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1 176Aldiss, Brian W. (Ed. ) and Harrison, Harry (Ed. ) Hell's Cartographers, Some Personal Histories of Science Fiction Writers
Harper & Row NY 1975 0060100524 / 9780060100520 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
246 pages; Fine/Near Fine. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has tiny shelf rub at front corner tip. Now in protective sleeve. An Excellent Gift! Super art work by Randall Richmond. We are an entirely new sort of popular writer, the poor man's highbrows. We wrote against the grain and were accepted against it... We had faith in what we were doing; individualists though we were (and are), it transpired that the faith virtually created a movement. A lot of people needed to re-dream our nightmares - Brian Aldiss. 
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2 14076Alpers, Antony Katherine Mansfield - A Biography
Alfred A. Knopf NY 1953 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
392 pages; Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Attractive green cloth boards with gilt lettering and illustration. Tiny name/date to inside front board. Outside page edges lightly age tanned. Boards are straight, spine is square and pages are clean. The biography of Katherine Mansfield, that is Katherine Beauchamp Mansfield. 
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3 19379Amory, Mark Biography of Lord Dunsany
William Collins Sons UK 1972 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
288 pages; Fine/Very Good. Blue boards with bright gilt lettering. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has tiny chips at bottom spine tip. A couple of closed tears at top edge. Just a bit of light shelf rub to white on back panel. The inside front flap had some creases - now straightened in protective sleeve. Few who love English literature will not know something of Lord Dunsany. Fewer still will remember more than that he was an Irish aristocrat who wrote books of strange beauty and created certain splendidly comic characters. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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4 7459Ashley, Mauurice (Ed) Cromwell Great Lives Observed
Prentice-Hall NJ 1969 0131942905 / 9780131942905 First Printing Paperback Near Fine 
177 pages; Near Fine condition. Tiny bump to front top corner tip. No creases. Solid, clean. Each volume in this series views the character and achievement of a great world figure in three perspectives; through his own words, through the opinions of his contemporaries, and through retrospective judgments; thus combining the intimacy of autobiography, the immediacy of eyewitness observation, and the objectivity of modern scholarship. Ashley has devoted most of his life researching the study of this great man, Oliver Cromwell. Trade Paperback. 
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5 13564Bacchion, Eugenio (Intro) Papa Giovanni Patriarca A Venezia (Pope John XXIII) - Italian Text
Editrice Triveneta Venezia 1964 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine with no dust jacket 
Unpaginated pages; Near Fine/No Jacket - with Slipcase. Text in ITALIAN. Illustrated with photos - Fantastic pictures. White boards with black lettering and black & white photograph to front board. Gift inscription to half title page mostly in Italian. In Fine slipcase in same colors as book only trimmed in red. An excellent gift! Completely full of pictures of Pope John XXIII from 1953 through 1958, including his diary for those years - monthly important events. Accomplished a number of important changes in the second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Also pictures of his successor, John Paul I. All text is Italian. 
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The Life of Stephen F. Austin, Founder of Texas 1793-1836: a Chapter in the Westward Movement of the Anglo-American People, Barker, Eugene C.
6 15014Barker, Eugene C. The Life of Stephen F. Austin, Founder of Texas 1793-1836: a Chapter in the Westward Movement of the Anglo-American People
Cokesbury Press TN 1925 0404006531 / 9780404006532 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
551 pages; Good Condition. One plate missing - facing page 18. Royal blue boards with gilt lettering and illustration. Gilt-lined upper page edge darkened. Tiny name to top inside board. Outside page edges heavily age tanned. Spine tips and spine edge are shelf rubbed. Corner tips are rubbed through - just at the tip. Boards are straight, spine is square and pages are otherwise clean. Life of Stephen F. Austin. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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7 16725Batten, Jack Robinette, The Dean of Canadian Lawyers
Macmillan Canada 1984 0771598025 / 9780771598029 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
250 pages; Near Fine/Very Good. Blue and black boards with bright gilt lettering. Just a bit of shelf rub at spine tips. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is lightly shelf rubbed at all edges. Now in protective sleeve. John Josiah Robinette is, without question, the most gifted courtroom advocate this country has produced. There could be no more fitting subject for a detailed biography by Jack Batten. Robinette is sure to win its author the same high praise he received for his previous two books (DJ blurb) 
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8 8170Beatty, Richmond Croom Bayard Taylor, Laureate Of The Gilded Age
University of Oklahoma Press OK 1936 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Poor dust jacket 
379 pages; Very Good/Poor. Very sparse underlining. Book plate inside front board. Bright gilt lettering and illustration. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are otherwise clean. DJ is split at spine edge. Page numbers written on back inside flap. Chipped. Now in protective sleeve. Illustrated. The story of Bayard Taylor, lecturer, travelier and Author of nineteenth century. 
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9 16016Beer, Thomas; Conrad, Joseph (Intro) Stephen Crane, a Study in American Letters
