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Los Angeles A.R.P.U., 1940

Program Book: American Racing Pigeon Union Convention, Los Angeles 1940 Los Angeles A.R.P.U., 1940

By: American Racing Pigeon Union

Price: $135.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, ARPU: 1940

Seller ID: k180315d

Condition: Near fine.


4to, blue and silver embossed boards. 116 p. Progam book for the 1940 ARPU [American Pigeon Racing Union] held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Many advertisements, including welcomes from Hollywood stars and LA politicians. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos. Near fine copy with moderate rubbing to back cover. Front cover a delight to behold. A two page advertisement features a scene from Edward G. Robinson’s “A Dispatch from Reuters”, where racing pigeons... View more info

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Visits from the world of spirits; or interesting anecdotes of the dead.

By: Anonymous

Price: $1,200.00

Seller ID: 150308

ISBN: 15030


London: printed for the proprietor; and sold by L. Wayland 1791. 1st ed., 12mo, 302 pp. A scarce volume “Containing very curious narratives of the appearances of many departed spirits on particular occasions, to friends, relations. &c. being an impartial survey of the most remarkable accounts of apparitions, dreams, ghosts, spectres, and visions. That have been recorded in several ages of the world; together with some originals. To which is prefixed, an introduction, b... View more info

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Hosie’s Aviary

By: Baskin, Leonard [wth Tobias, Lucretia, Hosie, & Lisa Baskin]

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Viking Press: 1979

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Signed by Baskin

Seller ID: sw180315a


4to, green cloth. 1st ed, signed by illustrator Leonard Baskin in red ink on the front end paper. A companion volume to his Caldecott Honor Book Hosie’s Alphaet; kBaskins illustraions of birds with light verse. A light fade line along bottom of front cover, else fine in fine d/w. View more info

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The Book of the Hamburgs

By: Baum, L. Frank

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Books of Wonder: 1991

Seller ID: g1001


First thus. Facsimile edition;first hardcover edition. 12mo, brown illustrated cloth. Published 14 years before The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this was Baum's first book -- an illustrated guide to the breeding and raising of the many varieties of Hamburg chickens. The book displays the origins of Baum's folksy writing style. New copy. View more info

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Of Englishe Dogges, the diversities, the names, the natures, and the properties. A Short Treatise written in latine by Johannes Caius

By: Caius, Johannes

Price: $185.00

Publisher: London, A Bradley: 1880

Seller ID: 07151


A reprint of the earliest book on dogs in the English language, first published in 1576. Published in May 1880. 8vo. 1/4 cloth, gray boards. Leather imprinted spine. 1st thus. Good; a 1" diagonal crack across the upper right corner of front cover; front cover sunned. . Interior clean and bright. Title page only is in facsimile; the rest has been reset in new type View more info

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The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.

By: Darwin, Charles

Price: $2,650.00

Publisher: London, John Murray: 1871

Edition: First

Seller ID: 021501


1st ed., second state. 2 vols. 8vo, publisher's dark green cloth. [Freeman no. 938 with page height of 190, board height of 195, and books by same author on verso of title leaf of Vol. 2; the first volume starts with "When" on p. 297 and no errata on verso of title page.] With the publisher's ads dated January 1871 present in both volumes. Vol 1. viii, 423pp + 16pp. advts. Vol 2: viii, [2], 475 (16 pp. advts.] Fair-Good-minus: light surface and edge wear to covers ov... View more info

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The Origin of Species - First U.S. edition

By: Darwin, Charles

Price: $7,500.00

Publisher: New York, D. Appleton and Company: 1860

Edition: First American

Seller ID: 021502

Condition: Good


8vo, publisher's embossed brown cloth with gilt titles on spine. 1st American ed., first state with two quotations facing title page instead of three; folding lithographic plate at p. 108. [Freeman no. 377] Good: several small chips at top and bottom of spine; light 1/2" damp-stain along upper fore-edge of front cover; spine titles lightly faded; corners rubbed; front hinge partially split but still intact; contemporaneous penciled signature on FEP; damp-stain at top of ... View more info

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Oomingmak

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $55.00

Publisher: NY: Hastings House: 1967

Inscription: Signed by PM on title page

Seller ID: s1806222n


1st ed., 12mo, sienna cloth. An unusual small volume written for young adults, perhaps for use in schools; an account of an expedition to an island in the Bering Sea inhabited by musk oxen. Illustrated with Matthiessen's photographs. Fine, virtually pristine copy in fine d/w with some sunning at bottom of spine and small nick at top. Signed on title page. View more info

The Shorebirds of North America - Limited Leather-bound Edition

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $500.00

Publisher: NY: Viking: 1967

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622o

Condition: Fine.


