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The Bookman: A Story of Larry McMurtry\'s Other Day Job
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The Bookman: A Story of Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job

By Bonner, Stayton (Larry McMurtry, Introduction)

First Deluxe Limited Edition, A Fine book in sewn, brown wraps housed in a Fine pine box (box measures approximately 12 by 8 by 3 inches); the brown paper band with title that sealed the box has been cut on one side to open it. This copy is number 121 of 200 that were printed. Signed by Bonner and McMurtry on the limitation page. The focus is on McMurty's other career as a book seller, who owns Booked Up and has owned or co-owned several other bookstores (The Bookman and then Booked Up in Washington D.C., the Blue Pig and Booked Up in Archer City, Texas, as well as a short-lived store, The Stone Pig, in Tucson, Arizona). Bonner's story is based on several interviews with McMurtry. Also included with the book are: A copy of Booked Up's (Washington D. C.) permanent want list; a bumper sticker for Booked Up in Archer City (folded once to fit in box); two blue pig stickers of McMurtry's Book Up logo; business cards for both Booked Up and Three Dog Books (also in Archer City and owned by Cody and Julie Ressell - who published this book); and a folded holder with eight B/W photos showing McMurtry at different stages of his life. This is certainly a very unique item for completest McMurtry collectors.

$275.00

Beale\'s Road Through Arizona
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Beale's Road Through Arizona

By Bowman, Eldon G. and Jack Smith

Fine minus book in trade wraps with one slight spot back wrapper. This copy has been signed by the authors on the half-title page and is numbered 110 of 275 copies. Book documents Edward F. Beale's 1857 Expedition to survey and build a road across northern Arizona (approximately along the 35th parallel) for travel from Ft. Defiance, New Mexico, to the Colorado River. The Expedition also explored the use of camels as pack animals in the Southwest, using 25 camels imported from Tunisia. This publication was the first by the Flagstaff Corral of the Westerners International Organization.

$35.00

Kit Carson
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Kit Carson

By Vestal, Stanley

EARLY PRINTING, a Very Good book with soft spine ends, some rubbing to spine, light edge and corner wear, previous owner name to front paste-down is hard to see, mild age toning to page block. In a Fair dust jacket with chips and wear to spine ends and corners, sun toning to spine, old tape repairs to reverse of jacket, soiling and age toning to entire jacket. No additional printings indicated, but no date on title page – so early printing with price of $3.50 on jacket flap. Small bookstore sticker to back paste-down: Norton Bros. Books, El Paso. Vestal only devotes about a page to Carson's role in fighting and re-locating the Navajo Indians – Carson was in charge of capturing as many of the tribe as possible and then coordinated "The Long Walk," relocating the tribe to the Rio Grande Valley. This was an infamous episode in the history of the Southwest, during which hundreds of weak and old Navajos died during the long, forced march.

$40.00

Desert Solitaire
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Desert Solitaire

By Abbey, Edward

Very Good book with mild rubbing on boards and spine, light edge wear, soft spine ends, and with a touch of sun fade along edges of boards. In a Good to Very Good, price-clipped, dust jacket that has edge wear, small chips, several small closed tears, color loss along edges and folds, has an internal tape reinforcement at top of spine. Colors remain vibrant and lettering on spine is not faded as is often the case. This is Abbey's classic book that is focused on environmental issues of the Southwest, but with broader, national implications. Book resulted from Abbey's experiences as a seasonal ranger (April – September) during 1956 and 1957 at Arches National Monument – now a national Park - near Moab, Utah.

$225.00

Desert Solitaire
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Desert Solitaire

By Abbey, Edward

Near Fine book with slight edge wear, and soft spine ends. In a Good to Very Good dust jacket that has edge wear, small chips, and a number of closed tears, the largest of which is about two inches along bottom edge back panel, mild color loss along edges and folds. Colors remain vibrant but spine and top edges of flaps are sun yellowed, as is often the case with this sun-sensitive jacket. This is Abbey's classic book that is focused on environmental issues of the Southwest, but with broader, national implications. Book resulted from Abbey's experiences as a seasonal ranger (April – September) during 1956 and 1957 at Arches National Monument – now a national Park - near Moab, Utah.

