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Don and Sue Gallager
1428 S. Broadway, on Denver's Famous Antique Row Denver CO 80210
Antiquarian, Western, Americana, Children's and Illustrated, Railroad, Literature, General
Wolfe, Thomas. Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. First Edition. Octavo, about 8.5
inches tall, in black cloth with titles in green and gilt. 912 pages.
SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR WITH AN INSCRIPTION ON THE FRONT ENDPAPER: "FOR . . .
/WHO [AMONG MANY OTHERS] / SEEMS TO HAVE READ IT / signed THOMAS WOLFE /
Colorado Springs, Aug 18, 1935." Note that the bracketed material is lightly
crossed out, apparently by Wolfe. Affixed to the front pastedown, across
from the inscription, is a rather good snapshot of Wolfe and a young man,
presumably the recipient of the inscription. Almost certainly this picture
has not been published before. Above the inscription is the recipient's
name with the date March 1935 (the month of publication and five months
before the inscription). The book is clean and soundly bound, but the text
is very lightly toned. The covers show minor shelf wear and the spine has a
light surface scratch. The dustjacket is complete but for the most
insignificant loss of material at the tips. There is light creasing at the
edges and more obvious creasing at the spine ends and one on the front
panel. There are tears at the bottom rear panel, one about an inch, another
of a quarter inch, another of a half inch, and a very small tear above the
bottom of the rear flap fold. The book is housed in a custom clam shell box
decorated with a facsimile of the jacket art. Hardcover. Very Good+ in Very
Good Dustjacket. (13858) $5,000.00
Reed, Walt (introduction by Harold McCracken; foreword by Dean Krakel).
Harold von Schmidt Draws and Paints the Old West ["The Startled Grizzly"
Sculpture Included]. Flagstaff AZ: Northland Press, 1972. First Edition.
ISBN: 0873580958. LIMITED EDITION, #103 OF 104 COPIES. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
AND THE ARTIST, AND INCLUDING AN IDENTICALLY NUMBERED SCULPTURE, "THE
Large quarto, about 12.75 inches tall, in half brown
leather on bright red cloth. The book is in a slipcase clad in the same
cloth as the book and with a leather cover title label. The sculpture, a
bronze with dark patination, is about 7 inches tall and on a thick marble
base. It is von Schmidt's only sculpture. An extraordinary book that won
the Western Heritage Award for Best Western Art Book of 1972. See Dykes, p.
407 - 411. The book and slipcase are clean, bright and sound. The
sculpture is pristine. Hardcover. Fine in Fine Slipcase. (14132) $1,500.00
Burton, Richard Francis. The City of the Saints and Across the Rocky
Mountains to California. London: Longmans, Green, Longmans, Roberts, 1861.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. (14407) $1,250.00
Roosevelt, Theodore; illustrated by Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford,
Sanford, and others. Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and on the Great Plains
comprising "Hunting Trips of a Ranchman" and "The Wilderness Hunter"
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1899. First Edition thus. LIMITED EDITION, #796 OF
1000, SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT UNDER HIS FRONTIS PORTRAIT. Thick
quarto, about 11.5 inches tall, in three quarter green / black morocco on
marbled boards, brown morocco spine labels. Top edge gilt, others
untrimmed. 476 pages with 55 illustrations in various media including the
frontis photograph of the author in his Rough Rider uniform. This book
collects two previous works in a very attractive package. The covers are
the original deluxe publisher's binding (see Hand, Bookman's Guide to
Hunting . . . , R272), but it appears that the original spine was replaced
with a slightly darker leather, and the corners were rebuilt, then the
original covers were laid back over the new material. It is fairly
unobtrusively done but the method of preservation is obvious upon close
examination. Inside, the book is clean and sound with captioned tissue
guards present. The paper is very lightly toned at top edge. The corners
inside the rear cover show some damp exposure. Finally, the front free
endpaper is torn about two inches from the bottom at the hinge. Hardcover.
Very Good. (13367) $6,500.00
Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel). The Cat in the Hat. New York: Random House,
First Edition. First edition in first state dustjacket. Octavo, about
9.25 inches tall, in pictorial matte (not glossy) paper covered boards;
textblock in a single signature. See Younger & Hirsh, 7. 61 pages
illustrated on every page in black, white, red and blue. A nice copy of
this ever popular and very influential book for beginning readers. The
point identifying the first state dustjacket is the 200/200 price. This
copy is price clipped but, fortuitously, the first digit "2" remains. Later
states were either without a price or priced 195/195. Interior is clean and
soundly bound, but previous owner signature lightly in ink on front
endpaper. Very small surface abrasion to the rear endpaper causing loss of
surface color. A Montgomery Ward price sticker on front pastedown under
jacket flap with 1.95 price. The covers are clean but for a small, light
colored patch of glue on the cat's tummy. Upper tips and head of spine very
lightly worn. Bottom edge modestly worn with loss of some surface color and
underlying material visible at tips and foot of spine. The jacket is very
lightly edge worn and soiled with a dime sized remnant of liquid; all tips
show minor loss of material; spine ends worn with shallow chips; tiny chip
at top rear panel; one inch tear at top front panel next to spine fold, and
a couple of other very short tears. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good
Dustjacket. (14486) $1,800.00