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An Autobiography of Black Chicago
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An Autobiography of Black Chicago

By TRAVIS, Dempsey J.

Chicago: Urban Research Institute, Inc, 1982. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black paper over boards with white lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xix, 378pp. Numerous illustrations. Very good/very good. Quite minor binding and jacket edgewear. Tight, attractive second printing of this encyclopedic chronicle of African-Americans in Chicago, signed and inscribed large and bold in black ballpoint by the author on the title page: "To Anita Gold, / With my very / best wishes -- / Dempsey J. Travis / 1-20-83." Travis (1920-2009) was a noted black Chicago historian and activist and Gold (1932-2012) a "Chicago Tribune" journalist with a popular nationally syndicated antiques column.

$75.00

At the Sign of the Stock Yard Inn: The Same Being a True Account of How Certain Great Achievements of the Past Have Been Commemorated and Cleverly Linked with the Present; Together with Sundry Recollections Inspired by the Portraits at the Saddle and Sirloin Club

By SANDERS, Alvin Howard

Chicago: Breeder's Gazette Print, 1915. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering. 322pp. Color frontispiece, numerous full-page plates. Very good. Faint edgewear; 1941 ownership signature on front flyleaf. Tight and nice later printing (minus red title page element, red-ruled text pages and 3/4ths calf binding) of this far-ranging account of the American and British cattle ranchers and breeders who supplied Chicago's (in)famous stock yards, published in the years following Upton Sinclair's 1906 blockbuster "The Jungle" when the federal government was trying to clean up and regulate Chicago's meat-packing industry. RAMPAGING HERD 1996. SIX SCORE 96.

$30.00

At the Sign of the Stock Yard Inn: The Same Being a True Account of How Certain Great Achievements of the Past Have Been Commemorated and Cleverly Linked with the Present; Together with Sundry Recollections Inspired by the Portraits at the Saddle and Sirloin Club
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At the Sign of the Stock Yard Inn: The Same Being a True Account of How Certain Great Achievements of the Past Have Been Commemorated and Cleverly Linked with the Present; Together with Sundry Recollections Inspired by the Portraits at the Saddle and Sirloin Club

By SANDERS, Alvin Howard

Chicago: Breeder's Gazette Print, 1915. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Three-quarter calf with gilt spine lettering and dark green cloth. 322pp. Color frontispiece, numerous full-page plates, all pages ruled in red. Very good. Faint edgewear, but overall tight, bright, lovely. A handsome first edition of this rather scarce far-ranging account of the American and British cattle ranchers and breeders who supplied Chicago's (in)famous stock yards, published in the years following Upton Sinclaur's 1906 blockbuster "The Jungle" when the federal government was trying to clean up and regulate Chicago's meat-packing industry. RAMPAGING HERD 1996. SIX SCORE 96.

$100.00

Big Bill of Chicago
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Big Bill of Chicago

By WENDT, Lloyd, and KOGAN, Herman

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1953. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with gilt lettering. 384pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine. A tight and lovely first edition (sans jacket) of this biography of the last Republican mayor of Chicago, the colorful 3-term William Hale Thompson (1869-1944) -- and boldly signed by these two Chicago journalist authors in black ink on front flyleaf.

$50.00

The Seven Stairs

By BRENT, Stuart

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff pictorial wrappers. xi, 231pp. Illustrations. Near fine. Spine ever-so-faintly sunned. First of this Touchstone softbound edition of the 1962 Chicago bookman's memoir, tight and lovely. Inscribed and signed by the author (1912-2010) large and bold (if tremulous) in black fineline on front flyleaf: "For / Elizabeth, / From -- / Stuart / Brent / with / pleasure!" Elizabeth "Ibby" Malott was wife of Robert Malott (1926-2018), noted Chicago businessman, CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.

$25.00

Fight for a City: The Story of the Union League Club of Chicago and Its Times, 1880-1955

By GRANT, Bruce

Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1955. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering and decoration, pictorialdust jacket. 352pp. Numerous illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. First edition, tight and attractive. Herbert Hoover introduces the 75th anniversary history of this famed club. Tipped to front flyleaf is a printed slip noting "This Is a Signed Edition" though it then bears PRINTED (not authentic) signatures of author Grant and the Union League Club president -- same as all copies bearing this slip.

