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PEPITA
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PEPITA

By Sackville-West, V. And Nicolson, Harold

Garden City, New York, U.S.A: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1937. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Type: Hardback Doubleday Doran, 1937 Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition. Ephemera laid in: "withdrawing" room in the Jacobean Period (1600-17-00). Looks like an old illustration from a book or magazine, quite yellowed and brittle. Frontis: Illustration of Pepita. This is the story of the famous Spanish dancer Pepita (the author's grandmother), and her daughter and granddaughter, and the dancer's various husbands. The book is bound in beige cloth with blue cloth spine with oval decorative title panel and gilt lettering within. Quite clean, tight and solid sewn binding, square. Faint scuffing to lower front corner; upper edges of front and rear panel, near the corners, are lightly worn; there is a small faint green mark near the upper edge of the rear panel. Rough cut on fore-edge and lower edge. Pages are lightly toned, very clean and completely unmarked. A handsome volume. 309 pages. 6 x 8.75 inches. 1937, Doubleday, Doran and Company, Garden City, New York, U.S.A.

$15.95

Monsieur Beaucaire
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Monsieur Beaucaire

By Tarkington, Booth

New York, New York, USA: Grey House Books, 1924. Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. Type: Hardback Rudolph Valentino Edition Illustrated with Scenes from the Photoplay , A Paramount Picture. Originally published 1900. This edition published c. 1924. Hardcover Book in Fair Condition. No Jacket. The story of the adventures in 18th century England of the Duke of Orleans who disguised himself as a barber, has an affair with Lady Mary Carlisle from which she emerges as a cheat and he as a hero. Blue cloth binding is clean, all extremities worn, wrinkle to cloth on front. Valentino portrait on paste-down, former owner inscription on endpaper, decorated Title page, Frontis: green floral border, illustration of Bebe Daniel as the Princess, Rudolph Valentino as the Duc d' Orleans. Sewn binding is tight and solid. Pages are evenly toned, clean and unmarked. 128 pages. 5.25 x 7.5 inches. c. 1924, Grosset & Dunlap, New York, New York, USA

$6.84

Lewis at Zenith: A Three-Novel Omnibus - Main Street, Babbit, and Arrowsmith
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Lewis at Zenith: A Three-Novel Omnibus - Main Street, Babbit, and Arrowsmith

By Lewis, Sinclair

New York, New York, USA: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc, 1961. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Type: Hardback 1961 Reprint. Hardcover in Very Good Condition. No jacket. Black cloth with blue lettering on spine, clean, light corner and spine head wear, front bottom spine edge scuffed, chipped; Tight, solid and square. Inner hinge cracked on lower half. Rough cut. Top edge tinted green. Interior is clean and unmarked, pagews toned. Three of Sinclair Lewis' great novels about life in the early and mid-20th century America. In Arrowsmith, we have the life of a doctor from his training through a small-town practice, the health departmetn of a small city, an "institute" sponsored by a rich man and his wife, to an isolated West Indian island and an isolated Vermont farm. In his quest for pure science, he is often frustrated by meanness, corruption and misunderstanding. Lewis is often satirical and this novel created much controversy when first published in 1925. 914 pages. 1961, Harcourt, Brace & World, New York, New York, USA

$14.06

BRAZIL
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BRAZIL

By UPDIKE, JOHN

New York, New York, USA: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hard Back Hardcover BCE Book and Dust Jacket in Very Good Condition. Gold cloth binding with silver titles is bright and spotless, unmarked; tight, solid and square. Red remainder mk on top edge, next to spine head. Internals As New. Bright and colorful jacket with orange and green jungle illustration has half inch slit to lower fold, otherwise like new. Set in Rio Brazil where almost anything is possible, if you are young and in love. And so, Tristao, a 19 year-old child of the slums, and Isabel Leme, an 18 year-old child of the upper class, run off and get married. Their flight takes them to the farthest reaches of Brazil's wild west--and their experiences are for you to read! John Updike is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 260 pages. 8.25 x 5.5 inches. 1994, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, USA

$6.84

The Job: An American Novel
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The Job: An American Novel

By Lewis, Sinclair

USA: Bison Books, 1994. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. Trade Paperback in Very Good Condition. Originally published in 1917. Introduction by Maureen Honey. Very clean and unmarked black cover with illustration, red and white titles, with faint wear to edges and corners. An exploration of the choices and pressures that women felt personally and socially during the first third of the 20th century. "The Job" was Sinclair Lewis' first controversial novel (but not the last). A "working girl" (not with today's meaning) in New York City, Una Golden, is caught in the dilemmas of marriage or career, husband or office, birth control or motherhood, -- is the prototype of the businesswoman of popular and literary culture. 327 pages. 8 x 5.25 inches. Bison Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A., 1994.

