Monday, November 19, 2012

Vintage Camera Style Photo Album


Yes it looks like a sturdy vintage camera, but it's really a trompe l'oeil paper photo album that looks like leather! Let it remind you of photo albums and trips gone by, then fill it with fresh photos. Perfect for photos, prints or your vintage post cards.

~ Holds 92 4x6" photos
~ 24 plastic sleeves
~ Acid-free card inserts
~ Concealed wire binding
~ Metal button with elastic closure


PRICE: $25. + a few dollars to ship within the U.S. SOLD!

~ Please leave me a comment if you are interested in purchasing this cool album!

Front Cover

Rear Cover

Another view of the front

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Time to V-O-T-E

People of America: I don't care how you vote or who you vote for - that's personal. Just do us all a favor; please go VOTE today! It's our right and a privilege - especially you ladies out there. Lest we forget there was a time in the past when women weren't allowed to vote.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Brain Candy - Trick or Treat ?

I'm giving brain candy for Halloween this year - books - to kids.

I'm planning on feeding their brains instead of their bellies! I have been collecting books all year long in anticipation for this holiday.

Some of them will hate me, I'm sure. However if I can enlighten just one, it's all worth it. Can't wait to get dressed up and have fun with the kids tonight.

Happy Halloween,

Christy

Monday, August 6, 2012

Groovy 1960s Magnus Chord Organ

This trippy little organ is ready for a new home. It's not very big and comes with a stand. Just plug her in and make have fun making music!

~ Manufactured by Magnus organ Corporation.
~ Model number 600.
~ Made in the USA
~ 110 to 115 Volts / 42 Watts

Dimensions: Organ itself is 27" wide x 10" tall x 10 1/2" deep. With the wooden stand it is 28 1/2" wide x 34" tall and 12" deep.

For sale in Boise, Idaho - local pick up only. Please leave a comment here if you are interested. You may also send an email to solitary_bibliophile@yahoo.com

Asking Price: $50. SOLD 10/15/12




[SOLD 10/15/12]

Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Fridayreads time again!

My #Fridayreads Book of the Day: A Supremely Bad Idea - Three Mad Birders and their Quest to See it All by Luke Dempsey

* This guy has a truly odd sense of humor... but it's just my style and I'm really enjoying this book!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day means never forget!

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kids say: Reading is Fun



I love volunteering at the school Library and receiving little gifts like this from the kids! They are sitting on bean bags while reading, we have bean bags at our Library. So cool.

Keep reading, bibliophiles.

~Christy

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Genesis of Language by Kenneth C. Hill [Editor]








The Genesis of Language by Kenneth C. Hill [Editor]

1979. Karoma Publishers, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI. First Edition. The First Michigan Colloquium. Good in Good dustjacket: front and rear hinges cracked or starting due to type of binding - there are no loose or missing pages, DJ has some wrinkling and scuffing, previous owner used faint red pencil to underline in a few places - may be erased. Bibliography/References. 149pp.

A series of lectures given at the University of Michigan, [Department of Linguistics]; this volume presents views on a variety of topics in language contact situations by some of the leading scholars in the field. An indispensable reference work. Includes lectures on Creolization, second language acquisition, universals of marginal languages, contact filters,  the emergence of contact-stimulated marginal languages, and theoretical orientations in creole studies.
PRICE: $15.

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[keywords: (Linguistics Language Syntax Grammar Pragmatics Semantics Semiotics Phonemics Phonetics Phoneme]


Hallelujah Anyway: A Collection of Illustrated Lyrics by Patrick Woodroffe







Hallelujah Anyway: A Collection of Illustrated Lyrics by Patrick Woodroffe

1984. Limpsfield, Surry, Great Britain: Paper Tiger/A Dragon's World Ltd. Imprint. Very good condition hardcover with very good condition dustjacket. Square 4to. 135pp. Fully illustrated throughout in color with vignettes and sketches, reproductions of some really interesting pieces by Mr. Woodroffe.

A collection of trippy surreal-fantasy illustrations by the creator of Mythopoeikon that explore the border between reality and imagination. Its extraordinary images explore and celebrate the border between reality and illusions; a realm of wild wonders and bizarre beings, brought to life through a combination of paint, etching and highly unconventional photographic techniques. More than one hundred and fifty stunning full color illustrations will take you to the farthest shores of the imagination. Woodroffe was a creature concept designer for ‘The Never-Ending Story’ and ‘The Never-Ending Story II’(films) and many record album covers including some for Phil Collins and Judas Priest. Out of Print.

