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Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty.

By: Borrower's Press.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Winterport, ME:, Borrower's Press,: 1976

Seller ID: IY915-275

Condition: Used: Like New


LIMITED EDITION of 289 copies, this is number 199. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 3/4 inches. 28 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Jefferson; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green leather, decorative end papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on limitation statement. SCARCE. Fine. A very brief biography of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 2881. View more info

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Thomas Jefferson, Lover of Liberty.

By: Borrower's Press.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Winterport, ME:, Borrower's Press,: 1976

Seller ID: IY915-276

Condition: Used: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 289 copies, this is number 199. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 3/4 inches. 28 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Jefferson; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled dark green leather, decorative end papers; binding square and tight, inner hinge cracked. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on limitation statement. SCARCE. Fine. A very brief biography of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, ... View more info

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The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949 - 1967

By: Clark Kerr (1911-2003)

Price: $80.00

Publisher: Berkeley, etc., University of California Press: 2001

Edition: First Editions

Seller ID: JR1018-027

Condition: Collectible: Like New


FIRST EDITIONS. Volume I: Academic Triumphs; Volume II: Political Turmoil. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 427; 540 pp. Numerous illustrations on plates, index; text clean, unmarked. Navy cloth, spines titled in gilt, dust-jackets in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. Clark Kerr was an American professor of economics and academic administrator. He was the first chancellor of the University California, Berkeley (1952-1958), and twelfth President of the Universi... View more info

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Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Palo Alto, CA:, American West Publishing Company,: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-193

Condition: Used: Very Good


Series: Western Biography Series, No. 5. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (416) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Ralston, black-and-white illustrations throughout, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, dust jacket with minor chipping and shelf wear. INSCRIBED by author on front free end paper. Very Good. William C. Ralston was an American businessman and financier. He g... View more info

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The Great Persuader.

By: David Lavender (1910-2003).

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City, New York:, Doubleday & Company, Inc.,: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-189

Condition: Used: Very Good


Tall 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xii), 444 pp. 33 illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth titled in silver, maps in end-papers, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, foxing along inner hinges, dust jacket toned and bruised at spine ends. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Very Good. This is a biography of Collis P. Huntington, the robber baron who built America's first trans-continental railroad. David Lavender researched this g... View more info

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My Life as an Artist Blacksmith.

By: Francis Whitaker (1906-1999).

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Francis Whitaker,: 1995

Seller ID: GO617-056

Condition: Used: Very Good


4to. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. (vi), 122 pp. 29 black-and-white photographs, memoriam notice tipped in; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth; binding square and tight, shelf wear, ex library bookplate removed from front paste-down. Ex library copy, stamped on free end papers. Comes with newspaper clippings of Whitaker's obituary. Pall Bohne's copy with his pencil notations on rear pastedown. Very Good. Francis Whitaker was a legendary blacksmith. This autobi... View more info

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The First Native-Born Californian Physician: A Memoir of Dr. Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo.

By: George Dunlap Lyman (1882-1949).

Price: $35.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA:, California Historical Society,: 1925

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EE516-100

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


FIRST EDITION. In: Quarterly of the California Historical Society, Vol. IV, No. 3, September, 1925. 8vo. 10 x 6 3/4 inches. Vallejo article: pp. 284-289. Entire issue: [ii], (219)-304 pp. 6 illustrations including a portrait of Platon Vallejo with his father in 1865; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight, covers soiled. Very Good. George Dunlap Lyman's biography of Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1841-1925). Platon was the son of Gener... View more info

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A Souvenir of Toledo, 1956.

By: Jake Zeitlin (1902-1987).

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, Wm. M. Cheney,: 1959

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: EE516-263

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


SECOND EDITION. Pamphlet. 6 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches. [4] pp. 1 sheet of French-fold paper stitched within gray printed wrappers, printed in black ink with red decorations; text clean, unmarked, minor shelf wear. SCARCE. Very Good. "So many requests have come in for copies of this that a reprint has been made for us by Wm. Cheney this 15th day of September, 1959." Recounts Zeitlin's moody visit to Toledo, Spain, in 1956. REFERENCE: Not in Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticke... View more info

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A Souvenir of Toledo, 1956.

By: Jake Zeitlin (1902-1987).

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles:, Wm. M. Cheney,: 1959

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: EE516-264

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


SECOND EDITION. Pamphlet. 6 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches. [4] pp. 1 sheet of French-fold paper stitched within gray printed wrappers, printed in black with red decorations; text clean, unmarked, use wear. Very Good. "So many requests have come in for copies of this that a reprint has been made for us by Wm. Cheney this 15th day of September, 1959." Recounts Zeitlin's moody visit to Toledo, Spain, in 1956. REFERENCE: Not in Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticker. View more info

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Mountaineer: The Life and Times of Marvin Neel and the Backwoods Press.

By: James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Nappanee, IN:, Private Press of the Indiana Kid,: 1969

Seller ID: GO617-038

Condition: Used: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies. 8vo. 8 x 5 1/2 inches. [iv], ii, (40) pp. Title page illustrated in color, engravings by Neel throughout, 2 photographic plates tipped in, specimen sheet bound in with the covers of Storm Over the Mountains and Chimera I; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled blue cloth spine, yellow paper boards stamped with a Neel engraving; binding square and tight, small spot of soiling on back cover. Very Good. Printed and bound by the author-compos... View more info

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The Crandall Press: A History-Bibliography.

By: James Lamar Weygand (1919-2003).

