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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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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 gonna buy the next round of beer, who's gonna win the pennant, or, in the case of sweet, young Emily Rose Forrester and Sally Kay... 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

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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 instantly resented and resisted, will end in a nation of a docile slaves submissive to every despotism. Constant rebellion is the on... View more info

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Hitchcock's Films

By: Wood, Robin

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London/New York, A. Zwemmer Limited / A.S. Barnes & Co.: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24787

Condition: Near Fine


[very nice copy, almost as-new with just minor handling wear, very slight bump/bend at bottom right corner of front cover]. (International Film Guide series) Series (B&W photographs) Sharp-looking copy of this seminal critical work on Alfred Hitchcock, the first important full-length study of his films to appear in English. Later revised/updated and often reprinted, this is the true first edition (issued in the International Film Guide series). View more info

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A Low Life in High Heels: The Holly Woodlawn Story

By: Woodlawn, Holly, with Jeff Copeland

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1991)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 24455

ISBN: 0-312-06429-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean book with no discernible wear; jacket shows teensy bit of wear at a couple of edges, minor surface abrasions near bottom right corner of front panel, one tiny closed tear and a touch of wrinkling at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) A biography of the transgender Puerto Rican actress who became Andy Warhol's last "superstar," this book chronicles Ms. Woodlawn's "reckless career reaching bizarre heights, hobnobbing with the rich and famous, collecting celebrities the way some people collect lint. [Her] autobiography is more than the memoirs of an on-looker; i... View more info

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Manhattan Love Song

By: Woolrich, Cornell

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston, Gregg Press: 1980

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 24079

ISBN: 0-8398-2659-1

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[very nice copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (The Gregg Press Mystery Series) Series Reprint of Woolrich's early novel, originally published by William Godwin in 1932. This was the last of Woolrich's six "straight" novels, published before he turned to the suspense-with-a-twist genre that ultimately made his reputation. In a new introduction to this edition, his biographer Francis M. Nevins Jr. discusses these early works, and points out the various indicators throughout this book that show the direction in which Woolrich's writing was already trending. View more info

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On the Other Hand: A Life Story [*SIGNED*]

By: Wray, Fay

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23459

ISBN: 0-312-02265-4

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[very nice book, just a trace of shelfwear to bottom edge; the jacket is flawless]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("For Edna Davidson / Remembering this / lovely occasion, / June 14, 1989.") and SIGNED by the actress/author on the ffep. Autobiography by the actress best known for writhing around half-naked in the giant paw of the original KING KONG. Although (as the jacket blurb reminds us) she had appeared in more than 75 other movies -- can you name another one? The fact is that she scored a major role early in her career (the female lead in Erich von Stroheim's THE WEDDING MARCH in... View more info

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Their Ships Were Broken

By: Wright, Constance

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1938)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23658

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[clean, solid copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket has some very shallow chipping along the top edge, a couple of tiny tears and associated creasing at bottom edge of front panel] A novel set against the background of the international opium trade in the 1830s. The author "pictures life in the native quarters, aboard the fast-sailing opium clippers, in the English and American business houses in Canton where the young men were hopeful Anthony Adverses, and the women were scarce -- none of them allowed nearer than the Portuguese port of Macao. Eccentric missionaries, epicurean merchants, ... View more info

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The Best of Crunch and Des

By: Wylie, Philip

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York/Toronto, Rinehart & Company, Inc.: [1954]

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 23583

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, with light deterioration to bottom edges of both covers; jacket has small chip at top right corner of front panel, spine slightly browned, a few tiny holes near top of rear panel]. A collection of 21 of the author's popular Saturday Evening Post stories (all selected from previous published collections) about the adventures of two dedicated Florida fishermen. The C&D tales, of which there were a grand total of 69, have been cited as an influence on John D. MacDonald's "Travis McGee" novels, also set in Florida. In any case, Wylie knew his milieu, having at one time... View more info

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Exploring Small Towns: 1. Southern California

By: Yeadon, David

Price: $40.00

Publisher: [Pasadena CA], The Ward Ritchie Press: (c.1973)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 24410

Condition: Very Good+


[light edgewear to covers, several crease lines in rear cover]. Trade PB (pen and ink drawings, maps) Vintage guidebooks have a charm all their own, both as windows into what their subject area was like "back when" and as challenges to modern-day tourists or explorers to seek out whatever traces might remain today. And when a book like this one -- which was conceived largely as a nostalgic exercise to begin with -- has aged yet another 45 years, the nostalgia factor sort of doubles down on itself, and the natural impulse (mine, anyway) is to wonder how many of these small-town landmar... View more info

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Sonny Liston: The Champ Nobody Wanted

By: Young, A.S. "Doc"

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Chicago, Johnson Publishing Company: 1963

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 23506

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate external wear, a little fading along top edge of rear cover; binding still completely intact]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) An "unauthorized" yet sympathetic biography, by a prominent African-American sportswriter, of the heavyweight boxing champion who took the title away from then-champ Floyd Patterson with a stunning first-round knockout on September 25, 1962. Liston's long ascent to the pinnacle of boxing was fought both inside and outside of the ring, as he had to overcome a hardscrabble childhood which led him into extensive criminal activity (he served a two-year priso... View more info