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Cab Calloway's Jive Jubilee of Songs; includes Cab Calloway's Original Jive Dictionary, (Calloway, Cab)
1 (Calloway, Cab) Cab Calloway's Jive Jubilee of Songs; includes Cab Calloway's Original Jive Dictionary
New York Mills Music, Inc. (c.1942) NO Unstated edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[minor wear along spine, slight curling at leading corners]. Collection of music and lyrics for 18 of Calloway's hit songs, including most of the tunes with which his name is usually associated: "Minnie the Moocher," "St. James Infirmary," "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal, You," "The Scat Song," etc. "Cab Calloway's Jive Dictionary," which was also published in a small pocket-size booklet, is here presented entirely on the inside rear cover, with a somewhat different selection of terms and definitions than in some of the smaller-format printings I've seen. (There are about 150 entries here, compared with about 200 in the other formats.) Sample entries in this compendium of etymological sublimity include: "GOT YOUR BOOTS ON -- you know what it is all about, you are wise"; "LAY YOUR RACKET -- To jive, to sell an idea"; "NEIGHO POPS" -- Nothing doing, pal"; "OFF TIME JIVE -- A sorry excuse, saying the wrong thing." This'll put you in the groove, baby! 
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Detective Fiction Weekly (December 17, 1932), (Carroll John Daly, et al.)
2 (Carroll John Daly, et al.) Detective Fiction Weekly (December 17, 1932)
New York The Red Star News Company 1932 (Vol. LXXII, No. 5) Magazine Good 
[a little chipping/paper loss along right edge of cover due to typical pulp cover extending a bit beyond the text block, a little soiling/darkening to bottom edge, small bit of spine covering missing at base of spine (no loss of spine text), light soiling to rear cover; pages still reasonably supple despite inevitable aging and toning]. Novelettes: "Satan's Creed" (Carroll John Daly); "The Crimson Coffin," featuring Kong Gai (Sidney Herschel Small). Short stories: "A Personal Question" (J. Lane Linklater); "Cops 'n' Robbers" (Robert H. Rohde); "Two Hours of Darkness" (John Reid Byers); "The Ticking Package" (John H. Thompson); "Without Trace" (John Hunter). Serial: "The Ring of Eyes," Part 4 of 5 (Hulbert Footner). True stories: "Illustrated Crimes: The Murder Done to Music" (Paul Berdanier); "Mystery of the Poisoned Ale" (Richard Wilmer Rowan). The "Flashes from Readers" column profiles contributor John H. Thompson. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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They Have Bodies: A Realistic Novel in Eleven Chapters and Three Acts, Allen, Barney (pseud. for Sol Allen)
3 Allen, Barney (pseud. for Sol Allen) They Have Bodies: A Realistic Novel in Eleven Chapters and Three Acts
New York The Macaulay Company 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "Light." 
[book shows only minor wear at extremities, generally clean and sound; jacket edgeworn and scuffed, with various small nicks and closed tears, some diagonal creasing across top and bottom sections of front panel]. Rare novel about upper-class Toronto residents, "the Canadian smart set" -- "hard-drinking, fast-living colonials [who] present a social group as passionate and tense as those unforgettable characters so familiar to the readers of Somerset Maugham." (Morley Callaghan's name and style are also evoked by the name-dropping blurb-writer.) "A new kind of novel," it's called, "daring and colorfully written," but it didn't go down smoothly in Canada itself: it was censored by the Toronto Police Department for its sexual explicitness, and given a critical reception that ranged from outright hostility to simple bewilderment. The narrative structure, as indicated by the book's subtitle, involves groups of prose chapters (some of which are written in a kind of fragmented, stream-of-consciousness style) alternating with the dialogue-only style of a playscript. The book has been posited by at least one latter-day critic as having been at the forefront of an aborted Canadian avant-garde/modernist literature, combining "James Joyce's free indirect discourse with Virginia Woolf's steam-of-consciousness" into a text that was "visually distinct from all Canadian prose until well into the 1960s," and with some Freudian influences thrown in for good measure. Allen went on to write a few more, less experimental novels, occasionally published pseudonymously, e.g. "The Woman's Doctor" (Macaulay, 1933). OCLC shows only seven copies, all in Canadian libraries. 
