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Galena Guide

By (WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION -- Galena, Illinois)

[Galena]: City of Galena, 1937. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff blue pictorial wrappers. 79pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, linoleum-block engravings, small color foldout map at rear. Very good. Mild wear to outer wrappers, though internally tight and near fine. Nice first edition of this Federal Writers' Project city guide, written largely and anonymously by a then-obscure starving young artist named Nelson Algren (1909-81), who went on to far greater fame as the "Poet of the Chicago Slums," author of "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1949) and other classic Chicago fiction. One of the most desirable of the WPA city guides. The Richard Delson plates are simple but striking and powerful; the often-absent color map at rear is bright and handsome. From the library of former Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930) and before him his father, Illinois governor and twice presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), with front flyleaf bearing small pencilled note in the hand of well-known socialite Ellen Borden Stevenson (1908-72), the governor's wife (1929-48). Nice copy with superb associations. DYKES 81.

$125.00

Narrative of the Coronado Expedition

By CASTANEDA of NAJERA, Pedro de

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 2002. Hardcover. Edited by John Miller Morris. 16mo. Brown cloth with gilt spine lettering and decoration. cxv, 421pp. Top edge gilt. Color frontispiece, illustrations (many color). Near fine. A tight and handsome first of this edition, the centennial volume of the noted "Lakeside Classics" series and their first time doing side-by-side English-Spanish text. This particular text combines Coronado's writings with that of narrator Castaneda, one of the Spanish explorer's soldiers.

$30.00

The Rough Riders

By ROOSEVELT, Theodore

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 2003. Hardcover. Edited by Marifeli Perez-Stable. 16mo. Teal green cloth with gilt spine lettering and decoration. lxxvii, 317pp. Top edge gilt. Color frontispiece, illustrations (many color), decorative endpapers. Fine. Pristine, tight volume in the noted "Lakeside Classics" series -- the future president's account of his service in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, first published in 1899.

$30.00

The Life of Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African

By EQUIANO, Olaudah

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 2004. Hardcover. Edited by Joanna Brooks. 16mo. Teal green cloth with gilt lettering, rules and medallion. liii, 406pp, (2pp). Top edge gilt. Frontispiece, illustrations (some color), maps, decorative endpapers. Fine. Wonderfully tight, handsome first of this 102nd volume in the "Lakeside Classics" series. The true first edition was published in London in 1789.

$25.00

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

Catalogue of the Private Collection of Paintings Belonging to Peter A. Schemm Philadelphia, PA
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Catalogue of the Private Collection of Paintings Belonging to Peter A. Schemm Philadelphia, PA

By SCHEMM, Peter A. (compiler)

Philadelphia: The Beck Engraving Company, 1901. Hardcover. Revised by E.A. Kopp. Small 4to. Red cloth with gilt lettering. (Ca. 400pp). Top edge gilt. Deckle outer edges. Color frontispiece, extensive full-page plates. Near fine. Handsome and tight first edition. Schemm (1852-1909) ran the brewery founded by his father, but spent more time publishing private catalogues showing off his vast art collection. A hefty and flashy production, with title page noting "Gallery Schemm" in red and black title underlined in red. The blank dedication page preceding the title page features a halftone portrait of Schemm and blank red-dotted lines to be filled in -- this example being sent from "Mrs. Charles P. Kopp" (likely related to the book's reviser E.A. Kopp) to "Mrs. John G. Leitenberger. / August 1st, 1911."

$75.00

Ghosts of Galena

By WATSON, Darryl

Galena, IL: Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society, 1995. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glazed pictorial wrappers. 94pp. Illustrations. Fine. Tight and handsome first edition of this collection of ghost tales occurring in Galena, Illinois in northwest Illinois -- adopted hometown of U.S. Grant -- signed boldly by Watson in black ballpoint on title page.

$20.00

Humboldt's Gift
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Humboldt's Gift

By BELLOW, Saul

New York: The Viking Press, 1975. Hardcover. Small 4to. Pale orange cloth spine with black lettering and yellow paper over boards, dust jacket. 487pp. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with small chip at head of spine; text block lightly age toned as usual. A handsome, tight first edition of this 1976 Pulitzer Prize winner by the three-time National Book Award winner and Nobel laureate -- and a choice presentation copy, bearing a fine author inscription and signature in blue ballpoint on inner flyleaf "To Judge Abraham Lincoln / Marovitz / -- the homage of / letters to justice / Best wishes / Saul Bellow / June 3 1982." Marovitz (1905-2001) was a famed Chicago attorney and long-time powerful U.S. District Court judge. His inkstamped "From the Library of / Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz" appears twice on the front pastedown. Both Bellow and Marovitz were Lithuanian Jews (Bellow born in Canada, Marovitz in the U.S.) who knew each other well as fellow notable Chicagoans.

