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2801 Pollack, Neal Never Mind the Pollacks: A Rock and Roll Novel
New York HarperCollins (c.2003) 0-06-052790-0 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj art/design) Dan Shepelavy 
[nice-looking copy, just a touch of wear to bottom edge of book; another touch of wear to the jacket]. "A rock novel that really rocks," by the (jacket-blurb-proclaimed) "greatest novelist of his generation." An over-the-top satirical novel, "a raw, protean yawp from the depths of nowhere, a hilarious trip through time that savagely parodies the history of rock and roll and its grandiloquent journalism." The novel's narrator is a fictional rock journalist who is called upon to tell the posthumous story of a fictional "Neal Pollack," a rock critic who seems like a cross between (among?) Hunter S. Thompson, Sid Vicious and every opinionated, self-important, unsocialized asshole you've ever met and wish you hadn't. Like CITIZEN KANE, the story opens with its subject's death; all resemblances end right there. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2802 Pollowitz, Melinda Cinnamon Cane [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper & Row (c.1977) 0-06-024762-2 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Ronald Himler Signed by Author
[nice clean tight copy, very minor bumping at top/bottom edges, rear endpaper partially stuck to rear pastedown; jacket mildly rubbed, small tears at a couple of corners and at bottom of front panel]. SIGNED and dated by the author on the ffep. A " beautiful and sensitively written first novel [which] evokes the special friendship between a grandparent and a young girl." [May possibly be the library binding -- book has pictorial covers which match the jacket illustration -- although there is no indication of it anywhere on the book or jacket; book is stated "First Edition."] Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2803 Polonsky, Abraham A Season of Fear
New York Cameron Associates 1956 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj 
[solid book with a bit of wear at top of spine, pages browned at edges as typical with this book, one-time owner's name/address rubber-stamped on title page; jacket has a large chunk torn away at bottom of front panel, a few other small chips]. The author's second novel, published (like his first) after his blacklisting by the Hollywood studios, is about a California civil engineer, "a typical American, who signed a loyalty oath with hardly a second thought," only to discover that this simple act in fact has a profound effect on his life. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2804 Polonsky, Abraham (ed. by John Schultheiss) Body and Soul: The Critical Edition
Northridge CA The Center for Telecommunication Studies/California State University 2002 0-9635823-5-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [lovely copy, tight and clean, no discernible wear, one tiny smudge on front cover which does not detract in any way from the book's attractiveness]. (Film as Literature Series) Series (B&W photographs) The screenplay to Polonsky's great 1947 boxing drama, starring John Garfield in one of his signature roles. The screenplay is supplemented by extensive annotations, five related critical essays, the short story "Fifty Grand" by Ernest Hemingway (an inspiration but not a direct source for the film), and a bibliography. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2805 Polster, Miriam F. Eve's Daughters: The Forbidden Heroism of Women
San Francisco Jossey-Bass Publishers (c.1992) 1-55542-464-3 3rd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice copy, with just a bit of surface wear to the dust jacket]. (Jossey-Bass Social and Behavioral Science series). "Seeking to recast the archaic image of invincible male heroism, [the author] proposes a more healthy and realistic definition that recognizes the heroism of women. She provides a positive approach to the psychology of women, explaining why we must learn to appreciate women heroes who have previously gone unremarked and empower ourselves by recognizing our own heroic acts. By giving heroism a more authentic and human dimension, she presents a vision of courage, cooperation, and fulfillment that is within the reach of everyone." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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2806 Pomerantz, Rachel Wings Above the Flames: Stories of Flight, Escape and Divine Providence During the Holocaust
New York CIS Publishers (c.1992) 1-56062-066-8 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight book, a bit of soiling to top/bottom edges; jacket slightly surface-worn, spine sunned] (endpaper maps) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2807 Ponicsan, Darryl Tom Mix Died for Your Sins; a novel based on his life
New York Delacorte Press (c.1975) 0440059690 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[spine a bit turned, shelfwear to bottom of book, a few small dents in bottom edges of boards; DJ wrinkled across top edge]. (B&W photographs) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2808 Poor, Gene William, Ph.D. The Illusion of Life: Lifelike Robotics
San Diego Educational Learning Systems (c.1991) 0-88157-000-1 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[slight upward bend along spine and along right-hand side, otherwise only light shelfwear and a bit of rubbing/soiling to rear cover]. Trade PB (color and B&W photographs) "This is a book about machines that give the illusion of human life." Chapter titles: Early History; The Disney Contributions; Recipe for a Robot; Profile of a Sculptor [Tom Kuebler]; Profile of an Animator [Garner Holt]; Industrial Profiles [of 15 companies working in the field]; Basics of Lifelike Animation. The Disney chapter includes quite a bit of information about the development of the audio-animatronic figures at Disneyland, including Abraham Lincoln and the Pirates of the Caribbean. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2809 Porat, Moshe (translated by Martin Friedlander; edited by Moshe Kohn) The Triumph of Faith in the Mauthausen Death March
Jerusalem Eliner Library/World Zionist Organization (c.1991) Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(laminated pictorial covers, no dust jacket) [mild cover wear, several corners lightly bumped]. (B&W photographs, drawings) The Hungarian author, at the age of 13, in 1944, along with his mother and brothers, was forced by the Nazis to embark upon a forced march to a concentration camp at Mauthausen, in Austria; later they wound up at Auschwitz. "Numerous members of his family perished in the slave-labor and extermination camps, including his father, mother and elder brother." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2810 Port, Weimar Chicago the Pagan
Chicago Judy Publishing Company 1953 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[tight and clean, almost like new except for a couple of very lightly bumped corners and the faintest bit of soiling to top edge; jacket very lightly soiled, spine faded but front panel very attractive despite a couple of tiny, near-invisible tears at bottom edge]. (B&W photos/drawings, endpaper maps) "A mind guide to Chicago's soul -- its hurried leisure, sensuous pleasures, polygenous architecture, streets of adventure, sights of rarity, and its denizens questing after life." The front-panel jacket illustration is a line drawing of a luscious babe who looks like she's never been within a hundred miles of a stockyard. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2811 Porter, Eleanor H. The Fortunate Mary
