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2801 Prelutsky, Burt How to Survive in the City [*SIGNED*]
[Los Angeles] Lakeworld 1971 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
[mild edgewear, slight dog-earing to upper corners, mild creases in a couple of pages]. Trade PB (cartoon illustrations) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "The City" of the title (although nothing about the book's design betrays this fact) is Los Angeles, and although this book -- the author's first -- has long since ceased to have much practical value, it is an absolutely wonderful snapshot of L.A. in the early 1970's, giving a long-time resident's lowdown on the local traffic, crime, culture, shopping, recreation, pollution, earthquakes, etc. There's even a chapter on "How to Survive Women's Liberation in L.A."! Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2802 Pressburger, Emeric Killing a Mouse on Sunday
New York Harcourt, Brace & World (c.1961) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ellen Raskin 
[nice clean copy, minimal fading at top & bottom edges of boards; jacket a little edgeworn, slightly faded at spine, a bit of scuffing and one tiny puncture-tear to rear panel]. Novel about a Loyalist hero, living in exile in France since the end of the Spanish Civil War. Basis for the 1964 film BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, starring Gregory Peck and directed by Fred Zinnemann, the making of which was reportedly not the happiest of experiences for either man. This was the first of only two novels by Pressburger, who was much better known as a filmmaker -- most notably as the writing-producing partner of Michael Powell. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2803 Price, Roger J.G., The Upright Ape
New York Lyle Stuart (c.1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice tight copy, minimal shelfwear, top edge slightly dust-soiled; jacket a bit soiled, some wear and minor chipping along top edge, slight paper loss at top of spine, a couple of small tears at top of rear panel]. "...being a NOVEL about THE WAY THINGS ARE as discovered in the adventures of an innocent HERO and illuminated by his forthright reaction to WOMEN, men, progress and other contemporary phenomena." The title character's full name is J. Gorilla Gorilla Primate. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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2804 Price, Stanley Me For Posterity! A Roisterous Spoof on the New Wave
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1961) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hiram Ash 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, spine slightly turned; jacket shows a little handling wear, minor soiling]. "Now that the kitchen sink reigns on London stages and screens and has almost replaced the ash can on our own Broadway, now that London is wearing leather jackets and getting 'with it,' now that the Outsider is In and the Insiders Out, James Breedin has his heyday. He is one of the New Men of British culture riding the crest of the New Wave -- who write the 'working class' novels, dramatize them, compose the music, write the lyrics, highlight the squalor, and then buy shares in the show. In this novel, the Not Very Angry Young James Breedin makes his irreverent confessions to the world. Hilarious, satirical, inimitably succinct and endearingly vulgar, he spares no one the acid of his wit, least of all himself." Apparently a review copy, with a photo of the author laid in. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2805 Prill, David Serial Killer Days
New York St. Martin's Press 1996 0-312-14411-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Kent Christensen 
[tight clean copy, bumped at base of spine but no other significant wear; jacket a bit worn along top edge and at base of spine]. The author's second book, a comic novel about a small town that decides to turn its annual visitation by a serial killer (who kills one person from the town on the same day each year) into a yearly fair, including a beauty pageant. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2806 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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2807 Prince, Don Tom
New York Julian Messner, Inc. (c.1940) NO First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by Howard Baer 
(no dust jacket) [book is Good only, worn at corners (boards exposed at bottom corners), moderate soiling all around, attractive vintage bookplate on ffep, vintage bookseller's label (Bennett Schneider, Kansas City) on rear pastedown]. (B&W line drawings) Humorous fantasy novel, about a man who makes a Faustian pact with his cat. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2808 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: 100.00 USD
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2809 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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2810 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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2811 Prior, Susan Awake
New York Robert O. Ballou 1933 NO 1st U.S.? Hardcover Good 
(decorated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [heavily worn (boards exposed on bottom edges and at corners), spine slightly turned]. Don't know if there's a genre that contains this little oddity from an otherwise unknown author -- let's call it "Ruminative Fiction." It's the interior monologue of a modern woman in love -- or not -- with several different men, yet too troubled (in some vague undefined way) to make up her mind what she wants. The line drawing of a naked woman that appears on the first page of the text promises some erotic titillation which I'm not sure the book actually delivers. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2812 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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2813 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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2814 Pronzini, Bill Gun in Cheek: A Study of "Alternative" Crime Fiction
New York The Mysterious Press 1987 (c.1982) 0-89296-900-8 1st printing thus Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover) Darryl Zudeck 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread (appropriate, since the fiction it discusses is often unreadable)]. Trade PB "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: 5.00 USD
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2815 Pronzini, Bill, ed. Midnight Specials: An Anthology for Train Buffs and Suspense Aficionados
Indianapolis/New York Bobbs-Merrill (c.1977) 0-672-52308-6 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj 
[spine slightly turned, fading to boards at top/bottom edges; jacket has one tiny tear at base of spine]. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2816 Propp, V. Ja. (translated and edited by Roberta Reeder) Down Along the Mother Volga: An Anthology of Russian Folk Lyrics
Philadelphia Univ 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, 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: 12.50 USD
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2817 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, this being #158. 
