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A HERITAGE HISTORY OF BEAUTIFUL GREEN LAKE WISCONSIN
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A HERITAGE HISTORY OF BEAUTIFUL GREEN LAKE WISCONSIN

By Heiple, Robert W. and Heiple, Emma B.

Ripon, Wisconsin: McMillan Printing Company, 1977. "this is the first time since its founding that the complete story of Dartford {renamed Green Lake in 1907} has been put together into one document. This literary and pictorial book is the result of years of research, interviews and collections of printed and written materials. The task of putting together a massive history from 1840 to 1977 in a well-organzied, pictorial generous, diverse and unusually sensitive heritage history"From inside dust cover.. Signed. Heritage Edition. Hard Cover. Good to Very Good/Good. Clear Brodart Covering.

$25.00

THE HOUSE THAT SHADOWS BUILT
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THE HOUSE THAT SHADOWS BUILT

By Irwin, Will

Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, INC. , 1928. Dark orange boards with blue titling to front and spine, bumping to spine-ends and corners. Uncommon dust-jacket not price-clipped, intact except for open tear along top of front and spine, three small open tears to bottom of spine and back. Spine is shaken; top edge stained, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Text is very clean and clear, 293 pages; sound copy. A biography of early film producer Adolph Zukor, a Hungarian immigrant who introduced and established the full length narrative film in America. "A fascinating and human story this, of the glamorous silver screen and of the man whose life has been bound up in its varying fortunes." (From front flap).. Stated First Edition. Hard Cover. Good to Very Good/Fair to Good. 9 1/2" x 6 1/2". Clear Brodart Covering.

$20.00

\'NEVER DESPAIR\'; Winston S. Churchill 1945-1965
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'NEVER DESPAIR'; Winston S. Churchill 1945-1965

By Gilbert, Martin

London: Heinemann, 1988. Light green soft cover with black titling to front. Cover is sound, but toned from handling with some creasing and bumping to corner and spine; signs of handling to page edges. Cover reads "Uncorrected proof copy on proofing paper and the property of the publisher and not for sale"; contains publisher's markings and corrections throughout. Text remains very clean and clear, sound copy; 650 pages. Lacking parts three and four of the volume and maps; contains only parts one and two. The is an uncorrected proof copy of the first two parts of the eighth volume of the expansive, official biography of Winston Churchill by Martin Gilbert; circa 1988. "This volume spans Winston Churchill's life from the defeat of Germany in 1945 to his death nearly twenty years later. It covers Churchill's meetings with Truman and Stalin at the Potsdam conference, his 'Caretaker' Government in the summer of 1945, his six years as Leader of the Opposition, his second premiership, from October 1951 to April 1955, and the final decade from his resignation until his death in 1965." Rare.. Uncorrected proof copy. Soft Cover. Good/No Jacket (as issued). 8" x 5 1/2".

$25.00

THE RAINBOW COMES AND GOES
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THE RAINBOW COMES AND GOES

By Cooper, Diana

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1958. Yellow dust-jacket illustrated with photographs of Lady Cooper and her husband; poor condition, worn with numerous creases and open tears (dust-jacket); brodarted. Grey cloth boards with blue and gilt titling to spine, blue unicorn stamped to front; endpapers and pastedown feature designs taken from murals by Martin Battersby. Some bumping and rubbing to spine-ends and corners; spine is shaken; front hinge is cracked. Very clean, sound copy; illustrated with numerous black and white photographs; 271 pages including index. First printing of first edition. This is the first of three autobiographical memoirs by Lady Diana Cooper, a famously glamorous social figure and actress of London and Paris. A charming and elegantly written self-portrait that reveals much about early 20th-century upper-class life.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Poor. 8 1/2" x 5 3/4". Clear Brodart Covering.

$30.00

ROOSEVELT'S HUNTING TRIP TO AFRICA
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ROOSEVELT'S HUNTING TRIP TO AFRICA

