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Image for The Story of Records; compiled and published by The Boys and Girls of the Franklin Grove School, Warren County, N.J. [New Jersey]

The Story of Records; compiled and published by The Boys and Girls of the Franklin Grove School, Warren County, N.J. [New Jersey]

By: (Franklin Grove School)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Warren County, NJ, (Franklin Grove School): 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18749


(no dust jacket, likely as issued) [faint diagonal scrape across front cover (more distinctive in scanned image than it appears to the naked eye), otherwise no significant wear]. (line drawings, glued-in original calligraphy pg.) A history of printing, with special focus on the process of producing newspapers, compiled as a school project by a group of New Jersey students -- junior high-schoolers, to judge by the general tone and quality of the prose. The history itself... View more info

Image for History of the Presentation of the Loving Cup by the Hartford City Medical Society to Gurdon W. Russell, M.D., and of the Complimentary Dinner Given to Him in Honor of His Fifty Years of Actual Service in the Profession, November 21, 1887 [*SIGNED*]

History of the Presentation of the Loving Cup by the Hartford City Medical Society to Gurdon W. Russell, M.D., and of the Complimentary Dinner Given to Him in Honor of His Fifty Years of Actual Service in the Profession, November 21, 1887 [*SIGNED*]

By: (Hartford City Medical Society)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Hartford CT, The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co. (printers): 1887

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 20675


(half-bound, black cloth and black textured boards, with gilt spine and front cover lettering; no dust jacket) [some wear evident at all corners, including slight exposure of boards at several corners, some modest loss of binding material at spine ends; front hinge a little weak but still intact]. (one halftone plate with tissue guard) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by the honoree of the commemorated event, Dr. Gurdon W. Russell, dated "Hartford, March 24, 1888.&#... View more info

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The Night People's Guide to New York: A Darien House Project

By: (Shepherd, Jean, introduction)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Bantam Books: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14684


[nice tight copy with light to moderate wear at edges and corners]. Mass Market PB (maps) "It's four o'clock in the morning, and you'd like to play a fast game of billiards and cash a check. Before this unique book was published, you might have had a devil of a time. But now....the whole city after dark is at your command, ready to satisfy your every pleasure and your every need!" Neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to the city, geared "for the convenience... View more info

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Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Anti-Saloon League of America; Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 6-9, 1915

By: Anti-Saloon League of America

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Richmond IN, S. E. Nicholson: (1915)

Seller ID: 4779


(no dust jacket) [ex-library with fairly minimal markings (incl pocket on rear pastedown, date due slip on last page), some curling at corners, a few creases in rear cover]. Includes reports from many individual states on the progress of prohibitionist activities. One highlight is the "Hall and Summers Dialogue-Debate," which is essentially a two-character play which takes place "when Tom O'Neill comes to the office of the License Commission to pay his annual... View more info

The Queen of Beauty: A Comedy in Four Acts, based on the Book of Esther; with or without music [*SIGNED*]

By: Ariel, Jacob Valley

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Bloch Publishing Co.: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6372


(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [mild shelfwear, some discoloration at edges of endpapers, a little white smudging on front cover]. "An Ancient Theme Brought Up to Date," it sez; near as I can make out, the play takes place in modern-day Persia, and has something to do with choosing a bride for the King. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front pastedown, "To ------- / A confirmation gift / and God's blessing / upon you." Signed by Author View more info

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Demon Greed

By: Carlyle, Richard

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Phoenix Press: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4185


(decorated black cloth; no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear, occasional underlining (mostly in red pencil) throughout text, cloth slightly frayed at lower rear corner]. Sort of an epic poem, in which the author attempts "to show how far Man has gone toward distorting the beautiful things of life through Greed and Avarice." View more info

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The World's Largest Cheese

By: Cerf, Christopher

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18702


(price-clipped) [nice clean book, very slight crimp to cloth at head of spine; jacket has several creases in front flap, slight fading to the spine]. (B&W photographs, drawings) The front of the jacket terms the book "an indulgence," and the blurb doesn't clarify things very much: "A new literary form (the anthological novel)? A lighthearted satire of the American scene? An adventure-filled history of the quest for the World's Largest Cheese? A twentieth ... View more info

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Camp: The Lie That Tells the Truth

By: Core, Philip

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Plexus: 1984

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 16935


[moderate external wear, short soft diagonal crease at top right corner of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) A "Who's Who and What's What of Camp, a deceptively descriptive and factual lexicon, allowing the reader to build up a kaleidoscopic picture of camp without imposing a spurious socio-cultural gloss on its essentially ephemeral nature." Well, that's a relief. View more info

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Stars in Their Own Write

By: Holmes, Derek

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Robson Books: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16029


[nice clean book, no discernible wear aside from one itsy-bitsy dent in bottom edge of front cover; jacket shows a tiny bit of edgewear, minor rubbing to rear panel]. (handwriting samples) The author collected handwriting samples (usually in the form of short personal notes to him) from several dozen British celebrities in various fields; each is reproduced in facsimile, followed by the author's analysis of the handwriting itself and of the personality of the individual... View more info

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The Life of Me

By: Shackelford, Ethel

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Dodge Publishing Company: (c.1910)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16497


(blue embossed cloth w/gilt lettering and decoration, top edge gilt; no dust jacket) [nice-looking book despite some visible wear at the bottom corners; gilt lettering on spine and front cover still bright, as is the gilt topstain; a bit of foxing/staining to ffep and tissue covering frontispiece]. (frontispiece, 41 B&W drawings/plates) The autobiography of a young child, from infancy to approximately age two-and-a-half -- written in a consciously "adult" narrat... View more info

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A Redhead in Red Square

By: Sherwood, Debbie

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19835


[light wear to book at extremities; jacket rubbed/scuffed, with tiny tears at several corners and related (very slight) paper loss; NOT an ex-library book]. "What is it like to be a young, light-hearted visitor to Russia?" The author found out on her holiday behind the Iron Curtain (remember that?), where she "sang Beatles songs with Russian boys in Red Square on May Day, toasted a bridal couple at their wedding reception, went swimming in a crowded public po... View more info

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Dreams

By: Stiles, Percy Goldthwait

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Harvard University Press: 1927

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21267


(no dust jacket) [ex-library book (stamped as such at tops of both pastedowns and both endpapers, with some label-removal scarring on the front pastedown), small call number in white on spine, otherwise clean with just moderate wear to extremities]. (B&W drawings, some with color added) An odd little book, framed as a "collection" of narrative accounts of dreams experienced by a single individual -- presumably the author, although he doesn't ever come right out ... View more info

Image for Kennedy Ripples: A True Love Story: A Priest, A Woman, and the Assassination of J.F.K. [*SIGNED*]

Kennedy Ripples: A True Love Story: A Priest, A Woman, and the Assassination of J.F.K. [*SIGNED*]

By: Sullivan, Marianne

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles/San Clemente, Lillian James Publishing: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15476


[nice tight unread copy, very minor smudging to top edge, otherwise in perfect condition; jacket shows only slight surface handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("For ______ / And all those / who cherish / Freedom! / Embrace and Enjoy!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. (From the formatting of the inscription, I'm guessing she did a whole lot of them this way.) "Based on the extraordinary events that dramatically changed the life of [the author] in the early 1960's... View more info