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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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The Life of Preston B. Plumb, 1837-1891: United States Senator from Kansas for the Fourteen Years from 1877 to 1891, A Pioneer of the Progressive Movement in America - Signed

By: Connelley, William Elsey

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Chicago, Browne & Howell Company: 1913

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3304

Condition: Very Good


Blue cloth with bright gilt spine and cover titles, 15 by 22.5 cm, top edge gilt, frontis portrait, vi [iii] 475 pp., 3 folding maps. Minor wear at the extremities only – a very nice copy. Inscribed and signed by the author on the ffep: “To J.S. McDanield, Chrismas 1913 / From his Friend, William E. Connelley.” Laid in is a typed, signed letter from Connelley to McDanield dated December 25, 1909. The letter, that must have been included with another gift book, talks about the author’s twenty-eight-year friendship with McDanield that started in Tiblow, Kansas (now Bonner Springs). ... 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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César Chávez: A Brief Biography with Documents

By: Etulain, Richard W., ed., intro.

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Bedford/St. Martin’s: 2002

Seller ID: 3205

Condition: Near Fine


The Bedford Series in History and Culture. Wraps, 14 by 21 cm, xi 138 pp., illus. Near fine with light fading on the spine – appears unread. From the publisher: “This brief biography of César Chávez documents the life of one of the most important labor organizers of the last half of the 20th century — a reformer and activist who personified the American struggle for democracy. His story is told through an evocative biographical essay accompanied by several types of documents: Chávez in his own words, Chávez in the words of his contemporaries, Chávez as seen by historians in a gro... View more info

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The History of the parish of Silian: History of the Village of Silian in Ceredigion, West Wales

By: Evans, Aled

Price: $15.00

Publisher: NP, Aled Evans: 2018

Seller ID: 3206

Condition: Very Good +


This is a print-on-demand book produced by Amazon. Wraps, 15.2 by 22.8 cm, [266] pp., illus. with black and white photos. Please note that the text font is quite tiny. Very good with only light shelf wear to the wraps – read gently, if at all. A portrait of life in a rural parish in West Wales. View more info

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Warchild: World War II and its Aftermath as Seen Through a Child’s Eyes

By: Flower, Helga

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Published by the author: 2008

Inscription: Inscribed and signed

Seller ID: 3259

Condition: Very Good


Wraps, 14 by 21.5 cm, 136 pp. with color center section. Very good with only faint signs of shelf wear at the corners. Inscribed and signed by Flower on the first leaf. From the back cover: “I hope that through this autobiographical book people all over the world will realize the painful times that war creates. My wish is that no child will ever have this kind of experience! Keeping busy through art is my best therapy. I never knew how closely art and writing are related. They both talk about feelings.” View more info

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Ernest DeWitt Burton: A Biographical Sketch

By: Goodspeed, Thomas Wakefield

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Chicago, The University of Chicago Press: 1926

Edition: second printing

Seller ID: 3300

Condition: Very Good


Burgundy cloth with gilt spine titles and gilt crest of the University of Chicago on the cover, 15.5 by 23 cm, frontis portrait, vii 93 pp. Very good with minor rubbing at the corners. A lovely copy of this biography of Burton (1856-1925), president of the University of Chicago in the early 1920s. 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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Some Random Reminiscences of an Antiquarian Bookseller [with Holmes Bookseller Label]

By: Holmes, Harold C.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Oakland, CA, The Holmes Book Company: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3447

Condition: Near Fine


Hardcover with dust jacket, red cloth with gilt spine titles and gilt cover decoration, images of California booksellers’ labels on the endpapers, 15.5 by 23.3 cm, frontis, xxiv 257 pp. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. This copy still has the foil bookseller label from the Holmes Book Co. on the rear flap of the jacket. The story of the founding of the Holmes Book Company in San Francisco by the author’s father, Robert Holmes, and the book hunting and selling adventures of Harold. Harold Holmes was a bookseller label collector and this book includes a two-page piece on the hobby. 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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A Collection of the Writings of John James Ingalls: Essays, Addresses, and Orations - Signed by Connelley

By: Ingalls, John James; William Elsey Connelley, preface

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Kansas City, MO, Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Co.: 1902

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Connelley

Seller ID: 3305

Condition: Good


Black cloth with gilt spine and cover titles, 16 by 23.5 cm, frontis portrait, 536 pp. Some wear and rubbing at the extremities and there is a split to half the rear hinge. Signed to J.S. McDanield by William E. Connelley, the historian who provided the preface to this collection. Under Connelley’s signature is the penciled date Jan. 22, 1903. A collection of writings and speeches by the Republican U.S. Senator John James Ingalls, who represented Kansas from 1887 to 1891. Ingalls was also, incidentally, a second cousin of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s father. Connelley (1855-1930) was born ... 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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American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles

By: Keneally, Thomas

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Nan A. Talese (Doubleday) : 2002

Edition: first edition, first printing

Seller ID: 3292

Condition: Near Fine


Hardcover with dust jacket, 16 by 24 cm, xii 397 pp. Hardcover and jacket are near fine with only faints signs of shelf wear – appears unread. From the publisher: “On the last Sunday of February 1859, Dan Sickles, a charming young congressman from New York, murdered his good friend Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key)–who was also his wife’s lover–in Washington’s Lafayette Square. The shooting took place directly across the street from the White House, the home of Sickles’s friend and protector, President James Buchanan. Sickles turned himself in; political friends in N... 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