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The Lowlife, Baron, Alexander
1 Baron, Alexander The Lowlife
New York Thomas Yoseloff 1964 (c.1963) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[minimal shelfwear, slight fading to cloth near top of spine; jacket lightly edgeworn, spine slightly sun-browned, minor abrasions at top of spine]. Novel set in London's East End, centering around Harryboy Boas -- a quick-buck hustler in the mold of Pal Joey and Sammy Lee (it sez here) -- "combining the ear of a Damon Runyon, attuned to the sounds of Soho as Runyon was to Broadway, with the clear eye and warm heart of a compassionate observer." According to the jacket blurb, a movie adaptation was "now being filmed and the picture is expected to be released next fall" -- and yet, somehow, it wasn't. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Which Way?, Benson, Theodora
2 Benson, Theodora Which Way?
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1932 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[light shelfwear to bottom edge of rear cover, otherwise a solid clean book that appears to have never been read; jacket shows some scraping and surface-chipping along edges and at spine ends]. Theodora Benson (1906-1968), the daughter of Godfrey Rathbone Benson (aka Lord Charnwood), a British author, academic, Liberal politician and philanthropist, the author made a name for herself in the late 1920s and 1930s for her tales of "a cynical world of failed romance, lost ideals, social foibles, and ruthless self-seeking." This novel, her fourth, revolves around "three letters, three invitations, three choices," all for events on the same weekend, all received by Claudia, the book's protagonist, on her 22nd birthday -- and representing her "three prospective lives to which these are the key." Benson later wrote thrillers, short fiction and travel books, and worked as a ghostwriter on official speeches during World War II. As with her other early works, this book is fairly uncommon (more so in the American edition, more so yet in jacket). 
Price: 150.00 USD
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It's a Small World: All About Midgets, Bodin, Walter, and Burnet Hershey
3 Bodin, Walter, and Burnet Hershey It's a Small World: All About Midgets
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1934) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) Sochis 
[good sound copy, moderately shelfworn, some fading to cloth around edges of covers, very slight exposure of boards at bottom corners, dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket is pretty beat-up, with heavy edgewear, various tears and chips along top edge, old tape repair/reinforcement at both ends of spine, 2-inch split at bottom front foldover, etc.]. (B&W photographs) "A vivid, colorful record, telling every detail of the lives of midgets, from birth to death. It discusses the scientific basis for their diminutive stature, and the psychological and psychoanalytical consequences of their strange existence. The authors have spent years in collecting the material presented in this book, the first factual account of these fascinating and extraordinary folk." Illustrated with 32 photographs of little people, a number of them posing with various well-known big people: Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, J.P. Morgan, William S. Hart, Primo Carnera, President Warren G. Harding, etc. There are chapters devoted to Tom Thumb and the Singer Midgets, and to discussions of such topics as "Sex and the Midget," "Historical Midgets," and "Midgets in Love." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Nobody Lives Forever, Burnett, W.R.
