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New York: An Illustrated History, Burns, Ric; Sanders, James
1 Burns, Ric; Sanders, JamesNew York: An Illustrated History
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1999 0375709681 / 9780375709685 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 8.25" x 11" 
The companion to the PBS Series produced by Lisa Ades. Oversize, thick, heavy softcover. 575 pages. 500 illustrations in color and black & white [photographs, lithographs, paintings, prints]. Selected Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is clean, straight, tight, unmarked, with minute corner rubbing. ~~This book complements the twelve-hour film documentary which provides a sweeping and comprehensive 400-hundred-year history of New York City. From the Introduction: "The city of New York, unparalleled in its size, grandeur, and complexity, has engendered, over the course of its turbulent and spectacular history, a story that is nothing less than an urban epic--as richly peopled, as dramatically plotted, and as movingly profound as any great fiction . . . Founded at the dawn of the modern age, when Europeans first coursed out across the globe, New York was fated to become the ultimate city of dreaming and desire, a place of passage and transformation, of possibility and exchange, of mingled cultures and identities--the place where above all others people from around the world would come to shed tradition, change identities, realize ambition, make themselves new . . . No place would project itself more relentlessly into the future. No place would embody more powerfully the creative and the destructive forces of modern life. No place would embrace more completely the American experiment in capitalism and democracy--until in the end, the story of New York would be nothing less than the story of America itself rising." Please note: This is a large, heavy book, and an additional shipping fee will be required for orders outside of the U.S. 
Price: 38.00 USD
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Merry Men, Chute, Carolyn
2 Chute, CarolynMerry Men
New York Harcourt Brace & Co. 1994 0151592705 / 9780151592708 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Red cloth spine and blue papered boards. 695 pages. Book is as new and appears unread. Dust jacket also looks as new. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Third title in Chute's 'trilogy,' which began with "The Beans of Egypt, Maine," and then "Letourneau's Used Auto Parts." In this novel Chute further continues her portrait of this fictional town and society. Her saga reveals the complexity of this seemingly simple town, which though unique in detail, is "eerily similar to most" others. This is a beautiful first printing copy of this epic novel. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Wayfarer: A Voice from the Southern Mountains, Dickey, James; Bake, William A.
3 Dickey, James; Bake, William A.Wayfarer: A Voice from the Southern Mountains
Birmingham, AL Oxmoor House 1988 0848706919 / 9780848706913 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall William A. Bake 
Stated first edition. Oversize book bound in 3/4 maroon cloth and grey paper over boards. 177 numbered pages + 4 pages which contain an additional photograph and a Catalogue of Photographs. Book is tight and clean, interior pages unmarked; top and bottom edges of grey portion of boards are darkened, and front free endpaper has a gift inscription: "From Marian, 1988." Dust jacket is fine. There is a $50.00 price sticker covering the original DJ price, but this seems to be underneath the lamination of the jacket and thus may have been done by the publisher. ~~ Award-winning poet-author Dickey shares the wonder of life in the southern mountains through the poignant voice of an old mountain man who encounters a traveler. Stunning full-color, many full-page, photographs by Bake, one of the South's premier landscape photographers, and representing all the major ranges of the Appalachians, accompany the narrative. Dickey re-creates the haunting voice of his own people, and Bake supplies the backdrop. A gorgeous book. In clear archival cover. This large, heavy book may require additional postage. 
Price: 26.50 USD
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Harper's (Monthly) Magazine -- Set of Two Issues: June 1932/No. 985 and July 1932/No. 986, Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
4 Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)Harper's (Monthly) Magazine -- Set of Two Issues: June 1932/No. 985 and July 1932/No. 986
New York Harper & Bros. 1932 Original Wraps Very Good 
Orange wraps. Very good condition, with age-related page toning and some rubbing and wear to head/heel of spines. ~~This pair of vintage Harper's Magazine issues are notable for the first-time appearance of the short story "Gal Young Un" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Part 1 appears in the June issue and Part 2 appears in the July issue. This story was accepted by Harper's after having been rejected by Scribner's Magazine--and was subsequently awarded the O. Henry Memorial Prize in 1933 for best short story. The story takes place in backcountry of Florida during the 1920s Prohibition. A wealthy widow named Mattie is courted by and marries an opportunistic young bootlegger and endures his neglect, but her spirit keeps her on top in the end. The story was made into a movie in 1979. Rawlings (1896-1953) is best known for her novel "The Yearling" and for her "Cross Creek" books. ~~ A nice set of collectible Rawlings literature, offered as a set at a slightly reduced price. Please see individual issue listings for pagination details and additional content information. 
