|Dog Ears Books
Old Days in Leelanau: 3 titles in paper. $50
1) Leland: An Historical Sketch, by Joseph Littell. Leland, MI: The Print Shop, 1981, 3rd printing (orig. 1920). 37pp. Green wraps. Very good condition.
2) Walden North: Lake Life in Leelanau, by Carole Underwood, illustrated by Don Droll. Fostoria, OH: The Gray Printing Co., 1980. Signed by author. 48pp. Illustrated wraps. Very good.
3) The Story of Leelanau, by Julia Terry Dickinson. Omena, MI: Solle’s Bookshop 1951. Signed by author. 57pp. Salmon (color) wraps. Includes photocopied index of family names referenced in the booklet, with page numbers.
(NATURAL SCIENCE; BOTANICAL)
Seeds of Woody Plants in the United States, Agricultural Handbook No. 450, prepared by the Forest Service. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1974. (Supersedes the Woody-Plant Seed Manual, Miscellaneous Publication No. 654, 1948). Introduction by C. S. Schopmeyer. Part I: Principles and General Methods of Producing and Handling Seeds; Part 2, Specific Handling Methods and Data for Seeds of 188 [listed] Genera. 883pp, copiously illustrated throughout, w/ glossary, index of authors, & index of common names for Part 2. Dark green cloth, illustrated front board, illustrated endpapers, condition VG. $60
(MICHIGAN; ILLUSTRATED; ART)
Gwen Frostic collection, hardcover in excellent condition unless otherwise noted; titles priced individually:
Enduring Cosmos, 1976, signed, $55.00
Abysmal – Acumen, 1991, first edition, signed, $85.00
Aggrandize, 1993, first edition, signed, $85.00
Synthesis, 1995, first edition, signed, $85.00
Note: Artist Gwen Frostic worked in her Benzonia studio from 1960 until her death in 2001. The shop continues to this day. Gwen Frostic’s unrestricted bequest of $13 million to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo has benefited students in arts and creative writing curricula. She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1986.
Herbert, Thomas. Travels in Persia, 1627-1629. Abridged and edited by Sir William Foster, C.I.E., with an Introduction and Notes. NY: Robert M. McBride & Co., 1929. From the Argonaut Series, edited by Sir E. Denison Ross and Eileen Power. Printed in Great Britain. 352pp w/ index. Illustrated. Dark red cloth, browned dust jacket. Publisher urges readers, “Throw off the Shackles of Your Environment and become a circumnavigator of the globe. Go on voyages of discovery with explorers, scientists and soldiers of fortune. Travel across the Atlantic and see the Old World. Visit the American Wonderlands. Cheat life of its wearying grind.” Etc. A vivid travel classic. VG/G. $150
(HISTORY; CIVIL WAR; MEMOIR)
MY STORY OF THE WAR: A WOMAN'S NARRATIVE OF FOUR YEARS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AS NURSE IN THE UNION ARMY, AND IN RELIEF WORK AT HOME, IN HOSPITALS, CAMPS, AND AT THE FRONT, DURING THE WAR OF THE REBELLION, WITH ANECDOTES, PATHETIC INCIDENTS, AND THRILLING REMINISCENCES PORTRAYING THE LIGHTS AND SHADOWS OF HOSPITAL LIFE AND THE SANITARY SERVICE OF THE WAR, by Mary A. Livermore. Superbly illustrated. Hartford, CT: A. D. Worthington & Company, 1889. Full leather. Light wear, as is to be expected. Very good condition. $80
(OUTDOOR; CAMPING; SURVIVAL)
HOW TO GET OUT OF THE RAT RACE AND LIVE ON $10 A MONTH, by George Leonard Herter & Berthe E. Herter. Revised 7th edition, 1975. Hardcover, silver covered boards, front board illustrated. Many illustrations within. 656pp. Excellent copy. $80
DOCTOR DOGBODY'S LEG, by James Norman Hall. Boston: Little, Brown, 1940, 2nd printing. This is a very rare edition of an uncommon title by the co-author of the famous MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. There is mild bumping to spine ends and one small nick to top of front board, with some code numbers ffep; otherwise, a very clean, tight copy. $800
PORGY, by Du Bose Heyward. Grosset & Dunlap reprint by arrangement with George H. Doran Co., in same year as original printing: 1925. Illustrated with woodcuts by Theodore Nadejen. This is the novel that became the stage play that became the musical. Black cloth/no dj. Near VG. $50
