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Mine Boy
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. First American Edition. Second printing, octavo (19.5cm.); original decorative cloth in white price-clipped dust jacket designed by Paul Rand, top edge dyed black; 252,[2]pp. Shallow tears to lower jacket edges and spine foot; some dust soiling, else a Very Good copy. One of the...
[Item #22708]
Price: $45.00
 
Mine Boy. Peter ABRAHAMS.
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Girls at War and Other Stories
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1973. First American Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original two-toned cloth in pictorial dust jacket; 129pp. Jacket edges a touch shelf-worn, else about Fine.
[Item #22707]
Price: $125.00
 
Girls at War and Other Stories. Chinua ACHEBE.
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War On Saturday Week
Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1937. First American Edition. Adam's first novel, dealing with the rise of British political extremism on the left and right in the years leading up to the Second World War. Largely forgotten, Adam was the author of six books between 1937 and 1970, including her highly-regarded semi-autobipographical novel...
[Item #18897]
Price: $85.00
 
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Women Must Work: A Novel
London: Chatto & Windus, 1934. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket (some small (ink?) soil spots), top edge dyed black; [8],382,[1]pp. Jacket spine rather faded, head chipped in several places, dust soiling, extremities shelf worn; spine a bit cocked, textblock fine. Very Good in Good or...
[Item #21748]
Price: $35.00
 
Women Must Work: A Novel. Richard ALDINGTON.
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Women Must Work: A Novel
London: Chatto & Windus, 1934. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine; [8],382,[1]pp. Corners a bit bumped, else Near Fine; lacking dust jacket. Fictional account of an English woman who leaves her comfortable middle class life to join the work force, starting as a private secretary.
[Item #24575]
Price: $25.00
 
Women Must Work: A Novel. Richard ALDINGTON.
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Broad and Alien Is the World...Translated from the Spanish by Harriet de Onís
London: Merlin Press Limited, [1973]. First Thus. Octavo (22cm.); [6],434pp.; original cloth in orange pictorial dust jacket lettered in white and black. Jacket edges rubbed with short closed tears, a couple affecting text without loss of meaning; Fine in Very Good dust jacket. American destributor's price sticker ($6.25) mounted over...
[Item #23011]
Price: $65.00
 
Broad and Alien Is the World...Translated from the Spanish by Harriet de Onís. Ciro ALEGRÍA.
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The Apple and Eve
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1933. First American Edition. Octavo (19.25cm.); original cloth in dark blue pictorial dust jacket signed "Gene" in image; [6],307pp. Minor rubbing to jacket extremities, white portion of spine a bit darkened, quarter-sized loss to bottom edge of upper panel affecting author's name, else Fine/Near...
[Item #30349]
Price: $75.00
 
The Apple and Eve. Jo van AMMERS-KÜLLER, trans Mrs. C. B. Bodde.
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Dark Laughter
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First Trade Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in black pictorial dust jacket; 319pp.; pictorial endpapers in yellow and black. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed, chip at spine crown reinforced with tape to verso, spine a hint cocked, else Near Fine in a Very Good...
[Item #30213]
Price: $300.00
 
Dark Laughter. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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Dark Laughter [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First Edition. Novel about "the immediate post-war period in the Middle West, and the effects of the war on a marriage." HANNA 74. Limited Issue, one of 350 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.282. Octavo; 3/4 black paper over vellum...
[Item #24152]
Price: $125.00
 
Dark Laughter [Limited Edition, Signed]. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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Kit Brandon: A Portrait
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. First Edition. A later but important work for Anderson, a Depression novel firmly in the proletarian mode. Set in the mountains of Tennessee among textile workers and moonshiners. A tough book to find in nice condition. HANNA 76. BLAKE p.257. BOGER 5. Octavo. Black...
[Item #18736]
Price: $150.00
 
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Tar: A Midwest Childhood
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926. First Trade Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket, blue topstain; xviii,346pp. Jacket extremities and spine rather toned and a bit rubbed, especially along flap folds; still, a Very Good, solid copy. Autobiographical novel of childhood and family life in the...
[Item #24096]
Price: $125.00
 
Tar: A Midwest Childhood. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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Tar: A Midwest Childhood [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. First Edition. Fictionalized memoir about "boyhood and family life in a middle western town." HANNA 80. Limited Issue, one of 350 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.284. Octavo; 3/4 floral-patterned paper over vellum backstrip, with printed title label applied to...
[Item #24149]
Price: $150.00
 
Tar: A Midwest Childhood [Limited Edition, Signed]. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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Something About My Father and Other People
New York: Thomas Yoseloff, [1956]. First edition, octavo (21.5cm.); original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in red, in pictorial dust jacket; 366pp. Spine toned, shallow tears along jacket edges not affecting text; Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. A collection of short stories by "the foremost interpreter in fiction of Jewish...
[Item #21354]
Price: $50.00
 
Something About My Father and Other People. Charles ANGOFF.
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A Living without a Boss. Illustrated
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1911. First Edition. Anonymously-written account of a newspaperman's escape from urban dependency and rebirth as a farmer and rural real-estate agent. Highly representative example of the progressive-era 'back-to-the-land' movement genre, celebrating Americans' independence, pluck, and courage in the face of economic adversity. Marketed as a....
[Item #20234]
Price: $200.00
 
A Living without a Boss. Illustrated. Anon.
15.

