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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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[Photography] Baer, Morley. Light Years. Carmel, Photography West Graphics, 1988, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. 51 b&w plates by Baer, plus the frontispiece photo, this copy is Signed by Morley Baer. Fine. JD31126
$200.00
[Steinbeckiana] Baker, Denys Val (editor). Writers of Today. London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1946, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Includes a chapter on John Steinbeck by Bernard Raymond, pages 122-138, also includes chapters on Aldous Huxley, Graham Greene, Andre Gide, James Joyce, J. B. Priestley, T. S. Eliot, and others, Goldstone & Payne F17, not recorded by Morrow. Very good. JD28491
$35.00
[Modern Literature] Baker, George Barr, Chappell, George S., and Herford, Oliver. Mother's Geese A New Brood. NY, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1906, first edition, first printing. Illustrated boards, pictures by T. Gilbert White, a charming children's book, made more charming by being Inscribed by co-author Chappell in a rhyming fashion ("It's quite the literary rage/To write upon the title-page/Apologizing for the book/Before's one's even had a look./I really never could see why/A man should blacken his/own eye./Or say, before he starts to sing/'Excuse me: I'm a hideous thing./I much prefer the haughty air./The moral courage of a stare--/The bold assurance -- 'Yes,/go buy it!/I wrote it, yes -- but I DENY IT./George S. Chappell./April 8, '07"), this copy with the bookplate of Blairhame, home of Natalie Knowlton Blair, a prominent New York collector, as well as her personal bookplate, the book was apparently presented to her by Thomas B. Clarke, Jr., a New York art collector who signed her bookplate, dated it April 8, 1907, and designated it as No. 1. Very clean interior, covers and spine are age-toned, with a bit of extremity wear and the beginnings of spine paper chipping. JD31557
$150.00
[Modern Literature] Ballard, J. G. Empire of the Sun. NY, Simon and Schuster, 1984, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. A novel of boyhood experiences in China on the eve of Pearl Harbor, source for the Stephen Spielberg film. Remainder mark to bottom edge, else fine, unread. JD33129
$50.00
[Wallace Stegner] Barclay, Julius P. The Papers of Bernard DeVoto. San Francisco, Taylor & Taylor, 1960, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. One of 2,000 copies printed for Stanford University for an exhibition there, includes a tribute to his mentor, DeVoto, by Wallace Stegner titled Benny DeVoto's America, Colberg B56. Stray mark to rear wrapper, else fine. JD3517
$20.00
[Wallace Stegner] Barclay, Julius P. The Papers of Bernard DeVoto. San Francisco, Taylor & Taylor, 1960, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. One of 2,000 copies printed for Stanford University for an exhibition there, includes a tribute to his mentor, DeVoto, by Wallace Stegner titled Benny DeVoto's America, Colberg B56, this copy Signed by Wallace Stegner. Very good plus. JD3518
$50.00
[Modern Literature] Barker, Clive. The Great And Secret Show. NY, Harper & Row, 1989, first North American edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Subtitled The First Book of the Art, this copy Inscribed (To the Hawk/Very Best Wishes,/Clive Barker") on the title page, Barker has also drawn a claw on the preceding page which lists his other books. Fine in a jacket with a bit of extremity wear, else fine. JD33029
$50.00
[Modern Literature] Barth, John. Lost in the Funhouse. Garden City, Doubleday, 1968, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Fiction for print, tape, live voice, these are short, experimental pieces. Fine. JD33054
$50.00
[Armed Services Editions] Barton, Bruce. The Man Nobody Knows. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. N-4 in this important series, a biography of Jesus, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32198
$10.00
[John Steinbeck] Baskett, Sam S. and Strandness, Theodore B. (editors). The American Identity. Boston, D. C. Heath, 1962, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Includes John Steinbeck's The Leader of the People, introduction and text pages 83-94, text from The Red Pony, also includes Steinbeck's Life in the Machine Age, introduction and text, pages 415-422, text from The Grapes of Wrath, and Steinbeck's Hunger in a Land of Plenty, text and introduction pages 487-490, text from The Grapes of Wrath (one of the intercalary chapters), not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, also includes Joaquin Miller, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, and Wallace Stegner, who offers The Making of Paths which he has Signed. Ink name, fine. JD29650
$100.00
