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Image for The Self-Enchanted -- Mae Murray: Image of an Era

The Self-Enchanted -- Mae Murray: Image of an Era

By: Ardmore, Jane

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23940

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[very little actual wear, but with a large light brown stain on the bottom edge of the text block; jacket shows light wear at extremities, spotting to bottom one-third of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) A biography of the silent-film actress Mae Murray, whose life and career are put forth as emblematic of the 1920s, the "era of fabulous nonsense." The author was a longtime Hollywood columnist/journalist who was a popular collaborator; she co-authored books with Edith Head and Joan Crawford, and apparently prepared the book with the cooperation of Murray herself. View more info

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The Lemming Condition [*SIGNED*]

By: Arkin, Alan

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1976)

Edition: Unstated edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24586

ISBN: 0-06-020133-9

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[just a touch of shelfwear to book, address label of one-time owner (the inscribee) at bottom of ffep; jacket has one tiny tear at base of spine, faint soiling]. (pen and ink drawings) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To my dear friend / ____ / Head East! / Love / Alan." Children's story by the noted actor, about a young lemming, Bubber, who was looking forward to joining his family and the other lemming families for "the great march west and the leap into the sea" -- that is, "until his friend Crow started asking him questions," which in turn caused him... View more info

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Armour's Almanac; or, Around the Year in 365 Days [*SIGNED*]

By: Armour, Richard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1962)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24407

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[light wear to book's lower extremities, otherwise clean and tight; jacket lightly insect-nibbled along bottom edges of both flaps, a few tiny nicks at top and bottom edges of front panel, modest chipping at top of rear panel (no loss of text)]. (cartoon drawings) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For ____ ___ / with best wishes / Richard Armour." "Emulating Phileas Fogg, who went around the world in 80 days, [the author] has gone around the year in 365 days, each one marked by some unforgettable event in history." A randomly-chosen example: "On June 4, 107... View more info

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Collected Works, Volume Four [includes "The Theatre and Its Double"]

By: Artaud, Antonin (translated by Victor Corti)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Calder & Boyars: 1974

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 23941

ISBN: 0-7145-0623-0

Condition: Near Fine


[minor bumping to bottom right corner, light surface wear to covers]. (French Surrealism) Series Trade PB "This important volume includes one of Artaud's most seminal texts, 'The Theatre and Its Double,' and his play 'The Cenci.' Also included are appendices, copious notes and his essay, 'Seraphim's Theatre.' 'The Theatre and Its Double,' published here in its entirety, remains the most radical text on performance in print today." View more info

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Shooting Superstars [*SIGNED*]

By: Arthur, Zinn

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Chicago [see note], Antique Press/Cloverline: (c.1990)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24582

ISBN: 0-9623788-0-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[bumping to top corners, otherwise just minimally shelfworn; jacket shows light surface wear, two diagonal creases in top corner of rear flap]. (B&W and color photographs) INSCRIBED to legendary actor Burt Lancaster and SIGNED by the author/photographer on the ffep. A photographic memoir, telling "the story of how Zinn Arthur became a legendary photographic chronicler of Broadway's and Hollywood's brightest stars," including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Kirk Douglas, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Bette Davis, Humprey Bogart, and more than sixty ... View more info

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Shackles of the Free

By: Ashton, Mary Grace

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company: 1929 (c.1928)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19452

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[bright and clean, very slight deterioration to cloth at base of spine, spine just a teensy bit turned, small piece torn out of edge of last text page (no loss of text), vintage price label (from The White House, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket lightly edgeworn, small chip at top left corner of front panel]. "When a beautiful woman, in the prime of youth, finds herself married to a lifelong invalid and at the same time knows that love has come to her for the first time through another man, what is she to do? What of her vow, 'for better or for worse'?" Apparently the author,... View more info

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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

By: Axelrod, George

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1956)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23883

