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The Praying Mantis

By: Johnson, Edgar

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Stackpole Sons: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23167

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[good sound clean copy, teensy bump to top front corner, appears unread, vintage bookseller's label (Daniels and Fisher Book Shop) on rear pastedown; jacket lightly edgeworn, with a couple of insignificant tears and a dime-sized surface-peel scar on the spine (probably from the careless removal of a price-sticker)]. "The glittering lady of [this] novel devours her man -- but by no simple physical process. [The book] is a subtle character study, a drama of jealousy and a clash of emotions that result in murder. It presents an ironic picture of an aging belle of the 1920's, an absorbing s... View more info

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In Parenthesis; seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu

By: Jones, David

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Chilmark Press: (c.1961)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23210

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[good sound copy, slight deterioration to cloth along top edges of covers; jacket very lightly worn at extremities]. Epic poem based on the author's experiences in World War I, in particular his first seven months in the trenches. Although he went on to a notable career as a painter and a modernist poet, he also suffered physically and psychologically for many years after the war from what we would probably today recognize as PTSD. (In fact, a nervous breakdown brought on by the stress of revisiting his memories of that time during the course of writing this book delayed its completion and i... View more info

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The Known World [Advance Reader's Edition]

By: Jones, Edward P.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Amistad/HarperCollins: (c.2003)

Edition: Advance Reader's Edition

Seller ID: 22968

Condition: Fine


[very nice copy with no discernible wear; agent's or distributor's printed label on front cover (probably removable)]. Nice copy of the Advance Reader's Edition, with publisher's promotional letter laid in, of this National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "an ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, [the book] weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, white, and Indians -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of sl... View more info

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The Strange Case of Alger Hiss

By: Jowitt, The Earl

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22811

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate wear to book at bottom edge and extremities; jacket has tiny tears and very slight paper loss at several corners, some wrinkling/creasing along top edge, spine a little sun-browned]. (B&W photographs) "The Hiss trial is one of the most famous cases of this century. It has been the central theme of two American books, and one of the chief protagonists has published an account of the history of the trial and of the circumstances of his association with Alger Hiss. [The reference here is to "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers.] None of these writers has, howe... View more info

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That Bad Boy, and Other Stories; or, How to Manage a School

By: Karns, T.C.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Nashville TN, Claude J. Bell: 1913 (c.1910)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 22755

Condition: Good


[soiling and discoloration to covers, some deterioration to spine covering at spine ends, pages age-toned but not brittle; the binding is still solid despite this being a cheaply-made book]. (Teachers' Help Series) Series A classic of its day (although perhaps only in Tennessee), by the "Late Professor of Philosophy of Pedagogics in the University of Tennessee." This small book (just 94 pages) is a compendium of "bad boy" stories gathered from various teachers during a summer institute, which the author has synthesized (without losing its essential anecdotal nature) into a trea... View more info

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Csaky

By: Karshan, Donald

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Paris, Depot 15: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23071

Condition: Very Good


[some surface damage to covers (mostly the rear cover) from laminate-peeling, otherwise just minimally worn]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "The first comprehensive monograph on the Hungarian-born prioneer of cubist sculpture," Joseph Csaky (1888-1971), who lived and worked primarily in France. Text in English and French. View more info

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Small Minox - Big Pictures

By: Kasemeier, Rolf (translated from the German by Schuyler Jones)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Seebruck am Chiemsee [Germany], Heering-Verlag: 1959

Edition: 1st to 7th Thousand

Seller ID: 23227

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate external wear and light soiling, one-time owner's possession scrawl on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Small handbook on getting the best results from a Minox miniature camera. The Minox "subminiature" camera had been manufactured in Germany for a few years starting in 1936, but didn't really get going as a consumer product until production resumed in 1948 following the interruption of World War II. It was considered a luxury item, and was also the first choice of spies, being "hardly larger than a pocketknife." View more info

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A Fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me [including music CD]

