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2801 Robinson, Louise In Toyland
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1914 First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by Clara E. Atwood 
(pictorial cloth, no dust jacket) [well-worn but intact copy, bumped/frayed at all corners, boards exposed at bottom corners, finger-smudges on a few pages, a few turned-down page corners and small edge-tears, "Property of Parsons City Schools" stamped twice on each pastedown]. (color frontis., 3 color plates, line drawings) Simple child's tales, in a Dick-and-Janeish type narrative ("To-day is Saturday. Mary is going to Ellen's house. She has her dolls with her. Betty is her baby doll." etc.), interspersed with short verses by Charles Kingsley, William Blake, Eugene Field, and others. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2802 Roche, Arthur Somers, and Ethel Pettit Roche Callingham's Girl
New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1937 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, half of ffep torn away, light dampstain on rear cover, spine turned, front jacket text glued to front pastedown]. Scarce crime novel in which a detective and an orchestra leader team up to solve the murder of a notorious gamber/gangster. "A vivid picture of New York after dark. Gangsters, chorus girls, and society looking for a thrill, move through these pages, adding color and character to a story that races along on a high note of exciting suspense." Touted on the jacket blurb as the author's "latest novel," omitting to mention that he had actually been dead for a couple of years (since February 1935). This didn't seem to put much of a crimp in his output, however, this being the fifth of six novels to appear posthumously -- and the only one to bear his wife's name as co-author, which would seem to imply that the others had already been finished at the time of his demise. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2803 Roche, Paul Te Deum for J. Alfred Prufrock
(n.p.) Privately Issued [ca.1962] First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[very light external age-toning]. From the poet's introductory note: "The perfect reflecting of an age has always been one of the functions of a poet, but so has the need to integrate and reduce to a luminous whole. The one man who should never have to apologize for breathing out new enthusiasms is the poet. In [this work], the poet of another generation makes the attempt to go down with Prufrock -- like a Dante with a Virgil -- into the particular hell of his ineptitude and lead him out of it to a new vision and a new universe: one of celebration and power." Roche was an associate of the Bloomsbury Group, notably of painter Duncan Grant, with whom he had a long relationship. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2804 Rochefort, Christiane (translated from the French by Edward Hyams) Josyane and the Welfare
London Macdonald 1963 (c.1961) NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Eileen Walton 
[minor spotting to top edge, no significant wear; jacket front panel shows light surface rubbing/scraping, one tiny closed tear at top edge]. Novel about a young French woman who grows up on the outskirts of Paris, into a life "cushioned against reality by the candy-floss embrace of the Welfare State." The author was a noted feminist writer; the book is a classroom standard in France, but the English edition is very scarce. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2805 Rockey, Howard Limelight
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1927) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) [Irving] Politzer 
[a touch of fraying at base of spine, light dust-soiling to top edge, no other significant wear; jacket lightly rubbed, with various small nicks and tears, tiny piece missing at bottom right corner of front panel]. "A modern romance that moves with thrilling swiftness before and behind the curtain of the operatic stage. It tells the story of a young American girl and her struggle to gain the limelight." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2806 Roden, H.W. Too Busy to Die [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow & Co. 1944 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [mild exterior wear, slight darkening & waviness to top page edges, spine cloth a bit faded but lettering still strong]. SIGNED by the author on a large printed label affixed to the ffep and proclaiming this to be the "Autographed Edition / To / W.D. Rorrex / with the kindest personal regards / of the author:". Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2807 Rodgers, Catherine The Towers Inheritance
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1958 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Gerald McCann 
[book is lightly worn at extremities, with a bit of dust-soiling to the top edge; jacket shows moderate overall wear, a little soiling and creasing to rear panel, a bit of crinkling at spine ends]. The only novel by this Alabama-born-and-bred author (1916-2004), who began writing short stories at the age of seven. Becoming, in her words, "increasingly obsessed with the desire to write" as she grew older, she sold her first story to a Birmingham newspaper in 1937. After earning her M.S. in English from Auburn in 1941, she spent the next decade teaching and helping out with her father's business, all the while continuing to write (although very little was published). In 1951, she enrolled in Hudson Strode's internationally-renowned fiction-writing course at the University of Alabama. (Strode's students are said to have published 59 novels and hundreds of short stories during his lifetime.) The novel she completed under his tutelage – an anti-war novel about World War II called "The Swinging Gate" – was bought by Doubleday, but ultimately shelved because it was felt to be too controversial. She continued to write and by 1956 had completed a second novel, "The Inheritors," which after substantial cuts and editorial revisions (the original manuscript was reportedly 1300 pages long) was published as "The Towers Inheritance" in February 1958. Set in and around Camp Hill, her birthplace and home in the woodlands of East Alabama, just after the turn of the Twentieth Century, it's a family-dynasty tale about the lumber business. Sometimes referred to as "Alabama's ‘Gone With the Wind'," it was certainly successful there – one apocryphal claim made for the book is that at one time it was to be found in more households in Chambers and Tallapoosa counties than any other book except the Bible – but later in her life, the author expressed the opinion that it would have enjoyed much greater success if it had come out ten years earlier. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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2808 Rodman, Selden Renaissance in Haiti: Popular Painters in the Black Republic [*SIGNED* by multiple artists]
New York Pelligrini & Cudahy 1948 First Edition Hardcover Fair Signed by Illustrator
(no dust jacket) [considerable exterior wear: heavy edgewear, soiling, bottom corner of spine worn (or chewed) away, etc.] (B&W photos; color and B&W plates) The exterior condition of this book is certainly sub-standard, but its content is unique: its one-time owner had an opportunity to have several of the artists whose work is represented within autograph the book next to reproductions of their paintings. The book contains a total of ten such signatures of the following four artists: Rigaud Benoit, "one of the most admired and successful of Haitian popular painters" (pages 82, 83, 84, 101, 102, 103); Louverture Poisson (plate H, facing page 83); Wilson Bigaud (page 87, next to a photo of himself); and Fernand Pierre (pages 124 and 125). Benoit and Bigaud, in particular, were among the more important members of the so-called "first generation" of Haitian artists; in the early 1950s, both contributed murals to the interior decoration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, which was unfortunately destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. There appear to be at least five additional artists' signatures on the book's front endpaper, but due to some one-time moisture absorption, that page has become thoroughly stuck to the front pastedown -- a real shame. (The people who, over the years, mis-handled and mis-treated this book should be horse-whipped; I'll gladly supply the horse.) Signed by Illustrator 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2809 Rofheart, Martha Glendower Country
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1973) 0-399-11075-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Milton Glaser 
[nice copy, very light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a bit of edgewear, one tiny tear at top front hinge]. Historical novel about Owen Glendower, the last Welsh Prince of Wales -- "the great, larger-than-life Welsh hero, who led one of the first bids for nationalism in the feudal Europe of the fourteenth century. He emerges in this dramatic novel as one of the unique figures of his time, a man of exceptional strength, intellect, and sensuality. His sophistication and urbanity in a savage age, his quest for knowledge, art, and science in a world that lived by faith alone, earned him the scornful English epithet of 'the Welsh Magician.'" The story is told by several narrators, including Glendower himself and his friend Geoffrey Chaucer. (I believe this is the same novel published in England in 1975 under the title "Cry 'God for Glendower'".) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2810 Rogers, Frances Mr. Brady's Camera Boy
Philadelphia/New York J. P. Lippincott Company (c.1951) NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by Dudley G. Summers 
(price-clipped) [ex-school library book, moderately worn, typical markings (incl. date due slip & pocket in rear of book, library stamps on all edges), ffep cut away, tape marks on covers; jacket rubbed, a few small tears, some scarring to spine from label removal]. "The young camera expert of today -- and any boy or girl who likes adventure -- will enjoy this story of a boy who had the luck to get a job as an apprentice to Mathew Brady, the great pioneer in photography. 'Brady's Gallery' was a busy place in Washington even before Civil War days, and at the Battle of Bull Run, Brady drove his dark-room on wheels to the battlefields and took photographs which are now famous as the first official American war photographs." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2811 Rogers, Frederick Rand Treason in American Education: A Case History
New York/Monterey CA Pleiades Publications c.1949 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [jacket worn, with several tears, soiling on back cover]. Pity the poor author -- he set out to simply write a biography of his beloved professor Ellwood Patterson Cubberly, first dean of the School of Education at Stanford, "for over fifty years devoted to American public education to the exclusion of all else save his devoted wife." In the process of research, however, he smelled something rotten, and upon further investigation discovered nothing less than what he termed "a mortal defect in the body-politic of North America." So instead he decided to write a history of Stanford University itself, to expose "the 'social errors' and wilful irresponsibilities of (chiefly) school and 'higher education' pedagogues -- i.e., professors and executive officers. It is aimed at the rescue of U.S.A. schools and colleges from amoral and short- visioned science, the cynical materialism of anti-religion and the cult of academic license [and] therefore at the clear-cut return of Yankee pedagogy to reason, religious aims and instruction, responsibility to constituted authorities and positive service to educational trusts and to the nation's welfare." Although it's claimed that the "Treason" of the book's title " does not refer to political subversiveness at all," it's not hard to see where this mind-set was heading, particularly in the McCarthy/HUAC era. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2812 Rogers, Lou Ska-Denge (Beaver for Revenge)
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by the author 
