come alive, snapping and crackling, off the page. Rhymer reads better than any of the so-called ' serious' writers of his era. The Vic & Sade scripts are not only still fresh and funny, but are absolutely recognizable as an authentic picture of American life which persists in millions of homes today." Shepherd is right on the money -- and I defy you to read such gems as "Sade and Ruthie Each Mail the Other a Five-Dollar Bill" or "Applying for a $4.80 Refund from the Lodge" without dissolving into a helpless fit of giggling. If you can resist this stuff, you've got a cavity where your funny-bone oughta be. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2817 Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer) The Small House Half-way Up in the Next Block: Paul Rhymer's Vic and Sade
New York McGraw-Hill Book Company (c.1972) 0-07-073792-4 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Aulicino 
[nice tight clean copy, slight bump to base of spine, no other significant wear; jacket shows minor surface wear, a touch of dog-earing at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, drawings) Introduction by Ray Bradbury; line drawings by Franklin McMahon. Thirty scripts from the classic radio series, which enjoyed a 14-year run (1932-1946), that still read as laugh-out-loud funny even if (like most of the population) you have no memory of the original shows. If the titles alone don't crack you up -- "Casting the Pageant 'Shining Waters Flowing to the Sea'"; "Smelly Clark to Change His Age from 16 to 21"; "Rush's Slumber Party Enters by the Window"; and so on -- then, well, all I can say is: it's your loss, sister. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2818 Ribalow, Harold U., and Meir Z. Ribalow Jewish Baseball Stars
New York Hippocrene Books (c.1984) 0-88254-898-0 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, with only light wear at spine ends; jacket has a few itsy-bitsy tears, and a couple of almost-microscopic chips]. (B&W photographs) A brief historical look at Jewish athletes and their relationship to professional baseball, followed by chapters devoted to the stories of the following individual players: Johnny Kling, Erskine Mayer, Andy Cohen, Hank Greenberg, "Buddy" Myer, Harry Danning, Morrie Arnovich, Goody Rosen, Sid Gordon, "Dolly" Stark, Saul Rogovin, Al Rosen, Al Schacht, Moe Berg, Larry Sherry, Sandy Koufax, Ken Holtzman, and Steve Stone. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2819 Riboud, Marc (translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre) Marc Riboud: 50 Years of Photography [*SIGNED*]
Paris Flammarion (c.2004) 0-2803-0447-X 1st English-language edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice book, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wrinkling/creasing along top and bottom edges of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("a Paris") and SIGNED by the photographer/author, dated 16-03-05 (March 16, 2005), on the half-title page. A retrospective of the noted French photographer, who took up photography professionally in the early 1950s and within a few years had joined the Magnum Photos cooperative. He is best known for his work in China (he was one of the first European photographers to gain access to the country, in 1957) and North Vietnam. The book "includes Riboud's most famous photographs as well as unpublished vintage prints from Leeds in 1954, from Africa, and from Europe, [it] is the first to span his entire, remarkable career." Laid in is a variety of ephemera related to a reception (with Riboud present) held in March 2006 in connection with an exhibition of Riboud's photographs at a Los Angeles gallery; note, however, that the book itself had been signed in Paris the previous year. Uncommon signed. Signed by Photographer 
Price: 500.00 USD
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2820 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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2821 Rice, Craig (pseud. for Georgiana Ann Craig) Home Sweet Homicide (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)
New York Simon and Schuster 1944 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[solid clean copy, generally nicer than most of these wartime S&S books, slight bumping/fraying at top corners, spine very slightly turned; jacket a bit on the tattered side,with tears at spine corners, a little paper loss at top of spine, several tiny tears and chips at edges of front panel, two-inch split at bottom front foldover, small chunk missing from upper corner of rear panel (no loss of text); OK, so it won't win any beauty contests, but it's still quite serviceable]. Light-hearted domestic mystery novel about three children who decide to solve the murder of their next-door neighbor, as a means of publicizing the work of their mystery-novelist mother. Filmed by 20th Century-Fox in 1946, with Peggy Ann Garner. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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2822 Rice, Cy Defender of the Damned: Gladys Towles Root
New York The Citadel Press (c.1964) NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dj 
[solid but somewhat worn copy, a bit of soiling to page edges, surface damage to top right front cover, full-page gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket heavily worn, missing a big chunk at top right corner of front panel, chipping at spine ends, ink note on front flap, etc.]. "The life and vivid times of the famous California trial lawyer, whose successful career in court has been a unique blend of compassion for the underdog, legal shrewdness, and flamboyant showmanship." The color jacket photos show Mrs. Root dressed to the nines, in outfits worthy of Mae West! 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2823 Rice, Edw. Le Roy Monarchs of Minstrelsy, from "Daddy" Rice to Date
New York Kenny Publishing Company (c.1911) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
[good sound copy, binding intact, some wear to cloth at top and bottom edges, very slight fraying at a couple of tips, age-toning to pages, very light stain to upper section of fore-edge]. (B&W photographic plates, line drawings in text) 366 pages + [15] pages of ads A biographical directory and "who's who" of this now-vanished form of popular entertainment, which flourished in America throughout the latter half of the 19th century, but by the time of this book's publication in 1911 had already begun to diminish to the point where the author (who had already established himself as a major chronicler of the genre) thought it necessary to open his Introduction with the question: "Is Minstrelsy dying out?" Whether it was or not (in Mr. Rice's mind it seems to have still been an open question), it was undoubtedly true that many of its most prominent practitioners were: he laments the passing of more than a dozen such notables over the previous decade or so, but then reminds the reader that "many of the burnt-cork heroes of forty years ago, yes, fifty years, are still living, scattered about the country, though it has been years since some of them darkened their features." But as the "to Date" of his title implies, the author was determined to chronicle not just the careers of the dearly departed and the recently retired, but also "the younger generation of sable performers who rank in many ways with their illustrious predecessors." The book begins with a short personal sketch, in which the author discusses his childhood fascination with blackface entertainers, and his own modest career on the boards: "I am not a 'Monarch of Minstrelsy,' not even a duke or prince; as a matter of fact I am a mere subject, perhaps it would be more exact to say I am a slave..." (possibly not the most sensitive choice of words). He then proceeds to briefly trace the history of blackface performance, introduced in Boston in 1799, with the minstrel show as such dating to about 1843, and to discuss some of its most prominent early performers -- including Thomas Dartmouth "Daddy" Rice (1808-1860), described in the text as "the original 'Jim Crow'." (A relative of the author's? He doesn't say, and there are about a dozen Rices in the index. The text and the illustrations are indexed separately, by the way.) The bulk of the book, however, is given over to anecdotal biographies of hundreds of performers, extensively photo-illustrated; most of the portraits depict the men without makeup, but there are also oodles of shots of them in blackface, both on and off stage. The volume is fascinating on one level, horrifying on another. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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2824 Rice, Elmer Dream Girl; a comedy
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1946) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, bumping and slight wear at spine ends, one-time owner's signature on ffep, a couple of small white paint stains on rear cover]. Comedy about the Walter Mitty-esque daydreams of a bookstore owner. Illustrated with photographs from the original Broadway production, starring Betty Field (to whom the play is also dedicated, she having been married to the playwright at the time, and it having been much closer to the beginning than to the end of their 16-year union) and Wendell Corey. Filmed in 1948 with another Betty (Hutton), it subsequently returned to Broadway in 1965 in a musical version, "Skyscraper." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2825 Rice, Luanne Angels All Over Town
New York Atheneum 1985 0-689-11616-0 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Alcorn 
[sharp-looking copy, with just the faintest bit of foxing to top page edges; jacket shows extremely light edgewear]. The author's first novel, about the Cavan sisters, an "inseparable triumvirate" -- "inseparable, that is, until the invasion of husbands and houses." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2826 Rice, Luanne Stone Heart [*SIGNED*]
