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Adventures at the Auction: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction -- In Person and Online
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Adventures at the Auction: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction -- In Person and Online

By HINDMAN, Leslie

New York: Clarkson Potter, 2001. Hardcover. Small 4to. Tan and beige paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 242pp. Color illustrations. Fine/fine. A pristine and tight first edition of this broad survey from Chicago's preeminent auctioneer. Press release laid in.

$25.00

Rumpole a la Carte
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Rumpole a la Carte

By MORTIMER, John

New York: Viking Press, 1990. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 246pp. Fine/near fine. Handsome, tight first edition of this mystery in the popular series by the English barrister turned screenwriter and novelist (1923-2009). This unique copy bears seven fine and relevant autograph additions, a veritable "Who's Who" of actors from the British television series "Rumpole of the Bailey": Three on the front flyleaf, another three on that flyleaf verso and one on the facing half-title page. The six on the flyleaf all consist of fine, matching heavy stock 5" X 3" cards, each boldly signed at center and dated at upper right by its signer, neatly tipped one above the next. Front flyleaf, top to bottom: LEO McKERN (1920-2002), who played Horace W. Rumpole, signs hugely in blue fineline and dates it 5 November 1973; MARION MATHIE (1925-2012), second actress to play Rumpole's wife Hilda, a.k.a. "She Who Must Be Obeyed," signs in black ballpoint and dates it 23 July 1988; DAVID YELLAND (born 1947), who played Rumpole's son Nicholas, signs in black ballpoint and dates it 23 February 1980. Flyleaf verso, top to bottom: PETER BOWLES (born 1936), who played High Court judge Sir Guthrie Featherstone, signs in blue fineline and dates it 31 October [1985]; MORAY WATSON (1928-2017), who played Rumpole's friend and fellow barrister George Frobisher, signs in blue fineline and dates it 28 October 1985; LESLIE PHILLIPS (born 1924), who played guest star Boxey Horne, signs in blue ballpoint and dates it 18 December 1984. Facing flyleaf page is an 8½" X 3½" Autograph Note Signed from PETER BLYTHE (1934-2004), who played Head of Chambers and Rumpole's foil Samuel "Soapy Sam" Ballard. On the verso of an admirer's 18 May 1988 note to him, Blythe pens in black fineline a cordial note, signing handsomely and adding "Just about to start a new series of 'Rumpole'." Laid in are six of the original signature transmittal envelopes. An extraordinary, exceptionally unusual copy.

$195.00

Selected Writings of Francis Bacon

By BACON, Francis

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Green cloth with gilt lettering. xxxii, 604pp (3pp). Grey decorative endpapers. Very good. Mild edgewear. A tight and decent later printing (circa 1962) of #256, first published by ML in 1955.

$12.50

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

By LAWSON, Ted W.

New York: Random House, 1943. Hardcover. Edited by Robert Considine. Tan cloth with brown spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 221pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Some jacket edgewear, with several edge chips and archivally closed (on verso) edge chips -- but complete, bright and overall still attractive. A tight and nice first edition of this account of Jimmy Doolittle's famed bombing raid -- as jacket front proclaims, "One of the pilots who participated in the Doolittle raid tells the whole story of the bombing of Japan and the days of adventure in China that followed." Basis for the popular 1944 film version -- and this copy with two relevant autograph additions: Tipped to the frontispiece verso is a scallop-edged 3" X 4" slip signed huge and bold and in his trademark red marker by VAN JOHNSON (1916-2008), who portrayed Lawson in the film version; above this is a special heavy stock 5" X 3" card signed boldly in blue ballpoint and dated "9/26/85" by PHYLLIS THAXTER (1919-2012), who portrayed Lawson's wife Ellen. The Johnson slip is very good, faintly age toned, with a few small tape stains about the border and while undated likely of circa 1960 vintage; the Thaxter card is fine and the original Thaxter transmittal envelope is laid in.

$250.00

The Fortune Builders
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The Fortune Builders

By DARBY, Edwin

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1986. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper over boards, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. x, 276pp. Very good/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. Handsome, quite tight first edition of this account of Chicago's wealthiest -- as jacket front panel proclaims, "They made it big and changed the country. Swift, Armour, McCormick, Pritzker, Field, MacArthur, Wrigley, and others." Front flyleaf bears bold author inscription and signature in blue fineline: "For Tom and Cassie / Good Fortune and / Best wishes / Edwin Darby / Christmas, 1986." Darby (1922-81) was a noted Chicago financial report, and Tom Hollatz was a Chicago crime reporter, John Dillinger scholar and author of "Gangster Holidays: The Lore and Legends of the Bad Guys" (1987).