[nice fresh copy, minimal shelfwear, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket shows light surface wear (mostly to rear panel), minor crinkling at spine ends, tiny tears at base of spine and at top rear corner]. (color frontispiece, B&W drawings) A "thrilling story of the world of woods and swamps, of lake and stream, of mountain crags and hidden caves, as absorbingly interesting as the most exciting human drama." Our intrepid hero is "Red Alder," "the chief of a brave and shrewd beaver tribe," who had also been the protagonist of the author's previous adventure in this vein, "The Rise of the Red Alders," published in 1928 and lauded on the jacket flap as The Outstanding Animal Book of the Year (although it's unmentioned who dubbed it thus). At any rate, I gather that Red is a pretty tough customer -- he bares his teeth quite often in the book's illustrations, while taking on all manner of wildcats, weasels, eagles and other predatory types. Lou Rogers (aka Lou Rogers Wehlitz) was apparently a North Carolina author, although I've so far been unable to come up with any significant background on her. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2813 Rogers, Ray Mount The Long White Cloud; a novel of New Zealand
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, front cover just a bit bowed; jacket has some wear at edges/corners, a few small closed tears along top and bottom edges, small damaged (surface-peeled) strip (about 1/8" x 1/2") at bottom right of front panel]. The author's first novel, a story about steeplechase horse racing, inspired by his grandfather's tales of early New Zealand settlers. The title comes from the Polynesian Maori name for New Zealand--Aotearoa, or "the land of the long white cloud." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2814 Rogowski, Zbigniew K. Sam na Sam z Hollywood [Alone with Hollywood]
Warszawa [Warsaw] Oficyna Wydawnicza Szczepan Szymanski 1994 83-86469-04-8 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated boards; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [minor shelfwear only]. (B&W and color photographs) The author (1923-2007) was a minor Polish actor, but a prolific Hollywood correspondent for various Polish publications. As the book's photographs -- almost exclusively of the "here I am with Celebrity X" variety -- attest, he managed to finagle access to some of Hollywood's top names, scoring (presumably) exclusive interviews, which are presented here in POLISH TRANSLATION. His subjects included: Hal Roach, Pola Negri, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda ("Henry'ego Fondy"), Evelyn Keyes, Gregory Peck, John Gielgud, George Cukor, Harry Wolf, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Telly Savalas, Jimmy Stewart, Billy Wilder, Milton Krasner, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Robert Wise, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Peter Falk, Mel Brooks, Rick Baker, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Wagner, Bronislaw Kaper, Roman Polanski, Stacy Keach, Arthur Hiller, Lois Nettleton, and a few others. Mel Brooks and Billy Wilder seem to have been particular favorites, as there are several interviews with each. But in case you weren't paying attention at the top, or have already forgotten, the WHOLE BOOK IS IN POLISH. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2815 Roldán, José Manuel, and Luis Carandell (text); Koldo Chamorro (photography) The Silver Road
Barcelona/Madrid Lunwerg Editores, S.A. (c.1995) 84-7782-331-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light dampstain surrounding base of spine (interior of book unaffected), otherwise no significant wear; jacket lightly rubbed, 3/4" tear at top front foldover, minor wrinkling along top edge]. (color photographs, other illustrations) Photographic travel essay depicting scenes of nature and civilization (modern and ancient) along "the Silver Road," an important route dating to Roman times, whose course traces "a journey through the historic and artistic heritage of Spain." The photographic part of the book is prefaced by two lengthy essays discussing the road's historical and cultural importance. The text of this edition, issued under the auspices of the Spanish Ministry of Commerce and Tourism (for obvious reasons), is entirely in English. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2816 Rolfe, Lionel Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground
Los Angeles California Classics Books (c.1998) 1-879395-01-0 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover photo) Phil Stern 
[nice clean copy, just the faintest trace of handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In 16 essays about American culture and politics, [the author], a scion of the world-renowned musical Menuhin family, mixes it up with royalty, revolutionaries, murderers, celebrities and visionaries, in a journey that juxtaposes his uncle, classical master violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and Frank Zappa. Collectively his tales rip the masks off the politics, culture and society of the last four decades of the 20th century. His political coverage ranges from Abba Eban, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon to Jim Garrison and Robert Kennedy." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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2817 Roosevelt, Theodore, and the Staff of the Reader's Digest (selected by) The Readers Digest Reader
New York Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1940 NO 1st Edition (stated) Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dj 
[solid clean copy, mild shelfwear, top front corner lightly bumped; jacket heavily edgeworn, numerous small tears & chips, small piece missing at lower left-hand corner of front panel, previous owner's address label on ffep, where there is also a large glue stain from a no-longer-present bookplate]. 140 articles, selected from the first 18 years of the RD's publication, and representing "nearly every periodical published in the United States during that period, and virtually every prominent American writer. It constitutes a valuable permanent record of the most stimulating and provocative journalistic writing and opinion of an era, and a history of American magazine reading." (Or, alternatively, a chronicle of middlebrow American culture during the inter-war period.) [NOTE that although this is a stated "First Edition," there is no price printed on the unclipped jacket flaps. And does it bother anybody else that they left the apostrophe out of the book's title? Maybe it tilted to the Left!] 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2818 Ropes, Bradford 42nd Street
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1933] (c.1932) NO PhotoPlay Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book but minimally marked as such (a couple of faint stamps of "Butler Block Pharmacy, Lansing, Mich." on front pastedown and verso of ffep, plus a couple of handwritten numbers); a solid book, moderately worn and lightly bumped at several corners, spine cloth faded (author/title in red, still readable), spine slightly turned]. (B&W photographic endpapers) Photoplay Edition (tie-in) for the 1933 Warner Bros. film adaptation, which in turn was adapted into the hit 1980 Broadway show of the same name. The book is illustrated not in the usual fashion of photoplay editions (with stills bound into the text), but in this case by an array of stills on the endpapers -- a total of twelve different scenes (six in the front of the book and six in the back). Although it might seem at first glance as though the novel and the movie cover pretty much the same narrative trajectory -- the blurb in the front of the book describes it as "the story of a musical show from the time of casting to the opening night" -- in fact the book is a good deal rougher than the film in its depiction of the seamier side of showbiz. Aptly described by online critic Scott Miller as "a wild, outrageous, and very adult, pulp potboiler [with] lots of casual sex, lots of drinking, lots of adultery, lots of lies," it's considerably more realistic and less romanticized than the movie, with its melodramatic excess ("You're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"), informed as it certainly was by the author's own youthful experiences as a vaudeville and nightclub dancer. (It's also worth noting that in the novel, the stage director Julian Marsh and the juvenile lead Billy Lawler (played in the film by Warner Baxter and Dick Powell, respectively) are lovers -- a relationship that was obviously "unsuitable" for the screen, even though the full force of the Motion Picture Production Code wouldn't be brought to bear on Hollywood filmmakers until over a year after this film's release.) Ropes followed this book, his first, with two similarly-themed novels ("Stage Mother," 1933, and "Go Into Your Dance," 1934), before settling into a career as a Hollywood screenwriter of B-movies, often with a musical angle or element (e.g. SWING IN THE SADDLE, SONG OF ARIZONA, MELODY RANCH, etc.). A very scarce book, in any edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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2819 Rorem, Ned A Ned Rorem Reader
New Haven/London Yale University Press (c.2001) 0-300-08984-8 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[tight, clean, as-new copy, with just the slightest trace of handling wear]. "Ned Rorem, composer and writer, is both a gifted memoirist and one of our most acerbic cultural commentators. This anthology of his musings on music, people, and life surveys the full range of his literary achievement and reflects the evolution of his sensibilities." Foreword by J.D. McClatchy. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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2820 Rose, Virginia Hell is Relative
New York Pageant Press, Inc. (c.1958) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Barry Martin 
[solid copy, worn at spine ends, moderate soiling to page edges, bookstore stamp on rear pastedown; jacket soiled/rubbed, several tiny tears/chips]. A novel of prostitution, about "a girl who becomes so inextricably involved in the clutches of vice that death provides her only escape. [The book] has the unmistakable ring of truth because it is based on the story told the author, a nurse, by one of her patients who had actually lived it." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2821 Rosen, Charles Players and Pretenders: The Basketball Team That Couldn't Shoot Straight
New York Holt, Rinehart and Winston (c.1981) 0-03-053786-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, top rear corner lightly bumped, one-inch stretch at bottom of front cover is scraped and very slightly split; jacket a little faded along spine edge of rear panel]. The author, a former college and semipro basketball star, believed basketball to be a "spiritual game," and as "a Zen exercise seeking the spiritual radiance of the game," he agreed to coach the Bard College basketball team during the 1979-80 season. Bard, however, was and is a small liberal arts institution -- anything but a sports powerhouse. This is his diary of that season, in which he led a team described as "a ragtag collection of individualists with various degrees of competence and incompetence" to a 1-16 record. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2822 Rosen, Ruth, and Sue Davidson, eds. The Maimie Papers
[n.p.] Feminist Press / Indiana University Press (c.1977) 0-253-23600-2 Unstated Softcover Very Good 
[mild edgewear, a bit of rubbing to covers, remainder mark on bottom edge]. Trade PB "These letters, written between 1910 and 1922 by a young Jewish prostitute,Maimi Pinzer, to Boston philanthropist Fanny Quincy Howe, are a unique and moving chronicle of the life of a poor, working woman in early twentieth-century America. At thirteen, Maimi began a struggle for survival that led her into contact with other poor and exploited people whose miseries and hopes she depicted with a writer's gift." (Published in cooperation with The Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College, which holds the original letters from which the book was compiled.) 
