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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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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: $450.00

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

Edition: Later Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20170

ISBN: NO

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

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The Life and Times of a Saloon Singer [*SIGNED*]

By: Short, Bobby, with Robert Mackintosh

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Clarkson Potter/Publishers: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17733

ISBN: 0-517-59564-8

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, faint shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight bump to top of spine; jacket has one tiny closed tear and minor associated creasing at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. The autobiography of "the Astaire of saloon singers, an internationally admired symbol of style and glamour," offering "a vivid, clear-eyed picture of what it was like to be young, talented, and black in the nightclub world of the thirties, forties, and early fifties." Signed by Author View more info

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Meredith Willson: The Unsinkable Music Man [*SIGNED*]

By: Skipper, John C.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Mason City IA, Savas Publishing Company: (c.2000)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22199

ISBN: 1-882810-05-8

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[lovely, as-new copy, with no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. The first full-length biography of the composer of "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (although Willson himself wrote three quasi-memoirs over the course of his career). Signed by Author View more info

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Forever is a Hell of a Long Time; an autobiography

By: Stauffer, Teddy ("Mr. Acapulco")

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Chicago, Henry Regnery Company: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21051

ISBN: 0-8092-8089-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[light wear to extremeties, minor soiling to fore-edge, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a little wear at edges and corners, tiny tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom rear foldover]. (B&W photographs) "As Europe's most famous bandleader, Teddy Stauffer came to the United States at the beginning of World War II. When his visa ran out, he was stranded, destitute, in the border town of Tijuana for nine months -- until, near defeat, in desperation, he fought his way back to independence in Mexico City and finally found paradise in the charming fishing village of Acapulco... View more info

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Lanza: His Tragic Life [*SIGNED*]

By: Strait, Raymond, and Terry Robinson

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Englewood Cliffs NJ, Prentice-Hall, Inc.: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18552

ISBN: 0-13-523407-7

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice tight book, very slight bumping at spine ends, two pages slightly scrunched at top corners; jacket moderately rubbed at edges, one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the co-author (Robinson), over a lengthy inscription to a friend on the ffep: "This is a sad story - about a superstar - who had it all - & then let it get away." Robinson, described on the jacket flap as "Lanza's closest friend, associate and confidant," met Lanza when he was hired by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer to keep the actor/singer in condition. Here he spills the d... View more info

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Adventures in Darkness: The Summer of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy [*SIGNED*]

By: Sullivan, Tom

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Nashville TN, Nelson Books: (c.2006)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15450

ISBN: 0-7852-2081-X

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, essentially as-new; no discernible wear to book, jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("Thanks for your support") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Memoir by the author-entertainer, "alive with the brilliant detail of the sounds, the scents, the tastes, the feelings and the thoughts of the hysterically funny and poignant stories of Tom's eleventh year in 1950s New England -- the year he went to great lengths to force the worth to look past his disability." (Laid in is the menu from a 2007 reception and dinner for The ... View more info

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The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45

By: Szpilman, Wladyslaw (translated by Anthea Bell)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz: 1999

Edition: 1st (U.K.) edition

Seller ID: 18607

ISBN: 0-575-06708-X

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[tiny bump to base of spine; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) First English-language publication of the memoir of classical pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who lived through the entirety of World War II amidst the ruins of Warsaw, thanks in part to the efforts of a German Wehrmacht officer, Wilm Hosenfeld. Written immediately after the war, the memoir was suppressed by the communist authorities in Poland for many years, and is published here alongside extracts from Hosenfeld's diary. "A testimony of the power of music, the will to live and the cour... View more info

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Wild Animal Man: Being the Story of the Life of Reuben Castang [*SIGNED*]

By: Thompson, R.W.

