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679. Adams, Kramer A. Covered Bridges of the West. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North, 1963. First Edition. Pictorial Boards. Near Fine/Very Good. A History and Illustrated Guide to Washington, Oregon and California. Used but not abused. Pages show slight yellowing. Dustjacket is a little rubbed, some edge-wear, one small chip near head of spine, but otherwise whole and not price-clipped. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $25.00.
512. Anon. Alameda County… The Eden of the Pacific; the Flower Garden of California. Oakland, CA: The Oakland Tribune, 1898. First Edition. Gilt decorated cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Oblong gilt-decorated blue cloth. 233 pages plus index. Profusely illustrated with area photographs. Some light rubbing to edges of cover and extremities. Pages solidly attached but delicate. Many small internal tears. Second fep has a largish chuck torn from it. Some page edges protrude from block and are edgeworn. An interesting and important book. $250.00.
173. Anon. Annual Report of the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners for 1891 – 92. Sacramento, CA: State Office, 1892. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Blind-stamped blue cloth cover with gilt titles. No spine label. Moderate wear to spine and to tips. Endpapers and paste-downs foxed. Domestic wine history with much historic data, charts, and pictures of equipment and methods. $175.00.
120. Anon. The Bay of San Francisco. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1892. No Edition Stated. Full leather. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Two volumes. Volume one is a general history of the city. Volume two is a collection of biographical sketches, probably by subscription, but does include several prominent figures. Heavy beveled and embossed leather covers with gilt titles and decoration. Interior illustrations slip-sheeted with onion skin paper. Exterior front hinge of volume one is cracked but still attached. Some rubbing and wear to spine tips and head of spine on volume one. Volume two is in generally better shape. Volume one is Good. Volume two is Very Good. $225.00.
122. Anon. Crocker-Langley San Francisco Directory 1915. San Francisco: H. S. Crocker, 1915. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Good/No DJ. 2366 pages. Heavily used. Front interior hinge repaired internally with masking tape. Hinges weak and cloth worn along spine and tips. Some isolated pages starting. $175.00.
657. Bennett, Leonora. Historical Sketch and Guide to the Alamo. San Antonio, TX: James T. Roney & Co., 1904. Reprint edition. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Some toning to spine and areas on cover near spine. Former owner name on ffep. Otherwise a fairly clean and straight copy. No cover tears or wrinkles. $50.00.
721. Bryson, Bill. Made in America. New York: William Morrow, 1994. First Edition. Cloth and boards. Near Fine/Near Fine. Signed and inscribed on the title page. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Signed by author. ISBN: 0-688-10312-X. $250.00.
203. Carranco, Lynwood; Sorenson, Henry L. Steam in the Redwoods. Caldwell, OH: Caxton Printers, 1988. First Edition. Wraps. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. First thus in large paper edition. Illustrated with many historical photographs. ISBN: 0-87004-322-6. $60.00.
728. Castro, Kenneth M. E Clampus Vitus Plaques. Oakland, CA: E Clampus Vitus, 1995. Unknown. Softcover. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. ‘A compilation of historical plaques with photographs dedicated by the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.’ Gilt titles on red paper. A couple of very faint spots on cover, else fine. $200.00.
761. Cobb, Thomas R. R. An Inquiry into the Law of Negro Slavery in the United States of America. To Which is Prefixed, An Historical Sketch of Slavery.. Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson & Co., 1858. First Edition. Leather. Good/Sans DJ as issued. Preface ccxxviii pps., 358 pps. including index. Original edition in original period leather binding. Hinges are just beginning to crack, leather shows spotting, discoloration, and some flaking and wear. Internally, there is quite a bit of foxing and toning to pages, especially around the edges of the end-papers and the first few pages. Former owner names on first paste-down. No other markings or obvious defects. Basically, this book shows its age but is still a solid and presentable copy. An important – perhaps infamous – historical document as it became the legal basis for slavery in the pre-Civil War South and later the basis for many Jim Crow laws. $800.00.
752. Cuthbertson, Stuart; Ewers, John C. A Preliminary Bibliography on the American Fur Trade. St. Louis, MO: United States Department of the Interior, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. 191 pages, mimeographed. Bound in heavy-duty library style blue cloth with white titles on spine. Former museum copy with catalog number written on first paste-down and museum name and number at top of title page. This is in remarkable condition considering the medium. The original edition was certainly small considering the fact that it was mimeographed. $150.00.
115. da Silva, Owen, O.F.M. Mission Music of California. Illustrator: Paul A. Moore. Los Angeles, CA: Warren F. Lewis, 1954. Second Edition. Cloth pictorial boards. Near Fine/Very Good. Bookplate front paste-down. Inscribed ‘For the San Francisco Press Club with compliments of Warren F. Lewis The Publisher.’ Dustjacket has small tears and chips but is protected by a mylar cover. Signed by publisher. $100.00.
121. Darlington, Newell D., Charles A. Whitmore, George C. Mansfield, Austin B. Fletcher. Report of A Study of the California Highway System by The United States Bureau of Public Roads to The California highway Commission and Highway Engineer. [Baltimore, MD]: Bureau of Public Roads, 1920. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Usual library markings, pocket on first paste-down. Many maps, charts, and photographs. A thorough survey of pre-war highway system in California. Some rubbing and wear around cover edges. $100.00.
680. Fisher, Vardis; Holmes, Opal Laurel. Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West. Caldwell, OH: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1968. Second Printing. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. Big oversized and profusely illustrated volume on this popular topic. Book is very clean, no marks or writing. Dustjacket has one closed tear at top front of dj and a light stain at the top of the back, otherwise very nice. $30.00.
681. Glasscock, C. B. Gold In Them Hills. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1932. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. ‘The Story of the West’s Last Wild Mining Days.’ Bright red decorative titles on green cover. Appears to be lacking ffep. Exceptionally clean bright copy of this title with only slight chipping at the corners of dustjacket. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $35.00.
