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Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci

By: Thrower, Stephen

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Guildford, England, FAB Press: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23969

ISBN: 0-9529260-6-7

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, vertical rubbed line on front cover, no other significant wear]. (B&W and color photos, graphics) A comprehensive survey of the career of Italian horrormeister Fulci (1927-1996), sometimes known as the "Godfather of Gore": "a journey through the wilder reaches of Italy's fertile film culture, taking a close-up look at the cinema's most daring and anarchic horror specialist -- a man willing to go ever further in search of the ultimate horrific set-piece." Includes plot synopses, analysis, production details and full credits for all of his 52 films, as well as... View more info

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Cold Steal; a Leonidas Witherall mystery

By: Tilton, Alice (pseud. for Phoebe Atwood Taylor)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22791

Condition: Good in Poor dj


[book is moderately shelfworn, spine somewhat turned, dust-soiling to top edge, internally quite clean; jacket soiled and dampstained along spine and extending onto both panels and flaps, with some chipping (or insect-nibbling) at top of spine]. Taylor's second book under the Tilton pseudonym, also the second in her series featuring Leonidas Witherall, "the man who looks like Shakespeare but sleuths like Sherlock Holmes," whose persona as a retired professor who procures rare books for wealthy but lazy Boston collectors masks his own secret life as an author of pulpish detective thril... View more info

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Lawyer Man

By: Trell, Max

Price: $400.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1932)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 23464

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, slight deterioration to cloth at top of spine, small bookseller's rubber stamp on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Cincinnati); jacket has a few small closed tears, shallow chip at top of spine, much shallower chipping elsewhere along top edge, minor paper loss at several corners and at base of spine]. Very scarce novel about a lawyer who was "much more than honest -- shrewd, brilliant, fearless [with] an accurate sense of humor, a trip-hammer wit, capacity for fact and logic, and especially a broad sympathy and understanding for all things human. To the... View more info

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A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson [*SIGNED*]

By: Troyan, Michael

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Lexington, The University Press of Kentucky: 2005 (c.1999)

Edition: First Paperback Edition

Seller ID: 24135

ISBN: 0-8131-9150-5

Condition: Fine


[lovely as-new book, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page; the inscription is to legendary M-G-M makeup artist William Tuttle, and expresses the author's gratitude for his contributions to the book. (There are nine index references to Tuttle, whose work with Garson dated back to the 1940s. He had devised the effects that allowed her to "age" from 18 to 84 in MRS. PARKINGTON (1944), and did her makeup for her very last acting role, in a 1982 episode of "The Love Boat.") The only full-length biography, I bel... View more info

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While the Crowd Cheers

By: Tunberg, Karl

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23702

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[solid clean book, with just a touch of wear at spine ends; jacket shows some wear along bottom edge, fading to spine, soiling to rear panel]. Novel about a "smashing, handsome, blond All-American football giant whose name was in every headline," who married a "smart, sophisticated, gorgeous, hero-worshipping, and ambitious" girl -- and "what happened to them after the roar of the crowd settled down to an unrecognizable whisper." Purporting to be "the first and only authentic revelation of what happens to the boys who are the scapegoats of the modern football racke... View more info

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Some Go Up

By: Tupper, Samuel Jr.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Robert M. McBride & Company: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23600

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minor shelfwear, light soiling to top of text block; jacket somewhat soiled and spotted, mild edgewear, a couple of tiny nicks at bottom of rear panel]. Novel about "white folks of the wide-awake modern South . . . dealing with fortune's universal seesaw, as experienced by two Southern families." The author, a native of Atlanta, presumably knew wherefrom he wrote; he published only two novels, both quite scarce, of which this was the first. View more info

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Newspaperwoman

By: Underwood, Agness

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: (c.1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24665

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [lightly shelfworn, spine lettering a little rubbed, tiny nick in spine cloth; bookplate of Hollywood writer-producer Carey Wilson on front pastedown]. Very hard-to-find, hard-boiled memoir by the legendary crime reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Express -- she was the first reporter to reach the scene of the "Black Dahlia" murder -- who in 1947 became city editor of the paper, one of the first women in the country to hold an editorial position at that level. Time magazine, reporting on her ascension to the post, observed that "Aggie can keep up with the boys a... View more info

