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The Streets of Askelon [*SIGNED*], Aspler, Tony
1 Aspler, Tony The Streets of Askelon [*SIGNED*]
London Secker & Warburg 1972 0-436-02230-3 / 9780436022302 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Dempsey Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light shelfwear, minor dust-soiling to top edge; jacket heavily worn at edges, spine sunned, tiny tears at most corners and spine ends]. INSCRIBED ("To ____________ / with best wishes") and SIGNED and dated (Oct. 1972) by the author on the ffep. Novel about a Brendan Behan-like Irish poet who "has just concluded a highly successful, highly scandalous American tour. Reluctantly he accepts a last-minute extension to take in Montreal. It proves a disastrous decision. On his arrival he is ignored, but fame comes to him after his arrest in a brothel." The author has subsequently written a number of other novels (this being his first), but is perhaps best known today as "the most widely read wine writer in Canada." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Strong Wind, Asturias, Miguel Angel (translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa)
2 Asturias, Miguel Angel (translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa) Strong Wind
New York Delacorte Press / A Seymour Lawrence Book (c.1968, 1962) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
(price-clipped) [book just minimally shelfworn, light but even spotting to top edge of text block (possibly a very light remainder spray?); jacket lightly worn at edges and extremities, one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel, a little browning to spine]. The first volume of the author's Banana Republic trilogy, this novel concerns the uprising of the exploited peasant workers on a bunch (no pun intended) of banana plantations in an unnamed Central American country that are controlled by a powerful North American fruit company called Tropical Banana, Inc. Originally published in 1950 under the title "Viento Fuerte"; the subsequent installments of the trilogy were "El Papa Verde" ("The Green Pope") (1954), and "Los ojos de los enterrados" ("The Eyes of the Interred") (1960). The author was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1967 -- only the second Latin American writer to have been thus honored -- and is now highly revered in his home country of Guatemala, which has named its most prestigious literary prize after him. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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I Was a King, Bere, Clifford Ifan
3 Bere, Clifford Ifan I Was a King
Swansea Christopher Davies 1976 0-7154-0196-3 / 9780715401965 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, tiny finger-smudge on top edge near spine, gift inscription (non-authorial) covering most of ffep; jacket slightly yellowed, with light soiling, a bit of wear along top edge, slight fading to red spine lettering]. "The Watchmen of Wales, a movement set up by young men with strong left wing and nationalist views, and run on quasi military lines has a strict all male ruling on its membership. The two leaders, Glyn and Morgan, decide to accept a beautiful woman into their unit. Her influence grows almost immediately. Both Glyn and Morgan fall in love with her and the unit sways towards her policies." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Without a Stitch, Bjřrneboe, Jens (translated from the Norwegian by Walter Barthold)
4 Bjřrneboe, Jens (translated from the Norwegian by Walter Barthold) Without a Stitch
New York Grove Press (c.1969) NO First American Edition Hardcover First Printing Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Lagarde 
[nice clean book with just the teensiest bumping to the bottom corners; jacket also very nice, but with a few pen-point indentations (no ink marks, however) on the front panel, as though someone once used it momentarily as a scribble pad]. First-person narrative novel about a "19-year-old girl troubled by her frigidity with boys" who discovers her Lesbian libido via a serious fight with a girlfriend, "complete with scratching, hair-pulling, and fists." Purportedly "widely published in Europe" without incident, it ran into trouble in the author's native Norway, with their Supreme Court banning the book and fining Bjřrneboe for "sexual nihilism." The book seems to have not been published in the U.S. until November 1969, just a month or so before the release of a Danish-made film adaptation; it was the latter event that led Grove to issue a new dust jacket featuring a still