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Companions

By: Dixon, Thomas

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York/Cleveland, Otis Publishing Corporation: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8864

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[solid clean copy, mild wear at lower extremities; jacket heavily edgeworn, some paper loss at most corners and spine ends]. "A story of the new idea of marriage," per the jacket tagline, and guess what? -- he's against it! (Not marriage, just the new idea.) "An intense and vivid love story of deep social import," it's also described as "the first novel from the pen of [the author] in three years." All of which sounds fine and up to date -- especially the part of the jacket blurb that rants about the twin evils of "Radical Socialism and Prohibition" -- but ... View more info

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Young Man Willing

By: Doliner, Roy

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16059

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, light scuffing to front panel]. "A very contemporary story of New York and the theatre world," which supposedly "catches the Broadway and hipster societies in a way both economical and graphic." (My Random Authentic Dialogue Detector uncovered the following lines: "Man, you're crazy." and "Don't be a nut." On the same page, no less.) This was the author's first novel, but he was no flash in the pan: he went on to publish eight more novels. His New York Times obituary (an online,... View more info

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Above and Below

By: Dorthy, R.D. (pseud. for Richard Derek and Dorothy Charques)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: [1930]

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19703

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid clean book, light shelfwear to bottom edge, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket lightly worn along top edge, spine a teensy bit darkened]. "The time encompassed in the action [of this novel] is only a few hours in the lives of several Londoners, but by looking into the minds of the characters much of their past lives and significance is reconstructions. [This is] a novel of mental and spiritual relations and conflicts, rather than of physical action, although the reader is brought up with a start by the final c... View more info

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Strangers Come Home

By: Douglas, Ronald MacDonald

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1935

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20176

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice solid book, light age-toning to edges of text block, a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has minor paper loss at a few corners, one small internal tape-repair at top of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. "Biting and yet intensely understanding" stories, set in Scotland and suffused with Scottish dialect. The author is described in the jacket copy as "a crofter living on a moor above a deep glen in Inverness-shire, overlooking the Black Isle and the Moray Firth" -- and how much more of a hardcore Scot could ye be than that, I'm thinkin'? -- but don... View more info

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Dark Glory

By: Dow, Dorothy

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14286

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[decent, solidly bound book, light soiling and minor fading to cloth covers, two previous owners' signatures on ffep; jacket worn at all extremities, a bit soiled, various small edge-tears, spine browned/discolored with a large chunk missing at top of spine (entire title lost)]. "A Story of Edgar Allan Poe," which according to the jacket blurb "gets at the spirit of the poet." View more info

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Women to Love: A Romance of the Underworld

By: Drago, [Harry] Sinclair

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Amour Press, Inc.: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17039

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [a pretty crappy-looking copy on the outside, if you want the truth (soiling, spotting, and much general wear to the covers, severe darkening to the spine), but internally quite OK, with both hinges intact, no markings in text, just one stamp (C.L. Konkel, Confectionary) on the front pastedown]. "The roar of gangster-guns, the dazzle of bright lights, the fever of pleasure, paid for with money earned in blood." You know, the usual Chicago gangster stuff, all apparently perpetrated (of course) by Italians -- Rocco, Guido, Enrico, Luigi, Lupo the Wolf, etc. The dame in... View more info

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Manhattan Side Street

By: Dratler, Jay

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York/Toronto, Longmans, Green and Co.: 1936

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5868

Condition: Very Good


(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [a solid copy, internally clean but spotted/soiled on top edge, and with dozens of tiny paint specks on the spine cloth]. First book by the novelist/ screenwriter who later had a hand in the screenplays for several classic films noir, including "Laura" and "The Dark Corner"; his own Hollywood novel, "The Pitfall," served as the basis for another. This novel, obviously derived from his own roots, features a multi-ethnic collection of New York types -- Irish, Germans, Italians, etc. View more info

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Furlough from Heaven

By: Dreifuss, Jerome

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20829

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor wear and light soiling to top and bottom edges of covers, minor dust-darkening to top edge of text block; jacket a little dog-eared at spine ends, soiling to rear panel]. Fantasy novel about Leonardo da Vinci paying a visit to present-day New York City, and forming "a strange and tender bond" with a little girl named Muggins, "who found Leonardo, and gave him the guidance and counsel he needed," while he in turn "unravelled the amazing tangle of trouble she had wrapped around herself." View more info

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The Revival at Broad Lane

By: Drew, Kate

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London/Edinburgh/New York, Marshall Brothers Limited: [1918]

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20867

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [worn at top and bottom edges, considerable age-browning to endpapers, some soiling to top edge of text-block, age-toning to all edges of text-clock, faint bookseller's rubber-stamped name (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, Calif.) on front pastedown]. (B&W photo frontispiece portrait) Biographical fiction, based on the career of a woman evangelist, one "Mrs. Bingham," depicted in the book's photographic frontispiece. Uncommon; an OCLC search (October 2014) turns up just five library copies, all in the U.K. or Ireland, and the same number for a 1920 American r... View more info

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Hail, Alma Pater

By: Dubin, Harry

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Hermitage House: 1954

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 20865

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal wear to book, slight age-toning to edges of text block; jacket lightly soiled, with a few tiny nicks at spine ends, one tiny closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. (line drawings in text) Comic novel "about the funny side of parental guidance and the serious side of son-parent attachment" Set mostly at a fictional prep school, "Fairfield School for Boys," in Riverdale, New York, it follows the school career of one Addison Beech, whose father, frankly, sounds like a prototypical helicopter parent, long before the term was invented: he coaches his son for his first inte... View more info

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The Island in the Square

By: DuBois, William

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Company: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20866

