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1 Aiken, Conrad. SELECTED POEMS.
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1929 First, limited edition. Hard Cover Fair Signed by Author
361 pp, 8 1/2" H. Green cloth spine with gilt lettering/decorative banding, patterned paper-covered boards. *Lacking the publisher's slipcase.* No. 3 of 210 copies, numbered and signed by Conrad Aiken on the limitation page. Aiken was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 'Selected Poems' in 1930. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Adrianne / on the way to / Hollywood / from / Philip Merivale / March : 1932". Philip Merivale was born in India, began his acting and screenwriting career in England, later moving to Los Angeles. This book is from the library of the actor Raymond Massey and we presume the 'Adrianne' of the dedication was Massey's first wife, Adrianne Allen (m.1929-1939). Ms. Allen is perhaps best known for her role in Noel Coward's 'Private Lives'. Following her divorce from Massey, Ms. Allen married American lawyer, William Dwight Whitney (and Massey married Whitney's ex-wife). In 1957 she joined her daughter, Anna Massey and Philip Merivale's son, John Merivale, in the Broadway production "The Reluctant Debutante", playing Sheila Broadbent, mother of the character played by Anna. Many pages have not been opened and others have rough edges from opening, several edge tears (archivally taped) or pieces missing from margins/corners between pages 329 & 336 - no text missing, age darkening to edges of text block - especially top of text block, moderate to heavy edge wear to boards - more at corners, browning to spine, light browning and some thin brown stains on boards, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, line dent across bottom of text block, small bump at top edge of rear board. 
Price: 175.00 USD
 
 
COLUMBIA., Keppel, Frederick Paul.
2 Keppel, Frederick Paul. COLUMBIA.
New York Oxford University Press 1914 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Ambrose Fowler, et al, photographs. Inscribed By Author
297 pp, 7 7/8" H. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering/decoration on spine and front board, top edge gilt. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'F.P. Keppel, with best wishes / from the author to the purchaser." Above which is written, in pencil, "GC Atkins / Columbia 1902". Part of the "American College and University Series". Ten b&w photographs, including the tissue-covered frontispiece (collated) - 4 by Ambrose Fowler, 1 by Karl Struss and 1 by August Patzig. Contents: Introductory; The Background; The University of To-day; Ways and Means; Educational Organization; Teachers and Executives; Students and Student Life; An Academic Year; Conclusion; Appendices: Statistics for 1857, 1890, 1901, 1913; Financial Summary, 1912-13; Student Enrolment; Geographical Distribution of Students, 1896, 1913; Statistics Regarding Buildings; Gifts of $50,000 and above, Class Memorials; Index. A news-paper clipping has been laid in at the front, "Dean Van Amringe on Columbia's Honor and Scholarship System.", with attendant browning to front pastedown and free endpaper. Light browing and scattered foxing on fore-edge and bottom of text block, tiny specks of color loss on boards/edges, one small slight corner bump and also at bottom of rear hinge, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, scattered tiny and small faint foxing marks on endpapers and some preliminaries, page leaves 93 to 108 have light wrinkling at fore-edge - two have a small edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
LITTLE VISITS WITH GREAT AMERICANS:  OR SUCCESS, IDEALS AND HOW TO ATTAIN THEM.  TWO VOLUME SET., Marden, Orison Swett, editor.
3 Marden, Orison Swett, editor. LITTLE VISITS WITH GREAT AMERICANS: OR SUCCESS, IDEALS AND HOW TO ATTAIN THEM. TWO VOLUME SET.
New York Success Company 1905 Hard Cover Very Good 
742 pp in two volumes - deep maroon cloth with gilt lettering and decoration on spines and front boards, top edges gilt. Red marbled endpapers, b&w frontispieces and decorated title pages. A few b&w plates, plus a photograph section in volume 2. Short biographies, collected under the headings: Invention; Manufacture; Commerce; Finance; Transportation; Labor; Public Life; Education and Literature; Art; Amusement; Philanthropy; Divinity; Canadians. The subjects of the biographies include: Thomas Alva Edison, Andrew Carnegie, Marshall Field, John Wanamaker, Sir Thomas Lipton, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Lyman Judson Gage, Samuel Gompers, Theodore Roosevelt, Jacob Gould Schurman, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Lew Wallace, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, John Philip Sousa, Helen Keller, John Burroughs, Nathan Straus, Robert Laird Borden, Goldwin Smith, Sir William C. Van Horne, etc., etc. Volume 1 has light browning on pages 338/339 at gutter due to laid-in piece of paper. Both volumes have light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny bump at bottom corners of boards (volume 1 has a tiny bump at one top corner), a few small light rub marks, very light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block - volume 2 has small foxing mark on fore-edge. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
4 Smiley, Kathryn, ed. (Robert E. Skinner, Richard M. Weatherford, Diane Peterson, Larry Blumenfeld.) FIRSTS: COLLECTING MODERN FIRST EDITIONS. MAY, 1995. VOLUME 5, NUMBER 5.
Tucson, Arizona Firsts Magazine 1995 Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
60 pp, 10 3/4" H, soft cover (magazine format). B&w illustrations. Articles: Searching the Limits of the Form (Douglas C. Jones - with checklist); The Arthur H. Clark Company (a Western Americana press); Collecting Wallace Stegner (with informal checklist); The Future of the Western; Points; A Collector's Guide to Publishers (Duell, Sloan and Pearce); Books into Film ('The Searchers') Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, light rubbing on rear cover, a few small very soft wrinkles, one tiny corner crease. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE GRAPES OF WRATH., Steinbeck, John.  Illustrated by Ruth Gannett.