Price: 13.00 USD
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2818 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: 500.00 USD
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2819 Prouty, Olive Higgins Stella Dallas
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1938] (c.1923) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[decent copy, with light wear and modest bumping to extremities, gift notation from 1940 on front pastedown; jacket is edgeworn, three-inch diagonal tear (internally tape-repaired) and associated crease at upper left-hand corner of front panel, internal tape reinforcement at all top and bottom corners]. Olive Higgins Prouty, who now rates a little more than a footnote in American literary history (and that largely due to her one-time patronage of Sylvia Plath), was nonetheless responsible for not one but TWO archetypal and enduring examples of 20th century women's fiction, this novel, originally published in 1923, and "Now, Voyager," from 1941. (Both also became classic film weepies, which has contributed in some small way to keeping Mrs. Prouty's name before the public.) This particular printing seems to have just subsequent to the "Photoplay Edition" tie-in to the 1937 movie version (a Samuel Goldwyn production which starred Barbara Stanwyck and Anne Shirley); it uses the same artwork, but where the Photoplay Edition had a related text slug at the bottom left-hand corner of the jacket, here that space is simply left blank. (Anyway, as Photoplay Editions go the artwork is a bit "off": the depicted daughter is a photographically-accurate rendering of Anne Shirley, but the mother looks absolutely nothing like Barbara Stanwyck, which implies that this was a deliberate choice; perhaps Stanwyck's contract didn't cover such after-market.) In any event, printings with this jacket art (Photoplay Edition or no) are less common than either the earlier P.E. (for the 1926 silent film version starring Belle Bennett) or the 1943 Triangle Books reprint, and in my opinion this is the best jacket art of the three. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2820 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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2821 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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2822 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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2823 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: 20.00 USD
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2824 Pushkin, Alexander (translated by Dorothea Prall Radin and George Z. Patrick) Eugene Onegin
Berkeley University of California Press 1937 NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean book, minor wear to base of spine, light age-toning to page edges; jacket a little edgeworn, small tears at top spine corners, small chip at bottom rear hinge, small closed tear and associated crease at bottom of rear panel] (frontispiece portrait of the author) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2825 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 Pietilń, Juha Leiviska, Gunnar Asplund and Renzo Piano. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2826 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: 60.00 USD
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2827 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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2828 Quin, Ann Tripticks
London Calder and Boyars 1972 0-7145-0816-0 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Carol Annand 
[minimal shelfwear, a couple of tiny spots on bottom page edges; jacket has a few tiny brown stains at bottom right corner of front panel, slight browning at spine]. (line drawings) "A riotous spoof on the evasive, hypocritical and maladjusted inter-familiar relationships engendered by a society which has been overtaken by the mechanisms of its own development. The staccato superimposition of image upon image recreates, with the flickering fascination of a home movie, a society gone mad -- a society in which cars are more important than legs, drugs than peace of mind, and success more important than anything. Read this and you'll never be able to look at America with a straight face again!" (What, like I could already now?) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2829 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: 150.00 USD
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2830 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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2831 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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2832 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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2833 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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2834 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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2835 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: 70.00 USD
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2836 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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2837 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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2838 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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2839 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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2840 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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2841 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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2842 Randall, Suze Suze
