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Going Away, A Report, A Memoir
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Going Away, A Report, A Memoir

By Sigal, Clancy

Houghton Mifflin Co., New York, 1962; First Edition, First Printing (stated); 8vo, 513 pages; orange cloth, silver titles; blue topstain. Houghton Mifflin Fellowship Award winning novel by journalist, novelist, and self-professed communist Clancy Sigal (1926-2017) who, after moving West and graduating U.C.L.A. in 1950, went to work for Columbia Pictures only to be fired by Harry Cohn for using the office mimeo to print radical handbills. After an unsuccessful attempt to organize a film technicians’ labor union, Sigal eventually landed a job at a Hollywood talent agency, his experiences there serving later as a foundation for his novel "Black Sunset." Sigal left Hollywood in 1957 amid pressure from the HUAC investigations, driving his old Desoto cross-country to New York in order to, in his words, "look at America to find out why she wasn’t my country anymore." His experiences on the trip are the basis for "Going Away," described by the New York Times as "‘On The Road’ written by somebody with brains." Sigal soon afterwards emigrated to London, where he lived for nearly thirty years before returning to the United States and marrying screenwriter Alice Tidwell, with whom he wrote the Academy Award winning "Frida." In 2007, at age 81, Clancy Sigal was awarded the PEN LIfetime Achievement Award. Very Good Plus, clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound and square. In a Very Good dustjacket with rubbing and two small closed edge tears at the top extremity of the spine panel.

$200.00

Sound-Shadows Of The New World
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Sound-Shadows Of The New World

By Mehta, Ved

W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 1985; First Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 430 pages. Author Ved Mehta’s memoirs of his triumph over personal difficulties as a newly arrived adolescent from India enrolled in the Arkansas School for the blind in 1949. Fifth in the series of his autobiographical novels. Fine, in Fine dust jacket.

$40.00

The Life Of Charlemagne
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The Life Of Charlemagne

By Einhard The Frank

The Folio Society, London, 1970; First Folio Society Edition; tall 8vo, 88 pages; cream colored boards; gilt titles and decorations; illustrated. A beautiful edition of Einhard’s 8th century biography of Charlemagne, mellifluously translated from the Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe and illustrated with sixteen full page color reproductions of pictorial scenes from illuminated manuscripts dating from the 8th to 15th centuries. Introduction by the translator giving historical background for Charlemagne and Einhard, followed by Strabo’s original prologue and Einhard’s original introduction. Two-page map of the Frankish empire plus a genealogical chart of the Carolingians at the back. Very Good Plus, spine lightly tanned, in a Very Good slipcase with light sunning along portions of the outer 1" perimeter.

$35.00

What’s To Become Of The Boy? or: Something To Do With Books
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What’s To Become Of The Boy? or: Something To Do With Books

By Boll, Heinrich

Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1984; First Edition; 8vo, 82 pages; tan boards, brown cloth spine; gilt titles. Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Boll’s moving autobiography of his school years in Cologne during the period of Nazi domination. Frontispiece photo portrait plate of the author as a young man. Translated from the original German by Leila Vennewitz. Fine, in a Fine dustjacket. In something of an oddity, the publisher has bound the boards to the text upside down.

$35.00

Ways Of Escape, An Autobiography
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Ways Of Escape, An Autobiography

By Greene, Graham

Simon and Schuster, New York, 1980; First American Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 320 pages. The resumption of Graham Greene’s memoirs, nine years after completion of "A Sort Of Life" in 1971. Here recounted are tales of exploits during his many world travels, candid revelations about himself, and accounts of the genesis and circumstances leading to each of his major novels. Fine, in a Near Fine dust jacket that has a soft wrinkle at the upper extremity of the spine panel. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp.

