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The Corn Maidens' Dance and Its Greek Analogies [cover title] / Pai Ya Tu Ma: God of All Dance and His Customs of the Flute, Zuni Pueblo, 1932 [title page], (Denman, Leslie Van Ness)
1 (Denman, Leslie Van Ness) The Corn Maidens' Dance and Its Greek Analogies [cover title] / Pai Ya Tu Ma: God of All Dance and His Customs of the Flute, Zuni Pueblo, 1932 [title page]
San Francisco The Grabhorn Press (c.1955) First Edition Softcover Very Good 
(stiff blue wrappers with title lettered in green on front cover) [moderate edgewear and a handful of tiny tears along bottom edges of paper wrappers, slight paper loss at base of spine, partial small beverage-ring stain on front cover; internally Fine]. (3 color plates, 2 B&W plates) The ritual corn dance of the Zuni Indians is compared and contrasted with the ancient Greeks' worship of Dionysos (Dionysus) and other gods. Includes: a brief (uncredited) essay on "Ancient Gods"; an excerpt about maize from "Indian Corn in Old America" by Paul Weatherwax; the 13-page primary essay, "The Seed of Seeds," describing the corn maidens' dance in great detail, by Leslie Van Ness Denman (dated August, 1932); and quotations from Euripedes, Plutarch, and Arnold Toynbee. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Motion Picture Almanac: Reference Book of the Industry: 1931, (Quigley, Martin, ed.)
2 (Quigley, Martin, ed.) The Motion Picture Almanac: Reference Book of the Industry: 1931
New York The Quigley Publishing Company (c.1931) 3rd Annual Hardcover Good 
(quarter-bound, paper over boards; no dust jacket, as issued, but now protected with a custom-fitted clear mylar jacket) [binding solid, hinges intact, internally clean; covers are edgeworn, moderately scraped and soiled; spine lettering faded to unreadability]. (B&W photographs, ads, graphics) Comprehensive compendium of everything, and I mean everything, to do with the movie biz: people, companies, theaters, organizations, regulations, statistics galore, texts of industry contracts, legal decisions, technical advancements, equipment suppliers, film releases 1929-31, etc. etc. The biographical sections alone are amazingly comprehensive, with resumes (including vital statistics) for the following groups: Production and Studio Executives (Uncle Carl Laemmle was 5 ft. 2 in. tall and weighed 140 lbs., didja know?); Feminine Players; Male Players; Directors; Writers; Cameramen, Art Directors, Etc.; Home Office Executives; Advertising and Publicity; Fan and Trade Press; Motion Picture Editors (at newspapers and magazines, not film editors); Music and Talent (an incredible section, with bios of organists, m.c.'s, musical conductors, comedians, singers, etc.); Song Writers; and Music Publishers. There's also an amazing list (no biographical details, just names) of "Presentation Acts," arranged both alphabetically and by classification: aerialists, contortionists, impersonators, roller skaters, whistlers, and so much more! (If nothing else, these lists are a reminder of just how many entertainers of all stripes, outside the immediate sphere of Hollywood itself, were employed in the exhibition end of the motion picture business.) All M.P. Almanacs from these early years (this title began publication in 1929) are remarkably scarce. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Show, the Magazine of the Performing Arts (November 1961) [cover: Harpo Marx], (Wool, Robert M., ed.)
