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James M.Dourgarian, Bookman, was established in 1980. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). Like all ABAA members, we answer to a higher authority and follow a higher standard of ethics that guarantees a successful transaction for all our customers.

We buy and sell old books, vintage books, collectible books, rare books, first edition books, and related ephemera. We maintain several specialties. Among them are American fiction first editions from c.1900 to the present. Within that general field, we have heavy emphasis in John Steinbeck and Steinbeckiana. Thus, we buy and sell Steinbeck primary first editions in dust jackets, signed/limited editions, his appearances in anthologies, his periodical appearances, books and periodicals about Steinbeck, film and theatre memorabilia, bibliographies, and miscellaneous items.

We also specialize in these same categories for these authors -- Jack London, Wallace Stegner, and Stephen King. Other specialties include Western Americana, books on California and the West, Photography books, books on Japan, China, and the Orient, and Armed Services Editions. The latter are vintage paperbacks issued to American GIs from 1943 to 1947. They are comprised of mysteries, Westerns, science fiction and fantasy, mainstream fiction, historical novels, science, poetry, adventure stories, and more.

Within our field of modern first editions, we also sell related film memorabilia Thus, we sell film posters, lobby card sets, pressbooks, stills, scripts, etc. for films made from the works of authors we carry such as John Steinbeck, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stephen King, Edward Abbey, Anne Rice, and many others.

Browse Books Listed by Author's Name
NoAuthor A Ba-Bn Bo-Bz C D E F Film G Ha Hb-Hz King IJK
London L M NO P Photo QR Steinbeck Steinbeckiana Stegner S T UV WXYZ

Browse Armed Services Editions Books Listed by Issue Numbers
ABCD EFG HIJ K L M N O P Q R ST 655-699 700-799 800-899 900-999 1000-1322

