[minimal shelfwear, spine very slighly turned, mild bump to top rear corner, vintage bookseller's label (Newbegin's, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket has tiny tears at several corners, minor wrinkling at top of front panel First novel by this playwright and short-story writer; published in England in 1930. "The action of this story takes place on the sunny, flowery island of Trevean. It begins dramatically with the destruction by fire of the house where Jack Irskine and Charlotte Blair have been living unmarried, scorned by the other islanders. Charlotte alone is rescued -- bu... View More...
New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1926
Seller ID: 19848
Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj
[very slight wear to spine ends, otherwise a solid clean book that appears unread, with a vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco) on the rear pastedown; jacket edgeworn and a bit rubbed, with minor paper loss at several corners]. Novel about the disillusions of a successful advertising man who's a frustrated poet, and especially about the difficulties he faces in his marriage when his second wife develops an unnatural jealousy of his dead first wife. An early work (his third novel) by the author who later went on to greater fame (and sales) as the author of "The Great... View More...
(no dust jacket) [solid attractive copy, illustrated dark blue cloth; slight fraying to cloth at top rear hinge, faint dust-darkening to top edge; "Vanguard Films, Inc." stamped on ffep and title page, label from Myron Selznick & Company agency also on ffep]. Hard-to-find novel of the South in the early 20th century, focused on social and interracial relationships. The title, in the words of one character, refers to the "second layer" of Southern (white) folks: "They' re veneer. My father called them coffee cream. You know, just under the thick, rich top cream. The South is... View More...
(no dust jacket) [lightly shelfworn, slight fraying to cloth at top of spine; a good solid copy with firm binding and intact hinges; small bookseller's ticket at bottom of front pastedown (Robert S. Davis &Co., Booksellers & Stationers, 193 Liberty St., Pittsburgh, Pa.); one-time owner's rubber-stamp on ffep and title page; gilt lettering and trim on spine is just slightly rubbed, but still easily readable]. (engraved plates) A late novel by this Scottish-born politician and social reformer (1801-1877), a prolific author of pamphlets and books who was known as a proponent of the utopian socia... View More...
Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1953)
Seller ID: 11860
Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj
(price-clipped) [mild wear at spine ends, black dot on ffep, otherwise a good clean solid copy; jacket has various small scrape marks, some edgewear, mild soiling]. "This haunting novel is a double pilgrimage, two journeys in time, one contained within a single raw day in early spring on the New England coast, the other covering sixty-odd years. Both may end in exhaustion and death or they may end, as we say, happily." View More...
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, moderately shelfworn, dust-darkening to top of text block, slight fading to spine cloth, a couple of small tears in cloth at top of spine]. One of the more uncommon short-story collections by this prolific author, containing twenty-one tales in all, including several of a semi-fantastical or macabre nature (such as "Post-Mortem," about a depressed poet who plots to fake his suicide and assume a new identity). Although he's occasionally cited as an influence on H.P. Lovecraft, he seems to have more often written in a lighter, somewhat de Maupassantian vei... View More...
New York, E.P. Dutton & Company: (c.1927)
Seller ID: 22848
Condition: Very Good
(no dust jacket) [solid clean copy, light bumping at several corners, very slight fraying to cloth at lower extremities, small bookseller's rubber stamp (Bertrand Smith, Long Beach, California) on front pastedown]. First novel by an author who had an intermittent output over the course of the quarter-century or so. (I find four novels for her in OCLC, the last in 1952; she also seems to have been involved in social work in some fashion, and her name appears on several additional books in that field; she also contributed several magazine pieces on the topic of immigration to Harper's Magazine ... View More...
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, minor bumping/wear at several corners, spine very slightly turned]. "Beautiful Hope Lawrence, debutante niece of socially prominent Mrs. Gwendolyn Meredyth Lawrence, was expected to make a brilliant marriage. Instead, she fell in love with a red-headed newspaper reporter, Peter Neal, who admitted he loved her, but would not ask her to marry him. Hope does the asking and nothing her aunt nor her wealthy suitor nor Marta Jennings, the girl Peter had loved, can think of was successful in keeping them apart. Only marriage to Peter wasn't easy for a girl traine... View More...
(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [external wear to covers and corners, gilt spine lettering rubbed, bottom front corner bumped, spine a little turned; hinges a little tender, but binding fully intact; minor spotting on a few pages]. (B&W frontispiece portrait of A.C. Gunter) Novel set during the Civil War. W.H. Parkins (whoever he was) was obviously a less important personage than Archibald Clavering Gunter in bringing this book before the reading public. Only Gunter's name appears on the book's spine and front cover, and it's printed on the title page in letters twice the size of the auth... View More...
[book lightly shelfworn, dust-soiling to top page edges; jacket worn along bottom edge, shallow chipping at spine ends (no loss of text) and along bottom of rear panel, small tears at most corners, front flap detached but held nicely in place by protective jacket cover, considerable age-browning to entire jacket although externally visible only at rear panel and flap edges] The story of a beautiful young author, a woman with "a sweet, sensitive soul that responded to the beauties of nature and poured itself out in lyric poetry. All who came into contact with her were captivated by her ch... View More...
