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Send Me Down

By: Steig, Henry

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1941

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24359

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[light shelfwear, red marker line on ffep, tiny stain on fore-edge; jacket edgeworn (with several small holes along rear foldover and front hinge), browned at spine, shallow chipping at spine ends, miscellaneous other small nicks and rubbed spots]. "The story of two brothes who grow up in New York and study music the way millions of other kids do, but develop the peculiar genius which eventually brings them into the world of jazz. ... One of the brothers becomes a great band leader, a fashionable and fabulously successful 'king of swing.' The other enters its underworld of 'hot' hazz musi... View more info

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John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet: A Journal of Rehearsals

By: Sterne, Richard L.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1967)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 23980

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, with just a touch of wear to book at spine ends; extremely light bits of wear to the jacket at a couple of corners]. (B&W photographs) "In this fascinating journal of rehearsals, [the author] provides theatre lovers, Shakespearean savants, seriuos students of drama, and the casual reader with a permanent record of Shakespearean interpretation by two of the most famous actors of our time -- John Gielgud and Richard Burton. As well as the journal of rehearsals, this volume includes the prompt-script of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with the stage directions, cuts, and emphases Giel... View more info

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Novel of Michelangelo [*SIGNED* limited edition]

By: Stone, Irving

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Franklin Center PA, The Franklin Library: 1977

Edition: Signed/Limited Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24828

Condition: Fine


(full leather w/gilt decoration, raised bands on spine, all edges gilt; no dust jacket, as issued; silk ribbon marker bound in) [as new, with no discernible wear]. SIGNED on a blank page at the front by the author, who has also contributed a two-page "special message to subscribers" for this printing. ***NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book may apply for non-U.S. customers, or for Priority Mail shipping within the U.S. (Media Mail shipping is still free, however); if this causes you concern, please inquire before placing your order.*** Signed by Author View more info

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Secret Agent X-9 and the Mad Assassin

By: Storm, Robert

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Racine WI, Whitman Publishing Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23845

Condition: Good+


(stiff card covers) [binding intact, with only modest external wear, mostly in the form of the bumped and worn corners that BLBs are prone to; unfortunately the front cover has been somewhat blemished by some misguided, pencil-wielding child (I assume) who has inserted a single line inside each of the letters on the cover]. (The Better Little Book, No. 1472) Series Better Little Book adaptation of "the Famous Detective Strip," which had the distinction of being created (in 1934) by Dashiell Hammett, and originally drawn by Alex Raymond. Both departed the strip early on, however, and a... View more info

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The Motion Picture Theater: Planning, Upkeep

By: Stote, Helen M., ed.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Society of Motion Picture Engineers, Inc.: 1948

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24785

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[book is nice and clean, with just a touch of shelfwear; jacket has small tears at most corners with a bit of associated paper loss at same, some horizontal creasing along top edge due to having long been mis-aligned on the book]. (B&W photographs, tables, figures) "Thirty-eight articles on the technical aspects of motion picture theater planning, construction, maintenance, modernization, and theater television, prepared for presentation before the Society of Motion Picture Engineers." Following two introductory articles, the pieces are arranged in eight categories: Physical Construc... View more info

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Miss Peggy Lee: A Career Chronicle [*SIGNED*]

By: Strom, Robert

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC, McFarland & Company: (c.2005)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24464

ISBN: 0786495685

Condition: Very Good+


[very slight dog-earing to a couple of cover corners, soft diagonal crease in lower section of rear cover, bumped at top rear cover at spine]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the half-title page. "From her birth on May 26, 1920, to her final recording on August 26, 1995, to the New Yorker's obituary from February of 2002, this chronological record covers every moment of [Peggy Lee's] professional life. Detailed entries describe recordings (both albums and songs), radio and television appearances, her work in films, and her songwriting efforts, drawing... View more info

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The Pink Palace Revisited: Behind Closed Doors at the Beverly Hills Hotel

By: Stuart, Sandra Lee, and John Prince

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Fort Lee NJ, Barricade Books Inc.:

