Petaluma, CA: Nilgiri Press, 1984. Book. NF. Soft cover. Afterword by Timothy Flinders. First Printing. 240pp, 3 maps, many photo illustrations, glossary, chronology, Afterword, bibliography, index. Tall 8vo/23.5cm. Pictorial wrappers, NF. Biography of a controversial but outstanding figure in the subcontinent's struggle for independence, as well as subsequently. Abdul Ghaffar Khan, also known as Badshah Khan or the 'Frontier Gandhi (1890-1988), founder of the Khudai Khidmatgars or 'Red Shirts', the nominally non-violent political movement among the traditionally militant Pathans of the North-West Frontier Province, was later allied to the Congress Party's anti-Partition platform frequently touring with Gandhi as friend and close colleague. After Partition he was harassed and repeatedly jailed by the Pakistan government. At the same time he was being courted by Afghanistan and died there, his funeral ceremony marred by a bomb. Eknath Easwaran (c.1910-1999) was an expatriate Indian professor of English at UC Berkeley and founder of the Blue Mountain Meditation Center in Petaluna, California..
Petaluma, CA: Nilgiri Press, 1984. Book. Near Fine. Soft cover. Afterword by Timothy Flinders. First Printing. 240pp, 3 maps, many photo illustrations, Preface, Prologue, Epilogue, Afterword, Sources and Historical Notes, Glossary, Chronology, Bibliography, Index. Tall 8vo/23.5cm. Pictorial wrappers. Near Fine. Biography of a controversial but outstanding figure in the Asian subcontinent's struggle for independence, as well as after the 1947 Partition in the new country of Pakistan. Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1088), also known as Badshah Khan or the 'Frontier Gandhi', founder of the Khudai Khidmatgars (Servants of God)', the non-violent Islamic political movement among the traditionally militant Pathans of the North-West Frontier Province. He joined the Congress Party and became allied to it's anti-Partition platform frequently touring with Gandhi as friend and close political colleague. After Partition he was harassed and repeatedly jailed by the Pakistan government. At the same time he was being courted by Afghanistan and chose to be buried there, his funeral ceremony marred by a bomb which killed a number of the reported 100,000 participants who had marched from Pakistan through the Khyber Pass to attend. The author of this work, Eknath Easwaran (c.1910-1999) was an early admirer of Gandhi and Ghaffar Khan in India and came to the US in 1959 as a Fulbright professor at Berkeley where he taught the first credit course on meditation. After a profound life experience, he came to dedicate the last half of his life to the teaching of Gandhi's message through his technique of 'passage meditation'. He founded the Blue Mountain Meditation Center which has published this and many other books on his message. .
New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1963. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Reprint. First Printing of Giant Cardinal Edition first published in 1936y John Day. [v], 218pp. 12mo/16.5cm. Paper, light wear, back corner chipped, name plate of Emily H. Williams, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. G-. The affectionate biography of the author's mother, Carie Stulting Sydenstricker (1856-1921), that "vigorous and lusty" woman, in the words of her daughter, who was so little understood by her husband. This book was an instant success on its release in 1936 and temporarily repaired the beleaguered finances of the John Day Company (whose president, Richard Walsh, the author had married). With its companion volume, Fighting Angel, about her father, they were released as a boxed edition under the title, The Flesh and the Spirit. Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1893-1973), Nobel and Pulitzer laureate, was a major figure in shaping American knowledge of and attitudes toward China in the first part of the twentieth century. As her biographer Peter Conn says of the biographies of her parents, they, "are monuments to the story of Protestant evangelism in China, a vital but neglected chapter in American cultural history." (p.188)..
New York: John Day in association with Reynal & Hitchcock, 1936. Book. Fine. Hardcover. . 302pp. Brown blind stamp decorated cloth, shelf wear only in mylar protected but edgeworn and slightly rubbed dj, slightly spotted, internally fine. VG+/G-. Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1893-1973), winner of both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes was one of the most renowned and controversial figures to influence Chinese and American cultural history in the twentieth century. Biography of author's father, Rev. Absalom Sydenstricker (c.1852-1931) whom she had great problems with but produced a reasonably objective biography about him which according to her biographer Peter Conn describes as, "one of the most richly detailed and evocative narrative accounts of the missionary world ever written". Along with The Exile, the biography of her mother, he considered the two works were," monuments to the story of Protestant Evangelism in China"..
New York: Seal Press, 1979. Book. VG. Soft cover. First Seal Press edition( from 1935 Henry Holt edition). xxi, 422pp., List of illustrations, Introduction, Letter of Lincoln Steffens to author, Preface,24 monochrome illustrations, list of books by author, index. 8vo/22cm. Paper, light wear, back panel slightly soiled, ffep and facing paage foxed from prior insert, otherwise internally fine. VG. Anna Louise Strong (1885-1970) the personal story of this extraordinary American radical intellectual caught up in the early passion for Soviet communism, later for Chinese communism. A gripping story and a window into the radical optimism of the early twenties when many idealistic Americans flocked to Russia determined to help the social and political revolution, only a small proportion of them real Comunists.The Seal Press was then a new venture run by three women of whom Barbara Wilson was one. Her 12 page introduction and testimonial to this amazing woman is worth reading..
