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PORTRAIT OF BARRIE. J. M. Barrie. PORTRAIT OF BARRIE.
London: James Barrie, 1954. First edition. Written by Cynthia Asquith. Includes black-and-white photographs of Barrie. Spine faded, otherwise very good to near fine in slightly soiled dust jacket with light edgewear. Includes the publisher's wrap-around band announcing "Book Society Alternative Non-Fiction Choice."

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ARNOLD BENNETT. Mrs. Arnold Bennett. ARNOLD BENNETT.
London: A. M. Philpot, Ltd. 1925. First edition. Frontis portrait of Bennett. Page top edges gilt. Illustrated with a few photographs. Very good in the scarce dust jacket, with spine sunned, marginal chipping, and splits at folds mended on verso with archival tape.

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LIFE OF LIEUT. COL. BLACKADER: Born 1664--Died 1729. John Blackader. LIFE OF LIEUT. COL. BLACKADER: Born 1664--Died 1729.
[Philadelphia]: Presbyterian Board of Publications, 1840. First U.S. edition. A lively account of the Duke of Marlborough's campaigns by a senior Scottish soldier who was wounded at Blenheim. Compiled from letters and journals written from the field. Quarter leather binding somewhat rubbed, particularly at the spine ends, cloth boards also a little rubbed and soiled with corners exposed, previous owners' names, etc., foxed throughout, altogether good or perhaps better.

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LETTERS TO MARY. Catherine Hayes Brown. LETTERS TO MARY.
New York: Random House, (1940). First edition. A biography of actress Helen Hayes, written by her mother in a series of letters to Helen's daughter, Mary. Number 37 of 350 numbered copies SIGNED by Catherine Hayes Brown, Helen Hayes and Mary MacArthur. Includes a foreword by Charles MacArthur. Near fine with a touch of age darkening on the endpapers. In slipcase with a few small rubbed spots.

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ROBERT BROWNING'S FINANCES FROM HIS OWN ACCOUNT BOOK. Robert Browning, Roma A. King, Jr. ROBERT BROWNING'S FINANCES FROM HIS OWN ACCOUNT BOOK.
Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, (1947). First edition. Edited by A. J. Armstrong. Baylor University Browning Interests Series Fifteen. Based upon an original manuscript which is in the Baylor University Browning Library, this accounting includes facsimile pages and a detailed analysis, which is an interesting addition to the biographical information on the Brownings. Blue cloth with gold lettering on front only, presumably as issued, without a dust jacket. Minor edge rubbing, otherwise fine.

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THE GRAND ORIGINAL. Randolph Churchill, Kay Halle. THE GRAND ORIGINAL.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. First edition. Portraits of Randolph Churchill by his friends collected, introduced and edited by Halle. INSCRIBED BY HALLE to friends of Churchill, it would seem, in September 1971. Includes John Betjeman. Oscar Levant, A. J. Liebling, Malcolm Muggeridge, Jacqueline Onasis, et al. Illustrated with photographs. Fine in dust jacket with corners and spine ends a little nicked and rubbed, otherwise near fine.

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LIVING HISTORY. Hillary Rodham Clinton. LIVING HISTORY.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003). First edition. Her memoirs of her time as first lady. SIGNED on the title page. Spine ends just gently nudged still fine in fine dust jacket with barest wear.

[Book #54646]       Price: $250.00
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ARTISTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST: A Biographical Dictionary. Doris Ostrander Dawdy. ARTISTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST: A Biographical Dictionary.
Chicago: Sage Books / Swallow Press, (1974). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author. An excellent reference to prominent Western artists. Near fine in very good dust jacket.

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CHARLES WHIBLEY: A Memoir. T. S. Eliot. CHARLES WHIBLEY: A Memoir.
(Oxford: Oxford U. Press), 1931. First edition. "English Association, Pamphlet No. 80." Fine in handsewn, printed paperwraps. Whibley, a literary critic and author of several books, was a prominent columnist for Blackwood's Magazine. He recommended Eliot to Geoffrey Faber, resulting in Eliot's postion at Faber & Faber.

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CASANOVA: His Known and Unknown Life. S. Guy Endore. CASANOVA: His Known and Unknown Life.
London: George Routledge & Sons, (1930). First UK edition. Very good or better in dust jacket with a few small chips and tears along the edges.

