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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.

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[Modern Literature] Werfel, Franz. The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. NY, Viking, 1934, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Map endpapers, list of characters in the rear along with a glossary of Armenian and Turkish terms, this novel tells the story of a group of Armenians who resisted their slaughter by the Turks on a mountain called Musa Dagh, Moses's Mountain, this systematic slaughter, the first holocaust of the 20th Century, was perpetrated by the Turkish government who ordered the killings and mass, forced deportations, 1.5 million of the 3 million Armenians living in Turkey were killed on these orders of the Turkish government. Clean, bright copy in a very good jacket. JD35589
$200.00
[John Steinbeck] Cerf, Bennett (editor). Modern American Short Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1050 in this important series, Cerf provides his own introduction, plus critical and biographical notes, includes John Steinbeck's The Raid, pages 267-279, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, also includes Willa Cather, Jack London, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, and others, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Tear to front cover, else very good. JD35598
$25.00
[Steinbeckiana] Benton, Thomas Hart. Rose of Sharon. n.p., 20th Century-Fox, 1940, first edition. A lithograph of this character from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Rose of Sharon was an unimportant character in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel -- until the end of the book when her importance to the story is pivotal, one of 25 copies of this image commissioned by 20th Century-Fox for publicizing its film version of The Grapes of Wrath, the character studies of Ma Joad, Pa Joad, Tom Joad, Rose of Sharon, and Casy were all done in an edition of 25 copies, while The Departure of the Joads was one of 100 copies, it is a beautiful, androgynous, haunting b&w image, the matted image measures c.7.5X9.5 inches, the frame size is c.16X20 inches, this lithograph sold at Heritage Auctions in 2007 for $1,195. Not examined out of the frame, some foxing, although not affecting the image. JD35600
$1,250.00
[John Steinbeck] Steinbeck, John. In Dubious Battle. NY, Blue Ribbon Books, 1936 (sic. 1939), first edition thus, dust jacket. Hardcover. A very scarce book, the best strike novel of the 20th Century, jacket illustration by Manso, Goldstone & Payne A5f, see Morrow 47 (that copy without its jacket). Ink name, else very nearly fine in a very good jacket. JD35603
$350.00
[Modern Literature] Everson, William. The Masks of Drought. Santa Barbara, Black Sparrow Press, 1980, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. 19 poems by a master, printed by Mackintosh and Young, designed by Barbara Martin, No. 98 of 250 hardcover copies Signed by Everson. Fine in a fine, clear plastic jacket. JD35604
$75.00
[Steinbeckiana] Riggs, Susan F. (compiler). A Catalogue of the John Steinbeck Collection at Stanford University. Stanford, Stanford University, 1980, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. One of 1,000 copies, includes a foreword by Steinbeck biographer Jackson J. Benson, not recorded by Morrow, a valuable book beyond its cost. Fine. JD35605
$45.00
[Steinbeckiana] Gamble, Mary Jean S. (editor). East of Eden 1955 Film Notes. Salinas, John Steinbeck Library, 1987, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Researched by Pauline Pearson, includes six sections (the novel, the film version, the filming, the director and cast, the premier, and selected bibliography), includes some (sometimes poorly/cheaply reproduced) photos. Fine. JD35606
$35.00
[Steinbeckiana] Hauk, Steve. Steinbeck The Untold Stories. Santa Clara, Steinbeck Now, 2017, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Illustrated by C. Kline, includes Hauk's preface followed by his fictional tales, Signed by him. Fine. JD35608
$15.00
[John Steinbeck] Steinbeck, John. The Chrysanthemums/Breakfast. Stockholm, Svenska Bokforlaget / Bonniers, 1959, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Text for these two famous short stories from The Long Valley, text is in English, note about Steinbeck after the stories by Per-Olaf Hensjo along with some brief text about each story, a vocabulary follows with Swedish translations, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne, Morrow, or Holmes, very scarce. Nearly fine. JD35609
$75.00