New York Viking 1990 0670832677 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Neil Stuart Signed by Author
[no significant wear, but with a thick black remainder mark on bottom edge, previous owner's initials/date in ink on ffep; jacket rubbed, one small tear at bottom rear corner]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2827 Rich, Sharon Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair -- On-Screen and Off -- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy [*SIGNED*]
New York Donald I. Fine, Inc. (c.1994) 1-55611-407-9 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Karen Katz 
(price-clipped) [slightly dust-soiled on top edge, otherwise a very nice copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows only light surface wear, would also rate Near Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED on the ffep by both the author and Jon Eddy (illegitimate son of Nelson), who wrote the book's introduction. Detailed chronicle of the romantic singing duo's on- and off-screen romance, the latter purportedly "revealed here for the first time." Well, not exactly. The writer of this tome co-authored an earlier treatment of the same subject away back in 1976, entitled "Farewell to Dreams," an exceedingly strange (and now very hard-to-find) work that read like a romance novel, cross-pollinated with soft-core porn in the Jacqueline Susann vein -- including some steamy and rather explicit accounts of sexual encounters between the golden pair. I haven't taken the time to plow through the nearly 500 pages of the present volume to see if this approach has been maintained. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2828 Richards, Carol Disciple of Temptation; a biographical novel of Guy de Maupassant [*SIGNED*]
London Robert Hale 1988 0-7090-3411-3 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Jacket design Barbara Walton Signed by Author
Very Good+ in Very Good DJ [pages a little "wavy, " a couple of corners mildly bumped, small brown spot on edge of ffep, top of one page slightly damaged by clip-on bookmark; DJ laminate has a number of diagonal wrinkles]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, just below her printed name (which she has lined through), dated 8th March 1989. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2829 Richards, Janet Radcliffe The Sceptical Feminist: A Philosophical Enquiry
Harmondsworth, Middlesex Penguin Books (Pelican) 1982 (c.1980) 0-14-02-2341X Reprint Softcover Very Good 
[moderate exterior wear, some small creases in covers; binding solid, inside clean]. Mass Market PB 
Price: 5.00 USD
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2830 Richards, Robert I Can Lick Seven
Boston Little, Brown and Company / Atlantic Monthly Press 1942 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, slight fading to cloth at spine ends, minor soiling to edges of text block]. Novel set in post-Civil War Mississippi, centered on an ex-soldier's difficulties in coping with the drab and depressing realities of life in the defeated South. Despite having lost an arm in the war, he hopes to win the affections of his brother's widow (said brother having been killed at Gettysburg), but her rejection of him (for a Yankee, no less!) just increases his loneliness and frustration. So what's a depressed ex-Johnny Reb to do, to assuage his self-doubts and reassert his manhood? Join the Ku Klux Klan, that's what! 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2831 Richardson, John H. The Vipers' Club [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow and Company (c.1996) 0-688-12672-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bradford Foltz Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, very minor shelfwear; jacket a little rubbed and scuffed (mostly on rear panel)]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page. "Peter James is a rising star of the academic film world, feted in obscurity, when one Max Fischer calls. Max is THE biggest producer in Hollywood, the king of action flicks, and he wants Peter. So Peter burns his bridges all the way from New York to L.A., tossing out his tweeds and books and gleefully shopping for his new Left Coast lifestyle. It takes less than a week of running out at midnight to pick up pickles from Max's favorite deli for Peter to realize he's made a mistake. In this claustrophobic world of fast-paced cynicism and manipulation, Peter wants to be more than just a flunky. But soon it's not just errands that Peter must oversee." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2832 Richberg, Donald R. The Rainbow
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1936 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj 
[good solid clean copy, minor wear at spine ends, small "J" stamped at bottom of front pastedown; jacket worn and moderately soiled, a couple of small tears, spine somewhat faded with minor paper loss at top (no text affected), also a "J" stamped at top of front flap]. The author writes of the N.R.A. (National Recovery Administration) from a unique perspective: Appointed as general counsel of the NRA by FDR in 1933, he eventually presided over its reorganization, and served for a time as chairman of its Board of Directors. He resigned in mid-1935, and subsequently wrote this book -- "not a history of the N.R.A., nor a complex treatise on the technicalities of business, nor yet an essay devoted to reform propaganda, [but rather] a clear, at times deeply moving narrative of the most debated governmental experiment in this generation." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2833 Richie, Donald A Lateral View: Essays on Contemporary Japan
Tokyo The Japan Times, Ltd. 1987 4-7890-0365-5 First Edition Softcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
(printed wraps in dust jacket) [slight browning at page edges; mild surface wear to jacket]. Trade PB True first edition of this collection of insightful essays, on subjects ranging from "The 'Real' Disneyland" to "The Japanese Kiss," and touching on the country's cinema, theatre, language, fashion, TV -- just about everything, it seems. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2834 Richter, Hans Werner (translated from the German by Geoffrey Sainsbury) They Fell from God's Hands
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. 1956 First American Edition Hardcover Fair in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hatti Sauer 
[front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting, otherwise a decent copy with slight bumping to a couple of corners, some age-toning to edges of text block; jacket a little edgeworn, minor chipping at top of spine, one tiny closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel]. Novel about "human beings caught in the turbulent maelstrom of war-torn Euroe of 1939 to 1950," specifically "ten men and women of different European nationality and political conviction [who] are thrust together in the melting pot of a D.P. camp." The book received the "René Scheckele Prize," touted in the jacket copy as "the most significant international literary prize for German-language authors" -- a slightly disingenuous claim, since according to my research this prize was given out only once (for this book), and that was at least three years prior to the appearance of this edition. (Maybe that explains why they misspelled it: correctly, it was "Schickele.") [Note, for whatever it's worth, that the British edition had a singular title, i.e. "They Fell from God's Hand."] 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2835 Riddell, Florence Perilous Love
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott Company 1932 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[ex-lending library book with associated label on front pastedown and stamp on ffep, no other library markings; spine slightly turned, light shelfwear, bottom front corner bumped slightly exposing board; jacket moderately worn and lightly soiled but still attractive, only library marking is a small label with a handwritten number, near top of spine (but not obscuring any text)]. A tale of the Foreign Legion -- "....and with horrible suddenness a cataclysm descended upon them -- when Aroudi discovered Derek in Vanda's room and Fenella must see Derry killed, or pay the unspeakable price Aroudi demanded...." Got that? 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2836 Ridgway, Jason [pseud. for Stephen Marlowe] West Side Jungle
New York The New American Library (Signet Books 1504) 1958 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover) Victor Kalin 
[very nice copy, tight uncreased spine, minor surface wear only]. Mass Market PB "Hoodlums. They came out of nowhere. Small time punks on their first big job. This was their golden opportunity. Two hundred thousand dollars in crisp, new bills. Theirs for the taking. No one knew the South American diplomat was carrying the money. No one, except them. They could have taken it with a gun. But they used acid -- for kicks." A paperback original. (Note: "Acid," in this context, means acid -- not LSD.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2837 Riding, Laura Anarchism is Not Enough
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1928 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[a solid copy, with some moderate wear (slight exposure of boards) along the bottom edge and at the top rear corner, minor soiling along edges of covers, but firmly bound and internally quite clean; the fragile paper jacket is discolored and stained at the spine, and has one tiny and slightly ragged tear at the top of the front panel]. "Here is cold and concentrated acid from an individual who refuses to be absorbed. It is a powerful and disturbing defense of the individual in society. [These] short and absorbing essays on the relations of literature and art to society, and on the relation of the individual to both [are] bitter and pungent in tone and eccentric and epigrammatic in form, [and] will arouse wide and heated discussion." Riding, who became known as a poet in the early 1920s under her first married name, Laura Riding Gottschalk, was initially associated with the Fugitives (who published her poems in their magazine). By the time this book appeared, she had embarked on her long and notoriously volatile literary association/affair with poet-novelist Robert Graves, which lasted from 1927 to 1939 and encompassed such delights as her failed suicide attempt in 1929, one of the factors in the breakup of Graves's first marriage to Nancy Nicholson. A modern critic has called the book "one of the most imaginative and daring works of literary theory ever written by a modernist figure." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2838 Ridley, John The Drift [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2002 0-375-41182-8 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd 
