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Iola Conklin: Her Book

By: (Conklin, Iola Schmidlapp) (Conklin, George W., ed.)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Beverly MA, Memoirs Unlimited: (c.1996)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 20662

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


(1/4-bound, teal and rust cloth, gilt decoration on front cover; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [gift inscription on ffep from "Anne & George," the latter possibly George Conklin, although this is unconfirmed]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Privately- (and posthumously-) published memoir of Iola Schmidlapp Conklin (1872-1955) -- or, more properly, a partial memoir, since it covers only her early life and ends in 1891, following her courtship by (and proposal of marriage from) a young German banker -- which (per her son's Afterword, which briefly sketches the remaining 64 years of... View more info

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Footprints: An Autobiography

By: Astor, Brooke

Price: $100.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14521

ISBN: 0-385-14377-X

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[very nice copy with no significant wear, would rate as Fine except for remainder spray to bottom edge; jacket shows light edgewear, minor soiling, a little scuffing near bottom of spine, unobtrusive one-inch closed tear at top front hinge]. (B&W photographs) Scarce memoir by the late Mrs. Astor (her second), recounting "her disastrous first marriage [to politician John Dryden Kuser]; her second [to Charles "Buddy" Marshall], a fairy-tale romance cut short by the early death of her husband; and her third, to Vincent Astor, one of the richest men in America." Thanks in large m... View more info

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Milligan: The Life and Times of Spike Milligan

By: Behan, Dominic

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Methuen: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5226

ISBN: 0-413-17670-3

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[book corners a little bumped, mild browning to page edges; jacket rubbed, surface-scratching, mild edgewear, one small tear at lower rear corner]. (B&W photographs) "What Dominic Behan has set out to do in this haunting and often hilarious account of [Milligan] is to write neither a formal biography, nor a criticial appraisal of the man and his work, but to present Milligan's story and his evolving personality as they emerge from a series of wide-ranging conversations he had with Spike Milligan over a period of several months during his seventieth year." View more info

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They All Hold Swords

By: Belfrage, Cedric

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Modern Age Books: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10598

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [soiling to top edge, but otherwise a good solid copy, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends]. Of several autobiographical works turned out by this critic-journalist-social activist, this comes the closest to a traditional memoir -- and is also the most explicit about how he, "the third son of an English gentleman," managed to somehow acquire a social conscience despite a privileged upbringing. He "tells, in terms of his personal life and in a rich satiric vein, how he finally made good his freedom from the samurai snobberies of his class, from the inequalities o... View more info

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Marie Antoinette

By: Bickley, Francis

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London & Edinburgh, T.N. Foulis: 1912

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18906

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[moderate wear at spine ends, top page edges somewhat dust-darkened, bookplate on front pastedown and one-time owner's name on half-title page (see notes); jacket darkened at spine, minor paper loss at spine ends, shallow chipping and slight crinkling at top of rear panel]. (Romantic Lives) Series (20 mounted plates in color and B&W) One of this publisher's "Romantic Lives" series, five volumes of popular biography about "beautiful and famous women and chivalrous men" (although apparently Bonnie Prince Charlie was the only one of the latter to make the cut; the others included... View more info

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Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom [*SIGNED*]

By: Brauen, Yangzom

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 2011

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 21096

ISBN: 0312600135

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, virtually as new, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just a touch of surface wear, still presents beautifully in new jacket protector]. (B&W and color photographs, map) SIGNED by the author on the title page, and uncommon thus. "A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao's Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom." Includes a full-size advertising... View more info

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The Prince and I

By: Buschow, Rosemarie

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1981 (c.1979)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 20989

ISBN: 0-385-17111-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minimal shelfwear to book itself, tiny dent in top edge of front cover; jacket has a small chip at top of spine, a couple of small tears at base of spine]. "The true story of the young German woman who, while governess to the Saudi Arabian royal family, participated in the circumstances surrounding 'Death of a Princess.'" (The reference here is to a controversial 1980 British TV docu-drama that depicted the public execution of a Saudi princess and her lover for adultery.) The author "spent two years as a governess to Prince Abdul Azis, grand-nephew to King Khalid of Saudi Arabi... View more info

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Cocktails and Camels

By: Carol, Jacqueline [later Jacqueline Cooper]

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13492

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Near Fine dj


[good solid copy, moderate shelfwear, light soiling to page edges, small stain near bottom of fore-edge; the jacket is lovely (had been long protected with a jacket cover, now replaced), bright and fresh-looking, with just a trace of soiling to the rear panel]. Uncommon memoir, "a wonderfully gay love letter to Alexandria, Egypt," written by a young Lebanese girl who grew up there before World War II. "With an irreverent touch she gives an account of her school days in a hilariously archaic convent which frowned on all sports as immodest except for mountain climbing which was pra... View more info

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In My Own Fashion: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]

By: Cassini, Oleg

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1987)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12127

ISBN: 0-671-62640-X

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[solid copy, minor shelfwear but with some light brown staining to top edge; jacket very nice, internally dampstained at bottom edge surrounding spine, but this is completely invisible from the exterior, and the book itself is unaffected]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("to ________ / Where are you? / I miss you") and SIGNED ("Oleg") by the author on the ffep. The author, "European aristocrat, member of cafe society, celebrity Hollywood costume designer, personal couturier to Jacqueline Kennedy, confidant of JFK, husband of Gene Tierney, fiance of Grace Kelly, and force beh... View more info

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King of Rome: A Biography of Napoleon's Tragic Son

By: Castelot, Andre (translated from the French by Robert Baldick)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: (c.1960, 1959)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14568