Price: 6.00 USD
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2823 Rosenberg, Jan Women's Reflections: The Feminist Film Movement
Ann Arbor MI UMI Research Press (c.1983, 1979) 0-8357-1400-4 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book, top corners slightly bumped but no other significant wear]. (Studies in Cinema, No. 22) Series 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2824 Rosenberg, Peter Michael Kissing Through a Pane of Glass [*SIGNED*]
London Simon and Schuster 1993 0671718061 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped, faint browning to page edges; mild surface wear to rear jacket panel, very slight edgewear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page, dated 24/6/93. A novel (the author's first) of sexual obsession, set in India and England; runner-up in the 1992 Betty Trask Prize. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2825 Rosenfeld, Paul The Boy in the Sun
New York The Macaulay Company 1928 First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [reading copy only, well-worn at extremities (boards exposed in many spots), general external soiling, front hinge weak, rear hinge cracked, etc.; text itself is clean and complete]. "In this moving, psychological portrait of an embryonic artist, the author has expressed the tragic conflict between an humiliated father and his impressionable son. [The book] is the song of an individual and of life. Mortified by the misadventure of his father, David Bauer is thrown into an emotional opposition to the past in himself. Intrinsically religious, and born on the genteel, neurasthenic, 'ethical' fringe of New York Jewish society, his descent, and to a certain degree, his person, become paralyzing problems to him. Unable either to accept or escape them, he gropes uncertainly throughout his adolescence for an individual hold." [Quoted from the dust jacket, NOT present on this copy of the book.] 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2826 Rosenkrantz, Baron Palle [Adam Vilhelm] The Man in the Basement
New York Empire Book Company (c.1907) 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Alex O. Levy 
(no dust jacket; pictorial label on front cover) [a good solid copy, moderately shelfworn at top and bottom edges, binding still very firm with no cracking or weakening to hinges; very slight surface deterioration to cloth along left-hand side of front cover] (frontispiece + 2 additional b&w plates) The first of this Danish attorney-writer's several mysteries to be published in the United States. A man of letters, as they used to say (who wrote plays, histories, journalism, and even silent films), he was a best-selling author prior to World War I, and is credited with establishing the crime novel as a literary genre in Denmark. An annual prize presented by the Danish Police College (Det danske Kriminalakademi) for the best crime novel published in Danish is named after him. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2827 Rosenthal, Chuck Experiments with Life and Deaf
New York Weidenfeld & Nicolson (c.1987) 1-55584-104-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) David Shannon 
[nice clean copy, one tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, no other significant wear; minor surface wear to jacket]. (The Loop Trilogy, Book Two) Series The second book in the author's Loop Trilogy, centering around the adventures of 17-year-old Jarvis Loop, "a fugitive from the law for an ever-increasing list of offenses." The novel "offers a brilliant, hyper-real vision of coming of age in working-class America that sweeps from the wildest comedy to the darkest pathos." 
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2828 Rosin, James Naked City: The Television Series [*SIGNED*]
Philadelphia The Autumn Road Company (c.2008) First Edition Softcover Fine Signed by Author
[very nice, as-new book, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. Episode guide to the noted crime series (inspired by the 1948 feature film), which ran for four seasons on ABC-TV between 1958 and 1963. (It began as a half-hour show, with 39 episodes airing during its first year, after which it was cancelled by the network; re-tooled as an hour-long series, it returned to the air after a year's hiatus, eventually logging an additional 99 episodes over three seasons.) The book is pretty standard-issue in terms of format: each episode is treated on a single page (often with a large bottom margin), with producer/writer/director/cast credits only, and a plot synopsis. The introductory section relies heavily on excerpts from interviews with cast members and creative personnel, mostly conducted by the author over the phone, and a section following the episode guide proper gives brief "biographies" of twenty individuals involved with the show (mostly just laundry lists of their film and TV credits). Alas, as is too often the case with such tomes, there is no name or title index, which significantly compromises the book's ready-reference utility. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2829 Rosmond, Babette Robert Benchley: His Life and Good Times
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1970 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (frontispiece drawing) Gluyas Williams 
[very nice tight clean copy, absolutely no wear to book at all; jacket is similarly nice, with just a touch of sun-browning to the spine and along the left-hand edge of the front panel, faint sticker shadow at upper right-hand corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs, cartoons) Informal biography of the great wit and sometimes-actor. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2830 Ross, Nathaniel Lester Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe
[n.p.] Quality RJ 1987 (c.1981, 1988) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj 
[spine turned, faint foxing to top edge, tiny stain on fore-edge, no other significant wear; jacket heavily foxed internally and along edges of jacket flaps, but the exterior shows only moderate wear, one small closed tear at bottom of front panel, minor wrinkling]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Despite being (apparently) self-published, this is a well-researched and reasonably well-written biography of the "Man of a Thousand Faces," although it was eclipsed by Michael Blake's excellent (and better-produced) book on Chaney, published just a few years later. Interestingly, in his Introduction the author takes some rather pointed jabs at "a group of enterprising young gentlemen [who] got together to produce a magazine devoted to horror motion pictures," and (in his opinion) essentially defamed the memory of Chaney by dubbing him "Mister Monster" and improperly emphasizing his horror-film roles and persona above all other aspects of his life and career. (This is a pretty clear reference to Forrest J Ackerman and his "Famous Monsters of Filmland," and the author returns to grind that axe a little more in the closing pages of the book, complaining that "the man who had never really played a monster in his career" had been turned into a horror-film cult figure by "the collectors and their panderers.") Includes filmography, bibliography, index. [Note the peculiarity of the dating: 1987 appears on the title page, but "Copyright 1981, 1988" on the copyright page.] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2831 Ross, Sam He Ran All the Way
New York Farrar, Straus and Company 1947 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight fraying at bottom corners, spine slightly turned; jacket a bit faded at spine, shallow chipping at spine ends, several tears (with associated creasing) at corner of rear panel, light overall rubbing/soiling].4736 Suspense thriller set in Chicago. The basis for the unfortunate John Garfield's unfortunate last film (1951), a muddled and generally unconvincing minor noir. 
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2832 Rossle, (Dr.) Robert, and (Dr.) Kurt Apitz Atlas der Pathologischen Anatomie [Atlas of Pathological Anatomy]; eine sammlung typischer [etc.]
