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The Rifleman

By: Fannin, Cole

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Racine WI, Whitman Publishing Company: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23127

Condition: Near Fine


(laminated photographic boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [slight wear at a couple of corners, but as nice a copy as you'll find despite the front hinge being cracked (but not separated and holding firm); small 59-cent price sticker on front cover]. (B&W drawings with monocolor highlights) Juvenile novel based on the popular TV western series starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford (both pictured on the cover), which ran for five seasons on ABC and has the distinction (if you can call it that) of having the most outrageously phallic-symbolic opening-title sequence of probably any televisi... View more info

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A Tribute to the Pioneers of Animation: Commemorative Program [*SIGNED* by 26 noted figures of the animation world]

By: Fazio, Michael D.

Price: $500.00

Publisher: [Los Angeles], Privately Issued: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22770

Condition: Near Fine


[virtually flawless condition, with just the tiniest bit of edgewear]. 64-page booklet commemorating a banquet held on September 1, 1994, in honor of 29 "pioneers of animation" (many, but not all, of whom were animators), the majority of whom were in attendance -- except for four who had passed away earlier in the year, while the event was still being planned. The 26 signatures present in the program were collected by the publisher on labels, which have been carefully affixed to the appropriate pages, each beneath a photograph of the individual and opposite a one-page summary of his c... View more info

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The Summer of Jack London [*SIGNED*]

By: Fenady, Andrew J.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Walker and Company: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22951

ISBN: 0-8027-4040-5

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice-looking copy, with some very light dampstaining (visible only on the inside bottom edge of the jacket), light tanning to edges of text block, one tiny spot on lower fore-edge]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the dedication page, beneath the printed dedicatees: "and for / ________ / Long time friend to / Jack London / and / A.J. Fenady / Feb 22 - 85." "Fascinated by the life of Jack London, veteran Hollywood writer A.J. Fenady recreates in fiction one pivotal summer in the life of America's beloved novelist, who, though he died at thirty-nine, will live on forever in [... View more info

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Show Boat

By: Ferber, Edna

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Page & Co.: (c.1926)

Edition: First Trade Edition

Seller ID: 23492

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


[slight bump to top right corner of front cover, light foxing to bottom edge of text block, spine very slightly turned; unclipped jacket ($2.00 printed price) is lightly soiled, sun-browning to spine and along edge of rear flap, a bit of chipping at top of spine (slightly affecting the printed title thereon)]. An American classic. The novel was a best-seller, and the subject matter made its adaptation into a stage musical a natural; the Kern-Hammerstein musical opened on Broadway in December 1927 and ran for a year and a half; the first, mostly-silent version went into release in 1929, follow... View more info

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World without Heroes

By: Fields, Arthur C.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York/London/Toronto, Whittlesey House / McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1950)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23093

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear to bottom edges of covers, light soiling to edges of text block; jacket has a number of small tears and chips, 3-inch split along top front foldover, a bit of paper loss at top of spine]. Scarce novel about the psychological effects of war on the men who fight it. Set during the last days of World War II in Europe, as Allied troops close in on Berlin, the action centers around one American rifle squad that goes off the rails: "Shattered by German artillery, crazed with rage at the elusive Nazis who hit, run, and surrender, these ordinary American boys ... View more info

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The Twenty-Seventh City [*SIGNED*]

By: Franzen, Jonathan

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus Giroux: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22947

ISBN: 0-374-27972-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very light shelfwear, a trace of soiling to edges of text block and a teeny-tiny dampstain on the bottom edge (keep reading); jacket appears unblemished from the exterior, but there is a large black stain on the inside, apparently the result of the jacket having been slightly damp at some point, just enough for some of the black from the cloth binding to have transferred to it; however, the only visible sign of any of this is the aforementioned teeny-tiny dampstain on the bottom edge of the text block, and if you never take the jacket off the book, you'll never notice any of this]. SIGNED by... View more info

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Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases

By: Frasier, David K.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company, Inc.: (c.2002)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23051

ISBN: 0-7864-1038-8

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [nice clean copy, virtually as new, with just a tiny shallow dent in the bottom edge of the rear cover]. (B&W photographs) A cavalcade of self-destruction, culled from the obit columns of "Variety" from 1905 through 2000 but "also drawing attention from mainstream media"; each account is supplemented by the author's additional research into other sources. "Accidentally self-inflicted deaths are omitted, except for a few controversial cases. Each entry covers the person's personal and professional background, method of suicide, and pla... View more info

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God's Front Porch

By: Frings, Ketti

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1945 (c.1944)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 23118

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, a bit of dust-soiling to top of text block, top rear corner bumped, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp on rear pastedown (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, California)]. Short novel (just 121 pages) about an American soldier, lying wounded and dying in a foxhole in Africa, who's whisked up to Heaven and given the chance to quiz God Himself about why He lets such horrible things as wars go on down below on earth. He's also concerned about the fate of his wife and their about-to-be-born baby back home, which God lets him observe via a telescope on His... View more info

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Homage to Blenholt

By: Fuchs, Daniel

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23017

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfwear, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends, bumping fraying at all corners, light stain at left edge of front cover, spine cloth a little faded, dust-soiling to top of text block]. Fuchs's second novel, the middle volume in his "Williamsburg Trilogy," centered around the Jewish-American community of that Brooklyn neighborhood. View more info

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One World at a Time

By: Fuller, Margaret

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Century Co.: 1922

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23114

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [light bumping/slight fraying at several corners, a bit of wear at ends of spine, a bit of soiling to edges of text block; quite a decent reading copy]. "A romance of the Old South," per a contemporary listing. View more info

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New York in the 1930s

By: Fuller, Samuel

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Paris, Éditions Hazan: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22985

ISBN: 2-85025-534-3

Condition: Very Good


[a little edgewear to covers and corners, diagonal creases at bottom right corner of front cover and top left corner of rear cover]. (Pocket Archives) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Pocket-sized photo album of New York life and scenes in the 1930s, prefaced by a 40-page essay by Fuller, who had been a newspaper reporter and illustrator in the city before decamping to Hollywood. A lovely little book, even though it's a bit deceptive to present it as "by Samuel Fuller," since there's no evidence or indication that Fuller made any contribution to the selection or captioning of the ph... View more info

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Ritorno al Tagliamento sul set di Addio Alle Armi [Return to Tagliamento: on the set of A FAREWELL TO ARMS]

By: Gaberscek, Carlo

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, Lignano per la Cultura: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23302

Condition: Near Fine


[very slight bump to bottom right corner, otherwise nice and clean, virtually as new]. (B&W photographs) A retrospective look at the on-location production of A FAREWELL TO ARMS, the 1957 David O. Selznick production that was the second film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel. The text is entirely in Italian, so I'm somewhat guessing at the content, but the book appears to be a kind of companion piece to a TV documentary produced by La Cineteca del Friuli, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the film's production. It's divided into two main sections: the first, written by Carlo G... View more info

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The Captain Comes to Eden

By: Gardner, Ethel

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Dorrance & Company: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23120

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[corners bumped, moderate shelfwear, slight fading to cloth at top of spine, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, California); jacket rubbed and edgeworn, faded at spine, slight paper loss at both ends of spine, small tear at top of front panel, soiling to rear panel]. Uncommon comic novel about a once-magnificent but now hopelessly run-down old hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, occupied primarily by little old ladies whose incessant demands for renovations cause the manager to throw up his hands and tell them to ... View more info

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Samuel Fuller

By: Garnham, Nicholas

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1972 (c.1971)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22857

