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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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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

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ABCD EFG HIJ K L M N O P Q R ST 655-699 700-799 800-899 900-999 1000-1322

[Armed Services Editions] Beauchamp, D. D. The Full Life And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition , wrappers. Softcover. No. 900 in this important series, a paperback original, short stories by this Montana author, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD33306
$17.50
[Armed Services Editions] Beauchamp, D. D. The Full Life And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition , wrappers. Softcover. No. 900 in this important series, a paperback original, short stories by this Montana author, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD34607
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Bernstein, Walter. Keep Your Head Down. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 903 in this important series, "a correspondent's three years in camp and combat," many of Sgt. Bernstein's stories were originally published in "The New Yorker," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD34610
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Sokoloff, Boris, M. D. The Story of Penicillin. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 904 in this important series, a biography of a drug, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33909
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Sokoloff, Boris, M. D. The Story of Penicillin. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 904 in this important series, a biography of a drug, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34611
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Hall, James Norman. Lost Island. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 905 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. P-5 published earlier in the series in 1945, a novel set in Polynesia, 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. Good. JD34612
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Cuppy, Will. The Great Bustard And Other People. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 907 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. P-7 published earlier in the series in 1945, humorous sketches, illustrated by William Steig and Jacks, interestingly, there are copies that end with an error being HE END (first issue) rather than THE END (second issue), this copy is the corrected state, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34615
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Fontaine, Robert. The Happy Time. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 910 in this important series, a humorous novel, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33300
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Fontaine, Robert. The Happy Time. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 910 in this important series, a humorous novel, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD34618
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Lewis, Sinclair. Mantrap. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 911 in this important series, a novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34619
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Connell, Richard. Ironies. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 912 in this important series, humorous short stories, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34620
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Marsh, Irwin T. and Ehre, Edward (editors). Best Sports Stories of 1944. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 913 in this important series, includes newspaper stories by Red Smith, John Lardner, Jack Smith, Dick Young, etc., issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34621
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Rice, Craig. The Lucky Stiff. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 914 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. JD34622
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Mulford, Clarence E. "Tex". NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 918 in this important series, a Western, 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, scarce. Wear along spine, else very good. JD34626
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Hecht, Ben. Concerning a Woman of Sin And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 921 in this important series, a paperback original, selected short stories, includes a preface by Hecht, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD33721
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Smith, Thorne. Rain in the Doorway. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 922 in this important series, a humorous novel, with a note about the author at the end, by the author of the "Topper" books, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34668
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Shaw, T. E. . The Odyssey of Homer. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 925 in this important series, newly translated into English prose by Shaw, Shaw was the adopted name of T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34672
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Huxley, Aldous. The Gioconda Smile And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 926 in this important series, a paperback original, short stories for this book were selected by Huxley himself, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34673
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Paul, Elliot. The Last Time I Saw Paris. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 927 in this important series, Paris from the post-war '20s through the pre-war '30s to "the death of a nation," with one map illustration, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Covers a bit rough, very good minus. JD34674
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Walpole, Hugh. Fortitude. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 928 in this important series, "the education of an adventurer," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34675
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Ehrlich, Leonard. God's Angry Man. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 930 in this important series, a historical novel about John Brown, the abolitionist, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34677
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Adams, Samuel Hopkins. A. Woollcott His Life And His World. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 931 in this important series, a biography, 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. JD34678
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Steinbeck, John et al. The Bedside Tales. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 933 in this important series, an anthology with an introduction by Peter Arno, includes John Steinbeck's The Murder, 382-395, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, it also includes contributions by Damon Runyon, H. L. Mencken, James Thurber, John O'Hara, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. Somerset Maugham, James M. Cain, William Saroyan, Dashiell Hammett, William Faulkner, and others, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, a very scarce ASE as any ASE with a ribald title or even thought to be ribald was quickly devoured by the fighting forces. Very good. JD34680
$30.00
[Armed Services Editions] Saroyan, William et al. The Best from Yank. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 934 in this important series, material selected from the editors of "Yank," the Army weekly, condensed for wartime reading, includes cartoons, war reportage, humor and fiction, including The Sweetheart of Company D by Pvt. William Saroyan, among many other contributions, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34681
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Krasna, Norman. Dear Ruth. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 935 in this important series, a Broadway comedy play, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34682
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Hart, Francis Russell. Admirals of the Caribbean. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 938 in this important series, sketches of famous admirals (including Sir Francis Drake and Sir Henry Morgan), issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34685
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Machen, Arthur. The Great God Pan And Other Weird Tales. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition , wrappers. Softcover. No. 940 in this important series, a paperback original, short stories, scarce and desirable, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine fade, else very good. JD32869
$40.00
[Armed Services Editions] Machen, Arthur. The Great God Pan And Other Weird Tales. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition , wrappers. Softcover. No. 940 in this important series, a paperback original, short stories, scarce and desirable, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34687
$50.00
[Armed Services Editions] Henry, O. The Ransom of Red Chief and Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 944 in this important series, a paperback original by William Sydney Porter writing as O. Henry, a short story collection, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33448
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Henry, O. The Ransom of Red Chief and Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 944 in this important series, a paperback original by William Sydney Porter writing as O. Henry, a short story collection, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD34691
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Seltzer, Charles Alden. The Boss of the Lazy Y. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 949 in this important series, a Western, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Solid very good. JD34975
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Naidish, Theodore. Watch Out for Willie Carter. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 952 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. Q-12 published earlier in the series in 1945, a boxing novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine faded, else very good. JD34978
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Smith, Thorne. The Passionate Witch. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 953 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. Q-13 published earlier in the series in 1945, a humorous novel by the author of the "Topper" books, completed by Norman Matson, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34979
$17.50
[Armed Services Editions] Behrman, S. N. The New Yorker Profiles. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 955 in this important series, a paperback original, these selections from "The New Yorker" include Robert Lewis Taylor, A. J. Liebling, John Lardner, S. N. Behrman, etc., cover from the February 23, 1932 issue of the magazine, E. B. White's only cover, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32412
$22.50
[Armed Services Editions] Wells, H. G. The Food of the Gods. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 958 in this important series, a novel, subtitled And How It Came to Earth, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34984
$30.00
[Armed Services Editions] Ferber, Edna. Great Son. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 959 in this important series, a novel of four generations set in Seattle, 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. Large stamp, good. JD34985
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Stong, Phil. Marta of Muscovy. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 961 in this important series, "the fabulous life of Russia's first empress," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34987
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Lewis, Sinclair. Cass Timberlane. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 969 in this important series, one of three Lewis ASEs, a novel of husbands and wives, this is his 19th novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34995
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Thurber, James . The Thurber Carnival. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 970 in this important series, written and illustrated by Thurber, with a note about the author at the end, Thurber provides his own preface, 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. JD34996
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Cloete, Stuart. Against These Three. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 973 in this important series, a biography of South Africans Paul Kruger, Cecil Rhodes, and Lobengula, maps by Roland Cosimini, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD34999
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Leacock, Stephen. My Remarkable Uncle And Other Sketches. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 976 in this important series, selected sketches, abridged, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD35002
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Corey, Paul. Buy An Acre. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 977 in this important series, a practical, how-to book on how to buy an acre in America's second frontier and build your own country house, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Good. JD35003
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Nash, Ogden. I'm A Stranger Here Myself. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 981 in this important series, humorous verse, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD35007
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Chesterton, G. K. The Man Who Was Thursday. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 984 in this important series, "a nightmare," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine well faded, else very good. JD32881
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Chesterton, G. K. The Man Who Was Thursday. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 984 in this important series, "a nightmare," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD35010
$45.00

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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