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Jake and his Stake [Fremont, Michigan]

By: Jansma, Phyllis Butterfield; Ray Jansma, illus.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Fremont, Michigan, Printed by Hi-Lites Graphics for Ray and Phyllis Jansma, 1997

Edition: First printing


Staple-bound card-wraps, 21.5 by 28 cm, [20] pp., illus. Near fine. A children’s story, originally written in 1958 “when the country schools were still operating in Michigan,” about a boy and his dog – who just couldn’t let him go to school alone. Written by Phyllis Jansma, a Fremont-based music teacher, and illustrated by her husband, Ray Jansma, a well-respected and prolific architect and artist. First Edition. View more info

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Kau-Bau-Gwas-Shee: A Flat River Story

By: Augustine, Robertson M.; Dorothy Rackliffe, illus.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Greenville, MI, Robertson M. Augustine, Publisher, 1973

Edition: First edition

Inscription: Signed


Hardcover with dust jacket, tan cloth with red spine and cover titles and red turtle image on front cover, 14.5 by 23.3 cm, vii 207 (1) pp. The hardcover is near fine; the jacket has tears, edge chips, some loss along the top edge of the rear panel, and an old tape repair along the top edge on the backside of the jacket – although the detachable bookmark on the front flap is still intact. Signed by the author on the title page (no inscription). “Kau-Bau-Gwas-Shee... View more info

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Littlefair [Fountain St. Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan]

By: Grass, Michael William [Duncan Littlefair]

Price: $20.00

Publisher: [Grand Rapids, MI], Littlefair Fund Management Committee, 1977


Wraps, 21. 6 by 28 cm, [93] pp., illus. Good with light cover and corner wear, creases to the upper and lower corners of the cover, and light foxing and a short gift inscription on the first leaf (“Dec 1977 / Love to all / Mom”). A champion of liberal theology, the Rev. Dr. Duncan Littlefair stood at the help of Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 35 years. His “humanistic insight and his eminence in the community have existed as a special philo... View more info

Looking Back: The History of Northfield Township and the Whitmore Lake Area (Michigan)

By: Hennings, Thomas P.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Northfield Township, Northfield Township Historical Society, 1985

Edition: Second edition


Hennings, Thomas P. Looking Back: The History of Northfield Township and the Whitmore Lake Area. Whitmore Lake, Michigan: Northfield Township Historical Society, 1985, second printing. Softcover, 15.2 by 22.8 cm, viii 228 pp., illus. Very good with only light wear to the covers and corners. No writing, highlighting, names, or other markings. A detailed history of Northfield Township, which lays just north of Ann Arbor, Michigan. We ship our books in boxes or cardbo... View more info

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Lowell: 100 Years of History, 1831-1931 and Lowell: 50 Years of History, 1931-1981 [Michigan]

By: Borgerson, N.E., et al.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Lowell, Michigan, Lowell Sesquicentennial Committee, 1981


Two volumes. Softcovers, 14 by 21.2 cm, 139 pp. each, illus. Fine, unread copies with only a tiny drip stain on the fore edge of the second volume. Volume one reprints the original 1931 publication of this book; volume two brings this history of the city up to date. Well illustrated with black and white photos. No writing, highlighting, names, or other markings. View more info

Memories of a Farm [Coral & Cedar Springs, Michigan] Signed

By: Coady, John P.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Cedar Springs, Michigan, Cedar Springs Rotary Club, 1990

Inscription: Signed


Coady, John P. Memories of a Farm. Cedar Springs, Michigan: Cedar Springs Rotary Club, 1990. Staple-bound, card wraps, 13.5 by 21.7 cm, 85 pp. Foxing and light wear to the covers with creasing to the lower corner of the cover. Minor foxing on a few leaves. Inscribed and signed by the author on the inside of the front cover: “Dear Harry: As one Rotarian to another, & the most comedic ??? in North Kent Co[unty] / the best / John P. Coady / 12-1-90.” Reminiscences... View more info

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Memories of Maybee: Maybee, Michigan 1873-1973

By: Siebarth, Jean C.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Maybee, MI, Maybee Centennial Committee, [1973]


Staple-bound card wraps, 21.7 by 27.8 cm, 112 pp., illus. Good with light wear and soiling to the covers, some uneven sunning on the front cover, and some skinning on the upper corner of the front cover. The interior is clean with an inscription by the author: “To a Mabie, Sorry I didn’t know of you sooner! Jean C. Siebarth.” Maybee is a small Michigan village in southwestern Exeter Township in Monroe County, roughly half way between Detroit and Toledo. This sc... View more info

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Michigan in the War (Civil War)

By: Robert, Jno. (John)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Lansing, W.S. George & Co., 1882

