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Practical Telephone Hand Book & Guide to Telephonic Exchange, Baldwin, T.S., comp. and ed.
1 Baldwin, T.S., comp. and ed. Practical Telephone Hand Book & Guide to Telephonic Exchange
Chicago Frederick J. Drake & Co. (c.1902) Presumed 1st Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [an exceptionally nice copy: mild wear to cloth at corners and spine extremities, one tiny dent at top of rear cover, and a couple of slightly bumped corners, but the gilt lettering (on the front cover and spine) and the silver border and illustration of a telephone wiring diagram (on the front cover) show only the slightest rubbing, and the book's overall appearance is clean and bright]. (B&W drawings) "Chapters on the use of the telephone, series and bridging phones, line construction, materials to be used, locating and correction of faults in instruments and lines, the apparatus and methods used in making all of the tests required in commercial telephone work including the exchange, are fully and carefully treated; and in addition, plain, easy instructions on farm telephones, which are of inestimable value to promoters of rural party lines." I doubt you'll find a nicer copy of this important early popular work on telephony -- considering that this is a very nuts-and-bolts type guide to telephone installation and operation, one can only assume that it was never actually used "in the field." Chapter I is an enthusiastic -- at times verging on poetic -- paean to the myriad benefits that the new-fangled gadget will bring to regular folks, especially on isolated farms. ("The telephone is a saver of time, an annihilator of distance." "It will enable ladies to visit each other without the troublesome necessity of dressing and driving long distances over bad roads with a team needed in the fields.") And Chapter XIII starts out by telling you "How to Make a Telephone" (from scratch!). A wonderfully evocative document that, in an age when we take instantaneous worldwide communication via e-mail for granted, reads like ancient history. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Guide à l'usage des visiteurs de la Chapelle Saint Blaise des Simples (Milly la Forêt), Cocteau, Jean
2 Cocteau, Jean Guide à l'usage des visiteurs de la Chapelle Saint Blaise des Simples (Milly la Forêt)
Monaco Éditions Du Rocher (c.1960) NO First Edition Softcover Very Good- 
[moderate external soiling, a couple of tiny stains on front cover, spine covering a little darkened (B&W photographs) A photo-illustrated guide to a 12th-century chapel at Milly la Forêt (France) for which Cocteau provided the wall and window decorations in the late 1950s. He also made his home in the area, and the chapel became his final resting place following his death in 1963. (He's buried beneath the floor.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Tradition and Change in Three Generations of Japanese Americans, Connor, John W.
3 Connor, John W. Tradition and Change in Three Generations of Japanese Americans
Chicago Nelson-Hall (c.1977) 0-88229-288-9 / 9780882292885 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean book, no discernible wear; jacket shows moderate edgewear, a little scuffing to front and rear panels]. (tables, figures) "This study of the acculturation of three generations of Japanese Americans is based on both biographical data and psychological tests. After describing the focus of his investigation and the various research instruments that were employed, [the author] presents the historical framework within which distinctive Japanese and American characteristics developed. An account of Tokugama, Japan is followed by an analysis of the effects of nineteenth-century modernization and the American occupation after World War II. Similarly, the author traces the importance of the frontier heritage to the American way of life. The remainder of the book contains a wealth of detailed information concerning cultural change. Much of this information has not been available previously, since this is the first time that identical psychological tests were administered to three generations of Japanese." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Thinking by Machine: A Study of Cybernetics, de Latil, Pierre (translated by Y.M. Golla)
4 de Latil, Pierre (translated by Y.M. Golla) Thinking by Machine: A Study of Cybernetics
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1957 (c.1956) 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John V. Morris 
[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear, slight age-toning to top page edges; jacket shows a bit of wear at spine extremities and along right-hand edge of front panel, minor crease at bottom of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs, diagrams) A review of "the last ten years' progress in the development of self-governing machines," describing "the principles that make the most complex automatic machines possible, as well as the fundamentals of their construction." Foreword by Isaac Asimov. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle, Descola, Philippe (translated from the French by Janet Lloyd)