[Steinbeckiana] Goodman, Jack (editor). While You Were Gone. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1178 in this important series, "a report on wartime life in the United States" in a book destined for returning soldiers so that they could acclimate themselves to the new norm, it includes pieces by Paul Gallico, Carey McWilliams, Margaret Mead, James Thurber, etc., slightly condensed, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, in the BOOKS section authored by Lewis Gannett, the New York critic writes interestingly and sympathetically about John Steinbeck and the ill-conceived criticism of Steinbeck for his novel The Moon Is Down, pages 409-410, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, this was the last book in the series issued in the horizontal format. Very good. JD35378
$45.00
[Steinbeckiana] Owens, Louis. John Steinbeck's Re-Vision of America. Athens, University of Georgia Press, 1985, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. This is an extremely important study by a once-promising young native American scholar who, sadly, took his own life a few years ago, but who left the world of Steinbeck scholarship this landmark study and a number of other books, with this book Owens "examines how Steinbeck used this would-be Eden (California) to explore the moral bankruptcy of American society, to explore the corruption that lay beneath the beckoning surface of the American dream," this is a very scarce book that seldom comes on the market. Jacket spine ever so slightly faded (common with this book), else fine. JD35384
$250.00
[Wallace Stegner] Stegner, Wallace. Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner. NY, Random House, 1990, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. With a foreword by Stegner, a master of the short story, a wonderful anthology that includes Two Rivers, The Blue-Winged Teal, The Colt, The Women on the Wall, Genesis, Field Guide to the Western Birds, Carrion Spring, etc. Very good. JD35389
$25.00
[John Steinbeck] Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. NY, Heritage Press, 1940, first edition thus. Full leather binding of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, issued without dust jacket, beautifully illustrated with lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton, also includes John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath by Joseph Henry Jackson, and Thomas Benton and The Grapes of Wrath by Thomas Craven, Goldstone & Payne A12e, Morrow 110, the majority of the Heritage Press editions were issued in coarse cloth, but this leatherbound de luxe edition is quite scarce. Leather is scuffed around extremities, else very good. JD35391
$150.00
[Modern Literature] MacDonald, John D. Contrary Pleasure. NY, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1954, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. An early and somewhat obscure novel by the author of the Travis McGee mysteries, this was noted mystery collector Adrian Goldstone's copy with his bookplate. Very good. JD35400
$60.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. The Book of Daniel. NY, Random House, 1971, first edition, tall wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof of this novel, his third book, scarce. Very good. JD35409
$150.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Billy Bathgate. NY, Random House, 1989, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof, a novel of "crime and gangsterdom," with a printed note from the publisher laid into the book loosely with two loose proof pages (pages 261-262) saying they are replacements for the bound pages, film source. Proof notice taped to front cover, else fine. JD35410
$75.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. World's Fair. NY, Random House, 1985, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, "reader's edition" of this novel, with a printed note from Random House about the book which "recreates the sights and sounds of the city (NY), the struggle of the Depression, and the approach of the Second World War," this copy Signed by Doctorow, National Book Award winner. Slight yawn to wrapper, else fine. JD35411
$100.00
[Modern Literature] Forsyth, Frederick. The Day of the Jackal. NY, Viking, 1971, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. His first novel and source for the film of the same title, a suspense thriller. Fine in a nearly fine price-clipped jacket. JD35412
$150.00
[Modern Literature] Goldman, William. Soldier in the Rain. NY, Atheneum, 1960, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. His third book and source for the film of the same title. Near fine in a very good jacket. JD35413
$100.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. The Book of Daniel. NY, Random House, 1971, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. His third book, this copy Signed by Doctorow. Fine in a very good plus jacket. JD35414
$125.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Welcome to Hard Times. NY, Simon and Schuster, 1960, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Author's First Book, a novel and source for the film, set in the West, but not necessarily a Western novel, this copy Signed by Doctorow. Tanned pages, as usual, else fine in a very good price-clipped jacket. JD35415
$450.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Big As Life. NY, Simon and Schuster, 1966, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. His second and perhaps his scarcest book, it was never reprinted. Fine. JD35416
$350.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Loon Lake. NY, Random House, 1980, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof of this novel, Signed by Doctorow, scarce when found signed and without publisher's slip taped to front cover. Fine. JD35417
$100.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Big As Life. NY, Simon and Schuster, 1966, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. His second and perhaps his scarcest book, it was never reprinted, this copy Signed by Doctorow. Fine. JD35418
$450.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime. NY, Random House, 1975, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. This is probably his best known novel and source for the film of the same title, this copy Signed by Doctorow. Very good in a fine jacket. JD35419
$200.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Creationists Selected Essays 1993-2006. NY, Random House, 2006, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. His introduction begins: "This gathering of essays is a modest celebration of the creative act," includes essays on Edgar Allan Poe, Moby Dick, Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller, Albert Einstein, and others, this copy Signed by Doctorow. Fine, beautiful copy. JD35420
$125.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. . World's Fair. NY, Random House, 1985, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. A novel, National Book Award winner, this copy Inscribed by Doctorow. Fine. JD35421
$100.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. The Waterworks. NY, Random House, 1994, first editcion, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof, this copy Signed by Doctorow. Ink change from May to June of 1994 as to publication date on front cover, else fine. JD35422
$100.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime. NY, Random House, 1975, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof, this is probably his best known novel and source for the film of the same title, this copy Signed by Doctorow, proofs of this title are scarce. Binding slanted, very good. JD35423
$450.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime. NY, Random House, 1975, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with the publisher's slipcase, No. 75 of 150 copies of the signed/limited edition of what is probably his best known novel and source for the film of the same title. Fine. JD35424
$400.00
[Modern Literature] Doctorow, E. L. Billy Bathgate. NY, Random House, 1989, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, No. 199 of 300 copies of the signed/limited edition, a novel of "crime and gangsterdom" . Fine. JD35425
$100.00
[Armed Services Editions] Levant, Oscar. A Smattering of Ignorance. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. T-7 in this important series, "impudent, wit-filled stories about music, musicians, and himself," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD35379
$17.50
[Armed Services Editions] Gann, Ernest K. Island in the Sky. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. O-15 in this important series, a novel, film source, with a note about the author at the end, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD35382
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 690 in this important series, a classic literary novel that combines Dust Bowl issues with California agricultural politics, it reprints ASE No. C-90 issued earlier in the series in 1944, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, see Goldstone & Payne A12o. Fair to good. JD35377
$25.00

CONDITIONS OF SALE

  • Media rate postage is $4 for the first item and $1 each thereafter.
  • Books shipped to a location within California are subject to 8.25% sales tax.shipping.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
  • Call 1 (925) 935-5033 to talk to Jim and place an order with Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
  • You may also arrange to pay by check.

Browse Books Listed by Author's Name
NoAuthor A Ba-Bn Bo-Bz C D E F Film G Ha Hb-Hz King IJK
London L M NO P Photo QR Steinbeck Steinbeckiana Stegner S T UV WXYZ

Browse Armed Services Editions Books Listed by Issue Numbers
ABCD EFG HIJ K L M N O P Q R ST 655-699 700-799 800-899 900-999 1000-1322