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Kit Carson: The Happy Warrior of the Old West

By VESTAL, Stanley

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth with gilt spine lettering. xii, 297pp. Map endpapers. Very good. Faint binding wear, else tight and internally fine. Attractive first edition.

$30.00

Three Decades of Federal Legislation, 1855 to 1885. Personal and Historical Memories of Events Preceding, During, and Since The American Civil War, Involving Slavery and Secession, Emancipation and Reconstruction, with Sketches of Prominent Actors During These Periods
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Three Decades of Federal Legislation, 1855 to 1885. Personal and Historical Memories of Events Preceding, During, and Since The American Civil War, Involving Slavery and Secession, Emancipation and Reconstruction, with Sketches of Prominent Actors During These Periods

By COX, Samuel S.

Providence: J.A. & R.A. Reid, 1885. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown cloth with elaborate gilt and black lettering and pictorial stamping. 726pp. All edges gilt. Engraved title page with tissue-guarded steel-engraved portrait, 7 full-page called-for heavy stock tissue-guarded steel-engraved plates. Very good. Quite mild edgewear and touch of rubbing. A tight and handsome first edition of this thick, hefty account by a highly-regarded American politician and diplomat (1824-89) who served Congress both from Ohio (1857-65) and New York (1873-89) with a brief interval as minister to the Ottoman Empire. This sharp copy includes a fine autograph addition: Tipped to an inner flyleaf is an Autograph Letter Signed from Cox, 1p, 5½" X 9" , Washington, DC, 18 March 1880. Addressed to Mr. Ward. Near fine. Faint original folds. On lined "House of Representatives U.S." letterhead, Cox pens in his bold but hasty script: "I must send you Dr. Fisher's handsome letter. You see what a medium you became to unite old associations. My $15 is helping a poor family today in Ireland. His name is Cox & is of Cork -- no relation, but his terrible destitution was an accident of political association & came out of Cambridge! So Yale & Cambridge join -- even by a film." Boldly signed. Intriguing if cryptic and worth research. Like James G. Blaine's remarkably similar and often-overlooked "Twenty Years of Congress: From Lincoln to Garfield with a Review of the Events Which Led to the Political Revolution of 1860," published the previous year, Cox's account is a substantial, worthwhile account from a primary player of the period.

$195.00

The Beautiful Life of Frances E. Willard: A Memorial Volume
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The Beautiful Life of Frances E. Willard: A Memorial Volume

By GORDON, Anna E.

Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, 1898. Hardcover. Small 4to. Quarter blind-embossed brown calf with gilt lettering and grey cloth. 416pp. Frontispiece, full-page illustrations, marbled page edges. Very good. Faint binding wear only, else tight and internally near fine; 1898 nonauthorial gift inscription on front pastedown. A lovely first edition of this biography and tribute to the just-deceased founder of the Woman's Temperance Christian Union, reformer and suffragette. A "Who's Who" of educators and reformers contribute brief tributes, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary A. Livermore, Susan B. Anthony, Dwight L. Moody, Booker T. Washington, Theodore L. Cuyler, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, Maud Ballington Booth and others.

$100.00

Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics 1880-1944
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Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics 1880-1944

By MILLER, Kristie

Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1992. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 339pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Fine/fine. A handsome first edition of this biography of the Congresswoman (1929-31) and first-ever major party U.S. Senate candidate, a Chicago activist who devoted herself to a variety of civic and political reforms. Not only has Miller -- granddaughter of McCormick -- boldly signed the half-title page in black fineline, but a bold full signature of McCormick herself, penned in black ink on a heavy stock 5" X 3" card, is affixed below the author signature. Very good; lightly age toned. A choice, unique copy.

