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Willis O'Brien - Special Effects Genius, Archer, Steve
1 Archer, SteveWillis O'Brien - Special Effects Genius
McFarland & Company, 1993. 1st ed., The definitive work on O'Brien, with complete filmography and technical data as well as biographical material. 8vo, cloth,226 pp. Fine, as-new copy in pristine condition.. 
Price: 115.00 USD
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The Life and Work of Harry Clarke, Bowe, Nicola Gordon
2 Bowe, Nicola GordonThe Life and Work of Harry Clarke
Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1989. 1st ed., 8vo, cloth, 301 pp. The first substantial biography of Clarke and a critical survey of his varied work: stained glass, book illustration, commercial art. 24 color plates and 180 b/w illustrations. A marvelous treatment. Fine; as new in d/w with some very minor shelf-wear. A near pristine copy.. 
Price: 265.00 USD
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Cruise of the 'Cachalot' / Round the World after Sperm Whales, Bullen, Frank
3 Bullen, FrankCruise of the 'Cachalot' / Round the World after Sperm Whales
London: Smith, Elder & Company, 1898. 1st ed., Good+. 12mo, blue cloth with gilt titles and gilt sperm whale on front cover. Frontispiece, folding map, and 7 plates from drawings. . A travel narrative depicting Bullen's experience as the First Mate of the whaler Splendid out of New Bedford, and its travels through the Pacific whaling grounds. Includes a short but enthusiastic printed letter from Kipling to Bullen that was then used as an advertisement for the book. "It is immense--there is no other word. I've never read anything that equals it in its deep sea wonder and mystery." Bullen's account is recognized as a classic sea tale, and viewed by some on a par with Melville. Good+ -- Very good appearance overall, but with cracking at front hinge and center, several dark stains on front cover; frontis illustration partially detached.. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Writings from Willa Cather's Campus Years, Cather, Willa
4 Cather, WillaWritings from Willa Cather's Campus Years
1950: University of Nebraska Press, First edition; 8vo, 142 pp. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. The book is pristine in essentially as-new condition. The dust jacket has no chips or tears; just some mild age-toning on the spine that has lightly faded the title. This volume collects writings that first appeared in campus newspapers and other student publications.. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Mark Twain: The Story of His Life and Work. A Biographical Sketch., CLEMENS, Will M.
5 CLEMENS, Will M.Mark Twain: The Story of His Life and Work. A Biographical Sketch.
San Francisco: The Clemens Publishing Company, 1992. 1st ed., 1st ed. 12mo, publisher’s printed wrappers with a portrait of Twain on front. 211 pp. First edition. BAL, p. 251. Fair: Internally clean and tight. Covers rubbed at extremites; bottom right corner of front cover and first leaf clipped 1/8”, similar sized crease on next several leaves; covers tanned with some light rubbing. Bindery glue residue on front hinge. Ex-libris Ruth Ann Newport; County Historian for the County of Tuolumne, Ca with her blind stamp at bottom of title page and last leaf.. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A memoir of book design, 1969-2000, D'Ambrosio, Joe
6 D'Ambrosio, JoeA memoir of book design, 1969-2000
Book Club of California, 2003. 4to, decorated boards with cloth spine in acetate d/w. Limited to 350 copies. As-new. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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My Bondage and My Freedom, Douglass, Frederick
7 Douglass, FrederickMy Bondage and My Freedom
Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1855. 1st ed., First edition. 12mo, Publisher's brown cloth, blind-stamped binding, gilt titles. xxxi 34-464 pp with 8 pp advertising at end. An important slave narrative, and the author's second volume of autobiography. Sabin 20714. Fair: Covers--top edge and corners rubbed, the latter heavily so. Some loss of cloth at top and bottom of spine; spine titles somewhat faded with ex-lib gummed stamp at bottom of spine. Otherwise solid and clean. Internally: end papers yellowed with several ink stains and pencil markings. Lower right corner of fly-leaves torn ½”. Ex-lib label and ink stamp dating probably from 1920’s affixed inside front cover and first flyleaf; prior owner’s book plate on second flyleaf with another library ink stamp; minor damp-stain at bottom of third flyleaf not affecting the rest of the volume and a third ink-stamp at upper right of title page; front hinge partially cracked at top but still intact; the text block is clean and tight overall with only scattered light foxing; back panels tanned and lightly soiled but no damage. This book is notoriously known for wear so despite the defects, it is a reasonably attractive copy.. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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They All Sang, Edward B. Marks
8 Edward B. MarksThey All Sang