4 Burnett, W.R. Nobody Lives Forever
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1943 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Gene Allen 
[attractive copy with light shelfwear to bottom edge, vintage price sticker on rear pastedown; jacket shows some wear at spine ends, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of rear panel]. "The adventures of a big-time swindler, who starts a carefully organized campaign to swindle a rich, unworldly widow and becomes entangled in a tragic situation impossible to foresee." Basis for the 1946 Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring John Garfield and Geraldine Fitzgerald. The film had a long gestation period: an original Burnett story by that title (although it's not clear that the plot was the same) was purchased by Warner Bros. in August 1941, and its upcoming production was announced to star Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan. According to Robin Smiley ("Firsts," January 2002), Burnett had finished the screenplay for the planned film by mid-1943, well before the book itself hit the shelves, and production was completed on the film in late 1944 by director Jean Negulesco, although "for some unknown reason" (Smiley) the studio didn't deign to release it until late 1946, purportedly after Garfield's star had ascended a bit after the success of MGM's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE. (There may be more to the delay than that, however; some deeper research is clearly called for.) 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women, Child, Theodore
5 Child, Theodore Wimples and Crisping-Pins; being studies in the coiffure and ornaments of women
New York Harper and Brothers 1895 (c.1894) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [slight bumping to bottom corners, light dampstaining to rear cover, minor stain at right edge of front cover; internally clean apart from some minor discoloration to endpapers; binding fully intact, top edge gilt] (full-page plates, line drawings) Historical survey of women's hairdos and bling throughout the ages. Contains chapters on Egypt, Asia, Athens, Rome, the Middle Ages, Florence, Venice, the Spanish Toque, the Eighteenth Century, and the Romantic Period, with a final chapter "On Jewelry and Ornaments." Frontispiece + 54 illustrations, a mixture of small line drawings and full-page plates. From the estate of legendary Hollywood makeup artist William Tuttle, with his stamped ownership signature on the front pastedown 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Betty Cornell's Teen-age Popularity Guide, Cornell, Betty
6 Cornell, Betty Betty Cornell's Teen-age Popularity Guide
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall Inc. 1958 (c.1953) 9th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Abbi Damerow 
[light wear to extremities, a couple of tiny dents in bottom edges of both covers; jacket lightly rubbed/soiled, a few tiny chips and tears in rear panel]. (pen & ink drawings; B&W photographs) The author endeavors to tell her readers "everything [she] learned as a teen-age model about good looks, grooming and personality . . . all my secrets of poise and glamour in one big book . . . to help YOU become the most popular girl in your set!" The book was reissued in 2014, and gained a sort of retro-appreciation for its Fifties-era tips on everything from hair/skin/figure problems to such topics as "What to Wear Where" and "On the Job." (Among the tips in the latter section: "Never treat a business office as if it were your personal boudoir." Harvey Weinstein, are you listening?) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Kept Woman, Delmar, Vina
7 Delmar, Vina Kept Woman
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1929) 1st Edition (unstated) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Arthur Hawkins Jr. 
[solid book, spine very slightly turned, some spotting/foxing to top edge of text block, vintage bookseller's label (City of Paris Book Shop, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket shows minor wear at extremities, light soiling to rear panel, a couple of tiny edge-nicks to rear panel]. In the same vein as the author's earlier books "Bad Girl" and "Loose Ladies" -- and sharing a similarly striking Arthur Hawkins Jr. jacket design -- this novel tells the story of "a lily of the field . . . the gin-buying, car-owning lady of leisure, a middle-class kept woman, who buys perfume at a dollar an ounce and feels as grand as an international adventuress who wangles a floating palace from her lover." These three novels were a collective sensation, not only making Delmar's reputation but also propelling her into a long and lucrative career supplying story material to Hollywood, in the form of plays, novels and original stories. (She only had a handful of actual screenwriting credits, but one of them was a doozy: the 1937 screwball comedy THE AWFUL TRUTH, directed by Leo McCarey and starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.) All three books were reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap and are relatively easy to find in those cheap editions, but jacketed copies of the Harcourt, Brace printings are much scarcer. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Zodiak, Eidlitz, Walther (translated from the German by Eric Sutton)
8 Eidlitz, Walther (translated from the German by Eric Sutton) Zodiak
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1931 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[nice solid copy, light soiling to bottom edge, internally clean; jacket is edgeworn, small piece missing at bottom right-hand corner of front panel, faint dampstain near top of front panel, nearly split along rear foldover, still quite attractive]. Futurist fantasy in which a young Greek war refugee, introduced to the wonders of modern machinery, works his way up from garage mechanic to member of an airline crew. This gets him mixed up with a mysterious American arms merchant, and he eventually finds himself a stowaway on a gigantic Russian airship (the "Zodiak") operated by the Militant Anti-God League, which (of course!) takes its marching, er, flying orders straight from Moscow, and whose mission, he discovers, is to blanket the world with Communist propaganda leaflets and thereby lay the groundwork for a World Revolution. The book appears to be chock-full of mystical symbolism and stuff (check the signs of the Zodiac on the jacket spine), and in its closing pages the author quotes that well-known mystic Henry Ford: "Shall we not some day reach a point where the machine is becomes all powerful and the man of no consequence?" Shall we not, indeed? 