Alfred A. Knopf NY 1924 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
248 pages; Very Good/No Jacket. Two-toned blue designed cloth with gilt lettering. Name very tiny top inside front board. Spine is lightly age tanned. Outside page edges are age tanned. Just a bit of shelf rub at the edges. Soft bump to bottom corner tips. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. In truth I had never expected the biography of Stephen Crane to appear in my lifetime. I had of course read his The Red Badge of Courage of which people were writing and talking about at that time - Joseph Conrad 
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10 14784Beilenson, Nick (Ed) Thomas Jefferson: His Life and Words
Peter Pauper Press NY 1986 0880883472 / 9780880883474 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Peden, Rachael A. 
63 pages; Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Attractive blue, white and yellow illustrated boards with black and white lettering. Un-read tight. Tiny bit of shelf rub at spine tips and corner tips. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has two tiny closed tears top edge. Tiny bit of shelf rub at top edge. Now in protective sleeve. An excellent gift! Introduction starts with a quote from Jefferson: I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. 
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11 13263Blair, Joan; Blair, Clay, Jr The Search For J. F. K.
Berkley NY 1976 0399114181 / 9780399114182 Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
695 pages; Very Good Plus/Very Good. Black boards with bright gilt lettering. Just a bit of shelf rub to spine tips. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is shelf worn at spine edges. In protective sleeve. There is a classic description of the Kennedy political operation: his smashing successful win of the seat in Congress, showing why a Kennedy is such an awesome political opponent. The Blairs have made understandable the qualities of a political powerhouse and the mixture of fate and character that establishes history. 
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12 8420Blunt, Wilfrid The Dream King, Ludwig II Of Bavaria, With A Chapter On Ludwig And The Arts By Michael Petzet
Penguin NY 1973 0140036067 / 9780140036060 Reprint; First Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
264 pages; Very Good Plus condition. Faint foxing to first page. No creases. Just a bit of shelf rub to cover edges. Outside page edges very lightly age tanned. Solid, clean. In this lavishly illustrated biography Wilfrid Blunt has skilfully portrayed the fantastic world of a strange and misunderstood king. Today he is remembered for some of Bavaria's most lucrative attractions - Wagner's operas (fruits of his quixotic patronage) , the opera house at Bayreuth and a series of enchanted castles. The very things that Ludwig was condemned for. Trade Paperback. 
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13 15673Bocca, Geoffrey The Adventurous Life of Winston Churchill
Avon NY 1958 Reprint; First Printing Paperback Near Fine 
160 pages; Near Fine condition. First Paperback edition. No creases. Un-read tight. Just a bit of shelf rub to edges. Solid, clean. The incredible true story of the daring fighter, passionate rebel, witty, stubborn, clever man who saved England, and possibly the world. The true life story of Winston Churchill reads like the most fabulous adventure novel. 
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14 14439Borden, Morton (Ed) ; Stearn, Gerald Emanuel (Gen. Ed) Great Lives Observed: George Washington
Prentice- Hall - Spectrum NJ 1969 0139454853 / 9780139454851 First Printing Paperback Fine Illustrated by Stuart, Gilbert; Robinson, Bennett 
154 pages; Fine condition. 1st Spectrum Edition. No creases. Un-read tight. Solid, clean. An excellent gift! The GREAT LIVES OBSERVED series combines the intimacy of autobiography, the immediacy of eyewitness observation, and the objectivity of modern scholarship. In George Washington, Morton Bordon presents Wasington's own words, the views of his contemporaries, and analysis in retrospect by leading historians and other modern observers to create a three-fold perspective. Trade Paperback. 
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15 16464Borges, Jorge Luis; Fernandez, Teodosio (compiled) Album, Biografico Y Fotografico
Alianza Editorial Espana 1999 Reprint Paperback Fine 
87 pages; Fine condition. Book completely in Spanish. No creases. Solid, Clean. An excellent gift! Born in Buenos Aires on 24th of August. He had a long productive life and died in Switzerland of liver cancer. He was a translator at the early age of 10, translating into Spanish Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince. In his writings you will find the following: "Let neither tear nor reproach besmirch this declaration of the mastery of God, who, with magnificent irony, granted me both the gift of books and the night. " He was a poet, playwright, novelist and non-fiction writer; A world traveler; He also translated the works of, among others, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Rudyard Kipling, Herman Melville, André Gide, William Faulkner, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Sir Thomas Browne, and G. K. Chesterton. In a number of essays and lectures, Borges assessed the art of translation. All of this little biography is in Spanish. Trade Paperback. 
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16 8509Bowers, Claude G. The Young Jefferson, 1743 - 1789, Illustrated
Houghton Mifflin MA 1945 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
544 pages; Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Spine gilt is fading. Front board gilt is bright. Outside page edges lightly age tanned. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. Once the Revolution was forced on the Americans, Jefferson saw an opportunity for the creation of a new, distinctly American system for the better protection of the rights and liberties of all people... 
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17 13648Brewer, Derek Chaucer And His World
