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The Brass Check: A Study of American Journalism

By SINCLAIR, Upton

Pasadena: By the Author, 1919. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Tan blind-ruled cloth with gilt lettering. 445pp, (3pp ads). Very good. Binding faintly edgeworn and a tad rubbed; endpapers a bit age toned. A tight and nice second edition of this self-published title first published in softbound form.

$50.00

The Scots and Scotch-Irish in America

By JOHNSON, James E.

Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1966. Hardcover. Small 4to. Pictorial cloth. 86pp. Extensive illustrations. Very good. Quite faint binding edgewear, else internally tight and fine. A superb first edition of this volume in Lerner's "In America" series for young adults -- and this copy from the library of Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III (born 1930), whose father, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), is pictured on the front cover and is among those with thumbnail biographies in the "Statesmen of the 20th Century" section.

$35.00

Rural Affairs: A Practical and Copiously Illustrated Register of Rural Economy and Rural Taste, Including Country Dwellings, Improving and Planting Grounds, Fruits and Flowers, Domestic Animals, and All Farm and Garden Processes
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Rural Affairs: A Practical and Copiously Illustrated Register of Rural Economy and Rural Taste, Including Country Dwellings, Improving and Planting Grounds, Fruits and Flowers, Domestic Animals, and All Farm and Garden Processes

By THOMAS, J.J.

Albany: Luther Tucker & Son, 1858. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown blind-embossed cloth with gilt spine lettering and front board graphic. xvi, 336pp, (2pp ads). Engraved title page, numerous small steel-engravings, line drawings, floor plans. Very good. Mild edgewear, with spine lightly sunned. Tight, quite nice first edition of this heavily-illustrated how-to manual -- what the running heads title "Illustrated Annual Register of Rural Affairs" and which the engraved title page enlarges to include "for 1855-6-7." According to Sabin this series began in 1855 and was then titled "Illustrated Annual Register of Rural Affairs and Cultivator Almanac for 1855." This 1858 edition covers the first three years of this annual ("issue[d] in this more convenient and permanent style") and is thus titled "Vol. I" on the printed title page, which also notes "Four Hundred and Forty Engravings." From the library of Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III and before him his father, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), whose Libertyville farm gained fame during his failed 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns and whose affinity for all things rural is well known. Attractively pencilled nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf to "S.S. Shattuck Esq / with respects of / J. Raynolds / Nov 27/57." A superb copy with great associations. SABIN 34331.

$375.00

The Hawaiian Kingdom: 1778 -- 1854 -- Foundation and Transformation

By KUYKENDALL, Ralph S.

Honolulu: The University of Hawaii Press, 1957. Hardcover. Small 4to. Light green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. vii, 453pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. A tight, quite nice reprint edition of the first volume (only) of the well-known 1938 trilogy.

$30.00

The Encyclopedia Handbook: A Guide to the Systematic Study of Freemasonry with the Latest Two-Volume Edition of Mackey's Encyclopedia as the Textbook

By CLEGG, Robert I.

Chicago: The Masonic History Company, 1917. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff light green wrappers. 14pp, (3pp ads). Very good. A tight and nice first edition of this handy guide book to understanding the latest edition of Mackey's classic masonic encyclopedia. Unusual.

$20.00

Regular, Irregular and Clandestine Grand Lodges: A Study in Foreign Recognitions
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Regular, Irregular and Clandestine Grand Lodges: A Study in Foreign Recognitions

By DENSLOW, Ray V.

Washington, DC: The Masonic Service Association, 1956. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff blue wrappers. vii, 99pp. Tables. Very good. Mild wear to outer wrappers (only), else tight and internally near fine. Attractive first edition of this unusual study. Top of front wrapper bears the bold ownership signature of "John Black Vrooman / Rolla, MO." "Sir Knight" Vrooman (1899-1985) was past commander of the Rolla Masons and a well-known author of Masonic histories and commentaries.

$50.00

An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences Comprising the Whole Range of Arts, Sciences and Literature as Connected with the Institution
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An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences Comprising the Whole Range of Arts, Sciences and Literature as Connected with the Institution

By MACKEY, Albert G.

Chicago: The Masonic History Company, 1924. Hardcover. Complete 2-volume set. Edited by William J. Hughan and Edward L. Hawkins. Small 4to. Full brown leatherette with elaborate tinted blind-embossing and gilt lettering and medallion. v, (3pp), 455pp; pp. 457-913pp. All edges gilt. Color frontispiece, full-page plates, numerous small engraving and line drawings, patterned gold endpapers. Very good. Mild binding edgewear; tight and internally fine. Handsome set of this "New and Revised Edition" of Mackey's influential 1873 classic.

