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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

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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 m... 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 centur -- 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 procu... 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 "... View more info

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Robert Benchley: His Life and Good Times

By: Rosmond, Babette

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17676

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice tight clean copy, absolutely no wear to book at all; jacket is similarly nice, with just a touch of sun-browning to the spine and along the left-hand edge of the front panel, faint sticker shadow at upper right-hand corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs, cartoons) Informal biography of the great wit and sometimes-actor. 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.&#... 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 cont... 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 "trampi... 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 dire... 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 nightcl... 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,... 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 confidan... 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... 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 pub... 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 boo... View more info