687. Helper, Hinton Rowan. The Impending Crisis of The South: How to Meet It. New York: Burdick Brothers, 1857. First Edition. blind-stamped cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Early printing specifying that this copy is in the ‘Fourth Thousand’ on the title page. An important anti-slavery tract that made its appeal to non-slaveholding Southern whites. Very solid and attractive copy with mild wear, no fraying of cloth, hinges are solid. Gilt titles on spine are a bit faded. End papers are somewhat discolored with some brownish stains. Period owner inscription on ffep. Some mild foxing. Edge of page block spotted. Overall a very nice copy of an important historical work. $150.00.
649. Henderson, Archibald. The Conquest of the Old Southwest. New York: Century Co., 1920. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Subtitled ‘The Romantic Story of the Early Pioneers into Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky 1740-1790.’ Orange cloth somewhat toned at spine. Former owner name stamped on first paste-down. Pages somewhat yellowing, some foxing. Solid copy. $40.00.
409. Ingersoll, Chester. Overland to California in 1847. Chicago: Black Cat Press, 1937. Limited edition. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. ‘Letters written en route to California, west from Independence, Missouri, to the Editor of the Joliet Signal.’ 50 pages. Limited to 350 copies. Clean sharp copy. $100.00.
744. James, George Wharton. In and Out of the Old Missions. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1912. First Edition. Gilt decorated cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. 392 pages. Profusely illustrated with many black-and-white photographs. Green cloth with gilt decoration and titles. Top of page block is gilt. Slight indentation across front cover, another along spine, but still a very pretty copy. Period gift inscription on ffep, rubber stamp indicating this title was part of a historical museum on paste-down along with a handwritten catalog number. $50.00.
764. James, George Wharton. Utah: The Land of Blossoming Valleys. Boston: The Page Company, 1922. First Edition. Cloth pictorial boards. Very Good/No DJ. Part of the ‘See America First’ series. Profusely illustrated with photographs of historical personages and places. Bright and attractive decorative front cover but the spine is somewhat faded, its gilding worn and no longer bright. Some foxing and page discoloration, particularly to ffep and lfep. Small edge stain on the last 30 pages at fore-edge; doesn’t extend more than a quarter inch into the page and doesn’t affect text. An attractive copy. $75.00.
408. Johnson, W. Fletcher. Life of Sitting Bull and History of the Indian War of 1890 – 91. : Edgewood Publishing Co., 1891. First Thus. Cloth pictorial boards. Very Good/No DJ. German language edition. Tight, reasonably clean copy with faded gilt titles and cover illustrations. Mild edge wear and corner bumps. Some small stains. Some internal foxing. Spine and text in old German script. This version published for the late-19th century German immigrant. $75.00.
783. Jones, J. B. The War-Path: A Narrative of Adventures in the Wilderness. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1875. Later Edition. Gilt decorated cloth. Vicarious thrills regarding indians. Wonderful Victorian binding, blind-stamped design in black and gilt on green cloth. Some wear to top and bottom of spine and tips of boards. Pages are toned. Period gift inscription on second fep. Some pages starting but not loose. Overall, an attractive copy of this 19th century thriller. $50.00.
117. Lee, Wayne C.; Howard C. Raynesford. Trails of the Smokey Hill. Caldwell, ID: Caxton, 1980. First Edition. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Edge wear and wrinkling of illustrated cover. Many interior illustrations. A servicable copy. ISBN: 0-87004-276-9. $30.00.
390. Liivingston, Sr., Edward. A Personal History of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire in 1906. San Francisco: Edward Livingston, 1941. First U.S. Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Some wear at top and bottom of spine, light edge-wear and bumping to corners. Browning feps. Some shadowy offsetting on several pages. $40.00.
155. McEwen, Arthur. Arthur McEwen’s Letter. San Francisco: James H. Barry, 1894 – 95. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Unique, bound volume of 43 issues of the San Francisco weekly newsletter and muck-raking journal. Bound together in 1949 as a gift to the Press Club of San Francisco by the publisher’s son, this collection as bound seems to be lacking four issues to be complete: Vol. 2 No. 1, Vol. 2 No. 17, Vol. 2 No. 24, and Vol. 2 No. 25. Tipped in to the first leaf is a letter from Bill Barry to the president of the Press Club explaining that the volume contains all copies that his company had on hand and that some ‘missing’ issues may never have been issued in the first place. Condition of individual issues varies. Some are quite solid whereas others are beginning to split or tear, usually along old folds. Some pages are starting and have frayed slightly where they protrude. This is newsprint from the 19th century. It is an inherently fragile item of historical importance that requires expert care and maintenance. We are selling it on consignment for the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library in California. They acquired this volume when the now defunct Press Club liquidated its assets and donated the remains of its library to the Friends. $4000.00.
781. Minnich, Harvey C. William Holmes McGuffey and the Peerless Pioneer McGuffey Readers. Miami, FL: Miami University, 1928. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. July, 1928 issue of the Miami University Bulletin primarily devoted to the history of the McGuffey Readers. This is probably where the whole notion that McGuffey Readers were very collectible started, which historically has been the bane of antiquarian booksellers everywhere. Slightly bumped, some cover loss at base of spine, glue attaching cover is beginning to come loose, but otherwise a fairly clean copy. Many illustrations. $45.00.
678. Murbarger, Nell. Ghosts of the Glory Trail. Palm Desert, CA: Desert Magazine Press, 1956. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Prospector tales of boom and bust in the old west. Inscribed and signed on the half title Many photographs of the old west. A little shaken, first page signature starting, but externally clean and straight. Dustjacket has some chips and is in a protective mylar cover. Signed by author. $45.00.
254. Nelson, Dick. Only a Cow Country – At One Time – Wyoming Counties of Crook Weston and Campbell 1875 to 1951. San Diego, CA: Pioneer Printers, 1951. First Edition. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Long signed inscription on first free endpaper. Letter with business card from author to book recipient that relates a colorful Wyoming gunfight. Spine slightly faded and corners slightly bumped. Signed by author. $100.00.
