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Alongside our extensive collection of popular fiction and non-fiction titles, you'll find a wide variety of rare, hard-to-find, and out-of-print books at The Village Booksmith.  Below is a partial list of some of the gems from our shelves.  This listing is updated approximately once a week.  If you are interested in a particular volume, please call or email us to make sure that it still in stock.  We will gladly put it on hold for you.

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$60 Kidnapped
Robert Lewis Stevenson
Scribner's, 1937.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
First edition of the classic tale, subtitled The Adventures of David Balfour. 289 pages.  Fold-out map and featuring nine color illustrations by N.C. Wyeth.  We also have a nice edition of The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter, also handsomely illustrated by Wyeth ($90).
$25The Painted Word - SOLD!
Tom Wolfe
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1975.  Hardcover.
Condition: Fair
First edition/first printing.  Sadly, a previous owner has turned this scathing history of Modern Art into their own little masterpiece, with significant underlining, highlighting, and penned notes in the margin (At one point, calling the author a "shithead."  Features a snazzy photo of a dapper Wolfe in white suit and striped socks on the back cover, though.
$30Frog Raising
American Frog Canning Company, New Orleans
48 pages, 1937.  Softcover.
Condition: Very Good
Presenting the "true facts about frogs and frog raising," this slim volume has all you need to know about The Many Uses of Frogs, Famous Recipes for Frogs, Catching Frogs for the Market, and Shipping Dressed Frogs. Terrific photos of the "Nufond Giant" and a variety of other species.  Did you know that frog skin glue is "said to be very strong and suitable for mending crockery and glassware"?
$35Famous Fantastic Mysteries
Edited by Mary Gnaedinger
Volume 14, Number 4; June, 1953.  Periodical
Condition: Good
Features Anthem by Ayn Rand, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, and a terrific short story called Find The Happy Children, among others. Plus, instructions on ordering the RUPTURE-EASER on the back cover!  Cover is significantly chipped, but interior pages are complete and clean.
$75Winnie-the-Pooh Upside-Down Story Book Album
As told by James Stewart
Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger and
Winnie-the-Pooh and the heffalump
Condition: Good
RCA Victor two-record, two-story set of these A. A. Milne classics, narrated by Jimmy Stewart and "completely dramatized with sound effects and music."  Album sleeves have become separated from book, and the hinge is a bit weak, but otherwise, this item is in terrific condition, with no writing, highlighting, tears, crayon, or other blemishes.  Record surfaces appear to have some minor scratches.  Copyright dates listed as 1926 and 1928 by E. P. Dutton, but no production date given.
$50The Jabez Brown Twins; A Family Portrait
Melissa and Valerie Brown
privately printed by Melissa Brown, 1948.  Softcover, 84 pages.
Condition: Very Good
Penned by twins Melissa and Valerie, raised in the hills and valleys of Quaker country near Valton, Wisconsin this scarce memoir covers 75 years of Sauk County and Madison history.  Melissa went on to manage the College Book Store in Madison.
$40Banner Buggy Company Price Book (1913)
Banner Buggy Co., St. Louis, 1913.  Paperback, 224 pages.
Condition: Very Good
Wholesale price book and miniature catalogue with illustrations and descriptions of nearly 200 popular buggy models of the day.  Original prices have been struck out and discounted figures entered in red ink by a very fine hand (probably at the factory).  Upper corner is torn off of first page; otherwise in very good condition.  Russell E. Gardner, president.
Kindly destroy any former price books you may have.
$60SELECTED MESSAGES OF OUR LORD AND OUR BLESSED LADY GIVEN TO CLEMENTE DOMINGUEZ GOMEZ (STIGMATIST) SEER OF PALMAR DE TROYA (Spain)
Compiled and edited by S. M. McKeown
S. D. Montgomery, Ltd. (Omagh, N. Ireland), 1973.  Paperback.  181 very thin pages. .
Condition: Excellent
The Pope has his eye on you!  HELP US TO SPREAD THESE MOST URGENT MESSAGES.  GOD WILL REWARD YOU ABUNDANTLY.
$150The Wisconsin Farmer and North-western Cultivator (1858)
D.J. Powers, J.W. Hoyt, & Mrs. E.O. Sampson Hoyt, editors.
Powers & Hoyt, Madison.  Hardcover.
Condition: Good
Volume X of A Monthly Journal Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture, Mechanic Arts and Rural Economy.  Twelve monthly issues bound into one hardcover edition.  Includes index.  Spine is cracked and some spotting to pages.  Embellished and illustrated with numerous engravings!