3 (Wool, Robert M., ed.) Show, the Magazine of the Performing Arts (November 1961) [cover: Harpo Marx]
New York Hartford Publications, Inc. 1961 (Vol. I, No. 2) Magazine Good 
[edgewear and possible slight insect-nibbling to covers, a bit of cracking/splitting at both top and bottom of spine (but binding fully intact), moderate creasing to covers]. (B&W and color photographs, ads, etc.) The second issue of publisher Huntington Harford's ambitious attempt at creating a Life-type magazine devoted exclusively to the performing arts, including movies and TV; never a huge success, it ended its initial, large-format run in 1965. (An equally short-lived resuscitation, from 1970 to 1973, was a lesser publication in every way.) During its brief heyday, though, the magazine showcased an impressive roster of contributors (this issue includes pieces by Nat Hentoff, S.J. Perelman, and Kenneth Tynan), and represented a valiant effort to popularize the arts for a mass audience, e.g. Herbert Kupferberg's article "Opera for People Who Hate Opera," in this issue. Retrospectively, the most interesting piece in this particular issue is probably "The Winsome Foursome," S.J. Perelman's account of working with the Marx Brothers on the film version of their stage hit "Animal Crackers," surely one of the earliest "working with the Marxes" memoirs and, as such, a significant contribution to what by the end of the decade was to build into a full-scale rediscovery/revival of the madcap brothers' film work. (It's worth noting, too, that Harpo's autobiography "Harpo Speaks" had been published earlier in the year, which no doubt factored into his selection as this issue's cover boy.) Other highlights of this issue: "The Soft Mythology of Jazz" by Nat Hentoff; "Mr. B. [George Balanchine] and his Ballerinas" by Robert Kotlowitz; a profiles of actors Richard Boone ("Television's Angry Gun") and Paul Scofield; Part II of a Kenneth Tynan profile, "Orson Welles: Genius Without Portfolio"; and a somewhat corny photo feature in which Tammy Grimes dressed up as various movie stars, including Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and Jackie Coogan. Also includes numerous reviews of current films, TV shows and plays (in both New York and London). 
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A Dreadful Man, Aherne, Brian, assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume
4 Aherne, Brian, assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume A Dreadful Man
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1979) 0-671-24797-2 / 9780671247973 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino 
[small remainder stamp (the little S&S man) on bottom edge, no other significant wear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, otherwise shows only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs) A biography of actor George Sanders, who committed suicide at the age of 65 because he was "bored" (although he clearly was suffering from depression), by a close friend and fellow actor. From the jacket: "a splendid examination of a complex and fascinating personality [and] a touching and extraordinary book about the friendships in a group of exceptionally gifted, talented and charming people: Sanders, mercurial, quixotic and moody; Benita Hume, Ronald Colman's widow, who eventually married Sanders; and Brian Aherne himself, not to mention a cast of equally distinguished players." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Tamarind Seed, Anthony, Evelyn
5 Anthony, Evelyn The Tamarind Seed
New York Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 1971 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Arthur Shilstone 
[boards bowed slightly outward, small light stain on top edge of text block; jacket has some unobtrusive surface insect-nibbling (mostly to rear panel) but still presents very well]. Cold War-era suspense novel about "a beautiful woman who falls in love with a Russian and finds herself trapped in a web of suspicion, violence, and international espionage." Basis for the 1974 film of the same name, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Andrews, written and directed by the latter's husband, Blake Edwards. [NOTE that for some reason unknown to me, the publication information is on a label affixed to the copyright page.] 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Paradise by the Sea: Santa Monica Bay: A pictorial history of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Topanga & Malibu, Basten, Fred E.
6 Basten, Fred E. Paradise by the Sea: Santa Monica Bay: A pictorial history of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Topanga & Malibu
Los Angeles General Publishing Group, Inc. (c.1997) 1-57544-024-5 / 9781575440248 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[very nice copy, as-new with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W and color photographs, facsimiles) This new and updated version of the author's earlier book "Santa Monica Bay: The First 100 Years" is "exhaustively researched and full of sumptuous archival photos and rich anecdotes about Santa Monica Bay's glittering past -- including the creation of Venice's fabled canals, the exclusive Malibu Colony (noted for its movie-star residents) and the spectacular coastal amusement piers." Introduction by Carolyn See. ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The 50 Greatest Cartoons; as selected by 1,000 animation professionals [*SIGNED*], Beck, Jerry, ed.
