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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

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Pale Moon

By: Burnett, W.R.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: London, Macdonald: 1957

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: 21413

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear to bottom edge, faint soiling to top of text block; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges, tiny tears and miniscule paper loss at several corners, small internal tape repair at top of spine]. "A novel of the South-west," a sequel to Burnett's 1953 novel "Adobe Walls," set in the same town, "San Miguel." This story tells about "a new element from the East [which] is beginning to challenge the conservatism of the 'old-timers,'" and about a murder that "touches off a bitter election feud that threatens to wreck the whole commu... View more info

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The Same Person

By: Burr, Anna Robeson

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Duffield & Company: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13213

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice copy, spine slightly turned, top edge dust-soiled, tiny smudge at bottom edge, slight fading to cloth at top of spine to match missing pieces of dj; jacket is generally clean and attractive, with only minor wear at a couple of corners, but has a large-ish chip at upper left-hand corner of front panel, which also causes a bit of paper loss at top of spine (not affecting any text)]. The author, a member of an "old Philadelphia family," here presents "a drama of modern life." Its heroine, Lila Stanward, is "divorced from a millionaire husband, and emotionally and spirit... View more info

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And So Dedicated: An American Novel

By: Burton, Thomas (pseud. for Stephen Longstreet)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Harrison-Hilton Books: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21998

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, internally clean, mildly shelfworn, light dust-soiling to top of text block, very light bumping to bottom corners]. Pseudonymous novel by Stephen Longstreet, set in the 1920s in a fictional Midwestern town, "Corinth." The plot centers around a romantic triangle that culminates in a scandalous double murder, and is set against the background of labor troubles. The author, in a note to the reader, explains that his purely-invented "Crime of the Century"-type situation "owes nothing to the real events [of the 1920s] except the pure frenzy... View more info

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Pay the Piper [*SIGNED*]

By: Bushnell, Adelyn

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1950)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9189

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[solid copy, moderate shelfwear, top edge dust-soiled, tape/newspaper discoloration to pastedowns and endpapers due to supplemental materials (see notes); jacket moderately edgeworn, a few small tears, diagonal crease near bottom of front panel, minor paper loss at spine ends]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; in her inscription, dated in the month of publication (April 1950), she describes the book as "an expose of the music racket, teachers draining pupils of money & time when pupils have nothing to offer." The novel tells the story of a talented singer who "goes ... View more info

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For This My Mother Wrapped Me Warm

By: Caesar, Eunice Lee

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc.: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20557

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [wear to and bumping to bottom corners (exposing board at one corner), inked date on front pastedown, ffep top corner clipped; jacket has a bit of paper loss at top corners and top of spine, a few small closed tears, spotting/soiling to rear panel]. Novel about a woman torn between the two men she loves. She's engaged to "the wellbred, refined Mark Richards," but "the thought of Laramie King, moody, passionate and unkempt, lingered in her mind." It's always the unkempt ones, isn't it? View more info

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Mark of the Hunter [*SIGNED*]

By: Caesar, Gene

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, William Sloane Associates: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8899

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [solid clean copy, mild shelfwear, publisher's sticker on ffep indicating this to be a "specially autographed edition"; jacket moderately edgeworn, a few small tears, faint dampstain along left edge of front flap, nothing too serious]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "This dynamic, contemporary novel is set against the natural background of Northern Michigan's wild hinterland. It tells of Marty Jevons' search for a purpose in life and a woman to love. [With a rifle?] Marty is a young Marine veteran. The savage streak that most of us camouflage so carefu... View more info

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Wife Wanted; an unusual human story [*SIGNED*]

By: Callahan, Robert E.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Authors Press: 1940

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 21996

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [worn but intact copy, slight fading to spine cloth, bumping to all corners, fraying to cloth and some exposure of boards at bottom edge, several small gouges in rear cover, small bookseller's rubber stamp inside, one-time owner's name at top of title page]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "To Marie Vasgard / with good luck wishes / Robert E. Callahan / 1947." As nearly as I can make out the plot of this somewhat overwrought novel, it has to do with a man who places hundreds of "lonely hearts" advertisements in newspapers around the coun... View more info

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Cry for Happy

By: Campbell, George

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1958)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21046

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, slight wear to cloth at spine ends; jacket has a few tiny nicks and chips along the top edge, but presents very well in new jacket protector]. Novel about six U.S. Navy men (members of the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Unit), stationed in Tokyo during the Korean War, who become partners in a geisha house -- "as wild, delightful, charming, bittersweet, and satisfying a yarn as ever was told about the United States Navy." Hollywood went a little geisha-happy in the late 1950s and early 1960s (cf. THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, THE BARBARIAN AND THE GEI... View more info

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The Blossoming Year

By: Carpenter, Bruce

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3826

Condition: Very Good- in Good dj


[general overall wear, extensive pencil notes on rear fep; jacket worn at edges/corners, approx 1"x1" piece missing at top left of front panel, a little paper loss at spine ends]. "The author writes searchingly of a young girl's emotions, and entertainingly of the manners and customs of a middle-class New England family whose growing concern is to get the girls happily married." Set partially in New York, specifically Greenwich Village. View more info