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book (review copy with publisher's slip laid in), minimal shelfwear, light age-toning to top of text block; jacket lightly spotted on spine, one short closed tear at bottom of front panel, very shallow insect-nibbling along bottom edges of both flaps and bottom of front panel, a bit of soiling to edges of rear flap]. (3 B&W photographs) The play that made Jayne Mansfield a star. It was also the basis, after a fashion, for the 1957 film of the same name, although in "adapting" the play writer-director Frank Tashlin substantially re-imagined it, transmuting Axelrod's savage ... View more info

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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

By: Axelrod, George

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Bantam Books (A1653): 1957

Edition: First Paperback Edition

Seller ID: 23961

Condition: Very Good+


[nice-looking copy, tight binding, uncreased spine, light surface wear to covers, soft diagonal crease at top corner of rear cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) The play that made Jayne Mansfield a star, here issued in a movie tie-in edition keyed to the 1957 Twentieth Century-Fox film adaptation, and enhanced with a 14-page photo-illustrated interview with JM that appears at the end of the book. Writer-director Frank Tashlin didn't so much adapt the play for his film as re-imagine it, primarily by transmuting Axelrod's savage satire on Hollywood into a no-holds-barred swipe at televisi... View more info

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Goodbye Charlie; a comedy in two acts

By: Axelrod, George

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French, Inc.: (c.1959, 1987)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 24362

ISBN: 0-573-60949-7

Condition: Near Fine


[very light external soiling]. (stage diagram) Comedy about a deceased writer who is reincarnated as a woman. The original 1959/1960 Broadway production starred Lauren Bacall, and ran for a respectable 109 performances; it was filmed by director Vincente Minnelli in 1964, with Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. View more info

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Elia Kazan: Interviews

By: Baer, William, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Jackson, University Press of Mississippi: (c.2002)

Edition: 1st Edition (softcover issue)

Seller ID: 24651

ISBN: 1-57806-224-1

Condition: Fine


[nice clean as-new copy, with no discernible wear]. (Conversations with Filmmakers) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) A compilation of 16 published interviews with the American film director, culled from numerous sources, ranging in date from 1951 to 1988. Chronology; filmography; index. View more info

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The Wonderful World of Toots Shor

By: Bainbridge, John

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24625

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, a touch of soiling to top of text block, slight discoloration to cloth along front hinge; jacket a bit edgeworn, small tears at spine corners, lightly soiled and surface-rubbed; the rear panel has a couple of short closed tears and a tiny chip at the top edge]. Portrait of the colorful New York restaurateur whose "famous eating and drinking establishment on 51st Street, Manhattan, [was] not only the country's unofficial sports headquarters but also the merry capital of a world whose denizens are feverishly devoted to a quality known in its less intense phases as 'Friendsh... View more info

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How to Speak Spanish with a Case of Beer in Mexico [*SIGNED*]

By: Barbolla, Andrew M.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Pittsburgh, CyntoMedia Corporation: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24425

ISBN: 1-58501-083-9

Condition: Near Fine


[very slight dog-earing to bottom corner of rear cover]. Trade PB (pen and ink drawings) Humorously INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "If you're planning to travel to Mexico in the near future, this guide will become your best. Using the premise of a drinking game, [the book] provides a hilarious yet pragmatic set of exercises for learning to speak Spanish and having a good time south of the border. Lessons in pronunciation, verbs, prepositions and other traditional topics are followed by anecdotes written in dialogue, to illustrate usage. A laugh-out-loud, fun way ... View more info

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The Protagonists

By: Barlow, James

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: [1958] (c.1956)

Edition: Later Printing?

