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1..[African Americana] Brown, Wm. Wells. The Negro In the American Rebellion. His Heroism
and His Fidelity. Boston & Cleveland: Lee & Shepard, 1867. First edition. 7.5" x 4.75".
380pp. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering. Corners and spine tips a little worn, light
soiling to a few leaves, an old pencil ownership inscription, small ink price on the corner of
the title leaf. A VG / VG+ example of a scarce and important book. Brown was a
prominent African - American abolitionist, lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian. Born
into slavery in Montgomery County, Kentucky, Brown escaped to Ohio in 1834 at the age of
20. He settled in Boston, where he worked for abolitionist causes and became a prolific
writer. In addition to working for abolitionist causes, Brown also supported other causes,
including: temperance, women's suffrage, pacifism, prison reform, and anti-tobacconism.
His novel Clotel (1853), considered the first novel written by an African American, was
published in London, where he resided at the time; it was later published in the United
States. This landmark effort to produce a military history of African Americans is mostly
devoted to African American participation in the Civil War, but begins with a chapter each
on the American Revolution, Denmark Vesey, and Nat Turner. $400.00
2. [Architecture] Day, Frank Miles. Inexpensive Homes of Individuality. Being a Collection of
Photographs and Floor Plans Illustrating Certain of America's Best Country and Suburban Homes of
Moderate Size. New York: McBride, Nast & Company , 1915. New and enlarged edition.
10" x 7". 80pp. Illustrated paper covered boards with a green cloth spine. Light rubbing
and wear; nice VG+ condition. An excellent study of early 20th century American
3. [Architecture] Williams, Paul R. New Homes For Today. Hollywood: Murray & Gee,
Incorporated, 1946. First edition. 11" x 8.25". 95pp. Beige cloth with brown lettering, in
dust wrapper. Bookplate, else fine condition. The jacket is badly chipped and tape repaired
on the reverse; the pictorial front panel is intact. Beautifully printed on light green paper,
this volume features the eminent architect’s diverse dwelling designs, including Cape Cod
style homes, haciendas, The Barn, The Versailles, Hillside Estates, even a design for an
outdoor barbecue room. Williams was the first African-American admitted to the American
Institute of Architects. His career spanned five decades. Williams has long been revered in
the Los Angeles area for his willingness to put the client before convention, and for his
attention to detail. He was posthumously awarded the prestigious AIA Gold Medal.
4. [Art] Mourlot, Fernand. Bernard Buffet. Lithographs 1952 - 1966. New York: Tudor
Publishing Company, 1968. First edition. 12.25" x 9.5". [179pp.] Color illustrated
wrappers. With one very short closed tear on the front wrapper and a hint of other wear,
else fine condition; in the original publisher's slipcase and chemise. Limited edition; number
69 of only 125 copies printed, each signed by the compiler / printer Mourlot. This edition
includes 11 original color lithographs by Buffet, including the wrapper. Also with two
additional color lithographs by Buffet, both of which are signed by the artist. With a
preface by Georges Simenon. Buffet was a highly regarded French Expressionist painter.
5. [Auto Travel] Kimball, Winfield A. & Maurice H. Decker. Touring With Tent and Trailer.
New York: Whittlesey House, 1937. First edition. 8" x 5.5". 302pp. Red illustrated
cloth. One small spot on the rear board, else fine condition. With chapters on motor trail
campfires, roads and routes, tents, camp beds and cots, motor camping clothes, folding
trailers, vehicles, etc. With many black & white photo illustrations. $45.00
6. [Baseball] Armour, Mark, editor. Rain Check. Baseball in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle:
Society for American Baseball Research, 2006. First edition. 11" x 8.5". 128pp. Color
illustrated glossy wrappers. Fine condition. This excellent regional baseball history features
numerous rare photographs from the David Eskenazi collection. With much on the Pacific
Coast League, Dan Dugdale, John Barnes, African Americans in Pacific Northwest baseball,
Fred Hutchinson, the Seattle Pilots, the Portland Mavericks, and much, much more.
