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  • Averill, Esther (Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky.)
    DANIEL BOONE.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1945.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A wonderful collaboration between the writer and illustrator - originally published by Domino Press in Paris in 1931. Full color illustrations on almost every page, plus several full page paintings. From North Carolina to Kentucky to Yellowstone, this is a sympathetic portrayal of this quintessional American hero, always in search of the wilderness he considered 'almost Paradise." 60 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated boards with red cloth spine (gift inscription dated in 1948, no dj.)

    Book ID: 40117
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  • THE LONG-LEGGED HOUSE. by Berry, Wendell.
    Berry, Wendell.
    THE LONG-LEGGED HOUSE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & World, (1969.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Berry's first book of essays - written when he was still an almost unknown young writer. The chapter headings (and the topics themselves) are provocative, dealing with environmental, political and social issues - The Tyranny of Charity; The Landscaping of Hell - Strip-Mine Morality in East Kentucky; The Nature Consumers; The Loss of the Future; A Statement Against the War in Vietnam and more. 213 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (some discoloration to the endpapers, common to most copies, binding slightly cracked before list of Berry's titles)

    Book ID: 45884
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  • Berry, Wendell.
    THREE SHORT NOVELS: Nathan Coulter, Remembering, a World Lost.

    Edition: First printing.

    Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first combined edition of these three novels about the fictional community of Port William, Kentucky. "Nathan Coulter," Berry's first novel, a coming-of-age story, was originally published in 1960, "Remembering" (published in 1988) centers on Andy Catlett, who has lost his right hand to a corn-picking machine and "A World Lost" (published in 1996) is set in the summer of 1944, when Andy, nine years old, is stunned by the news of his uncle's murder. Dust jacket illustrated with the 1986 Harlan Hubbard painting, 'Window on the River." 326 pp. ISBN: 1-582431787.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 75220
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  • THE LONG-LEGGED HOUSE. by Berry, Wendell.
    Berry, Wendell.
    THE LONG-LEGGED HOUSE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & World, (1969.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Berry's first book of essays - written when he was still an almost unknown young writer. The chapter headings (and the topics themselves) are provocative, dealing with environmental, political and social issues - The Tyranny of Charity; The Landscaping of Hell - Strip-Mine Morality in East Kentucky; The Nature Consumers; The Loss of the Future; A Statement Against the War in Vietnam and more. 213 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a fine dust jacket (prev owner's name, brackets and some underlining in the book: this is one of those books that makes you want to mark pertinent passages.)

    Book ID: 43805
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  • ENTRIES: Poems. by Berry, Wendell.
    Berry, Wendell.
    ENTRIES: Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection covering 10 years work - at the heart of this book is a series of poem's written during his father's final years. 80 pp. Laid in is a flyer for an event featuring Wendell Berry "in celebration of " this collection. ISBN: 0-679426094.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (prev owner's name on verso of front endpaper)

    Book ID: 68290
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  • INAUGURATION OF THE STATUE OF GENERAL WARREN ON BUNKER HILL, June 17, 1857. by [Coombs, General Leslie] Warren, G. Washington; Edward Everett and others.
    [Coombs, General Leslie] Warren, G. Washington; Edward Everett and others.
    INAUGURATION OF THE STATUE OF GENERAL WARREN ON BUNKER HILL, June 17, 1857.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: By authority of the Committee, 1858. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes a history of the reasons behind the memorial and of the statue itself, addresses and speeches at the rather elaborate ceremony, the names of those marching in the various honor guards, some inspirational poems, as well as the official correspondence of the committee. Frontispiece of the statue and additional plates of some of the presenters at the ceremony - Edward Everett et al - each with tissue guard. This copy is one of an unknown number of presentation copies with a special page stating that it was "Presented to Gen L Coombs." It is further INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To..... Esq, from his friend, Leslie…

