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1 ADDAMS, CHARLES My Crowd
New York Simon & Schuster 1970 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Charles Addams, dated 1970, with the recipient's bookplate. Fine in a lightly used price-clipped dust jacket with a couple of minor edge tears. A collection of Addams' wicked cartoons. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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2 AKINS, ZOE Papa. An Amorality in Three Acts
New York Mitchell Kennerley 1913 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Zoe Akins. Inscribed: “All the best wishes in the world - For Jane Carroll From Zoe Akins. N.Y. 1928.” Very good copy with some rubbing and wear to the cloth, a bit of sunning to the spine, without dust jacket. Akins's presentation copies are rare. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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3 ANDERSON, ROBERT A Cooks & Bakers
New York Avon 1982 
First Edition Paperback Original. From the library of novelist Kent Anderson with his ownership signature. A very good copy with only light wear and slight fading to spine. Kent Anderson wrote the classic Vietnam War novel, Sympathy For the Devil (1987), considered one of the key books in Vietnam War literature. He went to Vietnam in 1969, where he served as a Sergeant in the Special Forces Green Beret. His service earned him the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, one with Oakleaf Cluster for valor. While not supporting the war philosophically, he certainly was and is an ardent supporter of his fellow veterans. After his tour in Vietnam he was a uniformed police officer in Portland, Oregon and in Oakland, California. These experiences formed the basis of Night Dogs, his acclaimed novel of the intensity of police life. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 ANDERSON, SHERWOOD A New Testament
New York Boni & Liveright 1927 
Second printing. Signed presentation copy from Sherwood Anderson to aviation pioneer, Fred L. Black. Inscribed by the author: “To Fred L. Black. Thinking of the memory and such of a man in the advertising department of one of the countries industries. Thinking of the days and years I did that, stealing an occasional day for a poem, a story or a chapter of some novel. Sincerely, Sherwood Anderson. Marion, VA. Dec. 1927.” With Black's bookplate. Fine in a lightly used dust jacket with a few tiny nicks. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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5 ANDERSON, SHERWOOD Sherwood Anderson's Notebook
New York Boni & Liveright 1926 
Second printing. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author, Sherwood Anderson to aviation pioneer, Fred L. Black. Inscribed: “To Fred Black. These are exam old things. I hope you'll like some of them. Sherwood Anderson.” With Black's bookplate. Upper corners slightly bumped, else near fine in a lightly used dust jacket with a few tiny chips. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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6 ASINOF, ELIOT Man On Spikes
Carbondale Southern Illinois University Press 1998 
Limited Signed Edition of the classic Baseball novel. One of only 75 numbered deluxe copies signed by the author, Eliot Asinof, of which only 50 copies were offered for sale. Contains a new preface by Asinof as well as a new introduction by Marvin Miller, the eloquent baseball-loving attorney who represented the Baseball Players Association during the recent long and lamented strike. As new without dust jacket as issued. Considered one of the finest baseball novels ever written. The author is equally famous for his book on the 1919 Black Sox baseball scandal, Eight Men Out. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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7 BAKER, DOROTHY Young Man With a Horn
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1938 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Dorothy Baker inscribed: “To Margaret - Who helped like anything with the research. Dorothy.” Very good in neatly price-clipped dust jacket with few tiny nicks and tears. A novel based on the life of the great coronet player Bix Beiderbecke who died of alcoholism in 1931 at age 28. Made into an acclaimed motion picture starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, and Hoagy Carmichael. Scarce inscribed and in jacket. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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8 BAKER, RUSSELL So This is Depravity
New York Congdon & Lattes 1980 
First Edition. One of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies signed by the author, Russell Baker. About fine with the most minute hint of rubbing to the spine in the publisher's slipcase. A collection of essays and editorial pieces from author and journalist Russell Baker, frequent contributor to The New York Times and Esquire. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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9 BANKS, RUSSELL Success Stories
London Hamish Hamilton 1986 
First Edition - British. Signed by the author, Russell Banks on the title page. As new in dust jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 BANKS, RUSSELL The Sweet Hereafter
New York Harper 1991 
Second printing. Signed by the author, Russell Banks on the title page. The basis of the critically acclaimed film directed by Atom Egoyan. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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11 BARTHELME, DONALD Overnight to Many Distant Cities
New York Putnam 1983 
First Edition. Uncorrected proof copy. Paperbound. Fine in specially printed wrappers. On the front cover is a special label which reads: “The two stories on loose pages follow the story “Wrack” as indicated on Contents page.” Laid in is a set of the stapled loose pages of the two short stories that were added. These sheets are very uncommon and missing from most proof copies. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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12 BASS, FLORA GARDNER Philippine Women and Dolls
