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English Literature:Biography From ZH BOOKS


Reflections of a Clown

By Payne, James A. (Tiny the Musical Clown)

[Santa Cruz?]: Self-published, 1981. Soft cover. Very Good. Undated (c1981); staple-bound 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; pp. i-vi, [2], 1-80 including text to last page; original pictorial wraps; spine slightly faded; a few minor spots to upper margin of front cover; profusely illustrated with photographs, cartoons, and drawings; very good. James A. Payne was born in the early 1900s in Ithaca, NY. He entered the entertainment business at an early age - traveling with a circus as a barker and later performing as a magician and a clown. He also worked as a "ham" (an amateur radio operator). He has authored two other books: "The Best of Tiny" and "Tiny's Balloon Animal Zoo." His current book contains a short autobiography and amusing stories from his life as a clown, as well as tools of the trade, do's and don'ts of clowning, etc. A highly unusual publication - one we have never encountered before.


Some of Those Days. An Autobiography [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By Taylor, John Wilson

Detroit: Self-published, 1966. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition; staple-bound 6" x 9"; pp. [4], 1-109 including text to last page; original red stapled wraps; slight fading to upper margin of front cover and spine; very good or better. The autobiography of a Michigan salesman with Irish roots. A look into local history and characters.


Memory Pictures. An Autobiography

By Braly, John Hyde

The Neuner Company, Los Angeles, 1912. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Good. First limited edition; 6 1/2" x 9 1/2"; pp. [16], 5-263, [7]; original brown pictorial boards; cloth spine; rubbing to head and tail of spine; closed vertical split to tail of spine; front hinge cracked; fore-edge of half-title page with small nicks; archival tape to first free page; portrait frontis; numerous illustrations; pages mostly very clean; good condition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by author on an "Author's Compliments" card affixed to the first free page. The book was printed in a very limited edition, for private circulation, of which this copy is #84. Braly was an early pioneer, who came to California, on the Oregon Trail, in the late 1840s for the Gold Rush. He settled in Fremont, later moved to Santa Clara, and finally ended up in Los Angeles. An autobiography/ history of early California life.


How I broke into the Movies. Signed Autobiographies by Sixty Famous Screen Stars

By [edited by] Herman, Hal C.

Los Angeles: Everett L. Sanders, 1930. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition; 4to - 8" x 10 1/2"; pp. [8], 9-127, [1]; original blue boards; elaborate gilt decorations to front cover; some wear to head and tail of spine; small hole to margin of last free page; illustrated with full-page b & w photographs and facsimile of signatures of the movie stars; previous owner signature and "Hollywood Arts Studio" stamp to front cover verso; very good. A delightful compilation of short autobiographies of 60 of the biggest stars of the Silent Film era, including Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, etc.


The Life of Shakespeare

By Wilder, Daniel

Little, Brown, and Company, 1893. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition. Subtitled: "Copied from the Best Sources, Without Comment ." Condition: Very Good - original green boards, binding with very minimal wear; scattered faded spots of soiling to front cover; pages bright and clean, almost as new.


Kurt Cobain (SIGNED and INSCRIBED by author in English)

By Christopher Sandford

Meulenhoff, 1996. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. Meulenhoff, 1996. Stated FIRST DUTCH Edition. Oversize paperback. Book Condition: Very Good - slightly bent corners of the front cover, otherwise the book is in great condition. It is inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Jacob & Lucille, With love, Christopher, 9/96" There is also a yellow post-it note with the following message: " Tower 801 Building, etc. Dear Jacob - I thought you might be mildly amused by this tome (please also see acknowledgment on p. 7)...I spent a glorious 3 days in the Hotel Ambassade in Amsterdam earlier this month, promoting it. With love to you both - Christopher" The names Jacob and Lucille are among several others, mentioned on the Acknowledgments page.


Romo. My Life on the Edge: Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons [Signed by Romo]

By Romanowski, Bill [with Schefter, Adam and Towle, Phil]

New York: William Morrow, 2005. Hardcover. Fine. First edition; 8vo; pp. [4], v-vi, 1-314; original boards with pictorial DJ; the slightest wear to head and tail of DJ; fine condition. Signed by Romo with the number '53' (his player number) after the signature. An autobiography of the prolific football star, who played for the 49ers, the Eagles, the Broncos, and the Raiders.