[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("To ______ -- / I can honestly say / I would be here without / you, and I ain't talkin' / Norms!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; the "Norms" reference is likely to a popular Los Angeles coffeeshop. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2839 Riggan, Rob Free Fire Zone
New York W. W. Norton & Company (c.1984) 0-393-01800-8 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tim Gaydos 
[nice tight copy, appears unread, faint soiling to top edge; jacket mildly rubbed]. Scarce novel, the author's first (and apparently only). Like his protagonist, he had served as a medic in Vietnam, and wrote the book "because the war wouldn't go away." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2840 Riley, Philip J. London After Midnight
New York/London/Toronto Cornwall Books (c.1985) 0-8453-4713-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice copy, just minimal handling wear to book and jacket]. (B&W photographs) A "reconstruction" of a lost Lon Chaney/Tod Browning silent horror classic, using surviving visual and textual material, but more than that: "It is, in effect, a diary of the making of a silent movie. The reader ... can participate in the entire production process, from the producer-director's first thoughts, through the writing and shooting of the script, to the publicity campaign surrounding the movie's release. Assembled here together for the first time are the full script, set stills, portraits, behind the scene shots, and cut scenes -- all culminating in the display of the film itself, which is accompanied by a nearly complete key book of stills and original titles." 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2841 Riley, Philip J., ed. The Hunchback of Notre Dame; reconstructed and edited by Philip J. Riley
Hollywood/Atlantic City Magicimage Filmbooks (c.1988) 0-929127-02-1 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[jacket shows slight edgewear & mild creasing along top of front panel]. (Ackerman Archives Series, Vol. III) Series This is actually the second half of a lavish volume, and is the " reconstruction" of the classic 1923 film featuring Lon Chaney and Patsy Ruth Miller -- essentially a reproduction of the original annotated script of the film's director, Wallace Worsley, along with much of the film's original promotional material, numerous stills, etc. [The first half of the volume is "My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller," the autobiography of the HUNCHBACK co-star, which is INSCRIBED ("To _______ / With best wishes") and SIGNED by the Miss Miller on the ffep.] 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2842 Rimler, Walter Not Fade Away: A Comparison of Jazz Age with Rock Era Pop Song Composers
Ann Arbor MI Pierian Press 1984 Unstated ed Hardcover Very Good+ with no dj Illustrated by B&W photographs 
(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [ex-library but with minimal markings (only library stamp on top edge and two labels + "withdrawn" stamp on ffep); nice copy with just minor exterior soiling]. Divided about evenly between a general discussion of the topic (chapter titles -- Songwriting Communities; Partnerships; Pop Orchestration; The Songwriter as Performer; Lyrics) and brief examinations (8-10 pages each) of the work of 14 songwriters or writing teams, under the chapter heading "Productive Longevity" -- George Gershwin; Jerome Kern; Richard Rodgers; Irving Berlin;Cole Porter; Harold Arlen; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; Bob Dylan; Carole King; Holland-Dozier- Holland; Paul Simon. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2843 Rinehart, Mary Roberts When a Man Marries
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1909) NO Early printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Harrison Fisher, H.M. [Mayo] Bunker 
[a lovely copy, minor wear to cloth at spine extremities, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket is bright and attractive, with a little wear at corners, small tears at a couple of corners, tiny chip at bottom rear corner of spine]. (color frontis. + 2 color plates; line drawings) Rinehart had already made her name with her first two novels, "The Circular Staircase" (1908) and "The Man in Lower Ten" (1909) -- both mysteries -- when her hit Broadway farce "Seven Days" (co-written with Avery Hopwood) opened in November 1909. This novel appeared in bookstores mere weeks later, with ads touting it as the basis for the play (and rather blatantly trying to pass off excerpts from glowing reviews of the play as being in reference to the novel); I mention this only because the symbiotic connection between the two seems to have been pretty much lost to history, or at least to bibliographic history as practiced by various chroniclers of Mrs. Rinehart's work (who basically only care about her mystery fiction). The ads also tout it as "a Clever, Sprightly, Deliciously Humorous Mystery Novel," when in fact it is pretty much just a straight farce about a young woman who agrees to pose as the wife of a friend, who is unable to reveal the fact of his recent divorce for fear of offending his moneyed relatives and thus imperiling his inheritance. (Yeah, I know.) The novel is more interesting from a narrative standpoint, told as it is in the first person by the woman who's asked to be the pretend wife -- a spirited and rather no-nonsense type, given to observations like "I have always regarded divorce as essentially disagreeable, like castor oil, but necessary." The text is enlivened with three beautiful full-color plates by Harrison Fisher, one of the top illustrators of his day, and nearly fifty line drawings by Mayo Bunker (billed as "H.M. Bunker" on the title page). Not an especially rare book, but the jacket is uncommon, and it's a beauty. NOTE that most sources (including the Library of Congress) specify that the first edition had four color plates, while this copy has only three (including the frontispiece, for which the LC detailed record does NOT account). ALSO NOTE that other versions of the original Bobbs-Merrill jacket bear the legend "By the author of THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE and THE MAN IN LOWER TEN" at the top of the front panel, the present book has only "By the author of THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE"; possibly an earlier variant? (Both books, as noted, are blurbed on the rear jacket panel.) And FINALLY NOTE that the flaps of this jacket are plain gold, bearing no text, which may or may not be bibliographically significant. Enough NOTES, already! 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2844 Rinehart, Mary Roberts Miss Pinkerton
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1932) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very light soiling to cloth at top and bottom edges of covers; jacket slightly darkened at spine, a couple of tiny edge-nicks, still colorful and attractive]. The first novel featuring Rinehart's nurse-detective character, Hilda Adams, which she had introduced in two short mystery stories published back in 1914. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2845 Ring, Jim Erskine Childers
London John Murray 1996 0-7195-5681-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean book, tiny bump to bottom front corner; jacket shows only light rubbing, mostly to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) A biography of the author of "The Riddle of the Sands," a man who also "led a life quite as enigmatic and adventurous as his classic novel." An Irish patriot who'd had an English education, he served England with distinction during World War I but "finished the war profoundly divided in his loyalties" due to the trauma of the Easter Rising of 1916. "With the Irish question now critical, Childers settled his fate by becoming the official propagandist for the Republican movement. He opposed the treaty that established the Irish Free State, regarding the compromoise as anathema, and joined the IRA. Hunted by the Free State authorities, he was eventually captured and executed in November 1922." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2846 Ringer, Vivian The Secretary
New York Delacorte Press (c.1974) 0-440-08235-8 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg 
[nice tight copy, very faint soiling to page edges, no significant wear; jacket shows mild soiling]. Novel (the author's first and only) about a young, attractive, single secretary, and her obsession with her boss, a New York book publisher; the jacket blurb describes it as "a warm and telling picture of a modern-day Kitty Foyle, a novel that makes clear how complicated it is to juggle the personal and professional roles of the office 'second wife.'" The author herself had come out of the New York publishing world, was co-founder of the liberal Book Find Club, and had a long career as a journalist with the old Los Angeles Daily News. The novel was written, interestingly enough, at Virginia Woolf's desk -- she and her husband leased Woolf's former home during a stay in England. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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2847 Ringgold, Gene, ed. Sound Stage (issue #1, December 1964) [cover: Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady"]