By: Kaufman, Louis, with Annette Kaufman

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Madison, The University of Wisconsin Press: (c.2003)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23072

ISBN: 0-299-18380-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[tiny smudge on top edge of text block, otherwise a nice copy, virtually as-new; jacket has a very slight wrinkle near the top of the rear panel]. (B&W photographs, color plates) "This fascinating memoir, written by one of the greatest American violinists of the twentieth century, recounts an extraordinary life in music." Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1905, Kaufman had quite a decent career going for himself already when, "after performing the violin solos for Ernst Lubitsch's 1934 film THE MERRY WIDOW, [he] became the most sought after violin soloist in Hollywood, playing in some ... View more info

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A Lament for Barney Stone

By: Kelly, Robert Glynn

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23293

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[slight fading to cloth along top and bottom edges, a bit of age-toning to edges of text block; jacket also a little age-toned, light spotting to upper right corner of front panel, a few tiny nicks at spine ends]. "A richly comic novel of academic life. Its mock hero is Professor Stone; its setting, a small college in the west." The book was written, like you couldn't have guessed, by a college English Lit teacher. Kirkus Reviews noted the publisher's attempt to liken it to Kingsley Amis's "Lucky Jim," but while they thought the book's "satire [to be] amusing and intell... View more info

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Very Lovely People: A Personal Look at Some Americans Living Abroad [*SIGNED*]

By: Kennedy, Ludovic

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22974

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very slight bumps to a couple of corners, no other significant wear; jacket is similarly nice, with one tiny tear at top front hinge, very light surface wear]. INSCRIBED "For the Fleischers / Two Lovely People / with every good wish" and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author, "a brilliant British writer and television commentator, has over the past few years traveled completely around the globe, personally interviewing and writing about Americans whose ways of life seemed particularly interesting or significant to him. These Americans are not the Big Names of inter... View more info

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McLaughlin's Polish-English Dictionary, in Two Parts: Polish-English / English-Polish [jacket title: A New Pronouncing English-Polish and Polish-English Dictionary of the Polish and English Languages]

By: Kierst, W., and Prof. O. Callier

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, David McKay Company: [ca.1940]

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 22893

Condition: Very Good- in Good dj


(price-clipped) [book is moderately shelfworn, dampstained and lightly dust-soiled on top of text block (no internal effect from stain), one-time owner's name at top of ffep, internally clean except for a couple of stray ink lines on page 27 and 33; jacket is worn and age-browned (especially at spine), with some chipping along the top edge, a 1.5-inch closed tear and associated diagonal crease at top of front panel, miscellaneous edgewear, etc.] View more info

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Bean Blossom Hill

By: King, Martha Bennett

Price: $75.00

Publisher: [Chicago], Container Corporation of America ("A Concora Book"): (c.1957)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23131

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[beautiful copy, with no discernible wear to book; jacket is also very nice, with just a bit of wear along the right edge of the front panel and at the corners; the "Slotties" page (laid in, not bound in) is completely intact, with none of the pieces having ever been removed]. (Slottie Library) Series (color illustrations) A "Slottie Library" book (the 14th in the series), based on an old American folk tale, about "the most amazing and exciting things [that] happen at Bean Blossom Hill when handsome young dreamer Punkin Johnny buys three magic pumpkin seeds from the old pe... View more info

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The 1944 Bugle Notes

By: Kinnard, Leo D., ed.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: [West Point NY], United States Military Academy: 1944

Edition: (Volume 36)

Seller ID: 23268

Condition: Very Good


[flexible covers, moderate wear to extremities, one-time owner's name and an additional name in ink on ffep, minor pencil annotations here and there, both pastedowns separating a bit from the covers]. (B&W photographs, figures) Pocket-size handbook designed for new cadets at West Point, including "the history and development of West Point, its building, facilities, and points of interest, [and other] necessary background knowledge for a thorough appreciation of the Military Academy." The book is divided into four sections: The Academy; The Corps; The Army; Miscellany. There's a weal... View more info

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No! No! The Woman!

