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  • HAUNTED AIRWAYS. by Burtis, Thomson,
    Burtis, Thomson,
    HAUNTED AIRWAYS.

    Edition: Later printing.

    Garden City, New York: Sun Dial Press, n.d. (c 1930.). Hardcover - A combination of adventure, science fiction and mystery story for young adults - and a prediction of what the future of aviation might bring. Foreword by Alexander Klemin. Reprint as a title in the 'Young Moderns Bookshelf' series, no date (only orig copyright), probably late 40's or early 50's. 250 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in orange covers (some wear to the covers, one corner bumped and fraying, previous owner's name in pencil)

    Book ID: 40493
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  • HAUNTED AIRWAYS. by Burtis, Thomson,
    Burtis, Thomson,
    HAUNTED AIRWAYS.

    Edition: Later printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, n.d. (c 1930.). Hardcover - A combination of adventure, science fiction and mystery story for young adults - and a prediction of what the future of aviation might bring. Foreword by Alexander Klemin. Reprint for The Parents' Institute, Inc as a title in the 'Teen-age Mystery Classics' series, no date (only orig copyright), probably late 50's or early 60's, bound in dark blue cloth with red magnifying glass on front cover with 'Teen-age Mystery Classics' inside, red panel with title in dark blue on spine. 250 pp.

    Condition: Good only (some wear to the covers, corner of front endpaper torn off.)

    Book ID: 40114
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  • BEAST. by Fast, Jonathan.
    Fast, Jonathan.
    BEAST.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1981) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A modern retelling of the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, set in the middle of the Mohave Desert. Boldly INSCRIBED on the half title page. 290 pp. ISBN: 0-394515293.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket (some toning and discoloration to the cream background of the dj, foxing in the outer margins of several pages).

    Book ID: 64083
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  • Nunn, Kem.
    UNASSIGNED TERRITORY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (1987.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's second novel, described as a 'stunning evocation of the Mojave Desert and of the unusual people who choose to live in those terrible miles of nothing' - a coming of age story of a young fundamentalist who is losing his religion, and a novel which includes both the suspense that caused critics to compare Nunn to Chandler and Hammett and a poetic evocation of the people who confront the arid spaces of the American Southwest. SIGNED on the title page by the author, and rather uncommon thus. ISBN: 0-385-295367.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (light rubbing to dj.)

    Book ID: 31242
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  • WONDER VALLEY. by Pochoda, Ivy.
    Pochoda, Ivy.
    WONDER VALLEY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Ecco Press, 2017. SIGNED first edition - A novel set against the backdrop of skid row in Los Angeles, where the homeless set up their tents on the sidewalk, and in the Mohave desert. It tells the intertwined stories of six people, misfits and lost souls, but who manage nevertheless to find some hope and redemption. SIGNED on the title page. 324 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 71402
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  • THE DOOMSDAY MEN: An Adventure. by Priestley, J.B. (John Boynton Priestley, 1894-1984)
    Priestley, J.B. (John Boynton Priestley, 1894-1984)
    THE DOOMSDAY MEN: An Adventure.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1938. Hardcover first edition - Described at the time of publication as "a thriller of the atomic age", this was Priestley's only novel set primarily in California. On the dedication page, he refers to it as a "fairy tale in Western rig." A review on "Reading California Fiction" commented "A British architect plays tennis with a beautiful but mysterious Californian in France; an American physicist searches for a missing colleague in England; a global adventurer arrives in Los Angeles to investigate the murder of his brother. The three come together in Barstow, the largest town in the Mojave Desert. There they find a common interest in the activities of a small group…

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    New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1938. Hardcover first edition - Described at the time of publication as "a thriller of the atomic age", this was Priestley's only novel set primarily in California. On the dedication page, he refers to it as a "fairy tale in Western rig." A review on "Reading California Fiction" commented "A British architect plays tennis with a beautiful but mysterious Californian in France; an American physicist searches for a missing colleague in England; a global adventurer arrives in Los Angeles to investigate the murder of his brother. The three come together in Barstow, the largest town in the Mojave Desert. There they find a common interest in the activities of a small group of religious fundamentalists. It turns out the group is not merely looking forward to the end of the world but planning to bring it about. This book has a thriller-like story - someone is scheming to blow up the world - but . . . the plot unfolds at a leisurely pace. Although not action packed, the book is notable for its main plot point and many vivid descriptions of the California desert. Readers, incidentially, may be surprised that Priestley had so much information (not all of it accurate) on the explosive possibilities of splitting the atom in 1938, years before the bomb was actually created." 287 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in black cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover - inconspicuous previous owner's name, some rubbing to the spine lettering, but still legible, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82686
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