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The Withered Root

By: Davies, Rhys

Price: $85.00

Publisher: London, Robert Holden and Co. Ltd.: 1927

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20716

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice solid book, minor dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket just a touch darkened at spine]. This somewhat neglected Welsh author's first novel, "a portrayal, once touching and sardonic, of a Welsh religious 'revival.'," in which the "primitive emotional natures of a bleak mining valley in South Wales catch fire from the mystical passion of the young collier Reuben Daniels, whose lyrical eloquence sustains the shouting multitudes in their orgiastic devotions." Think "How Green Was My Valley" meets "Elmer Gantry," the latter published in America the same ... View more info

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The Auctioning of Mary Angel

By: Dawson, Coningsby

Price: $50.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16418

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear and minor bumping to bottom edge, age-toning and light dust-soiling to page edges; jacket is edgeworn, with various small tears, minor paper loss at spine ends (no loss of text)]. This "romance of the modern marriage market" mostly takes the form of a discussion between debutante Mary and her bachelor uncle, who is permitted to read her diary, and struggles mightily to understand this ultra-modern girl's explanations of how she "taught her fleshy graces to mirror virtue and mask ribald deeds with the simper of innocence." (I hate it when they d... View more info

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All-Wool Morrison

By: Day, Holman

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1920

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20472

Condition: Good in Good dj


[book and binding are sound, but with considerable foxing to the page edges and the first few pages, slight deterioration to cloth along the front hinge, and the original owner's name and town scrawled broadly across both the front pastedown and the ffep; the jacket is moderately edgeworn, with small tears and minor paper loss at several corners, soiling to the rear panel, light pencil scribbling on front panel]. Novel about a good-guy businessman/politician, the proprietor of a big woolen mill (and mayor of the town in which it's located) whose "passion was to make water power -- the 'wh... View more info

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Maria

By: de Capite, Michael

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1943)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20499

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [spine very slightly turned, light staining/rippling to spine cloth, one tiny puncture-tear in spine; agency label and rubber-stamp on ffep (see notes)]. Autobiographical novel, set in the Italian immigrant community of Buffalo, New York. According to a contemporary review of the book, it "portrays the life of a sensitive second-generation girl married early to a domineering husband who takes from the American environment only a belief in success, with money-getting as his supreme goal." This copy was the recipient of a little Hollywood attention, as evidenced on th... View more info

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Far Enough: A Story of the Great Trek

By: de Kalb, Eugénie

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18792

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid book, light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edges of covers, very slight bumping at top corners; jacket has shallow ragged chip at base of spine, tiny nick at top of spine, light wear at extremities]. Epic novel set "against the ever shifting background of the Great Boer Trek into the Transvaal," focused on the fortunes of Teda van der Weg, "a character who would have been accepted as an equal by the women of America who carried their gentleness and spiritual greatness across the early American frontier." The American-born author (a graduate of Smith College)... View more info

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Career for Jennifer

By: de Leeuw, Adele

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1941

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15554

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[a nice clean solid copy, with just a hint of shelfwear; jacket lightly soiled/rubbed, a couple of insignificant tears at top edge, tiny stain at upper right-hand corner of front panel, a few little scuff marks on spine]. Juvenile novel about a teenage girl who rescues a cat, which turns out to belong to a world-famous woman photographer -- who, to show her appreciation, offers to teach Jennifer all about photography, and in so doing helps her launch a career. "Here is a story of grim determination to find economic security in a world of specialization, but Jennifer isn't altogether grim... View more info

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Orientale (L'aventure de Therese Beauchamps)

By: de Miomandre, Francis (translated by Ralph Roeder)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Brentano's: 1929

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 19462

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


DETAILS NEEDED. (B&W sketches, decorations) "A boorish husband, a wife starved for love, and a lover out of the East, exotic, passionate, and chivalrous. Then Fate and a senseless betrayal. Who shall blame the downtrodden French bourgeois wife for preferring the most delicate of lovers to her hum-drum existence, especially since he proves to be a highly sensitive Mandarin of China? People may be shocked and perhaps dismayed by the intense love story that is complicated by a question of race feeling. Yet every one will be charmed by the manner and style of M. de Miomandre, who writes wi... View more info

