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The following listing of books is what I am currently offering for sale.  The Western Americana book listings will be greatly expanded in the near future, i.e., after I retire from my "real" job at the end of 2007, so stay tuned...

All prices include shipping - insurance extra if desired - but I pack well. And as with all my sales on eBay, I offer a 7 day, no questions asked, 100% money back guarantee on everything I sell! It's the only way to do "e-business". I try to take well representative pictures, but it is an imperfect world....click on the highlighted link to see a decent picture of the actual for sale item. If you would like additional pictures, or information, please e-mail me.  

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To help properly describe the books listed here and on eBay, I use portions of a "borrowed" book description glossary from off the web. It is found after the following books-for-sale listings. The glossary is fairly lengthy, but detailed - and alphabetical. I do not use all the terms listed in the glossary, but it is still a useful reference. In all my descriptions, I try to describe all condition flaws or "problems" to the best of my ability. I want the potential buyer to have a good picture in their minds of what the book looks like - in addition to the picture(s) that I post in my listings. When in doubt e-mail me with your questions at the link above.

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SOUTH SLOUGH ADVENTURES - Life on a Southern Oregon Estuary - Published by the Friends of South Slough, South Coast Printing, Inc., Coos Bay, OR., Melody Caldera (editor...and writer of many of the chapters), 1995, stated "First Printing," 276 pages, about 6" by 8.75" with a glossy paperback cover.  I believe this was the first and only printing as the books are hard to find on the internet with the cheapest I could find on Amazon starting at $95; none on ABE.  Back cover notes that the book originally sold for $20 in paperback and I believe a paperback was the only way it was printed, i.e., no hardbacks.  I (gently) read this book recently (while in the South Slough area doing coastal recreation) and it is a fascinating series of chapters that explain the history of the area from pre-history to the publishing date.  I found it a great read giving an excellent sense of "place."  Incidentally, South Slough is the southern extension of Coos Bay which is bounded on the north by Charleston & Barview, OR. and currently known now for its production of clams and oysters; it's past is even more fascinating as the book outlines.  Condition is fine with just the lightest of wear on the covers and no other issues as it is tight and sound with no spine creases, writing inside, noticeable soiling, nor other problems.  Recommended for the Oregon history buff...heck it is worth getting just for the exceptional cover photo of two barefoot Coos Indian girls in traditional garb from around 1900 or before.
$40 postpaid.*


LEGEND INTO HISTORY: Facts and Fiction of the Lookout Lynching - by James O. Souther, Vantage Press, New York.  On the reverse of the title page is "FIRST EDITION...Copyright 1968 by James Otto Souther..." Hardbound red cloth cover with price clipped dust jacket, 79 pages, 8" by 5.25" dimensions.  This is a well researched (lots of footnote references) and well written story of the lynching of 5 people in 1901 at Lookout (just west of Adin, if that helps) in northeastern California.  These five individuals were deemed "undesirable" (suspected of various crimes around the area) and were hung off a bridge on the edge of town.  No one was ever convicted for the lynching as was very common in the West in the early days when the law generally far away and the local citizenry took it upon themselves to solve their "problems."  Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition with just light wear, a couple very short closed tears, and very minor soiling to the jacket, a little bumping to the corners of the book, and a neatly printed name in ink on the front loose endpaper of the book itself.  $20 postpaid.*