WOODWARD'S COUNTRY HOMES, by Geo. E. Woodward, architect and civil engineer. NY: Geo. E. Woodward, 1865. Dark green cloth, gilt title on spine. 188pp, generously illustrated with floor plans, details, and views of finished homes. Light wear. Nice copy. $45
THE LITERARY DIGEST HISTORY OF THE WORLD WAR, COMPILED FROM ORIGINAL AND CONTEMPORARY SOURCES: AMERICAN, BRITISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, AND OTHER, by Francis Whiting Halsey, in ten volumes – illustrated. NY & London: Funk & Wagnalls, 1920. As the title indicates, this is a 10-volume history, each volume illustrated with maps and black-and-white photographs, of that deadly series of conflict a century ago now known as World War I. The text draws on a multitude of sources, providing various perspectives on the causes (“The event at Serajevo can never be well understood except in the light of the wars that immediately preceded it in the Balkan countries”) and conduct of the war and offers a timely lesson for readers today: The world was no less complicated 100 years ago – and many of those old conflicts are still reverberating today. Each volume is bound in handsome blue cloth, and all are in good or better condition, with very little wear. $75
(HISTORY; ANCIENT HISTORY; CLASSICS)
XENOPHONTIS DE CYRI INSTITUTIONE, LIBRI OCTO. London: Redmayne, 1720. Full leather. Greek text, 232 pp + index; Latin text, 271 pp + index. Lower right corner of leather-covered front board gouged, with resulting damage to title page; very small (1 cm) hole worn in upper back back board. Hinges cracked but no apparent exterior damage to spine. Previous owner name in faded ink (small) on title page, along with "Numb. 175" from owner's library also marked in same pale ink. Photographs available on request. $200. Would make an attractive companion to THE WHOLE WORKS OF XENOPHON, translated, described below and priced at $150. Both available, together, for $300.
(ART) OCCLUDED FRONT, by James Turrell. Los Angeles: Lapis Press, 1985. 7500 copies printed. “In this volume several distinguished members of the art community respond to the art of James Turrell. The artist’s non-object works, fashioned from the ‘material’ of light into spaces that address the nature of perception, are examined. The works discussed range from his 1967 projected light pieces, through the full-space installation pieces, to his largest work-in-progress, the Roden Crater project. / Turrell’s work exists in the realm between physical limitations of vision and the learned limits of perception. He is an experienced pilot, whose vision has been influenced by his life in the sky. Paper, 157pp, illustrated in color and black-and-white. 10-1/2” x 9.” Very good condition. $200
ELEMENTARY FORGE PRACTICE, A Text-Book for Technical and Vocational Schools, Revised and Enlarged, by Robert H. Harcourt. Peoria, IL: The Manual Arts Press, 1917, 1920, 1938. Sturdy, clean clothbound copy, 182pp w. illustrations & index. $50
GEOLOGY OF WISCONSIN AND UPPER MICHIGAN, INCLUDING PARTS OF ADJACENT STATES, by Rachel Krebbs Paul & Richard A. Paull. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1977. Paperbound, 232pp. w/ photographs, drawings, charts, tables, glossary & index. Some cover wear. G+ $50
+ TWO by DUANE DECKER:
(1) LONG BALL TO LEFT FIELD. NY: William Morrow & Co., 1958. Third printing, 1959. XL in library binding with illustrated front board. Good condition. $40
(2) (2) SHOWBOAT SOUTHPAW. William Morrow & Co., 1960, 1st printing. XL in library binding with illustrated front board. Good condition. A hard-to-find Decker title. $400
Both of these books show some wear to front boards and minor soil and remnants of library pockets, but the Good rating is solid. Titles from Decker’s legendary series of boys’ sports stories about a fictional baseball team, the Chicago Blue Sox.
