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How to Pick a Mate: The Guide to a Happy Marriage

By: Adams, (Dr.) Clifford R., and Vance O. Packard

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dell Publishing Company (224): [1948] (c.1946)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 16398

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[nice-looking copy, slight curling to covers, a couple of small areas of laminate lifting on rear cover, one tiny tear at top of last page of index]. Mass Market PB The title kinda says it all, doesn't it? Notable as one of the few books in Dell's famous "mapback" series that doesn't have a map on the back cover -- which suggests to me that when it came to figuring out how to achieve happiness in marriage, the publishers were as lost as the rest of us. View more info

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Dock Walloper

By: Appel, Benjamin

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Lion Books, Inc. (166): 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17343

Condition: Very Good


[moderately edgeworn, light browning to page edges, hinges tender but intact]. Mass Market PB Uncommon paperback original, a collection of short pieces apparently hustled into print to capitalize on the success of Appel's previous Lion paperback, "Hell's Kitchen," which according to the possibly-hyperbolic back-cover blurb on this book had "sold nearly a million copies." This volume contains ten stories: two excerpts from the novels "Brain Guy" ... View more info

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Johnny Guitar

By: Chanslor, Roy

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Pocket Books (1017): 1954

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 10522

Condition: Very Good+


[nice tight copy, minor edgewear, very light bumping (and minor surface paper-peel) at top of spine, covers bright and attractive]. Mass Market PB "A novel of gamblers, outlaws and lynching in the American West," and renowned as the source of the famously overheated Nicholas Ray film -- which has all those elements but oh so much more, with Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge squaring off, ostensibly over the affections of the laconic title character (played ... View more info

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A Night with Mr. Primrose [original title: Roman Comedy]

By: Cook, Whitfield

Price: $6.50

Publisher: New York, Avon Publishing Co. (497): (c.1951)

Edition: 1st Paperback printing

Seller ID: 10559

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[moderate spine roll, short diagonal crease at top right-hand corner of front cover, some edgewear]. Mass Market PB "The Director Wore Skirts. All she wanted from a man was a lover -- all he wanted from a woman was a mother. He was Cubitt Cheever, one of the strangest cowboy stars in all of strange Hollywood. She was Anna Stagnaro, the Italian woman movie director who was as famous for her talent with men as for her genius with a camera. When they meet in Rome, Cu... View more info

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Sin Song

By: Dexter, John [pseud. for William Knoles, aka Clyde Allison]

Price: $35.00

Publisher: (n.p.), Nightstand Books (NB 1562): (c.1961)

Edition: 1st Edition (pbo)

Seller ID: 14033

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight copy, minor edgewear, tiny nick in binding at base of spine]. Mass Market PB "Of all the hotshot promoters going, Ed Jason was the sneakiest. First he got caught with his pinkies in the till, working for Jump-Jive Records, and then they slapped him with a payola rap, and the next thing he knew he was in the quaint village of West Valve, lost in the Ozarks, hungry for a woman -- any woman! And he found her, but quick like. The next time Ed Jason looked ... View more info

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A God for Tomorrow [*SIGNED*]

By: Dibner, Martin

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20680

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minor wear to book at extremities; jacket shows a little scuffing at spine ends, tiny scrape near bottom of spine, very slight paper loss at top of spine]. SIGNED by the author (signature only with no inscription) on the half-title page. Suspense novel about an American journalist in Berlin, following a tip that he thinks might lead him to a surviving son of Adolf Hitler -- but he's not the only one on Junior's trail: "'Good' Germans want to kill the boy, and neo-... View more info

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Return of the Tall Man

By: Fisher, Clay

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Pocket Books (6091): 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10518

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate spine roll, mild exterior soiling & surface wear, some browning to page edges] Mass Market PB Paperback original. View more info

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Extraños en un tren [Strangers on a Train]

By: Highsmith, Patricia (translated by Jordi Beltrá)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Barcelona, Editorial Anagrama: 1983

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 23812

Condition: Very Good


[slight dog-earing at several corners and base of spine, reading creases in spine, light edgewear to covers]. (Panorama de narrativas, no. 27) Series Trade PB Spanish-language edition of this modern suspense classic, the author's first novel and the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name (which, however, diverges from and simplifies the novel, as film adaptations usually do). This particular printing is of some Hitchcock-completist interest, as the front ... View more info

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Zulma

By: Hollingsworth, Elaine

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Warner Paperback Library: 1974

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 17528

ISBN: 0-446-78361-7

Condition: Very Good


[soft 2-inch vertical crease at top of front cover, very slight bumping to corners of front cover, vertical crease in spine with binding starting to crack between pp. 150/151]. Mass Market PB Uncommon "nonfiction novel" about an 18-year-old transgender wannabe who went to Tijuana in the early 1970s for a sex-change operation but wound up sentenced to six months in the La Mesa Penitentiary instead, where s/he endured all manner of brutalization, sexual and otherw... View more info

