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Canada and United States Tour Prospectus -- August 1927
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Canada and United States Tour Prospectus -- August 1927

by Oxford and Cambridge Travel Club

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Cambridge: Oxford and Cambridge Travel Club, 1927, 1927. A splendid look at pre-Depression transatlantic travel, this prospectus for two linked August 1927 tours sponsored by the Oxford and Cambridge Travel Club, with comments on the benefits of travel and of joining the club, open to present & past Oxford & Cambridge University men. Itinerary of the 'short trip' included New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Toronto, a week in Canada's Algonquin Park, Ottawa, & Montreal; the 'long trip' (cost, 102 guineas, nearly $9000 in modern terms) headed west from Niagara, going to Sarnia, then through lakes Huron & Superior to Port Arthur, Winnipeg, Jasper National Park (snow skiing, even in summer, possibility of bears), Prince Rupert, along the coast to Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, then back to Toronto, Ottawa, & Montreal. Includes some comments on the more notable places to be visited, frontispiece reproducing a full-color painting of the RMS Carmania by C. F. Hopkinson;… Read More
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Two Lives: A Poem
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Two Lives: A Poem

by Leonard, William Ellery

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New York/London: B. W. Huebsch / William Heinemann, Ltd., 1925. Leonard's best and best-known work, based in part on his early life and suicide of his young wife; a long narrative poem built of sonnets. INSCRIBED by Leonard to former University Heights neighbors: "For Margaret (Knowlton) and Helen and Gertrude...long years ago the 'Three little sisters from across the hill'...from always their affectionate friend [underscored signature] Madison Wis. Nov. 8, 1925". Laid in is a scarce 8-page prospectus in stapled wraps, offering blurbs & critical praise in several languages, with an order blank on the rear cover. Written in 1913 & originally issued as a very limited edition in 1922; this first published version has a few minor changes and adds four stanzas to part III. Hardcover, full blue cloth, paper spine label. General wear, minor staining, corners bumped, label lightly chipped; price-clipped jacket chipped with loss to spine ends and upper rear panel, corners; minor… Read More
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The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram,"...
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The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912 [two volume set]

by Amundsen, Roald; translated by A. G. Chater

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London & New York: John Murray/Lee Keedick, 1913. Amundsen's account of his epic journey, winning the race to the Pole; a cornerstone of any Polar book collection. First American edition. Hardcovers, two volume set, full blue cloth, gilt titling. Light general wear, corners & spine ends slightly bumped & lightly frayed; name inside each volume; minor rippling to the frontispieces & top edges of a few plates; sporadic minor foxing in the gutters; minor split to front hinge of volume 1; extra creasing to maps, one short tear. Text clean; xxxv, blank, 302; x, 438 pages; maps, figures, b/w photo plates - all present as called for.. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 7" by 9¼". Set.
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Looking for Trouble
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Looking for Trouble

by Cowles, Virginia

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New York / London: Harper & Brothers, 1941. First edition (first printing) of this classic by a pioneering journalist. Cowles, born in Vermont in 1910, began writing for the society columns & reporting fashion news for Hearst's Boston & New York papers before going to Spain in 1936 with the intent of become a war correspondent, despite her lack of experience; in Spain, she fell in with with the foreign press contingent including Martha Gellhorn & Ernest Hemingway and became noted for her coverage of both sides of that conflict. Later, she travelled all over Europe, including Britain, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Italy & Poland before witnessing the fall of France & the Battle of Britain. He she recounts her experiences & observations and in closing, urges that the US join Britain in the fight against Fascism "until we reach a victory so complete that freedom will ring through the ages to come with a strength no man dare challenge." After the war, she remained an author, writing several well-received… Read More
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The Amphibian
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The Amphibian

by Belayev, Alexander; translated by L. Kolesnikov [Beliaev, Belyaev]

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Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1960. Soviet science fiction classic, about a surgically-altered youth in Argentina with superhuman diving ability; filmed in the USSR in 1962. Belyaev (his name does not transliterate exactly into English) is considered by many to be the Jules Verne of Russian literature. Very stylish endsheets; small drawings probably by N. Grishin, noted as the "designer". Small hardcover in jacket, as pictured. Undated, but with no mention of the 1962 movie, filmed in 1961; originally published in Russian in 1928. Light wear to book, minor bumping to corners; jacket with several tears & large chips, scuffs. Text clean; [285], [3] pages. . First Edition in English. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Illus. by N. Grishin (?). 4¾" by 6¾".
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Formless in Form: Kenko, 'Tsurezuregusa,' and the Rhetoric of Japanese Fragmentary Prose
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Formless in Form: Kenko, 'Tsurezuregusa,' and the Rhetoric of Japanese Fragmentary Prose

by Chance, Linda H.

