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1 Apte, Helen Jacobus. Heart of a Wife: The Diary of a Southern a Southern Jewish Woman. Edited and with essays by her grandson, Marcus D. Rosenbaum.
Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources Inc., (1998). First Edition. 
Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, softbound (slick, photo. illus. wrappers), xvii + 222 pp. Fine. From lower cover: A sizzling portrait of a Southern Jewish woman: self-educated, nurtured on novels, poetry, and the classics, caught in a lifelong struggle between duty and desire. For forty years, Helen Jacobus Apte wrote in her diary from every compass point of the heart. Her rich inner life glistens through her grandson's deft and subtle editing. 
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2 Bacon, Rev. William F. A Sermon, In Memoriam of Rev. John Kimball Young, D. D., For Thirty-Five Years Pastor of the Congregational Church, Laconia, N. H., Delivered by Rev. William F. Bacon, July 11, 1875.
Laconia, NH: Democrat Office, 1875. 
12mo, string-bound (printed wrappers), 23 pp. Tear along spine; otherwise,Very Good+, with light sunning to edges. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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3 Beveridge, Albert J. The Life of John Marshall. Volume I: Frontiersman, Soldier, Lawmaker 1755-1788; Volume II: Politician, Diplomatist, Statesman 1789-1801; Volume III: Conflict and Construction 1800-1815; Volume IV: The Building of the Nation 1815-1835. [Four volumes].
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-1919. 
Four volumes. Octavo, ribbed green cloth (hardcover), uncut, xxvi, 506 pp + xviii, 593 pp + xxii, 644 pp + xviii, 668 pp. Color frontispieces, b&w plates. Near-Fine, mostly unopened, in chipped and spine-darkened dust jackets. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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4 Buck, Pearl S. The Kennedy Women: A Personal Appraisal.
New York: Cowles Book Company, [1970]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth & boards (hardcover), 218 pp. Photos. Former-owner inscription; otherwise, Near-Fine in a chipped dust jacket. 
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5 Campbell, Tom W. Two Fighters and Two Fines: Sketches of the Lives of Matthew Lyon and Andrew Jackson.
Little Rock, Arkansas: Pioneer Publishing Company, 1941. Second Edition. 
Octavo, tan cloth (hardcover), burgundy spine labels, gilt letters, 557 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner bookplate. From Foreword: ...I have in this book reviewed the records of two of the most fearless of the founders of this great American REpublic, whose wise tenets and patriotic practices are some of the ancient landmarks that have been much shoved about in recent years...” 
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6 Cater, Harold Dean. Henry Adams and His Friends: A Collection of His Unpublished Letters. Compiled, with a Biographical Introduction, by Harold Dean Cater.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company / The Riverside Press Cambridge, 1947. 
First Edition. Octavo, green cloth, brown labels, gilt letters, 797 pp. Very Good+ in a chipped dust jacket. ‘This new collection of Henry Adams letters throws fresh light on the man. Here is the well-known Adams brusqueness and eccentricity, and here also is his litt-known warmth and tenderness. This is the most complete picture yet presented of Henry Adams. He emerges as a scholar, teacher, writer, and warm-hearted dilettante. There are about 650 letters in this collection, written to a hundred different people, and they date from 1858 to 1918...An important introduction brings out many significant details of Adams's life...it also offerrs a much needed interpretation of his autobiography. The book resents a picture of sixty years of American and world history with pungent and spicy comments on life in Boston, Washington, and the capitals of Europe, with a shrewd appraisal of many important public figures...' 
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7 Catton, Bruce. Waiting for the Morning Train: An American Boyhood.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1972. 
First Edition. Of an edition of 250, this is No. 147. Signed by the Author. Octavo, maroon cloth (hardcover), 260 pp. Photos. Fine in original slip case. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 Chittenden, L. E. Personal Reminiscences, 1840-1890. Including Some Not Hitherto Published of Lincoln and the War.
New York: Richmond, Croscup & Co., 1893. 
Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, uncut, ix, 434 pp. Near-Fine, with very slight rubbing along edges. A Sampling of Contents: The Earliest Free Soil Organization -- The Origin of the Republican Party; The Van Burens -- The New York Barn-Burners; The Early Bench and Bar of Vermont; A Lesson in Banking; The Third House Journal -- How We Reformed Legislation in 1850; Wooden Side Judges of the County Courts; The Vermont Floodwood or Right Arm of her Defence; Secretary Chase and His Financial Policy; Judge Lynch -- An Incident of Early Pacific Railroad Travel; The Story of Mitchell Sabattis; The Death of Lincoln; some Men Whom I Knew In Washington duuring the Civil War; Abraham Lincoln: A Study. 
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9 Colesworthy, D. C. John Tileston's School. Boston, 1778-1789: 1761-1766. Also, his Diary from 1761 to 1766.
Boston: Antiquarian Book Store, 1887. First Edition. 
12mo, brown cloth (hardcover), marbled endpapers, gilt letters, 80 pp. Near-Fine. 
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10 Dunaway, L. S. Jeff Davis, Governor and United States Senator: His Life and Speeches. With Personal Reminiscences by L. S. Dunaway. Introduction by Judge J. V. Bourland.
Little Rock, Ark.: Democrat Print. & Litho. Co., 1913. 
1st edition. Octavo, red cloth, 255 pp. Very Good; hinges just beginning. 
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11 Dykeman, Wilma and James Stokely. Seeds of Southern Change: The Life of Will Alexander.
New York: The Norton Library, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1962. 
