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Of Blood and Oil: With the Israeli Underground [*SIGNED*]

By: Arnovitz, Erwin

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8944


[book just moderately worn, small tear in cloth at top of spine; jacket somewhat tattered, separated at front hinge (held together by Brodart cover), large piece missing at lower left of front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Novel about an idealistic young American physician who goes to Israel to participate in "the birth pangs of a new nation." Since the author himself was a young American physician, who like his protagonist studied at ... View more info

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Those Few

By: Bennett, Glenn Robert

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1966)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14749


[nice tight copy, light soiling to top edge, tiny bump to bottom rear corner; jacket lightly edgeworn, one tiny closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. Vanity-press utopian/paranoid novel, about a group of five brilliant men "of exceptional creativity, men who among 'those few' born to be freedom fighters of a new order." First they get together -- over a poker game, naturally (very manly) -- to work out their master plan for world control ("motivated not by ... View more info

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The Believers

By: Conklin, Gary

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Carlton Press / A Geneva Book: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13498


[minimal shelfwear, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket heavily rubbed/scuffed, but no tears]. Brief fantasy tale (71 pages) about a small-town girl, Jane, who comes to New York City and is picked up at the bus terminal by "a friendly visitor from the spirit world who lives, of all places, in Central Park! Little by little Jane gets to know the handful of New Yorkers who still 'believe.' Included in this select group is a wealthy widow, two aged brothers (parti... View more info

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Three Amazons versus The Last Eligible Male

By: Elliott, Ollie

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Bellevue WA, Carlyle Publishing Co.: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2716


[mild wear at edges/corners; jacket rubbed, slight wrinkling/chipping at top of spine]. "This story concerns mainly the lives of six persons; A young lawyer, three tall muscular Turkish female athletes (the three amazons), an old timer from the Mississippi River, and a boy, half Japanese and half Turkish wish a high I.Q., whose chief mission in life is to marry off the hero to one or all of his guardians. The six are marooned in a musty, ill- smelling old mine for th... View more info

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Tale of a Whistling Shrimp

By: Grinioff, Vladimir B.

Price: $9.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1957

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15051


[spine a little turned, moderate wear at corners and spine ends, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket is edgeworn, one tiny chip at top of rear panel, very minor chipping (no loss of text) at spine ends, light rubbing/soiling to rear panel]. A satirical novel of life under Soviet rule. Great jacket illustration of a giant shrimp looming over the Moscow skyline while playing the balalaika (and whistling, of course). (No, really!) View more info

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Adel Hitro

By: Haas, Charles

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1962)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17469


[light wear to extremities, a little browning to page edges; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges, a few tiny nicks and tears, one itty-bitty chip at top of front panel, fading to spine]. "A challenging social critique of our times," couched as a tale of an American newspaperman who is sent to a small (fictional) Pacific island ruled by the eponymous dictator. Hitro, an "inspiring orator with the eyes of a saint," promises his people th... View more info

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The Sisgruder Conspiracy

By: Hobson, John

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Glendale CA, Great Western Publishing Co.: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4504


[moderate overall wear]. Trade PB Satirical novel about a day in the life of an IRS agent -- the cover design has "IRS" crossed out and "Incredibly Ridiculous System" scrawled in its place. The book is described as "a stream-of-unconsciousness satirical view of our country's most unloved bureaucracy," with a protagonist who is "a sort of pathetic Americanized Cloisseau [I think they mean "Clouseau," as in Inspector] [who] stumbles in a... View more info

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The Low, Low Bidder!

By: Keith, Sam

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Las Vegas, Shamrock House: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4250


"The Funniest Thing That Ever Happened to Fabulous Las Vegas!" The author was "a construction Civil Engineer and General Manager of one of Nevada's leading construction firms [and] is recognized throughout the West as a structural concrete authority" -- all of which, I suppose, made him uniquely qualified to pen this "zany yarn" about Charlie Leid, "the Big Boss of Slam Bango Construction Corp. Watch him blaze a trail of planned confusion as h... View more info

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Peace Bridge

By: Low, Werner A.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1975)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9657


[solid copy, minor wear at corners and spine ends, light soiling to top edge, strip of black tape affixed to front pastedown; jacket edgeworn, rubbed, moderately soiled, a couple of small tears, shallow chip at bottom of front panel (affecting author's last name)]. Uncommon vanity-press novel about a CIA agent who is tapped (along with two others) to "sabotage the Russian Atomic Plant and Control Site," more specifically "to dismantle and render ineffective ... View more info

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They Shall Burn

By: Major, Rex (pseud. for Raymond Stephen McAtee)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Burbank CA, Mackray Publishing Co.: (c.1964)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2007


[mild wear to book; jacket has numerous small tears/creases at edges and corners, tiny bit of tape residue on flaps]. 'An authentic novel about the sexual conflicts of Catholic priests,' the book traces the tragic downfall of a young priest who breaks his vow of celibacy, from 'his first philandering with a notorious coquette at the university he was attending in Switzerland [through his] seeking assuagement of his illicit lusts in red-light districts of Washington, D.C.... View more info