5 Descola, Philippe (translated from the French by Janet Lloyd) The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle
New York The New Press (c.1996, 1993) 1-56584-228-6 / 9781565842281 First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Philippe Descola 
[book is tight and clean, with no discernible wear; jacket shows a tiny bit of crinkling along top edge, some surface abrasion to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) "The extraordinary story of three years among the legendary Jivaro Indians of South America. Isolated in the jungle of the Upper Amazon on the border of Ecuador and Peru, the Achuar are a tribe of Jivaros whose reputation for headhunting has kept them safe for centuries from incursions by whites. [This book] is the story of Descola's years among them and a tribute to their resistance." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, Duany, Andres, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck
6 Duany, Andres, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
New York North Point Press 2001 (c.2000) 0-86547-606-3 / 9780865476066 First Paperback Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Suan Mitchell 
[light handling wear, faint traces of soiling to front cover, very slight curling at right edge of front cover]. Trade PB (photographs, maps, graphs, etc.) This book "givefs voice to a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. A lively lament about the failures of postwar planning, this is also that rare book that offers solutions." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Shopfronts, Evans, Bill, and Andrew Lawson
7 Evans, Bill, and Andrew Lawson Shopfronts
New York Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (c.1981) 0-442-28253-2 / 9780442282530 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, no significant wear to book; jacket shows light wear at extremities, moderate surface rubbing, one vertical crease in front flap]. (B&W/color photographs) "In this photographic essay, the authors have set out to record the tradition of the small English shop while it still survives. Up and down the country, theyhave photographed those shops that seem to sum up a particular aspect of this tradition, whether through design and decoration of the shop and its front, the signs which proclaim its trade, its display of wares in the window, or simply its friendly service, always reflective of the strong and idiosyncratic personality of the shopkeeper. Incuded here are the butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer, florist, dairy, baker, tobbaconist, bookseller, ironmonger, chandler, draper, milliner and others -- each of them part of a tradition which remains quintessentially English." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Chaos and Determinism: Turbulence as a Paradigm for Complex Systems Converging toward Final States, Favre, Alexandre, Henri Guitton, Jean Guitton, Andre Lichnerowicz, and Etienne Wolff; translated by Bertram Eugene Schwarzbach
8 Favre, Alexandre, Henri Guitton, Jean Guitton, Andre Lichnerowicz, and Etienne Wolff; translated by Bertram Eugene Schwarzbach Chaos and Determinism: Turbulence as a Paradigm for Complex Systems Converging toward Final States
Baltimore/London The Johns Hopkins University Press 1995 (c.1988) 0-8018-4911-X / 9780801849114 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, possibly as issued) [nice copy, very light external wear, teensy nick in top edge of one page]. (figures, photographs, color frontispiece) Originally published in France in 1988; the authors are all members of the Institut de France. My powers of summarization are not equal to providing a three-line description of the contents of this book -- but I figure if you're interested in the topic, you don't really need me to tell you what it's about. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Frills and Thrills: The Career of a Young Fashion Designer [*SIGNED*], Gallagher, Louise Barnes
9 Gallagher, Louise Barnes Frills and Thrills: The Career of a Young Fashion Designer [*SIGNED*]
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1940 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Jeva Cralick Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [nice clean solid copy, faint scratch to front cover, top rear corner lightly bumped]. (B&W line drawings) INSCRIBED generically ("Best Wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. One of this publisher's popular "Career Books," this by one of the most respected fashion designers of her day. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Stresses in Aeroplane Structures, Howard, H.B.