By Frederick William Unger

Chicago: Charles C. Thompson, 1909. Book is in fair condition, very unusual book, personalized by previous owner with many newspaper cuttings about Roosevelt pasted and laid in over a period of time. Red hard cover with portrait of Teddy Roosevelt placed center front, over an illustration of a hunting party in a boat. Spine is faded and shaken, has an illustration of an African shield over crossed spears. Large crack near front, but binding is holding well. Frontispiece shows portrait of Roosevelt. Book features many illustrations and original photographs. Pages are clean and clear, text easily readable, 392 pages. "Adventure! Travel! Exploration! ROOSEVELT'S HUNTING TRIP IN AFRICA. The story of his Life, the Voyage from New York to Mombasa, and the Route through the 'Heart of Africa'. Including: The Big Game and Other Ferocious Animals, Strange Peoples and Countries found in the Course of his Travels. By FREDERICK WILLIAM UNGER, THE FAMOUS AFRICAN TRAVELER. Author of 'With Bobs and Kruger', 'Russia and Japan', Etc. Former African Correspondent of the 'London Daily Express.' Celebrated Lecturer, War Correspondent, Traveler in the Klondike, Manchuria, Africa and other parts of the World. LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED, FROM PHOTOGRAPHS JUST TAKEN IN AFRICA! and numerous beautiful engravings and maps." (Adapted from Title Page) Rare book.. First Edition 1909. Hard Cover. Fair/No Jacket. Illus. by Many various.

$100.00

THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOUR BOYS
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THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOUR BOYS

By James Franco

New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2012. Book is in near fine condition. Book hardcover features a collage of James Franco and various clashing items, title is stamped as if cover was written on by a red marker. Book is set up in parts featuring photographs. Has a unique theme with a purposefully disorganised layout, featuring many articles and old photographs. "Not surprisingly, there is quite a bit of boyish danger in the Clocktower show: frequent violence, mindless destruction, kinky sex of several kinds and a nearly complete absence of women." —Roberta Smith, NYTimes. First Edition 2012. Buckram. Near Fine/No Jacket (as issued). Illus. by Many various.

$40.00

REPORT OF THE EXPLORING EXPEDITIONS TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND TO OREGON AND NORTH CALIFORNIA
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REPORT OF THE EXPLORING EXPEDITIONS TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND TO OREGON AND NORTH CALIFORNIA

By Fremont, Captain John Charles

United States of America: Kessinger Publishing, 2010. Yellow and white glossy boards with black titling/writing. Likely unread. This is one in a series of reprints of 'scarce and hard-to-find books'. Originally published in 1845. Very clean copy; 174 pages including a catalog of plants and black and white illustrations. Taken from Captain Fremont's note to the reader: "The report, or narrative, of this extended expedition, like the maps which illustrate it, will be strictly confined to what was seen, and to what is necessary to show the face and character of the country, and to add something to science while fulfilling the instructions of the Government, which chiefly contemplated a military topographical survey.". Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket (as issued). 9" - 6" Tall.

$60.00

HESSIAN TAPESTRY
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HESSIAN TAPESTRY

By Duff, David

London: Ebenezer Baylis and Son, Limited, 1967. Black cloth covered boards with gilt titling to spine and two gilt crests on the front cover - one used by the Hessian Grand Ducal Family, and the other: Arms borne by David, Marquess of Milford Haven. Gold dust jacket with the same crests depicted in colour on the front and back. Faint bumping to spine ends and corners. Top edge coloured grey. Unused bookplate to front end paper. Slight rubbing to jacket edges. Clipped. Clean, clear copy; 415 pages including index, sources, a full, tipped-in Hessian family tree, and numerous black and white photographs. '[The] Hessian Tapestry is the authorised story of an eventful century in the history of one of the oldest families in Europe, of which Prince Charles is in the 35th generation of know descendants. It begins in 1843 with the birth of Princess Alice, the second daughter of Queen Victoria, and ends with the death of her last surviving child in 1953... [This] is the story of a closely-knit royal family facing the heartpangs of divided loyalties in five wars and handicapped by the inheritance of a dread disease.'. First Edition (stated). Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 9" x 5 3/4".

$50.00

"THE JOLLY BEGGARS"; A Jubilee Retrospect
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"THE JOLLY BEGGARS"; A Jubilee Retrospect

By Tod, T. M.

Perth: Munro & Scott, Limited, 1937. Navy cloth covered boards with gilt titling to front. Minimal bumping to spine ends and corners. Spine very slightly shaken and page edges faintly toned. Copy no.40 of 100; signed by the President, Speaker, and Hon. Secretary. Original frontispiece with black and white photo of Robert Burns Begg intact. Tight, clean copy; 88 pages including black and white photographs, A Retrospect, List of Presidents, Minutes of the First Meeting, Presidents' Invitations, Miscellaneous Items, and an Index. "This was the inception of 'The Jolly beggars,' which celebrates its jubilee on the 25th January 1938. [There] was no Burns Club in the County prior to this..." This is an account of the first 50 years of the Jolly Beggars of Kinross, a club dedicated to celebrating the life and works of the poet Robert Burns. The annotated poetry included in the book is written in a Scottish dialect of English.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 9" x 7".

