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Cinema Treasures: A New Look at Classic Movie Theaters

By: Melnick, Ross, and Andreas Fuchs

Price: $65.00

Publisher: St. Paul MN, MBI: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 25124

ISBN: 0760314926

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[a nice clean book, with no discernible wear; jacket shows just a bit of surface rubbing, otherwise as new]. (color and B&W photographs) "One of the most ambitious and evocatively illustrated accounts of the rise of the American movie theater. From early-twentieth-century nickelodeons and airdomes, to ornate prewar movie palaces, cozy neighborhood houses, postwar drive-ins and multiplexes, and the latest state-of-the-art megaplexes, witness how leading industry figures, social change, and ever-evolving technologies have shaped the fabulous [theaters] in which films have delighted and tran... View more info

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A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition

By: Mendelson, Lee, with reflections by Bill Melendez

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, HarperCollins / Easton Press: (c.2000)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24874

Condition: Fine


(full leather binding with front cover paste-on illustration and gilt lettering/decoration; no dust jacket) [beautiful condition, essentially as-new; includes bound-in ribbon bookmark]. Beautifully-produced volume presenting the full behind-the-scenes story of the creation of one of the most beloved holiday TV specials of all time, including the full illustrated script of the program. Fully bound in maroon leather stamped in gold, with color pastedown illustration on front cover; raised bands on spine, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, and satin ribbon bookmark bound in. (Although the b... View more info

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Lady Can Do

By: Merwin, Samuel

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1929)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 24916

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book with minimal wear; jacket shows a bit of edgewear, a couple of tiny closed tears]. Mystery novel about a young social secretary/companion for the wife of a "rich Orientalist," who arrives at the couple's home in the country (a bit outside NYC, although we're not told in precisely which direction) to take her duties -- which arrangement is immediately upset when the gentleman is found brutally murdered the very next morning. Elsie, who's described by others and herself as "the mental type," takes a keen interest in the investigation, which eventually leads her... View more info

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James Dean Official Anniversary Book

By: Meyerson, Peter, ed.

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Dell Publishing Co., Inc.: (c.1956)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24879

Condition: Very Good+


[minor edgewear to covers, light external soiling, several upper page corners are diagonally chipped]. (B&W photographs) Magazine-format tribute to Dean, issued to mark the first anniversary of his death. I wonder if anybody back then had any notion that his cult would still be going strong, 63+ years later? View more info

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The Dangerous Age: Letters and Fragments from a Woman's Diary

By: Michaƫlis, Karin (translated from the Danish)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, John Lane Company: 1911

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 16306

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice clean book, very minor bumping to extremities, gilt spine lettering just a teensy bit rubbed but still fully readable]. This was the breakthrough book for this Danish journalist and author (1872-1950), whose literary output included several dozen novels for adults, nine children's books, and a couple of autobiographies, along with many newspaper and magazine articles. Per Wikipedia: "It is the story of Elsie Lindtner, who, after divorcing her husband, attempts to rekindle a relationship with a younger man who had once worshipped her from afar. When this relationship... View more info

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Elia Kazan; a guide to references and resources

By: Michaels, Lloyd

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Boston, G.K. Hall & Co.: (c.1985)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 25113

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [very slight bump to the top front corner, otherwise virtually as new]. (A Reference Publication in Film) Series Comphensive reference guide to Kazan's life and work, divided into the following sections: Biographical Background; Critical Survey; The Films (including synopses, full credits and notes); Writings about Kazan, 1938-1983; Reviews and References; Writings, Performances, and Other Film-Related Activity; Archival Sources; Film Distributors. Kazan directed his last film, THE LAST TYCOON, nearly a decade before this book appeared. View more info

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Kino-Eye: The Writings of Dziga Vertov

By: Michelson, Annette, ed. (translated by Kevin O'Brien)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London/Sydney, Pluto Press: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24038

