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Elgar on the Journey to Hanley

By: Alldritt, Keith

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10568


[good solid copy, a bit of soiling to top edge, very lightly bumped at top rear corner but otherwise very nice; jacket shows just a bit of handling wear, wrinkling at top of rear flap, also seems trimmed so that it's just a tiny bit shorter than the book]. "Early in his career Edward Elgar, together with his much older wife, breaks a journey at Wolverhampton and meets Dora Penny, the young, beautiful, spirited daughter of a rector. A passion develops between them. ... View more info

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To Tojo from Billy-Bob Jones

By: Allen, William

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10081


(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, some fading to topstain near spine, faint wear to bottom edge; jacket worn along left-hand edge of rear panel, otherwise clean and bright]. "It is the wartime summer of 1945 -- the last American summer of innocence -- and this is the story of the wild misadventures of a family of Texas country folk come to the big city. In the case of 14-year-old Billy-Bob Jones and his Maw-and-Paw-Kettle-ish grandparents, the big city is Gainesvil... View more info

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Is That Your Best Offer?

By: Auerbach, Arnold M.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8041


(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, marred only by some soiling/spotting to top page edges; jacket moderately worn, a couple of tiny edge tears, soiling/scuffing to rear panel]. "A novel about literary lions, money and love; a witty novel about New York's chic publishing world, the people in it, and the impact of a naive colelge girl upon them. Claire Franklin, an attractive literary agent, suddenly finds herself both employer and substitute mother of Amy Larkin, an in... View more info

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Fuel-Injected Dreams

By: Baker, James Robert

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton: (c.1986)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20270


[nice tight copy, both book and jacket show only minor handling wear]. The late author's first novel, a "gothic, intense and erotic" tale of an L.A. disc jockey who becomes drawn into the world of Dennis Contrelle, a brilliant rock composer of the '60s and '70s who has subsequently become " a recluse in a world guarded by high walls and savage servants." (The usual disclaimers aside, Phil Spector is said to have been the inspiration for Contrelle. I cou... View more info

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Alamo House: Women Without Men, Men Without Brains

By: Bird, Sarah

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, W. W. Norton & Co.: (c.1986)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10013


[nice tight copy, faint soiling/shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket clean and attractive, with one unobtrusive closed tear at top rear corner (at foldover)]. Comic novel of a Texas sorority house, "a woman's hilarious answer to Animal House" -- Secrets of the Yee-Haw Sisterhood, perhaps? -- based on the author's own undergraduate experiences at UT-Austin. Her second book (and first hardcover) to be published under her own name; for a time, she also had a parallel c... View more info

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Against Heaven's Hand

By: Bishop, Leonard

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13334


[solid copy, light spotting to top edge, minor shelfwear; jacket worn at edges and extremities, a few tiny tears, some wrinkling/creasing at top of front panel]. "The plane, like all planes, had two sharply separate groups: the crew and the passengers. This plane was even more sharply separated -- the passengers were blind. When the plane crashed in the wilds of the Northwest, most of the passengers and all of the crew were killed. The seven passengers who were l... View more info

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Peep Show

By: Black, David

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12989


[nice tight clean copy, top rear corner lightly bumped, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows only faint handling wear, one small and almost-invisible closed tear at bottom left-hand corner of front panel]. "A startling showdown between the sixties and the eighties in which Portnoy meets Lolita, at last. It is the story of five people caught in a web of obsession that reaches back into the honky-tonks of the 1800s, the burlesque shows of the 1920s, the free-love... View more info

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The Tree Still Stands [*SIGNED*]

By: Briskin, Mae

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, W. W. Norton & Co.: (c.1991)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8183


[nice tight clean copy, minimal wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "A novel of rescue and resistance," about a Jewish family from Warsaw attempting to reach the safety of southern France during 1939. "Based on historical fact and real people," and told through the eyes of the family's young daughter, the book puts particular emphasis on those who protected -- or betrayed -- them during their harrowing journey. Signed by Author View more info

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The Night of the Big Snow

By: Brooks, Charles

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8182


[solid copy, mild browning at page edges and top/bottom edges of boards; jacket shows some wear at spine ends, soiling to rear panel, one tiny tear and associating creasing at bottom of rear panel]. Novel set in a neighborhood bar in lower Manhattan -- "a trifle too far north to be in Greenwich Village and a trifle too far east to be in Chelsea" -- with a narrative built around the fortunes and misfortunes of the "regulars," who "deliver up their li... View more info