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The Journey Down [*SIGNED* with laid-in ephemera], Bernstein, Aline
4 Bernstein, Aline The Journey Down [*SIGNED* with laid-in ephemera]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1938 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (book design and typography) W.A. Dwiggins Signed by Author
[book covers very lightly soiled along bottom edges, otherwise a tight clean book with no significant wear; jacket shows some wear and a number of nicks and tiny tears along top edge, 1-1/2" closed but slightly ragged tear at bottom of front panel, some visible wear at corners and edges but nothing too obnoxious]. SIGNED by the author on a tipped-in limitation page, beneath this statement: "This copy of the first edition of The Journey Down is one of 700 copies signed by the author for friends of Borzoi Books." Laid in are two items of related ephemera: a short biographical sketch of the author; and a two-page "Memorandum from Mr. Knopf," dated January 18, 1938, regarding the book. Bernstein's fictionalized depiction of her five-year affair (1925-1929) with then-budding novelist Thomas Wolfe, and its devastating (for her) aftermath; by most accounts, she never got over having been dumped by Wolfe after the publication of his debut novel "Look Homeward, Angel," the creation of which had been nurtured by her encouragement and financial support, and which in fact was dedicated to her. The literary merits of her novel notwithstanding, as a psychological-self-portrait it's a rip-snorter -- and all the more poignant when one contemplates the fact that Wolfe was still alive at the time of its publication. (He would die in September of the same year, with Mrs. Bernstein unable to visit him as he lay dying, to her eternal regret.) Contemporary reviewers understandably tiptoed around the book's obvious roman-a-clefness: Kirkus Reviews called it "evidently autobiographical," derided it as "a segment of [the author's] inner life, set down rather hysterically," and sniffed that "many will feel it in questionable taste." The New York Times was a little more circumspect (but no more complimentary), opining that it "can be described as a novel at all only because we call any piece of prose writing over 150 pages in length a novel, if it is not set forth as fact," and characterizing its account of the central love affair as "entirely one-sided and, as far as the reader is concerned, virtually unintelligible." (They did give the author props for her "remarkable eye for physical detail -- for the shape and appearance of a room, the look of a costume down to its last bead and ribbon," etc. -- which was either a backhanded compliment or a bit of politely veiled advice for her to stick to her primary career as a scenic designer for the stage.) This is all going to get much more interesting with the release of the upcoming film GENIUS, about the relationship between Wolfe and Bernstein (to be portrayed by Jude Law and Nicole Kidman) in the context of the former's association with his editor, Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth). And if the movie's a hit, this book will retrospectively look like a pretty good bargain. Signed by Author 
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Darkness at Noon [*SIGNED*], Carlisle, Harry
5 Carlisle, Harry Darkness at Noon [*SIGNED*]
New York Horace Liveright 1931 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sugar Signed by Author
[very slight bumping/cracking to bottom corners, otherwise a very nice copy with only minimal shelfwear; jacket edgeworn, especially along spine joints, miscellaneous creasing, a few small tears, minor paper loss at spine corners]. INSCRIBED to the noted film star Richard Arlen and his wife ("Dick and Joby Arlen") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally DATED in his hand Mar. 24, 1931. The author's only book (at least that we know about), a novel derived from his own experiences as a coal miner in England. As explained in the jacket bio, and further confirmed by the inscription, by the time he wrote this book he had relocated to America, where he worked at a string of jobs including "motion-picture reader [and] ghost-writer (scenarios and several novels)," all before the ripe old age of 33. (He doesn't appear to have ever received any screen credits, but this copy of the book has a little extra Hollywood provenance: on the rear pastedown is a label from the famous Stanley Rose Book Shop. And "Joby," by the way, was actress Jobyna Ralston, married to Richard Arlen from 1927 to 1945.) [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused at our website, which you'll have to figure out how to find yourself. Many of the items can only be seen in that catalog, i.e. are not listed on whatever website you're viewing this.] Signed by Author 
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Dawn Beloved, Devanny, Jean
