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Thomas Simms Bettens / Stikeman Binding 1/250
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Thomas Simms Bettens / Stikeman Binding 1/250

By Bettens, Edward Detraz

Author not stated but [Edward Detraz Bettens.] NY: 1909. 1st edition. One of 250 copies printed at The Gillis Press for private distribution. Fine leather binding by Stikeman. A memorial biography of Thomas Simms Bettens (1851-1907), an 1874 Harvard graduate who taught the classics to generations of prep school students in NY City. Published as a gift to former students who donated a drinking fountain in Bettens' name for the Harvard Union entrance hall. 132 pp. + added leaves in the front and rear. Well-illustrated with portraits, including wonderful images of Bettens family dogs. 8vo, 8.75 by 6 inches. Full leather binding signed on the front endpaper with the small stamp of Stikeman & Co. Raised spine bands; gilt title lettering and 1909 date. Gilt top page edge. Leather panel inner doublures. Silk moire endpapers. Printed on thick, hand-made Imperial Japan vellum paper. VG with modest wear and rubbing, some darkening of the leather. Sound, tight binding. No owner signatures, bookplates or other marks.

$45.00

Ann the Word: The Life of Mother Ann Lee, Founder of the Shakers
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Ann the Word: The Life of Mother Ann Lee, Founder of the Shakers

By Campion, Nardi Reeder

Boston: Little, Brown, 1976. 1st edition. Signed / inscribed by the author. A biography of Ann Lee (1736-1784), the charismatic, controversial founder of the Shaker religious sect. Lee came to America from England and became the spiritual leader of thousands of followers who considered her the female embodiment of Jesus Christ. xiv, 208 pages, with index. Clothbound 8vo hardcover. VG in VG dust jacket. Sound, tight binding. Price-clipped jacket is lightly worn, spine faded. Protected by a new clear archival cover. Signed by the author on the half-title in 1978 for a college friend from Wellesley. .

$12.00

White Nights: The Story of a Prisoner in Russia
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White Nights: The Story of a Prisoner in Russia

By Begin, Menachem; Kaplan, Katie (translator)

Jerusalem: Steimatzky's Agency, (1977.) Third edition in English. An autobiographical memoir by Begin (1913-92), Israeli politician, founder of the Likud party, and Nobel laureate. An account of his harrowing experiences and interrogations in the early 1940s while imprisoned in the Soviet gulag labor camps. 240 pp. 8vo clothbound hardcover. VG/VG overall. Some minor foxing (spotting) to the book and dust jacket. Small stamp "NR" to bottom edge, possibly a remainder mark. Ink inscription and notations on the first blank page in Hebrew and English. Text clean and unmarked. Upper corners bumped, but sound and securely bound. Possibly never read. Attractive red and white dust jacket with no tears or other serious flaws. Protected by a new clear archival cover. Brochure from the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem laid into rear of book..

$10.00

Father, Soldier, Son: Memoir of a Platoon Leader in Vietnam -- SIGNED
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Father, Soldier, Son: Memoir of a Platoon Leader in Vietnam -- SIGNED

By Tripp, Nathaniel

South Royalton, VT: Steerforth Press, (1998.) 1st paperback edition. Signed twice by the author. Signed/inscribed on the half-title in 1999, and also signed on the title page. A compelling personal and military memoir of combat in the jungles of Vietnam. 261 pp. Paperbound, 8.5 by 5.75 inches. VG. Moderate edge wear, but clean and securely bound..

$10.00

The Fable of Peter Martin -- SIGNED
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The Fable of Peter Martin -- SIGNED

By Sutton, Ed

(Hanover, NH): Institute of Current World Affairs. (2006.) 1st edition. Signed by Peter Martin, a former Time magazine editor who was director of ICWA from 1978-2006. A lighthearted tribute to Martin, in the form of a children's picture book. About 22 pages. Full-page color illustrations. Clothbound hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. 11 by 8.5 inches..

