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    There are devils and angels on the shelves here at Old Saratoga Books, beckoning folks with their siren songs. Here are some of their literary temptations...

    1) Sharpe's Devil: Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821, by
    Bernard Cornwell,  London: Harpercollins 1992, first printing. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Remainder mark on page bottoms, jacket price-clipped. The
    twelfth title in the Sharpe series, in which our hero, British naval
    officer Richard Sharpe, tries out retirement as a gentleman farmer in
    Normandy, but is called to sea when the wife of an old ally asks for
    his help in rescuing her man. Jacket art by Gino D'Achille. 286 pp.

    2) Avenging Angel, by Kwame Anthony Appiah, NY: St. Martin's Press
    1991, first American edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. The
    author's first novel about a secret society at Cambridge University.
    Author photo on rear jacket flap. Jacket lightly scuffed. 207 pp. $15

    3) The Devil's Backbone: The Story of the Natchez Trace (American
    Trails), by Jonathan Daniels, NY: McGraw Hill 1962, first edition.
    Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket art and illustrations by
    Leo and Diane Dillon, the two-time Caldecott Award winners. Index,
    sources. A colorful history of the Natchez Trace, which follows the
    Mississippi River through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Library
    of Congress number 61-18131. Brown cloth binding. Two small tears at
    lower edge of rear jacket panel. 278 pp. $20

    4) The Farm Boy and the Angel, by Carl Carmer, Garden City, NY:
    Doubleday and Company 1970, first edition. Ex-library copy. Good in
    Good dust jacket; Jacket flaps glued to endpapers, usual library
    stamps and markings. Author photo on rear jacket flap. "Drawing
    extensively on the actual writings of the early Mormons, he paints
    stunning portraits of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and other leaders
    and describes in vivid detail the movement's dramatic growth: its
    early persecution, Smith's brutal lynching, the colorful trek to found
    a new Zion in the wilderness, and the rapid conversion of "Gentiles"
    in America and abroad. " 237 pp. $9

    5) Rasputin: The Holy Devil, Rene Fulop-Miller, Garden City, NY:
    Garden City Publishing 1928. Reprint. Good in Good dust jacket; Red
    cloth binding. Insect damage to front endpapers and front flyleaf,
    pages toned, owner name on front free endpaper, jacket creased and
    tattered. Index, photos. Great Art Deco dust jacket art of crazy-eyed
    Rasputin giving benediction framed by Russian folk art designs. 386
    pp. $13

    6) Angel Food Cookbook, Fort Myers, FL: Covenant Presbyterian Church 1973. Fair. Blue stapled wraps. Sketches of Fort Myers scenes by Regina Majewski
    and Eleanor Mobley. Many pages stained and dogeared center section
    loose. 94 pp. $8

    7) The Devil's Red Nickel, by Robert Greer, NY: Mysterious Press
    1997, first edition.  Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. The second
    mystery featuring black bail bondsman and bounty hunter C. J. Floyd as
    he investigates the murder of Chicago DJ Daddy Doo-Wop. Author photo
    on rear jacket flap. Jacket lightly scuffed. $7

    8) Angel on My Shoulder: an Autobiography, by Natalie Cole with Digby Diehl,
    Boston: Warner Books Inc 2000, first printing. Very Good in Very Good
    dust jacket. Index, discography. An up-and-down life tale by the talented
    singer/songwriter, with some poignant chapters about her childhood and
    talented father Nat King Cole. Many photographs, including a great
    shot of Dad with Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and Count Basie. Jacket
    lightly scuffed. 353 pp. $8

    9) The Devil's Toupee, by Gene Hatfield, River Road Press 1989. Softcover Fair.
    Missing title page and front flyleaves. Author photo on rear cover.
    The sequel to the author's novel "Enola Victrola". Illustrations by
    the author. ; An Arkansas Misadventure; 203 pp. $8

    10) The Angel Tapes, David Kiely, NY: St. Martin's Press 1997, first
    printing. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. "The first in a new
    Irish mystery series featuring Blade Macken, a Dublin detective
    superintendent -- crisp writing, a tough, charming hero, and plenty of
    action make this a sure bet for an Edgar" (front jacket blurb). Jacket
    lightly scuffed. 280 pp. $10

    11) Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley, NY: W. W. Norton and
    Company 1990, first printing. Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by
    the author on the title page. The author's first book and first
    mystery in his hardboiled series set in 1940s Los Angeles featuring
    Easy Rawlins, an African-American World War II veteran, who decides to
    earn some money after being laid off from his factory job
    investigating the whereabouts of a blonde bombshell and jazz
    aficionado. Winner of the 1991 Shamus Award. The book was later made
    into a 1995 film of the same name featuring Denzel Washington in the
    title role. 219 pp. $70

