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Modern Primitives

By Vale, V. (With Andrea Juno.)

San Francisco: Re/Search Publications [0-940642-14-X] 1989. (Leather binding) 205pp. Very good plus, no dust jacket. Rebound in leather with gilt lettering to the spine and original paper covers pasted down on front and rear boards . Illustrations, photographs, backlist, index. There is a previous owner's name in faded gilt letters to the spine and a previous owner's blindstamp on the first page. "An anthropological inquiry into a contemporary social enigma- the increasingly popular revival of ancient human decoration practices such as symbolic / deeply personal tattooing, multiple piercings, and ritual scarification. 'Primitive' actions which rupture conventional confines of behavior & aesthetics are objectively scrutinized. In the context of the death of global frontiers, this volume charts the territory of the last remaining underdeveloped source of first-hand experience: the human body". (Erotica, Anthropology, Body Art, Body Piercing, Erotic Art, Human Behavior, Primitive Art, Tattoos).


Angry Women
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Angry Women

By Juno, Andrea (With V. Vale.)

San Francisco: Re/Search Publications [0-940642-24-7] 1991. (Leather binding) 239pp. Very good plus, no dust jacket. Rebound in leather with gilt lettering to the spine and original paper covers pasted down to the front and rear boards. Photographs, illustrations, backlist, index. There is a previous owner's name in faded gilt letters on the spine and a previous owner's blindstamp to the first page. "Angry Women is not just about women, but about the future survival of our planet.This project began with the inquiry: 'Which artists are most in tune with the times - delvy deeply into issues which concern us now?' Consistently, women performance artists seemed most perceptive (and poetic) in their criticism of social and political inequities; in their radical public disclosure of personal humiliation, pain and injustice (an act of catharsis which benefits society); and in their calls for a new consciousness which for the first time would integrate political action, cutting-edge theory, linguistic reconstruction, adventurous sexuality, humor, spirituality and art toward the dream of a society of justice" - from the Introduction. Book about Performance Art. Identified on spine as Angry Women Tony Pancotto. (Erotica, Artists, Cultural Studies, Erotic Art, Feminism, Political Activism, Sexuality, Social Justice).


Oral Sex and the Law

By Ellison, Alfred

Academy Press 1970. (4to) 271pp. Very good plus, no dust jacket. Brown textured leatherette with gilt lettering to the cover and spine. Black and white and color photographs, illustrations, diagrams, glossary, bibliography, index. "It is unfortunate, but undeniable, that the history of sex is largely the history of denial, deprivation and repression. In fact, it is somewhat amazing that there is a political history of sex at all. Consider, for example, the near absence of a political history of eating. There are few areas and times when the story of a man's dietary habits and manners become the subject of law and codification" - from the Foreword. (Erotica, Crime, Erotica, Law, Sexuality).


Color Akt 2000

By Author not named]

Flensburg: Stephenson Verlag 1969. (4to) 62pp. Very good plus, no dust jacket. Color photographs. The top corner of the back cover has a small chip. (Erotica, Erotic Art, Erotica, Photography).


The Book of the Breast

By Wilson, Robert Anton

Chicago: Playboy Press [0-87223-384-7] 1974, 1st edition. (Hardcover) 188pp. Very good in very good dust jacket. Photographs, illustrations, notes. Edges are speckled, the dust jacket is edgeworn and rubbed. 'The words of magic, O my brothers: Tits. Boobs. Teats. Bazooms. Thingumbobs. Knockers. Headlights. Grapefruits. Cantaloupes. A pair that stick out like Mussolini's balcony. A pair that would make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.' That's the way this book begins and that is what it is all about - breasts"`. Book about Breasts & History--Sexuality. (Erotica, Erotica, Sexuality).


Brief Candles; Stories

By Huxley, Aldous

London: Chatto & Windus 1930, 1st printing. (Hardcover) 324pp. Very good, no dust jacket. Red cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Top edge stained red. The spine is cocked and lightly faded and there is a previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. Published before the author wrote Brave New World. (Fiction, Fiction, Short Stories).