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely copy, tight and clean with just the slightest bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows very light wear along top edge]. (B&W plates) Biography of Napoleon's son by Marie Louise, oldest daughter of the Emperor of Austria, whose birth was the cause for great celebration in Paris. However: "When the boy was three years old Napoleon again went off to war. But the tide was turning, and Marie Louise took the child and hurried home to Vienna. He never saw his father or France again." View more info

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Nell Gwyn

By: Chesterton, Cecil

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London & Edinburgh, T.N. Foulis: 1912

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18907

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minor wear to cloth at spine ends, bookplate on front pastedown and one-time owner's name on half-title page (see notes); jacket has shallow chipping/wrinkling along bottom edge, slight darkening at spine, a couple of vertical creases (showing as white lines) in rear panel]. (Romantic Lives) Series (20 mounted plates, including four in color) One of this publisher's "Romantic Lives" series, five volumes of popular biography about "beautiful and famous women and chivalrous men" (although apparently Bonnie Prince Charlie was the only one of the latter to make the cut; the othe... View more info

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Houdini: The Untold Story

By: Christopher, Milbourne

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Pocket Books: 1970 (c.1969)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 9891

ISBN: 0-671-77169-8

Condition: Very Good+


[nice tight clean copy, minor edgewear, diagonal crease across bottom corner of rear cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) View more info

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I'd Live It Over [*SIGNED* with related ephemera]

By: Cloman, Flora

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20931

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[bottom corners bumped and very slightly frayed, otherwise a nice copy with no other significant wear; jacket has small tears and minor paper loss at a few corners, one small closed tear and associated short crease at top of front panel, light soiling (including a fingernail-size ink blot) to rear panel]. (B&W photographic plates) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To -- / Estelle L_____ / with fond memories / of the happy times we / have spent together / Flora Cloman / May 1st 1941." As she tells it in this memoir, the author's life was "both romantic and dramatic,&... View more info

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Better Left Unsaid

By: Daisy Princess of Pless; edited with an introduction and notes by Major Desmond Chapman-Huston

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1931

Edition: 10th printing

Seller ID: 20962

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid copy with moderate external wear, a couple of small smudges to front cover, tiny tears and light fraying at spine ends, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable, contemporary Christmas gift inscription (in pencil) on ffep, discoloration in gutters]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) The second memoir by this Welsh-born Edwardian society dame (born Mary Theresa Cornwallis-West), a member of the House of Hochberg, a wealthy Silesian royal family (Silesia is now part of Poland), who would go on to write a third (because life was just so full, y'know). Like its predecess... View more info

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Seven Times Seven: An Autobiography

By: Daviess, Maria Thompson

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead and Company: 1924

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21345

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [spine very slightly turned, light wear to spine ends, spotting/foxing to top of text block]. (frontispiece portrait) Autobiography of the Kentucky-born writer and suffragette (1872-1924), published just a few months before her death, from heart failure. Her early education and professonal activity had been centered around painting (and to a lesser extent photography), but after a two-year sojourn in Europe (1902-1904) and a brief career as a teacher following her return to America, she turned to writing full-time, beginning with short stories. She published her first novel,... View more info

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Once There Was a Man: Napoleon

By: Delteil, Joseph (translated from the French by Lewis Galantière)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Covici-Friede: 1930

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 18744

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[a little wear to covers at top and bottom edges, one small dent in bottom edge of each cover; jacket has a couple of small chips at top edge of rear panel, a little browning to spine and rear panel]. The author "treats Napoleon as a mythological figure; like a boy in a fairy tale who carries in his heart a dream that is at once his supreme genius and his nemesis." The French title was "Il Etait Une Fois Napoléon"; the translator has apparently preserved the original text's "earthy and unique [style], one running with sap and crackling with colorful verbal explosions."... View more info

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Stalin: The Career of a Fanatic

By: Essad-Bey [pseud. for Lev Nussimbaum] (translated from the German by Huntley Paterson)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1932 (c.1931)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 15603

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[very nice book, minimal wear at extremities, modest discoloration to endpapers; jacket has some shallow chipping along top and bottom edges (no loss of text anywhere), a few minor tears, light surface wear and minor soiling]. (B&W photographs) First published in Germany, this was one of the earliest books about Joseph Stalin. Although probably unreliable as history (the New York Times reviewer characterized the first part of the book, dealing with Stalin's early life, as "rather fictional"), it still painted a persuasive portrait of the dictator's personality and gave a compelling a... View more info

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Memoirs of a Revolutionist

By: Figner, Vera

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, International Publishers: (c.1927)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21338

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Very Good dj


[shelfworn, bumping/light fraying to corners, rear hinge cracked; jacket somewhat age-toned, scraped/scuffed along right edge of front panel]. (B&W plates) Autobiography of the noted Russian radical (1852-1942), born into aristocracy but radicalized in her youth. She eventually became one of the key members of the revolutionary group Narodnaya Volya (The Will of the People) and was an active participant in its paramilitary wing, whose most notable achievement was the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. "She tells of her arrest, her death verdict which was commuted to life impriso... View more info

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Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God! and a Few Other Funny Things [*SIGNED*]

By: Gelbart, Larry

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1998)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16911

ISBN: 0-679-42945-X

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[immaculate copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page (all over it, actually), and dated in the year of publication. Memoir by the late, great comedy writer. Signed by Author View more info

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Mr. Songman: The Slim Whitman Story

By: Gibble, Kenneth L.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Elgin IL, The Brethren Press: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21035

ISBN: 0-87178-587-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice-looking book, with very slight bumping to bottom corners, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a bit of surface wear, with a couple of tiny tears and associated creasing at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the country-western singer who had a successful career from the late 1940s onward (he toured with Elvis Presley in the mid-1950s), but who only became a household name (and a bit of a joke) in mainstream America when his "greatest hits" albums began to be packaged and sold via late-night TV commercials in the 1970s. Known for his smooth falsetto and ... View more info