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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

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Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood

By: Birchard, Robert S.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Lexington, The University Press of Kentucky: (c.2004)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24826

ISBN: 0-8131-2324-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep, otherwise like new; jacket similarly nice with just a touch of surface wear, slightly downgraded due only to the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) A deeply-researched film-by-film examination of the career of "one of the giants of twentieth-century Hollywood." View more info

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The Mark Hellinger Story: A Biography of Broadway and Hollywood

By: Bishop, Jim

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc.: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24640

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, minor wear evident at spine ends and bottom corners; jacket also shows wear (with a few tiny nicks) at spine ends, short closed tear and associated minor crease at bottom of front panel, light rubbing/edgewear]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the Broadway columnist turned Hollywood writer/producer, who died in 1947 at age 44. View more info

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The Angry Time

By: Bishop, Leonard

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick Fell, Inc.: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23995

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean book with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows minor wear at lower extremities and spine ends, old price sticker at upper corner of front flap]. "This is the chilling story of an attempted prison break. The prisoners are not the usual convicts; they are teen-age delinquent boys. The prison is no ordinary prison; 'The Castle' is a reform school in New England, where the systematic practice of violence and vice, repression and abuse, has driven the young inmates to the breaking point." Kirkus Reviews, although opining that "this book will never be accused o... View more info

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Off to a Good Start: A Handbook for Modern Parents

By: Black, Irma Simonton

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1946)

Edition: 2nd printing (B)

Seller ID: 23580

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nearly flawless book, one tiny mark on spine; jacket very slightly worn at extremities, thin diagonal mark at bottom of rear panel, all jacket flap corners evenly trimmed (but no evidence of price removal, i.e. not "price-clipped" as such)]. (pen and ink drawings) This "simple, non-technical book about the day to day problems which confront the parents of small children . . . represents no extremist or faddist point of view but is based on standards of 'normal' behavior, bearing in mind always that the 'normal' child is to a great extent an abstraction." (I'll say!) Ms. Blac... View more info

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Return to Bondage

By: Blackburn, Barbara

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Lincoln MacVeagh / The Dial Press: 1926

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23989

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [a good solid copy with only light wear, but unfortunately some dimwit, years ago, picked the book up after daubing his or her fingers in white paint, leaving several white finger-smudges on the front cover and spine, and some additional white paint stains along the edge of the rear cover; small bookseller's rubber-stamp on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, Calif.)]. Not nearly as kinky as its title might suggest, this is an English novel, set largely in London and dealing with "the post-war clash of the generations," which The Observer's crit... View more info

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Medal Without Bar

By: Blaker, Richard

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1930

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23985

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book with various stamps and a small label remnant on the ffep, minor bumping and light wear to extremities, moderate external soiling, a bit of wear along front joint]. A highly-regarded novel of the First World War, considered one of the first major works to be based on an author's personal combat experiences. Blaker (1893-1940), a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery during the war, was gassed while serving as a forward observer and never fully recovered. Although he turned out a dozen or so books in the 1920s and 1930s and even did a bit of sc... View more info

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Type-Faces: A Photographic Study of Ward Ritchie [*SIGNED* limited edition; incomplete copy (see notes)]

By: Blanco, Amanda; with a foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell

Price: $350.00

Publisher: Northridge CA, Santa Susana Press: 1988

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 24850

Condition: Near Fine


[brown cloth clamshell box has some minor scuffing to the underside; mounted plates are in Fine condition]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the subject, master printer Ward Ritchie, on the title page and also on Plate 12, latterly with an inscription "For old friends from the 1930s -- the Petits"; additionally SIGNED by Lawrence Clark Powell on the limitation page. "Designed, printed and produced by D'Ambrosio, using hand set Della Robbia type and a Vandercook No. 4 proof press . . . under the direction of Norman E. Tanis, Director of Libraries, California State University, Northridg... View more info

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Goodbye, I Guess [*SIGNED*]

By: Blankfort, Michael

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24752

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[light shelfwear to bottom edges, spine moderately turned; jacket shows wear at edges and corners, some scuffing to front panel, dog-earing at top of spine, tiny tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page to fellow screenwriter Daniel Taradash: "To Dan / for the many lunches; / the good talk; the years / that passed too swiftly / Mike / December 1962." Blurbed as "an elegy on the many kinds of love: first, last, normal, abnormal, and -- impossible," this novel, set primarily in Beverly Hills and Paris, "chall... View more info

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William Peter Blatty on The Exorcist, from Novel to Film

By: Blatty, William Peter

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Bantam Books: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23695

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight book, light external soiling, faint diagonal crease at bottom right corner of front cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) A comprehensive history of the creation of THE EXORCIST -- novel and film -- from the perspective of the book's author. Contents: a 39-page introduction by Blatty in which he discusses how he came to write the book and how it began to make its transition from page to screen; his first draft screenplay; a discussion of "Why Changes Were Made in the Screenplay" (11 pages); a "Transcript with Scene Settings" (essentially a continuity script for... View more info

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The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy

By: Boal, Augusto (translated by Adrian Jackson)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London/New York, Routledge:

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23968

ISBN: 0-415-10349-5

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, miniscule bends at a couple of corners]. Trade PB "A handbook of exercises with a difference. It is Augusto Boal's bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic potential of theatre to transform lives. Now translated into English and fully and comprehensively updated from the French, [the book] sets out the techniques which help us 'see' for the first time the oppressions we have internalised." View more info

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Never Go Back; a novel without a plot

By: Boas, George

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1928

Edition: 1st Edition (G-C)

