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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

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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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Islandia

By: Wright, Austin Tappan

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1942)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 24893

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light soiling to covers, a couple of tiny light stains on spine, binding a little shaken (almost inevitable given the weight of the text block), front hinge feels a little weak but is not split or cracked]. Elaborately-imagined utopian novel about an island kingdom, toiled over by its author (a Harvard Law graduate who later held professorial posts at UC-Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania) for most of his life, ultimately typed up by his wife and daughter (from 5,000 longhand pages!) and published more than a decade after his death in a car accident in 1931. In trul... 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

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Beyond Racism: Building an Open Society [*SIGNED*]

By: Young, Whitney M., Jr.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17406

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight clean copy, just minimal handling wear to book; jacket shows a bit of edgewear, moderate rubbing/scuffing, tiny tears and a bit of dog-earing at top of spine] INSCRIBED ("To / ____________ / with sincere appreciation") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Young, Executive Director of the National Urban League from 1961 until his accidental death by drowning in Nigeria in 1971, was a major civil rights leader who helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, and served as an advisor to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He enjoyed a particularly close relationship ... View more info

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The Directors Guild of America presents a retrospective showing of eight films by Robert Wise

By: Zeitlin, David I.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America, Inc.: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24633

Condition: Near Fine


(stapled wraps) [minor handling wear only]. (B&W photographs) 16-page program booklet (including covers) for a retrospective honoring Robert Wise, on the occasion of his receiving the 1965 DGA Directorial Award for THE SOUND OF MUSIC A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (which also earned him his second Best Director Academy Award, as well as being chosen Best Picture of 1965). Includes: a 2-page essay, "Wise: The Man and His Movies"; one- or two-page program notes for each film in the series; a filmography of his directorial credits; and a roster of all winners of the DGA Awards from 1948 through ... View more info

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With a Cast of Thousands: A Hollywood Childhood

By: Zimmer, Jill Schary

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Stein and Day: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24623

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate wear to bottom edges and top of spine, bumping and slight cracking of bottom front corner; jacket has a bit of paper loss surrounding base of spine, a bit of scarring (from price-sticker removal) at upper right corner of front panel, small tear at top rear foldover]. "What is it like to be a Hollywood princess, to grow up in a mansion, the daughter of the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, surrounded by the stars and celebrities other little girls dream about?" The author is the daughter of Dore Schary, who began as a playwright and screenwriter, later beca... View more info

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And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

By: Zindel, Paul

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1972)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 23850

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[just tiny traces of wear at spine ends; jacket has a touch of wear along the top edge and at the spine ends, one tiny closed tear at top of front panel]. Comedy about "three sisters whose careers as New York City schoolteachers form the backdrop for their anguished lives." The sisters in the original Broadway production, which ran for 108 performances in 1971) were played by Julie Harris, Nancy Marchand, and Estelle Parsons (the first two are pictured on the front of the jacket). Includes the original "Curtain Time" book club flyer, laid in. View more info

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The Summer Soldier

By: Zugsmith, Leane

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24008

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, very light bumping to several corners, a bit of soiling to edges of text block, one-time owner's signature at top of ffep]. Novel about a group of seven people who are sent down South by a New York-based civil rights organization to investigate the violent repression (including lynchings) of mill workers and sharecroppers, and are met with open hostility and worse. Zugsmith was a Kentucky-born journalist and activist who turned out a series of well-regarded proletarian novels in the 1930s; this was her final solo effort as a novelist, although she did co... View more info

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The Public is Never Wrong: the Autobiography of Adolph Zukor [*SIGNED*]

By: Zukor, Adolph, with Dale Kramer

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24860

Condition: Good in Poor dj


[moderately shelfworn, but with strong age-toning and some dampstaining to edges of text block; jacket is heavily worn along all edges, paper loss at both ends of spine, various small tears, creasing, etc.; NOTE that I've left in place the original white-paper-lined jacket protector which the book came with, because it seems to be sort of holding the jacket together]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page: "To Dick Williams / My Compliments / Adolph Zukor." Historically specious but still entertaining memoir by the co-founder of Paramount Pictures. Signed by Au... View more info

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Ramparts (October 1967 issue) [cover: John Lennon]

By: {B. Traven} (Hinckle, Warren III, ed.)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Ramparts Magazine, Inc.: 1967

Edition: (Vol. 6, No. 3)

Seller ID: 24414

Condition: Near Fine


[light rubbing to covers only]. (B&W & color photos, ads, graphics) There are two items of primary interest in this issue of this erstwhile lefty publication. The first is a "Literary Supplement" featuring journalist and film critic Judy Stone's account of her meetings with the elusive and mysterious writer B. Traven in Mexico (which formed much of the basis for her book "The Mystery of B. Traven," published ten years later); also included is "A Reader's Guide to B. Traven," containing brief discussions of most of his notable novels (although oddly omitting what is un... View more info

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Grierson on Documentary

By: {Grierson, John} Hardy, Forsyth, ed., with American notes by Richard Griffith and Mary Losey

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1947)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23677

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[very slight bumping to a couple of corners, light age-toning to top edge of text block; jacket moderately worn at edges and extremities, front panel a little rubbed]. A collection of the film writings of the pioneer British documentarian John Grierson. View more info