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A Walk to the Hills of the Dreamtime

By: Marshall, James Vance (written by Donald Payne)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company, Inc.: 1970

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20320

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book, no significant wear, light offsetting to pastedowns; jacket a bit rubbed and scuffed on the front panel, but still clean and attractive]. Novel about two Australian children of mixed parentage (Aborigine mother and Japanese father), who find themselves stranded 800 miles from home in the Australian outback. On their desperate trek across the forbidding landscape, they are joined by a tribe of Aborigines on walkabout; they all get along just fine until the children inadvertently violate the tribe's strongest tabu. The jacket blurb explains that Marshall had died in 1964, b... View more info

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The Conformist

By: Moravia, Alberto (translated from the Italian by Angus Davidson)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Young: (c.1951)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 18778

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor shelfwear to bottom edge, slight bumping to bottom corners, slight fading to cloth at top of spine, light age-toning to page edges; jacket shallowly chipped along top edge and at top of spine, tiny nicks/tears at corners]. The intense story of "the life, loves and fate of Marcello Clerici, a high Fascist official called upon to act as a spy." Basis for the acclaimed 1970 film adaptation by Bernardo Bertolucci. View more info

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Le gros lot; roman

By: Murciaux, Christian

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Paris, Librarie Plon: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23353

Condition: Very Good


[light soiling and age-toning to covers, pages also age-toned, tiny tear at bottom edge of front cover]. French novel, the title of which translates as "The Jackpot." If you've found this listing, you probably can read this book -- as I, alas, cannot. The author's later novel, "Notre-Dame des désparées," was awarded the Grand Prix by the Académie française in 1960 and was translated into English (as "The Unforsaken"), apparently the only one of his works to receive that treatment. View more info

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The Heart Divided

By: Nawaz, Mumtaz Shah

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Lahore, Mumtaz Publications: 1957

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21339

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[light shelfwear, binding a little compromised in the early part of the book (a couple of signatures slightly shaken, but no loose or detached pages), longish gift inscription on ffep (see notes), slight rippling in cloth near bottom sections of both covers; jacket has a 1/2" chip at top left corner of front panel, a little paper loss at spine extremities, some fading to spine lettering]. Purported to be the first South Asian English-language novel to be set against the background of the political turmoil in the Indian subcontinent during the 1930s, which ultimately led (in 1947) to the p... View more info

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A Modern Jezebel

By: Nemirovsky, Irene (translated by Barre Dunbar)

Price: $600.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: (c.1937)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 14600

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[light bumping to top corners, slight fading to cloth at edges, spine a little turned; jacket well-worn at edges, with some paper loss at spine ends (just barely brushing the "A" in the spine title) and at a few corners, 1-1/2" closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of front panel, internal tape-repair to section of front hinge]. Rare novel by the recently-rediscovered author, who perished at Auschwitz in 1942, about the life of a woman who, as the book opens, is on trial (at the age of 60) for the murder of her 20-year-old alleged lover. Described on the jacket blu... View more info

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David Golder

By: Nemirovsky, Irene (translated by Sylvia Stuart)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, Horace Liveright, Inc.: 1930

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 19705

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight clean book, minimal shelfwear, slight bumping to base of spine, vintage price sticker from The White House (San Francisco department store) on rear pastedown; jacket has a somewhat ragged (but inconspicuous) closed tear at bottom of front panel, some wear along bottom edge (esp. on spine), and foxing/spotting to the rear panel]. Second printing (same month as the first) of the first American edition of this uncommon novel by the recently-rediscovered author who perished at Auschwitz in 1942, a tale about a Jewish businessman working in the casinos of Biarritz, "condemned to mak... View more info

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A Crooked Field [*SIGNED*]

By: O'Gaora, Colm

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Picador: 1999

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6320

ISBN: 0-330-37077-4

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minimal wear, faint soiling to page edges; jacket a bit rubbed/scuffed, minor wrinkling along top edge]. SIGNED by the author on the title page."This is the first book to survey the development of musical thought in modern Irish cultural history. It registers the function of music as a dynamic agent in the history of Irish ideas in the period 1770-1970." Signed by Author View more info

