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Image for The Quantocks and Their Associations. A Paper Read Before the Members of the Bath Literary Club on the 11th December 1871. [Significant, inscribed association copy]

The Quantocks and Their Associations. A Paper Read Before the Members of the Bath Literary Club on the 11th December 1871. [Significant, inscribed association copy]

By: NICHOLS, WILLIAM LUKE

Price: $325.00

Publisher: Bath: Printed for Private Circulation: 1873

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: k190121l

Condition: Good


1st ed., 8vo, original decorated green cloth, gilt decorations and lettering. 41 [2] i-xxxiii. Tipped in photographic frontispiece of “Wordsworth’s Glen.” [See note below] A talk about the Quantock Hills area of southwest England, where Coleridge and Wordsworth wrote Lyrical Ballads, which Nichols writes about the landscape as well as some of the other "Quantock Poets," including Charles Lamb, Thomas Lovell Beddoes and Charles Lloyd. Gift inscription on FFEP “with the writer’s compliments” to Welsh mathematician, photographer, and painter Rev. Calvert R. Jones, [1804-1877]. We bel... View more info

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The Life of P.T. Barnum / Written by Himself. [Signed copy]

By: Barnum, P.T.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: NY: Redfield: 1855

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: k190719a

Condition: Poor


1st ed. [Copyright date of Nov. 1854, but with 1855 on the title page.] 8vo, ¼ leather backed boards. 404 pp. Condition: poor -- this is being sold for the autograph. The book is complete, but very worn with front cover detached, heavily rubbed and stained, and with staining and foxing within the text block throughout. The signature is just below Barnum’s engraved portrait on the frontispiece. The page is foxed and soiled, but not affecting the signature which is clear. View more info

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The Death Ray Man. The Biography of GRINDELL MATTHEWS Inventor and Pioneer [Inscribed copy]

By: Barwell Ernest H. G.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Hutchinson & Co Ltd, London: 1943

Edition: 1st edition

Inscription: Inscribed by the author with a dedication to the W

Seller ID: k190721a

Condition: Good


8vo, 1st ed. 175 pp. 20 photographic plates. Grindell Matthews (1880 -1941) was an English inventor who claimed to have invented a death ray in the 1920s. In 1914, after the outbreak of the First World War, the British government announced an award of £25,000 to anyone who could create a weapon against zeppelins or remotely control unmanned vehicles. Matthews claimed that he had created a remote control system that used selenium cells. He successfully demonstrated it with a remotely controlled boat to representatives of the Admiralty at Richmond Park's Penn Pond. He received his £25,000 but ... View more info

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The Life and Work of Harry Clarke

By: Bowe, Nicola Gordon

Price: $265.00

Publisher: Dublin, Irish Academic Press: 1989

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: 1403


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. View more info

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Writings from Willa Cather's Campus Years

By: Cather, Willa

Price: $50.00

Publisher: 1950, University of Nebraska Press:

Seller ID: 042502


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. View more info

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Mark Twain: The Story of His Life and Work. A Biographical Sketch.

By: CLEMENS, Will M.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: San Francisco, The Clemens Publishing Company: 1992

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg121701


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. View more info

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A memoir of book design, 1969-2000

By: D'Ambrosio, Joe

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Book Club of California: 2003

Seller ID: 17061918


4to, decorated boards with cloth spine in acetate d/w. Limited to 350 copies. As-new View more info

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They All Sang

By: Edward B. Marks

Price: $65.00

Publisher: NY, Viking Press: 1935

Seller ID: 081507


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. View more info

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Patton: Ordeal and Triumph

By: Farago, Ladislas

Price: $60.00

Publisher: NY, Ivan Obolensky, Inc: 1963

Seller ID: g1003


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 View more info

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The Crack-up

By: Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, New Directions: 1945

Seller ID: 121334


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. View more info

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Letters to His Daughter

By: Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Price: $85.00

Publisher: NY, Charles Scribners Sons: 1965

Seller ID: 1211335


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 View more info

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From the Backwoods of Old Tuolumne

By: Grigsby, Russell C.

