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Lindbergh [*SIGNED*], Berg, A. Scott
61 Berg, A. Scott Lindbergh [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1998) 0-399-14449-8 / 9780399144493 First Edition Hardcover First Printing Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin Signed by Author
[nice clean copy with no discernible wear; jacket shows a teensy bit of handling wear, effectively rendered invisible by new mylar jacket protector (included)]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page: "For _________ / A. Scott Berg / 1999." Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of "The Lone Eagle," "one of the most legendary, controversial, and enigmatic figures in American history." Signed by Author 
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Hatha Yoga; the report of a personal experience, Bernard, Theos
62 Bernard, Theos Hatha Yoga; the report of a personal experience
London Rider & Company 1953 3rd impression Hardcover Good in Poor dj 
[shelfworn book, soiling to top edge of text block, some deterioration to cloth at top of spine; jacket is heavily worn, with several large chips at edges of rear panel, major paper loss at both ends of spine, various other tears, creases, etc. (about the best that can be said for it is that most of the front panel is there, and all the text on the rear panel)]. (B&W photographic plates) "Dr. Bernard deals at length with the many postures, purification practices, and breathing exercises used in the Orient by those Yogis who have attained enlightenment. His mastery of these practices is illustrated by thirty-seven photographs, and he shows their effectiveness by describing his experiences of the severe discipline of a Yogic retreat in India under the guidance of the Yogi. In this way he bridged the gap between theory and practice, demonstrating that Yoga is a scientific way to achieve well-being and can be used by a Westerner as part of his everyday life." Bernard was a significant figure in yoga circles; he began to write of his experiences after returning from a trip to India and Tibet in 1937, and became one of the first Westerners to promote the practice of yoga through books and magazines, as well as by starting up the American Institute of Yoga in 1939. According to a brief prefatory note in this volume, he had reportedly been shot to death in 1947 during a return trip to India, although his body was never found. (And in recent years, it's been alleged by at least one scholar that some of his supposed adventures upon which he built his credibility as a yoga master were fabricated.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Three California Houses: The Homes of Max Palevsky, Betsky, Aaron; photography by Richard Barnes
63 Betsky, Aaron; photography by Richard Barnes Three California Houses: The Homes of Max Palevsky
New York Rizzoli International Publications 2002 0-8478-2470-5 / 9780847824700 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book is flawless, with no discernible wear; jacket similarly nice, with just a trace of surface wear]. (color photographs) This book "showcases three architecturally important private residences now owned by and housing the expansive art collections of Max Palevsky. Each house has been built, restored or reworked by a well-known contemporary architect. Presented in significant detail are the Palm Springs House, by renowned mid-century modernist architect Craig Ellwood; the extravagant Malibu Spanish-style House, with interior renovations by renowned Italian architect Ettore Sottsass; and the opulent Beverly Hills House, by the most famous of the 1920s Mediterranean-style architects, George Washington Smith -- with interiors that have been reworked recently by the avant-garde [but apparently not "renowned"] California architect Coy Howard." ***Additional shipping charges for this heavy book will apply for non-U.S. customers; please inquire before placing your order.*** 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Pocket Billiards Textbook [*SIGNED*], Beverly, Richard P.
64 Beverly, Richard P. The Pocket Billiards Textbook [*SIGNED*]
(n.p.) (published by the author) 1988 (c.1974-1988) 5th printing Plastic comb binding Near Fine Signed by Author
(card covers) [nice clean book, practically as new, with just a touch of dog-earing at the spine corners]. (B&W photographs, diagrams) SIGNED by the author at the bottom of the copyright page (the first page). Everything you need to know, and then some. Signed by Author 
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King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies [*SIGNED*], Birchard, Robert S.