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The Beach House

By: Longstreet, Stephen

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Popular Library (G125): 1953 (c.1952)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 12969

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight clean copy, minimal edgewear, very light browning to page edges]. Mass Market PB "A Reckless Blonde in a Wide-Open Town," that town being, of course, Hollywood. The book is about Mollie Binning: "At 13 she was a blonde trouble maker in Mrs. Baker's School for Young Ladies. At 15 she had become a lush package. At 16, she had already married two men and left them both. By the time she was 18 she knew what she wanted out of life. And what she w... View more info

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Jack Matcha's No Trumpets No Drums [*SIGNED*]

By: Matcha, Jack

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Reseda CA, Powell Publications Inc.: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13728

Condition: Very Good


[binding tight, moderately edgeworn, some scuffing to covers, slight browning to page edges]. Mass Market PB INSCRIBED (to "a good friend, writer and teacher") and SIGNED by the author on the inside front cover. Paperback original, a novel set in Post-WWII occupied Germany, "the sometimes shocking, always tender story of Anita Graf, an aspiring actress, and the young Army captain who shows her the way." Signed by Author View more info

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Brandy for a Hero [Dell Mapback]

By: O'Farrell, William

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Dell Publishing Co. (306): [1949] (c.1948)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 10696

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[nice tight copy, mild edgewear, some soft creasing in front cover, inked number at top of first inside page]. Mass Market PB "The Story of a Night of Terror." The rear cover crime map depicts "The Old Fort Skating-Rink, where death pursues a doctor" (a cutaway view of the building, with a map of Manhattan as background). View more info

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Stories of Venial Sin, from Pipe Night

By: O'Hara, John

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Avon Books (661): [1955]

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 10695

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[mild edgewear, generally a tight & clean copy; pages typically browned, but not brittle]. Mass Market PB 26 stories -- about "cabbies and college kids -- drunks, dolls, poets, punks -- and just plain people" -- packed into just 127 pages, but (we are assured) "each story complete & unabridged." View more info

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The Moviegoer

By: Percy, Walker

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Popular Library (PC1019): 1962

Edition: First Paperback Edition

Seller ID: 24182

Condition: Very Good+


[lightly worn, minor external soiling, some wrinkling in spine but appears tight and unread, tiny and faint diagonal crease at top left corner of rear cover]. Mass Market PB The first paperback printing of the author's debut novel, designed to get maximum promotional juice from its having been the winner of the then-current National Book Award for Fiction. (The NBA was announced on March 13, 1962; the stated date of this printing is May. The publishers' need to push t... View more info

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West Side Jungle

By: Ridgway, Jason [pseud. for Stephen Marlowe]

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The New American Library (Signet Books 1504): 1958

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18427

Condition: Near Fine


[very nice copy, tight uncreased spine, minor surface wear only]. Mass Market PB "Hoodlums. They came out of nowhere. Small time punks on their first big job. This was their golden opportunity. Two hundred thousand dollars in crisp, new bills. Theirs for the taking. No one knew the South American diplomat was carrying the money. No one, except them. They could have taken it with a gun. But they used acid -- for kicks." A paperback original. (Note: "... View more info

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Campaign Girl [*SIGNED*]

By: Slatzer, Robert F.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Van Nuys CA, Venice Publishing Corporation: 1972

Edition: 1st Edition (pbo)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 19008

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[nice tight copy, light horizontal crease near top of front cover]. Mass Market PB INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the inside front cover. A novel about a Governor whose re-election campaign is imperiled when he's involved in an accident that results in the death of a young woman, and has to cover it up; the similarities to Teddy Kennedy's 1969 Chappaquiddick plunge are probably not coincidental. The bio material on Slatzer touts "his friendship and acquainta... View more info

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Hot Bed Hotel

By: Stemmer, Arch

Price: $15.00

Publisher: (n.p.), Chariot Books (CB 170): (c.1961)

Edition: 1st Edition (pbo)

Seller ID: 14035

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight copy, browning to inside of covers but exterior still bright and attractive; minor soiling to rear cover]. Mass Market PB "Their Love was wrong....but it was a business. They learned all the tricks that fan lust in men -- the moist pink lips, the teasing caress that lingers, the voluptuous thrust of hips, they knew all this and more....". Exciting Reading for Men (it sez here). View more info

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Avon Bedside Companion

By: [Anthology]

Price: $4.50

Publisher: New York, Avon Book Company (109): (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10051

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[solid copy, minor wear at edges/corners, a bit of soiling and creasing to covers; quite presentable]. Mass Market PB Anthology of short stories by John O'Hara, Dorothy Parker, Eric Knight, John Collier, and others. . View more info