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McGuane, Thomas.
Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine dust jacket. Thomas McGuane has been heralded as an unrivaled master of the short story. Now the arc of that achievement appears in one definitive volume—forty-five stories, including two new and six previously uncollected pieces. Set in the seedy corners of Key West, the remote shore towns of the Bahamas, and McGuane’s hallmark Big Sky country with its vast and unforgiving landscape, these are stories of people on the fringes of society, whose twisted pasts meddle with their chances for companionship. Moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again, McGuane writes about familial dysfunction, emotional failure, and American loneliness, celebrating the human ability to persist through life’s absurdities.

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[Puget Sound HIstory] Walkinshaw, Robert.
On Puget Sound. With 21 Drawings by Jeanie Walter Walkinshaw.
A Fine copy in a Very Good unclipped dust jacket with a large piece of the rear panel missing. This copy is signed by both the author and the illustrator. This volume is Walkinshaw's local historical and geographical work on the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The author provides a very early study of the Puget Sound landscape with special emphasis on Mount Rainier, the Nisqually Palins region, the Alki Beach area of West Seattle,.

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[Japanese Literature] Kawabata, Yasunari.
Palm-of-the-Hand Stories.
A Fine copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. This volume collects for the first time in English over seventy of the Nobel Prize winner's "palm-sized" stories. Yasunari Kawabata felt the essence of his art was to be found not in his longer works but in a series of short stories?which he called "Palm-of-the-Hand Stories"?written over the span of his career. In them we find loneliness, love, and the passage of time, demonstrating the range and complexity of a true master of short fiction.

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The Paris Ritz) Mazzeo, Tilar J.
The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life , Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris.
A Near Fine tight copy with a remainder mark on the bottom edge in a Fine dust jacket. Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime, when the Hôtel was simultaneously headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and home to exclusive patrons, including Coco Chanel. Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery. Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance.

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[Mystery] Hammett, Dashiell.
Nightmare Town: Stories.
A Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with two short closed edge tears.. These twenty short stories unavailable in book form until this collection do not duplicate any of the seven stories collected in Hammett's "The Continental Op." These stories take us back to Hammett's early years as a writer for Black Mask magazine when his talent burned bright and he wrote with force and vigor. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shows his uncanny ability to get at the truth. In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying. In Nightmare Town, Dashiell Hammett, America's poet laureate of the dispossessed, shows us a world where people confront a multitude of evils. Whether they are trying to right wrongs or just trying to survive, all of them are rendered with Hammett's signature gifts for sharp-edged characters and blunt dialogue.

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Kent, Rockwell.
Rockwell Kent's Greenland Journal. A Private Diary and Sketchbook. Illustrated by Kent.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine price-clipped dust jacket. Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), an energetic and multitalented man, pursued many interests and careers during his very long and active life. At various times he was an architect, draftsman, carpenter, unskilled laborer, painter, illustrator, printmaker, commercial artist, designer, traveler/explorer, writer, professional lecturer, dairy farmer, and political activist. Greenland Journal is his account of Account of his year's stay at Igdlorssuit, Umanak District, west Greenland, 1931-32.

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[Paris Art & Fashion] Damase, Jacques.
Sonia Delaunay: Fashion and Fabrics.
A Fine copy in illustrated paperback binding. The Russian-born artist Sonia Delaunay, who with her husband, Robert Delaunay, was a leading light of the Cubist splinter group Orphism, branched out after the First World War into a distinctive career of her own. Between 1920 and 1930, a decade full of activity and success, she produced some of the most striking and original fabric designs of modern times. She was the inventor of abstract design for fabrics, and her materials--brightly colored and filled with geometric patterns--were the rage among fashionable circles in the Art Deco era. Delaunay made imaginative waistcoats for Tristan Tzara, Louis Aragon, Rene Crevel, and other Surrealist poets. She dressed Gloria Swanson and various French film stars, the unconventional socialite Nancy Cunard, and the wife of the Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer. She also designed interiors in collaboration with the Paris architect Mallet-Stevens and created costumes for the early films of Marcel L'Herbier. Her fabrics were sold by Liberty's in London and many of the most exclusive department stores in New York. Jean Cocteau and Blaise Cendrars wrote about her fashion designs, and her decorative scarves are known to have had an influence on the work of Paul Klee.

