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Roald Amundsen: Som Han Var

By: Arnesen, Odd

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Oslo, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag: 1929

Seller ID: 3190

Condition: fair


Sewn wraps, 16.5 by 24.2 cm, 205 [2] pp., illus. Heavy chips, tears, creases, and wear to the wraps. There is a 1969 gift inscription on the inside of the front cover. The textblock is very good aside from a few turned page corners and a name that has been rubbed off the half-title page. The mull extends well beyond the spine between the covers and first and last leaves that makes me think, though I know little of Norwegian publishing, that this paperback edition was an afterthought or it was intended as a temporary binding and meant to be put in boards. Text is in Norwegian. A biography... View more info

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Salvador Dalí: Diary of a Genius [Dali]

By: Dalí, Salvador; Richard Howard, translator; Michel Déon, notes

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Prentice Hall Press: 1965

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 2860

ISBN: 0132099411

Condition: Very Good


Softcover, 18.5 by 23.2 cm, ix 229 pp. Very good with light wear to the wraps and corners, and a tiny remainder mark on the bottom edge – appears unread. A diary of Dalí’s life between 1952 and 1963, written at his home on Port Light in the south of Spain. “episodic, dreamy, and self-obsessed, it reflects all sides of his protean character, illuminating anything that fixed his attention.” View more info

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How to Be Happy on Nothing a Year

By: David, Charles A.; James C. Derieux, foreword

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, IN, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: 1933

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3046

Condition: Very Good


Hardcover with dust jacket, green cloth with gilt spine and cover titles, 13.5 by 20.6 cm, xix 191 pp. The hardcover is very good with light wear at the extremities, a tiny spot on the spine, and yellowing of the textblock; the jacket is poor with numerous tears, chips, and old tape repairs (now in a fresh mylar sleeve). From the back flap: “Life, in any form, always has interested [the author], and amused him, for his mind invariably veers toward the comical. But there is something of the poet in him, too; therefore something of the mystic. His range of appreciation, his variety of mood... View more info

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Robert Kennedy: The Final Years

By: Dooley, Brian

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin’s Press: 1996

Seller ID: 2104

Condition: Near Fine


Black cloth with gilt spine titles, dust jacket, 16 b6 24 cm, 191 pp. Near fine hardcover in like jacket – appears unread. No writing, highlighting, names, or other marks. The dust jacket is in a fresh mylar cover. Dust jacket present. First Edition. View more info

Image for History of Cosmopolite; or the Four Volumes of Lorenzo Dow’s Journal Concentrated in One, Containing his Experience and Travels, from Childhood to Near his Fifteenth Year.  Also his Polemical Writings; Consisting of I. His Chain, with Five Links, Two Hooks and a Swivel, II. Reflections on Matrimony, III. Analects Upon the Rights of Man, IV. A Journey from Babylon to Jerusalem, V. Dialogue Between the Curious and Singular, VI. Hints on the Fulfilment of Prophecy, VII. On Church Government and the Ministry, &c. &c.  To Which is Added the “Journey of Life,” by Peggy Dow

History of Cosmopolite; or the Four Volumes of Lorenzo Dow’s Journal Concentrated in One, Containing his Experience and Travels, from Childhood to Near his Fifteenth Year. Also his Polemical Writings; Consisting of I. His Chain, with Five Links, Two Hooks and a Swivel, II. Reflections on Matrimony, III. Analects Upon the Rights of Man, IV. A Journey from Babylon to Jerusalem, V. Dialogue Between the Curious and Singular, VI. Hints on the Fulfilment of Prophecy, VII. On Church Government and the Ministry, &c. &c. To Which is Added the “Journey of Life,” by Peggy Dow

By: Dow, Lorenzo; Peggy Dow

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Washington, OH, Published by Joshua Martin, printed by John B. Wolff: 1848

Edition: fourth edition

Seller ID: 3194

Condition: very good


Fourth edition, revised and corrected, with notes. Brown leather with gilt on black leather spine label, 13.5 by 21.7 cm, frontis portraits of Lorenzo and Peggy Dow, vii [2] 10-720 pp. Rebacked with new inner hinges, retains original endpapers. Rubbing to the boards, foxing throughout, light dampstains on the endpapers and first and last few leaves, and some small spots of larval damage on the fore-edge of the inside of the back cover. Several small chips and tears on the first dozen leaves or so, with a 7 cm tear on p. 13/14 and a 2.5 cm hole in p. 153/154. Some pencil equations on the r... View more info

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Somehow Form a Family: Stories that Are Mostly True - Signed 1st