THE GOLDEN CAGE: THREE BROTHERS, THREE CHOICES, ONE DESTINY, by Shirin Ebadi. Kales Press, 2011. 2011005921. Signed by author on half-title page. Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, the first Iranian to become a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. VG/VG. $55
COMPLETE HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY, by William Boulton. Mt. Pleasant, MI: CMU, undated facsimile reprint of orig. 1876. 54pp, wraps, VG other than fading to spine. Hard to find. $25
THE INDIANA HOME, by Logan Esarey, designed and illustrated by Bruce Rogers, with an introduction by R. E. Banta. Bloomington & Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1976 edition, 1st printing. Clothbound with pastedown decorative cover. Clean throughout, tight and crisp. VG. $30
U.S. MILITARY KNIVES BAYONETS & MACHETES, BOOK III, by M. H. Cole. Birmingham, AL: M. H. Cole, 1979. 222 pp. with illustrations on every page. From author’s introduction: “Initially, this volume was to be the combination of Books I and II plus drawings of several additional knives observed since the latter was published in 1973. But, upon attempting the consolidation, it became evident that many pages from both books would have to be redrawn. Added to this, many collectors ... were kind enough to send numerous, never before observed [presumably never before observed by the author], specimens to be drawn for the book. Actually, there are over one hundred fifty new drawings of knives included within, resulting in this much expanded text [emphasis added].” This is a clean, unmarked copy, without so much as a previous owner’s name written in it. On some areas of the edges of the cloth-covered boards either the varnish didn’t take or has been eaten away, but it doesn’t look like dampstaining, and the book has no other serious flaws. Dust jacket is chipped with small areas missing on spine ends; now protected in Brodart archival cover. Except for the edges, I rate the book VG, the jacket G-.
THE MYSTERIOUS FLAME OF QUEEN LOANA, by Umberto Eco. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2005, 1st printing, 1st American edition, translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock. Beautiful copy. VG/VG $65
MICHIGAN AND GREAT LAKES:
THE GAME WARDEN AND THE POACHERS, by Lewis C. Reimann. Ann Arbor, MI: Northwoods Publishers, 1959. Book is in VG condition, as is dust jacket except for a sunned spine. Reimann is better known for his books BETWEEN THE IRON AND THE PINE (1951) and WHEN PINE WAS KING (1952) -- I also have signed copies of both of those – with THE GAME WARDEN AND THE POACHERS being a scarce title, which I am very pleased to offer it in this condition.
JUVENILE AND ILLUSTRATED:
THE CABOOSE WHO GOT LOOSE, by Bill Peet. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971, 1st printing. This book is bound in orange cloth, with an illustration of the caboose on the front board. Other than a small gift inscription at the top of the half-title page, it is clean throughout. With charming illustrations of the bygone era of American railroading, this story of a little caboose with personality and dreams is irresistible. No dust jacket. VG
NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE:
PROFESSIONAL GUIDE’S MANUAL, written for the North Star Guide Association by George Leonard Herter and Jacques P. Herter. Waseca, MN: Herter’s, Inc., seventh ed., 1965. Hardcover, 349 pp, profusely illustrated. Two previous owners wrote their names on the front-facing endpaper, and the binding is somewhat worn, but it is in overall GOOD condition. Herter’s was the real deal. So is this book.