6 Devanny, Jean Dawn Beloved
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1928) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[light shelfwear, slight deterioration to binding at spine ends, small vintage label on front pastedown; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, some wrinkling/creasing in front panel]. The third novel by this New Zealand-born writer (1894-1962), who later 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. This book, "a powerful study of the development of a woman's personality in a remote New Zealand 'bushtown'," like most of Devanny's fiction, is concerned with the economic and sexual relationships between men and women in marriage, the importance of motherhood to a woman's concept of herself, a woman's right to the free expression of her sexual desires, and issues of left-wing politics. Her first novel, "The Butcher Shop," had been banned in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and parts of the U.S.; in 1929 she moved with her family to Australia, where she was deeply involved with the Communist Party until she was expelled in 1941, ostensibly for "moral degeneracy." She later lamented that her devotion to the Party and its causes had prevented her from realizing her full potential as a writer (although she did publish over a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction). 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Werewolf of Paris, Endore, Guy
7 Endore, Guy The Werewolf of Paris
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1933) 4th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) de Koven 
[spine slightly turned, minor soiling to covers and edges of text block, bottom front corner lightly bumped, a touch of fraying at bottom extremities, small circular "W" stamped on ffep (a private ownership mark), a couple of code numbers stamped in blue ink on rear fep; jacket moderately edgeworn, with an unfortunately large chip at top of spine, extending from the front hinge across the spine to about 1-1/4" into the rear panel (and taking a good part of the spine title with it), also another thumnail-size chip at top of rear panel]. Horror tale of "one who was a man by day but a ravenous beast by night, a creature from the hideous depths of demonology," set in 19th-century France. Undoubtedly the best-known novel by Endore, a sometime-screenwriter who was blacklisted in the 1950s, it occupies something of the same position in werewolf literature as does Stoker's "Dracula" in the vampire genre -- and in fact it explicitly makes a bid to trump the earlier book in its jacket blurb: "Dracula was a vampire -- but Bertrand was a werewolf!" The book served as the basis of the 1961 Hammer film CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (with Oliver Reed in his hairiest role), which was in turn remade (without attribution to the novel) as LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF in 1975. According to a slug at the top of the front jacket flap, the book was already into its "Fourth Large Printing in Ten Days" -- but fourth printing notwithstanding, examples of the Farrar & Rinehart dust jacket are very very (very) scarce. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Billion Dollar Baby [*SIGNED*], Greene, Bob
8 Greene, Bob Billion Dollar Baby [*SIGNED*]
New York Atheneum 1974 0-689-10616-5 / 9780689106163 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin Signed by Author
[spine slightly turned, light shelfwear to bottom edge, minor bumping/cracking at corners (top and bottom), a couple of tiny ink spots on fore-edge; jacket bright and clean, with just a handful of faint wrinkles and puckers here and there]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the 2nd ffep, to (of all people) the iconoclastic American composer Alec Wilder. Greene's riveting chronicle of his several weeks on the road with the Alice Cooper band during late 1973, as they were riding the wave of their greatest commercial success, their "Billion Dollar Babies" album, and provoking middle-class outrage throughout the land with their outrageous faux-violent stage theatrics, which employed eye-popping special effects and props such as decapitated baby dolls. (The climactic highlight of the band's shows during this period was Alice's mock execution by guillotine.) The book was notable for its warts-and-all behind-the-scenes depiction of the rock life, including "the sexuality, the titillation of forbidden pleasures, the triumph of money over taste," in a "world of marathon recording sessions in New York studios, of dope and liquor and lavish hotel suites and thousands of fans screaming your name and nocturnal raps on the door from teen-age girls who adore you; a world of charter flights on luxurious private jets, of conniving and cruelty and planned outrage." Included is a harrowing account of a Toledo, Ohio, concert at which the unruly behavior of the audience (depicted by Greene as pretty much an all-out attack on the band) forced the band to abandon the stage just ten minutes into the concert. It's also worth noting that among the participants in the 1973-1974 tour was magician James Randi (aka The Amazing Randi), who designed and built the aforementioned guillotine and operated it onstage as Cooper's "executioner." Very hard to find these days (even the paperback edition sells for $100+), all the more so signed, and especially with an inscription that provides something of a "bridge" between two musicians (Cooper and Wilder) from quite different worlds. Signed by Author 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Call Me Duke, Grey, Harry