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[Paris in the 20s] Delaunay, Sonia, Stanley Baron and Jacques Damase.
Sonia Delaunay: The Life of an Artist. A Personal Biography Based on Unpublished Private Journals.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. This volume, with the help of Delaunay's journals. sketchbooks and other personal records, traces the artist's life beginning with her childhood in Russia, her art studies in Germany, her move to Paris in 1905 where from the 1920s and 30s she blossomed in the expatriate art world. Delaunay's artistic talents appeared in bookbinding, tapestries, carpets and fabric designs.

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[Paris in the 1920s] Madsen, Axel.
Sonia Delaunay: Artist of the Lost Generation.
A Near Fine tight copy with foxing to the top and bottom edges in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Russian-born Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) was a pioneer of modernism in the Paris of Picasso and Matisse, and made her mark on the expatriate community as an artist and a feminist. Her radiant canvases, with their sun-like disks of swirling color, brought a warmth to cubism missing in the work of Braque or Gris. After the Bolsheviks confiscated her adoptive uncle's wealth during the Russian Revolution, Delaunay, already in Paris, was forced to earn a living. Her abstract textiles and graphics, and the jazz-age clothing she designed, helped define art deco. For decades, this expatriate supported herself, her son and husband, French cubist painter Robert Delaunay, portrayed here as a hopelessly impractical enfant terrible. At age 67, after restoring her late husband's eclipsed reputation, she broke out of his orbit to experiment with form and color. In this evocative biography, Madsen, juggles an astonishing cast of luminaries as he re-creates the bohemian artistic-literary circles of Paris.This is the first full length biography on the noted fashion artist and designer who lived and worked in Paris in the twenties. Sonia was the quintessential modern woman who made her own rules both in her art and private life.

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[Expatriate Meals] Rodriguez-Hunter, Suzanne.
Found Meals of the Lost Generation: Recipes and Anecdotes from 1920s Paris.
A Fine bright unread copy in a Fine bright dust jacket . The author has recreated thirty real-life Paris gatherings of artists, writers, dancers and musicians, provided the setting, the guest list, the conversation and of course the food into an engaging look at the social life of Paris in the 20s. Availing herself of more than 100 biographies, memoirs, letters and novels, Rodriguez-Hunter's research yields abundant references to food and meals of the Moderns from the now-historic banquet thrown by Picasso and Gertrude Stein for Henri Rousseau in 1908, to the exalted Cucumber Sandwiches a la Oscar Wilde served at the weekly salon of Natalie Barney; Kiki's Boeuf Daube from her native Burgandy; and the Truite Grenobloise dinner A.J. Liebling shared with his father in 1927 at Maillabuau's, then one of Paris' best restaurants. The author devotes each chapter to one or more important expat personality, from Antheil to Zelda, with a deftly distilled biography and a relevant, often amusing anecdote or quote relating to an actual meal. Once equipped with a genuine menu, she proceeds with recipes that replicate the meal as authentically as possible.

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[Memoir] Gregor, David.
The Rose Tattoo: An Intimate Memoir on the Mystery of Love.
An As New copy in illustrated paperback binding. This memoir explores the late-life romance of the author and the alluring and enigmatic Rose and the author's search for the meaning of their seemingly perfect but brief life together. Despite their affair's brevity, it provides each of them what has been missing from their lives and ultimately changes them both. The Rose Tattoo is more than the story of a romance; it is also the story of the mysterious nature of love, fate, and the sacrifices the heart sometimes demands. Set on Whidbey Island and in New Orleans, The Rose Tattoo explores how people come into our life for a reason and the sometimes painful price of happiness.

