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

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

By: Gelbart, Larry

Price: $50.00

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 hits" albums began to be packaged and sold via late-night TV commercials in the 1970s. Known for his smooth falsetto and ... 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 man she loved, a career she adored, and herself. This book is the dramatic, heart-wrenching story of her Valium-induced bre... 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, made indigenous American opera possible. Along with Copland and Virgil Thomson, Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) attempted in the tw... 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 and dozens of transcripts of little-known recorded conversations that enrich this riveting and authoritative book." View more info

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With Naked Foot

By: Hahn, Emily

Price: $40.00

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 early 1930s. She had previously published "Congo Solo," a nonfiction account of her time there, but here she spins th... View more info

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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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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, 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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Men, Marriage and Me

By: Joyce, Peggy Hopkins

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9643

ISBN: B000EAECUU

Condition: Good+ in Fair dj


[shelfworn, binding a little loosey-goosey but no splits or detached pages, boards slightly exposed at several corners, browning to top page edges, mild soiling at other edges; jacket heavily worn at edges, paper loss at both ends of spine, one-inch triangular chip at bottom of rear panel, various small tears and one large rip (closed but still visible) extending about 3/4 of the way across the bottom third of the front panel]. The most notorious man-chaser of her day dips into her "intimate diary" to tell her story "from the time she ran away from home to join a vaudeville bicycle... View more info

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Men, Marriage and Me

By: Joyce, Peggy Hopkins

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20257

Condition: Good in Good dj


[ex-rental library book with attendant stamping on front pastedown and ffep, rear hinge cracked; jacket trimmed a little along top and bottom edges, backed with brown paper and glued down at flaps, with some staining and soiling to rear panel, wrinkling and rubbing to front panel, a couple of small tears and associated creasing at bottom of front panel]. The most notorious man-chaser of her day dips into her "intimate diary" to tell her story "from the time she ran away from home to join a vaudeville bicycle performer's act to her latest affairs with Lord Northesk and other Europe... 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