7 Beck, Jerry, ed. The 50 Greatest Cartoons; as selected by 1,000 animation professionals [*SIGNED*]
Atlanta Turner Publishing, Inc. (c.1994) 1-878685-49-X / 9781878685490 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj illustration) Greg Martin 
[nice clean copy, no significant wear but a slight bump to the top rear corner]. (B&W and color photos and other illustrations) SIGNED by the editor on the half-title page. "A portrait of each winning cartoon includes a plot summary, the production history, and a critical analysis that explores the unique qualities that have earned the cartoon a place in film history." (The analysis/commentary is provided by such luminaries of animation history as Leonard Maltin, Joe Adamson, Charles Solomon, and John Canemaker.) It should be noted that "cartoons" is defined here as short (not feature-length) films, so you won't be finding the likes of BAMBI or YELLOW SUBMARINE here; just as well, though, as any such "50 Greatest" selection of any sort of film is fraught enough with difficult choices. I have to say, though, I don't find too much here to quibble with; as editor Beck states in his introductory note, the survey of animation professionals (many of whom are ASIFA members) resulted in "an extraordinarily well-rounded collection of classic animation. While it is full of popular Disney, MGM, and Warner Bros. films, it also includes cartoons by Walter Lantz, the Fleischer Studios, UPA, and the National Film Board of Canada, as well as pioneering efforts like Gertie the Dinosaur and the work of contemporary artists." Signed by Editor 
Price: 30.00 USD
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411 Joseph; a play in two acts, Becker, Frawley
8 Becker, Frawley 411 Joseph; a play in two acts
Woodstock IL/London/Melbourne Dramatic Publishing (c.1998) 0-87129-883-X / 9780871298836 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) David G. Sergel 
[faint stain on front cover, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB "The rivalry between two brothers for paternal love is an old theme that gets a Jewish American twist" in this play, in which "eldest son David attempts to win his father's love by fulfilling his father's dream: to have his sons open a medical clinic dedicated to himself." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Bread and a Stone, Bessie, Alvah
9 Bessie, Alvah Bread and a Stone
New York Modern Age Books (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [reading/reference copy only: shelfworn, bumped corners, spine cloth faded, slight fraying at top of spine, spine turned, light staining to both covers, etc.]. Third novel by the eventually-blacklisted screenwriter/novelist, about a ex-convict farmhand who finds love for the first time with the young widow on whose farm he's employed. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Shocks, Blackwood, Algernon
10 Blackwood, Algernon Shocks
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. (c.1936) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [spine cloth a bit darkened, a couple of tiny tears in cloth at base of spine, small dent in bottom edge of front cover, private library bookplate on ffep ("From the Library of Philip J.D. Van Dyke")] Fifteen stories of the supernatural and occult. Contents: "The Stranger"; "Elsewhere and Otherwise"; "Full Circle"; "Dr. Feldman"; "A Threefold Cord"; "Chemical"; "Shocks"; "The Survivors"; "The Adventure of Tornado Smith"; "Hands of Death"; "The Land of Green Ginger"; "The Colonel's Ring"; "Revenge"; "The Man Who Lived Backwards"; "Adventures of Miss de Fontenoy." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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I, Billy Shakespeare!, Blatty, William Peter
