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AARDVARK BOOKS/EZRA THE BOOKFINDER

 

CHARLES AGVENT

 

ANDERSON BUTLER RARE BOOKS

 

ANTIPODEAN BOOKS, MAPS, PRINTS

 

NICK ARETAKIS

 

ARTISAN BOOKS & BINDERY

 

ATHENA RARE BOOKS

 

AUGER DOWN BOOKS

 

BACK CREEK BOOKS

 

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Boston Museum, Fourth Night of Mr. J. Wilkes Booth! as Richard III (Playbill for May 15, 1862)

J. Wilkes Booth (Playbill)

[Boston]: (S.n.), 1862. Broadside. 6 1/8" x 14 5/8" Fine. Very faint dampstains at a couple of corners. Evidence of a few horizontal folds, and along with a couple of edge chips up to .25" depth. Remarkably well-preserved example of an important Booth playbill. 

John Wilkes Booth, following in his father's and siblings' footsteps, tried his hand at acting and found some success in stock companies in Philadelphia, Richmond, and other provincial theaters. Still, he performed under the name "J. Wilkes" because he lacked the confidence to adopt the famous family name on stage, and was also not certain he wanted a career in acting. By early 1862 he decided he did, and made his national debut in New York in March. He selected the role of Richard III to showcase the revolutionary and all-consuming physical acting style destined to make him famous apart from his father's name. The buzz he created in New York produced great curiosity for his debut in Boston a few weeks later. This original playbill, one of the earliest to use his famous surname, is from the fourth night of his first Boston engagement. Within three years he was killed after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. 

Offers by Back Creek Books, and featured in their new "Short List."

 

BACK OF BEYOND BOOKS

 

LORNE BAIR RARE BOOKS 

 

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Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1937. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); orange cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in black on spine and front cover; black topstain; dustjacket; [8],9-286,[2]pp. Faint spotting to topstain, base of spine gently nudged, with a thin, subtle strip of offsetting along lower edge of endpapers; a fresh, Near Fine copy. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), showing scattered rubbing to extremities, a faint scratch to front panel, a few tiny tears, and some wear along base of spine; residue from old-style jacket mylar professionally removed along upper and lower edges on verso (.5cm); Very Good+. Housed in a custom slipcase.

Hurston’s second novel and most enduring work, written during a harried seven week period while conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Haiti as a Guggenheim Fellow. Hurston wrote Their Eyes in the aftermath of a failed romance with a much younger man; in her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, she reflected that she “tried to embalm all the tenderness of my passion for him” in her book. The novel, set in central and southern Florida during the early 20th century, is narrated by Janie Crawford, an African American woman in her forties, who recounts her life story in three major periods – a loveless marriage to a much older man, an abusive marriage to a wealthy shopkeeper, and a passionate marriage to a vagrant who treats her as an equal. Crawford’s journey towards self-discovery, romantic, and spiritual fulfillment, viewed by Hurston as a celebration of life and womanhood, was poorly received by many of her contemporaries, especially by such prominent male Harlem Renaissance figures as Richard Wright, Alain Locke, and Ralph Ellison (who called the book “a blight of calculated burlesque.” Today, of course, Their Eyes Were Watching God is regarded as Hurston’s masterpiece and a highlight not only of Twentieth Century fiction; a cornerstone work of feminist literature, and one of the two or three finest novels ever written about the state of Florida. Its return to print in the 1970’s was a clear inspiration to the work a generation of Black feminist authors including Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and Alice Walker – a noted devotee, who declared “there is no book more important to me than this one.”

Legendarily scarce in dustjacket, with the few copies we have traced in the trade being severly compromised, and the only example to sell at auction being in pieces (Swann, 2005). PERRY (The Harlem Renaissance: An Annotated Bibliography and Commentary) 320; FAIRBANKS, p.166.

Offered by Lorne Bair Rare Books, and featured in their latest, "Catalog 31" (item #14).