Hollywood CA Associated Professional Services, Inc. 1964 NO (Vol. 1, No. 1) Periodical Near Fine 
[light exterior wear, minor creasing at edges of rear cover]. (B&W/color photographs) First issue of this short-lived publication. About half of the 64-page, 9"x12" magazine is taken up by what looks suspiciously like studio flackery for MY FAIR LADY, including a behind-the-scenes production article and profiles of Rex Harrison, Andrey Hepburn and director George Cukor; this impression is only enhanced by the publisher's choosing to print a congratulatory letter to Jack L. Warner on the magazine's inside front cover, praising MY FAIR LADY as "the most thrilling motion picture event of this decade" and lauding Warner Bros. as "an industry leader." The rest of the magazine consists of a longish article about John Wayne, plus a gaggle of film reviews, book reviews, record notes, previews of new films, and a column, "Sound Stage Gossip," by Lorraine Gauguin. Sprinkled throughout are full-page color portraits of Angie Dickinson, Rex Harrison (by Cecil Beaton), Joey Heatherton, Audrey Hepburn (by Bud Fraker, who also shot the front and rear cover images), Jerry Lewis, and John Wayne (by Mal Bulloch). An uncommon piece of MY FAIR LADY memorabilia. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2848 Ripley, Clements A Devil with Women (Photoplay Title of Dust and Sun) [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1929) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [general wear, bumping and light fraying at corners, front hinge just barely starting, title page torn at binding edge (about 1/3 up from bottom of page), one-time owner's signature and date on front pastedown, traces of erased pencil scribblings on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Photoplay Edition, issued to coincide with the release of the 1930 Fox film starring Victor McLaglen, as a soldier of fortune in Mexico, and a very young Humphrey Bogart (this was one of his first film roles). Illustrated with four stills from the film (frontispiece + 3 in text); Bogart appears in one still, in a nifty tropical white suit. (NOTE that the cover and spine of the book bear the title "Dust and Sun," that being the original title of the novel, although the title page reads as noted in the main title entry.) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2849 Ritz, David Search for Happiness
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1980) 0-671-25233-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Myers & Noftsinger 
(price-clipped) [beautiful copy, tight and clean, appears unread, one tiny dent at top of rear cover; jacket nice and bright, faint surface wear]. The author's first novel, a comic tale of goings-on behind the scenes of a TV soap opera. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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2850 Rivers, Larry, with Arnold Weinstein What Did I Do?: The Unauthorized Autobiography [*SIGNED*]
New York Aaron Asher Books / HarperCollins 0-06-019007-8 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design/illustration) the author 
[very slight bumping to several corners, no other significant wear; jacket is flawless]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED by Rivers on the half-title page ("For ____ / I have lived a depraved life"), to which his friend and co-author Weinstein has added "I want to! Help me!" and his own signature. Shockingly frank memoir by this artist/musician/filmmaker who was a major figure in the New York art world, a figurative painter who is considered by many to be the godfather of Pop Art. He was also, per the jacket blurb, "an artist with an unashamed interest in sexuality and the private moment," a fact that can be readily confirmed on just about every page of this book. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2851 Rivkin, Robert S. GI Rights and Army Justice: The Draftee's Guide to Military Life and Law
New York Grove Press, Inc. (c.1970) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj drawing) Jules Feiffer 
[nice tight clean copy, very slight bumping to a couple of corners; jacket shows light surface we Openly labeling the U.S. Army "an oppressive force," the intent of this book was to inform the ordinary GI "why the Army subjects him to the indignities, brutalities, and injustices that he used to associate only with totalitarian regimes." Toward this purpose, the author "has drawn upon an extensive array of factuall, legal, sociological and psychological materials, blended them with his own experiences in the Army, and produced in one volume both a clear and constructive soldier's guide to survival and a stinging indictment of American militarism." A Vietnam-era classic, and a book whose publication would have been literally unimaginable during any previous American war. The author was an attorney who was himself drafted in 1967, and was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana (where he provided legal advice to young trainees bound for Vietnam), and later in South Korea, where he defended soldiers in special courts-martial. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2852 Roan, Tom Outlaw in the Saddle
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [one-time owner's signature at top of ffep, otherwise tight and clean with the teensiest bit of wear at spine ends; jacket lightly worn at extremities, with a few tiny edge-tears]. (Silver Star Westerns) Series The story of an outlaw, the Apache Kid, and how his escape from a pursuing posse is aided by a strong-willed woman who falls in love with him. An uncommon Roan title. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2853 Robbins, C.A. ("Tod" Robbins) The Unholy Three [Photoplay Edition]
New York A.L. Burt Company [1930] (c.1917) First Edition Thus Hardcover Good in Very Good dj 
[solid copy BUT about a dozen pages or so mid-book have been a bit nibbled on by some insect, with resultant minor loss to text; other than that an attractive copy, red cloth covers very clean, light wear at spine ends, one-time owner's name and city of residence in pencil on front pastedown; jacket is edgeworn, a bit rubbed on spine and front panel, a few tiny tears at both ends of spine, a couple of diagonal wrinkle-lines in upper right-hand corner of front panel]. (4 B&W photographs) Classic eerie crime tale about a team of professional freaks -- "Tweedledee, the midget -- the mind conceiving the fiendish crimes perpetrated by -- Hercules, the giant and physical power, -- and Echo, the ventriloquist, -- of the double voice" -- who devote their talents to criminal enterprise. Filmed twice by MGM (in 1925 and 1930), with Lon Chaney as Echo in both versions, the latter (for which this volume is the tie-in) being his first talkie, and last film. Illustrated with four black-and-white stills from the film; Chaney is in three of them. [See condition NOTE about insect-nibbled pages.] 
Price: 400.00 USD
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2854 Robbins, Michael The Railway Age
London Routledge & Kegan Paul 1962 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[a lovely, crisp copy, which appears to have never been opened, let alone read; jacket shows very faint soiling, still attractive and unworn]. "After a sketch of the origin and growth of railways in Britain, [the author] looks in turn at their impact on society, on the landscape, on the opening-up of the world, and on the conduct of wars; and there are chapters on teh men who made and worked them, on the directors and managers, and on their financial and industrial background. This is an informal essay, designed to throw light on the origins of much that we take for granted today -- such diverse things as national conformity of habits (including time), the grown of suburbia, distribution of mails and the Press, and much besides." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2855 Roberts, Elizabeth R. Roger the Lodger
New York Greenberg: Publisher (c.1947) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) McFerson Machamer 
(price-clipped) [bumped corners, otherwise a solid, clean copy with a trace of edge-soiling; jacket worn/chipped along top edge, some paper loss at top of spine, one tiny tear at bottom front hinge; still an attractive jacket with amusing cartoon illustration on front panel]. "A novel (only by the skin of its teeth) that bites hilariously into the housing shortage!" 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2856 Roberts, Peter, ed. The Best of Plays and Players 1953-1968
London Methuen 1988 0-413-52960-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[top corners bumped, otherwise a very nice copy with just minimal wear to book and jacket, faint foxing to top page edges]. (B&W photographs by Zoe Dominic) "Richly illustrated with an extraordinary array of photographs from the archives of leading theatre photographer Zoë Dominic, this volume brings together some of the most significant contemporary comment on the [British] theatre from the period 1953-1968. It has been compiled by Peter Roberts, who joined Plays and Players soon after its inception [in 1953] and remained with it as assistant and then editor for more than fifteen years." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2857 Roberts. W. Adolphe The Haunting Hand
First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by (frontispiece) George W. Gage 