Price: 225.00 USD
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There is Confusion, Fauset, Jessie Redmon
9 Fauset, Jessie Redmon There is Confusion
London Chapman and Hall Ltd 1924 First British Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice tight copy with minor shelfwear, soiling and foxing to edges of text block, tiny bump to top rear corner]. The first of Fauset's four novels, tracing the family histories of the Marshalls of New York and the Byes of Philadelphia, each of whom must come to terms with the interconnectedness of the black and white races within their families. Written in direct response to (and rebuttal of) T.S. Stribling's 1922 novel "Birthright," which she and other African-American intellectuals felt presented an unrealistic and stereotypical depiction of black life in America. As literary editor of the NAACP's magazine "The Crisis" from 1919 to 1926, Fauset was an influential figure of the Harlem Renaissance. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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It's a Living: A Personalized Collection of Jewish Humor, Feder, Mark
10 Feder, Mark It's a Living: A Personalized Collection of Jewish Humor
New York Bloch Publishing Company 1948 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very light shelfwear to book, spine just slightly turned; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, minor paper loss at top of spine, tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel]. (pen and ink drawings) "This is not a joke book," states the author in his Preface. "I prefer to call it a personalized collection of anecdotes and experiences directly related to my work as an itinerant story-teller." The author had a syndicated newspaper column called "Live & Laugh," and from about the time this book was published until 1972 he served as the drama director of the Jewish Community Center in Cleveland. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Jack Benny: An Intimate Biography [*SIGNED*], Fein, Irving A.
11 Fein, Irving A. Jack Benny: An Intimate Biography [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1976) 0-399-11640-0 / 9780399116407 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Cheryl Asherman Signed by Author
[minimal wear to book, spine very slightly turned; jacket has small tears and slight paper loss at all corners of spine, two short closed tears and associated horizontal crease at bottom of front panel, moderate wear at edges and corners]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For my dear old friends / ______ and ______ / With love and deep / affection for many years of / laughs -- and friendship -- / Irving / 5/2/76." "A warm and intimate portrait of the quintessential humorist of an age [by his] personal manager, and with an introduction by George Burns. It's all here -- the best anecdotes of a half century in show business, the enduring friendships with stars as well as everyday people, his long and happy marriage to Mary Livingstone." Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Pocahontas and the Elders: A Folkpiece in Four Acts, Geddes, Virgil
12 Geddes, Virgil Pocahontas and the Elders: A Folkpiece in Four Acts
Chapel Hill NC M.A. Abernethy 1933 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light shelfwear, very slight bumping to spine ends and bottom corners; jacket in nearly perfect condition, with just a small abrasion near top of spine, tiny smudge line on front panel]. Historically-based "folkpiece," probing "the motives of the people in America's first colonial settlement. From the familiar legend of Pocahontas, together with much unknown and previously unused material, [the playwright] has constructed a biting play: for America a new kind of historical play, pertinent in its irony and implications, very American, and a challenge to the theatre." Geddes, a native of Nebraska, was a poet and critic as well as a playwright; he spent some time in Paris in the 1920s, and after returning to the U.S. was very active in the American theatre scene, including a stint as co-director of the Federal Theater Project's experimental section. His best-known work as a playwright is probably "Native Ground" (a 3-play cycle), written in 1932 but most notably produced in New York by the WPA's Federal Theatre Project in 1937. (A flyer advertising that engagment, at the Venice Theatre, is laid in to this copy of the book.) 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Castrato, Goldman, Lawrence Louis
13 Goldman, Lawrence Louis The Castrato