65 Birchard, Robert S. King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies [*SIGNED*]
Burbank CA Riverwood Press (c.1993) 1-880756-05-6 / 9781880756058 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover design) Les Leverett 
[good sound book, slight dog-earing at bottom corners of covers, tiny nick in bottom edge of front cover near the spine]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. A well-documented and extensively-illustrated survey of the career of one of the great early Western film stars, "America's Champion Cowboy." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Blood and Sand [movie tie-in edition], Blasco Ibaņez, Vicente
66 Blasco Ibaņez, Vicente Blood and Sand [movie tie-in edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1941] (c1919, 1922) Madison Square Books (reprint) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj 
[light shelfwear, previous owner's name rather clumsily inked out at top of ffep; jacket shows wear and tiny tears at several corners, spine a little faded, internally tape-repaired tear at top of spine, a little scuffing to front panel, wrinkling/creasing at top of rear panel]. (photographic dust jacket) Tie-in for the second (1941) movie version of Blasco Ibaņez's classic novel of the rise and fall of a great matador, beautifully Technicolored by director Rouben Mamoulian for 20th Century-Fox. And speaking of color, have you ever seen a REDDER dust jacket in your whole life, to say nothing of one adorned with such a yummy trio as Rita Hayworth, Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power? Who IS the most gorgeous of them all? -- it's a real toss-up. 
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Daniel Blum's Theatre World: Season 1962-1963, Blum, Daniel
67 Blum, Daniel Daniel Blum's Theatre World: Season 1962-1963
Philadelphia/New York Chilton Books (c.1963) (Volume 19) Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy, minor wear to spine ends; jacket shows light rubbing/soiling, a bit of edgewear]. (B&W photographs) A review of the theatre season from June 1, 1962 through May 31, 1963 -- not just Broadway, but also covering many important regional theatres, national touring companies, off-Broadway, various Shakespeare festivals, certain plays that opened out of town and never made it to Broadway, dollops of dance and ballet, etc. It's hard to imagine a book that page-for-page is more fascinating, entertaining, surprising -- and frustrating -- to flip through than almost any "Theatre World" volume from the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s. (You might like the 1970s onward, too, but frankly I kind of lose interest.) Fascinating etc. because you will inevitably make dozens of discoveries -- this or that up-and-coming (or in-the-twilight) performer in some long-forgotten stage role, the full particulars on some famous play that you might not have associated with 1962-1963 (examples: this season saw the premieres of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Oliver!"), some fascinating-sounding but utterly forgotten play, and so on. If you're a movie or theatre fan, I can guarantee that flipping through this volume will provide hours of solid entertainment and occasional delight. Look, there's young Robert Duvall in a small role in "The Days and Nights of Beebee Fenstermaker" at the Sheridan Square Playhouse! -- Bob Fosse in the title role of a "Pal Joey" revival at the New York City Center (for a mere 15 performances) -- Walter Matthau and Ruth Gordon trodding the boards together in Lillian Hellman's "My Mother, My Father and Me" -- an Actors Studio revival of O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" with old Franchot Tone, young Richard Thomas, and in-between Geraldine Page, Ben Gazzara, Betty Field, Geoffrey Horne, and Jane Fonda! Also highlighted are the season's "Promising Personalities," which this year included Liza Minnelli, Estelle Parsons, and Alan Arkin. Includes brief biographies of numerous actors, obituaries of those who died that year, a full name and title index, and more! And if you're wondering why I've written such a full description for such an inexpensive book, consider this: when I started cataloging it, it was a $15 book, and now it's a $20 book -- and I'm sure you've gotten $5 worth of entertainment, just from reading this. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 Historical Sites of the Holy Land, Blum, Ludwig
68 Blum, Ludwig 10 Historical Sites of the Holy Land
Jerusalem Shulamit Publishing Co. 1955 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate external soiling, some wrinkling and creasing along the edges, soft diagonal crease at bottom right corner of front cover]. (color reproductions of paintings) Full-page reproductions of paintings by an Czech-born artist who settled in Jerusalem in 1923, and "again and again painted the unique and elusive loveliness of the Holy City. No other artist has so faithfully rendered and captured the charm of the Old City, the clear yet medley colours of the hills of Jerusalem and the desolation of the Judean desert." The paintings (captioned in Hebrew and English) depict: Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives; the Citadel of Jerusalem (David's Tower): the Street of the Jews in Old Jerusalem; Via Dolorosa; the Temple Area; Market in the Old City of Jerusalem; Bethlehem; Nazareth; Tiberias; the Sea of Galilee. The book itself measures 10"x13"; the prints are roughly 7"x10", each tipped onto its own page (the accompanying texts appear on separate pages). Inside the outer wraps, the volume is bound with a thin white cord, and if so desired the individual pages could be removed for framing. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Mr. Mergenthwirker's Lobblies and Other Fantastic Tales, Bond, Nelson
69 Bond, Nelson Mr. Mergenthwirker's Lobblies and Other Fantastic Tales
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1946) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) "Windrow"(?) 