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1928 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) M. Trafford 
[nice clean book with just the faintest hint of wear at the extremities, vintage bookseller's label (Newbegins, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket has a handful of tiny closed tears, shallow chipping and slight dog-earing at top of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. The jacket blurb informs us that "when Eleanor Porter, author of the beloved Pollyanna, died [in 1920] she left as part of her legacy to the public about a hundred short stories which had never appeared between the covers of a book." These were published in a series of collections beginning with "Money, Love and Kate" in 1923, of which the present volume was the fifth and last, "composed of the last and the best of these short stories, and the best having been kept for the last with the idea of climactic effect." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2812 Porter, Joyce Dover and the Unkindest Cut of All
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1967) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) The Strimbans 
[nice clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges and at a couple of corners]. Fourth in the series of comic mystery novels featuring Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, characterized by his "legendary inertia, foul manner, and striking ineptitude." The opening of Chapter Two describes a station sergeant's reaction to Dover's sudden appearance on the scene: "This great, fat, untidy yobbo didn't look like a detective chief inspector from New Scotland Yard but recruiting had been bad for donkey's years and you never knew." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2813 Porter, Joyce Dover Three
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1967) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) The Strimbans 
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, slight wear to extremities; jacket bumped and very slightly torn at top front hinge, otherwise bright and attractive]. Third in the series of comic mystery novels featuring Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, with the title character "as dyspeptic, unappealing, and insensitive as ever." In this adventure he is "sent off to isolated Thornwich in bleak mid-winter to look into an epidemic of lewd poison-pen letters." From page 12: "Some coarse-minded colleague had once said that [Dover] looked like a pregnant hippopotamus, but this was generally agreed to be grossly unfair to that animal." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2814 Porter, Joyce The Chinks in the Curtain
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1968 (c.1967) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mac Shepard 
[nice clean book, a bit of wear to spine ends; jacket shows only light surface wear]. "The story of a most unlikely spy," one Edmund Brown, introduced by the author in her earlier book "Sour Cream with Everything." Here she "irreverently juggles the familiar paraphernalia of midnight tiptoeing, hidden microphones and conniving seduction into a hilarious travesty of the spy story which will titillate the ever-increasing number of her followers." This was the second of her four Edmund Brown adventures. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2815 Porter, Rebecca N. Afterglow
New York Pageant Press Inc. (c.1963) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Susan Ashman 
(price-clipped) [book moderately shelfworn; white/yellow jacket shows soiling, edge/corner wear, a couple of chips at top of spine]. Nostalgic vignettes of life on the ranch, by this well-known regional California author. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2816 Posner, Richard Sweet Pain
New York M. Evans and Company (c.1987) 0-87131-501-7 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner 
[nice tight clean copy, but with an unfortunate shallow dent at top of front cover; jacket shows just minor surface wear, also a little dented in the same spot] "Casey Gordon is lean and limber, a 17-year-old senior at Westfield High School. She writes poetry and she runs the 400-meter hurdles with a tenacious will to win. Casey is a bright, energetic, caring girl but she seems to need to be hurt. She injures herself a little too much in competition and she always falls in love with real losers. She doesn't really understand the conflicts inside of her and the feeling of unworthiness that set her up to get involved with Paul VanHorn," a nineteen-year-old who had graduated the year before, who does construction work, and whose "father is an abusive alcoholic and his mother a submissive, suffering victim." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2817 Potter, Dan The Way of an Eagle
New York Stein and Day 1970 (c.1969) 0-8128-1273-5 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tim Gaydos 
[slight discoloration to top edges of boards, bumped at base of spine, small literary agency label on ffep; jacket edgeworn and creased (mostly along top edge), with a few tiny chips along top edge of front panel "A young man comes into a Midwestern town on a white motorcycle. The townspeople don't know what to make of him: is he a turned-on no-good looking for trouble, a reincarnated James Dean, or some unusual kind of Christian?" The story is told in the voices of the people who get most involved with him: a gas-station owner who gives him a job; a cafe owner in whom he awakens a motherly instinct, and something more; a troubled Vietnam veteran; the local "bad girl" (she's the one who thinks he's James Dean); and the local rich girl. It's a "warm, yet disquieting story [that will give the reader] a special understanding of what it's like -- what it's all about -- now." And who couldn't use that, eh? 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2818 Potter, Dennis Blackeyes
New York Vintage Books 1988 (c.1987) 0-679-72047-2 Book Club Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean unread copy, just a bit of edgewear]. Trade PB Novel about a 77-year-old writer who unexpectedly produces a best-seller, with a heroine that suspiciously resembles his fashion-model niece. When she is found murdered, the plot, as they say, thickens -- in a way that only Potter can thicken it, "interweav[ing] genres and narrative levels in a brilliant mosaic that will delight fans of his distinctive, utterly compelling plays and scripts." [Note that this is the book club edition, not the trade paperback edition, although for all intents and purposes they are identical.] 
Price: 5.00 USD
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2819 Potter, Dennis The Singing Detective
New York Vintage Books 1988 (c.1986) 0-679-72046-4 Book Club Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice unread copy, very light soiling to bottom edge, inside clean]. Trade PB Script for the acclaimed British TV series, about a hospitalized writer who "feverishly drifts between present and past, jumbling the facts of his life with the cheap fiction of his detective novels. He and the other characters periodically break into song, bizarrely miming the words from old 1940s recordings featuring everybody from Bing Crosby to Dick Haymes." [Note that this is the book club edition, not the trade paperback edition, although for all intents and purposes they are identical.] 
