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  • Memoirs of Hecate County by Wilson, Edmund
    Wilson, Edmund
    Memoirs of Hecate County

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1946. 338 pages. Six stories. The book was banned in New York a few months after publication, and copies seized from bookstores and the New York Public Library. The ban was upheld by the United States Supreme Court. ISBN: B0006AQT5Y.

    First edition (first printing). Top edge a bit faded, else a fine copy (or nearly so) in an unclipped, near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, with a correction on page 271 in the author's hand. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 148369
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  • Duo for Violin and Piano by Sessions, Roger
    Sessions, Roger
    Duo for Violin and Piano

    First Edition

    New York: National Blue Print Co, 1942. 11 by 13-1/2 inches. An early printed edition of this work, issued on blue-print paper, reproducing Sessions' handwritten score (the commercially published edition appeared in 1947). Sessions was an important New York 12-tone composer who won the Pulitzer Prize for music. ISBN: 281AIB1035642.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in spiral-bound wrappers (paperback). Inscribed by Sessions in 1944 to Albert Elkus, who brought the composer to UC Berkeley, where Sessions taught for many years. A scarce book, with no copies of this 1942 edition on OCLC. A second version of the score (piano only - your cataloguer believes), printed on a single accordion-fold sheet, is laid in. This edition is also unrecorded. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 169951
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  • [Tatar Folk Proverbs] Tatar chalyk makal'lare by Isanbet, Naki [also Nake, Nakyi]
    Isanbet, Naki [also Nake, Nakyi]
    [Tatar Folk Proverbs] Tatar chalyk makal'lare

    First Edition

    Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan [Russia]: Tatarstan kitap Nasrijaty / Tatarskoe knizhnoe izd-vo, 1959. Complete in three volumes. 914, 960, and 1013 pages. Text in Tatar; Russian title from colophon: Tatarskiye narodnyye poslovitsy. The classic collection of Tatar proverbs, more than 38,000, compiled by an acclaimed writer of songs and plays. A new edition was issued in 2010. Scarce in the West, with just one US holding (Harvard, OCLC 83619595) and two incomplete sets in Germany. ISBN: 281AIB1038959.

    First edition (first printing). Very good to near fine volumes; no dust jackets, perhaps as issued. Bookplate in each volume.

    Book ID: 196167
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  • Levin, Wayne
    "Pearling" (photograph)

    . ISBN: 281AIB1018243.

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    Book ID: 81290
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  • Wanted by the FBI Interstate Flight - Assault with Intent to Commit Murder Leroy Eldridge Cleaver by (Cleaver, Leroy Eldridge)
    (Cleaver, Leroy Eldridge)
    Wanted by the FBI Interstate Flight - Assault with Intent to Commit Murder Leroy Eldridge Cleaver

    First Edition

    Washington, D.C: FBI. Wanted Flyer 447, issued December 13, 1968, 3 days following a Federal warrant issued on December 10, 1968, at San Francisco, California, charging Cleaver with unlawful interstate flight to avoid confinement after conviction for assault with intent to commit murder. Photo-printed poster with 4 images, 2 taken in 1966 and 2 in 1968. Signed with facsimile signature of J. Edgar Hoover. Poster was mailed to Postmaster, High Bridge, New Jersey. Folded for mailing. 14 x 10.5 inches. ISBN: 281AIB1049272.

    First edition (first printing). Very good copy. Folded for mailing in half and again in thirds. Middle fold is tanned and there is edge and corner wear. Small edge chip on right center.

    Book ID: 264850
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  • An Illustrated History of San Joaquin County, California by Lewis Publishing Company
    Lewis Publishing Company
    An Illustrated History of San Joaquin County, California

    First Edition

    Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1890. vi (i.e. vii), 666 pages. 9.5 by 11.5 inches. Cover title, in gilt, "Pen Pictures of the Garden World", a cover design used by this publisher on a number of books. Illustrated with portraits of leading citizens. A scarce and relatively early history of this Central California county. No copies are recorded at auction in the last 35 years. John Howell Books, in the firm's landmark catalog 50 (item 1502), called it, "A comprehensive history, with biographical sketches, of one of California's most important agricultural counties." Rocq, California Local History 12965. Filby, Bibliography of American County Histories, p. 31. ISBN: 281AIB0024581.

    Very good in the publisher's original gilt leather binding. Outer hinges weak, but generally a solid copy.

    Book ID: 15830
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  • The Character and Influence of the Fur Trade in Wisconsin by Turner, Frederick J.
    Turner, Frederick J.
    The Character and Influence of the Fur Trade in Wisconsin

    First Edition

    Madison: 1889. pp. 52-98 from Proceeding of the Historical Society of Wisconsin. Jackson offered the present study as his dissertation for the doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in 1890. At the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, he read to a group of historians a paper on his now famous theory concerning the frontier. "Without warning he set forth a new hypothesis, and there opened a new peiod in the interpretation of the history of the United States..." Frederick L Paxson in D.A.B. as quoted in Grolier American Hundred, No. 96. ISBN: 281AIB1049785.

