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  • CHARLATAN: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Art of FlimFlam. by [Brinkley, John.] Brock, Pope
    [Brinkley, John.] Brock, Pope
    CHARLATAN: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Art of FlimFlam.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Crown, (2008.). First edition - An account of one of the most 'creative criminals in American history.' 'John Brinkley was a multi-millionaire, surgeon, broadcasting pioneer (he put his powerful station in Mexico, on the other side of the Rio Grande and is responsible for introducing country and western music to the nation), politician (candidate for governor of Kansas) and friend to the rich and famous. He was also a con-man who cheated millions with his 'cure' for impotence. In 1917 he introduced a bizarre surgical method - inserting goat testes - to restore the virility to farmers and it attracted thousands of paying customers. The quackbuster Morris Fishbein, editor of the AMA journal, however, vowed to put…

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    New York: Crown, (2008.). First edition - An account of one of the most 'creative criminals in American history.' 'John Brinkley was a multi-millionaire, surgeon, broadcasting pioneer (he put his powerful station in Mexico, on the other side of the Rio Grande and is responsible for introducing country and western music to the nation), politician (candidate for governor of Kansas) and friend to the rich and famous. He was also a con-man who cheated millions with his 'cure' for impotence. In 1917 he introduced a bizarre surgical method - inserting goat testes - to restore the virility to farmers and it attracted thousands of paying customers. The quackbuster Morris Fishbein, editor of the AMA journal, however, vowed to put Brinkley out of business and a cat-and-mouse game ensued. Yet for many years Brinkley continued to prosper and kill and maim patients by the score! Bibliography, notes, . 310 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 57740
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  • IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. by Capote, Truman.
    Capote, Truman.
    IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1965.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating account of the killers responsible for the apparently senseless murder of the four members of the Clutter family in rural Kansas. This book essentially created a new form - the non-fiction novel - and is Capote's most important and enduring work. Harper Lee, his lifelong friend and the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' collaborated with Capote on his research for this book. Winner of the Edgar award, basis for several movies. 343 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (the dust jacket was folded very slightly off-center.) While not a scarce title, it is quite uncommon in this condition.

    Book ID: 49493
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  • IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. by Capote, Truman.
    Capote, Truman.
    IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences.

    Edition: First printing in a first issue dust jacket.

    New York: Random House, (1965.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating account of the killers responsible for the apparently senseless murder of the four members of the Clutter family in rural Kansas. This book essentially created a new form - the non-fiction novel - and is Capote's most important and enduring work. Harper Lee, his lifelong friend and the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' collaborated with Capote on his research for this book. Winner of the Edgar award, basis for several movies. 343 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (prev owner's name dated 3/66, a couple of small spots to topstain, a bit of chipping to the dj at the ends of the spine. Original price of $5.95 on dj flap.)

    Book ID: 57658
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  • IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. by Capote, Truman.
    Capote, Truman.
    IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences.

    Edition: 7th printing.

    New York: Random House, (1965.) dj. Hardcover - A fascinating account of the killers responsible for the apparently senseless murder of the four members of the Clutter family in rural Kansas. This book essentially created a new form - the non-fiction novel - and is Capote's most important and enduring work. Harper Lee, his lifelong friend and the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' collaborated with Capote on his research for this book. Winner of the Edgar award, basis for several movies. 343 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good minus dustjacket (dust jacket has numerous short tears and creasing to the ends of the spine, some soiling )

    Book ID: 57136
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  • WAR AND PEAS. by Churchill, Jill.
    Churchill, Jill.
    WAR AND PEAS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Avon, 1996. dj. Hardcover first edition - The 8th book in the Agatha and Macavity award winning Jane Jeffry mystery series, and the first to be published in hardcover.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket (a new, unread copy.)

    Book ID: 12007
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  • RATTLEBONE. by Clair, Maxine.
    Clair, Maxine.
    RATTLEBONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Second book by this award winning poet and short story writer, eleven interconnected stories set in the 1950s in a fictional black community north of Kansas City. 213 pp. ISBN: 0-375-506306.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (an unread copy, but with a remainder dot, light scratch on dj)

    Book ID: 74538
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  • OCTOBER SUITE. by Clair, Maxine.
    Clair, Maxine.
    OCTOBER SUITE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2001.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First novel by this award winning poet and short story writer, set in the 1950s Midwest. A story of a young black woman's attempt to reclaim her dignity, her profession and her son, set against a backdrop of segregation, the flourishing of modern jazz. 322 pp. ISBN: 0-375-506306.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50307
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  • Flynn, Robert.
    NORTH TO YESTERDAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York Alfred A. Knopf, 1967. dj. Hardcover first edition - Texas-born author's first novel, a 'comic, sometimes tragic novel about some wonderful misfits and dreamers who make a belated drive of longhorn cattle from Texas to the railhead in Kansas.' A classic of Southwestern fiction, winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Award.

