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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] Brett, George P., Jr. et al. The Role of Books in Inter-American Relations. NY, Book Publishers Bureau, Inc., 1943, first edition. Issued without dust jacket, bound in black cloth, stated as "Confidential" on bottom of title page, Brett was president of the Macmillan Company, the report is co-authored, in alphabetical order, by Burr L. Chase, president of Silver, Burdett & Co., Robert F. deGraff, president of Pocketbooks, Malcoln Johnson, executive vice president of Doubleday, Doran, and James S. Thompson, executive vice president of McGraw-Hill, printed on rectos only, includes an introduction followed by five sections (distribution of books in English published in the U.S., the Latin-American publishing industry, the distribution of works of Latin-American origin in the U. S., problems of particular classes of books, and the general question of expert techniques, this was Malcolm Johnson's copy, there are several enclosures laid in loosely, one is an excerpt from a Lowell Thomas broadcast of July 14, 1943 about meeting these five representatives of American publishing, his reports finds the five in near collapse from long flights, loss of sleep, strange foods, etc., Johnson was a director of the Council on Books in Wartime which published the ASEs, the biggest book giveaway in history, some newspaper clips about his trip to Latin America and other book-related pieces are also laid in loosely. Very good. JD31291
$125.00
[Armed Services Editions] Gable, John A. (editor). The Man in the Arena. Washington, D. C., The Legacy Project, 2003, first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. These are selected speeches, letters and essays by Theodore Roosevelt, with photos and other illustrations, includes an introduction by the editor, this is the sixth in a series of new Armed Services Editions which were originally issued to American GIs from 1943 to 1947 with these new books issued to American soldiers throughout the world through the national, all volunteer initiative of the Legacy Project headed by Andrew P. Carroll, condensed from the original edition, this book is done in the same manner as the original ASEs. Fine, unread. JD31336
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Buckley, Christopher. Wry Martinis. Washington, D. C., The Legacy Project, 2003, first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. This is the fifth book in a new series of Armed Services Editions made possible through the all-volunteer efforts of The Legacy Project headed by Andrew P. Carroll which works to preserve American war correspondence, the original ASEs were issued by the Council in Books in Wartime between 1943 and 1947 for American soldiers here and abroad, condensed from the original edition, this book is done in the same manner as the original ASEs. Fine, unread. JD31711
$10.00
[Armed Services Editions] Lane, Rose Wilder. Let the Hurricane Roar. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. B-31, just the 31st book 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. Very good. JD32467
$40.00
[Armed Services Editions] Herring, Hubert. Good Neighbors. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. B-57, just the 57th title issued in this important series, Herring writes about Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and 17 other countries in South America, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Spine fade, very good. JD32466
$30.00
[Armed Services Editions] Freuchen, Peter. Arctic Adventure. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. B-60 in this important series, later reprinted within this series as No. T-38, "my life in the Frozen North," 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. American Red Cross stamp, spine fade, very good minus. JD32465
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Benet, Stephen Vincent. The Short Stories of Stephen Vincent Benet. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. No. C-77 in this important series, a paperback original, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, this is one of the important D-Day Armed Services Editions issues. Solid very good. JD32436
$30.00
[Armed Services Editions] Daly, Elizabeth. Evidence of Things Seen. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. D-101 in this important series, a mystery, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, this is one of the scarce D-Day ASEs. Very good . JD32922
$25.00
[Armed Services Editions] Hitti, Philip K. The Arabs. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-18, just the 18th title issued in this important series, a short history, condensed for wartime reading, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Near fine. JD31867
$60.00
[Armed Services Editions] Holt, Rackham. George Washington Carver. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-25, just the 25th title issued in this important series, "the story of George Washington Carver, the great American scientist, who contributed so much to the lives of all Americans, both white and colored," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Nearly fine. JD31873
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Allen, Hervey. Action at Aquila. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-28, just the 28th title issued in this important series, "a romance of the Civil War," 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, scarce. Very good. JD31874
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Brebner, J. B. and Nevins, Allan. The Making of Modern Britain. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-17, just the 17th title issued in this important series, a short history, with suggestions for further reading at the end, illustrated with maps, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD31993
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-8, just the eighth title issued in this important series, condensed by Mary Louise Aswell for "The Dickens Digest," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32442
$125.00
[Armed Services Editions] Pratt, Theodore. Mr. Winkle Goes to War. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-7, just the seventh title issued in this important series, a novel about a middle-aged man who goes to war, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, film source. Very good plus. JD32443
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Nash, Ogden. Good Intentions. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-3, just the third title in this important series, humorous verse, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32445
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Saroyan, William. The Human Comedy. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-15, just the 15th title issued in this important series, Saroyan's first novel, adapted from his Academy Award-winning screenplay, the film version starred Mickey Rooney, 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 plus. JD32448
$60.00
[Armed Services Editions] de Saint Exupery, Antoine. Wind, Sand And Stars. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-16, just the 16th title issued in this important series, translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere, it is a book of both physical and mental adventure, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good plus. JD32449
$50.00
[Armed Services Editions] Sandburg, Carl. Storm Over the Land. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-27, just the 27th title issued in this important series, "a profile of the Civil War, taken mainly from his Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, preface by Sandburg, illustrated with maps, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, a very scarce book. Very good. JD32452
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Holt, Rackham. George Washington Carver. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-25, just the 25th title issued in this important series, "the story of George Washington Carver, the great American scientist, who contributed so much to the lives of all Americans, both white and colored," issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32454
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Agar, Herbert. A Time for Greatness. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-21, just the 21st book issued in this important series issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, a study of America, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, a very scarce book, . Very good plus. JD32455
$50.00
[Armed Services Editions] Maisel, Albert Q. Miracles of Military Medicine. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-20, just the 20th title issued in this important series, the story of weapons that save lives, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, a very scarce book. Very good. JD32456
$45.00
[Armed Services Editions] Brebner, J. B. and Nevins, Allan. The Making of Modern Britain. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1943), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. A-17, just the 17th title issued in this important series, a short history, with suggestions for further reading at the end, illustrated with maps, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Very good. JD32458
$35.00

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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