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Stolen Away: A Novel of the Lindbergh Kidnapping
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Stolen Away: A Novel of the Lindbergh Kidnapping

By COLLINS, Max Allan

New York: Bantam Books, 1991. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 516pp. Near fine/fine. Faintest of age toning to page edges only, else tight and fine. A superb, handsome first edition of this historical fiction, boldly signed in full by Collins in black ballpoint on title page. Rather uncommon, especially in such pristine condition.

$150.00

Bob Dexter and the Club House Mystery

By BAKER, Willard F.

New York: Cupples & Leon Company, {1925]. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Grey cloth with black lettering and black and orange pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. 248pp, (4pp ads). Color frontispiece, 2 full-page plates. Good plus/good plus. Binding a bit edgeworn and lightly soiled, with a few stray marks; some small stains to outer page edges; ownership name/address on front pastedown; jacket rather edgeworn, with tiny chips at corners and at spine head/tail. A tight and decent apparent first edition of the first title in the 7-volume "Bob Dexter Mystery Series" (1925-33). Like many series, it began with the first three titles published simultaneously, so copyright page list shows this trio, as does the ad at rear. Though worn as described, this is a scarce "first of the first" and the usually-absent dust jacket is present and fairly attractive.

$75.00

Under the Turban; or, A Yankee Boy's Trip to Mecca

By DRAPER, Allyn

New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1907. Paperback. The February 13 1907 edition (No. 454) of "Pluck and Luck: Complete Stories of Adventure." 4to. Pictorial color wrappers. 29pp, (1p ad). Good plus. Outer wrappers faintly soiled and mildly edgeworn; inner text pages moderately age toned and a bit delicate as usual. Attractive issue of this adventure weekly. Chromolithograph front wrapper shows a pistol-packing turban-clad fellow tying up two similarly-clad villains laying on the ground alongside a pond at a desert oasis. Caption below reads: "But he made up his mind to bind and leave him there alive. Accordingly he took a coil of rawhide cord, which every Bedouin carries with him, and bound him hard and fast, laying him on the ground perfectly helpless." Fun and colorful front wrapper graphics. A far better than average dime novel (actually, "Price 5 Cents") or "penny dreadful," with text printed in two columns.

$35.00

The Two Boy Brokers; or, From Messenger Boys to Millionaires

By A RETIRED BANKER

New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1907. Paperback. The February 6, 1907 edition (No. 453) of "Pluck and Luck: Complete Stories of Adventure." 4to. Pictorial color wrappers. 30pp, (2pp ads). Good plus. Outer wrappers faintly age toned and a tad edgeworn; inner text pages moderately age toned and a bit delicate as usual. Attractive issue of this adventure weekly. Chromolithograph front wrapper shows an Edwardian gent out cold, the gent who just punched him out being pulled away by his friend as a group of gents spring towards them. Caption below reads: "Quick as a flash Al grabbed the bills, sprang aside, and then ran between the man's legs, and upset him. The villain fell heavily, his head striking the hard tiled floor with such force as to render him unconscious. 'Come away, Charlie!' cried Al." Delightful and corny front wrapper graphics. A far better than average dime novel (actually, "Price 5 Cents") or "penny dreadful," with text printed in two columns.

$35.00

Little Lou; The Pride of the Continental Army

By GORDON, General James A.

New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1907. Paperback. The February 20, 1907 edition (No. 455) of "Pluck and Luck: Complete Stories of Adventure." 4to. Pictorial color wrappers. 30pp, (2pp ads). Good plus. Outer wrappers a bit age toned and slightly edgeworn as usual; inner text pages moderately age toned and a bit delicate as usual. Attractive issue of this adventure weekly. Chromolithograph front wrapper shows a bluecoat-clad Continental soldier facing off against a group of charging redcoats on a dirt country road. Caption below reads: "'Back! back!' she cried; 'advance a step and I fire!' Little Lou kept backing all the time in the direction of the thicket. The astounded redcoats dared not fire, but kept following her up, wondering why a boy should thus hold them at bay." A far better than average dime novel (actually, "Price 5 Cents") or "penny dreadful," with text printed in two columns.