(no dust jacket) [Good only, a worn but intact book; spine turned, moderate wear with slight fraying to cloth at a few corners, top right-hand edge of front cover bumped, one-time owner's name on ffep, light staining to rear cover, spine lettering partially rubbed off]. New York-set mystery novel about a movie actress who sees a creepy disembodied arm and hand reaching out from under her bed one night, and spends the rest of the novel (with the help of many other characters) trying to figure out what the heck it was -- spook, burglar, figment of her imagination? By some definitions this could be considered a "Hollywood novel," insofar as it takes place partially against a film studio background -- the studio in question, the "Superfilm Company," being located in Astoria, N.Y. -- and is peopled with standard-issue stock characters of the genre: the egotistical and sexually aggressive director, the jealous star actress, the young love-struck cameraman, etc., all involved in making a film called "A Toreador's Love." It's also been claimed as the first mystery novel written by an African-American author, although the problem there seems to be that Mr. Roberts was neither African-American (he was born in Jamaica, of substantially-creole parentage) nor even especially dark-skinned, let alone "black" (as he's also been called). Oddly, too, it's not usually mentioned as being his first novel, although all evidence indicates that it was. (He had, however, already been professionally active as a poet and journalist for several decades prior to its publication, and had also written quite a bit of magazine fiction.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2858 Robertson, David George Mallory
London Faber and Faber 1969 0-571-08759-0 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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2859 Robertson, Doc A Family Tree, Taking Root [*SIGNED*]
Tucson AZ Alfranpedoc Publishing 2000 1-930502-00-2 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, no discernible wear, the teensiest bit of shelf-soiling to bottom page edges; jacket shows faint surface handling wear]. SIGNED and DATED (in 2001) by the author on the title page. "This is a novel about fictional characters living in Los Angeles, California, between 1963 and 1995. Few events portrayed, involving these characters, were taken from neighborhood anecdotes. Most, however, are creations from the author's imagination. In tracing these 32 years, historical events or transformations are used as symbols of change within the community and also to show their influence on its people." The author, per the jacket blurb, was paralyzed from the neck down by a high school football accident, and subsequently devoted his efforts to research into the effects of the media on African-Americans. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2860 Robertson, John Rusty Staub of the Expos
Scarborough, Ont. Prentice-Hall of Canada, Ltd. (c.1971) 0-13-784462-X First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [light bumping at several corners, a couple of text passages highlighted in yellow but otherwise clean]. The book consists of two sections: I, "The Rusty Staub Story," pretty much a straight biography and account of his career through the 1970 season; and II, "Rusty's View of Baseball," containing his first-persons musings on the following topics: Spring Training; Hitting; Fielding; Daily Routine; The Long, Long Season Ends; Playing with the All-Stars. He wasn't even halfway through his career yet, having been traded to the newly-established Montreal Expos in 1969 following his initial six season with Houston; although he spent just one more season in Montreal after the publication of this book (returning briefly in 1979, although the remainder of his long career was spent mostly with the Detroit Tigers and the New York Mets), he remained one of the most popular players in the history of the Montreal franchise -- his jersey (#10) was the first ever retired by the club. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2861 Robichaud, Gerard Papa Martel
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1961 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Flynn 
[nice copy, minor scrunching to top edge of a couple of pages, mildly bumped at spine ends, attractive bookplate on front pastedown; the mostly-white jacket is quite clean and almost flawless except for one vertical crease in each panel and along the spine (3 creases in all), almost as if it had been removed from the book and folded for storage at some point; aside from the creases, though, it's nice enough to rate as "Fine"]. A modern classic of Maine (and Franco-American) literature, selected by the Baxter Society of Portland for inclusion on its list of 100 books that best depict the history of Maine and the life of its people. It's a loosely autobiographical story of a Franco-American family, set in a fictional French/Catholic town loosely based on Lewiston, Maine, where the author spent his childhood. The book is subtitled "A Novel in ten parts," and the narrative is structured as a series of coming-of-age episodes about the title character's nine children, taking place from 1919 through 1937, with additional flashbacks to the pre-marital lives of Papa Martel and his future wife Cecile. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2862 Robins, Elizabeth The Secret That Was Kept; a study in fear
New York Harper & Brothers 1926 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[light shelfwear, soft diagonal bend to top corners of a group of about a dozen pages; jacket is moderately edgeworn, with a few insignificant tears and nicks "In an atmosphere of good breeding, wealth and respectability June Purdey's life seemed commonplace enough until scandal and disgrace shattered her complacency. Her husband, James Storey Purdey, suddenly becomes a fugitive from justice, an embezzler and a bankrupt. In her search for peace June meets Terrence Byrne and discovers the true significance of love." Bad husband dies, happy lovers experience "an exquisite idyll in the heart of the vine-clad Apennines," until suddenly -- "horror is unleashed in the form of an overwhelming catastrophe, and the resulting situation is intolerable to the last degree." And if you think I'm going to tell you what this catastrophe is, think again. I will tell you, however, that the author (1862-1952) was a renowned actress and feminist, who began writing novels in the 1890s (under the name "C.E. Raimond"); although born in Kentucky, she lived most of her life in England, including among her many accomplishments the popularization of Ibsen's work on the British stage (she was the first actress to play Hedda Gabler in English). She moved in the highest circles of English literary and artistic life, and was a force in the women's movement throughout most of her adult life. In other words: don't mistake this book for some romance tale aimed at idle shopgirls. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2863 Robins, Natalie Alien Ink: The FBI's War on Freedom of Expression
New York William Morrow & Co. (c.1992) 0-688-06885-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear; minor edgewear to jacket]. (B&W photographs) "The most comprehensive book yet written on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation waged war against American writers and readers from the early years of this century. As [the author] reveals for the first time, this assault on freedom of expression began long before iron-fisted J. Edgar Hoover joined the Justice Department and made his name synonymous with that of the FBI for over forty years. The war carried over into the 1980s, when librarians, as part of a Library Awareness Program, were recruited to spy on readers." (And, one has to wonder, could the author have foreseen the PATRIOT Act?) 
Price: 8.50 USD
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2864 Robinson, Harlow Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood's Russians: Biography of an Image
Boston Northeastern University Press (c.2007) 1-55553-686-7 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean book, tiny scrunch-indentation to bottom page edges, slight bump to top of spine, no other significant wear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, a trace of shopwear to top corners]. (B&W photographs) "This is the first look at the colorful yet largely unknown story of Russian emigres who worked in the American film industry [and] also an informed and entertaining analysis of the representation of Russians and Soviets in American cinema." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2865 Robinson, Louise In Toyland
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1914 First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by Clara E. Atwood 
(pictorial cloth, no dust jacket) [well-worn but intact copy, bumped/frayed at all corners, boards exposed at bottom corners, finger-smudges on a few pages, a few turned-down page corners and small edge-tears, "Property of Parsons City Schools" stamped twice on each pastedown]. (color frontis., 3 color plates, line drawings) Simple child's tales, in a Dick-and-Janeish type narrative ("To-day is Saturday. Mary is going to Ellen's house. She has her dolls with her. Betty is her baby doll." etc.), interspersed with short verses by Charles Kingsley, William Blake, Eugene Field, and others. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2866 Robison, Mary Why Did I Ever
Washington DC Counterpoint (c.2001) 1-58243-060-8 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj art/design) Pier Rodelon 
(price-clipped) [book is tight/clean/unread, NO remainder or other marks; jacket virtually flawless except for the price-clipping]. "Money Breton is on a rant. In this fierce and wired diary, she chronicles the forces massing against her. Three husbands have left. IRS agents are whamming on her door. Her grown children are in trouble and even her car is missing. Back and forth between a small southern town and the pumped-up insanity of Filmland, U.S.A., Money's convinced her career as a script doctor is being ripped from her hands. She's been fired by most of the studios, and she's beginning to think that her dealings with Hollywood have fractured her personality and rendered her a 'multiple.' She talks to herself nonstop." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2867 Robison, Mary Oh!