$350.00

Dinosaur in a Haystack
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Dinosaur in a Haystack

By Gould, Stephen Jay

Near Fine, apparently unread copy with a mild compression bump at bottom of spine, slight touch of dusting top edges near spine and couple of top page corners slightly crinkled; in a Near Fine jacket with light edge wear, touch of rubbing, and a small dog-ear crease at price corner of front flap. This copy signed by Gould on the half-title page. Book collects 35 of author's essays from Natural History magazine – Gould wrote essays on evolution, paleontology, and related subjects for each issue of the magazine from January 1974 through January 2001. Many of these were collected in his books for the general reader. He also wrote numerous more technical books over the years. Gould was a cancer victim, dying in 2002 at age 60.

$100.00

The Dinosaur heresies
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The Dinosaur heresies

By Bakker, Robert T.

Very Good to Near Fine book that has light pushing to bottom of spine, hint of a bump top corner front board, and gift inscription to the front end-page; in a Very Good jacket that has edge and corner wear with bit of color loss, touch of sun fade to spine, and with light rubbing to panels, and couple of slight abrasions back panel. The numerous B/W illustrations/drawings were done by the author. Bakker is a controversial academic who has advanced theories that many dinosaurs were warm blooded, smart, fast, and adaptable. He was a technical advisor for Jurassic Park.

$75.00

Bully for Brontosaurus
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Bully for Brontosaurus

By Gould, Stephen Jay

Very Good to Near Fine, apparently unread, book that is soft at top of spine, with a slight slant and bowing of binding away from page block along spine, slight soiling to page edges; in a Near Fine jacket that touch of edge and corner wear, touch of rubbing to back panel which aslo has a couple of very slight abrasions. This copy has been signed by Gould to half-title page. Book collects 35 of author's essays from Natural History magazine – Gould wrote essays on evolution, paleontology, and related subjects for each issue of the magazine from January 1974 through January 2001. Many of these were collected in his books for the general reader. He also wrote numerous more technical books over the years. Gould was a cancer victim, dying in 2002 at age 60.

$100.00

Rubbing Out the Rubber Rubbish
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Rubbing Out the Rubber Rubbish

By Oberfell, George G.

Near Fine in plain wraps, punched and held in variable thickness metal clasp binding – some age yellowing a couple of pencil marks in text. This is a 180 page, single sided, CONFIDENTIAL/CLASSIFIED report that was apparently only distributed internally to 20 persons in Phillips and its author, who had developed the Phillips Research Lab after WWI (first in the country for an oil company). However, there were probably 50 copies produced, since this was number 50 and went to the author. The report is fairly technical and cites numerous references, and presents a number of charts, tables and graphs. By the time of this report, Oberfell was Phillips Vice President for Research. The report concerns the transition to synthetic rubber after WWII. During the war the U.S. government constructed (at a cost of almost a billion 1942 dollars), and funded the operation of, 51 synthetic rubber plants across the country. These plants are shown on a fold-out map. The plants were eventually turned over to private oil/rubber companies, and the report recommends strategies for this transition and how a Standard Oil monopoly should be avoided. Further the report addresses issues related to natural rubber and producers thereof (mostly European Companies controlling the rubber plantations of Southeast Asia), and misleading information being distributed by the both natural and synthetic rubber interests. A very rare internal report, distributed only within Phillips because of the controversial issues discussed. Section titles for Chapter IV give a feel for these issues: Natural Rubber Growers Attempt To Throttle Competition; Standard Oil Company Attempts To Dominate Synthetic Rubber; General Tire & Rubber Company Attempts To Sell A Pig In A Poke; Rubber Industry Attempts To Make Government The Scapegoat. This copy is housed in a mailing package addressed to the author. It is from the estate of Betty Rapp Tarr (one of the first female chemical engineers in the U.S.) who worked in the Phillips Research Lab at the time of this report. She is acknowledged by Oberfell for compiling and preparing much of the document and also for editing it. A rare document that has some historical value relative to both recovery efforts after WWII and also to the Petroleum industry.