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    Boston: By authority of the Committee, 1858. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes a history of the reasons behind the memorial and of the statue itself, addresses and speeches at the rather elaborate ceremony, the names of those marching in the various honor guards, some inspirational poems, as well as the official correspondence of the committee. Frontispiece of the statue and additional plates of some of the presenters at the ceremony - Edward Everett et al - each with tissue guard. This copy is one of an unknown number of presentation copies with a special page stating that it was "Presented to Gen L Coombs." It is further INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To..... Esq, from his friend, Leslie Coombs. " Coombs, perhaps best known at the time of this ceremony as a "strong union man" was born near Boonesboro, Clark County, Kentucky, 28 November, 1793 and died in Lexington, Kentucky, 21 August, 1881; Leslie, who was the twelfth child of a pioneer farmer who relocated from Virginia to Kentucky, entered the army at the age of nineteen and fought first in the Indian wars on the frontier and then in the War of 1812, where he was commissioned captain of spies in Dudley's regiment of Kentucky volunteers,. Later he was wounded at Fort Miami. After the war he studied law and was admitted to the bar, but he continued to be involved in both public and military service. In 1836 he raised - at his own expense - troops to aid Texas in her struggle for independence, and was commissioned colonel. Coombs also served honorably in politics - both as state auditor, and in the legislature. Most significantly, he was earnestly devoted to the Union from the time when the question of secession was first advanced and he gave many speeches in support of his friend Clay as a candidate for president. General Coombs's last public office was shortly after the date of the inauguration of this statue: in 1860 he was elected, as the Union candidate, clerk of the Kentucky court of appeals,. In opposition to the state guard - which was in reality a training ground for recruits for the Confederate army, he organized and armed, in conjunction with General Lovell H. Rousseau, a body of loyal soldiers. He was also one of the pioneers of railroad-building in the West. Several pages have creases in the upper corner - including the pages that included a letter from Governor Morehead of Kentucky. In light of future events, it is notable that many of these letters, which Coombs marked, expressed the necessity of keeping the Union - the country for which Warren died - intact. 224 pp

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    Condition: Overall good only condition in dark brown embossed cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover: the presentation page is detached, and there is bumping and wear to the edges of the boards and the corners, some loss of cloth at the ends of the spine, uniform browning to the pages, with a small semi-circular stain on the bottom margin of several pages. Still a sturdy copy, and interesting both in itself and for its association with a long-lived patriot.

    Book ID: 31287
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  • SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia. by Covington, Dennis.
    Covington, Dennis.
    SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Addison-Wesley, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An exploration of a people, a place and of the Southern culture that they - and the author - belong to. INSCRIBED on the half title page to the late noted collector Larry Owens, and dated at Birmingham in 1996. Photographs. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-201-622920.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 60984
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  • Davis, William C.
    THE ORPHAN BRIGADE: The Kentucky Confederates Who Couldn't Go Home.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Doubleday, 1980. dj. Hardcover - When the Kentucky Legislature voted to remain with the Union in 1861, the newly formed First Kentucky Brigade decided to fight on the side of the Confederacy. From the dustjacket: "it marked a four-year separation from their beloved homeland. Fiercely independent to the end, these men would fight for the cause of the South. With their first march into battle, they became outcasts from their mother state - orphans in the raging strife of Civil War.... Drawing from a weallth of documents, memoirs, personal letters, and journals, David brings to life the fascinating history of the Civil War's 'Orphan Brigade. Notes, index, map endpapers. 318 pp. ISBN: 0-385148933.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket. (lower corner of dj flap clipped.)

    Book ID: 35160
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  • Gibbons, Kaye.
    A CURE FOR DREAMS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 1991. First edition - Her third novel, a powerful but simply written story that traces the bonds between four generations of Southern women, in Kentucky and North Carolina. 170 pp.

    Condition: Fine in tan wrappers.

    Book ID: 38650
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  • A CURE FOR DREAMS. by Gibbons, Kaye.
    Gibbons, Kaye.
    A CURE FOR DREAMS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Her third novel, a powerful but simply written story that traces the bonds between four generations of Southern women, in Kentucky and North Carolina.. Small format. 177 pp. ISBN: 0-945575-335.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 47071
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  • A CURE FOR DREAMS. by Gibbons, Kaye.
    Gibbons, Kaye.
    A CURE FOR DREAMS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Her third novel, a powerful but simply written story that traces the bonds between four generations of Southern women, in Kentucky and North Carolina.. Small format. 177 pp. ISBN: 0-945575-335.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 42343
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  • Giles, Janice Holt
    TARA'S HEALING

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1991) dj. Hardcover - A reprint of her novel, the third in the Kentucky mountain trilogy, originally published in 1951.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket (spine faded on dj.)

    Book ID: 9291
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  • Hall, Wade.
    REST OF THE DREAM: Black Odyssey of Lyman Johnson.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lexington,KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1988 dj. Hardcover first edition - Records in his own words the story of Johnson, a Kentucky teacher, and grassroots leader in the civil rights struggle since the 1930's. Photographs, index. 230 pp. ISBN: 0-813116740.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 23182
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  • Hergesheimer, Joseph.
    THE LIMESTONE TREE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. dj. Hardcover first edition - Great historical novel about how the Civil War breaks apart Kentucky, and the Sash family, who are the main characters in the book.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket.( dust jacket slightly worn on edges but now covered by mylar sheet, looks very nice, gift inscription - overall an attractive book, tight binding.)

