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

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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Memories: Sunshine and Shadows [*SIGNED*]

By: Leger, Mabel Marsh

Price: $15.00

Publisher: [n.p.], Privately Published: [1977]

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8917

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [mild bumped at edges/corners]. (maps) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Autobiography of a missionary who spent many years in China (ca. 1917-1945). "During our years in China we wrote regularly to family members at home. Unknown to us, Mother Leger kept our letters to her and when she pased on, her family gave them to us. In recent years I began rereading some of them and was surprised at how much had faded from my memory and I realized how little the children would probably remember of their childhood experiences. So the idea of using the letters as a ba... 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: $55.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18179

ISBN: 0-385-14331-1

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: 0-345-24636-5

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

ISBN: NO

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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The Sanger Story; Being George Sanger Coleman's Story of His Life with His Grandfather "Lord" George Sanger

By: Lukens, John

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, Hodder and Stoughton: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22533

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[a very nice copy, the only flaws of any note being a tiny bump in the bottom edge of the front board, and diagonal creasing to a few pages near the end of the book; the jacket is clean and fresh, and presents "as new"]. The subject of this memoir was an English circus proprietor and showman who ran various shows and circuses during the latter half of the 19th century, for many years in partnership with his brother John, and became something of a national institution. Per the author's introduction, he had met George Sanger Coleman (who began appearing in his grandfather's shows at th... 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

ISBN: NO

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

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The Education of Carey McWilliams

By: McWilliams, Carey

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19228

ISBN: 0-671-22876-5

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, remainder stamp on bottom page edges, otherwise a solid and unmarked copy; jacket has one tiny nick at top edge of front panel, minor dog-earing at top edge of rear panel, slight fading at spine]. Memoir by the veteran journalist/author/lawyer, a significant figure in the Los Angeles cultural and political scene during the 1930s and 1940s, before moving to New York to work for The Nation (he served as its editor from 1955 to 1975). His 1946 book "Southern California Country" remains a must-read classic about L.A. and environs, and his numerous oth... View more info

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Red Azalea [*SIGNED*]

By: Min, Anchee

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books: (c.1994)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 21272

ISBN: 0-679-42332-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book with no discernible wear, but with the front hinge just barely starting to split at the bottom; jacket shows slight handling wear, minor scuffing to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page; below her signature is what appears to be an undecipherable scrawl, although perhaps to the trained eye it means something. "The story of a young woman's emotional and political education in the last year's of Mao's China." Signed by Author View more info

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Hair on a Cue Ball: The Hair-raising Adventures of a Hollywood Writer

By: Monett, Negley

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press (A Banner Book): (c.1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19166

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[bumped and slightly cracked at bottom corner of front cover, one-time owner's ink signature on ffep, otherwise tight and clean with no significant wear; jacket lightly edgeworn, small tear at top right-hand corner of front panel, small horizontal scrape on spine]. "The real, unvarnished facts, the revealing story about hair, presented authentically in a humorous autobiography [in which] facts are blended with fancy" -- one of the "fancies," perhaps, being the author's bona fides as a "cinema, radio and TV writer," given that any credits he may have achieved in this li... View more info

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A Beautiful Mind

By: Nasar, Sylvia

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15790

ISBN: 0-684-81906-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[a very nice copy, slight bump to top of spine with resultant crimping of binding (not the sort of thing you'd even notice unless you took the jacket off and looked for it), no other significant wear; jacket shows only the slightest surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., "a mathematical genius whose brilliant career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize." Source for the much-lauded movie (the Academy Award-winning "Best Picture" of 2001) ... View more info

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Julian Nava: My Mexican-American Journey [*SIGNED*]

By: Nava, Julian

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Houston, Arte Publico Press: (c.2002)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 21112

ISBN: 1-55885-364-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy with very slight wear at spine ends; jacket shows just a tiny bit of creasing and wear along top and bottom edges, minor puncture wound near bottom of rear hinge]. (Hispanic Civil Rights series) Series (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "To _____________, / With my best wishes, / Julian Nava / May 30, '08." Memoir by "one of the most renowned and distinguished elder statesmen of the Hispanic community of the United States. The child of poor Mexican immigrants, Nava rose through years of hardship and hard work to achieve what n... View more info

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For the Prosecution: Miss Deputy D.A. [*SIGNED*]

By: Olender, Terrys T.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, Chilton Company Book Division: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16493

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[ffep somewhat roughly cut out, but otherwise a good solid copy with a bit of wear at the corners, front corners lightly bumped; jacket also a bit worn at extremities, with a couple of unobtrusive closed tears, light scuffing to spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED in 1975 and SIGNED (first name only) on the half-title page by the author, who also has added "Miss Deputy D.A." below her signature. The author secured a spot on the staff of L.A. District Attorney Buron Fitts in 1932, eventually becoming the first woman deputy district attorney to try major felony cases in Los Angeles Cou... View more info

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Page by Page [*SIGNED*]

By: Page, Ruth; edited and with an introduction by Andrew Mark Wentink

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Brooklyn NY, Dance Horizons: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16566

ISBN: 0-87127-102-8

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice unworn copy, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket has a few short closed tears and associated creasing, color-shifting to spine with a little bleed-over to front panel, shallow chip at top rear hinge]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED to actress Lois Nettleton "with my sincere admiration" and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Page was a dancer and choreographer who achieved great renown for her creation of ballets with uniquely American themes. Signed by Author View more info

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Einstein Lived Here

By: Pais, Abraham

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Oxford/New York, Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18027

ISBN: 0-19-853994-0

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[beautiful, as-new copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) An examination of Albert Einstein's life through the perspective of his status as an international celebrity, which was "largely the result of attention by the media, as the author has documented by delving in newspaper and magazine archives." View more info

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Viva Villa!: A Recovery of the Real Pancho Villa -- Peon...Bandit...Soldier...Patriot

By: Pinchon, Edgcumb; assisted in research by Odo B. Stade

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1933)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18504

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid book, lightly shelfworn, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable]. (B&W photographs, endpaper maps) A biography of the Mexican bandit-revolutionary; source for the 1934 MGM film starring Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo and Fay Wray. View more info