$60The Modern New Testament From the Aramaic
Translated from original Aramaic Sources by George M. Lamsa
DeVorss, 1998.  First edition thus. Paperback.
Condition: Like New
"A fresh translation of the New Testament of the Peshitta by an Assyrian born and reared in the East, where manners and customs have remained unchanged from biblical times."  527 pages plus introduction and maps. 4-3/8" x 6-1/2"  
$25Good Luck Mick and Mandy
Annie M. G. Schmidt
Odhams Press Limited , 1977.  First printing. Paperback.
Condition: Very Good
First UK edition of the many adventures of Dutch neighbors Mick and Mandy including "It Takes a Long Time to Shave," "Half a Pound of Sugar," and "Lovely Blue Paint."  English translation by Rose E. Pool and pictures by Fiep Westendorp.  80 pages.
$95Face the North Wind
Arthur L. Karras
Fifth House, 2005. Paperback.
Condition: As New
Following the travails of two hardy Canadian cousins embarking on careers as trappers in 1920s northern Saskatchewan, this biography also includes tales from the Hudson's Bay Company, encounters with wolves, and lessons from living off the unmapped valleys and uncharted waters.
$50I Got Ya, Elvis, I Got Ya!
Betty Page
Pages' Publishing , 1977.  First printing. Paperback.
Condition: Very Good
One couple's quest to follow The King on his after-hours tours through several cities, shows, and recreation areas. Can you say "stalking"?  Or in the author's words, "Excitement galore!"
$30The Truth About Sporting Dogs
C. Bede Maxwell
Howell Book House, 1972.  Hardcover, w/o dust jacket.
Condition: Very Good
Neglecting no possible source of information, Mrs. Maxwell includes sections on spaniels, setters, pointers, retrievers, and "utility breeds" such as the Pudelpointer and Vizsla.  336 pages.  Some spotting along page edges, but clean and bright inside.  Gift inscription to "the great white hunter" on title page.
$150Dialect in Swahili
C. H. Stigand
Cambridge University Press, 1915.  Hardcover.
Condition: Good
or A Grammer of Dialectic Changes in the Kiswahili Language.  Withdrawn from the University of Wisconsin Library.  A few stray pencil marks, but otherwise very good condition.  Bears the stamp on front end page of F.R. Thorold, Africana & Legal Bookseller, Johannesburg.
$95Anecdotes of Scott
James Hogg
Edinburgh University Press, 1999.  Hardcover w/ dust jacket.
Condition: As New
Volume seven of  The Stirling / South Carolina Research Edition of The Collected Works of James Hogg.  Edited by Jill Rubenstein.  An affectionate and frank account of the author's long friendship with Sir Walter Scott.  "Lively, readable, idiosyncratic, and disconcerting"!
$45100 Years of Progress: A History of Viola and Vicinity - SOLD!
Mrs. Fred G. Matthes
The Shopping News Printers, July 1955.
Condition: Good
Including townships of Forest in Richland County, and Kickapoo in Vernon County.  
Fourteen chapters in a slim 110 pages.  A few names underlined in ink here and there.
$150Rancho Boca de Santa Monica
Daniel Kilgore Marquez
Vantage Press, 1977.  First Edition. Hardcover w/ dust jacket.
Condition: As New
A collection of stories from one of the most famous ranchos that once spread over thousands of acres in southern California.  The author is the great-grandson of the original owner of the rancho, who was granted the land by the San Gabriel Mission as part of New Spain.
$50Mr. Kennedy: We Challenge You
Hendon M. Harris, Jr
Knightsbridge Christian Publications, 1960.  Softcover.
Condition: Very good
INCLUDING FIFTY-FIVE SUBJECTS FOR DEBATE on the proposition "RESOLVED: THAT A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRESIDENT CANNOT IMPARTIALLY DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND ADVANCE THE TRUE WELFARE OF THE UNITED STATES WHILE REMAINING TRUE TO HIS RELIGION."

The folks in Anderson, Indiana really like capital letters.

This book is dedicated to "our heroic, Bible-believing forefathers who suffered for freedom so that all Americans might have political and religious liberty, separation of church and state, and the true knowledge of God through Jesus Christ our Lord." 
$100The Life and Times of Aodh O'Neill
John Mitchel
P. M. Haverty, 1868.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
...Prince of Ulster; Called by the English Hugh, Earl of Tyrone, with some account of his predecessors, Con, Shane and Titlough. Spine is faded, but pages and text are clean and crisp throughout, with no spotting or yellowing.  252 pages.
