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FAHRENHEIT 451. Ray Bradbury. FAHRENHEIT 451.
New York: Ballentine Books, Inc. (1953). First edition, limited issue. Number 127 of 200 COPIES SIGNED BY BRADBURY AND SPECIALLY BOUND IN ASBESTOS or, as the colophon states, "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis." Quarto white asbestos boards lettered in red on front and spine. Issued without a dust jacket. Professional repair to spine ends and corners, red lettering slightly mellowed, covers lightly soiled, few faint stains, otherwise very good.

[Book #54819]       Price: $7,500.00
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THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT: Announcement for the 1965 Coronet Theater Production. Ray Bradbury. THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT: Announcement for the 1965 Coronet Theater Production.
(Hollywood: Pandemonium Theatre Co.), [1965]. First edition. "Pandemonium, as Usual! Opening Night -- March 2nd." Single, yellow 8.5 x 11" sheet folded once to make four pages with stick-figure illustration on front; praise for the theater company's "First Smash Hit....The World of Ray Bradbury" along with details for the coming production inside; and return address for the Pandemonium Theatre Co. on the back. Fine.

[Book #54863]       Price: $200.00
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BETWEEN HOPE AND HISTORY: Meeting America's Challenges for the 21st Century. Bill Clinton. BETWEEN HOPE AND HISTORY: Meeting America's Challenges for the 21st Century.
(New York): Times Books / Random House, (1996). First edition, second printing. INSCRIBED BY THE PRESIDENT on the half-title page, "To Stanley Hirsch / with thanks / Bill Clinton / 10/96." It seems likely the inscription is actually to Stanley Hirsh, a Los Angeles businessman, Democratic Party contributor, and publisher of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54864]       Price: $250.00
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LIVING HISTORY. Hillary Rodham Clinton. LIVING HISTORY.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003). First edition. Her memoirs of her time as first lady. SIGNED on the title page. Spine ends just gently nudged still fine in fine dust jacket with barest wear.

[Book #54646]       Price: $250.00
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ALL ABOUT H. HATTERR. G. V. Desani. ALL ABOUT H. HATTERR.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951. First U.S. edition, revised from the original 1948 UK edition. A cult novel considered by many a fine example of midcentury modernism. Few light creases to head of spine and touch of soiling to covers otherwise near fine; in dust jacket with red at spine toned to pink, edges lightly nicked and rubbed and few small tears, otherwise very good to near fine. In wrap-around band bearing quotes from T. S. Eliot et al declaring this work, Desani's first book, "remarkable." (Quarter-inch corner chip to band otherwise near fine).

[Book #54805]       Price: $200.00
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BORN TO BE. Taylor Gordon, Muriel Draper, Carl Van Vechten. BORN TO BE.
Covarrubias. New York: Covici Freide, 1929. First edition. Second issue with dedication tipped in. Introduction by Draper and foreword by Van Vechten, white patrons of the Harlem Renaissance. 10 full-page illustrations by Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias. "Gordon, who has taken America and Europe by storm with his interpretation of Negro spirituals tells his life story." (from the jacket). "BORN TO BE was a remarkable achievement, as Gordon details his rugged upbringing in Montana, recounts many amourous adventures on both sides of the color line, offers blunt commentaries on racial politics, and drops names in copious quantities" (Davis and Foley, HARLEM RENAISSANCE LIVES). Very good to near fine in good, aged dust jacket with darkening to spine and edges, two large chips not affecting any lettering, and splits at folds internally mended with archival tape. Quite scarce.

[Book #54675]       Price: $400.00
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THE STOLEN STATESMAN. Leonard R. Gribble. THE STOLEN STATESMAN.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. 1932. First U.S. edition. An Inspector Anthony Slade Mystery. Gribble (1908-1985), a founding member of the Crime Writers Association, also wrote Westerns and books on criminology and other subjects. His many pseudonyms included Sterry Browning, James Gannett, Leo Grex, Louis Grey, Piers Marlowe, Dexter Muir and Bruce Sanders. Fine in near fine dust jacket with only minor wear. Quite scarce in dust jacket.

[Book #54771]       Price: $350.00
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BROKEN NECKS: More 1001 Afternoons in Chicago. Ben Hecht. BROKEN NECKS: More 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1926. First edition. More stories from Hecht's early days as a reporter on the Chicago Daily News, a continuation of sorts of his first book,1001 AFTERNOONS IN CHICAGO (1922). Hecht was known for his chronicles of high and low life in Chicago, New York and Hollywood in novels, short stories, plays and a stream of memoirs, as well as for his award-winning work as a screenwriter (he won the very first Academy Award for original screenplay for "Underworld" in 1927 and worked on the screenplays for many classics). Octavo patterned-cloth boards; black cloth spine stamped in green; top edge appears to have been green (now faded). Spine a bit dulled otherwise very good to near fine; in good to very good dust jacket with significant chipping to spine ends, though not affecting any lettering. A scarce book that is scarce to rare in jacket.