The Cross of Carl; An Allegory; The Story of One Who Went Down into the Depths and Was Buried; Who, Doubting Much, Yet at the Last Lifted Up His Eyes Unto the Hills and Rose Again and Was Transfigured

By Owen, Walter

Boston: Little, Brown, and Company 1931. (Hardcover) 99pp. Very good plus in very good plus dust jacket. Orange cloth with black lettering in illustrated orange and black dust jacket. The dust jacket is lightly chipped and edgeworn with a one-inch closed tear to the front near the edge and the spine is lightly soiled. "Here are some sentences from General Sir Ian Hamilton's preface to this extraordinary book: 'Until now never in my life have I come across anything quite like the Cross of Carl....strangest of all war stories.... Here is a book of ghouls, ghosts and nightmares in which Carl indeed shows up the whole tribe of those who write to make our flesh creep - the whole tribe from Edgar Allan Poe to Edgar Wallace - as so many amateurs'" - from the dust jacket. (Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Modern Firsts, War Stories).


East, West: Stories
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East, West: Stories

By Rushdie, Salman

New York: Pantheon Books [0-679-43965-X] 1995, 1st American edition. (Hardcover) 214pp. Near fine in very good plus dust jacket. The dust jacket spine is faded. "In this brilliant collection - his first major work of fiction since the Satanic Verses - one of the great writers in the world today gives us nine stories that together reveal the intricate intimacies and unbridgeable distances between the East and the West". (Fiction, Fiction, Short Stories).


1Q84; A Novel
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1Q84; A Novel

By Murakami, Haruki

Alfred A. Knopf 978-0-307-59331-3 [978-0-307-59331-3] 2011. (Trade paperback) 932pp. Very good plus. Uncorrected proof. There is light creasing to the top and bottom corners of the front cover and the spine has two minor wrinkles. "This is an uncorrected proof. It should not be quoted without comparison with the finished book". Translated by Philip Gabriel & Jay Rubin. (Fiction, Fiction, Uncorrected Proof).


The King Must Die

By Renault, Mary

New York: Pantheon 1958, 1st printing. (Hardcover) 338pp. Good to very good in very good dust jacket. The dust jacket is edgeworn including closed tears and rubbed, the fore-edge is lightly soiled, and there are two previous owner's names in ink on the front free endpaper. "Out of legend and history, Miss Renault's informed intuition has woven a novel of splendor and brilliance, the scintillating story of Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses, King of Athens. Under the fanciful garnish of myth she has discerned what may well be the truth: the impact of a magnetic personality with the gift of leadership and a sense of destiny, sent to destroy the matriarchal pattern of Eleusis and Crete". (Fiction, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Historical Fiction).


The Juvies

By Ellison, Harlan

New York: Ace Books 1961. (Mass market paperback) 189pp. Very good. A bright copy with a barely visible half-inch closed tear on the front cover near the spine, some faint ring-stains on the back cover, also six internal pages have a quarter-inch tear on the lower fore-edge and with a one-inch corner crease. Not for the perfectionist, but a nice copy of a scarce book. (Fiction, Juvenile Delinquency).


Not Only Black + White Issue 64 January 2003

By Grand, Marcello (editor)

Rhodes: Studio Magazines 2003. (4to paperback) 112pp. Near fine. Black and white and color photographs and illustrations. The bottom of the spine is lightly worn. "Salma Hayek: Livin' la Vida Frida; Project Greenelight: the Quiet American's Vietnam; Sex in the Suburbs: the Swinging World of Contact Mags; the Rules of Adaptation: Avary Does Ellis". Book about Salma Hayek. (Erotica, Erotica, Nude Photography, Photography).


Memoirs of a Midget

By de la Mare, Walter

New York: Alfred A Knopf 1922, later printing. (Hardcover) 436pp. Very good, no dust jacket. Light brown cloth with orange and gilt title decoration to the cover and spine, top edge stained. The covers are lightly soiled and worn, a previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. "A few introductory and explanatory remarks are due, I think, to the reader of the following Memoirs. The Memoirs themselves will disclose how I became acquainted with Miss M. They also refer here and there to the small part I was enabled to take in straightening matters out at what was a critical juncture in her affairs, and in securing for her that independence which enabled her to live in the privacy she loved, without any anxiety as to ways and means" - from the Introduction by Walter Dadus Pollacke. (Fiction, Fiction, Surrealism).


Me--And Peter

By Watson, Robert

London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. [circa 1926], 1st British printing. (Hardcover) 248pp. Near fine in good to very good dust jacket. Signed with a 15-line whimsical inscription by the author. The jacket has tears and is scuffed on the spine. (Fiction--Canada, Manitoba Author).


