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I Am Gazing into My 8-Ball

By WILSON, Earl

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1945. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with red lettering and pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. 182pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn and a bit rubbed. Handsome first edition. "Burning the midnight Earl with New York's famous Saloon Editor," notes front jacket panel about this "Baedeker of New York night life."

$20.00

Bark, George
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Bark, George

By FEIFFER, Jules

N.p.: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. Hardcover. Wide small 4to. Ivory paper over boards with black spine lettering and graphic, pictorial dust jacket. (28pp). Extensive color illustrations. Near fine/near fine. A super tight and handsome first edition of this charming young children's volume -- and tipped to front flyleaf is a choice heavy stock 5" X 3" card signed boldly in black fineline by Feiffer, who dates it 19 May 1988 at upper right. Laid in is the ideal bookmark: Feiffer's original signature transmittal envelope.

$55.00

The Wonderful World of J. Wesley Smith
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The Wonderful World of J. Wesley Smith

By SHAFER, Burr

New York: The Vanguard Press, 1960. Hardcover. 4to. Green cloth with silver lettering and pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. (Ca. 15opp). Extensive illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with spine rather sunned and a few tiny edge chips. A tight and sharp first edition of this cartoon collection chronicling Smith, "the most civilized and reassuring historian of our time...." Funny that this whimsical fictional character bears an uncanny likeness to the original egghead, Illinois governor and twice presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65) -- and funny that, although it bears no ownership signature, this copy hails from the library of Governor Adlai E. Stevenson II and Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III!

$55.00

Snoopy and His Sopwith Camel
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Snoopy and His Sopwith Camel

By SCHULZ, Charles

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969. Hardcover. 8vo. Yellow pictorial cloth, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. (Ca. 75pp). Extensive illustrations. Fine/very good. Single small chip at spine tail of otherwise superb, bright jacket. A lovely, tight first edition of this Snoopy-centric cartoon collection featuring text and images on alternating green and orange stock.

$50.00

Peanuts Revisited: Favorites Old and New

By SCHULZ, Charles

New York: Rinehart & Company, 1959. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with white and yellow spine lettering. (Ca. 200pp). Extensive illustrations. Very good. Faint edgewear only, and text block moderately age toned as usual. Tight and nice first edition of this early collection.

$45.00

Barefoot Boy with Cheek
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Barefoot Boy with Cheek

By SHULMAN, Max

Philadelphia: The Blakiston Company, 1944. Hardcover. Illustrations by Will Crawford. Small 8vo. Red cloth with black lettering and pictorial stamping, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 207pp. Line drawings. Near fine/very good. A number of jacket edge chips, mainly along top, else bright and complete. Tight and nice first edition of the first book by the well-known humorist and "Dobie Gillis" creator (1919-88). Proclaims jacket front panel, "An outrageous and witty expose of American college life."

$50.00

Herblock's State of the Union
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Herblock's State of the Union

By BLOCK, Herbert

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972. Hardcover. Small 4to. Light grey cloth spine with brown lettering and dark grey paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 224pp. Extensive illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket a bit edgeworn, with couple of archivally-closed (on verso) edge tears, but overall attractive. Tight and nice first edition of several years' worth of editorial cartoons by this three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, interspersed with his lucid commentaries. Interesting and huge inscription on front flyleaf to the children of Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III: "For Adlai IV / Lucy / Katie / Warwick / from / Herb Block / and / 'Lady J' / with love & love." Handsome calligraphic inscription (black ballpoint) is NOT in Herblock's hand, while he signs boldly in blue fineline.

$75.00

A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore
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A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore

By BOTKIN, B.A. (editor)

New York: Promontory Press, 1981. Hardcover. Illustrations by Warren Chappell. Small 4to. Yellow paper over boards with black spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. xx, 625pp. Line drawings. Near fine/near fine. A quite tight and sharp reprint edition of the thick classic 1960 study.

$20.00

The Pig Poets: An Anthology of Porcine Poesy
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The Pig Poets: An Anthology of Porcine Poesy

By HOGGE, Henry (editor)

London: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. Hardcover. 12mo. Red paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 52pp. Illustrations, decorative endpapers. Fine/fine. Tight and pristine first edition of this tongue-in-cheek featuring such contributors as Walt Whitpig, Lord Baconbum, Robert Hedgepig, Geoffrey Porker and others.

