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Image for The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio System [*SIGNED*]

The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio System [*SIGNED*]

By: Davis, Ronald L.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Dallas, Southern Methodist University Press: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22808

ISBN: 0-87074-358-9

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, virtually as new with faint handling wear only]. Trade PB (B(&W photographs) INSCRIBED to noted film director Vincent Sherman and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A history of the golden age of the Hollywood studio system, drawing heavily on the hundreds of oral history interviews conducted by the author at SMU. Signed by Author View more info

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Color, Ebony

By: Day, Helen Caldwell

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Sheed & Ward: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23142

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


[moderate shelfwear, bookplate of Gerard Manley Hopkins on ffep (with one-time owner's signature in top margin); jacket very faded (title on front panel is virtually unreadable), extensive shallow chipping at edges, general soiling, etc.]. "What is it like to be born of parents who are highly educated, but unbelievably poor, to be a child taught to be religious because your parents consider some religion a good thing (though of course by no means so important as worldly success), and what is it like to find at eleven that your parents, both of whom you love dearly, are going to be divorce... View more info

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Joaquin de Alba views Violence in America: De Tocqueville's America Revisited

By: de Alba, Joaquin; Foreword by Chester Burger

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Acropolis Books: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23274

ISBN: 0-87491-120-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[solid copy with minimal shelfwear, tiny stain on bottom edge of text block; jacket has a couple of tiny nicks at top of spine, a couple of small closed tears along top edge of rear panel, very light surface rubbing]. (cartoon drawings) In the wake of the violent events of 1968 (including the RFK and MLK assassinations), a leading Spanish cartoonist took a harsh look at America's culture of violence by juxtaposing quotations from Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," orginally published in 1835 and 1840, with politically-themed cartoons depicting conditions and events in the... View more info

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Sad Laughter Memories: A Daisy-Guts Cocktail and The Legend of Sipho Nyembezi [*SIGNED*]

By: de Ridder, Jac

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Johannesburg, Jonathan Ball Publishers: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22701

ISBN: 0-86850-062-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very slight wear at ends of spine, otherwise tight and clean; ditto the jacket, with just some light surface-scratching to the rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ________ & ______ / with affection / Jac"; also dated in the year of publication. Two novellas set in Sophiatown, a Johannesburg suburb which was once a vibrant center of black culture, but which under apartheid (still the law of the land in South Africa at the time of this volume's publication) had "been bulldozed into the ground to make way for the soulless symmetry of a new white suburb, ... View more info

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Daniel Pinkham: A Bio-Bibliography

By: DeBoer, Kee, and John B. Ahouse

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York/Westport CT/London, Greenwood Press: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23340

ISBN: 0-313-25503-2

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor handling wear, slightly bumped at top front spine corner, tiny stain at edge of ffep]. (Bio-Bibliographies in Music, No. 12) Series (B&W photo frontispiece) "Ever since the mid-1940s when he was a recent graduate from Harvard, Daniel Pinkham has composed music at a remarkably consistent rate. His more than 300 musical compositions cover his entire career as performer and teacher, and are in part a measure of his success at securing commissions from a variety of organizations and individuals. From this it follows that Pinkham is performed widely and ofte... View more info

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The Kingmaker

By: Denker, Henry

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, David McKay Company: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22922

Condition: Good in Near Fine dj


[heavy foxing to top edge, somewhat less on fore-edge, some soiling to book's covers, boards slightly warped, light musty smell; the jacket, however, has been affected by none of this, and is nearly flawless, with just a touch of soiling to the rear panel]. One of the more outrageous romans-a-clef in the annals of Hollywood fiction, a thinly fictionalized telling of the rise of MCA founder Jules Stein -- here "Dr. Irwin Cone" (nee 'Isidore Cohen"), who builds his "Talent Corporation of America" into a powerful media giant, and who eventually moves to protect his empire fro... View more info

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How to Play Bongos - Timbales - Conga Drums - Maracas

By: Deutch, (Dr.) M.; edited by Chas. Colin

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, New Sounds in Modern Music: (c.1956)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 23317

Condition: Very Good+


[light edgewear, minor creasing to covers, light soiling to rear cover]. (diagrams, musical examples) Just 48 pages, but enthusiastically pitched as "4 Great Books in 1." Too bad they weren't as enthuiastic about their proofreading, or they might have avoided the typo of "Congo Drums" on the front cover. View more info