$55.00

Chicago's True Founder: Thomas J.V. Owen -- A Pleading for Truth and for Social Justice in Chicago History
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Chicago's True Founder: Thomas J.V. Owen -- A Pleading for Truth and for Social Justice in Chicago History

By HAYDON, James Ryan

Lombard, IL: Owen Memorial Fund, 1934. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering and rules. 312pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Faint binding wear, with spine gilt lightly rubbed. A tight and nice first or "Sponsors' Limited Edition" of this uncommon history -- and NOT ex-library as are most copies.

$50.00

Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image

By BUKOWSKI, Douglas

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff pictorial wrappers. ix, 273pp. Illustrations. Fine. Handsome and tight first edition.

$20.00

Bury My Heart at Wrigley Field: The History of the Chicago Cubs -- When the Cubs Were the White Sox
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Bury My Heart at Wrigley Field: The History of the Chicago Cubs -- When the Cubs Were the White Sox

By NAMES, Larry D.

Neshkoro, WI: Sportsbook Publishing Co, 1990. Hardcover. 8vo. Full blue leatherette with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 285pp. Illustrations. Very good/very good. Bit of age toning in gutters of both endpapers, with front flyleaf as tad worn; mild jacket edgewear. Tight, nice first edition. Front flyleaf inkstamp notes this as numbered copy 2679 (as does laid-in accompanying postal card), and below this the author boldly inscribes and signs in blue fineline: "To Tom, / May your pole bend, / But never break! / Best wishes, / Larry D Names." Tom Hollatz was a Chicago crime reporter, John Dillinger scholar and author of "Gangster Holidays: The Lore and Legends of the Bad Guys" (1987).

$50.00

Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893
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Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893

By GILBERT, James

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1991. Hardcover. Small 4to. Dark yellow cloth spine with brown lettering and light yellow paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 279pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine/near fine. Faint spotting to page edges. A tight, quite attractive first edition. Amusingly, Tom Hollatz -- Chicago crime reporter, John Dillinger scholar and author of "Gangster Holidays: The Lore and Legends of the Bad Guys" (1987) -- pens huge and bold in black fineline on front flyleaf "Tom Hollatz / will haunt / you!" to encourage return from those to whom he loaned the book.

$50.00

Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School Architecture in Oak Park

By SPRAGUE, Paul E.

Oak Park: Oak Park Bicentennial Commission, 1976. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glossy brown wrappers. 96pp. Illustrations, maps. Near fine. A tight and attractive first edition of this oft-reprinted study of the many Wright homes that dot this suberb west of Chicago, the hometown that Hemingway called "the city of broad lawns and narrow minds."

$35.00

Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History

By TANNER, Helen Hornbeck (editor)

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987. Hardcover. Cartography by Miklos Pinther. 4to. Glossy green decorative paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xv, 224pp. Numerous illustrations, color maps. Fine/very good. Jacket faintly edgeworn. Quite tight and most handsome first edition of this important study. Uncommon in such unusually sharp condition.

$95.00

Meditations for Retreats Taken from the Writings of St. Francis de Sales
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Meditations for Retreats Taken from the Writings of St. Francis de Sales

By (ORDER OF THE VISITATION OF HOLY MARY)

New York: Benziger Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. Arranged by St. Jane Francis Fremiot de Chantal. 16mo. Black pebble-grain leatherette with gilt spine lettering. 202pp, (16pp ads). Very good. Faint abrasion near foot of spine, else tight and handsome, with spine gilt bright. A sharp first of this edition. "This copy belongs to the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary of Dubuque" neatly penned on inner flyleaf and small convent name/address inkstamp on copyright page. Quaint late 19th century prayer card neatly tipped to rear pastedown. A charming copy in superb condition.

$50.00

Introduction a la Vie Devote par Saint Francis de Sales
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Introduction a la Vie Devote par Saint Francis de Sales

By (ORDER OF THE VISITATION OF HOLY MARY)

Quebec: Librairie Garneau Limitee, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Full black pebble-grain limp leatherette with gilt spine lettering and blind-embossed rules. 329pp, (5pp). Frontispiece, decorative endpapers. Near fine. Head of spine a tad rough, else tight, bright and lovely. "Nouvelle Edition" of this primer. Small convent name/address inkstamp on copyright page and last text page -- undated, though introductory statement dated 1905, which fits in with the "French Class Villa de Chantal" red pencilled on front and rear inner flyleaves. This Rock Island, Illinois Gothic Revival girls school was built in the early years of the 20th century. Tiny red pencilled note on page 155, else a remarkably fresh, charming copy.

$50.00

A Wild Kind of Boldness: The Chicago History Reader
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A Wild Kind of Boldness: The Chicago History Reader

By ADAMS, Rosemary K. (editor)

Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998. Hardcover. Foreword by Studs Terkel. Small 4to. Black paper over boards with silver lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 458pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. Superbly pristine and tight first edition of this hefty, broad anthology -- articles reprinted from the Chicago Historical Society's quarterly journal.

