Blue Highways: A Journey into America (Signed 1st edition)
Blue Highways: A Journey into America (Signed 1st edition)

Blue Highways: A Journey into America (Signed 1st edition)

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.

William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map -- if they get on at all -- only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi."

His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

1st edition, 5th printing; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn and creased; cover soiled; corners chipped; blue cloth; edges faded. G/G-

Blue: The History of a Color

Blue: The History of a Color

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A beautifully illustrated visual and cultural history of the color blue throughout the ages

Blue has had a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now cite it as their favorite color. In this fascinating history, the renowned medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of blue from its rare appearance in prehistoric art to its international ubiquity today.

Any history of color is, above all, a social history. Pastoureau investigates how the ever-changing role of blue in society has been reflected in manuscripts, stained glass, heraldry, clothing, paintings, and popular culture. Beginning with the almost total absence of blue from ancient Western art and language, the story moves to medieval Europe. As people began to associate blue with the Virgin Mary, the color became a powerful element in church decoration and symbolism. Blue gained new favor as a royal color in the twelfth century and became a formidable political and military force during the French Revolution. As blue triumphed in the modern era, new shades were created and blue became the color of romance and the blues. Finally, Pastoureau follows blue into contemporary times, when military clothing gave way to the everyday uniform of blue jeans and blue became the universal and unifying color of the Earth as seen from space.

Beautifully illustrated, Blue tells the intriguing story of our favorite color and the cultures that have hated it, loved it, and made it essential to some of our greatest works of art.

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The Book of Lies, Which is Also Falsely Called Breaks: The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo Which Thought is Itself Untrue (USED)

Book of Lies, Which is Also Falsely Called Breaks: The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo Which Thought is Itself Untrue (USED)

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The Book of Lies, originally published in 1913, consists of 93 chapters, each of which consists of one page of text. The chapters include a question mark, poems, rituals, instructions, and obscure allusions and cryptograms. The subject of each chapter is generally determined by its number and its corresponding Qabalistic meaning. As Crowley describes it: "This book deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance. It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive."

New York: Samuel Weiser, Inc. Reprint, with an additional commentary to each chapter. First published in 1913; revised edition 1952; sixth printing 1978. No dust jacket; black cloth; covers slightly warped; binding tight; text clean and bright. Scarce. G

Booked to Die: A Mystery Introducing Cliff Janeway (USED)

Booked to Die: A Mystery Introducing Cliff Janeway

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Booked to Die, the first book in John Dunning’s bestselling, award-winning Cliff Janeway series, is “a joy to read for its wealth of inside knowledge about the antiquarian book business and its eccentric traders” (TheNew York Times Book Review).

Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway may not always play by the book, but he’s an avid collector of rare and first editions. Bobby Westfall is a local bookscout, a gentle and quiet man who has sold enough valuable books to keep himself and his cats fed and housed. When Bobby is murdered, Janeway would like nothing better than to rearrange the suspect’s spine. But the suspect, local lowlife Jackie Newton, is a master at eluding the law, and Janeway’s wrathful brand of off-duty justice costs him his badge.

Turning to his lifelong passion, Janeway opens a small bookshop—all the while searching for evidence to put Newton away. When prized volumes in a highly sought-after collection begin to appear, so do dead bodies. Now Janeway’s life is about to change in profound and shocking ways as he attempts to find out who’s dealing death along with vintage Chandlers and Twains.

“One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read” (The Denver Post), Booked to Die is the first in the Cliff Janeway series. It is “a standout piece of crime fiction…Compelling page-turning stuff” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

1st edition, 4th printing; dust jacket shows minor wear; small closed tear at top of front cover on flap side; navy cloth over blue boards; lettering on spine in metallic blue; binding good; text clean. G+/G+

Bowen's Court (USED)

Bowen's Court

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime London. She spent her summers in her family’s country home, Bowens Court, which was built in the 1770's by Henry Cole Bowen and was located in Cork, Ireland. In this personal narrative, originally published in 1942, Bowen weaves together three centuries of Irish history with a chronicle of her family.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. 2nd edition in scarce dust jacket with photo by Pat English showing Elizabeth Bowen walking on the lawn at Bowen's Court in Ireland. Dust jacket in protective cover; price not clipped; spine edges lightly chipped; rear cover has light soiling near spine and along top edge; navy blue stamped cloth with gilt lettering and design on spine; endpapers clean; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)
The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)
The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)
The Brave Bulls: A Novel (USED)

Brave Bulls: A Novel

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One of Texas's true renaissance men, Tom Lea (1907-2001) was already a noted artist, muralist, and book illustrator when he published his first novel, The Brave Bulls, in 1949. This suspenseful story of bullfighting in Mexico, elegantly illustrated by the author, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by Time magazine as the best first novel of the year. It also won the Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, went through numerous reprints and translations, and became a 1951 movie starring Mel Ferrer and Anthony Quinn.

