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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: $85.00

Publisher: London, Neville Spearman: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17460

ISBN: NO

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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Man Made Angry

By: Brooke, Hugh (pseud. for Tim Brooke)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, Inc.: 1932

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19870

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [basically a reading copy only: an ex-rental library book, stamped as such (Excello Circulating Loan Library, Schenectady, NY) on both endpapers and pastedown; text from jacket flap glued to front pastedown, one-time owner's name and date at top of ffep; book is well-worn but intact; a reader has included his assessment of the book in pencil on the ffep, deeming it "English psychological stuff in the horror field; not at all bad"]. Uncommon crime novel, set in London, about a young poet who finds himself deeply involved in the sensational events surrounding the exploi... 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

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The Boiling Point [*SIGNED*]

By: Brooks, Richard

Price: $200.00

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

ISBN: NO

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

ISBN: NO

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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Tarnished Fame; published serially under the title "Sally of Sky Alley"

By: Brown, Vera

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16628

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice-looking copy, orange cloth with profile of a woman in green and black decoration/lettering; spine slightly turned, just a bit of darkening to spine cloth, but remarkably little actual wear]. "A gripping story of love and adventure in the sky," featuring a troubled romance between a man and a woman who are both prominent aviators. 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