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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Isaac Roosevelt (1726-1794) Soldier, Statesman, Citizen of New York: A short genealogical record of the Roosevelts from 1649 to 1934 and notes in reference to John Bailey sword maker to the Officers of the American Revolution by [Roosevelt, Franklin Delano] Peters, Fred J.
    [Roosevelt, Franklin Delano] Peters, Fred J.
    Isaac Roosevelt (1726-1794) Soldier, Statesman, Citizen of New York: A short genealogical record of the Roosevelts from 1649 to 1934 and notes in reference to John Bailey sword maker to the Officers of the American Revolution

    New York: Privately Printed, 1934. [3], 7, [7] pages on hand-made paper; 2 mounted photographs, the first of a painted portrait of Isaac Roosevelt and the second of the sword. Folio-sized, 10-1/4 by 14 inches.

    A rather odd book, presenting a survey of Franklin Roosevelt's male ancestors, with an emphasis on the Revolutionary War-era politician Isaac Roosevelt. The final page is devoted to John Bailey, who made a sword for Isaac.

    It appears that the House of Peters, at one time a fine clothier, had turned to selling artifacts in the 1930s, issuing elaborate books to document collections they presumably had for sale.

    In this case, your humble cataloguer believes they had in…

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    New York: Privately Printed, 1934. [3], 7, [7] pages on hand-made paper; 2 mounted photographs, the first of a painted portrait of Isaac Roosevelt and the second of the sword. Folio-sized, 10-1/4 by 14 inches.

    A rather odd book, presenting a survey of Franklin Roosevelt's male ancestors, with an emphasis on the Revolutionary War-era politician Isaac Roosevelt. The final page is devoted to John Bailey, who made a sword for Isaac.

    It appears that the House of Peters, at one time a fine clothier, had turned to selling artifacts in the 1930s, issuing elaborate books to document collections they presumably had for sale.

    In this case, your humble cataloguer believes they had in their possession a sword once owned by Isaac Roosevelt, and seeing that his great-great grandson was in the White House, sought to capitalize on this fact. It is, in any case, an uncommon book, published in an edition of just 12 copies. Two copies located on OCLC, one at the American Antiquarian Society and the second at the Harry Ransom Center. ISBN: B0016MYB6U.

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    Bound in yellow half morocco over blue cloth. Spine tanned, with a bit of spotting to the leather, else a near fine copy in a very good slipcase. Bookmark ribbon detached but laid in. Copy 3 of 12, numbered, signed Fred Peters and dated on a sheet of House of Peters letterhead, tipped to the first leaf. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 78327
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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Director's Scrapbook by [Kesey, Ken] [Shank, Richard C.] [Wasserman, Dale] [Smits, Jimmy]
    [Kesey, Ken] [Shank, Richard C.] [Wasserman, Dale] [Smits, Jimmy]
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Director's Scrapbook

    Ithaca, NY: 9 by 11-1/2 inches. Director's scrapbook for the 1983 Cornell University student production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jimmy Smits and Margaret Reed. Smits' performance as Chief Bromden was widely acclaimed and helped launch his professional career.

    This is a record of the production kept by the chairman of the Cornell Univesity theater arts program, Richard Shank, who directed the play. The book, bound in library buckram by Shank after the play's run finished, includes 1) two copies of the Samuel French script, one for reproduction and the other extensively annotated by Shank with notes on the staging;

    2) fold-out plans for the set;

    3) publicity clipping, flyers, programs,…

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    Ithaca, NY: 9 by 11-1/2 inches. Director's scrapbook for the 1983 Cornell University student production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jimmy Smits and Margaret Reed. Smits' performance as Chief Bromden was widely acclaimed and helped launch his professional career.

    This is a record of the production kept by the chairman of the Cornell Univesity theater arts program, Richard Shank, who directed the play. The book, bound in library buckram by Shank after the play's run finished, includes 1) two copies of the Samuel French script, one for reproduction and the other extensively annotated by Shank with notes on the staging;

    2) fold-out plans for the set;

    3) publicity clipping, flyers, programs, and other ephemera from the production;

    4) five still photographs taken during a performance of the play; 5) Shank's extensive clipping file of reviews of earlier productions, often with notes about how to respond to criticisms of the play; 6) call sheets and other communications with the actors.