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[Northwest History] Swan, James G.
Almost Out of the World. Scenes in Washington Territory: The Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1859-61.
A Fine copy in in green cloth binding in a Near Fine dust jacket with just a hint of sunning to the spine. Beginning in 1852, James Swan was an early explorer of the Pacific Northwest and especially the region's Native American residents. He quickly learned their language, their jargon and their culture. Swan's knowledge of the native culture led to his being hired by Isaac Stevens in Washington D.C. to help Stevens craft Indian Treaties. Swan returned to the Northwest in 1859 at Stevens' suggestion and worked with the local Indian agent amongst the Makah tribe in Neah Bay expanding his knowledge of tribal legends and also worked as a teacher on the reservation. This volume is Swan's account of his two years working and exploring the northern regions of Puget Sound.

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[Cookbook] Waters, Alice.
Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. In this colume Waters and her staff of cooks offer more than 140 of the cafe's best recipes as well as chapter-opening essays on the relationships Waters created with local farmers, foragers and purveyors. Illustrated thoughout with David Goines colored block prints.

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Garcia Marquez, Gabriel.
Innocent Erendira and Other Stories.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. This collection features the novella "Innocnet Erendia" and eleven short stories. This collection of fiction, representing some of Garcia Marrquez's earlier work, includes the novella, Innocent Erenndira, in which a young girl who dreams of freedom cannot escape the reach of her vicious and avaricious grandmother.

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[Spoken Word] Brautigan, Richard.
Listening to Richard Brautigan.
A Fine record in a Near Fine sleeve with a hole punch mark through one corner of the sleeve. This vinyl recording features Brautigan reading from his works including: The Telephone Door to Richard Brautigan; Trout Fishing in America; Love Poem; A Confederate General from Big Sur; Here are the Sounds of My life in San Francisco; The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster; Revenge of the Lawn; The Telephone Door That Leads Eventually to Some Love Poems; In Watermelon Sugar; Here are Some More Sounds of My Life; Short Stories about California; Boo, Forever.

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[Art Illustrator] Bragg, C harles.
The Absurd World of Charles Bragg.
A Very Good copy with dampstaing to the boards in a Fine dust jacket. This copy is inscribed by Charles Bragg on the front flyleaf. "This intriguing first book on Charles Bragg's art displays the technical virtuosity of this provocative social commentator. The panorama of human frailties -- greed, vanity, hypocrisy, among others -- is personified in his droll, gnomelike characters, painted in rich, vibrant colors or etched with a love of the turn of a line. Bragg is often compared to Bosch, Goya, and Daumier. Like them, Bragg is a master of traditional skills, and like them he uses these skills to prick the public conscience."

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[Gardening] Rice, Graham.
The Sweet Pea Book.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. The sweet pea is one of the most popular and evocative of summer flowers, loved for its unsurpassed fragrance, range of colours and ease of cultivation. Authoritative and inspiring, The Sweet Pea Book covers: History of sweet peas; Classification; Descriptions of all available varieties; Raising sweet peas; Growing and breeding sweet peas; Problems with sweet peas (peasts and diseases); Fragrance; Sweet peas in the garden; Sweet peas in the house (cut flowers); Exhibiting sweet peas; Sweet peas in the United States; Sweet peas in Australia; Illustrated in colour throughout by studio plates, plant portraits and plant association pictures.

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[Gardening] Lloyd, Christopher.
Succession Planting for Year-Round Pleasure.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Most gardeners want their borders to be interesting and colorful over a long season, even year-round if winters are not too severe. With this book, Christopher Lloyd shows how he chooses and orchestrates plants so that the borders always look their best. Once having covered the principles of succession planting, Lloyd explores the ingredients necessary to ensure continuously lively borders---from anchor plants and permanent perennials to drop-in plants and self-sowers. Packed with fresh ideas and practical advice for every season, Succession Planting contains all the information you need to create brilliantly successful year-round planting schemes.

