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Binding: Soft Cover
Condition: Very Good


Price:
$10.00

Lutyens, Mary
EDWIN LUTYENS by his Daughter
London: Black Swan, 1991

Twelvemo. 335 pp; b/w photographs & drawings; appendix; index. Paperback. VG, light edgewear. Biography of Sir Edwin Lutyens written by his daughter. Uncommon.
Inventory number #011916



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: Near Fine


Price:
$15.00

Massie, Robert K.
CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman
NY: Random House, 2011

First edition. Octavo. 625 pp; 16 pp color photographs; select bibliography; index. Hardcover with dustjacket. Near Fine/Near Fine, a clean, unmarked copy; unclipped jacket bright, slight creasing at head of spine.
Inventory number #011714



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: Near Fine


Price:
$50.00

Monro, Jean [signed]
11 MONTPELIER STREET: Memoirs of an Interior Decorator
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988

First edition. Octavo. xiii, 178 pp; color & b/w photos; index. Cloth with dustjacket. Fine in price-clipped near fine dj. SIGNED by author on title page.
Inventory number #011360



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: Very Good


Price:
$20.00

Fowler, Gene
BEAU JAMES
NY: Viking Press, 1949

Octavo. x, 389 pp, illustrated with 16 pp of b/w photographs; index. Cloth with dustjacket. Near fine/VG; jacket has small chip to top of front panel and near the heel and a couple of small closed tears and light edgewear. The chronicle of James J. Walker, New York City's 100th mayor, known to millions as "Jimmy".
Inventory number #011315



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: New
Jacket: New


Price:
$25.00

Staggs, Sam
INVENTING ELSA MAXWELL: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World
NY: St. Martin's Press, 2012

First printing. Octavo. 340 pp; 32 pp of b/w photography; extensive bibliography; index. Hardcover with dustjacket. A new, unused copy. A clean, unmarked copy; unclipped jacket glossy & bright with no wear. The first biography of Elsa Maxwell who rose from the San Francisco middle class to the heights of society in New York, London, Paris, Venice, and Monte Carlo.
Inventory number #011304



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket: Very Good


Price:
$15.00

Gruen, John
ERIK BRUHN: Danseur Noble
NY: Viking Press, 1979

First edition. Octavo. 252 pp; b/w photographs; appendix - roles danced, productions; filmography; bibliography; index. Hardcover with dustjacket. VG/VG, a clean, unmarked copy; unclipped jacket. The biography of Erik Bruhn (1928-1986), Danish ballet dancer noted for his outstanding classical technique, who appeared mainly as a guest artist with North American and European companies.
Inventory number #011196



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket: Very Good


Price:
$15.00

Salter, Elizabeth
THE LAST YEARS OF A REBEL A Memoir of Edith Sitwell
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1967

Second printing. Octavo. 208 pp; frontispiece & 11 b/w photographs; index. Green cloth with gilt lettering in dj. VG/VG, a clean, unmarked copy; price-clipped jacket has light edgewear. Dame Edith Sitwell was 69 when she invited Elizabeth Salter, a young Australian, to be her secretary. Over the next eight years she became friend, confidante and aide-de-camp, in the thick of the crises, the controversy and the celebrity that surrounded the British poet and critic.
Inventory number #010907



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: Very Good


Price:
$12.50

Skinner, Cornelia Otis
MADAME SARAH
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966

First printing (stated). Octavo. 356 pp; b/w photogarphs; bibliography; index. Cloth with dustjacket. Near Fine/Near Fine, a clean, unmarked copy, top corner bumped; unclipped jacket has one short edge tear, minor wear to spine ends, price in ink next to printed price on jacket flap. Biography of the French stage and early film actress, who made her fame on the stages of France in the 1870s, and then in Europe and America. Jacket poster by Alphonse Mucha shows Ms. Bernhardt in one of her most famous roles in La Dame aux Camelias.
Inventory number #010878



Binding: Soft Cover
Condition: Near Fine


Price:
$10.00

Wall, Joseph F.
Andrew Carnegie's Hogmanay or A Child's New Year in Calvinist Scotland
NY: Oxford University Press, 1970

First edition. 6" x 4.25". 25 pp; color illustrations by Tim Gaydos. Stapled wraps. Near Fine, a clean, unmarked copy; minor wear to extremities. The text was adapted from Chapter III of the author's biography of Andrew Carnegie.
Inventory number #010797



Binding: Soft Cover
Condition: Good


Price:
$12.50

Forge, Andrew
RAUSCHENBERG
NY: Harry N. Abrams / Meridian Books, 1978

Octavo. 87 pp; 25 color & 26 b/w plates; autobiography; bibliography. Paperback with French flaps. Good, covers soiled, a few edge tears. A condensation of the full-length monograph previously published in hard cover by Abrams in 1969.
Inventory number #010639



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket: Very Good-


Price:
$15.00

Crosland, Margaret
JEAN COCTEAU. A Biography
NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956

