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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

It's a Small World: All About Midgets (In Dustjacket)
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It's a Small World: All About Midgets (In Dustjacket)

By Walter Bodin and Burnet Hershey

New York: Coward-McCann Inc, 1934. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good -. The 1934 1st edition. Tight and VG (offseting at the panels, fading along the spine) in a crisp, VG- dustjacket, with chipping at the spine crown (about 1") and light chipping to the tips and along the rear panel's top-edge. Still though, a presentable copy. Thick octavo, a healthy number of crisp black-and-white photos thruout.

$150.00

Chicago. A Strangers' and Tourists' Guide to the City of Chicago, Containing Reminiscences of Chicago in the Early Day; An Account of the Rise and Progress of the City; Description of Public Buildings, Churches, Schools, and Objects of Interest, Etc.
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Chicago. A Strangers' and Tourists' Guide to the City of Chicago, Containing Reminiscences of Chicago in the Early Day; An Account of the Rise and Progress of the City; Description of Public Buildings, Churches, Schools, and Objects of Interest, Etc.

By --

Chicago: Relig. Philo. Pub. Association, 1866. Cloth. Very Good +. The uncommon 1866 1st edition of this wonderful --and very early-- travel guide to Chicago. All 23 plates (as called for) are present and in very good condition: 17 of the plates are full-page engravings and 6 of them are fold-out engravings (all 23 of the plates are within the body of the text). The book itself has held up very nicely as well. Solid, tight and well-preserved in its original light-brown cloth. The gilt-titling along the front panel ("Chicago As It Is: A Strangers' and Tourists' Guide to the City of Chicago") remains bright and completely unrubbed. Just a touch of very light soiling to the panels and very light, occasional foxing to the text. Fabulous, detailed local ads constituting both the pastedowns and the front are rear endpapers. 16mo, "A Book of Interest to Visitors and A Work of Interesting Information --With Illustrations" (along the foot of the title page).

$2000.00


Benner's Prophecies of Future Ups and Downs in Prices: What Years to Make Money on Pig-Iron, Hogs, Corn, and Provisions
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Benner's Prophecies of Future Ups and Downs in Prices: What Years to Make Money on Pig-Iron, Hogs, Corn, and Provisions

By Samuel Benner (An Ohio Farmer)

Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co, 1884. Decorative Cloth. Very Good. The 1884 stated 3rd edition of this charming book of economic prophecies by Ohio farmer Samuel Benner. Solid and VG in its light-brown cloth, with elaborate gilt-design and titling along the front panel. Light fading and soiling to the panels and spine, small, neat former owner name at the front blank endpaper, former owner bookplate to the front pastedown. 16mo, 169 pgs., including a number of charts and tables.

$100.00

Gems from an Old Drummer's Grip
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Gems from an Old Drummer's Grip

By Compled by N.R. Streeter

Groton, NY: Self-published, 1889. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine. A near-pristine copy of the 1889 1st edition of this tribute-in-verse to the American travelling salesman. Crisp and clean in its dark-green cloth, with brilliant gilt-titling and design to the front panel. Internally, no writing or markings of any kind. 12mo, a nice piece of late 19th century Americana.

$50.00

The Tories of the Upper Ohio
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The Tories of the Upper Ohio

By Professor Wilbur H. Siebert

Charleston, West Virginia: Department of Archives and History of the State of West Virginia, 1914. Original wraps. Very Good +. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR WILBUR SIEBERT ("Compliments of the Author") on the front cover. A solid, well-preserved copy to boot of the uncommon 1914 1st edition. Clean and VG+ in its printed beige wrappers, with one tiny closed tear to the front panel's top-edge. Also includes a small, neat presentation at the first page of text and 2 small blindstamps (one on the front cover, the other on pg. 5) from the "N.E. Historic Genealogical Society". Octavo, "Ohio Valley Historical Association--Proceedings of the Eigth Annual Meeting"

$500.00

November Twenty Six Nineteen Hundred Sixty Three (The Signed/Limited Edition)
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November Twenty Six Nineteen Hundred Sixty Three (The Signed/Limited Edition)

By Wendell Berry/Ben Shahn

New York: George Braziller, 1964. Cloth. Very Good +. Ben Shahn. A handsome copy of the 1964 signed/limited, including the signatures of both Wendell Berry and Ben Shahn at the limitation and the tipped-in extra color illustration by Shahn at the rear. Tight and VG+ in its oatmeal cloth, with light foxing to the panels. Oblong octavo, also includes a sturdy, well-preserved example of the publisher's dark-linen slipcase.