Boston Nonpariel Books / David R. Godine 1988 (c.1981) 0-87923-675-2 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover illus) Eleanor Daniels 
[a little edgewear to covers, previous owner's property stamp on half-title page]. Trade PB The author's first novel, about "a madcap Midwestern family flourishing (or at least surviving) under the eccentric protection of a father like no other. This extraordinary family, though, is not just another American disaster zone. Its members, from the loutish Mo to oddball Howdy to Mr. Cleveland himself, an enthusiast at insobriety, are clever survivors who have found a way, through all their seeming misadventures, to stay happy in a world gone crazy." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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2868 Roche, Arthur Somers, and Ethel Pettit Roche Callingham's Girl
New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1937 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, half of ffep torn away, light dampstain on rear cover, spine turned, front jacket text glued to front pastedown]. Scarce crime novel in which a detective and an orchestra leader team up to solve the murder of a notorious gamber/gangster. "A vivid picture of New York after dark. Gangsters, chorus girls, and society looking for a thrill, move through these pages, adding color and character to a story that races along on a high note of exciting suspense." Touted on the jacket blurb as the author's "latest novel," omitting to mention that he had actually been dead for a couple of years (since February 1935). This didn't seem to put much of a crimp in his output, however, this being the fifth of six novels to appear posthumously -- and the only one to bear his wife's name as co-author, which would seem to imply that the others had already been finished at the time of his demise. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2869 Rochefort, Christiane (translated from the French by Edward Hyams) Josyane and the Welfare
London Macdonald 1963 (c.1961) NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Eileen Walton 
[minor spotting to top edge, no significant wear; jacket front panel hows light surface rubbing/scraping, one tiny closed tear at top edge]. Novel about a young French woman who grows up on the outskirts of Paris, into a life "cushioned against reality by the candy-floss embrace of the Welfare State." The author was a noted feminist writer; the book is a classroom standard in France, but the English edition is very scarce. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2870 Rockey, Howard Limelight
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1927) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) [Irving] Politzer 
[a touch of fraying at base of spine, light dust-soiling to top edge, no other significant wear; jacket lightly rubbed, with various small nicks and tears, tiny piece missing at bottom right corner of front panel]. "A modern romance that moves with thrilling swiftness before and behind the curtain of the operatic stage. It tells the story of a young American girl and her struggle to gain the limelight." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2871 Roden, H.W. Too Busy to Die [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow & Co. 1944 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [mild exterior wear, slight darkening & waviness to top page edges, spine cloth a bit faded but lettering still strong]. SIGNED by the author on a large printed label affixed to the ffep and proclaiming this to be the "Autographed Edition / To / W.D. Rorrex / with the kindest personal regards / of the author:". Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2872 Rodgers, Catherine The Towers Inheritance
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1958 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Gerald McCann 
[book is lightly worn at extremities, with a bit of dust-soiling to the top edge; jacket shows moderate overall wear, a little soiling and creasing to rear panel, a bit of crinkling at spine ends]. The only novel by this Alabama-born-and-bred author (1916-2004), who began writing short stories at the age of seven. Becoming, in her words, "increasingly obsessed with the desire to write" as she grew older, she sold her first story to a Birmingham newspaper in 1937. After earning her M.S. in English from Auburn in 1941, she spent the next decade teaching and helping out with her father's business, all the while continuing to write (although very little was published). In 1951, she enrolled in Hudson Strode's internationally-renowned fiction-writing course at the University of Alabama. (Strode's students are said to have published 59 novels and hundreds of short stories during his lifetime.) The novel she completed under his tutelage – an anti-war novel about World War II called "The Swinging Gate" – was bought by Doubleday, but ultimately shelved because it was felt to be too controversial. She continued to write and by 1956 had completed a second novel, "The Inheritors," which after substantial cuts and editorial revisions (the original manuscript was reportedly 1300 pages long) was published as "The Towers Inheritance" in February 1958. Set in and around Camp Hill, her birthplace and home in the woodlands of East Alabama, just after the turn of the Twentieth Century, it's a family-dynasty tale about the lumber business. Sometimes referred to as "Alabama's ‘Gone With the Wind'," it was certainly successful there – one apocryphal claim made for the book is that at one time it was to be found in more households in Chambers and Tallapoosa counties than any other book except the Bible – but later in her life, the author expressed the opinion that it would have enjoyed much greater success if it had come out ten years earlier. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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2873 Rodman, Selden Renaissance in Haiti: Popular Painters in the Black Republic [*SIGNED* by multiple artists]
New York Pelligrini & Cudahy 1948 First Edition Hardcover Fair Signed by Illustrator
(no dust jacket) [considerable exterior wear: heavy edgewear, soiling, bottom corner of spine worn (or chewed) away, etc.] (B&W photos; color and B&W plates) The exterior condition of this book is certainly sub-standard, but its content is unique: its one-time owner had an opportunity to have several of the artists whose work is represented within autograph the book next to reproductions of their paintings. The book contains a total of ten such signatures of the following four artists: Rigaud Benoit, "one of the most admired and successful of Haitian popular painters" (pages 82, 83, 84, 101, 102, 103); Louverture Poisson (plate H, facing page 83); Wilson Bigaud (page 87, next to a photo of himself); and Fernand Pierre (pages 124 and 125). Benoit and Bigaud, in particular, were among the more important members of the so-called "first generation" of Haitian artists; in the early 1950s, both contributed murals to the interior decoration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, which was unfortunately destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. There appear to be at least five additional artists' signatures on the book's front endpaper, but due to some one-time moisture absorption, that page has become thoroughly stuck to the front pastedown -- a real shame. (The people who, over the years, mis-handled and mis-treated this book should be horse-whipped; I'll gladly supply the horse.) Signed by Illustrator 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2874 Rofheart, Martha Glendower Country
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1973) 0-399-11075-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Milton Glaser 
[nice copy, very light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a bit of edgewear, one tiny tear at top front hinge]. Historical novel about Owen Glendower, the last Welsh Prince of Wales -- "the great, larger-than-life Welsh hero, who led one of the first bids for nationalism in the feudal Europe of the fourteenth century. He emerges in this dramatic novel as one of the unique figures of his time, a man of exceptional strength, intellect, and sensuality. His sophistication and urbanity in a savage age, his quest for knowledge, art, and science in a world that lived by faith alone, earned him the scornful English epithet of 'the Welsh Magician.'" The story is told by several narrators, including Glendower himself and his friend Geoffrey Chaucer. (I believe this is the same novel published in England in 1975 under the title "Cry 'God for Glendower'".) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2875 Rogers, Frances Mr. Brady's Camera Boy
Philadelphia/New York J. P. Lippincott Company (c.1951) NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by Dudley G. Summers 
(price-clipped) [ex-school library book, moderately worn, typical markings (incl. date due slip & pocket in rear of book, library stamps on all edges), ffep cut away, tape marks on covers; jacket rubbed, a few small tears, some scarring to spine from label removal]. "The young camera expert of today -- and any boy or girl who likes adventure -- will enjoy this story of a boy who had the luck to get a job as an apprentice to Mathew Brady, the great pioneer in photography. 'Brady's Gallery' was a busy place in Washington even before Civil War days, and at the Battle of Bull Run, Brady drove his dark-room on wheels to the battlefields and took photographs which are now famous as the first official American war photographs." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2876 Rogers, Frederick Rand Treason in American Education: A Case History
New York/Monterey CA Pleiades Publications c.1949 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [jacket worn, with several tears, soiling on back cover]. Pity the poor author -- he set out to simply write a biography of his beloved professor Ellwood Patterson Cubberly, first dean of the School of Education at Stanford, "for over fifty years devoted to American public education to the exclusion of all else save his devoted wife." In the process of research, however, he smelled something rotten, and upon further investigation discovered nothing less than what he termed "a mortal defect in the body-politic of North America." So instead he decided to write a history of Stanford University itself, to expose "the 'social errors' and wilful irresponsibilities of (chiefly) school and 'higher education' pedagogues -- i.e., professors and executive officers. It is aimed at the rescue of U.S.A. schools and colleges from amoral and short- visioned science, the cynical materialism of anti-religion and the cult of academic license [and] therefore at the clear-cut return of Yankee pedagogy to reason, religious aims and instruction, responsibility to constituted authorities and positive service to educational trusts and to the nation's welfare." Although it's claimed that the "Treason" of the book's title " does not refer to political subversiveness at all," it's not hard to see where this mind-set was heading, particularly in the McCarthy/HUAC era. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2877 Rogers, Lou Ska-Denge (Beaver for Revenge)
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by the author 
