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A Pair of Jacks: Jack Dempsey & Son [*SIGNED*]

By: Hay, Jack

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Los Alamitos CA, Hwong Publishing Company: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 19190

ISBN: 0-89260-261-3

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate wear along spine, minor soiling to bottom edge, a little creasing in rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W halftone photographs) INSCRIBED at length and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper: "To _______ / My father's career is / the toughest act in history / to follow. This is / the story, as I picked / up the cards Fate dealt / and remember / With / Best / Wishes." (He has also added the note "soon to be a movie" at the top corner of the page, a hope that never materialized; in addition, laid in is his business card, with a Las Vegas address.) Very scarce memoir by th... View more info

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The Hearsts: Father and Son [*SIGNED*]

By: Hearst, William Randolph Jr., with Jack Casserly

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Niwot CO, Roberts Rinehart Publishers: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 14728

ISBN: 1-879373-04-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket has a couple of tiny scuffed spots on front panel (very unobtrusive), light wear at spine extremities]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED generically ("My best wishes") and SIGNED by the author (Hearst) on the half-title page. In this book, the authors "not only respond to the image created [of the senior Hearst] by [Orson] Welles [in CITIZEN KANE], but also tell the extraordinary story of an American family from the gold-diggings of California to the present Hearst media empire. The remarkable career of the junior Hearst -- to this... View more info

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The World is Mine

By: Holmes, Burton

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Culver City CA, Murray & Gee, Inc.: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18808

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dj


(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear to base of spine, faint smuding to top page edges; jacket lightly soiled, minor horizontal crease near top of front panel, shallow chipping at top of rear panel and a tiny hole in the spine, which is also a bit faded]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography of the noted world traveller, lecturer, photographer and filmmaker. 83 when this book was published, Holmes had only retired a few years earlier. In his life he crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans each more than 50 times, and delivered somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 lectures. He began incorporatin... View more info

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Oath of Devotion

By: Isaacs, Julius

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22610

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear to bottom edge, slight bumping to top rear corner; jacket sunned at spine, light edgewear and scuffing]. "This book, by a former New York city magistrate, is in part the inspiring story of his own life; in part a vivid record of the city he has loved; in part an account of the Fusion Administration, embodying perhaps the most revealing portrait of Fiorello H. LaGuardia ever written. It tells of a career unusual for its variety and constant interest, unique for its inception and meaning. For Judge Isaacs, on graduating from the College of the City of New York, had taken ... View more info

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The Legendary Mizners

By: Johnston, Alva

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Young: (c.1953)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 21022

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light wear at spine ends, top front corner slightly scraped at top of cover, one-time owner's name and address in ink on ffep; jacket a little faded at spine, small chip at top of spine, light wear at extremities]. (pen and ink drawings) Profiles of the Mizner brothers -- playwright/raconteur Wilson and architect/playboy Addison -- by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who perfected the "profile" format, at least as practiced in the pages of The New Yorker. Johnston's previously-published profiles of both men served as the foundation for this book, which he comple... View more info

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The Strange Case of Alger Hiss

By: Jowitt, The Earl

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22811

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [moderate wear to book at bottom edge and extremities; jacket has tiny tears and very slight paper loss at several corners, some wrinkling/creasing along top edge, spine a little sun-browned]. (B&W photographs) "The Hiss trial is one of the most famous cases of this century. It has been the central theme of two American books, and one of the chief protagonists has published an account of the history of the trial and of the circumstances of his association with Alger Hiss. [The reference here is to "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers.] None of these writers has, howe... View more info

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Growing Up Happy: Captain Kangaroo Tells Yesterday's Children How to Nurture Their Own [*SIGNED*]

By: Keeshan, Bob

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18286

ISBN: 0-385-24909-8

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[very slight shelfwear to bottom edge, mild age-toning to page edges; jacket is flawless]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED "Bob Keeshan / Captain Kangaroo" by the author in green ink (in honor of Mr. Green Jeans?) on the half-title page. A memoir by the popular kiddie TV host, rather weirdly pitched and packaged as a child-rearing manual, although it appears to be at least two-thirds straight autobiography, about his early career, the development and production of the long-running "Captain Kangaroo" series, etc. Signed by Author View more info