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Consider the Daisies

By: Carrick, Gertrude

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: (c.1941)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 16517

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, minimal shelfwear, a couple of tiny stains on bottom edge, minor dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows moderate surface- and edge-wear, light soiling to rear panel, tiny pull-tear in spine, small tear at top rear hinge and slight wear at spine ends]. The adventures of a group of students at Vassar. Rather breathlessly written, but by no means superficial or insubstantial; the milieu is vividly drawn, in considerable detail. (No doubt the author was an alumness; the dedication is "to the kids still in college now; to the friends I made there; and to the few special people who... View more info

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Backstage [on jacket: Back Stage]

By: Cary, Melbert

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, House of Field Inc.: (c.1938)

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 10171

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Poor dj


[soiling and uneven fading to cloth, soiling to page edges, ffep removed with consequent weakening of front hinge; jacket is edgeworn with various small tears, but downgraded to "Poor" due to large piece (about 1/6 of total area) missing from bottom right-hand corner of front panel (taking most of the author's name with it)]. "A love story 'tis true, but unlike any other -- not the love of man for woman, of parent for child, or friend for friend; none of these, but a passionate all-consuming love of daughter for mother, as inversion of material instinct as it were." Takes plac... View more info

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Ladies and Gents

By: Caspary, Vera

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: [1930] (c.1929)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18766

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[slight deterioration to binding at spine ends, otherwise a solid clean book with only minor shelfwear; jacket has a one-inch chip at top right corner of front panel, additional chipping at bottom of rear panel, a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine, rubbing/scuffing on spine and front panel]. First novel by the Chicago-born author who turned out over twenty novels during her career (plus a bunch of plays and screenplays), but is ultimately remembered almost entirely for just one: "Laura." This early work tells "the saga of a shimmy shaker -- little Rosina Monticelli, who rose... View more info

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The Monkey God

By: Casserly, Gordon

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Sears Publishing Co.: [n.d.; ca 1933]

Edition: 1st U.S. ed

Seller ID: 7491

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice clean tight copy, mild corner wear, faint soiling to top edge, slight age-toning of pages; jacket text pasted to ffep]. Novel about an Englishman who lived in the Indian jungle with a tribe of monkeys. View more info

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Two on Safari

By: Chamberlain, George Agnew

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10733

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, top corners lightly bumped, slight darkening to spine cloth]. Adventure novel about an American who gets involved in leading a safari in South Africa. One of this popular author's harder-to-find books. View more info

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What the Sweet Hell?

By: Chamberlain, Peter

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: 1935

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14136

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [decent copy, minor foxing around edges of endpapers, hinges a little tender but not cracked or split, paper spine label a bit rubbed but still completely readable, a few pages near end of book slightly scrunched at top corners]. Short stories by a British writer, in a somewhat hard-boiled vein, as the title suggests. As the New York Times critic observed, "in tone they are much more American than British. They have a vigor and directness, even an occasional brutality, which one rarely finds among the author's countrymen." The author subsequently turned out two nov... View more info

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Joan Kennedy

By: Channon, Henry

Price: $65.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co. Ltd.: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15053

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [spine a little turned, light bumping to corners, moderate shelfwear, old bookseller's stamp on front pastedown, remnant of vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown; gilt spine lettering still strong and bright, front cover lettering is embossed and may never have had gilt (at least there's no trace of it now)]. The first of two novels (both uncommmon) by this American-born writer and, later, politician (whose nickname was "Chips"), who went to school in England and eventually came to detest American society. His views were decidedly capital-C Conservative, and h... View more info

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Idle Hands

By: Charles, Edward (pseud. for E.C.E. Hemsted)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Lothrop, Lee and Shephard Company: 1936

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20519

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light external soiling and moderate shelfwear, small vintage bookseller's rubber stamp (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, California) at bottom corner of front pastedown]. English novel, about something or other -- artists, some kind of school, people having affairs with one another, the staff of an art magazine. (Do you have any idea how hard it is to synopsize a novel when you can't find any reviews, and the dust jacket is missing? I'd read the darn thing if I had time, but alas.) The author was a longtime educator, who taught in Japan, China, India and England; ... View more info

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Shadow of a Hero

By: Chase, Allan

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20525

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light wear to book, slight fading to cloth along top and bottom edges, small vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, California) at bottom corner of front pastedown; jacket has tiny tears at several corners, some edgewear and minor wrinkling along bottom edge, a handful of tiny nicks and closed tears]. Novel about a newspaper's book editor who starts looking into the background of Arnold Kelleher, one of his city's upstanding (and recently-deceased) citizens, regarded as a hero for his role in recovering a kidnapped child, and discovers a great dispari... View more info

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East River

By: Chase, Borden

Price: $300.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14971

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[quite a decent copy, moderately shelfworn and with some smudging and marking to the cloth (mostly on the back cover), but nice enough that's it a bit of a shock to discover (from the rear endpaper) that it was once a lending library book (see notes); jacket is lightly soiled, some wear at edges and corners, neat internal tape-reinforcement at top of spine, all in all very well-preserved and quite attractive]. First novel by this New York-born writer, who went on to a long and successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter. Derived from his personal experience as a "sandhog" working on... View more info