7. [Baseball] Krueger, Joseph J. Baseball's Greatest Drama. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: (Privately
Published, 1942). First edition. 8.5"x 5.5". 408pp. Gray cloth, in dust wrapper.
Ownership signature, else near fine condition. The jacket has some edge wear and a few
tape repairs on the reverse. Subtitled on the jacket "World Series History 1903 - 1942."
With a four page advertising flyer for this book laid in. With many black & white photo
illustrations of baseball greats on the big stage. $40.00
8. Brown, Sterling A. The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown. New York: Harper & Row,
1980. First edition. 9" x 6". 257pp. Gray paper covered boards with a brown cloth spine,
in dust wrapper. Small spot on the fore edge, else near fine condition. Near fine jacket.
This copy signed and inscribed by the poet on the title page. Brown was a black professor,
folklorist, poet and literary critic. He chiefly studied black culture of the Southern United
States and was a full professor at Howard University for most of his career.
9. Canfield, Dorothy. Rough - Hewn. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
7.25" x 4.75". 504pp. Maroon cloth with green lettering, in dust wrapper. Light wear to
spine tips, very mild foxing to page edges, pencil ownership signature, else fine condition.
The jacket has been torn and heavily tape repaired on the reverse; a good minus example of
a scarce 95 year old dust wrapper. The jacket features an ad for Sinclair Lewis's classic novel
Babbitt on the rear flap. Canfield was an educational reformer, social activist, and best-
selling American author in the early decades of the twentieth century. She strongly
supported women's rights, racial equality, and lifelong education. Eleanor Roosevelt named
her one of the ten most influential women in the United States. In addition to bringing
the Montessori method of child-rearing to the U.S., she presided over the country's
first adult education program and helped shape literary tastes by serving as a member of
the Book of the Month Club selection committee from 1925 to 1951.
10. [China] Bryan, F. Catherine. At the Gates. Life Story of Matthew Tyson and Eliza Moring
Yates of China. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, (1949). First edition. 9" x 6". 374pp. Red
cloth with gilt lettering, in dust wrapper. Near fine condition; near fine jacket. A good study
of the influential nineteenth century missionaries in China. $125.00
11. [Colorado] Gems of Colorado Scenery. Photographic Reproductions of the Most Prominent and
Magnificent Scenes in the Rocky Mountains. Denver, Colorado: The H.H. Tammen Company,
[no date, circa 1910]. 10.25" x 13". 35pp. Color illustrated cord bound wrappers. Near fine
condition. A beautiful selection of images, with scenes of mountain peaks, railroads,
vacationing people, mines and miners, etc. $45.00
12. [Economics] Fisher, Irving. The Theory of Interest. New York: Macmillan, 1930. First
edition. 8.5" x 5.5". 565pp. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. Ownership signature, else
near fine condition. Fisher was an American economist, statistician, inventor, and
Progressive social campaigner. Joseph Schumpeter described him as "the greatest economist
the United States has ever produced", an assessment later repeated by James Tobin and
Milton Friedman. $200.00
13. [Food] Brown, Helen Evans; Philip S. Brown; Katharine Best; & Katharine Hillyer. The
Virginia City Cook Book. (Los Angeles: Anderson & Ritchie The Ward Ritchie Press,
1953). First edition. Oblong paper wraps. 148pp., with index. Line drawing illustrations.
Small rough spot on cover and spine, else a very good or better copy. A fragile book, not
one of Ritchie's better productions. This example is a much better-than-average copy.
An entertaining cook book of recipes from the "lively ghost town" of Virginia City, Nevada.
Helen Evans Brown was the first of many talented chef writers to celebrate western and
most especially "California cuisine" in the years after World War Two. She sometimes wrote
with her husband, Philip, and was a co-author with and close friend of James Beard...a
volume of their letters has been published.
This copy signed and inscribed on the first leaf (the half-title): “Happy eating! Helen
Evans Brown" and is signed below her name by husband Philip S. Brown and the other two
co-authors, Katherine Best and Katherine Hillyer. $50.00
UNUSUAL 1945 LOOK AT A VERY FANCY SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA COMPANY LUNCH ROOM
14. [Food - Restaurants] The Restaurant of the Braun Plant.