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1 Eric Williams, Cleveland Amory, Dick Grace, A.B. Guthrie Jr. Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Summer 1950 Selections (Volume II) [The Wooden Horse; Home Town; Visibility Unlimited; The Way West]
Pleasantville NY The Reader's Digest Association (c.1950) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Howard Willard, Constantin Alajalov, James Kelly, Lyle Justis 
[solid clean copy, minor shelfwear, light age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's embossed name/address on both endpapers; the jacket shows some wear and slight wrinkling along top edge, some very slight paper loss at top of spine and at bottom right edge of front panel]. Vol. 2 The second volume in the RDCB series, with two laid-in items documenting its early marketing strategies: a folded flyer incorporating two "Charter Subscriber's Option Cards," and a small 8-page booklet touting this volume and the "Growth of a New Venture." The book itself contains condensed versions of three popular novels of the day: "The Wooden Horse" by Eric Williams, "Home Town" by Cleveland Amory, and "The Way West" by A.B. Guthrie Jr.; each is accompanied by a one-page profile (with small portrait drawing) of its author. Also in this volume is a "brief condensation" (a condensed condensation, perhaps a miniaturization?) of "Visibility Unlimited" by Dick Grace. According to the jacket-flap blurb, this series was inaugurated in response to Digest readers' "demand for the many fine books -- leading novels, factual narratives, biographies -- which do not lend themselves to the brevity of magazine use." The cost of each volume, in the beginning, was $1.89 plus postage -- or just $1.50 if you committed to buy four volumes over the course of a year. Long the bane of used bookstores and objects of derision from "serious" readers, the volumes nonetheless have been a fixture on the publishing landscape for close onto seventy years now (the name was changed to the slightly more snooty-sounding "Reader's Digest Select Editions" in 1997). 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2 Guthrie, A.B. Jr. The Blue Hen's Chick: A Life in Context
New York McGraw-Hill Book Company (c.1965) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Joseph Papin 
[a very nice copy, only the slightest trace of shelfwear to book itself; jacket a teensy bit darkened at spine, a virtually-invisible one-inch closed tear at bottom front hinge]. Autobiography by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Big Sky." He tells of his boyhood in Montana, his wanderings across the country during the Great Depression, his early career as a newspaperman, his success as a novelist, his time in Hollywood as a screenwriter, and his ultimate return to Montana to settle down. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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