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He Fell Down Dead

By: Perdue, Virginia

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Co., for the Crime Club: 1943

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24357

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [faint spotting on front cover, age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's pencilled name on ffep]. Uncommon mystery novel by a largely unknown author. Per Hubin, this was the fourth of five mysteries Ms. Perdue turned out between 1941 and 1944, before falling down dead herself -- "found dead of natural causes in her bed yesterday by her mother in their home" in Los Angeles, per the L.A. Times of February 24, 1945, which also stated that she had moved to L.A. "for her health when she first became ill." (The same brief notice also reported, incorrectl... View more info

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Roundup Time: A Collection of Southwestern Writing [*SIGNED*]

By: Perry, George Sessions, ed.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York/London, Whittlesey House / McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1943)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24360

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, a couple of tiny dents in top and bottom edges of front cover]. SIGNED by the editor, an excerpt from whose novel "Hold Autumn in Your Hand" is included. This anthology is divided into four sections: Short Stories; Novels [excerpts only]; Biography; Criticism. The short stories are: "Early Marriage" (Conrad Richter); "Imogene Caraway" (George Milburn); "Maria Concepcion" (Katherine Anne Porter); "Ragged Individualist" (Don Brown); "So Little Freedom" (Paul W. Horgan); "A Pair of Red-topped Boots" (Jack... View more info

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The Beauty Queen

By: Pfeffer, Susan Beth

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24149

ISBN: 0-385-02256-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book at all; jacket shows only a bit of soiling]. An early work by this prolific young-adult fiction writer, probably best known for her science-fiction books. This one tells the story of a recent high-school graduate with ambitions to become a professional actress, but who is nagged by her mother to enter a local beauty contest -- which, "to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins," and then begins to become increasingly sucked into that world. This is a review copy, with the publisher's slip laid in (on which the author's middle name ... View more info

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Tryphena

By: Phillpotts, Eden

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19752

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very nice copy with virtually no wear to book; jacket is lightly soiled, a bit of wear along top and bottom edges, bottom corner of front flap (not price) clipped] Yet another of this astoundingly prolific author's novels, set (as are many, many others) in the Devonshire countryside. The title character is abandoned by her mother as an infant, then has her life get very complicated at the age of seventeen, when her father suddenly comes back into her life. Over the course of a half-century, Phillpotts turned out three or four novels a year; Agatha Christie was an admirer, as was Jorge Luis... View more info

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Renzo Piano: Logbook

By: Piano, Renzo, with the assistance of Roberto Brignolo (translated from the Italian by Huw Evans)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Monacelli Press: 1997

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24551

ISBN: 1-885254-65-2

Condition: Very Good+


[a bit of edgewear to covers, no other significant wear]. Trade PB (color photographs, architectural drawings, etc.) A sort-of memoir by the famed architect, as he chronicles his projects from the mid-1960s through 1996: "I have tried to relate these adventures here, so that this book may introduce many young people to the extraordinary ritual that is the making of architecture." (He does manage to squeeze out a two-page biography of himself near the end of the book, though.) Includes a register of his works, a list of his collaborators, and an extensive bibliography. View more info

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The Human Face

By: Picard, Max (translated from the German by Guy Endore)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1930)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23885

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [minimal wear, light age-toning to edges of text block; small vintage bookseller's label (Dora Ingram Book Shop and Library, Culver City, California) on rear pastedown]. (B&W plates) A philosophical treatise on the human visage, with heavy religious overtones. View more info

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Always Help a Bird (Especially With a Broken Leg)

By: Pintoff, Ernest

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1965)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 23651

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[a nice clean book, very light wear to extremities; jacket a little worn along bottom edge, "HarperCrest" gold-foil label at lower left corner of front panel, a little edgewear at front flap foldover]. How a "girl and boy rescue [an injured] bird -- and the part their mother plays in the bird's recovery -- are amusingly presented in this fresh and buoyant book." The first (and I believe only) children's book authored by Pintoff, a prolific television and occasional film director whose most enduring work is a group of five animated short films produced between 1957 and 1963, t... View more info

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Allied Artists Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films

By: Pitts, Michael R.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company: (c.2011)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23918

