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February 2017 • Volume 16 • Number 2

NEW YORK ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR IS EARLY THIS YEAR
MARCH 9-12 AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY
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9-114-1265715 Harper Lee
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
[WITH SIGNED CARD]
London: Heinemann, 1960. First U.K. Edition. The author's famous first novel, set in depression era Maycomb, Alabama, dealing with issues of race, class,  justice and southern culture as seen through the eyes of a precocious tomboy. If you liked the movie, you'll love the book. Hardcover with dust jacket. 296 pages. Card with Harper Lee's signature included.
9-114-1265715          $4,000
 
9-36-1259946 John Milton
MILTON'S PARADISE LOST
With the Life of the Author to which is Prefixed the Celebrated Critique by Sam Johnson

London: C. Whittingham for T. Heptinstall, 1799. Arranged in twelve books. Considered Milton's major work. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Quarto, three quarters black leather with dark green cloth boards, marbled text block; general shelf wear to boards;  foxing throughout; 371 pages; frontispiece and 12 plates.
9-36-1259946          $600
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NEXT FREE APPRAISAL DAY FEB 25, 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.

• LARGE GROUP of LIMITED EDITION CLUB and HERITAGE PRESS BOOKS,
plus MODERN 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE and POETRY FIRST EDITIONS,
MANY SIGNED (Rockville and Dupont Circle stores)

• LARGE SELECTION OF FULL-PRICE MILITARY BOOKS NOW 40% OFF

• EXPANDED DVD AND CD SECTION
 
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TRADE IN YOUR BOOKS, CDs and DVDs at SECOND STORY BOOKS
• Buyers are on duty all day at our ROCKVILLE store. If you have more than a couple of boxes, please call ahead: (301) 770-0477 ext. 0. Saturdays from 12-4 tend to be extremely busy.

• Bring your items to our DUPONT CIRCLE store any day between 10-4. 
• We generally offer store credit in exchange for books. Cash offers are reserved for exceptionally rare or valuable books.

• If you have a large collection of good books, CDs or DVDs for sale, contact Warren Wigutow at 301-770-0477, ext. 16, and Warren will arrange a visit to your location.
• Consignment inquiries should be directed to Allan Stypeck at 301-770-0477 ext. 13. 

    

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FEATURED BOOKS at our Dupont Circle Store:

9-16-1269210SOLD George Steiner
LANGUAGE AND SILENCE
Essays on Language, Literature and the Inhuman

New York: Atheneum, 1967. First edition. Underlying the author's essays is the ideal of "Humane Literacy" – the belief that the inhuman character of recent history and the decline of literacy in our present culture have put in question our whole humanistic tradition. Hardcover in dust jacket. 426 pages.

9-3-1269831 Matt Sumell
MAKING NICE
[SIGNED]
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2015. First edition. Meet Alby, the heartbroken antihero. Fueled by heartache, fury, and the occasional pain pill from his mother’s leftover stash, Alby is flailing wildly as he tries to cope with his mother’s death. With unforgettable style and force and an “ingenuous humanity that makes every page feel new” (The Guardian), this blistering debut blurs the line between fighting for and fighting with the only family you’ve got. Hardcover in dust jacket. 223 pages.
9-3-1269831          $50
9-39-1269201SOLD G.B. Kerferd
THE SOPHISTIC MOVEMENT

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. First edition. An introduction to the Sophists of fifth-century Athens as well as an interpretation of their thought, showing them as an exciting and historically crucial intellectual movement. At the center of their teaching was a form of relativism, most famously expressed by Protagoras as 'Man is the measure of all things', and which they developed in views on knowledge and argument, virtue, government, society, and the gods. Their contributions began the debate on many central philosophical questions and shifted the focus of philosophical attention from the cosmos to man. Hardcover in dust jacket. 184 pages.
9-35-1269608SOLD Mike Love
GOOD VIBRATIONS
[SIGNED]
New York: Blue Rider Press, 2016. First edition. As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love spent an extraordinary fifty-five years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story, one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness. Love is the only band member to be a part of it at every step. His own story has never been fully told until now. Hardcover in dust jacket. 436 pages.
9-140-1269253 Georges Simenon
THREE BEDS IN MANHATTAN

