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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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[Armed Services Editions] Dinesen, Isak. Winter's Tales. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 802 in this important series, short stories, with a note about the author (Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa) 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. JD34508
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Coburn, Walt . Five Western Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 803 in this important series, a paperback original, includes stories by Coburn and Bennett Foster, Seth Ranger, Johnston McCulley, and Cherry Wilson, with a note about the authors 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. JD34509
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Baume, Eric. Yankee Woman. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 805 in this important series, a historical novel set in California during the Gold Rush, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD34511
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Carmer, Carl. The Hudson. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 806 in this important series, a "Rivers of America" book, 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 minus. JD34512
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Jaffe, Bernard. Men of Science in America. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 809 in this important series, "the role of science in the growth of our country," condensed for wartime reading, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34515
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Sabatini, Rafael. The Sea Hawk. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 812 in this important series, a historical novel, printed earlier the series as ASE No. I-266 in 1944, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Owner's inscription, else very good. JD34518
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Kantor, MacKinley. Author's Choice. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 813 in this important series, selected short stories, abridged, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32148
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Kantor, MacKinley. Author's Choice. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 813 in this important series, selected short stories, abridged, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34519
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Kantor, MacKinley. Author's Choice. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 813 in this important series, selected short stories, abridged, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD34520
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Costain, Thomas B. Ride With Me. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 814 in this important series, a historical novel, condensed for wartime reading, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Page spotting and oddly folded last page, else very good. JD33897
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Costain, Thomas B. Ride With Me. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 814 in this important series, a historical novel, condensed for wartime reading, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD34521
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Van Druten, John. The Voice of the Turtle. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 815 in this important series, a comedy in three acts, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD32826
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Van Druten, John. The Voice of the Turtle. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 815 in this important series, a comedy play in three acts, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD34522
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Staff of The New Yorker. The New Yorker's Baedeker. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 819 in this important series, a paperback original, it covers Africa to Vesuvius, with illustrations, cover by Peter Arno from the July 9, 1930 issue, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33310
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Staff of The New Yorker. The New Yorker's Baedeker. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 819 in this important series, a paperback original, it covers Africa to Vesuvius, with illustrations, cover by Peter Arno from the July 9, 1930 issue, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD33718
$17.50
[Armed Services Editions] Staff of The New Yorker. The New Yorker's Baedeker. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 819 in this important series, a paperback original, with introduction by Eugene Kinkead and Russell Maloney, it covers Africa to Vesuvius, with illustrations, cover by Peter Arno from the July 9, 1930 issue, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34526
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Masefield, John. Selected Poems of John Masefield. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 820 in this important series, a paperback original, with an introduction by Louis Untermeyer, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Cover and internal creases. JD33730
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Masefield, John. Selected Poems of John Masefield. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 820 in this important series, a paperback original, with an introduction by Louis Untermeyer, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34527
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Shattuck, Richard. The Half-Haunted Saloon. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 821 in this important series, a humorous novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34528
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Mauldin, Bill. Up Front. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 822 in this important series, text and cartoons by Mauldin, with a note about him 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 minus. JD33728
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Mauldin, Bill. Up Front. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 822 in this important series, text and cartoons (161) by Mauldin, with a note about him at the end, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34529
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Cather, Willa. O Pioneers. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 823 in this important series, story of the Scandanavian and Bohemian pioneers of the Middle West, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD34530
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Mills, John. Electronics Today And Tomorrow. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 824 in this important series, with some illustrations, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, intelligent, but it must now seem like ancient history. Solid very good. JD34531
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Faulkner, William. A Rose For Emily And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 825 in this important series, a paperback original for which there was no hardcover, stories selected and with an foreword by Saxe Cummins, one of the most difficult of the Faulkner "A" items, Petersen A22, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32034
$300.00
[Armed Services Editions] Faulkner, William. A Rose For Emily And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 825 in this important series, a paperback original for which there was no hardcover, stories selected and with an foreword by Saxe Cummins, one of the most difficult of the Faulkner "A" items, Petersen A22, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Title page with folds and a bit of loosening, else very good. JD33933