[Steinbeckiana] Ellithorpe, Harold. A View of John Steinbeck. n.p., n.p., 1962, first edition, self wrappers. Softcover. Ellithorpe provides his view of Steinbeck after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, includes a list of his books and a bit about Steinbeck, two sheets folded to make eight pages, not recorded by Goldstone &n Payne, Morrow, or Holmes. Near fine. JD35610
$10.00
[Jack London] (London, Jack). Jack London The Author With The Sales. London, Mills & Boon, n.d., first edition, self-wrappers. Softcover. Although this is mostly about London, published by his British publisher, it also includes Some Early Recollections by London as well as seven photos of him (some with Charmian), the pamphlet generally promotes London and his books. Near fine. JD35613
$35.00
[John Steinbeck] Church, Peggy Pond. The Burro of Angelitos. Los Angeles, Suttonhouse Ltd., 1936, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Illustrated in color and b&w by Gigi Shaule Johnson, including the color endpapers front and rear, it includes a wrap-around band with a quote from "John Steinbeck Author of Tortilla Flat, "This is a completely charming book! I like it particularly for not 'talking down'....The Author of this story enjoyed it as much as I think children will...that is perhaps the test," this is a Julia Ellsworth Ford Foundation Book, this is our first copy of this book, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow or Holmes, this is not a print-on-demand abomination. Fine in a near fine price-clipped jacket. JD35614
$125.00
[Steinbeckiana] (Steinbeck, John). El Gabilan . Salinas, Salinas High School, 1912, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. John Steineck's two older sisters may have been students there in 1912, Steinbeck's own senior class yearbook was 1919, there is a small advertisement (among many) in the rear for "J. E. Steinbeck/Feed, Grain and Seeds,/poultry supplies". Partially disbound, but all pages are intact, good. JD35615
$75.00
[Jack London] London, Jack. John Barleycorn. NY, The Century Co., 1913, seventh printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Includes eight illustrations by H. T. Dunn, including the frontispiece, these are his alcoholic memoirs, the copyright page includes an extra line (Printed in the U. S. A.) not shown in the first edition, this copy with three blank leaves at the end, bound in yellow cloth (the first is blackish green) with brown lettering, the top of the jacket states "SEVENTH PRINTING," some might think this book is a first edition with a seventh printing jacket because there are no additional printings shown on the copyright page, but Century places dates on its first edition title pages (lacking here) and doesn't denote later printings, often fooling people as to what the book actually is. Very good. JD35616
$200.00
[Jack London] London, Jack. The Little Lady of the Big House. NY, Macmillan, April 1916, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Color frontispiece from a painting by William Van Dresser, with advertisements in the rear noting other works by Jack London, including The Star Rover, rear flap of the dust jacket advertises other books in Macmillan's Spring Fiction. Nearly fine in a very good dust jacket, very scarce thus. JD35618
$2,500.00
[Steinbeckiana] Benton, Thomas Hart. Jim Casy. n.p., 20th Century-Fox, n.d. (1940), first edition. This lithograph is one of 25 copies commissioned by 20th Century-Fox in 1940 to publicize the film version of The Grapes of Wrath, this image of Jim Casy (the Jesus Christ character modeled after Steinbeck's best friend, famed marine biologist Ed Ricketts) is one of five character studies, the others were Ma Joad, Pa Joad, Tom Joad, and Rose of Sharon, Benton also produced The Departure of the Joads which was one of 100 copies, this matted image measures c.7.5X9.5 inches, the frame size is c.16X20 inches, this lithograph sold at Heritage Auctions in 2007 for $1,195. Fine, although not examined out of the frame. JD35619
$1,000.00
[Modern Literature] Lewis, Sinclair. Launcelot. n.p. (Cambridge), Harvard Press, n.d. (1932), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 7 of 100 numbered copies publishing Sinclair Lewis's earliest known published writing, a poem, printed by the Harvard Press for Harvey Taylor, Signed by Taylor, the poem was originally published in the Yale Literary Magazine in March 1904, two stapled sheets that make eight pages including the covers, scarce. Fine. JD35620
$125.00
[Miscellaneous] Mays, Willie. Say Hey. NY, Simon and Schuster, 1988, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. This is the autobiography of the great Giant's centerfielder often considered to be the greatest baseball player of all time, photo illustrated, written with Lou Sahadi, this copy Signed by the great Willie Mays. Fine in a jacket faded along the spine panel. JD35621
$225.00
