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Green Again [Signed/Numbered/ Limited Edition]

By Curtis, Jack

Mexico City: Joaquin Ausiro, 1951. Hardcover. First edition (limited to 500 copies, this #40); 5 x 7 1/2; pp. 196; full polished calf; four raised bands to spine ruled in gilt; hand-colored illustrations; minor rubbing and wear to boards, corners, and along spine; several penciled-in notes along margins; near fine. Signed by author on limitation page. The first book of California author Jack Curtis with beautiful hand-colored linocuts by artists Jose Paredes and Edward Owensby.


The Chronicles of a Contented Man [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By Laylander, O. J.

Chicago: A. Kroch Publisher, 1928. Hardcover. First edition; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; pp. [6], v-vii, 1-150, [2]; cloth-backed paper over boards; paper label to spine with age-toning; faint fading to upper margin of covers; some rubbing to paper on boards' edges else clean; internally fine; illustrated with photographs; signed and inscribed on first free page; overall very good. Set in the rural parts of Iowa, the book encompasses the author's memoir of a pioneer life on the prairie.


A Modern Mephistopheles

By Anonymous [Alcott, Louisa May]

Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1877. First edition, 6 3/4 x 4 1/2; pp. [9], 8-290 + [8] pp. publisher's advertisements; black cloth over boards with red and gilt decorations and title; cloth on head of spine and along front hinge unobtrusively repaired; a bit of rubbing to tail of spine; faint discoloration to fore-edge of last few leaves; illustrated with frontispiece steel engraving of a four-leaf clover; very good condition. As part of "No Name Series," a publisher's ploy to get the readers to guess the name of the author, Louisa May Alcott published her work anonymously and it was not until 1889, when an edition appeared with her name on it. A spin on the legend of Faust, her present book was one of her least known works, a radical deviation from her other writings - darker and more brooding, dealing with greed, lust, and drug use. In her own journal she had written: " It has been simmering since I read Faust last year. Enjoyed doing it, being tired of providing moral pap for the young."


The Sisters-in-law. A Novel of Our Time [Signed by Author]

By Gertrude Atherton

New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1921. First edition [limited, autographed]; 5 x 7 1/2; pp. [12], 3-341, [3]; original blue boards; wear along edges of spine; few spots to covers; front hinge reinforced with a thin linen strip; pages mostly very clean; good to very good condition. Gertrude Atherton was born in 1857 in San Francisco. She began writing as means of supporting herself after the tragic deaths of her husband and son. She has often been compared to her contemporary Edith Wharton. The book follows the story of two women from the opposite ends of the social ladder vying for the heart of the same man.


Turtle Lake. Portrait of an Extortionist [Signed/inscribed by Author]

By Milne, Robert

Lapeer, MI: Woodland Press, 1992. Soft cover. Near Fine. First edition; 6" x 9"; pp. iii-ix, [1], 1-181 including text to last page; original glossy pictorial wraps; full-page b & w illustrations; very minor wear to covers; near fine. Signed with a lengthy inscription by author to title page. Robert Milne has been arguably one of the most beloved ragtime pianists. He has also written numerous poems. In "Turtle Lake" he writes about an extortion story which "could easily have happened.


Dorn [Signed y Author]

By Boyer, G. G.

New York: Walker and Company, 1986. Hardcover. Near Fine. First edition; 5 3/4" x 8 1/2"; pp. [4], 5-190, [2]; original brick red boards; copper title to spine; glossy printed DJ; very minor wear to head and tail of spine; near fine. Jacket with a small nick to head of spine, else near fine. Signed by author to title page. Boyer has been renowned as one of the great Western authors and topmost authorities on Wyatt Earp. His current book is the great story of Bat Dorn and his entrepreneur adventures right after the American Civil War.


Never Wed an Old Man [Signed/inscribed by author]

By Caswell, Helen

Garden City: Published for the Crime Club by Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975. Hardcover. Near Fine. First edition; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; pp. [8], 1-183, [1]; original green boards; pictorial DJ; near fine with a few small rubbed spots to head and tail of spine. Jacket very good or better with some wear mostly to spine edges. Signed/inscribed by author. An interesting suspense story, where a US American girl from California goes to Ireland and ends up in the middle of an IRA provisionals war and political intrigue.