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Birds Around the Light

By: Paludan, Jacob (translated from the Danish by Grace Isabel Colbron)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York/London, G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1928

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15101

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [shelfworn but solid copy, with firm binding; internally clean except for some minor ink markings on ffep; spine cloth discolored/darkened, light bumping/fraying at spine ends and most corners]. One of the best-known works of this Danish essayist, poet, novelist and social critic (1896-1975) -- and one of only two of his many novels to be translated into English and published in America -- this novel, centered around a lighthouse on a lonely North Sea outpost, was an exploration of the destructive effects of technological progress on the natural world. View more info

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Too Long in the West

By: Rajan, Balachandra

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Atheneum: 1962 (c.1961)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 11758

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor shelfwear, slight fading to boards at bottom edge, spine just a bit turned; jacket a bit soiled, minor edgewear, tiny ink stain at top edge of front panel]. "A hilarious and sharply satirical novel about India today. Nalini returns from America where she has spent three enlightening years at Columbia. She has chosen to come back to the perils of Mudalur, a remote and featureless village which her father has selected for his summer residence for reasons which rang from chaotic benevolence to a misjudged expectation of self-aggrandizement. Nalini skims across the mud to find the bi... View more info

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The Notebooks of Captain Georges [*SIGNED*]

By: Renoir, Jean (trans. by Norman Denny)

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1966)

Edition: First American Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20791

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy with light shelfwear, minor spotting/foxing to top of text block; jacket shows light wear at extremities and some rubbing/scuffing to the front panel, but less of the latter than usually seen on this book]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page: "Dear Mrs. Kellen - It is / a pleasure to meet a lover of / the arts such as yourself / at Junior's house. / Warmest regards / Jean Renoir / January 1967." Novel by the acclaimed film director, "the sensual memoir of a gentleman [and his] passionate love for a country girl," as revealed in his private notebooks.... View more info

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They Fell from God's Hands

By: Richter, Hans Werner (translated from the German by Geoffrey Sainsbury)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: 1956

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20505

Condition: Fair in Very Good dj


[front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting, otherwise a decent copy with slight bumping to a couple of corners, some age-toning to edges of text block; jacket a little edgeworn, minor chipping at top of spine, one tiny closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel]. Novel about "human beings caught in the turbulent maelstrom of war-torn Euroe of 1939 to 1950," specifically "ten men and women of different European nationality and political conviction [who] are thrust together in the melting pot of a D.P. camp." The book received the "René Scheckele Prize," ... View more info

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Josyane and the Welfare

By: Rochefort, Christiane (translated from the French by Edward Hyams)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Macdonald: 1963 (c.1961)

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Seller ID: 17218

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minor spotting to top edge, no significant wear; jacket front panel shows light surface rubbing/scraping, one tiny closed tear at top edge]. Novel about a young French woman who grows up on the outskirts of Paris, into a life "cushioned against reality by the candy-floss embrace of the Welfare State." The author was a noted feminist writer; the book is a classroom standard in France, but the English edition is very scarce. View more info

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The Long White Cloud; a novel of New Zealand

By: Rogers, Ray Mount

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3690

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, front cover just a bit bowed; jacket has some wear at edges/corners, a few small closed tears along top and bottom edges, small damaged (surface-peeled) strip (about 1/8" x 1/2") at bottom right of front panel]. The author's first novel, a story about steeplechase horse racing, inspired by his grandfather's tales of early New Zealand settlers. The title comes from the Polynesian Maori name for New Zealand--Aotearoa, or "the land of the long white cloud." View more info

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The New Commandment

By: Romanof, Panteleimon (translated by Valentine Snow)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1933