    First edition of the historian's first separate publication. Barring a few small stains on the front cover, a fine crisp copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 265778
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  • Report of the Debates in the Convention of California on the Formation of the State Constitution in September and October, 1849 by Browne, J. Ross
    Browne, J. Ross
    Report of the Debates in the Convention of California on the Formation of the State Constitution in September and October, 1849

    First Edition

    Washington: John T. Towers, 1850. 479, {1}, xlvi, {2} pp. Appendix (xlvi). Includes a list of members of the convention, the constitution of the state, and a digest of the laws of Mexico. "This work preserves in detail the workings of California's 1849 constitutional convention in Monterey and consequently may be regarded as the most important printed document pertaining to government in the Golden State." - Gary Kurutz, Sloan Z80:11. (Cowan II pg. 79; Howell 50, California 26; Rocq 5633; Sabin 8661; Zamorano Eighty #11). ISBN: 281AIB1047204.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper, "Caleb Lyon of Lyonsdale with compliments of J. Ross Browne." The town of Lyonsdale, New York was named after Caleb Lyon. Very good copy in brown cloth. Water staining to pages.

    Book ID: 260868
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  • In the Redwood's Realm: By-Ways of Wild Nature and Highways of Industry As Found Under Forest Shades and Amidst Clover Blossoms in Humboldt County, California [leather-bound issue] by Eddy, J. M.
    Eddy, J. M.
    In the Redwood's Realm: By-Ways of Wild Nature and Highways of Industry As Found Under Forest Shades and Amidst Clover Blossoms in Humboldt County, California [leather-bound issue]

    First Edition

    San Francisco: D. S. Stanley & Co, 1893. 112 pages, including more than 200 half-tone reproductions of photographs. Roughly 9 by 11 inches. The most elaborate of the 19th century booster publications on Humboldt County, California, extolling the region's extensive natural resources with an eye toward attracting investment. As with most such publications of the era, it proudly proclaims that no Chinese lived or worked in the county--they had been forcibly expelled in 1885. The book was produced through the newly established Chamber of Commerce and was filled with many pages of economic data, at least some of which was more inspirational than actual. According to reports published at the time in local newspapers, 15,000 copies of the book…

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    San Francisco: D. S. Stanley & Co, 1893. 112 pages, including more than 200 half-tone reproductions of photographs. Roughly 9 by 11 inches. The most elaborate of the 19th century booster publications on Humboldt County, California, extolling the region's extensive natural resources with an eye toward attracting investment. As with most such publications of the era, it proudly proclaims that no Chinese lived or worked in the county--they had been forcibly expelled in 1885. The book was produced through the newly established Chamber of Commerce and was filled with many pages of economic data, at least some of which was more inspirational than actual. According to reports published at the time in local newspapers, 15,000 copies of the book were printed, most in decorated wrappers; "a hundred or more copies bound in leather", and an unspecified number (presumably in the hundreds) in thin cloth-covered boards. Despite the large print run, it is remarkably uncommon, perhaps due to the cheap binding, which tends to fall apart (the expense breakdown for the publication provided by the Chamber after the book was finished allocated only a penny per book for binding, compared to 20 cents for paper and printing). ISBN: B00I9JU05O.

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    First edition (first printing). One of a hundred or so copies bound in thin leather-covered boards stamped in gilt on the cover. Previous owner's blindstamp on marbled endpaper. Spine leather repaired in a few places, but generally a very good copy of a scarce book. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 75461
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  • The Golden Bowl by Feikema, Feike [pseudonym of Frederick Manfred]
    Feikema, Feike [pseudonym of Frederick Manfred]
    The Golden Bowl

    First Edition

    Saint Paul: The Webb Publishing Company, 1944. 226 pages. The western author's first book. The book is about growing up in the Depression. His former home in Laverne, Minnesota, is now the Blue Mounds State Park interpretative center. ISBN: B001KUT9TC.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper to his editor: "9-28-44. Dear Paul - How fine it is to see our book in calfskin! and like you to have made up another copy for me on this our publication day - and without a hint of warning that you were up to something special. Calf-bindings have always suggested ancient, ageless climes to me. I hope that our 'Golden Bowl' will 'last' as long as the leather back hereon remains pliable. Yours - Feike Fred Feikema.". First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in quarter calf leather and tan cloth covers with gilt lettering and decorations on spine. Spine with 4 raised bands. A unique copy.