Seller ID: 23987

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear to bottom edge, tiny dent in top of rear cover; jacket moderately scuffed and edgeworn, light soiling to rear panel]. Sort of a Rashomon-style murder mystery, with the story told three times, each from the perspective of a different character: a woman who is seduced and then murdered; her killer (whose p.o.v. is descibed as that of "the self-centered, sex-ridden pride of the all-conquering male"); and finally as revealed to the police superintendent who investigates the murder. The author adopts a different narrative voice for each section of the book... View more info

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Schoolgirl

By: Barnes, Carman

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Horace Liveright: 1929

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 24979

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book, light shelfwear, faint stain to bottom of text block; jacket shows a bit of edgewear here and there, a couple of tiny closed tears at top and bottom edges of rear panel] This first novel by Carman Barnes, based on her own experiences in various Southern boarding schools, was published when she was 16 ("just a schoolgirl herself") and helped make her into an overnight sensation. Before she hit nineteen, she had already published a second novel, collaborated on a stage adaptation of "Schoolgirl," and been whisked off to Hollywood under contract to Paramount as... View more info

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"His Master's Voice" in America: Ninety Years of Communications Pioneering and Progress: Victor Talking Machine Company, Radio Corporation of America, General Electric Company

By: Barnum, Frederick O. III

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Camden NJ, General Electric Company: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 25074

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [no significant wear to book, just a bit of scuffing to the paste-on front-cover illustration]. (B&W and color photographs, facsimiles) Quoting from a mimeographed letter that accompanied this book: "This fascinating collection of rare and interesting photographs, accompanied by thousands of interesting facts and figures, represents the first documented account of three twentieth century communications pioneering companies in a single volume. ... This book was created as a tribute to all who were part of this history." ****NOTE: This heavy volume will requi... View more info

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The Lowlife

By: Baron, Alexander

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Yoseloff: 1964 (c.1963)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23672

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal shelfwear, slight fading to cloth near top of spine; jacket lightly edgeworn, spine slightly sun-browned, minor abrasions at top of spine]. Novel set in London's East End, centering around Harryboy Boas -- a quick-buck hustler in the mold of Pal Joey and Sammy Lee (it sez here) -- "combining the ear of a Damon Runyon, attuned to the sounds of Soho as Runyon was to Broadway, with the clear eye and warm heart of a compassionate observer." According to the jacket blurb, a movie adaptation was "now being filmed and the picture is expected to be released next fall" -- and... View more info

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Love in Atlantis

By: Barrett, B.L.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24349

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[a touch of shelfwear to book; jacket has a teensy nick at top of front panel, minor paper loss at lower extremities]. Novel about a 14-year-old girl, specifically of "her sexual awakening and admission into the never-changing mysteries ('the lore girls need that mothers may not tell them') in a southern California seaside town in the golden, long-ago summers of the 1930's." View more info

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Madam

By: Barrett, Richmond

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Liveright, Inc.: (c.1932)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19290

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[a tight clean book, minor wear to cloth at spine ends, vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco deparment store) on rear pastedown; jacket moderately edgeworn, a couple of tiny chips at bottom of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. "Madam is Daisy Park-Newbold Wendell, a woman who is one-third grande dame, one-third eccentric and one-third child. Heiress to millions, twice unhappily married, this woman of tremendous energy spends most of her time playing the invalid. Either at her mother's Long Island place or in a huge suite of hotel rooms, Madam spends her da... View more info

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The Irish Beauties

By: Barrington, E. (L. Adams Beck)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19832

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[book is tight and fresh, with no discernible wear; jacket shows a touch of wear along top and bottom edges, some minor soiling around the edges of the rear panel] Romantic period piece about two penniless "young Irish beauties who believed in a dream and saw it changed into truth" -- the dream in question being an old woman's prophecy that they would "marry in England a little below the King and that their luck would begin with the Golden Vanity and a woman with a man's name." Both names appearing on the title page of this book were pseudonyms used by British-born Canadian a... View more info

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Paris Bound: A Comedy

By: Barry, Philip

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1929

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 23847

Condition: Very Good-


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn, silver lettering on spine heavily rubbed, one-time owner's address on ffep]. Barry's first major hit (immediately preceding the much better-known "Holiday"), this comedy about infidelity had a Broadway run of 234 performances during the 1927/1928 season. It also had the distinction of being the first of the playwright's plays to be adapted for the movies (with Ann Harding and Fredric March, in 1929), and was also produced in numerous theatres around the country, thereby providing its author with royalties for many years. View more info