$45.00

The Ledge Between The Streams
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The Ledge Between The Streams

By Mehta, Ved

W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 1984; First Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 525 pages. Fourth in the series of autobiographical novels by author Ved Mehta, here covering the post-war period from 1940-1949, with the dissolution of the British raj approaching. Fine, in a Near Fine dust jacket that has a single short closed edge tear at top left center of the front panel. Clean, crisp, bright and sharp. Very nice.

$45.00

Take Five, The Public And Private Lives Of Paul Desmond
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Take Five, The Public And Private Lives Of Paul Desmond

By Ramsey, Doug

Parkside Publications, Seattle, 2005; First Edition; quarto, 371 pages; maroon cloth; gilt titles. An in-depth look back at the life, career, and music of jazz great, saxophonist Paul Desmond, from earliest childhood through his passing at age 54 on Memorial Day, 1977. Authoritatively written by noted journalist and jazz critic, Doug Ramsey. Profusely illustrated with photographs of Desmond’s private and professional lives. Comprehensive 38-page Desmond discography at the back, compiled by Paul Caulfield. Foreword by close friend and colleague Dave Brubeck, and wife Iola. Fine, clean, crisp, bright, sharp, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket that has a small (3/8") closed tear near the upper left corner of the front panel.

$85.00

"This Is What I Remember" A Boy’s Life in Louisiana And Texas 1862 - 1869, The Reminiscences Of John Allen Tippit
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"This Is What I Remember" A Boy’s Life in Louisiana And Texas 1862 - 1869, The Reminiscences Of John Allen Tippit

By Tippit, John Allen (Clifton Caldwell and Mary Crawford Editors)

Clear Fork Press, Albany, Texas, 1989; First Edition, limited; large octavo (9 1/4" x 8 1/4"); 65 pages; red cloth spine; gilt titles; photo illustrated. Boyhood reminiscences of life in 1860’s rural Louisiana and Texas, as set down by John Allen Tippit (1862-1939), school teacher, rancher, and orchardist, who in later life earned the affectionate nickname of "Apple Jack." At the close of the Civil War, Tippet and his family moved west, leaving the cotton plantations of Bianville Parish, Louisiana for the Central Texas frontier and a difficult but memorable life on the prairie. Thirteen-page background by George B. Ward, Texas State Historical Association. Published in a limited edition of 1000, of which 700 were offered for sale. Printed by David Holman at Wind River Press. Fine, in clear dust wrapper, also Fine.

$70.00

L’apprentissage de la nuit
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L’apprentissage de la nuit

By Scapini, Georges

Ernest Flammarion, Paris, 1929; Quienzieme mille; small 8vo, 249 pages; marbled boards. Autobiography of Georges Scapini, WWI French veteran, blinded in action, who later went on to become an impassioned member of the French Chamber of Deputies, serving as French Ambassador of Prisoners during WWII from 1940-1944. Scapini was distinguished for his stirring public addresses, spoken from memory with only a few Braille notes as guide. In a controversial reversal of fortune, he was tried and convicted as a Nazi collaborator in 1952 and served five years at hard labor. L’apprentissage de la nuit was later published in the United States by Doubleday under the title "A Challenge to Darkness," with a preface by Helen Keller. Very Good Plus, bound in marbled boards with cloth spine, leather spine label with gilt titles, and with original wraps bound in. Text in French. There is a faint small dampstain in the upper right blank margin of the first 40 leaves, well clear of the text. No chips, tears, ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.

$55.00

James Louis Petigru, A Biographical Sketch
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James Louis Petigru, A Biographical Sketch

By Grayson, William J.

Harper & Brothers, NY, 1866; First Edition; sm 8vo, 178 pages; brown cloth; beveled board edges; gilt titles; chocolate brown end papers; frontispiece engraved portrait plate of Petigru, with guard tissue. James Grayson’s biographical study of his fellow Southerner and lifelong friend James Louis Petigru, lawyer, orator, attorney general for the state of South Carolina, judge, and president of the Historical Society of South Carolina, who maintained his unwavering support of the U.S. Constitution and the Union of the States throughout the turmoil of the Civil War, while retaining dedication to his beloved South. An inspiring portrait of a remarkable American. Fine, clean, crisp, bright, and sharp, 1/2" closed edge tear in left margin of frontispiece. An exceptional copy.

