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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 protagonist, "Virgil Jones" (a white guy, by the way), doesn't appear to have been based directly on any real-life figure, in t... 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 wrought out love-affairs [that] parallel each other in the story, whose scene is laid in and old and wealthy New England hill... 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 unjustly accused and convicted of murder, and finds herself shipped off the Australian penal colony at Botany Bay (but not before... 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-produced book and jacket, neither of which wear very well. View more info

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Manchu Blood

By: Wiley, Hugh

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1927

Edition: 1st & 2nd Printings Before Publication

Seller ID: 18124

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[nice tight copy, no significant wear, very minor soiling to fore-edge; jacket chipped and moderately soiled, paper loss at both ends of spine (slightly affecting last two letters in MANCHU at top of spine)]. Short stories set in San Francisco's Chinatown, "centering in the sympathetic figure of a crafty old Chinese butler" named Jim Sin. All but forgotten today, the author was a stalwart of the Saturday Evening Post and other popular fiction magazines, whose specialty (of which this book is a prime example) was ethnic fiction, in which he demonstrated (it sez here) his "extraord... View more info

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Queer Street: The Story of Some Native New Yorkers

By: Wiley, John

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Chicago, The White House: (c.1928)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18001

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[solid copy, one-time owner's pencil signature on ffep; the book is only lightly shelfworn, but some insect (or something) has nibbled away about a two-inch strip at the bottom fore-edge of the rear cover; the jacket is similarly nibbled in the same area (the rear foldover) and additionally has a few small edge-tears, although it's still attractive -- and if you leave the now-protect jacket in place you'll hardly notice the damage to either it or the book]. Novel about the three Skeffington sisters, native New Yorkers, "from the gas lighted nineties to the liquor-lit present." The boo... View more info

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Bring Home the Bride

By: Wilhelm, Gale

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16466

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[minor soiling to cloth at top and bottom edges, otherwise a solid clean copy; jacket is lightly edgeworn, with a bit of wrinkling and minor paper loss at top spine corners, slight tanning to spine]. A "straight" novel, you might say, by an author whose somewhat slender literary reputation rests almost entirely on two of her earlier, lesbian-themed works, We Too Are Drifting (1935) and Torchlight to Valhalla (1938). The plot here concerns the love between Carol and Hans -- "Carol, sophisticated, exquisitely beautiful, with a fearless, cool mind that faced every reality, had known... View more info

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Bring Home the Bride

By: Wilhelm, Gale

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21083

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, some dust-darkening to top edge of text block, browning to spine cloth and paper spine label; halftone photograph of the very mannish-looking author neatly affixed to front pastedown, one-time owner's signature and date at bottom of ffep]. A "straight" novel, you might say, by an author whose somewhat slender literary reputation rests almost entirely on two of her earlier, lesbian-themed works, We Too Are Drifting (1935) and Torchlight to Valhalla (1938). The plot here concerns the love between Carol and Hans -- "Carol, sophisticated, exquisitely bea... View more info

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Red Plume [*SIGNED*]

By: Williams, Edward Huntington

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: (c.1925)

Edition: 1st Edition (C-Z)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15195

Condition: Good


(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [somewhat worn copy, with bumping/fraying at extremities, some surface deterioration to covers (more pronounced on rear cover); hinges are intact, book is internally clean aside from some light staining on the verso of the half-title page and the frontispiece]. (4 B&W plates) INSCRIBED ("To Eleanor Barnes / with my compliments and my high regards") and SIGNED by the author on the title page, additionally dated Apr. 20, 1925. Western adventure story, about a young boy (and his dog) taken captive by Indians. He lives with them for many years and learn... View more info

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They Still Fall in Love [*SIGNED*]

By: Williams, Jesse Lynch

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 19195

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid, clean book, with minor wear at extremities]. INSCRIBED ("For / Stirling Baer / With kind regards"), SIGNED and DATED ("Mar. 19, 1929") by the author on the ffep. A novel about wild college youth, the final work of this now largely-forgotten Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and novelist, who died just a few months after its publication. (His first book had also been college-themed, "Princeton Stories," published in 1895. His Pulitzer -- the first ever awarded in the Drama category -- was received for his 1918 play "Why Marry?") Signed b... View more info

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Who Did What to Fedalia?

