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1 Brahms, Caryl, and S.J. Simon "Don't, Mr. Disraeli!"
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1941) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Hewes 
[light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edge, some darkening to yellow cloth along hinges, internally quite clean; jacket lightly soiled, spine somewhat darkened and a bit mottled, one tiny chip at top of front panel, a little paper loss at top of spine (no text affected)]. Pre-postmodernist metafictional fluff by this wacky duo, which (according to their prefatory "Explanation") "is not a novel set in the Victorian age: it is a novel set in its literature. The characters move against a background of books read by the authors, and their adventures and pinned into time by glimpses of the giants of that era. The story progresses in a straight, if not orderly, line, but around it revolves a kaleidoscope of Victorian events; and, as the pattern changes, any event in this period may come into focus, bearing no relation to the date at which it occurred, except that broadly speaking it will have taken place between 1800-1900. This device has enabled the authors to prolong the life of some famous men and women and allow others to live before they have yet been born. In addition this treaty with time has made it possible for the authors to introduce a few beloved giants from their own age. Walt Disney, Thomas Beecham, John Gielgud, Noel Coward take their place in the pattern with Lady Caroline Lamb, Mr. Disraeli, and Lewis Carroll, while the Marx Brothers whirl the kaleidoscope around." (Sounds to me like a case for Thursday Next!) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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2 Brahms, Caryl, and S.J. Simon Murder a la Stroganoff
New York Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1938 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid, square copy, with some fading to black cloth along edges, mild browning to page edges]. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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3 Brahms, Caryl, and S.J. Simon Six Curtains for Natasha [original title: Six Curtains for Stroganova]
Philadelphia/New York J. B. Lippincott Company (c.1946) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, some wear (board exposed) at bottom rear corner; jacket wrinkled/creased along top edge of front panel, some paper loss at corners and spine ends]. Satirical novel set against the backdrop of the Russian ballet; the fourth (and last) in the authors' series about the wacky misadventures of the Vladimir Stroganoff ballet company. (Sergei Diaghilev features throughout the story, alongside the fictional characters.) Originally published in England, in 1945, as "Six Curtains for Stroganova." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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4 Brahms, Caryl, and S.J. Simon Six Curtains for Stroganova
London Michael Joseph 1964 NO 3rd impression Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Broom Lynne 
[good solid copy, light browning to page edges, shallow dent at top of rear cover; jacket slightly browned at spine, minor edgewear, one tiny tear at top of rear panel]. Satirical novel set against a backdrop of the Russian ballet; the fourth (and last) in the authors' series about the wacky misadventures of the Vladimir Stroganoff ballet company. (Sergei Diaghilev features throughout the story, alongside the fictional characters.) Originally published in 1945; the U.S. edition (1946) was entitled "Six Curtains for Natasha." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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5 Brahms, Caryl, and S.J. Simon The Elephant is White
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1940) First Edition Hardcover Good+ Illustrated by Robert Robison 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, spine turned, spine cloth faded and white spine lettering rubbed; attractive small label (like a miniature bookplate) on front pastedown]. (line drawings) One of this writing team's scarcer works, a satirical novel about a young Englishman who falls in with a group of down-and-out White Russian emigres in Paris, who have banded together in a kind of anti-socialist social club known as the White Elephants. Its philosophy is explained by one of its members: "We serve no useful purpose. We have no place in the struggle for existence. We refuse to contribute to the evolution of the Superman. We are here on this earth entirely as spectators. It is unfortunate that in order to watch we have to eat. It is thus impossible for us to attain one hundred per cent efficiency in indolence. But we do our best. We live untidily and straggle through our days." Filmed in England in 1944 as "Give Us the Moon." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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