$200.00

Bob Dylan, An Intimate Biography
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Bob Dylan, An Intimate Biography

By Scaduto, Anthony

Grossett & Dunlap, NY, 1971; First Edition; 8vo, 280 pages; photo illustrated. Journalist Anthony Scaduto’s incisive 1971 biography of Bob Dylan, from early childhood to superstar, the result of hundreds of hours of intimate conversations with Dylan’s contemporaries. Dylan, after obtaining and reading a rough draft of the original manuscript, phoned Scaduto saying, "some of it is pretty straight, some of it is very straight, and some of it is exactly the way it happened... I like your book, that’s the weird thing about it," then went on to invite the author to his Greenwich Village apartment for a rare interview at which he divulged previously withheld personal information, such as how the Beatles’ music moved him from folk to rock, insights into the Doomsday Poems he had written between 1964 and 1966, and his rejection of the roles of radical prophet, guru, and messiah into which he had unwillingly been cast by the public, claiming that all he had ever really wanted to do was to become "bigger than Elvis Presley." A fascinating and revealing book, which pre-dates Dylan’s 2004 autobiography, "Chronicles" by thirty three years. Very Good, in a Very Good dust jacket that has two small (3/4") closed edge tears, and a small (3/8") chip in the blank area at the top left corner of the rear panel, not affecting titles or graphics. Clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound, and square, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind, not price-clipped. A very nice copy.

$75.00

Period Piece, The Life And Times Of Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Period Piece, The Life And Times Of Ella Wheeler Wilcox

By Ballou, Jenny

Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1940; First Edition; 8vo, 287 pages; illustrated. Fascinating biography of beleaguered 19th and early 20th century American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox, known popularly as "The Poetess Of Passion," for whom public scorn for her wantonness was exceeded only by demand for her books, and who was once described by Louis Untermeyer as "Pure thoroughbred lowbrow, who nevertheless is tied up with the best that can be found in America." Virginia Kirkus review on front flap. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good dust jacket that has minor chipping at the spine extremities. Previous owner brief inscription ("To ___ From ___, Bethesda, 1940") in a neat and tiny hand on f.f.e.p. Clean, crisp, and nice.

$45.00

From The Periodic Table To Production, The Life Of Thomas Midgley Jr., The Inventor Of Ethyl Gasoline And Freon Refrigerants (Signed)
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From The Periodic Table To Production, The Life Of Thomas Midgley Jr., The Inventor Of Ethyl Gasoline And Freon Refrigerants (Signed)

By Midgley, Thomas

Stargazer Publishing Co., Corona, CA, 2001; First Edition; Signed; 8vo, 174 pages; illustrated. Absorbing account of Thomas Midgley Jr.’s two great scientific discoveries: tetraethyl lead, or "Ethyl," the fuel additive which made large scale development of the automobile engine possible due to its elimination of engine knock, and Freon gas, which for the first time made safe refrigeration available the world over. Authoritatively written by Thomas Midgley IV, the inventor’s grandson. Photo-illustrated. Signed by the author on the f.f.e.p. Fine, in a Fine dust jacket.

$35.00

Recollections And Reflections
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Recollections And Reflections

By Andrews, Herbert J., M.D. (Signed)

Privately printed by the author, Los Angeles, 1978; First Edition; Signed; small 8vo, 16 pages. Transcription of an inspirational 1978 Craft Talk delivered at Westwood Village Rotary Club by longtime Los Angeles physician Herbert J. Andrews, M.D., who entered medical school at 33 years of age, established his practice in Westwood in 1935, and built his medical bldg. at 1441 Westwood Blvd. in 1939. Fine, in card wraps. Inscribed and signed on the title page by the author.