166. Nye, W. S. Carbine & Lance. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1937. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Good. Dustjacket has some chipping and tears, with about an inch missing from top of spine. Spine shows fading and water stains not apparent on blue cloth cover. Not price clipped. Publisher’s review slip laid in. $100.00.
584. O’Connor, Louise S. Cryin’ For Daylight: A Ranching Culture in the Texas Coastal Bend. Austin, TX: Wexford Publishing, 1989. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. This is an oversize book, profusely illustrated with historical photographs of ranchers and cowhands. Text consists of interviews, recollections, and historical accounts of ranch life in Texas. Signed and dated by author on ffep. Solid copy. Dustjacket has some mild wear and has a couple of wrinkles along the bottom but is whole and still attractive in a protective mylar cover. Signed by author. ISBN: 0-9624821-0-2. $250.00.
755. Okkonen, Ilpo; Haegeland, Frank. Scenic Contra Costa County. Illustrator: Okkonen, Ilpo. Martinez, CA: MBIC Publishing, 1998. First Edition. Pictorial Boards. Near Fine/Very Good. Oversized photographic essay on Contra Costa County, California. Flat-signed by photographer and text writer on the half-title page. Light rubbing to the dustjacket has made it a little less shiny. Book is near fine. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Signed by author and illustrator. $100.00.
202. Ray, Milton S. The Farallones The Painted World and Other Poems of California. San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1934. First Edition. Boards. Near Fine/No DJ. Two volumes. Limited to 2000 copies. Poetry, history, and San Francisco area photography. Both volumes near fine. No slip-case but label portion enclosed. $30.00.
745. Saunders, Charles Francis; Chase, J. Smeaton. The California Padres and Their Missions. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. 418 pages. Decorated blue cloth with gilt titles. Many black-and-white illustrations. A lovely copy. $50.00.
305. Smith, Kenneth L. The Buffalo River Country.. in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AK: The Ozark Society, 1967. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. Map endpapers. Profusely illustrated with photographs. Dustjacket is price-clipped. Some edge wear to dustjacket, some small closed tears that have been repaired with transparent tape. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $25.00.
259. Spaulding, John H. Historical Relics of the White Mountains. Boston: Nathaniel Noyes, 1855. First Edition. Cloth. Good/Sans DJ as issued. Victorian blind-stamped cover has darkened with age from an off-white to a tan or brownish color. Some edge wear, corners bumped. Some page separation at base of spine for first three pages. Foxing and pages browning or discoloring. A reasonably solid copy with lots of little age blemishes but no large faults. $150.00.
675. Taylor, William. Seven Years’ Street Preaching in San Francisco, California; Embracing Incidents, Triumphant Death Scenes, Etc.. New York: Phillips & Hunt, No Date. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. Memoir of minister in San Francisco during the late 19th century. Besides the religious sentiment there’s much observation of the city and the street life that existed on the Barbary Coast. Blind-stamped blue cover with gilt titles on spine. Former owner name on ffep. Aside from slight fading along spine and fore-edges, the book barely shows its age. $75.00.
674. Todd, Frank Morton. The Chamber of Commerce Handbook for San Francisco. San Francisco: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 1914. First Edition. Limp cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. 340 pages plus 5 page index and fold-out map. Other than a few finger smudges, this is a nice clean solid copy. $40.00.
729. Various. Santa Cruz County. A Faithful Reproduction in Print and Photography of its Climate, Capabilities and Beauties.. San Francisco: H. S. Crocker, 1896. First Edition. Cloth. Fair/No DJ. Oblong format. Purple cloth with gilt titles. 200 pages. Profusely illustrated with period photographs of this lovely California resort town and farming community. Cover is stained, faded and care-worn. Front interior hinge is cracked. Lacks ffep. Large removed-label traces on first paste-down. Some damp-stains and some pages have closed tears. The main virtue of this particular copy is that despite all of the above, the book is holding together well and most of the pages are clean. Could stand professional restoration. $50.00.
593. Wheeler, Olin D. The Lewis & Clark Exposition. St. Paul, MN: Southern Pacific Railway, . Later printing. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. 64 pages, stapled. Includes fold-out map attached to inside back cover. Very light soiling to cover, partially erased penciled price at top of front cover. Title page and inside cover has some very light discoloration. A remarkably clean and attractive pamphlet. $65.00.
123. Wilkinson, E. J., editor. California’s Magazine. San Francisco: California Publishers Co-operative, 1915. First Edition. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. 672 page ‘magazine’ published in conjunction with the Panama-Pacific Exposition. Many articles on nearly every aspect of California’s attractions and developement up to that time, including articles by David Starr Jordan, Franklin K. Kane, E. J. Wilkinson, Luther Burbank, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, and many more. Includes a rather progressive section on ‘California’s Women.’ Profusely illustrated in color and black and white. Hinges internally reinforced with cloth tape. Light rubbing to colorful cover and several creases along spine. A very attractive copy. $300.00.
583. Williams, O. W.; Myres, S. D.; Williams, Clayton W.; etc. Pioneer Surveyor, Frontier Lawyer: The Personal Narrative of O. W. Williams 1877 – 1902. El Paso, TX: Texas Western College Press, 1966. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. This is the first trade edition of this title. Signed and inscribed by Clayton W. Williams on the half title and signed again on the verso of the title page under his printed name. Williams is listed as ‘Researcher’ on this. Other than some yellowing of pages and mild soiling to the edge of page block, this copy is in nice shape. Dj has some yellowing, small stains and some edge-wear, but is otherwise whole and still attractive. Dustjacket is in a protective mylar cover. Signed by cowriter. $150.00.