9 Grey, Harry Call Me Duke
New York Crown Publishers, Inc. (c.1955) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Ben Feder Associates 
[top corners slightly bumped, no other significant wear; jacket edgeworn, rubbing and wrinkling at spine ends, a couple of closed tears at top of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. "A novel about the Private Detective racket," with a protagonist, Duke Romero, whose motto is: "Dough, women and action are what I want." It's a pretty good racket, too, until he runs afoul of "Noodles the Hood" -- also a character in Grey's more famous book, "The Hoods" (which was the basis, some years later, for Sergio Leone's film ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA). 
Price: 400.00 USD
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The Courier: A Travel Romance [*SIGNED*], Howell, Charles Fish
10 Howell, Charles Fish The Courier: A Travel Romance [*SIGNED*]
New York Greenberg: Publisher (c.1936) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Samuel Bernard Schaeffer Signed by Author
[spine very slightly turned, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket lightly faded at spine, faint soiling to front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To L. Alexander Mack, / as a souvenir of many years / of work and play with the author, / Chas. F. Howell --- / New York, August 24, 1936." Intermingled love story and travelogue, combining "an intelligently conducted tour through the [British] Isles" with the tale of a young American tourist who convinces her traveling companion that they should hire a handsome young Irishman as their courier (guide) on their jaunt through England, Ireland, and Wales, and gets (not unpleasantly) more than she bargained for. The author (1868-1943) was primarily a newspaperman who (per his NYTimes obit) specialized in insurance and marine topics, but he was also quite the traveler, and had previously published at least two books in that vein, "Around the Clock in Europe: A Travel-Sequence" (1912) and "An Irish Ramble" (1929); the present book, apparently his only excursion into fiction, was described by a contemporary critic as "a romanticized Baedeker." Signed by Author 
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The Spider's Palace, and Other Stories, Hughes, Richard
11 Hughes, Richard The Spider's Palace, and Other Stories
New York Harper & Brothers 1932 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by George Charlton 
[spine cloth somewhat dulled and faded, minor wear to extremities, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket has an angled closed tear across the top of the spine (unobtrusive), and five vertical creases, one in each flap, one down the middle of the spine and one down the middle of both the front and rear panel; all these issues taken together suggest to me that for some length of time the jacket was removed, folded, and stored inside the book (this would also account of the dulled spine cloth)]. (color plates, line drawings) The very scarce second book by the author of "The Innocent Voyage" (better known as "High Wind in Jamaica"), a collection of twenty stories "already famous among the children of the author's own circle, to whom they were told aloud -- impromptu -- in the first instance, and at whose demand they were eventually written down." One critic has characterized them as "dreamlike vignettes, mostly involving children, animals, toys, or some combination thereof. They are fairy tales—things come to life, people turn into dolls, there are castles in the sky. But they are not, quite; they are a little too absurd." 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Jeanne, Kenyon, Theda
12 Kenyon, Theda Jeanne
New York Ives Washburn 1928 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "JJ" 