HORSEBACK HONEYMOON - The Vanishing Old West of 1907 Through the Eyes of Two Young Artists in Love, Dorothy Ballard, With drawings and photographs by Ella and Quincy Scott, Two Continents Publishing Group, Ltd and Morgan Press all on the title page. On reverse of title page, it says in part: "...Copyright 1975 by Morgan Press..."; an apparent first edition. Inscribed copy - "To Frank Drew with appreciation - Dorothy Ballard, Oct. 28, 1975". Hardbound brown cloth cover with unclipped dust jacket (original price - $8.95), 5 3/4" by 8 1/4", 246 pages, map and photo endpapers. Fascinating book with many b&w pictures about the 2000 mile honeymoon ride of the Scotts in 1907. As stated on the dj - "Told with humor, sensitivity and delight in the land, its people, and one another, HORSEBACK HONEYMOON, is an adventure story on more than one level: it captures the West that was "shrinking under the assault of the twentieth century as a body of water shrinks under the sun"; it is a chronicle of dramatic dangers, comic mishaps, and frequent elation; it is a deeper adventure of two perceptive and courageous young people discovering one another for a lifetime." Written by the couples daughter Dorothy in her later years, the narrative is based on the couples original manuscript, on letters written to friends during the trek, and the authors recollections of family stories. Great and unique early 20th century setting for Western non-fiction. Condition of the book is overall fine+ - minimal shelf wear and scuffing to book and dust jacket - no marks inside (besides inscription and authors signature). A very presentable and tight book. $15 postpaid*


SUTTER OF CALIFORNIA - A Biography, by Julian Dana, Halcyon House, New York. On reverse of title page, it says in part: "...Copyright 1934, by Julian Dana...Fourth Printing" - a 1939 printing. The colorful dust jacket also adds the following - The Stirring, Dramatic Story of a Great Pioneer and the Turbulent Era in Which He Lived, 1839-1939 Sutter Centennial Edition. Hardbound red cloth cover with unclipped dust jacket (un-priced), 6" by 9", 423 pages, map endpapers. Fascinating book about one of the most important and famous figures in the American West - John Sutter - at whose famous mill in 1848, gold was first officially discovered in California. (Yes, that is debatable.) Great Western non-fiction work which has some illustrations and photos. Condition of the book is overall very good - minimal shelf wear and scuffing to book and dust jacket, a few dj chips and small closed tears, some minor soiling and a few small black felt pen (?) dots on the edges of the pages on top and side (not very obtrusive) - no writing inside book. A very presentable and tight book in a protective mylar cover.   $20 postpaid*


A FAR TRUMPET - A Double D Western by Fred Grove, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York 1985. On reverse of title page it states "Copyright 1985 by Fred Grove...First Edition...". Here is a nice, relatively recent western Signed by the author! CLICK HERE for picture of signature which states "To Ed - cordially - Fred Grove, Silver City, NM. December 13, 1985". Hardbound brown cover with price clipped dust jacket, 183 pages, 5 3/4" by 8 1/2". To quote the dust jacket, "Set during the Apache wars of the 1870's and telling of one man's struggle for renewal in the face of personal turmoil, A Far Trumpet is a compelling Western Adventure...". A very good fictional account (I read it) that captures much of the flavor of the Southwest during those turbulent times - cavalry, Apache wars, frontiers towns and Army posts,.... Fred Grove is a four time Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award recipient, whose other novels include The Great Horse Race and Comanche Captives. Condition is very fine - like new with very little evidence of wear and very tight. I've put the dust jacket in protective mylar sleeve.
$15 postpaid*


THE GREAT RANGE WARS - Violence on the Grasslands by Harry Sinclair Drago, Illustrated with photographs, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York all on the title page. On reverse of title page, it says in part: "...Copyright 1970 by Harry Sinclair Drago...". Hardbound cloth cover with unclipped dust jacket (original price $7.50), 6 1/4" by 9 1/4", 307 pages. As stated on the dust jacket "The Great Range Wars presents an informed and highly readable account of one of the most violent periods of the American West. Here are the true tales of battles, massacres and murders and of the men on both sides of the law who took part in them." Includes chapters on Comanche wars, the "fence-cutting war" in the Texas Panhandle, the Lincoln County War in New Mexico, sheepmen-cattle wars in Arizona, and the famous Johnson County War in Wyoming. By the author of many well done books on the American West. Includes a section of pictures of the people and places covered by the book. Condition is overall very good to fine: some minor soiling to page edges; dust jacket has some soiling, edge & corner wear, and a couple edge chips. No writing inside book. Overall very presentable and tight and in a protective mylar jacket.  $20 postpaid*

*Listed prices include shipping at the media mail rate in the U. S.; insurance is extra.
Please read the Information for Buyers section on the main "Bottles For Sale" page for complete buyer information.






