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Maybe -- Tomorrow

Maybe — Tomorrow

Little, Jay (pseud. for Clarence Lewis Miller) New York: Pageant Press. Very Good in Good dj. 1956 (c.1952). 2nd printing. Hardcover. NOISBN . [some foxing/soiling to page edges, spine slightly turned; jacket heavily edgeworn, several small chips and tears]. Early gay fiction, a novel exploring "the inner thought processes of a youth, Gaylord Le Claire, who finds himself developing into a homosexual. As we first meet Gaylord, he doesn't realize why he is unlike anyone else he knows; why he has longings to be near a high-school friend, Bob Blake; why he wishes he were a girl. His unhappiness is intensified by the cruelty of his school friends, who realize before he does what he is and what it means." It takes a trip to New Orleans -- where quite a bit of the novel takes place, and where Gay (yes, that's what he's called, for short) "has met others like himself" -- to spur he and Bob to get together. Cited in Young, 2360 -- an asterisked listing, indicating a "work of primary importance," yet neither the book nor its author (who wrote an additional gay-themed book, "Somewhere Between the Two," published in 1956) seem to have gotten much attention from scholars of the genre, despite the fact that this would seem to be a fairly early positive portrayal (with an upbeat ending, no less) of a young man's coming-out. (There is, however, a very nice essay to be found online entitled "Resurrecting Jay Little," in which the blogger (Brooks Peters?) writes very appreciatively of the book, and relates the story of his own quest to track down biographical information about its author.) .
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Captain Kidd and His Skeleton Island

Wilkins, Harold T. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj. (c.1937). First Edition. Hardcover. [light shelfwear, moderate age-toning to edges of text block, attractive gold-foil endpaper maps; jacket has very shallow paper loss at top of spine, a little wear to base of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W plates, endpaper maps) Uncommon biography of the supposed pirate, William Kidd, who in the author's view (per the jacket blurb) "was railroaded to the gallows [in 1701] by 'fair weather' friends" -- essentially scapegoated for the misdeeds of others. In some measure the book is a bit of a tease: the author refers extensively to Kidd's "Original Authentic Charts of Skeleton Islands," claimed to have been "dug out of Kidd's own ingenious hiding place." (In reality, according to my little bit of research, he got them from a guy named Hubert Palmer, who found them in a bureau that he bought from an antique dealer in 1932.) In any event, he gives the reader "enough of [them] to indicate their authenticity -- just enough for that -- for he expects to 'follow through' to the hiding place where lie these treasures." One suspects that Wilkins, a well-known pseudohistorian of the day, was priming his own pump: he had previously published at least four books on the topic of -- wait for it -- hunting for buried treasure. He later moved on to other (and otherwordly) topics, notably positing the theory, in the 1950s, that UFOs were laying siege to the Earth. (He wrote quite a bit about "unsolved mysteries," and was fond of such wacky ideas as the notion that the descendants of the original inhabitants of Atlantis were living in underground caves in South America.) .
The Art of Ray Harryhausen [*SIGNED*]

The Art of Ray Harryhausen [*SIGNED*]

Harryhausen, Ray, and Tony Dalton New York: Billboard Books / Watson-Guptill Publications. Near Fine in Near Fine dj. 2002. First American Edition. Hardcover. 0823084000 . [faint shelfwear to base of spine, no other significant wear; jacket has a short and almost-invisible vertical wrinkle in front panel, otherwise flawless]. (color & BW photos, drawings, facsimiles) SIGNED boldly by Ray Harryhausen on the title page. In this companion volume to the stop-motion animation master's memoir "An Animated Life," the focus "is not on the movies themselves but on the vast hoard of artwork that Harryhausen has carefully preserved in his London home, much of which is published here for the first time. [The artwork] includes preliminary sketches and elaborate drawings of key scenes and carefully plotted storyboards, all produced as he prepared to undertake the laborious task of animating the wondrous creatures that stole scene after scene from the human actors. Also depicted here are the tiny, elaborately articulated models that Harryhausen created to play these roles and the bronzes which he cast to preserve their forms in perpetuity." Laid in are two B&W stills of Harryhausen at work, from the press kit of CLASH OF THE TITANS. ***NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book may apply for non-U.S. customers, or for Priority Mail shipping within the U.S.; if this causes you concern, please inquire before placing your order.*** Signed by Author .
Type-Faces: A Photographic Study of Ward Ritchie [*SIGNED* limited  edition; incomplete copy (see notes)]