$100.00

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

By Barack Obama

New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004. Oversized paperback. Very Good +. SIGNED IN A STRONG FLOURISH BY PRESIDENT OBAMA (THEN SENATOR OBAMA) on the title page, just below his printed name. A very solid copy to boot of this 2004 paperback reprint. Tight and VG+ in its pictorial wrappers, with just a touch of light staining at the rear pastedown and very mild waviness to the top-edges of the last 30 or so pages. Thick octavo, President Obama's first published book, originally issued in 1995.

$500.00

History of Worcester, Massachusetts, From Its Earliest Settlememt to September 1836: With Various Notices Relating to the History of Worcester County

By William Lincoln

Worcester, MA: Charles Hersey, 1862. Full leather. Very Good +. A handsome copy of the 1862 1st edition, sumptuously bound in a full dark-green leather, with bright gilt-rule at the panels and fine gilt-tooling and titling within 6 compartments along the spine. Mild fading to the spine, light offsetting along the front panel's top-edge. Thick quarto, lovely marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Fold-out map (perfectly intact) of Worcester tipped-in between pgs. 62 and 63, several engraved portraits of the city's elder statesemen interspersed thru the text. Top-edge gilt, deckled fore and bottom edges.

$250.00

Philadelphia
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Philadelphia

By Horace Mather Lippincott

Philadelphia: Macrae-Smith Company, 1926. Boards. Very Good/Very Good. Thornton Oakley. A solid copy of the 1926 1st edition. Tight and VG (light spotting near the front panel's top-edge, light spotting to the edges) in a crisp, VG dustjacket, with light foxing at the front panel, light scuffing to the spine and very light chipping along the front panel's top-edge. Still though, very presentable. Octavo, nicely illustrated thruout in woodcut by Thornton Oakley, who also wrote the Foreword.

$100.00

The History of Martha's Vineyard, Duke County Massachusetts (3 Vols.)
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The History of Martha's Vineyard, Duke County Massachusetts (3 Vols.)

By Charles Edward Banks

Edgartown, MA (Martha's Vineyard): The Dukes County Historical Society, 1966. Cloth. Near Fine. A clean, very sharp example of the 1966 reprint, complete in 3 volumes. All 3 volumes tight and Near Fine in their dark-green cloth (just a touch of light scuffing at Vol. III's front panel), with crisp, unflecked gilt-titling along the spines. Internally immaculate as well, with no writing or markings of any kind. Thick octavos, Island plus specific Village histories within the Island AND 565 pgs. in the final volume of family genealogies.

$150.00

A Tour from the City of New-York, to Detroit, in the Michigan Territory Made Between the 2d of May and the 22d of September, 1818

By William Darby

New York: Hirk & Mercein, 1819. 1/4 leather. Very Good. The 1819 1st edition of this impressive, detailed accounting of a 4 1/2 month tour from New York City up thru Detroit and the "Michigan Territoty". Includes the 3 original fold-out maps (as called for) and the publisher's original tipped-in errata slip. Solid and VG- in the publisher's 1/4 calf over marbled boards, with forgivable wear at the tips and spine ends, and light foxing and offsetting intermittently thru the text. The front board was re-attached at some point (It's now very sturdy) and the front inner hige shows vintage, crude tape as reinforcement. Octavo, "The tour contains notices of what fell under the author's observation concerning the natural history and geography of the region over which his travels extended, with brief remarks upon such remarkable events and characters as have contributed to give interest to different places"

$500.00

San Juan
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San Juan

By John Houghton Allen

Self-published, 1945. Original wraps. Very Good +. Harold Bugbee and the author. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR JOHN HOUGHTON ALLEN at the limitation. A solid copy to boot of the 1945 1st edition, consisting of 420 copies. Tight and VG+ in its stiff light-brown wrappers, with light offsetting at the panels and very light creasing to the panel edges. Octavo, 8 illustrations by Harold Bugbee and a frontispiece self-portrait by the author.

