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2801 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: 25.00 USD
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2802 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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2803 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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2804 Popescu, Petru The Return
New York Grove Press (c.1997) 0-8021-1613-2 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Gall 
[nice tight copy with only a miniscule amount of shelfwear at base of spine, appears unread; jacket shows just a trace of handling wear, very slight fading to spine, still bright and attractive]. (B&W photographs) "In 1989, Romania exploded in revolution. Suddenly the borders were open and those who had fled Nicholae Ceausescu's tyranny could now revisit their roots. Among them was [the author], once Romania's most famous opposition writer, now a best-selling American author and successful Hollywood filmmaker. This book is the story of his journey. It is also a fascinating account of growing up under 'ordinary Communism.'" 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2805 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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2806 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: 15.00 USD
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2807 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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2808 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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2809 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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2810 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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2811 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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2812 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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2813 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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2814 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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2815 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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2816 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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2817 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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2818 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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2819 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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2820 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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2821 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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2822 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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2823 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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2824 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 exceptionally nice, clean and unfaded, with just the teensiest bit of surface wear]. "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: 10.00 USD
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2825 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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2826 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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2827 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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2828 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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2829 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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2830 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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2831 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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2832 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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2833 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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2834 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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2835 Presnell, Robert Jr. Edgell's Island
New York The Dial Press 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Cirlin 
[good sound copy, top corners a bit bumped, no other significant wear; jacket a little edgeworn, lightly scuffed here and there, light soiling to rear panel]. "The strange relationship of a mother and her son is the underlying theme of this unusual novel." It begins with the death of the mother, Marya, and then tells the story of her son Edgell's self-discovery through an exploration of her life's path "from a sordid first marriage in a dismal Chicago flat, to wealth and splendor as the wife of the millionaire John Shields, to divorce over infidelity, and a period of lavish salon hospitality to Hollywood's great, [ultimately leading] to teh loneliness of an ended era and the desperation of alcoholism. Her life hadn't been a fling; it had been a wild ride, involving terrible extravagance, murder, scandal and neglect of the child Edgell." Presnell was a radio, TV and movie writer; this was his only published novel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2836 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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2837 Price, Roger J.G., The Upright Ape
New York Lyle Stuart (c.1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bevans, Marks & Barrow, Inc. 
[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: 12.00 USD
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2838 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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2839 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. 
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2840 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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2841 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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2842 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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2843 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: 12.00 USD
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2844 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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2845 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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2846 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: 15.00 USD
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2847 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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2848 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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2849 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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2850 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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2851 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: 20.00 USD
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2852 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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2853 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: 12.00 USD
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2854 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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2855 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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2856 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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2857 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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2858 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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2859 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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2860 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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2861 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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2862 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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2863 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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2864 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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2865 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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2866 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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2867 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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2868 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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2869 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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2870 Ralston, Esther Some Day We'll Laugh: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press 1985 0-8108-1814-0 First Edition Hardcover Fine Signed by Author
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, with no discernible wear; appears unread]. (Filmmakers, No. 11) Series (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author, with a brief inscription, beneath her frontispiece portrait photo. "One of the top contract players at Paramount in the Twenties, Esther Ralston brought considerable elegance and grace to such productions as PETER PAN, BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK, A KISS FOR CINDERELLA, OLD IRONSIDES and THE CASE OF LENA SMITH. All of those films are discussed here, as is her childhood, when she worked on stage with her family, billed as 'Baby Esther, America's Youngest Juliet'; her first entry into films as an extra in the mid 'teens; and her working relationship with such colorful characters as Dorothy Arzner, Herbert Brenon, Gary Cooper, and Josef von Sternberg." Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2871 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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2872 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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2873 Randolph, Vance We Always Lie to Strangers: Tall Tales from the Ozarks
New York Columbia University Press 1952 (c.1951) 3rd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by Glen Rounds 
(price-clipped) [minor wear and slight discoloration to cloth at spine ends, otherwise a good solid clean book; jacket is heavily browned at edges and along spine, scuffed on front panel, large ragged piece missing from top of spine, much smaller piece missing from base of spine, several clumsily-executed internal tape-repairs]. (pen and ink drawings) One of the harder-to-find books by Randolph, described in the jacket blurb as "probably the best known collector of authentic Ozark folklore." The book brings together hundreds of tales from a wide variety of sources: many "were contributed by elderly folk in the more isolated sections of the Ozarks, [while] some have been printed in the country weeklies, and a few find their way into the metropolitan press. Some of the wildest absurdities are exaggerated accounts of the narrator's own adventures, or the exploits of men whom he has known personally. Others are strangely garbled fragments of pioneer history and legend." 