345. Young, John P. San Francisco A History of the Pacific Coast Metropolis. San Francisco: S. J. Clarke, . No Edition Stated. Three-quarter leather. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Two volumes. Large and impressive gilt decorated leather and green buckram volumes. Some edge wear and rubbing. Leather corners have caused some page corners to discolor. Embossed name stamp on title pages and some internal pages. Noted one photographic illustration in volume one starting. $250.00.
738. Young, Perry. The Mistick Krewe Chronicles of Comus and His Kin. New Orleans, LA: Louisiana Heritage Press, 1969. Limited edition. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. #639 of 1000 copies of this limited edition. Profusely illustrated in color and black-and-white but not attributed. Some light spotting from moisture on the top first few pages and at edge of page block ( but not very obvious) otherwise a nice copy in almost fine condition. Important Mardi Gras history with many sensational illustrations of floats and costumes. $300.00.
342. Burney, Frances; Annie Raine Ellis. The Early Diary of Frances Burney 1768 – 1778. London: George Bell and Sons, 1889. No Edition Stated. Three-quarter leather. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Lovely gilt decorated blue leather and marbled boards, specially bound by Stikeman for Brentano’s. Raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Some rubbing to edges of leather corners and spine. Beautiful example of custom binding. $200.00.
793. Charles-Roux, Edmonde. Chanel and Her World. New York: Vendome Press, 1979. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Red cloth with gilt titles. Profusely illustrated. Slight spine lean and former owner name and date on ffep, otherwise a clean and attractive copy. Dustjacket is price-clipped and some curling at the top. In all, it’s a nice copy of one of the definitive books about this important designer. ISBN: 086565011X. $200.00.
343. Fitzgerald, Percy. Life of James Boswell (of Auchinleck) with an Account of His Sayings, Doings, and Writings. London: Chatto & Windus, 1891. No Edition Stated. Three-quarter leather. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Lovely gilt-decorated red leather and marbled boards. Appears to be an older rebind using the original boards. $200.00.
587. Forrest, Helen; Libby, Bill. I Had the Craziest Dream. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Signed and inscribed to ‘Ben’ on the ffep. Contemporary date in another pen ink also appears on ffep. Pages yellowing a bit. Dustjacket has some mild wrinkles but is whole and clean. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Signed by author. ISBN: 0-698-11096-X. $200.00.
578. Greeley, Horace. The Autobiography of Horace Greeley, or Recollections of a Busy Life. New York: E. B. Treat, 1872. Unknown. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Purple blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles and decoration on spine in the Victorian manner. A solid copy with the following defects: some edgewear, particularly to corners and top of spine, spine somewhat faded, former owner name and date (scribbled over) on reverse of ffep, some foxing to title page and frontis, small group of pages slightly protruding from middle of page block. $50.00.
650. Hart, William S. My Life East and West. Illustrator: Russell, Charles M. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. Dark brown titles on light brown cloth. Frontis illustration by Russell. Many photographs illustrating text. Inserted newspaper clipping of Hart’s death notice has caused discoloration of first paste-down and ffep, otherwise a lovely copy with no yellowing or foxing pages. $50.00.
693. Hubbard, Alice. Life Lessons; Truths Concerning People Who Have Lived. East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1909. First Edition. Three-quarter leather. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. The people concerned in this case are Susan B. Anthony, David Swing, Mary Wollstonecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson, Friedrich Froebel, Henry D. Thoreau, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Interior portrait illustrations are unattributed. A lovely and delicate hardcover in light brown suede and tan paper covered boards with gilt titles. The suede rarely looks this good after nearly one hundred years. Some small smudges to paper, suede tips are showing just the tiniest bit of wear, but overall the cover is in remarkable condition. Rubber-stamped private library name is neatly applied to first paste-down with accompanying hand-written catalog number. $70.00.
692. Hubbard, Elbert. Little Journeys to the Homes of English Authors: Robert Southey. East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1899. First Edition. Suede. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Limited edition, number 670 of 940 copies. Lovely handcolored page decorations are unattributed. Gilt-titles on brown suede cover; suede is still very pliant, not flaking or rubbed smooth, only a few minor spots. Endpapers are turning brown. Interior pages toning somewhat around the edges. Overall a very nice copy of a delicate book. Signed by author. $70.00.
691. Hubbard, Elbert. Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Reformers, Vol. XX. East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1905. First Edition. Boards. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Reformers in this case are John Wesley, Henry George, Garibaldi, Richard Cobden, Thomas Paine, and John Knox. Gilt decorated titles on gray paper-covered boards, white cloth spine with full length applied gray paper label with titles. Titles somewhat faded. A couple of minor scuffs to back cover, otherwise the cover is remarkably clean. Interior illustrations – portraits of the subjects – are unattributed. Small round sticker applied to first paste-down. The rough-edged Roycrofter watermark pages are still bright white; the black-and-red illuminated chapter letters are as striking as when the book was first sold a hundred years ago. A lovely little arts and crafts style book in beautiful condition. $50.00.
630. James, Will. Lone Cowboy: My Life Story. Illustrator: James, Will. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1930. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Probably should be filed in fiction but purports to be autobiography; a great read nonetheless. Gilt titles and black cover illustration on green cloth. Spine somewhat faded, gilt title on spine tarnished. Bookplate on first paste-down. Endpapers yellowing. Otherwise a solid, nice-looking copy of this classic. $60.00.
644. Johnson, James Weldon. The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. First thus, this edition published under the author’s name. African-American classic. Orange cloth covered boards with black cloth spine. Gilt titles on spine somewhat faded, otherwise cover shows very little wear. Former owner name and gift inscription at top of half-title. $85.00.
483. Lord Charnwood. Abraham Lincoln. New York: Henry Holt Co., 1925. Third Edition. Three-quarter leather. Near Fine/No DJ. Rebound in light brown leather and crushed silk, thick banding on spine, gilt titles and decoration. Very light edgewear. A handsome volume. $50.00.