$100.00

Early American Trade Cards from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer
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Early American Trade Cards from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer

By With Critical Notes by Adele Jenny

New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1927. Cloth. Very Good. St. The 1927 1st edition, with its lovely fold-out frontispiece (a large chromolithographed ad for Mitchell & Croasdale of Philadelphia, purveyors of "sperm, whale, lard & tanners oil, candles, rice &"). Solid and VG in its light-brown cloth, with just a touch of scuffing --and light soiling-- along the front panel, small stamped name at the front pastedown and light offsetting to the title page and the verso of the half-title. Otherwise, very clean internally and all plates in pristine condition. Quarto, preliminary text by Adele Jenny, a "descriptive catalogue of the plates" follows and then the plates themselves.

$200.00

Lectures of Lola Montez (Countess of Landsfeld) --Including Her Autobiography
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Lectures of Lola Montez (Countess of Landsfeld) --Including Her Autobiography

By Lola Montez

New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1858. Cloth. Very Good +. A clean, well-preserved copy of the 1858 1st edition of this part autobiography, part printed record of the lectures given by the great mid 19th century dancer and actress Lola Montez. Solid and VG+ in its light-brown, bevelled cloth, with decorative, blindstamped rule --and blindstamped insignia-- along the panels. Internally very clean, with no writing or markings to speak of. 12mo, handsome engraved frontispiece portrait of Montez.

$150.00

The Portraits of John Jay (1745-1829): First Chief Justice of the United States, Governor of the State of New York
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The Portraits of John Jay (1745-1829): First Chief Justice of the United States, Governor of the State of New York

By John Jay Ide

The New York Historical Society, 1938. A tight, very sharp copy of the 1938 1st edition. Crisp and Near Fine in its wine-red cloth, with bright gilt-titling and insignia to the front panel and spine respectively. Light offsetting along the front inner hinge, otherwise clean as could be internally. Octavo, #173 of only 300 copies issued.

$50.00

Memorial Services in the Congress of the United States and Tributes in Eulogy of Robert Francis Kennedy: Late a Senator from the State of New York
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Memorial Services in the Congress of the United States and Tributes in Eulogy of Robert Francis Kennedy: Late a Senator from the State of New York

By --

Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1968. Hardcover. Near Fine. A nice Association copy: WARMLY INSCRIBED BY NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN HERBERT TENZER (1905-1993) TO CHARLES H. SILVER, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND PRESIDENT OF BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER. Tenzer's tribute to Charles Silver's patriotism is recorded in his tribute to RFK, which here appears on pgs. 262-263. The tribute book itself has help up nicely. Clean, tight and Near Fine in its somber, dark boards, with crisp gilt-titling along the front panel and spine Quarto, published by the Government Printing Office. "A compilation of services and tributes as given in the United States Senate and House of Representatives on the life, character and public service of the late Senator Robert Francis Kennedy"

$200.00

The Strange Attacks on Herbert Hoover: A Current Example of What We Do to Our Presidents
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The Strange Attacks on Herbert Hoover: A Current Example of What We Do to Our Presidents

By Arthru Train

New York: The John Day Company, 1932. The 1932 1st edition of this wonderful piece of political Americana. Solifd and VG+ (light offsetting at the inner hinges) in a crisp, price-intact ($1.00), VG dustjacket, with a bit of offsetting to the front panel and light chipping at the spine crown. Thin 12mo, 51 pgs. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

$50.00

Cabins in the Laurel
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Cabins in the Laurel

By Muriel Earley Sheppard

The University of North Carolina Press, 1935. Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good. Bayard Wootten. A solid, well-preserved copy of the May 1935 stated 2nd printing (just on the heels of the March 1935 1st printing). Tight and VG+ (neat former owner name and address at the title page) in a bright, price-intact ($3.00), VG dustjacket, with light chipping at the spine ends and very light creasing --and several very small closed tears-- along the panel edges. Thick octavo, "with 128 full-page photographic illustrations by Bayard Wootten". Impressive, scholarly "glimpse of life in the Toe River Valley of the Carolina Blue Ridge"

$100.00

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