from the film (which appears on the second and all subsequent printings). However, there may have been another reason the original jacket was "retired." Take another look at that naked beach babe: it's none other than Jane Fonda, and although the photo itself is properly credited to the photographer, she might as well have been an anonymous model. But the weird thing is that Jane was hardly an unknown at the time: on-screen since 1961, she'd reached the peak of the first (sex-kitten) stage of her career by starring in her then-husband Roger Vadim's ultra-campy 1968 film BARBARELLA. Nor was this particular nude-ish photo session exactly obscure: a very similar shot had been given major exposure (sorry) in a March 1968 issue of Life Magazine (in a cover story on BARBARELLA), and yet another was mass-marketed as a male-dorm-room-suitable poster -- which poster, in turn, would be re-purposed a few years later as a vehicle for expressing anti-"Hanoi Jane" vitriol. The point being: did Grove's decision to use this already-close-to-iconic celebrity image to package their titillating Scandinavian import represent prescient marketing boldness, or a simple unlicensed "oops"? The episode (if it can be called that) seems to have gone unremarked-upon in any of the literature on Ms. Fonda, so any claims that she might have effected its "withdrawal" or "suppression" should be taken with a grain of sand, pending actual, you know, evidence. Do note, however, that second and subsequent printings (with the film-still jacket) are considerably more common than the "naked Jane" first. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Shrouded Woman, Bombal, Maria-Luisa
5 Bombal, Maria-Luisa The Shrouded Woman
New York Farrar, Straus and Company 1948 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) [Philip] Grushkin 
[very nice copy with minimal shelfwear, a trace of spotting to top page edges; jacket equally nice, with one tiny chip at bottom of rear panel, slight wrinkling at top of front panel]. The second novel by this highly-regarded Chilean writer tells "the story of a beautiful and violent woman, who sees clearly, only after death, the intricate pattern which her passions made in the lives of those who were close to her." Bombal lived in the U.S. for about thirty years (ca. 1940-1970); this was her second book to appear in English, and the publishers chose to completely obscure the fact that it had been published in Spanish ten years earlier. (No translator is mentioned, for instance, and even her previous book, "House of Mist," is described in the jacket blurb as "her first English novel," although it, too, had been published in the preceding decade in her native language.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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What God Wants [*SIGNED*], Brett, Lily
6 Brett, Lily What God Wants [*SIGNED*]
New York Birch Lane Press 1993 (c.1991) 1-55972-193-6 / 9781559721936 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by David Rankin; (dj design) Milton Glaser Signed by Author
[tight, clean, unread, a lovely copy; jacket would be Fine also but for mild sunning to spine]. Warmly INSCRIBED to friends, and SIGNED by the author ("Lily") on the title page, in New York, in the year of U.S. publication. First published in Australia in 1991, the book, a "collection of interrelated stories" about a community of children of Holocaust survivors (as is the author herself), received the National Steele Rudd Award, "the most prestigious honor that nation bestows upon a new literary voice." Jacket blurbers include Chaim Potok, who lauds the stories as "symphonic in their interrelatedness, often Rabelaisian in tone and style, and alternately comic and tragic in their frenetic preoccupation with family, food, and fornication." Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Autumn Serenade [*SIGNED*], Conhaim, D. László
7 Conhaim, D. László Autumn Serenade [*SIGNED*]
Prague The Prague Review Books 1999 80-902291-15 / 9788090229112 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[a little fading to spine and along left edge of front cover, no other significant wear]. Trade PB INSCRIBED ("For _____, With very best wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally dated "Prague, 16.4.'99." Novel about a one-armed American novelist (he lost the other one running with the bulls in Pamplona in his youth), divorced, childless, and past his prime, living on an island off the Mallorcan coast. His fascination with a young photographer leads him to Madrid and "an exotic misadventure involving jazz, luxury hotels, the Prado Museum, virulent critics, grilled hake, and a quixotic dream of Moorish Spain." Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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8 D'Aurevilly, Jules Barbey (translated from the French, with an introduction, by Ernest Boyd) The Diaboliques (The Blue Jade Library)
