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Iola Conklin: Her Book

By: (Conklin, Iola Schmidlapp) (Conklin, George W., ed.)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Beverly MA, Memoirs Unlimited: (c.1996)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 20662


(1/4-bound, teal and rust cloth, gilt decoration on front cover; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [gift inscription on ffep from "Anne & George," the latter possibly George Conklin, although this is unconfirmed]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Privately- (and posthumously-) published memoir of Iola Schmidlapp Conklin (1872-1955) -- or, more properly, a partial memoir, since it covers only her early life and ends in 1891, following her courtship by (and proposa... View more info

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Quant by Quant

By: (Quant, Mary)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1966

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20782


[light soiling to top edge of text block, no other significant wear, one-time owner's ink signature at top of ffep; jacket a bit edgeworn, with remnants of an old (mostly removed) label on the front panel]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by the noted fashion designer, who opened a shop called "Bazaar" in London's King's Road in 1955 and, "unable to find the kind of clothes that she wanted for her shop, she started making them herself." She soon found herself ... View more info

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Carry Nation

By: Asbury, Herbert

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21158


(no dust jacket) [moderate wear to extremities, slight age-darkening to spine cloth, bottom rear corner bumped, vintage bookseller's label (Hathaway House Bookshop, Wellesley) on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the noted anti-saloon crusader, "the woman with the hatchet," described in the book's introduction as "the most industrious meddler and busy-body that even the Middle West, hotbed of the bizarre and the fanatical, has ever produced." (He al... View more info

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Footprints: An Autobiography

By: Astor, Brooke

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14521


[very nice copy with no significant wear, would rate as Fine except for remainder spray to bottom edge; jacket shows light edgewear, minor soiling, a little scuffing near bottom of spine, unobtrusive one-inch closed tear at top front hinge]. (B&W photographs) Scarce memoir by the late Mrs. Astor (her second), recounting "her disastrous first marriage [to politician John Dryden Kuser]; her second [to Charles "Buddy" Marshall], a fairy-tale romance cut short b... View more info

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Bellboy Lover and Hobo (An Autobiography)

By: Barton, William Bon

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3158


[spine slightly turned, mild shelfwear, bottom corners lightly bumped, small bookstore sticker on ffep; jacket has small chip out at top of spine, mild soiling to rear panel, slight edgewear]. "The autobiography of a man who was orphaned by the Great San Francisco earthquake. Born in 1900, [the author] grew up to become a bellboy in many elegant West Coast hotels, a sometime hobo who rode the rails throughout much of the country, an inveterate lover of horses and a ... View more info

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Tad's Scrapbook - Lincoln's Boy; 200 cartoons of his father's day; Comments and Poems, including Alice in Wonderland! [*SIGNED*]

By: Bauer, Charles J.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Silver Spring MD, Silver Spring Press: (c.1978)

Edition: 1st Edition (limited/numbered)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15620


[moderate external soiling and shelfwear, covers a bit scuffed]. (cartoons, B&W photographs) INSCRIBED to a relative and SIGNED by the author, opposite the dedication page; also laid in is a postcard from the author to the inscribee (the postcard is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln). A fascinating collection of Civil War-era editorial cartoons, primarily depicting Abraham Lincoln -- not an actual reproduction of his son Tad's scrapbook ("We do not have that precious bit... View more info

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Milligan: The Life and Times of Spike Milligan

By: Behan, Dominic

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Methuen: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5226


[book corners a little bumped, mild browning to page edges; jacket rubbed, surface-scratching, mild edgewear, one small tear at lower rear corner]. (B&W photographs) "What Dominic Behan has set out to do in this haunting and often hilarious account of [Milligan] is to write neither a formal biography, nor a criticial appraisal of the man and his work, but to present Milligan's story and his evolving personality as they emerge from a series of wide-ranging conversatio... View more info

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They All Hold Swords

By: Belfrage, Cedric

Price: $16.00

Publisher: New York, Modern Age Books: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10598


(no dust jacket) [soiling to top edge, but otherwise a good solid copy, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends]. Of several autobiographical works turned out by this critic-journalist-social activist, this comes the closest to a traditional memoir -- and is also the most explicit about how he, "the third son of an English gentleman," managed to somehow acquire a social conscience despite a privileged upbringing. He "tells, in terms of his personal life and i... View more info

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Marie Antoinette

By: Bickley, Francis

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London & Edinburgh, T.N. Foulis: 1912

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18906


[moderate wear at spine ends, top page edges somewhat dust-darkened, bookplate on front pastedown and one-time owner's name on half-title page (see notes); jacket darkened at spine, minor paper loss at spine ends, shallow chipping and slight crinkling at top of rear panel]. (Romantic Lives) Series (20 mounted plates in color and B&W) One of this publisher's "Romantic Lives" series, five volumes of popular biography about "beautiful and famous women and chiva... View more info

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Days to Be Happy, Years to Be Sad: The Life and Music of Vincent Youmans

By: Bordman, Gerald

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York/Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16246


