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For a Song

By: Bercovici, Konrad

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18822

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[some soiling to page edges and bottom edges of covers, tiny frayed nick at top of spine; jacket edgeworn with various tiny nicks and tears, minor paper loss at top of spine, age-yellowing to rear panel]. Novel about a young Italian-American girl, Maria Caproni, whose burning ambition is to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. Much of the action takes place in New York's Little Italy neighborhood, and the narrative is populated with all sorts of "colorful" urban characters: Connolly and Weinstein, an Irishman and a Jew (there's an original pairing!), junk-peddling partners who become mill... View more info

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Singing Winds: Stories of Gipsy Life

By: Bercovici, Konrad

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Page & Company: 1926

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15320

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, small dent at top of front cover, light fading to spine cloth, light dust-darkening to top edge]. The author goes again to his seemingly inexhaustible well of stories based on his early life, much of which was spent wandering with the gypsy tribes of Roumania. View more info

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Crimes of Charity

By: Bercovici, Konrad; introduction by John Reed

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1917

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15230

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, minor deterioration to cloth at top of spine, light external soiling, vintage bookplate on front pastedown]. This Romanian-born author's first book, a first-person narrative by an investigator for a New York City charity organization, recounting the corruption and inequities he discovers (and is required to perpetrate) while working on the Lower East Side. In his introduction, John Reed writes: "Every person of intelligence and humanity who has seen the workings of Organised Charity knows what a deadening and life-sapping thing it is, how unnecessarily c... View more info

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Peckover

By: Beresford, J.D.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15668

Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, only light shelfwear but quite a bit of fading to cloth at edges and spine, slight soiling to bottom page edges; jacket edgeworn, with a few small tears, scuffing/rubbing to front panel, very faded at spine (although title, decoration, and publisher's name still stand out)]. The story of a henpecked husband who, for twenty years, "suffered the tortures of a shrill, petty and bullying wife" -- until one evening, he lost his memory! "The adventures which then befell him, his meeting with the healthy, jovial Minnie Guest, his success in business, and grad... View more info

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Cold Pogrom

By: Berges, Max L. (translated from the German by Benjamin R. Epstein)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America: 1939-5700

Edition: 1st (unstated)

Seller ID: 4041

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[solid copy, minimal wear, faint beverage ring on front cover, bookplate on ffep; jacket heavily worn, various tears/chips]. Novel about "a peaceful Jewish family in pre-Nazi Germany and what happened to it after the National-Socialists seized power." View more info

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Hunters and Hunted

By: Berry, Ron

Price: $100.00

Publisher: London, New Authors Limited: 1960

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20550

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[bumping to corners, otherwise just minimally shelfworn; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, scraping/scuffing at spine extremities]. Novel about "a winter, a spring and a summer in the lives of three young Welshmen," with particular focus on their sexual adventuring. The first of five novels published by this Welsh author (1920-1997), a one-time coal miner in his native Rhondda Valley, whose fiction portrayed the daily struggle for survival among society's "have-nots." Although his work was largely neglected during his lifetime -- he never earned enough from h... View more info

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Bread and a Stone

By: Bessie, Alvah

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Modern Age Books: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22126

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [reading/reference copy only: shelfworn, bumped corners, spine cloth faded, slight fraying at top of spine, spine turned, light staining to both covers, etc.]. Third novel by the eventually-blacklisted screenwriter/novelist, about a ex-convict farmhand who finds love for the first time with the young widow on whose farm he's employed. View more info

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Cypress Man

By: Beynon, Jane (pseud. for Jane Lewis Brandt, aka "Lange Lewis")

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1944)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21470

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [reading/reference copy only; moderate external wear, spine turned, large pieces of both ffep and half-title page torn out]. Scarce novel with a Los Angeles setting, described by California fiction bibliographers Baird & Greenwood thusly: "A tense story (but not a detective novel) in which a psychopathic composer works his influence upon a group of people, fueling a violent situation, resulting in murder." View more info

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On the Sixth Day

By: Bianco, Giuseppe [pseud. for Joseph White]

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1928)

Edition: 1st [U.S.] Edition

Seller ID: 19318

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is tight and clean, no discernible wear, light age-toning to page edges; jacket is almost flawless, with just a couple of tiny tears and associated horizontal creasing at top of front panel and front flap]. Novel set on the moors of Devon and in "sophisticated London," about the relationship between a father and daughter, the latter an unwanted child born to the moralistic father and his good-time-loving wife. Per the jacket blurb, the author "pits the modern tendency to self-absorption and indulgence against the Puritan ideal of self-denial, and works out the dramatic confl... View more info

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The Whole Story

By: Bibesco, Elizabeth

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York/London, G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1926

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 16500

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [sharp-looking copy, tight and square, paper spine label browned, light dust-soiling to top edge; slight fraying to cloth at bottom front corner]. The author's fourth book (and third story collection), dedicated "To Jean Cocteau." The eldest child of Herbert Henry Asquith (British Prime Minister from 1908-1916) and the sister of film director Anthony Asquith, Elizabeth was somewhat the Chelsea Clinton of her day, thrust into the public eye at an early age; her 1919 marriage to Romanian Prince Antoine Bibesco brought her into the circle of his pal Marcel Proust, who i... View more info

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The Frontiersman [original (U.K.) title: Frontiersmen]

