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Of Blood and Oil: With the Israeli Underground [*SIGNED*]

By: Arnovitz, Erwin

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8944

Condition: Very Good- in Fair dj


[book just moderately worn, small tear in cloth at top of spine; jacket somewhat tattered, separated at front hinge (held together by Brodart cover), large piece missing at lower left of front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel about an idealistic young American physician who goes to Israel to participate in "the birth pangs of a new nation." Since the author himself was a young American physician, who like his protagonist studied at the University of Pittsburgh, one might speculate that this book was at least semi-autobiographical (which of course is not u... View more info

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Diary of a Candid Lady

By: Arroway, Francis M.

Price: $60.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16285

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minor wear to cloth at spine ends, otherwise a pristine copy; jacket has a couple of tiny tears and some associated wrinkling/creasing at top of spine, one small closed tear at top of rear panel, very minor rubbing and edgewear]. Satirical novel about a couple of ex-prostitutes (one now married to a stockbroker, the other the editor of a leading fashion magazine), who find themselves responsible for the "oafish" 19-year-old daughter of their former (deceased) employer, and decide the quickest way to get her off their hands is to introduce her into New York's high society -- by blackm... View more info

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The Weather of the Heart

By: Athas, Daphne

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, D. Appleton-Century Company: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11964

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear, previous owner's name and date purchased written on ffep, small stamp (a 1963 Christmas Seal) on front pastedown; jacket worn, rear panel soiled, a couple of ragged tears at top of front panel, a few other small tears]. "A novel of youth by a new writer of distinction." The novel is "the moving story of Eliza Wall, part realist, part dreamer; of her growing obsession with Claw Moreau, the outcast French Canadian; of the suspicious, disapproving Maine townsfolk, with tongues too ready to accuse and hearts too slow to forgive. Swift events foll... View more info

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The Sophisticates

By: Atherton, Gertrude

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Horace Liveright: 1931

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 19272

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, apparently unread, just a trace of wear to bottom edge, vintage price sticker (from the famous San Francisco department store, The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket a little rubbed and soiled, with a few tiny edge-nicks, soft diagonal crease in rear flap]. Novel about the "young, beautiful and incomprehensible ruler of the sophisticated set in a middle Western town," a woman who compensates for her unhappy marriage to a middle-aged banker by channeling her intellectual striving into the organization of a salon comprised of the local intelligentsia, such as they ... View more info

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At the Sign of the Silver Cup

By: Atteridge, Helen

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, P. J. Kenedy & Sons: (c.1926)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11961

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, bottom corners bumped, a bit of soiling to page edges, previous owner's signature on front pastedown]. Novel about a young boy from Sussex who goes to London during the reign of Charles II. View more info

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The Marriage of Don Quixote

By: Atwater, Adeline

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21093

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, hinges a little weak but intact, a number of scratch marks on front cover, light bumping at several corners, vintage bookseller's label (Des Forges Books De Luxe, Milwaukee) on rear pastedown, remnants of old price sticker on rear endpaper]. Novel with an art-world background, the story "enriched by a well-sketched scene that shifts from Kansas City to New York to Paris, and involves dealers, collectors, artists, galleries and paintings, with a wealth of incidental and most astute comment on modern art." The author was involved with the Nationa... View more info

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The Marriage of Don Quixote

By: Atwater, Adeline

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21094

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[light wear at spine ends, minor dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket shows minor wear at extremities, a few tiny nicks along top and bottom edges]. Novel with an art-world background, the story "enriched by a well-sketched scene that shifts from Kansas City to New York to Paris, and involves dealers, collectors, artists, galleries and paintings, with a wealth of incidental and most astute comment on modern art." The author was involved with the National Woman's Party during the campaign for women's suffrage; as far as her artsy bona fides were concerned, she later founded ... View more info

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Daughters of Midas: The Story of a "Poor" Rich Man Who Meant Well

By: Austin, Anne

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Chicago, The White House: (c.1929, 1928)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16452

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[light soiling to covers, bottom front corner bumped, slight scrunching and corner-creasing to bottom corners about ten pages near front of book; jacket is very nice-looking, a few tiny closed tears, very slight paper loss at bottom right-hand corner of front panel]. When a wealthy department store owner is told by his son (and only child) that he's not going to take over the family business -- the kid wants to be a composer, of all things -- he reacts by cooking up an essay contest to find the best and brightest among his female employees. He's a little vague about the ultimate prize at fir... View more info

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A Child is Born

By: Axelson, Mary McDougal

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Caldwell ID, The Caxton Printers, Ltd.: 1939

Edition: 1st Edition (stated)

Seller ID: 16142

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[solid copy, light spotting/soiling to page edges, discoloration to endpapers/pastedowns, one-time owner's name and address on front pastedown; dust jacket (apparently a later issue, promoting the Warner Bros. film version of the book) chipped at spine ends and top of front panel, worn/soiled at all edges, 2-inch closed tear at top of front panel]. The novel of "every woman's great adventure"(!), this is kind of a "Grand Hotel" of Pregnancy, set in "the maternity ward of a great hospital, where ten women lie waiting" for said adventure, as we, the readers, are treated t... View more info

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Come to My Wedding

By: Ayres, Ruby M.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1933)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18947

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[virtually no wear at all, remarkably nice condition considering the cheapness of its production; jacket is similarly nice, with just a touch of rubbing at the spine ends]. "Gyp Farrow as her flighty, beautiful young mother's one mistake. When she was thrust into a gay, cocktail-drinking, night-club world, she tried hard to suppress her embarrassing truthfulness and to veil her serious young gaze that had a way of awakening the protective instincts of the most hardened bachelors-about-town. Then she met David with whom she had played 'come-to-my-wedding' ten years ago." View more info