[light shelfwear to bottom edge, faint soiling to page edges; jacket shows very light wear along top edge, a couple of tiny scrape marks at upper right-hand corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the composer of "Tea for Two," "Sometimes I'm Happy," and numerous other popular tunes, whose 1925 musical "No, No, Nanette" was the biggest musical comedy hit of the decade. As revealed in this biography, Youmans "was a true child o... View more info

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Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom [*SIGNED*]

By: Brauen, Yangzom

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 2011

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 21096


[nice copy, virtually as new, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just a touch of surface wear, still presents beautifully in new jacket protector]. (B&W and color photographs, map) SIGNED by the author on the title page, and uncommon thus. "A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao's Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six... View more info

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The Prince and I

By: Buschow, Rosemarie

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1981 (c.1979)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 20989


[minimal shelfwear to book itself, tiny dent in top edge of front cover; jacket has a small chip at top of spine, a couple of small tears at base of spine]. "The true story of the young German woman who, while governess to the Saudi Arabian royal family, participated in the circumstances surrounding 'Death of a Princess.'" (The reference here is to a controversial 1980 British TV docu-drama that depicted the public execution of a Saudi princess and her lover fo... View more info

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Cocktails and Camels

By: Carol, Jacqueline [later Jacqueline Cooper]

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13492


[good solid copy, moderate shelfwear, light soiling to page edges, small stain near bottom of fore-edge; the jacket is lovely (had been long protected with a jacket cover, now replaced), bright and fresh-looking, with just a trace of soiling to the rear panel]. Uncommon memoir, "a wonderfully gay love letter to Alexandria, Egypt," written by a young Lebanese girl who grew up there before World War II. "With an irreverent touch she gives an account of her sc... View more info

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In My Own Fashion: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]

By: Cassini, Oleg

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1987)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12127


[solid copy, minor shelfwear but with some light brown staining to top edge; jacket very nice, internally dampstained at bottom edge surrounding spine, but this is completely invisible from the exterior, and the book itself is unaffected]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("to ________ / Where are you? / I miss you") and SIGNED ("Oleg") by the author on the ffep. The author, "European aristocrat, member of cafe society, celebrity Hollywood costume design... View more info

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King of Rome: A Biography of Napoleon's Tragic Son

By: Castelot, Andre (translated from the French by Robert Baldick)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: (c.1960, 1959)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14568


[lovely copy, tight and clean with just the slightest bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows very light wear along top edge]. (B&W plates) Biography of Napoleon's son by Marie Louise, oldest daughter of the Emperor of Austria, whose birth was the cause for great celebration in Paris. However: "When the boy was three years old Napoleon again went off to war. But the tide was turning, and Marie Louise took the child and hurried home to Vienna. He never saw h... View more info

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Nell Gwyn

By: Chesterton, Cecil

Price: $65.00

Publisher: London & Edinburgh, T.N. Foulis: 1912

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18907


[minor wear to cloth at spine ends, bookplate on front pastedown and one-time owner's name on half-title page (see notes); jacket has shallow chipping/wrinkling along bottom edge, slight darkening at spine, a couple of vertical creases (showing as white lines) in rear panel]. (Romantic Lives) Series (20 mounted plates, including four in color) One of this publisher's "Romantic Lives" series, five volumes of popular biography about "beautiful and famous wome... View more info

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Houdini: The Untold Story

By: Christopher, Milbourne

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Pocket Books: 1970 (c.1969)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 9891


[nice tight clean copy, minor edgewear, diagonal crease across bottom corner of rear cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) View more info

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I'd Live It Over [*SIGNED* with related ephemera]

By: Cloman, Flora

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20931


[bottom corners bumped and very slightly frayed, otherwise a nice copy with no other significant wear; jacket has small tears and minor paper loss at a few corners, one small closed tear and associated short crease at top of front panel, light soiling (including a fingernail-size ink blot) to rear panel]. (B&W photographic plates) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To -- / Estelle L_____ / with fond memories / of the happy times we / have spent togethe... View more info

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Better Left Unsaid

By: Daisy Princess of Pless; edited with an introduction and notes by Major Desmond Chapman-Huston

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1931

Edition: 10th printing

Seller ID: 20962


(no dust jacket) [solid copy with moderate external wear, a couple of small smudges to front cover, tiny tears and light fraying at spine ends, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable, contemporary Christmas gift inscription (in pencil) on ffep, discoloration in gutters]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) The second memoir by this Welsh-born Edwardian society dame (born Mary Theresa Cornwallis-West), a member of the House of Hochberg, a wealthy Silesian royal family ... View more info

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Seven Times Seven: An Autobiography

By: Daviess, Maria Thompson

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead and Company: 1924

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21345


(no dust jacket) [spine very slightly turned, light wear to spine ends, spotting/foxing to top of text block]. (frontispiece portrait) Autobiography of the Kentucky-born writer and suffragette (1872-1924), published just a few months before her death, from heart failure. Her early education and professonal activity had been centered around painting (and to a lesser extent photography), but after a two-year sojourn in Europe (1902-1904) and a brief career as a teacher f... View more info