$500.00

Mayflies of the Driftless Region
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Mayflies of the Driftless Region

By Schanilec, Gaylord and Clarke Garry

First trade edition that is Fine and unread in a Fine dustjacket; one of 1000 copies. An unusual and prize-winning book from Schanilec's Midnight Paper Sales, issued in two limited versions and a trade edition. The book describes 13 different mayflies found in the driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin. This region was never glaciated and has a distinct terrain character, as well as numerous clear streams that are home to both trout and mayflies. Hand-tied versions of the flies are used by fisherman. The most distinct aspects of the book, however, are the colored wood engravings of each of the flies described by Dr. Garry. Schanilec is an acknowledged master of the art of colored wood engraving. This copy has been signed by Schanilec at the Colophon. Laid-in are three items: a promo card for the book; a folded four-page brochure that describes the book and its variants; and a strange little card with definitions of "void" – this was produced in 70 copies by Schanilec for a Read the Fine Print exhibit at the Smallest Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota, summer 2015. This card was perhaps laid-in by accident by Schanilec, since book was purchased new, directly from him.

$250.00

Great River – The Rio Grande in North American History
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Great River – The Rio Grande in North American History

By Horgan, Paul

Two volumes; One Indians and Spain, Two Mexico and the United States. No dust jackets as issued, housed in slipcase. Books are Very Good to Near Fine with slight edge wear. several corners very lightly bumped, gilt on spines rubbed, and with mild age toning to page blocks. Bookplate of John A. Sutherland mounted on front paste-downs. In a Very Good slipcase with edge and corner wear and rubbing. Several small abrasions to front edges exposing white beneath the black. There were numerous book club editions of this title issued in similar black boards and slipcase that can be identified by the small, square blind stamps to back boards. This set is a correct first edition, with no blind stamps and Rinehart R in circle on copyright page. An important historical work for the Southwest that was the 1955 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History.

$55.00

Fatu-Hiva - Back to Nature
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Fatu-Hiva - Back to Nature

By Heyerdahl, Thor

UK first edition, Near Fine , apparently unread book with touch of pushing and light bump top of spine and slight age-toning to top edges page block'; in a Very Good, PRICE-CLIPPED dust jacket that has light edge and corner wear, and a dust jacket with light rubbing and some waviness with slight wrinkling. Heyerdahl and his young bride set off to learn what it is like to live on a wild, tropical island, far-removed from modern society and civilization.

$30.00

In Texas with Davy Crockett
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In Texas with Davy Crockett

By McNeil, Everett

Subtitled - A Story of the Texas War of Independence. Very Good book with wear to edges of boards and spine, some board just exposed along top of front board, corners are soft, and with mild soiling and fading. NO DUST JACKET. An early account, for young readers, of Davy Crockett in Texas at the Battle of the Alamo. Illustration on front board remains sharp and bright.

$100.00

Goldfield and Tonopah
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Goldfield and Tonopah

By Paher, Stanley W.

Goldfield Boom Town of Nevada and Tonopah Silver Camp of Nevada – Two historical publications in over-size (12 by 9 inches), stapled wraps with numerous B/W photographs and several maps. Both are Near Fine with slight wear and touch of soiling along edges of wraps. Both booklets are signed by Paher at his name on first pages.

$30.00

Blood Orchid
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Blood Orchid

By Bowden, Charles

Fine minus, unread book with slight crimping to spine ends, in a Fine dust jacket. This copy signed by Bowden on the title page. Bowden's hard-hitting commentary on our country and the way it is.

$55.00

Oranges
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Oranges

By McPhee, John

First edition 1st printing, Very Good book that has light shelf wear, bumped at top of spine, with light fading around the edges of boards, in a price clipped Very Good jacket that is bumped at top of spine with slight color loss, light edge wear, light rubbing with some overwrite impressions and a small, about 1/4 inch diameter, blue stain back panel. This is McPhee's wonderful third book about the history of oranges, with a focus on Florida.

$50.00

Lewis and Clark and the Crossing of North America

By Holloway, David

Saturday Review Press, 1974 First edition VG+/NF+ with very slight shelf wear bottom edges, slightly loose at spine and slight wrinkling and wear along dust jacket edges; very bright and nice copy. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine.

$10.00

A Little More About Me (signed 1st)

By Houston, Pam

Norton, 1999 First edition 1st printing, Fine/Fine, an unread copy signed by Houston on the title page.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$20.00

The Opposite of Fate (signed 1st)

By Tan, Amy

Putnam, 2003 First edition 1st printing F/F unread copy signed by author on tipped-in front end paper. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$25.00

Leap (signed 1st)

By Williams, Terry Tempest

Pantheon, 2000 First edition 1st printing Fine/Fine unread copy, signed by Williams on the title page.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$25.00

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