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Jane And Carl, The Sunshine Pals, A Collection Of Popular Radio Songs

May 6, 2008

Jane And Carl, The Sunshine Pals, A Collection Of Popular Radio Songs [SIGNED By Jane Lee, Songbook]
Jane And Carl

Red Sky Books
(Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

Price: $25.00

For sale at:

Book Description: Peer International Corporation, New York, 1941. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Good. 32 pp, 9″ x 12″, copy is in about average used condition, SIGNED in pencil by Jane on the front cover. This very scarce vintage songbook contains arrangements with guitar chords for 32 songs recorded and sung by Jane Lee And Carl Swanson, who were known as “The Sunshine Pals”, including I Am Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes, You Are My Sunshine, Worried Mind, and many others. Signed by Artist. Bookseller Inventory # 036626



April 11, 2008

It’s been a while since I posted.  Partly, I’ve been busy, partly, it’s getting harder for me to find good items on ABE.  Many fascinating items have no image included.  Some images are terrible- dark, fuzzy, cell-phone-like shots of books propped up against shelves.  So, I’ve been getting creative in finding likely candidates.  Rather than just searching for keywords like OCLC, Worldcat, none, not, etc., I’ve been looking at things “not in COPAC,” “extremely scarce” and so on. Then I look for them in Worldcat.  This is much more labor intensive.  Today, I looked at older titles from Vantage Press, a vanity press, and thus less likely to be collected by libraries (in theory).  I like “Escape from the Planet Karaxe.”  The title and cover illustration seem more like an Avalon SF title from the late 1950s than something published in 1970.


Dunn, William B.

(Knoxville, TN, U.S.A.)

Price: $15

For sale at:

Book Description: Vantage Press, New York, 1970. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Moderate edgewear to dustjacket. Small chip to top edge of rear of dustjacket. Spine of dustjacket is sunned. Bookseller Inventory # 088177

Recollections of Deal

March 14, 2008


Recollections of Deal.

Justin Croft Antiquarian Books ABA, ILAB
(Faversham, KEN, United Kingdom)

Price: $835.62

For sale at:

Book Description: London: Newman & Co., n.d. [c. 1864.], 1864. 32mo (60 × 48 mm.), 15 tinted engraved views presented concertina fashion on a long folding sheet. Publisher’s blindstamped green cloth, title and imprint in gilt to upper cover. Slightly rubbed, paper lining to spine slightly cracked. An excellent copy. A rare miniature seaside souvenir from Deal, Kent. Though undated, several of the views depict the iron pleasure pier opened in 1864 and perhaps this ephemeral item was printed to accompany the opening. The views present a rather elegant view of a Victorian seaside town full of fashionably attired promenaders. The town would have been working hard to dispel its reputation for infamy and gloom reported earlier in the century by Cobbett (“a most villainous place. It is full of filthy looking people”) and later by Dickens in Bleak House. Besides the pier there are images of the esplanade, castle, barracks and church. Not in COPAC. Bookseller Inventory # 1694


March 6, 2008


Roberts,Eric S.

John L. Capes (Books) Established 1969
(Staithes, ., United Kingdom)

Price: $102.61

For sale at:

Book Description: SHEFFIELD. J.W.Northend West Street., 1930. A Fine Copy in dustwrapper of this first world war autobiography from the notable Sheffield family of Queens Tower first published for private circulation in 1925. 8vo. 167pps.eight illustrations. Scarce Not in COPAC or BL Catalogue. Bookseller Inventory # 2726

An Almanack for the Year of our Lord God MDCCC

March 4, 2008

Annuals and serials can be confusing to look up on WorldCat, but if I’m not mistaken, this is only listed in an electronic version put out by the Gale Group.  I believe that they may have digitized a copy owned by the British Library.  Great for access, but not quite the same.  This beautiful material object calls out to be handled.



An Almanack for the Year of our Lord God MDCCC
Goldsmith, John

George Bayntun ABA ILAB
(Bath, SO, United Kingdom)

Price: $920.39

For sale at:

Book Description: by H. Baldwin and Son, for the company of Stationers, [1799], London, 1799. .. Wherein are contained Necessary Rules, and Useful Tables. With a New Chronology of Remarkable Events; also the Proper Days and Hours for Transferring Stocks and receiving Dividends; and a List of Holidays Kept at the Public Offices, &c. Calculated by John Goldsmith. Printed in black and red. Interleaved with blanks. 24mo. [104 x 56 x 9 mm]. 48pp. Contemporary binding of red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a border of a fillet and three rolls, enclosing a variety of small tools, including a bow and arrows and an anchor, and with a large wheat-sheaf at the centre. Smooth spine divided into six panels by a gilt pallet, each with a central star shaped tool, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, marbled endleaves, circular silver bosses on the covers secured with a stylus, gilt edges. (Corners a little bumped). With the duty stamp on the verso of the title, and two coated leaves for use with the stylus. This edition is not listed on COPAC. A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # ebc2371

Guide of Berlin, Potsdam and Environs. A Special Summary from the Notes of the Best Tourists as Baedecker and Others.