    Book ID: 265297
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  • Billy Ray's Farm [Lettered Edition] by Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Billy Ray's Farm [Lettered Edition]

    First Edition

    Decatur, GA: Wisteria Press, 1997. One of 26 lettered and signed copies, bound in calfskin and signed by the author; issued in a clever box signed by artist Kannex Fung featuring handmade paper textured with natural materials and a window on the front flap that reveals a wooden picket fence. ISBN: 281AIB1028020.

    First edition (first printing). A very fine copy in a very fine handmade box (please note, we use the term very fine very sparingly). Box measures 9-1/4 by 7 by 1-1/4 inches. Book sealed in publisher's original paper. Signed by the author. Two lithographs signed by Moser laid in. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 128345
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  • Catalogo de los Exvotos de Bronce, Ibericos (Museo Arqueologico Nacional) (Two volumes) by Alvarez-Ossorio, Francisco
    Alvarez-Ossorio, Francisco
    Catalogo de los Exvotos de Bronce, Ibericos (Museo Arqueologico Nacional) (Two volumes)

    First Edition

    Madrid: (Hauser y Menet), 1941. The first systematic catalog of exotic bronze offerings exhumed from the Iberian Peninsula, which introduced nomenclature still in use today. Volume I: 188 pages of text with descriptions of the bronze items depicted on the 169 loose sheets housed in Volume II. Sheets feature black-and-white photographic reproductions of 2,626 items, printed recto only. ISBN: 281AIB1037023.

    First edition (first printing). Quarter-bound in leather preserving the original front wrapper in typical Spanish binding with Volume II in matching slipcase. Light brown cloth with gilt-stamped leather. A very good set. Tide mark to bottom 3-inches of both spines. Slipcase edges worn. Sheets fine. Former owner's name inside cover of Volume II.

    Book ID: 181903
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  • Eldorado, or Adventures in the Path of Empire, Comprising a Voyage to California, Via Panama; Life in San Francisco and Monterey; Pictures of the Gold Region, and Experiences of Mexican Travel by Taylor, Bayard
    Taylor, Bayard
    Eldorado, or Adventures in the Path of Empire, Comprising a Voyage to California, Via Panama; Life in San Francisco and Monterey; Pictures of the Gold Region, and Experiences of Mexican Travel

    New York: George P. Putnam, 1850. Second edition. 2 vols, 251, 247 pages with 14 pages of advertising. Eight lithographic plates, colored, at frontis and bound into the text of each volume. "This work by an eminent writer and artist is probably the outstanding book on the early gold rush in California. The author's description of the Constitutional Convention at Monterey is the best we have, as are also the views he gives us of the earliest mining camps"--Zamorano 80, no. 73. ISBN: 281AIB0024670.

    Second edition. Embossed front and back covers with gold lettering on spine. Fading to spine and covers. Spotting to upper portion of front cover of volume two. Heavy foxing throughout both volumes. Pages largely unopened and bindings tight. Library blindstamps on title-page and a few interior text pages; small bookplates on both front pastedowns.

    Book ID: 15827
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  • Billy Ray's Farm [Letterpress proof, 1of 3] by Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Billy Ray's Farm [Letterpress proof, 1of 3]

    First Edition

    Decatur, GA: Wisteria Press, 1997. 40 pages. Loose sheets, 12-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. One of three copies. This essay about a heifer's struggle to birth a calf was later included in a collection titled Billy Ray's Farm: Essays From a Place Called Tula. with a signed, numbered engraving by Barry Moser. ISBN: 281AIB1050648.

    First edition (first printing). Light 1-1/2 indentation to first few pages else fine. Signed by the publisher. Signed by the publisher. Moser engraving signed and numbered 4/40.

    Book ID: 267307
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  • Extraordinary Events the Doings of God, and marvellous in pious eyes. Illustrated in a Sermon at the South Church in Boston, N.E., on the General Thanksgiving, Thursday, July 18, 1745. Occasioned by the taking of the City of Louisbourg, on the Isle of Cape-Breton, by New England Soldiers, assisted by a British Squadron by Prince, Thomas
    Prince, Thomas
    Extraordinary Events the Doings of God, and marvellous in pious eyes. Illustrated in a Sermon at the South Church in Boston, N.E., on the General Thanksgiving, Thursday, July 18, 1745. Occasioned by the taking of the City of Louisbourg, on the Isle of Cape-Breton, by New England Soldiers, assisted by a British Squadron

    Boston: J. Lewis, 1746. 32 pages. Prince's sermon celebrates the capture of Louisbourg in 1745 by New England forces under the command of William Pepperell. It is dedicated to William Shirley, Governor of Massachusetts, who was largely responsible for the formulation and promotion of the daring colonial expedition. ISBN: 281AIB1047734.

    Fifth edition. With half-title page, woodcut ornaments & initials. Pamphlet is bound in black cloth covers with gold lettering on spine. Prior owner name and address on front free endpaper. Two line ink note on rear free endpaper. Title page is browned at top and front edge.