[a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge, slight exposure of board at bottom front corner; jacket is edgeworn with various small tears, ragged diagonal tear at top of front panel (with some bleed-through staining from old internal tape-repair), narrow strip torn away at top of rear panel, extending a bit into top of spine]. Collection of 13 fantasy/SF-ish stories, the first book by this prolific pulp-fiction writer who later branched out into radio and television. The title story, about a milquetoasty little man and his invisible compansions, was Bond's first big success; it originally appeared in Scribner's Magazine in 1937 and had been much reprinted and broadcast (in various radio verisions, including a 1938 series), and would soon (as noted in the jacket blurb) find its way onto television as well. (It was staged three times for live TV, in 1946, 1949 and 1953; the first of these broadcasts has been referred to as "the first full-length play presented on network television," although I hesitate to endorse that claim without doing a little more research.) Reportedly, however, Bond was hampered in his attempts to sell it to the movies due to its similarities to the Broadway hit "Harvey" -- even though the original "Lobblies" story predated "Harvey" by a good seven years. Especially amusing (to me, anyway), in light of the fact that later in life Bond quit writing and became an antiquarian bookseller, is the final tale in this volume: entitled "The Bookshop," it's about a mysterious shop that's revealed to the story's writer-protagonist to be "the imperishable library of might-have-been" books -- including his own. 
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Relations: Selected Poems 1950-1985 [*SIGNED*], Booth, Philip
70 Booth, Philip Relations: Selected Poems 1950-1985 [*SIGNED*]
New York Penguin Books 1986 0-14-058-5605 / 9780140585605 1st Edition (softcover issue) Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Neil Stuart Signed by Author
[nice clean book, very light handling wear only]. Trade PB SIGNED by the author/poet on the title page, beneath which he has also written "Castine / Maine / 1990." "The poems that compose [this book] -- generous selections from six previous books and wonderfully vigorous new poems -- describe and illuminate the still unfinished arc of Philip Booth's work, reflecting inward and outward changes yet sustained by a resilient sense of place." That place was, in fact, Maine itself -- according to Wikipedia, Booth (born in New Hampshire) lived a substantial part of his life in Castine, Maine, "in a house that [was] handed down through his family for five generations." Signed by Author 
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Week-End, Brackett, Charles
71 Brackett, Charles Week-End
New York Robert M. McBride & Company 1925 2nd printing Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn but intact, light staining to covers, diagonal red line of undetermined origin/purpose across bottom right corner of front cover, vintage bookseller's label (Unity Pegues, Hollywood, California) on rear pastedown]. The second novel by the future New Yorker drama critic and even-more future Hollywood screenwriter and producer. It's a satire about a group of people who gather at the country home of a bishop(!) for a weekend getaway from the city; the action begins at 6:10 p.m. Friday and ends at 10:40 a.m. the following Monday. The New York Times praised the book as "entertaining and thoughtful satire [with] clever dialogue," characterizing it as "a delightfully deft study of a 'society' which has neither meaning nor direction." Brackett would go on to publish three more novels, the last of which appeared after he had already decamped for Hollywood, where he was eventually thrown into a screenwriting partnership with Billy Wilder that yielded such classics as NINOTCHKA, THE LOST WEEKEND and SUNSET BLVD.; after the pair split up, he went on to a significant career as a producer and sometimes-writer at Twentieth Century-Fox (NIAGARA, TITANIC, THE KING AND I, THE WAYWARD BUS and others). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Illustrated Man [*SIGNED*], Bradbury, Ray
72 Bradbury, Ray The Illustrated Man [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. [1958, c.1951] Later Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sydney Butchkes Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [virtually no wear to book, but the front hinge is starting to crack so tender handling required; jacket faded at spine but otherwise just lightly worn, with a touch of visible wear along the top edge]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep, above which he has written the name of the inscribee, followed by an exclamation point. Early Bradbury collection of 18 stories (the jacket copy says 20, but that includes the Prologue and Epilogue), built around the concept of a tattooed ex-circus freak whose numerous body-illustrations each provide the basis for one of the stories. A number of the stories, all but one of which had been previously published, have been adapted for various media (radio, TV, film, music); the most-remembered adaptation is probably the 1969 feature film THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, directed by Jack Smight and starring Rod Steiger, which incorporated three stories ("The Veldt," "The Long Rain" and "The Last Night of the World") into an expanded version of the Prologue and Epilogue. (Bradbury was not involved in the adaptation.) NOTE that I've dated this printing as 1958 per the reference in the rear jacket blurb his "more recent, best-selling [book] 'Dandelion Wine'," which was published in September 1957; ALSO NOTE that while this edition retains the Sydney Butchkes front-panel jacket art from the first edition, the rear jacket panel is different, and features a then-more-contemporary photo of Bradbury, by George Cserna. Signed by Author 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Vile Bodies; a play in twelve episodes, Bradley, H. Dennis; adapted from Evelyn Waugh's novel