Dodd, Mead NY 1978 0396075193 / 9780396075196 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dust jacket 
224 pages; Near Fine/Fine. Tiny bit of shelf rub at spine tips. Bright orange boards with bright gilt lettering. Beautiful medieval design end papers. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is great! In protective sleeve. An excellent gift! Full of awesome illustrations; e. I. Paintings, drawings, stone carvings. Not only the biography of Chaucer but his world, Medieval England. This is not a book of Literary Criticism but it emboodies a vivid discussion of his writings. 
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18 15700Briggs, Martin S. Christopher Wren
Falcon Educational Books London 1951 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket Illustrated by Kneller, Godfrey; Briggs, Martin S. 
144 pages; Near Fine/Very Good. Brown boards with gilt lettering. Endpapers are lightly age tanned. Tiny bit of shelf rub at spine tips and corner tips. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is age tanned to spine. Very lightly age tanned at edges. Now in protective sleeve. Wren was far more than an architect. He was famous in his own time as a scientist, an astronomer, a member of the Royal Society and as a mathematician, yet he found the time to build no fewer than fifty-two churches in London alone, as well as a great number of houses, hospitals, and palaces, many of which are illustrated in this book. 
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19 18919BRODIE, FAWN M. THE DEVIL DRIVES, A Life of the Fabulous Explorer Sir Richard Burton
Penguin UK 1971 0140033238 / 9780140033236 Paperback Good 
505 pages; Good condition. Reading creases. Some shelf bump and shelf rub at the edges. Outside page edges are age tanned. Solid, clean. Discovery is mostly my mania, proclaimed Sir Richard Burton. Nevertheless, as Fawn Brodie shows in this splendid account of a Renaissance Victorian, he was a soldier, poet, translator, ethnologist, amateur physician, botanist, zoologist and geologist as well. 
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20 16794Brookhiser, Richard The Adamses, 1735-1918: America's First Dynasty
Free Press NY 2002 0684868814 / 9780684868813 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
244 pages; Fine/Fine. Full number sequence. Handsome light brown on 1/4 darker brown boards with bright gilt lettering. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is Fine! In protective sleeve. An excellent gift! Brookhiser's canvas starts in colonial America, when John Adams had to teach himself the law and ride on horseback for miles to find clients. It does not end until after the Titanic sinks - Henry had booked a room, but changed his plans - and World War I begins, with Henry near the action in France. As with any family, there was a darker side to the Adams story. Only one of the four great Adamses was a kind man and father; the others set standards so impossibly high that few of their children could meet them. Yet, despite more than a century of difference between John to Henry, certain Adams traits remain the same. In this the story of our first and still-greatest family, we can all see something of our own struggles with family, fate and history. 
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21 6258Brooks, Van Wyck THE WORLD OF WASHINGTON IRVING
E. P. Dutton NY 1944 Book Club Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
387 pages; Very Good/Very Good. Light shelf wear at spine tips and corner tips. Boards are straight, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has small chipping at spine tips and corner tips. Very light stain on back panel. Now in protective sleeve. 
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22 6261Brophy, John Somerset Maugham
Longmans, Green & Co. London 1958 Revised Edition Stapled wraps Fine 
Writers and Their Work; 48 pages; Fine condition. NO creases. Solid, Clean. With frontisepiece. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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23 18589Brown, Anthony Cave Bodyguard of Lies
Bantam Book 1976 1st Bantam Edition; First Printing Paperback Good 
947 pages; Good condition. No creases to the spine - but does have hinge creases and creases to the covers and some shelfwear to the edges. Outside page edges are age tanning. Writing to half title page and last page (About the Author page). No writing or underlining to text. Solid - but rated just Good because of condition of covers. The extraordinary, true story of the clandestine war of deception that hid the secrets of D-Day from Hitler and sealed the allied victory. History. World War II. Trade Paperback. 
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24 18068Bush, Douglas; Kronenberger, Louis (Ed) John Keats, His Life and Writings - Masters of World Literature Series
Collier Books NY 1967 First Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
224 pages; Very Good Plus condition. Name to front fly leaf. Tiny bit of shelf rub at edges. Solid, clean. A fine example of the best type of critical biography - Choice Trade Paperback. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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25 17930Cameron, Gail Rose, a Biograpgy of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Berkley Medallion NY 1972 Second Printing Paperback Very Good 
320 pages; Very Good condition. With 8 pages of photographs. Reading creases. Store stamp on first page. Just a bit of shelf rub and bump at the edges. Outside page edges age tanning. Daughter of a flamboyant mayor, wife of a brash, selfmade millionare, mother of a beloved President, Rose Fiztgerald Kennedy is one of America's most admired women. 
Price: 4.00 USD
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26 15394Campbell, Jeremy Winston Churchill's Afternoon Nap
Simon and Schuster NY 1986 0671475479 / 9780671475475 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