$150.00

Freemasonry

By HUGHAN, Willliam J., JONES, G.P., and HARRIS, Ray Baker

Washington, DC: Library of the Supreme Council 33o, 1958. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff blue wrappers. 21pp. Near fine. Faint age toning about outer edges. First separate printing, tight and attractive, of this "Encyclopaedia Britannica" entry by the trio of Masonic scholars who authored it. Unusual.

$15.00

The Masonic Fraternity: An explanation of the character of the Institution, its customs, ideals and traditions

By DENSLOW, Ray V.

N.p.: Masonic Lodge Association of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri, 1932. Hardcover. 12mo. Light blue cloth with dark blue lettering. 36pp. Near fine. A tight and handsome first edition of this slim Freemasonry primer meant for new members.

$25.00

The Ben Hur Ritual: Containing the Opening and Closing Forms, The Court Degree Initiation, The Installation Ceremony, The Memorial Service, The Funeral Rite
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The Ben Hur Ritual: Containing the Opening and Closing Forms, The Court Degree Initiation, The Installation Ceremony, The Memorial Service, The Funeral Rite

By (BEN HUR)

Crawfordsville, IN: The Ben Hur Life Association, n.y.. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black pebble-grained cloth with gilt lettering and medallion. 44pp. 8 line drawings. Near fine. A superbly tight and bright copy of this Masonic title. The Supreme Tribe of Ben-Hur was a fraternal organization founded in 1893 in Indiana and based on the character in Union general Lew Wallace's blockbuster 1880 novel "Ben Hur"; this mutual benefit society provided life insurance for its members, which consisted of both men and women. Interestingly, this particular copy belonged to George David Manson (1926-2006), long-time employee of the Chicago printer R.R. Donnelley and Sons. He is descended from Major General Mahlon Dickerson Manson (1820-95), whose military and post-war career intertwined in many ways with his friend Wallace -- Manson defeated Wallace to win his one term as Democratic member of Congress (1871-73). This was George Manson's corrected copy for a new edition (presumably printed by Donnelley), bearing on front pastedown his boldly pencilled "Copy for Job #60246 / G.D. Manson / 11/8/45 / Correct pages 2 & 44 / as shown" and bears other pencilled measurements by Manson here and there throughout.

$55.00

What I Saw in America

By CHESTERTON, G.K.

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1922. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 297pp. Very good. Spine gilt lightly rubbed. Handsome and tight third printing of this part travelogue, part social commentary essay collection by the famed British writer. Quite sharp copy.

$30.00

A Constitutional History of the United States
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A Constitutional History of the United States

By McLAUGHLIN, Andrew C.

New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1935. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering. xi, 833pp. Very good. Would rate near fine except for faint and rubbed abrasion near foot of lacquered spine on otherwise superb binding; internally tight and fine, with no ex-librarisa markings whatsoever. Tight and handsome "Student's edition."

$50.00

Paddle Wheels and Pistols
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Paddle Wheels and Pistols

By ANTHONY, Irvin

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1929. Hardcover. Illustrations by Manning DeV. Lee and Lyle Justis. Small 4to. Green cloth with blue lettering and blue and white pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. 329pp. Color frontispiece, 3 full-page color plates, full-page line drawings. Very good/very good. Faintest of binding edgewear, with endpapers lightly age toned; jacket rather edgeworn, with spine slightly sunned, but complete and still attractive. A tight, attractive reprint edition of this broad survey of the tumultuous heyday of Mississippi River navigation.

$40.00

Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today
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Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today

By FEULNER, Edwin J., and WILSON, Doug

New York: Crown Forum, 2006. Hardcover. Forewords by Newt Gingrich and Edwin Meese III. Small 4to. Red and blue paper over boards with silver spine lettering, dust jacket. xvii, 231pp. Fine/fine. A pristine, tight second printing of this political commentary by the noted think tank president, boldly inscribed and signed by him in black fineline on half-title page: "For Bob, / Long time friend and advisor / who knows how to Get / America Right! Thank you! / Ed Feulner / Monte Rio / July 2006." Laid in is a glossy, heavy stock promotional bookmark for this title. Robert Malott (1926-2018) was a noted Chicago businessman, CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.