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1925 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid clean copy, mild shelfwear; no jacket, but laid in are three pieces that appear to have been clipped from the jacket, describing this work and listing several others "in preparation" in the series]. (The Blue Jade Library) Series The author "was one of Beaudelaire's favorite authors. His style has been described by one of his contemporaries as a mixture of 'tiger's blood and honey,' and Edmund Gosse speaks of 'his strange intensity,' his 'sensual and fantastic force.' All his qualities are present in this famous volume, which is regarded as his masterpiece and has been praised by critics as diverse as George Saintsbury and Charles Whibley." Contains the following stories: The Crimson Curtain; At a Dinner of Atheists; The Greatest Love of Don Juan; Happiness in Crime; Beneath the Cards at a Game of Whist; A Woman's Revenge. Also includes an essay by Edmund Gosse (quoted above). [NOTE that this book is not related to the 1955 French film LES DIABOLIQUES, although the original French edition had the same title as the film.] 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Disinherited, del Castillo, Michel (translated from the French by Humphrey Hare)
9 del Castillo, Michel (translated from the French by Humphrey Hare) The Disinherited
London Serpent's Tail 1986 (c.1959) 1-85242-102-9 / 9781852421021 1st ed. thus Softcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (cover) Cliff Harper 
[tight and unread, minor age-toning to page edges; jacket shows light handling wear only, mild creasing along bottom edge of front panel, U.S. distributor's price label on rear cover]. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Out of Such Fires, Devanny, Jean
10 Devanny, Jean Out of Such Fires
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1934) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Parkhurst 
(price-clipped) [light age-toning and mild soiling to edges of text block, a touch of shelfwear to bottom corners; jacket edgeworn, with a bit of creasing, 1-1/2" closed tear at bottom left corner of front panel, minor paper loss at a few corners, tiny chip at top of rear panel, light soiling to rear panel]. "The chief character is an English girl, a writer in search of new experience. She finds it in overwhelming measure when she enters the Jerumba sheep station [in Australia] as a servant. For there she crashes against the antipathy of the vilest woman character that any author has yet conceived -- a walking exhibition of neurotic bestiality that is neither fantastic nor overdrawn." Devanny (1894-1962) was a New Zealand-born writer who became a prominent speaker and activist on behalf of the Communist Party of Australia, and was well-known for her outspoken opinions on sexuality and women's rights. (One on-line reference source states that "her literary contemporaries found her intensity disturbing.") Her books often featured spectacularly victimized but ultimately triumphant women; this general ethos (not to mention their melodramatic nature) lent itself very well to the Macaulay house style of lurid jacket art and provocative blurbing -- not surprising that they were her exclusive U.S. publishers, beginning with "The Butcher Shop" in 1926. She was expelled from the Communist Party in 1941, ostensibly for "moral degeneracy," and later lamented that her involvement with the Party and its causes had prevented her from realizing her full potential as a writer. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Inshallah, Fallaci, Oriana
11 Fallaci, Oriana Inshallah
New York Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 1992 0-385-41987-2 / 9780385419871 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Whitney Cookman 
[beautiful copy, the slightest trace of dust-soiling to top edge, otherwise appears unread; jacket bright and attractive, with only very slight wrinkling at spine ends]. "Oriana Fallaci's great achievement, a twentieth-century epic about the catastrophic civil war in Lebanon." Jacket blurb quotes critical comparisons with Hemingway and Malraux. (Originally published in Italy in 1990; the translation is by Fallaci herself, "from a translation by James Marcus.") 
