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My Own Story

By: Dressler, Marie, as told to Mildred Harrington

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1934

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 23435

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid clean book, minor wear to top and bottom edges, gift inscription (non-authorial) dated 1934 on ffep; jacket moderately edgeworn, a few small closed tears, some wrinkling/creasing at top and bottom corners of rear panel and also bottom of front panel, a bit of scuffing here and there]. (B&W photographs) Posthumously-published autobiography by the veteran actress who had had great success on the stage but somewhat less in the movies, despite her auspicious debut in TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE (1914). More or less retired from show business by the mid-1920s, she was lured ... View more info

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Camille [Norma Talmadge (Edition De Luxe)]

By: Dumas, Alexandre, Fils

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1927)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23594

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[good solid book, minor wear to extremities, original (1927) owner's name and adress in ink on front pastedown, along with an admonition that "if borrowed, please return"; jacket is worn, with a bit of paper loss at base of spine and several cornes, various small nicks and tears, etc.; SEE NOTES for speculation about provenance of the jacket]. (16 blue-toned film stills) The "Norma Talmadge Edition De Luxe" photoplay edition, a tie-in with the 1927 First National silent film of the classic story of a tragically doomed (cough, cough) love. The most famous Dame aux Camélias, of... View more info

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Robert Siodmak: El Maestro del Cine Negro

By: Dumont, Hervé

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Madrid/San Sebastián, Filmoteca Española / Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24632

ISBN: 84-86877-24-5

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate edge- and surface-wear to covers]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Extensive survey of the career of film director Robert Siodmak, including his early work in Germany, the films he made in France ((1933-1939) after fleeing the Nazis, his Hollywood career from 1940-1952, and finally his return to Europe. It's his American films that stand out, especially his films noir (PHANTOM LADY, THE KILLERS, CRISS CROSS, and others). PLEASE NOTE that the text of this book is entirely in Spanish, and would appear to be a translation of a book first published in France in 1981, which has not to my kn... View more info

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Take Two: A Life in Movies and Politics [*SIGNED*]

By: Dunne, Philip

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1980

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23429

ISBN: 0-07-018306-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[lovely clean copy with no discernible wear apart from a tiny bump to the bottom front corner; jackets shows minor wear along top and bottom edges and at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Warmly INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; the inscription is to noted TV producer-director Fletcher Markle and his wife, and bears Markle's small "Ex Libris" bookplate on the ffep. Dunne, who spent the majority of his career as a screenwriter/director/producer at Twentieth Century-Fox, discusses not just his film career but also his involvement with political matters, especially with regard... View more info

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Malcolm St. Clair: His Films, 1915-1948

By: Dwyer, Ruth Anne

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Lanham MD/London, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: [1997] (c.1996)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24706

ISBN: 0-8108-2709-3

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely, as-new copy, only blemish being a tiny wrinkle in the jacket at the top left-hand corner of the front panel; a review copy, with the publisher's information sheet laid in]. (Filmmakers, no. 38) Series (B&W photographs) Biography and critical study of this "master director of sophisticated silent comedy," tracing his career from his early days with Mack Sennett through his work with Buster Keaton and at Paramount in 1920s, and his successful transition to sound. View more info

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Mr. Skeffington

By: Elizabeth [von Arnim]

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.: 1941 (c.1940)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 24515

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped? see note) [nice-looking copy, the book itself bright and tight, showing no discernible wear; jacket lightly edgeworn and a little faded along the sine, with itsy-bitsy paper loss at bottom front corners, one short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of front panel, minor wrinkle at top of front panel]. Novel about a woman who "realized with a start one day that she was nearly fifty years old, and she was to learn more gradually and more cruelly that she was no longer the great beauty she once had been." Basis for the 1944 Warner Bros. movie starring (... View more info

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Ramon Novarro: A Biography of the Silent Film Idol, 1899-1968; With a Filmography

By: Ellenberger, Allan R.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company, Inc.: (c.19990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24458

ISBN: 0-7864-0099-4

Condition: Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear]. (B&W photographs) The subtitle says it all. View more info