$95Oshkosh The Brave
Phebe Jewell Nichols (aka Mrs. Angus F. Lookaround)
Castle-Pierce Co, 1954.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
Pocket-sized biography of the Chief of the Wisconsin Menominee and his family, published by the Menominee Indian Reservation, is described as "the finest work of portraying the true life of my ancestors and our people" by Chief Roy J. Oshkosh.  Inscribed to Fred Ott by the author,  October 6, 1956.  
$100The Paradox of the Human Condition
S. Dillon Ripley
Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing (India)1985.  First printing.
Condition: As New
A scientific and philosophical exposition of the environmental and ecological problems that face humanity
.  That subtitle seems to sum it up.  Extremely rare 54-page paperback, signed on front cover by author in October, 1988.
$20The Annotated Guide to Robert E. Howard's Sword & Sorcery
Robert Weinberg
Starmont House, 1976.  Paperback.
Condition: Very Good
A guide and critical commentary to Robert E. Howard's fiction, including King Kull, Solomon Kane, and, of course, Conan.  Disappointed by the lack of serious consideration of the science fiction genre, the author's opinions are "intended to stir some thought, perhaps even some controversy."
$35 / $95Ravenloft Gazetteer
Volumes 2 / 3
Wizards of the Coast.
Condition: Like New
Curious about the Renaissance-like intrigues of Dementlieu?  The ghost-riddled land of Mordent?  How about the towering forests of Falkvonia?  To get the full D&D experience, you'll need these setting sourcebooks for the Legacies of Terror, Lands of Legend, and Landscapes of Intrigue.
$50Munchkin Monster Manual
John W. Mangrum
Steve Jackson Games, 2003.  Hardcover.
Condition: Fine
First edition/first printing.  Containing dozens of foes for you and your comrades to slay, from the dreaded Gazebo to the despicable Potted Plant!  Plutonium Dragons, too!  We also have first editions of the Master's Guide ($25) and the Player's Handbook ($20).
$30Literaire Tekeningen
Siegrfried Woldhek
De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam 1980.  Signed by Author.
Condition: Very Good
Very scarce 79-page hardcover collection of charicatures by the Dutch artist, including a very nice sketch of a fledged crane and inscribed "for George 16.9.1985." With introduction by Rudy Kousbroek.
$125Wildflowers of Louisiana
Caroline Dormon
Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1934.  First Edition.
Condition: Fair
. . . Including Most of the Herbaceaous Wild Flowers of the Gulf States, With the Exception of Mountainous Regions, and the Sub-tropical Portions of Florida and Texas.  How's that for a subtitle?  Twenty-four color plates and 38 illustrations by the author. Withdrawn from the Evanston Public Library.
$25One Horse, One Hundred Miles, One Day
Sam Savitt
Dodd, Mead & Co., 1981.  First Edition.
Condition: Fine
The story of The Western States 100 Miles One Day Endurance Race for the Tevis Cup, the most difficult and demanding endurance ride in the world. Ninety pages, with copious illustrations by the author.
$30Pennsylvania - German Dictionary
Marcus Bachman Lambert M.A.
Schiffer Ltd., 1977.  Paperback.
Condition: Good
Forecasting a time when the vast majority of Pennsylvania Germans will no longer be able to converse in the language of their forefathers, this scarce reprint from the Pennsylvania-German Society (1924) aims to supply the urgently needed grammar and dictionary in 187 pages.
$110A "Compendium"* of Muskie Angling History
Larry Ramsell
Echo Printing, Alexandria, MN.  Paperback.
Condition: Very Good
The author, a dedicated member and officer of Muskies, Inc. thoughtfully provides this definition on the front cover: A compendium gathers together and presents in concise or in outline form all the essential facts and details of a subject.  No publication date given.
$95The Lobster Books 
Richard W. Hatch; Illustrated by Marion Freeman Wakeman
Riverside Press, 1951.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
Two books in one volume: The Curious Lobster & The Curious Lobster's Island
One day Mr. Lobster decided to satisfy his curiosity about the sculpin.  "Because," he said to himself with a great deal of wisdom, "satisfying your curiosity is what brings knowledge.  Besides, it is a very pleasant thing to do."  Thus begins Mr. Lobster's adventures, where he Discovers the Land, Takes a Very Dangerous Trip, Faces the Winter, and Flies Through the Air in the course of 26 thrilling chapters.
$45The Rise of the Meritocracy 1870 - 2033
Michael Young
Random House, 1959.  Hardcover (no dust jacket).
Condition: Very Good
Written as a historical analysis looking backward from the year 2034, Young's sociological satire describes the the rise of the new elite of "Our Social Revolution" in 160 compulsively enjoyable pages.  Alas, not the world's most attractive cover.