[Miscellaneous] Nixon, Richard. No More Vietnams. NY, Arbor House, 1985, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, with author's note at the end, Signed by the former President of the United States, often referred to as the de luxe edition (there also was a presidential edition bound in leather). Fine. JD35622
$350.00
[Miscellaneous] Muhammad Ali His Life and Times. Hauser, Thomas. NY, Simon and Schuster, 1991, third printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Written in cooperation with Ali, Signed by Ali on a generic (with best wishes) bookplate affixed to the first preliminary, photo illustrated, includes many interview with those closely associated with Ali. Fine. JD35623
$450.00
[Modern Literature] Dexter, Colin. The Way Through the Woods. NY, Crown Publishers, 1992, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Signed by Dexter, his 10th Inspector Morse mystery, winner of the Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of the year, he helped create the Inspector Morse mystery series on PBS, two-page epilogue at the end. Fine. JD35624
$75.00
[Modern Literature] Capote, Truman. Music for Chameleons. NY, Random House, 1980, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, the first (title) story is like reading white light, one of 350 copies Signed by Capote. Fine in publisher's shrink wrap. JD35625
$450.00
[Modern Literature] Capote, Truman. One Christmas. NY, Random House, 1983, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, one of 500 copies Signed by Capote, photo of Capote as a young boy sitting with his father affixed to the slipcase. Fine in publisher's slipcase. JD35626
$500.00
[Miscellaneous] Veeck, Bill. Veeck -- As In Wreck. Evanston, Holtzman, 1962, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, bound in blue boards with (faux?) red leather spine, TEG, this is the autobiography of one of the great baseball promoters, Signed by Veeck, written with Ed Linn, originally published by G.P. Putnam's, this edition includes an introduction by the publisher, Jerome Holtzman. Fine. JD35627
$100.00
[Miscellaneous] Reagan, Nancy. My Turn The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan. NY, Random House, 1989, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, written with William Novak, these are the memoirs of the former First Lady, one of 300 copies Signed by Nancy Reagan. Fine in publisher's slipcase. JD35628
$300.00
[Miscellaneous] Hillary, Edmund. View From the Summit. Norwalk, Easton Press, 1999, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, bound in full leather with gilt titles and designs, AEG, moire endpapers, ribbon place marker, maps and photo illustrations, Signed by the first to conquer Mount Everest, Easton Press certificate of authenticity laid in loosely along with a brief printed note about the book. Fine. JD35629
$125.00
[Miscellaneous] Bannister, Roger. The Four Minute Mile. Norwalk, Easton Press, 1999, first edition thus. Issued without dust jacket, full red leather with gilt titles and designs, hubbed spine, ribbon place market, moire endpapers, AEG, photo illustrated, Signed by the first man to break the four-minute mile, certificate of authenticity from Easton Press along with a brief printed note about the book laid in loosely. Fine. JD35630
$200.00
[Modern Literature] Lennon, John. Skywriting By Word of Mouth. NY, Harper & Row, 1986, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, includes the title piece as well as others including The Ballad of John and Yoko, frontispiece drawing by Lennon, illustrated throughout with his drawings, No. 436 of 500 numbered copies specially bound and slipcased with a frameable drawing printed on acid-free paper laid in loosely within a paper chemise, each copy of the book is Signed by Yoko Ono and includes an afterword by her. Fine. JD35631
$450.00
[Modern Literature] Irving, John. The Cider House Rules. NY, William Morrow, 1985, first edition, clear plastic dust jacket. Hardcover. With publisher's slipcase, No. 204 of 250 specially bound copies Signed by Irving, source for the film, with the author's printed notes at the end, this signed/limited edition comes from the publisher, there was another signed/limited edition of greater quantity issued by the Book of the Month Club. Fine, tight copy in a nearly fine slipcase, curiously, the clear plastic dust jacket is toned along the spine panel, but not the book itself. JD35632
$450.00
[Miscellaneous] Clinton, Bill. My Life. NY, Knopf, 2004, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Autobiography of the 42nd President of the United States, photo-illustrated, first trade edition, Signed on the title page, first state with "failure of my life" in his acknowledgments. Fine. JD35633
$950.00