February 28, 2008

Interesting.  WorldCat has the bibliographic information on this, but shows no library holdings.  Either it’s a new and incomplete record, or perhaps some library once had it, then withdrew or lost it.



Guide of Berlin, Potsdam and Environs. A Special Summary from the Notes of the Best Tourists as Baedecker and Others.
Marcus, Max.

Heldfond Book Gallery, Ltd. ABAA , ILAB
(San Anselmo, CA, U.S.A.)

Price: $400

For sale at:

Book Description: Berlin. Max Marcus, Bookseller. n.d. (circa 1885)., 1885. Illustrated with one very large coloured folding map. 68 pgs. 12mo (6″ x 4.5″). Bound in gilt titled red cloth. Wonderful and scarce example of Marcus’ attempt to duplicate the Baedeckers Guides. An effort which eventually led to Bankruptcy and prison. Covers somewhat soiled with some minor staining to front cover. Lack of continuity to endsheets at front and rear hinges. Map presents three marginal tears two of which extend 1/2 inch into image. A Very Good or better crisp copy. Quite rare.Featured Misc. Bookseller Inventory # 7863


February 26, 2008


Mulvey, Owen

Antiquarian Book Shop
(Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

Price: $44.96

For sale at:

Book Description: Chicago Owen Mulvey 1939., 1939. Fine. ; 8vo; The time for another American Evolution has come. Now is the time to make our donation to humanity. Author calls for a guaranteed minimum income, jobs for all, good schools & good hospitals for all people, etc. Excellent pictorial wrappers. Quite scarce pamphlet. First Edition. Binding is Softcover. Bookseller Inventory # 8715

Practical Hints to Young Officers in the Mercantile Marine

February 25, 2008

COPAC lists one 1907 edition at the British Library.  Presumably, this 1920 printing is significantly different, if only for the list of “owners who take apprentices.”  Not in WorldCat.



Practical Hints to Young Officers in the Mercantile Marine
An Old Hand

Rare Books at Vagabonds’ House
(East Boothbay, ME, U.S.A.)

Price: $35

For sale at:

Book Description: Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd, Glasgow. 1920 printing, ed unk, 12 mo, 18 * 12 cm, illustrated boards, 110 pp. Very neat underlining. Contains myriad “Useful tips for young Officers joining a ship.” Also “Contains a List of Owners who take Apprentices.” Quite scarce; in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # VH000433

Sin Suits Me

February 22, 2008


Sin Suits Me

Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
(Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.)

Price: $400

For sale at:

Book Description: New York Godwin, Publishers (1935)., 1935. First edition. Near fine in good plus dustwrapper with some modest chipping, mostly on the front panel, and at the crown. Rejected by her lover, a beautiful woman lures men with her paganesque practices. Very uncommon. OCLC locates no copies. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # 85580

The Runaways

February 20, 2008

Another sea-adventure published in London in 1941.  According to the bookseller, the author was an “original member of Sinn Fein.”  Five in COPAC, but not in WorldCat.



The Runaways
O’Brien, Conor (pseudonym of Edward Conor Marshal O’Brien)

Augustine Funnell Books
(Fredericton, NB, Canada)

Price: $150

For sale at:

Book Description: George G. Harrap, London, 1941. Hard Cover. Book Condition: About Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good to Very Good. T.H. Robinson (illustrator). First Edition. Small Octavo — from 7.75″ to 9.75″ Tall. O’Brien was a yachtsman, mountaineer, and original member of Sinn Fein, as well as the first person to sail around the world in his own yacht. This boy’s adventure story is a very scarce tome, telling the tale of a pair of lads who, with a newfound friend, take their father’s yacht up the west coast of Ireland to Skye, where, among many adventures, they acquire a stowaway who ends up being “the cause of a clash with a gang of Communists.” Red cloth w/black spine lettering, 220 pages + map. A bit of wear to corners/spine ends, dusty/tanned edges, light cover soil, in lightly edgeworn dust jacket w/short edge tears, 1.25″ tear to bottom edge of front panel, light chipping to corners/spine ends, small piece (3/8″ x 1/4″) from top edge of rear panel, smudging to rear panel. Naturally, the jacket is now in a protective mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 016100

The Ghost of the Dunsany

February 20, 2008

Ernest Laurie-Long appears to have written many maritime-themed novels, but this one, published during the war, is not in WorldCat.