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[Gardening] Turner, Roger.
Tall Perennials. Larger-than-Life Plants for Gardens of All Sizes.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Tall Perennials features Roger Turner's hand-picked selection of high-performing perennials that all check in at over five feet. Spiky and ferocious, statuesque and architectural, bold and brilliantly colored, these are larger-than-life, hardy, and easy-to-grow plants that help create scale and proportion in gardens of any size. Split into two parts, Tall Perennials includes introductory chapters on the plant characteristics and combination ideas. The second part is a plant directory of more than 600 perennials.Whether you are an urban gardener looking to create the illusion of space or just looking for a new and unusual plant, Tall Perennials will help you create impact, surprise, and excitement in your garden.

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[Food Gardening] Staub, Jack.
75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden.
A Fine copy in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. Seventy-five eminently beautiful fruits and vegetables are profiled in this charming new book by expert gardener and garden designer Jack Staub. Discover produce you'll likely not see in the local supermarket, including the Asparagus Bean, Green Zebra Tomato, Prescott Fond Blanc Melon, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, True Lemon Cucumber, Turkish Orange Eggplant, and many more. Staub seeks not only to infuse America's backyard gardens with color and variety, but to enlighten and amuse with amiable text, surprising history, scraps of unexpected lore, and tidbits of culinary insight. 75 Extraordinary Vegetables shares the history, evolution, and details about each vegetable, and then provides simple solutions for using them in the kitchen every day.

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[Gardening] Verey, Rosemary.
The Flower Arranger's Garden.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. This richly illustrated reference book tells how to plan and prepare a garden, recommends specific varieties of flowers, and suggests ideas for arrangements

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[Gardening] Adams, James.
Landscaping with Herbs.
A Near Fine copy in illustrated paperback binding. Although the focus is on herbs as ornamentals in a variety of garden settings, from formal to wild, this is really an encyclopedia of herbs, including more than 600 species & cultivars. It offers a wealth of information on cultivation, folklore & history, & culinary uses.

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[Gardening] DiSabato-Aust, Tracy.
The Well-Tended Perenial Garden. Planting & Pruning Techniques.
A Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with a hint of sunning to the spine. Tracy DiSabato-Aust has devoted years of study to creating showplace gardens with minimal maintenance. Her methods of pruning and shaping perennials, thoroughly explained and illustrated here, produce more flowers, encourage lush new growth, discourage pests, stagger bloom times, and maintain vigorous health.

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[Gardening] Armitage, Allan M.
Armitage's Vines and Climbers. A Gardener's Guide to the Best Vertical Plants.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. In this comprehensive reference, renowned horticulturist Allan Armitage selects and profiles the most useful and attractive climbing plants for a wide range of sites and conditions, from well-known favourites like clematis, morning glories, and wisteria to more unusual plants like Dutchman’s pipe, passion flowers, and the tropical mandevillas. Each profile includes a general description (enlivened by Armitage’s trademark wry humour) along with the plant’s hardiness, plant family, best method of propagation, method of climbing, and etymology of botanical and common names.

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[Gardening] Meadows, Keeyla.
Fearless Color Gardens. The Creative Gardener's Guide to Jumping off the Color Wheel.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Renowned garden artist Keeyla Meadows sees the world in strong, saturated shades. Fearless Color Gardens brings this unique vision to life by showing how to use wild, uninhibited color to connect indoor and outdoor spaces and turn a garden into a work of art. Learn how to pick colors that work together; how to coordinate the colors of walls, benches, containers, and garden art; how to organize garden spaces through the use of color; and how to translate personal color preferences into tangible form in the garden. Fearless Color Gardens also features a new way of looking at color with "Keeyla's Color Triangle"; easy-to use tips on growing edibles in color themed gardens; and Keeyla's favorite plants for specific colors.

