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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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  • Culligan, Matthew J.
    THE CURTIS-CULLIGAN STORY: From Cyrus to Horace to Joe.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Crown, 1970. dj. Hardcover - The inside story of the decline of the Curtis Publishing Company, by the former President and Chairman who was hired in a desperate attempt to stave off bankruptcy for the former publishing empire. From the dustjacket: 'Often more bizarre and intriguing than the plot of a best-selling 'big business' novel, the history of the Curtis Publishing Company was climaxed in 1964 in what many consider to be the greatest scandal in the annals of publishing. Curtis was the producer of Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Holiday, American Home, and more. Index. 224 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 26876
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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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  • 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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  • [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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  • 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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  • (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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