$350Sawdust in his Shoes
Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Coward-McCann, Inc., 1950.  Hardcover.
Condition: Good with good dust jacket
Tenth impression of this warm and exciting story of Joe Lang, third generation child of the circus, whom tragedy makes an orphan.  Will Joe embrace his new life at the industrial school or will the law grant custody to Mo Shapely the clown?  You'll read straight through to the gripping climax! Handsomely illustrated by Pers Crowell.
$40The Townsend Plan
J. W. Brinton
Old Age Revolving Pensions, Ltd., 1936.  Hardcover (no dust jacket).
Condition: Very Good
"Youth for Work -- Age for Leisure" declares this National Recovery Plan calling for a U.S. government pension of $200 for those over 60 years old. Dr. Francis E. Townsend is at the helm of this visionary 95-page volume, which calls for funding through a national 2% transaction tax.
$75Tigers
Artists for Nature in India, Edited by Nicholas Hammond
The Wildlife Art Gallery, 2000.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
Seventeen artists from the Netherlands-based Artists for Nature Foundation portray the life and environment of Inda's Bengal Tiger in 117 glorious pages.  9.5" x 11"   Inscribed by ANF Director Ysbrand Brouwers, "Baraboo Sept 2000 - To George 'Brothers in Arms.' "
$30Echoes in the Arrowhead Country
Frank P. Jeric
Exposition Press, 1969.  Hardcover. Signed by the author
Condition: Very Good
First edition.  A collection of action-packed sagas, set in the wilds of Minnesota, that will excite the pulse of all nature and suspense lovers. Inscribed on title page, "To Mel who inspired me to write 'It is lots of fun.' Frank P. Jeric"
$200Badger's Beech
Elleston Trevor
Charter House, 1978.  Paperback.
Condition: Very Good
Just try finding another paperback copy of this exceptionally rare "Woodlander" book!!  Illustrated by Leslie Atkinson.  Originally priced at $2.95, now a steal at $200!
$75Flashbacks
A Personal and Cultural History of an Era:An Autobiography

by Timothy Leary;  foreword by William S. Burroughs
published by G. P. Putnam's Sons., New York.  1990.
Condition: As New
"Part man, part myth; part knight, part dragon," Timothy Leary recounts the story of his most extraordinary life with candor and iconoclastic humor in this 407-page paperback.  **Signed by Leary on front endpapers on "2-1-96."**
$40Thursday's Child
Eartha Kitt
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1956.  First Edition with dust jacket..
Condition: Very Good
Underneath the controlled fervor of her prose, there is a great deal that is provocative and profound, as this autobiography traces Kitt's path from the cotton fields of South Carolina to the bright lights of Broadway.  250 pages, plus 16 pages of black and white photographs.
$50The Kentucky Rifle: A True American Heritage in Picture
produced by the Kentucky Rifle Association, 1967
Condition: Very Good
109 pages of rare photographs of these decorative and outstanding rifles, (which actually originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the early Eighteenth Century).  One rifle featured per page, with one image of the entire gun, plus close-ups of both sides of the stock.  Four page introduction/history of the Kentucky rifle.
$65Electric Tibet:
The Chronicles and Sociology of the San Francisco Rock Musicians
- SOLD!
by James N. Doukas
Dominion Publishing Co., North Hollywood, April 1961 (First Printing)
Condition: Good
If you lived through the Sixties, then you'll need this extremely rare pocket paperback edition to recall exactly what happened during "the most concentrated effort in the world to produce rock music."
$100Ten Little Colored Boys
Pictures by Emery I. Gondor
Howell, Soskin Publishers, New York 1942
Condition: Very Good
Extraordinarily scarce 1942 edition of this classic (?) children's tale about ten little boys who meet their demise one at a time in various creative ways.  Who knew chicken stew could be so dangerous?  A perfect holiday gift for your politically incorrect relations!
$90Grouse of the North Shore
Gordon Gullion; photographs by Tom Martinson
Willow Creek Press, 1984. Hardcover.
Condition: Fine
An opportune combination of Tom Martinson's observations of the daily routines of a family of ruffed grouse on Minnesota's north shore of Lake Superior and Gordon Gullion's field study of grouse biology and management at the Cloquet Forestry Center.  137 pages plus appendix and bibliography.  Signed on title page by both Gullion and Martinson.
$90Mom at War: A Story of Courage and Love Born of Loss
Todd Parnell
PFLP Publishing, 2005. Hardcover.