ISBN: 0786460466

Condition: Fine


[nice clean as-new book, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs, poster reproductions) An alphabetical guide to the more than 80 feature films in the stated genre that were released by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation between 1952 and 1977, plus 22 more (including the immortal cheapie THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) that were made by other companies but distributed for TV by Allied Artists. Included for each film are basic production credits, full cast credits, a plot synopsis, and a critical analysis. Among the films discussed are: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; HOUSE ON HAUN... View more info

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Billy Wilder / Leo McCarey

By: Poague, Leland

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Diego/New York/London, A. S. Barnes & Co. /The Tantivy Press: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24484

ISBN: 0-498-02181-5

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


(price-clipped) [a clean, attractive copy, with just a touch of wear to both book and jacket]. (The Hollywood Professionals, Volume 7) Series (B&W photographs) Critical discussions and filmographies on two major American film directors. The final entry in this series, it follows the pattern of combining one much-scrutinized and biographied director with another who remains rather overlooked -- there are several dozen books about Wilder, while it would be another 25 years after this before the appearance of another book about McCarey, and to my knowledge there are still just the two (at least ... View more info

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The Jaws That Bite

By: Pollice, Anthony

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Englewood Cliffs NJ, Prentice-Hall, Inc.: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24369

ISBN: 0-13-509745-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear, agency stamps (H.N. Swanson, Inc.) on ffep and half-title page, small pieces of clear tape on both pastedowns and at edges of both jacket flaps (from where jacket was formerly affixed to pastedowns); the jacket itself is just lightly soiled]. "A fast-paced, amusing, and lyrical narrative about the life in crisis of Saul Bannerman, middle-aged merchandising director of Beauty*Pore Cosmetic Co. Solly has all the material accoutrements of a reasonably successful man in our culture: a wife, a good job, a home in an upper-class suburb. Then out of nowhere ... View more info

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American Ballet Theatre, 1940-1984

By: Pontarelli, Robert, ed.; photography by Gregory Heisler

Price: $25.00

Publisher: [New York], Ballet Theatre Foundation, Inc.: (c.1984)

Seller ID: 23972

Condition: Very Good


[quite a bit of external handling wear (rubbing, light creasing), but internally Fine]. (color photographs) Souvenir program book, featuring full-length/full-page color photographs and short biographies of the members of the company. Principal dancers: Mikhail Baryshnikov (actually only a close-up, not a full-length shot; he was then almost halfway into his 9-year term as the company's artistic director), Patrick Bissell, Fernando Bujones, Cynthia Gregory, Cynthia Harvey, Susan Jaffe, Gelsey Kirkland, Robert La Fosse, Natalia Makarova, Kevin McKenzie, Magali Messac, Danilo Radojevic, Ross Str... View more info

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Hollywood, the Dream Factory: An Anthropologist Looks at the Movie-Makers

By: Powdermaker, Hortense

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1950

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23959

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[no significant shelfwear to book, but with small rust-stains (from paper clips?) at top and bottom edges of both endpapers; jacket shows light surface wear, with a long vertical wrinkle/crease in rear panel, short closed tear (all but invisible) at lower rear hinge]. A renowned "lady anthropologist who has perfected her investigative technique among primitive cultures" turned her sights on the movie capital, "a place of ritual, a place where the secrets of power are of magical significance, a place where superstition, sex and money mingle, where human values are distorted and som... View more info

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The House of Life

By: Praz, Mario (translated by Angus Davidson)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Oxford University Press: 1964

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24693

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very slight wear to bottom corners, otherwise a nice clean attractive book; jacket has a bit of edgewear, one tiny closed tear at top left front panel, tiny nick at top of rear panel, spine has a couple of small scuff marks and very shallow chip at the base]. (color and B&W photographs) An "intellectual and spiritual autobiography," the book presents its author's "description, room by room, object by object, of the ancient flat in the Via Giulia in Rome where [he] has lived for thirty years. [It is] the story of the life of a connoisseur of art and of literature, serious but not... View more info

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The Cambridge Companion to Kafka

By: Preece, Julian, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 2002

Edition: 1st printing (softcover issue)