Edition: Revised


Robert, Jno. (John). Michigan in the War. Lansing: W.S. George & Co., State Printers and Binders, 1882, revised edition. Half-leather, black pebbled cloth over red leather spine and corners with gilt spine titles, 17 by 24.5 cm, 1039 pp., frontis and two additional engravings. This copy has been recently rebound. Binding is fine, interior is near fine with some ink spots on the fore edge of the textbock (see images). An in-depth survey of Michigan’s involvement i... View more info

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Michigan Log Marks – Their Function and Use During the Great Michigan Pine Harvest [Logging, Lumbering]

By: Allen, Clifford; Harold Titus, eds.; Work Projects Administration

Price: $25.00

Publisher: East Lansing, MI, Michigan State College/Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, January 1942

Edition: second printing


Staple-bound card wraps, 15.5 by 23 cm, 89 pp., illus. Light edge wear, a couple of light pencil notes on the front cover, and a Northwestern Michigan College stamp on the title page only. The staples have been removed from this copy, but it is complete. There is a newspaper clipping titles “Log Brands of Muskegon Lumber Boom Recalled” tipped in on the last two black pages. Well-illustrated with black and white photos and drawings of log marks, this WPA booklet d... View more info

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Michigan’s Military Pilots of Bay County: 102 Flyers and Their Stories, From World War I to Desert Storm

By: Higgs, Gerry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: [Bay City, Michigan], Self-published, 1995


Hardcover with glossy, illustrated boards, 15.5 by 23.5 cm, iv 202 pp., illus. Fine, unread copy. One to eight-page profiles of Bay County, Michigan pilots. View more info

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Michigan’s Timber Battleground, A History of Clare County: 1674-1900 [Central Michigan, Harrison]

By: Meek, Forrest

Price: $25.00

Publisher: [Clare, MI], Published by the author in conjunction with the Clare County Bicentennial Historical Committee, 1976


Green cloth with dulled gilt spine and cover titles, no jacket, 18 by 26 cm, xi 483 pp., illus., laid in is an original order form for the book. Very good with very light wear at the extremities, and a tiny stain on the fore edge. A well-illustrated and in-depth history of Clare county in central Michigan. No writing, highlighting, names, or other markings. First Edition. View more info

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Off the Record: The Unpublished Photographs of Bill Simmons, a Pictorial History of Saugatuck in the ‘40s and ‘50s [Michigan]

By: Schmiechen, James; Jack Sheridan; Kit Lane, Bill Simmons

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Saugatuck, MI, Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, 2001


Glossy wraps, 28 by 21.5 cm, 133 (2) pp., illus. Very good with light wear to the wraps and partial peeling of an award sticker on the front cover. The interior is clean and bright with no writing, highlighting, names or other markings. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in bags. Bay Leaf Books (Member ABAA) is an open shop dedicated to offering fine books for discriminating readers. First Edition. View more info

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One Life: Memoirs, Tall Tales, Backwoods Philosophy

By: Sharpe, Ernest Jack (Newaygo Newt)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Published by The Dean-Hicks Company for the author, 1950

Edition: First printing

Inscription: Signed


Burgundy cloth with dulled gilt cover and spine titles, 15.5 by 23.5 cm, 111 pp., illus. with a handful of black and white photographs. Inscribed and signed by Sharpe on the ffep: “Best wishes to Nell & Ilah / May life always be good to you. Yer Rural Highness, ‘Newaygo Newt” per his creator – Ernest Jack Sharpe.” Light dents and scuff marks, darkening on the spine, and wear to the head and tail of the spine; glue staining on the endpapers and one drip mark ... View more info

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Remembering: New, Narrative Poems about those Good Old Days

By: Sharpe, Ernest Jack (Newaygo Newt)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: White Cloud, Michigan, Newt Publications, 1966

Edition: First printing


Wraps, 12.7 by 17.7 cm, 48 pp. Near fine. Sharpe (1888-1976), better known as his character Newaygo Newt, was, among other things, a publisher, a politician, actor, and a poet who told stories of the bygone days of Newaygo County, Michigan. This slim booklet collects over 100 of his later poems. No writing, highlighting, names, or other markings. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in bags. Bay Leaf Books (Member ABAA, ILAB) is dedicated to offering... View more info

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Remembering: New, Narrative Poems about those Good Old Days

By: Sharpe, Ernest Jack (Newaygo Newt)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: White Cloud, Michigan, Newt Publications, 1966

Edition: First printing


Wraps, 12.7 by 17.7 cm, 48 pp. Near fine but for two tiny brown specs near the fore edge of the font cover. Sharpe (1888-1976), better known as his character Newaygo Newt, was, among other things, a publisher, a politician, actor, and a poet who told stories of the bygone days of Newaygo County, Michigan. This slim booklet collects over 100 of his later poems. No writing, highlighting, names, or other markings. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in... View more info