11 Blatty, William Peter I, Billy Shakespeare!
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1965 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj and illustrations) Victoria Chess 
[nice tight copy with no discernible wear; jacket very clean and attractive, with a short closed tear and associated creasing at top of spine]. (line drawings) "A wildly amusing first-person narrative (from tapes) by a phantom William Shakespeare, in which the Bard of Avon's ghost discusses many things -- particularly the charges that he didn't write the plays. He demolishes Marlowe, the Baconian Society, Ben Jonson, and others. He also proves, for some readers, that Queen Elizabeth was the real playwright." Blatty's third (and scarcest) book. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Burma Rifles: A Story of Merrill's Marauders, Bonham, Frank
12 Bonham, Frank Burma Rifles: A Story of Merrill's Marauders
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Arthur Shilstone 
[light foxing to edges of text block, otherwise just lightly shelfworn; jacket browned a little at edges and spine, a couple of tiny surface-scrapes on front panel, other minor traces of what might have been insect-nibbling]. Juvenile WWII fiction, about a young Nisei who seeks to prove his patriotism by volunteering as a Japanese-speaking interpreter for the U.S. Army -- even after he and his family have already been incarcerated in a relocation camp (the Topaz Relocation Center, in Utah). The book utilizes the same historical background as the 1962 Samuel Fuller film MERRILL'S MARAUDERS, although the latter was based on a different book. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Socialist Self-Management in Yugoslavia 1950-1980: Documents, Boskovic, Blagoje, and David Dasic, eds.
13 Boskovic, Blagoje, and David Dasic, eds. Socialist Self-Management in Yugoslavia 1950-1980: Documents
Belgrade STP (Socialist Thought and Practice) 1980 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [very slight bumping to bottom corners, tiny scuff mark on front cover, no other significant wear]. Essays, speeches (many by Josip Broz Tito), official documents, government reports, etc., documenting "one of the greatest historical achievements of the working class and all working people in their long, organized revolutionary struggle to build socialism in Yugoslavia," which per the book's introduction had in its 30-year history "emerged as the dominant socioeconomic relationship, as the heartbeat of the social, economic and political being of socialist Yugoslavia, as an ideology and a way of life [as well as] a permanent and inalienable guarantee of the status, rights and responsibilities of working people." (Wonder how that's been going for them since 1980?) The text is entirely in English, very helpful if we want to give this system a shot here, after the revolution. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Writing a Novel, Braine, John
14 Braine, John Writing a Novel
New York Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 1974 0-698-10584-2 / 9780698105843 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike McIver 
[minor shelfwear, very light dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket lightly edgeworn, shows a bit of scuffing to front panel]. "A directly useful handbook from the bestselling author of Room at the Top," which employs "passages from key contemporary writers [and] assesses the essentials of style and skill that all good writers share and every novice writer can learn." Among the writers excerpted are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, John O'Hara, and Anthony Powell. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Some Get the Orchids, Brightman, Virginia Hudson
15 Brightman, Virginia Hudson Some Get the Orchids
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1933) First Edition Hardcover Fair in Fair dj 
[ex-rental library book with typical stamping/markings (from the Metcalf Circulating Libraries), moderate shelfwear, spine slightly turned, top corners bumped; jacket heavily surface-worn with various nicks, creases, etc., affixed to pastedown at flaps, one-time owner's name written on spine in red ink]. "For a long time life handed Sabra Howe nothing but poison ivy. Her father was an unsympathetic miser, the political boss in a society summer resort. He kept Sabra hard at work running a hot dog stand and schemed to marry her into a bank. Sabra was never allowed to have any fun. Even the exclusive hotel beach wanted to shoo her away. The novel tells you how fortune changed for Sabra with the arrival of a prince, incognito -- two princes, in fact, though one is bogus. Her romance proves to be a frisky summer excitement. It is composed with princely fun, hotel intrigue, bathing beauties, masquerades, yachting parties, jealous rivals, a boxing champion and his training camp; not to omit the joys of lovemaking and an almost royal wedding." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Boiling Point [*SIGNED*], Brooks, Richard
16 Brooks, Richard The Boiling Point [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper & Brothers (c.1948) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) [Philip] Grushkin Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, light shelfwear to bottom edges; jacket has a tiny chip at the top of the front panel, an even tinier one at the bottom of the rear panel, some rubbing to the rear panel, slight fading to spine]. SIGNED and DATED (February 1948, the month of publication) by the author on the ffep. The screenwriter-almost-director's second novel, in which a labor agitator stirs up political and racial tensions in a small Southwestern town. A jacket blurb by Humphrey Bogart (who appeared that same year in KEY LARGO, written by Brooks) calls it "the most gripping novel I have read in many years," but the New York Times critic begged to differ, opining that the book was "preachy and melodramatic [and] unsatisfactory as a novel, [but] still quite a good scenario." Brooks made the leap from writer to director just two years later with CRISIS, returning just once more to the novelistic trenches, with "The Producer" (1951), before devoting himself exclusively to the cinema. Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Incident at 125th Street, Brown, J.E.