Condition: Fine
Culled from letters, diaries, and other artifacts, Parnell tells the story of his mother's career in northern Eurpoe during World War II, through her eventual decline into dementia.  Originally published as a fundraiser for the Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Inscribed by author: "Vicky - Hope you enjoy my Mother's story - Thanks for your friendship-Todd Parnell 11/5/05."
$50Webster - Unabridged
H.T. Webster
Robert McBride & Co., 1945.  Hardcover first edition with dust jacket.
Condition: Very Good
Scarce collection of pen and ink drawings from "The Mark Twain of cartoonists," including the popular "How to Torture Your Husband" and "How to Torture Your Wife" series along with many WWII topics.  128 pages with introduction by Frank Sullivan..
$85Eagles, Bulldogs & Tigers: History of the 22nd Bomb Squadron in China-Burma-India
David Hayward, editor-in-chief
22nd Bomb Squadron Association, 1997.  First printing.
Condition: Fine
A composite of the squadron's recorded history, along with personal anecdotes told by the members themselves, spanning its earliest days in World War I through the Burma offensive in 1944.  294 very crisp pages; appears to have never been read.  Hardcover without dust jacket.
$45German-American Pioneers in Wisconsin & Michigan
The Frank-Kerler letters
Milwaukee County Historical Society, 1971.  Hardcover with dust jacket.
Condition: Fine
Originally collected and published by Dr. Louis F. Frank.  Translated from the German by Margaret Wolff.  Edited with an introduction and notes by Harry H. Anderson.  600 pages.  Inscribed by Fred Ott.
$40The History of the Popes, Their Church and State in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Leopold Ranke
William Colyer, 1847.  Hardcover with dust jacket.
Condition: Fair
Translated from last edition of the German by Walter Keating Kelly, Esq. B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin.  Some browning to page edges and spots throughout.  519 pages of teeny-weeny type.
$30Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930's
Rita Van Amber 
Van Amber Publishers, 1992. First Edition--signed by author.
Condition: Very Good
Twenty-first printing of this spiral-bound collection of recipes dedicated "to all the mothers who so valiantly struggled through the Great Depression in their kitchens to keep body and soul of their families together."  Includes More From Your Kitchen Today by Janet Van Amber Paske, along with stories and anecdotes from Depression-era Wisconsinites.
$300The Boy Scouts' Year Book
Edited by Walter P. McGuire & Franklin K. Mathiews
D. Appleton & Co, 1916.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
Inscribed in front: "This Copy of THE BOY SCOUTS' YEAR BOOK Belongs to Henry Ringling, Jr. from his Father Sept 13, 1917."  259 pages. 8" x 10". Excellent condition.
$25I Can See Clearly Now: Ryne Duren Talks from the Heart About Life, Baseball, and Alcohol
Ryne Duren (with Tom Sabellico)
Aventine Press, 2003.  
Condition:As New
Major-league All-Star pitcher and Cazenovia, Wisconsin native Duren terrorized batters with his erratic 100 mph fastball, but it's his inner demons of alcoholism and attempted suicide that he addresses in this book.  Inscribed by author on title page on June 9, 2007.  Foreward by Jim "Mudcat" Grant.  255 pages, softcover.

$45 Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus
Johannes Itten
Reinhold, 1965.  Second Printing.  Hardcover.
Condition:Very Good
Wanna understand those zany German designers?  Here's the book for you, written by the man who organized the Bauhaus Basic Course in 1919. Very clean and bright copy.  Inscription on front page ("Dave from Mom & Dad, June 5, 1966") and small tear on front of dust jacket.
$15Through Missouri on a Mule - SOLD!
Thos. W. Jackson
Thos. W. Jackson Publishing, 1945.  Paperback.
Condition: Very Good
Jackson's famous joke books "have made millions laugh"  This 96 page paperback includes funny railroad stories, minstrel jokes, "Old Time Darky Sayings" and "All the late and Funny Sayings of the Day."
$45 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Anita Loos
Grosset & Dunlap, 1926.  Seventeenth Printing.  Hardcover.
Condition: Fine in Good dust jacket
Photoplay edition with images from the Paramount film starring Ruth Taylor and Alice White and also "intimately illustrated" by Ralph Brown.  217 pages.  Slightly chipped dust jacket in clear protective sleeve.
$50Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln
Collected and edited by Allen Thorndike Rice
North American Review, 1888.  Fifth edition.
Condition:Very Good
Essays on the life and character of our 16th president by 33 of his distinguished contemporaries, from U.S. Grant to Walt Whitman to Frederick Douglass to Rev. Henry Ward Beecher.  Spine slightly faded; otherwise very good condition..
$40Coal Camp Girl - SOLD!