By: Bindloss, Harold

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company: 1929

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19371

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book, minor shelfwear, slight bumping/fraying at top rear corner, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket a bit edgeworn, light soiling to rear panel]. "A bitter feud was raging on the Manitoba prairies. On one side were grim, brawny frontiersmen, turning the wild prairies into splendid wheat ranches; on the other side a colony of swaggering young-bloods who only stirred up trouble. Into the frontiersman group came a fine, determined young man, straight from Cambridge -- and promptly fell in love with a beautiful ... View more info

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On Pegasus He Rode

By: Blaker, Richard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Carrick & Evans: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8999

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice copy, mild shelfwear, very light water-spotting on top edge (interior not affected); jacket a bit worn at corners, some soiling/spotting on spine]. "In this unusual story of a man's struggle against his life-long desire to escape reality, [the author] has written a brilliant novel which adds to the stature of his already distinguished reputation as a writer of uncommon versatility. Major Kenneth Creswell--he was soon to drop the ' Major'--differed from most of us only in degree. His War record was brilliant but so was that of many others; he had great charm of manne... View more info

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Scabby Dichson

By: Blaker, Richard

Price: $30.00

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

Edition: 1st Edition (stated)

Seller ID: 17653

Condition: Very Good-


(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, dust-soiling and age-toning to page edges, hinges a little weak but still fully intact, 1928 birthday gift inscription on half-title page; paper label on front cover is soiled but intact, but the corresponding spine label is a bit chipped, is peeling off a little at one corner, and has faded almost to the point of unreadability]. Novel about an English schoolboy, following him from early boyhood in India to later adolescence in England. According to a contemporary reviewer, the reader "is able to overlook the steady volley of English slang, the cut-... View more info

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The Brave and the Blind

By: Blankfort, Michael

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8961

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Fair dj


[decent reading copy, ex-lending library book but marked as such with only one stamp; the problem is the jacket, which has been trimmed slightly along top/bottom edges, and is encased in one of those old-fashioned jacket protectors with the black strips along top/bottom, then is additional glued AND taped to the endpapers, permanently I'm afraid; there's also some paper loss at base of spine, but it hardly matters]. The author's second novel, set during the Spanish Civil War. View more info

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I Met a Man

By: Blankfort, Michael

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22085

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, light shelfwear, date and place of an earlier purchase in ink on ffep; jacket has a small chip at upper left corner of front panel, minor paper loss at several other corners]. First novel by the later-blacklisted screenwriter, set during World War I and telling the story of the friendship that develops between a German officer and an American spying for the British (in the guise of a German officer). View more info

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The Blood of the Arena

By: Blasco Ibañez, Vicente (translated from the Spanish by Frances Douglas)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Chicago, A.C. McClurg & Co.: 1911

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 18240

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear and external soiling, dust-soiling to top page edges, light bumping at several corners, one-time owner's name on ffep, bottom half-inch of spine cloth looks like it might have glued back in place after having been ripped a bit at the bottom spine corners]. (color frontispiece, 3 color plates) The first American publication of Blasco Ibañez's classic novel of the rise and fall of a great matador, later the basis for two outstanding Hollywood films, both using the more marquee-friendly title BLOOD AND SAND: a 1922 silent version starring the gorgeous Rudo... View more info

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Birds Got to Fly; a novel in six parts

By: Blodgett, Ruth

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1929)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 13243

Condition: Good in Good dj


[solid but shelfworn copy, top corners bumped/cracked (boards exposed), bottom corners less so, some discoloration to first few pages and last few pages of book, vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown; jacket worn, various small tears, soiling to rear panel, minor paper loss (no text affected) at spine ends]. "Young and self-confident, Rosanne is transplanted from her native New York to New England. She has married into the Porter family, and with good-natured curiosity she examines her new relatives -- sound New England stock from north of Boston, whose reliability and well-being a... View more info

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Pack Mule

By: Bloom, Ursula

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1932

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 19632

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minor wear to spine ends, otherwise a tight clean book, apparently unread, vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket shows a little wear along bottom edge and at top corners]. "The story of a man who was a pack mule for women," whatever the hell that means. Oh, I see: the protagonist's "idealistic sense of duty towards women swept him inexorably from one woman to another -- the prey of every woman who entered his life. Escaped from the tyranny of his mother, prohibited from marrying the girl he loved, he married Belle, an actress, who... View more info

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Replenishing Jessica

By: Bodenheim, Maxwell

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Boni and Liveright: (c.1925)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23084

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, some darkening to spine cloth, light bumping at corners, 1925 gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep]. Early novel by Bodenheim, then a leading figure of the Greenwich Village literary scene. Despite some pre-publication expurgation by publisher Horace Liveright (who initially found Bodenheim's manuscript "filthy"), the book's depiction of its titular heroine's sexual adventures raised the ire of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, which led to a grand jury indictment of the publisher on obscenity charges. In the ensuing trial, ... View more info

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The Baby Lamb

By: Boley, Jean

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23988

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[light wear to book at extremities, a touch of soiling to top of text block, small bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.); jacket very worn, with tears and paper loss at several corners, more pronounced at spine ends]. The author's second novel, set in the community of American expatriates in Buenos Aires, where (per the jacket blurb) she had "made her home for many years" (and where part of her first novel, "The Restless" (1946), also took place). Although she continued to contribute short fiction to various... View more info