Price: 135.00 USD
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12 Ginsburg, Mirra, ed. and trans. The Ultimate Threshold: A Collection of the Finest in Soviet Science Fiction
New York Penguin Books 1978 (c.1970) 0-14-004873-1 / 9780140048735 1st ed. thus Softcover Very Good+ 
[moderate exterior wear]. Mass Market PB Thirteen stories from the 1960's, by Henrik Altov, Gleb Anfilov, Anatoly Dneprov, Vladimir Grigoriev, Olga Larionova, Herman Maximov, Roman Podolny,Igor Rosokhovatsky, Vladimir Shcherbakov, Ilya Varshavsky, Mikhail Yemtsev and Yeremey Parnov. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Maud's House, Gough, William
13 Gough, William Maud's House
[n.p.] Breakwater [1984] 0-919519-87-3 / 9780919519879 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[a bit of wear at spine ends, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows minimal handling wear]. "This novel is set in Newfoundland and it features one of the strongest characters in Newfoundland fiction. The strength of the tangy Newfoundland male as a character in fiction is legendary, but [the author] now presents the overwhelming image of the real power in the Newfoundland outport -- the woman. An unforgettable portrait of a character with the strength of steel, but the soul and innocence of a child." [NOTE that the ISBN on the dust jacket (and entered with this description) is different from the two ISBNs (for "bound" and "pbk") given on the book's copyright page.] 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Beau Clown, Grimault, Berthe (translated by Diana Athill)
14 Grimault, Berthe (translated by Diana Athill) Beau Clown
New York Rinehart & Company, Inc. (c.1957) NO 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder, Inc. 
[very nice copy, minimal shelfwear, slight age-toning to pages but much less than usually seen in Rinehart books from this period; jacket shows a bit of wear at edges and corners]. Blurbed as "perhaps the most remarkable novel ever written by a child," this "astounding revelation of one child's nightmare world" was the creation of one of those youthful-literary-prodigy-sensations of the time, a barely-literate 14-year-old French farm girl who was able to get it down on paper with the help of a neighbor, Eliézer Fournier, who explains his contributions in an explanatory note at the beginning of the book. Based on her own experiences and on stories told to her by her father (who had spent some time in a mental institution), the book is an episodic account backgrounded against "the daily spectacle of poverty and promiscuity -- the extraordinarily primitive existence of the peasants," and involving prostitutes, American Negro G.I.'s, three escaped lunatics (including the title character), and her own "large (and unrestrained) family." (The New York Times reviewer called it "clearly the work of a highly unbalanced personality.") Mlle. Grimault was already at work, per the explantory note, on a second book, published the following year as "Tuer son Enfant" ("Blood on the Straw" in the U.K. and the U.S.), and was also offered a scholarship to a rather high-toned English finishing school, whose headmistress was supposedly shocked to discover that the young lady was "half-illiterate" (although it seems to me that that fact is made pretty clear in the introductory matter of this book). She was briefly a media sensation in the U.K. -- the "pig girl amongst the debs" -- and upon her return to France wrote (perhaps again in collaboration with Fournier) what would be her final book, "Berthe in Paradise," published in 1960 and described as a "surrealist fantasy" based on her experiences in England. And whatever finally happened to Mlle. Grimault, I wonder, who would be about 70 years old today? 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Handke, Peter (trans. by Michael Roloff)
15 Handke, Peter (trans. by Michael Roloff) The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1972 0-374-16376-6 / 9780374163761 First American Edition Hardcover Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Janet Halverson 
[ex-library book, with tape marks on both covers, scarring to ffep from removal of label and pocket (of which a few small remnants remain), library stamp and "withdrawn" stamp on title page; author's name very faded on jacket spine, tiny nick at bottom edge of front panel]. The noted German author/playwright's third novel, but the first to be published in English. Filmed by Wim Wenders in 1971. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Slow Homecoming [contains: The Long Way Around; The Lesson of Mont-Sainte-Victoire; Child Story], Handke, Peter (translated by Ralph Manheim)
16 Handke, Peter (translated by Ralph Manheim) Slow Homecoming [contains: The Long Way Around; The Lesson of Mont-Sainte-Victoire; Child Story]
New York Farrar Straus Giroux 1985 0-374-26635-2 / 9780374266356 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj art) Cezanne 