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24388

ISBN: 0-942637-84-4

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[the faintest bit of foxing on top edge of text block, otherwise a nice clean book; jacket a bit rubbed, one tiny puncture-wound at left edge of front panel]. (B&W photographs) A follow-up to Stuart's 1978 book "The Pink Palace," this volume provides "an up-to-the-minute look at what has happened to the Beverly Hills Hotel in recent times [and] an insider's peek behind the scenes of one of the most famous hotels in the world [where] virtually every star and wannabe has scooped avocado dip in the legendary Polo Lounge." (Her newly-acquired co-author, John Prince, is described ... View more info

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Children of Ruth

By: Sutton, Marvin

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Greenberg: Publisher: (c.1934)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23310

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, slight bumping/fraying to bottom front corner, faint bookseller's vintage rubber stamp (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, California) at bottom corner of front pastedown; jacket shows some wear along top edge, a few tiny nicks and tears, light scuffing]. Per the jacket blurb, this novel, first published in England in 1933, is "an absorbing and moving story of English countryside life [which] presents vividly the conflict of slow-dying feudal conditions and the spread of urban influences." Various laudatory quotes from various British reviewers... View more info

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Hollywood Undressed: Observations of Sylvia, as Noted by Her Secretary

By: Sylvia

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Brentano's: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23878

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [spine moderately turned, fading/rubbing to spine (lettering almost unreadable), top front corner bumped, one-time owner's modest embossed library stamp on both endpapers, vintage bookseller's label (Satyr Book Shop, Hollywood) on rear pastedown]. A sort-of biography of "Madame Sylvia" (real name, Sylvia Ulback, nee Symnove Johanne Waaler), a Norwegian-born masseuse-cum-dietary/fitness guru to the stars, who during her years in Hollywood (1926-1931) seemingly laid hands on just about every female star of any standing (and a few males too), at least if this furiously na... View more info

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Call Her Savage

By: Thayer, Tiffany

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: [1932] (c.1931)

Edition: PhotoPlay Edition

Seller ID: 23343

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear (mostly to bottom edges), covers very slightly warped, small light spot on fore-edge; jacket is edgeworn, about 1/2" paper loss at top of spine, several small edge-tears, some wrinkling/creasing along top and bottom edges, still colorful and attractive withall]. (pen and ink drawings) Heavy-breathing story of a "half-breed" and her tribulations, made into a howlingly outrageous movie starring Clara Bow (one of her last roles) in 1932, for which this printing is a tie-in, featuring a beautiful dust jacket portrait of red-haired Clara. (Unlike photoplay editions of... View more info

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God Have Mercy on Me!: From the Diaries of a Lost Soul

By: The Author of 'No Bed of Roses' [Marjorie Erskine Smith]

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Gold Label Books: 1941 (c.1931)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 23714

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, minor wear and slight bumping at several corners, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket has some very tiny tears and a bit of wrinkling along the top and bottom edges, very slight paper loss at a few corners, lightly soiled but still bright and garishly attractive]. The second book in the "Lost Soul Trilogy" (I don't think anybody's actually ever called it that, but it sounds good, doesn't it?), originally published in 1931 as an opportunistic follow-up to the sensational "No Bed of Roses." The books were written by one-time N.Y. Evening... View more info

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Harper's Bazaar Beauty Book

By: The Editors of Harper's Bazaar

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc.: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23639

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[light wear to book at extremities, spine very slightly turned; jacket has various small tears, heavy wear along right edge of front panel, some shallow chipping along top edge, a bit of creasing, paper loss to top of spine, and over time has "stretched" a little bit and hence fits somewhat loosely on book]. "Every woman has at least one acquaintance who seems to ride the years with grace, acquire admirers effortlessly and even teach her children to have a well-groomed look from cradlehood up. How does she manage to do it? What is the secret which makes her unique among her frie... View more info

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The Last Picture Shows: Edinburgh: Ninety years of cinema entertainment in Scotland's capital city

By: Thomas, Brendon

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Edinburgh, Moorfoot Publishing: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23928

ISBN: 0-906606-09-8

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean book with no significant wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "An alphabetically-listed description of Edinburgh [and Leith] cinemas past and present." View more info

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Black Bart Brigade: The Outlaw Magazine (issue number 1, November 1971)

By: Thomas, Irv, ed. ("Chief Outlaw")

