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Sandhog

By: Chase, Borden

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, The Penn Publishing Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16892

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[light shelfwear, very slight deterioration to binding at top of spine; jacket is heavily edgeworn, soiled, shallow chipping along top edge, large chip at bottom of rear panel (no loss of text)]. The second book that the author managed to squeeze out of his experience on an East River tunnel gang. (The first, "East River," was published in 1935.) This book is often cited erroneously, by the chronologically-challenged, as the source for the 1935 Raoul Walsh film UNDER PRESSURE, which was actually based on "East River," which at one time (prior to its publication) was actually ... View more info

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Gay Highway

By: Chase, Mary

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1933)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 7499

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [ex-library book with typical markings (stamp and label on ffep, date due slip & pocket in back of book) but minimal wear (date due slip shows just one checkout); some light spotting to spine cloth and (less) on covers; no external library markings]. Uncommon novel, a romance (not gay-themed) about a young woman who goes on the road after her grandmother's death; at various points she visits a Western ranch, and gets involved with a traveling theatrical troupe. (I am uncertain about whether the author is the playwright Mary Chase ("Harvey," etc.), but I don't think so.... View more info

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Walk Away from 'Em

By: Chess, Elliot

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22091

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice bright clean book, just a trace of wear to extremities; jacket shows a little wear and minor paper loss at spine corners, a few other tiny closed tears, 2.5" split at bottom of front foldover (very unobtrusive)]. If there's such a genre as He-Man Fiction, this would be a prime exemplar. It's the story of "Nicky Wayne, army test pilot, trans-Atlantic flyer, owner of a private landing field and of airplanes which he rents out, with or without himself as pilot." And what kind of a man's man would he be without a few dames on the string to make his life "complicated and exci... View more info

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Young Wallingford

By: Chester, George Randolph

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1910)

Edition: Early printing

Seller ID: 15387

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately-worn but still attractive book, slight bumping and very minor fraying at most corners, diagonal creasing and one small edge-tear in frontispiece plate, light soiling and age-toning to page edges, gilt lettering on spine and front cover still bright, binding intact]. (B&W plates) Second "Wallingford" book, a follow-up to the author's 1908 novel "Get-Rich-Quick-Wallingford." There would eventually be a total of five Wallingford books, and a handful of silent movies, although the stock market crash of 1929 might have been the effective death-knell f... View more info

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The Easy Way

By: Cicellis, Kay; foreword by V. Sackville-West

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1950)

Edition: 1st U.S. ed.?

Seller ID: 6226

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, mild shelfwear, top edge a little dust-darkened, thin pen mark on bottom edge, a little soiling/sunning to cloth along top of rear cover; jacket has minor paper loss at top and bottom of rear hinge, ragged tear at top of rear panel, 1- inch split along top front hinge, front panel intact and quite attractive]. Short stories by a young Greek author (her first book), whom Miss Sackville-West in her Foreword predicts "will go very far -- a true discovery." [Edition disclaimer -- this book is "printed in Great Britain,"and has a plain rear panel, with no printed p... View more info

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The Dreamers

By: Clark, J. Bigelow

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.: 1945

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20524

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [mild bumping to several corners, a bit of soiling to edges of text block, almost-invisible dampstain/very slight rippling to bottom page edges in first part of book; jacket edgeworn and moderately soiled, all edges and folds internally reinforced with brown paper tape (very neatly done and invisible from the exterior)]. Uncommon novel about "some fugitives from war -- two Americans, an Englishman, an Italian, and a decent German baron -- whose lovely escape island [in the Mediterranean] is suddenly occupied by a goose-stepping detachment of Nazis." At first the men a... View more info

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Impatient Virgin [Photoplay title: The Impatient Maiden]

By: Clarke, Donald Henderson

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap (see notes): [1932] (c.1931)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 21101