By: Willson, Meredith

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1952

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12471

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice-looking copy, solid and clean with just some mild browning to the page edges, light soiling to cloth at top (near spine); bottom half of jacket faded at spine (typical with this book), but otherwise a bright and attractive example of this easily-worn jacket, with just a bit of rubbing along right edge of front panel, minor wear at spine ends]. A small-town Iowa girl heads for the big city to become a radio singer. Folksy tale from the creator of "The Music Man," with a little foreshadowing herein: a fast-talking door-to-door autoharp salesman on the opening page,... View more info

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Sinners, Come Away

By: Wilson, Leon

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17491

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[nice solid copy, light shelfwear, minor smudging to page edges; jacket edgeworn, very slight paper loss at several corners, a couple of closed tears with associated creasing]. A "two-fisted story of men in jail," set in Alabama, with a jacket blurb by none other than Arthur Miller, who calls it "very beautiful: one of the few novels whose people live a life of their own." A contemporary reviewer singled out the author's "meticulous ear for dialogue." The central character is named Presley Cargile, and sounds like a prototype for the young rebels of the 1950s: "I... View more info

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Volonor

By: Winship, Glen B.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Seltzer: 1925

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 20191

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderately shelfworn, some dust-soiling to top edge, minor staining to fore-edge, one-time owner's ink signature at top of ffep; jacket worn and rubbed, various small tears and shallow chips, spine color-shifted, a few holes along rear hinge, soiling to rear panel]. (endpaper map illustration) Utopian fantasy novel about a young millionaire who forms a new republic on a Pacific island, with many of its ideals and general principles centering around the economic emancipation of women (which will also have the more pragmatic effect of protecting his sister from various suitors who are after he... View more info

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The Golden Round

By: Winwar, Frances

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York/London, The Century Co.: 1928

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20218

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[moderate wear and bumping at spine ends, small scrape/gouge (shallow) at bottom of text block; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, a little paper loss at both ends of spine, browning to spine, tiny chip at top of rear panel]. Historical novel of passionate romance and court intrigue, set in 13th-century Italy, in which a cobbler's son, Pier, rises to be a trusted advisor to the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (called "Frideric" in the book), but has the bad fortune to be married "to one of those beautiful women to whom success is but the fuel to higher ambition"... View more info

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Money for Nothing

By: Wodehouse, P.G.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1928

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22020

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [a decent reading copy but no more than that; evident wear to edges and corners, a bit of fraying at spine ends, front hinge a little weak, spine cloth a little faded, spine slightly turned, minor staining to fore-edge (and a bit at the edge of the rear cover)]. The comic misadventures of miserly Lester Carmody, master of Rudge Hall, and his nephews Hugo (who wants the old man to bankroll his nightclub venture) and John (a decent but backboneless young chap). Also involved is a "health farm" called Healthward Ho, run by a trio of con artists who at one point inveigle... View more info

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Hank Miller

By: Wolf, M. Herbert

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Greenberg, Publisher: (c.1928)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15080

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light dust-soiling to top edge but otherwise clean with light shelfwear to bottom edge, slight bumping to a couple of corners, faint bookseller's stamp on front pastedown]. "A novel of character, revealing the internal life of an individual throughout childhood into mature manhood, thus presenting the evolution of a personality." Apparently the author's only book; Ohio setting. View more info

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An Act of Love

By: Wolfert, Ira

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1948)

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 5631

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[some wear to bottom edge and top of spine, but a solid, clean copy nonetheless; number stamped on rear fep; jacket rubbed, several small tears and general wear along top edge, chipping with a bit of paper loss at top of spine, small tear w/slight paper loss at bottom front corner]. The author's second novel, about a young U.S. Navy pilot who is shot down and washes ashore on a South Pacific island. Republished in 1954 in a "completely retold version"; the original edition seems to be rather scarce. View more info

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The Eagle on the Plain

By: Wolfson, Victor

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10500

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, mild shelfwear, light dust-soiling to top edge, one tiny smudge on bottom edge; jacket shows a bit of shelfwear here and there, minor paper loss (no text affected) at spine ends, light soiling/browning to rear panel]. Novel set in a small town in upstate New York, one of "a number of towns and villages which live outside the stream of 20th Century American life. [This is] an unusual tale of such a hidden community and its singular inhabitants." View more info

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Sligo

By: Wood, Brendan

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Chicago, Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10140

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, minor wear at corners, light spotting to bottom page edges]. Novel about a New York longshoreman. View more info