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Lake Front

By: Russell, Ruth

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Chicago, Thomas S. Rockwell Company: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4057

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[good solid copy, top edge darkened but patterned cloth covers clean & attractive; jacket is missing an irregular strip (about six inches long and 1/2" wide at its widest) along the fore-edge of the front panel, and a couple of small pieces along the top edge]. (woodcuts) A sort of kaleidoscopic-historical-fiction kind of a thing, set in Chicago and environs, with stories, or vignettes, or whatever they are, presented chronologically and dated from 1675 through 1894. The author, a native of the city, was a newspaper reporter whose extensive knowledge of its history began with recollection... View more info

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Robert Cain

By: Russell, William

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1942)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22468

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, but with much external soiling to yellow cloth-covered boards; "Property of Vanguard Films, Inc." stamped on both endpapers and several other pages, ffep bears a label from the Myron Selznick & Company Agency]. Novel of a young misfit in a small Mississippi town, where the racial injustice he despises eventually breaks his spirit. His best friend is a mixed-race man who marries a white woman. For some reason the American edition of this book is a good deal less common than the British edition, published two years later. View more info

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Men Call It Love

By: Sabastien, Inez

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1926)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16578

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice-looking copy, teensy-tiny bump to bottom front corner, very light soiling to covers]. (B&W frontispiece) A novel of adulterous goings-on, with a terrific dedication: "To all the women who have said: 'I wish I was my husband's mistress, instead of his wife.'" View more info

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In the Shadow of the Guillotine; comprising: Scaramouche; The Marquis of Carabas; The Lost King [Omnibus Edition]

By: Sabatini, Rafael

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1956 (c.1955)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition? (see note)

Seller ID: 17018

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[solid book, light soiling to page edges, small tear at bottom of ffep, a couple of tiny nicks in cloth at edge of front cover; jacket has been nibbled at by some insect, apparently, resulting in several holes along the front hinge, another at right-hand side of front panel, various other small tears and nicks, still reasonably presentable in new jacket protector]. Third volume in the "Omnibus Edition" of Sabatini's works, containing three books tied together by their French Revolution background. (Note that the despite the Boston imprint, the copyright page states "Printed in Gr... View more info

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Is a Ship Burning?

By: Sale, Richard

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3860

Condition: Very Good+


(orange cloth; no dust jacket) [review copy with publisher's slip affixed to ffep; exceptionally clean copy, minimal wear, spine cloth a little faded, faint crescent mark (beverage ring?) stain at top edge of front cover]. Novel of a shipboard disaster in the Caribbean, by the author of "Not Too Narrow, Not Too Deep," who later went on to a notable career as a Hollywood screenwriter and sometime producer/director. View more info

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The Most Beautiful Woman

By: Sallo, Jacob

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17545

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[a bit of wear and light bumping at spine ends, top front corner also very slightly bumped; jacket age-toned, with a bit of wear at extremities, small tears with slight paper loss at top of spine, small stain at bottom edge of rear panel]. A "strange and fascinating novel [about] an illegitimate child who becomes a modern Jezebel. Through the clever use of her angelic, innocent-seeming beauty, Edna Mae conquers, then destroys, all who cross her path. In Farmdale, town of her birth, she becomes notorious as the cause of a triple tragedy: the deaths of the doctor's son, of her youthful lo... View more info

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Look to Your Geese: A Novel of the Deflowering of New England

By: Sanders, Jacquin

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20848

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, some spotting/soiling to top edge of text block; jacket has some shallow chipping along top edge, general edgewear, sun-browning to spine, light overall soiling]. Satirical novel set in "the not-so-staid Puritan community of Gruel, Massachusetts," and presenting (per the jacket blurb) "the wildest, funniest, least probable adventure into the past since Mark Twain told the real story of olde King Arthur." View more info

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Reluctant Star

By: Sangster, Margaret E.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Macrae Smith Company: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21015

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Fair dj


[ex-rental library book, worn but not excessively so, with staining to endpapers, rubber-stamped library info (Hanna Libraries, Cleveland, Ohio) on front pastedown, various other signs of its previous life; the jacket is kind of a mess, trimmed a little at top and bottom edges, securely glued down at flaps, with gunky black residue along the top and bottom edges from the (now removed) old jacket protector; on the plus side, however, the front panel illustration is for the most part unblemished]. Novel about a woman who breaks free from "fourteen years of the boss's orders [and] of neat roo... View more info

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The Immortals

By: Scarborough, Harold E.

Price: $350.00

Publisher: New York, D. Appleton and Company: 1924

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19292

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[spine a little turned, tiny stain on front cover, minor soiling to bottom page edges, vintage price sticker (from the famous San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket moderately worn, with various small tears and chips, small piece missing from top right-hand corner of front panel, a little paper loss at base of spine Novel dealing with a Russian biologist/inventor who's working, with the financial backing of a wealthy industrialist, to develop a secret elixir of immortality, and who, "having astounded the world by apparently proving his claims, gets as far... View more info

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John Quixote [*SIGNED*]

By: Scoggins, C[harles] E[lbert]

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1929)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9484

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid, square copy, moderate shelfwear, some soiling to page edges, small piece torn out of lower corner of title page]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. The adventures of an American in Spain, where he encounters bullfighters and lovely senoritas. Signed by Author View more info

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Twilight Woman (A New Arco Sophisticate)

By: Scott, Les

Price: $98.98

Publisher: New York, Arco Publishing Company: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10578

