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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the collecting fields known as Americana and USiana; that is, anything to do with the history, politics, or culture of the USA both before and after Independence.

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  1. 116470

    The Whispering Buddha.

    First edition, first printing. John Clifford Cowles (1861–1951) was an American artist, and this was only work of fiction. A review on rear of dust jacket states "READ IT ONCE, YOU WILL READ IT TWICE" - a claim somewhat undermined by the uncut pages of this copy. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: Los Angeles

    Stock Code: 116470

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  2. 116363comp
    signed

    The Story of the Blues.

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to head of half-title, “To Franklin and Penelope, Paul Oliver”. Franklin and Penelope Rosemont were the directors of Charles H. Kerr & Company, a publisher of books on history and radical history in Chicago. A biography of Franklin was co-authored by Paul Garon, noted Blues scholar and friend of Paul Oliver. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 116363

    Signed: Yes

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  3. 116361comp

    Devil at the Confluence.

    The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis Missouri. Foreword by Paul Garon.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Paul Garon to foot of foreword. Garon is an author of a number of books on the Blues and was one of the founding editors of Living Blues magazine in 1970. The accompanying CD, “The St Louis Blues Legends Delmark Collection” is an exclusive collection of music from St. Louis musicians drawn from from the Delmark Records Archive. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 2009

    Published: St. Louis

    Stock Code: 116361

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  4. 116329

    Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective.

    with essays by Trisha Brown, Ruth E. Fine, Billy Klver with Julie Martin, Rosalind Krauss, Steve Paxton, Nancy Spector, Charles F. Stuckey.
    First edition, first impression. This illustrated monograph accompanied a major travelling retrospective organized by Walter Hopps and Susan Davidson in 1998-9. This catalogue includes five essays by the exhibition's curators and other scholars, plus three essays by former and current collaborators. It also includes an exhaustive chronology. Completing the book are exhibition and performance histories and a bibliography, all reflecting the most current research on Rauschenberg. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1997

    Published: Germany

    Stock Code: 116329

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    signed

    Photographs of America.

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the photographer on the front flyleaf. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1994

    Published: Gardena, CA

    Stock Code: 116320

    Signed: Yes

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    signed

    Andy Warhol Films and Paintings.

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Warhol in purple felt-tip pen on the title page. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1971

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116263

    Signed: Yes

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  7. 116196comp
    signed

    The Opportunity in Life Underwriting.

    A study of the work of the life underwriting designed to guide the man who is seeking a permanent and profitable lifetime career.
    First edition, first printing. With a typed compliments note on Beneficial Life Insurance letterhead signed by Heber J. Grant tipped-in on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: Indianapolis

    Stock Code: 116196

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Bryan and Darrow at Dayton.

    Bryan and Darrow at Dayton.

    The record and documents of the Bible-Evolution Trial.
    First edition, first printing, of this account of the sensational Scopes Trial, or the Bible-Evolution Trial, in which high school teacher John T. Scope was prosecuted for his evolutionary views. Three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan represented the prosecution while the defence was represented by Clarence Darrow, one of the most successful defence attorneys of the period. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116064

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  9. Making America Safe for Democracy.

    Making America Safe for Democracy.

    The Referendum an Instrument of Government.
    First edition, first printing, of this plea for constitutional reform published under Calvin Coolidge's presidency. B. V. Hubbard was a journalist and practising lawyer, author of Socialism, Feminism, and Suffragism, the Terrible Triplets (1915). Author's and publisher's compliments slips laid in. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 116058

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  10. 115399

    De la démocratie en Amérique.

    Orné d'une carte d'Amérique.
    Fourth editions of Volumes 1 and 2, published one year after the firsts, first editions of Volumes 3 and 4. Arising out of the tour of America that de Tocqueville undertook to examine the penitentiary system, Democracy in America was early recognized not only as a remarkably insightful study of the origins and nature of American society and consequently her unique institutions, but also as a founding document of a new form of social and political science. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1836

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115399

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  11. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

    First edition. Mark Twain was resounding in his praise of Grant's prose: "this is the simple soldier, who, all untaught of the silken phrase-makers, linked words together with an art surpassing the art of the schools and put into them a something which will still bring to American ears, as long as America shall last, the roll of his vanished drums and the tread of his marching hosts. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1885-6

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115395

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    The Writings.