$25.00

Kup's Chicago
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Kup's Chicago

By KUPCINET, Irv

Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering and blind-embossed decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 286pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket rather edgeworn and a bit rubbed. A tight, attractive first edition of this (to cite front jacket panel) "many-faceted and affectionate portrait of Chicago," a witty profile of The Windy City, full of anecdotes involving celebrities, authors, politicians and landmarks. Choice autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is a Typed Note Signed by the author, 1p, 5" X 6", n.p., n.y. Addressed to Aaron. Near fine. On "Chicago Sun-Times" slip, Kupcinet tells this Chicago publisher, "I'm as disappointed as you are over our slow start. Now that I'm resuming after a three months convalescence, we'll make some headway." Signed boldly in blue ballpoint simply "Kup," as per usual. Aaron Cohodes' firm Bonus Books published Kup's memoir "Kup: A Man, an Era, a City" in 1988. Kupcinet (1912-2003) was a long-time journalist and television and radio personality; his syndicated "Kup's Column" began in the "Chicago Sun-Times" in 1943 and ran for over half a century; his syndicated television talk show ran from 1959 to 1986, and in 1957 he briefly replaced Jack Paar on "The Tonight Show."

$50.00

Vittles and Vice: An Extraordinary Guide to What's Cooking on Chicago's Near North Side

By BRONTE, Patricia

Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1952. Hardcover. Illustrations by Franklin McMahon. 8vo. Black cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 193pp. Line drawings, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Jacket lightly rubbed, with old but neat paper reinforcements on verso. A tight, attractive first edition.

$25.00

Reminiscences of Chicago During the Civil War
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Reminiscences of Chicago During the Civil War

By McILVAINE, Mabel (introduction)

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1914. Hardcover. 16mo. Green cloth with gilt rules, spine lettering and front board device. xix, 194pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. Very good. Faint edgewear, with spine lettering lightly rubbed, else internally fine and bright. A tight, handsome copy of this early "Lakeside Classic," the 12th volume of this annual keepsake given by this printer and publisher to friends and clients starting in 1903.

$200.00

A Century of Urban Life: The Norwegians in Chicago Before 1830
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A Century of Urban Life: The Norwegians in Chicago Before 1830

By LOVOLL, Odd S.

N.p.: The Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1988. Hardcover. 4to. Light green cloth with blue lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 367pp. Numerous illustrations. Fine/near fine. A tight, handsome first edition of this in-depth scholarly study.

$50.00

Reminiscences of Chicago During the Forties and Fifties
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Reminiscences of Chicago During the Forties and Fifties

By McILVAINE, Mabel (introduction)

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1913. Hardcover. 16mo. Green cloth with gilt rules, spine lettering and front board device. ix, 137pp. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece. Very good. Faint edgewear, with spine lettering a tad rubbed and rear inner hinge expertly, archivally strengthened, thus tight. Attractive copy of this early "Lakeside Classic," the annual keepsake given by this printer and publisher to friends and clients starting in 1903. This particular volume features contributions from William Bross, Charles Cleaver and famed actor Joseph Jefferson. Early Lakesides from their "green period" -- the first 24 years -- have become rather scarce in recent years.

$195.00

The Autobiography of Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard

By HUBBARD, Gurdon Saltonstall

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1911. Hardcover. Introduction by Caroline M. McIlvaine. 16mo. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, rules and device. xxvii, 182pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded captioned frontispiece. Very good. Mild edgewear, though internally fine. First of this edition following the 1888 true first edition of the Chicago pioneer and fur trader (1802086). Tight, attractive copy of this early "Lakeside Classic," the annual keepsake given by this printer and publisher to friends and clients starting in 1903. Early Lakesides from their "green period" -- the first thirty years -- have become quite scarce in recent years. Hubbard's is a classic account of the early Northwest and the Chicago area.

$250.00

Annual Report of the President and Directors, to the Stockholders of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad Co. at the Annual Meeting at Chicago, Dec. 18, 1854, Together with the Reports of the Treasurer and Chief Engineer
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Annual Report of the President and Directors, to the Stockholders of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad Co. at the Annual Meeting at Chicago, Dec. 18, 1854, Together with the Reports of the Treasurer and Chief Engineer

By (CHICAGO & ROCK ISLAND RAILROAD COMPANY)

New York: Wm. C. Bryant & Co, 1855. Paperback. Small 4to. Printed wrappers. 23pp, (1p). Very good. Outer wrappers (only) lightly soiled; single vertical fold. A tight and nice first edition of this early report of the then-several year old firm, with reports from president Henry Farnum, treasurer A.C. Flagg and chief engineer William Jervis. Uncommon.

