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New Departure

By: Connor, Kevin

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Jefferson House: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20513

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, some fading to cloth along top and bottom edges, red ink "X" on ffep; jacket heavily faded at spine (to near-unreadability) and along left-hand edge of front panel, lightly soiled at rear panel]. Novel set in the late 19th century, about a small band of con men who hatch a plot involving "the stealing, reproducing and switching of seventy-five thousand dollars' worth of coveted paintings." The only hitch: "First, of course, they have to break out of the Statesville prison." The jacket illustration references the fact that a six-day bic... View more info

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A World to Win

By: Conroy, Jack

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Covici Friede: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10636

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, dust-soiling to top edge, top corners lightly bumped, light shelfwear to bottom edge]. The author's second novel, after "The Disenchanted." Dismissively cited by Rideout ("feeble") in his "The Radical Novel in the United States." View more info

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The Riffian

By: Coon, Carleton S.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1933

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18856

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[a little wear to spine extremities, otherwise a tight clean book; jacket edgeworn and somewhat age-toned, various minor edge-tears internally paper-tape-repaired, tiny chip at top of spine]. "This novel is the romance of the great, blond tribesman, Ali the Jackal, blue-eyed hater of Arabs and despiser of Christians, a soldier in spite of himself, murderer with the purest of motives, convict, tactician, teacher of the Koran, defender of the Rif. It is also the story of the unconquered -- of the Riffian tribes who for centuries have stood off all invaders." The author, a prominent ant... View more info

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The Ship of Truth

By: Cooper, Lettice Ulpha

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1930

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22453

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, minor bumping to rear corners, very slight browning to spine cloth; a couple of pages roughly opened near end of book, with resultant ragged fore-edges]. Religion-themed novel about a Yorkshire clergyman and his passage (per a contemporary review) "from enthusiasm to doubt and, falteringly, from doubt to faith." The same reviewer commented that the book was "written honestly and interestingly enough, and with more than a dash of humour." In England, it reportedly won a publisher's prize, from a field of four hundred entrants. The author (1... View more info

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The Orange Court

By: Coppard, Lily Anne

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Ives Washburn: 1929

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19427

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[shelfwear to bottom edges and top corners of paper-covered boards (slight exposure of boards at a few points), otherwise a solid clean copy that appears to have never been read; jacket shows some edgewear, with a few small closed tears, shallow chip at bottom of rear panel, slight fading to spine]. "Pauline is a young girl, jilted in love, who goes to the Italian Riviera to find solace and forgetfulness along that fascinating littoral of blue-watered beaches. But the friends that she soon makes at the pension where she stays won't allow her to maintain her 'once bitten, twice shy' attit... View more info

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After Five O'Clock

By: Corbett, Elizabeth

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York/London, The Century Co.: (c.1932)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19795

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [reading copy only; an ex-rental library book, stamped as such on all endpapers, with heavy wear to bottom edge (boards exposed), front hinge cracked, moderate soiling to page edges]. Novel about a successful New York businesswoman, owner of her own interior decoration firm. "There was more to this business than just picking out nice lamp-shades, and matching the draperies to the rug. Sometimes she wished she had married young and gone to California to live. Sometimes she wished she had picked out a nice easy job like scrubbing floors." View more info

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The String of Pearls

By: Courths-Mahler, Hedwig

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/London, J.B. Lippincott Company: 1929

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19355

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely copy, tight and clean, with just minimal wear to book and jacket]. "An unusually charming romance set in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the emerald foothills of the German mountains." There's a rather fulsome rear-jacket blurb about the author and her "hard road to success" -- orphaned as a child, had to sell her first novel secretly over the objections of her husband, became a best-selling author but lost her fortune when the German economy crashed in 1923, etc. But "fortunately, she still had her imagination, her publishers and her reading public,... View more info

