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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] Nathan, Robert. Portrait of Jennie. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 655 in this important series, the first of the numbered Armed Services Editions, a fantasy, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32204
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Lowther, George. The Adventures of Superman. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 656 in this important series, this is perhaps the most desired of all the Armed Services Editions and, perhaps, the rarest title, the story is based on the cartoon character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Front cover well-creased, a tired copy. JD31866
$300.00
[Armed Services Editions] Shulman, Max. Barefoot Boy With Cheek. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 657 in this important series, a satire about college life, pictures by Will Crawford, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good . JD32328
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. The Charge of the Light Brigade And Other Poems. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. 658 in this important series, a paperback original, poems selected and with an introduction by Louis Untermeyer, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32329
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Dunninger, Joseph. What's On Your Mind?. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 659 in this important series, "the mystery and technique of thought reading," introduction by Walter B. Gibson, with tests and illustrations, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD31930
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Dunninger, Joseph. What's On Your Mind?. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 659 in this important series, "the mystery and technique of thought reading," introduction by Walter B. Gibson, with tests and illustrations, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32330
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Peattie, Roderick. Look to the Frontiers. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 661 in this important series, "a geography for the peace table," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD31995
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Perry, George Sessions and Leighton, Isabel. Where Away. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 664 in this important series, story of the return of the U. S. S. Marblehead, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Rough and soiled, else very good minus. JD31885
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Perry, George Sessions and Leighton, Isabel. Where Away. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 664 in this important series, story of the return of the U. S. S. Marblehead, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32332
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Priestley, J. B. The Old Dark House. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 665 in this important series, a mystery, film source, and "a masterpiece of horror," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32413
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Beer, Thomas. Mrs. Egg and Other Barbarians. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 668 in this important series, short stories, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Cover creases, else very good. JD32333
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] de Maupassant, Guy. Mademoiselle Fifi And Other Stories. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. A paperback original, No. 669 in this important series, short stories, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32073
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] London, Jack. White Fang. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 672 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. G-182 issued in the series in 1944, "a dog story of the North Country," written from the point of view of the dog, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Some spine fade, else a very solid copy. JD32170
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Smith, H. Allen. Low Man on a Totem Pole. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 673 in this important series, memoirs, with a note from Smith that precedes the book and an introduction by Fred Allen, it reprints ASE No. G-183 issued 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. Very good. JD32090
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Forester, C. S. The Captain From Connecticut. NY, Armed Services editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 679 in this important series, a historical novel with Forester's first American hero, Capt. Josiah Peabody, 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 faded, cover scrape, else very good. JD32132
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Forester, C. S. The Captain From Connecticut. NY, Armed Services editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 679 in this important series, a historical novel with Forester's first American hero, Capt. Josiah Peabody, 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. Very good. JD32334
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Queen, Ellery. Calamity Town. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 680 in this important series, a mystery, with a note about the author(s) at end, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32335
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Arnold, Elliott. Tomorrow Will Sing. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 681 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. Clean very good plus. JD32336
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] Haycox, Ernest. Bugles in the Afternoon. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 683 in this important series, a historical novel with a Gen. Custer aspect by an author who usually wrote Westerns, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32337
$15.00
[Armed Services Editions] Marshall, Edison. Great Smith. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 689 in this important series, a historical novel, printed earlier i the series as No. C-87, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine faded, ink number to cover, else very good. JD32134
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 690 in this important series, a classic literary novel that combines Dust Bowl issues with California agricultural politics, it reprints ASE No. C-90 issued 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, see Goldstone & Payne A12o. Very good. JD32182
$50.00
[Armed Services Editions] Dickens, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 691 in this important series, "condensed for wartime reading," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32339
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] McKenney, Ruth. The McKenneys Carry On. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 695 in this important series, humorous sketches by this Indiana author, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Bright and clean, very good plus. JD32133
$12.50
[Armed Services Editions] White, E. B. Quo Vadimus? Or the Case for the Bicycle. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 696 in this important series, American humor, includes some of his best pieces from "The New Yorker," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Clean, bright, very good plus. JD32343
$20.00
[Armed Services Editions] Wells, H. G. The Island of Dr. Moreau. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 698 in this important series, a fantasy-thriller, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Clean very good. JD32344
$45.00

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  • 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