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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 boo... 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 ... 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 not... 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-background... View more info

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The Woman He Chose

By: Wallis, J.H.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23951

Condition: Very Good+ in Poor dj


[quite a decent copy of the book, with just a bit of shelfwear and some minor staining on the rear endpaper; the jacket, however, is a mess, with most of the bottom half of the front panel ripped away and missing, and additionally with a tear extending from the top of the front panel all the way down to the missing area (in other words, the jacket is in two pieces, held together only by the jacket protector)]. A lawyer defends a woman who's on trial for murdering her hu... View more info

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It's Different for a Woman

By: Ward, Mary Jane

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23685

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[a little shelfwear to bottom edge, slight fraying to cloth at one top corner, light staining to spine cloth; jacket heavily edgeworn, rubbed/scuffed, internal browning/discoloration (not noticeable from exterior)]. You thought "The Snake Pit," the author's semi-autobiographical 1946 best-seller giving a patient's-eye view of a psychiatric hospital, was harrowing? Well, brace yourself for this horrifying tale of a fortyish housewife's navigation of the perils o... View more info

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Vile Bodies

By: Waugh, Evelyn

Price: $1,200.00

Publisher: New York, Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith: 1930

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23613

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[spine turned, bumping and slight cracking at several corners (slight exposure of boards at top and bottom corners of front cover), wear/fading to cloth at ends of spine, spine lettering partially rubbed away; jacket moderately soiled, shallow chipping at both ends of spine, tiny tears at a couple of corners]. Second printing (one month after the first) of the first American edition of Waugh's second novel, a scathing satire of England's so-called "bright young thin... View more info

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"You Only Live TWICE"; the secret and private writings of two trip teasers

By: Webster, Dottie and Vicky

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Roger Buffington Press: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24017

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[good sound copy with moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, light soiling and age-toning to edges of text block; jacket edgeworn, arrowhead-size chip at bottom of front panel, about 1/2-inch paper loss at top of spine, small chip at top of rear panel, small tears and a bit of paper loss at most corners]. (pen and ink drawings) A sort of risque travel diary, written by a mother-and-daughter team in a style that I can't adequately summarize. The narrative voice switches from ... View more info

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Strictly Dishonorable [Photoplay Edition]

By: Weil, Joseph (from the play by Preston Sturges)

Price: $65.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23621

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[nice tight clean copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket well-worn at folds, front hinge split about one-third up from bottom, minor paper loss at spine extremities, light spotting on front panel]. (4 B&W film stills) Photoplay Edition, a novelization of Preston Sturges's play of the same name (his first big success, a hit on Broadway in 1929), issued to coincide with the release of the 1931 Universal film adaptation starring Paul Lukas and Sidney Fox. Illustrated with fo... View more info

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Tarzan, My Father

By: Weissmuller, Johnny Jr., with William Reed and W. Craig Reed

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Toronto, ECW Press: (c.2002)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24646

ISBN: 1-55022-522-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is clean and tight, with no discernible wear; jacket shows the teensiest bit of surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by Weissmuller's only son, who tells his father's "own version of his experiences at the hands of the major Hollywood studios," as well as his own "inside perspective on his father's life and career [including] interviews with his father's former wives, costars, and celebrity friends, recollections of conversations with his father ove... View more info

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Tycoons and Locusts: A Regional Look at Hollywood Fiction of the 1930s

By: Wells, Walter

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Carbondale/Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Press: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24650

ISBN: 0-8093-0606-9

Condition: Good in Very Good dj


[ex-library book, ffep removed, library stamp on top edge, "withdrawn" stamp inside, tape stains on covers and rear endpaper; the jacket is pretty nice-looking, minimal wear, spine has slight residue from removed call number label]. (Crosscurrents/Modern Critiques) Analysis of the major "Hollywood novels" of the 1930s (and 1940s), considered through the lens of regional fiction. Books discussed in detail are the usual suspects of the genre: "The Pos... View more info

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The Modern "Rake's Progress"

By: West, Rebecca; illustrated by David Low

Price: $300.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co.: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22734

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, minor bumping/rubbing to top corners, slight exposure of board at bottom corner of front cover, Christmas gift inscription (non-authorial) dated 1934 on ffep; jacket somewhat edgeworn, small chip at top right corner of rear panel, some paper loss at top corners of spine, small closed tears and associated creasing at bottom corners of front panel, shallow chipping along bottom edge of rear panel; all in all, though, still a colorful and attractive exa... View more info