[nice fresh copy, minimal shelfwear, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket shows light surface wear (mostly to rear panel), minor crinkling at spine ends, tiny tears at base of spine and at top rear corner]. (color frontispiece, B&W drawings) A "thrilling story of the world of woods and swamps, of lake and stream, of mountain crags and hidden caves, as absorbingly interesting as the most exciting human drama." Our intrepid hero is "Red Alder," "the chief of a brave and shrewd beaver tribe," who had also been the protagonist of the author's previous adventure in this vein, "The Rise of the Red Alders," published in 1928 and lauded on the jacket flap as The Outstanding Animal Book of the Year (although it's unmentioned who dubbed it thus). At any rate, I gather that Red is a pretty tough customer -- he bares his teeth quite often in the book's illustrations, while taking on all manner of wildcats, weasels, eagles and other predatory types. Lou Rogers (aka Lou Rogers Wehlitz) was apparently a North Carolina author, although I've so far been unable to come up with any significant background on her. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2878 Rogers, Ray Mount The Long White Cloud; a novel of New Zealand
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, front cover just a bit bowed; jacket has some wear at edges/corners, a few small closed tears along top and bottom edges, small damaged (surface-peeled) strip (about 1/8" x 1/2") at bottom right of front panel]. The author's first novel, a story about steeplechase horse racing, inspired by his grandfather's tales of early New Zealand settlers. The title comes from the Polynesian Maori name for New Zealand--Aotearoa, or "the land of the long white cloud." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2879 Rohde, William L. Give Me a Little Something
New York Pyramid Books (G226) 1956 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good 
[solid square copy, minor dgewear, light soiling to covers, moderate browning to page edges]. Mass Market PB "The shocking story of a male escort!" (++) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2880 Rohmer, Sax The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu [Photoplay Edition] [original title: The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu]
New York A.L. Burt Company [1929] (c.1913) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[very light wear to extremities, slight fading to cloth at top and bottom edges; jacket has a short closed tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel, small tear at top front hinge, tiny chip at top of front panel]. (4 B&W movie stills) The first Fu-Manchu novel, issued here to coincide with the release of the first Fu Manchu feature film (there had been a couple of silent British serials), the 1929 Paramount production starring Warner Oland as the not-good Doctor. (And the film itself had yet another title, THE MYSTERIOUS DR. FU MANCHU.) Oland did a couple more Fu films in the early 1930s before moving all the way to the other end of the Good-Evil spectrum to assume the mantle of Charlie Chan, a part that he inhabited fully (despite being, you know, Swedish rather than Chinese) until his death in 1938. And if you're wondering about that damned hyphen, just ... don't. The earliest books used it, and then it got dropped, but has continued to pop up ever since thanks to people (including publishers and book-jacket designers) who just aren't paying attention. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2881 Roldán, José Manuel, and Luis Carandell (text); Koldo Chamorro (photography) The Silver Road
Barcelona/Madrid Lunwerg Editores, S.A. (c.1995) 84-7782-331-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light dampstain surrounding base of spine (interior of book unaffected), otherwise no significant wear; jacket lightly rubbed, 3/4" tear at top front foldover, minor wrinkling along top edge]. (color photographs, other illustrations) Photographic travel essay depicting scenes of nature and civilization (modern and ancient) along "the Silver Road," an important route dating to Roman times, whose course traces "a journey through the historic and artistic heritage of Spain." The photographic part of the book is prefaced by two lengthy essays discussing the road's historical and cultural importance. The text of this edition, issued under the auspices of the Spanish Ministry of Commerce and Tourism (for obvious reasons), is entirely in English. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2882 Rolfe, Lionel Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground
Los Angeles California Classics Books (c.1998) 1-879395-01-0 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover photo) Phil Stern 
[nice clean copy, just the faintest trace of handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In 16 essays about American culture and politics, [the author], a scion of the world-renowned musical Menuhin family, mixes it up with royalty, revolutionaries, murderers, celebrities and visionaries, in a journey that juxtaposes his uncle, classical master violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and Frank Zappa. Collectively his tales rip the masks off the politics, culture and society of the last four decades of the 20th century. His political coverage ranges from Abba Eban, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon to Jim Garrison and Robert Kennedy." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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2883 Roosevelt, Theodore, and the Staff of the Reader's Digest (selected by) The Readers Digest Reader
New York Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1940 NO 1st Edition (stated) Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dj 
[solid clean copy, mild shelfwear, top front corner lightly bumped; jacket heavily edgeworn, numerous small tears & chips, small piece missing at lower left-hand corner of front panel, previous owner's address label on ffep, where there is also a large glue stain from a no-longer-present bookplate]. 140 articles, selected from the first 18 years of the RD's publication, and representing "nearly every periodical published in the United States during that period, and virtually every prominent American writer. It constitutes a valuable permanent record of the most stimulating and provocative journalistic writing and opinion of an era, and a history of American magazine reading." (Or, alternatively, a chronicle of middlebrow American culture during the inter-war period.) [NOTE that although this is a stated "First Edition," there is no price printed on the unclipped jacket flaps. And does it bother anybody else that they left the apostrophe out of the book's title? Maybe it tilted to the Left!] 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2884 Ropes, Bradford 42nd Street
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1933] (c.1932) NO PhotoPlay Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book but minimally marked as such (a couple of faint stamps of "Butler Block Pharmacy, Lansing, Mich." on front pastedown and verso of ffep, plus a couple of handwritten numbers); a solid book, moderately worn and lightly bumped at several corners, spine cloth faded (author/title in red, still readable), spine slightly turned]. (B&W photographic endpapers) Photoplay Edition (tie-in) for the 1933 Warner Bros. film adaptation, which in turn was adapted into the hit 1980 Broadway show of the same name. The book is illustrated not in the usual fashion of photoplay editions (with stills bound into the text), but in this case by an array of stills on the endpapers -- a total of twelve different scenes (six in the front of the book and six in the back). Although it might seem at first glance as though the novel and the movie cover pretty much the same narrative trajectory -- the blurb in the front of the book describes it as "the story of a musical show from the time of casting to the opening night" -- in fact the book is a good deal rougher than the film in its depiction of the seamier side of showbiz. Aptly described by online critic Scott Miller as "a wild, outrageous, and very adult, pulp potboiler [with] lots of casual sex, lots of drinking, lots of adultery, lots of lies," it's considerably more realistic and less romanticized than the movie, with its melodramatic excess ("You're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"), informed as it certainly was by the author's own youthful experiences as a vaudeville and nightclub dancer. (It's also worth noting that in the novel, the stage director Julian Marsh and the juvenile lead Billy Lawler (played in the film by Warner Baxter and Dick Powell, respectively) are lovers -- a relationship that was obviously "unsuitable" for the screen, even though the full force of the Motion Picture Production Code wouldn't be brought to bear on Hollywood filmmakers until over a year after this film's release.) Ropes followed this book, his first, with two similarly-themed novels ("Stage Mother," 1933, and "Go Into Your Dance," 1934), before settling into a career as a Hollywood screenwriter of B-movies, often with a musical angle or element (e.g. SWING IN THE SADDLE, SONG OF ARIZONA, MELODY RANCH, etc.). A very scarce book, in any edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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2885 Rorem, Ned A Ned Rorem Reader
New Haven/London Yale University Press (c.2001) 0-300-08984-8 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[tight, clean, as-new copy, with just the slightest trace of handling wear]. "Ned Rorem, composer and writer, is both a gifted memoirist and one of our most acerbic cultural commentators. This anthology of his musings on music, people, and life surveys the full range of his literary achievement and reflects the evolution of his sensibilities." Foreword by J.D. McClatchy. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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2886 Rose, Virginia Hell is Relative
New York Pageant Press, Inc. (c.1958) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Barry Martin 
[solid copy, worn at spine ends, moderate soiling to page edges, bookstore stamp on rear pastedown; jacket soiled/rubbed, several tiny tears/chips]. A novel of prostitution, about "a girl who becomes so inextricably involved in the clutches of vice that death provides her only escape. [The book] has the unmistakable ring of truth because it is based on the story told the author, a nurse, by one of her patients who had actually lived it." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2887 Rosen, Charles Players and Pretenders: The Basketball Team That Couldn't Shoot Straight
New York Holt, Rinehart and Winston (c.1981) 0-03-053786-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, top rear corner lightly bumped, one-inch stretch at bottom of front cover is scraped and very slightly split; jacket a little faded along spine edge of rear panel]. The author, a former college and semipro basketball star, believed basketball to be a "spiritual game," and as "a Zen exercise seeking the spiritual radiance of the game," he agreed to coach the Bard College basketball team during the 1979-80 season. Bard, however, was and is a small liberal arts institution -- anything but a sports powerhouse. This is his diary of that season, in which he led a team described as "a ragtag collection of individualists with various degrees of competence and incompetence" to a 1-16 record. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2888 Rosen, Ruth, and Sue Davidson, eds. The Maimie Papers
[n.p.] Feminist Press / Indiana University Press (c.1977) 0-253-23600-2 Unstated Softcover Very Good 
[mild edgewear, a bit of rubbing to covers, remainder mark on bottom edge]. Trade PB "These letters, written between 1910 and 1922 by a young Jewish prostitute,Maimi Pinzer, to Boston philanthropist Fanny Quincy Howe, are a unique and moving chronicle of the life of a poor, working woman in early twentieth-century America. At thirteen, Maimi began a struggle for survival that led her into contact with other poor and exploited people whose miseries and hopes she depicted with a writer's gift." (Published in cooperation with The Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College, which holds the original letters from which the book was compiled.) 