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Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Ten

By: Dmytryk, Edward

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Carbondale/Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Press: (c.1996)

Edition: 1st Edition (softcover issue)

Seller ID: 23445

ISBN: 0-8093-1999-3

Condition: Near Fine


[slight bumping to corners of rear cover, otherwise nice and clean, virtually as-new]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In this personal and perceptive book, [the author] vividly chronicles the history of a particularly turbulent era in American political life while examining his own life before and after the events universally called the witch hunts. He details his brief membership in the Communist Party of America, explaining his initial commitment to what he perceived as communist ideals of civil liberties, economic justice, and antifascism, followed by his eventual disillusionment with the... View more info

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The Holocaust in American Film [*SIGNED*]

By: Doneson, Judith E.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York/Jerusalem, The Jewish Publication Society: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23655

ISBN: 0-8276-0281-2

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[lovely clean copy (except for author inscription), with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "An investigation into the ways in which specific films influenced and reflected the Americanization of the Holocaust, and how film has helped to disseminate the event into the popular consciousness." Among the films discussed in depth are Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (to which an entire chapter is devoted), CABARET, JULIA, THE PAWNBROKER and the TV miniseries HOLOCAUST. Notes; bibliography; ... View more info

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Some Take a Lover

By: Du Pre, Ann (pseud. for Grace Lumpkin)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: 1933

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22781

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket, although the front panel of the original dj is affixed to the front cover, and the front jacket flap affixed to the front pastedown) [ex-rental library book, stamped as such ("Variety Circulating Library") on front and rear endpapers, title page, and a couple of text pages; ffep removed with consequent weakening of front hinge, externally worn but not too extremely, considering]. Novel about the Singleton family, a clan of rich aristocrats (are there any other kind?) who fashion themselves as "experimenters in modern marriage, who consider breaking the seventh com... View more info

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Wake Up

By: Dufresne, Damien

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Paris, Assouline: [2004]

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 22912

Condition: Near Fine


(pictorial boards; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [nice copy, some rubbing to covers and slight bumping to base of spine]. (color and B&W photographs) Fancy-schmancy promotional book showcasing the work of photographer/makeup creator Damien Dufresne. As described on his website, this is "a beauty book conceived like an artistic proposition: Damien Dufresne creates the make-up, draws, and reinvents. He plays with color, associates them, superimposes them, and creates a resplendent showcase for them." The text is in French, English, and Chinese, and the book includes a DVD, in a... View more info

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The Swallow; a novel based upon the actual experiences of one of the survivors of the famous Lafayette Escadrille

By: Dunbar, Ruth

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Boni and Liveright: 1919

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23035

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [dust-soiling to top edge of text block, otherwise just a lightly worn copy with the tiniest touch of fraying to cloth at base of spine; attractive vintage bookplate ("Ex Libris - Nell A. Shedd") on front pastedown]. The subtitle pretty much says it all: the book covers its protagonist's entire experience in the Great War, from enlistment through being shot down in combat, and his period of recovery in a French hospital. The author gave her flyboy hero a fictional name, of course ("Richard Byrd," no relation to the well-known polar aviator and later Rear Admir... View more info

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The Collected Subconscious: An Anthology of Subconscious Comics

By: Eagan, Tim

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Santa Cruz CA, Gray Matter Press: (c.1990)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22769

ISBN: 0-9626272-0-8

Condition: Fine


[very nice, as-new book, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (cartoon illustrations) The only book-form collection of this "satirical fantasy of the inner world" (which ran in various daily and alternative publications from 1981 through 2000) by the West Coast-based cartoonist, active since the early 1970s, who describes it as taking place "inside somebody’s mind (as distinguished from the inside of his brain)." Most of Eagan's work is more overtly political than this strip, which involves a somewhat ape-like protagonist searching for true happiness, the meaning of life, an... View more info

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The Fall of Paris

By: Ehrenburg, Ilya (translated from the Russian by Gerard Shelley)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1943

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 23092

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[a good sound copy, a little shelfwear to bottom edge, dust-darkening to top of text block; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, tiny shallow chip at top of rear panel, very slight paper loss at base of spine]. Sprawling novel following "the varied fortunes of a gallery of men and women who form a cross-section of Parisian life" during the years from 1935 through the fall of Paris to the invading German army in May 1940. "The story ends with the debacle -- the collapse of the French army under the blows of the Wehrmacht, the flight of the Government from Paris to Bordeaux, an... View more info