432 pages; Near Fine/Near Fine. Full number sequence. Attractive gray boards with silver bright lettering. Just a bit of fade to bottom boards front edge. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has tiny bit of shelf rub at edges. Now in protective sleeve. An excellent gift! A study of recent discoveries in biochronology, including why WInston Churchill juggled his wartime cabinet meetings so as to get a good nap after lunch. 
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27 14079Carlton, W. N. C. Pauline, Favorite Sister Of Napoleon - Illustrated
Harper & Brothers NY 1930 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
373 pages; Very Good/No Jacket. Attractive blue boards with gilt lettering. Spine and board edges sun faded. Tiny name/date to inside front board. Outside page edges are age tanned with some foxing. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are otherwise clean. The life of Princess Pauline Borghese, Napoleon's Favorite sister. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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28 13771Carlyle, Thomas History Of Friedrich II Of Prussia, Called Frederick The Great - In Three Volumes Books 17-21 - Volume III
Chapman and Hall UK No Edition Notated; No Printing Noted Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Good/No Jacket. Vomume III ONLY. No copyright date. Bright blue boards with gilt lettering. Just a tiny bit of shelf rub at edges. Names & date (1929) in inside front board. Crack starting at page 288. Outside page edges are age tanned. Tiny bit of foxing on title page. Solid binding and hinges. Some pages are uncut at top edge. Boards are straight, tips are pointed spine is square, and pages are otherwise clean. Five books in this one volume, Nos. 17 to 21, on life of King Friedrich II of Prussia. Pages start anew with each book. 
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29 7484Carmichael, Joel Karl Marx The Passionate Logician
Charles Scribner's Sons NY 1967 First Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
264 pages; Very Good Plus condition. Top outside page edges very light foxing. No creases. Solid, clean. Illustrated with photographs. This biography gives us an illuminating portrait of "a man in a strange kind of struggle, in its own way highly personal, whose consequences could scarcely have been foreseen. " In tracing the development of Marx's ideas, Mr. Carmichael shows how they were related to that personal struggle , and how varying interpretations of them have come to govern the lives of a third of mankind. .. Trade Paperback. 
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30 20412Carpenter, Humphrey Tolkien, The Authorized Biography
Houghton Mifflin MA 1977 0395253608 / 9780395253601 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
287 pages; Fine/Fine. Beautiful as new book and dust jacket in protective sleeve. The authorized biography of the creator of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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31 4247Carr, John Dickson THE LIFE OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Carroll & Graf NY 1976 0881843725 / 9780881843729 1st Carroll & Graf; First Printing Paperback Fine with no dust jacket 
304 pages; Fine condition. NO creases. As new. Solid, clean. Mr. Carr has done a beautiful piece of work here. Readers will feel that they have met an extraordinarily many-sided man. The combination of Carr and Doyle makes a notable biography - San Francisco Chronicle. Trade Paperback. 
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32 4250Carr, John Dickson THE LIFE OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Harper & Brothers NY 1949 Stated First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
304 pages; Very Good/No Jacket. First copyright date neatly blacked out - Code A Y. Stated First Edition, 1949. Wine colored boards with gilt lettering. Spine fading. Light shelf rub at board edges and boards. Outside page edges very lightly age tanned. Pages are clean. Boards are straight and Spine is square. Illustrated with photos. A thoroughly satisfying biography which is highly entertaining not only on the literary side but also in the field of domesticity, psychology and personality - Kirkus. 
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33 6090Carrington, Ulrich S. The Making Of An American, An Adaptation Of Memorable Tales By Charles Sealfield
SMU Press TX 1974 0870741438 / 9780870741432 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Fine/Near Fine. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has a little bit of rub at the edges. Now in protective sleeve. Charles Sealfield was an American writer who originally fled from Austria's repressive regime to America in 1823. He returned to Europe in 1832 and settled in Switzerland. He returned as an American, and thereafter wrote book after book, all of them about the United States and Mexico...his books influenced Mark Twain. A great gift! 
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34 6008Chute, Marchette Ben Jonson Of Westminister
E. P. Dutton NY 1953 Second Printing Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
380 pages; Near Fine/No Jacket. Name on front fly-leaf. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. Illustrated end papers. Literary biography of poet and playwright Ben Jonson. 
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35 7224Cogley, Richard W. John Eliot's Mission To The Indians Before King Philip's War
Harvard University Press MA 1999 0674475372 / 9780674475373 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
331 pages; Fine/Near Fine. Inscribed and signed "Rich" to another author on front fly-leaf. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has tee-niny chip back bottom corner tip. Now in protective sleeve. This biography of Eliot, 1604-1690, also covers Indians of North America Missions, Massachusetts Missions History - 17th century. Puritans - Massachusetts - Biography. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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36 8198Collier, Peter; Horowitz, David The Kennedys An American Drama
Summit NY 1984 0671447939 / 9780671447939 Book Club Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
