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Glory

By: Stephens, Nan Bagby

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1932)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21177

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good sound book, faint soiling to covers, one-time owner's pencil signature on ffep, very slight bumping to a couple of corners]. Very scarce novel, telling of "the conflict of two strong personalities. One is the hypnotic preacher who extends his influence over the inhabitants of a Georgia hamlet, succeeding even in theft and seduction. The other is Roseanne, whose sturdy and useful life is based not on the gospel but on love and kindliness. She resists the evangelist's spell, then yields, and later in a time of dramatic crisis sees with clarity and acts with high cou... View more info

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On the Highest Hill

By: Stephenson, H[umphrey] M[eigh]

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Cleveland/New York, International Fiction Library: (c.1929)

Edition: 1st [U.S.] Edition

Seller ID: 19280

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[book is very nice, virtually no wear at all, the faintest bit of soiling and age-toning to page edges; jacket has one slightly ragged closed tear at bottom front hinge and extending into spine, very minor paper loss at bottom corners of front panel, one additional closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. Novel about a young Cambridge undergraduate, "physically brave [but] a moral coward," who lets himself be blackmailed in order to conceal his affair with a knocked-up-by-somebody-else girl from his overbearing father (who's a Canon of the Church, just to make it all the worse), kills th... View more info

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Modesta

By: Stern, G[ladys]. B[ronwyn].

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1929

Edition: 1st/2nd printings before publication

Seller ID: 19397

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[book in very nice condition except for small stain at lower corner of rear cover (bleed-through fromt stain on jacket), a couple of slightly ragged page edges near end of book (result of page being carelessly cut); jacket is colorful and attractive, blemished only by the small stain at bottom corner of rear panel and some spotting to the rear panel, and some light edgewear elsewhere]. "Laurie Ferrier romantically marries a pretty Italian peasant and suddenly finds himself with a fine lady for a wife. At first her unexpected airs amuse him, then they puzzle him, and at last he grows angry.... View more info

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Us Incorporated

By: Steuber, William F., Jr.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17573

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge and corners, top edge a little dust-soiled, bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown; jacket shows general light wear and some uneven fading (mostly at spine), a few tiny closed tears, very slight paper loss at spine ends]. The Wisconsin author's first book, a nostalgic look at the zany small-town summertime adventures and enterprises of a 12-year-old boy, Page Kester. (Beyond being set in "the Midwest," the book is geographically unspecific, although reviewers have suggested both Illinois and Michigan as its locale... View more info

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Cloud by Day

By: Stiles, Pauline

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19591

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minor shelfwear, tiny faint stain on top edge of text block, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket has teensy paper loss to several corners, very slightly faded at spine]. "When Stephen's father died, the mother, who had no longer an impediment to her leading the life of a wealthy expatriate American, took her son and established herself in Rome. In the beautiful old Italian villa Stephen grew up, instructed by tutors in whom his mother happened to be interested. He learned charming manners, an Oxford accent, perfect French... View more info

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Blood Kin

By: Stine, Buena Vista

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Wetzel Publishing Co.: (c.1942)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10120

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, very minor soiling to top edge but no significant wear; jacket bright and clean, with a trace of wear at several corners, a couple of very tiny tears/chips along top edge]. The first of several novels by this midwest-born, L.A.-based author, "active in club life" and a former "motion picture critic for 'Hollywood Lowdown'" (not one of your major trade papers). The book presents "the living, breathing story of the Pearson family, told intimately and with brutal frankness from the personal viewpoint of the chief character, Florrie Pearson, the youngest. Th... View more info

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Ponjola

By: Stockley, Cynthia

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York/London, G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1924 (c.1923)

Edition: 5th printing

Seller ID: 19616

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[nice tight clean book, just a touch of wear to base of spine; jacket worn along top edge with a couple of small tears, short closed tear at bottom of front panel, an approximately 2" puncture-tear along front hinge, a handful of tiny puncture-tears on the spine, and (most seriously) an irregular strip (about 2" x 3/8") torn away from the bottom left corner of the rear panel (but not affecting any text thereon)]. "Another story of Africa, this time of a young girl, once the idol of London, who went to the Rhodesian gold fields in order to save the soul of the man who had saved... View more info

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Tagati

By: Stockley, Cynthia

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York/London, G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1930 (c.1929)

Edition: 1st [U.S.] Edition

Seller ID: 19451

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean solid book, minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has a small tear at top rear hinge, tiny chunk missing at bottom front hinge]. A story of love, murder and suicide, described by one critic as "atmospheric to the verge of mystical." The novel concerns a woman named Felicia Lissell, who travels to Rhodesia with her aunt, to visit the farm of Dick Cardross, but she doesn't suspect that "dangerous social complications awaited her in the gay English colony nearby." It seems that "Stella Cardross, her hostess, was a tiger woman who had long since been unfaithful ... View more info

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Prelude to Night

By: Stoddart, Dayton

Price: $350.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1945)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18415

Condition: Very Good- in Fair dj


[book is in decent but not spectacular condition, with a small dent in the top of each cover, a touch of wear at all corners, slight bumping to top corners, vintage bookseller's label (Newbegin's, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket is a bit of a mess, with significant paper loss at both ends of spine, numerous other tears and small chips, etc.]. The only novel by this one-time newspaper reporter and theatrical press agent, the saga of the "rise [of] a poor Boston youth to wealth and power in New York, via Harvard, snobbery, and magnetic ruthlessness," set against "the panora... View more info

