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Fire on the Mountain

By: Abbey, Edward

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, The Dial Press: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20619


(quarter-bound, red and yellow cloth; no dust jacket) [very slight bump to bottom front corner, light soiling to yellow portions of covers, previous owner's inked name at top of ffep]. Quite a decent copy of Abbey's third novel, about a New Mexico rancher who refuses to let his land be taken over and turned into a bombing range by the U.S. Air Force. Made into a 1981 TV movie starring Buddy Ebsen and Ron Howard. View more info

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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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The Rachel Papers [*SIGNED*]

By: Amis, Martin

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1974

Edition: First American Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20348


[minor shelfwear to book, light foxing to page edges; jacket very clean, slightly faded at spine]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Amis's debut novel, "a sharp and exceedingly funny portrait of the adolescent male at his most arrogant and sex-obsessed, furious with things in general, erupting with wit and pimples." Signed by Author View more info

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The Shattered Glass

By: Ariss, Jean

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1962

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 16292


[spine slightly turned, otherwise a nice clean copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket has a few nicks and tiny tears along top and bottom edges, light soiling to rear panel]. Second and final novel by this California writer, about a woman who, while recovering from her son's sudden death and separated from her husband, "finds herself falling in love with a young architect, a newcomer to their close-knit hillside community" -- only to discover, too late, that he is ... 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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Union Street

By: Barker, Pat

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: 1983 (c.1982)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 21505


[very nice copy, tiny bit of fingertip-smudging on top of text block nearest spine, but no real wear to book itself; jacket shows just minimal surface wear and the faintest bit of soiling]. "Union Street could be any street, anywhere. But in this powerful novel it lies at the heart of a city in the industrial Northeast of England, a wasteland of decaying streets and partly demolished houses. Set in the winter of 1973, a cold winter of unemployment, the year of the... View more info

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Glass Slippers Always Pinch

By: Bawden, Nina

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: 1960 (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20230


[nice tight copy, appears unread, no discernible wear to book; jacket show minor wear at extremities, small tear and associated crease at top of spine]. Uncommon novel about a suburban London girl who "has all the makings of an Angry Young Woman [but] unfortunately, she is plagued with that most debilitating of characteristics for a young lady with a mission in life: she has a sense of humour. This affliction, when coupled with her unfailing propensity for doing al... View more info

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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

By: Bechard, Gorman

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Carol Publishing Group: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18130


[nice copy, very faint dust-soiling to top edge, no significant wear; jacket shows light surface wear only, very minor wrinkling at bottom corner of rear panel]. Very funny novel about the Second Coming -- except it's not Jesus Christ who shows up on earth, but his kid sister, Ilona Ann Coggswater, born in Cooperstown, New York, in 1970, who reveals herself as the Daughter of God at the age of 18. "Her principal passions in life are the Mets, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis... View more info

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One for My Baby [*SIGNED*]

By: Bessie, Alvah

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16807


[nice tight clean copy, slight fading to black cloth at top of spine; jacket shows light handling wear only]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED (in the year of publication) by the author on the half-title page. Novel about a nightclub that's a "pocket of nonconformity" in the conformist 1950s, by the novelist and blacklisted screenwriter, one of the original Hollywood Ten. The club in the novel is modeled in large part after San Francisco's "hungry i," where Bessie... 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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Old Glory and the Real-Time Freaks: A Children's Story and Patriotic Goodtime Book with Maps

By: Blum, Ralph

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte Press: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20545


[minimal shelfwear to book, minor soiling to bottom edges of boards; jacket scuffed and lightly soiled, slight fading to spine, short diagonal corner-creases in front flap]. Novel about a 17-year-old who spends his summer writing a letter to his unborn grandson, "a 'map' of what it was like to be that age a hundred years ago." The author is described in the jacket blurb as having "traveled a lot, tripped a lot, and written a lot" (part of said tripping ... View more info

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The Dog That Was and Was Not -and- The Double Guarantee: Two Surrealistic Tales

By: Boas, Maurits I.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick Fell, Inc.: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20536


(price-clipped) [very slight bump to bottom corners, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket is rubbed and scuffed, slightly faded at spine, crimped and a bit worn at spine ends]. "Here are two half-romantic, half-symbolic tales that will hold the reader and almost certainly puzzle him. Both are set in England -- rich in description and atmosphere. Both center around young men -- cheerful, talented, friendly -- who are caught by accident in a web of peculiar circumst... View more info

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A Thousand Imitations

By: Bonime, Florence

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16614


[moderate shelfwear and light soiling to bottom edge; jacket is almost flawless, with just one tiny crease at bottom right-hand corner of front panel]. Novel about four NYC couples, by an author (it sez here) who was "married to a psychoanalyst, and lives in Greenwich Village." A native of the Bronx, she had gone to work at age 16 in the advertising business, and in the 1960s and 1970s was a teacher of fiction writing at the New School for Social Research. (Fe... View more info

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Farewell Summer

By: Bradbury, Ray

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow: (c.2006)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18563


[book is clean and flawless; ditto the jacket, except for a very slight rippling, caused by its having previously been encased in a paper-lined jacket protector (now replaced with an unlined cover), which has stretched it out just a teensy bit]. A sequel to Bradbury's semi-autobiographical 1957 novel "Dandelion Wine" -- and, as it turned out, also his last published novel. View more info

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It's Cold Out There

By: Braly, Malcolm

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Fawcett Publications, Inc. (Gold Medal d1683): (c.1966)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21027


[worn copy, moderate spine roll, heavy soiling to rear cover; a decent reading copy, but no more]. Mass Market PB The author's third novel, the story of an ex-convict whose desperate need for money leads him to take a job selling encyclopedias door-to-door, which gets him involved with the variously strange residents of the Bali Hai Apartment Court. All of Braly's first three books were written while he was serving a series of prison sentences for burglary, at Nevada S... 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