Stuttgart George Thieme Verlag 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate exterior wear, bumped corners, covers bowed outwards a bit, previous owner's signature on ffep but otherwise quite clean]. (B&W/color photographs) Text entirely in German, but the pictures transcend language -- and if you're a fan of tumors and growths, this is the book for you. Hundreds of photographs (the great majority in color) illustrate a truly mind-boggling array of diseased and/or misshapen internal organs: lungs, heart, intestines, lymph nodes, they're all here -- and not looking well. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2833 Rossner, Judith To the Precipice
New York William Morrow & Co. 1966 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by Jacket by Ellin Raskin 
[clean + square, a bit of wear at spine ends, a couple of lightly bumped corners, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket worn at edges/corners, several small tears]. Presentable copy of the author's first novel. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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2834 Rossner, Judith Any Minute I Can Split
New York Mcgraw-Hill (c.1972) 0-07-053942-1 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Seymour Chwast 
[nice copy, very slight wear to bottom, a couple of very slightly bent lower page corners; jacket very clean, a bit of rubbing, slight wear at corners]. The author's third novel, about a suburban housewife who "drops out" in her ninth month of pregnancy, leaving her husband (and taking his motorcycle) and winding up at a communal farm in Vermont. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2835 Rosten, Leo C. Hollywood: The Movie Colony, the Movie Makers
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company 1942 (c.1941) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, moderate wear to extremities, slight bumping to a couple of corners, white spine lettering partially rubbed away, a couple of small scuff marks on front cover]. Based on "over three years of research, observation and work in Hollywood [by] the author and a staff of social scientists which included two sociologists, an economist, a personnel expert, a statistician, a translator, and others," this was the first serious attempt to conduct an examination of Hollywood as a social system rather than an industry. The first section (on "the Movie Colony") analyzes such topics as sex, politics, nightlife, and superstitions, which the "Movie Makers" section focuses on the subcultures of producers, directors, writers, and actors. There are numerous appendices on topics ranging from the statistically sober ("Annual Earnings, Weekly Salaries, and Spending Patterns") to the somewhat offbeat ("Dogs, Yachts, Resorts" and "Fan Mail"). The book is engagingly written by Rosten (this was his first book to appear under his own name, and he would go on to a successful career as a novelist, screenwriter and humorist), but its publishers unfortunately took the enterprise a little too seriously in one particular way, that being their inclusion of a subjects-only index -- so even though there's a wealth of anecdotal information about numerous Hollywood denizens contained in the book, without a name index there's no easy way of getting at the various tidbits about, say, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Rathbone's parties or Hugh Herbert's parlor trick involving inserting a half-dollar into a pop bottle. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2836 Rosten, Norman Neighborhood Tales
New York George Braziller 1986 0-8076-1152-2 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Rita Pocock 
[good solid copy, top rear corner bumped; jacket moderately soiled, a couple of tiny tears at top of rear panel]. "With imaginative skill and generosity of spirit, Brooklyn's poet laureate Norman Rosten follows in the tradition of Walt Whitman and Sherwood Anderson to affectionately portray his life-long neighborhood and answer the question, finally, of what makes Brooklyn, Brooklyn." 
Price: 5.00 USD
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2837 Rostov, Mara Eroica
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1977) 0-399-11926-4 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Charles Mall 
[spine a little turned, otherwise a nice clean book with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows faint wear at top/bottom edges]. "A spellbinding tale of a German heiress' triumph over the legacy of Nazi genocide. Eroica von Heyditch knows little of sadness until she discovers her brother's lifeless body -- a tragic suicide. Destined now to inherit the von Heyditch business empire, Eroica becomes the focus of her father's fanatic commitment to the theory of Aryan superiority. With growing suspicions about the von Heyditch role in World War II, she turns to Jans, a young journalist, whose concern for the fragile girl blossoms into love. While protecting her from the grisly facts about her father's Nazi involvement, he infiltrates the von Heyditch hierarchy to discover a murderous worldwide conspiracy which would force Eroica, living or dead, to carry out her father's mad dreams of a 'final solution' to the Jewish problem." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2838 Roszak, Theodore Flicker [Advance uncorrected proofs]
New York Summit Books (c.1991) NO Advance Uncorrected Proofs Softcover Near Fine 
[in printed illustrated wraps, with minor soiling to the bottom edge]. Advance copy of Roszak's tale of an Sixties/Seventies-era L.A. film buff who develops "a lifelong obsession with the mysterious Max Castle, a nearly forgotten genius of the silent screen who later became the greatest film noir director -- only to vanish in the 1940s, at the height of his powers." His quest for the truth behind Castle's mysterious disappearance takes him "from Hollywood's Poverty Row into the shadowy lore of ancient religious heresies. He encounters a cast of exotic characters, including Orson Welles and John Huston, who teach him that there's more to film than meets the eye." The cover design for this advance copy is different from the published version. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2839 Roszak, Theodore Flicker
Chicago Chicago Review Press 2005 1-55652-577-X 1st printing Softcover Near Fine 
[minor wear at extremities, light soiling to page edges, otherwise a good clean tight copy]. Trade PB Horror novel (sort of) about an L.A. film buff who develops an obsession with the life and work of a forgotten film director, a mysterious figure who vanished in the 1940s. "Max Castle," the director, is a sort of amalgam of F.W. Murnau and Edgar Ulmer, and the author gets the film-geek/ film-school milieu of the 60's and 70's dead-on. This paperback edition was issued when the book was "soon to be a major motion picture" directed by Darren Aronofsky, although as of mid-2007 that project was apparently placed on hold. It includes an 16-page appendix of "never-before-seen documents excluded from the original edition," the most interesting of which is a long 1972 letter from Edgar Ulmer to the book-within-the-book's author, in which Ulmer sets the record straight about his relationship with Max Castle, and about the latter's non-contributions to Ulmer's great film THE BLACK CAT. It's all completely made-up, of course, but still interesting to Ulmerites. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2840 Rotenberg, Mordechai Dia-Logo Therapy: Psychonarration and PaRDeS
New York/Westport CT/London Praeger 1991 0-275-92943-4 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [nice clean as-new copy, clean text, no discernible wear]. From the author's preface: "The Jewish pluralistic interpretation system known under the acronym PaRDeS, which will be introduced in this book, entails the potential therapeutic bridge between the rational-material and the irrational-mystic worlds that I have sought ever since I first immersed myself in studies about the Judeo-Christian impact on Western social sciences in the early 1970s. I have thus devoted this book to the study of psychotherapy as a dual, or a 'dia-logic,' discourse between the rational-cognitive and the mystic-schizophrenic languages." (He also acknowledges that the book "was written immediately after my beloved youngest son, Boaz, was killed in action in the Israeli army, as a result of which I felt more than ever a need to relate to the world of the transcendental unknown.") 
Price: 80.00 USD
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2841 Roth, Matthue Never Mind the Goldbergs [*SIGNED*]
New York PUSH / Scholastic, Inc. 2005 0-439-69188-5 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (cover design) Steve Scott Signed by Author
[minor handling wear, tiny corner bends on a couple of pages; jacket shows very light surface wear, vertical crease in front flap]. INSCRIBED generically ("oy vey, dude!") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, apparently with a black sharpie which has bled through and slightly marked the title page. "The greatest Hollywood punk rock Orothodox Jewgirl story EVER TOLD! Don't this for a second that you know Hava or her place in the world. Yes, she's an Orthodox Jew. But that doesn't mean she can't rock out. (She just has to be careful about who she touches.)" Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2842 Rotha, Paul Documentary Film
New York W. W. Norton & Company 1938 NO Revised ed. Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, moderate wear at corners (light fraying), a bit of soiling to rear cover, light mottling on spine]. (B&W photographs) The first major history of documentary films, "written [per the author's foreword] to replace the theoretical discussions in [his earlier general history of the cinema] The Film Till Now." Preface by John Grierson. (This, the first American edition, is actually a revised edition of the earlier (1935) British book, although not stated as such in the book's front matter.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2843 Roueche, Berton Black Weather
New York Arbor House (c.1985, 1945) 0-87795-713-4 1st printing thus Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover) Charles Goslin 
[very light edgewear, slight browning to page edges, soft short crease at top corner of front cover]. Trade PB Reprint (in the "Arbor House Library of Contemporary Americana" series) of the author's first novel, an overlooked noir gem. In his new introduction to this edition, John Brooks says: "This simple study of innocence pitted against malevolence stands in dazzling contrast to many of the bloated, overstated chillers of today. Here not a word seems dispensable; again and again we come upon the shock of recognition...a book that remains fresh forty years after its original publication." He is completely correct. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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2844 Roueche, Berton Fago
New York Harper & Row (c.1977) 0-06-013689-8 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Geoffrey Moss 
[sharp-looking book, only the tiniest bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket very clean, no significant wear but with some very minor wrinkling]. Suspense novel about a retired middle-class Long Island couple who plot a murder in order to improve their lot in life. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2845 Rougeau, Remy All We Know of Heaven
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Co. 2001 0-618-09499-7 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Martha Kennedy 
[nice clean as-new copy, with the barest trace of handling wear to the jacket; book seems slightly twisted on its axis, not sure if this is a binding defect or whether it will straighten up with proper shelving over time]. "This luminous, revelatory novel by a cloistered monk traces a young man's search for wisdom among the inhabitants of a Cistercian monstery of the Strict Observance." 