PRICE: $30.

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[keywords: Art, Artists, Surrealism, Fantasy, Illustrated ]


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bright Wings of Summer: Watching Butterflies by David G. Measures





Bright Wings of Summer: Watching Butterflies by David G. Measures

1976. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, First edition. Very good condition hardback with very good- dustjacket that has some short closed tears along top edge mostly, price-clipped front flap. 160pp. Fully illustrated throughout with color and black and white sketches/watercolors. Includes index, bibliography.

An account of one man's discovery if a fascinating world that exists all around us, on city rooftops and in wild, untouched meadows, in suburban gardens and on the lonely tundra of the arctic. The author, an artist, combined the eye of an artist with the careful observation and notation of a naturalist and this unique record, a butterfly diary of his chosen area, forms the groundwork of his book. A field guide for the observer, this title discusses: social life and behavior, scent, colonies and territories, relationships with other insects, death and predation, hibernation, etc.

PRICE: $15.

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[keywords: Butterflies, Insects, Nature, Flowers, Art, Illustrated]


Batman: Son of the Demon, A Graphic Novel by Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham - Hardcover





Batman: Son of the Demon, A Graphic Novel  
by Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham

1987. NY: DC Comics. FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER. Very good- condition with very good dustjacket. [NOTE: there is a publisher's defect at the very lower inside margin on the first few pages; half-title, title pg, etc where there was a fold of the paper and slight tear right at the gutter. 78pp. Fully color illustrated graphic novel. Introduction by Mark Hamill. Jerry Bingham, illustrator.

"Combines great character development and superb writing to realistically tell a tale in which Batman must form an uneasy alliance with his greatest adversary. When a demented terrorist creates a weapon that allows him to control the weather, the Dark Knight Detective joins forces with Ra's al Ghul and his daughter Talia in order to stop the madman from creating worldwide havoc. But as the final showdown occurs, Batman finds himself torn between stopping the ruthless terrorist and protecting Talia, the women who is now carrying his unborn child."

PRICE: $25.

~ Please contact me if you are interested in this cool book!

[Keywords: Batman, Graphic Novel, Comic, Illustrated, Fantasy]


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Luciano Project: The Secret Wartime Collaboration of the Mafia and the U.S. Navy





The Luciano Project: The Secret Wartime Collaboration of the Mafia and the U.S. Navy
by Rodney Campbell

1977. NY: McGraw-Hill. First Edition. Very good- condition in Good dustjacket. Some minor soiling at top edge, dustjacket has a few short tears at edges, there is a short piece missing at the upper dj spine. xii, 299pp. Bibliography, index.

The astonishing true story of the secret collaboration of the Mafia and the Navy to seal up the Port of New York from Nazi infiltration. Based on the actual transcripts of secret official investigations, including how Lucky Luciano set up an intelligence network at Great Meadow Prison. Other notable figures in this book are: Meyer Lansky, Joe "Socks" Lanza, Joe Adonis (who brought hundreds of native born Sicilians to provide intel for the Sicily invasion). Also documents the complete inside story of the Navy cover-up of the Project.

Price: $15.

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Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman - Techniques of a master of hypnotism! [Book]





Hypnotherapy
by Dave Elman


1981 third printing. Glendale: Westwood Publishing Co. xvi., 336pp. Condition: Very good- blue hardcover covers with rubbing/shelfwear at corners and spine ends. There are neat black ink lines covering previous owner's name at the endpapers and on bottom edge; minor bit of underlining present - mainly in the introduction. No dustjacket, as published.

Mr. Elman's reputation as a hypnotist made him among the best known and most successful teachers of hypnotism in America. This book, originally titled "Findings in Hypnosis" is the summation of the Elman theories and techniques. It was the primary text used in his course and has become a classic work in the literature of hypnotism. His detailed attention to semantics - voice inflection; and his unique ability to generate mental expectancy form a background for his incredible effectiveness with nearly one hundred percent of his subjects.

PRICE: $45.


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Keywords: Psychology HYPNOSIS HYPNOTISM HYPNOTHERAPY


Norman And The Nursery School [vintage children's book, 1949]






Norman And The Nursery School
by W. Edward Young and Will Hayes

1949. NY: The Platt and Munk Co. Very good- condition, no dustjacket. Original color pastedown illustration on cover, red cloth covers; some rubbing, scuffs, minor fray at extremities. Neat ink gift inscription along top edge/margin on title page [see photo] otherwise interior VERY clean without marks, etc. A SOLID sewn binding! Bold color illustrations by Janet Robson Kennedy. Unpaginated  [approx 40 pages]. 8vo.

Darling pictures and text presenting an actual portrayal of the child's day at nursery school in the 1940s! American artist Janet Robson Kennedy [1902-1974] is most known for her colorful abstract, impressionistic, surrealistic style; she was also known for her illustrations in children's books, most notably, Bible Stories for Little Children, by Mary Alice Jones.

PRICE: $25.

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[keywords: vintage, retro, children, preschool, illustrated]


Buttons: The Collector's Guide to Selecting, Restoring, and Enjoying New and Vintage Buttons








Buttons: The Collector's Guide to Selecting, Restoring, and Enjoying New and Vintage Buttons
by Nancy Fink and Maryalice Ditzler

1993. Philadelphia: Courage Books/Running Press. Condition: Very good in Very good dustjacket. 80pp. Fully illustrated throughout with color photographs. Endpapers feature an interesting pattern (photo) of old buttons. Previous owner's gift inscription neatly inked on the front free endpaper, near the top. 4to. Bibliography, index.

This beautifully illustrated guide traces the historical background of the button, from classical times to the present day. Fabric and cloth, metal, glass, ceramic, enamel, natural materials, and plastic - they're all here. Separate chapters describe uniform buttons and other collectible buttons.

PRICE: $15.

~ Plus a few dollars for shipping - Please contact me if  you are interested in this fine book!



[keywords: art, crafts, buttons, collectibles, antiques]


Thursday, April 12, 2012

I Love the Library!!



I Love the Library - as illustrated by one our little ones here at school! I love that they love it here. :-)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Early Eric Carle Illustrated Book: Nature Thoughts, A Selection





Nature Thoughts
by Louise Bachelder

1965. NY: Peter Pauper Press. Good in good dust jacket. 61pp. Darling color illustrations by renowned children's author Eric Carle. Includes short nature quotations by famous authors such as by Thoreau, Bryant, Lamb, Whitman and many others. Small 8vo.

The illustrator of this book - Eric Carle - is well-known as an author of books for children. This book containing his charming nature illustrations pre-dates the publication of his first children's book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear".  

“In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.” -John Milton

PRICE: $12.

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[Keywords: Eric Carle, illustrated, art, nature, poetry, quotes]


Friday, April 6, 2012

Opening Day special - 1970s Baseball Books are a time capsule of history!





(signed baseball card not for sale)


 From my personal collection of books on Baseball, I offer:

Baseball Register - 1972

1972. St. Louis, MO: Sporting News Publishing Co. First edition in original color illustrated paper covers. Publisher: C.C. Johnson Spink, Editor Joe Marcin. Contents include list of active players (for that year); Major League managers; Major League coaches; Major league umpires; recently retired players and Index. Full black and white team photo inside front cover of the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1971; full black and white team photo of the Baltimore Orioles, 1971 inside rear cover. Cover photograph of Joe Torre taken by Jack Zehrt. Tony Oliva of the Twins photo on rear cover - 1971 AL batting champion. Includes the 1971 stats of every MLB player in League. 432pp.   
Price: $15.



Baseball Register - 1973

1973. St. Louis, MO: Sporting News Publishing Co. First edition in original color illustrated paper covers. Publisher: C.C. Johnson Spink, Editor Joe Marcin and Bill Sodemann, Jr. Contents include list of active players (for that year); Major League managers; Major League coaches; Major league umpires; recently retired players and Index. Includes the 1972 stats of every MLB player in League. Full color photo of Wilbur Wood on front cover, black and white team photo of 1972 WS champion Oakland A's on inside cover; black and white team photo of the 1972 Cincinnati Reds inside rear cover; black and white photo of Hall of Famer Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers on rear cover. 464pp.  Price: $15.

~ Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing these fine books
 
[Keywords: Baseball, Sports, Records, Reference]


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Weird book title of the day



Found this at the library today: Sad Underwear and other Complications by Judith Viorst [poetry for children]

~ just weird!

Do something good today - read to a child!



I'm volunteering at my daughter's Elementary school Library today... encouraging lots of little readers to LOVE books! 

How are you paying it forward this fine Thursday?


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Newport, Oregon: 1866-1936: Portrait of a Coast Resort by Richard L Price








Newport, Oregon: 1866-1936: Portrait of a Coast Resort
by Richard L Price
 
1975. Lincoln County Historical Society. Trade paperback, some scuffing and shelfwear to covers and extremities, front cover has short tear at lower spine and faint traces of dampstain near said area [see photo] 114pp.

A history of the Oregon Coast resort area near Yaquina Bay, discussing the early years, and the days of railroads, resports and automobiles. Fully illustrated throughout with many photo and map reproductions.

PRICE: $20.

~ Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this fine book

[Keywords: Oregon, Pacific Northwest, West Coast, Yaquina Bay, Regional History]


Gauchos by Aldo Sessa - Beautiful Photography Book!










Gauchos
by Aldo Sessa

1998. Cosmogonias S.A., Argentina. Very good condition hardcover - full cloth with very good dustjacket. Square 8vo. All pages are printed on glossy high-quality paper. ISBN 9509140414.


A BEAUTIFUL publication illustrated in full color with the author's photographs taken all around Argentina. Provides a pictorial look into the life of Gauchos, or cowboys of the South American Pampas. Text descriptions of photos is in English and Spanish.


Price: $30.00


~ Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this fine book

 [Keywords: Argentina, Photography, Photographers, Cowboys, Gauchos, South America, Pampas]


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Florentine Art Book: Raphael by Adolf Paul Oppé [1909]






Raphael
by Adolf Paul Oppé
 
Published 1909 by Methuen and Co. in London. First Edition. xvi, 231, [1] 231pp. Good condition original blue cloth covers with gilt-stamped title at spine. The covers show shelfwear at extremities, including fraying in areas - well-loved but overall binding is SOLID. Other than a bit of minor foxing at edges, endpapers and some margins, there are no notable markings to interior.

Includes a list of Raphael's works in the order of the places where they are found, 200 illustrated plates [Plates printed on both sides], Select bibliography, Appendices and Index. Lovely frontispiece portrait of Galatea intact. 


Raphael, a great artist of the Italian Renaissance, was employed by Pope Julius II to complete the fresco decoration of a number of rooms in the Vatican. From 1500 to 1508 he worked throughout central Italy, particularly Florence, where he became a noted portraitist and painter of Madonnas.

PRICE: $60.

[Keywords: Art, Artists, Florentine, Italian, Renaissance]

~If you are interested in this fine book, please contact me!



Surrealist Art Book: Joán Miró by James Thrall Soby



Joán Miró by James Thrall Soby. 1959.

Joán Miró by James Thrall Soby. 1959


Joán Miró
by James Thrall Soby


1959.  NY: The Museum of Modern Art, distributed by Doubleday and Co. First Edition. Good condition cloth covers, some sunning along edges, white mark on cover (obscured by dj), Good- condition Dustjacket with chipped edges and age-toning but protected in a mylar cover! Square 4to. Glossy heavy paper, 164pp. 148 illustrations by Miró - 35 in color. Jacket design by the Artist. Includes: notes to the text, list of exhibitions, bibliography and index.

Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. "Among artists of his generation, Miró has long held a leading place, and today is respected throughout Europe and in America for his magnificently personal color, his inventive fantasy and his pernnial freshness of vision." [from the publisher] Miró began to take interest in the object as such, in the form of collages. This was a practice which was to lead to his making of surrealist sculptures. He also experimented with many other artistic forms, such as engraving, lithography, water colors, pastels, and painting over copper.

PRICE: $30.

[Keywords: Art, Artists, Miro, Spain, Modern Art, Surrealism]

~ Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this fine book


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quote of the Day



This is a quote from a magazine, I love what it said: "I knew a woman who lived to be a healthy 101 years old I asked her what she attributed her longevity to and she said a long time ago I decided not to worry for more than five minutes about things I can't change."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The New Golden Bough: A New Abridgment of Sir James Frazer's Classic Work



New Golden Bough

New Golden Bough [dj flap]





The New Golden Bough: A New Abridgment of Sir James Frazer's Classic Work
by Theodor H. Gaster

1959. NY: Criterion Books. xxx; 737pp. Very good condition hardcover/ Good dustjacket with some chips along edges, some darkening of spine. First printing of this edition. Dustjacket illustration by Joseph Low.

Contents: Editor's Foreword; SYNOPSIS; Author's Introduction; The Magic of Kings; Taboo and the Perils of the Soul; Death and Resurrection: The Rhythm of Nature; Dying and Reviving Gods; Spirits of the Corn and Wild; The Riddance of Evil; Between Old and New; The Golden Bough; index. This work is a scholarly effort to present a fresh condensation of Sir James Frazer’s classic 12-volume work, incorporating selections from the Aftermath (1936). Included are: a synopsis and foreword analyzing the original work and comparing it with the new abridgement, a new division of subtopics, numbered paragraphs for the purpose of cross-referencing Frazer’s notes (unavailable in earlier one-volume editions) and the editor’s additional notes, and a sizeable index to topics, places, and references. In the intervening hundred years, The Golden Bough has had enormous influence on the rapidly expanding fields of anthropology and sociology, as well as the studies of mythology and religion.

[Mythology, Religion, Magic, Superstition, Homeopathy, Folklore, Anthropology]

Price: $25.00

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Springtime Children's Books

As a library volunteer, every month I try to make time for a new display at my daughter's Elementary School Library. A couple weeks back it was St. Patrick's Day and books on Ireland, before that it was Dr. Seuss in honor of Read Across America day.

Make someone's day - volunteer to read to a child :-) you'll be a real hero!

~Christy

A good idea

...pass it on!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tolkien Cards original 1975 series - art by JRR Tolkien!







Original printing by George Allen & Unwin Ltd., England. 1975. Eight cards with envelopes.

Cards measure approximately 8 ¾” by 6”

These are entirely framable - some cards have minor bent corners/creases [see photos for details] - would not show if matted and/or framed! 

Card titles as follows:

1. The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water
2. Bilbo woke with the early sun in his eyes
3. Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves
4. Rivendell
5. Conversation with Smaug
6. Death of Smaug
7. Fangorn Forest
8. Barad-dur

Price for the set of Eight cards: $40. SOLD 11/15/12

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Stalking Big Game With a Camera in Equatorial Africa, With a Monograph on the African Elephant by Marius Maxwell



Stalking Big Game with a Camera [1924]

Stalking Big Game with a Camera [interior pages]


1924. New York: The Century Co. First American Edition. Very good- condition: dark green full cloth covers with orange & black highlights at front cover and spine - hinges starting, deckled edges, some remote little book bug-chewed spots at foredge and gutters. Bumped lower front corner, corner cloth frayed, somewhat at spine ends, cloth in general shows shelfwear. HEAVY.  xx, 311pp. Preface by Sir Sidney F. Harmer [Director of the British Museum] Photo-illustrations include: double-page frontispiece with tissue-guard; 62 full-page plates, one full-page map.

"One of the finest illustrated records of big game... also includes hunting narratives of the rhino and elephant." --Kenneth P. Czech [Bibliography].  Mr. Maxwell tells of his travels to British East Africa, Kenya, and his photographic experiences; providing a chapter and some plates on the photographic equipment used. The primary object was to obtain photos of elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, buffalo and giraffe in their natural setting.

PRICE: $80.

[Keywords: Photography, Zoology, Africa, Kenya, Big Game, Elephants, Rhino, Exploration]

~ If you are interested in this fine book, please contact me!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Psychedelic Prayers: And Other Meditations by Timothy Leary



Leary's Psychedelic Prayers



Psychedelic Prayers: And Other Meditations 
by Timothy Leary

1966. New Hyde Park, NY: University Books. First edition, this publisher. Psychedelic Monograph II. Condition: Very Good- as there's some minor soil from handling, there is a tear which originates at the spine about 1 1/2" up from the bottom, moving into lower area of front cover (not to the edge). Adjacent wrinkled area on back cover. Original printed wrappers, bright yellow-orange covers with cover psychedelic illustration - red horse motif by Michael Bowen [note: there are small dot-black eyes in the eye sockets, not sure if it was printed as such or added later].

Timothy Leary's only book of poetry and meditations. Written while Timothy Leary was visiting India in 1965 and finished at his celebrated commune in Millbrook, New York, the following year, Psychedelic Prayers is an adaptation of Book I of the Tao Te Ching. Leary said he was drawn to the "psychedelic" quality of the ancient work and believed it could be a guide to transcendental experiences. "My objective", he later wrote, "was to find this seed idea in each sutra and rewrite it in the lingua franca of psychedelia". He succeeded in his aim: Psychedelic Prayers occupies a unique place in 1960s literature and is one of Leary's most beloved books.

