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Main St. to Malibu

By: Basten, Fred E.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Santa Monica CA, Graphics Press: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24608

ISBN: 0-937536-00-8

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate handling wear, tiny bit of scarring to upper corner of front cover, vertical crease near left edge of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "All-new photo treasury of celebrated scenes and memorabilia, Yesterday & Today," per the cover legend. Small-format paperback featuring approximately 100 photos taken in and around Santa Monica (most of them "historical" but a number also showing then-contemporary sites and scenes), and up the coast as far as Malibu. Nearly forty years on, even the "contemporary" photos will evoke nostalgia in some readers. View more info

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The Tin Woodman of Oz [with color plates]

By: Baum, L. Frank

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Reilly & Lee Co.: (c.1918)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 12352

Condition: Very Good


(pictorial paste-on front cover label; no dust jacket) [good solid copy, moderate wear to extremities, vari-colored staining on rear cover; internally clean]. (12 color plates) Not the first edition/printing, but definitely a pre-1935 impression, with 12 captioned color plates, illustrated endpapers (black & white), no ads. [ref: Greene & Hanff, Bibliographia Oziana, revised & enlarged ed., 1988, p.73-74] View more info

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Glinda of Oz

By: Baum, L. Frank

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Reilly & Lee Co.: (c.1920)

Seller ID: 12347

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [well-worn book, fraying of cloth and/or exposure of boards at all extremities, rubbing/scuffing to front-cover illustration, staining to rear cover; binding is solid, but NOTE that one of the color plates is missing]. (B&W drawings, color plates) The last of the Oz books to be written by L. Frank Baum himself. This meets all points for the first edition, per Greene & Hanff (Bibliographia Oziana, revised & enlarged ed., 1988) -- BUT is missing the last color plate in the book, that should be facing page 276. Hence, an imperfect and appropriately bargain-priced copy. View more info

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What is Cinema? Volume II

By: Bazin, Andre (selected and translated by Hugh Gray)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Berkeley/Los Angeles/London, University of California Press: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24489

ISBN: 0-520-02034-0

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[no discernible wear to book, some faint soiling to edges of text block; jacket has one tiny surface-nick at top edge of front panel, spine slightly tanned]. The second English-language collection of essays by Bazin, "the most important film theorist since World War II, [whose] ideas have been discussed throughout the film world and have influenced film making as well as film analysis. All [the essays] display Bazin's astonishing sensibilities at work on a wide range of subjects: from the stylistic integrity and love he sought in neorealism, through the mythological structures he discerne... View more info

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A History of the Business Man

By: Beard, Miriam

Price: $350.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23610

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean tight copy with no significant wear; jacket has a couple of tiny edge-tears, shallow chipping at top of spine, teensy-weensy chip at bottom of rear panel]. Miriam Beard (1901-1983), described by one scholar as "the maverick daughter of Progressive reformers Charles and Mary Beard," apparently wrote just two books in her life: "Realism in Romantic Japan" (1930) and this one, jacket-blurbed as "an attempt in a new direction -- the biography of a type, instead of an individual." A dense and ambitious work, it sought "to present an assemblage of facts abou... View more info

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Philippine

By: Bedel, Maurice (translated from the French by Samuel Middlebrook)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: (c.1932)

Edition: 1st [U.S.] Edition

Seller ID: 19449

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[book is lightly shelfworn, very slight bump to top front corner, vintage price label (from The White House, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket lightly soiled, minor scuffing to front panel]. A satirical romance "in the classic French tradition immortalized by Voltaire's Candide" (it sez here), in which a retired Parisian department store owner visits Italy with his daughter, to view "Authority in person" (Mussolini, that is) -- and "when pretty Philippine appears in Italy, Fascist hearts blaze with a new emotion." The author had been awarded the Prix Goncourt f... View more info

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Far Morning [*SIGNED*]

By: Bell, Mary Hayley

Price: $60.00

Publisher: London/Melbourne/Toronto, Heinemann: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23698