575 pages; Fine/Very Good Plus. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has light shelf rub at top spine tip with tiny closed tears. Now in protective sleeve. An excellent gift! When I read this book, I felt airily confident that I knew everything about the Kennedys worth knowing. This shrewd and absorbing narrative of the rise, flourishing decline and fall of a tribal empire has shown me how wrong I was... 
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37 20546Coren, Michael The Invisible Man The Life and Liberties of H.G. Wells
Atheneum NY 1993 0689121199 / 9780689121197 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
240 pages; Fine/Fine. Beautiful book and dust jacket. "For almost half a century H.G. Wells was an international literary phenomenon; the only writer of his time who could command an audience with both Roosevelt and Stalin. Unlike any other biographer of Wells, Coren paints a composite portrait of an extremely varied life set against the social and political background of the time. The Invisible Man delves deeply into the paradox that was H.G. Wells: the utopian visionary and staunch advocate of women's suffrage versus the misogynistic womanizer and vicious anti-Semite. This book exposes for the first time his disturbing views on "the Jewish problem," views that he defended vehemently even through the 1930s." 
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38 17231Coxe, Louis O. Edwin Arlington Robinson, The Life of Poetry
Pegasus Publishing NY 1969 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Near Fine 
188 pages; Near Fine condition. Just a bit of shelf rub at edges. No creases. Solid, clean. The Life of Poetry probes the life, mind and art of the celebrated American poet and offers a fresh approach to his poetry for readers of a new generation. Trade Paperback. 
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39 18143Crabbe, Katharyn F. J. R. R. Tolkien, Modern Literature Series
Frederick Ungar Publishing 1981 0804460914 / 9780804460910 First Printing Paperback Near Fine 
192 pages; Near Fine condition. First Paperback edition. No creases. Soft indent on front cover. Just a bit of shelf rub at the edges. Solid, clean. In this complete study of Tolkien's work and life, Katharyn Crabbe first deals with The Hobbit, which established his reputation, showing the peculiar enchantment f Middle-earth. She then explains The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarrillion. Crabbe also analyses the scholarly work that brought him renown as a philologist and Anglo-Saxon scholar. Trade Paperback. 
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40 13315Crum, A. R. (Ed) Romance Of American Petroleum And Gas - Volume I - Illustrated
Romance of American NY 1911 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
363 pages; Very Good/No Jacket. Very large coffee table size book. Shelf rub to edges. Boards are straight, spine and hinges are solid, pages are clean. Top page edges gilt, Red Leather and Cloth binding, no dust jacket; H.C. FOLGER JR. gilt stamped lower left corner front cover, four (4) tree/floral designs gilt stamped on spine with one between the gilt stamped ROMANCE OF AMERICAN PETROLEUM AND GAS and CRUM AND DUNGAN, floral end papers front and back. Heavy stock paper, tight binding. The text is clear on fairly bright paper which has a hint of age in some cases. Planned as a three-volume set, Volume I deals with the discovery and developments, men and events in Appalachian field, during first 50 years of the petroleum industry. Mr. Crum died after Volume I was published and Volume II was completed by others about 1921. The first part of the book, to about page 250, is an abbreviated history of the petroleum and gas industry up to about 1911. The second part, to page 350, gives a short (generally a page or less) biography of prominent people in the business along with a picture/photograph of the person on slightly darker stock than the text. Leading off the set of biographies is the well known John D. Rockefeller. Following that are some who are somewhat less know to the American public such as John D. Archbold, Henry H. Rogers, William Rockefeller, and others. On page 301 is the biography of Henry Clay Folger, Jr. with a facing photograph. Here we find that Mr. Folger was one of the most distinguished students of Shakespeare in the United States and had probably the best library of Shakespeariana in the US, consisting of of more than twenty thousand volumes. The Folger Shakespeare Library opened in 1932 as a gift to the American nation from Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily Jordan Folger. It is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art. Mr. Folger is the person whose name is stamped in gilt on the cover and this leads one to believe the book may have been the personal copy of Mr. Folger. The last part of the book, before the Index and to page 359, deals with the companies of those times. 
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41 15243Daiches, David Virginia Woolf: the Makers of Modern Literature
New Direction CT 1942 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
169 pages; Very Good/No Jacket. Blue boards with black lettering. Spine is sun faded. Name and date to endpaper page. Tiny bit of shelf rub to spine tips and corner tips. Outside page edges lightly age tanned. Boards are straight, spine is square and pages are clean. Bibliography. Index. From Chapter 7: What, then, was Virginia Woolf's contribution to English literature? It was real, if in some sense a limited, one. She developed a type of fiction in which sensitive personal reactions to experience can be objectified and patterned in a manner that is both intelllectually exciting and aesthetically satisfying. 
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42 2148Darton, Eric Divided We Stand : A Biography Of New York City's World Trade Center
Basic Books NY 2000 0465017274 / 9780465017270 Fourth Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