17 Brown, J.E. Incident at 125th Street
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1970 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin 
[light age-toning to edges of text block, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows minor wear at extremities, a couple of tiny closed tears along top edge]. Novel about a middle-aged New York executive who comes to the aid of an elderly man who's being mugged by three young punks on a commuter train platform in Harlem; in the ensuing scuffle, one of the muggers falls to the street below. At first the executive is "publicly commended for his courageous act -- until the injured boy died and his father pressed manslaughter charges, setting in motion a bizarre chain of events. Is David Martin [the executive] a hero or a villain? A conscientious citizen or an abusive drunk? The incident is examined from many angles. A hard-bitten cop, a determined newspaperman, the boy's bitter father, a reluctant witness to the attack, all tell their stories, until their bits and pieces fall together and the truth is laid bare." The novel was adapted (and the locale changed) for the 1971 TV-movie INCIDENT IN SAN FRANCISCO, starring Richard Kiley and Leslie Nielsen. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Love Trapeze, Bull, Lois
18 Bull, Lois The Love Trapeze
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1934) Later Printing? Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) H. Parkhurst 
[light shelfwear to bottom of book, very slight deterioration of cloth at spine extremities; jacket shows some edgewear, a couple of tiny closed tears, moderate fading to spine, light soiling to rear panel]. Circus novel about "the nonchalant Mario Verona, greatest living king of the flying trapeze, [who] rose from an obscure continental performer to become the spoiled darling of America's big top," and the two women who loved him: "the famous Mavis Merton, tragic Queen of the Air, [and] Mitzi, "another aerialist, young, vivacious, loyal, and gallant." Although the jacket blurb touts the book's realistic depiction of the circus milieu, an unnamed critic for Variety mocked the publisher's claims that the author had actually traveled with a circus, noting that "any story which has a gymnast doing three forward triples and two double backs in the course of a seven minute turn is far from authentic." (Well, yeah!) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Say, is this the U.S.A., Caldwell, Erskine, and Margaret Bourke-White
19 Caldwell, Erskine, and Margaret Bourke-White Say, is this the U.S.A.
New York Da Capo Press 1977 0-306-80071-3 / 9780306800719 First Paperback Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[some edgewear to covers (mostly rear cover), but generally a good sound clean copy]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Novelist Caldwell and photographer Bourke-White's attempt to capture and portray "the impression and feel of America," not long after the country had emerged from the depths of the Great Depression -- and, as it happened, just before the outbreak of World War II. The pair were a married couple at the time, and "in a spirit of high adventure, they traveled from coast to coast with no set itinerary, visiting [small] towns [and] plucking names from telephone directories in search of people to photograph and interview." The resulting book juxtaposed anecdotes and photographs "rich with local color and gentle humor," with "only occasional reminders of the poverty and drought-stricken farmlands of an earlier decade." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Stunt Man: The Autobiography of Yakima Canutt, Canutt, Yakima, with Oliver Drake
20 Canutt, Yakima, with Oliver Drake Stunt Man: The Autobiography of Yakima Canutt
New York Walker and Company 1979 0-8027-0613-4 / 9780802706133 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mel Brofman 
[nice clean book, minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has a tiny bit of soiling to the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography of the man generally acknowledged as the king of movie stuntmen, whose career as a stunt performer and second unit director of action sequences stretched from the silent days into the 1970s. With a Foreword by Charlton Heston and and Afterword by John Wayne -- both men having benefitted greatly from Yak's work on their movies. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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