 

W. C. BAKER RARE BOOKS & EPHEMERA

 

BARTLEBY'S BOOKS 

 

BAUMAN RARE BOOKS

 

BAY LEAF USED & RARE BOOKS

 

B&B RARE BOOKS

 

BEASLEY BOOKS

 

STUART BENNETT RARE BOOKS

 

F.A. BERNETT BOOKS

 

BETWEEN THE COVERS, RARE BOOKS

 

[Photo Album]: Syrian Actress and Dancer in Hollywood Los Angeles: 1930-1970

Album of Hollywood Backstage Pictures

Oblong folio measuring 14" x 11". Screw bound album. Contains 347 sepia-toned, color, or black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between ½" x ½" and 7" x 8" with captions. Good only album lacking the front cover with detached and chipped and torn pages with near fine photographs. An extensive scrapbook and photo album compiled by an actress documenting her work in Hollywood between 1930 and 1970. Born in Syria, her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Virginia. Eventually she pursued a career in Hollywood where she was a dancer, actress, and double. The album details her work with images of her on set with other actors and in costumes, sometimes with the prints cut in shapes and occasionally with accompanying newspaper articles. She was usually cast as an “exotic” character and was featured in films such as Garden of Allah with Marlene Dietrich, and is seen in candids here from Tropical Holiday and The Robe, among others. Many of the photos feature her in midriff bearing costumes. Other films include Hold Back the Dawn with Olivia De Havilland and Charles Boyer, Gamble, The Fisherman, and Suicide Fleet, and more.

In a series of photos from the 1931 film Renegade, there is a behind the scenes image of Myrna Loy, who similarly started her career portraying “exotics.” Although she obviously appeared in numerous films with top tier actors, she was rarely credited. Included are photos of Victor Mature, Irene Dunne, and Robert Vaughn. Off screen, photos show her posed with friends and family around the Los Angeles area, usually in fashionable clothing and hats, as well as visiting family in Virginia. Many of the photos show her with Hollywood friends at nightclubs and bars having drinks between filming. Towards the end of the album there are photos of her in costume on the set of the 1969 adaptation of Hello Dolly starring Barbara Streisand. A wonderful collection of photographs detailing the career of a working Hollywood extra and dancer over 40 years. 

Offered by Between the Covers Rare Books, and featured in "Catalog 233: Women" (item #25).

 

BIBLIOCTOPUS

 

BICKERSTAFF'S BOOKS, MAPS, &.

 

ROBIN BLEDSOE BOOKS

 

BLIND HORSE BOOKS

 

BOLERIUM BOOKS

 

THE BOOKPRESS, LTD.

 

BOOKS OF WONDER

 

BOOKS TELL YOU WHY, INC.

 

BOREAS FINE ART

 

BOSTON BOOK COMPANY

 

BOSTON RARE MAPS, INC.

 

IAN BRABNER, RARE AMERICANA

 

MARILYN BRAITERMAN

 

DAVID BRASS RARE BOOKS

 

BRATTLE BOOK SHOP

 

BRICK ROW BOOKSHOP

 

BROMER BOOKSELLERS

 

BUDDENBROOKS, INC.

 

BURNSIDE RARE BOOKS

 

ANDREW CAHAN, BOOKSELLER, LTD.

 

CAROLINIANA

 

CARPE DIEM FINE BOOKS

 

BRIAN CASSIDY, BOOKSELLER

 

CHURCHILL BOOK COLLECTOR

 

THE COLOPHON BOOK SHOP

 

W.S. COTTER RARE BOOKS

 

ROY CLARE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS

 

CRAWFORD DOYLE BOOKSELLERS

 

JAMES CUMMINS BOOKSELLER

 

L.W. CURREY, INC.

 

NAT DESMARAIS RARE BOOKS

 

DEWOLFE & WOOD 

 

DIVISION LEAP

 

WEBB DORDICK

  • Catalog #88, Medical Books from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Centuries -- This catalog is print-only. To request a copy, contact MedBks@aol.com...

 

THOMAS DORN BOOKSELLER

 

JAMES M. DOURGARIAN, BOOKMAN

 

ECLECTIBLES

 

Featured item:

 

Exceptional Metamorphosis Overlays of a Man and Women with 97 Overlays - Clothes Make the Man 

Metamorphosis Overlays

Netherlands. 1808. The entire content is original art. Comprised of 3" x 2 ¼” portrait cards of a nude woman and man in an undershirt. The women has forty-six (46) cut-paper watercolor overlays and the man has fifty-one (51) cut-paper watercolor overlays. In all ninety-seven (97) different possible portraits, spanning professions, fashions and extraordinary hairstyle One of the female overlays (no.10) is dated 1808. Each with a half-length or head and shoulder drawings with cut-outs to expose the face of the portrait. Some with more intricate cuts to provide accessories for the costume or change the character of the face. Somewhat unusual is the fact that the set represents both female and male faces in two separate base portraits. Housed in a paper covered pressed board box with a separation at center. The box most likely is not contemporary to the piece and added at some time in the 19th century. Each is numbered. Exceptional. 

Offered by Eclectibles, and featured in their new catalog "RBMS (Part 2)" (item #3).

