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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

A Palace of Silver - A Memoir of Maggie Roberts
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A Palace of Silver - A Memoir of Maggie Roberts

By Sanford, John

Limited first edition, this is #7 of 100 such copies signed by Sanford and Norman Corwin (Foreword) on the limitation page. Fine unread book in Fine jacket, no slipcase as issued.

$50.00

On Going to Bed (1st with wraparound band)

By Burgess, Anthony

Abbeville Press, 1982 First edition F/F with promotional band intact. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$20.00

Tuva or Bust - Richard Feynman's Last Journey

By Leighton, Ralph

Norton, 1991 First edition, 1st printing,Near Fine unread book with light edge wear in a Fine jacket that is offset on spine about 1/4 inch toward back board. Music record still attached to FEP.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$20.00

The Names (signed copy)
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The Names (signed copy)

By Momaday, N. Scott

First printing of the Arizona re-issue of Momaday's memoir of his boyhood in Oklahoma and the Southwest, originally published in 1976. This copy is signed by Momaday on the title page.

$50.00

A Palace of Silver - A Memoir of Maggie Roberts
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A Palace of Silver - A Memoir of Maggie Roberts

By Sanford, John

Lettered limited first edition, this is copy F of 26 such copies signed by Sanford and Norman Corwin (Foreword) on the limitation page. Fine unread book in Fine jacket, housed in Fine slipcase.

$75.00

Trial by Ice - The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition (signed 1st)

By Parry, Richard

Ballantine, 2000 First edition 1st printing NF/F book has very slight bow front board and tiny spot bottom page edges. This copy signed by Parry on the title page.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/New.

$27.50

Beneath Mulholland – Thoughts on Hollywood and its Ghosts

By Thomson, David

Knopf, 1997 First edition 1st printing F-/F- book and dust jacket have slight edge wear, very nice unread copy signed by author on the title page. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$22.50

Space - A Three-Dimensional Journey (signed by Buzz Aldrin)
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Space - A Three-Dimensional Journey (signed by Buzz Aldrin)

By Jones, Brian (Buzz Aldrin)

Near Fine book in illustrated boards, childrens' pop-up book. Book has light corner wear and some mild rubbing. A trip through the solar system with beautiful illustrations, innovative pop-ups, and text on fold out flaps every other page. Inscribed in bold marker on the middle panel, that shows an asteroid: "To Dax with best wishes" and signed by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin was lunar module pilot for Apollo 11 mission and second man to walk on surface of the moon..

$125.00

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