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The Girls from Esquire, Esquire
41 The Girls from Esquire
Esquire
New York Random House 1952 Stated First Printing Hardcover Very Good No Dust jacket 
"First Printing" stated on copyright page. Clean black cloth boards with white lettering and color portrait of the little Esquire guy in top hat on front and rear boards. Very light rubbing, no bumping, tiny pin-head spot of wear-through to one corner tip. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean yellow endpapers; no names, writing or marks. Introduction by Frederic A. Birmingham. Full page cartoon drawings throughout. 308 pages. A treasury of fiction, comment and fun based on the unpredictable woman, which Oscar Wilde warned was meant only to be loved, not understood. 021841

Price: 15.00 USD
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42 You Can't Hardly Get There From Here
Ethridge, Willie Snow
New York Vanguard Press 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket Bob Parker, Illustrator 
Very clean blue cloth boards with silver illustration on cover, silver lettering on spine. No fraying, very tiny spot of wear to one corner tip. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean gold endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 175 pgs. Very clean, bright dustjacket has tiny chips at spine corners, a few tiny closed edge tears, corner price clip to inside front flap. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. Author describes the maelstrom of confusion, schedules, nonschedules, and ticket-tape she has encountered in her exuberant career as lecturer, author, wife, mother and grandmother. Keen humor and sympathy for the constant traveller. 8vo. Travel. 013919

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43 Laugh and Live
Fairbanks, Douglas
New York Britton Publishing Co. 1917 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ No Dustjacket Jacket 
Very clean brown cloth boards with black lettering and illustration on cover (face of Douglas Fairbanks), black lettering on spine. Very little wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages are clean. Neatly penned P/O name and date on front free endpaper. Illustrated with black & white photographs. 190 pgs. 005642

Price: 10.00 USD
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I Hate Thursday, Ferril, Thomas Hornsby
44 I Hate Thursday
Ferril, Thomas Hornsby
New York - London Harper & Brothers 1946 Stated First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good Jacket Folsom, Anne Ferril 
Clean black boards with orange lettering and illustration on front and yellow lettering on spine. Binding is tight and square. Pages are clean and bright with no writing or marks, clean illustrated endpapers. 233 pgs. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped with a some closed edge tears and chips to corners and edges. Fading to spine. 233 pgs. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. 8vo. Humor. 014195

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Around the Capital with Uncle Hank - Recorded Together with Many Pictures, Fleming, Thomas
45 Around the Capital with Uncle Hank - Recorded Together with Many Pictures
Fleming, Thomas
New York The Nutshell Publishing Co. 1902 First Edition, First Printing Hardcover Very Good No Dust jacket 
Brown pebbled cloth boards with decorated binding (silver capital building and lettering on cover, silver lettering and small decoration on spine). Nice, solid book. Clean, with some fading to front board right edge, faint moisture stain to rear outer board edge. A few tiny spots of wear at top and bottom spine edges. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers, with decorated front fixed endpaper. Illustrated with hundreds of excellent drawings by the author, including sketch from life of President Theodore Roosevelt, and comical sketches and cartoons of many other politicians and scenes of the era. 316 pages. 021592

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Salt Water Taffy - Or, Twenty Thousand Leagues Away from the Sea, Ford, Corey
46 Salt Water Taffy - Or, Twenty Thousand Leagues Away from the Sea
Ford, Corey
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1929 First Hardcover Fine Very Good Jacket 
Clean hardcover book and dust jacket, with crazy and cute publicity photos from the publisher laid in. The back of each photo has typed commentary pasted on back of photo. Book is very clean brown cloth boards with gray leettering and small fish decoration on cover, gray lettering on spine. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean map-illustrated endpapers. No previous owner markings. Illustrated with 34 spoofy photographs. 206 pages. Dust jacket is clean and bright, not price clipped, has numerous tiny edge chips and short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. "The Almost Incredible Autobiography of Capt. Ezra Triplett's Seafaring Daughter." In 1929 silent-film actress Joan Lowell published an autobiography, Cradle of the Deep, detailing a childhood spent adventuring around the South Seas as a sea captain's daughter. It was almost immediately proved to be bunkum (by, among other things, statements from her former neighbors, who remembered her actual childhood in Berkeley, California). Humorist Corey Ford published this spoof within months, "Salt Water Taffy." Tucked into this copy of Taffy are a few publicity photos from the publisher. Note that the stock model in the photo bears a striking resemblance to Lowell. Even though "Cradle of the Deep" was proven to be a work of fiction, RKO Pictures made a "documentary" based on the work, 1934's "Adventure Girl." Lowell starred in it. It was her last picture before she left the industry to get married...to a sea-captain, with whom she had a few real-life seafaring adventures. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction, or fiction strives to be truth! 026091