Seller ID: 24034

ISBN: 0-521-66391-1

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean book, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB This anthology "offers a comprehensive account of Kafka's life and work, providing a rounded contemporary appraisal of Central Europe's most distinctive Modernist. Contributions cover all the key texts, and discuss Kafka's writing in a variety of critical contexts such as feminism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism and Jewish studies. The essays are well supported by a chronology of significant dates relating to Kafka and detailed guides to further reading, and will be of interest to students of German, Comparative Literature, and ... View more info

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The Linden Tree -and- An Inspector Calls

By: Priestley, J.B.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: [1948]

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23650

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[solid copy, but with some staining/spotting to top of text block, lighter spotting/foxing on fore-edge and bottom edge; jacket just lightly worn, with a handful of tiny insect-nibbles at top and bottom edges of both flaps]. The very scarce first American edition (albeit printed in England, per the copyright page) of two of Priestley's best-known plays, and in the case of "An Inspector Calls" certainly his most enduring. Adapted as a feature film in 1954, it's also been presented in numerous television and radio versions; out of critical fashion for many years since its debut in 1945 ... View more info

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Awake

By: Prior, Susan

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Pharos Editions: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23836

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[good sound copy, light soiling/age-toning to edges of text block; jacket edgeworn, soiled, with various small nicks and tears, moderate fading to spine]. I don't know if there's a genre into which one can comfortably plug this little oddity from an otherwise unknown author, but for present purposes let's just call it "Ruminative Fiction." It's the interior monologue of a modern woman in love -- or not -- with several different men, yet too troubled (in some vague undefined female way) to make up her mind just what she wants out of love, or life, or anything. Even the poor jacket-blu... View more info

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An Evil Spirit

By: Pryce, Richard

Price: $100.00

Publisher: London/Sydney, Griffith Farran & Co. Limited: 1892

Edition: "Revised"

Seller ID: 24744

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [well-worn book, tears to cloth at both ends of spine, front hinge cracked, ffep detached (laid in), frontispiece and title page about half-detached, one-time owner's name and private library number(?) written on front pastedown]. An early fictional treatment of the horrors of morphine addiction by this English author (1870-1942). The plot deals with a young governess who reacts to the shock of being jilted by her fiance by resorting to morphine injections to dull the pain (the drug is the "evil spirit" of the book's title, not any kind of supernatural being). Origin... View more info

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The Original Sin: A Self-Portrait [*SIGNED*]

By: Quinn, Anthony

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24929

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[top corners slightly bumped, a little fading along top and bottom edges of boards, light foxing to fore-edge, spine just a bit turned, clipped magazine review of the book affixed to ffep, pp.74-75 are severely discolored from a long-gone laid-in newspaper clipping; jacket a bit dog-eared at top of spine, a couple of small nicks at top and bottom of front panel, short closed tear at top front hinge + associated diagonal creasing at top of front panel, wrinkling/creasing along at bottom of rear panel]. INSCRIBED ("To Marilyn & / Nathan my / favorite / restauranteurs / Wherever you / are... View more info

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Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech

By: Randolph, Vance, and George P. Wilson

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Norman, University of Oklahoma Press: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23300

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[good solid book, moderate wear to extremities, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket is a bit on the tattered side, with numerous tears and chips, browning at spine, etc. (jacket is now protected by a new clear mylar cover)]. "In this delightfully written and entertaining book, Vance Randolph, who first visited the Ozark country in 1899, and his collaborator deal with the speech of these hill people who live in their shacks 'down in the holler.' [They] deal with many phases of Ozark speech, including pronunciation, grammar, Early English survivals, taboos and euphemisms, the u... View more info

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Jason; comedy in three acts

By: Raphaelson, Samson

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service: (c.1942)

Edition: Acting Edition

Seller ID: 24364

Condition: Very Good


[slight discoloration to covers, short diagonal bend at lower right corner of front cover (also affecting first couple of pages), tiny tear in bottom edge of front cover; one-time owner's signature on ffep]. (frontispiece photo of stage setting) Comedy about a snooty drama critic who is brought down to earth and taught the facts of life by a free-spirited playwright (somewhat modeled after William Saroyan, at least in the opinion of Brooks Atkinson in the NY Times). The original 1942 Broadway production starred Alexander Knox and Nicholas Conte (who changed his name to Richard Conte when he ... View more info