Damion's Daughter [Signed/inscribed Association Copy]

By Gilbert, Edwin

Garden City: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1949. Hardcover. Fine. First edition; 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"; pp. [10], 1-308, [2]; original mustard boards; pictorial DJ; fine with very minor wear to head and tail of spine. Jacket bright and clean with a few chips to head of spine; very good. Signed and inscribed by author to Eleanor Rattigan-Rubin. She worked at Doubleday & Company in the early 40s, where she apparently met Ediwn Gilbert judging by his inscription: "...It is inconceivable to think of doing a third novel without you about the publisher's premises." Though, she was most widely known for her long career as a CIA agent and her marriage to Jerome William Robin - Chief of the San Francisco office of the CIA in the 70s. Edwin Gilbert himself was a screenplay writer in Holywood in the early 40s before moving to New York and becoming a novelist. He wrote the screenplays for 'All Through the Night,' starring Humphrey Bogart and 'Larceny, Inc.' with Anthony Quinn and Jackie Gleason. The current book is a fascinating tale of a young girl's drama in New York's theatrical world.


Tales of the Northwest [Signed/inscribed by John Flanagan]

By Snelling, William Joseph; (with an introduction by) Flanagan, John T.

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1936. Hardcover. Good. First edition thus [reprint from the first self-published edition of 1830]; 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"; pp. [4], v-xxix, [3], 3-254, [4]; original pictorial boards; no DJ; wear mostly to corners and along edges of spine with some rubbing and a small puncture with loss of cloth to front edge of spine cover, else bright and clean; good condition. Signed/inscribed by John Flanagan, who wrote the introduction to the current edition. This copy #721 of a limited edition of 1000. Stories of the Plains Indians and their encounters with the White Men in the early 19th century.


Murder in Mind [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By Stedwell, Paki

Point Reyes: Point Reyes Press, 1984. Soft cover. Fine. Uncorrected proof; 7" x 8 1/2"; pp. [4], 3-217; clear plastic wraps with some faint yellowing, else fine. Signed/inscribed by author. A copy of an apparently unpublished/unrecorded 'murder mystery" book with psychic experiences and sleep-research supercomputers thrown in the mix by California author Paki Stedwell, who is also the author of "Patchy coastal fog: From Manhattan to (West) Marin in 24 not-so-easy stages" and "Vaulting: Gymnastics on horseback." Though OCLC and the trade turn up numerous copies of those two works, I have not been able to find any record of the current book.


Cast Up By the Sea

By Baker, Samuel W.

Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott 1875, 1875. Hardcover. Good. Book Condition: Good - wear to head and tail of spine, corners rubbed. 11 beautiful full-page plates by Huard. A wonderful book.


Post Haste: A Tale of Her Majesty's Mails

By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

James Nisbet & Co., London, 1880. Hardcover. Very Good. Second Edition, published a few months after the First Edition of the same year (1880). An interesting work on post services and communications in England. Condition: original green covers with elaborate gilt and black decorations and title; relatively minor wear to boards-mostly head and tail of spine; several small spots of foxing to page edges; pages mostly clean with very few spots of foxing; hinges a little weak; beautiful two-page engraving frontis.


Queen Mary, A Drama

By Tennyson, Alfred

James R. Osgood, Boston, 1875. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good. This first American Edition of Tennyson's influential work bears the bookplate and signature of Robert Clarence Pruyn, who was a famous American inventor, banker, businessman, and politician. Among other things, he established the Santanoni Preserve in the Adirondack Mountains, which is today a state park and National Historic Landmark. Book Condition: Good - original green boards with gilt decorations and title; head and tail of spine worn; some rubbing to corners, otherwise covers mostly clean with a few spots to back cover; pages clean.


Ann Vickers / SCARSE 1st UK Ed. 1933

By Lewis, Sinclair

Jonathan Cape, London, 1933, 1933. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good. Book Condition: Good + some wear to head and tail of spine, spine sunned, pages pristine. No DJ. Very rare 1st British edition.


Meridiana: The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa

By Verne, Jules

Scribner, Armstrong & Co, NY, 1874. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fair. First Edition, First State (two titles listed to title page verso). Beautiful full-page plates. Condition: Externally Fair - rubbing, fading and some soiling to covers; head and tail of spine with 1/2" missing; corners worn; some darkening and soiling to page edges. Internally Very Good - pages mostly very clean, plates bright and beautiful.