[Book #54682]       Price: $450.00
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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Victor Hugo. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
New York;: A. L. Burt, [c. 1923]. First edition thus, the FIRST PHOTOPLAY EDITION. Illustrated with four full-page stills from the 1923 Universal film directed by Wallace Worsley and starring Lon Chaney as the hunchback, Quasimodo. Spine lettering faded a bit otherwise very good or better; in about very good dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine ends not affecting any lettering.

[Book #54695]       Price: $300.00
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MEN IN WHITE: A Play in Three Acts. Sidney Kingsley. MEN IN WHITE: A Play in Three Acts.
New York: Covici Freide, (1933). True first edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Illustrated with photographs from the stage production. Basis for the 1934 film starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy. Faint pale-green stain to lower cover edges (not affecting spine) otherwise would be a crisp near fine copy of this book. In a good example of the scarce dust jacket with chipping to extremities affecting top of "N" in "MEN." Touch up with black marker evident on verso where there is also internal tape repair. A scarce book, scarcer still in any semblance of the original jacket. "Is There a Doctor in the House?"

[Book #54807]       Price: $175.00
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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Harper Lee, foreword Nadiya Matuzova. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Kiev: Dnipro Publishers, 1977. First English-language Ukranian edition. The foreword by Matuzova -- who mistakenly asserts Lee practiced law after graduating Alabama State University and died in 1975 -- calls the novel "a tangible contribution to the cause of struggle ... against racial discrimination and for social justice .... [that] .... will forever belong in the treasure house of progressive American literature." Hear, hear. Colophon at rear refers to the USSR State Committee for Publishing, which controlled publishing, printing, the book trade and the ideological and political censorship of literature [Wikipedia]; however it is not immediately clear that the text of the book has been altered in anyway. 16mo; dark-pink paper boards printed in black, white and lime green on front, with illustration of a young, black man running; black cloth spine stamped in silver. Paperboards rubbed otherwise very good without dust jacket, presumably as issued.

[Book #54818]       Price: $350.00
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AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: Signed by London. Jack London. AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: Signed by London.
[circa 1915]. A beguiling head-shot of London in Mounties-style hat. Sepia-toned print measuring 4.25 x 6.5". SIGNED BY LONDON at base. "The very latest photo of the Author of 'The Jacket'" according to "Jack London: The Author with the Sales," a promotional booklet by British publisher's Mills & Boon issued in 1915 and featuring this image on the front cover. Light abrasion to top edge of verso were previously mounted, otherwise fine.

[Book #54861]       Price: $1,250.00
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AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO (2 Record Set): Inscribed to his nurse. Groucho Marx. AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO (2 Record Set): Inscribed to his nurse.
(Beverly Hills: A & M Records Inc. 1972). First edition. A&M SP3515. Double album with single leaf insert. INSCRIBED BY GROUCHO ON FRONT COVER in purple, "To Barbara a good nurse and a nice woman / Groucho." It is likely the inscription is to Barbara Winger Bruner, who worked for Marx in 1977, the final year of his life. (According to a 1983 UPI Bulletin, Bruner testified in a lawsuit filed by Marx's estate against Erin Fleming, the Canadian actress who was Marx's companion, characterizing her actions as "hostile and abusive.") This best-selling album was recorded at Carnegie Hall during Marx's last one-man show. The insert features a pictorial collage and quotes from celebrities including T.S. Eliot -- "Your portrait hangs on my wall next to W.B. Yeats. You are my most coveted pin-up. And I am your utmost admirer." Fine.

[Book #54865]       Price: $750.00
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AFTER THE FALL: A PLAY. Arthur Miller. AFTER THE FALL: A PLAY.
New York: Viking Press, (1964). First edition. SIGNED on the title page by Miller. One of his most personal plays, a thinly veiled personal critique centered on his then-recent divorce from Marilyn Monroe. The book is fine in a near fine dust jacket with very minimal wear.