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Earth to Earth

By: Dehan, Richard (pseud. for Clotilde Inez Mary Graves, aka Charlotte Graves)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company: [1916]

Edition: Probable 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 15491

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate external wear, some dust-soiling to page edges, light foxing to fore-edge, one-time owner's initials and date and place of purchase all floridly-rendered in pencil on ffep; hinges and binding fully intact]. A collection of 25 stories by the Irish author (1863-1932), who wrote under this pseudonym for nearly half a century. According to her obituary, sixteen of her plays were produced in London and New York between 1887 and 1913; she also wrote dozens of novels, among which the best known was probably "The Dop Doctor" (1910), a novel of the Boer War. Another ... View more info

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Parade Ground

By: Deitrick, Jaquelin (pseud. for Marion Rolfe Johnson Deitrick)

Price: $25.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20488

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy with light external soiling, shelfwear to bottom edge including slight exposure of boards at corners, tiny nick in spine cloth at front hinge, very slight bumping/fraying to top corners, one-time owner's signature on ffep]. The author's debut novel, described by a contemporary reviewer as "a grim and depressing story of the childhood and early married life of Janet Custis, born of army parents, [whose] life is in perpetual revolt against the gossiping, bridge-playing, hypocritical society in army posts." In rebellion against this way of life, "she lear... View more info

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Passion Lighting the World

By: Dekobra, Maurice (translated from the French by Neal Wainwright)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1933)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 17295

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice solid copy, minor wear to bottom edge; jacket a little faded at spine, horizontal creasing at top of front panel, still bright and colorful]. "Who was Nadia Brasiloff? What was her past? To all appearances she was the companion to Madame Brenney, Andre's mother. But she was more than that. Deep fires smouldered within the warm beauty of this woman; greed, ambition, passion and courage. To a dying man she gave undying pleasure and swift, killing cruelty. With all the artistry of a famous courtesan she lured him, frenzied him, and exalted him -- but never sated hi... View more info

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The "Charm" Girl

By: Delaney, Edward

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Liveright Publishing Corporation: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20063

Condition: Very Good


(blue cloth with paper label on front cover; no dust jacket) [spine a little turned, modest wear to spine ends, light foxing on endpapers]. "The SCREAM-LINE correspondence of a radio charmer and her girl friend" (per the jacket blurb, not present on this copy), this is an amusing and topical entry in the primarily American sub-sub-genre of the epistolary comic novel that might be described as "letters from a (not-so) dumb gal (or guy)." (The vein was notably tapped by Ring Lardner ("You Know Me Al"), and really started flowing after the success of Anita Loos' "Gent... View more info

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Kept Woman

By: Delmar, Vina

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1929)

Edition: 1st Edition (unstated)

Seller ID: 16994

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[solid book, spine very slightly turned, some spotting/foxing to top edge of text block, vintage bookseller's label (City of Paris Book Shop, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket shows minor wear at extremities, light soiling to rear panel, a couple of tiny edge-nicks to rear panel]. In the same vein as the author's earlier books "Bad Girl" and "Loose Ladies" -- and sharing a similarly striking Arthur Hawkins Jr. jacket design -- this novel tells the story of "a lily of the field . . . the gin-buying, car-owning lady of leisure, a middle-class kept woman, who buys perfu... View more info

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Village Tale

By: deMeyer, John

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J. B. Lippincott Company: (c.1938)

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 7965

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, moderate shelfwear; jacket edgeworn, a bit soiled, mild chipping along top edge, minor paper loss at top of spine, one small closed tear at top of front panel]. "The scene is an isolated village on the coast of Maine. The life of the villagers is narrow; seldom do they leave the community, and they have little interest in what takes place elsewhere. Sis Forrest, the minister's son, is cast in a different mold. Sensitive, and better educated than his neighbors, he is filled with a desire to see the world, to get away from petty bickerings, gossip and jealou... View more info