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The Brighter Half

By: Kelley, Ada Campbell

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Greenwich Book Publishers, Inc.: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20501

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor soiling to cloth at top and bottom edges, no other significant wear; jacket somewhat faded at spine, with light overall soiling and age-toning]. Certainly one of the odder memoirs (if that's what it is) you're likely to encounter. The bulk of the book is the story of a woman named Anna Goldman Denny, who (like the book's author) is a native of St. Louis. She chronicles her life from childhood through her early career as an office worker in St. Louis and Chicago, her service with the Red Cross (stateside) during World War I, and in particular her long affair with an older man in her o... View more info

Will Rogers: The Man and His Times

By: Ketchum, Richard M.

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Touchstone / Simon & Schuster: (c.1973)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 9951

ISBN: 0-671-22009-8

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate edgewear, very slight dog-earing of corners at front cover, faint soiling to bottom page edges]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) View more info

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A Time to Sing [*SIGNED*]

By: Kirsten, Dorothy

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9477

ISBN: 0-385-14744-9

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, the faintest bit of soiling to bottom edges of boards but no significant wear; jacket shows very minor wear at corners and fore-edge, one tiny closed tear at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To ________ / Sincerely") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. The famous soprano's "warm and wonderful reminiscence of her brilliant career." Signed by Author View more info

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Hanna & Walter: A Love Story [*SIGNED*]

By: Kohner, Hanna and Walter, with Frederick Kohner

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1984)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21095

ISBN: 0-394-52164-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book, no real wear but a very slight ripple in the text block; jacket shows just a bit of surface wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by both authors: "For _____ - good old - / friend - with all / our fondest wishes -- / Affectionately / Walter Kohner" (and) "In friendship to dear / _____ / Hanna Kohner" (and) "Los Angeles, Cal. / June 1984," in what appears to be Walter's hand. Love story about "two people separated by war and the Holocaust -- and miraculously reunited." Walter, preceded to the U.S. by brothers Paul and Frederick, both well e... View more info

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The Navigator: Story by Avraham Goldreich [*SIGNED*]

By: Kolka, Gila (translated by Helen Kaye; edited by Rina Petilon)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Tel Aviv, (published by the author): 2009

Edition: "Special Edition"

Seller ID: 17700

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


[extremely light handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W and color photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the book's subject, Avraham Goldreich, on the title page. "The story of Avraham Goldreich, one of the first Navigators in [the] Israel Air Force." Although "written by" Gila Kolka, the narrative of Mr. Goldreich is presented in the first person. He tells the story of fleeing with his brother from Poland in 1942 and eventually making his way to Palestine, where he eventually becomes a navigator in the Israel Air Force, "one who has had a demonstrable influence on the development ... View more info

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Our Ida Nudel: Testimonies of Former Prisoners and Refuseniks

By: Krausz, Peter, ed.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Tel Aviv, Israel Women for Ida Nudel: 1981 (c.1980)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 15992

Condition: Near Fine


[minor handling wear, a couple of stress lines in rear cover next to spine]. (B&W photographs) A translated condensation of interviews conducted by Tal Hammel (who began the activity as a high school project in Israel in 1980), which ultimately came to serve as "a moving record of oral contemporary history which documented the incredible contribution made by Ida Nudel to the renascent Jewish national movement in the Soviet Union." Repeatedly denied an exit visa throughout the 1970s and thus unable to join her family in Israel, Ida Nudel became known as the "Guardian Angel" of... View more info

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Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles

By: Lahr, John

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Woodstock & New York, The Overlook Press: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18334

ISBN: 1-58567-062-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[faint soiling to fore-edge, otherwise a tight unworn book, apparently unread; jacket shows a bit of surface-scratching, mostly to rear panel]. Reprints fifteen of the author's New Yorker profiles of entertainment personalities: Woody Allen, David Mamet, Frank Sinatra, Arthur Miller, Liev Schreiber, Roseanne, Irving Berlin, Wallace Shawn, Eddie Izzard, Neil LaBute, Bob Hope, Ingmar Bergman, Mike Nicholas, Bert Lahr and Mildred Lahr. View more info