New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1964. First U.S. edition. An actor, recently divorced, at loose ends in New York; a woman, no less lonely than he: they meet by chance in an all-night diner and are drawn to each other on the spot. Roaming the city streets, hitting its late-night dives, dropping another coin into yet another jukebox, they struggle to understand what it is that has brought them together to improvise the most unexpected of love stories, a tale of suspense where risk alone offers salvation. Closely based on the story of the author's own meeting with his second wife. Hardcover in dust jacket. 190 pages. 
9-140-1269253          $75
9-12-1269869SOLD Rev. Albert Kuhn, O.S.B., D.D.
ROMA: ANCIENT, SUBTERRANEAN, AND MODERN ROME

New York: Benziger Brothers, 1916. First edition. From the author's Preface: "Among all the cities raised by the cunning of man Rome stands foremost. Its charm is infinite, and forever it attracts mankind as the mighty seat of ancient empire, the mother and nurse of all modern nations, and the center of Catholicism. Nowhere has man left more durable and impressive monuments, nowhere does he stand forth so clearly the lord of creation as on the banks of the yellow Tiber, where for nearly three thousand years the proofs of his genius have multiplied, until there is nothing to surpass them in statesmanship, arms, legislation, letters, and those noble arts by which man rises above the animal world and touches on his heavenly home." Quarto in beige hardcovers with ornate green and gold covers and gilt text block. 600 pages, with 744 illustrations in the text, 48 full-page inserts and three plans of Rome.
9-121-1269199SOLD Julian Huxley
EVOLUTION: THE MODERN SYNTHESIS

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1942. First edition. This classic work captured and synthesized all that was known about evolutionary biology and gave a name to the Modern Synthesis, the conceptual structure underlying the field for most of the twentieth century. Many considered Huxley's book a popularization of the ideas then emerging in evolutionary biology, but in fact this is a work of serious scholarship that is also accessible to the general educated public. Hardcover in dust jacket. 645 pages.
9-145-1269866 August Derleth
THE MASK OF CTHULHU

Sauk City, WI: Arkham House Pubs. 1958. First limited edition. A collection of six fantasy and horror short stories released in 1958 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,051 copies. The stories are part of the Cthulhu Mythos and most had appeared in the magazine Weird Tales between 1939 and 1953. Classic horror stories in the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft. Hardcover in dust jacket. 201 pages.
9-145-1269866          $100
9-48-1269650 J.M. Barrie
PETER PAN AND WENDY

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. The novel based on the famous 1904 stage play was first published in 1911 and was first abridged by May Byron in 1915, with Barrie's permission, and published under the title Peter Pan and Wendy (the first time this form was used). Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous yet innocent little boy who can fly and has many adventures on the island of Neverland that is inhabited by mermaids, fairies, Native Americans and pirates. Hardcover in dust jacket. 185 pages with black and white illustrations and color plates by Mabel Lucie Attwell.
9-48-1269650          $150
9-35-1269609SOLD Tony Palmer
BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN
[SIGNED]
London: Isolde Films/Steam Press, 2004. First limited edition. Originally published in 1970, this book by 1960s pop music reviewer Tony Palmer is an encapsulation of his newspaper commentaries on pop music. This limited edition is number 74 out of a total of 100 copies and is signed by both Tony Palmer and Ralph Steadman. Hardcover without dust jacket as issued. 192 pages with a foreword by John Lennon and illustrations by Ralph Steadman.
9-37-1268852 RICHARD AVEDON
PORTRAITS OF POWER

