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[Boston] William S. Rossiter (ed).
DAYS AND WAYS IN OLD BOSTON. Malcom Fraser
and Jacques Reich. Boston: R.H. Stearns and Company, 1915. Cloth. book:Good.
Exterior of cover hinges beginning to crack at ends, though interior hinges still intact.
Some fraying at spine ends and corners. Book otherwise intact. Paper labels on cover
& spine still intact. Profusely illustrated with drawings, engravings and photographic
plates. Finely printed with wide margins. Nine essays covering different aspects of
Boston's cultural, literary and business history, from the colonial period to the early
twentieth century. 144 pages.
[Brooklyn] Myrna Katz Frommer & Harvey Frommer.
IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN. Harcourt & Brace,
Harvest Book, 1993., NEW. Paperback. 8x10. Profusely illustrated, index, 250 pp.
[Brooklyn] Andrea Wyatt Sexton & Alice Leccese Powers (editors),
THE BROOKLYN READER: Thirty Writers Celebrate America's
Favorite Borough. Harmony Books, NY, 1994. "
There is no other place quite
like Brooklyn. Not only has it inspired and nurtured many native writers, it has
had a profound impact on those passing through. The Brooklyn Reader features a
rich diversity of writings — short stories, poetry, essays, novels, biographies,
and plays — that offer thirty writers' unique and colorful experiences of New
York City's biggest borough. Ranging from warm, nostalgic memories of childhood
to humorous tales of new arrivals adjusting to the American way, or just stories
of life's unplanned adventures, this reading tour is a true delight.
Contributors include: Anatole Broyard, Cristina Garcia, Henry Miller, Betty Smith,
Derek Walcott, Truman Capote, Spike Lee, Isaac Bashevis Singer, William Styron,
[Chicago] Elizabeth Johnson,
CHICAGO CHURCHES, A Photographic Essay.
Chicago: Uppercase Books, 1999. NEW copy, hardcover in dust jacket;
oversize; black boards; illustrations. 1st edition. Currently in print at $45.
The first book from twenty-four year old photographer and designer Elizabeth
Johnson, Chicago Churches: A photographic Essay, is a insightful look at
the church, not just as architecture but as a reflection of the cultural
individuality within a city and, more importantly, the universality of
[Chicago]: Parker, Tony.
STUDS TERKEL: A LIFE IN WORDS. Henry Holt & Co,
1996., NEW, a pristine copy, First Edition. "
Studs Terkel: A Life in Words
is the story of a broadcasting and writing phenomenon and represents the
remarkable result of a sequence of meetings between the two supreme masters of
the tape-recorded interview, America's Studs Terkel and Britain's Tony Parker.
For forty years, Studs Terkel's daily radio talk show, based in Chicago, has won
him national recognition. His best-selling books, including Hard Times, Working,
and his Pulitzer Prize-winner "The Good War," are classics of oral history and
have brought him international fame. In this meeting of the maestros, Tony
Parker recounts Terkel's life story using Terkel's own method, that of the
tape-recorded interview. Through a kaleidoscope of voices - from John Kenneth
Galbraith, Mike Royko, and Calvin Trillin to Terkel's office assistant, his
family, friends, and the people with whom he's worked - the master interviewer
gradually emerges. But the soul of the book is found in Parker's extended
interviews with Terkel himself. This is the first biography with which Terkel
has cooperated, and in a series of fascinating conversations we come to know not
only the highlights of his life but also the personality of the man who can
discover the essence of people's lives in their answers to his questions."
[Chicago]: Carol Willis,
FORM FOLLOWS FINANCE: Skyscrapers and Skyline in New York and Chicago. Henry Holt & Co,
NY: Princeton Architectural Press,
1995. VG. Trade paperback; illustrations; dense. "Although fundamental factors of program, technology, and economics make tall
buildings everywhere take similar forms, skyscrapers in New York and Chicago
developed very differently in the first half of the 20th century. In contrast to
standard histories that counterpose the design philosophies of the Chicago and
New York 'schools,' Form Follows Finance shows how market formulas produced
characteristic forms in each city - 'vernaculars of capitalism' - that resulted
from local land-use patterns, municipal codes, and zoning. Refuting some common
cliches of skyscraper history such as the equation of big buildings with big
business and the idea of a 'corporate skyline,' this book emphasizes the
importance of speculative development and the impact of real estate cycles on
the forms of buildings. Form Follows Finance demonstrates that cities are
complex commercial environments where buildings are businesses, space is a
commodity, and location and image have value."
