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2801 Prince, Don S-w-o-o-p [Swoop]
New York Julian Messner, Inc. (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj Illustrated by Robbie 
[book is "Good" only, with heavy wear to cloth at top and bottom edges, slight fraying to bottom corners, some small tape marks and various other traces on both pastedowns which suggest that this is an ex-library book although there are no library markings per se; jacket is serviceable but heavily worn, with old internal tape reinforcements at all folding points, light stain along left edge of front panel, etc.]. (B&W line drawings) Very uncommon satirical fantasy-farce about a young New Yorker who discovers one day that he can fly, and the many compensations and complications this ability brings to his life. The author, a Georgia-based booking and publicity agent "for several major motion picture companies," had penned one previous novel in a similar vein, "Tom," about a man who makes a Faustian pact with his cat. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2802 Prince, Don Reflections in a Glass Eye [*SIGNED*]
San Francisco Hesperian House (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) James Buck Signed by Author
[light shelfwear only, minor discoloration/staining along top edge of rear board; jacket slightly chipped at top of spine, small closed tear and associated horizontal crease at top edge of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Strange and uncommon novel, written from the point of view of a ventriloquist's dummy. The author's father, Arthur Prince, was a world- renowned ventriloquist, who toured with -- and was buried with! -- his "ventriloqual figure," Sailor Jim. According to the jacket blurb, the author "suggests that the puppet enlarged his area of domination from father to son, and acted as a macabre muse in the shaping of this work of fiction. Creeped out? Me, too! Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2803 Prindle, David F. The Politics of Glamour: Ideology and Democracy in the Screen Actors Guild
Madison WI University of Wisconsin Press (c.1988) 0-299-11810-X First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket a bit rubbed/scuffed]. (B&W photographs) "Drawing upon interviews, film rchives, press reports, and the documents of the Guild itself, [the author] examines the founding and growth of the Screen Actors Guild in the union battleground of the 1930s, when craft and industrial unions struggled for national dominance and organized crime attempted to muscle in on Hollywood. He analyzes its politics during the bitter factionalism of the era of the Hollywood blacklist and its efforts to protect its members as television radically changed the film industry in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Finally, he examines the conditions that led to the rise of a two-party electoral system between progressive and conservative actors in the 1970s and '80s, and warns that their ideological warfare may be on the verge of tearing the Guild apart." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2804 Pringle, Peter K., and Helen H. Clinton Radio and Television: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography: Supplement Two, 1982-1986
Metuchen NJ/London Scarecrow Press 1989 0-8108-2158-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor exterior rubbing/scuffing, mostly to rear cover]. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2805 Proctor, Lillian Cummins No Uncertain Sound [*SIGNED*]
Minneapolis Augsburg Publishing House (c.1966) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Delor Erickson Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, minor edge soiling/yellowing; jacket worn along top edge, minor soiling to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "Action for this absorbing religious novel takes place during the years of Jesus' ministry. Tribune Claudius Lysias, mentioned briefly in Acts, is assigned a post in Jerusalem. A series of events brings the Roman soldier in contact with those who knew Christ: John the Baptist, Nicodemus,Mary and Martha, Zacchaeus, Philip, Peter, James and John." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2806 Pronzini, Bill Gun in Cheek: A Study of "Alternative" Crime Fiction
New York Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (c.1982) 0-89296-900-8 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino 
[nice tight copy, minimal wear, would be Near Fine except for large "P" (probably a remainder mark) stamped on top edge; jacket a little curled along top edge, with one two-inch tear that's been rather amateurishly tape-repaired]. "A unique crash course in the worst English and American crime fiction of the twentieth century. [The author], in what can only be called a labor of love, discusses, digests, and shares the best of the worst -- adding a wonderfully comprehensive bibliography for advanced and dedicated devotees." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2807 Propp, V. Ja. (translated and edited by Roberta Reeder) Down Along the Mother Volga: An Anthology of Russian Folk Lyrics
Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press (c.1975) 0-8122-7668-8 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[clean solid copy, minor wear at spine ends; jacket sunned at spine and along left edge of front panel, mildly rubbed]. First English translation of this significant structural analysis of Russian folklore. "In this study, [the author] does not limit himself to formalistic analysis, but also considers the Russian folk lyric in the social and historical context in which it was produced. Although the focus of Propp's study is on the Russian folk lyric, the model he establishes is applicable to the study of the folk lyric in other cultures as well." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2808 Prouty, Howard The Dozen and One: A Field Guide to the Books of Jim Tully
Los Angeles ReadInk 2012 NO First Edition Stapled wraps Fine 
[brand-new, in perfect condition]. (color and B&W photographs) A survey of the published books of Ohio-born writer Jim Tully (1886-1947), precursor of the hard-boiled school of American letters -- a household name in his heyday (the 1920s and 1930s) yet almost completely forgotten today. This handsome 20-page booklet contains a full-page color photo and a brief blurb for each of Tully's thirteen books, many of which were fictionalized versions of his own rough-and-tumble early life or of his colorful Irish-American family. Tully's journalistic work appeared in many popular magazines of the day, such as "Vanity Fair" and "The American Mercury" (H.L. Mencken was one of his major boosters), and he also maintained a parallel career as one of the most insightful writers of celebrity profiles, including among his subjects many Hollywood figures such as his one-time employer Charlie Chaplin (who successfully prevented Tully from publishing a full-length biography of him that he believed to be insufficiently adulatory). Also covered briefly are the two films based on Tully books, BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) and LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933), as well as paperback editions and recent reissues of his work. A very useful introduction to a writer who should be at least half as well known as such contemporaries as James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett. Issued in a limited printing of 200 hand-numbered copies. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2809 Prouty, Olive Higgins Now, Voyager [*SIGNED*]