$15.00

A New Peanuts Book Featuring Snoopy
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A New Peanuts Book Featuring Snoopy

By SCHULZ, Charles

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. White pictorial paper over boards. (Ca. 100pp). Extensive illustrations. Very good. Binding and text block faintly age toned, per usual. Tight and quite nice "Weekly Reader" reprint edition of this 1958 collection, undated but with ISBN thus likely early 1970s.

$20.00

Good Grief, More Peanuts!

By SCHULZ, Charles M.

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1956. Paperback. Wide 24mo. Stiff red pictorial wrappers. (Ca. 75pp). Extensive illustrations. Very good. Text block lightly age toned, per usual, and outer wrappers lightly edgeworn. A tight and very early (not first) edition of this early "Peanuts" collection.

$20.00

Peanuts

By SCHULZ, Charles M.

New York: Rinehart & Company, 1952. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff blue pictorial wrappers. (Ca. 100pp). Extensive illustrations. Good plus. Rough along the spine, though front and rear wrappers are bright and attractive; internally very good -- tight and sharp, with the usual age toning. Quite tight and nice early (not first) printing of the very first "Peanuts" collection.

$20.00

You Can't Win, Charlie Brown

By SCHULZ, Charles M.

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962. Paperback. Small 8vo. Stiff red pictorial wrappers. (Ca. 75pp). Extensive illustrations. Very good. Text block lightly age toned, per usual. Quite tight and attractive first edition of this early "Peanuts" collection.

$25.00

The Scrap Book: Choice Bits of Humor and Philosophy begged, borrowed and begotten

Indianapolis: C.P. Lesh Paper Co, 1954. Paperback. 12mo. Stiff beige wrappers with red and green lettering. 64pp. Small graphics. Near fine. Faintest of wear to outer wrappers (only). Tight and quite nice 25th edition of this paper company's promotional booklet -- homespun Hoosier humor.

$15.00

Folklore from Africa to the United States

By COUGHLAN, Margaret N. (compiler)

Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1976. Hardcover. Small 4to. Orange decorated cloth. x, 161pp. Illustrations. Fine. Tight and pristine first edition of this "high spots" annotated bibliography, with sections on Sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa, East Africa and the West Indies. Quite useful for reference.

$20.00

Low Man on a Totem Pole
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Low Man on a Totem Pole

By SMITH, H. Allen

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Co, 1941. Hardcover. Introduction by Fred Allen. 8vo. Green cloth with red and black lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. xvii, 300pp. Very good/very good. Faint binding edgewear, with endpapers age toned; jacket a bit edgeworn. First edition, tight and attractive. "These Witty Memoirs Will Divert You," boasts the jacket front panel, "Whether Read on a Crowded Subway or Desert Island." A lovely copy.

$50.00

Comin' Round the Mountain

By WEBB, Paul

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1938. Hardcover. Foreword by Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle. Small 4to. Grey cloth with brown lettering and decoration. ix, (ca. 100pp, rectos only). Numerous full-page illustrations. Very good. Faint binding edgewear, though internally tight and near fine. Attractive first edition of this collection of hillbilly humor by the well-known "Mountain Boys" cartoonist. Nice autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is a 6" X 1 3/4" rear of envelope portion on which the cartoonist boldly pens his name/address in brown ink: "Paul Webb / New Canaan / Conn." Very good.

$22.50

The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln as Reflected in His Briefer Letters and Speeches

By LANG, H. Jack (editor)

Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1942. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with yellow spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xx, 265pp. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; ownership signature on front flyleaf; text block lightly age toned as usual. Tight and attractive first edition of the "Tower Books Edition" -- an appealing "best of" compilation.

$30.00

A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore
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A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore

By BOTKIN, B.A. (editor)

New York: Promontory Press, 1993. Hardcover. Illustrations by Warren Chappell. Small 4to. Blue and grey paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xx, 625pp. Line drawings. Near fine/near fine. Handsome, tight reprint of the thick classic 1960 study.

$20.00

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Junior

By IRWIN, Wallace

San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, 1902. Paperback. Illustrations by Gelett Burgess. Small 4to. Stiff tan wrappers with brown, black and burgundy lettering and decorations. (5ppp). Frontispiece, full-page line drawings, decorative borders. Good. Outer wrappers typically worn, with 1½" chip at tail of spine; as always, text block moderately age toned. First edition of this delicate tongue-in-cheek production "Translated from the Original Bornese into English Verse" by this American author of humorous verse, sketches, pastiches and much other foolishness (1875-1959). Believe it or not, this decent but handle-with-care copy is about as good as the softbound edition gets.

$40.00

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