New York Dell Publishing Co. 1977 0-440-17582-8 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate edge/corner wear, reading creases in spine and along front hinge, slight splitting at top and bottom of front hinge]. Mass Market PB Paperback original. Hard-to-find memoir by the noted Playboy photographer-model -- or, as the cover has it, "the stunning sexess who clicked on both sides of the Playboy camera!" She tells the story of her rather outrageous career, sleeping and shooting her way to the rarefied air at the top of the Playboy empire -- "From shabby London basements to Chicago's unique Bunny Ranch. From the goose-bump squalor of cold water studios to the hot hospitality of Hugh Hefner's bubbling Jacuzzi! Superstars, agents, pimps, photographers and models. And the big bankrollers shopping for their own Playmate-of-the-Month." Ryan - Warren - Dean - Dustin - they're all featured here, along with a largely unflattering portrait of the Playboy King himself. [When I first listed a copy of this book for sale, a number of years ago, I wisecracked that "maybe Hef's trying to buy up every copy!" This "rumor" was subsequently picked up (i.e., copied) by numerous other booksellers, and to this day I still see listings referring to the book as "purportedly suppressed." Sorry, fellas -- it was just a joke!] 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2843 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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2844 Raphaelson, Samson The Jazz Singer
New York Brentano's (c.1925) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(quarter cloth with patterned paper-covered boards, paper spine label; no dust jacket) [nice-looking book, moderate wear to bottom edge, light dust-soiling to top page edges, attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown; minor wear and light staining to spine label]. The original play, adapted by the playwright from his own story "The Day of Atonement" (published in Everybody's Magazine, January 1922), that went on to become the basis for the 1927 Warner Bros. movie of the same name, in which Al Jolson famously assured his audience, both inside and outside the film itself, that they "ain't heard nothin' yet!" -- not only some of the first words of dialogue to ever issue from a movie screen, but also some of the truest. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2845 Rascoe, Judith Yours, and Mine: Novella and Stories [*SIGNED*]
Boston Atlantic Monthly Press/Little, Brown and Company (c.1973) 0-316-75634-2 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Martha Lehtola Signed by Author
[minor bump to top front corner, base of spine a little crimped, faint soiling to edges of text block; jacket has a couple of tiny edge-tears, very light soiling]. INSCRIBED ("to _____ / on on on . . . a / serendipitious sunny / book sale day") and SIGNED ("Judith") by the author on the ffep. Rascoe's first book, collecting twelve of her short stories and the novella "Yours, and Mine." Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2846 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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2847 Rayford, Julian Lee Child of the Snapping Turtle: Mike Fink
New York Abelard Press (c.1951) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[solid/square copy, a bit of shelfwear, mild toning to page edges; jacket chipped along top/bottom edges, some paper loss from chipping at head of spine, also along top of rear panel; mild smudging on front panel]. "Mike Fink could outfight, outhop, outjump, outswim--and he could outlove--any man on any side of the rivers from Pittsburgh and New Orleans, back to St. Louis and all points in between. Of the great pioneers and frontiersmen, real men whose names have become legendary, Mike Fink takes his place along with Paul Bunyan, Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. He is best known as riverman [but] he was more than the King of keelboatmen. He started as a scout and Indian fighter when Pittsburgh was a frontier town; he was a mighty hunter and the best rifle shot of his time... [He also] is credited with a half- dozen songs and chants which are part of American folk literature." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2848 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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2849 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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2850 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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2851 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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2852 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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2853 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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2854 Reed, Ishmael, ed. Yardbird Reader, Volume I
Berkeley CA Yardbird Publishing Cooperative (c.1972) First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate wear, light staining to front cover, scrunching of pages at lower fore-edge (affecting about the first one-third of the book)]. (B&W photographs, other illustrations) First volume of this journal, founded to "publish the finest work by Afro-American artists without regard to ideological or aesthetic affiliation." Contributors include Cecil Brown ("The African Shades," a one-act comedy), Claude Brown, Francisco Newman ("The Blue Drifter," a film treatment), John A. Williams (an article about a trip he made to Grenada), Spain Rodriguez ("Manning," a comic strip), Joe Johnson, Clarence Major, Ishmael Reed, Al Young, and many others. The preface is by Chester Himes, and there is also a photograph of Himes with a group of the publication's contributors. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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2855 Reed, Lear B. Human Wolves: Seventeen Years of War on Crime
