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1 Baldwin, Faith Manhattan Nights
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1937) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[a lovely clean copy, with no significant wear but the very faintest spotting to the bottom page edges (less squinty eyes would call it Fine with nary a pause); jacket lightly soiled at the rear panel, with some light wear and a couple of tiny tears along the top edge, very attractive nonetheless]. "A Panoramic Novel," sayeth the dust jacket -- which is another way of saying that the ever-popular Miss Baldwin (or her publishers) was not above pulling one of the oldest New-York-novelist tricks in the book, that of concocting a stew of "interrelated stories" about a wide array of urban characters, from sophisticated Social Register types to "racketeers, taxi-drivers, maids, actors, secretaries, and interns," in the hope that it would magically bubble into a novel with a unifying central theme. The double-copyright date, though (1936 and 1937), blows its cover: all eight stories in this book were published in Cosmopolitan as novelettes (most under the same titles) from October 1936 through May 1937; were they "interrelated" at that point, I wonder, or was their anthologization the equivalent of a literary shotgun marriage? (One story, by the way, "Comet Over Broadway," was filmed under that title in 1938.) And just to tie up the packaging in a nice neat bow, at the very end of the book is a three-page preview of her next novel, "Twenty-Four Hours a Day," also blurbed on the rear jacket flap. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2 Baldwin, Faith Rich Girl, Poor Girl
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1938, 1936) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[good solid copy, light wear to corners, minor soiling and age-toning to page edges, spine very slightly turned, original owner's name and address on front pastedown; jacket moderately worn at edges, lightly soiled, small tears at several corners, minor paper loss at lower rear hinge]. "This is not only the story of two girls and the man they love, but of a small town divided against itself, of a people struggling to free themselves from the feudalism of ex-State Senator Sutton, and the dangerous escapades of the 'fast' younger set, led by Larry Dexter." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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3 Baldwin, Faith Skyscraper Souls; Photoplay Title of Skyscraper [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1932] (c.1931) 1st printing thus Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, front hinge cracked but not separated, fading to spine cloth, two previous owners' signatures in ink on ffep, number in ink at top of front pastedown]. (4 black & white stills from the film) Novel centering around various people working in a New York City high-rise office building. Basis for the 1932 MGM-Cosmopolitan film SKYSCRAPER SOULS, four stills from which illustrate the text of this edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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