By: Earley, Tony

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Algonquin Books: 2001

Edition: First printing

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 2136

Condition: Fine


Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2001. First printing. Fine/fine. Hardcover in dust jacket, xviii 172 pp. An unread copy, fine in a fine jacket. No writing, highlighting, names, or other marks. The dust jacket is in a fresh mylar cover. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in bags. Bay Leaf Books (Member ABAA, ILAB) is dedicated to offering fine books for discriminating readers. Dust jacket present. First Edition. View more info

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Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos [Signed First]

By: Hardy, Ed; Joel Selvin

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press): 2013

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

Seller ID: 2954

Condition: Near Fine


Hardcover with dust jacket, black cloth with red spine titles, 16 by 24.1 cm, illus. endpapers, 293 pp. plus 16-pages of color and black and white photos. Near fine with only faint signs of shelf wear – appears unread. Signed by Hardy on the half-title page, and dated in the year of publication. While he may be best known today for his eponymous line of T-shirts, cigarette lighters, shot glasses, and anything else that could be emblazoned with his designs—a merchandising ploy that he had little control over—Hardy is one of the great American tattoo artists and proponent of traditional... View more info

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A Little Journey to the Home of Elbert Hubbard - Little Journeys

By: Hargrave, Arthur

Price: $20.00

Publisher: San Mateo, Grove of the Turning Leaves: 1974

Edition: Limited ed

Seller ID: 1279

Condition: Near Fine


Hargrave, Arthur. A Little Journey to the Home of Elbert Hubbard. San Mateo County, California: The Grove of the Turning Leaves, 1974, limited edition of 500 copies of which this is number 274 (printed and bound by the Recorder-Sunset Press, San Francisco). Staple-bound, card wraps, 14.9 by 20.6 cm, 18 pp. Near fine with only the faintest signs of shelf wear. Meant to mimic Hubbard’s famous Little Journeys series, it states: “The LITTLE JOURNEYS booklets became an American institution at the turn of the century. They were published by the Roycroft Press in East Aurora, New York. Thi... View more info

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Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali

By: Holloway, Kris

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Long Grove, IL, Waveland Press, Inc.: 2007

Edition: later printing

Seller ID: 3152

Condition: Very Good


Wraps, 15.3 by 22.8 cm, xiii 212 pp. plus an 8-page center section of black and white photos. Very good with only faint wear at the corners – appears unread. From the publisher: “What is it like to live and work in a remote corner of the world and befriend a courageous midwife who breaks traditional roles? Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Mali Midwife is the inspiring story of Monique Dembele, an accidental midwife who became a legend, and Kris Holloway, the young Peace Corps volunteer who became her closest confidante. In a small village in Mali, West Africa, Monique saved ... View more info

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The Last Years of Louis XV

By: Imbert de Saint-Amand

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Boston, Club of Odd Volumes: 1893

Edition: First edition thus

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 44

Condition: Good


Boston: Club of Odd Volumes, 1893. First edition thus. Good. Boston: Club of Odd Volumes, 1893. First edition thus. Good. The Last Years of Louis XV, translated from the French of Imbert de Saint-Amand, The Club of Odd Volumes (Boston), 1893. A limited edition of 150 copies printed on Hollans Hand-made Paper, of which this is copy number 13. SIGNED on the limitation page by Zachary T. Hollingsworth who was the chairman of the Club of Odd Volumes during 1892-1893. Hardcover, tan paper over white cloth spine with gilt spine titles and gilt crest of Louis XV on the front cover. 8 3/4 by 10 ... View more info

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Alaskan Adventure - Signed with Drawing

By: Jackson, Eleanor

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Mountain View, CA/Oshawa, Ontario, Pacific Press Publishing Association: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author with an illustration.

Seller ID: 2743

Condition: Fair


Wraps, 13.3 by 20.2 cm, 78 pp. Fair with edge and cover wear, creases on the back cover, and yellowed pages. There is a 1 cm fore-edge tear on the front cover with an old glue repair. This title has become a classic in Christian missionary works. This particular copy has a lovely color pencil sketch of a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, signed by the author, facing the title page. View more info

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Born to Wander: Autobiography of John Ball, 1794-1884

By: John Ball, Kate Ball Powers, Flora Ball Hopkins, Lucy Ball

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Detroit, Wayne State University Press: 1994

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 181

ISBN: 0961770848

Condition: New


Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1994. Reprint. Hardcover. New/new. New, unread copy -- still sealed in the publisher's shrinkwrap. No writing, names, or bookplate. (case) Dust jacket present. View more info

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In Almost Every Picture

By: Kessels, Erik, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Amsterdam, KesselsKramer Publishing: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2930

Condition: Near Fine


Wraps, 15.5 by 20 cm, [144] pp. An unread, near fine copy but for a bump at the head of the spine. A most unusual memoir in which one woman saved her passport images – many taken in photobooths – from 1926 to 1978. We see her age, mature through World War II, Vietnam, the Kennedy assassination, the Moon landings, and the Cold War, though her intense stare and crisp smile remain the same, nearly forming a flip-book of her life. A brief, one-page essay follows the photos. View more info

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The Life of Nelson: The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain, in Two Volumes [Vols. One and Two]

By: Mahan, Capt. A.T.

