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AUGUST 2017 • Volume 16 • Number 8

9-3-1278504

John Steinbeck
THE GRAPES OF WRATH 
[SIGNED]
 New York: Viking Press, 1939. First Edition. The Joads are a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, farm industry changes and bank foreclosures. They set out for California, along with thousands of other "Okies", seeking jobs, land, dignity, and a future. Winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this work was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was released in 1940. Signed by the author "To Florence Means, John Steinbeck" on the front free end paper. Hardcover with dust jacket, 619 pages. 
9-3-1278504          $12,500

9-33-1279008 Joseph Conrad
THE SECRET AGENT: A DRAMA IN THREE ACTS 
[SIGNED] 
London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd. 1923. Limited Edition. Conrad’s dramatization of his 1907 novel. Set in London in the year 1886: Adolf Verloc is a spy for an unnamed country (presumably Russia). Themes are anarchism, espionage, terrorism and exploitation. Signed by Joseph Conrad on the limitation page, this is #438 of 1,000 copies. Image at left from frontispiece. Hardcover with dust jacket, 185 pages.
9-33-1279008          $600
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9-38-1278851 Anthony Gavin
THE GREAT RED DRAGON 
or THE MASTER-KEY TO POPERY

Boston: Samuel Jones, 1854. First Edition. Anti-Catholic book written by “one of the Roman Catholic Priests of Saragossa, Spain.” Title page indicates this is from the “forty-fifth thousand” copies printed. Anti-Catholic fears in the USA reached a peak in the nineteenth century when the Protestant population became alarmed by the influx of Catholic immigrants. Some claimed that the Catholic Church was the Whore of Babylon in the Book of Revelation. Hardcover, no dust jacket, in brown cloth with gilt lettering, embossed boards, front cover has gilt embossed dragon with the text “And Behold A Great Red Dragon Having Seven Heads and Ten Horns”. 408 pages.
9-38-1278851          $85
9-37-1279015 Robert Hudovernik
JAZZ AGE BEAUTIES
THE LOST COLLECTION OF ZIEGFELD PHOTOGRAPHER 
ALFRED CHENEY JOHNSTON
New York: Universe Publishing, 2006. First Edition. The text is brief but the book is full of wonderfully reproduced images of stunningly beautiful “Ziegfeld” showgirls and early film actresses. Captured in Johnston's signature photographic style, which was a major influence on movie studio photographers of the era. Hardcover with dust jacket, 271 pages.
9-37-1279015           $100
9-206-1277948SOLD Larry Thomas Ward
TRUTH, JUSTICE, & THE AMERICAN WAY
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NOEL NEILL: THE ORIGINAL LOIS LANE 
[SIGNED] 
Los Angeles, California: Nicholas Lawrence Books, 2003. First Edition. Authorized biography of the original “Lois Lane”, Noel Neill. Covers her years in vaudeville and radio as a child, singing with Bing Crosby's band in the late 1930s, film work from 1941 to 2002, and all of her work in the Superman television series. Extensive commentary from Neill regarding her relationships with George Reeves (“Superman”) and others. Inscribed on title page by both Noel Neill and Larry Thomas Ward. [Following an extended illness, Neill died in Tucson on July 3, 2016, at age 95.] Large format paperback, 158 pages.
SOLD          $110
9-140-1278021 Fredric Brown
PARDON MY GHOULISH LAUGHTER 
Introduction by Donald Westlake
[SIGNED]
 
New Mexico: Dennis McMillan Publications, 1986. First Edition, Signed, Limited, #86 of 400. Collection of seven stories: The Incredible Bomber, Death Is a White Rabbit, Death of a Vampire, Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter, Twice-Killed Corpse, A Lock of Satan's Hair, The Ghost Breakers, all originally published in detective pulp magazines between 1942 and 1944. Signed by Donald Westlake. Hardcover with dust jacket, 163 pages. 
9-140-1278021          $125
9-19-1278144 Howard E. Kirshner
THE MENACE OF ROOSEVELT AND HIS POLICIES

New York: Greenberg Publishers, 1936. First Edition, First Printing. A strong contemporary voice in opposition to President Roosevelt's domestic economic policies. While not doubting FDR's good intentions, this stinging critique of New Deal policies clearly argues that bureaucracy and over-regulation had already prolonged the Great Depression by 1936. From the front cover: "Under the leadership of Roosevelt, America has smoked economic opium, has seen beautiful visions and dreamed phantasmagorical dreams, but they are wholly without substance and will melt as mist when the sun rises on the morning after.” Hardcover with dust jacket, 132 pages.
9-19-1278144          $150 
9-3-1278387 George S. McWatters
DETECTIVES OF EUROPE AND AMERICA 
or LIFE IN THE SECRET SERVICE

Hartford: J.B. Burr Publishing Co. 1877. First Edition. Full Title: "Detectives of Europe and America, or Life in the Secret Service: A Selection of Celebrated Cases in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Egypt, and America. A Revelation of Struggles and Triumphs of the most Renowned Detectives on the Globe for the Past Twenty-Five Years. Profusely Illustrated.” Hardcover with gilt and brown lettering, illustrated gilt boards. 848 pages.
9-3-1278387          $200 
9-24-1278636 Pat Frank
HOW TO SURVIVE THE H BOMB – AND WHY