73 Bradley, H. Dennis; adapted from Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies; a play in twelve episodes
London Chapman & Hall Ltd. 1931 "Revised edition" (see note) Softcover Good 
[age-toning to covers and edges of text block, about a one-inch split in binding at bottom front hinge, binding itself a little tender; the lines for the character "Faith," who appears only in Scene VII, are underlined in pencil]. Stage adaptation of Waugh's 1930 novel about London's "bright young things," this being (per the cover and title page) the "revised edition, as played at the Arts Theatre." A review of the original London production observed: "The book is nearly all there in slices, and one wonders what the critics of a generation ago would have said of the shapeless, shameless progress of such entertainment. But the book's quality is reproduced, and the whole collection of fantastic masks is duly hung before us to show the mirror of the age. More recently, the novel was adapted (not altogether successfully) by Stephen Fry for the 2003 film BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Child in the City: A Series of Papers Presented at the Conferences Held During The Chicago Child Welfare Exhibit, Breckinridge, Sophonisba P., ed.
74 Breckinridge, Sophonisba P., ed. The Child in the City: A Series of Papers Presented at the Conferences Held During The Chicago Child Welfare Exhibit
Chicago The Department of Social Investigations/Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy 1912 First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [moderate wear at extremities, both hinges cracked (the front more severely than the rear), private "Ex Libris" bookplate on front pastedown; all photographic plates are present (one illustrating the beginning of each major section of the book), but one is detached from the binding]. (11 B&W photographic plates) A collection of papers presented at the conferences referenced in the book's subtitle, held during two weeks in May 1911. Following some introductory matter (including the comments of Jane Addams regarding the "Opening of the Exhibit"), the papers are organized under nine subject headings: Personal Service; Physical Care; The School and the Child; Special Groups of Children (including "The Claim of the Colored Child" by Booker T. Washington); The Working Child; The Law and the Child; Libraries and Museums; Social and Civic Problems of Childhood; and "The Uncompleted Task." Other notable contibutors include Lillian D. Wald of the Henry Street Settlement in New York, and Roger N. Baldwin, then representing the Civic League of St. Louis but later to become a founder and the first executive director of the ACLU. In addition to her introductory remarks, Jane Addams also contributed a paper on "The Hull-House Labor Museum." Befitting the Chicago-ness of this noble enterprise, the McCormick name seems to have been all over the thing: the introductory remarks were by Cyrus H. McCormick [Jr.], while the conferences' (and the book's) last words were delivered by Harriet H. McCormick and Anita McCormick Blaine, Cyrus's wife and sister, respectively. (The photographic illustrations, by the way, appear to be photos of display boards on the various topics that were used at the conferences; unfortunately, this means that most of the individual images depicted thereon (as many as ten on some pieces) are too small here to make out any significant detail.) 
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The Wonders of the Dunes, Brennan, George A.
75 Brennan, George A. The Wonders of the Dunes
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1923) First Edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by (photographs) Frank N. Hohenberger 
(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, moderate shelfwear, small tear in cloth at top of spine, gilt spine lettering darkened and a bit hard to read]. (B&W photographic plates) Historical and naturalist account of the Chicago Dunes region, an area of Indiana running along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Recognized as an important natural resource as early as 1899, it nonetheless took several decades of agitation (during which the area's unique and delicate ecosystems were threatened by the rapid growth of heavy industry in the surrounding region) before the Indiana Dunes State Park was established by the State of Indiana in 1926. (Chapter XIV, "Dunes National Park," gives an account of these early efforts to have the area protected by legislation.) Eventually, in 1966, it was added to the National Parks system as the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 
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Prize Stories of 1951: The O. Henry Awards, Brickell, Herschel, ed.