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2846 Rounds, David Coalitions
New York Outerbridge & Dienstfrey 1970 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Christopher Simon 
[trace of soiling on top edge; jacket rubbed, some wear along top edge, top of spine ragged with about 1/4" missing, a few holes at foldover edge of rear panel]. The author's first novel, set in Boston, centers around two interracial couples and climaxes in a dramatic civil rights demonstration. 
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2847 Rourke, Constance Mayfield Trumpets of Jubilee: Lyman Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Ward Beecher, Horace Greeley, P.T. Barnum
New York Harcourt, Brace & Company 1927 NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [Good only, due to splitting at front hinge; otherwise quite a decent copy, moderately shelfworn but internally quite clean, gilt lettering on spine rubbed but still readable]. (B&W photographs and prints) "Through the lives of these five characters, each of whom attained extraordinary popular power, [the author] reveals the social history of an epoch and uncovers the roots from which sprang many important elements of the present American scene." 
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2848 Rovin, Jeff Of Mice and Mickey: The Complete Guide to the Mickey Mouse Club
New York Manor Books Inc. 1975 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[nice clean copy with moderate edge/corner wear, faint crease in spine]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) 
Price: 13.00 USD
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2849 Rovin, Jeff Hollywood Detective: Garrison
New York Manor Books Inc. 1975 0552113131 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, reading crease in spine, slight browning to pages]. Mass Market PB Murder mystery set in Hollywood in 1927; the title character is a private eye who works as a troubleshooter for the studio bosses, and winds up investigating the murder of one of them. The author, who's written quite a number of show-biz biographies and reference volumes, is pretty good with the background and general historical ambiance, and the narrative is peppered with the usual number of film-buffy references (a second unit director named "B. Reeves Canutt," that sort of thing), but the whole enterprise comes up short in comparison to Stuart Kaminsky's popular "Toby Peters" series, which came along just a couple of years later. (The Garrison character seems to have appeared in only one other book, published the same year; neither title is noted in Anthony Slide's Hollywood fiction bibliography.) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2850 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New York Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Press 1999 0-439-06486-4 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mary GrandPré and David Saylor 
[book slightly twisted on axis, previous owner's inked name at top of ffep, two shallow dents in bottom edge of rear cover, a couple of tiny spots on fore-edge; jacket shows just a trace of handling wear]. Mary GrandPré Nice-looking copy of the first American edition of the second HP book (the first printing, with complete number line and "First American edition, June 1999" statement); the jacket is the first-state jacket, without the "2" on the spine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2851 Rubenstein, Shmuel The Kashrus Manual: A Compendium of Laws and Customs
Toronto University of Toronto Press Incorporated 2000 NO Unstated edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book is clean and flawless; jacket shows only light surface rubbing]. (pen and ink drawings) This book "takes you on a journey of discovery into the fascinating world of the Jewish dietary laws and their implementation in modern times. It explains in every detail everything you have ever wanted to know about kashrus and it opens your eyes to many issues and kashrus practices that most people are unaware of." (Most of the text is in English, with selected passages in Hebrew.) 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2852 Rupp, Richard H. Celebration in Postwar American Fiction 1945-1967
Coral Gables FL University of Miami Press (c.1970) Unstated ed Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[ex-library with typical markings (incl pocket on ffep, call number on DJ spine, stamp on top edge), but minor wear, a bit of pencil underlining; some damage to edges of jacket flaps (formerly glued down) & a little scarring to pastedowns, moderate edgewear]. "A new approach to the major works of James Agee, Saul Bellow, John Updike, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, J.D. Salinger, Bernard Malamud, Flannery O'Connor." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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2853 Ruryk, Jean Chicken Little Was Right
New York St. Martin's Press 1994 0-312-10952-0 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Russ Wilson 
[book is flawless except for a shallow dent in the rear cover; jacket also very nice, with slight dent in rear panel (matching book), minor crinkling in center of spine]. Catherine "Cat" Wilde, a sixtyish furniture restorer, turns to bank robbery in desperation following a series of personal disasters (her daughter and son-in-law are killed in an auto accident, and the son-in-law's family inherits the loan on her house and plans to foreclose). Unfortunately, the bank stickup (perpetrated with a toy knife filled with ketchup) doesn't quite go as planned: first, she takes a toddler as a hostage, then discovers that the kid's mother is on the run from an abusive husband -- so she ends up taking them in as her houseguests. The author's first novel 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2854 Rusi, Alpo M. After the Cold War: Europe's New Political Architecture
New York St. Martin's Press 1991 0-312-06114-5 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[traces of handling wear to jacket]. "Calling for interdisciplinary approaches in analyzing international relations, [the author] provides exceptional new interpretations of the post-World War II history of the East-West conflict. In [this book], he charts the path toward the creation of new security systems, which, together with those already existing, should constitute the basis for a new peace order beyond bipolarity." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2855 Russcol, Herbert, and Margalit Banai Kilometer 95
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1958 First printing Hardcover Very Good- in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) William Barss 
[book shows wear at top corners and top of spine, a couple of tiny dents at bottom; jacket heavily worn, with various small tears, small missin pieces, back cover heavily rubbed, etc.]. "The first novel to have come straight from inside the Israel of the late fifties, and to shed light on the border clashes leading up to the Sinai War between Israel and Egypt. It provides a moving, fascinating picture of life as it is right now, today, in Tel Aviv and on the Gaza border." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2856 Russell, Francis Sacco & Vanzetti: The Case Resolved
New York Harper & Row (c.1986) 0-06-015524-8 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Irving Freeman 
[nice copy, tight and clean, appears unread, no discernible wear; jacket has a tiny bit of wrinkling at bottom left-hand corner of front panel, otherwise bright and clean]. The author "set out some twenty-five years ago to write the book that would prove conclusively the innocence of Sacco and Vanzetti, but in his research he found the evidence against them overwhelming. Instead, his book 'Tragedy in Dedham,' which appeared in 1962, was one of the first direct challenges to the theory of their innocence. Since then many other books have been written preserving the theory of their innocence, but no one has ever known with absolute certainty the truth of the case -- no one, that is, but the accomplices to the crime. Now, for the first time, new evidence has become available: the opened FBI files on the case, new ballistics tests on Sacco's pistol, private papers recently released. But most startling of all is the revelation from the son of one of Sacco's closest anarchist associates, a man who had kept the ancient Sicilian code of silence for sixty years, and whose son now feels compelled to tell the truth." (Honestly -- kids today!) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2857 Russell, John Henry Green: Nine Novels and an Unpacked Bag
New Brunswick NJ Rutgers University Press 1960 1st (unstated) Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [bottom edges of boards soiled, lower corners bumped, 1 pg torn & tape-repaired; DJ rubbed, soiled, several small chips/tears]. Not a biography, but a study of the works of "one of the most original of twentieth-century British novelists--a writer who has practiced anonymity almost to the point of invisibility." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2858 Russell, Ruth Lake Front
Chicago Thomas S. Rockwell Company 1931 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by Ruth Kellogg 
[good solid copy, top edge darkened but patterned cloth covers clean & attractive; jacket is missing an irregular strip (about six inches long and 1/2" wide at its widest) along the fore-edge of the front panel, and a couple of small pieces along the top edge]. (woodcuts) A sort of kaleidoscopic-historical-fiction kind of a thing, set in Chicago and environs, with stories, or vignettes, or whatever they are, presented chronologically and dated from 1675 through 1894. The author, a native of the city, was a newspaper reporter whose extensive knowledge of its history began with recollections of "long twilight-hour discussions with my grandmother, who came here in 1836." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2859 Russell, Sandi Render Me My Song: African-American Women Writers from Slavery to the Present
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1990) 0-312-05288-X First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) David Tamura 
[tight clean copy, minimal shelfwear, faint smudge on fore-edge, very light tanning to page edges; jacket has a small tear and some associated wrinkling at top of rear panel, teensy-tiny tears at a couple of corners]. "The first history of black women writers in America," from Phyllis Wheatley through Ntozake Shange. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2860 Russell, William Robert Cain
