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Promise Not to Tell

By: (Anonymous)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Horace Liveright: (c.1929)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11813


(no dust jacket) [worn but still sound copy, a bit of bumping/fraying at all corners, spine cloth faded (lettering just about gone)]. Epistolary relationship/romance novel. View more info

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Grey Towers: A Campus Novel

By: (Anonymous)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Chicago, Covici-McGee Co.: 1923

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 16688


[spine slightly turned, a bit of dust-soiling to top edge, a couple of lightly bumped corners, one-time owner's address label on front pastedown; jacket moderately edgeworn, spine browned, small chip at top of rear panel; jacket a teensy bit shorter than the book, apparently made that way]. "A novel of protest, written by a young apostle of revolt, against the present system of education in the colleges." Although the author is not identified by gender, the boo... View more info

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"Property Protected" [story] (in Esquire, March 1937)

By: (Appel, Benjamin)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Chicago, Esquire, Inc.: (March 1937)

Edition: (Vol. VII, No. 3; whole No. 40)

Seller ID: 17930


[nice clean copy, binding (staples) firm, a bit of wear at spine ends, bumping and slight crinkling at upper right corner, one-time owner's name discreetly rubber-stamped in "q" of title on front cover]. (photographs, cartoons, ads, etc.) One of the harder-to-find 1930s issues of "The Magazine for Men," despite its general lack of household-name contributors (which is to say no Fitzgerald or Hemingway), due in large measure to its inclusion of the first ... View more info

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Lorrie

By: Abbott, Jane

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18265


[minor dust-soiling and light spotting on top edge, otherwise a good solid book with virtually no shelfwear, one-time owner's pencil signature on ffep; jacket is colorful and attractive, with a slightly ragged one-inch closed tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel, a handful of other tiny edge-nicks, some rubbing to rear panel, a bit of wear and very slight paper loss at most corners]. Romance novel about a dancer, "a girl with winged feet who refused... View more info

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Two Years Under Arms: A Novel of Life in a Military School

By: Adam, Robert J.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17344


[moderate shelfwear, light fading to cloth at edges, light discoloration in gutters; jacket a little edgeworn, spine is browned with some minor staining, a few tiny nicks here and there]. The author, a native of Dunlap, Kansas, and a then-resident of Lyons, Kansas (about 110 miles to the west, in case you were wondering), novelizes his experience at military school -- by all accounts the sort of thing you never quite get over, although it doesn't necessarily obligate you... View more info

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Backstage With Joe

By: Aistrop, Jack

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Roy Publishers: (c.1946)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11718


[solid copy, minor bumping at several corners, light soiling to page edges, small faint bookseller's stamp at bottom of front pastedown; jacket heavily worn at edges, with numerous small tears, soiling, etc.] "It was just a casual impulse that sent Corporal Blackie backstage to visit his friend Joe -- an impulse which carried him into the life of Eileen, the red-haired strip-teaser. This is their story, and the story of Norman, Eileen's husband, married just a few ... View more info

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Journey into Christmas, and Other Stories

By: Aldrich, Bess Streeter

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts: (c.1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18718


[nice book with minor wear at base of spine, slight browning to cream-colored boards along bottom edge, small cello-tape mark near top of front pastedown, rectangular offsetting on ffep from laid-in newspaper clipping (see notes), Christmas 1949 gift inscription on ffep; jacket lightly worn, soiling to rear panel]. (line drawings) A collection of Christmas-themed short stories by the noted Nebraska author (OK, technically born in Iowa, but trust me: when you're growing ... View more info

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The Path of the Sun

By: Alexander, R.W.

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, D. Appleton and Company: 1927

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19463


[solid book, light shelfwear, minor soiling/bumping at base of spine, vintage bookseller's label (Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco) at bottom corner of rear pastedown; jacket shows a bit of wear along the top edge, light soiling to rear panel, small ragged closed tear at bottom rear hinge]. Adventure novel which "opens with 'Monkey' Arnold, a wild Irishman notorious as a mixer in revolutions and a brewer of trouble, escaping from a Mexican prison, where he had been s... View more info

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A Walk on the Wild Side

By: Algren, Nelson

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22570


[good sound copy, very slight deterioration of binding at top of spine, minor dust-soiling to edges of text block; jacket shows only light wear and a bit of browning at edges, a teensy bit of paper loss at a couple of corners]. Algren's novel based on his youthful experiences in New Orleans, a book that "wasn't written until long after it had been walked," as he put it. "That was through what remained of old Storyville in 1931." View more info

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Tantalus

By: Ammers-Kuller, Jo van (translated from the Dutch by G.J. Renier and Irene Clephane)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1930)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14139