$50.00

THROUGH EMBASSY EYES
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THROUGH EMBASSY EYES

By Dodd, Martha

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1930. Red cloth covered boards with faded gilt titling and slight sunning to spine. Some bumping to spine ends and corners. Spine shaken. Clean, clear copy; 382 pages including index. As the writer in the family, Dodd followed her father as the appointed ambassador to Germany during the Second World War era, not realizing how the Nazi regime would affect their family's lives. During her time in Berlin, Dodd familiarized herself with many in high places, hearing proficient gossip and reporting her understanding of Nazi leaders, diplomats, foreign emissaries , and the fear-mongering, torturous, and cruel activity of the Nazi regime. Dodd's trip to Russia magnified the unpleasantness of Germany at the time, and by the end of their stay in Berlin, the family was more than ready to return home. This book depicting Dodd's stay in Germany is marked by the shift in her family's support of the Nazis to their growing anger with the events they witness.. First Edition (stated). Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".

$100.00

THE MEMOIRS OF AN AMNESIAC
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THE MEMOIRS OF AN AMNESIAC

By Levant, Oscar

New York: G P Putnam Sons, 1965. Beige cloth covered boards and red cloth spine with gilt titling and a small figure of a man to front and spine. Slight sunning to spine and minimal bumping to spine ends and corners. Spine cracked. Top edge coloured red; pages un-cut. The jacket has been separated and pasted to the front end paper and first three free pages, although this does not interfere with any content. Clean, clear copy; 320 pages. "In this wickedly witty and thoroughly unconventional autobiography, Oscar Levant, one of America's most celebrated raconteurs, musicians, actors, and wits, tells literally all... Levant recounts for the first time his long battle with drugs and doctors.". First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".

$60.00

NECRONOMICON
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NECRONOMICON

By Giger, H. R.

London: Big O Publishing Ltd, 1978. Illustrated card soft cover with white titling to front and spine. What appears to be the author's signature and drawings to inside of front cover and end paper as there are very similar markings to other copies in existence. Spine cracked. Clean, clear copy; 78 pages. English translation by Nicholas Fry. 'Necronomicon, freely translated, means the types or masks of death, a museum of the fabulous abominations... The famous writer H.P. Lovecraft was the first to mention this work in his Cthulhu mythology. Many science fiction and fantasy writers have repeatedly mentioned this work but it is only now, in Giger's Necronomicon, that it has become reality for the first time.' 'Giger's autobiographical text gives the reader deeper insight into both the paintings and the painter through descriptions of his childhood in Switzerland, his memories and nightmares, his friends and lovers. He is undoubtedly one of the finest and creative artists of today - his work an illuminating exploration into the collective human psyche, containing as it does all the hopes, anxieties and neuroses of our turbulent and changing times.'. Signed by Author. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket (as issued). Illus. by Giger, H. R.. 16 1/4" x 11 1/2".

$350.00

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
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TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

By Brittain, Vera

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1938. Cream cloth covered boards and lettering with dark blue labels to front and spine. Toning to page edges, paste downs, and end papers. Some bumping to spine ends and corners. Top edge coloured black. Spine shaken. some penciled notation - all erasable and non-interfering with the text. Some dog-ears and an outline of a paper clip on first page. Tight, clean copy; 661 pages. Brittain's first memoir, 'Testament of Youth' begins with her intention to enter the University of Oxford which is interrupted by the incidence of the First World War. The memoir mainly covers her position as a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse in London, Malta, and France. Once the war is over, she returns to Oxford to complete her degree and finds herself writing as a journalist for Time and Tide, as well as lecturing for the League of Nations. Concluding with her tour of the defeated Germany in 1923 and the meeting of her husband in 1925, Testament of Youth leaves off for 'Testament of Experience' which was published in 1957. This edition is very scarce!. Reissue. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8" x 5 1/2".

$75.00

THE FAIRBANKS OF SHEFFIELD 1688 to 1848
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THE FAIRBANKS OF SHEFFIELD 1688 to 1848

By Hall, T Walter

Sheffield: J W Northend Limited, 1932. Cover of pale grey textured card, bevelled edges; black lettering; slightly toned; light edgewear. Very clean sound copy. 163 pages; fold-out family tree - Pedigree of Fairbank; frontispiece - black silhouette portraits of family members; full page black and white plate - example of 2 facing pages from Field-Book; plan of the town of Sheffield in the County of York (1771. The book largely consists of reproductions of 75 black and white drawings / sketches (verso) with accompanyng description - date (if given) and details of survey (recto) of lands, buildings and roads in and around Sheffield and Rotherham; Preface with background information and biographical details. Well-presented, an interesting insight into the lives and surroundings of the local people of the period. (Very uncommon) . First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket as Issued. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$40.00