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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 with the Canterburys at their peak -- socially, spiritually and financially. Their life is healthily robust. Then Spooner, a... 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 contemporary reviewer observed that the book "successfully captures the atmosphere and tempo and character of life in a remote prov... 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

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 upper class." (Front-panel jacket quote from Burton Rascoe of The Chicago Tribune). It is not in the least bit coincid... 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 her story as she interprets it through the life of Maggie Dawson, the one friend she had really loved." A primary characte... 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." The author was the second wife (and widow) of British actor Aubrey Boucicault, the youngest child of the famed Irish actor/... 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, who trained as an actress and apparently had a brief stage career in the 1930s prior to going to the Sudan (during the first ... 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 houses, immured after the custom of 16th Century France, she in a lonely castle and he in the adjacent monastery." She's g... 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 the Sparrow Movement, which is fighting for a new social order that involves the redistribution of apple seeds. As radical w... 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 five novels by this one-time New Yorker drama critic, who subsequently decamped for Hollywood, where he found success as a sc... 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 England, in 1945, as "Six Curtains for Stroganova." View more info

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The Elephant is White

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

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14395

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, spine turned, spine cloth faded and white spine lettering rubbed; attractive small label (like a miniature bookplate) on front pastedown]. (line drawings) One of this writing team's scarcer works, a satirical novel about a young Englishman who falls in with a group of down-and-out White Russian emigres in Paris, who have banded together in a kind of anti-socialist social club known as the White Elephants. Its philosophy is explained by one of its members: "We serve no useful purpose. We have no place in the struggle for existence. We refuse to con... View more info

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Doubting Thomas

By: Brebner, Winston

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Rinehart & Company, Inc.: (c.1956)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20539

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[shelfwear and bumping to bottom corners, age-toning to edges of text block (typical of Rinehart books in this period), overall a clean and solidly bound book; jacket moderately edgeworn, light rubbing/soiling, small pull-tear in rear panel]. Novel -- sorry, "magical tale" -- about "a man in an unnamed city, holding down an unrewarding job in a wonderfully bureaucratic organization called simply The Agency, returning each evening to his dissatisfied and unsatisfying wife." His miserable existence is leavened only once a year, "at Holiday time, [when] he assumes his secret... View more info

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A Penny for the Poor

By: Brecht, Bertolt (translated from the German by Desmond I. Vesey; verses translated by Christopher Isherwood)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Hillman-Curl, Inc.: 1938

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 18323

Condition: Very Good in Poor dj


[book itself is solid and internally clean, some soiling and light shelfwear to top and bottom edges; the jacket, however, has had about as many bad things done to it as you can imagine: it's been laminated (which has resulted in considerable yellowing/discoloration, trimmed a bit along the top and bottom edges, and the flaps are glued to the pastedowns; some of the laminate has also been peeled away, which doesn't help matters much]. A novelization, essentially, of Brecht and Kurt Weill's "The Threepenny Opera." Jacket-blurbed as "an unashamed and outrageous epic of roguery triu... View more info

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Eden Seekers

By: Breitfeld, Rose

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Meador Publishing Company: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20540

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [spine cloth faded (gilt title still fully readable), top corner of ffep cut away, light bumping to several corners]. Uncommon novel which (from my brief skim of it) seems to be a tale of Jewish village life in some unspecified Eastern European location. (I've seen it described elsewhere as a "fantasy romance about a group of people that follow a town 'crier' for a round of constant parties and romance," which may be a grab from the jacket blurb (no jacket present on this copy to help me, alas) but I honestly cannot discern any "fantasy" element.) This seems... View more info

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God Got One Vote

By: Brennan, Frederick Hazlitt

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1927

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20535

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [decent copy, binding intact, internally clean; a little staining to boards, paper spine label partially torn away, one-time owner's large pencil signature on ffep, remnant of vintage bookseller label (unidentifiable) on rear pastedown Novel about the rise of a political boss in a middle-sized American city, painted with a wide brush. A contemporary reviewer caught the flavor of the book: "There is a continuous procession of officeholders, ward heelers, business men, reformers, conventionalists of the underworld and conventionalists of the overworld. There are chapters o... View more info

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Eden Clay

By: Brewer, Walpole

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Dorrance and Company: (c.1928)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17022

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, foxing/spotting to top edge, front hinge a little weak, horizontal scrape to gilt spine lettering in first word of title]. (illustrated endpapers) "The frank and original Chronicles of a young Doctor serving as an Interne in the Knickerbocker Maternity Hospital of New York City," as related a friend back home in a series of "Dear Joe" letters. It should be noted that "back home" is Georgia, and that the author/narrator displays the prejudices of his background, at one point experiencing "a feeling of Nausea" after discover... View more info

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It's Cleaner on the Inside [*SIGNED*]

By: Bright, John

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Neville Spearman: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17460

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[spine a little turned, boards a little bowed, shallow dent at top of front cover, light age-toning to page edges; jacket just a bit edgeworn, one tiny tear at top of spine, another tiny closed tear at top of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep (see addtional note below). The second of only two books published by this noted screenwriter during his lifetime (and his only novel to see print), this Dostoyevskian tale of a rebellious young man who works his way up in the San Francisco underworld until "tragedy, horror and disintegration&#... View more info

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New Bed

By: Brill, Edith

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Greenberg: Publisher: (c.1934)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 16189

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [reading copy only, considerable general wear, bumping to corners, scrape on fore-edge with resultant gouging to page edges in about half the book, etc.; apparently an ex-rental library book, stamped on ffep with bookshop name (The Boulevard Book Shop, Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and a charming bit of advice ("Please treat me as you would any guest in your home")]. Novel in which a spirited 18-year-old London girl, for some reason or another, enters into a platonic marriage with a dour, puritanical older man, and goes off to live with him in the bleak north country of Englan... View more info

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The Boiling Point

By: Brooks, Richard

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6165

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good solid copy, bottom front corner bumped, mild shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket missing several small pieces at edges/corners, some paper loss at both ends of spine (no text or illustration affected by any of these small missing bits)]. The screenwriter-almost-director's second novel, in which a labor agitator stirs up political and racial tensions in a small Southwestern town. A jacket blurb by Humphrey Bogart (who appeared that same year in KEY LARGO, written by Brooks) calls it "the most gripping novel I have read in many years," but the New York Times critic begged to differ, ... View more info