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Loose Leaves, Dayton, Katharine
1 Dayton, Katharine Loose Leaves
Garden City NY Doubleday, Page & Company 1923 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[a very nice copy, light wear to bottom edge, slight dust-soiling to page edges; jacket shows light wear at extremities, one tiny tear and associated crease at top left-hand corner of front panel]. The author's first book, a collection of essays about contemporary American culture, "a rollicking kaleidoscope of modern life." Several are about opera (she had a bit of a musical career herself, it seems, before becoming a writer and regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post), and a number are in the form of little playlets. (Her father had been a Hearst editor, and she later became a Washington correspondent, which led to her collaboration with George S. Kaufman on the 1935 play "First Lady," about the capital's "social lobby.") 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Approaching Oblivion: Road Signs on the Treadmill Toward Tomorrow [*SIGNED*], Ellison, Harlan
2 Ellison, Harlan Approaching Oblivion: Road Signs on the Treadmill Toward Tomorrow [*SIGNED*]
New York Walker and Company 1974 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Diane and Leo Dillon 
[very nice copy, faint soiling to top page edges; extremely minor handling wear to jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page, "To my pal, George, who taught me everything I know"; additionally dated "12 March 1988, Los Angeles." Eleven previously uncollected stories by Ellison "at the peak of his volcanic form," per the jacket blurb. Foreword by Michael Crichton. The inscribee was screenwriter George Kirgo, president of the Writers Guild of America-West from 1987 to 1991; Kirgo and Ellison met when they were both working on the Paramount lot in 1964, and remained close until Kirgo's death forty years later. (Kirgo contributed the Foreword to "Watching," Ellison's 1989 collection of film reviews and essays.) 
Price: 150.00 USD
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An Alphabet for Gourmets, Fisher, M.F.K.
3 Fisher, M.F.K. An Alphabet for Gourmets
New York The Viking Press 1949 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by Marvin Bileck 
(price-clipped) [shelfworn but solid book, stray thin pen mark on bottom page edges; jacket is serviceable but well-worn, faded at spine and edges of front panel, tape-repaired at spine ends, various creases and small tears, etc.] (line drawings) Writing in her usual "subtle and very personal manner of the pleasures of food and drink," here Fisher adopts an alphabetical approach, with the letters serving "as pegs for a variety of subjects ranging all the way from feeding one's children to dinners deux," with recipes appended to the end of each chapter. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen [*SIGNED*], Hiaasen, Carl (edited by Diana Stevenson)
4 Hiaasen, Carl (edited by Diana Stevenson) Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen [*SIGNED*]
Gainesville University Press of Florida (c.1999) 0-8130-1717-3 / 9780813017174 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[good solid copy, very light soiling to page edges, no significant wear; jacket a bit rubbed]. INSCRIBED ("For _______ -- / Best wishes!") and SIGNED by Hiaasen on the title page. A selection of the popular author's Miami Herald columns from 1985-1998, "written with the same dark humor and satirical edge" as his best-selling novels. "Known for evoking the disastrously flawed paradise of modern South Florida, Hiaasen proves in these columns that facts can indeed be stranger than the fiction they inspire." Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Sugar and Spite [*SIGNED*], Jackson, Mike
5 Jackson, Mike Sugar and Spite [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1964 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[bottom rear corner bumped, no other significant wear; jacket shows minor edge- and surface-wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A collection of short pieces, "free-wheeling commentary on the vagaries and verities of our untidy times," apparently repurposed newspaper columns from the author's contributions to the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Laguna Beach Post. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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We Need One Another, Lawrence, D.H.
6 Lawrence, D.H. We Need One Another
New York Equinox Cooperative Press 1933 (c.1930) NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by John P. Heins 
[no discernible wear to book; jacket has minor paper loss at top of spine, minor wrinkling/staining to front panel]. (drawings) "A profoundly true and beautiful exposition of the spiritual as well as the physical relations between the sexes." With an introductory note by Henry Hart. Small volume containing two untitled essays, originally published in the May 1930 issue Scribner's Magazine, hence the 1930 copyright date. The three illustrations in the text -- including one of a nude couple embracing, and one of a fully-frontal nude woman -- were quite risque for the day. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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London's Essays of Revolt, London, Jack (edited with introduction by Leonard D. Abbott)
7 London, Jack (edited with introduction by Leonard D. Abbott) London's Essays of Revolt
New York Vanguard Press 1928 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[very slight deterioration to cloth along bottom edge, minor bumping/slight fraying at top rear corner, old price sticker affixed to upper corner of ffep, still quite a nice example of this cheaply-produced book; jacket browned with age (especially at spine), but complete with just a touch of chipping at top of spine, bookstore name rubber-stamped at bottom of rear panel]. Agitprop from the writer who "found enduring inspiration in his Socialist faith." Contains the following essays (original publication dates noted): "The Apostate" (1906); "The Dream of Debs" (1909); "How I Became a Socialist" (1903); "The Scab" (1904); "What Life Means to Me" (1906); "Revolution" (1908). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Terrains of the Heart, and Other Essays on Home, Morris, Willie
8 Morris, Willie Terrains of the Heart, and Other Essays on Home
Oxford MS Yoknapatawpha Press (c.1981) 0-916242-13-1 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo) David Morris 
[teensiest trace of wear to book, mild soiling on fore-edge; jacket shows a little wear to corners & spine extremities; still a nice attractive copy]. Essay's on the author's home state of Mississippi. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground, Rolfe, Lionel
9 Rolfe, Lionel Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground
Los Angeles California Classics Books (c.1998) 1-879395-01-0 / 9781879395015 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover photo) Phil Stern 
[nice clean copy, just the faintest trace of handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In 16 essays about American culture and politics, [the author], a scion of the world-renowned musical Menuhin family, mixes it up with royalty, revolutionaries, murderers, celebrities and visionaries, in a journey that juxtaposes his uncle, classical master violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and Frank Zappa. Collectively his tales rip the masks off the politics, culture and society of the last four decades of the 20th century. His political coverage ranges from Abba Eban, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon to Jim Garrison and Robert Kennedy." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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A Ned Rorem Reader, Rorem, Ned
10 Rorem, Ned A Ned Rorem Reader
New Haven/London Yale University Press (c.2001) 0-300-08984-8 / 9780300089844 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[tight, clean, as-new copy, with just the slightest trace of handling wear]. "Ned Rorem, composer and writer, is both a gifted memoirist and one of our most acerbic cultural commentators. This anthology of his musings on music, people, and life surveys the full range of his literary achievement and reflects the evolution of his sensibilities." Foreword by J.D. McClatchy. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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