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James M. Dourgarian, Bookman
1595-A Third Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

(925)935-5033

Established1980 - Member ABAA

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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.

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[Modern Literature] Brautigan, Richard. Trout Fishing in America. London, Jonathan Cape, 1970, first British edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. This was Brautigan's breakthrough book, a novel of imagination, photograph of Brautigan on front cover of the dust jacket and front of the book itself, the latter being a facsimile of the original Four Seasons Foundation, this copy from the Hub Segar collection of Brautigan, this is an Author Association/Presentation Copy of the highest order being inscribed by Brautigan to Price Dunn on the front free endpaper ("This Copy is for Price Dunn/Richard Brautigan/March 12, 1971"), Dunn was a long-time friend of Brautigan, known to be an extravagant misbehaver, their antics together led to Brautigan's first published novel, A Confederate General from Big Sur where Dunn appears as the main character, Lee Mellon, Dunn also appears in two chapters in Trout Fishing in America, the first is "The Cleveland Wrecking Yard" where he is an unnamed friend who purchased an iron roof there for his shack down in Big Sur, he also appears in the chapter titled "Trout Fishing in America Nib," according to writer Keith Abbott, a long-time friend of both Dunn and Brautigan, Abbott described Dunn as literate, well loved, especially by women, and charming, laid in loosely are two postcards sent to Segur, on one a clip from a Dear Abby column is pasted about mayonnaise (The Mayonnaise Chapter is the last chapter in the book), the other from 1968 has a clip from a Herb Caen column pasted onto it about Brautigan and Trout Fishing in America, Dunn was known to be an extravagant misbehaver who moved from job to job and crash pad to crash pad, born in Alabama in 1934, Dunn was a natural teller of tall tales, full of enthusiasms who fueled Brautigan's creativity, he was equivalent to Jack Kerouac's Neal Cassady, according to Brautigan's biographer, William Hjortsberg, Abbott describes Dunn as free-spirited, "the most charming, erratic, poetic and haphazard person I'd ever met". Rear bottom corner bump, else fine in a jacket with extremity wear. JD 32164
$2,500.00

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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.

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