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Canyon CA, The Black Bart Brigade: 1971

Edition: (No. 1)

Seller ID: 24838

Condition: Near Fine


[light handling wear, old address label (mostly peeled off) on rear cover]. (B&W graphics) Not exactly "countercultural," rather a sort of personal-liberationist periodical from the late-hippie (or early-New Age) era. As befitting an inaugural issue, there's quite a bit of space given over to statements of aims and philosophies, etc., e.g.: "Black Bart Brigade is primarily directed toward middle-age, middle-class, middle-income America, the kind of people who seldom go out of their way to find liberating publications." Contents include: "Alternative: The New Vocations Pro... View more info

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Howard Hughes in Hollywood

By: Thomas, Tony

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Secacus NJ, Citadel Press: (c.1985)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23854

ISBN: 0-8065-0976-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minimal shelfwear, a tiny trace of foxing to top of text block; jacket lightly rubbed, minor edgewear, soft vertical crease at bottom of front panel]. (B&W photographs) "A complete account of Howard Hughes's career as a film mogul," a spotty track record that includes such classics as HELL'S ANGELS, SCARFACE and THE OUTLAW (all of which are discussed at some length) and such turkeys as MAD WEDNESDAY (aka THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK), VENDETTA and THE CONQUEROR. (Come to think of it, I should have included THE OUTLAW with the turkeys, too.) About a third of the book is devoted to Hu... View more info

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In Araby Orion

By: Thompson, Edward

Price: $20.00

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

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24356

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good solid book, spine lettering heavily rubbed, a little fading to black cloth at and adjacent to spine, some dust-soiling to top of text block; ownership signature of American poet-novelist Sanora Babb on half-title page; vintage bookseller's label from the famous Hollywood bookseller Stanley Rose Ltd. Fine Books on rear pastedown]. (pen and ink drawings) Anti-war novella, derived from Thompson's service in Palestine with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force during World War I. "The whole humor, passion and tenderness of war is captured here in little, in a delicate and sha... View more info

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Cropper's Cabin

By: Thompson, Jim

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Berkeley, Black Lizard Books: 1987

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 24329

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean tight book, with just a touch of edgewear to covers here and there]. "Tommy was just a country boy but he thought he knew the difference between right and wrong -- it was touch to be sure about things, though, when either Mary or Donna were around. If it hadn't been for them, well, maybe nobody would have gotten killed." (Yeah, that's right -- blame it on the women.) Introduction (exclusive to this series) by Barry Gifford, who states quite rightly: "Nobody else ever wrote books like these." View more info

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Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles [*SIGNED*]

By: Thomson, David

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24483

ISBN: 0-679-41834-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice attractive copy, just the teensiest bit of shelfwear to book; jacket similarly nice, soft vertical crease and short corner crease in front flap, minor external handling wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED simply ("To ________") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The "story" in the subtitle was quite deliberately chosen by the author, one of our finest writers on film, who has taken a novelistic approach to Welles's life and who has the writing chops to pull it off, producing a biography that "summons up the man and the artist and does justice to the genius a... View more info

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Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts [*SIGNED*]

By: Thomson, David

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24573

ISBN: 0-679-45115-3

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear to book; the jacket has some minor surface wear and some very slight wrinkling along the top of the rear panel]. INSCRIBED briefly ("To ________") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author "is at his incomparable best in this stunning collection of essays on Hollywood films -- their stars and the illusions they create. He explorres a sort of twilight zone where film actors and the characters they play become part of our reality, as living beings and as ghosts, residing on or buried beneath Mulholland Drive, or wanderin... View more info

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Okay for Sound: How the Screen Found Its Voice

By: Thrasher, Frederic M., ed.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1946)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24578

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[virtually no wear at all to the book; the jacket is lightly soiled, scuffed along the spine, with some paper loss surrounding the base of the spine and a short closed tear and associated creasing at the bottom right corner of the front panel]. (B&W photographs) A history of how sound recording was introduced to the movies, with heavy emphasis (and credit) given to the contributions of Warner Bros. -- not too surprisingly, since Warners was also the primary mover behind the movie industry's "20th Anniversary of Talking Pictures" campaign in 1946. Although there's no overt sponsorship... View more info