[nice clean tight copy, minor bumping at spine ends, no other significant wear; jacket has short tears at several corners, a few nicks and tiny tears at spine ends, small chip at bottom of rear panel, diagonal crease in rear flap]. Historical romance about Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc). "Saint, or Witch -- or a girl like other girls? Here is her love-story, founded on history; she moves among great people and great events, unconscious of them except as a background for her romance. Many sidelights are given on the character of the Maid: her home-life, the breach of promise suit, her part in the Witch-Revels of Domrémy." (Because Joan was apparently much more of a fun chick than the broad outlines of her standard bio would suggest.) And yet, "finally, what changed the inspired Maid of Orleans into the broken girl in a ragged red witch-dress who went to the stake?" I sure don't have a clue, but would it be tasteless of me to observe that that red dress is HOT!? 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Harbor Nights [*SIGNED*], Klemmer, Harvey
13 Klemmer, Harvey Harbor Nights [*SIGNED*]
Philadelphia/London J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1937) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design and endpaper illus.) Paul Galdone 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, a little irregular fading to cloth along front joint; jacket shows some edgewear, very slight paper loss at a few corners, small chip at top right corner of rear panel, light soiling to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front pastedown: "To / Bill Finneran, who has the / hardest job of all -- selling these / 'Nights.' / Harvey Klemmer / NYC - Sept. 2, 1937." The author's story of "the most interesting side of a sailor's life -- his experiences ashore. [The book] reads like a novel, but it is the true story of the author's experiences from the age of seventeen when he left a small mid-western town and went to sea." Klemmer had been a journalist earlier in his life, but the same year this book was published he moved on to another career -- as an advisor to Joseph P. Kennedy and subsequently a globe-trotting U.S. diplomat. His association with Kennedy began when the latter was chairman of the U.S. Maritime Commission, and Klemmer stuck with him when he was named U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain; this launched Klemmer on a long career with the U.S. State Department, traveling to assignments around the world; later in life he served as an advisor or consultant to many foreign governments. "I loved this book!" -- Gayle Williamson. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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White Hell of Pity, Lofts, Norah
14 Lofts, Norah White Hell of Pity
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1937 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "Quill"[?] 
[light shelfwear, tiny nick in cloth at bottom edge of front cover, no other significant wear; jacket moderately edgeworn]. "The touching story of a young English girl who fought bravely to rise above her environment," and from all accounts a real downer. Full disclosure and spoiler alert: I haven't read it, but my research tells me it ends badly for our heroine, who has a miserable life, eventually contracting tuberculosis and committing suicide. According to the jacket blurb, in her early life she "fled to her teacher, a woman who had been kind to her and had taught her the magic of books and the beauty of nature" -- which sounds nice, but apparently becomes a source of her later unhappiness, as a result of having been educated "above her station." (This relationship with the teacher may also signal a lesbian angle, as everybody knows that lesbians in novels of the period were inevitably sensitive and miserable.) An early book by Lofts, her second novel following a story collection, "I Met a Gypsy," which won a National Book Award in the U.S. and gave her career a boost; she eventually wrote more than fifty books, specializing in historical fiction and (under a pseudonym) mystery novels. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Men Are Like Street Cars, Lorimer, Graeme and Sarah
15 Lorimer, Graeme and Sarah Men Are Like Street Cars
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1934 "New Edition" Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Irving Nurick 
[minor wear to cloth at base of spine, otherwise very nice; jacket has a tiny chip at top of spine (just barely affecting the "n" in "Men"), light soiling to rear panel]. The first of the "Maudie" books, featuring then-16-year-old Maudie Mason, "the perfect sub-deb of the 1930s." ("Sub-deb," in case you're wondering, is a slangy abbreviation for "sub-debutante," i.e. a girl in her mid-teens who is approaching her debut into society -- not quite but oh-so-close, you might say.) Originally published in 1932, it was such a hit that the publisher issued this "New Edition," in uniform with the second book in the series, "Stag Line," published in 1934, and incorporating one story ("Return Engagement") that wasn't in the 1932 edition. Two more books would follow, "Heart Specialist" (1935) and "First Love, Farewell" (1940), and soon thereafter a radio adaptation went on the air, although it lasted barely a year, from August 1941 through September 1942. The Lorimers, a husband-and-wife writing team who had both come from Main Line Philadelphia families, had introduced Maudie and her sub-debby exploits in the pages of the Ladies' Home Journal. Irving Nurick, who did the jackets for the book series, had also illustrated the magazine stories and had a long and successful career depicting pretty young things like Maudie. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Greenery Street, Mackail, Denis