ISBN: 0-86104-767-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[nice tight book with no significant wear, would rate "Fine" but for heavy foxing to the top edge of the text block; jacket shows only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs) "Vertov's writings, collected here, range from calculated manifestoes setting forth a new, heroic vision of film's potential to dark rumination on the inactivity forced upon him by the growing bureaucratization of the Soviet state and its film industry. His theory was at every point elaborated in direct, vigorous relation with practice; his doctrine of the kino-eye, breaking with film's subjection to traditi... View more info

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Rose's Last Summer

By: Millar, Margaret

Price: $75.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24316

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[modestly shelfworn book, spine slightly turned, tiny rip in binding at top of spine, short tape-stain on front pastedown, literary agency stamp (H.N. Swanson, Inc.) on ffep; jacket lightly soiled, spine a bit faded, small tear and associated creasing at bottom front hinge]. Mystery novel "told with murderous wit," about a the murder of an acoholic, much-married former silent film actress. View more info

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Fire Will Freeze

By: Millar, Margaret

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1944)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24317

Condition: Good in Very Good dj


[ex-rental library book (marked as such only by a large stamp on the ffep), well-worn, soiling to edges of text block; jacket is slightly trimmed (i.e. just a bit shorter than the book itself), backed with brown paper, tape-stained along edge of front flap and down the middle of the rear flap (with a little loss of text on the latter), but still and all pretty clean and attractive]. Murder mystery set at a run-down chateau in the wilds of Quebec, the author's fifth novel in as many years. The rear-jacket biography of Mrs. Millar is a nice reminder that she was already well established as a w... View more info

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The Invisible Worm

By: Millar, Margaret

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Doran & Company, for the Crime Club: 1941

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24319

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [modestly shelfworn book, very slight deterioration to cloth at spine ends, one-time owner's names in ink on ffep, light staining to endpapers in gutters]. The author's first book, and the introduction of psychiatrist-detective Dr. Paul Prye, whom she featured in two more books before abandoning him. One online critic described the William Blake-quoting Dr. Prye as "an admixture compounded of Lord Peter Wimsey, Albert Campion, Roderick Alleyn, Nigel Strangeways and the like." Recently reissued in a paperback collection of Millar's early novels after many years out of... View more info

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Underground News: The Complete Story of the Secret Newspaper that Made War History

By: Millard, Oscar E.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Robert M. McBride and Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24046

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[good sound copy, light shelfwear, very slight bumping to a couple of corners, generic vintage bookplate on front pastedown (with one-time owner's name blacked out); fold-out map in excellent condition; jacket is edgeworn, small tears at most corners, small puncture-wound in spine, shallow paper loss at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, fold-out map) The history of "La Libre Belgique," an underground journal operated by a group of Belgian patriots during the German occupation of their country during World War I. "Started soon after the Germans had closed down all the Belgian newsp... View more info

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Miller's High Life

By: Miller, Ann, with Norma Lee Browning

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24461

ISBN: 0-385-03440-7

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[just a touch of shelfwear, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows minor surface- and edge-wear, small chip at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography of "the long-legged girl from Houston, Texas, who was born into a psychic family and came to Hollywood to make good." And make good she did, brightening up every movie she appeared in from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, after which she stayed busy in TV and theatre. Then she kind of became famous all over again, starting in the late 1960s with a Broadway turn in "Mame," followed up by her famous soup commercial, ... View more info

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The Misfits

By: Miller, Arthur

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24679

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[no significant wear to book, but some foxing/spotting to cloth covers; jacket lightly soiled, a couple of small tears and associated creasing at top edge of rear panel, a bit of insect-nibbling to bottom edge of rear flap]. Novelization (kinda) by Miller of his own screenplay, which itself had "evolved" from his short story of the same name, first published in Esquire in 1957. The jacket copy dubs it a "cinema-novel," and in his "author's note," Miller describes it as being "in an unfamiliar form, neither novel, play or screenplay," and states that his goal h... View more info

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A Gay and Melancholy Sound

By: Miller, Merle

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, William Sloane Associates: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24709

