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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 Eng... 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... 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

ISBN: NO

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... 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... 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... 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... View more info

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The Fanatics

By: Bonner, Charles Jr.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Mohawk Press: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12219

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[solid enough copy, but has taken some moisture at bottom at some point in its history, leaving light dampstains on the fore-edge and bottom edge, and the bottom part of the text block is a bit rippled and very lightly stained throughout the book; the jacket is intact but edgeworn and heavily soiled, with minor paper loss at several corners]. "A typical small town is the background against which the author has placed his American characters. The scene opens in 1897 ... View more info

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The Last Twist of the Knife

By: Bonner, Margerie

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1946

Edition: 1st Edition (A)

Seller ID: 15869

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


[moderately worn book, some discoloration to endpapers, small stain on bottom edge; jacket is heavily edgeworn, a little paper loss at both ends of spine, several small closed tears] Very scarce mystery novel set in Laguna Beach, California, just prior to World War II. There's a bit of a Hollywood (or at least motion picture) angle to the story: "Paul Vincent, wealthy California sportsman, playboy, and philanderer, was stabbed to death with a carving knife while a l... View more info

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Rainbow at Night

By: Bonner, Mary Graham

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Lee Furman, Inc.: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21999

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [decent reading/research copy, moderate wear to extremities, lightly bumped at several corners, a bit more so at top corner of front cover, some soiling to edges of text block, spine very slightly turned, hinges a little tender]. Novel set in a small fishing community on the outer coast of Nova Scotia, about an American musician who comes into town, ingratiates himself with the residents, and seduces a local girl, with unhappy consequences. A contempora... View more info

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The Romantic Woman

By: Borden, Mary

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1920

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 19261

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[minimal shelfwear to book, very faint spotting to fore-edge; jacket soiled and edgeworn, spine darkened and missing about a 1-1/2" piece from bottom of spine]. The author's first novel, "the personal story of a Chicago heiress who married into the British military aristocracy, [which] presents an authentic study of the growth and factors of social distinction in young, raw, crude Chicago and in contrast an authentic study of the cultured and debilitated English... View more info

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A Woman with White Eyes

By: Borden, Mary

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1930

Edition: 5th printing

Seller ID: 19294

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Very Good dj


[book is clean, tight and virtually flawless, vintage price sticker (from the famous San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket somewhat discolored (or dust-soiled) along top and right edges of front panel, with a couple of short closed tears at bottom of rear panel, light soiling overall]. "Hunting, drinking, lovers, cards, money. Caroline Merryweather had them all. At sixty, alone in a cold little New England farmhouse, she writes h... View more info

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The Rose of Jericho

By: Boucicault, Ruth Holt

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York/London, G.P. Putnam's Sons/The Knickerbocker Press: 1920

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20546

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(black and gilt decorated cover; no dust jacket) [front hinge starting, light dampstaining to covers, offsetting to endpapers, spine cloth a bit faded, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable]. Novel about a small-town girl who becomes a stage actress. A contemporary publisher's ad called it "a brilliant novel of stage life, with an unusual and unconventional heroine," also noting that it featured "a frankly daring discussion of the sex problem."... View more info

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The Loaf and the Lilies

By: Bowers, Penelope

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, William Heinemann Ltd.: 1948

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20560

Condition: Good in Fair dj


[moderate shelfwear, soiling to top edge of text block, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep, small vintage bookseller's rubber stamp (Bertrand Smith "Acres of Books," Long Beach, California) on front pastedown; jacket heavily worn with various chips, tears, creasing, etc.] Described as "an English story written in India" in the jacket blurb, its theme deals with "reincarnation and fate." The first of just two novels by this British author, ... View more info

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Isle of Demons

By: Bowman, John Clarke

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Dial Press: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14433

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice-looking copy, tight and clean, very light wear to book extremities; jacket shows minor wear at corners]. "This is a basic love story, woven into a tapestry of the glitter, intrigue and violence, of immense courage and over-mastering avarice against a background of 16th Century France and America. Pierre and Marguerite are caught in the age-old struggle of love against the arbitrary powers which band to separate them. They are both orphans, scions of great ho... View more info

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Life Makes Advances

By: Boyd, Madeleine

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1939

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16630

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[a bit of spotting/soiling to page edges, light shelfwear to bottom edge, minor fading to cloth near top of spine; jacket shows some edgewear, darkened with age, various tiny nicks here and there]. A particularly fine example of a "novel of retribution," this roman a clef was penned by a French-born New York translator and literary agent (known as the person who first brought Thomas Wolfe to the attention of Max Perkins at Scribner's) after she had separated fro... View more info

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The Pink Egg

By: Boyden, Polly

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Truro MA, Pamet Press: (c.1942)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22084

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


DETAILS NEEDED. World War II-era political parable, somewhat in the vein of "Animal Farm" -- "a story that is, at one and the same time, both symbol and adventure, actual and romantic, satirical and completely engaging." Oh, and did I mention that all the characters are birds? The hero is Roderick Robin Jr., marked as a rebel from birth due to his having hatched out of a pink egg; in the course of the narrative he defies his family and gets involved in ... View more info

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The Flower in the Gutter

By: Braby, Ion

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3416

Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dj


[moderate overall wear to book, some foxing on page edges, small rip in binding at top of spine; jacket worn at corners with some paper loss, chipping across top edge, a few small tears here and there]. A novel set in Berlin at the end of World War II and during its occupation by Allied forces in the postwar period. Striking jacket illustration by Dorothea Broby. View more info

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That Last Infirmity

By: Brackett, Charles

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: 1926

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13758

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [worn but intact copy, moderate exterior soiling, front hinge a little loosey-goosey but not split or detached; spine cloth dulled, gilt rubbed off but lettering still readable; altogether a respectable reading copy, but no more]. Novel about a rich small-town widow, who devotes her energy and fortune to the task of making good marriages for her daughters -- complicated by the fact that they're Irish, y'see, and thus not "Society." The third of ... View more info

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Six Curtains for Natasha [original title: Six Curtains for Stroganova]

By: Brahms, Caryl, and S.J. Simon

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J. B. Lippincott Company: (c.1946)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7921

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, some wear (board exposed) at bottom rear corner; jacket wrinkled/creased along top edge of front panel, some paper loss at corners and spine ends]. Satirical novel set against the backdrop of the Russian ballet; the fourth (and last) in the authors' series about the wacky misadventures of the Vladimir Stroganoff ballet company. (Sergei Diaghilev features throughout the story, alongside the fictional characters.) Originally published in Engl... View more info