[solid clean copy, light shelfwear; jacket spine a bit faded, tiny tear and a bit of laminate peeling at top right-hand corner of front panel (right at foldover and barely noticeable)]. "A trilogy of thematically connected novels that build into a kind of unfinished autobiography, in which Peter Handke confronts his alienation, seeks re-integration and ends by celebrating a new-found inner harmony." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Amrita, Jhabvala, R[uth] Prawer
17 Jhabvala, R[uth] Prawer Amrita
New York W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1956 (c.1955) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [a bit of shelfwear to lower extremities and top of spine, small stain on rear cover, smaller (and very light) stain on top page edges, front hinge a little weak but not cracked or split; jacket is edgeworn, with a few tiny nicks and a vertical crease in the rear panel]. This "affectionate and witty comedy of manners" set in modern New Delhi, India, deals with "a well-bred young girl in revolt from her family," in particular by falling in love with a young man from a much different social class. "The story of the young couple is complicated not only by the devious schemes of their relatives but by their own half-realized misunderstanding of what each conceives the other to be." The first novel by the writer who later gained wide recognition as a screenwriter in collaboration with the producer-director team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory; originally published in England under the title "To Whom She Will." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Innocent Gunman, Lacroix, Jean-Paul (translated from the French by Hugh Shelley)
18 Lacroix, Jean-Paul (translated from the French by Hugh Shelley) The Innocent Gunman
London Elek Books 1957 NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Mara 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, spine a bit turned; jacket quite nice, would rate Near Fine but for the somewhat clumsy price-clipping (which removes just a tiny corner of the jacket flap text)]. Comic novel about "Fiérot Le Pou" (get it?), a gangster who "had risen -- over forty years and via Sing Sing and Alcatraz -- to control PRA, the largest criminal combine in France." Yep, he's a big shot, all right, but he's also got a big problem: his only son, Frankie, despite being "born with a silver flick-knife in his fingers and with all the promise of a golden future as a killer," wants no part of the family business, having designs on becoming a poet and a schoolmaster. His old man decides to break his spirit by sending him for "training" in Marseilles, Palermo, London and New York, and Gallic hilarity ensues. Published in France in 1954 as "Le Gangster aux Etoiles." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Rappaport, Lurie, Morris
19 Lurie, Morris Rappaport
New York William Morrow & Company 1967 (c.1966) NO 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Isadore Seltzer 
[moderate shelfwear, some soiling to edges, corners bumped; jacket has several small tears, minor paper loss at spine ends, general surface wear/rubbing]. "For Rappaport, antique dealer, rapacious reader of magazines, gargantuan eater of pasta and pastry, life is a search for something beyond the senseless trivia that consumes him. His closest friend -- and mortal enemy -- Friedlander, jazz buff, painter, ad man for bras, has decided to drop everything and travel to Russia because it is NOT the place to go. So begins a rollicking Walter Mitty day during which the two young men have daydreams of grandeur. And as their dreams pursue them they are stunned back to reality by the realization of who they are and where they are not going." First book by this well-known Australian author, described by one jacket blurber as "a Melbourne variant of the New York Jewish novel"; 
Price: 10.00 USD
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20 Marcus, David To Next Year in Jerusalem
New York St. Martin's Press 1954 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, minor wear to cloth at spine ends, some browning to top page edges and top edges of covers; jacket mildly soiled, moderate edgewear, slight paper loss at spine ends, a couple of small tears]. Novel about a Russian-Jewish emigre congregation in a small Irish village, and specifically about a young Jewish boy who is very friendly with a local priest, and who falls in love with a Catholic girl. "The struggle in Palestine was a distant echo [until] Herman Grauss comes to Drumcoole to raise funds for the rebirth of Israel in 1947 [and] his overnight visit stirs the tiny Hebrew community of ten men and five women to a fever pitch. The ancient Passover prayer, 'To next year in Jerusalem,' takes on a vibrancy and becomes a living reality. The death of a Drumcoole boy at the hands of terrorists in Palestine touches off a crisis." First novel by this Irish-Jewish writer and barrister. 
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