241 pages; Very Good Plus condition. Shallow spine creases. A Solid, Clean copy. More than an eloquent meditation on one of New York's most recognizable architectural markers. Pops with luminous insights into the social, economic and cultural contradictions of a city and a time. A must read! Trade Paperback. 
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43 20187De Camp, L. Sprague The Miscast Barbarian - A Biography Of Robert E. Howard (1906-1936)
Gerry De La Ree NJ 1975 First Edition; First Printing Stapled wraps Fine 
43 pages; Fine condition. This one is Un-numbered. Solid, clean. This is 8 1/2 x 11 Paperbound book. The longest biography of author Robert E. Howard yet published - some 15000 words. Deals with the life and works of the creator of such characters as Conan and King Kull. Fantastic black & white illustrations! An Excellent Gift! Illustrated by Virgil Finlay, Stephen E. Fabian, George Barr, C. Lee Healy, Roy Krenkel, and has a cover drawing of Howard by Charles McGill. 
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44 14683De Camp, L. Sprague The Miscast Barbarian - A Biography Of Robert E. Howard (1906-1936)
Gerry De La Ree NJ 1975 First Printing Stapled wraps Fine 
43 pages; Fine condition. Excellent copy. Solid, clean. Limited to 900 number copies issued - This is #99 - 8 1/2 x 11 Paperbound book. The longest biography of author Robert E. Howard yet published - some 15000 words. Deals with the life and works of the creator of such characters as Conan and King Kull. Fantastic black & white illustrations! An Excellent Gift! Illustrated by Virgil Finlay, Stephen E. Fabian, George Barr, C. Lee Healy, Roy Krenkel, and has a cover drawing of Howard by Charles McGill. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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45 13345Deschner, Donald; Douglas, William O. (Intro) The Films Of Spencer Tracy
Citadel Press NY 1968 080650272X / 9780806502724 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
255 pages; Very Good Plus condition. Light front hinge creases. No spine creases. Soft bump to back top corner. Just a bit of shelf rub at edges. A small green spray on first blank page. Solid, otherwise clean. Several articles by people who worked with Spencer Tracy, like Stanley Kramer, director; Dory Schary; Tracy on Acting; A Tracy Interview; Biography of Tracy; A Captain Courageous by Bosley Crowther; Nominations and Awards from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences; An Actor's Actor by Ed Sullivan and then more about approximately 74 films that Spencer Tracy made. A great souvenir to own of a great actor. Trade Paperback. 
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46 7988Dobree, Bonamy John Wesley - Great Lives
Macmillan Company NY 1933 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 
138 pages; Very Good/No Jacket. Very light foxing inside boards, on pastedowns, and at fore edge. Outside page edges lightly age tanned. Bit of shelf rub at edges. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. Since the last half-century of Wesley's life is made up of a 'noble monotony, ' there is perhaps little need for me to excuse giving the greater part of this book to the earlier years, to the private rather than the public Wesley, to the man in progress of growth rather than the finished figure. 
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47 14771Douglas-Home, Charles Rommel
Saturday Review Press NY 1973 0841502552 / 9780841502550 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Wessel, Wilhelm; Natkiel, Richard 
224 pages; Fine/Fine. Attractive red boards with bright gilt lettering. An allied amphibious landing at Surcouf endpapers. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is Fine. In protective sleeve. An excellent gift! Sixteen pages of color plates, 100 illustrations in black and white. Of the greatest names in German military history Rommel stamds out as a man apart. His exploits during his years of battle showed a breath-taking audacity and an imaginative approach to fighting consistent with the greatest commanders of all time. 
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48 13876Drinkwater, John Oliver Cromwell - A Character Study
George H. Doran NY 1927 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
252 pages; Near Fine/No Jacket. Burgundy boards with bright gilt lettering. Tiny name/date to inside front board. Tiny bit of shelf rub to spine tips and corner tips. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. This is, specifically, a character study, not a history. My debt to Cromwell's own letters and speeches, as edited in Carlyle, I have referred to in the text. 
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49 15974Du Maurier, Daphne The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte
Doubleday NY 1961 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
336 pages; Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Attractive blue cloth boards with gilt lettering. Tiny name neatly written to top inside front board. Spine is very lightly sunned. Tiny bit of shelf rub at spine tips and corner tips. Outside page edges very lightly age toned. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. A Biography of Branwell Bronte. Bibliography and Index included. 
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50 20015Dubal, David Evenings With Horowitz, A Personal Portrait
Carol Publishing NY 1991 1559720948 / 9781559720946 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
321 pages; Fine/Near Fine. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is price clipped. In protective sleeve. An excellent gift. The author from such highly acclaimed books as "Reflections From the Keyboard" details a special friendship between two musicians, covers a lifetime of musical wisdom, and contains countless anecdotes of the musical world. 
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  • Arkham House, Mycroft & Moran, and Fedogan & Bremer Books
    At the request of several of our customers, we started a page for the books of Arkham House and related publishers. We try hard to keep it up to date with news and a list of forthcoming books and a list of those books we have of these publishers - both new and used.