(no dust jacket) [reading copy only, with considerable shelfwear to bottom edges (boards exposed in several spots), rear hinge split, vintage bookseller's label (Bert Barber's Book Store, Fort Worth) on rear pastedown]. Novel about a Dutch family, in Paris and later New York, by a writer once referred to (at least by Time Magazine) as "Holland's foremost novelist." Apparently her depiction of American life in the middle section of the book was grounded in a per... View more info

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Hungry Men

By: Anderson, Edward

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, William Heinemann Ltd.: 1935

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Seller ID: 10641


(no dust jacket) [front hinge split, ffep missing, some soiling to covers and page edges, bottom corners bumped]. First British edition of the author's first novel, written after he had spent a year hoboing from coast to coast in the depths of the Great Depression. View more info

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In For a Penny

By: Anderson, Oliver

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1950

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 12994


[worn copy, corners bumped (top rear corner heavily), light soiling to page edges, bookstore stamp on front pastedown; jacket similarly well-used, small tears at all corners, a little paper loss at spine ends]. Per the jacket blurb, the author of this "bawdy, irreverent, novel" had been "arranging a vast store of material for a series of novels [this being the first] designed to show English country life as it really is, and not as the city weekenders like to... View more info

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Though Time Be Fleet

By: Andrus, Louise

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8994


(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, minor wear at extremities, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows some wear at edges/corners, a few small tears, minor chipping at top of spine]. "Whatever else it might have been, Marcia Ellsworth's life certainly was not dull. Being born and brought up in a small Middle Western town was not exactly an idea start for a colorful life, but Marcia was a woman of resource and pluck; she had a way of dominating circumstances. Her... View more info

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Paradise Valley

By: Angelo, Valenti

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21281


[light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edges of covers, otherwise a very decent clean book; jacket complete but edgeworn all around, with soiling/spotting to rear panel, a few tiny scrapes to spine]. (lithographs) Having drawn from his own childhood for his first two books, "Nino" (1938) and "Golden Gate" (1939), Italian-American printmaker/author/illustrator Angelo here tells the story of a Mexican-American family living on a ranch in the Nevada de... View more info

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Between Day and Dark

By: Angoff, Charles

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York/London, Thomas Yoseloff: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7351


[solid, square copy, minor shelfwear, mild browning of page edges; jacket worn at edges/corners, several small tears/chips, slight paper loss at top corners of spine]. Fourth novel in the author's continuing narrative of the Polonsky family, Russian Jewish immigrants who settle in Boston; the jacket blurb declares the books to be "the most honest and sensitive depiction of Jewish life in the United States that has yet been written." View more info

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Babylon on Hudson

By: Anonymous

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17678


[a pretty beat-up copy, probably an ex-rental library book although NOT stamped or marked as such in any way; the dust jacket, however, is backed with brown paper and thoroughly glued down at the flaps, which was pretty standard practice for such libraries; in any case, the book is heavily worn (but internally clean and with its binding intact), and the jacket is, well, a mess]. The author of this "distinguished and thoughtful novel about present-day New York" thought i... View more info

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The President Vanishes

By: Anonymous [Rex Stout]

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14031


(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book (although marked as such only by a small label on the front pastedown) with general exterior wear including fraying of cloth at extremities, occasional smudging to pages; binding is intact (hinges are not cracked)]. (B&W photographs) Political thriller about the crisis that ensues in the U.S. Government when the President is apparently kidnapped the evening before Congress intends to declare war -- thus thwarting their plans, si... View more info

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This Bright Summer [later published as "Go Down to Glory"]

By: Anonymous [Richard Warren Hatch]

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Covici, Friede: 1933

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12924


(no dust jacket) [pretty rough condition, reading copy only; heavy external wear, all pages attached but binding weak, rear endpapers removed with consequent weakening of rear hinge, vintage bookseller's label on front pastedown]. A novel of the Vermont hill country, reissued as a Dell paperback in 1953, under the title "Go Down to Glory." View more info

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Bitter Fruit

By: Antony, Mark

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Greenwich Book Publishers: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11966


[solid copy, moderate wear to cloth at top/bottom edges, small nick in cloth at bottom of rear cover near spine, tiny tears/minor fraying at top of spine; jacket is just Fair, with soiling, chipping, etc.]. A trashy novel with a social conscience, it would appear, about a "dynamic young foreman in the effeminate Earle Prescott's industrial empire," who gets involved with the boss's wife (and various "other attractive females that inhabit their Southern town&#... View more info

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The Raw Edge

By: Appel, Benjamin

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1958)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21159


[very light shelfwear, minor age-toning to edges of text block; jacket a bit rubbed and lightly soiled, slight wear at base of spine]. "A behind-the-scenes novel of the New York waterfront," by an unjustly overlooked author, once referred to (by me) as "the best damn hardboiled writer you've probably never heard of." View more info