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good+ in Fair dj


[some wear to bottom edges of covers and spine ends, slight bumping to bottom corners, light soiling to edges of text block, 1934 gift inscription (non-authorial) on front pastedown; jacket heavily edgeworn, small ragged chip at top of front panel, a little paper loss at lower right corner of front panel and at spine extremities, various scuffs, creases, etc.]. Cheap-ass photoplay edition (with only a single still, the frontispiece, depicting stars Lew Ayres and Mae Clarke), no doubt reflecting necessary Depression-induced economies at the time the book (and movie) appeared in March 1932. Th... View more info

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Young and Healthy

By: Clarke, Donald Henderson

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19489

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[spine turned, moderate wear to cloth at extremities, slight bump to top front corner, vintage bookseller's label (Paul Edler & Co., San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket heavily edgeworn, various tiny chips and tears, wrinkling/creasing with minor paper loss at top of spine, soiling along edge of front flap]. Scrappy and moderately racy romance, of the sort that Clarke specialized in; this one is about a college student whose "only books are women's looks," but who decides to rough it for a time as a sea-going lumberman, before becoming a New York newpaper reporter (shades of the a... View more info

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Heavens Above!

By: Claxton, Oliver

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1933)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20312

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[some foxing to fore-edge, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket edgeworn and age-toned, internally reinforced along spine with brown paper tape, tiny chip at bottom of front panel Satirical novel "of how two shades, Charles Dewclark and one Duffy, release themselves from a penance of wandering in space before entering the gates of Heaven. Their many adventures concern their effort to avoid the boredom of eternity, and at the same time accomplish an escape from the punishment of humanity." The first and only novel by this onetime journalist and sometime-New Yorker staffer; his only o... View more info

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The Strangers Were There: Selected Stories

By: Clayton, John Bell

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1957

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11722

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[book is moderately shelfworn, no serious problems; jacket shows wear at corners/edges, a few small tears, minor paper loss at spine ends]. "This posthumous selection of related short stories reveals all of [the author's] principal gifts -- of narrative power, of compassion, of insight, of lyric strength -- and suggests the major literary figure he would have become. Though they display a lively versatility in subject, mood and treatment, all the stories are unified by their setting -- the Virginia town of Colonial Springs, the valley hamlets and the mountains beyond." The author had... View more info

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Rain Every Day

By: Clements, E.H.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1941

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21479

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid but shelfworn book, some light staining to lower portion of rear cover; vintage bookseller's "remnant" (price markdown) label on rear pastedown (Woodward & Lothrop)]. Novel about a genius writer and his family, trying to live a quiet life on their farm in Cornwall, while numerous literary establishment types from London try to finagle him into the limelight, in the hope that some of his consequent fame and (especially) fortune will rub off on them. I wonder if they knew there was a war on? View more info

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Song-Bird

By: Cleugh, Sophia

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company: (c.1930)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19517

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[solid clean copy with just minor shelfwear; jacket a little edgeworn, one small closed tear at bottom of front panel, minor paper loss at top spine corners, wrinkling and small stress lines at top of spine, one tiny chip at top of rear panel] Novel of an aspiring opera singer who falls in love and elopes with the son of a noble Spanish family, heedless of "the danger of incurring the hatred of his mother, the all-powerful Doña Juanita -- a hatred that was to pursue her in her dazzling career as an opera singer, and to play such havoc with her personal life." I've seen it stated that... View more info

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Swag

By: Coe, Charles Francis

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1928)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 14774

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [lightly worn book, spine slightly turned, slight bumping to a couple of corners]. Proto-hardboiled novel about a small-town boy who lights out for the (unnamed) big city, falls in with a bad crowd, and turns to a life of crime. Coe was a prolific writer of magazine fiction (for both the slicks and the pulps); this tale was first published as a 6-part serial in The Saturday Evening Post. View more info

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Another Time, Another Place

By: Coffee, Lenore

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers, Inc.: (c.1955)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20305

