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20th Century works

Friar Diego De Landa; Wm. Gates, trans. Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Baltimore: The Maya Society, 1937. Second Edition. $300

A good+ second edition [HAND D83], with solid, sturdy binding and cover. Original blue cloth boards with gilt stamping and Maya Society crest in gilt. The blue cloth is showing heavy spotting on the spine and front cover, and the top front corner is bumped. Pages toned, top edge darkened. Former owner’s bookplate. From the private library of Larry Southwick. Laid in with a staple-bound pamphlet for “Publications in the Field of Archaeology, Anthropology, etc. issued by the Carnegie Institute of Washington… May 1937.” Heavily illustrated, includes maps and related documents. 142 pp. Large octavo, 6 x 10 inches tall.

An important primary source, scarce in this edition.

Social Choice and Individual Values (Cowles Commission for Research in Economics. Monograph no. 12) by Kenneth Arrow. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1951. First Edition, First Printing.

A very good plus, true first edition hardcover published in 1951 — scarce in this edition. Binding is sturdy, square and tight. Blue cloth boards with yellow Commission seal stamped on cover. Mild rubbing to bottom front corner, slight shelf wear to head of spine. Marginalia and ink underlining present on text. Previous owner’s name on FFE. Missing dust jacket. xi, 99 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow’s monograph Social Choice and Individual Values (1951, 2nd ed., 1963) and a theorem within it created modern social choice theory, a rigorous melding of social ethics and voting theory with an economic flavor. Somewhat formally, the “social choice” in the title refers to Arrow’s representation of how social values from the set of individual orderings would be implemented under the constitution. Less formally, each social choice corresponds to the feasible set of laws passed by a “vote” (the set of orderings) under the constitution even if not every individual voted in favor of all the laws. The work culminated in what Arrow called the “General Possibility Theorem,” better known thereafter as Arrow’s (impossibility) theorem. The theorem states that, absent restrictions on either individual preferences or neutrality of the constitution to feasible alternatives, there exists no social choice rule that satisfies a set of plausible requirements. The result generalizes the voting paradox, which shows that majority voting may fail to yield a stable outcome. —wikipedia

19th Century ephemera

greeting cardsChildren’s processional & Victorian ladies [Kate Greenaway greeting card proofs] by Kate Greenaway. $600

London: Marcus Ward, circa 1879. Proof. Sheet. Near fine. Kate Greenaway. Classic Kate Greenaway lithographic greeting card proofs. Eight scenes, including four of a child’s flower processional, and four of Victorian ladies. Uncut and complete. Toning due to age. Previous owner’s notation and price on back side. A rare find for any Greenaway or Victoriana collector. 12 1/2 x 18 inches.

Capital and labor sawyeresque boysArt bas-relief, “Capital and Labor” by Woodward & Tiernan/ $100

St. Louis, MO: Woodward & Tiernan, 1907. Sheet. Very good +. A very good plus color promotional art bas-relief depicting two “Tom Sawyer-esque” boys, the one snacking on an apple, and the other barefoot and carrying newspapers advertising the “Calendar News” bas-reliefs. From the verso: “We are offering in 1909 a most extraordinary collection of new and beautiful designs in chemigraph and color bas-relief calendars and souvenirs.” Matting shows damp stains, but bas-relief only shows one small spot above second boy’s hat. See photo. 6 x 8 inches tall.

Not your ordinary bookstore

Uncommon Works carries rare and odd books, maps, and ephemera. You’ll find books from 1560 forward, mostly first editions and first or early printings. We specialize in the Spanish Conquest of the Americas, Native America, Latin America and Mexico. You’ll also find first editions of classic and current authors for sale.

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Though we are a commercial enterprise, Uncommon Works supports local and international nonprofits and literacy organizations.

A limited number of our handmade notebooks, journals and sketchbooks are given to local non-profit organizations each year to sell or auction as part of their fundraisers.

We have shelves of books and online auction sales where 100% of the sale goes to the Shalom Free Clinic in Chico, California. The Shalom Free Clinic provides walk-in healthcare services at no cost to individuals and families in our region who could not otherwise afford healthcare services.

Books we encounter that are not first editions, unique, odd or rare are donated to the local public library

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