  • Author Web Sites/Fan Sites
    A list of Authors and their websites or fan sites. Unfortunately, I haven't kept up with the sites going out or changing although a recent check with a program showed no broken links. One can hope right?

  • Book Care and other book information
    About Books includes items on Book Care as well as a How to Identify First Editions. It will include links, reviews, and all kinds of other interesting (to us at least) tidbits as we add to it.

  • Book Condition Description
    We use certain "bookseller" terms when we describe our books. Generally, they tend to mean what you think they would mean. For example Fine means basically without faults. The exact meanings behind what we mean are given on this page. As mentioned on the page, book condition is sometimes a subjective "call" by the book seller. We try to be objective, but might (in your opinion) fail. If so, you can return the book for any reason.

  • Book Inventory Programs The question of which book inventory program to use was always coming up on some of the forums I visit so I though I would put down some thoughts here. It is evolving and will eventually try to cover many aspects of inventory management (in the sometime distant future). In the mean time, if you have something you would like to see, let me know.

  • Book Reviews
    A slowly growing list of books we've reviewed. We would be happy to have your comments and, if you like, your reviews (with, of course, credit to you if you wish).

  • Chrislands Book Stores
    Chrislands is the company which hosts our site. We are very happy with them as are their other customers. This page gives links to many of the other Chrisland stores.

