Notable recent acquisitions, together with some interesting items you may have missed
Ever wonder how to be a telegraph operator? Wonder no more. These 34 recent acquisitions also include some fine 1920s fiction in dust jackets... some of the best New Yorker graphics ever... and some fine Western Americana including scarce Arthur H. Clark Company and "Western Frontier Library" titles and products from the strange (and strangely prolific) Father Crocchiola.
This eclectic selection includes two 1900 beauties (1st illustrated edition of Westcott's David Harum in jacket, 1st of Stratemeyer's On to Pekin as fresh as when published) and two pop stars who died young in Texas crashes (Rick Nelson inscribes choice colorized early portrait, Johnny Horton inscribes 45rpm pictorial sleeve).
What do a French socialist, a Spanish classical guitarist, a Declaration of Independence signer and the father of modern philanthropy have in common? All are autograph items in our latest e-list, together with a few mysteries, kids series titles and other books and documents that intrigued us...
A little bit of this, a little bit of that: Books on Native Americans and the stage, an 1833 broadside from London's Drury Lane Theatre, a tiny signed photograph of General Tom Thumb's competitor....
Our first e-list of select new arrivals includes a document in which one former slave Underground Railroad leader in St. Louis sends funds to another in New Orleans; Barnaby Conrad's book on bullfighting with his original sketch of a matador; one of few surviving music manuscripts of a "Howdy Doody Show" song; and a letter from 22-year-old Stephen Ambrose in a first edition of the first published title bearing his name.