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Before Caligari: German Cinema, 1895-1920 / Prima di Caligari: Cinema tedesco, 1895-1920

By: Usai, Paolo Cherchi, and Lorenzo Codelli, eds.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Pordenone (Italy), Edizioni Biblioteca dell'Immagine: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24432

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[slight scrunching to a few pages along fore-edge, no other significant wear; jacket slightly wrinkled along the top edge (the result of its being just a tad taller than the book itself), and with some careless pen-tip indentations in the front panel (virtually invisible against the black background)]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) A wide-ranging collection of articles and essays on the German cinema prior to THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI; published in conjunction with a retrospective at that year's Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Le Giornate del Cinema Muto). Although the cover title and jacke... View more info

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Fathers are Funny

By: Van de Water, Frederic F.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23033

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, mild bumping to top corners, one-time owner's signature and date at top of ffep; jacket a little worn along top and bottom edges, one tiny chip at bottom of front panel]. The author, "a father of twenty years experience" offers his "genial but rueful report on a job which he says is a 'combination of adventure, blindman's buff, guerrilla warfare and crossword puzzle.' ... He traces the ordeals and mystifications of a father from that first small cry in the maternity ward down through the myriad knotty problems of table manners, religion, swing mu... View more info

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The Wrong Body

By: Van Sickle, V.A.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York/London, Alfred A. Knopf: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23708

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


(in Grosset & Dunlap reissue dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight fraying to cloth at top of spine, top front corner bumped; jacket shows a little wear at edges and corners, faint staining at bottom corner of rear panel]. Mystery novel with a resurrectionist angle, involving a racketeer who's died in prison -- well, actually, he's basically volunteered to be executed by carbon monoxide gas, as part of his agreement to be the subject of an experimental technique designed to bring victims of such poisoning back to life -- the condition for his cooperation being that if it... View more info

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Firecrackers; a realistic novel

By: Van Vechten, Carl

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1925

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24675

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [spine slightly turned spine cloth a bit darkened, lower corners a teensy bit bumped, minor surface wear to covers; bookplate of Hollywood producer/writer Carey Wilson on front pastedown]. Now considered one of the emblematic books of the so-called Jazz Age, Van Vechten's "realistic novel" appeared just a few months after "The Great Gatsby," and shares with Fitzgerald's book an enigmatic figure (here named Gunnar O'Grady) whose actions affect many lives, and who the primary protagonist, the not-very-subtly-named Paul Moody, spends much of the book trying to fi... View more info

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"Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s

By: Verswijver, Leo

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company, Inc.: (c.2003)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23704

ISBN: 0-7864-1129-5

Condition: Near Fine


[a little curling to the front cover, otherwise nice and clean with just minimal handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The interviewees: actors Pat Boone, Jeff Corey, Beverly Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Jane Greer, Janet Leigh, Joan Leslie, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Luise Rainer, Paula Raymond, John Saxon, Jane Withers, and Jane Wyatt; producers/directors Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Stanley Kramer, Vincent Sherman, Robert Wise, and Fred Zinnemann. The interviews, conducted by the author (a Belgian schoolteacher), aren't presented in Q&A-transcript form, but rather as often-lengthy quotes dropped ... View more info

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It's All Mental

By: Vertès, [Marcel]

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Tudor Publishing Company: (c.1952, 1948)

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 24343

Condition: Very Good+


(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket) [some wear to spine extremities, a couple of bumped corners; generally an intact and attractive copy] (pen and ink drawings) Psychiatry-themed cartoons, blurbed as a "sophisticated and vastly-amusing spoof [in which] an international renowned artist casts of his inhibitions and sharply satirizes the more familiar foibles and follies of psychoanalysis -- that is, psychoanalysis with a capital SEX." According to the same (back-cover) blurb, the book had been "first published in an expensive limited edition [and] in France, where it appea... View more info

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The Judgment of Paris [*SIGNED*]