Price: 5.00 USD
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2820 Powell, Dawn She Walks in Beauty [*SIGNED*]
New York Brentano's 1928 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
(yellow decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [spine very slightly turned, minor shelfwear to bottom edges, a bit of dust-soiling to top edges of covers and text block, a little darkening to spine cloth]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To Harold Swanson -- / You don't have to / read this but / honestly you ought to / have it around if / only to throw at / contributors. / Sincerely / Dawn Powell / March 30, 1928." The great American author's "first" novel. (At least that's what she called it herself, preferring not to mention her ACTUAL first novel, "Whither," published three years earlier. Hey, even the great ones are entitled to a mulligan, right?) Inscribed copies of Powell's novels are uncommon, and this is also a terrific association copy: the inscribee, later to set up shop as "H.N. Swanson" in Hollywood, where he was the most successful writers' agent of his time, was in 1928 still the editor of the widely-circulated "College Humor" magazine, a post he'd held since the early 1920s. The magazine solicited contributions from numerous well-known writers (including F. Scott Fitzgerald), and the contacts made by Swanson during his editorial tenure served him well as he began to develop his Hollywood client list in 1934. Powell's biographer Tim Page identifies "College Humor" as one of the magazines to which she was a regular contributor during the 1920s, and although neither the specific stories nor the frequency of their appearance have been identified, the familiar and bantering tone of her inscription strongly suggests that she and Swanson had been in regular communication. In any event, Swanson was certainly an important publisher of Powell's early work, and this inscription testifies to a close and significant association. (Both the first and second printings were in March 1928, the same month in which this book was inscribed.) Signed by Author 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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2821 Powell, Dawn The Wicked Pavilion [*SIGNED*]
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1954 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Reginald Marsh Signed by Author
[solid clean copy, some spotting/mottling to spine cloth, extremely light bumping to a couple of corners; jacket moderately edgeworn, some minor chipping and slight paper loss at spine ends (no loss of text), wrinkling/creasing along bottom edge of rear panel]. INSCRIBED ("To Mary / Sincerely") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Powell's last great novel, "an exhilarating story of mid-century New York, of many kinds of New Yorkers"; in other words, exactly the sort of thing she did best. (PLEASE NOTE that the dust jacket on this book has been supplied (i.e. transferred) from another copy.) Signed by Author 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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2822 Powell, Dawn Dance Night
New York A. L. Burt Company (c.1930) NO Reprint Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid but worn copy, fraying and light deterioration to cloth at all corners, spine cloth darkened, minor discoloration in gutters]. Contemporary reprint of Powell's fourth novel, generally considered one of her best early works; apparently printed from the Farrar & Rinehart plates (including the F&R colophon on the copyright page). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2823 Powell, Dawn The Golden Spur
New York The Viking Press 1962 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice copy, very light wear to bottom edge, slight bump to top edge of rear cover near spine; jacket shows a little edgewear, one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel, short ragged tear and associated creasing at base of spine (no paper loss), a couple of small scuff marks to rear panel]. The author's final novel, set largely in the New York she loved (specifically in this instance that city's art world), and telling the story of a young man's quest to find his real father, which leads him into the circle of a charismatic painter. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2824 Powell, Dawn A Time to Be Born
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1942 NO Early printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
(dark blue cloth; no dust jacket) [solid copy, nice and square, light browning to page edges, some wear to bottom edge, faint stain on rear cover]. John Ashbery, when this novel was reprinted in the 1990s, called it "a scathing and hilarious study of cynical New Yorkers stalking each other for various selfish ends, against a marvelously atmospheric backdrop of the city in the months just before America's entry into World War II." [Note that this lacks the Scribner's "A," and is thus not the first edition -- although contemporary hardcover printings of any of Powell's novels are pretty scarce these days, since her "rediscovery."] 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2825 Powell, Dawn Dance Night
New York A.L. Burt Company (c.1930) NO Reprint Hardcover Fair in Poor dj Illustrated by (dj) "Crary" 
[well-worn ex-rental library book with associated elements: a big stamp on the front pastedown ("American Lending Library Inc. -- Never Sold / Only Loaned"), a typewritten blurb (cribbed from the jacket text) pasted to the ffep; the jacket is backed with brown paper and thoroughly glued down at the flaps, with a large chip at the top of the front panel (taking about half the title with it), about half the spine missing, heavy edge- and surface-wear]. Contemporary reprint of Powell's fourth novel, generally considered one of her best early works; apparently printed from the Farrar & Rinehart plates (including the F&R colophon on the copyright page). Alas, this particular copy (both book and jacket) has been mistreated almost from the get-go; however, the jacket is quite rare in any incarnation, and to given it the best spin possible, at least the charming front panel illustration is largely intact. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2826 Powell, Dawn The Golden Spur
New York The Viking Press 1962 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [a very presentable copy, with some light soiling to yellow cloth at rear cover, but no other significant wear]. The author's final novel, set largely in the New York she loved (specifically in this instance that city's art world), and telling the story of a young man's quest to find his real father, which leads him into the circle of a charismatic painter. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2827 Powell, Dawn Jig Saw: A Comedy
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1934) NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [light staining to cloth at bottom of rear cover, occasional light dampstaining to edges of a few pages, spine cloth faded, slight bumping to corners, previous owner's signature on ffep]. The only one of Powell's ten or so plays to be published during her lifetime, it had a brief (49-performance) run in New York in 1934, with Ernest Truex and Spring Byington in the leads. Ownership signature of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Daniel Taradash on ffep. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2828 Powell, Richard Tickets to the Devil
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1968) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[clean, tight copy, mild wear at extremities, top edge a little darkened, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket very nice, clean and unfaded]. "This is a novel for readers who love bridge. It is a novel for readers who hate bridge. It is a novel for readers who don't know the difference between a finesse and a five-card major and couldn't care less. You don't have to know bridge to be fascinated by the people in this book, who have gathered at a major tournament to prove that they can beat each other's brains out." 