New York: Garden City Publishing Co., 1937. Book. VG. Hardcover. Reprint of 1935 edition. x, 422pp.Letter of Lincoln Steffens to author, Preface. 8vo/22cm. Blue cloth, gilt spine panels, edges lightly sunned, dj edgeworn, internally fine. VG/Fair. Anna Louise Strong (1885-1970) the personal story of this extraordinary American radical intellectual caught up in the early passion for Soviet communism, later for Chinese communism. A gripping story and a window into the radical optimism of the early twenties when many idealistic Americans flocked to Russia determined to help the social and political revolution, only a small proportion of them real Communists..
New York: Pocket Books, 2000. Book. As New. Soft cover. First Pocket Books trade paperback printing (1999). x, 310pp, preface, Acknowledgments, Introduction, Index. many maps and illustrations from photogrraphs in both color and monochrome. Tall 8vo/23.5cm. Paper. As New.The story of his life. Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) knighted and famous for climbing Everest also did much for Nepal.and the Himalayas generally in establishing the Himalayan Trust iabout 1964. Obituary laid in from The Guardian Weekly of 18 January 2008 by Jim Perrin.
New York: The Modern Library/Random House, Inc, 1954. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Modern Library Edition (1943), L, 474pp, Foreword (with a 1953 update by Editor,) Holmes: A Personal History; Part I: Campaigns of Life and Law; Part II: Supreme Court Justice; Part III: The Savor of Life; Note on the Holmes Literature; Note on Acknowledgments; Note on Abbreviations; Table of Cases, Index. 8vo/21cm. Green cloth gilt, very light wear, in double-sided dj (list of Modern Library books on verso), review laid in dated July 31, 1955 from NYTimes Book Review by Carlos Baker, Professor of English at Princeton. A Modern Library Giant. Max Lerner (1902-1992) was a noted journalist,, syndicated columnist, intellectual and editor of The Nation. A rival of Walter Lippman, he was a friend of Justice Felix Frankfurter, Harold Laski and Hugh Hefner. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr (1841-1935) was a distinguished American jurist who served as a Justice of the Supreme Court from 1902 to 1932, especially noted for his outspoken judicial restraint philosophy..
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1927. Book. Fine. Hardcover. (c. 1927?). Reprint. [vi], 322pp, frontis portrait, index. 8vo/21.5cm. Red decorated cloth, light wear, personal gift inscription of Christmas 1931 on ffep, otherwise internally fine. George Arliss (born George Augustus Andrews) (1858-1946) was an English actor, author and filmmaker who found success in the United States theatrical industry. He was the first British actor to win the Academy Award for his portrayal in the film Disraeli in 1930. He was the brother of British art historian Fred H. Andrews..
New York: Mentor/New American Library, 1960. Book. Fine. Soft cover. Second Printing (1954). 189, [iii] pp, 12mo/18cm. Paper. Light wear, name "Wilcox" printed on front edge, otherwise internally fine. G+. Another edition of Fischer's classic study of Gandhi. This volume appears to have belonged to Wayne Wilcox, a promising young South Asian specialist at Columbia University who died young unexpectedly..
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1969. Book. Fine. Hardcover. xx, [i], 505pp, Preface by Suzanna Coogeshall, Foreword, 16 pages of monochrome illustrations from photographs, Notes, Bibliographjy, Index. 8vo/22cm. Tan cloth gilt in slighly edgeworn dj with one short closed tear, internally fine. VG+/Good-. The story of a sort of rags-to-riches legendary character, an Irish Catholic who became a four time New York State Governor and the Democratic Presidential nominee in 1928. Alfred Emanuel Smith, Jr. (1873-1944) was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and remained connected to it for the rest of his life. Mathew and Hannah Josephson were a writing team that produced many book both singly and collaboratively. Mathew (1899-1978) was an American journalist and author of works on nineteenth century French literature and twentieth century American economic history. Hannah Josephson was librarian of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an author in her own right..
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1955. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Stated First Printing.xiv, 209pp, frontis portrait, preface by Marie La Guardia, Foreword, 24 monochrome illustrations from photographs, 8vo/22cm. Black cloth backed red boards, light wear, small discoloration, name of previous owner on front pastedown, price on ffep, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. The story of Fiorello LaGuardia (1882-1947) who held many posts but perhaps foremost the one as Mayor of New York CIty from 1934 to 1945. He is generally considered to have beeb one of the greatest of New York City mayors and was certainly one of the most colorful. Ernest Cuneo (1905-1988) was his law secretary when he was a Congressman in the early thirties. This book served as the basis for the Tony Award winning play "Fiorello"..