Laguna Beach, CA Mermaid Books 1955 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Flora Gardner Bass with a warm inscription. A delightful book consisting of full-page photographs of handcrafted dolls in costumes which show the influences of other cultures on the dress in the Philippines, with commentary and historical information by the author. Bass was a WW II refugee from Manila who was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon by Gen. Douglas MacArthur “for fortitude and courage which contributed materially to the success of the Philippine campaign”. Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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13 BEATTY, JANE Davey's Adventures with the Clyde Beatty Circus
New York Abelard-Schuman 1965 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Jane Beatty: “For ‘Sally & Norman' Foster-- In rememberance of a lovely evening together! Whenever our circus comes to the West Coast again, I want you to be my guests. Cordially, Jane Beatty, 1970”. Fine in a lightly used price-clipped dust jacket with slight rubbing to the edges. Circus memoris by Mrs. Clyde Beatty. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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14 BENCHLEY, ROBERT Original Typed Letter Hand-Signed “Robert Benchley”
Hollywood 1 page (7 3/4 x 5 5/8 in.; 191 x 144 mm) June 10, 1945 
An excellent letter written to “Dear Mr. Dooley”; on his personal letterhead, soiled, some marginal tears. Regarding a clipping bureau mix-up: “...I am sorry that you have to keep opening all those envelopes and finding nothing but Benchley items. One of these days you may find one telling about the man I killed and hid in the top floor where they used to keep the pornographic prints (kindness of Langdon Warner). If you do, and take the bother to look him up, kick him in the ashes for me. A sinister man, he was ...” Some dust soiling, some general wear with some strenghtening on verso. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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15 BERCOVICI, LEONARDO The Satyr and the Saint. A Novel of the Roman Film Colony
New York Scribners 1964 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from Leonardo Bercovici to his literary agent Dorothy Olding of Harold Ober Associates, inscribed by the author: “For Dorothy - who, first of all, got this first novel to its first publisher - with a great deal of love and a great deal of gratitude. Leonardo. Aug. 29, 1964.” Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of darkening to the spine and a minor bit of shelf wear. A comedic novel set in the Italian movie world featuring an archtypal Italian film director whose career is on the skids until he teams up with a young unknown writer. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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16 BIRMINGHAM, STEPHEN The Late John Marquand. A Biography
Philadelphia Lippincott 1972 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Stephen Birmingham. Near fine in a near fine lightly used dust jacket. A biography of noted author, John P. Marquand, best remembered for his socio-comic novels, short stories, plays, and film work of affluent American life including the ‘Mr. Moto' series, The Late George Apley, Life at Happy Knoll, and numerous pieces for Saturday Evening Post and other publications. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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17 BLACKWELL, RICHARD “MR.” From Rags to Bitches. An Autobiography
Santa Monica General Publishing Group, Inc. 1995 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from Richard Blackwell, best known as “Mr. Blackwell” the creator of the annual “Worst Dressed List”. Inscribed by the author: “For Sandy, What a wonderful ‘Moment in Time' that I spent with you. Hopefully our paths will cross a thousand times in a thousand days. You are indeed ‘My Special'. Always be my friend. Love, I wish you quiet. Mr. Blackwell, ‘96.” Illustrated. About fine with a faint trace of edge wear in an about fine dust jacket. The autobiography of one of the fashion world's most outrageous and unforgiving arbiters of style and taste. Includes his “Worst Dressed Women” lists from 1960 - 1994. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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18 BLIVEN, NAOMI On Her Own
New York Grove Press 1989 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author: “Love, gratitude, admiration. Naomi, August 1989.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. The first novel from Naomi Bliven, long-time contributor to The New Yorker, about a woman's struggle for authenticity after she finds herself suddenly out of a comfortable and affluent marriage and on her own for the very first time. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 BLOCH, ROBERT Dragons and Nightmares
New York Belmont 1969 
First Edition. Paperback original. Signed by the author, Robert Bloch. Cover art is a photograph of clutching hands rising from the earth. About fine in wrappers. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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20 BLOCK, LAWRENCE BLOCK & JOHN WARREN WELLS Tricks of the Trade - A Hooker's Handbook of Sexual Technique - By John Warren Wells
New York Information Incorporated 1970 
First Hardbound Edition. Signed by Lawrence Block on the title page. Block ghost-wrote this book under the pseudonym John Warren Wells. Remnant of bookplate on front pastedown. Very good plus copy with some very minor dust soiling in a very good dust jacket with a small stain on rear panel. A collection of memoirs and special tips from nine female prostitutes. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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