Price: 8.50 USD
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2829 Powers, George W. The Story of the Thirty Eighth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers
[Cambridge] Cambridge Press / Dakin and Metcalf 1866 (c.1865) Unknown edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket, as issued; reddish-brown cloth (redder than it looks in the scanned image), gilt spine lettering and decoration) [heavily worn copy, with binding loss at both ends of spine, dampstaining to covers and endpapers, yet internally clean (pages NOT stained although some slight wrinkling throughout); the binding is solid, hinges not cracked or separated, making this an excellent (if not especially attractive reading/reference copy, and a good candidate for re-binding)] "An attempt has been made to present a connected and reliable account of the movements of the Thirty-Eighth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers during its term of service in the army of the United States. It has not been the purpose of the writer to describe the movements of armies, or chronicle the results of campaigns, except to illustrate more fully the doings of the regiment. ... Nothing has been drawn from imagination, and no attempt made at word-painting. ... During thirty-two of the thirty-five months' service here recorded, the writer was constantly with his regiment, and noted down the daily events, for the benefit of friends at home. For the remaining time...he is indebted to the letters, diaries and conversations of his messmates, Messrs. Joseph G. Bartlett, Richard A. Fitzgerald, and Nathaniel Monroe. He would also return his thanks to Adjutant Wellington, for valuable official papers, and for assistance, and to Lieut.-Col. Richardson, and Captains Rundlet, Bennett, Jewell, Howland, and Davis, for the muster-out rolls of the regiment." Approximately the last one-quarter of the book consists of the Regimental Roll, and there are several "In Memoriam" pages listing deaths from battle and disease. 308 pp. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2830 Powers, Tim Expiration Date [true 1st edition, *SIGNED*]
London HarperCollins 1995 First Edition Softcover Very Good- Signed by Author
[covers edgeworn all around, corners somewhat dog-eared; book still square, though, and no creases in spine]. Mass Market PB INSCRIBED and SIGNED (upside-down) by the author on the title page: "For ----: One of the dozen or so people who have read the real text of ' Epitaph in Rust'* Cheers, Tim Powers. *P.S.--This is better." The true first edition, issued as a paperback original in England almost a year prior to its first American (and hardcover) appearance. The author's explanation of how this came about: "The manuscript was sent to both HarperCollins in the UK and Avon Books in the US. (Avon had originally bought the book, though we later bought it back and sold it to Tor.) The British publisher simply went to press with it, but the Avon editor asked me to do re-writes -- mainly add a couple of scenes, which were improvements, and I took the opportunity to change some things on my own, too. So basically the British edition is a first draft. The American edition is the 'preferred text.' In fact, I made a few further changes for the American paperback, so THAT'S the preferred text!" Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2831 Prager, Emily A Visit from the Footbinder, and Other Stories
New York Simon & Schuster (c.1982) 0-671-61013-9 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Frank Morris 
[nice tight copy, minor shelfwear; jacket a little surface-worn, tiny tears at top/bottom front hinges]. The author's first book of stories. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2832 Pratt, Theodore The Money
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1965) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Ned Glattauer 
[top corners a bit bumped, some browning at top/bottom edges of boards; jacket spine a little yellowed, visible wear at corners, a little chipping at spine extremities, 1/2" closed tear at top of front panel]. "In this incisive, entertaining novel, [the author] depicts what happens when five young children find, keep for themselves, and start to spend a large amount of money." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2833 Prebble, John The Buffalo Soldiers
New York Harcourt, Brace & Company (c.1959) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bernard Krigstein 
(price-clipped) [very nice copy, slight bump to upper rear corner, no other discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of wear here and there at edges and corners]. Novel about "a hard-bitten, Irish-born cavalryman assigned to Fort Sill after the Civil War, and placed in charge of some Negro recruits whose unwelcome mission is to escort a band of Comanches on their last buffalo hunt before these Indians are confined to a reservation." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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2834 Preedy, George (pseud. for Gabrielle Margaret Vere Campbell, aka Marjorie Bowen) The Prince's Darling [original U.K. title: The Rocklitz]
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1930 NO American Edition Hardcover Second Printing Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) F.H. Horvath 
[beautiful clean copy with no discernible wear; jacket has small tears and minor chipping/paper loss at spine ends, a couple of short closed tears and associated creasing along bottom edge of front panel]. A "stirring tale, filled with color and movement, the setting being the autocratic life of the great nobles in the most wealthy and dissipated of the German states, Saxony, at the close of the seventeenth century. The story centers around the delicately beautiful Madelon de Neitschütz, who is forced by her unscrupulous father and dissipated brothers to choose wealth and power instead of love." The second of some two dozen novels produced under this pseudonym by this prolific author, whose works in the field of gothic horror/crime fiction (usually written as "Joseph Shearing" or "Marjorie Bowen") are highly collectable. Ferdinand Horvath, who illustrated the dust jacket, was a Hungarian-born illustrator who became a highly-regarded sketch artist at the Walt Disney studios in the 1930s; although not credited, he was known to have contributed to the character designs for SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2835 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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2836 Presland, John (Gladys Skelton) Escape Me -- Never
New York D. Appleton & Company 1928 NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book is immaculate, appears unread, small vintage department store price sticker (The White House, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; the jacket is similarly nice, with just a bit of crinkling and minor dog-earing at top of spine]. "From a strange welter of events that combine the bravery and beauty of life, as well as its ugliness and sin, emerges the great love of Raimond and his unresting search for the woman, Anastasia. .... Vienna and Buda-Pesth, immediately after the war, are the background, and in the book one sees the break-up of the old world and the disintegration of the old aristocracy." (No relation to either the 1935 British movie or the 1947 American movie by this title.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2837 Presland, John [pseud. for Gladys Skelton] Albatross
