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Angel in the Forest

By: Young, Marguerite; Van Doren, Mark (Introduction by)

Price: $12.88

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1966

Seller ID: 003091

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


Angel in the Forest is excellent history, and at the same time it is a tale of such mysterious force, with such a rush of riches coming at us all the time, that we must wonder why so few other historians make the utmost of their subjects as she does of hers. " So Van Doren writes in his Introduction to this extraordinary book, which is a chronicle of two Utopian experiments carried on in Indiana early in the 19th century. One was by Father George Rapp, a German mystic, who founded the first community in 1814; this was supposed to be the New Jerusalem. Giving it up in 1825, the land was sol... View more info

Black Rock: a Tale of the Selkirks

By: Connor, Ralph

Price: $6.44

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap:

Seller ID: 000923

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


No date, no edition. The story of the book is true, and chief of the failures in the making of the book is this: That it is not all the truth. The light is not bright enough, the shadow is not black enough to give a true picture of that bit of Wetern life to which the writer was some small part. Because a man's life is all he has, and because the only hope of the brave young West lies in it's men, this story is told. It may be that the tragic pity of a broken life may move some to pray, and that the divine power there is in a single brave heart to summon forth hope and courage may move some to... View more info

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I Bought Andy Warhol

By: Polsky, Richard

Price: $9.20

Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., Harry N Abrams Inc: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001426

ISBN: 0810942712

Condition: As New in Near Fine dust jacket


In 1987, art dealer Richard Polsky set aside $100, 000 to purchase a painting by famed Pop artist Andy Warhol for his private collection - a purchase that ultimately took him twelve years. His journey, spanning the years from the wild speculation of the 1980s to the recession of the 1990s, is recounted here in this funny, fast-paced, intensely readable expose of the inner workings of the art world. This entertaining tale illuminates not only Warhol the artist and his place in art history, but also the machinations and marketing that fueled his celebrity. It is both his admiration of Warhol as ... View more info

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Inventing Modern: Growing Up with X-Rays, Skyscrapers and Tailfins

By: Lienhard, John H.

Price: $11.04

Publisher: New York, Oxford Univ Press: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 002059

ISBN: 0195160320

Condition: New in New dust jacket


The Modern that we know was misleading; it was a world dancing with new X-rays, radium, and radio waves - Art Deco and Bauhaus, skyscrapers and Burma-Shave signs. Science was surely a red thread running through everything Modern. As relativity theory and quantum mechanics departed from everything we had believed to constitute reality, it was clear that nothing would remain the same - that we faced change of a magnitude hitherto unimaginable. But the immensity of the transformation that occurred just after 1900 is actually cloaked by the accomplishments it brought about. It reveals itself only ... View more info

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Mother Goose on the Loose: Illustrated with Cartoons from the New Yorker

By: Goldstein, Bobbye S. (edited by)

Price: $11.04

Publisher: Lebanon, Indiana, U. S. A., Harry N Abrams Inc: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001461

ISBN: 0810942399

Condition: As New in As New dust jacket


Who doesn't love reading the cartoons in the New Yorker magazine? Even if you've never seen them, they're a delight and the captions are very clever. Goldilocks in a police line-up? Humpty Dumpty with an H. M. O. ? The nursery isn't just for children anymore! This collection of more than eighty witty cartoons takes a hilarious second (and third) look at our most beloved childhood stories and rhymes. It includes: Hey Diddle Diddle, Little Bo-Peep, Little Jack Horner, Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog, Three Blind Mice, The Crooked Man, Little Red Riding Hood and many others. Twenty-five stories an... View more info

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Round-Trip to Deadsville: a Year in the Funeral Underground

By: Matson, Tim

Price: $10.12

Publisher: White River Jct, Vermont, U. S. A., Chelsea Green Pub Co: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 002777

ISBN: 1890132179

Condition: New in New dust jacket


Our narrator, Tim Matson, assaulted by middle-aged existential doubt and morbid preoccupation, sets out to confront the demons of death and the denizens of the funeral trade. His odyssey begins when he stares down a photograph of Ginseng Willard, a flinty old Vermonter who built his own coffin from a piano case, then used it as a bed for the rest of his natural days. Matson decides to build a coffin. He heads out on the road to learn how to go about it. Along the way he meets an unforgettable cabal of characters who populate the funeral underground - among them the Undertaker, the Anatomist an... View more info

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The Lantern-Bearers and Other Essays

By: Stevenson, Robert Louis; Treglown, Jeremy (edited by)

Price: $8.28

Publisher: Lanham, Maryland, U. S. A., Cooper Square Pub: 1999

Edition: First Cooper Square Edition

Seller ID: 002359

ISBN: 0815410123

Condition: New with no dust jacket


It is good finally to have roughly a quarter of Stevenson's essays available in one volume. Their value lies in their vivacity and style; they exhibit a descriptive immediacy and a strong sense of character. " - Library Journal. Stevenson's essays comprise an oft-overlooked trove of gems, intriguing in their content and generous in their scope. This collection of nearly three dozen of his best essays - the only anthology of its kind - spans his brief life and includes many of his most celebrated pieces and some others previously unpublished. Essays include the tender "Falling in Love&#... View more info

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Though the Heavens May Fall: the Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery

By: Wise, Steven M.

Price: $14.72

Publisher: New York, New York, U. S. A., Da Capo Pr: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 003130

ISBN: 0738206954

Condition: New in New dust jacket


Perhaps no trial changed the course of history so much as one that took place in London in 1772; the case of James Somerset, a black man rescued from a ship bound for the West Indies slave markets. At this landmark trial, two encompassing worldviews clashed in an event of passionate drama and far-reaching significance. Now noted legal historian Steven M. Wise recreates each exciting moment of the case that slave owners contended would do nothing less than bring the economy of the British Empire to a crashing halt. As the case finally drew to a close and defenders of slavery pleaded with Lord M... View more info

Up Stream; an American Chronicle

By: Lewisohn, Ludwig

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, The Modern Library: 1926

Seller ID: N-12005

Condition: Fair with no dust jacket


This definitive edition is the final form of Upstream with corrections to correspond with the original text published in 1922. Boards are very good, green with gold lettering. The spine is very discolored from the sun. 299 pages, front and back cover splitting away on the inside. A red star is stamped on the last page. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. View more info

Where Did You Go?" "Out" "What Did You Do?" "Nothing

By: Smith, Robert Paul

Price: $5.01

Publisher: Henry Z. Walck, Inc.: 1957

Seller ID: TS-19001

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Binding is discolored at edges and top of spine is worn away in one spot. 125 pages are fine, no tears or marks noted. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. View more info

Wickford Point

By: Marquand, John P.

Price: $13.84

Publisher: Time Life Books: 1980

Seller ID: N-13007

Condition: Fine with no dust jacket


Binding is fine, as new; 437 pages fine, no tears or marks. Book is about the Brill family in the '30's. Two sisters, labeled dullards and their brother, the inventor (who spends hours working out new ways to twiddle his thumbs) live off the reputation of an ancestor. 5" x 7.75" high. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. View more info