New York Sun Dial Press 1943 (c.1941) NO Reprint Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[exceptionally nice copy, especially for a cheaply-manufactured book, with just some very light wear to the bottom edge and a slight bowing to the front board; jacket is sunned a bit at the spine, with a bit of edgewear and a handful of tiny tears, still very presentable]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author (in pencil!) on the ffep, additionally dated May 12, 1945; laid in is a program from "The Annual Scholarship Tea" held in honor of Mrs. Prouty on that date, at the State Teachers College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Basis for one of the best romantic weepie movies of all time, starring the great Bette Davis and the infinitely suave Paul Henreid, who took a back seat to no man when it came to lighting up a cancer stick for his lady love. ("Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." Chokes me up just thinking about it.) The dust jacket, of which this is a pleasing example despite being somewhat worn, uses the same basic design as the first edition jacket, but with a brighter color scheme and some added text -- "The engrossing story of a woman who overcame her own inhibitions and found a free life" and "by the author of Stella Dallas." Signed books by this author are quite uncommon, and I think she may have been partial to pencil: her memoir, published in 1961, was called "Pencil Shavings." Signed by Author 
Price: 450.00 USD
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2810 Prudon, Theodore H.M. Preservation of Modern Architecture
Hoboken NJ John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (c.2008) 0471662941 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket, presumably as issued) [minor bumping to a couple of corners, otherwise as-new]. (B&W/color photos, architectural drawings) "An architect's guide to the preservation of modern architecture filled with illustrative case studies," this hefty tome addresses the question of how to "preserve the design intent and character of a modern building while using new materials and advanced technologies not available when the building was constructed." (Under discussion, mostly, are buildings dating from the 1920s through the 1970s.) ***NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 95.00 USD
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2811 Pryde, Anthony, and R.K. Weekes The Lily and the Sword
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[lovely clean book, just a touch of wear to base of spine; jacket very attractive, showing only minor wear at extremities, a handful of insignificant nicks and closed tears, tiny piece missing from bottom right corner of front panel]. Ruritanian romance, "the story of Wanda Radolin and her brother Clement, last survivors of a proud but impoverished house in the principality of the cruel and fascinating Prince Heinrich, one of the lesser rulers of central Europe in the middle of the past century." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2812 Puente, Henry The Promotion and Distribution of U.S. Latino Films
New York Peter Lang (c.2011) 1433113279 1st Edition (pb issue) Softcover Fine 
[bright and clean, essentially as new, with no discernible wear]. (Intersections in Communication and Culture, Vol. 28) Series (tables, charts) "This book documents the barriers to success encountered by U.S. Latino films over the past three decades, as their proponents sought to secure distribution deals and prove the films' worth as commodities. [It] includes interviews with marketers, publicists, and producers, and secondary research material from trade publications, newspaper articles, and websites, centering on marketing strategies, release dates, and box office figures. One of the first academic works to analyze the concurrent social and industrial factors within the U.S. Latino community and the larger Hollywood marketplace, this book examines and illuminates the history of U.S. Latino films." Bibliography, index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2813 Pullman, Philip The Golden Compass
New York Alfred A. Knopf (c.1996, 1995) 0-679-87924-2 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Eric Rohmann 
[nice clean copy, book very slightly twisted on its axis, mild shelfwear, miniscule bump to bottom front corner; jacket shows only light surface handling wear]. (His Dark Materials, Book One) Series The first book in the author's "His Dark Materials" trilogy; originally published in England as "Northern Lights." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2814 Purdy, James In the Hollow of His Hand
London Peter Owen 1988 (c.1986) 0-7206-0695-0 1st U.K. ed Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Keith Cunningham 
(price-clipped) [very slight bumping to a couple of corners; jacket shows some rubbing, mild edgewear]. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2815 Purtill, Richard Enchantment at Delphi
San Diego Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1986) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
Fine in Fine dj [a lovely copy, with NO remainder mark]. Young Adult novel, based on the author's extensive archaeological and historical knowledge of Delphi and its oracle. The story concerns a young American student, Alice Grant, who is exploring among the ruins of Delphi when she stumbles across a mysterious Line of Power that is used repeatedly by the gods to draw Alice back to their time, where they call upon Alice's 20th-century perspective to help them settle ancient disputes and aid them in their on-going struggles for power. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2816 Puzo, Mario The Godfather Papers & Other Confessions
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1972) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Joe Tully 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just tiny traces of soiling, faint scuffing to rear panel, one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel near spine]. "The present work is highly personal, freewheeling, and autobiographical. Here we find many intimate, amusing, and startling disclosures about the author's life, Hollywood, gambling, the Italian way of life, the art of writing, the making of THE GODFATHER film, food, sex and male chauvinism, directors and film stars, etc. Primarily, it discloses the man behind the book -- and the myth." A very nice copy of this easily-worn book; NOT the book club edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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2817 Quantrill, Malcolm, and Bruce Webb, eds. The Culture of Silence: Architecture's Fifth Dimension
College Station TX Texas A&M University Press (c.1998) 0-89096-785-7 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, just the teensiest bit of handling wear to book and jacket]. (Studies in Architecture and Culture, No. 4) Series (B&W photographs, architectural drawings) "The intent of these essays is to explore the notion of a 'culture of silence' through the basis of the architectural culture of modern Finland." Architects whose work is discussed and analyzed in connection with this theme include Alvar Aalto, Reima Pietilä, Juha Leiviska, Gunnar Asplund and Renzo Piano. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2818 Queen, Ellery The American Gun Mystery [Death at the Rodeo]
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1933 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(red cloth w/lettering & gun illustration in black; no dust jacket) [nice clean copy, cloth bright and lettering strong, light fraying at corners and slight bumping at spine ends, small triangular black mark on bottom edge next to spine; the book's only serious flaw, really, is that the top one-third or so of the ffep has been cut away] . 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2819 Quick, Herbert, and Elena Stepanoff MacMahon We Have Changed All That
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1928) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "Pic"[?] 