New York The John Day Company (c.1973) 0-381-98232-7 / 9780381982324 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[spine very slightly turned, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, one-time owner's signature at top of ffep; jacket shows just light surface wear, thin black smudge across lower edge of spine]. "Set against the dazzling courts of Madrid and Vienna, the glamorous opera houses of London, Paris, and Rome, [this novel] is the story of Carlo Broschi, detta Farinelli, who actually was the most celebrated musical figure of his time. A male soprano with a bell-like voice which captivated men and women alike, Farinelli began life as a simple Italian peasant. The cruel mutilation which enabled him to sing in the choir of a Benedictine monastery preserved a voice of rare beauty -- a gift which would carry him from an obscure Italian conservatory to the heights of European society." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman, Grant, Barry Keith
14 Grant, Barry Keith Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman
Urbana/Chicago University of Illinois Press (c.1992) 0-252-06208-6 / 9780252062087 First Edition Softcover (softcover issue) Fine 
[nice as-new copy, no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In this close textual analysis of the cinematic ouevre of America's most innovative documentary filmmaker, [the author] argues that Frederick Wiseman's work is animated with a rare aesthetic intensity. [He] examines Wiseman's concerns with documenting institutional failure in his early films and his expansion of these ideas to cultural and psychological dimensions. He also pays particular attention to Wiseman's strategies for involving and implicating the spectator in the institutional processes." Includes: filmography; individual awards; retrospective screenings; selected bibliography; index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The First to Awaken, Hicks, Granville, with Richard M. Bennett
15 Hicks, Granville, with Richard M. Bennett The First to Awaken
New York Modern Age Books 1940 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[good sound copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight bumping to top corners; jacket edgeworn and moderately soiled, small chip at top front hinge, 2-inch tear and associated creasing at bottom of rear panel, light staining to flaps, etc.] "A novel of the year 2040," in which "a typical American of our time takes advantage of a scientific experiment to sleep for a century," and when he wakes up he discovers, among other things, that "he recognizes with satisfaction the triumph of human intelligence." (I wish I could think that that's the direction we're heading in, but in fact I think Mike Judge's 2006 film IDIOCRACY will prove to be a better prognostication of our future.) Hicks, an influential Marxist literary critic throughout the 1930s, famously broke with the Communist Party in 1939 over the Hitler-Stalin alliance, and declared himself a democratic socialist. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Preacher, Holmes, Garett
16 Holmes, Garett The Preacher
New York Robert Speller Publishing Corp. (c.1937) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "Werner"[?] 
[light shelfwear, rear hinge a little weak, mild age-toning to top edge of text block, small bookseller's stamp (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach) on front pastedown; jacket is edgeworn with a few tiny nicks, visible wear at spine extremities, shallow chip at top of front panel near spine]. Novel tracing the long life of sacrifice endured by a Baptist minister. He starts his career in a small rural community "whose inhabitants are as strange in their actions as they are in appearance and speech," and in which his tenure seems to consist largely of dealing with scandal, violence, madness and death (you know, typical small-town stuff). After twelve years, he moves on to another assignment, and in THAT town the main thing that seems to be going on is his son's coming under the romantic/sexual influence of a woman twenty years his senior; later, he goes off for some missionary duty in China and other foreign lands, finally returning home for a well-deserved retirement, only to witness, "this time in the circle of his immediate family, one more scene of madness and murder, marking a fitting finale to the sordid intrigues, the heartbreaks and the misery, that too often come with the acquisition of great wealth." (That last bit is a reference to his son, who's become a wealthy man in the interim, not the poor preacher-man himself.) This was apparently the only published novel by Garett Holmes (a woman, by the way), although the rear jacket blurb stated that she was "already at work on a sequel," which frankly is a little hard to imagine, given that (spoiler alert!) by the end of this book most of the interesting characters are dead. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Rivers to the Sea: An American Story [*SIGNED*], Hubbard, Lucien
17 Hubbard, Lucien Rivers to the Sea: An American Story [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1942) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Martinot Signed by Author