Lois Lenski
J. B. Lippencott, 1959.  Fourth printing.
Condition:Very Good, published without dust jacket
173-page story of Tine Wilson and her mining family in West Virginia.  Ex-library book, stamped on edge and inside front with "Reedsburg School Distict."  Some slight damage to inside covers, otherwise excelent condition.
$70Sylvicola: or, Songs from the Backwoods
Rev. William Haughton
Published by the Vernon County Censor ("Book, Job and Letter Press Printing Establishment") of Viroqua, Wisconsin, 1878.
Condition: Very Good
You'll find a collection of "Idylls and Fantasies from the heart of Canadian backwoods and the wilds of Wisconsin" in this extremely rare hardcover first edition.  Plus, gilt edges!!
$30Rainbowfishes In Nature and in the Aquarium
Dr. Gerald R. Allen
Tetra Verlag 1995.  Hardcover.
Condition: Fine
An authoritarian volume on the latest sensation in the aquarium hobby, including accounts of over 70 species with brilliant color illustrations, distribution maps, and personal anecdotes from Dr. Allen's fieldwork in the "realm of the rainbow."
$100Company Coming
Ruth Stout
Exposition Press, 1958.  First Edition.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
"Six decades of Hospitality, Do-It-Yourself and Otherwise" by Rex Stout's older sister.  From the collection of St. Camillus Novitiate at Durward's Glen and inscribed by the author: "June 27-1958  For Rev. Anton M. Jaschke Wit Herzliechen Grussen. (signed) Ruth Stout." 155 pages.
$60The Complete Book of Violets
Nelson Coon with Georgianne Giffen
A. S. Barnes 1977.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
A compendious resume of not only the cultural methods of violet-growing, but also their uses for food and medicine.  Signed by the author and also includes a very lovely letter from the author to Lynn Needham of Evanston, IL.  147 pages with very good dust jacket in protective cover.
$50The Fountain
Charles Morgan
Alfred A. Knopf. 1932.
Condition: Very Good
This 1932 first edition of the best-selling novel that made Morgan's career is "written as beautifully as it is possible for a book to be," according to reviewer John Bayley.  But really, who cares about that?  It's inscribed on the front endpapers by Wisconsin theatre heartthrob Joan Fontanne to her friend Keith McCutcheon.  What a lucky guy!!
$40Tīfaifai and Quilts of Polynesia
Joyce D. Hammond
University of Hawaii Press, 1986.  
Condition: Fine
"Tīfaiai" refers to Polynesian applique and piecework fabrics.  Spanning the Hawaiin, Cook, Austral, and Society Islands, this softcover volume describes not only the art itself, but also the artisans and their techniques.  116 pages with bibliography and index .  Prolifically illustrated with color and black and white photographs.
$40The Nuptial Flight
Edgar Lee Masters
Boni and Liveright, 1923.  
Condition: Good
The Creightons and the Houghtons set off for the Promised Land of Whitehall, Illinois from opposite sides of Louisville in 1849.  Will young Nancy fall for the strapping William?  Will The Kentucky Inn succeed in such a wild land?  Is this the end of Riders in the Sky?  Inscribed by author in pencil on Dec. 1, 1923 to Mrs. George Rach.
$40House of Alex - SOLD!
Marv Balousek
Waubesa Press 1990.  Paperback.
Condition: Very Good
Take a look behind the curtains at The House on the Rock to learn about Alex Jordan's dark side: Sexual blackmail, insatiable greed, and corporate double-crossing!  A true story of architecture and art that you won't find in the Infinity Room's gift shop!
$100Alai! Alai!
Willi Rickmer Rickmers
F.U. Brodhaus. 1930.  Hardcover.
Condition: Very Good
An account of the 1928 German-Russian Alai-Pamir expedition to Kyrgystan and Takikistan.  300 pages. In German, and includes maps and photograph of author.  Signed by the author!
$35Petit Larousse Illustre
published under the direction of Claude Auge
Librairie Larousse, Paris, 1907.  
Condition: Good
1664-page French encyclopedia with 5,800 illustrations, 130 tables, and 120 maps.  24th Edition.  Leather covers and binding are chipped and worn from extensive use, but internally this volume is in good condition. 
$120Bright With Silver
Kathrene Pinkerton
William Sloan & Associates 1947.  First edition.
Condition: Very Good
An early account of efforts to breed the silver fox by the Fromm family, which incidentally made them the largest suppliers of ginsing in the world.
Note: The volume we currently have in stock does NOT have a dust jacket.  We were just too lazy to take another photo! 
$35Dying Testimonies of Saved and Unsaved
Compiled by Rev. S. B. Shaw
Shaw Publishing Company, Berwyn, IL  Hardcover.
