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  • BESIDE THE SHADBLOW TREE: A Memoir of James Laughlin. by Carruth, Hayden.
    Carruth, Hayden.
    BESIDE THE SHADBLOW TREE: A Memoir of James Laughlin.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, (1999). First edition - Carruth's account of his long friendship with Laughlin (1914-1997), the publisher of New Directions (among other enterprises) and a poet himself - a "meditation of one great old poet on the death of another, of two lives intertwined in various ways for half a century." Foreword by Sam Hamill. Photographs. 148 pp. ISBN: 1-556590997.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74653
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  • THE BINGHAMS OF LOUISVILLE: The Dark History Behind One of America's Great Fortunes. by Chandler, David Leon with Mary Voelz Chandler.
    Chandler, David Leon with Mary Voelz Chandler.
    THE BINGHAMS OF LOUISVILLE: The Dark History Behind One of America's Great Fortunes.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which traces the history of one of America's richest and most powerful families and offers a hypothesis regarding the death of Mary Lily Kenan, the widow of Henry Flager, the Standard Oil Tycoon, who died "of natural causes" just 8 months after she married Robert Bingham - who used the money he inherited to start his publishing kingdom. Originally published, but never distributed, by Macmillan, this includes a preface which lays out the history of this cancellation. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Extensive notes, index. xii, 292 pp. Genealogical tables on endpapers. ISBN: 0-517568950.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84436
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  • SIBELLA & SIBELLA. by Di Prisco, Joseph.
    Di Prisco, Joseph.
    SIBELLA & SIBELLA.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Los Angeles: Vireo Book/ Rare Bird Books, (2018). SIGNED first edition - A book which "takes on the absurdity of publishing, narrated through the lens of a young woman working as a junior editor at a San Francisco publishing house." SIGNED on the title page. 249 pp. ISBN: 978-1947856318.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (holes punched in bar code on back cover)

    Book ID: 85967
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  • WHERE MY HEART IS TURNING EVER: Civil War Stories and Constitutional Reform 1861-1876. by Diffley, Kathleen (Mark Twain, John W. De Forest and Rebecca Harding Davis.)
    Diffley, Kathleen (Mark Twain, John W. De Forest and Rebecca Harding Davis.)
    WHERE MY HEART IS TURNING EVER: Civil War Stories and Constitutional Reform 1861-1876.

    Edition: First printing.

    Athens: University of Georgia Press, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Looks at more than 300 short narratives published throughout the country,in 16 different magazines, stories that either confronted or evaded the Civil War and its aftermath. Diffley divides these stories into three broad genres - Old Homestead, Romance and Adventure. Included in this book are three examples of these stories: Mark Twain 'A True Story Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It.' De Forest 'Parole de Honneur' and Rebecca Harding Davis 'How the Widow Crossed the Lines.' Illustrated, bibliography, index. xlvii, 236 pp. ISBN: 0-8203-1445-5.

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

    Book ID: 52069
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  • MURDER IN MIDTOWN. by Freeland, Liz.
    Freeland, Liz.
    MURDER IN MIDTOWN.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Kensington, (2019). SIGNED first edition - The second mystery featuring Louise Faulk, set in New York City. "In 1913, while the womens suffrage movement gains momentum in the nations capital, the thought of a woman joining the New York City police force is downright radical. Louise has finally gathered the courage to take the police civil service exam, but when she returns to her secretary job at the midtown publishing house of Van Hooten and McChesney, shes shocked to find the offices smoldering from a deadly, early morning fire. Huddled on the sidewalk, her coworkers inform her that Guy Van Hootens body has been found in the charred ruins. Rumors of foul play are already circulating, and…

