J. Frank Dobie - The Flavor of Texas - SIGNED FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE - $700

DOBIE, J[ames] Frank. The Flavor of Texas. Illustrated by Alexandre Hogue.

Dallas: Dealey and Lowe, 1936. First Edition, in First State jacket and binding. SIGNED by Dobie "Ann Armen, of "Life and Literature of the Southwest." Her friend and teacher, J.Frank Dobie, 5/30/46" on front free endpaper. Octavo (8.75" x 6"); [xii], 287p. Nine illustrations including frontis, all present. First state dustjacket with cowboy illustration and showing original $2.00 price on inner flap. Cloth-covered boards with checkered beige and salmon "GTT" (Gone to Texas) and black lettering, with "GTT" appearing at both head and tail of spine. Jacket shows a few fair-sized chips at spine ends and bottom back corner, with a few smaller chips and tears along edges, some general smudging and fading, mainly to back. Boards lightly faded with a very slight cock to spine and some scuffs to lettering on front. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, with name in pen at top. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is sound. Two or three instances of light pencil marginalia, else unmarked. Not an ex-library copy.

Bookplate is of R. Lee Rode, M.D., an Abilene obstetrician and husband of Elizabeth Ann Arlen, to whom the book is signed. The couple shared a love of ranching and together owned a ranch in Buffalo Gap. Rode was also president of the West Texas Fair for two years and was active in local and state historical associations. The couple met at the University of Texas, where Dobie taught; his Guide to the Life and Literature of the Southwest having been first compiled for use in his class of the same name.

[McVicker A5, Six-Guns 602, Herd 691, Phelps Photographic Reference for the Western American Collector 531] 

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Carl Van Vechten - Excavations: A Book of Advocacies - First Edition SIGNED to Algonquin Hotel owner Frank Case - $200

VAN VECHTEN, Carl. Excavations: A Book of Advocacies

Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. First Edition. Octavo (7.75" x 5.5"). [xii], 285p. SIGNED by the author with Christmas gift inscription to Algonquin Hotel owner Frank Case and his Wife Bertha, with Case's bookplate on front pastedown. Printed blue dustjacket; book in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Dustjacket is in sections with back and spine missing. Remainder is chipped along edges with a few small tears, along with some creasing and toning. Boards square with some darkening to spine and along edges and tugging/bumping to head and tail. Opens easily to between gatherings but binding is holding soundly. Pages a bit toned but unmarked.

As a young hotel manager, Frank Case convinced Albert Foster to change his hotel's name from the Puritain to the Algonquin. Years later he bought the place, and when writers, actors, and critics such as Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, Ruth Hale, and Robert Benchley began showing up for lunch, it was Case who moved them to the more prominent Rose Room and their now famous "Round Table." Van Vechten was also active in the New York arts scene as a patron and promoter of the Harlem Renaissance, famously hosting racially mixed cocktail parties at which, according to biographer Emily Bernard, "powerful whites were able to meet black artists on the most intimate terms."

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John T. Scopes & James Presley - Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes - SIGNED by both, with letters, etc. - $600

SCOPES, John T[homas] and PRESLEY, James. Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes.

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967. Second Printing (stated). SIGNED by both Scopes and Presley on front free endpaper to book reviewer Evelyn Oppenheimer, with additional letters and ephemera. 16mo (8.5" x 5.75"); [viii], 277p. Illustrated dustjacket with $5.95 price; book in blue cloth with white and black pine lettering/illustration. Jacket shows a small chip at top near spine and creasing to bottom front, along with some general scuffing, toning, and edgewear. Boards are square. Back endpaper toned from previously laid-in clippings. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked.

Included are an additional written letter signed by Scopes, two signed typed letters and a Christmas card from Presley, typed and written biographical notes from what seems to be another researcher/reviewer, and assorted photocopies of articles. In the letters the authors thank Oppenheimer for her review of the book and a radio interview and program she moderated. 

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Claes Oldenburg - Typewriter Eraser - Signed Limited Lithograph Print - $1,499.95

Limited Edition lithograph print of Typewriter Eraser, hand numbered #76 of 200 and signed by artist Claes Oldenburg. Print was recently acquired by our store from the estate sale of a well known local artist. The only other identical signed print found online at time of listing is  offered by an art gallery for $3,000. We are asking only half of that price and this piece is sure to slowly rise in value over time. 

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Thomas Mann - Mario and the Magician - Signed First Edition - 1930, in Dustjacket - $850

Signed First Edition of Thomas Mann's Mario and the Magician, published in 1931 by Alfred A. Knopf. Book is signed without inscription by the author on front free endpaper. 1931 copyright with no subsequent printings listed. Unclipped dustjacket shows a small, clean tear at top near spine along with a good bit of scuffing to face and edges, smudging to back, and rubbing to top and bottom. Jacket is now protected in a removable Brodart cover (removed for photos). Boards show some darkening/soiling, with the front board starting to curve outward just a bit. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy.

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Radiohead - Pablo Honey CD - Signed By All - EMI 1993 - SOLD

1993 EMI CD of Radiohead's debut album Pablo Honey. Signed in black sharpie "Dearest Jay" from Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, Johnny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway on the front cover to previous owner. Small fingerprint smudge over Phil's signature. Item is in excellent condition all around and disc is scratch-free.

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Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 - Signed Third Printing - SOLD

Signed Third Printing of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, published by Straight Arrow Books in 1973. Stated Third Printing. Signed by Thompson without inscription on half title. Unclipped dustjacket shows a few small tears, some rubbing/creasing along edges and corners, and tugging to head and tail of spine, but is crisp and intact and protected in a removable Brodart cover. Boards are square. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy.


Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own - Signed First Edition - SOLD

Signed Limited First Edition of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, published by The Fountain Press of New York and The Hogarth Press of London in 1929. True First Edition, numbered 253 of 492 copies on colophon at back (numbers one through one hundred were reserved for sale in Great Britain). Signed by the author without inscription in purple ink on the half title. No dustjacket, as issued. Boards show light edgewear and minor curving, with a white scuff on back. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown with shadow opposite, as well as some oxidization along gutter from previously laid-in description slip. Stamp-sized bookplate attached on back pastedown at top near gutter. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. 

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude - True First Edition - SOLD

True First Edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude in a first state dust jacket, published by Harper & Row in 1970. Stated First Edition with no number row on last leaf and with the exclamation point ending the first paragraph of dust jacket copy. Unclipped dust jacket shows a clean tear at top front with some small chips along edges and head/tail of spine. Some dampstaining to inside of jacket down spine and along bottom back which has not rippled and only barely shows through at bottom back. Jacket is now protected in a removable Brodart cover (removed for photos). Bottom back board shows shows some light rippling and dampstaining at corner, but again this does bleed through into book's interior. Spot to fore-edge. Boards are square. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy

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ZZ Top - Deguello LP - Signed by Gibbons, Hall, and Beard - 1979 Warner Brothers Pressing - SOLD

1979 US Warner Brothers Pressing of ZZ Top's Deguello LP. Catalog # HS 3361. Signed in black sharpie on front cover by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard.This does not come with a certificate of authenticity, but bears all signs of authenticity, and was purchased by our music store from a customer who had it signed in person. This would look great in a frame! 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. 

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