637. Lowry, Martin. The World of Aldus Manutius. Cambridge, England: Cornell University Press, 1979. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Biographic study of an important Renaissance printer and man of letters. Lovely copy. ISBN: 0-8014-1214-5. $200.00.
740. Maney, Patrick J. ‘Young Bob’ La Follette A Biography of Robert M. La Follette, Jr. 1895-1953. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1978. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Signed and inscribed in April 1978 by the author on the half-title. White dustjacket has some small closed tears, some toning and discoloration, especially along spine. Book is clean solid copy. Half-title has a crease long-wise through the middle of the page. Sympathetic biography of the progressive United States senator who was defeated for office by Joseph McCarthy. Signed by author. ISBN: 0-8262-0230-6. $45.00.
251. O’Brien, Barbara. Operators and Things. New York: Ace, 1958. First Edition. Wraps. Good/Sans DJ as issued. First thus. K-199. Creases and rubbing. Water stains on edges of page block. Former owner embossed stamp on title page. Pages yellowing. $30.00.
89. Reichl, Ruth. Tender at the Bone. New York: Random House, 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. ISBN: 0-679-44987-6. $20.00.
718. Weist, Jerry; Bradbury, Ray. Bradbury: An Illustrated Life. New York: William Morrow, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Signed by Bradbury with a drawing of a face on the title page, in blue flow pen. The ultimate Ray Bradbury reference book. Lavishly illustrated. Signed by author. ISBN: 0-06-001182-3. $100.00.
430. . The Gig Sheet. : , 1943. No Edition Stated. Simulated tooled leather. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Unpaginated (about 64 pages). 11′ x 8”. U. S. Army Air Force cadet yearbook for class 43J out of Pampa Army Air Field. Dust has settled in the simulated leather texturing but yearbook is in otherwise excellent condition. $75.00.
737. Cook, Joel. The Siege of Richmond: A Narrative of the Military Operations of Major-General George B. McClellan. Philadelphia, PA: George W. Childs, 1862. First Edition. blind-stamped cloth. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Very solid copy of this rare title. Some moisture spots and soiling on boards, mild wear to heel of spine, otherwise a very sound copy. Former lending library copy with book plate on first paste-down and rubber-stamped name on bottom and fore-edge of page block. McClellan was the Union general known for his extreme caution to whom Lincoln once wrote a letter asking MeClellan that if he wasn’t doing anything with his troops whether he (Lincoln) might borrow them for awhile. $1000.00.
395. Couhat, Jean Labayle. Combat Fleets of the World 1980/81: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Armament. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1980. Second Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. 794 pages. Profusely illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Some edge-wear and light creasing to dj. Small closed tear at top front of dj near spine. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. ISBN: 0-87021-123-4. $35.00.
391. Dockery, Kevin. The Armory. Ann Arbor, MI: Firebird Ltd., 1983. No Edition Stated. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Subtitled ‘A Compendium of Weaponry for Gamers and Students of Ordnance.’ Stapled single-fold 111 page booklet profusely illustrated with photos and line drawings of various guns, bullets, and bombs. Heavy paper covers tearing slightly at staples. Two inner sheets comprising pages 52 thru 59 have come loose. Overall booklet shows mild wear and soiling. $30.00.
360. Fisher, David. The War Magician. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. No Edition Stated. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Top fore-corner bumped. Light edgewear to dustjacket. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. ISBN: 0-698-11140-0. $70.00.
201. Henri, Ramond. Iwo Jima Springboard to Final Victory. New York: U. S. Camera Publishing, 1945. No Edition Stated. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Cover clean and straight. Only slight edge wear. Text separated from cover because of dry glue. $35.00.
154. Holm, Ed, etc. Shakedown ’60 United States Ship.. Coral Sea. Norfolk, VA: U.S.S. Coral Sea, . No Edition Stated. Faux leather. Near Fine/No DJ. Yearbook issued by the crew of the Coral Sea after its refitting, modernization and shakedown cruise. Remains of a sticker on the first leaf where the name, rank, and division were supposed to be written in. Otherwise this book is clean, tight, and unmarked. $200.00.
694. Hunton, Addie W.; Johnson, Kathryn M. Two Colored Women With the American Expeditionary Forces. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Eagle Press, 1920. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Gilt titles on blue cloth. Profusely illustrated with photographs of military comrads and friends. Very slight damp stain to top of last few pages, which doesn’t affect text and is barely discernable. Mild wear to cover, light bump to lower corners. Original owner name on ffep. A solid copy of this rare item. $125.00.
266. Japanese Military Administration, The. The Official Journal of the Japanese Military Administration Volume 12. Manila: Manila Sinbun-Sya,. No Edition Stated. Wraps. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Military journal by the Japanese occupying forces of the Phillipines. Text in English and Japanese with many accompanying photographs. Slight creasing to cover, otherwise extraordinarily clean and straight. $200.00.
200. Jensen, Oliver. Carrier War. New York: Pocket Books, 1945. No Edition Stated. Wraps. Good/Sans DJ as issued. Pages yellowing and wear around the edges and spine, but it’s all there and holding together solidly. $20.00.
260. Johnson, Jesse J. The Black Soldier Documented (1619 – 1815). Hampton, VA: Jesse J. Johnson, 1970. Second Edition. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Some rubbing to covers and discoloration at spine. Solid copy. $25.00.
116. Palmer, Dave Richard. The River and the Rock: The History of Fortress West Point, 1775 – 1783. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1991. Second Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Map end-papers and profusely illustrated. ISBN: 0-87052-992-7. $75.00.
396. Polmar, Norman. The Ships and Aircraft of the U. S. Fleet. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1983. Later printing. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. 421 pages. Profusely illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Dj has some mild edge-wear and small closed tears. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. ISBN: 0-87021-643-0. $30.00.
758. White, Rowland. Vulcan 607. London: Bantam Press, 2006. Later printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Falklands war. One of the better accounts. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. ISBN: 0-593-05391-5. $35.00.