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


*** Sorry, this book has been SOLD thanks to having been featured in an article on the excellent blog BOOKTRYST: http://www.booktryst.com/2011/08/notorious-book-condemned-by-united.html. Check it out! *** [nice tight copy, lightly bumped at top of spine and bottom corners, faint browning to top edge; jacket rubbed and a bit edgeworn, a couple of tiny tears, minor paper loss at spine ends, small surface-peel damage to spine (all spine text still there)]. "Tom Grant was convinced that Iris had everything a woman needed. Only she wouldn't marry him. Why? Iris maintained that a woman of t... View more info

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A View of the Bay

By: Scowcroft, Richard

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19868

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good+ dj


[book shows almost no wear apart from a slight scrunching to the bottom corners of a few pages, but has a slightly musty smell (which should dissipate over time); jacket rubbed and edgeworn, with a few tiny closed tears, a bit of paper loss at top of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. San Francisco-set suspense novel about a man whose attempt to reconstruct the suicide of a more privileged childhood friend draws him into the wealth and glamour of the dead man's family. View more info

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The Love Eaters

By: Settle, Mary Lee

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1986 (c.1954)

Edition: First Scribner Signature Edition

Seller ID: 18493

ISBN: 0-684-18714-0

Condition: Very Good


[moderate handling wear and light external soiling; a used but not abused book]. Trade PB Reprint of the author's first novel, originally published in 1954, "an acid satire of bedroom and community tragedy. A wealthy, small-town theatrical trope finds itself at the direction of a chair-bound cripple whose designs extend beyond the stage. And as he begins to lose control, so do his players, revealing appetites they scarcely knew they had." View more info

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Once Around the Park

By: Shannon, Frank

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5891

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[bottom corners bumped, a little wrinkling in cloth at top of rear cover; jacket mildly edgeworn, slight chipping at spine extremities, faint soiling but still colorful and attractive]. The author's first novel, "the story of Joe Malarky and Ali Baba Bates. Bates was one of the smartest pitchmen ever to hold a corner on the sidewalks of New York. But he had a passion for things oriental. Joe, the proud owner of the Independent Magic Carpet Cab, was right behind him, doing his very best to blend as much of the East and the West as he could get away with." Classic piece of vintage Big Ap... View more info

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The Crime of Giovanni Venturi

By: Shaw, Howard

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22534

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book, minor shelfwear only; jacket has a couple of tiny tears at front spine corners, slight fading to spine, unobtrusive closed tear at top of front panel]. Comic novel about a small-time Italian restaurateur whose livelihood is threatened by the opening of a chain restaurant next door to his little trattoria. He concocts a scheme to fight back against the intruder, together with "a motley set of accomplices, including an aging bookseller with an archaeological bent, an adventurous signora with a feeling for outer space, a mute giant, a scheming lover, a beautiful maiden, an... View more info

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The Strange Case of Lucile Cléry

By: Shearing, Joseph (pseud. for Gabrielle Margaret Vere Campbell, aka Marjorie Bowen)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: [1941] (c.1932)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 17575

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light wear to cloth at spine ends, light soiling to top page edges; jacket has a couple of tiny chips at bottom edge, a few minor tears at edges and corners]. A novel of "love, intrigue, horror, and murder," the story of "a brilliant and ruthless woman, [a] governess whose charm and diabolic cleverness brought destruction in their wake." Reprint of the first novel published by this prolific author under her "Joseph Shearing" pseudonym; it originally appeared in England in 1932 under the title "Forget-Me-Not," and was published in America the s... View more info

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Story from Life

By: Shepard, Kathleen

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Julian Messner: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17960

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair in Good dj


[some dampstaining and resultant fading to book covers, book heavily bumped/damaged at bottom front hinge; jacket significantly insect-nibbled at bottom left corner of front panel, although apart from that it's clean and relatively unworn]. "She was beautiful, well-bred, and intelligent. She told the clean-cut young man that her name was 'Ellen Blair.' He was determined to meet her again. She was sure he would never re-enter her life. What was their future? They had nothing in common except the inevitable climax to which they had been drawn -- he by his desire, she by some psychologic... View more info

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Tintype of a Lady

By: Shepard, Kathleen

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16693

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [good sound book with a bit of wear at spine ends, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket lightly soiled, spine somewhat darkened, tiny chip at top of spine]. Joy, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, suffers the indignities of her social station but ultimately hits upon a revenge-scheme: she pursues and ultimately elopes with the son of her town's most prominent citizen, then demands a blackmail payment from the old man for her to leave town. Although things don't go precisely according to plan, she does escape the town and proceeds to New York, where she hooks... View more info

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Stella Defiant

By: Sheridan, Clare

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Greenberg, Publisher: 1925

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 16446

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


(corner-clipped) [book is moderately worn, with some soiling to covers along top and bottom edges; jacket heavily worn, with numerous small tears, paper loss at spine ends, wide but shallow chip at top of front panel, etc.; the colorful front panel illustration is intact, however]. "The lurid, passionate history of a beautiful young woman, of Irish and Russian parentage, who is driven by her own temperament from the security of an established position into the chaotic revolutionary circles of Ireland and Germany, and of all her terrible sufferings, mental and physical, before she at last f... View more info

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The Substitute Bride

By: Sheridan, Clare

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, A.L. Burt Company: (c.1931)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18967

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight book with minimal wear, slight dust-darkening to top edge, one-time owner's florid signature on front pastedown, and a neatly-clipped mailing label from The Ohio State Stove Corporation affixed to the ffep, also bearing the same previous owner's name and address; jacket shows a little wear at corners, minor chipping at top of spine]. "The story of a courageous modern woman who dared defend a Harem girl against the ancient and merciless marriage customs of Algeria." The author was a noted sculptor/journalist/bohemian, touted in the jacket blurb of her memoir ("Naked Tr... View more info