American and world history

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The Record of America. By James Truslow Adams; Charles Garrett Vannest
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1935.

A very good plus 1935 edition, signed by the author, James Truslow Adams. Gold quarter cloth spine under red cloth with gilt highlights. Leather title label with gilt title stamping. End papers toned. Taped into blank page with signature is a brief obituary of Adams dated 1949. Binding is tight, sturdy and square, no bumped corners or flaws to covers. Deckle fore edge is crisp and unbent with no chips. A very nice signed copy overall. Illustrated throughout with color and b/w plates and graphics. 941 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall.


The Volunteer Soldier of America with Memoir of the Author and Military Reminiscences from General Logan’s Private Journal. Illustrated. By John A. Logan. Chicago: R. S. Peale, 1887. First Edition.

A very good plus, first edition. Blue pictorial cloth boards with black and bright gold stamping on cover and spine. Mild to moderate shelf wear at head and tail of spine. Binding is sturdy and square. Floral end papers. Previous owner’s name lightly pencilled on first free end paper. Color frontis with intact tissue guard. Black and white plates. Moderate foxing and toning. Small stain on title page. Last page of index and last free end paper creased. 706 pp. including index. Octavo 6 x 9 1/2 inches tall.


The American Heritage Picture History of World War II by C. L. Sulzberger


Edition: Early printing. Book condition: Very Good +

New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1966. Early printing. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good. Very good +, apparent early printing of this massive pictorial work on World War II, from the library of a World War II “Black Cats” squadron pilot.

Green paper boards over blue quarter cloth spine, with perfect gilt American eagle on front cover. Binding is sound and tight on this massive book, pages and photos bright and clean. Bumping to head and tail of spine. Tiny ink drops spattering about 1/2″ on first free endpaper, no other markings. Dust jacket a little chipped and price clipped. Dust jacket now protected in clear, removable, archival cover. Profusely illustrated. 640 pp. Small quarto, 9 x 11 inches tall.

This comprehensive book begins with pictures from before, during and after the war. Barbed wire still on Normandy beach decades after the war, a rusted tank in the water off an island somewhere in the South Pacific, and Japanese children playing near the bombed out ground zero of Hiroshima. There are over 600 pages of pictures, maps and insight into the war. Mixed in are letters from important figures as well as ordinary men and women from all sides of the conflict balanced by historians.

America’s Front Page News 1690-1970 edited by Michael C. Emery, R. Smith Schuneman, Edwin Emery


Edition: Early trade edition. Book condition: Near Fine

New York: Doubleday, 1970. Early trade edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. Near fine, early Doubleday trade edition, circa 1970 in a very good dust jacket. No additional printings, no ISBN (pre-1970). Dust jacket inner flap is not price clipped, and reads “A.F.P.N. $20.00.” Previous owner’s gift inscription on first free endpaper. Binding is sound and pages are clean and free of other markings or tears. Dust jacket has 5 small closed tears, but is missing a thin 1″ strip along the top of the spine, at the head of the dust jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 280 pp. plus index. Folio, 11 x 16 inches tall.

“The American story, told as it happened, in more than 300 original newspaper pages and photographs” from the Conquest to the Vietnam War.

A History of the Dominion of Canada. By John B. Calkin. Halifax: A.& W. Mackinlay, 1898.

A very good 1898 edition, with copyright and title date matching. Orange cloth boards with fading. Map end papers in front. Rear end papers heavily toned across most of page. Color plate of Canadian flag. B/W photos. Binding is sturdy and square. xv, 448 pp. including index. Duodecimo, 5 x 7 1/4


A Narrative of Colonel Robert Campbell’s Experiences in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade from 1825 to 1835. By Robert Campbell; Drew Alan Holloway, ed. Fairfield, Washington: Ye Galleon Press, 1991. First Thus.

A fine first thus. Brown leather boards with gilt title stamping on cover and spine. Frederick Remington end papers. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia pencilled at edge of half title. 67 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 x 9 1/4 inches tall.


The Dwellings of Eternity by Alberto Siliotti

Edition: First English language edition. Book condition: Fine

Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2002. First English language edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Beautiful, full color, fine English hardcover edition, printed in Italy. Off-white cloth covered boards. Fine condition in a fine dust jacket, now protected in clear, archival, removable cover. First published in Italian as Dimore Eterne. 304 pp. plus bibliography. Small folio, 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches tall.

The Golden Book of America Stories from our country’s past adapted for young readers from American Heritage By Irwin Shapiro

Edition: Second printing. Book condition: Near Fine

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1957. Second printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. Near fine in a VG+ DJ. Book is strong, sturdy, clean and tight. Red painted cloth with patriotic vignettes and buckram quarter cloth spine. Red foil stamping of title on spine. Dust Jacket shows minor shelf wear with one small closed tear. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. “Stories from our country’s past adapted for young readers.” Introduction by Bruce Catton. From Native America to Columbus to the U-Boat. Over 300 full-color reproductions of paintings, prints, photographs, and posters from American History. 216 pp. Quarto, 8 x 11 inches tall.

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

Edition: First printing. Book condition: As New

New York: Random House, 1998. First printing. Hardcover. As New/near fine. An as new hardcover, first printing with blue and red paper boards, embossed “TB”, with orange foil title on spine, navy blue endpapers. In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket showing FPT on front inner flap and sale price sticker on cover of jacket. Dust jacket shows small, less than 1/2″ soiling on front cover – its only defect. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. B/W photos throughout. 412 pp. incl. index. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall.

In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had returned for this anniversary, men in their sixties and seventies, and listened to their stories, I was deeply moved and profoundly grateful for all they had done. Ten years later, I returned to Normandy for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, and by then I had come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.” – Tom Brokaw

Full of wonderful, wrenching tales of a generation of heroes. Tom Brokaw reminds us of what we are capable of as a people. An inspiring read for those who wish their spirits lifted.” — General Colin L. Powell (ret.)

Life’s Picture History of World War II by Life; Arthur Tourtellot

Edition: First edition. Book condition: Very Good +. Quantity available: 3

New York: Time Incorporated, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. Very good + first edition, no dust jacket or slipcase as issued. Red leather-like cover with paper title block pasted into the center of cover. Title block is peeling or scraped on both of my copies. One page has small, 3/4″ inch tear in all three copies. Some fingerprints to pages in all copies. On one copy, one leaf for pages 185-188 was never sewn in and has been left as original. 368 pp. incl. index. Small folio, 10 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches tall.

“[C]omposed of the finest work produced by photographers and painters during World war II, much of it published in Life” magazine. Text editor: John Dos Passo. Photos by the best war photographers of the era.


The September 11 Photo Project by Michael Feldschuh.

New York: Regan Books, 2002. First printing. Hardcover. As New/as new. As new first edition hardcover, first printing in a like dust jacket, with two programs laid in from the Sacramento, California exhibit. Black boards with silver title. Full color & b/w photos throughout. As new dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 197 pp. plus index. Small folio, 10 x 12 1/2 inches tall.

The September 11 Photo Project was a community-based response to the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, using photos and written statements by survivors, eyewitnesses, and those generally affected.

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