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12753

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [corners bumped, spine cloth browned/discolored, a little soiling to covers, some deterioration/fraying at top of spine; otherwise a decent, solid copy]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by Reuben Castang, at the New York World's Fair in 1939. A legendary trainer of circus animals, Castang worked for circus impresario Carl Hagenbeck, and also spent some time in Hollywood, training chimpanzees and other animals for the movies. The book's introduction is by Frank Buck, who considered it "not only a genuine pleasure, but a real duty to recommend this inte... View more info

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Danton's Inferno: The Story of a Columnist and How He Grew

By: Walker, Danton

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Hastings House: (c.1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21174

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[top corners lightly bumped, bottom corners also lightly bumped and just a teensy bit split, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket edgeworn, various small chips and tears, soiling, etc.]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by the longtime New York Daily News columnist, who covered the Broadway beat for the paper from the mid-1930s until his death in 1960. View more info

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Houdini: A Definitive Bibliography: A Description of the Literary Works of Harry Houdini

By: Weltman, Manny

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Van Nuys CA, Finders/Seekers Enterprises: (c.1991)

Edition: Revised Edition

Seller ID: 15331

Condition: Near Fine


[nice copy, faint smudging on front cover, extremely light bumps at a couple of corners]. (facsimile reproductions) Despite the title, the author admits in a brief preface that "it is really not completely definitive." Still, it represents twenty-five years of dedicated research, and is very nicely done. Divided into five sections: Books, Pamphlets, Articles; Houdini's Reports on Variety Acts in The New York Dramatic Mirror; Harry Houdini's Articles Published in M-U-M (Magazine of The Society of American Magicians); Red Magic Section of The New York World, edited by Harry Houdini; P... View more info

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Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies

By: Wertheim, Arthur Frank, ed.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Norman/London, University of Oklahoma Press: (c.1992)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8659

ISBN: 0-8061-2357-5

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[tight, clean, as-new copy; very faint surface rubbing to jacket]. (B&W photographs) The book "features the humorist's writings and poignant observations on society during World War I and the Roaring Twenties. Included in this unique collection are two of Rogers' most popular books, 'The Cowboy Philosopher on the Peace Conference' and 'The Cowboy Philosopher on Prohibition.' In selections from his weekly articles and 'The Illiterate Digest,' Rogers lampoons the leading figures of the day, from Henry Ford and William Jennings Bryan to Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge." View more info

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Alaska and the Job

By: Wilcox, Paul L.

Price: $8.50

Publisher: Boston, Branden Press: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11790

ISBN: 0-8283-1603-1

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, minor wear at spine ends, very light staining to page edges; jacket shows some staining/discoloration along edges and on rear panel]. "As Manager of Heavy Construction in Alaska for a large international construction firm, [the author] was witness to the great military buildup taking place in Alaska in the late 1950's. [This book] is mainly about people. Native Aleuts and Eskimos; sourdoughs and Cheechakos who have made Alaska their home; banking emperors and military giants; bargirls and town drunks; pilots, preachers, jack-of-all-trades, and even a nameless corpse --... View more info

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Lillian Wald: Angel of Henry Street

By: Williams, Beryl

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Julian Messner, Inc.: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16457

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[a bit of wear to cloth at spine ends, otherwise a tight clean book; jacket is clean and attractive, despite a jagged chip at top of spine (not affecting any text) and an almost-invisible two-inch split at bottom front foldover]. (B&W line drawings) Biography of the nurse-activist who co-founded the Henry Street Settlement on New York's Lower East Side, to provide health care and other services to immigrants and the poor, and is generally regarded as the founding mother of community nursing in the United States. View more info

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And There I Stood with My Piccolo

By: Willson, Meredith

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1948

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 12696

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, faint dampstain on top edge (with very light bleeding into top of a few dozen pages), some mild spotting/scuffing to front cover, very faint dampstain at top of rear cover; quite a nice example of the easily-worn (and in any case rather scarce) dust jacket, with just a couple of tiny tears and a very shallow chip at top of spine (no text affected)]. The first of the popular composer's several memoirs, this one with a great deal about his childhood in Mason City, Iowa -- which of course served as the primary model for " River City" in "The Music Man." [This co... View more info