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Man With Four Lives

By: Cowen, William Joyce

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20636

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[spine considerably turned, but otherwise very little wear to book; the very attractive jacket has a few teensy-tiny nicks along top edge, spine sun-browned, light soiling to rear panel]. (pen & ink drawings) Novel with rather a weird premise: during World War I, while serving in France with the Canadian Army (as did the author), the protagonist of this tale has occasion to apparently kill the same German officer twice, and then to encounter him yet a third time, and witness his execution as a spy -- all of which has the cumulative effect of driving him stark raving mad. He eventually recove... View more info

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Mr. Peepers: A Sort of Novel

By: Cox, Wally, with the assistance of William Redfield

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16837

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good+ dj


[ffep removed, otherwise quite a decent copy, with light shelfwear; jacket has a bit of paper loss at spine ends (no loss of text), a couple of tiny tears at edges of rear panel]. Novelization, of sorts, based on the TV series of the same name which starred Cox as "that most undominant of men," mild-mannered high school science teacher Robinson J. Peepers. The show ran for three years on NBC, ending its run the same year this book appeared, and in its low-key way seems remarkably modern when viewed today. View more info

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The Son of Perdition

By: Cozzens, James Gould

Price: $350.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19392

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[generally a solid clean copy, very slight bumping at a couple of corners, some roughness to cloth along rear hinge (binding flaw?), vintage bookseller's label (from Newbegins, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket edgeworn with small tears and minor paper loss at most corners, worn at front fold and split about two inches up from bottom, various other small tears and nicks, some soiling to rear panel]. "A dramatic novel of human character set in a small seaside town in Cuba dominated by American sugar interests." Cozzens, a future Pulitzer Prize-winner, had lived in Cuba for seve... View more info

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Cock Pit

By: Cozzens, James Gould

Price: $350.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1928

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 19279

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very nice book, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, small vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket shows a little edgewear, about a one-inch ragged closed tear at top front hinge, another small closed tear at top of front panel, light sun-browning to spine and along edges of rear panel]. Cozzens's third published book, "a dramatic and exciting novel of Cuba, where SUGAR dominates and warps men's lives." The author, a future Pulitzer Prize-winner, had lived in Cuba for several years after publishing his second novel, "Micha... View more info

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The Leaf is Green

By: Craven, John V.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17300

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[a solid clean copy, nice and tight with only minimal wear, but with considerable fading to cloth at spine and edges of covers; jacket moderately faded at spine, otherwise just lightly worn at edges]. Is there any literary icon we Americans are more enamored of than the alcoholic writer? It takes some effort to think of a major 20th Century author whose life wasn't touched (or hammered) by John Barleycorn, including the author of "John Barleycorn" himself. (Look it up.) Poe, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Parker, Chandler, Kerouac, Capote, Bukowski -- that hardly scratches the surface, and ... View more info

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On the Anvil

By: Crawford, L[eslie] I[ngram]

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1929

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 19281

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[about as nice a copy as you could hope to find, with just a trace of shelfwear to bottom edges, short diagonal creases to a couple of top page corners, vintage price sticker (from the famous San Francisco department store The White House) on the rear pastedown; the jacket shows slight age-toning, minor surface wear and a couple of tiny unobtrusive smudges/stains on the spine]. World War I-set novel with a national-identity theme: the protagonist is a "sensitive, intelligent boy of mixed German and English blood, [who] grows up in Chile and reaches young manhood at the outbreak of the Wor... View more info

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A Girl of the Klondike

By: Cross, Victoria

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: [n.d.; ca 1920]

Edition: 1st U.S. ed

Seller ID: 7671

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[solid copy, but with some edge-soiling, a little insect-chewing along front hinge, small nicks at bottom of first dozen or so pages, "A81" written in ink at top of dust jacket and top of ffep; jacket soiled and stained, internally reinforced with brown paper, somewhat wrinkled (from moisture?) but not at all bad- looking]. Front panel illustration features a tough-looking woman in a fur hat and vest, standing in a barroom, wearing a holster with a pair of six- shooters. (Note that I am indicating this as a first U.S. edition based on the statement in the book: "A Girl of the Klond... View more info