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Dr. Miracle

By: Most, Howard Henry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Crescent Publications: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10356


[tight clean copy, mildly edgeworn]. Trade PB Everything about the design of this book -- the clip-arty cover graphic, the author photo, just the whole feel of it -- screams "Fifties"! Imagine my surprise to discover that it was published in the late 1970s; go figure. Like so many vanity-press comic novels -- please, will somebody write the definitive history of this sub-literary sub-genre already? -- it wears its wackiness on its sleeve, with character names l... View more info

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That Mist of Grandeur [*SIGNED*]

By: Mother [Sarah Ann] Clare, as told to her daughter Dollie Clare

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1966)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20514


(price-clipped) [solid copy, a bit of wear at spine ends and bottom corners, tiny tear in cloth at top of spine, top corner of one page has been bent/scrunched/torn (no loss of text); jacket lightly edgeworn, a bit of surface scuffing, a couple of tiny nicks at spine ends]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep: "Frances / with fond memories / of the organ class / Dollie Clare." "This haunting story, with a Welsh background, tells of the strange patterns of life... View more info

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The Reichstag Plot: A Novel

By: Owens, Richard Henry

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1982)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8002


[faint soiling to page edges, minor bumping/shelfwear to bottom corners; jacket rubbed, moderately soiled, worn at edges and extremities]. "A taut, compelling tale of power and intrigue set in Washington, D.C. in 1984. An FBI agent, David King, discovers a plot to seize power aimed at the Presidency and the Constitution. His investigation of the theft of paintings from the National Gallery of Art begins David's odyssey into terror. Ultimately, not only David's life b... View more info

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Pudoria

By: Pease, Tom

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Lyle Stuart: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2409


[some fading to book covers at top/bottom edges, pages browned at edges; mostly-white jacket shows overall soiling & edgewear, a few small tears]. Utopian literature, of sorts, set in a mythical South American country -- "What happens when a country's censors forbid all talk of money -- and sex becomes the national pastime!" "The narrative of a very moral young man from Iowa. He finds himself in an undiscovered country in South America full of busty, shapely,... View more info

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The Plaything

By: Philippe, Edward

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Key Publishing Co.: 1956

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 2422


[top of book a little soiled/dusty; jacket just mildly worn, rear panel rubbed/soiled]. Tacky, cartoon-y jacket illustration. "To what depths can a virgin fall?" View more info

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J.G., The Upright Ape

By: Price, Roger

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Lyle Stuart: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5791


[nice tight copy, minimal shelfwear, top edge slightly dust-soiled; jacket a bit soiled, some wear and minor chipping along top edge, slight paper loss at top of spine, a couple of small tears at top of rear panel]. "...being a NOVEL about THE WAY THINGS ARE as discovered in the adventures of an innocent HERO and illuminated by his forthright reaction to WOMEN, men, progress and other contemporary phenomena." The title character's full name is J. Gorilla Gorilla ... View more info

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Awake

By: Prior, Susan

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Pharos Editions: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23836


[good sound copy, light soiling/age-toning to edges of text block; jacket edgeworn, soiled, with various small nicks and tears, moderate fading to spine]. I don't know if there's a genre into which one can comfortably plug this little oddity from an otherwise unknown author, but for present purposes let's just call it "Ruminative Fiction." It's the interior monologue of a modern woman in love -- or not -- with several different men, yet too troubled (in some vag... View more info

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The Gogglers: A Political Satire

By: Raiden, Edward

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Saturn Books: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13170


[lovely copy, tight and clean, appears unread; jacket shows the slightest bit of surface wear]. Satirical sci-fi novel, apparently self-published (I've turned up no other titles from a Los Angeles-based "Saturn Books"), and yet another reason why vanity-press and author-published novels are worthy of a comprehensive bibliography of their own. (If one already exists, please tell me about it!) I mean, what's not to love about a novel in which an astronaut travel... View more info

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The Second Son

By: Sailor, Charles

Price: $80.00

Publisher: New York, Avon Books: (c.1979)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 12310


[nice clean copy, light wear at spine ends and bottom corners, bookplate on front pastedown; jacket bright and attractive, minor wear at extremities, one itsy-bitsy tear at top of spine, light rubbing/soiling to rear panel]. "Exclusive Hardcover Edition for Members Only"; originally issued as a paperback original, with this printing being the only hardcover edition. Novel about a construction worker who survives a 24-story fall and finds himself with Christ-lik... View more info

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Freakshow

By: Sanders, Jacquin

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Macfadden Books (60-219): 1965 (c.1954)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 14116


[nice tight cover, light soiling to covers, minor edgewear, original price on front cover blacked out]. Mass Market PB "The strange, shocking love affair between a brawling wrestler in a third-rate carnival and the star female attraction of the carnival's freakshow" -- to wit, The Fish Girl, "beautiful but born with stumps for arms," said romance being complicated by the presence of her husband, The Fish Boy, "a gnarled, sadistic gnome who hated the w... View more info