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Detective Fiction Weekly (December 17, 1932), (Carroll John Daly, et al.)
1 (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. 
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They Have Bodies: A Realistic Novel in Eleven Chapters and Three Acts, Allen, Barney (pseud. for Sol Allen)
2 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
3 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. [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused at our website. 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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Darkness at Noon [*SIGNED*], Carlisle, Harry
4 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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The Werewolf of Paris, Endore, Guy
5 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. [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: 650.00 USD
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Billion Dollar Baby [*SIGNED*], Greene, Bob
6 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 
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Call Me Duke, Grey, Harry
7 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). 
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The Courier: A Travel Romance [*SIGNED*], Howell, Charles Fish
8 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." [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.)] Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Spider's Palace, and Other Stories, Hughes, Richard
9 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." [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.)] 
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Jeanne, Kenyon, Theda
10 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
11 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. [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: 150.00 USD
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White Hell of Pity, Lofts, Norah
12 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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Greenery Street, Mackail, Denis
13 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
14 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.
15 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
16 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.
17 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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Turbott Wolfe, Plomer, William
18 Plomer, William Turbott Wolfe
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company (c.1926) NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Winold Reiss 
[extremely light bumping to a couple of corners, no other significant wear, vintage price sticker and bookseller's label (from the famous San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket has shallow chipping along bottom edge (both panels and spine), also a bit at the upper corners, and the rear flap, which had been detached, has been expertly re-attached by a professional paper conservator]. Plomer's remarkable debut novel, published when he was just 23, deals with "the experiences of an over-sensitive Englishman in Africa -- Africa with its burning sun, luxuriant vegetation, its superstition, and the cruelty and stupidity of its white invaders," with its title character described by one latter-day critic as "a bizarre combination of Gatsby and Prufrock (and a possible genius)." When the book was reprinted a decade ago, Nadine Gordimer declared in a new introduction that it is "an inexplicable lapse on the part of literary scholars and critics that 'Turbott Wolfe' is not recognised as a pyrotechnic presence in the canon of renegade colonialist literature along with Conrad.” It caused a furor in South Africa upon its publication (by Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press), for its frank depiction of interracial love, and for daring to criticize the country's whites and their supposed benevolence toward the black population. Although born in South Africa, Plomer spent most of his childhood in England before returning with his family to the country (a British dominion until 1931), where he eventually became involved (with Laurens van der Post and Roy Campbell) in the short-lived magazine "Voorslag" ("Whiplash"), through which they intended to agitate in favor of racial equality. Local outrage over that publication and "Turbott Wolfe" itself led to Plomer's departure from South Africa in 1926; after several years in Japan, he returned to England, where his friendship with the Woolfs facilitated his acceptance into the British literary establishment. Although he wrote relatively little fiction other than short stories after 1934, he was a prolific reviewer, poet and essayist, and had a good deal of influence as the chief reader for publisher Jonathan Cape. He also collaborated (as librettist on several works) with composer Benjamin Britten, and published two autobiographies. The American edition of this landmark novel is much less common than the original Hogarth Press issue, and boasts a colorful dust jacket designed by Winold Reiss, a German-born American artist and graphic designer whose work showed the influence of Native American art and culture. [PLEASE NOTE that the rear jacket flap has been reattached by a professional paper conservator.] 
Price: 600.00 USD
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The Dozen and One: A Field Guide to the Books of Jim Tully, Prouty, Howard
19 Prouty, Howard The Dozen and One: A Field Guide to the Books of Jim Tully
Los Angeles ReadInk 2012 NO First Edition Stapled wraps Fine 
[brand-new, in perfect condition]. (color and B&W photographs) A survey of the published books of Ohio-born writer Jim Tully (1886-1947), precursor of the hard-boiled school of American letters -- a household name in his heyday (the 1920s and 1930s) yet almost completely forgotten today. This handsome 20-page booklet contains a full-page color photo and a brief blurb for each of Tully's thirteen books, many of which were fictionalized versions of his own rough-and-tumble early life or of his colorful Irish-American family. Tully's journalistic work appeared in many popular magazines of the day, such as "Vanity Fair" and "The American Mercury" (H.L. Mencken was one of his major boosters), and he also maintained a parallel career as one of the most insightful writers of celebrity profiles, including among his subjects many Hollywood figures such as his one-time employer Charlie Chaplin (who successfully prevented Tully from publishing a full-length biography of him that he believed to be insufficiently adulatory). Also covered briefly are the two films based on Tully books, BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) and LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933), as well as paperback editions and recent reissues of his work. A very useful introduction to a writer who should be at least half as well known as such contemporaries as James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett. Issued in a limited printing of 200 hand-numbered copies. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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A Strong Man Needed, Richardson, Maurice
20 Richardson, Maurice A Strong Man Needed
New York Horace Liveright, Inc. (c.1932) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[spine just a bit turned, small dent in top edge of front cover, minor fraying at spine ends; jacket bright and attractive in spite of a bit of irregular fading along the spine and a touch of creasing at top of spine]. The first novel by this English journalist and short-story writer, a rather self-consciously "madcap" satire: the jacket blurb promises "amazing swoops of cuckoo fun and general insanities, and at the same time grand satire and a healthy if absurd romance." The wackiness centers around the Cadwallows, who in addition to being "one of the noblest and nuttiest families in England" also happen to be teetering on the brink of impoverishment. Potential salvation from their financial plight arrives in the person of Miss Wilhelmina Harkaway, known as "Bill," a nine-foot-tall giantess who has been brought from Australia by the family's youngest son. She is readily adopted by the Cadwallow clan, and with the patronage of a wealthy (and even more eccentric) friend, a scheme is hatched to launch her on a prizefighting career, and thereby reap a fortune. (This isn't due to any discernible skill on her part in that regard, or even to any inherent combativeness in her nature -- she's really quite a nice young lady of nineteen -- but simply because, well, it's that kind of book.) Not surprisingly, her enormous size and commensurate strength permits her to defeat all challengers, and in no time at all she becomes a somewhat freakish celebrity, even at one point going on an American tour. The human-freak-boxing angle is of interest, as the author did a little amateur boxing himself as a young man and later garnered praise for a series of short fantasy stories about a "dwarf surrealist boxer" named Engelbrecht. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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