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God's Angry Man

By: Ehrlich, Leonard

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Modern Age Books, Inc.: 1938 (c.1932)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 23085

Condition: Very Good


[some wear at edges and corners, light soiling and age-toning to edges of text block]. (Seal Books) Series Biographical fiction about abolitionist John Brown, originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1932. Contains eight pages of ads for other Modern Age publications in the back of the book. View more info

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The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt

By: Eisner, Lotte H. (translated from the French by Roger Greaves)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Berkeley/Los Angeles, University of California Press: (c.1969)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23434

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[minor shelfwear, a little bit of yellow hi-liting in the text, one long sentence underlined in ink on page 51; jacket shows light surface wear, tiny closed tear at top rear hinge, short diagonal crease at top corner of front flap]. (B&W photographs) Classic critical/historical work on German cinema of the silent era and its theatrical roots. Originally published in France in 1952 (as "L'Ecran Demonaique"), it was revised and reissued in 1965; this translation (also published in England, by Thames & Hudson) incorporated some new material. View more info

Image for The Chinook Book; a complete descriptive analysis of the Chinook jargon in plain words, giving instructions for pronunciation, construction, expression and proper speaking of Chinook with all the various shaded meanings of the words

The Chinook Book; a complete descriptive analysis of the Chinook jargon in plain words, giving instructions for pronunciation, construction, expression and proper speaking of Chinook with all the various shaded meanings of the words

By: El Comancho (W.S. Phillips)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Seattle, R.L. Davis Printing Co.: 1913

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 23292

Condition: Very Good


[moderate external soiling, one-time owner's name (Earl G. Reed) written boldly in black ink at the top of both covers AND on the title page (just in case), along with (on the title page) the date and place he purchased the book: Seward, Alaska, July 4, 1922]. "The Chinook jargon is not a language in the ordinary accepted sense," the author writes in his "Explanatory," "but is a verbal symbolism created by a spontaneous combination of words from widely different languages, made by necessity and common usage into a trade jargon which is at once graphic, expressive, and exce... View more info

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Methinks the Lady . . . [*SIGNED*]

By: Endore, Guy

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1945)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23553

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, moderate bumping to top rear corner, spine very slightly turned, some old tape shadows on front endpapers, a few small scuff marks on front cover]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author at the top of the ffep: "Sycamore House, Los Angeles, Dec. 8, 1945 / To _____ & _____ / affectionately / Guy Endore." Psychological mystery/suspense novel about "a lost soul, a woman bedevilled by her other, evil, self" (i.e. a distaff Jekyll & Hyde yarn). Basis for the 1949 Otto Preminger film noir WHIRLPOOL, starring Gene Tierney and Richard Conte. Signed by... View more info

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Heparin: Metabolism, Physiology and Clinical Application [*SIGNED*]

By: Engelberg, Hyman, M.D.; with a chapter on chemistry by Kenneth D. Brown, M.D.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Springfield IL, Charles C. Thomas: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22990

Condition: Very Good- in Very Good dj


[a little shelfwear, rear hinge cracked, light spotting/foxing to top edge of text block; jacket shows a little wear along top edge, minor tears and slight dog-earing at top of spine, spine itself a little sun-browned]. (tables, figures) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To _____ and ____ / With love, / Hy." I have nothing to say about heparin whatsoever, but for the sake of filling up a little space will quote Wikipedia's description of it as a "medication which is used as a blood thinner [that is specifically] used to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis, pulmon... View more info

Image for Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Summer 1950 Selections (Volume II) [The Wooden Horse; Home Town; Visibility Unlimited; The Way West]

Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Summer 1950 Selections (Volume II) [The Wooden Horse; Home Town; Visibility Unlimited; The Way West]

By: Eric Williams, Cleveland Amory, Dick Grace, A.B. Guthrie Jr.

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Pleasantville NY, The Reader's Digest Association: (c.1950)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22885

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid clean copy, minor shelfwear, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's embossed name/address on both endpapers; the jacket shows some wear and slight wrinkling along top edge, some very slight paper loss at top of spine and at bottom right edge of front panel]. Vol. 2 The second volume in the RDCB series, with two laid-in items documenting its early marketing strategies: a folded flyer incorporating two "Charter Subscriber's Option Cards," and a small 8-page booklet touting this volume and the "Growth of a New Venture." The book itself contains condense... View more info