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The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Inscribed
New York: David McKay, 1962. Second Printing. Nicely inscribed copy of Bates's National Book Award-winning memoir. Daisy Bates (1914-1999), was one of the unsung heroines of the Little Rock school integration crisis. As President of the Arkansas NAACP and publisher of the Arkansas State Press she became a primary spokesperson...
[Item #14635]
Price: $325.00
 
The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Inscribed
2.

Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune
New York: Holliday Publications, 1958. First Edition. Arthur "Bud" Green (1897-1981) was an Austrian-born American songwriter of the Tin Pan Alley and Swing eras, best-known for his hits "Flat-Foot Floogie" and "Alabamy Bound" and for penning the lyrics to the Les Brown/Doris Day classic "Sentimental Journey." This appears to be...
[Item #16385]
Price: $125.00
 
Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune
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The Story of My Sufferings
New York: Mendel Beilis Publishing Company, 1926. First Edition. Autobiography of Mendel Beilis, victim of the notorious "Beilis Affair" of 1913, in which Beilis, a Jewish brick-factory supervisor, was accused by antisemitic prosecutors of carrying out the "ritual killing" of a Kiev teenager. Beilis was eventually acquitted, but not before...
[Item #15739]
Price: $500.00
 
The Story of My Sufferings
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Fortress in the Rice
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. First Edition. Appel's novel of the Philippine guerrilla movement, which grew out of his experience as an officer in the U.S. Philippine Commission following WWII. The novel was adapted for the 1963 Irving Lerner film Cry of Battle starring Rita Moreno, Van Heflin and James MacArthur. This...
[Item #14215]
Price: $350.00
 
Fortress in the Rice
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The People Talk
New York: Johnson Reprint, 1972. Facsimile Reprint. Reprint of Appel's fourth book, a non-fiction chronicle of the American scene a the end of the Great Depression. Octavo (22cm). Green cloth boards, lettered in silver and gold; 502pp. Facsimile reprint of the 1940 Dutton edition, inscribed on title page to artist...
[Item #14269]
Price: $250.00
 
The People Talk
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Arshile Gorky
New York: Harry N. Abrams, [1966]. First Edition. A very nicely preserved copy and a nice association. Gorky and Shahn were close; they reputedly met at Raphael Soyer's studio in 1929 and, though they did not share artistic philosophies -- Gorky by that time had begun his transition to Abstract...
[Item #16620]
Price: $400.00
 
Arshile Gorky
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Autograph Letter, signed. 1pp, to "Mr. Carroll," dated Feb. 12, 1932
Danbury: 1932. Young, responding to an inquiry, refers his correspondent to a passage in his recently published autobiography (On My Way, NY: 1932). In a postscript Young adds: "Speaking only for my own soul I am glad that not many years out of my life were wasted doing pictorial comment...
[Item #14483]
Price: $300.00
 
Autograph Letter, signed. 1pp, to "Mr. Carroll," dated Feb. 12, 1932
8.

Signed Photograph, ca. 1910
New York. A good early studio portrait of Eastman, during or just after his student days at Columbia and probably contemporaneous with his earliest involvement with The Masses. We have never seen a published example of this portrait. Original sepia-tone photograph, ca 16cm x 11cm (6-1/4" x 4-1/4"). Mounted on...
[Item #14478]
Price: $250.00
 
Signed Photograph, ca. 1910
9.

Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Jack Carney, dated July 23, 1919
New York: 1919. A letter with good content to Carney, who at this time was editor of The Irish Worker. Eastman refers to a meeting at which both he and Carney were present, expressing regret that "...I failed to see you when you were here...I am so preoccupied and anxious...
[Item #14479]
Price: $300.00
 
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Jack Carney, dated July 23, 1919
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Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Art Young, dated Nov. 11, 1912
[Terre Haute]: 1912. Brief letter in which Theodore Debs writes on behalf of his older brother, the prominent Socialist and Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs, a few days after the end of Debs' unsuccessful Presidential campaign of 1912: "Dear Comrade Young - Gene wishes me to send you a thousand...
[Item #14481]
Price: $300.00
 
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Art Young, dated Nov. 11, 1912
11.

Golden Sections. With an Introduction by Wyndham Lewis
London: Methuen, 1957. First Edition. A notable association copy. Ayrton (1921-1975) was among the preeminent British artists of the post-war period; like Shahn, he applied his talents to an impressively wide range of projects, including stage design, typography, illustration, criticism and broadcasting. Also like Shahn, Ayrton frequently found himself at...
[Item #14159]
Price: $450.00
 
Golden Sections. With an Introduction by Wyndham Lewis
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A Letter from Ernst Barlach
Northampton: Gehenna Press, 1957. First Edition. A very scarce and early production of Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press, probably not intended for commerce and distributed as a keepsake to friends of the press. OCLC locates only 7 copies. One of 150 copies issued as a keepsake by the Press. 12mo. Unprinted...
[Item #18925]
Price: $450.00
 
13.