Price: 175.00 USD
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2874 Randolph, Vance Who Blowed Up the Church House? and Other Ozark Folk Tales
New York Columbia University Press 1953 (c.1952) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Glen Rounds 
(price-clipped) [very light shelfwear, some minor staining to edges of text block; jacket spine a little darkened, tiny tears at a couple of corners, one small internal tape-repair (no bleed-through) at base of spine]. (pen and ink drawings) More strictly a straight collection of individual tales than Randolph's previous book, "We Always Lie to Strangers," the present volume collects one hundred stories, most just one or two pages in length, with titles like "How Booger Done His Wife," "Jack Couldn't Make No Change," "The Wool on Pappy's Filly," and "How Betsey Got Drownded." There is a brief essay at the end of the book, "Comments of a Folklorist," by Herbert Halpert, followed by extensive source notes on all the individual stories in the book, plus a bibliography. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2875 Randolph, Vance, and George P. Wilson Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech
Norman University of Oklahoma Press (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj 
[good solid book, moderate wear to extremities, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket is a bit on the tattered side, with numerous tears and chips, browning at spine, etc. (jacket is now protected by a new clear mylar cover)]. "In this delightfully written and entertaining book, Vance Randolph, who first visited the Ozark country in 1899, and his collaborator deal with the speech of these hill people who live in their shacks 'down in the holler.' [They] deal with many phases of Ozark speech, including pronunciation, grammar, Early English survivals, taboos and euphemisms, the use of Ozark dialect in fiction, unusual words and meanings, and sayings and wisecracks, and conclude with a word list of further expressions. The narrative style of the book enables the reader to gain a true picture of the customs, superstitions, and philosophy of the hill people -- to observe, in fact, a way of life that is now rapidly disappearing with the encroachment of twentieth-century civilization." (And this, note, was more than sixty years ago!) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2876 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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2877 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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2878 Raphaelson, Samson Three Screen Comedies by Samson Raphaelson: Trouble in Paradise; The Shop around the Corner; Heaven Can Wait
Madison WI The University of Wisconsin Press 1983 0-299-08780-8 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[lovely copy, as-new, with no significant wear to either book or jacket]. Screenwriter Raphaelson and director Ernst Lubitsch collaborated on nine films together between 1930 and 1947; this volume reproduces the screenplays of three of the most memorable, "complete as prepared for production and with subsequent changes included, [and] also personal comments on each by Raphaelson." The book also includes an introduction by Pauline Kael and, best of all (and worth the price of the book all by itself, in my opinion) is Raphaelson's reminiscence "Freundschaft: How It Was with Lubitsch and Me." 
Price: 40.00 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 Rattigan, Terence Variation on a Theme
London Hamish Hamilton 1958 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [light dust-soiling to edges of text block, no other significant wear to book; jacket a bit edgeworn, spine browned, soiling to rear panel, light dampstain near bottom of spine]. Rattigan's modernization of the "Camille" story ("La Dame aux Camelias"), in which "Marguerite Gautier becomes Rose Fish, an ex-typist from Birmingham, who through a series of purposeful marriages has climbed single-mindedly to possession of the crumbling villa outside Cannes where she is now living on her nerves. She is on the brink of marrying a crude, middle-aged German industrialist when she meets Ron Vale, a young dancer from the Monte Carlo ballet, and comes to believe that he not only loves her for herself but genuinely needs her." (Is that about when the coughing starts?) The original London stage production starred Margaret Leighton, pictured on the front of the jacket. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2881 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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2882 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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2883 Rawson, Marion Nicholl Handwrought Ancestors: The Story of Early American Shops and Those Who Worked Therein
New York E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc. First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by the author; dj by "PRC" 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear to book, light age-toning to edges of text block; jacket moderately edgeworn, a handful a small closed tears along top and bottom edges that have been internally tape-repaired, spine slightly darkened with minor paper loss to both ends, tiny chip at bottom of rear panel]. (pen and ink drawings) The seventh in a series of books by this author dealing with "practically every field of Colonial endeavor." This particular volume "deals with the old farm tinkerin' shops and those other tiny shops along village streets, in which our cherished antiques came into existence. Mrs. Rawson tells how the ancestors themselves grew with the making of these things; grew to be not only finer and more capable workmen but finer characters because of their honest care of details, and their ingenuity in producing something lovely out of the raw. To those who love the simple and beautiful things of yesterday's workaday world this book will serve as a passport to the mysteries of their beginnings, [and] it allows the reader time to loiter at many an old shop, visit with the tinkerer, the chair-maker, the coffinmaker, the currier, and more than a score of others of our ancestors who loved the feel of a hammer in their hands or the glow of a forge kept ruddy by the pumping of the great old 'leathern lungs.'" The book is illustrated with "one hundred and fifty sketches of quaint shops in farmyard and on dusty road, their equipment, and the tools which intrigue us so today, and many a finished article which though made for use in the old days, is treasured for its beauty today." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2884 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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2885 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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2886 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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2887 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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2888 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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2889 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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2890 Reed, Rochelle, ed. The American Film Institute Dialogue on Film (May-June 1975): George Stevens
Beverly Hills CA Center for Advanced Film Studies 1975 NO (Vol. 4, No. 8) Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[nice copy, a little wear along spine, subscription label on rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Transcript of AFI seminar with producer-director George Stevens, held on May 23, 1973, which took place following a screening of GUNGA DIN and was therefore focused primarily on a discussion of that film, although the discussion eventually broadened to encompass other films directed by Stevens, including GIANT and A PLACE IN THE SUN. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2891 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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2892 Reeves, May, and Claire Goll; translation, editing and introduction by Constance Brown Kuriyama The Intimate Charlie Chaplin
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company, Inc. (c.2001) 0-7864-0735-2 1st English-language edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, faint external wear only]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Translation of a book first published in France in 1935 (as "Charlie Chaplin intime"), described in the introduction as "the most vivid and revealing account of a close personal relationship with Chaplin ever published." Although there had been a few other memoirs (including those by Charles Chaplin Jr., his mother, Lita Grey Chaplin, and his co-star in THE GOLD RUSH, Georgia Hale), "none offers such a meticulously detailed record of daily life with Chaplin as Reeves, or one written so soon after the events it records." (Reeves met Chaplin on the French Riviera in 1933, and "lived in intimate daily contact with [him] for approximately a year.) Her book (again quoting the introduction) "is particularly valuable for the insight it offers into Chaplin's personality, as well as into the intricate connection between his personality and his art." This volume also includes an excerpt from another highly-regarded (but until now untranslated) French book about Chaplin, "The Truth About Charlie Chaplin: His Life, His Loves, His Disappointments," written by Carlyle T. Robinson in 1933. Notes, bibliography, index. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2893 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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2894 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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2895 Reichelt, Hans Avesta Reader: Text, Notes, Glossary and Index
Berlin Walter De Gruyter & Co. 1968 Reprint Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [a reference/reading copy only, worn/frayed at corners, hinges intact but a little weak, pencil annotations and margin notes on pp.1-3 and intermittently from pages 31 through 41]. Reprint of a work originally published in 1911, by a noted Austrian scholar of Indo-European and Iranian studies, whose "work is characterized by his philological acumen, his linguistic good judgement and thoroughness as well as his keen insight" (this judgment not my own, of course, but cribbed from a very thorough writeup about Herr Reichelt from a site called Encyclopaedia Iranica). This volume was actually a follow-up/supplement to his 1909 book "Awestisches Elementarbuch," an introduction to the Avestan language, which (according to some nit-pickers) was less than satisfactory due to its inclusion of only a small selection of actual Avestan texts. Hence this volume, which is nothing but: "The texts selected are much more numerous (pp. 1–90) and are chosen from all parts of the Avestan corpus, [with] the intention to present texts of special importance from the viewpoint of both philology and history of religion, i. e. of their linguistic form and their religious content." I especially enjoyed the author's introductory plea to the reader "not to criticise my English two [sic] severely [because] I have only written the book in English because I was specially requested to do so by the Parsees who do not understand German." Laid into the front of the volume is a small sheet, "Transcription of Avestan Alphabet," apparently photocopied from another source as a kind of cheat sheet. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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2896 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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2897 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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2898 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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2899 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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2900 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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