$15.00

Knocking About: Being Some Adventures of Augustus Baker Peirce in Australia -- Signed "Author's Copy"
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Knocking About: Being Some Adventures of Augustus Baker Peirce in Australia -- Signed "Author's Copy"

By Peirce, Augustus Baker; Leatherbee, Mrs. Albert T. (editor); Brigham, Edwin Howard (introduction)

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1924. 1st edition. Appears to be signed by the editor, Mrs. [Ethel Brigham] Leatherbee, who added "Author's Copy" below her signature. A posthumous memoir by Peirce of his adventures in Australia in the 19th century. Peirce (1840-1919) was born in Medford, Mass., and arrived off the coast of Australia in 1860 as a sailor aboard the Oriental. He deserted ship and swam ashore, embarking on a series of remarkable exploits during many years Down Under. At various times, he was a meat pie salesman, a purveyor of "Wizard Oil," a landscape painter, stage actor, ventriloquist and comic singer, photographer's assistant, snake hunter, gold digger, steamboat pilot and skipper. Illustrated by Peirce. xi, 176 pages. Red clothbound hardcover. 9 by 6.25 inches. Fair condition only. A well-used book that seems to have been read or referred to often. Worn and bumped at the extremities. Inner hinges cracked but still holding. Front panel of the original dust jacket pasted inside the front cover. Text pages generally clean with moderate age-toning. Signed on the preliminary blank: "[Illegible] Albert T. Leatherbee / Author's Copy." An imperfect, but unique copy. Mrs. Leatherbee was a distant relative of Peirce, who regularly visited and stayed with her family in his later years. She was an author, a civic leader in Boston, and a noted anti-suffrage activist. Along with the signature, there are a handful of small corrections neatly penciled in the text, and one news clipping pasted in at page 110. .

$45.00

Knocking About: Being Some Adventures of Augustus Baker Peirce in Australia
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Knocking About: Being Some Adventures of Augustus Baker Peirce in Australia

By Peirce, Augustus Baker; Leatherbee, Mrs. Albert T. (editor); Brigham, Edwin Howard (introduction)

Written and illustrated by Peirce. Edited by Mrs. Albert T. Leatherbee. Intro by Edwin Howard Brigham. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1924. 1st edition. A posthumous memoir by Augustus Baker Peirce of his travels and adventures in Australia in the 19th century. Peirce (1840-1919) was born in Medford, Mass., and arrived off the coast of Australia as a sailor aboard the Oriental in 1860. He deserted ship and swam ashore, embarking on a series of remarkable exploits over many years in Australia. At various times, he was a meat pie salesman, a purveyor of "Wizard Oil," a landscape painter, stage actor, ventriloquist and comic singer, photographer's assistant, snake hunter, gold digger, steamboat pilot and skipper. xi, 176 pages. Red clothbound hardcover. 9 by 6.25 inches. VG. Some wear to the extremities, but sound and securely bound. Moderate age-toning of the text, mild foxing to blank rear endpapers. .

$10.00

This is My Life -- SIGNED
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This is My Life -- SIGNED

By Bjorn,Thyra Ferre

NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 3rd printing, December 1969. Signed by Bjorn in red ink on the first blank page. A "partial autobiography" by the noted Swedish American author and storyteller. Recounts her life after publishing her best-selling first book (Papa's Wife, 1955.) 180 pages. 12mo hardcover. VG in Good dust jacket in a new clear archival cover. Bjorn's father was a clergyman in Swedish Lapland who settled in New England in the 1920s.

$7.50

Matuschka / Beauty out of Damage -- SIGNED
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Matuschka / Beauty out of Damage -- SIGNED

By Matuschka, [Joanne]

A photographic catalogue by the influential artist and activist [Joanne] Matuschka. Introduction by Peter Schlesinger. Not stated, but published in NY circa 1996. Signed/inscribed by Matuschka. [24] pages, including the covers and four fold-out pages. Paperbound, 10 by 7 inches. VG with light edge wear. Known as the "Beauty out of Damage Catalogue" for the landmark self-portrait by Matuschka that showed the result of her mastectomy from breast cancer. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated photograph appeared on the cover of The New York Times magazine in 1993 and is credited with a key role in launching the breast cancer awareness movement. The catalogue contains the cover image and other photographs and text by Matuschka that offer explorations of beauty, gender identity and politics, and self-image. Signed by Matuschka in black ink with her initials and the inscription: "Peggy / thanks for / your support / JM".

$25.00

Lacaz, Ciencia e Humanismo na Casa de Arnaldo
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Lacaz, Ciencia e Humanismo na Casa de Arnaldo

By Ivamoto, Henrique Seiji

Sao Paulo: Lemos Editorial, (2003). 1st edition, SIGNED by the author. Paperbound, 9.75 by 7 inches. Near Fine with minor edge wear. Appears to be unread. A biography of Carlos da Silva Lacaz (1915-2002 ), a prominent figure in Brazilian medicine who was the first president of the Brazilian Society for the History of Medicine. All text is in Portuguese. (7) 134 pages, b&w photographs, bibliography. Signed and inscribed by the author in English on the title page..