16 Mackail, Denis Greenery Street
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1925 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minor shelfwear to bottom edge, light dust-soiling to top page edges, vintage bookseller's label (Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket rubbed and edgeworn, with a few small nicks and tears, one-inch closed tear at top of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. "The humors and small tragedies, the struggles and adjustments of the first years of married life [are] exemplified in the lives of a quartet of attractive young married people," living on "a street of small houses in the good part of one of the worst ends of London." The primary young couple are Ian and Felicity Foster, who figured in two follow-up books by Mackail, "Tales from Greenery Street" (1928) and "Ian and Felicity" (1932). A prolific and successful writer between the World Wars, Mackail's notoriety was eventually eclipsed by that of his older sister, the novelist Angela Thirkell -- although he's gotten some posthumous respect (and to judge from the blogosphere, a bit of a new fan base) thanks to the rediscovery and republication of "Greenery Street" by Persephone Books in 2002. (This probably accounts somewhat for the scarcity of original printings of the book in the present-day marketplace -- indeed, the difficulty of securing any of Mackail's works from the 1920s, especially in collectable condition and with their original jackets.) 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Stepping High, Markey, Gene
17 Markey, Gene Stepping High
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1929 NO Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj, endpapers, illustrations) JAY (Jeanette Warmuth) 
[a nice tight clean book, with just a slight bump to the top right corner; jacket colorful and attractive, with only some mild abrasions at top of spine]. (line drawings) This showbiz romance about "Benny Darrell and Flo Sloane, two 'hoofers' who are transported by sudden success from a cheap Broadway theatrical hotel to a country place on Long Island, is a tale of their adventures in society." Markey was an author, screenwriter and producer who was a popular Hollywood figure in the 1930s and 1940s -- so popular, in fact, that he managed to marry not one, not two, but three gorgeous actresses in succession: Joan Bennett, Hedy Lamarr and Myrna Loy. He also served with some distinction in the U.S. Navy during World War II, eventually rising to the rank of Rear Admiral. [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused in full at our website. (Not everything in that catalog is listed on whatever site you're seeing this.)] 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Potters: An American Comedy, McEvoy, J.P.
18 McEvoy, J.P. The Potters: An American Comedy
Chicago The Reilly & Lee Co. (c.1924) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) John H. Striebel 
[good solid copy, slight bumping to a couple of corners, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket soiled but not excessively so, slight raggedness along bottom edge, small red smudge on front flap, a couple of tiny tears, some old internal tape-repair to verso of jacket, but with no detectable bleed-through]. (nine B&W photographs) Published text of the hit play by this noted American humorist, largely forgotten today, whose somewhat acidic take on middle-class American strivers had originated as a Sunday newspaper feature (drawn by John H. Striebel, who also did the jacket illustration) in the Chicago Tribune circa 1920. (The two later collaborated on the more famous and long-running strip "Dixie Dugan.") The Broadway version followed in late 1923, and its success led to a collaboration between McEvoy and another great American native humorist, W.C. Fields. Fields, having recently scored his own stage success in "Poppy," had already begun to turn his attention to his nascent movie career, but even though he already had one foot out the door at the Ziegfeld Follies, where he had been a headliner since 1915, he got together with McEvoy (under Ziegfeld's aegis) to write a funnies-inspired revue called "The Comic Supplement." The result, in 1925, was a rather resounding flop, but did no permanent damage to either man's career, and things came full circle when Paramount decided to make a film of "The Potters" in 1927 and cast Fields in the role of Pa Potter (played in the original production by Donald Meek). 
