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E-List 1: May 2017: Ten miscellaneous new and recent arrivals
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1. [Bay of Pigs Invasion] Heroes de Giron

La Comision de Orientacion Revolucionaria de la Direccion Nacional del partido Unido de la Revolucion Socialista. [Bay of Pigs Invasion] Heroes de Giron. [no place given, likely Havana]: La Comision de Orientacion Revolucionaria de la Direccion Nacional del partido Unido de la Revolucion Socialista, undated, ca. 1963. First Edition (?). Oblong quarto, unpaginated (about 50pp). A good copy in the original pictorial stapled wrappers. Text block partly coming away from the wrappers, which are somewhat foxed and have general edgewear, but minimal chipping. Some mild internal foxing, but mostly a clean example. This scarce volume honors the fallen men who successfully fought back the Bay of Pigs invasion (a total disaster for the US and the CIA), with gallant, yet modest headshots of each comrade who perished in the fighting, including their age and occupation. It contains an opening epitaph by Fidel Castro. Text in Spanish. OCLC locates four copies - three in the United States and one in the National Library of China. A really wonderful example of a propaganda document, dating from the first few years of Castro's reign, when he was being tested by both the United States and the weight of his own revolution.  (1114)                                                                                                                        $1,250

2. A collection of thirteen handbills for the re-election of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) in 1940, and another from 1936

Democratic National Campaign Committee / Democratic National Committee. A collection of thirteen handbills for the re-election of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) in 1940, and another from 1936: Farmers, Make Your Choice [1936]; Dry Those Crocodile Tears; Trade Agreements Program; 7 Labor Advances: A Seven-Year March of Progress [two copies]; The New Deal in Lake County, Ohio; As Farmers Profit, Cities Also Prosper; The Foreign Policy of the New Deal [two copies]; The Truth About Trade Pacts and Beef Cattle; Electric Power for the People; All in Seven Years! [two copies]; That Third Term Bugaboo! [all 1940]. Democratic National Committee, 1936-1940. Fourteen broadsides or handbills promoting the re-election of Franklin Roosevelt - one from 1936, and the rest from 1940. All are about 7.5" x 12". The subjects range from the local (What has FDR done for Lake County, Ohio?) to the international (What are the principles of FDR's foreign policy?). My own favorite, "That Third Term Bugaboo," is an exhaustive, defensive case for FDR's third term, which would break 150 years of precedent in American politics. It's a rather conservative argument, mostly centered on the danger of changing horses in mid-stream, and retro-fitting this modern political logic to the intentions of the Founders. Condition varies from good to fine, with most examples being overall very good or better. Offsetting to one of the 7 Labor Advances examples, while the other has a quarter-sized chip at the bottom corner. Some short tears and just a few faint creases to various other volumes (quite a number of such tears on the "third term" example), but overall a bright surviving collection, as these handbills were not produced to last terribly long, and are printed on light, thin, brittle paper. These definitely sat in a box for much of the last half-century. OCLC locates at most three copies of some of these broadsides in various libraries, but many are not found anywhere, making these quite scarce in any condition. An attractive group of well-preserved, visually striking American election ephemera dating from the tail end of the New Deal and the eve of World War II.  (1303)                                                                                     $475

3. [MIDDLE EAST] [WOMEN] [PRESBYTERIANS]
1881 Account of Syria and Lebanon by a Presbyterian Missionary

LORING, Miss [Sophie B. Loring]. Syrian Maids. A story full of facts, with an occasional touch of fancy. Dedicated to all who have a heart-and-hand interest in the "Mount Lebanon Retreat," for the faithful missionary trio in Beirut Seminary, Syria. Philadelphia: Grant, Faires, & Rodgers, 1881. First Edition. 16mo, 18pp. A good copy in turquoise-green wrappers. Front wrapper partly detached, but all present and holding. There's a silver dollar-sized ink stain (probably from a spill) at the bottom right corner of the front wrapper. It's unsightly on the front wrap, but has only minimally affected the rest of the pamphlet (all text unaffected). This curious pamphlet discusses the author's experiences at the Presbyterian mission in the Mount Lebanon region of modern-day Lebanon. Dating from 1881, this is a truly rare pamphlet on this subject. We were able to find only one library holding in OCLC. (1015)       $350