*Listed prices include shipping at the media mail rate in the U. S.; insurance is extra.
Please read the Information for Buyers section on the main "Bottles For Sale" page for complete buyer information.



Bottle Books

Like with all collectibles and antiques, good advice is always to "Buy the book before the bottle."  Knowledge is power and even safety (or your money) when dealing with any collectible - bottles even more so than many other fields of collecting. 

The bottle books listed for sale here are selected for their utility in the fascinating field of identifying and dating American made bottles generally made by hand, i.e. "mouth-blown" to use Grace Kendrick's term.  Virtually all of these books are out of print and hard to obtain, but are still of high utility because of the historical information that they contain.  There are no old purely price guides here - those types of books become quickly out of date and then are simply useless lists of bottles with no real utility.  Bottle books with historical information about the makers of bottles, the processes involved in producing bottles, and the companies and individuals that utilized the bottles never loose their value, though the information may be later refined or added to by others.  In the end, isn't it the history behind the bottles that intrigues we collectors (and archaeologists)?

Bottle books are found on the page linked below which is part of my "Bottles For Sale" complex of pages: 


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Typical Term Usage: "F/VG" ( "fine" book/"very good" jacket).

Very Fine (VF) - As new with no defects, crisp, tight binding, no flaws even under close examination.
Fine - Just a bit better than Near Fine in that what few flaws there are, can only be found with close scrutiny. In short, a once read and well stored book.
Near Fine (NF) - No defects, little usage, and markings are minimal. A minor flaw may be present.
Very Good (VG) - It shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive, but not unusually so. Does not lie flat when open.
Good (G) - The average used book with all pages present. Books with loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine, torn dust jacket, can fall into this category.
Fair (FR) - Obviously well-worn and handled but no text pages are missing, however, it may be without endpapers or a title page. There might be markings, but they do not interfere with readability.
Poor (P) - All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies fall into this category.


- A classification of books and other objects having to do with American culture, history, or folklore. Considered different from a book written by an American writer, though an American writer can write an Americana book. Western Americana denotes the above, but west of the 100th Meridian.
as issued - The book is in the original physical state that it was published in and has all its original components including its binding, text block. illustrations, etc.
as new - Refers to the condition of a book; it is immaculate and without flaws. Same as Very Fine condition.

backstrip - The covering of the book spine that has the title and author of the book printed on it. It is usually made of cloth, leather, or paper, and is sometimes decorated.
binding - The process that secures the pages or sections of a publication to keep them in order and to protect them. Binding may be stapled or sewn, sewn and enclosed in wrappers or by gluing the pages to the outer cover, but most often refers to a hardcover binding.
blind stamp - A colorless impression that is embossed on paper or on a cloth or leather binding. When it is found on a page, it typically signifies the owner's name or the words "Review Copy." When it is found on the binding, it is typically for decorative purposes. Also known as blind.
boards (bds) - The front and back covers of a hardbound book. The term originates from when book covers were made from wood, but they are now typically made a stiff cardboard or paperboard.
book club edition (bce) - A book that was printed specially for a book club (e.g. "Book of the Month Club") which often (but not always) utilizes a lesser quality paper and binding materials. These editions are usually available by book club subscription only and are generally of much less interest to collectors due to their low monetary value. They make a better reading copy, however, than a typical, smaller, paperback.
bookplate - A simple or elaborately designed label used to indicate ownership, which is usually found pasted to the inside of the front cover of a book. Bookplates were used as early as 1516, but did not become popular in England, France, and Germany until the 18th century. In America, they were not used before 1800 but have been fairly common since about 1840.
broadside - A sheet of paper, usually of a larger size, that is printed on one side only. Examples include songs, poems, announcements of sales, and political declarations.
bumped - Refers to the condition of a book; it refers to worn, bent, or rounded corners of the boards of a book.