[Book #54680]       Price: $350.00
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PUBLIC WORKS: A Dangerous Trade. Robert Moses. PUBLIC WORKS: A Dangerous Trade.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co. (1970). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Leyland Hayward with high regard / Robert Moses." Hayward (1902-1971) was a theatrical and Hollywood producer, most notably of "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music." Moses, who was the subject of Robert Caro's 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, THE POWER BROKER, was known as the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City and environs; and though Caro's biography dealt a blow to his reputation, Moses' projects were considered by many to be necessary for the region's development after the Great Depression [Wikipedia]. Large octavo, full blue pebbled-leather boards embellished in gilt on front and stamped in gilt on spine which is blocked in red; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Fine in original though worn acetate which we will replace or cover with fresh mylar upon request. Also includes copies of Moses' 23-page response to Caro's book and Caro's response to Moses' response to his book.

[Book #54867]       Price: $400.00
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CAESAR: The Life Story of a Panda Leopard; and HUSSEIN: An Entertainment. Patrick O'Brian. CAESAR: The Life Story of a Panda Leopard; and HUSSEIN: An Entertainment.
(London): The British Library, (1999). First edition thus, with a new introduction by the author. Two volumes. Second editions of O'Brian's first two books, which were originally published under the name Richard Patrick Russ in 1930 and 1938, respectively. Number 23 of 250 copies SIGNED BY O'BRIAN (of 1000 copies total). Quarter leather pictorial boards housed in publisher's red cloth slipcase with label. Fine.

[Book #54872]       Price: $300.00
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WE THE LIVING: The 1942 Italian Film Adaptation on VHS Double-Cassette in Clamshell Case with Promotional Materials. Ayn Rand. WE THE LIVING: The 1942 Italian Film Adaptation on VHS Double-Cassette in Clamshell Case with Promotional Materials.
[No place]: Angelika Films, 1988. First edition thus. Italian film with English subtitles. Originally released in 1942 as two films, "Noi Vivi" and "Addio Kira," directed by Goffredo Alessandrini and starring Alida Valli, Rossano Brazzi, and Fosco Giachetti. After their release in Italy during World War II, the films were banned by the Fascist government. Lost and forgotten for decades, they were finally found and restored with Rand's involvement and released for the first time in the U.S. in 1986. This 1988 double-cassette set in its original clamshell case also contains material that tells the story of the making of the films and of their loss and re-discovery through photographic memorabilia, 6 informational packets, and "Ayn Rand's 'We the Living': New Life in a Restored Film Version" by Michelle Marder Kamhi in "Aristo: The Journal of Esthetics" (whole issue, Vol. 4 No.4, Dec. 1988)--all of which is housed in a pocket inside the case. Glassine envelope holding photos and stapled 8.5 x 11" informational packets a little tanned on edges, otherwise altogether fine. Scarce to rare.

[Book #54868]       Price: $350.00
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THE SWING MUSIC MURDER. Harlan Reed. THE SWING MUSIC MURDER.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. 1938. First edition. "Here is a new tempo in murder mystery. Murder is practically set to music!" His second book featuring detective Dan Jordan (the only two books he wrote). Spine and edges toned otherwise would be near fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with edges rubbed, few tiny nicks and tears, and rubbing to few letters on rear panel (still readable).

[Book #54786]       Price: $200.00
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GAUDY NIGHT: A Lord Peter Mystery. Dorothy L. Sayers. GAUDY NIGHT: A Lord Peter Mystery.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1936). First edition in later, assume remainder jacket. Lord Wimsey finally wins the hand of Harriet Vane. Very good or better in good to very good dust jacket with light, general wear and a few rubbed nicks and tears. Assume a remainder jacket as it shows Busman's Honeymoon (1937) as last book on rear of jacket and two reviews of this book on front flap and four of Busman's on back flap, and price of $1.69 vs $2.50 which was price on first jacket.

[Book #54691]       Price: $350.00
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THE LAST DAY THE DOGBUSHES BLOOMED. Lee Smith. THE LAST DAY THE DOGBUSHES BLOOMED.
New York: Harper & Row, (1968). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, INSCRIBED on the title page, "To Lane / Lee Smith 12/12/91." Crisp and fine in bright, fine dust jacket with the barest wear. Provenance: from the estate of Lana Pipes. Lana and her husband, Lane, were prominent Washington-area collectors.

[Book #54793]       Price: $350.00
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THE COLOR PURPLE. Alice Walker. THE COLOR PURPLE.
New York: Harcourt Brace, (1982). First edition in first-issue dust jacket with only one address on rear flap. Her Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, SIGNED BY WALKER on half-title page. Basis for the Oscar-winning Steven Spielberg movie starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey. Near fine in very good dust jacket with small chips and wear on corners and spine ends.

[Book #54726]       Price: $650.00
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