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1940-1941 Directory of New Orleans Society ("The Blue Book of New Orleans--A Reference Directory of the Elite Society of New Orleans")
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1940-1941 Directory of New Orleans Society ("The Blue Book of New Orleans--A Reference Directory of the Elite Society of New Orleans")

Social Directory of New Orleans, 1941. Boards. Very Good +. A solid, very presentable copy of the 1940 Directory of "the Elite Society of New Orleans". Tight and VG+ in its light-blue suede binding, with gilt-titling to the front panel and spine. Pronounced fading along the spine, light fading at the rear panel's edges. Internally clean as could be, with no writing or markings of any kind. 12mo, includes extensive lists of the "1941 Carnival Season", lists of "Debutantes and Parents" from 1934 thru 1940 and, finally, the 1940 "Social Directory of New Orleans Society"

$250.00

The "Blue Book": A Bibliographical Attempt to Describe the Guide Books to the Houses of Ill Fame in New Orleans as They Were Published There. Togeher with Some Pertinent and Illuminating Remarks Pertaining to the Establishments and Courtesans as Well as to Harlotry in General in New Orleans
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The "Blue Book": A Bibliographical Attempt to Describe the Guide Books to the Houses of Ill Fame in New Orleans as They Were Published There. Togeher with Some Pertinent and Illuminating Remarks Pertaining to the Establishments and Courtesans as Well as to Harlotry in General in New Orleans

By Semper Idem

Privately Printed, 1936. Cloth. Very Good +. Wonderful 1936 examination of the local guide books to the houses of prostitution in New Orleans. Clean and VG+ in its navy-blue cloth, with light spotting along the spine and very light offsetting at the inner hinges. Octavo, also includes well over a dozen photographic reproductions of the guide books themselves.

$250.00

Bones: His Gags and Stump Speeches; Nigger and Dutch Stories and Dialogues, "Broken China" Dialect Pieces
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Bones: His Gags and Stump Speeches; Nigger and Dutch Stories and Dialogues, "Broken China" Dialect Pieces

New York: Wehman Bros, 1879. Original wraps. Very Good -. 1879 booklet of gags, stump speeches and dialects by the raconteur "Bones". Clean and VG- in its light-brown, pictorial wrappers, with light chipping and several very small closed tears along the panel edges. 12mo, publisher's quaint ads preceding and following the text.

$50.00

The Brandywine (Rivers of America)
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The Brandywine (Rivers of America)

By Henry Seidel Canby

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1941. Cloth. Fine/Near Fine. Andrew Wyeth. A very sharp copy of the 1941 1st edition of this, the 13th title in the renowned "Rivers of America" series. Tight and Fine in a crisp, price-intact, Near Fine dustjacket, with just a touch of very light rubbing along the rear panel. Thick octavo, wonderfully illustrated by Andrew Wyeth.

$100.00

The Delaware (Rivers of America)
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The Delaware (Rivers of America)

By Harry Emerson Wildes

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. Cloth. Very Good +/Near Fine. Irwin D. Hoffman. A crisp, very sharp copy of the 1940 1st edition of this, the 10th title in the much-loved "Rivers of America" series. Tight and VG+ to Near Fine (a bit of light spotting at the panels) in a bright, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by Irwin D. Hoffman.

$100.00

Powder River: Let 'er Buck
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Powder River: Let 'er Buck

By Struthers Burt

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1938. Cloth. Very Good +/Near Fine. Ross Santee. A solid, very presentable copy of the 1938 1st edition of this, the 4th title in the "Rivers of America" series. Tight and VG+ (light spotting to the panels) in an unusually crisp, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket, with one tiny closed tear at the front panel's top-edge and very mild darkening along the spine. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by Ross Santee.

$100.00

The Illinois (Rivers of America)
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The Illinois (Rivers of America)

By James Gray

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Aaron Bohrod. An unusually crisp, clean copy of this, the 11th title in the "Rivers of America" series. Tight and Near Fine (a touch of light spotting to the rear panel) in a bright, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by Aaron Bohrod.

$100.00

Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga
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Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga

By Walter Havighurst

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1937. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. David and Lolita Granahan. An exceptionally crisp, well-preserved copy of the 1937 1st edition of this, the 2nd title in the "Rivers of America" series. Tight and VG+ to Near Fine (with very light dusting to the panels) in a bright, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket. Just a touch of very light creasing at the spine crown, otherwise clean as could be. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by David and Lolita Granahan. A true collector's copy, the sharpest this bookseller has seen.