chipped - Refers to the condition of a book; a mark or flaw caused by scuffing, gouging, or breaking off of a small piece of the dust jacket (most typical usage), pages, or backstrip.
chromolithography - A printing process that is done by printing in colors from a series of lithographic stones or plates. Noted for its fresh, bright colors, this process was popular during mid and late 19th century bookmaking.
cocked - Refers to the condition of a book; the spine is no longer straight and appears crooked or twisted. Also known as spine lean.
contemporary - A term used to describe a work that was published within the last decade or to indicate that all of the components of the book (the binding, the coloring of plates, inscriptions, and side notes) were created at the same time the book was printed.

dedication copy - A copy of a book specifically inscribed by the author to a particular person.
dust jacket (dj) - A removable paper wrapper that encloses a book to protect it from dirt. Dust jackets date from the early 19th century, but they came into more common use in the early 20th century as a means to advertise the book to potential buyers. Also known as dust wrapper or book jacket and is often worth as much or more than the book itself!

edition - All copies of a book that are printed from the same plates or one setting of type. An edition can have more than one printing. For example, if 300 copies of a book are printed on September 15, and 200 copies are printed from the same plates on November 24, all 500 copies are part of the same edition.
edges - The top, bottom, and un-hinged outer sides of a book.
endpapers - The plain white, colored, decorated, or printed paper that is at the front and end of a book, one half of which is pasted down to the binding. The endpapers are used to give a finished look to the binding.
engraving - An illustration or decoration printed from a metal plate or hardwood block.
ephemera - Objects which, in general, are fragile and not made to last for a long time. Examples include, but are not limited to, magazines, journals, paper toys, and publisher promotional items.
errata - A list of errors and misprints in the text of a book. The list might be printed on a bound page in the book or on a separate piece of paper that is pasted or laid in the book.
ex-library - Identifies a book that was once the property of an institutional or corporate library. Usually there are noticeable marks and stamps on the binding and/or in the text. It may also have library card pockets, and it often shows considerable wear and/or rebinding. For collectors, it is worth considerably less monetarily than a book that has not been owned and marked-up by an institutional library.

fading - Refers to the condition of a book; describes the loss of color on the pages, dust jacket, or the cover of the book, which is usually caused by time or exposure to sunlight.
first edition - The first appearance of a work in book form. Every printed book has a first edition but many never have later editions ("only good books have more editions"). When book collectors use the term, they're usually referring to the first printing and if there are different states or issues, the earliest of those.
first edition thus - An edition of a work that postdates the first edition and contains some modification to the work. The modification might be a new introduction, added illustrations, new supplement, new format, and/or a revision of the text. It can also refer to a first edition of the work by another publisher - not uncommon with "good" books.
flex-cover - A supple and tractable book cover. Flex covers are often used in conjunction with spiral bindings.
flyleaf - The blank page or pages following the front free-endpaper.
fore-edge - The outside edge of the book where the book opens (opposite of the spine). Also known as front-edge. See book anatomy section for illustration.
foxing - Refers to the condition of a book; intrinsic to paper, the patchy brownish-yellow spots that discolor plates and pages of a book. It is most likely caused by lack of ventilation and/or chemical reactions between the paper and microorganisms. The spots are generally found in 19th century books and can range from barely visible to ruinous. Also known as foxed.
frayed - Refers to the condition of a book; the unraveling of the threads or fibers of an edge of a book cover that is caused by excessive rubbing.
front free-endpaper - The free or loose half of the pasted-down double leaf that is found at the very beginning of a book. The other half of the leaf, the pasted down portion, is attached to the board.
frontispiece - An illustration placed before the first pages of a book that usually faces the title page.