The Ghost of the Dunsany

Mainly Fiction
(Auckland, 0745, New Zealand)

Price: $125

For sale at:

Book Description: Ward Lock, London, 1941. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 12mo – over 6¾” – 7¾” tall. Extremely scarce title. Blue cloth titled in black on spine. Tidy cover, tight bindings, ffep removed, light foxing in edges and endpapers. The dust jacket is bright, price clipped, slight wear to spine, protected in a clear plastic sleeve. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 007479

Tennessee Ernie (Ford) Hillbilly Song Book

February 19, 2008


Tennessee Ernie (Ford) Hillbilly Song Book [Songbook]
Ford, Tennessee Ernie

Red Sky Books
(Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

Price: $25

For sale at:

Book Description: McGlennon Publications, London. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 8 ½” x 11″, 12 pp. Undated, circa 1950. This is an extremely scarce vintage songbook. It is in excellent condition. The book contains lyrics only for about 60 songs recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Bookseller Inventory # 032108

Maggie Pepper [salesman’s dummy]

February 15, 2008

I’m fascinated by salesman’s dummy copies, which are simultaneously “book” and “not book.”  Like dust jackets and publisher’s catalogs, libraries seem to neglect collecting dummies.  This is shortsighted.  Dummies represent the publisher’s very first attempt to present a book to the world, even if the world is represented by the retail or library buyer.  “Maggie Pepper” is a more complicated case, given its history as play and motion picture, but the copy shown below is striking, and is indeed “Not in WorldCat.”



Maggie Pepper.
KLEIN, Charles.

Babylon Revisited Rare Books
(East Woodstock, CT, U.S.A.)

Price: $200

For sale at:

Book Description: H. K. Fly Co. New York: (1911)., 1911. First Edition, Salesman’s Dummy Advance Copy. Original cloth, spine and front panel of dustjacket tipped in, example of full spine tipped to rear cover. Uncommon advance dummy copy of this popular pre-Jazz Age novel, with only the first 32 pages bound within. Klein’s own adaptation of his play which served as the basis for a 1919 silent film comedy. This edition with photographic image at front dustjacket panel likely taken from the theatrical release. Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 14156

Whittenbury College [A School Story for Girls]

February 14, 2008

Curious- there is no explanation given for the Star of David on the upper right tip of the dust jacket.



Whittenbury College
Chesterton, Alice M.

Ryan O’Horne Books
(Northumberland, ., United Kingdom)

Price: $64.76

For sale at:

Book Description: Thomas Nelson & Sons, London. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Undated. Presumed first. Circa 1926. 12mo – over 6¾” – 7¾” tall. Very good in like dust jacket. Extremely rare with d.j – bright, having been protected in brown paper. A little edgewear. Lovely 20`s design. Publishers dusk pink buckram decorated and lettered in brown with circular pictorial onlay. Prize bookplate to front pastedown. Endpapers a little grubby. A little sporadic foxing throughout. A good copy. 6 beautiful colour plates. 12mo. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2. 378pp…. Bookseller Inventory # 002855

Broadsword and Quarter-Staff without a Master.

February 13, 2008


Broadsword and Quarter-Staff without a Master. Broadsword Fencing and Stick or Quarter-Staff Play, after the latest European Practice adopted in the Military Schools of France and Italy, and the United States.
Riboni, Giuseppe.

Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB
(East Jewett, NY, U.S.A.)

Price: $375

For sale at:

 Book Description: Chicago: E.B. Myers (successor of D. B. Cooke & Co.), 1862., 1862. 81 pp. + Adv [3]. 24mo. Limp brown cloth stamped in blind, gilt titles. First edition. Illus. with 33 b/w plates. Check List of Chicago Ante-Fire Imprints 651. Pardoel 2183.01. Signed “C. W. Davis, Adjt, Camp Douglas, January 1862.” Charles Wilder Davis (1833-1898) entered the volunteer army as captain in the 51st Illinois infantry in 1862, was made adjutant, then major; he fought at Island No. 10, then Corinth, was wounded at Murfreesboro, and again at Chickamauga, promoted to lieutenant-colonel, was severely wounded at Missionary Ridge, promoted to colonel, and received the surrender of Gen. M. Jeff Thompson’s Army of Missouri of 7978 men (Brown, DNA). Scarce. Copies at CHistSoc and LOC; OCLC lists none. Tear to head of spine, else a very good copy with small chip on rear cloth, the bookplate of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of the State of Illinois on front pastedown, shelf sticker on foot of backstrip, their stamp on title, several corners creased. Bookseller Inventory # 31649

The Djenggrong Treasure. A Most Remarkable Archeological Treasure Found in Java (Dutch East India) Certificated by Professor Doctor N.J. Krom, Professor at Leiden and doctor Juynboll, Director of the Leiden Museum.

