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Little David; play in one act

By: Connelly, Marc

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22977

Condition: Near Fine


[light external wear only]. (Playable Short Plays) Series "An unproduced scene from 'The Green Pastures,' suggested by Roark Bradford's 'Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun.'" According to an introductory note, this scene was omitted from "The Green Pastures" due to time limitations, and was first published in the September 1930 issue of Hearst's International Cosmopolitan magazine, with the subtitle "the act which the author loved most." The back of the book contains descriptions of nine other titles in the publisher's "Playable Short Plays" series, which was edited... View more info

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The Traveler; comedy in one act

By: Connelly, Marc

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service, Inc.: (c.1939, c.1926)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 22978

Condition: Very Good+


[light browning to covers, especially along spine; tiny bend at bottom corner of one page]. This short play, set in the smoking compartment of a Pullman Car, "was first produced privately before the Dutch Treat Club, New York, in 1928. Its first professional production was in 'The Third Little Show' (produced by Dwight Deere Wiman and Tom Weatherly) at the Music Box, New York, June 1, 1931," with Ernest Truex and Edward Arnold as its principal players. (The copyright page also indicates that the version as published here in 1939 was "revised.") Contemporary critic Hugh Layne... View more info

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Our New Music: Leading Composers in Europe and America

By: Copland, Aaron

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York/London, Whittlesey House / McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1941)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 23557

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[solid clean book, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket shows some wear at extremities, short closed tear at top front hinge, small tear and a few tiny nicks at top edge of rear panel]. The great American composer, in his second book, "shows first of all how contemporary music grew naturally out of the work of such masters as Moussorgsky and Debussy, through Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Hindemith, to the work of younger Americans like Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, and Marc Blitzstein. The book offers a brilliant panorama of fifty years of n... View more info

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Tribute to Mary Pickford

By: Cushman, Robert B. (apprecation, critical notes and filmography)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: [Washington DC], The American Film Institute Theatre: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23280

Condition: Very Good+


[some age-toning at edges, light soiling to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) 20-page booklet (including covers), issued in conjunction with a Mary Pickford film series -- the first such retrospective of her work, I believe -- presented by the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, in conjunction with the Mary Pickford Foundation. In addition to the Appreciation, it also includes a one-page essay on Pickford's Biograph shorts, and notes on nine feature films: THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1917); REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (1917); STELLA ... View more info

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The Suburban Whirl, and Other Stories of Married Life

By: Cutting, Mary Stewart

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The McClure Company: 1907

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23023

Condition: Very Good+


(decorated olive cloth; no dust jacket) [slight fading at spine, otherwise an attractive book with only light shelfwear; small tear in top edge of frontispiece tissue guard]. (B&W plates) The author, who died in 1924 (and is not to be confused with her daughter, Mary Stewart Cutting Jr., who died in 1928), was a novelist and short story writer whose work presented, in the words of her N.Y. Time obituary, "important ideas in her rendering of the little things of everyday existence." OCLC records her as the sole author of or a contributor to about a dozen books, both novels and story ... View more info

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Way of Life

By: Daly, Muriel

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York/London, D. Appleton-Century Company: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22926

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light wear to bottom edges and spine ends, slight fading to cloth at top of spine; jacket lightly soiled, tiny puncture-tear in spine (internally tape-repaired), a couple of little edge-nicks]. A novel of English society, "peopled with a group of characters as fresh and original as the story itself" -- all English types except for a "crafty Italian peasant," Rosa Moro, "the villainess of the piece but not very villainous. This London-born author's first novel, "The Ants' Nest," was well-reviewed in 1938, but this one (her second) seems to have also been her last;... View more info

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Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life: A Hollywood Master of Music for the Movies

By: Danly, Linda, ed.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Latham MD/London, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23666

ISBN: 0-8108-3582-7

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[nice tight clean book, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (Filmmakers, No. 66) Series (B&W photographs) "A comprehensive survey of the career of one of Hollywood's most oustanding composers of film music, [which] provides numerous perspectives, ranging from the personal to the critical, about one of the most important musical figures of the twentieth century. The bulk of the book consists of a transcript of the American Film Institute's oral history interview with Friedhofer himself, conducted by Irene Kahn Atkins in 1974. The book also contains: an introduction by Tony Thom... View more info

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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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Great Crimes of San Francisco

By: Dickensheet, Dean W., ed.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Ballantine Books (A Comstock Edition): 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22823

ISBN: 0-345-24297-1

Condition: Very Good+


[modest external wear, reading crease along front hinge, short diagonal crease at bottom right corner of front cover; see NOTE regarding signature on top of ffep]. Mass Market PB Contents: "The Death of a Dentist" by David Magee; "The Phosphorescent Bride" by Oscar Lewis; "Wells, Fargo Jekyll and Hyde" by Richard H. Dillon; "The History of Theodore Durrant" by Thomas S. Duke; "Eleven Days' Wonder" by Lenore Glen Offord; "The Lingering Doubt" by Miriam Allen deFord; "The Labor Union Murders" by Joe Gores; "This is the Zodiac Speaking.... 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