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1942) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, but with much external soiling to yellow cloth-covered boards; "Property of Vanguard Films, Inc." stamped on both endpapers and several other pages, ffep bears a label from the Myron Selznick & Company Agency]. Novel of a young misfit in a small Mississippi town, where the racial injustice he despises eventually breaks his spirit. His best friend is a mixed-race man who marries a white woman. For some reason the American edition of this book is a good deal less common than the British edition, published two years later. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2861 Rutman, Leo 5 Good Boys
New York The Viking Press 1982 0-670-31704-7 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bob Silverman 
[good solid copy, slight browning to top page edges, slight fading to boards along top/bottom edges; jacket faintly soiled, very minor chipping at top of spine]. A novel obviously inspired by the New York college basketball point-shaving scandal of the early 1950s. "A driven coach forges five good boys from the playgrounds and ghettos of Brooklyn and the Bronx into possibly the best team ever to play college basketball, a team that will win both the NCAA and NIT championships. The boys are street-smart but not wise enough to resist the easy money that comes from winning--by not too many points." [The non-fiction companion to this volume would be the classic "The Game They Played" by Stanley Cohen.] 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2862 Ruyslinck, Ward (translated from the Dutch by David Smith) Golden Ophelia
London Peter Owen 1975 (c.1966) 0-7206-0064-2 1st U.K. ed Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Keith Cunningham 
[minimal wear to book; jacket mildly rubbed, one short irregular closed tear at top of front panel]. "The story of Stefan Pielek, a florist, who has watched plastic flowers replace the genuine, scented blooms he loves so much. Disenchanted with life, he applies for official permission to kill himself. Then he meets his Golden Ophelia, the most perfect rose of all, and briefly finds love in a world of materialism, cruelty and treachery, before that world reasserts itself..." The second of this author's novels to appear in English. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2863 Ryan, Conall House of Cards
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1989 0-394-57214-9 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) John Howard 
[tight copy, faint soiling to top edge, bottom corners lightly bumped; jacket shows a little surface wear, slight wrinkling along top edge]. "Martin Oakes is a professional poker player -- cool, mysterious, ever appraising the hand life deals him. Martin Oakes never loses. He lives with his adored wife, Jennifer, outside Boston, where he has begun to develop a sideline that will shortly become central: he teaches problem kids how to play poker." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2864 Ryan, J.M. The Rat Factory
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1971) 0-13-753079-X First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[solid copy, light soiling/spotting to page edges; jacket worn and soiled, with various tears and general scrunching at spine extremities, ragged tear (internally tape-repaired) at upper corner of rear panel, spine scuffed and moderately faded]. A wonderfully savage satire of Walt Disney, here fictionally rendered as rampaging egomaniac Wade Ezekial Sampson, "creator of Ricky Rat, Dizzy Duck, Dirty Dog, Halfwit Hog, and a host of America's other favorite little cartoon animals." The action takes place during the 1930's, as the protagonist -- an ambitious young inbetweener named Ambrose, who hails from Bozeman, Montana -- gets involved in the studio's labor troubles. Hollywood fiction bibliographer Anthony Slide notes that "the novel presents a frightening and surrealistic view of Los Angeles, where police brutality is the norm and anything unpleasant, such as an earthquake, is not reported in the newspapers for fear of scaring away Easterners." Whatever the book may lack in historical verisimilitude, however, is more than compensated for by sheer outrageousness. Rather a tough book to find; when I first listed a copy for sale, some years ago, I speculated that "perhaps Uncle Walt has been buying up every available copy from beyond the grave." I was joking, although that hasn't stopped other booksellers from taking my comment with a straight face and suggesting that there actually has been some kind of Disney corporate conspiracy to "suppress" the book. Far as I know, 'tain't so, McGee. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2865 Ryan, John Joseph The Maggie Murphy
New York W. W. Norton & Company (c.1951) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[good sound copy, minor wear to spine extremities, light dust-soiling to top edge, one-time owner's signature in pencil on ffep; jacket lightly soiled, a few tiny tears here and there, a bit faded at spine, faint dampstain near top of front panel]. The vessel referred to in the book's title "was the fantastic craft in which John Ryan and his friend Ed Braddock sailed from Puget Sound up to the fishing waters of Alaska. After hearing tall tales and get-rich-quick stories, they made up their minds that they were going to spend at least one season as big-time fishermen. They combed the beaches and tide flats near Tacoma for a suitable derelict. They found one. And for well over a year they worked day and night on the weather-worn hulk, patching, repairing, replacing, shoring, fabricating and creating a sea-going boat. [But] their make-shift masterpiece had one failing. It was irreparably lop-sided -- four inches wider on one side than on the other -- a misalignment acquired during the years the old hull had been ly8ing on its port side in the mud. However, by dint of prodigious bailing and the grace of God, John and Ed managed to get to Alaska. They fished with the best of them and packed a lifetime of entertainment and adventure into a few months." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2866 Rybczynski, Witold City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World
New York Harpercollins 1995 0-684-81302-5 1st printing Softcover Near Fine 
Near Fine [bottom corners slightly bumped]. Trade PB 
Price: 5.00 USD
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2867 Rybczynski, Witold Taming the Tiger: The Struggle to Control Technology
New York The Viking Press 1983 0-670-69359-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy, minor bumping at top of spine; jacket shows mild surface wear, a little wear along top edge, a couple of tiny tears and a bit of dog-earing at top of spine]. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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2868 Ryerson, Florence, and Colin Clements Harriet [*SIGNED* by Helen Hayes]
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1943 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear, a solid copy but with some unfortunate damage to the lower rear corner (about 1/4-inch of board exposed), and some staining across the lower edge of the rear cover]. (B&W photo frontispiece) SIGNED/INSCRIBED by the co-author (Colin Clements) on the ffep, and additionally SIGNED and dated 1944 by legendary actress Helen Hayes on the second fep. Hayes starred in the play on Broadway, in the title role of Harriet Beecher Stowe. In addition, there is a note card from Mr. Clements glued to the front pastedown, in which he writes to the book's inscribee: "If you should see Harriet in New York this winter please go back after the play and say hello to Helen Hayes for us. She, too, knows Booth Tarkington. I wish we did. / Colin." It seems that the book's owner carried out this request, and no doubt obtained Hayes's signature at that time. Signed by One Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2869 Sabartés, Jaime (translated from the Spanish by Angel Flores) Picasso: An Intimate Portrait
New York Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1948) 1st Edition of English Translation Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Cowell 
[bottom corners bumped, otherwise just lightly shelfworn, one-time owner's name in ink at top of ffep; the jacket is worn and lightly soiled, with a few small nicks and tears, slight paper loss at spine extremities, and a small triangular piece clipped out of bottom of front flap (probably to remove the printed price)]. (B&W plates) Memoir by a Spanish artist/poet who first met Picasso in Barcelona in 1899, when they were both 18. "For the next five years their lives were closely linked in Barcelona and Paris. In 1935 he joined Picasso in Paris to live in his household as friend and secretary -- a position he still occupies today." In his role as Picasso's secretary/administrator, he organized the artist's papers and books, and was also responsible for arranging his exhibitions; the two remained close until Sabartés's death in 1968. (The book is illustrated with eight portraits of Sabartés, done by Picasso over a period of forty years.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2870 Sabastien, Inez Don Juan: A Story of the Greatest Lover of All Ages; Based on the Motion Picture Story
New York Jacobsen Publishing Company, Inc. (c.1926) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Poor dj 
[book a little shelfworn, but binding intact (more than one usually finds with these cheaply-produced volumes), one-time owner's signature and date on ffep; the jacket is mostly complete but is in three pieces, held together only by the mylar jacket cover]. (Warner Bros. Classics of the Screen) Series Novelization of the 1926 film starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor, the first full-length feature presented in Vitaphone -- in this instance used only to provide a synchronized musical score and sound effects, not yet spoken dialogue (that would have to wait about another year, for the appearance of "The Jazz Singer"). This "off-brand" photoplay edition series, published by Jacobsen (earlier Jacobsen-Hodgkinson) from 1925 to about 1928, was primarily issued in softcover, with selected titles also given hardcover printings; all the hardcover editions are exceedingly scarce, all the more so in jackets. (The softcover issues seem to have used the series title "Popular Plays and Screen Library," although this particular volume is designated as part of the "Warner Bros. Classics of the Screen" series.) Please note that unlike the Grosset & Dunlap and A.L. Burt photoplay editions, this volume contains no stills from the film; the rear jacket panel design, however, incorporates five small images. Also NOTE that no attempt has been made to repair or restore this dust jacket, i.e. there is no tape affixed, nor anything else that would prevent a proper restoration effort (and, as noted, the jacket is almost all there). 