10 Howard, H.B. The Stresses in Aeroplane Structures
London Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd. 1933 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice copy, minor dust-soiling to top edge, extremely light fraying at top corners, gilt lettering strong on front cover and spine, one-time owner's name neatly stamped on both endpapers and title page]. (figures, tables) "The object of this book is to collect between one pair of covers those portions of the theory of structures which are of particular interest to the aeroplane designer. The development of the aeroplane has brought in its train considerable extension and amplification of the classical theory of structures. Much of this material is not readily accessible in textbook form. The present volume is an attempt to remedy this deficiency." (++) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Basic Propaganda, Kamins, Bernard Francis
11 Kamins, Bernard Francis Basic Propaganda
Los Angeles Houlgate House 1951 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[book itself is tight and clean, virtually as new; jacket has two short closed tears at top of front panel, a little wear and a couple of short splits along rear flap foldover]. A textbookish discussion of the topic that combines, per the publisher's introductory note, a "theoretical approach and informed background [with the author's] practical experience and easy-to-read style." The book was heartily (if somewhat anomalously) endorsed by noted songwriter Jimmy McHugh, who describes the author as "a public relations counsellor for motion picture promotions, television company activities, legal cases, political campaigns, actors, actresses, swimming meets, and a variety of business problems," and lauding him as "high above reproach, because Public Relations with him has been based on honesty." (Kamins also had a minor career as a screenwriter, including a shared screenplay credit for the 1944 Hopalong Cassidy film FORTY THIEVES.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Jealous Potter, Levi-Strauss, Claude (translated by Bénédicte Chorier)
12 Levi-Strauss, Claude (translated by Bénédicte Chorier) The Jealous Potter
Chicago/London The University of Chicago Press 1988 0-226-47480-1 / 9780226474809 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[light soiling to page edges, tiny stain on fore-edge, otherwise just minimal shelfwear, text is clean; jacket shows a little surface wear, small scrape/tear at left edge of front panel]. (color plate frontis., b&w illustrations) This book "has been hailed as the best and the most generally accessible book by Claude Lévi-Strauss, the founder of structuralism and one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. It is an entertainment for the intellect, a diverting series of themes and variations [that] explores the mythologies of the Americas, with occasional incursions into European and Japanese folklore." Appendix listing "Tribes, Peoples, Linguistic Families"; References; Abbreviations; Bibliography. Originally published in France, 1985. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Synchronization Systems in Communication and Control, Lindsey, William C.
13 Lindsey, William C. Synchronization Systems in Communication and Control
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1972) 0-13-879957-1 / 9780138799571 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minimal shelfwear, one-time owner's signature and old selling price (stamped) on ffep; jacket a little edgeworn, lightly rubbed, shallow chipping at top of spine]. (Prentice-Hall Series in Information and System Sciences) Series "An extensive treatment of all the essential theories related to the design and performance characterization of a broad class of synchronization, tracking, and phase-coherent demodulation systems that employ the phase-lock principle in their operation." An important work by this internationally known expert in the field of Communication Sciences, who has had extensive experience in deep space and satellite communication system architecture, engineering, design, analysis and simulation. He joined the University of Southern California faculty in 1968, and holds several patents which have been used in satellite systems and communications receivers. A founder of the IEEE Communication Society, on whose Board of Governors and Editorial Board he has served, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Color, Culture, Civilization: Race and Minority Issues in American Society, Lyman, Stanford M.
14 Lyman, Stanford M. Color, Culture, Civilization: Race and Minority Issues in American Society
Urbana/Chicago University of Illinois (c.1994) 0-252-02048-0 / 9780252020483 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice copy, clean and tight, blemished only by the word "discarded" stamped in red on top edge (NO other markings of any sort); jacket similarly clean and nice, with just one small closed tear at top of spine]. "For nearly a century, the discouse on ethnoracial minorities in the United States has been framed by debates over assimilation versus pluralism. In this challenging look at race, culture, and the nature of integration, [the author] explores that discourse, from its philosophical origins in intellectual responses to the 'Jewish Question' to its contemporary formulations. [His] subjects range from Robert E. Park's shifting views on the relation between assimilation and civilizational advance through the imagery of ethnic groups found in novels, slave narratives, and film; the challenge to ethnohistorical views represented by the Chinese diaspora; and the 'badge of slavery' that Asian, Hispanic, and Native American groups have been forced to wear. Finally, [he] reflects on the innovative ways of speaking, writing, and acting forged by the revival of race consciousness and offers a perspective on how to understand more constructively the major African-American literary and social critics." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20th Century Passenger Ships of the P&O, McCart, Neil