By: Klein, Norman

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1932)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23177

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [a decent reading/reference copy only: spine a bit turned, light staining on front cover, spine cloth somewhat faded, surface deterioration to cloth at bottom edge of rear cover]. Hard-boiled mystery novel, the author's first. The jacket blurb (printed on the ffep; there is NO jacket on this book) name-drops like crazy, calling the author "as distinctly original as S.S. Van Dine and Dashiell Hammett," and noting that Klein had "formerly worked with Ben Hecht on a Chicago newspaper." By 1935, he had published two more mystery novels and a Hollywood-themed nove... View more info

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The Arizona Kid

By: Koertge, Ron

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Joy Street Books / Little, Brown and Company: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22842

ISBN: 0-316-50101-8

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very light spotting on top edge of text block, no other significant wear; jacket shows just a little wear along top and bottom edges, short diagonal crease at top of rear flap]. "Sixteen-year-old Billy comes to terms with his own values when he is sent to live with his gay uncle in Tucson and is introduced to the world of rodeos where he falls in love with an outspoken racehorse rider named Cara." View more info

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The Astoria Studio and Its Fabulous Films: A Picture History with 227 Stills and Photographs

By: Koszarski, Richard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Dover Publications, in association with the Astoria Motion Picture and Television Foundation: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23281

ISBN: 0-486-24475-X

Condition: Very Good+


[light external handling wear, very slight dog-earing at corners of front cover, small bookseller rubber-stamp on ffep]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) A "photo-gallery and cinematic history" tracing "the rise, development, transition and renaissance of the Astoria Studio," which its 60-year history (at that time) had "produced every type of feature and short; operated in such new technologies as sound film and television; operated in both commercial and noncommercial capacities; hosted dozens of the cinema's greatest talents; and is breaking new ground today in a creative mix... View more info

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Maypoles and Morals

By: Kummer, Frederic Arnold

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, J.H. Sears & Company, Inc.: 1929

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 22779

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


[a good sound copy, light shelfwear, a little wear to cloth at ends of spine, some age-toning to edges of text block; the jacket is a bit of a mess, with a heavily soiled and faded spine, an irregular chunk missing at the bottom right corner of the front panel, some shallow chipping along the top edge, and various other depredations]. "An all informing novel of the love which expresses itself in passion and warmth -- which binds men and women in locked embrace, and, alas, too often through ignorance of its meaning drives them asunder. Yet this love when deeply based both physically and sp... View more info

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Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading; being one of the last essays of Elia

By: Lamb, Charles

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Norwood, The Plimpton Press: 1910

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 22822

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [some bumping and wear at top corners, slight discoloration along spine, minor cracking at top of spine]. "The Plimpton Press take pleasure in issuing separately this famous essay and in presenting it to their friends this Yuletide - MCMX - with heartiest good wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." An adorable little book (about 40 pages, 6-1/2" tall), full of gems like: "Books of quick interest, that hurry on for incidents, are for the eye to glide over only. It will not do to read them out. I could never listen to even the better kind of moder... View more info

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The Fleet in the Forest

By: Lane, Carl D.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann: (c.1943)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22801

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice-looking copy, minimal shelfwear, faint dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket shows just minor bits of edgewear here and there, very small tear at lower right corner of front panel (on flap fold)]. (endpaper maps) Historical novel set during the War of 1812, specifically dealing with the Battle of Lake Erie. Laid in is an 8-page publisher's promotional booklet detailing the historical background of the book. View more info

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Someone's Death [*SIGNED*]

By: Larson, Charles

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23187

ISBN: 0-397-00977-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[spine slightly turned, faint foxing on top edge of text block; jacket shows a little wear at extremties, small closed tear at top rear hinge]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For Pearl and Frank -- / with love, as / always --- / Chas / May 2, 1973." The first of several Hollywood-set mystery novels by this TV writer-producer featuring the protagonist Nils-Frederik Blixen, who is (by an amazing coincidence) also a TV producer! Signed by Author View more info