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[Gardening] Miller, Diana M.
400 Trees and Shrubs for Small Spaces. How to Grow the Right Plant in the Right Place.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Trees and shrubs are a valuable asset to a garden bringing structure, shade, year-round interest and the all-important vertical dimension. However, choosing the right ones for small gardens is a fine art, and it's all too easy to end up with heavyweight shrubs overtaking the border, dysfunctional climbers, or trees outgrowing their designated spaces. In this practical reference, woody-plant expert Diana Miller takes the anguish out of the process by recommending plants and cultivation techniques that excel in small garden spaces. Small gardens require careful planting, and the book starts by considering plants that fulfill a particular design function, such as trees that provide the right levels of shade for an underplanting of choice bulbs, columnar or weeping trees for very restricted spaces, and specimen shrubs that provide an effective foil for herbaceous perennials in a mixed border.

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[Gardening] Lacy, Allen.
The Inviting Garden. Gardening for the Senses, Mind, and Spirit.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. In The Inviting Garden, Allen Lacy speaks for the great number of dedicated and committed gardeners who share his passion for green and growing things and who take pleasure in all the rich satisfactions that the personal garden offers its makers. He also invites the beginner to take the plunge--to set forth on the lifelong journey that is the gardener's way of life. Gardening delights all the senses, each in its turn. It offers virtually less intellectual stimulation. It has a profound spiritual dimension, as a basis for the lifelong friendships that bind people together in the common and shared pursuit of making the earth flourish with beauty. Its joys are unlimited, for they engage its practitioners as whole persons, not partial beings.

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[Cultural Essays] Benjamin, Walter.
Radio Benjamin. Edited by Lecia Rosenthal.
A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine dust jacket. Walter Benjamin was fascinated by the impact of new technology on culture, an interest that extended beyond his renowned critical essays. From 1927 to ’33, he wrote and presented something in the region of eighty broadcasts using the new medium of radio. Radio Benjamin gathers the surviving transcripts, which appear here for the first time in English. This eclectic collection demonstrates the range of Benjamin’s thinking and his enthusiasm for popular sensibilities. His celebrated “Enlightenment for Children” youth programs, his plays, readings, book reviews, and fiction reveal Benjamin in a creative, rather than critical, mode.

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Lewis, C.S.
Through the Shadowlands. The Story of his Life with Joy Davidman.
A Fine copy in a Very Good plus unclipped dust jacket with a short closed edge tear to the top edge of the front panel and light fading to the fore edge of the jacket. At first glance, they were an unlikely couple: C. S. Lewis, a distinguished author and Oxford scholar, and Joy Davidman, a Jewish-American divorcée, converted Christian, mother of two, and former Communist Party member. But together they walked through life's challenges, persevering despite having their faith tested in the face of suffering and death. This amazing true story reveals the many events that occurred in the lives of two astounding Christians to bring them together and spark their love for each other. Readers will experience both their tender moments and the darkest hours where faith was tested and shaken to its very foundations. More than a biography and more than a love story, this is a moving tribute to a couple whose faith, hope, and love grew through adversity.

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[Vietnam War Literature] Jones, James.
Viet Journal.
A Near Fine copy with a previous owner name on the flyleaf n a Fine, unclipped dust jacket. The Vietnam War was winding down In 1973 when novelist James Jones was asked to go to the war zone and report on "the sights, the sound, the smells of Vietnam--after the end." Seeking one last first-hand look at war, Jones agreed to go at a time when the principal combatants were reported to be at a "cease-fire" but upon his arrival he quickly realized there was no such halt in the fighting. In this on-the-scene diary, Jones reports on his observations of an aerial bombardment, his air inspection of My Lai--the scene of a US massacre of Vietnamese civilians, survivors of the Hue massacres conducted by the Viet Cong, as well as the day to day life of military life in a war zone.

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Faulkner, William.
Uncollected Stories. Edited by Joseph Blottner.
A Fine copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket, with a small damp-stain to the top corner of the front flap. This collection of forty-five stories is comprised of short works that were not included in Faulkner's Collected Short Stories published in 1950 for a number of reason including the fact that twenty of them had been incorporated into future novels after their initial magazine publication. Twelve of the stories, though published in magazines, were never collected in book form and thirteen have never been published preciously.

