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21 Fremont, John Charles and Charles Wentworth Upham Life Explorations and Public Services of John Charles Fremont. With Illustrations
Boston Ticknor & Fields 1856 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1856. Issued anonymously as a political biography for Fremont's run at the presidency, but written by him with major collaboration by Charles Wentworth Upham (1802-1875), a rather well-known (and stiff-necked) politician of the time. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Not a particularly scarce book, but this is a First Printing copy, which is definitely uncommon. Brown cloth binding, blindstamped, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 356 pages, with 12 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Text is very readable; bright, unfoxed aside from the frontis, and supple. Very mildly bumped; spine has faded to a light tan but lettering is still bright. A very solid copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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22 Gosden, Freeman F. & Charles J. Correll All About Amos'n' Andy and Their Creators Correll and Gosden
New York, Chicago, & San Francisco Rand McNally & Company 1930 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York, Chicago, & San Francisco: Rand McNally & Company, 1930. Because of the stereotyped characters, Amos & Andy are controversial today. The radio show was extremely popular , running from 1928 into the 1960s. Although the book claims that Negroes enjoyed it as much as whites, the show was under protest almost from the start. The creators, who also performed the parts, were white, but when a transfer to television was made in 1951, the parts were played by African-American actors. At any rate, the show is an interesting and significant part of American cultural history. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition, issued a year later than the First. Orange cloth binding with black lettering. Decorative endpapers, with checkerboard pattern and two cartoon illustrations. Clean text; 126 pages, with many illustrations. There is a neatly-done previous-owner signature ("age 8 years") on the half-title. This copy shows wear on the outside, with soiling and chips along the spine. Internally, however, it is excellent. Lacking the striking, if embarrassing, dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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23 Hall, Wilford The Problem of Human Life. Containing the Fundamental Principles of the Substantial Philosophy.
New York Hall & Company 1889 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Hall & Company, 1889. A "Review of the Six Great Modern Scientists: Darwin, Tyndall, Huxley, Haeckel, Helmholtz, and Mayer, Upon Evolution, Spontaneous Generation, the Nature of Force, &c., &c." Whew! The author, Alexander Wilford Hall (1819-1902), has a well-respected place in the Medical Quackery section of American intellectual history. He wrote on many topics but was most interested in the relation between science and religion. He eventually came down on the side of the "fallacy of the microbe theory," believing that any disease could be cured through a sufficient number of enemas. He is not much known today but his intellectual inheritance certainly can be recognized. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing (the original version was published in 1877). Brown decorative cloth binding. Stamped in the blind and filled with black and gilt. Clean, fresh text; 524 pages, with one page of adverts for Hall's other works and three pages of "press opinions." Mild rubbing at the margins and a discolored spot on the rear panel; no dustjacket. Fascinating! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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24 Hampton, Bruce Children of Grace. The Nez Perce War of 1877
New York Henry Holt 1994 080501991X / 9780805019919 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Henry Holt, 1994. First Edition (stated). Fine in an unclipped, Fine DJ. In a protective plastic cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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25 Hartley, Cecil B. Life of Daniel Boone, the Great Western Hunter and Pioneer
Philadelphia John E. Potter & Company Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: John E. Potter & Company Hartley wrote several different books on the life of the great outdoorsman (1734-1820) and American legend. No publication date; Quercus presumes this to be a Later Printing of the First Edition printed in 1865. This is a Very Good (minus) copy. What might have been brighter blue (now dark) cloth binding with decorative blindstamping. Clean text; 35i pages, with steel engraved illustrations throughout. Decorative endpapers. This is an ex-libris copy, but the only indication is a label from the 1880s on the front paste-down. Front gutter is split; weak but holding nicely; corners lightly bumped but not frated. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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26 Hayden, Tom & Jill Rodewald & Others A Pentagon Papers Digest
Los Angeles Indochina Information Project 1973 First Edition. Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
Los Angeles: Indochina Information Project, 1973. This is a summary of the papers released by Daniel Ellsberg and Tony Russo, in a scarce pamphlet from the era of the Viet Nam war. The writer/researchers are Jill Rodewald, Vicki Camilli, Terry Poxon, Kim Shanley, Drew Bonthius, Mike Picker, Mark Thompson, and Tom Hayden. OCLC indicates only one institutional holding. There is no publication date, but bibliographers have put forward 1973. The condition is Very Good for a fragile softcover. Clean text, which was obviously a typescript; 39 pages. Paper has begun to tan and there are 2-3 tears to the cover (which has evocative photos both front and back).. First Edition.. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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27 Hogan, William Popery! As It Was and As It Is; Also, Auricular Confession; and Popish Nunneries