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CODENAME IAGO. Richard Flanagan, John Friedrich. CODENAME IAGO.
(Port Melbourne, Australia): Heinemann, (1991). The first edition and the only edition. Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Booker Prize for THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH is "considered by many to be the finest Australian novelist of his generation" (The Economist). By contrast, Johann Friedrich Hohenberger, "John Friedrich," or, as he was also known, "Australia's greatest conman," was the subject of Victoria's biggest fraud case. At the time of Friedrich’s death, which was ruled a suicide (he was found dead on his farm near Sale, Victoria, with a single gunshot wound to the head on July 27, 1991), he was writing this posthumously published autobiography with the assistance of Flanagan. Simon Caterson, writing in The Australian, described it as "one of the least reliable but most fascinating memoirs in the annals of Australian publishing." In it, Friedrich claims that while working for an American construction company he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and, under the codename "Iago," worked in Laos, Vietnam, Egypt, New Zealand and West Germany against far left-wing extremists before returning to Australia in 1975. The only known facts are that in November 1976, while on holiday in Victoria, Friedrich applied for a position with the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) and began working there January 1977. He rose to executive director in 1982, after which he transformed the company into a national search and rescue organization with loans from 27 banks, which agreed to lend him millions of dollars against little more than his word. Friedrich was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1988 "in recognition of service to the community, particularly in the area of industrial safety and search and rescue services". Then, in 1989, following the financial collapse of NSCA, Friedrich went into hiding. He was arrested after a nationwide and international manhunt and charged with one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception and eventually charged with court for fraud involving nearly $300 million. It was subsequently discovered that he was not even an Australian citizen. (Wikipedia). Very good to near fine in pictorial paperwraps with light edgewear. No hardback edition. SCARCE BOOK BY BOOKER WINNER.

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CODENAME IAGO. Richard Flanagan, John Friedrich. CODENAME IAGO.
(Port Melbourne, Australia): Heinemann, (1991). The first edition and the only edition. Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Booker Prize for THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH is "considered by many to be the finest Australian novelist of his generation" (The Economist). By contrast, Johann Friedrich Hohenberger, "John Friedrich," or, as he was also known, "Australia's greatest conman," was the subject of Victoria's biggest fraud case. At the time of Friedrich’s death, which was ruled a suicide (he was found dead on his farm near Sale, Victoria, with a single gunshot wound to the head on July 27, 1991), he was writing this posthumously published autobiography with the assistance of Flanagan. Simon Caterson, writing in The Australian, described it as "one of the least reliable but most fascinating memoirs in the annals of Australian publishing." In it, Friedrich claims that while working for an American construction company he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and, under the codename "Iago," worked in Laos, Vietnam, Egypt, New Zealand and West Germany against far left-wing extremists before returning to Australia in 1975. The only known facts are that in November 1976, while on holiday in Victoria, Friedrich applied for a position with the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) and began working there January 1977. He rose to executive director in 1982, after which he transformed the company into a national search-and-rescue organization with loans from 27 banks, which agreed to lend him millions of dollars against little more than his word. Friedrich was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1988 "in recognition of service to the community, particularly in the area of industrial safety and search and rescue services". Then, in 1989, following the financial collapse of NSCA, Friedrich went into hiding. He was arrested after a nationwide and international manhunt and charged with one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception and eventually charged with fraud involving nearly $300 million. It was subsequently discovered that he was not even an Australian citizen. (Wikipedia). A fine copy in pictorial paperwraps. No hardback edition. SCARCE BOOK BY BOOKER WINNER.

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NOVELIST AND STORYTELLER: THE LIFE OF C. S. FORESTER. C. S. Forester, John Forester. NOVELIST AND STORYTELLER: THE LIFE OF C. S. FORESTER.
(Lemon Grove, Calif): John Forester, (2000). First edition. A biography written by his son. Number 103 of 250 SIGNED copies. Two volumes, each SIGNED and numbered and each INSCRIBED, "For --- with best wishes. John Forester." Two large 8vo volumes in glossy pictorial paperwraps. 826 pages including index. Although the stated limitation is 250 copies, it's possible that not all of these self-published volumes were produced or sold. We've never handled a copy before, and were not aware of the book's existence. Light wear on corners, a light spot on page edges and a triangular spot on top. Scarce.

[Book #41859]       Price: $450.00
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MARIANNE THORNTON: A Domestic Biography. E. M. Forster. MARIANNE THORNTON: A Domestic Biography.
London: Edward Arnold Ltd. (1956). First edition. Illustrated with portraits. A remarkable, loving biography of his great aunt based on copious family papers (some transcribed by Marianne herself at a young age), diaries, and letters -- including several to Forster written while she was in her late 80's and he was not yet 8 years old. Endpapers tanned along hinges, otherwise crisp and fine in bright, fine dust jacket with rear corners just barely nicked and only one tiny tear.

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LORD ROCHESTER'S MONKEY: Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester. Graham Greene. LORD ROCHESTER'S MONKEY: Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester.
New York: Viking Press, (1974). First U.S. edition. Biography written in the thirties by Greene -- who referred to Rochester in two of his books -- dusted off, revised, and presented here for the first time. Profusely illustrated. Near fine in better than very good dust jacket with some edge rubbing but no chips or tears.

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WAR IN A TIME OF PEACE. David Halberstam. WAR IN A TIME OF PEACE.
New York: Scribner, (2001). First edition. SIGNED by author. Covers Bush, Clinton and the Generals. Fine in near fine dust jacket with the barest wear.