4. [CZECH-AMERICANS] [RADICALISM] [NORTHEAST OHIO] [LABOR] 
The first Worker's Olympiad - July 1936


Pamatnik I. Delnicke Olympiady V Americe. Official Program: First Workers' Olympiad of America Cleveland, Ohio - July 3-4-5, 1936 (Souvenir Program)
. [Cleveland, Ohio]: [American Labor News], [1936]. First Edition. Quarto, 80pp., illustrated. A near fine copy in orange wraps with a mild stain on the front wrap. Else a crisp, clean, lovely copy. A souvenir program from the first Worker's Olympiad, held at a Czech-American cultural center in Taborville, Ohio, outside Cleveland, in July 1936. This was the same summer as the Berlin olympics, hosted by the Hitler regime. The program is mostly in the Czech language, though there are some parts in English. The Olympiad had a distinctly left-wing character, and was positioned as a kind of local anti-olympics to the Berlin games. Richly packed with advertisements for local businesses, political groups, and more. There are also photographs and essays (mostly in Czech) that discuss the importance of the games and also the coming fight against fascism. My rough amateur translation of one line in an essay: "The Berlin Olympics will engender the support of German fascism, which marks the start of a war, as fascism means war." There are several pencil signatures, quite hard to read, on the first leaf, and it's unclear if these were famous or notable people, though they were likely just some community members involved in the event. OCLC locates two copies. A rich document, depicting a local immigrant group that wore their politics proudly as Americans while the storms were gathering over their European homeland.  (1408)     $250

5. Prison Discipline Society Reports from 1820s (US)

[PRISON DISCIPLINE SOCIETY] First, Second, Third, and Fourth Annual Reports of the Prison Discipline Society, 1826 to 1829. Boston: Perkins and Marvin, 1830. Sixth Edition. Octavo. 330pp., illustrated. Very good ex-library copy in original tan printed wraps, with minimal ex-library markings. Some curling to corners of first and last few leaves, and some mild foxing, but overall a clean copy. Several diagrams of prisons depict prison infrastructure in early 19th-century America (see one example above). A nice and readable copy of a very scarce item, with just one copy found in OCLC. (10)                            $300

6. Chinese Immigration to the U.S.; advocated by a U.S. Senator

[MATTHEWS, Stanley] [CHINESE IMMIGRATION]. Chinese Immigration. Speech by Hon. Stanley Matthews, of Ohio, in the Senate of the United States, February 13, 1879. Washington DC: [no publisher given], 1879. First Edition. Octavo, 9pp. A fair to good copy in sewn wrappers. A few chips to the front wrap, which is detached, but present. The sewing is loose, but still present and holding. Though the fragile binding is in regrettable structural condition, the contents are clean and bright with no internal foxing. Matthews, who was senator at the time of the speech (he served a short two years before being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court), advocates against a bill that would restrict more Chinese immigration to the United States. Reading through this pamphlet gives the reader an impression of a surprisingly progressive outlook on race and race relations at a time when the KKK was being formed and anti-immigration sentiment was running high. Curiously, Matthews' shining hour as a Supreme Court Justice was in rejecting a California law that was discriminatory towards Chinese-American laundry shop owners. This speech given on the Senate floor, enlightened for its time, is an interesting prelude to his later actions as a justice. OCLC locates seven library holdings worldwide. A rare item.  (1022)                                                                                           $275