$25.00

Freud, His Life and His Mind
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Freud, His Life and His Mind

By Puner, Helen Walker

Howell, Soskin Publishers, NY, 1947; First Edition; 8vo, 360 pages. Absorbing biography of Sigmund Freud which, together with examining details of his life and psychoanalytic methods, traces Freud’s internal conflict about being a Jew. Very Good Plus in a clean and bright Very Good Plus dust jacket with a small crease at the upper extremity of the spine panel. No ownership signatures. A very nice copy.

$40.00

Minority Report (Signed)
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Minority Report (Signed)

By Rice, Elmer

Simon and Schuster, NY, 1963; First Edition; Signed; 8vo, 474 pages. Autobiography of Pulitzer-Prize winning dramatist Elmer Rice. Warmly inscribed and signed by the author in year of publication to Anna Bing Arnold, Los Angeles philanthropist and patron of the arts, who was an actress in her early life: "For Anna, with my love, Elmer. Stanford, July, 1963." Very Good Plus, in a Very Good dust jacket that has a small chip at the top left corner of the spine panel and some minor external soiling.

$200.00

Said And Done, A Bio-Bibliography Of Robert Bartlett Haas (Signed)
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Said And Done, A Bio-Bibliography Of Robert Bartlett Haas (Signed)

By Haas, Robert Bartlett

Institut fur Europaische Ethnologie und Kulturforschung der Universitat Marburg, Marburg, Marburg, 1986; First Edition; Signed; 8vo, 88 pages; illustrated. Text in English. A "Festschrift, " or volume of writings from numerous colleagues and friends of Robert Bartlett Haas, presented as a tribute on the occasion of his 70th birthday, together with a "bio-bibliography" by Haas himself, in which he reveals his views on many aspects of life, art, and education, plus a complete bibliography of his Books and Monographs, Articles and Prefaces, Editorships, Translations, Professional Writings, Lectures and Appreciations, Interviews And Articles About, Reviews By, and Works In Progress. Haas, most known for his works on and passion for Gertrude Stein (who dubbed him "Bobolink"), Eadweard Muybridge, and William Grant Still, was for many years head of U.C.L.A. Extension’s huge Department Of Art And Humanities, and was instrumental in the artistic "coming of age" of Los Angeles. The embodiment of the Renaissance Man, he was described by a close colleague as the possessor of "three most valuable qualities: an extraordinary breadth of curiosity, a fortuitous double talent for visualizing the broad sweep of a subject and then seeking out its crucial minutiae, and, finally, a graceful literary style that makes it all worth the reading." Warmly inscribed and signed on the title page by Haas to Anna Bing Arnold, renowned Los Angeles art patron and philanthropist. Very Good Plus, in photo-illustrated card wraps.

$50.00

Scott Joplin, The Man Who Made Ragtime
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Scott Joplin, The Man Who Made Ragtime

By Haskins, James

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, 1978; First Edition; 8vo, 248 pages; photo illustrated. Fine, in a Near Fine dust jacket. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp.

$40.00

Norman Corwin and Radio: The Golden Years
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Norman Corwin and Radio: The Golden Years

By Bannerman, LeRoy

University Of Alabama Press, , 1986; First Edition; octavo, 238 pages. Authoritative biography and social history of Norman Corwin and radio’s golden period, from the mid 1930’s to the late 1940’s. A fascinating look at radio and one of its major creative forces. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket with no chips, creases, or tears. Clean, crisp and bright.

$35.00

The Frisco Kid
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The Frisco Kid

By Kamstra, Jerry

Harper & Row Publishers, NY, 1975; First Edition; 8vo, 261 pages. First person account of the 1950’s and early 60’s beat scene in San Francisco, as told by insider Jerry Kamstra, author of "Weed," and "Adventures Of A Dope Addict." Kamstra’s intimacy with the City and its more interesting inhabitants led to his being known locally as "The Frisco Kid." Very Good Plus, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket.

$40.00

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