Kansas City MO Brown-White-Lowell Press (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[solid book with light shelfwear, minor soiling to bottom edge; jacket heavily edgeworn with lots of tiny nicks and tears, a bit of paper loss at spine ends, 2-inch diagonal closed tear at bottom of front panel, triangular piece missing at bottom corner of rear panel (no loss of text), rear flap detached but held in place by jacket protector]. (B&W photographs) "The most sensational book published in years," this memoir of the author's seventeen years of crime-fighting "is overflowing with FACTS about Criminals, Prostitution, Degeneracy, Communism, the Narcotic Traffic, and Crooked Politicians and Police" (all the more dangerous to the citizens of America when rendered with Initial Capitals). Fifteen of those years were spent as a G-Man (with the FBI), after which he became Chief of Police of Kansas City, Missouri, where "he rebuilt that city's Police Department from the worst into the best in the nation." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2856 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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2857 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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2858 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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2859 Reilly, Patrick, M.D. (pseud. for Peter Rogers) A Private Practice [*SIGNED*]
New York Macmillan Publishing Company (c.1984) 0-02-604410-2 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Anthony Russo, Jackie Merri Meyer Signed by Author
[lightly shelfworn book, minor scrape at top edge of front cover, faint soiling to bottom page edges; jacket shows minor surface- and edge-wear]. INSCRIBED (to "Dear Abby") and SIGNED by the author (using both names) on the ffep; additionally laid in is a two-page handwritten note from the author to Abby, briefly explaining his motive for writing the book, and asking for her comments. The author, "now living the life of a normal, healthy, and successful pediatrician who practices in the Midwest," had been "an addict who for years had been consuming increasing quantities of tranquilizers and sleeping pills -- bringing on impotence, loss of memory, and impaired judgment. Yet he continued to function as a doctor, concealing his sickness from colleagues and patients alike. [This book] is the first inside look at how the pressure of a doctor's life can result in drug abuse -- an ever growing problem within the medical profession." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2860 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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2861 Reiter, B.P. The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1977) 0-397-01141-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
(price-clipped) [minor wear to bottom edge, brief inscription ("Merry Christmas 1977"; no names) on ffep, no other marks; jacket worn along front foldover, additional minor wear to spine extremities]. Novel about a high-spirited young resident, "Gypsy," serving an internship in the emergency room of a large municipal hospital. "Into the emergency room streams an unending, disorderly procession of junkies, winos, derelicts, pimps, and whores. Gypsy's task is to keep them breathing, sew them up, and drag them kicking and screaming back to health. Gypsy plunges into an on-the-job crash course to learn the things they never taught him in med school. Tender and grim, uproarious and terrifying, [the book] captures perfectly the lunatic reality of a big-city hospital. It's a very funny book. It may also break your heart." The photo of the author on the rear jacket panel denotes an amazing resemblance to his long-haired, gold-earring-wearing protagonist. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2862 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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2863 Renard, Maurice New Bodies for Old
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1923) 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [cloth shows a bit of wear at all edges, spine a little turned, slight bumping to all corners, teensy bit of fraying to bottom corners, one-time owner's signature on front pastedown, jacket blurb glued there as well, vintage bookseller's label (Hudson's Book Shop, Detroit) on rear pastedown; binding/hinges intact, internally clean]. Science-fiction-cum-horror novel, the author's first, originally published in France as "Le Docteur Lerne - Sous-Dieu" in 1908. An archetypal mad-scientist yarn, the book concerns a doctor who performs inter-species organ transplants, even on occasion dragging machinery and plants into the mix. The dedication is to H.G. Wells -- "I beg you, Sir, to accept this book." -- from whose work (perhaps specifically in this instance "The Island of Doctor Moreau") the author quite obviously took inspiration. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2864 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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2865 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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2866 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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2867 Revell, Nellie Right Off the Chest [*SIGNED*]