February 12, 2008


The Djenggrong Treasure. A Most Remarkable Archeological Treasure Found in Java (Dutch East India) Certificated by Professor Doctor N.J. Krom, Professor at Leiden and doctor Juynboll, Director of the Leiden Museum.

Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB
(East Jewett, NY, U.S.A.)

Price: $50

For sale at:

 Book Description: n.p.: n.p. (ca 1925)., 1925. Unpaged [12 pp]. Obl. 8vo. Stapled black paper wrappers. Illus. with 10 b/w photos. Thirty-seven items including 14 gold ornaments found on Bromo volcano. Argues for their authenticity and issued shortly after a series of articles in Dutch newspapers in late 1924. Not in OCLC or RLIN. Djenggrong also known as Jenggrong A very good copy in very good, lightly edgeworn wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 29848

Oil Map of Auglaize County, Ohio, 1886

February 11, 2008


Petroleum Pocket Map] Oil Map of Auglaize County, Ohio, 1886
Sutton, R., Also Edward Orton

Robert G. Smith Jr.
(Denver, CO, U.S.A.)

Price: $1500

For sale at:

Book Description: Published By the Author, Sidney, OH, 1886. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Good to Vg. First Edition. 12mo – over 6¾” – 7¾” tall. Folded linen-backed hand-colored lithographed map in original brown cloth case with gilt lettered front cover. This highly detailed map unfolds to 34 1/2 by 23 3/4 inches and shows thousands of land parcels with owner names, railroad lines, oil wells, gas wells, dry wells, and rig locations. The map contains a generalized geologic section of the new oil and gas field prepared by Edward Orton, State Geologist, plus 7 logs of producing, abandoned and in-progress wells, and a list of the great gas and oil wells in the Finley, Ohio area. Condition: There is some light discoloration to the top of the front cover and a small circular punch mark in the cloth below the title. The map has some splitting at fold intersections along the bottom horizontal fold with minor loss of paper, all in blank areas only. OCLC locates no copies, although Ohio State contains a copy of Sutton’s 1886 Oil Map of Allen County, Ohio. Similarly, no copies located using other net resources. Very rare and one of the first, if not the first, maps to focus on the newly-discovered petroleum resources of western Ohio. Bookseller Inventory # 000081

Catalogue of Conjuring Tricks No. 11

February 5, 2008


Catalogue of Conjuring Tricks No. 11
A. Roterberg

Vashon Island Books
(Vashon, WA, U.S.A.)

Price: $200

For sale at:

Book Description: A. Roterberg, Chicago. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. b/w Illustration (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo – over 7 3/4″ – 9 3/4″ Tall. 208 pages. Exceptionally scarce catalogue of A. Roterberg’s line of conjuring and magic supplies and tricks. Original tan pictorial wraps stamped in blue, red, and black (rear cover loose; browning and wear to covers with chipping to spine and edges; text browned at edges). Collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 0761860

700 Ways to Make Money Without Capital…

February 4, 2008


700 Ways to Make Money Without Capital…

Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
(Merchantville, NJ, U.S.A.)

Price: $400

For sale at:

Book Description: New York J.S. Oglivie & Company (1882)., 1882. First edition. Green cloth stamped in black. Owner’s label front pastedown, corners a little worn, and some cloth erosion on the rear board, a nice, very good copy. OCLC locates no copies. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # 94600


February 1, 2008


Baseball Fiction].

Tavistock Books, ABAA
(Alameda, CA, U.S.A.)

Price: $412.50

For sale at:

Book Description: American Colortype Co., (n d), Chicago: 5 full page half-tone color illustrations (including front wrapper). Divers images of boys playing baseball, circa 1890s per their garb. Story of Bert, captain of the Hillbrook Team, who challenged Lester, captain of the Beeson Hill Club, to a championship game. Rare: not in McCue, nor on OCLC & not located in the LoC on-line catalogue. Some minor corner chips to front wrapper. A VG+ copy. Binding is Self wrappers, stapled. 12mo. 5-1/8″ x 3-3/4″. Unpaginated, though 12 pp (including wrappers). Bookseller Inventory # 28184