Price: 72.00 USD
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Daniel Plainway: Or, the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League, Reid, Van
5 Reid, VanDaniel Plainway: Or, the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League
New York Viking Press 2000 0670891711 / 9780670891719 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - 7" - 9" Tall Signed by Author
Blue spine and grey boards with metallic red spine titling. 385 pages. Book is fine, clean, tight, with no wear, and interior pages are clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is also fine, bright and crisp, protected in a clear mylar cover. ~~ Sometimes it's just nice to escape modern-day stress with a wholesome, lighthearted yarn. Van Reid's series of novels about the Moosepath League is just such a fictional tonic. In late 19th-century Maine, the Pickwickian foursome of the jovial Tobias Walton and his gentleman friends have a knack for engaging themselves in all sorts of predicaments and escapades, involving mystery, crime and romance. In this third installment of their adventures, it is Christmastime, and a country lawyer is despondent over the demise several years earlier of a close friend. When a missing portrait of her suddenly turns up, he sets out on a quest which involves an orphaned child, a ballplayer, some hooligans, and a special woman. His efforts involve Mr. Walton, his companion Sundry moss, and of course his Moosepathian cohorts, who in the meantime have been investigating a Viking rune. At once poignant and comical, full of engaging characters and inflected with genuine local color, this is a picturesque novel that makes for a perfect holiday read. ~~ This copy is inscribed by the author on the title page: "Best wishes!" Van Reid." A lovely book and a perfect gift. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The American Zig-Zag: Volume One, Reid, Van; other Contributors
6 Reid, Van; other ContributorsThe American Zig-Zag: Volume One
Augusta, ME Moosepath Press 2010 1450737153 / 9781450737159 First Edition Soft Cover As New 8vo - 9.5" Tall Signed by Author
First printing, October 2010. Green and black wraps in zig-zag design. 192 pages. Black & white illustrations by various artists: Jeff Suntala, Bruce Rosenberger, Glen Chadbourne, Thaddeus Lyford, David Hunter, Barbara Neeson, Michael Neno, Randy Sargent. ~ In fine, clean, unused condition, and inscribed by Van Reid on the title page: "Best Zig-Zagian Wishes! From Maine and the Moosepath! --Van Reid." ~~ Van Reid is the author of the successful and charmingly nostalgic series of novels about the Moosepath League, set in 19th-century Maine. From the back cover: "Van Reid's picaresque novels . . . have garnered loyal fans and warm reviews (including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) with their unique mixture of adventure, romance, and laugh-out-loud humor. Now he returns with this inaugural 'Zig-Zag' across the Americas--with six of his own short stories that veer geographically from the Portland waterfront to the Chicago stockyards, from the wilds of Manitoba to a lonely chain of islands off the coast of Brazil and ranging in tone from the suspenseful to the comic. In the grand tradition of 19th century journals, he has recruited talented poets, humorists, and musicians to bring even more weight and variety to the proceedings--and also ten fine artists to illustrate the resulting stories, poems, cartoons, and essays--all with the express purpose of hearkening to an earlier era of American journals that delight and entertain." Complete with a supernatural story, a Western, a story about pirates, as well as anecdotes and vignettes. Also contains an Ongoing Tale titled "Fustianne Mae (Part One)" which is to be continued in Volume Two. Two-column text formatting and nostalgic-style illustrations recreate the design of period literary periodicals. Includes biographical blurbs about each contributor. Fun and entertaining. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The American Zig-Zag: Volume Two, Reid, Van; other Contributors
7 Reid, Van; other ContributorsThe American Zig-Zag: Volume Two
Augusta, ME Moosepath Press 2012 1467556009 / 9781467556002 First Edition Soft Cover As New 8vo - 9.5" Tall Signed by Author
First printing, December 2012. Orange and brown wraps in zig-zag design. 192 pages. Black & white illustrations by various artists: Jeff Suntala, Glenn Chadbourne, Mary Herndon Boothby, Thaddeus Lyford, Bruce Rosenberger, Rhea Butler, Randy Sargent, Joe Zierman, Stephen Prescott, Michael Neno. ~ In fine, clean, unused condition, and inscribed by Van Reid on the title page: "See you on the Moosepath! --Van Reid." A one-page errata slip, also signed by Reid, is laid in, describing and correcting a formatting error on page 46. ~~ Van Reid is the author of the successful and charmingly nostalgic series of novels about the Moosepath League, set in 19th-century Maine. From the back cover: "The American Zig-Zag is back with a second volume of tales . . . that range from the meditative to the humorous to the suspenseful--sometimes all in the same setting. From the waterfront of Portland, Maine (where fans of the Moosepath novels will recognize several supporting characters) to the polyglot slums of turn-of-the-century Chicago; from the coast of Oregon to a small town in Indiana--Reid's characters stumble into mystery, surprise, and adventure. Seasoning this throw-back to late 19th century magazines is an engaging collection of poets, essayists, and humorists. And ten wonderful artists . . . illuminate the entire proceedings with a wide variety of styles and tone." The issue also contains Part Two of the Ongoing Tale titled "Fustianne Mae" which was begun in Volume One. Two-column text formatting and nostalgic-style illustrations recreate the design of period literary periodicals. Includes biographical blurbs about each contributor. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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1861: The Battle for Santa Rosa Island, Walby, David L.
8 Walby, David L.1861: The Battle for Santa Rosa Island
Embassy of the Conch Republic 2010 Wraps Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Stapled beige stiff paper wraps. No printing information. 27 pages. Black and white illustrations, maps and a partial reproduction of a soldier's personal correspondence and of an official document. Bibliography. ~~ The first shots of the Civil War, fired at Fort Barrancas in Pensacola, Florida, in January 1861, forced a small group of Union soldiers to man and defend Ft. Pickens. With less than eighty men it was held until it was relieved in April 1861. By May 1862 the Confederate forces in Pensacola were removed, and thanks to the tenacity of these Union soldiers, Pensacola had been saved for the Union. An interesting piece of regional historical research. ~~ Signed by the author on the title page. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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