Price: 300.00 USD
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2871 Sabastien, Inez Men Call It Love
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1926) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice-looking copy, teensy-tiny bump to bottom front corner, very light soiling to covers]. (B&W frontispiece) A novel of adulterous goings-on, with a terrific dedication: "To all the women who have said: 'I wish I was my husband's mistress, instead of his wife.'" 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2872 Sabatini, Rafael In the Shadow of the Guillotine; comprising: Scaramouche; The Marquis of Carabas; The Lost King [Omnibus Edition]
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1956 (c.1955) 1st U.S. edition? (see note) Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by [Val] Biro 
[solid book, light soiling to page edges, small tear at bottom of ffep, a couple of tiny nicks in cloth at edge of front cover; jacket has been nibbled at by some insect, apparently, resulting in several holes along the front hinge, another at right-hand side of front panel, various other small tears and nicks, still reasonably presentable in new jacket protector]. Third volume in the "Omnibus Edition" of Sabatini's works, containing three books tied together by their French Revolution background. (Note that the despite the Boston imprint, the copyright page states "Printed in Great Britain," and the jacket bears no printed price.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2873 Sachar, Louis Dogs Don't Tell Jokes
New York Alfred A. Knopf (c.1991) 0-679-82017-5 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Jim Warren 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows a tiny bit of wear at extremities]. About a starry-eyed 12-year-old misfit with dreams of becoming a stand-up comic, who hopes to make a spectacular debut at his junior high school talent show. One of my daughter's favorite books (ask her). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2874 Sadleir, Michael These Foolish Things
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1937 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid, clean book, minor shelfwear, very slight bump to bottom rear corner]. Romantic reverie by this noted British publisher and bibliophile, best known (if known at all these days) for his scandalous 1940 novel "Fanny by Gaslight." (The book's title derives from a Irving Berlin song, musically quoted preceding the half-title page.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2875 Sager, Carole Bayer Extravagant Gestures [*SIGNED*]
New York Arbor House (c.1985) 0-87795-765-7 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wear at corners, a bit of wrinkling at bottom of rear panel]. INSCRIBED warmly and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. First novel, about a troubled mother-daughter relationship, by the noted songwriter, which "vibrates with the energy of the characters and the worlds she writes about: New York and Los Angeles, media celebrity, fast-track careers, and lives that are glamorous, comical, and poignant." Jacket blurbs by Erica Jong and Neil Simon. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2876 Sailor, Charles The Second Son
New York Avon Books (c.1979) NO Book Club Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, light wear at spine ends and bottom corners, bookplate on front pastedown; jacket bright and attractive, minor wear at extremities, one itsy-bitsy tear at top of spine, light rubbing/soiling to rear panel]. "Exclusive Hardcover Edition for Members Only"; originally issued as a paperback original, with this printing being the only hardcover edition. Novel about a construction worker who survives a 24-story fall and finds himself with Christ-like powers; apparently has something of a cult following. An exceptionally nice copy of a book that generally does not wear well. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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2877 Sainer, Arthur Zero Dances: A Biography of Zero Mostel
New York Limelight Editions 1998 0-87910-096-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Zina Saunders 
[nice clean copy, very light bumps to a couple of corners, otherwise no significant wear; jacket shows light surface handing wear only]. (B&W photographs) "The unconventional biography he deserves," per the jacket blurb. The author's "research, particularly among members of the Mostel family, has been prodigious and the facts of Zero's life are here. But the author does not hesitate to speculate when the facts are not known, to digress when there is a good story to tell, to flash backward and forward in time, even to imagine a dialogue between Zero and Woody Allen. If he sometimes defies custom, he does so reflecting the spirit of his subject, a man who in his work and his life recognized few boundaries." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2878 Salas, Floyd Buffalo Nickel: A Memoir
Houston Arte Publico Press 1992 1-55885-049-X 1st (unstated) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
["COURTESY OF ARTE PUBLICO PRESS" stamped on top edge; DJ has a few small wrinkles & tears, some scuffing to rear panel]. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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2879 Sale, Richard Is a Ship Burning?
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1938 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(orange cloth; no dust jacket) [review copy with publisher's slip affixed to ffep; exceptionally clean copy, minimal wear, spine cloth a little faded, faint crescent mark (beverage ring?) stain at top edge of front cover]. Novel of a shipboard disaster in the Caribbean, by the author of "Not Too Narrow, Not Too Deep," who later went on to a notable career as a Hollywood screenwriter and sometime producer/director. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2880 Sale, Richard The Oscar
New York Simon & Schuster 1963 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[good solid copy, minor shelfwear, very light browning/soiling to page edges; jacket shows light soiling, minor wear along top and bottom edges]. "A dramatic and explosive novel about Hollywood's most glittering prize"; basis for the so-bad-it's-really-entertaining 1966 film of the same name -- which was nominated for (but didn't win) two Academy Awards: Art Direction (Color) and Costume Design (Color). But it's an honor just to be nominated, right? 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2881 Sale, Richard Lazarus #7 (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)
New York Simon and Schuster 1942 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[solid, square copy, a couple of mildly bumped corners, very faint beverage ring stain on front cover; jacket heavily worn at extremities (a bit of paper loss at all corners), a few small edge-tears, wrinkling]. Excellent Hollywood mystery novel with elements of the fantastic, revolving around a quack doctor's experimental raising of dogs from the dead. The author was a pulp writer turned novelist/screenwriter, who later turned to directing as well. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2882 Salisbury, Harrison E. To Moscow -- and Beyond: A Reporter's Narrative [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper & Brothers (c.1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[nice solid copy with minimal wear, a touch of soiling to bottom of text block, tiny scrape mark on ffep; jacket shows very light soiling, sliglht wear at bottom front corner of front panel, short closed (repaired) tear at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, endpaper maps) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the second front endpaper: "March 28th 1960 / To Florence Henderson -- / With warmest regards / Harrison E. Salisbury." "Barred from Russia for five years, the author -- Russian-speaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times -- returned to a 'new' Russia in 1959. Based in Moscow, he traveled 30,000 iles, including a trip to Outer Mongolia and two trips to Siberia. His personal story not only reveals Russia and the Russians of today; it also deals with many riddles of the future, including Russia's relationship with China, and provides a close-up of Khrushchev." Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2883 Sallis, James A Few Last Words
New York The Macmillan Company (c.1970) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Colos 
[nice clean copy, slight fading to cloth at top/bottom edges, tiny smudge on top edge near spine, one-inch surface scratch (not a puncture) on ffep, also visible on half-title and title pages; jacket has small tears at a couple of extremities, minor rubbing/soiling]. The author's first book, "A Parable and a Prophecy," in which he "takes up a number of themes from the range and variety of speculative fiction [and] writes about the intimate textures of life on worlds vastly different from our own and on some which are disturbingly similar." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2884 Sallo, Jacob The Most Beautiful Woman
New York Vantage Press (c.1955) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Dick Francis 
[a bit of wear and light bumping at spine ends, top front corner also very slightly bumped; jacket age-toned, with a bit of wear at extremities, small tears with slight paper loss at top of spine, small stain at bottom edge of rear panel]. A "strange and fascinating novel [about] an illegitimate child who becomes a modern Jezebel. Through the clever use of her angelic, innocent-seeming beauty, Edna Mae conquers, then destroys, all who cross her path. In Farmdale, town of her birth, she becomes notorious as the cause of a triple tragedy: the deaths of the doctor's son, of her youthful lover, and of his father -- all in one night." The Chicago-born author's idea of authentic, down-home Farmdale dialogue appears to have been primarily the substitution of "ya" for "you" at every opportunity; I suspect he'd never been much farther south than Garfield Blvd. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2885 Sanchez-Biosca, Vicente, ed. Archivos de la Filmoteca (issue no. 40, Febrero/February 2002)
Valencia (Spain) Institut Valencia de Cinematografia 2002 NO (No. 40) Journal Near Fine 
[minor surface wear to covers]. (B&W photographs) Spanish film journal. Includes: several articles on the film work of Spanish playwright Enrique Jardiel Poncela; an examination of "the national identity of Marlene Dietrich from Weimar to World War II; the genesis of Sergei Eisenstein's QUE VIVA MEXICO; the films of Emilio (Indio) Fernandez; the technological, economic and ideological battle waged by European and Hollywood film industries as they strove to dominate the Latin American market in the years 1930 through 1942; and the uncomfortable relationship between futbol (soccer) and the cinema. The primary text is entirely in Spanish, although each article is accompanied by a brief abstract in English. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2886 Sand, Margaret The Chanting of Children
New York Coward, Mccann & Geoghegan (c.1978) 0-698-10859-0 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Norm Walker 
[book is tight and clean, appears unread; jacket mildly worn along top edge, one tiny tear at top rear]. The author's first novel, in which a woman returns to her hometown to claim a family inheritance, but "finds that she must first lay to rest the tormented spirits of her youth in this harrowing novel of supernatural terror and suspense." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2887 Sandberg, Neil C. Jewish Life in Los Angeles