    Book ID: 262388
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  • The Forms of Fiction by Gardner, John and Lennis Dunlap
    Gardner, John and Lennis Dunlap
    The Forms of Fiction

    First Edition

    New York: Random House, 1962. 657 pages. John Garner's first book, a textbook for English students consisting of an introductory essay on forms of fictional narratives, followed by an anthology of short stories by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Katherine Anne Porter, Mark Twain, et al. ISBN: B000OP7ETG.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. There is debate about whether this book, intended as a text book, was ever issued in a dust jacket for the first edition. In any case, this copy is very good, with some spotting to the spine, in a very good dust jacket, with light tanning to the spine and some light staining to the price-clipped dust jacket. Whether this dust jacket is original to the book, or married from a later printing, is beyond the skill of this cataloguer. Dust jackets for this book, on any printing, are vanishingly scarce. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 162837
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  • A Brief History of Christ's Hospital, from its Foundation by King Edward the Sixth, to the Present Time. With a List of the Governors by (Wilson, John Iliffe). Lamb, Charles
    (Wilson, John Iliffe). Lamb, Charles
    A Brief History of Christ's Hospital, from its Foundation by King Edward the Sixth, to the Present Time. With a List of the Governors

    First Edition

    London: Printed by and for Messrs, Nicols and Son, 1820. vi, 92 pages. Pages 43-77 contain Lamb's remarkable essay "On Christ's Hospital, and The Character of The Christ's Hospital Boys." Wilson concludes his "History" by stating: "It was the intention of the writer of this little work to have closed it by attempting a general character of the boys upon the establishment, when he accidentally met with the following account of the Hospital and the Character of the Boys...It was written by a gentleman well known in the literary world, who had himself passed seven years in the Hospital, and was communicated in 1813 to the Editor of the Gentleman's Magazine.". ISBN: 281AIB1048723.

    First edition (first printing). Disbound. Very good in wrappers (paperback). Illustrated frontispiece engraving of the hospital. Hand-colored figure on title page. Scattered foxing. Water stains to front endpaper and title page. Front endpaper soiled. Scarce.

    Book ID: 263975
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  • Crack Cocaine (2 photographs) by du Cille, Michel
    du Cille, Michel
    Crack Cocaine (2 photographs)

    Miami Herald, 1985-86. Michel du Cille (1956-2014) was a Jamaican-born photojournalist who won 3 Pulitzer Prizes. In 1988 he was awarded the Feature Photography Pulitzer Prize "for photographs portraying the decay and subsequent rehabilitation of a housing project overrun by the drug crack." These photographs are from that work. ISBN: 281AIB1050600.

    Two photographs: 1. dated June 4, 1985, 11 x 8.5 inches. With 'Herald Cutline Information' printed label pasted on rear: "Officer Howard Zeifman, Miami Beach Public Information officer takes one of three suspects who were allegedly working cocaine lab at 6855 Abbott Ave.." 2. dated 10-3-86, 10 x 8 inches. 'Herald Cutline Information' label pasted on rear: "6201 N.E. Second Ave. Saxon Park Motel."

    Book ID: 267216
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  • Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch by Kelly, Charles
    Kelly, Charles
    Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch

    First Edition

    Salt Lake City, UT: Charles Kelly, 1938. 337 pages. One of 1000 copies. A history of the cowboy-outlaw period that accompanied America’s expansion westward in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes histories of the bandit hideouts Hole-in-the-Wall, Brown's Hole and Robbers' Roost. Illustrated with reproductions of black-and-white photo and drawings by Bill Fleming. ISBN: 281AIB1046028.

    First edition (first printing). Black-red cloth with gilt lettering and gold cowboy figure on the cover. Endpapers illustrated with maps. Minor wear to the spine ends and light offsetting to the endpapers apparently from scotch tape used to secure a dust jacket protector (now replaced). A near fine copy in a dust jacket color faded on the spine and lightly along the top inch of the front cover; with some toning to flap edges and rear cover. Signed by the author on the first blank. A very nice copy. Six-Guns 1221; Howes K58.

    Book ID: 243820
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  • Home Ranch by James, Will
    James, Will
    Home Ranch

    First Edition

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. xi, 346 pages. Illustrated by the author. "The story tells of life, struggles and pleasures from the time the ranch was started in 1880 up till today in 1935"--from the promotional bookmark issue for this title. ISBN: 281AIB1040508.

    First edition (first printing with publisher's seal and A on the copyright page). Previous owner's name, else a near fine copy in a very good or better dust jacket with light wear to the edges. With the promotional bookmark that accompanied at least some copies with a short introduction to the book on one side and a list of Will James' books on the other, reproduced from James' handwritten copy. Arguably, this is a separate Will James publication, however slight and ephemeral, and undoubtedly missing from many James collections. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 204994
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