Seller ID: 23599

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[moderate wear to spine ends, spine slightly turned, small previous owner's signature and date on ffep; jacket somewhat age-toned, shallow chipping to base of spine]. "A pungent satire of university life," the first (and only) novel by the noted American historian of philosophy, who over a long and distinguished academic career (primarily at Johns Hopkins University, from 1921 to 1956) wrote over a dozen books, including "The Inquiring Mind," "The Limits of Reason" and "Vox Populi." Boas received his education primarily at Brown University and UC-Berkeley (ear... View more info

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A Japanese Omelette: A British Writer's Impressions of the Japanese Empire [*SIGNED*]

By: Bodley, (Major) R.V.C.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Tokyo, The Hokuseido Press: (c.1933, 1934)

Edition: Unstated edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24678

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [a nice clean book with minimal shelfwear, spine cloth slightly faded; PLEASE NOTE, however, that the title page has come loose from the binding]. (B&W photographic plates) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To Carmelita Wilson / primarily to prove to Carey / that the author once posessed / a uniform / appreciatively / Ronnie Bodley / Hollywood / Oct. 1935." The author had served in the British Army during World War I, and after the war, acting on the suggestion of T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) that he "go live with the Arabs," he spent seven years ... View more info

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When in Disgrace [*SIGNED*]

By: Boetticher, Budd

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara CA, Neville: 1989

Edition: First Trade Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24568

ISBN: 1882747690

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[tiny nick in cloth at bottom of rear cover, no other significant blemishes; jacket has a tiny closed tear and some associated horizontal creasing/wrinkling at top of rear panel. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("For ______ ______ / with my best regards") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Memoir by the noted film director and bullfighting aficionado, primarily devoted to his long struggle to produce a documentary film about legendary matador Carlos Arruza. Edition limited to 1,000 copies. Jacket illustration by Barnaby Conrad. Signed by Author View more info

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The Cinema of Orson Welles

By: Bogdanovich, Peter

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Museum of Modern Art: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 25077

Condition: Near Fine


[light soiling and minor wear along spine, otherwise a very nice copy]. (B&W photographs) A16-page monograph, published in conjunction with MoMA's retrospective of Welles's films -- essentially just an annotated filmography, covering all the director's features from CITIZEN KANE through TOUCH OF EVIL (eight films, plus a short bit on JOURNEY INTO FEAR),with a brief summary of his major unrealized film projects. CITIZEN KANE - - then a mere 20 years old -- already must have seemed like ancient history to its creator, whose Hollywood career was by then in a shambles. (It's almost unbearably poi... View more info

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The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock

By: Bogdanovich, Peter

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Museum of Modern Art: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 25320

Condition: Fine


[beautiful condition, nice and clean, essentially as new with absolutely no discernible wear] (B&W photographs) Published in conjunction with the first major American retrospective of Hitchcock's films, this rather scarce 48-page monograph was the earliest critical work on the Master of Suspense to be published in the U.S. It's hard to imagine today that the director was not always regarded as a serious film artist -- yet in 1963, just prior to the release of THE BIRDS (and thus with PSYCHO, which despite its enduring reputation was distasteful to many contemporary critics, freshest in the pu... View more info

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The Living and the Dead

By: Boileau, Pierre, and Thomas Narcejac (translated by Geoffrey Sainsbury)

Price: $1,350.00

Publisher: New York, Ives Washburn, Inc.: 1957

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21192

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[spine slightly turned, a little wear to top and bottom edges of covers, age-toning and minor soiling to edges of text block; jacket slightly chipped (with old small internal tape repairs) at spine ends (no impact on text), faint (almost invisible) vertical crease in spine, light soiling to rear panel, a couple of tiny nicks in bottom edge of rear panel]. Yep, it's the book from which Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO -- anointed The Greatest Film of All Time by the British Film Institute's "Sight and Sound" panelists' poll -- was (rather freely) adapted. It's a must-have if you're a "books into fi... View more info

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Choice Cuts

By: Boileau, Thomas [sic], and Pierre [sic] Narcejac (translated from the French by Brian Rawson)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: 1966

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24076

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [a good solid copy with minimal wear, but some unsightly foxing to the top edge of the text block; jacket moderately edgeworn, mostly along top and bottom edges]. Blackly humorous novel about a condemned murderer who donates his body to science -- mad science, as it turns out, since he's diced up, post-mortem, and seven different parts of his body end up re-attached to seven very different people. Hilarity (of a very dark sort) and horror ensue. This authorial team was responsible for the books on which the great films DIABOLIQUE and VERTIGO were based, but alas the screen a... View more info

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The Women

By: Boothe, Clare

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1937)

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 20796

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid, clean book, bottom corners bumped, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable, minor discoloration in gutters]. Mrs. Luce's second play, a three-act bitchfest that ran for 657 performances on Broadway and was subsequently adapted into a somewhat Production Code-sanitized but still plenty snappy MGM film by screenwriters Anita Loos and Jane Murfin and director George Cukor. Although it was a hit, the play was not well-reviewed, and in her Foreword to this published text, the author presents an amusing but pointed rebuttal to critics -- all men, natch -- in the cours... View more info

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The Shining Tree: A Christmas Story

By: Borden, Lucille Papin

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23791

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, a trace of dust-soiling to top of text block but otherwise just minimal wear to both book and jacket]. Novel about a six-year-old discovered wandering around New York's Pennsylvania Station -- "blind and dressed in rags, but with an accent that suggests breeding"; oh, and she's got amnesia, too. Her discoverer, an orphaned newsboy, hauls her off to the boarding house where he resides, and the usual cross-section of humanity that's found in such places (in novels, anyway) -- a brilliant but anti-social doctor, a violinist, a beautiful young thing, a beautician, a ste... View more info