$75.00

Biographical Sketch of Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard Read Before the Chicago Historical Society Tuesday Evening, April 16, 1907... on the Occasion of the Unveiling of a Bronze Tablet in Memory of Her Husband by Mary Ann Hubbard

By HAMILTON, Henry E.

Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1908. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff pale green printed wrappers. Pp. 227-252pp. Frontispiece. Very good. Single chip at lower right corner of front wrapper, else tight, clean and internally fine. First edition, tight and nice, of this honor about the pioneering fur trader and land speculator (1802-86) who was one of Chicago's founding fathers.

$25.00

Jane Addams: A Biography

By LINN, James Weber

New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1938. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 457pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good/very good. Mild and minor jacket edgewear. A tight and attractive later (8th) printing of this popular bio of the pioneering, Nobel Prize-winning Hull House founder and social reformer.

$20.00

Jane Addams of Hull House 1860-1935: A Centenary Study

By TIMS, Margaret

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1961. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. 166pp, (2pp ads). Frontispiece. Near fine/very good. Jacket slightly edgeworn and a bit rubbed and age toned. A tight, nice first edition of this study of the pioneering, Nobel Prize-winning Chicago social reformer.

$25.00

A Notable Lawsuit
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A Notable Lawsuit

By HEAD, Franklin H.

Chicago: Privately Printed, 1898. Paperback. 12mo. Stiff wrappers, dust jacket. Illustrations. Fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. First edition -- and an exceptional copy it is -- of this rare survivor of which we find only a 2002 facsimile reprint. Head (1832-1914) was president of the Chicago Historical Society and a noted attorney and industrialist, but it was as founder of the tongue-in-cheek Chicago Liars Club that he published this outrageous hoax about a lawsuit, John Jacob Astor v. Frederick Law Olmstead, involving of all things Captain Kidd's hidden treasure. It's possible that even the jacket front panel year ("mdcccixvii") is in jest, as 1897 would be correctly formatted "mdcccxcvii." A subtitle that appears both on the title page and the jacket front panel, "Studies in Early American History," is also intended to convey that this title is a volume in some legitimate historical series. What's truly astonishing about this first edition is that it is in near fine condition... AND it bears a fine presentation inscription on the inner flyleaf from Head to J.H. Eckles (d. 1907), another notable Chicagoan and former Comptroller of the U.S. Currency... AND most remarkably it still has its dust jacket, which is in superb condition. The first edition almost never comes on the market, especially a choice presentation copy such as this. All in all an extraordinary copy of this rarity, a quite desirable Chicago item.

$750.00

La Grange Centennial History

By CROMIE, William J. (editor)

La Grange, IL: La Grange Area Historical Society, 1979. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green and blue leatherette with gilt lettering and decoration. viii, 294pp, (2pp). Illustrations. Fine. Tight, truly pristine nice first edition of this city history -- La Grange is a village of some 15,000 people, a western Chicago suburb.

$30.00

Chicago and Northwestern Railway Steam Power 1848-1956: Classes A-Z
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Chicago and Northwestern Railway Steam Power 1848-1956: Classes A-Z

By KNUDSEN, Charles T.

Chicago: Knudsen Publications, 1965. Hardcover. 4to. Green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. xx, 188pp. Extensive illustrations (one 48" foldout), line drawings, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, more so at head and tail of spine. A handsome, tight and lovely first edition, bearing a choice presentation inscription and signature in blue ballpoint on title page: "To: William J. Petersen / Best wishes / Charles T. Knudsen / Sept. 6, 1965." William J. "Steamboat Bill" Peterson (1901-89) was the dean of Mississippi River historians, author of the highly-regarded classic river commerce history "Steamboating on the Upper Mississippi" (1937) and many other Iowa and Mississippi River histories.

$75.00

Fabulous Chicago

By DEDMON, Emmett

New York: Random House, 1953. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green pictorial cloth. xxi, 359pp. Numerous illustrations, map endpapers. Very good. A tight and lovely first edition of this "sprightly social history of Chicago from 1820 to the present day." Boldly signed "Cordially, / Emmett Dedmon" in blue ink on half-title page.

$25.00

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