 

ELK RIVER BOOKS

 

LES ENLUMINURES

 

EUREKA BOOKS

 

EVENING STAR BOOKS

 

JOSEPH J. FELCONE, INC.

 

ARTHUR FOURNIER FINE & RARE

 

RODGER FRIEDMAN RARE BOOK STUDIO

 

FRANKLIN GILLIAM RARE BOOKS

  • OCCASIONAL LIST 22: A Miscellany: Original Art Work; Small Archive of Major English Watercolourist; Interesting Theatrical Pieces; Manuscript Material, Etc., Etc. -- available on request from fgrare@fgrarebooks.com...

 

GOLDEN LEGEND 

 

THOMAS A. GOLDWASSER RARE BOOKS

 

GOVI RARE BOOKS

 

JAMES GRAY BOOKSELLER

 

RICK GRUNDER-BOOKS

 

DAVID A. HAMILTON AMERICANA BOOKS

 

HARPER'S BOOKS

 

DONALD A. HEALD RARE BOOKS

 

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Staten Island and the Narrows: from Fort Hamilton. Frances F. Palmer.

Staten Island

New York: Currier and Ives, 152 Nassau Street, 1861. Hand-coloured lithograph. Very good condition. Image size (including text): 15 3/4 x 20 1/8 inches. Sheet size: 19 1/4 x 23 3/4 inches. A wonderful view of New York, with Staten Island seen in the distance.

Offered by Donald A. Heald Rare Books, and featured in their new catalog, "City Views" (item #5420).

 

JONATHAN A. HILL, BOOKSELLER, INC.

 

JEFF HIRSCH BOOKS

 

HONEY & WAX BOOKSELLERS

 

HOUSE OF MIRTH PHOTOS

 

JOHN HOWELL FOR BOOKS

 

S. HOWLETT-WEST BOOKS

 

IMPERIAL FINE BOOKS

 

JAMES S. JAFFE RARE BOOKS

 

JOHNSON RARE BOOKS & ARCHIVES

 
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Gypsy Kings Audio & Film Archive
An archive of heretofore unknown audio and film recordings of the Gipsy Kings, a family of Romani gypsies based in Spain and France who rose to fame in the 1980s and are credited with bringing the sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to a worldwide audience. Their lives and music were documented in 1968 by Patricia Follmer, a Hollywood film editor and producer.
 
Little is known about Follmer, who wrote an article about her life with the gypsies that appeared in the July 1974 issue of Harper’s Magazine. It is very likely Patricia Follmer is Pat Follmer, a Hollywood editor and producer who edited the cult classic Teenage Gang Debs (1966). Follmer made several films with Joe Sarno, a pioneer of the sexploitation genre of the 1950s and ‘60s. Research uncovered a few Patricia Follmer references in relation to her travels. For example, “Stolen by Gypsies”, Sam Hudson's reporting on Pat Follmer's story about her life with the Gypsies, was broadcast in 1970 on a popular Seattle public radio television station.
 
This archive, salvaged from the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, includes 24 reel-to-reel audio recordings and three 16 mm films, all of which are presumably the same print of a single film. Four of the reel-to-reel recordings have been digitized and are provided with this archive. The other audio recordings are in need of some cleaning and light conservation before they can be played or digitized.
 
Offered by Johnson Rare Books & Archives, and featured in their new catalog "RBMS List" (page 7).
 
 

 

KAATERSKILL BOOKS

 

SETH KALLER, INC.

 

JOHN KEHOE BOOKSELLER

 

KEVIN F.  KELLY, BOOKSELLER

 

KELMSCOTT BOOKSHOP

 

Featured item: 

 

Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek, Spice Market

Spice Alphabet Book
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2004. Number 23 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artists. This engaging accordion book is an alphabetical melange of spice. Various spices are described by definition, quotes, or history, and accompanied by lovely images on tan color pages that were hand-tinted with spice dyes. Some of the pages had an "intoxicating 14 runs through the press." The accordion text pages are encased in stiff paper covers, with the top flap cut out in the shape of leaves. Comes in a burlap drawstring bag with title and press name printed on a label attached by string. In fine condition. 4.5 x5 inches.

Founded by Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek in 2000, their press produces artists' books, offers classes, and holds book arts' exhibitions. Their books address a wide range of subjects from the universe to gardening to opera to Yiddish and more. Most are letterpress printed, many have moveable pieces, and all are illustrated. Visiting artists including Carolyn LaFrance and others regularly print books at the press.

Offered by Kelmscott Books, and featured in their new catalog "Alphabet Books."

