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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 husband, secures her acquittal, and falls in love with her in the process. "With the winning of this case, Drake was a cha... 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 of domestic life in the suburbs. Oh, I know, the jacket design and blurb try to soft-pedal it as a "gay and true-to-life ... View more info

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The Man Who Killed the Deer [*SIGNED*]

By: Waters, Frank

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Sage Books: [1970] (c.1942)

Edition: Reprint

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24740

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light wear to edges and extremities, spine cloth faded (gilt spine lettering still fully readable), faint partial beverage-ring stain on front cover]. (The American Library) Series INSCRIBED ("To ___________ / In friendship / and / with best wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Reprint, in "The American Library" series of this classic novel of Pueblo Indian life, generally considered Water's best work. Signed by Author View more info

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Vile Bodies

By: Waugh, Evelyn

Price: $950.00

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 things" and their dissolute ways. Basis for the 2003 film BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, written and directed by Stephen Fry. Fun fac... 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 the third person to the first person (with numerous interjections of "I, Vicky" or "I, Dottie," just to help ... 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 four stills from the film (frontispiece + 3 in text). The original Sturges play, thanks to his subsequent fame, remains fairly... 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 over the years," etc., all adding up to "a sensitive but unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans... 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 Postman Always Rings Twice" (James M. Cain), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (Horace McCoy), "Hope of Heaven... 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 example of the scarce original jacket]. (color illustrations) A collaboration between West, "England's cleverest woman writ... View more info

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Colour Photography

By: Wheeler, (Capt.) Owen

Price: $25.00

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24789

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn, front cover gilt lettering heavily rubbed, bumped at several corners, light fraying at spine extremities, one-time owner's name markered out on front pastedown, some foxing to endpapers]. (B&W and color plates) "This does not profess to be compendium of Colour Photography, but merely a guide to the practice of processes which are well within the scope of the amateur of average means with some experience of ordinary monochrome work. There are other books in which the subject is treated more comprehensively, and in far greater detail, [but] the write... 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 dog, and the ghosts of 'B' Westerners among the rocks of Lone Pine, California. America, and Los Angeles, seen through Ian Wh... View more info

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The Professional: Lyndon B. Johnson [*SIGNED* (autopen) by Johnson]

By: White, William S.

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: (c.1964)

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 24853

Condition: Very Good+ in Good+ dj


[light shelfwear to book, spine slightly turned; jacket moderately edgeworn with a bit of scuffing, a number of tiny tears and shallow chipping along top and bottom edges of rear panel]. SIGNED (autopen) by the 36th President on the half-title page: "With best wishes, / Lyndon B. Johnson." An uncritical-bordering-on-hagiographic biography of LBJ, by a newspaper columnist and fellow Texan who had been a close personal friend since the 1930s. How uncritical was it?: many copies of the 4th printing were personally autographed by Johnson and sent to Democratic delegates in advance of th... 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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Captain Kidd and His Skeleton Island

By: Wilkins, Harold T.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Liveright Publishing Corporation: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24107

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[light shelfwear, moderate age-toning to edges of text block, attractive gold-foil endpaper maps; jacket has very shallow paper loss at top of spine, a little wear to base of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W plates, endpaper maps) Uncommon biography of the supposed pirate, William Kidd, who in the author's view (per the jacket blurb) "was railroaded to the gallows [in 1701] by 'fair weather' friends" -- essentially scapegoated for the misdeeds of others. In some measure the book is a bit of a tease: the author refers extensively to Kidd's "Original Authentic Charts of Sk... 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 who gets in touch with his Inner Beast after his wife is brutally raped by a bunch of rural Cornwall lowlifes (a scene, inciden... View more info

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The Girl and the Game, and Other College Stories

By: Williams, Jesse Lynch

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1908

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24727

Condition: Near Fine


(decorated dark green cloth; no dust jacket) [sharp-looking copy, very slight wear at a couple of corners, gilt lettering and decoration on front cover and spine quite bright and attractive]. (B&W illustrated plates) Eight short stories of college life -- based, no doubt, on the author's experiences at Princeton, although no particular school is named in the book. (It was, in fact, his third book of such tales, having been preceded by "Princeton Stories" (1895) and "The Adventures of a Freshman" (1899).). In addition to the eight stories, there are eight additional shorter p... View more info

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Suddenly Last Summer

By: Williams, Tennessee

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, New Directions: (c.1958)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24713

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[a little visible wear to book at both ends of spine, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket is very nice, with a barely-noticeable one-inch crack along the upper front hinge, a touch of darkening to the spine and one tiny stain on the rear panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Williams's slightly longish one-act play (in four scenes) about an elderly widow who tries to bribe a doctor to perform a lobotomy on her troublesome niece, largely to prevent her from revealing the homosexuality of her dead son. Originally presented with another Williams one-act, "Something Unspoken," under the umbrel... 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: 0312857799

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 woman with a thought balloon over her head, thinking "What a neat wallpaper that would make!" This book, "Wilson's ... 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 York's kaledoscopic society. A really extraordinary first novel, and psychologically and pathologically one of the most intere... 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 (including incest and domestic violence). It was adapted into a somewhat watered-down film version in 1946, starring Ava Gard... View more info