New York D. Appleton and Company 1932 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [ex-library book, attractively rebound in rust-colored buckram; lightly shelfworn, short diagonal creasing at bottom corners of a couple early pages, remnants of removed labels on front pastedown and ffep, otherwise all library markings (including small "discard" stamp) confined to title page except for a small accession or code number stamped in a couple of different places; descriptive text from jacket flap affixed to page facing first text page]. Uncommon novel about the sole survivor of an aerial exploration trip to the Antarctic, who upon returning to England following his rescue "was compelled to face an official investigation by which he was disgraced on an unproven charge of 'grave dereliction of duty.'" The main body of the book is the story of his attempt to live down this judgment and get on with making a success of his life in the face of various other "trials and discouragements." The author was said to have gotten his inspiration from the fate of the Italian dirigible Italia, which crashed in 1928 while on its way to the Arctic. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2838 Presnell, Frank G. Too Hot to Handle [*SIGNED*]
New York The M.S. Mill Co. and William Morrow & Company 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) Charles Lofgren Signed by Author
[some shelfwear to bottom edge and base of spine, spine slightly turned, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket edgeworn, spine faded, some paper loss at both ends of spine, small scrape on front panel, various small nicks at edges of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "To Al Meddock / Frank Presnell." Hard-boiled mystery that "rips its way through big-time crime and corruption in Los Angeles County." The author had published two mystery novels back-to-back in 1939/1940; this was his third, and apparently last. Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
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2839 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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2840 Price, Mary and Vincent A Treasury of Great Recipes [*SIGNED*]
New York Bernard Geis Associates (c.1965) 5th printing Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Fritz Kredel 
(padded/embossed vinyl covers; no dust jacket) [minor wear at spine extremities, very light age-toning to edges of text block; silk bookmark bound in]. (B&W/color photos, drawings, menu reproductions) INSCRIBED generically and SIGNED on the dedication page: "Bon appetit / Mary and Vincent Price." Subtitled "Famous Specialties of the World's Foremost Restaurants Adapted for the American Kitchen," this international eater's tour incorporates the Prices' reminiscences of their memorable dining experiences in France, Italy, Holland, Scandinavia, England, Spain, Mexico, and the United States, with notable recipes from each establishment, color photographs (by William Claxton and Tosh Matsumoto) of lusciously-laden tables, etc. In many cases the menu from the restaurant is reproduced within the text. And while, as you might expect, the eateries they feature are some of the world's finest (The Four Seasons and Sardi's in New York, for instance), they also write of entertaining at their home, dining with the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, stopping in at Harry's Bar in Venice, and scarfing down hot dogs at Dodger Stadium. A chapter near the end of the book is devoted to "Specialties in Our House," and includes a 4-page illustrated tutorial on creative napkin-folding. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2841 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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2842 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: 15.00 USD
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2843 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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2844 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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2845 Prince, Don Reflections in a Glass Eye [*SIGNED*]
San Francisco Hesperian House (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) James Buck Signed by Author
[light shelfwear only, minor discoloration/staining along top edge of rear board; jacket slightly chipped at top of spine, small closed tear and associated horizontal crease at top edge of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Strange and uncommon novel, written from the point of view of a ventriloquist's dummy. The author's father, Arthur Prince, was a world- renowned ventriloquist, who toured with -- and was buried with! -- his "ventriloqual figure," Sailor Jim. According to the jacket blurb, the author "suggests that the puppet enlarged his area of domination from father to son, and acted as a macabre muse in the shaping of this work of fiction. Creeped out? Me, too! Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2846 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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2847 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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2848 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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2849 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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2850 Propp, V. Ja. (translated and edited by Roberta Reeder) Down Along the Mother Volga: An Anthology of Russian Folk Lyrics
Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press (c.1975) 0-8122-7668-8 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[clean solid copy, minor wear at spine ends; jacket sunned at spine and along left edge of front panel, mildly rubbed]. First English translation of this significant structural analysis of Russian folklore. "In this study, [the author] does not limit himself to formalistic analysis, but also considers the Russian folk lyric in the social and historical context in which it was produced. Although the focus of Propp's study is on the Russian folk lyric, the model he establishes is applicable to the study of the folk lyric in other cultures as well." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2851 Prouty, Howard The Dozen and One: A Field Guide to the Books of Jim Tully
Los Angeles ReadInk 2012 NO First Edition Stapled wraps Fine 
[brand-new, in perfect condition]. (color and B&W photographs) A survey of the published books of Ohio-born writer Jim Tully (1886-1947), precursor of the hard-boiled school of American letters -- a household name in his heyday (the 1920s and 1930s) yet almost completely forgotten today. This handsome 20-page booklet contains a full-page color photo and a brief blurb for each of Tully's thirteen books, many of which were fictionalized versions of his own rough-and-tumble early life or of his colorful Irish-American family. Tully's journalistic work appeared in many popular magazines of the day, such as "Vanity Fair" and "The American Mercury" (H.L. Mencken was one of his major boosters), and he also maintained a parallel career as one of the most insightful writers of celebrity profiles, including among his subjects many Hollywood figures such as his one-time employer Charlie Chaplin (who successfully prevented Tully from publishing a full-length biography of him that he believed to be insufficiently adulatory). Also covered briefly are the two films based on Tully books, BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) and LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933), as well as paperback editions and recent reissues of his work. A very useful introduction to a writer who should be at least half as well known as such contemporaries as James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett. Issued in a limited printing of 200 hand-numbered copies. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2852 Prouty, Olive Higgins Now, Voyager [*SIGNED*]