Souvenir From Washington State Prison by Eugene Barnett [Cover from title: Souvenir From Washington State Penitentiary By 9414]
Walla Walla: by the Author, n.d. Eugene Barnett was one of eight I.W.W. members convicted of murder in the wake of the 1919 Centralia Massacre. He was released in 1931, having served a little less than eleven years of his twenty-five year sentence. During his incarceration, Barnett continued to agitate...
[Item #14807]
Price: $850.00
 
Souvenir From Washington State Prison by Eugene Barnett [Cover from title: Souvenir From Washington State Penitentiary By 9414]
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Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
New York: Pantheon / Bollingen Series XXXV, 1953. First Edition. Very nice association copy of Maritain's treatise on the relationship between art and spiritual experience, a theme which played an ever-increasing role in Shahn's work in the 1950s and 60s. Quarto (25cm). Cloth-backed tan linen boards, stamped in gilt; xxxii...
[Item #14274]
Price: $500.00
 
Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch
New York: Pantheon Books / Bollingen Series IX, 1947. First Edition. Broch, an Austrian, escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, going first to England and then to the United States, where he eventually settled in Princeton, just a few miles from the Shahns' home town of Roosevelt, New Jersey. His novel...
[Item #14228]
Price: $1,500.00
 
On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch
16.

Three Erfurt Tales
North Hills, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1962. First, Limited Edition. The third title from Henry Morris's Bird & Bull Press. Scarce; this a particularly fresh copy with a compelling association. 12mo. Cloth boards; viii, 62, iii pp. One of 310 copies. Presentation to Ben Shahn from Lessing Rosenwald on...
[Item #14163]
Price: $750.00
 
Three Erfurt Tales
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Los Aguinaldos Del Infante: Glosa de Epifania / The Child's Gifts: A Twelfth Night Tale
San Juan: Pava Prints Inc, 1962. First Edition Thus. First produced as a radio play in 1954, with an original score by Jack Delano, Blanco's collection of Epiphany stories has become one of the great classics of Puerto Rican literature. Delano (1914-1997), whose first training was as a composer, rose...
[Item #14164]
Price: $500.00
 
Los Aguinaldos Del Infante: Glosa de Epifania / The Child's Gifts: A Twelfth Night Tale
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Boardman Robinson. With Chapters by Arnold Blanch & Adolf Dehn
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1946. First Edition. Quarto (33cm). Tan linen boards lettered in gilt; pictorial dustjacket; xv, 132pp + 63 leaves of plates. Inscribed by Boardman Robinson on verso of frontispiece: "Especially signed for my colleague Florence Quirk / Boardman Robinson," datemarked Colorado Springs, 1946. A tight, Near...
[Item #14325]
Price: $250.00
 
Boardman Robinson. With Chapters by Arnold Blanch & Adolf Dehn
19.

Christianity and Art
Cappel-y-ffin: Frances Walterson, 1927. First, Limited Edition. GILL 13: "...Comprises two esays which originally apeared in Blackfriars...both were revised for the present publication and again revised and reprinted in shortened form and as separate essays in Art-Nonsense..." One of 200 signed copies. Small octavo (20cm); original blue buckram, lettered in...
[Item #14069]
Price: $400.00
 
20.

AN ESSAY ON TYPOGRAPHY by Eric Gill, comprising a Composition of Time & Place (p.3) and chapters as follows: on Lettering (p.25), on Typography (p.61) on Punch cutting (p.77), on Paper & Ink (p.83), on the Compositor’s ‘Stick’, here called "the Procrustean Bed" (p.90), on the Instrument (p.97) and a final chapter on the Book (p.105)
London: Sheed & Ward, 1931. First, Limited Edition. Attractive copy of an important and uncommon Gill work. This was the fourth book from the press of Hague & Gill, and marks an early if not the first use of Gill's Joanna type. GILL 21. Limited to 500 signed copies printed...
[Item #14070]
Price: $500.00
 
21.

Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It
New York: Frederick Stokes, 1932. Later Printing. Brandeis's series of articles exposing conflicts of interest between investment bankers and the industrial trusts, originally published in 1913, proved sufficiently prescient to warrant this Depression-era reissue. It has rarely been out of print since. This a tight, attractive copy with a nice...
[Item #18434]
Price: $150.00
 
Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It
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La Mano Dell'Uomo
Rome: Edizioni dell'Elefante, 1965. First, Limited Edition. A visual paean to the human hand, with numerous illustrations by the author. An uncommon work by the Italian caricaturist and surrealist painter, among the leading anti-Fascist artists of the post-war period. Very scarce; none others in commerce; only two copies located in...
[Item #14158]
Price: $750.00
 
La Mano Dell'Uomo
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The Long Loneliness: An Autobiography. Introduction by Daniel Berrigan
New York: Harper & Row, 1981. Reprint. Nice association copy of a much later reprint of Day's autobiography (originally published 1952). From the library of Wyatt Day, nephew of Dorothy Day. Octavo. Pictorial card wrappers (softcover); xxiii, 288pp; illus. This copy inscribed on half-title: "All blessings to Wyatt Day -...
[Item #16477]
Price: $75.00
 
The Long Loneliness: An Autobiography. Introduction by Daniel Berrigan
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Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University
Cambridge: President and Fellows of Harvard University, 1956. First Edition. Wald's inscription refers to a passage in the book which quotes an unnamed "eminent artist" - Shahn, it turns out - regarding his notions of an ideal education for an aspiring artist, one that will provide "an education without stifling...
[Item #14242]
Price: $300.00
 
Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University
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Dr. Sadhu's Muffins
Erin, Ontario: Press Porcepic, 1974. First Edition. Excellent association copy of the influential Canadian poet McCaffery's scarce second book. Includes a brief postscript in which McCaffery outlines his experimental poetics: "...these poems were attempts to produce text which directly presented language-material without the intrusion of my own consciousness." Octavo, illustrated...
[Item #16070]
Price: $350.00
 
Dr. Sadhu's Muffins


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