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[minor wear to bottom extremities, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket has some paper loss at both ends of spine (about 1" at top), one tiny chip and a ragged u-shaped tear at top of front panel, general soiling and a few markings on the rear panel]. Novel about a young drama critic who's also an aspiring playwright, set "against the exciting background of the newspaper and theatrical worlds of New York in the twenties." (The photo used for the dust jacket, however, is from the late 1930s.) The protagonist's mother ran a bookshop in New Jersey. View more info

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The Kindly Gods

By: Dwyer, Eileen

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9483

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good- in Good dj


[ex-lending library copy, but minimally marked (just a paste-on label and a small "discarded" stamp on ffep), dust-soiling to top edge, moderate shelfwear, spine slightly turned; jacket heavily edgeworn but intact, flaps glued down]. The author's first novel, embodying "an authentic picture of life in modern Mexico, glamorous, colorful, fresh, and exciting -- romantic and realistic. It shows how the progress of Americanization [love that phrase!] has tinted the volatile native character but has by no means subdued it." The protagonist is "a young man whose fiery passions ... View more info

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The Rimless Wheel

By: Eddy, Roger

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1947

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20852

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [some wear at spine ends, a bit of soiling to bottom edge of text block; jacket is faded (a little more at spine than on front panel), with a shallow chip at bottom of front panel and another at top of rear panel, rubbing and minor paper loss at spine ends]. A coming-of-age novel tracing the life of an orphaned boy who "comes to live with a silent, indomitable grandmother in the family home near a lonely New England town" at the age of six. The novel was the recipient of a "Macmillan Centenary Award" in a contest held for members of the armed services; per the... View more info

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The Girl With Red Hair

By: Eden, Rob

Price: $35.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19057

Condition: Good+ in Fair dj


[solid copy with moderate wear and slight bumping at several corners, ffep removed; jacket heavily edgeworn, spine missing about 1-1/2" at bottom, a little paper loss at most corners, quarter-sized chip at bottom corner of rear panel, various other small nicks and chips; fortunately the wear to the jacket has had only minimal impact on the attractive front panel art]. A beautiful young redhead, desperate to raise the money necessary to send her seriously ill mother to a sanatorium in Arizona, places an ad in the personals: "Young girl in desperate circumstances will agree to marry in r... View more info

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Jennifer Hale

By: Eden, Rob

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16670

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[spine a bit turned, otherwise a nice clean book with no significant wear; jacket was laminated years ago by the "Protect O Cover" system (its trademark notice is embossed at the edge of the rear flap), which has kept it nice and bright despite a couple of long vertical creases (one in the front panel, one in the front flap) and some light wear at the extremities]. The story of a beautiful young girl on the lam from a murder rap. "Big, black headlines screamed her name. ... Yet she was innocent!" A G&D original, with a posed photo of a man and a woman on the rear panel which... View more info

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Poor Young People!

By: Edginton, May

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18799

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, slight deterioration to cloth at top of spine, solidly bound and internally clean; jacket has some shallow chipping along the top edge, general soiling]. A young woman, "tired of being a hanger-on of the rich set on the Riviera, comes to London in search of her mother," falls in with a gigolo (who abandons her) and then with a millionaire playboy, and then with a "strange young man who cares more for motors than for women." She's "forced into the role of an ice-skating star" (that's a new one!), and "a mesh of ci... View more info

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Zodiak

By: Eidlitz, Walther (translated from the German by Eric Sutton)

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15861

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice solid copy, light soiling to bottom edge, internally clean; jacket is edgeworn, small piece missing at bottom right-hand corner of front panel, faint dampstain near top of front panel, nearly split along rear foldover, still quite attractive]. Futurist fantasy in which a young Greek war refugee, introduced to the wonders of modern machinery, works his way up from garage mechanic to member of an airline crew. This gets him mixed up with a mysterious American arms merchant, and he eventually finds himself a stowaway on a gigantic Russian airship (the "Zodiak") operated by the Mil... View more info

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Heirs of Mrs. Willingdon

By: Eiker, Mathilde

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Co.: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10074

Condition: Fair in Fair dj


[ex-lending library book, typical markings, a decent reading copy but no more (ffep torn out with adverse effect to front hinge, one-time owner's signature on title page); jacket is complete but heavily wrinkled and edgeworn, plus the flaps are securely affixed to the pastedowns]. The author seems to have been a minor comic/romantic novelist from about the mid-1920s through the end of the 1930s, none of whose books (apparently) were ever picked up for the movies -- which of course would account for why, today, she is totally forgotten. Anyway, this one is about a somewhat repressed young wom... View more info

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Faint Harmony

By: Ellis, Vivian

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company: 1934

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20863

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [nice tight copy with just a little shelfwear, a bit of minor surface deterioration to spine cloth, bookseller's rubber-stamped name (Bertrand Smith, Long Beach, Calif.) on front pastedown]. The second novel by this well-known English musical comedy composer-lyricist (1903-1996), who was involved with the production of many musical shows in the West End from the 1920s through the 1950s. The book is (of course) musically-themed, telling the life story of a composer, largely through accounts of the women who influenced him and his music. The settings range from Brussels in the... View more info

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The Prisoner Ate a Hearty Breakfast

By: Ellison, Jerome

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9276

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [worn but still solid copy, moderate soiling to covers, spine a little turned, fading to cloth at edges and spine, list of dates in pencil on rear fep]. A hard-boiled novel, of sorts, in the Cain/O'Hara mold, about a young man whose artistic aspirations cause both internal and external conflicts in his life, and who through a chain of circumstances finds himself caught in a downward spiral. The author's first novel. View more info