New York Sun Dial Press 1943 (c.1941) NO Reprint Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[exceptionally nice copy, especially for a cheaply-manufactured book, with just some very light wear to the bottom edge and a slight bowing to the front board; jacket is sunned a bit at the spine, with a bit of edgewear and a handful of tiny tears, still very presentable]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author (in pencil!) on the ffep, additionally dated May 12, 1945; laid in is a program from "The Annual Scholarship Tea" held in honor of Mrs. Prouty on that date, at the State Teachers College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Basis for one of the best romantic weepie movies of all time, starring the great Bette Davis and the infinitely suave Paul Henreid, who took a back seat to no man when it came to lighting up a cancer stick for his lady love. ("Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." Chokes me up just thinking about it.) The dust jacket, of which this is a pleasing example despite being somewhat worn, uses the same basic design as the first edition jacket, but with a brighter color scheme and some added text -- "The engrossing story of a woman who overcame her own inhibitions and found a free life" and "by the author of Stella Dallas." Signed books by this author are quite uncommon, and I think she may have been partial to pencil: her memoir, published in 1961, was called "Pencil Shavings." Signed by Author 
Price: 450.00 USD
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2853 Prudon, Theodore H.M. Preservation of Modern Architecture
Hoboken NJ John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (c.2008) 0471662941 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket, presumably as issued) [minor bumping to a couple of corners, otherwise as-new]. (B&W/color photos, architectural drawings) "An architect's guide to the preservation of modern architecture filled with illustrative case studies," this hefty tome addresses the question of how to "preserve the design intent and character of a modern building while using new materials and advanced technologies not available when the building was constructed." (Under discussion, mostly, are buildings dating from the 1920s through the 1970s.) ***NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 95.00 USD
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2854 Pryde, Anthony, and R.K. Weekes The Lily and the Sword
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[lovely clean book, just a touch of wear to base of spine; jacket very attractive, showing only minor wear at extremities, a handful of insignificant nicks and closed tears, tiny piece missing from bottom right corner of front panel]. Ruritanian romance, "the story of Wanda Radolin and her brother Clement, last survivors of a proud but impoverished house in the principality of the cruel and fascinating Prince Heinrich, one of the lesser rulers of central Europe in the middle of the past century." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2855 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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2856 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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2857 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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2858 Purtill, Richard Enchantment at Delphi
San Diego Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1986) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
Fine in Fine dj [a lovely copy, with NO remainder mark]. Young Adult novel, based on the author's extensive archaeological and historical knowledge of Delphi and its oracle. The story concerns a young American student, Alice Grant, who is exploring among the ruins of Delphi when she stumbles across a mysterious Line of Power that is used repeatedly by the gods to draw Alice back to their time, where they call upon Alice's 20th-century perspective to help them settle ancient disputes and aid them in their on-going struggles for power. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2859 Puzo, Mario The Godfather Papers & Other Confessions
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1972) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Joe Tully 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just tiny traces of soiling, faint scuffing to rear panel, one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel near spine]. "The present work is highly personal, freewheeling, and autobiographical. Here we find many intimate, amusing, and startling disclosures about the author's life, Hollywood, gambling, the Italian way of life, the art of writing, the making of THE GODFATHER film, food, sex and male chauvinism, directors and film stars, etc. Primarily, it discloses the man behind the book -- and the myth." A very nice copy of this easily-worn book; NOT the book club edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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2860 Quantrill, Malcolm, and Bruce Webb, eds. The Culture of Silence: Architecture's Fifth Dimension
College Station TX Texas A&M University Press (c.1998) 0-89096-785-7 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, just the teensiest bit of handling wear to book and jacket]. (Studies in Architecture and Culture, No. 4) Series (B&W photographs, architectural drawings) "The intent of these essays is to explore the notion of a 'culture of silence' through the basis of the architectural culture of modern Finland." Architects whose work is discussed and analyzed in connection with this theme include Alvar Aalto, Reima Pietilä, Juha Leiviska, Gunnar Asplund and Renzo Piano. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2861 Queen, Ellery The American Gun Mystery [Death at the Rodeo]
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1933 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(red cloth w/lettering & gun illustration in black; no dust jacket) [nice clean copy, cloth bright and lettering strong, light fraying at corners and slight bumping at spine ends, small triangular black mark on bottom edge next to spine; the book's only serious flaw, really, is that the top one-third or so of the ffep has been cut away] . 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2862 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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2863 Quintero, Jorge Radio Rocketeers [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Pied-Piper Press (c.1938) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
(pictorial paste-on front cover label; no dust jacket) [moderately worn book, slight fading to cloth at spine, corners lightly bumped, slight scrunching of bottom corners of a few pages; attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown]. INSCRIBED ("To Twentieth Century Radio Productions") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A big-business conspiracy novel, in which an intrepid maverick scientist/inventor/genius develops the most incredible radio known to Mankind -- something called the Crystal Projector Radio -- which has the potential to revolutionize the communications industry. Alas, said industry is thoroughly dominated by the Bulle Telephone Corporation, Cistern Electric, Wistful Onion, the Gnashional Blatcasting Stations and other Entrenched Interests, who don't particularly want to be revolutionized; naturally the thoroughly corrupt Government, the press (the Hearse newspapers) and an army of gangsters are in their service as well. But Our Hero, inventor Joe Simpson, takes on the whole crooked lot of them with the aid of the "Radio Rocketeers." (The name suggests a band of colorfully-costumed superheroes, but in fact it just seems to be a nickname for Simpson's associates in the Crystal Projector Radio Company.) Nothing is known of this author; although four additional titles are credited to him in the front matter of this book, they all appear to be fictitious, and I've been unable to identify any other books attributed to the "Pied-Piper Press" in Los Angeles. Signed by Author 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2864 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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2865 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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2866 Racina, Thom The Great Los Angeles Blizzard [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1977) 0-399-12033-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (relief sculpture on jacket) John Sposato Signed by Author