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Love and Marriage

By: Ellis, Havelock, et al.; edited by Dr. A. Forbath

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Liveright Publishing Corporation: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24814

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[no discernible wear to book, vintage bookseller's label (The Seven Arts, Carmel) on rear pastedown; jacket shows a bit of wear along the top edge, and there's a small but rugged tear-hole near the top of the spine, slightly affecting the printed title thereon]. A collection of essays purporting to offer "the answer to every question of sex you have ever asked, as well as to those you have always hesitated to ask." (And now we know from where Dr. David Reuben paraphrased the title of his popular 1969 treatise on exactly the same subjects.) This was the last book "by Havelock Ell... View more info

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Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Spring 1950 Selections (Volume 1) [The Show Must Go On; The Cry and the Covenant; Autobiography of Will Rogers; Cry, the Beloved Country]

By: Elmer Rice; Morton Thompson; Donald Day (ed.); Alan Paton

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Pleasantville NY, The Reader's Digest Association: (c.1950)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22863

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid clean copy, minor shelfwear, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's name/address stamp on ffep and rear pastedown, and his embossed name/address on half-title page; the jacket shows some wear and slight wrinkling at edges and spine ends, slight fading to spine, front panel bright and very presentable]. Vol. 1 The inaugural volume in the RDCB series -- depending on your point of view, either the debut of a venerable publishing tradition or the harbinger of a homogenized and bowdlerized post-war American literary culture. Contained herein are condensed versions of thr... View more info

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We Thought We Could Do Anything: The Life of Screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron

By: Ephron, Henry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, W.W. Norton & Company: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24653

ISBN: 0-393-07510-9

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[a touch of spotting to edges of text block, no significant wear; jacket shows only light surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Like the subtitle says: a memoir of by one-half of one of Hollywood's great husband-and-wife screenwriting teams (the author's other half having predeceased him). Their daughter, Nora Ephron, reminisces warmly about her mother in the book's Epilogue -- although later on the truth emerged (acknowledged quite openly by Nora and her sisters) about Henry and Phoebe's troubled marriage, and exposed the book as something of a whitewash. A 2013 Salon article, which appeared aft... View more info

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Sam Peckinpah: Master of Violence; Being the Account of the Making of a Movie and Other Sundry Things

By: Evans, Max

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Vermillion SD, Dakota Press / University of South Dakota: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24523

ISBN: 0-88249-011-7

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor wear to extremities, long gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket has a few tiny nicks and shallow chipping along top edge, and some wiseacre once progressively "marked down" the price on the front flap from its original amount, progressively to 49 cents, finally ending up with "Take it!"]. (B&W photographs) The noted Western novelist and sometime screenwriter writes "a man's book," focusing on his long friendship with the film director, and more specifically on the production of Peckinpah's 1970 film THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (in which Evans himself al... View more info

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The Ordeal of Running Standing

By: Fall, Thomas

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The McCall Publishing Company: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24371

ISBN: 0-8415-0047-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[slight bump/crack to upper front corner, otherwise a clean tight book with no significant wear; jacket shows some uneven fading to both front and rear panels (not too pronounced), small tear at upper right corner of front panel]. Novel set in Oklahoma in the early 1900s, about a Kiowa Indian who passes for white: "he becomes Joe Standing and cynically joins the conniving whites -- hoping to beat them at their own game." View more info

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There is Confusion

By: Fauset, Jessie Redmon

Price: $400.00

Publisher: London, Chapman and Hall Ltd: 1924

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: 22230

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice tight copy with minor shelfwear, soiling and foxing to edges of text block, tiny bump to top rear corner]. The first of Fauset's four novels, tracing the family histories of the Marshalls of New York and the Byes of Philadelphia, each of whom must come to terms with the interconnectedness of the black and white races within their families. Written in direct response to (and rebuttal of) T.S. Stribling's 1922 novel "Birthright," which she and other African-American intellectuals felt presented an unrealistic and stereotypical depiction of black life in America. ... View more info

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Jack Benny: An Intimate Biography [*SIGNED*]