gilt edgesleaf - The edges of the pages of a book after they have been cut smooth and colored, usually with gold paint.
gougeleaf - Refers to the condition of a book; an unintentional nick or hole in the cover of a book, or on its spine. Or in bookbinding, a single-line finishing tool that is used to create either blind or gold decoration on the covers but not on the spine of a book.

half-title leaf - The extra page, in front of the title page, that bears the abbreviated title of the book. In the days when books were sold as unbound leaves, the half-title served as a "cover" for the protection of the true title page. Also known as fly title or bastard title.
hardcover - A book with stiff boards that is bound and covered in either cloth, paper, or leather. Also called hardbound.
highlighting - The bright pen markings where the previous owner marked the book to highlight words, sentences, and/or passages of text.
hinge - An inside or outside joint of the binding of a book, where the spine meets the covers. It is usually made of cloth and provides additional strength at the flex point. See book anatomy section for illustration.

illustration - Refers to any picture, diagram, portrait, or non-text item in a work, which is used to clarify the text or for decoration.
inscribed copy - A book in which a written inscription has been made by the author, to a specified person.
inscription by previous owner - A written name, note, phrase, or comment made in a book. Unless indicated otherwise, the inscription is not written by the author.

label - A square or rectangular piece of paper or leather attached to the spine of a book, containing printed information about the book, such as author, title, and volume number. Also known as backstrip label.
laid in - Pages or other paper present in the book that are not glued or sewn in.
large print edition - Designed for people with poor eyesight, the words are printed in a larger size than in the regular edition.
leaf - A single sheet of paper in a book. A page is one side of a leaf.
leather bound - A book that is bound and covered in leather.
leatherette - An imitation of grained leather, produced from a strong, machine-glazed base paper. Many small prayer books, for example, are leatherette.
library binding - A book with a stronger binding than the customary edition binding, and intended for use in a library.
loose - Refers to the condition of a book; the text block is coming loose from the binding at the hinges.
loose-leaf - The binding of individual sheets of paper in an exchangeable form, for pages to be added, removed, or relocated in the book. Loose-leaf bindings are used wherever records of repeatedly changing information must be kept. Instruction manuals, catalogs, and accounting forms are often loose-leaf bound. Also known as ring-bound.

marbled paper - Colored paper with a veined, mottled, or swirling pattern, in imitation of marble, which is used with paper-covered boards and as end papers in books. The use of marbled papers was especially popular during the Victorian era.

octavo - Refers to the size of the book; the most common book size since the early 17th century, an octavo book averages about 6 x 9 inches. The term originally to referred to the number of folds (8) in a standard book-printing sheet, but it now commonly refers to size.
out of print - A publication that is no longer available through the publisher.

pamphlet - A small work that is less than book-length, has paper wraps, and typically has a staple binding. Also known as brochure.
paperback - A book with a paper cover. Sir Allen Lane, founder of Penguin books, was credited with inventing the modern paperback when he published Ariel by Andre Maurois with a paper cover in 1936. Also known as wrappers.
paper boards - A binding made of stiff cardboard that is covered in paper.
paper wraps - Paper covers of a book. The term is sometimes used interchangeably with paperback.
pastedown - The half of the endpaper that is pasted to the inside cover of a book.
perfect bound - A binding method that utilizes a plastic glue to bind the loose leaves to the solid text block of a book. It is used for paperback books.
pictorial cloth - A cloth book with a multi-colored picture printed on the cover.
pictorial paper cover - An Illustration printed on a paperback cover. This decorative practice began in the early 1850s, with the publication of Letters Left at the Pastry-Cook's by J. S. Mayhew, and was the precursor of the next trend in publishing--yellowbacks. The sensational pictorial paper cover novels of the later 19th and 20th centuries are famous for their lurid, colorful covers. Also known as illustrated wraps.
plate - A full-page book illustration that is separate from the text pages. Technically, illustrations that are printed on text pages are called cuts. However, the term "plate" is often used to describe both types of book illustrations.
printing - The total number of copies of a book, or another type of publication, printed at one time. For example, an edition of a book can have a first printing of 5,000 copies and a second printing of 2,000. See also edition.
price clipped - The inside front corner of dust jacket has the price cut off. Usually decreases value a bit, but not dramatically (like no dust jacket).
privately printed - A work printed at the expense of the author or some other private individual or group (i.e. "vanity press").
provenance - The history of the previous owners of a book. Bookplates, notes and other writings in the book, and inserted matter, may determine provenance. Also known as provenience.

