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    $125.00

    New York City Guide by WPA

    New York: Random House, 1939. First Edition,. First Printing with the 1939 Worlds Fair section. Very near fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and on the front board. A small octavo of 8 by 5 3/8 inches with slight fading to the cloth over the spine and with occasional penciled check marks in the margins of the text. Without its issued dust jacket. The subtilte on the title page reads: "A Comprehensive Guide to the Five Boroughs of the Metropolis - Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond - Prepared by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration in New York City." 708 pages including an index, a list of books about New York, text and illustrated with 36 maps and ten sections of black and white photographs. At the rear of the book is a map pocket in which is a double sided fold-out map street of Manhattan and the subways and elevated lines of the city. The map is in excellent condition. (Dykes, 213)


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    $40.00

    Vermont A Guide to the Green Mountain State by WPA

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1937. Reprint. Near fine in light green cloth covered boards with black text on the spine and front board with slight fading to the cloth at the heel of the spine. In a good+ price clipped dust jacket with heavy rubbing and wear to the ends of the spine area and to the fore corners of the panels. One of the early volumes in the American Guide Series. 392 pages with index, text, black and white photographs throughout and a map of the state on the front end papers.


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    $291.00

    INDIANA A Guide to the Hoosier State by Wpa [ Federal Writers' Project]

    New York: Oxford University Press. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. DJ with light chipping. One corner nicely tape repaired. Endpapers browned ; Folding map in rear pocket ; B&W Photographs; 8vo; 548 pages .


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    $30.00

    Connecticut A Guide To Its Roads, Lore, And People by WPA

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, c. 1938. Reprint. Near fine in reddish-tan cloth covered boards with red text on the spine and on the front board with map end sheets. A small octavo measuring 8" by 5 1/4". In a good, unclipped dust jacket with numerous shallow chips from the ends of the spine area, many short closed tears to the edges of the panels with related creasing and heavy rubbing to the folds to the flaps. 593 pages including an index, chronology and eight sections of black and white photographs. The reprinted copies of this title were not published with the map or the map pocket at the rear of the book.


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    $60.00

    New Mexico A Guide to the Colorful State by WPA

    New York: Hastings House, 1940. First Edition. Very good+ in orange buckram covered boards with dark blue text stampings and map end papers. A small octavo measuring 8 by 5 1/4 inches with a map front end sheet. Missing its issued dust jacket. One of the American Guide Series. 458 pages including an index, chronology, photographs, maps and without the very scarce multi-colored state highway map in the rear pocket.


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    $50.00

    Massachusetts A Guide to its Places and People by WPA

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1937. First Edition. Very good in dark blue, simulated leather, cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and front board. The cloth at the head of the spine is worn and rubbed and the spine has developed a concave shape. Without its issued dust jacket. One of the early volumes in the American Guide Series. 675 pages with index, text, and eight sections of black and white photographs with maps through-out. The large fold-out map is within the pocket at the rear of the book.


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    $35.00

    Survey of Economic Theory on Technological Change and Employment by GOURVITCH, Alexander

    Philadelphia: Work Projects Administration, National Research Project, 1940. First Edition. Paperback. Large octavo (25.5cm.); original blue card wrappers; xiii,[1],252pp. Light wear and foxing to wrappers, else Very Good and sound. Report No. G-6.


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    $145.00

    Arkansas A Guide to the State by WPA

    New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1941. First Edition. Very good+ in black cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and on the front board with map end papers. The end sheets show mild foxing near the hinges due to a reaction with the glue used in binding. In a very good+, unclipped dust jacket with very shallow chipping at the ends of the spine area and with a faint number "17" written about 1/3rd the way down the spine area. One of the volumes in the American Guide Series which was originally scheduled to be released in January of 1938 but was delayed until September, 1941. (Schoyer- 41) The book was not issued with a fold-out map. Instead there are sectional maps at the end of the text of the book with transportation maps on the front and rear end papers. 447 pages including an index, maps as stated above, a list of consultants, bibliography, chronology, text and 8 sections of black and white photographs. A very scarce volume in jacket.


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    $50.00

    New Hampshire A Guide to the Granite State by WPA

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1938. Reprint. Fine in royal blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and front board and with front map end sheets. A small octavo measuring 8" by 5 1/4". In a very good, price clipped dust jacket with a long closed tear to the upper quarter of the rear panel and with creases to the upper edge of the spine area and the front panel. 559 pages with index, text, black and illustrated with eight sections of black and white photographs. No rear map pocket or map is called for in this reprint.