$75.00

David Crockett: The Man and the Legend
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David Crockett: The Man and the Legend

By SHACKFORD, James Atkins

Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1956. Hardcover. Edited by John B. Shackford. Small 4to. Brown cloth with gilt spine lettering. xiv, 338pp. Map endpapers. Very good. Binding faintly edgeworn, with spine lettering a bit rubbed. Tight and quite nice first edition of the folksy frontiersman, "King of the Wild Frontier" and Tennessee congressman (1786-1836). Choice autograph addition: Frontispiece verso bears a large full-page inscription penned in black ink from Shackford's mother, Love Branner Atkins Shackford (1880-1969), to the then-Democratic presidential candidate: "To Governor Adlai E. Stevenson, the epitome of Truth and Honor, in all things, this book is presented by the Mother of the Author, James Atkins Shackford -- with the hope and prayer that he, Governor Stevenson, as President of our great nation may be enabled to restore these marvelous concepts in our national and international relationships. Cordially always, Mrs. John W. Shackford. Churchville, Va." Author James Shackford became disabled with "progressive muscular atrophy" shortly before publication, which is why his brother came in to edit the book and why copies signed by him do not exist. Front flyleaf bears Stevenson's rubberstamped ownership signature, a form he sometimes employed later in life. Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65) was 31st governor of Illinois and twice presidential candidate (1952, 1956). An exceptionally interesting c opy.

$125.00

Pendergast!
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Pendergast!

By LARSEN, Lawrence H., and HULSTON, Jancy J.

Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 237pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. Pristine first edition of this biography of the colorful Kansas City political boss (1873-1945). Boldly inscribed and signed in black ballpoint on half-title page by Hulston and also signed by Larsen: "To Rob Martensen, / With the best wishes / of the authors, / Sincerely, / Nancy J. Hulston / & / Lawrence H. Larsen / Christmas 1997." Copies signed by both authors (Larsen died in 2018) are seldom seen.

$45.00

The Genealogy of the Stix Family
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The Genealogy of the Stix Family

By RICE, Aurelia Stix (compiler)

St. Louis: N.p., 1921. Hardcover. 4to. Limp black cloth with gilt lettering. (2pp), 11pp. Illustration, floral endpapers. Very good. Faintest of edgewear only. Scarce first and only edition of this slim family history. The Stix family were Jewish dry goods wholesalers, manufacturers and philanthropists prominent in late 19th/early 20th century St. Louis. Blank "Memoranda" page at close largely filled with legible, modern, mostly pencilled family history notes from an unknown and likely elderly family member recording family facts from 1859, naming early children born and recording births, death and marriages going up through 1944, 1969, 1980 and as recent as 1994; several text pages also bear pencil and ink notations likely from this same hand recording data not found in the printed text. A special copy of this extremely uncommon genealogy, certainly printed in a very small quantity strictly for family distribution.

$195.00

Smokey Bear 20252: A Biography
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Smokey Bear 20252: A Biography

By LAWTER, William Clifford, Jr.

Alexandria: Lindsay Smith Publishers, 1994. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 406pp. Illustrations (some color). Fine/near fine. Handsome and tight second printing of this "biography" of the iconic U.S. Forest Service character -- drawn by different artists but established, made loveable and household-name famous by Rudolph Wendelin (1910-2000). This copy with choice autograph addition: Tipped facing the title page is a unique frontispiece, an excellent content Typed Letter Signed from Lawter, 1p, 8½" X 11", Ponca City, OK, 8 March 1994. Addressed to Jean Pablo (U.S. Forest Service historian and close friend of Rudy Wendelin). Near fine. Two original horizontal folds. On personal letterhead, Lawter congratulates Pablo on a "Smokey the Bear" exhibition and chats about the challenges of writing this book. In part: "I've always been in such a darn hurry and I have had to ask questions fast, take notes even faster, rush through photos, speed from one place to the next, etc., etc., etc. One of these days I just want to sit back and get to know people like you...." He goes on to thank Pablo for her help with this book -- "your name will appear in the book's acknowledgments, text, index and bibliography.... I can't thank you enough for your time, interest and support." Signed simply "Bill" in black ballpoint. A most unusual copy of a surprisingly uncommon title.

$75.00

Smokey Bear 20252: A Biography
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Smokey Bear 20252: A Biography

By LAWTER, William Clifford, Jr.