NY: Viking Press, 1935. 3rd printing (1935) but warmly inscribed by author Edward Marks to Hollywood writer/producer Jerry Wald on the birth of Wald's son. Walk wrote and produced several classic films, including the musical Stars Over Broadway and the Bogart classics Dark Passage and Key Largo. The inscription is on the front free endpaper and is dated 1942. The book itself is in fine condition except for some yellowing on the front and rear-paste-downs where the dust wrapper flaps rested against the book. The dust jacket is present but is yellowed at the back and has about a dozen chips and tears along the edges.. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, Farago, Ladislas
9 Farago, LadislasPatton: Ordeal and Triumph
NY: Ivan Obolensky, Inc, 1963. 1st ed., in d/w. Good. 8vo, hardcover, 885 pp. The definitive biography and basis for the Academy Award-winning film starring George C. Scott. Some light toning and soiling to top edges; owner's name inked inside covers;no significant defects. D/w is darkened along spine with some light rubbing. No chips or tears. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Letters to His Daughter, Fitzgerald, F. Scott
10 Fitzgerald, F. ScottLetters to His Daughter
NY: Charles Scribners Sons, 1965. 1st edition in dustjacket. The book itself is pristine; no defects. The dust jacket is fine -- clean and bright with no tears but some light shelf-wear along edges. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Crack-up, Fitzgerald, F. Scott
11 Fitzgerald, F. ScottThe Crack-up
NY: New Directions, 1945. 1st ed, second state; 1945 (New Directons) in dustjacket. [The second state has an all-black title page without the red ink.] The book is good; no major flaws but a prior owner's inked signature on front end paper and several light spots on cover, some smaller but darker spots in the front hinge. The dust jacket is not price-clipped but has numerous nicks and small closed tears along edges.. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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A Time To Heal, Ford, Gerald R.
12 Ford, Gerald R.A Time To Heal
New York: Harper & Row, 1979. 0060112972 / 9780060112974 First Edition, Cloth. Good. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾. First edition, first printing, signed by the former U.S. President and author on tipped in first blank page. Bound in publisher's blue cloth with gilt to front board and spine. Top edge of front cover faded; bottom edge stained. Jacket lightly soiled, but no tears or chips.. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces., Franklin, Benjamin
13 Franklin, BenjaminPolitical, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces.
London: J. Johnson, 1779. 8vo, half-leather, marbled boards, black label with gilt titles and ribbed lines on spine. 565 pp. plus 8-page Addenda and Corragenda. 1st edition thus. [Published earlier that year in an exceedingly rare 4to format] This definitive collection of Franklin essays, many printed here for the first time, is the only edition of Franklin's political and philosophical writings printed during his lifetime. The collection was edited by his friend Benjamin Vaughan with Franklin's knowledge and consent, and contains an 'errata' [Addenda & Corrigenda] made by him for it. Published in London while Franklin was serving as America's ambassador, the work includes many of his writings on the colonial rebellion and British measures leading up to it. Lacking the portrait frontispiece portrait prepared for the 4to edition and found in some copies of the 8vo but with the three scientific plates (one folding), and folding table. Good+:Front hinge lightly cracked, end papers soiled; 19th century bookseller seal [T. Connlly - Dublin] on front pastedown. Light-moderate wear overall with rubbing to spine and extremities. Text block and plates clean and tight with light scattered foxing, An extremely good copy overall. [Ford 342. Howes F330. Sabin 25565.]. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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Jack's Book - An Oral Biograph of Jack Kerouac, Gifford, Barry & Lee, Lawrence
14 Gifford, Barry & Lee, LawrenceJack's Book - An Oral Biograph of Jack Kerouac
NY.: St. Martins Press., 1978.. A unique copy, signed by poets Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and fellow "road" traveler Al Hinkle (Big Ed Dunkel). The book is fairly common; it's the autographs your buying here. Pencil mark on top edge, light bottom edge. D/w lightly soiled but no tears or chips.. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Which Lie Did I Tell, Goldman, William
15 Goldman, WilliamWhich Lie Did I Tell
NY: Pantheon, 2000. 1st ed, Pantheon. Review copy in dust jacket with publisher's advance literature laid in; inscribed on the half-title page to George Christy, former reviewer and society columnist for the Hollywood Reporter. A small smudge on top edge, otherwise a pristine copy.. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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From the Backwoods of Old Tuolumne, Grigsby, Russell C.
