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These Same Men [*SIGNED*]

By: Warman, Eric

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, Ronald Whiting & Wheaton: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22046

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very slight wear to base of spine, faint soiling to top of text block; jacket slightly browned at spine, minor scuffing to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For Sally & Chris / Affectionately, / Eric / October 1966." Novel about a strange sort of romantic triangle, involving a British television personality, a "wealthy but unstable" young poet, and the latter's fiancee. When the TV guy (an acerbic panel member on a show called the "Television Brains Trust") gets to messing around with the fiancee, a practice known as Candaulism comes into ... View more info

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Meeting the Pieman

By: Wartofsky, Victor

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12720

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Near Fine dj


[ex-library book, ffep badly scarred by removal of label, a couple of much smaller scars on rear pastedown, but the only actual library marking is a small "withdrawn" stamp on the title page; spine moderately turned but just lightly worn; jacket almost perfect, with just a hint of edgewear]. "A violent novel about a Jewish grocer in a black ghetto. Because Simon Farber can't find a job anymore as a carpenter, a trade he has worked at all his life, he allows himself to be talked into a supposedly money-making proposition involving little effort: to buy and manage a small grocery st... View more info

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A Family of Shopkeepers [*SIGNED*]

By: Waterman, Ray

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, W. H. Allen: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9301

ISBN: 0-491-01230-6

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, all corners bumped to some degree, minor soiling to page edges; jacket worn at edges/corners, a few small tears, dampstain across bottom of spine, internally tape-reinforced at both ends of spine]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel about Jewish immigrants settling in London's East End in the early 20th century. "Especially [the book] is about Jacob and Ada Samuels, Jews who have immigrated from Poland to Stepney. She tells of the life they create for themselves in a country strange, if not actually hostile; of the shop that they own and live above; and of thei... View more info

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A Shadow World

By: Weber, Patricia

Price: $15.00

Publisher: La Jolla CA, Pacifica Editions: (c.1992)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9671

ISBN: 0-9617765-0-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is tight and clean, with the faintest trace of wear to bottom edge; jacket shows minor wear at top of spine, faint surface wear]. "The book deals with several generations of the family of Gregor Morghann," with episodes set in Nairobi and California -- specifically La Jolla (described as a "utopian fishing village"), where most of the novel takes place. The main character is the grandson of the original Gregor Morghann (also named Gregor), who "early in his life becomes an expert surfer and an excellent underwater photographer. A mysterious lady enters his life and... View more info

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Hail, Hero!

By: Weston, John

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, David McKay Company, Inc.: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20210

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, minor wear to base of spine; jacket slightly age-toned at spine, no other significant wear]. Novel about "the twenty-four hours in the life of a young man just before he goes into military service," even though he's passionately against war and does intend to do any killing: "he wants only to look in the face of the man who will try to kill him, and love that man if he can." Basis for the 1970 film of the same name, directed by David Miller and starring a young Michael Douglas in his first starring role, with Arthur Kennedy and Teresa Wright as his uncompreh... View more info

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Birdy

By: Wharton, William

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17845

ISBN: 0-394-42569-3

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[a bit of soiling at top and bottom edges of covers, faint foxing to top page edges, spine slightly turned; jacket shows moderate wear at edges and corners, surface rubbing, vertical crease in rear flap, small tear at top front foldover (rendered unobtrusive by new jacket protector)]. The author's first novel, a National Book Award winner, which takes the reader "into the life -- into the abrasive real world, the extraordinary mind and the inspired obsession -- of a boy whose entire being, from his thirteenth year, is focused on his desire for flight, on his fascination with birds." O... View more info

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In the Balance

By: White, M.E. [Mary Ellen]

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17908

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, with light shelfwear; jacket slightly wrinkled at top of front panel, very minor dog-earing at top of spine]. A bit of Sixties-ness, "a satire and very funny in parts, but also a tragedy." Per the jacket blurb, it's "the story of a girl's round trip to the dentist's office" -- but actually there seems to be quite a lot more to it. The action wanders episodically all over California, North and South, involving "cabbies, truck drivers and hub-cap collectors," and "each step of [the heroine's] journey is parallel with some other, [an... View more info