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, spine very slightly turned, small scrape mark on ffep; jacket a little edgeworn, a couple of tiny tears/nicks at top of spine, similar tiny tears at a couple of corners and bottom of rear panel, minor spotting mid-spine]. INSCRIBED ("Think snow!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Disaster novel about the havoc wreaked upon a "woefully unprepared" L.A. when the city is battered by a devastating snowstorm. (Considering how people here freak out, at least on the roadways, when we just get a little rain, I hate to imagine. But I don't have to, because Thom Racina has!) Signed by Author 
Price: 18.00 USD
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2867 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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2868 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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2869 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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2870 Rainey, Buck The Shoot-Em-Ups Ride Again: A Supplement to Shoot-Em-Ups
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press 1990 0-8108-2132-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor wear to top/bottom edges]. (B&W photographs) Includes not only new material, updating this indispensible genre filmography through 1989, but also additions/corrections to the previous volume. (++) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2871 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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2872 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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2873 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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2874 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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2875 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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2876 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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2877 Rapaport, Richard California Moderne and the Mid-century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett
New York Rizzoli International Publications 2014 0847842487 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[brand-new book, but with a couple of very slightly bumped corners; jacket is flawless]. (color and B&W photographs) Survey of the mid-century houses of architect Edward H. Fickett. "Fickett's innovative designs were profoundly in sync with Los Angeles's ascendance from second city into one of the world's great metropolises with innovative postwar tract houses, glamorous garden apartments in Hollywood in the 1950s, and ambitious houses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Malibu spanning from the 1950s through the 1980s. [This book] is not only a portrait of a beloved architect's enduring work, but also of a place and time that continues to capture the imagination." ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2878 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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2879 Raphaelson, Samson Accent on Youth -and- White Man
New York/Los Angeles/London Samuel French 1935 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [some wear and fraying at all corners, spine a little turned, front hinge a little weak, large glue residue (from label removal?) on front pastedown, "Drama Department" stamped on title page and rear pastedown, one-time owner's name (and date and place of original purchase) on ffep, some minor pencil annotation in the text of the first play]. Two plays by the author of the source material for THE JAZZ SINGER. "Accent on Youth," the praises of which are sung by John Anderson in his Preface to this volume, was filmed three times: under its original title, in 1935; as a Bing Crosby musical vehicle, MR. MUSIC, in 1950; and finally as the romantic comedy BUT NOT FOR ME (1959), starring Clark Gable and Carroll Baker. "White Man" was a somewhat different matter. It's heralded here in a brief "open letter to the author" by one Barrett H. Clark, who calls the play (apparently written as early as 1929) a favorite of his and declares it "something more than one of those good things that hasn't yet made Broadway. It has been a standing challenge to the show business, but the show business has so far not taken it up." Well, a year or so following its publication here, Broadway did take it up, and it was a resounding flop (ekeing out just seven performances in October 1936); needless to say, no movie adaptation ensued. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2880 Rauch, Earl M. Dirty Pictures from the Prom
Garden City NY Doubleday Projections Books / Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1969 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Alex Gotfryd 
[good solid book with minor shelfwear; jacket is lightly soiled and a bit age-toned, and has been nibbled just a bit along the bottom edge by some insect]. The author's first novel, written when he was 19, which "describes the quest of an existential Candide, searching vainly for a search worth searching for, trapped by the paradox that destroys the distinction between freedom and restriction, acceptance and rejection, affirmation and despair." (You know -- the Sixties.) Given its current scarcity in the marketplace, I suspect this book -- described by one online critic/appreciator as "an erudite, strange, entertaining and love-filled novel from an extremely intelligent [then-] young man who has since felt no need to return to this sort of thing" -- enjoys a bit of a cult following, probably not unrelated to the author's known affinity for the work of Thomas Pynchon. Rauch, under his full name of Earl Mac Rauch, went on to write a handful of notable movies, including Martin Scorsese's NEW YORK, NEW YORK and the 1984 sci-fi oddity THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI (which has a very definite cult following, and in fact traces its origins to the friendship between Rauch and the film's director-producer W.D. Richter, which began with the latter's discovery of this very novel) . NOTE that several passages and pages throughout the book are X-ed out -- but this is the way the book was printed. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2881 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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2882 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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2883 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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2884 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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2885 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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2886 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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2887 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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2888 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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2889 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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2890 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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2891 Reid, H[ilda]. S[tewart]. Phillida; or, The Reluctant Adventurer
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1928 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) B.F. Shaw (?) 