Type-Faces: A Photographic Study of Ward Ritchie [*SIGNED* limited edition; incomplete copy (see notes)]

Blanco, Amanda; with a foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell Northridge CA: Santa Susana Press. Near Fine. 1988. Limited Edition. Hardcover. [brown cloth clamshell box has some minor scuffing to the underside; mounted plates are in Fine condition]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the subject, master printer Ward Ritchie, on the title page and also on Plate 12, latterly with an inscription "For old friends from the 1930s -- the Petits"; additionally SIGNED by Lawrence Clark Powell on the limitation page. "Designed, printed and produced by D'Ambrosio, using hand set Della Robbia type and a Vandercook No. 4 proof press . . . under the direction of Norman E. Tanis, Director of Libraries, California State University, Northridge." Contents: ii [title page]; iii-v (Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell); followed by Plates 1 (WR at work, 1984), 2 ("The 'burden' of printing by hand on an antique Albion press"), 3 ("Setting the frisket"), 4 ("The man and his press"), 5 ("Anticipation"), 7 (Grant Dahlstrom, Jake Zeitlin, WR, and LCP -- the Zamorano 'Compadres' -- at the Clark Library, 1980), 9 (Irving Block, Norman Tanis and WR at an exhibition of WR's books at the Oviatt Library, 1985), 10 ("A good sport"; WR with a tennis racket), 11 ("Gosh! Isn't this fun?"), 12 ("Ward Ritchie: A man for past, present, and future centuries," 1986). Each of the photographic plates is a 4x6 black-and-white print mounted on 2-ply archival board; the text is printed on the same type of boards. [NOTE that Plates 6 and 8 are not present.] The plates are followed by two boards containing "About the Photographer," plus the limitation page stating this to be No. 24 of sixty-five copies; these latter three boards all un-numbered. NOTE also that two of the plates have the previous owner's address label on the verso. NOTE also that there may be another missing board; the order was jumbled when I acquired this, and I'm not certain if the limitation page belongs at the end (where I've placed it) or at the beginning. (There is no page numbered "i", which makes me slightly suspicious.) At any rate, the set IS incomplete, with only 10 of the original 12 plates present, and is commensurately bargain-priced. [Another NOTE: the scanned image is of Plate 1.] Signed by Collection of Signatures .
The Guillotine at Work: Twenty Years of Terror in Russia (Data and  Documents)

The Guillotine at Work: Twenty Years of Terror in Russia (Data and Documents)

Maximoff, G[rigori] P[etrovitch] Chicago: The Chicago Section of the Alexander Berkman Fund. Very Good in Good dj. 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. [some shelfwear to bottom edges of boards and at ends of spine, bottom front corner slightly bumped; jacket lightly soiled, chipping along top edge (most pronounced at top of spine, although with no loss of text or graphics anywhere), a couple tiny chips and horizontal creasing at bottom of front panel]. (B&W photographs) A throroughly-documented anti-Lenin treatise, revealing "the true Lenin" through extensive quotation of his own works. The author "shows how Lenin was interested in attaining power and holding it as a dictator by means of terror, directed against all classes, parties and groups." And then they got Stalin! "The task the author accomplishes by presenting documents and letters from political exiles from year to year, the history, the horrors, and persecutions of dissenters of Bolshevik dogma of the regimes of both Lenin and Stalin." Maximoff was a dissenter himself, an anarcho-syndicalist who was imprisoned in 1921 and later deported after his participation in a hunger strike, settling eventually in the Chicago, where he worked as a tapestry maker and became a leading newspaper trade unionist. According to Wikipedia, this was probably his best-known work. ***NOTE: Additional shipping charges for this heavy book may apply for non-U.S. customers, or for Priority Mail shipping within the U.S. (Media Mail shipping is still free, however); if this causes you concern, please inquire before placing your order.*** .