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[solid copy, light shelfwear, a touch of fraying to cloth at top of spine, light bumping to bottom rear corner, minor soiling to bottom of text block; jacket heavily edgeworn, various tiny tears/nicks/creasing along top edge (especially to the rear panel)]. Novel about an "ex-prodigy, World War II veteran, and theatrical producer [who is] accustomed to triumphs practically everywhere," but is possessed with "a sardonic humor, an urgent question -- Is modern life worth the living? -- and the ability to see both himself and others in a pure, white light." The author, a then-clo... View more info

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The Judges and the Judged

By: Miller, Merle

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1952

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 24720

Condition: Good+ in Good dj


[minimal wear to book, bookplate on ffep, considerable discoloration to half-title and facing page from two laid-in contemporary newspaper reviews; jacket is edgeworn, small chip at bottom of front panel and another (smaller) at top edge of rear panel, various other tiny tears/creasing, spine a little sun-browned]. "The report on black-listing in radio and television, for the American Civil Liberties Union." Foreword by Robert E. Sherwood. Two unsourced clippings of contemporary reviews of the book laid in at the half-title page, one by Frances Biddle, the other by John B. Oakes (I b... View more info

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The Life of Jimmy Dolan

By: Millhauser, Bertram, and Beulah Marie Dix

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1933)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23681

Condition: Good in Good+ dj


[solid copy, but with some unsightly staining to edges of text block (including at lower right corner, extending into corners of pages throughout most of the book), fraying to cloth at top edge of rear cover (slight exposure of boards), one-time owner's name rubber-stamped on ffep; the jacket has some shallow paper loss along the top edge (possibly from insect-nibbling), various other chips/small tears/creasing, still reasonably attractive]. Novel about a boxer who's charged with murder at the climax of his career, and has to take it on the lam, "riding the brake beams as a fugitive."... View more info

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What Hath a Man?

By: Millin, Sarah Gertrude

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1938

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24494

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[a good solid copy, apparently an ex-lending library book although with no actual library markings; however, the jacket flaps are firmly affixed to the pastedowns and the jacket spine is covered with a wide piece of clear tape (which is somewhat age-yellowed); the jacket has also been trimmed just a little along the top and bottom edges such that it's about 1/4" shorter than the book; there are also strips of black cloth tape on both pastedowns and both endpapers (which probably at one time held some kind of clear jacket protector in place); all this sounds pretty bad, but actually the boo... View more info

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Drawings from the Film BEGINNERS

By: Mills, Mike

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Bologna, Italy, Damiani: 2011

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24336

ISBN: 8862081790

Condition: Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued, although now fitted with a custom-cut mylar cover) [brand-new, unblemished copy; had been in original publisher's shrinkwrap until it was removed for cataloging purposes]. (pen and ink drawings) As the writer-director of the 2010 film explains in his introduction, this book contains many of the drawings that he made that were featured in the film as the work of the character Oliver (played by Ewan McGregor), and also "many of the drawings [he] did to get to the drawings you see in the film." Many of these have to do with a project called "History of Sad... View more info

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Speedy Death

By: Mitchell, Gladys

Price: $1,500.00

Publisher: New York, Mason Publishing Co.: 1932 (c.1929)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19263

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[spine turned, light wear to base of spine and bottom corners; jacket slighty faded at spine, with tiny tears at several corners, one-inch closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel]. An early reprint of the prolific Ms. Mitchell's first novel (first published in the U.S. by Dial Press in 1929), in which a famous arctic explorer is found dead in a bathtub at an English country house -- and is discovered to have been a woman! (Much, I suppose, like a purchaser of this book by "G.M. Mitchell," as she is called in the front jacket panel, might have been surprised to have l... View more info

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Dust of Mexico

By: Mitchell, Ruth Comfort

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, D. Appleton-Century Company: 1941

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24493

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, lightly shelfworn, spine slightly turned, spine cloth somewhat faded, small red stain on front cover]. Late novel (her next-to-last published work, I believe) by this California author, who I think of as the anti-John Steinbeck due to her previous book, "Of Human Hearts" (1939), which was written as a rebuttal to "The Grapes of Wrath" and presented a sympathetic view of California's ranchers and fruit growers. Married to a California State Senator, she herself was also active in Republican political circles. This book is a romantic/adventur... View more info