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Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997. Study of this medieval Japanese classic of brief 'essays' on various subjects; the author argues that Kenko's text is not an early example of 'zuihitsu' or informal essay, but rather "a deliberate, controlled effort by Kenko to force the reader to confront the impermanent and contingent nature of existence through experiencing the text." Hardcover in jacket, as pictured; first edition (first printing). Light wear to book; hint of fading to jacket spine; near fine, unmarked. Text clean; xxii, [2], 343 pages + 'colophon'; index, character list, lengthy bibliography, notes. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.
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Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold
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Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold

by Leopold, Aldo; edited by Luna B. Leopold

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New York: Oxford University Press, 1953. Essays and excerpts from Leopold's journals, put together by his son; includes canoe/deer hunting trips to Canada & Mexico, a plea for less anatomy & more practical field studies for students of biology, et cetera, including powerful material written before & while Leopold was developing his theory of the 'land ethic'. First edition, first printing. Hardcover in jacket, as pictured. Light wear to book, corners slightly bumped; jacket shows light rubbing, a few chips, two short tears 'mended' internally with now-browned tape; $3.00 price intact; gift note on free endsheet. Text clean; xiii, blank, 173 pages; elegant illustrations within the text by Charles W. Schwartz.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Illus. by Charles W. Schwartz. 5¾" by 8½".
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Northern Wisconsin: A Hand-book for the Homeseeker
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Northern Wisconsin: A Hand-book for the Homeseeker

by Henry, W. A.

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Madison: Democrat Printing Co., 1896. Scarce guide for potential immigrants to northern Wisconsin, then only 48 years a state; replete with photos of hardy if dour rural folk and their prodigious cabbages (p. 99), heaps of potatoes (p. 93), neck-high peas (p. 83), houses, barns, and other glories of limitless possibility - if you could clear the stumps. There is a section on land & soil types, success stories, also a little on charcoal, logging, boats, railroads, sheep, cattle, other industries. The author was Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin; the book was given upon request to the Secretary, State Board of Immigration, Rhinelander. This copy has an illustrated cover with a (perished) leather spine, as pictured; it was also issued in plain green cloth. Fair: the covers (front, with a few leaves attached, rear, by itself) detached, much wear & rubbing, inner hinge 'repaired' with thick blue tape, to no avail. Text clean; [8], 192 pages, many b/w photos (nearly every… Read More
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The Cultivation of American Grape Vines, and Making of Wine.
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The Cultivation of American Grape Vines, and Making of Wine.

by Spooner, Alden

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Brooklyn: A. Spooner & Co., 1846. Scarce first edition of this early tract on American grape growing & wine-making. Vermont-born, Spooner was a printer & editor in Long Island before establishing himself in Brooklyn around 1811, where he was active in building up the city; he was also involved in local politics and a Colonel in the county militia. After some failures in land speculation, he returned his attention to publishing. Here he relates his experiences in growing grapes, mostly of the Isabella and Catawba varieties, and of making wine, along with other information on grape varieties & cultivation. Spooner was well-enough known for his work with the Isabella variety, then popular in Long Island (and for a half-century or so, until superseded by the Concord), that he was asked for an article for The Cultivator, an Albany paper, which Spooner reprinted in his own paper in 1838. With demand for the information persisting, he published this small book on his experiences. Spooner died… Read More
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The Lanthorn Book: Being a Small Collection of Tales and Verses Read at The Sign o' the...
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The Lanthorn Book: Being a Small Collection of Tales and Verses Read at The Sign o' the Lanthorn 126 William Street New York

by Crane, Stephen; Irving Bacheller, Post Wheeler, et al.