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[Beat Literature] Kerouac, Jack.
The Portable Jack Kerouac. Edited by Ann Charters.
A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. This anthology of Kerouac's writing includes excerpts from the numerous volumes that tell the Legend of Duluoz, a selection of his poetry, his writings on Spontaneous Prose, Bop jazz and the Beats, his views on Buddhism, and several letters to important members of the Beat movement. 624 pages.

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[Children's Literature] Crothers, Samuel McChord.
The Children of Dickens. Illustrated by Jesse Willcox Smith.
A Near Fine copy in illustrated boards with a book plate afixed to the front pastedown. Black cloth, pictorial paste-on, This Scribner Classic features ten color plates by Smith as well as pictorial endpapers and title illustrations by E. Mallison. The text focuses only on the children from Dickens' various novels including David Copperfield, Oliver, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Paul Dombey and others.

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[Paris Photography] Stevens, Robert.
Yvon's Paris.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine dust jacket. The photographer Pierre Yves-Petit, who called himself “Yvon,” wandered the streets of Paris between the world wars looking for the moment when the shifting light and clouds would perfectly reveal the city’s ephemeral, iconic beauty. The dramatic images of the city and its people that he made during those years would become the most popular postcards in France. Yvon’s Paris reproduces more than one hundred of his loveliest images, many made from recently discovered glass negatives. This elegant and poetic collection captures the magic of Paris at its most photogenic—the way many of us romantically wish it still were. 100 duotone images.

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[Photography Memoir] Adams, Ansel.
Ansel Adams. An Autobiography.
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light bleeding of the orange cloth binding throught the jacket folds. In this bestselling autobiography, completed shortly before his death in 1984, Ansel Adams looks back at his legendary six-decade career as a conservationist, teacher, musician, and, above all, photographer. Written with characteristic warmth, vigor, and wit, this fascinating account brings to life the infectious enthusiasms, fervent battles, and bountiful friendships of a truly American original.

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[Paris iPhotography] Brassai.
The Secret Paris of the 30's.
A Near Fine copy with a hole punch to the top corner of the front panel. The Secret Paris of the '30s is one of the most evocative photographic memoirs ever published. For years it was known that Brassai had taken a series of 'secret photographs' which could not be published because of their daring nature. Alone, or in the company of friends, he discovered the forbidden Paris of the 1930s - its brothels, whores, pimps, and opium dens - the sordid yet bewitching bas-monde where high society mingled with the underworld. Brassai's photographs reveal a milieu previously known only through books such as the novels of Henry Miller (a frequent companion on his nocturnal rambles): the seamy, grimy yet infinitely exciting reality that tourists still think of when they seek 'Paris by night'. These fascinating images are accompanied by Brassai's own text, in which he describes the extraordinary conditions under which he took his photographs.

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[Astronaut Signature] Shepard, Alan & Deke Slayton.
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Alan Shepard Signed bookplate on the half title. On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation’s most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of NASA’s effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the twentieth century’s greatest feat—landing humans on another world. Collaborating with NBC’s veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America’s space exploration from the time of Shepard’s first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.

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[Cocktail Literature] Greene, Philip.
To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.
A Fine copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. In To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, Philip Greene, cocktail historian, spirits consultant, and cofounder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, offers us a view of Papa through the lens Papa himself preferred—the bottom of a glass. A bartender’s manual for Hemingway enthusiasts offers a unique take on Hemingway’s oeuvre that privileges the tastes, smells, and colors of the cocktails he enjoyed and the drinks he placed so prominently in his stories they were nearly characters themselves. To Have and Have Another delivers fascinating and lively background on the various drinks, their ingredients, their histories, and the characters—real and fictional—associated with them.

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[Garden Design] Ballinger, Barbara and Michael Glassman.
The Garden Bible. Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Space.
A Fine tight copy in Fine illustrated boards. Transforming outdoor space is one of the hottest home trends today. It expands indoor square footage, makes a property more usable, keeps homeowners healthier whether they grow vegetables or swim laps. It also makes a neighborhood more aesthetically attractive. The Garden Bible can help homeowners understand the challenges of their site and what needs to be done on an ongoing basis for their garden to develop and thrive. Explaining the many options available, this title will show you how to get it right first time. With 20 case studies, highlighting the most popular garden trends - how they transformed a site, what challenges were involved, and how the project could have been done with more affordable options - The Garden Bible will show you that not only is a great garden beautiful to look at, but it's also great for the soul.