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Full Measure

By: Storm, Hans Otto

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17462

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, light soiling to top edge, one-time owner's pencil signature at top of ffep; jacket is moderately edgeworn, with a few small tears and associated minor creasing, shallow chip at base of spine]. The first novel by the least-known of "The Boys in the Back Room," so dubbed by critic Edmund Wilson in his 1940 book of the same name, subtitled "Notes on California Novelists." Although linking Storm with John Steinbeck as practitioners of "more ambitious writing" (in comparison to James M. Cain, John O'Hara and William Saroyan, all of whom he somewhat disse... View more info

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Full Measure [*SIGNED*]

By: Storm, Hans Otto

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20792

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [only light wear to book, but top edge of text block is somewhat soiled and lightly spotted, and a few pages are slightly scrunched at the top corners]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep, just below an inscription in another hand, reading "Rose Schroeder / Her Book." The first novel by the least-known of "The Boys in the Back Room," so dubbed by critic Edmund Wilson in his 1940 book of the same name, subtitled "Notes on California Novelists." Although linking Storm with John Steinbeck as practitioners of "more ambitious writing" (in comparison t... View more info

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Golden Remedy

By: Stout, Rex

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18787

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate wear, spine cloth a bit faded, light soiling to covers, one-time owner's signature on ffep]. Stout's third "serious" novel, dealing with the personal and professional disappointments of a singer-turned-concert/artists' manager, which the New York Times reviewer thought "greatly superior in clarity and vision to Mr. Stout's earlier work." Like his preceding book, "Seed on the Wind," it was never reprinted and is thus quite hard to find. So congratulations to you, for finding it! (Now, just don't make the mistake of letting it get away.) View more info

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Moonrise

By: Strauss, Theodore

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20242

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[green cloth (see note), light wear at spine ends, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket slightly edgeworn, very shallow paper loss at spine ends, small triangular surface-scrape at upper right corner of front panel, light soiling to rear panel, about a one-inch split at bottom front hinge]. Dark and brooding novel of loneliness, romance and murder in a small Southern town; basis for the dark and brooding, and very romantic, Frank Borzage film (1948) of the same title. [NOTE: This novel was issued in both a red and green cloth binding, with the green being slightly thicker than the red (at leas... View more info

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The Black Swan

By: Strawbridge, Anne W.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19912

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, spine a little turned, gilt lettering on spine a little rubbed but still readable, light dust-soiling to top edge, small bookseller's stamp (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach CA) opposite half-title page; ffep seems to have been inadvertently glued down to the front pastedown (a production error, of no particular import)]. Novel, set in the late Victorian era, about a young woman, brought up to believe "that she is not one who will find the consummation of life in a great passion," and thus marries at 25, out of boredom, to a wealthy man. She ... View more info

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Trees of Heaven

By: Stuart, Jesse

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12546

Condition: Very Good- in Good dj


[solid copy, but shelfworn on bottom edge, soiling/bumping/wear to top edge, internally clean; jacket edgeworn, various small tears and one major flaw, namely a large triangular piece (about 2" deep) missing at top of spine, which has taken most of the spine title with it; other than that, the jacket (especially the front panel) is still attractive]. The author's fourth book (following a book of poetry, a volume of short stories, and a memoir of his boyhood and youth) and first novel. Set in rural Kentucky, "the story runs from August to August. Here is the full year and the year's ... View more info

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The Long, Long Love

By: Sullivan, Walter

Price: $10.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15865

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[very light dampstaining to bottom page edges and lower edge of front cover (almost invisible on black cloth), slight bleed onto front endpaper but interior of book otherwise unaffected; jacket edgeworn, rubbed, minor paper loss at top of spine, a few tiny tears]. Novel set in Tennessee, about a man in his fifties who is obsessed with death, and is particularly keen on statues and stone markers, which he sees as symbolic of "the indestructible past." However, "when vandals deface a stone marker near his country home, Horatio Adams' response sets into motion a series of violent ac... View more info

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A Brood of Ducklings

By: Swinnerton, Frank

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1929 (c.1928)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 19603

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean book, slight bumping to the bottom corners, no other significant wear; jacket spine a little darkened, a few tiny edge nicks, minor paper loss at bottom front hinge, light soiling/rubbing]. Novel about a father whose "devotion to his daughters almost brought them tragedy" due to "his antagonism to their suitors." View more info

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Reluctant Prophet

By: Tandrup, Harald (translated from the Danish by A.G. Chater)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1939

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22646

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good solid copy with minimal wear, would grade a little higher but for some discoloration to the cloth along both joints; the jacket is a little edgeworn, with a couple of tiny surface-peel spots on the front panel, and a small irregular hole near the right side of the front panel]. A re-telling of the Biblical story of Jonah (and, eventually, a "sea monster" rather than a whale per se), "an amusing and curiously disconcerting novel," told in such a fashion that "the religious press of the author's native Denmark has not been able to make up its mind whether the book is a... View more info

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No Goodness in the Worm

By: Taylor, Gay [pseud. for Ethelwyne Stewart McDowall]

Price: $400.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1930)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20913

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, rear hinge cracked but holding; jacket somewhat discolored at spine, old internal tape repairs at several folding points (with a bit of external ghosting of same), minor paper loss at spine ends]. The author's first book -- and apparently her only novel, per se -- explores "the shifting balance of the sexes in modern life," in particular in England, where the devastation visited on the male population during World War I was felt acutely in the following years. The focus is on three women (or "girls," as the jacket-blurb writer would have it), each with her... View more info

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The Magnificent Sin

By: Tellier, Andre

Price: $35.00

Publisher: [New York], Claude Kendall: (c.1930)

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 9459

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [general wear, hinges weak but not split, moderate soiling/discoloration to covers, previous owner's name stamped on half-title and title pages, full name & address written in pencil on verso of last text page]. Vintage novel about a young Frenchwoman. (I suspect this may be the same book that was later published as a "paperback original" under the title "A Woman of Paris," but that's only a guess.) View more info