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The Great American Family [*SIGNED*]

By: Shippey, Lee

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18619

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, a bit of fading to spine cloth, tiny stain at edge of rear fep]. INSCRIBED with a somewhat hokey gift inscription punning on the recipient's name and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, additionally dated 10/10/39 in his hand. Shippey was a popular Los Angeles newspaper columnist for many years, and also turned out a handful of novels (this was the third of four), set mostly in the fictional Southern California community of "Ourville," probably modeled after Sierra Madre, where he lived for several years. Like this one, the novels generally featured g... View more info

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Where Nothing Ever Happens

By: Shippey, Lee

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21153

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, lightly shelfworn, spine a bit turned, some fading to spine, tiny rip in cloth at top of spine, vintage bookplate on front pastedown, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep]. Thirteen interconnected short stories of life in a small California town, "Ourtown"; the stories are titled "Our Witch Woman," "Our Genius," "Our Poorest Woman" -- you get the idea. The first work of fiction by this well-known Los Angeles newspaperman, at one time known as "the dean of Southern California columnists." (Baird & Greenwood 2234) View more info

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The World Is Mine: A Dramatic Love Story of the Prize Ring

By: Shoaf, Pal

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Hollywood/New York, Pal Shoaf Publishers, Inc.: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14998

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, spine slightly turned, minor soiling to top edge; jacket shows just a bit of wear at corners, a couple of tiny tears along top edge, one small chip at top of rear panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Self-published novel that practically screams "make me into a movie, PLEASE!" The author, described as a "former boxer" (my research has uncovered that he compiled a not-too-stunning 4-11-3 record between 1925 and 1932), must have also been a glad-hander par excellance: among the back-cover blurbers (under the banner "ACCLAIMED FROM COAST TO COAST") is none o... View more info

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The Square Trap

By: Shulman, Irving

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16232

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [lightly shelfworn book, a bit of dust-darkening to top page edges; jacket shows moderate wear at edges and corners, spine a little faded and slightly scraped at a couple of spots]. Novel about a Mexican-American boxer; set primarily in Los Angeles, including the Chavez Ravine neighborhood. (Baird & Greenwood 2239.) View more info

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I Was a Teen-Age Dwarf

By: Shulman, Max

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Bernard Geis Associates: 1959

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 21151

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[moderately shelfworn, light soiling/foxing to page edges; jacket also a bit soiled, a few tiny edge-tears, faint traces of mostly-erased ink scribble on front panel Further adventures of Dobie Gillis. Interestingly, this edition was not pitched as a tie-in with the TV series ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"), even though it was then in the middle of its network run. (It's not even mentioned, on the cover or anywhere else.) View more info

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Maid No More

By: Simpson, Helen

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Reynal & Hitchcock: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20490

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [light bumping and slight fraying at several corners, minor soiling to edges of text block, light spotting to spine cloth, one light spot on front cover, remnants of removed labels on both front and rear endpapers (suggesting that this may have once been a rental-library book, although not marked as such in any overt way)]. Novel set in the 17th century, about a female preacher who is sent as a missionary to the Barbados, and finds herself in a spiritual struggle between her devotion to God and her attraction to a brazen young exiled Royalist; the plot thickens further when t... View more info

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The Promising Young Men

By: Sklar, George

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers, Inc.: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19539

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minor shelfwear to bottom edge and top of spine, bottom rear corner bumped, otherwise a solid clean copy; jacket has a bit of very shallow chipping along bottom edge, slight paper loss at base of spine, 3/4" split at bottom rear hinge]. The author's second novel, about a young tennis bum who eventually becomes corrupted and disillusioned. View more info

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Turn of the Dial

By: Smith, Chard Powers

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1943

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17546

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows some wear at spine ends and corners, light scuffing to front panel, one small and unobtrusive closed tear at top of rear panel]. Novel backgrounded against the rise of a radio station in a small American city, from its inception in 1936 to the first year of World War II. The station's owner, who is also the editor of the city's newspaper (uh-oh, can you say "vertical integration"?), had "made up his mind about Hitler long before many Americans did [and] tried to use his radio station to broadcast the truth as he saw it." ... View more info

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Because of My Love

By: Smith, Robert Paul

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: (c.1946)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9460

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy, moderate wear at corners, covers slightly bowed; jacket lightly edgeworn, some chipping/minor paper loss at spine ends, small chip at top of rear panel, some soiling to rear panel]. The author's third novel, "a love story, of how Joe fell in love with Helen and of what happened to them after they were married." View more info

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So It Doesn't Whistle

By: Smith, Robert Paul

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12615

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dj


[solid copy, soiling to top page edges and endpapers, minor shelfwear; jacket shows some wear along top/bottom edges and along spine, a few small closed tears, minor paper loss at spine ends (no text affected), short diagonal tear at top corner of front panel]. The author's first novel, a young man's tale of life in New York, "about the sort of people I know and am," per the writer. "Young people who have ideas about any number of things, ideas that don't fit into any grand scheme. If there is anything they all agree on, it is that being together and talkilng together and being f... View more info

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F.O.B. Detroit [*SIGNED*]

