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  • AUNT JANE MCPHIPPS AND HER BABY BLUE CHIPS. by Rummell, Frances V. aka Diana Frederics (1907-1969)
    Rummell, Frances V. aka Diana Frederics (1907-1969)
    AUNT JANE MCPHIPPS AND HER BABY BLUE CHIPS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, (1960). SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first novel written under how own name by this educator and author, a delightfully humorous story of playing the stock market. "To most widows approaching fifty and with a widow's mite of $3000, the stock market would appear to be a capricious key to security. But to Jane McPhipps whose only future seemed to be loneliness without Horace and part time school teaching, the investment world was the goose that laid the golden egg. So begins a delightful story of bright magical fun, describing the profits and pitfalls of money and love, against the colorful background of San Francisco." SIGNED on the title page with the comment "with…

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    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, (1960). SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first novel written under how own name by this educator and author, a delightfully humorous story of playing the stock market. "To most widows approaching fifty and with a widow's mite of $3000, the stock market would appear to be a capricious key to security. But to Jane McPhipps whose only future seemed to be loneliness without Horace and part time school teaching, the investment world was the goose that laid the golden egg. So begins a delightful story of bright magical fun, describing the profits and pitfalls of money and love, against the colorful background of San Francisco." SIGNED on the title page with the comment "with the best wishes of Aunt Jane and the author." Illustrated with drawings by Mircea Vasiliu. Long after Rummell's death in 1969 she was revealed as the author of the 1969 book "Diana: a strange autobiography," a book published under the pseudonym of Diana Frederics, and probably a semi-autobiographical lesbian novel rather than an actual autobiography: it has been described as the first lesbian book in which two women find happiness and fulfillment in their relationship, a radical idea at the time. 210 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket. (some overall edgewear to dj, with several small chips, a bit of toning to the spine, original price of $3.50 on flap. Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 70107
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  • NO SIGN OF MURDER by Russell, Alan
    Russell, Alan
    NO SIGN OF MURDER

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1990.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's first mystery and the first featuring private investigator Stuart Winter who is hired to find a beautiful deaf young woman, one who had been involved in a project to teach gorillas to sign. Set in San Francisco. SIGNED on the title page. 174 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-57677.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77108
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  • NO SIGN OF MURDER by Russell, Alan
    Russell, Alan
    NO SIGN OF MURDER

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Walker, (1990.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Author's first mystery and the first featuring private investigator Stuart Winter who is hired to find a beautiful deaf young woman, one who had been involved in a project to teach gorillas to sign. Set in San Francisco. SIGNED on the title page. 174 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-57677.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57776
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  • NO SIGN OF MURDER by Russell, Alan
    Russell, Alan
    NO SIGN OF MURDER

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Walker, (1990.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Author's first mystery and the first featuring private investigator Stuart Winter, who is hired to find a beautiful deaf young woman, one who had been involved in a project to teach gorillas to sign. Set in San Francisco. SIGNED on the title page. 174 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-57677.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.(name on front pastedown, partially hidden by dj flap)

    Book ID: 6063
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  • BEAUTIFUL INEZ. by Schneider, Bart.
    Schneider, Bart.
    BEAUTIFUL INEZ.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Shaye Areheart / Harmony/, (2005). SIGNED first edition - Author's third novel, the story of a brilliant violinist with San Francisco Symphony and of an infatuated fan. SIGNED on the title page. 345 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74962
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  • BEAUTIFUL INEZ. by Schneider, Bart.
    Schneider, Bart.
    BEAUTIFUL INEZ.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Shaye Areheart / Harmony/, (2005). SIGNED first edition - Author's third novel, the story of a brilliant violinist with San Francisco Symphony and of an infatuated fan. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 2004. 345 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74963
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  • SECRET LOVE. by Schneider, Bart.
    Schneider, Bart.
    SECRET LOVE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: The Viking Press, (2001.). SIGNED first edition - Author's second novel - 'An evocative and diversely populated novel of race, politics and identity in civil-rights era San Francisco. SIGNED on the title page. 275 ppl

    Condition: Very good+ in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 40253
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  • AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE by Sinclair, April
    Sinclair, April
    AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Hyperion Press, (1996.). Author's second novel - continues the adventures of Stevie, exploring her new turf - San Francisco in the 70's. 324 pp.

    Condition: Very good..

    Book ID: 44723
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  • Sinclair, April
    AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion Press, 1996. SIGNED first edition - Author's second novel - continues the adventures of Stevie, exploring her new turf - San Francisco in the 70's. SIGNED on title page.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers, as issued.