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [no significant wear to book, minor dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket a little edgeworn and lightly soiled, a bit of paper loss at spine extremities]. Scarce first novel, about an American woman newspaper columnist in wartime London, by a veteran screenwriter who wrote dozens of films beginning in the 1920s -- including several notable 1940s Bette Davis pix, among them the immortally trashy BEYOND THE FOREST. This novel was the basis for the 1958 film of the same name, which starred Lana Turner and a young Sean Connery. View more info

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The Great Bear

By: Cohen, Lester

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Boni & Liveright: 1927

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 19269

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [minor shelfwear to bottom edge, green topstain somewhat uneven, spine lettering a bit dulled but still easily readable]. Novel set in 1880s Chicago, about a wheat speculator and his domination of the Chicago Board of Trade, aka "The Pit" (also the subject of Frank Norris's classic 1903 novel of that title). The protagonist's brother, a powerful department store owner, had been the subject of the author's first novel, "Sweepings," published in 1926 and adapted twice for the movies during the 1930s, with Cohen himself doing a bit of screenwriting during that d... View more info

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The Apple Must Be Bitten

By: Colby, Fanny

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16613

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[solid copy, some fading to cloth along top and bottom edges, light dust-soiling to top edge, old seller's price rather crudely obliterated on ffep, numerals "45" partially erased but still visible on front pastedown; jacket somewhat scuffed and edgeworn, shallow chipping at top of spine and bottom edge of rear panel, old tape repair to bottom rear hinge, internal tape-reinforcement across top of spine]. "Vivid, fast-moving novel of a modern marriage. The conflict between Maggie and Ned Harvey is rooted in the basic resentment of one sex toward the other." View more info

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Moon in the West

By: Collins, Bertrand

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Liveright, Inc.: (c.1933)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22455

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [shelfworn, bumping/fraying at most corners, small tear in cloth at top of spine, uneven fading to cloth, small bookseller's rubber stamp on front pastedown (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, California))]. Novel about an aspiring novelist, Stephen, who returns to New York after a couple of years in Mexico, has a manuscript rejected by publishers, and intends to head off to Paris to recharge his creative batteries and also to catch up with his old friend Tony, who has inherited a large fortune and is a talented musical comedy composer to boot, but who (per a contem... View more info

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Idolaters

By: Collins, Dale

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20511

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [spine cloth a bit faded, otherwise a good solid book with just light shelfwear, small vintage bookseller's rubber-stamp (Bertrand Smith's Book Store, Long Beach, California) at bottom corner of front pastedown]. Adventure novel set in the South Seas (specifically the Dutch East Indies), with an unusual protagonist: "Mr. Dave," a dwarf, described in the text as "The World's Most Small and Most Premier Contortionist." View more info

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Passionate Puritan

By: Colver, Alice Ross

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, A.L. Burt Company: (c.1933)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18805

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[spine slightly turned, otherwise only lightly shelfworn, clean inside and out; jacket has wrinkling and a few tiny nicks/tears along bottom edge, small chip at base of spine]. "Janet Carroll, a golden haired girl with a tempestuous heart and a modest mein, is the 'passionate puritan' of [the author's] latest novel. Although an utterly charming heroine in the ordinary sense, Janet, like all of this well-known author's characters, is far more than an ordinary heroine. Moved by impulses, ambitions, and emotions which are amazingly true to life, she lives, in this book, a young of sharp co... View more info

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Three Loves are Mine

By: Colver, Alice Ross

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Triangle Books: 1947 (c.1946)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 22479

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[spine turned, moderate shelfwear to bottom edges of boards, pages age-toned (but not excessively); jacket a bit edgeworn, a few tiny nicks at spine ends, old price sticker adhered to front flap]. "Three men loved and needed Anne -- reckless, disillusioned Don, lovable and irresponsible Alec, and quiet, determined John. Each man involved Anne in the tangle of his life when she came to live at Stone House, awaiting Alec's return from the Pacific. And each found in his love for her a wall of opposition. Don, because of his bitterness, did not intend to marry. Alec hurt his chances with A... View more info