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1923) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg, Rube Goldberg, others Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light external wear, faint spotting to covers]. (cartoons, B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To 'Mark' / Who can read between the / lines of this humble book. / Affectionately" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Why doesn't somebody make a movie out of this woman's life? The story of Nellie Revell (1873-1958) is one of those fantastic tales that have pretty much been lost to history. In an era when most women didn't work outside the home at all, she had several successful careers going simultaneously. Her mother's family were "circus people" and her father was a newspaper writer and editor (and later publisher), so she grew up in a kind of nexus between showbiz and journalism. She started writing for newspapers at the age of 16, but also soon found herself doing publicity work, first for an uncle's circus and later in vaudeville and the theatrical world. (She was also an actress for a time.) She worked all over the map as a reporter (Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco), and by all accounts held her own in the male-dominated newspaper world, insisting on covering hard news and refusing to have her work consigned to the "woman's page." (Among other distinctions, she was said to have been the first woman reporter to cover a professional prizefight, the famous Corbett-Fitzsimmons bout in 1897.) She finally landed in New York, where she became a popular columnist for the New York World, and later the Evening Mail. Her renown took yet another turn in 1919, when she suffered a spinal injury which left her hospitalized, in a concrete body cast, for four years. Broadway and Park Row got together to stage a benefit for her (she'd also suffered a financial disaster), and during the time of her confinement luminaries from both worlds pretty much beat a path to her bedside. In between receiving visitors, apparently, she wrote this book, which appeared just a few months after her release from the hospital in 1923. It's not really a memoir, so much as an anecdotal account of her life, with a great deal about her hospital confinement and her many well-wishers. One of the several delightful things about this book is the roster of noted cartoonists and illustrators who contributed artwork for it, including James Montgomery Flagg (who did the frontispiece), Rube Goldberg, Tony Sarg, T.A. Dorgan (TAD), Thornton Fisher, Harry Hershfield and others. And despite being fifty already, Nellie didn't exactly rest on her laurels after having survived this ordeal: she went on making news as a publicist and radio personality, published three more books, and lived to the ripe old age of 85. The book's introduction is by Irvin S. Cobb, and the inscribee was Broadway columnist (and later movie writer-producer) Mark Hellinger, who at the time this book was published was already a year into his own meteoric rise to journalistic fame (although because the inscription is undated we have no way of knowing exactly when the book was presented to him). Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2868 Reyes, Luis, and Peter Rubie Hispanics in Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of Film and Television
New York/London Garland Publishing, Inc. 1994 0-8153-0827-2 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear aside from some rubbing to the rear jacket panel]. (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 1761) Series (B&W photographs) "Covers the history of Hispanics in Hollywood, including a complete A-to-Z listing of motion pictures; a guide to Hispanics on network television; a special section on Zorro and the Cisco Kid; and biographies of Hispanic actors, actresses, directors, producers, and other behind-the-scenes people. [The book] is lavishly illustrated with black and white photographs and movie posters." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2869 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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2870 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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2871 Reynolds, William Moving Targets; a Nebraska Mystery
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1986) 0-312-55072-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Marc Cozza 
[nice copy, tight and clean, extremely shallow dent at bottom of front cover (the sort of thing that many dealers would overlook and call "Fine"); jacket has some minor wrinkling at bottom edge of front panel, very faint surface wear]. The second in the author's "Nebraska" series -- that's the protagonist's name, but the story also takes place in Omaha, and the author (at least at that time) lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which might as well be. Nebraska, I mean. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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2872 Rhinehart, Luke The Dice Man
New York William Morrow & Company 1971 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin 
[very nice book with no significant shelfwear, but with a tiny red ink mark on the bottom edge of the text block, no doubt a remainder mark but smaller and less obnoxious than usually seen; the jacket is similarly nice-but-not-quite-perfect, blemished only by an itsy-bitsy tear at the bottom of the rear panel and a short diagonal crease at the bottom corner of the front flap]. A truly whacked-out novel, the "fictional autobiography" of a brilliant but bored young psychiatrist who embarks upon what he calls "diceliving," the essence of which is that he lets a roll of the dice be the determining force for his own actions, thus becoming "history's first randomly multiple personality." Once a genuine cult novel, its reputation (and sales) have grown steadily since its original publication, and in recent times it's actually achieved something resembling literary acclaim, although it's sometimes hard to know whether or not that, too, is just part of some gigantic cosmic put-on (as when a British men's magazine purportedly named it the "Novel of the Century," which I've seen reported but haven't actually confirmed). In any event, the author (born George Cockcroft) has played it to the hilt, not only turning out a couple of sequels but also cannily manipulating his own public image as a sometime-recluse. I think it's also worth considering that much of the online "information" about this novel is traceable back to the author's own website. Govern yourself accordingly. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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2873 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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2874 Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer) Vic and Sade: The Best Radio Plays of Paul Rhymer