London: National Council of Evangelical Free Churches, 1912. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Leaders of Revival series. First Edition. ix, ]ii], 157pp, frontis portrait, Preface, List of authorities cited, index. 12mo18cm. Dark blue cloth gilt, light wear at extremities, previous owne and presenter names in pencil on ffep, very light foxing at head of half title and title, otherwise internally fine. VG. Herbert.George Wood (1879-1963) Late Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, also Lecturer at the Woodbrooke Settlement Birmingham, wrote many other books on religious themes..
London: William Heiinemann Ltd, 1960. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 94pp, Translator Preface, Author's foreword (in Arabic), Letters. 8vo/20.5cm. Red cloth, silver lettering, other than a few flecks of foxing internally clean, tight and very good. The life of the Lebanese-American poet-artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) as told through fifty two of his letters to relatives and friends. Anthony Ferris was not only a translator of Gibran's works but authored several separate books on Gibran..
New York: Viking Penguin Inc, 1985. Book. Hardcover. Second Printing (1985). xiii, (1L), 562pp,, Author's Note, Acknowledgments, 16 pages of captioned monochrome illustrations from photographs, Notes and Sources, Index. Tall 8vo/24.5cm. Crean cloth-backed boards, in dj lightly edgeworn at head, internally fine and 4 corners. VG+/Good+. A gripping story about George Orson Welles (1915-1985) American film director, actor, voice actor, theatre director, screenwriter and producer. This 'wonder boy' of the American stage and film is sometimes described as the greatest film director of all time and his film Citizen Kane the greatest filom of all time. . Barbara Leaming was a professor of theater and film at Hunter College, New York at the time of writing. Much of the text is based on her personal interviews of Welles. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling biographies and three New York Times Notable Books of the Year..
Agra, India: The Socialist Literature Publishing Company, 1946. Book. Good. Soft cover. First Indian Edition (1940). vi, 211pp, frontis portrait, 4 text illustrations. 8vo/22cm. Printed paper covered boards, soiled with stain front board, closed tears on spine, front hinge cracked, 2 leaves loose, otherwise clean. Autobiography of Harry Pollitt (1890-1960) who served as head of the Trade Union Department of the Communist Party of Great Britain, as General Secretary of the Party from 1929 to 1956 and then as Chairman of the Party for the rest of his life. He remained loyal to Stalin all of his life despite the ups and downs of Stalin's career and reputation. The Russians issued a postage stamp in his honor. The Ballad of Harry Pollitt was a popular British tune. Copies of this Indian edition are rare..
New York: South Street Seaport Museum, 1971. Book. Fine. Soft cover. Furst Edition. 21pp, 10 monochrome illustrations from paintings, documents and artifacts in author's collection. 8vo/23cm. Printed blue card-stock wrappers, light wear, internally fine. VG. Signed by author on title page, "Best regards from/Randall J. Le Boeuf, Jr.". Letter on author's stationery laid in from author to James Hurley dated Sept 26, 1973 regarding a telephone conversation held on that day. Hurley was then Executive Director of the Long Island Historical Society (now the Brooklyn Historical Society). Text of an address given at the Fourth James Monroe Luncheon sponsored by the South Street Seaport Museum to honor outstanding developments in maritime history. Randall J. Le Boeuf, Jr (1897- ) was a lawyer and founder of the Le Boeuf, Lamb, Green and Mac Rae law firm of New York, one of the world's largest..
London: Harper & Rowm, Publishers, 1971. Book. Illus. by Monochrome photos by R.K. Dutt. Good. Soft cover. First Edition. 156pp, 25 illustrations (some double-paged; 24 from monochrome photographs; 1 from color photo), appendix. 8vo/22.5cm. Cream colored boards gilt, tape marks, in protected dj, lacks ffep, otherwise clean and tight. Good. An account of the work of a remarkable woman. Born Agnes Gonxha Bojiasu iin Albania in 1910, she founded the Catholic Missionaries of Charities in Calcutta in 1950 and developed the Hospital for the Dying soon after She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and after her death in 1997, she was beatified as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990) was a British author, editor, broadcaster and filmmaker. He was one of the main populiers of Mother Teresa and in addition to this book, directed a BBC documentary about her iin Calcutta..
New York: Pharos Books, 1989. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 299, [i] pp, frontis map, 20 pages of illustrations from photographs and other media, Books by Clara and Andre Malrauz, Bibliography, Index. 8vo/23.5 cm. White cloth-backed boards gilt. Fine. A story of romance, crime and political awakening in French Indochina in the twenties. Alex Madsen is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books, mainly biographies, and 2 novels..
London: Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co, 1886. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. vii, 489pp, frontis engravure, 4 text illustrations, index. 8vo/22.5cm. Full padded and decorated red leather, raised bands, head of spine chipped, tail of spine scraped, all edges gilt, decorated silk doublures, rear doublure has one inch damp stain head of both panels, slight offsetting of frontispiece on facing page, otherwise internally fine. An elegant binding. Major-General Sir Herbert Benjamin Edwardes (1819-1868) was a British soldier, administrator and statesmen in India. He was most famous for his pivotal role in the battle of Multan in the Second Anglo-Sikh War of 1849 for which he was dubbed 'the Hero of Multan'. Rare..