[tiny bit of some foreign substance adhered to bottom of rear cover (you'll never notice it unless you go looking for it), otherwise a tight clean book with just the faintest trace of shelfwear; jacket has tiny tears at several corners, some wear along the top edge, one little chip at top of rear panel, some vertical creasing at the edge of the front flap]. Novel about the travails suffered by a lady of wealth and rank in "the ancient city of Kazan, the center of culture in Eastern Russia," in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution. As explained in a Publisher's Note at the front of the book, Herbert Quick met his co-author on a visit to Vladivostok in 1920 on behalf of the Red Cross. She, "a monarchist of the extreme right," had been a refugee since September 10, 1918, when the Bolsheviks captured Kazan; she subsequently met and married an American officer of engineers, and by 1921 was living with him in the Oak Park section of Chicago. Quick and Mrs. MacMahon collaborated on the book primarily by mail, but had not yet completed in at the time of his death in May 1925; about the work in progress, he had written to his publisher in that "the fact, the nuances of the life, and the plot in large measure, are furnished by my collaborator." 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2820 Quintero, Jorge Radio Rocketeers [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Pied-Piper Press (c.1938) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
(pictorial paste-on front cover label; no dust jacket) [moderately worn book, slight fading to cloth at spine, corners lightly bumped, slight scrunching of bottom corners of a few pages; attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown]. INSCRIBED ("To Twentieth Century Radio Productions") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A big-business conspiracy novel, in which an intrepid maverick scientist/inventor/genius develops the most incredible radio known to Mankind -- something called the Crystal Projector Radio -- which has the potential to revolutionize the communications industry. Alas, said industry is thoroughly dominated by the Bulle Telephone Corporation, Cistern Electric, Wistful Onion, the Gnashional Blatcasting Stations and other Entrenched Interests, who don't particularly want to be revolutionized; naturally the thoroughly corrupt Government, the press (the Hearse newspapers) and an army of gangsters are in their service as well. But Our Hero, inventor Joe Simpson, takes on the whole crooked lot of them with the aid of the "Radio Rocketeers." (The name suggests a band of colorfully-costumed superheroes, but in fact it just seems to be a nickname for Simpson's associates in the Crystal Projector Radio Company.) Nothing is known of this author; although four additional titles are credited to him in the front matter of this book, they all appear to be fictitious, and I've been unable to identify any other books attributed to the "Pied-Piper Press" in Los Angeles. Signed by Author 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2821 Quirk, Lawrence J. The Films of Ronald Colman
Secacus NJ The Citadel Press (c.1977) 0-8065-0562-1 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Janet Anderson 
[minimal shelfwear, slight bump to bottom rear corner, very light foxing to top edge, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on ffep; jacket shows light wear and minor wrinkling at extremities]. (B&W photographs) A film-by-film chronicle of the career of this most polished of screen actors, who became a star in the late silent era and transitioned smoothly to talkies -- one might even say transcended, when you take into account that wonderful voice. The usual: cast, credits and synopses for all his films, plus an introductory biographical essay and a portrait gallery. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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2822 Rabinowitz, Jacob J., translator The Code of Maimonides, Book Thirteen: The Book of Civil Laws
New Haven Yale University Press 1949 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[solid clean copy, light browning to page edges but otherwise virtually unworn; jacket very browned at spine and along edges, minor paper loss at top of spine, otherwise clean and intact]. (Yale Judaica Series, Vol. II) Series "This volume offers the first translation ever made of Book Thirteen of The Code of Maimonides. Compiled in the latter part of the twelfh century, this monumental work of Maimonides is the most authoritative and complete restatement of Jewish Law after the close of the Talmud. It represents the culmination of over fifteen centuries of uninterrupted legal development among a people for whom the study of law not only served intensely practical purposes but was also a mode of worship. The present book consists of the following five Treatises: The Laws of Hiring; The Laws of Borrowing and Depositing; The Laws of Creditor and Debtor; The Laws of Pleading; The Laws of Inheritance." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2823 Racina, Thom The Great Los Angeles Blizzard [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1977) 0-399-12033-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (relief sculpture on jacket) John Sposato Signed by Author
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, spine very slightly turned, small scrape mark on ffep; jacket a little edgeworn, a couple of tiny tears/nicks at top of spine, similar tiny tears at a couple of corners and bottom of rear panel, minor spotting mid-spine]. INSCRIBED ("Think snow!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Disaster novel about the havoc wreaked upon a "woefully unprepared" L.A. when the city is battered by a devastating snowstorm. (Considering how people here freak out, at least on the roadways, when we just get a little rain, I hate to imagine. But I don't have to, because Thom Racina has!) Signed by Author 
Price: 18.00 USD
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2824 Radelet, Michael L., Hugo Adam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases [*SIGNED*]
Boston Northeastern University Pr. (c.1992) 1-55553-142-3 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy, minor handling wear; jacket has slight wear at extremities, a couple of small tears at corners]. SIGNED by all three authors, next to their names on the title page, with a brief inscription ("For ________ / Keep the faith!") added. " Few errors made by a government can compare with the horror of executing an innocent person. But the ordeal of victims of judicial error is not measured only by whether they are executed. This sobering book tells the personal stories of over 400 innocent Americans convicted of capital crimes. Some were actually executed; most suffered years of incarceration, many on death row. The volume confronts the reader with how easily safeguards against mistaken convictions can fail. In showing that ordinary citizens, in spite of their innocence, can become trapped in the machinery of justice--even sentenced to die--the authors deliver a strong indictment against capital punishment." Obviously a book that G.W. Bush never bothered to crack open (which does not, of course, make it in any way unique). Signed by All Authors 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2825 Ragen, Naomi The Sacrifice of Tamar
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. (c.1994) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Judith K. Leeds 
[nice copy with minimal wear but red remainder stripe on top edge, close to spine; jacket shows minor handling wear, one tiny wrinkle at top of front panel]. "Tamar Finegold is twenty-one years old, a happy, chaste young bride in one of Brooklyn's insulated ultra-Orthodox enclaves, a community not unlike Crown Heights. As the wife of a rising young Rabbi and Talmud scholar, her status is assured, and she commands the respect and envy of her neighbors and friends. This staid, predictable life is brought to an abrupt end when she is raped by a black man who enteres the apartment where Tamar is caring for her sister's baby." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2826 Raiden, Edward The Gogglers: A Political Satire
Los Angeles Saturn Books (c.1967) NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Penelope Oshatz, Joe Johnson 
[lovely copy, tight and clean, appears unread; jacket shows the slightest bit of surface wear]. Satirical sci-fi novel, apparently self-published (I've turned up no other titles from a Los Angeles-based "Saturn Books"), and yet another reason why vanity-press and author-published novels are worthy of a comprehensive bibliography of their own. (If one already exists, please tell me about it!) I mean, what's not to love about a novel in which an astronaut travels to a planet (Goggle) that was colonized eons earlier by an Earthman, whose personal idiosyncracies have now become the bizarre customs of an entire civilization? Central to the story is the idea that the guy with the biggest schlong (oops, can I say "schlong"?) is the Chief of State -- and since our astronaut's hero's name is (ahem) Peter Longfellow, you might suspect that he's got a lot of, shall we say, leadership potential. The author, per the jacket blurb, was a lawyer and a writer of satirical poetry. (++) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2827 Rainey, Buck The Shoot-Em-Ups Ride Again: A Supplement to Shoot-Em-Ups
