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The Boiling Point [*SIGNED*]

By: Brooks, Richard

Price: $150.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22110

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, light shelfwear to bottom edges; jacket has a tiny chip at the top of the front panel, an even tinier one at the bottom of the rear panel, some rubbing to the rear panel, slight fading to spine]. SIGNED and DATED (February 1948, the month of publication) by the author on the ffep. 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 ... View more info

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A Preface to Maturity

By: Brousseau, Jule

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21989

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good sound copy, minor shelfwear, some fading to cloth at spine ends, one-time owner's name/address stamped on top edge, fore-edge and ffep; jacket edgeworn, with various small nicks and tears, a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine, some surface-scraping to front panel, shallow chip at bottom of rear panel]. Novel about a young woman from Weehawken, New Jersey, who finds her only pleasure in music. Escaping from home (and a domineering mother), she attends Columbia University, and subsequently tries to "find herself" while making a precarious living in New York. The New York Ti... View more info

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Applause [*SIGNED*]

By: Brown, Beth

Price: $125.00

Publisher: [New York], Horace Liveright: 1928

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16329

Condition: Near Fine


(decorated black buckram; no dust jacket) [very nice copy, tight and clean, virtually unworn except for slight rubbing to gilt lettering at base of spine] SIGNED and DATED (January 1929) by the author on the half-title page. Story of backstage life in a sleazy vaudeville house, memorable as the basis for the technically innovative early talkie directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Signed by Author View more info

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Riverside Drive

By: Brown, Beth

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.: 1936

Edition: 5th printing

Seller ID: 17859

Condition: Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [shelfworn along top and bottom edges of covers, light soiling and age-toning to page edges, binding solid, internally clean; jacket heavily edgeworn, small tears and tiny chips at most corners, numerous small creases & wrinkles, internally tape-reinforced at corners and spine ends]. A three-generational New York saga, centered around the women of the Farrell family: "the gay and fetching Florrie, popular music hall star, who gives up the stage to make her father's inn the show place of the famous river front"; her daughter Carol, "poet, mystic and dreamer [whose] ... View more info

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Hetaira

By: Brown, Cornelia Dodd

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Chicago, Ralph Fletcher Seymour: (c.1933)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16265

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, no significant wear, just a trace of dust-soiling to top edge, small sticker-removal scar on ffep; jacket moderately edgeworn (dog-eared along top edge due to slightly oversized jacket), a few insignificant tears, soiling to (blank) rear panel, a couple of internal tape repairs/reinforcements along top edge]. You gotta love a book by "a profound interpreter of human nature [who] has studied intensively in Europe and is a follower of one of the new European schools of psychoanalysis. She has practiced this science as well as given lectures upon psychologi... View more info

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With Trailing Banners

By: Brown, Estelle Aubrey

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Toronto, McClelland and Stewart: 1930

Edition: First Canadian Edition

Seller ID: 21988

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid clean copy, slight bumping at all corners, very slight exposure of boards at bottom corners, small vintage bookseller's stamp at bottom of front pastedown]. Another unknown book by another forgotten author (my speciality!). Born in 1877, she served in the United States Indian Field Service (the educational wing, if you will, of the Bureau of Indian Affairs) from 1902 until 1918, when she married and (according to one brief biography) commenced her writing career, which wasn't especially prolific: in addition to this book, she published only two others, plus a play (&#... View more info

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Understudy

By: Brown, Pamela

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd: 1958

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19915

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, remnants of bookplate (mostly removed) on ffep]. (line drawings) Juvenile fiction set in the London theatre world. The dedication page reads: "For the noble army of understudies." Many of the author's books had show-business backgrounds, and she herself was an actress and producer, although she shouldn't be confused with the the better-known actress of the same name who had supporting roles in a number of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger films in the 1940s. (NOTE: Although this is a stated "first edition," it lacks the color frontispiec... View more info

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The Firemakers: A Novel of Environment