109. Anon. Sailing Directions for Antarctica. Washington, DC: Hydrographic Office, 1943. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. White cover is rubbed and soiled, remains of sticker near top of spine. Wording on cover and title page ‘H. O. No. 138′ has been hand-changed to ’27.’ Business name and address rubber-stamped on first free endpaper. Numerous black and white photographs, including several that fold-out. Includes large map and envelope of corrections (to be applied to pages) in a pocket in the back cover. $100.00.
734. Dammann, George H.; Wagner, James K. The Cars of Lincoln-Mercury. Sarasota, FL: Crestline Publishing, 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Gilt illustrated titles over maroon faux-leather. 592 pages. Mild rubbing to cover, else fine. Profusely illustrated year-by-year guide (up to 1987) of this important line of automobiles. ISBN: 0-912612-26-2. $95.00.
796. Dotson, Irma M. Danville Branch of the Oakland Antioch & Eastern Railway. Illustrator: Endom, Charles. Danville, CA: Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 1996. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Oblong format. 212 pages. Profusely illustrated with many photos, drawings and maps. While no limitation is stated, there is a hand-written note on the title page under the publisher information stating that this is copy 285. $100.00.
505. Fahnestock, Murray. The Model T Ford Owner. Arcadia, CA: Post-Era Books, 1983. No Edition Stated. Faux leather. Near Fine/No DJ. Metallic blue titles and design on gold leatherette. A collection of period Model T articles and illustrations on care and repair. A clean tight copy. ISBN: 911160-23-X. $35.00.
207. Forden, Lewley. Glory Gamblers: The Story of the Dole Race. Alameda, CA: The Nottingham Press, 1986. First Edition. Faux leather. Fine/No DJ. First thus in hardcover. Originally published by Ballantine in a mass market paperback edition in 1962. Inscribed on title page ‘Very Best Wishes to CWO Roscoe M. XXXX, USA – Ret and with happy memories of a great aviator & friend Colonel Livingston Irving Lesley Forden September 11/87.’ Errata sheet included. Signed by author. $50.00.
731. Girdler, Allan. Harley Racers. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1987. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. ‘Machines and men from flat track, hillclimb, speedway, motocross and road racing.’ Light wear to hinges, bump and small paper loss at top of spine. Otherwise a clean solid copy. ISBN: 0-87938-260-0. $80.00.
377. Jackson, Alan A. The Railway Dictionary: An A-Z of Railway Terminology. Gloucestershire: Alan Sutton, 1996. Second Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. Clean straight and solid copy. Dustjacket’s surface gloss is just a little less shiney than brand new. ISBN: 0-7509-1137-9. $30.00.
393. Murray, William A. The Unheralded Heroes. Baltimore, MD: William A. Murray, 1969. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. Gilt titles on orange cloth. Signed ‘Nov. 1969 To XXXXX, an excellent fire-buff. Regards Bill Murray’ on half-title. Many photographs of various historical Baltimore fire-fighting vehicles and the like. Slight spine-lean. Wear and chipping to dustjacket at top/bottom of spine, cut or scratch down middle of dj front cover, wear along edge of front flap. Not price-clipped. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Signed by author. $70.00.
780. Nock, O. S. British Railway Signalling. London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Don’t know how this one ended up in California but it is a clean copy in near fine condition. Dustjacket has one small hole near the bottom of spine else it would be near fine. $45.00.
185. Nolan, William F. Barney Oldfield. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1961. First Edition. Cloth pictorial boards. Near Fine/Good. Sturdy pictorial library-style cloth binding has very slight fading at the top. School district rubber stamp on first past-down, otherwise free of any markings. Price-clipped dustjacket is careworn, faded at spine, and shows water staining. Some chipping at top of spine but otherwise intact Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $50.00.
504. Page, Victor W. Model A Ford Construction, Operation, Repair for the Restorer. Arcadia, CA: Post Motor Books, 1970. Revised edition. Faux leather. Near Fine/No DJ. Profusely illustrated with period auto manual photographs and diagrams. A clean tight copy. $30.00.
733. Remus, Timothy. How To Build The Ultimate V-Twin Motorcycle Engine. Scandia, MN: Wolfgang Publications, 1996. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. 128 pages. Many black-and-white photographs. Hop up your Harley!. ISBN: 0-9641358-4-1. $50.00.
184. Shaw, Wilbur. Gentlemen, Start Your Engines. New York: Coward-McCann, 1955. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Clean, solid copy has no noticible blemishes but does have a slight musty odor. Former owner embossed stamp on title page. Dustjacket is slightly faded and has some small chips and tears. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $40.00.
350. Anon. California Blue Book 1946. Sacramento, CA: California State Printing Office, 1946. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. 792 pages. Gilt titles on blue cloth. Mild wear to spine. Bookplate on first paste-down. $20.00.
165. Anon. Some Papers Laid Before the Continental Congress 1775. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1905. No Edition Stated. Cloth and boards. Near Fine/No DJ. Bookplate inside front board. Library catalog numbers on spine and verso of title page. $25.00.
346. Brown, L. H. California Blue Book, or State Roster. 1895.. Sacramento, CA: State Printing Office, 1895. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. 416 Pages. Gilt decorated and blind-stamped blue cloth. County map tipped in on second free endpaper. Many photographs and illustrations. Small paper printed ‘With Compliments of L. H. Brown, Secretary of State’ tipped in on first free endpaper. Former owner name stamped on endpapers. Some edge wear and light soiling of cover. $100.00.
713. de Biedma, Luys Hernandez; Smith, Buckingham. Narratives of the Career of Hernando De Soto in the Conquest of Florida. New York: Bradford Club, 1866. First Edition. Three-quarter leather. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Limited to 75 copies. This copy not numbered. Gilt decorated leather with raised spine bands and marbled paper-covered beveled boards. All three sides of page block marbled. Marbled endpapers. Hinges are solid but boards and leather show rubbing and edgewear. Some toning to pages. Some foxing and light water stains to free endpapers (and a paperclip mark) which doesn’t affect any of the pages after the half-title. A solid copy of a rare book. $700.00.
