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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 “wi... 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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George Grosz. A Bibliography. With an Introduction by Robert Cenedella

By: Bulow, Kjeld; Cenedella, Robert

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Booktrader, Denmark: 1993

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Signed by compiler Robert Cenedella

Seller ID: k190212c

Condition: Fine


8vo, softcover with original dustjacket. 120 pp. Number 232 of 700 numbered copies signed by Cenedella. 16 b/w plates. CONTENTS: A. Portfolios, books of drawings, illustrated books and book cover illustrations B. Books about Grosz C. Exhibitions and exhibition catalogues; D.George Grosz on film and TV. A fine copy in near fine dustjacket with light edgewear. Signed by Robert Cenedella 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... 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 agai... 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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A Time To Heal

By: Ford, Gerald R.

Price: $325.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000038

ISBN: 0060112972

Condition: Good


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. View more info

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Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces.

By: Franklin, Benjamin

Price: $4,900.00

Publisher: London: J. Johnson: 1779

Seller ID: 022102


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 ... View more info

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Which Lie Did I Tell

By: Goldman, William

Price: $85.00

Publisher: NY, Pantheon: 2000

Seller ID: 111503


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. 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 Co... 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... 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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Three Men in a Boat / to say nothing of the dog.

By: Jerome, Jerome K.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: London, J.W. Arrowsmith: 1889

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: 1708299


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 for... View more info

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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