Octavo, softbound, xvi, 343 pp. Very Good+, with remainder mark (black inked mark to the lower edge of pages). Had Will Alexander not shunned the limelight, he might already be a national legend, for he was one of the greatest white champions of the Negro cause in the South from 1915 to 1954. A farm boy who worked his way through Vanderbilt University and became a Methodist minister, he was a tireless enemy of the abuses, large and petty, which he saw around him. In 1919 Will Alexander helped establish the Commission on Interracial Co-operation in Atlanta... 
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12 Garraty, John Arthur, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of American History, Michigan State College. Silas Wright. [Studies in History, Economics and Public Law. Edited by the Faculty of Political Science of Columbia University, Number 552].
New York: Columbia University Press, 1949. First Edition. 
Octavo, hunter green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 426 pp. Former-owner signatures; otherwise, Fine, in original, chipped glassine jacket. From dust jacket: Silas Wright's own letters have provided the framework for this biography. As one of the most prominent politicians of the Jackson era his correspondence touched upon many important personages and issues first in New York State and then in the nation as a whole. But Wright was a completely unpretentious man, which accounts in part for the undeservedly mior space allotted to him in today's histories. It is certainly true that he did not consider his correspondence to be the property of posterity. He kept no copies of his own letters and with a few exceptions destroyed his incoming mail as soon as he had attended to it. So his biographer must rely principally on the letters which he wrote to others... 
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13 Gilmore, Mikal. Shot in the Heart.
New York: Doubleday, [1994]. First Edition, As Stated. 
Octavo, softbound, xii, 403 pp. Near-Fine. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Astonishing..a shattering portrait of a family...a remarkable and devastating book. 
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14 Gray, Edward G. The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler.
New Haven: Yale University Press, (2007). First Edition. 
Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, gray cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xi + 224 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. From dust jacket: During the course of his short but extraordinary life, John Ledyard (1751-1789) came in contact with some of the most remarkable figures of his era: the British explorer Captain James Cook, the American financier Robert Morris, the revolutionary naval commander John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others. Ledyard lived and traveled in remarkable places as well, journeying from the New England backcountry of Connecticut to Tahiti, Hawaii, the American Northwest coast, Alaska, and the Russian Far East. In this engaging biography, the historian Edward Gray offers not only a full account of Ledyard's eventful life but has also an illuminating view of the late eighteenth-century world in which he lived. Ledyard was both a product of empire and an agent in its creation, Gray shows -- and through this adventurer's life it is possible to discern the many ways empire shaped the lives of nations, peoples, and individuals in the era of the American Revolution -- the world's first modern revolt against empire. 
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15 Greenwood, Annie Pike. We Sagebrush Folks. Foreword by Jo Ann Ruckman.
Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Press, [1988]. 
Octavo, softbound, xxiii, 489 pp. Fine (As New). “We Sagebrush Folks tells the experiences of a woman of education, refinement, and culture, who went with her husband to plow up wealth in the land under the then new Minidoka Irrigation Project in Southern Idaho...She writes with intelligence, a notable gift for expression, and a considerable interest in and knowledge of economics. An intimate, colorful portrayal of the daily life of the sagebrush farmers and their families, mercilessly truthful, but written with vivacity, cleverness, and humor, full of anecdotes, tales, and incidents that are often amusing, sometimes tragic, but always told with a keen sense of their dramatic values.” 
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16 Griscom, Lloyd C. Diplomatically Speaking.
London: John Murray, 1941. First Edition. 
Octavo, burgundy cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, viii, 478 pp. Near-Fine, with bumped corners. Autobiography of an American diplomat. Born in Riverton New Jersey, 1872, became Minister to Persia in 1901. He held the corresponding post in Japan (1902-06) and was ambassador to Brazil (1906-07) and to Italy (1907-09). 
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17 Henderson, Eloise Cozens. Preachin' Every Fourth Sunday.
Columbus, GA: Quill Publications, [1987]. 
Signed by the Author. 12mo, softbound (yellow illus. wrappers), vi, 155 pp. Very Good+, with light wear to spine, former-owner signature. Illustrated. “Preachin' Every Fourth Sunday is a partial autobiography of the author -- in particular, her early life as an orphaned child who had an overwhelming love for her older sister, from whom she was constantly being separated. Interwoven with the story of childhood antics is a touching concern for her sister's happiness -- the motivation of her efforts to persuade her sister to accept the new parents as she did...” 
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18 Hobrock, Peg Masters. Asafetida: That Was My Bag.
Philadelphia: Dorrace & Company, [1973]. 
Octavo, olive green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 44 pp. Fine, in like dust jacket. “Here is a collection of warmly nostalgic, often witty descriptions of a bygone era at the beginning of the century, before the advent of automobiles, electrical appliances, and pollution...There is real insight into the innocence and wisdom of the era, conveyed through subjects as diverse as...chicken, telephones, women's lib, and the movies. The author's tone is wonderfully wry, and vibrates with a zest and appreciation for even the commonplace which makes living worth the trip.” 
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19 Jackson, H. C. “Bud.” The Good ‘Uns: The Memoir of H. C. “Bud” Jackson
Fresno, CA: Pioneer Publishing Co., (1980). First Edition. 
Inscribed and signed by the author. Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), 272 pp. Photos. Fine. 
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20 Janowsky, Oscar I.; Editor. The American Jew: A Composite Portrait.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, (1942). 
Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), uncut, xi, 322 pp. Very Good+, with lightly rubbed edges and rubbed fep. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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