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press 1990 0-8108-2132-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor wear to top/bottom edges]. (B&W photographs) Includes not only new material, updating this indispensible genre filmography through 1989, but also additions/corrections to the previous volume. (++) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2828 Raison, Milton M. No Weeds for the Widow
Hollywood CA Murray & Gee, Inc. 1946 First Edition Hardcover Good in Poor dj 
[book shows shelfwear, ffep torn out, minor soiling to top edge, some fraying to cloth at extremities, a couple of bent page corners; jacket is well-worn at all edges, a couple of surface-peeled patches, front flap detached (held in place by Brodart cover)]. The author's third (I think) mystery novel featuring drama critic-detective Tony Woolrich, this one set on the south shore of Long Island. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2829 Raison, Milton, and Jack Harvey The Phantom of Forty-Second Street
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1936) NO First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book, well-worn all around, rear hinge cracked and front hinge weak; jacket flaps glued to pastedowns, vintage price sticker (from "Johnson's Bookstore," location unknown) on ffep; a previous owner/critic has pencilled an evaluation on the ffep, deeming it a "rather ribald mystery - not especially timeless but quick and lively"]. Murder mystery which introduced the character of Tony Woolrich, a drama critic and amateur sleuth, who here solves a string of murders committed by a homicidal maniac in various costumed guises (Napoleon, Nero and Captain Kidd). Co-author Raison certainly knew the theatrical milieu, having served as a publicity agent for several Broadway producers in the 1920s and early 1930s, before heading West and eventually settling into a prolific but fairly undistinguished career as a screenwriter, toiling exclusively on "B" fare -- including a 1945 adaptation of this very novel, produced by Poverty Row studio PRC. He also turned out a handful of additional mystery novels featuring Tony Woolrich during the 1940s, and ended his career as a TV writer. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2830 Rajan, Balachandra Too Long in the West
New York Atheneum 1962 (c.1961) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Arthur Hawkins 
[minor shelfwear, slight fading to boards at bottom edge, spine just a bit turned; jacket a bit soiled, minor edgewear, tiny ink stain at top edge of front panel]. "A hilarious and sharply satirical novel about India today. Nalini returns from America where she has spent three enlightening years at Columbia. She has chosen to come back to the perils of Mudalur, a remote and featureless village which her father has selected for his summer residence for reasons which rang from chaotic benevolence to a misjudged expectation of self-aggrandizement. Nalini skims across the mud to find the bizarre ramparts of her father's villa, Hillview, the scene of a reluctant house-party of suitors, brought to this outpost of lunacy in response to an advertisement offering Nalini in marriage." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2831 Rall, Ted To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue [*SIGNED* with a small sketch]
New York NBM (Nantier-Beall-Minoustchine Publishing Inc.) (c.2002) 1-56163-325-9 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[a touch of wear at base of spine, otherwise tight and clean; jacket shows a bit of scuffing, one tiny closed tear at bottom front hinge]. (cartoon drawings, B&W photographs, endpaper maps) INSCRIBED ("For ____ - with best regards") and SIGNED by the author on the title page; he has also drawn a small head-portrait (presumably of himself) to the left of his very stylized signature. The prize-winning cartoonist/columnist's look at the country and people of Afghanistan in the early days of the U.S. war against the Taliban. "At a time of unquestioning flag-waving, Rall went with hard questions and came back with some disturbing answers." (And a decade later, I suspect the questions would be just as hard, and the answers no more satisfactory or less disturbing.) Introduction by Bill Maher. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2832 Ramos, Manuel Blues for the Buffalo
New York St. Martin's Press 1997 0-312-15480-1 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Earl Keleny 
[nice tight copy, appears unread, very light smudge on fore-edge; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. The fourth mystery novel featuring Denver attorney Luis Montez. "Physically fatigued, mentally exhausted, and severely banged up from his most recent misadventures, Luis accepts a friend's offer to relax on a Mexican beach. But things just don't work out they way he plans." 
Price: 13.50 USD
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2833 Ramsey, G.C. Agatha Christie, Mistress of Murder
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1967) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[very clean book, slight bump to base of spine, no other significant wear; jacket lightly worn at edges and extremities, small closed tears at top of front panel and at top front foldover]. (B&W photographs) "An appreciation of Agatha Christie as a novelist and short story writer and a discussion of the unique techniques which account in a large part for her fabulously successful career. Chapters deal with the mystery story as a form, mystery writers as social historians, devices of the profession, the careers of Agatha Christie and her two detectives, Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Appendices include all Christie titles alphabetized, full-length novels and short story collections alphabetized, books and stories made into plays and films, and similar bibliographical information." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2834 Rapaport, Richard California Moderne and the Mid-century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett
New York Rizzoli International Publications 2014 0847842487 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[brand-new book, but with a couple of very slightly bumped corners; jacket is flawless]. (color and B&W photographs) Survey of the mid-century houses of architect Edward H. Fickett. "Fickett's innovative designs were profoundly in sync with Los Angeles's ascendance from second city into one of the world's great metropolises with innovative postwar tract houses, glamorous garden apartments in Hollywood in the 1950s, and ambitious houses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Malibu spanning from the 1950s through the 1980s. [This book] is not only a portrait of a beloved architect's enduring work, but also of a place and time that continues to capture the imagination." ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2835 Raphael, Ray Edges: Backcountry Lives in America Today on the Borderlands Between the Old Ways and the New
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1976 0-394-49990-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Dennis Corrigan 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, no significant wear, very light dust-soiling to top edge, a couple of tiny holes at top edge of rear cover (exposing boards); jacket lightly soiled, some rubbing to rear panel]. (line drawings by Susan Neri) "A moving, undoctrinaire view of small-town and backcountry folk as an 'endangered species.' Focusing again on his own California North, [the author] interweaves his narrative with first-person stories, letting the stubborn holdouts of country living -- the 'hard and crusty' older folk and the 'newly converted agrarian' young folk -- tell in their own voices what is happening in the still backwaters of the nation." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2836 Raphaelson, Samson Accent on Youth -and- White Man
New York/Los Angeles/London Samuel French 1935 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [some wear and fraying at all corners, spine a little turned, front hinge a little weak, large glue residue (from label removal?) on front pastedown, "Drama Department" stamped on title page and rear pastedown, one-time owner's name (and date and place of original purchase) on ffep, some minor pencil annotation in the text of the first play]. Two plays by the author of the source material for THE JAZZ SINGER. "Accent on Youth," the praises of which are sung by John Anderson in his Preface to this volume, was filmed three times: under its original title, in 1935; as a Bing Crosby musical vehicle, MR. MUSIC, in 1950; and finally as the romantic comedy BUT NOT FOR ME (1959), starring Clark Gable and Carroll Baker. "White Man" was a somewhat different matter. It's heralded here in a brief "open letter to the author" by one Barrett H. Clark, who calls the play (apparently written as early as 1929) a favorite of his and declares it "something more than one of those good things that hasn't yet made Broadway. It has been a standing challenge to the show business, but the show business has so far not taken it up." Well, a year or so following its publication here, Broadway did take it up, and it was a resounding flop (ekeing out just seven performances in October 1936); needless to say, no movie adaptation ensued. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2837 Rauch, Earl M. Dirty Pictures from the Prom