New York The Seabury Press (c.1976) 0-8164-9284-0 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[a solid copy, but with a dampstain affecting the bottom corners, front and rear, of both the jacket and the book; almost no effect on the book's pages, though, except for a minor stain at the bottom corner of the rear endpaper and the last text page]. These classic radio scripts are, quite simply, laugh-out-loud funny -- and occasionally so insanely imaginative as to border on the surreal. As Jean Shepherd puts it in his insightful foreword, "great reputations exist in the theater or the novel on far less profound and effective work that Rhymer's. In fact, he probably wrote more funny lines in one month of daily scripts than the combined output of five of the leading playwrights of modern times." He also notes that "these works were written to be performed, and yet in spite of that they come alive, snapping and crackling, off the page. Rhymer reads better than any of the so-called ' serious' writers of his era. The Vic & Sade scripts are not only still fresh and funny, but are absolutely recognizable as an authentic picture of American life which persists in millions of homes today." Shepherd is right on the money -- and I defy you to read such gems as "Sade and Ruthie Each Mail the Other a Five-Dollar Bill" or "Applying for a $4.80 Refund from the Lodge" without dissolving into a helpless fit of giggling. If you can resist this stuff, you've got a cavity where your funny-bone oughta be. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2875 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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2876 Ribalow, Harold U., and Meir Z. Ribalow Jewish Baseball Stars
New York Hippocrene Books (c.1984) 0-88254-898-0 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, with only light wear at spine ends; jacket has a few itsy-bitsy tears, and a couple of almost-microscopic chips]. (B&W photographs) A brief historical look at Jewish athletes and their relationship to professional baseball, followed by chapters devoted to the stories of the following individual players: Johnny Kling, Erskine Mayer, Andy Cohen, Hank Greenberg, "Buddy" Myer, Harry Danning, Morrie Arnovich, Goody Rosen, Sid Gordon, "Dolly" Stark, Saul Rogovin, Al Rosen, Al Schacht, Moe Berg, Larry Sherry, Sandy Koufax, Ken Holtzman, and Steve Stone. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2877 Riboud, Marc (translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre) Marc Riboud: 50 Years of Photography [*SIGNED*]
Paris Flammarion (c.2004) 0-2803-0447-X 1st English-language edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice book, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wrinkling/creasing along top and bottom edges of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("a Paris") and SIGNED by the photographer/author, dated 16-03-05 (March 16, 2005), on the half-title page. A retrospective of the noted French photographer, who took up photography professionally in the early 1950s and within a few years had joined the Magnum Photos cooperative. He is best known for his work in China (he was one of the first European photographers to gain access to the country, in 1957) and North Vietnam. The book "includes Riboud's most famous photographs as well as unpublished vintage prints from Leeds in 1954, from Africa, and from Europe, [it] is the first to span his entire, remarkable career." Laid in is a variety of ephemera related to a reception (with Riboud present) held in March 2006 in connection with an exhibition of Riboud's photographs at a Los Angeles gallery; note, however, that the book itself had been signed in Paris the previous year. Uncommon signed. Signed by Photographer 
Price: 500.00 USD
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2878 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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2879 Rice, Craig (pseud. for Georgiana Ann Craig) Home Sweet Homicide (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)
New York Simon and Schuster 1944 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[solid clean copy, generally nicer than most of these wartime S&S books, slight bumping/fraying at top corners, spine very slightly turned; jacket a bit on the tattered side,with tears at spine corners, a little paper loss at top of spine, several tiny tears and chips at edges of front panel, two-inch split at bottom front foldover, small chunk missing from upper corner of rear panel (no loss of text); OK, so it won't win any beauty contests, but it's still quite serviceable]. Light-hearted domestic mystery novel about three children who decide to solve the murder of their next-door neighbor, as a means of publicizing the work of their mystery-novelist mother. Filmed by 20th Century-Fox in 1946, with Peggy Ann Garner. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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2880 Rice, Cy Defender of the Damned: Gladys Towles Root
New York The Citadel Press (c.1964) NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dj 
[solid but somewhat worn copy, a bit of soiling to page edges, surface damage to top right front cover, full-page gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket heavily worn, missing a big chunk at top right corner of front panel, chipping at spine ends, ink note on front flap, etc.]. "The life and vivid times of the famous California trial lawyer, whose successful career in court has been a unique blend of compassion for the underdog, legal shrewdness, and flamboyant showmanship." The color jacket photos show Mrs. Root dressed to the nines, in outfits worthy of Mae West! 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2881 Rice, Elmer Dream Girl; a comedy