113. Freeman, John R. The Hetch Hetchy Water Supply for San Francisco, 1912. San Francisco: The Rincon Publishing Co., 1912. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. Top and bottom of spine somewhat worn. Lower corners of boards bumped. Interior front hinge cracked but easily repairable. Lending library stamped on front and back paste-down and fly-leaf. The title is taken from the front cover since it is the most understandable of the three different titles found on the spine, front cover, and title page. Profusely illustrated with maps, charts, graphs, and black and white photographs. Except for the cracked hinge, a solid copy. $200.00.
589. Huggins, Dorothy H. The Annals of San Francisco Together with the Continuation, Though 1855. Palo Alto, CA: Lewis Osborne, 1966. First Thus. Gilt decorated cloth. Near Fine/Good. 852 pages of the original publication plus another 124 pages of the continuation makes this a formidable book. Former owner name-and-address sticker on first paste-down. Former owner name and contemporary date on ffep. Otherwise a very clean solid copy. Includes original publisher’s sales receipt laid in. Blank protective dj is still present though very chipped along the top. $85.00.
347. Jordan, Frank C. California Blue Book or State Roster 1911. Sacramento, CA: State Printing Office, 1913. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. 934 pages. Gilt titles on blue blind-stamped cloth. Fold-out map tipped in to rear paste-down. Many photographs and illustrations. Former owner bookplate on first paste-down. Light wear and discoloration to cover. $35.00.
348. Jordan, Frank C. California Blue Book or State Roster 1913 – 1915. Sacramento: California State Printing Office, 1915. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. 620 pages. Gilt titles on blind-stamped blue cloth. Remains of sticker on upper spine. Light wear and discoloration to spine. Bookplate on first paste-down. $35.00.
349. Jordan, Frank C. California Blue Book, Legislative Manual or State Roster. Sacramento, CA: California State Printing Office, 1924. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. 491 pages. Gilt titles on blind-stamped blue cloth. Very light fading to spine. Bookplate on first paste-down. $25.00.
517. Laubin, Reginald & Gladys. The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1959. Second Printing. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. Signed with inscription by both authors on ffep. Bookplate on first paste-down. Very clean attractive copy. Mild edge wear to dj. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Signed by author. $40.00.
754. Thompson, Erwin N. Modoc War: Its Military History & Topography. Sacramento, CA: Argus Books, 1971. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. A fine copy except for a damp stain at the top of the page block. It does not affect the text. $70.00.
716. King, Martin Luther; Washington, James M. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Beautiful copy. Some toning to white portions of dust jacket. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. ISBN: 0-06-250931-4. $40.00.
590. Prendergast, Thomas F. Forgotten Pioneers: Irish Leaders in Early California. San Francisco: The Trade Pressroom, 1942. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/Good. Former owner name-and-address sticker on first paste-down. Former owner name and address written in ink on ffep. Otherwise a clean and attractive copy. An historic map (which may not belong with this book) is laid in at the back. The dustjacket, though somewhat tattered with large chips missing from the top and bottom and several closed tears is present and holding together. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $40.00.
301. Warren, Louis A. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Declaration: A New Birth of Freedom. Fort Wayne, IN: Lincoln National Life Foundation, 1964. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. Private publication. Very light rubbing to bottom edge of heavy blue buckram cloth. Former owner name sticker on first paste-down. Light rubbing to dustjacket. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $30.00.
635. Altick, Richard D. The English Common Reader. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1957. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. Former reference library copy with usual markings. Otherwise a clean, solid copy. $40.00.
86. Beasley, W. G. The Meiji Restoration. Stanford, CA: Stanford, 1972. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Former owner name on sticker affixed to first fly-leaf and rubber-stamped on top of page block. Some light pencil underlining and notations on the first eight pages of the introduction. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. $50.00.
341. Brayley, Edward Wedlake, John Britton. The Beauties of England and Wales; or, Delineations Topographical, Historical and Descriptive. London: Vernor & Hood, 1801. Unknown. Cloth and boards. Very Good/No DJ. First eight volumes of this prominent series. Many steel engravings. An older rebinding, the corners and spines have been replaced on these, as have the endpapers, but seem to retain original marbled boards which are a bit edgeworn. Foxing and page discoloration is typical for these volumes, but are otherwise solid copies. $500.00.
208. Burden, William A.M. The Struggle for Airways in Latin America. New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1943. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. Aviation history. Seven fold-out maps and one large map in pocket in rear cover. Many charts and contemporary photographs. Pages yellowing. $40.00.
638. De Amicis, Edmundo. Spain and the Spaniards in Two Volumes. Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1895. No Edition Stated. Gilt decorated cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dark green cloth with elaborate gilt decoration, unfortunately hidden by rather plain cloth dustwrappers, in plain matching slipcase with gilt titles on head. Many interior illustrations, tissue paper protected. A couple of spots and mild edge-wear to slipcase, otherwise a near fine set. $95.00.
162. Gay, George I. The Commission for Relief in Belgium Herbert Hoover, Chairman Statistical Review of Relief Operations. Menlo Park, CA: Stanford University, 1925. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Inscribed ‘To Professor Charles B. XXXX from George I. Gay 25 Aug ’25.’ One fold-out map, many charts, data tables, and photographs illustrate text. Small water stain on lower front board, light scratch marks on back cover. Blind-stamped and gilt-titled cover was made of a very durable library-quality cloth binding that has held up extremely well. Signed by author. $50.00.
661. Guiness, Geraldine. Peru: Its Story, People, and Religion… New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, No Date . No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. Includes folding map. Gilt titles and decoration on dark green cloth. Many photographs illustrate text. 438 pages. $75.00.