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The Beckoning Fairground: Notes of a British Exile in Lotus Land [*SIGNED*]

By: Whitcomb, Ian

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, California Classics Books: (c.1994)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24639

ISBN: 1-879395-04-5

Condition: Very Good+


[minor wear at edges and corners]. Trade PB INSCRIBED ("For ____ / best wishes from") and SIGNED "Ian," on the title page, with a big circle drawn around his surname. "Whitcomb's irreverent, impassioned, often surreal interests not only pop music but autograph hounds, Joseph Wambaugh and his cop pals, life in Old El Monte, the riff-raff of Hollywood, Mae West, L.A. piano bars, cleaning the street and singing in post-riot Los Angeles, Rudy Vallee's d... View more info

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Damn Right I've Got the Blues: Buddy Guy and the Blues Roots of Rock-and-Roll

By: Wilcock, Donald E., with Buddy Guy

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Woodford Press: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23689

ISBN: 0-942627-13-X

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, minor edgewear to covers]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) A biography of guitarist-singer Buddy Guy, a composite portrait consisting primarily of numerous interview quotes (from Guy himself and other music luminaries such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Bill Wyman, Jeff Beck, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon and others). Foreword by Eric Clapton. Illustrated with more than 120 photographs (many by Rick Siciliano). View more info

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The Siege of Trencher's Farm

By: Williams, Gordon M.

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: 1969

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23759

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[a touch of foxing/spotting to top edge of text block, otherwise a nice clean book with only minimal shelfwear; jacket lightly rubbed, but unusual in that it has suffered almost none of the laminate-puckering that is quite common (at least in my experience with this book)]. "A novel of violence and riveting suspense," best (and somewhat unfairly) known as the basis for the 1971 Sam Peckinpah film STRAW DOGS, starring Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered academic wh... View more info

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Gahan Wilson's Still Weird [*SIGNED* with drawing]

By: Wilson, Gahan

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Forge/Tom Doherty Associates: 1994

Edition: 1st Edition (softcover issue)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24436

ISBN: 0-312-85779-9

Condition: Near Fine


[nice-looking book, with just a touch of surface wear to the covers, slight bends to bottom corners of about a dozen pages near the end of the book]. Trade PB (cartoon drawings) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author/cartoonist on the inside front cover: "To _____ / with my best wishes / Gahan Wilson"; accompanying the signature (and together with it covering the entire page) is a rough drawing of a lightning bolt, and at the bottom right is a small drawing of a wom... View more info

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A Woman Like Me

By: Wilson, Marjorie Damsey

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23934

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [spine a little turned, minor visible wear at a couple of corners]. This uncommon novel "is simply the story of Nancy Prager. Raised by a devoted elder sister to care for nothing but the preservation of her lovely face and body, Nancy ruthlessly sacrificed her family, her lovers, and her husband to satisfy her mad love for her own beauty. She lived for only one thought -- to preserve her looks, as she moved like another Helen of Troy through New Yo... View more info

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The Diggstown Ringers [*SIGNED*]

By: Wise, Leonard

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1978

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23644

ISBN: 0-385-13126-7

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket slightly scrunched at top rear hinge, "autographed copy" sticker on front panel]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "What happens to a sleepy southern town when three big-city hustlers appear on the scene? What on earth could Paul Augustus Caine, Charles 'The Fit' McCoy, and Buster Ferguson find in Diggstown to hustle? Diggstown -- where the citizens usually have nothing more on their minds than who's gonn... View more info

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Whistle Stop

By: Wolff, Maritta M.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1941)

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 23924

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [a nice tight clean book with no significant wear apart from a bit of scuffing to both covers, and slight yellowing to paper spine label]. A hard-boiled yarn about a family of shiftless lowlifes in an economically and culturally depressed small town on the outskirts of Detroit, this novel put its young author (just 22 when the book was published) on the literary map, earning special notoriety for its rather raw language as well as its thematic elements (... View more info

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Too Much Government

By: Wood, Charles Erskine Scott

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: 1931 (c.1930)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24190

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [external soiling and wear, spine lettering dulled, bumped corners, binding firm; internally clean except for two previous owners' possession indicators (one stamped, one handwritten) on ffep]. Proto-Libertarian treatise by this noted author/attorney, who lays out his basic philosophy right up front: "Each step by 'Government' which invades the full freedom of the peaceable individual in his own affairs is a step toward tyranny which, if not instantl... View more info