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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: $325.00

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

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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

ISBN: NO

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