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1.

Alone with me
Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1976. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 276pp; 5 inserted leaves of black and white plates. Inscribed by author on front endpaper: "With love/Eartha Kitt," undated. Removed from a non-circulating private library, with ink ownership markings to front endpaper and accompanying black ink elisions from de-accession...
[Item #15346]
Price: $100.00
 
Alone with me. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Eartha KITT.
2.

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. Benjamin APPEL.
3.

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. Benjamin APPEL.
4.

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. ART & ARTISTS - LIBRARY of BEN & BERNARDA SHAHN, text, Arshile GORKY, Julien LEVY.
5.

Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to "Mr. Simon", dated November 15, 1941
Croton-on-Hudson: 1941. Regarding the recipient's letter to the Reader's Digest, of September 24 (Eastman had been hired as an editor for the conservative publication earlier in the same year). The subject appears to be the institution of the death penalty in the Soviet Union: "...Nobody questions the fact that the...
[Item #28255]
Price: $150.00
 
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to "Mr. Simon", dated November 15, 1941. AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS, RADICAL AUTHORS, Max EASTMAN.
6.

Typed Note, signed, to "Joesphine" [Herbst?], dated November 25, 1945
New York: 1945. Brief TNS on Eastman's personal W. 13th St. letterhead, addressed to "Josephine", dated November 25, 1945. Old folds, else Fine, with bright, clear autograph: "Dear Josephine: Thanks so much for the news -- sad as it all was -- in your letter. It was nice to hear...
[Item #28254]
Price: $150.00
 
Typed Note, signed, to "Joesphine" [Herbst?], dated November 25, 1945. AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS, RADICAL AUTHORS, Max EASTMAN.
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Typed Note, signed. 1pp, to "Miss Mendham", dated March 30, 1938
Croton-on-Hudson: 1941. Brief 1-pp TNS on Eastman's personal Croton-On-Hudson notepaper, addressed to a "Miss Mendham", dated March 30, 1938. Old folds; holograph additions in Eastman's hand; Very Good. "I shall be delighted to have you use some of my poems in your Verse Speaking Festival...perhaps the poem called "Battle Fields"...
[Item #28256]
Price: $100.00
 
Typed Note, signed. 1pp, to "Miss Mendham", dated March 30, 1938. AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS, RADICAL AUTHORS, Max EASTMAN.
8.

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. Michael AYRTON.
9.

My Life As A Rebel [Inscribed copy]
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1938. First Edition. Inscribee "E. Lauer" is not positively identified; possibly Eric H. Lauer, Dean of the University of Washington, who orchestrated a high-profile purge of Communist Party faculty from the University following WW2. Angelica Balabanoff (1878-1965), an Italian Jew, was among the founders of...
[Item #31025]
Price: $150.00
 
My Life As A Rebel [Inscribed copy]. Angelica BALABANOFF.
10.

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
 
A Letter from Ernst Barlach. Ernst BARLACH.
11.

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. BEN SHAHN, Jacques MARITAIN.
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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: $850.00
 
On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch. Rachel BESPALOFF.
13.

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: $500.00
 
Three Erfurt Tales. BIRD & BULL PRESS, Arnold H. PRICE, introd, transl, Lessing ROSENWALD.
14.

The Techniques of Communism [Inscribed & Signed to General Albert C. Wedemeyer]
Chicago: Henry Regner Company, 1954. First Edition. Anti-communist exposé by the former member of the CPUSA and Soviet spy Louis F. Budenz. At the end of World War II Budenz left the Communist Party to become its vociferous opponent, garnering the praise of Senator McCarthy for his testimony in nearly...
[Item #34233]
Price: $450.00
 
15.

A History of the Chicago Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (Presentation Copy to Abe Marovitz)
Chicago: Normandie House, 1940. First Edition. Bialis (1897-1996) was a long-serving officer of the Chicago ILGWU, and a major figure in Chicago labor. Marovitz was the first Jewish State Senator to hold office in Illinois; he went on to serve as a Federal Judge in the Illinois Northern District. A....
[Item #30043]
Price: $125.00
 
A History of the Chicago Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (Presentation Copy to Abe Marovitz). Wilfred CARSEL, Paul H. Douglas introd.
16.

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. Bruno CARUSO.
17.

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. Committee on Visual Arts, Chairman John Nicholas Brown.
18.

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: $225.00
 
Dr. Sadhu's Muffins. CONCRETE POETRY, Steve McCAFFERY.
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A World To Win
New York: Covici Friede, 1935. First Edition. Conroy's uncommon second book, a straight-up proletarian novel extolling the virtues of Soviet-style communism at the nadir of the American Great Depression. A tough book to find in nice condition. HANNA 780. RIDEOUT p.297. BLAKE p.255. Gray cloth boards, lettered in blue on...
[Item #31189]
Price: $250.00
 
A World To Win. Jack CONROY.
20.

A World To Win [Inscribed]
New York: Covici Friede, 1935. First Edition. Slightly rough but nicely inscribed copy of Conroy's uncommon second book. The inscription appears to have been written from Conroy's hospital bed (Conroy died in 1990, at the age of 1991). HANNA 780. RIDEOUT p.297. BLAKE p.255. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 348pp. INSCRIBED by...
[Item #8614]
Price: $200.00
 
21.

Spanking the Maid [Limited Deluxe Edition, Signed]
Bloomfield Hills, MI: Bruccoli Clark, 1981. First Thus. Limited to 600 copies of which this is no. XVIII of 45 copies specially bound with a leaf of the fair copy manuscript. Large, slim quarto (28.5cm.); original red cushioned silk, upper cover and spine embossed in gilt, marbled endpapers; original acetate...
[Item #21135]
Price: $350.00
 
Spanking the Maid [Limited Deluxe Edition, Signed]. Robert COOVER, text, illus Rikki.
22.

For Good
Kyoto: Origin Press, 1964. First Edition. Corman almost certainly met Shahn through their mutual friend Charles Olson, who worked with Shahn in the Office of War Information during WWII and later (in 1951) brought Shahn onto the art faculty of Black Mountain College. This copy would have been inscribed during...
[Item #14206]
Price: $300.00
 
For Good. Cid CORMAN.
23.

Journey Through My Years [Inscribed]
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1946. Autobiography by the former Governor of Ohio and Democratic candidate for President of the United States (1920). Second Printing. Octavo (22cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; red topstain; dustjacket; xii, 463pp. Inscribed to a prominent English actress...
[Item #31457]
Price: $150.00
 
Journey Through My Years [Inscribed]. James M. COX.
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Portrait with Autograph Sentiment, ca 1914
N.p. Jacob S. Coxey, Sr. (1854-1951; aka "General" Coxey) was among the most colorful agitators of the early labor movement. He gained the sobriquet "General" when in 1894 he led a group of 400 unemployed laborers, popularly known as "Coxey's Army" from Massillon, Ohio to Washington, DC. to demand unemployment...
[Item #17329]
Price: $175.00
 
Portrait with Autograph Sentiment, ca 1914. Jacob S. COXEY.
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Can These Bones Live. With Forty-two Drawings by James Kearns and a Preface by Sir Herbert Read
Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1960. Revised Edition. A terrific inscription from Dahlberg, whose "Sorrows of Priapus" had been illustrated by Shahn a few years earlier: "For Ben Shahn / with deep appreciation of his own brilliant drawings done for The Sorrows of Priapus & for suggesting that Kearns do the...
[Item #14173]
Price: $1,200.00
 
Can These Bones Live. With Forty-two Drawings by James Kearns and a Preface by Sir Herbert Read. Edward DAHLBERG.


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