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New York: Sign o' the Lanthorn, 1898. Collection of short stories & poems by members of a New York literary club, of whom the best-remembered are the young Stephen Crane and his some-time publisher, Irving Bacheller. The group met regularly to hear each other's writings, of which, according to Wertheim's Stephen Crane Encyclopedia (quoting Bacheller), "Only negative criticism was permitted, and "the highest tribute that a story could receive was complete silence."" This book is apparently the club's only publication, and about half of it is Crane's short story 'The Wise Men', of a foot race in Mexico, also published that year in his collection 'The Open Boat'; (BAL II, p. 337). Number 61 of the edition of 125, this SIGNED by Crane after his contribution, as are five of the other six pieces included, all except that of Hawkins, purporting to reproduce a poem by a six-year-old (with 'klecksograph' illustrations reminiscent of Rorschach… Read More
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Service Manual Forward Control 4-Wheel-Drive Jeep Trucks FC-150 FC-170
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Service Manual Forward Control 4-Wheel-Drive Jeep Trucks FC-150 FC-170

by Willys Motors

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Toledo: Willys-Overland Export Corporation, 1958. Service manual for these innovative but uncommon light trucks. Mostly scorned by the American public, they found more favor as industrial & government vehicles around the world. Paperback, as pictured. Light wear, some rubbing, minor creases, some internal foxing extending to page edges. Text clean; 210 pages, many tables, diagrams, b/w photos. . First Edition. Paperback. Good. 8½" by 11".
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Stone Dust: The Autobiography of a Stone Carving [INSCRIBED]
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Stone Dust: The Autobiography of a Stone Carving [INSCRIBED]

by Straus, Lenore Thomas

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Accokeek, MD: Sun-Stone: The Private Press of Lenore Thomas, 1969. Poem on the creative process & spirituality of a sculptor. Born in Chicago in 1909, Lenore Thomas, though she studied at the Chicago Art Institute, was a largely self-taught sculptor, creating large-scale public works for New Deal programs. Living in Maryland in the 1940s, she married Robert Ware Straus; both were involved in social justice issues and Lenore was investigated by HUAC in the 1950s. Later she moved to Maine, where she taught, continued to sculpt, and became active with a zen community until her death in 1988. This, her second book, was made entirely by the artist (except the binding), including two copper-plate engravings printed with hand-set type, fifteen engravings reproduced as half-tones overprinted with color woodblocks and a tipped-in half-tone plate of a sculpture she erected in the Lofoten Islands of Norway in 1967. This is number 541 of 600 printed (there was a smaller edition with a more elaborate binding,… Read More
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The Crock of Gold
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The Crock of Gold

by Stephens, James

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New York: Macmillan Company, 1922. Reissue of this fantastic/philosophic classic, rooted in Irish folklore and here greenly illustrated for the first time by Wilfred Jones, with marginal drawings on many pages & six three-color plates. Bleiler, Checklist of Science-Fiction & Supernatural Fiction, p. 186 (first edition). Jones (1888-1968) began his career illustrating magazines, mentored by Will Bradley; this was his second book commission after (of course) a Rubaiyat. Hardcover in jacket, as pictured. Light wear to book; jacket badly chipped & creased, $2.50 price intact. Text clean; [6], 298 pages; six color plates, marginal illustrations, illustrated endsheets. . First Illustrated Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fair. Illus. by Wilfred Jones. Octavo.
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Silk Culture and Manufacturing Shown Progressively
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Silk Culture and Manufacturing Shown Progressively

by Belding Bros.

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Grand Rapids, MI: Belding Bros. & Co. / Seymour & Muir, 1906. Oversized pamphlet showing the steps in manufacture of silk thread & cloth, from silkworm eggs, the tending of the worm, extracting & spinning the thread, packaging for export, spinning & weaving cloth. Issued as part of a classroom kit including a cabinet (presumably of natural history and product samples) and chart. Includes photos of the four brothers (and their fine mustachios), Belding's mills & women's dorms, eggs & worms on leaves, cocoons & pupae, Japanese men & women rearing & feeding worms, reeling the cocoons, bales of raw silk; machines for winding, spinning, & twisting, stretching, reeling & dying, spooling, warping & weaving; some with men & women tending them. The Belding Brothers started selling silk thread door-to-door in Michigan in 1860, established their first factory in Connecticut in 1866, then three more by 1910 in their Michigan base, Belding, at one time known as the "Silk City of the World"; as well as in Petaluma,… Read More
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A Very Young Gymnast [with] A Very Young Skater
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A Very Young Gymnast [with] A Very Young Skater

by Krementz, Jill

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. Third and fifth titles in Krementz's groundbreaking & affirming series documenting skilled, talented & dedicated girls in sports. Each is a stated first edition (first printing), noting no later printings. Hardcovers in jackets, as pictured. Light wear to books; minor edge fading & bumps; Skater has a gift note; minor chipping & short tears to jackets; minor creasing to pages. Gymnasy is dated 1979, ISBN 0394508335. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Illus. by Jill Krementz. Quarto.
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