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[bottom corners bumped, boards bowed slightly outwards; jacket has a ragged closed tear and tiny chip at top left of front panel, a couple of tiny nicks at bottom of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For ______ / For beside his bed / sometimes! / With love / Mary." Uncommon book, which resembles a children's book but isn't. It tells the story of a five-year-old boy who "goes to a world above the clouds, across the River of Analgesia, where he meets other 'Chooldren' -- children who have returned across the River, or who have not yet been born," an... View more info

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When the Smoke Hit the Fan [*SIGNED*]

By: Bellamy, Ralph

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24613

ISBN: 0-385-14860-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[no discernible wear to book; jacket has a tiny nick (insect-nibble) at top corner of front flap, short horizontal crease at bottom of front panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To Ann Corio / Thanks for your contribution / I hope it brings back memories") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; also laid in is a 5x7 portrait photo of Bellamy. "A reminiscence of the theater, movies, and T.V.," by the veteran actor who morphed gradually and gracefully from a light leading man in Hollywood's Golden Age to a stalwart TV supporting/character actor (including, alas, guest-star gigs... View more info

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Bonjour Monsieur Lewis

By: Benayoun, Robert

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Paris, Eric Losfeld Editeur: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23584

Condition: Very Good+


[slight curling to right edge of front cover, slight bumping/corner creasing at outer corners Trade PB (B&W photographs) A comprehensive survey, in French, of the career of the comedian whose elevated reputation in France as a great artist of the cinema has long puzzled many Americans -- and a key work for the understanding of that adulation. The author, a Moroccan-born literary and film critic, was one of Lewis's most enthusiastic admirers, and his book has been described as "a classic example of French intellectuality, when the critical faculty is expressed in the form of a declaration... View more info

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Squeeze Play

By: Benjamin, Paul (pseud. for Paul Auster)

Price: $1,250.00

Publisher: New York, Alpha/Omega Book Publishers, Inc.: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23896

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight clean copy, with just a touch of wear at the extremities]. Trade PB Auster's first novel, a crime yarn "in the tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett" (because, of course), about a former baseball star whose political ambitions are complicated by his entanglement with a shady private detective. This, the true first edition (preceding the much more common 1984 Avon mass-market paperback that's frequently mis-identified as the first), was published pseudonymously but not ambitiously so -- after all, Benjamin is just his middle name -- and appeared the same year a... View more info

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Seasons

By: Bennett, Edith Wilson

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York/Paris, Empire Books: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24712

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[light shelfwear to book, top edge of text block a bit dust-soiled, small bookseller's rubber stamp at bottom corner of front pastedown (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, California); jacket is worn and moderately soiled, with a small ragged chip at right side of top edge, and a large-ish chunk torn out of the rear panel (unfortunately taking quite a bit of the rear-jacket text with it)]. (color drawings) A curious piece of juvenile (I guess) fiction, about a little boy named Billy, who is seven years old when America enters World War I. (At least that's what the jacket blurb says; ... View more info

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Jacob's Well

By: Benoit, Pierre (translated from the French by Angelo S. Rappoport)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, International Publishers: 1926

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23983

Condition: Poor


(no dust jacket) [a reading/reference copy only, heavily worn, front hinge cracked, boards exposed at bottom corners, missing ffep, need I go on?]. Novel about "a Jewess born in the slums of a Levantine seaport [who] becomes a courtesan, selling her favors in the shabby cabarets of Eastern ports." The book was filmed under the title A DAUGHTER OF ISRAEL in 1928, a late silent starring Betty Blythe, of which the New York Times opined that "the most interesting point about it is that it was filmed in the countries of its backgrounds, which include Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and France... View more info

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Out of Bondage: The Story of Elizabeth Bentley

By: Bentley, Elizabeth

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, The Devin-Adair Company: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24987

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate wear to spine end and book's corners, discoloration to ffep, one-time owner's signature on front and rear pastedowns; jacket heavily edgeworn, a few nicks and tiny chips, a bit of paper loss at spine extremities and several corners]. Hoo-boy, how to even begin to summarize the convoluted saga of Elizabeth Bentley, who spied for the Soviets from roughly 1935 to 1945, then turned on them and began spilling her guts to the FBI, ratting out dozens of her former comrades. The Soviets got onto her game pretty quickly, though, and when it became apparent that her prospects ... View more info