16 Grigsby, Russell C.From the Backwoods of Old Tuolumne
Stockton CA: Russell C Grigsby, 1943. 1st ed., Good+. 1st ed., 8vo, dark green boards, 154 pp. Grigsby lived in the Tuolumne/Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada from 1907. This memoirs cover his early years, through the Depression and his work with the California Conservation Corp, through the publication date 1943. Good+: Presents as very good-near fine overall but chip at top of spine results in loss in 1/8” of cloth, lightly rubbed corners. Inscribed by Grigsby on fep to Ruth Ann Newport, County Historian, Tuolumne County CA. Good+ dustwrapper has ½”open tear at top of spine; similar at top back panel, and some light spotting. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Stockton Boyhood/ Being the Reminiscences of Carl Ewald Grunsky, Grunsky, Carl Ewald
17 Grunsky, Carl EwaldStockton Boyhood/ Being the Reminiscences of Carl Ewald Grunsky
San Francisco: Friends of the Bancroft Library, The, 1959. First Edition, Decorative Cloth. Very Good. No Jacket, as Issued.. 4to - over 9¾. Limited to 800 copies. Designed and printed by Lawton Kennedy. Sm. 4to; 134 pp., illus. Essays written at the end of Grunsky's life about his early years in Stockton, California, and studying engineering in Germany. Grunsky was an important Civil Engineer, working on the Panama Canal and the improvement of port facilities in California.. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Arthur Rackham His Life and Work, Hudson, Derek
18 Hudson, DerekArthur Rackham His Life and Work
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973. Cloth. Very Good-Near Fine. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾. Classic biography of Arthur Rackham, with 32 tipped in color plates and numerous b&w illustrations, portraits, facsimiles in-line with text. 1973 reprint edition. Also "the printed work of Arthur Rackham", a checklist. Book condition: near fine. DJ condition: very good.. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Arthur Rackham: His Life and Work, Hudson, Derek
19 Hudson, DerekArthur Rackham: His Life and Work
London: William Heinemann, 1960. First Edition, Cloth. Very Good. Fair. 4to - over 9¾. 1st edition of the classic biography of Rackham, including 32 tipped-in color plates and numerous b&w drawings in-line with text. Bibliography and checklists. APPENDIX A Bibliography, APPENDIX B Drawings and paintings in Collections, APPENDIX C The Printed Work of Arthur Rackham. D/w soiled with several large closed tears, one open tear. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Three Men in a Boat / to say nothing of the dog., Jerome, Jerome K.
20 Jerome, Jerome K.Three Men in a Boat / to say nothing of the dog.
London: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. 1st ed., Small 8vo, smooth blue cloth; spine stamped in gold; front cover stamped in black with heavy border. 1st ed, first issue, second state. [The first issue has the publisher's address printed as 'Quay Street' on title page, with the inclusion of 'Simpkin Marshall'; 37 titles listed in the advt for Arrowsmith's Bristol Library, and an announcement that 'Prince Prigo' will be ready for publication in October. The second state was published within weeks of the first, with formerly inverted initials on p. 77 corrected and a moon shown in the illustration on p. 20, possibly caused by a plate flaw. Good: Small spot on front cover; light surface wear overall; slightly cocked to right; corners and edges lightly rubbed. Front hinge cracked; toning to endpapers.. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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