rare - Traditionally, a publication is "rare" if an active collector or bookseller expects to see it in the marketplace only once in a great while.
reading copy - Refers to the condition of the book; the text is readable and complete, but the binding is in poor condition.
rebound - The original binding of the book has been removed and a new binding has been attached and re-sewn.
reinforced dust jacket - A dust jacket that has been strengthened with tape by the previous owner.
reprint - A new impression from the same type setting, or a new edition of the work.
review copy - A copy of a book sent out for review by the publisher to the press, booksellers, and others in order to attract attention to the publication. Frequently review copies will have slips of paper inserted into the book, or have it written on the cover, announcing it as a review copy.

rubbed - Refers to condition; the spine or cover has visible scuff marks and may be worn in places.
scarce - Traditionally, a "scarce" publication isn't as hard to find as a rare publication, but might take a few years to locate.
scuffed - Refers to condition; the binding or cover has been scraped and might look rough or slightly frayed in places.
shaken - Refers to condition; a cloth or leather bound book that is loose in its covers but is still attached to its binding.
shelf worn - Refers to condition; the book shows visible signs of wearing on the binding and/or edges due to numerous removals and placements on countless shelves.
signature - A group of folded pages that, when bound and trimmed with other signatures, form a book or pamphlet. Also known as gathering. Also refers to a person's self-handwritten name (autograph signature).
slipcase - A box open on one side so that when a book is slipped into it, the spine shows.
soft cover - Typically is synonymous with paperback, but it can also describe a book with a limp cover or a flex-cover.
spine - The part of the book opposite of the opening, which is visible when the book is shelved. Also known as back, backstrip, and shelfback.
spiral bound - An inexpensive type of binding utilizing wire or plastic coils as the spine. It is an increasingly popular way for small publishers to publish a work or for an author to quickly self-publish. Known also as comb or coil bound.
sprung - Refers to condition; the text block is separate from its binding.
subtitle - A secondary and explanatory title used to explain more about the book.

text block - The signatures of a book, sewn and trimmed, but without covers, endpapers, or a binding. Also known as book block.
tissue - A thin sheet of paper inserted into a book to protect plates from damage and to prevent offsetting onto facing pages.
title page - The page of a book, which contains the name of the author(s), the title, and usually the publisher's name and the date and place of publication
trade edition - The regular edition of a book, not a limited edition or book club edition.
trade paperback - A soft cover edition of a book that generally has a high-quality binding and is in a larger size format than a traditional paperback. Also known as quality paperback.

underlining - The lines drawn in a book (pen or pencil) where the previous owner marked words, sentences, and/or passages of text.
unopened - The folded edges of the signatures have not been cut open for reading. The book has been left in the beginning stages of its binding process or it was issued in this manner.

volume - A book or periodical that is part of a series or a set. The volume notation can be a number, letter, or a similar form.

warped - Refers to condition; the boards or paperback covers are bent and twisted.
water-stained - Refers to condition; discoloration, stains, and possible shrinkage on the pages, binding, and text-block, from water.

- Usually refers to the yellow fore-edges and pages of paperbacks, which is caused either by fading, age and/or acid in the paper.


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