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    $40.00

    The Ocean Highway New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida by WPA

    New York: Modern Age Books, Inc. Sponsored by Charles L. Terry, Jr., 1938. First Edition. Very good+ in decorated light brown cloth covered boards with blue and brown text and decorations on the spine and front board with light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. A small octavo measuring 7 3/4 by 5 1/2 inches. Without its issued dust jacket. One of the more scarce titles in the American Guide Series. This title departs from the WPA's other title of similar content, U.S. One Maine to Florida, by picking up where Routes 17 and 13 leave Route One in northern New Jersey and hug the eastern coast all the way to Jacksonville, Florida. 344 pages with an index, a list of annual events along the Ocean Highway, text, and with eleven sections of black and white photographs with the colored, three-paneled, fold-out map tipped-in at the rear end paper. through-out. Part of the American Guide Series and considered quite scarce especially in dust jacket.


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    $266.75

    TENNESSEE A Guide to the Volunteer State by Wpa

    New York: The Viking Press. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. DJ price clipped and with a few small open tears. Tanning to endpapers; NF map in rear pocket ; B&W Photographs; 8vo; 558 pages .


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    $40.00

    Illinois A Descriptive and Historical Guide by WPA

    Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1939. First Edition. Good in dark red buckram cloth covered boards with faded gilt text and decorations on the spine and front board. The front hinge is failing and there is a gift inscription on the first free end page and the cloth over the spine is very faded. Missing its issued dust jacket. One of the volumes in the American Guide Series. 687 pages with index, chronology, bibliography, tours, 8 sections of photographs and the colored map in the rear end pocket.


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    $100.00

    Colorado A Guide To The Highest State by WPA

    New York: Hastings House, 1941. First Edition. Near fine in orange buckram with brown text on the spine and front board. A small octavo of 8 by 5 1/4 inches with the top edge of the text block dust stained and with old tape stains to the end sheets. In a very good dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap with the spine area faded so that it is difficult to read the text. There are old tape stains on the flaps. One of the American Guide Series with no rear map called for. 511 pages including an index, appedices, and with eight sections of black and white photographs, maps and with map end papers.


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    $30.00

    Planning Our Resources by [GREAT DEPRESSION] [NATIONAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE]

    Washington DC: GPO, 1938. First Edition. Pamphlet. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; printed card wrappers; 35pp. Brief pencil annotation to front cover, else Fine. On the mission and accomplishments of the Depression-era National Resources Committee, the successor entity to the National Planning Board of the Public Works Administration.


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    $1,500.00

    Photographic Album Documenting the Activities of Civilian Conservation Corps Co. 297, Kanona, NY and Heppner, OR by Anon [Joseph Accurio?]

    C.C.C. Company 297 moved from Kanona, New York to Heppner, Oregon in late 1936. The images in this album document the cross-country move in detail, including way-stops in Denver and Boone, Colorado. Includes many captioned of the lads at work, laying dams and bridges, cutting wood, preparing meals, etc. A tipped-in meal coupon is issued to one "Joseph Accurie" (likely Accurio), whom we speculate was the compiler of the album. An unusually well-conceived and captioned CCC scrapbook, documenting a significant piece of a single company's history; substantially complete and in excellent condition. Ca. 1937. 179 images (5 missing), ranging in dimension from 2-1/2" x 2" to 3-1/2" x 5-1/2". Artfully arranged and almost fully captioned in white ink, with names of subjects and locations; a few items dated 1937 & 1938.


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    $200.00

    Washington Jitters by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] TRUMBO, Dalton

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1936. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing. Octavo; gold cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in blue on spine and front panel; blue topstain; dustjacket; 287pp, [2]. Topstain a bit unevenly applied, with some minor offset to pastedowns; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, lightly edge-rubbed, with one short tear, a touch of soil along the flap folds, and contemporary date (in ink) written at the top of the front flap; and attractive, Very Good+ example. The author's second book, a satire on New Deal bureaucracy and politics. HANNA 3563.


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    $150.00

    The Berkshire Hills by WPA

    New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1939. First Edition. Very good+ in light green buckram cloth covered boards with dark green text stamping on the spine and on the front board with hints of tanning at the edges of the boards. In a very good+, unclipped dust jacket with wear and rubbing to the ends of the spine area and to the fore corners of the panels over the tips of the boards. One of the volumes in the American Guide Series. 368 pages with index, text and illustrated with black and white photographs through-out and the fold-out map tipped-in at the rear end paper.