Hartford Silas Andrus & Son 1853 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son, 1853. Irish-born priest William Hogan was excommunicated in 1821, causing him to write a book in his defense. In the 1840s he emerged as an extreme anti-Catholic, hence a voice is the anti-emmigrant wave of the time. Here is an "omnibus" edition of three of his works bound together, in a fancy decorative binding. Black cloth binding, heavily blindstamped on the covers, and with fancy gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 654 pages, marbled edges. A Very Good (Minus) copy. The front endpaper has been torn out, making the gutter weak (although holding). Heavily rubbed at the margins. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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28 Hopewell, Clifford James Bowie, Texas Fighting Man. A Biography
Austin Eakin Press 1994 0890158819 / 9780890158814 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
Austin: Eakin Press, 1994. A short but comprehensive biography on a man who had many another interesting aspect to his life than a hero's death. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Glossy black cloth binding with gilt lettering. Absolutely clean and fresh text; 155 pages. Includes notes, bibliography, and index. The dusjacket has a price-sticker on the front flap, else Fine. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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29 Jacobs, Wilbur R. (Editor) Letters of Francis Parkman (Two Volumes)
Norman University of Oklahoma Press 1960 First Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1960. Parkman is probably the most important American historian of the 19th Century. These are Fine copies of the First Edition (stated). Brown cloth bindings; spine label/titling in red and gilt. Clean texts; lxv, 204 pages; and xl, 286 pages. Indexed; illustrated with photographs. A beautiful set; no dustjackets, lacking the slipcase.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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30 Jenkins, John S. (Editor) Life and Public Services of Gen. Andrew Jackson Seventh President of the United States; Including The Most Important of His State Papers
New York & Auburn Miller, Orton & Co. 1857 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York & Auburn: Miller, Orton & Co., 1857. A popular biogreaphy of "Old Hickory" edited by the prolific historian John Stilwell Jenkins (1818-1852). This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a Later Printing - "eleventh thousand" - of the First Edition, which (perhaps) was first published in 1848. Includes the Eulogy delivered in 1845 by George Bancroft. 397 pages with 9 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Brown cloth binding, blind-stamped, with a gilt figure of Jackson on a horse waving his hat. Clean and readable text, although foxed throughout. The FFEP has been removed. Corners bumped and just worn-through; the foot of the spine has a 1-1/2" tear. No dustjacket. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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31 Johnson, Willis Fletcher Life of James G. Blaine "The Plumed Knight"
Philadelphia Atlantic Publishing Co. First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Atlantic Publishing Co. One of the many "Memorial Editions" issued by various publishers after the death of the illustrous American politician. This is a wonderful example of Victorian decorative binding , sold by subscription. The red-brown cloth is heavily embossed and illustrated with a portrait of Blaine, the Capitol, and various patriotic devices. Minor wear to the tips. The text is bright and clean (and with a font large enough to make it easy reading). Profusely illustrated; no dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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32 Johnston, Mercer Green Patriotism and Radicalism. Addresses and Lectures
Boston Sherman, French & Company 1917 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Sherman, French & Company, 1917. Mercer Johnston (1860-1954) was an Episcopal clergyman who had served as a missionary in the Philippines; he was evidently gassed during World War One. As a socialist, he was Chair of the National Progressive Headquarters and involved with LaFollette.This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Dark green cloth binding with gilt titling on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 218 pages, very fresh and bright. Contemporary (1918) signature on the FFEP. Some foxing to the pages edges and a few slight scuff marks, else a Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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33 Kaufman, I. American Jews in World War II. The Story of 550,000 Fighters for Freedom (Two Volumes)
New York The Dial Press 1947 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: The Dial Press, 1947. Here is a resource for historians and geneologists. Part of a series supported by the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League to make clear the contributions of American Jews to the war effort; at this time anti-Semitism was still an unofficial policy in the USA and it was neccesary for Jews to "prove" they were good citizens. These are Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copies of the First Edition. Bright blue cloth bindings; lettering in blue and gilt. Clean texts; 356 pages and 590 pages, indexed. The second volume is an "Honor Roll" of Jewish participants, listed by state, along with their various awards and decorations. This volume "compiled by the Buraeu of War Records of the National Jewish Welfare Board." A few tiny spots of wear, else Fine copies. The dustjackets are complete but show sunning on the spines and around the margins, with a few chips and wrinkles thrown in; in archival plastic protectors Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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34 Keller, Julia Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel. The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It