    12) Swamp Angel, by Dorothy Langley, Chicago: Academy Chicago 1982
    First Edition. Ex-library copy. Good in Good dust jacket; The author
    was a teacher in rural southeastern Missouri in the 1920s and wrote
    this novel and submitted to Simon and Schuster in the 1940s. It was
    rejected and she reworked parts of it heavily into portions of her
    three published novels, but this volume contains the original
    manuscript. Introduction by the author's friend, Helen Bugbee. Usual
    library stamps and markings. 166 pp. $7

    13) Devil to Pay, by C. Northcote Parkinson, Boston:Houghton Mifflin
    Company 1973  First American Edition; First Printing. Very Good in
    Good dust jacket. Jacket lightly tattered, else a clean, tight copy.
    The exploits of Lt. Richard Delancey, a spy and mariner seeking
    intelligence about France and Spain during the 1790s. $17

    14) Angel, by Curtis Lucas, NY: Lion Library 1953 First Edition. Mass
    Market paperback in Good condition. First edition of this paperback
    original novel of "love that crossed the color line". Covers creased
    and rubbed at margins, page tops and fore-edges grubby. "She joined
    his church. She bought him a car. She got him a job, gave him money,
    paid his rent. She was white. He was Negro." (from front flyleaf).
    Lion 162.; 160 pp. $21

    15) The Devil in Music, by Kate Ross, NY: Viking 1997, first printing.
    Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. The fourth novel in the Julian
    Kestrel historical mystery series by the late Kate Ross. Before her
    life was cut tragically short by cancer, Ms. Ross wrote four mysteries
    featuring Kestrel, an 1820's London dandy with an eye for fine
    clothes, beautiful women and the solutions to various acts of murder
    and mayhem. Together with his manservant, Dipper, a somewhat reformed
    pickpocket, Kestrel solves crimes in various corners of Regency
    England (and Italy in this fourth book). Author photo on rear jacket
    flap. 447 pp. $30

    16) Death of an Angel, by Clay Richards, Indianapolis, IN:
    Bobbs-Merrill Company 1963 First Printing. Very Good in Good dust
    jacket. Jacket price-clipped and soiled. Library of Congress number
    62-19317. A Grant Kirby adventure in which our intrepid Postal
    Inspector hero investigates the death by exploding parcel of a Gay
    Nineties New York City big wig. 175 pp. $18

    17) The Devil's Code: a Kidd Novel, by John Sandford, NY: G. P.
    Putnam's Sons 2000, first printing.Very Good in Very Good dust jacket.
    Signed by the author on the front flyleaf. Jacket lightly rubbed.
    Author photo on rear jacket panel. A thriller featuring ex-Army
    soldier, computer whiz and artist Kidd and his sidekick and sometimes
    lover LuEllen. 320 pp. $15

    18) Look Homeward, Angel, by Thomas Wolfe, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons
    1929, first printing. Good with no dust jacket; Navy cloth binding
    with gilt lettering stamped on front boards and spine. Slightly
    cocked, boards lightly worn, spine faded, bookseller ticket on rear
    pastedown (Holliday Bookshop, NYC) , pages toned. First printing
    points evident on pages 308 and 506. The author's first novel and a
    classic coming-of-age story loosely based on the author's North
    Carolina hometown. 626 pp. $200

    19) The Devil's Defense, by Florence May Varley, NY: Exposition Press
    1954 First Edition.Very Good in Fair dust jacket. Signed by the author
    on the front free endpaper. Jacket tattered and waterstained, else a
    clean, tight copy of this rumination on the author's spiritual
    beliefs. Grey cloth binding. Library of Congress number 54-11690. 230
    pp. $15

    20) Flashman and the Angel of the Lord: From the Flashman Papers, 1858-59, by George MacDonald Fraser, NY: Alfred A. Knopf 1995, first American edition. Very Good in Near Fine jacket.  Signed by the late author with his full tripartite name on bookplate glued to half-title. Hint of foxing to page tops, lower rear corner bumped. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Jacket art by Arthur Barbosa. The tenth novel in the Flashman series featuring the titular rapscallion in which he leaves India and then Calcutta for American shores and finds himself embroiled in events at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia at a pivotal time in history. 394 pp. $125

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