[Steinbeckiana] Bast, William. James Dean. NY, Ballantine Books, 1956, first edition thus, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. This is the first hardcover edition, it was published simultaneously with the paperback, these Ballantine hardcover are a collectible themselves and this is one of the most scarce and desirable, jacket with a haunting photo of Dean which is also used as the frontispiece, naturally it covers the period of his first starring role in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Very good with some chipping and fading. JD28518
$250.00
[John Steinbeck] Baudin, Maurice, Jr. (editor). Contemporary Short Stories. NY, Liberal Arts Press, 1954, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 13 in the Forum Books series, includes a brief biography of John Steinbeck and his The Leader of the People, pages 172-188, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, also includes Sherwood Anderson, Sinclair Lewis, Damon Runyon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and others. Near fine. JD29578
$15.00
[Modern Literature] Beagle, Peter S. A Fine and Private Place. NY, Viking, 1960, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Author's First Book, this copy Inscribed by Beagle to David Belch, then head of public relations for the San Francisco Public Library, with a face drawn within the loop of the "P" in Peter. Very good. JD31208
$250.00
[Modern Literature] Bear, Greg. The Infinity Concerto. London, Century, 1988, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Jacket blurbs by Ray Bradbury and David Brin. As new. JD5928
$50.00
[Modern Literature] Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. London, Century, 1988, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Jacket blurbs by Ray Bradbury and David Brin. Fine. JD5929
$50.00
[Armed Services Editions] Beard, Charles A. The Republic. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. P-29 in this important series, a statement on the nature of the American republic, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD33441
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Beauchamp, D. D. The Full Life And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition , wrappers. Softcover. A paperback original, No. 900 in this important series, 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
[John Steinbeck] Becker, Mary Lamberton (selector). Golden Tales of the Southwest. NY, Dodd, Mead, 1939, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Decorations by Lois Lenski, includes a selection from John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven, brief biography and text pages 225-258, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, also includes Mary Austin, O. Henry, J. Frank Dobie, William Saroyan, and others. Fine in a very good plus jacket. JD29310
$60.00
[Armed Services Editions] Beer, Thomas. Mrs. Egg and Other Barbarians. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 668 in this important series, short stories, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32706
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Beer, Thomas. The Mauve Decade. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. S-13 in this important series, American life in the 1890s, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32658
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Beerbohm, Max. Seven Men. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. C-67 in this important series, short stories, 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, this is one of the very important and scarce D-Day ASEs. Very good. JD33639
$25.00
[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
[Modern Literature] Beilke, Marlan. Shining Clarity: God and Man in the Works of Robinson Jeffers. Amador City, Quintessence Publications, 1977, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Includes several mounted illustrations, including photos of Jeffers, his Tor House, etc., also includes a preface by James D. Hart, two contributions by Bill Hotchkiss, and two contributions by Jeffers himself, The House-Dog's Grave--Haig's Grave and The Last Conservative, the latter being a mounted broadside, this is No. 490 of 900 copies. Fine. JD30522
$75.00
[Modern Literature] Bellow, Saul. The Last Analysis. NY, Viking, 1965, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. A play, photo of a laughing Bellow adorns the front the jacket. Very good. JD33153
$50.00
[Armed Services Editions] Bemelmans, Ludwig. I Love You I Love You I Love You. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. S-3 in this important series, the world viewed through pink glasses, illustrated, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD32300
$12.50
[Modern Literature] Benchley, Robert. Chips Off the Old Benchley. NY, Harper & Brothers, 1949, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. First book publication, illustrated with drawings by Gluyas Williams, introduction by Frank Sullivan. Rockwell Kent illustrated bookplate to front pastedown, else fine in a very good plus jacket. JD33239
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Benchley, Robert. Inside Benchley. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. G-192 in this important series, wit and humor by one of the masters, with abbreviations, bibliography, and an index in the rear, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD33178