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    New York: Kensington, (2019). SIGNED first edition - The second mystery featuring Louise Faulk, set in New York City. "In 1913, while the womens suffrage movement gains momentum in the nations capital, the thought of a woman joining the New York City police force is downright radical. Louise has finally gathered the courage to take the police civil service exam, but when she returns to her secretary job at the midtown publishing house of Van Hooten and McChesney, shes shocked to find the offices smoldering from a deadly, early morning fire. Huddled on the sidewalk, her coworkers inform her that Guy Van Hootens body has been found in the charred ruins. Rumors of foul play are already circulating, and the firms surviving partner asks Louise to investigate the matter." SIGNED on the half title page. 282 pp. ISBN: 978-1496714268.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 85324
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  • CAPITOL OFFENSE. by Gibbs, Tony
    Gibbs, Tony
    CAPITOL OFFENSE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Mysterious Press, 1995. First edition - Second thriller featuring Diana Speed.set in the world of New York publishing. 360 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 68723
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  • JOHN OF PUDDING LANE. by Hunt, Mabel Leigh.
    Hunt, Mabel Leigh.
    JOHN OF PUDDING LANE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, (1941.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of the Fleet family who lived in Pudding Lane in old Boston, above their father's print shop - besides young John and Prue, there was Grandmother Goose, always read with a nonsensical rhyme - based on Hunt's research of how Dame Goose of Boston inherited her rhymes from Mother Goose of old England, and how her book 'Mother Goose's Melodies' was published by Fleet in 1719. Illustrated with a two-page full-color title page and with many black and white drawings, some full page, by Clotilde Embree Funk. An uncommon title by this Newbery Honor award author, and especially so in this condition. Illustrated endpapers, top edge tinted orange. 161 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in yellow cloth with black lettering in a near fine dustjacket with a wraparound illustration (slight toning to the spine of the dj, but overall a very attractive, tight and clean copy.)

    Book ID: 39489
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  • Jones, Gerald.
    MEN OF TOMORROW: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Basic Books, (2004) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A fascinating book: "This history of the birth of superhero comics highlights three pivotal figures. The story begins early in the last century, on the Lower East Side, where Harry Donenfeld rises from the streets to become the king of the 'smooshes'-soft-core magazines with titles like French Humor and Hot Tales. Later, two high school friends in Cleveland, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, become avid fans of 'scientifiction,' the new kind of literature promoted by their favorite pulp magazines. The disparate worlds of the wise guy and the geeks collide in 1938, and the result is Action Comics #1, the debut of Superman. For Donenfeld, the comics were…

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    New York: Basic Books, (2004) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A fascinating book: "This history of the birth of superhero comics highlights three pivotal figures. The story begins early in the last century, on the Lower East Side, where Harry Donenfeld rises from the streets to become the king of the 'smooshes'-soft-core magazines with titles like French Humor and Hot Tales. Later, two high school friends in Cleveland, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, become avid fans of 'scientifiction,' the new kind of literature promoted by their favorite pulp magazines. The disparate worlds of the wise guy and the geeks collide in 1938, and the result is Action Comics #1, the debut of Superman. For Donenfeld, the comics were a way to sidestep the censors. For Shuster and Siegel, they were both a calling and an eventual source of misery: the pair waged a lifelong campaign for credit and appropriate compensation." (The New Yorker) SIGNED by the authro on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Photographs. Notes on sources, index. xv, 384 pp. ISBN: 0-465036562.

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

    Book ID: 66847
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  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY. by Keyes, Marian.
    Keyes, Marian.
    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2004). First edition - A "witty, warm-hearted contemporary tale set in the world of publishing." 514 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (appears unread, but some light toning to the pages). A rather uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 66981
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  • SIXTY PHOTOGRAPHS: To Celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher by Knopf, Alfred A.
    Knopf, Alfred A.
    SIXTY PHOTOGRAPHS: To Celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - The publisher shares 60 of his photographs - mostly of writers from Joseph Conrad, Leonard Woolf, Witter Byner, to Raymond Chandler, Satre, Camus, Muriel Spark, Julia Child and more - on the 60th anniversary of his publishing house. Slightly oversized square format. 62 pp. ISBN: 0-394-498925.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a very good dust jacket (tape reinforcement to dj at top of spine.)

    Book ID: 57567
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  • "LITERCHOOR IS MY BEAT": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions. by [Laughlin, James] MacNiven, Ian S.
    [Laughlin, James] MacNiven, Ian S.
    "LITERCHOOR IS MY BEAT": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - A biography, both thoughtful, detailed and playful, of the founder of New Directions and a man who transformed American publishing. A poet himself, Laughlin "was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century. As the founder of New Directions, he published Ezra Pound's The Cantos and William Carlos Williams's Paterson; he brought Hermann Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges to an American audience." Includes an appendix of all the authors published by New Directions, notes and index. 584 pp. ISBN: 978-0374299392.