Alexandria: Lindsay Smith Publishers, 1994. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. xiv, 406pp. Illustrations (some color). Fine. Quite tight and lovely first softbound edition of this "biography" of the iconic U.S. Forest Service character -- drawn by different artists but established, made loveable and household-name famous by Rudolph Wendelin (1910-2000). Wendelin boldly signs the half-title page in black fineline, dating it 9 August 1994 and above his signature adding a black ink rubberstamped sketch of Smokey's head. This copy also bears a fine autograph addition: Tipped facing the title page is a unique frontispiece, a nice content Autograph Note Signed from Lawter, 1p (lettersheet), heavy stock 5" X 4", n.p., 26 December n.y. Addressed to Jean Pablo (U.S. Forest Service historian and close friend of Rudy Wendelin). Near fine. Two original horizontal folds. "It was good to see you again last week. I think you're doing a great job with the museum display [Smokey the Bear exhibit].... I really appreciate your assistance with the photos, too. I was quite pleased to see that Rudy had squirreled away so many of the old black & white photos. It's a lot of fun to work with you!" Boldly penned in black ballpoint. Copies of this title signed by Wendelin are exceedingly uncommon, and this example with relevant author letter as well is extremely scarce.

$100.00

Cyrus Hall McCormick
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Cyrus Hall McCormick

By HUTCHINSON, William T.

New York: The Century Co, 1930. Hardcover. Complete 2-volume set. Foreword by William E. Dodd. Full green pebble-grain morocco with gilt spine lettering and rules, paper-over-board slipcases. x, 493pp; viii, 793pp. Top edges gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, illustrations, foldouts. Fine/very good. Both slipcases slightly worn and faintly scuffed, else strong. Handsome, pristine, tight set of the De Luxe edition, limited to 1025 copies. Massive biography of the famed businessman and inventor of the mechanical reaper (1809-84), the first volume subtitled "Seed-Time, 1809-1856" and the second volume "Harvest, 1856-1884." Quite scarce and an outstanding pair in superb condition with giltstamping bright.

$300.00

Fighting Jane: Mayor Jane Byrne and the Chicago Machine
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Fighting Jane: Mayor Jane Byrne and the Chicago Machine

By GRANGER, Bill, and GRANGER, Lori

New York: The Dial Press, 1980. Hardcover. Small 4to. Beige cloth spine with blue lettering and red paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. viii, 244pp. Illustrations. Very good/very good. Mild binding and jacket edgewear. Tight, quite nice first edition of this account of Chicago's first female mayor -- this copy boldly inscribed and signed in black ballpoint on front flyleaf by this husband-and-wife journalistic team: She writes "For Tom & Cassie -- / Love & thanks for / the good times. / 5/22/81 / Lori Granger" and below this he too signs, adding the same date. Bill Granger (1941-2012) was a well-known Chicago reporter and novelist. Tom Hollatz was a Chicago crime reporter, John Dillinger scholar and author of "Gangster Holidays: The Lore and Legends of the Bad Guys" (1987).

$55.00

Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts
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Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

By CORDERY, Stacy A.

New York: Viking Press, 2012. Hardcover. Small 4to. Two-tone grey paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 382pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Fine/fine. A perfect and pristine first edition of this hefty biography, handsomely inscribed and signed by the author in green fineline on the title page: "For Pauline -- / Have fun in Girl Scouting! / Stacy A. Cordery / 3.2012."

$45.00

Fremont: Soldier, Explorer, Statesman
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Fremont: Soldier, Explorer, Statesman

By SMITH, Fredrika Shumway

Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1966. Hardcover. 8vo. Yellow cloth with black lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 256pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, maps. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with spine rather age toned. Tight and attractive first edition of this young adult biography, signed and inscribed by the author large and bold in blue ballpoint on front flyleaf: "For Dr & Mrs Philip Jones / with warm regards / Fredrika Shumway Smith." Smith (1988-1968) was a Chicago writer who penned a variety of young adult biographies, mysteries and novels.

$55.00

Old Put: The Story of Major General Israel Putnam
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Old Put: The Story of Major General Israel Putnam

By SMITH, Fredrika Shumway

Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1967. Hardcover. 8vo. Yellow cloth with black lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 296pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with spine lightly age toned. A handsome first edition of this young adult biography, signed and inscribed by the author large and bold in blue ballpoint on front flyleaf: "For Philip and Betty Jones with / affection / Fredrika Shumway Smith." A lovely copy. Smith (1988-1968) was a Chicago writer who penned a variety of young adult biographies, mysteries and novels.