    Being his correspondence, addresses, messages, and other papers, official and private, selected and published from the original manuscripts; with a life of the author, notes and illustrations.
    Second edition. First published by the American Stationers' Company from 1834-37. Edited by Jared Sparks, the American historian and President of Harvard College, this edition comprises Sparks' biography of Washington, Washington's official and private letters during both the American Revolution and his presidency, as well as his public speeches and addresses to Congress. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1846

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 114705

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  13. The New American Gardener;

    The New American Gardener;

    containing practical directions on the culture of fruits and vegetables; including landscape and ornamental gardening, grape-vines, silk, strawberries, &c. &c.
    First edition, a handsomely bound copy. "After a brief introduction in which issues of gardening and garden design are discussed, Fessenden provides an alphabetical listing, mainly of fruits and vegetables, in the form of an expanded dictionary. A chronological index contains information about the work to be performed in a garden. According to Hedrick [A History of Horticulture in America to 1860], The New American Gardener was one of the most popular garden books in America in the first half of the nineteenth century" (Dumbarton Oaks). Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: Boston, Mass.

    Stock Code: 114646

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  14. The Banks of New York, their Dealers, the Clearing House, and the Panic of 1857. With a Financial Chart.

    The Banks of New York, their Dealers, the Clearing House, and the Panic of 1857. With a Financial Chart.

    Second edition, published one year after the first. Gibbons, the son of influential Quakers, was a banker and the author of two books and a pseudonymous pamphlet on fiscal issues. This book has been described as "a clear and readable explanation of contemporary banking practise" (DAB), and it includes a series of humorous engravings. Gibbons was also a prominent abolitionist and he earned popular acclaim as author of the war song "We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand strong". Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1859

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114627

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  15. Crusade in Europe.
    signed

    Crusade in Europe.

    First edition, deluxe issue, number 555 of 1,426 copies; bound with a leaf that prints Eisenhower's D-Day message to the troops, signed by Eisenhower. The leaf was inserted into each of the deluxe issues, though in many it is lacking, having been cannibalized for sale by autograph dealers. This copy is also signed on the front flyleaf by Harry S. Truman, Winston S. Learn More
    £150,000

    Date of Publication: 1948

    Published: Garden City, NY

    Stock Code: 114615

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Life of George Washington.

    The Life of George Washington.

    First edition, first printing. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1860

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114506

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  17. Abraham Lincoln. The Prarie Years.

    Abraham Lincoln. The Prarie Years.

    First UK edition. Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes; two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114504

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  18. .

    The Birds of America,

    from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.

    First octavo edition of Audubon's "Great National Work", the first complete edition and the first American edition, the original double-elephant folio was published in Edinburgh and London between 1827 and 1838. A very handsome set, the plates clean and fresh, of the "most beautiful, popular, and important natural history books published in America in the nineteenth century. Learn More

    £52,500

    Date of Publication: [1839-]1840

    Published: New York & Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 114339

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  19. The Works.

    The Works.

    [together with] The Private Correspondence of Daniel Webster. Edited by Fletcher Webster.
    Eleventh edition. Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and Secretary of State, was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. An attractively bound set preserving speeches, legal arguments, diplomatic papers touching on and influencing all the important events of the first half of the 19th century. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1858

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 114126

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  20. Don't Tell Dad.
    signed

    Don't Tell Dad.

    A Memoir.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Out-of-series publisher's copy from an edition of 1,250 copies signed by Fonda on the limitation page. This copy also inscribed by the author "To Dink, with love, Peter Fonda, ‘98" on the title page. The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in Key West, Florida, where Fonda bought a house in the 1970s after his marriage to Becky Crockett, first wife of Tom McGuane. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1998

    Published: Norwalk, CT

    Stock Code: 114046

    Signed: Yes

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