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Sister Aimee

By: Mavity, Nancy Barr

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23513

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, light water-spotting to front cover, very light dampstaining to bottom edge and fore-edge (but no discernible effect on the interior except for a visible stain at the bottom corner of the photo frontispiece), a touch of fraying to cloth at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, endpaper maps) The first book-length, comprehensive biography of famed evangelist and media celebrity Aimee Semple McPherson, including a detailed account of her famous "kidnapping" in 1926 and all the hoopla that followed in its wake, including a grand jury inquiry into whether the whol... 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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Autobiografia [Italian edition]

By: Newton, Helmut

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Rome, Contrasto: (c.2004)

Edition: First Italian Edition

Seller ID: 22684

ISBN: 8889032243

Condition: Near Fine


(laminated boards; no dust jacket) [nice clean book, virtually as new, with just a tiny dent at top of the rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography of the noted (and notorious) photographer -- "maestro della provocazione," as the rear-cover blurb puts it. The text is in Italian; the models are in, mostly, nothing. 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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Where's the Rest of Me?: The Ronald Reagan Story

By: Reagan, Ronald, with Richard G. Hubler

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12678

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[solid clean copy, minor shelfwear, very light browning to page edges, small sticker shadow on ffep; jacket shows a little surface wear, minor wrinkling near bottom of front panel, diagonal crease at top front flap]. (B&W photographs) Self-serving political autobiography (although come to think of it, is there any other kind of political autobiography?), issued as part of the run-up to Reagan's successful 1966 run for Governor of California. The title derives from his most famous bit of movie dialogue, delivered in the 1941 film "King's Row" when his character discovers that his legs ... View more info

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Alphonse Bertillon: Father of Scientific Detection

By: Rhodes, Henry T.F.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Abelard-Schuman: (c.1956)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15710

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy with minimal shelfwear, light dust-soiling to top edge, tiny nick in cloth at front hinge; jacket a bit soiled, light wear along top edge, a couple of nicks in front hinge (one matching the nick to the book)]. (B&W plates) The first biography in English of the noted French policeman, who developed anthropometry, the first scientific method used by police for the identification of criminals. View more info

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Beatrice Cenci

By: Ricci, Corrado (translated from the Italian by Morris Bishop and Henry Longan Stuart)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Liveright Publishing Corporation: 1933 (c.1925)

Edition: 1st Black and Gold Edition

Seller ID: 16295

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[solid copy, very light spotting to covers, light shelfwear; jacket rubbed, edgeworn, small tears and minor paper loss at most corners, still quite presentable]. "The amazing story of one of the most tragic and one of the most lovely of Italian noble women of the sixteenth century -- a century of cruel and vicious license. At the age of eighteen, Beatrice Cenci was imprisoned in a lonely castle by her father, and subjected to such treatment that she was led to procure his murder. After a year of precarious freedom, in spite of appeals to the Pope for clemency, she was arrested, tried, a... View more info

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George Mallory

By: Robertson, David

Price: $60.00

Publisher: London, Faber and Faber: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16027

ISBN: 0-571-08759-0

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[quite a decent copy, spine turned, some shelfwear to bottom edge, light soiling to page edges; jacket shows some surface wear, light soiling to rear panel, very minor chipping at base of spine]. (B&W photographs, maps) Biography of the great mountaineer and all-around swell fellow (and possible first-conqueror of Everest, although the question is still debated), written by his son-in-law, who had access to all the family papers, and was thus able to follow his life "from boyhood in Cheshine and at Winchester, through years from 1905 to 1909 at Cambridge and the years of schoolmastering at... View more info

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Marcos' Lovey Dovie

By: Rotea, Hermie

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Liberty Publishing: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23447

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [minor wear to base of spine, otherwise a clean solid book; jacket shows some intermittent wear at edges]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) I sincerely doubt if I could write anything that would be more enticing (or lurid) than the cover of this book, but to recap briefly: the subject of this book, "Hollywood Actress" Dovie Beams, had a two-year fling with then-Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, during which she tape-recorded some of their intimate encounters. (Transcripts of two of these tapes are presented in Chapter 16 of this book.) Let's just say this affair d... View more info

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Tales of 1,001 Iranian Days [*SIGNED*]

By: Sarkissian, Henry A.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1981)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20695

ISBN: 0-533-04476-6

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[no discernible wear to book; rear panel of jacket a little scuffed and soiled, tiny nick at top of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on a blank page preceding the half-title page. Episodic memoir by "an Armenian-born man who has spent nearly his entire life in Iran," specifically Tehran. "Beginning in the 1920s with the Copperfield-like account of his birth, the author spans fifty years of Iranian history with his anecdotes and life story." Laid in are two items: a handwritten note from the author to the book's inscribee (a newspaper critic who he hopes will ... View more info

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The Mufti and the Fuehrer: The Rise and Fall of Haj Amin el-Husseini

By: Schechtman, Joseph B.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York/London, Thomas Yoseloff: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14619

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely copy, clean and tight, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit rubbed, minor wrinkling at bottom of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The story of "perhaps the most spectacular political figure in the Middle East during the years between the First and Second World Wars" and "his unholy alliance with Nazism" and the Axis powers. View more info

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Looking Back: Memories of Youth 1910-1930

By: Schnitzer, Ewald W.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: [n.p.], The Phenix Offset Printing: [n.d.]

Edition: Presumed 1st

Seller ID: 8528

Condition: Near Fine


[minimal handling wear; clean inside and out]. (B&W photographs) The author was born in Leipzig, Germany, and grew up in a fairly privileged milieu (he describes his family as being of the "higher bourgeoisie"). The memories chonicled in this small book (62 pages) are largely of his school days in Leipzig, Cologne, and later as a fellow at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), as well as various travels around the world. Although there is no overt homosexual content, the author dwells quite often on a number of strong bonds that he formed with various other (male) students, and notes a... View more info

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Tramping to Failure: An Autobiography

By: Shastid, Thomas Hall

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Ann Arbor MI, George Wahr, Publisher to the University of Michigan: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15092

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [nice copy, binding strong, minor dust-soiling to top edge, light wear at base of spine, one small scrape mark at bottom edge of front cover, attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown]. (B&W photographs, sketches) Rather strange "autobiography" by this Illinois-born doctor (A.M., M.D., LL.B., Sc.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.P., etc.), a 503-page mishmash of medical anecdota, family history, anti-war musings, accounts of his travels (the "tramping" of the title), and so on. He attended medical school at Harvard in the 1890s, and went on to practice in both his ho... View more info

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The Trouble with Cinderella [An Outline of Identity] [*SIGNED*]

By: Shaw, Artie

Price: $400.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Young: (c.1952)

Edition: Later Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20170

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, minor scuffing to front cover, gilt spine lettering heavily rubbed, one-time owner's name and date of acquisition on ffep (just above authorial inscription to the same individual); jacket a little edgeworn, with a few tiny nicks and tears, soft vertical creases in front and rear panel and front flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Shaw's "startlingly candid" and highly introspective memoir of his "personal search for direction and meaning." (PLEASE NOTE that the dust jacket has been supplied from another copy of this book.) Signed by Auth... View more info

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Naked Truth

By: Sheridan, Clare

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1928

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 5881

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [reading copy: corners bumped/worn, spine turned, cloth torn/fraying at base of spine, wrap-around paper label missing several pieces (all text present) on spine segment]. (B&W photographs) Memoirs of the noted sculptor/journalist/bohemian. View more info