    Book ID: 28166
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  • WEEDS. by Kelley, Edith Summers; afterword by Charlotte Goodman.
    Kelley, Edith Summers; afterword by Charlotte Goodman.
    WEEDS.

    Edition: First thus, a trade paperback. .

    Old Westbury, NY: The Feminist Press, (1982.). Reissue of this lost masterpiece of realistic and feminist fiction, originally published in 1923 by Harcourt Brace. The story of Judith Pippinger, a young woman full of life, who is worn down by the monotonous life of drudgery of the small tenant farmer in the tobacco fields of Kentucky, a life Kelley experienced herself. As a young woman, Kelley went to New York where she became secretary to Upton Sinclair and briefly engaged to Sinclair Lewis (who was instrumental in getting this novel published originally), but after her second marriage to Fred Kelley, they left New Jersey and tried farming in Kentucky and later in the Imperial Valley in California. This edition…

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    Old Westbury, NY: The Feminist Press, (1982.). Reissue of this lost masterpiece of realistic and feminist fiction, originally published in 1923 by Harcourt Brace. The story of Judith Pippinger, a young woman full of life, who is worn down by the monotonous life of drudgery of the small tenant farmer in the tobacco fields of Kentucky, a life Kelley experienced herself. As a young woman, Kelley went to New York where she became secretary to Upton Sinclair and briefly engaged to Sinclair Lewis (who was instrumental in getting this novel published originally), but after her second marriage to Fred Kelley, they left New Jersey and tried farming in Kentucky and later in the Imperial Valley in California. This edition includes an afterword by Charlotte Goodman and it appends a chapter - 'Billy's Birth' - deleted by Harcourt Brace in the original edition. 366 pp. ISBN: 0-935312-013.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 52736
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  • WEEDS. by Kelley, Edith Summers; Matthew J. Bruccoli, introduction.
    Kelley, Edith Summers; Matthew J. Bruccoli, introduction.
    WEEDS.

    Edition: First thus.

    Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, (1972.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Reissue of this lost masterpiece of realistic and feminist fiction, originally published in 1923 by Harcourt Brace. The story of Judith Pippinger, a young woman full of life, who is worn down by the monotonous life of drudgery of the small tenant farmer in the tobacco fields of Kentucky, a life Kelley experienced herself. As a young woman, Kelley went to New York where she became secretary to Upton Sinclair and briefly engaged to Sinclair Lewis (who was instrumental in getting this novel published originally), but after her second marriage to Fred Kelley, they left New Jersey and tried farming in Kentucky and later in the Imperial Valley…

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    Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, (1972.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Reissue of this lost masterpiece of realistic and feminist fiction, originally published in 1923 by Harcourt Brace. The story of Judith Pippinger, a young woman full of life, who is worn down by the monotonous life of drudgery of the small tenant farmer in the tobacco fields of Kentucky, a life Kelley experienced herself. As a young woman, Kelley went to New York where she became secretary to Upton Sinclair and briefly engaged to Sinclair Lewis (who was instrumental in getting this novel published originally), but after her second marriage to Fred Kelley, they left New Jersey and tried farming in Kentucky and later in the Imperial Valley in California. This edition includes an introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli, general editor of the Crosscurrents / Modern Fiction series. 333 pp. ISBN: 0-8093-05879.

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    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket. (some crinkling and wear to the ends of the spine dj.)

    Book ID: 55944
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  • WEEDS. by Kelley, Edith Summers; Matthew J. Bruccoli, introduction.
    Kelley, Edith Summers; Matthew J. Bruccoli, introduction.
    WEEDS.

    Edition: First thus.

    Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, (1972.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Reissue of this lost masterpiece of realistic and feminist fiction, originally published in 1923 by Harcourt Brace. The story of Judith Pippinger, a young woman full of life, who is worn down by the monotonous life of drudgery of the small tenant farmer in the tobacco fields of Kentucky, a life Kelley experienced herself. As a young woman, Kelley went to New York where she became secretary to Upton Sinclair and briefly engaged to Sinclair Lewis (who was instrumental in getting this novel published originally), but after her second marriage to Fred Kelley, they left New Jersey and tried farming in Kentucky and later in the Imperial Valley…