[Lincoln] James L. Kee,
LINCOLN, THE PRAIRIE CAPITAL: AN ILLUSTRATED
HISTORY.. Windsor Publications, 1988., NEW. PAPERBACK. 8.5x11.
Profusely illustrated with prints & photographs. Bibliography,
index, 123 pp.
[New York] Rev. John Butler,
CHURCHYARDS OF TRINITY PARISH IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 1657 - 1969.
NY: Corporation of Trinity Church, 1969. VG--
(light rubbing to wrappers). Trade paperback;
illustrations; scarce. 1st (of this) edition.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1918. VG- (light wear to boards, old price in ink to
flyleaf, bookplate). Blue boards. 1st edition.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1918,. G (with scratches and discoloration to boards,
tiny tears to t). Blue boards. 1st edition.
HARVARD CLASS OF 1902 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY REPORT..
Harvard University Press., 1952. Very good. Red cloth. No
obvious wear ~ nice condition. 717 pages. Laid in: an 18-page booklet: HARVARD 1902
FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY REUNION 1952.
Kropp, Simon, F.,
THAT ALL MAY LEARN: New Mexico State University, 1888-1964.
Los Cruces: NM State U Press. 1972.
VG+ in G+ (minor tears and stains, light
wear) dust jacket. Brown boards; illustrations; SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 1st edition,.
Clary, James, et al,
SUPERSTITIONS OF THE SEA: A Digest of Beliefs, Customs, and Mystery.
St. Clair: Maritime History in Art, 1994.
VG in VG- (light wear, minor tears) dust jacket. Oversize; illustrations, 360 pages. 1st edition,.
"Focuses on the vast array of strange, mythical and often comical beliefs of
mariners from ancient times to the present." Currently in print at $40.
~ SOLD ~
Dorson, Richard M.,
BLOODSTOPPERS & BEARWALKERS: FOLK TRADITIONS OF THE UPPER
PENINSULA. VG/VG. Cambridge, Mass.:
Harvard , 1952. First Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket. No obvious flaws to book. Some
chipping to jacket. Jacket in mylar protector. Jacket price-clipped. Illustrated with
photographs. Extensive notes. Index, 305 pages. $40.00
OZARK FOLKLORE: An Annotated Bibliography in Two Volumes.
Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1987.
Vol. 1: VG+, lacks jacket, 354 pages; Vol. 2: VG+/VG+, 572 pages.
THE IMMIGRANT CHURCH AND COMMUNITY: Pittsburgh
Slovak Catholics and Lutherans, 1880-1915.
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987. NEW copy, green boards, issued
by publisher without dust jacket. 1st edition. "A rigorously researched and
carefully constructed monograph on the formation of Slovak
Catholic and Lutheran churches and communities in the
pre-World War I Pittsburgh area."
-- Journal of American Ethnic History.
OUT OF PRINT.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY:
Immigrants, Workers, and Citizens in the American Republic, 1880-1920.
University of Illinois Press, 1997. NEW copy. Hardcover issued without dust
jacket. 344 pp.
"Reassesses the American immigrant experience from an international perspective,
seeing it as a transatlantic interaction between social movements, intellectual
influences, and militant networks in the old and new worlds."
Dunne, Finley Peter,
MR DOOLEY AND THE CHICAGO IRISH: The Autobiography
of a 19th-century Ethnic Group.
Washington DC: Catholic Univeristy of America Press, 1987.
VG (adhesive shadow). Trade paperback. 1st (of this)
edition, 329 pages. "Crosby unfolds the mystery of personal
uniqueness, shedding new light on the unrepeatability of each
human person." OUT OF PRINT.
Garcia, Mario T.,
DESERT IMMIGRANTS: The Mexicans of El Paso, 1880-1920.
(New Haven: Yale U Press. 1981). As new,
trade paperback; illustrations, 328 pages. "The book is a major
contribution- the product of serious research, competently
written, and almost entirely free of partisan emotion."
-C.L. Sonnichsen, Journal of Arizona History,
7th printing. Currently in print at $21.
Gish, Theodore and Richard Spuler, ed.
EAGLE IN THE NEW WORLD: German Immigration to Texas
and America. Fine/fine.
College Station: Texas A&M Press, 1986. 1st edition. 252 pages.
OUT OF PRINT.
HAIR OF THE DOG: Irish Drinking and Its American
Stereotype. NY: Continuum. 2000.
NEW copy, trade
paperback. 1st edition. 224 pages. "Stivers's 1976 work examines the roots of the unfortunate
stereotype in both Ireland and the United States that the
Irish are brawlers and barflies. For this edition, Stivers
has revised his findings and added a new foreword by Andrew
Greeley." -- Library Journal. OUT OF PRINT.