[ex-rental library book, minimally marked (single stamp on ffep, pencilled list of dates on rear pastedown), spine slightly turned, moderate shelfwear; jacket has tiny tears at a few corners, slight fading to spine, minor soiling to rear panel, one-inch split at top rear hinge]. "Here [the author] tells the story of Edward, a young and aspiring novelist, whose mother guides him in everything, and wards off the World so that he may have peace and quiet in which to fully exercise his genius. Into his life comes Cousin Bessie, whose unbounded enthusiasm and desire to help others at all cost... View More...
New York/Toronto, Longmans, Green and Co.: 1935
Seller ID: 23998
Condition: Very Good-
(no dust jacket) [good sound copy with moderate shelfwear, minor bumping to a couple of corners, a touch of fraying to top right corner of front cover, spine cloth a bit faded, one-time owner's name and address scrawled across front pastedown; also NOTE that there is extensive pencil-underlining and some annotation throughout the first story]. Containing two novelettes and six stories, the book is divided into three sections. The first, "West Indian," presents the two novelettes ("Dream Without Ending" and "A King in Caribbea"), both set on the same Caribbean island. ... View More...
[moderate shelfwear, some soiling to covers, discoloration to gutters/endpapers, original owner's name/address on front pastedown; jacket heavily worn, separated at rear hinge, tears at most corners with occasional paper loss (including part of title at top of spine), horizontal tear in mid-spine, etc., none of this helped by a previous owner's sloppy attempts at internal tape repair (now mostly removed)] View More...
New York, Harcourt, Brace & Company: (c.1930)
Seller ID: 11717
(no dust jacket) [Good only, a moderately worn copy with bumped corners, external soiling; the binding is intact, however, and there are no markings in the text]. A novel about the romantic foibles of the literary set. Basis for the 1931 film with Billie Dove and Charles Starrett, produced by Howard Hughes' Caddo Company for United Artists release. View More...
(price-clipped) [nice copy with light shelfwear, a bit of spotting on endpapers; jacket has a few small edge-tears and associated creasing, very shallow chipping at spine ends (no loss of text), a bit of fading to spine, light soiling to rear panel]. From the jacket blurb: "Isabel Paterson knows women, knows their secret vanities, their loyalties, their thoughts of men, their thoughts of one another, the very logic of their unreasonableness." This book, described as a love story about a woman "who loves her man and can't get him," was the last of her eight novels. She subsequ... View More...
New York, William Morrow and Company: 1934
Seller ID: 17226
Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj
[solid, clean book with faint shelfwear; jacket has a shallow chip at top of spine (no loss of text), a few tiny nicks in edges of rear panel, a bit of wear along spine]. INSCRIBED ("For / _________ / with good wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. The next-to-last of the author's eight novels, displaying yet again "that delicious, sly wit, that shrewd insight into human nature, that brilliance of observation so characteristic of her work." Set in New York during "the boom period, the crash, [and] the time of transition and readjustment," it centers around t... View More...
[solid copy, a little dust-soiling to top edge, very minor bumping at a couple of corners, offsetting to endpapers; jacket worn and moderately soiled, shallowing chipping along top and bottom edges but no loss of text anywhere, various small tears at edges, 2-inch chip at top of rear panel held in place by jacket protector]. A novel, "the story of the first automobile and its offshoot and their development, of Alan McDonald, of Hattie Sawyer, of the uncouth, greedy Sawyer clan, traced in the larger magnitude of the history of the motor vehicle in the United States." View More...
New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.: (c.1940)
Seller ID: 18814
Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj
[light shelfwear only, faint age-darkening to top page edges; jacket shows a little edgewear, minor chipping (no loss of text) at top corners of spine, slight fading to spine] "High romance and swift action in a country rich with wild beauty. This is Dixie's story -- clear-thinking, straight-shooting Dixie -- told against the background of America's last frontier, the land of the great cattlemen who still hold fast to a rigid code of right and wrong." Dixie's life crisis comes about when the man she loves, Kirk Shannon, marries an "Eastern girl." (So much for the rigid code... View More...
London, Frederick Muller Limited: 1961 (c.1960)
Seller ID: 22473
Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj
[nice book, with no discernible wear, one-time owner's signature on ffep is the only blemish; jacket very lightly spotted on front panel]. Thriller about a newspaperman who tracks a Nazi spy after the latter is released from prison, in the belief that he will lead him to a million dollars that was stashed away by the Nazis during World War II. View More...
Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1947
Seller ID: 2428
Condition: Good in Good dj
[book well-worn, corners heavily bumped, bookseller's rubber-stamp on front pastedown; jacket has numerous tears & chips, edgewear, rubbing/scuffing, etc.]. "A novel of New York and a young man's search for identity." View More...