$500.00

The Heritage of Dubuque: An Architectural View
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The Heritage of Dubuque: An Architectural View

By SOMMER, Lawrence J.

Dubuque: The First National Bank of Dubuque, 1975. Hardcover. Illustrations by Carl H. Johnson, Jr. Wide 8vo. Tan cloth with pictorial gilt and gilt lettering. xii, 172pp. Extensive illustrations (many color), pictorial endpapers. Very good. Bit of minor, barely discernible spotting to front board and title page. A tight and nice second edition of this survey, signed boldly by the illustrator in black fineline on title page.

$50.00

Life of Black Hawk
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Life of Black Hawk

By BLACK HAWK

New York: Dover Publications, 1994. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. xxiii, 88pp, (15pp ads). Frontispiece, illustration, map. Near fine. Quite tight and really nice facsimile reprint of the 1916 edition, edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Though not so marked, from the collection of former Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930).

$17.50

Galena's Century Milestone: A Brief Review of Its History and Historic Spots with Original Modern Photographs

By BALE, Florence Gratiot

Galena, IL: Bale's Drug Store, 1927. Paperback. Wide 12mo. Stiff tan decorative wrappers. 62pp. Numerous sepia-tone illustrations, advertisements. Very good. Quite mild wear to outer wrappers (only), else tight and internally fine. A tight and attractive first edition of this popular survey of the history of U.S. Grant's adopted hometown in northwest Illinois, published "To Commemorate the Centennial of the Naming of Galena."

$25.00

John Brown's Body

By BENET, Stephen Vincent

Murray Hill, NE: Rinehart & Company, 1928. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering. 336pp. Map endpapers. Very good. Spine a tad sunned with lettering a bit rubbed, else tight and internally near fine. Attractive early reprint edition of this book-length epic poem, winner of the 1929 Pulitzer Prize. A classic, the most famous John Brown rendering in verse --and this copy with choice bold ownership signature in blue ink on half-title page of Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), Illinois governor, two-time presidential candidate and noted Lincoln admirer himself. Benet (1898-1943) died at the relatively young age of 44; Stevenson was an admirer, and used a portion of Benet's 1942 "United Nations Prayer" (used by FDR in a Flag Day radio address) in his 1964 Christmas card -- when he was U.S. ambassador to the U.N.! A wonderful association copy.

$100.00

Catalogue of the Library of the Reverend James Warley Miles: Reprinted from the sole surviving copy of the Charleston edition of 1854, with introductory and biographical notes by George Walton Williams
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Catalogue of the Library of the Reverend James Warley Miles: Reprinted from the sole surviving copy of the Charleston edition of 1854, with introductory and biographical notes by George Walton Williams

By (MILES, James Warley)

Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1954. Hardcover. Small 4to. Dark blue cloth spine with gilt lettering and green paper over boards, plain brown dust jacket with two modern paper labels. 33pp. Near fine/very good. Tight and lovely first of this edition, a facsimile with added materials of this early Southern auction -- fascinating and informative to "scan the shelves," so to speak, and learn what books filled the library of a well-educated man of the cloth of this era.

$40.00

The Work of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1928-1930
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The Work of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1928-1930

By JOERG, W.L.G.

New York: American Geographical Society, 1930. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff grey wrappers. 71pp. Illustrations, tables, 2 color foldout maps. Very good. Outer wrappers (only) a bit age toned and rubbed, else internally tight and fine. An attractive first edition of this "running account," derived largely from newspaper reports.

$55.00

Lines of Tribute to Carl Haverlin
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Lines of Tribute to Carl Haverlin

By (HAVERLIN, Carl)

New York: Broadcast Music, Inc, 1979. Paperback. 8vo. Tan wrappers. (29pp). Fine. A tight, pristine copy of this scarce booklet celebrating Haverlin's 80th birthday, limited to 81 copies -- one for every year plus one "available for general distribution." This choice copy has been extra-illustrated with letters from Haverlin himself plus seven of its 26 contributors, each neatly tipped in alongside their essay. Some are addressed to Ralph G. Newman (1912-98, founder of Chicago's famed Abraham Lincoln Bookshop and co-compiler of this booklet), others to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar and long-time New York Civil War Round Table officer). In order of appearance: CARL HAVERLIN, poignant and humorous Typed Letter Signed to Newman, undated but later life, complaining of "frozen income and vaulting costs" and wondering where to spend his last years; NORMAN CORWIN (1910-2011, prolific radio dramatist as well as writer, producer, essayist, screenwriter and journalist), small Typed Note Signed dated 23 April 1990 complaining about "The Goddam mails. Embarrassing and frustrating"; MORT R. LEWIS (1897-1991, noted film, radio and television script writer), lengthy 2-page Typed Letter Signed dated 16 October discussing in detail "the tv Civil War picture" and mentioning Haverlin; E.B. AND BARBARA LONG (him 1919-81, "historian's historian" and she an artist), a small simple handmade Christmas card in which she focused so intently on her calligraphy that she misspelled her own first name!; MARY NEVINS (widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Allan Nevins,1890-1971), small Typed Note Signed dated 18 March 1981 thanking Gates for condolences on husband's death; RALPH G. NEWMAN Typed Letter Signed to Haverlin dated 23 January 1952 concerning a custom made Civil War Round Table guest book; JOHN Y. SIMON (1933-2008, Civil War historian and famed U.S. Grant scholar), meaty Typed Letter Signed dated 5 August 1985 discussing Grant's Mount McGregor home among other things; and WALTER TROHAN (1903-2008, noted "Chicago Tribune" journalist), a Typed Letter Signed dated 6 February 1987 chatting about various matters. Haverlin (1899-1985) was a legendary radio pioneer and first president of Broadcast Music, Inc., a music licensing service, as well as a respected noted Lincoln and Civil War collector and scholar active in the affairs of the New York Civil War Round Table. A wonderfully unique copy of this seldom seen tribute.

$150.00

Souvenir of Elizabeth and Hanover

By CUTLER, Ralph

Hanover, IL: Terry J. Miller, 1981. Paperback. Wide 8vo. Stiff tan wrappers. 36pp, (6pp ads). Numerous illustrations, advertisements. Very good. Tight and nice facsimile reprint of this 1915 promotional booklet ("Including Schapville and Woodbine") celebrating these tiny towns in Jo Daviess County, northwest Illinois.

$15.00

American Indian Ways of Life: An Interpretation of the Archaeology of Illinois and Adjoining Areas

By DEUEL, Thorne

Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1958. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff red pictorial wrappers. 76pp. Numerous illustrations, tables, line drawings. Very good. Spine lightly sunned, else tight and internally fine. Attractive first edition of the ninth title in the "Story of Illinois Series." Though not so marked, from the collection of Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930), former U.S. senator from Illinois.

$20.00

Birds in Your Back Yard: Native birds in their haunts with a check list for Sangamon County
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Birds in Your Back Yard: Native birds in their haunts with a check list for Sangamon County

By EIFERT, Virginia S.

Springfield: The State of Illinois, 1945. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 238pp, (2pp). Extensive full-page illustrations. Very good. Spine faintly rubbed, else tight and internally near fine. Handsome second printing of this authoritative 1941 study, Volume II of the Illinois State Museum's "Popular Science Series." This sharp copy bears the ownership signature (bold, in full, in blue ink) on front flyleaf of Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-65), who became governor of Illinois several years later and in 1952 and 1956 was the Democratic candidate for president of the U.S. and later U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Stevenson was an avid outdoorsman who liked nothing better than pheasant hunting and other outdoorsy activities in the countryside around his famed Libertyville farm -- making it not surprising that he would own and use a guide book such as Eifert's.

$95.00

The Portable F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Portable F. Scott Fitzgerald

By FITZGERALD, F. Scott

New York: The Viking Press, 1945. Hardcover. Selected by Dorothy Parker. Introduction by John O'Hara. 16mo. Light brown cloth with blue lettering. xix, 835pp. Very good. Minor and mild binding edgewear, else tight and internally fine. Wonderfully tight and nice first edition of the 14th volume in the noted "Viking Portable" series, begun in 1943. This copy bears inked ownership signature on front flyleaf of "Stevenson" -- Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), that is, Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate. This Fitzgerald compilation came out when he had been deceased only a few years, and was pivotal in reviving his dormant reputation, which scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli and a few others turned into a juggernaut in the 1950s and '60s. Surprisingly scarce.

$200.00

A Calendar of the Register of Wolstan de Bransford: Bishop of Worcester 1339-49

By HAINES, R.M.

London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1966. Hardcover. Small 4to. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. liii, 637pp. Foldout map. Very good/very good. Jacket mildly rubbed and edgeworn. A tight, attractive first edition of this thick and detailed account -- No. 9 in the "Joint Publication" series of the Historical Manuscripts Commission and No. 4 in the "Worcester Historical Society" publications. Rather uncommon in sharp and clean condition with jacket present.

$55.00

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