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The Poison Arrow

By: Dennis, Jefferson

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Fortuny's: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8946

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [moderately shelfworn but still solid copy, previous owner's name taped to ffep, top edge dust-darkened; jacket edgeworn, moderately soiled, spine sunned, minor paper loss at top of spine and top left corner of front panel]. Review copy, with publisher's slip laid in. " The thrilling adventures of a daring youth in the cities and jungles of Peru," this being "Pancho Bustamonte, a student at the Colegio of Callao [ who] mingles with Indians,foreigners, revolutionaries, and all the other people who find a refuge in the South American country." The author "s... View more info

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Under the Brutchstone

By: Denwood, J.M., and S. Fowler Wright

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20496

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [solid reading copy, moderate external soiling, some deterioration to cloth on rear cover, 3-inch split to cloth along front joint; humorous contemporary gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep, along with attractive vintage bookplate of one Marianna V. Hover]. Novel set in the Lake District of northern England (Cumberland, specifically), telling the tale of a couple of poachers, Red Ike and Will Moffatt, who run afoul of a powerful and not-very-nice landowner -- a situation complicated by the fact that Will and the landowner's daughter are in love. (And Red Ike is in love ... View more info

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Sleeping Giant [*SIGNED*]

By: Dibner, Martin

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1960

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 5917

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


VG+ in VG+ dj [book mildly shelfworn; jacket spine browned, minor chipping at spine ends, a bit of scuffing/soiling to rear panel, one tiny tear at top corner of rear panel, front panel clean and very attractive]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half- title page. A novel of Florida politics, in which a powerful political boss views his son, newly home from college, as the heir to his position of power and influence -- but unfortunately the son has other ideas. Signed by Author View more info

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Sleeping Giant

By: Dibner, Martin

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1960

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13430

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good solid copy, light shelfwear, light toning to page edges; jacket missing 1-1/2" at top, associated tear extending about 1" into front panel, otherwise very little wear]. A novel of Florida politics, in which a powerful political boss views his son, newly home from college, as the heir to his position of power and influence -- but unfortunately the son has other ideas. View more info

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All the World and I

By: Dinwoodie, Hepburn

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown & Company: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9501

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice solid copy, some dust-soiling to top edge but otherwise just minimal shelfwear, faint bookstore stamp at bottom of front pastedown; jacket has a couple of small chips along top edge, a few small tears, soiling to rear panel]. The author's first novel, set in Labrador, where (per the jacket copy) she had spent a couple of miserable winters. "This is Alec Hardy's story. Part Welsh, part Indian, he clings to his wilderness life and trapper and fisherman. The call of the land is in his blood. He is deeply suspicious of an Empire-at-war. Yet his love for Flora [and] his brother's enl... View more info

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The Dream Prevails: A Story of India

By: Diver, Maud

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16436

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, light soiling to endpapers, bottom corners slightly bumped, a couple of numbers stamped on rear fep; jacket soiled and spotted, wear and slight paper loss at most corners]. "Mrs. Diver's new novel carries on the story of Sir Roy Sinclair, a man of vision and genius, who dominated her last book, 'The Singer Passes,' in which his fate was left uncertain. Here, too, she again reveals her insight into Eastern character through the mental and emotional problems of Sher Afzul Khan, a commissioned officer in a frontier regiment who belongs neither to the Anglo-Indian world h... View more info

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Miss Hard-Boiled

By: Dixon, Jane

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1930, 1929)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21289

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [ex-women's club library book (with rubber-stamp and handwritten note attesting to same on the front endpapers); worn copy, spine a little turned, fraying to extremities, staining to edges of text block, etc.; a reading copy only]. Novel about a young woman, Raquel Rojas, who leaves her small Arizona border town to escape a marriage to a man she doesn't love; she makes her way to New York (of course), lands a job as a model, and before you can say "ooh la la," finds herself swept off to Paris by a dashing Frenchman, Monsieur Alphonse. Although all the textual evidenc... View more info