By: Fein, Irving A.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23675

ISBN: 0-399-11640-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minimal wear to book, spine very slightly turned; jacket has small tears and slight paper loss at all corners of spine, two short closed tears and associated horizontal crease at bottom of front panel, moderate wear at edges and corners]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For my dear old friends / ______ and ______ / With love and deep / affection for many years of / laughs -- and friendship -- / Irving / 5/2/76." "A warm and intimate portrait of the quintessential humorist of an age [by his] personal manager, and with an introduction by George B... View more info

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Literary San Francisco: A Pictorial History from Its Beginnings to the Present Day [*SIGNED*]

By: Ferlinghetti, Lawrence, and Nancy J. Peters

Price: $35.00

Publisher: San Francisco, City Lights Books / Harper & Row: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24419

ISBN: 0-06-250325-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[no significant wear to book, just slight fading to cloth along top edges of covers and at base of spine; jacket has slight wear to extremities, faint soiling, tiny nicks at several corners, tiny chip at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) SIGNED by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (as simply "Ferlinghetti," signature only) on the title page. This well-illustrated chronicle "presents, in rare photographs and sharp commentary, the literary great and not-so-great who lived in, or left their mark on, San Francisco. [It covers] the full sweep of the city's literary history, from the or... View more info

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The Itching Parrot (El Periquillo Sarniento)

By: Fernández de Lizardi, José Joaquín (translated from the Spanish by Katherine Anne Porter)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran and Co., Inc.: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24020

Condition: Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate wear to extremities, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends; jacket edgeworn, small tears and minor paper loss at several corners, 1/2" paper loss at top of spine]. "The classic novel of Mexican literature" (it sez here), which the jacket blurb claims was "estimated to have sold nearly one hundred million copies since its publication one hundred twenty-five years ago" (there's a classic of fact-uncheckability). It concerns the adventures of the title character, Poll, "as engaging a rogue and buffoon as can be found in all literature, who lives ... View more info

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Thursday Next in Something Rotten

By: Fforde, Jasper

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24794

ISBN: 0-670-03359-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[a lovely as-new copy, with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. The fourth book in the Thursday Next series, in which the fearless time-and-space-hopping literary detective has to deal with child-care issues (not only for her own son, but for "the dithering Danish prince Hamlet," whom she's more or less adopted), while also trying to prevent a hostile world takeover by the Goliath Corporation. "Working mother" doesn't even begin to describe it. View more info

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My Sister Eileen

By: Fields, Joseph, and Jerome Chodorov; based on the stories by Ruth McKenney

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24674

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [nice clean copy, light shelfwear, tiny nick in cloth at top front hinge]. (B&W photographs) Popular play about two sisters from Ohio who share an apartment in Greenwich Village. Originally a series of short stories published in The New Yorker (and collected in book form in 1938), the play went on to spawn two film versions (1942 and, as a musical, 1955 -- the latter co-written and directed by Richard Quine, who had played "Frank Lippencott" in the original Broadway production), a short-lived sitcom and the 1953 Broadway musical "Wonderful Town." (Rather oddl... View more info

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Of Muppets & Men: The Making of The Muppet Show

By: Finch, Christopher

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Muppet Press/Alfred A. Knopf: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23817

ISBN: 0-394-52085-8

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice clean book in gift-worthy condition, slight bump to bottom front corner, no other significant wear; jacket shows a little wear at base of spine, minor edgewear elsewhere] (color and B&W photographs) "In this big, full-of-information book -- crammed with pictures in color and black and white -- we are taken into [the Muppet workshop] and into conference rooms that lie behind The Muppet Show. Together, pictures and text ... reveal to us more about the Muppet phenomenon than has ever before been made known: how it was born, how its unique (and uniquely cheerful) sorcery is accompl... View more info

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

By: Fischer, Lucy

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, BFI Publishing: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24083

ISBN: 0-85170-668-1

Condition: Fine


[very nice, as-new book]. (BFI Film Classics) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Critical/historical monograph on F.W. Murnau's first American production, "one of the most historically pivotal of all films." This book "is a model of film analysis, which locates [the film] in a fascinating range of historical, aesthetic and philosophical contexts." View more info