7. A Scanner Darkly - Publisher's long galleys for the first paperback edition

DICK, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. New York: Ballantine Books, 1977. First Ballantine Books Edition (Del Rey imprint); First Paperback Edition. Publisher's long galleys, unbound, measuring 8" x 22". 90pp (rectos only). Publisher's label affixed (upside down) to the first leaf. Overall in very good or better condition, with a large closed tear on the title leaf (not affecting any text), a stray ink mark on the same leaf, and some very minor chips and tears at the extremities of the rest of the pages. A nice, clean example. A Scanner Darkly first appeared in hardcover the same year, published by Doubleday. Dick had been frustrated with Doubleday, however, mostly over financial issues, and took a strong liking to his editor at Ballantine Books, Judy-Lynn Del Rey. Del Rey spent some real time with Dick between 1973 and 1977, going over the manuscript page by page. Contractual obligations stipulated that Doubleday would publish the hardcover, but the real work on polishing the novel (which had originally been set in the 1960s) was done by Dick and Del Rey in the intervening years between 1973 and 1977. Del Rey convinced Dick to change the setting to the 1990s (thus changing the setting from the past to the future), and by the time the book was done, Dick had this to say about Del Rey: "Judy-Lynn Del Rey is probably the greatest editor since Maxwell Perkins: she showed me how to create a character. I've been selling novels for twenty-two years, and she showed me how to develop a character." (LORD, Rc. Pink Beam: A Philip K. Dick Companion. Lulu. com (2007)). So, while these galleys are not specifically for the true first edition of the novel, they represent the importance of the close relationship that Dick shared with the legendary science fiction editor, Judy-Lynn Del Rey, and the long and arduous process that the two of them endured endured to complete this - perhaps Dick's most personal - novel.              $1200

8. [DIGGERS (REVIVAL MOVEMENT)] [DIGGERS OF ALBION] 

[DIGGERS (REVIVAL MOVEMENT)] [DIGGERS OF ALBION]. Diggers of Albion Newsletter Mys Kevardhu (December) 1980 Produced by Baloryon A Albion (Kernow). (Powey, Cornwall, UK): (Diggers/Human Birds), 1980. First Edition. Quarto, 32pp., illustrated. A very good copy, staplebound. Front wrap is just a tad loose, but still stapled in all three places. Mild creasing to extremities. One small date mark in purple pen on the first inner leaf. A rare newsletter from the "Diggers of Albion," a group affiliated with the modern re-incarnation of the British land rights movement of the 1960s-1980s (the original "Diggers" were radical 17th-century Protestants who believed in radical land reform, according to Biblical liturgy). Though we had trouble researching this specific group, it likely existed in the same orbit and milieu of Sid Rawle and the Digger Action Movement. No copies found in OCLC, but we found one copy in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Great Britain.   (1452)                     $125

9. [AMATEUR PSYCHOLOGY]

BELMONT, Arthur J. Miracle Memory (M-i-r-a-c-l-e M-e-m-o-r-y): An Easy Method for Quickly Improving the Memory. How to Remember Names, Faces, Places, Events, Dates, Figures. Toledo, OH: The Belmont Institute, undated, ca. 1950. First Edition (?). Quarto, unpaginated (about 30pp., single-sided). A very good or better copy in printed stapled wrappers, bound at the top edge of the pages. Trivial edgewear, but really a bright, fresh copy. An exceptionally unusual item - a whole course for improving one's memory with a number of tricks and best practices. I was unable to find any information about Belmont or "The Belmont Institute" in Toledo, nor could I locate any other copies in the marketplace or in OCLC, the worldwide library database. (1282)                                                                                                                           $125

10. PANAMA CANAL ARCHIVE 1930’S – 1962
 
An archive depicting the professional history of Philip L. Dade, who had a career of more than two decades in the administration of the Panama Canal Zone, from the eve of World War II to the height of the Cold War, in 1962. One top-bound collection of papers and ephemera, about 2” thick. Dade held several jobs in the Zone, from reporter to customs inspector to press representative. This is his personnel file from the Panama Canal authority, and it looks like Dade filled what would otherwise be a banal file with numerous ephemeral documents and correspondence from his long career. There are menus and flyers from various celebrations and fancy dinners, large-format photographs of Dade as a reporter and in various Panama scenes, and mimeographed typed correspondence. The correspondence discusses various subjects – proposed excavations of possible ancient ruins; disagreements over a charity entertainment show, and more. Dade himself does not seem to be an especially notable figure in the history of Panama or the Canal Zone, but this curated collection of his long career gives a rich and vibrant picture of the time and place.                                                                                                    $1100
 

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