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[Gardening Reference] Clausen, Ruth Rogers and Thomas Christopher.
Essential Perennials. The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden. Fully Illustrated.
A Fine tight unread copy in glossy illustrated boards. Essential Perennials focuses on what every gardener needs to know to choose from the thousands of perennials available, and care for the ones you already have. This A-to-Z guide is packed with more than 2,700 plants, with each entry listing flower color, bloom time, foliage characteristics, size, and light and temperature requirements. Each profile is supported by stunning color photography that showcases the flower and foliage that make each plant unique.

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[Plant History] Kingsbury, Noel.
Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants in Your Garden.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine illustrated dust jacket. The oldest rose fossil was found in Colorado and dates to 35 million years ago. Marigolds, infamous for their ability to self-seed, are named for an Etruscan god who sprang from a ploughed field. And daffodils—an icon of spring—were introduced to Britain by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Every garden plant has an origination story, and Garden Flora, by noted garden designer Noel Kingsbury, shares them in a beautifully compelling way. This lushly illustrated survey of 133 of the most commonly grown plants explains where each plant came from and the journey it took into home gardens. Kingsbury tells intriguing tales of the most important plant hunters, breeders, and gardeners throughout history, and explores the unexpected ways plants have been used.

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[Landscape Design] Cohen, Susan.
The Inspired Landscape. Twenty-one leading landscape architects explore the creative process.
A Fine tight unread copy in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. The Inspired Landscape explores the creative process of outstanding landscape architects through their most celebrated projects. Susan Cohen, the founder and director of the acclaimed Landscape Design Portfolio Series at New York Botanical Garden, illustrates the creative path taken by landscape architects like Mikyoung Kim, whose design for the Crown Sky Garden in Chicago was inspired by the interplay of music and nature. And Cornelia Oberlander, whose vision for the form of a Vancouver green roof was drawn from a Karl Blossfeld photograph of a gently undulating orchid leaf. With original sketches, plans, and photographs, this book is an extraordinary journey through the creative process.

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[Food Gardening] Benson, Matthew.
Growing Beautiful Food. A Gardener's Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit.
A Fine tight unread copy in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. With the paradigm shift toward local and homegrown food, gardeners and foodies have come to relish beautiful vegetable gardens and beautiful meals. Benson restored a time-worn gentleman's farm and operates a CSA on one small acre of the land, offering vegetables, orchard fruit, cut flowers, herbs, eggs, and honey from the property. His garden-to-table operation offers an edible feast of textures, colors, and aromas and has grown into a way to feed others, while pushing back against the industrial food system in a small but meaningful way. Growing Beautiful Food is both inspiration and instruction, with detailed growing advice for 50 remarkable crops, a memorable narrative, and evocative imagery.

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[Landscape Design] Oudolf, Piet and Noel Kingsbury.
Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman's Life.
A Fine tight copy in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. This book is an intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City, and Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Hummelo—near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands—is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year. It is Piet Oudolf’s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the new varieties of perennials that are now widely available. Hummelo tells the story of how the garden has evolved over the past three decades since Oudolf, Anja, and their two young sons moved onto the property, with its loamy sand and derelict, wood stove-heated farmhouse, in 1982.