Condition: Good
"Gathered from authentic sources"!
$17.50Frances Willard
Ruth Bordin
University of North Carolina Press, 1986.  Hardcover with dust jacket.
Condition: Like New
Frances Willard (1839-1898) was not only the "president and piston" of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, she was also the first Dean of Women at Northwestern University.  A residence hall on campus shares her name, and students there celebrate her birthday every year with a multi-floor themed drinking party.
$65Prairie Farmer's Home and County Directory of Dane County Wisconsin
Published by The Prairie Farmer Publishing Co., 1928.  
Condition: Good
Calling at every farm home of five acres or more, the publishers list the names of the entire family, size and name of farm, length of tenancy, etc. for every Dane County farmer from Gilbert W. Aabele to Orva O. Zwickey.  351 pages and includes "Hallowe'en Party Suggestions" and "Lazy Farmer's Chicken Thief Trial."  Very scarce!
$35Terry Nation's DALEK Annual 1977
Published by World Distributors Limited.
Condition: Good
Perhaps more famous as Dr. Who on the BBC series of the same name, here Terry Nation presents 78 colorfully-illustrated pages, including "The Dark Side of Skaro," "The Menace of Monstrons," and "Anti-Dalek Force Aptitude Tests."
$40Why Men Rebel
Ted Robert Gurr
Princeton University Press, 1974.  Fourth printing. Softcover.
Condition: Very Good
Winner of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for 1970!
What else can we say?  Grrrrrrrr indeed!
$50The New Military Humanism:  Lessons from Kosovo
Noam Chomsky
Common Courage Press, 1999.  Hardcover.
Condition: Like New
No dust jacket, but otherwise as new.  199 pages.
$15Little Black Sambo
Helen Bannerman
Applewod Books.
Condition: Like New
Reprint of 1921 edition, this small volume (approxinately 4" wide by 5.5" tall) includes 27 colorful illustrations in a petite 62 pages.
$35The Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius Pamphilus -SOLD!
Translated from the original by Rev. C. F. Cruse
Published by The Rev. R. David & Brother, 1834.  Fourth Edition. Hardcover.
Condition: Acceptable
A well-travelled biography of the bishop of Cesarea (Palestine) in ten books.  Revised and corrected by the author.
$50The Red Army Order of Battle in the Great Patriotic War
Robert G. Poirier  &  Albert Z. Conner
Presidio Press; 1985. Hardcover with dust jacket.  
Condition: Fine
"Invaluable source material for historians and students," this 408-page volume provides a comprehensive compilation of the Soviet military world during the Great Patriotic Fatherland War (aka WW2).  The order of battle, arranged in army, corps, and division sections, features records, banners, certificates, code-number designations, honors, honorifics, and awards.
$50Frank Lloyd Wright's Seth Peterson Cottage:  
Rescuing a Lost Masterwork

John Eiflet  &  Kristin Visser
Prairie Oak Press, Madison; 1999.  Second Edition, First Printing.  
Condition: As New
The only Wright-designed house in the world that is available for public rental, the Seth Peterson Cottage offers an innovative approach to architectural preservation, a story of rescue and rehabilitation and the power of creative partnerships.  82 pages, softcover.  
(Note: hardcover is pictured here.)
$65Gunfight at Ingalls: Death of an Outlaw Town
Glenn Shirley
Barbed Wire Press, Stillwater; 1990.  Signed by the author.  
Condition: Fine
Site of the deadliest battle between organized banditry and deputy U.S. marshalls, the Oklahoma Territory town of Ingalls found itself forever branded as an outlaw haven.  Inscribed on front endpaper: "To Susan Tischaefer--good luck + best wishes--Glenn Shirley 1990--Happy Reading!"
$35The Mystic Grimoire of Mighty Spells and Rituals
Frater Malak
Parker Publishing; 1976.  
Condition: Very Good
"A genuine Wizrd's Handbook of powerful, fast-acting spells and wonder-working rituals--simple and easy to use--that can bring you whatever you need through the power of the Occult!" and "The Amazing Secret of How to Command Invisible Cosmic Beings to Fulfill Your Desires!"  Truly a bargain at $35!
$35The Vicksburg Campaign
William Freeman Vilas
Wisconsin History Commission; 1908.  
Condition: Fair
Transcript of a paper read before the Madison Literary Club on October 14, 1907 by William Vilas, Lt. Col. of the 23rd Wisconsin Volunteers Infantry.  104 pages.  Some damage to binding, but otherwise clean throughout.  Ex-library, with stamps from the Wisconsin Historical Library.