Lanham MD University Press of America (c.1986) 0-8191-5439-3 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear; jacket shows some edgewear, small tear and associated creasing at top of rear panel]. (tables) "The experience of the Los Angeles Jewish community, the second largest Jewish population in the world, offers a case study of what is happening to Jews throughout the United States. This volume, based on sociological research into a community which carries within it the seeds of American Jewry's future, examines the attitudes behind these current trends." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2888 Sanders, Jacquin Freakshow
New York Macfadden Books (60-219) 1965 (c.1954) 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good+ 
[nice tight cover, light soiling to covers, minor edgewear, original price on front cover blacked out]. Mass Market PB "The strange, shocking love affair between a brawling wrestler in a third-rate carnival and the star female attraction of the carnival's freakshow" -- to wit, The Fish Girl, "beautiful but born with stumps for arms," said romance being complicated by the presence of her husband, The Fish Boy, "a gnarled, sadistic gnome who hated the world." (Well, come on, wouldn't you, especially if your wife had the hots for a wrestler?) Despite the lurid paperbackism of all that, the book was pretty well-reviewed as a picture of carny life at the time of its original hardcover publication in 1954, and is now considered a bit of a classic. "Mr. Sanders will make you sweat," said the New York Times, no less, and Variety called it "an uncorseted picture of all the shady practices on the more malodorous midways of the country." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2889 Sanders, Jacquin Look to Your Geese: A Novel of the Deflowering of New England
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Galster 
[moderate shelfwear, some spotting/soiling to top edge of text block; jacket has some shallow chipping along top edge, general edgewear, sun-browning to spine, light overall soiling]. Satirical novel set in "the not-so-staid Puritan community of Gruel, Massachusetts," and presenting (per the jacket blurb) "the wildest, funniest, least probable adventure into the past since Mark Twain told the real story of olde King Arthur." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2890 Sanford, John A Very Good Land to Fall With: Scenes from the Life of an American Jew, Volume 3 [*SIGNED* (see note)]
Santa Rosa CA Black Sparrow Press 1987 0-87685-713-5 First Edition Softcover Very Good Signed by Author
[moderately worn copy, light exterior soiling, light dampstain at bottom corner of first few pages, "#3" written at top of spine, minor annotations in text on a few pages]. Trade PB Covers the years 1936 to 1945 in the life of the author and his wife, screenwriter Marguerite (Maggie) Roberts. Among the numerous subjects included are the author's memories of Nathanael West, and in particular of learning about West's death in 1940. This copy is SIGNED by Sanford on the title page, and also SIGNED by Maggie Roberts (who also added the words, beneath her signature, "Wife of John Sanford") at the bottom of the biography of Sanford in the back of the book. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2891 Sangster, Jimmy Your Friendly Neighbourhood Death Pedlar
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1972 (c.1971) 0-396-06508-2 1st U.S. ed Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy, minimal wear, faint price-sticker residue on ffep; jacket worn along edges, chipping & a little paper loss at spine ends, 3/4" closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. "With his biting satire of life in general and the armaments trade in particular, [the author] tells a tale of pure entertainment for any reader bewildered by the disastrous lengths to which a man can bring himself, or be brought by statesmen." Interesting cartoon-y jacket illustration, uncredited and unsigned. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2892 Sangster, Margaret E. Reluctant Star
Philadelphia Macrae Smith Company 1940 NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dj 
[ex-rental library book, worn but not excessively so, with staining to endpapers, rubber-stamped library info (Hanna Libraries, Cleveland, Ohio) on front pastedown, various other signs of its previous life; the jacket is kind of a mess, trimmed a little at top and bottom edges, securely glued down at flaps, with gunky black residue along the top and bottom edges from the (now removed) old jacket protector; on the plus side, however, the front panel illustration is for the most part unblemished]. Novel about a woman who breaks free from "fourteen years of the boss's orders [and] of neat rooming houses and cheap meals" by cashing out all her savings and hitting the road in her own car. "Adventure she found, and romance, too, as you'll soon discover when you read this highly diverting, often tender and moving story of a quiet little secretary who knew what she wanted -- even though she didn't know how to get it, or quite what to do with it after she had it." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2893 Sansom, G.B. An Historical Grammar of Japanese
Oxford Oxford University Press, At the Clarendon Press 1928 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [former property (marked with attractive bookplate proclaiming such) of Army Language School, Presidio of Monterey, California; puckering to cloth on front cover, gouge-wound to spine (in middle of title, unfortunately), spine turned, moderate bumping to bottom corners, a bit of soiling to page edges]. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2894 Sansweet, Stephen J. Star Wars Scrapbook: The Essential Collection
San Francisco Chronicle Books (c.1998) 0811820602 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(pictorial boards; spiral binding, no dust jacket, as issued) [beautiful copy, essentially as-new, with the faintest bit of scuffing to the front cover, but NO remainder or other marks, and no significant wear]. (color photographs, other illustrations) "Why STAR WARS?" asks the author/collector in his introduction to this lavishly-illustrated tribute to his own accumulative obsession. "Now that's a question I could answer for days." I'll bet he could, and has. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2895 Santa Barbara Museum of Art Painting Today and Yesterday in the United States; the opening exhibition of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1941 NO First Edition Softcover Good+ Illustrated by (cover design) Joseph Edward Knowles 
[front cover rubbed and edgeworn; title handwritten in blue ink on otherwise plain white spine]. (B&W plates) The catalog for the opening exhibition (June 5-Sept. 1, 1941) of the still-thriving Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The catalog lists 137 works by over 1 10 artists, and there are black-and-white reproductions of 29 pieces, by Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Max Weber, Edward Hopper, and others. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2896 Santomauro, Mary The Rest of the Afternoon Was Watermelon
Port Washington NY Ashley Books Inc. (ca. 1978) 0879491205 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[slight wear at base of spine, gift inscription on ffep; jacket shows a bit of soiling, slight wear at top corners, 1/2" closed tear at top of spine]. Episodic novel (I guess) of farm life in Colorado during the 1930's. (If the author is drawing from her own experiences, it isn't made clear by the jacket text; the narrator is Beth, the next-to-youngest child of the McMurray family.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2897 Sarkissian, Henry A. Tales of 1,001 Iranian Days [*SIGNED*]
New York Vantage Press (c.1981) 0-533-04476-6 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[no discernible wear to book; rear panel of jacket a little scuffed and soiled, tiny nick at top of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on a blank page preceding the half-title page. Episodic memoir by "an Armenian-born man who has spent nearly his entire life in Iran," specifically Tehran. "Beginning in the 1920s with the Copperfield-like account of his birth, the author spans fifty years of Iranian history with his anecdotes and life story." Laid in are two items: a handwritten note from the author to the book's inscribee (a newspaper critic who he hopes will review the book) and a mimeographed errata sheet. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2898 Saroyan, William Get Away Old Man: A Play in Two Acts
New York Harcourt, Brace & Company (c.1944) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [nice copy, no significant wear, light spotting on front cover]. In the wake of M-G-M's refusal to let Saroyan direct the film version of his novel "The Human Comedy," the bitter author poured his bile against Hollywood into this play, in which an idealistic author is pitted against a crass movie studio head. The latter character was quite obviously patterned after Louis B. Mayer; the former (a surrogate for Saroyan) was played by Richard Widmark in the orignal Broadway production, which ran for only thirteen performances. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2899 Sarris, Andrew The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. 1968 NO 1st Edition (see notes) Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Milton Glaser 
[a beautiful clean book, with just the teensiest bit of wear along the top edge of the front cover and a minor bump at the top front hinge]. Trade PB One of the most influential and frequently-referenced (by both devotees and detractors) of all critical/historical film texts -- nothing less, in fact, than the Bible of the American branch of the Church of the Auteur. No matter what direction the later critical assessment of any given director might haven taken, for those who first encountered this book within the first decade or so after its publication it's always been nearly impossible to avoid thinking of, say, John Huston's work as "Less Than Meets the Eye," Mitchell Leisen as "Lightly Likable," or Richard Brooks as a purveyor of "Strained Seriousness." And even though Sarris himself re-assessed various filmmakers (both upward and downward) in subsequent years, it's worth noting that every one of the directors he placed in his "Pantheon" remains worthy of that ranking today. This particular copy, it's to be noted, apparently failed to lure its previous owner(s) into the lap of auteurism, for it remains in virtually brand-new condition -- with an uncreased spine and nary a thumb-smudge or dog-eared page corner to be seen. [NOTE that although this is a stated "First Edition," and is also designated "A Dutton Paperback Original," there was a hardcover edition issued as well, and as far as I know no precedence, i.e. no "true first," has been determined. But the paperback edition was the one that EVERYBODY had, back in the day.] 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2900 Satterthwait, Walter Wall of Glass
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1987) 0-312-01530-5 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Bob Newman 
[nice tight clean copy (NO remainder mark), appears unread; no significant wear to either book; jacket has tiny abrasion at top front hinge, otherwise flawless]. The author's first novel, set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, introduced the character of P.I. Jonathan Croft, who featured in five subsequent books. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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