$17.50
[Armed Services Editions] Benchley, Robert. Inside Benchley. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. G-192 in this important series, wit and humor by one of the masters, with abbreviations, bibliography, and an index in the rear, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33472
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Benefield, Barry. Eddie and the Archangel. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 710 in this important series, a fantasy by this Texas author, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD32212
$15.00
[Modern Literature] Benet, Stephen Vincent. Autographed Letter Signed. NY, n.p., n.d. (c.1935), first edition. A single sheet written on both sides of Benet's printed letterhead showing his 220 East 69 Street, New York City address, to Malcolm Johnson who was a publishing executive with Doubleday, Doran and D. Van Nostrand, "Dear Malcolm:--/Thank you/very much indeed for the/"Two Forewords" which I shall/treasure. It's beautifully done./It's interesting./I've now had letters about/Kipling from Maine to Texas--/and every one of them extraordinarily/personal. I've had letters before,on/pieces, but these are different./They don't talk about him as/you normally talk about a writer./They talk about something that/is an essential part of their/lives./As ever/SVB," the book to which Benet refers is Two Forewords which Doubleday, Doran published in an edition of 950 copies as its Christmas greeting. Folded once for mailing with some minor toning to recto which is more substantial on the verso. JD31356
$200.00
[Armed Services Editions] Benet, Stephen Vincent. John Brown's Body. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1114 in this important series, with a note by Benet about this epic in verse on the Civil War that won the Pulitzer Prize, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD32904
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Benet, Stephen Vincent. John Brown's Body. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1114 in this important series, with a note by Benet about this epic in verse on the Civil War that won the Pulitzer Prize, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33355
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Benet, Stephen Vincent. The Short Stories of Stephen Vincent Benet. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. C-77 in this important series, a paperback original, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, this is one of the important D-Day Armed Services Editions issues. Solid very good. JD32436
$30.00
[Steinbeckiana] Benet, William Rose. Apple Pickers' Strike. NY, Saturday Review, February 1, 1936, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. A very positive review of John Steinbeck's fifth book, In Dubious Battle, page 10, with a photo of Steinbeck, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or the Morrow catalogue. Minor age, else fine. JD28382
$35.00
[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. JD32817
$10.00
[Steinbeckiana] Benson, Jackson J. Looking For Steinbeck's Ghost. Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1988, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. A rather personal account of his research that went into his massive and definitive Steinbeck biography (The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer), illustrated with photos, this copy Inscribed by Benson. Top and fore edges foxed, else fine, unread. JD28943
$50.00
[Steinbeckiana] Benson, Jackson J. The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer. NY, Viking, 1984, first edition, first printing, dust jacket . Hardcover. This is The Bible of all John Steinbeck biographies, it was 12 years in the research and writing, followed by another three years in getting it published, there are several suites of photo illustrations, a great accomplishment, this is an Association Copy of the highest order, this copy is Inscribed by Benson in the year of publication to fellow Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott ("Salinas, Ca./August 3, 1984/II International Congress/For Bob DeMott,/a Steinbeck scholar/longer than I,/with affection,/Jack Benson) at the II International Steinbeck Congress in combination with the annual Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, Steinbeck's hometown, DeMott has been among the best of Steinbeck scholars for decades and is easily the most accessible writer who can explain and expound on Steinbeck in something other than English professor-speak, he was acting director of the Steinbeck Research Center at San Jose State University at the time of this book's publication, he helped launch "The Steinbeck Quarterly," a mostly scholarly publication dedicated to Steinbeck, he is also the author of a trilogy of books on Steinbeck beginning with his influential Steinbeck's Reading published in 1984, followed by Working Days which follows Steinbeck's own journal kept while writing The Grapes of Wrath, that was followed by Steinbeck's Typewriter, he also wrote the introduction to his friend Jim Harrison's bibliography, laid in loosely is an announcement of this massive biography from Viking. Color fade to the jacket, mostly along the spine panel, as is so common with this title, else a very solid copy of a bulky book. JD32021