$95Wagons, Mules and Men:  How the Frontier Moved West
Nick Eggenhofer
Hastings House Publishers, New York; 1961.
Condition: Very Good
An exciting, colorful account of America's western expansion, with an emphasis on the vehicles and animals used by the pioneers.  184 pages, with copious illustrations by the author, who spent over half a lifetime  researching the overland journey in the era B.M.C. (Before Motor Cars).
We also have an extensive selection of Modern First Editions (hardcover unless noted):
Alice Adams, Return Trips (Knopf, 1985) - $24.50
Kingsley Amis, On Drink (HBJ, 1973) - $35
Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg (Jonathan Cape, UK edition1987) - $19.50
Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg (Houghton Mifflin, US edition1986) - $25
Margaret Atwood, Bodily Harm (Simon & Schuster1982) - $20
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin (Anchor, 2001) - $25 paperback--signed by author!
Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye (Doubleday, 1989) - $14.95
Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg (Jonathan Cape, UK edition1987) - $19.50
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (Houghton Mifflin, 1986) - $20
Margaret Atwood, Payback (Anasi, 2008) - $25 paperback--signed by author!
Nicholson Baker, Vox (Random House, 1992) - $25
James Baldwin, Tell me how long the train's been gone (Dial, 1968) - $85
Donald Barthelme, Forty Stories (Putnam, 1987) - $25
Ann Beattie, My Life, Starring Dara Falcon (Knopf, 1987) - $15
Saul Bellow, More Die of Heartbreak (William Morrow, 1987) - $12.95
Thomas Berger, Killing Time (Dial, 1967) - $24.50
Charles Bragg, Asylum Earth (Journey, 1994) - $40
Vicki Baum, Grand Hotel (Doubleday Doran, 1931) - $39.50 no dust jacket -- signed by author!
Ray Bradbury, et. al., Mars and the Mind of Man (Harper & Row, 1973) - $45 -- signed by Bradbury!
Richard Brautigan, Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork (Simon & Schuster, 1976) - $25
Richard Brautigan, Willard and His Bowling Trophies (Simon & Schuster, 1975) - $15
Anthony Burgess, Beard's Roman Women (McGraw-Hill, 1976) - $30
Harold Brodkey, Stories in an Almost Classical Mode (Knopf, 1988) - $15
Sam Campbell, Too Much Salt and Pepper (Bobbs-Merrill, 1944) - $45 --signed by author!
Philip Caputo, DelCorso's Gallery (Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1983) - $9.95
Hayden Carruth, The Bloomingdale Papers (Georgia, 1975) - $160
Angela Carter, Several Perceptions (Simon & Schuster, 1968) - $35
Egerton Castle, Marshfield the Observer & The Death-Dance (Herbert Stone, 1900) - $40 --no dust jacket.
George Agnew Chamberlain, River to the Sea (Brewer & Warren, 1930) - $50 --no dust jacket.
Barbara Chase-Riboud, Portrait of a Nude Woman as Cleopatra (William Morrow, 1987) - $25
John Cheever, Bullet Park (Knopf, 1969) - $25
John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever (Knopf, 1978) - $70
Patricia Daniels Cornwell, Postmortem (Scribner, 1990) - $35
Noel Coward, Hay Fever (Harper, 1925) - $35
Harry Crews, Body (Poseidon, 1990) - $15
Harry Crews, The Hawk is Dying (Knopf, 1973) - $80
Tony Curtis, This Far North (Dedalus, 1994) - $25 --signed by author!
James P. Roberts, editor, Return to Derleth, Selected Essays (White Hawk Press, 1993) - $20
Peter DeVries, Reuben, Reuben (Little, Brown, 1964) - $30
Adam Diment, The Dolly, Dolly Spy (Dutton, 1967) - $18.50
Isak Dinesen, Last Tales (Random House, 1957) - $45
Jim Dodge, Fup (Simon & Schuster, 1984) - $15
Harriet Doerr, Consider This, Senora (Harcourt, 1993) - $12.95
Michael Dorris, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (Holt, 1987) - $35 --advance reading copy
K.R. Dwyer (a.k.a. Dean Koontz), Dragonfly (Random House, 1975) - $40
Allan W. Eckert, The Dark Green Tunnel (Little, Brown, 1984) - $100
Allan W. Eckert, Incident at Hawk's Hill (Little, Brown, 1971) - $40
Louise Erdrich, The Beet Queen (Holt, 1986) - $35
Walter Farley, The Island Stallion (Random House, 1948) - $40
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind (New Directions, 1958) - $7.50 --paperback
E. M. Forster, The Celestial Omnibus (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911) - $90
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