Read an outstanding review/description of this book here: PsyPress UK Literary review

PRICE: $25. [SOLD 3/22/12]

~ Please contact me if you are interested in this trippy book!
[keywords: Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Psychedelic, Poetry, Alternative Literature]


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Army Badges and Insignia Since 1945 by Guido Rosignoli



Army Badges and Insignia Since 1945


Army Badges and Insignia Since 1945 
by Guido Rosignoli

1975. NY: MacMillan. 1st American Edition; Hardcover; Very Good in Very Good price-clipped dustjacket. 218 pp.

Illustrates over 2000 badges and insignia from USA, Great Britain, Poland, Belgium, Italy, USSR, German Federal and Democratic Republics- most in color; a great identification guide! From the dust jacket: "The meticulously accurate drawings are the product of painstaking research in embassies and in private collections. The accompanying text adds to the information contained in the illustrations: notes on how badges and insignia were worn, and the military history of the armies whose badges are depicted. It is an invaluable reference for everyone interested in military history and uniforms."

PRICE: $22.

 ~ Please contact me if you are interested in this fine book!

[keywords: Army, Military, Militaria, Badges, Identification Guide, History]


Monday, March 19, 2012

The Clipper Ship Era by Arthur H. Clark





The Clipper Ship Era [cover]

The Clipper Ship Era [frontispiece and title page]

 The Clipper Ship Era. An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders and Crews, 1843-1869.
by Arthur H. Clark

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1910] First edition. Green gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo. xii, 404pp, index. Front hinge cracked, minor shelfwear to cloth at corners and spine ends. There is a very short tear to cloth at upper spine. 39 plates of illustrations throughout the book - collated.

A fascinating history of the Clipper ship era, featuring the following chapter topics: American shipping to the close of the War of 1812; British shipping and the East India Company; the North Atlantic packet ships; Opium clippers; Two early Commanders [Waterman and Palmer]; the repeal of the British navigation laws - the "Oriental"; the rush for California; the clipper ship crews; California clipper passages in 1851-1852-1853; American competition with Great Britain in the China trade; The Great Republic and The Dreadnought; American Clippers of 1854 and 55; Australian voyages and clippers; the greatness and decline of the American Merchant Marine; the later British Tea Clippers; the fate of the old clipper ships. Appendices, Index.

PRICE: $40. [SOLD 8/5/12]

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[keywords: Maritime Naval Ship Ships Shipping Navy Sailor Sailors Sailing Seafarer]


Friday, March 16, 2012

The Mountain of Gold by Max Evans - Signed Presentation Copy with Letter



The Mountain of Gold with Signed Letter

Signed half-title page by Max Evans


 [Illustrated by Hugh Cabot, III] 1965. Sellenraa, Dunwoody, Georgia: Norman S. Berg, Publisher. First Edition - SIGNED presentation copy (signed on half-title page). 8vo. 77pp. Book in very good condition with a Good+ condition dustjacket, please note there are some chips along the upper edge near front right corner, one circular missing spot (small) at upper spine, in general some shelfwear and scuffs to paper cover. Both corners at front flap of dustjacket are clipped - having read other catalogs, I see this may have been from the publisher(?) as they also note this condition, there is a light 2.95 price written where the flap corner should be.

In addition to the signed book there is a personal letter (in envelope) dated Aug 1966 handwritten in orange pen by Mr. Evans - letter was to Jean Williams in Hollywood. Stationary is from the El Rey Motel in  "old Santa Fe, New Mexico"

Please read this very interesting article about Max Evans: http://www.historynet.com/ol-max-evans-tells-literary-stories-in-paintings-and-drawings.htm "Today, he's best-known as a writer, author of The Rounders and The Hi Lo Country (both turned into critically acclaimed movies), the irascible rapscallion who once broke director Sam Peckinpah's ankle — "I was trying to break his neck." — winner of multiple Spur Awards, multiple Western Heritage Wrangler Awards and the 1990 Levi Strauss Saddleman Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature." -- Johnny D. Boggs

This is the story of Benito Anaya and his wife Eloisa.... while cutting trees on Black Mountain for corral posts, Benito stumbles upon a rock, it is a huge nugget of gold, the size of his fist. The rest of his life is spent in a search for the mother lode. [A true allegory of loss of vision in pursuit of a goal.]

PRICE: $70.

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