  • General Links; Other Book Stores, SF&F References, Detective/Mystery References, etc.
    Well, that about says it all. This is sort of a catch all for links which don't specifically belong anywhere else. Right now (about 6:41 pm Central US time, Oct. 16 2005), there are four sections, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery - Detective, Arts and Crafts, and Book Related Links.

  • Glenn Larsen's Guide to First Editions
    Copied from Books-Rare, the book collector's home Copyright © 1997 by Glenn Larsen. Sadly, the original is no longer available., but we have a copy of it here with some corrections and additions.

  • Glossary of Terms Used in Literature and the Book and Printing Trades
    This page grew out of a request from a customer about book terms, a bookman's glossary so to speak. Now I could have just pointed them to the IOBA Book Terminology but I though it would be nice [and make our site more attractive] if we had a page of our own. Well now we do - at least the start of one

  • Help for on-line book buyers
    We hope this page will help you have a more pleasant on-line book buying experience. It also lists a few other places to get books - If we don't have the book you are looking for, of course :-)

  • IOBA Book Stores
    The Independent Online Booksellers Association, is dedicated to promoting internet bookselling by, in part, "Maintaining and enforcing high ethical and professional standards for our member booksellers, including a Code Of Ethics." White Unicorn Books is a proud member of the IOBA and on this page we list some of the other IOBA stores.

  • Liaden Universe of Steve Miller & Sharon Lee
    This page is for our Steve Miller and Sharon Lee books. It is mainly books set in the Liaden Universe® and has a list of books in that series, including the Chapter Books, as well as a set of references and links to other sites for the two authors.

  • Previously Featured Books
    Featured Books is where we list the books which have been featured on our home page - we may have more about the book than is in the normal catalog listing, so we decided to just keep track of them here. For example, when we featured the Chronicles of Narnia we listed "both sequences". The order in which they were originally published and "the preferred sequence of CS Lewis".

    We also have some special pages for books which are special in some way. It may be that the book itself is special or that a customer asked for more images, so we put up a page for the book. In any case we have these single pages for a particular book:
    • Butters' Richmond Directory 1855
      An interesting directory for 1855.
    • Crystallizing Public Opinion
      Bernays is considered by many as the originator of modern public relations and has been called the "Father of Spin". He was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.
    • Oxford Lectern Bible The Oxford Lectern Bible is a massive edition of the English Bible designed by American typographer Bruce Rogers (1870-1957). It is considered by many to be Rogers' masterpiece, and is recognized along with the other great Bibles, including the Baskerville Bible and the Doves Press Bible.
    • The Principles Of Judicial Proof
      Normally we don't put up our used books as a Featured Book on the home page they don't last long enough to stay here since we generally only have a single copy) but this one is such an absolutely beautiful book I had to put it up. So, of course, I had to build a page for it.
    • Sleeping Beauty, a Special Collectors Edition with illustrations by Dulac
      A page devoted to a special book. The 1910 limited edition of Sir Author Quiller-Couch's The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.
    • The Religious System of China
      First published over quite a few years, the initial volume was published in 1892 and the final volume was printed in 1910, The Religious System of China is a monumental work by Jan J M de Groot that "is an attempt at depicting the Chinese Religion as it is really practiced by the nation, and at sketching on a broad scale its influence on Domestic and Social Life. It is the fruit of an intimate contact with the Chinese race for several years." The work also contains a detailed study of China's funerary stelae, and the mythical animals used to decorate them.
    • Slovenly Peter's Story Book
      A classic 'what happens to bad boys and girls' from the late 1800's.

  • Ramblings/Blog/Book Reviews and whatever
    This is really a series of pages consistings of almost anything. On these pages I've written about Medicard Part D, about searching for information on a book on Google and at the Library of Congress, reviewed several books, and talked about the IOBA. No telling what will show up there. I'm sure we'll duplicate information on the rest of the site, but a lot of it will be unique. Hope you find it of interest.

  • Repricing
    A short look at some of the reasons for (semi)automatically repricing your inventory including a few Perl code snippets.

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  •   Setting Up an Internet Book Store
    An article I wrote for the IOBA. It presents a "first look" at some of the things one should think about in setting up an internet book store.


  • Transfer Homebase data to BookTrakker
    We use BookTrakker for maintaining and updating our main database of books we have listed here on our site. In talking to other BookTrakker users, they wanted to know how they could use someone to enter data which they could transfer to BookTrakker either in addition to or instead of using the network version of BookTrakker. Since we use both the network version and Homebase as "auxillary input systems", I though I would finally describe how we did the Homebase to BookTrakker part of it.






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