Books For Sale

A small inventory of special items.
I specialize, primarily, in History of the Old West, Wyoming History, History of Firearms, Cowboy Poetry, and Ladies of Negotiable Affections. Items in other categories will appear from time to time.
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Wingate, Geo. W. (George Wood Wingate), Manual of Rifle Practice: Including a Complete Guide to Instruction in the Use and Care of the Modern Breech-loader; 1872; W.C. & F.P. Church; New York; 1st Edition
1 volume, 12mo (3-1/2” x 5-7/8”) 7-186, 1-23 p.illustrated with 12 plates & 8 illustrations in the text. No dust-jacket, probably not issued with DJ. The front free end paper is missing, minor chipping to the back-strip, else the book is complete and has all the original pages and tables.
Housed in a custom clam-shell box.
SIGNIFICANCE: George Wingate entered the Civil War as a private in the New York State Guard. He soon discovered that the militia had very poor shooting skills, and devoted himself to correcting that failing. By the end of the war he had been promoted to Captain, and was recognized as a leading expert on marksmanship training. William Conant Church was the editor of the Army and Navy Journal. After the war he recognized Wingate's expertise and asked him to write a series of articles on marksmanship and rifle training which he published in the Journal.
These articles were immediately widely and highly acclaimed. Church and Wingate decided an organization was needed to facilitate the spread of this knowledge, and together founded The National Rifle Association. The articles from the Army and Navy Journal were collected, and along with additional material were published in 1872 as "Manual for Rifle Practice".
Wingate makes reference following the Preface that this is the Second Edition, however, his reference is to the articles published in the Journal. This volume is the 1st Edition 1st printing of this book. It was soon adapted by state guard units across the country, and by the United States military.
It's publication was a seminal event in American history. Wingate was the first Secretary of the NRA, and later served as its President for 25 years. There are currently no other copies of this book listed on any online site. This was published as a working training manual, and it is rare to locate a copy in the excellent condition of this book.
Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961) The Old Man and The Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First Edition, First Printing, ‘A’ and colophon on CP. Octavo (21cm); light blue cloth, with titles stamped in silver; no dustjacket; [10], 9-140, [2] pp. Very light bumping to corners and head and tail; very light discoloring of boards, possibly from previously attached dj; very faint remains of penciled notes on ffep. Housed in a custom clam-shell box with reproductions of the original dustjacket on front, rear, and spine.
ABBOTT, E.C. (Teddy Blue), and Helena Huntington Smith. We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, [1939], ‘FR’ in device on copyright page. Illustrations with drawings by Ross Santee. Octavo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering and wraparound paper label. xv p., x I., 3-281p; Index p. 271-281. Map frontispiece, illustrations, line drawings. Very good. Text block is solid, text and illustrations are bright and clean, slight sunning of back-strip, minor toning of endpapers.
Ramon Adams ("Six-Guns") "one of the best books in recent years depicting cowboy life," HERD #1. SIX-GUNS #1.
Housed in a custom slip-case with reproduction of the frontispiece map inlaid on one panel, and a reproduction of the photo, (Teddy Blue and Pals [alcohol may have been involved]) facing page 122, inlaid on the other panel. Slip-case has ‘Pinto’ Lokta* paper on the exterior, interior lined with ‘Butterscotch’ Lokta.
*Lokta is hand-made paper from Nepal and is available in a wide variety of colors. From Wikipedia: "Handmade lokta-based craft paper products continue to offer considerable economic sustainability for poor rural Nepalese women due to their high-quality niche market potential."
Dunning, John. Deadline. Huntington Beach, CA: James Cahill, 1995.
First Edition. An early mystery by Dunning published originally in paperback and here issued in hardcover for the first time in America in an edition of 200 numbered and signed copies as well as a trade edition. This, however, is one of only two ORIGINAL BLUES COPIES consisting of eight loose prebound gathers, sometimes called a "check copy before publication." It is sent from the printer to the publisher before a book is printed so the publisher has the opportunity to see the layout of the book before it is bound and published. If the publisher is happy with the layout, the printer will print from one of the two blues copy. This is THE PUBLISHER'S COPY from which the book was printed, the other copy belonging to the author. This copy is also SIGNED by the author on the title page. Obviously an extremely scarce state of this book. Fine in a specially made cloth slipcase.
Buck, Pearl S. Dragon Seed: A Novel of China Today. John Day, New York, 1942.
378 pages, octavo. Hardcover with dustjacket and new mylar protector. First Edition. Basis for the 1944 movie 'Dragon Seed' starring Katherine Hepburn and Walter Huston and even Agnes Moorehead. Book has minor bumping to corners and spine ends, minor soiling of covers, binding no longer tight. Dustjacket has severe surface chipping and creasing, several rips, small segments missing front, rear, and spine panels, fading to spine, previous owner has repaired several areas with tape.  
Holzer, Harold, Editor. Prang's Civil War Pictures: The Complete Battle Chromos of Louis Prang. Fordham University Press, New York, 2001. ISBN: 0823221180
184 pages, oblong octavo, b/w illustrations, 18 color plates, index. Hardcover with dustjacket and new mylar protector. First Edition. Fine/Fine.
From the Prologue: "Between 1886 and 1888, L. Prang & Company, the nation's most famous and successful publisher of decorative color prints for the family home, issued a series of eighteen chromolithographs of some of the best-known land and sea battles of the Civil War."
Clark, (Charles) Badger. Spike. Boston, Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1925
A novel of Western Romance by the Poet Laureate of South Dakota. 215 pages, octavo. Hardcover, orange cloth-covered boards, no dustjacket. First Edition, b/w frontispiece and six additional b/w illustrations. Book has minor bumping to corners and spine ends, minor sun-fading of spine, minor water stains to top/bottom edges and fore-edge. Previous owner bookplate on front paste-down.
Steinway & Sons. Advertising pamphlet for Steinway pianos. (The Wm C., St. Clair Co.) 1921.  
30 un-numbered pages plus fly-leaves front and back, octavo, illustrated wraps. Text block is stapled, covers attached with ribbon. Descriptions and illustrations of the various Steinway pianos; Upright Style V, Vertegrand StyleK, Upright Style I, Miniature Grand Style M, Baby Grand Style O, Small Parlor Grand Style A, Parlor Grand Style B, Orchestral Concert Grand Style D. Two and on-half pages of tribute letters, list of medals, awards, and Royal Appointments. Minor bumping of corners, minor soiling of covers, sticker residue on front cover, 1/4-inch rip at bottom of front cover, text block is bright and clean.

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