By: Brown, Rollo Walter

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1931)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 21907

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light external wear and a bit of scuffing to covers, light bumping to bottom corners, tiny tear in cloth at top of spine, hinges and binding solid; some previous owner got a little too enthusiastic with a black grease pen on the front pastedown and ffep, and in their misguided attempt to obliterate whatever writings or markings appeared thereon they created two big black blotches, one of which I was able to erase to a dull grey]. This novel, set in a fictional southern Ohio coal-mining town, Wiggam's Glory (based on the author's hometown of Crooksville), was the first in a s... View more info

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Tomorrow Comes Never

By: Browne, Eleanor [Eleanore]

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Arcadia House Publications: 1939

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16056

Condition: Good in Poor dj


[solid reading copy only, spine turned, spotting/soiling to page edges, original owner's name and address on front pastedown; jacket worn and soiled, large pieces missing at both ends of spine, long closed tear across front panel (internally tape-mended and not too obtrusive), various other tears but I'm sure you've got the idea by now]. Romance novel with an ambitious heroine, Holly, to whom "the green fields of far-off pastures were more alluring than her own less glamorous surroundings. And love in an easy tempo of peaceful security was something that didn't fit into her romanticized d... View more info

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Masquerade

By: Brun, Vincent [Vincenz]

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Carrick & Evans, Inc.: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21992

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book, indicated as such by the "Bullock's Book Club" pocket mounted to the rear pastedown with two strips of (yellowing) tape; moderately worn, binding still fully intact, some fading to spine cloth, some soiling to edges of text block, slight exposure of boards at bottom corner of front cover]. Politcally-infused novel set in the mid-1930s about an expatriate couple, a Hungarian woman and her Austrian husband (the latter a journalist/satirist with a somewhat radical background), who hook up in Rome with a handsome young German doctor (possibly a Naz... View more info

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Anne Kempburn, Truthseeker

By: Bryant, Marguerite

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Duffield & Company: 1910

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15095

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice-looking copy, light bumping at extremities, slight scrunching to bottom corners of a few pages, one letter of title on front cover slightly chipped, a few small puncture-wounds of mysterious origin to the ffep; the binding is nice and square, although the front hinge is a bit weak]. British novel, about a young woman who devotes herself to social service and charity work, and becomes involved in labor unrest in connection with her work with the Ironworkers Union in London. Some of the characters from an earlier novel by the same author, "Christopher Hibbault, Roadb... View more info

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Let's Have a Baby

By: Buck, Howard

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16726

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[minor wear to extremities, spine slightly turned, ex-rental library but marked as such by only a single stamp, on the ffep; jacket edgeworn, minor paper loss at a few corners, a couple of scrapes to spine, small chip at top of spine, soiling to rear panel]. A young Manhattan couple, anticipating the arrival of their first child, relocate to an apartment community "way uptown" in search of more space, sunshine, and fresh air. However, their lives are soon complicated by the arrival of spinster Aunt Anastasia, "the female relative in charge of the coming diapered event." View more info

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A Woman in Exchange

By: Buck, Howard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21956

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [front hinge cracked but not split, a bit of scarring to both pastedowns (from label removal?), light spotting to rear cover, soiling to edges of text block]. "A Russian prince, an English dancer, an ex-guardsman, and an American heiress fall under the shadow of an ancient tradition and share in the terrifying events which follow the theft of a miniature, [which] disappears while Prince Paul is showing it to a group of friends in London." The plot thickens when the action of the novel switches to America, where the prince encounters the heiress, who's wearing the self... View more info

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The Love Trapeze

By: Bull, Lois

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1934)

Edition: Later Printing?