5 Steinbeck, John. Illustrated by Ruth Gannett. THE GRAPES OF WRATH.
New York Viking Press 1939 First Edition Hard Cover Good Good Elmer Hader, dust jacket illustration. 
619 pp, 8 1/4" H. Oatmeal-coloured cloth with spine lettering and wraparound illustration in brown, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" endpapers, copyright page states "FIRST PUBLISHED IN APRIL 1939". Dust jacket bears price of $2.75 and "FIRST EDITION" in blue on bottom corner under blue line. Light foxing on free endpapers, moderate foxing on pastedowns, very minor soiling in margin of page 440, stain speck in margin of pages 219 & 226, waviness and light water stain at top 5" of page margins of approx. pages 1 through 100 - water stain gets progressively lighter up to page 62 and waviness gets progressiively lighter up to page 100, bery light foxing to fore-edge and bottom of text block, very small stain at bottom edge of spine near front hinge, minor edge wear, very light toning to spine and some board edges, some very light soiling on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has light browning to spine, flap-folds and at top edge of front flap; light toning to other edges; light edge wear/wrinkling - a little more at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light foxing on inside of flaps; a few very small and small closed edge tears; a few tiny edge chips; faint water mark on inside of front flap-fold and on inside of rear hinge; tiny dent on spine; protected in a mylar sleeve. Additional pictures of condition are available on request. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
 
 
UNITED STATES NAVY AIRCRAFT SINCE 1911., Swanborough, Gordon and Bowers, Peter M.
6 Swanborough, Gordon and Bowers, Peter M. UNITED STATES NAVY AIRCRAFT SINCE 1911.
Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1968. 
518 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in b&w. "Aircraft procurement by the Navy began (in 1911), and the new air arm grew quickly in size and importance. Although serving somewhat different purposes, and often o perating under very different conditions, U.S. Naval Aviation has complemented the Army Air Corps and later the U.S.A.F. for 57 years. In that time, it has fought three major wars - World War II, Korea and Vietnam - has played a peace-kee p i n g r o l e in many parts of the world, and has supported many important research programmes, such as exploration of the Antarctic and the recovery of returning space satellites. To enable it to perform its many missions, the Navy (together w it h th e U .S . Ma ri n es' air arm) has operated a wide range of operational and support aircraft. All of these types are fully described and illustrated....The main part of the book comprises descriptions of the 125 most significant types of air cra ft , e ac h acc om pan ied b y one or more photographs, and multi-view line drawings by L.E. Bradford. Another 130 types, of less importance in Naval history, are illustrated and described more briefly; separate appendices are devoted to airsh ips and gli der s in N ava l se rvic e.. ..(It) contains chapters on the designation systems used by the U.S. Navy, the colours and markings used on Naval aircraft and a specially-devised designation index providing an immediate cross reference to ever y de signa ted Na val a ircr aft. Airc raft used by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Marines are also fully covered." Small light stains at bottom of pages i - v, tiny crease at top corner of page 475 to end of book, very small bump/crease at bo ttom corner of pag es 93 - 144 (a f ew pag es wi th tiny piece missing), light edge rubbing, slight bump to top of spine - light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has heavy rubbing, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flsp-folds, a few t iny t ears, m inor soi ling a nd fox ing ma rks, no w in a mylar sleeve. Very Good-/Good- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
JOHN J. PERSHING., Whitehouse, Arch.
7 Whitehouse, Arch. JOHN J. PERSHING.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, (1964), Ist edition. 
191 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. "John J. Pershing wanted to be a school-teacher, not a soldier. He became the only man to attain the rank of General of the Armies, the highest military rank in the United States..." Light edgewear to blue boards decorated in black. Dust jacket has small chips/creases/tears, is price clipped, has one triangular piece (1" x 1/2") missing from middle of rear panel, edges and spine browned, two 1 1/2" tears with associated wrinkling at bottom of rear pa nel. Scan available on request. VG/Fair 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A DEVIL AND A GOOD WOMAN, TOO:  THE LIVES OF JULIA PETERKIN., Williams, Susan Millar.  (Julia Peterkin.)
8 Williams, Susan Millar. (Julia Peterkin.) A DEVIL AND A GOOD WOMAN, TOO: THE LIVES OF JULIA PETERKIN.
Athens, Georgia University of Georgia Press 1997 0820319120 / 9780820319124 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
343 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "Julia Peterkin revolutionized American literature by writing seriously about the lives of plain black farming people. In five bold, lyrical books she pushed the bounds of realism to earn the startled praise of such intellecturals and literary artists as W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes. A plantation mistress who vowed to 'write what is, even if it is unpleasant', she took up writing at the age of forty, produced two best-selling novels, and won a Pulitzer Prize before mysteriously abandoning writing twelve years later. Peterkin's fiction chronicles the collapse of plantation agriculture on the Gullah coast of South Carolina. At the same time her writings are a thinly veiled autobiography of a southern white woman struggling to create something new out of the beauty and sorrow around her. Writing to her mentor H.L. Menckn in 1922, Peterkin declared, 'These black friends of mine live more in one Saturday night than I do in five years. I envy them, and I guess as I cannot be them, I seek satisfaction in trying to record them.' The first full account of Peterkin's life is an exemplary biography of a brilliant, enigmatic women who defied convention, lived as she pleased, and wrorte what she knew." Minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing, some fading to spine colour (still very legible) and parts of top edge/front flap-fold. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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