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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: $300.00

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

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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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Ringed with Fire

By: Campbell, Alice

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1942)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18919

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[spine slightly turned, minor soiling to covers; jacket shows wear at edges and spine ends, vertical crease along front hinge, a couple of small closed tears, a little writing on rear panel]. "A novel of spies and a gigantic Fifth Column plot," set in England during the Blitz. 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