 

BEN KINMONT, BOOKSELLER

  • RBMS list of Gastronomy Books and Manuscripts,1502-1875 -- available on request from bkinmont@gmail.com  *New* 

 

 ERIC CHAIM KLINE BOOKSELLER

 

JOHN W. KNOTT, JR., BOOKSELLER

 

Lunar Books

 

KUBIK FINE BOOKS, LTD.

  • Catalog #74: 100 Rare Books -- with an emphasis on history and military affairs. Please request from mail@kubikbooks.com...

 

KUENZIG BOOKS

 

MICHAEL LAIRD RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPTS

 

LANGDON MANOR BOOKS

 

Featured item:


Banks, Spencer T., Original Artwork for a Weekly All African American Comic Strip, “Pokenia.”

Pokenia Animation

(St. Louis, Missouri: 1939). Sixteen pen and ink multi-panel comic strips on artist's board measuring from 63⁄4” x 141⁄4” to 71⁄4” x 17”. Generally good plus to very good, all with moderate to heavy edge wear, occasional chip, stain or crease; artwork is crisp and fresh.

This is a collection of original art for a comic strip entitled, “Pokenia.” The artist, Spencer T. Banks served in the Navy during World War II and ultimately made a living in St. Louis as a commercial artist. His works were displayed at the City Art Museum in exhibits of African American artists sponsored by the St. Louis Urban League in both 1939 and 1941. A 1946 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described Banks' works that were exhibited at the People's Art Center. It stated he trained at that facility and that he was going to attend the Art Institute in Chicago, though we have been unable to determine if he ever enrolled.

Pokenia was apparently meant to be a soap opera continuity strip à la Mary Worth, a genre which started gaining popularity in the 1940s. Alice Ormes' “Torchy Brown in Dixie To Harlem” began running at the Pittsburgh Courier in 1937 and was one of the first strips centered on a black female character. The strips we have are sequentially numbered in pencil: 3-7, 9-18 and 30. Strip number 3 shows Pokenia receiving a sales job at a department store. Her looks caused the other women at the store to fear they would lose their husbands or boyfriends to Pokenia. She worked at the flowers counter in a store where all the employees and patrons appear to be African American. We see men fawning over her, her rejection of the advances of her floor supervisor, Jammey B. Fullasoot, and her slowly developing romantic relationship with the store's bookkeeper, Eddie. She also showed her integrity when she found her boss' wallet and returned it whole. The last strip showed Eddie awakening a recently passed-out Pokenia, but without the preceding or subsequent installments, we don't know the background or what happened next.

According to the good folks at the St. Louis County Library, Banks published two strips in the St. Louis Argus starting around September, 1939: Pokenia and another called “Pookie.” We are unable to determine if he successfully syndicated them. Comic strips featuring a mostly black cast done by African American artists are infrequent entrants in the historical record. In “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation” (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), Dr. Sheena R. Howard documented several early comic strips featuring African American characters created by black artists. These include “Bungleton Green” at the Chicago Defender which began in 1920, “Sunny Boy Sam” at the Pittsburgh Courier which started in 1928 and Ollie Harrington's “Dark Laughter” in 1935. These are therefore early examples of a comic strip by a black artist featuring African
American characters as well as one of the earliest to have a woman as its central character. Unique and worthy of further research.

Offered by Langdon Manor Books, and featured in "Catalog 8: African Americana" (item #15).

 

ANDREW LANGER, BOOKSELLER

 

THE LAWBOOK EXCHANGE, LTD.

 

DAVID M. LESSER, FINE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS

 

LIBER ANTIQUUS, EARLY PRINTED BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

LIGHTHOUSE BOOKS

 

LITTLE SAGES BOOKS

 

KEN LOPEZ BOOKSELLER 

 

J. & J. LUBRANO MUSIC ANTIQUARIANS

 

LUX MENTIS BOOKSELLERS

 

Featured item:

 

Criminalia: Ex Libris.

Criminalia

Jean Morisot, nd. Discrete pencil notations, else bright and clean. Nine bookplates on various papers and ink colors. Near Fine. (#9041) $750.00 A set of bookplates designed by Morisot for his crime library featuring a human skull. Morisot was best known for his erotic engravings. 

Offered by Lux Mentis Booksellers, and featured in their new catalog "It's a Crime to Miss RBMS" (item #17).

 

 

MAC DONNELL RARE BOOKS

  • List of 77 Mark Twain First Editions and Ephemera available by request from info@macdonnellrarebooks.com (specify elist or paper copy). 

 

MAIN STREET FINE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

KENNITH MALLORY, BOOKSELLER

 

JEFFREY D. MANCEVICE, INC.