First American edition. Octavo. x, 238 pp; b/w photographs; 4 drawings by the author; extracts from letters; bibliography; some books consulted; index. Cloth with dustjacket. VG/VG-, a clean, unmarked copy; jacket with moderate wear - 1-in. x 1-in. chip at top edge of front panel, spine ends lightly chipped, small loss at top edge of back panel, a few short edge tears, rubbing & two tears at front flap fold. Biography of novelist, poet, essayist, critic, playwright, cinematographer, and artist Jean Cocteau, which includes a critical history of his creative work. His friends included Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Satie, Picasso, Raymond Radiguet, and the Six.
Inventory number #010118



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: Near Fine


Price:
$15.00

Dalley, Jan
DIANA MOSLEY
NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000

First American edition. Octavo. xvi, 318 pp; b/w photographs; bibliography; index. Cloth-backed boards with dustjacket. Near Fine/Near Fine, a clean, unmarked copy; unclipped jacket lightly soiled. A biography of Diana Mitford, the Mitford sister who married Oswald Mosley, the leader of Britain's fascists.
Inventory number #010012



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: Near Fine


Price:
$20.00

Saroyan, Aram
TRIO: Oona Chaplin, Carol Matthau, Gloria Vanderbilt: Portrait of an Intimate Friendship
NY: Simon & Schuster, 1985

First printing. Octavo. 256 pp. Cloth-backed boards with dustjacket. Near Fine/Near Fine, a clean, unmarked copy; unclipped jacket has light toning at top & bottom edges of flaps.
Inventory number #009990



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket: Very Good+


Price:
$65.00

McBride, Mary Margaret
A LONG WAY FROM MISSOURI [Signed]
NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1959

Second impression. Octavo. 254 pp; drawings by Vasiliu. Two-tone cloth with dustjacket. Inscribed by the author. VG/VG, covers clean & bright, front free endpaper browned from newspaper clipping [NY Herald Tribune, July 10, 1960, now in plastic sleeve], old cello-tape residue on rear free endpaper; unclipped jacket bright with no chips or tears. Memoir of the radio personality's early days in New York City as a girl news reporter.
Inventory number #009744



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket: Very Good


Price:
$15.00

Panov, Valery & George Feifer
TO DANCE
NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978

Book Club edition. Octavo. xiv, 397 pp; b/w photographs; index. Black cloth with silver lettering in dustjacket. VG/VG. Four photos that appear in book laid in. A clean, unmarked copy; light ink stain on bottom edge, jacket shows moderate rubbing, with light chipping at top & bottom of spine.
Inventory number #009711



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: None


Price:
$40.00

Tebbel, John
A CERTAIN CLUB: One Hundred Years of the Players
NY: The Players, 1989

Octavo. 348 pp; color & b/w photographs. Red cloth with gilt-lettered spine, all edges gilt in illustrated slipcase.
Inventory number #009526



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket: Very Good


Price:
$15.00

Bush-Brown, Louise
MEN WITH GREEN PENS: Lives of the Great Writers on Plants in Early Times
Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, 1964

Octavo. 161 pp; (12) b/w illustrations; bibliography. Gilt-lettered green cloth in dustjacket. VG/VG, clean, unmarked copy; small chip at top of jacket spine. The author traces the history of plant investigation from Theophrastus (372 B.C.) through the era of the great herbalists of the 16th century. Includes Dioscorides, Albertus Magnus, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, Otto Brunfels, Leonhard Fuchs, William Turner, Nicolas Monardes, and John Gerard.
Inventory number #009495



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket: Near Fine


Price:
$25.00

Bloch-Dano, Evelyne
MADAME PROUST: A Biography
Chicago: Univ of Chicago Press, 2007

First edition. Octavo. 310 pp; b/w photo plates. Cloth with dustjacket. Near fine in near fine jacket. Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time opens with one of the most famous scenes in literature, as young Marcel, unable to fall asleep, waits anxiously for his mother to come to his bedroom and kiss him good night. Proust's own mother is central to the meaning of his masterpiece, and she has always held a special role in literary history, both as a character and as a decisive influence on the great writer’s career. This is a biography of his mother - Jeanne Weil Proust.
Inventory number #008804



Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket: Very Good


Price:
$15.00

Mannes, Marya
OUT OF MY TIME
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1971

First edition. Octavo. 251 pp; 48 b/w illustrations. Publisher's burgundy cloth with dustjacket. VG/VG, small erasure spot on front flyleaf, else a clean, unmarked copy; price-clipped jacket lightly chipped at top & bottom of spine, short edge tear, light soil on back panel. Autobiography of Marya Mannes (1904-1990) American writer and critic, known for her insightful observations of American life. Marya describes her childhood in an uncommon family - her parents, Clara Damrosch & David Mannes founded the Mannes College of Music, and her musician brother co-invented the Kodachrome process - and her uncommon education.
Inventory number #008180



Binding: Soft Cover
Condition: Near Fine


Price:
$15.00

Xing, Wei
Yin Zhaoyang's New Work
Beijing: Tang Contemporary Art, 2007

Quarto. 84 pp; illustrated with full page color plates of works in the exhibition; artist biography. Text in Chinese and English. Paperback Near Fine. Catalogue of Zhaoyang's solo exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art Beijing in 2007.
Inventory number #008033