$200.00

The Kentucky (Rivers of America)
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The Kentucky (Rivers of America)

By Thomas D. Clark

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1942. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. John A. Spelman, III. A crisp, unusually sharp copy of the 1942 1st edition of this, the 15th title in the renowned "Rivers of America" series. Tight and Near Fine in a vibrant, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket, with just a touch of abrading at the front panel's lower tip. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated in woodcut by John A. Spelman, III. Very impressive, a true collector's copy.

$100.00

The Arkansas (Rivers of America)
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The Arkansas (Rivers of America)

By Clyde Brion Davis

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Donald McKay. A clean, very presentable copy of the 1940 1st edition of this, the 9th title in the wonderful "Rivers of America" series. Tight and Near Fine in a crisp, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket, with just a touch of very mild darkening along the spine. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by Donald McKay. Solid and very impressive.

$100.00

The James
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The James

By Blair Niles

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1939. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Edward Shenton. An exceptionally crisp, clean copy of the 1939 1st edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR BLAIR NILES on the half-title. Tight and Near Fine in a bright, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket, with one tiny closed tear at the front panel's lower-edge. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by Edward Shenton. The sharpest copy this bookseller has seen.

$200.00

The Wabash
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The Wabash

By William E. Wilson

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good +. John de Martelly. A very solid copy of the 1940 1st edition of this, the 8th volume in the legendary "Rivers of America" series. Tight and VG+ (very light spotting at the spine and the rear panel, tiny bumping to the front panel's upper tip) in a crisp, price-intact, VG+ dustjacket, with very light soiling to the rear panel and light foxing along the jacket flaps and rear flap-fold. Still though, a very presentable copy. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by John de Martelly.

$100.00

The Kaw: The Heart of a Nation
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The Kaw: The Heart of a Nation

By Floyd Benjamin Streeter

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1941. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Isabel Bate and Harold Black. An exceptionally clean, sharp copy of the 1941 1st edition. Tight and Near Fine in a crisp, price-intact, easily Near Fine dustjacket. Thick octavo, nicely illustrated by Isabel Bate and Harold Black.

$50.00

Horse-Drawn Funeral Vehicles: 19th Century Funerals
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Horse-Drawn Funeral Vehicles: 19th Century Funerals

By Edited by Michael P. D'Amato

Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania: Carriage Museum of America, 2004. Pictorial boards. Very Good +. The 2004 1st edition of this fascinating examination and catalogue of 19th century American horse-drawn funeral vehicles. A clean, very impressive copy. Would be all-but-pristine except that the first 2 pages (the front free endpaper and the title page) are barely still attached to the binding, with only the upper 1%-2% of each page in place and keeping them from becoming completely loose. Beyond this though (the precarious state of these 2 pages)), the text and boards are immaculate and the remaining 99% of the book is firmly bound-in and perfectly secure and in place. Quarto, hundreds of wonderful engraved illustrations and photographs thruout.

$125.00

North Salem--A Photographic Essay
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North Salem--A Photographic Essay

North Salem, NY: North Salem Free Library, 1979. Original wraps. Near Fine. A handsome copy of the 1979 1st edition of this photographic tribute to the historic town of North Salem, NY. Clean and Near Fine to Fine in its pictorial wrappers. Oblong quarto, crisp black-and-white photos thruout.

$50.00

Veteran Firemen's Association of the City of New York: Souvenir of the Transcontinental Excursion from New York to San Francisco, September, 1887
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Veteran Firemen's Association of the City of New York: Souvenir of the Transcontinental Excursion from New York to San Francisco, September, 1887

New York: Thomas Harrington, 1887. Cloth. Very Good. The 1887 1st edition of this souvenir book and accounting of the September 1887 transcontinental trip by the New York City Veteran Firemen's Association to San Francisco. Solid and VG in its gold, light-green cloth, with impressive, still-bright gilt-design along the front panel. Very mild wear to the edges, light spotting and soiling to the rear panel. Minimal, intermittent foxing --and half a dozen or so pages showing smudging-- to the text. Octavo, extensive, high-quality engraving thruout. "Also Condensed History of Important Events in the New York Volunteer Fire Department, Illustrations of Old Time Fire Scenes, Etc." (from the title page).

$100.00

The Journal of a Tour into the Territory Northwest of the Alleghany Mountains; Made in the Spring of the Year 1803. With a Geographical and Historical Account of the State of Ohio
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The Journal of a Tour into the Territory Northwest of the Alleghany Mountains; Made in the Spring of the Year 1803. With a Geographical and Historical Account of the State of Ohio

By Thaddeus Mason Harris

Boston: Manning & Loring, 1805. 3/4 leather. Very Good +. The 1805 1st edition, lacking the 5 original "maps and views" called for (the 3 folding engraved maps of the Alleghany, Ohio and Marietta, and the engraved plan and the folding engraved panorama). Still though, a very presentable copy in its elegant, late 19th century 3/4 morocco over marbled boards and scarce even as such. Tight and VG+, with 5 raised bands and bright gilt-titling along the spine. Light wear to the tips, just a touch of light scuffing at the foot of the spine. Internally very clean, with no writing or markings to speak of. Octavo, top-edge gilt, deckled fore and bottom-edges. (Sabin and Howes).