$55.00

Miss Douglas of New York: A Biography

By DAVIDSON, Angus

New York: The Vanguard Press, 1953. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with blue lettering, pictorial dust jacket. viii, 255pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket spine sunned; ownership signature on front flyleaf. Tight, quite nice first U.S. edition of this life of James Monroe's colorful sister-in-law (1790-1872), described on front jacket panel as "an American lion-huntress in the social jungles of nineteenth-century Europe."

$25.00

Conscience in Politics: Adlai E. Stevenson in the 1950's
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Conscience in Politics: Adlai E. Stevenson in the 1950's

By BROWN, Stuart Gerry

Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 313pp. Illustrations. Fine/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn, with a few tiny chips at corners and head of spine. Quite sharp and lovely firts edition of this volume in SUP's "Men and Movements Series" -- with a twist: This is subject Adlai E. Stevenson II's personal copy, with his large full rubberstamped (not original) signature in black ink on front pastedown. A choice, incredibly unsual copy, from the library of Senator Adlai E. Stevenson II.

$75.00

The Black Book of Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson, 1836-1914, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson, 1900-1965, Senator Adlai E. Stevenson, 1930: Lessons from American History Abraham Lincoln to Modern China
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The Black Book of Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson, 1836-1914, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson, 1900-1965, Senator Adlai E. Stevenson, 1930: Lessons from American History Abraham Lincoln to Modern China

By STEVENSON, Adlai E. (editor)

Chicago: Adlai E. Stevenson III, 2009. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine and black paper over boards, dust jacket. 299pp. Fine/fine. A tight, perfect first edition of this privately published volume. Signed boldly by Stevenson in black fineline on the front flyleaf.

$30.00

"Kirtley Kronicles": The Life and Times of James Marion Kirtley, M.D.
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"Kirtley Kronicles": The Life and Times of James Marion Kirtley, M.D.

By KIRTLEY, James Marion

Crawfordsville, IN: Montgomery County Historical Society, Inc, 1997. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. 229pp. Numerous illustrations (2 color). Near fine. First edition, tight and handsome, of this memoir by a beloved Indiana physician and World War Two veteran (1910-2000). Boldly inscribed and signed by him in black ballpoint on half-title page: "For Mary Manson -- a very good / friend from Sycamore Hills! / Thanks, Mary! / James Marion Kirtley, M.D." Manson (1901-2004) signs the front pastedown in black ballpoint. Her husband (George Durham Manson, 1900-64) was grandson of Crawfordsville famed Union general, Mahlon Dickerson Manson (1820-95) -- son of the second of the general's six children, namesake Mahlon (1853-1931). On pages 3, 4 and 5 she pencils comments about the Crawfordsville electric train noted by Kirtley ("My father was the attorney for this line," "Mother & I made frequent shopping trips on the limited," "We rode this from our house 1920 W. Main St."). A charming copy with interesting local connections.

$50.00

A Memorial: William E. Hinchliff, 1857-1921

By HINCHLIFF, Emerson, et al (editors)

N.p.: N.p., 1927. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 117pp. Tissue-guarded heavy stock illustrations. Fine. A bright, tight first edition of this privately published tribute to this significant Rockford industrialist, founder of Burson Manufacturing Company -- a "book of remembrances of William E. Hinchliff for you, his grandchildren," notes the foreword. Heavy stock 3¼" X 2½" calling card of "Mrs. William E. Hinchliff" (Harriet Emerson Hinchliff) tipped to front flyleaf. Superb copy of this scarce title, privately published in a small quantity for distribution to family and friends.

$75.00

Vessel of Wrath: The Life and Times of Carry Nation

By TAYLOR, Robert Lewis

New York: The New American Library, 1966. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine with yellow lettering and yellow paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 373pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with a few tiny edge chips. A tight, quite nice first edition of this biography of the fiery, hatchet-wielding temperance pioneer. Interestingly, front flyleaf bears ownership signature of noted poet Paul Engle (1908-91).

$30.00

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