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  • 1929: Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street, by Eddie Cantor

    “Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street” by Eddie Cantor is a humorous and insightful reflection on the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929, which led to the Great Depression. Eddie Cantor, a renowned comedian and entertainer of the era, uses his sharp wit and personal experiences to provide a candid, satirical commentary on the financial chaos and its impact on both Wall Street and the average American.

    Illustrated by Sid L. Hydeman, this book is not just a mere recounting of historical events, but a lively narrative filled with humor and a unique perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in American financial history.

  • Set of 2: As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, by William Faulkner

    This set of 2 volumes by William Faulkner includes two of his notable works, “As I Lay Dying” (1957) and “Sanctuary” (1958), both published by Random House. These hardcover volumes are bound in red cloth with gilt lettering on the cover and spine. The deckled fore-edges. Both volumes are in In mint condition.

    “As I Lay Dying” is a contemporary novel that explores the Bundren family’s journey to bury their matriarch, Addie, in her hometown. Told through multiple perspectives, Faulkner delves into the complex dynamics of family relationships, grief, and the human condition.

    “Sanctuary” is a gripping novel that delves into the dark underbelly of the American South. It follows the story of Temple Drake, a young woman who finds herself caught in a web of violence and corruption. Faulkner’s exploration of themes such as rape, justice, and morality makes “Sanctuary” a thought-provoking and impactful read.

  • 1935: Personal History, by Vincent Sheean

    “Personal History” by Vincent Sheean offers readers a unique glimpse into the author’s personal experiences and the events that shaped the world.

    The present copy was published by Doubleday & Company in New York in 1935 and spans 403 pages. It is a red hardcover volume with gilt ornamentation and lettering on the spine. The dustjacket is not present. There is minor wear to the cover boards and fading to the spine. Owner’s name and date of December 1935 are inscribed on inside front the cover. The book is in very good condition, with no other writing or markings. Deckled fore-edges. Slight separation from the spine at the titular page.

  • 1947: Lydia Bailey, by Kenneth Roberts

    “Lydia Bailey” by Kenneth Roberts is set in the early 19th century, the story revolves around Albion Hamlin, a lawyer who travels to Boston to defend a man accused of breaking the Alien and Sedition Act. After being imprisoned, Hamlin escapes to Haiti in search of his client’s daughter, Lydia Bailey, whom he has fallen in love with through her portrait. The book delves into themes of love, adventure, and political intrigue as Hamlin navigates the tumultuous events of the time.

    With its navy blue hardcover and ornate design, this vintage book is in good to very good condition, showing minor wear and rubbing to the cover boards and spine. Although the pages have yellowed due to age, the book remains tightly bound with no writing or markings. A must-read for fans of historical fiction and those interested in the early years of American history.

  • 1966: The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories, by Stephen Crane

    The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories, by Stephen Crane, is a collection of short stories that showcases the author’s profound understanding of human nature and the complexities of war. The book includes Crane’s most renowned work, The Red Badge of Courage, which follows the journey of a young soldier during the American Civil War. Through vivid and realistic descriptions, Crane delves into the psychological turmoil and moral dilemmas faced by soldiers on the battlefield. The other stories in the collection explore themes of courage, fear, and the harsh realities of war.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a classic coming-of-age novel set in the mid-19th century. The story follows the mischievous and imaginative Tom Sawyer as he navigates through various escapades in the small town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. From playing pirates on a deserted island to witnessing a murder, Tom’s adventures are filled with humor, excitement, and a touch of danger. This first edition book showcases Twain’s masterful storytelling and his ability to capture the essence of childhood and the complexities of growing up. With its timeless themes of friendship, freedom, and the power of imagination, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer continues to be a beloved literary work that appeals to readers of all ages.

  • 1961: Elmer Gantry, by Sinclair Lewis

    Elmer Gantry, by Sinclair Lewis, is a classic novel published by Dell Publishing in New York in 1961. The 450-page vintage paperback features turquoise page edges and is in very good condition with minor signs of wear on the cover and bottom edges.

    The book follows the story of Elmer Gantry, a charismatic and opportunistic young man who becomes a successful and controversial evangelist. Set in the 1920s, the novel explores themes of religion, morality, and the pursuit of power. This vintage copy is a valuable addition to any book collection, offering readers a glimpse into the social and religious landscape of early 20th century America.

  • Voices of the Night : Ballads and Other Poems, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Arlington Edition

    Voices of the Night: Ballads and Other Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is a classic collection of poetry. This Arlington Edition, published by Hurst & Company in New York, features a hardcover volume with beautiful ornamentation and lettering on the cover and spine. While the cover shows some expected wear, including slight bending of the corners and staining and fading on the back cover, the book remains in good condition overall. The pages have yellowed over time, adding to its vintage charm. It is worth noting that the first blank page before the titular page is missing. Inside the front cover, there is an old ink inscription dated 1898.

    With its rich history and timeless poetry, Voices of the Night is a must-have for poetry enthusiasts. The collection explores various themes such as love, nature, and the human condition, offering readers a profound and thought-provoking experience.

  • 1965: Don’t Stop The Carnival, by Herman Wouk

    Don’t Stop The Carnival by Herman Wouk is a humorous novel set in the Caribbean. Published by Doubleday & Company in 1965, this book club edition is a must-read for fans of contemporary fiction. The mustard-colored hardcover volume features lettering on the spine, while the dust jacket is in near mint condition. With 352 pages, the book is clean, tightly bound, and free of any markings or writings. The deckled fore-edges and red top edges add a touch of elegance to this well-preserved copy. Although there is a little bit of foxing on the inside of the dust jacket, the book itself is in excellent condition.

