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Lost Man! [original U.K. title: The Partners]

By: Watson, E.L. Grant

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1934

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21102

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately worn book, with some spotting and scuffing to cloth (especially at spine), light dampstain across top edge of rear cover, one tiny insect burrow-hole in fore-edge, jacket blurb pasted to inside front cover; a handful of stamped dates and a handwritten "call number" on the rear endpaper indicate that this was once a rental library book, but those are the only signs of it]. What might have been called a "psychological novel" a decade or so later, this is (in the words of a contemporary reviewer) "an elusive, half mystical novel with an inbrooding... View more info

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Charlie Dell

By: Wayne, Anderson

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-Mccann, Inc: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14312

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[light shelfwear to book, one-time owner's name and address in pencil on ffep; jacket heavily worn at edges, rather crudely repaired and reinforced with brown tape]. Somewhat hard-boiled story, set in Denver, of an average Joe (er, Charlie) -- "one of those human molecules who contribute to the placing of a decimal point in the Kinsey Report" -- who has a fling with his wife's 17-year-old sister, thus setting foot "down the teeming road to ultimate horror." Can you say Lo-lee-ta? View more info

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Flight from Yesterday

By: Webb, Barbara

Price: $80.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14300

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, light shelfwear; jacket slightly faded at spine, minor paper loss at spine extremities (no text affected)]. A sort of combination mystery-romance, centering around a wealthy New York socialite whose son has been arrested in rural Virginia for the murder of his wife, and the mother's efforts to investigate the background of the crime and to prove her son's innocence. View more info

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How Rough Can It Get?

By: Weiss, Joe

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Woodford Press: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8905

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight clean copy, mild shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket mildly edgeworn, a bit of rubbing/scuffing]. "Here is a modern novel of present day New York City life which is overwhelming in its force and originality. Basically, [the novel] is the story of a group of young men and the hungers and frustrations which drive them into a never-ending hunt for girls. The boys dream about the girls and try to maneuver them into intimacy. The girls, in turn, dream about the boys and try to lure them into marriage." In other words, it's kind of a sex novel, dressed up with an int... View more info

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Mark Pfeiffer, M.D.

By: Weld, John

Price: $8.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8439

Condition: Good in Good dj


[ex-lending library book with typical markings, shelfworn but solid; jacket backed with brown paper, flaps firmly affixed to book]. The story of a dedicated surgeon who finds "that he was driving himself feverishly onward in his profession, but was sinking ever deeper into a morass of discontent and unhappiness in his personal life," until "a deep personal loss coming immediately after a professional failure shocked him into a realization of what he had been seeking." View more info

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Thunder in the Heart

By: Weldon, John Lee

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1954)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18933

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice book, with just a touch of shelfwear at base of spine; jacket is bright and attractive, with very light soiling to the rear panel]. "Through this story of untamed emotion, brute force and vengeful deeds, there runs a tender, fragile thread of life, strong as hope, breakable as a young girl's heart." (Which rather obscures the fact that the protagonist is a prostitute.) The book was described somewhat derisively by a contemporary critic as having been "made out of the interior monologue of a Southern Moll Flanders," with the author accused of suffering from "Ten... View more info

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The Crack in the Column

By: Weller, George

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18635

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight book, minor shelfwear, one-time owner's embossed name and address on ffep; jacket shows a bit of wear at corners, shallow chipping at top of front flap, red lettering on spine a bit faded but still readable]. Novel set in Greece during and immediately following World War II, as the country transitioned from German to British occupation, followed by a period of civil war from 1946-1949. The author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, "was in Greece when the Germans came and returned to Athens soon after they withdrew in order to observe at first hand the civil ... View more info

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Not to Eat, Not for Love

By: Weller, George Anthony

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Harrison Smith and Robert Haas: 1933

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14895

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, very minor wrinkling at top edge of a few pages in the middle of the book, light bumping to bottom corners, slight discoloration to half-title page and facing (verso of ffep) due to laid-in newspaper photo of the author; jacket moderately worn, short and unobtrusive splits (tears) at a couple of the foldover points, a handful of other tiny chips and tears, none a serious detraction from the general attractiveness of the jacket]. This novel takes its title from a journal entry by Ralph Waldo Emerson (quoted as the frontispiece), and has been called (by Arthur Schlesinger) "the ... View more info

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Not to Eat, Not for Love

By: Weller, George Anthony

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Harrison Smith and Robert Haas: 1933

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 17869

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [decent reading copy with moderate wear and light bumping at most corners, slight fraying to cloth at top of spine and one top corner, one-time owner's name at top of ffep; hinges a little tender but holding, gilt lettering rubbed on front cover and almost gone on spine]. This novel takes its title from a journal entry by Ralph Waldo Emerson (quoted as the frontispiece), and has been called (by Arthur Schlesinger) "the best book about undergraduate life at Harvard.” The central character lives on Harvard Yard, socializes with Boston debutantes, falls in love, then agoni... View more info

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The Ponder Heart

By: Welty, Eudora

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1954)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12059

ISBN: NOISBN

Condition: Good+ in Good dj


[ex-lending library copy, shelfworn but still serviceable, library markings confined to label (partially removed at edges) on ffep and a series of dates stamped on the rear fep; the jacket, unfortunately, is thoroughly glued down at the flaps, and has absorbed a fair deal of punishment over the years--edgewear, scuffing, numerous small tears, a bit of paper loss at extremities]. Wonderful novel by this wonderful writer, with one of her most richly-conceived characters, Uncle Daniel Ponder, who "was not only generous, he was rich as Croesus, as he said himself, and when he got started givin... View more info