401. Hibbert, Christopher. Cities and Civilisations. London: Folio Society, 2003. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Specially abridged and illustrated edition published exclusively by the Folio Society. Attractive over-size volume. Light rubbing to book and slipcase. $35.00.
696. Lawrence, T. E. Revolt in the Desert. Illustrator: Various illustrators. New York: George H. Doran, 1927. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Good. First American edition. Lavender cloth with titles in black. Yellow dustjacket with illustration of a dashing Arabian on a black camel has some light soiling, three noticeable chips and a two-inch wear mark along the bottom front hinge, but is unclipped and otherwise still bright and attractive. Original owner name on ffep. An attractive copy of this first edition, uncommon in dustjacket. Dustjacket is in a protective mylar cover. $150.00.
107. Limpkin, Clive. The Battle of Bogside. Middlesex, GB: Penguin, 1972. No Edition Stated. Wraps. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Some minor creasing, soiling and indentations to cover, particulary to the mostly black rear panel. A tight, solid copy. ISBN: 0-14-00-3618-0. $50.00.
782. Morton, H. V. In Search of Wales. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1936. Later Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Solid and attractive copy. Gilt titles are somewhat faded. Dustjacket is missing some large chips at top and bottom of spine and a little loss at the fore-edges but is unclipped and still attractive. Save the Wales!. $20.00.
639. Motley, John Lothrop. The Rise of the Dutch Republic: A History. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1862. Later printing. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Three volumes. In Victorian blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles on spine. Some edge-wear to head and heal of spines, tips of boards, gilt titles are faded, otherwise a solid and attractive set. Longish gift inscription on second fep of first volume, short inscriptions on each of the other two volumes. Some interior foxing. Offsetting from frontis piece. $250.00.
645. Nansen, Fridtjof. Farthest North: Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship ‘Fram’… New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898. Second Printing. Cloth pictorial boards. Very Good/No DJ. Popular edition (original two volume edition collected in one volume). Gilt titles on spine. Decorative cover would be near fine but for some spotting on back cover. Former owner name and date on ffep. Illustrated with many photographs of the journey. A solid and attractive copy. $60.00.
161. Sanger, J. P. Census of Porto Rico, 1899. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1900. No Edition Stated. Cloth. Very Good/No DJ. Profusely illustrated with maps, diagrams, and photographs. Blind-stamped gilt decorated brown cloth shows some wear at base of spine. Lower front corner bumped Cloth rippled near spine on front board from exposure to water; doesn’t affect pages or interior of board. Library number on spine, rubber stamped number on verso of title page, no library pocket. Bookplate of Joseph M. Gleason on front paste-down. Solid copy of an unusual book. $300.00.
441. Schoch, Robert M. Voices of the Rocks. New York: Harmony Books, 1999. First Edition. Boards. Near Fine/Near Fine. Controversial theory about the age of the Sphinx and a sort of punctuated equilibrium disaster theory of human history. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. ISBN: 0-609-60369-8. $50.00.
653. Shuster, W. Morgan. The Strangling of Persia. New York: Century Co., 1912. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. A personal and historical account of how the British and the Russians managed to screw up what was then called Persia and has since come to be known as Iraq and adjacent countries of the middle east, with repercussions into the present. Those who don’t understand the past are doomed to repeat it; perhaps Bush should have had this one on his reading list. A bright copy with decorative gilt titles on cover and spine. Profusely illustrated. $95.00.
658. Spence, Lewis. The Myths of Ancient Egypt. Illustrator: Paul, Evelyn. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, No Date. First Edition. Gilt decorated cloth. Near Fine/No DJ. First thus. Light brown cloth with beautiful red, grey, and gilt titles and decoration. Sixteen color plates by Evelyn Paul and thirty two photographs and illustrations. Very light wear to cover. Some toning to pages. A lovely copy of this classic. $100.00.
88. Stiff, Peter. Cry Zimbabwe Independence – Twenty Years On. Alberton, RSA: Galago, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. Dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Signed by author. ISBN: 1-919854-03-7. $45.00.
157. Whiston, William. The Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus, The Jewish Historian. Illustrator: Samuel Burder. Boston: Samuel Walker, 1849. No Edition Stated. Three-quarter leather. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Leather of both volumes impressively whole and only lightly rubbed. Raised bands, gilt titles, and decoration on spines. Page blocks are gilt-edged. Light rubbing to boards. Typical bibliograhic problems with both volumes, ie., pages browning, some foxing throughout, some off-setting, some visible water-staining to pages, volume one’s front hinge is internally slightly loose though it’s not apparent externally. Despite these caveats, these are handsome and solid books. $300.00.
442. Wolff, Werner. Island of Death. New York: J. J. Augustin, 1948. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Black cloth covers somewhat faded along top and fore-edge. Endpapers discolored from contact with dustjacket. Striking dustjacket has some small chips missing from top and bottom of spine, wear at tips, and a small hole along front hinge. Dj is a light brown color but whether it’s natural or from exposure is hard to say. Overall an attractive copy of an authoritative and unsensational history of the not-so-mysteriously missing Easter Islanders. $80.00.
389. Evans, E. P. The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals. London: Faber, 1987. First Thus. Wraps. Near Fine/Sans DJ as issued. Includes new forward by Nicholas Humphrey. Pages browning as usual. Otherwise a crisp clean copy. ISBN: 0-571-14893-x. $65.00.
689. Leeder, S. H. Modern Sons of the Pharaohs. London: Hodder and Stoughton, No Date. First Edition. Cloth pictorial boards. Near Fine/No DJ. ‘A Study of the Manners and Customs of the Copts of Egypt.’ Many photographs illustrate text. Nice clean copy in decorated cloth. Some bumping to corners. The boards are so light weight that this almost doesn’t qualify as a hard cover, thus the corners are quite prone to looking bumped, but aside from that this is attractive copy. $150.00.