Category: Fiction (paperback)


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SHOWDOWN and other stories

By: Brondoli, Michael

Price: $50.00

Publisher: San Francisco, North Point Press, 1984

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Inscribed & signed by Brondoli

Trade paperback original in dust jacket. Brondoli's well-received first collection of eight distinctive stories, called by no less a personage than Reynolds Price, "hot as a gasoline fire and as dangerous to the general direction of American life and literature." The title story was included in the 1980 anthology, 'The Pushcart Prize V: Best of the Small Presses.' Inscription in top right corner of front end paper reads, "To xxxxxxx,/with good memories/of ... View more info

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The Brick Foxhole

By: Brooks, Richard

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Toronto, Studio 110,

Edition: 1st Studio edition

No date (circa 1950). Brooks's first novel, tackling the theme of homosexuality in the army, and its repercussions for one man at the hands of another just out of the service. Published before Brooks became a top Hollywood screenwriter/director, and the basis for Crossfire, a film directed by Edward Dmytryk and that starred Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Ryan (you didn't *have* to be named Robert to star in this flick, but apparently it helped a whole helluva... View more info

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Going to the Castle (inscribed & signed)

By: Burnham, Nicole

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Silhouette 1563, 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Inscribed & Signed by Author

Romance. A woman's desire to help refugees in a faraway country sees her become involved with the "pampered, fairy-tale prince" of a neighbouring country. This copy warmly inscribed, signed and dated by Burnham on title page. 185 pages. Light edgewear, impressions/scratches. Internally tight and clean. View more info

The Path to the Nest of Spiders

By: Calvino, Italo

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Ace Books H192/Harborough Publishing, 1958

Edition: 1st Ace Books UK edition

Calvino's first book, originally published in 1947 in Italian, and here translated from that language by Archibald Colquhoun. More often than not subsequently published as 'The Path to the Spiders' Nest.' The story of "a gutter boy's search for an ideal among the Italian partisans." 158 pages. Some edgewear, surfact wear, 3/4" tears to top right spine edge and either spine edge at bottom, tanning. Very scarce in this edition. View more info

At Fever Pitch

By: Caute, David

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Quartet 31050, 1973

Edition: 1st Quartet edition

Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and an Authors' Club First Novel award. A twenty-year-old subaltern "serving with a native regiment in an African colony on the verge of independence" finds himself struggling "with his sexual needs and inadequacies." 201 pages. Some spine slant/roll, moderate general wear. View more info

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Now I Know (signed)

By: Chambers, Aidan

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, Bodley Head, 1987

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Inscribed & Signed by Author

After a body is found crucified on a rusty metal cross hanging from a crane in a scrapyard, a seventeen-year-old doing research for a film about the Second Coming falls in love with a Christian feminist who is subsequently injured in a terrorist bomb blast. If your name is Stephanie, this is the book for you, because this copy is inscribed and signed ("For/Stephanie/Aidan Chambers..") on half-title. And if your name isn't Stephanie, why, you can always hang on ... View more info

The Dreamers

By: Clark, J. Bigelow

Price: $7.50

Publisher: Perma M-3020, 1955

Edition: 1st Perma edition

Reality intrudes into the lives of a group of pleasure-seekers on a Mediterranean paradise when Nazis seize the island for use as a submarine base, and when a German sentry is found knifed to death, "The island paradise became a hell of terror and torture as the forces of good and evil were locked in a life-and-death struggle." 266 pages, cover illustration by Stan Borack. Tiny black dot to fore-edge, two faint grey remainder stripes across top edge, mild general... View more info

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French Alley

By: Clay, Matthew

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Star Novels 752 / Publication House, 1956

Edition: 1st thus

Three young women learn "the heartbreak and rapture of the French Quarter!" 130 pages, cover illustration by Rudy Nappi. Some spine slant, light rubbing, a hint of edgewear, a couple of very short (1/8") edge tears, mild wear to corners/spine ends, moderate general wear. A fairly nice copy of a relatively uncommon printing. View more info

The Mask

By: Cloete, Stuart

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Perma M4102, 1958

Edition: 1st Perma edition

Originally published in hardcover in 1957. "A novel of passion, strife, bloodshed and torture on the African frontier." Some spine slant, light wear to spine edges, light general wear. View more info

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The Water is Wide (signed)

By: Conroy, Pat

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Dell 9823, 1974

Edition: 1st New Dell edition

Inscription: Inscribed and signed by Conroy, on title page

Basis for the film Conrack, which starred Jon Voight, Paul Winfield and Hume Cronyn, and tells the semi-autobiographical story of Conroy's 1960s experience as a teacher to a group of black children living on an island off the coast of South Carolina. 316 pages (including acknowledgements) + four pages of advertisements for other Dell titles. Light rubbing, a bit of edgewear, impressions/surface wear, foxing to inside covers/end papers. A square, internally tight and c... View more info

Bound By a Spell

By: Conway, Hugh (pseudonym of Frederick John Fargas)

Price: $9.50

Publisher: Cleveland, The Arthur Westbrook Company,

Nd (circa 1925). #186 in Westbrook's The Hart Series. The author died of typhoid fever in 1885, at the too-young age of 38. Curiously, bound into the back of the book are the first 39 pages -- ending in mid-sentence -- of another Conway/Fargas title, "Living or Dead," which Westbrook also published in The Hart Series as #167 (was this additional material a mistake?; an attempt to hook readers on another Conway/Fargas title?; a common Westbrook practice?; an Axi... View more info

We Burn Like Fire

By: Cook, Will

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Monarch 130, 1959

Edition: First Edition

Paperback original. We could call this a racing novel featuring fast cars and a fast woman, but dammit, the guy who wrote the copy on the back cover deserves a bit of a nod for this effort: "To Wendel Garland sports-car racing was an intimate and personal thing--like making love to his sensation-starved secretary, Alice Lavery [ummm--if he's making love to her and she's *sensation-starved*, what does that tell us?]. Every time he got on the track Wendel risked his n... View more info

Power Play

By: Craig, John

Price: $7.50

Publisher: Warner 76-441, 1974

Edition: 1st thus

Cdn.; originally published in Canada as 'The Pro,' before being published in the U.S. by Dodd, Mead; in the Stanley Cup Final a team's chances to win it all take a direct hit when the captain's ex-girlfriend is responsible for a scandal that isn't going to go away; whoever wrote the back cover copy is a mushbrain who understands exactly squat about hockey, and proves it with "To cinch the game, they opt for a power play--and lose."; in hockey, no one "opts&#3... View more info

"An Illusion in Red and White"

By: Crane, Stephen (edited by Don Honig)

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Avon G-1139, 1962

Edition: First Edition

Canadian printing. Eleven of Crane's lesser-known stories, ranging "from accounts of the Civil War, the Cuban Blockade and the streets of New York to impressions of London and tales of Nantucket and the Far West." Contains an introduction by the editor, and a bibliography. Previous owner's name to inside front cover, moderate general wear. Internally tight and clean. View more info


By: Crockett, Vivian

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Berkley G-14, 1955

Edition: 1st thus

Originally published in 1924 by Liveright. Historical fiction set in the 1st century. The story of Messalina, Rome's wickedest woman, "the incredibly depraved Empress of all the Romans. Wife to Caesar in name only, her desires were as insatiable as the vices they fed upon." Cover by Rudy Nappi. Tanning, moderate general wear. A nice copy. View more info