The Woodcutter of Lebanon; A Story; Illustrative of a Jewish Institution

By MacDuff, John Robert]

London: James Nisbet & Co. 1854. (Hardcover) 107pp. Good to very good, no dust jacket. Blue cloth with embossed covers and gilt lettering and decoration to the cover and spine. Illustrations. The front free endpaper and title page are spotted, the edges are worn and the spine is slightly cocked. "The following pages are intended to illustrate on of the most interesting and expressive institutions under the Old Testament dispensation. The writer had, in the colloquial portions, to choose between adhering rigidly to the peculiarites of Oriental language and ancient Jewish converse, and modifying these, so as to accomodate them, so far at least, to modern modes of expression. Of the two, he has preferred the latter" - from the Preface. Locale: Lebanon. (Fiction, Bible Stories, Fiction, Jewish People, Old Testament).


Chivalry; Dizain des Reines

By Cabell, James Branch

New York: Robert M. McBride 1921. (Hardcover) 281pp. Very good, no dust jacket. Gilt decorated cover. Introduction by Burton Rascoe. (Fiction).


The Visitor; Of His Coming and of His Sojourning and Concerning the Manner of His Going Away

By Kennedy, Hugh A. Studdert

London: Putnam 1934, 1st English edition. (Hardcover) 65pp. Very good plus in very good plus dust jacket. Minor edgewear and rubbing to the dust jacket. "This story of the Coming of the Visitor and of His Sojourning and Concerning the Manner of His Going Away has an allegorical setting, and yet remains very real by its firm grasp of the personal matters that provide ordinary men and women with their most important problems". (Fiction, Allegory, Christianity, Religion).


Zero Anthology; No. 8; Of Literature and Art

By Hoetis, Themistocles (editor) (Contributor Joseph Awad; Sanora Babb; Samuel Beckett; Asa Benveniste; Paul Bowles; Henri Calet; Venable Herndon; Storm De Hirsch; Leon Kelly; Robert Kelly; Federico Garcia Lorca; Marianne Moore; George H. Moorse; Samuel Fren

New York: Zero Press 1956, 1st printing. (Hardcover) 239pp. Good to very good, no dust jacket. Notes, illustrations, contributors. The covers and spine are lightly soiled and there is a previous owner's ink inscription on the front free endpaper. "Two articles in this edition will be familiar to ZERO readers: Children's Cradle Songs by Federico Garcia Lorca and from Notes Taken in Ceylon by Paul Bowles. To those of you who will be introduced to our publication for the first time, both of these authors are meant to be read as examples of the quality of modern literature which we wish to maintain in ZERO as we progress and discover new talents, now that our undertaking has become anthologized" - from the Editor's Notes. Time Period 1950's. Contributors include Joseph Awad, Sanora Babb, Samuel Beckett, Asa Benveniste, Paul Bowles, Henri Calet, Venable Herndon, Storm De Hirsch, Leon Kelly, Robert Kelly, Federico Garcia Lorca, Marianne Moore, George H. Moorse, Samuel French Morse, Smith Oliver, James Parsons, Dachine Rainer, Jean Paul Sartre, Colin Wilson. (Fiction, Anthologies, Essays, Lecture, Plays, Poetry, Short Stories).


The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories

By Bennet, Arnold

Toronto: William Briggs [no date]. (Hardcover) 325pp. Very good, no dust jacket. Red cloth with gilt decorated title to cover and spine. The spine is slightly faded and the covers are lightly soiled and edgeworn. (Fiction, Fiction, Short Stories).


King Cotton

By Armstrong, Thomas

Toronto: Collins 1948, book club edition. (Hardcover) 928pp. Very good plus in very good plus dust jacket. A previous owner's inscription on the front free endpaper, the dust jacket has a small ink stamp on the inside flap and a tiny chip to the top corner of the back panel. "For four of the six years since the Crowthers of Bankdam appeared with such enormous success, the author has worked to follow that saga of the wool industry with another novel on the same scale about the cotton trade. King Cotton begins in the same historical period as the Crowthers of Bankdam, in the 1850's - indeed old Simeon Crowther makes a brief appearance in this story of the Lancashire Ormerods". Time Period 19th Century. Locale: ; United States. (Fiction, Cotton, Industry).


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