[light shelfwear and slight bumping to bottom edges/corners, otherwise a clean and solid book, with a vintage bookseller's label (Capwell's Books, Oakland, California) on the rear pastedown; the jacket is lightly soiled, with tiny tears at a few corners]. Historical novel set in the time of Oliver Cromwell, about "a young gentleman of the University" who gets caught up in the events of the day and condemned to death. He escapes, but ends up being shipped off to work in the African mines; escaping in turn from that predicament, he "finds sanctuary with a Portuguese who has set up a new Carthage among the blacks. [Our hero] becomes the leader and eventually the inheritor of this savage state, wars with the Dutch and the natives, and after his long exile returns at length to England, the place of his boyish love." (Phillida, by the way, is the name of the girl he left behind.) The somewhat "cartoony" nature of the dust jacket illustration makes me suspect that the book is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I've found no contemporary reviews to support that, so short of reading the darned thing (which I would rather leave to you), my speculation remains idle. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2892 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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2893 Reiner, Carl Something Different; a comedy in two acts
New York Samuel French, Inc. (c.1967) Unstated printing Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, the only blemish being a couple of staple-removal holes near the upper right corner of the front cover]. (stage diagram) Reiner's only produced play, a comedy about a one-hit-wonder playwright who's been suffering from writer's block ever since his initial success, twelve years earlier. He decides that the only way to overcome his creative inertia is to relive the underprivileged circumstances under which he wrote his first play -- by erecting an exact facsimile of his poor Jewish mother’s Bronx kitchen, smack in the middle of the living room of his 14-bedroom, 9-bath suburban mansion. Bob Dishy and Linda Lavin starred in the original Broadway production, which ran a respectable 111 performances under Reiner's direction; reviewing a less successful 1983 revival, critic Frank Rich described the show as "not a play but an extended sketch, [although] it does have its merits as a grab bag of cockamamie jokes." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2894 Reino, Joseph Karl Shapiro
Boston Twayne Publishers 1980 0-8057-7333-9 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [just the tiniest bit of wear to spine extremities, old seller's price stamped on ffep; binding text, text clean]. (Twayne's United States Authors Series, 404) Series (B&W photo frontispiece) A critical study of the work of the American poet (1913-2000). Includes: Chronology; Notes and References; Selected Bibliography; Index. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2895 Reitman, Alan, ed. The Price of Liberty
New York W.W. Norton & Company (c.1968) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Edward Diehl 
[nice clean book, very light wear to bottom edge; jacket lightly soiled and just a bit age-toned at spine, a couple of tiny nicks in bottom edge of front panel]. Perspectives on civil liberties by members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Contents: "The Challenge of Privacy" by Harriet F. Pilpel; "Legacies of the Cold War" by Walter Millis; "Religion, the State, the Individual" by Robert Bierstedt; "Freedom on the Campus" by Louis M. Hacker; "The Stranglehold of Censorship" by Elmer Rice; "Police Power and Citizens' Rights" by Edward J. Ennis & Osmond K. Fraenkel; "A Color-blind Commonwealth" by Loren Miller; and "Blue-collar Democracy" by Michael Harrington. Also included are brief biographies of the contributors. Nearly all the copies of this book in the marketplace as of November 2014 are either ex-library and/or jacketless. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2896 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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2897 Renard, Maurice New Bodies for Old
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1923) 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [cloth shows a bit of wear at all edges, spine a little turned, slight bumping to all corners, teensy bit of fraying to bottom corners, one-time owner's signature on front pastedown, jacket blurb glued there as well, vintage bookseller's label (Hudson's Book Shop, Detroit) on rear pastedown; binding/hinges intact, internally clean]. Science-fiction-cum-horror novel, the author's first, originally published in France as "Le Docteur Lerne - Sous-Dieu" in 1908. An archetypal mad-scientist yarn, the book concerns a doctor who performs inter-species organ transplants, even on occasion dragging machinery and plants into the mix. The dedication is to H.G. Wells -- "I beg you, Sir, to accept this book." -- from whose work (perhaps specifically in this instance "The Island of Doctor Moreau") the author quite obviously took inspiration. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2898 Renard, Maurice (translated from the French by Florence Crewe-Jones) The Snake of Luvercy
New York E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1930 NO 3rd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) [Alfred] Maurer 
[minor wear at spine ends, top corner slightly bumped, vintage price sticker from The White House (San Francisco department store) on rear pastedown; jacket a bit edgeworn, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. (Dutton Clue Mystery) Series Mystery tale with a Parisian setting, about "a young Frenchman of good family, whose engagement to Gilberta Laval, a lovely, exquisite girl, is poisonously opposed by Madame De Prasse and her idolized and gay son Lionel." By the author of "The Hands of Orlac" and "New Bodies for Old." Not a book you'll see every day of the week, or maybe even once a year, especially in such decent condition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2899 Renault, Mary [pseud. for Eileen Mary Challans] The Charioteer
New York Pantheon (c.1959) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[a good sound copy, light shelfwear, modest age-toning to edges of text block; jacket edgeworn, 2-inch split at bottom front flapfold, half-inch paper loss at top of spine (no text affected), tears and minor paper loss at top corners, some soiling to rear panel, tiny dark spot in middle of front panel]. A "compassionate and deeply understanding novel about homosexual love," set against a World War II background, and describing "the phases through which Laurie, the boy, the youth, the man, comes to terms with his emotions and with his status in a society which considers him a freak and a criminal." Following this book, Renault turned to historical fiction, setting all her subsequent novels in ancient Greece, which permitted much freer rein in dealing with gay subject matter; it was, in fact, the success of the first of the historical books, "The Last of the Wine" (1956) that helped clear the way for this first American edition of "The Charioteer," six years after its original British publication. (One has to wonder how many people might have been fooled by the title into thinking it was also ancient-historical, notwithstanding the publisher's helpful addition of "A Contemporary Novel" to the front of the jacket.) The true (British) first edition is exceedingly scarce, the American only slighly less so. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2900 Renoir, Jean (trans. by Norman Denny) The Notebooks of Captain Georges [*SIGNED*]
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1966) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon Signed by Author
[good solid copy with light shelfwear, minor spotting/foxing to top of text block; jacket shows light wear at extremities and some rubbing/scuffing to the front panel, but less of the latter than usually seen on this book]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page: "Dear Mrs. Kellen - It is / a pleasure to meet a lover of / the arts such as yourself / at Junior's house. / Warmest regards / Jean Renoir / January 1967." Novel by the acclaimed film director, "the sensual memoir of a gentleman [and his] passionate love for a country girl," as revealed in his private notebooks. Originally published in French as "Les Cahiers du Capitaine Georges." Signed by Author 
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