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Vonnegut Jr., Kurt
[New York]: Seymour Lawrence/Delacorte Press (1969)
First edition. 8vo. , 186,  pp. Bright blue boards with the author's signature embossed in gold on the front board, and red, black, and gold lettering on the spine, black endpapers and pastedowns. Price of $5.95 on the front flap of the jacket, date code on the rear flap. Illustrated with two full-page drawings by Vonnegut. With the New York Times review of the book from March 31st, 1969 laid in the book (now in an archival sleeve). Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Ahearn APG 009b. One of the Modern Library's 100 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century, included in Time Magazine's All-Time best 100 English language Novels from 1923 to 2005, and nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award. A very attractive copy of Vonnegut's influential masterpiece.
Carroll, Lewis (Charles L. Dodgson)
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons 
First edition thus. 4to. , 10-246,  pp. Blue pictorial cloth with lettering in gold on the front board and spine, decorations in yellow, black, white, and gold; top edge gilt. Illustrated by a frontispiece, full-page, and in-text illustrations, ninety-two color illustrations total by Harry Rountree. Near Fine. ODNB: "Rountree, Harry". Rountree illustrated several children's stories (including The Swiss Family Robinson and Uncle Remus' Songs and Sayings) during his lifetime and two of Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories ("The Lost World" and "The Poison Belt"). A classic illustrator of the English literary canon, Rountree's marvelous illustrations and decorations make Carroll's bizarre but charming tale of Wonderland come to life. A bright and colorful edition, rather uncommon in this condition.
Genre: Illustrated books; children's books:
Clarke, Arthur C
[New York]: The New American Library 
First American edition. 8vo. , 14-221,  pp. Quarter black cloth over blue paper boards with silver and blue lettering on the spine. Price of $4.95 on front flap of jacket. Very near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Anatomy of Wonder II-254. Currey 115. Based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel", the novel was written by Clarke while he was writing the screenplay for the eponymous film with Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick's film was the Winner of the 1969 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The influence of this novel on the science fiction genre cannot be overstated. Clarke's theme of man versus technology continues to powerfully resonate in the present day. The novel was the Winner of the Hugo Award in 1969 for "Best Dramatic Presentation". A beautiful copy of this science fiction classic.
James, George Wharton
Boston: The Page Company, 1917
First edition. 8vo. , v-xxiv, 478 pp. Brown cloth with gold lettering and decorations on the front board and spine, an inset color scene of Arizona landscape on the front board; top edge gilt. Price of $3.50 on the front panel of the dust jacket. Illustrated with a color frontispiece and eleven watercolor plates and numerous additional duotone plates. With a folding map. The illustrations depict the Grand Canyon, the University of Arizona at Tucson, the Hopi Snake Dance, Hopi, Pueblo, and Havasupai individuals, an Apache raiding party at Tumacacori, and Navajo people weaving blankets. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Arizona Historical Society, "John A. Rockfellow Photograph Collection". With a signed letter to John Rockfellow, addressed to him at the Stronghold in Cochise, Ariz. The letter is postmarked February of 1917, several months before October of 1917, when the book was published. In it Wharton James states that he is sorry to have missed Rockfellow, but that on his return from Prescott and El Paso, he would like to discuss the history of the Stronghold in Cochise with Rockfellow. For fifteen years the Stronghold in Cochise was home to the Chiricahua Apache leader Cochise and his people (around 1,000 or so individuals). It is now part of the Coronado National Forest. Cochise was buried here after he died peacefully, though his exact burial site remains unlocated to this day. John Rockfellow was a silver miner, an entrepeneur, a mathematics instructor, and a rancher. In 1883, Rockfellow bought land in the Cochise Stronghold to become a rancher. Rockfellow owned his ranch in the Dragoon Mountains during the height of the conflict between the U.S. Army and the Apache Peoples. His ranch was subject to frequent raids by Apache groups, thus he would have been an interesting source of information for Wharton James on the history of the Apaches in Arizona. James presumably caught up with Rockfellow, as the rancher and the tours he gave of the Stronghold are mentioned on page 425 of Wharton James' book. A very attractive example of this fascinating and meticulous history of Arizona and its peoples.
Genre: Signed by the author; Western Americana:
Epictetus; George Long, [Tr.]
London: George Bell and Sons, 1902
Later edition. 2 vol. 8vo. , v-vii, , 2-282, ; , v-vii, , 2-265,  pp. Contemporary calf with gilt rules on the boards, spines in six compartments showing gold decorations and lettering on the spine, two green morocco labels lettered in gilt on each spine; each top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Bound by Zaehnsdorf. Translated by George Long. One of 250 copies printed on handmade paper. Very Good+. Old father 83. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Epictetus". This edition of Epictetus was first published in 1891. Epictetus lived during the first and second centuries A.C.E., and began life enslaved to a Roman noble. He was taught to read and write by a Roman Senator, and would eventually open his own school of philosophy. His work survived through a historiographer's (Arrian of Nicomedia) careful compilation of his lectures. These are known as the Discourses, with The Enchiridion being a shortened version of the Discourses. According to the SEP, scholars are confident the words of the Discourses are largely those of Epictetus: "[W]e have reason to be confident that the works we have represent Epictetus’s thought rather than Arrians own: first, because the language employed is koinē or common Greek rather than the sophisticated literary language of Arrian's other writings; and second because the brusque, elliptical manner of expression, the precise philosophical vocabulary, and the intellectual rigor of the content are quite different from what Arrian produces elsewhere". Epictetus was one of the most prominent Stoic thinkers, concerned with self-regulation, integrity, and proper perception of one's personal circumstances. In many ways his philosophy accords with modern psychology: Epictetus argues that one ought to only concern themselves with their efforts in achieving their personal goals, and that one should not stress about that which is out of their control. His philosophy can help people tackle difficult circumstances. A beautiful set of Stoic thought.