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Touch Me Not: Four Writs of a Curt Picaresque, McHugh, Vincent
19 McHugh, Vincent Touch Me Not: Four Writs of a Curt Picaresque
New York Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[book is clean and minimally shelfworn, slightly bumped at top of spine, a bit of offsetting at endpapers; jacket lightly browned at spine and along edges, tiny tears and very minor paper loss at a few corners]. Very scarce first novel by this poet/novelist, who later served as editor in chief of the New York office of the Federal Writers Project and as a staff writer for The New Yorker. "This is an undiluted love story in which the young man's clean and savage quest of the girl stands sharp and clear above its setting without the complications of family or concern for the future to obscure its poignancy. It reveals the emotion of first love, felt with the sensitiveness and beauty which can never come again; love isolated from the world as few novelists have been able to isolate it. The novel is told in three sections representing the power of the dramatic struggle between the girl who is still afraid of life and refuses to answer to its call and the youth who wishes to fling himself to any fate in the pursuit of beauty." His subsequent novel, "Caleb Catlum's America," is often cited as an influence on Robert Heinlein; his best-known book is probably "I Am Thinking of My Darling" (1943), which was filmed in 1968 as WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT FEELING GOOD? 
Price: 400.00 USD
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The Newlyweds and their Baby's Comic Pictures for Painting and Crayoning, McManus, Geo.
20 McManus, Geo. The Newlyweds and their Baby's Comic Pictures for Painting and Crayoning
Akron/New York/Chicago The Saalfield Publishing Co. (c.1917, 1907) NO Stiff wrappers Very Good+ Illustrated by George McManus, Albert George Carmichael 
[moderate edgewear to covers, internally Fine except for the expected and inevitable age-toning to the pages]. (cartoon strips and panels) A remarkably well-preserved example of this rare vintage coloring book (OCLC reports only four library holdings), containing mostly undated reprints of George McManus's newspaper comic strip, "The Newlyweds," generally considered the first American "family" strip. Created by the then 20-year-old McManus for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World in 1904, the strip ran for twelve years, at various times as both a daily and Sunday feature; when McManus left the World for the New York American (a Hearst paper), he began a new strip called "Their Only Child" ("a perfect clone," in the words of one historian), while "The Newlyweds" continued in the World, drawn by Albert George Carmichael. Dating the strips in the book would be a major research task, not helped by the mishmash of dates provided: the 1917 date is on the front cover; the title page reads: "Copyrighted 1907 by the Press Publishing Co."; and several of the individual color strips bear a 1916 copyright date, also credited to the "Press Publishing Co. (N.Y. World)." All appear to all be Sunday strips, although some are in B&W (for "coloring-in" purposes, I suppose) and others in color, and despite McManus's sole by-line on the title page, Carmichael's work is also well-represented. (On quite a few, either McManus's or Carmichael's signature is visible; generally speaking, the color versions appear to be by Carmichael and the B&W ones by McManus.) To my eyes, the 1917 publication date signals the publishers' attempt to wring a few more drops of revenue out of a feature that had ended the previous year; the seemingly anomalous 1907 copyright date would seem related to the "birth date" of baby Snookums (yes, that was his name), who was introduced into the strip in that year. [Either that or it's just a "holdover" from an earlier book incarnation, "The Newlyweds and Their Baby," published the same year by the New York World, but not to be confused with the present volume.] But relax: it's not so much a collection (let alone a chronicle) as it is a sampler of "The Newlyweds," and as such is utterly charming. McManus's most successful and best-remembered strip, "Bringing Up Father" (aka "Jiggs & Maggie"), debuted in 1913 and had an amazing 87-year run -- outliving its creator by 46 years! 
Price: 700.00 USD
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