ISBN: 0-670-61663-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, slight bump to bottom rear corner but no other significant wear; jacket just a tiny bit rubbed on the rear panelwith just a trace of shelfwear to bottom edge; similar very minor edgewear to jacket]. (B&W photographs) Engaging, thematically-organized (rather than film-by-film) examination of the work of one of American cinema's true originals. "This book is a labour of love," says the author in his introduction, "a love born in the dark womb of Sunday afternoon moviehouses in rain-drenched provincial towns and the seedier areas of London. This book is a culmi... View more info

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The Ego and the Centaur [*SIGNED*]

By: Garrigue, Jean

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, New Directions: (c.1947)

Edition: (see note)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22778

Condition: Good in Poor dj


[shelfworn copy, with several bumped corners, dampstaining at both ends of spine and a bit along the bottom edges of the covers; jacket is age-browned, soiled, small bits of paper loss here and there, heavily water-stained along spine, partially split along rear hinge -- a bit of a fragile mess, frankly, held together only by a shiny new jacket protector]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the poet on the ffep: "For George Kirgo / 'While Shakespeare remains, literature is firm' / Jean Garrigue / Sept 3, 1942, in full-dress moonlight." The first book (and first full-length publication) by this I... View more info

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Family Crisis

By: Gass, Sherlock Bronson

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Reynal & Hitchcock: 1940

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 23111

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, light shelfwear, minor dust-stain to bottom of text block, slight fading to spine cloth, rubber-stamped bookseller's name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.), vintage bookplate on ffep]. The titular "crisis" was basically the author's family life and business during a five-year period from 1895 to 1900, during which his father, following a run of bad luck and failed ventures in Chicago, tried to make a go of a commercial laundry establishment in Dayton, Ohio, enlisting his wife and three sons in the effort to keep... View more info

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Spirite

By: Gautier, Théophile (translated by Arthur D. Hall)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Chicago/New York, Rand, McNally & Company: 1890

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 23119

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket; top edge gilt, "Acme" devices on spine (gilt) and front cover (embossed in black)) [shelfworn along bottom edge but otherwise a good sound copy, binding/hinges fully intact, slight bumping to corners, some wear to cloth at spine ends, minor dampstaining to top edges of several illustration plates (no impact on actual illustrations)]. (frontispiece + 15 B&W plates) Novel about a man's obsessive romance with a beguiling ghost, originally published in France in 1866 (subtitled "nouvelle fantastique"), and subsequently in the U.S. by D. Appleton in 1877. (A slight... View more info

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New Heaven New Earth

By: Gaye, Phoebe Fenwick

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1932

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23115

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, binding intact, mild bumping to bottom corners, light dust-soiling to top of text block, small bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.), shadow of previous owner's erased name on ffep]. Novel about a group of immigrants of varied backgrounds and nationalities who are bound for America, each in search "of a new opportunity, of a new liberty of the spirit or of the body, of escape from family worries, intimate obsessions or ruined careers, of freedom for the varied impulses of the soul which t... View more info

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The Queen's Panetelas

By: George, Crosby

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York/London, D. Appleton-Century Company: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23117

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [uneven fading to cloth on both front and rear covers, light dust-soiling to top of text block, original jacket flaps affixed to front and rear pastedowns, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, California) on front pastedown]. A Graustarkian burlesque of European politics, "a lively and hilarious potpourri of wit, satire, and sophistication -- a tale of Kings and Queens and Princes, of modern dictators and munitions salesmen, of panetela cigars and tenor-tubas, of love-making that is unconventional, of political intrigues and fantas... View more info

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Jitter Run

By: Germann, Robert F.

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, The Hampton Publishing Company (distributed by William Morrow & Co.): 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23110

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, slight deterioration of cloth at spine ends, faint bookseller's rubber-stamped name at bottom of front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, Calif.); jacket a bit soiled, several small nicks and tiny chips along top edge]. (pen and ink drawings) The outrageous adventures of a stereotypical Southern plantation clan, "a dubious family of devious ways passionately devoted to a life of uselessness." The Los Angeles Times reviewer was unabashedly enthusiastic: "Written with a completely straight face and skillfully plotted, the novel is a remarkable ... View more info