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Stalin: The Career of a Fanatic

By: Essad-Bey [pseud. for Lev Nussimbaum] (translated from the German by Huntley Paterson)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1932 (c.1931)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 15603

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[very nice book, minimal wear at extremities, modest discoloration to endpapers; jacket has some shallow chipping along top and bottom edges (no loss of text anywhere), a few minor tears, light surface wear and minor soiling]. (B&W photographs) First published in Germany, this was one of the earliest books about Joseph Stalin. Although probably unreliable as history (the New York Times reviewer characterized the first part of the book, dealing with Stalin's early life,... View more info

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Memoirs of a Revolutionist

By: Figner, Vera

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, International Publishers: (c.1927)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21338

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Very Good dj


[shelfworn, bumping/light fraying to corners, rear hinge cracked; jacket somewhat age-toned, scraped/scuffed along right edge of front panel]. (B&W plates) Autobiography of the noted Russian radical (1852-1942), born into aristocracy but radicalized in her youth. She eventually became one of the key members of the revolutionary group Narodnaya Volya (The Will of the People) and was an active participant in its paramilitary wing, whose most notable achievement was the as... View more info

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A Solo in Tom-Toms [*SIGNED*]

By: Fowler, Gene

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7653

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear, a couple of bumped corners, a couple of small dents in covers (one each) at fore-edge, previous owner's signature on front pastedown along with another previous owner's address sticker]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Signed by Author View more info

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The Magnificent Kennedy Women

By: Friedman, Stanley P.

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Derby CT, Monarch Books, Inc.: 1964

Edition: 1st ed. (pbo)

Seller ID: 5781

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[moderate edgewear, mild soiling to covers, some shelfwear (and black marker line) to bottom edge]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) View more info

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Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God! and a Few Other Funny Things [*SIGNED*]

By: Gelbart, Larry

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1998)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16911

ISBN: 0-679-42945-X

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[immaculate copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page (all over it, actually), and dated in the year of publication. Memoir by the late, great comedy writer. Signed by Author View more info

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Mr. Songman: The Slim Whitman Story

By: Gibble, Kenneth L.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Elgin IL, The Brethren Press: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21035

ISBN: 0-87178-587-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice-looking book, with very slight bumping to bottom corners, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a bit of surface wear, with a couple of tiny tears and associated creasing at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the country-western singer who had a successful career from the late 1940s onward (he toured with Elvis Presley in the mid-1950s), but who only became a household name (and a bit of a joke) in mainstream America when his "greatest h... View more info

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I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can [*SIGNED*]

By: Gordon, Barbara

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22397

ISBN: 0-06-011499-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear only to book; jacket shows a little wear along the top edge, with a couple of tiny nicks at the top spine corners, and a light horizontal scrape mark (about 2 inches long) on the front panel]. SIGNED by the author at the top of the ffep. Memoir by a "successful career woman and award-winning television producer [who] thought she had everything -- until her therapist advised her to go off Valium cold turkey. In the space of a few weeks, she lost the... View more info

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Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein [*SIGNED*]

By: Gordon, Eric A.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14371

ISBN: 0-312-02607-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minor bumping/scuffing to bottom of book, but in all other respects a fresh, apparently unread copy; jacket similarly nice, with only some slight wrinkling to the spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To _____ - Keep on rocking the cradle!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep in the year of publication. "The first full-scale life-and-times biography of one of America's leading composers of the twentieth centur, the man who, according to Aaron Copland, ma... View more info

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Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison

By: Greene, Joshua M.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Hoboken NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: (c.2006)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15329

ISBN: 0-471-69021-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, very light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows a tiny bit of wear along top and bottom edges, a bit of rubbing and light scratching to surface]. (B&W photographs) "In this unique and intimate biography, [the author], who studied under Harrison's yoga teacher and recorded with the former Beatle, provides a moving portrait of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary people. In [the book], Greene draws upon surprising firsthand account an... View more info

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With Naked Foot

By: Hahn, Emily

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16038

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [book is slightly faded at spine, otherwise solid and clean with light age-toning to page edges; jacket has a somewhat jagged rip in spine (with a bit of paper loss, not affecting any text), and is split about halfway down the front fold, with several associated diagonal creases in the top right section of the front panel] Hahn's fourth book and second novel, drawing on her experiences living with a pygmy tribe in the Belgian Congo for two years in the e... View more info

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An Anthropology of Everyday Life: An Autobiography

By: Hall, Edward T.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13551

ISBN: 0-385-23744-8

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, very light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows minor scuffing/soiling]. Memoir by the author of the groundbreaking 1959 book "The Silent Language," who went on to become "a world-renowned expert in intercultural communication, sought after by government agencies, businesses and universities throughout the world for his expertise in interpreting the hidden meanings behind what people are saying to one another. [In this] remarkably c... View more info

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Let Freedom Ring

By: Hammond, Hilda Phelps

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15302

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[lightly bumped at corners (board slightly exposed at one top corner), fading to cloth at edges and spine, slight deterioration to binding at top of spine, light dampstain to rear cover, binding solid, internally clean; jacket edgeworn, shallow chipping along top edge, minor paper loss at both ends of spine, some discoloration to rear panel]. Mrs. Hammond, in her day, was a shining star on the Louisiana political scene. As founding chairwoman of the Women's Committee o... View more info

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Wunschloses Ungl├╝ck [in German]

By: Handke, Peter

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Salzburg, Residenz Verlag: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8707

ISBN: 3-7017-0029-3

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[minor foxing to page edges, otherwise a good solid copy; jacket moderately edgeworn, some wrinkling along top and bottom edges of rear panel]. Early work by this highly-regarded Austrian author, written and published in reaction to the suicide of his mother the previous year. In the words of one critic, Handke "shows us a both intimate and distant view of the emotional poverty that obviously prevailed in his family" while also showing the reader "a well-em... View more info

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

By: Hay, Jack

Price: $200.00

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 ... View more info

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The Hearsts: Father and Son [*SIGNED*]

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

Price: $50.00

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 fr... View more info

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My Life Transformed

By: Heckman, Helen

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1928

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19831

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[book is clean and bright, slight crimping at base of spine but no other significant wear; jacket missing a small piece at bottom right corner of front panel, 1-1/2" closed tear at top of front panel, 1-inch tear at bottom front hinge (with minor paper loss), general soiling and edgewear]. (B&W photographic plates) "Deaf, dumb, and mentally undeveloped at twelve years -- now an able pianist with a pleasant speaking and singing voice and a successful professional ... 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 ... View more info

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Louis Armstrong: Biography of a Musician

By: Hoskins, Robert

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House Publishing Co. (BH668): (c.1979)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 15751

ISBN: 0-87067-668-7

Condition: Very Good+


[minor wear to bottom edge of front cover, long vertical crease along left edge of front cover]. Mass Market PB Paperback original, a biography of the great jazz trumpeter. "An Original Holloway House Edition" on title page, but no edition or printing statement on copyright page; printed price on cover $1.95. 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... 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 ... View more info