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Shorty McCabe's Odd Numbers, Ford, Sewell
47 Shorty McCabe's Odd Numbers
Ford, Sewell
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1912 Reprint Hardcover Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
Grosset & Dunlap edition in clean illustrated original dustjacket. Clean red cloth boards with black lettering on cover and spine. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean. Sound hinges - no cracking. No names, writing or bookplates. Illustrations by F. Vaux Wilson. 309 pages + publisher's advertising at rear of book. Dust jacket has two tiny edge chips, very short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Fun loving Shorty, everywhere from the East Side swell yachting parties with a cure for every ill, and more than a physician's ability to diagnose them. For those who appreciate laughing, this book will provide. 025521

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Coyote V. Acme, Frazier, Ian
48 Coyote V. Acme
Frazier, Ian
New York Farrar Straus & Giroux 1996 0-374-13033-7 / 9780374130336 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
Very clean gold boards with red-orange spine, black lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or bookplates. 118 pgs. Clean bright dustjacket is not price clipped, unchipped, with a few very short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. Winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 1997 (circular award seal on front panel of dustjacket). Twenty-two side-splitting glimpses into some of the mroe oddball corners of the American mind. 8vo. Humor. 015680

Price: 20.00 USD
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Matilda, Gallico, Paul
49 Matilda
Gallico, Paul
New York Coward McCann 1970 Stated First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
Clean black cloth boards with gold kangaroo illustration on cover, gold lettering on spine. No fraying or wear, tiny bump to one corner tip. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean red endpapers; no names or bookplates. 313 pgs. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped, has slight edgewear and a few very short closed edge tears. Photo of author on rear panel. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. A warm, rollicking tale of a boxing kangaroo from down under who wins over the Mafia single-handed and sends his two lovable promoters off to happily-ever-after romances with their luscious lady friends. 013962

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Desert Mavericks: Caught and Branded, Ganson, Eve
50 Desert Mavericks: Caught and Branded
Ganson, Eve
Santa Barbara, California Wallace Hebberd 1928 First Edition, First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket Author illustrated 
First Edition in clean unclipped jacket. Clean burgundy cloth boards with blue lettering on cover and spine. Hint of surface wear to corners, no fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. Illustrated with drawings. Foreword by Dr. William T. Hornaday. Clean jacket with price intact (2.00 on rear inside flap), shallow chipping ata base of spine (1/4"). Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Humorous adventures with wild animals on the Sonora Desert illustrated with cartoons and drawings. 019870

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Good Enough for Grandpa..., Gerling, Curt
51 Good Enough for Grandpa...
Gerling, Curt
Webster, New York Plaza Publishers 1958 Stated First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket Signed
Stated First Edition, SIGNED by the author, in clean unclipped original dust jacket. Clean unfaded burgundy boards with gold lettering on spine. Binding is tight and square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Signed by author on front free endpaper: "Best regards - Curt Gerling." 237 pages. Clean dust jacket is not price clipped, has one tiny chip at top front panel edge near corner (smaller than a pea), a few short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A laughing good look into the history and culture of Rochester, New York - by the author of "Smugtown, U.S.A. 025015

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More in Sorrow, Gibbs, Wolcott
52 More in Sorrow
Gibbs, Wolcott
New York Henry Holt & Co. 1958 Stated First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good+ Jacket 
Stated First Edition. Blue cloth boards with turquoise and silver lettering. Cloth boards are clean with some fading to spine and edges. No bumping, no wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names or bookplates. Tiny date written in upper corner of rear fixed endpaper. 308 pgs. Clean illustrated dustjacket is unchipped, no tears, with price clip at top corner of front inside flap. Author's photo on rear panel. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. Wolcott Gibbs wrote for the New Yorker Magazine for over 30 years, producing incomparable parodies, profiles, short stories and theater reviews. This book is a selection of 35 memorable pieces. 6" x 8-1/2". Humor. 017396

Price: 45.00 USD
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Abe and Mawruss - Being Further Adventures of Potash and Perlmutter, Glass, Montague
53 Abe and Mawruss - Being Further Adventures of Potash and Perlmutter
Glass, Montague
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1911 Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ Good+ Jacket J. J. Gould and Martin Justice, Illustrators 
Grosset & Dunlap edition in illustrated dustjacket. Decorated binding (black and white silhouette of two men in suits arguing), bright white lettering on cover, white lettering on spine (a few little chips to spine lettering). No bumping or wear to cloth boards. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages are clean, with clean endpapers; small previous owner name neatly ink stamped on front free endpaper. A little dust-speckling to text block edges. Illustrated by J. J. Gould and Martin Justice. 381 pages. Dustjacket has a little foxing to white spine, tiny chips to corners and upper and lower spine edges, long narrow chip at center of rear panel (size of baby finger). Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. The laughable adventures of the firm of "Potash and Perlmutter," creators of surpassing values in ladies' garments. 021407