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Stockton CA, Russell C Grigsby: 1943

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17121605

Condition: 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 View more info

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Stockton Boyhood/ Being the Reminiscences of Carl Ewald Grunsky

By: Grunsky, Carl Ewald

Price: $25.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Friends of the Bancroft Library, The: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000282

Condition: Very Good


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. View more info

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Back-Trailers from the Middle Border [Association copy with signature of Rudyard Kipling]

By: Hamlin Garland

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Macmillan, New York: 1928

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Inscribed by Garland, with added signature of Rudy

Seller ID: k190126c


CONDITION: Good. Covers: front hinge cracked, light surface wear, a little more so at top of spine. Newspaper review affixed to back free end paper has browned and left image transfer on facing page. Signed by Garland on front pastedown; two photographs of Garland and company on the half-title, along with a guest pass to the Regent’s Park Zoological Gardens signed by Rudyard Kipling who, as a member, gave Garland admittance. Another photo of Garland on the verso and a fourth affixed to a blank page facing page 205. Unknown whether the extra items were added by Garland or another. View more info

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Arthur Rackham His Life and Work

By: Hudson, Derek

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1973

Seller ID: 000251

Condition: Very Good-Near Fine


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. View more info

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Arthur Rackham: His Life and Work

By: Hudson, Derek

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, William Heinemann: 1960

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000327

Condition: Very Good


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 View more info

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A History of the New California Its Resources and People [Vol 1 only]

By: Irvine, Leigh H.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: The Lewis Publishing Co: 1905

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: vl190723c

Condition: Very good


4to. Original three quarter leather and black pebbled cloth boards. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, Volume I only of a two-volume history of early California; following the 330 page general history are approximately 150 biographical sketches of notable Californians with photogravure portraits and l tissue guards. These continued into the second volume. Condition: very good; three corners lightly rubbed, lower rear corner more so. Upper spine ends also rubbed, only light surface wear to rest of extremities. Leather on upper corners is crackled. Interior is a fine -- bright and tight. View more info

Image for John Joseph Montgomery 1858-1911; Father of Basic Flying

John Joseph Montgomery 1858-1911; Father of Basic Flying

By: John Joseph Montgomery 1858-1911; Father of Basic Flying

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Santa Clara, University of Santa Clara: 1967

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17121603


1st ed., 8vo, brown cloth; xx, 241 pp. photo illustrated w/ appendices on aircraft design, etc., bibliograph. Montgomery performed the first controlled, heavier-than-air flights in the United States in 1883 - nearly 20 years before the Wright Brothers. A fine copy in good+ dustjacket. Inscribed on FEP by the author to Ruth Ann Newport, County Historian, Tuolumne County CA. The d/w is somewhat yellowed with several nicks along edges and corners, some minor spotting View more info

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Gold Spring Diary of John Jolly Including a History of Stephen Spencer Hill , Fugitive from Labor

By: Jolly, John and Deferrari, Carlo M. (Ed. )

Price: $70.00

Publisher: Sonora, CA, Tuolumne County Historical Society,: 1966

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: dg17120101

Condition: Fine


24mo, Maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine 160 pages. One of 500 unnumbered copies printed. Fine. Inscribed by the editor Carlo de Ferrari to Ruth Ann Newport, County Historian for the County of Tuolumne Calif. - with Newport’s blind-stamped ex-libris at bottom of title page and last page View more info

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"Not I, But the Wind..."

By: Lawrence, Frieda

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Santa Fe (NM), The Rydal Press: 1934

Seller ID: g1008


1st ed., limited to 1000 copies. Unpublished letters and material by D.H. Lawrence and memoirs by his wife, Frieda. Published in an edition of 1,000 numbered and signed by the author. Inscribed and numbered by Frieda Lawrence on verso of half-tile page. Good, clean copy without d/w. The paper covering the boards is chipped at all four corners. Nevertheless, an attractive tight copy. View more info