Seller ID: 22083

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dj


[light shelfwear to bottom of book, very slight deterioration of cloth at spine extremities; jacket shows some edgewear, a couple of tiny closed tears, moderate fading to spine, light soiling to rear panel]. Circus novel about "the nonchalant Mario Verona, greatest living king of the flying trapeze, [who] rose from an obscure continental performer to become the spoiled darling of America's big top," and the two women who loved him: "the famous Mavis Merton, tragic Queen of the Air, [and] Mitzi, "another aerialist, young, vivacious, loyal, and gallant." Although the jacket... View more info

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The Mistress of the Robes; a tale of Queen Anne's days

By: Burchell, Sidney Herbert

Price: $30.00

Publisher: London, Hurst and Blackett Limited: 1905

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21994

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light foxing to edges of text block, otherwise a nice solid book with just a touch of wear to the spine ends]. Romantic folderol set in 17th century England, a period of which this British author was evidently very fond, since he employed it as the setting for much of his fiction ("The Duke's Servants," "In the Days of King James," etc.). He eventually relocated to California, and his papers came to rest at UCLA, mentioned for benefit of those who may be inspired to conduct further research into his ouevre. A pretty scarce book (only eight copies in OCLC, o... View more info

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Say Uncle

By: Burgess, Dorothy A.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Hollywood CA, Murray & Gee Inc.: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2679

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[book clean & tight, a couple of pages diagonally creased at upper corner, faint pencil squiggle on fore-edge; jacket worn at edges, various chips & a couple of small pieces missing along top edge, vertical crease in front panel]. "Until you know Uncle Louie, the roguish family skeleton, Madge, the darling wife, Marlo, the scheming vampire, and John, the lovable but misled husband who gambol through the pages of [this book] you have missed one of the rarest treats that has hit the bookstalls since death stilled the inimitable pen of the late Thorne Smith." The author, whose first novel... View more info

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The Unknown Steersman

By: Burn, Irene

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Brentano's: 1912

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21986

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate wear to extremities and bottom edge, faint bookseller's rubber-stamped name on front pastedown, white spine lettering somewhat rubbed but still fully readable, binding solid]. Novel set in British India. According to one contemporary reviewer, the book was "chiefly concerned with the same problem as 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles,' but the author gives it a different solution." Apart from the fact that her name appears as the author of four books in the British Library catalogue (including this one), all published between 1908 and 1916, I know nothing at all a... View more info

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This Heart, This Hunter [*SIGNED*]

By: Burnett, Hallie Southgate

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17287

Condition: Good+ in Fair dj


[moderate shelfwear, slight fraying to cloth at top of spine, light soiling/browning to page edges; jacket worn/rubbed, dampstained at spine, a few small tears, several internal tape repairs, paper loss at top of spine (no loss of text)]. INSCRIBED ("for Swanie / whose encouragement was important. / With love") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "At seventeen, Felicia Richardson, only daughter of the president of a small Southern college, was a sheltered, innocent child, but not too much a child to love richly and completely. Then she fell in love with Victor Cardwell, a GI st... View more info

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The Silver Eagle

By: Burnett, W.R.

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Lincoln MacVeagh/The Dial Press: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20188

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, front board slightly exposed at corner, a bit of surface deterioration to cloth at spine ends, light rubbing to silver spine lettering (still easily readable), ffep removed, colorful vintage bookplate on half-title page]. Burnett's fourth published novel, by far the most obscure and hard-to-find of his early books -- and a classic example of how a work by a notable and successful author (and Burnett had become notable and successful right away, with the publication of his first book, "Little Caesar," in 1929) can fade into obscurity ... View more info

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Romelle

By: Burnett, W.R.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21391

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[a little soiling to bottom edges of covers, prior ownership information on front pastedown, signs of erasure on ffep; jacket is worn, with various tiny/shallow chips, some paper loss surrounding top of spine, and a 1-inch piece missing from base of spine]. A second-rate chanteuse in a third-rate Hollywood dive marries a charming stranger, a refined yet moody young Southern gentleman with (it turns out) a somewhat cloudy and troublesome past. Despite the geography, though, it's not a "Hollywood novel" in any sense -- the author never penned a contribution to that genre, despite long e... View more info