Price: 6.00 USD
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2889 Rosenberg, Jan Women's Reflections: The Feminist Film Movement
Ann Arbor MI UMI Research Press (c.1983, 1979) 0-8357-1400-4 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book, top corners slightly bumped but no other significant wear]. (Studies in Cinema, No. 22) Series 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2890 Rosenberg, Peter Michael Kissing Through a Pane of Glass [*SIGNED*]
London Simon and Schuster 1993 0671718061 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped, faint browning to page edges; mild surface wear to rear jacket panel, very slight edgewear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page, dated 24/6/93. A novel (the author's first) of sexual obsession, set in India and England; runner-up in the 1992 Betty Trask Prize. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2891 Rosenfeld, Paul The Boy in the Sun
New York The Macaulay Company 1928 First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [reading copy only, well-worn at extremities (boards exposed in many spots), general external soiling, front hinge weak, rear hinge cracked, etc.; text itself is clean and complete]. "In this moving, psychological portrait of an embryonic artist, the author has expressed the tragic conflict between an humiliated father and his impressionable son. [The book] is the song of an individual and of life. Mortified by the misadventure of his father, David Bauer is thrown into an emotional opposition to the past in himself. Intrinsically religious, and born on the genteel, neurasthenic, 'ethical' fringe of New York Jewish society, his descent, and to a certain degree, his person, become paralyzing problems to him. Unable either to accept or escape them, he gropes uncertainly throughout his adolescence for an individual hold." [Quoted from the dust jacket, NOT present on this copy of the book.] 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2892 Rosenkrantz, Baron Palle [Adam Vilhelm] The Man in the Basement
New York Empire Book Company (c.1907) 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Alex O. Levy 
(no dust jacket; pictorial label on front cover) [a good solid copy, moderately shelfworn at top and bottom edges, binding still very firm with no cracking or weakening to hinges; very slight surface deterioration to cloth along left-hand side of front cover] (frontispiece + 2 additional b&w plates) The first of this Danish attorney-writer's several mysteries to be published in the United States. A man of letters, as they used to say (who wrote plays, histories, journalism, and even silent films), he was a best-selling author prior to World War I, and is credited with establishing the crime novel as a literary genre in Denmark. An annual prize presented by the Danish Police College (Det danske Kriminalakademi) for the best crime novel published in Danish is named after him. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2893 Rosenthal, Chuck Experiments with Life and Deaf
New York Weidenfeld & Nicolson (c.1987) 1-55584-104-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) David Shannon 
[nice clean copy, one tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, no other significant wear; minor surface wear to jacket]. (The Loop Trilogy, Book Two) Series The second book in the author's Loop Trilogy, centering around the adventures of 17-year-old Jarvis Loop, "a fugitive from the law for an ever-increasing list of offenses." The novel "offers a brilliant, hyper-real vision of coming of age in working-class America that sweeps from the wildest comedy to the darkest pathos." 
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2894 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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2895 Ross, Lillian Here But Not Here: A Love Story
New York Random House (c.1998) 0-375-50119-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Andy Carpenter 
[minor bumping to spine ends, otherwise a nice clean copy with no significant wear; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges, minor wrinkling, a touch of wear at several corners, light surface rubbing]. (B&W photographs) "In this fascinating and beautiful memoir, the renowned New Yorker writer Lillian Ross tells a remarkable love story of the passionate life she shared for forty years with William Shawn, The New Yorker's famous editor." Remarkable indeed: "Shawn was married, yet Ross and Shawn created a home together a dozen blocks south of the Shawns' apartment, raised a child, and lived with discretion. Their lives intertwined from the 1950s until Shawn's death, in 1992." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2896 Ross, Marion W. Bibliography of Vietnamese Literature in the Wason Collection at Cornell University (Data Paper: Number 90)
Ithaca NY Cornell University/Southeast Asia Program/Dept. of Asian Studies May 1973 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[light shelfwear, minor scuffing/soiling to covers]. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2897 Ross, Nathaniel Lester Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe
[n.p.] Quality RJ 1987 (c.1981, 1988) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj 
[spine turned, faint foxing to top edge, tiny stain on fore-edge, no other significant wear; jacket heavily foxed internally and along edges of jacket flaps, but the exterior shows only moderate wear, one small closed tear at bottom of front panel, minor wrinkling]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Despite being (apparently) self-published, this is a well-researched and reasonably well-written biography of the "Man of a Thousand Faces," although it was eclipsed by Michael Blake's excellent (and better-produced) book on Chaney, published just a few years later. Interestingly, in his Introduction the author takes some rather pointed jabs at "a group of enterprising young gentlemen [who] got together to produce a magazine devoted to horror motion pictures," and (in his opinion) essentially defamed the memory of Chaney by dubbing him "Mister Monster" and improperly emphasizing his horror-film roles and persona above all other aspects of his life and career. (This is a pretty clear reference to Forrest J Ackerman and his "Famous Monsters of Filmland," and the author returns to grind that axe a little more in the closing pages of the book, complaining that "the man who had never really played a monster in his career" had been turned into a horror-film cult figure by "the collectors and their panderers.") Includes filmography, bibliography, index. [Note the peculiarity of the dating: 1987 appears on the title page, but "Copyright 1981, 1988" on the copyright page.] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2898 Ross, Sam He Ran All the Way
New York Farrar, Straus and Company 1947 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight fraying at bottom corners, spine slightly turned; jacket a bit faded at spine, shallow chipping at spine ends, several tears (with associated creasing) at corner of rear panel, light overall rubbing/soiling].4736 Suspense thriller set in Chicago. The basis for the unfortunate John Garfield's unfortunate last film (1951), a muddled and generally unconvincing minor noir. 
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2899 Rossle, (Dr.) Robert, and (Dr.) Kurt Apitz Atlas der Pathologischen Anatomie [Atlas of Pathological Anatomy]; eine sammlung typischer [etc.]
Stuttgart George Thieme Verlag 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate exterior wear, bumped corners, covers bowed outwards a bit, previous owner's signature on ffep but otherwise quite clean]. (B&W/color photographs) Text entirely in German, but the pictures transcend language -- and if you're a fan of tumors and growths, this is the book for you. Hundreds of photographs (the great majority in color) illustrate a truly mind-boggling array of diseased and/or misshapen internal organs -- lungs, heart, intestines, lymph nodes, they're all here,and not looking well. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2900 Rossner, Judith To the Precipice
New York William Morrow & Co. 1966 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by Jacket by Ellin Raskin 
[clean + square, a bit of wear at spine ends, a couple of lightly bumped corners, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket worn at edges/corners, several small tears]. Presentable copy of the author's first novel. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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