New York: Macmillan, 1977. 243 pp. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2". First Edition, first printing. Dust jacket in fine condition, illustrated on the front copy by Edward Gorey; Black cloth over boards, silver gilt lettering on spine and red stars decorating the spine, tight and clean with minor corner bumping, otherwise near fine; accompanied by several interesting ephemera items: the original metered shipping label from MacMillan Publishing Co. to "Manroot", a book publisher in San Francisco; second item is a postcard with a Gorey illustration advertising the 5th Annual Edwardian Ball in San Franciso in 2005; the third item is a letter from the publisher previewing the book. (Toledano p. 124, code H77i denoting hard cover, year of publication, illustrator).
Described by the publisher as a "brillian black comedy about a tenacious dowarger determine to outlive and thereby outwit her fellows nad her era as she circulates between the French Riviera and New York's haute monde." Written by Michael Stewart (1924 - 1987), best known for writing Broadway librettos such as "Hello, Dolly!" and "Bye Bye Birdie", he alsod won two Tony awards and two Drama Critics awards. This is his first novel. Cover art and frontispiece illustrated by Edward Gorey, a fitting match for the content of the book.
Blessings in Disguise
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1985. 238 pp. Approx. 6 3/8 x 9 1/2". First edition, first printing. Illustrated jacket with a scarce amount of rubbing at the top, price of £9.95 intact, in fine condition. Red cloth over boards with gilt title on spine, SIGNED and dated 1985 by the author on the title page, many black and white photographs, in fine condition.
A bright and crisp copy of this autobiography. Signed, not inscribed. Sir Alec Guiness (1914 - 2000) was an English stage and movie actor. His early stage career often included Shakespeare roles. Guiness was a Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve during World War II until he was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant. After the war, he continued on the stage until his acting career started in 1949. He was best known for his role in the Bridge on the River Kwai, as Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia, and as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Trilogy. This autobiography was the first of three he wrote. It covers his stage career, his film career, his friends and family, his war experiences and his religious beliefs. A well-written and often humorous book.
Bones: A Nameless Detective Mystery
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985. 5 3/4 x 8 1/4". 196 pp. Illustrated dust jacket with some creasing and wear at the edges, in very good + condition; Black cloth over boards with silver lettering on spine, in near fine condition.
Bill Pronzini, winner of the Best Novel of 1981, awarded by the Private Eye Writers of America for his novel "Hoodwink", Pronzini lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, as does his nameless detective. Bones is a mystery about a dead man's reasons for suicide and end up involving a figid wife, a ruthless lawyer, a bitter ex-wife, and a beligerant taxidermist turned landlord (according to the dust jacket flap). Full of deceit, intrigue and murder, it's an exciting mystery.
New York: The Viking Press, 1950. 159 pp. Approximately 5 x 7 1/2". First edition, first printing. Dust jacket is very good with minor chips and wear and does have the $2.50 price on flap, small closed tear on front top edge of cover. Original tan cloth over boards, red lettering on cover and spine, orange dye on top edges, bookseller's ticket on rear paste-down endpaper, very minor foxing to edges, otherwise in near fine condition. (Goldstone & Payne, A29a)
The form of this book is a "play-novelette", which is a play that is easy to read or a short novel that can be played. Steinbeck used this method experimentally in "Of Mice and Men" and "The Moon is Down" but this book is a more complete attempt at this form. While this book was not critically acclaimed, Steinbeck, as always, is a very vivid writer and bring his four characters to life in this play concerned with the timeless themes of love, jealousy, friendship, and the desire to have a child.
Cape Cod Yesterdays
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1935. 48 pp. Approximately 6 3/4 x 9 3/4"; LIMITED EDITION of 1075, this being #471 as indicated on the colophon, although the slipcase indicates copy #826, signed by both author and illustrator. Slipcase slightly corner bumped but in near-fine condition with spine label showing title and limitation in excellent shape. Calico cloth covered boards with quarter-bound linen backing, beautiful pictorial endpapers, top edge of all-rag paper is trimmed but other edges are untrimmed, both b/w and full color illustrations by Harold Brett, extra label at rear of book, otherwise in fine condition.