$35.00

Gold in Your Attic Clipping Collection
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Gold in Your Attic Clipping Collection

By BRADLEY, Van Allen

Hardcover. This "Chicago Daily News" literary editor, syndicated columnist and rare book dealer (1913-84) authored the popular "Gold in Your Attic" question-and-answer column for many years, collecting these columns into several guide books. Heavy duty 4to burgundy pebble-grained cloth corporate minute book with paper labels, A-to-Z letter tabs at outer margins, marbled endpapers. Very good. Faint edgewear. Into this a devoted admirer has painstakingly tipped in a large number of clipped-out "Gold in Your Attic" columns, sorting them alphabetically by subject matter. Before the alphabet begins there's a sheet protector bearing a Typed Note Signed from Bradley, 1p, 8½" X 11", Chicago, IL, 17 January 1961. Addressed to Mrs. Ralph Wyman. Good plus. Lightly age toned, with several original folds and tape stain. Interesting note to this Wisconsin admirer: "I found it impossible to include Williams Bay in my recent lecture foray into Wisconsin. I do appreciate your letter and the ad you put in Antiquarian Bookman. It was a delight, and I am sure that many people got a chuckle out of it...." Nicely signed in blue ballpoint.

$50.00

No Deadly Drug

By MacDONALD, John D.

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1968. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xii, 656pp. Very good/very good. Faint spotting to top page edges; small stain on leaf 389-90 (pretend it's blood, but not bloody likely); jacket lightly age toned, with single archivally closed (on verso) edge tear and mild wear at spine head and tail. A tight and nice first edition of this (to cite front jacket panel) "anatomy of a celebrity murder trial" -- that of New Jersey physician Carl Coppolino, defended by famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey. Interesting autograph addition: Front flyleaf bears a fine, archival decorative-edged bookplate boldly signed by Bailey in black ballpoint.

$75.00

The Message in the Hollow Oak
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The Message in the Hollow Oak

By KEENE, Carolyn

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1935. Hardcover. Illustrations by Russell H. Tandy. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with orange lettering and decoration. iv, 218pp, 2pp ads. Frontispiece, 3 full-page plates, orange pictorial endpapers. Very good. Faint binding edgewear, with spine slightly sunned. A superb, tight of the twelfth title in the 64-volume "Nancy Drew" series (1930-81). Copyright page lists first 12 titles and ad at rear lists first 10 titles only. This internal evidence plus a non-authorial gift inscription on front flyleaf dated 25 December 1938 make this likely a first edition. Lacks dust jacket, else attractive.

$50.00

Helen's Babies with Some Account of Their Ways Innocent, Crafty, Angelic, Impishj, Witching, and Repulsive. Also, a Partial Record of Their Actions During Ten Days of Their Existence
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Helen's Babies with Some Account of Their Ways Innocent, Crafty, Angelic, Impishj, Witching, and Repulsive. Also, a Partial Record of Their Actions During Ten Days of Their Existence

By THEIR LATEST VICTIM (HABBERTON, John)

Boston: Loring, Publisher, 1876. Hardcover. 16mo.Emerald green cloth with gilt and black lettering and decorations. 206pp, (6pp ads). Very good. Mild edgewear and touch of rubbing; tiny chip on front flyleaf and odd glossy bookplate of a J.D. Williamson on front pastedown; nonauthorial gift inscription on inner flyleaf. A tight, attractive later state of the first hardbound printing (6 ad pages instead of 2) of this popular humorous novel.

$55.00

Centennial Observance: Friday, November 21, 1958

By (MINER'S LODGE / GALENA, ILLINOIS)

Galena, IL: Miner's Lodge No. 273, 1958. Paperback. 16mo. Stiff gold wrappers with blue lettering and device. 16pp. Near fine. Super tight and handsome sole printing of this early Galena masonic lodge that (to cite title page) "covers... a complete history, review of statistics, list of Past Members, membership roster and Centennial Day activities." It really began in the 1820s but not officially until 1858 and its first Worshipful Master was one of Galena's nine famed Civil War generals, the Seneca Indian Ely S. Parker. Among other notable members included Generals John Corson Smith, Williram R. Rawley and John A. Rawlins. Uncommon.