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1962. First Edition. Nonfiction book by the author of Alas, Babylon, a fictional account of life after an atomic war. Published during the time of Cold War hydrogen bomb testing. The author concludes that nuclear war is unwinnable but presents his arguments for improved Civil Defense as a necessary deterrent factor. Interesting reading for historical context. Hardcover with dust jacket, 160 pages.
9-24-1278636         $200
9-13-1278264 Andy Warhol
THE WASHINGTONIAN (AUGUST 1986 Edition) 
[SIGNED] 
Washington DC: Washingtonian Magazine, Inc. 1986. This issue of the magazine features a cover illustration of Sally Quinn by Andy Warhol. Cover is autographed by Andy Warhol in magic marker, above his printed signature on the illustration. [Warhol died February 22, 1987 at the age of 58.] Magazine, 274 pages.
9-13-1278264          $250
9-210-1278386 Zbigniew Brzezinski
THE GRAND CHESSBOARD 
[SIGNED]
 Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 1997. First Edition, Limited #1066/1150. A major work by the United States National Security Advisor under the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Delivers a brutally honest vision for American preeminence in the twenty-first century. The task facing the United States, the author argues, is to become the sole political arbiter in Eurasian lands and to prevent the emergence of any rival power threatening United States material and diplomatic interests. The Eurasian landmass, home to the greatest part of the globe's population, natural resources, and economic activity, is the “grand chessboard” on which America's supremacy will be ratified and challenged in the years to come. Bound in leather, gilt text on spine, gilt text block. Silk ribbon bookmark. [The author died on May 26, 2017 at the age of 89.] Signed by Zbigniew Brzezinski on limitation page, number 1066 of 1150. 223 pages. 
9-210-1278386         $300
9-17-1278258SOLD Hunter S. Thompson
THE PROUD HIGHWAY
SAGA OF A DESPERATE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN, 1955-1967 
THE FEAR AND LOATHING LETTERS, VOL. I

[SIGNED] New York: Villard, 1997. First Edition, First Printing. The private correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists. Letters to luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez; his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper editors. Vividly catches the tenor of the times in 1960s America through Thompson’s razor-sharp perspective. Signed on bookplate. Hardcover with dust jacket. 683 pages. 
SOLD         $300
9-19-1278661 John Quincy Adams 
LETTERS ON THE MASONIC INSTITUTION

Boston: T. R. Martin, 1847. Adams was the sixth president of the United States. After serving a single term as president, he was elected to the House of Representatives for nine consecutive terms. While serving in the House, Adams ran an unsuccessful campaign for Governor of Massachusetts in 1833 as a candidate of the Anti-Masonic Party (formed in 1828). Letters on the Masonic Institution was published shortly before Adams’ death in 1848 at the age of 80. Excerpt: “It is now twenty years since there sprung up in the United States an earnest and at times a vehement discussion, of the nature and effect of the bond entered into by those citizens who join the society of Free and Accepted Masons. The excitement which arose in consequence of the disclosures then made, had the effect, at least for a time, if not permanently, to check the further spread of that association. The legislative power of some of the States was invoked, and at last actually interposed, to prevent the administration of extra-judicial oaths, including of course all such as were constantly taken in the Masonic Order. This was the furthest point which the opposition ever reached.” Bound in embossed black cloth, black spine with gilt lettering. Image at left is of the title page. 284 pages.
9-19-1278661          $500

 

NEXT FREE EVENT: SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 10AM-1PM
Free verbal appraisals of books, manuscripts, documents, autographs, art, photographs, paintings by Allan Stypeck, Antiques Road Show veteran and currently a regular on MPT’s Chesapeake Collectibles. No appointments. First come, first served. Limit five items per person.

Some Highpoints from the JULY 29 Free Appraisal Day Event:
• Somerset Maugham: Signed limited copy “Of Human Bondage with a Digression on the Art of Fiction” • A pair of ice skates signed by multiple Olympic Gold Medal Winners •   Henry Stanley: Large paper first edition of “In Darkest Africa” • King James “Works of the Most High Prince” London, 1616 • Henry Chaddock: Signed first edition of “The Savoy Cocktail Book” • Herbert Hoover: Signed first edition of “Fishing for Fun and To Wash Your Soul” • D.H. Lawrence: Limited edition of an early pirated copy of “Lady’s Chatterley’s Lover” • F. Scott Fitzgerald: First  edition of “The Great Gatsby” •  Lynn Ward: First editions of “Madman’s Drum”, “Vertigo” and “God’s Man” (also signed) • Various fine binding editions of “The Rubaiyat” illustrated by Willy Pogany • John Randolph’s copy of various early United States Government reports on American expansion (1800-1820) •   Pablo Neruda: Signed first edition of “Twenty Love Poems” • Pie Trayner signed baseball program.

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If you would like to have your books, manuscripts or other personal property appraised for tax, donation, insurance, probate or resale purposes, contact Allan Stypeck, Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers, with over 30 years of experience as an accredited appraiser, at 301-770- 0477, ext. 13. See Allan’s C.V. HERE

HIGHLIGHTS FROM JULY 2017 ACCREDITED APPRAISALS
• Archival material and artwork of Holocaust survivor Esther Laurie • U. of Texas, archival papers of journalist Henry Raymont • Historical Society of Washington, D.C., complete inventory of holdings • Spelman College, signed books and photographs of Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian African Art Museum • James Branch Cabell, substantive book collection and correspondence with noted authors and book collectors.

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