    Book ID: 3059
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  • AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE by Sinclair, April
    Sinclair, April
    AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion Press, (1996.). First edition - Author's second novel - continues the adventures of Stevie, exploring her new turf - San Francisco in the 70's. 332 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 44779
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  • Sinclair, April
    AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion Press, 1996. SIGNED first edition - Author's second novel - continues the adventures of Stevie, exploring her new turf - San Francisco in the 70's. SIGNED by the author.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 20242
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  • Sinclair, April
    AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hyperion Press, 1996. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's second novel - continues the adventures of Stevie, exploring her new turf - San Francisco in the 70's. SIGNED on the title page. ISBN: 0-7868-60693.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 34584
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  • NOVENA FOR MURDER. by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie
    Sister Carol Anne O'Marie
    NOVENA FOR MURDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery introducing Sister Mary Helen, 75 years old and full of spunk and far from ready for quiet retirement. Set in San Francisco. 183 pp. Dust jacket design by Tim Gaydos. ISBN: 0-684-180871.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70832
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  • NOVENA FOR MURDER. by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie
    Sister Carol Anne O'Marie
    NOVENA FOR MURDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1984.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery introducing Sister Mary Helen, 75 years old and full of spunk and far from ready for quiet retirement. Set in San Francisco. Personally INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "Thanks for all your support! Who would have thunk it?" and dated in the year of publication. 183 pp. Dust jacket design by Tim Gaydos. ISBN: 0-684-180871.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Rather uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 61407
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  • DEATH TURNS A TRICK. by Smith, Julie.
    Smith, Julie.
    DEATH TURNS A TRICK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1982.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's first novel introducting San Francisco lawyer Rebecca Schwartz who thought it would be a lark to play the piano at a party in a feminist co-op bordello - until the cops raid the place and a body turns up in her apartment. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1986. 174 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-54821.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (some wear to ends of spine of dj).

    Book ID: 77107
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  • DEATH TURNS A TRICK. by Smith, Julie.
    Smith, Julie.
    DEATH TURNS A TRICK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1982.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel features San Francisco lawyer Rebecca Schwartz who thought it would be a lark to play the piano at a party in a feminist co-op bordello - until the cops raid the place and a body turns up in her apartment. 174 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-54821.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. (some light edgewear to dj.)

    Book ID: 54204
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  • Stadler, Matthew.
    LANDSCAPE: MEMORY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1990.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Young author's first novel, the diary of a 16 year old boy in San Francisco in 1914 as the city is still recovering from the devastating quake of 1906, but also busy constructing 'The Jewel City' for the Panama Pacific Exhibition, and as the war is raging in Europe. Illustrated with small black and white reproductions of landscapes by the author, and with a color illustration on the dj by the author. 301 pp. ISBN: 0-684-191857.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 29278
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  • CITY OF DRAGONS. by Stanley, Kelli.
    Stanley, Kelli.
    CITY OF DRAGONS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2010.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Her second book, a 'roman noir,' set in San Francisco in 1940 and featuring Miranda Corbie, private investigator, former nurse in the Spanish Civil War and ex-escort. Author's note. SIGNED on the title page. 358 pp. ISBN: 978-0312-603601.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (inscription on front endpaper)

    Book ID: 57269
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  • CITY OF DRAGONS. by Stanley, Kelli.
    Stanley, Kelli.
    CITY OF DRAGONS.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2010.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Her second book, a 'roman noir,' set in San Francisco in 1940 and featuring Miranda Corbie, private investigator, former nurse in the Spanish Civil War and ex-escort. Author's note. SIGNED on the title page. 338 pp. ISBN: 978-0312-603601.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66019
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  • CITY OF DRAGONS. by Stanley, Kelli.
    Stanley, Kelli.
    CITY OF DRAGONS.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2011.). SIGNED - Her second book, a 'roman noir,' set in San Francisco in 1940 and featuring Miranda Corbie, private investigator, former nurse in the Spanish Civil War and ex-escort. Author's note. SIGNED on the title page. 338 pp. ISBN: 978-0312-668792.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 66020
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  • CITY OF DRAGONS. by Stanley, Kelli.
    Stanley, Kelli.
    CITY OF DRAGONS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2010.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Her second book, a 'roman noir,' set in San Francisco in 1940 and featuring Miranda Corbie, private investigator, former nurse in the Spanish Civil War and ex-escort. Author's note. 358 pp. ISBN: 978-0312-603601.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 77814
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  • CITY OF DRAGONS. by Stanley, Kelli.
    Stanley, Kelli.
    CITY OF DRAGONS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2010.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Her second book, a 'roman noir,' set in San Francisco in 1940 and featuring Miranda Corbie, private investigator, former nurse in the Spanish Civil War and ex-escort. Author's note. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the month of publication. 358 pp. ISBN: 978-0312-603601.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 63352
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  • WAITING FOR THE EARTHQUAKE. by Swaim, Lawrence.
    Swaim, Lawrence.
    WAITING FOR THE EARTHQUAKE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1977.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a story about a San Francisco postal union member who leads a wildcat strike, set in late 1960's at the Spears Annex of San Francisco's post office where the author worked for eight years. Long blurb from Wallace Stegner on back cover of dust jacket - "this novel has real strength. It is - praise God - about something. The working and labor union world it deals with is real, solid, dense with the real problems of real lives.. . " 273 pp. ISBN: 0-316-824704.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped, one small chip to dj, book as new)