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A Feast of Freedom

By: Wibberley, Leonard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15276

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, very light wear at ends of spine; jacket shows some faint soiling, one small tear at bottom edge of front panel, tiny chip at top of spine and another at bottom front hinge]. A typical bit of farcical whimsy from this author, a spoof of international affairs about a not-(then)-too-distant future (1968) in which Britain, in the interests of maintaining world peace, is asked by the United States to grant independence to her last two colonies, Omo Lau and Omo Levi,"two little islands in the South Pacific, their cannibal past all but forgotten, happily drowsing in the trade w... View more info

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Skyblue the Badass

By: Wiebe, Dallas

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc. / Paris Review Editions: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20934

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate soiling and light dampstain to top edge of text block (interior of book unaffected), white patch (probably from sticker removal) on ffep, otherwise just lightly shelfworn; jacket slightly tanned at spine, tiny stain at bottom right corner of front panel]. The first of only two published novels by this Kansas-born author (1930-2008), a ribald satire that became a small-scale literary cause célèbre after an excerpt published in The Paris Review in 1967 ignited a somewhat bizarre censorship attempt in the Long Island town of South Farmingdale, N.Y.; in the course of the kerfuffle, TP... View more info

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Rich is Better

By: Wilk, Max

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9179

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[mild shelfwear, bottom corners lightly bumped, slight browning to page edges; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, minor wrinkling to front panel]. The author's second novel, about "Walter Fleming, small businessman and normal neurotic," who has cause to wonder about the wisdom expressed in the book's title (as the end of a quote from Joe E. Lewis: "I have been poor and I have been rich, and believe me, rich is better."). "Partner in an electronics business in a small New England community, Walter is suddenly -- thanks to the development of an electrical gadget that... View more info

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UNIAD

By: Williams, Jay

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1108

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[book mildly shelfworn, a bit of soiling to edges, spine turned; jacket a little dog-eared/edgeworn, with a rather clumsily tape-repaired tear at bottom of front panel]. What is UNIAD (Universal Advisors, Inc.)? A "personal advisory guild" with limited membership, that promises it can and will change your life -- if you can meet the entrance requirements. (Imagine that -- a novel based on the idea that computers might play an important role in human social interactions. What a silly notion, eh?) View more info

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Fierce People

By: Wittenborn, Dirk

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Bloomsbury: 2002

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 14788

ISBN: 1-58234-242-3

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[beautiful book, clean and unmarked, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. "A modern coming-of-age novel about a boy's struggle for survival in a lush and corrupting world," in which a 15-year-old boy is abruptly transplanted from the mean streets of New York's Lower East Side to an exclusive rural New Jersey community, thanks to his cocaine-addicted masseuse mother's hooking up with one of her clients, an aging billionaire. View more info

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Opinion of the Court

By: Woolfolk, William

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7011

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


Near Fine in Near Fine dj [nice tight copy, faint yellowing of page edges, small dented spot on fore-edge; jacket has one small tear at upper front corner, mild chipping at spine ends]. "When [the author] was editor for a well-known television series, 'The Defenders,' he found it impossible to win approval for a script that embodied the central thesis of a Supreme Court decision. 'Far too controversial' was the network's verdict. Ths persuaded [the author] that more should be known about the operations of our highest tribunal and how its decisions are arrived at." This spurred him on t... View more info

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The Super Summer of Jamie McBride [*SIGNED*]

By: Wren, Christopher S., and Jack Shepherd

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6040

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, faint soiling to top edge; jacket shows some wear along top edge, moderate soiling, one small damaged spot (surface peel) at top center of front panel]. INSCRIBED ("From your colleagues on the wrong side of the generation gap") and SIGNED (by both authors) on the ffep. "Everything that's going on, baby, gets a pie in the eye in this side-splitting spoof of today's radical, flower- power Youth culture. Spend a super summer with Jamie (age 13) and his hip guide, Constance Flowersong ( age 21), as they live on 'Love, Freedom, Truth, Beauty, Credit Cards, and Birth Co... View more info

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Uncle Herschel, Dr. Padilsky, and the Evil Eye: A Novel of Old Brooklyn

By: Young, I.S.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14339

ISBN: 0-15-192690-5

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, remainder stripe on bottom edge (but so close to base of spine that it's easy to miss), light wear to book at spine ends; jacket shows only light surface wear]. "When thoroughly engaging and profound Uncle Herschel, a felsher (paramedic) by profession, leaves Russia around the beginning of the century and comes to live in a Jewish community in Brooklyn, he soon discovers that there is more to the business of becoming successful than meets the eye. In America, unlike Russia, he cannot practice medicine without a license. So, to make a living, he sets about opening up a ... View more info