$200.00
[Armed Services Editions] Mead, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 826 in this important series, "a study of sex in primitive societies," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Rip to last page, very good. JD34534
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Faulkner, William. A Rose For Emily And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition , wrappers. Softcover. This is the very rare first issue of this paperback original with an aerial view of the "main floor" of a home on the verso of the title page, this generally unknown issue point is the result of a printer's error as this aerial room map actually belongs to ASE No. 827 (The Indigo Necklace by Frances Crane), this is No. 825 in this important series, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, the Library of Congress includes only the usual, recorded state, while Carl Petersen may have had the scarcer first issue, it wasn't noted in the Serendipity catalogue of Petersen's personal Faulkner collection, see Petersen A22, this is one of the most difficult of all Faulkner "A" items, especially in this generally unrecorded first state. Very good. JD33932
$450.00
[Armed Services Editions] Hughes, Dorothy B. The Delicate Ape. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 828 in this important series, a mystery, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD34536
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Bennett, Arnold. Buried Alive. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 830 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. H-214 published earlier in the series in 1944, a novel, source for the film Holy Matrimony, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34538
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Powers, Tom. Virgin With Butterflies. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 831 in this important series, a humorous novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD33294
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Powers, Tom. Virgin With Butterflies. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 831 in this important series, a humorous novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34539
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Mulford, Clarence. Bar 20 Days. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 834 in this important series, a Western, another of his Hopalong Cassidy tales, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34542
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Irwin, Margaret. Young Bess. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 843 in this important series, a historical novel of Elizabeth, Queen of England, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34551
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Tarkington, Booth. Little Orvie. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 844 in this important series, a humorous novel, illustrated by George Brehm, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34552
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Bromfield, Louis. Pleasant Valley. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 845 in this important series, "the author's experiences as an Ohio farmer," with drawings by Kate Lord, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33904
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Allen, Hervey. Bedford Village. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 849 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. L-23 published earlier in the series in 1944, a historical novel, 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 plus. JD34557
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Lyrics and Sonnets. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition , wrappers. Softcover. No. 857 in this important series, a paperback original, poems selected and with an introduction by Louis Untermeyer, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Good. JD34565
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Gray Champion And Other Tales. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 863 in this important series, a paperback original, selected short stories, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32195
$17.50
[Armed Services Editions] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Gray Champion and Other Tales. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 863 in this important series, a paperback original, short stories, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD34571
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Maurois, Andre. Ariel The Life of Shelley. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 864 in this important series, translated by Ella D'Arcy, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32835
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Maurois, Andre. Ariel The Life of Shelley. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 864 in this important series, translated by Ella D'Arcy, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Owner's name, very good. JD34572
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Collier, John. Green Thoughts And Other Strange Tales. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 871 in this important series, a paperback original, 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. JD34579
$30.00
[Armed Services Editions] Edmonds, Walter D. Mostly Canallers. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 875 in this important series, selected stories, abridged, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33910
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Edmonds, Walter D. Mostly Canallers. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 875 in this important series, selected stories, abridged, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34583
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Iams, Jack. The Countess To Boot. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 876 in this important series, a humorous novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34584
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Irish, William. Deadline At Dawn. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 878 in this important series, a mystery by Cornell Woolrich writing at William Irish, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34586
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Weaver, John D. Wind Before Rain. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 879 in this important series, a novel set in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33296
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Haggard, H. Rider. She. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 881 in this important series, "an African adventure" and "one of the first experiments in 'escape' fiction," 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. JD34589
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 885 in this important series, a paperback original and a classic, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34593
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Goodman, Jack and Green, Alan. How To Do Practically Anything. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 896 in this important series, a humorous "guide to complete chaos," illustrated by Anne Cleveland, preface by Frank Sullivan, this was the first of the 1946 ASEs, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34603
$20.00

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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