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The Sun Grows Cold [*SIGNED*]

By: Berk, Howard

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte Press: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24509

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[light soiling to top of text block, no other signficant wear or blemishes; jacket has a tiny chip, a couple of small closed tears and some associated creasing at bottom of front panel, a couple of tiny edge-nicks and light soiling to rear panel, shallow chip at top of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title: "To ____ -- / Without whom, / who knows? / Howard." "The story of a man caught in an underground existence; the world as it is after the population explosion has forced Man to destroy himself. The world of Alex Parnell, as he was newly christened after ... View more info

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Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka; adapted for the stage by Steven Berkoff

By: Berkoff, Steven

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Sydney, Australia, Nimrod Street Theatre: 1978

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 24527

Condition: Good


[several light stains along right edge of front cover, general external soiling; publisher's information crossed out on title page and replaced with a London address, a couple of phone numbers, and a one-time owner's name written in ink beneath]. Text for Berkoff's stage adaptation of the Kafka novel, "first played at the Round House [London] July 1969." Laid in are two programs from a 1977 London Theatre Group production of the play at the Collegiate Theatre. View more info

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Pennine [*SIGNED*]

By: Beswick, Eardley

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London/Toronto, William Heinemann Ltd.: 1936

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23991

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [solid reading copy, but that's about it: worn/bumped at top and bottom corners (boards exposed), several deteriorated spots on spine cloth, etc.] INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "To 'Fraulein' / at Black [Torkey?] / from / Eardley Beswick / Xmas '38." Novel set in and around Lancashire, England, with the action taking place before, during and after World War I. It's in rough enough condition that I probably wouldn't offer it for sale but for the authorial inscription -- I mean, it just might be the only extant Eardley Beswick signature! S... View more info

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Original Design

By: Beswick, Eardley

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Minton, Balch & Company: 1933

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23994

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn copy, light bumping at several corners, slight exposure of board at bottom front corner, some soiling to edges of text block, gilt lettering on spine and front cover rubbed but still readable; an ex-library book, with label remnants on spine and pocket remnant on front pastedown; descriptive text from dust jacket glued to ffep]. "This vital novel has for its subject the insecurity of life in a machine age economy, though it is in no sense a 'thesis novel.'" (Well, that's a relief.) The book's setting is a large engineering firm in the English Mi... View more info

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The Chinese Parrot

By: Biggers, Earl Derr

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1926)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 23378

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, slight fraying and tiny exposure of cloth at top front corner but no other significant wear, "OFFICE FILE COPY" stamped on top of text block, with some related pencil annotation on the ffep; jacket is lightly soiled and moderately edgeworn, with a few tiny nicks and tears]. The second Charlie Chan adventure. In this one, he travels from Honolulu to a California ranch to investigate the murder of a Chinese ranch cook. This was the first of the Chan novels to be filmed -- twice, in fact: by Universal in 1927, with the Chan character (played by Sojin, the first in a lon... View more info

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Occasion of Sin [*SIGNED*]

By: Billington, Rachel

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24358

ISBN: 0-241-10865-9

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [a couple of tiny white stains on bottom edges of covers (paint from an insufficiently-dried shelf, it looks like), light toning to page edges]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ___ and _____ / Love, Rachel" / London - '83, January 31st." Novel about an ill-fated affair, written (per the author) as an homage to "Anna Karenina," which she considers "the greatest novel ever written. [Her novel] uses the basic structure and characterisation of Tolstoy’s tragic love story but sets the scene in England in the early eighties." Si... View more info

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M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot

By: Bingen, Steven, Stephen X. Sylvester, and Michael Troyan

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Solana Beach CA, Santa Monica Press: (c.2011)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24769

ISBN: 1595800557

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, only blemish to book is a faint stain on the bottom edge of the text block (the sort of thing you'd never have noticed if I hadn't pointed it out); the jacket shows just a touch of handling wear]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) A different sort of movie-studio history, focusing not on the corporate history or even the films as such, but specifically "an illustrated history of the soundstages and outdoor sets where Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced many of the world's most famous films." A delight to browse through, the book makes the point vividly that the old Hollywood studios ... View more info