New York Viking 2008 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Viking, 2008. An interesting historical exploration on the impact of the first machine gun; the author has won the Pulitzer Prize. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition in an unclipped, Fine dustjacket. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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35 Kennedy, Millard Fillmore Schoolmaster of Yesterday. A Three-Generation Story
New York Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill) 1940 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Howard Simon 
New York: Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill), 1940. The fascinating account of a family of educators in 19th-century America. In collaboration with Alvin F. Harlow. This copy in Near Fine condition, has just a very slight cocking to the top of the spine. No DJ. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Howard Simon. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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36 Lattimore, Owen Ordeal By Slander
Boston Atlantic Monthly/Little, Brown 1950 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
Boston: Atlantic Monthly/Little, Brown, 1950. Owen Lattimore (1900-1989), brother of classicist Richmond, was a respected scholar on China; he was accused by the deranged alcoholic Senator Joseph McCarthy of being the "top Russian espionage agent in the United States." No supporting evidence was ever found, with the exception of some faint praise regarding Stalin (who was an ally in the war just past). This is a Near Fine copy of his account of the "ordeal," the First American Edition (it was published in England two years later). Tan cloth binding with blue lettering on the spine and a decoration on the front cover. Clean text; 236 pages. Slightly cocked; else a Fine copy. The dustjacket shows some minor edgewear, with a short tear at the head of the spine edge. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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37 Lawes, Lewis E. Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing By Warden Lawes
New York & Chicago A.L. Burt 1932 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Very Good Minus 
New York & Chicago: A.L. Burt, 1932. One of the most famous titles from an era when we had "gangsters" rather than "gangstas." Made into a film starring Spencer Tracy. Lewis Lawes (1883-1947) was in charge of Sing Sing for two decades and, although considered a reformer, he supervised over 300 executions. This is a Very Good copy of the A.L. Burt reprint, published in the same year as the First Edition. Burt reprints are considered desirable by collectors since they closely approximate their more expensive forebears. Blue cloth binding with black lettering. Clean text; 412 pages. The striking dustjacket is complete, but has some edgewear and a 1/2" chip across the head of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Minus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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38 Lindbergh, Charles A. "We" The Famous Flyer's Own Story of His Life and His Transatlantic Flight, Together with His Views on the Future of Aviation
New York & London G.P. Putnam's Sons 1927 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition (stated), lacking a dustjacket. Blue decorative cloth binding with the titling and an image of his airplane, the "Spirit of St Louis" in gilt. Clean text; 318 pages. The decorative endpapers also bear the image of his plane. The Foreward is by Myron T. Herrick, the American ambassador to France. Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographs. Bumped on the corners, and a very slight lean. With the blue cloth and gilt so bright, this remains a very attractive book. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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39 Mansfield, Edward D. The Life of General Winfield Scott
New York A.S. Barnes & Co. 1846 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1846. Winfield Scott (1786-1866) was the longest-serving American general officer, seeing service in the War of 1812, the Blackhawk War, and the war with the Seminoles. His victory in the Mexican War propelled him to heroic stature again, and he ran for the Presidency in 1852. This biography by Edward Deering Mansfield (1801-1880) was published prior to his great victory over General Santana in Mexico; a later edition brought his career up to date and probably improved his political prospects. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding with gilt lettering and a fancy decoration on the spine. Clean text; 366 pages (with 2 extra pages at 155). Light spotting throughout, but generally a bright text that remains supple and readable today. The covers are rubbed at the margins and the corners are bumped. A solid copy of this influential biography. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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40 Martin, Edward Winslow The History of the Great Riots. Being a Full and Authentic Account of the Strikes and Riots on the Various Railroads of the United States and in the Mining Regions.Together with A Full History of the Mollie Maguires
Philadelphia, Chicago, & St. Louis National Publishing Company 1877 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia, Chicago, & St. Louis: National Publishing Company, 1877. Edward Winslow Martin was the pen-name of James Dabney McCabe (1842-1883), a prolific author of popular histories who seems to have specialized in the topics of vice and financial scandal, of which there were plenty. A graduate of VMI, he was pro-South in his Civil War writings, but Quercus has found no evidence of military service. Here is a major work concerning the labor strife and looming radicalism in America at the time, which from the Martin viewpoint was a "reign of terror." The last section deals with the Molly Maguires. A Very Good copy of the First Edition. Decorative blue cloth binding, blindstamped, filled in black and gilt. Profusely illustrated with "drawings made on the spot," many of which fold out. Clean text; 516 pages, with 10 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear (including a job offer). Pages are bright and supple, with only mild foxing throughout. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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