$25.00

Billy Bunny and Daddy Fox

By CORY, David

New York: Cupples & Leon Company, 1920. Hardcover. Illustrations by Hugh Spencer. 12mo. Light green cloth with black lettering and black and orange front board pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. 114pp, (2pp ads). Color frontispiece, 3 full-page color plates. Near fine/very good. Jacket mildly edgeworn, with couple of archivally closed (on verso) edge tears and small neat archival strengthening to front hinge. A lovely and tight later printing of the second title in this 6-volume series popular in the 1920s. Copyright page lists first four titles and rear ad lists six titles. Scarce in such a sharp and bright jacket.

$95.00

Vessel of Wrath: The Life and Times of Carry Nation

By TAYLOR, Robert Lewis

New York: The New American Library, 1966. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine with yellow lettering and yellow paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 373pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with a few tiny edge chips. A tight, quite nice first edition of this biography of the fiery, hatchet-wielding temperance pioneer. Interestingly, front flyleaf bears ownership signature of noted poet Paul Engle (1908-91).

$30.00

Ten Days' Wonder

By QUEEN, Ellery

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1948. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Light grey cloth with green lettering and decoration, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 65pp. Very good/very good. Spine lightly sunned and pastedown leaves a bit toned as usual; ownership signature/date on front flyleaf; jacket a bit edgeworn, with several small edge chips. Tight, nice first edition of (to cite jacket front panel) "His first mystery in three years," which was "Not serialized before book publication." Cheesy front jacket art features a cemetery during a dark and stormy night, a skull, a book.... The 19th title by the writing duo of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee.

$50.00

A Bell for Adano

By HERSEY, John

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944. Hardcover. 8vo. Yellow cloth with brown lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 269pp. Very good/good plus. Faint binding edgewear; jacket mildly edgeworn, with a few small edge chips and lightly sunned spine. A tight and nice first edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Sicily during World War Two -- with interesting autograph addition: Among the various stage, film and television versions of this was a 1967 "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production, and signatures of two main cast members are tipped to the front flyleaf on fine matching heavy stock 5" X 3" cards. JOHN FORSYTHE (1918-2010, who played lead Major Victor P. Joppolo) inscribes in blue ballpoint "With good wishes, Richard" and signs boldly, dating it "Dec 21, 1971"; and TOM SKERRITT (born 1933, who played Sergeant Trapani) signs large and bold in black fineline, dating it "88." Laid in is the perfect bookmark: Forsythe's original mailing envelope. A sharp copy with nice add-ons to the made-for-t.v. rendition.

$150.00

A Hand in Sport: Thirty-five Years with the Light Touch
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A Hand in Sport: Thirty-five Years with the Light Touch

By MULLIN, Willard

New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1958. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 226pp. Frontispiece, extensive illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Book fine but for age toned front endpaper from long-ago newsprint contact; jacket bright and nice though faintly edgeworn, with single large chip at head of spine. A handsome and tight first edition (and superb presentation copy inscribed to a sports figure who appears in it) of this collection of sports cartoons by the highly influential syndicated American newspaper sports cartoonist (1902-78) best known for the Brooklyn Dodgers persona called the "Brooklyn Bum." Below the frontispiece portrait showing him drawing, he boldly inscribes and signs in blue ballpoint "To / Red Reeder, King of the / Literary Frontier, from / one of his subjects -- / Willard Mullin." Near the top of the title page, recipient Reeder likewise inscribes and signs in blue ballpoint: "Willard was designated / 'Cartoonist of the Century' / in 1970 / by his fellow cartoonists. / Red Reeder." The pictorial front endpaper is chock full of 33 tiny Mullin head caricatures of sports figures surrounded by the cartoon-y names of all those featured in this book, and the name "Red Reeder" appears among these at the center right margin, so presumably he appears somewhere within the volume; someone (likely Reeder himself) has filled in about 35 of these 100+ names in red crayon -- perhaps at random, more likely persons he knew personally. Russell "Red" Reeder (1902-98) was a West Pointer with a notable career in World War Two as a colonel commanding the 12th Infantry Regiment of the Fourth Infantry Division, leading 3,000 troops on Utah Beach during D-Day and losing a leg at the Battle of Normandy; post-war he became athletic director at West Point for twenty years, then authored a number of young adult nonfiction books such as "The West Point Story," "Medal of Honor Heroes," "The Civil War Story" and others. An outstanding presentation copy.

$495.00

Contemporary American Literature: Bibliographies and Study Outlines

By MANLY, John Matthews, and RICKERT, Edith

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1929. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Light blue cloth with dark blue lettering. viii, 378pp. Very good. Mildest of edgewear only, else internally tight and bright. A tight and nice later printing of this quite useful survey and checklist of sources. From the collection of famed Walt Whitman scholar and biographer Gay Wilson Allen (1903-95), who in 1981 authored the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Waldo Emerson: A Biography"; his ownership signature appears on front flyleaf.

$50.00

The Rambler: Saturday, July 7, 1750
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The Rambler: Saturday, July 7, 1750

By JOHNSON, Samuel (editor)

London: J. Payne and J. Bouquet, 1750. Paperback. 4to. Self-cover. Pp. 187-92. Very good. Minor binding traces and faint folds. Handsome decorative device at top of first page and large rubricated capital "S." A tight and quite nice issue of this weekly ("Numb. 32") edited by the celebrated Dr. Johnson between 1750 and 1752. Johnson's essays as editor are considered models of style, language and reasoning. This particular example begins, "So large a Part of human Life is passed in a State contrary to our natural Desires, that one of the principal Topics of moral Instruction is the Art of bearing Calamities...."

$75.00

Tomorrow I Die
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Tomorrow I Die

By SPILLANE, Mickey

New York: The Mysterious Press, 1984. Hardcover. Introduced and edited by Max Allan Collins. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket, burgundy cloth over boards slipcase. xv, 234pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Fine/fine. Absolutely pristine, tight and perfect first edition, limited on rear colophon to 250 copies numbered (this #153) and boldly signed by Spillane. First time these nine short tales are published in hardbound form.

$125.00

Frank Armstrong at Queen's
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Frank Armstrong at Queen's

By COLTON, Matthew M.

New York: Hurst & Company, 1913. Hardcover. Illustrations by Martin Lewis. Small 8vo. Green/gray cloth with blue and orange lettering and blue, orange and white pictorial stamping. 316pp. Halftone frontispiece, 3 full-page called-for plates. Very good/good plus. Book faintly edgeworn only, with endpapers slightly age toned and nonauthorial 1916 gift inscription on front flyleaf; jacket a tad edgeworn with miniscule chips at corners and head/tail of spine, which is lightly soiled -- but overall complete and attractive. A tight, attractive first edition in the rarely-seen jacket of the second title in this 6-volume juvenile school sports series (1911-14). Rear jacket panel lists first three series volumes, all published 1911. Superb front board graphic (same on binding and jacket) shows two runners neck and neck.

$150.00

Life of  James G. Blaine "The Plumed Knight": Editor, Representative, Speaker, Senator, Cabinet Minister, Diplomat and True Patriot -- A True Record of His Whole Illustrious Career, from the Cradle to the Grave
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Life of James G. Blaine "The Plumed Knight": Editor, Representative, Speaker, Senator, Cabinet Minister, Diplomat and True Patriot -- A True Record of His Whole Illustrious Career, from the Cradle to the Grave

By JOHNSON, Willis Fletcher

N.p.: Atlantic Publishing Co, 1893. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth with black and gilt lettering and ornate black pictorial stamping. 578pp. Frontispiece, numerous full-page plates, floral endpapers. Good plus. Edgeworn and a bit rubbed, with discreet brown cloth tape inner hinge reinforcement; text block lightly age toned as usual, with a few leaves faintly dampstained. A tight and decent first edition of this quickly-cranked-out tribute to and biography of the just-deceased Maine representative (1863-76, Speaker of the House 1869-75), senator (1876-81), Secretary of State under three presidents (1881, 1889-92), two-time presidential candidate (1876, 1880) and Republican nominee (1884) who lost to Cleveland. Bears choice autograph addition: Tipped above the oval head-and-shoulders frontispiece portrait of the statesman (below him is a printed signature) is a 3" X 3/4" slip bearing a bold salutation and signature in black ink: "Very sincerely yours, / James G. Blaine."

$100.00

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