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The House of McCord [*SIGNED*]

By: Duncan, Martha E.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/Ardmore PA, Dorrance & Company: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20895

ISBN: 0-8059-2545-7

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, slight rippling to a few pages, minor edge-scrunching to a few pages, small stain on fore-edge; jacket rubbed (mostly at edges), very slight chipping at top of spine, a bit of soiling to the rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel (the author's first and presumably only), beginning in Kentucky in the 1920s and progressing narratively into the present-day 1970s, about an amnesiac, Becky, who "begins her new life as Ken McCord's wife," apparently straight out the hospital. (What kind of arrangement was that, I wonder?) Anyway, the portraits... View more info

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The Crazy Ladies

By: Elbert, Joyce

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The New American Library: 1969

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 20668

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight clean book with no discernible wear; jacket has a browned strip along the top edge of both the front and rear panels, minor wrinkling at bottom of front panel]. The author's second novel, about "New York Now -- and the girls who live there. Why they live there. What they're doing there. The men they're doing it with." The "four attractive girls trying to make it in the toughest town in the world" are: a 24-year-old model whose having lots of sex, despite "her stubborn orgasm problem"; a 29-year-old divorcee who's "starting to drink too much" due... View more info

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A Bad Man

By: Elkin, Stanley

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3334

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[book clean and solid, minor ink markings on ffep; jacket has a slightly ragged 1-1/2" closed tear at upper right front panel, a copule of small tears & a little wrinkling at top of rear panel]. View more info

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Voltaire! Voltaire! [*SIGNED*]

By: Endore, Guy

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20604

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid clean book with no significant wear; jacket shows some edgewear, small closed tear at top of rear panel, minor surface damage to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the ffep. Biographical novel tracing the parallel lives of Voltaire, "the wittiest, most irreverent, most spectacular philosopher who ever lived," and Rousseau, "the poor, half-educated lad of Geneva who became the most radical, most talked-of philosopher (after Voltaire) of Europe." Endore, a successful screenwriter and novelist, was also a political activist and pamphlet... View more info

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King Windom

By: Farris, John

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Trident Press: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4278

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, minor edge-soiling; jacket shows a little wear at edges/corners, a couple of tiny tears at top front panel]. Ambitious novel about a fundamentalist Southern preacher who uses the power of radio to become the head of a nationwide revivalist movement. View more info

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The Pledge [*SIGNED*]

By: Fast, Howard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13134

ISBN: 0-395-48308-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep (signature only). Novel about a veteran foreign correspondent who is "plunged into the McCarthy madness, stripped of his career, abandoned by friends and colleagues, and railroaded into jail by a congressional committee." Any resemblance to the author's own life is not coincidental. (++) Signed by Author View more info

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The Shallow Man

By: Felske, Coerte V.W.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers Inc.: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14046

ISBN: 0-517-70035-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy with only minor shelfwear at base of spine; jacket a bit scuffed but still quite presentable]. The story of Nick Laws, hand model and party promoter. "Nick's world is a social network run by Thing, his generic name for gorgeous fashion models and other beautiful women. ... an elusive but fascinating arena populated by Bookers, Dromes, Donuts, Civilians, Snappers, 4B Girls, Guy, and, of course, Thing -- a world of fast-food romance, delicious sex, vicious grunge rock, and mind-boggling glamour. ... Welcome to Generation Face." (I believe this was slated to becom... View more info

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The Shallow Man [*SIGNED*]

By: Felske, Coerte V.W.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers Inc.: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15548

ISBN: 0-517-70035-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy with just the slightest bit of wear at base of spine; jacket shows faint surface wear, very minor wrinkling along top edge]. INSCRIBED humorously and rather extravagantly (covering the whole page) and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. The story of Nick Laws, hand model and party promoter. "Nick's world is a social network run by Thing, his generic name for gorgeous fashion models and other beautiful women. ... an elusive but fascinating arena populated by Bookers, Dromes, Donuts, Civilians, Snappers, 4B Girls, Guy, and, of course, Thing -- a world of fas... View more info

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The Collector Collector [*SIGNED*]

By: Fischer, Tibor

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt and Company: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17404

ISBN: 0-8050-5118-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, very slight bump to bottom front corner, still a nice-looking copy, tight and clean; jacket has the tiniest nick to match the dent, faint soiling]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. In this novel, the author "turns a conventional boy-meets-girl story into a brilliant comic romp. The hero of Fischer's tale is a bowl that comes into the possession of a young, lovelorn London art appraiser named Rosa. Rosa's bowl is no ordinary piece of clay, however: it is a ceramic sage, an urn of uncommon erudition that has witnessed all of history's... View more info

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Cold Mountain ["Uncorrected Manuscript" (advance proof), "ver 97.1.14"]

By: Frazier, Charles

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Atlantic Monthly Press: 1997

Edition: Uncorrected Proof

Seller ID: 17506

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


(printed glossy wraps) [a very nice copy, with just a touch of wear at the right-hand and bottom edges of the front cover, faint scuffing to front cover, tiny bends to bottom corners of two pages mid-book]. Uncorrected Advance Proof (labeled "Uncorrected Manuscript" on front cover, "ver 97.1.14" on title page) of the author's debut novel, which went on to win the American Book Award and subsequently to serve as the basis for a respectable but imperfect 2003 film adaptation written and directed by Anthony Minghella, with a Brit and an Aussie (Jude Law and Nicole Kidman) doing t... View more info

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Cold Mountain

By: Frazier, Charles

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Atlantic Monthly Press: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18479

