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1 Kelland, Clarence Budington Counterfeit Gentleman
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1960 (c.1956) NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Very Good+ dj 
[suspected ex-library book, although no marking as such; however, the ffep has been removed (always a suspicious sign) and none too neatly, resulting in the half-title page also being partially detached and the weakening of the front hinge; otherwise a decent enough copy, with small tape marks at top and bottom of both covers, spine slightly turned; the jacket is quite nice, clean and attractive despite having been a little bit irregularly trimmed along the top edge, and consequently a tiny bit shorter than the book itself]. "When Artemus Baldwin knelt beside the bullet-ridden corpse in the Arizona desert and carefully extracted a wad of money from the dead man's mouth, he could have done without a witness as inquisitive as pretty Jick Roche. She made it hard for him to keep on pretending he was just a casual guest at a society picnic, especially when he had to pocket one of the bills -- a counterfeit one. If Artemus was anxious to have Jick think he was a perfect gentleman, he was even more eager to have the local underworld take him for a fugitive Chicago gunman. A Secret Service agent on the track of a gang of counterfeiters, Artemus knew his best chance of catching the racketeers was to join them." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 Kelland, Clarence Budington Skin Deep
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1938) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[spine a little turned, very light wear at spine ends and a couple of corners, tiny previous owner's name stamp on both endpapers and both pastedowns; jacket moderately worn and lightly soiled, a couple of tiny tears along top edge, one 1-1/2" closed tear at top front hinge, plus a couple of associated short diagonal creases at upper left-hand corner of front panel, a little residue of some kind along bottom edge of rear panel]. "What happens when a recluse and a scholar inherits one of the country's swankest beauty salons makes one of Mr. Kelland's most priceless and amusing tales." (Published serially under the title "For Beauty's Sake.") 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Kelland, Clarence Budington Speak Easily
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1932 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [good solid book, very light bumping to extremities, light dust-soiling to top edge, short pucker-line in rear-cover cloth, contemporary (non-authorial) gift inscription on ffep]. Very uncommon novel (originally a magazine serial under the title "Footlights") by this popular and prolific author, a kind of screwball-farce about a college instructor who inherits a fortune and is subsequently fired from his teaching position (by the college president, who wants to force him to use his money to get some experience of real life). In quest of said experience, he heads for (where else?) New York; he falls in with a crowd of show people on the train, which leads him to take up residence at a theatrical boarding house in the city. Before you can say "duck out of water," he accompanies his newfound friends to a "speak easily," gets drunk (without realizing it) and agrees to bankroll a Broadway revue. Comic complications ensue as our naive hero inadvertently foils a jewel robbery, fends off the seductive attentions of an ambitious singer, overlooks the fact that he's falling in love with the wisecracking landlady's daughter (and vice versa), and runs dangerously afoul of a notorious gangster, all the while trying to get the show on the boards. This maelstrom of madcappery made it to the silver screen as a fitfully amusing MGM talkie starring Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante and Thelma Todd. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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