    In all, a remarkable, one-of-a-kind record of a notable production of this play based on Kesey's classic novel. Two of the actors, Smits as well as Margaret Reed (Nurse Ratched), went on to have notable careers as television and film actors. Smits was one of the first Mexican American actors to earn national acclaim. ISBN: 281AIB1040908.

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    Fine or nearly so. One call sheet is signed by both Reed and Smits (and all the other actors). [JSP02; JHG2019]

    Book ID: 206630
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  • Mathematisches Worterbuch, oder Erklarung der Begriffe, Lehrsatze, Aufgaben und Methoden der Mathematik ... [Complete, 7 volumes in 8] by Kluegel, Georg Simon
    Kluegel, Georg Simon
    Mathematisches Worterbuch, oder Erklarung der Begriffe, Lehrsatze, Aufgaben und Methoden der Mathematik ... [Complete, 7 volumes in 8]

    First Edition

    Leipzig: Schwickertschen Verlage and E. B. Schwickert, 1803-1836. A rare complete set of this early 19th century German dictionary of pure mathematics, published in five volumes (in six books) and a two-volume supplement (Supplemente zu G. S. Kluegel's Woorterbuche der reinen Mathematik). Volumes 4 and 5 were co-written by Carl Brandan Mollweide and Johann August Grunert; Grunert authored the supplements.

    Volume 1: A-D (1803): viii, 944 pages, 8 folding plates; 2: E-J (1805), 956, [6] pages, 6 folding plates; 3: K-P (1808), 933, [3] pages, 10 folding plates; 4: Q-S (1823), vi, 889, [1] pages, 7 folding plates; 5.1, T-U (1831), iv, 589 pages, 8 folding plates; 5.2, V-Z (1831), 590-1188, [1] pages; Supplement 1: A-D (1833),…

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    Leipzig: Schwickertschen Verlage and E. B. Schwickert, 1803-1836. A rare complete set of this early 19th century German dictionary of pure mathematics, published in five volumes (in six books) and a two-volume supplement (Supplemente zu G. S. Kluegel's Woorterbuche der reinen Mathematik). Volumes 4 and 5 were co-written by Carl Brandan Mollweide and Johann August Grunert; Grunert authored the supplements.

    Volume 1: A-D (1803): viii, 944 pages, 8 folding plates; 2: E-J (1805), 956, [6] pages, 6 folding plates; 3: K-P (1808), 933, [3] pages, 10 folding plates; 4: Q-S (1823), vi, 889, [1] pages, 7 folding plates; 5.1, T-U (1831), iv, 589 pages, 8 folding plates; 5.2, V-Z (1831), 590-1188, [1] pages; Supplement 1: A-D (1833), vi, 737, [1] pages, 2 folding plates; Supp. 2: E-Z (1836), 1032 pages, 4 folding plates.

    Kluegel (1739-1812) held a variety of academic positions before taking the chair of mathematics at the University of Halle, a position he held for 20 years before retiring. As a theoretician, his primary work was on parallels and in trigonometry, but in the 19th century he was known for this dictionary. He completed three volumes before his death and the work was carried on by Mollweide (volume 4) and Grunert (vol. 5 and the supplements).

    According to the St. Andrews University MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, "It was [Kleugel's] mathematical dictionary, however, which led to his fame. This was the three volume work Mathematisches Wörterbuch... which appeared between 1803 and 1808. The work includes articles such as "Abacus", "Algebra", "Analysis", "Geometry", "Logarithms", "Parallels" and a host of similar ones. His definitions often illustrate the state of mathematics at this time and are now of interest to historians of mathematics... The dictionary was widely used for several generations making Klügel's name widely known."

    Mollweide was also an important German mathematician, best remembered for the Mollweide projection of the sphere, used in many atlases. Mollweide's best-known student was August Moebius.

    Kluegel's dictionary of mathematics is quite scarce, complete as here in 8 volumes, with only a few institutional holdings, mostly in Germany. ISBN: 281AIB1040944.

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    First edition (first printing). Very good or better in contemporary cloth and decorated paper bindings; old gymnasium library stamp on each title page; some paper adhesions to the covers of a few volumes, but a remarkably well-preserved set.