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE. Nathaniel Hawthorne, By Annie Fields. NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE.
Boston: Small, Maynard & Co. 1899. First edition. Part of the Beacon Biographies of Eminent Authors series, edited by M. A. DeWolfe Howe, this work includes the first appearance of many of Hawthorne's letters. INSCRIBED on half-title page by Fields to Elizabeth Fairchild. Annie Fields was the wife of the publisher and author, James T. Fields. She and James were friends of Hawthorne, as well as of other literary notables of their day. Intricately engraved frontispiece and title page; top edge gilt. Very good with minor rubbing to the edges, most noticeably at the spine ends and corners, still an attractive copy.

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SEABISCUIT: An American Legend. Laura Hillenbrand. SEABISCUIT: An American Legend.
New York: Random House, (2001). First edition. One of the surprise bestsellers of recent years, about the horse that was one of the biggest stories of 1938 and united the country in that depression era. First jacket priced $24.95 and no audio ad on back flap. Fine in dust jacket.

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THE MARCH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: The Benjamin Hooks Story. Benjamin L. Hooks, Jerry Guess. THE MARCH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: The Benjamin Hooks Story.
(Chicago: American Bar Association, 2004). First edition. Written with Guess; foreword by Dennis Archer, the 2003/2004 American Bar Association president. INSCRIBED BY HOOKS on the front free endpaper simply, "Thanks / BWHooks" (not inscribed to anyone). "As leader of the NAACP for 15 years, Benjamin Hooks oversaw the organization's position on affirmative action and federal aid to the poorer neighborhoods of American cities. He particpated in dialogues with the governments of South Africa and in hundreds of domestic issues affecting minorities in the United States" (from the jacket flap). Fine in fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear.

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THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON; Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published. Samuel Johnson, By James Boswell. THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON; Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published.
London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791. Two volumes. First edition, first state with "gve" p.135, Volume I. Quarto (4to), full-leather boards sympathetically recased with original contemporary mottled calf laid down over boards; spines with gilt-lettered black leather title and volume labels and gilt rule. Text blocks appear to have been trimmed approximately 1/8" on tops, bottoms and fore edges, Engraved portrait of Johnson after Sir Joshua Reynolds in Volume I and two engraved plates in Volume II, as called for. Foxing to plates and opposing pages, otherwise both volumes are quite clean, Housed in custom half-morocco slipcase and chemise. BOSWELL'S JOHNSON, THE MOST CELEBRATED BIOGRAPHY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

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A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley. John McPhee, , Bill Bradley. A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1965). First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's first book. Illustrated with photographs of the future senator in action as "the greatest [basketball] player in the history of the Ivy League." Fine in very good or better dust jacket with two small rubbed tears and spine sunned a bit but not as badly as most.

[Book #54617]       Price: $275.00
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AN ERNIE PYLE ALBUM: Indiana to Ie Shima. Lee G. Miller. AN ERNIE PYLE ALBUM: Indiana to Ie Shima.
New York: William Sloane Associates, (1946). First edition. Near fine with lightly bumped spine ends. In a near fine dust jacket that is lightly soiled and shows a few rub marks, several closed tears along the top and two tiny chips to the top of the spine.

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THE LINDBERGHS: The Story of a Distinguished Family. P. J. O'Brien, , Charles Lindbergh. THE LINDBERGHS: The Story of a Distinguished Family.
Philadephia: Universal Book and Bible House, (1935). First edition. A prospectus or salesman's dummy with order pages in back not filled in. About 40 pages of text and numerous photos. Very good to fine. Assume as issued without dust jacket.

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THE LIFE OF TIMOTHY PICKERING. Octavius Pickering, , Charles W. Upham. THE LIFE OF TIMOTHY PICKERING.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1867 and 1873. First edition. Complete in four volumes. The first volume by Pickering's son, Octavius published in 1867 and the rest, by Upham (a Massachusetts politician), published in 1873. Uniformly bound in original green-cloth beveled boards lettered in gilt on spine and ruled in blind on front and rear; each volume with tissue-protected, engraved frontispiece. Colonel Pickering (1745 - 1829) was the third U.S. Secretary of State--serving under both George Washington and John Adams--and his volumnous diaries, notes and letters enabled the writing of these accounts of his life, elucidating the period around the Revolutionary War, in which he served, as well as relations with the "Indians" and rural life of the time. Foxing to frontis and title pages, some staining to page edges volume I extending slightly to margins, tear in brown coated front endpaper volume II mended with archival tape, cloth at heads of spines slightly frayed with few tiny tears, otherwise very good with spine lettering bright.

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JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY: Hoosier Poet. James Whitcomb Riley, Jeannette Covert Nolan. JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY: Hoosier Poet.
Robert S. Robison. New York: Julian Messner, (1941). First edition. Special limited Indiana edition, number 147. SIGNED by Nolan and the illustrator, Robert S. Robinson. Very good in vibrant green cloth binding, a little shelfworn at the spine ends and corners. In a dust jacket that is also very good, with a touch of soiling and some wear to the edges, very shallow chipping, few small tears and spine fold split (but not noticeably).

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