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The Streets of Askelon [*SIGNED*]

By: Aspler, Tony

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Secker & Warburg: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12976

ISBN: 0-436-02230-3

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light shelfwear, minor dust-soiling to top edge; jacket heavily worn at edges, spine sunned, tiny tears at most corners and spine ends]. INSCRIBED ("To ____________ / with best wishes") and SIGNED and dated (Oct. 1972) by the author on the ffep. Novel about a Brendan Behan-like Irish poet who "has just concluded a highly successful, highly scandalous American tour. Reluctantly he accepts a last-minute extension to take in Montreal. It proves a disastrous decision. On his arrival he is ignored, but fame comes to him after his arrest in a brothe... View more info

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Without a Stitch

By: Bjørneboe, Jens (translated from the Norwegian by Walter Barthold)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press: (c.1969)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21191

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book with just the teensiest bumping to the bottom corners; jacket also very nice, but with a few pen-point indentations (no ink marks, however) on the front panel, as though someone once used it momentarily as a scribble pad]. First-person narrative novel about a "19-year-old girl troubled by her frigidity with boys" who discovers her Lesbian libido via a serious fight with a girlfriend, "complete with scratching, hair-pulling, and fists." Purportedly "widely published in Europe" without incident, it ran into trouble in the author's native Norway, with the... View more info

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The Shrouded Woman

By: Bombal, Maria-Luisa

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Company: 1948

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20307

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy with minimal shelfwear, a trace of spotting to top page edges; jacket equally nice, with one tiny chip at bottom of rear panel, slight wrinkling at top of front panel]. The second novel by this highly-regarded Chilean writer tells "the story of a beautiful and violent woman, who sees clearly, only after death, the intricate pattern which her passions made in the lives of those who were close to her." Bombal lived in the U.S. for about thirty years (ca. 1940-1970); this was her second book to appear in English, and the publishers chose to completely obscure the fact th... View more info

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Mitsou; or, How Girls Grow Wise

By: Colette (translated by Jane Terry)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Albert & Charles Boni: 1930

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 19718

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice book with just a touch of shelfwear, remnant of removed price-sticker on rear pastedown; jacket shows just a little wear and minor wrinkling at spine ends]. (drawings) The second of Colette's novels to be published in the U.S. (following "Cheri" the year before), this story of "a Parisian dancing girl and her Lieutenant in Blue" intensified the vogue for her works in America, which lasted until about halfway through the Depression. Filmed in 1956, in France, by director Jacqueline Audrey, starring Danièle Delorme, Fernand Gravey, and François Guérin. View more info

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Renée, La Vagabonde

By: Colette (translated from the French by Charlotte Remfry-Kidd)

Price: $400.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1931

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20127

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear, light dust-soiling/spotting to top edge; jacket browned/discolored/faded at spine, otherwise just lightly worn and quite attractive] Novel about "the darling of the Paris music halls," miserable in her marriage to an unfaithful fop of a husband, and her passionate love for "a big, simple, straightforward landholder from the provinces." (Ah, it's always the big, simple, straightforward ones, isn't it? Especially if they're landholders.) The novel, based on Colette's own experiences, was originally published as "La Vagabonde" in Fra... View more info

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Autumn Serenade [*SIGNED*]

By: Conhaim, D. László

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Prague, The Prague Review Books: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20703

ISBN: 80-902291-15

Condition: Near Fine


[a little fading to spine and along left edge of front cover, no other significant wear]. Trade PB INSCRIBED ("For _____, With very best wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally dated "Prague, 16.4.'99." Novel about a one-armed American novelist (he lost the other one running with the bulls in Pamplona in his youth), divorced, childless, and past his prime, living on an island off the Mallorcan coast. His fascination with a young photographer leads him to Madrid and "an exotic misadventure involving jazz, luxury hotels, the Prado Museum, virulent criti... View more info

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The Diaboliques (The Blue Jade Library)

By: D'Aurevilly, Jules Barbey (translated from the French, with an introduction, by Ernest Boyd)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1925

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 11831

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid clean copy, mild shelfwear; no jacket, but laid in are three pieces that appear to have been clipped from the jacket, describing this work and listing several others "in preparation" in the series]. (The Blue Jade Library) Series The author "was one of Beaudelaire's favorite authors. His style has been described by one of his contemporaries as a mixture of 'tiger's blood and honey,' and Edmund Gosse speaks of 'his strange intensity,' his 'sensual and fantastic force.' All his qualities are present in this famous volume, which is regarded as his masterpiec... View more info