$30.00

The Sea the Ship and the Sailor: Tales of Adventure From Log Books and Original Narratives
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The Sea the Ship and the Sailor: Tales of Adventure From Log Books and Original Narratives

By Snow, Elliot; Various Authors

Introduction by U.S. Navy Capt. Elliot Snow. Salem, Mass.: Marine Research Society, 1925. 1st edition in dust jacket. VG/Good. Five first-hand accounts of seafaring in the 1700s and 1800s. Compelling tales of adventure, discovery and hardship on sea and land. Featuring stories of travels to remote lands, shipwrecks and castaways, captivity, the transport of female convicts, hostile natives, and more. Illustrated by 32 plates of maps, portraits, reproductions. The contents are: A narrative of the adventures of Capt. Charles H. Barnard of New York, during a voyage round the world (1812-1816), with an account of his abandonment and solitary life for two years on one of the Falkland islands …. The adventures of John Nicol, mariner, during thirty years at sea … A journal of a voyage in the brig Spy of Salem (1832-1834), John B. Knights, master … The remarkable transactions which took place at the Tonga islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, during the captivity of William Mariner, one of the survivors of the Port au Prince privateer which was destroyed by the natives … A narrative of events in the life of John Bartlett of Boston, Massachusetts, in the years 1790-1793, during voyages to Canton, the northwest coast of North America and elsewhere. xviii, 353 pages, index. Thick clothbound hardcover, 9.5 by 6.5 inches. Bound in blue linen with gilt spine lettering and decoration. Illustrated endpapers. VG in Good dust jacket. Book is clean and unworn. Sound, tight binding. Old bookseller label (Brentano’s of NY) in the rear of the book. Foxing to the edges of the title page. Text pages generally clean but with some limited intermittent foxing. The scarce dust jacket is intact after 90+ years but shows moderate chipping, tears and some creasing at the edges. Protected by a new clear archival cover..

$30.00

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend (SIGNED)
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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend (SIGNED)

By Orlean, Susan

NY: Simon & Schuster, (2011.) 5th printing. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page. The compelling story of Rin Tin Tin, the German shepherd who went from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. 324 pages. Hardcover in dust jacket. 9.5 by 6.5 inches. Signed "To Lois" in black ink on the title page. VG+ overall. Slight edge wear to the jacket, tips of a few upper page corners creased. Clean and unmarked otherwise with a sound, tight binding. DJ is protected by a new clear archival cover..

$12.00

The Land of the Great Image: Being Experiences of Friar Manrique in Arakan
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The Land of the Great Image: Being Experiences of Friar Manrique in Arakan

By Collis, Maurice

London: Faber and Faber Limited, (1945.) Third impression. Historical narrative based on the 17th century travels of a Portugese Catholic priest in Arakan, then an independent kingdom on the Bay of Bengal (later part of Burma / Myanmar.) 259 pages, index. B&W illustrations, plans, and a fold-out map, index. 8vo hardcover. VG in Good dust jacket (some chipping and closed tears.) Jacket is protected by a new clear archival cover..

$10.00

Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life (SIGNED)
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Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life (SIGNED)

By Blum, Arlene

NY: A Lisa Drew Book/Scribner, (2005.) 3rd printing. Signed and inscribed by the author. Publisher's promotional card laid in. A compelling memoir by the world renowned female mountaineer. Blum led the first teams of women to ascend Mt. McKinley and Annapurna in the 1970s, and was the first woman to attempt Mt. Everest. Foreward by Sir Chris Bonington. xiii, 313 pages. 8vo hardcover. VG in VG dust jacket. Inscribed "To Christine" in purple ink on a preliminary page in January 2006. Clean and securely bound. DJ is protected by a new clear archival cover..

$10.00

The Beloved Little Admiral: The Life and Times of the Admiral of the Fleet, The Hon. Sir Henry Keppel  (SIGNED)
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The Beloved Little Admiral: The Life and Times of the Admiral of the Fleet, The Hon. Sir Henry Keppel (SIGNED)