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A House on a Street

By: Curran, Dale

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Covici-Friede: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15891

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [good only; a reading copy, shelfworn, soiling to covers and top edge, stains on spine, lettering on spine and front cover almost completely rubbed away; the hinges are intact but a little weak, and the book is internally clean]. Depression-era novel about a young businessman who loses his job in the 1929 Stock Market crash, and is reduced to working as the manager of a run-down New York rooming-house in Greenwich Village, near Washington Square. There he encounters and interacts (Grand Hotel-style) with an assortment of characters: a Japanese communist, an artist, an ex-act... View more info

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Death is So Fair

By: D'Alton, Louis Lynch

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Doran & Co.: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7946

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, some mild soiling to top page edges, a little wrinkle in cloth at base of spine, old bookstore stamps on front pastedown]. A novel of the Irish Rebellion, which begins in Dublin on Easter Monday of the year 1916. "It is important to state that this is not merely another novel about the Trouble in Ireland; for [this book] has a universal application wholly apart from the incident of the Irish Rebellion." View more info

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Dagger

By: Dahlberg, Mary

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Duffield and Company: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16355

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy, light shelfwear, very light soiling to cloth and page edges; jacket lightly soiled, worn along right-hand edge of front panel, a couple of tiny tears and associated creasing at bottom of front panel, a few tiny tears at spine ends but no significant paper loss, faint internal dampstain at bottom of rear panel]. I don't know about you, but this happens to me a lot: I read some jacket blurb about some long-dead-and-forgotten author, and absolutely CANNOT turn up any additional evidence that this person ever walked the earth. Case in point: "Mary Dahlberg was 'raised' on a Texa... View more info

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The White and Gold Lady

By: Daingerfield, Foxhall

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, George H. Doran Company: (c.1927)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9509

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[nice solid copy, minor shelfwear, a couple of pages ragged at fore-edge from having been carelessly cut; jacket shows mild edgewear, a bit of soiling/rubbing, a couple of tiny edge-tears, ragged pull-tear across across mid-spine (no text affected)]. "This is a story of Kentucky of the eighties, of an exalted society that worshipped beauty in women and blood in horses, whose lives were ordered and arranged by the rules of a chivalry now half-forgotten. Into the quiet lives of the blue-grass aristocracy there penetrates a drama of passion, of love, whose effect is devastating and profound.... View more info

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The Fatal Charm

By: Dauphine, Claude, and Laura Aumont

Price: $25.00

Publisher: (n.p.), Elite Books, Inc.: (c.1961)

Edition: 1st Edition (unstated)

Seller ID: 14352

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light wear at spine extremities, spine slightly turned, light browning to page edges; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, minor chipping at top of spine, a couple of small closed tears]. "Beau Tremaine -- a most handsome and cynical, middle-aged Libertine -- when desperate for money for his many diversified pleasures, organizes a bunch of glamorous and exciting females and males into a so-called 'health resort,' but which was nothing else, in reality, but a good excuse for a sex camp in wild and turbulent Reno, Nevada -- the gambling mecca of the entire country." Lest... View more info

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Smart Cookie

By: Dauphine, Claude, and Laura Aumont

Price: $15.00

Publisher: [New York], Elite Books, Inc.: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20183

Condition: Good in Good dj


[front hinge starting to crack, otherwise a decent copy with only minor wear to extremities; jacket heavily edgeworn, short diagonal tear at upper left corner of front panel, a few other tiny tears and nicks, inverted-V-shaped wrinkle in front panel]. Trashy novel about "a girl who personifies sex," who flees from a rooming house in the slums of New York to Miami Beach to escape her sadistic stepfather and another abusive tenant, but soon discovers that "the exciting Playland of Glamour and Enchantment" is less glamorous and enchanting than she'd counted on. But not to worry,... View more info