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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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[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. A Novelist Wins the Critics' Prize for Best Play of the Year. Chicago, Life, May 2, 1938, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. The article notes that John Steinbeck's play, Of Mice and Men, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, page 32, also includes two photos from the play, also includes a large photo of Steinbeck (then probably working on The Grapes of Wrath) with text noting that he still had not seen the play dramatization, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Near fine. JD28442
$35.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Barred. NY, Newsweek, November 27, 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This short piece is listed under the "Transitions" column, page 42, which notes that John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was banned by an Illinois library board on grounds of obscenity, the board also ordered that its three copies of the book be burned, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Near fine. JD28420
$20.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Books. NY, The New Yorker, April 15, 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes a review of John Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, pages 101-102, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Fine. JD28397
$20.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Books. NY, The New Yorker, April 15, 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes a review of John Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, pages 101-102, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good. JD32249
$10.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Collier's 1965 Year Book. n.p. (NY), Crowell-Collier, 1965, first edition. This hardcover was issued without dust jacket, it covers the year 1964, it notes that John Steinbeck's visit to Finland caused considerable discussion, page 234, it also notes that he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, page 454, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good. JD28573
$10.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. History-Question Mark. Chicago, The Book Collector's Packet, June 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This monthly miscellany of fine press books, bibliography, typography, etc. was printed and published by The Black Cat Press which also printed Harry Thornton Moore's The Novels of John Steinbeck, this anecdotal section, "By A Wife," page 16, notes that she has been busy, "...the Steinbeck title alone being more than enough to keep me busy. Novels of John Steinbeck, a study of his writings and bibliography, is having a wide sale, for many people consider Steinbeck to best of the present day writers," not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Fine. JD28399
$45.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Is "The Grapes of Wrath" Too Hot for Hollywood?. NY, Look, October 24, 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Interesting reportage of the controversy regarding the book, 20th Century-Fox producer Darryl F. Zanuck reports that the film will be made, photo-illustrated, pages 12-15, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good plus. JD28422
$30.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Movie of the Week: Lifeboat. Chicago, Life, January 31, 1944, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. A review of this film directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on a story by John Steinbeck, pages 76-81, illustrated with 20 photos from the controversial film, Steinbeck hated what Hitchcock had done to his story and tried desperately, and unsuccessfully, to have his name removed from any mention of the film, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good plus. JD28455
$35.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Movie of the Week: The Grapes of Wrath. Chicago, Life, January 22, 1940, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes text about the John Ford film version of John Steinbeck's novel as well as still photos and a Thomas Hart Benton lithograph, pages 29-31, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good plus. JD28448
$27.50
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Movie of the Week: Tortilla Flat. Chicago, Life, June 1, 1942, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This article on the film version of John Steinbeck's novel features eight b&w stills from that film which starred Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, and Frank Morgan, pages 39-41, Ms. Lamarr is also featured in a giant photo on the front cover of the magazine, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good. JD28453
$30.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Of Mice and Men: New Yorkers Flock to See A Brutal Stage Murder. Chicago, Life, December 13, 1937, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Text about and photos of the Broadway production of John Steinbeck's play, pages 44-46, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Good. JD28441
$25.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Publisher's Note. n.p. (NY), n.p. (Viking), n.d. (1940), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This is an appendix added to the12th printing of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath detailing the book's first year after its initial publication April 14, 1939, 8 pages, includes a bibliography at the end, this separate printing is not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good. JD28483
$35.00
[Modern Literature] Anonymous. Robinson Jeffers, Poet 1887-1987 A Centennial Exhibition. Los Angeles, Occidental College, 1987, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Introduction by Robert J. Brophy, wood engraving of "Hawk Tower" by Paul Landacre used both as frontispiece and front cover illustration, foreword by Tyrus G. Harmsen, this publication serves as a record of 1986 and 1987 exhibition and events at Occidental College to celebrate the centennial of Jeffers's birth, extensively illustrated with photos. Fine. JD30529
