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SIMONE WEIL: A Penguin Life
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SIMONE WEIL: A Penguin Life

by Gray, Francine du Plessix

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(New York): A Lipper / Viking, (2001). First edition. In the "Penguin Lives Series." Presentation copy INSCRIBED BY GRAY, "To Brooke on her birthday - and to Peter too - with a half century of affection, Francine 7-8-01." Biography of the French philosopher, mystic, and political activist who Albert Camus described as as "the only great spirit of our… Read more about this item
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TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
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TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

by Grimes, Nikki; E. B. Lewis, illustrated by

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New York: Orchard Books / Scholastic Inc., (2002). First edition. Children's book about the determination and struggles of Bessie Coleman [1892 - 1926], the first Black woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license in the U.S. and first Black person to hold an international pilot's license. INSCRIBED ON TITLE PAGE BY BOTH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR, "For… Read more about this item
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GOLDSWORTHY LOWES DICKINSON
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GOLDSWORTHY LOWES DICKINSON

by Forster, E. M.

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1934
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New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1934. First U.S. edition. Forster's biography of his friend "Goldie," a political scientist and philosopher closely associated with the Bloomsbury Group. 8vo blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 277 pp., including index; illustrated with photographs. Near fine in about very good dust jacket with spine and rear panel a little tanned, spine ends… Read more about this item
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THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON; Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published
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THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON; Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published

by (Johnson, Samuel), by James Boswell

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London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791. First edition. Two volumes. First state with "gve" p.135:10 in first volume. Engraved portrait of Johnson after Sir Joshua Reynolds in Volume I and two engraved plates in Volume II, as called for (facing pp. 92 and "588"). Quarto (4to), full-leather sympathetically recased with original contemporaneous mottled calf laid down,… Read more about this item
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ROBINSON JEFFERS: POET AND PROPHET

by (Jeffers, Robinson), by James Karman

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2015
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Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. First edition. Paperback original. Biography covering the people, issues, and events that helped to shape Jeffers and his work. From the collection Allen K. Mears with an INSCRIPTION FROM KARMAN tipped in, "For Allen --/gentleman, soldier,/ cherished friend./ With warmest best wishes,/ Jim Karman." 8vo perfect-bound paperwraps, illustrated with photographs; 245 pages including index.… Read more about this item
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ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE PRAIRIE YEARS; [
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ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE PRAIRIE YEARS; ["...contains one hitherto unpublished, authentic Lincoln story which does not appear in the book"]

by Sandburg, Carl

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New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., [circa 1926].. First edition. Pre-publication booklet illustrated with photographs. One of a stated 2500 copies of this prospectus. Though the publisher suggests on the cover its "preservation as a Lincoln item," it would appear not many people did. 34 pp; stapled, printed green paperwraps. Damp staining to top edge throughout, covers chipped, worn… Read more about this item
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ROBINSON JEFFERS: THE MAN AND HIS WORK
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ROBINSON JEFFERS: THE MAN AND HIS WORK

by Powell, Lawrence Clark; foreword by Robinson Jeffers

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1934
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Los Angeles: Primavera Press, 1934. First edition. Limited to 750 copies. INSCRIBED BY POWELL on front endpaper, "Inscribed for Virgil R.D. Kirkham/ with my cordial good wishes/ Lawrence Clark Powell / Los Angeles June 23, 1934." Large 8vo brown cloth boards with paper spine label; 215 pages, including index; illustrated with a few photographs and with decorated initials by… Read more about this item
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VLADIMIR NABOKOV: A Pictorial Biography
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VLADIMIR NABOKOV: A Pictorial Biography

by (Nabokov, Vladimir) Ellendea Proffer, editor

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Ann Arbor: Ardis, (1991). First edition. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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MARIANNE THORNTON: A Domestic Biography

MARIANNE THORNTON: A Domestic Biography

by Forster, E. M.

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London: Edward Arnold Ltd., (1956). First edition. Illustrated with portraits. A remarkable, loving biography of his great aunt based on copious family papers (some transcribed by Marianne herself at a young age), diaries, and letters -- including several to Forster written while she was in her late 80's and he was not yet 8 years old. Endpapers tanned along… Read more about this item
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LIVING HISTORY
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LIVING HISTORY

by Clinton, Hillary Rodham

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New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003). First edition. Her memoirs of her time as first lady. SIGNED on the title page. Spine ends just gently nudged still fine in fine dust jacket with barest wear.
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THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: Illustrated by George Cruikshank, with a Biography of the Knight, from Authentic Sources by Robert B. Brough, Esq

THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: Illustrated by George Cruikshank, with a Biography of the Knight, from Authentic Sources by Robert B. Brough, Esq

by Cruikshank, George, Robert B. Brough

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1857--1858
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London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857--1858. First edition. In the ten original monthly parts, each with two full-page illustrated plates at front. Twenty plates in all; plus woodcut illustrations after Cruikshank replicated on front of each wrapper. Most with PUBLISHER'S PRESENTATION blindstamp on front cover. All lacking rear covers (each with plain tan wrap at rear instead)… Read more about this item
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THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: With a Biography of the Knight, from authentic sources

by Cruikshank, George, by Robert B. Brough

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London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857 and 1858. First edition, in the original, untrimmed and unopened monthly parts: TEN OCTAVO PARTS IN PICTORIAL PAPERWRAPS, housed together in gilt-lettered green-cloth chemise with bookplate of Maude M. Monell and matching green-cloth slipcase. Pale yellow pictorial paperwraps each with woodcut after Cruikshank on front cover and each with two full-page… Read more about this item
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1876: A Novel
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1876: A Novel

by Vidal, Gore

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New York: Random House, (1976). First edition. SIGNED on the half-title page. His sequel to BURR; the third volume chronologically in his "Narratives of Empire" series. Near fine with dark blue cloth just a bit faded on edges in very good or better dust jacket with spine and edges just a bit faded.
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THE LINDBERGHS: The Story of a Distinguished Family

THE LINDBERGHS: The Story of a Distinguished Family

by O'Brien, P. J., (Charles Lindbergh)

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Philadephia: Universal Book and Bible House, (1935). First edition. A prospectus or salesman's dummy with order pages in back not filled in. About 40 pages of text and numerous photos. Very good to fine. Assume as issued without dust jacket.
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WAR IN A TIME OF PEACE

by Halberstam, David

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New York: Scribner, (2001). First edition. SIGNED by author. Covers Bush, Clinton and the Generals. Fine in near fine dust jacket with the barest wear.
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LENIN IN ZURICH
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LENIN IN ZURICH

by Solzhenitsyn, Alexander

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New York: Farrar Straus, (1976). First U.S. edition. Translated from the Russian by H. T. Willetts. SIGNED by Solzhenitsyn on half-title page. A precusor of sorts to THE RED WHEEL--the first chapters were incorporated into the expanded 1984 edition of AUGUST 1914, and the rest into NOVEMBER 1916 and MARCH 1917. Near fine in bright, very good to near… Read more about this item
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CODENAME IAGO

by Flanagan, Richard, John Friedrich

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(Port Melbourne, Australia): Heinemann, (1991). First edition and the only edition, a paperback original. Friedrich's posthumously published autobiography completed with the assistance of Flanagan, the 2014 Booker Prize-winning author "considered by many to be the finest Australian novelist of his generation (The Economist)." By contrast, Johann Friedrich Hohenberger, aka "John Friedrich," was considered "Australia's greatest conman" who, at the… Read more about this item
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THE MARCH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: The Benjamin Hooks Story
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THE MARCH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: The Benjamin Hooks Story

by Hooks, Benjamin L.; Jerry Guess

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(Chicago: American Bar Association, 2004). First edition. Written with Guess; foreword by Dennis Archer, the 2003/2004 American Bar Association president. INSCRIBED BY HOOKS on the front free endpaper simply, "Thanks / BWHooks" (not inscribed to anyone). "As leader of the NAACP for 15 years, Benjamin Hooks oversaw the organization's position on affirmative action and federal aid to the poorer… Read more about this item
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LIFE OF LIEUT. COL. BLACKADER: Born 1664--Died 1729. [Tract No. 26]

by (Blackader, John)

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1840
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[Philadelphia]: Presbyterian Board of Publications, 1840. First edition. An unattributed account of the spiritual life of John Blackader interwoven with extracts from his diaries and letters in which he speaks of "Providence" and prayer. 16mo quarter leather; pebble-cloth boards with gilt stamped "Life of Col. Blackader" and "26" just barely visible on spine; 118 pp. plus 6 pp.of publisher's… Read more about this item
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AN ERNIE PYLE ALBUM: Indiana to Ie Shima

by Miller, Lee G.

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New York: William Sloane Associates, (1946). First edition. Near fine with lightly bumped spine ends. In a near fine dust jacket that is lightly soiled and shows a few rub marks, several closed tears along the top and two tiny chips to the top of the spine.
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