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

    Book ID: 82258
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  • [Luce, Henry R.] Swanberg, W. A.
    LUCE AND HIS EMPIRE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner's, 1972. dj. Hardcover first edition - More than a biography, this is also a study of how Luce used his publishing empire of Time, Inc. to affect American attitudes and policies. Photographs, index, 529 pages. ISBN: 0-684-125927.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 18252
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  • WENDELL MINOR: ART FOR THE WRITTEN WORD : Twenty-Five Years of Book Cover Art. by [Minor, Wendell] Florence Friedmann; Introduction by David G. McCullough.
    [Minor, Wendell] Florence Friedmann; Introduction by David G. McCullough.
    WENDELL MINOR: ART FOR THE WRITTEN WORD : Twenty-Five Years of Book Cover Art.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1995) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - In addition to illustrating over 40 children's books, Minor's artwork appears of the covers of over 100 books - including those by James Michener, Larry McMurtry, Ray Bradbury, Toni Morrison, Martin Cruz Smith, Mary Higgins Clark, Paul Theroux, and many others. This includes many selections of his book cover artwork are combined with commentary from authors and publishers on the relationship between a book's cover and its contents. Introduction by David G. McCullough. Oversized square format. ISBN: 0-151956146.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy still in the original shinkwrap with sticker on cover noting "Signed Collector's Edition.)

    Book ID: 84391
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  • MAKING IT. by Podhoretz, Norman.
    Podhoretz, Norman.
    MAKING IT.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Random House, (1967) dj. Hardcover - A controversial memoir about American intellectual life and academia and the relationship between politics, money, and education. "Podhoretz, the son of Jewish immigrants, grew up in the tough Brownsville section of Brooklyn, attended Columbia University on a scholarship, and later received degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Cambridge University. Making It is his blistering account of fighting his way out of Brooklyn and into, then out of, the Ivory Tower, of his military service, and finally of his induction into the ranks of what he calls 'the family,' the small group of left-wing and largely Jewish critics and writers whose opinions came to dominate and increasingly politicize the American literary…

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    New York: Random House, (1967) dj. Hardcover - A controversial memoir about American intellectual life and academia and the relationship between politics, money, and education. "Podhoretz, the son of Jewish immigrants, grew up in the tough Brownsville section of Brooklyn, attended Columbia University on a scholarship, and later received degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Cambridge University. Making It is his blistering account of fighting his way out of Brooklyn and into, then out of, the Ivory Tower, of his military service, and finally of his induction into the ranks of what he calls 'the family,' the small group of left-wing and largely Jewish critics and writers whose opinions came to dominate and increasingly politicize the American literary scene in the fifties and sixties. It is a closely observed and in many ways still-pertinent analysis of the tense and more than a little duplicitous relationship that exists in America between intellect and imagination, money, social status, and power. The family responded to the book with outrage, and Podhoretz soon turned no less angrily on them, becoming a fierce neoconservative." (NY Review of Books)" More than fifty years after its publication, this controversial and legendary book remains a riveting autobiography, and as a fascinating and essential document of mid-century American cultural life. Index. 368 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket. (prev owner's name, some fading to edges of boards, several short tears and small chips to edges of dj, especially at the ends of the spine - but a tight, straight copy with the original price of 6.95 on the dj flap)

    Book ID: 85239
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  • OUT WEST ON THE OVERLAND TRAIN: Across-The-Continent Excursion with Leslie's Magazine in 1877, And Overland Trip in 1967. by Reinhardt, Richard.
    Reinhardt, Richard.
    OUT WEST ON THE OVERLAND TRAIN: Across-The-Continent Excursion with Leslie's Magazine in 1877, And Overland Trip in 1967.

    Edition: First printing.

    Palo Alto, CA: The American West Publishing Co., (1967) dj. Hardcover first edition - "For five months, Frank Leslie and his ''Excursion to the Pacific'' traveled by private railroad car. They stopped over in Chicago, Cheyenne, Denver, Salt Lake City, Virginia City, and San Francisco. They peeked into gambling casinos, opium dens, and mining camps; banqueted with Comstock silver kings and reported every detail of their trip to readers of the newspaper." This is the first time the story has been assembled book form, complete with the original drawings from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. In addition this trip has been coupled with an account of the same journey by an American writer 90 years later. Footnotes (at end), index. Large format, a heavy book. 207 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good first issue dustjacket with the original pre-publication price of $10.50 in the corner of the dj flap (some toning to textblock edges, chip to front cover of dj) .

