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Promise Not to Tell

By: (Anonymous)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Horace Liveright: (c.1929)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11813

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [worn but still sound copy, a bit of bumping/fraying at all corners, spine cloth faded (lettering just about gone)]. Epistolary relationship/romance novel. View more info

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Grey Towers: A Campus Novel

By: (Anonymous)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Chicago, Covici-McGee Co.: 1923

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 16688

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[spine slightly turned, a bit of dust-soiling to top edge, a couple of lightly bumped corners, one-time owner's address label on front pastedown; jacket moderately edgeworn, spine browned, small chip at top of rear panel; jacket a teensy bit shorter than the book, apparently made that way]. "A novel of protest, written by a young apostle of revolt, against the present system of education in the colleges." Although the author is not identified by gender, the book seems to have a definite feminist slant, telling of the travails of a young graduate student teaching Freshman English whil... View more info

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"Property Protected" [story] (in Esquire, March 1937)

By: (Appel, Benjamin)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Chicago, Esquire, Inc.: (March 1937)

Edition: (Vol. VII, No. 3; whole No. 40)

Seller ID: 17930

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[nice clean copy, binding (staples) firm, a bit of wear at spine ends, bumping and slight crinkling at upper right corner, one-time owner's name discreetly rubber-stamped in "q" of title on front cover]. (photographs, cartoons, ads, etc.) One of the harder-to-find 1930s issues of "The Magazine for Men," despite its general lack of household-name contributors (which is to say no Fitzgerald or Hemingway), due in large measure to its inclusion of the first appearance of Pietro di Donato's "Christ in Concrete," his story of Italian-American construction workers. It's acco... View more info

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Lorrie

By: Abbott, Jane

Price: $60.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18265

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor dust-soiling and light spotting on top edge, otherwise a good solid book with virtually no shelfwear, one-time owner's pencil signature on ffep; jacket is colorful and attractive, with a slightly ragged one-inch closed tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel, a handful of other tiny edge-nicks, some rubbing to rear panel, a bit of wear and very slight paper loss at most corners]. Romance novel about a dancer, "a girl with winged feet who refused to be imprisoned in unhappiness." Set partly in Chicago. View more info

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Two Years Under Arms: A Novel of Life in a Military School

By: Adam, Robert J.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17344

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, light fading to cloth at edges, light discoloration in gutters; jacket a little edgeworn, spine is browned with some minor staining, a few tiny nicks here and there]. The author, a native of Dunlap, Kansas, and a then-resident of Lyons, Kansas (about 110 miles to the west, in case you were wondering), novelizes his experience at military school -- by all accounts the sort of thing you never quite get over, although it doesn't necessarily obligate you to write a book about it -- to present a "vivid and authentic account of .... the hazing, the maneuvers, the sports, the... View more info

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Backstage With Joe

By: Aistrop, Jack

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Roy Publishers: (c.1946)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11718

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


[solid copy, minor bumping at several corners, light soiling to page edges, small faint bookseller's stamp at bottom of front pastedown; jacket heavily worn at edges, with numerous small tears, soiling, etc.] "It was just a casual impulse that sent Corporal Blackie backstage to visit his friend Joe -- an impulse which carried him into the life of Eileen, the red-haired strip-teaser. This is their story, and the story of Norman, Eileen's husband, married just a few weeks before he was shipped out to Africa, to lose both hands, win the Military Medal and fall in love with his courageous yo... View more info

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Tantalus

By: Ammers-Kuller, Jo van (translated from the Dutch by G.J. Renier and Irene Clephane)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1930)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14139

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [reading copy only, with considerable shelfwear to bottom edges (boards exposed in several spots), rear hinge split, vintage bookseller's label (Bert Barber's Book Store, Fort Worth) on rear pastedown]. Novel about a Dutch family, in Paris and later New York, by a writer once referred to (at least by Time Magazine) as "Holland's foremost novelist." Apparently her depiction of American life in the middle section of the book was grounded in a personal visit to this country in 1925. View more info

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In For a Penny

By: Anderson, Oliver

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1950

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 12994

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[worn copy, corners bumped (top rear corner heavily), light soiling to page edges, bookstore stamp on front pastedown; jacket similarly well-used, small tears at all corners, a little paper loss at spine ends]. Per the jacket blurb, the author of this "bawdy, irreverent, novel" had been "arranging a vast store of material for a series of novels [this being the first] designed to show English country life as it really is, and not as the city weekenders like to imagine it." (Judging from the jacket illustration, it seems the artist liked to imagine it somewhat along the lines of... View more info

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Though Time Be Fleet

By: Andrus, Louise

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8994

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, minor wear at extremities, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows some wear at edges/corners, a few small tears, minor chipping at top of spine]. "Whatever else it might have been, Marcia Ellsworth's life certainly was not dull. Being born and brought up in a small Middle Western town was not exactly an idea start for a colorful life, but Marcia was a woman of resource and pluck; she had a way of dominating circumstances. Hers is a richly varied career, highlights and shadow, ecstasy and grief, fulfillment and desolation, success and catastrophe. N... View more info

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Paradise Valley

By: Angelo, Valenti

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21281

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edges of covers, otherwise a very decent clean book; jacket complete but edgeworn all around, with soiling/spotting to rear panel, a few tiny scrapes to spine]. (lithographs) Having drawn from his own childhood for his first two books, "Nino" (1938) and "Golden Gate" (1939), Italian-American printmaker/author/illustrator Angelo here tells the story of a Mexican-American family living on a ranch in the Nevada desert, largely as seen through the experiences of the child Pedro. One element of the story involves another family arriving ... View more info