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Out of Such Fires

By: Devanny, Jean

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1934)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21194

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [light age-toning and mild soiling to edges of text block, a touch of shelfwear to bottom corners; jacket edgeworn, with a bit of creasing, 1-1/2" closed tear at bottom left corner of front panel, minor paper loss at a few corners, tiny chip at top of rear panel, light soiling to rear panel]. "The chief character is an English girl, a writer in search of new experience. She finds it in overwhelming measure when she enters the Jerumba sheep station [in Australia] as a servant. For there she crashes against the antipathy of the vilest woman character that any author has... View more info

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My Neighbors: Stories of the Welsh People

By: Evans, Caradoc

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Howe: 1920

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22236

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [a good sound copy with perhaps a touch of weakness to the front hinge, light wear to corners, very slight fraying to cloth at top front joint]. The Welsh author's third book, somewhat in the vein of his first, "My People" (1915), which is now regarded by some critics as "perhaps the first genuinely modern work of Anglo-Welsh literature" (Wikipedia), and has been cited as a direct influence on the early work of Dylan Thomas. Evans was a controversial figure, widely reviled in Wales for his brutally satiric portrayals of his countrymen and of the Welsh establi... View more info

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Inshallah

By: Fallaci, Oriana

Price: $135.00

Publisher: New York, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14539

ISBN: 0-385-41987-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[beautiful copy, the slightest trace of dust-soiling to top edge, otherwise appears unread; jacket bright and attractive, with only very slight wrinkling at spine ends]. "Oriana Fallaci's great achievement, a twentieth-century epic about the catastrophic civil war in Lebanon." Jacket blurb quotes critical comparisons with Hemingway and Malraux. (Originally published in Italy in 1990; the translation is by Fallaci herself, "from a translation by James Marcus.") View more info

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Fashions in Marriage

By: Farrère, Claude (pseud. for Frédéric-Charles Bargone) (translated by Harold Strauss)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred H. King: (c.1930)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22077

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[good solid book, minor wear to extremities, mild bumping to bottom corners, small indentation in fore-edge; jacket chipped at base of spine, extending into bottom of rear panel (no loss of text), dampstained along front hinge and on spine, minor paper loss at a couple of corners]. Novel about a young girl who is tricked into a so-called "white marriage" with a diplomat and man of fashion, all for the convenience of her scheming mother (who is the guy's lover). Complications ensue, portrayed by the Prix Goncourt-winning author (back in 1905) "with an eye to color and fine psychol... View more info

The Ultimate Threshold: A Collection of the Finest in Soviet Science Fiction

By: Ginsburg, Mirra, ed. and trans.

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Penguin Books: 1978 (c.1970)

Edition: 1st ed. thus

Seller ID: 5540

ISBN: 0-14-004873-1

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate exterior wear]. Mass Market PB Thirteen stories from the 1960's, by Henrik Altov, Gleb Anfilov, Anatoly Dneprov, Vladimir Grigoriev, Olga Larionova, Herman Maximov, Roman Podolny,Igor Rosokhovatsky, Vladimir Shcherbakov, Ilya Varshavsky, Mikhail Yemtsev and Yeremey Parnov. View more info

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Maud's House

By: Gough, William

Price: $30.00

Publisher: [n.p.], Breakwater: [1984]

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9581

ISBN: 0-919519-87-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[a bit of wear at spine ends, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows minimal handling wear]. "This novel is set in Newfoundland and it features one of the strongest characters in Newfoundland fiction. The strength of the tangy Newfoundland male as a character in fiction is legendary, but [the author] now presents the overwhelming image of the real power in the Newfoundland outport -- the woman. An unforgettable portrait of a character with the strength of steel, but the soul and innocence of a child." [NOTE that the ISBN on the dust jacket (and entered with this description) is ... View more info

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Beau Clown

By: Grimault, Berthe (translated by Diana Athill)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Rinehart & Company, Inc.: (c.1957)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 19163