ISBN: 0-87113-679-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minor shelfwear to cloth at base of spine, otherwise a nice clean book; jacket just a bit rubbed, John Behrendt endorsement/blurb sticker NOT present (see notes)]. National Book Award-winning Civil War novel, basis for the 2003 movie of the same name, for which Renée Zellweger hauled in a Supporting Actress Oscar. This is the true first edition (stated)/first printing (full number line), with all called-for points (including "man-woman" misprint on page 25, line 16). NOTE that the circular label bearing the laudatory quote from John Berendt is not present on the front jacket panel... View more info

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144 Piccadilly

By: Fuller, Samuel

Price: $85.00

Publisher: [London], New English Library: 1971 (c.1971)

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Seller ID: 17978

ISBN: 0-450-01314-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[slight age-toning to page edges, but no significant wear; jacket spine lightly soiled, slight scrunching at spine ends]. Novel about a group of London hippies who barricade themselves inside a decaying Mayfair mansion and resist all efforts to evict them. The much more common American edition rather obscures what the photographic dust jacket of this U.K. printing makes explicit, which is that this was based directly on an actual event -- "ripped from the headlines," as Fuller might have put it. In September of 1969 a radical group known as The London Street Commune, formed to highli... View more info

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Nickel Mountain

By: Gardner, John

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18248

ISBN: 0-394-48883-0

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, no discernible wear to book at all; jacket just a bit faded at spine, a few tiny rubbed spots at a couple of corners]. (sepia-tone etchings) Gardner's sixth novel, an unconventional love story set in a small community in the Catskills in the 1950s, about a 42-year-old man who marries a 17-year-old girl who's pregnant with the child of a local boy. View more info

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Grendel

By: Gardner, John

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20304

ISBN: 0-394-47143-1

Condition: Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [book itself has no discernible wear; jacket quite faded at spine (one of the chronic problems with this book), with a small black smudge at the upper left corner of the rear panel and a tiny razor-cut on the spine] "The first and most terrifying monster in English literature tells his own side (the true side) of the Beowulf story in this revisionist novel . . . comic, grotesque, at times very sad." View more info

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The Heyday

By: Gascoigne, Bamber

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1974 (c.1973)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20431

ISBN: 0-670-36954-3

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[light foxing to top of text block, slight fading to top edges of boards, no other significant wear; jacket has a few itsy-bitsy closed tears along top and bottom edges, minor surface-scraping surrounding base of spine]. Novel set in Edwardian England, about "an aspiring ingenue who in the summer of 1905 rushes happily into a third-rate repertory troupe that slogs peripatetically through the provinces under the magisterial eye of a thoroughly unreluctant dragoness named Mrs. Bandmann-Palmer (who, incidentally, has played the lead in Hamlet on a record four hundred Saturday nights)." View more info

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The Lowest Trees Have Tops

By: Gellhorn, Martha

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1969 (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16441

ISBN: 0396058647

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [minor wear to bottom corners, otherwise a tight clean copy; jacket has a few tiny closed edge-tears, rubbing to rear panel, very slight browning to spine]. Novel set in a Mexican mountain village, about the relationships between "residents" (expatriate foreigners who "have come from near and far for the infinite variety of reasons that impel people to escape the dread advantages of civilization") and the native Mexican population, known as "dwellers." Among the former group are "three midwestern families who arrived seeking refuge from a stateside... View more info

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Night People

By: Gifford, Barry

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press: 1992

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 15352

ISBN: 0-8021-1538-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, tight/clean/unread, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit rubbed on the rear panel]. Four related novellas comprising a "road map of the American nightmare." The book "reaches even deeper into the vision of our world that Barry Gifford has painted in his earlier novels, and its pure light is often shocking. Yet no matter how odd, innocent, evil, or downright unearthly his characters are, Gifford dives into their souls, finds the truth of their lives, and delivers it to us with the energy and economy of a Picasso ink drawing." (All right, fine, but are we a... View more info

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An Unfortunate Woman

By: Gifford, Barry

Price: $25.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Donald S. Ellis / Creative Arts Book Company: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16895

ISBN: 0-916870-73-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[previous owner's signature at upper corner of front pastedown, otherwise a tight copy with no discernible wear; jacket has just the teensiest bit of wear at a couple of corners]. A woman in her late fifties, finding in difficult circumstances after a lifetime of misfortunes, recalls "her fabulous -- and not so fabulous -- glamorous life with 'the boys,' the big shot racketeers of 1940's Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Cuba and Florida [including' Ben [Bugsy] Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Reata and others." Errol Flynn pops up as a character, too. View more info

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Modern Love

By: Glass, Leslie

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1983)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16349

ISBN: 0-312-54090-6

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor wear at extremities, very minor scrunching to a few top page corners, bookplate on ffep; jacket lightly edgeworn, tiny tears at upper corners, light dampstain along right-hand edge of front panel, minor diagonal creasing at bottom corner of rear flap]. "Breaking up and falling in love again gets even harder when you're past thirty. [The author] writes of lovers, parents, marriage, divorce, and children; all the longing, heartache, and joy of modern love are here in this wry and sensitive romantic novel for grown-ups." View more info

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Sisters

By: Goodwin, Suzanne

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1984)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 12702

ISBN: 0-312-72748-8

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows minor wear at a couple of corners, small closed tear at bottom front hinge]. "A novel of love and war in the classic tradition, [this book] is a brilliant and penetrating work set in England during the Second World War. Americans, New Zealanders, Free French -- they were all attracted to the Tyrrell girls. Ostensibly free spirits, the three sisters longed for an end to the miseries of wartime; for a day when there would be no rationing and no blackouts, no terrifying nights huddled under the table -- no agonized waiting fo... View more info