$7.40

Monsieur Beaucaire
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Monsieur Beaucaire

By Tarkington, Booth

USA: The Heritage Press, 1961. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. T. M. Cleland. Type: Hardback Hardcover Book in Near Fine Condition with a Very Good Blue Bookcase which is lightly sunned on the closed end and fore edge, no edge wear.The book is bound in blue-grey half cloth, with blue/white feather design over boards; spine is lightly sunned and there is a small smudge on the border of the cloth and the design about two inches from the lower edge--otherwise the book is in Fine Condition. Tight and solid. Blue and white endbands. Beautifully illustrated title page and verso. Internals are pristine. T. M. Clelland designed and illustrated this lovely edition for which he painted eight water-color illustrations, plus double spread title page which contains a representation of the famed Royal Crescent at Bath. For type Cleland chose 14-point Caslon. First published 1900, the adventures in 18th century England of the Duke of Orleans who disguised himself as a barber, has an affair with Lady Mary Carlisle from which she emerges as a cheat and he as a hero. 119 pages. 6.25 x 9 inches. Publisher: Norwalk, CN. The Heritage Press, 1961.

$16.65

Kingsblood Royal
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Kingsblood Royal

By Lewis, Sinclair

New York and Toronto: Random House, 1947. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Type: Hardback First published in 1947- No date stated for this reprint. Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition. No jacket. Bound in navy cloth with author's initials imprinted on front, red panels on spine, gold titles within, gold design. Very clean, binding tight and solid; front panel has a scratch on the lower right, not discolored. Spine head lightly frayed. Upper edge tinted red. Fore edge and bottom edge rough cut. Interior very clean and unmarked, no writing, no tears, pages toned. Kingsblood Royal is about racial prejudice as experienced by a midwestern banker who finds he has some African-American blood. Set in mid-20th century America. 348 pages. 5.75 x 8.25 inches. 1947, Random House, New York and Toronto

$12.95

The Job: An American Novel
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The Job: An American Novel

By Lewis, Sinclair

USA: Bison Books, 1994. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. Trade Paperback in Near Fine Condition. Originally published in 1917. Introduction by Maureen Honey. Very clean and unmarked black cover with illustration, red and white titles, just a touch of wear to cover corners. An exploration of the choices and pressures that women felt personally and socially during the first third of the 20th century. "The Job" was Sinclair Lewis' first controversial novel (but not the last). A "working girl" (not with today's meaning) in New York City, Una Golden, is caught in the dilemmas of marriage or career, husband or office, birth control or motherhood, -- is the prototype of the businesswoman of popular and literary culture. 327 pages. 8 x 5.25 inches. Bison Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A., 1994.

$8.88

Seek My Face
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Seek My Face

By Updike, John

New York, New York, USA: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. As New/As New. Type: Hard Back First Printing Hardcover Book and Dust Jacket As New. Bright, clean, tight, solid book. Brushed gray cloth binding w/silver and gilt titles. Clean bright jacket, not price-clipped. Jacket painting: Portrait of Polyxena Stasova after Repin (detail) by Nicholas M. Raynolds. This novel, John Updike's twentieth novel, takes place in one day, as did his first novel, 'The Poorhouse Fair', (1959). During much conversation and much rain, the relationship between two women, the 78 year-old painter Hope Chafetz and a New York interviewer, move in and out of their various roles in life. Hope recapitulates, through the story of her own career, the saga of postwar American art. Set in central Vermont, spring, 2001. 276 pages, 8.25 x 5.5 inches. 2002. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, USA

$10.54

Toward the End of Time
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Toward the End of Time

By Updike, John

New York, New York, USA: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hard Back Second Printing. Hardcover Book and Dust Jacket in Very Good Condition. Black cloth binding w/gilt and silver titles, very clean with small whitish discoloration along bottom edge. Tight, solid & square. Internals quite clean, no markings, in fine condition. Bright and clean jacket with image of the "Bust of Vizier Ankh-haf", artist unknown, Egypt Dynasty (IV). Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. John Updike is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this book, there has been a recent war between the United States and China which has thinned the population and brought social chaos--a dramatic setting for a dramatic novel. 334 pages. 8 x 5.5 inches. 1997, Alfred A Knopf, New York, New York, USA

$6.84