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Soldiers' Women

By: Wendler, Otto Bernhard (translated from the German by Ian F.D. Morrow)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1930

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19350

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[good sound book, just a touch of wear to extremities, light spotting to fore-edge, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket has 2.5" split at bottom of rear foldover, minor soiling/creasing to rear panel]. "Perhaps this is the first book to touch on that particular aspect of war; the soldiers and their women. The domestic histories of four or five men brought together by chance into the same platoon forms the chief theme of the book. Through the stories of these farmers and tradespeople and their wives we understand the ho... View more info

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Where Town Begins

By: Werry, Richard R.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Greenberg: Publisher: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17461

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy with just a touch of wear to extremities; jacket shows a bit of wear at edges and corners, a few small tears at edges and corners but no significant paper loss]. Michigan author's first novel (following a volume of poetry published in 1947), a noir-ish tale of a Navy veteran who returns to his family and his prosperous small-town business after the war. Everything's going along swimmingly, it seems, until the husband of an alcoholic woman with whom he was involved during the war shows up to remind him of his broken promise to the woman, who is now in a sanatorium. The result... View more info

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Peter the Drunk

By: Wertenbaker, Charles

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Horace Liveright: 1929

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 20749

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid binding, moderate external wear, bumping and very slight fraying to bottom corners, one-time owner's signature on ffep]. Novel about the effect of the eponymous protagonist's constant imbibing on his marriage (hint: it's not good). On the very first page, he's "a little tight but not as tight as he had been," and from then on there's rarely a page in which he and/or his friends are either having a drink or talking about their drinking -- right up to the fade-out. As a contemporary reviewer noted, there is "so much liquor in this book that we felt slightly ... View more info

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The Vintage

By: West, Anthony

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1950 (c.1949)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21012

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid book, mild wear to extremities, slight dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket a little edgeworn, with some fading to spine panel, a little dog-earing at top of spine, and a small closed tear at the top rear foldover]. The author's first novel, tracing the life of a British Army colonel who "served on the British War Crimes Commission in Germany and prepared the case against one of the leading Nazi war criminals, who was found guilty and hanged," and who subsequently found himself so tortured by the experience that he committed suicide. Previously p... View more info

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A Cool Million

By: West, Nathanael

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Covici Friede: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16777

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [first issue, first state binding (tan textured cloth stamped in green; Covici Friede at base of spine); a little discoloration to spine cloth, very slight fraying to cloth at spine ends; "Ben Kapustin, August 24 1939" in ink on ffep]. West's acerbic take on the Horatio Alger myth. This is the first issue, first state binding (tan textured cloth stamped in green; Covici Friede at base of spine). View more info

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Tide Marks

By: Westrup, Margaret (Mrs. W. Sydney Stacey)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1913

Edition: 1st [U.S.] Edition

Seller ID: 16559

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[a very nice copy, with just the slightest wear at the corners; jacket has small tears at several corners, tiny bit of paper loss at upper rear corner, slight chipping at base of spine, somewhat faded at spine, but overall clean and attractive]. The life and love of one Philippa Hamilton, per the jacket blurb "a splendid antidote for the blues." The author was an English popular novelist, who reportedly wrote her first novel at the age of 14. Most of her works are rather hard-to-find these days, although one does wonder if anyone is actually looking. View more info

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A Wreath and a Curse

By: Wetzel, Donald

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers: (c.1950)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13005

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, dust-soiling to top edge, slight fading to cloth along top edge; jacket edgeworn, a bit soiled, various tiny chips and tears (nothing too serious), small label with endorsement by E.C. Delafield Jr. affixed at upper left-hand corner of front panel (not covering any text)]. "Dad and Mom, Ruth and her husband Harry, young, gentle Willie and his older brother, through whose eyes the story is told, live in a house on a high river bank. The villain of the tale is the river itself, slowly encroaching on the land where the house st... View more info

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The Tethered Bubble

By: Weyant, Fanny Lee

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York/London, The Century Co.: (c.1930)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19444

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[solid clean book with light wear at spine ends, very slight bumping to a couple of corners, vintage bookseller's label (Newbegins, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket moderately edgeworn, with a few tiny nicks along the bottom edge]. Novel set in "a well-known woman's college in the year 1897, a time when 'higher education for females' was still a warmly debated topic." The book's protagonist, the youngest member of the faculty at "Brythley," feels that "some life and glamour may be found outside the college walls [and] stumbles upon love more suddenly and powerfull... View more info

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The Children

By: Wharton, Edith

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1928)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19471

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight clean book, no discernible wear; jacket has minor wear at extremities and along front hinge, tiny chip at upper right corner of front panel, minor soiling]. Novel focusing on the effects on children of "this world of easy divorce and easier re-marriage." Adapted as a silent film, THE MARRIAGE PLAYGROUND, in 1928, and again in 1990, under its original title, with Ben Kingsley and Kim Novak heading the cast of the little-seen film. It's worth noting (at least I think it is) that this dust jacket, although a G&D reissue, is more attractive than the non-pictorial version on ... View more info

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Silver Wings

By: Whitfield, Raoul

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1941 (c.1930)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 13040

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[a good solid clean copy, some light shelfwear and minor bumping at bottom corners; the jacket, unfortunately, is hideously scarred right in the middle of the front panel, with a curving surface-peeled area measuring a little more than 5 inches top-to-bottom and about 1-1/4 inches at its widest point (more or less in the shape of South Vietnam, if that helps to visualize it), plus another dime-size surface scar (probably from a removed price sticker) at upper right-hand corner, just catching the "R" in "SILVER"; there's some additional edgewear and a few small tears, but the bi... View more info