The County: A Story of Social Life
New York: Pollard & Moss, 1889. Reprint. Novel of two sisters from a prosperous rural British family and the struggles they face when their fortunes change. First serialized in The Cornhill Magazine, edited by William Makepeace Thackeray. Quite scarce in any edition: OCLC lists Iowa's copy only of this imprint;...
[Item #28843]
Price: $75.00
 
The County: A Story of Social Life. ANONYMOUS.
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The Gang
Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, [ca.1924]. Jacket blurbs spin The Gang as a sort of urban "Huckleberry Finn" about a group of proto-Dead End Kids, set in the then-Jewish ghetto of East Harlem. What goes unremarked upon in the jacket text is that this is a gang of Jewish kids. The East...
[Item #17435]
Price: $250.00
 
The Gang. Joseph ANTHONY.
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Spring
Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1954. First English Language Edition. 12mo (17cm). Tan cloth boards; dustjacket; blue top-stain; integral ribbon bookmark; 363pp. Near Fine, apparently unread copy in lightly rubbed jacket. Five social-realist stories depicting life on Soviet collective farms. Translated from the Russian by Margaret Wettlin; with an unattributed...
[Item #23716]
Price: $25.00
 
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Fortress in the Rice
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. First Edition. Appel's novel of the Philippine guerrilla movement, which grew out of his experience as an officer in the U.S. Philippine Commission following WWII. The novel was adapted for the 1963 Irving Lerner film Cry of Battle starring Rita Moreno, Van Heflin and James MacArthur. This...
[Item #14215]
Price: $350.00
 
Fortress in the Rice. Benjamin APPEL.
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The Raw Edge
New York: Random House, 1958. First Edition. A hard-boiled novel of the New York waterfront, in the vein of Appel's 1930s proletarian crime novels such as Brain Guy and Powerhouse. Like the Shahns, Appel and his wife were charter residents of Jersey Homesteads (later Roosevelt), New Jersey and the four...
[Item #14210]
Price: $400.00
 
The Raw Edge. Benjamin APPEL.
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Post-Caviar: Barnstorming With The Russian Grand Opera
New York: Longmans, Green and Co. 1939. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial coth boards, stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 210pp; decorated endpapers; illus. Ownership signature in ink to front endpaper, else a tight, fine, unmarked copy. In an indifferent example of the pictorial dustwrapper, spine-toned, soiled...
[Item #20145]
Price: $25.00
 
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Poor Faun
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1930. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original buckram in pictorial dust jacket; [2],344pp. Some wear to jacket extremities, including chips and a few short closed tears, spine faded. Fine in About Very Good, attractive dust jacket. Novel describing marriage to a "faun," the word used to...
[Item #26559]
Price: $75.00
 
Poor Faun. Charlotte ARTHUR.
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Paloma en Madrid: Memorias de una Española de julio 1936 a julio 1937
Avila: Imprenta y Encuadernación Sigirano Díaz, 1939. First Edition. Octavo (19cm.); original pictorial wrappers; 239pp. Price on rear wrapper effaced, some minor wear as usual, else a Very Good, unopened copy. Novel set during the Spanish Civil War.
[Item #28795]
Price: $35.00
 
Paloma en Madrid: Memorias de una Española de julio 1936 a julio 1937. Alfonso de ASCANIO.
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The Valley
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1935. First Edition. Asch's scarce fourth book, a series of fictional sketches of Asch's neighbors in the Berkshire foothills, where "...strangers from New York come to live...because they have been disgraced, or have never been wanted by the city." Asch was the son of Yiddish...
[Item #27060]
Price: $150.00
 
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Man on Spikes
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, [1955]. First Edition. Octavo (20.75cm.); original simulated cloth in teal pictorial dust jacket; [10],276pp. Minor shelf wear with very tiny loss to spine crown, else Very Good to Near Fine. Fictional account of the sports business as seen through the eyes of a minor league...
[Item #21467]
Price: $250.00
 
Man on Spikes. Eliot ASINOF.
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The Oxen of the Sun: A Novel of Our Times
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1935. First Edition. Late novel by Bacheller, a journalist and author best-known for founding the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States. A sweeping panorama of American life, centered around several characters from Bacheller's previous novels and covering the era of mass-production, with...
[Item #23347]
Price: $125.00
 
The Oxen of the Sun: A Novel of Our Times. Irving BACHELLER, novel, Richard Burton, introduction.


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