MONSTER MIDWAY: An Uninhibited Look at the Glittering World of the Carny

GRESHAM, William Lindsay

Published by Rinehart & Company, Inc. (1953), 1953
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8vo. Publisher's black cloth in original pictorial dust jacket. A very good copy, in a very good plus DJ. Some sunning to spine; light shelfwear at front fold; 1/4" chip at head of front fold; light wear at head and tail of spine. Both jacket and endpapers (white polka dots on blue background) are remarkably bright and crisp overall. Price intact ($3.75). Pages tanned with age; binding good and sound throughout. 309pp. A quite attractive first edition of this collection of dispatches and observations from the dark underworld of carnival grifters. Gresham is ranked as a towering figure in hard-boiled / noir fiction for his 1946 novel NIGHTMARE ALLEY, which was adapted into the 1947 film starring Tyrone Power. MONSTER MIDWAY is a nonfiction treatment of the American carnival, one of only two books Gresham wrote on the subject (the other being NIGHTMARE ALLEY - see Johnson, THE DARK PAGE, 122). Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: MONSTER MIDWAY: An Uninhibited Look at the ...
Publisher: Rinehart & Company, Inc. (1953)
Publication Date: 1953
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First Edition.

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Book Description Rinehart and Company, 1953. Condition: Very Good. *FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING UNTIL Monday, Jan. 22* first edition, first printing; 309 pp., hardcover, text age-toned, else very good in an edge-worn dust jacket. Photos available upon request. Seller Inventory # ZB1079130

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Book Description Rinehart & Company, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1953. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Good with heavy age-darkening to paper. Ink initials and date in red on half-title page. No other markings. Price-clipped dust jacket good with some edge wear and short tears. No chips. 309 page non-fiction work on carnivals and sideshows by the author of NIGHTMARE ALLEY. Not illustrated. Seller Inventory # 110896

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Book Description Rinehart & Company, Inc., New York, 1953. Hardcover. Condition: Near Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, hardcover, has light yellowing to edges of pages, and slight bumps to spine ends, otherwise a solid, sharp Near VG copy in like dustjacket which has soiling to rear panel, and a few small closed tears. Seller Inventory # 84285

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Book Description Rinehart, New York, 1953. First Edition. First Edition. The author's second book, a collection of essays that unflinchingly examine the world of the travelling carnival in the mid-twentieth century, a subject he previously explored in his novel "Nightmare Alley."Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Vintage bookstore label to the front endpaper. Two small bumps to the lower front board. Jacket lightly rubbed and edgeworn, with light soil to the rear flap. Seller Inventory # 142925

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Book Description Rinehart & Company, NY, 1953. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Black cloth titled in white. First edition with publisher's "R" to CP. Slight shelfwear to board edges, pages mildly toned else fine. The DJ in mylar with flap price of $3.75 is slightly chipped and rubbed at edges. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 21069

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Book Description Rinehart, New York, 1953. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First edition. First edition. Hardcover in black cloth with spine lettered in silver. Patterned endpapers. 307 pp. plus bibliography. A tight, general fine example, silver stamping bright; with embrowning to the pages as is consistant with every copy of this book we have encountered. In very good dust jacket with moderate wear at the extremities. Iconic work on American carnivals of the mid-20th century and the characters who peopled them. The carny world was a special interest of Gresham who contibuted many articles on the subject for magazines such as Collier's , Life, Esquire and True. His earlier book, "Nightmare Alley", was a novel dealing with the sleazy underbelly of the carnival world. Seller Inventory # E16519

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GRESHAM, WILLIAM LINDSAY
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Book Description RINEHART & COMPANY PUB 1953, NEW YORK NY, 1953. HARDCOVER. Condition: FINE IN NEAR FINE DUST JACKET. FIRST EDITION. AN UNINHIBITED LOOK AT THE GLITTERING WORLD OF THE CARNY, BY THE AUTHOR OF "NIGHTMARE ALLEY" BOOK IS FINE WITHOUT ANY MARKS TO THE BINDING OR THE TEXT, HOWEVER THE TEXT IS TONED AS USUAL WITH THIS BOOK. D.J. IS ABOUT FINE WITH A TOUCH OF SHALLOW SURFACE CHIPPING AT THE TOP OF THE LIGHTLY SUNNED SPINE APNEL, LIGHT SOIL TO THE REAR PANEL, AND IS NOT PRICE-CLIPPED. AN EXCELLENT CLEAN, BRIGHT, UNFADED COPY WITH NO REMAINDER MARK. Seller Inventory # 013345

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Book Description Rinehart and Company, 1953. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition. First edition. 309 p. Black cloth with blue and white lettering on spine, hypnotic blue endpapers with white dots. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. A bit of foxing to bottom edge. Jacket has no fading to spine panel, but is rubbed along edges, a bit worn at head and foot, has a tiny closed tear in back panel, price intact ($3.75). The author of the novel Nightmare Alley explores carnivals and carnies in this nonfiction work. Seller Inventory # 150912002

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