Non-fiction works

Biography, memoirs and other non-fiction works are to be found here.

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.)


Maud Shaw. White House Nannie: My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr. [Misprint] Edition: First Edition, First Printing. Near fine.

New York: New American Library, 1966. First Edition, First Printing. 1/4 cloth. Near fine/missing. A near fine first printing, as stated, and bound upside down. Laid in with contemporary color news photos of the Kennedy family. Green quarter cloth under decorated burgundy paper boards. Top corners rubbed. Green endpapers, no markings. Illustrated with black and white plates. Missing dust jacket. 205 pp. Duodecimo, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches tall.


Daniel Grotta. J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth, A Biography by Daniel Grotta. Edition: 1st Printing, Proof . Near fine ISBN: 1561386367 / 9781561386369

Philadelphia: Courage Books / Running Press, 1992. 1st Printing, Proof. Cloth. Near fine/very good +. Brothers Hildebrant; Graham Evernden. A near fine first bound proof copy in a very good plus dust jacket. Brown cloth boards with gold title stamping on spine. Mild rub to front lower corner and foot of spine. Green endpapers. Glossy paper throughout. Dust jacket is unclipped, shows a small chip on rear top corner and original Borders Books price sticker. Gorgeous full-color illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrant throughout. Dust jacket illustrations by Graham Evernden. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 197 pp. including index. Quarto, 9 x 10 1/2 inches tall.


John C. Geike. Adventures in Canada: Or, Life in the Woods. Edition: First edition thus. Very Good.

Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, ND [ca. 1864]. First edition thus. Cloth. Very Good. Very good first edition thus. Decorative brown cloth boards stamped in black and gilt, brown endpapers, brown edge decoration. “Alta Edition” imprinted on upper front cover. Last page shows an archaic number “1” stamped in center of page, somewhat below the words, “The End.” Dust to edges and mild soiling and foxing to several pages and back cover. Prior owner’s information written on front pastedown, last free endpaper, and back pastedown in pencil. Spine mildly cocked. Text block, hinges, and papers tight and complete without tears or other defects. Title page describes it as “illustrated,” but the sole original illustration is the frontispiece, “Spearing fish by torchlight.” 408 pp. Duodecimo, 5 x 7 1/2 inches tall.

Variously published as: Frontier and pioneer life: A Boy’s Narrative of the Adventures of a Settler’s Family in Canada. Thi is an unauthorized reprint of the work which originally appeared under title: George Stanley; or, Life in the woods, by John C. Geikie, London: Routledge, 1864. Re-published under various titles and publishers.


J.R.R. Tolkien; Henry Carpenter (ed.); Christopher Tolkien (ed.). The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition, First Printing. Fine ISBN: 0395315557 / 9780395315552

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Fine/good +. A fine first printing in a good plus dust jacket. Black cloth boards with gilt rune monogram on cover and title on spine. Book is fine, clean and bright. Dust jacket is unclipped, shows a taped closed tear on top edge of 1/2 inch, chipping and rubbing to edges. Heavy rubbing to back cover of jacket resulting in dark discoloration of the yellow dust jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 463 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall.


Garry J. Shaw. The Pharaoh: Life at Court and On Campaign. First Edition. Fine

New York: Thames & Hudson, 2012. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/fine. A fine first edition in a fine dust jacket. Appears unread. Beige cloth boards with T & H colophon on cover, gold foil title stamping on spine. Deep brown end papers. Fine dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 224 pp. including index. Small quarto, 8 x 10 1/2 inches tall.


John A. Logan. The Volunteer Soldier of America with Memoir of the Author and Military Reminiscences from General Logan’s Private Journal. Illustrated. First Edition. Very good

Chicago: R. S. Peale, 1887. First Edition. Pictorial boards. Very good +. 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 endpapers. Previous owner’s name lightly penciled 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 endpaper creased. 706 pp. including index. Octavo 6 x 9 1/2 inches tall.



Anthony A. Barrett. Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome. First Edition, First Printing. Fine ISBN: 0300091966 / 9780300091960

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. First EditionFirst Printing. Hardcover. Fine/fine. A fine first edition, first printing, in a fine dust jacket. Charcoal paper boards with gold foil stamping on spine. No flaws. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 424 pp. Octavo, 6 x 9 1/2 inches tall.

Livia (58 BC-29 AD), the wife of the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, and mother of the second, Tiberius, wielded power at the centre of Roman politics for most of her long life. Livia has been portrayed as a cunning and sinister schemer, but in this biography (the first in English devoted to her) Livia emerges as a much more complex individual. Achieving influence unprecedented for a woman, she won support and even affection from her contemporaries and was widely revered after her death. Anthony A. Barrett, author of acclaimed biographies of Caligula and Agrippina, here examines Livia’s life and her role in Roman politics. He recounts the events of her life, from her early days as a member of the wealthy and powerful Claudian family through her final conflicts with the new Emperor Tiberius. Barrett also considers how Livia helped shape the pattern of Roman government that prevailed for the next four centuries. – Dust jacket


Kenneth Slessor, ed. Australian Profile. First Edition, First Printing. Fine.

Canberra: Commonwealth Government of Australia, 1960. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Fine/very good. A fine, clean and bright, solidly bound first edition in a very good slipcase. Slipcase shows some previous tape mending residue, but it did its job protecting the book! B/W & color photos, diagrams, and maps. Endpapers decorated with high steel construction site photos. Gold buckram cloth cover. Illustrated slipcase matches endpapers. Text in English, French and German. Published for the Australian pavilion at the Comptoir Suisse, Lausanne: Tomorrow is everywhere in Australia / En Australie le futur est partout / Australien hat Ãberall eine Zukunft. With maps, graphs and tables.128 pp +appendix. Quarto, 9 x 12 inches tall.


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