76 Brickell, Herschel, ed. Prize Stories of 1951: The O. Henry Awards
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [slight bumping to all corners, but otherwise a good sound clean book; jacket a little edgeworn, with a few small nicks at both ends of spine, a couple of small closed tears]. The 33rd annual collection of the year's best short stories by American authors, selected from American magazines; in most instances, this volume represents the first hardcover or anthologized appearances of these stories. Each story is prefaced by a brief (half-page) biographical sketch of its author. This year's bumper crop included stories by: Eudora Welty ("The Burning," this year's second-prize winner); Truman Capote ("The House of Flowers," the third-prize winner); William Faulkner ("A Name for the City"); John Cheever ("The Pot of Gold"); Evan S. Connell Jr. ("I Came from Yonder Mountain"); Frank Rooney ("Cyclists' Raid," the basis for the 1953 movie THE WILD ONE); John Hersey ("Peggety's Parcel of Shortcomings"); Carson McCullers ("The Sojourner"); Arthur Miller ("Monte Saint Angelo"); and Jean Stafford ("A Country Love Story"). A pretty distinguished lot, indeed -- although you may have noticed that I didn't list the year's FIRST-prize winner. Alas, as is so often the case with such awards, the top prize went to a writer whose career never really caught fire, and who is little-remembered: Harris Downey, for his story "The Hunters." 
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The Brick Foxhole, Brooks, Richard
77 Brooks, Richard The Brick Foxhole
New York/London Harper & Brothers (c.1945) Third Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Hoffman 
[minor shelfwear, very slight bumping to top corners; jacket has minor paper loss at top of spine (no text affected), small closed tear at bottom rear hinge]. The screenwriter/director's first novel, about a psychotic, anti-Semitic ex-GI; basis for the noted film noir CROSSFIRE, starring Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, and Gloria Grahame. 
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The Gallery, Burns, John Horne
78 Burns, John Horne The Gallery
New York/London Harper & Brothers (c.1947) Later Printing (K-W) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) from a photograph by Nathan Roger Knaster 
[good sound copy, very slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket has shallow chips at top of front panel and top of spine, small tears with minor paper loss at front corners]. Novel depicting military life (including its homosexual aspects) in Allied-occupied North Africa and Naples in 1944. The author's first book, it was both critically and commercially successful at the time of its original publication, but its enduring reputation rests mostly on its frank depiction of gay life, particularly the 28-page chapter entitled "Momma," which takes place in a gay hangout for soldiers and civilians in Naples. From Wikipedia: "Without sentimentality, Burns explored the average man's resentment of the military, his struggle to assert his individuality within the complex war effort, the tension between officers and enlisted men, the psychological effects of dislocation, economic and social inequality between the Americans and those they defeated, the experience of homosexual military personnel, and the popular life of Naples in 1944 under the Allied occupation." Gore Vidal wrote of the book, in 1965: "Of the well known books of the war, I have always thought that only Burns's was authentic." Burns himself, alas, had flamed out long before Vidal's assessment: after publishing two more novels, neither of them successful, he died in 1953 at the age of 36. (The "K-W" code dates this printing to October 1947; the book was published in June of that year.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Strange Gift, Bushnell, Adelyn
79 Bushnell, Adelyn Strange Gift
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1951) First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[considerable shelfwear to bottom edge and spine ends, spine slightly turned; jacket edgeworn, small tear/chip at top of spine, vertical crease down middle of spine]. Novel, set in Massachusetts and Maine, about a young woman whose mother is a fake psychic -- while she herself is the real thing. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Back to Treasure Island, Calahan, Harold Augustin
80 Calahan, Harold Augustin Back to Treasure Island
New York The Vanguard Press (c.1935) 17th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by L.F. Grant 
[nice clean book, lightly worn at extremities; ditto the bright and colorful jacket, with a tiny nick at the bottom of the front panel and a tiny chip at the bottom left corner of the rear panel]. (10 full-page pen & ink drawings) This sequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, "which transports us back to Treasure Island and introduces us again not only to Jim Hawkins, the Squire and Dr. Livesey, returned to Treasure Island for the remainder of the hoard, but also to Long John Silver and Black Dog and many more of our pirate friends." (This printing, bearing a $3.95 price on the jacket, probably date from the late 1950s or early 1960s.) 
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