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21880

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear, slight exposure of boards at bottom corners, light soiling to top of text block; jacket has a number of tiny tears and edge-nicks, small ink stain near bottom corner of rear panel]. The author "is writing about love today, as it is under the Soviet. And here, as in 'Three Pairs of Silk Stockings,' the reader secures, in addition to a love story perfectly told, a clearer and more accurate insight into actual life in Soviet Russia than can be obtained in any other way." The New York Times gave the book a lengthy review, calling it "a brilliant p... View more info

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Golden Ophelia

By: Ruyslinck, Ward (translated from the Dutch by David Smith)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, Peter Owen: 1975 (c.1966)

Edition: 1st U.K. ed

Seller ID: 6970

ISBN: 0-7206-0064-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal wear to book; jacket mildly rubbed, one short irregular closed tear at top of front panel]. "The story of Stefan Pielek, a florist, who has watched plastic flowers replace the genuine, scented blooms he loves so much. Disenchanted with life, he applies for official permission to kill himself. Then he meets his Golden Ophelia, the most perfect rose of all, and briefly finds love in a world of materialism, cruelty and treachery, before that world reasserts itself..." The second of this author's novels to appear in English. View more info

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The Lost Child

By: Sanzara, Rahel (pseud. for Johanna Bleschke) (translated from the German by Winifred Katzin)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York/London/Toronto, Longmans, Green and Co.: 1929

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19684

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[square tight copy, minimal shelfwear, tiny stain on top edge; jacket a little faded at spine, small nicks at several corners (minimal paper loss), very shallow chipping to base of spine]. Psychological novel exploring "the shattering effects of the disappearance of little Anna on the farm world in which she lives, the mystery of Fritz, her foster brother and murderer, [and] the triumphant struggle of Christian, Anna's father, to protect his daughter's murderer and reconcile him to life." This was the first book by the author, who was primarily a dancer and film actress, and aroused gr... View more info

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After the Pardon [Dopo il perdono]

By: Serao, Matilde

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, The Stuyvesant Press: 1909

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 18436

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate external wear and light soiling to page edges, binding a little shaken but intact, sliglht bump to bottom front corner, one small surface nick on rear cover]. Originally published in Rome in 1906, this is one of numerous novels by Serao (1856-1927), a Greek-born Italian journalist and novelist, and a writer of renowned wit and intelligence. Her most notable achievement in the journalistic field was the co-founding, in 1891, of the daily newspaper Il Mattino, which remains today an important and widely read Neapolitan publication. Except for a period of residence in... View more info

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Dream Messenger

By: Shimada, Masahiko (translated by Philip Gabriel)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Tokyo, Kodansha International: 1992

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 15359

ISBN: 4-7700-1535-6

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, the tiniest bump to the top front corner of the book but otherwise no discernible wear; jacket shows only light handling wear to surface]. "Tokyo, New York, and uncharted territory of the imagination provide the setting for this remarkable, kaleidoscopic novel of life in the postmodern age." Originally published in Japan in 1989, this was the first of the author's novels to appear in English translation. (According to the copyright page, the book was "translated and adapted by Philip Gabriel with the permission of the author.") View more info

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The Thirty-first Floor

By: Wahloo, Peter (translated from the Swedish by Joan Tate)

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1967

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 3426

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


[moderate shelfwear, spine slightly turned; DJ heavily worn along fore-edge of both covers, a few small tears, mild soiling]. "A terrifying novel of a nation demoralized the a publishing empire." View more info

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Oberlin's Three Stages

By: Wassermann, Jacob (translated by Allen W. Porterfield)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1926)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19503

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very nice book, virtually as new with no significant wear, spine very slightly turned; jacket similarly nice, with a few tiny edge-nicks, minor crinkling at top of spine, slight darkening to spine]. Novel about a young aristocrat who becomes embroiled in a homosexual scandal at school in the First Stage, spends the Second Stage in a struggle with his mother for control of his soul, and in the Third Stage gets involved in an exotic crime. These "Stages" are bookended by an apparently unrelated story, "The Unknown Guest," and a novelette, "Sturreganz," described by a c... View more info