1st edition; title page painting and decorative drawings by author; dust jacket in protective cover; corners worn; head of spine creased; bottom of spine chipped; tear along edge of front flap; red cloth with decoration and lettering in black and gold; illustrated endpapers; endpapers have some foxing; front hinge weak; text clean. G/G-

Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)
Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)

Breaks of the Game (Signed 1st edition)

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A New York Times bestseller, David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game focuses on one grim season (1979-80) in the life of the Bill Walton-led Portland Trail Blazers, a team that only three years before had been NBA champions.


A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his groundbreaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.The tactile authenticity of Halberstam's knowledge of the basketball world is unrivaled. Yet he is writing here about far more than just basketball. This is a story about a place in our society where power, money, and talent collide and sometimes corrupt, a place where both national obsessions and naked greed are exposed. It's about the influence of big media, the fans and the hype they subsist on, the clash of ethics, the terrible physical demands of modern sports (from drugs to body size), the unreal salaries, the conflicts of race and class, and the consequences of sport converted into mass entertainment and athletes transformed into superstars -- all presented in a way that puts the reader in the room and on the court, and The Breaks of the Game in a league of its own.

1st edition. Signed by author. Dust jacket in protective cover; small creases along top of front cover; one closed tear front spine edge; black cloth over gray paper boards; small area at top of spine and along front edge scuffed; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

Bury Me Deep (USED)

Bury Me Deep (1st edition)

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The first novel to introduce lawyer and detective Scott Jordan. Dust jacket art by Bayre Phillips.

1st edition; "An Inner Sanctum Mystery;" dust jacket in protective mylar cover; head of spine and bottom of front cover creased; corners chipped; back cover soiled; inner edges of dj foxed; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; pages tanned. G/G

The Butterfly (USED)

Butterfly (1st edition)

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James M. Cain (1892-1977) was a novelist whose "violent, sexually obsessed, and relentlessly paced melodramas epitomized the “hard-boiled” school of writing that flourished in the United States in the 1930s and ’40s. He was ranked with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as one of the masters of the genre. Three classics of the American screen were made from his novels: Double Indemnity (1936; film 1944), Mildred Pierce (1941; film 1945, TV miniseries 2011), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934; stage version 1936, films 1946, 1981)."  [https://www.britannica.com/biography/James-M-Cain].

The Butterfly tells the story of an Appalachian coal miner who has been separated from his family for years; his life is drastically changed and complicated as he seeks revenge when his daughter suddenly appears in his cabin, and he discovers the true identity of her illegitimate child.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges creased and chipped; beige cloth with green decoration and lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text bright. G/G

Buyer's  Market  (1st   American  edition)
Buyer's  Market  (1st   American  edition)
Buyer's  Market  (1st   American  edition)

Buyer's Market (1st American edition)

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Anthony Powell’s universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of twentieth-century London. The second volume, A Buyer’s Market (1952), finds young Nick Jenkins struggling to establish himself in London. Amid the fever of the 1920s, he attends formal dinners and wild parties; makes his first tentative forays into the worlds of art, culture, and bohemian life; and suffers his first disappointments in love. Old friends come and go, but the paths they once shared are rapidly diverging: Stringham is settling into a life of debauchery and drink, Templer is plunging into the world of business, and Widmerpool, though still a figure of out-of-place grotesquerie, remains unbowed, confident in his own importance and eventual success. A Buyer’s Market is a striking portrait of the pleasures and anxieties of early adulthood, set against a backdrop of London life and culture at one of its most effervescent moments.

1st American Edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped; red cloth with black title label on spine; former owner's name on ffep; front hinge cracked; text clean. G/G