Garden City NY Doubleday Projections Books / Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1969 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alex Gotfryd 
[good solid book with minor shelfwear; jacket is lightly soiled and a bit age-toned, and has been nibbled just a bit along the bottom edge by some insect]. The author's first novel, written when he was 19, which "describes the quest of an existential Candide, searching vainly for a search worth searching for, trapped by the paradox that destroys the distinction between freedom and restriction, acceptance and rejection, affirmation and despair." (You know -- the Sixties.) Given its current scarcity in the marketplace, I suspect this book -- described by one online critic/appreciator as "an erudite, strange, entertaining and love-filled novel from an extremely intelligent [then-] young man who has since felt no need to return to this sort of thing" -- enjoys a bit of a cult following, probably not unrelated to the author's known affinity for the work of Thomas Pynchon. Rauch, under his full name of Earl Mac Rauch, went on to write a handful of notable movies, including Martin Scorsese's NEW YORK, NEW YORK and the 1984 sci-fi oddity THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI (which has a very definite cult following, and in fact traces its origins to the friendship between Rauch and the film's director-producer W.D. Richter, which began with the latter's discovery of this very novel) . NOTE that several passages and pages throughout the book are X-ed out -- but this is the way the book was printed. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2838 Rauch, Mabel Thompson The Little Hellion: A Story of "Egypt" (Southern Illinois)
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Albert Orbaan 
[ex-library but just mildly worn and minimal markings, front hinge a little loose (but not separated), faint tape residue on front cover only, pocket on rear fep; jacket is quite nice, clean and bright, spine somewhat faded (except where the call number label used to be), and a 1" irregular closed tear at bottom of spine]. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2839 Raymond, Alex (artwork); stories by Alex Raymond and Ward Greene Rip Kirby: The First Modern Detective: Complete Comic Strips 1946-1948 [Rip Kirby Volume One]
San Diego IDW Publishing 2009 1600104843 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[no significant wear to either book or jacket, BUT a previous owner's careless manipulation of the bound-in ribbon bookmark has caused an unfortunate tear to page 100; this in no way affects the book's readability, but there it is]. (The Library of American Comics) Series (comic strip reproductions, B&W photographs) Rip Kirby, whose comic-strip adventures commenced in 1946, represented "a fresh approach to the crime genre, an about-face from the prevailing hard-boiled style of detective fiction. Rip Kirby was smart and sophisticated, but still a man's man. He often applied scientific methods to his crime-solving techniques, but was still involved in plenty of action -- Kirby was an All-American athlete and decorated war hero." This volume collects all the Kirby strips from March 1946 through December 1948, preceded by a couple of brief essays about Alex Raymond's life and work. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2840 Rayne, Sarah Roots of Evil
London Simon & Schuster 2005 0739473417 Book Club Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[very nice clean copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. The discovery of a dead body in an abandoned film studio leads a woman to investigate an unsavory family secret, linked to the mysterious death a half-century before of her grandmother, "the infamous silent-screen actress Lucretia von Wolff, whose lovers were legion, whose scandals were numerous, whose life ended abruptly in a bizarre double murder and suicide" at the same studio. [NOTE that this is presumed to be a book club edition due to the absence of a printed price on the (unclipped) dust jacket.] 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2841 Read, Opie The Gold Gauze Veil
Chicago The Canterbury Press of Chicago 1927 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dj 
[good solid book, minor soiling to covers along top and bottom edges, some spotting to page edges, slight deterioration of cloth at spine ends; jacket worn at edges, corners and spine, ragged tear leading to small missing chunk at bottom of front panel, several smaller chips at edges of rear panel]. Vintage golf-themed novel, which according to the jacket blurb combines "the charm of the old Mississippi with the romance of modern youth, weaving throughout the lure of the golf course." The prolific Nashville-born author (1852-1939) was a newspaper editor and homespun humorist who turned out several dozen novels, of which this was one of his last. His fiction featured a gallery of stock Southern characters, including dialect-spouting darkies. I'm not quite sure what the plot of this book is about, but the protagonist starts out as a caddie, and characters throughout seem to be engaged in golf matches on a regular basis. On page 73, the protagonist opines that "in golf, my dear boy, one never retires and therefore his intellectual and physical arteries do not harden." Apparently Read knew wherefrom he spoke: according to a contemporary news item, at the age of 76 he was "healthy and vigorous," and played 18 to 36 holes of golf daily! The dust jacket, alas, is non-pictorial, although there is a cameo-like drawing of a golfer on the title page. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2842 Reagan, Ronald, with Richard G. Hubler Where's the Rest of Me?: The Ronald Reagan Story
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1965) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Ned Glattauer 
[solid clean copy, minor shelfwear, very light browning to page edges, small sticker shadow on ffep; jacket shows a little surface wear, minor wrinkling near bottom of front panel, diagonal crease at top front flap]. (B&W photographs) Self-serving political autobiography (although come to think of it, is there any other kind of political autobiography?), issued as part of the run-up to Reagan's successful 1966 run for Governor of California. The title derives from his most famous bit of movie dialogue, delivered in the 1941 film "King's Row" when his character discovers that his legs have been amputated after an accident. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2843 Redmond, Liam Death is So Kind
New York The Devin-Adair Company 1959 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minor shelfwear to bottom edge, otherwise a nice clean book; jacket has a tiny piece missing at bottom right-hand corner of front panel, light edgewear, tiny chips at bottom corners of spine]. A "story of suspense, laid in Dublin, [with] a tragic hero, Joe Corcoran, who has two weaknesses, jealousy and an addiction to alcohol." (No stereotypes there, no sir!) The author was a well-known stage, TV and film actor, who closed out his long career with a small role in Kubrick's BARRY LYNDON. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2844 Reece, Byron Herbert Better a Dinner of Herbs
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1950 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[solid, clean copy, slight fading to cloth at spine and edges, very minor shelfwear; jacket a bit edgeworn, spine sunned, a few insignificant tears and wrinkles, some surface scratching]. The first of this Georgia lyric poet's two novels, and his second published book, this is the story of the effect on a family of mountain people when a man (referred to as "the Preacher") gets "a sudden 'call' to lay aside the lusts of the flesh." Although much honored in his home state during his lifetime, the author was beset with illness (both he and his parents suffered from tuberculosis) and financial worries related to the family farm, and committed suicide in 1958 at the age of 40. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2845 Reeve, Jewell B. A Whimsical Collection [*SIGNED*]
New York Vantage Press (c.1967) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[light spotting/foxing to page edges, spotting/offsetting to endpapers, a bit of wear to spine extremities; jacket has minor wrinkling at bottom of front panel, light spotting/staining to rear flap]. INSCRIBED ("from a Georgia Yellow Hammer Widow") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "Gordon County, Georgia, is the setting for this collection of stories and reflections by the author of a history of the region, who brings modern-day observations to the telling of her tales." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2846 Reeves, Richard Passage to Peshawar: Pakistan: Between the Hindu Kush and the Arabian Sea [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1984) 0-671-50842-3 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[bottom corners heavily bumped, otherwise clean and tight; jacket moderately surface-worn, minor wrinkling/creasing]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2847 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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2848 Reid, H[ilda]. S[tewart]. Phillida; or, The Reluctant Adventurer
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1928 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) B.F. Shaw (?) 