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    Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, (1972.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Reissue of this lost masterpiece of realistic and feminist fiction, originally published in 1923 by Harcourt Brace. The story of Judith Pippinger, a young woman full of life, who is worn down by the monotonous life of drudgery of the small tenant farmer in the tobacco fields of Kentucky, a life Kelley experienced herself. As a young woman, Kelley went to New York where she became secretary to Upton Sinclair and briefly engaged to Sinclair Lewis (who was instrumental in getting this novel published originally), but after her second marriage to Fred Kelley, they left New Jersey and tried farming in Kentucky and later in the Imperial Valley in California. This edition includes an introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli, general editor of the Crosscurrents / Modern Fiction series. 333 pp. ISBN: 0-8093-05879.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52735
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  • THE BEAN TREES. by Kingsolver, Barbara.
    Kingsolver, Barbara.
    THE BEAN TREES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Kentucky-born author's very highly praised debut novel which tells the story of Taylor Greene, a young woman who after having grown up poor in rural Kentucky, buys an old car and heads west, where she winds up part of an extraordinary household in Tucson, Arizona. 232 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0158638.

    Condition: Very good- in very good+ dust jacket (rust colored stain and a little crinkling to upper corner of textblock, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 45101
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  • UNDERGROUND MAN. by Meltzer, Milton.
    Meltzer, Milton.
    UNDERGROUND MAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Scarsdale, New York: Bradbury Press, (1972_ dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Young adult novel by this Newbery and Wilder award winning writer: In 1835, Nineteen-year-old Josh Bowen becomes an abolitionist conductor (a "slave stealer") on the Underground Railroad, an act that leads to his trial and imprisonment. Author's afterword. While a novel, this is based in part on the fragmentary records of a young man who was imprisoned until the middle of the Civil War. SIGNED by the author on a blank preliminary page. Maps by Eros Keith. 220 pp. Wraparound dust jacket art by Ann Grifalconi. ISBN: 0-878880518.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket (bit of chipping to the top of the spine of the dj).

    Book ID: 64543
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  • ZION'S CAUSE [1920-1950]. A Novel. by Peyton, Jim
    Peyton, Jim
    ZION'S CAUSE [1920-1950]. A Novel.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (1987.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Kentucky-born author's first novel, the story of a mythic place, a small town with a store and a church. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-912697-547.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 44905
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  • NESTED SCROLLS: The Autobiography of Rudolf von Bitter Rucker. by Rucker, Rudy.
    Rucker, Rudy.
    NESTED SCROLLS: The Autobiography of Rudolf von Bitter Rucker.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (2001.). SIGNED first edition - The autobiography of this mathematician, beat writer and science fiction writer who was one of the creators of cyberpunk. SIGNED on the half title page. Bibliography. 327 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy white wrappers.

    Book ID: 54932
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  • Settle, Mary Lee
    CHOICES

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The 20th century as seen and lived by a woman of the South - joining the Red Cross after making her debut at the beginning of the depression, she becomes embroiled in a miners' strike in Kentucky - later she volunteers for the war in Spain, and returning to the US in the 60's, she becomes involved in the Civil Rights movement. 376 pp. ISBN: 0-385-47699x.

    Condition: INSCRIBED by the author on the half title page. Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 33072
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  • MOLLY BROWN'S SENIOR DAYS. Molly Brown series #4 by Speed, Nell (1878-1913)
    Speed, Nell (1878-1913)
    MOLLY BROWN'S SENIOR DAYS. Molly Brown series #4

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Hurst and Company, (1913). Hardcover - The fourth book in this series which follow a poor girl from Kentucky to college at a woman's school in Massachusetts and afterwards. The first four book in the series were written by Nell Speed, and the final four by her sister Emma Speed Sampson after her death, but still under the name of Nell Speed. While containing many of the stereotypical attitudes of the day, this series is unusual in the range of friends she makes at college - including an ardent suffragist and a young woman from Japan. Illustrated with a glossy frontispiece by Charles L. Wrenn. 304 pp plus 6 pp. publisher's ads. Lists to #6 in this series in the ads at the back.

    Condition: Very good in pale yellow illustrated boards, with dark brown and light blue in the illustration and lettering. Rather severe toning to the pages, but otherwise a sturdy and attractive copy.

    Book ID: 73930
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  • PASSERMAN'S HOLLOW. by Stuart, Jane.
    Stuart, Jane.
    PASSERMAN'S HOLLOW.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: McGraw-Hill, (1978.) dj. Hardcover - A southern Gothic novel about the disappearance of a young girl by the poet and writer, the daughter of the Kentucky author, Jesse Stuart. 141 pp. Wraparound dust jacket art by Bill Ronalds. ISBN: 0-07-0622027.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56342
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