By: Smitter, Wessel

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 21292

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [foxing to covers, especially spine (which is also a bit discolored), front hinge weak]. SIGNED and DATED (Nov. 24, 1938) by the author on the ffep (no inscription). Novel about two auto workers in a thinly-disguised Ford plant ("Holt Motor Co."), notable for the fact that it's not about labor organizing, but rather concentrates on the individualistic ambitions and psychologies of its two protagonists. Filmed in 1941 by Paramount as REACHING FOR THE SUN, directed by William Wellman and starring Joel McCrea and Eddie Bracken. Signed by Author View more info

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No Sad Songs for Me

By: Southard, Ruth

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1944

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 12426

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, nice and clean except for some dust-soiling to top edge; jacket worn along right and left edges of front panel, light soiling, very minor chipping at spine ends, main flaw is a large surface-peel scar on the rear panel]. Unaccountably scarce novel about a woman "whose selfless love for her husband gave her courage to meet her greatest crisis" -- namely, being diagnosed with terminal cancer during the early months of pregnancy with her second child. She doesn't tell anybody -- not even her husband -- as she bravely goes about preparing her family for ... View more info

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The Long Arm of Fantômas

By: Souvestre, Pierre, and Marcel Allain (translated by A.R. Allinson)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1924)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20228

Condition: Good+


(pictorial brown cloth; no dust jacket) [moderate general wear, spine slightly turned, a bit of soiling to page edges, slight bumping to several corners]. (B&W frontispiece) "A New Fantômas Detective Novel," originally published in France in 1911 as "Le Policier Apache." This was the sixth of 32 novels featuring this character that were turned out by this writing duo in just three years (1911-1913); their partnership was terminated by Souvestre's death in 1914, but Allain returned to the character in the mid-1920s and eventually added another eleven titles to the canon. View more info

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The Girl Who Cast Out Fear

By: Speare, Dorothy

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, A.L. Burt Company: (c.1925)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 16516

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[solid copy, a bit of wear evident at spine ends, dust-darkening to top edge; jacket has a couple of small chips in front panel (one at top, one at bottom), small tears and minor paper loss at several corners, also slight paper loss at spine ends]. Despite the medievally-costumed revelers on the dust jacket, this book is set in contemporary 1920s Manhattan, and paints "an interesting picture of present-day social life," in particular among the "writers, wasters and idlers of the Greenwich village and night club types." View more info

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Spanish Lover

By: Spearman, Frank H.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20728

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[light shelfwear to bottom edge, dust-darkening to top edge of text block, discreet former owner's signature on ffep and embossed name stamp on 2nd front endpaper (equally discreet); jacket is worn, with tiny tears and minor paper loss at several corners, unobtrusive vertical creases in spine and front panel, a little shallow chipping at top edge of front panel]. (endpapers maps) Historical romance set in 16th-century Spain, centering around the exploits (amorous and otherwise) of Don John of Austria (known as Don Juan de Austria to the Spaniards), "bastard son of Charles V and half-brothe... View more info

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Go West -- Young Lady

By: Specking, Inez

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Ozone Park NY, Catholic Literary Guild: (c.1941)

Edition: Presumed 1st

Seller ID: 10586

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, light dust-soiling to top edge, covers slightly bowed, minimal shelfwear; jacket mildly darkened at spine, otherwise very nice]. "A sparkling story set in the great American west," a young lady's first-person narrative of her travels. View more info

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The Quick and the Dead

By: Spencer, Claire

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Harrison Smith: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22073

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely book with no discernible wear, as close to "as new" as an 86-year-old book can be; jacket is similarly unblemished except for one small closed tear and associated crease at bottom of rear panel, and an old penciled price at the top corner of the rear flap]. The author's second novel, following up the notable success of her first, "Gallows' Orchard." Set in contemporary New York City, the book concerns the struggles of an aspiring artist, and attempts "to visualize emotionally the feelings of one who is unsuited to life," whatever that means. It might be wort... View more info

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The Black Leather Barbarians

By: Stadley, Pat

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17797

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, one-time owner's small name stamp on ffep; jacket faded at spine, small tears at spine corners, bottom front foldover and top of front panel all internally repaired/reinforced (somewhat amateurishly) with white labels, with some resultant bleed-through visible on the rear panel]. Motorcycle toughs terrorize the California highways in this novel by a surprisingly matronly-looking author (although, as the one-time "proprietor of a typical 'candy store,' she had many chances to observe and study young people like these"). The jacket design -- indeed the ... View more info

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Letty Fox: Her Luck

By: Stead, Christina

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1946)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16626

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[extremely light wear to extremities and base of spine, tiny stain at bottom of ffep (also affecting the next couple of pages), one-time owner's embossed "stolen from" stamp on ffep; jacket has various tiny nicks and tears along edges, nothing very serious]. "A pretty young girl brought up to modern life in New York City, she was fond of comfort, active, and no dreamer. She went to progressive schools, knew too much too young, belonged to radical and aesthetic movements, cared for beauty, men, and money," etc. The Australian-born Stead's sixth novel, written after she had li... View more info

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My Candle Burns

By: Stephani, Frederick

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15826

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[solid clean copy, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, extremely minor fraying at bottom corners (boards just a teensy bit exposed); jacket is heavily edgeworn, split about halfway up at rear hinge, various creases and tiny chips, paper loss at several corners and at spine extremities (a couple of letters of "Macaulay" lost at bottom), although with all that the front panel illustration is still attractive]. "In a simple and unpretentious way the author has his hero tell his own story -- a youth at the end of the war fighting for self-preservation in a distorted and chaotic world. ... View more info