[light shelfwear and slight bumping to bottom edges/corners, otherwise a clean and solid book, with a vintage bookseller's label (Capwell's Books, Oakland, California) on the rear pastedown; the jacket is lightly soiled, with tiny tears at a few corners]. Historical novel set in the time of Oliver Cromwell, about "a young gentleman of the University" who gets caught up in the events of the day and condemned to death. He escapes, but ends up being shipped off to work in the African mines; escaping in turn from that predicament, he "finds sanctuary with a Portuguese who has set up a new Carthage among the blacks. [Our hero] becomes the leader and eventually the inheritor of this savage state, wars with the Dutch and the natives, and after his long exile returns at length to England, the place of his boyish love." (Phillida, by the way, is the name of the girl he left behind.) The somewhat "cartoony" nature of the dust jacket illustration makes me suspect that the book is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I've found no contemporary reviews to support that, so short of reading the darned thing (which I would rather leave to you), my speculation remains idle. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2849 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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2850 Reiner, Carl Something Different; a comedy in two acts
New York Samuel French, Inc. (c.1967) Unstated printing Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, the only blemish being a couple of staple-removal holes near the upper right corner of the front cover]. (stage diagram) Reiner's only produced play, a comedy about a one-hit-wonder playwright who's been suffering from writer's block ever since his initial success, twelve years earlier. He decides that the only way to overcome his creative inertia is to relive the underprivileged circumstances under which he wrote his first play -- by erecting an exact facsimile of his poor Jewish mother’s Bronx kitchen, smack in the middle of the living room of his 14-bedroom, 9-bath suburban mansion. Bob Dishy and Linda Lavin starred in the original Broadway production, which ran a respectable 111 performances under Reiner's direction; reviewing a less successful 1983 revival, critic Frank Rich described the show as "not a play but an extended sketch, [although] it does have its merits as a grab bag of cockamamie jokes." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2851 Reitman, Alan, ed. The Price of Liberty
New York W.W. Norton & Company (c.1968) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Edward Diehl 
[nice clean book, very light wear to bottom edge; jacket lightly soiled and just a bit age-toned at spine, a couple of tiny nicks in bottom edge of front panel]. Perspectives on civil liberties by members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Contents: "The Challenge of Privacy" by Harriet F. Pilpel; "Legacies of the Cold War" by Walter Millis; "Religion, the State, the Individual" by Robert Bierstedt; "Freedom on the Campus" by Louis M. Hacker; "The Stranglehold of Censorship" by Elmer Rice; "Police Power and Citizens' Rights" by Edward J. Ennis & Osmond K. Fraenkel; "A Color-blind Commonwealth" by Loren Miller; and "Blue-collar Democracy" by Michael Harrington. Also included are brief biographies of the contributors. Nearly all the copies of this book in the marketplace as of November 2014 are either ex-library and/or jacketless. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2852 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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2853 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: 40.00 USD
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2854 Renard, Maurice (translated from the French by Florence Crewe-Jones) The Snake of Luvercy
New York E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1930 NO 3rd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) [Alfred] Maurer 
[minor wear at spine ends, top corner slightly bumped, vintage price sticker from The White House (San Francisco department store) on rear pastedown; jacket a bit edgeworn, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. (Dutton Clue Mystery) Series Mystery tale with a Parisian setting, about "a young Frenchman of good family, whose engagement to Gilberta Laval, a lovely, exquisite girl, is poisonously opposed by Madame De Prasse and her idolized and gay son Lionel." By the author of "The Hands of Orlac" and "New Bodies for Old." Not a book you'll see every day of the week, or maybe even once a year, especially in such decent condition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2855 Renoir, Jean (trans. by Norman Denny) The Notebooks of Captain Georges [*SIGNED*]
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1966) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon Signed by Author
[good solid copy with light shelfwear, minor spotting/foxing to top of text block; jacket shows light wear at extremities and some rubbing/scuffing to the front panel, but less of the latter than usually seen on this book]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page: "Dear Mrs. Kellen - It is / a pleasure to meet a lover of / the arts such as yourself / at Junior's house. / Warmest regards / Jean Renoir / January 1967." Novel by the acclaimed film director, "the sensual memoir of a gentleman [and his] passionate love for a country girl," as revealed in his private notebooks. Originally published in French as "Les Cahiers du Capitaine Georges." Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2856 Renoir, Jean (trans. by Norman Denny) The Notebooks of Captain Georges
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1966) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[minor shelfwear to book, light soiling/spotting to top edge of text block; jacket edgeworn, scuffing to spine and front panel, tiny sticker-removal scar at top right corner of front panel]. Novel by the acclaimed film director, "the sensual memoir of a gentleman [and his] passionate love for a country girl," as revealed in his private notebooks. Originally published in French as "Les Cahiers du Capitaine Georges." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2857 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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2858 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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2859 Revell, Nellie Right Off the Chest [*SIGNED* to Mark Hellinger]
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1923) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg, Rube Goldberg, others Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light external wear, faint spotting to covers]. (cartoons, B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To 'Mark' / Who can read between the / lines of this humble book. / Affectionately" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Why doesn't somebody make a movie out of this woman's life? The story of Nellie Revell (1873-1958) is one of those fantastic tales that have pretty much been lost to history. In an era when most women didn't work outside the home at all, she had several successful careers going simultaneously. Her mother's family were "circus people" and her father was a newspaper writer and editor (and later publisher), so she grew up in a kind of nexus between showbiz and journalism. She started writing for newspapers at the age of 16, but also soon found herself doing publicity work, first for an uncle's circus and later in vaudeville and the theatrical world. (She was also an actress for a time.) She worked all over the map as a reporter (Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco), and by all accounts held her own in the male-dominated newspaper world, insisting on covering hard news and refusing to have her work consigned to the "woman's page." (Among other distinctions, she was said to have been the first woman reporter to cover a professional prizefight, the famous Corbett-Fitzsimmons bout in 1897.) She finally landed in New York, where she became a popular columnist for the New York World, and later the Evening Mail. Her renown took yet another turn in 1919, when she suffered a spinal injury which left her hospitalized, in a concrete body cast, for four years. Broadway and Park Row got together to stage a benefit for her (she'd also suffered a financial disaster), and during the time of her confinement luminaries from both worlds pretty much beat a path to her bedside. In between receiving visitors, apparently, she wrote this book, which appeared just a few months after her release from the hospital in 1923. It's not really a memoir, so much as an anecdotal account of her life, with a great deal about her hospital confinement and her many well-wishers. One of the several delightful things about this book is the roster of noted cartoonists and illustrators who contributed artwork for it, including James Montgomery Flagg (who did the frontispiece), Rube Goldberg, Tony Sarg, T.A. Dorgan (TAD), Thornton Fisher, Harry Hershfield and others. And despite being fifty already, Nellie didn't exactly rest on her laurels after having survived this ordeal: she went on making news as a publicist and radio personality, published three more books, and lived to the ripe old age of 85. The book's introduction is by Irvin S. Cobb, and the inscribee was Broadway columnist (and later movie writer-producer) Mark Hellinger, who at the time this book was published was already a year into his own meteoric rise to journalistic fame (although because the inscription is undated we have no way of knowing exactly when the book was presented to him). Signed by Author 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2860 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: 20.00 USD
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2861 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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2862 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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2863 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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2864 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. 