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There Was Another

By: Ayres, Ruby M.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16070

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good sound copy with only light shelfwear, spine a bit turned, dust-darkening to top edge, some offsetting to endpapers, original owner's signature on front pastedown; jacket a bit worn at edges, a handful of insignificant tears and wrinkles, light soiling]. "A story of the bondage of a girl to a shadow" -- or, less poetically, a romance novel about a young woman whose dreams of blissful future happiness with the dreamboat who's just proposed to her are rent asunder by the sudden and wholly unexpected reappearance of "the man she had married when she was only sixteen, with whom sh... View more info

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The Dream Gate

By: Bach, Marcus

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, Bobbs-Merrill: (c.1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5326

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


(jacket is Fair) [book nice and solid, minimal shelfwear, extensive gift inscription (from a group) covering most of ffep; jacket worn at edges/corners, spine faded, various small tears and some paper loss at top of spine]. Uncommon novel set in Old Portage Colony, a communistic community in South Dakota, dealing with their attempts to relate to the "outside world." According to the jacket blurb, the author " is one of the few 'outsiders' who have been allowed to penetrate the isolated Hutterite communes, eight of which are in South Dakota, two in Montana and nearly thirty in Canad... View more info

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The House of the Fighting-Cocks

By: Baerlein, Henry

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: [1923]

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 12858

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, moderate wear at extremities, some dust-soiling to top edge, spine cloth slightly faded, minor soiling to bottom edge]. Novel set in pre-Revolutionary Mexico, purportedly a manuscript completed in 1880 (per the Preface) but only discovered and translated in 1911. [There is no date on the title page or copyright page (the 1923 date is from the Library of Congress catalog); the book was first published in London in 1922.] View more info

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Seventh Sin

By: Baines, Joy

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Sears Publishing Company, Inc.: (c.1931)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 15824

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book (The Guild Library, Hollywood, Calif.), stamping on both endpapers and a large number of dates in pencil on rear endpaper, very beat-up, with extensive wear at all edges, some loss of cloth at spine ends, soiling to covers, scarring/jacket flap remnants on both pastedowns, etc.; it's a reading copy, and no more, but at least the hinges are intact]. Lacking a jacket blub, the best I can tell you about this book is that it seems to center around the uncomfortable relationship between a young married woman, Jennifer, and her in-laws -- specifically Sir Cha... View more info

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The Short Term

By: Baker, Arthur

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan & Pearce: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10503

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good solid copy, mild shelfwear, light tanning to page edges and endpapers; jacket sunned at spine, minor edgewear/chipping along top/bottom edges, a bit of paper loss (no text affected) at spine ends, one-inch closed tear near bottom left-hand corner of front panel]. "The story of a small town going to judgment," centering around a murder trial and its effect on a community. View more info

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The Land of Rumbelow: A Fable in the Form of a Novel

By: Baker, Carlos

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1963)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 9829

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice copy, very light wear at corners, slight darkening to top page edges; jacket moderately edgeworn, rubbing to spine]. "A novel of illusion and reality," set in Arizona, about a disillusioned war veteran who is investigating the background of a mysterious novelist. View more info

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Manhattan Nights

By: Baldwin, Faith

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14680

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[a lovely clean copy, with no significant wear but the very faintest spotting to the bottom page edges (less squinty eyes would call it Fine with nary a pause); jacket lightly soiled at the rear panel, with some light wear and a couple of tiny tears along the top edge, very attractive nonetheless]. "A Panoramic Novel," sayeth the dust jacket -- which is another way of saying that the ever-popular Miss Baldwin (or her publishers) was not above pulling one of the oldest New-York-novelist tricks in the book, that of concocting a stew of "interrelated stories" about a wide array o... View more info

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Rich Girl, Poor Girl

By: Baldwin, Faith

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1938, 1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16072

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, light wear to corners, minor soiling and age-toning to page edges, spine very slightly turned, original owner's name and address on front pastedown; jacket moderately worn at edges, lightly soiled, small tears at several corners, minor paper loss at lower rear hinge]. "This is not only the story of two girls and the man they love, but of a small town divided against itself, of a people struggling to free themselves from the feudalism of ex-State Senator Sutton, and the dangerous escapades of the 'fast' younger set, led by Larry Dexter." View more info

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Stigma

By: Ballin, Hugo

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1928)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17085

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light wear and very slight fraying to cloth at a couple of corners, light spotting to top page edges]. Novel about a mother and daughter, set in Colorado, San Francisco, Arizona, and New York. The author had already been a well-known muralist prior to spending nearly ten years (1917-1925) working in the film industry, first as an art director for Goldwyn Pictures, later as a producer/director/writer under his own company banner. By the time this novel appeared, he had quit the movie biz and returned to his artistic endeavors; several of the murals he produced i... View more info

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Love at the Mission

By: Baptist, R. Hernekin (pseud. for Ethelreda Lewis)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19448

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[ex-department store library book, but marked as such only by multiple small library and "withdrawn" stamps on both pastedowns and endpapers, and with so little wear as to suggest that nobody ever actually checked it out and read it; the jacket is a bit edgeworn, with a few small tears, a rough surface-peeled spot near base of spine, a tiny stain on the front panel, and a vintage price-sticker (from City of Paris, San Francisco) on the rear flap]. "To the three rapidly maturing daughters of Pastor Oguey, isolation in a small mountain parish in South Africa meant the slow, relentle... View more info