Price: $80.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown, and Company : 1897

Edition: first American edition

Seller ID: 3187

Condition: Very Good


Two volumes (complete) in blue cloth with gilt spine titles and gilt portraits of Nelson on the upper boards of both volumes, 16 by 23 cm, top edges gilt, frontis portraits, xxiii [ii] 44 pp., xvi [ii] 427 pp. plus two pages pf publisher ads, a total of 19 illustrations and 20 maps and battle plans. Very good with minor edge and corner wear and bumping and wear with some very tiny tears at the head and tails of the spines. Vol. I has a snippet from an old bookseller’s catalog pasted on the front pastedown and a tiny 1940 gift inscription verso the ffep. All in all, a very attractive set w... View more info

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In the face of Presumptions: Essays, Speeches & Incidental Writings [Signed]

By: Moser, Barry; Paul Mariani, introduction; Jessica Renaud, ed.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, David R. Godine, Publisher: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3036

Condition: Very Good


Hardcover with dust jacket, burgundy cloth with gilt spine titles and blindstamped cover initials, 15.5 by 23.5 cm, xiii 179 pp. plus 30 pages of illustrations and a bibliography. Inscribed and signed by Moser on the title page. Very good with light bowing of the boards; the jacket is very good. From the publisher: “Barry Moser, despite his tendency to sound like a Baptist preacher and his abysmal table manners, is a virtuoso close to our hearts. He is best known as an artist who works with books, and more specifically with the texts he loves. He has illustrated legions of children's book... View more info

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Huron: The Seasons of a Great Lake [Michigan]

By: Shelton, Napier

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Detroit, Wayne State University Press: 1990

Edition: first edition, first printing

Seller ID: 3008

Condition: Near Fine


Hardcover with dust jacket, navy cloth with gilt spine titles, 15.5 by 23.5 cm, 268 pp., illus. Near fine hardcover in a very good jacket with only faint signs of edge wear. From the publisher: “Napier Shelton takes us on a journey as he spends a year at his family's cottage on the lake. Having visited Lake Huron for over thirty years, Shelton weaves family memories into his evocative and informed account of the seasons on this great lake. In 1995, Shelton spent a year at the cottage more fully exploring Lake Huron and its varied shores. He writes about Native American fishing rights, smal... View more info

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Cory: Corazon Aquino and the Philippines

By: Siegel, Beatrice

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Lodestar Books (E.P. Dutton): 1988

Edition: First Printing

Seller ID: 2645

Condition: Very Good


Siegel, Beatrice. Cory: Corazon Aquino and the Philippines. New York: Lodestar Books (E.P. Dutton), 1988, first printing. Hardcover with dust jacket, red cloth with black spine titles, 16 by 23.5 cm, ix [i] 118 pp., illus. with black and white photos, errata slip laid in. Very good with light bumping at the extremities, a name and date in pen on the ffep, and a small remainder mark on the bottom edge; the jacket is very good with light edge wear and a few small wrinkles. Well-illustrated juvenile non-fiction. From the jacket flap: “Thrust into the public eye after the assassination of ... View more info

Image for George Washington: The Human Being & The Hero, 1732-1762 with the bookplate of Anita Loos by Frank Wald

George Washington: The Human Being & The Hero, 1732-1762 with the bookplate of Anita Loos by Frank Wald

By: [Anita Loos, Frank Wald] Hughes, Rupert

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1926

Edition: First Printing

Seller ID: 2834

Condition: Fair


Blue cloth with gilt spine titles and a blind-stamped silhouette of George Washington on the front cover, 15 by 22.5 cm, frontis, ix 579 pp., 17 illus. Fair with edge wear, staining on the boards, and wear and small tears to the spine ends; the front hinge is partially torn, and the rear hinge is nearly disconnected. Signed by the author on the ffep. This copy has the wonderful bookplate of Anita Loos on the front pastedown. Best known for her book Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Loos (1889-1981) was one of Hollywood's foremost early screenwriters. The plate, which bears a striking image of Loo... View more info