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2865 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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2866 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. 
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2867 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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2868 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: 225.00 USD
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2869 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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2870 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: 15.00 USD
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2871 Rich, Alan So I've Heard: Notes from a Migratory Music Critic [*SIGNED*]
Pompton Plains NJ Amadeus Press 2006 1-57467-133-2 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Clare Cerullo Signed by Author
[very nice copy, no significant wear to either book or jacket]. SIGNED and DATED (July 2006) by the author on the ffep. "Gleaned from [the author's] four decades of concert-going, opera-going, and record-listening on both the East and West Coasts, this volume is a collection of his music criticism, or 'journalistic adventures,' as Mr. Rich describes it." Includes reminiscences and/or ruminations on Leonard Bernstein, John Cage, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Glenn Gould, and David Helfgott. Rich (1924-2010) wrote for numerous publications during his career, including The New York Times, Newsweek, California magazine, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Opera News, and LA Weekly. Signed by Author 
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2872 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 
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2873 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: 20.00 USD
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2874 Richardson, Joanna Colette
New York Franklin Watts 1984 (c.1983) First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (cover design) Bob Hook 
[very attractive copy, no significant wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) "The first serious full-scale biography to be written in English" about the French novelist, who "wrote of nature as no-one had done in her native tongue before her. She wrote of certain human relationships with a tact and honesty and wisdom which made her readers feel that only she could appreciate their complexities. She was tempestuous but sane, tough and vulnerable, intensely disliked and profoundly loved. She also earned admiration, not only for her work, but for her enduring physical courage." Cited as source material are not only her published work, but also unpublished correspondence and previously unrecorded recollections of Colette, and the book is also "given its unique authority by Colette's two Jouvenel stepsons," the participation of whom has "added a new dimension to our knowledge." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2875 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 
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2876 Richardson, Maurice A Strong Man Needed
New York Horace Liveright, Inc. (c.1932) NO First American Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [solid reading copy, but no more, internally clean and firmly bound, but with much external wear: soiling to covers, some deterioration/fraying to cloth along hinges, slight exposure of boards at top and bottom corners]. The first novel by this English journalist and short-story writer, a rather self-consciously "madcap" satire centered around the Cadwallows, who in addition to being "one of the noblest and nuttiest families in England" are also teetering on the brink of impoverishment. Potential salvation from their financial plight arrives in the person of Miss Wilhelmina Harkaway, known as "Bill," a nine-foot-tall giantess who has been brought from Australia by the family's youngest son. She is readily adopted by the Cadwallow clan, and with the patronage of a wealthy (and even more eccentric) friend, a scheme is hatched to launch her on a prizefighting career, and thereby reap a fortune. (This isn't due to any discernible skill on her part in that regard, or even to any inherent combativeness in her nature -- she's really quite a nice young lady of nineteen -- but simply because, well, it's that kind of book.) Not surprisingly, her enormous size and commensurate strength permits her to defeat all challengers, and in no time at all she becomes a somewhat freakish celebrity, even at one point going on an American tour. The original jacket blurb promised "amazing swoops of cuckoo fun and general insanities, and at the same time grand satire and a healthy if absurd romance." The human-freak-boxing angle is of interest, as the author did a little amateur boxing himself as a young man and later garnered praise for a series of short fantasy stories about a "dwarf surrealist boxer" named Engelbrecht. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2877 Richardson, Maurice A Strong Man Needed
New York Horace Liveright, Inc. (c.1932) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[spine just a bit turned, small dent in top edge of front cover, minor fraying at spine ends; jacket bright and attractive in spite of a bit of irregular fading along the spine and a touch of creasing at top of spine]. The first novel by this English journalist and short-story writer, a rather self-consciously "madcap" satire: the jacket blurb promises "amazing swoops of cuckoo fun and general insanities, and at the same time grand satire and a healthy if absurd romance." The wackiness centers around the Cadwallows, who in addition to being "one of the noblest and nuttiest families in England" also happen to be teetering on the brink of impoverishment. Potential salvation from their financial plight arrives in the person of Miss Wilhelmina Harkaway, known as "Bill," a nine-foot-tall giantess who has been brought from Australia by the family's youngest son. She is readily adopted by the Cadwallow clan, and with the patronage of a wealthy (and even more eccentric) friend, a scheme is hatched to launch her on a prizefighting career, and thereby reap a fortune. (This isn't due to any discernible skill on her part in that regard, or even to any inherent combativeness in her nature -- she's really quite a nice young lady of nineteen -- but simply because, well, it's that kind of book.) Not surprisingly, her enormous size and commensurate strength permits her to defeat all challengers, and in no time at all she becomes a somewhat freakish celebrity, even at one point going on an American tour. The human-freak-boxing angle is of interest, as the author did a little amateur boxing himself as a young man and later garnered praise for a series of short fantasy stories about a "dwarf surrealist boxer" named Engelbrecht. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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2878 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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2879 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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2880 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."] 