    Dive into the plot as the protagonist, Norman Paperman, embarks on a hilarious journey to escape his mundane life and become the owner of a Caribbean hotel.

  • 1992 First Edition: China Lake, by Anthony Hyde

    China Lake by Anthony Hyde is a gripping thriller that follows the story of a photojournalist, John Wells, who stumbles upon a conspiracy involving the U.S. Navy and a top-secret military base in California’s Mojave Desert. As Wells delves deeper into the mystery, he uncovers a sinister plot involving mind control experiments and a dangerous cult. Along the way, he must confront his own past and the demons that haunt him.

    Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, China Lake is a fast-paced and suspenseful novel that explores themes of power, corruption, and redemption. With its vivid descriptions of the California desert and its well-drawn characters, the book is a must-read for fans of the thriller genre.

  • 1945:Glass Timberlane, by Sinclair Lewis

    Glass Timberlane is a classic novel by Sinclair Lewis that was published in 1945. The book is set in the fictional town of Grand Republic, which is based on Lewis’s hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The story follows the life of a young lawyer named George F. Babbitt, who is struggling to find his place in the world. Babbitt is a man who is torn between his desire for success and his longing for something more meaningful in life. As he navigates the ups and downs of his career and personal life, Babbitt must confront the harsh realities of the world around him and come to terms with his own limitations.

    The book is a powerful commentary on the American Dream and the pursuit of happiness in a rapidly changing world. Through Babbitt’s struggles, Lewis exposes the flaws and contradictions of modern society, while also celebrating the resilience and determination of the human spirit.

  • 1986 First edition: Heartbreak Hotel, by Gabrielle Burton – Winner of Maxwell Perkins Prize

    Heartbreak Hotel by Gabrielle Burton is a novel that tells the story of a young woman named Sarah who sets out on a journey to find her father. Her father, who was a famous musician, abandoned her and her mother when Sarah was just a baby. Sarah is determined to find him and learn more about him and her own identity. She travels to various cities and meets a range of interesting characters along the way. The novel explores themes of family, identity, and the search for meaning in life.

    The book was the winner of the Maxwell Perkins Prize and was published in 1986 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. The first edition is a hardcover with a dust jacket in near mint condition. The original Coles price sticker is still on the front cover. There is a slight separation from the spine on the inside cover, which appears to be a manufacturing defect. Heartbreak Hotel is a captivating novel that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and explores the complexities of family relationships.

  • Pre-1920s: Poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is a collection of poems by American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The book was published by Gay and Hancock, Limited in London and contains 413 pages. Although the book is undated, there is an ink inscription on the half title page dated to Jan 23, 1920. The volume is a softcover in burgundy leather with gilt lettering on the cover and spine. There is some moderate wear consistent with age, including a small tear on the bottom of the spine. The cover is separating from the book body due to a tear in the end papers, but this is mendable. The body of the book is clean, well-bound, and in very good condition. All page edges are gilt. This book is a beautiful antique volume and would make a perfect gift for a poetry lover.

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a popular American poet in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for her optimistic and inspirational poems. This collection of her work includes some of her most famous poems, such as “Solitude” and “Laugh, and the World Laughs With You.” The book is a testament to the enduring popularity of Wilcox’s work, as well as a glimpse into the world of poetry in the early 20th century. Poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is a fascinating and beautiful volume that would make a great addition to any poetry lover’s collection.

  • 1945: A Lion Is in the Streets, by Adria Locke Langley

    A Lion Is in the Streets, written by Adria Locke Langley, is a political fiction novel set in the year 1945. The story follows the rise of a charismatic politician named Hank Martin, who uses his charm and cunning to become the governor of Louisiana. However, as he gains more power and influence, Martin’s true nature is revealed, and he becomes a corrupt and dangerous leader. The novel explores themes of ambition, power, and the corrupting influence of politics, as well as the impact of World War II on American society.

    This early printing of the novel features a green hardcover with gilt lettering on the spine. Despite some wear and fading due to age, the book is in good condition and contains no writing or markings. The deckled fore-edges add to the vintage charm of the book.

  • Set of 2: Show Boat, and Cimarron, by Edna Ferber International Collectors Library

    Show Boat, by Edna Ferber, is a classic novel that tells the story of the lives of performers on a Mississippi River show boat. The novel explores themes of love, race, and the changing times of the early 20th century. The story follows the lives of the performers, including Magnolia, the daughter of the boat’s owner, and her romance with a gambler named Gaylord Ravenal. The novel also delves into the lives of the African American performers on the boat, and the challenges they face in a society that is still grappling with issues of race and equality. Show Boat is a timeless tale that has been adapted into a successful Broadway musical and several films.

    Cimarron, also by Edna Ferber, is a sweeping historical novel that tells the story of the settling of Oklahoma in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The novel follows the life of Yancey Cravat, a newspaper editor and lawyer who moves to Oklahoma with his wife, Sabra, to start a new life. The novel explores themes of ambition, love, and the clash of cultures as the settlers of Oklahoma try to build a new society. Cimarron is a powerful novel that offers a vivid portrait of a time and place in American history, and is considered one of Ferber’s greatest works.

  • 1948: Raintree County, by Ross Lockridge, Jr

    Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Jr. is a historical fiction novel set in the titular Raintree County, Indiana, during the mid-19th century. The story follows John Shawnessy, a young man who dreams of writing a great American novel, as he navigates his way through love, war, and the complexities of life in a rapidly changing America. The novel spans over 1000 pages and includes illustrations and maps to help readers visualize the setting and characters.

    Raintree County is a sweeping epic that captures the spirit of America during a time of great change and upheaval. Through the eyes of its protagonist, Lockridge explores themes of love, loss, and the pursuit of the American dream, all set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing country.