    Book ID: 78449
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  • ONE ISSUE: Just One 52nd of a Year: An Object Lesson In Values by (Saturday Evening Post)
    (Saturday Evening Post)
    ONE ISSUE: Just One 52nd of a Year: An Object Lesson In Values

    Edition: First printing.

    Curtis Publishing Co, 1919. Hardcover first edition - A salesman's sample book with an unusual approach highlighting the inexpensive cost of the magazine: "This volume designed to show how one issue of the Saturday Evening P{ost would look if published in book form." Note on the title page that it was produced exclusivly for the use of authorized agents for The Saturday Evening Post and an advertising blurb on the first page that it is "simply a reprint of one copy. If published in this form it would cost 1.50 from a bookseller. As one of 52 issues included in the year's subscription for the periodical it costs the reader from FOUR TO FIVE CENTS." Includes stories by May…

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    Curtis Publishing Co, 1919. Hardcover first edition - A salesman's sample book with an unusual approach highlighting the inexpensive cost of the magazine: "This volume designed to show how one issue of the Saturday Evening P{ost would look if published in book form." Note on the title page that it was produced exclusivly for the use of authorized agents for The Saturday Evening Post and an advertising blurb on the first page that it is "simply a reprint of one copy. If published in this form it would cost 1.50 from a bookseller. As one of 52 issues included in the year's subscription for the periodical it costs the reader from FOUR TO FIVE CENTS." Includes stories by May Edginton, Hugh Kennedy, Octavus Roy Cohen and others, an article on the League of Nations ("Spineless Leagues and Faceless Nations") and more. Illustrated with drawings throughout, including a full color frontispiece of the Norman Rockwell cover. 382 pp.

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    Condition: Very good overall in very dark green cloth with white lettering (lettering on spine rubbed and barely visible, spotting to edges of textblock, but tight and sturdy)

    Book ID: 84371
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  • THE RUIN OF SIR WALTER SCOTT. by [Scott, Sir Walter] Quayle, Eric.
    [Scott, Sir Walter] Quayle, Eric.
    THE RUIN OF SIR WALTER SCOTT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Clarkson Potter, (1969) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book based on research into the Ballantyne family papers (the Ballantyne brothers served as Scott's copy editor, printer and literay agent, as well as being lifelong friends), which concludes that Lockhort's biography of Scott was incorrect and that Scott himself was responsible for his financial ruin. Frontispiece portrait and 8 pp of inserted illustrations. Bibliography, index. 290 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (few spots on top edge of textblock)

    Book ID: 84104
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  • THE LATE AGE OF PRINT: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control. by Striphas, Ted.
    Striphas, Ted.
    THE LATE AGE OF PRINT: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Columbia University Press,
    (2009) dj
    . Hardcover - A book in which the author shows that "printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. . a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. . . Pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book…

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    New York: Columbia University Press,
    (2009) dj
    . Hardcover - A book in which the author shows that "printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. . a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. . . Pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book industry with extraordinary threats and unique opportunities." Illustrated with photographs, extensive notes, index. xii, 242 pp. ISBN: 978-0231148146.

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    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (short tear at fold of flap)

    Book ID: 85258
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  • (The American Institute Of Graphic Arts)
    FIFTY BOOKS OF THE YEAR 1949. 1950 EXHIBITION.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The American Institute Of Graphic Arts, 1950. Hardcover first edition - The 1950 exhibition was the 28th Annual Exhibition, opening April 4, 1950 in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington. A selection of 50 of the best books of 1949 (out of ten thousand), chosen on the basis of typography, design, content, quality of manufacture and significance. Each book is illustrated with pictures of the binding, title page and one interior page. Indexes. Unpaginated, but a slim book.

    Condition: Very good in black cloth with a yellow cloth spine.

    Book ID: 40817
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  • Van Wormer, Laura.
    BENEDICT CANYON.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Crown, 1992. First edition - A story of the growing friendship between two women, set against the backdrop of the New York publishing world, and of the Los Angeles television industry.

    Condition: Good only - corner of ffep clipped, spine tilted, etc. - in glossy illus wrappers.

    Book ID: 2191
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  • Van Wormer, Laura.
    BENEDICT CANYON.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Crown, 1992. First edition - A story of the growing friendship between two women, set against the backdrop of the New York publishing world, and of the Los Angeles television industry.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. This advance issue is much less common than the hardcover edition which had a first printing of 75,000 copies.

    Book ID: 28411
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