$500.00

Cincinnati in 1826
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Cincinnati in 1826

By B. Drake and E.D. Mansfield

Cincinnati: Morgan, Lodge, and Fisher, 1827. Original wraps. Very Good -. The February 1827 1st edition, in its original slate-gray wrappers. Includes both of the engraved tipped-in plates ( The Branch Bank {U.S. Cincinnati} and The Medical College of Ohio) AND the mounted title-label to the front panel ("Cincinnati at the Close of 1826. Population, Buildings, Commerce, Steam Boats, Manufactures, State of Society, &c. &c."). Solid and VG-, with light spotting to the panels and light chipping along the spine ends (with minor loss at the crown). A light level of forgiveable foxing --with most concentrated at the rear pastedown and endsheet-- otherwise the pages and crisp and well-preserved. 12mo, written by 2 of Cincinnati's "Attorneys and Counsellors at Law", B. Drake and E.D. Mansfield.

$600.00

The 1825 Yale College Yearbook (The Class of Samuel Augustus Maverick -- Original Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence)
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The 1825 Yale College Yearbook (The Class of Samuel Augustus Maverick -- Original Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence)

By The Yearbook of Oliver Ellsworth Huntington

New Haven, CT: Yale College, 1825. 1/4 leather. Very Good +. The 1825 Yale College Yearbook (then called "Class-book"). This copy belonged to a student named Oliver Ellsworth Huntington, who had this copy bound in a decorative red leather over marbled boards, with his name in gilt block letters printed across the front panel. This is by far the earliest yearbook this bookseller has seen, some 14 years before the advent of photography. Apparently, each Yale student was given a blank book at the beginning of the school year and was expected to have his classmates fill the book in during the course of the year with handwritten tributes to the particular graduating senior. Apart from the yearbook's obvious scarcity in its own right, what's also so notable is some of the classmates of Huntington who wrote tributes (many of them quoted poems but many also long, heartfelt digressions). Among Huntington's classmates were Samuel Augustus Maverick, the legendary Texas lawyer and land baron who was an original signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. (With his fiercely independent streak, Maverick was also responsible for inspiring the creation of the word "Maverick"). In addition to Maverick, other classmates included 1) Rev. George William Perkins (Abolitionist active in the Underground Railroad); 2) Elias Warner Leavenworth (Mayor of Syracuse and Congressman from NY {1875-1877}); 3) William Moseley Holland (Co-Valedictorian); 4) Willis Hall (Co-Valedictorian and NY State Attorney General {1839-1842}); 5) Rev. Richard Falley Cleveland (Father of President Grover Cleveland); 6) Rev. William Twining (established a young ladies' seminary in Madison, Indiana {which became Wabash College} and was a noted Abolitionist); 7) Worthington Hooker (Professor of Medicine at Yale, VP of the American Medical Association {1864}; 8) William Bennett Fleming (Georgia Congressman {1879}); 9) John Simkus Butler (Author of pioneering works on the study and "curability" of insanity); 10) Seabury Ford (Governor of Ohio {1849-1850}); 11) William Gelston Bates (Massachusetts House of Representatives {1868}); 12) Simeon North (President of Hamilton College {1839-1857}). Given its age, the book has held up very nicely and remains solid, firm and VG to VG+, with light, forgivable rubbing along the panels and a bit of wear at the spine and its crown. Huntington's son has written in ink on the front free endpaper: "The Yale College Class-book of my Father Oliver Ellsworth Huntington". The book measures 7 1/2" tall x 5" wide and includes the lengthy inscriptions of 80 some classmates (between the Class of 1825 AND the Class of 1824). A wonderful piece of Americana -- and of course of Yale history.

$5000.00

Playboy #1 (The Facsimile)
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Playboy #1 (The Facsimile)

By Hugh Hefner, Ed

Original wraps. Near Fine. An exact facsimile re-issue of the Dec. 1953 1st issue of Playboy, with the legendary Marilyn Monroe cover (and centerfold --which here first appeared in color). Clean and Near Fine in its stapled wrappers. Surprisingly slim, a mere 43 pages. For its fiction, the magazine chose to debut with an Arthur Conan Doyle re-issue of a Sherlock Holmes profile.

$100.00

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