By Stuart, Vivian

London: Robert Hale, (1967.) 1st edition. SIGNED twice by the author and also signed by 9th Earl of Albemarle, a Keppel descendant who wrote the foreword to this book. VG in dustwrapper. A biography of Sir Henry Keppel, a man small in stature but regarded as one of Britain's greatest Naval commanders during the Victorian age. Includes accounts of Borneo pirates, the suppression of West African slave trade, the China Opium Wars, defeat of the Dyaks, the Crimean War, and voyages to the Indian Archipelago. A superb study Keppel's colorful life and military career. Illustrated by maps, portraits, reproductions, and a genealogical chart. Signed by the author as Vivian Stuart on the title page. Also signed and inscribed as Vivian Mann (after her re-marriage) on the first blank page. Additionally, the book is signed "Albemarle" on the half-title page by the 9th Earl of Albemarle [Walter Keppel, 1882-1979], who wrote the foreword and to whom this book is dedicated. (Sir Henry Keppel was the son of the 4th Earl of Albemarle.) 272 pages. Hardcover in dustwrapper, 8.75 by 5.5 inches. Minor stains to rear corners of the jacket, but no tears or other flaws. Protected by a new clear archival cover. Uncommon with the signatures of both the author and the Earl of Albemarle..

$30.00

The White Way
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The White Way

By Bradford, Ralph

Washington, DC: (Judd & Detweiler,) 1931. 1st edition. Limited to 625 copies. A brief Christmas tale, in which a war-weary George Washington "rides home on Christmas Eve to a festive Mount Vernon his mind full of plans ... and memories." 40 pages + colophon. Red clothbound hardcover with inset white title band. 9 by 6 inches. Good condition with moderate wear and signs of age. Spine somewhat faded, with wear/fraying at the spine ends. Armorial bookplate of mystery novelist Natalie Sumner Lincoln (1881-1935.) Binding is secure, and text pages are unmarked. A sound copy overall. Protected by a new clear archival dust jacket..

$10.00

James Russell Lowell: An Address
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James Russell Lowell: An Address

By Curtis, George William

NY: Harper and Brothers, 1892. 1st edition. An appreciation of J.R. Lowell (1819-91), American Romantic poet, critic, editor and diplomat. VG condition. 64 pages with illustrations. Frontispiece portrait of Lowell and 7 text plates. Small hardcover, 5.25 by 3.75 inches. White cloth with black lettering and decoration. Some soil and signs of age, but a good solid copy overall. A title in Harper's "Black and White Series." Text is from a memorial address delivered by Curtis at the Brooklyn Institute, Feb. 22, 1892..

$10.00

A Man's Stature
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A Man's Stature

By Viscardi, Henry

Introduction by Bernard M. Baruch. NY: The John Day Company (1952.) 1st edition. SIGNED and inscribed by Viscardi. The noted disabled activist's own story of his efforts to provide disabled people with employment and dignity. 240 pages. VG hardcover in dust jacket with some chipping at the spine ends and a couple of very small closed tears. A nice bright copy otherwise in a new clear archival cover. Sound, tight binding. (Henry "Hank" Viscardi, Jr., 1912-2004, overcame his own severe physical challenges to become a pioneering leader in integrating disabled people into the American workplace. He founded the National Center for Disability Services and the Henry Viscardi School for the Disabled. He advised every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter.).

$15.00

A Laughter in the Lonely Night
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A Laughter in the Lonely Night

By Viscardi, Henry

NY: Paul S. Eriksson, Inc. (1961.) 1st edition. SIGNED and inscribed by Viscardi, a noted disabled activist, "To my friend Dr. Draper" on the first blank page. The triumphant personal stories of 15 people who worked for Abilities Inc., the company founded by the author which employed only handicapped people. 338 pages. VG hardcover in dust jacket with some rubbing and edge wear. Endpapers, including signed page, show some browning and spotting but text pages clean and unmarked. Sound, tight binding. DJ protected by a new clear archival cover. (Henry "Hank" Viscardi, Jr., 1912-2004, overcame his own severe physical challenges to become a pioneering leader in integrating disabled people into the American workplace. He founded the National Center for Disability Services and the Henry Viscardi School for the Disabled. He advised every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter.)

$15.00

Wars I Have Seen
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Wars I Have Seen

By Stein, Gertrude

NY: Random House, (1945.) 1st edition, with "First Printing" on the copyright page. A World War II memoir by Stein, who lived in Paris during the perilous years of German occupation. Her compelling first-hand narrative of four years of Nazi rule in France and the ultimate joy of liberation in 1944. 259 pages. Clothbound hardcover, 8.25 by 5.75 inches. Dark blue cloth with paste-on title labels. VG in Good dust jacket. Book rubbed at the extremities. Neat prior owner signature in ink at top of the first blank page. Small, unobtrusive stain to top of text block. Sound, tight binding. Moderate wear and chipping to the DJ. White rear panel darkened, as usual, with one-inch closed tear at the top. Not price-clipped, with $2.50 intact on inner flap. DJ protected by a new clear archival cover. A good, solid example overall..

$35.00

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