Price: 35.00 USD
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Doctor at Sea, Gordon, Richard
54 Doctor at Sea
Gordon, Richard
London Michael Joseph 1954 Later printing Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine Jacket 
Later printing in clean original unclipped dust jacket. Very clean black cloth boards with white decoration, bright gold lettering on spine. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Small old book store ticket at top edge of front free endpaper. 219 pages. Dust jacket is clean, not price clipped, no fading or chips, slightest edge wear. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A hilarious sequel to that medical mirthquake, "Doctor in the House", this is the good doctor's medical misadventures on a cruise ship. 025749

Price: 12.00 USD
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The Captain's Table, Gordon, Richard
55 The Captain's Table
Gordon, Richard
London Michael Joseph 1955 Later printing Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
Later printing in clean unclipped original dust jacket. Clean black cloth boards with white decoration, bright gold lettering on spine. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with blank endpapers - except for back side of rear free endpaper which contains a neatly penned poem. 220 pages. Clean dust jacket is unfaded, has small chip at top rear panel edge, one short closed edge tear, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A humorous novel set on a cruise ship by the author of "Doctor in the House", "Doctor at Sea. 025748

Price: 12.00 USD
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56 Neither Hay Nor Grass
Gould, John
New York William Morrow & Co. 1951 First edition Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket F. Wenderoth Saunders, Illustrator 
First Edition. Clean green cloth boards with black lettering on spine, black author initials on cover. Hint of slightest surface wear to corners, no fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or bookplates. 216 pgs. with illustrations by F. Wenderoth Saunders. Clean unfaded color illustrated dustjacket is price clipped at top corner of front inside flap, has one small curved closed tear at top spine edge (1"), small tape reinforcement to fold and spine edges on reverse side of dustjacket (no tears there), tiny chip at rear panel corner near spine edge. Author's photo on rear panel. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Dry Yankee humor and the happy glow of warm family relationships and farm life in New England. 017939

Price: 25.00 USD
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Candles in the Sun - A Satire in Pastels, Graham, Dorothy
57 Candles in the Sun - A Satire in Pastels
Graham, Dorothy
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1930 Second printing before publication Hardcover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
Clean unfaded orange pebble cloth boards with crisp black lettering and decoration on cover and spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean top-stained page edges. Clean decorated endpapers; no names, writing or bookplates. 297 pgs. Copyright statement "Published, January 16, 1930 - Second printing, before publication, January 6, 1930". Original silver dustjacket with black & orange lettering is clean, not price clipped ($2.50 on front inside flap), has very slight edge wear and a few short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A lovely satirical novel set in Florence, Italy with an intricate mingling of American and Italian personalities. A scarce book, found here in clean and solid condition. 017828

Price: 175.00 USD
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Travels with My Aunt, Greene, Graham
58 Travels with My Aunt
Greene, Graham
New York Viking Press 1970 0670725242 / 9780670725243 First Edition, First Printing Hardcover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
First Edition ("Published in 1970 by The Viking Press, Inc." on copyright page), in unclipped, unchipped jacket. Clean lavender boards with light beige cloth spine, lavender lettering and gold decoration on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking; pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean lavender endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 244 pp. Clean jacket is not price clipped (5.95 on front inside flap), unchipped, with fading to background on spine, slight yellowing to edges of rear white panel, very short closed edge tear ( 1/4") at base of spine. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 020410

Price: 55.00 USD
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Bucolic Bull - Fun on a Farm in Australia, Gregory, Cedric E.
59 Bucolic Bull - Fun on a Farm in Australia
Gregory, Cedric E.
Smithtown, NY Exposition Press 1982 0-682-49892-0 / 9780682498920 Stated First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good Jacket 
Stated First Edition, in original unclipped jacket, with review sheet laid in. Clean yellow cloth boards with crisp black lettering on spine. Very light bumping to spine corners, no fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking; pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 146 pgs. Review sheet laid in. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped, has slight fading to spine and margins of back panel, short closed tears. Author's photo on rear panel. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A serio-comic account of a "gentleman farmer's" tribulations in the countryside of Australia. 018392

Price: 45.00 USD
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Papa's Delicate Condition, Griffith, Corinne
60 Papa's Delicate Condition
Griffith, Corinne
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1952 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket Katharine Bernard, Illustrator Signed
First Edition, with 1952 on title page, 1952 on copyright page, SIGNED by author. Very clean beige cloth boards with red lettering on cover and spine. Hint of very slight surface wear at top and bottom spine edges; no bumping or fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Inscribed and SIGNED by author on front free endpaper: "To Florence Pratt - A Merry Christmas from Corinne Griffith - 1954 - ". Very small previous owner label (return address label) on front free endpaper. No other marks. 178 pgs. with illustrations by Katharine Bernard. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped, has a few small edge chips (1/2" deep chip at top spine edge, 1/2" x 1/2" chip at top edge of rear panel, a few tiny edge nicks). Slight fading to spine (black lettering is crisp and bold). Author's photo on rear panel. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. Made into a movie (1963) starring Jackie Gleason and Glynis Johns. 8vo. Humor. 016396

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