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Nappanee, IN:, Private Press of the Indiana Kid,: 1966

Seller ID: GO617-048

Condition: Used: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of about 250 copies. 8vo. 8 x 5 3/4 inches. (44) pp. Color ornaments throughout, 2 photographic plates, bibliography of the Crandall Press, 4 illustrations tipped in; text clean, unmarked. Light blue paper over boards, illustrations on both covers, printed paper spine label with a duplicate label bound-in at the colophon; binding square and tight, shelf wear, spine faded. Very Good. A biography of Allen Crandall, a history of his press, The Crandal... View more info

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John Muir.

By: John Swett (1830-1913).

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York:, The Century Company,: 1893

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: EE516-225

Condition: Used: Acceptable


FIRST EDITION. Extract from: The Century Magazine, Vol. XLVI, New Series 24, May, 1893, pp. 120-123. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches. Engraved portrait of Muir; text clean, unmarked. 3 loose leaves from the original publication; puncture holes in the gutter, Louis Lanzer Books & Prints business card attached to the upper corner. Sold AS IS. Short biography of John Muir by Muir's close friend, John Swett. Swett is considered to be the "Father of the California Public Sc... View more info

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His Excellency: George Washington

By: Joseph John Ellis (b. 1943)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: MB718-007

Condition: Used: Very Good


Fifth Printing. 8vo. xiv, 320, [6] pp. Index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Very Good. Joseph John Ellis is an American historian and writer whose work focuses on the lives and times of the founders of the United States of America. This biography of George Washington is based on Ellis' careful reading of the newly catalogued Washington papers at the University of Virginia. This book is a finely det... View more info

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Understanding Of Self In The Process Of Day-To-Day Living

By: Nolie Mumey (1891-1984)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Denver, CO, The Range Press: 1978

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: JR1018-036

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 125 numbered and SIGNED copies of which this is number 66. 8vo. 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. 134 pp. Twenty-five chapters giving inspiring life lessons; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped half green morocco, green paper over boards, plain white jacket with debossed spider-web pattern in mylar; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear, jacket with light toning. SIGNED on the limitation page by Nolie Mumey. Very Good. Inspirational messages on various aspec... View more info

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Jessie Benton Fremont: A Biography.

By: Pamela Herr.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York:, Franklin Watts,: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: GY815-257

Condition: Used: Like New


FIRST EDITION, first printing. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (xvi), 496 pp. Frontispiece, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled brown cloth spine, white paper boards, pictorial dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Gift inscription from "Dove," November 21, 1987 on front free end-paper. Fine. Jessie Benton Fremont (1824-1902) was the daughter of the powerful U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, and wife to John Charles Fremont. Outsi... View more info

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88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary

By: Robert L. Grenier

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, etc., Simon & Schuster: 2015

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: MB718-012

Condition: Used: Very Good


FIRST EDITION with full number line. 8vo. xix, 443 pp. 3 maps, 32 photographic illustrations on plates, index; text clean, unmarked. Paper over boards, gilt-titled spine, dust-jacket; binding square and tight, small green felt-tipped marker mark on top edge, looks more like a stray marker tip than a remainder mark, minor wear to jacket. Very Good. Robert Grenier is a longtime CIA officer who served as the CIA's top counter-terrorism official from 2004-2006. Robert... View more info

Keynes: Contemporary Responses to the General Theory

By: Roger E. Backhouse, editor

Price: $30.00

Publisher: South Bend, IN, St. Augustine's Press: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: DBW4298-10

ISBN: 1890318280

Condition: New


Key Issues Series. Trade Paperback. ix, 257 pp. Figures, bibliography, index; text clean, un-marked. Pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight, some minor shelf wear. Brand-New. Excellent! Your order receives my personal attention. This book makes available the contemporary reactions to John Maynard Keynes' "General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money" (1936). View more info

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Purely Personal

By: Ruth Hoffman and Richard J. Hoffman (1912-1989)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Van Nuys, CA, Richard J. Hoffman: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: BO618-004

Condition: Collectible: Very Good


LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies, printed by Richard J. Hoffman. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches. (144) pp. Title-page printed in 3 colors, headpiece in 2 colors, printer's device on colophon; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red cloth, spine titled in gilt, patterned paper over boards; binding square and tight, gentle bumps to upper corners, else Fine. Subtitle: "The record of a sabbatical year, 1966-67 made up of notes written by Ruth Hoffman with asides [in brackets] added b... View more info

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A Biographical Directory of the Society of Printers.

By: Society of Printers.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston:, Society of Printers,: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: KSF713-190

Condition: Collectible: Like New


FIRST EDITION, a second edition was issued in 1999. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. [vi], 48 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped blue cloth; binding square and tight, minor toning to cloth, else Fine. Muir Dawson's copy. Lists 100 members of the New England-based Society of Printers. This directory was compiled by Charles A. Rheault, Jr., and Rollo G. Silver with the assistance of Christopher C. Kellogg. Design by Michael McCurdy. View more info

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Autobiography of W. M. C.

By: William M. Cheney (1907-2002).

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Downey:, Dawson's Book Shop,: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: OG914-028

Condition: Used: Like New


FIRST EDITION. Miniature Book. 3 x 2 1/2 inches. [ii], 26, [ix] pp. Frontispiece slate cut by David Kindersley March 1967, Cheney's printers device on title page, black-and-white photograph of Cheney as a child on p. 4, a photo essay of 6 black-and-white photographs on how to print; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, Cheney's printers device on front cover, gilt spine; binding square and tight. OG914-028. Fine. Printing by William M. Cheney, lithography and paper... View more info