$10.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Speaking of Pictures. Chicago, Life, February 19, 1940, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Article on the John Ford-directed film version of John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, pages 10-11, text and 12 photo illustrations comparing earlier "Life" photos to stills from the film version, rather striking comparisons, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Nearly fine. JD28449
$27.50
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Steinbeck: Prophet With Honor In His Country. San Francisco, The Coast, December 1937, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. General text about Steinbeck, page 14, with a full-page photo of him by Sonya Noskowiak, page 15, this is the Vol. 1, No. 1 issue, scarce, although there is nothing by Steinbeck, it is recorded in Goldstone & Payne as C25, G&P states this is his first periodical recognition, not recorded by Morrow, this copy stamped SAMPLE on front cover. Very good. JD31856
$75.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The Golden Home and High School Encyclopedia. NY, Golden Press, 1961, first edition. Decorative boards, issued without dust jacket, this is Vol. 17 of a set, includes a brief biography and photo of John Steinbeck, page 2434, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, bookplate of noted bibliophile Jackie Koenig. Very good plus. JD28552
$7.50
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The Grapes of Wrath. Des Moines, Look, January 16, 1940, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Article previews the John Ford film version of John Steinbeck's masterpiece novel, pages 52-55, text illustrated with still photos from the film and a map which traces the Joad family's trek, story teaser and Steinbeck photo page 3, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good-plus. JD28443
$30.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The Grapes of Wrath. Philadelphia, Click, March 1941, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Back cover advertises John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, along with Pride and Prejudice, as best sellers available to new members of the Book League of America, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Near fine. JD28451
$15.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The Moon Is Down. Chicago, Life, April 6, 1942, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. It previews the Broadway play production of John Steinbeck's book/play, pages 32-34, text is illustrated with photos from the play's Baltimore tryout, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Near fine. JD32259
$25.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The National Book Awards. NY, National Book Foundation, 1992, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. It lists finalists and winners from 1950 to 1991, it also notes those who were given special citations, it notes that John Steinbneck was nominated for East of Eden in 1953, page 5, and also for Sweet Thursday in 1955, page 6. Fine. JD28955
$12.50
[Miscellaneous] Anonymous. The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco The First Three Years. San Francisco, The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, 1931, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, bound in boards with quarter morocco spine, printed by Jonhck and Seeger, one of 150 copies, laid in loosely is a printed and written enclosure noting the print-run of 150 copies and that laid in loosely is a Zerox copy of the rare typewritten supplement that lists Roxburghe publications and keepsakes from 1931 to 1933, this enclosure misspells Johnck's name (Johnk), the book also lists members of the club that reads like a Who's Who (Ansel Adams, Angelo Valenti, Albert M. Bender, Francis P. Farquhar, Samuel T. Farquhar, Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, John Howell, Joseph Henry Jackson, Lawton R. Kennedy, Oscar Lewis, Alfred Sutro, Carl I. Wheat, and many others, this was Stan Speck's copy with his bookplate which has come loose from the front pastedown. Very good plus. JD31195
$35.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. untitled. NY, Theatre Arts, March 1940, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes brief text on the film version of Of Mice and Men, 213, illustrated with a photo that shows stars Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr., also includes brief text on the film version of The Grapes of Wrath, 214, illustrated with a photo from the film, front cover illustrated by James Thurber (from The Male Animal). Very good. JD32253
$15.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Viva Zapata!. London, Picture Show & Film Pictorial, April 26, 1952, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This is a "paper for people who go to pictures," includes an 11-photo array from the film that starred Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, and Anthony Quinn, all of whom are pictured, page 8, Brando and his success is also mentioned on page 3, the magazine cover features a huge close up of Brando and Peters, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Rusted staples, very good. JD28435
$35.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Viva Zapata!. Chicago, Life, February 25, 1952, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. A review of this film that starred Marlon Brando, directed by Elia Kazan, screenplay by John Steinbeck, pages 59-61, 64, text and photos from the film, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Four tiny holes from previous binding, else very good. JD28468
$25.00

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  • 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