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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... 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... 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 fr... 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 l... 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, U... 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 ... 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 ... 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 -- ... 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 guil... 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... 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 ... 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," feel... 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 ... 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 ... View more info

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Solo

By: Whitmore, Stanford

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17567

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor soiling/spotting to pages edges, otherwise a solid clean copy; jacket faded at spine, some wear to corners, a few closed tears, scraping/creasing to rear panel]. Novel about "one of the greatest jazz pianists ever heard on the South Side of Chicago," a supremely talented but self-centered and rebellious musician who "wasn't interested in making money or cutting records or pleasing the crowds who flocked to hear him." Although the book's protagonis... View more info

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The House of Landell; or, Follow and Find [*SIGNED*]

By: Whitney, Gertrude Capen (Mrs. George Erastus Whitney)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, R.F. Fenno & Company: (c.1917)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20970

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


[moderately worn but solid book, a bit of staining and soiling to edges of text block, some foxing/discoloration to endpapers; jacket is worn and soiled, with various tears and chips, missing about 1-1/2 inches at bottom of spine, a bit of paper loss at top of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "With love to / Caroline[?] Vickers / from / Gertrude Capen Whitney / Augusta Georgia / June 1920." Novel concerning "two charming, exquisitely ... View more info

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Jennifer

By: Whitney, Janet

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15574

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [worn copy, moderate external soiling, light fraying at several corners, darkening to spine cloth, front hinge cracked but not split]. Historical romance set in the early 19th century, in which the eponymous heroine, the daughter of a British doctor, is moved by the poverty and social injustice she sees around her (this being the early days of the Industrial Revolution) to get involved in the movement for parliamentary reform. Unfortunately, she is unju... View more info

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Mrs. Searwood's Secret Weapon

By: Wibberley, Leonard

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown & Co.: (c.1954)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8538

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear; jacket mildly edgeworn, one-inch closed tear at top of rear panel]. "The highly amusing story of an indestructible lady who had an unusual guardian angel" (namely the 300-year-old spirit of an American Indian). The prolific author's first novel for an adult readership (following a handful of juvenile adventure yarns), published a year before his classic "The Mouse That Roared." View more info

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Written on the Wind

By: Wilder, Robert

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1946)

Edition: 2nd impression

Seller ID: 18056

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[solid copy, light age-toning to page edges, bottom rear corner lightly bumped; jacket shows wear and a few tiny tears along bottom edge, very shallow chipping at base of spine, spine scuffed and color-shifted, light soiling to rear panel, one-inch closed tear at top of rear panel]. Family epic set in North Carolina, the source for the Douglas Sirk film (for which the setting was transposed to Texas), one of the most vivid melodramas of Fifties cinema. A cheaply-produc... View more info