$50.00

Museum People: Collectors and Keepers at the Smithsonian
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Museum People: Collectors and Keepers at the Smithsonian

By THOMSON, Peggy

Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc, 1977. Hardcover. Illustrations by Joseph Low. Small 4to. Beige linen with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xviii, 305pp. Frontispiece, map, numerous line drawings. Fine/very good. Faintest jacket edgewear at spine head/tail (only), else fine. Superbly tight and handsome first edition of these informal behind-the-scenes essays about the Smithsonian's many people and their varying specialties. Nicely inscribed and signed in red ink on half-title page "for Eb Malott / a museum person herself / not to mention a surprising / authority on the sea cow / Peggy Thomson / 1979." (Elizabeth "Ibby" Malott, d. 2003. was wife of Robert Malott, 1926-2018, noted Chicago businessman, CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.).

$50.00

Facing Up: How to Rescue the Economy from Crushing Debt and Restore the American Dream
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Facing Up: How to Rescue the Economy from Crushing Debt and Restore the American Dream

By PETERSON, Peter G.

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. Hardcover. Foreword by Warren B. Rudman and Paul E. Tsongas. Small 4to. Blue cloth spine with gilt spine lettering and white paper over boards, dust jacket. 411pp. Numerous color graphs. Fine/fine. A pristine and tight first edition of this study by the noted investment banker and Richard Nixon's Secretary of Commerce (1926-2018), inscribed and signed by him large and bold in black fineline on front flyleaf: "To Bob Malott / To a great guy / With Fond / Remembrances / Pete Peterson." Laid into this copy is a glossy 4to article reprint from the October 1933 issue of "The Atlantic" titled "Facing Up: Why the Middle Class Must Be Clinton's Next Target" excerpted from this book. Fine, with single horizontal fold. From the library of Robert Malott (1926-2018), noted Chicago businessman, CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.

$55.00

On Borrowed Time: How the Growth in Entitlement Spending Threatens America's Future
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On Borrowed Time: How the Growth in Entitlement Spending Threatens America's Future

By PETERSON, Peter G., and HOWE, Neil

San Francisco: Institute for Contemporary Studies, 1988. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 430pp. Tables, charts. Fine/near fine. Superb, tight first edition of this study co-authored by Peterson (1926-2018), noted investment banker and Richard Nixon's Secretary of Commerce, who boldly inscribes and signs the front flyleaf in black fineline: "To Bob Malott / With great respect / and gratitude for / your support of our / Budget effort / Pete Peterson." From the library of Robert Malott (1926-2018), noted Chicago businessman and CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.

$55.00

The Unembarrassed Muse: The Popular Arts in America

By NYE, Russel B.

New York: The Dial Press, 1971. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with yellow spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 497pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Quite light jacket edgewear. Tight and nice second printing edition of this volume in the "Two Centuries of American Life: A Bicentennial History" series.

$17.50

Lost Men of American History

By HOLBROOK, Stewart H.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1946. Hardcover. Introduction by Allan Nevins. 8vo. Dark blue cloth with red lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 370pp. Near fine/good plus. Jacket edgeworn, with several archivally closed (on verso) edge tears and large chip at spine head -- though complete and overall fairly attractive. A tight and nice second printing of these essays on often obscure but interesting noteworthy Americans -- with choice autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a Typed Note Signed from Nevins, 1p, 8" X 10½", New York, NY, 8 December 1949. Addressed to Ralph G. Newman (1912-98), founder of Chicago's noted Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. Near fine. Faint original folds. On "Columbia University" letterhead, Nevins acknowledges owing Newman money "for my much prized set of the Bishop's Memoirs" and makes an interesting comment about his upcoming release: "My 'Emergence of Lincoln' has been put off till September; a great gain -- for I need all the time. Freeman's next Washington volumes have been put off till the spring of 1951...." Boldly signed in full in black ink. Nevins (1890-1971) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian best remembered for his 8-volume "Ordeal of the Union" (1947-71) -- of which the "Emergence of Lincoln" title mentioned in this letter are the third and fourth volumes.

$75.00

On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894

By WILDER, Laura Ingalls

New York: Harper & Row, 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange pictorial paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 101pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good/very good. Tail of spine binding bumped; jacket a tad edgeworn, with chip at spine tail. A tight and nice later printing of this slim travelogue by the famed "Little House on the Prairie" author (1867-1957).

$20.00

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