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Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography, Adams, Laura
1 Adams, Laura Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography
Lanham, Maryland Scarecrow Press 1974 0810807718 / 9780810807716 First Cloth 
First Edition/First Printing 1974. Very fine condition issued without a dustjacket. A valuable work for all those interested in Norman Mailer---especially his early works prior to 1974. Includes valuable information on books, plays, reviews, excerpts, chronlogies...etc. An excellent bibliography on one of America's most interesting and controversial authors. In unread condition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Bibliography of Crime Fiction, 1749-1975, Hubin, Allen J.
2 Hubin, Allen J. The Bibliography of Crime Fiction, 1749-1975
Del Mar, California University of California, San Diego 1979 0891630481 / 9780891630487 First Cloth Fine 8 VO 
First Edition/First Printing 1979. A handsome and fine copy in splendid condition. Brown cloth (8 vo) with silver lettering. A couple of little specks only to the back board. Interior is just about as new--no marks at all. A bibliography of all factions of crime fiction from the known beginning up to 1975. A must have for the crime fiction collector--a very collectable copy. 697 pp. 
Price: 70.00 USD
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White Logic: Jack London's Short Stories (A Comprehensive Bibliography), McClintock, James I.
3 McClintock, James I. White Logic: Jack London's Short Stories (A Comprehensive Bibliography)
Grand Rapids, Michigan Wolf House Books 1975 0915046237 / 9780915046232 First Cloth Fine 
First Printing 1975. A handsome and collectable first print copy in "as new" condition. This is a mint copy issued without dustjacket. A comprehensive study of London's 188 stories. For the serious Jack London collector's library. Blue-gray cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind stamped front boards with wolf image of London's well known "logo". Everything you ever wanted to know about London's short stories--from "To Build A Fire" and others (London was a prolific short story writer) 
Price: 140.00 USD
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My Autobiography, McClure, S. S.
4 McClure, S. S. My Autobiography
New York Frederick A. Stokes 1914 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Ghst written by Willa Cather. From the recently auctioned collection of M.B. Goldstone--with his personalized gold bookplate lightly attached to the front pastedown and his penciled signature and notes to the front free endpaper. This copy originally belonged to author, novelist, and short story writer Katherine Havilland Taylor--and attached (tipped in) is a rejection letter from S.S. McClure for a short story Taylor wrote called "How Fickle Women Are". Dated June 8, 1925, and on McClure's Magazine stationary, McClure writes to Taylor--"This is a very good story and I would like it but I am sorry to say I can't buy it, considering what I have on hand." "Faithfully Yours. S. S. McClure". Taylor was a successful short story writer who was published in several magazines, but apparently, never in McClure's. Taylor wrote one novel called "The Failure", which was adapted into a 1938 RKO film with a renamed title of "A Man To Remember"--starring Lionel Barrymore. Taylor had several stories published by all of the major writing magazines of the early part of the 20th Century. Also, enclosed and attached to this copy on page 241, conveniently across from the photo of "Viola Roseboro"--editor in chief of McClure's magazine, is a letter on McClure's Magazine stationary dated December 21, 1922 and also addressed to Taylor, is a rejection letter for a story entitled "Facing Reality" and signed and written by Viola Roseboro with her handwritten notes to Taylor on one side and a formal rejection on the other. In her notes Roseboro says, "Good, only we feel it is more for the women's magazines--not for us. Good Luck, and I expect as much. V. R." The other side of the letter states, "We always thank you for letting us see your work. We must send this back despite much wit and cleverness.....I am going to take the liberty of telling you that I think this would be better told without the frills and trimmings the author addresses to the reader--better and more saleable". Roseboro goes on to state that the reason she never signs her letters is because she is seldom in the office--apparently Taylor questioned if they (the stories) were ever indeed read at all because she was rejected so many times. It is common knowledge that Roseboro really called the shots at McClure's---she was responsible for getting on board many young and talented writers--including Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Willa Cather---who secretly penned this autobiography of McClure's life. McClure lived until 1949, and among many accomplishments, he was a business partner of Frank Nelson Doubleday, founded with him Doubleday & McClure, which became today's Doubleday publishing empire. This copy is in very good condition. First printing with September 1914, as called for. Frontispiece portrait of McClure with original tissue guard as new. Dustiness to the page ends, age toning to the spine with the lettering being quite hard to read. The front hinge is loose but easily repaired. Interior pages are unmarked and clean. Front board is quite nice with gilt lettering and decorations bright. Altogether a nice well read copy from the collection of a quite famous collector, who along with his brother Adrian Goldstone, Steinbeck's bibliographer, both well known and whose books are just now being auctioned off for record sums--(Gatsby for $180,000). What makes this copy rare are the letters and signatures of McClure and Roseboro--indeed Roseboro's signature is very rare for somebody whose influence was huge in the publishing world of the early 20th Century--she single handedly put Jack London's career on the inside track, and he went on to become the highest paid author of his time. Additional pics listed on or via email. Send requests to 
Price: 875.00 USD
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Lillian Hellman,   A Biography, 1926-1978, Riordan, Mary Marguerite
5 Riordan, Mary Marguerite Lillian Hellman, A Biography, 1926-1978
Lanham Maryland Scarecrow Press 1980 0810813203 / 9780810813205 First Cloth Very Good 
First Edition 1980. A Scarecrow Press Bibliography--this is No. 50. A handsome very good copy issued without dustjacket. Light foxing to cloth boards only. Still tight square and clean interior. Formerly the property of Cinema Bookshop in Hollywood, Ca. A complete archival bibliography up to 1978. 
Price: 42.00 USD
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