15 McCart, Neil 20th Century Passenger Ships of the P&O
Wellingborough (UK) Patrick Stephens Limited 1985 0-85059-716-1 / 9780850597165 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Don Smith 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, very light wear to base of spine, slight bump to bottom rear corner; jacket shows minor wrinkling here and there, light surface wear]. (B&W photographs) "With the aid of over 200 photographs, the author reviews the careers of each of the 64 vessels built or bought for the P&O within living memory. [His] thorough research includes technical data on each ship and information on their eventual fate, including those few sold to other companies for further employment." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Thinking About the Elgin Marbles: Critical Essays on Cultural Property, Art and Law, Merryman, John Henry
16 Merryman, John Henry Thinking About the Elgin Marbles: Critical Essays on Cultural Property, Art and Law
The Hague/London/Boston Kluwer Law International 2000 90-411-9777-X / 9789041197771 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [a couple of tiny scuff marks on covers, tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, no other significant wear, clean as a whistle on the inside]. PLEASE NOTE that if you are a student purchasing this as a textbook, this is NOT THE SECOND EDITION (which came out in 2009), but rather the FIRST EDITION. An anthology of the author's essays on a wide-ranging variety of topics related to the ethical and legal issues surrounding cultural artifacts, works of art, etc. General-essay topics include: "The Public Interest in Cultural Property"; "The Retention of Cultural Property"; and "Cultural Property Ethics." The book's second section, "Art Law," contains essays specifically dealing with the works of Bernard Buffet, Maurice Utrillo, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko, as well as a piece on "Counterfeit Art." 
Price: 150.00 USD
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17 Moore, Thomas Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
New York HarperPerennial 1994 0-06-092575-2 / 9780060925758 1st printing Softcover Fine 
[as-new copy, tight and clean, no significant wear]. Trade PB A great book. Saved my life. 
Price: 3.00 USD
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Medieval Eloquence: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Medieval Rhetoric, Murphy, James J., ed.
18 Murphy, James J., ed. Medieval Eloquence: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Medieval Rhetoric
Berkeley/Los Angeles University of California Press (c.1978) 0-520-03345-0 / 9780520033450 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean book, with no discernible shelfwear, tiny smudge on front cover; jacket a little browned at the edges, minor wear along top edge]. "Here for the first time within one cover [sic] is a survey of major medieval theories of communication, together with their applications to medieval literary works in Old English, Italian, German, Old French, Latin, and Middle English. The rhetorical tradition that had begun in ancient Greece was transmitted to the middle ages largely through the influence of the Roman theoretician Cicero. But medieval theorists put their own special stamp on this tradition, evolving a whole new set of adaptive rhetorical genres to deal with the challenges offered by verse-writing, letter-writing, and preaching." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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19 Oliver, George A. Early Motor Cars 1904-1915 [First Series]
Brattleboro VT The Stephen Greene Press 1960 Limited/Numbered Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by George A. Oliver 
[beautifully-produced book, in beautiful condition, with just the slightest bumping to the bottom front corner; the jacket shows very minor wear to the dust jacket here and there (at edges and a couple of corners), slight yellowing and some faint soiling, but NO tears or chips or any kind]. (12 color plates) Oversize oblong hardcover book (approximately 14" x 19"), with 12 full-page color illustrations, by "a leading Scottish artist and old car buff," of "twelve veteran cars which made automobile history throughout the world." This is the "first American edition," limited to 750 copies, of which this is copy number 9. The cars depicted are: Oldsmobile runabout (1904); De Dion Bouton three-seat touring car (1904); White rear-entrance tonneau (1905); Rolls-Royce Roi-des-Belges touring car (1908); Renault doctor's coupé (1910); Daimler touring car (1910); Lanchester landaulet (1910); Adler landaulet (1911); Vermorel two-seater (1912); Morris 'Oxford' two-seat touring car (1913); Argyll touring car (1914); Model 'T' Ford four-seat touring car (1915). In addition to the stunning illustrations, there is included a brief description and history of each car, plus its technical specifications. (++) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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What's Called Love: A Real Romance [*SIGNED*], Paul, Jim
20 Paul, Jim What's Called Love: A Real Romance [*SIGNED*]
New York Villard Books 1993 0-679-40971-8 / 9780679409717 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[beautiful, unread copy, with just a tiny bit of rubbing to jacket]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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