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2881 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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2882 Rider, John F. Automatic Record Changers and Recorders
New York John F. Rider Publisher, Inc. (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[book is only lightly worn, although the rear hinge is cracked, and there is a brown stain at the bottom right edge of the first few pages; the stain originates on the jacket's front panel (at the lower right corner) and has bled through a bit onto the book's front cover, and hence to the first few pages; the jacket also shows moderate wear at extremities, with a couple of insignificant tears resulting in very slight paper loss]. (B&W photos, technical diagrams, schematics, etc.) Massive (730 pages) and insanely-detailed compendium of technical information on all models of automatic record-changers and sound recording devices available at the time. As the jacket blurb explains: "Lately a great many recorders have appeared upon the market and as these devices are so closely allied with automatic record changers, a description of their mechanism, its functioning and operation has been included, together with data concerning methods of recording, records, and cutting needles. The same is true of the electric phonograph. A description will be found of the several types of pick-ups and needles, as well as their care and proper operation." And there's more. Oh, is there more. ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2883 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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2884 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 Signed by Author
[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. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2885 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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2886 Riggs, Lynn Roadside: A Comedy
New York/Los Angeles Samuel French 1930 Later Printing Softcover Very Good Illustrated by "AM" 
(printed wraps) [solid copy, internally clean, age-toning to edges of text-block; original price on front cover altered by hand from 75 cents to 85 cents]. (two small woodblock illustrations) Riggs's play immediately preceding "Green Grow the Lilacs," his most famous work (by virtue of being the source material for "Oklahoma!"). "Roadside" was the first of his many plays to receive a professional production in New York, opening at the Longacre Theatre on Sept. 26, 1930, with Ralph Bellamy in the lead as "Texas," a character described by the New York Times critic as "an American Gargantua -- a Paul Bunyan of the Plains." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2887 Riggs, Lynn Green Grow the Lilacs; a play
New York/Los Angeles Samuel French (c.1931) Later Printing (see note) Softcover Good 
[soiling/staining/discoloration to covers, front hinge a little tender; text is clean]. Play about fussin' and feudin' ranch folk, set in pre-statehood Oklahoma, or maybe I should say "Oklahoma!", given that it's best known (if it's known at all) as the source material for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which premiered to great acclaim in 1943 and has had a notable afterlife. (The original play ran for just 64 performances in early 1931, but also toured the Midwest and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.) Riggs, a native Oklahoman himself, wrote quite a few other plays (not one of which is remembered, let alone performed, these days), and also had a sort of desultory screenwriting career, with credits including the turgid THE GARDEN OF ALLAH (1936) and two of the decidedly non-turgid Universal Sherlock Holmes B-pictures of the 1940s. I find it somewhat amusing (your mileage may vary) that this very American play was written entirely when the author was in residence in France, and also that the role of the cowpoke Curly in the original Broadway production was essayed by the very un-cowpoke-like Franchot Tone. (NOTE: Inside-front cover blurbs for the plays "Night Must Fall" and "And Stars Remained" date this printing as circa 1937.) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2888 Riley, Philip J. A Blind Bargain [*SIGNED*]
Atlantic City NJ MagicImage Filmbooks (c.1988) 0-929127-00-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, no discernible wear but with a very slight musty odor; jacket a little rubbed and lightly soiled]. (Ackerman Archives Series, Volume II) Series (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED generically by the author on the ffep: "Greetings from the Ackerman Archives / Philip J. Riley" and additionally INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the Ackermonster himself, Forrest J Ackerman, on the last page of the text, simply: "Bill / Forry." ("Bill," the recipient of the book, was the legendary makeup artist William Tuttle, from whose estate this book was acquired.) A "reconstruction" of a legendary "lost" silent film, the 1923 Lon Chaney horror melodrama, directed by Wallace Worsley. "The author's careful reconstruction of this film has resulted in a complete record of the missing Chaney film. The reader of this volume can participate in the entire production process from the writing of the script to the final release of the film. Assembled here for the first time are the full script,set stills, portraits, behind the scene shots and cut scenes." Introduction by Robert Bloch; also includes actress Patsy Ruth Miller's reminiscences of working with Chaney and Worsley that same year (1922) on THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Signed by Collection of Signatures 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2889 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+ 
(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]. (B&W photographs) 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: 15.00 USD
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2890 Rimmel, Eugene The Book of Perfumes
London Chapman and Hall 1865 First Edition Hardcover Good+ Illustrated by Bourdelin, Thomas, etc. 
(green pebbled cloth over boards, with gilt lettering, trim and decoration on covers and spine, patterned gilt edges to text block, and marbled endpapers; no dust jacket, as issued) [bumping/fraying (with some exposure of boards) at all four forecorners, some foxing within (mostly confined to the plates and their protective facing blank leaves), moderate edgewear to covers all around, top of spine bumped; the gilt is somewhat rubbed/dulled on the spine, but is still reasonably bright and unworn on both the front and rear covers; binding is intact; one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on front pastedown]. (13 engraved plates, "over 250 illustrations") A comprehensive examination of the creation, manufacture, social history, and (shall we say) strategic deployment of perfumes, from the ancient world to then-modern times. Most of the book is devoted to the ways in which perfumes were created and utilized by various ancient civilizations: the Egyptians, the Jews, the "Ancient Asiatic Nations," the Greeks, the Romans, the "Orientals," the Far East, and the "Uncivilized Nations" -- with more recent history (the Gauls, the Brits, the French and so on) being crammed into a single chapter; there are also chapters on the "Physiology of Pefumes," "The Commercial Uses of Flowers and Plants," and "Materials Used in Perfumery." The French-born British author, one of the most prominent and successful perfumers of his day, explains in his Preface (dated 15 December 1864) how he was "led to emerge from the depths of my laboratory" by, first, having to prepare a paper on "The Art of Perfumery, its History and Commercial Development" for the Society of Arts and, subsequently, being called upon to serve on the jury at the 1862 International Exhibition (aka the Great London Exhibition), for which he drew up "the official report of the Perfumery class." He then distilled his research into a series of articles published in the "Englishwoman's Magazine," the favorable reception of which further induced him "to re-publish them in the shape of a book." (He goes on to explain how he has included in his book "all the information which I think likely to interest the general reader," but has abstained from providing specific recipes of formulae, for a perfectly obvious reason: "I do not feel impelled to give to my rivals in trade the benefit of my practical experience." This is the first edition of the book (evidenced by the lack of an edition statement on the title page, all subsequent editions being specifically identified as such), although the presence in the back of the volume of a single, tipped-in page of laudatory "Opinions of the Press," all dating from January 1865, suggests this may be a "second state" of the first edition (not to mention a well-coordinated marketing effort). Obviously the book was an immediate success: my research turns up library holdings of a second, third, and fourth edition, all dated 1865, and at least three more in English (1867, 1868, and 1871); a French translation, "Le livre des parfums," appeared in 1870. [NOTE that all 13 plates (including one in color) are present, and that the aforementioned foxing is most prominent on the color plate ("Japanese Fashion Plate").] 
Price: 400.00 USD
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2891 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: 175.00 USD
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2892 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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2893 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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2894 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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2895 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: 25.00 USD
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2896 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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2897 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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2898 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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2899 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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2900 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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