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[very nice copy, minimal shelfwear, slight age-toning to pages but much less than usually seen in Rinehart books from this period; jacket shows a bit of wear at edges and corners]. Blurbed as "perhaps the most remarkable novel ever written by a child," this "astounding revelation of one child's nightmare world" was the creation of one of those youthful-literary-prodigy-sensations of the time, a barely-literate 14-year-old French farm girl who was able to get it down on paper with the help of a neighbor, Eliézer Fournier, who explains his contributions in an explanatory note a... View more info

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August

By: Hamsun, Knut (translated from the Norwegian by Eugene Gay-Tifft)

Price: $225.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: 1931

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19747

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[good solid book with minimal shelfwear to bottom edge, vintage bookseller's label (Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket a bit edgeworn and lightly soiled, with a handful of tiny nicks and edge-tears]. First American edition of this late work by the great Norwegian writer, recipient of the 1920 Nobel Prize for Literature. It's a continuation of the saga of the title character, introduced in Hamsun's 1927 novel "Wayfarers" (published in America as "Vagabonds"); his next book, "The Road Leads On" (1933), completed what's known as "the Wayfarers... View more info

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Eros Invincible (translated from the German with an Introduction by William A. Drake)

By: Huch, Ricarda

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: 1931

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 19221

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid book with very slight fraying to cloth along bottom edge of rear cover, minor fading to cloth at spine ends; jacket edgeworn and moderately faded, with a small chip at upper right-hand corner of front panel, another skinny chip at bottom of front panel (about 1/4" wide and 3/4" tall), slight paper loss at spine ends, various other tiny nicks and creases]. Although the last (of just four) of this major German writer's books to appear in English translation, it was actually her first novel, originally published in 1893 as "Erinnerungen von Ludolf Ursleu dem Jü... View more info

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Amrita

By: Jhabvala, R[uth] Prawer

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.: 1956 (c.1955)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 18687

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [a bit of shelfwear to lower extremities and top of spine, small stain on rear cover, smaller (and very light) stain on top page edges, front hinge a little weak but not cracked or split; jacket is edgeworn, with a few tiny nicks and a vertical crease in the rear panel]. This "affectionate and witty comedy of manners" set in modern New Delhi, India, deals with "a well-bred young girl in revolt from her family," in particular by falling in love with a young man from a much different social class. "The story of the young couple is complicated not only by the ... View more info

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Into a Black Sun

By: Kaiko, Takeshi (translated by Cecilia Segawa Seigle)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Tokyo/New York/San Francisco, Kodansha International: 1980

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22547

ISBN: 0-87011-428-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book with no discernible wear, very slight fading to cloth along top edge; jacket slightly scrunched and torn at top of spine, virtually unnoticeable in new jacket protector]. "A full-blooded, tough-minded, and intensely moving evocation of Vietnam in the mid-'60s, rooted firmly in the firsthand experiences of a former special correspondent who was, for a time, a 'guest' of the Viet Cong." As depicted in this novel, the Vietnam conflict "is a quieter war than the Vietnam of later accounts. Above all, it is an Asian war, witnessed by an Asian writer." (Originally... View more info

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The Innocent Gunman

By: Lacroix, Jean-Paul (translated from the French by Hugh Shelley)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, Elek Books: 1957

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Seller ID: 21167

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, spine a bit turned; jacket quite nice, would rate Near Fine but for the somewhat clumsy price-clipping (which removes just a tiny corner of the jacket flap text)]. Comic novel about "Fiérot Le Pou" (get it?), a gangster who "had risen -- over forty years and via Sing Sing and Alcatraz -- to control PRA, the largest criminal combine in France." Yep, he's a big shot, all right, but he's also got a big problem: his only son, Frankie, despite being "born with a silver flick-knife in his fingers and with all the promise of a golden future as ... View more info

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The Little Town

By: Mann, Heinrich (translated from the German by Winifred Ray)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1931

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19639

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[book has just a touch of wear at the extremities, vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco department store) on rear pastedown; jacket heavily rubbed and scuffed (especially on rear panel), paper loss at both ends of spine, numerous tiny edge-nicks]. Novel about an "undisturbed" small town which is visited, and awakened, by a traveling opera company; originally published in Germany in 1909 as "Die kleine Stadt." The elder brother of Thomas Mann, the author is probably best known for his 1905 novel "Professor Unrat" (published much later in America a... View more info