Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)
Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)
Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)

Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874

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Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) is widely considered the greatest American photographer of the nineteenth century and arguably the most influential artist of his era. He is best known for his pictures of Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Watkins made his first trip to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in 1861 just as the Civil War was beginning. His photographs of Yosemite were exhibited in New York for the first time in 1862, as news of the Union’s disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg was landing in newspapers and while the Matthew Brady Studio’s horrific photographs of Antietam were on view. Watkins’s work tied the West to Northern cultural traditions and played a key role in pledging the once-wavering West to Union.

Motivated by Watkins’s pictures, Congress would pass legislation, later signed by Abraham Lincoln, that preserved Yosemite as the prototypical “national park,” the first such act of landscape preservation in the world. Watkins’s photographs helped shape America’s idea of the West, and helped make the West a full participant in the nation. His pictures of California, Oregon, and Nevada, as well as modern-day Washington, Utah, and Arizona, not only introduced entire landscapes to America but were important to the development of American business, finance, agriculture, government policy, and science.

1st edition; published by Fraenkel Gallery, in association with Bedford Arts, Publishers, San Francisco. Essay by Peter E. Palmquist; dust jacket has very light scuffing; tan buckram with brown lettering on cover and spine; former owner's signature in ink on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys (Signed 1st edition - scarce!)

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys (Signed 1st edition - scarce!)

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NASA astronaut Michael Collins trained as an experimental test pilot before venturing into space as a vital member of the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions. In Carrying the Fire, his account of his voyages into space and the years of training that led up to them, Collins reveals the human tensions, the physical realities, and the personal emotions surrounding the early years of the space race.

Collins provides readers with an insider's view of the space program and conveys the excitement and wonder of his journey to the moon. As skilled at writing as he is at piloting a spacecraft, Collins explains the clash of personalities at NASA and technical aspects of flight with clear, engaging prose, withholding nothing in his candid assessments of fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin, and officials within NASA.

A fascinating memoir of mankind's greatest journey told in familiar, human terms, Carrying the Fire is by turns thrilling, humorous, and thought-provoking, a unique work by a remarkable man.

1st edition. Inscribed by author. Scarce. Foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh. Dust jacket in protective cover; top edges of flaps tanned; spine edges lightly creased; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; top edges slightly faded. VG/VG

The Cat Jumps and Other Stories (USED)

Cat Jumps and Other Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life in wartime London. This collection includes some of her best suspense stories, such as Tommy Crans, The Good Girl, The Disinherited, Her Table Spread, The Needle Case, and the title story.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1949; first published 1934; first published in the collected edition 1949; red cloth with gilt lettering and decorations on spine; book protected by plain red wrapper in mylar; decorative endpapers; frontispiece; binding slightly loose; text clean. G

The Cat Who Came for Christmas (USED)

Cat Who Came for Christmas

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A cat charms its way into a curmudgeon's heart one hilarious holiday season in this bestselling Christmas classic, the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1987. 1st edition; inscribed by author. Dust jacket has light shelf wear to edges and corners and crease the length of back cover; gutter exposed at bottom between title page and endpaper; text clean and bright. G/G

Catskill Flytier: My Life, Times, and Techniques (USED)
Catskill Flytier: My Life, Times, and Techniques (USED)

Catskill Flytier: My Life, Times, and Techniques

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Anglers and flytiers have been after Harry Darbee for years to write a book—a book, one of them requested, "full of memories and hopes, stories and trout talk, with some-thing of that hallowed mist that hovers around the Willowemoc and the Beaverkill." Finally, here it is! Not only does Darbee evoke the full cast of characters who earned for his native rivers their reputation as the cradle of American fly fishing, he also reveals the tricks and techniques that have made him and his wife, Elsie, two of the world's greatest flytiers. In Catskill Flytier, we meet Herman Christian, Edward R. Hewitt, and Roy Steenrod, who passed on the teachings of the legendary Theodore Gordon; the other pros who made their livelihood as flytiers in the Catskill style; the millionaire fishing-club members who became Darbee customers; the poachers who came by night—and some in broad daylight—to take the big trout out of the club waters; the conservationists who fought and are fighting to save the fish.

Signed first edition in DJ protector; dj has some chips along top and bottom edges; light soiling; brown cloth over tan boards; front endpapers lightly foxed; text clean; binding tight. VG/G

Charlie Chan Carries On

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The fifth of the Earl Derr Biggers Charlie Chan books books involves the Honolulu detective in a case of murder that stretches around the world, as members of a tour group are dying, one by one. Charlie's old friend Chief Inspector Duff from Scotland Yard comes to his rescue in this book. Duff is investigating the murder of Hugh Morris Drake, a sweet old man strangled in London's famous and exclusive hotel, Broome's. Drake is with a tour group encircling the globe. While Duff's ship is docked in Honolulu, the detective is shot and wounded by his quarry; though he survives, he is unable to continue with the cruise, and Chan takes his place on the ship to San Francisco, where finally the mystery is solved.

Bobbs-Merrill, 1930, assumed first edition with dj design (signed) by Mary Briggs, a bit tattered at top of spine.  VG/VG

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History (Signed 1st edition)

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The bestselling true story of a Texas congressman’s secret role in the Afghan defeat of Russian invaders is “a tour de force of reporting and writing” (Dan Rather).
 
A New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.
 
Charlie Wilson’s penchant for cocktails and beauty-contest winners was well known, but in the early 1980s, the dilettante congressman quietly conducted one of the most successful covert operations in US history. Using his seat on the House Appropriations Committee, Wilson channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to support a ragged band of Afghan “freedom fighters” in their resistance against Soviet invaders.
 
Weapons were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an outcast CIA operative named Gust Avrakotos, who stretched the agency’s rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of Washington to secret chambers at Langley, and from arms-dealers’ conventions to the Khyber Pass, Wilson and Avrakotos helped the mujahideen win an unlikely victory against the Russians.

New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. 1st edition, signed by author; dust jacket in protective mylar cover. F/F

Chelsea  Reach:  The  Brutal  Friendship  of  Whistler  and  Walter  Greaves
Chelsea  Reach:  The  Brutal  Friendship  of  Whistler  and  Walter  Greaves
Chelsea  Reach:  The  Brutal  Friendship  of  Whistler  and  Walter  Greaves

Chelsea Reach: The Brutal Friendship of Whistler and Walter Greaves

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London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1970. 1st edition. Signed by author on title page. Dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine lightly creased and chipped; corners chipped; price clipped; flaps lightly toned; fore-edge of text has a few ink light ink marks; blue cloth with read title label on spine; illustrated endpapers; binding good; text clean. G+/G+

Child of the Century

Child of the Century

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Ben Hecht’s critically acclaimed autobiographical memoir offers incomparably pungent evocations of Chicago in the 1910s and 1920s, Hollywood in the 1930s, and New York during the Second World War and after.

1st printing; dust jacket in protective cover; spine creased and rubbed; head of spine chipped with small tears; corners chipped; edges creased and worn; black cloth over green paper; bottom edge worn; endpapers tanned; PON in ink to ffep, also later gift inscription dated 1975; pencil notes from beginning to page 50; binding good. G/G-

Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)
Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)
Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)

Chinese Encounters (Signed 1st edition)

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Inge Morath's photographs of Chinese scenes from Peking to Shanghai are complemented and expanded upon byArthur Miller's incisive, informative commentary on Chinese politics, artistic expression, and life.

Inscribed by Miller on half-title; dust jacket in protective cover; very slight wear; dark blue embossed cloth with silver lettering on spine; top edge very slightly faded; inscription on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG