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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: $50.00

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: $50.00

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: $75.00

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: $25.00

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: $25.00

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: $50.00

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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The Vanishing Evangelist [The Aimee Semple McPherson Kidnaping Affair]

By: Thomas, Lately [pseud. for Robert V. Steele]

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20414

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately worn book, some fraying to cloth at corners and spine ends, fading to spine cloth; should be considered a reading/reference copy only]. The first truly scholarly attempt to get down the basic facts about the notorious 1926 "kidnaping" of the flamboyant L.A. evangelist, drawing heavily on numerous sources, including: the transcripts of the related court proceedings (Aimee's preliminary hearing and the 1929 impeachment trial of Los Ang... 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: $300.00

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

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Joe Louis, Man and Super-Fighter

By: Van Every, Edward

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company: 1936

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14996

Condition: Good in Good dj


[moderately worn copy, somewhat uneven dust-soiling to top edge, small white paper remnants stuck to book at bottom of both front and rear covers (apparently from dust jacket having been slightly water-stuck to book at some point); jacket heavily edgeworn, a bit of paper loss at spine ends and several corners, considerable surface wear to spine (although the lettering has all survived)]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Early-career bio of the Brown Bomber, published the year b... 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: $100.00

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 ... 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 lea... 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... 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... 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 M... View more info

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The White King of La Gonave

By: Wirkus, Faustin, and Taney Dudley

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Garden City Publishing Co., Inc.: (c.1931)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 20135

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal shelfwear, very light foxing to fore-edge, very slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket shows a little edgewear, tiny ragged closed tear at bottom rear hinge, light soiling to rear panel]. (Star Books) Series (B&W photographs) "The true story of the sergeant of Marines who was crowned King on a voodoo island." One of the white-folks-encountering-voodoo yarns that were all the rage in the wake of William Seabrook's popular 1929 book "The Magic Isla... View more info