$225.00
[Steinbeckiana] Benson, Jackson J. The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer. NY, Viking, 1984, first edition, first printing, dust jacket . Hardcover. This is The Bible of all John Steinbeck biographies, it was 12 years in the research and writing, followed by another three years in getting it published, there are several suites of photo illustrations, a great accomplishment, this is a Review Copy with review slip, scarce thus, also includes a publicity photo of an aging Steinbeck (with cigarette, as usual) from 1962, also includes publicity release from Viking about this massive (1,000+ pages) book. Very good. JD32222
$125.00
[Modern Literature] Benson, Jackson J. Wallace Stegner His Life And Work. NY, Viking, 1996, first edition, slick photographic wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof of this long-awaited biography, this was the biographer's own personal copy, so Signed by Benson. Very good. JD808
$100.00
[Steinbeckiana] Beyer, Preston (compiler). Essays on Collecting John Steinbeck Books. Bradenton, Opuscula Press, 1989, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes seven essays on Steinbeck books and on Steinbeck himself by Beyer, Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi, Kiyoshi Nakayama, Lee Richard Hayman, Calton A. (Dook) Sheffield, Dr. Robert DeMott, and Roy S. Simmonds, issued in an edition of 300 numbered copies, this copy Signed by Hayashi, Hayman, and DeMott, this is an out-of-series presentation from the publisher, Robert F. Hanson with his inscribed business card laid in loosely, a prospectus for the book is also laid in loosely. Fine. JD28938
$150.00
[Steinbeckiana] Beyer, Preston (compiler). Essays on Collecting John Steinbeck Books. Bradenton, Opuscula Press, 1989, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes seven essays on Steinbeck books and on Steinbeck himself by Beyer, Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi, Kiyoshi Nakayama, Lee Richard Hayman, Calton A. (Dook) Sheffield, Dr. Robert DeMott, and Roy S. Simmonds, this is No. 96 of 300 numbered copies, this copy Signed by Hayashi, Hayman, and DeMott, this is a presentation from the publisher, Robert F. Hanson with his inscribed business card laid in loosely. Fine. JD28939
$100.00
[Steinbeckiana] Bigay, Rhu. Poster. Salinas, Salinas Public Library, 1983, first edition. This poster by artist Bigay measures 20X30 inches, it was produced to promote the 1983 Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, CA, Steinbeck's hometown, it is one of 250 copies, Signed by Rhu Bigay. Fine. JD28348
$75.00
[John Steinbeck] Birmingham, Frederic A. (editor). The Girls from Esquire. London, Arthur Barker Ltd., 1957, first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 11 from Dragon Books, includes John Steinbeck's A Snake of One's Own, pages 26-38, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, also includes James Jones, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Ruark, and others. Very good. JD29599
$15.00
[John Steinbeck] Blacker, Irwin R. (editor). The Old West in Fiction. NY, Ivan Obolensky, 1961, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Includes John Steinbeck's The Leader of the People (and brief Steinbeck biography), pages 459-471, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, also includes A. B. Guthrie, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Zane Grey, Jack London, and others, this is the real McCoy, NOT a print-on-demand abomination. Owner's ink name, else fine in a very good plus jacket. JD29647
$30.00
[Armed Services Editions] Blanco, Antonio de Fierro. The Journey of the Flame. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. K-19 in this important series, an account of one year in the life of Don Juan Obrigon, known as The Flame, feudal lord of Old Mexico, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD33438
$12.50
[Miscellaneous] Block, Eugene B. Above the Civil War. Berkeley, Howell-North Books, 1966, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. The story of Thaddeus Lowe, balloonist, inventor, and railway builder, photo-illustrated, endpapers with a balloon view of rebel forts and camps at Yorktown, VA sketched from Lowe's balloon at the elevation of 1,000 feet, Review Copy with a review slip, this copy Inscribed by the author in the year of publication to David Belch, then head of public relations for the San Francisco Public Library. Slight lean to book, jacket with age-toning, else a very nice copy. JD31192
$100.00

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Browse Books Listed by Author's Name
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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