    Book ID: 45850
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  • WAITING FOR THE EARTHQUAKE. by Swaim, Lawrence.
    Swaim, Lawrence.
    WAITING FOR THE EARTHQUAKE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1977.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a story about a San Francisco postal union member who leads a wildcat strike, set in late 1960's at the Spears Annex of San Francisco's post office where the author worked for eight years. Long blurb from Wallace Stegner on back cover of dust jacket - "this novel has real strength. It is - praise God - about something. The working and labor union world it deals with is real, solid, dense with the real problems of real lives.. . " 273 pp. ISBN: 0-316-824704.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket (creases to front cover of dj, closed tear to upper edge of dj flap.)

    Book ID: 46427
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  • WAITING FOR THE EARTHQUAKE. by Swaim, Lawrence.
    Swaim, Lawrence.
    WAITING FOR THE EARTHQUAKE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1977.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a story about a San Francisco postal union member who leads a wildcat strike, set in late 1960's at the Spears Annex of San Francisco's post office where the author worked for eight years. Long blurb from Wallace Stegner on back cover of dust jacket - "this novel has real strength. It is - praise God - about something. The working and labor union world it deals with is real, solid, dense with the real problems of real lives.. . " 273 pp. ISBN: 0-316-824704.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (some dampstaining to the corners of the dust jacket, not affecting the book.)

    Book ID: 45588
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  • SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL. by Tallman, Shirley.
    Tallman, Shirley.
    SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2010) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in 1880s San Francisco, this is the third mystery featuring Sarah Woolson, the daughter of a judge who is herself an attorney with her own practice, defying the expectations of a woman's "proper" role in society. 340pp. ISBN: 978-0312386979.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71973
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  • DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL. by Tallman, Shirley.
    Tallman, Shirley.
    DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2012) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in 1882 in San Francisco (where Oscar Wilde is appearing during his tour of America), this is the fifth mystery featuring Sarah Woolson, the daughter of a judge who is herself an attorney with her own practice, defying the expectations of a woman's "proper" role in society. 341pp. ISBN: 978-1250010438.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71764
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  • NO HOLIDAY FOR DEATH. by Thayer, Lee.
    Thayer, Lee.
    NO HOLIDAY FOR DEATH.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, (1954) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Peter Clancy and Wiggar from start to finish." Murder mystery set in San Francisco. A Red Badge Dectective story. 249 pp. Striking dust jacket art of a skeletal hand and a parrot.

    Condition: Good in good dust jacket (tape ghosts on boards and endpapers, some chipping to dj at ends of spine, other light edgewear, small peeled spot on front cover, but overall an attractive copy of this vintage mystery.)

    Book ID: 56117
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  • VANISHING IN THE HAIGHT: A Colleen Hayes Mystery. by Tomlinson, Max.
    Tomlinson, Max.
    VANISHING IN THE HAIGHT: A Colleen Hayes Mystery.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Sarasota, FL: Oceanview Publishing, (2019) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Set in 1978 San Francisco, this is the first mystery featuring ex-con private investigator Colleen Hayes, who is struggling to put her life back together. She accepts a case from a wealthy, retired industrialist who is desperate to solve the brutal murder of his daughter, a murder that took place in Golden Gate Park eleven years earlier, during the Summer of Love. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 390 pp. ISBN: 978-1608093410.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 79536
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  • Vollmann, William
    THE RAINBOW STORIES

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Andre Deutsch, 1989. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Although these stories are based in San Francisco, this UK edition is the true first of Vollman's second book - a massive book at 541 pgs - and one with a small 1st printing of reportedly only 1250 copies. Vollman is a fantastic writer, in many senses of the word - perhaps the beginning of his preface will best give a hintof this book: "These stories are about skinheads, x-ray patients, whores, lovers, fetishists and other lost souls. Some of you will not like them, but I ask you to consider the wise words of that forceps philosopher, Robert Gilmore McKinnell: 'While it would be inappropriate to dedicate a…

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    London: Andre Deutsch, 1989. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Although these stories are based in San Francisco, this UK edition is the true first of Vollman's second book - a massive book at 541 pgs - and one with a small 1st printing of reportedly only 1250 copies. Vollman is a fantastic writer, in many senses of the word - perhaps the beginning of his preface will best give a hintof this book: "These stories are about skinheads, x-ray patients, whores, lovers, fetishists and other lost souls. Some of you will not like them, but I ask you to consider the wise words of that forceps philosopher, Robert Gilmore McKinnell: 'While it would be inappropriate to dedicate a vade mecum to a group of cold-blooded vertebraes, perhaps a kind word would not be out of order.' " SIGNED on the title page by the author. While Vollmann, one of the most fascinating and interesting of modern writers, had long been a cult favorite, in 2005 he received the prestigious National Book Award for fiction. ISBN: 0-233-983511.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 10307
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