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[Blue Music] Wald, Elijah.
Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. In this combination history of blues music and biography of Robert Johnson, Wald, a blues musician himself, explores Johnson's rise from a little known guitarist who died in 1938 to one of the most influential artists in rock and roll. From the blues' meager beginning in the early 1900s to its '30s heyday and its 1960s revival, Wald gives a revisionist history of the music, which he feels, in many instances, has been mislabeled and misjudged. Though his writing sometimes reads like a textbook, and he occasionally gets bogged down in arcane musical references, Wald's academic precision aids him in his quest to re-analyze America's perception of the blues as well as in trying to decipher the music's murky true origins and history. Using a lengthy comparison of how white Americans and black Americans define the blues, Wald demonstrates how Johnson fit into the gray area between the two. Wald combines a short bio of Johnson with detailed analysis of his songs and the mysterious tales that are associated with him, giving a thorough account of Johnson's life, music and legend. The chapter on how white guitarists like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards interpreted who Johnson was and what he played really shows why he is not one of the many forgotten early 20th-century bluesmen. Wald's theories will no doubt cause passionate discussions among true blues aficionados, but the technical and obscure nature of much of his writing will make the book more of a useful reference resource. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc

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[Food Literature] Fisher, M.F.K.
An Alphabet for Gourmets. With Drawings by Marvin Bileck.
A Fine copy in a Very Good price clipped dust jacket with sunning to the spine and a closed edge tear to the front panel. In Alphabet for Gourmets, M.F.K. Fisher arranges a selection of her essays in a whimsical way that reveals the breadth and depth of her passion. From A for (dining) alone to Z for Zakuski, "a Russian hors d'oeuvre," Fisher alights on both longtime obsessions and idiosyncratic digressions. As usual, she liberates her readers from caution and slavish adherence to culinary tradition-- and salts her writings with a healthy dose of humor.

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[Food Memoir] Fisher, M.F. K.
Map of Another Town: A Memoir of Provence.
A Near Fine copy in a price clipped dust jacket with some toning the edges. The timeless beauty of Aix de Provence, delicately and incisively perceived, is so fused with the author's own fluctuating and most feminine sensibilities that the reader finds himself absorbed in an inner life of memory, a conscious growth of understanding. During her two sojourns in Aix de Provence with her two young daughters, the author intuits, observes the sights, sounds and humanity of the "town". The pure sensate joy of perceiving the many qualities of light, the texture of aging stone, the lyric beauty of the fountains, is brilliantly communicated. Throughout Fisher retains her own identity as the American outsider, yet indulges in a deep appreciation of the Gallic provincial identity. A refreshing guide for the senses and spirit.

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Steinbeck, John.
Sweet Thursday.
A Fine copy in a bright unclipped dust jacket with a touch of wear to spine head and a tiny close tear to top edge of front panel. Sweet Thursday is the sequel to Cannery Row and set in the years after the end of World War II. According to the author, "Sweet Thursday" is the day between Lousy Wednesday and Waiting Friday. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Doc, based on Steinbeck’s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.

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[Northwest History] Meany, Edmond S.
Vancouver's Discovery of Puget Sound. Portraits and Biographies of the Men Honored in the Naming of Geolographic Features of No
A Very Good plus tight copy in blue cloth with light rubbing to the edges and a few spots of foxing in the text Edmund S. Meany (1862-1935) was a professor of botany and history at the University of Washington and became a noted historian of Seattle and Washington state and Pacific Northwest Indian tribes, as well as the author of many histories of the region. He was a Washington state legislator for the 1891 and 1893 sessions. In 1906, Meany became editor of the short-lived Washington Magazine . From 1906 until his death, he served as managing editor of the journal Washington Historical Quarterly , the official publication of the Washington State Historical Society. He was also instrumental in bringing the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition to the University's campus in 1909.

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Lopez, Barry.
Crow and Weasel. Illustrated by Tom Pohrt.
A Fine copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. This copy is signed by Lopez. Long ago, when people and animals spoke the same language, two young men left their tribe to make an adventurous voyage through the wilderness, into the unknown northland. Set in the mythic past and inspired by the traditions of the North American Plains people, this fable of self-discovery follows Crow and Weasel as they face unfamiliar perils on a quest for knowledge and wisdom. Conquering their innermost fears, the two heroes come of age and learn more than they ever could have imagined--about humanity's relationship to the land, the importance of respecting other peoples and giving thanks, and even the ery nature of friendship itself.

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