 

MANHATTAN RARE BOOK COMPANY

 

MARGOLIS & MOSS

  • Illustrated Catalog on Carlos Merida (1891–1984) -- Mexican painter, sculptor, writer and graphic designer -- available by request from mmbooks@comcast.net
  • Latin America

 

E.M. MAURICE BOOKS

 

BRUCE MCKITTRICK RARE BOOKS, INC.

 

MUSINSKY RARE BOOKS

 

MYSTERY PIER BOOKS

 

NUDELMAN RARE BOOKS

 

OAK KNOLL BOOKS

 

OLD FLORIDA BOOKSHOP

 

OLD IMPRINTS

 

OLD WEST BOOKS

  • Catalog 48, July 2019 -- by subscription only.  Contact oldwestbooks@earthlink.net for details about obtaining a copy.  *New* 

 

MICHAEL J. OSBORNE BOOKS

 

PALINURUS ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS

 

PARIGI BOOKS

 

 R & A PETRILLA, ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS 

 

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ALADDIN HOMES, "BUILT IN A DAY" -- Catalog No. 29, 1917.

Aladdin Homes

Bay City, Michigan: Aladdin Company, 1917. First Edition. Hardcover. pp: 120, (4)order form & ads; illustrations throughout, many in color, some folding. Bound in black grained cloth, gilt cover title, spine roughened. 8.75" x 5.5" Good.

Early pages explain The Aladdin Plan; their Board of Seven designers, builders and manufacturers; conservation of materials; etc. Most of the book presents a wide variety of residential styles with explanatory text, architectural renderings (many in color), floor plans, and prices.

Offered R&A Petrilla, Antiquarian Booksellers, and featured in their new catalog, "Trade Catalogs."

 

 

PHILADELPHIA RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

PHILLIP J. PIRAGES FINE BOOKS & MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS

 

EDWARD T. POLLACK FINE ARTS

 

QUILL & BRUSH

 

THE RAAB COLLECTION

 

RABELAIS BOOKS ON FOOD & DRINK

 

RICHARD C. RAMER, OLD & RARE BOOKS  

 

RAPTIS RARE BOOKS

 

READ'EM AGAIN BOOKS

 

WILLIAM REESE COMPANY

 

L&T RESPESS BOOKS

 

B&L ROOTENBERG RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

BARRY LAWRENCE RUDERMAN ANTIQUE MAPS, INC.

 

RULON-MILLER BOOKS

 

SANCTUARY BOOKS

 

KEN SANDERS RARE BOOKS

 

SAVOY BOOKS

 

E.K. SCHREIBER

 

SCHUBERTIADE MUSIC & ARTS

 

SCHULSON AUTOGRAPHS

 

SCIENTIA BOOKS

 

GARRETT SCOTT, BOOKSELLER

 

SECOND LIFE BOOKS

 

SECOND STORY BOOKS

 

MARC SELVAGGIO, BOOKS & EPHEMERA

 

ED SMITH BOOKS

 

TAMINO AUTOGRAPHS

 

 TAVISTOCK BOOKS

 

TEN POUND ISLAND BOOK COMPANY

 

MICHAEL R. THOMPSON RARE BOOKS

 

THORN BOOKS

 

TOMBERG RARE BOOKS

 

TRIOLET RARE BOOKS

 

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

 

VAMP & TRAMP, BOOKSELLERS

 

THE VEATCHS ARTS OF THE BOOK

 

WALKABOUT BOOKS

 

JEFF WEBER RARE BOOKS

 

ADAM WEINBERGER RARE BOOKS

 

WHITMORE RARE BOOKS

 

JOHN WINDLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLER

 

Featured item:

 

Michael Hague, original watercolor of the Wicked Witch of the East

Wicked Witch of the East, Michael Hague

N.d. [before 1982]. Original watercolor painting on board, 9 5/8 x 11”, signed by the artist with publisher’s production marks and pencil notes in the margins and on a label affixed to verso, mounted; very good. § Original watercolor illustration by Michael Hague for L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, a new edition published by Holt in 1982. This illustration appeared on page 134 and depicts the Wicked Witch of the East melting after Dorothy has doused her in water, one of her silver slippers is strewn to the side of the puddle she is becoming. Hague is an American illustrator of mainly children’s classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit and the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. As can be seen in this painting, Hague is renowned for his rich color palette, and his fantastic eye for intricate detail. 

Offered  by John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, and featured in their catalog "12 Works of Original Illustration" (item #4). 

 

CHARLES B. WOOD, BOOKSELLER

 

WOODBURN BOOKS

 

YESTERDAY'S MUSE BOOKS

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