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Featured items that Back of Beyond plans to bring to RMBPF 2014.
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Back of Beyond
Andy Nettell and Marcee Nettell
83 N. Main Moab UT 84532
Western American, Natural History Prints, Literature
Booth Number: 20

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Cripple Creek, Colorado Cabinet Card. E. A. Yelton, Photographer, Cripple Creek, CO, 1896.

Description: Very Good. Monochrome photo mounted on cabinet card. Some soiling to edges. Image of Bennett St, Cripple Creek, CO.

Price $225.00

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Cipher Stories Puzzle Book. Kenneth Cooper. Lewis Copeland Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1928.

Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo - over 7-3/4 - 9-3/4" tall. Fantastic association copy, signed in 1930 by the "Dean of American Cryptology," William F. Friedman. Friedman was an accomplished cryptographer and was head of the Signals Intelligence Service for nearly half a century. He and his wife, Elizebeth Smith Friedman, were probably the US's foremost cryptography power couple. He is best known for leading the team that broke the Japanese "Purple" cipher in 1940, used for diplomatic messages. One such message decoded between the 6th and 7th of December, 1941, indicated that Japan intended to cease negotiations with the US on the 7th. Inscription on first free endpaper indicates ownership by a W. B. Homan, who also seems to have been involved in the field of cryptography. Some wear to edges of boards, puzzles have not been filled out. Twenty-five stories yield clues to ciphers, the remainder of book is puzzles. Signed By Person of Association.

Price $375.00

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A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of William Warren Bradley. John McPhee. Published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, New York, NY (1965).

Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo - over 7-3/4 - 9-3/4" tall. Author's first book, a profile of Princeton basketball star Bill Bradley, who eventually entered politics as a three-term senator from New Jersey. Signed by both McPhee and Bradley on title page. Black cloth boards are very lightly rubbed on edges. Interior is clean, save for some toning on endpapers from age and some previously tipped-in papers. Mylar-wrapped dust jacket sunned on spine, some edgewear. Signed by Author(s) and Subject.

Price $1400.00

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Index Testaceologicus; or A Catalogue of Shells, British and Foreign, Arranged According to the Linnean System with the Latin and English Names, References to Authors, and Places Where Found. William Wood. Published by Richard Taylor, London, UK.

Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7-3/4 - 9-3/4" tall. With: Supplement to the Index Testaceologicus and A List of the Plates of the "Index Testaceologicus," with the Lamarckian Names Adapted to the Figures in Each Plate. No date. 188pp + supplements. Over 2700 miniature hand-colored engravings were drawn from original specimens in private collections. Originally trained as a surgeon, Wood left the trade to work as a naturalist and wrote several books, this one being his most important. Full leather with gilt rules and blind stamping on both covers, a bit scuffed, edges of boards rubbed. Text is clean and free of markings, several owner and bookseller stamps and signatures to first few pages. With laid in envelope and letter from Mark Cohen of Marks & Co. Booksellers to Mary Helen Dawson dated January 30th, 1953, with additional receipt from bookseller Norman Colbeck. This copy was the gift of Mark Cohen at Marks & Co., Booksellers at 84, Charing Cross Road to Mary Helen Dawson, wife of Glen Dawson, co-owner of Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles during the 1940s through the 1990s. Mary Helen was an avid shell collector. In the book 84, Charing Cross Road, the author begins a correspondence with Frank Doel, bookbuyer for the Marks & Co. bookstore in 1949 after being unable to find a US source for the British literature. The correspondence developed into a friendship, with gifts and food parcels being sent overseas to help with the shortages after WWII. The story of the Marks & Co. bookstore with the Dawsons is a nice parallel, with Glen Dawson originally visiting England in the 1930s to learn the book trade and maintaining a close relationship after. As WWII threatened, Marks & Co. sent many of their books to the US for safekeeping, with the understanding that they would be returned or sold. Dawson's was able to sell the books and send large checks back to England. The letter, handwritten on Marks & Co. stationery, attests to this friendship.

Price $1200.00

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Aerial Photographs of US Navy Operations in Long Beach Harbor, 1930s. Watson Airfotos, Long Beach, CA.

Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. 4to - over 9-3/4 - 12" tall. Thirty-four dramatic photographs depict pre-WWII United States Navy operations out of Long Beach Harbor from November 1934 to May 1939. Starting in 1926, the Navy began keeping a significant presence in the harbor, and in 1932 started manufacturing a larger landing and more extensive facilities. By the time of the first photo in this set, fifty ships were regularly docked in the harbor and Long Beach had dubbed itself the Navy Capital of the US. In April 1940, about a year after the last photo in the set was taken, FDR moved the Pacific Fleet to Pearl Harbor. During and after WWII, the Navy maintained a shipyard until it was closed in 1997. The photos vary between shots of individual ships and larger views of fleet movements. Ships identified include the USS Arizona, USS Chicago, USS Saratoga, USS Lexington, USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, USS Ranger, and Destroyers 340 and 356 (the USS Perry and Porter respectively, not labeled by name). All ships saw combat during WWII, with the Saratoga, Tennessee, and West Virginia remaining unsunk. The Ranger was the first ship in the navy built from the keel up to specifically function as an aircraft carrier, but due to its smaller size spent WWII in the Atlantic instead of the larger scale Pacific operations. A series of photos from February 1, 1938 show a record mass movement of ships out of the harbor, where they were bound for fleet maneuvers off San Clemente Island. These training exercises employed 96 ships and 200 aircraft, two of which were to unfortunately collide on February 2nd, killing eleven of the fourteen men on board. By early March, the fleet had moved to Hawaii for Fleet Problem XIX, one of the Navy's large training operations of the 1920s and 1930s. During this time, the Saratoga was able to stage a surprise "attack" on Pearl Harbor from a hundred miles off the coast. The Japanese attack a few years later employed a similar strategy. Photos have been stored in plastic sleeves within a three ring binder with label "United States Navy/Long Beach Harbor." Many are marked with "Watson Airfotos Inc," a local Long Beach company. Only one names a photographer, A.C. Gates, and has a small label on the front that reads "Long Beach Blue Print Co." Most have small catalogue numbers on them, although there does not seem to be a pattern to them. Rear of most but not all images lists the date and subject. Overall a fantastic snippet of the pre-WWII US Navy and attractive images of the harbor.

Price $1700.00

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