White Ghost Summer, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. NY: Viking, 1967, 1st. VG/G+. $90
AGRICULTURE; APPLIED SCIENCE:
The Grape Culturist: A Treatise on the Propagation of the Native Grape, by Andrew S. Fuller. NY: Orange Judd, 1867, new and enlarged edition. 283pp + index. Many illustration. Dark green cloth w/ gilt title; bunch of grapes in gilt on spine; leaf, stem, & tendril on front board. $80
Fitzgerald, Edward, trans. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia, rendered into English verse, with an accompaniment of drawings by Elihu Vedder. Boston: Houghton Mifflin (Riverside), 1894. Illustrated text is followed by text in readable plain print, notes, and finally a biography of the poet. Decorative front cover, top edge gilt, VG. Beautiful dark decorative endpapers. Nice old bookplate + lovely gift inscription from 1905. Lovely copy. $300
The Whole Works of Xenophon, trans by Ashley Cooper, Spelman, Smith, Fielding & others, complete in one volume. NY: Derby & Jackson, 1858. 758 pp w/ text in double columns. Includes the following: The Institution of Cyrus; The Expedition of Cyrus; The Affairs of Greece; The Defence of Socrates; Memoirs of Socrates; The Banquet of Xenophon; Hiero: On the Condition of Royalty; The Science of Good Husbandry; Revenue of the State of Athens; On the Athenian Republic; On the Lacedemonian Republic; On Horsemanship; Epistles. Original half-leather, with leather binding missing on almost half of spine, which is now—sadly—taped! (Not by me!) Silver decorative endpapers and hinges neatly taped in dark blue. Marbled edges are faded. Condition only fair but book rare, so price is a bargain at $150.
KATSURA: A PRINCELY RETREAT. Photographs by Takeshi Nishikawa and text by Akira Naito. Translation by Charles S. Terry. Tokyo, New York & San Francisco: Kodansha International Ltd., 1977, 1st edition. In addition to beautiful photographs and text detailing the complicated history of the palace and how its development relates to the aesthetic standards of the day, the book also contains 23 architectural drawings, based on the author’s own surveys.
Hardcover with dust jacket in slipcase. Some light rubbing on dust jacket. VG/VG-/VG $300
Hill, Chas. S. History of American Shipping, Its Prestige, Decline, and Prospect. NY: American News Company, 1883. Brown cloth w/ gilt title and illustrated boards; 194pp w/ many tables and illustrations; contemporary advertisements following. This volume is from the personal library of Richard P. Joy of Detroit and carries his bookplate on the front endpaper. Text is a long argument, well supported, on the failure of the American government to support its ocean shipping industry. Light wear to spine ends and corners. VG. $100
Kimball, Art, Brad, and Scott. The Fish Decoy. Boulder Junction WI: Aardvark Publications, 1986, 1st ed. Hardcover, signed by all three authors. VG
Kimball, Art, Brad, and Scott. The Fish Decoy II. Boulder Junction WI: Aardvark Publications, 1987, 1st printing. Hardcover, signed by all three authors. Light cover soil. VG-
**Or, both Fish Decoy books together, $275
Fighter Tactics and Strategy 1914-1970, by Edward H. Sims. NY: Harper & Row, 1st U.S. ed. Foreword by John C. Meyer, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force; foreword to British edition by Air Vice Marshal J. E. Johnson. 266pp. Illus. Includes list of war aces and their victories, references and index. VG/VG. $75
The Great North Trail, by Dan Cushman (from the American Trails Series, ed. A. B. Guthrie, Jr.). NY: McGraw-Hill, 1966, 1st ed. Map epps. Index. VG/VG. $75
Gardening: Growing Good Roses, by Reddell, Rayford Clayton, with photographs by the author and foreword by M.F.K. Fisher. Petaluma, CA: Garden Valley Press, 1988, 3rd printing. 172pp w/ index. Signed by author on title page.Dj price-clipped, else VG+/VG+. $40
ART AND ARCHITECTURE – Good Houses: Typical Historic and Architectural Styles For Modern Wood-Built Homes, by Russell F. Whitehead. St. Paul, MN: Weyerhaeuser Forest Products, 1922. Dark green clothbound, 63pp with drawings and plans. $100