[Miscellaneous] Carter Jimmy. Keeping Faith. NY, Bantam Books, 1982, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, these are the memoirs of the 39th President of the United States, with b&w photo illustrations, Signed by Jimmy Carter. Some spine discoloration, else fine in a very good slipcase. JD35634
$250.00
[Modern Literature] Vidal, Gore. Lincoln. NY, Random House, 1984, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, this historical novel is one of 350 specially bound copies Signed by Vidal. Fine in publisher's slipcase. JD35635
$250.00
[Modern Literature] Warren, Robert Penn. Rumor Verified Poems 1979-80 . NY, Random House, 1981, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, but with publisher's slipcase, No. 124 of 250 specially bound copies Signed by Warren. Bit of sunning to the book's spine, else fine. JD35636
$75.00
[Wallace Stegner] Colberg, Nancy. Wallace Stegner A Descriptive Bibliography. Lewiston, Confluence Press, 1990, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, introduction by James R. Hepworth, frontispiece photo portrait of Stegner by Leo Holub, this is the definitive Stegner bibliography, one of 1,000 copies, this copy is signed by both Stegner and Colberg at the publication party for this book Nov. 18, 1990 which was held at Stegner's Los Altos, CA home, laid in is a cocktail napkin from that cocktail/publication party which is imprinted in gilt "Wallace Stegner/A Descriptive Bibliography". Minor top edge foxing, else fine, unread. JD35637
$85.00
[Armed Services Editions] Dunninger, Joseph. What's On Your Mind?. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 659 in this important series, "the mystery and technique of thought reading," introduction by Walter B. Gibson, with tests and illustrations, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD35599
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] London, Jack. White Fang. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 672 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. G-182 issued earlier in the series in 1944, "a dog story of the North Country," written from the point of view of the dog, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Cover creases, else very good. JD35601
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Shearing, Joseph. Aunt Beardie. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 923 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. P-23 published earlier in the series in 1945, a mystery, Joseph Shearing is a pseudonym of Mrs. Gabrielle Margaret Vere Campbell Long, 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. JD35595
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Burman, Ben Lucien. Steamboat Round the Bend. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1096 in this important series, a novel of life on the lower Mississippi, illustrated with sketches by Alice Caddy, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. About very good. JD35597
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Clark, Walter Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1134 in this important series, a Western (and his first novel), it reprints ASE No. S-24 published earlier in the series in 1945, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Good. JD35593
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Van Doren, Mark. Shakespeare. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1142 in this important series, an interpretation and an accompaniment to the study of Shapespeare, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Good. JD35596
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] du Maurier, Daphne. The King's General. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1176 in this important series, a novel, with a postscript at the end and a brief section on what happened to the people in the story, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD35591
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Remarque, Erich Maria. Arch of Triumph. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1177 in this important series, a novel set in Paris in 1939, translated from the German by Walter Sorell and Denver Lindley, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD35592
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Steinbeck, John. Tortilla Flat. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-9, just the ninth title issued in this important series, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, this book wasn't in the Adrian Goldstone collection, cited as Goldstone & Payne A4k via the University of Texas copy (and giving a c.1944 date), with a note about the author at the end, not recorded by Morrow, this is one of the more difficult ASE titles. A very tired, wrinkly copy, much like this bookseller. JD35602
$50.00

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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