$25.00

Chicago: The History of Its Reputation

By LEWIS, Lloyd, and SMITH, Henry Justin

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1929. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with silver lettering. xii, 508pp. Very good. Binding lightly edgeworn, with spine faintly sunned, else tight and internally near fine. Early (not first) printing of this popular account, with Lewis providing Part I and Smith the intro and Part II. Lewis signs the half-title page large and bold in black ink. Lewis (1891-1949) was a popular "Chicago Daily News" editor, journalist and columnist -- and passionate Lincoln and Civil War scholar who penned books about Sherman and Grant.

$30.00

Chicago Originals: A Cast of the City's Colorful Characters
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Chicago Originals: A Cast of the City's Colorful Characters

By HEISE, Kenan, and BAUMANN, Ed

Chicago: Bonus Books, 1990. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. xii, 291pp. Illustrations. Fine. Pristine, tight first edition. Heise signs the title page in black ballpoint, adding "Enjoy," while Baumann signs ("Ed") in black fineline, adding "Tom -- / Here's paying you one back! / 10-27-90." (Tom Hollatz was a Chicago crime reporter, John Dillinger scholar and author of the 1987 "Gangster Holidays: The Lore and Legends of the Bad Guys.") Press release laid in.

$55.00

Vittles and Vice: An Extraordinary Guide to What's Cooking on Chicago's Near North Side

By BRONTE, Patricia

Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1952. Hardcover. Illustrations by Franklin McMahon. 8vo. Black cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 193pp. Line drawings, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Jacket a bit rubbed and edgeworn, with old but neat paper reinforcements on verso. Tight and quite nice first edition of this (to cite jacket front) "extraordinary guide to what's cooking on Chicago's Near North Side" -- a culinary blast from the past.

$25.00

Culture & Democracy: The Struggle for Reform in Society and Architecture in Chicago and the Middle West during the Life and Times of Louis H. Sullivan
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Culture & Democracy: The Struggle for Reform in Society and Architecture in Chicago and the Middle West during the Life and Times of Louis H. Sullivan

By DUNCAN, Hugh Dalziel

Totowa, NJ: The Bedminster Press, 1965. Hardcover. Small 4to. Light blue cloth with dark blue spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxii, 616pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faintest bit of jacket edgewear. Quite handsome and tight first edition of this hefty study.

$55.00

Big Al's Official Guide to Chicago-ese

By REILLY, Bill

Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1982. Paperback. Illustrations by Bill Stebbins. Foreword by Mike Royko. 4to. Stiff glossy blue pictorial wrappers. 64pp. Line drawings, illustrations. Very good. Quite minor edgewear. A tight and attractive first edition of this amusing how-to on Chicago dialect -- "Translated Into English for the First time... Plus Bugsy's Illustrated Chicago Crime Tour." Strangely and interestingly, tipped before the title page is a bizarre bit of shall we say "Caponiana" -- an 8½" X 11" printed press announcing the April 21, 1986 "live on television" airing of "The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault" from Tribune Entertainment Company. This heavily-marketed two-hour television special hosted by Geraldo Rivera turned into a fiasco, for when Rivera finally opened the vault it was empty.

$55.00

Custom-Book and Directory for the Religious Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary
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Custom-Book and Directory for the Religious Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary

By (ORDER OF THE VISITATION OF HOLY MARY)

Roehampton, U.K.: Privately Printed, 1867. Hardcover. Small 4to. Quarter black calf with gilt spine lettering and black pebble-grain cloth. x, 130pp, pp. 211-307, 2pp, 110pp, 14pp; pp. 131-210. 2 engraved plates, 2 foldout plates. Very good to near fine. Tight, handsome first edition of this how-to manual for the enclosed Roman Catholic women's order founded in 1610 by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Francis de Chantal in Annecy, France -- here "Translated from the Edition Printed at Annecy, 1850." This fascinating handbook runs through every facet of the order that emphasizes Mary's mission of mercy to visit her cousin Elizabeth, stressing humility, obedience, poverty and patience but not so austere as other orders that require fasting and middle-of-night canonical chanting. Also interesting is the careful editing of this copy by later generations -- it was apparently a work in progress. Pages 131-210 were never bound in, and a neatly pencilled comment on page 211 notes, "The Directory with explanations for the Office has been taken out of this Book" -- although this offending section was retained intact separately and these 80 pages bound in stiff archival wrapper accompany this volume. Elsewhere (in 110pp section near the close) a neatly typed 4¼" X 7" slip apparently prepared in May 1913 has been neatly tipped in, noting that "According to the orders of our Most Rev. Archbishop, James J. Keane... the following are the only feasts on which we are permitted to sing the Office" and listing 12 religious holidays. The 14pp section at rear was inserted later, after binding, and consists of "Explanation of the General Plans of the Monasteries of the Visitation of Holy Mary." Front flyleaf notes "This book belongs to the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary of Dubuque." Most unusual and very scarce, especially in such sharp condition.

$295.00

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