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    $50.00

    Music Unheard: An Anthology of Hitherto Unpublished Verse [Vol. I only] by MANSFIELD, Margery, ed

    New York: Henry Harrison, [1939]. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's cloth in tan pictorial dust jacket printed in brown; 308,[12]pp. Jacket rather brittle with some chipping to extremities, closed tear at top edge of rear panel only just missing text, shallow loss at bottom edge of upper panel affecting "Vol. One," else a Very Good copy in the scarce dust jacket. We've noted two states of this Volume, this (no priority) with "Volume One" printed on title page. Includes poems by Stanton A. Coblentz, Louis Ginsberg (Allen's father), 23-year-old Stanley Kauffmann, and "W.P.A.," a poem by Alberta M. Paris.


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    $75.00

    Maine A Guide "Down East" by WPA

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1937. First Edition. Very near fine in leather simulated green paper covered boards with gilt text on the spine and on the front board. A small quarto of 8 by 5 1/2 inches with map end sheets with hints of rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. In a very good price clipped dust jacket with 1/8" deep chips from the upper corners of the spine area, and small chips from the fore corners of the panels over the tips of the boards. One of the volumes in the American Guide Series. 476 pages with index, text, black and white photographs through-out and the fold-out map in the rear pocket.


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    $35.00

    Music Unheard: An Anthology of Hitherto Unpublished Verse [Vol. I only] by MANSFIELD, Margery, ed

    New York: Henry Harrison, [1939]. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's cloth in tan pictorial dust jacket printed in brown; 308,[12]pp. Jacket rather brittle with some chipping to extremities, rather substantial loss at bottom fore-edge corner of rear panel affecting publisher's advertisements with loss of meaning to approx. 9 lines of text, corners a bit bumped, else Very Good in Good or better jacket. We've noted two states of this Volume, this (no priority) with "Volume One" printed on title page verso. Includes poems by Stanton A. Coblentz, Louis Ginsberg (Allen's father), 23-year-old Stanley Kauffmann, and "W.P.A.," a poem by Alberta M. Paris.


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    $121.25

    MARYLAND A Guide to the Old Line State by Wpa [Federal Writers' Project]

    New York: Oxford University Press. Very Good-. 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Boards with light dampstaining, especially to spine. One corner lightly bumped; Photogravures. NF map in rear pocket; American Guide Series; 8vo; 561 pages .


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    $450.00

    Typed Letter, Signed. 2pp, to Ben Shahn, dated 31 July 1967 by LOCKE, Edwin

    Camp LaGuardia, NY, 1967. Paperback. A warm and personal letter from Shahn's old friend and fellow FSA photographer, including and commenting on two poems Locke has written: "...a bit of formal verse has crowded into my mind, four-square...I'd not send you these trivia, except as evidence that my heart is beating in some fashion...I'm inflicting the verses upon you, not just because you encouraged me, but because they are a sort of safety-valve. What an ancient square I am! I slip into a villanelle as though it were my own coat. Do you ever doodle with your brush?" Though his talents lay more in the realm of writing and editing than photography, Edwin Locke worked for three years as Roy Stryker's main assistant at the FSA, where in addition to editorial tasks he participated in a number of documentary photo shoots, including an important collaboration with Walker Evans to document victims of the 1937 Arkansas Flood. His association with Shahn would have dated from this period, as Shahn and Stryker were extremely close colleagues in Washington, first in the Special Skills section of the Resettlement Administration and, later, in the art section of the FSA. Original 2pp typed letter on two sides of a sheet of hotel letterhead, dated 31 July 1967. Addressed: Dear Ben [Shahn], signed in ink "Ed Locke." Three old folds, else fine.


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    $121.25

    TEXAS A Guide to the Lone Star State by Wpa [Federal Writers' Project]

    New York: Hastings House. Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket. 1949. Hardcover; Fifth Printing. DJ darkened, chipped and with some loss to spine ends. Boards with light bumping; Photogravures; 8vo; xxviii, 718 pages .


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    $250.00

    Hilltop Russians in San Francisco. Pictures by Pauline Vinson [Limited Edition] by SAROYAN, William; Pauline Vinson, illus

    [San Francisco]: James Delkin, [1941]. First Edition. Hardcover. Reproduces thirty of Pauline Vinson's watercolor portraits of members of the Potrero Hill religious colony of San Francisco, with introductory text and image captions by Saroyan. Vinson's portraits were originally produced for the Works Projects Administration. Limited to 500 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. Quarto (29cm.); original linen-backed decorative boards, green printed dust jacket; [14]pp. & 30 leaves of color plates with printed tissue-guards. Spine faded to tan, else Fine in Very Good or better jacket.


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    $121.25

    NEW JERSEY A Guide to its Present and Past by Wpa [Federal Writers' Project]

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Very Good+. 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Endpapers browned; Folding map in rear pocket; The American Guide Series; B&W Photographs; 8vo; 735 pages .


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