    Condition: Very near fine in very good dust jacket (edgewear to dj, chip at one corner.)

    Book ID: 28156
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  • NOBODY BETTER THAN NOBODY by Frazier, Ian
    Frazier, Ian
    NOBODY BETTER THAN NOBODY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987. dj. Hardcover first edition - His second collection of thoughtful and humorous essays - this one consists of 5 longer pieces ranging from an affectionate profile of the woman who writes the "hints from Heloise" to an account of a small town in Kansas where 40 people were killed in a Cheyenne raid in 1878 and a profile of fisherman Jim Deren. 181 pp. ISBN: 0-374-223106.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 35765
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  • NOBODY BETTER THAN NOBODY by Frazier, Ian
    Frazier, Ian
    NOBODY BETTER THAN NOBODY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987. dj. Hardcover first edition - His second collection of thoughtful and humorous essays - this one consists of 5 longer pieces ranging from an affectionate profile of the woman who writes the "hints from Heloise" to an account of a small town in Kansas where 40 people were killed in a Cheyenne raid in 1878 and a profile of fisherman Jim Deren. 181 pp. ISBN: 0-374-223106.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 8602
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  • BLOODY DAWN: The Story of the Lawrence Massacre. by Goodrich, Thomas.
    Goodrich, Thomas.
    BLOODY DAWN: The Story of the Lawrence Massacre.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, (1991.) dj. Hardcover - "On August 21, 1863, William Quantrill led 400 Confederate irregulars to a rise on the outskirts of Lawrence, Kansas. . . . The attack began at dawn. When it was over, more than 150 townsmen were dead and most of the settlement burned to the ground." Illustrated with 3 maps and 24 black and white photographs and illustrations. Notes, bibliography, index. 207 pp. ISBN: 0-87338-4423.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket. (prev owner's name stamp.)

    Book ID: 55639
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  • BLACK FLAG: Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865. by Goodrich, Thomas.
    Goodrich, Thomas.
    BLACK FLAG: Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, (1995.) dj. Hardcover - An account of the almost unbelievable destruction along the Missouri-Kansas border from 1861-1865 and the greatest atrocities of the Civil War, including the massacres at Lawrence, Baxter Springs, & Centralia, based on contemporary documents - diaries, letters, and firsthand newspaper accounts. Illustrated, bibliography, index. 172 pp. ISBN: 9780253213037.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (prev owner's name, but otherwise a tight, clean copy which appears unread).

    Book ID: 41143
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  • DESPERADOES. by Hansen, Ron.
    Hansen, Ron.
    DESPERADOES.

    Edition: 2nd printing (before publication)

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. dj. SIGNED hardcover - Hansen's highly praised first novel - in it "one of the legends of [the West] comes alive again - the story of the notorious outlaw gang, the Daltons, from their hardscrabble beginnings to the final, terrible morning when all but one of the boys are shot down and snuffed out in the fatal raid on Coffeyville, Kansas." This book is told in the voice of the surviving brother - the youngest of the Daltons. SIGNED on the title page. 273 pp. Map endpapers. Wraparound dust jacket art by Wendell Minor. ISBN: 0-394-503503.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket. Review copy with publisher's letter laid in noting that the two printings before publication totalled 17,500 copies.

    Book ID: 58574
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  • DESPERADOES. by Hansen, Ron.
    Hansen, Ron.
    DESPERADOES.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. SIGNED - Hansen's highly praised first novel - in it "one of the legends of [the West] comes alive again - the story of the notorious outlaw gang, the Daltons, from their hardscrabble beginnings to the final, terrible morning when all but one of the boys are shot down and snuffed out in the fatal raid on Coffeyville, Kansas." This book is told in the voice of the surviving brother - the youngest of the Daltons. SIGNED on the title page. 273 pp. Wraparound cover art by Wendell Minor.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 46644
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  • PRAIRYERTH: A Deep Map. by Heat-Moon, William Least (William Trogdon.)
    Heat-Moon, William Least (William Trogdon.)
    PRAIRYERTH: A Deep Map.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - His second book, this one an in-depth exploration of the history and people of Chase County in the Flint Hills of central Kansas - the last remaining grand expanse of tallgrass prairie in the US. 624 pp. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 13201
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  • Jones, Ben.
    SAM JONES, LAWYER.

    Edition: First printing.

    Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - An affectionate account of 'a horse-and-buggy lawyer in a Kansas town and 'short-grass country' of the eighteen nineties' up to 1922, by his son, also a country lawyer in the same offices in Lyons, Kansas that his father used. Illustrated with humorous drawings by Dick Underwood. 218pp

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37450
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  • CAMPMATES: A Story of the Plains. by Munroe, Kirk.
    Munroe, Kirk.
    CAMPMATES: A Story of the Plains.