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It's All Zoo

By: Browne, Gerald A.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7935


[good solid copy, book appears Near Fine until you peek under the jacket and see that there has been fading to the green cloth (from dampness) along the edges of both covers -- NOT "water-damaged," since the interior of the book is completely unaffected and there is no warping or other damage to the covers (believe me, leave the jacket on and you'll never notice it); the jacket itself is clean and bright, with just some minimal edgewear]. Scarce novel (the author... View more info

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Maiden

By: Buchanan, Cynthia

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10497


[nice tight clean copy, mild shelfwear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, otherwise clean with faint surface wear, short diagonal crease at bottom of front flap]. The author's first (and possibly only) novel, "the story of an innocent, a monstrous romantic, an anachronism of a heroine up against the metaphor of Southern California. Fortune Dundy is a free spirit among fools. What happens to her in this book is relentless, urgent, and above all, funny -- b... View more info

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Aquarius Angel

By: Bullock, Lotte

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10136


[nice copy, faint soiling to page edges but no significant wear; jacket similarly nice, bright and clean and marred only by some peeling damage (probably from sticker removal) at bottom of front flap]. "When he reaches his sixtieth birthday Mr. Angel, a retired engineer with substantial private means, suddenly develops an obsession with his own safety. A believer in astrology, he detects serious threats to his existence in the constellation of his stars. Convinced... View more info

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Dog Eat Dog

By: Bunker, Edward

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15254


[nice tight fresh copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket, but some intermittent fading to black cloth at spine (not sure how that could have happened, since to my knowledge the jacket has never been off this book!); NO remainder or other marks]. "Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, [this book] is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian ... View more info

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Rain Falling at Cascade Locks [*limited/signed edition*]

By: Byrne, Peter

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Pacific Palisades CA, T. W. H. P. Press: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 11685


[nice clean copy, very slight spine turn, very slight bowing of covers; jacket shows faint rubbing, some wrinkling along top edge due to being manufactured about 1/8" taller than the book itself]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, which states that this "Collectors Edition" was published in an edition of 500, this being number 84. Novel about a man who, devastated by the breakup of his marriage, goes to live (and write a novel) in a one-time whorehous... View more info

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My Life as a Fake

By: Carey, Peter

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2003

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 10619


[nice tight unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear and a teensy-tiny bit of wrinkling at bottom edge of rear panel (many would call it Fine, but I'm a bit Finicky)]. In this "audacious novel," Sarah Wode-Douglass, editor of a London poetry magazine accompanies a famous (and infamous) novelist to Kuala Lumpur, where they encounter a destitute Australian who had perpetrated a ruinous literary hoax decades earlier. The Australi... View more info

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Outside the Dog Museum

By: Carroll, Jonathan

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 1992

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 14542


[lovely copy, tight, clean and unread, with no discernible wear to book; jacket shows the slightest bit of wear at spine extremities, otherwise bright and attractive]. "A novel of love, death, and architecture," about "Harry Radcliffe, a prizewinning architect and self-serving opportunist, ready to take advantage of whatever situations and women cross his path." View more info

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After Silence

By: Carroll, Jonathan

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 1993 (c.1992)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 15243


[very nice copy, book itself is tight and clean with no discernible wear; jacket shows only light surface wear]. "A brilliantly honest tale of right, wrong, and heartache. In his late thirties, Max Fischer is a successful cartoonist living in Los Angeles. Scarred by recent love affairs, he is cautious yet intrigued when he meets Lily Aaron and her nine-year-old son Lincoln. Lily, the manager of an offbeat restaurant, devotes her life to raising her son alone. As ... View more info

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Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories, 1966-1982

By: Carver, Raymond

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara CA, Capra Press: 1983

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 7403


(red boards w/gold lettering, no dust jacket, as issued) [nice tight copy, minor smudges on front cover near top/bottom hinges, bumped at spine ends]. (This is the unsigned issue.) [I have fashioned a custom mylar jacket to protect the book (not pictured in scanned image).] View more info

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The Young Divorcees [*SIGNED*]

By: Charell, Lissa

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2430


[some soiling to edges of book; jacket mildly soiled, a few small tears, some corner wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep in 1971. Signed by Author View more info

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Darlin' Bill: A Love Story of the Wild West

By: Charyn, Jerome

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Arbor House: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9045


(price-clipped) [tight clean copy, bottom corners bumped; jacket shows minor wear along bottom edge, small tear at lower rear corner]. The book "recreates--and reincarnates--the life of the legendary hero of the wild West, James Butler Hickok--also known as 'Wild Bill'--whose much-bandied exploits as daring Union spy, ruthless Indian fighter, inveterate gambler and ladies' man spread his fame and infamous fortune throughout the land and straight into the heart of t... View more info