[light wear to extremities, slight deterioration of cloth at top of spine; jacket very browned at spine, minor paper loss at spine ends, a couple of other tiny nicks and tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For Frank, in / appreciation of a friendship / which means much to me / Lucien Hubbard / April 30, 1942." "Unashamed and unrepentant, [this novel] primarily tells a tale -- a tale of the Mississippi-Ohio rivers, with suspense, climaxes, and even such unfamiliar things as a hero and a villain. Frankly fictional, it is rooted deeply in American history." Set in 1811, it involves an adventurous journey downriver from Pittsburgh to New Orleans, where "the love story of the young hero at the two girls in his life reaches a surprising conclusion." Hubbard had been in the movie business since the late 1910s, transitioning from writer to producer along the way (his most famous credit, then and now, was as the producer of WINGS in 1927, although he had dozens of other credits), but by the time this novel (his first and only) appeared he was winding down his film career. Given his background and the circumstances, however, one can't help but wonder if this yarn, "based on the life of Nicholas Roosevelt and his first steamboat to puff down the Mississippi River," might have begun its life as a film project he couldn't get off the ground. In any event, it's pretty scarce. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Eff Off, Hutson, Sandy
18 Hutson, Sandy Eff Off
London Arlington Books 1969 0-7181-9076-9 / 9780718190767 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Salim Patell, Graphics Partners 
[minimal shelfwear, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows just a bit of wear at edges and extremities]. Kind of an British "Blackboard Jungle"/"Up the Down Staircase," with an idealistic teacher trying to cope with students in a "special school" who are "uniformly disturbed, ranging from the violently psychotic to the pathetic simpleton." The author, a native of Kansas, had had relevant teaching experience in both San Francisco (including as part of "a team of social workers dealing with juvenile delinquent Negro boys") and London, where she lived at the time of the publication of this, her first novel; her subsequent work seems to have been limited to a couple of paperback originals, circa 1980. This novel was the basis for the 1978 British film THE CLASS OF MISS MacMICHAEL, starring Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed. There were a couple of paperback printings (including a tie-in with the movie), but the original hardcover edition is very uncommon. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Farewell to Youth, Jameson, Storm
19 Jameson, Storm Farewell to Youth
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1928 First American Edition Hardcover Third Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[moderately shelfworn, light bumping to bottom corner, some dark smudging to spine cloth, one-time owner's signature on front and rear endpapers (the former on a small label which is affixed to the ffep); attractive stylized acket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, slight fading at spine]. A young fellow returns from the War to find his wife has been unfaithful while he was at the front, and now wants a divorce. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Broadway Melody [*SIGNED* by Anita Page], Lait, Jack; from the scenario by Edmund Goulding
20 Lait, Jack; from the scenario by Edmund Goulding The Broadway Melody [*SIGNED* by Anita Page]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1929) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[book is moderately shelfworn, with some soiling/spotting to the top edge; jacket has a couple of tiny chips at bottom of front panel, some wear and minor paper loss at top of spine, and also appears to be somewhat faded]. (8 B&W film stills) SIGNED by the film's co-star, Anita Page, on the title page. Photoplay Edition (and true first edition, a G&D original), a novelization of the backstage musical film that won the year's Academy Award as Best Picture. Depicting a thinly-veiled Ziegfeld Follies (the book's impresario is named "Joseph Zanfield," changed to "Francis Zanfield" in the film), this version of the yarn benefits from author Lait's breezy, proto-hardboiled prose style, which ages a little better on the page than the early-talkie creakiness of the film has on the screen. Illustrated with eight black-and-white stills from the M-G-M movie, which starred Charles King, Anita Page and Bessie Love, with the ever-popular Jed Prouty (later father "John Jones" in the Jones Family series) in support. (Laid in to the book is the program from a 1998 event at which Anita Page was present, and at which her autograph was obtained; at the time she was 88 years old (she would live to 98!), which accounts for the shakiness of the signature.) Signed by Actress 
Price: 75.00 USD
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