Told from the point of view of remembrances of the departing way of life in Cape Cod. Informal diaglogue brings back the time of general stores, ships that sailed without gasoline engines, travelling by horseback instead of car, fishing, all told with the Cape Cod landscape as a beautiful and scenic background.
Cardography and Card Catalogue
Eugene, OR: Hypatia Press, 1987. 183 pages + Afterward and maps. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"; LIMITED EDITION, 76 deluxe editions with 56 having hand-tinted tarot cards of the minor arcana tipped in, like this one, being the Lady of Wands. Beige leather slipcase in fine condition; Beige leather over boards with gilt design and lettering on cover and spine, illustrations throughout including beautiful copper tinted gilt endpapers, signed by Orson Scott Card (author), David Hartwell (editor) and Leslie Newcomer (artist) on limitation page, all in fine condition. Includes Catalogue of Card's works, signed by the compiler, Michael R. Collings and Card.
Orson Scott Card (1951 - ) is an American writer, public speaker, and columnist. He is known for many genres but best known for his science fiction and fantasy books, most especially Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, both of which won Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Cheaper by the Dozen
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1948. 237 pp. Approx. 5 1/2 x 8". Illustrated dust jacket in very good condition, darkened spine, some rubbing and small chips, some foxing to the inside of the cover along with old repair tape, original price of $3.00 intact. Orange cloth over boards with crisp black lettering on spine, foxing to page edges, SIGNED by both authors on the front free endpaper, first printing stated on copyright page, some corner bumping and wear near spine top, otherwise in near fine condition.
A semi-autobiographical novel in which the authors talk about their childhood growing up in a household of twelve children. In 1950, it was adapted into a movie starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy. Adapted again in 2003, the movie starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. A bestselling novel that still reads remarkably well, according to Jonathan Yardley from the Washington Post.
Children of the Dark
New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1956. 270 pp. 5 1/2 x 8"; First Edition. Original dust jacket with some creases and small repaired tears, slight waterstain on rear cover, otherwise in very good condition; Black cloth over boards with crisp gilt lettering to cover and spine, crisp and bright, in near fine condition.
Irving Shulman (1913 - 1995) was an American author and screenwriter. Many of his books were adapted into movies. This book was developed after the film "Rebel Without a Cause" came out, however; and, it was based on the story ideas that Shulman had and fleshed out with the screenplay writer, Stewart Stern, and director, Nicholas Ray. The movie was best known for its great performances by James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo.
Children of the night
New York: G.P. Punam's Sons, 1992. 382 pp. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4". First Edition, first printing. Illustrated dust jacket in near-fine condition; black cloth over boards, crisp gilt lettering on spine, map endpapers, faint spotting on top page edges, inscribed on the title page to Diane Peterson, a well-known ABAA dealer, "To Diane Peterson -- /Greetings from Transylvania/Dan Simmons, accompanied by a unique vampire drawing by the author, in fine condition. (Clute & Nicholls, p 1111.)
Simmons' tenth novel, this is an epic horror novel about an American hematologist who adopts a Romanian boy with a mysterious illness that may hold the key to a cure of cancer and AIDS, who unfortunately has a hidden tie to the vampire family of Vlad Dracula. Scariness and horror ensues. This novel was a Locus Award Winner in 1993. Dan Simmons (1948 - ) was the winner of the 1986 World Fantasy Award for his novel Song of Kali.
New York: Devin-Adair, 1953. 214 pp. Approximately 5 3/4 x 8 1/4". SIGNED by author on front free endpaper. Dust jacket in very good condition, with some sunning and smudging to rear cover, original price of $5 intact; Quarter bound green cloth and grey cloth with silver titles to spine and green facsimile signature on cover, colorful bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, minor foxing to page edges, otherwise in near fine condition.
Limited deluxe edition of 1,500 copies specially bound for members of the Irish Book Club and their friends. This collection of poems has been revised and reedited. Padraic Colum (1881-1972) was born in Longford, Ireland. He was a poet, novelist and playwright among other things. A contemporary of W. B. Yeats and James Joyce, he was, at one time, president of The Poetry Society of America. His works have been widely acclaimed and translated into many languages.