By: Vidal, Gore

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.: 1952

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23633

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, light spotting on top edge of text block, light staining to top edge of spine cloth; jacket edgeworn and lightly browned at edges, small stain at bottom corner of rear panel, very slight paper loss at spine ends and along bottom edge (insect nibbling?)]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Vidal's re-casting "in modern terms [of] the ancient legend of Paris and the Golden Apple" to tell the story of "a young American's year in post-war Italy, Egypt and France, of his adventures among the foreign cities, of his affairs with three temptresses,... View more info

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The Kindness of Strangers

By: Viertel, Salka

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23574

ISBN: 0-03-076470-X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight sound copy, light dust-soiling to top of text block, slight discoloration to half-title page; jacket in very nice condition, faint wear to extremities, would rate Near Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Fascinating memoir by the screenwriter whose Santa Monica Canyon home served as a gathering spot for the cultural and intellectual crème de la crème of European émigrés in Southern California during the 1930s and 1940s -- fascinating not least because of our knowledge (from other sources) that some of the most interesting parts of the aut... View more info

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Fun in a Chinese Laundry

By: von Sternberg, Josef

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24444

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[some deterioration to cloth (exposure of boards in a couple of tiny spots) along bottom edges of covers, light spotting to top edges of covers, otherwise and clean and tight book with minimal wear; jacket a bit edgeworn, heavily scuffed/rubbed along spine; see notes regarding provenance]. (B&W photographs) The great (and famously cranky) film director's autobiography. This copy once belonged to New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther; laid in at the rear is his book review assignment slip from the NYT (with some holograph notes scribbled on the verso) and the original 2-page Macmillan pr... View more info

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Hollywood Adventures: The Gregory Walcott Story [with accompanying letter from author]

By: Walcott, Gregory

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Wilson NC, The Wilson Daily Times: (c.2003)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24385

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[both book and jacket are as-new, with no discernible wear or blemishes]. (B&W photographs) Anecdotal memoir by a veteran movie and TV character actor, whose claim to cinematic immortality rests on his starring role in Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, legendarily "the worst film ever made." Walcott devotes a chapter -- a whole four pages! -- to the making of PLAN 9, which doesn't sound like much until you consider that almost all the other chapters in the book are even shorter (two pages is the average). In fact, even calling them "chapters" seems a bit much: about half of th... View more info

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Banjo

By: Walker, Frank

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24781

ISBN: 0-7181-1593-7

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[good sound copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, small red lip print on bottom edge of text block (presumably a remainder mark); jacket moderately rubbed, no tears or chips, a touch of wrinkling along top edge of front panel]. (pen and ink drawings) The author's second book about dogs, and his first about the "grueling but hilarious adventures" of the title pooch, a mongrel pup rescued from drowning in Leeds, England, who subsequently "became a delinquent in the back streets of Leeds, the instinct for survival gradually taking over and replacing his trust in humans." View more info

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Aerial Navigation; a practical handbook on the construction of dirigible balloons, aerostats, aeroplanes, and aeromotors

By: Walker, Frederick, C.E.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Crosby Lockwood and Son: 1902

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24662

Condition: Good


(pictorial buckram; no dust jacket) [shelfworn book, hinges cracked but webbing holding well enough, bumping to all extremities, small strip of cloth missing from top of spine, one-time owner's address label at bottom of ffep; it's an ex-library book, with some unfortunate scarring to endpapers from the removal of various labels, but only one overt library marking remaining, a single stamp on the last page of the text that reads "Bulawayo Public Library" (see notes)]. (pen and ink drawings) The most up-to-date how-to-fly book of its time, published a year before the Wright Brothers go... View more info

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Huddle!

By: Wallace, Francis

Price: $50.00

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

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 24120

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [ex-M-G-M Script Dept. copy, so identified by label on ffep, library stamp on ffep and several pages; light external soiling, slight darkening to spine cloth, small tears in the fore-edges of a couple of pages near the end of the book, due to careless opening; vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown (Satyr Book Shop, Hollywood/Los Angeles)]. The first novel by this sportswriter-turned-fictioneer, who (not surprisingly) often wrote sports-backgrounded stories, a number of which (including this college-football yarn) were made into movies, the most notable of which was pro... View more info