Gottingen: Steidl Pubs. 2008. First edition. Features Avedon’s extended projects on civil rights in the 1960s; the American anti-war movement and the war in Vietnam from 1969-1971; a retrospective homage to the Kennedy family, published in The New Yorker in 1993; and his final photo-essay, “Democracy,” surveying the American state of mind during the politically-fractious time prior to the country’s 2004 presidential election. Except for a handful of color shots (a portrait of Barack Obama from 2004) most of these 180 photos employ Avedon’s signature plain white backdrop and frontal, direct gaze. With three substantial essays. Quarto; Hardcover in dust jacket.
9-37-1268852          $175
9-3-1269925 Lynd Ward
MADMAN'S DRUM: A NOVEL IN WOODCUTS

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. First edition. A wordless novel by American artist Lynd Ward (1905–1985), published in 1930. It is the second of Ward's six wordless novels. The 118 wood-engraved images tell the story of a slave trader who steals a demon-faced drum from an African he murders, and the consequences for him and his family. Ward was more ambitious with this second work in the medium: the characters are more nuanced, the plot more developed and complicated, and the outrage at social injustice more explicit. He used a wider variety of carving tools to achieve a finer degree of detail in the artwork, and was expressive in his use of symbolism and exaggerated emotional facial expressions. Hardcover without dust jacket.
9-3-1269925          $200
9-89-1268812 Rachel L. Carson
THE SEA AROUND US
[SIGNED]
New York: Oxford University Press, 1951. First edition. Prize-winning and best-selling book by the American marine biologist Rachel Carson. Reveals the science and poetry of the sea from its primeval beginnings to the latest scientific probings. Often described as "poetic," it was Carson's second published book and the one that launched her into the public eye with a second career as a writer and conservationist; in retrospect it is counted the second book of her sea trilogy. Won both the 1952 National Book Award for Nonfiction and a Burroughs Medal in nature writing. Remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for 86 weeks and has been translated into 28 languages. Hardcover without dust jacket. 230 pages.
9-89-1268812          $250

 

NEXT FREE EVENT: SATURDAY, FEB 25, 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 last month's Free Appraisal Day:
• Exceptional autograph album containing over 200 signatures, letters, etc., including George Washington, Albert Einstein and an autographed note from Abraham Lincoln to an admirer when he was in Philadelphia on his way to his 1861 inauguration • Frederic Bridgeman original watercolor • Lily Spandorf original watercolor  • 1767 James Parker New York Colony printing of the Psalms of David for the Dutch Reform Church with the ownership provenance of Jacob Hardenbergh, as the first president of Rutgers College (Rutgers was founded by the Dutch Reform Church) • 1888 English translation of the suppressed edition of the Kama Sutra • Tennessee Williams, signed review copy of Summer and Smoke • 1545 edition of Homer’s Odyssey • 1606 Polyglot Edition of Herodotus • Salesman’s dummy of Schmucker’s History in the Civil War in both English and German • William Lederer, signed first edition of The Ugly American • Small medal issued by the French military for valor in the Battle of Verdun • Exceptional collection of books relating to Western Americana • Signed and original illustrated children’s books • 1665 edition of the Confessions of Faith • Spanish 17th century Catholic Church antiphonal manuscript.
 
ACCREDITED APPRAISALS
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 CV and a list of appraisal highlights HERE

HIGHLIGHTS FROM JANUARY'S ACCREDITED APPRAISALS

• Truman Presidential Library, papers of John Steelman, Senior Advisor to President Truman, Part II • U. of Colorado Boulder, Brian Lebowitz book collection by Jewish authors, Part V • Smithsonian Museum of American History, large collection of material relating to Japanese internment during World War II • Rhode Island Historical Society, Hook and Ladder Company #2’s 1910 Journal Log Book • Bridge Over Asia, over 8,000 National Geographic magazines dating from 1911-1992  

SEE ALLAN'S APPRAISAL HISTORY, 1996-2017: CLICK HERE

               
 
 
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