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The Great Dissenter: John Marshall Harlan, 1833-1911

By: Latham, Frank

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Cowles Book Company: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18698

ISBN: 0-402-14141-5

Condition: Fine in Very Good dj


[book itself is nice and clean, with no discernible wear of any kind; jacket shows some wear at edges and extremities, a few tiny scrape marks on front panel]. (B&W photographs) A biography of the Supreme Court justice who in 1896 was the lone dissenter in the Plessy v. Ferguson case, in which the Court's decision validated legal segregation of public facilities in the United States for another half century, until it was overturned by Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. In his dissent, Harlan predicted that this particular decision would live in infamy (he was right about that), but althoug... View more info

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The Girl Who Had Everything: The Story of "The Fire and Ice Girl"

By: Leigh, Dorian, with Laura Hobe

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18179

ISBN: 0385143311

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[tight clean copy, minimal shelfwear, remainder spray to bottom edge else Near Fine; jacket has one small closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel, visible wear at top corners]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography of one of the world's first supermodels (before that term existed), who was also purported to be one of Truman Capote's primary inspirations for the character of Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (although similar claims have been made by and on behalf of others). Leigh was a fashion-industry icon in the 1940s and 1950s (as was her sister, Suzy Parker... View more info

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Madame Sphinx

By: Lemestre, Marthe ("Martoune"); compiled by Antoine Giovanni & Michel Trécourt (trans. by Gale Strom)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Ballantine Books: 1975

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 12980

ISBN: 0345246365

Condition: Very Good+


[solid copy, light edgewear, faint browning to page edges, bookstore stamp inside front cover]. Mass Market PB "The roaring twenties, the raging thirties -- the intimate memoirs of the celebrated Parisian Madam who catered to the world's most famous clientele. She was the toast of the twenties from New York to Hollywood with a fabulous speakeasy that offered delights beond gin to the glittering elite from Clark Gable and Douglas Fairbanks to Valentino and Al Capone. She was the rage of Paris in the thirties, where her extravagantly posh brothel provided infinite entertainments for ambas... View more info

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Mother Climbed Trees

By: Lindsay, Cynthia

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1958

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16576

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, with no significant wear, just the slightest age-toning to the fore-edge; jacket lightly soiled, with a little abrasion along the right-hand side of the top edge of the front panel]. Somebody ought to write a history of the "my-whacky-parent(s)" memoir, which had its heyday from the 1930s through the 1950s (think "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Life with Father," and most anything with the words "Papa" or "Mama" in the title). I'm not sure when it began to be supplanted by the parent-as-monster confessional -- I haven't written the history, a... View more info

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If a Man Be Mad

By: Maine, Harold (pseud. for Walker Winslow)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1947

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17241

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy with moderate wear to top and bottom edges, offsetting to endpapers, ownership signature of writer Sanora Babb on ffep; jacket has some shallow chipping along top edge and at spine ends (no loss of text), one 2-inch closed tear at top of rear panel, a few other tiny tears]. Harrowing autobiographical narrative by an alcoholic whose "heavy drinking quickly dissolved into a hazy world of double scotches when he had money and rubbing alcohol when he didn't. Failure (marriage and career), jail, Bellevue, AA -- all contributed to "the slow realization that he was drifting close... View more info

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His Majesty, the Queen [The Frank Marino Story] [*SIGNED*]

By: Marino, Frank, with Steve & Cathy Marks

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Ocala FL, MSW Publishing Co.: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 10187

ISBN: 0-9640903-4-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, as new, clean and unread; jacket shows mild surface-scratching, "Autographed Copy" sticker on front panel, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of rear flap]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author in wild, unreadable celebrity fashion on the ffep (not many copies escaped unsigned, I'm betting). Autobiography of, and extended commercial for, the self-proclaimed "World's Most Famous Female Impersonator!" A cover blurb by Joan Rivers proclaims that "He does me better than I do." My question would be: does the world need a better Joan Rivers?... View more info