    Edition: First or early printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1891.). Hardcover - A title in the Harper's Young People series. Adventures of a 17 year old, who as a baby was one of only two survivors of a train wreck, and who left his adopted father to find the answer to the mystery of his identity across the West - from Kansas to New Mexico, from Kit Carson's gold mine to a Mexican wedding. Illustrated with 21 plates. 333 pp plus 2 pp of publisher's advertisements.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with gold lettering and silver decorations (gift inscription dated 1898, spine slightly cocked, a few penciled notations - erasable, but perhaps of interest.)

    Book ID: 40222
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  • LIVING TO TELL. by Nelson, Antonya.
    Nelson, Antonya.
    LIVING TO TELL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2000.) dj. SIGNED first edition - Novel set in Kansas - the story of a prodigal son's return and the tumultuous year of readjustment following that homecoming - SIGNED on the title page. 317 pp. ISBN: 0-684-839334.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52398
    Keywords: kansas, Women Authors
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  • LIVING TO TELL. by Nelson, Antonya.
    Nelson, Antonya.
    LIVING TO TELL.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scribner, 2000. SIGNED first edition - Novel set in Kansas - the story of a prodigal son's return and the tumultuous year of readjustment following that homecoming -

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page. Fine.

    Book ID: 18275
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  • Oyler, Samuel Owen.
    THE PAINTER AND THE POET: Poems.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Topeka, Kansas: By the author, 1963. First edition - A collection of folksy poems which give an interesting glimpse into the life and times of the author - as he comments in the title poem "I've caused some people to complain/ by putting stories into rhyme...." The titles of a few of the poems will give an idea of the wide-ranging topics: Farmer Johnson Goes on Strike; Her Aviator Dad; Dr Wirt R. Bernard; Grandfather's Whiskers; On the Golf Course; Meridian vs Nortonville, and many more. Frontispiece portrait. SIGNED by the author on the verso of the title page. Uncommon, 110 pp plus 2 pp index.

    Condition: Near fine in very light blue-grey wrappers.

    Book ID: 38600
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  • EXODUSTERS: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction. by Painter, Nell Irvin.
    Painter, Nell Irvin.
    EXODUSTERS: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first comprehensive account of the thousands of black tenant farmers who migrated to Kansas in 1879 from Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, & Louisiana. From a Newsweek review: "In 1879, fourteen years after the Emancipation Proclamation, thousands of blacks fled the South. They were headed for the homesteading lands of Kansas, the 'Garden Spot of the Earth' and the 'quintessential Free State, the land of John Brown'.Painter examines their exodus in fascinating detail. In the process, she offers a compelling portrait of the post-Reconstruction South and the desperate efforts by blacks and whites in that chaotic period to 'solve the race problem' once and for all." SIGNED on the title page. Photographs, bibliography. index. vii, 288 pp. ISBN: 0-393-009513.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (name on front endpaper, faint remainder mark, edgewear to dj and a small chip) Uncommon in the hardcover first edition.

    Book ID: 44884
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  • Schultz, Duane
    QUANTRILL'S WAR: The Life And Times Of William Clarke Quantrill 1837- 1865

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which portrays Quantril as a career criminal with no personal convictions who used the Civil War as an opportunity to do what he loved most: slaughter and steal. Among those who joined him in his raids were Frank and Jesse James, Cole Younger and Bill Anderson. This book ends with his bloodiest battle: the sacking of Lawrence ,Kansas where he had 185 killed. Illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Bibliography, index. 338 pp. ISBN: 0-312147104.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 35158
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  • THE ALL-TRUE TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES OF LIDIE NEWTON by Smiley, Jane
    Smiley, Jane
    THE ALL-TRUE TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES OF LIDIE NEWTON

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. A novel set in the 1850's, the story of Lidie, tall, plain and outspoken, who marries an abolitionist from Massachusetts, dedicated to settling Kansas to ensure its entering the Union as a Free State. 452 pp. ISBN: 0-679-450742.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 25496
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  • THE WAY TO THE WEST: Essays on the Central Plains. by West, Elliott.
    West, Elliott.
    THE WAY TO THE WEST: Essays on the Central Plains.

    Edition: First printing.

    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (1995) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A history of the great migration of Cheyenne Indians and Anglo pioneers onto the arid Central Plains of Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. SIGNED on the title page A title in the Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture series. Illustrated with many photographs, maps , extensive notes, bibliography, index. x, 244 pp. ISBN: 0-8263-16522.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67944
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  • YELLOW DOGS. by Zochert, Donald.
    Zochert, Donald.
    YELLOW DOGS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of war objectors who were drafted during World War I - The Great War. The story focuses on a Kansas farm boy who objects to serving because "killing is wrong." As a result, he's a prisoner in the disclipinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, where he's subjected to a violent and degrading regime, but still manages to form a community with Mennonites from the Dakotas, wobblies and anarchists from Chicago and New York, and nerve cases from the front. 215 pp. ISBN: 0-871132540.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 68391
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