Large folio edited by Gardner Stout and illustrated by Robert Verity Clem, with text by Matthiessen. A landmark volume, considered the standard book in the field. Color paintings of shorebirds in their natural habitats, as well as pencil drawings. Deluxe edition, bound in full leather, No. 97 of 350 copies signed by all of the four authors/artists. Small ¾” scratch at top of spine, otherwise fine in original slipcase. View more info

The Tree Where Man Was Born / The African Experience [Photos by Eliot Porter] [Signed Copy]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $125.00

Publisher: NY: Dutton: 1972

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622d


NY: Dutton, 1972. 4to, brown cloth. Essays by PM with color photos by Porter. A pristine copy of the first edition in the first issue dust jacket with both the $17.50 price and the introductory $14.95 price good until October 25, 1972. Most first issue jackets are found clipped so that only the higher price shows. Signed by Matthiessen on the title page. View more info

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[Signed copy]

The Cloud Forest / A Chronicle of the South America Wilderness. [Signed copy]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $225.00

Publisher: NY: Viking: 1961

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622e


1st ed., 8vo, black cloth. A chronicle of a journey through the Amazon wilderness. Matthiessen's second book of nonfiction and the first of his numerous personal accounts of travel and exploration. Fine in d/w. Except for a clean bookplate on verso of front flyleaf, a pristine copy; the best one we have seen in more than 30 years of collecting PM’s work. Signed on title page. View more info

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Under the 1st ed. Wall. First State Review Copy with Publisher’s Errata Laid In. [Signed]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $525.00

Publisher: NY: Viking, (1962). : 1962

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622f


1st ed., 8vo black cloth. His third book of nonfiction, recounting the Harvard-Peabody Expedition to New Guinea to study one of the last stone-age tribes on the planet, which had been entirely free from contact with Westerners or the artifacts of industrial society. The book exists in three states. This first printing was withdrawn by the publisher prior to publication because the inset pages of photographs were bound in the wrong place and contrary to the Table of Con... View more info

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Under the 1st ed. Wall. 1st issue, second state. [Signed]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $90.00

Publisher: NY: Viking: 1962

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622g


1st ed., first issue, second state,. 8vo black cloth. His third book of nonfiction, recounting the Harvard-Peabody Expedition to New Guinea to study one of the last stone-age tribes on the planet, which had been entirely free from contact with Westerners or the artifacts of industrial society. The book exists in three states. This first printing was withdrawn by the publisher prior to publication because the inset pages of photographs were bound in the wrong place and ... View more info

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Blue Meridian/The Search for the Great White Shark [Signed copy]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $60.00

Publisher: NY: Random House: 1971

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622s

Condition: Near fine.


1st ed., 8vo, cream and blue cloth. Matthiessen accompanies a crew of professional divers on a world-ranging expedition to find and film the great white shark. Adapted for the film Blue Water/White Death. Near fine in d/w. The book itself is bright and tight with no interior flaws; there is a thin line of sun fading at top and bottom of spine and a small, light smudge at front top edge. The dustjacket has a narrow band of toning at top and bottom of flaps and a ¼” ni... View more info

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Men's Lives. The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork / 2 volume ed in slipcase / signed

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $350.00

Publisher: (n.p.): Rock Foundation: 1986

Edition: 1st ed., limited special edition.

Seller ID: s180624c

Condition: Fine


A two-volume deluxe folio-sized edition in matching slipcase. The first volume containing all of the text by Matthiessen. The second volume contains all of the photographs. An identical two-volume edition, but in a clamshell case and an original print of one of the photographs was given out free to attendees of a $500-a-plate benefit dinner for the historical society attempting to preserve the record and legacy of the fishermen's lives. There were 500 numbered copies sta... View more info

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Men's Lives. The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork / Deluxe limited edition, 2 vols., signed

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $850.00

Publisher: (n.p.): Rock Foundation: 1986

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180624d

Condition: Fine.


The two-volume folio-sized edition; limited to 500 copies in clamshell case. The first volume containing all of the text by Matthiessen. The second volume contains all of the photographs. With the second volume is also an original print of one of the book's photographs laid into a folding chemise and signed by the photographer Lynn Johnson. Never formally offered for sale, copies of this edition were given out free to attendees of a $500-a-plate benefit dinner for the hi... View more info

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Baikal - Sacred Sea Of Siberia [signed copy]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $50.00

Publisher: San Francisco: Sierra Club Books: 1992

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Signed.

Seller ID: s180624e

Condition: Fine.


1st ed., oblong 8vo, black cloth. Narrative of a journey to Lake Baikal in Siberia with musician-composer Paul Winter. Baikal is the world's oldest and deepest lake, containing one-fifth of the world's fresh water. Photographs by Boyd Norton; foreword by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Fine in d/w. Signed on title page. View more info

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Narrative of a Five Years' Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam

By: Stedman, John Gabriel

Price: $3,250.00

Publisher: London, J. Johnson: 1796

Seller ID: C061501


1st edition. 2 vols. 4to, brown calf. Full Title: Narrative, of a Five Years' Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America; from the year 1772, to 1777: elucidating the History of that Country, and describing its Productions, Viz. Quadrupedes, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, Trees, Shrubs, Fruits, & Roots; with an account of the Indians of Guinana, and Negros of Guinea, By Capt.N J.G. Stedman. Illustrated with 80 elegant En... View more info

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Eugenic Marriage, The. Volumes I-IV Complete

By: W. Grant Hague, M.D.

Price: $55.00

Publisher: The Review of Reviews: 1914

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17122301


12mo. Half leather over marbled boards. Tight, square binding. Four of four volumes. Very good; some fading at extremities and spine, several small nicks to spine ends, end papers toned. Internally clean and tight. View more info