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1946) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, bumping and slight wear at spine ends, one-time owner's signature on ffep, a couple of small white paint stains on rear cover]. Comedy about the Walter Mitty-esque daydreams of a bookstore owner. Illustrated with photographs from the original Broadway production, starring Betty Field (to whom the play is also dedicated, she having been married to the playwright at the time, and it having been much closer to the beginning than to the end of their 16-year union) and Wendell Corey. Filmed in 1948 with another Betty (Hutton), it subsequently returned to Broadway in 1965 in a musical version, "Skyscraper." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2882 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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2883 Rice, Luanne Stone Heart [*SIGNED*]
New York Viking 1990 0670832677 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Neil Stuart Signed by Author
[no significant wear, but with a thick black remainder mark on bottom edge, previous owner's initials/date in ink on ffep; jacket rubbed, one small tear at bottom rear corner]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2884 Rich, Sharon Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair -- On-Screen and Off -- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy [*SIGNED*]
New York Donald I. Fine, Inc. (c.1994) 1-55611-407-9 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Karen Katz 
(price-clipped) [slightly dust-soiled on top edge, otherwise a very nice copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows only light surface wear, would also rate Near Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED on the ffep by both the author and Jon Eddy (illegitimate son of Nelson), who wrote the book's introduction. Detailed chronicle of the romantic singing duo's on- and off-screen romance, the latter purportedly "revealed here for the first time." Well, not exactly. The writer of this tome co-authored an earlier treatment of the same subject away back in 1976, entitled "Farewell to Dreams," an exceedingly strange (and now very hard-to-find) work that read like a romance novel, cross-pollinated with soft-core porn in the Jacqueline Susann vein -- including some steamy and rather explicit accounts of sexual encounters between the golden pair. I haven't taken the time to plow through the nearly 500 pages of the present volume to see if this approach has been maintained. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2885 Richards, Carol Disciple of Temptation; a biographical novel of Guy de Maupassant [*SIGNED*]
London Robert Hale 1988 0-7090-3411-3 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Jacket design Barbara Walton Signed by Author
Very Good+ in Very Good DJ [pages a little "wavy, " a couple of corners mildly bumped, small brown spot on edge of ffep, top of one page slightly damaged by clip-on bookmark; DJ laminate has a number of diagonal wrinkles]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, just below her printed name (which she has lined through), dated 8th March 1989. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2886 Richards, Janet Radcliffe The Sceptical Feminist: A Philosophical Enquiry
Harmondsworth, Middlesex Penguin Books (Pelican) 1982 (c.1980) 0-14-02-2341X Reprint Softcover Very Good 
[moderate exterior wear, some small creases in covers; binding solid, inside clean]. Mass Market PB 
Price: 5.00 USD
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2887 Richards, Robert I Can Lick Seven
Boston Little, Brown and Company / Atlantic Monthly Press 1942 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, slight fading to cloth at spine ends, minor soiling to edges of text block]. Novel set in post-Civil War Mississippi, centered on an ex-soldier's difficulties in coping with the drab and depressing realities of life in the defeated South. Despite having lost an arm in the war, he hopes to win the affections of his brother's widow (said brother having been killed at Gettysburg), but her rejection of him (for a Yankee, no less!) just increases his loneliness and frustration. So what's a depressed ex-Johnny Reb to do, to assuage his self-doubts and reassert his manhood? Join the Ku Klux Klan, that's what! 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2888 Richardson, John H. The Vipers' Club [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow and Company (c.1996) 0-688-12672-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bradford Foltz Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, very minor shelfwear; jacket a little rubbed and scuffed (mostly on rear panel)]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page. "Peter James is a rising star of the academic film world, feted in obscurity, when one Max Fischer calls. Max is THE biggest producer in Hollywood, the king of action flicks, and he wants Peter. So Peter burns his bridges all the way from New York to L.A., tossing out his tweeds and books and gleefully shopping for his new Left Coast lifestyle. It takes less than a week of running out at midnight to pick up pickles from Max's favorite deli for Peter to realize he's made a mistake. In this claustrophobic world of fast-paced cynicism and manipulation, Peter wants to be more than just a flunky. But soon it's not just errands that Peter must oversee." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2889 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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2890 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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2891 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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2892 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 "RenÚ Scheckele Prize," touted in the jacket copy as "the most significant international literary prize for German-language authors" -- a slightly disingenuous claim, since according to my research this prize was given out only once (for this book), and that was at least three years prior to the appearance of this edition. (Maybe that explains why they misspelled it: correctly, it was "Schickele.") [Note, for whatever it's worth, that the British edition had a singular title, i.e. "They Fell from God's Hand."] 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2893 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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2894 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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2895 Riding, Laura Anarchism is Not Enough
