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James M.Dourgarian, Bookman, was established in 1980. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). Like all ABAA members, we answer to a higher authority and follow a higher standard of ethics that guarantees a successful transaction for all our customers.

We buy and sell old books, vintage books, collectible books, rare books, first edition books, and related ephemera. We maintain several specialties. Among them are American fiction first editions from c.1900 to the present. Within that general field, we have heavy emphasis in John Steinbeck and Steinbeckiana. Thus, we buy and sell Steinbeck primary first editions in dust jackets, signed/limited editions, his appearances in anthologies, his periodical appearances, books and periodicals about Steinbeck, film and theatre memorabilia, bibliographies, and miscellaneous items.

We also specialize in these same categories for these authors -- Jack London, Wallace Stegner, and Stephen King. Other specialties include Western Americana, books on California and the West, Photography books, books on Japan, China, and the Orient, and Armed Services Editions. The latter are vintage paperbacks issued to American GIs from 1943 to 1947. They are comprised of mysteries, Westerns, science fiction and fantasy, mainstream fiction, historical novels, science, poetry, adventure stories, and more.

Within our field of modern first editions, we also sell related film memorabilia Thus, we sell film posters, lobby card sets, pressbooks, stills, scripts, etc. for films made from the works of authors we carry such as John Steinbeck, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stephen King, Edward Abbey, Anne Rice, and many others.

Browse Books Listed by Author's Name
NoAuthor A Ba-Bn Bo-Bz C D E F Film G Ha Hb-Hz King IJK
London L M NO P Photo QR Steinbeck Steinbeckiana Stegner S T UV WXYZ

Browse Armed Services Editions Books Listed by Issue Numbers
ABCD EFG HIJ K L M N O P Q R ST 655-699 700-799 800-899 900-999 1000-1322

[Armed Services Editions] Shaw, George Bernard. Arms And The Man And Two Other Plays. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. A paperback original, No. 1005 in this important series, also includes Androcles and the Lion as well as Pygmalion, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine color-faded, else very good. JD32879
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Segre, Alfredo. Mahogany. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1035 in this important series, a novel of "life in the jungles of French West Africa" by this Italian author, with a brief glossary of terms at the end, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, scarce. Spine completely faded, else very good. JD32878
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Stewart, George. Storm. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1045 in this important series, a novel set in California, with a note about the author at the end, it reprints ASE No. C-81 published earlier in the series in 1944, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Good. JD32892
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] de Poncins, Gontran. Kabloona. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1046 in this important series, these "adventures in the Arctic" were produced in collaboration with Lewis Galantiere, printed earlier in the series as ASE No. C-82 in 1944, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Good. JD32891
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Steinman, D. B. The Builders of the Bridge. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1051 in this important series, the story of John Roebling and his son, Washington Roebling, builders of the Brooklyn Bridge, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine fade, else very good. JD32889
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Willison, George. Saints And Strangers. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1052 in this important series, "being the lives of the pilgrim fathers and their families with their friends and foes," with a map at the end,issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine well faded, else very good. JD32888
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Skinner, Cornelia Otis. Excuse It, Please!. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1057 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. Q-1 published earlier in the series in 1945, humorous sketches, illustrations by O. Soglow, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32899
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Ewen, David. The Story of George Gershwin. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1059 in this important series, a biography, it reprints ASE No. Q-3 published earlier in the series in 1945, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32898
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Fenton, Carroll Lane and Mildred Adams. The Story of the Great Geologists. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1079 in this important series, biographical sketches of 35 leading geologists, from Aristotle to Chamberlin, includes linecut drawings, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32897
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Costain, Thomas B. The Black Rose. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1082 in this important series, a romantic novel, condensed, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD32896
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Marquand, John P. Repent in Haste. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1084 in this important series, a novel, the story of a war marriage in the Pacific, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32154
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Gamow, George. Biography of the Earth. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1087 in this important series, discusses the Earth's "past, present, and future," preface by the author, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD33179
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Dunlap, Orrin E. Jr. Radio's 100 Men of Science. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1112 in this important series, biographical narratives of pathfinders in radio, electronics, and television, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine seam separation about about 1.5 inches, else very good. JD32365
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Benet, Stephen Vincent. John Brown's Body. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1114 in this important series, with a note by Benet about this epic in verse on the Civil War that won the Pulitzer Prize, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good minus. JD32904
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Stephens, James. The Crock of Gold. NY, Armed Srvices Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1121 in this important series, a fantasy, it reprints ASE No. N-5 published earlier in the series in 1944, with a note about the author at the end, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine fade, else very good. JD32903
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Rainier, Peter W. Green Fire. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1174 in this important series, about emeralds and "true adventures in the jungle and the high Andes," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, scarce, the author was killed during the Middle East campaign in 1945. Spine color faded, else very good. JD32440
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] du Maurier, Daphne. The King's General. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1176 in this important series, a novel, with a postscript at the end and a brief section on what happened to the people in the story, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine completely faded extending somewhat into the rear cover, else very good. JD32439
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Remarque, Erich Maria. Arch of Triumph. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1177 in this important series, a novel set in Paris in 1939, translated from the German by Walter Sorell and Denver Lindley, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Fair. JD32438
$7.50
[Armed Services Editions] Tabori, George. Companions of the Left Hand. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1946), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1210 in this important series, a novel, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, this is in the very scarce upright/vertical format. Very good plus. JD31872
$60.00
[Armed Services Editions] Freuchen, Peter. White Man. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1947), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 1220 in this important series, a novel of Greenland, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, this is in the very scarce upright/vertical format. Very good. JD32162
$65.00

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  • Media rate postage is $4 for the first item and $1 each thereafter.
  • Books shipped to a location within California are subject to 8.25% sales tax.shipping.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
  • Call 1 (925) 935-5033 to talk to Jim and place an order with Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
  • You may also arrange to pay by check.

Browse Books Listed by Author's Name
NoAuthor A Ba-Bn Bo-Bz C D E F Film G Ha Hb-Hz King IJK
London L M NO P Photo QR Steinbeck Steinbeckiana Stegner S T UV WXYZ

Browse Armed Services Editions Books Listed by Issue Numbers
ABCD EFG HIJ K L M N O P Q R ST 655-699 700-799 800-899 900-999 1000-1322