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Between Day and Dark

By: Angoff, Charles

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York/London, Thomas Yoseloff: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7351

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid, square copy, minor shelfwear, mild browning of page edges; jacket worn at edges/corners, several small tears/chips, slight paper loss at top corners of spine]. Fourth novel in the author's continuing narrative of the Polonsky family, Russian Jewish immigrants who settle in Boston; the jacket blurb declares the books to be "the most honest and sensitive depiction of Jewish life in the United States that has yet been written." View more info

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Babylon on Hudson

By: Anonymous

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17678

Condition: Fair in Fair dj


[a pretty beat-up copy, probably an ex-rental library book although NOT stamped or marked as such in any way; the dust jacket, however, is backed with brown paper and thoroughly glued down at the flaps, which was pretty standard practice for such libraries; in any case, the book is heavily worn (but internally clean and with its binding intact), and the jacket is, well, a mess]. The author of this "distinguished and thoughtful novel about present-day New York" thought it best to cloak himself in anonymity, so "that the personages with whom he is acquainted will not be embarrassed by his prese... View more info

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Surrender!: The Romance of a Woman's Soul

By: Anonymous

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1924)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22076

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear, light age-toning/soiling to edges of text block; jacket edgeworn, tiny bits of paper loss at extremities, a couple of short closed tears]. "Can love be divorced from sex? Is motherhood a part of the marriage contract? The anonymous author of this startling novel asks a question that every woman must answer! -- Has a wife the right to refuse motherhood?" These burning questions are embedded in the story of a "childless by choice" woman who "practically drives her husband into a passionate love-affair with a beautiful dancer," who forces the issue... View more info

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The President Vanishes

By: Anonymous [Rex Stout]

Price: $35.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14031

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book (although marked as such only by a small label on the front pastedown) with general exterior wear including fraying of cloth at extremities, occasional smudging to pages; binding is intact (hinges are not cracked)]. (B&W photographs) Political thriller about the crisis that ensues in the U.S. Government when the President is apparently kidnapped the evening before Congress intends to declare war -- thus thwarting their plans, since no declaration of war can be valid without his signature. Martial law is declared, and among the groups suspected of sna... View more info

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This Bright Summer [later published as "Go Down to Glory"]

By: Anonymous [Richard Warren Hatch]

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Covici, Friede: 1933

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12924

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [pretty rough condition, reading copy only; heavy external wear, all pages attached but binding weak, rear endpapers removed with consequent weakening of rear hinge, vintage bookseller's label on front pastedown]. A novel of the Vermont hill country, reissued as a Dell paperback in 1953, under the title "Go Down to Glory." View more info

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Bitter Fruit

By: Antony, Mark

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Greenwich Book Publishers: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11966

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


[solid copy, moderate wear to cloth at top/bottom edges, small nick in cloth at bottom of rear cover near spine, tiny tears/minor fraying at top of spine; jacket is just Fair, with soiling, chipping, etc.]. A trashy novel with a social conscience, it would appear, about a "dynamic young foreman in the effeminate Earle Prescott's industrial empire," who gets involved with the boss's wife (and various "other attractive females that inhabit their Southern town"), and subsequently is nominated for governor of the state, at which point he gets involved in the segregation vs. integra... View more info

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The Raw Edge

By: Appel, Benjamin

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1958)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21159

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[very light shelfwear, minor age-toning to edges of text block; jacket a bit rubbed and lightly soiled, slight wear at base of spine]. "A behind-the-scenes novel of the New York waterfront," by an unjustly overlooked author, once referred to (by me) as "the best damn hardboiled writer you've probably never heard of." View more info

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Some Are Friends [*SIGNED*]

By: Apple, Lewis T.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers Inc.: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12172

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy, some wear at edges, corners and spine ends, small mimeographed sheet of review excerpts taped to front pastedown; jacket moderately worn at edges/corners, minor chipping at spine extremities (no spine text affected), spine sunned]. INSCRIBED ("For ____________ / Warmest greetings / to a fellow landesmann / and best wishes for / reading enjoyment") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, in March 1952. The author's first novel, a multigenerational story of small-town anti-Semitism. It begins in 1915, as Elizabeth Milner discovers "that although the Winchesters, the town... View more info

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These Charming People; being a tapestry of the fortunes, follies, adventures, gallantries and general activities of Shelmerdene (that lovely lady), Lord Tarlyon, Mr. Michael Wagstaffe, Mr. Ralph Wyndham Trevor and some others of their friends [etc.]

By: Arlen, Michael

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, George H. Doran Company: (c.1924)

Edition: 2nd printing ("B")

Seller ID: 18342

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy, light shelfwear, minor fading to cloth; jacket shows wear along top and bottom edges, a few shallow chips and tiny tears, horizontal crease near top of front panel]. "The author calls his book 'a tapestry of the fortunes, follies, adventures, gallantries of a certain lovely lady and her friends and companions in this tale.' ... Mischievousness, then, is the delicate and all-important ingredient in this account of some fashionables of Mayfair." A collection of interconnected short stories (a few with fantasy/horror elements), it was published in England in 1923, a year be... View more info

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Of Blood and Oil: With the Israeli Underground [*SIGNED*]

By: Arnovitz, Erwin

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8944

Condition: Very Good- in Fair dj


[book just moderately worn, small tear in cloth at top of spine; jacket somewhat tattered, separated at front hinge (held together by Brodart cover), large piece missing at lower left of front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel about an idealistic young American physician who goes to Israel to participate in "the birth pangs of a new nation." Since the author himself was a young American physician, who like his protagonist studied at the University of Pittsburgh, one might speculate that this book was at least semi-autobiographical (which of course is not u... View more info