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1928 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[a solid copy, with some moderate wear (slight exposure of boards) along the bottom edge and at the top rear corner, minor soiling along edges of covers, but firmly bound and internally quite clean; the fragile paper jacket is discolored and stained at the spine, and has one tiny and slightly ragged tear at the top of the front panel]. "Here is cold and concentrated acid from an individual who refuses to be absorbed. It is a powerful and disturbing defense of the individual in society. [These] short and absorbing essays on the relations of literature and art to society, and on the relation of the individual to both [are] bitter and pungent in tone and eccentric and epigrammatic in form, [and] will arouse wide and heated discussion." Riding, who became known as a poet in the early 1920s under her first married name, Laura Riding Gottschalk, was initially associated with the Fugitives (who published her poems in their magazine). By the time this book appeared, she had embarked on her long and notoriously volatile literary association/affair with poet-novelist Robert Graves, which lasted from 1927 to 1939 and encompassed such delights as her failed suicide attempt in 1929, one of the factors in the breakup of Graves's first marriage to Nancy Nicholson. A modern critic has called the book "one of the most imaginative and daring works of literary theory ever written by a modernist figure." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2896 Ridley, John The Drift [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2002 0-375-41182-8 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd 
[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("To ______ -- / I can honestly say / I would be here without / you, and I ain't talkin' / Norms!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; the "Norms" reference is likely to a popular Los Angeles coffeeshop. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2897 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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2898 Riley, Philip J. London After Midnight
New York/London/Toronto Cornwall Books (c.1985) 0-8453-4713-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice copy, just minimal handling wear to book and jacket]. (B&W photographs) A "reconstruction" of a lost Lon Chaney/Tod Browning silent horror classic, using surviving visual and textual material, but more than that: "It is, in effect, a diary of the making of a silent movie. The reader ... can participate in the entire production process, from the producer-director's first thoughts, through the writing and shooting of the script, to the publicity campaign surrounding the movie's release. Assembled here together for the first time are the full script, set stills, portraits, behind the scene shots, and cut scenes -- all culminating in the display of the film itself, which is accompanied by a nearly complete key book of stills and original titles." 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2899 Riley, Philip J., ed. The Hunchback of Notre Dame; reconstructed and edited by Philip J. Riley
Hollywood/Atlantic City Magicimage Filmbooks (c.1988) 0-929127-02-1 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[jacket shows slight edgewear & mild creasing along top of front panel]. (Ackerman Archives Series, Vol. III) Series This is actually the second half of a lavish volume, and is the " reconstruction" of the classic 1923 film featuring Lon Chaney and Patsy Ruth Miller -- essentially a reproduction of the original annotated script of the film's director, Wallace Worsley, along with much of the film's original promotional material, numerous stills, etc. [The first half of the volume is "My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller," the autobiography of the HUNCHBACK co-star, which is INSCRIBED ("To _______ / With best wishes") and SIGNED by the Miss Miller on the ffep.] 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2900 Rimler, Walter Not Fade Away: A Comparison of Jazz Age with Rock Era Pop Song Composers
Ann Arbor MI Pierian Press 1984 Unstated ed Hardcover Very Good+ with no dj Illustrated by B&W photographs 
(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [ex-library but with minimal markings (only library stamp on top edge and two labels + "withdrawn" stamp on ffep); nice copy with just minor exterior soiling]. Divided about evenly between a general discussion of the topic (chapter titles -- Songwriting Communities; Partnerships; Pop Orchestration; The Songwriter as Performer; Lyrics) and brief examinations (8-10 pages each) of the work of 14 songwriters or writing teams, under the chapter heading "Productive Longevity" -- George Gershwin; Jerome Kern; Richard Rodgers; Irving Berlin;Cole Porter; Harold Arlen; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; Bob Dylan; Carole King; Holland-Dozier- Holland; Paul Simon. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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