    Book ID: 206707
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  • A Supplementary Catalogue of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakit Books in the Library of the British Museum Acquired During the Years 1892-1906; 1906-1928. (2 Volume Set) by Barnett, L.D. (compiler)
    Barnett, L.D. (compiler)
    A Supplementary Catalogue of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakit Books in the Library of the British Museum Acquired During the Years 1892-1906; 1906-1928. (2 Volume Set)

    First Edition

    London: British Museum, 1908; 1928. 2 Volumes: 1095, 1694 pages. ISBN: 281AIB1048836.

    First editions (first printings). Near fine copies in original green cloth with bright gilt lining and lettering on spine. Spine edges are rolled. Black endpapers. Pages edges to 1906 volume have mild foxing. A handsome set.

    Book ID: 264156
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  • Hawai'i One Summer: 1978 [Deluxe Edition] by Kingston, Maxine Hong; illustrated by Deng Ming-Dao
    Kingston, Maxine Hong; illustrated by Deng Ming-Dao
    Hawai'i One Summer: 1978 [Deluxe Edition]

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Meadow Press, 1987. 52 pages. 9-1/2 by 12-1/2inches. An autobiographical story of a summer spent in Hawai'i. Illustrated with color woodcuts by Deng Ming-Dao. Printed by Leigh McLellan on Korean Kozo papers. One of 75 deluxe copies specially bound by the printer and signed by the author, the artist, and the printer. There were also 75 case bound copies. ISBN: 281AIB1044024.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. In a fine original slipcase. Signed by the author, artist, and printer on the limitation pages.

    Book ID: 223304
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  • M. Fabii Quinctiliani, ut Ferunt Declamationes XIX majores, et Quae ex CCCLXXXVIII SupersuntCXLV Minores. et Calpurnii lacci Declamationes. cum Notis Doctorum Virorum; Curant Petro Burmanno.
    M. Fabii Quinctiliani, ut Ferunt Declamationes XIX majores, et Quae ex CCCLXXXVIII SupersuntCXLV Minores. et Calpurnii lacci Declamationes. cum Notis Doctorum Virorum; Curant Petro Burmanno.

    First Edition

    Lugduni Batavorum: Apud Joannem de Vivie, 1720. {4} 838 {132} pages. Edited by the great classical scholar Pieter Berman, the 19 major Declamations and selected minor ones are heavily annotated (approximately half of each page is notes), and occupy the first 790 pages. Calpurnius Flaccus takes up the next 46 pages, followed by the extensive index. Some have questioned the authorship of the Declamations, but apparently Berman felt they were Quintilian's. ISBN: 281AIB1047610.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in green-stained vellum. Title page in red and black, with printer's device.. The first few pages have some mends and an unsuccerssful attempt to erase some later writing in ink.

    Book ID: 262203
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  • The Villa Farnesina in Rome (Marabilia Italiae) by Frommel, Christoph Luitpold
    Frommel, Christoph Luitpold
    The Villa Farnesina in Rome (Marabilia Italiae)

    First Edition

    Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini, 2003. 230 pages in text volume; 291 pages in plate volume. Housed in beautiful cloth covered box with silk ribbon. Text volume is in Italian. Plate volume has text and plate descriptions in Italian and English. ISBN: 9788882900083.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copies in black coth covers with bright gold lettering and illustrations. Blindstamp of prior owner on last page in text volume. Housed in near fine cloth covered slipcase with very slight surface wear.

    Book ID: 262756
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  • The Future is Ours, Comrade: Conversations with the Russians by Kosinski, Jerzy (writing as Joseph Novak)
    Kosinski, Jerzy (writing as Joseph Novak)
    The Future is Ours, Comrade: Conversations with the Russians

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1960. 286 pages. The author's first book. A look at everyday life in the Soviet Union. Introduction by Irving R. Levine. ISBN: B000N7FXVG.

    First edition (first printing). A bit of edge wear, and top of page block toned, thus near fine. In a dust jacket with light wear to spine ends, else near fine. Review copy with publisher's review slip laid in. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author in 1974 to the previous owner and signed both as "Jerzy" and "Joseph Novak." [JSP01]

    Book ID: 177061
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  • Harlan, Robert D. editor.
    Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press 1957-1966 & Grabhorn-Hoyem 1966-1973. [With a check-list 1916-1956 and a Complete Specimen of Types].

