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Overkill and Megalove [*SIGNED*]

By: Corwin, Norman

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Cleveland/New York, The World Publishing Company: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22587

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[clean and flawless book; jacket very nearly so, with just a touch of handling wear]. INSCRIBED to friends and SIGNED by the author twice on the ffep, in 1963 and again in 1966 (to the same couple, "George and Jo," as yet unidentified by my research), the later inscription making humorous reference to "the occasion of the first teletransmission between Stradella and Linda Flores," likely a reference to their respective Brentwood households. "In a sequence of poems and parodies couched in the idiom of our times, [Corwin] addresses himself to all men -- including the men wh... View more info

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Loose Leaves

By: Dayton, Katharine

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Page & Company: 1923

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16413

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[a very nice copy, light wear to bottom edge, slight dust-soiling to page edges; jacket shows light wear at extremities, one tiny tear and associated crease at top left-hand corner of front panel]. The author's first book, a collection of essays about contemporary American culture, "a rollicking kaleidoscope of modern life." Several are about opera (she had a bit of a musical career herself, it seems, before becoming a writer and regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post), and a number are in the form of little playlets. (Her father had been a Hearst editor, and she later bec... View more info

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Approaching Oblivion: Road Signs on the Treadmill Toward Tomorrow [*SIGNED*]

By: Ellison, Harlan

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Walker and Company: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18779

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, faint soiling to top page edges; extremely minor handling wear to jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page, "To my pal, George, who taught me everything I know"; additionally dated "12 March 1988, Los Angeles." Eleven previously uncollected stories by Ellison "at the peak of his volcanic form," per the jacket blurb. Foreword by Michael Crichton. The inscribee was screenwriter George Kirgo, president of the Writers Guild of America-West from 1987 to 1991; Kirgo and Ellison met when they were both working on the Paramount lot in 19... View more info

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An Alphabet for Gourmets

By: Fisher, M.F.K.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1949

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18795

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [shelfworn but solid book, stray thin pen mark on bottom page edges, small stain on fore-edge (bleeding onto a few pages near the back of the book), a bit of underlining (mostly in the first 40 pages); jacket is serviceable but well-worn, faded at spine and edges of front panel, tape-repaired at spine ends, various creases and small tears, etc.] (line drawings) Writing in her usual "subtle and very personal manner of the pleasures of food and drink," here Fisher adopts an alphabetical approach, with the letters serving "as pegs for a variety of subjects ranging all ... View more info

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Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen [*SIGNED*]

By: Hiaasen, Carl (edited by Diana Stevenson)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Gainesville, University Press of Florida: (c.1999)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 14712

ISBN: 0-8130-1717-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[good solid copy, very light soiling to page edges, no significant wear; jacket a bit rubbed]. INSCRIBED ("For _______ -- / Best wishes!") and SIGNED by Hiaasen on the title page. A selection of the popular author's Miami Herald columns from 1985-1998, "written with the same dark humor and satirical edge" as his best-selling novels. "Known for evoking the disastrously flawed paradise of modern South Florida, Hiaasen proves in these columns that facts can indeed be stranger than the fiction they inspire." Signed by Author View more info

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Sugar and Spite [*SIGNED*]

By: Jackson, Mike

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20097

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[bottom rear corner bumped, no other significant wear; jacket shows minor edge- and surface-wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A collection of short pieces, "free-wheeling commentary on the vagaries and verities of our untidy times," apparently repurposed newspaper columns from the author's contributions to the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Laguna Beach Post. Signed by Author View more info

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We Need One Another

By: Lawrence, D.H.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Equinox Cooperative Press: 1933 (c.1930)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18881

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[no discernible wear to book; jacket has minor paper loss at top of spine, minor wrinkling/staining to front panel]. (drawings) "A profoundly true and beautiful exposition of the spiritual as well as the physical relations between the sexes." With an introductory note by Henry Hart. Small volume containing two untitled essays, originally published in the May 1930 issue Scribner's Magazine, hence the 1930 copyright date. The three illustrations in the text -- including one of a nude couple embracing, and one of a fully-frontal nude woman -- were quite risque for the day. View more info

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London's Essays of Revolt

By: London, Jack (edited with introduction by Leonard D. Abbott)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Vanguard Press: 1928

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18642

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[very slight deterioration to cloth along bottom edge, minor bumping/slight fraying at top rear corner, old price sticker affixed to upper corner of ffep, still quite a nice example of this cheaply-produced book; jacket browned with age (especially at spine), but complete with just a touch of chipping at top of spine, bookstore name rubber-stamped at bottom of rear panel]. Agitprop from the writer who "found enduring inspiration in his Socialist faith." Contains the following essays (original publication dates noted): "The Apostate" (1906); "The Dream of Debs" (1909)... View more info

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Terrains of the Heart, and Other Essays on Home

By: Morris, Willie

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Oxford MS, Yoknapatawpha Press: (c.1981)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2879

ISBN: 0-916242-13-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[teensiest trace of wear to book, mild soiling on fore-edge; jacket shows a little wear to corners & spine extremities; still a nice attractive copy]. Essay's on the author's home state of Mississippi. View more info

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Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground

By: Rolfe, Lionel

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, California Classics Books: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10722

ISBN: 1-879395-01-0

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, just the faintest trace of handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In 16 essays about American culture and politics, [the author], a scion of the world-renowned musical Menuhin family, mixes it up with royalty, revolutionaries, murderers, celebrities and visionaries, in a journey that juxtaposes his uncle, classical master violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and Frank Zappa. Collectively his tales rip the masks off the politics, culture and society of the last four decades of the 20th century. His political coverage ranges from Abba Eban, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon to Jim G... View more info