    San Francisco: John Howell Books, 1977. ISBN: B000SVQIB6.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 49506
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  • Americana by DeLillo, Don
    DeLillo, Don
    Americana

    First Edition

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1971. 388 pages. A novel; the author's first book. ISBN: 9780395120941.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Some uneven fading and spotting to top of page block. Jacket lightly toned on the spine and spotted on the verso, else near fine. A very nice copy of an acclaimed author's first book.

    Book ID: 197840
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  • Din literatura poporana a aromanilor: Volumul 1 by Papahagi, Pericle
    Papahagi, Pericle
    Din literatura poporana a aromanilor: Volumul 1

    First Edition

    (N-pl. but perhaps Bucharest?): (the author?), 1900. xxiii, 1055 pages. Papahagi, according to Wikipedia (I know, I know) was "an acknowledged authority on the life and languages of the Romance-speaking peoples from south of the Danube, the Aromanians and Megleno-Romanians; he wrote several foundational texts on the subject that are classic models of sociological and folkloristic monographs" including Din literatura poporana a aromanilor. OCLC locates one copy, in Romania. ISBN: 281AIB1039626.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in a twentieth-century cloth binding. Rare hinge repair with Japanese tissue. Rare.

    Book ID: 200930
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  • California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by Durham, David L.
    Durham, David L.
    California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State

    First Edition

    Clovis, California: Word Dancer Press, (1998). 1676 pages. ISBN: 9781884995149.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in illustrated covers. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 260886
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  • The Magic Flute by Updike, John and Warren Chappell (illustrator)
    Updike, John and Warren Chappell (illustrator)
    The Magic Flute

    First Edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1962. Oblong, about 10-1/4 by 7-3/4 inches. "With Musical Themes By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" -- from the cover. Library binding edition, with illustrated boards. Illustrations in color. Also issued in a trade edition bound in yellow cloth with dust jacket. ISBN: B004OGAU06.

    First edition (first printing). Library binding but not an ex-library copy, thus uncommon. No dust jacket, as issued. Some wear to spine ends and corners, and one corner lightly bumped, thus very good.

    Book ID: 171410
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  • Little Big Man by Berger, Thomas
    Berger, Thomas
    Little Big Man

    First Edition

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. 440 pages. The author's best-known book, which was adapted for the popular 1970 movie of the same name directed by Arthur Penn. ISBN: B000NWBHXY.

    First edition (first printing). A bit of wear to edges and page block, else near fine in a dust jacket with some fading to spine and loss to the ends. Inscribed by the author: "To Bernard Brussel-Smith, who designed this beautiful book, my gratitude. Thomas Berger."

    Book ID: 184873
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  • Concordance et indices de la tradition musulmane: Les six livres, le Musnad d'al-Darimi, le Muwatta' de Malik, le Musnad de Ahmad ibn Hanbal by Wensinck, A. J.
    Wensinck, A. J.
    Concordance et indices de la tradition musulmane: Les six livres, le Musnad d'al-Darimi, le Muwatta' de Malik, le Musnad de Ahmad ibn Hanbal

    Istanbul: Cagri Yayinlari, 1988. Eight volumes, complete. A new edition of an important reference work to the key scriptures of the Islamic faith. Publication began in 1936 and was finished but for the indexes in 1969. This set includes the indexes compiled by Wim Raven and Jan Jus Witkam, first published in 1988.

    The text, in Arabic throughout, is printed in red and black. ISBN: 281AIB1042853.

    A very good set. Dust jackets are scuffed and faded at the spine. The paperback edition is in print at US$450.

    Book ID: 215947
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  • Dubin's Lives by Malamud, Bernard
    Malamud, Bernard
    Dubin's Lives

    First Edition

    New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979. 361 pages. By the winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. ISBN: B000N38DT4.

    First edition, first state; one of 70 or so copies with the five final words missing from pages 231. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the top edge. Slight sunning to top of cloth covers. Scarce.

    Book ID: 266739
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